published Thursday, April 26th, 2012

5 at 10: Merry Draftmas, Braves rally, and a little shoutout to the Juniors

Don't forget Friday's mailbag; we have a couple of open spots. From the "Talks Too Much Studios" here we go.

Draft day is here. We love the draft. You know this.

We're still missing some entries from some of the regulars, but here are the rules for our second-annual We Love the Draft pick contest:

• First SEC player picked (FYI — this does not include Texas A&M and Missouri, thanks for the catch, StuckinKent)

• First Titans pick (No. 20 overall right now)

• First Steelers pick (No. 24 overall right now)

• First Falcons pick (23rd pick of the second round right now)

• What team picks B.J. Coleman?

One point for each with the following tie-breaker: Who is Mr. Irrelevant, the title reserved for the final pick of the draft? (If you get this right, you'll get a special prize, but if there's a tie between entries, the pick closest to last will break the tie.) Remember, if one of the teams above trades down, then it's still the first Titans pick whether it's No. 20 overall or No. 200. Winner will get some Braves tickets, deal? (Last year friend of the show Quake of SportTalk fame won this contest and got some Braves-Phillies tickets if memory serves.)

Here are the early entries:

5-at-10 — Trent Richardson/Dre Kirkpatrick/Donta Hightower/Jeff Allen/Pittsburgh/Drew Butler

McPell — RIchardson/Kirkpatrick/Kendall Wright/Mitchell Schwartz/Denver/Jake Gdowski

LaughingBoy — Richardson/Kirkpatrick/Hightower/Bobbie Massie/Arizona/Randy Bullock

Fred — Morris Claiborne/Kirkpatrick/Hightower/Kelechi Osemele/Denver/Blair Walsh

Deboman — T. Richardson/Cordy Glenn/D. Hightower/K. Zeitler/Packers/Emil Igwenagu

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Richardson/Stephon Gilmore/Hightower/Osemele/Buffalo/Vontaze Burfict

scole023 — Richardson/Courtney Upshaw/Hightower/Massie/Green Bay/Lennon Creer

ThatIDoKnow — Claiborne/Gilmore/Jonathan Martin/Joe Looney/Chicago/Brandon Moseley

OTWatcher — Richardson/Kirkpatrick/Stephen Hill/Schwartz/Tennessee/Kellen Moore

CelticVol — Morris Claiborne/Stephon Gilmore/Fletcher Cox/Harrison Smith/Tampa Bay Bucs/Janzen Jackson

TFP's golf ace David Uchiyama — Claiborne/Dont'a Hightower/Shea McClennin/Devon Still/Buffalo/Blair Walsh

SportTalk's Quake (who demanded that we include is "Defending Champ") — Trent Richardson/Whitney Mercilus/Mike Adams/Vinny Curry/Pittsburgh Steelers (heart pick)/Dale Moss

WarEagle — Richardson/Poe/Hightower/Zeitler/Seattle/Neiko Thorpe

Believer — Richardson/Kirkpatrick/Jonathan Martin/TE from Clemson/St. Louis/Tim Benford

StuckinKent — Richardson/Poe/Hightower/Dwayne Allen/Packers/Bryce Brown

Norman — Claiborne/Kirkpatrick/Mike Adams/Massie/Chicago/Kellen Moore

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Draft dichotomies

This draft is filled with knowns and unknowns. There are surefire bets and improbable longshots, each hovering on the horizon and each pegged in the top 10 and throughout tonight's first round.

It's impossible to remember a time when the first two spots were this locked down heading into the draft with quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III written in Sharpie ink atop every draft board everywhere.

From there, it's anyone's guess. As friend of the show Dr. B said on SportTalk on Wednesday, Minnesota really holds the first pick at No. 3. Their decision now is whether to take a franchise left tackle (Matt Kalil), a shutdown corner (Morris Caliborne) or deal. Here's saying they deal. In fact, here's a mock top that could show how crazy this could really get:

1) Indy — Andrew Luck

2) Washington — RGIII

3) New York Jets (from Minnesota) — Trent Richardson

4) Miami (Cleveland's heartbroken that Richardson's not on the board so they call the Dolphins and say if you want Ryan Tannehill, what's your best offer and the Browns get the No. 8 pick and Miami's first-rounder next year) — Ryan Tannehill

5) Tampa Bay — Morris Claiborne

6) St. Louis — Matt Kalil

7) Philadelphia (from Jacksonville) — Fletcher Cox

8) Cleveland — Justin Blackmon (and by the way, this would be an A++++ scenario for the Browns; sure landing Trent Richardson would be great, but getting a No. 1 receiver and the Dolphins' No. 1 next year would be choice)

9) Carolina — Luke Kuechly

10) Buffalo — Michael Floyd

Crazy huh?

