Tag:2011 Draft
Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:03 pm
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Team legends to announce 2nd round picks at draft

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL announced today that 32 “legendary alumni” representing each team will announce the second-round picks live from the podium Friday during the draft.

Three teams (the Panthers, Dolphins and Jets) don’t have second-round picks, so their representatives will announce those respective teams’ third-round picks.

And now, the list:

Arizona Cardinals, Aeneas Williams (CB)
Atlanta Falcons, Jessie Tuggle (LB)
Baltimore Ravens, Peter Boulware (LB)
Buffalo Bills, Andre Reed (WR)
Carolina Panthers, Brad Hoover (FB)
Chicago Bears, Richard Dent (DE)
Cincinnati Bengals, Anthony Muñoz (OT)
Cleveland Browns, Paul Warfield (WR)
Dallas Cowboys , Charles Haley (DE)
Denver Broncos, Shannon Sharpe (TE)
Detroit Lions, Barry Sanders (RB)
Green Bay Packers, Jim Taylor (FB)
Houston Texans, Aaron Glenn (CB)
Indianapolis Colts, Jeff Herrod (LB)
Jacksonville Jaguars, Donovin Darius (S)
Kansas City Chiefs, Willie Lanier (LB)
Miami Dolphins, Sam Madison (CB)
Minnesota Vikings, Chris Doleman (DE)
New England Patriots, Andre Tippett (LB)
New Orleans Saints, Willie Roaf (OT)
New York Giants, Joe Morris (RB)
New York Jets, Marty Lyons (DT)
Oakland Raiders, Willie Brown (DB)
Philadelphia Eagles, Troy Vincent (DB)
Pittsburgh Steelers, Franco Harris (RB)
St. Louis Rams, Marshall Faulk (RB)
San Diego Chargers, Natrone Means (RB)
San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Clark (WR)
Seattle Seahawks, Cortez Kennedy (DT)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, John Lynch (S)
Tennessee Titans, Jevon Kearse (DE)
Washington Redskins, Doug Williams (QB)

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:15 am
 

Elway praises Newton by way of Nick Saban

Posted by Will Brinson

It's become kind of a de facto assumption that the Panthers will take Cam Newton with the first overall pick -- in fact, both of our latest mock drafts have that happening -- but there's always a chance he could be sitting there at No. 2 when the Broncos are on the clock.

Denver would then have a very interesting choice: trade the second pick or draft Newton. They could do neither, of course, but it stands to reason there's a team interested in trading up for Newton's services. And it sure seems, based on what John Elway said at a pre-draft Broncos press conference Wednesday, that they'd at least be interested in taking a look at the Auburn product.

"One of the interesting things is we went down and saw Nick Saban when we were down at Alabama's Pro Day, and we're talking about obviously all his players and then we asked him about Cam, and he said that team would not have won four games if it wasn't for Cam Newton," Elway said in a press conference Wednesday. "That tells you how much of a special player he is."

That's strong praise indeed ... or just a pot shot at a rival. But probably strong praise.

Even if they did want Newton on board, don't expect the Broncos to tip their hand about it, just like they'll continue to keep guarded any calls they've had re: trades.

"Most of those calls with likely occur the day of the draft," GM Brian Xanders said. "It starts at 6 p.m., Mountain Time, so those hours preceding we could get calls or we might not get any calls."

Yup, that's the ambiguity of the next week or so -- no one's talked to anyone else and every team loves every prospect on the board.

Hell, for all we know, the Newton love-fest coming out of Denver's press conference was an elaborate smokescreen to keep the Panthers away from Alabama's Marcel Dareus.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

Posted by Will Brinson

The peak of NFL disinformation -- the week before the NFL Draft -- is about to get into full swing, but it's gotten a pretty good start already, what with the silly "Ryan Mallett can't NOT party when he's in Charlotte for a single night to meet with Carolina" rumors.

