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There are very few people I hate more than Rosenberg (I am looking at you Drew Sharpe) and we never miss a chance to hold him over the coals for his usual BS columns so I thought it is only fair to also point out a sensible column that he mistakenly wrote:
I am VERY happy that he seems to be moving on to bigger fish ( Goodell) and will hopefully leave RR alone.
Watch it man, Goodell will not think twice before letting the dogs loose on you, not everybody plays nice like UM.
Answer: Antwaan Randle-El, Pat White, Kordell Stewart.
Question: Name three athletic college QB's who excelled at the position in college but were moved to other positions in the NFL.
Would these players have been drafted higher, and been better prepared to contribute in the NFL, if they had made those position switches in college?
Would Denard Robinson be better off (e.g. drafted higher, bigger contract) if he were to switch to WR or CB now rather than insist on playing QB in college when he has virtually no chance of playing the position in the NFL?
NOTE: This is NOT intended to start a Denard vs. Tate QB discussion. I am genuinely curious about the opinions of the board as to the advisability of Denard's remaining at QB in college vis-a-vis his NFL future.
Here's a Rivals high-level look at the Big 10's draft results from '00 to '09:
Can we assume that the number of players drafted by the NFL is a reasonable reflection of the talent base? (I think we can, but I'll leave that to the reader.) If so, Ohio State's dominance the last few years becomes easier to understand.
I find it interesting that Wisconsin is right there with Michigan even when they've trailed them most years in the recruiting rankings. It's probably also fair to say that Northwestern has done some overachieving on the field.
Some detailed views (say, at the ultimate destination of 4-star offensive line recruits) would be revealing. Maybe later...
ESPN 2 is promoting a 2-hour SportsCenter Special on the NFL Schedule release for Tuesday night at 7. It's on ESPN.com's TV Schedule as well.
It's always interesting to see some of the matchups... I guess the Lions Thanksgiving game is already set against the Patriots.
But just for information for anyone who cares.
so, despite the fact that the NFL rule change is so much hot air, the one thing it does accomplish is that it reopens the debate on how overtime should be handled. there seems to be general consensus that pure sudden death is stupid and broken. the college OT system—equal possessions from the 25—is better, but has never seemed perfect to me. here are my primary gripes with it:
- the 25 is too close. starting every possession in field goal range encourages conservative play. the only way to not have a legitimate shot at 3 points is to take a long sack or two short sacks/TFLs (out of 3 plays!), or to give up a turnover. lots of overtime games turn into field goal penalty shootouts.
- no special teams. overtime strictly pits offense versus defense. got a great punter? return man? too bad, they're sitting on the bench.
- no game clock. college overtime is nearly 15 years old, and every time i see a score bug sans game clock, it still weirds me out. this makes overtime play slow and deliberate. the NFL's sudden death OT suffers from the same problem, with the philosophy "pretend it's the 1st quarter again".
anyhow, those are just some ideas that i've been kicking around for a while, and think could work well and make for pretty compelling OT football. would you want to see them implemented in the NFL? the NCAA? i'm interested to hear comments.
I found this yesterday while looking up draft entry rules. I advise hitting page down twice with your eyes closed prior to viewing, but it's a good read.
This particular "school" has sent a lot of players into the draft early over the past fifteen or so years, and has probably got a pretty good idea of the process. I couldn't find Michigan's version, although my search wasn't exactly thorough.
Basically, the following things end your eligibility:
1. Being represented by an agent.
2. You or anyone you've ever met including the cute chick from chemistry getting a gift from an agent.
3. Missing school to tryout with a pro team. (That one sounds like propaganda).
4. Trying out for an NFL team over a period greater than 48 hours (lots of windsprints and standing around in compression shorts...) that you don't finance.
5. You don't withdraw from the draft prior to 72 hours after the NFL's early declaration date. This year, that was on January 15th.
I know this has been talked about some here, but I wanted to get rid of any speculation. Donovan is out. Graham is out--although I'm still holding out for a miracle extra year there. Maybe he can change his name and be a Freshman?