NFL Draft Day 1 Notes – CAA In The Money
- CAA clients Matthew Stafford, Jason Smith, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Knowshon Moreno, Brian Orakpo, Malcolm Jenkins, Brian Cushing, Josh Freeman, and Jeremy Maclin were selected in the first round. CAA’s nine first round selections beat their 2008 record of six clients picked up in the first-round. Most impressive about the nine CAA draft picks this year is that they were all taken between picks 1-19. Talk about some big commissions! It must have been interesting to be a member of the CAA crew when it had four of its clients picked in a row (12-15, starting with Moreno and ending with Cushing).
- It looks like Andre Smith might have received a nice boost by switching agents. For the past few months, Andre was the talk of the town, for all the wrong reasons. Days before the draft, he switched from GMG Sports to Priority Sports and made his way back into being a top ten pick (going to the Bengals at #6). Maybe the Bengals had their eyes on him all along. We will never know, but this will definitely help Priority land clients in the future and will undoubtedly be used against Alvin Keels and GMG Sports.
- Before the draft, I mentioned that CAA had a remote possibility of having 11 of its clients selected in the first round; 9 is nothing to complain about. I also said that Octagon, BEST, Athletes First, and FAAM had the best chance at being runner-up. It looks like that honor will go to Athletes First. The company had 5 clients taken in the first-round: Mark Sanchez, B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews, Donald Brown, and Eric Wood. Interestingly, Matthews, Brown, and Wood were all taken in a row as well (26-28).
- Third place in first-round selections is a tie between Octagon and FAAM (both had 3 selections). FAAM was helped by the early selection of Kenny Britt by the Titans at #30. Six WRs were taken in the first round this year after none were taken in the 1st last year. Octagon’s Cutty, Pettigrew, and Hood make up the company’s 3 clients selected in the 1st.
- BEST, Maxximum Sports, and BC Sports followed up the pack by having two clients each taken in the 1st. BEST was happy that Percy did not slip to the 2nd after the failed drug test, BC Sports had both of its clients go back to back (and they both went to the same school – Ole Miss), and Maxximum Sports had both of its guys go top 10 (Tyson Jackson and Michael Crabtree).
- Last, Al Davis loves speed. Go find next year’s track star and call Oakland’s front office on Monday 🙂
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