Mel Kiper I’m not. I don’t think I’d want to be, either, with that hairstyle. In a draft filled with surprises, including a record 34 trades, nothing was predictable. Well, except for Miami taking Jake Long with the first overall pick.
By the way, I know the Dolphins had a lot of problems last season, but really? An offensive lineman with the first overall pick? You can develop a good OL from a later round and have it work out just as well. The problem was that, with no clear number one-type player on the board, Miami couldn’t find any takers for a trade.
One year after taking a draft class that helped propel them to a Super Bowl victory, the New York Giants addressed some key holes on draft day. Their first two picks, FS Kenny Phillips (Miami) and CB Terrell Thomas (USC), should help shore up what became a banged-up secondary, also weakened by the departure of Gibril Wilson to Oakland. WR Mario Manningham (Michigan) could prove to be a great 3rd round pick and help contribute to the Giants’ youth movement at the position. Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress won’t be around forever.
The Giants’ late-round picks were mostly aimed at improving the defense. Two LBs, Bryan Kehl (BYU) and Jonathan Goff (Vanderbilt), were taken, as well as DE Robert Henderson (Southern Miss). The Giants also took QB Andre Woodson (Kentucky) to improve the team’s depth, but he shouldn’t compete for anything higher than the backup job anytime soon. Overall, it was a good draft for the G-Men, as they successfully addressed their biggest holes with some good talent. I give them an A-.
The New York Jets had many holes to address after a disappointing 4-12 season. They drafted 4 offensive players (most notably Purdue’s TE Dustin Keller) and 2 defensive players (headlined by Ohio State’s DE Vernon Gholston). Many Jets fans wanted to see the Jets draft a QB in the first round, but Atlanta selected BC’s Matt Ryan before they had a chance, leaving no talent worthy of their 6 pick. The Jets will rely on Kellen Clemens this season, with Chad Pennington and 5th round choice Erik Ainge (Tennessee) backing up. The Jets get a C.