2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings

QB Rankings

  1. Johnny Manziel (top 10)
  2. Blake Bortles (Top 5)
  3. Teddy Bridgewater (Top 10)
  4. Derek Carr (1st to 2nd round)
  5. Jimmy Garoppolo (2nd to 3rd round)
  6. A.J. McCarron (3 round)
  7. Aaron Murray (3rd-5th round)
  8. David Fales (3rd- 5th round)
  9. Jeff Matthews (3rd-5th round
  10. Taj Boyd (2nd-4th round)
  11. Logan Thomas (3rd-5th)
  12. Zach Mettenberg ( 2nd-4th round)
  13. Stephen Morris (5th round)
  14. Casey Pachall (6th round)
  15. Connor Shaw (7th round to undrafted)

Runningbacks

  1. Carlos Hyde (1st-2nd Round)
  2. Tre Mason (2nd round)
  3. Storm Johnson(2nd- 3rd round)
  4. Bishop Sankey (2nd-3rd round)
  5. Lache Seastrunk (2nd-3rd round)
  6. Charles Sims  (3rd round)
  7. Kadeem Carey (3rd-4th round)
  8. Terrence West (5th-6th round)
  9. James White (4th-6th round)
  10. Jerick Mckinnon (4th-6th round)
  11. James Wilder Jr (5th-6th round)
  12. Devonta Freeman (5th-7th round)
  13. Jeremy Hill (5th-7th round)
  14. Antonio Andrews (5th-7th round)
  15. Andre Williams (7th- UDF)
  16. Kapri Biibs (4th-UDFA)
  17. Isiah Crowell (6th-7th round)
  18. Beau Blankenship (7th round-UDFA)
  19. Silas Redd (7th-UDFA)
  20. De’Anthony Thomas (5th-UDFA)

Wide Receivers

  1. Sammy Watkins (top 10 pick)
  2. Mike Evans (10-20)
  3. Marqise Lee (15-25)
  4. Odell Beckham (as a slot he is the best 1st-early 2nd)
  5. Kelvin Benjamin (Late first, Early second)
  6. Brandin Cooks (1st to mid second round)
  7. Allen Robinson (2nd-3rd)
  8. Martavis Bryant (2nd-3rd round)
  9. Josh Huff (3rd-5th round)
  10. Jordan Matthews (2nd- 3rd round)
  11. Jarvis Landry (3rd-4th round)
  12. Davante Adams (3rd to 4th round)
  13. Paul Richardson (2nd-4th round)
  14. Jared Abbreris (4th round)
  15. Brandon Coleman (3rd-4th could see someone falling in love with him)
  16. Donte Moncrief (4th-5th round)
  17. Jeremy Gallon (6th round
  18. Dri Archer (2nd-4th)
  19. Kenny Bell (7th round)
  20. Mike Davis (7th round)

Tight Ends

  1. Eric Erbon (anywhere in the 1st round)
  2. Jace Amaro (late 1st early 2nd)
  3. Troy Niklas (2nd-3rd round)
  4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2nd-3rd round)
  5. Colt Lyerla (5th-undrafted, Legal issues)
  6. Crockett Gillmore (3rd-4th)
  7. CJ Fiedorowcz (4th round)
  8. Xavier Grimble (4th-5th round)
  9. Arthur Lynch (5th-6th round)
  10. Jake Murphy (6th round)
  11. Jacob Pedersen (6th-7th round)
  12. Marcel Jensen (7th round-UDFA)

Offensive Tackles

  1. Greg Robinson (Top 8)
  2. Jake Matthews (Top 10)
  3. Taylor Lewan (12-20)
  4. Zach Martin (20-32)
  5. Morgan Moses (early 2nd)
  6. Cameron Fleming (2nd round)
  7. Juwan James (2nd- 3rd round)
  8. Joel Bitonio (3rd-4th round)
  9. Cyrus Kouandijo (2nd round-3rd round)
  10. Antonio Richardson (3rd-4th)
  11. James Hurst (4th round)
  12. Jack Mewhort (3rd-4th round)
  13. Seantrel Henderson (4th-6th round)
  14. Billy Turner (6th round)
  15. Michael Schofield (5th-7th round)

Offensive Guards/Centers

  1.  Xavier Su’a-Filo (late first- mid second)
  2. David Yankey (2nd round)
  3. Gabe Jackson (2nd round)
  4. Brandon Thomas (2nd-3rd round)
  5. Dakota Dozier (3rd-4th round)
  6. Cyril Richardson (3rd-4th round)
  7. Travis Swanson (3rd-5th round, team may reach based on need)
  8. Anthony Steen (4th-6th)
  9. Weston Richburg (3rd- 5th round)
  10. Chris Watt (4th-6th round)
  11. Bryan Stork (5th- 7th round)
  12. Marcus Martin (7th round)
  13. Jon Halapio (6th-7th round)

Defensive End

  1. Jadeveon Clowney (top 3)
  2. Kony Ealy (15-30)
  3. Stephon Tuitt (20s to early 2nd)
  4. Scott Crichton (late first- mid 2nd)
  5. Trent Murphy (late 1st-2nd)
  6. Marcus Smith (2nd-3rd)
  7. Jackson Jeffercoat (3rd-4th)
  8. Kareem Martin (3rd-5th)
  9. Chris Smith (3rd-5th)
  10. Aaron Lynch (4th-6th)
  11. Trevor Reilly (3rd-5th)
  12. Demarcus Lawerence (5th-6th)
  13. Josh Mauro (6th-7th)
  14. Ed Stinson (6th-7th)
  15. James Gayle (6th-7th)

Defensive Tackle

  1. Aaron Donald (mid 1st)
  2. Timmy Jernigan (mid 1st-late 1st)
  3. Louis Nix (late 1st-early 2nd)
  4. RaShede Hageman (late 1st-early 2nd)
  5. Ego Ferguson (2nd-3rd)
  6. Will Sutton (2nd-3rd)
  7. Dominique Easley (2nd-4th)
  8. Anthony Johnson (3rd-4th)
  9. Kelcy Quarles (4th-5th)
  10. DaQuan Jones (5th-6th)

Outside Linebackers

  1. Khalil Mack (top 10)
  2. Dee Ford (Mid-late first)
  3. Anthony Barr (10-30)
  4. Kyle Van Voy (late 1st-early 2nd)
  5. Jeremiah Attaochu  (2nd-3rd)
  6. Cal Bradford (2nd-3rd)
  7. Adrian Hubbard (2nd-3rd)
  8. Jordan Tripp (3rd-4th)
  9. Telvin Smith (3rd-5th)
  10. Michael Sam (3rd-5th)
  11. Morgan Breslin (4th-6th)
  12. Jordan Zumwalt (4th-6th)
  13. Ronald Powell (5th-UDFA)
  14. Christian Kirksey (6th-UDFA)
  15. Devon Kennard (7th-UDFA)

Inside Linebackers

  1. Shayne Skov (Mid second-3rd round)
  2. CJ Mosley (anywhere in the 1st)
  3. Ryan Shazier (late 1st- 2nd round)
  4. Lamin Barrow (2nd-4th round)
  5. Christian Jones (2nd-4th round)
  6. Yawin Smallwood (4th-6th round)
  7. Andrew Jackson (5th-6th round)
  8. Chris Borland (5th-6th round)
  9. DeDe Lattimore (6th- UDFA)
  10. Uani Unga (6th- UDFA)
  11. Preston Brown (7th-UDFA)

Cornerbacks

  1. Justin Gilbert (1st round)
  2. Darqueze Dennard (1st round)
  3. Kyle Fuller (2nd-3rd)
  4. Marcus Roberson (2nd-3rd)
  5. Jason Verrett (2nd-3rd)
  6. Bradley Roby (2nd-3rd)
  7. Pierre Desir (2nd-4th)
  8. Jaylen Watkins (3rd-5th)
  9. Stanley Jean-Baptiste (2nd-4th)
  10. Louchiez Purifoy (3rd to 5th)
  11. Aaron Colvin (3rd-4th)
  12. E.J. Gaines (3rd-5th)
  13. Antone Exum (3rd-5th)
  14. Terrence Mitchell (4th-6th)
  15. Victor Hampton (3rd-5th)
  16. Chris Davis (5th-7th)
  17. Bashuad Breeland (3rd-4th)

Safeties

  1. HaHa Clinton-Dix (1st round)
  2. Calvin Pryor (late 1st)
  3. Jimmie Ward (2nd)
  4. Lamarcus Joyner (2nd)
  5. Ed Reynolds (2nd-4th)
  6. Deone Bucannon (2nd-4th)
  7. Tre Boston (2nd-4th)
  8. Ty Zimmerman (4th)
  9. Dion Bailey (4th-5th)
  10. Craig Loston (4th-5th)
  11. Ahmad Dixon (5th-6th)
  12. Terrence Brooks (6th)

