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Winners and losers (cont'd)

Posted: Sunday April 24, 2005 5:57PM; Updated: Sunday April 24, 2005 6:41PM
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1. Buffalo running back Travis Henry: The Bills entered the weekend negotiating to deal the disgruntled Henry to one of three teams: Arizona, Tampa Bay or Philadelphia. But they went 0-for-3, and watched as all three teams drafted first-day running backs: The Cardinals took Cal's J.J. Arrington in the second round; the Bucs selected Auburn's Cadillac Williams with the No. 5 pick, and the Eagles landed Louisiana Tech's Ryan Moats in the third round. It's not likely that any of those three will continue to pursue Henry.

It's beginning to look like the Bills waited too long to pull the trigger on a deal for Henry, and priced him a bit out of a market that is glutted with quality running backs this year.

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2. Prolific college quarterbacks: In some cases, I guess the letter sweater is reward enough. Oklahoma's sixth-year quarterback Jason White has a Heisman Trophy to his credit, but it didn't win him any love from an NFL team on draft weekend. Hawaii's Timmy Chang set the NCAA's all-time passing yardage record and finished second in career touchdown passes, but nobody dialed his number either.

Meanwhile, New England spent a seventh-round pick on Matt Cassel, who was Matt Leinart's backup at Southern Cal. Go figure.

3. Washington quarterback Patrick Ramsey: Between Mark Brunell's acquisition this year, and the Redskins' trading up to get a second first-round pick and select Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell this year, you get the feeling that Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs may not be the biggest Ramsey fan in the nation's capital?

Here's a hint, Patrick: Better pack your "A'' game for 2005, and if Gibbs starts talking up Tim Hasselbeck, it's time to get nervous. Very nervous.

4. Detroit receiver Az-Zahir Hakim: Good thing somebody invented the four-receiver set in the NFL a while back, because otherwise Hakim might not get on the field this year for the Lions. Another year, another first-round receiver in Detroit. The Lions aren't even trying to be creative at this point. For two years in a row now they've drafted a top-10 receiver named Williams.

5. Maurice Clarett's critics: Hey, the embattled former Buckeye landed on his feet in the third round, going to a team known for making stars out of the running backs they drafted. When Clarett quit on his NFL Scouting Combine workout after some disappointing results, just about everybody buried his draft chances. But he was a first-day pick -- albeit barely -- after all.

Question: Can an NFL player win both the rookie of the year and comeback player of the year in the same season?


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