BASN Draft Day Digest
By Michael-Louis Ingram, Editor
(first presented April 25, 2008)
NEW YORK (BASN/BASN NEWSROOM)— The Big Apple will be the last stop for a handful of young men ready to embark on careers as professional football player in the latest edition of the National Football League Draft, to be held at Radio City Music Hall this weekend.
A cast of thousands of football faithful favor with fervor the foils to forward the cause for their respective teams when they strap it on in September.
BASN will be providing their on the days’ activities with a special broadcast from 1:00 to 7:00 EST with the BASN team chiming in from all points in BASN Nation and beyond.
As the Sports MCs have been fussin’ and fightin’ for the past couple days, we finally decided on how the Draft in roll in Round One. And of course, we couldn’t agree on everything.
Our third member Wendell “MC Good Foot” Simpson is down in Florida doin’ some digging around of his own. He threw his hands up and screamed, “Just make sure my Iggles take Devin Thomas in the first round!” before tending to “affairs of state.”
So here’s how we see Round One going down, with the Professor’s comment first, with the asterisk (*) denoting where we agree:
1. Jake Long, T, Michigan, Miami: Although the Prof says this was a given, I had Chris Long going here, understudying under Jason Taylor and Joey Porter.
2. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU, St. Louis Rams: Right now he’s the best athlete available. (Hunnycomb says Rams would take Chris Long here as well, because turf-prone Rams may be reticent about the injury Dorsey sustained prior to Combine)
3. Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College, Atlanta Falcons…(Prof) Are looking at a quarterback to help fans forget about Michael Vick; (HC) This is a panic move by Falcons; who could, if they really want a QB that badly, get Joe Flacco (Delaware) in the 2nd round. Take Dorsey or Long if available, or coax Dallas or someone else into a trade)
4. Ryan Clady, T, Boise State, Oakland Raiders: (Prof) need offensive tackle to protect JaMarcus Russell and RBs they have; HC: No way – snatch up Darren Mc Fadden and tandem him with Justin “Baby Bear” Fargas. I gotta think Chairman Al has had his fill of LaDainian Tomlinson running over his ass to not want some git-back…
5. Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State, Kansas City Chiefs*: Here we agree. Chiefs see this young man as the second coming of Derrick Thomas with his hybrid potential.
6. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas, Jets: Prof says New York Jets will pick this guy because they need a home run hitter. This could be a Reggie Bush/Deuce McCallister deal in Gotham with McFadden/Jones; HC: I could be wrong, but, barring trades, I can see Dorsey falling to the Jets if my original scenario works out; just don’t be stupid enough to take Ryan if Atlanta doesn’t. That’s really gonna make Brad Smith feel like he’s part of the team, huh?
7.Keith Rivers, LB, USC, New England Patriots*: Yea, verily. After Junior Seau and the Patriots linebacker corps got old on the Giants final drive, he is manna from heaven.
8.Jeff Otah, T, Pittsburgh, Baltimore Ravens. Prof: If Ryan is not available, look for the Ravens get someone to fill the void with the retirement of Jonathan Ogden. HC: I like the pick, but like CB Aqib Talib better to work with the best safety in football, Ed Reed.
9.Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC, Cincinnati Bengals*: Cincy needs some beef up the middle. Tried and failed to get Shaun Rogers and Dewayne Robertson in free agency, so at least they know what they’re looking for.
10.Leodis McElvin, CB, Troy State, New Orleans Saints…Prof: Saints got battered pass defense. They were 30th in pass defense. They need this guy. HC; a good pass rush makes an average secondary a good one; I’ll take DE Derrick Harvey from Florida here instead.
11.Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State, Buffalo: Prof: Bills need to replace Nate Clements at the cornerback spot. This young man will fill the void nicely. HC: Slight disagreement here – I prefer McKelvin here – a tough kid that can take the cold. Bills have had good success finding guys keeping has been the problem.
12.Kentwan Balmer, DE North Carolina, Denver Broncos. Prof: The Broncos were 30th against the run. They need something up the middle. HC: The main reason the Broncos’ in-house rivalries with all their AFC buddies have heated up across the board in due to their borderline legal blocking schemes. Chris Williams out of Vanderbilt is as polished a tackle as if seen coming out in a long time. I think he’s the pick.
13. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois, Carolina Panthers. Prof: The Panthers need a big time running back. HC: Offense is the key, but WR DeSean Jackson (Cal) on the other side of Steve Smith could be scary.
