April 23, 2008

Pass The Valium Please...


Unfortunately, one of the most exciting times for NFL fans is alas, one of the worst times for Cotter. Today marks exactly 12 days from when I have my second final of the Spring semester in hell at law school. While you all delight in speculating and subsequently watching who gets picked and when, I'll be delighting in the joys of Supplemental Jurisdiction and the affirmative defense of Extreme Emotional Disturbance (perhaps an Eagles fan could shed some light on the latter...). So as usual, I plan to do my best to keep OFTOT so fresh and so clean. But I have some serious forces of nature working against me here. So I make no guarantees.

That aside, what else can one say about Saturday's big event? Let's see...here's a list of things I've been thinking, in no particular order:

(1) ~ I pity the teams who NEED to draft a QB this year. Matt Ryan? Chad Henne? Brian Brohm? I look at these guys and I don't see a one that I could justify taking in the Top 20(!) I guess that means we should be thankful we don't have to worry about that sort of thing for approximately the next decade, right? Big Ben Godsend.

(2) ~ I question whether it's a good idea to sign the #1 overall pick before draft day. Why would you do such a thing when you don't have to? You never know what can happen between Tuesday and Saturday...someone may make you an offer you can't refuse. Who knows?

(3) ~ Who will be this year's Brady Quinn? And will we be as pleased to watch him squirm? From what I've seen, the men who will occupy the green room when this whole shindig begins on Saturday are: Darren McFadden, Jake Long, Chris Long, Glenn Dorsey, and Sedrick Ellis (although I imagine they'll ask Matt Ryan because what's a green room without a QB?). Unless, as noted in the parenthetical, the NFL invites Matt Ryan to join the party, I don't really see any of these guys slipping.

(4) ~ Who will get traded on draft day? There's going to be at least one trade made in the 1st round. I'm convinced (although usually when I make claims like this I end up being way wrong...irish luck). Could it be Ocho Cinco? Anquan Boldin? Lito Sheppard? Roy Williams? Marion Barber? There's too many names hanging out there as possibilities for something not to go down.

(5) ~ How many beers will I drink in my mind while waiting the agonizing 10 minutes between picks? I mean, it's way better than the traditional 15 (which was one giant migraine last year...trust me, I was there). But that's still a lot of time to be filled with Mel Kiper and his amazing hair tricks trusty draft board. I guess this leaves me no choice but to delve deeply into the wild and wonderful world of Subject Matter Jurisdiction. And believe me, that's a party and a half. You should all be very jealous...

Anyways, what about you guys? Anything you'd like to discuss? Do you have any answers to my questions? Was this post way too serious? I mean, I don't even think I said "dick" once...weird...

9 comments:

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

I'm convinced the Steelers plan to trade down from 1.23.

There's a yawning chasm between their first-round pick and their second-round pick at 58. They need to add an early- to mid-second rounder, plus maybe another fourth or fifth rounder.

If, however, they were to draft Kentwan Balmer, he would step into the rotation at defensive end, not defensive tackle. He's the perfect size for end in the Steelers' alignment (almost identical to Aaron Smith). Depth at defensive end may be a bit more pressing issue than we realized, by the way. Anybody else notice that Ryan "Steely" McBean is STILL walking around on crutches. Not that he contributed much last year. It just doesn't appear that the Steelers will be able to count on him being in the mix. Granted, it;s only April, but still ...

domski43 said...

i would like the steelers to find a way to get an earlier pick in the 2nd round as well (for james hardy).

mr pit bulls, i think d-end is a need as well. smith and hampton hold it down, but i'm not convinced that kiesel is THE man. Besides, another d-end will only add depth (we saw what happened when smith went down last year) The steelers had a difficult time getting sacks last year as well. Pressure and pass coverage go hand in hand, but everyone wants to blame the secondary (which helped the steelers' d have one of the top ranked pass coverage units statistically in the league)


i would love the steelers to pick up anquan boldin (as unrealistic as it might seem) His size/toughness would fit right into the steelers' offense.

how about sean alexander? Are his days numbered? I think he would be a really nice #2 / change of pace back (behind willie)...something more serious has to be going on for him to be cut by seattle, unless they have 100% faith in tj duckett and julius jones.


anybody have any thoughts about jared allen being traded to minnesota? i didnt think the vikings needed help on the d-line...their secondary is terrible!

domski43 said...

to clarify...i know the steelers dont have the cash flow to pay for both boldin/alexander(or even one), but a man can dream cant he?

Marc said...

Alexander is done, he was slow and avoided contact last year, he wasn't all that good when he was the MVP his line was great. Boldin would be perfect though, maybe Kenny will hook us up cheap...

Anyway, i think Starks could really help us, Colon was ok, but he wasn't great, if he is an average to slightly above average guard and Starks is average to above average we could have a much improved line, not good or even great but average which would be a huge improvement.

domski43 said...

throw some two tight end sets in and ben will have lots of options and hopefully enough time

Cotter said...

JPPB ~ What about trading UP from our 2nd round pick? RE: Balmer - that definitely makes more sense in the 3-4. Do you think we have any intentions of moving towards a 4-3?

Domski ~ Would love to see Boldin in Black and Gold. Not sure if the Whiz is willing to deal him though. Also, I agree on Keisel - I'm not convinced he's a fit in our 3-4. He definitely doesn't tie up guys along the line quite like Hampton and Smith. I don't condone a move to the 4-3, but if we were to do so, he might seem like a better fit.

Marc ~ That's all I'm saying. I mean Starks isn't Sean Mahan...that is to say, he's not horrible. And while he certainly isn't a pro bowler (though anything is possible), I think it's worth giving him another shot.

By the way, I haven't read about Jared Allen yet. Saw it last night but didn't have a chance to read the full story. What did the Chiefs get for him?

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

Cotter: I don't see the Steelers trading UP in the second round, or any other round. They need draft picks. Period. They just have too many holes to fill.

My post today on JPPB outlines why I believe they are in an ideal position to add several excellent picks by trading out of their spot in Round One: Four teams vying for three QBs.

domski43 said...

needs more picks!

believe in kevin colbert...cotter, we need you to get photoshopping!

go pens/flyers...i would love this matchup for the eastern conference finals

tobiathan said...

I concur with the DE set: we need a pure pass-rusher AND a feasible backup at DE. Right now i'm not sure we have either. And the first round doesn't look too strong on d-line outside the top five picks.

And i'm a big believer in the determination of the chip-on-shoulder attitude of lower-round D-linemen.