Senior Bowl Stream
The announcers are Mark Malone and Sean Salisbury with Mel Kiper. Kiper's alright, and Malone I can handle, but Salisbury rubs me the wrong way. Of course, we're willing to be fair today. … Here's the sideline geek with Carson Palmer. Ask him why it took three poor years to finally get it. Must've been Paul Hackett's fault. … Speaking of which, Chad Pennington has a very weak arm. Let's see how he handles the upcoming adjustments. They couldn't adjust to Joe Montana, could they? … Going in, I'm expecting big things out of Palmer and Marcus Trufant in Mobile. They've drawn the raves this week. I also have the preconceived notion that Justin Fargas will make a fine all-around halfback. … Alright, where are the defensive backs? … Thank God I don't have to worry about offensive linemen, so pardon the lack hereof. … Fargas looks like an ideal third-down back. Kiper says mid-second round pick. Oh, yeah, there's Fargas' dad, Huggy Bear. We told you about him earlier. … Damn, Fargas wants it bad. … It's not hard to see that Palmer is a lock for the first pick of the draft. Tall, mobile, big arm, in charge. Hello, Marvin Lewis. Hello, Pittsburgh Steelers. He'll be around for a while. . … Could the Bengals actually screw it up? … Here's Dave Ragone, the left-handed QB from Louisville. Tough as they come, but here he is fumbling the first handoff. Man, the Steelers can't be serious about him. … Larry Johnson's running hard. Got knocked this week for a lack of explosion through the hole and running upright. The Steelers could get a crack at him. I have a feeling teams are tired of dealing with Penn State's limited access and will take it out on Johnson. Just a hunch. Would the Steelers take him? O, there's Ragone fumbling again, but back to Johnson, I'm still undecided. I know that assistants and ex-Penn Staters Dick Hoak and Kenny Jackson like him a lot, so I'll lean their way even though one scout defiantly calls him a mid-rounder. … David Duval missed wickedly on a short field goal. … The Steelers can pitch all of those reports on kickers. For a good three months they were scouring the globe. Jeff Reed came along and solved a big problem, cheaply. … I want to see more of Rashean Mathis, the corner/safety out of Bethune-Cookman. Curse the lack of TV dimensions. … That should've been dementia, I think. … Don't you hate writers who use "I" too much? I've finally found time to rip into that brand new Neil Young biography and the writer's using first person a little too often. … Big hits are being made; no names are being given; sideline interview to blame. Cliches. When will this ugly phase of sports journalism pass? … DeJuan Groce, the Nebraska corner, is big and looks quick enough here, but he supposedly had a lousy week. … Samantha Jo, 3, can't grasp the beauty of "Leave daddy alone, honey, he has to watch the Senior Bowl for work." … QB Kyle Boller, you're on the clock. …Big, flipped the short one out nicely, has a fastball, … Folks, we're not getting the names of any of the tacklers. Good thing the club doesn't have a great need for inside linebackers. … I wonder how the safeties are playing … Back to Boller, he's not the most accurate passer either. Kiper called him this year's Patrick Ramsey. I'd imagine the Steelers will have a chance. … Cecil Sapp is in the end zone with that misdirection flip Amos Zereoue made famous. Malone says Sapp can't block. Powerful little runner, though. … Interview of Sapp: dumb as a stump, gold teeth display. … QB Chris Simms, you're up. … Fumble on the first play. Get these lefties out of my face. … Kiper said 2nd or 3rd round for Simms, not a bad arm, mobile, could become Boomer Esiason with time, and his dad was a late-bloomer, too, so he could be worth time, another one the Steelers will have to take third and fourth looks at … Give me Matt Wilhelm as a back-up to James Farrior. The OSU MLB was a big factor in the national championship game, but is said to be too small. … So far, the quarterback whose stock has risen the most is Rex Grossman, who's not even in Mobile. Kiper has him going ninth. That's a little too high. … I've always liked Ernest Graham of Florida as a running back, and with Steve Spurrier they won when Graham was healthy. He's smallish, but runs inside as well as outside and is a natural pass-catcher. …Time for 5-foot-11 QB Seneca Wallace. Says he wouldn't mind playing CB. He, like Antwaan Randle El, was a one-man team. Is he similar to El in that he must change positions? Or is he the future centerpiece for the Mike Mularkey offense? … Wow a poll just before the half with 99,000 votes says Grossman should be the third quarterback taken. By the way, Wallace won't be. He just doesn't have what Doug Flutie had - the magic. … Please, please, please stop showing the hit on Willis McGahee. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't watch that replay once. My wife thinks I'm a big wuss, but I shut my eyes every time that clip starts. … Looking ahead to the Super Bowl, I have the AFC -1, so I'm rooting for Tampa Bay to upset the Eagles. The Raiders, in my mind, would be favored by eight over the Bucs. … Here's Kliff Kingsbury. I hear his arm's weak. ... It is. … Well, he's taking a beating from the two-worst-QBs-ever-to-broadcast. Remember that, Sean, when you blast reporters "who've never played the game." We wonder if it's better to have played and sucked than to have never played at all … Funny, if Kingsbury threw 95 TD passes at Miami, he'd be judged as highly as Steve Walsh was. As it is, 5,000 yards at Texas Tech and a weak arm gets you the clipboard on a West Coast team. … Oklahoma's Andre Woolfolk sure gives a big cushion. Looks like a Steelers CB to me. … Gerald Hayes just rocked Fargas. Finally, a defensive player flashes across the screen. … Whoops. Check that. DE Mike Haynes of Penn State is having a big day. He's been the best front-seven player out there. You think of a guy like Haynes when you think about the fundamentals of drafting. The best teams in the long run don't draft for need. … Trufant won't be around for the 27th pick. Better think about a safety or a cornerback who can play safety. … The only quarterback who's piqued my interest today has been Boller, the Cal QB. … Shane Walton, CB from ND, makes a late bid for our affection by jumping a route near the goal line and running Simms' pass back for a touchdown. Nice play; TFY reported that he was beaten like a drum at practice this week, but worth another look I'm sure. … Larry Johnson is killing the clock. So is Boller, with one of those Maddox scrambles. Not real nimble but not too shabby, either. … Enjoy the playoff games.
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