Gillis was right

Before Nonis got canned, it did feel nice to hear him say how close the Canucks were to being an elite contender in the league, as long as everyone was healthy. And I believed him, too.

Last season they did look like a contender, winning the division, winning a tight series against Dallas and amounting the most points in team history. But then, they faced a real contender, and got killed.

So when the new boss Mike Gillis said they weren’t even close to being an elite team, it sounded shocking. But why?

Well, watch a playoff game. Watch the intensity. Watch the grit, the speed, the talent. None of which the Canucks have right now.

It would actually be humorous watching the twins coast in through the blue line playing they’re usual game oh hot potato with the puck, and getting punished by the D-man.

Sure, there were the hopes of Luongo catching fire if the Canucks could maybe squeak in to eighth place and maybe stealing a couple games. But seriously, there ain’t no off and on switch that Bobby was gonna turn on for a playoff game.

If anything, the playoffs would of messed with his head even more.

So hopefully Gillis can keep his word and pick up some hard-nosed, skilled players that are clearly needed on this team. Especially since he’s got the money to do so.

 

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Wide Receivers finally come off the board in Round 2

So the first round was entirely devoid of wide receivers, the second round should be filled with them. 

With the 33rd pick, the St. Louis Rams took:

Donnie Avery, Wide Receiver, Houston.

Avery is 5’11” 192 lbs. and ran a 4.45 40-yard dash. 

This might be a reach, I like DeSean Jackson better but the Rams need WR help however they can get it and he’ll definitely give Torry Holt some help. 

With the 34th pick the Washington Redskins took:

Devin Thomas, Wide Receiver, Michigan State University.

Thomas is 6’1” 216 lbs. and ran a 4.4 40-yard dash. 

They needed a big physical WR to go along with their undersized deep threats and Thomas is the perfect fit. 

With the 36th pick in the draft the Green Bay Packers took:

Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver, Kansas State

Nelson is 6’2” 217 lbs. and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash. 

The Packers are getting a special player here. Aaron Rodgers will love the game speed Nelson has.

With the 41st pick in the draft the Buffalo Bills took:

James Hardy, WR, Indiana.

Hardy is 6’5” 217 lbs. and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash.

They needed a tall receiver to complement Price and that’s what they got. If they can motivate Hardy to play he’ll be a difficult matchup for any corner in goal line situations. 

With the 42nd pick in the draft, the Denver Broncos took:

Eddie Royal, WR, Virginia Tech.

Royal is 5’9” 184 lbs. and ran a 4.39 40-yard dash.

Jay Cutler has a speed demon to unload his arm on. You could see a lot of balls lofted his way this season.

Phillips to the Giants with the last pick of the 1st round

With the 31st pick in the draft

The New York Giants select…

Kenny Phillips, Safety, Miami

Phillips is 6’2” 212 lbs. and ran a 4.55 40-yard dash.

I like how the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock described him, “He won’t be Ed Reed or Sean Taylor those are unfair comparisons but he will be a good safety.”

Phillips is going to be all over the field for the Giants. He immediately improves their secondary and in a few years he could be a pro-bowler. Phillips is ball hawk, I think he can be a special player but like Mayock said, don’t expect this guy to be Ed Reed right out of the shoot. 

The first round came and went without a wide receiver. 

Jets trade back into 1st round to get Dustin Keller

With the 30th overall pick

The New York Jets select…

Dustin Keller, Tight End, Purdue

Keller is 6’2 242 lbs. and ran a 4.55 40-yard dash.

I’m not sure about this. He’s very athletic and will give whoever’s playing QB for the Jets another option on the outside but if the Jets ever want to run the football they’re going to need some blocking help from the tight end position and Keller doesn’t offer that. The Jets don’t have the weapons to be a passing team and should be trying to improve the WR position. The value available at WR right now is amazing. This is the first time in history a WR hasn’t been taken in the first 30 picks. I disagree with the Jets pick and trading up was a terrible idea.

Trade details… to come.

Balmer to the 49er’s at 29

WIth the 29th overall pick

The San Francisco 49er’s select…

Kentwan Balmer, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina

Balmer is 6’4” 308 lbs. and ran a 5.28 40-yard dash.

The 49’ers continue to improve defensively, but they really need help on offense. They’ll never make the playoffs until they sort things out on the offensive side of the ball. Is Alex Smith the guy? Who’s he throwing to anyways? They have too many holes.

Jackson to the Seahawks at 28

With the 28th overall pick

The Seattle Seahawks select…

Lawrence Jackson, Defensive End, Southern Cal.

Jackson is 6’4” 271 lbs. and ran a 4.76 40-yard dash.

Since there are no tight end’s that are worth taking in the first round of this year’s draft I love this pick. Jackson might be the best player available. He’s a very solid and capable defensive end in both the running game and rushing the passer. He’s the fourth Southern Cal player taken in the first round of this draft. 

Cason to the Chargers at 27

WIth the 27th pick in the draft

The San Diego Chargers select…

Antoine Cason, Cornerback, Arizona.

Cason is 6’0” 191 lbs. and ran a 4.52 40-yard dash.

The Bolts don’t have a ton of needs in this draft so it looks like they made getting a corner a priority and since they are starting to run of the board there was no time like the present. Cason is a nice player. He should make plays in this defense. They way San Diego gets after the quarterback Cason will have plenty of chances to undercut passes and make interceptions on poorly thrown balls. He should be a nice addition to the Charger defense.