Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 NFL Mock Draft

1) Cleveland Browns - Myles Garret DE
Garrett is the sure-fire first pick of this draft. Easily the best/most athletic player in the class.

2) San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas DE
Solomon Thomas would shore up the oen position new GM John Lynch has not attacked yet, defensive line. Thomas would start across from fellow youngster DeForest Buckner and could give the Bay their best pass rush since the Jim Harbaugh days.

3) Chicago Bears - Jamal Adams S

4) Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette RB
Fournette would give the Jags another option than Blake Bortles' inconsistent arm. Fournette could get 20-30 carries per game in an Ezekiel Elliott like effort in his rookie year.

5) Tennessee Titans - Mike Williams WR
Mike Williams, the only receiver in the class ready to dominate NFL defenses from day 1, will provide Marcus Mariota with a true WR1... something he has missed his entire career (although props to Kendall Wright for his above-average production these past couple of years).

6) New York Jets - Mitchell Trubisky QB

7) Los Angeles Chargers - Malik Hooker S
The next Ed Reed will come in for a rebuilding Chargers team that needs a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball. Hooker needs to develop into the league's best ball-hawking safety if LA wants any chance at a playoff spot.

8) Carolina Panthers - Johnathan Allen DE
After losing their young, promising defensive end Kony Ealy to the Patriots, the Panthers added Julius Peppers for what might be a 'farewell tour.' The Panthers' average age for their defensive end unit stands at 29.5 years old. Allen would be able to provide Carolina with their youngest star pass rusher since Julius Peppers did so from 2002 until 2009.

9) Cincinnati Bengals - OJ Howard TE
The Bengals will chase after the two tight end set that Bill Bellichick has made so popular over the years. Howard would team with fellow star Tyler Eifert to form a formidable receiving duo at the TE spot in Cincy. Andy Dalton would be in heaven.

10) Buffalo Bills - Marshon Lattimore CB
Bills get a top 5 talent at number 10 who can step in immediately and replace Stephon Gilmore who signed with the Patriots in free agency.

11) New Orleans Saints - Takkarist McKinnley DE
McKinnley played extremely well at UCLA and looks to bring that dominance into the NFL. Sean Payton looks to find a piece opposite of Cameron Jordan and McKinnley would fill that role perfectly in a run-stopping Saints defense.

12) Cleveland Browns - Deshaun Watson QB
The Browns pick another quarterback... This time though, Cleveland has built a tough offensive line to protect him while also securing receiving options like Kenny Britt, Corey Coleman, and Gary Barnidge. As well as a top check-down option in Duke Johnson. Watson might be able to lead the Dawg Pound to a "decent" 6-7 win season as a rookie.

13) Arizona Cardinals - Marlon Humphrey CB
Humphrey, a real first round talent, would be able to outperform last year's bust Brandon Williams for the second starting CB spot across from Patrick Peterson. Humphrey and Peterson could develop into one of the league's best cornerback duos.

14) Philadelphia Eagles - Reuben Foster LB
The Eagles get a physical, intimidating player to secure the middle of their defense.

15) Indianapolis Colts - Forrest Lamp OG/OT
Said by many to be the best offensive lineman in the draft, Lamp will be given a chance to protect one of the league's best in Andrew Luck, and if he can keep Luck safe, the Colts have a real shot at being a top team in the AFC.

16) Baltimore Ravens - John Ross WR
With the departures of Steve Smith (retirement) and Kamar Aiken (free agency), the Ravens find their next speedy star in Washington's John Ross.

17) Washington Redskins - Corey Davis WR
The departures of Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson leave the 'Skin's receiving corps a little shaky. But, Davis would be able to step in for Washington and provide a decent year making expensive newly signed Terrelle Pryor expendable next year.

18) Tennessee Titans - Gareon Conley CB
Conley could develop into a shutdown cornerback if given the tools. The Titans have improved their secondary tremdously with the additions of CB Logan Ryan and S Johnathan Cyprien. Conley would play CB3 for the Titans until he replaces the aging Jason McCourty.

