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Time for my annual game of “play General Manager of an NFL team”. I’m sure nobody cares about my opinions on this topic, I do it more to get it “on the record” so I can either gloat or laugh at myself in the future. It is my hobby so shut up! What follows is a position by position ranking (save Offensive Line which I have no clue how to judge) based on how I would draft them if I were running the Draft room next week. Plus my patented “busts and bargains” at the end. Enjoy?

* = value as returner

 

QB

1. Geno Smith, West Virginia

2. E.J. Manuel, Florida St.

3. Matt Barkley, USC

4. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma

7. Matt Scott, Arizona

8. Tyler Bray, Tennessee

9. Mike Glennon, North Carolina St.

10. Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

11. Sean Renfree, Duke

12. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah

13. Collin Klein, Kansas St.

14. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt

15. Alex Carder, Western Michigan

Smith and Manuel may be the only starters in this class. Barkley is kind of like Andy Dalton 2 years ago, has the mental chops but the physical seems to be lacking. Nassib I think will be very over-drafted , he is a career backup to me. Matt Scott is the wild card, has the arm and legs to make a big impact once he learns the position more. Klein is a poor man’s Tim Tebow and Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers little brother.

 

RB

1. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

2. Eddie Lacy, Alabama

3. Christine Michael, Texas A&M

4. Andre Ellington, Clemson

5. Montee Ball, Wisconsin

6. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

7. *Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

8. Knile Davis, Arkansas

9. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan St

10. Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada

11. *Kerwynn Williams, Utah St.

12. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma St.

13. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

14. *Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

15. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska

16. *Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

17. *Kenjon Barner, Oregon

18. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers

19. Cierre Wood, Notre Dame

20. Mike Gillislee, Florida

21. Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook

22. Theo Riddick, Notre Dame

23. *Michael Ford, L.S.U.

24. Robbie Rouse, Fresno St.

25. Montel Harris, Temple

26. *Onterio McCalebb, Auburn

27. Latavuis Murray, Central Fla.

28. *Dennis Johnson, Arkansas

Tons of talent but also red flags here. Lattimore’s knee injury obviously, but Lacy is scaring me off big time, getting a LenDale White vibe from him – great stats, dominant power, but fat and lazy. Michael is a stud but has MAJOR attitude problems. Ellington is fantastic but maybe too skinny. Ball has as much mileage as any college RB in the past 30 years. “Dark horse” favorite of mine is Jefferson – the only thing he doesn’t have is great speed; just like Alfred Morris last year. Davis is a Darren McFadden clone. I don’t get the hype on Bernard or Gillislee.

 

WR

1. *Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

3. Justin Hunter, Tennessee

4. Robert Woods, USC

5. Keenan Allen, Cal

6. *Tavon Austin, West Virginia

7. Terrance Williams, Baylor

8. Da’Rick Rogers, Tenn Tech 

9. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

10. Josh Boyce, TCU  

11. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

12. *Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

13. Aaron Dobson, Marshall

14. Marcus Davis, Va Tech

15. Markus Wheaton, Oregon St

16. *Ace Sanders, South Carolina

17. Chris Harper, Kansas St.

18. Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech

19. Aaron Mellette, Elon

20. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

21. *Denard Robinson, Michigan

22. *Marquise Goodwin, Texas

23. Marquess Wilson, Wash St.

24. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

25. Tavarres King, Georgia

26. Conner Vernon, Duke

27. *Jasper Collins, Mount Union

28. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi St.

29. Zach Rogers, Tennessee

30. T.J. Moe, Missouri

Patterson has “it” – the “you can’t tackle me” mentality and moves to match; incredible with the ball in his hands, one of the best I’ve ever seen actually, but only 1 year of playing. Also with tantalizing talent and extreme rawness is his former teammate Hunter. Hopkins is ultra-competitive and has all pro potential. Austin is very overrated as I detail below. Swope and Boyce will shock a lot of people I think. Bailey is clutch. Robinson is a former QB but has to transition to play in the NFL; electric running skills and tough.

 

TE

1. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

3. Zach Ertz, Stanford

4. Gavin Escobar, San Diego St.

5. Jordan Reed, Florida

 

DE

1. Ezekiel Ansah, B.Y.U

2. Bjoern Werner, Florida St.

3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

4. Datone Jones, UCLA

T5. Margus Hunt, S.M.U.

