Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.
NFL higher-ups headline first day
By Dan Arkush
Wow. Sorry I haven't blogged sooner, but from the moment we entered the Indianapolis Convention Center Thursday morning, it's been a nonstop whirlwind. And it was only the calm before the storm that is expected to erupt Saturday with QBs, RBs and WRs on the docket, as well as 15 or so NFL higher-ups. Even though there were a lot less of them yesterday, the NFL types dominated the scene over the draft-eligible crop of O-linemen, kickers and tight ends who were trotted out. There weren't any real noteworthy kids in the latter category. I was especially expecting more from Michigan OLT Jake Long, who made Brian Urlacher look like Brian Billick in his first exchange with the national media. He was a nice kid, but very bland. That said, it doesn't really matter how he talks to the press as long as he has what it takes to be some team's primary pass-protector for the next decade a la Joe Thomas, who was much more interesting than Long as a speaker last year. Today, though, should be a madhouse. And did I mention that the weather sucks? I thought fellow editor Mike Wilkening was going to have a heart attack on our slippery drive down I-70 returning to our hotel last night. Suffice it to say, we're taking a cab to St. Elmo's tonight. I'll blog you later on the meal, unless the martinis get in the way.