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Devil's Advocate
Teams will bypass sure things for flashy, risky picks

By Ron Borges

NBCSports.com contributor

NFL coaches, scouts, personnel directors and general managers are

growing paler by the day this month and not simply because as spring

dawns they go into hibernation.

The reason so many of them have begun to look a little peaked has very

little to do with the fact that for the next three weeks they will be

locked in darkened meeting rooms trying to evaluate the fitness of 300

or more college football players to earn a living in the NFL. That in

itself is a daunting task, but the real reason they're looking a bit

drawn is that most of them know that come April 28, they will have to

make selections they're not sure about of young players they can't know

enough about. Many of these players will become albatrosses around their

selectors' necks.

Other than that, the NFL draft is a pretty enjoyable time.

Every year it's like this. More than 300 new faces enter the NFL, many

of them with big reputations and, more importantly to the teams, big

signing bonuses. Far too few of them pan out when you consider how much

money and man hours are invested in this whole process of evaluation.

That's the nature of the beast and this year, even at the top of the

draft, there are more questions than answers.

The Houston Texans, it has been said, have no choice but to draft

Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush with the first pick even

though they have far more pressing needs than adding a runner to an

offense that already has a pretty good one. Bush is explosive,

versatile, focused, productive at the highest level and small. In the

end, that last point might not mean a thing, but if it does, Texans

general manager Charley Casserly never will hear the end of it,

especially if Texas hero and Houston native Vince Young goes to someone

else and becomes a star, as at least some teams find likely.

Yet their opinion doesn't make Young a lock, either. With a Wonderlic

score that could have been exceeded if he'd simply thrown darts at the

test and a throwing motion that makes some quarterback coaches blanch,

Young knows the Texans aren't likely to pick him.

More than likely he won't be the second player taken, either ,and if he

gets by the third team, Tennessee, he could slide down the board to No. 10.

Some experts postulate he wouldn't get by the Oakland Raiders at No. 7,

but the Raiders want to throw the ball deep, and that's what Young does

worst. So why would they take him? Because stranger things have happened

in the draft ... and surely will again. But the odds are against it.

Speaking of odd, take the odd case of the New Orleans Saints. The Saints

pick second and have a myriad of holes to fill. They could use middle

linebacker, a tackle or a defensive lineman, and there are surefire

prospects available at each position. They can take a guy considered the

lock of the draft, Virginia tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and let him

fill a primary need, or they could select defensive end Mario Williams

or linebacker A.J. Hawk, who are considered the consensus best defensive

players in this draft at two positions where they could use reinforcements.

So why are they going to take a quarterback instead after investing

millions to sign free agent Drew Brees? Because Brees isn't a sure

thing, even after two highly productive seasons with the San Diego

Chargers, because he's recovering from a terrible shoulder injury

sustained in San Diego's final game last season. Even though they paid

Brees a huge price to not sign with Miami, the Saints fear they can't

pass up a potential franchise quarterback such as USC's Matt Leinart,

even though one would think they already signed one.

But that is not the end of the Saints' problems with the No. 2 pick.

The rest of the story, as radio host Paul Harvey used to say in a

stentorian voice, is which quarterback do they take? Is it Leinart, the

consensus choice, or Young, the phenomenal athlete but questionable

passer or, after all is said and done, will Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler

prove to be the best? Or could it be none of the above?

That is part of the dilemma for the teams drafting at the top this year.

Considering that the winningest quarterback in the league in recent

years was a guy who was drafted by the New England Patriots after 198

other players were taken, including the tight end from Boise State New

England took one round before it took a flyer on a kid named Tom Brady.

Such are the vagaries of the NFL draft, a procedure that is alchemy, not

chemistry.

Depending on what the Saints do, next up it's Titans general manager

Floyd Reese who has to sweat. With long-time starting quarterback Steve

McNair banned from the club's complex because he won't re-negotiate his

contract to cut down on a $23 million salary cap number (that's not a

cap, that's a tiara), it seems pretty clear a new quarterback is on the

horizon in Tennessee. If the Saints remove one of the names from the

list, do the Titans ignore their own hometown hero, Cutler, and go with

Young even though he's much less of a polished passer in the hope he

will develop in a couple of years into a more mobile version of McNair?

