Saturday, May 28, 2016

2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Preview: Orlando-Charlotte Series Features Young Versus Younger

The NBA Playoffs start Saturday with sixteen teams vying for a spot in the Finals in June. Preliminary rounds start now with the Conference match ups from the East and West to determine who will be the most physically ready team to be crowned as the best of the NBA.

Orlando and Charlotte only finished 15 games apart in the Eastern Division standings and this series should be a fun one to watch. Despite Orlando owning the regular season series 3-1, Charlotte won their last meeting 96-89 and most of the games have been close.

Orlando Magic

The Magic pulled some rabbits out of their hats last year when they upset the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. They should be equally as tough this year having only finished two wins fewer than Cleveland in a tougher division. Dwight Howard leads the team again this year with only 18 points per game but the rest of the team more than makes up for scoring with Vince Carter. Role player Jason Williams will put in some key minutes for the Magic in the playoffs. Luckily, they have no injuries so far.

The Magic are certainly going to be the only cog on the way for Cleveland’s place in the Finals. Orlando should do well against them in the Conference Finals. Injury shouldn’t be a problem as this team is loaded with experience and they play together very well and will be hard to stop.

Charlotte Bobcats

The Bobcats finished in the middle of the pack in the Southeast Division, a full three games ahead of Chicago for the last spot in the Eastern Conference. Six players score in double figures and much like the Bulls they are a young team that still has a lot to learn about playing like a team.

Stephen Jackson scores over 20 points per game and Gerald Wallace has 10 boards every time he plays. With as many players that get used in a game, a consistent fifth starter has been hard to come by this year and that is a hole that Orlando will exploit to the fullest.

Charlotte will be in their first playoff series since becoming an expansion franchise. New owner Michael Jordan will have plenty to do in the off-season as his young team will need at least one veteran with loads of experience to help them but the ownership needs to be patient with one of the best coaches around, Larry Brown.

Orlando should win this series, but Larry Brown’s young team will give them fits until they bow out in game six. ESPN was my major source for this article.

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2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket Full of Great Storylines

The 2010 NCAA Tournament bracket is set and March Madness is upon us again with all its quirky magic.

A blizzard of crazy happenings, operatic swings of emotion and stunning finishes are certain to unfold in the first week alone.

So are intriguing storylines. In fact, the 2010 NCAA Tournament will weave some of the most exciting new storylines with some of the oldest on the road to St. Louis. Here are some:

The Old Guard: Where are North Carolina, Connecticut, North Carolina, Arizona and UCLA? This is the first time in 44 years that all five of those schools are staying home.

But old school ties still matter. Bluebloods Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse earned No. 1 seeds, and 15 of the last 25 champions were top-of-the-bracket teams. But they must be wondering in Lawrence. Though they stay close to home, the Kansas Jayhawks are staring at a Midwest bracket that includes Ohio State, Georgetown, Maryland, Michigan State and Tennessee.

A Changing of the Guard: As expected, the Big East is the beast of the brackets, earning three of the top eight seeds and five of the first 12. The Big 12 (seven) and ACC (six) struck another blow for old-line power. But a new era may be underway with breakthroughs by the Mountain West (four) and Atlantic 10 (three), which overshadowed the Pac-10 (two) and SEC (four).

When all’s said and done, however, the Big East might end up throwing a 25th Anniversary Shindig by advancing three teams to the Final Four. In 1985 Villanova shocked Georgetown in the title game. Memphis State was the sole non-Big East team in that Final Four.

The Carmelo Anthony Factor: Can a freshman carry a team his team to a national championship before leaving for the NBA, as Carmelo Anthony did with Syracuse. Kentucky is banking on it with first-year sensations John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.

Lone-Star Turnaround: The Texas Longhorns were undefeated two months ago and ranked No. 1 in the country and seemingly on their way to a spot in St. Louis. But the bottom fell out down the stretch and they completely lost their swagger.

Today the Lone Star State’s premier team might be Baylor, which last won an NCCA Tournament game in 1960, the final year of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency.

The Bears have the talent to make a major run. Meanwhile, under the shrewd coaching of Rick Barnes, the Texas Longhorns are positioned for a timely resurgence

The Money Men: Fascinated by the art of clutch shooting? Watch West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler and Ohio State’s Evan Turner, the junior guard who stunned Michigan with a 37-foot buzzer-beater in the Big 10 tourney.

A Non-Upset Upset: Sienna defeated Ohio State in double-overtime in a first-round game a year ago. Purdue, a No. 4 seed, will face No. 13 Sienna in a first-round match-up in Spokane, but without injured star Robbie Hummel. Sienna might actually end up being the favorite.

