By moving the annual draft back a couple of weeks, the NFL has decided to keep a good thing going as long as it can ... and it can sustain interest into the first two weeks of May. That means more of everything, including the dreaded mock drafts, and more is always better for the NFL.
Joe Andruzzi played 10 NFL seasons for the Packers, Patriots and Browns, his last game coming in 2006. On Monday, April 15, he was among the first responders to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. On Thursday night, Andruzzi is expected to be recognized when the Patriots go on the clock at the 2013 NFL Draft.
The 1999 quarterback class sure looked good on paper. And before you point out, 'Yeah, you could say that every year,' we'd remind you of the 2013 cast of characters, a group that excites absolutely no one.
The 2013 NFL Draft is three weeks off. But before we look ahead to an event that, through savvy marketing and an insatiable fan base, has become a spectacle unto itself, we thought it made sense to consider how things used to be.
Can USC's Matt Barkley become the first quarterback drafted this April, ahead of West Virginia's Geno Smith? One AFC college scouting director told NFL Network's Albert Breer yes, while another said no. We'll only ponder this for another eight weeks.
Though USC quarterback Matt Barkley said otherwise two weeks ago, he will not throw at the 2013 NFL combine. The official reason: he's still rehabbing an injury to his throwing shoulder. But his shoulder is reportedly '85-90 percent' recovered.