I'm doing what I can to rub a little salve on the open wound left by the disintegration of labor talks and now the lockout. And the 2011 NFL Draft is just the salve you need to ease your heavy hearts and minds. Ok, let's get away from the salve metaphor.
The big draft news of the day focuses on Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers. His draft stock was in free fall after he turned in a Combine forty time of 4.74. At the Beavers' Pro Day, Rodger raced to a 4.47 and gained another 3/4 inches on his height. He still looks like a solid mid-round pick, but teams will still have questions about his size.
FYI, 25 teams had eyes on the ground at Oregon State's Pro Day. No confirmation of the Rams on the scene. DT Stephen Paea did not work out. He's still recovering from a knee injury suffered at the Senior Bowl. In spite of his knee injury, he still broke the Combine record with 49 reps on the bench press...my God.
Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt got hit with an Adam Carriker comparison today, based on opinions that his workouts will get him drafted higher than his playing ability merits. From the same report, Wes Bunting notes that Nick Saban didn't get the ball to non-Alabama players much at the school's combined Pro Day workout.