Sodomized at the Draft with Colonpokey: NFL Busts

ColonpokeyMasterCodeofColonpokeyEven a perverted relentless hamster like myself knows there is only so much the butt can take.  So rest your rears Dolfans, today we get to look at the misfortune of the rest of the NFL.  Enjoy laughing at the misfortunes of other teams as I give them the poke!

Let’s start with the gold standard of all busts.  In the 1998 NFL Draft there was a great QB debate.  The Colts held the first overall choice, the Chargers the 2nd.  Both were in the market for a QB.  But who would the Colts select first, Peyton Manning, the technician with NFL bloodlines or the up and comer from Washington State, Ryan Leaf.  Leaf had a rocket arm, but the Colts went conservative and selected Peyton Manning.

That left the Chargers who were pokied by yours truly.  Manning is on his way to the Hall of Fame, Leaf finished his career with a more than 2 -1 Int to TD ratio and a 50 QB rating.  Leaf also added an indictment for burglary and possession of a controlled substance to his legacy.  The photo below illustrates how the great QB debate of 1998 worked out in the end.


Leaf might be the biggest Draft bust of all time.  Until another QB rivaled him in 2007.  Its not easy to be the worst pick in Raiders history but JaMarcus Russell might have achieved that.  After drafting Russell with the #1 pick of the 2007 draft the Raiders proceeded to give him a 68 Million dollar contract with 31.5 guaranteed.  This of course was before the rookie salary cap came into effect – actually Russell might be one of the reasons owners begged for the rookie salary cap.

Russell was a great athlete from a powerhouse team in the SEC but in the NFL, he was a great big pokey hurting butts on every coast.  Some say Russell had a drug  problem but I wouldn’t know anything about that…heehee…


Quarterbacks and busts in the NFL can be synonymous.  Its a tough position to evaluate.  I could write a whole blog on quarterback busts from the state of Ohio.  But I will spare Ohio the pain.


One of the first draft busts I ever remember was a Linebacker from Oklahoma.  Coming into the NFL Brian Bosworth was all hype.  The Boz sold t-shirts and haircuts to tasteless fans all over the country.  The hype must have gone to his head, he actually wrote letters before the supplemental draft to many NFL teams declaring that if they signed him he wouldn’t play for them.  When the Seahawks ignored the letter and drafted him they signed him to the biggest rookie contract of all time at that time.  He ended up playing three years for the Seahawks.  Guess how this photo of an attempted tackle on Bo Jackson worked out.


Another overhyped prospect worth mentioning is Tony Mandarich.  The Packers whiffed on this athletic freak they attempted to draft as the cornerstone of their offensive line.  Madarich was built like the Incredible Hulk and NFL teams and Sports Illustrated, who helped build the hype at the behest of Mandarich’s agent, were excited to see this guy bulldoze defenses.  But it didn’t work out that way.  Some say steroid testing played a part in his quick decline.  Mandarich made a comeback with the Colts years later.  But trust me, that pokey hurts!

But as Dolfans, you don’t care about the misses of any of these teams do you?  You want to hear about the butt hurt of the AFC East.


Let’s start with the obvious: The New York Jests. The Jests misses are countless, Marc Sanchez, Blair Thomas and Kyle Brady all come to mind.  But I would rather go with something a little more recent.  In 2008, the Jests were eager to see Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme at work.  The centerpiece would be a premier pass rusher….heehee…they got Vernon Gholston instead…


What’s worse than wasting a first round pick on a bust – how bout wasting a first and a second round pick.  That is what the Bills did in 2004.  In that draft the Bills selected Lee Evans with their first round pick.  They still needed a QB though.  So they traded up from the second into the 22nd pick of the 2004 draft and gave up their 1st round pick in 2005 in the trade.  With the 22nd pick of the 2004 draft…heehee…the Buffalo Bills select J.P. Losman….heehee.  Now that’s a pokey!


