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Senior writer Peter King does a little Monday Morning Quarterbacking on the NFL weekend
1 I think Matt Hasselbeck made a lot of money in this draft. The free-agent quarterback turns 36 in September, and this off-season he turned down what I hear was Seattle's final contract offer. At least four teams—Arizona, Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota—left themselves with big veteran quarterback voids after the draft. Look for the Cards and the Titans to go hard after him.
2 I think if I'm a Patriots fan, I'd wonder how bad the pass rush has to get before Bill Belichick addresses it. New England's top sacker last year was defensive end Mike Wright with 5½. The Pats had three of the top 33 picks and used them on an offensive tackle, a trade for a '12 first-round pick and a cornerback. Three shots at even a lesser pass-rush prospect like Jabaal Sheard of Pitt, and no action.
3 I think this year showed how devalued the running back has become in the draft. Ryan Williams (38th, to Arizona) and Mikel Leshoure (57th, to Detroit) would have been first-round feature backs a decade ago. But with the advent of the two-back rotation on most teams, early runs on backs are now rare.
4 I think, to further that point, the best Day 3 pick will turn out to be Oregon State back Jacquizz Rodgers (inset), taken by the Falcons in the fifth round as a likely replacement for speed back Jerious Norwood. In Atlanta's offense Rodgers could put up 1,000 combined yards in his rookie year.
5 I think I would have questioned any team that had drafted Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith—who flunked three drug tests in college among other off-field issues—except the Ravens, who have the kind of coaching staff and defensive veterans to keep him in line.
6 I think the Bengals—who in the first three rounds got a playmaking receiver in A.J. Green, a promising QB in Andy Dalton, and pass-rush help in Nevada's Dontay Moch—had a franchise rarity: a very competent draft. And I don't think QB Carson Palmer will return to the team in '11.
7 I think it makes no sense to not sign undrafted college kids because of the lockout. None. They're eventually going to be signed. Why leave 400 prospects in limbo, maybe for months?
8 I think showing Mark Ingram crying live on ESPN was inappropriate. After Ingram was picked by the Saints, ESPN's Suzy Kolber read him an e-mail from his jailed father, a former Giants wideout, and the son broke down and turned away from the camera. Surprise, kid! We're going to make you cry on cue! Tawdry.
9 I think the one player you'll be surprised to watch this season is Alex Smith, the No. 1 pick from 2005. The 49ers think he'll fit Jim Harbaugh's West Coast offense well, and assuming he signs as expected with the Niners as a free agent, it'll be the closest thing to what he ran in college since, well, college.