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26 Apr 2012

FO 2012 NFL Draft Day One Live Blog

Once again this year, FO will be live-blogging the first three rounds of the NFL draft with Cover It Live. Each night we'll have a selection of FO writers around to answer reader questions, with a number of other FO writers looped in via their Twitter feeds.

The current schedule:

Thursday, Round 1, 8pm EDT

Tom Gower
Ben Muth
Aaron Schatz
Danny Tuccitto
Rob Weintraub
Plus, via Twitter: Andy Benoit, Brian McIntyre, Mike Tanier, Vince Verhei, and Matt Waldman.

Friday, Rounds 2-3, 7pm EDT

Tom Gower
Rivers McCown
Brian McIntyre
Mike Tanier
Plus, via Twitter: Andy Benoit, Ben Muth, Aaron Schatz, Danny Tuccitto, Vince Verhei, Matt Waldman, and Rob Weintraub.

We'll see you here tonight at 8!

Posted by: Tom Gower on 26 Apr 2012

32 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2013, 11:41am by nobelboy


by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:51pm

So am I right in thinking that the draft starts at 1 am in the UK?

by akn :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 3:43pm

I'm wondering why you're using Cover It Live rather than using #fo on irc and pointing people there.

by Sifter :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 4:39pm

I'd say 1 reason would be because Cover it Live is so simple my grandma could use it, while I've never even used IRC, nor know what it stands for, nor can be bothered installing it. The other reason would be to direct traffic to this website rather than not this website...

by tuluse :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 4:49pm

They can set up an IRC client in the website.

by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 5:21pm

Does IRC stand for idiots remain confused, I say that as someone who has no clue about IRC and so am left out of the fun and games that take place there.

by tuluse :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 5:26pm

It's just a really old (but still perfectly fine) method for internet chatting. So you need a program (client) to connect, but there are clients that use javascript and work in a webpage.

joe_football usually posts a link to one of these for the FO chat, so you don't have to install or configure anything.

by Anonymous1 (not verified) :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 5:48pm

Internet Relay Chat. Created in 1988. As a youth I used it to download pictures of naked women (there weren't nearly so many websites as there are nowadays, or so it seemed).

by Snidely (not verified) :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 7:41pm

Wow, that was some pretty hearty booing of Goodell there. I'm sure he loved that!

Also, is it my imagination, or are there like twice as many dudes in the "green room" as there were in the past few years?

by Scott P. (not verified) :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 1:46pm

They had a total of 26 players in the green room. 6 ended the day without being selected.

by joe football (not verified) :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 7:57pm

Speaking of IRC, for anyone who wants to supplement their liveblog with IRC football chat, featuring a star-studded cast of your favorite FO posters, you can point your favorite IRC client to bendenweyr.dyndns.org, channel #fo

Or for a web-based solution, just use this mibbit link: http://chat.mibbit.com/?channel=%23fo&server=bendenweyr.dyndns.org

by BaronFoobarstein :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 8:03pm

Anyone else not having their comments appear in the Cover It Live?

by Noah Arkadia :: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 9:45pm

My theory is not that our comments don't show, but that we can't see many of the comments, maybe more than half of them.

We are number one. All others are number two, or lower.

by 0tarin :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 12:42am

Coveritlive operates such that your comment must be cleared by a moderator before it shows up. Around 20 people can be set to automatically display; the rest must be manually added. It's a huge pain to moderate, if you have a large number of attendees.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 2:01am

"Comment From DoubleB
Asbestos lawsuits is the best advertising the NFL Network can get during the Draft?"

One of the attorneys in the class-action against the NFL made his fortune in asbestos litigation. Snarky.

by Will Allen :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 8:23am

Actually, that makes a lot of sense.

by Will Allen :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 2:09am

Somebody in the live blog gave the impression that Rick Spielman has had major control of the Viking drafts for five years, so the current state of the Vikings roster could be largely attributed to his judgement. That really isn't true. The Chiller had the most juice until he was fired, and was the major force behind their biggest personnel debacle since McCombs sold the team; devoting large resources to the qb position without success, other than one year with Stubbleface. Spielman may have done the same with Ponder, but we'll see.

