this may be of some local interest
2011 NFL Draft
Big news from South Bend as Manti Te'o is coming back for his seinor season. It would have been nice to have him hit the draft where he was projected to be picked mid first round.
Guess we will just have to beat him for a fourth time!
...not too kind to some former Wolverines. Steve Schilling cut by the Chargers, as well as a few players from years before in there. I was surprised, as it seems like getting picked, even in the 6th round, means the team really likes some things about you. Hopefully he can catch on elsewhere, I think he could be a serviceable guard.
On a brighter note, Justin Boren cut by the Ravens.
Here's proof (in case anyone needed it ... extreme case) that players can make dramatic physical developments in a few years:
Notice that three different D-II schools in Michigan have had the first player of that level selected in the draft.
Ryan Mallett speaks, or rather doesn't speak about his alleged drug use at the NFL combine in Indy.
To see the video you will have to scroll the thumbnails underneath to find him. He is wearing a black #9 shirt.
Mel Kiper was just on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike show talking about the NFL draft prospects of quarterbacks this year. I'm paraphrasing here, but this is what he had to say:
- Cam Newton should be about the 7th rated overall prospect, but the demand for QB's, the lack of Andrew Luck, and the possibility of a rookie wage scale could push him up to #3. (He thinks the Panthers should give Claussen another shot this year rather than drafting Newton.)
- Blaine Gabbert is clearly the #2 rated QB and should go by the middle of the first round at the latest. (Why have I barely heard of this guy and he's a top pick?)
- He has Ryan Mallett's stock falling pretty fast, even out of the first round.
- He also has never liked Jake Locker as a first round pick.
- The guy who he thinks is rising on draft boards, and who he could even see being taken ahead of Locker and Mallett, is none other than Ricky Stanzi. I would never picture Stanzi leading an NFL team as a 2nd round pick.....wow.
(Note - when considering the credibility of Mel Kiper in 2011 please note that he had Obi Ezeh listed as a draft prospect at MLB for much of the 2010 season.)