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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Latest Mock- 2 Rounds

1.Miami Dolphins- Chris Long-DE-Virginia 6-3 275lbs. Ran a 4.71 at the combine and looked great in the drills. Had 14 sacks as a senior. son of Hall of Famer Howie Long is one of the safer picks in this draft. Dolphins probably would like to trade down but I doubt they'll find any takers
2.St Louis Rams- Jake Long-OT-Michigan- 6-7 313 lbs. Great size with long arms. Can play either tackle spot. With Orlando Pace nearing the end of his career this pick makes sense
3.Atlanta Falcons-Darren McFadden-RB-Arkansas- 6-1 217lbs. Ran a 4.33 at the combine and will likely make an immediate impact at the pro level. Gained 1700 yards last year. Dallas is rumored to want to trade a boat load of picks to get McFadden so we'll see.
4.Oakland Raiders-Sedrick Ellis-DT-USC-6-1 285 lbs. Was unblockable at the senior bowl. Does not have great measureables but is simply a great high motor football player. Ran a 5.24 at the combine. With Sapp retiring the Raiders get a replacement.
5.Kansas City Chiefs-Ryan Clady-OT-Boise State-6-6 317 lbs. Good pass blocker with big hands and quick feet. Can sure up the Chiefs left tackle spot for the next decade. Was not overly impressive at the combine and appeared slugish but his on field performance is why he gets picked this high.
6. New York Jets-Vernon Gholston-DE-Ohio State. 6-4 265 lbs. Had 14 sacks last year including one against top offensive tackle Jake Long. Was very good at the combine with 37 reps on the bench and a 4.64 forty. Great value here for the Jets
7.New England Patriots-Leodis McKelvin-CB-Troy 5-11 190 lbs. Natural cover corner with good tackling ability. Can also contribute in the return game. Ran a 4.38 at the combine. With Assante Samuel leaving I'm thinkin the Patriots are going defensive back but could go linebacker to add some needed youth.
8. Baltimore Ravens-Matt Ryan-QB-Boston College-6-5 220 lbs. This team needs to address the QB position and hopes this draft gamble works. 31 touchdowns but 19 interceptions. Threw for over 4500 yards as a senior. Teams drafting quarterbacks in the first round have had mixed results but if they pass here Matt Ryan will not be there in round 2.
9. Cincinnatti Bengals-Derrick Harvey-DE-Florida 6-5 271 lbs. He must have put on 20 lbs since the end of the season but he still ran a 4.8 forty and did 31 reps at the bench. A natural pass rusher who can play the run as well. With Justin Smith leaving for the 49ers I doubt they will pass on Harvey
10. New Orleans Saints-Mike Jenkins-CB-South Florida- 6-0 200 lbs. Good natural cover corner with long arms. Can also be physical and will make tackles in the running game. 4.38 at the combine solidified his mid first round draft status
11. Buffalo Bills-Dominque Rogers Cromarties-CB-Tennessee State-6-1.5 184 lbs. Played well at the Senior Bowl and is skyrocketing up the draft charts. Did well in all the drils at the combine. Ran 4.33 with an NBA leap of 38.5. In recent years the Bills have lost Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield so cornerback has become a position of need.
12. Denver Broncos- Jeff Otah-OT-Pittsburgh-6-6 340lbs. Should solidify the right tackle position for the next decade. Fills a major need for this team. Huge frame and long arms will make it difficult for ends to get around him to pressure the QB. Raw player who starterd playing football as a senior in high school
13. Carolina Panthers- Glen Dorsey-DT-LSU-6-2 303lbs. Had 7 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss to go along with his 69 tackles as senior. Complete football player who could be a top five pick his leg checks out OK. He did not participate at the combine and rumors persist that he has a fractured tibia. With Kris Jenkins being traded in day one of free agency I would say defensive line becomes a position of need and if Dorsey falls this far it will be remarkable value at this point in the draft.
14. Chicago Bears-Limas Sweed-WR-Texas- 6-5 219 lbs. Deceptively fast with excellent hands. Ran a 4.46 at the combine with a 35 inch vertical leap and is moving up the draft charts. With Berrian leaving via free agency the receiver position becomes a team need.
15. Detroit Lions- Jonathan Stewart-RB- Oregon- 5-10 1/4 235 lbs. Kevin Jones does not appear to be the answer to the running game for the lions. Stewart is the complete package of size and speed. Ran a 4.44 at the combine on his first run and a 4.49 on this second run. 36.5 vertical leap. Over 1700 rushing yards as a senior and a 6.2 yards per carry average. Also had 22 receptions
