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Bad Penny is back, 8/16/14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Folks, let’s call last week what it was, a bunch of crap.  The death of Robin Williams, Ferguson, Social Media blowing up with hatred and ignorance and bullshit, insufferable talking heads everywhere spewing non-sense so much more so than normal, the ongoing Tony Stewart crap, and a sports talk media trying to lecture MLB on how to improve (yeah, like they have any business giving anybody  improvement advice).   

 “Gooooooooood-byyyyyyye Vietnaaaaam! That's right, I'm history... I'm outta here. I got the lucky ticket home, baby. Rollin, rollin, rollin'... keep them wagons rollin', rawhide! Yeah, that's right... the final Adrian Cronauer broadcast... and this one is brought to you by our friends at the Pentagon. Remember the people who brought you Korea? That's right, the U.S. Army. If it's being done correctly, here or abroad, it's probably not being done by the Army.”

--Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer (Good Morning, Vietnam), 1987

In this quote, “the people” in this quote is quite simply the media.  We can debate how Williams died and the other entire BS the media wants to yap about, but I choose not to do that here, only to say that he was one gifted entertainer, and that is how I will choose to remember him.  Well that, and his support of the military.  Hey Robin, In this world of foolishness and taking ourselves way too seriously, despite your own demons, you showed us through your humor that perhaps we should step back and just laugh, be silly on occasion, and more than that, be decent to one another.  Hey Robin, may you find peace!  May we in our lifetimes find peace, happiness, and a wonderful world:

Music.  Joe Bonamassa is starting to grow on me.                                  

Oh, sports?  Let's try some Baseball...

Baseball in general.  Hey, where has the art of the stolen base gone?

MLB – San Diego Baseball Franchise.  I was looking for something to write about baseball and I noticed this quiet little corner of MLB down in SD.  They’re 57-63 as of Friday, 7-3 in their last ten.  Here is a team that has played 120 games as of Friday, yet only five players have appeared in 90 games or more, and two more that have played 80 or more?  How the hell are they playing just below .500 ball with that kind of inconsistency?

It sure ain’t hitting: they’re dead last in team BA with a .226, and RBI’s (60 behind the two tied for second worst), and ranked #28 in HR.  In fact their RBI total is so bad, it is 102 RBI’s behind the MLB average (469 to SD’s 367).  The only guy who even remotely is having a good season is Seth Smith hitting .291 with 12 HR and 38 RBI.  Can somebody put out an APB for Jedd Gyorko (.196 BA, 7 HR, 36 RBI) and Yonder Alonso (.240 BA, 7 HR, 27 RBI?). 

Pitching?  Guess who is #2 in MLB in ERA?  Yep, San Diego at 3.06 (Seattle is #1!).  They’re also in a three way tie for #3 in Avg (.234), #4 in HRs given up (86), #6 in WHIP, and #10 in team Strike outs.  Former Oakland A Tyson Ross is 11-10 with a 2.63 ERA with 160 SO and a .228 average, but Jesse Han is 7-3 with a 2.52 ERA with an average of .189 with a very low walk count and he holds it down into at least the 6th but mostly the 7th innings.

In the minor leagues, they seem to have a ton of pitching prospects, but not much else.  Their #1 prospect is a catcher struggling to hit in the minors, and at #6 seems to be some promise OF Rymer Liriano whose hitting .291 in 115 games down on the farm.  Other than that, everybody in MLB.com’s top ten is a pitcher and/or sitting at AA or below.  No real hope anytime soon.  Hell, I had to dig to #14 to find Reymond Fuentes at AAA batting .294 in 88 games.  No power, but he has more SB than most which isn’t much.

So what does San Diego do?  Well, considering Petco’s dimensions, they seem to be doing what they can, but with all the pitching talent they have stocked up on, it may not be a bad idea for them to start looking at going after some sticks.  

