2003 NFL Draft Re-mix

17 May 2008

Here’s a look back at the 2003 (the year of the Cornerback) to see who the teams would take if they could do it over knowing what they know today.  This was a lot of fun making.  I hope you enjoy it

#1 Cincinnati Bengals – Carson Palmer
There are some other solid choices, but none better at the Quarterback position.  Palmer helped bring the Bengals back to respectability.  Unfortunately the team’s inability to stay on the right side of the law has crushed their potential.  The former Heisman is a two-time Pro Bowler.

#2 Detroit Lions – Kevin Williams
Sorry Millen, I’m not taking your collarbone breakin’, weed smokin’ Charles Rogers.  I’m going with three-time Pro Bowl/All-Pro Kevin Williams to team with Shaun Rogers to form one of the league’s best defensive lines.

#3 Houston Texans – Andre Johnson
I’ll stick with Houston’s pick.  Andre is a two-time Pro Bowler with a pair of 1000 yard seasons.  He’s really coming into his own.

#4 New York Jets – Lance Briggs
Briggs is a three-time Pro Bowler (two-time All-Pro) started his career with four straight 100 tackle seasons.  He’s averaged close to 109 tackles per season in his career and added 6 INTs.

#5 Dallas Cowboys – Larry Johnson
LJ is an absolute beast having recorded two 1700 yard seasons already.  He is a two-time Pro Bowler/All-Pro with 60 career TDs.

#6 New Orleans Saints – Troy Polamalu
A good way to upgrade a defense that has been struggling for years would be to add a four-time Pro Bowler (two-time All-Pro) Safety.  He is seemingly everywhere on defense.  He has tallied 359 tackles, 7 Sacks, and 10 INTs. 

#7 Jacksonville Jaguars – Anquan Boldin
Jacksonville hasn’t had a good receiver since Jimmy Smith retired.  Boldin would have helped in the last few years of his career and gave them a #1 going forward.  He has earned two Pro Bowl trips in his young career, has three seasons with 1200+ receiving yards, and a couple of 100+ reception seasons.

#8 Carolina Panthers – Terrell Suggs
With Kris Jenkins and Julius Peppers up front, Terrell Suggs would have been even more disruptive with the Panthers.  The two-time Pro Bowler has 300 career tackles and 45 Sacks. 

#9 Minnesota Vikings – Osi Umenyiora
The Vikings hit a Home Run with Kevin Williams, but with him off the board they would turn to two-time Pro Bowler Umenyiora.  He has 41.5 career sacks (including six in a game vs. the Eagles last year).

#10 Baltimore Ravens – Asante Samuel
With the main pash rushers gone, the Ravens would turn to the best defensive back available.  Asante is a true shutdown corner that would team with Chris McAllister and Ed Reed to make it impossible to complete a pass.  He has 232 career tackles and 22 INTs (three of which he took to the house).

#11 Seattle Seahawks – Marcus Trufant
I’ll stick with Seattle’s pick here.  Trufant has been named to one Pro Bowl, recorded 394 tackles, and picked off 16 passes.  Can’t complain about that.

#12 St. Louis Rams – Ty Warren
Not many players plug up the middle like Ty Warren.  He has 286 career tackles and 17.5 Sacks.  He’d certainly be a better pick than Jimmy Kennedy was. 

#13 New England Patriots – Nick Barnett
The Patriots would go head over heals for a solid, young LB like Barnett.  He’s recorded 100+ tackles every year in the league (609 total, 121.8 average).  He also has 11.5 Sacks and 9 INTs.  Amazingly he’s never made a Pro Bowl.

#14 Chicago Bears – Willis McGahee
The Bears help solve their offensive woes by adding the dynamic Willis McGahee, who earned his first Pro Bowl trip last year.  He won’t help immediately as he sat out the 2003 seasons, but ran for 1000 yards every years since (2006 he ran for 990, but close enough).  He’s averaged 1143 rushing yards and 184 receiving yards in his career.  He’s scored 32 TDs.

#15 Philadelphia Eagles – Jason Witten (Guest Pick – JP)
The Eagles add a great weapon to the arsenal in Witten. He only has been selected to 4 Pro Bowls (2004-2007). His career stats are impressive with 348 receptions, 3,983 receiving yards and 21 TDs. He had his first 1,000+ yard season last year. Witten tied an NFL record with 15 receptions in one game. Witten is the complete tight end who has great size, soft hands and exceptional athleticism who can make the big plays anywhere on the field.”

#16 Pittsburgh Steelers – Ken Hamlin

With Troy Polamalu gone, the Seahawks would go with Hamlin, the next best Safety.  He has 360 career Tackles and 13 INTs.  In Pittsburgh, where the team and players are more revered, he probably wouldn’t have got his skull crushed in, which would give him even better numbers.

#17 Arizona Cardinals – Nnamdi Asomugha
The Cardinals select Asomugha who is one of the games better cover corners.  He doesn’t get thrown to much so his 217 Tackles and 9 INTs seem low, but the Pro Bowler has the skills.