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    Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, left, passes third-base coach Brian Snitker after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Braves deliver late

Your Atlanta Braves are rewarding their fans who do not need sleep or those who can sleep in so much that the 5-at-10 (five sports things at 10 a.m. is how it got the name) could very well be the 5-at-noon.

Atlanta scored three times in the top of the ninth to edge the Dodgers 4-2 late on the left coast Wednesday night/Thursday morning. RBI singles by Dan Uggla, Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward clinched the series for the Braves.

Here's what we gleaned from the situation:

The Braves have two pretty snazzy young pitchers in Brandon Beachy, who pitched well enough to get the win Wednesday, and Mike Minor. That's good times.

We have been a little tough at times on Fredi Gonzalez and how he mismanaged the bullpen last summer. Well, he used the shutdown firm of O'Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel on Wednesday and the results were nothing short of eye-popping. The trio faced seven batters, retired them all and struck out six of them. Remember Fredi G, using that shiny nuclear weapon that is your full bullpen should be viewed like raising your voice. If you raise your voice all the time, then you're just a yeller. If you raise your voice rarely but with purpose and at times of importance, then it carries an even greater weight.

Matt Kemp is a right-handed, young Ken Griffey Jr. Dude is hitting .449 and hit his 10th homer of the month last night. And sweet buckets of things in orbit, Kemp's blast was measured at 454 feet, and if you hit a ball that far at Dodger Stadium — a place renowned for not being a hitter's park — it would have gone 636 at Coors Field. Seriously, it's science and stuff.

Braves are off today and are 12-7 overall, 2.5 games behind Washington in the NL East. And all of this is after an 0-4 start and without ace right-hander Tim Hudson, who will make his debut Sunday against the Pirates. All of this feels like pretty good news Johnny Braves Fans. What say you Choptalker?

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This and that

— The BCS folks have convened and we can all agree that a playoff will be part of the vernacular in 2014. As Uncle Buck would say, "It's in the books." But now they are talking about a playoff selection committee. OK, we're good with that as long as they are so transparent they allow cameras in the selection process and the list of teams are trimmed to the top 10 or top 6 or top whatever by some mathematical equation. Of course, the NCAA and the BCS are so known for their transparency. (That's sarcasm right there, Jefe. SAR-casm.)

— The Atlanta Falcons dealt a seventh-round pick to Philadelphia for Asante Samuel, who promptly reworked his contract with Atlanta. Granted, Samuel was the third cornerback in Philly behind Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and opens cap space for the Eagles to rework Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy. That said, it's tough seeing how any other team is going to get more for a seventh-round pick this weekend than the Falcons did on Wednesday.

— With all the stuff going on, we have completely dropped the ball on the futility that is happening with the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats have dropped 22 in a row. Yes, 22, after a 102-95 loss to an Orlando Magic team that has been decimated by injuries. In fact, the AP story even has phrases like "hung tough" and "strong effort" and when the AP is writing stuff about an NBA team normally reserved for middle school sports teams, you know it's bad. If the Bobcats lose their season finale tonight against New York, they would have the worst single-season winning percentage in NBA history. For the foreseeable future, any act of stink-ness will be dubbed "pulling a Bobcat." Like when the Dolphins reach tonight and draft Ryan Tannehill, who has made all of 19 college starts at quarterback, it will be the draft's most obvious "pulling a Bobcat."

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Today's question

In honor of draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., who is the sports world's Mount Rushmore of practicing Juniors? (People who still have the Jr. attached to their name.)

We'll take Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., Mel Kiper Jr. and Dale Jr.

Would their intro music be from Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Connick Jr. or Ray Parker Jr.?

We could have Martin Luther King Jr. deliver the pregame speech, too.

Discuss. (You still have time to submit your entry and a mailbag question if you'd like. And yes, we're a little bit giddy with the draft this close.)

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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choptalker said...

You could add old school racer and moonshine maker Junior Johnson and Sandy Alomar Jr. to the discussion, but I don't think they make the list.

Braves were pretty exciting last night, especially Chipper and OVK. Braves are beating good teams which is awesome. The negative Nancy within says the Braves have had seasons where they beat up on good teams and then lose to the Nats, Mets, Astros, Marlins and other less than worthy teams.

You could say that's what they've done this year. You got to take care of business with the bad teams. That being said, now that the Fish and Nats are good (and that John Lannan is in the minors) maybe it's easier to beat them. Lannan by the way should make your list of hittable pitchers, right after Moyer and JJ.