Oh, and to the San Diego Baseball franchise deserve props for?  Yeah, providing tix in the stadium for USN and USMC boot campers to attend a ball game.  Marching in and out of that place looks pretty cool.

 

Q-o-t-D 8/16/14 Tags: NFL Fanatasy Football

 

Are you ready for Fantasy Football Season?

 

I'm not!

IHM's 2014 NFL Preview
Category: FEATURED

  Hello folks, and welcome to your Saturday featured blog with IHM. This week, I'm going to give you my predictions for the 2014 NFL season... division by division, then my picks for the playoffs.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots- The Pats have Gronk back, and have added some major pieces in the offseason which should help to keep them on top of the AFC East. Brady has had another season to gain some familiarity with his receivers, and it looks like they're healthier this time around. The draft was a little on the strange side, but looking at the past, it's hard to second guess what the Patriots do on draft day.

Miami Dolphins- The Dolphins spent a lot of money on the offensive line this year, and their first round pick which some thought was a pretty big reach. This should make things interesting in Miami, especially with improved receiving corps at Ryan Tannehill's disposal after drafting Jarvis Landry of LSU in the second round. The Dolphins won't surpass the Patriots this year, but things are definitely looking up in South Beach.

Buffalo Bills- The Bills traded next year's #1 to move up for Sammy Watkins... unfortunately, they still aren't sold on QB E.J. Emanuel, who they used their first rounder on last year. Only time will tell how things will shake out for the Bills this year, but with Kiko Alonso out for the year, their defense will likely be their downfall this year.

New York Jets- The Jets added WR Eric Decker in the offseason, and a few other weapons on offense... the question is whether or not QB Geno Smith is up to the task. Michael Vick is his backup this year, which adds pressure on a young QB. I see the Jets finishing last in the East this year... hopefully leading to the firing of Rex Ryan. On second thought... keep Ryan... I love seeing New York teams lose!

 

AFC NORTH

Cincinnati Bengals- The Bengals signed Andy Dalton to a long-term extension this offseason… which may or may not have been a gigantic mistake. We’ll have to see if he’s ready to finally win a playoff game this time around. They drafted well, as they have for the past couple seasons, and Geno Atkins is back to anchor the defensive line. It’s pretty clear to me that the Bengals are the best team in this division.

Baltimore Ravens- The Ravens have added a few weapons on the offensive side of the ball this offseason, the biggest of which was WR Steve Smith, who finally gives QB Joe Flacco a dependable, veteran target with Anquan Boldin traded away before last season for some reason… This could be the best receiving corps Flacco has had to work with since he became the starter in Baltimore. Adding CJ Mosley of Alabama gives them a replacement for the retired Ray Lewis. This team will be better this year than they were last year.

Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger… and the offensive line issues that plagued them last year. They added RB LaGarrette Blount this offseason to bolster the running game, and he should form a nice RB duo with 2nd year RB Le’Veon Bell. The biggest question is the receivers, led by Antonio Brown. It isn’t an impressive group. The defense should be solid as always, but I see this being Mike Tomlin’s first season under .500.

Cleveland Browns- The Browns will be a solid defensive team, just as they have the last few seasons… but the offense could possibly be worse, especially if WR Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire season. Could be a long year in Cleveland… but what else is new? Oh yeah, Johnny Manziel will be the starter by week 5… but it won’t make much difference.

AFC SOUTH

Indianapolis Colts- The Colts are the best team in this division by a long shot, with Andrew Luck leading the way. The only thing they really need to do is keep their focus all season and not get too overconfident. The Jaguars are improving, but they aren’t ready to challenge for the division win this year.

Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags made some major improvements this offseason. Rookie QB Blake Bortles has looked great in the preseason, but it has been against 2nd and 3rd teamers. The QB expected to start this season, Chad Henne, has actually looked pretty good as well. This Jags team will finish right around .500 with the improvements they’ve made on both sides of the ball, but will fall short of a playoff berth. 2015 could be a huge year for this team, though.

