Draft is moving, and other tidbits

Posted by Darren Urban on May 28, 2013 – 9:44 am

A little of this, a little of that at the beginning of a short week in a quiet building — the Cardinals’ coaches and veterans are all off until OTAs resume next week, although rookies are around for strength and conditioning along with daily excursions into the community for various events. Next week is the last week of OTAs — four spanning Monday through Thursday — with mandatory minicamp the following week June 11-13. Don’t forget Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium June 11. Details TBA.

— The NFL officially moved the 2014 NFL draft later as expected, putting it on May 8-10 instead of the last weekend of April as usual. The rest of the NFL calendar remains status quo, however.

The Scouting combine still in later February (18-25) and the new league year/free agency still early March (11). The league is saying the draft plans beyond 2014 are still undecided. Most importantly was this section of the news:

“The change in the date of the 2014 Draft will have no effect on when rookies may begin to report to their clubs, the dates of off-season programs, or the length of off-season programs.  Clubs will have available to them the same number of practice days that they currently have and no changes in the off-season calendar are being considered that would reduce the number of practice days or the overall length of the off-season program.  At this time, changes are not anticipated in the off-season calendar for 2015 and beyond that would reduce the number of practice days or otherwise limit the off-season program.”

That’s a benefit for the rookies. What does it all mean? Not a ton — unless you are a veteran free agent who doesn’t get swept up early and was going to have to wait until after the draft to find a place. That just got delayed. After what has transpired this offseason, I will be very interested to see if more players are willing to drop their price tag early next year to make sure they have a place — assuming free agency plays out again next spring as it has this year.

— This full analysis of Tyrann Mathieu’s contract suggests the Cardinals have protected themselves pretty well if Mathieu slips up. That said, Mathieu will get paid as he should if he stays the straight and narrow, and at this point, Michael Bidwill was already suggesting to Mathieu the possibility of multiple contracts down the road.

— If you missed a chance yesterday on Memorial Day, be sure to check out Pat Tillman’s words the day after 9/11. Stirring, to say the least.

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10 Responses to “Draft is moving, and other tidbits”

  1. By SteveG on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Oh great, an extra 10 days of guys with delusions that they have a clue clogging the airwaves with their opinion on that which they know squat….Yay!


  2. By LadyBird04 on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Has John Lott given the rookies his annual Camelback Mountain outing? It always is a wake up call to the rookies (and “seasoned” players who participate). You always have such good pictures of thier adventure.

  3. By Darren Urban on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    LadyBird —

    RE: Camelback

    I don’t believe Camelback is part of the equation anymore.

  4. By AZErnie on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    I think the draft should be moved in the other direction. Give the players more time to bond as a team, and more time to break with their former team, that’s important. They are not buying and selling livestock!

  5. By DontTakeLosses on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Enjoyed the min-video of Bidwill and Mathieu. Like how Michael handled it, well done. He seems to relale well to the players, can’t hurt. No doubt Michael wants to win.

    Go Cards.

  6. By DontTakeLosses on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    PS: Read on main page:

    “Something that is cool about football is the statistical aspect, it’s really untapped,” Disner said. “The different analysis you can do, not just with on-field statistics but also with market inefficiencies and how you construct your team or how you construct the 90-man roster.”

    Darren: Shades of “Moneyball”? great screenplay and movie, fwiw… Billy Beane essentailly ran a Quant Fund in Oakland, love it.

  7. By sbrown on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    the run up Camelback was “Cardinal tradition”, did BA cut this out, or was it a issue with the NFLPA ?? Not only a physical work out, but I always thought of it as team bonding moment, and even good press as they would meet and talk to regular folks doing the same walk.

  8. By Darren Urban on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    sbrown —

    RE: Camelback

    I’m not sure why it went away. I would think, given that it took place over a handful of years, it’s probably the former and not the latter.

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