Breshad Perriman: Made For this Game

With the rise of the passing game in the NFL, the league has become flooded with talent at the Wide Receiver position. Teams are no longer satisfied with just one star pass-catcher. Now its becoming fashionable to have a stud No. 1,  a deep threat No. 2, and even a flashy slot guy.

Last year’s draft was littered with talented receivers, and teams scooped them up early and often, with five total going in the 1st round, two in the top 10, and four in the top 20.

It used to be a well known fact that you had to wait for a Wide Receiver’s third year to see exactly what he was made of, but that trend seems to be broken, as a ton of these guys broke out in their rookie season, and proved to be valuable asset to their teams.

This year’s draft appears to be loaded with that same promise. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if at least three receivers were chosen in the top ten of the first round.

Even though there are quite a few players rated higher, who seem to be a bit more NFL ready, the player I see having the biggest impact on this class is Breshad Perriman.

The NFL used to be a Running Back focused league. Not all that long ago, there were teams who gave up a large portion of their draft to try and secure the best prospect at that position. Quarterbacks were also highly valued as the league started to become more balanced between the rush and the pass. The lucky teams all had a solid receiver, and the great ones had a dominating receiver, but it was very hard to find a team that had two.

The man who changed that was Brett Perriman. Barry Sanders, was the main focus for the Lions back in those days, but it was hard to ignore a receiving core led by Perriman, and Herman Moore.

In 1995 they became the first duo to catch over 100 passes in the same season. They were also the  first duo with over 1400 receiving in the same season. Even as theRobin to Moore’s Batman, Perriman finished his career in Detroit ranked 3rd in receptions and yards.

The biggest knocks on his son Breshad, are poor route running, and small hands which lead to a lot of drops. However, besides the outstanding pedigree, the young receiver seems to be blessed with all the things that can’t be taught.  He has tremendous size(6’2, 212 lbs), and blazing speed(4.24 40 yard dash), which allowed him to average over 20 yards per reception in college. He also has tremendous leaping ability, and surprising suddeness for a big man which make him a big play threat on every down, and allow him to gain a ton of yards after the catch.

Perriman’s stock has risen greatly in preparation for this year’s draft, and even though his name is being mentioned with the elite, I see him going somewhere in the middle or late first round. Some GM’s are still afraid of his rawness, and inexperience, but I believe that whichever team finally pulls the trigger on him, will find themselves with a big time steal, no matter what number he is drafted at.

Here are a few teams I see as a good match for him:

Houston Texan

It appears that Houston will have a young, inexperienced Quarterback behind center, and no better way to take the pressure off of him by giving him a large target with blazing speed. I believe Perriman would be a dynamic compliment to DeAndre Hopkins, and the two could easily spread the field for Arian Foster. I believe he can help make this team become an instant contender.

Cleveland Browns

Since he is already being compared to Josh Gordon, and the Browns have two first round picks, I think Perriman makes a ton of sense here. With the uncertainty of when they will get their suspended Receiver back, they have a huge hole to fill, but the prospect of having them both on the field at the same time in the future, should make any Cleveland fan or QB smile.

Philadelphia Eagles

If he lasts this long, or if the Eagles haven’t traded up for their coveted Quarterback,I think this would be the perfect match for Perriman. You know Chip Kelly’s offense is going to be explosive, and this guy should be able to fit right into the number one spot. I think it would be a dangerous combo that would have the league talking for years.

Detroit Lions

If somehow he was paired up with Calvin Johnson this would be a matchup reminiscent of Moore and Perriman, except for the new duo would be way more explosive and have a way better Quarterback. I’ll admit, it doesn’t really make sense with Golden Tate there, but with Calvin Johnson’s history of injuries, it might not be a bad time to start preparing a replacement.

New Orleans Saints

Just like the Browns, the Saints have two picks in the first round of this draft. After losing a couple of big time targets, Drew Brees would be ecstatic to have a talent like this added to his recently depleted stable of receivers. I could see Perriman becoming what Marques Colston was for this team for so many years.

No matter where he lands, I think we will be hearing the name Breshad Perriman for years to come. He may be raw, and still have a few things to learn, but with his talent and pedigree it should all come easily for him. If you ask me, it just seems like he was made for this game.

Analysis and Predictions for all 32 NFL Teams

Besides the regular season and the playoffs, this may actually be the most exciting time for the NFL. After the fate of every team has been decided from the year before, GM’s and Owners go into a mad scramble to fill the holes in their rosters, and to try to maintain the keys to their success.


Already this off-season we’ve seen some adrenaline inducing moves, with some major players changing teams, either through free agency or trade. There are also the teams that believe they have gotten stronger, or remained close enough to the top by standing pat.


With most of the difference makers already on their new teams, and only the draft between us and a fairly good idea of where each team stands. It seems a fitting time to start predicting the strengths and weaknesses of each team.


AFC EAST  


1. New England – We have grown accustomed to the Patriots being competitive every year, and so have they. Its gotten to the point that we expect to see them in the playoffs every year.  They earned that respect, by drafting well, maintaining their roster properly, getting the most out of somewhat decent players, and having the greatest coach of all-time. However, it seems the clock is starting to wind down on this franchise. Age is finally catching up to them, they no longer have a slew of draft picks in their pockets, and they’ve lost more talent than even the Hoodie can replace in one draft. In a division that has added a ton of talent around them, I see the Patriots struggling to get to 10 or 11 wins, but still managing to win the division somehow.


2. Miami -Last year the Dolphins showed promise, beating the Super Bowl Champions, and maturing slowly but surely in the face of adversity. They seemed to underachieve for much of last season, and after bringing in a couple of big names, and resigning key players, I believe they will finally start to knock on the door of success. With Ndamukong Suh in place to shore up the defense, Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings there to provide a couple of decent targets for Ryan Tannehill, and Mike Pouncey smiling about his extension, this team is finally in a position to give the Patriots a run for their money. However, they are at least a few years, away from true success.


3. Buffalo- This is probably the best team the Bills have assembled since their 4 year futile Super Bowl assault. They’ve added talent at each skilled offensive position, and have their fans on the edge of their seats months before the season even begins.Because if this, I hate to be the one to piss in your punch bowl, but the Bills won’t be getting any rings this year, and there is a slim to none chance they will even make the playoffs.  Yes, they added LeSean McCoy, but they’ve have had great running back play in the past. Percy Harvin adds another big name, but his last few attempts at a comeback show that he is broken, and may even be a detriment to his new team. Depending on who is throwing him the ball, Charles Clay’s versatility, may make him the best addition, but with a struggling youngster, and a journeyman competing under center, it is hard to promise much but chaos for this team.


4. New York- The Jets have a respectable receiving core, and a few aging, but decent names on defense. It would be fun to say that this is the year that Geno Smith taps his potential and leads his team to respectability, but its hard to see them anywhere but in the cellar of this division.


AFC NORTH


1.Cincinatti- The Bengals started out the season looking unstoppable. Somewhere along the line the wheels fell off, and everyone in the league got to go back to their favorite past time, blaming Andy Dalton. This is the year that all changes. With an upstart running back, and one of the top receivers in the league (If A.J. Green can stay healthy), this should be one of the top offenses in the league. With what should be an even more improved defense, this team will finally have the last laugh against its critics.


2. Baltimore- The Ravens seemed to be aging like a fine wine, and catching some lucky breaks along the way. Even with talent that at times seem painfully mediocre, they manage to remain relevant every season. This year shouldn’t be any different, but with the other teams in their division getting stronger, this may be the start of them becoming exposed, and going into a serious decline.


3. Pittsburgh-The Steelers should be on their way to winning the division this year, but even with extreme talent on both sides of the ball, they have proven inconsistent. With off the field, and contract issues looming, they are on the brink of falling right over the edge. This team has one saving grace that will could keep them in the hunt. Their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger feeds off of adversity.


4. Cleveland- Their record didn’t necessarily show it, but this is one of the worst franchises in the league. The Browns would do best to start this team over right from the beginning instead of trying to patch up a broken team on the run. Too many wasted draft picks has left this team severely wanting.


AFC SOUTH


1. Houston-The Texans just keep adding to an already ridiculous defensive front. They will be hell on wheels for any quarterback or running back trying to establish any sort of momentum against them. Although their offense is lacking any certainty at the Quarterback position, they have decent players at the other skill positions, and should be able to produce enough points to stay in most games, and allow their Defense to win the Division.


2. Indianapolis- We all knew Andrew Luck was going to be good, but last season he strapped this otherwise porous team to his arm and threw them to a Division Title. In other words he pulled a playoff berth out of his shorts just to be brought back to earth in the AFC Championship game. As a reward for his efforts, his front office showered him with new recruits, a running back and receiver way past their respective primes. Most Quarterbacks don’t repeat a season that great, and even though he will try to carry the offense once again, the burden this time will be too heavy. Fortunately, the other two teams in this division don’t carry enough of a threat to keep them out of second place.


 3. Jacksonville- Last year the Jaguars season started without much hope, but towards the end they started to put the pieces together on offense. With a shiny new toy in Julius Thomas, Blake Bortles should start to justify his early pick, and this team should start to find a bit of a rhythm. Don’t get too excited yet, they will have plenty more high draft picks, before they start to make any sort of real noise.


4. Tennessee-The Titans roster seems to be filled with almosts and what ifs. They may have their Quarterback of the future, their Running Back could turn into something special, and their Receivers may someday do more than just catch a ton of passes. Until then they will continue to scratch the bottom of the barrel.


AFC WEST

1. Denver-The Broncos may just be the most talented team in the whole League. They have stars scattered throughout their entire roster, but that doesn’t mean they are the best team. If Peyton Manning can stay healthy, they will win this Division by default, because the other three teams have refused to get any better.


2. Kansas City-If Andy Reid ever gets this team healthy and clicking, the Chief could be a handful for a ton of teams. They showed promise again last year while their Running Backs were healthy. Now that Alex Smith has a legitimate weapon, he may have a chance to show off the skill we’ve been waiting to see for sometime. If this team fails to reach the playoffs this year, I think its time they start looking to replace their coach.


3. Oakland- The Raiders were awful on both sides of the ball last season, but they have quietly put together a pretty decent squad this off-season. They are way ahead of a lot of teams with the fact that they already found their franchise Quarterback.  If the other pieces around Carr produce, and the Defense takes another step forward, this could be a fun team to watch.


4. San Diego-The Chargers were loaded with talent for a long time, and every season it seemed like they were one of the favorites. Now the talent they have left is getting old, and it doesn’t seem they have done much to replace it. With the other teams in the division getting better, this team could be at the bottom of the pile for a long time.




NFC East


1. New York- If Eli gets even close to being back to his old form, this offense could be obnoxiously good. He could end up with the best two Wide Receivers in the league,  one of the top Tight Ends, and a decent running game. If the defense steps up at all, this could be an impossible team to deal with. While the Cowboys and Eagles are busy having a manhood measuring contest, the Giants are preparing to unleash an unmatched aerial attack on the Division.


