Thursday, April 25, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Blog:: First Round Complete

6:51--Minutes until the draft!! I'm so excited to see what exactly is going to happen.  I have my wife and son here with me.  I'm rocking a CM3 jersey and my son is wearing a football shirt with the number #72 (Garth Gerhart) on it.  I will cover what happens on the board with what the Packers are wanting.  All Times are central time.

6:53--It's pretty well known that the Chiefs are going to take Eric Fisher with the #1 overall pick.  He should fit in with their other #1 overall picks from recent years.
Having some issues with this working properly.  Sorry for the delays in posting.  Also having some connectivity issues at Buffalo Wild Wings.
7:06--The draft actually starts...not really a surprise that there was a delay.

7:15--Eric Fisher is officially the first pick in the draft.  Congrats Eric!!

7:17--Jaguars are on the clock.  Last few first round picks include Justin Blackmon (64 catches, 865 yards, 5 TD), Blaine Gabbert, Tyson Alualu, & Eugene Monroe.  Top ten picks each of the last four years.

7:21--First Aaron Rodgers commercial of the evening.  Pay that man already.

7:24--Here comes Goodell.  The Jaguars take Luke Joeckel.  Good pick.  Like him better than Fisher.  Blocked for both Tannehill and Manziel.  Completely functional offense.

7:25--I think we are getting ready for our first trade of the draft.  Oakland should trade down.  Need a 2nd Rounder.

7:26--This is a fun time to point out that NONE of the Raiders first round draft picks from the last 4 years are still on the team.
7:27--Mel Kiper doesn't look like he has aged in years.  Also like the synchronized clocks from both the ESPN and NFL networks.

7:29--Just want to take a moment to say that the draft is going over the speakers here at Buffalo Wild Wings, despite playoff basketball being on the tv as well.  My guess is the Raiders take Floyd if they can't trade.

7:31--Glad the Raiders got their pick in just in time.  That way we can still only make fun of the Vikings on getting skipped.

7:32--Trade with Miami.  Dolphins are going to take Johnson.  1-2-3 OT.  At least I got the trade part of this correct.  I want to see what the Raiders got from the trade.

7:34--Dolphins take Dion Jordan.  That's a surprise.  They are definitely going to be trading a 2nd rounder for Albert now.  Which means they lose a lot of picks from this move.

7:36--Chip Kelly's first pick.  This should be Lane Johnson.  Almost no production from their last few first round picks (Fletcher Cox, Danny Watkins, and Brandon Graham).

7:37--I do think that this would be a great time for the first QB to go off of the board.  Geno Smith in a read option speed offense would be great.  Learn for one year under Vick.

7:41--It is no surprise that the Eagles took a tackle here.  Lane Johnson can do a lot of different things.

7:43--Lions are probably going to go with Dee Millner or Ezekiel Ansah with the next pick.  Both are big needs.  Probably a disappointment that the OT's are gone, but not to Clay Matthews & Nick Perry.

7:45--I guess it's important to state that no matter who the Lions take, I hope that he ends up being a bust, pretty much like most of their picks.  Maybe they are going to keep Riley Reiff at Tackle instead of guard now.  Stafford & Suh have been good lately.

7:47--Hoping that the Packers might have someone trade in front of us for a quarterback or that we can just trade down right now.  QB's going early would mean someone falls.  Right now, I'm not seeing anyone fall.

7:49--Hurry up and get out there Goodell, the pick has been in for about 4 minutes.

7:50--Ezekiel Ansah goes to the Lions.  That means 3 defensive lineman in last 4 years.  Suh (2010), Fairley (2011).  Ansah is unproven.  So we really have no clue exactly what he's going to be able to do.

7:53--Don't really think it's smart for the Browns to draft Geno Smith, but everyone is talking about how it could happen.  It just means that the Browns are dumber than you would think.  Which is hard to do.

7:55--Mingo goes earlier than expected.  3 OT, and 3 Pass rushers.  Not really a surprise from what we've heard about this draft.  Deep lineman on both sides of the ball.