Tennessee Titans- The Titans will be a bit of a wild card this year in the South… if Jake Locker performs the way he did in college, they might just be a surprise, but I just don’t see him figuring things out, especially with a fairly weak receiving corps. The defense should be solid, but not good enough to make this a winner.

Houston Texans- The Texans had the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and added yet another defensive piece in DE Jadaveon Clowney. With Clowney and JJ Watt on the line, the defense should give opposing QB’s fits. The million dollar question is whether or not the offense can put any points on the board. Quarterback is a huge question mark again, with Ryan Fitzpatrick slated to be the opening day starter. This could be one of the ugliest offenses in all of football this year… and will likely lead to a last place finish and another high draft pick next year.

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos- The Broncos were the AFC Champs last year, and I don’t see that changing this time around. Peyton Manning is back, and leads a high powered offense yet again. Gone are Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno, but the Broncos replaced them with Emmanuel Sanders and a platoon of Monte Ball and Ronnie Hillman. Defense is where this team is most improved, with the additions of DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, and Aquib Talib. They should have little problem winning this division and making a deep run in the playoffs.

San Diego Chargers- The Chargers made a late run last year to qualify for the final Wild Card spot, and they should be in the mix this year as well. The production of Phillip Rivers is key here. The defense picked up a few solid players this offseason through free agency and the draft, so they should be an improved unit as well.

Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs took a big hit in free agency when Branden Albert took his talents to South Beach, leaving a massive hole in an already shaky offensive line. I can’t help but think that last year was a fluke, and this roster is built to fail. It will be a tight race between the Chiefs and Raiders for last place this year.

Oakland Raiders- The Raiders added a nice piece in LB Khalil Mack of Buffalo through the draft. That said, it wasn’t nearly enough to make this team a contender. They are a long way away from that. They could very well challenge for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Playoff Teams:

New England

Denver

Indianapolis

Cincinnati

Wild Card #1- San Diego

Wild Card #2- Miami

Round 1: Indianapolis over San Diego, Miami over Cincinnati

Round 2: New England over Miami, Denver over Indianapolis

AFC Championship Game: Denver over New England

 

NFC EAST

Philadelphia Eagles- The Eagles lost WR DeSean Jackson this offseason, but they still have a strong running game, and a decent group of WR’s for QB Nick Foles. The defense is a bigger question mark, but they have the most overall talent in this division, and that should carry them to a second straight division title.

New York Giants- The Giants will be better this year than they were last year… which doesn’t take a whole lot! The running game gets a boost with the additions of Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams of Boston College, and WR got deeper with the addition of Odell Beckham, Jr. through the draft. The defense should be solid enough to get this team into second place, and challenge for a final week shot at the division that we always see out of the East.

Washington Redskins- The Redskins added some firepower to the offense, especially if RG3 stays healthy… but that’s a big if. The defense is terrible though, and I don’t really see them outscoring a lot of teams despite the changes made. They will battle it out with the Cowboys for last place.

Dallas Cowboys- Tony Romo’s health and ability to win the big one are two big question marks for the Cowboys going into this season. Losing LB Sean Lee for the season doesn’t help things, either. This team is destined for the cellar… sorry Cowboys fans.

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers- The Packers are the class of this division, and have been for a while. Rodgers is healthy again, and the offense is ready to roll with him. The defense should be better, especially after adding S HaHa Clinton-Dix in the draft. It might get a little tight with an improved Bears team challenging, but the Pack should win this one.

Chicago Bears- The Bears added some solid players in the offseason, including pass rushers Jared Allen and LaMarr Houston and corner Kyle Fuller in the draft. The offense should be able to score some points with the WR duo of Marshall and Jeffery, and Jay Cutler looks like he’ll be healthy to start the year off. If Cutler stays healthy and performs the way he’s capable of, this Bears team could challenge for the division crown.

