Remember the NFL Draft?
It starts tonight, I think.
Say what you want about the NFL draft being “boring”, too long, and overproduced, but if Nebraska were going to have a first-round pick because you’d be bragging to all your other football fan buddies about him.
And you’d be hoping like hell that he was drafted by your favorite team, the team you swear you’ve quit watching because some guys kneeled or didn’t kneel, or or because the NFL is too controlled and overproduced and yada yada yada.
It has been a while since Nebraska fans have been able to get excited about the NFL draft. Last year featured a sole Husker, Nate Gerry, taken in the fifth round by Philadelphia. It was the worst NFL draft year for Nebraska since the 1960s.
The last first-round Husker pick was Prince Amukamara, who went to the New York Giants in 2011. The previous season Ndamukong Suh went as the second overall pick to the Detroit Lions. Ah, those were the days.
There are a decent number of Husker players in the NFL, and several were back for the spring game. Amukamara, Will Compton, Lavonte David, Maliek Collins, Alex Lewis, among them, and of course, Ameer Abdullah, who assisted in the broadcast booth.
Perhaps this will change as Nebraska’s fortunes change under new coach Scott Frost. Perhaps the best players in the nation will return to the Husker roster and there will once again be a reason, even if tiny, for you to turn on ESPN and watch.
As it is now, there are only two reasons to watch that I can think of.
Cleveland and New York are probably going to take quarterbacks at selections #1 and #3, which is another way of saying -
Whose lives are going to be ruined within the first three picks of the draft?
This thread.... (pun intended) - What the hell is going on in Omaha?
Crowd: Hobby Lobby. 13780 Millard Ave.— MeanStreets Omaha (@MeanStreetsOMA) April 26, 2018
Caller says there are 80 cars in the parking lot with people climbing on the roof of the location.
Baker Mayfield did this. It’s cute. The buzz is that Mayfield will be taken by Cleveland. Poor bastard.
“There are those people who are in your corner no matter what, you can’t do any wrong, even when you do wrong. And then there are those people that no matter what you do they’re going to dislike you and that’s not going to change.” - Brett Favre #DraftEve #MMO pic.twitter.com/6bCE9SxqI6— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) April 26, 2018
The Frost Effect: Protecting the Backside on Runs – Husker Chalk Talk
We also saw how the offense can meld itself to different types of QBs. Adrian Martinez is an outstanding option runner still learning the nuances of the college passing game. When he was in, you saw more option and various read-based runs designed to get him into space. By comparison, Tristan Gebbia isn’t anywhere near the runner that Martinez is, but he’s considered by many to be a better pure passer. Gebbia featured on the vertical passing game, and although he didn’t run nearly as often, the offensive staff still found a way to get Gebbia a handful of opportunities in the run game.
Concept Wednesday: Saints Play Action – Husker Chalk Talk
For the first Concept Wednesday of the Scott Frost era, we’re going to look at one of Frost’s favorite vertical passing concepts: Saints. Saints is yet another play in the Frost playbook that can be traced directly to Chip Kelly.
Chinander: Tackling came a long way, now team must get stronger
Chinander gives his thoughts on the spring that was for his Husker defense.
Former UCF assistant admits 'national champion' title is phony
"Personally and professionally speaking, I am a national champion when I win the National championship game. I wish we could have had this opportunity because we were playing at a high level. If someone else wants to proclaim and pay me as a national champion, then that’s on them."
Nebraska film room: QB coach Mario Verduzco breaks down spring game performances
If you think freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is Nebraska’s “guy,” you would be right. If you think he’s Nebraska’s only “guy,” you would be wrong.
That’s because as far as Huskers quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco is concerned, every quarterback in his room is “our guy”.
Josh Rosen’s history of controversy: A timeline before the NFL Draft - SBNation.com
Rosen’s not a bad guy, but some commentators will use the stuff on this timeline to suggest he is.
I was a 7th-round pick who made the mistake of watching the NFL Draft - SBNation.com
Yikes. More anxiety. More anger. At some point after the fifth round I spent time outside shooting hoops with my uncle. I took a walk. I did other things. I don’t remember. I was stressed out.
Top NFL Draft quarterback explains why he hung up the phone on Brett Favre's agent - CBSSports.com
"Bus Cook, Brett Favre's agent, great story," Mayfield said. "Every agent does the same thing, they give their résumé, what they're about, all this stuff. Finally, when he was about to give me a chance to talk, he asked, 'So, when did Bob Stoops start recruiting you?' And I literally, I said, 'Excuse me?' And he repeated the question. And then I said, 'Yeah, I gotta go.' And I just hung up."
NFL Draft 2018: Times, TV schedule, format, rules, and more for this week - SBNation.com
We’ve got all your questions answers, from how to watch to when undrafted free agents can be signed.
Are NFL franchise quarterbacks born or made? - SBNation.com
What happens when the Quincy Enunwas of the world break through?
Can the NCAA ever just admit it’s no longer 1947? - SBNation.com
This is not the same industry that existed six-plus decades ago, when the NCAA crafted the term “student athlete” to avoid having to pay workers’ compensation.
Then There’s This
It is the secret we are all trying to unlock — how to live long and happy lives. Science has found the key to success — for men, anyway.
STARING. Isn’t that a crime these days?
Footprints of humans and giant sloths show a dramatic chase sequence from more than 10,000 years ago.
I am so glad they’ve found proof. This has been bugging me for quite a while now... ‘Whatever happened to the giant sloths of New Mexico?”
Known to them (the sloths) as Asglargaland, the giant sloths were once a proud race of super-contemplative beings before humans slaughtered them wholesale, angered by what they believed to be the sloth’s complacency.
There are some theories that would humans have allied themselves with the sloths that we’d already be colonizing the galaxies. Sloths, with their massive brains and ability to contemplate complex theories much more deeply than pathetic humans, would have worked out quantum theory way before Einstein. The sloths couldn’t do it all themselves, however, because they were physically lazy and slow. A human-sloth alliance would have made both species soar.
Alas, now we know that the sloths were slaughtered by humans, probably because of our selfish need to assume top rank in earth’s food chain. Now all life will probably perish on this planet before any species, human or otherwise, gets a chance to travel the stars.
This is a lesson to us all. We should take the time to understand what each of earth’s species can offer us in way of science and technological advancement before we take the easy way out and simply slaughter whatever species might be in our way.
I can’t take credit for that. I got it from a cow.
(It is going to be a long, long offseason.)
[Update: USA Today Story on Sloth Slaughter ]
Now extinct, the giant sloth would have been a fierce foe for our ancestors, with its tight muscles and front legs tipped with wolverine-like claws. A single sloth could tear apart any human hunter if approached directly.
USA Today has this fantastic artist’s rendering of two pathetic humans hunting a giant sloth. One pathetic human is holding a spear. The other one is clearly offering the giant sloth a beer. The sloth is saying, “Hey, man, you ain’t got no beer”.
Then he gets a spear in the back of the head.
Truly, truly, a sad event.