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So the three-day primetime event known as the NFL Draft is over. As the Giants’ picks grew fewer and fewer, I got the same feeling that I remember having as a kid when I realized my Christmas presents under the tree were running out. But even if the Giants didn’t come out of the weekend with their middle linebacker of the future, I throughly enjoyed the weekend. Not so much because of the Giants picks, but because of the event’s new three-day format.

In terms of the picks, I don’t have many thoughts — you can read my musings on Jason Pierre-Paul a few posts ago. But contrary to what Mel Kiper and Todd McShay will tell you, it is impossible to grade the draft this early. There is a reason neither of them are NFL GM’s. Yes, based on your big board and your mock draft, picking so-and-so at a certain point is a major mistake.  First of all, I trust NFL coaches and executives a lot more than I trust these talking heads. Also, no one has hit the field yet — thus we have no idea how good any of these picks are. So that ranking, but it an A an F, it’s essentially awarded based on name value.

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I don’t think Rolando McClain will be Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis — but the former ‘Bama star was far and away the best linebacker in this draft and it certainly wasn’t a bad pick for the Raiders at 8.

I just wish he had went to the Giants.

New York needs linebacker help, and badly. But once McClain was off the board there wasn’t really a linebacker worth the No. 15 selection.

Instead the Giants went defensive end, drafting Jason Pierre-Paul from South Florida. I had read many places that the Giants were high on JPP. Once he was still there at 15, I was pretty confident he would be the pick — though I thought Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan might have been another option.

I’m happy with the pick, but not enthralled like I would have been with McClain.

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2010 NFL Mock Draft


I said I wasn’t sure if I would do this, but I have a few minutes before class and I feel like doing it. Here’s my mock draft, but let me say right now: After the first 5 picks or so, I have little if any faith in my picks. I’m pretty much guessing, and I haven’t talked to any teams or agents as professionals like Peter King have. So take everything with a grain, or a whole salt shaker, of salt.

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In the four years that Roger Goodell has been the NFL commissioner, he has developed a reputation for levying harsh penalties on players who exhibit questionable off-field behavior. With Ben Roethlisberger making headlines for the second time in less than a year for sexual assault accusations, Goodell has to be consistent in his punishment to avoid a league-wide backlash. Even if Big Ben has not been convicted of anything, he must be suspended.

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