Nine Unassisted: Mock drafting, caught on tape

Nearly every day, someone approaches me on the street to ask the following question:

"Hey, when is Yahoo! going to offer a live 24/7 Brad Evans webcam?"

The short answer is, we hear you, America. We understand the demand for live Evans look-ins, and we're committed to bringing you the best possible user experience. Advertisers are very interested, obviously. We hope to have BradTracker™ available in early-2010, just before the launch of Tourney Pick'em.

In the meantime, you can experience Brad via webcam right here at, dispensing advice throughout an expert's mock draft. RotoExperts' Scott Engel and Newsday's Adam Ronis provide additional commentary. This was an ambitious project and they assembled an excellent group. The video runs a full 56:10, so set aside some time. Or just fast-forward from Brad to Brad to Brad.

Let's hit eight more topics, then call it a full nine …

Good news for Ladell Betts(notes) loyalists: "Coach Jim Zorn has expanded Betts's responsibilities, making him the primary running back on third downs. That previously had been Portis's domain..." If this prevents another second-half collapse from Clinton Portis(notes), then everyone wins. [Washington Post]

Ben Roethlisberger(notes) suffered a "right foot or ankle injury" in practice, apparently after tackle Max Starks(notes) fell into him during team drills. The Steelers aren't likely to provide many details. "Oh, I'll be all right," said Roethlisberger. OK then. We'll remind you that he's been sacked more often than any NFL quarterback over the past three seasons. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

There's not much feel-good propaganda coming out of Kansas City about Matt Cassel(notes) at the moment, though it's difficult to believe the $63 million QB's role is seriously at risk. The tricky thing about drafting him isn't job security, it's the early season schedule: at BAL, OAK, at PHI, NYG, DAL, at WAS, SD. Anyway, the Star reports that Cassel will play the entire first half, and there's a "sense of urgency" after an uneven camp. [Kansas City Star]

Another preseason game, another nice line from contract-year receiver Chris Henry: four receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD. "With Chris you can just throw it up there and let him go get it," said JT O'Sullivan(notes). And no, I don't think Chad Ochocinco(notes) will actually become kicker-eligible. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

We all like contests, right? The Hazean offers one last opportunity to have your fantasy team name peer-reviewed. Please participate. And yeah, the Vick/Favre theme is thoroughly played out. The era has ended. Please move on. [The Hazean]

The latest timeline on Chaz Schilens(notes) (foot) isn't all that bad: "We should get Chaz back Week 2 or 3" of the regular season, Cable said. So that's less of a disaster. Elsewhere in Raiders Totalitarian Dictatorship Nation, the Tom Cable/Randy Hanson story just keeps giving. [RotoWire, National Football Post, Michael Silver]

Adrian Peterson may not be everyone's No. 1 in PPR formats (21 REC in '08), but, well … he's also the player most likely to deliver a historic season. I don't mind the pick. Geoff Stein assembled a pretty spectacular PPR starting roster here. [Mock Draft Central]

This last link is a month old, but still plenty relevant. It's a Q&A with Greg Cosell, a man who's watched a million hours of coaches' tape. Good Favre discussion, plus this nugget on Matthew Stafford(notes): "He is a ‘wow’ thrower, which doesn’t automatically mean you are going to be a great NFL quarterback, but that is a nice talent level to start with. He has shown the ability to throw with timing and anticipation. His offensive line at Georgia was poor and he showed the ability to make throws with bodies around him." [Ross Tucker]

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