You are looking live from the Tier 4 mobile studio tonight as we prepare to take in the 2013 NFL Draft. And I’m already jealous.
I’m sitting next to the Central Michigan college paper and the young man covering the No. 1 pick is done with the heavy lifting. We were talking about my “plight” and only then did I understand how wide open this is tonight.
I’m on the left side of the room and everything except some national radio booths are to my right. I can see where the team tables are, but I can’t see where the players and their entourages are. I’ll scout it out because for all we know Geno Smith could be the Greenroom Guy tonight.
Not that that worries him. Not in the least.
And with the first click …
Last thing: I’ll reset the blog tomorrow morning and present the videos again. Then we’ll do a chat (!) at 11 a.m. Tell the world.
And that’s a wrap, everybody. Back to the hotel to rewrite for the web and add something about Geno’s night. And we check out at 3:33 tonight. Tight.
The final question for Geno is whether or not Jerry Jones is crazy enough to take Geno and develop his quarterback of the future.
Tavon Austin is a special talent. Football has always recognized that, whether WVU or St. Louis, Lonnie Galloway’s wife or the Rams general manager.
Here’s Geno’s Hail Mary moment now. The Texans are a long shot, for sure. But there are a few teams who could trade out of early in the second round to nab Geno at the end of the first.
There are two problems with his, though.
1) None of the last four teams need or will take a quarterback (unless Dallas blows our minds). So why trade UP to give those teams, who are already football rich, more assets?
2) The teams that might really need to get up, say, Cleveland, don’t have a way to do it. The Browns don’t have a second round pick. I think Geno has to wake up and do this again.
One last video. Here are the Jets fans, who have a blood thirst and sounded like they wanted Geno … but were OK with the outcome.
The Vikings just picked Sharif Floyd and the crowd is JAMMING to purple rain.
And here’s the scene from inside Radio City Music Hall from when Tavon was drafted.
Back after filing my Tavon story and I don’t anticipate a need for a Geno story now, which is a story.
Anyhow, here’s Tavon at his press conference.
… and this just turned into a long night for one of us.
Danny Amendola’s career stats in four seasons with the Rams: 196 catches, 1,726 yards, 8.8 yards per catch, seven touchdowns.
Everyone here saying the Jets will take Milliner, which is the most obvious pick of the night.
That’s a little more than half a draft. Remember when Ditka traded a whole draft to get Ricky Williams.
The Rams traded four picks to get Tavon.
Tavon is the first skill position player to go and that back-to-back thing is not yet out of the woods.
And the Rams pretty much had to do this if they wanted Tavon. The Jets were the name we heard most. The Rams were not too far behind. The Jets have No. 9 and 13. Attention turns to them now and how they fix that offense.
The trade was just announced here and you could hear a lot of people say Tavon.
And Tavon on turf at least eight times a year … that’s inviting.
And we’re hearing that the Rams have moved up to No. 8. That might be Tavon.
Ever seen this Cooper kid move? He’ll be an all-pro if the Cardinals develop a running game.
By the way, none of my notes show a superior back-to-back than Ezekiel and Barkevious or Zeke/Keke.
Here comes the free fall …
And here’s where things get interesting for Geno. I don’t think the Browns can pull the trigger here. Not with their needs. But the pick is in, so we’ll know soon.
Tavon’s favorite player growing up? Barry Sanders. alas, it was not to be.
Lions pick has been in for almost three minutes now … let’s hurry up!
This 5-6 sequence is the reason I mentioned the back-to-back tidbit earlier. It’s not impossible.
I had a couple people whisper Tavon’s name in conversations about Detroit. Believe it or not, the Lions need a receiver. The Titus Young thing worked before he — and I’m serious — intentionally lined up in illegal formations to undermine the coaching staff. Point being, the offense is looking for that element. And put Tavon with Megatron and Reggie Bush and … whew.
Eagles fans were chanting for Geno, but get Lane Johnson. That’s strike two against Geno, I think. Strike one was being at the head of this criticized quarterbacks class. Strike three, one would argue, is being gripped in the glove by the Browns.
The Eagles are on the clock and this is your first Geno/Tavon moment. If it’s one or the other, the Jets fans will explode.
Dion Jordan! He’s an impressive looking kid in shorts and a T-shirt — a bunch of us were very surprised by his stature yesterday. Lean, tall, long. He’s in that modern day outside pressure mold. And he’s good at his job.
Trade! Oakland traded the pick and Miami is on the clock. Ten more minutes for the No. 3 pick. Already.
In case you haven’t heard, it’s Geno’s mom’s birthday.
Yikes. Now he’s eating a sandwich out of foil. I’m telling you, he was eating out of a Chinese food-style box before. This is, I would have to think, street vendor food now. And again I ask, where is he getting it?