I will tell you that an excellent way to be sure you're up for the entire game on the West Coast is to have the pediatrician give your son his two-month vaccines the morning before a game. We would have made it through extra innings!

April 26, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Blueoval said...

Put me in coach........

Trent Richardson/Courtney Upshaw/D. Hightower/Osemele/Pittsburgh/Creer

April 26, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.
Livn4life said...

"I love the draft you know," that's the draft that wafts onto my deck at home in the cool of the evening. It will be an interesting show after the first two. But I'm not on that when I can watch The Bourne Supremacy again and believe this time Jason prevents his girl from getting shot. But I digress. You'll love the draft. Until the BCS really shows us something different, I am contending Division 1A college football has no REAL championship. But I have to admit, if they do what they are saying, the fireworks over who's in/out should almost rival March Madness. Surely you won't be leaving Hank Jr. off that junior list will you? He's always been a sport, knowwhutuhmeen?

April 26, 2012 at 10:39 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I'm all about Frankenstein Jr., especially if he brings Space Ghost along. I'm guessing there's no room for Junior Samples, is there.

Do the Bobcats parents call up the Charlotte Observer and go, "But they played real hard? Can't you be nice to them?"

April 26, 2012 at 10:58 a.m.
chas9 said...

Call BR-549 to get Junior's picks in the draft contest while Junior Walker & the Allstars play "What does it take?"

Junior's going with Richardson/Cordy Glenn/Poe/Kelechi Osemele/Green Bay/Blair Walsh.

April 26, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.
Musicman375 said...

One correction to your spot on the Braves, Jay: Venters got the win last night, not Beachy. Beachy did have a great game though! And Venters is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA! I just don't understand why Medlen isn't in the rotation yet. He could easily be our number 2 starter behind Huddy. Freddie needs to get his act to get on that call, me thinks.

April 26, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.
Musicman375 said...

*Freddie needs to get his act together on that call...

April 26, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Choptalker —

Fair point about the tots. Our soon-to-be-2-year-old girl apparently prefers Hawaii sports in prime time. She's more of a 4 a.m. riser, which is great for surfing coverage or early round coverage of the British Open.

And, you're spot-on — the Braves will start owning the Nationals now that they are good.

Oval —

You're in.

Livn(Large) —

Hank Williams Jr. is a great call. He'll do the pregame song. "Are you ready for some nepotism?"

And we're pretty fond of almost all drafts — the draft, draft beers, etc.

Spy —

We were thinking more Junior Johnson than Junior Samples, but so it goes.

And the old "You only cover us when we lose," really, Really, REALLY words for the Bobcats beat writer right now.

9er —

You're in and Junior Walker and the Allstars are always welcome. Was J.J. on Good Times a Jr.? Dyn-O-Mite.

Musicman —

Great catch, and we have corrected it. We meant to write that Beachy pitched well enough to get a win, but we flubbed it. So it goes.

Medlen has good stuff and a goofy hat. He's a super luxury to have as a No. 6 or 7 starter.

Hudson, Hanson, Beachy, Minor, Delgado is a nice group to start with and if Jurrjens ever shakes the stinky, wow.

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Adds to the contest

Cobrakid8 — Trent Richardson/Dre Kirkpatrick/Dontario Poe/Kelechi Osemele/Jacksonville Jaguars/Blair Walsh

Chas9 — Richardson/Cordy Glenn/Poe/Kelechi Osemele/Green Bay/Blair Walsh.

BlueOval — Trent Richardson/Courtney Upshaw/D. Hightower/Osemele/Pittsburgh/Creer

April 26, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

As a Dolphins fan, I am truly saddened by the fact that Tannehill as a Top 10 pick. But hey, at least it's not Ted Ginn Jr. (one of the lesser known juniors that you did not include on your list). In fact, if I'm the Dolphins I trade the first round pick, drop back into the twenties, get a first rounder next year, and take Tannehill if he's there (I have a funny feeling he still would be), or Weeden, or Harrison Smith, or just about anyone on the board at that point, and consider it a total win. The only exception to this? If Justin Blackmon is available. Loved Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson in college. This dude is next on my list of favorite college wide receivers in the last ten years.

Braves look good. I'm impressed with them. I love me some Freddie Freeman. I agree on the bullpen. Use sparingly. Get to September with them still in tact, and then turn them loose every night if you have to to win a championship. Sounds like a good formula. I may not use any of them for the whole month of May....(DL here they come!) As for Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp, they are important parts of my fantasy team, so please keep on raking. Mike Minor- same goes for you.

