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I do this occasionally over on The Other Blog, pointing out things other people had to say that seemed interesting.

P-F-R blog had a neat post on Lorenzo Booker and “The anatomy of a run.”

P-F-R blog had another interesting post on abolishing the draft. At least at the superficial level, it’s odd that the major American league sports operate on the draft system, while the European sports, or at least soccer and basketball, operate on a free market. Yes, there are reasons, perhaps unsurprising ones. I think the first American sport where the draft will come under serious attack is the NBA, but it won’t happen until David Stern’s time as commissioner is over.

In honor of their 25th anniversary, USAToday had an article on the Top 25 NFL draft memories. The list is a little confused, as few of these really qualify as draft memories. I mean, GB picking Tony Mandarich? That wasn’t surprising at the time. Few people outside of Wolverine and Pats fans noticed when Tom Brady was picked. Philly fans booing the McNabb choice, the 2003 Vikings-related craziness, and the falling players were all noteworthy.

SMQB properly excoriates a silly WSJ article on the inexact art of scouting.

P-F-R blog (yes, Doug again) points out Joey Galloway has been a pretty good WR who’s played pretty much his entire career with some gadawful atrocious QBs. Warren Moon’s at the top of the list, but remember that’s the Warren Moon who was 41 and 42. Next up are Quincy Carter, Rick Mirer, and Chris Simms. Clint Stoerner, Stan Gelbaugh, and Gino Torretta (wait, Gino Torretta throw passes in actual NFL games?!?) are also on the list.

Since I’m already resigned to an awful record, let’s look ahead at the 2008 draft! Here is NFL Draft Countdown’s early Top 10, and here is a Top 20 from the Houston Chronicle‘s NFL Draft Central blog. Right now my sights are set on Glenn Dorsey.

Finally, on to some Titans news…
David Givens will not be ready for the start of the season, barring a miracle. Uh, yeah. LenDale White also didn’t participate in the OTA because he was hurt. Said injury, to his hamstring, of course has absolutely nothing to do with his being fat and out of shape.

In a case of life imitating art, the Titans signed QB Tim Rattay. In this case, art = me playing Madden 07, where I signed Rattay to be the Titans 3rd string QB in 2007. I kinda doubt the Titans go undefeated and beat the Saints in the Super Bowl like they did for me, though. If that does happen, be very worried, because then the world would end (I had a memory card problem and my franchise was corrupted). The Titans also signed ex-Colts OLB Gilbert Gardner. I expected them to draft an LB for depth and special teams purposes, so this doesn’t surprise me. To make up for the roster space for Gardner and two UDFA’s, the Titans released three players. Most notable among those released was DT Marcus White, who apparently nearly made the team out of training camp in 2005 and then didn’t make it into a game in either 2005 or 2006. The timing of this move surprises me, coming at perhaps the midpoint in the offseason cycle, but I guess they wanted to concentrate their coaching and developmental resources on other players.

Those of you fortunate enough to get NFL Network, take note. On Thursday nights, they will be showing some classic NFL games. Tonight was the Bears-Cardinals “WTF?” MNF game. Notably, three weeks from tonight, May 31, they will be replaying, in its entirety, the nightmare that was January 3, 1993. I didn’t get a chance to see all of this game when it first aired, and am looking forward to being able to see what I missed. If I get ambitious, I may even do a more detailed breakdown.

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Written by Tom Gower

May 11, 2007 at 04:10

Posted in Uncategorized

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