14. Brian Brohm, QB Louisville, Chicago: Prof: Chicago Bears have no confidence in Rex Grossman. HC; again, why waste a first on a QB? I can see a big mauler of a line man like Pitt’s Jeff Otah here as a typical Bear pick.
15.Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon, Detroit: Prof: The Lions need a running back and haven’t had one since Barry Sanders. HC: I think Lions turned big Shaun Roger loose to get some young stud like Quentin Groves (DE/OLB) out of Auburn for rushing the passer.
16. Mike Jenkins, S, South Florida, Arizona: Prof: The Cardinals could use a good shutdown corner. HC: Yeah, they do — that’s why I like Rogers -Cromartie here instead.
17.Chris Williams, T, Vanderbilt, (via Minnesota) Prof: the Chiefs could use some more help on the offensive line. HC: Agree, but I think Williams will be long gone. I’ll take Clady here.
18.Sam Baker, T, USC, Prof: With this big offensive tackle out of USC, Houston has somebody to protect Matt Schaub. HC: I can see the Other Dark Meat, Arkansas Razorback tailback Felix Jones getting snatched up here and pissing off Jerry Jones big time. Pig sooooooeeeeyy!
19.Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas, — Prof: Would be a versatile player because of his 4.4 speed and his ability to return kicks. He can play safety or corner position with retirement looming for Brian Dawkins and the possible departure of Lito Sheppard. HC: That works, but Iggles are constantly being run over in the second half of the season. Here’s where I want a Kentwan Balmer to be a Pit Boss a la Richard Seymour and implode the middle. A receiver will be there in Round Two.
20.Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State, – Prof: Devin Thomas could be the speed guy to replace Joey Galloway. HC: you realize you’re gonna piss off Good Foot don’t you? How about a big target like Oklahoma’s Malcolm Kelly instead?
21.Limas Sweed, WR, Texas * – Yep — Limas Swede will be the perfect compliment opposite Santana Moss in Washington.
22.Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas, – Prof: Felix Jones could spell Marion Barber at running back. HC: if he does get Jones, look for Jones and that Chesire Cat smile on Draft Day. On any other team, Jones is the first teamer with a bullet. Look at some of his game stats aside from McFadden. But if he is gone, I can see Clemson’s Phillip Merling aiding the pass rush.
23.Brandon Albert, G, Virginia, * Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to fill the void of Alan Faneca with this Cavalier.
24.De Sean Jackson, WR, California, — Prof: Vince Young needs someone who can catch the damned ball. DeSean Jackson is the man. HC: Yeah, but I doubt he’ll be there. James Hardy out of Indiana will; a big target with good hands. Titans won’t need a Wunderlich to pick him.
25.Chilo Rachal, G, USC, — Prof: Seattle is happy because they need an offensive guard to replace Steve Hutchinson. HC; Seattle is even happier because Rashard Mendenhall fell to them without having to do a thing!
26.Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson, – Prof: Jacksonville Jaguars need a pass rusher on the edge. HC: Jags love to beat people up in the middle of the pit. Throw in DT Pat Sims (Auburn) to raise some hell.
27.Anthony Collins, T, Kansas, — Prof: San Diego Chargers could always use an offensive lineman. HC: Teams like Chargers need credible depth. Perhaps someone like Miami’s Dre Moore to back up the very valuable Jamal Williams at the nose on the D-line.
28.Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan, * Dallas Cowboys need a speed guy to eventually replace Terry Glenn.
29.Early Doucet, WR, LSU, — Prof: With Mike Martz as the San Francisco 49ers new offensive coordinator, a wideout is the pick here; HC; But they could use a pass rusher like USC’s Lawrence Jackson, as well.
30.Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona, * Green Bay Packers need a cornerback; with the hard-hitting Bigby and Harris, Cason can roll on in to the rotation.
31.Kenny Phillips, SS, Miami, * For the New York Giants, — Kenny Phillips will be the safety they need.
Super Sleeper: Dylan Barker, FS, University of Saskatchewan (Canada): This 6-foot-4, 205 pound lanky hitter can run all day, and the small American fields will be tailor-made to his skills. A Day Two steal for whoever gets him.
Black Diamond Special: LB Curtis Johnson, out of Clark College in Atlanta. Hopefully Falcs are paying enough attention to pick Mr. Johnson in Round Four.