published Thursday, April 25th, 2013

5-at-10: Merry Draftmas — all draft all day

Since this is a holiday and all, we appreciate you checking in since today really is about family and freedom and expressing the joy and celebration of a day of this merit and being with people you love.

Thanks. And Happy Draftmas. Let's sing some carols.

To the tune of Jingle Bells

"Mingo sells, Mingo sells, Mingo all the way,

"Oh what fun it is to chide Rex Ryan all the day."

Or this holiday classic (to the tune of Deck the Halls)

"Deck Radio City Music Hall with balls of money,


"Tis the day 5-at-10's spirit is sunny.


"Don the picks in new boss suits


"We remember them as 5-star recruits


Or how about this Draftmas classic... (To the tune of Frosty)

"Kiper, the know-man, has a big-time boss head of hair,

"With Gruden on one side and then McShay, and Berman breaking a chair.

"Manti Te'o's girlfriend is a fairy tale they say,

"She was created on the web, but scouts shrug and he'll get picked this day.

"It must be the magic in the New Era draft hats and those fans' cheers,

"but anyone who takes a QB today will do so again in a few years."

Gang. We love the draft. You know this. And if you didn't know this, well you know this now.

From the war room deep inside the "Talks too much" studios, with the first pick in the 2013 Draftmas 5-at-10, let's sprint to the podium.

Draft contest

We're well into the third annual the "Feeling the Draft" NFL draft contest.

Winner will get a Masters hat. Send in your entry, don't cost nothing. We are going to continue to reach out to other media-types in town to participate. The first champ of this event was SportTalk's Quake and last year Sir Jeffe won. Well-played indeed gents. And yes, we have won a couple of our own contests, but the fact that we are winless in "Feeling the Draft" leaves an empty place in our soul. We love the draft. You know this. We have acquired picks from the SportTalk trio, and we'll try to get Wells and Jim Gumm from ESPN radio when Paschall and the sports editor swing by for our radio show from 1-3 p.m. on 105.1 FM. A slew of the TFP folks normally play along and the TV guys are always welcomed, too.

As always, don't cost nothin' to play.

Your entries will have five parts. If there's a tie after the first round, please check back Friday because we'll have a second-round tie-breaker.

Here are the categories:

First player picked:

Titans' first pick:

Steelers' first pick:

Falcons' first pick:

SEC players drafted in round 1:

Here are the entries we have so far (and they go in order of first pick/Titans pick/Steelers pick/Falcons pick/SEC first rounders):

5-at-10 — Joeckel/Jonathan Cooper/Cordarrelle Patterson/Tank Carradine/12

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Joeckel/Warmack/Jarvis Jones/Eric Reid/ 13

McPell — Fisher/Dee Milliner/Cordarrelle Patterson/Xavier Rhodes/9

WarEagle — Joeckel/Warmack/Eifert/Kyle Long/14

ThatIDoKnow — Ansah/Mingo/Patterson/Jamar Taylor/15

TrueFan — Luke Joeckel/Tavon Austin/Jarvis Jones/Kevin Minter/11

OTWatcher — Joeckel/Warmack/Jones/Manti Te'o/12

Fred — Joeckel/Warmack/Lotulelei/DJ Swearinger/11

Dawg747 — Joeckel/Warmack/J. Jones/Z. Ertz/12

MrSpud — Joeckel/Warmack/Eifert/Hayden/9

RustyVol — Luke Joeckel/Jonathan Cooper/Justin Hunter/Desmond Trufant/12

Titanic — Joeckel/Lotulelei/Justin Hunter/Jamar Taylor/11

GratefulDawg — Joeckel/X. Rhodes/Cordarrelle Patterson/Zach Ertz/14

One Time — Fisher/Warmack/Eddie Lacy/Trufant/13

Jefe — Joeckel/Barkevious Mingo/Jones/Ertz/14

Huesmania — Joeckel/Warmack/Jarvis Jones/Trufant/12

Quake — Joeckel/Warmack/Patterson/Eifert/11

Cowboy Joe — Joeckle/Warmack/Patterson/Troufant/11

Dr. B (he is a doctor after all) — Joeckel/Milliner/Jones/Lacy/9

NewESPNlistener — Joeckel/Richardson/Eifert/Hayden/12

Weena — Joeckel/Lotulelei/Eifert/Taylor/13

More to come....


Draft advice

Here's what we hope to see through the first round for the two area teams: (And if you want to discuss your team or any and all aspects of the draft, Paschall and the 5-at-10 will be on ESPN Radio 105.1 FM from 1-3. Give us a shout at 648-1051.)

