The draft has become one of the biggest events of the year for NFL fans. Maybe because everybody’s a winner on draft day, or maybe because hope springs eternal and all that. Whatever the reason, we’re fully trying to horn in on the action. The final round of the FanHouse mock draft follows. And we’d like to stress “mock.”
- 1. Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
This is about the worst thing the Lions could do. Why am I not surprised that I still think they’ll do it?. (Previously: Matthew Stafford)
– Bruce Ciskie
- 2. Rams: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Orlando Pace is out and Alex Barron is just a stopgap at left tackle. (Previously: Jason Smith)
– Matt Snyder
- 3. Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
Football Outsiders’ Doug Farrar thinks Curry is the best linebacker he’s seen since Derrick Brooks was in his prime. (Previously: Aaron Curry)
– Shane Bacon
- 4. Seahawks: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
Back-to-back mentions for Farrar, serious draftnik and hardcore Seahawks fan. He recently told FanHouse that he loves Sanchez because of his meticulous footwork, great mechanics, and football smarts. Even if the former USC star started 16 college games. (Previously: Eugene Monroe)
– Will Brinson
- 5. Browns: Brian Orakpo, DE/LB, Texas
Kamerion Wimbley desperately needs the help. (Previously: Brian Orakpo)
For the record, Brian Cuban is the brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Even though Brian has un-friended me on Facebook and anywhere else we used to be friends, I still consider him to be a friend and don’t wish anything bad for him.
I do find it sort of strange how people react sometimes, but this story is not so much about friendships as it is how different people can become friends and end that friendship on the internet.
Brian and I became friends when we were both members of the website Digg.com. In fact, Brian goes in to pretty good detail about how we used to work together on Digg. I was pretty amazed really at how Brian was accessible to the general public on the internet. I figured brothers of billionaires would be somewhat more reclusive, but to Brian’s credit he was very accessible (and I assume he still is), and so that was the basis and the start of our friendship.
I always tried to view Brian just as a friend like I would any other person. I never tried to act like he was any different than any of my other friends. I have never made friends with anyone based on how much they had or didn’t have, and I wasn’t about to start now. I did get some glimpses on how difficult it must be for people like Mark or Brian Cuban to always have people asking you to do stuff for you. And i think that was a key issues with the friendship with Brian and myself.