Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton stops in to talk about the NFL season and other news from around the league.
Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.
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Buzzmaster (12:01 PM)
Gary is here!
Gary Horton (12:07 PM)
The Donovan McNabb trade certainly spiced up the weekend, as most teams are a little quiet in free agency and preparing for the draft.
Devoris (St. Louis)
Do you think the Egales mad a bad choice trading McNabb
Gary Horton (12:08 PM)
I think they made a decision that it was time for Kevin Kolb. I don't think it was an anti-Donovan, but more of a positive Kolb feeling. That left them with 3 QBs and that's too much. I am surprised they traded him in the division. I thought the compensation from Washington was really fair for the Redskins and not that high of a price.
Ryan (Ashburn, VA)
Gary, do you think the Redskins should have moved Campbell before they traded for McNabb? I think they might have lost some value by making the trade first. Maybe they already have something worked out behind the scene and that's why they pulled the trigger now.
Gary Horton (12:09 PM)
No, I think Campbell is what he is. He's not going to get you a ton of compensation on the open market. I don't think they could have moved him with more compensation. Now, they'll try to find another place for him.
Many people are sceptical about the progress the browns have made. But if they have a good draft and dellome has 1 more good year can we contend for the playoffs
Gary Horton (12:10 PM)
I don't believe in the Browns yet, but I do believe they're headed in the right direction. I think Mike Holmgren has a clear idea of what he wants to get done. I think there's a lot of work left. I think it's anyone's guess if Jake Delhomme can be a legit QB. They still need a lot of help on defense.
Gary Horton (12:11 PM)
They have been active on free agency, but I don't think that a lot of these moves are dramatic - they simply just fill needs. I still think they're the 4th beest team in taht division, but they'll be better than they were a year ago.
Why has no one signed T.O. yet?? He hasn't slowed down! Last year he had 3 bad QBs tossin him the ball and they couldn't get it to him or Evans. If he has a good QB he produces as he has shown all his career!
Gary Horton (12:13 PM)
I think there's a perception that his speed actually has diminished, but he can still make a lot of plays. I just think a lot of people are worried about he baggage that comes with him. He's the type of guy now that you wait maybe until after the draft to see what you have and where he would fit in. He'll play for somebody, but it will be a team that thinks he's the right fit.
eli wisconsin [via mobile]
What should the packers draft in the first round?i think a C.B.
Gary Horton (12:15 PM)
I think their No. 1 need is probably at OT. Even though they're bringing back two guys, both are veterans near the end and we know what a problem that OL was a year ago. They have actually done a good job of re-signing their own guys. They haven't been overly active in free agency. The only guy they really lost was Kampman to Jacksonville. I think they can fill their spots in the draft. They also need a CB.
Will the Redskins now surpass the Eagles in the division? What are the over under for the Skins and Eagles?
Gary Horton (12:17 PM)
I don't think so, but I think they're better. McNabb gives them credibility. He gives them a chance to stay in every game. He makes them closer to the Eagles. But the Redskins still are a team without great personnel. They have a disaster of an OL and they don't have a legit running game.
Gary, I missed your take on the Jets effectively releasing Thomas Jones for LT. Thoughts?
Gary Horton (12:21 PM)
To me, they could have signed Thomas Jones for almost the same money. I don't know how much LT has left in the tank. They're a team that look like they really improved on paper this offseason. LT is a flashy signing. They brought in Brodney Pool. They brought in Cromartie to team with Revis to give them great man to man coverage. But all of these guys have question marks. It's a little bit of a roll of the dice. In my mind, this team either filled all of their needs, if these guys do well, or they added some headaches that won't produce.
Tim (Saginaw, MI)
Who do you think the Steelers should take in Round 1? If McClain falls, take him or someone like Pouncey?
Gary Horton (12:23 PM)
I certainly think going LB is a possibility, as they could add depth and youth to a position that they know better than anybody in the league how to draft. They really need help at CB. And they also need to upgrade their defensive line, as it is really an aging unit. They did re-sign Ryan Clark and Hampton and that really helps. They actually acquired several role player veterans in free agency, which is a little bit unusual for this convservative organization.
With the Skins getting McNabb, does this officially put the stamp on them taking an OT with the #4 pick. Or would they still entertain the idea of drafting a QB of the future in spite of the O-line issues?
Gary Horton (12:24 PM)
Yeah, everything that I've heard is that that has always been their No. 1 goal is to get a tackle in the first round. Their OL as a unit is not very good, especially at the tackle spots. I think the fact that people thought they were considering a QB in the first round was a smoke screen. I think they're looking OL early.
Better team in your opinion, 2009 Eagles or 2010 Redskins
Gary Horton (12:26 PM)
Oh, I think the 2009 Eagles are better because they have more playmakers. They're a team with better personnel and more depth. But as I already said, I think the Redskins closed the gap with this trade. I'm surprised that the Eagles made a deal where they have to play Donovan twice a year. They made a move that brought the Redskins closer to them. Now, the Eagles in 2010 look like a team that's almost rebuilding. I didn't really think of that until this trade.
Gary will the Bills now make a push for Campbell or hope that Clausen falls to them at 9?
Gary Horton (12:27 PM)
I think they're a perfect example of a team that will look at Campbell. I don't think their necessarily a team that will try to build the position through the draft, simply because they're so bad. And this is not a coaching staff that has a lot of time. Campbell will have a pretty good market, I think.
Ken (New Orleans)
Do you think the Saints will go LB, DE, or DT with their pick? Any one they may want to trade up for?
Gary Horton (12:29 PM)
This is a team that has moved slowly in free agency. The only guy they're really trying to replace is Scott Fujita and maybe Grant. As good as they are, this team has a lot of contract issues and their biggest challenge is to keep their core of players and not have a lot of guys leave. I think it will be a defensive oriented draft, but I have their top three needs at DE, OLB and DT. I think they could also add a safety to groom to replace Sharper when he leaves.
Gary Horton (12:30 PM)
It seems like things are really falling into place now with the draft. Guys are having their pro days. I think it will be fun to watch the quarterback situation in the first round and see where all of these guys fall into place. We will have some drama on draft day.
Buzzmaster (12:31 PM)