“2013 NFL Draft I think Andy Reid will draft another Syracuse QB, Ryan Nassib, but this time with the 1st overall pick to lead the Chiefs! From what I saw on film there is no way R. Nassib makes it to the 2nd round. I do not view QB Ryan Nassib as a late 1st rounder, but rather a Top Five pick & doubt he will be there at top of 2nd round. … my grade is not to get hype/publicity, just based on film.”
Russ Lande, @russlande, of ProFootballTalk.com
GH: I clipped together a handful of Lande tweets for his comments on Nassib above. Lande is a respected draftnik, but he is out on a limb with this pick. What I think this shows is that there is simply no consensus number-one pick at quarterback in this draft. Every expert has his/her favorite. Unless your Kevin Kietzman – then you just want any quarterback with the Chiefs’ first pick – even if it’s the wrong one.
“I apologize, Mitch. I did not mean to talk quarterbacks with you today. I wanted to talk college basketball.”
Kevin Kietzman, while interviewing Mitch Holthus this week, 810 AM
GH: Just about every on-air conversation KK has had the past month devolves into the Chiefs needing to draft a quarterback with their first overall pick. I’m not saying they shouldn’t – I’m just incredibly bored with his endless browbeating on the subject. It would be different if Holthus or Clinkscale would attack his stance as passionately as he defends it – but they instead delicately tip toe about the subject as if KK signs their checks. Oh, right…
“Tyler Wilson [from Arkansas] could go as high as 15. … It’s not like any of these quarterbacks are going to come in and have a stellar rookie season. There’s just not one guy who is blowing everybody away.”
Matt Miller, NFL insider for NFLDraftScout.com, reporting from the Senior Bowl, 810 AM
GH: It is stunning how many different QBs are being promoted as the first quarterback taken. Read on.
“If anyone in this class is going to get over-drafted it is Matt Barkley. I would not be shocked if he went number one at all. He is one of the most likable football players you will ever talk to. He’s personable, he’s a leader, his teammates loved him and he’s smart.”
Matt Miller, 810 AM
GH: Neither Barkley nor Geno Smith are among the six quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. And Geno Smith is listed as the number one quarterback on most of the draft boards I’ve perused.
“I don’t like Barkley number one and I haven’t all year. But I don’t think you can rule that possibility out.”
Matt Miller, 810 AM
GH: A year ago Chiefs fans would have been very happy with the USC as their first pick. Has his stock dropped that far? Does his lack of a big arm hurt his sex appeal? How about the fact he’s another high-touted underperforming Trojan quarterback? Bingo.
“Is there a quarterback worthy of going in the first round? That answer is probably, ‘No.’ But three, four or five quarterbacks probably will go [in the first round].”
Michael Schottey, NFL insider for BleacherReport.com, reporting from the Senior Bowl, 610 AM
GH: Wow – five quarterbacks gone before the Chiefs’ second pick? I think the Chiefs new GM, John Dorsey goes after a QB and makes Kietzman a happy man.
“I thought you would like to know that Randy Covitz followed up his correct forecast of the Super Bowl entrants by winning more than $9,000 in a knockout NFL pool. Not bad for a $20 investment. The guy really knows the NFL. What a shame he is not Kansas City’s pro football Hall of Fame elector and Bob Gretz is. (Thanks to Carl Peterson).”
Chris, OTC Email
GH: Covitz is having a helluva year! First he nails Baltimore and San Francisco in SB47 [no easy picks there] and then he pockets $9K in an NFL knockout pool? Congrats to Randy.
“Football as we know it is going to change, definitely.”
Mike Greenberg, while discussing the lawsuit filed by Junior Seau’s family, ESPN Radio
GH: Lawsuits over head injuries will be the death of amateur football as we know it. It is simply a matter of when. Can the game change enough to make it safe enough for the lawyers? Maybe, but it will not be the same game.
“I always say this, ‘Soup and good character are made at home.’”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: Herm never ate in my mom’s kitchen. She was a master at cooking up character, but her soups were all out of a can.
“Paul Finebaum, the afternoon host of Birmingham, Alabama’s popular WJOX sports talk radio station, is leaving one of Cumulus radio’s Southern sports powerhouses for a big payday from a competing station, 97.3 the Zone owned by Cox Communications. It’s a big move in sports talk radio because Finebaum brings in several million dollars a year in ad revenue on one of the highest rated sports talk stations in the country.”
Clay Travis, writer, outkickthecoverage.com
GH: That revenue number is just stunning to me. Several millions a year in ads on an AM station in Alabama? SEC football truly is one-of-a-kind.
“WJOX is screwed. 1st, no one wants to do a show like Finebaum who is as talented as Finebaum. 2nd, who wants to be the guy to replace him?”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenter, on Finebaum bolting from his current Alabama radio station to the competition across town, Twitter
GH: I don’t doubt that replacing a talent like Finebaum is going to be tough – but why wouldn’t sports talk jocks be lining up at the opportunity? I have never understood those in the media who shy away from opportunity. Sure, Finebaum’s shoes are big ones but so what? If you have the game, why accept an invitation to the Weedeater Bowl when you can play in the Rose?
“Les Miles contract extension: $4.3 million a year for 7 years thru 2019.”
Brett McMurphy, @McMurphyESPN
GH: These numbers still stun me. That is $30.1 million over the next seven years.
“Hey, Mizzou, think SEC football was good? Baseball America preseason poll: 2 Vandy, 3 Ark, 5 Miss St., 7 SC, 10 LSU, 11 UK, 13 OM, 17 UF.”
Ross Dellenger, @RossDellenger, Twitter
GH: SEC track and field is pretty good as well. Arkansas, A&M, Florida and LSU are in the top six for Indoor T&F this week. Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are also in the top 14. The SEC is pretty good at athletics.
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