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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

College Football Playoff Teams 14.3

The Oregon Ducks keep the top spot locked up but the Alabama Crimson Tide have made a move all the way up to #2 in the highly dynamic SKOHRboard weekly poll.  Both teams played relative lightweights and cruised to easy victories.  The major upset here is when the #2 team in our poll last week Georgia lost a close one to South Carolina.  Now both teams have loses in the conference and despite lots of talent seem to be on the outside looking in.

It remains to be seen if Oklahoma is a good as people think they are but they keep winning solidly.  Previously ranked in the Top Ten, USC quickly dispelled any notion that the Pac12 is College Football's pre-eminent conference when they lost to the ACC's middleweight champ Boston College after giving up about 450 yards rushing to their own 20!  UCLA is also not very good.  BYU absolutely smoked Texas and UCLA just barely hung around long enough to win this week all while getting their no longer a Top Heisman pick QB Brett Hundley hurt.

The most upsetting news of the weekend was Rutgers 5 interceptions in a rough loss to Penn State.  By all accounts a game that the Scarlet Knights soundly outplayed the Nittany Lions save for those crushing interceptions.  

Week 14.3
  1. Oregon
  2. Alabama
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Florida State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Baylor
  8. Auburn
  9. Ole Miss
  10. BYU
  11. Notre Dame
  12. West Virginia
  13. Arizona State
  14. South Carolina
  15. USC
  16. Georgia
  17. Stanford
  18. Michigan State
  19. Mississippi State
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Missouri
  22. East Carolina
  23. Kansas State
  24. Ohio State
  25. Oklahoma State

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

SKOHRboard's Weekly Football Digest 14.2

Welcome to week 2 of the inaugural SKOHRboard Weekly Football Digest.

General Football Notes:
  • Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens and "indefinitely suspended" by the league after the full video surfaced.  NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell is under heavy scrutiny over whether he saw the full video back in April and still only suspended Rice for 2 games at that point but then when the full video became public changed his mind and indefinitely suspended him.  The question is why the public outrage and increased suspension all of a sudden?  What did people think happened in that elevator if not exactly what they saw on the video?  This should have happened in April.
  • The other perhaps even worse yet under reported issue here is that Rice isn't the only NFL player guilty of domestic violence recently.  A player on the Carolina Panthers, Greg Hardy, was actually found guilty of domestic violence by a judge in court last week before playing in the game!  There might not be any video here but I can't understand what the difference is aside from the presence of video.  Domestic violence is what is reprehensible in both of these cases, not being caught on video committing domestic violence.  By the way, Greg Hardy is still on track to play in this weekend's game somehow.  If the NFL is going to get serious about this maybe they should suspend guys who have been found guilty in court and not just on TMZ for it?
  • Bad weekend for the Big Ten college football conference - Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech, Michigan got blown out by Notre Dame, Michigan State lost to Oregon, and Nebraska barely squeaked out a last second win on a fairly lucky/remarkable play against Division 2 school McNeese State.  This could have ramifications when it comes to the College Football Playoff selecting the Top 4 teams in the country and there is a real chance that the Big Ten doesn't get a single team in the playoff unless someone really separates themselves with improved play over the next 10 or so games

