1) A few weeks ago, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, the likely number one pick in the draft, made news for joking about wanting to play for the Dallas Cowboys. He suggested the Cowboys should trade up for him, but he quickly diffused the potential controversy by admitting he was kidding.
His latest quote-worthy news item, comes courtesy of ESPN The Magazine. When asked what he would say to Cleveland Browns’ head coach Hue Jackson if asked why he should go number one overall, he said, “because if you don't draft me No. 1, I will punish your team for the next 10 to 12 years. I'll knock your QB out of the game every time we play you.”
Besides holding the #1 pick in the draft, the Browns also have the 12th overall selection. There’s no reason the Browns shouldn’t be able to grab Garrett, then get their quarterback either at 12, or in a trade up scenario.
2) There was a ‘will or or won’t he’ retire conundrum taking place for Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger these last few months. But now he has decided he’ll play in 2017.
I wonder if his mini retirement “threat” was just him posturing for the Steelers to bring in even more weapons for his offense?
Pass rushers, DBs are the obvious needs. But I can tell you this: Ben Roethlisberger is lobbying hard for more offensive targets #Steelers https://t.co/PEY4O5U3fm— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 6, 2017
3) The NFL will soon have the Las Vegas Raiders, but for now, NFL players will be fined for Las Vegas arm wrestling event.
4) Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback, Jared Goff recently said this about his team.
"I think we're a lot closer to where we want to be than people may think," Goff told reporters. "We got the players. We got the talent. We got all the pieces we need. It's just about putting it together now."
I agree with him. I think the Rams have underachieved for the last few years, but they have enough talent to stay competitive. If Goff can play serviceable football, the Rams may surprise.
5) Jason Kirk is SB Nation’s college football editor, and he recently looked at the 2017 NFL Draft eligible quarterbacks and the level of competition they faced in their college careers. It’s just another way to gauge a player’s readiness for the NFL and you can check it out right here.
6) Last week Tony Romo retired, and there was some immediate Hall Of Fame talk.
Just stop it.
6a) But maybe he has a future in the NBA?
First look at @tonyromo in a Mavs uniform and in the locker room! Make sure you tune in on TXA21 at 7PM tonight! pic.twitter.com/aIdN95zwOr— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 11, 2017
As a high school senior, Romo averaged 24.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He graduated as Burlington High School’s all time leading scorer.
7) Speaking of retired players, former Seattle Seahawks’ running back, Marshawn Lynch, has been flirting with coming out of retirement to play for his
hometown Oakland Las Vegas Raiders. If that doesn’t come to fruition, Lynch has a fallback plan, and that may be the defending Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots.
8) Are you guys planning to watch ESPN’s We The Fans?
It’s their 8 part series about some Chicago Bears’ season ticket holders.
I really hope, it’s really good. Bears’ fans haven’t had much to get excited about, and because of our association with a bad team, we’ve been taking our fair share of shots of late.
9) This would be a big tight end.
K-State forward D.J. Johnson is ready to give football a try. Chicago Bears want to see what he can do at tight end https://t.co/VM5NvibiRp— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) April 11, 2017
We’ll probably see what happens with him once the draft is over, but he wouldn’t be the first ex-college hoops player to make the transition to the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
10) NFL Draft do-overs are neat, but what if the player you get re-drafted isn’t that big a deal?
Can we mock the re-mock?
NFL.com recently re-drafted the 2011 NFL Draft and they gave the Chicago Bears wide out Torrey Smith over their actual busted pick of Gabe Carimi. While I agree that the Bears needed a someone in place of the Wisconsin tackle, Smith isn’t really that sexy of a first round pick.
“The Bears needed a speedy outside receiver to pair with Jay Cutler and help stretch defenses. Smith fits that bill.”
In six years, Smith has topped 50 catches only once.
Then again, when looking over some of the names on that draft, there’s weren’t that many game-changers.
What are some of your NFL Thoughts this week?