I remember being down on Verner coming out of UCLA (too small?), and I think you were high on him, aj, IIRC. I'll eat my words: he can play outside, he can play the slot, he could probably pinch hit at FS. Problem is, he'll be popular, and we won't spend enough to get him. I'd love to see us add him in, and want to look at my draft notes -- def eating crow there.
Like that they're looking at FA S's. Carlson was a nice possibility, I think the Cards were smart to sign him. Finley's med history scares the bejesus out of me though.
Manny is gone, IMO, he'll sign with Denver or NE and become a fackin' star for one of the hateds.
Mendenhall... probably one of my biggest disappointments of the TomBert era, if not THE. Guy had a hugely promising profile coming out of Illinois, find me a RB in this year's draft who's 225# and runs a 4.41. Never really showed much as a speed back or a power back or, well, anything at all, unless you count spins. Seems like a smart kid, with some weird opinions, who failed why? I think he was mentally soft. And I think some of that was the injury his rookie season, the Ray Lewis hit, seemed like after that he was perennially gun-shy. Ran scared. To be an NFL RB you have to be the 180: absolutely fucking fearless. AP is the zenith of this, for all his physical skills. He just challenges all comers. He hits. He punishes. He shies away from no one. And IMO, I saw good traits from Bell. Ain't no AP, but runs like he wants some.