WHO WERE the
winners last weekend? Who were the losers? Dr. Z presents his top five in each
category, plus one team for which the final ruling may take a while.
Shanahan ought to be jailed for theft. First he moved up in the first round to
get Jay Cutler, rated the No. 1 QB by some scouts. Then he made another
terrific trade, sending a second-round choice to the Packers for veteran
wideout Javon Walker, who caught 89 balls two years ago and is only 27. Add
second-round pick Tony Scheffler, whose 4.54 was second only to the amazing
Vernon Davis among TEs at the combine, and fourth-rounder Brandon Marshall, a
cocky 6'4 1/2", 229-pound WR, and Denver has the makings of an offensive
JETS When New
York went for the best offensive lineman, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, instead of QB
Matt Leinart, there were more cheers in Radio City Music Hall than boos. One
fan in the balcony pointed to his head. Smart! Adding the best center on the
board, Nick Mangold, with its second choice in the first round showed that the
club is serious about protecting its QB, whoever it might be.
got lucky and landed Leinart. Then they added G Deuce Lutui, who some people
felt was the heart of the Southern Cal O-line, and a huge (6'7 1/2", 258
pounds), athletically gifted TE, Leonard Pope.
SAINTS A toast to
the team that didn't use the old "we need more players" argument to
trade out of the Reggie Bush spot.
49ERS I like the
pure athleticism of their top three picks: TE Davis, whose 4.38 at the combine
someday will be inscribed on a monument; DE- LB Manny Lawson, only slightly
slower at 4.43; and tiny (5'9 1/2", 179 pounds) WR Brandon Williams, who'll
make old Niners fans misty-eyed with memories of Freddie Solomon.
pull the trigger on the Bush contract, then laid it off on an overwhelming urge
to fortify the defense with DE Mario Williams. Right. Now tell us about the sea
captain and the mermaid.
against the top pick, S Donte Whitner, but when your offense finished 28th and
your passing attack 29th, and your first five picks were all for defense, I'd
say it's a case of misplaced aggression.