Back for another kick at the can at this. I didn’t think much would change between mocks numero un et deux but boy was I wrong. I should have looked back at my posts last year on this very same topic. People who forget history tend to repeat it (or something like that…I’ve never been very good with quotes). Alright, here’s Mock NFL Draft V2.0:
|1||Tampa Bay||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|2||Tennessee||Leonard Williams, DT, USC|
|3||Jacksonville||Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska|
|4||Oakland||Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama|
|5||Washington||Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson|
|6||NY Jets||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon|
|7||Chicago||Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida|
|8||Atlanta||Shane Ray, DE, Missouri|
|9||NY Giants||Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa|
|10||St. Louis||Kevin White, WR, West Virginia|
|11||Minnesota||DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville|
|12||Cleveland||Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State|
|13||New Orleans||Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State|
|14||Miami||Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford|
|15||San Francisco||Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon|
|16||Houston||Landon Collins, SS, Alabama|
|17||San Diego||T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh|
|18||Kansas City||La’el Collins, OT, LSU|
|19||Cleveland||Malcom Brown, DT, Texas|
|20||Philadelphia||Jalen Collins, CB, LSU|
|21||Cincinnati||Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington|
|22||Pittsburgh||Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky|
|23||Detroit||Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami|
|24||Arizona||Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia|
|25||Carolina||Carl Davis, DT, Iowa|
|26||Baltimore||Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri|
|27||Dallas||Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota|
|28||Denver||Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State|
|29||Indianapolis||Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA|
|30||Green Bay||Danny Shelton, DT, Washington|
|31||Seattle||Cameron Erving, C, Florida State|
|32||New England||Devin Funchess, Michigan|
As you can see, quite a bit of change. Yes Famous Jameis is still on top and after his super-secret spy meeting with Bucs ownership, he looks to be a lock for that spot unless he does something stupid. Knowing this guy, there is that chance.
Hey remember when I said the top six was pretty much set? See how long that lasted? I don’t know if it’s more Scherff falling down many lists or Beasley and Fowler (especially Fowler) moving up lists. My guess is it’s the latter since it’s always the latter reason (unless someone does something highly illegal or worse, does poorly at the Combine).
Biggest drop would have to be Gerod Holliman who fell from #22 to just outside the first round. Wide receivers seem to be in a bit more demand in the first round than in most years. Still sticking with only two quarterbacks going in the first round though, especially since the Bills, ahem, “solved” their quarterback issue by signing one of Tom Brady’s former backups, Matt Cassel. I look forward to cheap Bills tickets on StubHub late in the season yet again. Ah, tradition. Also, the potential now for the Eagles to move up into the Jets spot at #6 is becoming a bigger possibility.
Big Changes Coming for CIS?
The other day, this article was written by Mike Hogan of TSN:
An interesting article to say the least. I have to say I am very intrigued by this possibility. There are still a myriad of problems with the CIS though and this idea. They include:
- Having interlocking games count in the standings is not a good idea. The NCAA doesn’t do that. They are considered out-of-conference games and only used to help with ranking teams overall, not inside the conference.
- Who do you pick for those eight teams? I think a few are obvious (Laval, Montreal, Western, Queen’s, McMaster, Saskatchewan) but you would need to put in at least two (at first) and then four later when they expand. The problem with some of these programs they would need to add in is that they were either once good and now not that great (St. Mary’s), really good now but mediocre for the better part of three decades previous (Guelph), or in a big centre but without enough support (UBC, U of T).
- This could be a very expensive venture. Having playoff games where you have to travel across the country is one thing; travelling across the country for a week 4 game is another. I get that the travel and all that is supposed to be covered but the sheer cost of air travel inside Canada is atrocious compared to most countries which makes this a big hindrance.
- Still the lack of a true national TV channel to show the games on. TheScore was a national channel but it only had an OUA game of the week. They really do need either Sportsnet or TSN to show games nationally (or CBC or CTV…doesn’t really matter). At this point, putting games online doesn’t matter for CIS since I assume very few people watch them. They have to be part of the sports highlights of the day so that people know the games are actually on.
- This will not change competitive balance issues. The schools that aren’t included in the Northern 8 (soon to be Northern 10) will still be, for the most part, quite a bit worse than the chosen ones. It’s not like this magic formula will have York suddenly taking Western to the final minute of play in a close one. They just feel good to keep Western out of triple digits.
Basically, unless they go to a true promotion-relegation model, this won’t fix things. I mean it will introduce more high-profile regular season matchups which is a good thing. Baby steps I guess.
Sites I Enjoy
Enjoy and/or peruse to help with my blog would be a better way to put it. These sites are ones I go to often and during college football season, sometimes multiple times a day.
Matt’s College Sports Media Blog – Arguably the premier site for TV schedules and media news when it comes to NCAA football and basketball. If it’s scheduled and it’s a college football or basketball game, he will know about it. Along with his website and Twitter feed, it’s the complete guide for this type of information. Plus, he likes Formula One racing if you’re into that.
Phil Steele – If you have never bought the Phil Steele College Football Preview magazine and you are a true college football fan then do so. You have to order it online now but it is worth every penny. His site fills in a lot of the gaps during the season and he has some excellent articles as well.
A Rouge Point – A site for all types of sports media in Canada. No punches are pulled in his analysis either which is refreshing, especially when it comes to hockey coverage here in the Great White North.
Deadspin – If you have never heard about Deadspin, then slowly move that rock off of your body and go on to the interwebz and find it. Sports with no filter plus a lot of other crazy shit. Most of the columnists are quite good with Drew Magary being my personal favourite (to read…and nothing more).
Awful Announcing – Most of the stories skew towards the announcer portion of our sports viewing. Again, no shits given on this site as they have an honest view of the people who tell us what is going on in the sports they watch. Sometimes their favourites cloud their judgment but overall, fairly impartial.
Lsufootball.net – This is the site I first found when trying to determine what college football games were on TV. Of course it is American (LSU, duh) but I was able to piece together a lot of the information. Another good resource for lists of televised college sports.
There are other sites I like and I could go on and on but this post could get real long and I don’t really feel like telling you too much about my personal life. Let’s just leave it at that for now.