April 26, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent (Part II)

The Bobcats are legendarily bad. Do you realize how many games they have lost by 25+ points? (I believe it is 15- out of 65 games!) They got beat by the Wizards the other night by 28. Read that again, because it took me about an hour of seeing the score on the bottom of ESPN to realize what it meant. The Bobcats lost by 28. Ho-hum. To the WIZARDS!!!! Yes, those Wizards with 19 wins and the second worst record in the NBA, that have admittedly won five straight at this point, but still sit a full two games behind everyone else in the race to get out of the second worst record in the NBA. The WIZ-ARDS. Yes, the team that Michael Jordan played for other than the Bulls and still couldn't get out of the first round of the playoffs. Yes, those Wizards. And what's worse? The Bobcats have lost the last two times they've played the Wizards by 28 points. Un-believ-able. Jordan may need to be taken out of the Hall of Fame for this performance. Has there ever been a guy on the Mount Rushmore of one thing and the California Tar Pits of another thing that are this closely connected? This would be like if Phil Jackson went out to show someone how to play basketball and couldn't even get a free throw to make it halfway to the basket. This would be like if Peyton Manning came in coached quarterbacks and the best performance he could ever get was what we saw from Matt Simms last year. This would be like if Barry Bonds was trying to train someone to take steroids and they still looked like Tom Glavine. This would be like if Tiger Woods tried to train people on how to cheat on their wives and they only hooked up with one porn star.This would be like if the 5-at-10 tried to help people learn how talk more, and all he got in the comments section was "Yes" and "OK."

There's got to be someone else like Jordan- I just can't think of who it is.

From the 5-at-10 now — well-played indeed sir.

April 26, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show Minshew —

One phase of the draft always left unquestioned is the so-call character check, which is either the biggest false hustle in sports or they are lousy at their job. Here's a league that has produced more thugs/criminals than Hell's Kitchen (not to worry; it still trails the mafia). My biggest chuckle so far has been how Orson Charles's draft status fell after his DUI -- most likely it was enhanced. Just wondering.

Minshew has chops. We like where we're heading today gang. Well-played all around.

Let's keep the ball rolling.

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 11:41 a.m.
deboman said...

5er- Good work finishing out the western road swing, they can be rough. Your reward- The Draft and all its side dishes. Which should be plentiful. Have to think that Christian Ponder is lobbying hard for a Kalil after being rag-dolled for the last half of the season. Once the wheeling and dealing starts, who knows what could happen. Should make for some great drama throughout the weekend.

And speaking of drama- how about that Caps v Bruins Game 7 last night that went to overtime and finished by former Pred Joel Ward. Great series that consisted entirely of 1 goal games. As well as Rinne played in the first round against the Wings, the Caps have a rookie keeper that is doing just as well, if not better. Plus he may have had the most impressive non-twitch moments I have ever witnessed. After pushing Bruin forward Rich Peverley out of his crease, Peverley turns and fakes a Mark McGuire baseball swing at Holtby who merely assumes his best Darth Vader pose and doesn’t move a muscle. Peverley skates away disheartened. Great composure from the rook and the Caps send the defending Cup winners to the tees.

Two more game 7’s tonight so it will be a pic-in-pic & pick extravaganza.

April 26, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Thanks deboman, thanks a lot. Another painful reminder of why the NHL playoffs are awesome and why Game 7s in the Stanley Cup are equally exhiliarting and heartbreaking.

Go Preds, because there's no one else left for me to cheer for this season in the NHL.

April 26, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Deboman —

Great point about Game 7s. And there will be pucks and picks all over the place tonight. And the final night of the NBA season. Good thing the Braves are off.

And yes, here's saying that Christian Ponder has opened a Matt Kalil fan club, greater Minneapolis division. In fact, if we were Ponder, we'd be calling the GM every hour and disguising our voice with various messages of, "You have to take Kalil," or "Go with the tackle," or what have you.

Spy —

Embrace the Preds. Heck, we're even on the bandwagon now.

War Rinne.

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Dr. Jay,

Possible question for tomorrow...what are your thoughts on the new Falcons' stadium plans? Good idea? Bad idea? See link below...

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/new-stadium-plan-retractable-1425916.html

When the draft gets to commercials tonight, it's comforting to know that we can flip over to TNT to watch Knicks-Bobcats. After all, the Bobcats are chasing a new record tonight!

April 26, 2012 at 3:21 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Skip to the Stewwie —

Consider it in the bag. And you're spot on — Charlotte is chasing history. The NBA, where pullin g a Bobcat happens.

