Mr Pressbox Pre-Draft: Mock this

21 04 2010

Opting to forgo a traditional mock draft that will be as useless as most people’s NCAA tournament brackets after the top five picks tomorrow night, I decided to add a little more foresight into my pre-draft analysis instead of a simple mock draft.

So, here are a few views from the Pressbox about what to expect from the draft:

1. Trades and trade rumors will intensify Thursday during the day leading up to the draft. During the draft, the trades will slow to a minimum. Then overnight Thursday leading up to the draft on Friday will hit a fever pitch heading into the second round. Overall, most of the trade action will take place during the downtime between days, not during the active draft rounds.

2. Sam Bradford will be the No. 1 pick by the St Louis Rams.

3. Ndamukong Suh will only escape being drafted by the Detroit Lions if someone trades up to the #2 spot (not likely)

4. Gerald McCoy will wear Warren Sapp’s old number for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

5. The Washington Redskins will draft a quarterback in the first two rounds. The stupid thing to do would be draft Jimmy Clausen at #4. The smart move is to draft OL Russell Okung with their first pick and then draft a quarterback with their 2nd round pick.

6. The 1st round will be top-heavy with OL picks.

7. The 2nd round will be a quarterback clearing house. Expect Colt McCoy (if available), Tim Tebow, Tony Pike, Dan LeFevour, and others, to go once the run on quarterbacks starts.

8. The Kansas City Chiefs fans will want the Chiefs to draft S Eric Berry, but Scott Pioli will choose a safer investment for the money paid to a #5 pick either drafting OL Bryan Bulaga or Trent Williams.

9. C. J. Spiller will most likely be drafted by a team trading up to get him. (Favorites: San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle or San Diego).

10. Tim Tebow WILL be drafted by a team who trades for the pick to select him. (Favorites: Seattle, Washington, New England or Minnesota).

11. The San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers will both draft running backs in the first or second round.

12. Tim Tebow will be mentioned at least once during every selection discussion of the first round on both the NFL Network and ESPN coverage.

13. One big name player will be traded during the actual selecting of the first round (involving either Washington or New England).

Follow Mr Pressbox on Twitter for pick by pick analysis during the first and second rounds, and comments all weekend.

With the first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft ….

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Chargers cut Tomlinson, where will he go?

22 02 2010

If Donte Stallworth can find a home the next day after being reinstated in the league, especially with his colorful past, one of the best all-around guys and superb running backs in the game won’t go unsigned for long. LT may be 30 but he still has more running, catching and juking still to do in the NFL.

The one of best scenarios for LT is with a team with a solid starting running back that wants a change-of-pace back to rest their hauler while keeping defenses on their toes. You can’t rest on LT or he will break a defender’s ankles on his way to the house. The other is with a team that plans on drafting a stud running back in the first two rounds.

So what are the best options?

Teams looking to improve their running game through the draft that would like to have Tomlinson as a built-in mentor and starting running back threat:

New England, Seattle, Detroit, Cleveland, Tampa Bay

New England is the best shot out of the bunch to give LT a shot at a Super Bowl ring before he retires. But he’s definitely guaranteed solid playing time with the other clubs. The weather in Seattle and Tampa favor his aging running ability, as well as the indoors of Ford Field in Detroit.

Teams with established or young starters that might be interested in a change-of-pace back like LT:

Atlanta, Kansas City, San Francisco, Denver, Arizona, Cincinnati, New York Jets

LT could have the choice of backing up established backs like Michael Turner (there’s irony), Frank Gore or Cedric Benson, or helping young backs like Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno, Beanie Wells, and (depending on what the JETS do with their backfield) Shonn Greene. Atlanta, San Francisco, Kansas City and the Jets are the best options of this group.

And the long-shots (because they already have a solid backfield or just simply wouldn’t fit for LT) are:
Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Jacksonville, Carolina, New Orleans

No one wants to work in Oakland, and LT won’t be that desperate. Dallas, Baltimore, New York, Carolina and New Orleans have no need for LT.

My money is on New England, San Francisco, Kansas City or Atlanta. With the final nod going to Kansas City. And I also predict it will happen sometime in the next two weeks, with the combine in the center. This gives teams a chance to look at the potential talent pool before making a final decision on their needs, and whether or not those needs might include a future Hall-of-Famer in Tomlinson.

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Tomlinson says Chargers to release him, hopefully soon

5 02 2010

If his own speculation is true – and why would anyone doubt the word of LaDainian Tomlinson – his 9-year career in San Diego will be over soon. Anticipating a salary-cap move worth up to $5 million, Tomlinson has asked for the Chargers to make the cut quick and painless.

Where is the love? Where is the respect? Where is the gratitude? Money is screwing everything up.

This is just another example of players building their careers with one program, only to get kicked to the curb after years of dedicated service. And why? All over money.

Two of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees (soon to be announced) Jerry Rice and Emmit Smith are two prime examples. Jerry Rice helped build the 49ers’ 1990s Team of the Decade dynasty with nothing but a crazy work ethic and devotion to his team, teammates and fans. Emmit Smith was apart of the Trio, “America’s Team”, the other powerhouse in the NFC during the 1990s. And BOTH were cut at the end of their careers just to save money. Rice maintined a few dignified years in Oakland after leaving the Niners, but squandered a legacy with the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Smith set the all-time rushing record, not in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, but in the strange costume of the Arizona Cardinals (before they were playoff contenders).

That’s just a slap in the face. “Thank you for your help in building our franchise into a playoff contender, but we think we’ve milked you for all your worth, so now we’re letting you go. Buh-Bye.” The Chargers flat out abused Tomlinson for years. He carried more mail than the all of the greater Los Angeles Post offices combined. They rode him until his tires almost fell off. And what does he get for his service, his trouble, his pain? A “see ya later. big guy.”

