Monday Beastlines

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


  • Kevin Sherrington said Jerry Jones didn't stray too far from the ordinary. "Bottom line: The problem this year wasn't necessarily giving up the first-round pick for Roy Williams. This wasn't a top-heavy draft. But losing the pick hurts the Cowboys' percentages of getting it right. Jerry's counterpoint: By having so many picks, and so many versatile players, he helped his odds."

  • Missed yesterday's draft? Jeff Caplan has your recap.

  • Is Aggie product Stephen McGee similar to the one and only Tony Romo? "He had some 'nine-ish' aspects to him," Jerry Jones said. And Jones was impressed with how McGee handled being a back-up his senior year. "It hasn't all gone his way, to say the least, at A&M," Jones said. "How he dealt with that, how he dealt with less than where his expectations were, how he kept his chin up, how he kept optimistic was big to me."

  • Mac Engel has more on McGee: "I've said all along that if I had been in a pro-style offense all four years I could pretty much guarantee you I'd be a first-round draft choice," McGee said. And what does Wade [Phillips] think? "Quarterback for the future is something that we might need. It's a need," Phillips said.

  • Calvin Watkins says these picks could be something special.

  • Robert Brewster is pumped to be on America's Team.


  • Paul Domowitch grades the NFC East teams in the draft. Here's a shocker: Eagles get an A-plus.

  • John Gonzo says Eagles fans should be pleased. "A lot of nonsense has gone down in the offseason. Brian Dawkins left. So did Tra Thomas and a bunch of others. The Eagles squared off with the city. Sheldon Brown demanded a trade. Donovan McNabb demanded weapons. But from a football standpoint, it's hard not to like what the Eagles have accomplished. It's hard not to be excited about the free agents they signed, the trades they made, and the players they drafted."

  • Nick Fierro has more on the draft with the Eagles.

  • Philly also got Ellis Hobbs from the hated Patriots. "We got a good quality player there," coach Andy Reid said. "You can't have enough corners in this league, so we wanted to make sure we addressed that and brought in a good quality player. This doesn't have anything to do with Sheldon's situation."


  • Ralph Vacchiano has a recap of the newest additions to the Big Blue.

  • GM Jerry Reese doesn't like the criticism for picking QB Rhett Bomar. "We drafted Woodson last year. We still like Woodson," Reese said. "I know people will start to write him off right away, but that's not true. Who knows how long David Carr will be here?"

  • Is Ramses Barden the next Plaxico...well, on the field? "They have similar body types," Reese said. "But the Plax we saw was a seasoned veteran. This is a young kid coming from Cal Poly with a huge wingspan and was very productive. Small-school guys, we like them to dominate and he stuck out like a sore thumb like Kevin Boss at his level of comp."

  • Tom Rock has more on this Barden kid.

  • Paul Schwartz also went the receiver route with his story. "The addition of two rookie receivers, plus [Travis] Beckum, lessens the likelihood that the Giants will reinvestigate acquiring Braylon Edwards from the Browns, although that situation stills bears watching. ... 'You always want a big Spiderman,' Reese said of Barden. 'We think we really could hit big with him.'"


  • David Elfin says the Redskins aren't usually into defense this much. "Surprisingly, the Redskins didn't select an offensive lineman despite their professed need at right tackle. Instead, they stocked up at cornerback and addressed their needs in the linebacking corps."

  • Ryan O'Halloran hands out some opinions.

  • Jason La Canfora also has some analysis. "This weekend, the Skins wasted no time in snagging Brian Orakpo when he was still available at No. 13, even though tackle Michael Oher had slipped to that spot and despite their need for an offensive tackle. Orakpo is a safe pick in many ways: He fills a need, is very bright and has a great work ethic. There aren't character concerns, and though his ceiling might not be as high as some ends selected after him, he brings an element of youth and explosion lacking from the end position."

  • Rocky McIntosh and Brian Orakpo could be a good tandem. "We're going to try to put Rocky at strong side," coach Jim Zorn said. "You may even see Orakpo line up [there] ... so we can see whether he's got the potential to do that."

  • Chase Daniel is now a rival.