We’re less than two weeks away from the most inexplicably fun sports day of the year! That’s right, I’m talking about the NFL draft. How can something so ridiculously over-hyped and completely devoid of anything even remotely athletic be so much fun to watch? It truly boggles the mind. Yet, every year, I sit transfixed in front of my television, hanging on every word from the ESPN crew and anxiously anticipating every first round pick. I know I have a problem. But I also know I’m not the only one. I swear, one day the NFL draft is going to overtake porn for internet supremacy. Okay, maybe not. But I’m not ready to give up the dream.
Anyway, with draft day approaching, I’ll be taking a quick look at some of the prospects the Texans might be targeting over the next ten days or so. Today, the spotlight falls on Ted Ginn Jr.
Truth be told, I've been exceedingly wary of his bust potential for some time now. But a thought occurred to me the other day (yes, just one): Ginn is definitely a better prospect than another diminutive speedster by the name of Santana Moss. Like Ginn, Moss was seen as an electric return man who was a questionable every down wide receiver. And because of their small stature, both players had durability concerns entering the league. But there’s no question Moss is a HUGE factor when healthy and there’s no doubt NFL teams would happily spend a top 15 (and probably even top 10) pick on him now (with the benefit of hindsight).
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Don’t get me wrong, I still would prefer Houston to trade down, acquire an extra pick or two and try to grab a receiver later in the first round like Dwayne Bowe. But I think it’s time to face facts. There probably won’t be any teams clamoring to swing a deal with the Texans to move into the ten spot. The demand just isn’t there. So let’s say Houston goes with Ginn. I’m not going to lie to you, I’d be terrified. But you know what? For maybe the first time ever, the Texans’ opponents would fear them, too.
Now, as much as I’m counting down the hours until draft day, I really can’t wait for the NBA playoffs to begin. Not only are the Rockets back in the postseason, but the entire Western Conference is packed with great storylines and plenty of intrigue. However, something evil is lurking in the shadows, conspiring to ruin everything. If you watched the San Antonio–Dallas game on Sunday, you probably know where I’m going.
Seriously, folks, did you see Tim Duncan get ejected for laughing on the bench?!?!?! Are you kidding me?!? Is it too late to trade in the NBA refs for a couple dozen non-girlie men who won’t be so sensitive that their feelings get hurt by a player laughing at their ridiculous calls and incompetent officiating?
I'm not a Spurs or Mavs fan, so I don’t have a hidden agenda. And even though my leanings are pessimistic by nature, I really don’t mean to be Debbie Downer. I just want to see some good basketball. But if this is what we're in for during the playoffs, I’m going to be a very Gloomy Gus. And nobody wants that. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to meet up with my homeboy, Ned Flanders, to discuss my final mock draft. – Jason Friedman