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Cam Robinson OT/OG
The Bucs main priority is to keep Jameis Winston on his feet. What Winston wants, Winston gets in Tampa as the Bucs front office tries their hardest to make him feel comfortable in the pocket. With Robinson, the Bucs would get a massive blocker who could have some developmental issues like another Alabama prospect Greg Robinson.

20) Denver Broncos - Ryan Ramczyk OT
It's no secret John Elway has been going after offensive line talent this offseason, and Ramczyk would provide Elway with a top-notch tackle who could keep his young quarterbacks in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch safe.

21) Detroit Lions - David Njoku TE
Stafford has been lacking a top tier tight end since the early years of Brandon Pettigrew, and Njoku would fix that. Njoku would come in and outplay Eric Ebron to earn the starting spot. Ebron would be getting touches as a running back, wide receiver, and as a tight end in two tight end sets.

22) Miami Dolphins - Derek Barnett DE
Barnett is a very talented player, and is a favoriet to go #11 to the Saints. However, he falls all the way to 22 where the Dolphins pick him up to replace/play opposite of longtime star Cameron Wake.

23) New York Giants - Garrett Bolles OT
While the Giants did go out and sign ex-Raider Menelik Watson, they also lost tackle Marshall Newhouse. Bolles would fill a position of need for the Giants, and would look to hold pressure off of Eli Manning long enough to find the best receiving corps in football (Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepherd).

24) Oakland Raiders - Dalvin Cook RB
While the Raiders could go LB here (perhaps Zach Cunningham), Dalvin Cook would fill a need in the Oakland backfield. Cook would replace Latavius Murray who signed with Minnesota, and become the Raiders primary option at running back.

25) Houston Texans - Patrick Mahomes QB
The Texans will keep Mahomes in Texas, but will let Tom Savage start the year as Bill O'Brien attempts to develop his young quarterback.

26) Seattle Seahawks - Kevin King CB
Matches the blueprint of the best Seattle CB in the past decade: Richard Sherman. He's long, athletic and might open the door for a Sherman trade in the future.

27) Kansas City Chiefs - Christian McCaffrey RB
The Chiefs, after letting their superstar offensive weapon in Jamaal Charles walk, will look to McCaffrey as their next multi-purpose back.

28) Dallas Cowboys - Jabril Peppers S
The Cowboys will get one of the most exciting players in the draft, and the Jones family will be beloved once again (even after letting SIX defensive starters walk in free agency).

29) Green Bay Packers - TJ Watt OLB
The Pack won't be able to resist the temptations of TJ Watt. Watt is one of the safer picks in the draft which will encourage GM Ted Thomspon. Watt will step in as a starter after Green Bay let ex-starter Julius Pepper leave to join his former team in Carolina.

30) Pittsburgh Steelers - Charles Harris DE
The Steelers get a steel-tough player in Harris who fits well in Pittsburgh alongside veterans James Harrison and Cameron Heyward.

31) Atlanta Falcons - Haason Reddick OLB/DE
Reddick would improve the Falcons' pass rush while also giving depth in one of the NFL's youngest linebacking groups headlined by Vic Beasley Jr and Deion Jones.

32) New Orleans Saints - Adoree' Jackson
Sean Payton has shown he does not have too much of an issue with character concerns, and Payton has also displayed the Saints' terrific need for secondary help. In come Adoree' Jackson. Jackson has the skills to be a starting cornerback, but his character and off-field issues might drag down his performance in the NFL. Budda Baker the safety from Washington could be chosen if the Saints cannot overcome the risk in Jackson's big boom or bust profile.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Positional Rankings

With only 25 days remaining until the draft, I put together a ranking of the top 5 players at each position and where they may end up. Enjoy!

