Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Defensive Prospects Likely to Fall Short of Expectations in the NFL

Arizona State's DT Will Sutton (90) and OLB Carl Bradford (52) (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
Defensive Ends
Scott Crichton, Redshirt Jr. - Oregon State Beavers
Cassius Marsh, Sr. - UCLA Bruins
Taylor Hart, Redshirt Sr. - Oregon Ducks
Tevin Mims, Sr. - South Florida Bulls

Defensive Tackles
Dominique Easley, Sr. - Florida Gators
Will Sutton, Redshirt Sr. - Arizona State Sun Devils
Ryan Carrethers, Redshirt Sr. - Arkansas State Red Wolves
Khyri Thornton, Redshirt Sr. - Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Kerry Hyder, Redshirt Sr. - Texas Tech Red Raiders

Outside Linebackers
Anthony Barr, Sr. - UCLA Bruins
Trevor Reilly, Redshirt Sr. - Utah Utes
Carl Bradford, Redshirt Jr. - Arizona State Sun Devils
Christian Kirksey, Sr. - Iowa Hawkeyes
Jordan Tripp, Redshirt Sr. - Montana Grizzlies
Denicos Allen, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan State Spartans

Inside Linebackers
Chris Borland, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin Badgers
Jordan Zumwalt, Sr. - UCLA Bruins
Steele Divitto, Sr. - Boston College Eagles

Cornerbacks
Kyle Fuller, Sr. - Virginia Tech Hokies
Phillip Gaines, Redshirt Sr. - Rice Owls
Victor Hampton, Redshirt Jr. - South Carolina Gamecocks
Deion Belue, Sr. - Alabama Crimson Tide
Kendall James, Sr. - Maine Black Bears

Safeties
Jimmie Ward, Sr. - Northern Illinois Huskies
Ed Reynolds, Redshirt Jr. - Stanford Cardinal
Kenny Ladler, Sr. - Vanderbilt Commodores
Jonathan Dowling, Redshirt Jr. - Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Daniel Sorensen, Redshirt Sr. - BYU Cougars

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Offensive Prospects Likely to Fall Short of Expectations in the NFL

Baylor OG Cyril Richardson (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Quarterbacks
Teddy Bridgewater, Jr. - Louisville Cardinals
Aaron Murray, Redshirt Sr. - Georgia Bulldogs
Brett Smith, Jr. - Wyoming Cowboys
Stephen Morris, Sr. - Miami Hurricanes
Jeff Mathews, Sr. - Cornell Big Red

Running Backs
Carlos Hyde, Redshirt Sr. - Ohio State Buckeyes
Andre Williams, Sr. - Boston College Eagles
Ka'Deem Carey, Jr. - Arizona Wildcats
Devonta Freeman, Jr. - Florida State Seminoles
Tyler Gaffney, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford Cardinal
James White, Sr. - Wisconsin Badgers

Fullbacks
Ryan Hewitt, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford Cardinal

Wide Receivers
Brandin Cooks, Jr. - Oregon State Beavers
Jarvis Landry, Jr. - LSU Tigers
Jared Abbrederis, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin Badgers
Kevin Norwood, Redshirt Sr. - Alabama Crimson Tide
Cody Hoffman, Sr. - BYU Cougars

Tight Ends
Arthur Lynch, Redshirt Sr. - Georgia Bulldogs
Joe Don Duncan, Redshirt Sr. - Dixie State Red Storm
Xavier Grimble, Redshirt Jr. - USC Trojans
Jordan Najvar, Redshirt Sr. - Baylor Bears

Offensive Tackles
Cyrus Kouandjio, Jr. - Alabama Crimson Tide
Seantrel Henderson, Sr. - Miami Hurricanes
Jack Mewhort, Redshirt Sr. - Ohio State Buckeyes

Offensive Guards
David Yankey, Redshirt Jr. - Stanford Cardinal
Cyril Richardson, Redshirt Sr. - Baylor Bears
Anthony Steen, Redshirt Sr. - Alabama Crimson Tide
Jon Halapio, Redshirt Sr. - Florida Gators

Centers
Travis Swanson, Redshirt Sr. - Arkansas Razorbacks
Gabe Ikard, Redshirt Sr. - Oklahoma Sooners