#18 Arizona Cardinals – Rashean Mathis
Why not go for the gusto and add another starting Cornerback.  Mathis is a Pro Bowler with 334 career Tackles and 21 INTs.  This duo would make it tough to pass on the Cards.

#19 Baltimore Ravens – E.J. Henderson
The Ravens go with a solid RB in Henderson.  He took a little while to get his groove, but playing under the leadership and guidance of Ray Lewis, E.J. would likely hit his stride sooner.  He has 227 Tackles and 7.5 Sacks over the past two seasons.

#20 Denver Broncos – Terrence McGee
Terrence McGee is a solid CB as well as an explosive return man.  He has 351 career Tackles and 13 INTs to go along with 6 career Return TDs.  He has made one Pro Bowl and named an All-Pro twice.

#21 Cleveland Browns – Terence Newman
The Browns would bolster their secondary with the selection of Pro Bowler Terence Newman.  He has 319 Tackles and 16 INTs. 

#22 Chicago Bears – Charles Tillman
The Bears would select Peanut here (instead of with the 35th Pick like they actually did) because he’s been an important part of their defense.  He has 335 Tackles and 17 INTs. 

#23 Buffalo Bills – Dallas Clark
The Bills would grab Clark, who is the best Tight End in the draft.  He would provide Drew Bledsoe a solid target in the immediate future and J.P. Losman a security blanket down the road.  He has 2234 Yards and 25 TDs.  Last year he went for 616 & 11.

#24 Indianapolis Colts – Robert Mathis
Instead of taking him with the 138th pick, the Colts would grab Mathis here.  He has 207 Tackles and 42 Sacks.  He’s averaged 9.6 Sacks the past four years.

#25 New York Giants – Calvin Pace
Calvin didn’t get going until last year for the Cardinals, but his 98 Tackles and 6.5 Sacks were pretty impressive.  He would give the G-Men a flexible defender who could line up at LB or DE.

#26 San Francisco 49ers – Dan Coppen
The 49ers would take care of their Offensive Line by adding Pro Bowl Center Dan Coppen.   

#27 Kansas City Chiefs – Cato June
The Chiefs would add a playmaker on the defense rather than grab another offensive weapon (as they did with LJ).  The Pro Bowl LB has averaged just over 107 Tackles the past four years, including an impressive 142 in 2006.  He also has an impressive 11 career INTs.

#28 Tennessee Titans – Ricky Manning, Jr.
In a draft full of CBs the Titans sure missed the boat with Andre Woolfolk.  If they could get a mulligan, they would take Ricky Manning, Jr., who has 265 Tackles and 14 INTs.

#29 Green Bay Packers – Kawika Mitchell
The Pack would grab LB Kawika Mitchell here.  He has 380 Tackles, 8 Sacks, and 4 INTs.  He’s averaged 95 Tackles the past three years.

#30 San Diego Chargers – Nate Burleson
The Chargers would go with Nate Burleson to give them another option to go along with LT and Gates.  He has 195 Receptions for 2675 Yards, and 23 TDs.  He’s had two 9 TD seasons. 

#31 Oakland Raiders – Eric Steinbach
The Raiders would help their pathetic Offensive Line by adding Steinbach, a solid Guard.

#32 Oakland Raiders – Jeff Faine
The Raiders would further improve their line by adding Center Jeff Faine.  With two solid OL choices to end the first round, perhaps the Raiders wouldn’t be such a joke.

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2002 Re-mix

The Lakers had no answer for Carlos Boozer (27 points, 20 rebounds) in Game 3 as the Jazz made the series 2 Games to 1.  The Knicks landed Mike D’Antoni.  Dallas opted for Rick Carlisle. Detroit won without Chauncey Billups (hamstring) to take a 3-1 series lead.  Rip’s 32 points led the way.  Cleveland beat Boston in Game 3.  The C’s still have a 2-1 lead.  Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists as Utah evened the series at 2 vs. the Lakers.  Tim Duncan had 22 points and 15 boards as San Antonio evened up with the Hornets.  KG, Kobe, Bruce Bowen, Marcus Camby, and Tim Duncan were named First Team NBA All-Defensive Team.  Cleveland took Game 4 to even the series with Boston.  The C’s just can’t win on the road.  Jameer Nelson looked stupid when the Pistons beat Orlando without Chauncey Billups to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Robert Horry set the record for most playoff games.  Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Luis Scola, Al Thornton, and Jeff Green were named to the All-NBA Rookie Team.  New Orleans blasted the Spurs behind David West’s 38 points and 14 rebounds.  Danny Ainge was named Executive of the Year.  I’m shocked Kevin McHale didn’t win.  KG & Pierce combined for 55 points as the Celtics dumped the Cavs (at home of course) despite a good shooting game from LeBron finally.  The Lakers did their thing at home to take a 3-2 series lead.  The Spurs drilled the Hornets in Game 6 to even their series.

