Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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Where Should Chad Ochocinco Be Drafted?
I was doing a mock draft recently and saw Chad Ochocinco drafted in the third round. I have him as the 14th ranked wide receiver on my draft board, so it’s not that much of a stretch, but still it seems a little odd.
First of all, Ochocinco’s performance last season leaves a lot to be desired. He had 72 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns. The receptions are his fewest in a year that he has played in all 16 games since 2002. The yards are the fewest in a year that he has played in all 16 games ever.
One argument is that the additions of Terrell Owens and Jermaine Grisham will help to take the pressure off of Ochocinco. With more weapons, defenses will have more people to cover and therefore won’t focus strictly on Ochocinco.
Another concern is the arm strength of Carson Palmer. I’ve posted this quote from Robert Weintraub of Football Outsiders in the Cincinnati Enquirer before, but it’s worth repeating:
“Our game charters noted only 15 percent of Palmer’s throws as 'deep' or 'bomb.' By contrast, noodle-armed Chad Pennington threw 19 percent of his balls deep or bomb in 2008 in a similar scheme. Palmer threw long 23 percent of the time in 2007.”
The question becomes, can Palmer get the ball down the field for the big play? If he can’t on a consistent basis, Ochocinco isn’t going to be able to accumulate yards and also may have a tough time finding the end zone. That’s got to be a huge concern.
According to Mock Draft Central, Ochocinco has an ADP of 45.67, the 17th wide receiver off the board. I’m likely to move him down on my rankings the next time around and like him more at this point in the draft (late fourth round/early fifth around) as opposed to taking him in the third.
'Ochouno' and Ochocinco Will Succeed
Many NFL fans around the country are stating their opinion that receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens will not be able to coincide playing on the same team.
Many statements came from a ESPN.com live in-game chat, stating comments like "I can't wait until Owens and Ochocinco get in a fight."
The two have always been good friends, even commenting on how much they would like to play together some day. They got their wish.
Many believe they will get into arguments about who's the "Batman" and who's the "Robin."
I believe that Owens realized that if he wanted a job this year, he would have to come to accept that he will have to be a number two receiver. This is Ochocinco's team, and Owens won't be Palmer's go-to-guy.
When Ochocinco had TJ Houshmandzadeh lined up beside him at receiver, he was still able to put up good numbers, even though Houshmandzadeh had 90-plus catches in three consecutive seasons with Cincinnati.
I don't believe Owens will get as many as 90 catches this season, so Ochocinco should be just as content with the balls thrown to Owens as he was with Houshmandzadeh.