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.

Previous Re-Mixes
2001 Re-mix
2002 Re-mix

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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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Time for the 20th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Updating a previous report, the Pacman Jones deal was OK’d by the league.

Michael Roos
Knowing the value of a Left Tackle, Tennesse signed theirs to a six-year deal worth $43 million.  He hasn’t missed a start in three years with the Titans.  Vince Young and LenDale White are happy with this development.  Roos is 6’7″ and 315 lbs.

Ian Scott
Carolina added depth to their defensive front by signing DT Ian Scott.  He’s listed at 6’3″, 302 lbs.  He missed all of last year with a knee injury. 

L.J. Shelton
The Chargers added to their offensive line by signing veteran L.J. Shelton to a two-year deal.  He’s a monster at 6’6″, 345 lbs, and can play either tackle or guard.  LT is happy. 

Darwin Walker
Carolina beefed up their defensive front by signing Walker (6’3″, 294 lbs) to a one-year deal.  He had 17 tackles and a sack last year for Chicago.  He has 28.5 career sacks.

Fred Weary
The Guard re-signed with Houston.  He was one of the original players. He signed a one-year deal after the Texans didn’t draft a Guard in last weekend’s draft.  He’s listed at 6’4″, 308 lbs.

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Miami Hits Home Run

26 April 2008

It didn’t take long for Bill Parcels to show he still has it.  What a great first day draft for Bill Parcels.  He started off grabbing monster Left Tackle Jake Long.  In the trenches are where games are won, and a potential franchise Left Tackle is the perfect position to start the rebuilding process with.  Next up was Phillip Merling out of Clemson.  He was projected as a mid-first round pick, but slid because of concerns about a sports hernia injury. The Tuna recongnized the talent that essentially fell into his lap.  Improving his fronts on both sides of the ball with his first two picks was an excellent strategy.  The Dolphins continued to impress by grabbing Michigan QB Chad Henne.  He brings leadership and ability to a position of need for the Dolphins.  Obviously their QB situation was a mess last year, and even though Henne may not start right away, he is certainly the QB of the future.  Well played Tuna.  Well played.

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New England Just Gets It

26 April 2008

So the Patriots had the 7th pick, and you just knew that it was likely they would trade down.  Why?  That’s their M.O.  So why did they do it?  They moved down three spots where they can get the guy they wanted in the first place.  In the process they moved up from a fifth round pick to a third round pick.  They also saved themselves a couple million dollars by drafting out of the ten slot instead of the seven.  They lost a lot of players defensively this offseason so moving into the third round was a great move. 

With the 10th pick the Patriots selected Jerod Mayo, a linebacker out of Tennessee.  They are very old at linebacker and this certainly addresses a need.  Mayo can play inside or outsidel inebacker, which is also the Patriots M.O.  They like to add players who can play multiple positions.  That flexibility is something Belichick desires.  I thought they would go LB or CB with this pick so  I can’t argue with the selection.  Look for the Patriots to draft some more defensive players with their next few picks.

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Friday Tidbits 4/25/08

25 April 2008

Isiah Thomas finally got fired.  Looks like he owes Matt Millen and Kevin McHale dinner. NBA owners have agreed to allow Seattle to move to Oklahoma City.  KG had his first kid.  LeBron helped Cleveland get off to a 1-0 lead vs. Washington.  San Antonio took the opener vs. Phoenix in Double-Overtime despite 40 from Duncan.  New Orleans stormed back to pound Dallas and take a 1-0 lead.  Chris Paul dominated with 35 points and 10 assists.  Utah took Game 1 vs. Houston.  Dwight Howards 25 point, 22 rebound effort was too much for Toronto in Game 1.  Gasol had a monster game (36 points, 16 rebounds) as the Lakers took the opener vs. Denver.  Philly shocked Detroit in their opener.  Manu Ginobili won the 6th Man Award.  Big Shocker.  Scott Skiles signed a four-year deal to coach Milwaukee.  LeBron messed around and just missed a triple-double as Cleveland took a 2-0 lead over Washington.  Utah took Game 2 90-84.  T-Mac is starting to sweat.  KG took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award.  New Orleans crushed Dallas behind CP3′s 32 points & 17 assists to take a -0 lead.  Dwight Howard (29 points, 20 boards) had his second consecutive 20-20 game as Orlando took a 2-0 lead.  The Spurs got 79 points from their Big 3 to take a 2-0 lead over Phoenix.  Italian star Danilo Gallinari has declared for the NBA Draft.  Vince Carter had a bone spur removed from his ankle.  Detroit fought back in a big way to even their series with Philly.  Boston handily beat Atlanta for a 2-0 lead.  Kobe scored 49 and handed 10 assists as the Lakers took a 2-0 lead.  Larry Brown resigned as Philly’s VP.  Ron Artest had surgery on his thumb.  Toronto (Orlando) and Washington (Cleveland) struck back in their series to avoid going down 3-0.  Tracy McGrady kept the trend of the road team winning as Houston avoided going down 3-0 vs. Utah.  All three series sit a 2 games to 1.