NFL Big Board Top 20

2014 NFL Draft Big Board

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina- To me he is the top talent in this draft no debate. I have not seen a college defensive end dominate like Clowney since Julius Peppers at UNC. Just pure power and speed seen from Clowney that demands a double team at all times. Clowney does have a question mark around if he has a drive to be the best since of his recent performances in games. I don’t see that being an issue for Clowney.
  2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M- To me he is the best QB in this group and it’s not as close as people probably think. Manziel gets a bad rap due to his offseason shenanigans and because he is known for holding the ball for too long. Both are fixable and I think he already has improved on both enough to make him this intriguing of a prospect. Johnny is such a likeable teammate and I would love for someone on that Aggies team to tell me something bad about him. I don’t see a comparable QB in the NFL now, nor one ever and I think that’s the main reason why scouts shy away.
  3. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M- As state in my mock draft, Matthews may be the safest pick in the entire draft. Whatever team takes Matthews knows the instant they take him they have a starting tackle (most likely left tackle) for the next 10 plus years. The only tackle in this draft that I can say will make an impact for a team and is a guarantee to make it.
  4. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA- The converted FB is the biggest boom/bust pick in the draft. When it comes to getting to the QB, Barr was the star of college pass rushers. The problem with Barr, to me atleast, is his inexperience at the position and he looks lost in coverage. Barr in his first year will primarily have to be a pass rush type only and develop from there. Think of what the Broncos did with Von Miller, not comparing the two but the way he played his rookie year. Barr seems to rely on his athleticism too much when pass rushing and not using any techniques which he will need to improve in the NFL.
  5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson- The best WR in the class to me because of what he brings to the table. Whatever team drafts Watkins gets more than just a guy who can catch footballs. Watkins is a kick returner, deep threat, can run screens and even some plays out of the backfield if need be. Some people reading this will say it sounds a lot like Tavon Austin, however Watkins is 6’1” and 210 pounds playing like Austin.
  6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville- Many people see Bridgewater as that franchise QB and they have the right to think that. Bridgewater is a great player and quarterback who to me, has the type of arm I want in an QB. He is the most accurate QB in this draft and can make any type of throw. His main issue to me is durability. When people see Bridgewater they are shocked with how lean he is. Playing at Louisville he faced weaker competition and never really faced a tough pass rush. Due to that I’m not sure how well he will due facing pressure week in and week out.
  7. Gregg Robinson, OT, Auburn- Really broke out for Auburn this year and was a big part in Tre Mason running all over teams this year. Robinson needs work on technique he is a little raw but Robinson has showed vast improvement this year. He is a redshirt sophomore who’s potential will intrigue teams.
  8. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo- Mack will have the knock of playing in the MAC and not facing the stiffest of competition, however I think he has top 10 talent. Mack dominated Ohio State in his only really test, which proved to me that he could hang with the big boys. Mack struggles in pass coverage much like Barr does and would need to be eased in on passing downs.
  9. Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama- Cyrus is a huge guy who can help anyone with their run game right away. His huge problem is pass protection but he showed improvements throughout the year progressing in every game, which scouts will like to see. Kouandijo will probably start out as a RT and move over to LT as he progresses as a pass blocker.
  10. Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame- He is limited by teams that could want him since he has to be drafted in a 3-4 scheme but whatever team drafts him gets an immediate starter. He does need to undergo surgery this year which may affect his stock somewhat with teams but I fully expect him to make a speedy recovery. Teams have issues with his weight as well but what nose tackle doesn’t run into that time to time.
  11. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M- May be the best WR when it’s said and done out of this draft class but he needs to improve dramatically on his game. He has the size and athleticism to do it but, I do not see it in him. His route running is pretty bad and he also pulls on defenders jerseys and plays hand games. That physicality can be a plus but he needs to learn to use it in another way.
  12. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan- could be the second and has the talent to be the number one tackle in this draft but he was pretty pathetic all year. After last year he was a projected top ten pick and now I see him going 15-20 in this years and that’s only on potential. Was way too inconsistent this year and the team that drafts him better light a fire under him because he does have the talent.
  13. Marqise Lee, WR, USC- Not a typical number one receiver due to his height but Lee knows how to get open. Another player who didn’t meet all his 2013 expectations Lee has good speed combined with good hands which makes him very attractive to teams with a need for that number 2 guy.
  14. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida St.- Was Winston’s blindside protection for the whole year and did a good job to say the least. He is very raw still however and really is scratching the surface of how good of a lineman he can be. He has the athleticism like Cyrus does just needs to work on the technique.
  15. Blake Bortles, QB, UCF- To show how good this draft class is, EJ Manuel went 15 in last year’s draft. Bortles is the 3rd best QB in this year draft and way better than EJ Manuel will ever be. He has the body of the prototypical quarterback which will only help his cause. Bortles main issue is reading defenses and his accuracy which can only be fixed by practice and experience. He may have a terrible first year but I expect him to fully develop into a good NFL QB.
  16. HaHa Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama- Clinton-Dix is the type of hard hitting safety the NFL teams dream of. At times make stupid plays, like hitting with his helmet, but he will need to get rid of those bad habits. It will be a tough one to get over but I believe he is talented enough teams will look the other way. He is a ball hawks as well as a hard hitter and there are plenty of teams that need just that.
  17. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame- Notre Dame had the defense this year but just not the offense. Tuitt is no Jadeveon Clowney when it comes to the style of play (who is) but is efficient in his own way. I see him as a 3-4 fit just like Nix but really can play in either scheme, and just like Nix keeping in shape was his issue but I will look the other way for Tuitt as I expect to go back to playing like his sophomore year. He is pretty athletic for his size and surprisingly quick.
  18. Eric Erbon, TE, UNC- The catches this man had over the year could have its own top 10 plays on ESPN. He seemed to have a one handed catch every week over a player and really was UNC’s number one guy this year. Erbon can improve his blocking just like most right ends these days and also, from what I have seen, he has some drops. Even though he makes acrobatic catches every week, he also had some drops he shouldn’t have had.
  19. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State- The most sure thing as a prospect at eh corner position, I call him the pesky corner. Dennard has a habit of somehow coming in at the last second to break up plays. He can play in both a man and zone scheme and will be a starter right away in the NFL. Downside is he lacks the natural speed and quickness other corners posses which may ultimately lead to an average NFL career.
  20. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State- My big thing with Carr and I want to get this out right away is he needs a year or two to learn. He did not play against the biggest competition at Fresno nor did he play in a pro style offense. Because of this I hope he gets drafted into a situation that gives him that time to learn. Carr has all the talents you want from a QB from the physical standpoint. He is actually very athletic and people don’t really see that. Carr’s big thing is he is bad at reading defenses, hence the year off I think he needs.

 

2014 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1

  1. Houston (2-14)- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina- Clowney is the biggest prospect in this draft. Yes, he has his issues like every player but all of his is mental. If the Texans can wake him up they will unleash the best pass rushing prospect since Julius Peppers. The Texans could go with Bridgewater here however I think they will go after Cousins or Cutler instead of drafting a QB.
  2. St. Louis – from Washington (3-13)- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M- I believe he is the safest pick of the draft this year. The premier tackle of this year’s group. Jake Matthews dealt with having to block for the toughest QB in college to block for and did a phenomenal job at it. He might find the NFL actually easier to block in then college with a QB that will stay in the pocket. All this being said I expect St. Louis to trade this pick and just keep stock piling picks.
  3. Jacksonville (4-12)- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville- In my eyes not the best QB in this draft and I truly believe he won’t be the first to go come April. As of now however he is viewed as the top QB of the crop of QB’s. Bridgewater has excellent touch and places balls perfectly to his receivers. My problem with him is he has never faced much pressure in college and looks to frail to me. I could see a major injury happening to him in the NFL if he doesn’t bulk up fast. He is a smart and poised QB however and can make any throw.
  4. Cleveland (4-12)- Johnny Maziel, QB, Texas A&M- It actually breaks my heart mocking him to go to Browns since he is my second top rated prospect of the draft and I’m the biggest Johnny fan out there. The Browns though may be a great fit for Johnny if they surround him with the right talent and commit to him. I don’t really understand why Johnny gets all this slack as a player. He can throw a ball on a dime across his body 40 yards but that isn’t good enough for some people. Johnny should be the first person taken this draft. Not me being bias just from what I have seen. The scouts in Cleveland are supposedly in love with Johnny so I don’t see him going any farther down.
  5. Oakland (4-12)- Blake Bortles, QB, UCF- Boy I love being right about people. I always thought Blake Bortles was going to end up being a high draft pick due to his college play and finally towards the end of the year got the hype he deserved. However, I feel like his hype may be too high right now and I see him more as a middle of first round pick. Oakland needs a QB though and Olson, the Raiders offensive coordinator would sure love having a better QB like Bortles on the roster. Look at what he managed to do with Pryor and Mcgloin this year.
  6. Atlanta (4-12)- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA- Probably the most intriguing prospect of the draft due to how high his stock is when he has only played linebacker for 2 years. Barr converted from fullback at UCLA to his current position of linebacker and absolutely cause havoc in the PAC 12. My issue with him is he is atrocious when it comes to pass defense but that can always be improved. There has been talk of him going number 1 but can’t see that coming true due to inexperience at the position.
  7. Tampa Bay (4-12)- Gregg Robinson , OT, Auburn- The Bucs can go many different ways here and we will not really know what they will be targeting until after free agency to see what they will fill. Donald Penn is not doing it at left tackle and I believe they should address this issue first. Robinson has been climbing up the tackle rankings after blocking and clearing paths for Tre Mason all year. Expect Robinson’s name to become much more spoken of very soon.
  8. Minnesota (5-10-1)- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State- Most likely would want to trade back to make this pick because no one else needs a QB around these picks. This would be an ideal situation for Carr because most likely Cassel or Ponder could start for a year before Carr has to step in. Carr has a chance to make it in the pros but after the showing he had in his last college game, has a lot of making up to do.
  9. Buffalo (6-10)- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M- Top WR in the draft next year? Not Evans but I believe he will be the first one taken. Evans has the prototypical #1 WR build and I think the Bills will fall in love with that. EJ Manuel needs as much targets as he can get up there and it will be tough to miss Evans. I think Evans will struggle mightily his first year especially running routes. He is very raw when it comes to route running. Also Evans uses his hands against cornerbacks and usually pulls and grabs and won’t get away with it in the NFL.
  10. Detroit (7-9)- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson- Detroit would be licking their lips if this happens in the draft. I really believe Sammy Watkins deserves to be a top 6 player with what he can bring to a team but, players fall, it happens. Sammy in my mind is the top WR and just because he may be a bit shorter than your usual number one receiver doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be treated like one. He isn’t as small, ie Tavon Austin, as some people make it out to be. Just imagine an offense of Stafford, Bush, Calvin and Sammy on turf, that would be a tough team to stop.
  11. Tennessee (7-9)- Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama- His stock has fluctuated all year due to his inconsistent player however ended the season on a high. Cyrus showed major improvement over the year but is still very raw. . He is a raw lineman and the Titans will need to give him enough time to develop but has the size and work ethic to make it in the NFL.
  12. New York Giants (7-9)- Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo- The two issues I had with the Giants this year was line play on both ends of the ball. They should let Tuck leave I think his time in NY is over, atleast as a Giant. Then on the other side they did not give any time for Eli to throw, making a correlation to Eli leading the league in INTs. I believe the Giants will stick to the defensive side and drafting what they draft best in pass rushers. Mack is an intriguing prospect who really blew up this year. Even though he played in the MAC, he did get a chance to play against Ohio State and played phenomenal. Mack is a man who is on a mission every time he rushes the passer and I expect it to translate in the NFL.
  13. St. Louis (7-9)- HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama- One of those picks in the draft that just makes too much sense. Clinton-Dix is the best player available and the Rams have a huge need at the safety position. Knowing how the NFL draft works this won’t be the Rams pick but it really is the perfect fit for both parties. Only downside to Clinton-Dix is his dumb play at some times but he is a playmaking safety who makes hits that would make Ronnie Lott proud.
  14. Chicago (8-8)-Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota- this pick I believe will be a DT but, depends on the scheme they decide to run next year. With rumors of running a 3-4 this pick could very well be Louis Nix from Notre Dame. If they stick to the 4-3 they have run for years the pick will easily be Mr. Hageman. Ra’Sede Hageman’s game can be defined by one word. Explosive. He can use finesse or power to get passed guards and really dominated for Minnesota’s defense. His name was always being called for being involved in plays.
  15. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame- The Steelers will be hoping the Bears stick to their 4-3 so that Nix may fall to them. Nix is the stud nose tackle in this year’s draft and would be a perfect fit for the Steelers for a position they need. Right now the Steelers have a 315 pound defensive end playing nose tackle for them and if they get Nix will upgrade to a 345 pound monster. Nix’s only negative going into the draft is he was hurt last year with a torn meniscus that could affect his stock.
  16. Dallas (8-8)-Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State- A lot of people see the needs all on the defensive end when it comes to mocking for the Cowboys. Yes, they have holes however people aren’t looking at what will have to happen. Doug Free will need to be cut in order for the Cowboys to help get under that 31 million dollar cap problem they created for themselves. Once Free is gone. They will not be able to sign a tackle, atleast a formidable one, due to the cap issues. That’s why I’m mocking a tackle here. Cameron Irving is another raw offensive tackle like Cyrus from Alabama, being a converted defensive tackle but showed so much promise this season as a blocker. If he lives up to the high ceiling he has, him and Tyron Smith would be a hell of a combo of tackles. Not to mention Tony is going to need protection after the surgery this year.
  17. Baltimore (8-8)- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan- The blindside may be over for Oher in Baltimore after this year. They need to find a replacement for him and Lewan has the talent to replace him. Lewan’s issue isn’t talent, the problem with him is consistency. Lewan at times look dominate and ready for the NFL, then at other times he will look like an average line player. Time will tell if Lewan can become consistent and if he does he may be the 2nd best OT prospect in this draft.
  18. New York Jets (8-8)-  Marqise Lee, WR, USC- Many mocks have tight ends going to the Jets but I think Cumberland showed enough improvement this year as a pass catching tight end. Also the Jets will be losing Holmes this year and need someone who can make big plays for them. Insert Lee, and the Jets have target for Geno and can start making the offense seem somewhat decent. Watch out for Kelvin Benjamin though has that prototypical WR body like Evans and could have some combine hype numbers. Nig Playmaker.
  19. Miami (8-8)- Stehpon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame- The obvious need for the Dolphins is on the offensive line not the defensive line. That being said, all the first round tackles with talent are off the board. Another need that will be created due to free agency is the defensive line for the Dolphins. Tuitt may be a bit of a reach here, but not as much as the next offensive tackle.
  20. Arizona (10-6)- Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson- John Abraham started for the Cardinals last year at OLB. Yes, John Abraham the defensive end that played for the Jets which seems liked a hundred years ago. The Cardinals have needs on their line however it wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be. They could also go QB with Derek Carr however, I think they would try and trade up if that were the case. Beasley will help improve the Cardinals pass rush which needs an upgrade.
  21. Green Bay* (8-7-1)- Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech- Anytime someone is compared to a man who re invented a position and was the GOAT at the position I usually have an issue with. Jace is being compared to Tony Gonzalez and I don’t think that’s fair to him. Yes he is a very good pass catching tight end but you simply cannot compare someone to the greatest to ever play the position. Amaro had a break out year at Texas Tech and will look to continue that success to the pros. Only problem is some off the field and blocking issues but shouldn’t be a problem in the NFL. I also think Finley is going to retire from the NFL which makes the TE position such a big need for the Packers.
  22. San Diego* (9-7) -Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida-First Cornerback off the board at where CB’s should start going around. Roberson will start right away for the Chargers who will need as much help in the secondary to stop Peyton in hopes of winning the division. Roberson is my favorite cornerback in a position where there is no leader in who is the best available.
  23. Philadelphia* (10-6)- Kony Early, DE, Missouri- He has kind of come out of nowhere these last couple of weeks and flew up the draft boards. I don’t expect his stock to go down at all and only rise from here. Early is known for his speed as a defensive end and closing in on whoever had the ball. He is still raw as a pass rusher like most in this draft and could use improvement in that area. The Eagles could really draft any defensive position in this draft and it would be an upgrade. I think Early is a perfect fit for their 3-4 scheme and would really help the Eagles against the run. This is probably a little low for Early, I think he could be the edge rusher the Eagles need.
  24. Kansas City* (11-5)- Eric Erbon, TE, UNC- Was just a huge playmaker for UNC last year and made some catches that made my jaw drop. Erbon does have some dropping issues which is shocking because he is such a playmaker but it exists. Also could use help n blocking but that seems to be a trend for many tight ends now. Kansas City needs an athletic tight end especially with Alex Smith at QB.
  25. Cincinnati* (11-5)- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michgan State- He is a pesky cornerback who may be the safest CB choice in the draft. Roberson may have more upside but Dennard was the best CB in college football last year. It would have been fun to see him and Allen Robinson go up against each other last year but the big ten scheduling robbed us of that.  Cincy needs to get younger in the secondary and this would help.
  26. Cleveland – from Indianapolis* (11-5)- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State- I think the Browns go safe here and get Johnny Manziel a target he can trust. They already have their playmaker, Josh Gordon, and now get their possession type receiver in Allen Robinson. Robinson is far advanced when it comes to route running but is limited in potential.
  27. New Orleans* (11-5)- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State- The Saints biggest need is at the tackle position and I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to trade up. At the position we are in this mock, the Saints help bolster their secondary. It’s the next best thing the Saints can do. Gilbert is tough for me to figure out. I cannot surely say if he will be a good corner in the NFL. I have to keep watching tape I guess.
  28. San Francisco* (12-4)- Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU- This may come as a surprise but because it’s the biggest strength of the 49ers, however with Aldon Smith being someone who has multiple off field issues, he could be a nice safety pick.
  29. New England* (12-4)- Zach Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame- The Pats need to protect Tom Brady much better and Zach’s ability to play anywhere on the line sure helps. He’s a little to small to be a tackle but could be efficient enough at tackle if needed. However he would play OG for the Pats and would be immediate help.
  30. Carolina* (12-4)- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State- The Panthers should probably address their secondary but also need to find a long term replacement that can develop with Cam. Benjamin may not have the big numbers some of the other WR’s have but he was FSU’s big playmaker this year. Benjamin would draw a lot of attention in Carolina and help Cam have another target.
  31. Denver* (13-3)- CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama- The strong always seem to get stronger when it comes to drafting. CJ Mosley in most mocks is going top 16, however I have seen a trend of ILB’s continually dropping in the draft and I could see the same happening to Mosley. The Broncos should not be starting Wesley Woodyard.
  32. Seattle* (13-3)- Austin Seferian-Jenkins- Some had this man as a top 10 pick coming into the year but, Jenkins did not have a good year. The offense seemed to have forgotten about his passed play and he was not thrown the ball as much. Russell Wilson needs a TE that he can rely on and Jenkins brings that reliability to him.

