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Trick Dogs, Carbonite, and Fish Frenzy

April 30, 2007

The NFL Draft has come and gone. Four and a half months of pure hype, and now the ramifications of what the draft will bring football fans is still a long ways away. The only certainties that we know are where these players have all gone and speculations on why they went where they did. Also, there seems to have been a resurrection of sorts…but more on that later.

Here is the list of Fighting Irish Players that were drafted, where they went, and the free agent signings for the guys not picked in the draft. By the way if any of you out there are an undersized, 4.6 + 40 yard dash running back… stay a 4th year in school. “Flipping Idiot!!!”- Napoleon Dynamite.

  1. Brady Quinn Cleavland Browns 22nd Pick. Unless you live on Uranus, you know all about the freefall of Quinn. How in the hell did he slip to 22? Miami fans are enraged and Cam Cameron does his best to pacify the horde of saltwater spewing Fin Fanatics as depicted in this video. This was not planned by the Browns, but there has been reports of Cleavland trying to trade up with Buffalo to take Quinn at #12. Completely contrary to what the Brown are used to, they got lucky and got a trade with Dallas to nab Quinn before K.C. Good luck to Brady in the Dawg Pound.
  2. Victor Abiamiri Philadelphia Eagles 57nd Pick. Round 2 for this domer. He fits in nicely with a good defense and can learn a lot while he is there. He was the 6th DE took and could of ended up in Chicago at pick number 62. Hopefully Philly doesn’t keep drafting DEs every year ala the Giants . (A Justin Tuck reference).
  3. Ryan Harris Denver Broncos 70th Pick. Ryan got the call while he was walking to Dairy Queen. He won’t need the extra weight in Denver. They plan on using his athleticism in their zone blocking scheme. If he can ever develop a pissed of mentality, he could do well as a Bronco. How nasty can you be with a Banana Split?
  4. Derek Landri Jacksonville Jaguars 166th Pick. I heard he could have gone earlier. Only 3 DT were taken after him, so good luck to you #66 at pick 166.
  5. Mike Richardson New England Patriots 202nd Pick. WOW. Mike has come a long way. He went from 1 star prospect out of high school, to horrible, to starter, to one of the reasons any school could throw for 300+ yards on ND, to decent, to arguably the best DB ND had in 2006, to drafted in the NFL. Good Luck Mike. Try covering Moss in practice. OUCH.
  6. Dan Santucci Cincinnati Bengals 230th Pick. I really didn’t think he would get picked… so kudos to you Dan.
  7. Nedu Ndukwe Cincinnati Begals 253rd Pick. Only 2 picks away from being Mr Irrelevant! Damn, so close. It all makes sense now. Cincy needs character guys in the late rounds. That is why Nedu and Santucci landed here. Nedu will be a special teams guy, because he does tackle very well and hits with some pop.

Seven is a step in the right direction, but it could have been nine. The other 2… oh yea just a starting RB and WR on a deadly offense. It seems they were undraftable, but they are signed.

Darius Walker Chicago Bears. Darius just became the poster child for anyone considering leaving school early despite the advice from EVERYONE not to do it. He should make the roster and be 3rd on the depth chart after Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson. Not a bad situation, but it may get worse in a year. Good Luck Darius.

Rhema McKnight New Orleans Saints. Rhema is in a tighter spot. I am really surprised he did not get picked, but if you can’t catch a 4th and 5 pas that hit you dead in the hands…you don’t get drafted. He has a lot of competition ahead of him as the Saints were loaded at WR and took another with their first pick in Robert Meachum. If he makes the roster, he will be lucky.

Chris Frome Chicago Bears. In an unexpected turn of events, Frome was signed to a contract with Chicago after going undrafted and unsigned. Word on the street is that Chris had been frozen in Carbonite and was quite safe as he survived the freezing process. No word yet if Emperor Weis or Darth Brown had any connection to Frome’s hibernation. I did pick up a few transmissions that he was sent to the Bears to protect the Princess. A.K.A. Darius Walker as he is already being called that by Urlacher.

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Farewell Proud Son

January 11, 2007

The news that came out of South Bend today was a bittersweet moment. Darius Walker declared his intentions to turn pro and enter the 2007 NFL Draft.

First let me just state that DW is one of my all time favorite running backs from ND. Why? Reliability. Injuries, fumbles, and missed blocking assignments didn’t happen with Walker in the backfield. This is a man who has been all class and has shown himself to be a Loyal Son of Notre Dame. I remember being at his coming out party versus Michigan in 2004. It was fantastic. HE was the reason we won the game. His play was detrimental in game after game these past 3 years and his production was only getting better with each season.

  • 2004 786 yards 4.2ypc 10rec 74 yards 7 total TDS
  • 2005 1196 yards 4.7ypc 43rec 351yards 10 total TDS
  • 2006 1267 yards 5.0ypc 56rec 391yards 8 total TDS

This does now give some other players the opportunity to develop and really contribute in the 2007 season. Travis Thomas is coming back for a fifth year and I believe he will take over the starting duties and a majority of the carries. He is the kind of back we will need with a combination of speed, power, and most of all EXPIERIENCE that will be needed to help this young team win games. It will be exciting however, because Aldridge and Prince and Allen should also be in the rotation (start forgetting about Robert Hughes), which beckons back to the days of Holtz.

Thank-you again Darius Walker! You will be missed and will never be forgotten. Good luck to you and your family ( I loved seeing Mr. Walker and the fro) with the new adventure.