So, I'm always the one saying don't judge, trust Smithiak, let it play out, blah, blah, blah.
But, I was a little bummed after this year's draft. I'll let Kareem Jackson play out but it still doesn't excite me. The additional pick via trade down was wasted on a TE, a LB also taken before S/G/C, drafting (overdrafting) a 3 technique instead of a NT, et cetera, ad nauseum.
But, then I played around on the World Wide Web and I'm finding it in me to get excited. And that familiar refrain: don't judge, trust Smithiak, let it play out, blah, blah, blah.
There are four players that legitimately excite me and though that might not seem like a good ratio out of 9, some of those other less exciting picks (LB, another CB, OG, back up TE) can certainly pan out and prove to have some value. Bottom line, it's pretty damn hard to hit after about mid round 4, so you better just draft the best prospect. I'd say a versatile, more talented player at a deep position might still have a better shot than a less talented player at a weak position (esp after year 1).
So, here's what's getting me going:
1) Kareem Jackson. Well, not excited, but the fact is it's a need position and he might be the safest rookie CB out there.
2)Trindon Holliday. Damn that guy's gonna be fun. I actually like Apostrophe because of his ridiculous catches (even though they go with some bad drops) and will miss him, but having this little lightning bug threatening to go deep every time he touches the ball is going to be great. Not to mention his mighty mite stature will make for some good nicknames (anyone? BFD? Early nominations?).
Speaking of BFD, wouldn't you like to see a picture like the one that announced the Holliday pick on the main page but instead have it be BFD and Holliday? $20 to whoever can make this happen.
3)Dorin Dickerson. I know Kubiak already said he will be learning from AJ and that that's an unfair and ridiculous comparison, but still, tell me the first play of these highlights doesn't look like AJ in the Cardinal game:
Okay, maybe he had one less bad ass broken tackle. But he also had a downfield block at 2:37 that made me want to cry. As a former high school WR for a school that didn't pass and thus needed receivers to block, I find that block, well to quote my WR coach, "That block was orgasmic."
4) Ben Tate. Besides having two first names, this guy seems to be truly humble. And as if you needed more proof than his facebook/twitter comments:
If that doesn't get you excited to root for the guy, you must had God, Puppies, Kurt Warner, AND Tim Tebow.