Round 2

 

  1. Houston (2-14)- A.J. Mccarron, QB, Alabama- I debated Taj Boyd and Aj here for a while however I think the Texans will want the more stable of the two. Mccarron brings a leader to the locker room who might not have all the talent but could bring stability to the QB position for the Texans.
  2. Washington (3-13)- DE Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State – Most likely the Redskins will need to draft a pass rusher due to the fact every single linebacker that played for them last year will be a free agent. They also have needs at the WR position and on the offensive line but I expect them to address that later in the draft. The Cornerback position is in need of an upgrade as well but, it seems like free agency is the way they will fix that. Mckinney could go in the end of the first round like any prospect in the second round but this seems like an great fit.
  3. Cleveland (4-12)- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State- Cleveland is pretty set on defense but, after finding their new QB and WR tandem an upgrade on defense couldn’t hurt. Keeping Shazier in the state of Ohio.
  4. Oakland (4-12)- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor- Oakland will most likely let Mcfadden walk at the end of the year due to his injury issues and Lache will provide some set of stability. Seastrunk and Jennings would make a nice tandem in the Oakland backfield.
  5. Atlanta (4-12)- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State- Blocking for Matt Ryan is an issue but they should really work on that in free agency. Timmy Jernigan is a guy whose name may be shooting up draft boards soon but for now is an early second round pick. Jernigan and Barr are two guys that would dramatically change their defense.
  6. Tampa Bay (4-12)- Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford- Lovie Smith loves defense and will try to make the best defense possible. They have two Des (Clayborn and Bowers) who have underperformed down in Tamp and Trent Murphy could help out the situation.
  7. Jacksonville (4-12)- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn- Bye Bye MJD will need to find a replacement.
  8. Minnesota (5-10-1)- Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee- Vikings need help on the offensive line and Richardson is a great fit.
  9. Buffalo (6-10)- Cyril Richardson, Baylor, OG-Buffalo really misses Adam Levitre and needs to upgrade the guard position.
  10. Tennessee (7-9)- Kadeem Carey, RB, Arizona- Bye Chris Johnson. Most likely to be cut and would make a great backfield mate with Shonn Greene.
  11. New York Giants (7-9)- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon- Giants draft needs are everwhere so best player available is the way to go here.
  12. St. Louis (7-9)- Anthony Johnson DT, LSU- Rams have great defensive ends but the tackles need some depth.
  13. Detroit (7-9)-Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas- Have had the same center for about 15 years now or atleast it seems.
  14. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt- Steelers may lose Sanders to free agency leaving a whole at the wideout position.
  15. Dallas (8-8)- Aaron Mcdonald, DT, Pitt- Dallas will have a bunch of holes after this year and can use players all over.
  16. Baltimore (8-8)- Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State-  Baltimore really needs to find a number 1 guy since Torrey Smith is not a number 1 receiver so maybe Adams can be that guy.
  17. New York Jets (8-8)- Dion Bailey, S, USC- Only weakness on the Jets defense last year was at the safety position.
  18. Miami (8-8)- Xavier Su’a –Filo, OG, UCLA- Need as much line help as possible to let Tannehill have time.
  19. Chicago (8-8)- Craig Loston, S, LSU- Chris Conte, May have been the worst safety in the NFL last year. That is all.
  20. Arizona (10-6)- James Hurst, OT, UNC- Got hurt in the bowl game but will be ready. Reunited with ex teammate Jonathan Cooper.
  21. Green Bay* (8-7-1)-Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina- Green Bay always seems to have injuries on the line so bringing in another one cannot hurt them.
  22. San Diego* (9-7)- Jefferson Jeffercoat, DE, Texas- Another guy I expect to make a huge jump after the combine who is projected low.
  23. Philadelphia* (10-6)- Brandin Cook, WR, Oregon State- Will be the Eagles new number 2 with Cooper and Maclin being free agents. Expect Cooper to be back though.
  24. San Francisco – Kansas City* (11-5)- Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida- The most gifted corner out of this entire group. It seems like the effort isn’t there for him. San Fran takes a risk on a guy that could be an elite talent in the NFL if he works for it.
  25. Indianapolis* (11-5)- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU- Colts secondary got destroyed by teams all year and improvement needs to be done.
  26. New Orleans* (11-5)- La’el Collins, OG/OT, LSU- Has yet to declare so he may be taken out soon but has a heap of talent.
  27. Cincinnati* (11-5)- Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford- This would be a dream come true to have my two favorite ILB’s on the same team. Also Maualagu needs to be out of the NFL.
  28. San Francisco* (12-4)- Scott Critchon, DE, Oregon State- Need to find someone who can eventually replace Justin Smith.
  29. Carolina* (12-4)- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech- Carolina has one decent corner and one terrible one. Upgrade needed.
  30. New England* (12-4)-Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers- Bill loves him some Rutgers players and wouldn’t be surprised if he brought Schiano on board.
  31. Denver* (13-3)- Brandon Roby, CB, Ohio State- Corners have been flying off the board and won’t stop at Denver due to Bailey becoming a granpa soon.
  32. Seattle* (13-3)- Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU- Seattle likes to rotate their players a bunch and Ego brings youth.

