Now back to your regularly scheduled football nothingness. Ugh.
The second and third day of the draft are over, and that means its another few months until the season officially starts. I didnt watch most of the third day, but the second day proved to be pretty interesting. The Panthers came out to be the winners of Day 2, drafting Clausen as late as they did, and adding Tony Pike in the later rounds wasnt bad either. Outside of Clausen going to the Panthers and McCoy going to the Browns, there wasnt much going on - draft wise.
Then when you bring up the trade page on NFL.com its pretty much a complete 180. Campbell goes to the Raiders, Bryant McFadden goes to Pittsburgh and Leon Washington and Lendale White go to Seattle. I dont remember a draft like that in a while. If Seattle can get Washington back on the field, I think they are vastly improved in a running attack that was terrible last year, especially if Forsett gets part of that. Campbell should continue to be Campbell in Oakland, though this may light a fire under Russell's ass, a win-win for a team that has drafted terribly over the last 4-5 years. Campbell isnt a bad QB, and I think with new surroundings there is a possibility that he could do better than he did in Washington. The problem is that the OLine is still bad and there isnt much of a running game to speak of.
Lastly, the rookie premiere will be held sometime in the next few months, as usual, even though it looks like Panini will be the only company there. Here is my list of people who should be there, at least if Panini wants to keep collectors interested in their cards. I dont think they have the luxury of inviting Ramses Barden and similar players this year, so they are going to have to keep it thin and powerful.
Rams - Sam Bradford, Mardy Gilyard
Lions - Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best
Tampa Bay - Gerald McCoy, Arrelious Benn
Bills - CJ Spiller
Panthers - Jimmy Clausen, Brandon LaFell, Tony Pike
Chargers - Ryan Matthews
Broncos - Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas
Cowboys - Dez Bryant
Browns - Colt McCoy, Joe Haden, Montario Hardesty
Seahawks - Golden Tate,
Vikings - Toby Gerhart
Chiefs - Dexter McCluster, Eric Berry
Bengals - Jermaine Gresham
Raiders - Rolando McClain
Ravens - Sergio Kindle
Texans - Ben Tate
Niners - Taylor Mays
Patriots - Brandon Spikes
With this list, you get all the top round Running Backs and Receivers, you get the top QBs, and the top defensive players from the big schools. If you go outside the list, get ready for Andre Brown and Derrick Williams from this year.
And thus, let the rookie signing period begin.