National Football Post, a site which I've found to be much more insightful and accurate than ESPN's NFL coverage (i.e. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay), has released its top 60 NFL prospects. Some interesting points:
1. Brandon Graham is number 58, which makes sense because he's most likely a Lamarr Woodley 3-4 OLB quarterback-menace-in-training than a 4-3 DE.
2. Lions fans that wanted the them to pass on Matt Stafford to get the better Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy will be surprised to learn that Bradford is only the number 12 prospect (lower than Stafford was this season) and not even the highest rated QB (that would be Jevon Snead). McCoy is number 31 and Tebow is 34. The fifth rated QB and first not-obvious one? Western's Tim Hiller at 50. Should be an interesting first game.
3. There is going to be a TON of high end defensive talent from which a team with a talent-deficient defense and a very likely top 5 pick may choose. (Taylor Mays [please?!], Eric Berry [unlikely as I think Delmas will play SS], Gerald McCoy, Terrence Cody, Brandon Spikes.)
4. The list also includes juniors-to-be like Arrelious Benn. No mention of Donovan Warren.
Peruse the list at your own leisure at the following links:
Here are your unofficial Michigan free agency signings, for our boys who missed out on draft day, but will still look to earn an NFL paycheck (except Carson Butler, who will undoubtedly be cut after releasing a terror-spree the nerdy denizens of Wisconsin).
Full (and still unofficial) list can be found here: http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signing...
Will Johnson - Ravens
Brandon Harrison - Colts
Tim Jamison - Texans
Doug Dutch - Redskins
Sean Griffin - Seahawks
Carson Butler - Packers
Here's hoping these undrafted guys impress enough to crack the roster.
Well I was content with the lions picks so far. That was untill they just picked up Aaron Brown. He wasn't that good when he was at TCU that I know of. His stats aren't amazing. This is the pick that confuses me from Detroit. Your defense is the worst in the league (Pretty sure thats right anyways), yet you decide to draft a RB. I don't get it. He may be a fine RB, but you could use anything on defense pretty much. Anybody with me on this?
Trent to the Bengals with the 179th overall pick. 6th pick in the 6th round.
Has anybody heard anything about where any Michigan players rank in the upcoming draft? Terrance Taylor, Morgan Trent, Tim Jamison I assume will all be drafted... what are their projections?
Sports Illustrated has an interesting look at Don Banks first round NFL mock draft and seeing where Rivals ranked those players when they came out of high school.
Six players ranked #1 at their position from 2005 and 2006 (three from each year) are expected to be drafted in the first round, but so are a lot of two-, three-, and four-star recruits. There's even one zero-star. Thus showing once again that recruiting five-star players isn't the be all and end all, though getting a player who is ranked #1 at his position certainly has its benefits.