Houston Holds Firm; Giants Try to Move Up
Three teams tried hard to move up to the tenth spot in the first round in order to select University of Pittsburgh CB Darrelle Revis but the Houston Texans would not budge after University of Louisville DT Amobi Okoye fell into their laps. The teams who inquired about possibly switching spots with Houston were the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, and New England Patriots.
In fact, we can confirm it was the Patriots who flew to Pittsburgh on April 20th to meet with Revis after he interviewed with the Steelers. As we originally reported on April 21st, player visits had to be done as the 20th was the league deadline.
After selecting University of Texas CB Aaron Ross in the first round, the Giants
again tried to trade up in round two. This time it was for University of
Arkansas OT Tony Ugoh who went to the Indianapolis Colts in a different trade.
Buffalo Gets Their Man
The Buffalo Bills breathed a sigh of relief after pulling off a trade with the Detroit Lions at the top of round two which enabled them to select Penn St. University LB Paul Posluszny.
As we reported on draft day at 6:05 PM, the team was trying to work out a deal with either the Chicago Bears or Indianapolis Colts to move into the final selections of round one in order to select him. League sources have told us a deal with the Bears was close to being finalized yet Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson, who must approve all trades and player selections, could not make up his mind. As the clock dwindled down, the Bears finally sent the card up with their choice, University of Miami TE Greg Olsen.
Lesser Known Player Catches Cameron's Eye
Many league observers were shocked when the Miami Dolphins chose University of
Hawaii's little used FB Reagan Mauia in the sixth round. Why did the Dolphins
select the little known prospect?
New head coach Cam Cameron likens Mauia to a player he helped acquire in a trade when he was with the San Diego Chargers, TE Brandon Manumaleuna. Cameron sees a lot of parallels between the two players as they both have the same build and catch the ball well. He plans to use Mauia in the same role he used Manumaleuna in San Diego which is mainly to block.
Jets Get Late Round Prospect After Further Inspection
It seems some late prodding by player agent Joe Linta convinced the New York Jets to take a hard look at Nicholls St. OL Jacob Bender. Linta was on the phone six weeks before the draft with the team suggesting to director of player personnel Terry Bradway that they pull out film of Bender and look at more tape of him. The Jets did and five minutes before making Bender their choice in round six, they called the agent to thank him.
Linta is known as one of the few agents that
actually works players out before deciding on whether to represent them or not.
Bender is expected to see time as a backup at right tackle, left tackle, and possibly at guard.