Quick Hitters

The Lions are stupid. Or so says Drew Sharp of the Free Press. He argues that the Lions should be trying to move Roy Williams because he has no value to a team that is once again rebuilding. Sharp mentions the Cowboys and Redskins, but not the Eagles.

[Detroit Free Press] If the Lions weren’t interested in moving Williams, they’re stupid.


Keeping with the same theme of calling organizations out for their stupidity, I really want to take the time to thank Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder for keeping my life a little more entertaining than it otherwise is.

Was it wise for the Redskins to draft both Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly when they really needed help on the other side of the ball? No. Am I pleased with their decision? Certainly.

Likewise, the Cowboys trade for Pacman Jones really put a hop in my step. That team is already a steaming pile of crazy, throwing Pacman in the mix could be quite fun.

It could be a long season for Ed Werder.

The Lito Sale — Who’s Still Shopping?

On a weekend filled with several surprises for Eagles fans, perhaps none was as big as having Lito still on the roster when it was all over. Now fans who have been clamoring for the Eagles to hold on to #26 have a glimmer of hope, while everyone else is scratching their heads wondering where the team is going from here.Lito Sheppard

One thing is still certain in my mind — neither Sheldon nor Lito is going to accept a role as nickel corner happily. Just because Lito has been keeping quiet during this ordeal doesn’t mean he’s pleased. He’s just handling the situation like a professional.

So how have the dynamics of the situation changed after the draft. With several of the rumored parties involved having selected corners at the draft, the Eagles’ options may have dwindled.

Let’s take a look:

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons, of course, dumped DeAngelo Hall on the Raiders for a second and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. That left them with a pretty ugly reality in the secondary — something they tried to address on draft day. They took corner Chavis Jackson and safety Thomas Decoud — both in the third round.

Outlook: This team may still be interested in Lito. Jackson and Decoud are nice young prospects, but they aren’t sure-fire NFL starters from day 1.

New England Patriots

This is another team that lost a star cornerback — who is a proud new Eagle. But they also lost another free agent, Randall Gay, to the Saints. They didn’t take a corner in the first round as many expected they would. Instead, they got Terrence Wheatley and Jonathan Wilhite later in the draft.

Outlook: Lito could still be on their radar. They do have newcomer Fernando Bryant, but if he’s your best corner it’s not a great situation.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams used one of their picks on an interesting corner prospect in Justin King. Mel Kiper doesn’t quite think he’s ready for primetime, but the Rams saw something they liked. This is a team that, in my mind, was a long-shot for Lito anyway — they weren’t likely to give up picks or part with Tory Holt.

Outlook: Doubtful that they are involved.

New York Jets

The Jets have been rumored to be calling the Eagles about Sheppard. They could use someone to take the side of the field opposite their promising young corner Darelle Revis. They used a late round selection on Dwight Lowery, but he’s a longshot to be a true NFL starter.

Outlook: Likely still interested in Sheppard. Keep in mind, the Jets are generally interested in anything the Pats are doing as well.

Cincinatti Bengals

Chad Johnson
Trouble

After drafting corner in the first round of the last two drafts, the Bengals completely avoid the position this year. The problem this team faces is that they aren’t really sure if those first round selections (Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall) are any good.

This team is, of course, in a mess with its premier player. Johnson is a clown, and appears determined to burn every bridge he crosses out of Cinci. Are the Eagles interested? Some reports claim they are.

Outlook: The Bengals claim they aren’t budging for Johnson. Will they change their tune in time?

Jacksonville Jaguars

Here’s a new team to the party. The Jaguars are reportedly putting together a “package” of draft picks to offer the Eagles for Lito. At this point, if the Eagles are unable to obtain a player for Sheppard, they may look to Jacksonville as a last resort (if keeping Lito is simply not an option). Getting more draft picks in 2009 isn’t ideal for a team looking to make a run now.

The Jags have an Pro Bowl caliber corner in Rashean Mathis already. If they put Lito on the other side they would have a scary secondary.

Outlook: Could be a strong player if the Eagles are out of options.

Tampa Bay Bucs

This is another team that was rumored to be interested in Lito before the draft. But after picking up Aqib Talib in round one, that is likely over.

Outlook: Not likely to be interested.

Update:  A commenter inquired about the Lions.  Although I see them as an unlikely partner, it’s worth putting them here.

Detroit Lions

The Lions traded for Leigh Bodden, a solid, young corner.  We as Eagles fans love the possibility of acquiring a rumored-to-be-on-the-block Roy Williams, but there isn’t much indicating that the Lions are interested in Sheppard or giving up Williams.

Outlook:  Unlikely

Nate Robinson: Ballin in Westchester

This may or may not be at all interesting, but I got what I thought was an interesting text message from a buddy tonight:Nate Robinson

Just finished playing two hours of pickup with Nate Robinson. Dude can jump.

He followed that up with:

We play in Westchester. I talked with him for a little while. He liked me because I was a ‘hustlah’. He really can jump outrageously high. He gets into the club just so everyone can watch him.

The buddy is a public high school teacher and coach in the Hudson Valley. Robinson is a pretty compelling personality in the NBA — remember the fight with Melo?

The guy has a serious case of little man syndrome, and New York may not be the best place for him to try and keep his emotions in check for his career.

But at least Isiah is out of the picture now.  That can only be helpful.

