As promised, some more thoughts, but first a question answered:
Mase, I hate asking you for this because I would rather be asking you when the Broncos Press day is but where do we find the rating of all of these college players for the draft. Some of these seniors are pretty good but where are they rating. Please help a fellow fan pacify his need of dreaming big or fast for his sweet sweet team … Also how’s the weather down there and who’s down there with you if your allowed to say or not …come on, give us the scoop.
Well, there’s any number of sites that can help you out … the one I tend to use most often is NFLDraftScout.com. Unfortunately, most of the information there is available only to those who fork over some cash for an annual subscription. I find its database of prospects that goes back through the decade to be quite informative and helpful; it’s always interesting to read their analysis of players before they were drafted. DraftDaddy.com is a site that offers a pretty decent roundup and is free of charge, but is plagued with pop-ups and Google ads and such Web annoyances of that ilk.
The weather is decent … as long as the clouds don’t spit rain, we’ll be okay. Pencil-lead-gray-yet-dry skies are okay by me, especially since I’ve incurred some serious sunburn on particularly bright days in past years.
As for who else is here … the scouts, of course, along with personnel director Jim Goodman, general manager Ted Sundquist and coaches Ronnie Bradford and Jim Ryan. And from our little Web site, video/audio producer Kasey Byers.
That leads me to perhaps the defining moment of the day, a scrum between Hampton’s Kendall Langford and Newberry’s Heath Benedict that required the assistance of two coaches — one of whom was 49ers head coach Mike Nolan — in order to defuse.
Opined Byers: “It’s getting a little chirpy out there.”
A quizzical look crossed my face. Only a few minutes later could I stammer, “You meant ‘chippy,’ right?”
No, he didn’t. He was referring to the talking going on between Langford and Benedict. I’ll give him that, and as you can see over on the main site, his video has been outstanding, even if his phraseology left me a bit confused.
Quoth “Gumbel 2 Gumbel” star Bryant Gumbel, “Let’s move on.”
Hawai’i's Colt Brennan has an at-times unusual delivery. He seemed more comfortable at times on Wednesday afternoon as the South team offense operated out of the shotgun and utilized some rollouts that played more to his strengths. But the day wasn’t all smiles and sunshine for Brennan, as he missed some passes and lost a fumble on a collision with Peyton Hillis.
This just happened when I focused my camera upon the backfield, expecting a handoff to Kentucky’s Rafael Little. Little got the football all right, but not in the intended manner:
Whistles quickly blew on the play, which explains why Brennan remained standing as Little dove upon the football.
This is what happens in seven-on-seven drills, when there’s no down linemen to attack the backfield. Erik Ainge could pretty much take his pick of targets, opting here for fellow Tennessee product Brad Cottam, who at nearly 6-foot-8 is the tallest player here.
The simplest thought I can offer on Cal tailback Justin Forsett is this — he runs much bigger than his 5-foot-8 frame. He has enjoyed a productive, consistent week so far.
And Appalachian State wide receiver Dexter Jackson wasted little time making an impact; upon arriving Wednesday to join the South team roster, he made the longest reception of one-on-one drills, beating Tennessee State’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for this reception.
Time for beddie-bye – assuming I can actually fall asleep. I reckon my cough has kept half of the Spa Building here at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala. awake. However, I’ve spent about five hours at the computer tonight, my on-line time bracketing dinner at locally renowned Wintzell’s Oyster House, and I’ve gone through pretty much the entire catalog of Sam Spence music on my iPod, most of it coming from the exemplary Autumn Thunder 10-CD collection of NFL Films music. That’s a good sign that it’s time to part.
One more shout-out, though … to J. Michael Moore and his fellow bird-watchers from AtlantaFalcons.com, with whom we communed the last couple of days. Moore, of course, is a DenverBroncos.com alumnus who was here with us at this time last year. We said, “Bye-bye” to the birdies today, as they flew back to their north Georgia nest to cover the hiring of new coach Mike Smith. Good to see you guys, as always.
Au revoir from southern Alabama.
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