Archive for April, 2009

Browns draft RB Davis in Round 6

Michael Fabiano discusses the fantasy implications of the NFL Draft.

RB Scott goes to Bengals

Michael Fabiano discusses the fantasy implications of the NFL Draft.

Boldin (not that one) goes to Detroit

Wake Forest wide receiver D.J. Boldin, younger brother of Cardinals Pro Bowl wideout Anquan Boldin, signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions after going undrafted this weekend.

Rookie WR Crabtree introduced at Niners’ facility

WR Michael Crabtree was introduced to the Bay Area media contingent Sunday, one day after he was taken No. 10 by the San Francisco 49ers. Crabtree spoke about a number of topics, including the stress fracture in his left foot, training with NFL veterans in the offseason, and his reputation for being shy.

South Carolina kicker Succop is Mr. Irrelevant

South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop was the last pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, going 256th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs and earning the title of Mr. Irrelevant.

Chargers cross the border, draft Canadian lineman

Spanning the globe, the Chargers drafted DT Vaughn Martin from Western University in Ontario, Canada, in the fourth round (113th overall). Martin was a guy the Chargers had targeting all along, Chargers director of college scouting John Spanos told the team’s official Web site.

Niners not detered by QB Davis’ learning disability

Reports that Nate Davis suffers from a learning disability might have scared away some teams on draft weekend. However, 49ers coach Mike Singletary (via the team’s official Web site) said the Ball State QB’s willingness to talk about what the coach referred to as dyslexia actually was one of the reasons San Francisco took a chance on Davis in the fifth round.

Reid: Eagles were surprised to see Maclin slide

When the Eagles neglected to bring in Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin for a pre-draft visit, it wasn’t necessarily a strategic decision. Coach Andy Reid admitted to the team’s official Web site that the Eagles didn’t expect the speedy wideout to be there when they selected at No. 21, let alone No. 19, where they moved up to take Maclin through a trade with the Browns.

Chargers draft LSU WR Byrd, who was hurt in accident

The Chargers selected LSU WR Demetrius Byrd in the seventh round (225th overall), one week after he was injured in a car accident. The Shreveport Times reports that Byrd has been upgraded from critical to good condition at a Miami hospital.

Orakpo brings ‘a fire and intensity’ to Redskins’ d-line

Despite finishing fourth in overall defense last season, Washington posted just 24 sacks — good for 28th in the league. With that stat in mind, the Redskins were in the market for an impact pass rusher in this year’s draft and fulfilled that need by taking Texas DE Brian Orakpo with the 13th overall pick.

Moreno the latest Gerogia RB to join Broncos

While many people may have been surprised to see the Broncos take RB Knowshon Moreno with the 12th overall pick (It was the first time the Broncos had taken a running back in the first round since 1985), it should not have surprised anyone that Denver’s choice came from the University of Georgia.

End of an era: First Hurricane not picked until Round 6

The University of Miami has produced some of the finest players in NFL history. But judging by the results of this weekend’s draft, the pipeline from Coral Gables might be drying up. An NFL team didn’t select a Miami player until the Atlanta Falcons spent a sixth-round pick (176th overall) on LB Spencer Adkins.

Maybin ready to get to work in Buffalo

Looking for a pass rusher with their first pick, Buffalo went back to Penn State, where they found success drafting linebacker Paul Posluszny in the second round of the 2007 draft. This time the Bills took DE Aaron Maybin with the 11th overall pick.

Bears targeted S Mitchell before Raiders nabbed him

The Raiders created quite a stir Saturday when they drafted Ohio safety Michael Mitchell in the second round, drawing criticism from numerous television pundits and journalists alike. But there was a method to the Raiders’ perceived madness.

Vikings find potential starters in Harvin, Loadholt

It’s always a snap judgment to immediately evaluate the success of a team’s draft. With that disclaimer aside, it’s easy to see that several teams exited the first day of the draft with several potential starters. Among those are the Minnesota Vikings.

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