And that brings us to the Cheats. If you listen to the National Media you will hear that Belicheat can do no wrong. The same media will tell you the Cheats play by the rules. But the laughing Dolphin doesn’t buy that. While Belicheat has avoided disaster in the 1st round, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds are littered with disappointments.  Aaron Hernandez, Laurence Maroney, Chad Jackson, Shawn Crable, Kevin O’Connell and Brandon Tate are all examples of these misses.  But for this blog I’m going with Terrence Wheatley.  After 2007 the Patriots missed on a ton of defensive backs and Wheatley jumps out as the biggest miss.  That’s Patriot Pokey!

Players that find their way out of the NFL in a few years are not the only way to judge busts.  After all, the average NFL career is not very long.  Sometimes teams just miss at a better player at the position they drafted.  Like in 1983 with the New Jests on the clock with the 24th pick of the draft.  As all of you know, the Jests used the pick on Quarterback Ken O’Brien.

O’Brien wasn’t half bad.  He put up some big numbers on some jests teams with bad defenses.  But three picks after O’Brien was selected the Dolphins selected a Hall of Famer to play Quarterback for them.  Pokey works in mysterious ways. For decades the Jests will wonder why they took O’Brien over the Great Dan Marino.



Who knows who gets poked in 2015.  Better hope its not the Dolphins.  But Hamsters have no prejudices.

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396 Responses to Sodomized at the Draft with Colonpokey: NFL Busts

  1. naplesfan2010 says:

    Tim C’mon man…I meant that Trenton Brown guy for Special Teams.

  2. olddolphan says:

    PIGGY; YET another truly fine analysis. Your comment that Ken O’Brien “wasn’t half bad” is on the money. In 1985, Ken O’Brien had the highest QB rating in the National Football League!! –His 96.3 rating bested Boomer Esiason (93.2), Joe Montana (91.3), Dan Fouts (88.1) and some guy named Marino (84.1). Not-so-bad guys like Elway, Kosar and Warren Moon were well behind—–an indication of the high quality of quarterbacking in the NFL in 1985!! –In my opinion, the mid-to-late ’80’s was the GOLDEN AGE OF QUARTERBACKING. Really good quarterbacks, like Phil Simms, Danny White and Jim McMahon, barely drew any notice during an era that was full of Hall of Fame talent at the quarterback position.
    Tomorrow we will relive another GOLDEN AGE as the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins take their Perfect Season dreams to Foxborough to play the New England Patriots. Three weeks earlier,the Dolphins slaughtered the Patriots 52-0 in what remains the most lopsided victory in the history of this rivalry. Head coach John Mazur was fired after that game and replaced by former Green Bay Packer Phil Bengston. Problem was Bengston was stuck with the same players on defense. –Miami’s offensive coordinator, Howard Schnellenberger, mused “We scored 52 last time and there’s no reason we can’t have similar success this time!” And head coach Don Shula was in no mood to ease-off the accelerator. Both Shula and Schnellenberger believed they were leading the Greatest Football Team in NFL history. The OLD DOLFAN will put you on the 50 yard line to witness Game #12 of “ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!!” –Hope you enjoy it!!

  3. Tim Knight says:

    Try, I just got home and I’m cooking salmon so I’m not fully engaged right now. LOL

  4. rgs322 says:

    So we open at Washington.

  5. Tim Knight says:

    What’s with the hard to read formatting? Just do it black and white. Sorry folks, not many 1PM games in the heat.

  6. olddolphan says:

    THE DEATH WATCH for Marlins manager Mike Redmond is officially “on.” –The under achieving Miami club is 3-10, and losing to the Phillies tonight in the bottom of the 4th inning. A loss tonight by the Marlins could bring about a managerial change before tomorrow’s game.

  7. olddolphan says:

    NOTICED the Fins play AT New England late October just 4 days after playing Houston!!!–What a fucking by the schedule maker!!! –Fucking CHEATRIOTS strike again!

  8. rgs322 says:

    With the way the schedule plays out, Miami needs to start fast. …5-1.

