1. TE Eric Ebron from North Carolina
2. TE Jace Amaro from Texas Tech
3. TE Troy Niklas from Norte Dame
4. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington
5. TE CJ Fiedorowicz from Iowa
6. TE Colt Lyerla from Oregon
1. TE Eric Ebron from North Carolina
2. TE Jace Amaro from Texas Tech
3. TE Troy Niklas from Norte Dame
4. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington
5. TE CJ Fiedorowicz from Iowa
6. TE Colt Lyerla from Oregon
Here are my predictions for the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV tonight…
(The Pre Show match) The Rhodes Brothers vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel
Winners - The Rhodes Brothers
Now time for the official event…
1. Singles Match
Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neal
Winner - Titus O’Neal
2. Intercontinental Championship Match
Champion Big E vs. Jack Swagger
Winner - Big E
3. WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The Uso’s
Winner - The New Age Outlaws
4. Six Man Tag Team Match
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
Winner - The Wyatt Family
5. Singles Match
Batista vs. Albert Del Rio
Winner - Batista
6. Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Cesaro and Christian.
Winner - Randy Orton
To continue our NFL Draft Coverage for #ASTDraftExpress, I am evaluating and ranking the 2014 Wide Receiver Class. Let me just say that, this year’s wide receiver class is the most talented I’ve ever seen enter the NFL. This group in general is the most talented from the 2014 Draft. It wasn’t easy making these rankings, but I hope you enjoy them… #ASTDraftExpress
1. WR Sammy Watkins from Clemson -
He is the complete package at the wide receiver position. There isn’t a debate on who’s the best at what he does. Sammy just can’t do no wrong. His route running is really good. I love his acceleration after the catch and he isn’t afraid to be physical with DB’s. For someone who is 6’0, he plays like he’s 6’5 with his ability to win in jump ball situations. Possess strong hands and the rare ability to turn a lot of plays into big ones. This guy is the TRUTH…
2. WR Mike Evans from Texas A&M -
You can’t teach 6’5 and 232 Pounds. You can’t teach the ability to win every jump ball situation, you’re in. Most times they say, the quarterback makes the receiver look good but in Evans’ case, he made QB Johnny Manziel look good on a lot of occasions. His ability to focus on the ball despite multiple defenders around or having to back track, is very impressive. For someone who isn’t “fast”, he does have good acceleration when he has the ball. Route running can use more improvement but it’s good enough for him to be a impact player in his rookie year. Watch out for Mike!
3. WR Marqise Lee from USC -
I really like how Lee plays the game. A gifted route runner who can run any route in the book. Possess good hands and good body control. Is very quick and can reach top speed quickly in open space.
4. WR Odell Beckham Jr from LSU -
This guy is a straight up stud. Regardless of which route he’s running or the coverage that’s in front of him, his speed can’t be contained. Also possess a good pair of hands and is capable of making any catch.
5. WR Brandin Cooks from Oregon State -
This guy might have one of the highest ceilings out of everyone at his position and that’s saying a lot. Even though he’s listed at 5-10 and 185 Pounds, he plays bigger than that. His speed and quickness is tremendous, especially after the catch. His route running and explosion off the line is top notch IMO. Strong hands for a small guy too. He can be a big impact player in his rookie year… just watch!
6. WR Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State -
After watching a few of his game tapes along with performance at the Combine, I think Kelvin can be the next Larry Fitzgerald. There are some similarities between the two receivers. Both have great size (Larry is 6-3 and 218 while Kelvin is 6-5 and 240). Despite their size, both have played in the slot a lot and excelled. The biggest similarities I see between the two is how they play the game and their ability to show up in crunch time. Both players use their size as a advantage and when the end is near, you can expect both of them to make big plays. I like this dude.
7. WR Davante Adams from Fresno State -
I wasn’t “Wow’d” when watching his tape but when I finished studying, I left with a good vibe. Davante is a competitive player who is willing to run through anybody that’s in his way. His natural hands allow him to catch the ball with no problem and his release off the line is on point. Has nice size for the position (6-2 and 212) and should be a regular contributor on the next level.
8. WR Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt -
In a time, where scouts and fans focus heavily on a player’s athleticism and potential, Jordan Matthew’s game is refreshing to me. He isn’t the fastest or the quickest, but his skill-set is pretty good IMO. I love not only how he runs his routes (nice and low while getting off the line quickly) but how he sells them. Selling a route, especially one that requires a double move is very important. Jordan does a good job selling every movement his body makes when running a certain route. Think of it as a pump fake or when a player jumps into his crossover in basketball. That’s what Jordan Matthews does when running routes. He also shows off good hands and the ability to get the ball at it’s highest point.
