Here is the complete order of draft picks for the 2013 NFL Draft. The Chiefs and Jaguars flip positions in each round as a result of them both having 2-14 records, as do other teams that have tied records. Continue reading
Gene Smith is perhaps most famous (or infamous) for not drafting Tim Tebow in the 2010 NFL Draft. And let’s face it, you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t know who the hell Smith is. He was the man who drafted Tyson Alualu, a projected second round defensive tackle, rather than the “savior” of the franchise. Never was there a hometown guy that was so desperately wanted by some fans to be drafted to a team.
Some. Not all. Not even half.
Well, it never happened. Smith selected California’s Tyson Alualu with the tenth overall selection.
Looking back, for me, it was the right choice over Tebow, but there were others who were projected better than Alualu at the time and came out as better players so far in their NFL career. Earl Thomas could’ve helped a woeful Jacksonville secondary or Jason Pierre-Paul could’ve helped cure the Jaguars’ anemic pass rush. But hindsight is 20/20, I guess.
Smith was quoted later that night by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King as saying, “I don’t give a damn about perception. I’m trying to win a Super Bowl.”
Well, that Super Bowl never came to fruition. Not even close. Smith’s penchant for drafting small school players and having more misses than hits in free agency cost him his job in the end. Not to mention his roster earned the Jaguars their worst record in franchise history.
It wasn’t all bad, however. His first draft was arguably his best, producing solid players in Eugene Monroe, Derek Cox, and Terrance Knighton. Although now Knighton and Cox have moved on to the Broncos and the Chargers respectively.
Here is my ranking of each of Smith’s draft picks from his tenure as GM of the Jaguars. Continue reading
During every college football season, new names pop up on rosters that nobody except die-hard fans seem to have hear about. Sometimes these guys are already upperclassmen and coaches are looking for them to make a huge impact. We’ve seen it work out before with players like Cam Newton and Nick Fairley. These players have also failed to live up to expectations such as some quick footed receiver by the name of Kenny O’Neal.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the story of two highly ranked JuCo wide receivers who were expected to make an impact immediately after arriving on campus. Both Courtney Gardner and Cordarrelle Patterson were 4* WRs on Rivals 2012 Prospect Rankings. Patterson was ranked #4 in the JuCo rankings and Gardner #12.
Here are NFL Draft Results, in real time.
To almost no surprise, the Indianapolis Colts select quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick.
It’s no secret that the quarterback is widely regarded as the most important position in the NFL, and probably in all of sports. In the modern NFL, you really can’t succeed without one. Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Warner started the past three Super Bowls. All five are or were Pro Bowlers. I rest my case.
This week’s QB frenzy stems directly from that point. Teams want to win. You cannot make the postseason with a lousy QB unless that team is really good. Following this, people will move mountains for quarterbacks they even think will be good. This is why the Vikings traded for Donovan McNabb, the Cardinals traded for Kevin Kolb, the Titans signed Matt Hasselbeck and the Panthers drafted Cam Newton first overall. The NFL is unquestionably obsessed with QBs Continue reading
Some say it’s never too early to grade drafts; Jeremy’s already done it.
Who could be considered the winners and losers of the NFL draft? Continue reading
The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded up to select quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Missouri with pick #10.
The Dallas Cowboys pick up OT Tyron Smith from USC with the 9th pick.
The Tennessee Titans make a surprise pick by selecting quarterback Jake Locker 8th overall, from the Washington Huskies.