Joel Quenneville  won’t be returning as the Avs Coach next year.  Evgeni Malkin had tow goals and an assist as Pittsburgh took Game 1 vs. Philadelphia 4-2.  Johan Franzen didn’t play, but Detroit won anyway for a 2-0 series lead.  Make it 2-0 for the Penguins as well as they took out the Flyers 4-2.  The NHL decided to let Chris Osgood and Mike Ribeiro off with a fine rather than suspensions for their altercation.  San Jose fired Ron Wilson.  Pavel Datsyuk netted a hat trick as Detroit took a commanding 3-0 series lead vs. Dallas.  Boston re-signed F Chuck Kobasew.  Marian Hossa netted a couple of goals as Pittsburgh took a 3-0 series lead over Philly in the Keystone State Showdown.  Dallas avoided a sweep by beat Detroit in Game 4.  The Flyers also avoided a sweep by taking out the Penguins.

Friday:  Richie Sexson was suspended six games for charging the mound.  Jimmy Rollins returned from the DL.  San Diego cut Jim Edmonds.  James Shields threw a one-hitter.  Saturday:  Hanley Ramirez signed a six-year, $70 million deal.  Vernon Wells will be out six to eight weeks with a broken wrist.  Ben Sheets became Milwaukee’s career strikeout leader.  Grady Sizemore went yard twice.  Dan Uggla hit a Grand Slam.  Jeff Keppinger collected five hits.  Greg Maddux finally earned win #350.  Sunday:  Eric Gagne is out as a closer.  His stuff isn’t as nasty without the “stuff”.  Dan Uggla, Ryan Braun, and Craig Monroe each hit a pair of HRs.  Monday:  Asdrubal Cabrera turned an unassisted triple-play.  Fausto Carmona fired a Complete Game Shutout.  Cliff Lee pitched 9 scoreless Innings to lower his ERA to 0.67.  Tuesday:  Jeff Keppinger broke his knee cap.  Eric Gagne earned a Save.  Randy Johnson earned Win #287.  Wednesday:  Clay Buchholz and Ryan Doumit landed on the DL.  Tampa locked up Scott Kazmir for three years at $28.5 million.  Let’s see, Carlos Silva got $48 for four years.  Well done Rays.  Well done.  Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs.  Jay Payton, Carlos Quentin and Matt Stairs hit Grand Slams.  C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Manny Ramirez caught a fly, high-fived a fan, and then doubled off the runner at first.  Thursday:  Cole Hamels threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Milwaukee signed Ryan Braun to a eight-year, $45 million deal.  Nice value.  Nick Johnson landed on the DL.  Brandon Webb improved to 9-0.  The Indians finally gave up a run.

Baltimore TE Quinn Sypniewski wil miss the year with a knee injury.  The Packers cut Koren Robinson.  Robbie Gould signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal with Chicago.  Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu got popped for DUI.  The Brown cut Kenny Wright.  There was plenty of Spygate talk.  I’m tired of it, but at the same time ashamed of my Patriots.

UCF CB Johnell Neal was shot in New Orleans.  Florida DL Matt Patchan was shot in the shoulder in Tampa. The ACC decided 8 conference games were enough.  Former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux chose Jacksonville State.

There is speculation O.J. Mayo received gifts.  Shocker.  Duquesne G Kojo Mensah is testing the NBA waters.

Sergio Garcia won The Players Championship.

Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington.  Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington. 

Annika Sorenstam will retire after the season.  Justine Henin will do the same, only immediately.

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Robbie Gould
The Shermanator look-alike signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal with Da Bears making him the league’s highest paid Kicker.

Rob Meier
Jacksonville re-signed the DT to a four-year deal.  He had 27 Tackles and 4 Sacks last year.

Jereme Perry
The Brown signed the CB to a one-year deal.  He was a Special Teams player for Miami.

Cut:  Kenny Wright (Cleveland), Jerome Mathis (Washington).

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2000 NFL Draft Re-mix

13 May 2008

I’m teaming up with my good friend JP for the 2000 NFL Draft Re-mix.  We alternated picks (he had the even so he could pick for his Eagles, I had the odd) and chose who the teams would take if they could do it over knowing what they know today.  This was a lot of fun making.  I hope you enjoy it.

#1 Cleveland Browns – Tom Brady
I debated between TB and Urlacher as one quarterbacks your offense and the other your defense.  In the end I went with Brady because of the poise and talent he possesses.

#2 Washington Redskins – Brian Urlacher
Simply put one of the games best LBs. 

#3 Washington Redskins – Shaun Alexander
SA is a beast having ripped off 9,429 yards and 100 rushing TDs (112 overall). He topped 1300 rushing yards four times and 14 TDs five times.

#4 Cincinnati Bengals – Adalius Thomas
This LB can play any defensive position. In his career he has 449 Tackles, 45.0 Sacks, 7 INTs. Led NFL in non-offensive touchdowns(3) in 2005.

#5 Baltimore Ravens – Julian Peterson
Instead of drafting Jamal, the Ravens could stick with Priest Holmes and add the versatile Julian Peterson to an already nasty defense.

#6 Philadelphia Eagles – Plaxico Burress
Here’s McNabb’s primary downfield weapon. He also can be a huge target in the red zone when he puts forth the effort.

