You could say that our love for Todd McShay here has been kind of bittersweet over the years. On one hand, we hate him. On the other hand, we don't know how we could ever get a good laugh on ESPN without him. In the following video, 'Todd the Bod' takes on NFL draft guru Mel Kiper about who should be the #1 pick in the upcoming draft.
I love this argument: McShay says, "you're going to have pay the quarterback more than you are going to have to pay Aaron Curry at #1. You and I both know that."
Saving money by taking a linebacker or offensive lineman instead of quarterback at #1? Really?
The 2008 #1 pick, offensive tackle Jake Long, signed a 5 year, $57.5 million dollar contract with $30 million guaranteed. The 2007 #1 pick, quarterback JaMarcus Russell, signed a 6 year, $68 million dollar contract with $31 million guaranteed. The 2006 #1 pick, defensive end Mario Williams, signed a 6 year, $54 million dollar contract with $26 million guaranteed. The 2005 #1 pick, quarterback Alex Smith, signed a 6 year, $49.5 million dollar contract with $24 million guaranteed.
As Kiper said, "if you think you are saving a lot of money by taking an offensive tackle or someone else over Matthew Stafford at #1, that's a ridiculous argument."
Secondly, the last linebacker to be taken #1 was Aundray Bruce back in 1988 by the Falcons. I'm pretty sure the Lions don't need the next Aundray Bruce to be the face of their struggling franchise.
ESPN's NFL draft coverage was already crowded enough with one analyst. Now, we have Todd McShay who looks like he needs a fake i.d. to buy beer for his frat buddies trying to argue with a guy who started Kiper Enterprises at the age of 21 and has been consulting NFL teams and agents for almost 25 years. The bottom line is that anytime you are arguing a guy who is referencing 'the late, great John Butler' about the NFL draft, you have problems.