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Draft Musings

April 25, 2009

Exams prevented Homerism from finishing off the draft preview. For posterity’s sake, here are a few more picks, based on the original draft order:

Baltimore–Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
Tennessee–Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
Arizona–Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

*Obviously, my opinion of Stafford differs significantly from that of the NFL scouts. We’re actually not that far off.
I agree that Stafford’s “tools” make him an outstanding prospect. Clearly, he has what it takes between the ears to make it in the NFL, too.
But there was just something about Stafford’s demeanor while at Georgia that I detested. On the sidelines, do you ever remember seeing him doing anything to fire up his teammates? Heck, do you remember ever even seeing him talking to any of them? Most of the time, I remember him sitting by himself on the bench with his head down.
From a personality standpoint, Homerism gets the impression that Stafford is either a lone wolf or just not personable or aloof or something else. Whatever it is, I really wonder about that ineffable quality of “leadership” when it comes to Stafford. He seemed more interested in winning a game on his own or showing what a great NFL quarterback he’d be. Either way, he just strikes me as a paycheck player.
So why even draft him at all? Well, that talents is tough to pass up. Tennessee just seems like the perfect place for him to get his start. The Titans have a mature veteran under center in Kerry Collins who can show Stafford the ropes. Most importantly, he may be able to teach Stafford how to lead a team.
Vince Young may be a lost cause, but there’s still plenty of reason to be hopeful about Stafford. Let him watch Collins for a year and then possibly take over.
*The Raiders dealt a pick in the second round, so Al Davis must understand that trading picks is allowed.
*OK, so all three USC linebackers didn’t go in the first round. Does that mean they’re not the unit in college football history? I bring this up not to dog the three players, but to point out that it’s stupid to judge a college player’s career based on where he’s drafted. Green Bay got a steal in Clay Matthews, by the way.
*Homerism caught the opening of ESPN’s draft coverage during a break in his class today. The opening sequence looked like one of those pump-up-the-jam intros before the NBA Finals, except starring Chris Berman and Mel Kiper in place of Kobe and LeBron. I half-expected Mort to shake-and-bake the cameraman before throwing a no-look alley-oop to Trey Wingo.
*Michael Crabtree is the best prospect in this draft, but that’s a horrible situation in San Francisco.
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Draft Preview: Buffalo Bills

April 15, 2009

Pick 11: Buffalo Bills

Strengths: Receivers, offensive tackle
Weaknesses: Sometimes they play games in Canada
The Pick: Clay Matthews Jr., LB, USC
To be honest, Matthews may be Homerism’s favorite (non-Oklahoma) prospect in the draft. And I can think of no better fit for him and a team than the Bills.
Matthews’ story is pretty well known. He comes from an NFL family with the bluest of blue collars. After walking on at USC, he worked his way up the depth chart to become arguably the most productive player on the Trojans’ star-studded defense in his senior year. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and proved to be a terror rushing the passer from the edge his senior year.
Much like Shane Conlan and Cornelius Bennett, the gritty Buffalo fan base surely would love Matthews’ work ethic and demeanor. He also offers a pass-rushing threat to put some bite in a defense that seems somewhat soft by Bills standards.
Ten years from now, Homerism expects Matthews will be a frequent Pro Bowler and respected defensive leader for whichever organization snatches him up in the 2009 draft.