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Morning Links: Draft sleepers

Post by Eric Williams on March 16, 2011 at 11:51 am with 9 Comments »
March 16, 2011 11:51 am
Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones (AP file photo).

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, pens his annual diamonds in the rough for this year’s draft, providing a list of sleepers for each position.

It’s a must-read if you’re looking for information on possible late-round sleepers NFL teams might be looking for that could make an impact down the road. Think Justin Forsett and Ben Obomanu for Seahawks, both seventh round picks.

Players mentioned in Rang’s article include Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle, Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones and USC cornerback Shareece Wright.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network takes a look at the trade and free agent market for quarterbacks, and believes Kevin Kolb.

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at the best and worst free agency and trade moves in the NFC West in 2010, ranking Seattle’s trade for Chris Clemons as the team’s best move, and the trade for offensive tackle Stacy Andrews as the worst.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan has unfairly been tagged as high-motor, try-hard guy like Aaron Kampman and Kyle Vanden Bosch because of his complexion, and at 6-3, 287 pounds possesses the speed and athleticism to develop into an elite edge rusher.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports argues that the NFLPA asking rookies to skip the NFL draft is fair game if the league’s labor dispute continues.

Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco will keep busy during the lockout by taking part in a four-day tryout with Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team.

The league will not review reseeding the playoffs, something that gained steam with the Seahawks becoming the first 7-9 team to make the playoffs last year.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Taiwan Jones is an interesting player. He’s been injury prone (broken foot, broken leg) but has NFL talent for sure. Had he not played DI-AA or at least played in their championship game this last season, everyone would know his name.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I’m glad the NFL isn’t going to change how the playoffs are seeded. Cooler heads have prevailed. But, there is a proposal to change how kickoffs are conducted. They propose moving the kickoffs back up to the 35 and touchbacks will result in the ball spotted at the 25, no longer the 20. And outlawing all wedges. All this in the name of safety. (I suppose if they legislate out enough contact, an 18 game schedule wouldn’t be bad at all. Hell, let’s bump it up to 25!) So, a few years ago the league wanted more returns, moved the kickoffs back, special balls for the kickers that couldn’t be doctored, but now, for “safety” reasons, touchbacks are important. So much so the the offense is to be rewarded with 5 additional yards. It’s amazing to me they even let defenses on the field anymore.

  3. Soggybuc says:

    Good article on Kerrigan. these people crack me up with their obsession with 40 times. it’s as if a 4.65 guy can never catch or tackle a 4.40 guy. if you do the math thats 1/4 of a second over the span of 40 yards or an 1/8th at 20 and 1/16th at 10 where Kerrigan would playing at.

  4. Totally Duke! what are defenses? are they those guys that run around on the field and get flagged for scraping Tom Brady’s helmet or graze his shoe but they can grab Matt Hasselbeck, Roethelisberger or even Rogers by the friggin helmet & facemask and not be called for anything except trying to tackle? i would much rather play offense if i were an NFL player. the complete inconsistency of calls for dangerous hits last year was apalling and embarassing. made me not even want to watch some games. i remember Matt being drug to the ground and through other players BY his facemask and not a single flag. it happened more than once. and i know everyone hates Big Ben but he was robbed many times. a broken nose? i mean c’mon….but whatever….fricking league….makes me sick sometimes but yet i still love the game…

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Ben and Matt aren’t poster children for the league, so feel free to elbow the throats or punch them in the nose. Can you imagine the outrage if Dockett elbowed Manning in the throat as he was getting off him? lol.

  6. maddog12 says:

    I still have not forgotten that Docket play. Somebody should have returned the favor to him.

  7. raymaines says:

    I like the idea of ejecting guys that commit repeat personal fouls. If soccer is doing anything right, I think it’s the yellow card / red card thing.

  8. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    40 times are a JOKE! Remember this time 2 years ago? Aaron Curry had the fastest 40 time among all linebackers in his class which included Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, James Laurinaitis, Brian Orakpo, etc. And he’s unquestionably the very worst of them all. In fact, every one of Curry’s early round draft mates at LB have all become excellent starters while we’re growing old waiting for Curry’s alleged potential to morph him into a competent linebacker.

    Remember, potential is a cute way of saying you haven’t accomplished anything yet.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    For what it’s worth, here’s what Bill Walsh had to say about the 40;

    “As an evaluative measure, a player’s time in the 40-yard dash has at least two deficiencies. First, the conditions under which the even was conducted (e.g., weather, type of running surface, etc.) can make a substantial difference in the resulting times. Second, and more important, the game of football required functional speed, not pure track (foot) speed. Functional speed is related to playing the game and responding to external stimulis (e.g., another moving object, etc.).”

    He goes on from there. But what he’s saying of course, is at it’s best, either the 40 confirms what you’ve seen on the players’ tape or it raises questions. But either way, it’s not a measure that ought to stand on it’s own. That is, as with all these drills; context.

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