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1996 Draft Revisited

In succession, looking back at the past drafts of recent memories, how they contributed or adversely affected the teams, and the outlook by the “so-called” experts going in, a look at the 1996 NFL draft.

It was widely regarded as one of the better years for wide receiver and surely did not disappoint.  St. Louis traded Jerome Bettis and their 3rd round pick to Pittsburgh for this years 2nd round pick and next years 4th round pick…this turned out to be Jerome Bettis and LB Steve Conley for TE Ernie Conwell and OL Ryan Tucker.

In the end we saw 2 sure fire Hall of Fame linebackers in Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas, and 7 other HOF probables; Jonathan Ogden, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Marvin Harrison, Lawyer Milloy, Mike Alstott, and Tedy Bruschi.  For the 2nd straight year, a team built the nucleus of a Super Bowl team with 2 first round picks, Baltimore picking Ray Lewis and Ogden.

The top 5; #1, Keyshawn Johnson to Jets, #2 Kevin Hardy to Jacksonville, #3 Simeon Rice to Arizona, # 4 Jonathan Ogden to Baltimore, and #5 Cedric Jones to the NY Giants, and our only official flop in the Top 5.

10 Running Backs were drafted on Day 1, and only Eddie George (14) had a

 decent NFL career.  The others, Lawrence Phillips (6), Tim Biakabutuka (8), Leeland McElroy (32), Detron Smith (65), Winslow Oliver (73), Moe Williams (75), Karim Abdul-Jabar (80), Jerald Moore (83) and Reggie Brown (93).

1st Round Honorable Mention: Baltimore T Jonathan Ogden (4), Cincinnati T Willie Anderson (10), Indianapolis WR Marvin Harrison (19), Buffalo WR Eric Moulds (24), Baltimore LB Ray Lewis (26)

Rest of Day 1 winners: Tampa Bay (35) FB Mike Alstott, New England (36) DB Lawyer Milloy, Carolina (43) WR Muhsin Muhammad, Philadelphia (61) DB Brian Dawkins, Tampa Bay (71) DB Donnie Abraham, New England (86) LB Tedy Bruschi, San Francisco (89) WR Terrell Owens.

Day 2 Winners: Kansas City (98) LB Donnie Edwards, Washington (102) RB Stephen Davis, Houston (109) T John Runyan, Pittsburgh (126) LB Earl Holmes, Kansas City (135) WR Joe Horn, St. Louis (141) T Fred Miller, Chicago (152) G Chris Villarial, Miami (154) LB Zach Thomas, Oakland (166) DT La’Roi Glover, Green Bay (208) G Marco Rivera, Buffalo (244) TE Jay Riemersma.

In contrast to the 1995 draft, its fair to say that this was a great draft!

Top 3 Winners:

#1. Baltimore – LB Ray Lewis and T Jonathan Ogden, thats enough for me, although WR Jermaine Lewis had some success as a receiver but more as a return man.

#2. Kansas City – their first 2 picks formed a strong safety tandem in Jerome Woods (28) and Reggie Tongue (58).  DT John Browning was helpful, and LB Donnie Edwards (98) and WR Joe Horn (135) highlighted their draft.

#3 (Tie). New England – They came in with 13 picks, but only needed their first 3; Terry Glenn, Lawyer Milloy and Tedy Bruschi.

#3 (Tie) Green Bay – You cant not put a team that builds 2 centerpieces to their OL in one draft, Marco Rivera and Mike Flanagan.  Despite, using their first pick on a T bust, John Michels.

Bottom 3 Losers:

#1. Arizona – The Cardinals had 9 picks, and even though their 1st, DE Simeon Rice enjoyed some fine seasons, none of them were with Arizona.

#2. Oakland – Oakland selected TE Ricky Dudley #9 overall, and despite a good pick in DT La’Roi Glover, he played a mere 2 games with them.

#3. New Orleans – I give the Saints an ‘A’ for cool names; Mercury Hayes, Ricky Whittle, Terry Guess, Keno Hills, but an ‘F’ for success, including first rounder Alex Molden.

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NBA Rumors and Rants

Mutombo will be back!

Mutombo will be back!

Elton Brand, out at least a month with a shoulder injury, proves once again that traitors never win! Sounds like another serious injury preventing the 80 million dollar man from actually deserving that payday.

Doc Rivers spoke out about acquiring Center Dikembe Mutombo saying he expects him to be playing soon and most likely will end up back in Houston. “We’re over the [salary] cap so it’s tough for us to do a lot of stuff, but we’re looking at everybody.”

Raymond Felton could be possibly traded to Golden State for Anthony Randolph or Brandon Wright. With the emergence of Augustin to the offense, the Bobcats could lose Felton without any value at the end of the season. The time to hesitate is over.

Monta Ellis comes off the suspended list today, which leaves the Warriors either trading or releasing a player. Marcus Williams is the notable name being tossed around for release. As the news progressed it looks more like he will just be released and paid his $1.26 million salary.

Antoine “Walka Walka” Walker is expected to get a contract buyout from the Grizzlies today. Antoine’s just is looking for a place to play with a team that can use his skills and errant three point shots. But the Walker wiggle is priceless enough; maybe Oklahoma City could get some joy from that, while Sonics fans down their heads.

Those trade rumors surrounding the Heat and Cavs trading Shawn Marion for Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak, respectively, appear to be untrue, according to a Cleveland.com report. I guess the Cavs are worried about messing with the ride they’re on right now. They also want the most bang for their buck in return for the Wally contract, not just a so-called big man in Marion. All they need is a more agile player than Wally who won’t  depress you with a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

A couple of games tonight: San Antonio at Orlando and Phoenix at Portland.

Celtics win 16 in a row…we’re going streaking!!