Quarterback
1) Deshaun Watson - Clemson
While Watson may need more time to develop than North Carolina product Mitchell Trubisky, Watson has all the tools to become the next, perhaps better, Russell Wilson.
Team Fits:
San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks
Projected Pick: #12 to the Cleveland Browns

2) Mitchell Trubisky - North Carolina
Trubisky will be able to start year 1 in the NFL. He has good poise in the pocket and can make almost any throw. However, he is a little inexperienced, but after getting a couple seasons under his belt, there is no reason why he shouldn't live up to his Aaron Rodgers comparisons.
Team Fits: San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Houston, New York (Jets)
Projected Pick: #6 to the New York Jets

3) Patrick Mahomes - Texas Tech
No player has soared higher up the draft boards in the last two months than Mahomes. Mahomes's stats are eye-popping. He logged a 50 touchdown season as a senior in high school. Then, as a true freshman, started 4 games for Texas Tech and threw for 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions with 6 touchdowns coming against Texas rival Baylor.
Team Fits:
Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals
Projected Pick: #25 to the Houston Texans

4) Deshone Kizer - Notre Dame
While Mahomes stock has soared, Kizer's has taken a bit of a hit recently. Once projected to land in the early to mid first round, Kizer is now viewed as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. However, his ability to move in the pocket and scramble grants him a position as one of the draft's top sleepers.
Team Fits:
San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys

5) Brad Kaaya - Miami
Ole Miss's Chad Kelly is a close 6th here, but Kaaya has impressed scouts and could step in day 1 if need be to help a team. Possesses great leadership qualities as well.
Team Fits:
Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins

Honorable Mentions:
Chad Kelly - Ole Miss
Joshua Dobbs - Tennessee
Nathan Peterman - Pitt

Running Back
1) Leonard Fournette - Louisiana State
Fournette is the easy number 1 here as he is the perfect combination of power and speed... with emphasis on the power. At 240 pounds, Fournette wowed everybody with a 4.51 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. While he does not have the upside of ex-Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, he does have the ability to come in and rush for 1,700+ his rookie year.
Team Fits: Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns
Projected Pick: #4 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

2) Dalvin Cook - Florida State
Cook's production at Florida State was absolutely phenomenal, but has deep history of shoulder injuries which may cause him a slight fall in the draft. Still though, Cook has the potential to become a top 10 back in the league.
Team Fits:
Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders
Projected Pick: #29 to the Green Bay Packers

3) Christian McCaffrey - Stanford
McCaffrey is an "offensive weapon" to still the term from former Titans and now Los Angeles Chargers RB/WR Dexter McCluster. He can catch and he can run... Look for him to become the new Pierre Thomas or Darren Sproles... Both of whom played for Sean Payton in New Orleans (hint hint).
Team Fits:
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay
Projected Pick: #27 to the Kansas City Chiefs

4) Alvin Kamara - Tennessee
While Kamara is impressive on the field, his off-field issues have teams worried (much like Oklahoma product Joe Mixon). If a team takes a chance on Kamara, they will be getting a talented runner on the field, but also a potentially harmful one off the field.
Team Fits: Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers

5) D'onta Foreman - Texas
Foreman surpasses Mixon merely because of the character concerns Mixon brings to the table. In his junior year (this past season), Foreman lead the nation with 184.4 yards per game. Foreman is one of the deepest sleepers in this running back class as he is one of the most talented runners out there. However, he also fumbled 6 times this past season which could scare scouts from taking him too early.
Team Fits:
Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers

Honorable Mentions:
Joe Mixon - Oklahoma
Kareem Hunt - Toledo
James Conner - Pitt

Wide Receivers
1) Mike Williams - Clemson
Williams is this draft's best receiver and posssesses great hands and a big frame accompanied with good bounce allowing him to beat almost any corner to a jump ball.
Team Fits: Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers
Projected Pick: #9 to the Cincinnati Bengals

2) Corey Davis - Western Michigan
Has the highest upside of any receiver in the draft, drawing comparisons to players like Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall.
Team Fits: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers
Projected Pick: #17 to the Washington Redskins

3) John Ross - Washington
This speedster ran an NFL combine record 4.22 in the 40 yard dash. Would provide a great deep threat or route runner for a receiver needy team like the Ravens.
Team Fits: New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Seattle
Projected Pick: #16 to the Baltimore Ravens

4) JuJu Smith-Schuster - USC
Smith-Schuster is a gifted receiver and athlete, but injuries could hurt his draft stock and career.
Team Fits:
Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns

