Texas quarterback Colt McCoy hoped to go among the top picks in the NFL Draft, but he fell all the way to the 3rd round and the 85th pick overall where the Cleveland Browns selected him. Now he has vowed revenge on those who passed on him. Especially the Browns.
"I was initially plotting my revenge on the other 31 teams who didn't pick me, but that seemed unrealistic," said McCoy. "I mean, even if I end up starting for the Browns one day, I may never play all 31 teams in my career. So I thought I'd narrow my revenge."
So that fell to the Browns, who passed over McCoy once in the first round and then two more times in the second.
"Why should I do them any favors?" said McCoy. "They didn't want me three times. Most teams only didn't want me twice. If anything, I should be more bent on revenge against the Browns. And I am."
McCoy says he will do everything in his power to bring the Browns organization down from causing a distraction off the field to playing poorly on the field.
"If I can help it, the Browns will never win a game," said McCoy. "They'll wish they never passed on Colt McCoy three times."
But Browns head coach Eric Mangini says he isn't concerned.
"Big deal," he said. "I don't think we have a player on this roster who doesn't seem committed to making us lose. If he wants to catch our attention, he should play well."
The Denver Broncos provided the shock of the first round of the NFL Draft, using the 25th pick of the draft to select an inspirational mascot: Tim Tebow. It's the first time a team has taken a mascot in the history of the draft.
"I just want to work hard and be a role model," said Tebow. "I want to do whatever is asked of me and just show my passion for the game of football and for this team."
The San Diego Chicken himself couldn't have said it better. And Tebow will follow through.He is expected to sell tons of merchandise, get casual fans throughout the Rockies interested in the Broncos, and also appear at numerous charity and community events.
"We didn't think there were any guaranteed star players available at No. 25 so we decided to go this route," said Broncos team president Pat Bowlen. "It was either bring in Tebow or get a dance team. We decided Tebow was the best option. The insurance premiums on even a 10-girl dance team are pretty high. And most dance teams are 12 or 16 girls. Tim is just one mascot. And, who knows maybe we can teach him to dance, too."
But the Broncos think Tebow is more than just someone who fires up the fans they want him to make an impact on the field, too.
"I definitely think Tebow will help us on the field," said Broncos cornerback and team leader Champ Bailey. "Anything that get fans more into the game, gets them cheering louder that energy is passed down to us players. He can be like our new Barrel Man."
Head coach Josh McDaniels says he can't wait to get Tebow out on the field to see what he can do.
"I am so excited about this pick," he said. "Can you imagine it? Tebow dropping back to throw? That hilarious motion of his? Launching tee-shirts wildly into the crowd? It's going to be so awesome. And so funny. He will be an instant crowd favorite. Would I have liked a player who can come right in and play? Sure. But we play for the fans, and this pick is all for them."
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My god. I wish this was a joke. But you know that new throwing motion of Tim Tebow's? Well, it was doing well at first. But I guess like an organ transplant, after a while it didn't take and now it's it's just it's horrible. Just horrible.
The casualties are still being tallied from an early-morning attack on the New York Jets' draft war room, but at least 25 scouts and personnel staff members are dead, and the team's draft plans are in tatters.
"It's complete chaos down there," said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. "There are bodies and blood everywhere. Limbs blown off. People screaming. They don't know even know if they want to pick Jared Odrick or Terrence Cody anymore. They could draft a running back."
Survivors say the attack likely would have killed many more, but scores of employees dived behind head coach Rex Ryan and were protected from the blast. No group has taken credit for the attack, but it is presumed that the New England Patriots are responsible.
With the draft just around the corner, the team is desperately trying to pull together in time to bring in another strong class. Ryan picked through the still smoldering war room this afternoon, looking for scouting tapes and player profiles that could be salvaged.
"Goddammit!" he yelled, kicking aside a severed arm still clutching a clipboard. "Where's our file on Jahvid Best?"
The team says it will wait to bury, or even recover, the bodies of its dead until after the three-day draft is over. The families of the fallen understand.
