01 Jul 2005
After touching on it a bit last week, Len Pasquarelli goes into more detail about the best prospects for the 2006 draft. Offensive line will be a strong position, and Matt Leinart isn't a sure thing for No. 1 overall.
Another tidbit is that teams are demanding longer contracts from lower-round picks. I don't know why every team hasn't always done this. The low-round guys don't have much bargaining power, so why not force them to sign on for a long time? If they don't pan out you can always release them, but if they do play well they won't become free agents soon. Also, salary cap fans, remember: signing bonuses can only be amortized over five years. Also worth noting is that the Toronto Argonauts, who already have Michael Bishop on their roster, would like to take a look at Eric Crouch as a quarterback.
One final thing: I haven't bought football cards since I was about eight years old, but Len writes, "The Donruss card people inadvertently switched the teams and logos on the two Alex Smiths from this year's draft." Someone who knows more about collecting, help me out. Was it really "inadvertent," or did Donruss make an intentional error because cards with errors catch the interest of collectors?
11 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2005, 4:56pm by Richie
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.