2. Philadelphia- None of us know exactly what to expect next from Chip Kelly, and his Eagles. What we do know is he is more sure of his plan that anyone else in the league, and has set out to make his team in his exact likeness. If he gets his way, this team will be dangerous.


3. Dallas-The Cowboys had a tiny taste of success, and suddenly it went screaming to their head. They seemed so sure that Murray would come back begging them to allow him to run behind their offensive line, that they let him slip away way too easily. Now they have no one to take advantage of the best asset on their team. Romo has been playing for so long with one foot on the field, and the other in the Emergency Room, that they need to  have someone to take the pressure off of him. They took a huge risk by softening their Offense, but their Defense is still good enough that they should at least finish around .500.


4. Washington- The Redskins have all the potential, and talent to be great. They just can’t seem to put it all together at the same time. If they do they could be a headache to the other teams in their division. If not, they will at least have another great draft pick next year.


NFC NORTH


1. Green Bay- The biggest mistake the Packers made was paying two guys, #1 Receiver contracts.  Yes, Jordie Nelson, and Randall Cobb have put up big numbers, but is it them, or are they a product of Aaron Rodgers? With all the potential talent behind them on the depth chart, it would have been smarter for them to keep some of that money to pay someone on the defensive side of the ball. The Packers should win the Division again by default, but it seems like that is as far as they will this year.


2. Detroit- Over the last few seasons, the Lions have had big names on both sides of the ball, and yet, they struggle to be anything other than mediocre. Just like with Barry Sanders, they have one of the biggest play makers ( Calvin Johnson) on the field at any given time, but can’t seem to use him properly. Now that their Defensive Line has been decimated, they are going to struggle to even stay in games. If they can’t find a way to generate points soon, they are going to find it very difficult to win.


3. Minnesota -The Vikings are a huge question mark. If Peterson comes back, and he has the same tenacity he did after missing time with an injury, if Teddy Bridgewater is the play caller they think he can be, and if they can find one or two decent Receivers in a very crowded group, they may find themselves in contention.  If not. They will be treading water once again.


4. Chicago- There is one thing separating the Bears from being one of the top teams in the league, or being down towards the bottom. When he is not inside his own head, Jay Cutler, is a very talented passer, but that doesn’t happen often enough for him to be a positive difference for his team. Until they improve the defense, and put someone else under center, they will continue to look good on paper, but struggle on the field.


 NFC SOUTH


1. Atlanta- Under new Head Coach Dan Quinn, the Falcons have committed to restructure their defense in the image of the Championship squad he had in Seattle. If they can accomplish this,  they will take a tremendous amount of pressure off of Matt Ryan. The offense showed flashes of brilliance last year, until they were haunted by injury. Towards the end of the season, the offensive line was very porous, and their receivers struggled to stay healthy. If they can fix those issues, this could be a very competitive team.


2. New Orleans- To the untrained eye, it may have looked like the Saints were giving up when they traded the 2nd best Tight End in the league to the Seahawks. If you think that, you haven’t heard of Josh Hill, the guy who scored 5 TD’s on 14 receptions, while filling in for an injured Jimmy Graham. So not only do they have a decent replacement, but they received Center Max Unger, and a late first round pick. This team may be the best example of addition by subtraction.


 3. Carolina-The Panthers won the Division last year, which was impressive. However, they did it with a losing record, which is not. So far they have signed a few big name players who are either at the end of their prime, or never actually really got there. This team has the illusion of talent, but even in one of the weakest divisions in the league, I think anything more than 8-8 is asking way too much. 


4. Tampa Bay- Buccaneers fans will be quick to remind you of all the games they lost by less a touchdown. However, they probably won’t mention the games in which they were humiliated. Despite what most people want you to believe, this team is not close to contending. 


NFC WEST


1. Seattle- I have a feeling that the Seahawks are becoming less and less popular with each step they take forward. Adding Jimmy Graham, has to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and makes them the most hated team in the NFC. They were already dangerous, now they are ridiculous.


2. San Francisco- The 49ers will not be half as bad as people think. This team still has great players in key places, but most of all they have pride. They will remain competitive. If for no other reason than to disappoint those who cheer for them to fail.


3. St. Louis- On paper, the Rams have one of the better defenses in the league, and still they let people trample all over them last year. Regardless, they remain committed to that side of the ball, and sooner than later they will figure it out. When they do, this team will be highly competitive.


4. Arizona- The aging Cardinals had their best shot last year. Although the ride was exciting, they missed it. I would say this would be a prime time for them to start rebuilding, or they will soon find themselves back in the same place they just came from.




AFC Wild Card


Indianapolis @ New England


Baltimore @ Houston


NFC Wild Card


Philadephia @ Green Bay


Detroit @ Atlanta


AFC Divisional Round


Indianapolis @ Cincinnati


Houston @ Denver


NFC Divisional Round


Green Bay @ New York Giants


Atlanta @ Seattle


AFC Championship Round


Indianapolis @ Denver


NFC Championship Round


New York Giants @ Seattle


Super Bowl


Indianapolis Vs New York Giants


Super Bowl Champion 


New York Giants

Melvin Gordon: The Future is Now

Melvin Gordon not only overcomes challenges with ease, he seems to welcome them. He spurned the easy path from the very beginning, starting out his college career by turning down scholarship offers from Iowa, Louisville, and Michigan to play for his favorite team, the Wisconsin Badgers.

