Rollin' Like Sisyphus

A Draft In Here

Posted in The Fail Pail by Huckleberry on April 28, 2011

We can't all be Number 1. Plus, in a few minues, Number 1 will make more money than the sum of that earned by everyone I know, for the rest of their short, brutal lives.

It’s that time again, except people seem to care less about it.
Attention being paid to the 2011 NFL Draft is at a 20-year low, and given the draft in its flamboyant form has only existed for 20 years, c’mon now.
Of course, the NFL and the Players and the Media insist that such is the result of a lockout.
That is partially true.
But the other factor of the disinterest has to be from the dour and dwindling economy coupled with disaster after disaster after disaster.
Another factor is that this draft class is the personification of mediocre.
I will be watching, though, hoping my Chargers use all of those picks on defensive linemen, safeties, special teams and offensive linemen.
If they draft a WR in the first couple of days, its a sure sign Vincent Jackson is as good as gone, along with the rumors that Chargers might trade for Steve Smith.
Which would put a huge smile on my face.

Things About The Draft I Do Not Understand

Why teams insist on drafting franchise quarterbacks in the top rounds of a draft that clearly does not have any suitable franchise prospects. Use your top pick on another area of need (and chances are, if you are drafting in the Top 10, you have several glaring areas of need). Wait until next year, and pursue a veteran in free agency. Only clearly top flight prospects are capable of flourishing out of the gate in the NFL. You could tell that Matt Ryan had the stuff, while JaMarcus Russell did not.
Also, I don’t understand teams that draft wide receivers high to fill immediate needs on their roster for the next season. While its difficult for a rookie QB to make an impact in his first season under center, it is nearly impossible for a wide receiver to accomplish anything. He simply does not have enough time with the plays, routes and the overall offensive system. If your team needs WR help RIGHT NOW! then get a free agent and draft the free agent’s replacement to give him time to get up to speed.
Running backs, special teams players and defensive personnel are usually the only players that are ready to play right out of the gate. Ready quarterbacks are rare, offensive linemen need time to learn the entire playbook (incidentally, offensive linemen are the smartest players, they need to know every single intricacy of every single play in the book, even moreso than the quarterback. Remember that next time you watch a game), and wide receivers need to know how to run each route precisely.

2011 NFL Draft Predictions

The Raiders will trade up to take part in the first round, and waste the pick on another questionable quarterback, bringing their QB roster total to 452.
The Vikings will draft a QB that they will end up trading away in August when they sign Donovan McNabb.
The team that drafts Akeem Ayers out of UCLA will walk away with the steal of the draft.
I hope that team is the Chargers.
Patrick Peterson should be the first overall pick in the Draft.
Cam Newton will be the first overall pick in the Draft.
Despite all of the bad press, I still contend that Jake Locker is the best QB in this Draft Class.
And yes, that is damning with faint praise.
No matter what happens, the pundits will say that the Packers and the Patriots drafted the best classes.
That’s all I got.


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  1. Doom said, on May 1, 2011 at 00:25

    They still play?

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