SKOHRboard's Heisman candidates after Week 2
  1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
  2. Jamies Winston, QB, Florida State
  3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
  4. Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame
  5. Taysom Hill, QB, BYU
  6. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (see above gif)
SKOHRboard's Week 2 College Football Playoff Teams
  1. Oregon
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Alabama
Notable College Football Week 2 Happenings:
  • Rutgers beat up on D2 Howard in the first half but took it easy and let up a few scores in the 2nd although the game was well out of reach by then.
  • The Big Ten's bad weekend...
  • Penn State's bowl ban for the lack of institutional control with regard to the prolonged child abuse happening on campus and in team facilities was lifted
  • Stanford lost a battle to USC 10-13.  This game was extremely close and would be a toss up if played again this weekend.
  • BYU absolutely dominated Texas... again.  In 2013 it was shocking when BYU beat then #15 Texas 40-21.  It was supposed to be different this year but for Texas, it was much worse.  They lost 41-7.
College Games to Watch this Weekend
  • West Virginia plays at Maryland. Both teams show promise but this game should help them prove if either is for real.
  • #6 Georgia plays at #24 South Carolina both teams are coming from the opposite end of big time Week 1 matchups.  If Georgia wins with ease it really puts South Carolina's ability in question.  If South Carolina wins, the SEC goes back to it's usual mess of pretty good teams that could all beat one another on any given Saturday
  • Minnesota at TCU. Similar to the WVU and Maryland game both teams have promise and winning this crossover game could help them stand out
  • Kentucky at Florida.  If Kentucky somehow wins this game, Florida's head coach Will Muschamp might not have that title for very long.
  • Penn State plays at Rutgers!  Both teams are burning to make a name for themselves, Penn State to show that the sanctions are over and Franklin has this team headed to the top and Rutgers wants to show that they have arrived and are a national program to be reckoned with.  Not to mention the enormous recruiting battle being waged annually for New Jersey's elite crop of football players, this is a huge game for both programs no matter what Penn State's aloof attitude would lead you to believe.  Rivalry game name brainstorm (The Delaware Crossing, War for the Shore, 

Notable NFL Week 1 Happenings:
  • Seahawks left no doubt that there will be no drop-off from their Championship season last year as they soundly beat the Packers
  • The Bills beat the Bears!
  • The Dolphins beat the Patriots!
  • Matt Stafford and the Lions soundly outplayed Eli Manning and the Giants
  • Peyton has still got it, they jumped out to a huge lead over the Colts who lead a brave but fruitless comeback.
  • The Falcons beat the Saints in overtime.  Is this the year Atlanta QB Matt Ryan realizes all the promise of two years ago?
  • The Rams looked horrendous and have now lost their leaders on both sides of the ball to injury QB Sam Bradford for the season and DE Chris Long for at least the first half of the season.  Could they have another top pick in the draft this season?
NFL Games to Watch this Weekend:
-Thursday Night
  • Baltimore at Pittsburgh - AFC North battle between two teams looking to show they are still/once again contenders
  • Miami at Buffalo - AFC East Matchup, both teams with surprising Week 1 wins
  • New England at Minnesota - Could the Patriots really start the season with two losses?  The Vikings had the biggest margin of victory of any team in Week 1
  • Chicago at San Francisco - Chicago lost to Buffalo in week 1 and looks to rebound against one of the NFC's top teams from last year.
-Monday Night
  • Philadelphia at Indianapolis - Both teams had tremendous 2nd halves after forgettable season opening halves but the Eagles managed to pull it out at the end while the the Colts came up short and are still looking for their first win.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

College Football Playoff Teams 14.2

It's not the shoes.  Oregon wears the latest and greatest from Nike, but it's not the shoes or the metal looking duck wings on their shoulder pads.  They have just recruited much faster players than other teams and put them in positions to use that speed for ill gains as evidenced during the 2nd half of the Michigan State game this past weekend.  Yowza.  Michigan State looked pretty solid and there was a point that I really thought they had Oregon figured out.  But there is just no figuring for speed in space.  Any single crack was exploited.  That's why Oregon plays so fast between snaps, they try to minimize down time which will inevitably increase the total number of snaps in a given game thus giving them more opportunities to find and exploit those cracks.  

Other than that game and USC narrowly edging Stanford though there were a lot of cupcakes this weekend.  But that's fairly typical for Weeks 1 and 2.  We start to get into the meat of the season next week with Rutgers kicking off their B1G Ten schedule hosting Penn State at 8pm.  Be there.