9. WR Jarvis Landry from LSU -
My thoughts on Jarvis might be different from others but oh well. I like Jarvis but I’m not the biggest fan of his. He does show the ability to make tough catches and he plays with a lot of heart, but I’m not sure about his athleticism and route running ability. I think he can be much better, if drafted by the right team and learning from accomplished veterans.
10. WR Allen Robinson from Penn State -
Allen has good size (6-3 and 210 Pounds) but that’s the only good part of his game. I think everything else is solid but can be good if worked upon a lot. From route running to catching to jump ball skills, Allen can be a good player in the NFL. I see him as a Eric Decker type of receiver. Won’t wow you with his athleticism but with his skills, he can.
(Below is the rankings of the 2014 RB Prospects from the Draft. I studied a few games from each prospect. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the list!)
1. Carlos Hyde from Ohio State
2. Ka’Deem Carey from Arizona
3. Tre Mason from Auburn
4. De’Anthony Thomas from Oregon
5. Jermey Hill from LSU
6. Andre Williams from Boston College
7. Bishop Sankey from Washington
8. Lance Seastrunk from Baylor
9. Charles Sims from West Virginia
10. Storm Johnson from UCF
(I’m ranking from #1-10, the ten quarterback prospects I studied from this year’s NFL Draft. Enjoy!)
1. Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville -
I am a huge fan of his game. Doesn’t have a significant weakness and his game translate so well to the NFL. Has all of the physical and mental tools. I once compared him to Andrew Luck and I think that comparison is very accurate. Both maybe “boring” but they will be exciting to watch on the next level, due to their ability to change a franchise in a good way and carry them to success.
2. Blake Bortles from Central Florida -
Someone who is high on multiple draft boards and there is a reason why. He has great size at 6-5 and 230 and his skill set is a perfect match for today’s NFL. Can play in and outside of the pocket, is very mobile and has good arm strength. Accuracy and mechanics need more work but they’re not bad at the moment. Has a lot of potential. Has earned comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger.
3. Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M -
Despite questions about his size, durability and which NFL system he can play in, Manziel is a well regarded prospect. He accomplished a lot in college football’s toughest conference and bring special skills to the table, that other QB prospects don’t. From quickness and elusiveness to big play ability and leadership, Manziel passed those tests with flying colors.
4. Zach Mettenberger from LSU -
This may surprise you but I really like Mettenberger. I think out of all the QB prospects, his ceiling could be the highest. He has great size (6-5 and 240), the physical tools and the resume to be a good quarterback in the NFL. There will be questions about his Torn ACL and checker past, but if teams want a player who they can develop and make a starter one day then Mettenberger is their guy. He will be good… trust me!
5. AJ McCarron from Alabama -
McCarron is the “winner” of this year’s QB Class. He has achieved the most out of all the prospects and because of that, his resume will not be in question… but his skill set will. McCarron’s arm strength is above average. He doesn’t throw with a lot of velocity and his mobility won’t impress you. He is good in the short-intermediate passing game though. NFL Teams will have to determine whether McCarron is really good or was just a product of a great system at Alabama.
6. Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois -
The small school kid is getting a lot of attention these days. Along with good showings on tape, he did a good job at the Senior Bowl and earned comparisons to Tony Romo and Drew Brees. His arm strength and accuracy is definitely above average and I really like his release. He’s get the ball off quick. Also mobile. Could be a guaranteed Day Two pick when his draft process is over.
7. Aaron Murray from Georgia -
I think Murray is better than what people give him credit for. I know he is short (6-0, 201). I know he didn’t win big games. But the guy can PLAY. He’s play the position pretty well. He has good pocket presence which helps him move around the pocket. His over the top release and accuracy is good for someone his size. What impressed me was his arm strength. For someone that is 6-0 and “has troubles seeing over the offensive line”, he can drive the ball down field with NO PROBLEM. Even with his recent Torn ACL injury, I think he will be a contributor in the NFL. Any team that drafts him is getting a steal.