5) Zay Jones - East Carolina
The surprise of the senior bowl... Outplayed #1 receiver Mike Williams at the senior bowl and could become a key starter in the NFL within 3 years.
Team Fits:
Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers

Honorable Mentions:
Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma
ArDarius Stewart - Alabama
Cooper Kupp - Eastern Michigan
Josh Reynolds - Texas A&M
Isaiah Ford - Virginia Tech


Tight Ends
1) OJ Howard - Alabama
Howard and Myles Garrett are the two real freak athletes in this draft. Howard has great hands as well which will allow him to become the next Tony Gonzalez.
Team Fits:
New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns
Projected Pick: #10 to the Buffalo Bills

2) David Njoku - Miami
Njoku is a great tight end who could be compared to Antonio Gates or Julius Thomas.
Team Fits:
Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins
Projected Pick: #19 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3) Evan Engram - Mississippi
4) Bucky Hodges - Virginia Tech
5) Gerald Everett - South Alabama

Honorable Mention
Jake Butt - Michigan

Offensive Linemen
1) Ryan Ramczyk - Wisconsin
The best offensive tackle in the draft, Ramczyk is still seen to be picked at 15+.
Team Fits:
New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals
Projected Pick: #22 to the Miami Dolphins

2) Forrest Lamp - Western Kentucky
Lamp has drawn a lot of praise from scouts and draft analysts so far.
Team Fits:
Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans
Projected Pick: #15 to the Indianapolis Colts
3) Garrett Bolles - Utah
A solid tackle, high chance he gets picked late 1st round.
Team Fits: Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
Projected Pick: #22 to the New York Giants

4) Cam Robinson - Alabama
An overrated blocker out of the nation's most prestigious football school, Robinson seeks to outdo former Crimson Tide star tackle Greg Robinson on the proffessional level.
Team Fits:
Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans
Projected Pick: #20 to the Denver Broncos

5) Dan Feeney - Indiana
Feeney has risen up draft boards rather smoothly and under the radar, but is one of the safest players in the draft.
Team Fits:
Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars

Honorable Mentions
Pat Elflein - Ohio State
Dion Dawkins - Temple
Dorian Johnson - Pitt

Defensive Linemen
1) Myles Garrett - Texas A&M
Freak athlete. Can't get any better of a pick than this. Combination of a JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney with Bud Dupree sort of acceleration.
Team Fits:
All
Projected Pick: #1 to the Cleveland Browns

2) Solomon Thomas - Stanford
Viewed to be the second best player in the draft, could become a pro-bowler within his next 3 years.
Team Fits:
San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets
Projected Pick: #2 to the San Francisco 49ers

3) Jonathan Allen - Alabama
Top 5 player in the draft, Allen could be a huge success or a huge failure for a franchise.
Team Fits:
Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers
Projected Pick: #5 to the Tennessee Titans

4) Takkarist McKinnley - UCLA
Good player, will only get better. Can make plays in the backfield consistently. Will drop significantly on draft day, only because of the supreme talent this draft contains.
Team Fits:
Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills
Projected Pick: #31 to the Atlanta Falcons

5) Taco Charlton - Michigan
Good prospect, could become a great player if developed correctly.
Team Fits:
Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons

Honorable Mentions:
Derek Barnett - Tennessee - Projected Pick: #11 to the New Orleans Saints
Charles Harris - Missouri
Malik McDowell - Michigan State
Caleb Brantley - Florida


Linebackers
1) Reuben Foster - Alabama
Big-time player, but has size and character concerns which could push him to the later part of the first round.
Team Fits:
Cincinatti Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals
Projected Pick: #18 to the Tennessee Titans

2) Haason Reddick - Temple
Could play defensive end but would excel as a Von Miller/Khalil Mack/Justin Houston type as an outside linebacker that occasionally lines up as a defensive end.
Team Fits:
Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders
Projected Pick: #21 to the Detroit Lions

3) TJ Watt - Wisconsin
Safest pick of the draft. Great athlete that could live up to or even outshine brother JJ's potential.
Team Fits: Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers
Projected Pick: #32 to the New Orleans Saints

4) Tim Williams - Alabama
Doubles as a defensive end
Team Fits: Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans

5) Alex Anzalone - Florida
One of the biggest sleepers in the draft.
Team Fits:
Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings

Honorable Mentions:
Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt- Projected Pick: #24 to the Oakland Raiders
Jarrad Davis - Florida
Ben Boulware - Clemson
Sleeper alert

Cornerbacks
1) Marshon Lattimore - Ohio State
Top corner in the draft. Good to great cover skills that will only get better with time. Would be a nice fit in Todd Bowles' defense in New York if they don't reach for North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Tribusky.
Team Fits: New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears
Projected Pick: #8 to the Carolina Panthers

2) Marlon Humphrey - Alabama
Played well under extremely successful coach Nick Saban at Alabama and drew high praise from his former coach. Would do well as a late 1st or early 2nd rounder.
Team Fits:
New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Projected Pick: #13 to the Arizona Cardinals

3) Gareon Conley - Ohio State
Underrated prospect, but could blossom into a true lockdown corner. Potential to dominate from year one.
Team Fits:
New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Projected Pick: #14 to the Philadelphia Eagles

4) Tre'Davious White - Louisiana State
Very underrated corner, but could have some baggage coming into the NFL. Will go late in the 1st or early in the second.
Team Fits:
Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinatti Bengals

5) Chidobe Awuzie - Colorado
Lightning fast corner out of Colorado that gets little to no credit for his solid contributions on the field.
Team Fits:
Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets

Honorable Mentions:
Teez Tabor - Florida
Adoree Jackson - USC
Rasul Douglas -West Virginia
Kevin King - Washington
Quincy Wilson - Florida

Safety
1) Jamal Adams - Louisiana State
Exciting prospect could become a stud in a top-tier defense. Comes from the same line as Eric Berry and could be an even better playmaker than the Chiefs star.
Team Fits:
Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears
Projected Pick: #3 to the Chicago Bears

2) Malik Hooker - Ohio State
Hooker is the best coverage safety in the draft and draws comparisons to superstar Ed Reed who dominated for the Baltimore Ravens in the early 2000s. Could become one of the NFL's best ball-hawking safeties in the next few years.
Team Fits:
San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals
Projected Pick: #7 to the San Diego Chargers

3) Budda Baker - Washington
Baker is a great talent, but with two top-10 talents ahead of him at his position, he will have to wait his turn on draft day.
Team Fits:
Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals

4) Marcus Williams - Utah
Williams has flown up draft boards and is seen as someone who could take over the reins at safety in the next couple of years. Flashes HUGE potential.
Team Fits:
Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans

5) Josh Jones - NC State
Athletic freak, reminds of Cowboys' free safety Byron Jones who holds the record at the NFL Combine for the broad jump.
Team Fits:
Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints

Honorable Mentions:
Desmond King - Iowa
Marcus Maye - Florida
Obi Melifonwu - UCONN
Eddie Jackson - Alabama
Deep sleeper alert... Dealing with major leg injury, but once fully healed could become star safety in the NFL

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quarterback Controversy in Washington

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stated that the jury is still out on who will be the long-term starter for his squad. Former Redskins first-round pick responded to that by saying the Redskins are his team and that he will lead them. Gruden has been unsure about his quarterbacks ever since RGIII dislocated his ankle earlier this year. Gruden put in then back up Kirk Cousins who played inconsistent to say the least. He threw far too many interceptions to not be producing at least 4 TDs a game. Cousins couldn't get the job done, as was shown when the 'Skins got blown out by a weak Giants squad. In stepped third stringer Colt McCoy who played exceptionally well in his two games under center. However, after McCoy's two games RGIII was fully recovered. Robert Griffin III was officially back in week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings where he played very average. The young QB is ready to fight his way for the starting position, but could his injuries prove just too much for him to handle against an experienced QB like McCoy. As for now, Gruden's words may have sparked something in Griffin III, but his words still ring true. The jury is out on who will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback of the future.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Klay Thompson Leads Undefeated Warriors