#7 Arizona Cardinals – Chris Samuels
Samuels has been one of the games best Tackles.  He is a five-time Pro Bowler.  You can’t pass up on a franchise Tackle if you’re Arizona.

#8 Pittsburgh Steelers – Deltha O’Neal
2-time Pro Bowl corner who has 31 career INTs with 3 returned for touchdowns. He tied an NFL record with 4 picks in one game.

#9 Chicago Bears – Marc Bulger
The Quarterback position has long been a problem spot for Chicago.  Drafting the 2-time Pro Bowler Bulger would be a vast improvement of the garbage they’ve wheeled out there in recent years.

#10 Baltimore Ravens – Chad Clifton
The Ravens really bolster their O-line with Jonathan Ogden on the left and chad clifton at the right tackle position.

#11 New York Giants – LaVar Arrington
The G-Men go after 3-time Pro Bowler Arrington, who has 415 career Tackles, 23.5 Sacks, and 4 INTs.

#12 New York Jets – Jamal Lewis
Now the Jets can have their Shock and Awe 2-back system with Jamal and Curtis “My Favorite” Martin. Jamal’s power running game has amassed 9,105 yards with 54 TDs and a rushing averaging of 4.3 yards.

#13 New York Jets – Keith Bullock
Syracuse’s Keith Bullock has had 871 tackles since enterting the league along with 17.5 Sacks and 16 INTS. He had five straight years of 127+ tackles. Great addition to any defense.

#14 Green Bay Packers – Laveranues Coles
John Madden’s mancrush gets a new deep threat in Coles, who has 7,245 career yards along with 37 TDs.

#15 Denver Broncos -John Abraham
The Broncos can’t pass up three-time Pro Bowl DE John Abraham and his 67.5 career sacks.

#16 San Francisco 49ers – Shaun Ellis
After Abraham goes off the board, the Niners pick up DE Shaun Ellis, who has a solid 53.5 career sacks.

#17 Oakland Raiders -Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
The Raiders were still good for a few years after this draft. Their offense was amazing. Adding a pass rushing force like KGB, who has 74 career Sacks, would be a great addition.

#18 New York Jets – Mike Brown
Mike Brown joins the Jets to add some big play ability and leadership to their secondary. Brown is a two-time pro-bowler with 15 career INTs and 7 defensive TDs (4 TDs by interceptions) 2 of which were game winning overtime returns. He had 101 Tackles as a rookie.

#19 Seattle Seahwawks – Thomas Jones
Since they won’t be able to grab Shaun Alexander, the Seahawks turn to the versatile Thomas Jones, who has 6503 career rushing yards and 1593 receiving yards. He has three straight 1000 yard seasons.

#20 Detroit Lions – Marvel Smith
Just got off the phone with Matt Millen, “Pull the trigger on Warrick or any other wideout!” Fire me, Millen. I’m gonna get little line protection with the selection of Marvel Smith.

#21 Kansas City Chiefs – Jerry Porter
Porter had a few good years before Oakland went into the tank, and he followed them. Perhaps playing on a team like Kansas City with that high-powered offense Porter would be able to have more of the ups to his roller coaster career.

#22 Seattle Seahawks – Bubba Franks
When healthy, the three-time bowler is very reliable in the red zone and is capable of opening up the seams when Hasselbeck goes plays action.

#23 Carolina Panthers -Darrell Jackson
I should have grabbed D-Jax a couple of spots earlier instead of Jerry Porter (must have been listening to Matt Millen). Steve Smith has seldom had a WR to compliment him. D-Jax 6942 career receiving yards and 50 TDs would do the trick.

#24 San Francisco 49ers – Dante Hall
The Niners want to spark up their return game and put their offense in the best possible position with the “X-Factor” Dante Hall, who is an explosive return man and speedy wideout in 3 or 4 receiver sets. “This two-time Pro Bowl selection holds Chiefs records for career kickoff returns (360), kickoff return yards (8,644), special teams scores (11), kickoff return touchdowns (6), combined net yards (12.356) and career punt returns for touchdowns (5)…six kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied for first in NFL history and 8,644 career kickoff return yards rank sixth in NFL history.”

#25 Minnesota Vikings – Corey Simon
The Vikings originally picked Chris Hovan, who was a decent player at times.  Simon has more solid seasons, including a 2003 Pro Bowl season.  He has three seasons of at least 7.5 Sacks.

#26 Buffalo Bills – Ian Gold
The Bills grab this consistent tackler who has recorded 100+ tackles in four seasons. He led the Broncos with 130 unassisted tackles in 2002. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2001 for his special teams play.

#27 New York Jets – Marcus Washington
With four first rounders, it’s pretty sad the Jets didn’t have more success. Marcus has 601 career tackles and 37.5 Sacks. He was a 2004 Pro Bowler, and has five seasons of 80+ tackles and four seasons of 5+ Sacks.

#28 Indianapolis Colts – Ron Dayne
The Great Dayne would could have been better off with Colts in this situation, he would provide a nice change of pace in running styles with that of the edge. Plus Indy’s line is one of the best, couple that with the constant threat of the pass and he would likely perform better.