Week 14.2
  1. Oregon
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Alabama
  5. Florida State
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. USC
  9. Baylor
  10. LSU
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Stanford
  14. West Virginia
  15. Arizona State
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Clemson
  18. Michigan State
  19. Louisville
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Kansas State
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. BYU
  24. Florida
  25. Pittsburgh

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Friday, September 5, 2014

College Football Playoff Teams 14.1

We here at SKOHRboard HQ believe strongly in the old adage "a rigorous schedule is next to godliness."  This is also a major variable in the formula that we'll use to determine our weekly "Top 4 and 5-25."  Yes, you read that right, we'll be doing a weekly Top 4 and 5-25 ranking which I've heard that if any members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee are found reading, they'll automatically have to recuse themselves for voting for the entirety of that calendar year.  So yeah it's serious.

I'll take not only big game performance but also things like style points, general dominance, and lack of completely blowing it but just barely holding on for a win against middling competition.  To make the Top 4 a team has to assert it's belonging.  There will be no lucking in to this.  I'll prefer teams that challenge themselves throughout the season and come back having learned something or solved a previously non-disclosed vulnerability to teams that win all their games with mediocre performances against cupcakes.  That is not a shot at cupcakes though, they are delicious, I just don't think that teams worthy of the SKOHRboard Top 4 should be scheduling football games against them.

That is a long winded way to say that I'll be putting out a Top 4 and 5-25 ranking during the week each week throughout the College Football season.

Week 14.1
  1. Georgia
  2. Oregon
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Florida State
  5. Alabama
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. USC
  10. Michigan State
  11. Baylor
  12. LSU
  13. Wisconsin
  14. West Virginia
  15. Stanford
  16. Ole Miss
  17. Clemson
  18. Nebraska
  19. Kansas State
  20. Arizona State
  21. Ohio State
  22. Louisville
  23. South Carolina
  24. UCLA
  25. Notre Dame
So whaddya think?  How incorrect were you?

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2014 NFL Season Predictions

SKOHRboard's 2014 NFL Season Predictions

As the 2014 NFL Season kicks off, we here at SKOHRboard would like to let you in on exactly how the upcoming season will unfold.  Our apologies for the decline in TV ratings as watching the games is basically pointless after reading this post and there will be nearly dozens of eyeballs (including page indexing googlebots) on this post.

Division Winners
NFC East - Philadelphia
NFC North - Detroit
NFC South - New Orleans
NFC West - Seattle

AFC East - New England
AFC North - Baltimore
AFC South - Indianapolis
AFC West - Denver

NFC Wildcard - Chicago
NFC Wildcard - Atlanta
AFC Wildcard - Pittsburgh
AFC Wildcard - San Diego

NFC Championship
Philadelphia beats Seattle

AFC Championship
Denver beats Pittsburgh

Super Bowl
Denver beats Philadelphia

Individual Awards:
MVP - Peyton Manning
Offensive Player of the Year - Drew Brees
Rushing Leader - Adrian Peterson
Defensive Player of the Year - JJ Watt
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Brandin Cooks
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Ryan Shazier
Comeback Player of the Year - Percy Harvin
Coach of the Year - Chip Kelly

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SKOHRboard NFL Mock Draft 2014

In keeping with the longstanding SKOHRboard tradition of doing an unbelievable mock draft, I've decided that despite our busiest year on record to forge ahead and kick off yet another MINDBLOWINGLINGY ACCURATE MOCK DRAFT!!


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

B1G Ultimate Expansion

Thanks to clemsonalum07 for the backbone of this map
Well there you have it.  The Big Ten has expanded into a bicameral twenty two school collegiate powerhouse.  They now own the 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, and 12 schools according to revenues generated over the last calendar year.  By building a conference built of only elite Academic and Athletic institutions, the Big Ten has developed an enormously valuable league based on revenue potential.

To effectively chart such a thing as a schools revenue potential I thought it would be interesting to see if I could create some way to quantify that.  Below is my first attempt to derive what a universities SKOHR is by evaluating their end of season sports rankings, academic standings, the size of their TV market, and current athletic revenues.  A schools' final SKOHR is reflective of the total revenue potential each school has and at this point can be considered more directional helping us derive some sort of ranking.

