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Holmgren on McNabb; draft nuggets

Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren does not understand the criticism aimed at Donovan McNabb.

Holmgren on McNabb; draft nuggets

Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren does not understand the criticism aimed at Donovan McNabb.

Here's what he said when ESPN.com's Matt Mosley told him a segment of fans are ready to see McNabb go:

"I'm astounded by that," Holmgren said. "I'm like most of the folks around the league. With all that he's done for that team over the long haul...I guess part of it's that he hasn't been able to get over the hump [and win a Super Bowl]."

The Daily News' Paul Domowitch yesterday included the Browns on his list of possible landing spots for McNabb.


The Inquirer's Jeff McLane had a good piece today on the Eagles possibly looking offensive tackle in the draft. But specifically, someone who could provide versatility.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post had the Eagles going with tackle/guard John Jerry from Ole Miss in his first mock draft.

You can watch our video (second in the playlist) where I peppered Bunting with draft questions. Below is a sampling of the Q&A.

Q: Why do you have the Rams taking QB Sam Bradford with the top pick?

A: Well, it's a quarterback-driven league. Quarterbacks win in the NFL. You look at the St. Louis Rams right now. Even If they take a guy like [Nebraska DT] Ndamukong Suh, maybe they win five games next year, maybe they win four. But they need a quarterback that they can build around. That's what Sam Bradford gives them. A smart, mature kid who is accurate with the football. And he's that building block St. Louis needs.

Q: Who's the most intriguing first-round prospect? A guy who could go high in the first round or who could drop significantly?

A: I think that's Anthony Davis, the offensive tackle from Rutgers. Davis is as physically gifted as any left tackle in this year's draft. He has the upside to be one of the top players. However, is lazy at times. There are concerns about his character. Will he put the work in to be great? That's the biggest concern with Davis, but the physical skill set is there.

Q: Why do you think Jerry could be a good fit for the Eagles at No. 24?

A: Jerry can come in and fill a role at right tackle. You can kick him inside at guard. He was one of the dominant players at this year's Senior Bowl. Big, physical, versatile. He can fill in a lot of holes for the Eagles, step in from Day 1 and figure out how to get in that starting lineup quickly.


I also asked Bunting about possible defensive players at that spot. He mentioned the following defensive linemen: Florida's Carlos Dunlap (who he didn't sound too high on), South Florida's Jason Pierre-Paul and Tennessee's Dan Williams.

In his most recent mock draft, Bunting has the Eagles going with Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer. That would be a bit surprising. But then again, I didn't see them going wide receiver in the first round last year.


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