In the news...
Surprisingly, the best pick of the 2008 NFL Draft may have come in the seventh round... at least in the "feel-good" sense.
Army safety Caleb Campbell was drafted 218th overall by the Detroit Lions, and, thanks to a new rule, will have the chance to pursue his professional career immediately.
The new Army policy lets drafted players “owe” two years of active duty service while they play their first two years as a pro. After the first two years, players that wish to remain in the League will be able to “buy out” their remaining three years of active duty service in exchange for six years of reserve time.
Since the draft, I’ve heard a lot of positive things about this alternative service plan, but I’ve also encountered a surprising amount of negative reaction. Some people think that military recruits owe the service that they signed up for. Some people think that the new rules will place an inappropriate importance on the athletic teams.
I call B.S. - Which of course stands for “better served”. As in, the Army will be better served if a few athletes are allowed to go pro. If Campbell can carve out a career for himself, imagine the effect it will have on recruiting and overall morale. Every military man and woman will have someone to cheer for. Lions jerseys will fly off the shelves in Post Exchanges around the world.
In any case, it’s not like anyone goes to West Point as a way in to the NFL. That’s just not how it works. If you attend a military academy, you expect to serve your country. It’s only in very rare cases that a recruit is offered a chance to be a little bit more than “all you can be.”
I, for one, hope that we get to see it happen. Campbell is known as a smart player with a lot of natural ability. He’s able to make quick reads around the line, and has been outstanding as a run-stopper. Some suggest his instinct and tackling ability would make him a great fit as an NFL linebacker.
From the Blogosphere...
The NFL Draft continues to be the hot topic in the community. After careful deliberation, pooloo2 brings us his NFC draft grades, as well as his post-draft thoughts.
Section_725 returns to the blogosphere to rant about something outside of sports - the price of gas. This member says he would even consider buying a scooter if people knew how to drive.
Toronto has been eliminated from the NBA playoffs, and takman_777 has volunteered to conduct the Raptor's autopsy to see what went wrong.