Posts Tagged ‘2012 NFL Draft’

DDFP: Rich Eisen and the 2012 NFL Draft

Episode #65 features an extended visit the Face of the NFL Network, Rich Eisen, who just returned with Shek from the NFL Draft in Manhattan.  The fellas break down which teams succeeded and failed, and also debate the folly of attempting to determine “winners” and “losers” in the speculative exercise of drafting.  Rank and Shek are also reunited with producer Necktie Milner and by resident Dolphins fan, Handsome Hank for thoughts on Miami taking Ryan Tannehill, then discuss John Harbaugh’s critique of the stained Pats’ dynasty.  We hope you’ll enjoy it… but there’s no saying for sure ’til you give it a listen. Subscribe to The DDFP on iTunes.

NFL Fantasy Live – 2012 NFL Draft recap

NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano and Jason Smith break down the 2012 NFL Draft (heard on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio) and what it means for fantasy football next season. Which rookies will perform? Which rookies will be a bust? And why doesn’t Fabiano know who Justin Bieber or DMX are? All these questions and more will be answered. Hour 1 Hour 2 Subscribe to NFL Fantasy Live on iTunes.

My story: The Cowboys pick of Morris Claiborne shows how confident they are in 2012

During the week leading up to the NFL Draft, and then during the draft itself, I was in Dallas. In related news, I also live in Dallas now. Anyway, it gave me a chance to see the Cowboys up close, learn how they tick, see how they draft, and gain an understanding for why they did what they did. Hearing them before the draft, then watching them trade for LSU CB Morris Claiborne at No. 6, told me something very pertinent. They think they are gonna be really, really good. The result was my story that is now on the front page of NFL.com. With every move they made, from the blockbuster to add Claiborne, to filling in with projects […]

What drafting Cousins means for Redskins and Shanahan

The Redskins drew plenty of flak for drafting Kirk Cousins after taking Robert Griffin III. But the move says less about the team’s QB competition than it does about Mike Shanahan‘s future.

Now that the picks are in, trying to understand who got the better end of the Julio Jones trade…

One of the great unknowns in the NFL comes when teams make draft-day trades. One team is positive they are getting the better end, trading up to select the guy they want. The other team absolutely knows it made a smart move by trading back and loading up on picks. As Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this weekend, “Each one is kind of its own independent decision.” So, it’s tough to compare trades in a vacuum. But we’d still like to know who got the better of each deal. With that said, let’s look back at the biggest deal of the 2011 NFL Draft, since the loose ends were tied up this weekend. The Falcons traded up 21 spots, sending […]

This was a really strange NFL Draft… so let’s go over five things we’ll remember

Not sure what it was this year. The Draft was, well, awesome as usual. Loved watching it, especially after I turned off Twitter (for a few hours) in the first round due to a rash of tipping picks. Then it was good. But it was also kinda odd. Trades like crazy in the first round, lots of unheralded players in the second round, and the usual slew of curious picks. Maybe my draft prep was just poor. Or maybe teams are spreading their scouts out so far that everyone is finding a gem in a strange place. Who knows? Before we turn the page, let’s take a swing through what happened from Radio City the past three days, offering 5 […]

Trying to understand why NFL coaches really love selecting Boise St. players…

The Cowboys made an interesting selection yesterday, nabbing Boise St. defensive end Tyrone Crawford in the third round. A player I had to look up (you did, too, don’t lie), the Cowboys see Crawford as a try-hard guy who can eventually become a five-technique defensive end. For now, he’ll be an inside rusher, and they’ll see what happens. But what struck me was part of the reason why the Cowboys grabbed him. And it sounded like some of the reason that the Bears reached for fellow BSU pass-rusher Shea McClellin. They went to Boise St. And teams like that. Really. Gone are the days where you worry about competition at a place like that. Just turn on the film against […]

On a scale of 1 to awesome, how were my first-round predictions yesterday?

Before the first round of the NFL Draft yesterday, I made some predictions. Five to be exact. I went through a bunch of scenarios and made some semi-educated guesses as to what would happen. This was my post right here. How did I do? While we wait for the second and third rounds to start tonight, let’s review. But be warned. Not all of them are fantastic, so I’ll take your slings and arrows in the comments section. Here we go: 1st original prediction: The Dolphins will take QB Ryan Tannehill. How right was I? Very right. Nailed this one. As if it was that hard. The Dolphins were in desperate need of a QB, and when they went after […]

Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn won’t be at second round of draft

Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, who was one of six players left in the 2012 NFL Draft Green Room at the end Thursday night, will not be a Radio City Music Hall during the second round of the draft on Friday night.

