Of course it’s way too early to rank teams’ draft performances. It will take at least a couple of years for this to sift out. But, heck, it’s fun. So here’s my Top Ten on the Morning After.
Nick Foles is back on the street after the Bears agreed to release him. His phone may not ring today. But it will ring.
With apologies to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh leads the NFL in brotherly love. There are currently seven sets of brothers on NFL teams. Four of those pairs now play for the Steelers. Pittsburgh selected former Michigan State tight end Connor Heyward in the sixth round on Saturday. Connor will join big brother Cam in wearing the black and gold. They join T.J. and Derek Watt, Terrell and Trey Edmunds, and Carlos and Khalil Davis as brother acts in Pittsburgh. The Heywards are the sons of the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.
Cornerback Troy Hill picked a bad season to leave the Rams, missing out on a Super Bowl championship. But after a one-year hiatus with the Browns, Hill is back in L.A. after the Rams reacquired him in a Saturday trade that sent a 2023 fifth-round pick to the Browns. Prior to that brief stop in Cleveland, Hill spent five seasons with the Rams.
North Carolina QB Sam Howell slid all the way to the fifth round before the Washington Commanders broke his fall. Sometimes where you go is more important than when you go. I think Howell will have an opportunity in Washington.
Yeah, I was a little surprised the Patriots took former Western Kentucky QB Bailey Zappe in the fourth round. I’m guessing Mac Jones was even more surprised.
You know why Georgia beat Alabama in the CFP Championship Game? Because the Bulldogs had better players than did the Tide, and more of them. It really was that simple. You scoff? Georgia just had 15 players drafted, the most by one team in college football history.
While I realized it is used facetiously, I really don’t like the title “Mr. Irrelevant,” given annually to the player selected last in the NFL Draft. The 49ers didn’t think former Iowa State QB Brock Purdy was irrelevant. Brock Purdy is a good football player. He’s an NFL draft choice.
Clayton Kershaw is now the Dodgers’ all-time franchise career leader in regular season strikeouts. And that franchise has had some decent pitchers, wouldn’t you say?