Well if you’re like me, you’ve probably looked over the potential draft picks, watched as many replays and NFL Films as you could, just to try to sedate your hunger for professional football. Yep, there were some things that we could sink our teeth into and chew over a bit, like Jay Cutlers trade to the Chicago Bears, or the new rules instituted by the NFL for player safety.
Still you have to admit, even with free agency, there’s that “dead” period between the end of the season and the NFL draft. And yes, come Saturday, you’ll find me watching the draft. No, I didn’t make up a mock draft, I leave that up to my husband. He’s pretty good at spotting talent, but he usually does so only for trying to address the Indianapolis’s Colts needs. Me, I groaned when the Steelers picked up a quarterback in the first round in the 2004 draft. Then again when they picked up a punter in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. So, hint, never listen to me about draft choices.
So we’re now three days away from the draft and not only are they gearing up for their picks, teams are starting to hold their voluntary training camps, including the Pittsburgh Steelers. We now actually have activities that we can actually start watching and contemplating for next season.
So there’s still a lot of the year to go before kickoff of the regular season, but hey, it’s promising. Last years first round draft pick for the Steelers worked out with the team this week. Running back Rashard Mendenhall had missed most of the season with a broken shoulder, so we really weren’t able to tell if the Steelers picking him up in the first round was a bust or not. His ability is still promising…now if he remembers to lower his shoulder when he runs into Ray Lewis this season, which he will.
With the departure of Nate Washington, this could be Wide Receiver Limas Sweed’s year to shine. If he doesn’t try to watch himself on the jumbotron, he should be fine and could have a year like WR Santonio Holmes had in his sophomore year.
The veterans who remained after the 2005 Superbowl win are looking to avoid the hangover that they experienced in 2006. Okay, so it’s still the same old, same old, but hey, at least I get to see current pictures of players working out and don’t have to resort to watching repeat of cold weather games.
It hasn’t been that bad though. I did manage to plant a butterfly bush which will probably bloom right about the time pre-season hits. Sports wise, it’s exciting to see the Penguins in the hunt for the Stanley Cup and leading the current series 3-1. Ya know, if the Pen’s do win the cup…wonder if there’s hope for the Pirates this season.
Okay…just three more days to go…can it get here soon enough?