Sunday, March 30, 2008

Updated First Round Mock Draft

1. Miami Dolphins - Chris Long, Virginia, DE
2. St. Louis Rams - Jake Long, Michigan, OT
3. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan, Boston College, QB
4. Oakland Raiders - Darren McFadden*, Arkansas, RB
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Ryan Clady, Boise State, OT
6. New York Jets - Vernon Gholston*, Ohio State, DE
7. New England Patriots (SF) - Leodis McKelvin, Troy, CB
8. Baltimore Ravens - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State, CB
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Glenn Dorsey, LSU, DT
10. New Orleans Saints - Sedrick Ellis, USC, DT
11. Buffalo Bills - Limas Sweed, Texas, WR
12. Denver Broncos - Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
13. Carolina Panthers - Derrick Harvey, Florida, DE
14. Chicago Bears - Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois, RB
15. Detroit Lions - Mike Jenkins, South Florida, CB
16. Arizona Cardinals - Antoine Cason, Arizona, CB
17. Minnesota Vikings - Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma, WR
Not being able to grab Harvey, the Vikings can't pass on Kelly, a player blessed with an outstanding feel for the passing game. Some might question his speed but Kelly uses his body well, runs well after the catch and possess excellent technique, things that most Vikings fan are looking for after the Troy Williamson debacle.
18. Houston Texans - Felix Jones, Arkansas, RB
With Stewart, arguably the 2nd best RB in the draft out 4-6 months, the Texans have to make a small reach for Felix Jones.
19. Philadelphia Eagles - Kenny Phillips, Miami (FL), FS
20. Tampa Bay Bucs - DeSean Jackson, California, WR/KR
21. Washington Redskins - Philip Merling-DE-Clemson
22. Dallas Cowboys (CLE)- Aqib Talib, Kansas, CB
23. Pittsburgh Steelers - Branden Albert, Virginia, OG
24. Tennessee Titans - Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh, OT
25. Seattle Seahawks - Frank Okam, Texas, DT
26. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quentin Groves, Auburn, DE
27. San Diego Chargers - Reggie Smith, Oklahoma, DB
28. Dallas Cowboys - Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt, WR
A very talented receiver with arguably the best hands in the draft who is flying under the radar
29. San Francisco 49ers (IND)- Gosder Cherilus, Boston College, OT
30. Green Bay Packers - Keith Rivers, USC, OLB
31. New England Patriots - (forfeit)
32. New York Giants - Dan Connor, Penn State, MLB

Sunday, March 23, 2008

We wish everyone a Happy Easter!


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

KG "tanked" it PART 2


You forgot some of my favorite names Anthony Goldwire, Bill Curley, DeJuan Wheat, Shane Heal, and Stojko Vrankovic.

My main issue with the article is that Taylor was quoted saying "The other guys wanted to play..." My question is what other guys? Blount? Davis? Hassell? James? all of these guys were very disgruntled toward the end of the season, they didn't care just as long as there was a check being mailed every two weeks.

The only players that possibly could have wanted to be out on the floor giving it their all were guys like McCants, Foye, & Smith because they were (and still are) young players who have a lot to prove and at that point they were still trying to adjust to playing ball in the NBA. In this case Taylor was comparing a 12-year veteran who has played in 974 games for this franchise, a man who single handily lead his team to 8 postseasons in a row, winner of the 03-04 MVP award and future first ballot Hall of Famer, to McCants, Foye & Smith.

So Mr. Taylor, Glen if you are reading this post now is the time where you should stop and think are you really comparing Kevin aka "Da Kid", "The Big Ticket" "KG" Garnett's competitive nature and will-to-win with a bunch of rookies? Are you insane???

If anything I'm glad KG left the team early last year it helped us get a better draft pick. As well as, it helped him to get rested up so he could win a championship for a team NOT owned by Glen Taylor. And it is for that reason that I think we are hearing anything from Taylor at this point in the season. It must be killing him that KG and the Celtics owners (Wyc and Irv Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca) are accomplishing what Taylor spent millions on over 12 years trying to accomplish building a championship team (especially because they built the team with two of the original "three-headed monster" from Taylor's only success as a owner: KG & Sam Cassell)

Now on a non-hater side of the argument, thank you Glen Taylor for saving our Wolves from relocating to New Orleans. Thank you for the under the table deal with Joe Smith COUGH...dumbass, oh sorry this is my positive paragraph. Now Taylor I'm glad to read that you are buying into the rebuilding concept, but please be patient. It will probably take us 3 more seasons to make the playoffs in the powerful Western Conference. Then another 3 to really be a title contender. So as the captain of the ship that is this team, I ask you to stay the course and we fans will not panic and jump ship instead we will opt to go along and enjoy the ride as the crew (players) learns how to get this ship running at 100% efficiency (NBA Champions) if even for one year.