But a rumor surrounding Andy Dalton might be even more ridiculous than the Mallett business -- according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, there's at least one coach on one team in the NFL who's concerned about Dalton because -- wait for it -- he has red hair.

"Has there ever been a red-headed quarterback in the NFL who's really done well?" a coach asked one reporter last week, according to King. "It sounds idiotic, but is there any way that could be a factor? We've wondered."

King's article is about the "inexact science of choosing a quarterback" in the NFL Draft and it's spot on, because, well, it's 2011 and teams are still absolutely whiffing on early-round signal callers, despite hours of tape and piles of personnel reports.

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But someone's worried about Dalton because he's -- and apologies if this offends anyone -- a ginger? Come on.

Should people be concerned about whether or not success at TCU translates to success at the NFL level? Sure, why not (Ben Roethlisberger would like a word, however). Should be prospective teams worry about his arm strength? Definitely. You want a strong-armed quarterback.

Is there a possible issue with the fact that Dalton's coming from a spread offense? Well, yeah, but you could ask the same question about Blaine Gabbert.

Dalton's also the all-time leader in victories by a TCU quarterback, after passing Sammy Baugh (!) in his senior year. He also threw for 10,314 yards in four years at TCU, threw just 30 interceptions and completed almost 62 percent of his passes over his four-year career. 

Despite all that, he deserves scrutiny, for sure, because some team could invest a lot of time and money in his services. But even Eric Cartman would agree that worrying about whether or not his hair color might cause him to be a failure at the professional level is a bit over the top.

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Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Report: Mallett admits drug use to NFL teams

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, former Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett has had some stunning confessions in the lead-up to the NFL draft. As Pro Football Weekly reports, Mallett has admitted to using drugs to prospective employers.

Yet, he struck a different tone while talking to KRJ radio in Seattle earlier today, when Mallett described why he felt he got a raw deal from NFL.com’s Albert Breer in a previous story that discussed some teams’ concerns about his off-field activities.

Said Mallett (via sportsradiointerviews.com) : “Because Albert [Breer] doesn’t know me. Yeah, Albert doesn’t know me and Albert’s never been around me. Albert doesn’t know what kind of guy I am. That’s why I love these visits, being around the team, so they can see what kind of guy I am and what kind of person I am because all these reports about all this other stuff is mind boggling to me. I don’t know where he gets his information, but to me he got false information.”

Which naturally transitions us into today’s PFW report about Mallett's supposed drug use. One GM told PFW’s Nolan Nawrocki that it was the first time he ever heard a draftee admit that, and a league executive told him that he wouldn’t take Mallett at any point in the draft.

For the record, Breer’s story ran in early January, and the mention of Mallett’s off-field activities was 17 words long.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Bowers' knee is causing many questions

Nobody seems to know what is going on with D. Bowers' knee. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

There seems to be plenty of confusion about the condition of Clemson DE DaQuan Bowers’ knee. Apparently, he’s been cleared to play by a number of team’s doctors, but others claim that he’s got a degenerative problem that will scare off teams who are looking for a DE.

We know that he didn’t work out at the NFL combine because he wasn’t 100 percent (even though curiously he said he was) , and we know he had to forgo Clemson’s original Pro Day because he wasn’t ready to perform. Then, he had a so-so personal workout that has plenty of teams worried about his future.

Sometimes, the word is that Bowers’ knee is doing great and sometimes, the word is that he might need microfracture surgery and that it’s already arthritic.

So, what’s the deal?

According to Pro Football Weekly, Bowers (along with USC OT Tyron Smith) received low scores during their NFL combine medical re-checks. That’s, um, not a good thing.

"He's talented," an NFL executive told PFW, "but that's a lot of risk to take. You might not get much in Year One and how long is he going to last? Our doctors said he would be lucky to play out his rookie contract. He's a very humble kid. You hope he could overcome it. But we couldn't take him where we are picking (in the middle third of the first round). Someone else might. We would discuss it in the second round."

