Sunday, April 30, 2006


This draft wasn't expected to showcase too many Mountaineers, and there were not any surprises. Dee McCann-CB was taken by the Detroit Lions in the 6th round. Detroit has taken quite a few Mountaineers over the last few years. Avon Coburn, James "Dirty" Davis, and Barrett Green to name a few.

I'll report over the free agent signing period any other Mountaineers that get picked up. Now, a rare look at my pro team, the San Diego "Super" Charg
ers. How, you ask, does a West Virginian end up cheering for the Chargers?

Well, yeah, this is as good a reason as any
The 2006 Charger Girls

Seriously, I started rooting for the Chargers back when Dan Fouts, the real Kellen Winslow, Wes Chandler, and Charlie Joiner ran the first incarnation of the West Coast Offense/Air Coryell. The only difference between them and the copycat 49ers was that the first read was the bomb, and the reads progressed back to shorter passes from there. Throw in Chuck Muncie, and you have the first offense to have a 4,000 yard passer, 3 1,000 yard receivers, and a 1,000 yard rusher. Too bad they couldn't play defense.

I was hoping the Chargers would draft exclusivly O-line and defensive backs. These were the only two major areas of need outside of some fresh meat in the receiving corp. They weren't that far from being a playoff team last year, and you would think they would go after sure thing picks, but this is where the true test of being a Charger fan lies. Here is a look at who they drafted.

Antonio Cromartie-Instead of returning to Florida State for his final season of eligibility, Cromartie elected to make the NFL leap after missing the entire 2005 season with a knee injury. While he is still one of the true enigmas in the 2006 class, Cromartie's showing at the combine at least helped to verify his health and impressive combination of size, speed and athletic ability. So, you say the Chargers drafted someone on potential? What a surprise! I thought Bobby Bethard retired.

Marcus McNeill-This one makes sense, and I was at least glad to see they got some size for the line.

All I can say about the rest of the draft is "?"! Charlie Whitehurst, what the fuck are you thinking? Sure you lost Drew Breese, but this guy was Mr. Inconsistant in college. There is no way in hell he is going to help anything. Why not pick up Tommy Madux, or some other Joe that has been in the league for a few years. And why in the world would you pick a place kicker, Kurt Smith-Virginia? Tell me you can't find someone off the street to be a standby kicker.

All I can say is SHIT!

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