Archive for April, 2012

Cardinals’ Whisenhunt: Fitzgerald not involved in Floyd decision

Star Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald didn’t play a role in the team’s selection of Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd with the No. 13 pick in the NFL Draft, coach Ken Whisenhunt told NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.

Lions sign CB Alonzo Lawrence, who hopes to be a rare JUCO-to-NFL success story

Ever heard the name Alonzo Lawrence? Probably not, but he could make the rare leap from JUCO directly to the NFL after the Lions signed him as an unrestricted free agent.

Now that the picks are in, trying to understand who got the better end of the Julio Jones trade…

One of the great unknowns in the NFL comes when teams make draft-day trades. One team is positive they are getting the better end, trading up to select the guy they want. The other team absolutely knows it made a smart move by trading back and loading up on picks. As Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this weekend, “Each one is kind of its own independent decision.” So, it’s tough to compare trades in a vacuum. But we’d still like to know who got the better of each deal. With that said, let’s look back at the biggest deal of the 2011 NFL Draft, since the loose ends were tied up this weekend. The Falcons traded up 21 spots, sending […]

Three and out: LeSean McCoy still a top-four pick

Despite the comments of Eagles coach Andy Reid, LeSean McCoy remains a top-four pick in 2012 fantasy drafts.

Will Luck have better rookie year than RG3?

With the 2012 NFL Draft now a thing of the past, it’s time for the football world to look to the future, when the games will actually be played. How will the highly touted rookies perform when they stop being prospects and start being rookies?

This was a really strange NFL Draft… so let’s go over five things we’ll remember

Not sure what it was this year. The Draft was, well, awesome as usual. Loved watching it, especially after I turned off Twitter (for a few hours) in the first round due to a rash of tipping picks. Then it was good. But it was also kinda odd. Trades like crazy in the first round, lots of unheralded players in the second round, and the usual slew of curious picks. Maybe my draft prep was just poor. Or maybe teams are spreading their scouts out so far that everyone is finding a gem in a strange place. Who knows? Before we turn the page, let’s take a swing through what happened from Radio City the past three days, offering 5 […]

The Patriots win the prize for the most ridiculous and fantastic pick of the 2012 NFL Draft

You gotta hand it to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. One day after joking about how he doesn’t care much for draft analysts, Belichick really makes them scratch their head. But for those who know them well, this is just classic. With the 197th overall pick, the Patriots selected someone named Nate Ebner.┬áHe’s allegedly a safety from Ohio State, but he barely played. Some special teams, and a backup nickel corner. Oh, and didn’t play high school football, either. Google it. Turns out, he’s a rugby star. Played at Ohio State, and seemed to do so well. Look at this Youtube package. Fast, tough, all the tools. But anyway, this is great. Forget all the scouting, pouring over tape, talking with […]

Patriots draft pick Tavon Wilson has good genes

Patriots second-round NFL draft pick Tavon Wilson has good genes. Wilson’s great-great grandmother Edith Williams is 112 years old and lives in Washington D.C.

McNabb undecided on retirement plans

Ex-Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb told NFL Network’s Rebecca haarlow on Saturday that he has not yet decided whether he will retire or not and currently is weighing his options.

Trying to understand why NFL coaches really love selecting Boise St. players…

The Cowboys made an interesting selection yesterday, nabbing Boise St. defensive end Tyrone Crawford in the third round. A player I had to look up (you did, too, don’t lie), the Cowboys see Crawford as a try-hard guy who can eventually become a five-technique defensive end. For now, he’ll be an inside rusher, and they’ll see what happens. But what struck me was part of the reason why the Cowboys grabbed him. And it sounded like some of the reason that the Bears reached for fellow BSU pass-rusher Shea McClellin. They went to Boise St. And teams like that. Really. Gone are the days where you worry about competition at a place like that. Just turn on the film against […]

Jerome Simpson’s Vikings contract worth $2 million

Wide receiver Jerome Simpson‘s one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings is worth a total of $2 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

On a scale of 1 to awesome, how were my first-round predictions yesterday?

Before the first round of the NFL Draft yesterday, I made some predictions. Five to be exact. I went through a bunch of scenarios and made some semi-educated guesses as to what would happen. This was my post right here. How did I do? While we wait for the second and third rounds to start tonight, let’s review. But be warned. Not all of them are fantastic, so I’ll take your slings and arrows in the comments section. Here we go: 1st original prediction: The Dolphins will take QB Ryan Tannehill. How right was I? Very right. Nailed this one. As if it was that hard. The Dolphins were in desperate need of a QB, and when they went after […]

Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn won’t be at second round of draft

Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, who was one of six players left in the 2012 NFL Draft Green Room at the end Thursday night, will not be a Radio City Music Hall during the second round of the draft on Friday night.

Glenn is flying back to Atlanta and will not be in New York, according to a league source.

My story: How in the world did the Cowboys end up selecting CB Morris Claiborne?

It was one of the shockers of the first night of the NFL Draft. The Cowboys pulled off a stunning trade to select LSU CB Morris Claiborne, who was supposed to be gone in the Top 5. Instead, the Cowboys grabbed him at 6. And it surprised everyone. The Cowboys. Claiborne. The player’s family. Everyone. How did it come down? What went on behind the scenes? Figured I’d tell you, and take a long time to do it. This is the link to my explanatory story posted on NFL.com.

Justin Blackmon doesn’t feel pressure of No. 1 receiver

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fifth pick in the NFL draft, but the rookie told NFL Network Friday he doesn’t feel pressure to come in and be the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

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