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Defensive Prospects I Think Will Surpass Expectations in the NFL

Delaware DT Zach Kerr
Defensive Ends
Kareem Martin, Sr. - North Carolina Tar Heels
Trent Murphy, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford Cardinal
Chris Smith, Sr. - Arkansas Razorbacks
James Gayle, Redshirt Sr. - Virginia Tech Hokies
Ed Stinson, Redshirt Sr. - Alabama Crimson Tide
Larry Webster, Redshirt Sr. - Bloomsburg Huskies
Zach Moore, Redshirt Sr. - Concordia Golden Bears
Chaz Sutton, Redshirt Sr. - South Carolina Gamecocks
IK Enemkpali, Redshirt Sr. - Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Kenny Anunike, Redshirt Sr. - Duke Blue Devils
Ryne Giddins, Redshirt Sr. - South Florida Bulls

Defensive Tackles
Aaron Donald, Sr. - Pittsburgh Panthers
RaShede Hageman, Redshirt Sr. - Minnesota Gophers
Ego Ferguson, Redshirt Jr. - LSU Tigers
DaQuan Jones, Sr. - Penn State Nittany Lions
Caraun Reid, Redshirt Sr. - Princeton Tigers
Calvin Barnett, Sr. - Oklahoma State Cowboys
Zach Kerr, Redshirt Sr. - Delaware Blue Hens
Bruce Gaston, Sr. - Purdue Boilermakers

Outside Linebackers
Khalil Mack, Redshirt Sr. - Buffalo Bulls
Ryan Shazier, Jr. - Ohio State Buckeyes
Marcus Smith, Sr. - Louisville Cardinals
Jackson Jeffcoat, Sr. - Texas Longhorns
Ronald Powell, Redshirt Jr. - Florida Gators
Demarcus Lawrence, Redshirt Jr. - Boise State Broncos
Boseko Lokombo, Redshirt Sr. - Oregon Ducks
Carlos Fields, Redshirt Sr. - Winston-Salem State Rams

Inside Linebackers
Christian Jones, Sr. - Florida State Seminoles
Lamin Barrow, Redshirt Sr. - LSU Tigers
Avery Williamson, Sr. - Kentucky Wildcats
Jeremiah George, Sr. - Iowa State Cyclones
Devin Unga, Redshirt Sr. - BYU Cougars
Roosevelt Nix, Sr. - Kent State Golden Flashes
Keith Smith, Sr. - San Jose State Spartans
Nate Dreiling, Redshirt Sr. - Pittsburgh State Gorillas

Cornerbacks
Darqueze Dennard, Sr. - Michigan State Spartans
Bradley Roby, Redshirt Jr. - Ohio State Buckeyes
Keith McGill, Redshirt Sr. - Utah Utes
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Sr. - Nebraska Cornhuskers
Jaylen Watkins, Sr. - Florida Gators
E.J. Gaines, Sr. - Missouri Tigers
Antone Exum, Redshirt Sr. - Virginia Tech Hokies
Bennett Jackson, Sr. - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Aaron Colvin, Sr. - Oklahoma Sooners
Bene Benwikere, Sr. - San Jose State Spartans
Dexter McDougle, Redshirt Sr. - Maryland Terrapins
Shaquille Richardson, Sr. - Arizona Wildcats

Safeties
Deone Bucannon, Sr. - Washington State Cougars
Terrence Brooks, Sr. - Florida State Seminoles
Dion Bailey, Redshirt Jr. - USC Trojans
Dezmen Southward, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin Badgers
Dontae Johnson, Sr. - North Carolina State Wolfpack
Marqueston Huff, Sr. - Wyoming Cowboys
Brock Vereen, Sr. - Minnesota Gophers
Nat Berhe, Redshirt Sr. - San Diego State Aztecs
Darwin Cook, Redshirt Sr. - West Virginia Mountaineers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Offensive Prospects I Think Will Surpass Expectations in the NFL

Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis (Associated Press)
Quarterbacks
Blake Bortles, Redshirt Jr. - Central Florida Knights
Zach Mettenberger, Redshirt Sr. - LSU Tigers
Tajh Boyd, Redshirt Sr. - Clemson Tigers
Logan Thomas, Redshirt Sr. - Virginia Tech Hokies
Tom Savage, Redshirt Sr. - Pittsburgh Panthers
James Franklin, Sr. - Missouri Tigers
Keith Price, Redshirt Sr. - Washington Huskies

