Archive for April 29th, 2007


Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Jints Add USC’s Steve Smith

Giants Rumors & News

With their 2nd-round, 51st overall pick, the Giants selected USC wide receiver Steve Smith. Once again via NFLDraftScout.com:

Has good initial quickness and builds to top speed smoothly, using proper hand technique to defeat the jam and prevent from being re-routed … Runs with good balance and displays loose hips to change direction … Is a student of the game, putting in the extra hours after practice and in the film room … Has shown marked improvement in his training habits, adding needed strength and bulk to his frame before his senior year … Tough athlete who will play through pain … Shows a smooth running stride and the plant-and-drive agility to cut quickly … Has the loose hips to deliver good shake-and-bake moves in attempts to elude … Uses an effective veer move to get into his patterns and is alert to find the soft spots in the zone to settle under … Glides in and out of his breaks … Has the vision to recognize coverages and is alert …

Movin’ On Up…Again

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets have traded up in the draft yet again, swapping a 2nd-round pick (63rd overall), a 3rd-round pick, and a 6th-round pick in exchange for Green Bay’s 2nd-round pick (47th overall) and 7th-round pick.

Using the Packers’ No. 48 pick, the Jets selected Michigan inside linebacker David Harris, of whom The Daily News’ Rich Cimini said last week:

“At 6-2, 243, he’s a pure inside ‘backer. He’s smart and tough, an outstanding run stuffer between the tackles. “There are no holes in his game,” one GM told me.”

NFLDraftScout.com says the following:

Tough and aggressive run defender who is at his best when playing at the line of scrimmage … Has just adequate change-of-direction agility (stiff hips), but somehow manages to flow to the ball and get into position to make the play … Maintains balance accelerating to close and has a good feel for blocking schemes … Makes all the defensive calls and is good at anticipating the flow of the play … Physical wrap-up tackler who hits with a thud …

Pats Pick Classy Meriweather

Jets Rumors & News

With the 24th overall pick, the New England Patriots selected Miami safety Brandon Meriweather. Via Wikipedia:

Shooting incident

On July 21, 2006 Meriweather was involved in a shooting incident when teammate Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks. Meriweather returned fire and shot at the unidentified shooter three times. Meriweather wasn’t charged due to the fact his gun was owned legally.

Miami FIU Brawl

During the infamous Miami-FIU brawl, Meriweather was clearly seen stomping repeatedly on several Florida International players on the ground. Meriweather was ultimately suspended by the ACC and Miami for his role in the brawl. It is believed that his actions during the brawl and the shooting incident may have caused his draft stock to slip.

Better Late Than Never…

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Brady Quinn is a Brown after all. Cleveland traded up to select the Notre Dame QB at No. 22. In exchange for the pick, Dallas received the Brown’s second round pick, and their first round pick in 2008.

Big Blue Select Ross At No. 20

Giants Rumors & News

As Daily News reporters Rich Cimini and Ralph Vacchiano predicted yesterday, the Giants have used their No. 20 first round selection to pick Texas cornerback Aaron Ross. The low-down on Ross via NFLDraftScout.com:

Ross not only excelled as a cover cornerback for the Longhorns, but was also a standout as a punt returner, scoring three times on 76 runbacks during his career. His natural hands were evident, as he also deflected 33 passes and intercepted 10 others. Despite only one full season as a starter, he also generated 205 career tackles….Excellent playmaker with the ball in his hands on returns (punts, interceptions), as he has that explosive second gear and good forward body lean to hit the seams and gain long yardage … In the open field, he will generally win most foot races … Competitive player who plays with an air of confidence … Not the most instinctive player on the field and is slow to diagnose plays, but shows good urgency to close once he locates the ball …

Jets Trade Up, Select Revis

Jets Rumors & News

UPDATE: The Jets surrendered their own first round pick (No. 25), their second round pick (No. 59 overall), and their fifth round pick (No. 164) in exchange for Carolina’s first rounder (No. 14) and sixth rounder (No. 191).

Gang Green has nabbed Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis with the No. 14 pick, filling a huge hole in the secondary. Here’s what NFLDraftScout.com has to say about Revis:

Revis is not only a physical shutdown cornerback, but he also excels as a punt returner. The 2006 Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back) semifinalist is a versatile defender, having made a successful move to right cornerback from the left side before his final senior season … Has exceptional body control and adequate open field quickness … Smart player who thinks well on his feet and can handle different assignments, making him more that capable to digest a complicated playbook … Instinctive athlete who makes quick reads and compensates for a lack of blazing speed with good timing and a feel to make plays …

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