Monday, April 30, 2007

A quick update

Just a quick update on the Josh Hancock tragedy, there is now surveillance video of Hancock's fatal crash. The video comes courtesy of KMOV.com.

The video is kind of hard to see, but it happens right around the 1:13 mark, you’ll see two cars driving right next to each other and then the SUV’s headlights go out in the middle lane.

Here is the video.

Cincinnati Bengal's 2007 draft wrap up

The Cincinnati Bengals draft, in my opinion, was decent. I love the first round choice in Leon Hall, I think he along with Johnathan Joseph will be a terrific duo and will help what was one of the worst at defending the pass last season. I like the fact that we got Kenny Irons, he could be a hit or miss though, and although I would've rather seen us go defense here, but you can't really complain with having two solid runningbacks now. I was a little taken back by our 4th round pick but now i'm coming along to it, Marvin White could turn into a Sean Taylor type player(for the record i'm not saying he will be the next Taylor, just a similar type player, big-hitter, playmaker, etc...). I also really love our 7th round pick, Dan Santucci, he reminds me a lot of Eric Steinbach in the sense that he can play both guard and center, he has a lot of potential that he hasn't reached yet and has all the physical tools to be a starter very soon.

Now onto the guys I don't like. First of all, Jeff Rowe, the quarterback out of Nevada. I don't know why we chose him with our 5th round pick, we could have used a back up but Rowe wasn't expected to go until the 7th or undrafted, why wasted the 151st overall pick on him? We could've upgraded our defensive line or linebacking corps or shit, even go with another receiver seeing as how Chris Henry is going to miss half of the season and Kelly Washington is in New England but no, we go with Jeff fucking Rowe. Rowe was projected to be a career back up(which he will) and he played in a horrible scheme at Nevada(at least for quarterback). It was a shallow shotgun/I formation type thing called the Bullet or something like that. Basically he played quarterback normally where the fullback would be positioned in an I-formation scheme. But with that aside I also wish we would've drafted Ben Patrick, the tight end out of Delaware. He was projected to be a 2nd/3rd round pick and didn't go to the 7th. I think he has all the tools to be a great tight end in the NFL and I think he can be the next Alge Crumpler, Arizona should be very proud of themselves...lucky bastards.

1st Round(18th overall):

Leon Hall, Cornerback (MICH)

Height: 5-11
Weight: 194
Born: December 9th, 1984

Leon Hall is regarded as one of the premier coverage cornerbacks in this years rookie class. He had a great career at Michigan, finishing with the teams record in pass deflections with 43 and he was the 2006 finalist for the Thorpe Award (top defensive back) and Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player). He played in 50 career games and made 37 career starts at Michigan, so you know he's reliable and has a lot of experience.

Hall is compared to former Wolverine, Ty Law, because he has very good size, a smooth athlete with great quickness and fluid hips. He's very tough and aggressive with receivers, he is also does a great job in run support because he is such a sure tackler. He has good hands and is able to make big plays, he's very smart with excellent instincts and awareness and is very versatile, with experience at safety. The only real knock on Hall was his speed, and he answered that at the NFL's combine when he ran a 4.39(official time) in the 4o-yard dash. He was a team leader at Michigan and is a real character guy, something that the Bengals were desperately in search of.

NFL.com is comparing him to future Hall of Famer, Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, i'd be thrilled if he turned out to be anywhere near the player Ronde is. Also look for Hall to help out in the Bengal's return game, preferably as the punt returner. We've already lost Tory James to the Patriots and it appears as though we may be releasing or trading Delta O'Neal soon, so taking Hall was absolutely the best pick for us. A duo of Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph will be great for a very long time.

2nd Round(49th overall):

Kenny Irons, Running Back (AUB)

Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
Born: September 15th, 1983

He played at South Carolina his first two years before transferring to Auburn in 2004, and didn't get his first chance to start until 2005, right after the two top 5 picks, Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown were taken in the draft. He had an amazing start to his career gaining 1,293 yards, 13 touchdowns and an average of 5.1 per carry in 12 games but in 2006, as a senior and a possible Heisman candidate, he struggled with nagging injuries and only rushed for 893 yards, 4 touchdowns and an average of 4.5 per carry, which is still very good. The average that is. He played most of his senior year at less than 100 percent due to turf toe, a groin pull, a high ankle sprain and a bruised fibula. Through all that he still managed to pick up All-SEC first-team honors from the league's coaches.

He displays very good vision and instincts and is a natural runner, he is more quick than fast but is very patient and will explode through holes when as soon as they open. He runs very strong and with authority and really plays much bigger than you would expect from a 5-11 210(soaking wet) back would. He is very athletic and has the agility to change directions in a snap. Although he may not be one of the fastest backs, he does have great break-away speed. And he doesn't have a lot of mileage so you know when he gets into camp, he's going to be fresh.

It isn't known right now if he can be a feature back in the NFL, but with getting drafted to the Bengal's who already have a proven starter in Rudi Johnson, he won't have to worry about trying to be "the man". He will most likely take over the third down and change of pace back duties from Kenny Watson this season.

4th Round(114th overall):

Marvin White, Safety (TCU)

Height: 6-1
Weight: 199
Born: December 15th, 1983

Marvin White is an unheralded talent who didn't get the media attention he rightly deserved as the leader of the secondary unit at Texas Christian. The defense ranked 21st in the nation against the pass compared to 63rd the previous season, as White and his teammates allowed just 174.08 passing yards per game in 2006, compared to 221.17 in 2005. The entire unit seemed to jell around White, as the Horned Frogs ranked second nationally, allowing opponents only 234.92 yards per game in the safety's final season at Texas Christian. In his senior season, Marvin White racked up 86 tackles, 3 deflected passes and 4 interceptions.

Like I mentioned earlier, he is a very underrated prospect but he has all the tools and potential to turn into one of the biggest steals of draft. He has good size, he's extremely tough and physical and he is truly a big hitter. His timed speed at his pro day was good, he ran a 4.43 in the forty, he's very athletic and is very quick. He has terrific ball skills and is a hard worker that has a motor that doesn't stop. He has a lot of potential and will improve drastically in the coming years.

At first, like I said, I wasn't too sure about this pick, that is until I did some research. I feel completely differently now and along side Madieu Williams and with our pair of young corners we now have I feel our secondary will be much better this year and many years to come. And as far as I know, he's a character guy. Which is what we need.

5th Round(151st overall):

Jeff Rowe, Quarterback (NEV)

Height: 6-5
Weight: 226
Born: March 21st, 1984

Jeff Rowe struggled mightedly for three seasons of trying to move up the Wolf Pack's depth chart, Rowe took over the starting job as a junior. He struggled as the starter and he was replaced in each of the first six games of the 2004 season before settling in comfortably behind center. He now ranks fifth in school history in passing yardage (7,862), seventh in touchdown passes (55), second in pass completions (682) and pass attempts (1,122), and fourth in total offense yardage (8,413). Rowe started in 38 out of his 45 games for Nevada. He hit on 682 of 1,122 pass attempts (60.8 percent) for 7,862 yards, 55 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. He carried 317 times for 561 yards (1.8 avg.) and 13 scores. In 1,439 plays, Rowe amassed 8,413 yards in total offense. He also recorded five solo tackles.

Jeff Rowe looks exactly what you would expect an NFL quarterback to look like with his great size at 6-5 226 lb. He moves well in and out of the pocket and has a nice touch on his passes. He is a very good leader, a character guy and is a hard worker. But Rowe doesn't have the tools to be a full-time starter in the NFL, his arm strength is mediocre at best, he has to adjust to pro game as he spent the last few seasons in that "Bullet" offense and is really only effective in the short passing game. He has a long slow release and will make a lot of mistakes.

Out of all of our picks, this is the one that I have a major problem with. I know we really don't have a solid back up quarterback and I was fine with drafting one, but Jeff Rowe? He has little to no potential to be a good player, he wasn't projected to be picked until the 7th round or even could've gone undrafted, but yet we used our 151st overall pick on him when we could've addressed the defense again or pick up a solid replacement for Chris Henry(while he's suspended) and full-time for Kelly Washington (who signed with New England).

6th Round(187th overall):

Matt Toeaina, Defensive Tackle (ORE)

Height: 6-2
Weight: 307
Born: October 9th, 1982

At Matt Toeaina's tenure at Oregon he spent a lot of time behind players that are already in the NFL, like Baltimore's Halati Ngati. He finally got a chance to start, but still didn't take advantage of it making only 36 tackles, 0 sacks and only 3.0 tackles for loss in 2006. It also should be mentioned that he played in all 13 games for the Ducks. In 2005 he also had only 36 tackles but he was able to get 3.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss.

Toeaina struggled with consistency throughout his career at Oregon but has strength and ability to stop the run. Toeaina is particularly attractive in the later rounds due to his versatility as teams featuring the 4-3 and 3-4 defense will be looking for a bargain developmental prospect. He is intense, very competitive and is tough and physical. He is a solid tackler and gets a great push on the offensive line and is versaitile because he can play both defensive tackle and defensive end. And of course, he's a character guy.

I was and still am a little bit weary about this pick. He seems like he doesn't have much room to grow and lacks potential to be a top-notch player. He is probably going to be more of a backup but hopefully will fill that spot nicely and be a solid contributor off the the bench. What can I say, we needed help stopping the run, and Toeanina is a run stopper, at worst he's a backup at best he's a starter.