If the Slipper Fits: Leading candidates for Cinderella status include Murray State, Cornell, and UTEP.

Delaying the Inevitable: Winthrop will play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday in the opening-round game of the 2010 NCAA tournament at Dayton, Ohio. The winner takes on Duke.

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2010 NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics Vs Orlando Magic Game 1 Prediction

It’s that time of the year again! Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics opens in Orlando this Sunday. This highly anticipated game is a rematch of last year’s second round series that was won by the Magic. This year, a much healthier Boston team is coming off of a 4-2 series victory over Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Orlando has easily swept their first two series opponents (Charlotte & Atlanta). Let’s take a look at what should be a competitive contest, comparing each team position-by-position. I will also offer my game 1 prediction of this NBA playoff match-up.

Let’s begin with the floor generals.

Guards: Both teams are led by dynamic young point guards in the Celtics Rajon Rondo and the Magic’s Jameer Nelson, Rondo has been averaging 18 points, 11 assists and 2 steals in the 2010 Playoffs, emerging as a leader on the veteran-heavy Celtics team. He was clearly a difference-maker in Games 5 & 6 of the second round series with Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavs. For the Magic, Nelson has emerged as a star after missing most of last year’s playoff run with an injury. Nelson is averaging 20 points, 5 assists and 1 steal, leading the Magic in scoring in their two early round sweeps of Charlotte and Atlanta. While Rondo is more disruptive on the defensive end and has more assists, Nelson has a higher shooting percentage and fewer turnovers. Both guards are playing terrific playoff basketball, making it a difficult pick. Advantage Celtics

The shooting guard match-up between Orlando’s Vince Carter and Boston’s Ray Allen has too veteran scorers and perennial all-stars facing each other. In the first two rounds of the 2010 NBA playoffs Carter has averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds while shooting 43% from the field. For the Celtics, Allen has tossed in 17 points, 3 rebounds per game while shooting 47%. These numbers are similar, but the key distinction between these two players is in 3-point shooting. Where Allen has made several key shots from long distance while hitting 42% of his treys, Carter has struggled from behind the arc, shooting just 25%. Advantage Celtics

Now, the forward position.

Small forward– The Orlando Magic start Matt Barnes at this position. Barnes is averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds in 25 minutes per game, serving primarily as a role-player who relies on his athleticism, length, and energy to contribute. He is complimented by forward/guard Mickael Pietrus who plays 22 minutes per game, and 10 points per game in the playoffs. What stands out with Pietrus is his 51% three-point shooting average. This is important for a Magic team who relies on perimeter shooting to compliment the inside game of Center Dwight Howard.

The Celtics counter with Paul Pierce and his 16 points, 5 rebounds 3 assists per game playoff average. A perennial all-star, who continues to be one of the most under-rated defensive players in the league, Pierce has been aided by Tony Allen, who has chipped in 7 points, a handful of spectacular plays, and 1.45 steals per game. Advantage Celtics

Power Forward-The Celtics are happy to have a healthy Kevin Garnett back in their lineup. Garnett is contributing 17 points and 8 rebounds, while shooting a solid 53% from the field. His veteran leadership and work ethic were sorely missed in last year’s playoff series loss to the Magic. Garnett provides instant stability to the interior of the Celtics defense, and is a low- post scoring option who can also hit the mid-range jumper. Glen Davis has thrown his considerable body around in the first two rounds, chipping in 7 points and 3 rebounds per game.

The Magic counter with the steady play of Rashard Lewis, who comes into this series averaging 16 points and 5 rebounds in the playoffs. Lewis has hit several key shots in the Magic’s two playoff series sweeps. What sets Lewis apart is his ability to shoot from the perimeter, where he is hitting 46% of his three-point attempt He is also solid at the free throw line, hitting for 86% of his shots on a team that averages just 69%. Ryan Anderson adds 3 points and 3 rebounds per game. Lewis’ ability to compliment the inside presence of Dwight Howard by scoring from the post or perimeter present a challenge for any defense. Advantage Magic

Finally, the Center Spot

Center- In this category, the Magic’s Dwight Howard would out-rate just about any other center in the league. With 2010 playoff averages of 15 points, 4 blocks, and 11 rebounds per game Howard, who is also shooting at 67 % , has the potential to alter the outcome of games in several ways. If Howard can avoid early foul trouble, he is capable of carrying his team to victory. He is spelled by capable back-up center Marcin Gortat who adds 4 points and4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game. The Celtics counter with Kendrick Perkins who is pulling down 7 rebounds per game in the playoffs and is coming off of a physical Cleveland series. Veteran Rasheed Wallace adds 5 points and 2 rebounds. Advantage Magic

Game 1 Prediction– This game between two balanced, well-coached teams is an even match-up. