Here's a random draft thought for you as you wind down your afternoon. Besides, if you're watching the St. Louis Rams it's officially time to start thinking about the draft.
Anyway, last Friday ESPN's Mike Sando talked QBs in the 2010 draft class with Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. The big names were all there, but the most interesting tidbit was this:
They are talking about redoing the early picks and the pay grade. I think you will see a lot of kids come out. This will be a heavy junior class this year.
Not the first time we've heard this mentioned (they were talking specifically about Washington QB Jake Locker and whether or not he would enter the draft when this came up). If that is the case and juniors flood the draft ranks, it sets up a very special draft this year, one deep with talent.
The notion of the Rams trading down keeps coming up in the comments and elsewhere around the net, but reading this again made me think that trading down from a top three pick, already a difficult proposition, would be especially tough in a deep draft class.
Teams usually want to get to those picks because there's a special, one-of-a-kind talent available. It doesn't look that's the case this year. I think that might change, maybe, if Sam Bradford's shoulder looks good because if that issue is settled he has the potential to be a nice franchise cornerstone. But that's a big if.
A rich and meaty draft means that you could get just as good a player in picks 5-10 as the top three, and a better spot to trade to down...because a deep draft also means that he who has the most picks wins. If that's not incentive to win a couple more games, I don't know what is.
I'm sure we'll talk draft tonight on Turf Show Radio...