7th Round(230th overall):

Dan Santucci, Offensive Guard (ND)

Height: 6-3
Weight: 296
Born: September 9th, 1985

[this comes from from NFL.com]

Santucci has made the rounds on the Irish front walls since enrolling at the school. He began his Notre Dame career as a defensive end on the scout team, shifting to defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman. He then moved to the offensive line as a sophomore, starting one game at left guard. He earned a full-time job as a junior, taking over left guard duties and closing out his career with 26 consecutive starts at that position. One of the team's top scholar-athletes, Santucci again manned left guard for the Irish in 2006. He totaled 325 minutes of playing time, allowing four of the team's 31 quarterback sacks. He provided solid pass protection as the team ranked No. 13 nationally, averaging 264.08 yards per game passing. He closed out his career starting 26 of 48 games, seeing action for more than 696 minutes.

Dan Santucci is a very good athlete that is quick and agile. He has good size but he could stand to gain some weight. He's very physical and is very effective as both a run and pass blocker. He's a tough hard worker that is very smart and always knows whats going on on the field. He has a lot of upside and can play both guard and center at the NFL level. And he always plays with a nasty demeanor.

I love this pick, he reminds me a lot of Eric Steinbach, who was a rising star with us until he opted to sign with Cleveland as a free-agent. Much like Steinbach, he can play just about everywhere on the offensive line and play them all extremely well. He is under 300 pounds which is a little odd to see, and could use some more upper body strenght, but all that can be worked out in the weight room. I beleive he is a 100% steal in the 7th round if he develops the way he's on track to.

7th Round(253rd overall):

Chinedum Ndukwe, Safety (ND)

Height: 6-1
Weight: 206
Born: March 4th, 1985

Chinedum "Nedu" Ndukew was a two-year starter along side with Tom Zbikowski and gave the Irish one of the top zone coverage safety tandems in college football. Ndukwe played in 45 games at Notre Dame, starting in 25 of them. He finished his career with 175 tackes, 5.5 tackles for loss and 4 career interceptions. In fact in his senior season he had by far his best year. He had 98 tackles, 6 passes defended and 2 interceptions. He's played a lot of positions while at Notre Dame, he came in as an accomplished wide receiver, he then switched to strong safety, which is where he eventually started for the remained of his career. He also lined up as the rover, apache linebacker and free safety.

Ndukew has great size and bulk and is a great natural athlete. He had a pretty good timed speed and has shown that he has good hands and ball skills. He is solid versus the run and has shown some playmaking ability against the passing game. He still has a lot of potential and has terrific special teams potential. He is a very hard hitter as well.

I like him as a back up to Madieu Williams and maybe our new punt and kick returner. It was a decent pick in the 7th round to help sure up our lackluster secondary. And here is a video of Ndukew destroying second overall pick, Calvin Johnson. This video comes via the NFLFanhouse.

Bob Wickman to the DL.

Well it now makes sense on why Bob Wickman has been struggling recently. He's been injured. The Atlanta Braves have placed closer, Wickman, on the DL and have activated Chad Paronto from the DL.

From AJC:

The Braves have placed closer Bob Wickman on the disabled list and activated reliever Chad Paronto.

Wickman struggled in three appearances the past five days, blowing leads Wednesday against Florida and Sunday against Colorado. He also had to be removed in the ninth inning Friday night against Colorado.

The veteran righthander has allowed five hits, six runs and six walks in 1 2/3 innings in his past three games.

More details on the injury and the amount of time he will be missing aren't out yet, but I will update as they are released.

Buc's sign another tight end and this one as useless as the last

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added their 5th tight end to their roster late last night by signing former Seattle Seahawks veteran, Jerramy Stevens.

Stevens was an unrestricted free agent and was the Seahawks first round pick in 2002 and had played his entire five-year career with them before entering the free agent market nearly two months ago. The terms and financial details of the contract were not immediately available, but they should be released soon enough.

The former University of Washington star has recently been been having more off-the-field problems when in last March he was arrested for a DUI and marijuana possession and is facing charges in Arizona. Stevens also previously pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge in 2003 and served two days in jail for that offense. In 2000, Stevens was convicted on hit-and-run charges after driving into a nursing home. There was also a string of team-related offenses for which Stevens was disciplined by coach Mike Holmgren.

From Deadspin:

Stevens agreed to perform field-sobriety tests, but declined after an initial "walk-and-turn" test. He also declined a portable breath test, and the officer indicated that was when Stevens was placed under arrest. The officer stated in the report that there were paper napkins with a loose clump of "green leafy substance" in Stevens' back pants pocket. A second officer indicated he smelled the odor of marijuana in the driver's-side seat.


Stevens has also been having plenty of troubles on the field. He dropped several easy passes in the Super Bowl which the Hawks eventually lost to the Steelers then in 2006 he was then kneed in the crotch by former Raider's 2003first-rounder, Tyler Brayton.

"On Monday November 6th, 2006 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks, Brayton issued a knee to the groin of Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, after Stevens kneed him and was ejected from the game. Brayton was later fined $25,000 by the NFL. Stevens was fined $15,000. This incident led to Brayton's nickname of 'Nut Cracker'."

Stevens caught a total of 130 passes for 1,458 yards and 15 touchdowns in 71 career games at Seattle and is coming off of another poor season in which he caught 22 balls for 231 yards and 4 touchdown.

"He's a former first-round pick and he's had some off-the-field issues that have hampered him a little bit," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said. "He had a recent public mistake. . . . [But] we brought him in [earlier] in free agency and we had a great understanding of what he is. We've talked to him since the [March] incident and we had a very serious talk with him today. I think Jerramy Stevens is a good young man, and he's focused on doing things right. More importantly, he understands he has to do the right things."

Stevens will be joining an already lengthy depth chart in Tampa Bay, on the Buc's depth chart they have Anthony Becht, Alex Smith, Keith Heinrich and T.J. Williams.

Chris Leak is offically an NFL quarterback

According to ESPN's Michael Smith, the Chicago Bears and former Florida quarterback, Chris Leak have agreed to a free-agent contract.

Chris Leak led his Florida Gator's to a National Championship in 2007 against the Ohio State Buckeyes and Heisman winner, Troy Smith. And unlike Smith, Leak was not selected in this weekend's NFL Draft. The details of the contract are not known at this point, but i'm sure it will be revealed sometime tomorrow.

In his 4-year career at Florida, Leak played in 51 games, he threw for 11,213 yards, 88 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. One of the biggest reasons everyone passed on Leak in the draft was his height, Leak stands at only 5'11", but is a solid athlete who can make stuff happen with his feet and throws well on the run and he is a hard worker and is very competitive. Like I said, the downfalls on Leak is his size and his arm strength is just average and never really developed into the player that he was projected to be coming out of high school. He will likely go into training camp competing for the Bears third string quarterback position.

UPDATE:

Here's the link
to the Bears signing free-agent Chris Leak to a contract.

"We were happy that he is with a Super Bowl team like the Bears," his father, Curtis Leak, told the Charlotte Observer on Monday. "It's a good situation for him. That's all that matters to us. I feel great about it."

Tragedy strikes St.Louis again

The St. Louis Cardinals are mourning the death of a teammate for the second time in five years, and it isn't any easier this time.

Just hours before the St. Louis Cardinals were set to take on the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals received tragic news, their pitcher, Josh Hancock was involved in a auto accident earlier that morning and sadly, didn't survive.

Josh Hancock, a 29-year old relief pitcher, died when his SUV slammed into the back of a tow truck early Sunday morning, this brought up painful memories of Darryl Kyle's death in June of 2002. Hancock was a big part of the bullpen that helped the Cardinals win the World Series last season.

From ESPN.com:

"There's a big hole that's going to be there," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "This is brutal to go through." Tony La Russa had the unfortunate duty to inform Hancock's family, that resides in Mississippi of their son's horrible accident.

"What words can you give somebody in a situation like this?" Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.

St. Louis police said that Hancock was alone in his 2007 Ford Explore when the SUV struck the rear of a flatbed tow truck at 12:35 a.m. The tow truck was in the left lane with it's lights flashing while assisting another car that had crashed, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said.

Hancock died upon impact, Mokwa said. The driver of the tow truck, whose name was not released by police, was in the truck at the time of the crash but was not injured. Mokwa said the truck driver saw Hancock's SUV swerve just before it hit the tow truck.

Mokwa said it appeared Hancock was driving at or just above the speed limit, and there were no alcohol containers in his vehicle.

"We may never know what occurred," Mokwa said. "It appears that he just merely didn't see the tow truck."

"All of baseball today mourns the tragic and untimely death of St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "He was a fine young pitcher who played an important role on last year's World Series championship team."

The Cardinals will wear patches with Hancock's No. 32 on their sleeves for the rest of the season. The team also planned a memorial for the bullpen, which already features a tribute to Kile, found dead in his hotel room in Chicago. The 33-year-old pitcher died of a coronary artery blockage.

General manager Walt Jocketty said the Cardinals, who are off Thursday, plan to charter a plane to the funeral. The team begins a three-game series in Milwaukee on Monday and returns to St. Louis on Friday.

"Obviously, this is very difficult for all of us, especially those of us who were here five years ago when we lost Darryl Kile," said Jocketty, his eyes red. "There's no way we could have played tonight's game."

"This has obviously been a very difficult time," St. Louis pitcher Branden Looper said. "Josh was a great teammate and a great friend to everybody, and he was a key part of our success." Atlanta Braves ace Tim Hudson played with Hancock at Auburn. They helped lead the school to the 1997 College World Series.