Running Backs
Bishop Sankey, Jr. - Washington Huskies
Charles Sims, Redshirt Sr. - West Virginia Mountaineers
Lache Seastrunk, Redshirt Jr. - Baylor Bears
Terrance West, Jr. - Towson Tigers
Storm Johnson, Redshirt Jr. - Central Florida Knights
George Atkinson III, Jr. - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Damien Williams, Sr. - Oklahoma Sooners
Henry Josey, Redshirt Jr. - Missouri Tigers
Branden Oliver, Redshirt Sr. - Buffalo Bulls

Fullbacks
Trey Millard, Sr. - Oklahoma Sooners
Chad Abram, Sr. - Florida State Seminoles

Wide Receivers
Sammy Watkins, Jr. - Clemson Tigers
Kelvin Benjamin, Redshirt Soph. - Florida State Seminoles
Donte Moncrief, Jr. - Ole Miss Rebels
Allen Robinson, Jr. - Penn State Nittany Lions
Martavis Bryant, Jr. - Clemson Tigers
Devin Street, Redshirt Sr. - Pittsburgh Panthers
Jeff Janis, Sr. - Saginaw Valley State Cardinal
Brandon Coleman, Redshirt Jr. - Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Shaq Evans, Redshirt Sr. - UCLA Bruins
L'Damian Washington, Redshirt Sr. - Missouri Tigers
Bennie Fowler, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan State Spartans

Tight Ends
Troy Niklas, Redshirt Jr. - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Marcel Jensen, Redshirt Sr. - Fresno State Bulldogs
Crockett Gillmore, Sr. - Colorado State Rams
Jake Murphy, Jr. - Utah Utes
Nic Jacobs, Redshirt Jr. - McNeese State Cowboys
Reggie Jordan, Redshirt Sr.  - Missouri Western Griffons

Offensive Tackles
Greg Robinson, Redshirt Soph. - Auburn Tigers
Jake Matthews, Sr. - Texas A&M Aggies
Taylor Lewan, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan Wolverines
Morgan Moses, Sr. - Virginia Cavaliers
Antonio Richardson, Jr. - Tennessee Volunteers
James Hurst, Sr. - North Carolina Tar Heels
Charles Leno, Redshirt Sr. - Boise State Broncos
Cornelius Lucas, Redshirt Sr. - Kansas State Wildcats

Offensive Guards
Gabe Jackson, Redshirt Sr. - Mississippi State Bulldogs
Brandon Thomas, Redshirt Sr. - Clemson Tigers
Trai Turner, Redshirt Soph. - LSU Tigers
Chris Watt, Redshirt Sr. - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
John Urschel, Redshirt Sr. - Penn State Nittany Lions
Brandon Linder, Sr. - Miami Hurricanes
Wesley Johnson, Redshirt Sr. - Vanderbilt Commodores

Centers
Marcus Martin, Jr. - USC Trojans
Tyler Larsen, Sr. - Utah State Aggies
Russell Bodine, Redshirt Jr. - North Carolina Tar Heels
Jonotthan Harrison, Redshirt Sr. - Florida Gators
Khalil Wilkes, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford Cardinal

Sunday, April 6, 2014

2014 NCAA March Madness: Connecticut vs Kentucky

1st Round Predictions: 2-2
2nd Round Predictions: 25-7
3rd Round Predictions: 13-3
Sweet 16 Predictions: 5-3
Elite 8 Predictions: 1-3
Final Four Predictions: 1-1
Overall: 47-19
*Winners in BOLD

Championship Game

(7) Connecticut vs (8) Kentucky

Connecticut Wins: (10) Saint Joseph's 89-81; (2) Villanova 77-65; (3) Iowa State 81-76; (4) Michigan State 60-54; (1) Florida 63-53

Kentucky Wins: (9) Kansas State 56-49; (1) Wichita State 78-76; (4) Louisville 74-69; (2) Michigan 75-72; (2) Wisconsin 74-73

Monday's championship game features two teams that weren't given much of a chance at the beginning of the NCAA tournament. Neither program was even in the tournament a year ago. However, Connecticut won the championship in 2011 and Kentucky won it all in 2012. These top tier basketball programs will play for another championship in what should be an outstanding game. It would be a 4th championship for Connecticut and a 9th championship for Kentucky.