Minnesota Vikings- The Vikings biggest question mark continues to be the quarterback position. They added some solid players at skill positions, and still have Adrian Peterson manning the running back spot, which is always a good place to start. But we’ll have to see who wins the starting job between Cassell, Bridgewater, and Ponder. The defense should be a little better than it was last year after adding Captain Munnerlyn and rookie Anthony Barr… but only good enough to avoid the cellar.

Detroit Lions- The Lions added more “weapons” around Matt Stafford; first round pick TE Eric Ebron and free agent WR Golden Tate. Unfortunately, they did nothing about the defense, which means another likely top ten pick in 2015 for this football team. Not quite 0-16 terrible, but they’ll be terrible all right.

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints- The Saints still have Drew Brees, and coach Sean Payton is back again, so the offense should not be an issue. The defense is a little more stout after adding free agent safety Jarius Byrd in the offseason. This team should have little trouble winning the NFC South.

Atlanta Falcons- The Falcons need their two star receivers, Julio Jones and Roddy White, to stay healthy this season if they want a shot at the division title or a wild card spot. I think they pull that off, and Matt Ryan has a solid rebound year after the disaster that was his 2013 season. Adding Jake Matthews to the offensive line helps as well. The defense is a big question mark, as well.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Bucs have a chance to surprise some people this year, adding new coach Lovie Smith and rookie WR Mike Evans to the fold. You really have to wonder who wins the starting QB job here, young Mike Glennon, who was pretty damn good as a rookie despite the lack of solid receivers to throw to, or veteran QB Josh McCown, who is currently listed as the starter. My pick would be Glennon… but I’m just a blogger, not an accomplished head coach like Lovie Smith. They might just end up in second place and challenging for a Wild Card berth.

Carolina Panthers- The Panthers have major question marks on offense this season, including along the line with the retirement of Jordan Gross and at receiver with the departure of Steve Smith. Rookie Kelvin Benjamin should be a nice addition, but Cam Newton goes into the season with a receiving corps that has caught a total of zero passes in a Panther uniform. The defense should be stout, and might end up being their saving grace when it comes to avoiding going from first to worst in 2014.

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals- Old Harry had it right Thursday… I think the Cardinals sneak up on the Seahawks and 49ers and take the division! They’ve added some nice pieces this offseason through free agency and the draft. The biggest question is the linebackers, where they have lost Karlos Dansby (free agency) and Daryl Washington (suspension). Still, I say this is a team that finishes first.

Seattle Seahawks- The defending champs nearly fall asleep at the wheel… but they still manage to get in as a Wild Card! The offense should stay on the same track without many big changes there… the biggest changes come on defense, where teams raided the Seahawks in free agency.

San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers come into this season with a lot of distractions… injuries to NaVarro Bowman and a possible long-term suspension to LB Aldon Smith, as well as the ongoing issues between Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and 9ers WR Michael Crabtree. With all this going on, I just see a collapse coming. Not a massive, down to 2-14 collapse, but enough of one to where they miss the playoffs.

St.Louis Rams- The Rams head into 2014 with major questions about their franchise QB, Sam Bradford. This is likely his last shot to win something before he is replaced in next years draft. The draft was kind to the Rams this year, adding OT Greg Robinson and DT Aaron Donald to the mix. The question is, is Sam Bradford ready to take this team to the next level, and possibly leapfrog the 49ers and a sleepy Seattle team to make a playoff run? I doubt it, I see this being Bradford’s last year there and another high pick for the Rams to use on a QB next year.

NFC PLAYOFFS

Green Bay Packers

Arizona Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles

New Orleans Saints

Wild Card #1- Seattle, Wild Card #2- Chicago

ROUND ONE: Seattle over Philadelphia, New Orleans over Chicago

ROUND TWO: Green Bay over Seattle, New Orleans over Arizona

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Green Bay over New Orleans

 

And in Super Bowl XLIX… The Broncos beat the Packers, winning one for ailing owner Pat Bowlen.

