Draft Me

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Updated: April 28, 2006

DRAFT ME

CHRISTMAS IN APRIL FOR SOME AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

FIRST ROUND WILL BE RIVETING SHOW

FOR OTHERS LIKE MARCUS VICK MAYBE ONLY A LUMP OF COAL

MARCUS VICK WILL HE EVEN BE DRAFTED

Last year the Question was

would Maurice Clarett

be Drafted

he was

This year with far less fanfare the same Question awaits Marcus Vick at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday.

Correction Sunday. The NFL Draft takes place over 2 days and Vick can sleep as late as he likes Saturday because he certainly will not be drafted on Day #1. Barring a miracle. If at all. And neither will he be in New York City. For Christmas in April.

Had Marcus Vick led Virginia Tech to some crucial victories he did not. Had Marcus Vick not got in trouble with the Law twice last year. Had Marcus Vick not been suspended from playing football for Virginia Tech again. For stepping on an opposing players leg for no reason. Marcus Vick would be sitting pretty this weekend. Instead if he is a 7 or 8th round draft choice he’ll probably be relieved. Overjoyed even. Get down on his knees thankful.

Vick may well be undrafted and left to fend for himself getting a tryout here or there as a free agent, playing in Canada where he will probably be welcome, or NFL Europe, or Arena Football. None of them very inviting choices but if Vick is as good as he showed promise of being. As good or better than his older famous brother he might well work his way into the NFL.

Sooner or later. And football stardom.

At 22 at least Time

may still on his side

We’ll see but

Vick is largely invisible

this weekend

Reduced to one of the human interest stories that swirl around football and the ever more watched and followed NFL Draft. Where there will be some real Drama. Maybe more than in any past year. This year’s First Round should have all of Football Nation focused on the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

Just ask Mario Williams

If Houston isn’t talking out of both sides of its mouth, after its pathetic decision to dust Vince Young, and if they don’t cut a deal by Saturday morning with Reggie Bush, if Houston brass can be believed they might Draft #1 Defensive End Mario Williams. If they don’t it seems New Orleans with the #2 draft pick probably will.

It appears Williams rise to Draft SuperStar Defenseman status occurred not in his play at North Carolina State as much as being the most impressive prospect at February’s NFL evaluation Combine.

While it would no be unprecedented it is very rare for a defensive player to be chosen #1 in the Draft.

Whether Williams goes first, second, third or even fourth, the early choices may have everyone at the legendary Music Hall more known for its Christmas Show and its Rockettes, standing in anticipation. Of what will be.

Everyone expects even thinks they know that Bush, Leinart and Williams will be among the first 4 chosen. The wild card remains the candidate who is the most intriguing player in the Draft. But the question remains and part of the intrigue is whether or not Vince Young will complete the 4 top draft picks. Ot might he be left to wait until #7 or even later. Hard to imagine.

As always most of the top candidates this year with the exception of Matt Leinart and maybe Jay Cutler, are Black. True to form by the end of the First Round 75%-90% of the First Round class will be made up of African American players.

So if you aren’t Lucky enough

to be at Radio City Music Hall

tune in on ESPN

it should be even

better than the Christmas Show

at Radio City Music Hall

this weekend will be

Christmas for some players

for others a lump of Coal.

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MARIO WILLIAMS ON THE OTHER HAND WILL VERY MUCH ENJOY 1ST ROUND