Brand new week, gang.
Forgotten First Rounders: 2000 " Pick 256
The 2000 draft, like most years, was a bit of a mixed bag but overall a fairly weak class. The two best players, by far, were separated by 100 picks: 9th overall Brian Urlacher and 199th overall Tom Brady. There were a number of high quality players taken in between, including 3 Jets: Shaun Ellis (12th), John Abraham (13th), Julian Peterson (16th), Shaun Alexander (19th), Chad Clifton (44th), Laveraneus Coles (78th) and former All-Pros Adalius Thomas (186th) and Mike Brown (39th). There were also a number of notable (and high profile) flops, especially in the "no-man’s land" of the late 1st round: Sylvester Morris (21st), Chris McIntosh (22nd), Rashard Anderson (23rd) and R.Jay Soward (29th) were all out of the league by the end by the end of 2001 due to injuries or legal problems.
Following up: Tendencies for Kolb, Skelton - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Fast forward to early September. Assume the Arizona Cardinals have just named a starting quarterback. Fans are debating the decision. They know John Skelton had a better won-lost record than Kevin Kolb as a starter last season, but beyond that, there isn't much to go on.
2013 NFL Draft: Wake Forest Preview - CBSSports
In program history, Wake Forest has had four or more picks in a single draft just twice and both have come in the past four years (2009 and 2012).
All-22 replays seem great, but what are we really seeing? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
For football geeks everywhere, the recent announcement that the NFL was going to release coach's tape on every play of every game through its NFL Game Rewind package was a large slice of heaven. As a football fan, you could compare it to mono vs. stereo, or black-and-white vs. color TV. Or, go back and play one of those 8-bit Madden games, and compare it with the more recent iteration. The differences are that drastic. The overhead and end zone angles we will now see on every play (Game Rewind had previously inserted overhead views in about 15-20 plays per game) give us so much more to view and understand.
An inside look at Jon Gruden's game plan | National Football Post
A look at my notes on the former Bucs head coach.
Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL… - NFL.com
With minicamps coming to a close, let’s do our weekly thing and break down nine really random things going on around the NFL…
More than 85 percent of NFL draft class signed - NFL.com
Rookies from the 2012 draft are gathering in Ohio this week for the league's annual rookie symposium. Unlike previous classes, however, Brian McIntyre writes this crop arrives with plenty of cash in hand.