I wasn’t Grantland’s biggest fan in the first place, but the whininess in that piece is hilarious. Klosterman is upset because the Browns didn’t give him unrestricted access to their war room or feed him a bunch of delicious details? Uh, duh? Talk about a chronic case of naivete. Ever seen a coach’s or general manager’s press conference, Chuck? These aren’t the most transparent personalities around. There’s not a team in the NFL that would (or, for that matter, should) trust a member of the media with inside information. Then, instead of realizing the foolishness of his expectations in hindsight, he decides to write a not-so-subtle, suggestive column about the organization’s blandness and ineptitude? Right. Keep on keepin’ on, Grantland. If the sports thing doesn’t work out, I’m sure breaking down the New York Times
’ wedding section will.
Past the whininess, there’s still some interesting stuff buried in there. In terms of trading out of the first round altogether, I’d hazard the unnamed team was the Falcons. Given Thomas Dimitroff’s willingness to make big moves, and their aggressive pursuit to upgrade their defensive backfield, I’d guess Dee Milliner was their intended target. But that’s a tough blockbuster to complete. Leaves the Browns without a pick until the late second in 2013 and leaves the Falcons without a first-round pick until 2016.
As for the Rams trade, I think I would’ve dropped down. I don’t mind Mingo, but I would’ve been fine with a multitude of options in that range, too. Eifert, Warmack, Cooper, Fluker, Rhodes, etc. And it could’ve allowed the front office to be more flexible in subsequent rounds as well. Could’ve shopped the second-round pick for a first in 2014. Or, if possible, taken a higher-rated corner than McFadden there and traded our third for a future second. Or made both picks. The possibilities would’ve been numerous.
As for that Chud anecdote, as far as I can tell, it’s one of the Florida State linemen in all likelihood. The Seminoles had three linemen in first-round discussions and fit the SEC opponent part of the criteria with Florida. From what I remember, Watson stonewalled Florida’s rushers in pass protection and flashed his athleticism, but I didn’t watch more than a few of his YouTube cut-ups, so I’m not sure if it was his defining game. Same goes for Carradine. He made some splashes in that game, but I don’t know if it was his definitive performance, and he hurt his knee as well. I remember Werner terrorized Florida in that game, and finished with career-highs in sacks and tackles for loss, but I don’t see Chud being as impressed from a tools perspective.
As for Banner’s shot at a “clueless” draft pundit, I’m a little curious. The implied conviction and immediateness of it made me wonder if it was Daniel Jeremiah. Both were in Philadelphia together. Banner as president and Jeremiah as an area scout. But I don’t consider Jeremiah high-profile per se.