Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Tuesday links - mocks, risks and Crabtree

Chad Reuter from NFL Draft Scout has published his updated mock draft. He has Seattle taking B.J. Raji (DT, Boston College). We've talked often why Raji might be an unlikely option for the Seahawks. It's interesting that both Reuter and Rob Rang have moved away from Eugene Monroe this week. In case you missed it, Rang has Seattle taking Michael Crabtree.

Adam Schein of Fox Sports is on the Crabtree bandwagon. "I'm not worried about his foot, I'm not worried about his surgery, I'm not worried about anything. I still think he's a top seven pick in the upcoming draft. Seattle will take him at four and if for some reason the Seahawks go offensive tackle... which I understand they might because Walter Jones is getting long in the tooth, there's no way he gets passed the Oakland Raiders at seven." - Schein.

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay record their latest podcast to discuss all the burning draft issues. It's always worth listening to, mainly because an explosive (yet entertaining) argument is never far away with Mel and Todd. Amongst the topics discussed - who's stock might be falling, what positions have the most value and a running back debate.

Walter Cherepinsky updated his mock draft today and still thinks Seattle will take Michael Crabtree. "Though Michael Crabtree going in this spot isn't as much of a lock as it once was, I still feel as though Seattle will take him. A common belief is that the Seahawks have fixed their receiving corps with Houshmandzadeh. That's factually incorrect." - Cherepinsky.

Mike Mayock and Michael Lombardi discuss the kind of risks involved in the NFL Draft. This is crucial for Seattle picking in the top five this year. Chances are, the rookie taken fourth overall will be the biggest earner on the roster (as crazy as that sounds). Making sure you draft a prospect that can not only produce but also as quickly as possible will be a tough challenge for Tim Ruskell.


Louis said...

Hey Rob, u said earlier that you were going to be doing this "chat" type thing on here sometime soon? Do u know when?

And the more the merrier, so do u think u might do one this week? =D

Rob Staton said...

I have the software to do it whenever really, but it's a case of drumming up enough interest to make it worthwhile. I'll have a think about it and let you know when it's likely to happen.

Anonymous said...

Is Matt Maguire an alcoholic? His draft blogs and general observations make me think he is blogging from Schick Shadel. He absolutely craps on Crabtree, overrated this, overrated that. Now I read he says Percy Harvin is underrated. Underrated route runner, underrated hands. Where does he get this from? I saw him run absolutely minimal at best routes at Florida. His main route was "get into open space." He calls him a tough kid, but how does one so quickly call an injury prone kid tough? Does he maybe ever think that he doesn't play through normal wear and tear? I really want to give everyone respect in their opinions, but his view of reality in regards to the draft is frightening.

So people keep comparing Harvin to Reggie Bush. What has Bush done so spectacular in the NFL? Bush was a better RB and a better WR coming out of college, just look at the numbers. Not to mention, Bush was never injured at USC and now he can't stay healthy in the NFL. What makes these people think that Harvin is going to be better than Bush? I find it dumbfounding that they project him to teams like the Jets who play in cold weather and they expect an injury prone Florida athlete to not only stay healthy but adapt overnight to a pro style system. Sorry for the little rant, I just have a hard time finding some of these guys to be credible/knowledgeable when they argue Harvin is underrated and Beanie Wells is a top prospect like Matt Maguire has.

I can't wait to see his next argument, "Why NFL teams don't need a QB." Should be a doozy.

Big Joe said...

That is not a bad rant, it is a good and honest rant. Too much value is placed on "expert analysis" as history shows. But the fan moths to the flame of any scrap of info, No disrespect to you Rob. As a fan I love the info and want to engage in the proccess, but the hard part, rant aproaching, is the bleeping experts act like they are hitting at 95 percent while few break over 60 percent and many worse than that.

That is one of the reasons I like your blog Rob. You give information with depth and respect and give supporting info to your ideas along with many other "insights" from others. Please keep up the good work.

Rob Staton said...

Thanks Joe, it's always nice to get positive feedback.