NFL Draft

The 2010 NFL Draft takes place today at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  It offers a chance for teams to retool their rosters with the addition of college footballs best players.  The Washington Redskins have the 4th overall pick this year after a disappointing 4-12 season.  With a front office overhaul and the help of new coach Mike Shanahan and new general manager Bruce Allen the ‘Skins are expected to wheel and deal, with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, quarterback Jason Campbell, and linebacker Rocky McIntosh on the trading block, to add the four alloted selections they currently have.

David’s Mock Draft:
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
2. Detroit Lions – DT Ndamakah Suh (Nebraska)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma)
4. Washington Redskins – OT Russell Okung (Oklahoma State)
5. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Trent Williams (Oklahoma)
6. Seattle Seahawks – OT Bryan Bulaga (Iowa)
7. Cleveland Browns – S Eric Berry (Tennessee)
8. Oakland Raiders – OT Bruce Campbell (Maryland)
9. Buffalo Bills – QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – LB Rolando McClain (Alabama)
11. Denver Broncos – WR Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State)
12. Miami Dolphins – LB Sergio Kindle (Texas)
13. San Francisco 49ers – CB Joe Haden (Florida)
14. Seattle Seahawks – RB C.J. Spiller (Clemson)
15. New York Giants – DT Dan Williams (Tennessee)
16. Tennessee Titans – LB Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech)
17. San Francisco 49ers – OG Mike Iupati (Idaho)
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)
19. Atlanta Falcons – LB Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri)
20. Houston Texans – S Earl Thomas (Texas)
21. Cincinnati Bengals – TE Jermaine Gresham (Oklahoma)
22. New England Patriots – DE/LB Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida)
23. Green Bay Packers – S Taylor Mays (Southern Cal)
24. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Kyle Wilson (Boise State)
25. Baltimore Ravens – DT Jared Odrick (Penn State)
26. Arizona Cardinals – DE Brandon Graham (Michigan)
27. Dallas Cowboys – OT Anthony Davis (Rutgers)
28. San Diego Chargers – RB Ryan Matthews (Fresno State)
29. New York Jets – DE Everson Griffin (Southern Cal)
30. Minnesota Vikings – CB Devin McCourty (Rutgers)
31. Indianapolis Colts – C Maurkice Pouncey (Florida)
32. New Orleans Saints – DE Jerry Hughes (Texas Christian)

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Redskins Update

Do not try to call Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen this week.  After trading picks to the Eagles for star quarterback Donovan McNabb less than a fortnight ago he can’t rest and wait for the NFL Draft to arrive.  He’s still got plenty of work to do.

Last year’s starting quarterback in Washington, Jason Campbell, has signed a $3.1 tender with the ‘Skins, taking him off the market as a restricted free agent but opening up the possibility (or probability) of a trade.  He has stopped attending voluntary workouts with the team.  Other franchises that are rumored to be interested include the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, and Buffalo Bills.

The Redskins are also exploring opportunities to trade highly paid defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.  The former Titan signed a huge contract with the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent last year but has not seen eye to eye with coach Mike Shanahan and his staff.  Albert has made public his disappointment with the teams decision to tranform into a 3-4 defense, as he has always played in a 4-3 scheme, and has also refused to show up for voluntary work outs with the team.

Though it is believed he would report to mandatory camps, the situation seems to have built up too much tension to be resolved soon.  Shanahan is trying to change the culture of players being too empowered at Redskins Park.  Haynesworth is also said to have a strained relationship with many of his teammates and removing him would endear the head coach to his new squad and spread positive chemistry throughout the locker room.

The only team likely to be a suitable trade destination would be his former team, the Tennessee Titans.  However, the Redskins would probably want some return on the $21 million bonus they paid to Haynesworth last month.  The Titans are not historically the kind of team to throw around money and that may be too rich for their blood, but something might be able to be worked out since Shanahan has a good relationship with Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

The NFL Draft is April 22 and the Redskins biggest needs are an offensive tackle, developmental quarterback, and nose tackle.

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National Signing Day

The first Wednesday in February, known as National Signing Day when high school seniors are allowed to sign binding National Letters of Intent for college sports.  The media annually follow the happenings of the day related to football closely.

This year Florida were the hungry-hungry-hippos gobbling up blue chip players, despite the uncertainty in the offseason regarding the retirement, then leave of absense, of head coach Urban Meyers’.  This was a class for the history books, seeing Florida nab 17 kids ranked in the nation’s top 150.

Florida was significantly trailed by Texas and Alabama, who competed in the BCS Championship last month, and everyone else for that matter.

Tennessee and Southern California came away with top 10 recruiting classes despite coaching changes that saw Lane Kiffen leave Nashville for Pasadena.  However, other teams in the Pac-10, such as UCLA, Cal, Oregon, and Washington, also had great days which bodes well for the often criticized conference that has been dominated recently by the USC Trojans.

Ohio State had less than stellar day due to it’s Signing Day last year, which saw coach Jim Tressel bring in just about every recruit he wanted.  Notre Dame had an okay day, as Brian Kelly took over as coach for the fired Charlie Weis.

Here’s how the top 10 classes shake up, according to   1. Florida   2. Oklahoma   3. Texas   4. Alabama   5. USC   6. Auburn   7. LSU   8. UCLA   9. Penn State   10. Florida State

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Alabama are BCS National Champions

The Alabama Crimson Tide won the 2010 BCS National Championship last night at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.  They hung on to beat the Texas Longhorns 37-21, though the game was much closer than the scoreline suggests.

The Tide’s defense were the heroes of the game, as they knocked the Longhorns’ gunslinger, and two time Walter Camp Award winner, Colt McCoy out of the game early and then went on to seal the victory by forcing a sack fumble late in the game.

It turned out to be a see-saw affair which saw Texas take a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter after two field goals, only to be down 24-6 at halftime due in part to touchdown runs from game MVP and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram Jr. and Trent Richardson.  The tide also added a field goal and Texas looked really down and out heading to the locker rooms after an interception was returned for another touchdown by Marcell Dareus as time expired on the first half.

Texas surged after the break, however, with true freshman backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert throwing two touchdown receptions to All-American Jordan Shipley, which brought them back to only a 3 point deficit, trailing ‘Bama 21-24.

Then everything got away from them with under three minutes left as Eryk Anders blindsided Gilbert, forcing the fumble in the shadow of the Texas goalposts.  Ingram scored his second touchdown of the night, followed by Richardson doing the same after the game was out of hand.

Alabama finished the year 14-0, bringing home an eighth National Championship and their first since 1992.

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