  9. rgs322 says:

    On paper, the last 10 games as a whole is pretty tough.

  10. naplesfan2010 says:

    8 out of our first 11 games are on the road. SHIIIIITTT

  11. The Flying Pig says:

    Giants on MNF

    And one Sunday night game

  12. The Flying Pig says:

  13. The Flying Pig says:

    The first 6 games of the schedule are not so tough

    We have to come out strong

  14. The Flying Pig says:

    4 of our last 5 games are in home

    The only road game is in San Diego

    No cold weather games

    When is the last time that happened

    Sure we guy the jests on 11/29 in ny
    But that is not so cold

    Btw who want to go
    DolfansNYC will be organizing something

  15. Tim Knight says:

    Okay so the schedule comes out and my brother-in-law texts me right away and says: “road trip!” LOL

    So that’s already in the hopper. We just have to figure out the logistics and how many people are going. My friend and I who is also a Dolphin fan are in the mix but my brother-in-law may end up with 2-8+ Giants fans going. Oh my!

    By the way, 5 of the last 7 games at home doesn’t suck. We play no extreme cold weather games – at the Jets Nov. 29th.

  16. Tim Knight says:

    Oh yeah, we also have another bye week 5 after the London game. LOL

  17. Ken says:

    I know we are home but finishing with Indy and Pats is still pretty brutal.

  18. Tim Knight says:

    rgs, if you want to be a good team you beat teams on your schedule and make the playoffs. If we’re relying on easy then what are we really shooting for?

    • Ken says:

      A repeat of 2008 when we had a cream puff schedule. I am not too proud to admit I would like that.

      • rgs322 says:

        Who’s talking about relying on anything. Just discussing the schedule just like everyone else who’s a fan of any of the teams in the league. On paper, the beginning looks easier than at the end. …nothing more.

  19. wyoming85 says:

    Maybe I can talk my cowboy buddies into a trip to Miami?

  20. dbolt48 says:

    The only thing I don’t like w/ the schedule is the late season WC trip versus the Chargers.

  21. bookman11 says:

    Beating the Pats and Colts last two weeks should clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  22. steveccnv says:

    Cheats with a bye in week 4, I’m in shock.

    One thing that jumps out at me, I call them a disadvantage, is Buffalo getting us and the Patriots after mini byes. NE at Buff week 2 after NE playing week one on Thursday Night and us on week 9 after coming off a Thurs. game with the Cheats.

    I haven’t looked for us getting any of those games where our opponents play us coming off of the mini bye or bye.

  23. olddolphan says:

    Nov.22 game vs. Cowboys and Dec. 6 game vs. Ravens are the two most attractive possibilities for FINSMOBUNLEASHED Get-together in Miami. BOTH games are 1 PM starts on Sunday. –Last 2 home games (COLTS and PATS) run afoul of Christmas and New Years.

  24. The Flying Pig says:

    I added the Schedule to the to the top of the blog

    Hey Twice if you are out there
    Do you know of a way we can add the pic of the schedule to the sidebar

  25. Try Pod says:

    I know I’m not supposed to say it, but again with the early fucking bye week. It’s ridiculous how often that happens. And I am not into conspiracy theories- that’s another site- but the patriots 4 days after a team we have never beaten.. Really?

  26. naplesfan2010 says:

    excuse me … 7 of our first 10 games are away games… Am I counting this right?
    Isn’t that horrendous? You guys don’t think that is a killer? if we don’t do well on the road, then we will be so far behind, we might have guys giving up. Again. Or at least we will have a string of “playoff” type must-win games to keep from getting that seventh (play-off killer) loss.

    • dbolt48 says:

      In all honesty 8 of our first 10 are away due to the London “Home Game”

    • The Flying Pig says:

      One way or another you have to play 8 away games

      And the redskins, Jags and titans aren’t exactly powerhouses

      I wold rather have the home/warm weather games late in the year
      That is a huge advantage

      if we had a lot of away games early int he seaosn every season it would be a good thing

    • Ken says:

      Yes but a fair amount of cream puffs in the early road schedule while our 2 first home games are Jets and Bills. Not too bad imo.

