So today at work I made a declaration regarding the NFL Draft. I only care about 2 things that happen in the draft (which takes place in a little less than 2 weeks):
• Who the Redskins pick in the first round
• Where Jamaal Anderson ends up
So, who is Jamaal Anderson? Well, according to Scouts, Inc., he’s the No. 2 ranked defensive end prospect in the draft (which, as an aside, would probably make him a good fit for the Redskins, though probably not at No. 6 overall). More importantly though, he’s the son of Dr. Glenn Anderson.
Dr. Anderson is a deaf man, a former candidate for president at Gallaudet University, and someone my parents actually know, which is pretty cool to me. The Andersons were profiled by Tom Friend in a recent ESPN The Magazine special, which is a great read even for those who don’t have any kind of connection to the story.
Right now, Todd McShay has Anderson going 13th to the Rams, while Mel Kiper Jr. has him going 21st to the Broncos. Wherever Anderson ends up, I’ll be sure to buy his jersey.
As an aside, former Louisville QB and fellow CODA (child of deaf adults) Stefan LeFors is currently on the roster of the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.