I wouldn't say the rest are idiots. And "Chuck Blunt" as we called Charley wasn't perfect. But no one else was even close. No one else was even in the same solar system. And not just the draft. Look at the free-agent hits they had in the early days: Mike Jones, Jeff Wilkins, Ray Agnew, Ricky Proehl, And the undrafted gems: Kurt Warner, London Fletcher, Mike Gruttadauria.
We'll see. The Chargers haven't exactly been world-beaters lately.
Well, there are something like 18 million potential consumers in the LA area.
He was my pick. As I think I've mentioned on the chat before, the only reason I changed my final mock that year to Greg Robinson was because one of the higher-ups at Rams Park told me that Robinson was their pick.
I know the St. Louis writer isn't supposed to say anything good about the Rams, but I'm kind of intrigued by the Rams' draft and I'm kind of intrigued by the McVay hiring. I know some people in the business who I trust who speak very highly of McVay.
You won't have to set aside money for playoff tickets this year. But I liked the Kyle Shanahan hire and I like what they've done in the offseason. Getting Solomon Thomas AND Reuben Foster to start your draft. Wow. They still need some juice on offense though.
I give them B minus. I would've taken a wide receiver (Zay Jones) instead of trading down and taking the South Alabama tight end. I don't know about taking two players from Div. I-AA Eastern Washington,. But almost all of the players they took had good to great production in college. I've always been a big believer in that. (As was Jimmy Johnson.) Too often in the past, I think the Rams have overly-relied on projections and measurables.
This was definitely a McVay draft. Not Snead's. McVay's fingerprints are all over it according to my sources. And I still have some believe it or not who are familiar with that team out West. As the Rams have done in the past, McVay took the private jet (Air Kroenke?) to privately work out many of the picks. McVay wasn't just throwing darts.
Only four picks because of the various trades (and "Deflate-gate"), so call it a mini-draft Garcia, the OT from Troy, has a lot of potential but is a developmental pick. But the Patriots are one of the few organizations that can afford to bring in developmental players and groom them. Derek Rivers, the DE from Youngstown Sate, was highly productive It's hard to ignore 19 1/2 TFLs and 14 sacks. Yeah, it was at the Div. I-AA. But the Penguins did go to the national championship.
I still see Seattle at the top. Seems like they went for quantity over quality in the draft, which at face value is a little puzzling. Maybe they feel like they need to restock the depth chart. I like the first two picks in particular _ McDowell and Pocic. A little surprised they didn't go for a running back with any of their 6 Day 2 picks. I guess they're counting on Eddie Lacy to stay healthy. Arizona had a lot of losses via free agency. But GM Steve Keim is very good in my book. I wonder if they'll have enough firepower on offense to be more than say a 9-7 team. That leaves the Rams and 49ers fighting it out for table scraps. Unless the Rams get a big bounce-back year from Gurley and Goff is dramatically improved, it's hard to see this club winning more than 5 or 6 games. 7-9 BS actually would look good this time around. Many of the skill players on offense are so inexperienced. And they better not have many injuries on defense. I don't see much depth on that side of the ball, For reasons I spelled out in an earlier post, I like where SanFran is headed although that could mean six victories this year.
There's value going in, and value once the games start. As mentioned earlier, what's the big deal about taking a guy five or 10 picks before where he was "supposed" to go if it turns out that he can play?
Apparently, the Rams love that red turf of Eastern Washington.
Yeah, what was it _ only four of the eight picks from Power 5 conferences.
Again, these are all McVay's hand-picked guys on offense. We'll soon find out how he is not only as a talent evaluator but also integrating them into his offense
Really liked their first three pick, plus getting Desmond King in Round 5. If Mike Williams clicks right away, Rivers is a better quarterback.
Jeremy McNichols in Round 5! Howard slips all the way to 19. (How is that possible?) Chris Godwin sure caught my eye in the Rose Bowl. Now, if only Bortles can play. They're certainly all-in on him. Sink or swim.
Well, you added a good one in Whitworth at LT. Granted he's 35, but if you can get a good year or two out of him, you're OK for now. You have Sullivan in free agency to at lest compete for the center job. It was a pretty weak year in the draft for offensive linemen. Especially at the tackle position. Why reach for something that isn't necessarily there? So at face value I'm not bent out of shape by the fact that the Rams didn't take an o-lineman.
I watched a decent amount of Houston games last season, including the Houston-Indy game in person. And I just don't see it in Osweiler. Quarterbacks that tall _ he's like 6-7 _ just don't seem to make it in the NFL. Maybe it's the slow delivery being that tall. The press box is practically in the clouds at Lucas Oil, and he still seemed like the Jolly Green Giant from way up there. I'll hedge a bit by saying it's not like he's had a three-year run as a starter. Maybe he can improve with a little more seasoning..