    • steveccnv says:

      6 of the first 9 on the road one is a bye, but most of those games are against somewhat weak teams, so it’s all good.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Naples, actually it’s 4-6 – we host the London game. LOL

      Not a lot of playoff teams from last year though – only 2 with the Pats and Cowboys. If we want to be a good team what are we afraid of? I don’t get this thought process and every year fans think we get screwed by the schedule. We’ve stared at the playoffs late in the season the last 2 years and collapsed. Stop that! LOL

      Good teams win games, mediocre teams fall short and bad teams draft high. 😉

  27. steveccnv says:

    We only play the Bills after they have a bye week, and we have the Thursday game the week before, and we have no one after the mini bye, so all in all I’m not complaining about the schedule.

  28. Rhino says:

    4 of last 5 at home… we will have NO excuses if we can’t ‘finish’ the season this time. 😉

  29. naplesfan2010 says:

    If we win all our home games and lose our away games in the first 10, we are 3-7 and already out of the play-offs before the schedule turns around for us.

  30. naplesfan2010 says:

    btw Don’t forget:
    If we win all our home games and lose all our away games we finish 7-9.

  31. steveccnv says:

    I like playing the jets in London, since we can’t beat them at home, and 50% of the fans are jets fans anyways.

  32. Ken says:

    I get Naples point that one of our big advantages is playing in the heat of Miami in September and early October and that advantage is somewhat minimized in this schedule but still overall I don’t think it’s a bad schedule for us especially since we are not in the cold at all in December.

    • steveccnv says:

      I don’t mind the neutral weather games, if we don’t get the home Sept games don’t give us the Dec road games. Why is our home opener at 4:00 PM, Ross you’re an idiot.

  33. Try Pod says:

    The schedule actually works to Suh$ favor though. He had never spent a season inv south Florida. He’ll get to play a lit of the hot part of the season in nicer environs. And if I am thinking correctly, only 3 dome games.

  34. herdfan says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    April 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm (Edit)

    I added the Schedule to the to the top of the blog

    Hey Twice if you are out there
    Do you know of a way we can add the pic of the schedule to the sidebar

    I could make the pic of the schedule the new background? We’ve looked at the back of Suh’s head for quite a while. lol

    • steveccnv says:

      Yeah, I won’t be pissed if you removed the back of Suh’s head. Now if Brady was on the ground behind him…

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think we are due for a new background
      But I’m not feeling the schedule as the background

      we won;t be able to read it so it defeats the purpose

      Maybe after the draft, we should change our background to the draftee pick
      You know the inevitble pick of the draftee wearing a #1 Dolphins jersey

  35. getterdone says:

    Phins 2nd Home game isn’t until Oct. 25th vs. Texans.

  36. The Flying Pig says:

    Its true
    if we can’t wint he road games we will be out of the playoff early

    but every year if you go 0-8 on the road you are out of the playoffs
    sometimes it just doesn’t happen until December

    If we do what we have been doing the last few years and start off hovering around .500 for the first half of the season
    then we have a stretch at the end that puts us in a good position to make a run

    Its an ideal set up to play so many road games early
    The only real disadvantage is the London game in terms of losing the extra home game

  37. Ken says:

    10/25 is the Texans. You know we can’t do that game.

  38. naplesfan2010 says:

    I’ve always thought and lots of experts (esp. players) agree that it is more of an advantage to get teams in the heat early than it is a disadvantage for us to have to travel to cold weather late. We beat the *stealers in the snow and KC in 12 degrees recently. We beat the patsies* ( *a team who has never gone undefeated) in the heat just last year.

  39. getterdone says:

    Texans would be a good game for Mobfest….we finally break the curse and beat Houston.

