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A Little Luck and Some Early Draft Shockers…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2009 by sportsguru09

Derrius Hayward-Bey over Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin at Number 7? Knowshon Moreno in an already Running Back-heavy Broncos offense? Wow, both are huge Draft surprises. Oakland continues to stun us and Josh McDaniels is just digging himself a bigger whole in Denver? Did he not forget that his defense last year was one of the worst ever?!?!nfl_draft_0651211

In lighter news, the Redskins saved face with Sanchez going to NY (via trade) with the #5 pick (from Cleveland Browns) and were able to steal Brian Orakpo, out of Texas, to help their pass rush next year alongside Albert Haynesworth. For my guys, the Jacksonville Jaguars, they addressed one of their two biggest needs, Offensive Line. The Jags took Eugene Monroe, OT out of the University of Virginia. MoJo Drew will be pumped he finally has some blocking.

More updates to come…

SportsGuru’s 2009 Mock Draft Part I…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by sportsguru09

With the 2009 NFL Draft looming, I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and do my own mock draft…take a look below… Part I includes picks 1 through 10…nfl-draft

#1 Pick – Detroit Lions

And with the #1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions choose……Matthew Stafford out of the University of Georgia. Stafford is a QB with tremendous arm strength and football saavy. He and Calvin Johnson, Megatron, should get along just fine. With some quick development, Stafford can make a Matt Ryan-esque impact in Detroit in the next two years. As long as Detroit focuses on the defensive end of the ball, the Lions should see quick improvement. They may not win 6 or 8 games, but anything’s better than 0-16 right?!? A deal should be in place for Stafford by Saturday’s draft starting time…

#2 Pick – St. Louis Rams

And with the #2 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams choose……Jason Smith out of Baylor University. Smith is a stud Left Tackle that fits perfectly into St. Louis’ current void (it is enormous) on the left side of their offensive line with the recent absence of Orlando Pace. This pick makes perfect sense. The Rams should do anything to help out Steven Jackson who has taken a beating over the past few years with no run blocking in the trenches. Save the man some body parts St. Louis…

#3 Pick – Kansas City Chiefs

And with the #3 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs choose……Aaron Curry out of Wake Forest University. Curry is a highly touted Outside Linebacker out of a much improved 2008 ACC. Dominant in the middle of the field, Curry will help bolster the lack of defensive skill that K.C. currently has. That way, the Chiefs can keep Matt Cassel on the field…curry

#4 Pick – Seattle Seahawks

And with the #4 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks choose……Mark Sanchez, Quarterback, out of USC. There is tons of speculation as to what Seattle will do with this pick, but there shouldn’t be. Though they have some holes on the defensive end, Seattle needs somehow who can stay healthy and provide a future for Bobby Ingram, TJ Whosyourmomma and company. Yes, Hassleback has some left in him, but he’s getting older and has been recently injury prone. Having Seneca Wallace as your backup isn’t the brightest spot a team could have. Take a shot on Sanchez and let him at least learn for a year or two before taking the reigns from Hassleback. No reason not to here…

#5 Pick – Cleveland Browns

And with the #5 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns choose……Michael Crabtree out of Texas Tech University. The highest praised WR in the ’09 draft, Crabtree can fill Donte Stallworth’s role in the receiving core alongside Braylon Edwards and hopefully a Brady Quinn-led offense this year. If the Browns are smart, they can take some pressure off of Joshua Cribbs to be a go-to-all-the-time offensive weapon. Worst case scenario, if the Browns pull the trigger and actually get the guts to trade Edwards, Crabtree can quickly step into the #1 role and make an immediate impact. DeShean Jackson prototype anyone?!?…

#6 Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

And with the #6 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals choose……Andre Smith out of the University of Alabama. This Offensive Tackle is one of the missing links in protecting Carson Palmer’s life in Cincy. With so much talent, Palmer’s ability gets erased having only a second or two every down to get rid of the ball, let alone accurately and effectively down the field to Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson. It’s about time Cincy decided to help out the Palmer-Johnson connection. This addition has been a long time coming and has lots of upside…

#7 Pick – Oakland Raiders

And with the #7 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders choose……Eugune Monroe out of the Grape, the University of Virginia. Monroe is an excellent OT with great footwork and suprising speed off the line. With DMac, Darren McFadden, in the backfield, anything to open up holes in the running lanes is a plus for ‘Da Raidazzzzzz…..

