Continuing my random draft thoughts, musings, and rants:
- The Vikings take Christian Ponder in the 1st round. Â Does this really mean that Brett Favre is retired for good??? Â Has Peyton Manning sent that congratulatory letter to Favre yet? Â Please, pretty please? Â I would like a “Favre-watch” free summer. Â I’m sure ESPN’s Ed Werder would sign off on that one, too.
- I was actually hoping to see the Pouncey twins reunite in Pittsburgh. Â Imagine all the fun the two of them would have had fooling teammates. Â I wonder if Maurkice would have hazed his rookie twin brother. Â Guess we’ll have to wait until one of them gets traded to see what happens.
- The Indianapolis Colts selected two O-linemen to help protect their biggest investment, Peyton Manning. Â 6′ 7″, 311 lbs. Anthony Castonzo from Boston College and Â 6′ 4″ 317 lbs Ben Iljalana from Villanova. Â They’re going to need to protect Peyton and his big ole noggin from getting knocked around.
- Technically, Peyton’s not a Colt since he’s a UFA but honestly where else would be go? Â Can’t see Jim Irsay letting his franchise walk out the door because of salary issues.
- The Lions not only fortified their DL but also picked up some good talent on the offensive side as well. Â Boise State WR Titus Young will be a solid compliment to Megatron and another target for QB Matthew Stafford. Â They also got Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure to add to their talented young backfield with Jahvid Best.
- If Detroit can keep Stafford HEALTHY and injury free they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Â The NFC North is going to be a very competitive and fun division to keep tabs on.
- The Bengals on the other hand, are going through massive changes. Â Or at least judging from Carson Palmer and Ochocinco it’s certainly looking that way. Â My guess is Carson retires because Mike Brown refuses to trade him. Â Ochocinco has already burned bridges with Marvin Lewis and has expressed some interest in coming to STL – not that the Rams should seriously consider 85. Â No way!
- Will TCU QB Andy Dalton come into Cincy and be able to win the starting job? Â Where does Jordan Palmer fit into all of this? Â Maybe Jordan should hang up his cleats and focus on Rocksoftware, his booming software/app business with John Shahidi.
- I’m still not 100% certain about what took place between the Bears and Ravens during that trade gaff. Â But it sounds like someone in the Bears organization dropped the ball big time. Â Verbal apologies were made regarding the confirmation phone call that wasn’t made but the Ravens wanted more.
- The Ravens wanted a pick in return from the Bears. Â The Bears refused such a demand and a BAD taste was left in the Ravens’ beak. Â In the end I think the Ravens still got the guy they wanted but just one pick later.
- But it just wasn’t the Ravens who came away scorned. Â Other teams will be weary of doing future business with the Bears and it could come back to haunt them. Â Bad business karma.
- I watched the Mark Ingram interview over again and I began to get annoyed with Suzy Kolber. Â Was she trying to pull a Barbara Walters on him by making him cry with that email from his father who happens to be in prison? Â What won’t networks and reporters do for ratings these days. Â Or were they trying to get in touch with the female audience by adding that human interest element into the draft coverage. Â I’d love to hear who’s idea it was to do that to him.
- The next few days stories from the war rooms will start leaking out. Â ”Bart Scott!” to read about how close teams got to making trades that never materialized. Â Maybe they’ll answer some linger questions that Rams fans have regarding the draft picks.
- One thing that absolutely drove me nuts the past few months about the draft is all this talk about “value.” Â ”Player X was a great value at that pick…” Â or “Player Y was a steal at round x.” Â Value of what? Â A bargain compared to who? Â Are they talking about how much talent they got from that pick? Â Or maybe the value of how much they’re going to have to pay the player based on what round they were taken? Â I’ve yet to see an article where someone addresses this notion of “value.”
- The UFL (United Football League) conducted their draft for the 2011 season last night. Â A few players who slipped through the NFL draft were taken by the UFL. Â The most noticeable name for me was Mark Herzlich. Â It’s a shame that no one in the NFL had the vision to take Mark.
It’s a shame this draft was marred by the lockout. Â Not only did it steal some of its thunder but it changed the dynamics of the draft. Â It will be interesting to look back at this draft 3 or 4 years from now and realize its impact on the league.