They came away with arguably the two best players at their positions, wideout Braylon Edwards of Michigan and free safety Brodney Pool of Oklahoma. But here's the player who could put their draft over the top: Akron quarterback Charlie Frye, a third-rounder who is remarkably accurate.
I love the way they chose solid performers rather than workout warriors. I'm talking about USC defensive tackle Mike Patterson, only 5'11" but what a motor; outside linebacker Matt McCoy of San Diego State; free safety Sean Considine of Iowa; and running back Ryan Moats of Louisiana Tech, a Brian Westbrook clone.
Three corners who run in the 4.3s and Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett were the first four selections in their six-man draft. If they're setting up a sprint relay, I hope they don't make Clarett run the anchor leg. Why do they need him, anyway? I thought they addressed their running back situation when they signed free agent Ron Dayne, late of the Giants.
They needed a right tackle, namely Jammal Brown of Oklahoma (snapped up by the Saints), but they wound up with a left tackle, Florida State's Alex Barron, who's a finesse type. Their other first-day picks were a pair of uninspiring defensive backs (Ronald Bartell of Howard and Oshiomogho Atogwe of Stanford) and a center (Richie Incognito) who was suspended at Nebraska for anger issues.