Randall Cobb got selected as the last pick in the 2011 NFL Draft's second round last night, and wonder of wonders, he went to the NFL champion Green Bay Packers. There are a ton of stories about that in today's linkapalooza, as well as some news about NCAA basketball that Kentucky Wildcats fans so crave.
No rain for 24 hours. What a novel weather pattern we have around here. Now, for the news:
- Packers like Randall Cobb’s versatility :: Vaught's Views
- Cobb joins world champs; Dodson dismissed again :: John Clay’s Sidelines
Green Bay Packers news :: Green Bay Packers draft profile: Kentucky WR Randall Cobb :: Green Bay Press Gazette
Interesting comments here about being "cocky" and "[running] his mouth on the field."
Calipari finds yet another way to elevate Kentucky :: Beyond the Arc
This is why other team's fans and other programs hate Calipari -- he's just plain smarter and more savvy than most other coaches.
Interesting. Enes Kanter? Sounds like Bender was just puffing there. This is the kind of guy that the NCAA ought to put off limits for schools.
"I think he was one of the MVP's of college football," Kiper said. "The job he did at Kentucky, he did it all. He was a one-man show in a lot of those games and you talk about versatility, he may be one of the most versatile players to come into the NFL in years."
Cobb has been remarkably underrated in a lot of ways as an NFL prospect. I think the Packers got him at a bargain.
Pete Thamel Drops a Bomb on Central Florida
This ties in with the Brandon Bender story by Forde. Bender is said to be connected to Caldwell.
- Cobb could fill an immediate need for Super Bowl champion Packers :: Vaught's Views
DraftExpress: Finding a Niche For: Terrence Jones
I kind of hope he finds his best niche back at Kentucky for another year.
- Randall Cobb Goes to the Super Bowl Champs
Calipari said, " I enjoy going to the mines because obviously my grandfather was a miner."
Well, isn't it TeamSpeedKills that sardonically refers to Calipari as "the noted humanitarian?"
- Jorts Tour Hits Wildcat Wearhouse in Fayette Mall
- CatsIllustrated.com - Meyer's mailbag: Explaining the rankings
- UK Basketball Q&A: Harrellson says UK will be great next season, even with NBA defections :: centralkynews.com
- ‘Overlooked’ Cobb and Locke get some love from ESPN
I have already opined that this isn't as much about "coaches' greed" as about the NCAA throwing as many sticks in the way of early draft entry as they can. The NBA is not going to try to make that any easier, as from a management standpoint, it doesn't auger to their best interests.
The NBPA, of course, could try to force a move like this, but frankly, I think it would rank low on their list of priorities. They are already seriously talking about reducing the rookie salaries, and their biggest focus is on protecting the financial interests of players already in the league, not those that have not yet arrived.
Matt is right that this won't happen. Neither the NCAA or the NBA front office wants it to.
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Our prayers go out to the victims of these terrible storms.