The story doesn’t end there. The Badgers are known for churning out great running backs, and had two future NFL players at the position on the depth chart ahead of him. When he joined the team, he wasn’t even guaranteed time on the field.

  • That didn’t stop Gordon from impressing early and often, as he took massive chunks out of defenses on a regular basis. He holds the FBS record with an amazing 7.79 yards a carry average, which helped him become the the fastest player to 2000 yards on only 241 carries, and gave him 2,587 for the 2014 season, second all-time behind Barry Sanders. He also broke the FBS record for yards in a game against Oklahoma, with 408, while only playing for 3 quarters.

A lot of the credit for his success is given to the Badger’s Offensive Line, but many Running Backs have had similar lines, without tasting the same success. A major portion of his numbers came while sharing carries with two of the best Running Backs in the league.

  • Gordon’s best attributes, are his vision, decisiveness and patience. He is able to take advantage of the blocking, then explode through the holes better than everyone else in the history. Barry Sanders made opponents miss by cutting on a dime, and running sideline to sideline. Gordon does it by dashing straight ahead, sometimes reaching full speed before he even has the ball, and is still able to hit the hole and blast through defenders with precision.

I have heard him compared to Jamaal Charles and Reggie Bush, but when I watch him run I see a combination of Adrian Peterson and Walter Payton. In Peterson’s first few years in the league, he ran with a straight up confidence, but appeared to be moving at a snails pace. Gordon runs with the same confidence, but explodes across the field, always setting himself up with the right angles to make the big play. Payton would burst through the middle, dragging defenders with him for extra yards. Gordon slices through them like a knife in hot butter on his way to the end zone.

The value of the Running Back has definitely gone down in the NFL over the last few years, as rules have been changed to help the passing game, and teams have gone to more of a specialist approach, with a committee of running backs. In an era of instant gratification, fans seem to prefer the home-run threat over the traditional ground and pound.
Gordon can be the one to bring glory back to the ground game.  With his nearly 8 yards a carry, he maintains the efficiency of the running game, while adding the excitement of the big play. If you have ever watched a Badger game you know this guy can take his team from end zone to end zone faster than any cannon armed Quarterback, without the risk of a incompletion or interception.
In a very physical league, durability is a major concern for running backs. Gordon has proven that he can be a workhorse back, with 549 carries in the last to years, and 343 in 2014 alone, without missing a game.
If he falls in the draft, it will be because of the low value on his position, not his own talent, as he is arguably the most dominant college player to enter the NFL. However, dropping to a team that is already established could be the best thing that ever happened to him.
Gordon has proven that he is almost impossible to bring down after he has gotten through the first line of defense, and that would seemingly make him a perfect match for the Cowboys offense, who opened incredible holes for Demarco Murray on his way to 1845 yards and 13 TD’s last season. It would be scary to think of what a back with Gordon’s vision and speed could do in that same offense.
Even though the Badger’s have had a few decent Quarterbacks in his tenure, Gordon never had the luxury of a prolific passer who could take the eyes of the defense off of him. If he somehow landed on the Colts, he would be the secondary concern for opponents, and would bring an element of surprise as opponents focused on Andrew Luck. He would also almost certainly improve his receiving game which has been good but rare.
Obviously, a lot of his success depends on which team takes him, and how they decide to use him, but I believe Gordon will have an even better career in the NFL than he did in college. He has equivalent skills to Barry Sanders and Reggie Bush, but even more heart and determination, and since not much is expected from a Running Back anymore, he has far less pressure.
I believe he has the skills to impress at some point in his rookie year, if not immediately, and as soon as he is given the chance, will start to change the way defenses have to prepare for a team.

No matter what happens, you can bet that Melvin Gordon will be ready, determined, and prepared for whatever is put in his path, and no matter what team he is on, what situation he faces, or what obstacle is in his path; he will be up for the challenge.

2015 NFL “No/Nonsense” Mock Draft

Does defense still win Championships?

At one point the salary cap brought parody to the NFL, and we all enjoyed the fact that even if we cheered for a bad team, that could change, and within a few years we could be contenders. The other thing that made that possible was the draft. If you were the worst team the year before, you could change that, by making a couple of decent picks.

The problem is, there is a prevailing thought in the NFL, that you can’t win a championship in the league without an elite Quarterback. This theory has proven itself in many cases, but there is a reason why it is the way it is. Most teams chase an elite QB, hoping he will make their team better, rather than the other way around. 

Out of the last five Super Bowl champions, all five Quarterbacks came into the league on teams that were already established. The only one drafted #1 overall was Eli Manning by the Chargers, and he was traded to the New York Giants, who had made it to the playoffs 2 out of the 3 previous years. 

In all 5 cases, the quarterback was just the missing piece of an almost complete puzzle.
Their teams carried them not the other way around.

The Quarterback is the engine that drives the vehicle. If you put a powerful engine in a less than adequate vehicle, they may make a ton of noise, and put on an interesting show, but eventually they will burn out before they do any serious damage. If you put a decent engine in a reliable vehicle, they may start out slow, but eventually they will improve each other’s performance.

Here is my opinion of how the draft should look if each team took the best pick for their team, rather than going for broke.

The only reason why we are starting to see dynasty caliber teams, is the bad teams keep drafting poorly, and the good teams keep getting richer.


1. Tampa Bay

Leonard Williams DL

To me this is an easy choice. You have the worst record in the league, take the best player available. If he is half the player they say he is, he should have this team firing on all cylinders in no time.

