We’ve rely on him heavily for his analysis during this time of year, but Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a closer look at draft analyst Rob Rang in this interesting profile, examining how the high school teacher worked his way up the ladder from humble beginnings to one of the nation’s prominent draft analysts.
Rang teaches English and history at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma.
“He started by contributing on message boards and chats. And then he made the wise choice to exercise some latitude with a class assignment at CWU [Central Washington University].
“My junior year at Central, I had a class called Technology in the Classroom, and we were supposed to create a website, supposedly math or English or whatever,” Rang said with a laugh. “But I did mine on football.”
Electronically connected football observers started paying notice.
The next development will give hope to every basement blogger in the country. Rang was up to his elbows in hot water one evening while conducting his noble duties as a dishwasher at the Rodeo City Barbecue in Ellensburg when he received a call.
“I got a call from Sports-Talk.com, and they asked me to go to the Senior Bowl to scout for them,” Rang said, still sounding a bit amazed.
So, he put away his rubber gloves and headed to Mobile, Ala., where he boldly approached the coach of one of the teams – Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren.
“The first guy I walked up to was Mike Holmgren, and he right away introduced me to the other guys in the (Sea-hawks) scouting department,” Rang said.
Holmgren and other scouts appreciated his energy and dedication for the work, and also that he was an educator. Holmgren had started out as high school teacher.
“I think they identify with anybody who is really passionate about what they’re doing,” Rang said.
In his latest mock draft, Rang has Seattle selecting Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith.
Chad Reuter of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting Jake Locker.
Steve Wyche of the NFL Network stays with Seattle selecting Ryan Mallet in his latest mock draft.
Gil Brandt of the NFL Network looks at his top 100 players in this year’s draft.
ESPN’s John Clayton is less optimistic that Matt Hasselbeck will return to Seattle.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at Seattle’s inaugural season in 1976.
Seth Rubinroit of The Daily Trojan checks in with former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, who says he’s looking for another opportunity to prove his worth in the NFL.
Sean Leahy of USA Today reports that mediation between owners and players is set to begin Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., with Federal Judge Susan Nelson appointing chief magistrate judge Arthur Boylan to serve as a mediator between the NFL and NFL Players Association.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post takes a closer look at where the labor disputes sits heading into Thursday’s meeting.