  40. The Flying Pig says:

    I actually think the best Fest Game would be the Texans Game
    b/c its 1pm
    and not around a traveling holiday like Thanskgiving or XMAS

    • getterdone says:

      That’s Watt I was thinking 😉

    • Ken says:

      I have to look at my schedule at work but I am not thinking I can make that one. I am supposed to go out to home office in Ohio that week I believe but you don’t need me for a fest. Might be difficult for me with my trial schedule this year.

  41. steveccnv says:

    We have one game on the schedule that we can’t win, in NE on Thurs., but whatever, we can’t beat them their anyways with the 12th man known as the zebra on their side, and the rest of the schedule is good.

  42. steveccnv says:

    Anyone else concerned how bad Detroit played against the cheats last yr (Suh being a Lion)?

  43. phindog says:

    I don’t see this as that bad of a schedule.. Our tuff games seem to be in our house later in the season. I don’t care for the early bye week. I’ll be in SD for the west fest and another game or two in Fla..

    • steveccnv says:

      I may be up for the SD game, only 5 hrs away. Anyone else going?

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think its a pretty good schedule

      The reality is no matter what the schedule says there is room for us to complain

      and so that is what we are doing….lol

  44. naplesfan2010 says:

    Steve honestly?
    I think looking at that schedule, I predict we will go 14-2.
    I would tell my friends off this blog 12-4.
    I’d go public on about a 10-6 year.
    I’d put money on 8-8 or better.
    No Miller could mean 6-10.
    if Grimes is hurt, 4-12.

    • phindog says:

      You might be right with 1 of those predictions.. LOL!!!

    • The Flying Pig says:

      You forgot the additional prediction:

      If Piggy never wakes up 16-0 and a Super Bowl win

      • steveccnv says:

        I know dreaming, but a guy I worked with commited suicide the yr before the SF Giants won the first of the 3 World Series Titles, he was a big Giants Fan.

    • steveccnv says:

      I don’t see Miller or Grimes going down derailing us. What I do see is Knowshon signing on the cheap, after the draft.

  45. Tim Knight says:

    London is a neutral game and then both teams have the bye afterwards. It’s an NFL promotional game and is what it is. That’s why our home schedule looks bad early. But we play 5 of 7 at home to end the season. It’s just not balanced.

    Really what we’re looking at is 2-5-1 (London) to start and 5-3 home advantage with 5 of 7 to finish. Until we establish home dominance it doesn’t matter. We were 4-4 at both home and on the road last year along with 3-3 in the division and 6-6 in the conference, .500 all around. Let’s hope this team wins 2-3 more games this year.

  46. steveccnv says:

    Alright Dog I’m in, just put in my leave request for Christmas break.

    • phindog says:

      Cool.. I’m there for sure.

      • steveccnv says:

        Even if I can’t get the time off its not too far away to make it back to work. That stadium sucks getting out though, I need to make sure I park somewhere near the exit. First time I was there I parked on the east side it took 2 hrs to get out.

  47. Ken says:

    What’s up Phin Dog? Good to see you.

    • phindog says:

      Everything is good Ken. Like you I have been extremely busy… Hope all is well with you.

      • Ken says:

        I complain but things are alright. That’s cool you and Steve are going to meet up for the SD game. Go get us a win.

  48. The Flying Pig says:

    You are overlooking the obvious fact about the London game:

    The Queens in a Whore

    That favors the Jests….its simple whore math

  49. steveccnv says:

    Dog, where do you live?

  50. naplesfan2010 says:

    Steve if Miller goes down we have no NFL quality RB (at this moment).
    I am strongly in favor of re signing Moreno. I think they are waiting to see if Gurley is BPA @ 14
    If so, we take him and go to the SB in his yr 2.

  51. naplesfan2010 says:

    If Grimes gets hurt, esp. in the first month, we have no CB who can shut down anybody’s #1 WR which means the losses will pile up. (on our current roster)

    • phindog says:

      If Philbin gets hurt there will be litter all over the stadium for our home games. Could be a huge disadvantage..