 

Sporting Gentlemen: 2013 NFL Preview

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To look back on in January.

JALEN

NFC 

1. GB 2. SEA 3. ATL 4. DAL 5. SF 6. NO

AFC

1. NE 2. CIN 3. HOU 4. DEN 5. IND  6. KC

NFC Championship: SEA vs. GB

AFC Championship: DEN vs. CIN

Super Bowl: DEN vs. GB

Super Bowl Winner: GB

MVP: Rodgers

OPOY: Brees

DPOY: Ware

OROY: T. Austin

DROY: K. Vacarro

JD

NFC

1. SF 2. NO 3. GB 4. PHI 5. SEA 6. TB

AFC

1. NE  2. DEN 3. CIN 4. HOU 5. BAL 6. PIT

NFC Championship: PHI VS. SF

AFC Championship: NE VS. CIN

Super Bowl: SF VS. NE

Super Bowl Winner: SF

MVP: BRADY

OPOY: NEWTON

DPOY: J. SMITH (SF)

OROY: GIOVANNI B.  … QUINTON PATTON but this doesnt count

DROY: Ogletree

Luke

NFC

1. SEA 2. ATL 3. GB 4. NYG 5. SF 6. WSH

AFC

1. DEN 2. NE 3. BAL 4. HOU 5. IND 6. PIT

NFC Championship: SEA VS. SF

AFC Championship: DEN VS. NE

Super Bowl: SEA VS. DEN

Super Bowl Winner: SEA

MVP: PEYTON

OPOY: RODGERS

DPOY: WATT

OROY: EJ MANUEL

DROY: JARVIS JONES

Mikey

NFC

1. SEA 2. GB 3. ATL 4. NYG 5. SF 6. NO

AFC

1. NE 2. DEN 3. HOU 4. CIN 5. BAL  6. KC

NFC Winner: NYG VS. SF

AFC Winner: DEN VS. NE

Super Bowl Winner: NYG

MVP: Peyton

OPOY: Peyton

DPOY: WATT

OROY: GIOVANNI B.

DROY: MILLNER

Nick

NFC

1. SF 2. GB 3. ATL 4. NYG 5. SEA 6. CHI

AFC

1. DEN 2. NE 3. CIN 4. HOU 5. PIT 6. BAL

NFC Championship: SF VS. ATL

AFC Championship: DEN VS, HOU

Super Bowl: SF VS. DEN

Super Bowl Winner: SF

DiLo

NFC

1. SF 2. GB  3. DAL 4. TB 5. WSH 6. ATL

AFC

1. DEN 2. HOU 3. NE 4. CIN 5. BAL 6. IND

NFC Championship: SF VS. GB

AFC Championship: NE VS. DEN

Super Bowl: SF VS. NE

Super Bowl Winner: NE – BRADY

MVP: ADP

OPOY: CALVIN J.

DPOY: WATT

OROY: T. AUSTIN

DROY: SHELDON RICHARDSON

LEE

NFC

1. SF 2. NO 3. WSH 4. CHI 5. ATL 6. PHI

AFC

1. HOU 2. NE 3. BAL 4. DEN 5. BUF 6. CIN

NFC Championship: NO vs. SF

AFC Championship: HOU VS. NE

Super Bowl: HOU VS. NO

Super Bowl Winner: SAINTS

MVP: CHRIS JOHNSON

OPOY: CHRIS JOHNSON

DPOY: JJ WATT

OROY: EJ MANUEL

DROY: ERIC REID

JOEY CRUZ

NFC

1. SF 2. ATL 3. GB 4. DAL 5. SEA 6. NYG

AFC.

1. DEN 2. HOU 3. CIN 4. MIA 5. NE 6. IND

NFC Championship: ATL VS. DAL

AFC Championship: DEN VS. MIA

Super Bowl: DEN VS. ATL

Super Bowl Winner: ATL

MVP: PEYTON

OPOY: ADP

DPOY: WAKE

OROY: EDDIE LACY

DROY: DION

The Bro Bracket, American League

Who is the biggest bro in the MLB, who is the Broseidon of the MLB? We decided that making a 68 man (bro) bracket of MLB players was the best way to answer this question. No one has seemed to take on the task of naming the biggest bro of baseball and we have decided to put that among ourselves. So over the next few weeks we will find out who has enough brotein to be named the most bro of the MLB. We made the bracket have automatic qualifiers, 30 a representative from each team, and then 38 at large bids. Then, we made a bracket out of all of the players with an American League side and a National League side. The Winner of each league will play each other in the final for an ultimate bro-off. In the end we will crown the bro of all bros by looking at what just makes them a bro, along with some pretty funny pictures of them. We have made the bracket now so you can take a look along with an explanation for each player of why they are a bro. Here are the representatives from the American League

* Note : These players were chosen based on their opening day roster. The first player listed is the team’s automatic bid, while the following name(s) are the at-large bid(s).

AL EAST

Baltimore
14 seed: J.J Hardy : He’s got the nickname, he’s a shortstop that hits for power and not to mention he’s a good looking dude. He definitely slays woman no problem anywhere he goes and rocks the Ed hardy t-shirt from time to time (even though I hate those tool shirts). Also has a celebrity look alike in the guy from Always Sunny. [J.D.]
12 Seed: Matt Weiters : He is one of the most underrated bros, loved in Baltimore. Last name is Wieters and is a member of the Golden Boys. [PF]

Boston
6 seed:David Ortiz
: Big Papi… Has funny commercials (especially the one where he wears the Yankee hat), slugs the ball and also had the best speech of the year so far when he told Boston, “This is our fucking city”. Just seems like a cool guy you could sit down, drink beer and watch a game with. Not to mention if you get into a fight no one is messing with Big Papi. [J.D.]
18 seed: Clay Buchholz : This guy was destined to be a bro. He was born in Texas and went to Louisiana for college, but was kicked off the baseball team for stealing laptops from a middle school and then selling them. In just his second major league start, he pitched a no hitter. That same season, his rookie season, he won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox. He is involved in charitable work and even has his own label of wine. Last but not least, his wife is banging. [LS]

New York
1 seed:Derek Jeter : Was this ever in doubt? For a second just forget the whole Captain of the most historic team in baseball, the fact he’s a good looking guy, forget the nickname captain clutch, forget he plays shortstop and forget he’s a 13 time all star. Just picture him as an average baseball player in the MLB that gives one night stands a present as the leave his house and one of the items is a signed baseball. What a boss. [J.D.]
31 seed:Curtis Granderson : For some reason Granderson is someone that you wouldn’t automatically think bro when you heard his name, but he makes our list for a number of reasons. He grew up just south of Chicago and decided not to root for the hometown Cubs because he would rather have watched Saved by the Bell over Cubs games. He has an active hand in helping out in his community, something that isn’t listed on his stats sheet, which is also very impressive. Don’t let his nice guy exterior fool you, he’s undoubtedly a bro. [LS]

Tampa Bay
21 seed: Kyle Farnsworth : A Brawler. He’s the Rick Vaughn of the MLB. Even has the specs to prove it. Throws (Threw) major heat back in the day clocking in around 100 miles an hour and is not afraid of throwing at the batter. He’s a family man now which always affects the bro-ness of a person but had to take him do to his bad ass ways in the past. [J.D.]
11 seed: Evan Longoria : One of the biggest snubs in the bracket in my mind. The guy is just an awesome personally. Was on the cover of MLB 2k10. His wife is a former playmate and maxim model. [PF]
30 seed:Yunel Escobar : Got that Rico Suave look to him and how can you forget his claim to fame; wearing the eyeblack “tu eres maricon” or in English “You’re a fag.” [PF]

Toronto
13 seed: Brett Lawrie 
: A Canadian bro? Yea we have a couple of them but the pictures speak more from him. Dude has a short temper and always is arguing something and may come off as a prick. That being said he’s a tatted up baseball player who is just living the dream right now.  Just take a look. Google him, yea that’s him with that smoke show and yea that’s him doing Edward 40 hands. [J.D.]
20 seed: Colby Rasmus : Here is an underrated bro in my opinion. A quick Google images search will give you some insight to Rasmus’ extensive resume. His father is hilarious, and is obviously a bro himself, so it runs in the family. All in all he’s a young guy from Georgia with some personality, plus his wife is pretty hot too. [LS]
23 seed:Jose Reyes : Though he’s been moving around the league lately, Reyes makes it rain wherever he goes. A lot of people hate him despite he’s still relatively young, but quite frankly he doesn’t care what other people think. He has a ton of accomplishments under his belt but he’s only made it to the postseason once in his career. In the mean time, Brose has a few reggaeton songs and even his own record label. [LS]

AL CENTRAL

Chicago
25 seed: Adam Dunn : The Big Donkey. Home runs, Home Runs, Home runs. He does not care about any other Stat in baseball (other than maybe strikeouts). I really wonder sometimes what the difference between him and Wily Mo Pena is and have a hard time separating the two. Why did the Big Donkey make it and not Wily Mo but anyway I’ll stop. He is 6’6” and close to 300 pounds and gets away for around 10 years now as solely a DH. The word defense doesn’t exist in his vocabulary as he just ists in the dugout as his team plays defense. [J.D]
17 seed:Chris Sale : Went to Florida Gulf Coast aka Dunk City. The guy has lights out stuff with a “funky” side arm delivery. Was only 23 went he made an all-star appearance. Has been seen with Snoop. [PF]

Cleveland
7 seed:Jason Giambi : I know this is a shocker, ladies and gentleman he is still in the MLB. He is doing awful but he has managed to make another team’s roster. He took steroids, just raked home runs for a few years, got a couple tats, got caught with the steroids, and 10 years later still playing baseball. Went to Long Beach State (total bro college) and only played in the minors for 2 years (thank you steroids). He has won an MVP award and also was on the cover of multiple video games. May not be one when you think of the MLB today right away but is a legend in the Bro history of baseball. [J.D]

9 seed:Nick Swisher– Yankee fans probably hate this pick. He’s to fault for Jeter breaking his ankle, making Jeter have a setback in rehab and also it’s his fault for Jeter getting fat. Get over yourselves Yankee fans everyone makes bad plays in their life and this one wasn’t even that bad. But whatever team he goes to the fans love him because he plays the game with a smile on his face. He also packs major bombs in his mouth and hits a good amount of homers. It also helps when he’s a guy that other teams hate because he is so loyal to the team he plays for (which is weird because he’s been to a bunch of different ones), just an ultimate team player. May come off as a douche but total bro. He even has been in a couple TV shows.

