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The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by sportsguru09

The 2009 NFL Draft was this past weekend and oh was it entertaining.2009-nfl-draft-props Typical teams struggled to make smart decisions, the usual teams were solid, and there were many trades and pick moves put into place to make the ’09 draft one of the most memorable in recent history.

Read below for a little analysis and my awards for best and worst draft choices…

THE VERY GOOD

1. The Philadelphia Eagles

Well Deshean Jackson, your Eagles got a stud WR gift-wrapped to play alongside you in Philly. The fact that Jeremy Maclin fell to Philly here was ridiculous and never should have happened (all Al Davis’ fault in Oakland). And Donovan McNabb, are you satisfied with your weapons now? O, and in case you didn’t notice, Westbrook’s new backup and future successor LeShean McCoy out of Pitt is completely legit. I saw him beat up on Navy in Annapolis this past fall all by himself. Not many people know him, but they will very soon when he takes over for an aging Westbrook. Great pickup Philly…

2. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts, how I hate you so. You efficiently filled your running back whole and got a speedy, athletic, and very talented Donald Brown out of UConn. This was a steal and excited what the Colts needed after giving up Dominic Rhodes in the offseason. indianapolis_coltsWe all know Addai can’t stay healthy and when he actually does play, he’s not that efficient behind Manning, Wayne, and company. They’re pass happy and will look a lot to Brown out of the backfield. Later in the draft, the Colts also boosted both sides of their line and added depth. A solid draft all the way around for the ‘Shoe.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

As a Jags fan, I was ecstatic to watch Jack Del Rio and company go to work in Jax’s war room. Not only did they get two big Offensive Linemen that will surely keep Mojo Drew alive longer, they added three sure-handed blazing fast wide receivers. Though most haven’t heard of them, don’t be suprised if Garrard throws the ball much more successfully next year without dealing with thugs who had no hands like he’s been used to over the past couple of seasons. Many questioned their pass on Michael Crabtree, but if this organization is going to be centered around MoJo, shouldn’t you do the best to protect him?

4. Arizona Cardinals

Well, Edge is out Mr. Meaty Beanie Wells is in. With a huge hole to fill in the backfield behind Kurt Warner, the Cards got their man of their future to bruise defenses and push the line in the redzone. Though many figured that ‘Zona would trade away Anquan Boldin on draft day, the Cardinals made a bigger offensive statement by providing solidity to their run game and NOT trading Boldin. The Bears and others offered, but none matched Arizona’s trade expectations. Overall, the draft was a success for Ken Wisenhunt’s bunch. Keep Boldin, pick up a few strong pass rushers, and add a bruiser for your franchise running back.

THE VERY BAD

1. Dallas Cowboys

Did these guys even participate in this year’s draft? Oh yea, they passed in Round 1 and added 12 special teamers on Day 2? Come on Jerry Jones, you know better.dallas_cowboys You might as well have traded those guys or picks for help in next year’s draft. Not one person is recognizable from your draft and you added no help to help your now T.O.-less receiver core (that features an overrated Roy Williams) in the early rounds. What a waste…good luck scoring points this year…

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

You got your man in Josh Freeman and then what? You completely disappeared from the draft.

THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY

1. The Oakland Raiders

The most shocking yet stupid pick in the 2009 NFL Draft officially belongs to your Al Davis. Heyward-Bay before Crabtree and Maclin? Are you kidding me?!? What the *&^%*^*?!?!?!?!? No wonder your organization’s been in the toilet for years now, YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS! nfl_oakland_raiders_1Jamarcus Russell now weighs like 350+ lbs. and was just given a speedy WR with no hands and no proven ability to be able to break away and play one-on-one. Looks like D-Mac Darren McFadden will see a lot of touches this year….otherwise, they have NO shot to win games. They’re lucky their division is downright awful. Welcome to the bottom of the Toilet Bowl Oakland…

2. The Denver Broncos

Another RB?!?!? Josh McDaniels, you’re killing me. First you get rid of a franchise quarterback for who? Oh yea, that bum from the windy city Kyle Orton (with draft picks). Next, with like 39 running backs already on your roster and 3 more picked up in the 2009 Free Agency period, you draft Knowshown Moreno? I mean, I know the Georgia boy can play but come on now, don’t you think you should work on improving quite possibly the worst defense in the NFL? Your secondary is terrible and aging and you guys rarely sack the quarterback. Even better, there were a few quality RBs you could have taken later in the draft. This pick definitely should have gone elsewhere. As we know it, McDaniels continues to dig his own grave deeper and deeper after every decision he makes…poor guy…he’ll be out in the streets in no time…

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Bears Didn’t Give Enough…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Chicago Sun Times

“General manager Jerry Angelo of the Chicago Bears tried to trade his second-round draft pick for Anquan Boldin, and when that didn’t work out, he traded the Bears right out of the first day of the draft. anquan-boldin-1The Bears were hoping Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie would slip to them, and when he didn’t come close to making it to No. 49, they explored options to get out of the pick and found a willing trade partner in Seattle. That sets up Angelo and the Bears with nine draft picks today in the final five rounds, including the fourth pick of the day, 68th overall, acquired from the Seahawks.”

– Chicago Sun Times

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SportsGuru’s 2009 NFL Mock Draft Part II…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 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 II includes picks 11 through 20…2009-draft

#11 Pick – Buffalo Bills

And with the #11 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills choose……Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, out of Ole Miss.

#12 Pick – Denver Broncos

And with the #12 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos choose……B.J. Raji, Defensive Tackle, out of Boston College.raji1

#13 Pick – Washington Redskins

And with the #13 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins choose……Andre Smith, Offensive Tackle, out of the University of Alabama.

