Would make me think they really wanted a big receiver.
"Hogmollies", "big men allow you to compete", "we need touchdown scowas". It all adds up. And how many times did Gettleman bring up size in the presser? I think it's pretty clear what Gettleman wants. I would love Sefarian Jenkins too. Just big boys all over the place.
Physically Benjamin is everything you want in a player. We as fans didn't vet Dwayne Jarret. We didn't interview him, we didn't talk to his coaches. We can guess, but we don't know if there was signs of his weak character.
Likewise we have little to no information on Kelvin as a person. Gettleman does, we do not. Gettleman loves this guy, Gettleman targeted this guy. This wasn't a "wow hes on the board guess we should take him". They were hoping he would fall and they wasted no time picking him.
But this happens every year. We draft a guy and certain people refuse to be happy. Sometimes they end up being right, sometimes they are completely wrong, but in both cases they form their opinion without knowledge of the situation.
I love the pick. Hopefully we can grab some beef later in the draft but we got some beef at wide receiver. This guy needs to hit the gym and turn into a beast. Proehl will teach him. If he has a good attitude he will get all the training he needs. Cam should be so happy to have a guy like this.
I can deal with bad route running from a rookie wide receiver. He needs to be tough and he needs to catch. His height and arm length give him an advantage. I've always wondered what Cam could do with a tall guy. Especially in the redzone. If he can be physically imposing.....even better.
One of the behind the scenes factors in the draft since 2011 has been the coveted 5th year option. It's coming to the forefront as the first wave rookies have had their 5th year options exercised.
-Teams that pick 1-10 have the option to retain a player for a 5th year. Compensation is based on the 10 highest paid players at their position or 120% of their current salary. This is identical to the transition tag.
-Teams that pick 11-32 have the option to retain a player for a 5th year. I could not find exact numbers but the compensation is a modest raise compared to 1-10.
-If a team trades a player drafted 1-32 their new team has the right to use the 5th year option. If a player is cut and signed as a free agent there is no option.
What this means:
Cam Newton's 5th year option will pay him $14.67 million based on the transition tag.
Compare that to JJ Watt, Defensive End chosen 11th overall in the same draft who will be paid $6.969m.
Christian Ponder, Quarterback chosen 12th overall would have been paid $9.686m but the Vikings declined to use the option.
Why this matters:
Aside from the cap space it creates in year 5 it gives teams a powerful bargaining chip to complete a long term deal. JJ Watt is probably worth double or even triple the salary he will earn for the next 2 seasons. He has incentive to get a long term deal done to raise his salary and secure his future even if he doesn't get top dollar.
How this affects the 2014 Draft:
There are no consensus "elite" Quarterbacks in this years draft. A team like the St. Louis Rams has the 2nd overall pick and the 13th overall pick. If you feel good about a QB but not great, you take him outside the top 10 and give yourself more flexibility when it's time to make a decision on the 5th year option. Keep in mind, Cam Newton, Russel Wilson, Andrew Luck, RG3, Colin Kaepernick, and Andy Dalton could all sign mega deals in the next 3 years and raise that transition tag well above the $14.67 million Cam is getting.
There will also be a period at the end of the 1st round where teams try to trade up and draft players for that 5th year option. This puts the Panthers in play for a trade down.
How this affects the Panthers:
I've already covered Cam Newton but Luke Kuechly was also drafted in the top 10. Luke's 5th year will be the average of the top 10 Middle Linebackers. This should be a reasonable number as middle linebackers do not sign blockbuster deals as frequently as pass rushers and quarterbacks. Star was chosen 14th overall and will only get a modest raise in year 5.
How this changes the draft: This really rewards teams that choose good players. JJ Watt for $6.96m in the prime of his career? Amazing. If you make a bad selection like Mark Ingram or Christian Ponder there is no penalty, just lost opportunity. I bet the 49ers wish they had chosen Colin Kaepernick 32nd overall instead of 36th. They will have to create cap space a year sooner than other teams.
She's hot. The thing about beauty is its subjective and impossible to rank. I've got women in my past that are just 20 somethings working middle class jobs and I find them gorgeous.
The other thing I hate with celebrities and magazines is they aren't real. The pictures are edited. I read an article about how actors are so buff now. They have muscles but what they actually do is drop their body fat to unhealthy levels which gives them definition. They drop and do pushups before filming a 3 minute scene to get their muscles jacked. The extras are all on steroids, they think the risk is worth the reward. So when you see an actor in a super hero movie with a perfect diet, they are only sustaining it for a few days before they have to up their calorie intake and gain weight.
Yeah when I was a kid I wanted to be a fighter pilot because Top Gun. Around the age of 15 I realized I'd never be as awesome as Tom Skerrit and would probably end up as the guy on the deck with the batons. I later worked at Charlotte Douglas Airport. I used the batons....
It's drivel really. Manziel to Cowboys is a gimmick to get people talking. And here I am....
I would not trade back for a 4th and 6th rounder, the % chance that those picks pan out are low. And if they don't pan out you just gave up those draft slots for nothing. You also surrendered the right to sign your guy to a 5th year. The 5th year is dirt cheap players 11-32