Tennessee Titans

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    Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt catches a pass during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

What they have done: The Tennessee Titans were one of the most active and effective teams during free agency, adding pieces and players of need. They added a starting guard in Andy Levitre and two safeties in George Wilson and Bernard Pollard. There were others — tight end Delanie Walker and running back Shonn Green — who add depth and competition, two things that are vital in today's NFL. They also signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, the former Bills starting QB, and the battle for ownership of this team between Fitzpatrick and Jake Locker will be the primary storyline heading into the season.

What they need: The Titans' recent attempts at defensive line difference makers have failed. Derrick Morgan, what happened? So a D-lineman could be the pick. The Titans have needed a difference-making wide out since Derrick Mason left for Baltimore, and it's obvious the criminal known as Kenny Britt has a hard time staying on the field. They could also really use a cover corner.

What they likely will do: This draft is flushed with interior lineman with value on each side of the ball. There's a real chance that the Titans will have the choice between Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelie and Alabama guard Chance Warmack. Each of those guys is a great value at 10 and will be in multiple Pro Bowls. And if Alabama corner Dee Milliner is on the board when the commish says Tennessee's on the clock, the Titans' rep will sprint to the front of the room, card in hand.

What we'd like as a fan: The Titans need a difference maker, a guy that brings legit matchup problems for the opposition. Tavon Austin is a guy like that. Tyler Eifert is a guy like that. Heck, Barkevious Mingo is very much a guy like that. One of those three will be on the board. And after two years of forgettable football, the Mike Munchak tenure could use a jot of energy, no?

Atlanta Falcons

What they have done: The Falcons have cut salary, saying bye to Dunta Robinson, Michael Turner and John Abraham. (Side note: It's worth mentioning here that the Abraham has not signed anywhere yet and could come back to the A-T-L later this summer.) They also added Osi Umenyiora and Steven Jackson, two players that have had big-time success and who should make the Falcons better.

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    Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (22) reacts after the Falcons defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 30-17 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

What they need: Asante Samuel is the only cornerback with experience on the roster. Help is needed there now. Middle linebacker likely will be addressed. There is need for offensive linemen, too.

What they likely will do: There are a slew of cornerbacks — from the pipe dream that is Xavier Rhodes to Desmond Trufant to Jamar Taylor to even D.J. Hayden — that could be on the board or could already be picked by the time the Falcons pick at No. 30. If any of those four guys are still there, that's likely the direction the Falcons go.

What we'd like as a fan: This team is on the cusp of the Super Bowl. They finished 10 yards short last January of making the big game. How long that window is open is impossible to know. Many of the bold moves the Falcons could make will be later in the draft — we'd love for the Falcons to come away with Marcus Lattimore in round 2 and Da'Rick Rogers in round 3 — and in truth the need for a corner is undeniable. Still, even on the cusp of the Super Bowl, we could see the Falcons trading in both directions, too. Let's say for some reason Milliner starts to drop a little bit, maybe the Falcons move up and take the only real difference-making corner in this draft. Or, if the quarterback circus has not started when the Falcons are on the clock, there clock, there's a real chance Atlanta could make a very profitable deal with Buffalo or Arizona or Jacksonville — one of the quarterback-starved teams looking to get back into the first round.


All types of draft

OK, gang, we're open for all types of draft questions.

We are asking some, too.

We love the draft. You know this.

In fact, we're going to have a 5-at-10 draft this very morning. No it's not NFL players. It's college football coaches. Current college football coaches that is.

And yes, we all agree that Nick Saban is the Andrew Luck of this draft — a no-brainer that is atop every draft board. In fact, he's such a dunk, that he's off the board.

OK, starting with the first commenter, you get the next pick. Who you got? And then we'll follow along. (If people comment at the same time, we'll figure it out.)

Who's in? And who ya' got? Chas9, are you on the clock?


This and that

(other draft boards of interest — hey we love the draft)

— If college football put all of the players in a pool and re-drafted, here's our draft board (and this would be the greatest thing EVER, unless you are an Alabama fan because you'd have 10 players picked in the first round — and we're not kidding):

1) T.J. Yeldon — because you get him for two more years and he could win two Heismans (or is that win two Hesimen... Discuss)

2) Jadeveon Clowney — BEAST

3) Jameis Winston — two more years and he's about to blow up as FSU's starting QB

4) Stefon Diggs — again, two more years and the kid makes Maryland watchable

5) Todd Gurley — yes, two more years of this one too, and he's legit

— Best Chevy Chase comedies draft board (and this is harder than it looks)

1) Caddyshack

2) Fletch

3) Christmas Vacation

4) Spies Like Us

5) Vacation

— SNL all-time draft board (way harder than it looks — and because of our age, we're talking post 1982-ish, if you are more fond of the old-school guys, we're cool with that)

1) Eddie Murphy

2) Mike Myers

3) Phil Hartman

4) Will Ferrell

5) Dana Carvey (and we stand by the claim that if Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslem runs for president someday, it would revitalize Carvey's career. Haslem is a spitting image of Carvey, who did a George Bush I impersonation that was so good, the Bush family had him over for hits and giggles)


Today's question

Feel free to enter the draft contest above — we'll shut it down with the 5 p.m. time stamp.

Feel free to comment on any of the above — be it the Draftmas Carols or your version of any of the draft boards.

Remember Friday's mailbag, too.

And read the comments and know you're on the clock to pick a college football coach. Who you got?

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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LaughingBoy said...

First player picked: Joeckel, A&M

Titans' first pick: Warmack, Alabama

Steelers' first pick: Jones, Georgia

Falcons' first pick: Bjoern Werner, Florida State

SEC players drafted in round 1 (not necessarily in order): 13: Joeckel, A&M, Mingo, LSU; Floyd, Florida; Ogletree, Georgia; Warmack, Alabama; Warford, Kentucky; Patterson, Tennessee; Jones, Georgia; Milliner, Alabama; Richardson, Missouri; Reid, LSU; Hunter, Tennessee; Elam, Florida

Coach pick: Dooley. No, Urban Meyer.

April 25, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.
mrspud said...

College coach draft: Chris Petersen, Boise State. If he can be successful on that painful to look at smurf blue field, he can coach anywhere.

April 25, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
Todd962 said...

I will take Mark Richt. Overlooking the 09 and 10 seasons, I will take a decade of 10 win seasons for the rest of my life and I hate UGA. Plus, he has also done more for the acceptance of PDA in the SEC than any one thought possible. He has been getting it done in more ways than one. (Enter Bow-chicka-bow-wow soundbite)

Jay, what are your thoughts about Joe Montegna? Ron Howard's brother is quoted with saying he's the best tackler he has ever seen. Thoughts? (I don't follow the draft a lot....)

April 25, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Nice job with the carols.

My picks: Joeckel/Cooper/Jones/Eifert/13.

My coach pick is Bob Stoops. A later-round pick would be Hugh Freeze. I think he's got a great future ahead of him at Ole Miss.

April 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
jgreeson said...

To recap our coaches draft so far:

Saban — off the board

LaughingBoy takes Urban Meyer No. 1

Mr. Spud takes Chris Petersen No. 2

Todd962 takes Mark Richt (and the camera goes to Steve Spurrier in the green room, and the Visor has come off and yes, he's thrown the visor. The visor has been thrown. Repeat, the visor has been throw)

Who's next?

April 25, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
mcpell3 said...

I'll take Petrino, as long as his contract includes a morals clause and Dez's babysitter. Or I can trade down and take a recruiting specialist to be named later.

April 25, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
chas9 said...

I'll take Les More, er, Miles.

As a lyric writer, Jay's a great sports editor.

Remember when Stasburg was good?

April 25, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.
titanic said...

I'll take Butch. Colonel Slade says: "it's a valuable future, he's gonna make you proud some day"

April 25, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
orangeguy said...

I'll take Lane Ki... Lol. yeah right. Give me Kevin Sumlin and I'll just hope he can develop another Manziel.

Was such a bitter football year for me I haven't paid any attention to draft news. No need to embarrass myself in the contest.

Melody was thrown way out of whack, but your lyrics were great.

No love for Chris Farley? Cheri Oteri was one of the more underrated performers in the 90's too.

April 25, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Jay, seeing that man throw his visor over the years has brought me much joy. Unfortunately it wasnt against people wearing orange and white a whole lot, which only makes me loathe him more. I just wish he wasnt so dang witty and humourous or I could hate him completely.

April 25, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
rustyvol said...

I'll take the 'Ole Ball Coach - Spurrier. The pic of him shirtless drinking Coors at a NASCAR race is priceless.

April 25, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.
deboman said...

I'll take Dabo Swinney, Head Coach, Clemson Tigers.

As for the old school SNL folks, they were good in their newness, but Akroyd may be the only one that cracks the top five.

April 25, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Todd —

It's tough to hate Spurrier because of the reasons you stated. It's tough to like Spurrier because of the reasons you stated.

Curse you Spurrier. Praise you Spurrier.

