Banks' Shots (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday May 8, 2007 12:50PM; Updated: Tuesday May 8, 2007 12:56PM
Now that Randy Moss has finally been sprung from Oakland, can we please get Trent Green finally shipped to Miami and Lance Briggs headed for somewhere besides acrimony in Chicago? Things will never be completely quiet on the personnel front in the NFL, but there won't be much headline fodder out there once these moves are made.
What will that be like?
Keyshawn Johnson, the ex-USC receiver, got released by Carolina last week because the Panthers selected another USC receiver, Dwayne Jarrett, in the second round of the draft. Johnson now has a choice between playing for a former Southern Cal offensive coordinator in Tennessee (Norm Chow) or a former Southern Cal offensive coordinator in Oakland (Lane Kiffin, who happens to be the guy who replaced Chow at USC).
Small world sometimes in the NFL.
We haven't had much reason to focus on Seattle this offseason, but my early hunch is that Jim Mora's coaching is going to upgrade that Seahawks secondary. Seattle already seems impressed with its new safety tandem of Deon Grant and Brian Russell, who stood out at a weekend minicamp. The Seahawks ranked a middle-of-the-road 16th in passing defense last season (203.5 yards per game), but totaled just 12 interceptions (tied for fifth lowest in the league), and surrendered 23 scoring passes (ninth most).
Nice sense of timing, Ahmad Carroll. Those drug and weapon charges not only got Carroll quickly booted off Jacksonville's roster, it ought to just about seal things NFL career-wise for Green Bay's flop of a first round pick in 2004. You might have noticed, Ahmad, that personal conduct has been a bit of a front-burner issue within the NFL these days.
I don't think Shaun Alexander participated in Seattle's weekend minicamp with a left foot that's still cracked. And I don't think he thinks there's a chance his much-discussed foot remains broken following last year's almost season-long injury saga. But all it takes these days to set off a flurry of internet speculation is a comment like the one he made -- apparently light-heartedly -- at the close of minicamp on Sunday.
"I don't even want to get another X-ray until after this camp,'' Alexander said, with a laugh. "If the X-ray shows it's still cracked, it's like, 'OK, what does that mean?'''
It means that you can't make even the smallest of jokes about the state of your left foot, Shaun. Not when it might cloud your status in the minds of 20 million or so potential Fantasy Football owners.
Early next year, all those juniors who are considering whether to bypass their senior seasons and declare their eligibility for the NFL Draft should consider the cautionary tale of Florida inside linebacker Brandon Siler. Projected as a first-day draft pick by several draft analysts, Siler slid all the way to the seventh round, going 240th overall, to San Diego.
Siler was a third-team All-America pick last season, and a big part of the Gators defense that shut down Ohio State in the BCS title game. But the guy who was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik award -- which goes to college football's defensive player of the year -- wound up being the 31st linebacker selected.
I thought Siler was third-round pick material, and some mock drafts I saw had him cracking the second round at various points in the pre-draft scouting process. But NFL teams apparently thought otherwise, and Siler's story could be instructive for future juniors who are weighing the same decision.
"After you go in the seventh round, you have to doubt [your decision],'' Siler told the San Diego-area North County Times over the weekend. "I was a tad bit embarrassed because of the decision I made for a little while. But it was a decision I made and I'm going to stand behind that decision.''
Siler really doesn't have any other choice, does he?
Of the most recent 10 Heisman-winning quarterbacks, the only two Troy Smith wants to try and emulate are Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, with maybe a third possibility being Ty Detmer, who at least hung around the league for quite a while with brief pockets of success.
As for Andre Ware, Gino Torretta, Charlie Ward, Danny Wuerffel, Chris Weinke, Eric Crouch and Jason White, their trophies got them nowhere in the NFL. I'll go out on a limb and say Smith will be more productive than those seven Heisman winners, but not as successful as the other three.