T5. Alex Okafor, Texas

 

DT

1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida

2. Star Lotulelei, Utah  (#1 NT)

3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

4. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.

5. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern St.

 

OLB

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia

2. Dion Jordan (DE), Oregon

3. Barkevious Mingo (DE), LSU

4. Arthur Brown, Kansas St.

5. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

 

ILB

1. Kevin Minter, L.S.U.

2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

3. Alec Ogletree (OLB), Georgia

4. Kiko Alonso (OLB), Oregon

5. Nico Johnson, Alabama

 

CB

1. Dee Milliner, Alabama

2. Desmond Trufant, Washington

3. Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.

5. Darius Slay, Mississippi St.

 

S

1. Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International

2. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

3. Eric Reid, L.S.U.

4. Matt Elam, Florida

T5. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

T5. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

 

 

Will be drafted too high/busts:

QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina St. (total bust if drafted for anything but 3rd string developmental QB – 4th round at BEST – prediction: out of league in 4 years)

WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia (elite returner but very small, very low ypc, SLOT only – Wes Welker is best case – Percy Harvin comparisons are nonsense; Harvin is 5’11, 195 with Running Back legs, Austin is 5’8, 174. Certainly not worth a top 15 pick)

RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (Brian Westbrook clone physically but not nearly as fast/quick, not flashy at all – can’t believe he may be the 1st or 2nd RB drafted)

WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon St. (very slight frame, deep threat only – IE one trick pony in the mold of Bernard Berrian/Ashley Lielie/Todd Pinkston/etc)

 

Will be drafted too low/bargains:

WR Josh Boyce, TCU (elite strength/speed/routes, will be a better pro than college player)

RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (if healthy, #1RB in draft – prototype in most areas)

TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati (supper aggressive receiver with great speed for the position)

S Jordan Kovacs, Michigan (definition of “blue collar”, walk-on in college led Michigan in tackles; will at least be a special teams demon for years)

 

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Pre-Combine Rankings

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***GEEK OUT ALERT***

My hobby is being a football fan, college and pro. Each year I really enjoy the period where the stars of college audition for and are then drafted onto NFL teams. More and more with concussions etc, it is a “young man’s game”, so knowing the best up and coming players gives you the greatest advantage (read: enjoyment) as an educated fan and fantasy player. The “Scouting Combine” is the annual gathering of the top college players where there are tested by their prospective employers to see if their past success will translate into future glories. Each year, players make and lose millions of dollars at the Combine by helping or hurting their draft stock. I think it’s super cool to have a group to watch and adjust your rankings accordingly, like a real live scout would. Like I said, geek out alert. 🙂

Inspired by Mike “The Man” Mayock’s first list (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0ap1000000139744/article/precombine-position-rankings-for-2013-nfl-draft), here are my initial rankings for the 2013 NFL draft. As usual I don’t know enough about Offensive Linemen to rank them, I will leave that to others. Also, FB, K and P don’t count…

 

QB

top 5

Geno Smith, West Virginia

Matt Barkley, USC

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

E.J. Manuel, Florida St.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

6-10

Tyler Bray, Tennessee

Mike Glennon, North Carolina St.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

Matt Scott, Arizona

 

RB

top 5

Eddie Lacy, Alabama

Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Andre Ellington, Clemson

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina  INJ

Le’Veon Bell, Michigan St.

6-13

Joseph Randle, Oklahoma St.

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

Kenjon Barner, Oregon

Christine Michael, Texas A&M

Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

Knile Davis, Arkansas  INJ

 

WR

top 5

Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

Keenan Allen, California

Robert Woods, USC

DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

Terrance Williams, Baylor

6-10

Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Tavon Austin, West Virginia

Aaron Dobson, Marshall

Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

 

TE

top 5

Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

Zach Ertz, Stanford

Gavin Escobar, San Diego St.

Jordan Reed, Florida

 

DE

top 5

Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Bjoern Werner, Florida St.

Barkevious Mingo, LSU

Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

Alex Okafor, Texas

 

DT

top 5

Star Lotulelei, Utah

Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.

Sharrif Floyd, Florida

Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern St.

 

OLB

top 5

Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Arthur Brown, Kansas St.

Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

Zaviar Gooden, Missouri

Gerald Hodges, Penn St.

 

ILB

top 5

Kevin Minter, LSU

Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Alec Ogletree, Georgia – Suspended 4 games in 2012, DUI 2/10

Kiko Alonso, Oregon

Nico Johnson  Alabama

 

CB

top 5

Dee Milliner, Alabama

Desmond Trufant, Washington

Jordan Poyer, Oregon St.

Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.

 

S

top 5

Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International

Eric Reid, LSU

Matt Elam, Florida

T.J. McDonald, USC

In a year which I have largely ignored new music (BEEN BUSY!), I have scrambled the past few weeks to catch up and have created yet another kick-ass Top 10 list. For those that don’t know, I have been compiling this list annually since 1995 (and retroactively back to 1980). As always I strive to be inclusive of differing styles, but all are Metal to be sure. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Mantei’s best metal albums of 2012:

 

1. Wintersun: Time I

2. Eluvietie: Helvetios

3. Dragonforce: The Power Within

4. The Agonist: Prisoners

The Agonist

The Agonist (Photo credit: Bruno Bergamini)

5. Overkill: The Electric Age

6. Daylight Dies: A Frail Becoming

7. Shadows Fall: Fire From the Sky

8. Ensiferum: Unsung Heroes

9. Gojira: L’Enfant Sauvage

10. Lamb of God: Resolution

 

 

Those  in bold represent the “album of the year nominees”. The Wintersun is only 6 tracks long, only 4 of them are legit songs, and only 3 have lyrics; at least they are long! It has that intangible “album of the year vibe” that immerses you and takes you to a faraway land (Scandinavia). Eluvietie can do no wrong at this point with their groovy folk-thrash. The change of singers for Dragonforce was a huge win; the entire band seems re-energized and improved. The Agonist’s “math metal” gets a nice songwriting shot in the arm for a great overall effort; plus having one of the most eclectic (and hypnotically beautiful) vocalists makes everything easier. STRONG comebacks from 2 bands who should have been written off long ago, Overkill and Shadows Fall. The efforts by Ensiferum and Lamb of God could have been much better, but were still excellent metallic performances. Albums this year from Fear Factory, Testament, Therion, Cradle of Filth, Meshuggah, Moonspell, etc were subpar and did not make the cut. The 2nd Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore, RIP) album I haven’t listened to sufficiently but as it is 90% instrumental I didn’t worry too much about leaving it out. 😉

I will now post song samples from each album on my Facebook page. Enjoy!

\m/

 

PS

I hope and PRAY that 2013 will finally be the year of the new Into Eternity (greatest band on earth), and maybe even the final Saviour Machine for good measure…

NFL Draft 2012

National Football League Draft

Amazingly just 8 days away, the annual NFL draft is a time for me to “geek out” with my favorite hobby. It helps me be a better, more informed fan of the incoming players and how they fit into existing schemes and it gives me a greater appreciation for the “Behind the scenes” activity of an NFL General Manager and scouting department.  I am a big fan of college football, so I don’t need to rely on others to tell me who the good players are etc. There are 4 “can’t miss superstars” in this draft in my view: Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, Running back Trent Richardson and Linebacker Luke Kuechly. So sparing you the other positions, here are my rankings and thoughts for the top “skill position” players in the 2012 Draft.

* = value as returner

QB

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford
2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
4. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St
5. Brock Osweiler, Arizona St
6. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
7. Nick Foles, Arizona
8. Kirk Cousins, Michigan St
9. Kellen Moore, Boise St
10. Case Keenum, Houston

Only 3 QBs are ready to start week 1: Luck, RG3 and Weeden. We all know Luck and Griffin will be the top 2 picks, and deservedly so. Problem with Weeden is his age (already was drafted into and quit minor league baseball) – he’ll be in his 30s when his first contact expires. Tannehill is not ready just yet but his skill set is too tantalizing to pass up – likely will be taken in the top 10. Osweiler is a huge dude with a huge arm and huge potential – he’ won’t make it out of round 2. If  Wilson were 3 inches taller, he would likely be a 1st round pick. Foles is worth developing as he put up great stats and seems to have the arm and smarts for the next level. I watched Cousins his whole career, and he will almost certainly be over-drafted; best case for him is a career backup. Moore and Keenum put up MONSTER numbers but their games probably won’t translate to the pros.