Connecticut wins their 4th national championship because they are the better team even though they may be less talented than Kentucky. Guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright are the key to success for the Huskies. They have to play great defense like they have on Kentucky's freshman guards and frustrate them. As a team, Connecticut has to keep the rebound margin close. Head Coach Kevin Ollie has done a fantastic job getting his team to buy in and take in the moment. Connecticut will be ready Monday night.

Kentucky started out the season as the preseason No. 1 team in the country and will try and end the season No. 1. Freshman guard Aaron Harrison has hit huge 3-pointers in the last seconds of the last two games against Michigan and Wisconsin to help the Wildcats advance. Forward Julius Randle will be a tough match-up for UConn and he's averaging 15.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in the tournament. To win, Kentucky needs to get points in the paint and attack the boards for 2nd chance points.

Score Prediction: 71-67

Friday, April 4, 2014

2014 NCAA March Madness: Final 4 Predictions

1st Round Predictions: 2-2
2nd Round Predictions: 25-7
3rd Round Predictions: 13-3
Sweet 16 Predictions: 5-3
Elite 8 Predictions: 1-3
Overall: 46-18
*Winners in BOLD

Final Four

(1) Florida vs (7) Connecticut

Florida Wins: (16) Albany 67-55; (9) Pittsburgh 61-45; (4) UCLA 79-68; (11) Dayton 62-52

Connecticut Wins: (10) Saint Joseph's 89-81; (2) Villanova 77-65; (3) Iowa State 81-76; (4) Michigan State 60-54

Florida's last loss came against UConn on a last second shot back on December 2nd, 2013. Connecticut's Shabazz Napier took that shot and he's been tremendous in the tournament averaging 23.3 points per game. Still, Florida should get the win being led by seniors Scottie Wilbekin and Patric Young. The team with the best guard play will win and it will be a low scoring defensive game.

Score Prediction: 62-57

(2) Wisconsin vs (8) Kentucky

Wisconsin Wins: (15) American 75-35; (7) Oregon 85-77; (6) Baylor 69-52; (1) Arizona 64-63

Kentucky Wins: (9) Kansas State 56-49; (1) Wichita State 78-76; (4) Louisville 74-69; (2) Michigan 75-72

Kentucky scratched and clawed their way to the Final Four beating three of last years Final Four teams in the toughest region. Head Coach John Calipari's freshmen laden team has come together at the right time and are more talented than Wisconsin. Wisconsin needs Frank Kaminsky to have a huge game, they need to control the pace of the game and they need to play lockdown defense.

Score Prediction: 67-65

Saturday, March 29, 2014

2014 NCAA March Madness: Elite 8 Predictions

1st Round Predictions: 2-2
2nd Round Predictions: 25-7
3rd Round Predictions: 13-3
Sweet 16 Predictions: 5-3
Overall: 45-15
*Winners in BOLD

Elite 8

South
(1) Florida vs (11) Dayton

Florida Wins: (16) Albany 67-55; (9) Pittsburgh 61-45; (4) UCLA 79-68

Dayton Wins: (6) Ohio State 60-59; (3) Syracuse 55-53; (10) Stanford 82-72

West
(1) Arizona vs (2) Wisconsin

Arizona Wins: (16) Weber State 68-59; (8) Gonzaga 84-61; (4) San Diego State 70-64

Wisconsin Wins: (15) American 75-35; (7) Oregon 85-77; (6) Baylor 69-52

Midwest
(2) Michigan vs (8) Kentucky

Michigan Wins: (15) Wofford 57-40; (7) Texas 79-65; (11) Tennessee 73-71

Kentucky Wins: (9) Kansas State 56-49; (1) Wichita State 78-76; (4) Louisville 74-69

East
(4) Michigan State vs (7) Connecticut

Michigan State Wins: (13) Delaware 93-78; (12) Harvard 80-73; (1) Virginia 61-59

Connecticut Wins: (10) Saint Joseph's 89-81; (2) Villanova 77-65; (3) Iowa State 81-76

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post Free Agency

1st Round
1. Houston Texans - Blake Bortles QB, Central Florida
The Texans are most likely going to take a quarterback and Bortles could be their No. 1 QB on the board come May 8th. Bortles had an excellent Scouting Combine and Pro Day throwing the ball around. Bortles fits the mold of a prototypical NFL QB and is being compared to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger but with more athletic ability.

