NFL Draft Non-Sequitur Thoughts
Things could not have worked out better for Matt Leinart. A lot of people will harp on the fact that by going back for another year of college football, Leinart lost out on millions of dollars, but in my opinion, by being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals he has gained a better NFL career. If he had gone to San Francisco with the number one pick last year, he would have played for a team with no offensive weapons at his disposal and he would have struggled just like Alex Smith did in his rookie year. And probably will for years to come. Instead, he will be playing in a warmer weather environment on a team with two of the best wide receivers in the NFL and an above average running back in Edgerrin James. Not a bad way to start an NFL career.
The Buffalo Bills do not know what the hell they are doing. They drafted a player way too high with the eighth pick of the draft (Donte Whitner). They traded up to get a player no one wanted in John McCargo, thereby wasting future draft picks. And if those two foibles weren't bad enough, they now have half of an Ohio State secondary (Whitner and Youboty), which only ranked 43rd in the country last year in passing defense.
The Atlanta Falcons have added another Virginia Tech player back with an overinflated ego and assholic potential. Michael Vick and DeAngelo Hall are awaiting you with open arms, Jimmy Williams. (Update: Jimmy Williams reportedly put in an order for a $250,000 Lamborghini.)
It is always interesting to notice the trends behind teams who draft a certain type of player. Rich McKay, former GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current GM of the Atlanta Falcons, was famous for drafting most of the Bucs' players from the three big Florida universities. Now there is another team who is beginning a regional trend of their own. I am talking about Nick Saban and the Miami Dolphins. Saban used to coach in the SEC at LSU and obviously he liked the players he saw in that conference since with the first eight draft selections under his tenure, four have come from the SEC. A little conference favoritism, if you will.