Before we take our leave of the 2009 NFL draft, we look ahead to the 2010 edition. Andrew Perloff of SI.com has been kind enough to do a mock for next year and, while it’s way too soon to take such things overly seriously, a mock draft is always fun to scan. And Perloff has the Falcons, who just took a big defensive tackle from the SEC West in Round 1, taking an even bigger one 12 months hence.
He’s Terrence Cody of Alabama, also known as Mount Cody. (He weighs 365 pounds, or thereabouts.) It’s also interesting that Perloff has the Falcons, who drafted 24th overall this time, picking 16th in 2010, which would seem to indicate he foresees some slippage in the 2009 season. Feel free to disagree. But, as you’re griping, take note of these names:
Writing for SI.com, Ross Tucker doesn’t offer letter grades but sorts the 32 teams into categories. He lists the Falcons under “Steady as she goes,” which would certainly seem an improvement over “Another Nebraska cornerback — are you kidding me?”
One Tucker-ism: He calls Peria Jerry “a rolling bucket of butcher knives.” Which got me to thinking: Shouldn’t that be a rolling ball of butcher knives? Because if the knives are on the inside of the bucket, they can’t do much damage, can they? Am I right about this? Hello, is this microphone on?
After Week 1 of the six-month — repeat, six-month — baseball season, the local nine was No. 1 in ESPN.com’s power ratings. After Week 2, the Braves were 15th. As of the latest rankings, they were 12th. The lesson we derive from all this? Don’t put too much stock in baseball power ratings.
For the sake of comparison, it should be noted that Larry Dobrow of CBSsports.com has the Braves 13th this week; Aram Tolegian of FoxSports.com has them 16th and calls them “perhaps … the slowest team”; Ted Keith of SI.com has them 14th, and Sporting News Today has them 16th.
In ESPN The Magazine — that’s the publication many receive but nobody really reads — Ryan McGee profiles the Braves’ Jordan Schafer. (Link requires registration.) If you’ve kept up with the story of Schafer and his return from a suspension due to suspicion of substance abuse, you won’t find a whole lot new, except maybe this: Schafer reported to training camp in 2008 acting pretty much like a jerk.
Speaking of which: In an article about his article — not for nothing is ESPN the Worldwide Leader in self-promotion — McGee allows that he believes Schafer has changed his ways (link requires registration) because he said “yes, sir” and “no, sir” in their interview.
Me, either. So here we go yet again.
Prominent on Chad Reuter’s list of the best undrafted free agents for NFLDraftScout.com was wide receiver Aaron Kelly of both Marietta and Clemson. And he has since, as esteemed colleague D. Orlando Ledbetter reported, signed with the Falcons.
Who’ll be the 2009 NFL rookie of the year? Albert Breer of Sporting News Today lists Mark Sanchez as the top candidate, with Percy Harvin, the hated Gator who’s now a Viking, the third choice. (Me, I think Sanchez is way overrated and would much rather have Harvin.)
Nowhere in Breer’s top five was Matthew Stafford, whose welcome in Detroit was somewhat less warm than Jerry’s in Flowery Branch. Indeed, Stafford was greeted by this column from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press, in which the writer identifies himself as a Stafford “skeptic” and then holds the Lions “totally botched” the contract negotiations. (And some of you folks thought I was hard on young Matty.)
As further evidence these Dogs aren’t in Athens anymore, there’s this from Woody Paige of the Denver Post, who rips the Broncos’ pick of Knowshon Moreno for being, of all things, too sexy. (Thanks to faithful reader Cuz for the tip.)
Many of you will never know the feeling of being too sexy, but from experience I can tell you that it indeed has its drawbacks. Now I’m going to sit myself down and try to recall one.