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Now, let’s recap the NFL Draft a little bit more with a few links:
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** Retweeted it yesterday, but it’s entertaining to hear. Here’s audio of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the phone with Danny Coale, informing him that he is about to be drafted. You can tell Coale is pretty overwhelmed by the whole situation.
** Speaking of Coale, he’s getting all sorts of love from ESPN analyst Todd McShay, as he has throughout the entire draft process. McShay picked Coale as the Dallas draftee who will have the most impact in 2012, over first-rounder Morris Claiborne. That’s not to say he doesn’t like Claiborne, just that Coale is entering a situation that’s pretty favorable.
** Dallas coach Jason Garrett said Coale will “be in the mix” for the third wide receiver spot behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. The writer of the post sounds less than optimistic Coale can step in right away, but it looks like special teams will be a place where he can shine.
** Have to hand it to Jayron Hosley: he’s not lacking in confidence. This was part of the Q&A I posted the other day with Hosley from Giants.com, but it’s worth mentioning again. Hosley thought he needed to go to the NFL because “the college game was getting a little too easy for me.”
** The Giants think they got a first-round value in Hosley, who fell to the third round.
** CBSSports.com has its draft grades out. It gave the Giants an A-minus and the Cowboys a C. Interesting line about Coale in there: “Virginia Tech wideout Danny Coale is the opposite of most of Dallas’ wide receivers. He’s a good athlete who runs excellent routes and has reliable hands, rather than an extraordinary athlete who isn’t quite as consistent between the sidelines as the team might want.”
Here’s what Rob Rang wrote about the Hokies the Giants picked: “Running back David Wilson wasn’t widely projected as a first-round pick, but he registered more yards after contact than any other runner in the 2012 draft, including Trent Richardson. Considering the physicality of the NFC East division, that toughness should serve him well as a compliment to Ahmad Bradshaw. … Cornerback Jayron Hosley is a gamble due to off-field concerns but he’s a scrappy defender with proven ball skills.”
** Sports Illustrated has some draft grades as well, giving the Giants a B-plus and the Cowboys a B. They didn’t sound enthused about the Wilson pick: “Honestly, their worst pick might have been their first one: RB David Wilson (32) has playmaking ability, but he might struggle to make an impact in his rookie season.”
** Tony Pauline writes here that he thinks New York reached on Wilson by at least half a round.
** From the “it’s never too early” department: Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has a list of his 30 top prospects for 2013. There are five quarterbacks on the list and Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is not one of them. (Not sure if Hokies fans would be relieved by that or offended.)
Anyway, the list includes USC’s Matt Barkley (No. 1), Oklahoma’s Landry Jones (No. 5), Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson (No. 17), West Virginia’s Geno Smith (No. 24) and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel (No. 30).
** McShay, however, seems to think highly of Thomas’ potential, according to this tweet.
I’d say Thomas’ omission on the list doesn’t mean a whole lot. How high was Robert Griffin III right after last year’s draft? Perhaps not on the list at all and certainly not No. 2, where he ended up going. Things can change a lot in one year’s time.