So I turned on ESPN this afternoon and saw that the Miami Dolphins signed Michigan OT Jake Long to a 5-year, $57.75 million deal with $30 million guaranteed. Personally, I saw this coming. Bill Parcells knows how to build football teams and Jake Long is far and wide the best overall player in the Draft. Congrats Miami, you’ve just laid the best possible foundation to building a winning team.
Now, onto the rest of the Draft. My Giants showed me that they can pick players well last year. Ahmad Bradshaw was a total steal in the 7th round (he played my school in the C-USA and was absolutely brilliant). I’m guaranteeing that the Bucs, my hometown team (and my “other” team) are going to baffle Kiper, McShay, and everyone else with their first round pick – they always do.
Lastly on my quick rundown, Kevin Smith (RB, UCF) is incomprehensibly the most underrated player in the Draft. He’s not even on ESPN’s, McShay’s, or Kiper’s list of Top 5 RBs. I’ve watched him play for 3 years at UCF (1 year in person as a student) and he is the real deal. My jury is still out on McFadden, but regardless, the safest bet at RB is Kevin Smith. He has amazing vision, great agility and power, moderate speed but an uncanny ability to break away from the pack, and he simply KNOWS how to play football. He’ll probably go in the late 2nd Round. Any later than that and I officially give up on the scouting process.