School Academic Football Hoops  Avg   TV Homes(m) Revenue(m)  SKOHR
Florida 54 7 7     22.7 3.3 123     0.112
Michigan 29 20 5     18.0 1.8 122     0.164
Texas 46 16 70     44.0 3.2 150     0.183
Rutgers 68 53 94     71.7 10.3 60     0.232
Penn State 46 30 126     67.3 4.1 116     0.283
North Carolina 30 43 17     30.0 2.3 75     0.348
Ohio State 56 13 4     24.3 0.9 131     0.413
Virginia 27 87 44     52.7 2.3 78     0.587
Maryland 58 101 48     69.0 3.4 61     0.665
Minnesota 68 68 29     55.0 1.7 78     0.830
Oklahoma 101 12 47     53.3 1.2 104     0.855
Georgia Tech 36 46 97     59.7 2.3 55     0.943
Kansas 106 98 3     69.0 1.4 74     1.332
Indiana 82 76 2     53.3 1.1 71     1.366
Wisconsin 41 23 12     25.3 0.38 96     1.389
Missouri 97 40 23     53.3 1.1 64     1.515
Purdue 65 71 58     64.7 1.1 66     1.781
Michigan State 72 34 10     38.7 0.5 84     1.841
Iowa 72 70 28     56.7 0.43 93     2.834
Illinois 46 126 37     69.7 0.58 77     3.120
Nebraska 101 22 110     77.7 0.42 83     4.456
Northwestern 12 21 120     51.0 3.5 NA  NA  
This is all very interesting to me but again it's all very very theoretical.  Would I love to see a Rutgers schedule look like the below?  Yes.  It would take some updates to the college football landscape but that's what SKOHRboard is here for, to help Mark Emmert and gang see the future.  You're welcome Mark.

8/31 vs. Maryland
9/7 @ Georgia Tech
9/14 vs. Ohio State
9/21 vs. UVA
9/28 @ Purdue
10/5 @ UNC
10/12 vs. Northwestern
10/19 @ Florida
10/26 vs. Arizona
11/2 Bye
11/9 @ Michigan
11/16 @ Ole Miss
11/23 vs. Michigan State
11/30 vs. Penn State
12/6 B1G Championship

Where do I sign up for that schedule? 

That's 6 away games, 7 home games, 10 B1G Eastern Conference games, 1 crossover game (Northwestern), and two out of conference BCS games (Arizona and Ole Miss).  Thirteen regular season games seems to be the way things are going anyway.  Most schools already have 12 games on the schedule and then room for their conference championship too so I think as we see conferences consolidate we'll see schedules expand to allow schools to play all teams within their division.

Not only is that expansion great for football but look at those basketball schools!  It's now definitely the best basketball conference in the country.  They'd have had 9 schools in the top 25 if it was a conference last year.  Just sayin'.  I'd imagine that the B1G season ending tournament would pit the top 8 schools from each division against one another in an amazing 16 team tourney that can rotate from Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and Dallas.  Additionally there would be 15 schools in the top 68 which means that the B1G would account for just under a quarter of all teams in the NCAA tournament!

The reason that I think this can all happen is because of that top tier quality.  That is what makes people want to watch.  It's a must see event every weekend for local fans and a guaranteed national sports matchup as well.  All of that brings advertisers which in turn brings TV Networks bidding on the rights to broadcast those can't miss games.

There you have it.  The future of the Big Ten.  The B1G.  This means I'll probably have to examine what will happen with the fallout in the other conferences as the B1G has ravaged the ACC, the SEC, and the Big 12.  

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

SKOHRboard & Friends 2013 Mock Draft 1st Round

In the tradition of continuing a favorite feature here at SKOHRboard we are bringing back the SKOHRboard & Friends annual Mock Draft.  This is the 2nd installment on the 2013 edition which will include the entire 1st Round of the draft.  The 1st installment containing the 2nd Round can be found here.  

