Hello one and all and welcome to the post-draft edition of our NFL chat. What's on your minds today?
Actually I did during the 2001 draft, the year the Rams had 3 first-round picks and took Adam Archuleta, Damione Lewis, and Ryan Pickett. Now, I didn't have the kind of access Peter King did. I was allowed in the draft room basically 5 minutes before the pick was made and five minutes after. That was it. But it was an interesting look at how things were done, particularly when it came down to the Pickett pick. Head coach Mike Martz had some reservations about the pick, but GM Charley Armey was very persuasive in why he liked Pickett. So Martz signed off on Pickett, and he turned out to easily be the best of the 3 picks although most of his career was spent in Green Bay.
I think the precedent has been set. If you're a good enough prospect, and there's enough tape on you, it's not going to have an impact on your draft stock Jake Butt was "punished" for being hurt by dropping to the fifth round. (He was probably a Day 2 pick in my mind if healthy.) Fournette and McCaffrey were not punished for skipping their bowl games. I'm not going to say there will be a deluge of players skipping their bowl games, but there will be more, especially if they are nicked up during their final college season as was the case with Fournette and McCaffrey.
Well, they had to move up _ what? 17 spots into the top 10. That's lot of ground to cover and doesn't come cheaply. Also if you're the Chiefs, you've got to figure you'll be in the playoffs this coming year and so that first-round pick you gave up will be somewhere in the 20s. This year it was 27th. The Chiefs are an organization that has stability and a plan. They have a GM and head coach that work well together. They have their stuff together enough that they can afford to look ahead. They can afford to sit Mahomes for a couple of years and let him marinate if you well behind Alex Smith. And if they're right on Mahomes, they'll be set at QB for the next 10 years. If they're wrong, well that will set them back. They both were in Green Bay in the '90s seeing the same approach work with young Brett Favre.
Not only taking Trubisky, but giving up two third-rounders and a fourth-rounder (in addition to swapping first-rounders) to get him was the biggest head-scratcher in the draft. I don't think I'm the Lone Ranger here. Thirteen college starts. The guy hasn't seen much. This couldn't have been John Fox's idea. He's 9-23 in two seasons with the Bears. A 6-10 gets him fired. He needed someone that could help right away. And that's not Trubisky.
Especially at the top of the draft, I like them too. Sure, No. 5 overall was high for Corey Davis. But it now seems pretty clear that those top 3 wideouts weren't going to be there at No. 18 when the Titans made their second pick. Davis was clearly their choice of the 3, so they took him at No. 5 overall. If I guy can play, I'm never one to get too hung up on the fact that a team took him five or 10 spots early. I also liked the Adoree' Jackson pick at No. 18. Now, he's still a little raw at corner, and he's on the small side. But he has high-end speed and very good ball skills. And you're getting a potentially elite kick return man as well. In my mind wide receiver and secondary were the team's 2 biggest needs entering the draft, and with an assist from the Rams thanks to the Jared Goff trade, they were able to address those needs in the first round.
A Jeff Gordon Tipsheet story on how pundits evaluated the Rams' draft was published Monday. It's still the fifth-most read sports story in the Post-Dispatch. So I would say, St. Louisans haven't moved on from the Rams. Many love to hate them. And judging from some of my interaction with readers, some still like the team believe it or not. We have written about 1/50th of the stories we were writing on the team prior to their departure. But my job is to cover the NFL. The Rams are part of the NFL, so we will drop in on them from time to time.
I guess we should all know this by now, but the NFL's "plan" is go where the money and the new stadiums are. In theory, the NFL likes San Diego as a market, but unless some Kroenke-like figure as an owner emerges who plans to pay for the stadium himself, it's not going to happen in San Diego. The league is lukewarm at best about St. Louis. I don't think they're losing any sleep about not having a team in what they consider a baseball town.
Glad you asked. Oct. 2, 2017 has been set as a "trial date" in the courtroom of judge Michael Kellan Mullen. But I'm told that's just a "place-holder." No one expects a trial that soon _ that's not even six months from now. Perhaps that day could be used for a hearing on the case, etc. As you know, the NFL loves stringing these things out, testing the will of the opposition as legal fees mount. This will take a while.
Hey, it's all about the $$$$$$
A.) Blame it on Jeff Fisher. B.) Have your resume ready.
Including my wife. She has turned into quite the Rams-hater. Who knew?
So far the Rams are doing their best to fulfill your wish that they win as few games as possible.
And oh, yeah, all the parties have been notified they are being sued as Dr. Mizzou points out. Since there is more than person from each club named in the suit, there are more than 50 names all told.
And beyond that, the Chiefs had 10 draft picks. Ten draft picks aren't going to make what is a playoff-proven roster. They could afford to package some of those picks to move up _ as they did not only for Mahomes but for running back Kareem Hunt in the third round and wide receiver Jehu Chesson (the St. Louisan from Ladue High) in Round 4.
Malibu Stan thinks of everything.
Lawrence Phillips is the most cringe-worthy one. There were 3 top-flight RB prospects in that 1996 draft. Phillips, Tim Biakabutuka, and Eddie George. Of course, George was the only one that worked out. And he was the last of the 3 RBs taken. Anyway as each pick went by and Phillips wasn't picked the sense of dread increased in the gymnasium at the Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club. (That was the Rams' practice facility at that time. Construction was not yet complete at Rams Park in Earth City.) So Phillips' the woman-abuser slid to the Rams at No. 6 overall, and compounding matters was the fact that owner Georgia Frontiere herself phone in the pick. I believe she was unaware of Phillips' past at the time. Conversely, I wasn't a big fan of the Todd Gurley pick at the time, and that worked out swell _ for a year at least.
Yeah, that's all great. And I've heard the StubHub Center is a pretty nice venue. But in typical NFL style, in a stadium half as big as normal in the NFL, the Chargers are charging roughly twice as much in ticket prices for that "intimate" experience.