Warpaint Illustrated: Draft News and Notes

With the Chiefs 34-27 win Sunday in Oakland they went from having the third pick in the draft and dropped down to the ninth position. Facing an injury riddled Tennessee Titans team on Monday Night a second victory in a row could push Kansas City to the middle of the first round.

Although there still has been no official announcement, but sources at Arizona are saying the star QB Andrew Walter has opted to undergo surgery to repair his injured shoulder and will have the operation next week. Walter, a top prospect for the 2005 draft, separated his shoulder late in the Sun Devils' season finale. Walter had considered letting the injury heal by itself, however, the surgical option offers a better long-term prognosis for his pro career. However, if he does ultimately have the surgery, Walter will almost certainly miss the pre-draft workout phase leading up to next April's draft.

Notre Dame junior DE Justin Tuck is reportedly considering entering the 2005 draft in the wake of the firing of Irish head coach Tyrone Willingham. Tuck, one of the top outside pass rushers in college football, though, reportedly will only seriously look at this year's draft if it appears that he is going to be a first-round pick this year.

Arkansas QB Matt Jones reportedly has decided not to play basketball this winter and instead will concentrate on preparing for the 2005 draft; Jones had suited up with the Arkansas basketball team the past couple of years. The 6-6, 245-pound Jones, one of the most athletic prospects in the 2005 draft class, likely doesn't throw well enough to be more than a fringe QB prospect, but will get a long look as either a WR or TE.

Officials of the Blue-Gray all-star have formally announced the game has been cancelled for this year after a desperate last-minute search for corporate sponsors failed. It is in fact the second time in three years that the Blue-Gray, which has traditionally been played on Christmas Day in Montgomery has been cancelled. Game officials had hopes that this year's game might have been rescheduled for January 8th, but that too was a no-go. Officials will, however, work to try and play the game next year, either in Christmas week or early in January. The Blue-Gray attracted players from schools not playing in the other bowl games.

Selection order if the 2005 NFL draft were held today.

1. San Francisco
2. Miami
3. Cleveland
4. Arizona
5. New Orleans
6. Tennessee
7. Washington
8. Oakland
9. Kansas City
10. Tampa Bay
11. Chicago
12. Carolina
13. Houston
14. Detroit
15. Dallas
16. San Diego (from NY Giants)
17. Seattle
18. St. Louis
19. Dallas (from Buffalo)
20. Jacksonville
21. Cincinnati
22. Denver
23. Minnesota
24. Green Bay
25. Baltimore
26. Atlanta
27. San Diego
28. Indianapolis
29. New York Jets
30. New England
31. Philadelphia
32. Pittsburgh 

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