Archive for April, 2011

Goodell seeks the draft lowdown

It doesn’t take much to see just how much Commissioner Roger Goodell cares about the NFL draft.

Houston worth taking where Chiefs did

Some quick-hit observations from Round 3.

Redskins’ draft-trade approach nets results

The Redskins entered the 2011 NFL Draft with two picks in the first four rounds. After four trades — three on Day 2 of the draft — in which they accumulated six picks, Washington could end up with four starters from the first four rounds.

Cobb escapes green room for Green Bay

Randall Cobb, the last man out of the green room at the 2011 NFL Draft, will catch passes from Aaron Rodgers, the last man out of the green room in 2005.

Photo: Von Miller, the newest Denver Bronco

Von Miller is introduced as the newest Denver Bronco.

Patriots did homework on Mallett

While investigating every quarterback available in the draft, the Patriots did their homework on Ryan Mallett.

Bucs toe line of risk vs. reward with picks

The Buccaneers put on a clinic in risk-versus-reward draft strategy this week. Probably more risk than reward.

Round 2 redux: Paea gift-wrapped

As far as teams that should be pleasantly surprised, I’d say the Bears were shocked to see Oregon State DT Stephen Paea sitting there for them at No. 53. Some analysts believed Chicago would draft Paea in the first round.

Wisniewskis reunited in Silver and Black

Stefen Wisniewski hoped to join the Raiders, following in the cleat prints that his uncle, Steve, now an assistant offensive line coach on the team for which he was an eight-time Pro Bowl guard during 13 seasons (1989-2001). That wish came true Friday night when the Raiders made Stefen their second-round choice, 48th overall, in the NFL draft.

Niners beat Raiders in Kaepernick chase

Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick is headed to San Francisco. Explaining how it happened shows the wheelin’-and-dealin’ side of the NFL draft.

Lions targeted Peterson, couldn’t trade up

The Lions tried to trade up for Patrick Peterson in the first round of the NFL draft before the Cardinals selected him fifth overall, a league source said Friday.

Colts’ draft all about protecting Manning

It’s no secret that the Colts’ offensive line has been breaking down and they need to start protecting Peyton Manning, who isn’t getting any younger. So it’s no surprise that they filled two of their pressing needs with offensive linemen in the first two rounds of the draft.

Shannon Sharpe (finally) gets stage time

It’s not easy keeping Shannon Sharpe quiet for too long, but the loquacious new member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was kept off the Radio City Music Hall stage — at least temporarily — when the 49ers traded up to take QB Colin Kaepernick with the fourth pick in the second round.

Photo: Waiting game

Randall Cobb waits in the green room for his name to be called during the 2011 NFL Draft.

Lombardi: Carter value pick, fills need for Cowboys

The Cowboys found value and filled a need with their selection of LB Bruce Carter at No. 40 overall in the second round.

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