Question for the group? Any interest in draft updates throughout the festivities tonight? Let us know?

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Carl's Jr could do the catering.

The biggest Bobcat tonight will be anybody taking Dontari Poe in the first round. "Turrible"

April 26, 2012 at 4:02 p.m.
chas9 said...

Stew meat--If Jay's a physician, what would his speciality be?

Stuck--Do you get paid by the word?

5er--Sure we'll tune in if you post this evening. We can't quit you. Have you called BR-549 and asked for Junior?

April 26, 2012 at 4:06 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Laughter —

Carl Jr.'s, huh? Well-played indeed.

And how can we forget Buford T. Justice's son Junior.

"Daddy, who's going to hold your hat?"

"Junior, there's no way you're from my loins."

Top three "reaches/turrrrible" decisions that will be made tonight:

1) Dolphins marrying to five years of Ryan Tannehill. He has direct Akili Smith — high athletic ceiling/big-time size/potential label with limited experience and very little feel for the position — written all over him.

2) Whoever takes Kendall Wright. Dude was operating with a an elite QB and runs fast. Not exactly a high success combo. Seems like the river of USC receivers from the 2000s. Yeah, we can't name any of them either.

3) Every team looking for a defensive end that does not take Courtney Upshaw. We relayed the story about how Saban couldn't say whether Upshaw was the best defensive player he's coached, but he was the meanest. That's enough for us.

9er —

Certainly not Chiropractor/witch doctor. Great question though.

We can't comment on Stuck's or anyone else's wordiness. We did start the "Talks too much studios" after all.

Have not called BR-549 and asked fro Junior. Should we?

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 4:22 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Chas "Chazzy Jeff" 9,

Dr. Jay is a dentist. When you need a good filling of sports news and commentary, he's your man. (Yeah it's cheesy but it's the best I could come up with.)

April 26, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Stew-ness —

Cheese is good. We made a career out of cheese many moons ago. (Every rose has it's thorn... yeah it do.)

Dentist also works sense there are a lot of folks in the greater Chattanooga are who are less than thrilled with the TFP sports section whenever we underplay their team/kid/whatever. So it goes.

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.
patrickd said...

Claiborne/Dre Kirkpatrick/Donta Hightower/Jeff Allen/Pittsburgh/Drew Butler

April 26, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.
jgreeson said...

And we're off.

Luck to Indy. RGIII to Washington. As we expected. Although we did not expect RGIII to be such a sock hound. Nice.

We also have a trade: Cleveland giving a fourth, a fifth and a seventh to Minnesota to move up one spot. Cleveland will be taking Trent Richardson in a matter of minutes.

Dude is a stud, and Minnesota gets three extra picks and will still take whomever it was going to take at No. 4. Well-played Minnesota. Well-played indeed.

P-Davi... You are in and how did you go against your man Trent Richardson. And can we official start calling him T-Rich?

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Quick update —

Love T-Rich's suit. That is boss.

And all you fantasy football players out there, Richardson will be a first-rounder in your fantasy draft next year too.

Love the pick. (Here's saying that Cleveland fans are wishing they had not dealt with the Falcons last year and had Julio Jones and T-Rich together.)

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.
jgreeson said...

And Minnesota QB Christian Ponder just ordered a round of shots for everyone as the Vikings took the best left tackle in the draft in Matt Kalil.

The Bucs should be running their card with Morris Claiborne's name on it to the podium (although maybe it's Luke Kuechly).

The next question is will the Rams draft Justin Blackmon or look to draft down to a team wanting the best DT (Fletcher Cox) or the best safety (Mark Barron).

Discuss.

April 26, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Whoa. Nice move Jacksonville.

The Jags coveted Justin Blackmon and hopped from 7 to 5 by giving a fourth-rounder to Tampa Bay.

Great move. Surprised Tampa didn't get more considering Minnesota got a 4th, a 5th and a 7th to from Cleveland to move one spot.

Somewhere the Rams front office just cussed. Really loudly.

April 26, 2012 at 8:32 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Sweet buckets of Trader Jack T-shirts in Panama City, now the Rams have traded the No. 6 pick to Dallas.

We thought all along the Cowboys loved Mark Barron, who is still on the board. But so is Claiborne, who is an elite corner.

This is nuts.

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 8:35 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Indy — Luck

Washington — RGIII

Cleveland — T-Rich

Minnesota — Matt Kalil

Jacksonville — Justin Blackmon

Dallas — Mo Claiborne

Tampa — Mark Barron

Miami — Ryan Tannehill

Here are the winners so far:

Dallas, which added an elite player at a huge position of need.

