First off, long time no see. I haven’t posted in over a month. Nothing much to talk about. And I really am getting sick of the spring game hype. First off, very few people actually watch these glorified scrimmages. Second, Canadians (other than those who can get the Big Ten Network) will see all of none of the games. Finally, I think Pitt (and perhaps a couple other schools) were right to just cancel the damn thing. The potential for injury is high in a game situation and why do that to a potential starter or blue-chipper? Soon enough I will start getting my college football preview magazines (Phil Steele of course along with one or two others) and predicting the season. I have already started mapping out what the college football television schedule will look like for us here in the Great White North (just sung the MacKenzie brothers theme song 🙂 ). I know this will change as the season goes on but it’s nice to have a good idea of what we will see. Still waiting word on how the SEC Network will play out in Canada. My hope is that it is added to the specialty packs (along with games on ESPNews) for this season. It would give us a fairly full complement of games each week. Now for those pesky FOX network games…
Alright, my final kick at the can at this draft. This is my final mock 2014 NFL draft. Version 3. Or C. Whatever.
Anyway, this won’t be correct. I’m sure of it. Trades will take place. My only hope is that the trade doesn’t matter to the player I selected at that slot. So here we go:
|Pick No.||Team||Predicted Selection|
|1||HOU||Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina|
|2||STL||Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn|
|3||JAX||Blake Bortles, QB, UCF|
|4||CLE||Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M|
|5||OAK||Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson|
|6||ATL||Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M|
|7||TB||Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M|
|8||MIN||Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville|
|9||BUF||Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina|
|10||DET||Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State|
|11||TEN||Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA|
|12||NYG||Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo|
|13||STL||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama|
|14||CHI||Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh|
|15||PIT||Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State|
|16||DAL||Kony Ealy, DT, Missouri|
|17||BAL||Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan|
|18||NYJ||Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU|
|19||MIA||Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame|
|20||AZ||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State|
|21||GB||Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois|
|22||PHI||Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State|
|23||KC||Marqise Lee, WR, USC|
|24||CIN||C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama|
|25||SD||Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame|
|26||CLE||Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State|
|27||NO||Dee Ford, DE, Auburn|
|28||CAR||Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia|
|29||NE||David Yankey, OG, Stanford|
|30||SF||Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech|
|31||DEN||Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama|
|32||SEA||Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech|
As you can see, I finally launched myself off the “Bortles to Houston” bandwagon. There seems to be just too much interest on the Texans’ part in Jadeveon Clowney. I hope for their sake he doesn’t turn out to be a bust as it could haunt this franchise for a long time if he is. Despite what most draft experts think, I still believe Bortles will be the first QB off the board as he heads upstate to Jacksonville. I don’t believe Bortles will make it to #8, nor do I believe the Vikes would pass up Bridgewater for Derek Carr. To me it seems Justin Gilbert, Morgan Moses, and Ryan Shazier have moved up the list the most with many, including myself, putting Gilbert in the top 10. A potential drop for one of the Blocking Kouandjio brothers could mean a huge pick up for Denver if he does drop to #31 and into the Broncos’ lap. Many believe he will fall right out of the first round and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if that happened.
As for potential trades, there is no way the Texans part with the #1 pick. Too risky I think. I could see Atlanta or Tampa Bay trade out of the top 10, or perhaps see Arizona trade into the top 10 to get a better QB (although I think Derek will be much better at the NFL level than his brother David ever was). This has been one of the weirdest buildups to a draft considering there still isn’t a consensus #1 pick and I have seen as many as 24 different players in the top 10 in various mock drafts. It means it should be a bit more exciting since we really don’t know what is going to happen until it happens.
I have my PVR set. I have chosen the NFL Network since I believe their coverage is slightly better than ESPN’s (plus I mildly prefer the analysts on NFLN over the ESPN ones). Looking forward to this since I’m anxious for football of any kind to start soon (except Arena Football, that stuff is borderline awful…although I guess it did give us Kurt Warner in a way).
Update: Instead of doing a full post on this, I will just add this blurb here. TSN is going from two to FIVE CHANNELS in the fall! Holy crap! Will they be undoubtedly filled with useless garbage? Perhaps. However, one of the notes on this announcement is that they will show more ESPN programming, including college sports, which, invariably, means college football. So we may see more college football on TSN this season than any season in the past which is great for Canadian NCAA football fans.