Author: Zach Besaw

Undertaker Loses, Vince says it was a mistake, Lesnar changed script.

The Undertaker's reaction to losing

The Undertaker’s reaction to losing

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NEW ORLEANS – The Undertaker has just lost his 21-year Wrestlemania streak to former UFC fighter Brock Lesnar. It has been revealed that Brock Lesnar was not in fact supposed to win the match and was scripted for the Undertaker to win the match and extend his Wrestlemania streak to 22 wins.

I’m pretty sure most people know that WWE is actually staged and simply for entertainment. All matches are scripted and practiced weeks prior to the actual match, and the winner is, of course, picked before the match is aired, by WWE officials. However, this match was not meant for Brock Lesnar to win.

Similar to the Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart match back in 1997 Survivor Series pay-per-view known as the “Montreal screwjob”. Shawn Michaels had Bret Hart in a sharpshooter move when Vince McMahon told the officials to ring the bell, causing Michaels to win the match and ultimately screwing Hart over. All hell broke loose between Bret Hart and WWE owner Vince McMahon, which led to Hart leaving WWE for good.

Owner of WWE, Vince McMahon, was privately interviewed by reporters right after Lesnar beat Undertaker and said Undertaker was supposed to win the match and how Lesnar will be fired for changing the script. Visit Huzlers.com for more shocking news

I don’t know about many of you, but growing up I always watched Wrestlemania with my dad. It became tradition, and we have continued the tradition to this day. Yes we all know that Pro Wrestling is predetermined, which therefore makes it less of a sport, but if this report from HUZLER.com (and multiple other sources) is true then this is the biggest shock to the “WWE Universe” since Brett Hart lost to Shawn Michaels in the Montreal Screw Job. After Undertaker lost fans were in shock. His 22-0 record was now tarnished, and no matter if Brock Lesnar was supposed to beat him or not that mark will stay there. After the event WWE Owner Vince McMahon was interviewed and said that Brock changed the script and would be punished for it. If Lesnar did indeed go off script and beat the Undertaker just to end the streak, his tenure in the WWE should be over. The Undertaker is a legend in the business and that level of disrespect should not be tolerated.

One fans reaction to the Undertaker losing.

One fans reaction to the Undertaker losing.

Zach Besaw

Zdeno Beheads Goalie in “Banned” Commercail

Chara is a scary man

Chara is a scary man

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Last week, Warrior debuted an ad for their new Dynasty hockey stick, starring Zdeno Chara. In the ad, Chara, using the slick new piece of lumber, blasts a snapshot at a goalie so hard that it causes an atomic explosion. Presumably, the goalie perishes in the blast.

It made for a pretty aggressive commercial, but as it turns out, that was the censored version. In this version of the ad, which Warrior claims was banned by the NHL, not only does Chara’s snapshot produce an explosion — IT SLICES THE GOALIE’S HEAD CLEAN OFF HIS BODY.

More NHL commercials need to utilize grind house aesthetics. Note that the time on the clock is 6:66. This is thing is a gun-legged Rose McGowan away from being an obvious Robert Rodriguez joint.

Let this be a lesson to goalies everywhere: Zdeno Chara will end you, and then ruthlessly celebrate your demise.

Jimmy Howard knows it, too. “That mother****** is crazy,” he says. A fine performance, and kudos to him for going along with an ad that holds up a divisional rival as a goalie murderer.

Finally, I love the schink sound the puck makes as it cuts clean through the goalie’s brain stem like a samurai sword, although Canadiens fans probably don’t. One imagines they see this commercial as more evidence that Chara really is a headhunter.

I love this! The video is hilarious. It features Bruins’ Captain Zdeno Chara cutting off the head of a goalie with his legendary slap shot. His shot has clocked in at an NHL record 108.8 miles per hour. Thats right, its faster than your car on the highway. His shot has obviously been up to snuff this year, as he has recorded 16 goals already this year, one off of his career best. I hope this video gets to be shown, it should be at least in New England.

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Welcome to Revis Island

Derrelle Reivs is a Gamechanger

Derrelle Reivs is a Gamechanger

We all know one player can not win a game, at least not in the National Football League. In the NFL everyone needs to be in harmony to be able to succeed. However, if you have one player you can look at and say “I know that he is going to get his job done every time” it makes the task of every other player on the field that much easier. It is the type of player who makes everyone on the field with them better. That is the type of player Darrelle Revis is, and that is why the Patriots were smart to sign him.

Revis is a future hall of famer, and at 29 going into the 2014-2015 season, he is right in the prime of his career. “Revis Island” is a very real place, a place that no receiver wants to be. Getting Revis will allow Belichick to deploy defensive schemes that he has not been able to since Ty Law was suiting up every sunday. Basically, he can slap Revis on the opposition’s best receiver and scheme the rest of his defense for everyone else. This will allow Devin McCourty to help Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, and maybe even Brandon Browner (currently in New England as a free agent) over the top. McCourty is often criticized, but many of his problems came from having too much to worry about on the field. Having Revis cuts down that problem significantly.

The best thing about the Revis deal is the actual deal. For one year 12 million dollars the Patriots are arguably getting a steal. Last off season Revis signed a six year, 96 million dollar deal. That is an average of 16 million dollars a year. Revis had also publicly stated that if he was traded from the Buccaneers he would not restructure his contract. When he was cut, the Patriots knew they could not pay him 16 million a year, but the 12 million still makes him the highest paid corner in the game. The next step is to try to lock him up long term.

