David Boclair, who seems to have officially taken over the Titans beat for the City Paper, writes about the common theme in this year's draft: smart players who have achieved success in life and in football. I'm hoping that this is a key part in making this class what I was hoping for the day the season ended: ready to contribute significantly on week one. We pretty much all said we needed player who can play right away, and this group's combination of smarts and skills should mean they won't be as overwhelmed by the NFL playbook and lifestyle as a lot of rookies are.
LeGarrette Blount was hands down the most infamous college player in 2009, but now he's saying all the right things about wanting to earn redemption as a man and as a player. He's surely on a short lease in-terms of behavior and professionalism, but I for one am rooting hard for him to prove that 'the punch' was a mistake that, in the long run, makes him a better human being. It's only from great depths that we can earn redemption, people.
Speaking of Blount, Paul K (ed. note: who was in prime-cromudgeon form this morning on the radio as he whined about Brandon Fisher being the one to inform Marc Mariani that he'd been drafted) has a good pull about Mike Singletary's new habit of making a second round of calls about the prospects he has just drafted. The idea is that former coaches and teammates will be more willing to be honest about flaws and deficiencies once they know it won't hurt the kid's draft status. In all honestly, it's a great idea; the more a coaching staff knows about where a kid is coming from, the better chance they have of pushing the right buttons and helping him fulfill the potential that got him drafted.
Follow us through the jump for some good natured jabs at a writer who is familiar to these parts...
Do it Mikey. He's worth a look, and you know he won't cost a lot of money. My only concern is taht Big John hasn't always had the best attitude of late, but if you bring in John Henderson to play the run and push the pocket, this D-line has a shot to be a force again. Doesn't hurt that he's still probably the greatest high school player in Nashville's history.
What'dll ya know, Paul K disagrees.
The Lions are looking to add a linebacker, just not our man Keith Bulluck (not Bullock).
/shakes fist at the man
PFW also has a list of players to watch in 2011. On a related note, I'd encourage you to check-out Mel Kiper's list like this from last year (gotta be an In$ider), which featured one Damian Williams as the best WR prospect heading to the season.
For even more lunacy, check out a 2011 mock draft from Sports Illustrated... which I shalln't dignify with a comment.
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