Tajh Boyd, who threw to Sammy Watkins at Clemson, was tabbed late by the Jets. He enters what is, for the Nth season, the most dysfunctional quarterback situation in the NFL. The names on the jerseys change, the players come and go, the Jets' quarterback situation stays a confusing muddle. Tajh, just keep your head low.
Kansas City Chiefs: Coaches in a panic over news that first pick Dee Ford tested positive for Ovaltine.
Miami Dolphins: In a series of deals, the Dolphins turned picks 50, 81 and 116 into picks 63, 67, 125 and 171. Does this kind of trading produce net benefit? Bill Belichick has been doing multiple minor trade-downs for years, following the theory that since draft choices are guesswork anyway, might as well obtain as many guesses as possible. Whether relatively minor draft-choice transactions are good for the team or not, they do justify front-office salaries.
"Justified" scriptwriters meeting -- endless search for tough-guy lines: "Justified," once a hip show, ran out of gas this season. Because "Justified" is marketed as gritty realism, your columnist continues to be entertained by the show's plot holes. They don't have to be gaping, as in a big-budget movie; spotting the subtle plot hole is as much fun.
Hero lawman Raylan Givens boards a plane from Lexington, Ky., where he lives, to Memphis, Tenn., to join forces with a DEA agent. The two use the DEA agent's car to drive to Harlan County, Ky., about 150 miles from Lexington. A gunfight ensues, and of course the good guys prevail. The DEA agent gets into his car to return to Memphis. Givens gets into his car to return to Lexington. Where did Raylan's car come from?
Minnesota Vikings: Not wearing gloves when working out for pro scouts may have cost Teddy Bridgewater maybe $10 million in rookie bonus money, as he fell from top to bottom of the first round in no small part on a poor pro day in which he had trouble holding the ball. Early mocks had Bridgewater and Anthony Barr, whom the Vikings also obtained, both going in the draft's top five.
Minnesota has had an amazing seven first-round choices in the past three drafts. That ties the most first-round choices a team has had in a three-year span since the AFL-NFL merger; the previous team to do this was the Bengals from 1984 to 1986. So are the Vikes primed with talent and about to bust out? Performance on the field does not suggest that. Last season, Minnesota finished 31st in defense, 23rd in passing offense. Only the running game looked decent, and even then, Minnesota rushing stats trailed those of the low-voltage Bills and Jets. Now the Vikings have a rookie quarterback and a rookie coach, Mike Zimmer, who has never been a head coach at any level, even high school. Uff da, as they say in Minnesota.
New England Patriots: Nick Saban was not the only NCAA coach in evidence at the draft. Stanford's David Shaw held forth as a guest analyst for NFL Network. Shaw wants recruiting clout, too. But Stanford graduates nearly all its football players, so is not engaged in a cynical exercise of obtaining free labor while not conferring the education that rewards athletic effort. When New England chose the Cardinal's Cameron Fleming, Shaw talked about his size and athletic ability -- then said, "He's a really good student" and discussed his major, aeronautics and astronautics. Does Saban even know the majors of his players?