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NFL nearly bypasses Washington schools


Welcome to our Monday morning post, NFL edition. As the draft ended yesterday, we were given another clue just how bad Washington State and Washington were last year. The number of draft picks from the Evergreen State? One, WSU's Brandon Gibson, and yes we have links for you. Want to know how many players were drafted from the state of Oregon? Well. Maybe you don't, but we'll tell you anyway. There were 13 between OSU and UO. Yes, 13. Is it any surprise the combined scores of those two schools' four games against the Washington schools last fall was 207-50? Read on.

• Gibson had to wait longer than he probably would have liked, but he was picked, going in the sixth round to Philadelphia. The Eagles opened their draft by taking a wide receiver – Jeremy Maclin of Missouri – which probably doesn’t help Gibson's quest to make the team. But Philadelphia hasn't always shined at the wideout spot, so it might be time to give Donovan McNabb some new targets. We had this story while the P-I ran this post. By the way, I went through the Philadelphia papers and didn't find much more than a fleeting mention of Gibson, usually in the context of the Eagles emphasizing offense in the draft. ... Buster Sports' Nick Daschel has some Pac-10 notes from the weekend. ... Otherwise, the only real news we have is the Cougars' baseball win yesterday in Los Angeles left them all alone in second place in the Pac-10. Here's our story. ... One other thing. USC, faced with the loss of so many players to the NBA, thought it would rebuild through star center Renardo Sidney. As Lee Corso says, not so fast my friend. Here's the LA Times' story.


• That's it for this morning. We'll be back tonight with our position-by-position examination of WSU's spring and who to watch in the fall. Until then …

Vince Grippi
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