The Prizes (QB’s only)
Fourth Prize: Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Breakdown: Could be his year to break out. Tremendous size, crazy arm, two great receivers to throw to, though accuracy is still a question. We’ll see if he can consistently do what he did against NC State. If so, I expect Bray to challenge for #1. Honestly, I’d be terrified of him. He’s either the next Stafford or the next JaMarcus Russell and I’m not sure there’s an in-between.
Second Prize: Logan Thomas, Virgina Tech
Stats: 21-38, 230 YDS, 2 TD, 40 Rush YDS in 20-17 W over Georgia Tech
Breakdown: Trust me, Thomas wouldn’t be Second Prize if it were my call. I don’t think he’s that great, but for whatever reason, there’s a ton of hype around him. I’d expect others to pass him as the season rolls along. Then again, Ryan Tannehill went 8th last year, so what do I know about logic and reason?
LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
WR Keenan Allen, California
Breakdown: A longshot, but all things are possible with Norv Turner. Seriously though, it would be interesting to see what the Chargers would do if a disaster season happened. Rivers is now on the wrong side of 30, and is also coming off the worst season of his career, so you’d have to assume San Diego would consider rebuilding around a younger guy, right?
Breakdown: Not losing enough games, not replacing Cam Newton, not worth spending time on.
Projected Record: 6-10
Current Starter: Josh Freeman
Breakdown: Tampa Bay might turn into a rabid dog/pirate if I named this the Barkevious Mingo Sweepstakes! After all, they did allow 87.6 PPG last year…or something close to that. Doubtful they’re going crazy over Matt Barkley, however, especially with Josh Freeman just a year removed from an insane 2010 season. It’s worth wondering, though, what direction they’d go if the bottom totally fell out again. Would they shoot Josh Freeman out of their awesome cannon start over? Who knows, if they give up points at last year’s clip and Freeman continues to be a TO machine, they may have to actually answer that question.
Breakdown: Unlike the latter “If Andrew Luck…” competitor, the Chiefs would definitely go crazy over Matt Barkley. In fact, it’s a mortal lock that Scott Pioli has a giant poster of him stuck on his bedroom ceiling so he can longingly stare at him every night before he falls asleep. Such is the life of a Matt Cassel-led team. Can they win this thing, though? Eh…unless Tyler Palko makes a triumphant return – and by triumphant, I mean challenging Tim Tebow for the league’s worst completion percentage – unless that happens, there’s probably too much on the roster to get the top pick, not to mention the fact that they play in the AFC West. Then again, Romeo Crennell is involved…
Current Starter: Robert Griffin
Breakdown: Well, that’s ironic! If any team should know how much Griffin costs, it should be the team that paid the price. Seriously, how funny would it be if the Redskins won the top pick and traded it for the same amount of picks they still owe the Rams? And by funny, I mean terribly, terribly tragic…because I’m a Cowboys fan and I hate the Redskins. Also, there’s no way they lose enough games to actually do this, so…
Breakdown: So, they’re probably not in the market for a QB either, right? That’s what I thought…let’s just move on.
The (Outside) Favorites
Projected Record: 5-11
Breakdown: I’m bumping them up one win as well due to the division they play in and the fact that Darren McFadden is a monster when he’s on the field…which, I guess, is almost never, so it’s probably dumb for me to bump them up. Question: If Carson Palmer broke the single season record for INT’s, directly leading to 14 losses and a future with Matt Barkley, would that trade then become a “smart” trade?
Breakdown: So, they’re really going to do this John Skelton thing, huh? That’s…interesting. Terrible move if you want to win football games, but GREAT move if you want to win the Matt Barkley Sweepstakes! After all, the Cardinals have had such great success with former USC QB’s…
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