So I was up far later last night than I'd intended to finish the latest NFL Draft video, set it to export, went to bed.
Unbeknownst to me, technological gremlins - or Bears fans, you choose - were lurking in my hard drive. Unsuspecting (and pre-caffeine) me dumped the exported video on a flash drive and toddled off to work.
Meanwhile the gremlins had done something to the audio track so now I look like I'm badly dubbed in a Godzilla movie.
Again, this is the gremlins, not me. I don't make mistakes.
So no second video this week which just gives me a chance to tell you that going forward, it's pretty much going to be one video a week so I don't implode. If I can fit a second in, I will but in general it'll be once a week.
Which leaves me to do more things like this.
Each week the internet is filled to the brim with tidbits and odds and ends regarding the NFL Draft. I don't expect you to catch all of it - for goodness sake, who has THAT kind of time? *coughmecough*
So each Friday I will take you on a tour around the web to point you towards interesting things both Packer and non-Packer related.
So much better then a video!
Mockety Mock Mock
As we hit April mock drafts are in full swing. In just a few days the CHTV Draft Guide will be out and you can take a gander at the home-grown one, but here's a few links to what some of the mocks are calling for Green Bay's first pick.
Chad Reuter and Rob Rang over at NFLDraftscout are both calling for UCLA LB Akeem Ayers to don the green and gold on April 28th. They have OLB as a big need and in the mock offensive tackles are gone by the 32nd pick. Ayers is coming off a big Pro Day and I'm not 100% sold on him but with Matthews and Raji - the possibilities are impressive.
Scott Wright of Draftcountdown also taps Ayers as the Green Bay pick, but names several other players who could be worth a look, including Justin Houston of Georgia, Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod and cornerbacks like Jimmy Smith of Colorado.
Wes Bunting at National Football Post has the Packers taking offensive lineman Ben Ijalana. It might be a little early for the Villanova prospect but as Wes points out, his ability to play both guard and tackle could be attractive to a team who needs more o-line help.
Truth and Lies (but mostly lies)
I always say that between the college All Star games and the Draft, you can't trust anything you hear. For some reason people still swallow a lot of the misinformation (including media).
Greg Gabriel at the National Football Post is a former scout and he wrote an article which gives you some insight into the process of the games scouts and teams play with the media. It's a great read.
Of course given the content.... can you believe him?
While we're at NFP, let me point you to Andrew Brandt's excellent piece on the CBA.
WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME
Two constant refrains I hear around Draft season (aside from Nagler's THEY HAVEN'T PLAYED A DOWN YET!!!) are 'I'd like to see these draftnicks do that' and 'I bet I can run a good 40'.
As a response to both - ladies and gents I present to you Doug Farrar. Yahoo! Sports and Football Outsiders writer. Friend. Source of amusement.
I've known the trainer involved here - API's Travelle Gaines - for years and he loves to torture willing media guys and journalists.
Doug's a good sport (especially with Da'Quan Bowers providing play by play) and frankly I'd bet Travelle could talk me into doing the same thing. (I texted T when I saw this that I can take Doug) and it's all in fun.
But it highlights something that can get lost in the microscopic analysis of these young men: it's NOT easy. NOT everyone can do it. It takes a huge amount of work.
Having been able to observe many NFL and college football players while they train, I can really appreciate how hard most of them work and how much effort they put into their careers.
So next time you think to yourself 'how hard can that be?', watch Doug.
Or just watch Doug when you need a chuckle - that works too.
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