August 17, 2017

Fast Four-ward

Four quick thoughts on the rapidly-evolving labor situation and the upcoming draft, now only two days away.

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1) It’s probably a long-shot, but I’d love to see player trades allowed during the draft. Unlike some other analysts, I think teams will be reluctant to trade much given the uncertainty of contracts next year. But some players could still be moved. Is Ochocinco one of them? Hmmm.

2) According to ProFootballTalk, the “players union” has advised free agents that they can begin to initiate contact with teams. (At this point, teams aren’t really talking). And even though he’s not a free agent, I bet Carson Palmer’s agent is probably working the phones as we speak.

3) This might be one of my last chances to write it, but I’d love to see a defensive player picked at No. 4. I’ll be a bit worried if it’s Nick Fairly, ecstatic if it’s Patrick Peterson, and happy with Marcell Dareus or Von Miller.

4) The Bengals second round pick could get mighty interesting if their quarterback targets are off the board and they don’t take one at No. 4. What then? Maybe they’ll wait another round or two and take Alabama’s Greg McElroy or Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi, who could be sleepers.

Stay tuned.