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Laurent Robinson peddled to Rams for a bag of nuts and a JUGS machine

Posted April 06, 2009 @ midnight
If you're a Falcons fan, you might think trading balsa-wood WR Laurent Robinson to the Rams and moving up in both the fifth -- from the 160th pick to No. 138 -- and in the sixth round -- from 196 to 176 -- was a sage move. But if you consult a sample NFL trade value chart (and there are plenty; just Google), you'll see the Falcons got next to nothing, roughly the equivalent of the 195th ...

Consult the chart: Bears traded equivalent of top-10 pick, Orton for Cutler

Posted April 03, 2009 @ midnight
First things first. You know that draft trade value chart? You know, the ones that are all over the Internet that assign mock point values to draft picks? Jimmy Johnson came up with one of these years ago, and now one version of it has floated from one end of cyberspace and back and now finds itself on any page that comes up when you Google "nfl draft." Well, I was talking to a scouting ...

Safe bets: RB class has less pizzazz, but some sure options

Posted April 03, 2009 @ midnight
Still buzzing about the Jay Cutler deal? You should be -- it was a whopper, one we might not see the likes of for the next decade. But for now, I'll take a brief respite and continue my series of the draft's safest picks, position by position. Today we look at the running backs. The debate among NFL people has narrowed the "best back" debate mostly down to two players -- Beanie Wells and Knowshon ...

Cutler trade changes draft landscape

Posted April 02, 2009 @ midnight
Jay Cutler is a Bear. As I listen to GM Jerry Angelo address the media via teleconference, I remain stunned at today's developments. As much as I bagged on Cutler in my previous blog, it's hard for me to deny his talent. I am still of the belief he needs some refinement and probably will benefit from coming to a place like Chicago where others such as Brian Urlacher are more steeped in ...

Broncos can come out of this OK in the end

Posted April 01, 2009 @ midnight
First, allow me to clear the plate of a few Jay Cutler-related thoughts. In my opinion, if there's a guy who has handled this situation poorly, it's Cutler. Without having sat in on his meetings -- or text-message sessions, for that matter -- with the team, I can say that the public face he has put forward has not been a good one. In the end, it won't matter much, as some team will ...

Cowboys' Ware mum on new deal but happy with what Haynesworth got

Posted March 31, 2009 @ midnight
Just got off the phone a few minutes ago with Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware, who is going to be the subject of the main Q&A for our season preview magazine, as he was boarding a plane from San Antonio to Dallas. We covered a number of topics -- you can probably guess a few I felt obligated to ask -- but I had to get something in about his contract situation. Ware stands as one of ...

Safe plays: Quarterbacks have few sure things

Posted March 31, 2009 @ midnight
The draft is now 25 days away, and over the next four weeks in this space, we'll be looking at a lot of draft-related aspects. One of these will be what I like to call the "safe plays" -- the surest things at each position. Some positions have more sure things than others, as you'll see. In taking a pulse of the league, it's not a great year for quarterbacks, either in terms ...

Why testing positive for marijuana is a big deal to teams

Posted April 22, 2009 @ midnight
If we are to believe the report that Percy Harvin and Brandon Tate are among the players who tested positive for marijuana at the Combine, it will have sent up red flags to teams that would consider drafting them. And I know some of you are asking, really: Why? There are some more liberal-minded folks out there who believe that testing positive for a recreational drug just isn't a big deal. And I might ...

Boldin: Heading East?

Posted April 24, 2009 @ midnight
Got off the phone with someone who thought Anquan Boldin was going nowhere a week ago but now thinks the wide receiver is as good as gone, considering the Cardinals appear to be marking down their price. Now, it appears it will take a choice second-rounder plus a sweetener to get Boldin in a trade. The teams most interested in one are the usual suspects -- the Eagles and Giants -- plus the Jets and at least ...

Covering the draft all the day long ... let's kick it off with a few predictions

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Updated at 1:14 EST. Well, folks, in a few hours, I'll be adhered to my desk, writing in this space about one of the strangest days of the sports years. It guarantees to be intriguing theatre, so we'll make the most of it with pithy commentary, scathing reaction and sickly praise -- all jumbled up. Nolan Nawrocki's final mock draft is up -- and I guarantee it will be among the two or ...

'Less than zero': Belichick tells NFL Network that Pats won't be dealing into the top 10

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
A jovial Bill Belichick spoke with the NFL Network staff, including his buddy Mike Mayock, and says the chances of the Patriots trading into the top 10 are "less than zero." He then asked, rhetorically, "Who would I be trading up there for, Mike?" That was followed by lots of awkward laughter by all, followed by some choppy praise between Jon Gruden and Belichick, who recently coached some kids in Florida and apparently also love ...

And now the intrigue begins at No. 3

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Jason Smith is a good player. I think the Rams got a good one. I saw him closest last fall when he clamped down the right side of the Missouri defensive line, and everything I have seen of him since then leads me to believe we're going to see a Pro Bowl left tackle at some point. And not to upstage the Rams, but this is where the draft begins. This is where the ...

Brown out: Jets make big move up to five to get Sanchez

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
I give the Browns credit for taking a smart deal when they see one. I was on Erie radio yesterday, and I think my exact words were: "I have no idea what they are doing ... I'll tell you Saturday night." Now I have a better idea, and it's not too bad from first swallow.  But how about this for (potential) irony: Eric Mangini deals with his old team and potentially allows the Jets ...

Crabtree waits as Heyward-Bey goes to Oakland

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
If there is any doubt anywhere on this planet whether Al Davis is still calling the shots, this pick -- Darius Heyward-Bey -- lets you know the answer. Davis loved straight-line speed (read: the 40-yard dash) and took a talented but enigmatic Heyward-Bey over more sure things in Michael Crabtree (who never has been timed in the 40) and Jeremy Maclin. Oakland's offensive talent is pretty intriguing, though, is it not? They have some real game-breakers ...

Taking Crabtree made more sense for Packers, believe it or not

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
If you know anything about Packers GM Ted Thompson, you likely have heard this phrase: "best available." Thompson loves taking the top talent, almost no matter the position. He drafted Jordy Nelson with his first pick last year, and he drafted two QBs as well. That's why taking Crabtree would have made more sense than you'd think. Donald Driver has taken a downtick, and James Jones was disappointing last year. B.J. Raji ...

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