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Weekly Wonderings - 2011 NFL Draft Edition

Mike Green |
May 2, 2011 | 12:58 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Roger Goodell should've brought the troops for support Friday. (Creative Commons)
Roger Goodell should've brought the troops for support Friday. (Creative Commons)
• Michael Vick would have received a warmer reception as the self-appointed spokesperson for Dog Wars than Roger Goodell did at this year’s NFL draft.

• Redskins first round pick Ryan Kerrigan has already received his first pearl of wisdom from (for now) teammate Albert Haynesworth: always opt for cash over credit.

• Every day officially became “Kick a Ginger Day” for quarterback Andy Dalton when he was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round this weekend.

• The obscene amount of attention given to Da’Quan Bowers’ knee at the NFL draft officially qualified it to be a bridesmaid at the Royal Wedding.

• It appears as though New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush is on his way out after the team traded up to draft 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram in the first round. During his time as a Saint, Bush was perhaps best known for the work he did off the field: donating his Heisman Trophy to the NCAA, freeing up athletic scholarships for other students at his alma mater and, of course, Kim Kardashian.

• The New England Patriots did not need to draft Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to play quarterback. They did, however, manage to fill a gaping hole for the lead role of Scarecrow in the franchise’s off-season production of the Wizard of Oz.

• It’s nice to know that amidst all the uncertainty going into next season, we can still count on Al Davis crapping his pants over a collegiate player with a good 40 time. Welcome to the land of track stars who dabble in football, Taiwan Jones.

• By pairing Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley with Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions will be more effective against runs than a bottle of extra strength Pepto-Bismol. With the state of the team’s secondary, however, there is still bound to be plenty of heaving in the Motor City.

• The Atlanta Falcons gave up a whopping five total picks to obtain Cleveland’s sixth overall draft spot and nab Alabama receiver Julio Jones. Apparently surrendering 48 points to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoffs just screamed “we need receiver help” to the Dirty Bird’s front office.

• The Baltimore Ravens were skipped over at the 26th overall pick because of a botched trade with the Chicago Bears. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome described the negotiation process with the Bears as more annoying than the future children Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari will spawn.

• SoCal was represented well during the NFL draft. Players were taken from Los Angeles Loyola, Palmdale, Fontana Kaiser, Tesoro, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, Woodland Hills Taft, Pasadena, Chino, Encino Crespi, Simi Valley Grace Brethren, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Colton, Compton Dominguez, Dorsey, Verbum Dei, Venice and Newbury Par. Now, if only there was an actual NFL franchise in the L.A. area to draft such talent…

Until next week…


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