19 seed: Mark Reynolds : Went to a bro college, University of Virginia. The guy only does two things well, strikeout or hit bombs. Great hair. [PF]
32 Seed:Trevor Bauer : This kid made his MLB debut last year but is already a solid at large bid on our bro bracket. This bro is from Los Angeles and went to UCLA for college. He messed around and made the NCAA his bitch, earning him the third overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He modeled his pitching style after fellow bro, automatic qualifier Tim Lincecum, whom he looks up to. Bauer likes to warm up for a game in the most bro way possible by throwing bombs across the baseball diamond, like 400 foot distances. [LS]

Detroit
2 seed: Justin Verlander : Anyone that can throw 100 miles an hour of pure gas, chooses not and still dominates pitching in the MLB is a total Bro. Add on to that the fact he has been in a video game, strikes out 13 batter a game and won MVP as a PITCHER and you have a guy that can go very far in this bracket. He can toss a no hitter at any time and has no signs of slowing down. Oh right and he has been linked to a two time cover of the S.I. swimsuit edition Kate Upton. Just Google Verlander and tiger cub, fearless dude, look at that baby tiger. [J.D]
26 seed: Prince Fielder : This guy is a huge deal in Detroit. There was an urban legend about Fielder as a 12 year old kid blasting a home run into the upper deck of Tiger Stadium. Another rumor about Fielder was that we was a vegetarian, but he’s such a big guy that it was hard to believe. He does, though, have a tattoo on his neck that says his first name in Korean. [LS]

Kansas City
29 seed:Billy Butler : I have a thing for DH’s when it comes to bros. How can one not be when all they are asked to do is hit the ball as far as they can most of the time? They don’t play defense, they usually either pack major dappers or just have the biggest beer bellies in the business. Billy Butler is the beer guy. I’m convinced this guy is the real life landfill from Beerfest that just slugs beers as soon as the games over. That being said he is also a family man which could affect his bro-ness but I’ll try and ignore it landfill.  r. [J.D]
15 seed: Jeff Francoeur : His nickname is Frenchie but some call him the Natural. Was a high school bro and play QB in high school. Has a good looking wife. [PF]

Minnesota
3 seed:Joe Mauer : He was a huge football prospect with a full ride to Florida State, and the number one overall draft pick in the MLB draft. He actually is the only person ever to win player of the year by Parade in two sports. He then went on to play baseball in the city he was born in and won the 2009 AL MVP. He has modeled in the past, been on the cover of a video game and has been in a shit load of commercials (The Head and Shoulders one is the most famous of the bunch, he kills it). But what may separate Joe from the rest? It’s gotta be the sideburns cotton. They have had sideburn nights at the Twins games in honor of the burns. [J.D]
22 seed:Justin Morneau : Belongs in the club with Russell Martin as top Canadian Bro. Pretty much an all star in of all places Minnesota. [PF]

AL WEST

Houston
28 seed: Jose Altuve : Lil Tuves might be the only player on our list with his own unit of measure. Broadcasters sometimes like to joke of how far home runs travel by saying “how many Altuves” it went, and we think that’s freaking hilarious. The guy’s a 5’5” stud of a baseball player, and he’s only been in the majors for three years. His first big league homer was inside the park; he’s got wheels. The only blemish on his resume is that he plays for the Houston Astros. [LS]

Los Angeles
8 seed: Jered Weaver : Guy’s brother was a bro when he was a pitcher and he’s twice the bro and twice the player. Weaver went to Long Beach State and just dominated the college baseball scene. He was speculated to be the first person chosen in his draft class but demanded so much money teams were scared. Just a total boss move if you ask me. Looks like he is ready to surf at any time and must own like 5 different houses on the beach. He was on the cover of NCAA baseball 2007. Not much has come out about his life as an MLBer, however you have to imagine he’s a very chill, laid back guy. [J.D.]
4 seed: Mike Trout : Last name Trout, but known as Magic Mike or sometimes the Supernatural. Has been known to dress up. Much like the Kung Fu Panda, he has his own fans and crew, except there not panda pack but a pack of trouts. [PF]
Mike Trout doesn’t need much justification for why he’s on our list. He’s only 21 years old and was 2011’s American League rookie of the year. Born and raised in New Jersey, Trout decided to live it up at East Carolina University, a big party school on our list. Basically all you need to know is he’s young, has a bunch of big accomplishments in a short amount of time, and is living every young bro’s dream right now in the MLB. [LS]

Oakland
10 seed:Josh Reddick : Played baseball at some random school in Georgia which makes me think he did not give 2 shits about his grades. All this guy probably wanted to do is drink and play some baseball. Reddick broke out last year as a big time player for the Oakland A’s, another guy Billy Beane flipped a closer for. Not much is known about this guys personal life but he has the most awesome combo and beard out in the MLB. [J.D.]

Seattle
16 seed: Michael Morse : Anyone who plays for the Nationals just seems to have some Bro in them. Michael Morse is no exception. For one no one can convince me this man doesn’t take steroids. He got caught early on his career and was suspended ten days for it. He went from a lanky 6’6” shortstop to now a monster, power hitting first basemen. I respect it to be honest because he hasn’t been caught since and the rules have gotten stricter. Know that he is on a team that has no relevance to the MLB all this dude cares about is raking homeruns. He’s doing what any bro would. He’s got flow to back his bro-ness. [J.D.]
27 seed: Justin Smoak : Is a former South Carolina Gamecock, one of the most bro schools out there. Was a boss at South Carolina and has swagger which he has brought to the majors. Packs monster lips, part of the Skoal Brotherhood. [PF]

Texas
5 Seed: Yu Darvish : The ultimate Japanese Bro. May seem like a high seed for him but look at the resume. When he came over the greatest country in the world they compared him to rock star status in Japan. He was breaking rules over there smoking on some Japanese stuff that he was not old enough to smoke. He has had a shotgun wedding with some Japanese actress back in 07 and the couple is already divorced. He was selected as GQ man of the year in 2012 for Japan and is in multiple ads over there. Not to mention this year he is completely killing it in the MLB this year. He throws many different pitches that batter get baffled at when thrown. He doesn’t even pitch his best pitch anymore (the screwball) because he hurt his shoulder back in the day throwing it. Just imagine how nasty he would be with that. [J.D.]
24 seed: Derek Holland : Great mustache. He is the funniest MLB player out there right now in my mind. Hilarious youtube videos, the weather man one is my favorite. [PF]

Chris Paul vs. Tony Parker 2013 Statistical Comparison

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Chris Paul and Tony Parker undoubtedly in my opinion, were the top two point guards in the league this season, with Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, and Kyrie Irving rounding out my top 5.

These statistics are from the 2012-2013 regular season.

Also Tony Parker played 66 games, while CP3 played 70…. so take in account that CP3 had four more games to compile numbers that Tony did not. Statistics only tell part of the story but it is a good indication on who was productive on the court. I researched these stats on my own.

Enjoy!

Scoring-

Points per game) Tony: 20.3 CP3: 16.9

Games with 20 points or more) Tony: 39 times CP3: 22 times

Games with 25 points or more) Tony: 16 times CP3: 9 times

Games with 30 points or more) Tony: 10 times CP3: 2 times

Games shooting 50% or higher, min. of 10 attempts) Tony: 38 times CP3: 32 times

Games shooting 55% or higher, min of 10 attempts) Tony: 27 times CP3: 18 times

Games shooting 60% or higher, min of 10 attempts) Tony: 16 times CP3: 10 times

Percentage of team’s points) The Clippers scored a total of 8,289 points. Chris Paul scored a total of 1186 points. That is 14% of the team’s points. The Spurs scored a total of 8,448 points. Tony Parker scored a total of 1341 points. That is 15% of the team’s points.

Not only did Tony Parker score more per game than Chris Paul, he was also more efficient from the field when taking ten shot attempts or more.

Shooting- These stats are from HoopData. At rim means right underneath the rim(ex: putbacks, layups) 3 to 9 feet away from the rim shots (ex: floaters) etc.

At Rim shooting) Tony: 245/356. 68% CP3: 105/151. 69%

From 3 to 9 feet) Tony: 77/154. 50% CP3: 48/87. 55%

From 10 to 15 ft) Tony: 48/104. 46% CP3: 60/120. 50%

From 16 to 23 ft) Tony: 122/277. 44% CP3: 120/240. 50%

Three point shot) Tony: 24/68. 35% CP3: 76/232. 32%

Although Tony has lower percentages than CP3 in “at rim” shooting and “3-9 feet”, CP3 shot in those areas at a lower rate, giving him an advantage. Tony shot and made at a higher rate.

CP3 is the slightly superior shooter from 10 feet and further.

Passing-

Assists per game) Tony: 7.6 CP3: 9.7

Games with 7 assists or more) Tony: 42 times CP3: 59 times

Games with 10 assists or more) Tony: 17 times CP3: 35 times

Games with 12 assists or more) Tony: 5 times CP3: 20 times

Games with 15 assists or more) Tony: 0 times CP3: 5 times

Games with 2 turnovers or less) Tony: 35 times CP3: 32 times

Games with 4 turnovers or more) Tony: 23 times CP3: 14 times

Assist to turnover ratio) Tony: 2.94 CP3: 4.26

CP3 was the more effective passer during the 2012-2013 regular season. He also did a great job of
keeping his assists high and turnovers low.

The Spurs had a total of 2058 assists. Tony Parker had 499 assists by himself. That’s 24% of team’s assists. The Clippers had a total of 1958 assists. Chris Paul had 678 assists by himself. That’s 34% of the team’s assists.

Rebounding- Although rebounding is not a huge aspect of a point guard’s game, it is a good benchmark for who’s exerting more energy on the court.

Rebounds per game) Tony: 3.0 CP3: 3.7

Games with 3 rebounds or more) Tony: 37 times CP3: 60 times

Games with 5 rebounds or more) Tony: 10 times CP3: 25 times

Games with 7 rebounds or more) Tony: 1 time CP3: 4 times

Clearly, Chris Paul was the better rebounder this season.

Steals-

Steals per game) Tony: 0.82 CP3: 2.41(led league)

Games with 2 steals or more) Tony: 16 times CP3: 46 times

Games with 5 steals or more) Tony: 0 times CP3: 18 times

CP3 had more games with 5 steals or more than Tony Parker did games with two steals or more.

Free throw-

Free Throw %) Tony: 84% CP3: 88%

Free throws made) Tony: 279 CP3: 286

Games with 5 made free throws or more) Tony: 36 times CP3: 27 times

Games with 7 made free throws or more) Tony: 21 times CP3: 15 times

Games with 10 made free throws or more) Tony: 5 times CP3: 4 times

Although CP3 made seven more free throws, Tony Parker frequently had more games with five, seven, and ten or more free throws.

Miscellaneous-

Double-doubles) Tony: 17 CP3: 31

Triple-doubles) Tony: 1 CP3: 0

PER) Tony: 23.1 CP3: 26.4

Win Shares) Tony: 9.3 CP3: 10.6

Plus/Minus) Tony: +448 CP3: +432 (net points (+/-) for the team while the player was on the floor.)