 There’s my picks, ladies and gents. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below! Have a great weekend, Gabbers!

Friday's Freakout with IHM
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

  Well folks, it's Friday morning and we have no post on the 2.0 side yet, so I'm going to go ahead and leave this here for a while...

  Football is on the way back in, with the NFL Preseason in full swing and college football just a few weeks away from kicking off. I don't know about you all, but I can't wait to see some games that count!

  With college football ready to have it's first playoff this year, which four teams do you see representing which of the power conferences? We all know no small schools are going to make it to the dance... but which big boy conference makes it there? Which ones get left out?

  Looking at the big programs and the schedules they have in front of them, I see Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Stanford all taking a spot in the Football Final Four. That's right, no Big Ten... sorry guys. Ohio State loses one or two games, and Sparty does the same. As much as I'm rooting against Alabama and Florida State, I think they both run the table and take the one and two seeds. Oklahoma also runs the table, and Stanford takes the Pac-12 with one loss. Looking at the matchups, Alabama tops Stanford, and Oklahoma tops Florida State... then Oklahoma tops Bama to win the first NCAA Football playoff.

  So what are your picks, Gabbers? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

  In Major League Baseball, Bud Selig's successor was named yesterday. It's the MLB COO Rob Manfred... who actually has a pair as opposed to Selig. Manfred wanted to go after Bonds, despite the absence of protocol between the Unoin and League, and force the Union to back up a cheat or allow a suspension to happen... but Selig opted to back out. Personally, I hope Manfred takes the Union to task every time it is possible.

  So with a new commissioner in place, I have this question for you... if you were named MLB commissioner, what rules do you change? What new rules do you put in place? Here's my list, but be sure to let me know what you would do in the comments below...

1. DH in both leagues. I know, I know, we want pitchers to be held accountable for beaning players, but I'm getting to that later on. Meanwhile, I'm not a fan of watching pitchers hack away when we could easily add a hundred points to the batting average of every #9 spot in baseball by getting rid of pitchers hitting. Sure, it's fun when a pitchers ends up getting a hit, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

2. If a pitcher plunks a batter and it results in injury, that pitcher is suspended as long as the hit batter is out. If there is no injury, take your base and STFU!

3. Only one Wild Card spot... the one game playoff is stupid and minimizes the regular season.

4. Best record gets home-field advantage. Same as with the one game playoff, having an exhibition for the fans determine something as important as home field in the World Series is just fucking ridiculous and minimizes the importance of the regular season. Stop the madness already.

5. Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe, etc., are all forgiven, and all eligible for the Hall of Fame. A new wing is dedicated to those who cheated or did something stupid to shame the sport... a Hall of Shame wing if you will. Displays will include one of Rose's betting slips, one of the needles Brian McNamee had laying around from his "buddy" Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds' caps from his days in Pittsburgh and his days in San Fransisco laid next to one another so the difference is clear, Mark McGwire's bottle of Andro, which was displayed prominently in his locker during the HR chase of '98... and so much more. Let them in... just don't forget what they've done to tarnish the sport.

6. No more writers voting for the Hall of Fame. Living Hall of Fame players/coaches/contributors will determine who joins their ranks... not the idiot sports writers who have made a joke of Hall of Fame voting in recent years.

  That's what I've got right now folks... be sure to add more rules in the comments below! Thanks for reading, and rejoice... it's Friday people!

Sports Friday with Hal: Back in Time 2009
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL NFL Draft Football 2009 NFL Draft

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday!

 

Yours truly is back to Pawtucket to check out the Boston Red Sox prospects tonight. Hope to have some pics up next week. Gonna be hard to top seeing Joey Votto in a rehab stint, though.

 

So I was reading about free agent outside linebacker/defensive end Larry English finally catching on with a new team as he signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The article mentioned him as part of the 2009 NFL Draft and how it was a mixed bag of a draft. It got me thinking about the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and how now that it has been five years it is a great time to check back and see just how it really turned out.

