Friday, April 22, 2011
Four worthy picks for the second round
By Mike Sando
NFC West teams will be well represented at the 2011 NFL draft when retired players announce second-round selections.
Cornerback Aeneas Williams is scheduled to go first among the four when his original team, the Arizona Cardinals, selects with the 38th overall choice.
Receiver Dwight Clark, a steal for the San Francisco 49ers as a 10th-rounder in 1979, is scheduled to announce his old team's selection at No. 45
Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk entered the NFL with Indianapolis before amassing Hall of Fame credentials with St. Louis. He'll announce the Rams' pick at No. 47.
Two-time Hall of Fame finalist Cortez Kennedy, the third overall choice in 1990, will do the honors for the Seattle Seahawks at 57.
The four combined for 25 Pro Bowls and 688 regular-season NFL games. If their teams trade out of the second round, they'll make the announcement whenever their team makes its next selection.
Getting former players to participate in the draft during the ongoing labor dispute qualifies, on the surface, as a small political victory for the league. But with the NFL Players Association structuring its draft-related activities in a way that will not threaten the event itself, the draft has become less of a battleground than it could have been.
See also: Clark's thoughts via Matt Maiocco regarding the 1987 strike and the factors he weighed before ultimately joining Joe Montana and Roger Craig among 12 49ers players to cross the picket lines.