Usage Rate) Tony: 26.6 CP3: 23.9 (the number of possessions a player uses per 40 minutes.)

Record as starter) Tony: 47-19 (71%) CP3: 50-20(71%)

I don’t have synergy sports or sport-vu, so I didn’t have access to cool stats in the pick-n-roll, post-ups, catch and shoot, etc. I’ll probably purchase that in the future but, I hope you enjoyed my first player comparison. More to come.

Jalen Bishop

Twitter @JaY19NY

2013 Final NFL Mock Draft

J.D. Hogan’s Final NFL Mock Draft

– This year’s draft may the toughest to read in terms of which way teams are looking and how much they value and covet each prospect. Players that are viewed as a top 10 player by one team may be viewed as a second day option by others. It’s a deep draft but not one with anyone who is a clear cut gamer. The goal most of the time is to get around 80 of the 100 people picked in the first 100 right. Meaning them going before pick 100 is done. Since this is my first time doing an expanded draft i’m looking to get around 75. But enough talk here it is
Round 1

1.Kansas City (2-14) Eric Fisher Central Michigan OT– The Chiefs now have their QB by acquiring Alex Smith from the 49ers for their second round pick. (Or so their fans can hope, Matt Cassel sure didn’t pan out). So now they can turn to other needs to address. The Chiefs have a glaring need at one of the tackle positions and will most likely look to draft a tackle here. There have been rumors that the Chiefs are shopping LT Brandon Albert to a team like the Dolphins for a second round pick. If they do end up doing this there is no doubt in my mind they take Fisher now that it has been reported. It has been reported that they will take and i just changed my pick from Joeckel.

February’s mock- Luke Joeckel

2. Jacksonville (2-14)Dion Jordan Oregon DE/OLB– Right now as it stands Jacksonville and the New York Jets are the two most dysfunctional franchises in the NFL. The Jaguars have huge needs all over the field and could go many ways with this pick. However, the Jaguars have the perfect need with the perfect player to fit that need on their team. That being person being Din Jordan. He is an athletic freak and can play all over the field. This is exactly what Gus Bradley wants on his defense as he is a coach who loves fast players who can fly all over the field. There is depth in this draft and with many teams with many needs these teams with the top picks should think about trading back. That being said I don’t see the Jags moving back because of how bad they need someone like Jordan on the defensive end. I wouldn’t be shocked however since this is a new regime and has no ties to the QB Blaine Gabbert if they took Geno Smith. There is a huge buzz around him in the Jags camp.

February’s Mock- Star Lotulelei Utah DT

3.Oakland (4-12) Sharrif Floyd Florida DT Had Al Davis been making this pick instead of Reggie McKenzie there is no doubt in my mind it would be Mingo or Tavon Austin. Thankfully Reggie is there now and Al Davis wouldn’t be ruining another draft. The Raiders instead have decided that Matt Flynn will be their guy at QB this year and have made 8 changes to their defense. This may be the first team we see to move back and certainly not the last. The raiders may swap picks with the Eagles if the Eagles covet Eric Fisher that much or you may see them trade this pick to the Lions or Cardinals. If they do move back look for them to target someone like Sheldon Richardson, Dee Milliner, or Star Lotulelei for their biggest need a DT. However a pick must be made here and I believe that if they keep this pick it will be Shariff Floyd. Floyd is a disruptive defensive tackle who actually gets to the quarterback unlike most. He is a rare talent when it comes to getting to the QB and would be a great fit for that Raiders new defense.

February’s Mock- Sharrif Floyd

4.Philadelphia (4-12) Star Lotulelei Utah DT– The second consecutive team that could look to trade their pick and also the biggest wild card in this draft. Questions like do they covet Luke Joeckel enough to draft him as a right tackle (Michael Vick’s blind side), do they trade back to acquire more picks, are they looking to draft someone to fit their new 3-4, and lastly could this pick be Geno? Chip Kelly can go so many ways with this pick and this is the one that affects the entire draft with the way players fall. The Eagles, if they have a desire to draft Fisher may try and move up a spot in order to lock him in as their pick. If not the Eagles could look to trade back and look at people like Star or someone like Dee Milliner. They would be trading back to a team who would most likely want to draft Geno.  However a pick must be made at this spot for the Eagles because it’s the spot they currently hold and it comes down to Luke Joeckel or Star.Luke Joeckel  would make sense here since he would be blocking Mike Vick’s blind side but it’ what Chip Kelly recently said that makes me think it’ll be Star. He said he wants a bigger and more explosive defense. Kelly would obviously love if Dion Jordan fell to him as he was an ex player of Kelly’s who fits that bill perfectly but, Chip has seen what Star did in his one year in the PAC 12 and had to be impressed.

February’s mock- Eric Fisher

5. Detroit (4-12)Luke Joeckel Texas A&M OT – The Lions released Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Cliff Avril did not live up to his expectations at all this year. With an interior line that could be elite with the right pass rush I would expect them to draft a pass rusher. A wide receiver to go along with Calvin Johnson is all of a sudden a need with the loss of Titus Young (A loss of talent, not a loss of a player since he was more of a plague than anything). They also just recently got a need at the tackle spot since Jeff Backus decided to retire abruptly. Lastly possibly their biggest need is in the secondary. They have struggled mightily for the last couple year at this position and Milliner would be the perfect fill. With a bunch of need the Lions will approach this draft with the best player available approach. Someone like Luke Joeckel, who was considered to be a possible overall number 1 pick, is just too good to pass up at the 5 spot. They get a guy who will give Stafford more time to throw in the pocket. I wouldn’t be shocked if a team , if Joeckel is available at 4 to trade with the Eagles to leap frog the Lion in order to get Fisher, he is that good.

February Mock-Ezekiel Ansah

6. Cleveland (5-11) – Ziggy Ansah BYU DE/OLB The Browns usher in an entire new regime and no one is really safe on this team other than their big three (Joe Thomas, Joe Haden and Trent Richardson). This also can be a pick that could be traded back for a team that has a need at offensive tackle (Miami and San Diego). Obviously one can tell Brandon Weeden just never had pro talent at either sport he tried and maybe he should try golf. They will definitely think about Geno Smith if he does fall to them and I see them as a sleeper to take him. They just recently picked up Jason Campbell as a free agent so this may reduce the chance of drafting Geno even more. The Browns spent a huge amount of money this offseason in order to acquire pass rushers but may still be a need. Also Jabaal Sheard is expected to be traded now. Due to this recent finding I see them taking Ziggy Ansah. Ziggy can go opposite of Paul Kruger and be an immediate impact on the pass rush for the Browns.

February mock-Damontre Moore

7. Arizona (5-11) Barkevious Mingo LSU DE/OLBThe Cardinals were part of the QB carousel this offseason. They picked up Carson Palmer and now will be looking to find him protection. They have a need at the RB position due to the injuries their running backs seem to pile up every year (Suns training staff where are you?) but the biggest need on the offensive line. Eric Fisher dropping to them would obviously be ideal however not happening (however the GM believes that they are fine at the tackle position and are only looking for guards). They are another team that may look to trade back due to the need at offensive guard and that is not a position that is picked in the top 10. Also would not be shocked if they decided to go all out and take Tyler Eifert to give Carson Palmer an actually option to throw to at the tight end position. The Cards also need a pass rusher opposite of Sam Acho which is why I have them taking Mingo. Although Mingo didn’t put up the numbers in college most fans would want to see, the pro scouts love his talent. He seems to me to be very undersized as a prospect and I don’t like him as a player however it fits a need for the Cardinals at this spot. ( I expect the Cardinals to trade back and draft Warmack, but I’m just a college student not a GM so what do I know)

February Mock- Geno Smith

8. Buffalo (6-10)Ryan Nassib Syracuse QB Buffalo also has a new head coach and another team that is looking for a franchise QB in the wrong draft. Sadly, Fitzpatrick did not live up to expectations after his great start two years ago. They have been linked to Ryan Nassib due to his connection with Bills coach Doug Marrone. I just don’t see him going in the first round. If anything a move into the late first to get him (Then again Christian Steele, I mean Christian Ponder went 12th overall and I thought he was second round talent if that). But the Jets now made what I like to think is a smart move and told people they are very high on Nassib forcing the Bills to draft him here. The Bills have other things to address in this draft. They also have a need for a Wide receiver to line up opposite of Stevie Johnson but you are not going to get the value you want with this pick if that’s the case. Only person with that value is Tavon Austin but due to his and Spiller’s similarities they will back off so I see Buffalo taking the best player available. If I’m the Bills I’m taking a hard look at offensive. D.J Fluker a person who can play both guard and tackle seems like the perfect fit or even Chance Warmack to fill the void Adam Levitre left leaving for the Titans in free agency.  The pick I’ve been saying here is taking Eifert here and taking a QB in the second because he is such a talented tight end but it seems this pick of Nassib is basically a lock.

February Mock- Coradelle Patterson

9. New York Jets (6-10) – Tavon Austin West Virginia WR Oh my Jets. Let’s take a quick look at the teams needs; QB, RB, WR, TE, LG, RG, RT, DE, DT, OLB, ILB, CB, and FS. Isn’t that the most comforting thing you have seen? This is the work of the “cap master” Mike Tannebaum and getting the Jets 20 million over the cap. Now the jets could draft almost any position in this draft and it would be seen as an immediate improvement. I would suggest skipping over Geno and waiting for next year. There is just so much to improve and work on that they could take anyone here. I decided to take the player that can affect a game the most. Tavon Austin brings that versatile player that can break one loose every time. Although he may not be getting valedictorian at West Virginia (He scored a 7 on his Wonderlic test) he finds the ends zone no problem. A receiving core of Tavon, Holmes, Kerley, and possibly Edwards doesn’t look so bad anymore. Moving forward that gives either Manziel or Bridgewater some pretty good targets moving forward and hopefully Stephen Hill develops. Also wouldn’t be shocked if they went with Eifert here either due to their need at tight end. This pick will come down to Austin, Jarvis Jones and Mingo if he is a available.

February mock- Dion Jordan

10. Tennessee (6-10)Dee Milliner Alabama CB Tennessee last year wanted to take a corner however all of them were taken by the time it was their pick. This year playmaking corner has the chance to drop to them and I don’t think they could pass that up. Milliner is getting questioned about not putting up huge CB numbers in college but his performance in the combine solidified him being the first CB taken. That being said they have stated the want to bolster the offensive line to help Chris Johnson. So don’t be shocked if Lane Johnson gets taken here since the management may feel pressure to help find blockers for Johnson and Locker.

