College Kids Invade Redskins Park
It's that time of year folks, when some of the best NCAA Division I football talent begins to take tours of potential NFL employers. Think of it like a more intimate career day, only you get immense individual attention from millionaire coaches and are interviewing with some dudes who used to pummel people on the gridiron for a living.
For a team like Washington, picking sixth overall, they'll bring in all kinds of kids. I remember a few years back, during the Sean Taylor draft, when everyone figured the Skins were grabbing either the reaper or Kellen Winslow's kid. The Redskins still brought guys like Robert Gallery in for visits. I remember in 2005 guys like Roddy White made the rounds.
They'll end up meeting with a dozen kids or more, and some of them are just due diligence deals. The Skins were scheduled to have Amobe Okoye, the 19-year old defensive lineman from Louisville, in today. Now, that's a case of someone very high on their wish list, but trust me not all of these visits will be of that nature.
You really can't make too much out of it. It's just a part of the process and I am sure every year teams take players who never visited them. The draft is so unpredictable that you have to be prepared, but a lot of this is all for naught in the end.
My standard practice has been to generally ignore this stuff for the most part unless I got word that an especially big or unexpected name was in the house. Then I might throw in a line or two mentioning it. And, frankly, since I'm going to be on vacation for like a month or more starting next week, looks like I'll be keeping that practice going this spring as well. I plan to come back a week to 10 days before the draft, crank through that, and then we hit the doldurms of the offseason, with OTAs, a mini camp and then summer vacaction, with maybe a surprise June 1 cut tossed in for the heck of it.
So that's the plan, folks.
Randoms: Is it just me, or does some weird stuff just seem to follow Dan Snyder around? Now he's got a nanny suing him. I know that fame and fortune make you a moving target, but every year something bizarre comes up, eh? The tree thing. The Redskins' credit card thing. The charging admission for training camp thing. Would seem to indicate a pattern. Tom Cruise could surely broker a peace accord with the nanny, though, dontcha think? ... A lot of people got hot and bothered when I wrote about the Colts during the playoffs, and the feelings they still stir in Baltimorons (I am one, thus I can write that). Anyway, there is a movement afoot to try to reclaim the football history that took place in the city when the Colts resided there, and a great website at www.coltsheritage.com for anyone interested in the whole shebang ... Marion Berry gets off again, eh. That dude is beyond teflon. He must have a karma hall pass or something.
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