Minnesota, which got three extra picks for drafting the player it wanted any way.

Mark Barron's jeweler — did you see the bling on his wrists

There are some awesome family moments going on in the green room right now. Mama's crying. Players smiling. Agents smiling and crying.

Did we just see Nick Saban smile? Who knew he had teeth?

Losers...

Miami — Ryan Tannehill? Every other player picked so far has had "First-team All-American" or "Heisman Finalist" or some other huge accolade under their name. Tannehill had "Three-time Big 12 first-team All-Academic team selection."

Carolina's on the clock and we think they'll either deal or take Luke Kuechly.

— 5-at-10

April 26, 2012 at 8:54 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Given what Mr. Claiborne is (alleged) to have scored on his not so Wonder-lic test, can he even spell Dallas? But when you can glue yourself to a receiver the way he can, does it matter?

April 26, 2012 at 9:13 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Indy — Luck

Washington — RGIII

Cleveland — T-Rich

Minnesota — Matt Kalil

Jacksonville — Justin Blackmon

Dallas — Mo Claiborne

Tampa — Mark Barron

Miami — Ryan Tannehill

Carolina — Luke Kuechly

Buffalo Bills — Stephon Gilmore (who earned super high marks from the Mrs. 5-at-10 for his awesome hair 'do which was part mohawk, part dreads, part french braids. She said, "That's the type of hair do that takes all day."

Kansas City — Dontari Poe (Who was wearing a watch that was appraised at the same value as the 5-at-10 compound. Side note: This has HUGE bust potential.)

Philly — Fletcher Cox

Arizona — Michael Floyd.

Did you folks hear what they said when Floyd was picked 13th overall in the first round? He's the first Notre Dame player taken this high since 1993. Wow. Simply wow. That explains why NDame has been a pretty much non-factor for the last two decades.

Now the Rams are on the clock, unless of course they trade again. At this pace, they may keep trading and have every pick from the the middle of the third round until next year.

April 26, 2012 at 9:27 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Indy — Luck (Duh)

Washington — RGIII (Duh, III)

Cleveland — T-Rich (Next year's offensive rookie of the year)

Minnesota — Matt Kalil (Vikings get an early A for getting the player they wanted and three ectra picks from the Browns)

Jacksonville — Justin Blackmon

Dallas — Mo Claiborne (He can't spell INT but he can get INTs)

Tampa — Mark Barron (Nice pick)

Miami — Ryan Tannehill (Bust No. 1)

Carolina — Luke Kuechly (Defensive rookie of the year)

Buffalo Bills — Stephon Gilmore (who earned super high marks from the Mrs. 5-at-10 for his awesome hair 'do which was part mohawk, part dreads, part french braids. She said, "That's the type of hair do that takes all day."

Kansas City — Dontari Poe (Who was wearing a watch that was appraised at the same value as the 5-at-10 compound. Side note: This has HUGE bust potential.)

Philly — Fletcher Cox

Arizona — Michael Floyd (Did you folks hear what they said when Floyd was picked 13th overall in the first round? He's the first Notre Dame player taken this high since 1993. Wow. Simply wow. That explains why NDame has been a pretty much non-factor for the last two decades.)

Rams — Michael Brockers

Seahawks — Bruce Irvin (In a draft that has been off the charts crazy this was off the charts crazy times 5. Even if Irvin wins rookie of the year honors this was a bad pick because the Seahawks could have had him in round 2. Pete Carroll must have started drinking around noon.)

Jets — Quentin Coples. Could be a great pick.

Benglas — Dre Kirkpatrick. Wow, the Titans draft room just started working the phones.

April 26, 2012 at 9:47 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Jay, you are really missing out on this Bobcats game. But I suspect you are not the only one. I think I just saw Melo in the crowd of the draft as they panned over.

If Conan O'Brien and Owen Wilson had a love child I am pretty sure it would look just like Roger Goddell.

When one of D. Poe's largest accolades was 2nd Team All Conference USA that cannot bode too well.

April 26, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Mr. 962 —

Great call on Goodell. And we play that game frequently.

And right now the top three worst accolades are...

Brandon Weeden

"Finished with best completion percentage in OSU history" (which is awesome considering the best Oklahoma State QB in NFL history is who Zac Robinson. Yes, that Zac Robinson.)

Dontari Poe

"Second-team All Conference USA"

Ryan Tannehill

"Three-time Big 12 All-Academic first-team"

Heck, even the Bobcats are missing the Bobcats game. "Would say we were missing it there Bob."