If I can give the Patriots any advice about Revis it is this; sign him to a long term deal before the Seattle Seahawks sign star corner Richard Sherman to one of his own. Sherman is now a two time All-Pro, a Super Bowl champion, and arguably the best secondary player in the league. He is going to command the most expensive deal in the league right now, and possibly ever. If there is one downfall with Revis it is his love of money. He seems to feel that his average yearly salary is a status symbol, showing how much better he is than everyone else. I have no doubt that if Sherman signs a monster deal Revis is going to want a bigger one.

All in all the Revis deal is the best case scenerio now for the Patriots. If they can add Browner, who will have to serve a four game suspension to start the year, and he can play they way he had been playing last year, they will have turned one of their biggest holes into one of the strengths of the team. The Patriots still have many holes to fill, but in a relatively weak AFC, this Revis move may have been enough to put them back in the AFC Championship game. When it gets to that point, anything can happen when you have Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

 

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The Patriots are Losing the AFC Arms Race

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The New England Patriots have never been very active in free agency. They last truly big name they brought in was Adalius Thomas back in 2007, and that did not go very well. However, this free agency is heart wrenching so far for Patriots fans not only because of what they are not doing, but because the Denver Broncos are reloading in a big way.

So far in this free agency period the Broncos have signed former Cleveland Brown strong safety TJ Ward who had 110 tackles last season, former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, and are rumored to be interested in adding Jared Allen or Demarcus Ware to their defense. All of those players along with the return of Von Miller (2011 Defensive ROY, 2012 Defensive POY runner-up) will lead to a completely reloaded Denver defense. On offense it appears that they could lose Eric Decker, but they will retain Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and Demaryius Thomas. Denver is doing this because they know Peyton Manning’s championship window is closing. The Patriots need to realize the same thing about Tom Brady.

Tom Brady will be 37 at the start of this coming season. His touchdown and yardage totals have gone down in three consecutive years. His best receiver over the past thirteen years left to play with Manning last year, and the Patriots chose to replace him with an injury prone Danny Amendola. He caught 54 balls this season for 633 yards. Those are about half of Welkers 118 receptions and 1,354 yards in his last year as a Patriot. You could argue that his stats may have been filtered to Julian Edelman, who caught 105 balls for 1,056 yards. However, the Patriots allows Edelman to walk into free agency where he is free to sign with any other team. Behind him on the depth chart remains only Amendola, Aaron Dobson, and Kenbrell Thompkins. Rob Gronkowski is coming off yet another surgery, this one on his knee, and they still need a viable replacement at center for the upcoming season. That does not even begin to point out the problems on defense for this team.

The rumor is the Patriots are going to move to a 3-4 scheme this season. This poses a few problems. First is that they need another starting caliber middle linebacker to play along Jerod Mayo. The word is that they have brought in former Denver middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard to fill the hole left by Brandon Spikes. If they sign Woodyard they still have decisions to make along the defensive line and the secondary. First off, they need to decide what to do with Vince Wilfork. They may cut him, as he is due 8 million dollars this year and is coming off a torn achilles at 32 years of age. If the do, they need to try to resign him at a more team friendly deal. If not they need a nose tackle to go along with another 3-4 defensive end. Although Rob Ninkovich is a fan favorite he does not have the size to play in this scheme, but he could still be used as a situational pass rusher from both the outside linebacker or defensive end position. After that they need to address the secondary.

Now that Talib has signed with Denver the Patriots were supposed to make a move on the next best corner available. Unfortunately the market is pretty dry on top end corners. Brent Grimes resigned with Miami for four years and 32 million dollars. Sam Shields then resigned with Green Bay for four years and 39 million dollars. Vontae Davis resigned with the Colts for four years and 39 million. Finally, the top corner on the free agent market Alterraun Verner signed a relatively modest deal with Tampa Bay for four years and 26.5 million dollars. Now the best corner on the market may be Darrelle Revis, who commands 16 million dollars per year, and has stated that if he is traded he will not renegotiate his contract. That is pretty pricey for any team, nevermind the often frugal Patriots. Along with being out on the top corners, the Patriots cut strong safety Steve Gregory, opening a large hole at that position as well. The top two strong safeties, TJ Ward and Donte Whitner, have both signed new deals with Denver and Cleveland respectively. Thats not to say that the Pats can’t make any impact moves in free agency, but that they have missed out on known entities and may be looking at second tier free agents.

All of this leaves the Patriots with the draft. They have the 29th pick, but have traded out of the first round many times before and could again. If they keep their pick they could look at Jace Amaro tight end from Texas Tech, or one of the two Notre Dame defensive line prospects Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III. Nix will only be needed if they cannot retain Vince Wilfork, whereas Tuitt could be a great fit at the left 3-4 defensive end. What I would like them to do is move up and go after one of the better corners in the draft, such as Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert or Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. Either of those picks would be great fits in the Patriots’ system. However, the draft alone cannot fill all the holes on this team.

The Patriots are a proud franchise. They have been dominant over the last thirteen years, and I have no doubt they will continue to be one of the best teams in football. The problem is players make plays not coaches, so as good of a coach as Belichick is, he cannot do much without quality players on the field. Teams such as the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Indianapolis Colts are all aiming to be the new dynasty in the NFL. If the Patriots do not start making moves soon they will have wasted the last few years of Tom Brady and will have to start anew.

 

By Zach Besaw All signings accurate as of 1:30 AM EST 3/12/14

Noah’s Chase

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We all know that the race for the NBA Most Valuable Player award is down to two horses. LeBron James and Kevin Durant have traded epic performances all season long. They are evolving into a modern day Bird vs Magic, and hopefully we will see them face off in the NBA Finals again. However, if we take a second to open up the field you will see another horse steadily catching up as we approach the final turn.