2. Tennessee Titans

Brandon Scherff OT

They say they have faith in their QB. The best way to prove it to him is to show him they are going to protect him. Maybe even pick up a decent receiver later in the draft.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dante Fowler Jr. DE

The Jaguars were atrocious. Their offense seemed to improve as the year went on, but the defense still needs a ton of help. Adding a very dependable presence to their D-Line would be a great place to start in rebuilding. 


4. Oakland Raiders

Danny Shelton DT

I think the consensus here was that if Williams was off the board, the Raiders would pick one of the top end receivers. They seemed to address that issue by signing Michael Crabtree, and appear very solid at the position. The Raiders are severely lacking at corner but with Shelton eating up space in the middle and the unit will improve drastically. This guy instantly makes the whole defense better.


5. Washington Redskins

Marcus Mariota QB

The Redskins seem to be flirting with the idea of drafting another QB. I think it is a very good idea. Unlike the other teams ahead of them who need a Quarterback, they already have the other pieces in place that could help him succeed. They also have the luxury of giving him a year to learn the offense if need be.

6. New York Jets

Vic Beasley OLB

The Jets have a bunch of holes, but this guy will fill the need for a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, and should help anchor their defense for a long time. With the right pieces on both sides of the ball, they may find out they already have the right engine on their roster.

7. Chicago Bears

Jameis Winston QB

You know the Bears will be tempted to replace Brandon Marshall with this pick. 
However their real area of need is someone to consistently get the ball to the weapons they already have. I believe they are just a solid QB away from being contenders in their division. Hopefully Cutler’s talent and not his attitude would rub off on the young QB.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Alvin Dupree PLB

This kid seems like a match made in Heaven for a team that needs some help on defense, and is trying to transition into a new defense.
He’s very athletic, and high motor. 

9. New York Giants

Landon Collins S

 The Giants defense has a few holes to fill. The biggest one right right now is at safety, and this kid should be able to step in, and fill it immediately. He is versatile enough to stop the run, or drop back into coverage.

10. St. Louis Rams


Kevin White WR

The Rams have been trying to replace Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce for what seems like for ever now. If they haven’t gotten completely discouraged yet, this amazing specimen should be the one to help fill that role.

11. Minnesota Vikings

Trae Waynes CB

With the possibility of 5 potential top ten receivers in their division the Vikings need to think about filling that need here. He isn’t the big body type you would especially like against the monster receivers in the division, but he should be able to make up for it with great cover skills.

12. Cleveland Browns

Amari Cooper WR

Every year the hole behind center seems to get deeper for this team. They would love to see one of the young signal callers here, but chances are they will have settle for filling the hole left by the still MIA, Josh Gordon. Cooper may not be the explosive playmaker Gordon was, but he should give them a solid threat. They are one of the culprits responsible for ruining the QB position in the league, hopefully they don’t continue that trend.


13. New Orleans Saints

Randy Gregory OLB 

I think the Saints surprised almost everyone by going into a pseudo/rebuilding mode this late in Drew Brees career. It seems they’ve been smart about it though, and could come out ahead. They need an outside pass rusher and have a chance to fill it with the first of two 1st round picks. Gregory is a great athlete but may need some work.

14. Miami Dolphins

Devin Funchess TE

The Dolphins have a couple of options here. They lost a couple of decent offensive weapons, and have holes to fill at both WR and TE. Funchess can play either, and gives Ryan Tannehill the big target he would otherwise be missing.


15. San Fransisco 49ers

Ereck Flowers OT

The Niners went from a competitive team to utter shambles in virtually record time. This squad has so many holes to fill that it has to have someone’s head spinning. They definitely need help on the O-Line, and it seems to me that a guy who can handle both the run and the pass, is a great start.

16. Houston Texans

Devante Parker WR

He appears to be the perfect guy to replace Superstar Andre Johnson. Parker has all the tangibles to play besides DeAndre Hopkins, and to be a big help to this offense that seems to be suddenly seeking an identity.

17. San Diego Chargers 

Todd Gurley RB

With Ryan Matthews gone, this seems like the perfect time and place for Gurley to step in and carve out a niche in this offense.  If he can stay healthy he could have s tremendous impact on this club, and help them to finally tip over the ledge they’ve been riding on for so long.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

D.J. Humphries OT

The Chiefs are a tough team to understand. One week they can appear as if they are falling apart, and the next week they dominate. They finally have a receiver to go along with their stellar Running game. Now they can give Alex Smith a little bit of peace of mind, with a solid blindside protector. They team make look for a QB later in the draft.

 
19. Cleveland Browns

Malcolm Brown DT

With their second pick of the first round the Browns shore up their defense, by solidifying their D-Line. He’s Large and versatile, and should be able to start making an impact almost immediately.


20. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaq Thompson OLB

I think Thompson fits perfectly into Chip Kelly’s mind set for a team.  The Eagles are in need of some edge help, and this guy can bring it and always plays with heart. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals

T.J. Clemmings OT

The scary part is Clemmings can be step in and be dominant at his position, while he is still learning his position, and has room to grow. The Bengals came out of the gates strong last year, before collapsing mid season. What they seem to lack is a killer instinct, and I think this converted defensive player is the right guy to help them with that.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers 

Jalen Collins CB

Age has finally caught up with the Steelers defense, especially their defensive backfield. They can fill a ton of their needs with Collins. He lacks experience, but has all of the measurables, and instincts to be star in the league.