16. Arizona Cardinals-Aqib Talib-CB-Kansas- 6-2 205 lbs. Good playmaking skills and a nose for the ball. Had 5 interceptions last season. Ran a 4.48 at the combine and posted a 38 inch vertical leap. With Antrel Rolle making the transiton to free safey, cornerback becomes a need for this team.
17. Minnesota Vikings-Phillip Merling-DE- Clemson- 6-4 280lbs. A complete defensive lineman who can play the run and was a good enough pass rusher to get 7 sacks last season. With Udeze battling leukemia the DE spot is a position of need. Did not do the drills at the combine
18. Houston Texans-Rashard Mendehnall-RB-Illinois-5-11 230 lbs. Ran a 4.37 at the combine. Gained over 1600 yards last season with an average of 6.4 yards per carry. Ahman Greens best days are behind him. Texans get an immediate contributor in Mendenhall.
19. Philadelphia Eagles- Chris Williams-OT-Vanderbilt 6-6 320 lbs. The Eagle fans won't like this pick but from what I hear the team likes this player and with Runyan and William(Tra)Thomas both over 33 years old a strong case can be made that this is a position of need plus the team might have a draft bust on its hands with former 2nd rounder Winston Justice.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kentwan Balmer-DT-North Carolina- 6-4.5 308 lbs Kevin Carter and Greg Spires were released and Jovan Haye is a restricted free agent who could depart in free agency. DT and DE have become major needs for this team. 3.5 sacks last season to go with 59 tackes and 10 tackles for loss. Lots of upside if he gets motivated and is coached up.
21. San Francisco 49ers-Devin Thomas-WR-Michigan State- 6-2 218 lbs. 79 catches last season and average more than 16 yards per catch. Helped himself immensly with a strong combine by running a 4.34 forty. San Francisco trades with my favorite team here and swaps first with the Redskins and give the Redskins their 3rd round pick. Addressed their need on the defensive line by signing Justin Smith
22. Dallas Cowboys-Felix Jones-RB-Arkansas- 6-0 207 lbs Ran a 4.44 at the combine. Averaged an amazing 9.1 yards per carry last season for the razorbacks. Jerry Jones is rumored to want to trade both their 1st round picks and more to get McFadden but I'm betting they won't offer up enough to move that far up the draft.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers-Branden Albert-OG-Virginia-6-7 315 lbs. With Alan Faneca likely departing in free agency the Steelers will reload with the arguably the best guard in the draft.
24. Tennessee Titans-Malcom Kelly-WR-Oklahoma 6-4 219 lbs. The titans need some better receivers for Vince Young to throw to. 49 receptions and over 800 yards last season with 9 touchdowns. Should be a good redzone threat at the next level
25. Seattle Seahawks- Dustin Keller-TE-Purdue-6-4 240lbs 68 receptions for over 800 yards last season. Lit it up at the combine posting a 4.55 forty and 26 reps on the bench. With all the running backs worthy of a 1st round selection off the board I'm betting the Seahawks can trade out of the first round and land Keller at the top of the 2nd but if they can't they will pull the trigger and reach a smidge for the best TE in the draft. Could all change if the Seahawks sign Alge Crumpler
26. Jacksonville Jaguars-Lawrence Jackson-DE-USC- 6-4 271 lbs. Solid production at a big time college program. 30.5 sacks in 4 years as a trojan. 4.81 forty at the combine and 31 reps at the combine. They just signed receiver Jerry Porter so I doubt they go receiver in the draft.
27. San Diego Chargers-Desean Jackson-WR-California- 5-10 169 lbs. Chargers do not have a glaring weakness but when you look at the receiver stats there is not a legitmate #1 receiver. Solid college production and a deep threat that is somewhat lacking in the Chargers offense.
28. Dallas Cowboys-Chilo Rachal-OG-USC-6-5 315 lbs. Left guard could use some upgrading because the Cowpokes have little depth should one of their offensive lineman go down with an injury. Could go receiver with this pick. Chilo Rachal is a solid all around offensive lineman and one of the safter picks in this draft
29. Washington Redskins-James Hardy-WR-Indiana 6-5 3/4 219 lbs. Skins pick up a extra 3rd rounder by moving down. Hardy had 16 touchdowns as a senior to go with his 79 receptions and over 1100 yards. Virtually impossible to defend in the short passing game. Ran a 4.47 at the combine. Skins also have needs at cornerback and defensive line but go for the value with this pick
30. Green Bay Packers-Kenny Phillips-S-Miami 6-2 1/4 212 lbs. Falls in the draft based on his combine performance. Looked stiff in the drills. Ran a 4.52 forty but comes from a long line of sucessfull Miami safeties and addresses a need for the packers.
