Mar 28, 2011
While we are all impatiently waiting for the April 6th injunction hearing, much of the focus has shifted to the draft, which takes place in exactly on month. Pro days are underway and we will be seeing many mock drafts in the weeks to comes as teams start to formulate their draft plans. Of course things could change dramatically if the lockout is lifted before the draft since teams should be able to sign players and make trades.
Mike Tomlin makes his plans clear … when it comes to RB Rashard Mendenhall. While speaking at the NFL meetings last week, Tomlin made it clear that he’d have no problem continuing to feed Mendenhall noting “wear and tear is part of the game, specifically at the (running back) position.” While Tomlin said his vision after taking over in 2006 was to split the carries, he admitted that hasn’t always been the case although he’s tried to get Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman involved. Tomlin called Moore “third-down capable” and said Redman is a “short-yardage and goal-line specialist” but also made a point of saying that the team hasn’t had a clear #2 RB behind Mendenhall. Speaking more on Mendenhall, Tomlin believes there’s more room for improvement, especially since the former Illinois back turns only 24 in June.
Compensatory picks awarded … to 23 teams for next month’s draft. Of the 32 picks given out, the Panthers led the way with three, including the highest selection, a 3rd-rounder (97th overall) based on their loss of DE Julius Peppers. The Titans, Ravens, Giants, Vikings, Chargers, Eagles, and 49ers were all awarded two compensatory picks, with Tennessee’s 4th-rounder (130th overall) being the highest of the group. Only five picks were awarded in rounds 3-5 as 21 of the 32 picks are 7th-rounders.
- Lion QB Matthew Stafford has begun his rehab for the shoulder he had surgery on in January. The former University of Georgia star recently joined Twitter and wrote on Saturday, “Feelin good after throwing a lot yesterday.” If you have Stafford on your dynasty league team and want to keep tabs on his progress, you can follow him @Staff_9.
- Speaking of the Lions, HC Jim Schwartz said he’s not worried about RB Jahvid Best despite an injury-plagued rookie season.
- Unfortunately, we have some reports from the police blotter that range from minor to sad. Eagle OL Jason Peters was arrested over the weekend due to loud music and resisting arrest. Packer DL Johnny Jolly, who was suspended for the entire 2010 season due to a violation of the substance-abuse policy, was arrested on yet another drug charge early Friday morning. With prior drug arrests on his record, the latest charge could land him in jail.