Good afternoon! Let's see if we can conjure up some topics despite the lockout.
Do you really belive Miami is serious about drafting Mallett?
I do believe they are very interested in Ryan Mallett. Where it gets interesting is their slot at No. 15. That could be too early, but they don't have a second-round pick. What it might come down to, then, is whether the Dolphins are willing to bet essentially their entire draft on Mallett.
I think we can safely say there are two constants for the Patiots. Belichick will always stick to trading a player too early rather than too late and Tom Brady has at most 5 years left playing at top form. Does that tell you the Pats will likely be looking for his replacement in this draft or the next? Does that mean the Locker visit might not be all smoke and mirrors?
I personally believe it's too early to draft Tom Brady's replacement because, as you say, he could have five years left. That means the Patriots would use a high pick on a player and invest the money and time grooming him but with a fair chance he becomes a free agent before they're ready to use him.
I tend to agree with ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss on Jake Locker's visit. I won't say it's completely a diversionary tactic, but I doubt they draft Locker. The Patriots made a show about sitting down with Tim Tebow last year, too. If they can feign interest in Locker and create some commotion at the tail end of the first round or -- better yet -- heading into the second round, where the Patriots own the first pick, that drives up the value of their asset.
Tim any chance Bills draft DL or LB in first round then go for Mallet in the 2nd round? Seems like he has the highest ceiling after Cam Newton..
There's a chance of that philosophy: defense then quarterback. But I don't think they'll get Mallett with the 34th pick. For one, I have a gut feeling he'll be gone by then. For another, I've gotten no impression the Bills are interested in Mallett.
Tim, just about everyone in and around Buffalo say Cam Newton 3rd overall...what are your thoughts on the sate of the Bills?
If I were a Bills fan, I would love that pick. I think he has the chance to be a special player at the most important position. But I'm thinking the Panthers draft him.
Nix and Gailey have proven that they're not much for mis-direction...they're straight shooters (i.e. the Spiller pick last year). The more I hear them talk about the importance of the franchise QB and not being able to pick at 3 every year makes me think they're planning on Newton or Gabbert at 3. Are you getting a similar impression?
Yes to all of that. Plus you need to remember Ralph Wilson's two most recent interviews on the state of the Bills. He told Associated Press reporter John Wawrow in October finding a quarterback was the top priority. Then he told Thomas George of AOL Fanhouse in February -- with full knowledge of what Ryan Fitzpatrick had done -- that they needed to get a quarterback.
What are the chances you give Miami recovering a second round pick this year?
Hey Tim, any chance the Bills go after Mallet in the 2nd round? Seems like he has the highest ceiling after Newton
Check a few questions ago.
Tim, I've seen your reports on the brady 6 this week. All I could think in that whole time is why didn't the phins draft him and not have endured 13 years (I'm counting this year and next) of QB misery?
It's an amazing story. We don't get a lot of glimpses inside Brady's mind like that anymore, but every time we do, I'm more impressed with how he's wired as a competitor. He has champion DNA.
Tim, Ricky and Ronnie seem to have expired in Miami. If one stays which do you think they keep and why?
Ronnie Brown is the likelier choice. Ricky Williams seems to be done with the Dolphins and has delivered quite a few comments about it being time to move on. I think Ronnie Brown would like to return, but once the free-agent offers start coming in, his decision to leave might be simple.
Top priority for Miami is OL and then RB do you disagree?
Yes. Interior O-line specifically.
Most draft experts seem to think DL is the biggest need for the Bills. I think people forget that the Bills drafted DL in the 2nd and 3rd rounds last year. Might it be a mistake to prioritize a position you've already made a long-term investment in?
Two things on that from my perspective ... I agree with you, and can still hear Buddy Nix saying at the NFL scouting combine a couple months back that they feel good about their defensive tackles and that Torell Troup would be the No. 1 nose tackle in this year's draft class. Then you consider Kyle Williams as a Pro Bowler ... When it comes to outside linebacker, let's not forget how much money the Bills have invested there. They gave Chris Kelsay a big extension last year, signed Shawne Merriman to a pretty nice contract in the offseason and have invested big bucks in Aaron Maybin. Will they pump several more millions into that position with the third pick or should the spread it around the roster?