February Mock- Dee Milliner

11. San Diego (7-9) Lane Johnson Oklahoma OT Chargers are a team that has a QB that is supposed to be in his prime but seemed to regress big time last season. It was not all his fault, since he couldn’t get a pass of due to his porous offensive line that couldn’t block a 10 by 10 doorway if they tried together. This is a glaring weakness for the Chargers. They also have a weakness at the pass rushing position but that should be addressed later on. The team should also spend a mid round pick on a WR if Danario cannot hold up this year like history has proven with him. The chargers are in absolute love with Lane Johnson and this is the perfect fit for them and they may just draft him right away instead of wasting the 5 minutes they are given to contemplate the pick.

February Mock- Chance Warmack

12. Miami (7-9) Xavier Rhodes Florida State CB– Miami is a team who I see having a pretty bright future. They made an absolute killing in free agency this year and got some big pieces. Seems like management is going all out this year. (eerily similar to the Jets in 2009) They have a good QB in Tannehill (he needed time to develop as a QB because of his first two seasons as a WR in college) a decent running game, good blocking (pending the Albert trade) and a pretty good defense. However they are lacking a second pass rusher and also could use an upgrade at the defensive tackle spot. Along with a small need at the second corner back spot. Don’t be surprised if the pick is Jonathan Cooper because they love his versatility. However Miami surprises some people here with Xavier Rhodes. The duo of him and Brent Grimes (A small physical corner) Allows them to press teams and have Rhodes cover the bigger receivers and let Grimes take on the speedy ones.

February Mock-Keenan Allen

13. New York JetsJarvis Jones Georgia OLB The second pick of the Jets that I think they should also look to move back to look to acquire even more picks. They need all the young talented players they can get and getting more picks is the only way to do that. Tavon Austin could still be available here so even trading the 9th shouldn’t be ruled out. The Jets could go many ways here with this pick as well. Tyler Eifert would be a great way to have young targets for the QB they draft next year. The Jets could look to take a pass rusher like Jarvis Jones who can come in right away and make an immediate impact on the defense. But I believe they will look to offensive line for this pick. It comes down to what they want to do. They could take DJ Fluker and finally solidify the RT position. However the team has faith in Austin Howard for some reason (Don’t get me wrong he was a great upgrade over Wayne Hunter but so would I and I weigh a cool 165).  Austin Howard is a good run blocker maybe try him at RG but he is not good at pass blocking at all. He was responsible for the QB being hit 20 times this year (10 sacks, 10 hurries). This is unacceptable. I think the Jets could end up Jonathan Cooper here. He’s a super athletic guard who can also be the backup center in case god forbid Mangold is hurt. The Jets could put him at right or left guard and he would come in and be a huge upgrade right way. However Jarvis Jones is perfect for the Jets. Since the Jets missed out on Mingo (thank god) they take a proven pass rusher (granted he played for a stout defense in college).

February mock- Johnathan Banks

14. Carolina (7-9) Kenny Vaccaro Texas S the Panthers run defense was awful last year and that’s me being nice. It was like Vin Diesel trying to sing Rihanna. (Oh wait he did that) anyway the team could go after a number two receiver or address their need at the safety position as well. I choose to pick Vaccaro here due to the fact the Panthers haven’t been impressed with top DT Sheldon Richardson. Vaccaro is the top safety available and bring a serious upgrade to a position that needs one. He is a ball hawking safety in a division that loves to throw the ball

February mock- Sheldon Richardson

15. New Orleans (7-9) – Sheldon Richardson Missouri DT– The Saints are switching their defense to a 3-4 this year which means that they will have needs on defense. Offense they were fine as they were scoring points but the other teams were just scoring more. Will Smith has been absolutely terrible since getting his huge contract and is in a fast decline. Like the Chargers they will be licking their chops if Sheldon Richardson falls to them.

February Mock- Bjoern Werner

16. St. Louis (7-8-1) – Jonathan Cooper UNC OG -The Rams have had a serious need on the offensive line ever since Sam Bradford has got there (the poor guy).  However signing Jake Long is a step in the right direction. They also have a need at the safety spot and the front office has come out and said they will look to fix this through the draft. Also the Rams could use a third linebacker but this isn’t as glaring as the other needs. Jonathan Cooper is a person hat can come in play center or guard and make their offensive line much better. Adding Jake Long and Cooper would prove to Bradford that they really do care for his safety instead of eating turf every game.

February mock- Lance Johnson.

17. Pittsburgh (8-8) – Bjoern Werner Florida State OLB/DE– They are getting old on defense, lost Mike Wallace, Mendenhall, and James Harrison, so they are a team that has some needs to get younger at.  Also wouldn’t be a bad idea to start thinking of finding a back-up to Roethlisberger. The Steelers are a team that likes to pick people that proved themselves on the field. Instead of teams that buy into hype of guys’ potential they scout players the right way. A guy who has dropped due to his combine is Bjoern Werner. He was constantly being double teamed and still put up respectable sack numbers. Werner played DE in college but is expected to be a linebacker in the pros due to him losing 20 pounds his senior year. He is a perfect fit for the Steelers system and if the Steelers need him at DE for a little he can play there as well.

February mock-Jarvis Jones

18. Dallas (8-8) – Chance Warmack Alabama OG– Dallas’ line was pretty bad last year at blocking for Tony Romo last year. This along with safety is the only big needs the Cowboys have. They desperately need a guard and luckily in my mock arguably the best one in the draft falls to them. Chance Warmack is so special he could come into the league and be a Pro Bowler in his first year. He is a beast when it comes to run blocking and also is good in the passing game.

February Mock-Kenny Vaccaro

19. New York Giants (9-7) Alec Olgetree Georgia ILB/OLB The Giants on paper are a team that looks like a lock for the playoffs. They have a roster full of guys that can make plays. Their only problem is staying healthy and they could look to for someone who can play multiple positions. When I think of this I have two people in mind. DJ Fluker for their offensive line, he can play both guard and tackle, and Alec Olgetree who can play any of the linebacker positions. They could go after a corner here like DJ Hayden who could be the best corner in this draft. I think the need at linebacker is too strong even with the signing of Dan Connor and they take Olgetree. He is an upgrade at any of the three linebacker positions.

February Mock- Alec Olgetree

20. Chicago (10-6) – DJ Fluker Alabama OT/OG– Everyone and their mom knows where Chicago’s biggest need lies. The team always puts out a stout defense, has a QB who is a top 10 QB when playing at his best a big time RB and a big time receiver. However Jay cutler can’t seem to get it to his weapons because his line is the problem. The Bears may look to find Urlacher’s replacement if they choose not to resign him and could also look to find a second receiver for Jay in the first round. In the second I expect them to go out and get hat linebacker.

February Mock-D.J Fluker

21. Cincinnati* (10-6)Jonathan Cyprien Florida International S–  The Bengals biggest need isn’t something I expect them to address in the first round. The Law firm (Green-Ellis for those of you that have lives) was only good for one thing and that was his ball security. This year he didn’t have that and has become expendable to the Bengals. However, no running back these days gets drafted that early especially when it isn’t that big of a need. Two other areas they should draft remain at either the OLB spot (only person worse than Blackburn was found here Ray Maualuga) or safety (Taylor Mays is the projected started right now, yes USC’s Taylor Mays is still in the NFL). So the player with the most talk about at safety left is Jonathan Cyprien. He didn’t play at a big time school but his stock has risen after teams watch him perform at the combine and watched his tape.

February Mock- Manti Te’o

22. St. Louis-  Matt Elam Florida S St. Louis has their second first round pick and this time they will most likely address the other side of the ball now although don’t rule out a receiver here. They could use someone at the outside linebacker position and as stated before are looking for a young guy at safety. Elam is a physical safety that fits right in with the Rams secondary’s attitude. Elam is a playmaking safety who makes mistakes at times but makes up for them.

February mock- Matt Elam

23. Minnesota* (10-6) Sylvester Williams UNC DT – This team made the playoffs with CHRISTIAN STEELE PONDER as their quarterback. CHRISTIAN PONDER. The man who managed to average less yards per attempt than Peterson had per carry. Now I know Peterson had a historic season but that is just pathetic. Maybe it’s jealousy since he is married to Sam Steele however I just don’t see how he can be a starter in the NFL. If I was the Vikings I would seriously think of drafting a new QB (Geno Smith is available) here. This is unlikely since management has “faith” in him as does his coach. Yea, some quarterback that sat out your biggest game of the year. Other than that rant, the Vikings could use a big upgrade either at the DT position due to old age or cornerback position (where they got toasted at all year) on the defensive side. On offense the only other upgrade would be at receiver. Their two biggest needs (other than QB) though is at CB and DT. I expect them to go after these two positions in the first round. Sylvester Williams is a talented DT who would be great next to Kevin Williams. This makes them have a formidable front four.

February mock- Jonathan Hankins

24. Indianapolis* (11-5) Tank Carradine Florida State DE – The Colts released another Colts legend this year in Dwight Freeney and will look for someone to take over for him. Inside linebacker is their second need but I don’t see one going here this early.  Last draft they picked all offense so don’t be surprised if they do the same for defense this time around.  Tank Carradine can come in and be a disruptive pass rusher the Colts need. He does have an injury issue and didn’t produce as much as one would like for a first round pick but he has the talent.

February mock- Barkevious Mingo

25. Vikings DJ Hayden Houston CB-The Vikings acquired this pick through the Percy Harvin trade and many think they will look to a receiver in the draft. I see a huge whole however in their secondary and think they should draft a corner instead. Hayden suffered a terrible injury this year in college and some thought he wouldn’t play football again. Instead he shot up draft boards after a strong combine and showed teams he is ready for the NFL.

February mock-Zach Ertz (was owned by the Seahawks)

26. Green Bay* (11-5) Datone Jones UCLA DE – The Packers struggled mightily in blocking for Aaron Rodgers this year and I could see them spending their first pick on it since he’s the face of the franchise. They lost Woodson to free agency but have faith in their secondary. A sleeper pick could be taking a receiver since Jennings will most likely be gone as well. Running back has always been a need for them but they seem to like to wait till mid round picks to choose one. However their biggest need to me is on the defensive line. After this season they only have three players locked up and none of them start. That is a serious problem. Datone Jones is a player who could come in and start right way for them. He wasn’t a big name at UCLA but will have a bigger impact at the NFL level.

February mock- Jonathan Hankins

27. Houston* (12-4) Justin Hunter Tennessee WR Houston has 3 big needs. Middle linebacker since Cushing is hurt (Steroids) and Bradie James is a free agent. The second is at the WR position since Johnson is getting old and they have never found a number 2 to play next to him (I personally think they should move up in the 2nd to get one) and the third would be a cornerback. They signed Joseph and he has been good but they do not have anyone to play on the other side with him. I think ultimately the Texans know they need a second WR in order to win and the loss of Kevin Walter just makes it that much more obvious. Justin Hunter in my opinion is the third best WR in this draft but goes here do to his the other WR’s problems (Kennan Allen, I will touch on him later) This gives Andre Johnson the relief he needs.

