The Z Report
27. Houston - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Z-Report Says: I thought about putting WRs DeAndre Hopkins or Robert Woods here, but the way my board is going, the Texans would probably see strong WR value in the 2nd round. I put Manti Te’o here and then deleted it because my guess is that they will want to go with another, less expensive ILB in round 2 or 3 to compete with Darryl Sharpton. Jones, is a tough DE with good strength who would be tabbed to replace Antonio Smith down the road. Jones has the quickness to attack the gaps in Wade Phillips’ defense scheme and he has shown the ability to handle himself against the run.
This guy looks
like a football player. I think it would be interesting to see him on our defense. However, with Antonio coming off back-to-back career years, I just don't see this happening.
I believe this has been posted in another thread. I started this one, because I wanted to talk about some of his other picks.
Arizona selects Gino Smith with the 7th overall pick.
I know Arizona has had some trouble as of late with their QB position. Other than Kurt Warner it seems they can't find one that sticks. They tried a top ten selection with Matt Lienart, a FA phenom with Kevin Kolb, & a darkhorse with John Skelton.
I'm thinking maybe the QB isn't the problem. If I'm Arizona I'm asking myself if I have a foundation to develop a QB. They've also struggled with the running game. Running & passing problems generally have a common source. I believe that starts with the center & works out.
I'd stick with Skelton & Kolb and build the trenches.
8 Buffalo: Eziekial Ansah
This guy appears to be a bad ass, & I know there are many who want to believe the Mario endeavor failed. However, they've got a very talented DL. A first overall in Mario, a third overall in Marcell, a bad ass in Kyle Williams, and an underrated (imo) Mark Anderson.
Like Houston, their problem is most likely on the back end. Aaron Williams (34th overall 2011 draft), Stephon Gillmore (10th overall 2012 draft), Da'Norris Searcy (100th overall 2011 draft).... very young group here, no veteran presence. I'd either improve my coaching staff or get a veteran player on the back end through FA (Danieal Manning via trade perhaps), or both.
If I'm Buffalo, I'm looking at LT Lane Johnson, or WR Cordarelle Patterson, and a QB in the second or third to develop & push Fitzpatrick.
9. NYJets Matt Barkley
They've got a log jam at QB right now. Sanchez (or Franchez based on his last conract), Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow... & that nearly broke them in 2012. I don't think they are going to take another QB out of USC & start all over again. They'll get a vet if they aren't happy with their current line up.
12. Miami Cordarelle Patterson
If they get Mike Wallace & Cordarelle.... watch out.
I like all the picks from there, especially Latuleilei to the Cowboys & Fluker to the Giants.
What I don't like is the run on WRs before our pick. Allen, Hopkins, & Austin all gone from 22 to 25.
What are your thoughts?