The NFL draft starts tonight and although I have bitched about the talent level in this draft before, I’d like to reiterate the fact that this draft could possibly be the worst offensive talent in a decade. The card companies are scrambling, they don’t even have a face of the draft right now.
All I have seen from Topps as far as promos go is Jake Locker and AJ Green. Honestly to me that seems scary from a promotional standpoint. Green is not the same kind of receiver as Calvin Johnson, he just doesn’t have that “Wow Factor” going for him. As far as Locker goes, I have heard the comparisons for Farve, but he was awfully unimpressive in college. One might make the argument that he wasn’t surrounded with enough talent at UW. Although that might be true, great quarterbacks make it happen with the talent around him.
Everyone is in love with Cam Newton, but all I see is a liability. With a first round failure rate at about 50% and Newton having a checkered past, I just see another Jamarcus Russell in the making. Andy Daulton was a great college quarterback, but the NFL is littered with great college quarterbacks that never panned out in the league. Blaine Gabbert is not a home run threat you build a franchise around, he’s a solid backup level quarterback. I actually think Chris Ponder might be the best of the bunch. He’s coming from a pro style offense, has a solid arm and form. The only negatives is his history of injuries.
Lets look at the running backs . . . OK lets look at Mark Ingram. He’s a solid back, nothing special really just a good all around back that should have a nice career in the NFL, as long as it’s not for Miami. Miami is a run oriented team and although Ingram would work well in that situation, he will be third banana to Williams and Brown. Instead Washington would be a nice spot for him to land or San Francisco.
I’d be lying if I said I was psyched about football cards this year. From the “lockout” to the draft talent pool, I’m just not sold on this year’s product line. Am I wrong? Is anyone out there interested in this years crop of incoming offensive rookies? I hope I’m wrong, but I’m scared that I’m not.