Bob Kemp

Bottom Line – NFL First Round

BOTTOMLINE

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021

A SIX PACK OF NFL KNOWLEDGE

        *THE CARDINALS SHOULD HAVE SELECTED NORTHWESTERN CORNER GREG NEWSOME: Instead, they opted for Zaven Collins, a massive 6-4, 270-pound linebacker; a playmaking machine at Tulsa from the weak American Athletic Conference. There was instant disagreement by the media experts as to whether Collins should play inside or outside. What does this selection mean for Isaiah Simmons, the Cardinals first pick in 2020, and does this mean the Cardinals will address corner in Friday’s second round?
        *AROUND THE NFC WEST, THE NINERS SELECTION OF TREY LANCE LIKELY MEANS JIMMY GAROPPOLO IS NOT GOING TO BE TRADED: The Niners have a championship contending roster that is not immediately compatible with a 20-year old quarterback who had just 17 career starts against Mickey Mouse college competition.
        *AWAY FROM THE DRAFT, AARON RODGERS IS A MASTER OF MANIPULATING THE MEDIA: It was NOT an accident that ON DRAFT DAY we learned about the latest edition of Rodgers unhappiness with the Packers, news obviously leaked from Team Rodgers … Also, Rodgers was likely underwhelmed last night when the Packers did not select a wide receiver or a replacement for All-Pro center Corey Linsley, instead opting for Georgia corner Eric Stokes … FYI – The Rodgers to Broncos rumor Thursday afternoon resulted in Denver’s Super Bowl odds at Nevada William Hill Sports Books going from 60-1 to 20-1.
        *BACK TO THE DRAFT, THE COWBOYS WERE THE BIGGEST LOSERS: First, the Cowboys, in need of cornerbacks and drafting 10th, were losers when Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II were selected eighth and ninth by the Panthers and Broncos, respectively. Then the Cowboys traded down just TWO SPOTS with DIVISION RIVAL Philadelphia which scooped up DeVonta Smith who could torment the currently defenseless Cowboys for years.
        *RANDOM FOOTBALL STUFF: The Bengals taking Ja’Maar Chase over Penei Sewell signifies the organization doesn’t understand the importance of protecting their 2020 first overall pick investment Joe Burrow – The Lions taking Sewell means they understand the importance of protecting the quarterback.
        Bears “brain trust” Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy, after striking out with Mitchell Trubisky, dealt TWO first rounders to select Justin Fields which likely has Andy Dalton re-thinking his free agency choice … The Patriots pick of Mac Jones was obvious after he was not selected by the 49ers.
        The Washington Football Team added to their already impressive defense with multi-faceted linebacker Jamin Davis who was a topic of discussion during the Thursday Sports Zone with Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports!
        Indianapolis selection Kwity Paye was medically red-flagged by some teams because of a recent heart scare … The Titans rolled the dice with Caleb Farley who was medically red-flagged by multiple teams after his second back surgery on April 2nd. The Cardinals, desperately in need of cornerback help, might have been among those saying no.
        The Steelers pick of Alabama running back Najee Harris was the most obvious fit of the first round … The Browns wisely grabbed Northwestern corner Greg Newsome who should have been the Cardinals first rounder.
         *RANDOM TELEVISION STUFF: The NFL Network coverage was superior to ESPN, largely because of the now annual NFL Draft expertise from Stanford coach David Shaw … Also, the NFL Network improved significantly with Melissa Stark interviewing the draftees compared to recent years when Deion Sanders added nothing … On the other station, it remains incomprehensible that ESPN continues to use Booger McFarland in high-profile events.