Ted Kubiak lives in Rangers infamy after David Murphy snapped an 0-for-23 skid to start the season with an opposite-field home run to start the fifth inning. Kubiak started the 1972 season 0-for-25. Only minutes early, Murphy had thrown out Luke Scott at the plate from left field to end the fourth.
Murphy was greated at the dugout by a high-fives from just about everyone and a big hug from manager Ron Washington. Murphy later came over to hug hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. The home run must have made everyone feel good, because Michael Young followed with a double, Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd and Nelson Cruz scratched out infield singles in the next four at-bats before Brad Bergesen was replaced by Danys Baez. It’s 5-1 Rangers with no outs in the fifth.
Hometown: Burnet, TX
High School: Burnet
40 Yard Dash : 4.66 seconds
Vertical Jump : 33.0 inches
Broad Jump : 112.0 inches
3 Cone Drill : 7.34 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle : 4.49 seconds
Overview Few quarterbacks will ever be drafted after starting only three games their senior year, but McGee has the tools worthy of consideration. A fine Texas high school quarterback recruited by several top programs, McGee went to Texas A&M to make his own name. While his statistics under former head coach Dennis Franchione were solid enough to earn NFL attention (60 percent completion rate for 4,606 yards and a 24-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio), McGee was hardly developing into a pro-ready quarterback through Franchione’s read-option offense.
With former Green Bay head coach Mike Sherman taking over the helm in 2008, optimism was high that McGee would enjoy a big senior campaign. Then he suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder early in the season, limiting him to only the three starts. A solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game – and this year’s weak senior class of quarterbacks – could result in McGee earning a surprisingly high grade from some teams who are willing to look past his stunted development and focus on his undeniable tools. Had an arm span of 32 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
High School: Wyoming
40 Yard Dash : 5.24 seconds
Bench Press : 23.0 reps
Vertical Jump : 30.5 inches
Broad Jump : 98.0 inches
3 Cone Drill : 7.68 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle : 4.75 seconds
OverviewBall State’s national ranking in 2008 was the first in school history. With Brewster providing stellar blocking in the trenches, the Cardinals scored 33 of 48 times in the red zone, including 27 touchdowns and six field goals.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
High School: DuSable
Overview: One of the most underrated players in the 2009 NFL Draft, Williams was a terror in opposing backfields since shifting to weak-side linebacker from strong safety as a sophomore. In each of his last three seasons, he ranked among the nation’s leaders in forced fumbles and tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
As a sophomore, he tied for 10th in the country with three forced fumbles and ranked second in the Gateway Conference with 10.5 stops for loss. In 2007, he placed fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision with five forced fumbles, tying the school and league record. His 16.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage led the team and conference. He would capture the forced fumble title in the FCS with six in 2008, as he also finished second in the league with 17.0 stops for loss.
I first saw this clip 20 years ago and still think about it sometimes.
We covered the all-time worst draft picks in a team-by-team fashion earlier this week. Thankfully, the first round of the draft is in the books and not only was it freaking awesome, it was chock full of mistakes — which, obviously, made it that much more awesome.
We’ve decided to pick out the top five and mock them here. If you have decisions that you think were worse, by all means, leave them in the comments. Two things to remember: one, “mistakes” can equal a pick or a trade, and two, yes, “Al Davis is insane” is an acceptable comment.
David Ragan’s first NASCAR victory in 196 starts was the major story of Saturday’s Nationwide race, but it definitely wasn’t the biggest highlight. A wild wreck by Matt Kenseth had every spectator in awe at Talladega.
After Kenseth lost control with 12 laps left, the car skidded on its roof, flipped three times and caught fire along the grass. Thankfully he was able to make a quick escape from the car, as his pregnant wife, Katie, watched with bated breath.
Hey, have you heard? The Cowboys have built a billion dollar stadium and it’s due to open this summer. What does this have to do with the NFL draft? I suspect plenty.
The Cowboys are trying to be fiscally responsible and not over-pay for players during this time of budgets. You have a budget don’t you? General Motors in Arlington just announced that they will be idle for 90 days in an effort to cut costs and stay afloat. Everyone has budgets. Even America’s Team.
The Cowboys have an amazing 12 picks in day 2 of the draft today. That’s ok, assuming they address the needs.
As Jean Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News explains it
There will be no acceptable excuses today for the Cowboys failing to obtain every single player they covet because they will control the draft. That’s what having two picks in the third round and three picks in the fourth and fifth rounds does for them.
The Cowboys entered this draft needing to shore up their secondary since Roy Williams and Adam Jones have been released, backup Keith Davis is a free agent and so many teams use formations with three and four receivers.
The Cowboys also need to improve their depth at receiver since Miles Austin and Sam Hurd have combined to catch 42 NFL passes. While the Cowboys love Austin and they like Hurd, neither has proved anything yet.
The Cowboys entered the second round with several potential candidates, but five of the 21 players they brought in for predraft visits were selected with the first 17 picks of the round.
So to all the Cowboys haters out there. Be sure and catch today’s draft coverage. I’m sure the Cowboys will do something. And it’s going to be within a budget.