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9. Dallas: Smith; 10. Jacksonville: Gabbert; 11. Houston: Watt; 12. Minnesota: Ponder

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 6:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Cowboys get USC tackle Tyron Smith, raising my average to .333 through the first nine picks.

(Hey, anyone remember I had the Raiders picking Rolando McClain last year? Anyone?)

Looked on TV as if Dallas was less enthuastic than most teams. Some actual perspective, perhaps? The whole, high-five, whoop-and-hollar thing seems a little ridiculous in draft rooms. All you did was turn in a card.

Jacksonville thought enough of Blaine Gabbert to move from No. 18 to No. 10 and give up its second-round pick in the process. The second-guessers will immediately wonder why they simply didn’t wait and possibly get Andy Dalton at No. 18.

Mike Mayock says Gabbert’s skill set compares favorably to Sam Bradford, last year’s No. 1 pick, but that his transition will be tougher because he played in a spread.

Seems to me Bradford played in a spread as well. Gabbert even invoked Bradford’s name at the combine as someone who made that transition.

Houston passing on Prince Amukamara with its incredibly porous pass defense in favor of Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt can only mean one thing _ the Titans are going to make a huge offer to Nnamdi Asomugha when free agency begins.

The Vikings and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder . . . everyone who predicted quarterbacks would fly off the board deserves a pat on the back.

Colin Kaepernick, anyone?

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  • marios

    I love Eisen’s rhyming quotes

  • Dakota

    NE doesn’t need a RB they have Woodhead!

  • Dakota

    NE will pick up Rickey Williams as a FA.

  • bcz24

    Miami will get rid of the oft injured Ronnie Brown long before Ricky Williams

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    If we don’t fix o-line, Cables 8w’s are gonna look good! Mark it down!

  • Carl Weathers

    49.Dakota Says:
    April 28th, 2011 at 6:36 pm
    37.Carl Weathers Says:
    April 28th, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    What did Atlanta give to swap with the Browns?

    2 first rounders (2011 and 12)
    1 second rounder (2012)
    2 fourth rounders(2011 and 12)

    *********

    I’m not watching so I have no idea who the commentators are, but, did they rip Atlanta a new one for that trade? That is ridiculous! A good pick for atlanta but WAAAAAY too costly.

  • bcz24

    Nope. They actually praised them for going to get a playmaker.

  • Carl Weathers

    I bet Davis could have made that same type of trade in ’09 and STILL took DHB!!

  • Dakota

    57.bcz24 Says:
    April 28th, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    Nope. They actually praised them for going to get a playmaker.
    ++++++

    Well, Gruden did show a DHB-like highlight clip of him dropping balls.

  • marios

    Let’s see what we lost by getting seymour

  • YoungAmerican

    Atlanta obviously believes they’re so close to being a championship team that they don’t need many picks. It’s a risk, but it makes that offense straight-up deadly.

  • marios

    Cameron Jordan maybe

  • EMRaiders

    TRADE!

    Al Davis for a winning season!

  • bcz24

    There aint a player in this draft that could make me think he was worth 5 picks.

  • Kirk

    Atlanta just made a terrible mistake. Dallas traded Herschel Walker for a bunch of picks and won the Super Bowl because of it.

  • priesttj

    I agree Kirk that much for a WR is troubling…even if he’s everything they want that is a lot to give up.

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