The Seattle Seahawks are in the middle of the most boring draft in NFL history … and I’m loving every minute of it.
In other news, Andy Dalton went to Cincinnati – which is EXCELLENT news because with the very next pick San Francisco chose some quarterback from Nevada. Here’s to hoping Andy Dalton is who we thought he was and the 49ers just got F’ed in the A.
In other other news, there is a 100% chance I never type the words Andy Dalton on this site ever again. So, there’s that.
It’s pretty pointless to talk about other teams’ drafts. You figure if every fucking draft pick panned out the way teams hoped, every team would end up 8-8, every game would go down to the last possession, and we’d have to invent 15 new tiebreakers just to decide who went to the playoffs. Picks will pan out and picks will bust. You just have to hope you have better luck with your picks than your rivals.
As it stands, there’s only going to be a handful of All Pros per draft at MOST. If we didn’t just draft two All Pros with Carpenter and Moffitt – or, the Pancake Twins, as they’re sure to be called when they start dominating this year – then we have to hope at the VERY least that they become steady, everyday starters for the next decade or so.
This time, we managed to get our Trade-Down. We gave up our 2nd round pick to Detroit. In return, we got a 3rd round pick (about 20 spots lower than our 2nd rounder), a 4th round pick, and we moved up a handful of spots in both the 5th and 7th rounds. I know we were REALLY regretting not having that 3rd rounder this year … well, now we got it, in lieu of a 2nd rounder. I dunno.
Again, the “experts” said we reached. Well, shit Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, I don’t know what to tell you! You’re going to look like collosal dipshits when we have the best O-line in football, while all those other names you rattled off (guys who were projected as better pros than the ones we chose) are pouring pints of Guiness in some bar in Arizona.
Can you even believe what we’re doing here? We get Okung last year, Left Tackle. We already have Max Unger from the ’09 draft, Center. Now we have a mauler in James Carpenter, Right Tackle; and a heady, stout run-blocker in Moffitt, Right Guard. Four young guys, all with less than 2 years experience. If we – knock on wood – sign Robert Gallery whenever free agency starts (Left Guard), we’ll have a line that can grow together for the better part of the next decade. If they can stay healthy and gel as a cohesive unit, WATCH OUT.
I’m not saying it’s all going to come together next year, but dig this: just stay healthy for one year. That’s all I ask. Everyone gets their growing pains out of the way. Maybe we lose a bunch of games so we can draft Andrew Luck (fingers crossed). Maybe we also get a hotshot running back. And MAYBE, in 2012 (if the world doesn’t end), we have the absolute best rushing attack in all of football.
You know why I’m so confident that Kiper and McShay are idiots? Because offensive line is one of the safest picks in the draft. We got our foundation last year. This year, we get a freak athlete (Carpenter) who played for a national champion and in front of a Heisman Trophy winner; and we get a smart, mean, versatile guard out of Wisconsin (Moffitt), a school that just so happened to be one of the very best in all of college football at running the football.
I’m glad we didn’t settle for an iffy quarterback or an undersized corner. We just got building blocks on the most important part of any football team’s offense.