RB

1. Trent Richardson, Alabama
2. Doug Martin, Boise St
3. Cyrus Gray*, Texas A&M
4. David Wilson, Virginia Tech
5. Chris Polk, Washington
6. LaMichael James, Oregon
7. Bernard Pierce, Temple
8. Lamar Miller, Miami
9. Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
10. Tauren Poole, Tennessee
11. Brandon Bolden, Mississippi
12. Vick Ballard, Mississippi St
13. Robert Turbin, Utah St
14. Edwin Baker, Michigan St
15. Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
14. Rodney Hillman, San Diego St
15. Chris Rainey*, Florida

Richardson is the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. He and Martin are every down bellcows who will start immediately and pay big dividends. One guy I LOVE (and nobody else has him this high) is Gray; he is a little smaller than you would like but he does it all and does it with gusto. Some team is going to get an absolute steal IMO. Wilson and Polk are explosive and have the bodies to take the NFL pounding. James was a college stat monster but is too small for a full time role in the NFL. Pierce could be a great goalline runner right away. Most have Miller much higher but I just don’t see it. The rest of the list are either 3rd down backs or short yardage types, destined for committees at best.

WR

1. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
2. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St
3. Juron Criner, Arizona
4. Ryan Broyles**, Oklahoma
5. Kendall Wright, Baylor
6. Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
7. Ruben Randle, LSU
8. Brian Quick, Appalachian St
9. Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina
10. AJ Jenkins, Illinois
11. Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
12. Chris Givens*, Wake Forest
13. Greg Childs, Arkansas
14. TY Hilton*, Florida Intl
15. Rishard Matthews, Nevada
16. Marvin Jones*, California
17. Junior Hemingway, Michigan
18. Marvin McNutt, Iowa
19. Nick Toon, Wisconsin
20. Tommy Streeter, Miami

*Dwight Jones, North Carolina

Everybody and their mother has Blackmon as the top WR in this draft, but I think Floyd is superior in most every way. He is a true #1 receiver and will make the Pro Bowl as a rookie in the right situation. Blackmon has a lot of Terrell Owens to his game, but he’s about 2 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter. Another of my gems this year is Criner; NOBODY has the guts to rank him this high but “the tape don’t lie” + he is big, strong, fast and ready to be a #1 WR. Broyles is not your typical stud receiver, but he is the next Derrick Mason. IE will never put up huge stats but will play for 10+ years and come through in the clutch again and again. A torn ACL last season will push his stock down, but I wouldn’t let him get past the 2nd round. Wright and Hill are just too darn fast to pass up for NFL teams; speed still kills. Randle doesn’t really impress me as a star but it seems some team will take him and expect big things. I would also keep an eye on Quick – small school competition, but he looks to have it all and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to have him start quickly and become some team’s #1 WR ala Marques Colston. There are at least 3 others with WR1 ability – all in all a great WR class this year. (Dwight Jones has the size and aggression the NFL badly wants but has multiple red flags and may go undrafted)

TE

1. Coby Fleener, Stanford
2. Dwayne Allen, Clemson
3. Orson Charles, Georgia
4. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
5. Taylor Thompson (former DE), Southern Methodist
6. Kevin Koger, Michigan

Fleener is a sure fire starter from the gate and played great in a pro style offense. Allen, Charles and Green should all start in a year or two. A guy to watch is Thompson – he was a physical freak at Defensive End at SMU but now will turn that athleticism to the offensive side of the ball. Koger is a favorite of mine from the great University of Michigan. 🙂  Very underutilized but has an NFL build and can make things happen after the catch.

Will be drafted too high/busts:

LB Vontaze Burfict – viewed as a 3rd rounder by some, shouldn’t be drafted in ANY round

QB Kirk Cousins – see above; 5th rounder is about right

DT Dontari Poe – I see why teams want him based on the combine, but he did nothing in college to justify being a 1st rounder
Will be drafted too low/bargains:

WRs Ryan Broyles and Juron Criner- see above; anything lower than a 2nd is a steal

RB Cyrus Gray – see above; anything lower than a 3rd is a steal

WR Junior Hemingway – deserves to be drafted; doesn’t have the stats because of Michigan’s extremely run-heavy scheme, but has the size and RAC ability to play in this league

 

Of course, feel free to comment, criticize, and ask questions! Bring on the Draft!

