As per usual around this time of year, we have the knee jerk queens who apparently stared too long at KIper's toupee with a video game controller in one hand and something else no one wants to envision in the other.
Anyway, this is a good, solid draft that reminds me of 2011's where you know it's an easy B grade out of the gate, but you don't know how the rest of the pieces settle in necessarily right away.
Jamie Collins: Know absolutely nothing about him, but I thought it was impressive he played Safety, then MLB and then DE, with some OLB in a 3-4 as well. Clearly, this is not lost on BB. Some had him as a 1st rd talent, at least one team for sure. At worst, he was a second rd talent and that's where they go him. I noticed he has an incredible jumping ability and is a natural cover guy. BB's personal visit down to Hattiesburg sealed this one. Always watch where BB goes for "speaking engagements". He spoke last year in Lincoln and then took Dennard ini Rd 7. Nuff said.
Makes me think of two things: Coverage in case Spikes bolts for more money. Or, BB is moving to more of a 3-4 in 2013. He comes off as more of a 3-4 OLB to me.
Aaron Dobson: Obviously, screams range and red zone TD ability to go with the insane other talent Brady has at his disposal here already. People have been clamoring for this for years, at least since Moss left. No excuse now. Many, many other NFL execs love this kid. He's an X or a Y. Regardless, the windows should be bigger for Brady.
Logan Ryan: A weaker CB class, so it made sense to hit it before WR especially if they knew they could get their WR later. Kid is quick, articulate, mature, a Schiano guy and projects to be a nickel immediately and could be a solid RCB here later on. Can't hurt. Good back up out of the gate. Knows how to play a good zone and press. Nice.
Daron Harmon: This was the pick that people like to use to pretend BB has gone crazy, but it's clear what he's looking to do after the dust settles. He wants continuity on the back end once Adrian Wilson retires. Little known fact via Tom Curran: BB wanted to trade out of this #91 pick, but he thought so highly of Harmon and what it means in the near future on the back end, he took him anyway. Speaks volumes to me, Kiper shuffling for paperwork or not. He hits, has very good instincts and had people raving at the Senior Bowl. A good kid, too.
Josh Boyce: I really dig this one. I wanted Patton, but I am good with this one too because he serves a similar need. Zuri Berry at the Globe here, who has no anti-BB tone, had him pegged here as an option. I had no idea who he was but looked him up once mentoned last month. Look at that 2nd gear. Oh my. The route running, good solid IQ, lines up all over. Very nice. Lower the drawbridge, Tom. That's your new favorite WR.
Michael Buchanan: What a steal. BB had many scouts out in Champaign 2-3 weeks ago and this is the result. That's 2 Ron Zook guys in the last 2 years that some think aren't BB guys, but I beg to differ. Tavon Wilson had a nice finish in the nickel last year and this kid screams Chandler Jones but not as agile. Not to worry. Is he a 3-4 OLB? Regardless, pass rusher. Can't hurt, especially that late. Mr Toupee Kiper had him in the 3rd or 4th.
Steve Beauharnais: Tracey White replacement. Koukavides competition. Clearly smart, versatile reserve type MLB. More Spikes insurance.
BB addressed NEED and doubled down in spots. When he does that, watch out. Did it with the TEs in 2010, the RBs in 2011.
Was a masterful move to get someone to trade into this weak upper tier and get an extra 7th to get Blount. BB takes a flier on a power back because the Vikes wanted "Cordarrelle" Patterson. Anyone see how he showed up in Minny today? Lol. Kid looks about 16, ready to hang at the mall. Jets couldn't trade back, Jax, many others, etc. Thanks, BB.
Words I heard from BB were "smart" and "mature". We'll see, but I like those words.
PS Armstead is a bonus. Reports, if true, are that he has looked "unreal" so far in the offseason.
Great post, Rusty. I agree across the board. I'm with you all the way on Boyce. I loved that pick and I think that him and TB will get along just fine.