Nothing would be sweeter than watching LT sign with the Denver Broncos or Kansas City Chiefs to help them tutor their “running backs of the future” Knowshon Moreno and Jamaal Charles, respectively, while staying in the AFC West and helping his new team take over the top spot in the conference.

Paybacks can be a bitch. Rice and Smith never really managed to exact revenge on their former teams. It would be nice, just once, to see a quite, mild-mannered guy like LT give the middle fingers to his former team a couple of times each year.

Now the question is, who will the Chargers draft at running back this year? Because obviously Darren Sproles is not an every-down everyday running back.

Mr Pressbox Out!!

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Related links:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4888134

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/report-ladainian-tomlinson-says-he-thinks-hes-done-as-a-san-diego-charger





Tomlinson says Chargers to release him, hopefully soon

4 02 2010

If his own speculation is true – and why would anyone doubt the word of LaDainian Tomlinson – his 9-year career in San Diego will be over soon. Anticipating a salary-cap move worth up to $5 million, Tomlinson has asked for the Chargers to make the cut quick and painless.

Where is the love? Where is the respect? Where is the gratitude? Money is screwing everything up.

This is just another example of players building their careers with one program, only to get kicked to the curb after years of dedicated service. And why? All over money.

Two of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees (soon to be announced) Jerry Rice and Emmit Smith are two prime examples. Jerry Rice helped build the 49ers’ 1990s Team of the Decade dynasty with nothing but a crazy work ethic and devotion to his team, teammates and fans. Emmit Smith was apart of the Trio, “America’s Team”, the other powerhouse in the NFC during the 1990s. And BOTH were cut at the end of their careers just to save money. Rice maintained a few dignified years in Oakland after leaving the Niners, but squandered a legacy with the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Smith set the all-time rushing record, not in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, but in the strange costume of the Arizona Cardinals (before they were playoff contenders).

That’s just a slap in the face. “Thank you for your help in building our franchise into a playoff contender, but we think we’ve milked you for all your worth, so now we’re letting you go. Buh-Bye.” The Chargers flat out abused Tomlinson for years. He carried more mail than all of the greater Los Angeles Post offices combined. They rode him until his tires almost fell off. And what does he get for his service, his trouble, his pain? A “see ya later, big guy.”

Nothing would be sweeter than watching LT sign with the Denver Broncos or Kansas City Chiefs to help them tutor their “running backs of the future” Knowshon Moreno and Jamaal Charles, respectively, while staying in the AFC West and helping his new team take over the top spot in the conference.

Paybacks can be a bitch. Rice and Smith never really managed to exact revenge on their former teams. It would be nice, just once, to see a quite, mild-mannered guy like LT give the middle fingers to his former team a couple of times each year.

Now the question is, who will the Chargers draft at running back this year? Because obviously Darren Sproles is not an every-down everyday running back.

Mr Pressbox Out!!

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Related links:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4888134

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/report-ladainian-tomlinson-says-he-thinks-hes-done-as-a-san-diego-charger

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Kaeding’s just a kicker; let’s see how well you would do

19 01 2010

Nate Kaeding is the best kicker in NFL. Period. During the regular season he was an ice-water-for-veins sniper armed with a 36″ long right leg, keen targeting, and a catapult hidden in an undersized black kickers’ shoe.

The nickname “Mr Automatic” was quite common synonymous with Kaeding around the Big 10 when Kaeding kicked for Iowa. Groza award winner and kicker savant, Kaeding found his was out of Iowa by kicking his way into the Hawkeye record books.

But soon how the vultures circle. No, not in the skies, but in the locker room, media room , parking garage and more . The buzzards swarm looking for a cheap snap shot and sensational quote to make some outrageous story.

Kaeding set the mark for most accurate kicker and was perfect inside of 40 yards this year, with only 3 misses all season. But on a day when he bricks 2 very makeable kicks and then misses one throw away kick of 57 yards as time expired to end the first half (that one doesn’t really count), suddenly years of hard work go out the window. Yes under the pressure, Kaeding struggles.  But so do many others.

But that aside, Norv Turner and the offense wasn’t very productive either. So when the Chargers well-oiled machine stalled in the redzone, they called Nate the Great. CBS jinxed him by having his last missed fg cued up to show right before his first kick. JINX. Wide left. The 57 yd kick was pointless. It’s only benefit was taking Kaeding out of his game. Then in the third, with playoff hopes hanging on his trusty right leg, he pushed it right.  

So many other breakdowns took place in the game while Kaeding was on the bench. Drives that could have scored, that stalled. Drives self destructed with turnovers , penalties and negative plays. Kaeding had nothing to do with those errors.

Since turning pro, his post season record has been less than stellar. Some like to heap the “choker” tag on him. It’s a label he earned years ago. But he will have to step his postseason kicks up to drop the post season choker names.

But to alter his wikipedia page to say he committed suicide is cowardly and insensitive. It was probably some fat SoCal laid off fluffer after Vivid Videos downsized its staff this winter. It’s just cruel, cowardly, malicious, and libelous.

Alright all of you kicker-bashers, get off the couch, dust the crackers of your hoodie, get your football gear and let’s go. If you can make 10/10 from the 3 yd line (that’s a 20 yd fg or extra point) or even get the ball in the endzone while trying a 57 yd field goal, I will sincerely apologize.  Otherwise back away from my pal with the gloomy look on his face and pat him on the back for such a solid effort.

Mr Pressbox Out!!