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
Rams OT Jake Long will be coming back from a torn ACL/MCL in 2014 and OT Rodger Saffold is better off inside at guard. Robinson is already a dominant run blocker and has all the physical capabilities of being a top notch franchise left tackle for 10+ years.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
Jacksonville struggled last year again rushing the passer and Clowney is a rare talent that actually played very well this past season despite what the numbers said. He'd be a great building block for the Jaguars and head coach Gus Bradley will definitely be able to motivate Clowney.

4. Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
Watkins gives Cleveland an excellent No. 2 receiver to start the 2014 season alongside Pro Bowl WR Josh Gordon. Watkins is probably a better prospect than all of the quarterbacks in the draft anyway so it's great value. He'll be a Top 10 receiver in the NFL sooner than later.

5. Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack DE/OLB, Buffalo
General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Head Coach Dennis Allen need to win now or they'll be canned during or after the 2014 NFL season. They traded for QB Matt Schaub hoping they can win games with him. Mack is too good to pass up and will bring some youth to the Raiders pass rush after acquiring free agents Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley.

6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M
Matthews is practically a sure bet to be a great offensive lineman in the NFL. He was stellar blocking for his QB Johnny Manziel in college the last two years at right and left tackle. Matthews also has those NFL bloodlines as his father, Bruce Matthews, was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman in the NFL and one of his cousins happens to be current Packers OLB Clay Matthews.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
Tampa Bay cut OT Donald Penn and signed OT Anthony Collins away from the Cincinnati Bengals to replace him. Lewan would be a much better upgrade though and could hold down the left tackle job for 10+ years. Michigan's offensive line was terrible in 2013 but it definitely wasn't Lewan's fault. Lewan has character concerns but is a Top 10 talent.

8. Minnesota Vikings - Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
The Vikings QB situation was an embarrassment in 2013. Christian Ponder is not a starting quarterback in the NFL. They re-signed Matt Cassel but he is just a stop-gap. Bridgewater has a lot of tools to be a great NFL QB. He's also probably the most pro-ready QB in the draft. But question marks about his lean frame may make him fall a bit in the NFL Draft along with an average Pro Day.

9. Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M
The Bills don't have a legit No. 1 wide receiver and Evans could be a perfect fit for their offense. Both WR's Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are No. 2 options at best. Evans is that big, physical WR that teams need and would really help QB E.J. Manuel.

10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State
The Lions lack a No. 1 cornerback and they have for a long time. The secondary has to be upgraded in order for their talented defensive line to get some more time to get after QB's. Gilbert picked off seven passes for the Cowboys in 2013 and is also a great return man which is an added bonus.

11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA
With the Titans switching to a 3-4 defense; they'll need a player of Barr's ability to rush the passer off the edge. Barr is a great athlete and very long. He might not fall to the Titans but they'd be certainly happy if he did. Barr has high upside and could be an All-Pro if he improves against the run.

12. New York Giants - Aaron Donald DT, Pittsburgh
The Giants lost DT Linval Joseph in free agency so Donald would be his replacement. Donald ran a 4.68 in the forty at 285 pounds. He has rocketed up the draft boards ever since his stellar week at the Senior Bowl where he dominated everyone. Donald also has those comparing him to Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins.

13. St. Louis Rams - Hasean Clinton-Dix FS, Alabama
The Rams need someone that can play next to SS T.J. McDonald. Clinton-Dix is probably the best safety in the draft and would be a good addition to the Rams defense that is an arms race in the NFC West division to have the best defense they can.

14. Chicago Bears - RaShede Hageman DT, Minnesota
Hageman has really good potential and could be great in the NFL if he wants to be. He was average during Senior Bowl week but still should be a 1st Round selection despite being inconsistent at Minnesota. This would be a slight reach but the Bears have reached in the 1st Round the last two years. The Bears couldn't stop any running attack last year and Hageman will have an impact immediately as Chicago rebuilds their once great defense.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State
Pittsburgh's defense is old and definitely needs more youth. Dennard had a great season for Michigan State in 2013 and could replace Steelers CB Ike Taylor who will be 34 when the 2014 NFL season starts. Dennard is a physical cornerback that will excel in the Steelers defense.