#14 Pick – New Orleans Saints

And with the #14 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints choose……Malcolm Jenkins, Cornerback, out of Ohio State.Ohio St Minnesota Football

#15 Pick – Houston Texans

And with the #15 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans choose……Brian Cushing, Linebacker, out of USC.

#16 Pick – San Diego Chargers

And with the #16 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers choose……Larry English, Defensive End, out of Northern Illinois.

#17 Pick – New York Jets

And with the #17 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the New York Jets choose……Josh Freeman, Quarterback, out of Kansas State.

#18 Pick – Denver Broncos

And with the #18 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos choose……Vontae Davis, Cornerback, out of Illinois.

#19 Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

And with the #19 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose……Chris “Beanie” Wells, Running Back, out of Ohio State.

#20 Pick – Detroit Lions

And with the #20 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions choose……Tyson Jackson, Defensive End, out of LSU.

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Poor Choice Fellas…

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

Courtesy of foxsports.com

The draft stock of Percy Harvin and Brandon Tate may have taken a hit.

Two sources told FOXSports.com that both wide receivers tested positive for marijuana in February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Best of the best The No. 1 pick often has to do with team needs instead of talent. All mock drafts aside, Scout.com’s Chris Steuber ranks his Top 25 players in the draft.percy_harvin

Before the test results became official, Harvin was considered a potential first-round pick after leaving the University of Florida following his junior season. Tate was projected as a first or second rounder after a solid college career at North Carolina.

Joel Segal, the agent who represents both players, didn’t return messages seeking comment.

Harvin and Tate were the only high-profile players to flunk their combine drug tests, the sources said. Fewer than a dozen players tested positive for recreational drugs, one source said.

NFL teams received the drug-test results earlier this week. Players who failed are subject to entry into the NFL’s substance-abuse program.

Sports Illustrated’s Web site reported that Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji had flunked a combine drug test. Raji was not on the list of failed players, one source said, and SI.com has since retracted its story.499057

Harvin excelled as both a wide receiver and running back in Florida’s spread offense. Harvin generated 1,303 yards from scrimmage and 17 touchdowns in 2008. He also posted a blazing time of 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

Tate was having a monster season for North Carolina before tearing two knee ligaments midway through his senior campaign. He averaged 23.5 yards on his 16 receptions and was even more dangerous as a punt and kickoff returner. Tate’s 397 all-purpose yards against McNeese State set a single-game record at UNC. Tate didn’t work out at the Combine while still recovering from his injury.

The NFL draft will be held this weekend.

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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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Why Give Dallas Prime Time Games?…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2009 by sportsguru09

Come on NFL, let’s be smart about this. Why do the ‘Boys from Texas deserve the most primetime NFL games this coming 2009 NFL Season? What have they done for us lately? The Dallas Cowgirls are not America’s team anymore. They’re all hated anyways by anyone who’s not a Cowboys fan or even a fan of football. Just the “Big D” name makes Redskins fans cringe.cowboys And without T.O., they’re just not that exciting…and probably won’t even be that good this year. Who does Romo have to throw to other than J-Dub (Jason Witten)? Roy Williams, Sam Hurd, Patrick Crayton? Boo to those names. Williams is old and overrated, Hurd might not even make the team, and Crayton only is productive when teams focus on a big star like Owens. And worst of all is Wade Phillips. Come on now, are we really putting him on TV more than once this year? Trust me, he’s not pretty to look at it and he’s an awful coach. This is a huge mistake (literally, Phillips isn’t that small if you get my drift)…

To all you NFL Schedule Makers, you’re killing me…

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Washington Redskins 2009 NFL Schedule Analysis…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by sportsguru09

Washington Redskins 2009 Regular Season NFL Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 13 @ New York Giants
Sunday, Sept. 20 St. Louis Rams
Sunday, Sept. 27 @ Detroit Lions
Sunday, Oct. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Oct. 11 @ Carolina Panthers
Sunday, Oct. 18 Kansas City Chiefswashington-redskins-helmet-logo
Monday, Oct. 26 Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE — —
Sunday, Nov. 8 @ Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, Nov. 15 Denver Broncos
Sunday, Nov. 22 @ Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Nov. 29 @ Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Dec. 6 New Orleans Saints
Sunday, Dec. 13 @ Oakland Raiders
Monday, Dec. 21 New York Giants
Sunday, Dec. 27 Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Jan. 3 @ San Diego Chargers

With a quick look, the Skins have gotten a cake first half of the season (relatively speaking compared to the 2nd half) against the Bucs, Lions, Rams, and Chiefs. Unfortunately for Dan Snyder, his team won’t be happy for long, having to play Atlanta, Dallas, Philly, and San Diego all on the road during the last two months of the 2009 season. The road looks rocky for Washington to sneak into the playoffs this year, especially in the brutal NFC East. This may finally be the year where Jason Campbell proves that he in fact CANNOT lead this team and the Skins finally pull the trigger and let everyone’s favorite sideline stud Colt Brennan take a shot in some games. Why not? The kid only threw for a million yards at Hawaii and was been impressive in each of his preseason appearances in 2008. Clearly, Brennan’s got skill….and the ladies love him…

Toughest Home Game for Washington to Win Outside of the NFC East: New Orleans Saints in Week 13 (Dec. 6th)

Toughest Away Game for Washington to Win Outside of the NFC East: At the Carolina Panthers in Week 5 (Oct. 11th)

The Game Likely to Destroy Washington’s Playoff Push: A letdown against the Oakland Raiders in California Week 14 (Dec. 13th)

The Game Washington will surprise people and win: Sunday, Nov. 8th in Atlanta against Matt Ryan’s Falcons…this has upset special written all over it

Win/Loss Prediction: In 2009, Washington will finish 6-10 and miss the playoffs…sorry Skins fans…but look on the bright side, at least Colt may see some PT