Like last year we have assigned our friends to act the part of NFL GMs and these are their allegiances:
SKOHR - Eagles, Rams, Packers, Raiders, Dolphins, Bengals
Justin - Vikings, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs, Ravens
Jim Mut - Seahawks, Panthers, Bears, Colts, Browns, Jets
Jeremy - Steelers, Falcons, Cardinals, Redskins, Jaguars, Patriots
Steve-O - Saints, Lions, Chargers, Buccaneers, Titans
Joel - Giants, Broncos, Bills, 49ers

We turn to Justin to kick things off this year with the 1st pick in the 2013 SKOHRboard & Friends NFL Mock Draft!

1. Kansas City - Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
The Chiefs have already said that they are basically choosing between Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, and Dion Jordan with the first overall pick. We can throw Dion Jordan out because the Chiefs already have the personnel well-suited for a 3-4 defense, while they let one of their starters at tackle leave via free agency. Joeckel had a terrific career at A&M, He made the Big-12 teams in 2010 and 2011 and earned 1st Team All-America and 1st Team All-SEC in 2012, shutting down some of the top pass-rushers in the nation. Pass-blocking is paramount in an Andy Reid offense, and that is Joeckel's strength. This doesn't really see like much of a decision between the two, so I'm locking in the Chiefs for their franchise left tackle. 

2. Jacksonville - Bjoern Werner,DE FSU
The Jags need someone to get to the quarterback, so we strongly considered Jarvis Jones in this position.  However, Werner adds a nice touch of German flair that will really galvanize the fan base.  Also, he is the top DE prospect in the draft, and his time at FSU has given him plenty of local fans here in Jacksonville.  He has a very high ceiling- we are talking about an exchange student that had never played football until he was 15 developing into top talent.  His weight has varied from 275 during his breakout sophomore year to 250 in his final year at FSU, so it might take some time for him to find the best body type to last through an NFL season without losing more time to injury.  All in all, we are excited for the countless Blitzkrieg puns which will be unfortunately and incorrectly uttered (as a DE can not be the contributor of a blitz). 

3. Oakland -Shariff Floyd, DT Florida
Despite forsaking his local powerhouse Rutgers University for the likes of a much swampier locale, Floyd has proven that he has what it takes to play and dominate against the best.  Floyd is a monster coming off the edge and a perfect hybrid DT/DE prospect.  He has the speed and quickness to play on the edge and the power/bulk to play heads up as a DT. Floyd will bolster the Raiders DLine immediately.

4. Philadelphia - Dee Millner, CB Alabama
Milliner is easily the best DB prospect in this years draft and the Eagles need all the help they can get back there with the departures of their previously under-performing squad.  Milliner has been talked about as the potential #1 overall and while I don't think that will happen, I think that he makes sense here for the Eagles given the large amount of talent already in place.  I'd also like to note that it would probably be in their best interest to trade down if at all possible.

5. Detroit - Ezekiel Ansah, DE BYU
The Lions need defensive end help (among other things) with Kyle Vanden Bosch getting cut and Cliff Avril going to Seattle via free agency and Ansah is this year's version of Chandler Jones or Jason Pierre-Paul; players with little college production but great athletes who have huge upside for the NFL.  A great senior bowl week helped Ansah's stock tremendously.  Ansah is extremely fast, strong and explosive. He has the ability to beat offensive linemen with his power and speed. He possesses the potential to be a big-time impact player. If the Lions can't get any pressure on the quarterback, Aaron Rodgers is going to continue to shred their secondary, no matter who is starting back there.

6. Cleveland - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB Oregon
Cleveland Browns select Dion Jordan, DE/OLB from Oregon. The Browns strongly considered Geno Smith, but they decide to not take QB's in the 1st round in back to back years, instead giving Ray Horton a freak to help on defense. Putting him on one side and Paul Kruger on the other side, the Browns have suddenly evolved into a team that can get to the QB. He can even cover in space as well due to his speed. Cleveland is very excited that Jordan dropped to them. 

