The NFL Scouting Combine is in the rearview, the beginning of free agency is near. Dan Hanzus takes questions from you, the reader, and answers them in the latest ATL Mailbag.
A loaded question for a loaded draft class. For the record, here's how the top five went down in April 2011.
Now let's hit the reset button:
The Panthers stay with Newton, a legit franchise cornerstone. There's no way the Broncos can pass on Watt, shaping up as the greatest D-lineman of his generation. The Bills finally find their true successor in Kaepernick -- at least, as long as Chan Gailey can develop the QB half as well as Jim Harbaugh (fingers crossed?). The Bengals stick with A.J. Green, who has blossomed into a superstar despite Andy Dalton being prominently involved. Finally, the Cardinals are sticking with Peterson, a true shutdown corner in an era where that's never been more important.
A Madden tournament would be fun for the players, but I could see it becoming tedious. (Is there anything more boring than watching other people play video games?) I propose one of those really great bar trivia nights, the ones where the heavy-set guy running it is almost too invested. This event would be a massive upgrade over the Wonderlic.
In the present day, Belichick easy. BB's definitely got that SDS (Sneaky Dad Strength). The slimmed-down Rex is starting to get that Jared From Subway stink on him. Ryan is to be commended for living a healthier lifestyle, but he simply no longer cuts an imposing figure. All that said, I imagine ol' Rex could beat me down in a vicious manner.
While we're here ...
Here's the complete list of quarterbacks who have started in Minnesota since Peterson entered the league in 2007: Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Gus Frerotte, Good Brett Favre, Bad Brett Favre, Joe Webb, Christian Ponder, The Remains Of Donovan McNabb, Prodigal Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel.
That's freaking grisly. If the Vikings can't give Peterson a legitimate QB before the end of his prime, they should trade him to an organization that can.
No, but that's OK since said chip is completely imaginary. Actually, check that. I just put a fresh chip on the shoulder of every relevant Seahawk. All set.
The Wonderwalls, of course.
Until next time ...