Klay Thompson has dominated these past games leading his team to a 3-0 record. Stephen Curry is usually the more recognized of the Splash Brothers, but this time Thompson is making a whirlpool. Thompson scored 41 and 29 points in GSW's pas two games. Thompson will continue to produce big numbers offensively while taking over some of Curry's burden to lead this team deep into the playoffs. Klay Thompson is finally moving his game past three-pointers and clutch shots. He now is specializing in leading a team full of young players ready to make a SPLASH in the NBA. With Thompson stepping up Curry can finally worry about getting his teammates the ball instead of having to put up shot after shot. The Warriors are a top team this year especially with players like Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson maturing to become future greats in this Warriors franchise. PF David Lee is finally back from injury and looking to start where he left off. The Warriors were just starting to get their momentum with Curry and Lee producing HUGE numbers... Then Lee went down. It seemed that Golden State's season was doomed. On the contrary, players like Barnes, Thompson, and even backup PG Jarrett Jack started to take over Lee's workload. Eventually the Warriors eked their way into the playoffs. The Golden State Warriors can compete with the Thunder and Spurs for the best team in the West... Easily.

New England Best Team in NFL?

After the Patriots blew out Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in week 9, there has been plenty of rumors of Brady being better than Peyton and the Pats being the best team in the NFL. Brady has played like his Hall of Fame self as of late and shows no sign of turning back now. The Patriots will win the Super Bowl if Brady, Gronkowski, and Edelman can all keep producing they way they have been these past few weeks. However, Peyton and the Broncos... The most consistent team in the NFL this year (except maybe for perhaps the Arizona Cardinals) seemed to be rushed and unsure against a strong Pats D. Manning was scared to death and had to run for his life nearly every passing down. His passes were inaccurate and lacked teh "zip" that they usually possess. The Broncos defense was completely worthless against Tom Brady's offense. New additions TJ Ward, Aqib Talib, and DeMarcus Ware could do nothing against the means of Gronk, Edelman, and Vereen. The Arizona Cardinals, though they lost big time to the Broncos, are better than Peyton's squad. If Carson Palmer and his Arizona team would have been completely healthy and ready for action (like they are now) they'd have beaten Manning out of Mile High city. With the Cards D working at such a high level, there might be no stopping Bruce Arian's roster. The Bird Gang are my favorites to win the NFC this year and take on the Patriots, yes you heard me, the Patriots in Super Bowl 49. Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady will find a way to beat the Cards out in the fourth quarter, but the young Cards squad will be ready to make a  return appearance in Super Bowl 50.

Eagles without Foles

The Philadelphia Eagles have just lost young QB Nick Foles to a collarbone issue and he will be out for at least a month. Foles was taken down hard on his left shoulder area by Houston Texans' linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Foles walked off the field and was replaced by backup Mark Sanchez who recorded a strong showing against a somewhat weak Houston secondary. Sanchez tossed two touchdowns during his time on the field and lead the Eagles past the Texans 31-21. RB LeSean McCoy should also share some of Sanchez's credit. McCoy torched the Texans with his beastly speed, which opened up opportunities for Sanchez to shine. Mark Sanchez dominated during his college tenure at USC. He was regarded as one of the best QBs in all of college until he turned pro. He was drafted by the New York Jets and for awhile seemed to have turned the franchise into a winning organization. However, Ryan eventually stole Sanchez's key weapons and sabotaged his New York career. In free agency Sanchez opted to go to Philly and backup young star Nick Foles. Perhaps Chip Kelly's most under-the-radar signing this offseason could save his season and take the Eagles to the playoffs.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tony Romo Injury Serious?

Tony Romo was injured again last Monday night against a strong Redskins defense. Romo, coming off back surgery, has been in good form so far this season and it would be disappointing to say the least if he went down now after such great play this year. Romo's back was aggravated on Keenan Robinson's sack in the third quarter. Brandon Weeden, Romo's backup, did fill in for the star QB nicely, however, going 4/6 for 69 yards one TD and no interceptions. Cowboy owner and GM Jerry Jones told the media that Romo's injury is just a matter of pain tolerance at the moment. We will see if Jones's "encouraging" words will get Tony Romo, who was very unfortunate to have taken a knee to his surgically repaired back, back on the field Sunday against the Cardinals.