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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

2006 NFL Draft Recap Part II

I got tired of finishing this yesterday, so let's do what we can today...

Miami Dolphins
Petey Pick: B-
Gavin: B+


Miami may not have gotten too many star players, but they got several who should be able to contribute now and down the road, starting with S Jason Allen, who's talented enough to be that star if he is fully recovered from his injury. I really like later picks, like WR Derek Hagan, who has as much talent as any WR in the draft, OT Joe Toledo (Go Huskies), and terrific 7th round pick DT Rodrique Wright from Texas. A lot of good depth.

Minnesota Vikings
Petey Pick: B+
Gavin: C-


Only the fact that I really like first round pick OLB Chad Greenway keeps this draft from being a solid F (well, that and I do like late round pick S Greg Blue). Basically, this is a team that had THREE second round picks and (in my opinion) wasted all of them. Count me among the few who don't think CB Cedric Griffin was all that great (USC blew through Texas' secondary in the Rose Bowl). Count me among the many who thought that OC Ryan Cook was REALLY not worth the pick. Count me among the many who raised several eyebrows at the second round selection of QB Tavaris Jackson. Any time a team screws up that many early picks it is not a successful draft.

New England Patriots
Petey Pick: A
Gavin: C


Oh my gosh, you mean Petey gave New England an "A"? I wonder how moist Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick's respective hiney's are from all the kissing every NFL pundit does whenever there is a chance for criticism. Here's some criticism... the New England Patriots continually have problems keeping key defensive players healthy, especially in the secondary where Indianapolis have started to impose their will through the air. So these amazing gurus with their 10 picks draft exactly zero players for the secondary. Their first SIX picks were all offensive players, including Laurence Maroney, who may be good in a few years, WR Chad Jackson, who was a pretty darn good pick, and then another TE (taking the Dallas route). There are some decent players here, but New England did a poor job addressing some huge areas of need.

New Orleans Saints
Petey Pick: B
Gavin: A


I really only like two picks in their entire draft. Bush and Oregon St WR Mike Hass. The rest is actually pretty lame. But since I gave Arizona an "A" for getting Leinart I need to give the Saints credit for landing Bush. He is, quite simply, an amazing football player and will combine with Deuce McAllister to give the Saints one heck of a running game next season. Count me as the first person who sees a large turnaround in the Saints next season.

New York Giants
Petey Pick: C
Gavin: C


I'm really not sure what the Giants were doing here. The one roster spot of real strength they have is DE, so getting Mathias Kiwanuke seemed really strange in the first round. WR Sinorice Moss was an excellent pick, and should give Eli Manning another target, hopefully one with some consistency. The rest of the draft was consistently mediocre.

New York Jets
Petey Pick: B
Gavin: A+


This might have been the best draft out there. I can't believe Prisco didn't acknowledge that. Since Mangini is a NE guy, you'd think he'd get a part of that Patriot love. But let's be honest, when you get the best OT in the draft and the best C in the draft, you had one heck of a day. My first concern was that they hadn't adequately found a possible replacement for Curtis Martin but then they drafted Leon Washington. They even drafted the fourth best QB in the draft in Kellen Clemens to find a possible replacement for Chad Pennington. A terrific draft for once from the Jets.

Oakland Raiders
Petey Pick: B
Gavin: C-


I can't forgive the Raiders for passing up Matt Leinart, not when your best QB is Aaron Brooks. I don't care how good Michael Huff could be, he is not anywhere near what Matt Leinart will be. Ridiculous. They got one of my favorite players in LB Thomas Howard from UTEP, but S Darnell Bing will be a project moving to LB. So there's some decent defensive help, but the Raiders will find quickly that Aaron Brooks is not worth any kind of commitment.