#8 Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars

And with the #8 and most intriguing pick in the First Round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars choose……Jeremy Maclin out of Missouri. This Tiger set all kinds of Conference Records as only a freshman and provides an addition to a much needed hole alongside newly-acquired Torry Holt at the WR position. Many say that the Jags will take Sanchez, if he were still here, but that makes no sense. If they were smart, the Jags would fit in Maclin here and then draft Sam Bradford next year in the 2010 draft. They have too much invested in David Garrard already. WR works here…jeremy20maclin

#9 Pick – Green Bay Packers

And with the #9 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers choose……Brian Orakpo, a monster out of the Hook’em Horns University of Texas. Orakpo is an explosive pass rusher that will tag team with Aaron Kampman in Lambeau for a dangerous sack combination. Orakpo has lots of upside and scouts absolutely love his footwork, strength, and ball hawking ability. He’s addicted to the gym and seemingly gets bigger by the day. All this is great news for an ineffective Packer defense…

#10 Pick – San Francisco 49ers

And with the #10 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers choose……Clay Matthews out of USC. Matthews would be a surprise to go this early but like many other teams, the 49ers need a better pass rush. Who better here than Matthews who can also cover ground against the passing game? Considered gritty and field-smart, Matthews will get playing time right away and could also fill in at the Defensive End position if necessary…

Jags Sign Torry Holt…Finally, A WR…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) –The Jacksonville Jaguars addressed their biggest need Monday night, agreeing to a three-year conract with veteran receiver Torry Holt.

The deal lessens the need for Jacksonville to get a receiver early in this weekend’s NFL draft and gives the franchise its biggest weapon at the position since Jimmy Smith retired in 2006.

The Jaguars still might select a receiver with the No. 8 pick, especially since Holt will be 33 years old this summer and has been slowed by knee problems in recent years. Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree and Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin are expected to be top-10 picks.jacksonvillejaguars3

Jacksonville has been searching for a No. 1 receiver since Smith’s retirement. The team selected Reggie Williams (2004) and Matt Jones (2005) in the first round in consecutive years, but parted ways with the troubled receivers this offseason. The Jaguars chose not to re-sign Williams after five disappointing seasons and released Jones after he violated a plea agreement stemming from a drug charge.

Jacksonville also got rid of Jerry Porter in February. The Jags paid Porter $11 million last season, but he finished with 11 catches and got blamed for chemistry issues in the locker room.

Without those three, the team’s top returning receivers were Dennis Northcutt, Mike Walker and Troy Williamson.RAMS CARDINALS

Northcutt has never shown he could be a go-to receiver. Walker hasn’t been fully healthy during his two years in the league. And Williamson, a former first-round pick, played sparingly last season after getting trading to Jacksonville following three miserable years in Minnesota.

Holt certainly boosts the Jaguars’ wideout position. The seven-time Pro Bowler ranks 11th on the NFL’s career list with 869 receptions. He caught 64 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns for St. Louis last season. The Rams released him in March days before he was due a $1.25 million roster bonus.

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Back Out On The Streets…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2009 by sportsguru09

Well folks, lock your kids inside, don’t walk the streets at night. Plaxico Burress has been released from the New York “Football” Giants. Last night, New York gave Burress his outright release and made him a free agent. Dealing with pending jail time, the thug himself Burress will likely find some time away from football. What does that mean? Well, if he’s not behind bars, he’ll be hanging around sketchy night clubs with guns ‘ablazin. What does that mean for the general public? DON’T GO TO NIGHTCLUBS IN NEW YORK! He might accidentally fire some shots off…….and he might actually hit someone other than himself this time……plaxicoburress1

Now that he’s on the market, he’ll likely be considered a high prize for any NFL organization to land him, even though he’s a drama queen. But, as of recent NFL history….JAY CUTLER…..that doesn’t seem to matter. To be honest, Jacksonville needs him. For goodness sakes, they have NO ONE to throw to. Why the heck not? It might put more fans in the seats so they don’t have to locally blackout all their games. Come on Jack, be good to me. Though he may run into trouble legally, either way, Burress is still a great talent with an uncanny ability to find the football. He’s also a big time player when his team needs him the most. Remember the Super Bowl two years ago? I know Eli Manning does. Plaxico lit it up and made the game-winning TD catch with seconds remaining. Somebody will be smart enough to take a chance on him, either out of desperation or pressure from the front office and fans. However, for a team that REALLY needs a WR, there’s not many of these dynamic, dominant type athletes out there for them to get. Just like Jay Cutler, if you can deal with the personal issues, Plax would be a great addition to any football roster.

Is he worth the trouble? I think so.