Or do they actually forget all that noise and draft for their greatest

needs, which are all on defense and where at this point in the draft

surer picks such as Williams and Hawk will still be on the board?

These are the kind of decisions that cause men such as Reese to go

prematurely gray. But what are the Titans going to do?

They've spoken so highly in public of Young, it seems reasonable to

assume they won't take him. Whatever they do, at least one and maybe two

of those quarterbacks will be around when the lowly New York Piper Cubs

(they've got a long way to go before they're the Jets again) are on the

clock.

Rookie GM Mike Tannenbaum and rookie coach Eric Mangini never have

picked a single player for an NFL team, which is not the most

encouraging thought for Jets fans. Neither is the fact that they may

feel forced to take what could be considered the third-best quarterback

on the board rather than the best defensive player or the best offensive

lineman because their incumbent, Chad Pennington, has a shoulder that

keeps falling apart.

A former No. 1 pick himself, Pennington has played well when his

shoulder has not resembled a jigsaw puzzle. However, at the moment

that's what it is — a puzzle that has been surgically repaired each of

the past two offseasons — so the Jets could be forced to take a

quarterback when their most pressing needs are on defense and at tackle,

the position most responsible for the condition of Pennington's shoulder

in the first place.

Do they go for Williams to replace departed Pro Bowl defensive end John

Abraham, which would be the more logical choice? Or do they gamble on a

quarterback in the belief that they can't afford to pass on one of the

Big Three, even though most scouts seem convinced at least one of them

is going to be an empty promise five years from now?

Or why not play it very safe and take Ferguson, who can keep whoever

their quarterback is from experiencing two years worth of shoulder surgery?

Whatever those top four teams do will determine what the Packers, who

need everything, the 49ers, who are in the same boat, and the Raiders,

Bills and Lions do. Green Bay and San Francisco would seem most likely

to go defense, which is still the safest route this year, and the same

may be true of Oakland. The Bills just traded Eric Moulds, so they need

an explosive wide receiver, and the best ones in this draft still will

be available when they select No. 8. Then again, there will be higher

rated defensive players on the board as well. What's a personnel

director to do?

Turn paler and pick, that's what.

As for Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh, NFC champion Seattle and final

four teams Indianapolis and Carolina, the task might be more daunting.

By the time they make their selections, the top-rated collegians will

all be gone. These teams will either reach for need, which is almost

always a disastrous decision, or learn from the league's many drafting

mistakes of the past and take the best player available, although not to

the extent the Patriots have gone in stockpiling tight ends the last

couple of years.

There's been millions upon millions of dollars spent on scouting and

endless hours of research and discussion about the players available,

yet it's still a crapshoot. It's the kind of exercise that will make

otherwise fit men turn pale and gray. Very gray, in some cases, but

maybe not as gray as the team that decides it has no choice but to grab

Bush's backup at USC, power running LenDale White.

White seems hell-bent on eating himself out of pro football before he

even gets there. He's the only one of the top eight rated backs to weigh

over 215 pounds, and he was closer to 245 than 215 when he appeared at

USC's Pro Day workouts. By the time they left campus, many NFL scouts

felt White had become a risk, because it's hard to believe his apparent

penchant for late-night snacks and Big Macs will be quenched once he

signs a deal for millions of dollars?

Someone will take him in the first round, however, because he's got in

abundance the thing that's gotten more GMs, coaches and personnel men

fired than any other thing in football. White has potential, which is

another way of saying he hasn't done enough yet. Of course, now that

it's pale season in the NFL, few prospects have.

What will happen on April 28-29, is an odyssey into the commodities

market for NFL teams. The commodity is college football players, and

that's a volatile market whose success has little to do with science and

a lot to do with luck. If you question that, talk to the teams that

picked 198 players before anyone wanted Tom Brady.
Only problems I have with the article are the two parts I bolded.I think New Orleans has all their QB eggs in Drew's basket. I don't see them taking a QB with all their needs. Trading down slightly on draft day is a more likely scenario.

As for the Bills, there is no chance they stay at 1.08 and take one of the receivers in this weak WR crop. Fans and media would be calling for Levy's head after one pick.

 
I think New Orleans has all their QB eggs in Drew's basket. I don't see them taking a QB with all their needs. Trading down slightly on draft day is a more likely scenario.

As for the Bills, there is no chance they stay at 1.08 and take one of the receivers in this weak WR crop. Fans and media would be calling for Levy's head after one pick.
Thanks for the article. I agreee with both your comments. But I have a feeling this draft is going to be very bizarre through round 1.
 
I think New Orleans has all their QB eggs in Drew's basket. I don't see them taking a QB with all their needs. Trading down slightly on draft day is a more likely scenario.

As for the Bills, there is no chance they stay at 1.08 and take one of the receivers in this weak WR crop. Fans and media would be calling for Levy's head after one pick.
Thanks for the article. I agreee with both your comments. But I have a feeling this draft is going to be very bizarre through round 1.
And I'm going to love every second of it. Christmas in April! :popcorn:
 
What a useless article. Thanks for wasting 5 mins of my time. Not one thing in this article was informative....just a bunch of recycled crap that everyone knows

:yawn: :yucky: :thumbdown: :rant: :hot: :bag:

 
What a useless article. Thanks for wasting 5 mins of my time. Not one thing in this article was informative....just a bunch of recycled crap that everyone knows

:yawn: :yucky: :thumbdown: :rant: :hot: :bag:
member name sweetness...lol
 
If you knew who Ron Borges was, you would not have wasted your time by reading it.
Obviously I did not know who he was.....I am still amazed at how long the article was and still had absolutely NOTHING in it worth reading..... :o
 
If you knew who Ron Borges was, you would not have wasted your time by reading it.
Obviously I did not know who he was.....I am still amazed at how long the article was and still had absolutely NOTHING in it worth reading..... :o
Borges = blowhard
 
Tell me Bri.....what did you learn from that article? Tell me one thing....
I learned you can throw darts at the wonderlic. And Young's throwing motion that makes some quarterback coaches blanch.I did learn never to read anything by Borges again, so that was valuable.

 
Thats the typical Borges M.O., he likes to portray himself as having all the answers but often all he ends up doing is spewing crap out of boths sides of his mouth so he can later say "I told you so".

Much like a broken clock, Ron "Broken Clock" Borges is right twice a day.

Let me paraphrase 3 of my favorite Borges pearls of wisdom.

1. "What the hell is the idiot braintrust of the Patriots thinking, passing on a stud like David Terell and taking a DL that most experts believe is too tall to play NT and too slow to play DE".

The DL NE took was a stiff named Richard Seymour.

2. "This team isn't going to any Super Bowls anytime soon and 1 of the main reasons why is the coaching staff foolishly plays it's veterans on special teams"

Borges writing in the Globe just prior to the start of the 2001 regular season right after Ted Johnson was injured playing special teams in an exhibition game.

Not only was Borges wrong about NE not going to a SB anytime soon, since that very year they went and won, but the reason he gave that they wouldn't go (playing veterans on special teams) proved in fact to be one of the main reasons why they won.

3. "He (BB) has no idea what he is doing, he has got to be out of his mind playing a stiff like Tom Brady and not giving the job back to a stud like Drew Bledose"

The guy is a boob...................

 
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Some actual Borges quotes:

Bottom line is, you know, I bet he had a lot of his lunch money taken from him in sixth grade. And you know what? And you know what? I’d have had all his quarters. - Ron Borges, On ESPN Boston, 01/06/06, speaking of Bill Belichick

Belichick will not be so lucky. He doesn't have (Jimmy) Johnson's personality, which can be as jovial and charming as a snake oil salesman's. Worse, this Patriot team isn't going to win two Super Bowls any time soon... - Ron Borges, Boston Globe, 11/22/01

On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson or the second-best tackle in the draft in Kenyatta Walker, they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sacks last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon. - Ron Borges, MSNBC after 2001 Draft.

 
Thats the typical Borges M.O., he likes to portray himself as having all the answers but often all he ends up doing is spewing crap out of boths sides of his mouth so he can later say "I told you so".

Much like a broken clock, Ron "Broken Clock" Borges is right twice a day.

Let me paraphrase 3 of my favorite Borges pearls of wisdom.

1. "What the hell is the idiot braintrust of the Patriots thinking, passing on a stud like David Terell and taking a DL that most experts believe is too tall to play NT and too slow to play DE".

The DL NE took was a stiff named Richard Seymour.

2. "This team isn't going to any Super Bowls anytime soon and 1 of the main reasons why is the coaching staff foolishly plays it's veterans on special teams"

Borges writing in the Globe just prior to the start of the 2001 regular season right after Ted Johnson was injured playing special teams in an exhibition game.

Not only was Borges wrong about NE not going to a SB anytime soon, since that very year they went and won, but the reason he gave that they wouldn't go (playing veterans on special teams) proved in fact to be one of the main reasons why they won.

3. "He (BB) has no idea what he is doing, he has got to be out of his mind playing a stiff like Tom Brady and not giving the job back to a stud like Drew Bledose"

The guy is a boob...................
That stuff is GREAT...Does he know he's a BOOB?

How wrong could one be.

 
What a useless article. Thanks for wasting 5 mins of my time. Not one thing in this article was informative....just a bunch of recycled crap that everyone knows

:yawn: :yucky: :thumbdown: :rant: :hot: :bag:
It took you 5 minutes to read that article?This explains a lot. Here, have a cookie. :11:

 
If you knew who Ron Borges was, you would not have wasted your time by reading it.
Obviously I did not know who he was.....I am still amazed at how long the article was and still had absolutely NOTHING in it worth reading..... :o
Borges = blowhard
Correction...arrogant blowhard.
I'll follow up too... arrogant bloward who is usually wrong.I didn't read the article because I won't read anything from him. He's consistently bashed the Pats since Belicheck's hiring and he's been horribly, stubbornly wrong. My advice don't waste any more of your precious life reading his stuff.

 
If you knew who Ron Borges was, you would not have wasted your time by reading it.
Obviously I did not know who he was.....I am still amazed at how long the article was and still had absolutely NOTHING in it worth reading..... :o
Borges = blowhard
Correction...arrogant blowhard.
I'll follow up too... arrogant bloward who is usually wrong.I didn't read the article because I won't read anything from him. He's consistently bashed the Pats since Belicheck's hiring and he's been horribly, stubbornly wrong. My advice don't waste any more of your precious life reading his stuff.
:goodposting: Unless we are in a league together. At that point, you should read all of this idiot's works.

 
If you knew who Ron Borges was, you would not have wasted your time by reading it.
Obviously I did not know who he was.....I am still amazed at how long the article was and still had absolutely NOTHING in it worth reading..... :o
Borges = blowhard
Correction...arrogant blowhard.
I'll follow up too... arrogant bloward who is usually wrong.I didn't read the article because I won't read anything from him. He's consistently bashed the Pats since Belicheck's hiring and he's been horribly, stubbornly wrong. My advice don't waste any more of your precious life reading his stuff.
This, to a "T", is Borges.Those of us who follow the Pats regularly (by this, I mean those of us who follow the Pats and read The Boston Globe, which Borges writes from) know how much of an axe Borges has with Belichick and know that the "...horribly, stubbornly wrong." part is dead-on.

He's like the stereotypical politician who thinks if he says something often enough, it will be believed.

 
If you knew who Ron Borges was, you would not have wasted your time by reading it.
Obviously I did not know who he was.....I am still amazed at how long the article was and still had absolutely NOTHING in it worth reading..... :o
Borges = blowhard
Correction...arrogant blowhard.
I'll follow up too... arrogant bloward who is usually wrong.I didn't read the article because I won't read anything from him. He's consistently bashed the Pats since Belicheck's hiring and he's been horribly, stubbornly wrong. My advice don't waste any more of your precious life reading his stuff.
This, to a "T", is Borges.Those of us who follow the Pats regularly (by this, I mean those of us who follow the Pats and read The Boston Globe, which Borges writes from) know how much of an axe Borges has with Belichick and know that the "...horribly, stubbornly wrong." part is dead-on.

He's like the stereotypical politician who thinks if he says something often enough, it will be believed.
So he's like Karl Rove and George Bush.....ok gotcha :lmao:
 

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