#29 Jacksonville Jaguars -Kenoy Kennedy
Kenoy could team with Donovan Darius for a hard-hitting Safety duo. He has 550 career tackles, 6 Sacks, and 10 INTs.

#30 Tennessee Titans -Travis Taylor
Taylor can thrive as a #2 or #3 wideout behind Derrick Mason at #1 with Steve McNair at the helm. Taylor won a super bowl with the Ravens and has 4,017 career yards and 22 TDs.

#31 St. Louis Rams – Mike Anderson
The Rams swung and missed with Trung Canidate, but Mike Anderson’s 4067 rushing yards and 37 TDs would have been a nice compliment to Marshall Faulk. What’s more is Anderson wouldn’t have to deal with the fickle Mike Shanahan, who basically abandonded him after his 1487 yard, 15 TD rookie campaign.

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Time for the 22nd installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Edgerton Hartwell
The Raiders are taking a chance on Edgerton.  He did not play last year, and played in 8 and 5 games the previous two years with Atlanta.  Prior to that he had 144, 94, and 97 tackles playing LB for the Raiders.

Dominic Rhodes
Who says you can’t go home?  Rhodes returns to Indianapolis to share carries with Joseph Addai.  The last time they teamed up they were breaking Chicago’s back in the Super Bowl.  I bet Bears fans feel like that’s light years ago.  Rhodes missed four games last year for an illegal substance violation.  He ran for 302 yards and a score.

Greg Spires
Oakland signed DE Spires away from Tampa Bay.  He had a pair of Sacks last year and 39.5 on his career.  He signed a one-year deal.

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It brings me great pleasure to report the trash-talking, can’t back it up Wizards got bounced by the Cavs on their home court.  The “Overrated” One had a triple-double to seal their fate.  Papa John’s apologized for printing LeBron “crybaby” shirts by offering 23 cent pizzas.  The Hawks avoided elimination to even the series at 3 against Boston.  Utah kept T-Mac’s (40 points, 10 rebounds) streak alive as they elimated Houston.  He still hasn’t gotten out of the first round of the playoffs.  Kobe Bryant won the MVP.  Detroit pounded Orlando to take Game 1.  New Orleans drilled San Antonio to win their series opener.  The Celtics weren’t good enough to beat the Hawks on the road, but they were good enough to win Game 7 and the series.  Kobe Bryant dropped 38 to make sure the Lakers took Game 1 against the Jazz.  Detroit made it a 2-0 advantage as they topped Orlando again.  Chauncey Billups led the way with 28 points to celebrate his winning of the Walter J. Kennedy Sportsmanship Award .  New Orleans pounded San Anontio again to take a 2-0 series lead.  In a shocking development Chris Paul (30 points, 12 assists) led the way.  Well, KG showed he can produce when it matters as Boston took Game 1 vs. Cleveland.  Atlanta GM Billy Knight is calling it quits.  Orlando drilled Detroit in Game 3 behind Rashard Lewis’ 33 points.  Detroit still leads the series 2-1.  Kobe’s 34 points led the way as the Lakers took a 2-0 series lead.  Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard were named First Team All-NBA.  The Celtics stayed hot at home shutting down LeBron James again and taking a 2-0 series lead.  The Spurs avoided a major hole by taking care of New Orleans in Game 3 behind 62 combined points by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
 

San Jose escaped with an overtime win over Dallas in Game 5.  They still trail 3 games to 2. Joe Pavelski netted the game-winner.  Philly remained hot by taking out Montreal to win their series 4 games to 1.  Pittsburgh turned the lights out on the Rangers to win Game 5 and the series.  Florida signed C Kamil Kreps and W Wade Belak to two-year deals.  Chicago signed Goalie Antti Niemi from the Finnish Elite League.  Toronto fired Coach Paul Maurice.  The Flyers could be without Kimmo Timonen in their series vs. Pittsburgh because of  a blood clot in his ankle.  Detroit jumped out to a 1-0 series lead vs. Dallas.  Johan Franzen scored his 12th playoff goal.


Milwaukee P Yovani Gallardo tore is ACL.  They also kicked Derrick Turnbow to the curb.  Friday:  Dan Uggla, Hunter Pence, and Jose Batista each hit a pair of HRs.  Saturday:  Cristian Guzman, Augie Ojeda, and James Loney all drove in 6 Runs.  Suncay:  Scott Kazmir made his season debut.  Greg Maddux fanned on win #350…again.  Mike Cameron hit a pair of HRs.  Monday:  The Diceman Walketh…Dice-K changed his name to Dice-BB as he walked 8 batters.  He still won though.  Tuesday: Nate McLouth had a pair of HRs.  Lance Berkman had five hits.  Gavin Floyd had a no-hitter broken up with two outs remaining.  Randy Johnson won game #286.  Wednesday:  Joey Votto crushed 3 HRs.  Edison Volquez struck out 10 as he improved to 5-1 with a 1.06 ERA.  Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Zimmerman each hit a pair of HRs.  Placido Polanco collected 5 hits.  Barry Zito allowed 2 runs in 5 Innings, but fell to 0-7.  Carlos Gomez hit for the Cycle.  Thursday:  Mike Mussina picked up win #255.  Brandon Webb improved to 8-0 on the year.  Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of HRs.  Dioner Navarro hit a Grand Slam.