RaginRondo

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1995 Draft Revisited:

With two weeks left to go in the NFL regular season, there are playoff contenders, middle of the pack “spoilers”, and those lobbying for draft picks.  Although, I believe this year has a run-away favorite for the #1 pick.

But if history is a guide to what it means to throw away your season only to get that coveted number 1 overall pick, the reward may not be worth the effort.  More importantly, making the best value of ALL draft picks is how dynasty’s are made…see Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970’s, 4 picks in the 1974 draft went on to the Hall of Fame.

Each year we go in and listen to Mel Kiper and his fellow analysts TELL us who is going to be good, great and a bust…but how accurate are the so-called experts.  Well, only time can tell and here we will take a look at how everything turned out.

IN order, starting with 1995, anything before then is pretty much dominated by players that have retired, so, who really cares today, right.

Coming into the 1995 draft, the big names from Kiper were “cant miss WR” JJ Stokes, “Sure-handed” Kyle Brady and “mammoth” Tony Boselli.  Speed was on display with Frank Sanders, Tamarick Vanover and Kez McCorvey.  And, of course, controversy was abreast with the “Reefer smokin” DT from Miami, Mr. Sapp.

The number 1 pick, Ki-Jana Carter was part of a long line of bad picks by Cincinnati, number 2, Boselli, great pick for Jacksonville, and #3 Steve McNair, borderline Hall of Famer.  The rest of the 1st round produced 3 sure-fire Hall of Famers, amazingly, 2 went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Having the 12th and 28th pick overall, Tampa bay selected Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, which undoubtedly was the single biggest moments leading to the Bucs lone Super Bowl championship.  With the 23rd overall pick, New England selected Ty Law, who also contributed to his share of Super Bowls.

So for all the hype regarding the skill position players, who fared well?  Michael Westbrook? Tyrone Wheatley? Napolean Kaufman? Rashaun Salaam?  In truth, only 10 of the 1st 32 picks (4 of the 1st 5) went on a QB, RB, or WR, and only McNair (3), Kerry Collins (5), and Joey Galloway (8) lived up to the hype.

1st Round Honorable Mention: St. Louis (6) DE Kevin Carter, Buffalo (14) G Ruben Brown , NY Jets (16) DE Hugh Douglass , Detroit (20) DT Luther Ellis,  Minnesota (24) T Korey Stringer.

Rest of Day 1 winners: Philadelphia Eagles (50) DB Bobby Taylor, Pittsburgh (60) QB Kordell Stewart, Green Bay (66) FB William Henderson, New England (74) RB Curtis Martin

Day 2 Winners: Detroit (141) ILB Stephen Boyd, Houston (159) DE Gary Walker, Detroit (192) FB Cory Schlesinger, Denver (196) RB Terrell Davis, Green Bay (230) Adam Timmerman, Minnesota (243) Jason Fisk.

Top 3 Winners:

#1. New England – CB Ty Law, LB Ted Johnson, RB Curtis Martin, DB Jimmy Hitchcock, and an undrafted Kicker…Adam Vinatieri!

#2. Tampa Bay – Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, period!

#3. Detroit – Detroit landed Luther Ellis who started right away, Schlesinger paved the way for Barry Sanders, Stephen Boyd (3 pro-Bowls, 1 alternate),

Bottom 3 Losers:

#1. Cincinnati – Sadly, it didnt end with Carter going #1, without a 2nd round pick, they went on to pick 5 nobodies.

#2. Washington – 2nd Round pick C Cory raymer is worth mentioning, Westbrook flopped, and their other 6 picks you wouldnt even recognize.

#3. Kansas City – With 8 picks in the first 6 rounds, KC flopped them all leading it off with Trezelle Jenkins from Michigan.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Starbury Victimized by Cockitis

It’s interesting how some athletes think they run the NBA because of their limelight and “star” or “fan” power. They become victims of Cockitis and eventually have to drop the –itis because of the public’s new persona of them. What is Cockitis you ask? Cockitis is a mental and emotional disease that causes you to believe your talent and power is far superior than it really is.

Starbury

Starbury

A great example of someone victimized by this is Stephon Marbury, or Starbury. Stephon was recently quoted in an interview saying “I’m still earning my check by doing nothing”. Putting the quote back into context, Stephon was speaking about his current situation with the New York Knicks.

Stephon and the Knicks have been in disagreement about his role as a team player. I’m not sure what the exact dispute is, but Stephon isn’t satisfied with his $21 million contract. That’s right – $21 million, and he’s not satisfied. He refused to play in two games this season and has since been docked from attending and playing at future games and practices until the dispute has been figured out – Though somehow he is still getting paid.

Knicks’ president Donnie Walsh tried speaking with Stephen about his contract, but he left in less than a half-hour because he wasn’t pleased with what he heard. These are just a few indications that Stephon has Cockitis.

The situation took a turn when Stephon attended the Knicks vs. Lakers game in Los Angeles, without permission. Apparently he didn’t violate Walsh’s request because he was a “paid fan”. What I don’t understand is Walsh didn’t want him there, D’Antoni didn’t want him there, the players didn’t want him there…Then why the f*ck was he there? Especially when he walked out on the Knicks because he didn’t like what he heard – That is typical Cockitis behavior.

To counter critics, Stephon stated he’d been training in Los Angeles and speaking with other teams. Hmmm – It better be a coincidence that he’s speaking with “other” teams while working out in LA, because I don’t think the Lakers need him on their roster. The Clippers on the other hand…

All I know is Cockitis is getting to his head more than that ugly Starbury imprint. Who’s he think he is, Mike Tyson with a wack @$$ face tat…? This just makes me not want to purchase anymore CHEAP Starbury gear at Steve & Barry’s. Well, that and the fact that Steve & Barry’s is going out of business.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment