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Posted April 5, 2009
NFL Draft Bobble - Matt's Thoughts on Steroid Allegations
A striking development flooded NFL Draft message boards this week when it was reported that USC linebackers Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews failed a steroid test at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine.
It came as no shock to a lot of people in the case of Brian Cushing - his body looks like an action figure. He has great muscle definition and drew raves at the weigh-in at the Senior Bowl I attended.
However, no one else other than the Web site that leaked the story has reported that Brian Cushing or Clay Matthews tested positive for steroids, and everyone seems to be backing the linebackers at this point, including their head coach.
"These rumors are absolutely false," said Pete Carroll, according to usctrojans.cstv.com. "If they were found positive, Clay and Cush would have been notified three weeks ago, which they weren't, and all of the NFL teams would have been notified, too, which they weren't."
The Web site that broke this report of steroid allegations is NFLDraftBible.com, but we will discuss their immensely popular site later on.
Courtesy of ProFootballTalk.com, here is a part of the letter Matthews' agency wrote to Draft Bible:
"Our office represents Clay Matthews. Your website is reporting, via unnamed sources including one NFL team, that Clay tested positive for steroids at the NFL Combine. As I'm sure you know, the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances clearly states that "any Club or Club employee that publicly divulges, directly or indirectly, information concerning positive tests or other violations of this Policy (including numerical summaries or specific names of persons) or otherwise breaches the confidentiality provisions of this Policy is subject to a fine of up to $500,000 by the Commissioner.
"Further, neither Clay nor our office has received notification of any positive test, whether for steroids or any banned substance. I also have been informed by an attorney at the NFL League Office that they have not received notification from the Independent Administrator of any Draft-eligible players testing positive for steroids during the pre-employment drug testing conducted at this year's Combine, and likewise, that they have not informed the member NFL clubs of any drug testing results. Govern yourself accordingly.
"Sincerely, Mark Humenik Vice President & General Counsel Athletes First"
Former NFL general manager and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly commented his findings on Path to the Draft last Friday:
"�so you have to do your due diligence, which is exactly what I did today as your general manager on Cushing and Matthews, and found out that neither player has been notified of a positive test for steroids."
Now, where this is significant is the way the system works is in the case of steroids. The players are notified first before the teams of a positive Sample A, that's the first test. If they want to dispute it, then it goes to a Sample B. If they test positive on both, the teams are all notified at that point in time.
Cushing and Matthews have not been notified of any sample, positive "A" test.
There you have it. Either NFLDraftBible.com has amazing sources that no one else in the world knows about, or they are flat out lying.
But, the question remains: Why are they doing this, if false?
As you can see when you click the link, the page is gone because Draft Bible deleted it after Spikes said he would stay for his senior year in Gainesville.
Draft Bible was in complete speculation here and just assumed (as many did) that Spikes would turn pro.
I will now reveal that NFLDraftBible.com really is as a wannabe draft site simply trying to make a name for itself and act like a bunch of hot shots.
Let's go over three of the most popular draft sites on the Internet and what their one-month average traffic rank is in relation to NFLDraftBible.com (source: Alexa.com):
On their Web site, they brag about their immensely popular site that seems to have generated its own culture among its 145 daily users:
The NFL Draft Bible has built a reputation amongst fans, analysts, scouts and teams as a respected authority on college scouting and NFL Draft analysis with detailed, in-depth coverage of NFL prospects in all ranks of college football.
Based on the Alexa rankings, I think they forgot to mention the words "absolutely no" in front of "reputation."
What other reasons do you need than a Web site lacking any popularity and not making any money to make up a fraudulent story to gain more publicity?
NFLDraftBible.com is run by a bunch of wannabe hack artists who have nothing better to do than substantiate rumors to boost their ego and increase their traffic rank.
Who are the hacks that run Draft Bible? Rick Serritella is the Founder and CEO. Daniel Mogollon is the President of Operations. John Murphy is the Vice President.
WOW. I never knew running a Web site that no one cares about needed a Chief Execute Officer, President of Operations and an Executive V.P.
Are you kidding me?
What exactly do you need to do to gain such prestigious titles? What are they doing on NFLDraftBible.com that is so earth-shattering that they need to act like the draft site version of Enron?
When you click on Podcasts on their site it says, "There are no items to display." They have player interviews, a few big boards, and a "news" feed, but that is it. Half the links on the site lead to "There are no items to display."
It looks like the President of Operations needs to get on that, pronto. After all, there are probably 17 people online eagerly awaiting their podcast debut, eight of which are peers whom Serritella threatened to spread rumors about at his middle school if they did not visit his Web site at least 19.2 times per week.
"Dude, I'll spread allegations that you used Red Bull before our weekly vocabulary quiz. You KNOW that is a banned substance at Wannabe Middle School in Nobodycares, New York!"
If Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews (among the other players Bible mentioned as testing positive for weed) have in fact tested positive for steroids, I still am not happy about this.
These types of stories should ONLY be broken by newspapers with journalistic credibility and highly popular sites with elite sources such as PFT and National Football Post.
We are talking about a Web site that doesn't rank in the top 882,000. What sources could they possibly have that the likes of Mike Florio, Michael Lombardi, John Clayton, Chris Mortensen, Michael Smith and every sports reporter in Los Angeles does not have?
This is ridiculous and it tarnishes all the other independent Internet sites that try to maintain credibility. At WalterFootball.com, we do not break the news, we analyze it. Same goes for other highly credible sites such as DraftCountdown.com and NFLDraftDog.com.
We know our place: to analyze the NFL Draft, and to provide opinions, insight, and entertainment. We do not try to be the New York Times.
Then again, wouldn't it take trying to be the Times so people notice you when no one visits your site?
Think about it. This site isn't making ANY money. For crying out loud, I only make a few hundred bucks a month and my mock draft probably gets 150,000 more hits per month than their site did all of last year - unless of course Walter is screwing me on my paycheck.
If this is the case, McGuireFootball.com currently reports Walter is actually Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden studied how to make a Web site popular when he was in the caves of Afghanistan (he used a crappy wireless Internet card from Verizon) citing various sources including one terrorist group.
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Honestly 49ers need so much work, might as well turn the 2 pck into multiple. If they don't I would love to see allen from bama because the 49ers are invested in two young ends. I think switching to a 4-3 will help armstead and buckner since they are so lengthy. Pair those two up with a nose tackle who will attract attention from a guard and make armstead and buckner face one on once matchups will be helpful for them. If not allen I would love to see a trade back get jabrill peppers and have him as a tampa 2 linebacker/safety (Urlacher anyone?). have a new kind of version of the 4-4 defense where it would have 3 linebackers and 3 safeties. one for pass one to help the rush, and the other as a multi function player.
With the default order as provided by WF, the aim of this mock is to explore what would go down if the draft didn't see any trades on day one- which is very possible, as most people are forgetting. The shock value is not in the unlikely pick swaps that people like to dream up, myself included, but rather in the picks themselves. I'm not trying to write the same mock as everyone else here, so some of these selections might surprise you, and that's the point. Enjoy, and please give feedback! Thanks.