That horse is truly carrying the team on his back. Joakim Noah is willing his Chicago Bulls to a winning season and a playoff birth. This man inherited the duty of carrying the team after Derrick Rose went down with his second knee injury in as many years, and the Bulls traded franchise stalwart Luol Deng for pennies on the dollar. That left Noah plus a team devoid of stars to crash and burn into the lottery this spring. However, Noah had other plans. Noah averaged 13.2 points on 53.2% shooting and 11.8 rebounds per game in the month of February. So far in March he has 13.6 points on 58% shooting, and 9.8 rebounds per game, and is adding 7.8 assists per game. He has two triple-doubles already in March. His per game production however, is not all he offers this team.

The Bulls are currently tied for the best defensive rating in the NBA. They are tied with the Indiana Pacers, who well known defenders such as Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and Roy Hibbert defending the rim. The Bulls have Noah, who deftly defends the paint, and Jimmy Butler as their star defenders. However, they have managed to create a defensive culture that allows the Bulls to slow the game down and bully the opponent. No one on the Bulls right now is a 20 point per game scorer at this point in their career, but when they stop the opposition from scoring they always have a fighting chance.

This was never more apparent than the Chicago-Miami game this past week. The Bulls limited James to 17 points on 8 for 23 shooting, and Jimmy Butler stripped him of the ball on his attempted game winning drive to the basket to send the game to overtime. From there the Bulls shut the Heat down, allowing only two points while scoring nine of their own for a 95-88 win. Noah had 20 points, 12 rebounds (six offensive rebounds), seven assists, and five blocks, affecting the game in every way possible.

Noah is growing into the leader we all thought he could be when he was leading the 2006 and 2007 National Championship Florida Gator squads. He is hard working, and is not afraid of doing the dirty things that win games. Currently the Bulls sit in the number four seed for the playoffs. They’ll be hard pressed to pass the Heat or the Pacers for one of the top two seeds, but if they can pass the Raptors for the number three seed Noah may make a final push to chase down James and Durant and snatch the MVP award. And he definitely deserves it.

 

By Zach Besaw

Post Combine Mock Draft

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Aaron Donald has done the most to raise his stock.

Pick #1 Houston Texans

The Previous Pick: Jadeveon Clowney

The Pick: Blake Bortles

The Reason: Bill O’Brien was a coach under Bill Belichick before he went in and cleaned up the mess that was Penn State. He managed to run one of the best offenses in the NFL and return Penn State to a competent football team despite all the sanctions. What I’m trying to say here is that no one is going to tell this man who he should pick. If he doesn’t feel that one of these quarterbacks is worth the number one pick then he will not take them.That being said, Bortles fits O’Brien’s ideal quarterback in terms of size, and he had a promising performance at the combine

Pick #2 St Louis Rams

The Previous Pick: Jake Mathews

The Pick: Greg Robinson

The Reason: The Rams could very well trade out of this pick, but if they stay here they almost have to take a tackle. Sam Bradford has been good enough that if he has protection he can make things happen.

Greg Robinson showed that he has unreal athletic ability, and you can’t teach size or pure athleticism. Robinson weighed in at 6’5” 332 pounds and then proceeded to run a 4.92 40 yard dash. His combine performance matched up to his dominating game tape, and that makes him the first tackle off the board.

Pick #3 Jacksonville Jaguars

The Previous Pick: Blake Bortles

The Pick: Teddy Bridgewater

The Reason: The Jaguars can not afford to miss on this pick. They need a quarterback, and no one in this draft is a sure thing. I had originally mocked Bortles here, but I think his combine performance paired with Bridgewater and Manziel’s unwillingness to throw elevates his stock to number one. That being said, Bridgewater was the consensus number one pick at the midpoint of the college season. He is polished and rarely makes bad decisions in the pocket.

Pick #4: Cleveland Browns

The Previous Pick: Johnny Manziel

The Pick: Johnny Manziel

The Reason: The Browns are a mess in the front office. They fired their coach after a year, hired the Bill’s defensive coordinator. Then the owner fired the front office and hired new people who did not help bring in the coach. The owner getting involved tells me one thing: he knows who he wants in the draft, and his original office did not agree. Johnny Football is the most polarizing player in the draft, and he did make steady improvements throughout his sophomore year. The Browns would not be a perfect fit for Manziel, but they certainly would not be the worst. He would have Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, a very good offensive line, and a better than average defense. The biggest wildcard here is the front office.

Pick #5: Oakland Raiders

The Previous Pick: Teddy Bridgewater

The Pick: Khalil Mack

The Reason: The Raiders are interesting here. They lack depth in this draft so some wonder if they will trade down to add more picks. However, I think adding a special edge player in Mack is a great idea for this young Oakland team. He will bring leadership and the all around ability this defense needs to start to take shape.

Pick #6: Atlanta Falcons

The Previous Pick: Greg Robinson

The Pick: Jadeveon Clowney

The Reason: Atlanta was not supposed to be here. They were supposed to be in the playoffs but injuries across the team and a shotty offensive line lead to an awful season. Jake Mathews would be hard to pass up when you have 100 million dollars invested in your quarterback, but Clowney’s talent is too much to pass up at number six. Something tells me he would have fun chasing Drew Brees and Cam Newton around four times a year.

Pick #7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Previous Pick: Khalil Mack

The Pick: Jake Mathews

The Reason: Greg Schiano is out, but he leaves behind a solid group of players on offense. Mike Glennon was competent last year, playing well enough to give himself another shot this year. However it has been reported that the front office relationship with left tackle Donald Penn is rocky and he may be cut at some point in the offseason. If that happens replacing him with a blue chip prospect like Mathews would be a quick and easy reload.

