Post-Draft Thoughts . . .

Strung together in no particular order:

Matthew Stafford's situation is what it is. Let's all hope he survives the fall in Detroit. Because it may be the only thing more bleak than any given winter in Detroit.

Knowshon Moreno's situation is interesting. Josh McDaniel may not run the ball in Denver the way Mike Shanahan did with Terrell Davis and Olandis Gary. And they have more running backs there than you can shake a stick at already. Only time will tell on this one.

MoMass will be in Cleveland which, on the whole, isn't that pleasant. Sorry Clevelanders, that's just one guy's opinion. But the new Mangini administration needed receivers who can block and catch the football. Ergo, Massaquoi will have a chance to play as a rookie. Which should make Cleveland more bearable.

I stand by my previous assessment that Asher Allen made a mistake leaving. It was a weak cornerback draft, but he still didn't make it to the first day of the draft. One more healthy year with an improved pass rush (we hope) in front of him would have done wonders for his draft status.

Reshad Jones may have made a mistake not leaving. There weren't any "can't miss" safeties in this draft. None were taken in the first round, only four went off the board in the second, and one in the third. Since NFL defensive coordinators rarely ask their safeties to play that much run defense, it's possible that an athletic, ballhawking safety like Jones could have made some money this weekend. It's hard to believe however that there will be this few legit NFL safeties in next year's draft.

Dannell Ellerbe will sign a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens. It's hard to imagine a better place to be a linebacker than in Baltimore, assuming he can make the team. Brannan Southerland will sign a deal with the New York Jets. Southerland is the kind of guy who could just hang around the NFL. While there are very few true fullbacks in the league, his ability to also play an H-Back role and contribute on special teams will keep him collecting a paycheck from some team. Demiko Goodman will sign a free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he'll have a chance to apprentice under Hines Ward. Again, not a bad spot if you can get it.

The last guy chosen in the NFL Draft is dubbed "Mr. Irrelevant". This year's Mr. Irrelevant was South Carolina punter Ryan Succop. One could argue that he's been preparing for the role of Mr. Irrelevant for the last four years, except that during that time he was probably the most dangerous weapon on Spurrier's roster.

Rivals' Mike Huguenin has an interesting little article on how the first round draft picks were ranked coming out of high school. While several of the top picks were lowly two star recruits entering college (like Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry and Baylor OT Jason Smith) or even unranked (like USC's Clay Matthews, a former walkon) the majority were fairly highly ranked. To be specific, 18 of the top 32 were 4 or 5 star prospects.

What can we take from this? Probably nothing concrete. But I think when you come out of high school with as much hype as Matthew Stafford or Matt Sanchez, you're in the spotlight from day one. And it only continues if you go to a premier college football program. So logically your odds of getting the right kind of attention fro pro football types are pretty good.  However, five star prospects can fall prey to academic problems, legal entanglements, or unfortunate injury. Some can't stay away from the pizza and burgers and eat themselves right out of the lineup.

On the other hand, Baylor's Jason Smith arrived in Waco as a lightly recruited 6'5, 220 pound offensive lineman. 90 pounds later he's a very wealthy young man. You have to love a story like that.

The SEC led the way with 36 total players drafted. Don't tell the ACC football folks, though. Their alleged dominance of the NFL Draft sometimes seems to be about all they have to hold onto. Now, back to college sports pursuits . . .

Go 'Dawgs!!!

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