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Matt Schaub on Ed Reed: “I’ve been across from him enough to know what kind of player he is and what he brings to the defense. He can still play at an exceptional level. The leadership and knowledge he brings to the locker room can help everyone play at a higher level." John McClain spoke with Schaub in advance of his upcoming fundraiser.
In his second mock draft, McClain has the Texans taking Baylor receiver Terrance Williams.
To which I say: It may be worth noting that McClain’s a Baylor guy.
Looking at long-term needs means considering who’s heading into contract years in 2013, says Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority.
To which I say: While this is an important piece of the overall equation, the Colts also have to anticipate the value of some of the guys who can be free agents in 2014. Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner are good players in their system, but even if they have big seasons, how attractive will they be on the market?
Looking at the Jaguars’ building plan that features great restrain in terms of jumping out for costly free agents, with Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.
Aaron Ross quickly apologized for his crack that 2012 was a paid vacation for him in Florida, says Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com.
John Oehser of the team website on cornerbacks for the Jaguars: “A first glance at (Gus) Bradley’s system would indicate you don’t have to have a top-10 drafted corner to be elite there, and that the emphasis on big, physical players could allow the Jaguars to address that spot a bit later in the draft, but we shall see.”
To which I say: Plenty of great cornerbacks come into the league outside of the top 10 in the draft. But no matter how much Bradley craves size, his big corners will obviously need to be able to play.
Bernard Pollard says Michael Griffin reminds him of Reed, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
To which I say: It’s nice work trying to boost Griffin up, I suppose. But with the way Griffin’s played the last couple years, it’s laughable to mention him in the same sentence as Reed.
Over the past five seasons, the Titans have drafted 3.8 fewer offensive linemen than an average, hypothetical team, says Tom Gower of Total Titans.