Monday, April 22, 2013
Breakfast links: Feeling a draft
By Dan Graziano
Oh, yeah. It's coming. The NFL draft is the day after the day after tomorrow, and we are all kinds of fired up around these here parts. On Tuesday, we will be doing our blogger mock draft, in which I and each of the other seven ESPN.com division bloggers make the picks for the teams in our division. (It's a first-round-only mock, so Mike Sando and I only have to worry about three teams.) We did this one last year and it was fun, because we're allowed to make trades. So look for that and a bunch of other draft-related goodies here in the days leading up to the NFL's Christmas-in-April spectacular Thursday night at Radio City.
Another look at the Cowboys' schedule has Calvin Watkins thinking the team could start hot with a big September and wondering why the Raiders, of all teams, are the Thanksgiving Day opponent.
Needing depth at the safety position and appreciative of what he offers them on special teams, the Cowboys have re-signed restricted free agent Danny McCray for the 2013 season.
New York Giants
Ohm Youngmisuk writes that the passing of Friday's deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets increases the already strong likelihood that Victor Cruz will play for the Giants in 2013. What remains to be seen is whether Cruz will hold out in protest of the state of his contract negotiations. I still don't think so, but he has recently changed agents, so it's possible he's getting different advice than he was before.
Some Giants players did an awfully nice thing at the end of last week, heading up to Newtown, Conn., to put on a football clinic for schoolchildren in the area in which the deadly elementary school shooting took place in December. It has nothing to do with the draft or the team's chances in 2013, but it's worth at least a link to tip our caps to pro athletes doing meaningful work in the communities in which they live.
It's hard to predict which way Chip Kelly and the Eagles will go with the No. 4 pick in the draft Thursday, but pass-rusher Dion Jordan, who played for Kelly at Oregon, is an awfully sensible pick if you're stuck having to make a prediction.
Quarterback EJ Manuel, a potential second-round selection, has been writing a draft diary for Birds 24/7, and he says he'd love for the Eagles to draft him. He and we will all know soon enough.
We discussed this a bit on Friday, but Mark Maske believes the Redskins could benefit by spending one of the later-round draft picks on wide receiver. It's not an obvious position of need, but there's enough fragility and uncertainty about the receivers on the roster that adding depth there isn't a crazy idea.
Grant Paulsen reported Sunday that veteran cornerback Quentin Jammer was meeting with the Redskins as they continue to hunt for a versatile veteran defensive back who'll work cheap.