Saturday, April 28, 2007

The wait is almost over

The first day of the draft is over and Cal Poly’s Courtney Brown and Kyle Shotwell are still waiting for their names to be called.
As expected, the two defenders will be second-day picks at best.
Many have projected Brown to go in Rounds 4-6. Shotwell in the seventh round or as a free agent. Free agents usually strike a deal shortly after the draft, which runs all day Sunday with Rounds 4-7.
Brown’s chances look pretty good after 10 cornerbacks were taken on the first day – three in each of the first two rounds and four in the third. has Brown ranked as the 17th best cornerback, so if teams continue to take three corners a round, the late fifth or sixth round look doable. The fourth round might not happen unless there’s a serious run on DBs.
As for Shotwell’s chances, ranks him 22nd among outside linebackers. Only seven outside linebackers went drafted in Saturday’s first three rounds. And even fewer (four) inside linebackers were taken. That could mean Shotwell will be going late as projected, possibly as a free agent unless one of the cover-two teams is really high on the Buck Buchanan Award winner. Remember Indianapolis was the lone team to fly him out shortly before the draft.
Brown visited with
Seattle, Green Bay, Kansas City and San Diego.

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