It still would be surprising to see Bowers slip out of the first round completely – and, in reality, media reports can be unreliable for what a team or teams are really thinking – but if his knee IS degenerative, that’s a big problem for him.

All of it compelled Bowers’ agent, Joe Flanagan, to issue tonight a very long statement in response. You can read it here , but here’s a small taste:

"As to his progress and the feedback from the medical recheck, every team we've spoken to, including multiple GMs, has said that, overall, Da'Quan's knee has shown good healing, has continued to get better since the Combine, and, perhaps most importantly, showed absolutely no acute or remote ill-effects as a result of his April 1 workout (i.e. no swelling, no increase in laxity, etc.). We know of at least two "stations" (multiple doctors) at the recheck who improved his grade from the Combine. In short, their doctors indicated that the fact that the knee didn't swell up after a full pro-day workout, followed immediately by a week of visiting teams via air travel (which can increase swelling) is clearly a very positive sign. Bottom line: if it's holding up from a pounding in April, it should clearly hold up in August.

For the record, in their mock drafts, Chad Reuter has Bowers going at No. 12 to the Vikings while Rob Rang has him at No. 20 to the Buccaneers.

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:11 am
 

Mike Pouncey thinks the Cowboys are drafting him?

Posted by Will Brinson

Typically speaking, NFL draft prospects are pretty good about not revealing where they think they'll end up. That's primarily because they don't actually know, but some probably have a god idea and just keep their mouths shut.

Not Mike Pouncey, though! Pouncey thinks he's getting drafted by Dallas. At least, according to his Twitter account:



The former Florida Gator and brother of Maurkice Pouncey (the Steelers star rookie center), hasn't deleted the tweet yet and has answered a pile of questions from his followers since sending that tweet out.

Interestingly, both of our mock draft experts -- Rob Rang and Chad Reuter -- have the Cowboys taking an offensive lineman at the ninth overall pick. In fact, both have the 'Boys taking Tyron Smith out of USC.

Pouncey would be a bit of a reach at ninth -- based on most draft rankings -- but given his brother's success with the Steelers last season, there are plenty of folks who are bullish on the younger Pouncey.

Including, according to him, the Cowboys.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Are teams scared of Bowers' knee?

Bowers Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Wednesday, Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki – you know him better as the guy who gave Cam Newton a tough evaluation – said today that some teams were being scared off by the possibility that former Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers might need microfracture surgery on his knee, a procedure that could cost him a year as he recovers.

But the Cleveland Plain Dealer, talking to a source close to Bowers, disputes that report, writing that no doctor has told Bowers he would need that kind of surgery (in which doctors drill two small holes in his knee so scar tissue will grow) in the future and that at least one NFL team doctor told him his knee looks great.

Bowers had surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus, and since then, he declared he was 100 percent healthy at the NFL combine (though he didn’t work out) and then missed Clemson’s pro day before giving a so-so workout at his own personal pro day.

Nawrocki said two teams failed Bowers during their physicals at the Combine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Bowers is doomed.

While it’s hard to imagine Bowers falling to late into the first round of the draft, though Nawrocki raised that possibility, there’s no telling how much his knee is hurting him (physically and in the NFL’s mindset).

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Looking more and more like CAR has eyes for Cam

Newton Posted by Mike Freeman

It continues to look increasingly like the Carolina Panthers are going to select Cam Newton with the first overall pick in April's draft. But there is a caveat.

Owner Jerry Richardson still isn't completely sold on Newton, a source with knowledge of the Panthers' draft plans told CBSSports.com. Still, Richardson will likely defer to his personnel staff, and many of them have met with Newton, and like him.

The lockout is damaging the entire league but when it comes to rookies it's Newton who could be hurt more than others. Some teams are concerned if the labor impasse continues into the summer or longer, quarterbacks, like Newton, who will need extensive coaching might suffer more than other rookies.

Another player the Panthers continue to be enamored with is former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. I find this impossible to believe but people I trust insist the Panthers could trade down and take Green.

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