The Rangers sent the New Jersey Devils packing.  Detroit beat Nashville in OT for a 3-2 series lead.  Anaheim survived Dallas in Game 5.  Dallas leads 3-2.  Washington stayed in the hunt with a Game 5 victory over Philly.  Boston forced a Game 7 with Montreal.  Colorado finished off the Wild in Game 6.  Chris Osgood shutout Nashville to close out their series.  Cagary’s Miikka Kiprusoff shutout San Jose to force a Game 7.  Dallas knocked off Anaheim in Game 6 so there will be a new champion this year.  Montreal’s Carey Price shutout Boston 5-0 to send them packing.  Washington took care of Philly in Game 7 behind Ovechkin’s pair of goals.  Nashville extended Coach Barry Trotz’s contract. The Flyers stunned Washington on the road in Game 7 to win the series. San Jose beat Calgary in Game 7 behind Jeremy Roenick’s four-point game.  Montreal beat Philly in OT to take the series opener.  Detroit knocked off Colorado in their opener.

John Smoltz joined the 3000 K Club.The Rays were proactive in signing Evan Longoria to a six-year $17.5 deal with options to make it nine-years, $44 million.  Wise move.  Tom Glavine landed on the DL.  Big Papi hit a Grand Slam. Chipper Jones and Richie Sexson smacked another pair of HRs.  JImmy Rollins landed on the DL.  Toronto released Frank Thomas.  Hanley Ramirez and Chase Utley each smacked a pair of HRs on Sunday.  Chase Utley homered for the 5th straight game on Monday.  Jake Westbrook joined the rest of the league on the DL. Ronny Cedeno and Bobby Abreu each blasted each blasted Grand Slams.  Jacoby Ellsbury smacekd a pair of HRs.  C.C. Sabathia punished those who dropped him going 6 shutout ininings allowing 4 hits with 11 Ks.  The Reds fired GM Wayne Krivsky  and replaced him with Walt Jocketty. Miguel Cabrera is moving to 1st with Carlos Guillen taking over at 3rd.  J.J. Putz returned from the DL.  Josh Beckett and Dice K were both scratches.  The Cubs won their 10000th game.  Gary Matthews, JR. hit a pair of HRs.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HR #597.  Greg Maddux pitched lights out, but was still denied win # 350.  Frank Thomas re-joined Oakland.  The buried Big Papi jersey got $175K for charity.  Magglio Ordonez and Donnie Murphy smacked a pair of HRs on Thursday.  Felipe Lopez hit a Grand Slam.  Cliff Lee fired a three-hit shutout to improve to 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA.

Jake Long will be the #1 pick tomorrow.  The Vikings traded their 1st round pick along with two 3rd round picks for Jared Allen.  The Vikes signed him to a six-year, $74 milllion deal.  The NFL reinstated Cincy LB Odelle Thruman.  He hasn’t played in two years.  The Bungles declined Washington’s offer of two first round picks for Ocho Cinco.  I would have said “Deal” rather than “No Deal”.  Carolina’s Mike Rucker and Cincy’s David Pollack have retired.  Seattle cut Shaun Alexander.  Dallas traded a 4th rounder for Pacman Jones.  The Jets traded DL Dewayne Robertson to Denver for a draft pick.

Boston College kicked DE Brady Smith to the curb after he was charge with B & E and sexual assault.  Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton had his elbow cleaned out.  Florida State WR Preston Parker was arrested on drugs and weapons charges.  Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter had thumb surgery.  OL Justin Boren left Michigan Sate for Ohio State.

Mempis’ Chris Douglas-Roberts, Antonio Anderson, and Robert Dozier will turn pro.  UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will test the NBA waters.  Drake hire Mark Phelps, who was an assistant at Arizona State, to be its next Coach.  Memphis Assist Derek Kellog will be UMass’s next Coach.  Mississippi State’s Jamont Gordon will enter the NBA Draft.  Texas Guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams will test the NBA waters.  I don’t know hiow many teams they think are in the NBA.  Sad news to report.  Alabama State G Deshean Porchea collapsed and died following a pickup game.  He was 19.

Boo Weekley won his second consecutive Verizon Heritage Classic.  It’s the only tournament he’s ever won.

Kyle Busch won the Corona Mexico 200.  Danica Patrick won the Honda 300 at Twin Ring Motegi ain Japan to become the first woman to win an IndyCar race.

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