Brett Farve out for he year

2013 Draft COUNTDOWN

Last year we demolished every NFL scout, including the ones who get paid the big bucks by their team.  We had 4 players rated as first rounders that nobody else did.  Russell Wilson, who was decent.  T.Y Hilton, who we had as the number one receiver and he led all rookies in most receiving categories in spite of being the 13th receiver selected in the draft.  Lavonte David who should have been the defensive rookie of the year after coming in second in the NFL in solo tackles and tackles for loss.  Our fourth was Vinny Curry who didn't participate much in the crumbling Dream Team era.  An NFL team picking in the middle of the round could have ended up with the best quarterback, best receiver and best defensive player in the same draft.  It was historic.  But they didn't listen.  Maybe this year.


BORDERLINE: Tyler Eifert; Johnathan Banks; Xavier Rhodes; Khaseem Greene; Johnathan Franklin; Montee Ball;Le'veon Bell; Darius Slay; Sio Moore; Zac Dysert;Eric Reid; Trevardo Williams; EJ Manuel

32.   Tyler Eifert, TE

31.   Giovani Bernard, RB

30.   Jamar Taylor, CB

29.   Xavier Rhodes, CB

28.   John Jenkins, DT

27.   Bjoern Werner, DE

26.   Margus Hunt, DE

25.   Kenny Vaccaro, S

24.   Damontre Moore, DE

23.   Sylvester Williams, DT

22.   Kevin Minter, LB

21.   Datone Jones, DE

20.   Terron Armstead, OT

19.   Sharrif Floyd, DT

18.   Ziggy Ansah, DE

17.   Brian Schwenke, G

16.   Johnathan Cooper, G

15.   Star Lotulelei, DT

14.   Alec Ogletree, LB

13.   Deandre Hopkins, WR

12.   Dee Milliner, CB

11.   Chance Warmack, G- Hate to go for Alabama players if there is any question about motivation and watching Warmack's belly flop around in the National Championship raised concerns.  Of course you watch him play and go "Damn", but you did the same thing about Andre Smith and he didn't give the Bengals a good return on investment.  We'll give Andre Smith 2.0 a chance but we're not happy meal about it.

10.   Desmond Trufant, CB- He's a little overly aggressive, but you will take that in a corner.  He's the physical trash talker that you will love when he's playing well and not so much when he's not.  He could be a Darelle Revis type and though Milliner's better now in coverage, Trufant is more of a ball hawk.

9.      Tavon Austin, WR- Percy Harvin.  Desean Jackson. Should those guys have gone this high?  We say yes.  

8.     Johnathan Cyprien, S- Nobody has him this high but us (remember when we said that about Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and T.Y. Hilton?) and we are usually right.  He's physical, ferocious and always engaged.  It will be a big jump from FIU and it make take him a year to get acclimated but safeties who dominate the field are worth their weight in gold. Black and gold maybe?  The Steelers pick at 17 which is one pick after the pick where they selected Troy Polamalu.

7.     Luke Joeckel, T- Great technician and smart, but not an elite athlete which is why we prefer Johnson and Fisher.

6.     Sheldon Richardson, DT- Dude's got an attitude, but so did Warren Sapp.  And that's who he reminds us of.  He's a big talker who has the rare ability to get into the backfield from the interior.

5.     Cordarelle Patterson, WR- Patterson's productivity and savvy are a bit underrated.  He only had one season in the SEC, but it was a doozie.  He will probably drop passes and run the wrong route on occasion, but when he gets the ball he's electric.

4.    Geno Smith, QB- He's got everything a team could want in a quarterback.  He can move in the pocket or run, but he's more of a passer and he has a good arm.  His production in college has been consistent for three years.  Far and away the closest to a sure thing (which there never is at QB) than any other quarterback in the draft.

3.    Lane Johnson, T- Should be an elite pass blocker who will occasionally struggle with the bull rush.  His hand use and strength is off the charts.  Think D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

2.    Jarvis Jones, DE- The only player in the draft who, if he stays healthy and motivated (both of which are concerns), could regularly get 15 sacks a season.  Those types of defensive players have almost the same value as an elite quarterback and there are only a handful in the NFL.  Big risk, but the reward is too good to pass up on.

1.    Eric Fisher, OT-  Fisher is a great athlete and a great technician.  He's a better overall athlete than Joeckel and has a stronger base than Lane Johnson.  He doesn't have a weakness and has all the tools to be the next Joe Thomas.