Pick #8: Minnesota Vikings

The Previous Pick: Derek Carr

The Pick: C.J. Mosley

The Reason: The Vikings unfortunately cannot grab a quarterback at this point. Derek Carr is the next best prospect at this juncture, but he still is not worth this pick. Minnesota could trade down, but adding a hyper-productive player like Mosley would be good for an aging defense. They could try to add an end if Jared Allen does not resign, but Mosley would fit nicely on their weak side.

Pick #9: Buffalo Bills

The Previous Pick: CJ Mosley

The Pick: Sammy Watkins

The Reason: The Bills need to start building around their first round pick from last year, EJ Manuel. To do that they need to add a top end wide receiver and Watkins is the best in a stacked class. He showed the explosive speed that we all saw in game at the combine and could be a nightmare to defend for the AFC East.

Pick #10: Detroit Lions

The Previous Pick: Sammy Watkins

The Pick: Mike Evans

The Reason: The Lions will be ecstatic if this scenario plays out. Evans showed that he is not just a big body at the combine, running a 4.53 second 40 and having a 37’ vertical. For a receiver who weighed in at 6’5” 231 pounds those are impressive numbers. Pairing him with another huge receiver in Megatron will be great for his development.

Pick #11: Tennessee Titans

The Previous Pick: Anthony Barr

The Pick: Anthony Barr

The Reason: The Titans might need a quarterback, but there are none here worth taking. Instead they go with a promising young pass rusher in Barr who had a standout season at UCLA. A former running back, Barr uses his leg strength to drive off the ball and agility to get around slower moving linemen. He can play end in a 4-3 or outside backer in a 3-4. The versatility and pass rush he provides will be too tantalizing for Tennessee to pass up.

Pick #12: New York Giants

The Previous Pick: Mike Evans

The Pick: Taylor Lewan

The Reason: The Giants drafted Justin Pugh in the first round last year, and he turned out a stellar year for them. However, they could still use offensive line help and many people think Pugh could be even better at guard. Enter Lewan, who showcased his athletic ability at the combine with the fastest 40 of the group. He was a four year starter at Michigan and he will bring that experience to whoever drafts him.

Pick #13 St Louis Rams

The Previous Pick: Eric Ebron

The Pick: Eric Ebron

The Reason: The Rams need another pass catcher to pair with Tavon Austin and Ebron can be just the player. He is tall, strong, and has great body control. He will be able to catch balls down the seam which will inturn open up Austin for underneath routes. A great two picks for the Rams.

Pick #14: Chicago Bears

The Previous Pick: Timmy Jernigan

The Pick: Aaron Donald

The Reason: Originally I had Timmy Jernigan in this spot, but Aaron Donald was more productive in the college game and has shown everyone why during the draft process. He dominated quality competition at the Senior Bowl, and then put up unreal numbers at the combine (4.65 40 yard dash, 35 bench press reps at 6’1” 285 pounds). He is showing that he can match physical ability with on field production, and he would be an excellent three technique player for the Bears

Pick #15: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Previous Pick: Taylor Lewan

The Pick: Justin Gilbert

The Reason: At this position the Steelers are choosing to pick the best player on the board rather than addressing their top needs. Gilbert is certainly the best player left, a true lockdown corner who has the size (6’0” 202 pounds) and the speed (4.37 40 yard dash) to play with the best receivers in the game. In a division with AJ Green, Josh Gordon, and Torrey Smith a lockdown corner is certainly needed.

Pick #16: Dallas Cowboys

The Previous Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Reason: Dallas has been very average for the past ten years. There are several reasons for this, but we won’t get into those. Instead we can focus on how they can improve. The first step is to improve the secondary. Clinton-Dix is a hard hitting safety who played for one of the best defenses in the country. He has the ability to extend the route of the receiver so the front seven have time to get to the quarterback.

Pick #17 Baltimore Ravens

The Previous Pick: Justin Gilbert

The Pick: Marqise Lee

The Reason: The Ravens already have a burner at the wide receiver position in Torrey Smith, what they need is a good route runner to complement him. Lee has shown straight-line explosiveness as well as explosion in and out of his cuts. He runs crisp routes and is experienced in a big time program after three seasons at USC.

Pick #18: New York Jets

The Previous Pick: Brandin Cooks

The Pick: Brandin Cooks

The Reason: The Jets get an A+ for their first round picks last year. Sheldon Richardson was a force on the defensive line, and although Dee Milliner did not have an excellent season he did show flashes that made him such a high pick. The Jets also drafted Geno Smith, who started for them for the year. He was inconsistent to say the least, but part of that was a lack of targets. Cooks was the best receiver statistically in the college game this past season and he backed it up at the combine, running a 4.33 40. However he also showed that he is not just a straight line runner, posting the best time out of the receivers in the 20 yard shuttle (3.81), showing off a 36’ vertical leap, a 10” broad jump, and setting the combine record in the 60 yard shuttle at 10.72 seconds. He will be a great target for Smith.

Pick #19: Miami Dolphins

The Previous Pick: Zack Martin

The Pick: Zack Martin

The Reason: Miami had a horrible season from a PR perspective. The Jonathan Martin/ Richie Incognito bullying scandal caused flux across the offensive line and in the locker room. Now the Dolphins look to rebuild their line. They have a promising young quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, but he will go nowhere without protection. Martin is an immediate starter at either tackle or guard, and Miami could use his versatility.

Pick #20: Arizona Cardinals

The Previous Pick: Cyrus Kouandjio

The Pick: Cyrus Kouandjio

The Reason: The Cardinals are real competitors now. They have a defense littered with underrated stars in Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell, and Patrick Peterson. Add a healthy Tyrann Mathieu and their defense may be better than ever. Now they turn to the offense, and their first priority is to protect Carson Palmer. Kouandjio’s stock has been falling since his poor showing in the Sugar Bowl, and it did not get any better at the combine. However, he comes from a system with a history of producing offensive linemen, and he has the size and athleticism to be a special talent.

