Yes folks, tomorrow there will indeed be an NFL draft, even though who knows if there will be a season that football due to labor talks.
USC tackle Tyron Smith, left, has plenty of upside — some mock pickers have him going in the Top 10, perhaps as the Dallas Cowboys’ next insurance policy for Tony Romo. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has some nagging downside — does his inexperience make him a one-hit college wonder, or will the Carolina Panthers go ahead and make him the No. 1 overall pick because they have no faith in Jimmy Clausen? And then there’s Marcell Dareus, the 6-foot-3, 319-pound defensive tackle out of Alabama who can knock just anyone sideways. Will he be available for the Denver Broncos at No. 2? The NFL might be buried in labor talks, but there are plenty of ESPN and NFL Network analysts laboring over their big boards, minute by minute, changing things around as they try to second- and third-guess the real GMs who will make the official selections in prime time. Again, the proceedings are spread over three days, with 3 1/2 hours allotted for the first round. The second and third rounds are Friday (ESPN2, NFL Network at 5 p.m.) with rounds 4-7 on Saturday (ESPN and NFL Network, 9 a.m.)
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.
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.
I’m absolutely having a blast today. A day filled with feeling good and appreciating feeling good, is making me feel ecstatic.
Today is draft day in the NFL. Records are being set for the draft as we speak.
The Texas Rangers are winning their game against Baltimore 5-1.
And the Mavericks are up 3-1 in their series with the San Antonio Spurts. (Sorry Lacey)
I’m having a blast!
It’s a big day for North Texas as far as NFL players getting drafted.
It’s the first time in NFL history that 3 players get drafted in the top 10 from the same area of the country.
1). Matthew Stafford from Highland Park High School in Dallas
2). Jason Smith from W.T White High School in Dallas
3). Michael Crabtree fromn Carter High School in Dallas.
It’s a record folks. Dallas produces some great NFL players.
Just hanging out and trying an open thread on today’s draft. Feel free to throw in your comments.