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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 3

As we race towards the draft, I thought I would try to slide in one more round.

So, without further, or well much of any, ado.....

Here is the third round of my mock NFL draft for 2014

65. HOUSTON TEXANS: Calvin Pryor FS
66. WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Cyril Richardson G
67. OAKLAND RAIDERS: Gabe Jackson G
68. ATLANTA FALCONS: Travis Swanson C
69. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Bryan Stork C
70. JACKSONSVILLE JAGUARS: Ka'Deem Carey RB
71. CLEVELAND BROWNS: Deone Buchannon SS
72. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Aaron Murray QB
73. BUFFALO BILLS: Marcus Smith DE/OLB
74. NEW YORK GIANTS: Chris Smith OLB
75. ST LOUIS RAMS: AJ McCarron QB
76. DETROIT LIONS: Weston Richburg C
77. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Craig Loston SS
78. DALLAS COWBOYS: Marcus Martin C
79. BALTIMORE RAVENS: Jarvis Landry WR
80. NEW YORK JETS: Troy Niklas TE
81. MIAMI DOLPHINS: Martavius Bryant WR
82. CHICAGO BEARS: Devonta Freeman RB
83. CLEVELAND BROWNS: CJ Fiedorowicz TE
84. ARIZONA CARDINALS: Ahmad Dixon SS
85. GREEN BAY PACKERS:  Allen Robinson WR
86. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Hakeem Smith SS
87. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Donte Moncrief WR
88. CINCINNATI BENGALS: Kyle Fuller CB
89. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Jerick McKinnon RB
90. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Kareem Martin DE
91. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Dakota Dozier G
92. CAROLINA PANTHERS: Victor Hampton CB
93. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Trevor Reilly OLB
94. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Daniel McCullers DT
95. DENVER BRONCOS: Jack Mewhort T
96. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Marion Grice RB
97. PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Billy Turner T
98. GREEN BAY PACKERS: Dion Bailey FS
99. BALTIMORE RAVENS: JaWuan James T
100. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Lache Seastrunk RB

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft - Round 2


Half the fun of the NFL draft is seeing how differently various people can view the same player/data.

There are a lot of 'experts' who had Johnny Manziel going in the top 10, and another bunch who have him later in the first.  Myself, I just don't think there are that many QB starved teams out there, and I see the third QB in the draft lasting past the first.


1. HOUSTON TEXANS: Johnny Manziel QB

Houston needs a QB, so we are pretty well guaranteed that one of their first 2 draft picks will be a QB.  If Manziel is available here, they will snatch him up and look like geniuses for it.

Think of this pick more as the third QB in the draft, rather than as the spot that Johnny will absolutely be.  

2. WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Antonio Richardson OT

Richardson is a mountain of a man with a mountain of talent.  He will give the Redskins a right tackle to pair with Trent Williams.  They need to find a way to keep RGIII on his feet, and a pair of stud tackles is a good start.  

3. CLEVELAND BROWNS: Bradley Roby CB

Roby is a physical corner with legit speed.  He will give the Browns a running mate for Joe Haden and one more piece for their improving young team.  Most years, he may have been a first round pick, but being under 6 foot leaves him out of the 'big corner' party, though his size is not going to be an issue. 

4. OAKLAND RAIDERS: Hasean "Ha-Ha" Clinton-Dix FS

Ha-Ha is a classic center-field free safety, and he is pro-ready coming out of Bama's scheme.  He has the athletic ability to be a star and Oakland needs some stars.  He is the best available and should start from day one for Oakland.

5. ATLANTA FALCONS: Terrence Brooks FS

Brooks is a burner in the secondary who can play all over the backfield.  He spent a couple of years at corner before moving over to star at free safety for the Seminoles in their championship season.  The Falcons have been working to improve their defensive secondary for years, with only moderate success.  Brooks is a player who will fit, regardless of what the other pieces are.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 NFL MOCK DRAFT - Round 1

Winter has passed, spring is sprung, and the football off-season is over.
Well, sort of.  

Colleges are running spring games, Free Agency is past, and it's time for the Draft.  

I threw together a couple of rounds of what I think teams should do.  As always, I don't spend much time with what I think they will do, because you just can't predict the moves on draft day or some of the odd choices we have seen. 

So, here is my Mock for round 1 of the 2014 NFL draft.



1. HOUSTON TEXANS: Jadeveon Clowney DE

The Texans have shown that, as an organization, they value the trenches before the skill positions in the past. If you accept this last season as an abberation, their recent history has shown significant dividends from that approach.  

Now the fun part, they already have one of the top D-Line performers in the league with J.J. Watt.  I know there are concerns about Clowney's attitude and work ethic, but if Watt can rub off on him at all, these 2 give the potential for a dominant unit on the defensive side of the ball.  There are quarterbacks that will be available in later rounds that have just as good a chance to be long term starters as the top few.

2. ST. LOUIS RAMS: Jake Matthews OT

They picked up Jake Long to step in at Left Tackle, but there are questions about his performance at that position while he was in Miami.  Combine that with his recent injury history, and there is just no way that the Rams should pass up Matthews as a bookend.  With these 2, if all goes to plan, the Rams would be set at O-Tackle for the next half a decade.

We know Jeff Fisher wants to run the ball, and you need a quality O-Line to do that.  Matthews and Long are a good place to start.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Greg Robinson OT

If we assume that the new regime in Jacksonville is going to build their squad in the same mold that Seattle used, then we know they are going to want to start from a physical rushing attack on Offense.  If you are going to run, you need to have maulers up front, and Robinson is the best of those in this year's draft.  

4. CLEVELAND BROWNS: Teddy Bridgewater QB

The Browns have missed a few time on Quarterbacks, but those used picks don't removed the need for an answer.  Bridgewater looks like he is the best of the bunch this year, and certainly as Pro-Ready as any coming out.  The Browns have some pieces with a couple of decent young receivers, a solid O-Line, and a very good receiving Tight End.  If Teddy ballgame can come in and distribute the ball, the Brown may be staged for a significant improvement.

5. OAKLAND RAIDERS: Anthony Barr OLB

The Raiders have made a lot of interesting moves this offseason.  Bringing in players like Justin Tuck gives them a shot to be much better this year, but those moves were all short-term moves.  They need to plug in some long -term stars, and Barr has the potential to be just that.  

He is a rangy linebacker with good strength and great speed and agility.  Plug him in as a day 1 starter.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Final TRS College Football Rankings

Well, the 2013-14 College football season is in the books, and what a year it was.

I won't dwell on the outstanding bowl season we got to enjoy this year, since I will be posing regarding those games, and my thoughts on the results soon.

Here is the final standings for this season.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

TRS College Football rankings after week 14

Sorry about the disappearing act, life got in the way for a few weeks.

Anyway, during my absence, we saw College Football turn itself upside down, and boy was it fun.  Auburn performed round 2 of their Cinderella act with their second miracle win of the season.  I guess having Alabama fall out of the national title picture isn't that huge a change, but everyone was working under the assumption that they were a shoo-in and everyone else was playing for second place that Auburn's was a return felt round the country.

So, a very real question for you College footballs out there; Can we have a national title game without a representative from the SEC?  As odd as it sounds, it is tough to argue with the Buckeyes and the Noles squaring off, assuming they can hold court this week. 

Bama's D just isn't want we are used to.

Auburn is incredibly lucky to be in the position that they are.

Missouri is very good, but I don't know that anyone believe that they are better than either of the top 2 team in the BCS. 

Then again, what do we care about those 'other' rankings?