"It feels like being punched in the stomach right now," Hudson said. "Josh was such a good person. I saw him a few times a year going back to Auburn for football games. It's really a shock."

The Cards postponed the Sunday night game against the Cubs, and it was the right decision, the players shouldn't be think of baseball at this time. This is a very tough time to go through, and it seems like nothing but tragedy can hit this country at this time, with the massacre at Virginia Tech, the death of Hancock, the shootings at a mall in Kansas City, MO today that killed 2 innocent people and so much more. I extend my deepest sympathy to the Hancock family and the Cardinal organization.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Braves trade a glove(literally) to A's for money or a PTBNL

The Atlanta Braves have traded worthless 4th outfielder, Ryan Langerhans to the Oakland A's in exchange for a Player To Be Named Later or cash considerations.

From David O'Brien of AJC.com:

LANGERHANS TRADED TO OAKLAND.

For cash or a player to be named. Braves are bringing up Willie Harris, who’s batting .362 with a homer and seven RBIs in 17 games at Richmond, and .412 vs. right-handed pitchers.

Bobby says doesn’t know how he’ll use him when I asked if it’d be platoon. But I think it will be.

There must really be some serious shit going on in Oakland if they would trade for Langerhans. Langerhans, after finally breaking an 0-29 slump, well once you go 0-29 is it really considered a slump? Anyways, back to what I was saying, Langerhans sucks, he's a great outfielder but he makes Rafael Belliard look like, oh I don't know, someone who doesn't suck balls. Anyways, this is definitely addition by subtraction. Now we just need to find a way to lose Chris Woodward. Oh well, oh and on a side note, we lost today, Bob Wickman fell apart again and Holliday hit a walk-off 2-run shot off of Colyer in the 11th. But we got the Phillies coming to town so that should be fun and Woodward....go play in the street.

NFL Draft Live Blog( rounds 4-7)

And that's it folks, the 2007 NFL Draft is now officially over. I'll be doing a recap with winners and losers very soon.

#255(Mr.Irrelevant) Current Selection, Detroit selects Ramzee Robinson, CB(ALA)

#254 Current Selection, Oakland selects Jonathan Holland, WR(LA TCH)

#253 Current Selection, Cincinnati selects Nedu Ndukwe, S(ND)

#252 Current Selection, Jacksonville selects Adrew Carnahan, OT(ASU)

#251 Current Selection, Jacksonville selects Chad Nkang, S(ELON)

#250 Current Selection, New York(Giants) select Ahmad Bradshaw, RB(MAR)

#249 Current Selection, St.Louis selects Derek Stanley, WR(WIS Whiwtr)

#248 Current Selection, St.Louis selects Keith Jackson, DT(ARK)

#247 Current Selection, New England selects Mike Elgin, C(IOWA)

#246 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Kenneth Darby, RB(ALA)

#245 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Marcus Hamilton, CB(UVA)

#244 Current Selection, Atlanta selects Jason Snelling, FB(UVA)

#243 Current Selection, Green Bay selects Clark Harris, TE(RUTG)

#242 Current Selection, Indianapolis selects Keyunta Dawson, DE(TXTH)

#241 Current Selection, Chicago selects Aaron Brant, OT(ISU)

#240 Current Selection, San Diego selects Brandon Siler, LB(FLA)

#239 Current Selection, Buffalo selects C.J. Ah You, DE(OU)

#238 Current Selection, Miami selects Abraham Wright, DE(COL)

#237 Current Selection, Dallas selects Alan Ball, CB(ILL)

#236 Current Selection, Philadelphia selects Nate Ilaoa, RB(HAW)

#235 Current Selection, New York(Jets) selects Chansi Stuckey, WR(CLEM)

#234 Current Selection, Cleveland selects Syndric Steptoe, KR/PR(ARI)

#233 Current Selections, Minnesota selects Chandler Williams, WR(FIU)

#232 Current Selections, Seattle selects Steve Vallos, OT(WF)

#231 Current Selections, Kansas City selects Michael Allan, TE(Whitworth)

#230 Current Selections, Cincinnati selects Dan Santucci, OG(ND) I love this pick, great value in the 7th round he could turn out to be just like Eric Steinbach because he's versatile and can play center.

#229 Current Selections, Jacksonville selects John Broussard, WR(SJST)

#228 Current Selections, Green Bay selects Deshawn Wynn, RB(FLA)

#227 Current Selections, Pittsburgh selects Dallas Baker, WR(FLA)

#226 Current Selections, Carolina selects C.J. Wilson, CB(BAY)

#225 Current Selections, Miami selects Brandon Fields, P(MSU)

#224 Current Selections, New York(Giants) selects Michael Johnson, S(ARI)

#223 Current Selections, Tennessee selects Mike Otto, OT(PUR)

#222 Current Selections, Buffalo selects Derek Schouman, TE(BOISE)

#221 Current Selections, Chicago selects Trumaine McBride, CB(MISS)

#220 Current Selections, New Orleans selects Marvin Mitchell, LB(TENN)

#219 Current Selections, Miami selects Kelvin Smith, LB(SYR)

#218 Current Selections, Houston selects Zach Diles, LB(KSU)

#217 Current Selections, Minnesota selects Tyler Thigpen, QB(COASTCAR)

#216 Current Selections, Washington selects Tyler Ecker, TE(MICH)

#215 Current Selections, Arizona selects Ben Patrick, TE(DELWARE) Damnit! We should've picked him, he's going to be great, probably should've went in the 2nd/3rd round.

#214 Current Selections, Tampa Bay selects Chris Denman, OT(FRESNO)

#213 Current Selections, Cleveland selects Chase Pittman, DE(LSU)

#212 Current Selections, Dallas selects Courtney Brown, CB(CAL POLY)

#211 Current Selections, New England selects Oscar Lua, LB(USC)

END OF THE 6TH ROUND


#210 Current Selections, Seattle selects selects Jordan Kent, WR(ORE)

#209 Current Selections, New England selects Corey Hilliard, OG(OKST)

#208 Current Selections, New England selects Justin Hariston, RB(CCONN)

#207 Current Selections, Baltimore selects Prescott Burgess, LB(MICH)

#206 Current Selections, Tennessee selects Ryan Smith, CB(FLA)

#205 Current Selections, Washington selects Jordan Palmer, QB(UTEP)

#204 Current Selections, Tennessee selects Jacob Ford, DE(ARK)

#203 Current Selections, Atlanta selects Daren Stone, S(MAINE)

#202 Current Selections, New England selects Mike Richardson, CB(ND)

#201 Current Selections, Philadelphia selects Rashad Barksdale, N/A(ALB)

#200 Current Selections, Cleveland selects Melila Purcell, DE(HAW)

#199 Current Selections, Miami selects Drew Mormino, C(CMICH)

#198 Current Selections, Atlanta selects Doug Datish, C(OSU)

#197 Current Selections, Seattle selects Courtney Taylor, WR(AUB)

#196 Current Selections, Kansas City selects Herbert Taylor, OT(TCU)

#195 Current Selections, Dallas selects Deon Anderson, FB(UCONN)

#194 Current Selections, Atlanta selects David Irons, CB(AUB)

#193 Current Selections, Green Bay selects Mason Crosby, K(COL)

#192 Current Selections, Green Bay selects Desmond Bishop, LB(CAL)

#191 Current Selections, Green Bay selects Korey Hall, LB(BOISE)

#190 Current Selections, St. Louis selects Ken Shackleford, OT(UGA)

#189 Current Selections, New York(Giants) selects Adam Koets, OT(OREST)

#188 Current Selections, Tennessee selects Joel Filani, WR(TXTCH)

#187 Current Selections, Cincinnati selects Matt Toeaina, DT(ORE) I guess this is a good pick, but I really wish we would draft Ben Patrick. Please.

#186 Current Selections, San Francisco Clayton Thomas, RB(KSU)

#185 Current Selections, Atlanta selects Trey Lewis, DT(WASHBURN)

#184 Current selections, Buffalo selects John Wendling, S(WYO) Good pick here, this kid has a lot of upside

#183 Current Selections, Houston selects Kasey Studdard, OG(TEX)

#182 Current Selections, Tampa Bay selects Adam Hayward, LB(PORT)

#181 Current Selections, Miami selects Reagan Mauia, RB(HAW) Again, the Phins boggle me

#180 Current Selections, New England selects Justin Rogers, LB(SMU)

#179 Current selections, Washington selects H.B. Blades, LB(PITT)

#178 Current Selections, Dallas selects Nick Folk, K(ARI)

#177 Current Selections, New York(Jets) selects Jacob Bender, OT(NICH)

#176 Current Selections, Minnesota selects Rufus Alexander, OLB(OU)

#175 Current Selections, Oakland selects Oren O'Neal, FB(ARK ST)

END OF THE 5TH ROUND

#174 Current Selections, Baltimore selects Troy Smith, QB(OSU)

#173 Current Selections, Indianapolis selects Michael Coe, CB(ALA ST)

#172 Current Selections, San Diego selects Legedu Naanee, WR(BOISE)

#171 Current Selections, New England selects Clint Oldenburg, OT(CSU)

#170 Current Selections, Pittsburgh selects William Gay, CB(LOU)

#169 Current Selections, Indianapolis selects Roy Hall, WR(OSU)

#168 Current Selections, Chicago selects Corey Graham, CB(NH)

#167 Current Selections, Chicago selects Kevin Payne, S(LOU-MON)

#166 Current Selections, Jacksonville selects Derek Landri, DT(ND)

#165 Current Selections, Oakland selects Eric Frampton, S(WSU)

#164 Current Selections, Carolina selects Tim Shaw, ILB(PSU)

#163 Current Selections, Houston selects Brandon Frye, OT(VIRGINIA TECH) Love this guy, he should have a long career with the Texans.

