They had trouble stopping the run, remember? Well, first-rounder Ryan Clady is
a very functional T, but they didn't take a big defensive guy, DT Carlton
Powell, until round 5.
The names will knock you out: DT Glenn Dorsey, OL Branden Albert, CB Brandon
Flowers, 6'8" TE Brad Cottam. Two questions: How do you cover the loss of
All-Pro DE Jared Allen (traded to Minnesota)? Do you really have a QB who can
get you through a season?
Secondary's creaking, D-line needs help. So the first four picks go WR, TE, WR,
G? Yes, Devin Thomas might be the best wideout in the draft, and Malcolm Kelly
is a good possession man, but ...
John Fox is a tough guy. The first round brought pounding RB Jonathan Stewart
and hard-nosed T Jeff Otah. Later came no-nonsense CB Charles Godfrey and solid
ILB Dan Connor.
The No. 1 pick, CB Aqib Talib, likes to get in people's faces, which Jon Gruden
doesn't mind at all. Then comes little WR Dexter Jackson, who runs a 4.33.
Speedy and annoying, that's Tampa Bay.
The nine picks average 6'3", 275, and at the top are 6'7", 315 T Jake
Long; 6'5", 272 pocket-collapsing DE Phillip Merling and 6'2", 225 QB
Chad Henne, with a rifle arm. Bill Parcells likes 'em big.
The top pick, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, is a terrific cover guy, but
second-round DE Calais Campbell didn't reach his potential and third-round WR
Early Doucet had a nagging groin injury.
Up and down the draft order they went until big Joe Flacco, the Delaware QB,
fell into their laps. To make things interesting they grabbed RB Ray Rice, the
greatest Rutgers player since Paul Robeson.