April 26, 2012 at 10:24 p.m.
jgreeson said...
  1. Chargers — Melvin Ingram (Great value here. Less than a week ago, Ingram was a top-10 pick. Plus, dude had a boss suit on.)

  2. Bears — Shea McClellin (Strange choice since he figured to be a better fit in a 3-4_

  3. Titans — Kendall Wright (Not a fan of this pick. Dude is 5-10 and caught passes from an elite QB.)

  4. Patriots (from Bengals) — Chandler Jones (Love this pick. PAtriots have made moves to make the defense much better.

  5. Browns — Brandon Weeden (Obviously Cleveland thought he would not be there in Round 2 — or that he might have retired from then. Hey Falcon fans, would you trade Brandon Weeden for Julio Jones? Ba-ha-ha-ha.)

  6. Lions — Riley Reiff (Great pick. Great value. We thought he could go No. 10 overall).

  7. Steelers — David DeCastro (Read above.)

  8. New England — Dont'a Hightower (Belechick has decided to make the defense better and this time he means it.)

  9. Texans — Whitney Mercilous (OK. Somewhere Stephen Hill weeps.)

We'll be back soon with contest updates.

April 26, 2012 at 10:32 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Sorry I'm not paying much attention to the draft right now. I just spent a few minutes having the head coach of my alma mater try to convince that moving to FBS was a good thing. We shall see.

April 26, 2012 at 10:43 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

I can't see why the Seahawks didn't trade down if they were going to get a guy that didn't seem to be a first rounder on anybody's list. Unless there were just no takers. Titans should have gone with one of the linemen that were picked just after their vertically challenged selection.

April 26, 2012 at 10:51 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Chargers — Melvin Ingram (Great value here. Less than a week ago, Ingram was a top-10 pick. Plus, dude had a boss suit on.)

Bears — Shea McClellin (Strange choice since he figured to be a better fit in a 3-4_

Titans — Kendall Wright (Not a fan of this pick. Dude is 5-10 and caught passes from an elite QB.)

Patriots (from Bengals) — Chandler Jones (Love this pick. PAtriots have made moves to make the defense much better.

Browns — Brandon Weeden (Obviously Cleveland thought he would not be there in Round 2 — or that he might have retired from then. Hey Falcon fans, would you trade Brandon Weeden for Julio Jones? Ba-ha-ha-ha.)

Lions — Riley Reiff (Great pick. Great value. We thought he could go No. 10 overall).

Steelers — David DeCastro (Read above.)

New England — Dont'a Hightower (Belechick has decided to make the defense better and this time he means it.)

Texans — Whitney Mercilous (OK. Somewhere Stephen Hill weeps.)

Bengals — Kevin Zeitler (Falcons fans are now irritated.)

Packers — Nick Perry (Strong pick, and the last time they took an USC pass rusher it worked out.)

Minnesota — Harrison Smith (Vikings made some nice moves in this draft and landed a franchise tackle and a big time safety)

49ers — AJ Jenkins (Wow. Bad pick. Period.)

Tampa Bay — Doug Martin (The Bucs moved back into Round 1 to get the Boise State running back. This move also led us to....)

New York Giants — David Wilson (The Virginia Tech stud is a big-time talent. In truth, we embrace the NFL trend of running back by committee, but Wilson has Chris Johnson level skills.)

April 26, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang,

One of the great recent changes in the draft is moving Round 2 into day two.

Now there are several folks that are dying to get into the top three or four spots in Friday's round two considering that Cordy Glenn or Bobbie Massey or Lavonte David.

There are a slew of players who had first round grades — Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Martin, Mike Adams, Cordy Glenn, Coby Fleener, Andre Branch and Stephen Hill — still waiting for their phone to ring.

We love the draft. You know this.

April 26, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.
jgreeson said...

5-at-10 — Trent Richardson/Dre Kirkpatrick/Donta Hightower/Jeff Allen/Pittsburgh/Drew Butler

McPell — RIchardson/Kirkpatrick/Kendall Wright/Mitchell Schwartz/Denver/Jake Gdowski

LaughingBoy — Richardson/Kirkpatrick/Hightower/Bobbie Massie/Arizona/Randy Bullock

Fred — Morris Claiborne/Kirkpatrick/Hightower/Kelechi Osemele/Denver/Blair Walsh

Deboman — T. Richardson/Cordy Glenn/D. Hightower/K. Zeitler/Packers/Emil Igwenagu

