Just noticed that of the top 14 picks in the draft, six got better deals and two equaled the bonuses form their slot counterparts in the 2006 draft. Yes, the slots were lowered by 10 percent this year. But it’s still interesting to note that 14 of the 30 first-rounders received above-slot bonuses, compared to just five in 2006. All told, 26 of the players in the first five rounds are known to have signed for above slot this year, and I believe we’ll learn that at least two more (Rangers supplemental first-rounders Julio Borbon and Neil Ramirez) will come to light later Thursday morning. Last year, 28 of the players in the equivalent number of picks (184, which carried through more than half the sixth round in 2006) signed for more than slot. As best as we can determine, 14 players went unsigned through the first five rounds, up from four in 2006. In the first 10 rounds, 28 players went unsigned, up from 20 a year ago. And now I really am off to bed. Though tempted to play a game of Madden 08 . . .
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