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25 Apr 2013

FO 2013 Draft Day One Live Blog

Once again this year, FO will be live-blogging the first two nights of the NFL draft. Each night we'll have a selection of FO writers around to comment on each pick and answer questions, with a number of FO writers looped in via their Twitter feeds.

The tentative schedule:

Tom Gower
Rivers McCown
Ben Muth
Danny Tuccitto
Robert Weintraub
with Aaron Schatz, Andy Benoit, Mike Tanier, Matt Waldman, and others on Twitter.

Tom Gower
Ben Muth
Aaron Schatz
Danny Tuccitto
with Andy Benoit, Rivers McCown, Mike Tanier, Matt Waldman, and others on Twitter.

We'll kick things off around 7:45 p.m. Eastern Time, or about 15 minutes before the draft starts, so stop by then!

Posted by: Tom Gower on 25 Apr 2013

27 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2014, 8:08am by willyam


by overtime_ (not verified) :: Thu, 04/25/2013 - 7:48pm

I tuned in to watch the NFL draft, and all I see is the Mant'i Teo Show

by Austintacious (not verified) :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:40pm

Is ESPN his agent or what? After Minnesota drafted Floyd and Rhodes, ESPN announced "Minnesota's trying to trade back into the first round to get another shot at Te'o!"...and then they draft Patterson. How many times do you have to pass on a player before it's clear you don't think that highly of him?

by justanothersteve :: Thu, 04/25/2013 - 8:36pm

Time for the draft; Christmas for all NFL fans. So far, LT's have gone 1-2.

by willyam (not verified) :: Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:08am

The live blog will certainly help the football enthusiasts to be kept in the loop so that there can be a better understanding about the course the game is taking. I too am glad that the live site is operating exceptionally well. cure for snoring

by duh :: Thu, 04/25/2013 - 9:00pm

wonder if the Cards want to trade back here since the tackles are gone

by duh :: Thu, 04/25/2013 - 9:01pm

Hah ... guess not.

by andrew :: Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:51pm

Vikings were going so well... I do like Patterson, just don't like the trade. Either way they are the big news of the end of the first round. This is going to be what Spielman is graded on I think.

Patterson is also going to replace Harvin as the vikings kick returner I presume.

by RickD :: Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:54pm

stolen from ESPNBoston:

"at least we didnt pick the amish center like the cowboys did..."

by Jon Goldman (not verified) :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:52am

Assuming Long and Pugh don't bust spectacularly, all I'm going to remember about this draft is "TEO ZONE" and Mayock's absolutely incredible sarcasm.

I seriously wish they would just hand Mayock and Eisen mics, and let the 2 of them go to town, with Deion hanging around to interview players and comment in between picks.

by Will Allen :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:19am

The Vikings obviously liked Patterson a lot, and giving up the 83rd, 102nd, and 229th pick, to swap the 52nd for the 29th, isn't crazy, if you really think the guy you pick at 29 fills a big need. Especially if you still retain four more picks.

If Ponder ends up being an above average qb, Spielman will look like a genius. If Ponder doesn't get any better, then Spielman will likely have to hit on all three first rounders taken last night, to go with the excellent first rounders last year, to get a good grade. That's life in the today's NFL, for better or worse; qb selection, with all its randomness, in large measure makes or breaks careers.

by peterplaysbass :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:16pm

Do you think it's more likely that MN signs a veteran FA LB (Urlacher/Dorsett?) to a one year deal and waits to draft their next LB in 2014, or that they'll use one of next year's picks and/or Toby Gerhart to buy a 2nd or 3rd round pick to get a LB this year? Clearly they can't wait until the 4th round to draft a LB and hope that he or Henderson will get the job done this year.... can they?

by Will Allen :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 2:31pm

I have no idea, because I have no idea how they have the remaining lbs graded.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:37am

Martin Mayhew is taking a big gamble. If the Ansah pick blows up in his face, it'll screw the defensive roster for years. If the pick pans out, he can really do some damage while Suh and Fairley are soaking up the double teams. But his lack of track record really makes me nervous that he may add to the "looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane" cliche.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:10pm

I would have preferred a corner, but they ranged from "never healthy" to "almost died during a practice".

Detroit always has a lot of corners who fill that need.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:09pm

Ha, true. Mayhew probably would have been roasted for taking Milliner with his injury history,(given what happened to Ryan Broyles last year), but it would have prevented them from having the Drayton Florences,Ron Bartells, and Patrick Lees of the world in their starting lineup.

I wanted a tackle (Reiff is probably better as an RT) to replace Backus, but I never woulda guessed the ones worthy of a top 5 pick would be off the board already.

by LionInAZ :: Tue, 04/30/2013 - 1:12am

Yeah, it would have been great to get another OT, but given what happened, I'm not sure who else they could have taken. Milliner and Hayden were both medical nightmares. Mingo is probably not a good fit. Maybe Warmack or Bjoern Werner, but then you're wondering about value. They had a chance to watch Ansah play wrecking crew at the Senior Bowl, so they probably have a better idea of what they're getting than most, and pass rush definitely needs help. At least with the Lions' rotation scheme he doesn't have play 60 snaps a game off the bat.

Really, I thought the Bears took a bigger chance on Kyle Long, who had only 4 starts at Div I level, but they don't seem to be getting as much flack for it.

by Urshgur (not verified) :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:06am

Current Ziggy Ansah odds: Jason Pierre Paul: 30% Darko Milichic: 70%

by andrew :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:59am

He didn't seem that happy to be there did he?

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:03pm

Would you be happy to be filmed wearing 3D glasses they hand out at movie theaters?

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:10pm

High-risk, high reward. I have to give him props for having balls.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:20pm

I have decided that Manti Te'o and Tim Tebow need to wind up on the same team, just so I can watch the look of shock and horror on Mike Mayock's face when he realizes people are never going to stop talking about it.

I thought he was going to start slapping people last night with all the Manti talk.

by Mr Shush :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 4:06pm

"Hayden is the best corner in the draft, especially when you consider that after being coached up by Saban and co there might not be that much room for Milliner to improve."

I haven't watched any college football at all this year, so I've no opinion on the players in question, but I can assure you that former Saban coachupee Kareem Jackson has improved a lot since entering the league. Like, from first team All-KCW to actively good.

by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 4:33pm

I think I wrote that, and your response is a good point. He didn't really improve much with the Texans until Joseph arrived, perhaps he's one of those people that learns best when someone can show him what he should be doing or he's merely a slow learner. Or perhaps I was talking rubbish, though I do think it's likely that Alabama coaches offer more expertise than most colleges.

by Mr Shush :: Mon, 04/29/2013 - 4:45am

To be honest, he didn't even really improve much from his first year (under Frank Bush and across from Glover Quin) to his second (under Wade Phillips and across from Joseph). The big leap was year two to year three. It's really tough to disentangle, of course, because there are so many factors bearing on it - not least that his second year was 2011, so the offseason was disrupted by the lockout, which may have attenuated any influence for the better from coaches and/or Joseph - or may simply have interfered with the normal development of a player who would otherwise have taken a big step forward in year two, as so many corners do.

by Theo :: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 4:11pm

Oh come on.
Roger Goodell gets boo'ed and forgets to take a cheap home crowd pop?!
Or am I watching too much wrestling?

by liquidmuse3 (not verified) :: Sat, 04/27/2013 - 3:40am

This is why draft "experts" fail on running backs...Lacy is big enough, fast enough, but most importantly, has brilliant football instincts, in terms of when to cut & how...

by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 04/30/2013 - 6:51pm

I really thought you were going to end with "...and gosh darn it, people LIKE him!".