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BlacksburgHokie

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  1. An interesting idea - he would be a nice compliment to Snelling and Turner as the 3rd down back...
  2. Haha interesting point. Teams are taking a chance that there will be a draft next year when accepting future picks in trades.
  3. You can start an expansion team with 5 picks over 2 years? That would be the worst expansion team ever...
  4. PY's wrong here - White was referencing a tweet earlier in the day where he said: "All atlanta fans don't buy us trading up into the top 10 not gone happen Our organization don't do moves like tht we can score points we got to get stops and turnovers we are goin defense" and "We may get a WR in the second round or the third but we are good we just need our wideouts healthy and we will be just fine" Just referencing that he was wrong with that prediction. Nothing to see here...
  5. I think Green is probably better, but there is a LOT to like about Jones and the difference really isn't that great...
  6. Adding a playmaker on offense was that important, yes. And Jones is certainly that.
  7. Well if it's a pick that everyone is on board with, does it really matter who made the final decision? Blank doesn't strike me as the type of owner who would completely overrule the staff that he pays just for this purpose (and the GM to which he recently awarded an extension) in order to get his way. That's certainly not how Home Depot got to be where it is today...
  8. Honestly, I don't think we would make a move like this unless everyone was on board with it. But if Blank didn't want it, he could have said "no"...
  9. QFT - not just a potential game changer, but one who is ready right away. I love the pick, and completely respect the guts that it took TD and really the entire Falcons organization to pull this off.
  10. Sort of ironic to see Miller give the commish a legit 15 second hug after being a named plaintiff in the suit against the NFL...
  11. I know it's a big moment for him, but Cam Newton is giving off a little too much "just happy to be here"/"I've just accomplished something" vibe both now and in the previous draft interviews for my liking. Reminds me of Russell a few years ago..
  12. Roddy: "Great carolina picked cam now we get to beat up on him" http://twitter.com/#!/roddywhiteTV/status/63756306590343169
  13. Keep in mind that with the uncertainty about the rookie wage scale, the top picks in the draft may have lost some value. For the top 5/10 picks in the draft, it could be a difference of tens of millions of dollars over the life of the contract...
  14. ESPN since I don't get NFLN. Back when I did though, I thought both were about the same - too many annoying talking heads and not nearly enough focus on the actual draft stuff. At least ESPN has cut down from the (approximately) 1,057 analysts they had on-air last year...
  15. I feel the same way - all three players are big-time prospects who will be huge upgrades in the short and long term, and we can't really go wrong with whoever we pick.
  16. I'll just poke my head in here and quickly say that I watch a ton of college games every year, and even as a GT fan the most impressive receiver I saw last season was Green, and it really wasn't close. No knock on Jones (who is an outstanding receiver himself), but I think that Green is on another level with his combination of hands, speed and size. He's as complete a receiver prospect as there has been in the draft since megatron in '07.
  17. You raise a fair point, but people often confuse the CBA being 'expired' with the CBA 'being torn up into little pieces and thrown in the trash'. There are still several provisions that are active even with all that has happened (specifically, things that are explicitly defined to occur following the final league year). Since those provisions are a result of bargaining between the owners and representatives of the players, the players would have a difficult time even in the absence of the union proving that something that they bargained for and agreed to is illegal. Plus, what standing do current players have to sue about the draft? None of them are suffering harm because of the draft, and all of them were drafted under the CBA into the union. Their best argument would be to turn on their union too and declare that the bargaining that was done on their behalf was illegal, but that's about as likely to happen as the NFL finally figuring out an intelligent and capable litigation strategy. On the other hand, incoming players as soon as they are drafted could sue the league over anti-trust violations and they would have a very good case to do so. But delaying the draft for a few days/weeks isn't going to change that - the only way to avoid these lawsuits is through collectively bargaining with a unit that represents these players (like the NFLPA did). No matter when the draft occurs, the league is open to these lawsuits, so might as well do everything as scheduled...
  18. This article has several inaccuracies. First, the draft is not illegal - the previous CBA specifically and in no uncertain terms in article 16 section 1 states that the NFL draft is to occur following the expiration of the agreement. The players would have a very difficult time in court challenging the draft that was negotiated as part of an official bargaining activity, and it's unclear why they would even want to challenge it. Future drafts, sure. But not this one. Second, there is no necessity that the NFL operate without a salary cap. There is a very good chance that if they impose conditions similar to last year that those will go unchallenged by the players and even if they are, it may be ruled to be legal anyway. Third, I don't know if teams will be so quick to break ranks as the writer seems to suggest. Which owner is going to be the first to "cross the picket line" of other owners and sign a player in defiance of league order? Lastly, and sort of tangentially to the author's point, there is a great opportunity for the owners in the next few days as well. Since there is no union, the NFL can unilaterally impose rules on teams and players. If the players file an anti-trust suit against those rules and lose, then they are basically screwed - they would have to accept the terms of the NFL. If the NFL is careful and smart about writing it's rules, they can still end up getting a pretty good deal out of this. The downside to this is that every year, incoming players could start a new suit against the league regarding the draft, although presumably if the first group loses there wouldn't be much hope for subsequent groups. Although with the way this has been handled so far, smart rule making is probably the last thing we should expect. Seriously, have you ever seen the people running a $10 billion business handle even simple legal matters so incompetently?
  19. Interesting...I'm reading now that the NFL is still advising teams to maintain the status quo even after the decision pending a possible stay from the 8th circuit court. Very, very risky strategy on their part - not usually a good idea to defy the orders of a judge. So I guess the bottom line is that we will see what happens over the next few days. The NFL sounds like it is ready to illegally defy Nelson's order, and if it does so then all bets are off as to what happens...
  20. Since Judge Nelson said that the league year must begin immediately, teams are as of now technically free to sign free agents and complete trades unless/until a stay is issued by the 8th circuit court.
  21. Well I'm reading now that Nelson has said in no uncertain terms that the league year must start immediately. Very risky to defy that order even for a short time pending a stay from the 8th circuit court. Whatever happens with a stay from the 8th circuit court in the next several days, tomorrow has real potential to be the most chaotic/interesting day in league history...
  22. Not exactly - the full appeal won't be heard until May, but a decision on the stay will be made by the 8th circuit court in the next few days. If a stay is granted, we go back into lockout mode until the appeal is ruled on and if it isn't, the league is open for business until the appeal is ruled on.
  23. The NFL asks the 8th circuit court for a stay pending appeal. If they deny it too, the NFL must open for business and start the new league year (free agency, workouts, etc). Although it could technically be argued that the NFL is in defiance of Nelson's order now since the league year hasn't started and there is no stay in place.
  24. I'd be okay with that trade. We don't have a ton of needs right now, and our roster is littered with young players who just experience to get better. Why not move up for someone who will contribute right away and who has a great deal of potential at perhaps our position of greatest need on the roster? Especially since there probably isn't a receiver worth drafting in the first round after those two...
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