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Does NFL Draft Talent Matter?

April 27, 2009


First off, without a doubt, CONGRATS TO BRANDON GIBSON! Heading to Philly in the 6th round of yesterday’s NFL draft, it could be a nice landing spot. He was actually “mocked” to head to Philly by one service, which is cool. And maybe his WSU experiences in our passing game will help him in a west-coast offense? Anyway, whatever happens, whether he makes the team or likely lands on the practice squad, CONGRATS!

That’s now 15 straight years WSU has had a player drafted in the NFL, beginning in 1995 (no players drafted in 1994). And, for good measure, the second year in a row that WSU has had the only player drafted from the state BCS schools (UW was shut out for the second year in a row).

Here’s a question for you. Looking at the breakdown of NFL draftees by school, does it actually matter whether or not your school sends players to the NFL? In the PAC-10, it sure looks that way.

USC = 11 players drafted
Oregon State = 7 players drafted
Oregon = 6 players drafted
CAL = 3
Arizona, ASU = 2 players drafted
WSU = 1 player drafted
UW, UCLA, Stanford = 0 players drafted

Sounds about right. USC has been an NFL factory forever, and this year is no exception.

And the Oregon schools have been sending a lot of talent to play on Sundays in the Y2K decade. But looking at that list, then looking at the PAC-10 standings last year?

1) USC
2)Oregon (tie w/ Oregon St)
3)Oregon State (tie w/ Oregon)
4)CAL
5)Arizona
6)Stanford
7)ASU
8)UCLA
9)WSU
10)UW

Amazing. The top five slots in players drafted basically mirrored the top five in the standings. And from 6th place Stanford to 10th place UW, only THREE total players picked. That’s half the conference producing only three NFL draft choices. Seems like a real have-have not scenario?

Here’s the weird thing, at least for this year. One would think, looking at the way it all broke down, that the best teams sent the most players to the NFL, while the worst teams do not. That’s SORT of true, but this year? In a weird twist, the BCS Championship game only had a combined EIGHT players drafted over the weekend. Oklahoma had five players picked. And your national champs, Florida? JUST THREE players picked! That’s only one more than the Arizona schools, and just two more than WSU. For a national champ to send only three players? Very, very odd. In fact, the combined number of draft picks from a BCS title game is the lowest ever.

I guess some of it could be attributed to the youth, of both Oklahoma and Florida. Both QB’s came back to school, and many believe Sam Bradford will be near the top of next year’s draft. And Tim Tebow, no matter his position, will be an NFL football player.

Or, maybe it’s the offensive systems that makes it difficult to project at the NFL level? Both Okie and Florida run spread-type schemes, with Florida much more of a running scheme while Okie loves to spread it and throw it forever. And remember Graham Harrell, Texas Tech record-setting QB, and Chase Daniel, who ripped up Big 12 defenses at Missouri? BOTH QB’s weren’t even picked by a single NFL team, both undrafted free agents. Again, the schemes themselves make it difficult to project on the next level. Anyway, the BCS title teams, just a weird anomaly to this year’s draft.

Speaking of draft, I thought this list was interesting. It breaks down the entire number of draftees, ever, for each NCAA school. Notre Dame at the top with 462, USC right behind them at 461. And for what it’s worth? WSU is currently #42, which again, seems about right. Not UPPER class, but maybe more like upper-middle class?

Moving elsewhere, we were JACKED about Aaron Curry and the Seahawks!….until we also heard that the franchise tag has been lifted on Leroy Hill in the process? WHAT!?? So you ditch Julian Peterson, tag Leroy Hill, draft Aaron Curry…and then cut loose Leroy Hill? I know the quotes are that the team is hoping to now sign him to a long-term deal, but wow, what a weird situation. Does Hill feel slapped in the face, enough so that he’ll bolt to another team? Or does he want to stay badly enough, and that this move is just a procedural thing before signing him long-term? I don’t get it.

Grippi has some good stuff on the spring finale, including some quotes by Wulff who claims “Every person got better. Because every person had a good attitude”. At least the healthy ones got better? They were awfully thin by the end of spring. Anyway, check it all out here.

Finally, the UW/Key Arena bill appears to have morphed into just Key Arena. And while the regular session of the legislature wrapped last night, it does appear likely that they are headed for overtime. Does that mean anything for the sports fan? Who knows. Anything can happen in a special session, so there is no guarantee they will get to the amended bill, which now specifically states the use of funds as a “multipurpose sports arena” instead of “stadiums in King County”. But the late amendment to get specific in terms of the purpose of the tax money might be a signal that they will address this in a special session. We’ll see.