7. Arizona - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Arizona Cardinals have decided that having Kolb drop back to pass behind a weak line was not a viable strategy for the future, and in a bold off-season, have decided to change both factors rather than isolate a variable.  With Carson Palmer (or Drew Stanton, god forbid) under center, the Cardinals notch arguably the top OT to protect him.  Fisher is the top Senior in a draft class of mostly underclassmen along the line, and he capped a Third-team AA season with an impressive performance during the Senior Bowl practices.  He is likely the first of many new faces along the line, but the Cardinals war room now has to focus on how they are going to play defense without either of their safeties from last year....

8. Buffalo - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Buffalo thought long and hard about Geno Smith at this spot but ultimately decided there are too many hole in his game the warrant a top 10 pick.  They decided to fill a big need and go with the best o-lineman available in Johnson who has all-pro potential. 

9. NY Jets - Star Loutlelei, NT, Utah   
NY Jets select Star Loutlelei, NT, Utah This pick depends a lot on whether or not the Jets are able to get Tampa's 1st round pick, #13 in this draft. The Jets and Rex Ryan get their man who they hope is a future Star. Loutlelei dominated the Pac-12, and is a perfect fit in a 3-4 scheme that the Jets run, especially after losing their previous NT. Star is both fast and strong for his size, and can play in all situations. 

10. Tennessee - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Players like Chance Warmack are to blame for the argument, could Alabama beat an NFL team.  Warmack was a man amongst boys in nearly every game he played over the last couple of seasons. He's built like a house, wears his jersey too small to reveal his gut and is able to engage linebackers in the running game before they even know what to do with themselves.  Pound for pound, he may be the best prospect in this draft class.  Warmack is every bit worth a top 10 pick. After watching most of his games last year, it's clear that he has the potential to be a difference-maker on the interior of the offensive line. In a day and age when teams are bringing more and more pressure up the middle, Warmack's awareness and athleticism will be coveted on draft day.  Roll Tide.

11. San Diego - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Spine issues?  Speed concerns?  Who cares, this guy had dominated the SEC for a combined 28 sacks over the last 2 seasons.  Despite being double teamed nearly every play, this guy led the nation in sacks, tackles for a loss and forced fumbles.  As one scout put it; "Jarvis Jones is a heat seaking missle that tracks down ball carriers regardless of where they are on the field".  Jones should be able to play and possibly start week 1 THIS year.  He is a top 3 talent and the Titans are excited to see his line dancing skills in downtown Nashville for years to come.

12. Miami - Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC
Cooper is downright explosive.  What's even more impressive is that he's an explosive 300lb man.  Cooper than easily slid into pass protection, work off of stunts, pick up blitzers and get to the 2nd level.  He's the kind of guy who will help fill in the massive hole left by Jake Long and help protect Ryan Tannehill for years to come.

13. Tampa Bay-Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Very good all around CB who will unfortunately not be taken here because this pick was traded to the Jets for a holdout machine named Darelle Revis.  

14. Carolina  -Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Cam Newton needs a weapon to grow old with, as Steve Smith is heading toward the end of his career and the Panthers have no weapons to groom under him. Austin steps in right away as the heir apparent and Smith takes him under his wing. Austin is a playmaker, and with the NFL gravitating more toward spread offenses, the speedy Austin combined with Cam helps give them a new dynamic for the future. If Austin is not there, they more than likely take the top corner available. 

15. New Orleans - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee
The Saints have to go with a defensive stud here right?  WRONG!!!! Sean Payton is back and he wants nothing more than to drop 45 points a game this year.  The Saints defense can stop about as much as the city's levee system does and Sean Payton could care less.  As long as Drew Brees can put up 40 points a game, Payton believes he can win.  In Patterson they get a 6'2 speedster that can stretch the field every play.  C'mon, do you think opposing defenses are really afraid of Colston, Henderson and Moore?  Outside of Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles, Brees has few reliable options.  Patterson can also return kicks, which should save Sproles a few hits a week.

