I can't say enough about DeMarcus Milliner.
This is a guy who clearly simply loves playing FootBall, and has a genuine Gift for it.
He is a brutal, violent Run Defender.
He is an athletically Gifted Pass Defender.
He is a wily Opportunist with great Ball Skills...but never forgets that'is first job is to prevent Completions.
He is a brilliant, fanatical Student of the Game.
He relentlessly pursues Perfection in every little detail of every Aspect of the Game.
And he trains hard, studies hard, and plays hard...at all times.
I don't generally attribute nearly as much Value to Corners as virtually everyone else does...But Milliner is special.
2 ~ DT Sheldon Richardson of Missouri @ #13 ~ Outstanding Pick ~ I felt Richardson was a Top 5 Pick!!
I don't list Processing Speed or Diagnostic Capacity as Primary Attributes amongst Defensive Tackles, but they are nonetheless essential for all FootBall Players, and your man Sheldon Richardson boasts outstanding Diagnostic Capacity and incredible Processing Speed: His ability to analyze Opponents before a Game and adjust his playing style accordingly is extremely impressive, and his ability to Rapidly Read & React effectively is magnificent.
Sheldon Richardson would make an amazing 3 Tech in a 434 Under at The Next Level.
He's truly a special Player ~ unworldly Athleticism, phenomenal Intelligence, & utterly inspiring Enthusiasm!!
3 ~ QB Geno Smith of West Virginia @ #39 ~ Scary!! Great Potential, but I gave'm a 4th Round Grade!!
It's hard to be Objective about a Prospect with all the exposure ~ and all the seductive Propaganda coursing in dramatically divergent directions ~ about'm...But I shall endeavor to do my utmost...
Geno Smith is by all Accounts a passionate, dedicated Student of the Game. And he improved every single Year at West Virginia, despite having to learn a completely different Offense over his last two years, going from Under Center to The Spread, and undergoing the Coaching changes, as well.
That, in itself, is extremely impressive.
Frankly, I love the kid: He is a raging Workaholic, despite what that occasionally insightful but lunatic @$$ at Pro FootBall Weekly might say, and is clearly obsessed with becoming as good as he can possibly be...
It's just that I believe that his spectacular statistical success this Year has combined with the cataclysmic Vacuum of QuarterBack Talent in this year's Draft Class to propel his Market Value far beyond that which is warranted.
I am firmly convinced that if the only 3 QuarterBacks in a given Draft Class were a Kleenex, a Bucket of Spit, and a Rolled Up NewsPaper, they would nevertheless all be draftted by the end of the 1st Round.
...And someone would Trade Up for the Rolled Up NewsPaper.
Nature Abhors a Vacuum, they say.
I believe that Geno Smith has Potential, and when things are clicking, his Game is truly Beautiful. But based on the way he mentally locked up during those Disasters against Texas Tech and Kansas State, he is, in my extraordinarily unqualified and vapid Judgement, no more than a Potential Starter at this point, and warrants only a Day 3 Pick.
4 ~ OG Brian Winters of Kent State @ #72 ~ A bit Expensive, in my view. I gave'm a 4th Round Grade.
Brian Winters will most certainly immediately become an huge Favorite of'is Line Coach, his Head Coach, and'is TeamMates ~ with the possible exception of the Defensive Tackles he practices against. He is a Died In The Wool Scrapper, and that's a very good thing, because his Athleticism, Strength, and Power are marginal.
I expect that this guy'll forge a pretty long Career, much'f it as a Starter, and will win considerably more Battles than he loses, though I certainly believe that he'll have difficulties with the better Competition.
UFA ~ SB Zach Rogers of Tennessee ~ Tremendous Pick Up!!
Wouldn't it be hilarious if the forgotten SlotBack ended up forging a more productive Career than The Big 3 that the Volunteers sent to the NFL, this Year, one'f'm via Tennessee Tech?? Well, it's highly possible, my friends, because the other 3 are highly talented Flakes that could just as easily Go Bust as forge Stardom...While Zach Rogers, on the other hand, is a focused, hard-driving Scrapper, possessed of outstanding Instincts & Savvy and a great Router!!
Geno Smith is an extremely risky Pick at #39, and he could easily Go Bust, and I thought that Brian Winters was a Reach in the 3rd Round...But Smith does have Potential, as well, and it's not unrealistic to project that he could eventually justify the high Price the Jets paid for'm and then some.
And on the Positive Side of the Ledger, Sheldon Richardson was my #02 OverAll Grade, so I absolutely love that Value at #13, and the Jets also got some intriguing Value with Defensive Tackle/Offensive Guard Convertible Bill Campbell @ #178, and of course a nice find in Zach Rogers...So all in all a decent Draft, I'd say.
New EngLand Patriots ~ B-
Buffalo Bills ~ A
Miami Dolphins ~ D
New York Jets ~ C
PittsBurgh Steelers ~ D-
CleveLand Browns ~ B+
Cincinnati Bengals ~ B+
Baltimore Ravens ~ A
OakLand Raiders ~ A+
San Diego Chargers ~ D
Kansas City Chiefs ~ B
Denver Broncos ~ D
Planet Hoosten ~ B+
JacksonVille Jaguars ~ B+
Tennessee Titans ~ C
Indianapolis Colts ~ A+
Philadelphia Eagles ~ D-
Washington RedSkins ~ B+
Dallas CowBoys ~ C
New York Giants ~ D
Detroit Lions ~ B+
Minnesota Vikings ~ F-
Chicago Bears ~ B
Green Bay Packers ~ A
Seattle SeaHawks ~ A
San Fransisco Miners ~ A+
Saint Louis Rams ~ A-
Arizona Cardinals ~ B
Atlanta Falcons ~ C+
Carolina Panthers ~ C-
New Orleans Saints ~ A-
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ~ C-