Archive: Draft

First-Round Signings Update

By my count, it's now 15 first-round draft picks league-wide signed (including five of the top six) and 16 unsigned. The rundown: Signed: No. 1 Jake Long, T, Dolphins No. 2 Chris Long, DE, Rams No. 3 Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons No. 4 Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders No. 6...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

L.A. Is Potential NFL Draft Site

Los Angeles is among the bidders to host the NFL draft in the future. The league's contract with its most recent draft host, Radio City Music Hall in New York, has expired. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league would consider other cities as possible hosts. Goodell said...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2008; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Albert Thought Chiefs Were Going to Take Him With Fifth Pick

If any of you saw the Post show last night on Comcast, you know that I was on and one of our in-studio guests was Branden Albert, the guard from the University of Virginia drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round last weekend to play offensive...

 

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2008; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Says Union Won't Agree to Rookie Wage Scale

Executives from NFL teams again have raised the idea in recent weeks of imposing a rookie wage scale, so that less money is directed to players just entering the league and more is given to established veterans under the salary cap system. But Gene Upshaw, the executive director of...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2008; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Winners and Losers

Three teams' drafts that I really liked: Chiefs: What's not to like? They had six picks in the first three rounds and made the most of all of them. They got two of the draft's best linemen, in Glenn Dorsey and Branden Albert, in the opening round. They got...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2008; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (13)

Chiefs Are Thriving

The Kansas City Chiefs should be having a great draft, with all the picks they got in the Jared Allen trade with the Minnesota Vikings. And they are. Each of their first six selections were solid. In the first round, they got LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey with the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2008; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Third Round Thoughts

Some picks of interest in today's third round: * Tailback Jamaal Charles of Texas went 73rd overall to the Chiefs. Kansas City gets a complementary runner to go with Larry Johnson. * Penn State linebacker Dan Connor goes 74th to the Panthers. Great third-round value for Carolina. * Wide...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Big Trades Lacking, At Least So Far

Another surprising development Saturday was the lack of trades of players already in the league. Cornerback Lito Sheppard is still in Philadelphia. Defensive end Jason Taylor is still in Miami. Tight end Jeremy Shockey is still with the New York Giants. Wide receivers Chad Johnson of Cincinnati, Roy Williams...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Thoughts on Second-Round Quarterbacks

The draft's third and fourth quarterbacks came off the board late in the second round. Louisville's Brian Brohm went 56th overall to the Green Bay Packers, and Michigan's Chad Henne went to the Miami Dolphins on the following choice. A few issues arising from those selections: * So is...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2008; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Receivers Rebound in Second Round

The shutout of receivers in the first round of the NFL draft Saturday led to a second-round bounce-back. Nine wideouts were selected in the second round. The surprise developments were that the first wide receiver taken was Donnie Avery of Houston, 33rd overall by the St. Louis Rams, and...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2008; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Timely First Round

NEW YORK--The first round was completed in 3 hours 30 minutes, making it the shortest first round since 1990. The NFL's speed-up effort worked after last year's 6-hour, 8-minute first round. "I take that as a sign of improvement," Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the podium. The first-round picks...

 

By Cindy Boren | April 26, 2008; 06:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Make a Panic Move

NEW YORK--I didn't particularly like what the Ravens did, trading back up (after trading down earlier) to take Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco with the 18th pick. Fellow quarterbacks Brian Brohm of Louisville and Chad Henne of Michigan were still available. The Ravens could have stayed put at 26th and...

 

By Cindy Boren | April 26, 2008; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (5)

Dissecting the Redskins' Trade

NEW YORK--The Redskins' trade, to me, means they're going to take a wide receiver. No wideouts have been taken yet and the Redskins should have a shot at two or three guys from among Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Limas Sweed and DeSean Jackson. I'm a little surprised they didn't...

 

By Cindy Boren | April 26, 2008; 05:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Few Surprises So Far

NEW YORK--Not too many huge surprises so far, other than the Ravens taking Joe Flacco 18th. USC offensive tackle Sam Baker probably wasn't worthy of the 21st overall pick. But the offensive tackles were flying off the board, and the Falcons felt they couldn't wait. Seven of the draft's...

 

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor | April 26, 2008; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Crowd Likes Gholston Pick

NEW YORK--The Jets just took Vernon Gholston, the Ohio State defensive end, sixth. That pick got big cheers from the Jets fans in the crowd. Not only do they get one of the draft's best pass rushers, but they keep Gholston away from the Patriots on the seventh pick....

