Talking Points: Too early for mock drafts?




Now that the NFL Combine and most pro days on college campuses are over, it’s time to check in again with the mock drafts. The big day is April 25 in New York.

Most draft “experts” have No. 1 and 2 being offensive tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and offensive tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. Fisher has moved fast up the draft ladder. Many consider him a better athlete than Joeckel, but he’s hurt a bit by having played for a small school.

Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan is in the top five in most of the mock drafts, with many folks predicting he’ll be Chip Kelly’s first choice at No. 4 with the Eagles.

Of the five mock drafts Talking Points examined, two have the Seahawks taking Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter at No. 25. He’s a big, fast Pete Carroll-type. The three other mock drafts had Seattle talking DE Sam Montgomery of LSU, DE Damontre Moore of Texas A&M and DT Sharrif Floyd of Florida.


Rant of the week: Here is what Nebraska coach Bo Pellini offered about his defense after practice last week. “You could have put a grade-school offense out there against our defense and they would have done well. ”


Nick Montana, he of the famous father, is now trying to play quarterback for Tulane. After not winning the starting job at Washington, Montana transferred to Mount San Antonio College in California and passed for 2,652 yards and 22 TDs.

“I just try to be a college student, playing football just like any of the other guys on the team,” Montana said. He is pursuing a business degree.

Montana will have to earn the starting job by beating out redshirt freshman Devin Powell in August camp. But his coach, Curtis Johnson, said Montana has “a lot of intangibles, a lot like Joe.”

Tulane went 2-11 in Conference USA last season, extending a bowl drought that dates back to 2002. So, the bar for Montana and his team is not real high.