16. Dallas Cowboys - Timmy Jernigan DT, Florida State
The Cowboys defensive line was made up with a lot of guys that no one else wanted last year. Jernigan would bring some stability on the defensive line for the Cowboys and be a disruptive force. The Cowboys signed DT Henry Melton as a replacement for DT Jason Hatcher who signed with Washington. A Jernigan and Melton defensive tackle combo should be able to stop the run.

17. Baltimore Ravens - Calvin Pryor FS, Louisville
Baltimore lost S James Ihedigbo in free agency and could replace him with Pryor to go along with last years 1st Round pick S Matt Elam. Pryor is a hard hitting safety that is just as good as Hasean Clinton-Dix in the draft. He'll probably be the one that gets fined the most in today's NFL though.

18. New York Jets - Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina
The Jets re-signed Jeff Cumberland but he's just a No. 2 tight end. The selection of Ebron would give QB Geno Smith an athletic target to stretch the middle of the field. Geno Smith's weapons were inept for most of last year. Ebron is a poor man's Vernon Davis.

19. Miami Dolphins - Zack Martin OT, Notre Dame
Miami's offensive line was a complete mess on and off the field in 2013. Both OT Jonathan Martin and OG Richie Incognito will not be back which could be seen as a good thing. Zack Martin started in over 50 games for the Fighting Irish and can also play guard which could be his best position in the NFL due to his short arms. QB Ryan Tannehill can't afford to get killed again in 2014 and neither can the Dolphins organization.

20. Arizona Cardinals - Kony Ealy DE/OLB, Missouri
OLB John Abraham was great for the Cardinals last year but he'll also be 36 in 2014. Ealy has a pretty similar skill set as former Missouri Tiger Aldon Smith who is a special player in the NFL now with the San Francisco 49ers. Ealy was impressive at his Pro Day in positional drills and also ran around a 4.6 40-yard dash.

21. Green Bay Packers - C.J. Mosley ILB, Alabama
Green Bay needs a guy like Mosley on their defense. ILB A.J. Hawk had a good season last year but is now 30 years old while Mosley would be a definite upgrade over ILB Brad Jones. Mosley was the leader for Alabama's defense last season and could be counted on as a future leader for the Packers defense especially when OLB Clay Matthews gets injured again next year.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - Dee Ford OLB, Auburn
Ford made money at the Senior Bowl with his ridiculous first step and explosiveness. Philadelphia could use another pass rushing outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense and Ford could develop into a Pro Bowl caliber player. The Eagles need someone other than OLB's Trent Cole and Connor Barwin to get after opposing quarterbacks.

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Odell Beckham WR, LSU
Kansas City doesn't have a No. 2 receiver and WR Dwayne Bowe is an average No. 1 wide receiver. Beckham has great speed and great hands and will make an excellent No. 2 receiver in the NFL. QB Alex Smith needs more weapons to throw to besides WR Donnie Avery, Bowe and a screen pass to RB Jamaal Charles.

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Bradley Roby CB, Ohio State
Bengals CB Leon Hall is close to 30 years old and will be entering 2014 coming off another serious injury. CB's Terrence Newman and Adam Jones are both in their 30's and shouldn't be relied on to start anymore. Dre Kirkpatrick needs to step up entering his 3rd year in the NFL. Roby will bring some youth at CB and has the athletic ability to be a No. 1 corner.

25. San Diego Chargers - Louis Nix NT, Notre Dame
Nix has lost weight which is good and he would be a replacement for NT Cam Thomas who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nix is pretty much a clone of current Patriots NT Vince Wilfork from a physical standpoint. Nix is a great player when healthy and could dominate the middle for the Chargers defense for years to come.

26. Cleveland Browns - Derek Carr QB, Fresno State
Rumor has it that Cleveland's guy at quarterback in this years draft is Carr. Carr isn't worth a Top 25 pick but at No. 26 overall, it would make sense. Cleveland needs stability at quarterback desperately and hopefully Carr will be better than his older brother was in the NFL.

