So to honor the occasion, the GPP found some free time to offer its services to NFL general managers leaguewide as to where 7 FIU seniors could fit in.
As for the rest of the NFL Draft analysis, GPP will leave it to our three guest analysts (I'll explain later why these 3 are here). Now on to the draft-eligible Golden Panthers.
Barnes, who could go as high as the second round, would make a perfect fit with the Dallas Cowboys. There the speedy, powerful Monstruo could play opposite former Troy standout DeMarcus Ware, who had 11.5 sacks last year. Another good fit for AB would be with the Colts, who already have sack machines Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis on the defensive line. Indy could use a speed rushing LB after losing Cato June.
Chandler Williams can easily replace Wes Welker on the Dolphins. Right now, the Miami receiving corps is nothing that makes defensive backs have sleepless nights. So why not CW? And as you saw against USF and numerous other times, the man can return kicks -- Welker's specialty. Plus, CW already reminded a Dolphins scout during his workout at the Davie training complex that they have an extra pick because of the Olindo Mare trade.
You know who needs a good middle linebacker? The San Diego Chargers. Hmm, I think FIU had a pretty good one the last couple of years in 2-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year -- Keyonvis Bouie. In San Diego, Bouie could play the middle with Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips already manning the outsides. Shaun/Shawne combined for 28.5 sacks last year.
The 49ers signed a top cornerback in Nate Clements from Buffalo, but they still lack a worthy safety and their special teams need help. Alex Bostic did both well towards the end of last year when he was needed to fill in at safety. Plus, he had NFL scouts talking after his FIU Pro Day workout as a defensive back and Bostic has always been one of the better players on FIU's special teams.
Arizona is not known for its Bar-BQ, but Sam Smith wouldn't mind going to run pass patterns there with receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Smith, who has developed his own secret recipe for Bar-BQ sauce which may be on store shelves in the future, just may be an improvement at tight end since the Cards have not had a good TE since never.
Josh Padrick didn't have his best season last year, but a lot had to do with some factors surrounding him. He was an All-SBC passer two years ago and would be well served in a West Coast offense where they can take advantage of his athleticism and accuracy. Chuckie hasn't had a quarterback since winning the Super Bowl with Brad Johnson in 2002. A trip up I-75 to the Bucs might work.
Chris Smith was having a solid senior season before the dance with um. Anyhow, Smith began to evolve at safety when he paired up with Nick Turnbull a few years ago and took the next step last season. Pair him up with Turnbull again on the Bears. Outside of Mike Brown, Chi-town's secondary is nothing special.
You guys got better teams fits for these Golden Panthers? Send them in !! Maybe an NFL GM will read them.
As for our 3 NFL Draft guest analysts: you have Amber (left, below), a former Texas linebacker whose NFL career was derailed, because of an affinity for Milk Bones.
Our next analyst, Sam (right of Amber), was an All-American receiver at Cal before her NFL dreams were cut short due to obsessive chasing of a softball. And finally our last draft analyst, Naya (picture, right), a sleek running back from Georgia, had her NFL hopes penalized, because of excessive chewing.
The GPP invited these 3 to talk about the rest of the NFL Draft, because they probably know as much as any Tom, Dick or Harry that's been on every draft show (yes, you ESPN), magazine or website. They certainly know more than me.
The NFL Draft gets overanalyzed more and more every year and the truth is none of those guys know what's going to happen Saturday. Just look at the surprises every year in the draft (see: Zach Thomas, Tom Brady, Marques Colston). Unless, your job title is General Manager or Head Coach of an NFL team, you know as much about how the draft is going to shake out as these three pooches.