2009 NFL DRAFT - ROUND ONE REVIEW

Pick Team Name Pos College/Univ Star/Solid/Bust Comments
1 DET Matthew Stafford QB Georgia Solid Stafford is tough to figure out here. He puts up some great numbers, but is he a top quarterback? He seems like he is knocking on the door each season and puts up some great numbers with Megatron for fantasy football, but the wins and playoff appearances do not follow. Whether fair or not, quarterbacks get measured by wins--especially in the postseason--and are not considered elite when they post guady numbers and double-digit losses.
2 STL Jason Smith T Baylor Bust From cornerstone left tackle with $33 million guaranteed  in St. Louis to all but out of the league. As big a bust as any in the draft, Smith is right up there. Aaron Curry, Aaron Maybin, or Larry English may have been busts, but Smith was the most highly paid!
3 KAN Tyson Jackson DE LSU Solid Jackson was allowed to leave Kansas City without much resistance. #3 overall picks usually are not shown the door. Jackson is borderline bust, but he has slowly improved. 
4 SEA Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest Bust Out of the league. 5.5 career sacks. Super bust. Historic bust. He could not even catch on in Oakland!
5 NYJ Mark Sanchez QB USC Bust Butt-Fumble. 'Nuff said. Some solid moments early in his career riding a strong defense, but Sanchez was never the Sanchise he was supposed to be.
6 CIN Andre Smith T Alabama Solid Smith was intended to be a cornerstone. Instead he is a solid right tackle. Not the best, not the worst. Drafted a bit high, but he has been solid.
7 OAK Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland Bust Oog. This pick is often used to sum up what was wrong with Oakland at the end of the Al Davis era: Just suck, Baby! 
8 JAX Eugene Monroe T Virginia Solid Monroe is a solid left tackle in the NFL.  Jacksonville traded him to Baltimore for draft picks where he was a shot in the arm for Baltimore filling the role Michael "the Blind Side" Oher was meant to fill after he was picked in the 2009 draft. Maybe it is bias for hms being stuck on a bad team so long, but Monroe is borderline star at the position.
9 GNB B.J. Raji DT Boston Col. Solid Raji looked like a star but he has fell off in a hurry. From penetrating nose tackle to big waste of space. He is teetering on bust. 
10 SFO Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech Star Crabtree is a tough player to figure. He started slow in San Francisco but by the second-half of 2011 and into 2012 was the number one receiver on a Super Bowl team. Last year he had an Achilles tendon tear that slowed him most of the season. He is ont he borderline of a star/solid player. Since he gets under Richard Sherman's skin, he gets the benefit of the doubt. 
11 BUF Aaron Maybin DE Penn St. Bust Maybin was a major flop in Buffalo. He landed in New York and had six sacks in 2011 and seemed on the comeback road. Nope. A down year led to a release, a year in the CFL, and now retirement. 
12 DEN Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia Solid Moreno rescued himself from bust status last year as he bounced back from two years of almost no production and topped 1,000 yards for the first time. Of course, Denver let him walk and the Georgia back is now in Miami. He is still a bit of a question mark, but he can change that positively or negatively in the next few years.
13 WAS Brian Orakpo LB Texas Star Orakpo is a sacking machine.  Other than an injury taking out almost all of 2012 he would be in the conversation for the best first-round pick in the 2009 draft. A three-time Pro Bowl player, Orakpo is a solid pick at #14 overall.
14 NOR Malcolm Jenkins DB Ohio St. Solid Jenkins is a solid starting free safety. He is far from a star. He is above bust, but not by much. He left New Orleans for Philadelphia this offseason, so maybe a change of scenery is what he needs . 
15 HOU Brian Cushing LB USC Solid Cushing is a borderline star, but he played only 12 of 32 games for Houston the past two years. When on the field, he is a playmaking tackling machine. A bounce-back couple of seasons and Cushing is back in the star category.