31. New England Patriots- pick forfeited as punishment by the league for filming defensive signals of the New York Jets
31. New York Giants- Keith Rivers-OLB-USC-6-2 240 lbs- Every year a player goes to the draft billed as a top ten pick and falls. This awkward television drama recently happened to Cleveland's Brady Quinn. With more teams using a 3-4 alignment Rivers drops as teams address needs in round 1 that are more pressing. Rivers could shoot right back up the charts if he does well at his pro day. Did not particapte in the combine. Good value for the Giants in the draft and with Kawicka Mitchell leaving in free agency this pick makes a lot of sense.
32. Miami Dolphins-Brian Brohm-QB-Louisville 6-3 230 lbs Ran a 4.83 at the combine. This team will need to get better at the QB position in order to improve. completed over 65% of his passes last year for over 4000 yards. This is a solid pick in round 2 and minimizes the risk by waiting until the 2nd round to take a gamble on a QB.
33. St Louis Rams-Calais Campbell-DE-Miami 6-7 280 lbs. Moves down based on combine performance where he looked slugish. Ran a 5.03 and weighed 303 lbs at his pro day in Miami. While once regarded as a top 15 pick he might just eat his way to the bottom of the 2nd round.
34. Oakland Raiders-Mario Manningham-WR-Michigan 5-11 3/4 181. 4.6 the combine but looked good in the drills
35. Kansas City Chiefs-Brandon Flowers-CB-Virginia Tech-4.58 at the combine but understands his position and makes plays
36.New York Jets-Chade Henne-QB-Michigan-6-3 230 lbs. Jets aren't going to win until they find their quarterback
37. Atlanta Falcons-Joe Flacco-QB-Delaware-6-6 230 lbs. Big time arm and the Falcons need a quarterback
38. Baltimore Ravens-Patrick Lee-CB-Auburn-6-0 200 lbs. 4.42 Has all the tools
39. San Francisco 49ers- Quentin Groves-DE/OLB- Auburn-6-3 260 lbs. Ran a 4.52 at the combine. Should fit in 49ers 3-4 scheme
40. New Orleans Saints-Pat Simms-DT-Auburn-6-2-310 lbs. 4.5 sacks as a senior
41. Buffalo Bills-Fred Davis-TE-USC-6-4 245 lbs. Productive college player
42. Denver Broncos-Trevor Laws-DT-Notre Dame 6-0 304 lbs plays with desire
43. Carolina Panthers-Dan Conner-LB-Penn State 6-3 230 lbs. 4.55 speed. fills need with Dan Morgan being cut
44. Chicago Bears-Gosder Cherilus-OT-Boston College-6-7 318 lbs. Right tackle to replace Fred Miller
45. Detroit Lions-Jerod Mayo-OLB-Tennessee-6-1 242 lbs. Ran a 4.54 at the combine
46. Cincinnati Bengals-Cliff Avril-OLB/DE-Purdue- 6-3 253. Ran a 4.51 at the combine
47. Minnesota Vikings- Early Doucet-WR-LSU-6-0 209 lbs. 4.5 at the combine
48. Atlanta Falcons-Red Bryant-DT-Texas A&M-6-4 318 lbs. position of need for the Falcons
49. Philadelphia Eagles-Reggie Smith-S-Oklahoma-6-0 196 lbs- 4.45 speed. Brian Dawkins can't play forever and Quentin Mickel and Sean Considine are average at best
50. Arizona Cardinals-Chris Johnson-RB-East Carolina-5-11 197 lbs. Edgerrin James is getting up in age and his yards per carry is declining. Johnson ran a combine best 4.24 forty
51. Washington Redskins- Tracy Porter-CB-Indiana 5-11-188 lbs. Ran 4.37 at the combine. 6 interceptions for 137 return yards as a senior
52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Andre Caldwell-WR-Florida- 6-0 200 lbs with 4.37 speed. Solid college production
53.Pittsburgh Steelers-Lavelle Hawkins-WR-California-5-11 187lbs with 4.52 speed.
54. Tennessee Titans-Carl Nicks-OT- Nebraska-6-5 330 lbs. Can play tackle or guard
55. Seattle Seahawks-Ray Rice-RB-Rutgers-5-8 199 lbs with 4.44 speed. shawn Alexander is running likes he's old. Rice ran for 2015 yards last season
56.Green Bay Packers-Sam Baker-OT-USC 6-5 315 lbs. Packers go for the best player available with this pick garnered from Cleveland for DT Corey Williams
57.Miami Dolphins-Josh Barrett-S-Arizona State-6-1 233 lbs. Ran a 4.35 at the combine
58. Jacksonvile Jaguars-Earl Bennett-WR-Vanderbilt- 5-11 209 lbs. Ran a 4.48 at the combine. Solid college production
59. Indianapolis Colts-Tavares Gooden-OLB-Miami- 6-1 234 lbs. Ran a 4.65 at the combine. good 4-3 linebacker. Excellent in coverage. 100 tackles as a senior
60. Green Bay Packers-Dre Moore-DT-Maryland 6-4 305 lbs Ran a 4.86. 6 sacks as a senior. The pack attempts to replace departed Corey Williams with raw prospect with huge upside
61. Dallas Cowboys-Antoine Casson-CB-Arizona- 6-0 191 ran a 4.48. 5 interceptions for 164 return yards as a senior
62. New England Patriots-Tom Zbikowskski-S-Notre Dame 5-11 211. 4.55 speed. plays with heart
63. New York Giants- Geno Hayes-OLB-Florida State 6-1 230 lbs with 4.64 speed. Giants double down at a position of need.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Draft,Develop, and Resign