8. Derek Carr from Fresno State -
When I studied Carr a few times this season, I didn’t see anything that impressed me. There is nothing to his game that says “stand out”. That is crazy to consider as this guy was once projected to be a high first round pick. From a physical and mental standpoint, I can only describe him as above average. I can’t see him being a immediate contributor in the NFL. I think he needs a couple of years of development on the right team and maybe he can be a starter on the next level.
9. Logan Thomas from Virginia Tech -
This guy can take you on a roller coaster when watching him play. You see his great size (6-5, 250), mobility and arm strength and think this is someone who can be the next good NFL Quarterback. Instead he leaves you frustrated. Out of all the QB’s, I think Thomas needs the most work. His mechanics is poor and because of that, he misses a lot of throws he should make. He needs to be more calm in the pocket. Decision making has to be improved. I think if Thomas is drafted by the right team and they develop him right, he can much better five years from now than he is currently. In a sense, the sky is the limit for him.
10. Brett Smith from Wyoming -
I have to say, I LOVE the way Brett Smith plays the game. Yes he is a small school kid. Yes he is “raw” but the potential is there and you see it on every play. He plays the game at a good speed. He has a quick release and excels in the short-intermediate passing game. His deep ball is average but he normally completes them. The two things that stand out is his pocket presence and speed. He is NOT afraid to take a hit and he is very FAST. In open space he is dangerous and in a closed space, his acceleration builds up like Colin Kaepernick’s. He might go undrafted and change his position (think Julian Edleman even though Julian got drafted), but I really think a NFL Team should give him a chance.
I have been a big fan of your’s, since you joined the team. You have given me and plenty of Cavs fans HOPE, during this rough time we’re having. You’re the shining light in our darkness. The $20 Dollar Bill we found on the street. You’re the person that holds the door for us, as we’re walking into a building. We really want to thank you for some of the things, you have done. Your willingness to represent the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers franchise is very admirable, I must admit; but there’s MORE to be desired Kyrie. As a player and as the face of this franchise, YOU have to do more.
I understand the talent around you isn’t the best. Could there be upgrade’s? Of course, but let me bring up a quote, I heard a young man once say: “I want to lead this team. We have the talent and the coaching staff to do something special this year.” Which young man I heard that from? You Kyrie. These were YOUR words, that YOU spoke three days before the start of training camp; but wait there’s more: “There’s lot of pressure on myself, but nobody puts as much pressure on me as I do on myself. I expect a lot of great things. That’s how I’ve been my whole life, holding myself to a high standard.” High standard. Pressure. Special. When somebody mentions those words, we usually expect great things to happen after. Unfortunately for you and us Cavs fans, nothing great is happening this season.
This team is currently 16-32 and on a five game losing streak. Only ONCE this season, have the Cavs been at .500 (On November 4th after they beat the Timberwolves to move their record to 2-2). Whether it’s regular stats or advanced, this team is ranked pretty low in a majority of them. On more occasions, we are seeing the Cavaliers getting outplayed from the beginning. Like I said earlier, the talent around you isn’t the best but it’s enough for you to win with it. And that’s what it comes down to. As the best player on this team, it is up to you to lead the way and set the tone. I am sick and tired of seeing reports, saying you’re not a good leader. I am sick and tired of people saying you’re immature. I truly hate it. I hate it, because I know you can do better. Even YOU know, you can do better.
For a player of your skill set and potential, opposing point guards shouldn’t be winning their match-ups with you Kyrie. As I’m writing this letter, you are currently one of the worst defensive point guards in the league, according to advanced statistics. The Cavaliers give up MORE points with you on the floor than without you. That is not a good look for a franchise player. That is somewhat embarrassing for someone who is now a All Star starter and member of the United States Basketball Team, for the next couple of summers. YOU HAVE TO STEP UP not only defensively but offensively. Your percentages from the field and three point line are down from last year. Last season, you had 25 Games where you took at least 20 Shots. So far this season, you have done so 14 Times. Every game is now consisted of you playing one on five and being in isolation instead of moving the ball and creating space. At this point Kyrie, I think you should be a shooting guard.
Please understand, I’m not trying to criticize you. If anything, I’m expressing my frustration to you. You shouldn’t be the player, you are today. The Cavaliers shouldn’t be the team, they are today. There should be no reason, why as of today, I don’t think you’re a true #1 on a team. Why am I questioning your leadership? Why am I questioning your heart? All I want is the player, who took the basketball world by storm and had everybody’s attention coming into this season. All I want is the player who was willing to take on the responsibility of leading a team to the playoffs. I want that same guy who was brave enough to represent the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers franchise. In a sense, I just want that old guy back. It is time Kyrie. It’s time for you to step up and do what’s right. If you don’t want to do it for me or anybody else, than that’s your choice. But at least do it for yourself. Because remember… YOU’RE the one who’s going to take the hit at the end. Not us.
