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Simply put, I am a football fanatic. I'm well-informed on the game- its players, statistics, history, rules, etc. I love the sport and I enjoy sharing my point of view.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Another blunder by Roger Goodell and the NFL

In case you haven't heard, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced yesterday that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for "violating the league's policy on the integrity of the game," according to Gregg Rosenthall. Roger Goodell is the last person to be talking about anyone else integrity. The New England Patriots were also fined $1 million and forfeited their 2016 first-round draft choice and 2017 fourth-round draft choice.

These punishments are based off of the findings released last week by investigator Ted Wells, who Goodell hired to conduct the investigation behind deflate-gate, in which Wells said it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware" of the footballs being deflated. Brady also refused to hand over his cell phone so that investigators could search his texts and emails. So, in other words, Brady was not proven guilty, rather Goodell is playing off a hunch. The punishments handed down to the Patriots organization are totally unnecessary. The league stated that head coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team's staff were unaware of any wrongdoing, so why are they being forced to forfeit draft picks? What makes the league's decision so appalling is that the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Remember, we're talking about a league that has suspended players who were charged with DUI manslaughter (Donte Stallworth and Josh Brent) for merely 16 games and 10 games, respectively. But, deflating some footballs results in a four games suspension? I would love to know the logic behind that reasoning. I'm not sure how Goodell still has his job as Commissioner, but hopefully he is forced to resign sooner rather than later. For a man who talks so much of integrity, he has very little himself. Practice what you preach, Goodell.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Updated Round 2 Mock draft

Okay, I lied in my last article when I said it would be my final 2015 mock draft. Can you blame me? I mean, who could have seen the first round playing out the way it did? The Rams reaching for Todd Gurley, Washington passing on the best player in the draft, Denver trading up for Shane Ray, Malcolm Brown falling to the Patriots at no. 32, and the plethora of first-round talents that didn't hear their names called (Landon Collins, Randy Gregory, Eddie Goldman, La'el Collins, etc.). I can't sit idly by without updating my mock draft for round two!

33. TEN- Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
34. TAM- Donovan Smith, OT, Penn St.
35. OAK- Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
36. JAC- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
37. NYJ- Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
38. WAS- Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
39. CHI- Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma
40. NYG- Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
41. STL- Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona St.
42. ATL- Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
43. CLE- Devin Smith, WR, Ohio St.
44. NO- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
45. MIN- Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia
46. SF- Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi St.
47. MIA- Ronald Darby, CB, Florida St.
48. SD- Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida St.
49. KC- Carl Davis, DL, Iowa
50. BUF- Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
51. HOU- Tre Jackson, OG, Florida St.
52. PHI- Owamagbe Odighizuwa, OLB/DE, UCLA.
53. CIN- Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
54. DET- Nate Orchard, DE, Utah
55. ARI- Preston Smith, DE/OLB, Mississippi St.
56. PIT- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
57. CAR- Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St.
58. BAL- P.J. Williams, CB, Florida St.
59. DEN- Rashad Greene, WR, Florida St.
60. DAL- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
61. IND- Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
62. GB- Devin Funchess, TE/WR, Michigan
63. SEA- Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
64. NE- A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mock Draft 3.0: The Final Version

Oh boy, it's almost here. The 2015 NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow night! Alas, I present to you my final 2015 mock draft. While trades remain excluded (as usual) this is a two round mock draft. Enjoy.

Round 1:
1. TAM- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.
2. TEN- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. JAC- Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
4. OAK- Leonard Williams, DL, USC
5. WAS- Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6. NYJ- Dante Fowler, OLB/DE, Florida
7. CHI- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
8. ATL- Alvin Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky
9. NYG- Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
10. STL- Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
11. MIN- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
12. CLE- DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
13. NO- Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
14. MIA- La'el Collins, OG, LSU
15. SF- Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.
16. HOU- Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
17. SD- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
18. KC- Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
19. CLE (via BUF)- Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida St.
20. PHI- Malcolm Brown, DL, Texas
21. CIN- Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
22. PIT- Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
23. DET- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
24. ARI- Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
25. CAR- D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
26. BAL- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
27. DAL- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
28. DEN- Cameron Erving, C, Florida St.
29. IND- Ereck Flowers, OL, Miami
30. GB- Owamagbe Odighizuwa, OLB/DE, UCLA
31. NO (via SEA)- Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
32. NE- Grady Jarrett, NT, Clemson
Round 2:
33. TEN- Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
34. TAM- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
35. OAK- Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
36. JAC- Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
37. NYJ- Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
38. WAS- Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
39. CHI- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
40. NYG- Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona St.
41. STL- Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi St.
42. ATL- Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
43. CLE- Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
44. NO- Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
45. MIN- Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
46. SF- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
47. MIA- Eric Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
48. SD- A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
49. KC- Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
50. BUF- Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
51. HOU- Carl Davis, DL, Iowa
52. PHI- Devin Smith, WR, Ohio St.
53. CIN- Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
54. DET- Ronald Darby, CB, Florida St.
55. ARI- Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
56. PIT- Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
57. CAR- Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St.
58. BAL- Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi St.
59. DEN- Rashad Greene, WR, Florida St.
60. DAL- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
61. IND- Donovan Smith, OT, Penn St.
62. GB- Devin Funchess, TE/WR, Michigan
63. SEA- Ali Marpet, C, Hobart & William Smith
64. NE- Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mock Draft 2.0

The NFL Draft is just nine days away; it's time for my second of three first round mock drafts.
 
