NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Fans line up outside Radio City Music Hall prior to the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Unlike last year, when players like Drew Brees of the Saints announced draft picks for their teams, such a display is unlikely at this years draft. Though many expect U.S. District Judge Susan Nelsen to make her decision on lifting the NFL lockout Monday, should the players prevail with that decision, the owners will likely appeal and we'll be right back to where we are right now (with the players locked out). This means active players probably won't be seen around Radio City Music Hall.
However, nothing prevents retired players from participating in the NFL Draft, and that's exactly what they will do. Today, the announcement came that retired players would be making the selections for their former teams in the second round.
For you kids out there who don't remember old Jeff, he might have been the best middle linebacker Indianapolis ever had. No disrespect to Gary Brackett, but teams simply did not run at Jeff Herrod. And when he retired in 1998, it took the Colts until 2005 (the first year Brackett started at MIKE) to finally replace him.
Herrod is the team's all-time leading tackler (1400 friggin tackles). Jeff once had 22 tackles in one game (team record), and holds the another record for most tackles in the season (200).
Quite simply, if the ball carrier was near Herrod, Jeff made brought the dude down, hard! YAC was a four letter word to Herrod.
Nice to hear ole Jeff is taking part in the draft. Regardless of the lockout, the NFL should make this a yearly thing, bringing retired players back to call picks.