John McGrath of The News Tribune details the hits and misses NFL teams have had through the years with the No. 56 overall pick in the draft.
McGrath notes that a player drafted No. 56 has not made the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Defensive tackle Fred Williams, drafted in1952 by Chicago, made four Pro Bowls.
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umeniora is the only active player drafted no. 56 that has earned a Pro Bowl invitation.
Darrent Williams, drafted No. 56 by Denver in 2005 out of Oklahoma State, has the saddest story. The Broncos starting cornerback was fatally wounded by a gunshot early on the morning of Jan. 1, 2007 after celebrating New Year’s Eve.
McGrath: “For every hit at No. 56, there are a dozen misses: draft choices who will make the team but won’t substantially contribute.
Schneider and Carroll don’t subscribe to this kind of conventional thinking. They’re thinking elsewhere. They’re thinking out there.
They’re thinking that if nobody drafted 56th has made it to the Hall of Fame, why can’t it be the guy taken by Seattle, to play for the Seahawks?”
Here’s my story on the strong defensive line class in this year’s draft, including some defensive tackle possibilities for Seattle in the second round – Alabama’s Jesse Williams, Tennessee Martin’s Montori Hughes and Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who hopes to retire as a Seahawk.
KJR-AM’s Ian Furness talks with Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network about Seattle’s plans for the draft in this audio link.
CSN Washington reports that the Washington Redskins have made major renovations to the turf at FedEx Field, including that addition of a new drainage system. Washington also will re-sod the field after hosting the Chargers on Nov. 3 to hopefully stop what happened against the Seahawks in the playoffs last January – a field that looked like a cow pasture. Chris Clemons and RGIII suffered ACL knee injuries from what looked like bad footing during the game.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Matt Flynn will begin Oakland’s offseason as the team’s starting quarterback.
Doug Baldwin reiterates that he’s cool with the Percy Harvin trade in his latest Fresh Files.
Paul Lukas of Uni Watch gives the Jacksonville Jaguars new uniforms a thumbs up, although he doesn’t like the two-tone helmet. I think the whole uniform looks good, and much better than what the Jags had before.
Unlike the NFL Network and ESPN, CBS Sports is not a broadcast partner of the NFL Draft. So Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports will be reporting the selections as he gets him on Twitter.
New Orleans linebacker Scott Fujita held his retirement “press conference” in the Andes Mountains in Peru. This is a must-watch this morning.