The Vikings placed Kenechi Udeze reserve-non-football-illness list so he can focus on his bout with leukemia.  The Browns extended the contract of GM Phil Savage for three years.  Bust RB Cedric Benson was arrested (and pepper sprayed) for boozin’ and cruisin’ on a boat and resisting arrest.  I wonder if he pulled out the “don’t you know who I am line”?  Six bullet casings recovered after a shooting came from Marvin Harrison’s gun.  Rashard Mendenhall was robbed at gunpoint.  I hope Marvin wasn’t involved in this one too.  Seattle G Rob Sims had knee surgery.  Antwaan Randle El had his knee scoped. Matt Walsh turned over 8 Patriot videotapes to the league.  Dominic Rhodes is returning to Indianapolis.  Who says you can’t go home?


LSU kicked QB Ryan Perrilloux to the curb.  Another Ryan, QB Mallett who transferred from Michigan to Arkansas, will have to sit out a year after the NCAA-holes denied his request for immediate eligiblity.  Florida State T Daron Rose has been ruled academically ineligible.
 

Tennesse booted F Duke Crews and G Ramar Smith off the team because of failed drug tests.  Bob Huggins signed an eleven-year extension with West Virginia.  Later he tripped from “texting while walking” and hit his head.  I would have paid to see that.  Indiana’s Eli Holman will transfer to Detroit Mercy. George Washington kicked Cheyenne Moore and Miles Beatty off the team.  Georgetown’s Jeremiah Rivers is transferring.  Florida International got slapped with four years of probation.  Duquesne’s Shawn James is turning pro.
 
Anthony Kim won the Wachovia Championship.  It his first PGA Tour victory.  Sergio Garcia leads the Players Championship by two strokes.
 
Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Cup race at the Richmond International Raceway.  Denny Hamlin won Friday’s Nationwide Series race on the same track.
 
Big Brown won the 134th Kentucky Derby.  If he can take the Preakness, he’ll win the Triple Crown.  Eight Belles broke both of her front ankles and had to be put down.
 
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Previously I teamed up with Bartolis, a friend of mine for the SportingNews world, to do a re-mix on the 2002 NFL draft.  I’m going to step out on my own to bring you the 2001 version.

#1 Atlanta Falcons – LaDainian Tomlinson
I can say without question that if the Falcons could get a mulligan, they would jump on LT quicker than you can say dogfight. 

#2 Arizona Cardinals – Steve Hutchinson
I know it seems a bit early for a Guard, but considering the success Shaun Alexander, Chester Taylor, and Adrian Peterson have had with him, Arizona would be wise to select the best Guard in the business.

#3 Cleveland Browns – Richard Seymour
They orginally took Gerald Warren, but they would be much happier with the results that Richard Seymour would give them. He, at times, has simply dominated games. He’s been a Pro Bowler five times and an All-Pro three times.

#4 Cincinnati Bengals – Marcus Stroud
Not that Justin Smith was a bad pick for the Bengals, but Marcus Stroud was just a little better. He was named an All-Pro three times.

#5 San Diego Chargers – Kris Jenkins
Since LT is gone, they may as well turn to defense. Kris Jenkins has been a force, twice named All-Pro and three times a Pro Bowler.

#6 New England Patriots – Matt Light
The Patriots got Matt with the 48th pick, but in the re-mixed version they would have to snag him early to protect Tom Brady.

#7 San Francisco 49ers – Reggie Wayne
The 49ers have been hurting for WRs since T.O. forced his way out of town. Reggie Wayne would give them all of the ability, but without the headaches.

#8 Chicago Bears – Steve Smith
The Bears have never really had a gamebreaker at Wide Receiver. Steve Smith certainly fits that bill. David Terrell certainly didn’t pan out.

#9 Seattle Seahawks – Chad Johnson
Instead of drafting Koren Robinson, who alternated between having the dropsies and not being able to put the Pabst Blue Ribbon away, the Seahawks would have been better served drafting Chad Johnson or Ocho Cinco or Keyshawn’s cousin or whatever he’s going by these days. If Seattle would pay Nate Burleson the kind of cash they did, they would have no problem keeping Ocho happy.

#10 Green Bay Packers -T.J. Houshmandzadeh
If you have a chance to get Brett Favre a weapon, you do so. Brett would have been even more productive. Scary.

#11 Carolina Panthers – Casey Hampton
Since they would be missing out on Kris Jenkins (their 2nd Round pick) the Panthers grab Casey Hampton to beef up their defensive front.

#12 St. Louis Rams – Drew Brees
The Greatest Show on Turf would grab their replacement for Kurt Warner, who was never quite the same after this year. Brees would love throwing to the likes of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.