- “There’s lot of pressure on myself, but nobody puts as much pressure on me as I do on myself. I expect a lot of great things. That’s how I’ve been my whole life, holding myself to a high standard.”
- Please Win,
As we approach Super Bowl 48, we will see a match-up that has been years in the making. The #1 Offense in the NFL vs. the #1 Defense in the NFL. It really doesn’t get better than that. Football is a sport that is filled with cliche’s that are repeated by everybody involved: “Next man up”, “They have to stop the big play”, “Just go out and execute” and “Defense wins championships”. That last cliche has been a common belief in football for decades. The NFL has seen it’s fair share of defense’s be the primary reason for a team’s success, but they also can say the same about offense. Over the last ten years, the NFL has seen a cultural shift in it’s style of play.
Gone are the days of Single back formations with two tight end’s and multiple linemen on the field. Today’s NFL is about space. More than likely, you will see teams play with three to four receivers at the same time. You will see more quarterbacks play in shotgun or in a new formation called the pistol. The best teams in the league, usually score a lot of points and gain a lot of yards. More Super Bowl’s are being determined by which offense is more likely to score. Those reasons and more is why Sunday’s Super Bowl can lead to a new cliche being born… “Offense Wins Championships”.
The #1 Offense in the NFL belongs to the Denver Broncos. Led by Peyton Manning and his NFL Record 55 Touchdowns, the Denver Broncos dominated defense’s all season. From Julius and Demariyus Thomas to Wes Welker and Eric Decker, the Broncos have plenty of weapons in their passing game. Other contributors such RB’s Knowshon Moreno and Monte Ball and their great offensive line have made their offense go. This group is very diverse in terms of talent and very creative in terms of play-calling. Their execution is close to perfect and they don’t have a significant weakness. That’s where the #1 Defense in the league comes in.
The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the NFL’s elite defenses for the last two years. This year, they were #1 in close to every defensive category. This is a group just like Denver, that is filled with talent at every position and very creative with what they do. Their secondary led by All Pro’s Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, is very capable of shutting down the opponent’s passing game. They’re also a physical group that loves to hit and intimidate people. Their front seven (defensive line and linebackers) is very athletic and strong. They can cover the pass and stop the run. This will be a game that is dictated by match-ups. Who ever wins the most match-ups will win this game… and in my honest opinion, I think Denver will do that.
Despite the great talent, SEA’s defense possess, when a great offense like Denver’s is your opponent, they usually exploit one or two match-ups and use them to their advantage. Great players like Sherman and Thomas will be avoided and their impact on the game will be little. I think that will hurt Seattle a lot. I expect a new cliche to be born after Denver wins 28-21. “Offense Wins Championships”… that sounds so beautiful don’t you agree?
Here are my 2014 WWE Royal Rumble Predictions…
1. WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. New Age Outlaws
Winners - Cody Rhodes and Goldust
2. Singles Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
Winner - Bray Wyatt
3. Singles Match
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
Winner - Brock Lesnar
4. WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
(Winner will be determined by pin fall or submission)
Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena
Winner - Randy Orton
5. The 30 Man Royal Rumble Match
(The winner will go to Wrestlemania and have a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Winner - Batista
This is to the Tom Brady fans. The New England Patriot fans. #PatsNation or whatever you go by these days… you are so fortunate. Before you ask why, please let me explain. As we are near the AFC Championship game between the Broncos and your Patriots, talks of legacy have increased. I myself have been in a few discussions regarding Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. A usual discussion normally goes like this:
“Brady with another win, will make his 6th Super Bowl.”
"Tom Brady OWNS Peyton Manning".
"Three Rings to One. Nuff Said."
"But Peyton has another chance at redemption."
"With a second ring, he could be the GOAT at QB".
"He’s arguably having the best regular season ever by a QB."
"But everybody HATES us. Everybody loves Peyton."
And of course there’s this:
"Not every playoff loss was his fault."
"But he’s a chocker though."
