Monday, April 18, 2005 - Sunday night, more than 30 hours after NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue steps to the podium in New York and announces the first pick of the 2005 NFL draft, 78-year-old Paul Salata will announce the 255th overall pick. Maybe No. 255 will be Oklahoma wide receiver Will Peoples. Perhaps it will be Florida tackle Jonathan Colon or Syracuse safety Diamond Ferri. Whoever it is, the young man forever will be known as Mr. Irrelevant. And that one moment will change his life. If not forever, then certainly for one wild and crazy week.
This draft, reception far better - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 18, 2005 - Herman Edwards played a decade as a defensive back in the NFL, so he has seen plenty of ideas, people and football fads come and go. But as the New York Jets coach gazes at the league's current makeup, there is one thing that has him rubbing his temples with an answer nowhere in sight. Because when he looks at the players at wide receiver, then looks at the defensive backs who are trying to keep the ball from those receivers, he sees the scales tipping toward touchdowns. "Maybe they're not drinking the same water or something," Edwards said. "But corners are still 5-(foot)-10 and the guys catching the ball ain't. That's what I've seen. Defensive backs are about the same size they were 10, 15, 20 years ago. Receivers? Shoot, no. That ain't the same, no way, no how."
Scouting the draft: 1 to 100 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 16, 2005 - There is only one thing tougher to find than a can't-miss, headed-to-Canton player in this year's NFL draft. And that's a consensus about who that might be in this crop of players. "There's no question about that," Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly said. "You could see in the fall when I was out scouting. . . . This thing is all over the place." Yet the Rocky Mountain News dived in anyway. To find the top 100 players in the draft, regardless of position or team needs, scouts and personnel executives around the league were interviewed during the past six months.
THE TOP 100 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 16, 2005 - The Rocky Mountain News has watched the video, crunched the numbers and surveyed scouts and personnel executives throughout the league during the past six months to determine the top 100 prospects available in the NFL draft April 23-24. This is not a mock draft. The players are ranked without regard to position or team needs in the selection order. The players on this list are top candidates to go in the first three rounds, when 101 selections will be made.
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