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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

The NFL draft’s first round comes with all the bells and whistles. The commissioner announces all the picks, its in prime time, and all eyes are turned to the stage to see who gets picked next. Day two of the draft, the second and third round really lays the foundation for whether or not teams will succeed. These are the guys you’ve probably seen on Saturdays, or at the very least on Sportscenter that night. But its on day three where NFL executives earn the paychecks and build their reputations. Its on this day when they lean heavily on the…

READY TO BREAK OUT

Sometimes breaking can be good. Breaking that glass ceiling. Break dancing was all the rage in the 80’s. Break neck speeds can be exciting. But sometimes breaking can be bad. Breaking a condom. Breaking out with acne. Breaking your arm. In this case though we’re talking about breaking out from their rookie seasons. Establishing themselves firmly into the NFL landscape. We’ve identified 25 second year NFL players who are looking to be super sophs. We’re not talking about the blue chippers, the Saquon Barkleys, the Quenton Nelsons, the Bradley Chubbs, or Sony Michels. Nope, no sir, you won’t find a…

DEBUNKING THE PATRIOTS NEED TO DRAFT A QB NARRATIVE

……This year.  Certainly the Patriots have to replace Tom Brady at some point. We’ve seen him in the sun, so we know he isn’t a vampire. So unless what Ponce de Leon was really looking for was avocado ice cream, then we can expect to see the end Brady’s career in the next few seasons. And while we could see the Patriots select a quarterback on the 3rd day of the draft, and there are some interesting prospects; Clayton Thorson – Northwestern Jarrett Stidham – Auburn Ryan Finley – NC State Kyle Shurmur – Vanderbilt Tyree Jackson – Buffalo Brett…

DRAFT TAKES PART DEUX

Two days down, one to go. The NFL draft’s first three rounds have come and gone, and there were some significant moves. The biggest of which is the symmetry of the AFC East continues. Friday saw the evening end with each of the 3 also rans in the division adding defensive tackles in an attempt to apply pressure up the middle against the G.O.A.T, and greatest living American, Tom Brady. Friday saw the Dolphins trade a second rounder to Arizona for last year’s #10 overall pick, QB Josh Rosen. So not only do the Dolphins (Christian Wilkins), Jets (Quinnen Williams),…

NFL DRAFT TAKES

Day 1 of the 2019 NFL draft is in the books. There were some surprises (I’m looking at you Mike Mayock, Clelin Ferrell at 4? Really liked Ferrell at Clemson, lets see how he fits in the league) There were some disappointments (I’m sure Jawaan Taylor has had better days). And there was a lot of bad cover band music. After watching four hours of draft excitement its done nothing to dampen my enthusiasm as the weekend kick offs with 2 rounds of drafting tonight. My own real disappointment was that Wilkins didn’t knock Goodell over with his celebration. THAT…

Mock If You Must

Less than 24 hours until Roger Goodell takes time away from torturing small animals and picking on the elderly to announce the first selection in the 2019 NFL draft. After much talk… so much talk, we’re finally at a point where the rubber meets the road. In honor of this, we’re going to take one final stab at projecting the first round. This time we’re going to give it a go with trades. Seven of them to be precise. Call me psycho, but I’m really looking forward to the next few days. The NFL draft, Avengers: End Game, and the…

CHAMPIONCENTRIC DRAFT PREVIEW

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost upon us. Months of film reviews, speculation, drama, heartache, and Strange happenings, and it all comes to its conclusion this weekend. But while the world will be filling movie theatres to watch Avengers: End Game, the sports world will turn its eyes to the 2019 NFL Draft. A multitude of tweets, and articles have shot forth from You’re Ducking Right regarding the festivities in Nashville, but lets take a few minutes and give a state of the union address regarding the current, pre-draft state, of the SuperBowl champion New England Patriots.…

DEFINITIVE 7 ROUND MOCK NFL DRAFT

Just over a week from now the NFL’s powers that be will converge upon Nashville. And while the music will certainly be enjoyed by some, for those in the scouting trenches, this is where the rubber meets the road. The 2019 NFL draft is upon us. Lets get right into this, a 7 round Mock draft. No trades involved, here. Though I expect to see at least 4 trades in the first round alone. Between the draft, the NBA playoffs, AND Avengers: End Game coming out next weekend, its time to geek the hell out! So lets see how it’ll…

DRAFT DAY WHEELING AND DEALING

The wild care free days of NFL free agency are behind us. We’re mired in the dog days of league meetings. A time when rule changes and schedule leaks are the topic of the day. Before you know it though we’ll be smack dab in the middle of the NFL draft. There will be plenty of forecasting of draft picks, mock drafts, analysis of who your favorite team should draft. Whom they should absolutely avoid. And a bunch of other topics the talking heads can come up with between now and April 25th when Roger Goodell announces the first round…

OFF THE CUFF, NO MUSS, NO FUSS 3 ROUND NFL MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0

After a week of free agency, ground breaking trades and a changing NFL landscape, we’re taking a second crack at an NFL Mock draft. We’re doing a 3 rounder this time, same as the first. We’ll have a complete attempt in early April before a final mock in the week before the draft. So be on the look out for those. FIRST ROUND Kyler Murray – QB – Oklahoma – Arizona Cardinals Nick Bosa – DE – Ohio State – San Francisco 49ers Rashan Gary – DE – Michigan – New York Jets Josh Allen – DE – Kentucky –…