I am not a big believer in free agency as a means to build a franchise. After you get through the franchise tags the available free agents are average at best. I would not pay much money for any of these players this offseason with the exception of Assante Samuel. I firmly believe that the way you build a strong team is to draft well and resign that home-grown talent a year before they hit the open market. This way you have an abundance of players on their rookie contracts and you're never battling the cap and throwing good money after bad just to get under the cap. My recipe for building a franchise this way insures your team is young and competive and you'll have the cap space to accesorize with free agency without becoming dependent on free agency. What I have seen the Redskins do is become so obsessed with being a major player in free agency that they overpay for average talent like Antwan Randel-El, Adam Archuletta, and Brandon Lloyd. In Lloyd's case the Skins also found a way to committ double jeapardy by surrendering the money and the draft picks.

When you look at the team who won the Superbowl it's evident the Giants have a comittment to the draft. Osi Umenyori and Michael Stahan were both 2nd round picks. Justin Tuck and Jay Alford were both 3rd round picks. David Diehl and Kevin Boss were 5th round picks and Chris Snee was a 2nd round pick. The Giants did accesorize with Plaxico Burress and Antonio Pierce but they aquired them for no draft compensation. This my friends is how to build a team. Teams that think the draft is just a " crapshoot" are usually teams with poor drafting records. The good teams draft, develop, and resign. It is that simple

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Combine Winners and losers

No player solidified his draft status more than Darren McFadden. He ran a 4.27 followed by a 4.33 for a combine average of 4.3. Rumor has it the Cowboys want to trade a boat load of picks to move up to select the Arkansas running back. Rashard Mendehall ran a 4.37 on his 2nd forty yard dash and Oregon's Jonathan Stewart didn't hurt himself by running a 4.44 and a 4.49 at 235 lbs. Rutgers halfback Ray Rice ran a 4.44 his 1st time but did not run the 2nd due to a hamstring issue. Fullback Owen Schmitt ran a 4.70 and 4.75 to go along with his mohawk haircut. Mario Manningham might have moved out of the late first round by running a 4.59 forty. Adarius Bowman will be a late round pick with 4.69 forty. 6-7 receiver James Hardy lost 1.25 inches of height and is actually 6-5 and 3/4ths but ran a 4.47 and will likely be a late first round pick. Michigan running back Mike Hart dropped his draft stock by running a pedestrian 4.69. East Carolina's Chris Johnson ran the fastest time so far at the combine at 4.24. Quarterback Josh Johnson out of Division IAA University of San Diego ran a 4.44 forty and is becoming one of the more intriguing prospects of this draft. Boston College QB Matt Ryan did not work out and it would not surprise me if he drops down in the first round similar to what happened to Brady Quinn last year. Vernon Gholson helped himself by running a 4.64, 37 reps at the bench and a 35 inch vertical leap. Dominque Rogers-Cromatie didn't hurt himself by running a 4.33 and leaping a defensive back best of 38.5 inches. He also weighed in a 184 lbs and was 6-1.5.

