Tag:NFL Draft
Posted on: April 22, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:53 pm

Taking my daughter to work

Today is a huge day.

But if you've come to my blog looking to see another mock draft for tonight's NFL Draft or my pick for the guy I think will have the biggest impact in the NFL (it's C.J. Spiller), you've come to the wrong place.

Sure, I'm working tonight for the first round, but this afternoon was all about "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" day.

By the way, who made the decision to schedule two huge events on the same day? Actually, make that three.

Today is also Earth Day. It's easy to blame the government or the organizations, but it's more fun to blame ESPN for moving the draft to tonight.

But I digress. Since my daughter is closing in on 4-years old, I thought it was time for her to get a real taste of what daddy does at CBSSports.com on a daily basis. But then I thought ... maybe teaching her to watch TV, argue with collegues about Boise State, and writing features with Dennis Dodd wasn't the best thing to teach a kid in pre-K.

CBSSports.com had a nice setup for all the kids today, so Samantha got to do some coloring, work on the computer, shoot some video with host Lauren Shehadi and her favorite ... draw on the dry-erase board with markers.

After she shot video she said "Daddy, I need to go finish my work." Translation = go draw with markers. So a few more pictures before we shoot on over to Mommy's office. That has to be the first time somebody drew Ariel from the Little Mermaid on our whiteboard.

Since my wife's office is close, it was time to go see what work is really like. Sorry sweetie, there is no game room or flat screen TVs at Mommy's office. And there definitely won't be any conversations like "Listen, I don't care that Virginia Tech has a great defense, they aren't winning the national championship!" or "Tim Tebow sucks!" (I swear I hear that at least eight times a week here).

Even though I'll be up past midnight working the NFL Draft tonight, and anticipating a Steelers trade with the Raiders for Ben Roethlisberger, a few hours at work with my daughter will be the highlight of the day.

So just before my wife left at 5:30, she IM'd me that our daughter said "Mommy, I'm working. I'm doing my stamps and working. This is my office, just like you."

Change that to highlight of the month.

Posted on: April 28, 2008 3:49 pm

Some guys should have stayed in school

Alot of great underclassmen were drafted over the weekend -- Darren McFadden, Ryan Clady, Vernon Gholston -- just to name a few, but some of these guy who bolted college a year early, probably are wishing they stayed another season.

Some of the guys of note who left early, who could have used another year in school:

Adrian Arrington, Michigan, WR: With Chad Henne, Michael Hart, Mario Manningham and Lloyd Carr all leaving Michigan, it was no surprise to see Arrington leave too, but I'm sure he was hoping to go a little higher than the No. 237th pick overall (7th round). The Saints actually made a trade to grab Arrington in the final round. At 6-foot-3 he could be another big target for Drew Brees.

Xavier Lee, Florida State, QB/TE: My how the mighty have fallen. Lee was rated as one of the top-rated quarterbacks in 2004 and now he is an undrafted free agent. Lee never had a major impact at Florida State. He told the Miami Herald, "I know my athletic ability will get me to the next level. I made some mistakes -- missing classes -- but I know in my heart I didn't get a good chance" at Florida State. So far nobody has come calling.

Erin Henderson, Maryland, LB: According to the Baltimore Sun, NFL analyst Mike Mayock suggested his size and history of knee injuries cost him a chance to be drafted. Henderson thought for sure he would be drafted on the second day, but was passed over by every team. He did agree to a free-agent contract with the Vikings to join his brother E.J. Henderson.

Johnny Dingle, West Virginia, DE: The 6-2 defensive end from the Mountaineers was expected to be a second-day pick, but unfortunately for him his name was not called. Another player from a team with a coaching change. He was coming off his best season in 2007 with nine sacks, but nobody came calling. He did sign a free agent contact with the Chiefs on Monday.

Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullen, Hawaii, WR: With Colt Brennan and Jason Rivers exhausting their eligiblity, these two also decided to leave school a year early, but neither was drafted. Grice-Mullen missed part of his pro day workout with cramping, but still ran a 4.3 40-yard dash. His size might of scared teams off, considering he was just 5-10, 187 pounds. Grice-Mullen signed with the Texans, while Bess, who is also 5-10, signed with the Dolphins.


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