In 2011, the Green Bay Packers ranked 27th in the league with 1,558 rushing yards (3.9 per carry average) in 2011. In 2012, the Packers averaged a lowly 3.9 YPC last year while rushing for 1,702 yards to rank 20th in the NFL. To remedy their rushing wows, the Packers drafted runningback Eddie Lacy out of Alabama with the 61st pick.
The last time the Packers used their 61st pick on a runningback was in 1988, when the Packers selected Keith Woodside out of Texas A&M. Woodside played only 4 seasons with the Packers, never gaining more than 326 rushing yards in any season. Hopefully for the Packers, Lacy will be able to contribute more than the Packers received from Woodside. Having said that, the Packers would probably like a few runs from Lacy similar to Woodside's most famous run, as set forth below.
The Miami Dolphins traded up in this year's NFL Draft to select defensive end Dion Jordan out of Oregon with the third overall pick. According to the usatoday.com, Jordan is "a rangy pass rusher who used to play tight end. He could stand to add a little weight, but he should be able to focus his talents as a pass-rush specialist out of the chute — much as Aldon Smith did for the 49ers in 2011 — behind starting defensive ends Jared Odrick and Cameron Wake, who will be happy to see fewer double teams with Jordan on the opposite flank."
The last two times the Dolphins picked a defensive end in the first round was in 1987 and 1988. In 1987 the Dolphins selected defensive end John Bosa out of Boston College with the 16th overall pick, and in 1988 the Dolphins selected defensive end Eric Kumerow out of Ohio State with the 16th overall pick. Bosa only played 3 seasons in the NFL, and Kumerow only played 3 seasons with the Dolphins (and never started a game in those 3 seasons).
Each of those two pics were symbolic of Dan Marino's tenure with the Miami Dolphins, which was marred by mediocre to terrible defenses. Hopefully for new star quarterback Ryan Tannehill's sake, the Dolphins will not make the same draft mistakes.
With the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan. CBSSports.com NFL writer Josh Katzowitz writes of Fisher: "There is some concern in regards to Fisher's strength, mainly because he didn't often face NFL-caliber pass-rushers while at Central Michigan. Fisher struggled in Senior Bowl practices against big, physical bull-rushers who could get in his pads and push him back, but clearly the Chiefs didn't see that as a major concern." However, Katzowitz added that Fisher's "athleticism, technique, and agility figure to serve him well at any offensive line position in the NFL."
During the 1980's, the Chiefs used two first round draft picks on offensive tackles. In 1984, the Chiefs took offensive tackle John Alt out of Iowa with the 21st overall pick, and in 1986 the Chiefs took Brian Jozwiak out of West Virginia with the 7th overall pick. Alt, who was named to the Pro Bowl in 1992 and 1993, had a solid career with the Chiefs from 1984 to 1996. Although Jozwiak was the higher of the two picks, he only played 3 years in the NFL after suffering a career ending hip injury.
Hopefully for the Chiefs, Fisher will have a career more similar to Alt's than Jozwiak's.
On April 16th, Pat Summerall died from cardiac arrest at the age of 82 in Dallas, Texas. Although Summerall spent 10 years in the NFL as a placekicker, he is probably best remembered as the play by play man in the broadcast booth with color commentator and former Oakland Raiders' head coach John Madden.
Summerall and Madden called their first game together in 1979, and the duo would go on to broadcast games together for 20 plus seasons on two networks and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history. Summerall and Madden's broadcasts during the 1980's helped increase the NFL's popularity to heights the NFL had never previously experienced. Summerall and Madden also called 5 Super Bowls together.
According to wikipedia, "The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Summerall National Sportscaster of the Year in 1977, and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1994. Summerall was the 1994 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, bestowed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame "for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football". In 1999, he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame."