Monday, July 27, 2015

Highlight Monday: Braxton Miller


SIThe idea of switching to wide receiver first came to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in April, when he discussed it with strength coach Mickey Marotti. In May, he brought up the possibility to coach Urban Meyer and the two began watching film of star wide receivers together. Later that month, Miller began sneaking on the practice field at night to catch balls from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Miller kept the potential switch from quarterback to receiver secret, a fallback plan in case he couldn’t return fully healthy to playing quarterback after two shoulder surgeries, the latter which caused him to miss all of last season.

Miller’s fallback plan has become a reality, as he told SI.com on Thursday night that he plans to start the 2015 season playing H-Back—a hybrid receiver position—for the Buckeyes. Miller hasn’t completely closed the door on playing quarterback, as he estimates that he’ll spend 80% of the time during training camp at receiver and 20% with the quarterbacks. But Miller said with more than two months until he’ll be completely healthy at quarterback, he’s approaching this season as primarily a wide receiver.

Welp...I did NOT see that coming.

Before Cardale Jones had wiped the last piece of confetti off his shoulder pads in Dallas we were speculating about where Braxton Miller would end up this fall. You could have given me 150 guesses and I wouldn't have come up with "Ohio State wide receiver." Sure, Braxton Miller is made out of weaker glass than a 1930s windshield and is going to take approximately three hits over the middle before disintegrating, but let's temporarily forget about that and give the kid some credit for sticking it out in Columbus and being the anti-Everett Golson.

Good for you, man. Good for you.

 
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Choke Wednesday: P. Diddy


Larry Brown SportsP. Diddy was arrested on Monday after he allegedly got into a fight with a UCLA football coach.
According to TMZ, Diddy took exception to an assistant coach screaming at his son Justin, who is a defensive back for the Bruins. The coach was reportedly “riding Justin, screaming intensely at him” during a conditioning session. Diddy, who was watching from the sidelines, later confronted the coach in his office and allegedly grabbed him.
Campus police arrested Diddy for assault. A source close to Diddy told TMZ that the music mogul was initially the one who wanted to call the police, but the phone was taken out of his hand.
UCLA beat writer Joey Kaufman confirmed that Diddy was arrested.
Just go away, dude. It's bad enough that you're almost single-handedly responsible for Tupac and Biggie's deaths, Ma$e's career, and that terrible Godzilla remake, but now you have to take away my offseason and make me write about this nonsense? Your kid's a college football player, Sean. His conditioning coach is going to yell at him. He's not beating him and making him kneel on rice like a Soviet gymnast. What are you even doing at offseason conditioning practice, anyway? Save that helicopter parent BS for t-ball and go make snow angels in the giant pile of money you made capitalizing off your best friend's murder.

Ether this guy, Pac:

(Obbbbbbbviously NSFW)


UPDATE: Diddy's claiming self-defense because he's a fake thug poser and always will be.


Monday, June 1, 2015

The Dragons Are Back: The Internet Just Saved UAB Football


You did it, Derek Slaughter! You did it, Twitter! You did it, UAB graduates who somehow have $14 million of expendable income! UAB Football is back...


...and apparently better than ever...


Watch your back, Saban. The Blazers are back with a vengeance. 

Ok, internet. Now that that's taken care of, let's turn our attention to nobler resurrection pursuits...




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Notre Dame's Golson Transfers to Florida State


ESPNFormer Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson will transfer and play his final college season with the Florida State Seminoles." After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles," Golson said in a statement Tuesday. "To Coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family.

I'm not gonna do...what everyone thinks I'm gonna do...and freak out, because I completely understand where Golson is coming from. He already has a degree from Notre Dame, he's got serious competition at the QB position, and a guy with his academic track record can find much easier places to enroll in grad school for a year. He had some great games in South Bend and he had some terrible ones. He made them relevant, he made them better and he occasionally made our heads explode. I'm not mad at you Everett...enjoy Tallahassee.

What I AM going to complain about is that statement. "I will utilize my fifth year." Oh will you, Everett? You will utilize it? Call me crazy, but people who use the word "utilize" need to be put to death immediately, along with people who start every sentence or social media post with the word "so" or people who use the #GameDaySigns hashtag to tell us they're wearing their Michigan State jersey.

Wear it right to the gallows, moron.

In related news...I really need college football back in my life before I have a nervous breakdown.





Monday, May 4, 2015

Highlight Monday: West Alabama's Malcolm Butler


All this NFL Draft coverage has me thinking about pro football, so now that the Draft is over let's take a look at a guy who never got the call last year and still turned out ok...



What's he doing now?


Oh yeah...

Keep your head up, kids who didn't get drafted. You might only be 10 months away from having my first son named after you.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

DC's 2015 Mock NFL Draft: Part II


Welcome back for day 2 of our mock 2015 NFL Draft coverage. If you missed it Wednesday, CLICK HERE for Part I.

On to the picks...


18. Kansas City Chiefs

Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

By signing Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs finally acquired a receiving target for Alex Smith. By drafting Agholor, the fourth best receiver in the draft, they get another.

Agholor is a speed guy who will play the DeSean Jackson role in Andy Reid’s offense and give them another home run hitter to go along with De’Anthony Thomas and Jamaal Charles. If there’s one thing the Chiefs, who threw as many touchdown passes as I did in 2014, could use, it’s a wide receiver who can get it done after the catch.

19. Detroit Lions (from Cleveland via Buffalo)

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

Goldman is the second best defensive tackle in a class full of them, but I don’t think he makes it past Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to fall to the Lions at 23. With both Nick Fairley and Ndomakung Suh leaving in free agency, Detroit has to move up to fill the need.

20. Philadelphia Eagles

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Remember how I said Chip Kelly loves drafting Pac-12 guys? With Peters off the board, you can go ahead and pencil this in if the Vikings take Peters. Breshad Perriman of UCF is higher on some scouts’ boards, but Ozzie Newsome has supposedly promised the kid he will take him at 26 if he’s available. You know who’s better than anybody who ever lived at projecting where players will be drafted? Ozzie Newsome.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

Nobody gives a shit about the Bengals.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers

Byron Jones, CB, UConn

It’s Jones or Eric Rowe of Utah to replace Troy Polamalu at safety. I don’t think Landon Collins is a first round pick.

It could just as easily be Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest, a cornerback.

It could just as easily be Eli Harold, Nate Orchard, Mario Edwards, Jr., Owamagbe Odighizuwa or Malcolm Brown, all of whom fill a need on the defensive line.

It could just as easily be T.J. Clemmings, a tackle from Pitt, or Cameron Erving, a long-term Maurkice Pouncey replacement at center.

I think that on paper, the secondary is the biggest problem with the roster. But who knows? It’s the Steelers.

23. Cleveland Browns (from Detroit Lions)

Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

The Browns play A.J. Green twice a year. They play Antonio Brown twice a year. They play Steve Smith twice a year. They whiffed on Justin Gilbert and Joe Haden didn’t look very much like himself in 2014.

24. Houston Texans (from Arizona Cardinals)

Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State

Clowney is set to miss another season. Mario Edwards, who anchored the defense on a team that lost two games in two seasons, is a huge value here and might make the #1 overall pick in 2014 expendable.

25. Carolina Panthers

Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M

While nabbing a speed guy like Phillip Dorsett would fill a need, I think that the Panthers can’t afford to pass up on yet another top-flight tackle prospect. Before Ogbuehi’s injury last fall he probably would have been a top-5 pick. Since the Panthers are still trying to rebuild their offensive line after Jordan Gross’s 2014 retirement, Ogbuehi makes sense here. After falling to the third round in several mocks, Ogbuehi has been steadily rising up boards. With the La’El Collins news breaking Tuesday (and it is probably much ado about nothing), I think he moves ahead of T.J. Clemmings, Erick Flowers, and Collins on the Panthers’ board.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DC's 2015 Mock NFL Draft: Part I


It's late April, so it's time for all you kids that have been ignoring us since the title game to swing back through and see if we're writing about the NFL Draft (welcome back, nerds). Luckily for you, our resident NFL Draft expert Mike Durin is back in the house with his 2015 mock. As an added bonus, Mike will be covering the Draft for DC live in Chicago this weekend, so check our Twitter (@DCoverageFB) and the site next week for updates.

If you want to re-live Mike's award-winning 2014 Draft coverage CLICK HERE.

Part II coming tomorrow.


1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State University

I don’t think that the Bucs are sold on Winston at #1 -- in fact, I’m sure of it, because rumors that that Tampa was “fielding calls” for the first overall pick originated almost certainly from the Bucs front office.

Ideally, the anti-Jameis faction would make a move -- say, trade the #1 to a team who needs a

quarterback, like Cleveland (who has multiple first round picks) or a team who would be thrilled to get Leonard Williams (say, the Bears or the Saints).  But the price of moving up that far is likely to be too high. Excepting the Titans and the Jets, no other team in the top ten is in need of a quarterback. If Williams falls out of number one, he’s likely to drop all the way to #5 -- and moving into a top five spot would be a lot cheaper than first overall.

2. Tennessee Titans

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia University

The smoke coming from the Titans that they are willing to stick it out with Zach Mettenberger is so thick that you can barely see the bullshit behind it. The Titans don’t think Zach Mettenberger is Tom Brady; the Titans think Marcus Mariota sucks.

This is not something that they can say, because they are desperately hoping someone offers them a package of picks to move up and draft him.

I don’t think it’s happening. I don’t think Chip Kelly loves Mariota as much as the media claims he does; he’s certainly passed up on the chance to draft ex-Ducks before. I think Cleveland would take him if he fell to 12, but I don’t think he’s remotely close to the top player on their board.

Kevin White is not a polished wide receiver, but he’s big, strong, fast, smart, and, most importantly, not a me-first guy like Kenny Britt or Jared Cook. While the Titans took Justin Hunter a year ago, he’s not going to ever be Kevin White. White gives them a big-play receiving threat who projects to be Larry Fitzgerald -- a guy Ken Whisenhunt loved at Arizona.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

Fowler and Leonard Williams are the two best defensive prospects in the draft. One is from USC. The other is from Florida. Guess which one the attendance-starved Jaguars are going to take at number 3? Here’s a hint: last year, they used the third overall pick on UCF quarterback Blake Bortles.

Fowler is a polished edge rusher with big-time potential. Were it not for Bortles -- who didn’t show much as a rookie last year -- the Jags would be kind of scary this year. 

4. Oakland Raiders

Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC

If the Raiders weren’t threatening to move to Los Angeles, I think that they definitely take Amari Cooper here. (See Jaguars, Jacksonville). That being said, they are much more likely to find a decent wide receiver in another round than a guy like Williams, who is the best player in the draft. All the pundits seem to have them grabbing Cooper or even a guy like Bud Dupree here, but I think that cooler heads will prevail and they’ll sprint to the podium to draft Williams.

5. Miami Dolphins (trade with Washington)

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Washington has publically said they aren’t trading RG3 (they are definitely fielding calls). They’ve also said that they are looking at an edge rusher to pair with Ryan Kerrigan. One of the top four rushers in the draft (Shane Ray, Randy Gregory, or Vic Beasley) is going to be there at 14. By trading back, they pick up an extra first or second round pick and still get the player they need.

For Miami, a team looking to make a “splash,” the move also makes a lot of sense. None of the consensus top wide receivers (Cooper, White, and DeVante Parker) are going to be there at 14.

This offseason, they signed former #2 overall pick Ndomukung Suh for a TON of money, and in order to accommodate the cap hit they traded the disgruntled Mike Wallace. Jarvis Landry, while productive last year, is a slot receiver – Cooper is a potential Pro Bowl wide receiver who can be plugged right into the offense.

6. New York Jets

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

I think this is the earliest you’ll see Mariota drafted. I also think that Todd Bowles will have to be physically restrained in the Jets’ war room when this pick is made.

Think about it, though – the two top wide receivers are off the board. No one wants to risk the 6th overall pick on Todd Gurley. The best player available is probably one of the edge rushers (Randy Gregory, Vic Beasley, and Shane Ray)…all of whom would be backups behind Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

Ideally they’d trade back, but besides the running back and wide receiver spots, their most glaring hole is at quarterback. Mariota is the second-best QB on the board…and the only other NFL starter, besides Winston, in the draft.

7. New England Patriots (trade with Chicago Bears)

The Pats have an extra third round pick, an extra fourth round pick, and the 32nd overall pick – and I think they give up all three to move up to #7.

Look, nobody smells blood in the water like Bill Belichick. The highest-rated player the Pats have worked out is DeVante Parker (who’s been projected inside the top twenty since he declared). I think that means they think he’s good, maybe just as good as Cooper or White. They might be right.

The Patriots lost a lot of offensive weapons in free agency. Shane Vereen signed with the Giants. Stevan Ridley signed with the Jets. Aaron Hernandez signed with the Department of Corrections. I don’t buy the Nelson Agholor hype – a) he’s too small to be the #1 target in Belicheck’s system, and b) Parker is a different type and class of wide receiver, a true number one who excelled in college and (as a bonus) has less miles on him than either Cooper or White.

As for the Bears, converting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense isn’t easy. Extra picks in a draft loaded with offensive line, defensive line, and linebacking talent is a win-win situation. There’s a good chance Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, or Vic Beasley could be Von Miller…but there’s a better chance they won’t be.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

GM Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals: "If Hannibal Lecter ran a 4.3, we'd probably diagnose it as an eating disorder."

You know what GMs, owners, and the National Football League care about? Prospects who throw women down stairs (like Dorial Green-Beckham) or quit on their college teams (like Marcus Peters) or beat their children (like Adrian Peterson) or threw their fiancée on a pile of guns (like Greg Hardy).

You know what they don’t care about? Testing positive for marijuana. Just ask Randy Moss (the 21st overall pick in 1998), or Percy Harvin (#22 overall in 2009), or Warren Sapp (#12 overall in 1995). Or Ricky Wiliams. Or Marshawn Lynch. Or Le’Veon Bell. Or Tyrann Mathieu.

Gregory is the last of the potential “greats” on the board. It’s either him or Gurley.

9. New York Giants

Brandon Scherff, G/T, Iowa

D.J. Humphries is probably a better tackle. La’El Collins is rated higher on most boards. Andrus Peat, according to Nolan Nawrocki, “may be as gifted as any offensive lineman to enter the draft in the last decade.”

Doesn’t matter. Scherff is the pick. The Giants need someone today, now, who can be plugged into their terrible offensive line and give Eli Manning time to breathe. Scherff is one of the safest prospects in the draft, big, mean, tough, strong, and an asset in the run game.

10. St. Louis Rams

Andrus Peat, LT, Stanford

Would the Rams prefer that Parker or Mariota were still on the board here?

Yes.

Is tackle the most glaring hole on their roster (after cutting Jake Long)?

Yes.

Are they stacked on the defensive line and in the secondary? Yes.

Is Peat a ginormous value here?

Yes.

It’s that simple.