#13 Jacksonville Jaguars – Shaun Rogers
With their original pick, Marcus Stroud, off the board already, the Jags turn to Shaun Rogers. I think Rogers would have been even better on a team that wasn’t always in the cellar.

#14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rudi Johnson
Tampa really didn’t have much of a rushing attack after Warrick Dunn left. Rudi would fix that.

#15 Washington Redskins – Nate Clements
The Redskins are going with best availabe as they add a shutdown corner to their defensive backs.

#16 New York Jets – Aaron Schobel
Schoebel is the type of hardworking defensive lineman that Jets fans just love. The two-time Pro Bowler would add to their defensive front.

#17 Seattle Seahawks – Alge Crumpler
If Todd Heap could stay healthy, he would be the pick. However, since he can’t Seattle turns to Alge.

#18 Detroit Lions – Leonard Davis
The Lions chose Jeff Backus out of Michigan, but if they could do it over (and he was available) they would have preferred Leonard Davis.

#19 Pittsburgh Steelers – Kyle Vander Bosch
With their original pick, Casey Hampton, off the board the Steelers would go with Vander Bosch to beef up their D-Line.

#20 St. Louis Rams – Adrian Wilson
The Rams originally drafted fellow Safety Adam Archuleta, but Adrian Wilson has been the better player.

#21 Buffalo Bills – Deuce McAllister
The Bills got Travis Henry in the 2nd Round, but perhaps if they had Deuce they wouldn’t have to draft Willis McGahee later. Maybe playing in Buffalo would help Deuce stay healthy.

#22 New York Giants – Todd Heap
New York fans would be much happier with Heap than have the big mouth Jeremey Shockey a few years later. When healthy Heap is one of the best TEs in the game.

#23 New Orleans Saints – Travis Henry
It seemed like the Saints were ready to end the Ricky Williams experiment so with Deuce and Rudi off the board, the Saints would turn to fellow marijuana aficionado Travis Henry for their rushing attack.

#24 Denver Broncos – Chris Chambers
Chambers would give the Broncos a nice deep threat to go along with Rod Smith.

#25 Philadelphia Eagles – Santana Moss
A ton of great WRs are already off the board so the Birds turn to the speedy Santana Moss. Obviously Freddie Mitchell didn’t work out (except for his grab on that 4th and 26) so Moss would be a major upgrade.

#26 Miami Dolphins – Justin Smith
Smith is a solid DE that would work well with Jason Taylor.

#27 Minnesota Vikings – Derrick Burgess
The Vikings would love Derrick’s pash rushing ability. With teams playing from behind against the high-powered Vikings, Burgess would rack up the sacks.

#28 Oakland Raiders – Jeff Backus
While he hasn’t been an All-Pro, he still has been a solid Tackle since the draft.  He would help a porous Raider line.

#29 St. Louis Rams – Andre Carter
Andre Carter would put a ton of pressure on QBs, especially on the fast track during home games. He could play DE or OLB.

#30 Indianapolis Colts – Fred Smoot
The talent is getting thin, but Smoot had some good seasons at Cornerback for the Redskins.

#31 Baltimore Ravens – Dan Morgan
Injuries derailed a promising career, but Morgan and Ray Lewis would make great teammates.

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Time for the 21st installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

David Diehl
The Giants Left Tackle (who converted from Guard) received a shiny, new six-year, $31 million contract.  He has started 80 consecutive games for the G-Men. 

Hank Poteat
The New York Jets were also in the spending mood as they signed the cornerback to a one-year deal.  He recorded 37 tackles last year and picked off a couple of passes. 

Pierson Prioleau
The Jaguars added the Safety Priolrsu, who played with Washington last year.  He had 44 tackles last year.

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Philadelphia beat Detroit to take a 2-1 series lead.  Dallas fought back (Dirk 32 points, 19 boards) to take Game 3. Before the game Josh Howard spoke of how he likes to smoke weed.  Grant Hill won the Joe Dumars Award for good sportsmanship.  Tony Parker had 41 points and 12 assists as San Antonio took a 3-0 lead over Phoenix.  When they traded for Shaq to limit Duncan, they forgot to address acquiring someone to slow Tony Parker.  Charlotte fired Sam Vincent.  Chris Bosh had 39 points & 15 rebounds, but he couldn’t keep Toronto from falling into a 3-1 hole against Orlando.  The Lakers shut down Denver to take a 3-0 series lead. Atlanta stunned the Celtics in Game 3.  They trail 2-1 in the series.  Utah took a 3-1 lead over Houston behind Mehmet Okur’s 14 points and 18 boards. Cleveland took Game 4 vs. Washington for a 3-1 series lead.  The “overrated” LeBron James had 34 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Phoenix avoided a sweep at the hands of San Antonio.  Detroit evened things up at 2 with Philly.  New Orleans was too much for Dallas as they pushed them to the brink of elimination 3 games to 1.  Pat Riley is stepping down as Miami coach.  Erik Spoelstra will take over until the team is good enough to challenge for the title and then he’ll stab him in the back and take over.  OK, I made that last part up. but it wouldn’t be the first time.  Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu won the NBA’s Most Improved Player.  He won the Lesters Award in the same category.  Dwight Howard produced yet another 20-20 (21 points & 21 rebounds) as Orlando sent Toronto packing in Game 5.  Joe Johnson and Josh Smith combined for 63 points as the Hawks evened their series against Boston at two.  Kobe & Co. got their brooms out as they swept Denver away.  Larry Brown will coach Charlotte next year.  I’m so tired of him.  Byron Scott won the Coach of the Year Award.  Chris Paul’s Triple-Double send Dallas packing 4-1.  San Antonio sent Shaq and Phoenix.  See what happens when you make reactionary trades?  Detroit took care of Philly to take a 3-2 series lead.  Houston stayed alive in Game 5.  They trail Utah 3-2.  Dallas canned Avery Johnson.  KG got away with shoving a ref.  Perkins and Williams got away with leaving the bench.  I was hoping Cleveland would send them packing, but Washington took Game 5.  “Overrated (but already played in an NBA Finals)” LeBron James had 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Caron Butler hit the game-winner.  Boston whooped the Hawks in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.  Kevin Durant was named Rookie of the Year.  Detroit blew out Philly to win the series 4 games to 2.