23. Detroit Lions

Eddie Goldman DT

The Lions were one of the best defenses in the league for all of last year, but after losing their two big DT’s and replacing them with an aging Haloti Ngata, they have a massive hole to fill up front. Goldman is a massive force against the run, and even though he has some growing to do, he should be able to fill the void rather nicely.

24. Arizona Cardinals 

Melvin Gordon RB

This team was solid for most of the year, but seemed lost at times without a true focus on offense. Gordon can be just that for them. If he can adjust to the speed of the league, and learn to trust his blockers, he can be a huge playmaker, and carry a ton of the burden for this unit.

25. Carolina Panthers 

La’el Collins OT

Carolina is a team with a strong core, but they seem to lose key pieces as quickly as they can add them. They need help on the O-line and this guy can give them the mean streak that they need to continue to rebuild their offense around.

26. Baltimore Ravens

Breshard Perriman WR

The Ravens need a Wide Receiver to replace Torrey Smith. This guy is a monster. He gives Joe Flacco a dynamic target, and has the size and speed to devastate d-backs, and open up the field for his offense.

27. Dallas Cowboys 

Ameer Abdullah RB

The strong point of the Cowboys offense last year, was the ability to open holes big enough for a truck to drive through. After losing Demarco Murray to free agency, I can’t see them wanting to waste that advantage. With the two big names in the draft gone, I think they should give Abdullah a chance. The only knock on him is his small stature, but he has all the necessary skills to be a huge success in this offense.

28. Denver Broncos

Maxx Williams TE

This guy is the best true Tight End in the draft, and could give them back the threat they lost in Julius Thomas. He has a few areas in which he could improve, but with an elite QB throwing him the ball, he should be productive immediately. It seems a win-win for both parties involved.

29. Indianapolis Colts

Andrus Peat OT

This guy is a project, but could be exactly what the Colts are looking for at this spot.  They need a good tackle and he has potential to be great. The biggest question is, can they be patient enough to help him develop?

30. Green Bay Packers

Quinten Rollins CB

Seems a perfect match for the Packers who love to take calculated risks. With holes all over their defensive backfield, it would seem risky to take a project in the first round, but they have done it very successfully in the past.


31. New Orleans

Laken Tomlinson OL

The Saints have chosen a future over present success, and this beast of a man should be a great step forward. It may take him time to catch up in the NFL, but when he does, he should anchor this line for years to come.

32. New England Patriots 

Shane Ray

The Champs lost a ton of talent this year, and have glaring holes on either side of the ball. They will have to draft wisely to patch them all. Ray gives them a solid pass rusher, who should help take pressure off of some of the other positions.





u were the worst team the year before, you could change that, by making a couple of decent picks.

The problem is, there is a prevailing thought in the NFL, that you can’t win a championship in the league without an elite Quarterback. This theory has proven itself in many cases, but there is a reason why it is the way it is. Most teams chase an elite QB, hoping he will make their team better, rather than the other way around. 

Out of the last five Super Bowl champions, all five Quarterbacks came into the league on teams that were already established. The only one drafted #1 overall was Eli Manning by the Chargers, and he was traded to the New York Giants, who had made it to the playoffs 2 out of the 3 previous years. 

In all 5 cases, the quarterback was just the missing piece of an almost complete puzzle.
Their teams carried them not the other way around.

The Quarterback is the engine that drives the vehicle. If you put a powerful engine in a less than adequate vehicle, they may make a ton of noise, and put on an interesting show, but eventually they will burn out before they do any serious damage. If you put a decent engine in a reliable vehicle, they may start out slow, but eventually they will improve each other’s performance.

Here is my opinion of how the draft should look if each team took the best pick for their team, rather than going for broke.

The only reason why we are starting to see dynasty caliber teams, is the bad teams keep drafting poorly, and the good teams keep getting richer.


1. Tampa Bay

Leonard Williams DL

To me this is an easy choice. You have the worst record in the league, take the best player available. If he is half the player they say he is, he should have this team firing on all cylinders in no time.

2. Tennessee Titans

Brandon Scherff OT

They say they have faith in their QB. The best way to prove it to him is to show him they are going to protect him. Maybe even pick up a decent receiver later in the draft.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dante Fowler Jr. DE

The Jaguars were atrocious. Their offense seemed to improve as the year went on, but the defense still needs a ton of help. Adding a very dependable presence to their D-Line would be a great place to start in rebuilding. 


4. Oakland Raiders

Danny Shelton DT

I think the consensus here was that if Williams was off the board, the Raiders would pick one of the top end receivers. They seemed to address that issue by signing Michael Crabtree, and appear very solid at the position. The Raiders are severely lacking at corner but with Shelton eating up space in the middle and the unit will improve drastically. This guy instantly makes the whole defense better.


5. Washington Redskins

Marcus Mariota QB

The Redskins seem to be flirting with the idea of drafting another QB. I think it is a very good idea. Unlike the other teams ahead of them who need a Quarterback, they already have the other pieces in place that could help him succeed. They also have the luxury of giving him a year to learn the offense if need be.

6. New York Jets

Vic Beasley OLB

The Jets have a bunch of holes, but this guy will fill the need for a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, and should help anchor their defense for a long time. With the right pieces on both sides of the ball, they may find out they already have the right engine on their roster.

7. Chicago Bears

Jameis Winston QB

You know the Bears will be tempted to replace Brandon Marshall with this pick. 
However their real area of need is someone to consistently get the ball to the weapons they already have. I believe they are just a solid QB away from being contenders in their division. Hopefully Cutler’s talent and not his attitude would rub off on the young QB.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Alvin Dupree PLB

This kid seems like a match made in Heaven for a team that needs some help on defense, and is trying to transition into a new defense.
He’s very athletic, and high motor. 