February mock-Kevin Minter

28. Denver* (13-3) Damontre Moore Texas A&M DE/OLB – One of the two teams that may actually take a running back in the first round due to the need. The fact the team two picks behind them needs one may rush them to take the top one available. They also need a corner back since Champ Bailey is no longer a top corner or a reliable one. He was burned twice in the playoffs and blew that game for them. However the Elvis Dumervil debacle is now the biggest need. There are a couple draft prospects to consider here like Margus Hunt, Damontre Moore or maybe dropping back for more picks. So I have them taking Von Miller’s teammate and someone who will be used to playing opposite him. Moore produced in college last year; however his combine like Jones made his stock fall a little. Tyler Eifert gets passed on again here and I’m starting to feel bad for the guy and this is a mock draft. Maybe ill throw him a bone soon.

February mock-Eddie Lacy

29. New England* (12-4) Desmond Trufant Washington CB They lost Wes Welker leave which means they will need to find a replacement at his position and more importantly what he did (not these past 2 years because that would be dropping passes). They also could always use secondary help since they seem to never improve in that aspect. They resigned Aqib Talib and signed Adrian Wilson but both to short term deals which means the secondary is not saved for the long term. Trufant is a physical short corner (Brother of Marcus) and would start for the Patriots. Knowing the Pats they will not pick here and make some moves but if they are to pick here this is their guy

February Mock-Tavon Austin

30. Atlanta* (13-3) Jamar Taylor Boise State CB– Tony Gonzalez may be gone … oh yea he’s back. So tight end is no longer a need and Tyler Eifert just keeps falling in my draft (in reality if he is to fall to the mid 20s a team WILL trade up for him). The Falcons have two huge needs which is their secondary and the defensive line. Both of which seem to be going fast in my draft. The Falcons have been rumored to try and move up so look for them to do so in order to acquire most likely a defensive end. If they do pick here though Jamar Taylor would the right pick. Although Defensive tackle may be a stronger in the NFC South teams throw the ball too much to risk a pick on a DE that isn’t worth that pick. So instead they take Jamar Taylor, a physical fast corner from Boise that will fill in that second CB role.

February Mock- Sam Montgomery

31. San Francisco* (11-4-1) Tyler Eifert Notre Dame TE – The 49ers have very few needs when it comes to the draft. They did just recently lose Gholson to free agency however and safety could be viewed as a need now for them. Also they could use someone who can fill in for Justin Smith when he starts playing his age instead of a 25 year old stud like he has been the past 3 years. However I’m shocking the world with this one. The 49ers go tight end here. Who is the coach of the 49ers again? Oh right Jim Harbaugh and he loves these two tight end sets. The duo of Eifert and Davis would give teams more of a nightmare than ever to play the 49ers. Just thinking about it scares me how good of an offense they would have.

February mock- Desmond Trufant

32. Baltimore* (10-6) Kennan Allen Cal WR – Baltimore ofocurse could use a replacement for Ray Lewis, but that’s not how the best G.M in the NFL does. He will choose someone who stock fell for the wrong reason or a player that talent was look passed. He seems to do this every year. He could go after a safety to replace hall of famer Ed Reed here and take Eric Reid. He could try and bolster that offensive line that lost Bryant McKinnie this and take Menelik Watson or Justin Pugh. However I see them taking a WR here. Ozzie Newsome is a pure genius and knows talent when he sees it. I believe he just laughs at teams that constantly pick in the top ten and licks his lips when his guys fall to him Kennan Allen is the best WR in this draft and it isn’t close. I tell people all the time I hate comparisons and when people do I cringe. A Player is not any other player but himself. However I see so much Brandon Marshall in the way Kennan plays it’s crazy. The man is a big body that can run after the catch and will help save, yes I said save, Torrey Smith from being completely exposed as a number one receiver.

February mock- John Jenkins

Remaining 68 picks

  1. Jacksonville (2-14)-Blidi Wreh Wilson Uconn CB (What an awesome name to start the second round)
  2. San Francisco – from Kansas City (2-14)- Margus Hunt SMU DE/OLB ( The trend continues)
  3. Philadelphia (4-12)- Geno Smith West Virginia QB (BOOO the run is short lived)
  4. Detroit (4-12)- Coradelle Patterson Tennessee WR (can it restart?)
  5. Cincinnati – from Oakland (4-12)-Justin Pugh Syracuse OT (OK I’m done with the awesome name streak it’s too late at night I’m tired)
  6. Arizona (5-11)- Eric Reid LSU S
  7. New York Jets (6-10)- Menelik Watson Florida State OT
  8. Tennessee (6-10)- Johnathan Jenkins Georgia DT
  9. Buffalo (6-10)- DeAndre Hopkins Clemson WR
  10. Miami (7-9)- Zach Ertz Stanford TE
  11. Tampa Bay (7-9)- Manti T’eo ( Formerly known as Lennay Kekua) ILB Notre Dame
  12. Carolina (7-9)- Jessie Williams Alabama NT
  13. San Diego (7-9)-  Larry Warford Kentucky OG
  14. St. Louis (7-8-1)- Robert Woods USC WR
  15. Dallas (8-8)- Kwann Short Purdue DT
  16. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Eddie Lacy Alabama RB
  17. New York Giants (9-7)- Johnathan Banks Mississippi State CB
  18. Chicago (10-6)- Arthur Brown Kansas State ILB
  19. Washington* (10-6)- Kevin Minter LSU ILB
  20. Minnesota* (10-6)- Markus Wheaton Oregon State WR
  21. Cincinnati* (10-6)- Giovanni Benard UNC RB
  22. Miami – from Indianapolis* (11-5)- Kyle Long Oregon OG
  23. Green Bay* (11-5)- Terron Armstead Arkansas Pine-Bluff OT
  24. Seattle* (11-5)- Brandon Jenkins Florida OLB/DE
  25. Houston* (12-4)- EJ Manuel Florida State QB
  26. Denver* (13-3)- Matt Barkely USC QB
  27. New England* (12-4)- Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech WR
  28. Atlanta* (13-3)- Alex Okafor Texas DE
  29. San Francisco* (11-4-1)- DJ Swearinger South Carolina S
  30. Baltimore* (10-6)- Dallas Thomas Tennessee OG/T
  31. Kansas City (2-14)- Terrence Williams Baylor WR
  32. Jacksonville (2-14)- Tyler Wilson Arkansas QB
  33. Detroit (4-12)- Tyrann Mathieu LSU CB
  34. Oakland (4-12)- Darius Slay Mississippi State CB
  35. Philadelphia (4-12)-  David Bakhtiari Colorado OT
  36. Cleveland (5-11)- Johnathan Franklin UCLA RB
  37. Arizona (5-11)- Montee Ball Wisconsin RB
  38. Tennessee (6-10)- Travis Fredrick Wisconsin C
  39. Buffalo (6-10)- Robert Alford SELA CB
  40. New York Jets (6-10)- Brandon Williams MOS DT
  41. Tampa Bay (7-9)- Gavin Escobar San Diego State TE
  42. San Francisco – from Carolina (7-9)- Matt Scott Arizona QB
  43. New Orleans (7-9)- Khaseem Greene Rutgers OLB
  44. San Diego (7-9)- Andre Ellington Clemson RB
  45. Miami (7-9)- Christine Michael Texas A&M RB
  46. St. Louis (7-8-1)- Corey Lemonier OLB/DE Auburn
  47. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Tyler Bray Tennessee QB
  48. Dallas (8-8)- Vance McDonald Rice TE
  49. New York Giants (9-7)- Stedman Bailey West Virginia WR
  50. Miami – from Chicago (10-6)- Johnathan Hankins Ohio State DT
  51. Minnesota* (10-6)- Kevin Reddick UNC ILB 
  52. Cincinnati* (10-6)- Brain Winters Kent State OG
  53. Washington* (10-6)- Travis Kelce Cincinnati TE
  54. Indianapolis* (11-5)-  Sharmarko Thomas Syrcause S
  55. Seattle* (11-5)- Jordan Reed Florida TE
  56. Green Bay* (11-5)- Marcus Lattimore South Carolina RB
  57. Houston* (12-4)- Logan Ryan Rutgers CB
  58. Denver* (13-3)- Devin Taylor South Carolina DE
  59. New England* (12-4)-  Jon Bostic ILB Florida
  60. Atlanta* (13-3)- Jaime Collins DE/OLB Southern Miss
  61. San Francisco* (11-4-1)- TJ McDonald USC S
  62. Baltimore* (10-6)- Jordan Poyer Oregon State CB
  63. Houston (compensatory)-  Aaron Dobson Marshall WR
  64. Kansas City (compensatory)- Mike Gillislee Florida RB
  65. Tennessee (compensatory)-Brian Schwenke Cal C
  66. Jacksonville-Sio Moore Uconn OLB
  67. Kansas City- William Gholson DE Michigan State
  68. Oakland- Cornelius Washington Georgia DE

Late people to watch for- Barrett Jones, Knile Davis,Akeem Spence Illinois DT , Tavares King, Duron Carter (just because its Chris Carters son) Da’rick Rogers, Mike Catapano (Fan Favorite) AJ Klein, Duke Williams Bacarri Rambo,Kiko Alonso Oregon ILB

Pacers vs. Hawks 2013 Playoff Series Questions

The 2013 NBA Playoffs begin Saturday. The Pacers-Hawks is the most boring NBA playoff matchup on television.

Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

1.) NBA TV only please!

Not really a question but, there is only one scheduled NBA TV game for this series. Games 5,6,7 are TBD for television coverage. This game should not reach my eyes on ESPN or TNT.

2.) Josh Smith Free Agency Bid

Again not really a question. This series will be Josh Smith’s campaign for a max contract in July. Will Josh Smith show sorry ass NBA teams his hidden dream shaking post game? or lay bricks 20 feet away from the basket to build to his new home in another city. I’ll go with the second part. Poor Al Horford.

3.) Jeff Teague vs. Lance Stephenson

Teague and Stephenson are two of the league’s bright, upcoming new guards who have improved their play tremendously over the past year. Teague bumped his assist total to 7.2 to this season after just putting up 4.9 per game last season. Teague is a decent scorer while Stephenson is an intense, angry Brooklyn Native who looks pissed all the time and an excellent defender. Stephenson vs. Teague will be a fun watch.

4.) Will Roy Hibbert average ten points a game?

This is a serious question. In 4 games against the Hawks this season he averaged 9.5 points. Hibbert barely put up twelve points a game(11.8 on season) and shot 44%. He is 7-2 and a terrible finisher. As good as a defender as he is, his offense hurts the human eye and I ‘m not sure who’s bricks are funnier.. Josh Smith’s or Roy Hibbert’s

5.) Will Hawks fans attend the game?

No. This is the worst fan base in sports. Every game seems like home game for the away team. Every time the Heat come to Atlanta it looks like a “white hot Heat night.” #AtlantaToSacramento

Predictions?

Lance Stephenson throws up another choke sign, this time to Josh Smith. Josh Smith gets high before Game 3. Philip’s Arena averages 8,000 fans per game.

Pacers in 5