Let's go to the coaches draft board

Saban off

1) Laughter takes Meyer

2) Mr. Spud takes Chris Petersen

3) Todd962 takes Mark Richt

4) Stewwie takes Stoops

5) McPell takes Petrino

6) Chas9 takes Les Miles

7) Titanic takes Butch — and the draft experts erupt. In fact, the Mel Kiper-version of our game just passed out. While the 5-at-10 is praising Butch's upside and potential, it's the first real reach of the morning.

8) Orangeguy takes Kevin Sumlin and is disappointed to learn Johnny Football is not part of the deal.

Hey, Orange, push your chips in and take a chance. Don't cost nothing.

April 25, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
orangeguy said...

Okay, you talked me into it...

First player picked: Joeckel

Titans' first pick: Milliner

Steelers' first pick: Eifert

Falcons' first pick: Pugh

SEC players drafted in round 1: 13

April 25, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.
chas9 said...

Which Butch?

There's gotta be Belushi and Radner. And Crystal.

April 25, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
titanic said...

Jones, forgot about Davis and don't know of any others out there.

April 25, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

SNL: Only qualifications, the ones that made me laugh most often, as well as I can remember. Short time cast members like Ben Stiller weren't considered, neither was the success or lack of success after leaving the show. I agree, some of the early seasons were really weak after watching/rewatching on DVD or Comedy Central/VH1.

1-Chris Farley 2-Will Ferrell 3-Mike Myers 4-Chris Kattan (Mango!) 5-Phil Hartman 6-Darrell Hammond 7-Dan Akroyd 8-Tim Meadows 9-Eddie Murphy 10-Martin Short 11-Dana Carvey 12-Jon Lovitz 13-Bill Murray 14-Gilda Radner 15-Fred Armisen 16-Kevin Nealon 17-Laraine Newman 18-Cheri Oteri 19-Adam Sandler 20-Jane Curtin 21-Tracy Morgan 22-Amy Poehler 23-Norm McDonald 24-Dennis Miller 25-John Belushi 26-Billy Crystal 27-Molly Shannon 28-Seth Meyers 29-Garrett Morris 30-Jimmy Fallon 31-Chevy Chase 32-Will Forte

April 25, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Good stuff here.

From the top of our head — and if you get the chance, give us a call at 648-1051 to talk draft stuff after 1 p.m. on ESPN 105.1.

Good stuff.

We're stoked.

April 25, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Though Caddyshack is better than Fletch, and that's saying something, because Fletch is more of a Chase vehicle than Caddyshack, I put Fletch a little ahead.

And you spent a lot of time on the Draftmas carols, 5. I hope you didn't drive the wonderful Mrs. 5 crazy or to drinkin'.

April 25, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.
titanic said...

Hey five, yes Butch is a bit of a reach but GM's draft a lot on potential and having a big upside, don't they? Side note to my earlier post, the Colonel Slade reference was because Al Pacino turned 73 today. How about a little love for his work someday?

April 25, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

No 1-32 on Chevy Chase movies, I know, heartbreaking to read that. There isn't a large enough group to choose from and other than that, the choices at the top are all too easy.

That said, a draft down the road could be movies made by alumni (Chase, Murphy, Akroyd, Myers, and the rest). If I won the lottery one of my first moves would be replacing a reality show network with a comedy channel featuring SNL episodes, and comedies with the stars mentioned above plus Sandler, Murray, etc).

I'm reading the Titans are looking at QB in the 2nd round to give Locker and Fitzpatrick a push. I'll believe it when it happens.

April 25, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.
HardCopy said...

To me, the Titans are in that unfortunate spot where they are currently a bad team and it isn't immediately apparent from looking at the roster how they might be better in 3-5 years.

CJ is wildly inconsistent from game to game and from carry to carry. Locker has been less than impressive, and he has limited weapons. Their offensive line isn't good. The defense is a complete train wreck at all levels. Last season, they might have been the most bland, vanilla team to watch in the entire league. They are going to need 2-3 really solid drafts in a row before they can think about competing again I think.

April 25, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
titanic said...

Yes HardCopy, I agree. But in the days when the Titans were good they always had a stout D (plus Jeff Fisher). Now they can't stop running water. Here is hoping they address this in a big way this draft.

April 25, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
HardCopy said...

That's a good point about Fisher. When he was there, the Titans always had pretty solid but not consistently elite players on defense. There were a couple of superstar-type years from Kearse and Haynesworth in there, but that's about all I can recall. I think he had a lot to do with the success on that side of the ball when he was there.

April 25, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
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