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Dolphins' pass on Quinn doesn't sit well with fans

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
So far, the only real surprises for me at the midway point today are that the Buccaneers didn’t make a move up to snatch Calvin Johnson away from Detroit, that the Dolphins foolishly passed on Brady Quinn for Ted Ginn and that Keyshawn Johnson is allowed to sit with ESPN’s analysts on screen. I’m not sure, but think I heard him describe Adrian Peterson’s character as “extremely well.” Besides stumbling through ...

Quinn's mighty drop about to end?

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
The way I see it, the time has come for Brady Quinn to go off the board. With apologies to james Taylor, in my mind, Quinn has to go to Carolina. Whoa!!!!!!! Just as I'm typing this, the Jets' peanut gallery has exploded with the news that the first trade of the draft has been made. Will the Jets take Quinn with the Panthers' pick they just acquired? I'm ...

Panthers, Jags trade down

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
Love the Panthers and Jags' moves to trade down in the first round. Carolina sent its No. 14 pick and a sixth-rounder to the Jets for their first-round pick (No. 25), a second-rounder (No. 59) and a fifth-rounder. The Jags sent their No. 17 pick to Denver for the Broncos' first-rounder (No. 21), a third-rouner and a sixth-rounder. The Panthers' top choice was Arkansas DE Jamaal Anderson, but he was snatched up by division-rival Atlanta ...

Jags get their man

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
Congrats to the Jags. They traded down. Got two extra draft picks. And still got their man, at a lower price, no less. With the No. 21 pick the Jags selected Florida S Reggie Nelson, the player they targeted with the No. 17 pick before they traded it to Denver. The Jags love their Gators. Nelson becomes the sixth Gator on Jacksonville's roster. Nelson should enter the starting lineup from Day One beating out ...

Talk about a catch at (No.) 22

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
Are you kidding me? The Browns pulled off what can best be described as a Draft Day miracle, nabbing Wisconsin OT Joe Thomas with the third overall pick to fill a significant need. And then seeing Brady Quinn slide all the way down to No. 22, they worked their way back into the first round to take their passer of the future. Here's the thing - they pondered taking Quinn at the third spot. Instead ...

Ravens reportedly were in the mix for Quinn...

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
I am not surprised that the Ravens, according to ESPN, were interested in trading up for Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn.  Steve McNair is nearing the end of his career. Kyle Boller didn't impress as a starter, and he is a free agent after the '07 season. Nabbing Quinn would have been a major coup for Baltimore, but the Browns' package of a No. 2 selection this season and next season's No. 1 ...

Strange brew by the bay

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
While I'm not surprised at all that the Niners managed to acquire two first-rounders for the second straight year considering all the booty they had to work with, i'm very surprised by their second acquisition in the first round, Central Michigan OT Joe Staley. The Niners traded up to get Staley, exchanging their No. 4 pick and their No. 1 pick in next year's draft, to New England. Wow! they must think ...

Ravens pass on Branch, Posluszny, snag Grubbs

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
The Ravens are re-working the interior of their offensive line. Auburn OG Ben Grubbs, who was regarded as the top player at his position, could step in immediately at right guard. Jason Brown, a third-year player, figures to be the full-time starter at left guard in '07. At center, veteran Mike Flynn could be replaced in time by Chris Chester, a 2006 second-rounder.  

Gonzalez a great fit for Indy

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
When people look at the first round of the NFL Draft, I doubt Anthony Gonzalez’s name will come up as a steal. But I’m going to label it as such, more for how perfect a fit he is for the Colts’ offense than for where he was selected. Gonzalez went with the last pick of the first round, but my guess is he could have better production as a rookie than four of ...

Trades coming fast and furious now ...

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
Round Two is always when the trading kicks off in earnest, as teams seize the opportunity to move up and snag players they had graded as first-rounders at ... drum roll ... second-round prices! Here's the most up-to-date rundown: Arizona moved up to No. 33 to draft DT Alan Branch, surrendering selection No. 38 (Arizona State TE Zach Miller) and a fourth-rounder (No. 105) to Oakland.  Buffalo traded up to No. 34 with Detroit, selecting Penn ...

Arkansas connection heads to Atlanta

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
The Falcons did not trade up to land hometown boy, WR Calvin Johnson, as some pundits suggested they should in the past few days. But they did make a trade at the top of the second round with Minnesota to move up from No. 44 to No. 41, where they selected Arkansas CB Chris Houston. Houston has a great physical make up and elite speed, and he will help bolster a young, talented secondary in ...

Colorado PK Mason Crosby slides down the board

Posted April 29, 2007 @ midnight
Crosby, generally regarded as the top kicker available in this draft, has yet to be selected as the fifth round winds down. I watched Crosby at the Senior Bowl and came away unimpressed; he has a strong leg, but he's erratic. Teams looking at Crosby had to note that he hit only 19-of-28 FGs as a senior. All the same, I would be very surprised if he wasn't selected in the ...

And they're off!

Posted April 29, 2007 @ midnight
With another NFL Draft behind us, we can now pay attention to the wires to see which undrafted free agents land where. I get the sense scouts and executives like the post-draft treasure hunt as much as they like the draft itself. Here is where reputations can be enhanced. The Ravens, to name one team, have found some real gems over the years: Bart Scott, Will Demps, B.J. Sams...  Not much news on the ...

Jags considered Quinn

Posted April 30, 2007 @ midnight
Interesting postscript to the draft that may have flown under the radar: Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio indicated that he wanted to draft QB Brady Quinn at No. 21 (one spot before the Browns got him). Del Rio also implied that there was some heated discussion within the Jags' war room on the subject. Sounds like Del Rio wanted Quinn and VP of player personnel James "Shack" Harris didn't. If Del Rio and ...

NFL prospects jockey for position down regular-season stretch

Posted Nov. 13, 2007 @ midnight
Ikegwuounu’s slip up does not deter from an otherwise stellar dayWisconsin junior CB Jack Ikegwuonu was directly responsible for one of Michigan junior WR Mario Mannigham’s two scores last week, but otherwise confirmed his status as one of the nation’s top cover corners, breaking up four balls. He possesses impressive ball skills and speed in man coverage, and the recognition and tackling prowess to be an effective zone corner as well ...

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