7:57--The Cardinals have to upgrade their offense, they were just awful last year.  I hope that they take Tyler Eifert, Arians and the Colts took Fleener early last year, they know the importance of a TE to a young QB, and the probably are going to take one later.

7:59--I also would love to see that defense with Patrick Peterson on one side, and Dee Milliner on the other.  That would be so sweet.

8:02--Jonathan Cooper to the Cardinals.  They do need to block.  They go up against Justin Smith & Aldon Smith 2x a year.  Probably a safe pick.  But I am getting pretty nervous about how this goes down for the Packers, want to see some skill players go off of the board.

8:03--Bills have drafted in the top ten for 4 years running now.  Gilmore didn't do much last season, Dareus hasn't been great, but C.J. Spiller was sweet last year, getting over 1700 yards.

8:04--Tavon Austin should be taken now that the Rams are going up to the 8th spot.  Bills traded down.

8:06--2 years ago the Rams draft Robert Quinn at 14 overall.  He had over 10 Sacks last season.  Draft facts are important.  Still probably regret getting Bradford year before rookie wage scale.

8:08--2 trades through 8 picks.  Shows that very few people actually want to move up.  Because tons of people were waiting to try to trade down.

8:09--Rams take Austin, big shocker, only it's not.  It does mean Hopkins could be available at 26, someone we are keeping our eye on.

8:10--Can't think of a better draft moment than "We Want Sapp."  J-E-T-S fans are the most interesting to watch at the draft.  Jets should probably take Dee Milliner.

8:12--Show us what the Rams gave up to move up already.  I just saw Bills give 1st and 3rd, Rams give up 16, 46, 78, and 222.  That was an expensive trade by the Rams.  Great move by the Bills.

8:17--Jets take Milliner.  This is going to be the man that tries to fill the Revis shoes.  Titans should definitely take Warmack or Fluker here at 10.

8:18--Titans took Britt, Derrick Morgan, Locker & Kendall Wright the last four years.  Only one defensive player.  Titans are all about making their offense go this upcoming season.  They need a lot of help.

8:20--No matter which lineman the Titans take, the Chargers will probably take the other one.  They couldn't protect Rivers at all last season.

8:21--Watching a commercial for where you are currently at, is somewhat weird.  But way to go Buffalo Wild Wings.

8:23--Manti Te'o is currently #8 on Mel Kiper's list, which if they go by his big board, which they never do, that would place him on the Steelers.  That would be weird.

8:25--I think it's really awkward hearing John Gruden state that a team needs to upgrade it's "interior offensive line." They are called Guards & Center, not that complicated.

8:26--Titans take Warmack.  Back to back Bama players.  There is a major reason they have won the last 2 BCS Titles.  Warmack is the best lineman, but hopefully we can get Barrett Jones in round 2 or 3, would love his teammate.

8:29--The pick is in for the Chargers.  Why do we have to go to commercials.  Props to @RAYROBERT9 for getting 4/10 right in this draft right now.  Hits on Fisher, Johnson, Ansah & Mingo.

8:31--D.J. Fluker, just like I had said before.  Floyd should be gone next to the Raiders, since that's who they wanted before.  Although I had read earlier that they were high on the CB from Houston.  My Mock draft from Tuesday night had Dee Milliner right, and that's it.  That's sad.

8:34--Raiders added pick 42 from their trade down earlier, meaning they get to pick in round 2.  Recovering slightly from that horrible Carson Palmer trade.  Maybe one of the worst trades I've ever seen.

8:35--Finally I see that the guy from Houston's name is D. J. Hayden.  Only took me 3 minutes to find.

8:36--I don't really eat spicy wings, but I'm trying a wing flavor called spicy garlic.  Hoping that it doesn't make me cry.  You can't cry during the draft.  Also, I'm only on my 11th wing of the night, and we are almost through 12 picks.  Feel like tonight is taking quite some time.

8:38--I just mentioned D.J. Hayden, so I want to be clear that I had mentioned it before everyone goes, what?  Highlights make it clear that is is nice to play CB in the C-USA.