KG "tanked" it

Thanks Mr. Glen Taylor for blaming the team demise on the best thing that ever happened to the hapless Timberwolves franchise. It had to be done. I understand Taylor's frustration for his team never seriously contending for an NBA title. KG had all-timer talents such as Anthony Peeler, Will Avery, Rasho Nesterovic, Igor Rakocevic and my all-time favorite: the Kandy "throw up the ball near the basket" Man and was never able to bring a championship to Minnesota. Damn you KG! I'm sure Kevin Garnett willed Mark Madsen to jack-up 3-pointers on that last game against Memphis. Maybe the Code Man can rant some more...

Oh I forgot Felipe Lopez, my apologies Felipe

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blake Hoffarber Miracle Shot

Today, our beloved Gophers fell to Illinois by 4 points but anyways... We still need to talk about that miracle shot against Indiana!!

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

BIG TEN FIRST ROUND


As the Big Ten Tournament tips off today The Gophers are practically guarantied an NIT bid, unless of course they run the table and win the Big Ten thus getting the at large Bid to the NCAA Tournament.Just as an NIT bid is guarantied for the Gophers so to is a trip to the quarterfinals to face Indiana. Thanks to landing Northwestern in the 1st round, a team that the Gophers have beaten up on all year.

Northwestern runs a 1-3-1 zone defense, so expect the Gophers two try to drive the ball in the lane early. The zone will probably stop the gophers near the free throw line but from there it will be easy for Tollackson to create a passing lane under the basket for some high % FGs. With his size advantage against NW expect them to try to foul him and not give up those easy baskets.

Also as we know the 3 ball has been a very important part of the Gophers offense all year, especially in the two previous games when these teams have gone head to head. Blake Hoffarber is 9-14 from behind the arch vs. NW this season, so between him and McKenzie (who as of lately has been hot closing games) NW would be foolish to not get out on our shooters.

Defense however the Gophers will need to try to hold 6-8 forward Coble from getting hot from outside the 3-point line. It will most likely be Colman's job to lock him down however Coble will score at least 14 pts. just because he is the teams go to guy.

Overall with the Gophers solid ball pressure they should be able to pull out the win as long as they can win the rebounding margin as well as not turn over the basketball since NW has one of the top assist-to-turnover ratios in the Big Ten.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Minnesota Vikings Offseason

Let's take a good look at the Vikings offseason moves so far. The Vikings have added four players and lost five through free agency.
Key Additions:
Bernard Berrian, WR: Berrian will provide a deep threat to the impotent Vikings passing game. He is a definite upgrade over Troy "I dropped it again" Williamson.
Madieu Williams, FS: Madieu Williams will be plugged into the vacant spot left by Dwight Smith. At 26, he will provide some youth to the secondary as well as better pass coverage abilities than Smith who was often a couple steps late last season.
Thomas Tapeh, FB: Surprisingly the Vikings did not try to resign Tony Richardson, their veteran fullback who had cleared the way for Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson's outstanding season. Tapeh will come in and compete for the starting FB spot.
Maurice Hicks, RB: Hicks will be mainly used as a kick returner and as a plug-in behind Taylor and Peterson.

Key Losses:
- Spencer Johnson, DT: Johnson was the third Defensive Tackle on the depth chart. His departure leaves the Vikings with a gaping hole as Pat and Kevin Williams need to be rotated in and out of the game on a constant basis to remain effective. The Vikings could take a look at Anthony McFarland, who was released by the Colts, or any other veteran left in Free agency.
- Dontarrious Thomas, LB: Thomas, yearning for playing time, signed with the 49ers. Although he didn't see the field all that much, he provided the Vikings with some depth at LB. Now the Vikings are totally unproven behind the starter and the Vikings will need to address this position possibly in the draft. Don't forget about Rufus Alexander though, he was drafted in the 2nd day last year but got hurt in the preseason, and I still have hopes that he will be a solid NFL player.

Current Depth Chart:
QB- Tarvaris Jackson, Brooks Bollinger: The biggest question mark on the team. Will Jackson be able to lead this team deep into the playoff. Will the Vikings be able to rely more on the passing game?
RB- Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Thomas Tapeh: The outstanding combo is back, and anyone of those guys can carry the load if asked too. A new fullback in the house
WR- Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Bobby Wade: Upgraded crew but will it be enough. A lot of hopes rest on Rice's continued development. Bobby Wade is back to his more appropriate nickel slot.
OL- Matt Birk, Steve Hutchinson, Bryant McKinnie, Anthony Herrera, Ryan Cook: The entire O-Line is back, Right Tackle could be upgraded but Childress probably will not admit his mistake to draft Cook in the 2nd round...
TE- Visanthe Shiancoe, Garrett Mills: A tiny ray of hope that Garrett Mills could take over as the starting tight end. Shiancoe was a disappointment in 2007.

