Our own Dave Boling offers some sage advice in his column today about the silly season during draft time, when general managers put on their poker faces to try and hide what players they are truly interested in.
“Here’s what speculation and scuttlebutt you should believe coming out of the National Football League this time of year: Nothing.
Believe nothing about what player your favorite team will take in the NFL draft until the names actually are called later this month.
Former Seahawks president Tim Ruskell used to call the annual pre-draft flurry of subterfuge and misinformation a high-stakes game of Liars’ Poker.
Fair enough, even though at times it looks more like Blind Man’s Bluff.”
Boling talks Seahawks with KJR’s Elise Woodward in this audio link.
With Donovan McNabb now in Washington, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is taking a deep plunge down the draft board.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has Clausen going to Buffalo at No. 9 overall.
Sport Illustrated’s Don Banks has Clausen falling all the way to Minnesota at No. 30.
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, lists Utah safety Robert Johnson as one of five players moving up the draft board. At 6-2, 203 pounds, Rang said Johnson, who was not invited to the NFL scouting combine, turned in some fast times in the short shuttle and 3-cone drills. Johnson’s 4.06 second short shuttle and 6.56 second 3-cone times were faster than any safety’s times in Indianapolis. He also finished with 13 interceptions during his three seasons in Utah. The Seahawks are one of a half dozen teams visited with Seattle this week.
Check out Johnson put in some work in the video below.
Rang talks draft with ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro in this audio link. Rang currently has Seattle selecting Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga at No. 6 and DE Derrick Morgan at No. 14. Rang has Clausen going to Buffalo at No. 9 overall.
Matt Waldman of FootballGuys.com talks NFL Draft with KJR’s Elise Woodward in this audio link.
Gil Brandt, personnel guru for the NFL Network, gives us his top 100 prospects in this year’s draft.