"It's what Pete would have wanted," said Cheryl McClintock, wife of the team's chief Big Ten scout, Pete McClintock. "The attack is in the past. These draft picks are the future. He loved football so much, which is why me and the kids only saw him a week or two out of the year. I know his dying wish would have been to still hold the draft. And also to draft Jared Odrick. That kid has a great motor."
According to personnel sources with several teams, Texas linebacker Marcell Pinkins is plummeting down draft boards just days before the NFL Draft over reports that he was involved in a death incident this weekend.
"Marcell was a tweener to begin with," said one team source. "We thought he was a little small for a linebacker, but not fast enough for safety. And from what we've heard from this weekend, he's only going to be slower and lighter."
Pinkins passed away Saturday night in a one vehicle crash on I-20 east of Dallas when he lost control of his Toyota Corolla and hit a tree. The two-time All-Big 12 linebacker was pronounced dead at the scene.
The player's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, dismisses reports that Pinkins' stock is dropping.
"You hear this sort of thing as the draft approaches every year," said Rosenhaus. "It's misinformation from teams so other teams don't know what they're planning. It's nothing but misinformation."
Rosenhaus said the only true part of the reports are that Pinkins is dead.
"Yes. Very dead," he said. "The funeral is tomorrow. I'll be there. As will his whole family. Marcell has a good family and good people around him. NFL teams can't discount that."
While many teams are souring on the deceased player, others say he remains a good pick.
"Teams always put too much stock in the measurables 40 time, vertical leap, a pulse," said an Eagles representative. "But if you put the tape on from last season, Pinkins is a great football player. His lack of biological life doesn't change that."
Jerry Jones says the Cowboys will carefully consider Pinkins.
"Sure, dying hurts him," said Jones. "It's bad timing to die just days before the draft. But he is still on our draft board. He's right above Tim Tebow."
The NFL Draft is almost here. While scouts will break down every little thing about each player how fast he runs, how high he jumps, how he conducts himself in an interview they should not forget to mine the valuable football information that comes from photos.
Today SportsPickle presents the photo scouting report on:Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma.
Despite months of courtship, the St. Louis Rams informed Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford today that they only want to be friends.
“We’re moving in a different direction,” Rams GM Billy Devaney told Bradford in a brief, but tearful call today. “It’s not you. Really, it’s not. You’re a great quarterback. You’ll make some lucky team very happy.”
The Rams stress that they are very early in their rebuilding process and don’t want to commit to just one player – especially with the draft still weeks away.
“We’ve got the money and we’ve got the No. 1 pick,” said head coach Steve Spagnuolo. “Why settle down when we don’t have to? We don’t want to look back on this time 10 years from now when Sam's put on a few pounds and wish we had gotten with Ndamukong Suh or Eric Berry.”
Devaney echoed his coach.
"Suh and Berry are amazing. I wish we could have them all at once, but that’s just not possible,” he said. “And let’s not forget Colt McCoy or Jimmy Clausen. They both have great bodies. And Colt has the prettiest eyes you could ever want to see.”
Bradford admits to being upset by St. Louis' decision.
“I thought we had something, I really did,” he said. “I thought I was their No. 1. I know they still have feelings for me. I know they still want me. It’s just … I don’t know what. I think maybe they’re scared of the strong feelings they have.”
But Devaney says there were some issues with Bradford and the Rams being physically compatible.
“I know this sounds petty,” said Devaney. “But Sam simply wasn’t big enough for us. And we don't think he can handle punishment. I’m sorry, but size does matter – no matter the position.”
Bradford plans to swallow his heartbreak and move on as best he can.
“I just came out of a three-year relationship in Oklahoma,” he said. “I don’t like being alone. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’ll probably just go to the first team that will take me. But my heart will always be with the Rams. I know that. We had something special. Maybe one day we can be together again – through a trade or maybe free agency. That hope is what will get me through each day.”
The NFL Draft hype has just begun. While scouts will break down every little thing about each player how fast he runs, how high he jumps, how he conducts himself in an interview they should not forget to mine the valuable football information that comes from photos.
Today SportsPickle presents the photo scouting report on Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame.