Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
A couple of comments I found very interesting....for one...I trust Jeff Ireland's talent evaluation more than I do Bill Parcells. I've attended the Senior Bowl personally for the past 2 years, and the word behind the scenes down there was that the Miami braintrust fell in love with Henne and had him targeted at pick #32....so much so, that they misevaluated one of the candidates for the #1 pick....as many observers did.....Matt Ryan.
After Miami sent David Lee to attend Ryan's pro day workout, why did they balk at the selection of Henne at #32 on draft day, and instead select Merling if they were so intrigued by Henne? Surely they didn't think he would be there at #57? Were they going to select Lanford at #57 if Merling hadn't fell to #32?
It seems like many talented players were left off our draft board...it's the way Parcells approaches the draft...it seems like he doesn't select BPA, but rather has predetermined "positions" at certain slots in the draft.
The Parcells / Groh connection should always be a factor for those of us trying to determine which player the braintrust might be looking at in the 1st round....and Sintim fits the "Bill".....and fills a need.
Lastly, what are your thoughts on Donald Thomas' prospects on possibly playing right tackle if Carey isn't resigned? I had Thomas as my #7 rated guard in the draft (ahead of more hyped prospects like Chilo Rachal and Mike McGlynn). I think he has the athletic ability to play right tackle and perform well....although he's raw from an experience standpoint at any position (only started 1 year at UCONN), but the upside, versatility, and raw ability seems to be there.