WHat are the chances of JT back with Miami next year?
Rank the four AFC East coaches in order from worst to best: Which would you most hate to get stuck next to on a plane for 5 hours?
That's a tough one because I like them all when it comes to having a conversation (when they're in the mood). Before Chan Gailey came aboard, I would have to say "Three guys tied for first and then Dick Jauron."
Stupid work, I almost forgot about your chat. I feel so ashamed!
We'll let you in without any ill feelings toward your sin.
You're so diplomatic
I call it as I see it. Bill Belichick has a negative reputation for being aloof, but his news conferences can be rather enlightening if you ask the right questions. Chan Gailey is a pleasure to chat with, a real person with no pretense who speaks his mind. And Rex Ryan is Rex Ryan. I wish Tony Sparano would let his guard down more often because he's a good dude, too.
reviewing Tim's reply to Steve (Grand Island) for excessive post length
As my fellow Baldwin-Wallace alum Jim Tressel taught me, I'd like to sanction myself before you hand down a penalty. I know what I did was wrong ...
If you had the choice: alpaca or sheep, which would you pick?
Alpaca all day, every day.
If the bills draft Miller would that almost certainly mean the end for aaron maybin?
Jeffersonville ... I have family down there and in New Albany, Sellersburg. Tell everybody I said hello ... Both Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix have stated for the record Aaron Maybin will be back next season.
Tim,Have you ,personally, found any evidence of the the off-the-field stuff with Mallet, other than the public intox?
I have not.
I must say, Clayton made a compeling arguement for going QB with his article about "Safe Picks". If Newton goes 1, do you see Buffalo going Gabbert at 3?
My hunch is that they trip over themselves to turn in the card for Newton if he's still there. I don't think they like Gabbert as much and will need to make the call on him or a defensive player such as Marcel Dareus, Von Miller or Patrick Peterson.
Miller Lite or Yuengling tonight??
Yuengling, my friend. Class it up.
Who is the more fun diminutive player from an AFC East town, Danny Woodhead or the Pats or Nathan Gerbe of the Sabres?
Danny Woodhead's story is much more compelling. Have to go with him.
Stupid meeting at 3:30 - enjoy the weekend Tim
You too, RJ. Thanks for passing through.
Who are the top five players on the Tim Graham draft board?
Not a mock draft because I'm not predicting the order they'll be taken: Cam Newton, Marcel Dareus, Von Miller, Patrick Peterson, A.J. Green.
jets offseason what should they do tim
1. Re-sign at least one receiver, preferably Santonio Holmes; 2. Re-sign Antonio Cromartie and Brad Smith; 3. Find a pass-rusher. 4. Solidify the defensive line (mostly) through free agency. 5. Find a kicker.
Hey Tim, excellent job on the blog, you make work less annoying. Question: Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo or Michelangelo?
Thanks for the kind words, Brian. I'd rather be a fun diversion than write dull blogs with a bunch of links or some such. Never been a big fan of TMNT. Which one ate pizza all the time? I'll go with him.
Am I crazy for seeing the Bills throw a curveball and go with Peterson at #3? He seems to only be dropping because of his position/team needs, not lack of talent.
I think you're right about why he's dropping on the various mocks. As awful as this might sound for Bills fans after watching Dick Jauron draft six cornerbacks every April, the Bills still need one. Peterson is the best of the bunch.
I like what I've seen and heard about R. Mallet, and until 2 days ago I said I wouldn't bash the Fins for drafting him, specially if they do so by trading down 4 or 5 slots, getting back a 2nd round pick, and using the 1st round to draft Mallet. But after watching The Brady six, I can't help but wonder if he's gonna be Pennington or Carmazzi.
"The Brady 6" certainly makes you appreciate how random the draft can be.
Hello- do the pro scouts and general managers use the Mel Kiper and Todd McShay info along with their own info when deciding on which players to draft? Thank you
NFL scouts have so much information from their own research and also an independent scouting company called BLESTO that I doubt they pay one bit of mind to Mel Kiper or Todd McShay.