2008 Mock Draft

Miami Dolphins- Sedrick Ellis- DT-USC- 6-1 285 lbs Was un-blockable at the Senior Bowl. Does not have ideal size but is simply a great football player. Only ran 5.24 at the combine

St. Louis Rams- Jake Long-OT-Michigan - 6-7 313 lbs. Great Size with Long arms. Can play left or right Tackle. Orlando Pace has had injury problems so Jake will become their left tackle for the next decade

Atlanta Falcons- Matt Ryan-QB- Boston College 6-5 220 lbs. Atlanta desperatly needs a signal caller with the sentencing of Michael Vick. Threw for over 4500 yards his senior year with 31 touchdowns

Oakland Raiders- Darren McFadden-RB-Arkansas- 6-2 220 lbs - Raiders get a player who will likely make an immediate impact on their offense. Good size and ran a 4.27 at the combine today on his 1st rund and 4.33 on his 2nd run. Gained 1700 yards last year.

Kansas City Chiefs- Glen Dorsey-DT- LSU- 6-2 299 lbs. Had 7 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss to go along with his 69 tackles. Complete football player is great value at pick 6.

New York Jets- Chris Long-DE- Virginia- 6-4 285 lbs. Had 14 sacks his senior season. Great instincts and football smarts. Son of Howie Long is one of the safer picks in this draft. Ran a 4.71 and looked good in all the drills at the combine

New England Patrios- Keith Rivers-OLB-USC- 6-3 225 lbs. Linebacker with 4.5 speed and play in space. This pick addresses and postion where the Patriots have some older players. The rich get richer.

Baltimore Ravens- Mike Jenkins-CB-South Florida 6-0 200lbs. Good natural coverage corner with long arms and plays physical

Cincinnati Bengals-Vernon Gholston-DE-Ohio State 6-4 265 lbs. Had 14 sacks last year. Can be very disruptive as a pass rusher but also good at the point of attack. Ran a 4.64 and did 37 reps of 225 lbs. I'm thinking he might have moved up to the top three picks based on his combine performance.

New Orleans Saints-Aqib Talib-CB-Kansas- 6-2 205lbs. Good playmaking skills and nose for the ball. Had 5 interceptions last season. 4.48 at the combine with a 38 inch verticle leap

Buffalo Bills- Leodis McKelvin-CB-Troy 5-11 190 lbs. Natural cover corner with good tackling ability. Can also contribute in the return game. Ran a 4.38at the combine

Denver Broncos-Ryan Clady-OT- Boise State 6-6 317 lbs. Good pass blocker with big hands and quick feet. Can sure up the Broncos left tackle position for the next decade

Carolina Panthers- Dan Conner-ILB- Penn State 6-3 235 lbs with 4.55 speed. Dan Morgan was just released and my bet is the panther reach a smidge with this pick and select Dan Conner.

Chicago Bears- Brian Brohm-QB-Louisville- 6-4 225 lbs. 30 touchdowns and over 4000 yards last season. Knows the game and has a quick release.

Detroit Lions- Jonathan Stewart-RB-Oregon- 5-11 235 lbs Kevin Jones probably is not the answer to the running game in Detroit. Steward is a complete back with speed, power, and blocking ability in the blitz pick up. Ran a 4.44 today at the combine today on his 1st rund and 4.49 on this second run. Solidified his first round draft status at the combine

Arizona Cardinals- Rashard Mendenhal-RB-Illinois- 5-11 230 lbs. Edgerin James is getting older and his yards per carry is in decline. Mendehal has low center of gravity. Will make an immediate impact. Ran a 4.43 at the combine today on his 1st rund and 4.37 on his 2nd run. After the combine there is not doubt he'll go in round 1.

Minnesota Vikings- Kenny Phillips-S-Miami- 6-2 210 lbs 4.45. Big physical and the best safety in the draft. Can play in man and zone coverage.

Houston Texans- Jeff Otah-OT-Pittsburgh 6-6 340 lbs. Should solidfy the right side of the offensive line for the next decade. This fills a major need for this team.