9. New York Giants

Landon Collins S

 The Giants defense has a few holes to fill. The biggest one right right now is at safety, and this kid should be able to step in, and fill it immediately. He is versatile enough to stop the run, or drop back into coverage.

10. St. Louis Rams


Kevin White WR

The Rams have been trying to replace Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce for what seems like for ever now. If they haven’t gotten completely discouraged yet, this amazing specimen should be the one to help fill that role.

11. Minnesota Vikings

Trae Waynes CB

With the possibility of 5 potential top ten receivers in their division the Vikings need to think about filling that need here. He isn’t the big body type you would especially like against the monster receivers in the division, but he should be able to make up for it with great cover skills.

12. Cleveland Browns

Amari Cooper WR

Every year the hole behind center seems to get deeper for this team. They would love to see one of the young signal callers here, but chances are they will have settle for filling the hole left by the still MIA, Josh Gordon. Cooper may not be the explosive playmaker Gordon was, but he should give them a solid threat. They are one of the culprits responsible for ruining the QB position in the league, hopefully they don’t continue that trend.


13. New Orleans Saints

Randy Gregory OLB 

I think the Saints surprised almost everyone by going into a pseudo/rebuilding mode this late in Drew Brees career. It seems they’ve been smart about it though, and could come out ahead. They need an outside pass rusher and have a chance to fill it with the first of two 1st round picks. Gregory is a great athlete but may need some work.

14. Miami Dolphins

Devin Funchess TE

The Dolphins have a couple of options here. They lost a couple of decent offensive weapons, and have holes to fill at both WR and TE. Funchess can play either, and gives Ryan Tannehill the big target he would otherwise be missing.


15. San Fransisco 49ers

Ereck Flowers OT

The Niners went from a competitive team to utter shambles in virtually record time. This squad has so many holes to fill that it has to have someone’s head spinning. They definitely need help on the O-Line, and it seems to me that a guy who can handle both the run and the pass, is a great start.

16. Houston Texans

Devante Parker WR

He appears to be the perfect guy to replace Superstar Andre Johnson. Parker has all the tangibles to play besides DeAndre Hopkins, and to be a big help to this offense that seems to be suddenly seeking an identity.

17. San Diego Chargers 

Todd Gurley RB

With Ryan Matthews gone, this seems like the perfect time and place for Gurley to step in and carve out a niche in this offense.  If he can stay healthy he could have s tremendous impact on this club, and help them to finally tip over the ledge they’ve been riding on for so long.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

D.J. Humphries OT

The Chiefs are a tough team to understand. One week they can appear as if they are falling apart, and the next week they dominate. They finally have a receiver to go along with their stellar Running game. Now they can give Alex Smith a little bit of peace of mind, with a solid blindside protector. They team make look for a QB later in the draft.

 
19. Cleveland Browns

Malcolm Brown DT

With their second pick of the first round the Browns shore up their defense, by solidifying their D-Line. He’s Large and versatile, and should be able to start making an impact almost immediately.


20. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaq Thompson OLB

I think Thompson fits perfectly into Chip Kelly’s mind set for a team.  The Eagles are in need of some edge help, and this guy can bring it and always plays with heart. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals

T.J. Clemmings OT

The scary part is Clemmings can be step in and be dominant at his position, while he is still learning his position, and has room to grow. The Bengals came out of the gates strong last year, before collapsing mid season. What they seem to lack is a killer instinct, and I think this converted defensive player is the right guy to help them with that.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers 

Jalen Collins CB

Age has finally caught up with the Steelers defense, especially their defensive backfield. They can fill a ton of their needs with Collins. He lacks experience, but has all of the measurables, and instincts to be star in the league.


23. Detroit Lions

Eddie Goldman DT

The Lions were one of the best defenses in the league for all of last year, but after losing their two big DT’s and replacing them with an aging Haloti Ngata, they have a massive hole to fill up front. Goldman is a massive force against the run, and even though he has some growing to do, he should be able to fill the void rather nicely.

24. Arizona Cardinals 

Melvin Gordon RB

This team was solid for most of the year, but seemed lost at times without a true focus on offense. Gordon can be just that for them. If he can adjust to the speed of the league, and learn to trust his blockers, he can be a huge playmaker, and carry a ton of the burden for this unit.

25. Carolina Panthers 

La’el Collins OT

Carolina is a team with a strong core, but they seem to lose key pieces as quickly as they can add them. They need help on the O-line and this guy can give them the mean streak that they need to continue to rebuild their offense around.

26. Baltimore Ravens

Breshard Perriman WR

The Ravens need a Wide Receiver to replace Torrey Smith. This guy is a monster. He gives Joe Flacco a dynamic target, and has the size and speed to devastate d-backs, and open up the field for his offense.

27. Dallas Cowboys 

Ameer Abdullah RB

The strong point of the Cowboys offense last year, was the ability to open holes big enough for a truck to drive through. After losing Demarco Murray to free agency, I can’t see them wanting to waste that advantage. With the two big names in the draft gone, I think they should give Abdullah a chance. The only knock on him is his small stature, but he has all the necessary skills to be a huge success in this offense.

28. Denver Broncos

Maxx Williams TE

This guy is the best true Tight End in the draft, and could give them back the threat they lost in Julius Thomas. He has a few areas in which he could improve, but with an elite QB throwing him the ball, he should be productive immediately. It seems a win-win for both parties involved.