16 SDG Larry English LB Northern Illinois Bust English is the inspiration for this article. He was supposed to be what Clay Matthews has been. Instead, he flamed out in San Diego after multiple chances. 
17 TAM Josh Freeman QB Kansas St. Bust Josh Freeman is still unsigned and not in a training camp. That means he ranks outside the top 3000 players in football right now. That is insane.  A huge 2010 season led to optimism but he self-destructed and played his way out of Tampa Bay last year. Now he is on the outside looking in.
18 DEN Robert Ayers DE Tennessee Solid Ayers is borderline solid/bust. He is a run-stuffer, but a top twenty first round pick? He can look like a solid pass rusher than disappear for a month. He is inconsistent and really seems to be teetering on slipping to bust in a hurry.
19 PHI Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri Solid Maclin is the definition of solid. A number two receiver. 55 to 70 catches for 700-900 yards. Maclin missed all of last year so that is an issue, but he should bounce back. Definitely a solid pick.
20 DET Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma St. Solid How the heck do you rank Pettigrew? He is not in the Gronk-Graham group of tight ends but has topped 70 receptions and 700 yards twice. Is he elite? No. Solid? Sure, he was. But his star is showing tarnish the last two years.
21 CLE Alex Mack C California Star Mack probably challenges Clay Matthews as the best player in the draft. Centers do not always go in the first round but Mack has been superb since coming into the league and earned a big money contract this offseason. A great all-around blocker and great pick. 
22 MIN Percy Harvin WR Florida Solid Injuries, sure. But when he plays? WOW! He is a playmaker. The injuries and inconsistencies are all that keep the star label off him. 
23 BAL Michael Oher T Mississippi Solid Sure, he had a movie made about him, but his play has dropped off big time the past few years. He was up-and-down but looked like a future cornerstone left tackle by the end of 2010, but since then he has been steadily getting worse. 
24 ATL Peria Jerry DT Mississippi Bust Without Googling him, does anyone remember Peria Jerry? That's what I thought and why he's a bust. 
25 MIA Vontae Davis DB Illinois Solid Vontae Davis was a washout in Miami but seemingly turned his career around in Indianapolis. He may not be elite, but he has embraced the top role in the secondary in Indy and 4-years $39 million shows he has the respect of his team and could turn the corner to even better things.
26 GNB Clay Matthews LB USC Star Arguably the best draft pick in 2009, the Packers got a steal trading up to snag New England's top pick for a bunch of picks that turned into…nothing spectacular. Matthews is a legitimate star and a steal at #26 overall.
27 IND Donald Brown RB Connecticut Bust A first-round running back has significant expectations. Brown would be a value pick if he had been taken in the fourth or fifth round, but he has never been a regular starter and topped out at 645 yards in a season. 
28 BUF Eric Wood C Louisville Solid Wood was a solid guard for two seasons for Buffalo and then switched to center in 2011. Injuries have slowed him a bit, but he is solid in pass protection and a nasty run blocker. 
29 NYG Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina Solid Nicks left New York this offseason without much of a battle.  Four seasons over 750 yardsr eceiving including two over 1,000 yards makes Nicks a solid pick. At the end of the first round the Giants got good value on his rookie contract. Definitely a solid pick. 
30 TEN Kenny Britt WR Rutgers Bust On field talent was never an issue for Britt. It was the off field problems. Just a waste of talent.
31 ARI Beanie Wells RB Ohio St. Bust 2011. That was when Beanie topped 1,000 yards. He has not played in a year and a half now and his career is in jeopardy. That is a bust. 
32 PIT Evander Hood DE Missouri Bust The Ziggy man is not the dominant defensive tackle many thought he could be in Pittsburgh. Hood was solid as a rookie but quickly dipped to mediocre and has stayed at that level. Picks like Hood are why the Steel Curtain defense that was a title contender most of this decade has fallen off. 

 

OK, that's a wrap!  Have a great weekend!

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