Pick #21: Green Bay Packers

The Previous Pick: Calvin Pryor

The Pick: Calvin Pryor

The Reason: Pryor has flown up draft boards recently after scouts and coaches have had time to really study his tape. He was the best player on Louisville’s defense, and was basically quarterbacking the defense. The Packers need help in the secondary if they want to survive a division with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. Pryor will help in that regard.

Pick #22: Philadelphia Eagles

The Previous Pick: Dee Ford

The Pick: Odell Beckham Jr.

The Reason: I had mocked Dee Ford here, but his inability to compete at the combine hurts his stock. He could not demonstrate that his has more than just speed, as the strength and agility tests would have solidified his stock. Instead the Eagles will choose to look towards the offensive side of the ball, taking Odell Beckham Jr. who showed off great speed at the combine. He would provide another dangerous weapon for Nick Foles.

Pick #23: Kansas City Chiefs

The Previous Pick: Kelvin Benjamin

The Pick: Kelvin Benjamin

The Reason: Benjamin has flown up draft boards since his game winning catch in the National Championship game. He is long, athletic, and can separate from defenders in the air. At the combine he measured in at 6’5” 240 pounds but proceeded to run a 4.61 40 yard dash.  The Chiefs need someone who can make a big play in the red zone, and with tight end size but wide out speed Benjamin can be that target.

Pick #24: Cincinnati Bengals

The Previous Pick: Darqueze Dennard

The Pick: Darqueze Dennard

The Reason: Cincinnati has a solid defense lead by Vontaze Burfict and Geno Atkins. However, Leon Hall is getting older, and Dre Kirkpatrick has not panned out. Dennard brings a physicality to the position and is a gamer. He was a main cog in Michigan State’s top five defense.

Pick #25: San Diego Chargers

The Previous Pick: Lamarcus Joyner

The Pick: Louis Nix III

The Reason: The Chargers had a great season after many people did not expect them to even make the playoffs. Philip Rivers had a resurgent season and the offense was actually very productive. Defensively however there is still work to do. Nix is the best zero technique player in the draft this year, and pairing him up with his old friend Manti Te’o should help the defense come alive.

Pick #26: Cleveland Browns

The Previous Pick: Odell Beckham Jr.

The Pick: Davante Adams

The Reason: Adams was a standout performer at Fresno State, and he brings his athleticism to the NFL. He showed good not great speed at the combine (4.56 40 yard dash) but he did show up a great vertical leap (39.5”). He will have to develop, but pairing him with Josh Gordon would be a smart move.

Pick #27: New Orleans Saints

The Previous Pick: Antonio Richardson

The Pick: Antonio Richardson

The Reason: The Saints’ biggest need right now is to keep Drew Brees protected. However, a pick this late limits their ability to take a blue chip tackle prospect. Richardson has the most upside of anyone left on the board. He is 6’6” and 330 pounds, but my bet is that he will wow people at the combine. His biggest issue is that he is such an athlete that he sometimes abandons his technique in favor of pure aggression. If the Saints can hone his athletic talent they will have a great young player.

Pick #28: Carolina Panthers

The Previous Pick: Jace Amaro

The Pick: Jace Amaro

The Reason: The Panthers need another weapon for Cam Newton, and the best place to start is with someone who fits into that new breed of tight end. Amaro can line up as an inline tight end or in the slot. He makes many plays in space and his size allows him to box out smaller defensive backs to make the catch.

Pick #29: New England Patriots

The Previous Pick: Aaron Donald

The Pick: Stephon Tuitt

The Reason: Stephon Tuitt would be a great fit in the Patriots multiple defenses system. In their base 3-4 Tuitt could play the five technique as a defensive end, but if they switch to a 4-3 he can easily slide inside to the three tech. It is that type of versatility that Bill Belichick loves, and Tuitt has the ability to excel in that type of system.

Pick #30: San Francisco 49ers

The Previous Pick: Louis Nix III

The Pick: Ra’Shede Hageman

The Reason: The 49ers have a one of the most underrated players in the league at defensive end in Justin Smith, but on the opposite end they could use some help. Hageman has the size at 6’6” 310 pounds he can play defensive tackle or defensive end in a 3-4. Adding Hageman would just be adding another freak to a defense that already has arguably the best linebacking core in the NFL.

Pick #31: Denver Broncos

The Previous Pick: Jason Verrett

The Pick: Jason Verrett

The Reason: The Broncos were destroyed in the Super Bowl, but they have the talent to get back there next year. I think a healthy Ryan Clady helps them immensely against Seattle’s pass rush which shredded the offensive line in that game. However, their defense still needs work. Champ Bailey is a first ballot hall-of-famer, but he is 35 and only played in two regular season games last season. Verrett is a bit small, but he has the quickness and toughness to play man to man.

Pick #32: Seattle Seahawks

The Previous Pick: Troy Niklas

The Pick: Timmy Jernagin

The Reason: The Seahawks are the reigning world champions, and they have the best defense the NFL has seen in years. However, they just cut Red Bryant and they may not be able to retain Michael Bennett. Jernagin played well this year, disrupting the run and the pass. He falls to this spot because of need not ability, and he could be a great addition to an already incredible defense.

