The Washington Redskins and Mike Shanahan are still looking for that "franchise" player at the quarterback position, as they plan to upgrade from John Beck and Rex Grossman this offseason. With issues also outside of the numbers at the wide receiver position and in the secondary, let's take a look at the rookie prospects that fit the team needs in Washington heading into the NFL Draft.
My biggest annual complaint with BracketBusters is that the games between the best teams are set for TV purposes and/or geography rather than what most helps the teams in their quest for NCAA tournament bids. Generally speaking, the games become net losses for the mid-majors, with the losing team often being hurt (or completely KO'd) more than the winning team gains in profile cred.
The last time North Carolina had this much NBA talent returning, the season was 2004-05, and there was little doubt that the ACC was the best conference in the land. UNC and Duke were both No. 1 seeds that year, as they could very well end up this March. But the ACC of seven years ago had depth. Its third powerhouse, Wake Forest, had Chris Paul at point guard and was ranked No. 1 in the nation that November. Its fourth power, Georgia Tech, had the core group back from a trip to the '04 national title game. In N.C. State it had a sleeper Sweet 16 team, led by Julius Hodge, and even on the roster of the last-place team, Florida State, there were two future NBA players, Von Wafer and Al Thornton.
There were dramatic auto-bid snatches (hello, UALR!), one-game playoffs forced (well done, Princeton) and bid thieves subdued (the bubblers thank Butler!), and all anyone wants to talk about is ... Villanova?
Monday night's slate wasn't heavy with games, but it was with meaning for the bubble. The biggest development came in the Colonial, where Old Dominion may have saved someone an at-large spot by holding off VCU. The Rams aren't completely dead as an at-large, but it's hard to imagine their profile will hold up for another week as teams around them win extra games.
This part of the season's final week is always fun, as major-conference bubble teams sit and watch and hope smaller-conference teams don't hose them. There are fewer bid thieves than usual this season, but the next couple of days will have some tournament results worth watching:
Critics often accuse video games of making players lazy, inept and socially awkward. Contrary to popular belief, though, many build, not burn brain cells by requiring extensive problem solving, teamwork and dynamic decision-making skills.
Before the back-to-back national championships, before the comparisons to the UCLA men's basketball teams, and long before the gender debate over how to view a college basketball winning streak, there was MaChelle Joseph and her scrappy young team from Georgia Tech.
Cruise Bogle, 18, was skimboarding with friends in Delray Beach, Florida, when he took a wave that whipped his board out from under him. Bogle was thrown backward, and his head hit the ocean floor. When friends saw him lying still in the surf, they knew something was wrong and rushed him to the hospital.
Any coach or administrator who wants to expand the NCAA tournament to 96 teams should be forced to sit down and construct this week's bracket. We're only in mid-January and the bottom of the at-large pool already is thoroughly mediocre. Trust me, we don't need more of these teams in the mix.
ATLANTA -- Not much has changed for Paul Johnson. The new Georgia Tech coach stands on the sideline with his hands on his knees, looking out onto the practice field. With their plain gold practice helmets and blue and white jerseys, the Yellow Jackets look very similar to the Navy team that Johnson coached for six seasons.
ATLANTA -- They easily manage 58 monitors, seven cameras and page after page of commercials and sponsored graphics that must be worked into the telecast, but one of the few things that actually rattles the Raycom/Lincoln Financial crew producing the Army-Georgia Tech game is a rapper.
Sitting in front of a projector screen in a dark room in Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech's football team watches Tom Cruise slip into his armor, his character, Nathan Algren, preparing for the climactic battle scene against the Imperial Army of Japan in The Last Samurai.
In our seventh and final mock draft of the first round, we're getting bold, predicting a trade between No. 8 Atlanta and No. 2 Detroit for the rights to select Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson, and laying out a scenario in which Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson lasts all the way to No. 10 Houston.
The 2007 NFL combine is in the books. More than 320 players came to Indianapolis, were measured, weighed and examined. All of them interviewed and most worked out for all 32 franchises. So who were the big winners, losers and surprises.