Affiliate Article: Given a second chance and chosen as a value pick by Michael Lombardi, I’m Intrigued to see how quickly Mike Adams turns his life around to fully focus and contribute to a renowned establishment like the Steelers. With this said, despite all the hype over first-round NFL draft selections, whether they succeed or fail is hardly headline news. In the long-run we all know it’s the middle-tier guys who show up and prove to be perennial Pro-Bowlers and the foundation of championship teams.
So while the headlines focus on Luck and RGIII, DIRECTV and NFL Draft guru Michael Lombardi are going much deeper, unveiling the definitive and official 2012 NFL DRAFT “ALL VALUE TEAM.” Will these players, selected by Lombardi, become the next Shannon Sharpe, Jared Allen or Marques Colston? Lombardi felt the following late picks in the draft held the most potential for immediate and long-term value to the teams that selected them:
• Jeff Allen – OT/OG, Kansas City (44th)
• Mike Adams – OT, Pittsburgh (56th)
• Demario Davis – LB, New York Jets (77th)
• Akiem Hicks – DE, New Orleans (89th)
• Omar Bolden – CB, Denver (101st)
• Frank Alexander – DE Carolina (103rd)
• Tank Carder – LB, Buffalo (147th)
• Jack Crawford – DE, Oakland (158th)
• Vick Ballard – RB, Indianapolis (170th)
• Billy Winn – DT, Cleveland (205th)
• Caleb McSurdy – LB, Dallas (222nd)
• Cam Johnson – DE, San Francisco (237th)
Whether they prove to be impact players or not, DIRECTV is recognizing Lombardi’s picks to their 2012 “All Value” Team by setting the players up with a complimentary DIRECTV system, one year of service and NFL SUNDAY TICKET. The “All Value” team was also selected in recognition of another valuable team: DIRECTV’s current customers, who are being offered the NFL SUNDAY TICKET at the lowest price in over a decade – a value of its own at $199.
Only time will tell if Lombardi’s 2012 “value” picks make the biggest impact on the field, but NFL SUNDAY TICKET will give fans the ability to see it all unfold, week-after-week, and now at 40% below last year’s cost for DIRECTV customers. To capitalize on DIRECTV’s unprecedented $199 NFL SUNDAY TICKET visit www.DIRECTV.com or call 800-GET-SPORTS and to learn more about Lombardi’s “Value Picks,” visit www.NFL.com/ValuePicks.