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papz 04-24-2013 07:21 AM

Mickey Loomis Discusses 2013 NFL Draft
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What is your overall view of the strengths and weaknesses in this draft?

“I think we would say it’s a deep draft. There are a couple positions that we think are deeper than others, probably defensively at cornerback and the defensive line positions, but there are good players, there are going to be good players all the way through this draft and so we are excited. We are excited to get five new guys in here, select some guys that are going to be contributors to our team and get them started.”

Have you been more active on the phone than the past in terms of making or receiving calls for trade offers, because you do not have a second round pick?

“No, I wouldn’t say we have been more active. Obviously we don’t have a second round pick and we would like to have one. Particularly I think this is a year where it would be really good to have a second round pick, but we haven’t been more active because of that. Those kinds of deals where you are trading back and picking up selections are going to happen on the clock for the most part. In the next day or two I’ll talk to most of the teams and find out who’s interested in moving. Obviously there is a point I think we would be willing to move back, but there’s a point where I don’t want to go too far and the same thing with moving forward. There is probably a group of 10 teams, 12 teams, on either side of this that I’ll touch base with.”

Just to follow up on that, you’re not going to be more inclined to make a trade just because you don’t have a second rounder or it will still be the same value as the players on the board versus the…

“Yes. It’s going to be predicated on who is available to us and who could we select if we move back, versus just trying to get another pick.”

At left tackle, do you anticipate that if you don’t draft one you would still sign a veteran in free agency? Or you could go into training camp with what you have now?

“We have Charles Brown and Jason Smith competing there and have some other young players in our building. We have competition there; clearly, we don’t have a name on that magnet at starting left tackle yet, so we would have to look at every option, but we can only select what’s available to us in the draft or what becomes available to us as a veteran player. We will pay attention to that position.”

With Chris Ivory visiting with the Jets, there is a lot of speculation around maybe moving him with his salary bumping up significantly. What are your thoughts on maybe that, where he stands and on the running back position?

“That is clearly a position of strength for us and we have had discussions with the publicized team being the New York Jets, but we have had discussions with several other teams as well. There is no deal imminent, but we have had some discussions about it, simply because that’s a position in strength for us.”

How much does not having a second round pick limit your choice, limit your options? At any point did you expect to get it back?

“I don’t know if we had any expectation, we did ask. We asked for it back and we were denied, so it is what it is, we don’t have a second round pick. It does limit us, it makes it more difficult to move forward at least, move forward significantly, but that’s the way it is.”

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TheOak 04-24-2013 07:27 AM

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Thanks Mick. Moving down "if" is perfect, not for the same of.

hagan714 04-24-2013 07:38 AM

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Bill Polian said today that there were about 12 guys that he graded as first round picks with a large number of players receiving second round grades. Is that what you meant when you said you’d like to have a second-rounder this year?
“I think most teams would say, and certainly we would say, that we have probably have less than 32 guys graded as first picks and yet we probably have 45 or 50 graded as second round talent. When you just talk about value and where you’re selecting, I think that is probably what he means.”

i feel better reading this.

Rugby Saint II 04-24-2013 01:24 PM

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Mickey Loomis communicates well with the press. He's smooth......almost too smooth some times.

homerj07 04-24-2013 04:10 PM

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Ok so would we trade down to low 20's in the first round to pick up some lower round picks?

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