DT- Kevin Williams, Pat Williams: The two beast up the middle should stay as stout as they were last year. A capable backup needs to be found to keep both fresh.
DE- Ray Edwards, Brian Robison, Erasmus James: Huge question mark here, the Vikings definitely need to find some players here or at least resign Darrion Scott.
MLB- EJ Henderson: After a rocky first couple years here, Henderson has been outstanding for the Vikings, and could possibly contend for a Probowl spot if he continues to progress this year.
OLB- Ben Leber, Chad Greenway: Ben Leber has been very solid for the Vikings, and a player with very good intangibles. I'm definitely expecting more from Chad Greenway, and I hope that being two years removed from his knee injury will propel him to be the playmaker the Vikings hoped he would be.
CB- Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Marcus McCauley, Charles Gordon: Solid group there, no complaint, the biggest thing will be for the young guys to keep developing and fast.
S- Madieu Williams, Darren Sharper: Should be a solid combo. Sharper is definitely losing a step or five and could be upgraded. An enforcer like Kenny Phillips would be a solid pick at #17.
K/P- Longwell and Kluwe are solid

NFL Draft Outlook:
The Vikings most pressing need is Defensive End, given the team inability to pressure opposing QBs on a regular basis, and Kenechi Udeze's fight against Leukemia. I expect them to go for a guy like Derrick Harvey if he is available at the seventeenth pick or even Quentin Groves. If WR Limas Sweed is available, expect the Vikings to pick the lanky receiver who reminds a lot of Roy Williams. Kenny Phillips is a small possibility to groom behind Sharper. The Vikings second most pressing need is Wide Receiver and the Vikings have expressed interest in WR Early Doucet (LSU) so it is a possibility that they move up a few spots in the second round to secure his rights. Else the Vikings need to take care of their depth at various position such as DL, LB, OL and S. In all, a very exciting opportunity for the Vikings to pick a few players who will figure prominently in the team's future.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Post-Combine Mock Draft

