It's been a great draft so far, with both current and old school players being called on to join BTSC's Flag Football Fantasy teams, run by myself, Tony Defeo and Barnerburner.
The third round didn't select talent any lesser known than the first two rounds, and it's unlikely any round will be less than any other. - nc
With Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward already in place, Neal Coolong went with arguably the best cornerback in franchise history, Mel Blount.
"Blount was a freak of nature for his time, and probably would be now as well. They invented the no contact after five yards rule because of him. He was both very fast and extremely strong, and his length made it possible for him to basically destroy receivers on their way down the field.
"Last I checked, Commissioner Goodell and his band of flag-happy referees aren't involved in this tournament. Blount's just gonna beat people up down the field. That'll take a few of the speedsters Tony and Barner will have off their game."
Tony DeFeo, who selected Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel with his first two picks, went the franchise quarterback route.
"Taking such a legendary quarterback as Terry Bradshaw with my third round pick (eighth overall) was a no-brainer, to say the least. As I said earlier, in flag football, quarterbacks like to throw it deep just about every chance they get. Who better to have as your quarterback than a man who could stretch a football field with his arm better than any quarterback who ever played the game? And Brad certainly likes to throw it deep. 'Didn't y'all like seein' that stuff fly down there?' That's a quote from Bradshaw's 1989 Hall of Fame induction speech. But I can tell you that opposing defenses aren't going to love seeing that football flying through the air on almost every play. He is going to wear them out."
Barner closed out the third round with uber-athletic LB Lawrence Timmons, after shoring up his secondary with Rod Woodson and Carnell Lake in rounds 1 and 2.
"It actually came down to something that I'd remembered reading in Sean Conboy's article last year on Timmons in Pittsburgh Magazine: "As a senior at Wilson High School in Florence, S.C... [Timmons] was ranked as the top receiving recruit in the state." Conboy's article was linked a few times around here last season, and it's a fun read. Take the five minutes if you don't remember it.
"But back to this fantasy flag team - I may be focusing on defense first, but I'm not neglecting to put together a group that I think can play both ways. I'm expecting Timmons to be an all-purpose beast up close to the line of scrimmage on defense, and a capable receiving threat on offense that'll play like a tight end off the line."
Lots of great names still left, who should go next? Is it flat-out ridiculous someone hasn't been taken yet?