The blogs might be bonkering out in New Orleans these days, but they’re pretty quiet in San Francisco. The draft is only two weeks away, but it is not being fondled with the same lustful fingers as drafts in past years. I suppose this is due to the 49ers picking 30th, but aside from the two much hyped QBs, this draft does not seem to have as many can’t miss prospects, either. Teams in the top ten slots seem more interested in trading down than grabbing a prize.
Maybe it’s just the reality that only two types of players — a receiver, whether wide or tight, or a guard — have any chance of making a significant impact this year. The team has solid starters at every other position. With the addition of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham as Free Agents, it doesn’t look like a rookie WR would have much opportunity to shine in 2012, either. If a guy were that good, he shouldn’t be available at pick 30.
TE Colby Fleener gets a lot of love from the blogaftniks and several of the mock drafts have the 49ers selecting him. He’s a teensy bit slower than Delanie Walker, but six inches taller. Walker has gotten a lot of love over the six years he’s been a Niner, but he hasn’t really produced much and his contract is up at the end of the 2012 season.
Since we probably won’t be drafting guys who can be immediate starters, the Best Player Available draft stategy is likely to be used. The team is currently thin at the safety position, so a promising young prospect would make sense this year. Anthony Dixon seems replaceable at RB, and we need another ILB and OLB, as well.
Beefing up the roster depth chart is not as sexy as introducing a stud to the lineup, but that’s the way the Niner drafts are going to play out in the coming years. This is a young team that has arrived. Breaking into the starting lineup will be an uphill battle for future draft picks.
The NFL is a bit pricky about team’s giving accurate weekly injury reports, even though teams tend to hide or bloat these reports. I can’t think of anybody who benefits from these reports except the gambling industry and opposing defenses who can better target their attempts to knock players out of the game or take advantage of a weakened opponent. In keeping with Roger Goodell’s oath of hypocrisy, both of these benefitees are nominally frowned on by the league. If a player associates with gamblers, he’s tossed for life. But the league itself purrs up to the bookies legs like a hungry feline.
“Inappropriate relationship” has become the gold standard for smearing bullshit over getting caught with your pants down in the wrong place. It covers everything from cheating on your wife, to sodomy, to pedophilia, to just about anything involving sexual behavior that is but shouldn’t be. Bobby Petrino just got fired for it in Arkansas. Bill Clinton was permanently shamed by it. Inappropriate relationships, of course, are the meat and potatoes of the movie and television industries, as well as the tabloids and the British aristocracy. It’s going on all around us, hither and yon on every street and in every town. “Inappropriate” is also plastered over language and speech that is racist, fascist, sexist, hateful, or bad enough to get you banned from the NFL for a year.
It’s words like “inappropriate” and “relationship” that are blanding out America, taking the straight shootin’, straight talkin’ wild, wild west aura away from us forever. You’d never hear Humphrey Bogart use them, and that’s the way it should be but isn’t.