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    Potential top picks are sick of talk

    Posted on Fri, Apr. 28, 2006

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    Leinart is among those in New York who can't wait for the gossip to end and for the draft to begin


    Two days before the NFL draft, even the players who will be picked at the top are tired of listening to the chatter and reading the gossip. In other words, just get on with it.

    "There's so much uncertainty I don't even pay attention to what they're saying anymore," said USC quarterback Matt Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, during Thursday's NFL-sponsored media session for six of the top prospective draftees. "I don't want to watch television. I don't want to look at mock drafts. I just want it to happen."

    Those players have spent the past few days in New York at similar events leading up to the draft, which begins Saturday at Radio City Music Hall. Of all the top picks, and there's a general consensus on the top 10 or 12, Leinart seems to be the one sliding in the final days, but no one is sure why.

    In fact, there are a few people who think Leinart could end up going to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 17, 16 spots below where he almost surely would have been selected if he had come out last year, and 10 spots or more below where he likely will go.

    That is typical of this draft season, where everything is murky, in part because of an unusually long period between the end of the college season and the draft. That gives teams all the opportunity in the world to overanalyze everyone, even Reggie Bush, Leinart's USC teammate, his successor as the Heisman winner and the player almost everyone has conceded the Houston Texans will take with the top overall pick.

    Even that seems a bit up in the air. The Texans said Wednesday that they are negotiating with both Bush and North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, whose stock has been soaring. Texans owner Bob McNair, who attended Thursday's event, said there is still discussion over the choice.

    McNair said the indecision is legitimate -- it usually is a ruse -- because the front office still hasn't decided which of the two can provide the most help to his team, which finished 2-14 last season.

    "We are very serious about this, not nervous," McNair said. "We will address where we have the greatest needs and where the player can help us the most. It's not often we have the opportunity to select a player of this caliber. You want to make a pick of a player who will be with you and make a contribution for a long period of time."

    Bush seems to understand the process, having played, like Leinart, for the most scrutinized team in a major media market without an NFL team. Playing in Los Angeles for the Trojans is about the same as playing for, say, the New York Giants or Jets.

    He doesn't seem fazed by the Texans' juggling act. "This is like everybody is playing high-stakes poker," Bush said. "Everyone has their sunglasses on ... at the end of the day you can't control it."

    -- Associated Press

    Chargers: Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has contacted the team about the possibility of relocating to the gambling and entertainment mecca. Team officials responded that their lease with San Diego bars them from talking with other cities until Jan. 1.

    The San Diego City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on an amendment to the lease that would allow the team to start looking at other county cities as early as next month. The team first would contact cities including Chula Vista, National City and Oceanside, which have expressed interest, said Mark Fabiani, the Chargers' special counsel.

    -- Associated Press

    Television: Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth were named as the broadcast team for the NFL Network, which will televise eight regular-season games next season. The first telecast will be the Denver-Kansas City game on Thanksgiving Day. Gumbel will call all eight games, but Collinsworth will miss two games in December -- including the Raiders-Chiefs game in Oakland on Dec. 23 -- because of his role on NBC's Sunday night NFL studio show.

    -- New York Daily News

    • Peter King of Sports Illustrated has joined NBC's Sunday night NFL studio show. King joined Sports Illustrated as a staff writer in 1989 and HBO's "Inside the NFL" show in 2002. He will join Bob Costas, Collinsworth and Jerome Bettis on the NBC show.

    -- Associated Press

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    Re: Potential top picks are sick of talk

    leinhart..hmm, well he does know how to win, we do know that..i dont think id complain if that is the scenario that plays out tomorrow
    People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.

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    Re: Potential top picks are sick of talk

    leinart or Huff would make my draft day.

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    Re: Potential top picks are sick of talk

    Yeah, but the report said "A few people". So lets not get our hopes up yet. Sure it would be nice, but unlikely

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    Eh.. 4 and a quarter hours to go!

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