It's time to talk [NFL] draft. Mel Kiper released his mock draft, and if that's how the real draft ended up, I would be 100 percent satisfied. If you missed it, Kiper has the Eagles taking Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells with the Eagles' first first-round pick and then, just a few picks later, he has the Eagles going for OT Michael Oher.
That may be a bit generous, but I love it! The Eagles need to get one amazing OT with one of their first two picks. With the other, add an offensive weapon: a RB like Wells or a TE like Pettigrew. The Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy would be a good pick too, but I would be thrilled to have Wells.
Eagles' drafts are almost impossible to predict for 3 reasons:
1. They rarely draft out of need for that particular year. They are usually looking several years ahead. Best example being the Lito, Sheldon and Michael Lewis draft when they already had Pro-Bowlers Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor. Kevin Kolb is another great example.
2. They (and most NFL teams) hardly ever let information about who they are targeting leak. Unlike any other draft, the NFL draft is a huge chess match.
3. They rarely stay in their spot. The Eagles usually target a couple of players and either trade up to get them or trade down for extra picks if they can't get him. With some major assets this year (an extra first and fifth round pick), some movement is very possible.
ESPN, fresh out of stories about football and spring training, tried to fill their now empty Web site with hockey news. They did a player survey from players in the NHL and it's pretty boring. . . . But the biggest question of the survey was No. 6. Hey Philadelphia, guess who got voted "Most Disruptive Fans"?
My God, am I proud of you Flyers phans. Obviously "most disruptive" does not mean "the best" in ESPN's eyes, but we already knew that we are better than everyone else. Buy yourselves a appletini tonight to celebrate. Let's Go Flyers.
The Sixers won't have to wonder any longer about what kind of contribution they'll get out of Elton Brand as the big off-season acquisition is lost for the season. This means we'll get an even bigger opportunity to see what Marreese Speights can bring to the table. He's done nothing but impress in his short time in the NBA. Reggie Evans will be the other body to shoulder the load in Brand's absence. Sammy will just stand around and wave his arms.
he next few weeks will be interesting to see how the team plays together leading up to the trade deadline. If Ed Stefanski doesn't see Andre Miller in the long-term future, other teams will surely be interested and keeping a close eye on his play.