As soon as I got wind there was a 26-year old former Canadian firefighter from Baylor available, I knew that is exactly the kind of player the Eagles would target. He’s mature! Some teams wouldn’t touch Danny Watkins because he’ll hit his 30th birthday about midway through his 4th pro season, his prime has already started. But, the Eagles don’t worry about things like age. They’re smarter than that. They worry about mileage (read: wild inexperience). I suppose if they had taken a punter the fans would have been less interested, but until this guy makes about 4 straight Pro Bowls, the fans are going to hate this pick–especially if Jimmy Smith turns out to be a player for the Ravens. The good news is, the Birds still have Kevin Kolb.
I said I didn’t care about the Draft, but that doesn’t mean after the 1st round is over that I don’t have some thoughts. There were some pretty interesting developments….
1. I find it interesting that everyone thinks Cam Newton will be a great quarterback or a total bust. No one thinks he’ll be just a solid pro. You look at Von Miller who was taken 2nd and there’s at least a few people who will say, OK, he’s not going to be a superstar, but he’ll be a solid producer for you for 10 years. Not with Newton. He’s either going to redefine the position or be out of the league in 4 years.
2. It’s interesting to see how positions are valued. I’ve heard a lot lately about the devaluing of the running back position. Now, there wasn’t a star back in this draft so you can’t judge by yesterday’s results, but in general it seems like teams know they have a chance at getting a decent back in the 2nd round or later. It makes sense with the sheer volume of backs that come out the same year. You’d think the same would apply to wide receivers, but it certainly didn’t yesterday. First round receivers bust with uncommon regularity and yet they continue to go toward the top of the draft. Is anyone confident A.J. Green is definitely a star? And, the Falcons gave up a TON to get Julio Jones. An odd move for a team that already has a lot of skill on offense. Four picks for the #2 WR in the Draft?
3. Only fans more frustrated than Eagles fans? Perhaps Minnesota who took Christian Ponder at 12. There was a run on QBs, and Minnesota needs one, but wow. Right after that pick I sent a message to Big Dub that said this draft was like ’99 Draft without McNabb. Couch=Gabbert, Smith=Locker, McNown=Ponder, and Culpepper=Newton. How’s that for some pessimism? If not Minnesota, how about New England? They had two first round picks only to take an OT with the first and trade out of the 2nd. Will the 1st pick in the 2nd round make up for it?
4. If I was giving out credit, I’d probably reluctantly give some to the Giants who got Prince Amukamara at 19. Seemed like after Peterson went to Arizona that everyone lost interest in defensive backs and Amukamara fell right to the Giants in the 2nd half of the 1st round. We all know they need secondary help. Other than Patrick Peterson it might have been the best pick of the 1st round.