Well, its halfway through the second round and I think I can pretty clearly say who has won and lost in this draft.
1. Tennessee Titans.
Although I personally would have gone with Leinart because I think he's ready, Vince Young is certainly just as good and he WILL be better in the long run, IMO. Tennessee loves the big mobile quarterback--it worked with Steve McNair, it will work with Vince Young. The key for Tennessee now is to bring back Steve McNair, who would make a tremendous mentor. Then they picked LenDale White, the bruising back from USC. Tennessee is in deep need of offensive help, and this draft has been great for them. So far, so good.
2. New Orleans Saints.
Two words: Reggie. Bush.
3. Arizona Cardinals.
Come on, Matt Leinart in any other draft would be a #1 pick. Arizona was probably contemplating either Jay Cutler or a defensive back or linebacker. Now when you put this in the context of Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Bolden AND Edggerin James--this is the steal of all steals in any NFL Draft. Mark my words, Kurt Warner won't make it to week 3 and Arizona will make the playoffs.
1. Houston Texans.
Nothing against Mario Wiliams, and the Texans surely needed defensive help--but not drafting Reggie Bush was a COLLOSAL mistake. If they wanted someone of defense, they could have picked up a D'Qwell Jackson in round 2. Franchises don't get to pick a Reggie Bush. This is a once-in-a-lifetime talent that they passed on because they were afraid he was going to hold out or something. When Reggie Bush wins an MVP in five years for New Orleans, Texans fans will remember this day.
2. Buffalo Bills.
Talk about not knowing the market. They could have traded down for more picks and STILL got Donte Whitner. They really needed lineman help on both ends. This draft was loaded with DBs, some better than Whitner. Haloti Ngata or Winston Justice would have made WAY more sense here. Tough break for Buffalo, who are the cusp of competing again. Not so much now.
3. Washington Redskins.
No picks in the first round means bad management by Danny Boy and Vinny C. Rocky McIntosh is a good pick, but Washington, despite their free-agent happy reputation, always does well on draft day. Arrington, Jansen, Taylor, Karlos Roges, Fred Smoot among others have all been drafted by Washington. And I still think Jason Campbell will be a great QB. This was a disappointing showing.
These are my general feelings. As for MY New England Patriots, I'm pleased. Lawrence Mulroney, after Bush, might be the most pro-ready RB out there, and Corey Dillon has clearly seen his best days go by. Mulroney was durable and explosive playing tough, cold-weather football in the Big Ten. As for Chad Jackson, who was a bit up and down in Florida, its a good pick. With David Givens in Tennessee, the normal deep WR corp in Foxboro has been wittled down. But with the emergence of Ben Watson and Daniel Graham at TE, Mulroney giving Dillon some rest, Deion Branch's growing explosivness, and now Jackson--who fits the NE mold of WR, small and fast. Combined all this with Tom Brady, and New England's offense might be back next year. Now if we could just bring back Ty Law and get another d-lineman.