1. Miami Dolphins - Chris Long, Virginia, DE
The Miami Dolphins need help all over the place. Drafting Chris Long will help shore up their terrible defense and allow them to get over Jason Taylor departure if they decide to trade him.
2. St. Louis Rams - Jake Long, Michigan, OT
The Rams draft Jake Long, their future pillar at Left Tackle. They will probably play him at Right Tackle until future hall of famer Orlando Pace level of play declines considerably.
3. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan, Boston College, QB
Now that the Falcons have addressed the running back position by adding Michael Turner, drafting the talented quarterback from Boston College will bring instant excitement to Falcons ' fans.
4. Oakland Raiders - Darren McFadden*, Arkansas, RB
Despite the late surge by incumbent Justin Fargas, the Raiders will not pass on the playmaker that is Darren McFadden, a worthy Al Davis pick.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Ryan Clady, Boise State, OT
Kansas City is in desperate need to upgrade their offensive line. Drafting Clady will go a long way toward that goal.
6. New York Jets - Vernon Gholston*, Ohio State, DE
The Jets drafts Vernon Gholston, a prototypical pass rushing LB/DE hybrid who will bring a much needed attitude to the 3-4 scheme used by the Jets.
7. New England Patriots (SF) - Dan Connor, Penn State, MLB
This might seem like a reach but let's look at it this way. The heady, high motor linebacker from Penn State is exactly the type of player Bill Belichick loves to have on his complex defense.
8. Baltimore Ravens - Leodis McKelvin, Troy, CB
The Ravens weep when the Falcons pick their man Matt Ryan. Baltimore address their next position of need which is cornerback given the loss of production by starter Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle. McKelvin who has put up excellent numbers at the combine will look the part in the veteran Ravens D.
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Keith Rivers, USC, OLB
Having shored up their defensive line by trading to acquire DT DeWayne Robertson from the Jets, the Bengals turn to their next position of need at Outside Linebacker. Keith Rivers will be able to come in and make an instant impact for the consistently porous Cincinnati defense. Running back is also a possibility given the horrible production by Rudi Johnson and company. However, the LB crew looks more in distress in my opinion.
10. New Orleans Saints - Sedrick Ellis, USC, DT
The Saints feel lucky having Sedrick Ellis fall into their lap. The Defensive Tackle will help improve one of the worst defense in the league by providing pass rushing abilities from the interior of the line. Ellis has an excellent burst, great power, and is a highly decorated college player.
11. Buffalo Bills - Limas Sweed, Texas, WR
Buffalo draft Limas Sweed, a big target with very good speed, who will be able to complement Lee Evans.
12. Denver Broncos - Glenn Dorsey, LSU, DT
Denver fills a position of great need by adding Glenn Dorsey, an outstanding interior line playmaker who has been extremely productive during his career.
13. Carolina Panthers - Brian Brohm, Louisville, QB
The Panthers have to address the QB situation which has been a mess for the last couple years. They go with Brian Brohm, the product from Louisville, who was considered the best QB prospect coming into the college football season, but who has faded a little bit since.
14. Chicago Bears - Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois, RB
The Bears draft the powerful running back from Illinois to help take off the load from the clueless Rex Grossman. The Bears are obviously disappointed with Cedric Benson lack of production and I think it's time to move on.
15. Detroit Lions - Mike Jenkins, South Florida, CB
The Lions have released veteran CB Fernando Bryant. Mike Jenkins, an outstanding man-to-man corner, with a great season for USF under his belt, will be an upgrade.
16. Arizona Cardinals - Antoine Cason, Arizona, CB
The Cardinals have a big hole at CB across from Antrel Rolle. Antoine Cason has been a consistently outstanding performer on the collegiate level, and is arguably the most complete CB in the draft.
17. Minnesota Vikings - Derrick Harvey, Florida, DE
The Vikings can't believe their luck and address an area of great need by drafting Derrick Harvey, a defensive end from the University of Florida. Harvey is stout against the run, and also a solid pass rusher, and will fill the void left by Kenechi Udeze very capably
18. Houston Texans - Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, RB
The Texans are in dire need of a rushing game, and drafting the big and powerful back from the University of Oregon will provide them with one. A no-brainer...
19. Philadelphia Eagles - DeSean Jackson, California, WR
The Eagles draft the nifty WR/KR DeSean Jackson who will provide them with a jolt much like Devin Hester has done for the pathetic Bears' offense. He will definitely benefits from Devin Hester breakout season, despite his relatively limited upside and size concern.
20. Tampa Bay Bucs - Mario Manningham*, Michigan, WR
Joey Galloway is not getting any younger and neither is Ike Hilliard. Manningham will provide the Bucs with a playmaker who can take it the distance every time he runs a route.
21. Washington Redskins - Kenny Phillips, Miami (FL), FS
Losing Sean Taylor was a human tragedy, but it also left the team without a capable replacement. Drafting his successor from the same school, the Redskins will have a solid replacement who will be able to roam centerfield much like Sean used to do. Solid in coverage, outstanding in run support and blessed with great size, Phillips will fill in honorably for Taylor.
22. Dallas Cowboys (CLE)- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State, CB
Dallas address their nickel corner position with the young corner from Tennessee State. Rodgers-Cromartie helped his stock tremendously at the combine and is a legitimate first round pick.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers - Aqib Talib, Kansas, CB
The Steelers draft Talib, a talented corner who needs to work on his footwork and improve his discipline as he gambles too much and gets burned by mediocre competition at times.
24. Tennessee Titans - Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma, WR
The Titans beleaguered wideout crew gets some relief with the addition of Kelly, a lanky receiver from Oklahoma, who will provide Vince Young with a sure-handed big target in the red zone.
25. Seattle Seahawks - Frank Okam, Texas, DT
The Seahawks draft Okam to shore up their mediocre run defense. Okam is stout against the run, and has a very good burst off the snap which allows him to disrupt opposing offenses.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quentin Groves, Auburn, DE
The Jaguars provided David Garrard with Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson. Now they address their gaping holes at defensive end by drafting the speedy Groves, out of Auburn.
27. San Diego Chargers - Branden Albert, Virginia, OG
The Chargers use this pick to get some depth along the Offensive Line. Albert will be able to provide starting competition to the undermanned Right Tackle Spot.
28. Dallas Cowboys - Felix Jones, Arkansas, RB
The Cowboys draft #2 of their two-headed monster who will be able to complement Marion Barber nicely. The speedy Jones is a threat to take it all the way and will be accustomed to sharing the workload with another talented running back.
29. San Francisco 49ers (IND)- Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh, OT
San Francisco needs to shore up their horrible offensive line. Alex Smith is taking a beating, and the beefy Otah might be able to reduce the amount of time Smith spends on his back.
30. Green Bay Packers - Shawn Crable, Michigan, LB
Green Bay adds a talented outside linebacker to their feared linebacker crew. Crable, a LB with good range will solidify the Packers defense.
31. New England Patriots - (forfeit)
32. New York Giants - Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech, OLB
The Giants, fresh off their gutsy Super Bowl win, lost two of their linebackers and are in dire need at the position. Xavier Adibi, a high motor and high character player, was a very solid linebacker at the college level with excellent credentials. Often around the ball, and an excellent athlete, he will be a great fit for the Giants defense.