Just wanted to give you some quick thoughts about the 1st round last night:
-Liked, no, loved the 49ers moves…Frank Gore has put up some petty gaudy numbers behind what scouts rank as one of the worst O-Lines in football. It’ll be interesting to see what he does in a year or so when Anthony Davis and King Haku start to come in to their own. San Fran looks like it’s finally getting the smash mouth style Mike Singletary has been after.
-The Raiders actually made a good move bringing in Rolando McClain, setting up the defense nicely at every level with Richard Seymour up front and Nnamdi Asomugha in the secondary. Plus, with Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy still available, they have a chance to get a QB as well. Though you have to wonder if Al Davis will fall back in to his old ways with workout warrior OT Bruce Campbell still on the board, as well.
-I guess Josh McDaniels really didn’t like anything about Jay Cutler, effectively replacing the QB with the prototypical mechanics, the cannon arm, and the attitude with the guy with the loopy delivery, the weak arm, and the “aw shucks, I’m just a-gonna give it my best.”
-Normally, I would have liked the Bills, the coldest weather team, pairing CJ Spiller with the straight line running Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch to form a formidable ground and pound game.. The only problem is their O-Line is a mess and they still have holes at QB and WR. Luckily for them, they still have time.
-I was having trouble trying to stay awake by the beginning of Hour 3 last night, and the bumbling ESPN crew was not helping…they clearly had nothing left to say and they didn’t even seem to know when they were on the air. Here’s hoping they step it up tonight or I’m going to be out cold by pick 37.
-The best thing about the new format is the fans have a chance to recharge after the first round and familiarize themselves with the best available for Rounds 2 and 3. This year in particular, there are still a ton of guys who would’ve been 1st Rounders in any other year still on the board. Some notables: Sergio Kindle (DE/OLB, Texas), Rodger Saffold (OT, Indiana), and the player many thought would be the first to go at his position prior to the 2009 college football season, Arrelious Benn (WR, Ohio State).