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NFL Draft 2008
by Tony Medley
Something strange and
wonderful is reflected in the results of the first two rounds of the NFL
draft yesterday. Ignoring for the moment the fact that the draft is
patently illegal, the results indicate that finally some people who
actually understand football are making decisions for NFL teams. Instead
of drafting running backs and wide receivers, the two most unimportant
positions on a football team, these General Managers picked 18 linemen
and linebackers out of the first 31 players picked. Someone finally
heard my lament that football games are won on the line of scrimmage,
not by quarterbacks and running backs!
Quarterbacks and running
backs and wide receivers are worthless if thereís nobody there to block
for them. Yet in the past the first players picked have almost always
been running backs and quarterbacks. This year, only the two
traditionally dumbest teams in the league, Oakland and Atlanta, two of
last yearís worst, picked the glamour players. Oakland picked a running
back and Atlanta picked a quarterback. Look for both those teams to
bring up the rear again this year.
Who had the best draft?
Miami, hands down. I canít vouch for how good their top pick, Jake Long
an offensive tackle from Michigan, is, but they realized that it wonít
do them any good to have a great quarterback or great running back if
thereís nobody there to block. It reminded me of George Allen who
drafted Tom Mack out of Michigan, an offensive tackle, as the second
player picked in 1966 (Allen never had a quarterback when he was in Los
Angeles. Roman Gabriel, his choice, was so inept he kept the Rams from
being the poster team of the late Ď60s and early Ď70s).
Miamiís second pick, at the
top of the second round, was a defensive end from Clemson, Phillip
Manning. Then they got the steal of the draft, quarterback Chad Henne
from Michigan as the 57th player drafted. This guy is a real
gem. He was injured much of last year but when he finally played healthy
at the end of the year he looked like a star to me.
I was about the only person
outside of New York last year to say that the Giants had a real shot at
beating New England in the Super Bowl (and I picked them before
they upset Green Bay), and they continue to impress me. As I indicated
in my columns at the end of the year, the weakest part of their team was
their secondary. So what did they do? They drafted defensive backs in
their two picks. If these guys are good, look for the Giants to have a
great shot at repeating.
But I think that Miami is a
coming team. Maybe not this year, but if their GM continues to rebuild
the team by concentrating on linemen and linebackers, they will be back
in a few years.
April 27, 2008