Enjoy your Monday, and GO COUGS!

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Will Gibson Get the Call Tomorrow?

April 24, 2009


Huge day for NFL hopefuls tomorrow. And the biggest name in the WSU universe is, rightfully so, Brandon Gibson.

We all know the story. The kid made a bit of a splash his first year, then exploded in years two and especially year three. Year four, 2008? Uh, yeah, like the rest of the program, we’ll just gloss over that. It was bad, bad, bad. OK, injuries, QB issues, offensive line issues, new system, etc. It all rolled into one big ball of UGLY for 2008, and young Brandon wasn’t spared.

But the good news is that tomorrow is a chance to turn it all around for Gibson. How does Gibby stack up with the mock drafts?

Well, if you believe in Mel Kiper, Gibson should be happy this weekend. Kiper’s mock has Gibson landing in Atlanta as a fourth-rounder. Note – the ESPN article is a premium insider article, so, instead I’ve linked to an article that mentions Gibson in Kiper’s mock draft. Atlanta could be a nice fit for Gibson. QB Matt Ryan is on the rise, it’s in a dome so the atmosphere is nice and comfortable for at least eight games a year, and they are in the NFC “nascar” division so the weather should be quite comfortable down there.

Another mock draft has Gibson as a fifth-rounder, to Philly. Cold, sure, but Philly has the look of a major force next year. And having McNabb throw you the ball could be a very, very good thing.

Finally, one more mock has the Cowboys taking Gibson in the fifth round. Hmm, nice situation there with Romo. And a new stadium too, which is always cool.

So there you have it. There are a lot more mock drafts out there, but three is enough isn’t it? Anyway, as a second day pick, Gibson will at least get a look by someone to play on Sunday. But even if he follows the Bumpus route and goes practice squad for his first year, that’s still not a bad gig if you can get it.

One thing that would be pretty cool is to think of the starting trio of WR’s on the WSU roster in 2006 – Jason Hill, Michael Bumpus, and Brandon Gibson. If Gibson makes a team next season, and Bumpus can stick with the Seahawks, that’s all THREE starting WR’s from the 2006 team on an NFL roster. Could that ’06 version of the WSU WR’s be the best in school history?

Moving on, it’s gotten really ugly with the senate bill SB6116. Ugly in that WSU is squarely taking a lot of the blame, if you read some of the comments at SonicsCentral.com (be warned, it’s not pretty!). And so ugly that senator Ed Murray, one of the sponsors of the bill, has actually amended his bill to fight the use of funds for athletic department purposes. In other words, Murray is so frustrated by the loud WSU fans fighting this thing that he went out of his way to amend his own bill to try and hurt WSU.


But after all the noise we’ve made about this, including a banner flying over Oly saying fight the bill? Again, we’re the easy targets. Even if YOU didn’t fight this thing or are basically “whatever dude”, because of the colors you wear and/or where you went to school, you will get blamed.

Finally, there could be some news coming on the Apple Cup. That’s all we’re saying. Stay tuned.

ENJOY YOUR FRIDAY, and GO COUGS!

Gibson’s Senior Bowl Hits a Snag

January 23, 2009


Well, so much for hitting a homerun at the Senior Bowl. Maybe he did miss the NFL gravy train after all? ESPN’s Todd McShay reported Thursday that Brandon Gibson has come up lame with a hamstring injury today, and his availability for the upcoming game is doubtful.

Per the report:

“Washington State’s Brandon Gibson left practice with an apparent hamstring
injury. He had his upper leg wrapped while he looked on late in the day. He is
well-built, and although he had some drops Tuesday, he uses his hands
consistently and doesn’t let the ball get in on his body. However, his lack of
speed is apparent — even before the injury — and it is difficult to imagine
him running past NFL defensive backs. He also doesn’t explode off the line of
scrimmage, and none of his movements is sudden. Gibson takes too long coming out
of his breaks on short routes, so that has to worry you from a possession
wideout standpoint. Perhaps his leg was bothering him early in the practice and
that affected his ability to move, but overall, it wasn’t a good showing.”

Not exactly glowing, and that remark about the lack of speed even before the injury isn’t good news. I did find another snippet, from Rotoworld.com, that stated that Gibson actually had a pretty good first day of practice.

It’s not the end of the world for Gibson. He still has some time to get the hamstring healthy and show what he can do. But this is definitely a setback.