I like Mike Irvin on television. A fun mix of unfiltered and intelligent, and there’s no doubting his accomplishments. And now I see more to like.
He’s doing studio stuff above us and just housing what appears to be Chinese food. They have a terrific spread downstairs. And Irvin has been here for hours. Did he have it delivered. And how’s that work?
“Delivery please. The address? Yes, Radio City Music Hall. NFL Network set. Name? Playmaker.”
Oh, boy. Manti Te’o’s video package is lustily booed by the crowd. Teo’o won’t be in attendance … and insert your own joke right there.
And I’ll be joining Mr. Dunlap at 1 a.m. to discuss the draft. You can listen live here:
I have no idea what drinking games you’re playing tonight or what kind of action you have on the side, but allow this to be your guide for a fun little distraction.
And finally, the history I’m most interested in:
Longest first round since 1967: 2007 (6 hours, 8 minutes)
Shortest first round since 1967: 1972 (2 hours)
One more thing about going No. 1: Only 13 No. 1 picks have made the Hall of Fame, which surprised me.
The list: 1942 – “Bullet” Bill Dudley/Pittsburgh; 1945 – Charley Trippi/Chicago Cardinals; 1949 – Chuck Bednarik/Philadelphia; 1957 – Paul Hornung/Green Bay; 1963 – Buck Buchanan/Kansas City (AFL); 1968 – Ron Yary/Minnesota; 1969 – O.J. Simpson/Buffalo; 1970 – Terry Bradshaw/Pittsburgh; 1976 – Lee Roy Selmon/Tampa Bay; 1978 – Earl Campbell/Houston; 1983 – John Elway/Baltimore Colts; 1985 – Bruce Smith/Buffalo Bills; 1989 – Troy Aikman/Dallas Cowboys.
It is unlikely, though possible that Geno and Tavon could go back-to-back in the top 10. That would be especially special.
Here are the only other times that’s happened in draft history.
1937: Nebraska – HB Lloyd Cardwell (7) and E Les McDonald (8)
1943: Minnesota – HB Bill Daley (7) and T Dick Wildung (8)
1946: Notre Dame – QB Johnny Lujack (4) and T George Connor (5)
1948: Alabama – HB Lowell Tew (4) and C Vaughn Mancha (5)
1949: Southern Methodist – RB Doak Walker (3) and HB Paul Page (4) / Notre Dame – QB Frank Tripucka (9) and G Bill Fischer (10)
1959: Ohio State – HB Don Clark (7) and C Dan James (8)
1967: Michigan State – DT Bubba Smith (1) and RB Clint Jones (2)
1977: Southern California – T Marvin Powell (4) and DT Gary Jeter (5)
1978: Notre Dame – TE Ken MacAfee (7) and DT Ross Browner (8)
1981: UCLA – RB Freeman McNeil (3) and DB Kenny Easley (4)
1984: Nebraska – WR Irving Fryar (1) and T Dean Steinkuhler (2)
1990: Southern California – LB Junior Seau (5) and DB Mark Carrier (6)
1991: Nebraska – DB Bruce Pickens (3) and LB Mike Croel (4) / Tennessee – T Charles McRae (7) and T Antone Davis (8)
1992: Stanford – T Bob Whitfield (8) and RB Tommy Vardell (9)
1993: Alabama – DE John Copeland (5) and DE Eric Curry (6)
1996: Illinois – LB Kevin Hardy (2) and DE Simeon Rice (3)
2000: Penn State – DE Courtney Brown (1) and LB LaVar Arrington (2)
2002: Texas – T Mike Williams (4) and DB Quentin Jammer (5)
2004: Miami – S Sean Taylor (5) and TE Kellen Winslow (6)
2010: Oklahoma – DT Gerald McCoy (3) and T Trent Williams (4)
Fisher is fixing to do something rare, too. No MAC player has ever gone No. 1, which is neat in the era of Maction!
A quarterback has been chosen No. 1 overall in 10 of the past 12 NFL Drafts while only three offensive linemen have been taken No. 1 since 1967. Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Yary, Orlando Pace and Jake Long (2008) were all tackles.
There are a lot of Alabama fans here. And no wonder. Here we are, understandably aware of WVU’s chance to have players drafted in the first round in back-to-back years and possibly have two first-round picks for the first time ever.
The Crimson Tide giggles at that. If offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy (Aside: He’s huge), cornerback Dee Milliner and offensive guard Chance Warmack are selected tonight, Alabama would become the second school sine the start of the common draft era in 1967 to have at least four players selected in the first round in three consecutive drafts. The U did it from 2001-04.
Interesting reminder from the NFL about Geno’s heritage.
“Cousin, MELVIN BRATTON, was drafted in the seventh round of the 1989 NFL Draft by Denver and played two seasons at running back for the Broncos (1989-90) following a standout career at Miami. Bratton still ranks third in school history with 32 total touchdowns.”
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