Up from the ashes,
Back from the depths
When the voices have risen
Fire becomes flesh…

We have been asleep for too long.

The sun shall arise,
my enemies yield,
purified by flames,
my true face unveiled

The Left will subside when the light of Truth is shined on them. And we will be the ones to do it.

The time has come, the stars aligned
it’s meant to be, I see the signs
out of the ashes, of beauty and power
a new beginning, this is the hour

The time HAS come, this IS the hour. Don’t let the beauty and power of America be left in the past.

Thirsty souls bound by the silence
shall be reborn by their own story
and when the voices have risen
we will seal this pact of resurrecting glory

We are bound together – from various backgrounds, we are One.

This is the year of the phoenix
let all legends come to life
turn the silence into thunder
believe in one more wonder

The once silent majority become sons of THUNDER.

Out of the old let the new arise
forged in fire stronger than demise

Iron sharpens iron…

Another season has come and gone
there will be another one
with true intents we march forever
always striving to be better

Conservatives are always striving to be better, truer, freer. But we must FIGHT.

Within the elusive dreamer
slumbers a beauty almost pale
now awakened and renewed
creating another haunting tale

We have awakened!

This is the year of the phoenix
let all legends come to life
turn the silence into thunder
believe in one more wonder

 

Year of the Phoenix – Pyramaze

2011 Draft Recap

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In what’s probably my last football related post for a long time (sniff), here is my recap of the draft, from a strictly NFC East perspective. I laughed when Tennessee took Jake Locker as their new franchise QB, was stupefied when the Vikings took Ponder over Mallett, and both laughed and was stupefied at the entire Seattle Seahawks draft. Seriously, WTF was that?!? So without further adieu, my 2011 draft recap…

Eagles (11 total):

1 Danny Watkins, G/T. Excellent pick to protect the Franchise QB. Will start immediately most likely at Guard but Justice is on notice at RT. It will hurt though if Jimmy Smith and/or Ras-I Dowling become stars…

2 Jaiquan Jarrett, S. A big reach in the 2nd round; he got 4th-6th round grades from everyone I saw. And he’s no shoe-in to displace Kurt Coleman even if Mikell does leave. Even if he does become a starter eventually, it’s still a bad pick.

3 Curtis Marsh, CB. A worthwhile gamble on a very raw CB who COULD develop into a big, physical starter if he takes coaching well. Decent pick, but will look too risky if they don’t add a starting CB in Free Agency.

4 Casey Matthews, ILB. Yeah, his name helped him, but a very worthwhile pick for a team with tons of questions at ILB. Is Bradley ever going back to MLB? Is Chaney really the answer? I clapped.

4 Alex Henery, K. Surprising, but an outstanding pick in another position in flux. Akers fate was sealed with this one, and frankly Henery may be just as good or better. I’m not buying the Punter talk.

5 Dion Lewis, RB. When this pick came up, I was hoping for him or Noel Devine. Looks like Dion had more respect.  Really excited to see him as a 2nd RB. Will he bump Harrison off the roster or just Buckley?

5 Julian Vandervelde, G. Meh. Possibly makes the roster but I felt this was too early for a backup O-lineman who probably would have been available in the 7th. Not a great pick.

6 Jason Kelce, C. Good spot for one of the top Centers in the draft. We could use another pure C to push Jackson.

6 Brian Rolle, OLB. Love this pick. Excellent college player who profiles well in our style of defense. Some had a 3rd round grade on him. I know, I know, he’s small-ish. I bet he lights up the preseason and pushes for starter at WILL.

7 Greg Lloyd, ILB. Don’t like it. Can’t see him making the final roster at all. Would have greatly preferred to give Mark Herzlich a chance here.

7 Stanley Havili, FB. Excellent choice to close out the class. Best running/receiving FB in the draft and could start a RB if need be. This is definite insurance for Weaver, but I thinks he makes the team even if Weaver comes back.

Overall, I say we had 6 good picks, 3 bad ones, and 2 so-so. Also worth noting that we turned 10 picks into 11 and picked up an extra 4th next year…in addition to whatever the pending Kolb trade brings us. I guess they plan on signing a vet FA to backup Vick since they didn’t draft a QB? Unless they plan on signing a rookie FA like Pat Devlin or Scott Tolzien and rolling with 2 very young guys? All in all, a good draft for the Eagles. Now let’s get a CBA and win a damn superbowl.