16. St Louis - Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas
Before really digging into this I thought Tavon Austin would be an amazing choice for the Rams.  They could take advantage of Bradford's ability to make the quick short throws and get a guy who can turn a 5 yard catch into a 60 yard TD.  Unfortunately he is already off the board here.  Vaccaro however, is the class of this year's Safety group and will immediately step into a starting role for the Rams.  After checking their website it would appear that the Rams currently have 2 total safeties on their roster, that's one free safety and one strong safety.  While nobody uses a 1st round pick for depth, it's clear the Rams need some serious help on the backend and Vaccaro will provide a huge upgrade in talent to that position group.

17. Pittsburgh - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Expletive tirade about Vacarro being taken here has been removed due to SKOHRboard's family friendly nature.  Richardson is settled for by the Steelers front office.

18. Dallas - Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The Cowboys offensive line is a huge weakness, but the Cowboys don't feel confident enough in DJ Fluker to make a commitment to replace Doug Free with a first round pick. Kenny Vaccaro and Sheldon Richardson were coveted, but each has already fallen off the board. With the Cowboys defense making the switch from 3-4 to 4-3 under, Dallas needs to find a pass-rushing end with speed around the edge. The 4-3 under is perfect for Mingo, and the Dallas defense sorely needs his talents to improve upon their woeful sack totals last year. Mingo is arguably the best athlete in this class, and he could always be asked to play with his hand in the grass one series and then drop into pass coverage the next. He'll probably have to put on a bit more weight, but his presence will give offenses fits when they try to figure out how to stop him and Demarcus Ware. He is a threat to lead the league in sacks if he gets the opportunity to play right away.

19. NY Giants - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The Giants have a number of different directions they can go here but they always follow the best available philosophy in the draft and this year will be no different.  Ogletree is a sideline to sideline Lb that can come in and make an immediate impact.  In the scenario the giants not only grab the best player available but also fill a huge need. 

20. Chicago - DJ Fluker, T, Alabama
The Bears already signed Bushrod to play left tackle and signed Matt Slausen to play guard. They draft Fluker to play immediately as well at the other guard. All of the sudden, the Bears have a formidable offensive line to protect Cutler. Fluker is a giant which is why he gets two pictures because look at that guy. Jay Cutler will have to find a new excuse as to why he only has 1 playoff win after this one. 

21. Cincinnatti - Manelik Watson, OL, FSU
Cincinnati has a few needs that they are probably looking at here.  I imagine they liked Tavon Austin quite a bit to pair with Green and Sanu. Vaccaro was probably high on their list as well.  Alec Ogletree was appealing until we realized that he'd already been taken.  The Bengals have selected Manelik Watson.  Watson is somewhat new to the game but he is a physical freak and a very hard worker.  With another year of football focused weight lifting especially at the NFL level he should be a stalwart on the offensive line for the Bengals. 

22. St. Louis - Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
The Rams need some weapons, a weapon, something.  Bradford has proven to be an effective quarterback when he can hit guys on quick timing routes.  In order to make those successful  he'll need WRs who can get some separation but most importantly, catch the ball in traffic. If there is one thing that Keenan Allen may hold above all other WRs in this draft is his ability to catch the ball.  He is widely regarded with having some of the best hands in the draft and that includes making the difficult catches.  While he isn't a burner, his hands and route running ability more than make up for it and he'll prove to be a 1st down machine for the Rams.

23. Minnesota - Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Vikings traded away one of the most electric players in the league this offseason, but they also let their starting middle linebacker walk. While receiver must be addressed, the Mike is even more of a priority based on true difference-makers at the position. In the Tampa 2 Over defense that the Vikings use, a three-down backer that can cover a deep and wide field is essential. He needs to be able to read each play for run-pass and then react to the slot: if that receiver runs a vertical, the mike has to be able to drop deep in the zone; if there is an under pattern, he'll have to close fast to limit yards after catch. While other linebackers might be considered "elite" options, they aren't a fit for the Vikings style of play. Brown, however, has tremendous speed for his weight, great hip movement and backpedal, and one of the best combos of agility and speed in this draft class. His tackling might be the best in the linebacker class, and his sideline-to-sideline range is fantastic. He might be considered short for his position, but he is as heavy as some of the other backers in the draft. He will be a Day 1 starter and a fixture at the position.