#162 Current Selections, Philadelphia selects Brent Celek, TE(CIN)

#161 Current Selections, Seattle selects Will Herring, LB(AUB)

#160 Current Selections, Kansas City selects Justin Medlock, K(UCLA)

#159 Current Selections, Philadelphia selects C.J. Gaddis, CB(CLEM)

#158 Current Selections, Detroit selects Johnny Baldwin, LB(ALAAM)


#157 Current Selections, Green Bay selects David Clowney, WR(VIRGINIA TECH) YES!! Man, those Packers sure love them some Hokies!

I'm just going to go pick by pick now.

#156 Current Selection, Pittsburgh selects Cameron Stephenson, OG(RUTG)

Pittsburgh is on the clock

#155 Current Selection, Carolina selects Dante Rosario, FB/TE(ORE)

Carolina is on the clock

#154 Current Selection, St. Louis selects Clifton Ryan, DT(MSU)

St. Louis is on the clock

#153 Current Selection, New York(Giants) selects Kevin Boss, TE(WORE)

New York(Giants) are on the clock

#152 Current Selections, Tennessee selects Antonio Johnson, DT(MISSST)

Tennessee is on the clock

#151 Current Selections, Cincinnati selects Jeff Rowe, QB(NEV) What? Why? We need a tight end(Ben Patrick), a linebacker and a defensive lineman, come on Cincy!

Cincinnati is on the clock

#150 Current Selections, Jacksonville selects Josh Gattis, S(WF)

#149 Current Selections, Jacksonville selects Uche Nwaner, OG(PUR)

Jacksonville is on the clock

#148 Current Selection, Kansas City selects Kolby Smith, RB(LOU)

#147 Current Selection, San Francisco selects Tarell Brown, CB(TEX)

#146 Current Selection, Minnesota selects Aundrae Allison, WR(ECU)

#145 Current Selection, New Orleans selects David Jones, CB(WINGATE)

#144 Current Selection, Houston selects Brandon Harrison, S(STAN)

#143 Current Selection, Washington selects Dallas Sartz, LB(USC)

#142 Current Selection, Arizona selects Steve Breaston, WR(MICH)

#141 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Greg Peterson, DE(NCC)

Sorry for the delay, a guys gotta eat

12:04 PM- Tampa Bay is on the clock

12:03 PM- #140 Current Selection, Cleveland selects Brandon McDonald, CB(MEMP)

12:01 PM- Cleveland is on the clock

12.:00 PM- #139 Current Selection, St. Louis selects Dustin Fry, C(CLEM)

11:58 AM- St. Louis is on the clock

11:58 AM- #138 Current Selection, Oakland selects Jay Richardson, DT(OSU)

11:56 AM- Oakland is on the clock

END OF THE 4TH ROUND

11:56 AM- #137 Current Selection, Baltimore selects Le'Ron McClain, FB(ALA)

11:55 AM- Baltimore is on the clock

11:55 AM- #136 Current Selections, Indianapolis selects Clint Session, LB(PITT)

11:52 AM- Indianapolis is on the clock

11:52 AM- #135 Current Selection, San Francisco selects Joe Cohen, DT(FLA)

11:49 AM- San Francisco is on the clock

11:49 AM- #134 Current Selection, Baltimore selects Antwan Barnes, LB(FIU)

11:48 AM- Baltimore is on the clock

11:47 AM-#133 Current Selection, Atlanta selects Martrez Milner, TE(UGA)

11:46 AM- Atlanta is on the clock

11:45 AM- #132 Current Selection, Pittsburgh selects Ryan McBean, DT(OKST)

11:44 AM- Pittsburgh is on the clock

11:44 AM- #131 Current Selection, Indianapolis selects Brannon Condren, S(TROY)

11:42 AM- Indianapolis is on the clock

11:41 AM- #130 Current Selection, Chicago selects Josh Beekman, OG(BC)

11:39 AM- Chicago is on the clock

11:38 AM- #129 Current Selection, San Diego selects Scott Chandler, TE(IOWA)

11:36 AM- San Diego is on the clock

11:36 AM- #128 Current Selection, Tennessee selects Chris Davis, WR(FSU)

11:35 AM- Tennessee is on the clock

11:35 AM- #127 Current Selection, New England selects Kareem Brown, DL(MIA)

11:33 AM- New England is on the clock

11:33 AM- #126 Current Seleciton, San Francisco selects Dashon Goldson, S(WASH) They really need to slow the hell down.

11:31 AM- San Francisco is on the clock

11:30 AM- #125 Current Selection, New Orleans selects Jermon Bushrod, OT(Townson)

11:27 AM- New Orleans is on the clock

11:26 AM- #124 Current Selection, Seattle selects Mansfield Wrotto, OL(GT)

11:24 AM- Seattle is on the clock

11:23 AM- #123 Current Selection, Houston selects Fred Bennett, CB(SCAR)

11:22 AM- Houston is on the clock

11:21 AM- #122 Current Selection, Dallas selects Doug Free, OL(NIU)

11:19 AM- Dallas is on the clock

11:18 AM- #121 Current Selection, Denver selects Marcus Thomas, DT(former FLA)

11:17 AM- The Vikings trade pick to the Broncos

11:15 AM- Minnesota is on the clock

11:15 AM- #120 Current Selection, Seattle selects Baraka Atkins, DE(MIA)

11:12 AM- Seattle is on the clock

11:12 AM- #119 Current Selection, Green Bay selects Allen Barbre, OT(missiouri southern st.)

11:08 AM- Green Bay is on the clock

11:07 AM- #118 Current Selection, Carolina selects Ryne Robinson, WR(MIA,OH)

11:05 AM- Carolina is on the clock

11:05 AM- #117 Current Selection, Detroit selects Manuel Ramirez, OL(TXTCH)

11:03 AM- St. Louis trades pick to Detroit

11:03 AM- St.Louis is on the clock

11:02 AM- #116 Current Selection, New York(Giants) selects Zak DeOssie, LB(BROWN)

11:01 AM- The New York Giants are on the clock

11:01 AM- #115 Current Selection, Tennessee selects Leroy Harris, OL(NCST)

10:59 AM- Tennessee is on the clock

10:58 AM- #114 Current Selection, Cincinnati selects Marvin White, S(TCU) I wanted Ben Patrick, but this guy is an All- MWC

10:56 AM- Cincinnati is on the clock

10:55 AM- #113 Current Selection, Jacksonville selects Brian Smith, LB(MIZZ)


10:53 AM- Jacksonville is on the clock

10:53 AM- #112 Current Selection, Pittsburgh selects Brian Sepulveda, P(BAY)

10:52 AM- Green Bay trades pick to the Steelers

10:50 AM- Green Bay is on the clock

10:49 AM- #111 Current Selection, Buffalo selects Dwayne Wright, RB(FRESNO)

10:47 AM- Buffalo is on the clock

10:46 AM- #110 Current Selection, Oakland selects John Bowie, CB(CIN)

10:46 AM- Oakland on the clock with the Patriots picked they received for trading Randy Moss.

10:42 AM- #109 Current Selection, Stephen Nicholas, LB(SFLA) Great value here, he's a good linebacker at a relatively small college.

10:40 AM- Atlanta Falcons are on the clock

10:40 AM- #108 Current Selection, Miami selects Paul Soliai, DT(UTAH)

10:36 AM- Miami is on the clock

10:35 AM- #107 Current Selection, New Orleans selects Antonio Pittman, RB(OSU)

10:34 AM- Houston trades pick to New Orleans

10:32 AM- Houston is on the clock

10:31 AM- #106 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Tanard Jackson, S(SYR)

10:27 AM- Tampa Bay is on the clock

10:26 AM- #105 Current Selection , Detroit selects A.J. Davis, CB(NCST)

10:22 AM- Detroit is on the clock

10:21 AM- #104 Current Selection, San Francisco selects Jay Moore, DE(NEB)

10:19 AM- San Francisco is on the clock

10:18 AM- #103 Current Selection, Dallas selects Isaiah Stanback, QB(WAS)

10:16 AM- Dallas is on the clock

10:15 AM- #102 Current Selection, Minnesota selects Brian Robinson, DE(TEX)

10:12 AM- Our first trade of the day, Tampa Bay ships 4th round pick to Minnesota

10:12 AM- Tampa Bay is on the clock

10:12 AM- #101 Current Selection, Jacksonville selects Adam Podlash, P(MARY)

10:09 AM- Jacksonville is on the clock

10:09 AM- #100 Current Selection, Oakland selects Michael Bush, RB(LOU) This is a great pick, he's a first round talent, just the injury in the first game knocked him down to round four.

10:06 AM- Oakland is on the clock

Sorry for the late start, I was writing a post about the Moss and Jackson trades.

Breaking News: Moss is a Patriot; Jackson is a niner

According to ESPN and NFL.com's Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders have agreed to send Pro-Bowl receiver, Randy Moss to the New England Patriots in exchange for their 4th round pick today. There are still details that will need to be completed, including Moss taking a physical and restructuring his contract. Moss' current contract calls for him to be owed $21 million over the next two years, and he has agreed to re-do it for the Patriots. I mentioned that the two teams resumed trade talks yesterday and I speculated that the deal was done last night when they Patriots sent their 3rd pick to the Raiders but that was proven to be just for a Raiders' draft pick next season.