8:39--Hayden is going to go up against Bowe, Demaryius Thomas, and Malcolm Floyd 2x each year.  Seems like a good selection if he is up to the challenge.

8:42--Jets are probably going to go with a defensive lineman.  Maybe Tyler Eifert.  They need help so many places.  Don't think it's Geno Smith even though that's how they are presenting it.

8:43--Sharif Floyd is still on the board.  Hard to believe at this moment.

8:47--I think Richardson is a strong pick for the Jets here.  Over 100 tackles in the SEC last year.  Big guy from Mizzou.  Unfortunately won't be able to wear #34 anymore.  Also, the Clippers/Grizzlies game should be coming up soon.

8:48--Panthers pick is already in, so of course we go to commercials.  Richardson was a DT we had seen for a long time mocked to the Panthers.  Floyd or Star would be other strong picks right here.  Eifert is a possibility.  Still hoping that people take some skill players soon.  Packers want a DT or DE.  Or at least that's what I want.

8:52--So the pick is finally announced, Panthers take Star (refuse to try to type that last name consistently).  Star was rated so high, but those concerns and not being able to play at the combine looks like it sure cost him.  Saints probably looking at Vaccaro.

8:54--Picks that would be lopsided.  We are going to put Eifert on the other side at TE from Jimmy Graham.  Taking a page out of the Patriots playbook.  (Please NO!)

8:57--Buffalo trades down and takes Nassib.  Seems like it is a real possibility at this point.  Would love to see a QB finally come off of the board.  Please happen at pick 16.

8:58--One thing about watching the draft eating out at Buffalo Wild Wings, means I don't really hear the commentary.  Not bad news, since I already know who all of these people are.

8:59--Goddell cheered at the podium, because a kid comes out on crutches with him.  See those New Yorkers have a heart.  Great pick taking Vaccarro.  Best player Texas had on their defense last year.

9:00--Almost 2 hours in, half of the players haven't been selected tonight.  Started to feel tired.  This is not good news for my messages here to stay sane.

9:04--Bills fans excited that they took EJ Manuel.  Nassib will fall far.  Biggest surprise of the night right there.  Bills draft like crazy yet again.  The fact that Bills fans are excited only shows that they haven't seen good news from their team in years.

9:06--I guess I should be thrilled that the Bills wasted that pick.  Maybe I should even send them a thank you card.  EJ Manuel top QB taken.  WOW!!!

9:07--Jarvis Jones or Ogletree to the Steelers, my guess is Jones, but he'll be on a short leash.  Drafted Santonio Holmes after a marijuana arrest, Jones had a DUI, but they'll trade him quick if he does anything dumb.  That's just how the Steelers roll.

9:11--This is the first time I noticed that the Town is under the brim of the hat.  Not terribly used to seeing that happen.  Nicely done New Era.  I believe they are in charge of those.

9:12--So we see how a horrible team drafts in the Bills and then a great team at drafting in the Steelers takes an elite talent in Jarvis Jones.

9:13--49ers are on the clock after a trade with the Cowboys.  Who are we going to face the first week?  Who are you drafting?

9:14--Just seems awful to say that the 49ers & Cowboys have done a trade.  Completely horrible.  Eric Reid from LSU is now gone.  This is their replacement for Dashon Goldson.  Left to go to the Bucs.

9:16--Cowboys get 31 & 74 for the 49ers trade up.  Some good value, Cowboys have a lot of weaknesses.  Have a lot of areas that need to be fixed.  

9:18--Less commercials please, the teams are wanting to go quickly.  Giants pick is in, waiting for our rivals the Bears.  Giants take Ogletree, Bears take Eifert or Te'o.  Last minute predictions.

9:21--Justin Pugh.  3 Guards in the first 19 picks.  A draft unlike any other, the weird 2013 NFL draft.  I don't think that the selection is that strong with the value available.  Probably should have traded down.

9:22--I think the Cowboys are hoping for Menelik Watson by trading down.  Almost certain of it.

9:23--Bears on the clock, first pick in years without Lovie Smith.  I think that they are going to go on offense.  Would lean for Eifert over Te'o.

