First off, an alert that the Times is hosting a special NFL Draft live chat today at 2 p.m. with Jake Locker, NFLDraftScout.com draft expert Rob Rang, and Times NFL reporter Danny O’Neil.
Here is the link to that chat.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— For our story for today’s paper, I wrote a little about Chris Polk, who says he’s a little lighter but still running as strong as a year ago.
— Our news side also had an extensive profile today of new UW president Michael Young.
— The official UW site has some video of UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s meeting with the media yesterday as well as a story on some of the situation drills the Huskies have been doing this year (something all teams do but that UW has tried to emphasize a little more this year).
— Panini America is set to unveil autographed cards of drafted players such as Locker early next month.
— Here’s some of the video of Locker’s appearance on the ESPN show E:60 last night:
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— Lakes High OL Zach Banner, one of the top in-state prospects for 2012, has set his first official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game in mid-October (so again indicating UW fans will have to be patient on this one).
— Kind of an interesting story from the Wall Street Journal making the case that players whose coach departs at some time during their college career see their NFL Draft stock dropped (though boy, seems hard to argue Toby Gerhart would have been better off if Walt Harris had remained the coach at Stanford).
— The Arizona Daily Star looks at the top Pac-10 prospects available for the NFL Draft.
— Yahoo.com details why NFL teams are increasingly looking for RBs later in the draft.
— Good stuff here from Smart Football — an actual page of Auburn’s playbook.
— And for those who have asked, yes that was punishment for some sort of team rules violations being doled out to TE Michael Hartvigson at practice on Tuesday as he, well, ran a few laps. Specifics usually aren’t revealed in those cases and weren’t here.
All for now.