When rumors get thrown out at this time of the draft year, you have to take them with not a grain of salt, but with a salt-shaker. I usually do. But not when
"I think there's a 49-percent chance he ends up in Washington,'' Brandt told me and
Hmmmm. The Rams, desperate for a quarterback, pick first. The Redskins, desperate for a quarterback, pick fourth. Sound familiar? 2004 draft, Chargers picking first, Giants fourth, and they both need quarterbacks of the future (though, in retrospect, that might have been an invented need for the Chargers, with
The Redskins have an owner willing to do anything to help his team, so he's not going to stand in the way of dealing a ton to St. Louis for the pick -- if football braintrust
For the record, the Redskins don't have a third- or sixth-round pick this year, and they have no compensatory choices. They have their first-round pick (fourth overall), second (37th), fourth (103rd), fifth (135th) and seventh (211th) in house.
My money's on the 51 percent of Brandt's prediction here. I can't see the Rams passing on a player I hear they absolutely love -- unless the treasure trove they get in return could set them up with the first- and second-rounders here, plus a one next year, and they'd also have to love Clausen. Those are some very big ifs.
But I'll also have my antennae up in the coming weeks, because Brandt is Brandt, the godfather of the draft.
Now onto your e-mail:
I think the reason Tebow has so many fans in the NFL among coaches and GMs is because of what he accomplished in college, and his dogged pursuit of excellence at the next level. Look at how hard he's worked to make himself into a quarterback prospect after the disaster of the Senior Bowl. But I probably would pick McCoy if I had the choice. I think he's getting vastly underrated entering the last round of
Sure, and they love Gore. But he's had four major surgeries in his football career, he's topped out at 260 carries as a peak in his last three years, and they don't really have a speed threat out of the backfield.
I had Kindle in my top 32, but not Hughes. Hughes will make someone very happy at the top of the second round. That's my feeling now, but he certainly could squeeze into the last few picks of the first.
It has little to do with the teams, because if both are dealing with the same weather, then neither, you'd assume, would have much of an edge. By 2014, I'm guessing the list prices of Super Bowl tickets will be $1,500 and $1,000. I'm making an educated guess that the majority of these tickets are scalped for larger sums, up to $5,000. No fan paying that money is going to want to sit through a sleet storm or a 20-degree day. There's no guarantee that the weather will be inclement, but you guess what the forecast is for Feb. 10, 2014 (or whenever it is). I just think the Super Bowl ought to be scheduled with a reasonable chance for nice weather, which is the best for the teams to play the truest game and the best for the fans.
Are you buying a ticket to the game for five grand to sit outside in East Rutherford in February?
Thanks, Steve. I get the impression that Jerry Richardson wants to tear up the team and start over, but let's see if the Panthers prove me wrong by signing John Fox (doubt that) or making some big moves around Draft Day (doubt that too).