I know the draft was two weeks ago, but the story never gets old. The lengthy two-day affair produced several winners and losers. Here is a look at the top-3 of each:
- Cleveland — The Browns got their man in Brady Quinn, but they sure did make him sweat. Cleveland took Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas in the No. 3 hole, then traded up back into the first round at No. 22 to scoop up the sliding Quinn. Thomas and Quinn could be a winning combination for the Browns down the road.
- Buffalo — The Bills lost playmakers at linebacker and runningback this offseason, but were able to fill both voids with young talent. Buffalo grabbed Marshawn Lynch of California in round one with the No. 12 pick and Penn State lineback Paul Posluszny in round two. Lynch was widely regarded as the second-best runningback in this draft, while Posluszny was a fringe first-round talent. Both should pay dividends for the Bills for years to come.
- San Francisco — San Francisco grabbed one of the hottest prospects in the draft at No. 11 in Patrick Willis, a guy I thought would fall to the Bills. Then they traded up to get another rising prospect in tackle Joe Staley. If both guys live up to the hype, they should fit in nicely with all the new faces out by the Bay.
- Washington — When you only have one pick on the first day, it is hard to be a winner in the draft. The ‘Skins got a great safety in LaRon Landry of LSU, but he cannot fill every hole Washington has as a team.
- Miami — Most people — including myself — were shocked when the Dolphins passed on Brady Quinn. Not only that, but they passed on him to take Ted Ginn, Jr., a talented but less-than-prototypical wide receiver. Ginn is going to face the heat in Miami to produce, but I cannot see him being any more than a slot receiver.
- Tennessee — They did not do terrible in safety Michael Griffin of Texas, but the Titans have obvious holes on offense. While Marshawn Lynch was no longer available, the Titans could have made a move at wide receiver with Robert Meachem and Dwayne Bowe still on the board.