29. Indianapolis Colts

Andrus Peat OT

This guy is a project, but could be exactly what the Colts are looking for at this spot.  They need a good tackle and he has potential to be great. The biggest question is, can they be patient enough to help him develop?

30. Green Bay Packers

Quinten Rollins CB

Seems a perfect match for the Packers who love to take calculated risks. With holes all over their defensive backfield, it would seem risky to take a project in the first round, but they have done it very successfully in the past.


31. New Orleans

Laken Tomlinson OL

The Saints have chosen a future over present success, and this beast of a man should be a great step forward. It may take him time to catch up in the NFL, but when he does, he should anchor this line for years to come.

32. New England Patriots 

Shane Ray

The Champs lost a ton of talent this year, and have glaring holes on either side of the ball. They will have to draft wisely to patch them all. Ray gives them a solid pass rusher, who should help take pressure off of some of the other positions.




Spurs Out to Make it Back to Back

The Spurs have made a late charge this season that should scare any team in the West, including the Warriors.

With Kawhi Leonard playing better than ever, the Spurs are looking for him when they need a bucket. He’s been averaging a solid 16.6 points, and 7.2 rebounds a game. He’s been very reliable, and is really growing as a player. 

With big, Mr. Fundamentals, you are always going to get the same thing game after game. Tim Duncan is contributing  his usual 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. So he is averaging a near double-double.

 Manu Ginobli seems primed for some serious action in the playoffs. He is averaging 10.6 points and 4.2 assists a game. Which isn’t his careers best, but it’s definitely not to shabby. 

The team also gets Tony Parkerback from injury, and he is playing better than ever, and once again sparking the team as they make a late surge for the playoffs. Although he is only averaging 14.2 points and 4.9 assists a game. It’s his presence that is the most important part of his play at this point.

 Some other keys to the Spurs success are Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, and Patty Mills,  who are playing great basketball at the time. 

Danny Green is averaging 11.8 points a game. Belinelli is averaging 9.3 a game. Mills is putting up around 6.7 points a game. With the Big four playing great, and quality role players playing well too, you can be sure Coach Pop will have them ready for the playoffs. 

I haven’t seen a more consistent team then the Spurs in a year’s, and that should equal success in the playoffs. Even if you catch them on a bad night you will still be in for a dog fight.

If the Warriors and Spurs meet, I would give the advantage to San Antonio. They are just so consistent and always play to win. If you want to beat them, you have to bring it consistently, because they won’t beat themselves. 

If the Spurs do end up winning their second of back to back championships.  There will be no doubt that they will have earned the title, DYNASTY! Watch out for Coach Pop and these Spurs!


Player Names

Points a Game

Tony Parker

14.2

Tim Duncan

13.9

Kawhi Leonard

16.6

Manu Ginobli

10.6

Danny Green

11.8

Marco Belinelli

9.3

Patty Mills

6.7

 


 


-MasonJTAnderson 

Boston Celtics: Young Guns Playoff Berth


After being a team in a major rebuilding stage last year. The Celtics have surprised a lot of people with a playoff berth. 

Although they are young and got rid of key players. The Celtics put together a solid, young team who play well togethr.

Look at Avery Bradley for instance he has stepped into a large leadership role this year. Last year he was a key role player now he’s the guy they’re looking for a big shot. 

Another big part of the playoff berth, is the play of Isaiah Thomas who they acquired this season. Thomas has been playing very well lately and is hungry for more. 

Another reason for the Celtics success is thAt they play team  ball, and don’t care who scores. 

With a young front court in Zeller, Olynk, and Sullenger the team has looked to Brandon Bass to mentor the young guns. The post play has been fantastic especially for the young guys. Evan Turner is also a key player averaging 9.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists a game. If you look at it from my angle,  it appears as if like he’s responsible for about 21 points a game,(Including his assists and points).

Now onto coach Brad Stevens he might not have been very popular after the Rondo trade, but look at it this way he made a team that is winning games. He also has numerous first round draft picks. So for just his first few years as a N.B.A. Coach, I think he’s doing a stellar job. So for being called a major rebuilding team, the Celtics definitely  are on the right track! The Celtics are a team to be afraid of with great young talent and nice draft picks coming in the near future.

-Mason JTA 

Wisconsin Badgers: Back to Back!


Although the Badgers didn’t get their ultimate goal of winning a national championship. You still have to admire how they play as a team and how classy they are.

Most badger fans marked it up as failure because we didn’t win it all. Although that’s partly true, try to look at it this way: the Badgers are 1 of 346 Division One basketball teams and were one of the last 4 left. Not only did they do this once they did it back to back years. 

Also if you look at it this way, Wisconsin beat Kentucky. Who else beat Kentucky? No one. If that’s not a great accomplishment I don’t know what is. Not only were the Badgers a great offensive team, they were an excellent defensive team as well.

They also committed the least turnovers in the country. You might say the Badgers were senior loaded, but look at the starting lineup: PG Bronson Koenig, SG Josh Gasser, SF Sam Dekker, PF Nigel Hayes, Frank Kaminsky. Only two of the five starters are seniors. If you include Bronson. 

Also I know they had quality bench players who were seniors, but all that means is there’s a chance for some new players to step into the picture. Now to the draft with the Badgers losing 2 major starters in Sam and Frank.

 Yes, they might not be a Final Four team but they are going to be a solid team for sure. If you think the Badgers are going to have a down year, think again. Their isn’t a better coach than Bo Ryan,  who can mentor and teach young players. So watch out Big Ten for what some say is a team that rebuilding!