Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Apr 2005, 11:55pm by Michael David Smith

Loser's Curse Haunts the First Round

As a consolation prize for having the worst record in the NFL last season, the San Francisco 49ers get to enjoy the first pick in next weekend's NFL draft. But is the first pick really such a great thing to have? In this article reprinted from Friday's New York Sun, Michael David Smith tells us about two business school professors who say that the answer to that question is an emphatic "no," and explains why the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is, in fact, 43. Ed. note: For some reason this study is getting a lot of press today, and I have gotten a couple emails about it, so I wanted to point out that we wrote about it back in April.

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14 Apr 2005, 03:03pm by Michael David Smith

The Ultimate Mock Draft -- Every Player

Michael Silver gets a lot of points for the idea but not for the execution. He imagines a draft in which every team has the right to choose any active NFL player. His first pick, ridiculously, is Michael Vick. He also has Marvin Harrison going in the first round, ignoring Harrison's age even though he explicitly mentioned the importance of age earlier in the piece. Still, this should be a lively conversation starter.

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12 Apr 2005, 10:28am by Michael David Smith

1999 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

It was the best of times (Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper), it was the worst of times (Akili Smith and Cade McNown), it was the age of wisdom (Bill Polian taking Edgerrin James), it was the age of foolishness (Mike Ditka in dreadlocks). It was the 1999 NFL draft, and we review it today.

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11 Apr 2005, 12:55pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Assessing the Quarterbacks

One of my favorite things Peter King does every year before the draft is he watches tape of the top quarterback prospects and discusses what he sees with experts on the quarterback position. I remember he wrote an article after doing that in 1998 and said Peyton Manning was clearly superior to Ryan Leaf. This year he says Aaron Rodgers is better than Alex Smith (I agree), Jason Campbell has first-round talent, Charlie Frye is overrated, and Derek Anderson could be a second-day steal.

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29 Mar 2005, 07:10pm by Michael David Smith

Panthers Received Steroids Prescriptions

And now, we have our first allegation of a juiced-up punter. Todd Sauerbrun is one of three Carolina Panthers that 60 Minutes is reporting filled prescriptions for testosterone cream. Jeff Mitchell and former Panther Todd Steussie are the other players implicated. What makes this story particularly interesting is that the prescriptions apparently were filled just a couple weeks before the players appeared in the Super Bowl.

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22 Mar 2005, 10:16am by Michael David Smith

Four Downs: NFC North

The Bears look talented, Matt Millen looks competent, the Vikings look like a rising defense, and the Packers look down on their luck. Is this bizarro world? No, just some surprising happenings as we take a look at the NFC North.

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16 Mar 2005, 12:31pm by Michael David Smith

NFL to Expand Unnecessary Roughness

I can't decide if I like this idea or not. The NFL Competition Committee will recommend that blind-side plays on "unsuspecting" players -- such as Warren Sapp's block on Packers tackle Chad Clifton -- should be banished under the rules. On the one hand, I thought Sapp's play was bush league. On the other hand, the play wasn't over, and I don't want to see players penalized for playing hard until the whistle, which is what every coach at ever level tells every player to do. (Note: the first paragraph of this story incorrectly states that Sapp's hit was on a punt return.

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14 Feb 2005, 01:47pm by Michael David Smith

Four Downs: NFC North

The NFC North's most popular player might retire. The NFC North's most controversial (and most talented) player might get traded. Every team in the NFC North has replaced a coordinator. Lots of fun speculation ahead in the second edition of our new feature, Four Downs.

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11 Feb 2005, 06:46pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: The 3-4 is Back

Len Pasquarelli writes that in 2005, the NFL will have more teams employing the 3-4 defense than it has had at any time since the 1970s. What's next, a return to the single wing? Also of note: J.P. Losman will almost certainly be the Bills' 2005 starter. Jeff Garcia will be a free agent in a few weeks, but the Browns want to keep Kelly Holcomb around. And the NFL has ended its relationship with Levitra.

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09 Feb 2005, 12:20pm by Michael David Smith

Is Lawyer Milloy Foolish and Greedy?

Peter King sure thinks so. King says Milloy has made about $2.5 million more in Buffalo the last two years than he would have made if he had stayed with the Patriots, and that money isn't worth nearly what being a champion is worth. I have two observations:

1. It sure is easy for Peter King to tell Lawyer Milloy that $2.5 million shouldn't be important to him. How many times has Peter King turned down $2.5 million?

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