By Zach Besaw

Twitter:BigBesaw77

Athlete of the Week

We’re All Along for the Ride

By Zach Besaw

He is a freak. We knew that before the combine, before he posted a 4.53 second 40 yard dash time. Before he showed off his vertical leap of 37.5 inches, and his broad jump of 10’4”. We knew it before his hit on Vincent Smith. We know he is 6’6” and 266 pounds. We know all these things about Jadeveon Clowney, what frustrates us is what we do not know.

I watched the hit live. When Clowney cut through the offensive line like a knife through butter and delivered the biggest hit of the college football season. It simultaneously knocked the ball out of Vincent Smith’s hand and the helmet off of his head. Clowney saw the ball and immediately tried to pick it up and run. It was a breathtaking show of power and speed, and it displayed the convergence of every raw ability that have had scouts drooling over him since high school. It was also the worst possible thing for Clowney.

If that hit had occurred at the end of his junior year we would be talking about how the Texans would be crazy to pass on such a freak. Instead it was the exclamation point on his outstanding sophomore season, one in which he had 13 sacks. If the hit had happened at the end of what many are calling a disappointing junior season, Clowney’s stock would have soared as high as ever. Scouts would have used it as proof of his lack of luck this past season. Instead, we as fans tend to look at the numbers. ESPN has a show titled “Numbers Never Lie” but in this case I am afraid they do. If you have watched the games instead of just the highlights you would have seen Clowney fighting off double and triple teams every play. He was the main subject of every offensive coordinator’s game plan. These coordinators made it very clear that they would not allow Clowney to beat them.

Hordes of people are lining up to criticize Clowney. They ask questions like “if he is such a freak why can he not beat these double teams?” The simple answer is this: you have to remember the players across the line of scrimmage are getting a scholarship too. These are not nobodies. Having to handle two offensive linemen whose sole goal is to beat you is tough for anyone. So I do not question Clowney’s ability, however his love of the game is another matter.

Twice he was caught going over 110 miles per hour. He has a reckless love of speed, one which many feel could derail his career. He also has had his motivation questioned. Scouts question his will to dominate. I draw a comparison between Clowney and Kansas’ heralded swingman Andrew Wiggins. Both were labeled as the next big thing, both have disappointed scouts because they have not yet displayed that ability, both have had their love of the game questioned, and both have not met expectations even though they have been spectacular in their own right. It is time that we as fans stop trying to find the next Lawrence Taylor and Michael Jordan and learn to appreciate the young stars that want to be their own person. Is their drive concerning? Maybe to some, but they have been dissected their entire career, and eventually it gets old even to college students.

Clowney is a real possibility for the number one pick. He has the ability to be the next Bruce Smith, but he reminds me much more of Julius Peppers. He is a long, athletic, physical freak of nature just as Peppers was. If his ceiling is the all time sack leader and his best comparison is a six time All-Pro then I think Clowney will be just fine in the league. He is gearing up to his the league at 110 miles an hour, and we should all be enjoying the ride.

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Boston Hosts the Olympics?

It appears that “Title Town” wants to be better known for its Olympic Village. According to multiple sources Boston is gearing up for a run at hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. This would mean that the city would need to find an area to put the Olympic Village as well as venues to host the events. There is no doubt that Boston would be a great city to host the event. It has proud citizens, boasts waterfront property, and has great history. You can find more information for the campaign here: http://www.boston-2024.org/

A statement put out by the Boston 2024 Organization simply states, “ Our mission is to evaluate the suitability of hosting the Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games in our city and New England region. Our guiding belief is that an imaginative, inclusive and cost effective Olympic Games can provide Boston, the region and our country with a lasting legacy of improved lives and spirits, a stronger economy, a more modern public infrastructure, and a community with a stronger sense of understanding and common vision. Thrilled to have the support of Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney, John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction, Fmr. Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, & Celtics Co-Owner Steve Pagliuca.” It truly would be an exciting time for the city.

Pre Combine Mock Draft

Pick #1 Houston Texans

The Pick: Jadeveon Clowney

The Reason: Bill O’Brien was a coach under Bill Belichick before he went in and cleaned up the mess that was Penn State. He managed to run one of the best offenses in the NFL and return Penn State to a competent football team despite all the sanctions. What I’m trying to say here is that no one is going to tell this man who he should pick. If he doesn’t feel that one of these quarterbacks is worth the number one pick then he will not take them. I have him going with Clowney here. Bookend Clowney with JJ Watt for the next ten years and watch the quarterbacks of the AFC South tremble.

Pick #2 St Louis Rams

The Pick: Jake Mathews

The Reason: The Rams could very well trade out of this pick, but if they stay here they almost have to take a tackle. Sam Bradford has been good enough that if he has protection he can make things happen. Greg Robinson has flown up draft boards, but I’ll take the guy who has been a blue chip rather than the new fad. Mathews has played both the right and left side at A&M. He has great bloodlines with several family members playing in the NFL. If they do not trade out of here, Mathews is their guy.

Pick #3 Jacksonville Jaguars

The Pick: Blake Bortles

The Reason: The Jaguars can not afford to miss on this pick. They need a quarterback, and no one in this draft is a sure thing. But one aspect you can see right away in a quarterback, one that will not leave him, is size. Now I understand that Russell Wilson just lead the Seahawks to a championship, but when you look across the league, it is the Mannings, Bradys, and Rothelisbergers that have the higher upside. With this pick, the Jags get a 6’4” 230 pound quarterback who has mobility and touch. He did not put up the stats that Manziel or Carr may have, but he is a better pro prospect. Hopefully the Jags can see that too.