24. Indianapolis - Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
The Colts select Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU. The Colts still need another cornerback to pair with Vontae Davis and Darius Butler. Rhodes is a big corner, in the mold of the Seahawks cornerbacks, and has speed to back up his size by running a 4.43 40 at the combine. He was a 3 year starter for FSU and will match up well with bigger NFL WRs.

25. Minnesota - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Vikings signed Greg Jennings after trading Percy Harvin away, but they still have one of the worst receiving corps in the league. At 6'4 and 196 pounds, Hunter has excellent size at the position. He is a savvy route runner and excels at reading coverage, plus he has good straight-line speed (4.44 40), especially for a guy his size. Hunter suffered a 2011 ACL tear, but he is back up to full speed now. He can use his size to beat press coverage, and he can track the ball and go up and get it at the high point easily. He can already play two receiver positions, so with Jarius Wright in the slot and Jennings and Hunter able to play both positions, the Vikings passing attack might not be terrible. We will still likely grab another WR later in the draft, since Greg Childs is still injured. 

26. Green Bay - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Packers would love to upgrade their interior OL or their DE situation here but the value of grabbing Eifert here was too good to pass up.  He and Finley represent an ultra dynamic set of TEs that will cause matchup nightmares for defenses.  With Jennings leaving in Free Agency, there will even be some more passes to go around to keep the mercurial Finley happy with his touches.

27. Houston - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The Texans have one if the best running backs in the game, a few of the best sack artists in the game, and one of the most talented receivers in the game. So why can't they get over the hump and make a deep run in the playoffs? As much as I wanted to pull the trigger on Geno Smith here because I have no confidence in Matt Schaub, I have even less confidence in the guys behind Andre Johnson. Hopkins has great separation skills, sharp route-running, and extreme quickness in and out of his breaks. He can move well with the ball in his hands. He can pretty much do anything that you want a receiver to do, which the Texans haven't been able to say about their #2 in a long time.

28. Denver - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Broncos have few needs at this point but RB is by far the most glaring.  Lacy is a powerful runner with great instincts.  His running style is a perfect fit for Mannings offense and gives the Bronocos much needed stability at the position.

29. New England - DJ Hayden, CB, Houston
The Patriots don't really have a ton of needs on the offensive end, so they'll continue to target the defense. Alonzo Dennard was a 7th round pick that assumed the starting corner role last year, and while that was very pleasant, the Patriots need to add depth at the position. Hayden is a juco kid that played his college ball at a smaller school, but he showed some great instincts and ball skills at the D-1 level. New England will likely be protecting the lead late in games more often then not, so it always makes sense to load up on quality options in the secondary. 

30. Atlanta - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Atlanta has been very active trying to build the strongest team possible to make a run at the Super Bowl, and with Tony Gonzalez returning for one last year, there are few holes left to fill. Corner and defensive end are really the only two needs I can see, and the war room was torn between Tank Carradine, Datone Jones, and Jamar Taylor. In the end, Taylor's size, speed, character, and work ethic make him a perfect fit for a team looking for the final piece to the puzzle. He is physical, athletic, and instinctive. 

31. San Francisco - Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
The 49ners have one of the most talented rosters in the league with few holes.  So they add great rotational depth here in a talented DT from the Tar Heels. They do have to provide their qb with more weapons at some point in the draft but the 49ners like to build from the inside out.

32. Baltimore - Matt Elam, S, Florida
How do you replace a legend? How do you replace two?!? That's the question the ravens have to face with the loss of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. Asking a rookie to do that is cruel, but Matt Elam possesses the skill-set and toughness to erase the gaping hole that Reed's departure opened up. His style of play and his attitude already has a Raven feel to him. He covers a huge area of field, can play the run well, and he has a chip on his shoulder every time he lines up. 

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