May 2, 2011
We will have much more in-depth analysis of what the NFL Draft means for fantasy in coming days – in fact, the Post-Draft Stock Watch is already up – but as we did for the 1st round Friday, we bring you a quick round-up here of what happened on Days Two of Three of the draft as we wait for a pivotal ruling from the Eighth Circuit Court in St. Louis.
Mallett’s fall headlines Day Two … While both QBs Andy Dalton (#35 to Cincinnati) and Colin Kaepernick (#36 to San Francisco) went off the board earlier, the big news of Friday’s portion of the NFL was the fall of the polarizing Ryan Mallett. Mallett, who is the best pure passer in the draft, has had his character called into question, and he dropped all the way to the 74th pick overall in the 3rd round, where he landed with the Patriots. Obviously, the Patriots aren’t in immediate need of a starting QB, but it’s a good spot for Mallett to land because he’ll get to adjust to the NFL under the guidance of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. If maturity is a problem, there’s no better place for him to go. Oddly enough, the 74th pick was acquired from Minnesota in the Randy Moss deal. As for the other guys, Dalton may get a chance to start right away, while Kaepernick, who probably needs some time to adjust to the pro game, will have Jim Harbaugh to coach him up. In other QB news, Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi went to the Chiefs, Tyrod Taylor went to the Ravens, Greg McElroy went to the Jets, T.J. Yates went to the Texans, and Nathan Enderle went to the Bears on Day Three.
Elsewhere, the Cardinals fulfilled a promise and drafted RB Ryan Williams, which could mean trouble for the future of the disappointing Beanie Wells. The Raiders played into the stereotype of drafting guys with fast 40 times by picking Taiwan Jones, the Dolphins added big back Daniel Thomas to their empty backfield, and the selection of DeMarco Murray could spell the end of Marion Barber in Dallas. Perhaps no team helped its skill positions on Day Two than the Lions, as they added speedy WR Titus Young and RB Mikel LeShoure, who fits well in a timeshare with Jahvid Best. Finally, the Ravens also got in upgrade in speed at WR, as they landed Torrey Smith, and Aaron Rodgers will have a versatile weapon to throw to in Randall Cobb. And at TE, Visanthe Shiancoe will have competition from Notre Dame’s Kyle Rudolph in Minnesota.
Again, we recommend taking a look at the stock watch, and please check back with us for in-depth analysis of the rookies in coming days.
Lockout back on. For now. Maybe … The Eighth Circuit Court in St. Louis granted the NFL a temporary stay on the injunction that stopped the lockout, and the NFL immediately closed down again as we wait for a decision on a full stay that would carry the lockout through the appeals process over the next couple months. The NFL filed a brief arguing for the stay this morning, and a ruling from the three judges should be coming soon. As we wait to see if we’ll get free agency in the near future, NFL Network’s Albert Breer summarizes what you need to know. It’s important emphasize that the current stay is temporary, and the ruling that really matters could come down today or tomorrow. Let’s hope for the best and hope the lockout is lifted again, meaning we can immediately get to discussing Kevin Kolb’s potential destinations.
Sizing up shaky QB situations … The Dolphins passed on drafting a QB, possibly buying another year for Chad Henne. They’ll likely try to add a veteran, but at the moment it looks like Henne’s job to lose, and he at least got some help in the form of Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas, Florida G/C Mike Pouncey, and Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates. Despite rumors saying they may take a QB, the Broncos passed as well and appear to be moving forward with Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton. Tebow believes he has the full support of John Elway and the rest of the organization. While there will be a competition, it sounds as if Tebow has very good chance of starting. One team that didn’t pass on a QB was San Francisco, as the 49ers spent a 2nd round pick on Colin Kaepernick. However, Kaepernick is probably not ready to play right away, and it’s quite possible the 49ers will roll with Alex Smith, who received a playbook from Jim Harbaugh during the draft.
- Despite the drafting of Mark Ingram and an “It’s been fun New Orleans” tweet, Saint HC Sean Payton expects Reggie Bush to be back in 2011. How the Saints plan to split touches between Ingram, Bush, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Ivory is another story.
Last but not least, I suppose it would be kind of odd to ignore the big story of the day altogether. However, instead of trying to make some kind of misguided attempt to connect the death of Osama bin Laden with football, I instead recommend perusing the front pages of America’s newspapers at the Newseum website to see some excellent deadline work of editors and reporters across the country.