Actually, in the 4th round or later, when the opinion of their Director of College Scouting, Scott Studwell, has had the most sway, they have done pretty well in the last decade, getting such productive NFL starters as Brian Robison, Ray Edwards, John Sullivan (after a rocky start), and other guys who may prove to be valuable yet, like Jasper Brinkley and Everson Griffen. Maybe even Joe Webb, if they get him switched to receiver. Getting a bunch of picks on Saturday from Cleveland, for moving back one spot to draft Kalil, may turn out pretty well.

by nath :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 3:39am

My choice for dumbest pick ever is the time the Buccaneers drafted the wrong guy and had to trade back up into the round to get the guy they actually wanted.

by Shattenjager :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 11:37am

Unless something similar happened more than once (Which is possible when you're talking about incompetence by the early Buccaneers.), they traded a first round pick the next season to pick him in the second round.

The thing is, the guy they accidentally drafted in the first round, Sean Farrell, was a considerably better player than the guy they meant to draft, Booker Reese. Farrell's weighted career approximate value was 36; Reese's was seven (equal to JaMarcus Russell).

by Boo-urns (not verified) :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 11:23am


normally a big fan of your work, but think you totally missed the boat on NE's draft in your above comments.

1) NE only recently has had a trend of trading down. In the past, as has been noted, NE often traded up.
2) NE only recently has had a record of "whiffing" on defensive players. Perhaps not coincidentally, they have not spent a lot of high draft picks on defensive players (other than McCourty, where the verdict is decidedly still out, the highest guys I can think of are Spikes, Cunningham, Merriweather and Chung, with Merriweather being the only 1st rounder there (and while not awesome, certainly not a "whiff").
3) As pointed out by one of the commenters, having traded down so much in the last few years, NE has serious roster capacity issues. Thus, it makes perfect sense for them to trade away 3/4 picks, guys who would have trouble making the roster this year, to move up in the 1st to grab the guys they thought were undervalued. This is particularly true if (as has been reported), Belichick thinks that this draft is shallower than past years' drafts.

by Boo-urns (not verified) :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 11:26am

Forgot Dowling (verdict out). But looking at McCourty, Dowling, Merriweather (all 1st rounders or high 2nd rounders), Cunningham, Spikes and Chung (2nd rounders), that does not seem to me to be a record of recent "whiffs". That actually strikes me as a pretty decent track record.

by Chris UK :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 12:58pm

But Aaron said in the live chat that he was only referring to recently...

by Scott P. (not verified) :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 1:48pm

I think the last time New England traded up in the first round was nine years ago, and that only one spot.

by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 1:39pm

I'm confused by the Pats picking Hightower, where will their linebackers play? Spikes is really a 3-4 Ted and doesn't really have the speed to play in a 4-3, I suppose he'll move to Sam where at least he has the height. Mayo is the most athletic and so seems the best fit for Will with Hightower at Mike. That sort of works if they're staying in a 4-3, I wouldn't want to run at it but I might fancy my chances throwing underneath. However as none of them are really pass rushers then one would have to sit if they play in a 3-4.

by PackersRS (not verified) :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 2:13pm

Going against the trend, once again Bellichick thinks one step ahead of everyone and trots out a new defensive formation composed solely of middle linebackers.

by BaronFoobarstein :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 3:21pm

That sounds like rugby.

by Eddo :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 3:22pm

Is it just me, or do Greg Cosell's tweets read like a typo-free version of Raiderjoe?

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 3:33pm

Raiderjoe has less of a persecution complex.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 5:42pm

I'm not the only one who thought that!

by bengt (not verified) :: Sat, 04/28/2012 - 9:56am

You're not, but I should mention that the thought struck me when I came across the only typo he made.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Sat, 04/28/2012 - 5:15pm

The Jets know they didn't draft the QB Robert Griffin, right?

by BaronFoobarstein :: Sat, 04/28/2012 - 5:35pm

Sanchize is furious!

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