Giants (8 total):

1 Prince Amukamara CB

2 Marvin Austin DL

3 Jerrel Jernigan WR

4 James Brewer OL

6 Greg Jones LB

6 Tyler Sash SS

6 Jacquian Williams LB   

7 Da’Rel Scott RB

It pains me to say this, but the Giants had the best draft of any team, period. Except for Williams, every single pick was a good player at great value. I cursed them for stealing the Prince from us. The only real knock on Austin are the rocks in his head. Here’s hoping his immense talent goes to waste! Even if Steve Smith is re-signed (not a guarantee), Jernigan is going to make an immediate impact at WR and as a returner; his balance and short moves are better than most RBs. Brewer is an ideal developmental/emergency Tackle. I don’t understand how Greg Jones made it out of the 3rd round – he was a beast every time I watched MSU. Sash is an intimidating hitter and Scott is worth a flier with his great measurables. They have reloaded for 2011.

Cowboys (8 total):

1 Tyron Smith OT

2 Bruce Carter LB

3 DeMarco Murray RB

4 David Arkin OL

5 Josh Thomas DB

6 Dwayne Harris WR

7 Shaun Chapas RB

7 Bill Nagy C

Basically, I like the first 3 picks for them but hate the last 5. Good thing I dislike the Cowboys. DeMarco Murray is the one that scares me. He’s got a sick skill set as an inside or outside runner and is a gifted receiver. Here’s hoping his upright running style leads to many fumbles and a shortened career. It wouldn’t surprise me to see 4 of the last 5 picks cut before the season. Did they really improve their roster? I’m not sure they did. (yippee!)

Redskins (12 total):

1 Ryan Kerrigan DE

2 Jarvis Jenkins DL

3 Leonard Hankerson WR

4 Roy Helu RB

5 Dejon Gomes DB

5 Niles Paul WR

6 Evan Royster RB

6 Aldrick Robinson WR

7 Brandyn Thompson DB

7 Maurice Hurt OL

7 Markus White DE

7 Chris Neild NT

First off, I will give Shanahan great credit for actually loading up on players and not having next to nothing as most Redskins drafts have done lately. On a team with so many needs, quantity is important. But on the whole, I thought the players taken were of poor quality. I love Kerrigan as a DE, but I always cringe when 3-4 teams just assume they can convert 4-3 Ends into Outside Linebackers. He may succeed, but he could just as easily bust and that’s not what I want from my 1st round pick. Jenkins was a reach there, so was Gomes. Hankerson was probably their best pick. He has the profile to become a true #1 WR and multiple Pro Bowler, but he needs to receive and accept good coaching. Helu was one of my “will be drafted too high/busts” players and so I was very happy the Skins took him to be their featured RB. He runs very fast for his size…I’ll give him that. But with that ability and the amount of time Nebraska runs the ball, his stats should be otherworldly, but they were far from it. He’s just “a guy” to me. And Evan Royster is barely rosterable in the NFL. Much better college player than pro. Paul could be a quality pick (another physical marvel who needs refinement), and Robinson is very similar to Emmanuel Sanders who made an impact with the Steelers last year. So….where was the QB? McNabb is gone, Grossman is possibly gone (Santana Moss probably gone for good measure)…happy to say that things don’t look very good for 2011 in Washington.

Faith, Hope, Love

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We’ve all seen the evil of this world;
and we feel so helpless with all the lies.
Everyone believes somewhere there’s love;
darkness is just a speck in the light.
We are children trapped in time, we are strong.
You see the Word brings no lies.
I believe it has a name,
I believe He is alive!

Bad luck we hide it oh so well;
Just enough to tell you I can’t see my eyes are blind.
If I look then surely I will find;
If I learn my lessons when I’m older I’ll be wise.
We are children trapped in time, we are strong.
You see the Word brings no lies.
I believe it has a name,
I believe He is alive!
Listen to me very closely,
there is more heaven than hell…

Faith. Hope. Love.

~1Cor. 13.

