We are officially under 24 hours until the draft. That’s right – less than one full day.
Later today/tonight I’ll have my final thoughts on the draft, and I’ll be entering Burt D’s draft challenge. Check out the challenge here and make your picks.
All day tomorrow (and Sunday), I'll be blogging the draft, mainly focused on the Cowboys, of course. Last year, we had great open threads and constant discussion of the picks. So this is just a reminder to stop by this weekend for constant draft coverage. Also, tomorrow night I'll be on the DCFanatic Radio Show, starting at 10 pm EST.
It’s clear what the Cowboys must do now. According to ESPN, the Cowboys have two players among the all-time (post-1967) Top 10 draft picks at the #2 position. History says we need to trade up to #2 and select Calvin Johnson. I kid, but not without a wistful sigh.
4. LB Randy White (1975) -- Cowboys
"The Manster" missed only one game in 14 NFL seasons, and is third on the Cowboys' all-time list for games played (209). Drafted as a linebacker, White reached his peak when he moved to defensive tackle. He made nine trips to the Pro Bowls and was named co-MVP of Super Bowl XII (with Harvey Martin), as he led the Cowboys' dismantling of Craig Morton and the Broncos. A member of the 1980s NFL All-Decade Team, White was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
5. RB Tony Dorsett (1977) -- Cowboys
The 1976 Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 1,007 yards and scored 13 total touchdowns, helping lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl title during his rookie season in 1977. Dorsett would go on to rush for at least 1,000 yards in eight of his first nine seasons. The only season he missed out on the mark was the strike-shortened 1982 season. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Dorsett is currently seventh on the all-time rushing list with 12,739 yards. Dorsett also holds the distinction of being the only man in NFL history with a 99-yard run (Jan. 3, 1983 vs Vikings). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Speaking of Calvin, he spoke out for the first time about the pot confession. He said: "Did you guys see my QB for my collegiate career? Everybody’s lucky I wasn’t shooting heroin by the middle of my sophomore year."
I KID! He didn’t say that. He said:
"I don't do drugs, I don't condone it and I'm aware of the NFL's substance abuse policy," Johnson said when reporters sought a reaction to the Pro Football Weekly report that he and two other top draft prospects admitted to having used marijuana.
"It's a little disturbing someone leaked the information," Johnson said. "Those are confidential interviews. It was a little disturbing that it came out in public."
Which is a nice little segue to this Rob Phillips article, all about character and the Roger Goodell regime. I’m past the pot thing with Calvin, he’s no risk at all. But some of these other guys in the draft could be troublesome. And what’s up with Mike Vick?