"The Raiders have resumed trade talks with the New England Patriots over disgruntled receiver, Randy Moss. The Patriots offered the Raiders a second-day pick in this years draft, which Al Davis immediately shot down, but now he may be reconsidering it. The Raiders do NOT want Moss on their team no longer and it seems like the only team Moss wants to play for is the Patriots. The Raiders asked Moss to restructure his contract in order to make it easier to trade the Pro-Bowler, but he quickly declined. He did say that he will be more than happy to restructure his contract which calls for him to make $9.75 million this season, for the Pat's, he said the only thing he wants to do right now is win a Super Bowl and he believes the best place for him to succeed in that journey is in New England."

This latest move caps off an already stunning offseason for the Pats and in my opinion has vaulted them to the number one choice for the Super Bowl this season.

Jackson to the Niners

This is also news, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to send receiver Darrell Jackson to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their 4th round pick.

Jackson, 28, caught 63 passes in 2006 for 956 yards and 10 touchdowns -- all team-leading totals. At the time of his toe injury, Jackson was leading the league in touchdown catches. He's exceeded 1,000 receiving yards three times in seven seasons.

However, Jackson and Seahawks management reportedly have been at odds following negotiation of the six-year, $25 million contract extension Jackson signed in March 2004, his decision to skip voluntary workouts in 2005, and the manner in which the team handled his knee injury last season.

Smoltz regroups and is too tough for Rockies

Making his first start after signing that new contract, John Smoltz wasn't fooling anyone in the first inning. He started the game by walking Rockies speedster, Willy Tavares and then followed that by giving up a 2-run homerun to Troy Tulowitzki. He also gave up a double to Todd Helton before getting out of a hellish 1st inning. But what makes John Smoltz so great is his composure, he regrouped and struck out two in the next inning. The Braves got their offense started in the 2nd inning when Chipper Jones connected with a 2-run single that scored both Ryan Langerhans and Kelly Johnson. In the third inning, Smoltz got a little help from his All-Star centerfielder, Andruw Jones. Jones robbed Garrett Atkins of a homerun to preserve the Braves lead.

"Nothing to it. It's all about positioning, finding the wall and locating the ball" said Andruw Jones after the game.

Atlanta had a big inning in the fourth when Jeff Francoeur hit an absolute, no doubter to deep left field. The Braves added to the score later in the inning when Kelly Johnson tripled and scored Langerhans. And the Braves final run came in the 9th inning when Edgar Renteria took Rockies closer, Brian Fuentes deep.

John Smoltz had a rough start but was able recollect himself and pitch 7 strong innings, 2 earned runs(both in the 1st inning), struck out 8 and walked only 1 batter. He was replaced in the 8th inning by Mike Gonzalez who pitched a scoreless inning of work, striking out one and was then replaced by Rafael Soriano in the 9th inning and Soriano was fantastic, striking out 2 men and gave up no runs.

WP: John Smoltz(3-1)
LP: John Hirsh(2-2)

HR: ATL- Jeff Francoeur(5) and Edgar Renteria(4) COL- Troy Tulowitzki(2)

The Braves will go for the sweep later today at 3:05 PM ET. We have Kyle Davies going and they have Aaron Cook going.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bengal's day one wrap up

Although the Cincinnati Bengals only had two picks in the first three rounds Saturday, they made the most of them. In the first round they were lucky enough to have the first or second highest ranked cornerback(depends on who you ask), Leon Hall out of Michigan. And in the second round we went with runningback, Kenny Irons out of Auburn. I didn't think we needed to look at a back-up runningback to compliment Rudi in the 2nd inning, but I can't complain too much, Irons is a great player and should make our offense that much better. We didn't have a third round selection this year, because we surrendered it when we took Ahmad Brooks in the Supplemental Draft before the season, more on Brooks later.

Leon Hall, Cornerback (MICH)

Height: 5-11
Weight: 194
Born: December 9th, 1984

Leon Hall is regarded as one of the premier coverage cornerbacks in this years rookie class. He had a great career at Michigan, finishing with the teams record in pass deflections with 43 and he was the 2006 finalist for the Thorpe Award (top defensive back) and Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player). He played in 50 career games and made 37 career starts at Michigan, so you know he's reliable and has a lot of experience.

Hall is compared to former Wolverine, Ty Law, because he has very good size, a smooth athlete with great quickness and fluid hips. He's very tough and aggressive with receivers, he is also does a great job in run support because he is such a sure tackler. He has good hands and is able to make big plays, he's very smart with excellent instincts and awareness and is very versatile, with experience at safety. The only real knock on Hall was his speed, and he answered that at the NFL's combine when he ran a 4.39(official time) in the 4o-yard dash. He was a team leader at Michigan and is a real character guy, something that the Bengals were desperately in search of.

NFL.com is comparing him to future Hall of Famer, Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, i'd be thrilled if he turned out to be anywhere near the player Ronde is. Also look for Hall to help out in the Bengal's return game, preferably as the punt returner. We've already lost Tory James to the Patriots and it appears as though we may be releasing or trading Delta O'Neal soon, so taking Hall was absolutely the best pick for us. A duo of Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph will be great for a very long time.



Kenny Irons, Running Back (AUB)

Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
Born: September 15, 1983

He played at South Carolina his first two years before transferring to Auburn in 2004, and didn't get his first chance to start until 2005, right after the two top 5 picks, Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown were taken in the draft. He had an amazing start to his career gaining 1,293 yards, 13 touchdowns and an average of 5.1 per carry in 12 games but in 2006, as a senior and a possible Heisman candidate, he struggled with nagging injuries and only rushed for 893 yards, 4 touchdowns and an average of 4.5 per carry, which is still very good. The average that is. He played most of his senior year at less than 100 percent due to turf toe, a groin pull, a high ankle sprain and a bruised fibula. Through all that he still managed to pick up All-SEC first-team honors from the league's coaches.

He displays very good vision and instincts and is a natural runner, he is more quick than fast but is very patient and will explode through holes when as soon as they open. He runs very strong and with authority and really plays much bigger than you would expect from a 5-11 210(soaking wet) back would. He is very athletic and has the agility to change directions in a snap. Although he may not be one of the fastest backs, he does have great break-away speed. And he doesn't have a lot of mileage so you know when he gets into camp, he's going to be fresh.

It isn't known right now if he can be a feature back in the NFL, but with getting drafted to the Bengal's who already have a proven starter in Rudi Johnson, he won't have to worry about trying to be "the man". He will most likely take over the third down and change of pace back duties from Kenny Watson this season.

I couldn't find a video like Hall's for Irons, but here's a pretty good video with a couple of Iron's highlights in it.



Overall I would give our first day of the 2007 NFL Draft a B. We filled a major hole at corner and the addition of Irons is great seeing how this league has quickly turned into a two back league. The second day I would love for us to get Ben Patrick, a tight end out of Delaware in the 4th round and if he isn't there then we need to address defensive tackle and maybe another defensive back for depth purposes.

Ahmad Brooks could be a full-time starter next year

During an interview Bengal's head coach, Marvin Lewis, said that Ahmad Brooks is getting his act together and progressing very quickly and very well. He also mentioned that if he continues at his current pace, Brooks could be a starter coming into next season. I for one hope he can do it, he was a great prospect before running into trouble and getting kicked off Virgina's football team.

NFL Draft Live Blog

END OF THE 3RD ROUND

10:14 PM- #99 Current Selections, Oakland selects Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR(UTEP)

10:13 PM- Oakland is on the clock

10:13 PM- #98 Current Selections, Indianapolis selects Quinn Pitcock, DT(OSU)

10:12 PM- Indianapolis is on the clock

10:11 PM- #97 Current Selections, San Francisco 49ers select Ray McDonald, DT/DE(FLA)

10:09 PM- San Francisco is on the clock

10:08 PM- #96 Current Selections, San Diego selects Anthony Waters, LB(CLEM)

10:08 PM- San Diego is on the clock

10:05 PM- #95 Current Selections, Indianapolis selects Daymeion Hughes, CB(CAL)


10:04 PM- #94 Current Selections, Chicago selects Michael Okwo, LB(STAN)

10:04 PM- #93 Current Selections, Chicago selects Garrett Wolfe, RB(NIU)

9:59 PM- Chicago is on the clock

9:57 PM- #92 Current Selections, Buffalo selects Trent Edwards, QB(STAN)

9:56 PM- #91 Current Selections, Oakland selects Mario Henderson, OT(FSU)

9:56 PM- We have a trade, New England dealt their 3rd round pick to Oakland. Did the Pats just pick up Moss????

9:50 PM- New England is on the clock

9:49 PM- #90 Current Selections, Philadelphia selects Tony Hunt, RB(PSU)

9:49 PM- Philadelphia is on the clock

9:46 PM #89 Current Selections, Green Bay selects Aaron Rouse, S(VIRGINIA TECH) Finally, Rouse is taken, he's going to be a great pro, very simalar to Cato June, he could switch to outside linebacker.

9:44 PM- Green Bay is back on the clock

9:44 PM- #88 Current Selections, New Orleans selects Andy Alleman, OG(AKRON)

9:41 PM- New Orleans is on the clock

9:40 PM- #87 Current Selections, Philadelphia selects Shawn Bradley, LB(NEB) Great value in this pick, he probably should've went in early to mid 2nd round.