Pick #4: Cleveland Browns

The Pick: Johnny Manziel

The Reason: The Browns are a mess in the front office. They fired their coach after a year, hired the Bill’s defensive coordinator. Then the owner fired the front office and hired new people who did not help bring in the coach. The owner getting involved tells me one thing: he knows who he wants in the draft, and his original office did not agree. Johnny Football is the most polarizing player in the draft, and he did make steady improvements throughout his sophomore year. The Browns would not be a perfect fit for Manziel, but they certainly would not be the worst. He would have Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, a very good offensive line, and a better than average defense. The biggest wildcard here is the front office.

Pick #5: Oakland Raiders

The Pick: Teddy Bridgewater

The Reason: The Raiders are interesting here. They lack depth in this draft so some wonder if they will trade down to add more picks. However, in this mock Teddy Bridgewater is available, and I believe they would add the talented pocket passer in a heart beat.

Pick #6: Atlanta Falcons

The Pick: Greg Robinson

The Reason: Atlanta was not supposed to be here. They were supposed to be in the playoffs but injuries across the team and a shotty offensive line lead to an awful season. Robinson was the best lineman on the best run game in the nation that almost lead to a national championship. He is an athletic freak, and has the power and balance to excell at either right or left tackle.

Pick #7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Pick: Khalil Mack

The Reason: Greg Schiano is out, but he leaves behind a solid group of players on offense. Mike Glennon was competent last year, playing well enough to give himself another shot this year. The defense has a stud on the line in Gerald McCoy and one in the secondary with Darrelle Revis. With Mack they will add an aggressive backer who has the ability to rush the passer and drop into coverage. Just the type of player Lovie Smith likes.

Pick #8: Minnesota VIkings

The Pick: Derek Carr

The Reason: There are rumors circling that the Vikings might be interested in trading for Ryan Mallett. If this does happen then this pick will be different. But for now they need a QB. Carr has the talent to be great, and he can sure be better than Christian Ponder. In Minnesota he will have a highly drafted left tackle, a stud receiver when he is healthy, and the best running back in the game. Now he just needs to be able to run the operation.

Pick #9: Buffalo Bills

The Pick: C.J. Mosley

The Reason: The Bills drafted Kiko Alonso and have an defensive line full of first round talent. However, they still have the 28th ranked defense. Mosley has been playing the closest thing to professional ball for three years.He is a mobile, aggressive linebacker who can pair with Alonso to form a linebacking corps for the future.

Pick #10: Detroit Lions

The Pick: Sammy Watkins

The Reason: The Lions will be ecstatic if this scenario plays out. Watkins could go as high as the number two overall pick. In this mock though, need drops him down to here where the Lions can snatch him up. Watkins ended his college career with a record setting performance. He has shown that he has the ability to be a number one receiver, but pairing him with Megatron would be unfair to everyone else.

Pick #11: Tennessee Titans

The Pick: Anthony Barr

The Reason: The Titans might need a quarterback, but there are none here worth taking. Instead they go with a promising young pass rusher in Barr who had a standout season at UCLA. A former running back, Barr uses his leg strength to drive off the ball and agility to get around slower moving linemen. He can play end in a 4-3 or outside backer in a 3-4. The versatility and pass rush he provides will be too tantalizing for Tennessee to pass up.

Pick #12: New York Giants

The PIck: Mike Evans

The Reason: The Giants are most likely going to lose Hakeem Nicks this off season, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Nicks had not been the best teammate or professional this past season, and he had a hard time staying on the field. Evans has all the size needed to make 50-50 balls into 80-20 balls which is just what Eli Manning needs. He is not a burner, but his size and catching ability make him a great asset for the Giants.

Pick #13 St Louis Rams

The Pick: Eric Ebron

The Reason: The Rams need another pass catcher to pair with Tavon Austin and Ebron can be just the player. He is tall, strong, and has great body control. He will be able to catch balls down the seam which will inturn open up Austin for underneath routes. A great two picks for the Rams.

Pick #14: Chicago Bears

The Pick: Timmy Jernagin

The Reason: Jernagin is the best defensive tackle in this draft once you combine size and athletic ability into upside. He has a lightening fast first step and is good at shedding blockers in the run game. His presence on the interior of Chicago’s defensive line will open up Jon Bostic to make plays in the run game.

Pick #15: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pick: Taylor Lewan

The Reason: Raise your hand if you have ever heard of Kelvin Beachum. I’m going to assume that not many hands were raised. That is the name of the number one left tackle on the Steelers current depth chart, which explains why Ben Roethlisberger always seems to be walking with a limp. In Lewan the Steelers get an experienced tackle who has played on the left side in the Big 10. Lewan should be able to man the position for the Steeler for years to come.

Pick #16: Dallas Cowboy

The Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Reason: Dallas has been very average for the past ten years. There are several reasons for this, but we won’t get into those. Instead we can focus on how they can improve. The first step is to improve the secondary. Clinton-Dix is a hard hitting safety who played for one of the best defenses in the country. He has the ability to extend the route of the receiver so the front seven have time to get to the quarterback.

Pick #17 Baltimore Ravens

The Pick: Justin Gilbert

The Reason: The Ravens really need a receiver or Ebron to fall to them, but in this case that doesn’t happen. However, they could also look to take the best player available. In my eyes that would be Gilbert. He has the size (6’ 200 pounds) and speed to be a shutdown corner as well as a great kick returner. If he is paired with a healthy Lardarius Webb the Ravens could have a lockdown tandem.

Pick #18: New York Jets

The Pick: Brandon Cooks

The Reason: The Jets get an A+ for their first round picks last year. Sheldon Richardson was a force on the defensive line, and although Dee Milliner did not have an excellent season he did show flashes that made him such a high pick. The Jets also drafted Geno Smith, who started for them for the year. He was inconsistent to say the least, but part of that was a lack of targets. Cooks was the best receiver statistically in the college game this past season and he will be a dependable target for Geno Smith.

