Throwback – Teddy Bridgewater and the NFL Draft

Last December, I wrote the following commentary for Yahoo Contributor Network, making the case for Teddy Bridgewater to leave school a year early and declare for the draft. I said he was a candidate to be drafted first, and that he was ready to succeed from the first day. I was partially right. He wasn’t…

My Mock Draft 2.0

A two-liter of Pepsi and some pizza, and Voila! An updated mock draft. Not much has changed from version 1.0. A few players dropped, a few rose. Fair warning, I only have two quarterbacks off the board in the first round – I’ve been getting the feeling that the media and the fans like this…

The NFL Needs Johnny Football

Let me make this clear – if I ran a football team, I would not draft Johnny Manziel. Don’t feed me his statistics. Don’t feed me the Alabama game. Don’t tell me about the Heisman. “All he does is win’ went out the window with Tebow’s career. I don’t care how much he can run.…

So I Did a Mock Draft….

Seems like everyone has a mock draft these days. Every football sportswriter, fan, player has done one at some point. Not that they’re any good, especially six weeks before the real thing. But speculation is big business. And entertaining. So here’s my wild guesses, based on tea leaves and hunches. Feel free to comment, call…

Another Opinionated Day

On Michael Sam: Good for him. He’s not the first college football player to come out (Conner Mertens, a kicker at tiny Willamette University in Oregon, took that honor), but coming out before this spring’s NFL draft took courage. It’s not just about the big-ticket items, such as Westboro Baptist protesting. Every move he makes…

Just For The Record

I’ll be rooting for the Broncos tonight. I’m not a real fan of either team, but as an old guy, I feel obliged to root for Peyton Manning. It’s hard to root against a guy who came back from an injury like his, at his age, and play as well as he has.

Young Kicker Shows Courage In Coming Out

When I read the story about the first active football player coming out, two things impressed me. For those who missed it, Conner Mertens, a kicker at tiny Willamette University in Oregon, publicly came out this week. He’s the first active player on any level to have done so. First thing that got my attention…