Philadelphia Eagles-Chris Williams-OT-Vanderbilt- 6-6 320 lbs. I thought Runyan and William(tra) Thomas played at a high level last year but both are over 32 and this team loves offensive lineman.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Desean Jackson-WR-California-6-0 172 lbs. Legitimate deep threat with good open field elusiveness. Excellent route runner and a value pick at this point in the draft. Ran a 4.31 at the combine

Washington Redskins- Derrick Harvey- DE- Florida 6-4 262 lbs with 4.7 speed. Yes I am a skins fan and this is a postion I would like the skins to address. Cornerback could the pick at this spot but if Derrick Harvey is there I think the Skins will take him. Ran a respectable 4.8 with 31 reps at the bench press at the combine.

Dallas Cowboys-Dominque Rogers Cromartie-CB-Tennessee State- 6-1.5 184 lbs. Played well at the Senior Bowl and is moving up the draft charts. This is a need for the Cowboys with Anthony Henry getting older and possibly moving to safety. 4.33 with a combine best 38.5 vertical leap

Pittsburgh Steelers- Branden Albert-OG- Virginia- 6-7 315 lbs. With Alan Fanaca possibly leaving the team will likely address this need. Can play guard and tackle

Tennessee Titans- Malcom Kelly-WR- Oklahoma-6-4 219 lbs. The Titans need some better receivers for Vince Young to throw to. 49 receptions for over 800 yards last season and 9 touchdowns. Will be a good redzone threat

Seattle Seahawks- Felix Jones-RB- Arkansas-6-0 207 lbs. Shaun Alexander might be on his last legs. The Seahawks need to add some youth and talent to this postion. Jones averaged an amazing 9.1 yards per carry last season. Ran a 4.44 at the combine today

Jacksonville Jaguars- Phillip Merling-DE-Clemson 6-5 280 lbs. A complete defensive lineman. 78 tackles and 7 sacks last year. With Bobby McCray possibly leaving in free agency the Jags have a need at DE. Did not do the forty at the combine

San Diego Chargers-Chilo Rachal-OG-USC- 6-5 315 lbs. A solid all around offensive guard will upgrade the Chargers interior line

Dallas Cowboys-Devin Thomas-WR-Michigan State- 6-2 218lbs. 79 catches last season on 16 yards per catch. Moves up to the first round based on his combine performance. Ran a 4.34 forty.

San Francisco 49ers- James Hardy-WR-Indiana- 6-7 220 lbs. . Had 16 touchdowns for the Hossiers last season to go with 79 receptions and over 1100 yards. Dominant red zone threat and is virtually impossible to defend in the short passing game. Improved his draft status by running a 4.47 at the combine

Green Bay Packers- Limas Sweed-WR-Texas- 6-5 219 lbs. Another weapon for Brett Farvre. Deceptively fast with excellent hands. Ran a 4.46 at the combine and has solidfied his status as a late first round early 2nd round pick

New Engand Patriots- pick forfeited

New York Giants- Xavier Adibi-OLB-Virginia Tech 6-2 226 lbs with 4.55 speed. Excellent value at pick 31 and addresses and big need for the Giants. Ran 4.69 at the combine

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Combine

The NFL combine is on the NFL Network today. There will be some player who runs an incredible 40 time and ends up moving way up team's draft boards. Several years ago, Matt Jones, an average Arkansas quarterback ran a sub 4.4 forty and became a first round draft pick at receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Somehow though, the combine workout that Matt Jones displayed in Indy has not translated into sucess on the football field. Over a decade ago Mike Mamula parlayed his combine workout into a first round choice of the Philadelphia Eagles. A pudgy slower player was taken a few picks after the Eagles selected Mamula, that player was non other than Warren Sapp. The point being that despite how smart the coaches and scouts think they are, the fact remains they are no better at picking players than the fans.

Arlen Spector

Our nation's deficit spending is out control, we are embroiled in conflicts overseas, and the economy is not doing well but leave it to Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector to find time to deal with the real important stuff. SPYGATE! It is not like Roger Goodell has not penalized the Patriots for filming the Jets sideline signals, the real agenda here with Mr. Spector has more to do with being a homer Philly fan than anything else. The Eagles lost to the Patriots several years ago by 3 points. Arlen Spector must think he's going to win the Iggles the Lombardi Trophy posthumously. For a city with the rudest meanest fans on the planet it would be a fitting way for the Philadelphia Eagles to win their first championship in over a quarter century. Keep up the important work Arlen, don't worry about the voters, just those Eagle fans.