Let’s Take A Ride On The Cutler Carousel…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2009 by sportsguru09

Spinning….spinning….spinning…..dizzy yet?!? Well, I think the people of Denver and the rest of us NFL fans are. Jay Cutler, JUST PICK SOMEBODY! If Cutler comes out and says that he wants to play somewhere, HE’LL GET WHATEVER HE WANTS! cutlerWhy? Because though he’s a crying baby, he still has an absolute rifle for an arm and is 13-1 when his defense gives up 21 points or less. That’s not too much to ask now is it defense? He’ll be a winner (and a pain in the locker room) if he goes to anyone who faintly knows how to defend an opponent.

As of now, everyone on earth is speculating as to what will happen with Cutler and which team will give up some assets to get him. Let’s play out a couple of scenarios…starting with my Jaguars, of course…

If Washington makes a play for Cutler…

Daniel Snyder will do it, don’t test him. Though he should already be starting Colt Brennan, the Skins will finally relieve themselves of Jason Campbell and their first round draft pick for their “new” franchise quarterback. How many times have we heard that? Shuler, Rypien, Frerotte, geez. This would just be great for the media…and Snyder’s reputation.

If Cleveland makes a play for Cutler…

Cleveland, say goodbye to Brady Quinn. Quinn and the Browns’ 1st Round pick will be trade material for Cutler. The NFL’s pretty boy finally gets a starting nod and Derek Anderson officially becomes a backup or gets an outright cut by the Browns. Cleveland, can you exist with Cutler AND Lebron James?

If Detroit makes a play for Cutler…

Matt Stafford, welcome to Denver. In order for the cubs (they’re certainly not good enough to actually be called Lions) to get Cutler, they’ll likely swap him for their #1 draft pick. If so, Stafford flies to Colorado instead of Michigan after Draft day.

Now, there’s word that Denver wants TWO FIRST ROUNDERS for Cutler?!?!?!? Are you kidding me? He’s good, but not that good. But you know what this means…Daniel Snyder will be the only owner stupid enough to give up that much to go get him. washington_redskins-783I’m sorry Redskins fans, but unfortunately your “boss in the booth” has this reputation and just simply isn’t that bright. Be honest…all he is cash and he’s ready and willing to throw it around…whether it makes sense or not. If Snyder has any inklin he can give up his franchise to go get Denver’s QB, he’ll do it without thinking twice…until he realizes in two years that it hasn’t worked out and that he sacrificied the organization to do so. Sound familiar Mr. Snyder?

Where the carousel will stop, nobody knows…for now. But isn’t it fun to speculate on ridiculous scenarios? I think so. Why? Because no one’s ballsiest enough to actually do it in the National Football League

Time to root for a rival?…

Posted in Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by sportsguru09

With only North Carolina left in the 2009 NCAA Tournament to represent the ACC as a conference, is it time to root for them? Is it appropriate to cheer for the Heels as a Duke fan? If the Jacksonville Jaguars get knocked out of the playoffs next year and Manning’s Colts qualify, do I support Manning just to show love to the AFC South? What about if the Mets knock the Braves out of the playoffs this year? Do you hop on the bandwagon? The answer is absolutely not. And this goes for your most hated, despised rival in any sport. As a true sports fan, you 100% CANNOT root for your team’s rival, NO MATTER WHAT. Rooting for the conference, league, or division all gets thrown out the window when the team you hate the most is left standing. Stay true to YOUR team at all costs.

A lot of my friends are Redskins fans and I know, for a fact, that if the Skins are out and America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys are still alive in the playoffs, they will IN NO WAY root for Dallas. Same goes for ‘Sox fans when the ‘Yanks are still playing in October and the boys from Beantown are at home on the couch. For me, this holds true for UNC. As much as I love and defend the ACC, there is a line between rooting for the conference and cheering for Duke’s Tobacco Road nemesis the Tar Heels. I’ll be honest, ANYBODY else like Clemson, Wake Forest, or yes even Virginia Tech would get my vote if they were the last surviving ACC entity in this year’s tourney. However, that’s not the case. Nobody will ever, under any circumstances, catch me supporting Tyler Hansbrough and the boys in baby blue. Say what you want Tar Heel fans, but I bleed Durham Blue. Sorry to burst your bubble. Instead, I’ll stand up and cheer for anybody not named North Carolina in hopes that any of those teams eventually send UNC packing.

This whole philosophy goes for all sports, not just college basketball. It just so happens to be that time of year…March Madness. When October rolls around, you can forget about it if you think I’ll be tipping my hat towards the Yankees (MLB) or the Colts (NFL). You couldn’t pay me enough……..well, let’s be honest, everyone has a price………..