All of those comments represent Sunday’s game. All of those comments affect our view’s on each player. Brady fans, Patriots fans, you have to understand the truth here. This game MEANS something. It’s not just your typical Conference Championship Game. This is a legacy defining game. This is a perception game. This will go down in the books. But here’s the crazy part: Despite the caliber of these two teams, no one has more to lose OR gain than Peyton Manning. Yes I said it. That’s includes Brady, Belichick or any player or coach participating in Sunday’s game. Peyton’s legacy, despite all he’s accomplished is a little empty. Regardless of the stats and countless accolades, his 10-11 Post Season Record and one Super Bowl ring will be discussed the most.
Why didn’t he win more? Did he reach his full potential? Was he a chocker? More questions than answers will be posted about Peyton. As a Peyton fan I understand that… you Brady fans don’t.
You’re a fan of a quarterback whose legacy is already secured. Brady has nothing to lose and only more to gain. With three rings earned thanks to a great defense, great kicker and a great head coach, Brady was perfectly set up to succeed and not deal with expectations to start. Did he contribute to those wins? Of course. Wasn’t he a sixth round pick? He was. But for a 6th Round Pick, Brady got a huge break in his career. He was the kid, who got adopted by a rich family and sudden got everything he needed.
Brady’s legacy is secured while Peyton’s legacy isn’t. At worst, Brady will retire as a top two quarterback of all time. Peyton with more post season losses, could fall out of the top eight in some people’s eyes. Seriously. To some, winning is the only thing that matters. With each game, the pressure goes up on Peyton. Does it really on Tom? His 18-7 Post Season Record is consistently told, even though he’s 9-7 in his last nine post seasons. Brady lost to Eli Manning twice in the Super Bowl and also lost to Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez. I guess having a secured legacy helps. Hopefully Peyton secures his…
Consider this the remix. The sequel. The new version of your Twitter application. The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots will meet again in the playoffs, but this time is very different. Despite winning 12 (Patriots) and 11 (Colts) Games respectively, both teams did so in a unusual fashion. A lot of their wins came in close games. A few of their wins even required comebacks from their star quarterback’s. Regardless of their opponent, both teams had to find different ways to win.
For New England, their regular season was tough. Their offense was once loaded with All Pro talent and now saw inexperience at the skill positions. Defensively they lost some of their best players in DT Vince Wilfork, LB Jerod Mayo and other contributors. Like I mentioned before, this team was in a lot of close games. They rarely blew anybody out and were inconsistent. A fair case can be made, that their 12-4 record isn’t legit. With “wins” over Denver, Miami, Cleveland and New Orleans, there was a common thing occurring: Either their opponents made bad mistakes or the Patriots got a favorable call (or calls) late in the game.
The Colts had a roller coaster season. At one point, they were 6-2 and had quality wins over San Fran, Seattle and Denver. One of the best teams in the league? Yup that was them, but injuries occurred. Missing key starters like Reggie Wayne, the Colts became a inconsistent team in November. For every win, there was a blowout loss to St. Louis or Arizona. They lost their identify. Eventually they found their footing by going 5-2 in their final seven games and going on a three game winning streak, as the season ended.
As Saturday night approaches, both teams will put a emphasis on beating their opponent and not themselves. With their share of flaw’s and battles with injuries, neither team can afford to beat itself with mistakes. For Indianapolis, they are going against a New England team that will rely on it’s experience and system. For the first time in years, there isn’t a lot of talent in New England. All season, we have seen Patriots coach Bill Belichick do a great job coaching his guys. Known as a defensive mastermind, Belichick’s defense has surrender a lot of yards (26th in the NFL in opposing YPG) but not points (Top Ten in points allowed per game with 21). They also force a lot of turnovers (Top five in the AFC). Luck and his offense will have to take care of the ball and score touchdowns, every chance they get. The main battle to watch will be Brady’s offense vs. the Colts defense.
Despite the lack of talent at various skill positions, Brady’s options are still good enough to contribute and win games. When you also consider the fact, they’re facing a Colts defense that surrendered 44 Points last week, you can see why people have faith in New England. The Colts defense has to focus on stopping New England’s running game and putting Brady in mandatory passing situations. If NE’s running game is stopped, then the Patriots won’t be in manageable situations and their play calling will be predictable. Plus this will force Tom Brady to make certain throws, he doesn’t make all the time. Saturday night will not only be a huge night for the NFL, but for everybody playing in this game. Legacies can shaped or defined with a win or loss. This game is that important. I mentioned before that both teams will have to beat each other and not themselves in order to win. I think the Colts will do that. I’m thinking 27-23 Colts…