9:38 PM- Philadelphia is on the clock

9:38 PM- #86 Current Selections, Baltimore selects Marshal Yanda, OG(IOWA)

9:37 PM- Jacksonville trades their 3rd round pick to Baltimore (I missed this, I was busy watching my Braves record the final out game against Rockies to win 6-2)

9:34 PM- Jacksonville is on the clock

9:33 PM- #85 Current Selections, Seattle selects Brandon Mebane, DL(CAL)

9:30 PM- Seattle is on the clock

9:30 PM- #84 Current Selections, St. Louis selects Johnathan Wade, CB(TENN)

9:28 PM- St. Louis is on the clock

9:27 PM- #83 Current Selections, Carolina selects Charles Johnson, DE(UGA)

9:25 PM- Carolina is on the clock

9:24 PM- #82 Current Selections, Kansas City selects DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler, DT(NCST)

9:22 PM- Kansas City is on the clock

9:21 PM- #81 Current Selections, New York(Giants) selects Jay Alford, DT(PSU)

9:18 PM- The New York Giants are on the clock

9:17 PM- #80 Current Selections, Tennessee selects Paul Williams, WR(FRESNO) I like Williams a lot, he looks and plays like an NFL pro. He should be good in Tennessee.

9:15 PM- Tennessee is on the clock

9:14 PM- #79 Current Selection, Jacksonville selects Mike Walker, WR(CFLA)

9:11 PM- Jacksonville is on the clock

9:11 PM- #78 Current Selection, Green Bay selects James Jones, WR(SJST)

9:07 PM- Green Bay is on the clock

9:06 PM- #77 Current Selection, Pittsburgh selects Matt Spaeth, TE(MINN)

9:05 PM- Pittsburgh is on the clock

9:04 PM- #76 Current Selection, San Francisco selects Jason Hill, WR(WSU) ATL should've taken him, great speed with good hands. Their loss.

9:03 PM- San Francisco is on the clock

9:03 PM- #75 Current Selection, Atlanta selects Laurent Robinson, WR(ILLST) Why would you take him when Jason Hill is still available?

9:00 PM- Atlanta is on the clock

8:59 PM- #74 Current Selection, Baltimore selects Yamon Figurs, WR(KSU)

8:57 PM- Baltimore is on the clock

8:57 PM- #73 Current Selection, Houston selects Jacoby Jones, WR(LANE)

8:54 PM- Houston is on the clock

8:54 PM- #72 Current Selection, Minnesota selects Marcus McCauley, CB(FRESNO)

8:51 PM- Minnesota is on the clock

8:51 PM- #71 Current Selection, Miami selects Lorenzo Booker, RB(FSU)

8:48 PM- Miami is on the clock

8:48 PM- #70 Current Selection, Denver selects Ryan Harris, OT(ND)

8:46 PM- Denver is on the clock

8:46 PM- #69 Current Selection, Arizona selects Buster Davis, LB(FSU)

8:45 PM- Arizona is on the clock

8:44 PM- #68 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Quincy Black, LB(NMEX) Good value here, another underrated linebacker

8:42 PM- Tampa Bay is on the clock

8:41 PM- #67 Current Selection, Dallas selects James Marten, OT(BC)

8:37 PM- Dallas is on the clock

8:36 PM- #66 Current Selection, New Orleans selects Usama Young, CB(KENT)

8:34 PM- New Orleans is on the clock

8:34 PM- #65 Current Selection, Oakland selects Quentin Moses, DE(UGA)

8:31 PM- Oakland is on the clock

END OF THE 2ND ROUND

8:30 PM- #64 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Sabby Piscitelli, S(OREST)

8:24 PM- Tampa Bay is on the clock

8:23 PM- #63 Current Selection, Green Bay selects Brandon Jackson, RB(NEB)

8:17 PM- Green Bay is now on the clock

8:17 PM- #62 Current Selection, Chicago selects Dan Bazuin, DE(CMICH)

8:10 PM- Chicago is on the clock

8:09 PM- #61 Current Selection, Detroit selects Gerald Alexander, S(BOISE)

8:04 PM- Baltimore trades pick to Detroit

8:04 PM- Baltimore is on the clock

8:03 PM- #60 Current Selection, Miami selects Samson Satele, C(HAW)

8:00 PM- The Miami Dolphins are now one the clock

7:59 PM- #59 Current Selection, Carolina selects Ryan Kalil, C(USC)

7:55 PM- Carolina is now on the clock

7:54 PM- #58 Current Selection, Detroit selects Ikaik Alama-Francis, DE(HAW)

7:53 PM- New Orleans has traded their pick to the Lions

7:48 PM- New Orleans is on the clock

7:47 PM- #57 Current Selection, Philadelphia selects Victor Abiamiri, DE(ND) I love this guy, he is going to be great playing along side "the Freak".

7:45 PM- Philadelphia is now on the clock

7:44 PM- #56 Current Selection, Denver selects Tim Crowder, DE(TEX)

7:41 PM- Denver is now on the clock

7:41 PM- #55 Current Selection, Seattle selects Josh Wilson, CB(MARY)

7:34 PM- Seattle is now on the clock

7:34 PM- #54 Current Selection, Kansas City selects Turk McBride, DT(TENN)

7:28 PM- Kansas City is now on the clock

7:27 PM- #53 Current Selection, Cleveland selects Eric Wright, CB(UNLV)

7:24 PM- Dallas has returned the favor, trading their 2nd round pick to the Browns

7:19 PM- Dallas is on the clock

7:18 PM- #52 Current Selection, St. Louis selects Brian Leonard, FB(RUTG)

From ProFootballTalk.com, "
Lions trade quarterback Josh McCown and receiver Mike Williams to the Raiders." That is even more proof that the Raiders will indeed trade Randy Moss very soon.

7:15 PM- St.Louis is on the clock

7:14 PM- #51 Current Selection, New York(Giants) select Steve Smith, WR(USC)

7:08 PM- New York Giants are on the clock

7:07 PM- #50 Current Selection, Tennessee selects Chris Henry, RB(ARI)

7:03 PM- Tennessee is on the clock

7:03 PM- #49 Current Selection, Cincinnati selects Kenny Irons, RB(AUB) That's interesting.

6:55 PM- The Cincinnati Bengals are back on the clock!

6:54 PM- #48 Current Selection, Jacksonville selects Justin Durant, LB(HAMPTON) I love this pick, Durant is one of the biggest sleepers in this draft.

6:45 PM- Jacksonville is on the clock

6:44 PM- #47 Current Selection, New York(Jets) select David Harris, LB(MICH)

6:42 PM- Another trade, Green Bay sways pick with the New York Jets

6:38 PM- Green Bay is on the clock

6:37 PM- #46 Current Selection, Pittsburgh selects LaMarr Woodley, DE(MICH)

6:36 PM- Talk about awkward silence between Dwayne Jarrett and "Me"shawn Johnson. If MeShawn's head gets any bigger he'll be....wait can it get any bigger?

6:33 PM- Pittsburgh is on the clock

6:32 PM- #45 Current selection, Carolina selects Dwayne Jarrett, WR(USC)

6:31 PM- Carolina is on the clock

6:30 PM- #44 Current Selection, Minnesota selects Sidney Rice, WR(SCAR)

6:25 PM- Minnesota is on the clock

6:24 PM- #43 Current Selection, Detroit selects Drew Stanton, QB(MICHST) Told ya

6:23 PM- Drew Stanton is a Lion, just waiting for the announcement.

6:22 PM- The Detroit Lions are on the clock

6:21 PM- #42 Current Selection, Indianapolis selects Tony Ugoh, OT(ARK)

6:18 PM- Another trade, the Colts have traded for the 49ers second round pick

6:15 PM- San Francisco is on the clock.

6:14 PM- #41 Current Selection, Atlanta selects Chris Houston, CB(ARK) Atlanta is quietly having a hell of a draft.

6:09 PM- Yet again, another trade, the Vikings traded the 41st pick to Atlanta

6:07 PM- The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock

6:06 PM- #40 Current Selection, Miami selects John Beck, QB(BYU) Way to redeem yourself, Miami. Nice pick.

6:04 PM- The Miami Dolpins are on the clock, they better take a quarterback!

6:02 PM- #39 Current Selection, Atlanta selects Justin Blalock, OG/OT(TEX)

6:00 PM- More trade details, San Diego got the 37th overall pick from the Bears in exchange for a 2nd round pick(62nd), 3rd round pick(93rd), 5th round pick(167th) and 2008 3rd round pick

5:59 PM- The Atlanta Falcons are on the clock

5:59 PM- #38 Current Selection, Oakland selects Zach Miller, TE(ASU)

5:55 PM- Oakland is back on the clock

5:54 PM- #37 Current Selection, San Diego selects Eric Weedle, S(UTAH)

5:53 PM- The Bears have traded their 37th overall pick to the Chargers

5:47 PM- Chicago is on the clock

5:47 PM- #36 Current Selection, Philadelphia selects Kevin Kolb, QB(HOU) What???

5:44 PM- An updated on the Bills/Lions trade, Bills get #34th overall pick(used on Posluszny) and the Lions get 2nd round pick(43rd overall) and 3rd round pick(74th overall).

5:40 PM- The Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock for the first time

5:39 PM- #35 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Arron Sears, OG(TENN)

5:33 PM- Lets update the trade details, the Cardinals received the Raider's 2nd round pick in exchange for their 2nd round pick and 4th round pick.

5:31 PM- Tampa Bay is now on the clock.

5:30 PM- #34 Current Selection, Buffalo selects Paul Posluszny, LB(PSU)

5:28 PM- Another trade to start round two, the Lions trade their pick to Buffalo

5:28 PM- Detroit is on the clock.