1. TAM- James Winston, QB, Florida St.
2. TEN- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. JAC- Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
4. OAK- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5. WAS- Leonard Williams, DL, USC
6. NYJ- Dante Fowler, OLB/DE, Florida
7. CHI- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
8. ATL- Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
9. NYG- Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
10. STL- Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
11. MIN- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
12. CLE- Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
13. NO- Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
14. MIA- La'el Collins, OL, LSU
15. SF- DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
16. HOU- Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.
17. SD- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
18. KC- Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
19. CLE (via BUF)- Ereck Flowers, OL, Miami
20. PHI- Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
21. CIN- Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
22. PIT- Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
23. DET- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
24. ARI- Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida St.
25. CAR- D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
26. BAL- Phillip Dorsett, WR, Duke
27. DAL- Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
28. DEN- Cameron Erving, C, Florida St.
29. IND- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
30. GB- Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma
31. NO (via SEA)- Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
32. NE- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mock Draft 1

With the 2015 NFL Draft only a month away, I realized I had yet to publish a mock draft. So, without further ado, I present to you my first mock draft of 2015. *Trades excluded.*

1. TAM -- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.
2. TEN -- Leonard Williams, DE, USC
3. JAC -- Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
4. OAK -- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5. WAS -- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
6. NYJ -- Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
7. CHI -- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
8. ATL -- Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
9. NYG -- Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
10. STL -- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
11. MIN -- Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa
12. CLE -- DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
13. NO -- Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
14. MIA -- Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.
15. SF -- Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
16. HOU -- Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
17. SD -- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
18. KC -- La'el Collins, OG, LSU
19. CLE -- Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma
20. PHI -- Malcolm Brown, DL, Texas
21. CIN -- Eli Harold, DE, Virginia
22. PIT -- Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
23. DET -- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
24. ARI -- Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
25. CAR -- D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
26. BAL -- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
27. DAL -- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
28. DEN -- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
29. IND -- Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida St.
30. GB -- Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
31. NO -- Ereck Flowers, OG, Miami
32. NE -- Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Friday, January 23, 2015

Deflategate is a Non-Issue

As a New England Patriots fan my initial reaction to the controversy being dubbed "Deflategate" was one of disappointment (directed towards the team). However, I've come to realize the overabundance of news coverage surrounding the allegations made against the Patriots for using under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship game -- in which they thrashed an inferior Indianapolis Colts team -- is laughable. As Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick explained during his press conference yesterday, if their footballs are inflated to the minimum amount required by the league, then any deflation sustained is going to cause the ball to become under-inflated. That's common sense at it's finest. But because of Belichick's history of bending/breaking rules (Spygate), this non-story has become a story. Both Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady publicly stated that not only are they not responsible for the under-inflated footballs, but also that they weren't aware of it. Whether that's true or not, we may never know. But we're hearing more and more about quarterbacks having preferences when it comes to the conditions of the balls; they need to have the right feel. According to Pro Football Talk, former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson paid to have 37 footballs he was going to use in Super Bowl XXXVII altered to provide a better grip.

The fact of the matter is that the state of the footballs used in last week's AFC Championship game had zero impact on its outcome. Numerous reports were released earlier this week claiming the league stated that the Patriots' footballs were checked and re-inflated at halftime and were checked again after the game. If that's true, then in the second half -- when the Patriots outscored the Colts 28-0 -- was evidence that the Patriots were going to win that game regardless of the balls being used. The opinions of former players such as Shannon Sharpe and Troy Aikman, saying that the league should hand down punishments to the Patriots similar of those given to the Saints after the Bountygate scandal, are simply idiotic. Intent to injure opposing players is far worse than playing with a deflated football, the two aren't even comparable. In my opinion the league should fine the team, but there should be no suspensions nor loss of draft picks. The truth is that the Spygate scandal in 2007, along with the success sustained by this team over the past 14 years, is the reason that the reactions to these allegations have been so overblown. You can guarantee Bill Belichick will use this as a source of motivation for his players leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, though -- that's what great coaches do, and Belichick may be the greatest.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Top Four Offseason Needs for All 32 Teams

After publishing my Top 5 Draft Prospects at each position, I feel now is a good time to list each NFL team's biggest needs to address -- Coaches and General Manager's excluded -- during the upcoming offseason. My list is based on what I've seen on the field over the course of the season, as well as team depth charts (per Ourlads) and impending free agents (per Spotrac).

ARI: CB, OLB, RB, NT
ATL: DE, RB, TE, LB
BAL: CB, WR, S, DE
BUF: QB, G, TE, DE
CAR: OT, WR, CB, RB
CHI: OLB, S, CB, QB
CIN: DT, OLB, WR, K
CLE: WR, DL, QB, K
DAL: DL, S, CB, LB
DEN: C/G, ILB, TE, DT
DET: DT, CB, OT, K
GB: ILB, NT, OT, CB
HOU: CB, WR, QB, TE
IND: C/G, WR, S, RB
JAC: DE, OT, CB, RB
KC: WR, ILB, S, G
MIA: RB, G/C, DT, WR
MIN: OT, WR, DE, RB
NE: DL, RB, G, WR
NO: OLB, WR, K, C
NYG: DE, LB, OT, S
NYJ: QB, OT, CB, OLB
OAK: WR, DL, CB, RB
PHI: CB, G, S, ILB
PIT: CB, OLB, S, NT
SD: OL, WR, RB, CB
SF: WR, CB, DL, G
SEA: WR, G, DT, TE
STL: QB, LB, G, WR
TB: QB, DE, CB, ILB
TEN: OLB, QB, WR, RB
WAS: S, OLB, OT, CB