Sunday, April 27, 2008

Manningham and Crable Join Super Bowl Finalists

2 more Wolverines have been drafted, and no, they are not members of the Miami Dolphins. Rather than joining the worst team in the football, Mario Manningham and Shawn Crable have joined the two Super Bowl Finalists from the 2007-2008 season, with Crable taken by the New England Patriots (15th pick in the 3rd round, #78 overall) and Manningham taken by the New York Giants (32nd pick in the 3rd round, #95 overall). Crable figures to slot in nicely in New England's hybrid defense and play a great deal on special teams with his speed and athleticism, while Manningham, whose stock dropped considerably due to off-field concerns (plus he's not exactly the tallest WR in the draft), joins a deep WR core in New York, with Plaxico Burress, an aging Amani Toomer, and last year's 2nd round pick, Steve Smith from USC.

Mike Hart and Adrian Arrington figure to go next, with Hart most likely the first of the two off the board. Apparently scouts have figured out that Arrington exploited bad cornerbacks while teams focused on Manningham, and he is now projected as a 6th rounder. Meanwhile, Hart had some nice combine performances, but, despite his strength, still lacks NFL-worthy size and speed.

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