NEW YORK — Did you have Manti Te’o being drafted before Geno Smith? Because that’s exactly what happened on Friday night. Let’s take a look at the expected (and unexpected) from Friday night.
Is it really a quarterback league?
One quarterback in round one (not the guy you expected) and then Geno Smith stopped the skid in round two when he was selected by the Jets. Smith avoided controversy earlier in the day when he came to his senses and chose to stay in New York.
Could you imagine the controversy Geno would have caused if he had left New York, only to have to return because he was drafted by the Jets? Why, that would be worse than predicting playoffs for the Jets.
Oh wait …
That’s exactly what he did.
This is a puzzling move by the Jets. Didn’t they just sign David Garrard?
So you’re saying …
Maybe one of the more unexpected moves of the weekend so far is what the Jaguars haven’t done. That’s right, the Jaguars haven’t drafted a quarterback. Wait, let me check.
Nope, no quarterbacks.
Damnation of this class or an endorsement for Blaine Gabbert? Probably a little of column a, and a little of column b.
Stop the skid
Manti Te’o will be a San Diego Charger. And when you think of the media blitz, San Diego was one of the top options for Te’o to slip. Though to hear Ryan Leaf tell it, the San Diego media might be tougher than you think.
But when you consider the back-to-business Chargers just got rid of the A.J. Smith/Norv Turner circus, bringing in Te’o when there are similar talents on the board is a bit curious.
Oh and that’s Jim Hill who announced the pick. The same Jim Hill who played a reporter in “Rocky III”. (That’s right.)
Some of the legends of the NFL were on hand to announce the picks for their respective teams on Friday night. And some of them really enjoyed the spotlight.
Jonathan Ogden referred to the current Super Bowl champions. Guy McIntyre recognized the five-time champion 49ers. Former Packers great Dave Robinson noted Green Bay has won more championships than any NFL team.
Nobody had a better time than Tony Casillas who had the crowd eating out of his hand. The Cowboys are jeered every time a selection is made. Even military personnel hear it when they are calling the selections for the Cowboys (which is totally not cool, by the way).
“With the 47th pick in the draft, the Dallas Cowboys …” and Casillas paused for effect, “and STILL AMERICA’S TEAM!” The crowd went nuts and you could tell Casillas just loved it.
Stop the skid, part II
Tyrann Mathieu was selected in the third-round by the Arizona Cardinals. With Patrick Peterson as his sponsor, this was probably the best stop for Honey Bader.
Aaron Rodgers signed a big-money deal on Friday (you might have heard). And here Christian Ponder is still looking for low-low prices. Check out this tweet from Samantha Steele Ponder, the wife of the Vikings quarterback.
Well at least click the link to her Instagram.
— Sam Ponder (@samsteeleponder) April 26, 2013