9:27--Still stunned that EJ Manuel was the top QB taken.  Waiting for someone to trade up and get another QB.  Jaguars & Cardinals both are options there.

9:28--Bears select Kyle Long G-Oregon.  Back to back Guards again!!!  4 Guards in the top 20.  I think they are aware that that offensive line has been completely miserable for years, but this pick is a reach, and no one wanted to trade up that high.

9:31--Bengals are on the clock.  I figure that this pick could be another safety, but Ogletree is a dream fall to them here.  Bengals take Ogletree.

9:32--Show Rodgers waiting in the green room.  He hated that.  He still wants revenge.  Put him back up there again.  Get him more and more motivated.  MVP=Rodgers.

9:34--3 years ago at pick 21.  The Bengals selected TE Gresham from Oklahoma.  Now they take a top TE from Notre Dame.  History repeats itself.

9:35--Falcons trade up and should be going for either Ogletree or Xavier Rhodes.  Need to improve both their pass rush and their secondary.  They keep trading up and losing valuable picks though.  They like to trade up--Julio Jones last year.

9:37--KFC, no one really cares if they ate the bones.  Your commercial is abysmal.  Or at least that is how it appears to me.

9:40--Desmond Trufant CB Washington.  Right position, wrong player.  Lots of Defensive lineman available.  Hopkins is available.  Ogletree, Sly Williams, Datone Jones.  We are getting an elite player if we don't trade down.  Thank you for drafting extra Guards in this draft.  Packers are set at guard with Lang/Sitton.  Glad we aren't wasting our pick like that.

9:42--John Gruden.  Too many issues and a year OOF for Mathieu means he will fall.  Did you not pay attention to Maurice Clarett's talent and off the field issues, when RB were still getting drafted early?  Last pick of round 3.  Expecting the same from Mathieu.

9:44--Always great respect to those who serve our nation's country.  I don't think that I could personally do that.  But respect them for serving the USA, and they deserve respect and honor.

9:45--Time to see who the Vikings want.  Probably someone that I want.  Sharrif Floyd.  Man, I almost forgot that he was still available.  Floyd is a good pickup.  Surprised he fell so far.  Many of the "top" players have fallen.  But that was expected as the draft was expected to be all sorts of lopsided.

9:47--I miss the times when there were only 5 players at the draft, because then we wouldn't have to have special on stage moments for all the players, and continue through the draft.

9:49--Got all 6 props right tonight on ESPN's "Streak for the Cash." If only there was an award for performance on that tonight.

9:52--Colts select Bjoern Werner, someone we maybe could have used, but don't think we were targeting.

9:54--Xavier Rhodes CB for Vikings also.  I feel like all of the picks in the division are being targeted at us.  Go at Rodgers with Ansah (Lions), Block Matthews & Raji with Long (Bears), Rush the pass up the middle with Floyd and a cover corner to go after James Jones with Xavier Rhodes (Vikings)

9:56--Our pick is in but we have to wait for commercials to be over.  Packers probably take Datone Jones, but would love Ogletree.  I'm pretty happy with the overall feel of how the draft fell to us.  Hopkins is still on the board, how high do we have him.  Our question will be answered soon.

10:01--Packers select Datone Jones.  Had a good feeling about this kid.  We keep going back to the Pac-12 for our top picks.  Thank you for showing him get a safety against Nebraska (my college team).  Love this pick.  19 Tackles for loss last year, 62 tackles, 5.5 Sacks.  Welcome to the Packers Datone Jones!!!

10:03--Texans probably taken Hopkins to go across from Johnson.  Maybe go with Keenan Allen.  Hopkins should be better.

10:06--Just want to give the Texans credit for drafting J.J. Watt 11th overall two years ago.  1 pick after Blaine Gabbert.  Further proof that the Jaguars are crazy, but a good pick with Joeckel.

10:08--Any reason that the NFL Network and ESPN can't go to commercial at the same time.  Hate waiting for them both to be back for any picks.  Can't really do anything about that.

10:09--Finally announcing the Texans pick.  Hopkins.  Not a shocker.  Gets a much better team by the Rams trading up to get Austin.  Does a good job of getting open.