27. New Orleans Saints - Jason Verrett CB, TCU
The Saints have already cut CB Jabari Greer this offseason and Verrett had an excellent NFL Scouting Combine and could be a great nickel corner for Rob Ryan's defense. Verrett is a tough, scrappy guy that plays bigger than his 5'9'' height and will give fits to opposing wide receivers in the NFL.

28. Carolina Panthers - Marqise Lee WR, USC
QB Cam Newton needs weapons on the outside. WR Steve Smith. Gone. WR Brandon LaFell. Gone. WR Ted Ginn. Gone. Lee is a big time receiver that is tough to get a hold of in open space and someone that Newton desperately needs now. The Panthers did sign WR Jerricho Cotchery but he's 32 years old and a No. 3 WR at best.

29. New England Patriots - Kelvin Benjamin WR, Florida State
The Patriots struggled in the redzone without TE Rob Gronkowski last season. They need height at the WR position and a redzone threat as Gronkowski recovers from a torn ACL. At 6'5'' and 240 pounds, Benjamin has the potential to be a true No. 1 WR for the Patriots which none of the Patriots current receivers have the ability to be.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Kyle Fuller CB, Virginia Tech
CB Tarell Brown signed with the Raiders and CB Carlos Rogers will be 33 years old next season if he's re-signed. The 49ers can reload by drafting Fuller who is an explosive athlete with good speed and height. San Francisco needs cornerbacks obviously as they resorted to signing Eric Wright and Nnamdi Asomugha in 2013.

31. Denver Broncos - Xavier Su'a-Filo OG, UCLA
OG Zane Beadles left for Jacksonville and Su'a-Filo would be an upgrade over him. QB Peyton Manning needs his protection in the pocket and Su'a-Filo is an athletic guard that can pass protect and get movement in the run game. The Broncos stuck to the run game in 2013 which makes offensive line added importance.

32. Seattle Seahawks - Brandin Cooks WR, Oregon State
Cooks could easily replace WR Golden Tate who left Seattle to sign with the Detroit Lions. He would also be insurance for when WR Percy Harvin gets hurt again in 2014. Cooks is very fast, quick, agile and could dominate the slot for an NFL team. The Seahawks also released WR Sidney Rice so they need to bring in weapons for QB Russell Wilson.

2nd Round
33. Houston Texans - Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama
34. Washington Redskins - Allen Robinson WR, Penn State
35. Cleveland Browns - Jimmie Ward S, Northern Illinois
36. Oakland Raiders - Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M
37. Atlanta Falcons - Jace Amaro TE, Texas Tech
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gabe Jackson OG, Mississippi State
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Marcus Martin OC, USC
40. Minnesota Vikings - Ryan Shazier OLB, Ohio State
41. Buffalo Bills - David Yankey OG, Stanford
42. Tennessee Titans - Carlos Hyde RB, Ohio State
43. New York Giants - Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE, Washington
44. St. Louis Rams - Davante Adams WR, Fresno State
45. Detroit Lions - Kyle Van Noy OLB, BYU
46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Stephon Tuitt DE, Notre Dame
47. Dallas Cowboys - Scott Crichton DE, Oregon State
48. Baltimore Ravens - Morgan Moses OT, Virginia
49. New York Jets - Marcus Roberson CB, Florida
50. Miami Dolphins - Tre Mason RB, Auburn
51. Chicago Bears - Lamarcus Joyner S/CB, - Florida State
52. Arizona Cardinals - Antonio Richardson OT, Tennessee
53. Green Bay Packers - Trent Murphy OLB/DE, Stanford
54. Philadelphia Eagles - Keith McGill CB, Utah
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Kareem Martin DE, North Carolina
56. San Francisco 49ers - Jordan Matthews WR, Vanderbilt
57. San Diego Chargers - Jeremiah Attaochu OLB, Georgia Tech
58. New Orleans Saints - Marcus Smith OLB, Louisville
59. Indianapolis Colts - Deone Bucannon SS, Washington State
60. Carolina Panthers - Donte Moncrief WR, Ole Miss
61. San Francisco 49ers - Weston Richburg OC, Colorado State
62. New England Patriots - Troy Niklas TE, Norte Dame
63. Denver Broncos - Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB, Nebraska
64. Seattle Seahawks - Brandon Thomas OG, Clemson