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One week from tomorrow night the action gets started! It may be the only NFL we get for a while, so be sure to live it up. I know I will be. 🙂  First, some last-minute adjustments to my previously posted rankings.

Taiwan Jones is up to my #6 RB. My spidey-sense tells me he could be the next Chris Johnson; small school guy who looks too skinny but his incredible speed and moves gets him on the field early and then the sky is the limit? I don’t have to guts to put him in the top 5 tough…

I have also made some slight moves elsewhere: Virgil Green up to my #5 TE, Cameron Jordan up to my #6 DE and Ahmad Black up to my #3 S. Now that I’m ready to go out on a limb, my annual bust/bargain lists!

Will be drafted too high/busts:

QB Jake Locker

CB Brandon Harris

DT Nick Fairley

RBs Roy Helu, Shane Vereen, Mikel Leshoure

I am of the opinion that the Redskins are only interested in 2 players for their first pick – the only guys who really fit the Shanahan QB mold – Cam Newton and Jake Locker. PLEASE PLEASE take Locker!  I think he will be a huge bust, mostly because you can’t teach accuracy. I am betting that Carolina takes Newton #1. Harris seems like a decent enough player but not starting caliber. Fairley seems like Haynesworth Jr in every way, good and bad. He would be off my board if I am a GM. DaQuan Bowers is the real wild card – how far will he fall? Leshoure may be the first RB off the board but that would be a huge mistake, IMO.

Will be drafted too low/bargains:

If QBs Ryan Mallett and/or Colin Kaepernick aren’t taken in the 1st round, they are huge bargains

WRs Dane Sanzenbacher, Greg Little, Austin Pettis

S Ahmad Black

RBs Bilal Powell, Graig Cooper, Dion Lewis

Greg Little could be the next TO if he works hard enough – will he? Can’t wait to see what Kaepernick can do in the big leagues. Black is underwhelming in every way you can measure a guy yet he makes play after play after play. I would put CB Ras-I Dowling on this list, but I have a feeling he will be taken in the late 1st/early 2nd round after exceptional post-season workouts. If he has proven to be totally healthy, he could be a star in the making.  

How many QBs will be taken next Thursday anyway? Think only 2 or 3? These teams all need a QB ASAFP with Free Agency/trades/the entire offseason in limbo: Carolina, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, San Fran, Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota, Miami, Jacksonville, Seattle and I would say Kansas City too.  That’s 12 with an immediate need for a starter or starting caliber backup. I am betting a minimum of 5 QBs in the first round and 8 in the first two. It wouldn’t surprise me to see 6 or 7 taken in the first alone. Basically, in this year of uncertainty, teams cannot afford to wait. All the better for us draft nerds! Another wacky possibility: New England packages some of their 3,000 picks to move all the way up to #1 to grab AJ Green!! As always, feel free to comment with your thoughts.

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Well, this will be the last installment of my 2011 pre-draft rankings. Hope you have enjoyed it, I know I have. 🙂

This year’s crop is not very deep it seems. About a half dozen Cornerbacks seem to be fast starter material, and maybe only 2 Safteys – yikes. Lots of raw talent though, especially on the CB side where a 6′ tall, 4.4 40 time player will always be given a chance in the NFL.

CB

1. Patrick Peterson, LSU

2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

3. Jimmy Smith, Colorado

4. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia

5. Davon House, New Mexico St

S

1. Aaron Williams, Texas (CB)

2. Rahim Moore, UCLA

3. Mark LeGree, Appalachian St

4. Ahmad Black, Florida

5. Will Hill, Florida

I guess I’ll be back one more time with my “will be drafted too high/low” list before the draft. Let’s just hope there is a CBA soon…

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My breakdown of the 2011 draft continues. Here are my favorites at the Linebacker position, listed by Inside and Outside. Ok, so my #6 pick at OLB is totally biased and doesn’t deserve to be that high, but he was one of the 2 (count em, 2) good defenders for Michigan last year…

ILB

1. Martez Wilson, Illinois

2. Greg Jones, Michigan St

3. Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

4. Casey Matthews, Oregon

5. Mason Foster, Washington (OLB)

OLB

1. Von Miller, Texas A&M

2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA

3. Justin Houston, Georgia (DE)

4. Bruce Carter, North Carolina

5. Dontay Moch, Nevada

*6. Jonas Mouton, Michigan

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