VU Daily Blog: 4/27/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 4:11:00 PM

Draft viewership sets records

We've heard from more than a few fans their thoughts on the new three-day format of the NFL draft. Most seem opposed to it.

It takes away their Saturday draft party – whether that was the one previously held at Winter Park or a smaller gathering in their own homes. It's hard to watch Thursday night, get up and go to work and get back into again for the second and third rounds on Friday night and then a full day of viewing on Saturday.

But the statistics that the NFL disseminated indicate that the prime-time draft format is here to stay. A record combined total viewership of 45.4 million tuned in to watch the draft on NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN2 – up 16 percent from last year's record of 39 million, according to Nielsen Media Research. Total draft viewership has nearly doubled over the past decade (from 23.5 million in 2001 to 45.4 million in 2010).

An additional 1.1 million fans watched the draft on And then there were the

12,275 fans that attended the draft at Radio City Music Hall over the three days, hurling insults, booing and occasionally even applauding. That means they cared, and that's what the NFL wants.

Expect a similar format next year.



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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 8:25:00 AM

Redskins attracted to former Vikings DEs

What is it with the Washington Redskins and former Vikings defensive ends?

The Redskins signed former Vikings third-round draft pick Darrion Scott, according to's Adam Caplan. The Redskins previously traded a seventh-round draft pick for former first-round draft pick Erasmus James after the Vikings rescinded putting him on waivers so they could trade James.

You might remember the last time we heard from Darrion Scott. He was a free agent following the 2007 season and the Vikings made no attempt to re-sign him. The reasoning wasn't talent, it was because of a sticky situation he created.

In May 2008, Scott was charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly putting a dry-cleaning bag over the head of his 2-year-old son.

According to the police report, the boy's mother heard her son's muffled screams and, upon entering the room where he was, found the boy laying on his back with Scott holding the dry cleaning bag tightly around the boy's neck. Scott claimed that the two were playing with the bag and he wanted to see if the boy could remove the bag from around his head by himself.

Maybe Scott has learned something from that incident, but for now he'll get a chance at a fresh start in football with the Redskins.

Scott was drafted in 2004 and not re-signed after four years. James was drafted in 2005 and traded for a 2009 seventh-round draft choice. James didn't make the Redskins squad last year.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 4:52:00 PM

Back to the quarterback of the future?

There is a contingent of Vikings fans upset that the team didn't come away with a quarterback of the future in the early rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.

For those into long-term projections, draft analyst Chris Steuber is already releasing his 2011 big board, and three of the top 32 players listed are quarterbacks. Of course, we all know how the rankings and perceptions on players can change from one year to the next – especially in college.

But for those who can't get enough of the draft in general or those who have had enough of the 2010 draft and are ready to move on to next year's prospects, here is Steuber's take.


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