5:27 PM- #33 Current Selection, Arizona selects Alan Branch, DT(MICH)

5:23 PM- Oakland has traded their pick to the Arizona Cardinals.

5:20 PM- Oakland is on the clock.

END OF THE 1ST ROUND


5:18 PM- #32 Current Selection, Indianapolis selects Anthony Gonzalez, WR(OSU)

5:14 PM- The Super Bowl winners, Indianapolis Colts are now on the clock.

5:12 PM- #31 Current Selection, Chicago selects Greg Olsen, TE(MIA)

5:05 PM- Yep, Olsen is a Bear, he just put on the hat, we're just waiting for the official announcement.

4:58 PM- The Chicago Bears are on the clock now. They are going to take Greg Olsen, he's already been shown getting hugs and kisses from family members.

4:57 PM- #30 Current Selection, San Diego selects Craig Davis, WR(LSU)

4:45 PM- The San Diego Chargers are on the clock, you have to think they are going with a receiver here.

4:44 PM- #29 Current Selection, Baltimore selects Ben Grubbs, OG(AUB)

4:42 PM- The details on the trade are the Niners get the Patriots 28th overall pick and the Patriots receive the 4th round pick(110th overall pick) and 2008 1st round pick.

4:35 PM- The Baltimore Ravens are now on the clock, look for them to go with a linebacker or an offensive lineman.

4:34 PM- #28 Current Selection, San Francisco selects Joe Staley, OT(CMICH)

4:32 PM- The New England Patriots have traded their second 1st round pick to the San Francisco 49ers. I guess it's a no go for Harris in NE.

4:20 PM- The New England Patriots are back on the clock. I guarantee they pick David Harris out of Michigan. They are really high on him and they don't have a 2nd round pick.

4:19 PM- #27 Current Selection, New Orleans selects Robert Meachem, WR(TEN) Wow, surprising but good pick here. That offense is scary.

4:09 PM- The New Orleans Saints are now on the clock.

4:09 PM- The trade details are the Cowboys got the 26th overall pick(used on Spencer) from the Eagles in exchange for their 2nd round pick(36th overall from Cleveland), 3rd round pick(86th overall) and their 6th round pick(198th overall).

4:07 PM- #26 Current Selection, Dallas selects Anthony Spencer, DE(PUR) Great pick here.

3:59 PM- We have another trade, this time it's between the Eagles and Cowboys. No, I didn't stutter.

3:57 PM- Ok, well I got the linebacker and Miami part right.

3:56 PM- The Philadelphia Eagles are now on the clock.

3:55 PM- #25 Current Selection, Carolina selects Jon Beason, LB(MIA)

3:47 PM- The Carolina Panthers are now on the clock. I think we're going to have a back-to-back Miami selection here with Carolina taking Greg Olsen. If not look for them to take Joe Staley or a linebacker.

3:46 PM- #24 Current Selection, New England selects Brandon Meriweather, S(MIA)

3:32 PM- The New England Patriots(f/SEA) are now on the clock, they could go with linebacker Jon Beason or David Harris or maybe a receiver, offensive line, safety, lots and lots of different ways they could go here.

3:32 PM- #23 Current Selection, Kansas City selects Dwayne Bowe, WR(LSU)

3:29 PM- Thanks to the Fanhouse: If you were wondering who that hot blond sitting next to Quinn was, it's his girlfriend and Miami of Ohio soccer player, Lindy Slinger.

3:21 PM- The trade details are the Cowboys gave up their #22 pick to the Browns in exchange for the Browns 2nd round pick(36th overall) and the Browns 2008 1st round pick.

3:18 PM- The Kansas City Chiefs are now on the clock.

3:17 PM- #22 Current Selection, Cleveland selects Brady Quinn, QB(CLE) WOW!!!

3:16 PM- We have another trade. The Cleveland Browns have made a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. They are going to take Brady Quinn. Wow, the Browns are geniuses. Thomas and Quinn.

3:05 PM- The Dallas Cowboys are on the clock now, they have many other needs(CB, S, WR) but ProFootballTalk is thinking they go with Quinn. UPDATE: Mort is reporting that the Cowboys are taking calls from teams that want Quinn.

3:04 PM- #21 Current Selection, Jacksonville selects Reggie Nelson, S(FLA)

Oh and nothing to do with sports, but today is Jessica Alba's 26th birthday. Just thought i'd throw that in there. Yessir!

2:58 PM- The Jacksonville Jaguars are now on the clock.

2:56 PM- #20 Current Selection, New York(Giants) selects Aaron Ross, CB(DAL)

2:49 PM- Wow, Griffin at 19, it's a little earlier than expected but I think it's a great pick. I love the way Griffin plays, but I honestly thought he'd be in New England at the end of the day.

2:48 PM- The New York Giants are now on the clock. I'd say they go with a linebacker or an offensive tackle.

2:47 PM- #19 Current Selection, Tennessee selects Michael Griffin, S(TEX)

2:36 PM- I like this pick a lot, Mel Kiper said he draws comparisons to Ty Law and better yet he's a character guy. Hall is going to help our secondary in a significant way. Him and Joseph together should be a great duo.

2:36 PM- The Tennessee Titans are now on the clock.

2:35 PM- #18 Current Selection, Cincinnati selects Leon Hall, CB(MICH) Yay!

2:30 PM- My Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock now. I would like them to pick either Leon Hall, Anthony Spencer or Jon Beason.

2:29 PM- That was a dumb trade, Jarvis Moss would've still been there at number 21. They didn't have to trade up.

2:29 PM- #17 Current Selection, Denver selects Jarvis Moss, DE(FLA)

2:26 PM- The details on the trade are the Broncos receive the Jag's 1st round pick(17th overall) in exchange for the Bronco's 1st round pick(21st overall), 3rd round(86th overall) and their 6th round(198th overall).

2:24 PM- We have another trade. The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded their pick to the Denver Broncos.

2:19 PM- Jacksonville may look to Quinn too, Leftwich has 1 remaining year on his contract and he can't stay healthy. The starter in Jacksonville is up in the air right now. They have a lot of options right now, Nelson would replace Deon Grant, Leon Hall would compliment Mathis very nicely. Ect....

2:17 PM- So, what's the best part of the draft so far? I would say the "T.J. Whosyourmomma" commerical. It's run at least four times so far, and I laugh my ass off every time. "right, put it on the board, T.J. Houshamazilly....Championshiiiip ".

2:14 PM- Now, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock.

2:12 PM- #16 Current Selection, Green Bay selects Justin Harrell, DT(TENN)

2:09 PM- Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Cleveland Browns are working hard to trade up and pick Brady Quinn. If they were to do that they will have had a hell of a first round, Thomas and Quinn. Damn.

2:05 PM- I had forgotten about this, but Davey just suggested they go with Greg Olsen. That makes a lot of sense seeing as how Bubba Franks was really bad last year. They might still try and trade for Moss later on too.

2:00 PM- (EDIT) The Green Bay Packers are on the clock now. They could take Robert Meachem or Dwayne Bowe seeing as how Ginn and Lynch are gone. ProFootballTalk hinted that they might take Brady Quinn.

1:58 PM- #15 Current Selection, Pittsburgh selects Lawrence Timmons, LB(FSU)

1:54 PM- The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock. Sadly, I think they will take Leon Hall, who along with Revis(just taken) I wanted for Cincy.

1:53 PM- #14 Current Selection, New York(Jets) select Darrelle Revis, CB(PITT)

11:46 PM- The details of the trade are the Panthers gave up their 1st round pick(14th overall) and their 6th round pick(199th overall) in exchange for the Jet's 1st round pick(25th overall), their 2nd round pick(59th overall) and their 5th round pick(164th overall).

11:44 PM- We have our first trade of the day, the Carolina Panthers have traded their 14th pick with the New York Jets. Look for them to take Leon Hall here.

11:40 PM- The Carolina Panthers are on the clock. I think they will take Greg Olsen, but they could trade down or maybe take Brady Quinn. Jake Delhomme was pretty average last season. Or they could take Reggie Nelson out of Florida.

11:39 PM- #13 Current Selection, St.Louis selects Adam Carriker, DE(NEB)

11:28 PM- The St.Louis Rams are now on the clock. They might go with Leon Hall/Darrell Revis or they could look to improve their defensive line with Carriker or Branch.

11:27 PM- Bruce Smith announced the Bills pick and before he said who was selected he said "god bless the Hokies" Amen! Of course the douches that are the Jet's fans booed him.

11:27 PM- #12 Current Selection, Buffalo selects Marshawn Lynch, RB(CAL)

11:19 PM- The Buffalo Bills are now on the clock. Look for them to either address cornerback or runningback. Leon Hall/Darrell Revis or Marshawn Lynch.

11:18 PM- #11 Current Selection, San Francisco selects Patrick Willis, LB(MISS)

1:14 PM- Roger Goodell has offered Brady Quinn and his family a private room where there is no media allowed. It is anticipated that he will have a long wait ahead of him.

1:05 PM- The San Francisco 49ers are now on the clock. Patrick Willis or Adam Carriker have got to be the way they go.

1:04 PM- #10 Current Selection, Houston selects Amobi Okoye, DT(LOU)

1:02 PM- I bet Brady Quinn feels like the fat kid that doesn't get picked for dodgeball.

12:54 PM- The Houston Texans are on the clock.

I'm speechless right now, the Dolphins needed a young quarterback and they took Ginn who has a foot injury.

WHAT THE HELL!!! OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELEIVE THEY JUST TOOK GINN!