Philadelphia Eagles
Petey Pick: A+
Gavin: B


I just can't give Philadelphia an A for any draft that didn't include getting decent WR help. Now, the rest of the picks are pretty darn good. Brodrick Bunkley is needed, as Mike Patterson didn't progress enough to help the Eagles' run defense. OT Winston Justice was a pretty nice steal as a replacement for Jon Runyan when he finally retires. OG Max Jean-Gilles is another good offensive line talent, and WR/KR Jeremy Bloom was someone I wanted. However, the Eagles will continue to struggle to move the ball downfield until they have a #1 WR.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Petey Pick: B+
Gavin: A


The Steelers did everything they needed to in this draft and more. Getting WR Santonio Holmes in the bottom of the first round was as big a steal as TE Heath Miller last year. QB Omar Jacobs could turn into another Randle El. S Anthony Smith can step in and replace departed Chris Hope. DT Orien Harris is another nice talent. Basically, when teams have few holes I have to reward them with high grades when they not only fill those holes but do it with really nice talent.

St Louis Rams
Petey Pick: A
Gavin: B-


I'm not exactly sure what Prisco was smoking to give the Rams an "A" for this draft. Then again, St Louis has so many holes that it is difficult to know which was the most pressing. CB Tye Hill was a nice first round selection, but getting two TEs seems sketchy when LB help was so needed. DT Claude Wroten was a very risky third round selection... if reports are to be believed he will be suspended for violating the substance abuse policy within the next two years. Not drafting any offensive linemen until the seventh round was also poor, as their own line continues to age. All in all, some nice players but not enough to really put the Rams back on track.

San Diego Chargers
Petey Pick: B-
Gavin: C


Pretty unimpressive draft here. One really nice pick, OT Marcus McNeill but I (as has been stated before) hate "upside" picks and CB Antonio Cromartie definitely is one. The rest of the draft was surprisingly mediocre, considering the Chargers' track record the past few years. Maybe they'll prove me wrong, but this seems more like a bust then not.

San Francisco 49ers
Petey Pick: B+
Gavin: D


All right, I still think the pick of TE Vernon Davis was ridiculous. Now, getting DE Manny Lawson was a good second round pick, but the rest of the draft was really poor. WR Michael Robinson? He used to be a QB and doesn't have half the ability of Matt Jones. There's not a single late round pick that is close to a steal. All in all, when you have that many picks, you need to do much better. San Francisco is still many years away from being competitive.

Seattle Seahawks
Petey Pick: C
Gavin: A


Yes, I'm a homer. Proudly admit it. Still, what the heck is Prisco doing giving us a C? He has no good reason for it other than he still thinks we're overrated. Man... maybe he reads this site and is bitter. Why do I think this is an A? Well, Colin and I will be going into this in greater detail tomorrow, but suffice it to say that we filled all our needs with quality players.

Tampa Bay Bucs
Petey Pick: C
Gavin: D


A lot of reaches with their first two picks. G Davin Joseph is a guard, and unless he's Steve Hutchinson is not worth a first round selection. OT Jeremy Trueblood is a better pick, but not by much (again, with other options like OT Eric Winston available). The rest of the draft haul is really subpar.

Tennessee Titans
Petey Pick: B-
Gavin: A


Any draft which nets you the quarterback and running back of the future is worth an A, regardless of the rest of the draft. Vince Young is going to outclass Michael Vick the first year he starts (unless he's rushed). LenDale White ran through every college opponent and fits well into the style of offense Jeff Fisher likes. Not a ton to like about the rest of the draft, although a couple of those linebackers should pan out nicely.

Washington Redskins
Petey Pick: C-
Gavin: D


When you only have one pick before round five, I can't give you much credit. OLB Rocky McIntosh was chosen over better talent like Thomas Howard. There's plenty to like about Washington's chances next year, but this draft is not one of them.

That's through all 32 teams! By my count, I gave out 8 A's compared to 7 from Petey, so I guess I was actually more generous than Prisco. Still, this is all really meaningless, just fun. We'll see what really happens when the season starts (which can't be soon enough for me).

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