Review Category : 2014 NFL Draft

Fantasy football season is coming upon us pretty fast. It’s the time of year for drafting and managing the perfect team to prove to your peers that you know more about football than they do. We’ll do whatever it takes to have the perfect season. We do heavy research, we  are constantly looking for player updates and making trades. This often happens during work hours and as Challenge, Gray & Christmas, Inc. have shown, it has become the time of year that employers dread. This fantasy football season is estimated to waste around $13 Billion of employee payroll money. While it’s hard to get a real estimate, the numbers actually make some sense. The math goes like this: 31 Million Working Age Employees X 2 hours/day of fantasy team management for 15 weeks X $24.45 (average hourly earnings) ________________________________________ = $13B in wasted money for employers   Companies often encourage this ...

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During minicamps and OTAs, players are always fighting for their positions during an intense competition for roster spots and playing time. Scuffles are common during training camp and other offseason work. NFL seventh-round pick rookie Michael Sam was involved in a minor fight during practice in St. Louis. Sam reportedly threw a forearm to the back of running back Isaiah Pead and it led to a small scuffle. These type of things happen, but it’s a bigger deal when it happens to one of the most scrutinized rookies in recent time. Michael Sam made history when he came out as the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL history. The former Missouri defensive-end has a lot to prove in the NFL after many believe he fell in the seventh-round of the 2014 NFL draft. So of course, there is going to be constant media news around Sam. He’s ...

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2014 Selection: No. 5 overall Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack Position: LB College: Buffalo Conference: MAC Mack’s highlights throughout his college career include: MAC Defensive Player of the Year – 2013 First-team All-American – 2013 First team All-MAC – 2011, 2012 & 2013 Third team All-MAC – 2010 Mack holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles [16] and is also tied for career tackles for loss [75] in the NCAA. 2013 is considered to be his breakout year in college, he started all 13 games and recorded 100 tackles including 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown, and forced five minutes. He also won the CFPA Linebacker Trophy for the 2013 season. Since the Oakland Raiders selected him with the fifth overall pick, Mack is now the highest selected Buffalo Bulls player ever. The highest selected player before him was Gerry Philbin ...

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2014 Selection: No. 4 overall Buffalo Bills: Sammy Watkins Position: WR College: Clemson Conference: ACC Watkins’ highlights throughout his college career include: Orange Bowl – 2014 Orange Bowl MVP – 2014 ACC Championship – 2011 First-team All-American – 2011, 2012 & 2013 FWAA Freshman All-American – 2011 First-team All-ACC – 2011 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year – 2011 Watkins made an immediate impact for Clemson during his freshman campaign in 2011. He caught 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns. 10 catches, 155 yards and two touchdowns were against Auburn, the defending national champions. During his second year, he had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns. Then in his third year, he had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2014, he set Clemson’s school record for career receptions in the game finishing with 240. Watkins became the first wide receiver selected by the ...

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2014 Selection: No. 3 overall Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles Position: QB College: UCF Conference: The American Bortles’ highlights throughout his college career include: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl MVP – 2012 American Athletic Champion – 2013 American Athletic Offensive Player of the Year – 2013 First-team All-AAC – 2013 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP – 2014 Bortles became the Knights starting quarterback from midway through the 2011 season to 2013. In 2012, he led UCF to a Conference USA East Division Championship and bowl victory. In 2013, he led the Knights to an upset of then – No. 8 Louisville to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, as well as an upset victory over 6th ranked Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. Bortles is expected to take the starting job in Jacksonville during the 2014 NFL season. Notes: He was the first quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL draft class. ESPN ...

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2014 Selection: No. 2 overall St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson Position: OT College: Auburn Conference: SEC Robinson’s highlights throughout his college career include: SEC Champion – 2013 First-team All-SEC – 2013 Greg Robinson was redshirted in 2011 and he took over the starting left tackle in 2012. During his 2012 campaign, he started in 11 games. As a sophomore in 2013, he earned a first team All-SEC selection. So far, he has been the highest Auburn Tigers offensive lineman to be selected that high. He beat out Ken Rice, who was selected 8th overall in 1961. Notes: The St. Louis Rams received the 2014 No. 2 overall pick from the Washington Redskins. The Redskins traded their 2014 first round pick so they could move up and select quarterback Robert Griffin III during the 2012 NFL Draft. ...

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2014 Draft Selection: No. 1 overall Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney Position: DE College: South Carolina Conference: SEC Jadeveon Clowney graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and played college football at the University of South Carolina. He was a unanimous College All-American as a sophomore in 2012, and he set South Carolina school records in quarterback sacks [13] and tackles for a loss [23.5] per season while also earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Southeastern Conference. He had several highlights throughout his college career: First-team All-American – 2013 Hendricks Award Winner – 2012 Unanimous All-American – 2012 First-team All-SEC – 2012, 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year – 2011 ESPN described him as “one of those rare game-changers on defense.” At the 2014 NFL Combine, Clowney excelled in the 40-yardd dash, posting an amazing time of 4.53 seconds, the fastest among defensive linemen. ...

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Are you considering drafting a rookie quarterback? Everybody is an optimist when drafting rookies. But let’s be honest, many of them will disappoint and some will shine. So who will be the guy that shines? Let’s talk about the quarterbacks first since it’s a quarterback driven league. Five quarterbacks were selected in the first two rounds.   No. 3 – Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars) No. 22 – Johnny Manziel (Cleveland Browns) No. 32 – Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota Vikings)  No. 36 – Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders) No. 62 – Jimmy Garoppolo (New England Patriots) Of these quarterbacks, I believe Bortles, Manziel, Bridgewater and Carr will eventually earn the starting role with their NFL teams. Although, in fantasy perspective, I think Johnny Manziel (selected No. 22 overall) will make the biggest impact during the 2014-15 season. Numbers never lie, and he has some impressive numbers with the Aggies. Obviously the rushing is ...

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There has been a huge build up to the NFL Draft this year and I felt like it was Christmas day yesterday. Being able to see how teams will be shaped for the upcoming year by their new draft picks. I’m not a big fan of analyst saying whether or not a pick was good or not because, well you just don’t know yet. Also, teams have people being paid full time to just scout and find the best players. Last night I saw a Philadelphia fan say he had no idea who LB Marcus Smith was when he was picked. Well that is because scouts are paid to know who he is and fans aren’t. Most draft experts still focus in other areas of football and don’t have a whole team of paid experts  watching countless hours of tape. So instead of giving you the “Winners and Losers” of ...

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So last week I went to go see the movie Draft Day. If you love football then go see it! I loved it and it got me very excited for the draft. Kevin Costner who plays the Browns GM in the movie made a few moves that were unpopular with his fans, the Browns owner, and coaches. But, he did what he wanted and what he thought was best. Sometimes I look at these mock drafts and I’m confused on why everyone is mocked as taking the safe pick. Also, with all the false information teams are giving to each other and the media, it makes it impossible to know exactly who they are interested in. I decided to put together my own top 5 Mock draft of players I would pick if I was the GM of the teams, NOT what I think the top 5 teams will do. Don’t forget this mock draft because ...

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