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Richardson/Stephon Gilmore/Hightower/Osemele/Buffalo/Vontaze Burfict

scole023 — Richardson/Courtney Upshaw/Hightower/Massie/Green Bay/Lennon Creer

ThatIDoKnow — Claiborne/Gilmore/Jonathan Martin/Joe Looney/Chicago/Brandon Moseley

OTWatcher — Richardson/Kirkpatrick/Stephen Hill/Schwartz/Tennessee/Kellen Moore

CelticVol — Morris Claiborne/Stephon Gilmore/Fletcher Cox/Harrison Smith/Tampa Bay Bucs/Janzen Jackson

TFP's golf ace David Uchiyama — Claiborne/Dont'a Hightower/Shea McClennin/Devon Still/Buffalo/Blair Walsh

SportTalk's Quake (who demanded that we include is "Defending Champ") — Trent Richardson/Whitney Mercilus/Mike Adams/Vinny Curry/Pittsburgh Steelers (heart pick)/Dale Moss

WarEagle — Richardson/Poe/Hightower/Zeitler/Seattle/Neiko Thorpe

Believer — Richardson/Kirkpatrick/Jonathan Martin/TE from Clemson/St. Louis/Tim Benford

StuckinKent — Richardson/Poe/Hightower/Dwayne Allen/Packers/Bryce Brown

Norman — Claiborne/Kirkpatrick/Mike Adams/Massie/Chicago/Kellen Moore

Cobrakid8 — Trent Richardson/Dre Kirkpatrick/Dontario Poe/Kelechi Osemele/Jacksonville Jaguars/Blair Walsh

Chas9 — Richardson/Cordy Glenn/Poe/Kelechi Osemele/Green Bay/Blair Walsh.

BlueOval — Trent Richardson/Courtney Upshaw/D. Hightower/Osemele/Pittsburgh/Creer

Claiborne/Dre Kirkpatrick/Donta Hightower/Jeff Allen/Pittsburgh/Drew Butler

April 26, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Last few Contest entries

Jeffe — Richardson/Wright/Hightower/Allen/Packers/Walsh

33wannabe — Richardson/Kirkpatrick/Hightower/Martin/Cardinals/Vlachos

Weena — Richardson/Wright/Upshaw/Massie/Chicago/B. Brown

PDavi — Claiborne/Dre Kirkpatrick/Donta Hightower/Jeff Allen/Pittsburgh/Drew Butler

Here's some standings after the first three categories have been decided. (Richardson/Wright/DeCastro = a perfect 3 points)...

April 26, 2012 at 11:32 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Contest Update Part I

Jeffe — 2 points — Allen/Packers/Walsh

Weena — 2 points — Massie/Chicago/B. Brown

5-at-10 — 1 point — Jeff Allen/Pittsburgh/Drew Butler

McPell — 1 point — Mitchell Schwartz/Denver/Jake Gdowski

LaughingBoy — 1 point — Bobbie Massie/Arizona/Randy Bullock

Deboman — 1 point — K. Zeitler/Packers/Emil Igwenagu

Mrs. 5-at-10 — 1 point — Osemele/Buffalo/Vontaze Burfict

scole023 — 1 point — Massie/Green Bay/Lennon Creer

OTWatcher — 1 point — Tennessee/Kellen Moore

SportTalk's Quake (who demanded that we include is "Defending Champ") — 1 point — Vinny Curry/Pittsburgh Steelers (heart pick)/Dale Moss

WarEagle — 1 point — Zeitler/Seattle/Neiko Thorpe

April 26, 2012 at 11:41 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Contest Update Part II

Believer — 1 point — TE from Clemson/St. Louis/Tim Benford

StuckinKent — 1 point — Dwayne Allen/Packers/Bryce Brown

Cobrakid8 — 1 point — Kelechi Osemele/Jacksonville Jaguars/Blair Walsh

Chas9 — 1 point — Kelechi Osemele/Green Bay/Blair Walsh.

BlueOval — 1 point — Osemele/Pittsburgh/Creer

33wannabe — 1 point — Martin/Cardinals/Vlachos

Fred — 0 points — Kelechi Osemele/Denver/Blair Walsh

ThatIDoKnow — 0 points — Joe Looney/Chicago/Brandon Moseley

CelticVol — 0 points — Harrison Smith/Tampa Bay Bucs/Janzen Jackson

TFP's golf ace David Uchiyama — 0 points — Devon Still/Buffalo/Blair Walsh

Norman — 0 points — Massie/Chicago/Kellen Moore

PDavi — 0 points — Jeff Allen/Pittsburgh/Drew Butler

April 26, 2012 at 11:42 p.m.
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