Rob Rang has updated his mock draft. The Seahawks have moved down a few spots on the draft board, but still take Taylor Mays. I had another chance to watch Mays yesterday in action against Oregon State and all the concerns expressed during the 2009 season were once again confirmed. Seattle add Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma) later on, not a move I'm a fan of personally.
Charley Casserly believes the recent injury problems suffered by Sam Bradford could help him in the long term: "My experience with Dr. James Andrews, the renowned orthopedic surgeon who will do the surgery, is flawless. If he tells you something, you can count on it. We never had a surgery by Andrews on one of our players that was not successful. So if I was with a team and he told me Bradford was going to be fine, I would believe it."
Wes Bunting ponders whether Bradford's decision was financially motivated: "with all the concern about the possibility of a rookie pay scale, plus the fact Bradford has already lost out on a potentially huge payday by opting not to come out for the 2009 draft, I get the feeling money was a significant factor in his decision."
Matt McGuire voices some concerns about Bradford's pro-prospects: "The bottom line is there are more questions than answers with Bradford at this point and he can't do anything to answer the questions. The Combine and Pro Day mean nothing. It isn't a game environment and he is throwing to wide-open receivers."
Chad Reuter lists two of my favorite prospects, Charles Brown (OT, USC) and C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson) amongst those who helped their stock this week: "Brown might not reach No. 2 overall like Jason Smith did, but the athleticism he has shown in wins over Notre Dame and Oregon State gives him a real chance to make the top 10... Spiller bounced some runs outside to gain 81 yards on 14 carries. His all-around game will remind scouts of former first-round picks Felix Jones and Chris Johnson, especially when his sub-4.4 track speed lights up the 40-yard dash at the Combine."
Todd McShay thinks Texas safety Earl Thomas is rising up draft boards: "Should Thomas leave school following this season the overall safety class would become very strong. Eric Berry ranks as the No. 1 overall player on the board, and while USC's Taylor Mays remains in the top half of the first round Thomas could become legitimate competition for the No. 2 spot in the safety class."
Calvin Watkins reports that Oklahoma State wide out Dez Bryant will remain suspended for the rest of the 2009 season, effectively ending his college career. He'll enter the 2010 draft competing with Damian Williams to be the first receiver taken. For more on this story, check the video below: