Predictably, the whispers have started about whether Luck is really better than Robert Griffin III. Despite the doubts some suddenly have, though, Indy has be planning for this pick since the reality of Peyton Manning’s injury sunk in last year. No way the Colts change their minds this late in the game.
The Washington Redskins haven’t even tried to be slick with this pick. They want RGIII, they’re going to stake the future of the franchise on his broad shoulders, and Mike Shanahan will ultimately live or die by his ability to succeed.
Kalil is the best tackle prospect we’ve seen come out of college in years, and he’d probably even be worthwhile selection for a team that didn’t have a huge need at the position. Seeing as the Vikings do have a huge need at the position, though, this is a no-brainer.
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When the Browns made a conscious decision not to give up a ton for the right to pick RGIII, they simultaneously committed themselves to doing everything imaginable to make life easier for Colt McCoy. Blackmon is a substantially better wide receiver than anyone else in this draft, so this makes sense in every regard.
Everyone agrees that the Bucs take either Claiborne or Trent Richardson here. Technically, the squad has a bigger need for a reliable running back (sorry, LeGarrette Blount). But the undeniable devaluation of that position over the last few years coupled with Ronde Barber’s age and Aqib Talib being Aqib Talib means that filling the cornerback hole with this high pick makes a lot of sense.
The Rams don’t want Richardson here. Again, over the last few years, no position in pro football has experience as massive of a decrease in value as running back has. St. Louis wants Blackmon – who they probably won’t get. Richardson will be the best available player, though, and that’s why the Rams will ultimately select him.
For the longest time it looked like the Jaguars would go with a defensive end here. Given the developments we noted earlier, however, Reiff will now be available at this juncture. And all things considered, he’ll be a perfect piece for Jacksonville to utilize while trying to turn Blaine Gabbert into a legitimate pro passer.