Yesterday, it was two hours with the NFL Networks Mike Mayock and Thursday, it was an hour by the camp fire with ESPNs Todd McShay to discuss the draft.
McShay delivered the goods during his conference call. He said Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is the type of player teams should trade up for chiefly Cleveland from No. 4 to second and the Redskins from sixth overall to No. 2.
Talking about the Browns, McShay said: I would do it. I wouldnt do it for any other position.
Talking about the Redskins, he said: They drafted very well last year and its a big draft this year for Washington. Nailing the draft this year is going to be huge, not just for the short term but the long term. If they get a good deal, they should move back. If not, LSUs Morris Claiborne, a shutdown corner, would certainly be worth that pick.
McShay, who confirmed the consensus on St. Louis pick being up for public auction, said the Redskins could move into the No. 2 spot by trading Nos. 6 and 39 to the Rams. I respectfully disagree, just by the Trade Chart analysis that was posted this morning.
As for picking Claiborne at No. 6, that seems to be a popular theme, but I think the Redskins will look elsewhere if they sign a free agent cornerback.
McShay on other topics:
On Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III:
McShay: Hes really grown on me. I went back and watched a few games from 2010 and I loved him as an athlete, but as an athlete, but didnt think he was consistent enough with his accuracy. I thought he was more of a third round-type player and maybe wouldnt even work as a quarterback. But this year, I saw improvement, especially with his accuracy down the field. He showed a lot more touch and he was able to drop the ball in. Can he improve? Of course he can. Sometimes, he has to take some heat off the fastball but hes made huge strides.
What I like about him is that hes a true passer first. Hes not an impatient guy. I love his mental make-up hes a leader, hes tough and hes smart. I havent found a person who has said anything but great things about him and his understanding of offensive concepts. In most other drafts, he would be legit competing for the No. 1 pick. If Cleveland wants him, they need to move up and get him. I would be surprised if he even gets to No. 3. If not Cleveland, its going to be Washington leap-frogging to get him at No. 2.
Also during the call, McShay hit on a point where I literally said, Bingo.
He said: Ultimately, if you take a great quarterback, you take a great quarterback and tweak your system to what he does best.
Ill throw more quick hitters up in the next few days, but here are some other nuggets:
McShay said Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill could go in the top 15 and he ranked the passers, in order, as Andrew Luck, Griffin, Tannehill, Brock Osweiler, Brandon WeedenNick Foles. Tannehill is the best of the second tier, McShay said.
McShay doesnt expect Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon to last beyond the top 10 picks, but puts him more in the Julio JonesDez Bryant category than the Calvin JohnsonA.J. Green section.
And being brutally honest, McShay said of his role: Anything I say has zero effect on what an NFL team will do. About agents calling him to pump up their clients, he added: To be honest, it used to be a lot worse. I dont know, maybe Ive shut them out for so long, they dont call anymore. I get e-mails. More so with the guys representing smaller-school guys to make sure we get a look at them. Nothing you can say to me will change my opinion on a player.
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