12:51 PM- #9 Current Selection, Miami selects Ted Ginn Jr., WR(OSU)

12:48 PM- Steve Young just compated Brady Quinn's accuracy to that of someone in American Idol, you either can sing or you can't. He has sooo much make up on, he looks like a $2 hooker.

12:39 PM- The Miami Dolphins are on the clock. This is going to be a quick pick, Brady Quinn, no doubt about it.

12:38 PM- #8 Current Selection, Atlanta selects Jamaal Anderson, DE(ARK)

12:34 PM- Michael Smith says the Falcons want to trade out of the 8th spot, but if they don't then he thinks they will take Jamaal Anderson instead of Amobi Okoye.

12:28 PM- The Atlanta Falcons are on the clock, I see them taking Jamaal Anderson.

12:27 PM- #7 Current Selection, Minnesota selects Adrian Peterson, RB(OU)


12:25 PM- Everyone is saying the Vikings are going to Adrian Peterson, and Davey sure hopes so, he desperately wants Brady Quinn.

12:18 PM- The Minnesota Vikings are now on the clock.


12:17 PM- #6 Current Selection, Washington selects LaRon Landry, S(LSU)


12:14 PM- Yep, it looks like I may be wrong, they just showed Landry on the phone celebrating with his family and agent. It looks like he's a Skin. I don't understand that because their run defense is horrible but hey, why not, he's the best defensive player in the draft.

12:08 PM- Jaws says they should go with Landry, I strongly disagree, they already have Landry on the team...and his name is Sean Taylor. But the two of them could work out and be a hard hitting duo. If they don't trade the pick then they should go with Amobi Okoye or Jamal Anderson.

12:05 PM- The Washington Redskins are on the clock. I really think they will try and trade this pick, they only have one pick in first day and they need more picks, badly!

12:04 PM- ESPN continues to put the camera on Brady Quinn after every pick. Sort of like they did with Aaron Rodgers. Come on, like he's going to go to Arizona or Washington.

12:03 PM- #5 Current Selection, Arizona selects Levi Brown, LT(PSU)

12:01 PM- My boy, Michael Smith, says they take Levi right here and he was actually higher on their draft boards than Thomas.

11:56 AM- The Arizona Cardinals are on the clock, I expect them to take Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Anderson or a possible trade down for Levi Brown. Maybe they'll trade down.


11:53 AM- #4 Current Selection, Tampa Bay selects Gaines Adams, DE(CLEM)


11:47 AM- Chris Mortensen was just talking about how Jon Gruden really likes Brady Quinn and he's worked him out personally. Will the Buc's take Quinn? Adams? Peterson? Trade? I'd say Adams, but i've been wrong before.

11:45 AM- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock. Could there be a trade???


11:41 AM- #3 Current Selection, Cleveland selects Joe Thomas, LT(WISC)


11:39 AM- Suzy Kolber said Calvin Johnson was "giggling". And Calvin said he's excited about going to Detroit and he's just happy to know where he's going. Don't get ahead of yourself CJ, you could be heading to sunny Florida or the ATL very soon.

11:36 AM- Brady Quinn's girlfriend is kinda hot. Enough said.

11:35 AM- If the Lions hold onto Johnson they instantly have one of the best(if not the best) receiving corps in all of football with Calvin Johnson, Roy Williams and Mike "Furry-ous" Furrey.

11:32 AM- The Cleveland Browns are now on the clock.


11:30 AM- #2 Current Selection, Detroit selects Calvin Johnson WR(GT)


11:25 AM- Chris Berman is a mind reader, just by looking at Calvin Johnson he has figured out that the Lions are going to pick him. Take that Miss Cleo.

11:21 AM- The Detroit Lions are now on the clock. Expect a trade coming soon, they will most likely choose Calvin Johnson and either keep him or ship him to either Tampa Bay or Atlanta.

11:20 AM- #1 Current Selection, Oakland selects JaMarcus Russell QB(LSU)

11:19 AM- I can't believe it, Keyshawn Johnson comparing the #1 overall rated player in the draft to himself. Or should I say, MeShawn.

11:17 AM- Adam Schefter is reporting that trade talks between the Lions and Falcons have resumed. If Oakland doesn't take Calvin Johnson 1st overall, then Atlanta has hopes of moving up to #2 and taking him.

11:10 AM- And here he is, Roger Goodell. "The 2007 NFL Draft is now open". "The Oakland Raiders are now on the clock".

11:04 AM- Keyshawn Johnson's name was just announced and what do you know, the New York Jet's fans booed. I have a feeling we're going to be hearing a lot of that today. There should be lot's of trades in the first round both with draft picks and veteran players. Look for Michael Turner(to Tennessee?), Randy Moss(to New England?) and Trent Green(to Miami?) to get traded sometime this weekend.

11:00 AM- It's now just seconds away from the Oakland Raiders being officially "on the clock". Early reports are that they are going to pick JaMarcus Russell and that they have assured him that he's their guy. But it's the Draft, you never know.

10:55 AM- Bringing in Beamer and the three former Hokies was a great touch for Goodell.

Beamer is giving a brief speech...I love that guy!

There is a moment of silence before the Draft to remember the victims of Virginia Tech. Representing Virginia Tech is Bruce Smith, Michael Vick and DeAngelo Hall and Head Football Coach, Frank Beamer.

The 2007 NFL Draft is just 10 minutes away from starting. And on a side note, Steve Young has A LOT of makeup on.

Draft Notes (updated)

And your #1 pick is......

According to ESPN's Michael Smith, the Oakland Raiders have contacted JaMarcus Russell's camp and informed him that he will be their selection with the 1st overall pick. There was talks with the Cleveland Browns, who reportedly covet Russell, about about a swap with the Raiders that would give the Browns the first overall pick, but the talks fell through because the Raiders and Al Davis wanted too much in return. The trade was believed to be a #1 and #3 swap and in addition to the position change, the Browns would send their 1st round pick last season, Kamerion Wimbley and multiple draft picks. If that deal were to happen, it would be evidently more clearer that the Raiders would be taking Brady Quinn. But like I said, that fell through and the Raiders will be taking Russell unless an unseen blockbuster trade is made before their 15 minutes are up.

The Patriots might have already made their choice in the first round

The New England Patriots hold two 1st round draft picks this year because of their trade last season with the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for receiver, Deion Branch. Recent reports are that the Pat's may have at least one of their picks done with. The Patriots look like they will be taking inside linebacker, David Harris, out of Michigan. They love Harris and he's been rising up draft boards lately, the Pats look for Harris to be the replacement for Teddy Bruschi in a few years.

UPDATE:

Could Adrian Peterson miss the whole 07' season?

This comes from the AOL Fanhouses' Ryan Wilson:


One of the big issues heading into today's draft was that there are maybe 15 players worthy of a first-round grade. This explains why just about every team wants to trade down. But an emerging story line involves Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson and the extent of his injured collarbone. Here's the Mike Mayock during the NFL Network's pre-draft coverage:

Mayock: The runningback thing really facinates me. I spoke to two teams earlier today; both teams told me that the medical on Adrian Peterson's collarbone is pretty significant. You may have to re-break the bone, insert a plate. If so, he's probably '08. And if you try to play him this year, there's a chance it could re-break.

So, if you're looking for a runninback-- and our guy Marshall [Faulk] told us yesterday--it might be Marshawn Lynch ahead of Adrian Peterson because of the injury.... I have never seen so much intrigue at the top end of the draft.

Wow. We heard reports about Peterson's collarbone, but nothing this serious. If these rumors are true (and rumors are always true), you have to think the Browns have scratched Peterson off the list at No. 3, and now it's down to Brady Quinn or Joe Thomas (assuming either are available). Or better yet, maybe a trade down. Or, as the NFL Network's Adam Schefter just reported, Cleveland might try to trade up ... all the way to No. 1. Oakland is asking for too much -- at least from the Browns' perspective -- so that plan is on hold ... for now.

In my opinion, it could mean the Browns and Vikings shy away from Peterson, but if you really think about it, why? They both have starting runningbacks as it is, and Peterson--healthy or not-- would only serve as the second back in a dual back system. So if they want to go ahead and pass up Peterson, let them. I'm sure the Miami Dolphins(and the Bills/Packers/Titans), and Davey, would be more than happy to pick him up.

UPDATE #2:

Will Randy Moss be in New England before the day is over?

According to NFL.com's Adam Schefter
, the Raiders have resumed trade talks with the New England Patriots over disgruntled receiver, Randy Moss. The Patriots offered the Raiders a second-day pick in this years draft, which Al Davis immediately shot down, but now he may be reconsidering it. The Raiders do NOT want Moss on their team no longer and it seems like the only team Moss wants to play for is the Patriots. The Raiders asked Moss to restructure his contract in order to make it easier to trade the Pro-Bowler, but he quickly declined. He did say that he will be more than happy to restructure his contract which calls for him to make $9.75 million this season, for the Pat's, he said the only thing he wants to do right now is win a Super Bowl and he believes the best place for him to succeed in that journey is in New England.

UPDATE #3

It looks like we know the top four selections in this year's draft before it has even started

Well according to Mr. Schefter, the Browns in all likelihood, will be taking Joe Thomas, left tackle out of Wisconsin with their 3rd overall pick. This of course, is assuming that the Raiders do indeed take Russell at number one and the Lions take Calvin Johnson at #2. This also could mean that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, unless they try to trade for Johnson, would take Gaines Adams at number four and possibly Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Anderson at #5. Good stuff from Schefter.