Sunday, April 26, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Summarizing Day 1
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
There were probably more words written Saturday on the NFL draft than any other event in the league calendar, including the Super Bowl. You're probably getting close to saturation levels, so I ran the quick spin through the NFC North coverage Sunday morning to find a small representative sample of the 900-page novels that were written.
I'll be working again Sunday at Detroit's facility, but will be taking more of a divisional approach for the rest of the draft. OK, here we go:
- As the second round began, Chicago either wanted to draft Ohio State receiver Brian Robiskie or acquire Arizona's Anquan Boldin, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. But Cleveland grabbed Robiskie at No. 36 and the Cardinals turned down the Bears' offer for Boldin in exchange for the No. 49 overall pick.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune on the Bears' pickless day: "The Bears' scouting department takes pride in doing its best work on the second day of the draft, and Saturday's move leaves [Jerry] Angelo no choice. It marked the first time since 1978 and only third time in team history that the Bears didn't make a pick in the first two rounds. A committed draftnik, Angelo almost looked disappointed when striding up to the podium to discuss his choice not to make a choice."
- The arrival of nose tackle B.J. Raji probably means Ryan Pickett will move to defensive end, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Packers general manager Ted Thompson hadn't anticipated the possibility of Raji, receiver Michael Crabtree and offensive tackle Michael Oher all available at No. 9. Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel breaks down the moment.
- Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune on Minnesota's decision to draft receiver Percy Harvin: "Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there can't be any moralists in NFL draft rooms."
- Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News on Detroit's drafting of quarterback Matthew Stafford: "It will take time for a new quarterback to develop on a bad team, time for the verdict to be rendered. I just hope the Lions use their time better than they used their money, better than they used the No. 1 overall pick. I'll say it once more -- I think drafting Stafford was a mistake, a gigantic gamble not worth taking. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong position for the NFL's first 0-16 team."
- Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press on Stafford: "People want to know if this was a smart pick. That's easy. When you are 0-16, how can anything be a dumb pick? You're terrible. You need help everywhere. If the Lions had picked a linebacker first, they'd still need a quarterback. If they'd picked a pass rusher first, they'd still need a tackle."