    • Tim Knight says:

      Someone get this man a beer and a some cheer! LOL

      If a meteorite hits our practice facility we have problems. So does probably a few other teams. 😉

  52. naplesfan2010 says:

    I honestly think losing Grimes and Miller is more dangerous than losing Suh and Tannehill.
    (As our roster is currently staffed)

  53. Brian in NY says:

    If a hurricane wipes out Sun Life we will have no home games.

  54. Tim Knight says:

    I got it!

    We have to go 3-1, 3-1, 2-2, 2-2 based on previous strength of schedule – but so many on the road or neutral. Maybe we can be better than that and win 1 or 2 more. If not, we’re right back where we’ve been. Until it happens let’s watch the games and hope for the best.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Why bother watching the games when we can predict the results….

      you’re crazy Tim…do you know how much time it will take to watch 16 games
      (Piggy shakes his head in disbelief)

  55. Ken says:

    Somebody hide all the sharp objects from Naples. JK bro. I get your point but injuries happen and we can’t carry 53 starters on our roster.

  56. naplesfan2010 says:

    The one improvement I am looking for in Philbin is not f’n up with those timeouts he called when the other team was frantically driving with time running out.
    But Suh will help that. He would’ve disrupted both Rodgers and Stafford on at least one play, and one more stop is all we needed in both of those cases and we are in the playoffs.

    • Ken says:

      Those timeouts were inexcusable. They have me really soured on Philbin. Just bad game management. I am hoping he learned from that.

      • steveccnv says:

        They worked at the end of the half against the cheats, but overall and at the end of the game they were horrible.

  57. steveccnv says:

    Dog, I know Laguna Hills we have a timeshare in Newport, and I lived in So Cal for about 13 yrs.

  58. Brian in NY says:

    9 in a row for the Mets!

  59. Tim Knight says:

    The Mets just won their 9th in a row to go 11-3 with a 7-1 win over the Bravos. The Mets! LOL

    Their core is pitching. The Phins should be DL, QB and a ball control pass/run offense. Complement each other. Make it tough on teams with force up front, move the ball, eat up time and score.

  60. naplesfan2010 says:

    The way the NFL works, as soon as you have lost 6 games, you are in the single-elimination playoffs.
    (rare exception is a very balanced division like San Diego, Seattle, and Carolina had in recent years.)
    We actually might have one of those this year if we all 3 can split or better with NE.

    • steveccnv says:

      The cheats may actually struggle this yr, like they started doing last yr (KC Game), this yr it will be a DB problem.

  61. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think this is the year we beat Houston.
    (better guys?)

  62. Ken says:

    It’s a work night so I must get my rest. I am out. Peace to you all.

  63. steveccnv says:

    The NFL must think we’re all really stupid to continue following their sport even though they allow the cheats to not only cheat like they do, but to get every call imaginable.

  64. naplesfan2010 says:

    they draft Gurley.

  65. phindog says:

    Book your time share in Newport and we can carpool or take the train from irvine. I’m 10 minutes from Newport.

  66. Tim Knight says:

    If we pull a surprise and draft Gurley, he along with Miller better light it up on the ground and out of the backfield receiving. I wouldn’t be against that if it’s lethal with Williams backing up, but it better make a huge difference on offense as in scoring.

    When would anyone think Gurley will be ready? History tells us it’s usually the next season at 100%.

    If Gurley was 100% he’d likely go top 10. What would anyone expect from him this year? I get it with him, he can grind and wear down opponents in a game with tough yards, chunk yards and some big runs. Will he be ready to help us in 2015 and where does Miller fit in?

  67. naplesfan2010 says:

    I meant we will finally beat the Texans …unless THEY draft gurley.

