Previewed this Spring 2009 as a solid upcoming 2010 NFL Draft, the wheels continue to come off more and more at the WR position with the latest news in from Minnesota and Syracuse.
First, it was Dez Bryant's suspension not being lifted by the NCAA.
Now, today, one of the top graded WR that was thought to be entering this draft, junior Mike Williams, from Syracuse, has quit the team. Williams is having a very good year, but obviously has some serious off the field issues. No mention on the direct cause, but it could be either academic failure, or disciplinary from the team (he's already been suspended once this season). Quitting on a team is never a good thing, and continues to show that this kid is troubled. If he departs permanently, he would need to play at a non-Division I school (in order to play his senior year), or enter the draft. I've got a feeling many teams just took him off their board today, but we'll have to wait and see the reasoning for his departure, and if it is temporary or permanent.
In Minnesota, Eric Decker's surgery is complete, and the rehab process will begin. However, the news is that his rehab will carry well beyond the February combine, and March campus workouts, and maybe into the summer. This is a draft killer for a lot of players, and surely drops Decker down the board some unknown distance.
A lean year of redshirt sophomore WR's (AJ Green, Julio Jones and Michael Floyd are all true sophomores and not eligible to come out) adds to the misery.
Not everyone is in tears over the bad news the past week. Illinois junior WR Arrelious Benn, who supposed has been a good camper (according to Illinois beat writers) despite playing in a pathetic offense, is the big winner. With the competition thinning out, he looks to cash in on bigger money as his draft value has jumped.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Nov 2, 2009 at 14:29:53 ]