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2008; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Greetings From New York, Looking Like Chris Long Second

NEW YORK--I've made it to New York and Radio City Music Hall, an ornate but odd setting for the draft. Pre-draft organ music just doesn't seem quite right. The Dolphins already signed Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long to be the top overall pick. It looks like the Rams are...

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Mock Draft

The toughest question remains: Will the Falcons take Matt Ryan third? I know a lot of people think they'll pass but I just keep wondering: How can they possibly go into next season with Chris Redman and Joey Harrington as their main options at quarterback? 1. Dolphins... Jake Long,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (10)

New Mock Top 10

I'll get an entire first round posted soon but here, quickly, is my current thinking on the top 10 so that there's something here for everyone to ridicule. I'm pretty sure I can at least get the top pick right... 1. Dolphins... Jake Long, T, Michigan 2. Rams... Glenn...

 

By Mark Maske | April 24, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

Rams Can't Sign Their Pick Before Draft

I was asked here after the Miami Dolphins signed offensive tackle Jake Long on Tuesday to be Saturday's top pick in the draft whether the St. Louis Rams, who have the No. 2 choice, now are permitted to sign the player they're going to select. It took a little...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins' Talks With J. Long Are Said to be Serious

The Miami Dolphins are engaged in what one source said today are "serious" contract negotiations with the agent for offensive tackle Jake Long. The Dolphins reportedly have been focusing on the Michigan product as the prospective top overall selection in the NFL draft Saturday and are attempting to complete...

 

By Mark Maske | April 21, 2008; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Get Ready for the New and Improved NFL Draft

With the NFL draft only six days away, it's worth reminding everyone of the changes that the league has made to the format to try to speed things along. Clubs will have 10 minutes each to make their first-round picks Saturday, down from the previous limit of 15 minutes....

 

By Mark Maske | April 21, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slip of Tongue By Dolphins' GM?

A telling slip of the tongue or a pre-draft smokescreen? At this time of the year, it can be impossible to tell. Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said at a news conference today that the team hopes the player it selects with the top overall choice in the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mock Draft

It's a tough-to-figure draft, beginning with no one in the league having much of an idea what the Dolphins are going to do with the top pick. The Top 10: 1. Dolphins... Jake Long, T, Michigan... Bill Parcells is keeping everyone guessing but at this point, Jake Long would...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Ryan Among Six Players Invited to Draft

The six players scheduled to be on hand at the draft in New York on April 26 are, according to the NFL Network, Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, Virginia defensive end Chris Long, Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and...

 

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2008; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

Redskins Awarded Third-Round Pick

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins were awarded three additional picks in the NFL draft in April, including a third-rounder, today. The league announced the compensatory draft choices awarded based on a formula balancing players lost and added in free agency. The Redskins were awarded the highest of the compensatory...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Ryan's Pro Day Performance Was Well Received

Two people who attended the pro day workout of Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan on Tuesday said that Ryan's crisp passing performance boosted his draft stock. The outing reinforced the notion that Ryan will be the first quarterback drafted next month and likely will be a top 10 selection....

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Ryan Has Pro Day Workout

Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan had his pro day workout for NFL scouts today. According to the Associated Press, Ryan completed 48 of the 52 passes that he threw and had three others dropped. The Kansas City Chiefs, who have the fifth overall selection in the draft, were represented...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Mock Draft, First Attempt

The Top 10: 1. Dolphins... Chris Long, DE, Virginia... Bill Parcells inherited a team with plenty of needs but a pass-rusher isn't a bad place to start. 2. Rams... Jake Long, T, Michigan... Maybe the safest pick in the draft. 3. Falcons... Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College... If you...

 

By Mark Maske | March 14, 2008; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (8)

Polian Suggests Rookie Wage Scale to Spur More Upper First-Round Trades

INDIANAPOLIS--How tough is it to trade a high first-round draft pick these days? Just ask Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian. "Trades are really a unique thing in the first round any more," Polian said Sunday, "because of the cost [of rookie players' contracts] in the top 10.... Now you're...

 

By Mark Maske | February 25, 2008; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

McFadden Dazzles

INDIANAPOLIS--The buzz of the scouting combine Sunday was the time of 4.27 seconds that Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden posted, by one clocking, in his first 40-yard dash run. He was timed at 4.33 seconds in his second attempt. If anyone doubted that McFadden was a candidate to be the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 25, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dorsey Denies He Has Injury Issue

INDIANAPOLIS--There are injury questions about LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who's regarded as a likely top-five selection--and possible top overall choice--in April's NFL draft. Some teams reportedly have concerns about a hairline fracture of his right tibia that Dorsey suffered in 2006. Dorsey said Sunday he doesn't think he...

 

By Mark Maske | February 25, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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