  68. olddolphan says:

    PIGGY: SAW your comments on potential Mobfest dates/games. ONE of the advantages of an earlier get-together is the fact that we should NOT yet be eliminated from the playoffs by the midway point of the season (yuk, yuk)!! UNLIKE most on this board, I do NOT expect us to make the playoffs this season unless Hickey hits several home runs in the draft. And I DO BELIEVE this will be Philbin’s LAST YEAR as head coach, even though he signed a multi-year extension several months ago. A 5th consecutive non-winning season will seal Joe’s fate.
    OUT for tonight.
    Speaking of Miami coaches on the way out, the Marlins fell to 3-11 tonight after another lopsided loss, this time to the Phillies. Mike Redmond is going-going-GONE!!!

  69. naplesfan2010 says:

    I really think every team needs two NFL quality RBs.
    Last year we all complained when they did not run Miller late in games because they were concerned about his snap count. But he was our only starter quality RB, so they had to protect him. If we had 2, they could both get 10-12 carries and in spots they like best, and both be fresh in January (better guys?)

  70. twicethethe says:

    Added schedule to sidebar – not perfect will clean up tomorrow.

    Also, as far as the schedule goes – screw you, NFL…thanks for the 4 days between games before we play the Pats, then a nice January afternoon in South Florida when we play them the second time.

  71. Brian in NY says:

    Remember AP came back from an ACL in 2012 and was within 8 yards if Dickerdons record.

  72. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, pre-draft hype. I always go back in the day learning draft rumors. In 1993 I read in TSN and PFW we would draft Terry Kirby 1st rd because we were rumored to want to draft him. The same with KAJ in 1996 and JT in 97. We drafted all of them in the 3rd round. Team interest doesn’t mean 1st round. Speculation runs wild and everyone runs with it. LOL

    The draft hasn’t really changed since then. Just more resources for us to follow via computer/devices. Teams still rank prospects the same way.

    I can’t wait for the first I can’t believe they drafted him there. LOL

  73. jahndoh says:

    I heard on NFL Sirius last week that the NFL combine doctors did a followup with Gurley to check on his progress and the official word was (quoting the news guy on NFL Sirius here) “He’s on pace to be 100% by the beginning of camp.

    Seems miraculous, and I’m a bit surprised you guys hadn’t heard it, but that’s what they said anyway.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we took him. In fact, there’s very few positions I’d be surprised if they took, and many many players that I think are in the realm of taking. I can’t predict shit with this draft. I could see Gurley in the first and Coates in the 2nd.

  74. jahndoh says:

    Here’s a Mortensen report on Gurley, the first quote is Dr James Andrews (whom most of us will recognize), the surgeon who did the surgery:
    “I heard some fuss that Gurley wouldn’t let teams examine him and that’s just totally misleading,” said Andrews. “The team physicians I have spoken with who are there — and I have spoken to a bunch of them — were all happy about what they saw. I mean, they’re smart enough to know you can’t have 32 teams pulling and tugging on a knee just 3½ months removed from surgery. But the doctors I spoke with said he looked great and I’d say he’s probably six weeks ahead with his recovery.”

    One team’s doctor said Gurley’s relatively simple surgery — there was no other damage to his knee other than the ACL — leave expectations that the Georgia running back would be able to “fully play the game” nine months after the surgery, which would project him as being ready for a team’s preseason. This team doctor said the “surgery is almost always a slam dunk” and stability, range of motion and quad strength are early predictors for success.

    Andrews said he spent time observing and re-examining Gurley before the running back left for the Combine.

    “Gurley’s quad muscle is way ahead of what you would expect even at this stage and that’s vital to a good recovery, as you know,” said Andrews. “The Georgia trainer, Ron Courson, did a great job the first six weeks post-surgery and then Todd came here (at he Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL) and I was very happy before he left for Indianapolis He’s been running on a treadmill, running underwater, he’s never had any swelling and these teams will get to see just how much more progress he will continue to make before the draft (April 30-May 2).”

    Gurley has been projected to be a late first-round draft choice or no worse than the top half of the second round if he has no setbacks with the knee.

  75. jahndoh says:

    Steve and Phindog, I’m 90% certain I’m in for the SD game as well. I’ll be driving and be more than happy to bring tailgating stuff.

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