Pick #19: Miami Dolphins

The Pick: Zack Martin

The Reason: Miami had a horrible season from a PR perspective. The Johnathan Martin/ Richie Incognito bullying scandal caused flux across the offensive line and in the locker room. Now the Dolphins look to rebuild their line. They have a promising young quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, but he will go nowhere without protection. Martin is an immediate starter at either tackle or guard, and Miami could use his versatility.

Pick #20: Arizona Cardinals

The Pick: Cyrus Kouandjio

The Reason: The Cardinals are real competitors now. They have a defense littered with underrated stars in Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell, and Patrick Peterson. Add a healthy Tyrann Mathieu and their defense may be better than ever. Now they turn to the offense, and their first priority is to protect Carson Palmer. Kouandjio is an athlete with the ability to be a great pass protector. If he has the right coaching staff he could be the cornerstone for this offensive line rebuild.

Pick #21: Green Bay Packers

The Pick: Calvin Pryor

The Reason: Pryor has flown up draft boards recently after scouts and coaches have had time to really study his tape. He was the best player on Louisville’s defense, and was basically quarterbacking the defense. The Packers need help in the secondary if they want to survive a division with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. Pryor will help in that regard.

Pick #22: Philadelphia Eagles

The Pick: Dee Ford

The Reason: No one helped their draft stock at the senior bowl more than Ford. He showed elite burst off the ball in both the senior bowl and the national championship game. That same burst is what will make the Eagles covet him come draft day. If Bruce Irvin can go number 15 because of his pass rushing ability then Ford can certainly go number 22.

Pick #23: Kansas City Chiefs

The Pick: Kelvin Benjamin

The Reason: Benjamin has flown up draft boards since his game winning catch in the National Championship game. He is long, athletic, and can separate from defenders in the air. The Chiefs need someone who can make a big play in the red zone, and Benjamin is one of those players who can go up and get the ball.

Pick #24: Cincinnati Bengals

The Pick: Darqueze Dennard

The Reason: Cincinnati has a solid defense lead by Vontaze Burfict and Geno Atkins. However, Leon Hall is getting older, and Dre Kirkpatrick has not panned out. Dennard brings a physicality to the position and is a gamer. He was a main cog in Michigan State’s top five defense.

Pick #25: San Diego Chargers

The Pick: Lamarcus Joyner

The Reason: Joyner comes out of college at the right time. He got a ton of publicity after the National Championship game, and the tape shows that he was just as good throughout the season. The Chargers’ defense had trouble stopping the pass, and a young energetic corner could be just what they need.

Pick #26: Cleveland Browns

The Pick: Odell Beckham Jr.

The Reason: Beckham Jr had a standout season for LSU. He runs great routes, and is dependable making the catch. He was also paired with Jarvis Landry at LSU, and the pairing allowed him to get open. Now he will be paired with Josh Gordon which will have the same effect. There is also a precedent for teams taking a quarterback and then taking a receiver or tight end for them to grow with.

Pick #27: New Orleans Saints

The Pick: Antonio Richardson

The Reason: The Saints’ biggest need right now is to keep Drew Brees protected. However, a pick this late limits their ability to take a blue chip tackle prospect. Richardson has the most upside of anyone left on the board. He is 6’6” and 330 pounds, but my bet is that he will wow people at the combine. His biggest issue is that he is such an athlete that he sometimes abandons his technique in favor of pure aggression. If the Saints can hone his athletic talent they will have a great young player.

Pick #28: Carolina Panthers

The Pick: Jace Amaro

The Reason: The Panthers need another weapon for Cam Newton, and the best place to start is with someone who fits into that new breed of tight end. Amaro can line up as an inline tight end or in the slot. He makes many plays in space and his size allows him to box out smaller defensive backs to make the catch.

Pick #29: New England Patriots

The Pick: Aaron Donald

The Reason: I know that Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix are still available here, but I think that a pairing of Vince Wilfork at the 1 tech and Donald at the 3 tech would be a deadly combination for the Patriots. Wilfork is the run stuffer and will be the nose in a 3-4, but in a 4-3 look Donald will be free to split his man and make plays in the backfield as well as pressuring the quarterback with an interior rush. If Donald were two inches taller he would be much higher up in this draft.

Pick #30: San Francisco 49ers

The Pick: Louis Nix III

The Reason: Glenn Dorsey did a good job manning the nose guard position for the 49ers, but at just 6’1” 297 pounds he is not quite big enough to be elite at the position. Meanwhile, Louis Nix is 6’2” and 357 pounds but he combines it with a quick first step and strong leg drive. He would be a stout run defender and take up two blocks on every play which would free up the excellent linebacking core to make plays.

Pick #31: Denver Broncos

The Pick: Jason Verrett

The Reason: The Broncos were destroyed in the Super Bowl, but they have the talent to get back there next year. I think a healthy Ryan Clady helps them immensely against Seattle’s pass rush which shredded the offensive line in that game. However, their defense still needs work. Champ Bailey is a first ballot hall-of-famer, but he is 35 and only played in two regular season games last season. Verrett is a bit small, but he has the quickness and toughness to play man to man.

Pick #32: Seattle Seahawks

The Pick: Troy Niklas

The Reason: The Seahawks are the reigning world champions, and they have the best defense the NFL has seen in years. The offensive side of the ball though could still use some weapons. Niklas has established himself as a possible first round pick, and his athleticism will make Pete Carroll drool. The Seahawks like to run one or two tight end sets, and at 6’7” 270 pounds Niklas can block and catch.

Written by Zach Besaw

Twitter: BigBesaw73

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