 
Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-4 to take their series opener.  Dallas won in OT to take the opener vs. San Jose.  Detroit pounded Colorado behind Johan Franzen’s hat trick for a 2-0 series lead.  Philadelphia evened things up at 1 with Montreal.  Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury shutout the Rangers 2-0 as they Penguins took the same lead in the series.  Dallas whooped on San Jose to take a 2-0 lead.  Philadelphia’s improbable run continued as it took Game 3 and a 2-1 lead over Montreal.  Anaheim signed C Ryan Carter to a three-year deal.  Pittsburgh cruised to a 3-0 lead as Malkin netted two goals. Dallas pushed San Jose to the brink of elimination (3 games to None) with a 2-1 OT win.  Detroit did the same to Anaheim in regulation.  Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen and will miss the rest of the playoffs for the Rangers.  Philadelphia took a commaning 3-1 series lead over Montreal.  San Jose didn’t go down without a fight in winning Game 4.  The still trail Dallas 3-1 in the series.   Jaromir Jagr had 2 Goals and an Assist and Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the Rangers stayed alive vs. Pittsburgh.  Johan Franzen netted his second hat trick of the series as Detroit swept Colorado.
 

Roger Clemens had a rough week.  The Twins sent Liriano down to the minors.  I knew they brought him up too early.  Jason Giambi hit 2 HRs.  Justin Morneau hit a Grand Slam. Randy Johnson won his 285th career game.  Lance Berkman cracked a couple of solo shots.  Matt Kemp hit a Grand Slam.  Erik Bedard returned from the DL.  Carlos Delgado Paul Konerko, Brandon Phillips, and Nate McLouth each hit a pair of HRs.  Jorge Posada landed on the DL with a bad shoulder.  Proof that the NFL’s contract aren’t that bad…Barry Zito 0-6 with a 7.53 ERA.  Mike Mussina won his 253rd career game.  Hank Blaylock landed on the DL with a torn hamstring.  Now it’s John Smoltz to the DL.  He wants to return to the bullpen when he comes back.  Greg Maddux was denied #350 yet again.  Roy Halladay threw his fourth straight complete game.  Scott Hairston hit a pair of HRs.  A-Rod went on the DL with a strained quad.  Chad Cordero will miss a month with a shoulder tear.  Placido Polanco and Geovany Soto each hit a pair of HRs. Rafael Furcal had five hits.  Josh Hamilton hit a Grand Slam.  Alfonso Soriano returned from the DL. Troy Tulowitzki tore his quad and wil be out for a few months.  Same with Phil Hughes (rib).


The Raiders got McFadden.  There were a record 33 trades made in the draft.  They cut Dominic Rhodes shortly thereafter.  Dallas traded LB Akin Ayodele and TE Anthony Fasano to Bill Parcels and Miami for a 4th round pick.  Carolina signed Darwin Walker.  The Jets signed Danny Woodhead, the NCAA career rushing leader, to a free agent contract.  The Bills will be paid $78 million for their 8 games in Toronto over the next five years.
 
Darren Collison has decided he’s going to stay at UCLA.  His teammate Josh Shipp will dip his toes in the water.  Stanford named Johnny Dawkins head coach.  UNC’s Danny Green had declared for the draft.  Ben Hansbrough is transferring to Notre Dame.  UCLA’s Chace Stanbac is transferring from UCLA.  Washington State coach Tony Bennett got a $200K raise.
 
UCLA QB Patrick Cowan will miss the year after tearing his ACL.  Georgia Tech QB Taylor Bennett is transferring to Louisiana Tech.  Lou Holtz, Troy Aikman, Wilber Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Syracuse QB Don McPherson, Jay Novacek, Thurman Thomas and others were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
 
Adam Scott won the Byron Nelson Championship.
 
Kyle Busch won the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega.  Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race thre on Saturday.
 
 
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