10:10--Could very well see the Broncos taking Tank Carradine.

10:11--If the Vikings trade back up to get Manti Te'o, then I think that they are completely ridiculous.  3 first rounders??  But if they give up their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, then I would definitely be alright with that.  Less picks for them.  Crazy Vikings.

10:13--Side note Memphis and the Clippers with a score of 47-39 at the half.  That is definitely some Memphis basketball.  They play some ugly games.

10:14--So right now the end of the first round is Rams, Cowboys, and Ravens.  Just to be clear, the Cowboys were not in the Super Bowl last year.

10:15--So the Broncos take Sylvester Williams.  Another UNC player going in the first round.  Seems like it happens all of the time, but they are never a successful college team.  So much talent, but almost no wins.

10:17--Sly Williams wouldn't have been a bad pick for us.  But he is 24.  Glad we didn't go with him just because we can get more years from Datone.

10:18--Vikings have officially traded back in with the Patriots.  Can't hardly believe it.  It isn't a good move.  You don't waste that many draft picks, if that is what they did.  If you really like Te'o that much, take him at 23 or 25.

10:19--I guess I should be happy the Vikings are doing this, it just goes against my entire draft philosophy as a Packer fan.  Trade down and get more picks.  Acquire more talent.  Vikings give up 52, 83, 102, 229.  Just to get Pick number 29.  2, 3, 4, and 7th rounders.  See you again in round 5.

10:21--Just want to give a shoutout and some prayers to the people in Boston having gone through that recent tragedy.  Patriots are not an organization I like, I don't even like any Boston teams, but no city or people should have to go through anything like that.

10:24--As an OKC resident that had the 18 year bombing anniversary just 6 days ago.  I will not complain about seeing #BostonStrong on the television.  Even though I have complained about delays with presenting draft picks tonight.

10:26--Joe Andruzzi the former Patriot announces a Vikings pick.  This is completely fine with me still.  Good presentation.  Play some Sweet Caroline.  All good.  Can't make any complaints about that.

10:29--Cordarrelle Patterson and not Manti Te'o.  Vikings need a WR.  Still giving up too many picks for one player.  If the Vikings bite this year.  They will at least get a good QB in next year's draft.

10:33--Only 3 picks left.  That is a good sign since my energy level is dropping.  Rams get to make their 2nd pick of this round.  If safety is a need for them, take Cyprien from FIU.  That would be a strong pick.

10:34--Hoping that Arizona trades up with Baltimore to select Geno Smith from under the Jaguars.  Would be a fun way to end round 1.

10:35--Ran into some people from Milwaukee tonight.  Loads of fun to meet them.  They had a little boy just like I did.  Talked to me because I'm a Packers fan.  That's just how Packer nation rolls.

10:36--Rams take Alec Ogletree.  Another player that fell further than expected.  I think that the Rams have had a strong draft tonight.  Austin and Ogletree are going to do well together.  I think this means that the Cowboys select Menelik Watson.  Protect Romo.

10:39--I see that Matt Hasslebeck says he played with Andruzzi on the Packers.  Packers have to represent all the time.  With so many lineman going in round 1.  There might not be as much demand in round 2.  Projected Packers picks for round 2 are John Jenkins-NT Georgia.  Eddie Lacy or Giovanni Bernard RB.

10:41--See Rodgers is tweeting about Geno hanging in there.  "Good things come to those who wait."  Love having him as our QB.  Again, Pay the man.

10:42--Cowboys only get 31 & 74 for 18.  Seems like they got ripped off by the 49ers.  Travis Frederick Center from Wisconsin.  Cowboys had to be thinking Center when they took that trade. Still seems like a reach to me.  But that's because I'm not big on drafting Centers early.

10:44--Ravens take Matt Elam-S Florida.  Good pick by the Ravens, which is exactly what you would expect.

10:45--It's been fun ya'll, but I'm out of here.  Time for me to head out so that I can get up and go to work in the morning.  I've had a lot of fun doing this.  Hope that you all enjoy reading it.

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