Glenn is flying back to Atlanta and will not be in New York, according to a league source.

My story: How in the world did the Cowboys end up selecting CB Morris Claiborne?

It was one of the shockers of the first night of the NFL Draft. The Cowboys pulled off a stunning trade to select LSU CB Morris Claiborne, who was supposed to be gone in the Top 5. Instead, the Cowboys grabbed him at 6. And it surprised everyone. The Cowboys. Claiborne. The player’s family. Everyone. How did it come down? What went on behind the scenes? Figured I’d tell you, and take a long time to do it. This is the link to my explanatory story posted on NFL.com.

Justin Blackmon doesn’t feel pressure of No. 1 receiver

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fifth pick in the NFL draft, but the rookie told NFL Network Friday he doesn’t feel pressure to come in and be the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Fashion experts select the 2012 NFL Draft’s best dressed

Robert Griffin III NFL Network ‏ @nflnetwork – “@RGIII is styling with his baby blue suit! Whadda ya say @DhaniJones, @kirkmorrison, @michealcostello? #BestDressed” Michael Costello ‏ @michealcostello – “@nflnetwork @rgiii @dhanijones @kirkmorrison reminds me of the cool aide guy” Dhani Jones ‏ @DhaniJones – “Swag!! RT @nflnetwork: @RGIII is styling with his suit… @DhaniJones, @kirkmorrison, @michealcostello? #BestDressed” Sanchez Powell ‏ @sanchezp80 – “Gotta give it rgiii for the electric blue suit #bestdressed” Kirk Morrison ‏ @kirkmorrison  – “Powder Sky Blue RT @nflnetwork: @RGIII is styling with his baby blue suit! What ya say @kirkmorrison #BestDressed” Coby Fleener NFL Network ‏ @nflnetwork – “Pocket Square to match the ride? @DhaniJones, @kirkmorrison, @michealcostello #BestDressed http://pic.twitter.com/xWkYWHbw“ Michael Costello ‏ @michealcostello – “@nflnetwork @dhanijones @kirkmorrison […]

The Cowboys know you can’t have enough corners, but they’re still trying to trade CB Mike Jenkins

The Cowboys spent all last night saying that even with the trade up in the draft to snag LSU CB Morris Claiborne, they hadn’t made a decision on Mike Jenkins. Vice President Stephen Jones said that while no decision had been made, “Very rarely do you see people get through the season using three corners.” In the next room, though, owner Jerry Jones wouldn’t guarantee that Jenkins would be on the roster in training camp. And with good reason. I’m told this morning that the Cowboys are shopping Jenkins, who has one more year on a contract that should pay the former first-rounder $1 million. Both Joneses lamented losing a second-round pick in the Claiborne deal, and perhaps they can […]

Five things that really, probably, maybe will happen in the 2012 NFL Draft…

More time to kill, more time to kill… Well, this is getting closer. And as the kickoff clock to the NFL Draft ticks and ticks away, the focus is coming clearer. Yeah, this could be a crazy night. The rookie wage scale and some differing opinions on the strength of this class will lead to a slightly wacky experience. As you might expect, I have some predictions… Here are five things that could, maybe, possible, probably happen: 1. The Dolphins will take QB Ryan Tannehill — This has been smokescreen central. Loved it when personnel guys with the Jaguars publicly said everyone knew the Dolphins were picking the Texas A&M QB. Um, not quite. Even Tannehill hasn’t been told the Dolphins […]

A look at the four players the Cowboys are targeting for No. 14

We still have more than eight hours until the NFL Draft, and it can’t come fast enough. Seriously. All this buildup, say the names already. Can’t believe we have to wait until 8 p.m. Eastern to get this rolling. But still, while we’re just hanging out, might as well be productive. So, I’m based here in Dallas for NFL Network, and I’ve been at Valley Ranch with the Cowboys all week. And when we last heard from them, owner Jerry Jones sounded pretty open about whether he’d move up or down in the draft. He thought with the new rookie wage scale, there would be more movement than ever. “If we had a chance to gain on it and add […]

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