3rd Round
65. Houston Texans - Jackson Jeffcoat OLB/DE, Texas
66. Washington Redskins - Jaylen Watkins CB, Florida
67. Oakland Raiders - Terrence Brooks FS, Florida State
68. Atlanta Falcons - Carl Bradford OLB, Arizona State
69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jimmy Garoppolo QB, Eastern Illinois
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Zach Mettenberger QB, LSU
71. Cleveland Browns - Pierre Desir CB, Lindenwood
72. Minnesota Vikings - Bishop Sankey RB, Washington
73. Buffalo Bills - Telvin Smith OLB, Florida State
74. New York Giants - Joel Bitonio OT, Nevada
75. St. Louis Rams - Bashaud Breeland CB, Clemson
76. Detroit Lions - Martavis Bryant WR, Clemson
77. San Francisco 49ers - Trevor Reilly OLB, Utah
78. Dallas Cowboys - Dakota Dozier OG, Furman
79. Baltimore Ravens - Dominique Easley DT/DE, Florida
80. New York Jets - Demarcus Lawrence OLB, Boise State
81. Miami Dolphins - Ego Ferguson DT, LSU
82. Chicago Bears - Paul Richardson WR, Colorado
83. Cleveland Browns - Christian Jones ILB, Florida State
84. Arizona Cardinals - Dion Bailey S, USC
85. Green Bay Packers - A.J. McCarron QB, Alabama
86. Philadelphia Eagles - Yawin Smallwood ILB, Connecticut
87. Kansas City Chiefs - JaWuan James OT, Tennessee
88. Cincinnati Bengals - DaQuan Jones DT, Penn State
89. San Diego Chargers - Louchiez Purifoy CB, Florida
90. Indianapolis Colts - E.J. Gaines CB, Missouri
91. New Orleans Saints - Travis Swanson OC, Arkansas
92. Carolina Panthers - Billy Turner OT/OG, North Dakota State
93. New England Patriots - Chris Smith DE/OLB, Arkansas
94. San Francisco 49ers - Kelcy Quarles DT/DE, South Carolina
95. Denver Broncos - Chris Borland ILB, Wisconsin
96. Minnesota Vikings - Ed Reynolds FS, Stanford
97. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jack Mewhort OT, Ohio State
98. Green Bay Packers - Craig Loston SS, LSU
99. Baltimore Ravens - Rashaad Reynolds CB, Oregon State
100. San Francisco 49ers - Shayne Skov ILB, Stanford

Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 NCAA March Madness: Sweet 16 Predictions

1st Round Predictions: 2-2
2nd Round Predictions: 25-7
3rd Round Predictions: 13-3
Overall: 40-12
*Winners in BOLD

Sweet 16

South
(1) Florida vs (4) UCLA
(10) Stanford vs (11) Dayton

West
(1) Arizona vs (4) San Diego State
(2) Wisconsin vs (6) Baylor

Midwest
(2) Michigan vs (11) Tennessee
(4) Louisville vs (8) Kentucky

East
(1) Virginia vs (4) Michigan State
(3) Iowa State vs (7) Connecticut

Saturday, March 22, 2014

2014 NCAA March Madness: 3rd Round Predictions

1st Round Predictions: 2-2
2nd Round Predictions: 25-7
South: 5-3
West: 6-2
Midwest: 6-2
East: 8-0
Overall: 27-9
*Winners in BOLD

3rd Round

South
(1) Florida vs (9) Pittsburgh
(2) Kansas vs (10) Stanford
(3) Syracuse vs (11) Dayton
(4) UCLA vs (12) Stephen F. Austin

West
(1) Arizona vs (8) Gonzaga
(2) Wisconsin vs (7) Oregon
(3) Creighton vs (6) Baylor
(4) San Diego State vs (12) North Dakota State

Midwest
(1) Wichita State vs (8) Kentucky
(2) Michigan vs (7) Texas
(4) Louisville vs (5) Saint Louis
(11) Tennessee vs (14) Mercer

East
(1) Virginia vs (8) Memphis
(2) Villanova vs (7) Connecticut
(3) Iowa State vs (6) North Carolina
(4) Michigan State vs (12) Harvard