Twenty-seven years ago, Brett Favre took the call advising him that the Falcons had made him a second-round draft pick while lounging on his bed, family surrounding him and resplendent in jorts. The night before the draft that will see Baker Mayfield picked in round one, he has recreated the photo. All the way down to the jorts.
Raekwon McMillan Youth Jersey This isn’t just a new-age platitude, either. It’s fact. Since 2008, of the 20 teams that qualified for the Super Bowl not one of them had one of its two top rushers come from a top-10 overall pick Buffalo Bills Jersey they drafted, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Think about that for a second.
Think about this: Of the top seven rushers in the NFL last year, only one 鈥?the Rams’ Todd Gurley 鈥?was a top-10 pick. No. 1 was Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt, and he was a third-rounder. So was the league’s best rookie, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara. Not incidentally, both the Chiefs and Saints made the playoffs.
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The leading rusher on your Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, LaGarrette Blount? He wasn’t drafted at all. The leading rusher on your Super Bowl runner-up New England Patriots, Dion Lewis? He was a fifth-rounder.
So it’s a move that the Ravens think should bolster their roster, in a first round that the Bills think has improved their team on both sides of the ball.
Vinny Testaverde: His experience comforted Parcells, and the Jets took flight, all the way to the 1998 AFC Championship game, after he arrived as a free agent to replace Foley early in the season. Parcells reminded Testaverde of his father, and he flourished (29 TDs, 7 INTs) playing for his hometown team. Alas, he tore his Achilles in the ’99 home opener, and was never the same, and neither were the Rick Mirer-Ray Lucas Jets. In seven seasons as a Jet, Testaverde threw 77 TD passes and 58 INTs.
Chad Pennington: The 18th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft benefited from sitting behind Testaverde until early in the 2002 season, and he was The Natural. He was smart and accurate and a fiery leader who would bang helmets with teammates during introductions. A series of injuries and lack of arm strength derailed him. In eight seasons as a Jet, he threw 82 TDs and 55 INTs.