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April 29, 2009

Uncomfortable: Quan Cosby, former Wide Receiver from Texas, was put in an awkward position during this year's draft. Sitting alongside Quan, was reporter Erin Andrews and comedic legend Bill Cosby. But the call never came for Quan, leaving Erin and Bill to consider Quan's other options. Bill suggested the CFL. Some call Quan the "steal of the draft", and the Cincinnati Bengals may agree.

posted by BoKnows to football at 11:21 AM - 8 comments

In my view, getting to spend an afternoon with a comedic legend (not to mention a very smart man that a lot more young people need to be listening to) and the uber-hot Erin Andrews would not exactly qualify as "uncomfortable". I'd certainly take it. Unfortunate that the younger Cosby was not drafted, but he seems like a good kid, and I'm sure things will work out for him one way or another.

posted by TheQatarian at 12:04 PM on April 29

While I wouldn't necessarily call being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals an unqualified good thing, it sounds like he is going to get to play. This is interesting. I guess I didn't realize that new players could be signed to teams post-draft. Doesn't that create a situation where players and teams could collude to skip the draft and just sign directly post-draft?

posted by Joey Michaels at 02:40 PM on April 29

Q, I don't think the uncomfortable refers only to Quan Cosby, but I think he was. Imagine being a college player, preparing to be drafted, being interviewed by ESPN and having Bill Cosby seated next to you on draft day. That has got to be a good feeling. But then, the two phone calls you do get are from friends, but never a draft call. I would sure be uncomfortable. Also, I did sense some uncomfortable from Erin and Bill.

posted by BoKnows at 02:55 PM on April 29

getting to spend an afternoon with a comedic legend (not to mention a very smart man that a lot more young people need to be listening to)

Not to mention that he was a pretty good running back at Temple more than a few years ago.

posted by Howard_T at 03:56 PM on April 29

Doesn't that create a situation where players and teams could collude to skip the draft and just sign directly post-draft?

I think it's illegal for teams to sign players prior to the draft. There's a lot of right-after-the-draft signings, so I guess part of the drama of the last rounds is deciding which guys you want will make it without being drafted.

posted by rcade at 04:19 PM on April 29

Doesn't that create a situation where players and teams could collude to skip the draft and just sign directly post-draft?

Seniors are automatically eligible for the draft, and underclassmen are only eligible if they declare. Since players don't have to agree to be selected by a certain team, any team could select them, making it impossible for a team and player to organize something pre-draft. (Perhaps I'm missing your question.)

Teams typically fill their training camp rosters with 10-15 undrafted free agents after the draft. Occasionally these guys even go on to have pretty good careers.

posted by bender at 05:08 PM on April 29

Uncomfortable? More like rude! The platform is given to him, with the legendary Mr. Cosby present, and he can't take the phone call later? It sure wasn't the call he was waiting for....

posted by mjkredliner at 05:43 PM on April 29

Glad to see that this kid has landed somewhere. He's a good athlete, and a little bit older with a wife and kids, so he's more mature with a good work ethic. When the Cowboys were questioned as to why they didn't sign him in the later rounds, there was some indication of a problem with his physical.

posted by txsoccermom at 09:25 AM on April 30

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