Ryan Hoag, who was on the Vikings training camp roster in 2004 but didn’t make the 53-man cut, has kept his football career alive since his time with the Purple and his newest opportunity will come with the Omaha UFL franchise.
The team announced today that it has drafted 20 players from the other 4 UFL franchises, including Hoag and former Arizona Cardinals 1st round DT Wendell Bryant. Omaha will be coached by former Boston College Head Coach and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.
Hoag, a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN (my alma mater – I had to get that in), was chosen with the final pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and has also spent time with the NY Giants, Washington Redskins, Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL. He’s also been with the Edmonton Eskimos and NY Sentinels.
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A while back, just after the Philadelphia Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, we made a case for why QB Jimmy Clausen would not experience a 1st round slide that could result in the Vikings taking the Notre Dame QB at #30.
The basis for our opinion that Clausen wouldn’t end up with the Vikings was independent of the Vikings actual feelings about him – I still don’t know what the Vikings think of Clausen – and was instead was more a product of the high number of teams that could easily justify using an early 1st round pick on a QB.
Ultimately, we guessed that Clausen could go as early as #7 to Cleveland or to San Francisco at #17 at the latest. Then we stumbled upon San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami (per profootballtalk.com), who made a compelling argument – citing a league source – that the furthest Clausen would fall is to the 49ers at pick #13 (San Francisco has two 1st round picks).
Because Jimmy Clausen is one of the draft-eligible players I’m asked about the most, I thought I would pass along Kawakami’s report. Let the draft-related speculation continue!
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Although you wouldn’t know it based on how quickly football followers judge teams immediately after each NFL draft, it takes a few years to accurately and truly judge a draft class. Operating under the premise that 3 years is enough time to look back and assess, NFL.com has an interesting page that reviews the 2007 NFL Draft.
On the page, Bucky Brooks does a draft do-over in which he goes team-by-team – starting with the Oakland Raiders at pick #1 – and suggests what each team would do now if they had another chance. The Raiders, for example, took QB JaMarcus Russell that year. So Brooks has them taking RB Adrian Peterson instead. Click on the link in the paragraph above this one to see which player the Vikings would’ve taken at #7 with Peterson already off the board.
What I found interesting is that Brooks had the Miami Dolphins taking WR Sidney Rice with the 9th overall pick, meaning the Vikings came away with 2 top 10 players in the 2007 draft – Peterson and Rice.
Finally, there’s also an interesting video on this page that features draft expert and NFL.com contributor Charlie Casserly, as he describes what the NFL draft means to teams and also takes a look back at an important decision he made as GM of the Washington Redskins several years ago.
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