Do all the ESPN bloggers gather around a huge flat screen tv eat greasy food, drink beer and make fun of each other when the draft arrives??
No, each of us will be at a team HQ. I'll be stationed at One Bills Drive again this year. They always seem to have the highest pick in my division ...
If Sanchez loses Holmes and Braylon does he show just how mediocre he is next year?
It won't help Sanchez, but the loss of one receiver can be compensated for by tight end Dustin Keller getting more targets. Keller can pick up much of the slack.
This is just a feeling I'm getting but for some reason, I think the phins are just talking up Mallet and he's not who they are really looking at.
The Dolphins aren't talking up Ryan Mallett at all. The media is doing that by speculating on his visits.
Wait, did Sanchez not show how mediocre he is this year?
With the recent talk about Long vs. Ryan, I feel that the elephant in the room is that Ryan was arguably not even the best QB in that draft; in full-on hindsight draft wizard mode, Miami could have had Long and Flacco. My question is, with all the hindsight criticism of Long over Ryan now, why aren't more people saying that Miami should have picked Flacco?
Nobody had Joe Flacco slotted anywhere near the No. 1 pick, and the Dolphins weren't on the clock again until No. 32. The Ravens drafted Flacco with the 18th pick. They would have needed to find a trade partner to pull that off ... But to your point, the Dolphins' plan was to draft Long and then a quarterback. Flacco was expected by many to still be on the board in the second round. A lot of folks thought the Ravens reached there.
What's your prediction for the Sabres-Flyers series? Before a series starts, fans always ask for the goalie to steal one and the team to split on the road. We did both at once!
Before the series, I was asked on Twitter and said the Sabres in six games.
A few more and then I'm going to wrap up another gem of a chat, if I may say so myself.
Who would make this biggest impact on the Bills in the short term at the #3 slot? Peterson?
That's a good bet. He's an opening-day starter. Marcel Dareus is another player I would rank right alongside.
favorite person to follow on twitter??
Difficult question because I follow a few hundred people. I'm heavy on other reporters, obviously, and comedians. If I could recommend one guy who might be off your radar but always posts interesting stuff it would be CNBC sports business reporter @darrenrovell.
I'd say that one of the top OT would have great short term impact, but we'd be reaching at 3
Very true. They haven't drafted a tackle earlier than the fifth round since 2002. And it shows.
Hi Tim - I know it goes against everything he stands for, but could this be the year that Bill Belicheck trades way up for a defensive stud (Miller, Dareus, Peterson)? Thanks
If he's ever going to do it, then this would be the year. They have the ammo with two picks in each of the first three rounds. There's a rookie wage scale coming in the next CBA (to limit costs of drafting inside the top 12 or 15 slots) and the Patriots have a young team without many glaring holes. How can they keep all their picks and still have enough room on their roster?
Buffalo Wild Wings or Hooters??
Both of them are an affront to genuine wings ... But I'd go with Buffalo Wild Wings if forced to choose. I don't like the breaded style at all.
Tim am I the only one who doesnt want to see Ingram go to Miami at #15? I hope they trade down and pick up a 2nd round pick somehow
I've been asked to take part in writer mock drafts with the Dolphins as my team, and I always go with Mike Pouncey there.
We don't like you either, Graham.
Get in line.
The best, Jerry. The best.
Hey Tim, I want to draft Mallet and if we (dolphins) don't i will be very upset. reasonable??
That's a pick that can capture the fan base's imagination. I totally can understand where you're coming from.
Do you miss covering 7 game series like the NHL playoffs?
Playoffs are a whirlwind for the media because of the travel. You get into do-or-die games and have to scramble to make flight and hotel reservations after the game for 8 a.m. departure to the next city to make the morning skate. You usually don't know what just happened until the series is over. But it's a lot of fun.
Should HBO do a series about the draft war room?? Which team would you like an inside peek of?
The Patriots would be my easy answer. I'd love to see how they manage that flurry of trades. Just evaluating each call that comes in must be an incredible task.
Odds the Bills draft a QB in the first three rounds?
OK, folks. That's it for me. We'll reconvene next week to see what other ways we can kill an hour.
Thanks for stopping by.