Wrapping Up The Draft

I’m still feeling a little disheveled after this draft. All the thought that went into determining who the Eagles should take at #19 was a waste, just like it was with last year’s first. Trevor Laws

Likewise, all the effort that went into the supposed certain Lito trade has thus far been for naught — #26 still has a locker at the NovaCare Complex.

So, yeah, this is going to take a few more days to sink in I’d say. That being said, taking a look at the players acquired, there’s no reason to be up in arms.

DeSean Jackson improves this team on day 1. Period. You can’t complain about that. Sorry, Reno. You’re a nice guy and I’m sure you’ll do well in the food service industry again.

Everything I read says Trevor Laws is as ready to play in the NFL on opening day as anyone in this draft. If that’s true, and he actually does rotate in relief of Bunkley and Patterson then this pick is also a good one. Otherwise, if we’re waiting a couple of years for this guy, I hate the pick.

I don’t understand the Bryan Smith selection. Sure, the Eagles got a safety in the next round, but I was getting pretty excited for the hard-hitting Dujuan Morgan in this spot. As it turns out, he ended up being selected only a few picks later. The Eagles did get a safety in round 4 — and this will be something to remember and watch down the road — the careers of Morgan and Demps.

The rest of the guys are projects for sure. Maybe the Eagles got a gem in Ikegwuonu, maybe they got an injured criminal who won’t play a down in the league. Time will tell.

As to Lito — this may just drag out for a while now. Your guess is as good as mine. What I do know is this: Lito is NOT going to accept a job as a nickel corner happily (neither is Sheldon). So forget that idea. I’ll have more on this later.

Not a Good Day for Predictions

So here’s what we know after Day 1 of the draft — NFL teams are, somehow, still very good at keeping secrets. DeSean Jackson

We know this because today was as unpredictable as anyone could imagine. Seriously, was there anyone out there who thought Donnie Avery would be the first wide receiver off the board? That Chris Johnson would be a first round pick? (and 22!) Or, for that matter, Antoine Cason, Joe Flacco, Sam Baker, and Dustin Keller would all go in the first?

There isn’t a single mock draft out there on the Internet that even closely resembles today’s results.

As to the Eagles — it’s difficult to feel strongly in either direction about their day. On the one hand, it’s another year without a first-round player. On the other hand, holy crap! Did they ever take the Panthers to the cleaners.

I’ve long been critical of DeSean Jackson as a first round pick here, but as pick #49? Sign me up. Remember, I was high on Chris Johnson in the second round because of his all-around explosiveness and ability to contribute on special teams. Jackson immediately brings some firepower to the punt and kick return units.

Do I think he’s ever going to be a #1 or #2 receiver? No, I don’t. He’s too small. The odds are stacked really high against it. But he could be a deep threat in the right situations, and the Eagles could run some plays specifically designed to take advantage of his talents — like the Bills do with Roscoe Parrish.

As for Trevor Laws — nothing glamorous with this pick, just the usual Andy Reid mindset that the offensive and defensive lines are priority #1. It will be nice if this guy actually contributes in his first year spelling Bunkley and Patterson — but at this point should we really expect that?

The Eagles track record with defensive rookies points to Laws spending a season on the sidelines. And if that ends up being the case, this was a horrible pick — this team is ready for a run this season.

Draft Day

I’m spending the morning with the wifey doing things that couples do. Then around two, five buddies are coming around for the festivities — a Giants’ fan, a Bills’ fan, a Niners’ fan, and two Dolphins’ fans. Lots of food and beer. Should be a lot of fun.

I think the NFL could market gardening and get men together for it. God they’re good.

Wii Fit — This Thing is Going to Blow Up

Wii Fit BoxAs if Nintendo needed anything else to keep their system flying off the shelves — Wii Fit is about to be launched in the US. And if the Euro sales are any indication, it’s going to be huge.

Nintendo’s Wii Fit game was launched today and has been selling at the rate of 90 copies per minute in Woolworths, the store claimed.

If you want the details on this thing — go here.

I know that as soon as Wii Fit hits the shelves Mrs Sportsdork is going to want to give it a try. The hard part may be getting my hands on a copy.

The Ignorance

It hurts. I hurts so much. Why does ESPN employ these people? (or here) (or here)

Reid is sitting at No. 19 and it’s likely he can’t get an elite pass-rusher, which is what the Eagles need most. Reid could drop down, grab an extra pick or two, and focus on getting help in the secondary and wide receiver. He can take a shot on a pass-rusher in a later round.

Why does it seem like these draft experts think their event exists in a vacuum every year? Do they know the Eagles drafted a DE in the second round just last year? Do they not know the Eagles signed a pass-rushing specialist in free agency?

Does he not know that Trent Cole had 12.5 sacks last season?

This is ESPN.com’s cover story. It hurts.

Annoying

Normally there is enough going on during the off-season (free agency, trade rumors, legal issues) to keep Florio and PFT from chiming in on anything related to what actually goes on in an NFL game — which is he is terrible at.

But today, possibly out of boredom, he tried to make the case that USC puts out a disproportionate amount of NFL busts. He used Mike Patterson as a piece of evidence. Read the hilarious comments and his attempt at reconciling his error, which comes of just as idiotic as his initial point.

NFL front offices are always in the habit of signing draft busts to seven year extensions, Mike. Well done.

Stick to the rumor mongering and terrible prediction making.

Eagles Draft Coverage, Continued

Here’s the second round data. Almost every prognosticator has changed their pick for the Eagles.