Even in what looks like an historically great class of running back prospects, LSU's Leonard Fournette comes out on top. The depth of quality options, though, makes it clear: 2017 is a great year to draft a runner.
10 Mar 2017
by Rob Eves
"I don't have a player comparison for what I just saw. He looked like Wolverine… Assuming the medical is good and he doesn't tell the Browns he wants to be a Cowboy when they interview him, he's it."
-- An anonymous NFL defensive coordinator, praising the combine performance of former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, the presumed No. 1 overall draft pick. (MMQB)
"Well I can't swim that well… and I don't have a boat."
-- Former Washington wide receiver John Ross, explaining why he chose not to wear Adidas cleats for his 40-yard dash attempt, thus rendering himself ineligible to claim the private island that the sports brand was offering to combine prospects for breaking Chris Johnson's 4.24-second record. Ross ran it in 4.22, but wore Nike cleats. (Josh Norris, Rotoworld; NBC Sports)
"I looked down and the hummer is out. I try to cover it up. I'm thinking to myself, 'little kids are watching.'"
"Sorry 2 [sic] the suckers that have to go to the cattle auction this week! Don't forget to lie to teams and say how much 'fun' it is!"
"A lot of Chipotle burritos. A lot of burritos. In all honestly, it was a lot of burritos and a ton of consistency. I couldn't go in and do one hard week of training and be lazy the next. It was a year and a half, two years of constant 'sorry guys, I can't hang out. I've gotta go eat.'"
-- Ashland tight end draft prospect Adam Shaheen, sharing his strategy to bulk up to 277 pounds ahead of April's draft. (SB Nation)
"I was in the Giants room… they sat me down and gave me a thick book, thicker than a phone book. I said 'what's this?' They said, 'this is our test we give all the players.' I said 'excuse me, what pick do you have in the draft?' They said '10th pick.' I said, 'I'll be gone before then, I ain't got time for this.' And I left."
-- Former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, remembering the time he snubbed the New York Giants in a pre-draft meeting before entering the league. (NFL)
"The NFL should take a page out of the NHL playbook and let us fight."
"Jimmy Garoppolo, I mean the guy's a stud… He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He's got that kind of gunslinger confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He's a good kid, he's young. I think he's a good player."
-- Impending Washington free agent Pierre Garçon, getting a head-start at finding his next job. (NFL.com)
"Kidnap him before the game starts."
"Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate, and I understand it, and we'll do our best to keep them in that position."
-- Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, sticking it to the team's critics. (SB Nation)
"Worst news ever! 5 pre season games and an extra week of training camp. Smh…"
"One time Kyle hung one of my kids by his underwear on the doorknob."
-- Former NFL head coach Gary Kubiak, recounting the time that newly appointed San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan babysat his three sons. (San Francisco Gate)
"I think we set the record for being (in San Francisco) the longest under the present ownership, I take pride in that. Maybe there should be an endurance medal, a courage medal for that."
-- Michigan Wolverines and former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, taking pride in having managed to last for four years under Jed York's ownership. Since Harbaugh left the team, the 49ers are on their third different coach in as many seasons in recently hired Kyle Shanahan. (SB Nation)
"We've got some strides to make on this roster, but I can also tell you (that) I don't look up at the film we've been watching and see a 2-14 team."
"Once you learn your value, don't ever drop the price…"
-- Los Angeles Rams "wide receiver" Tavon Austin, possibly hinting that he may have been asked to take a pay cut by the organization following the $42 million extension he signed in 2016. (Tavon Austin, Twitter)
"I honestly thing I can get a wolf 1-on-1 though… I'm 230lbs, wolves are what, 180-200 tops? He has no thumbs. If I control his neck he's dunzo… I've studied the wolf. He can't read. I know his weaknesses. Plus the thumb thing… Also hasn't been to four Pro Bowls, overcome those injuries and DOESN'T HAVE THUMBS."
They got a Ringless Float for the Falcons @ Mardi Gras. I love my city lmao. pic.twitter.com/y2pCoOV2Qo
— Nader Mirfiq (@Nader723) February 13, 2017
-- WTXG Radio Sports Director Nader Mirfiq, pointing out one of the more entertaining (for New Orleaners) floats at the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade.
Mike Williams of Clemson says he'll be the best Mike Williams WR who has been in the NFL
— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) March 3, 2017
-- SB Nation's Dan Kadarn, reporting on the modest ambitions of Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams as he prepares to enter the NFL.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) March 5, 2017
-- Yahoo Sports, asking only the important questions.
Rich Eisen is ALMOST as fast as an offensive lineman pic.twitter.com/Y1Dccdg1VF
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) March 3, 2017
-- NFL Network journalist Rich Eisen, running a 6.02 40-yard dash in this year's Combine, as is tradition.
-- Ciara and (we assume) her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, along with Ciara's son future and the couple's unborn child, during a photo shoot for Harper's Bazaar that is, in fact, bizarre. Ciara originally shared the photo on her social media accounts, and though she has since deleted it, nothing is ever truly deleted from the Internet. (Perez Hilton)
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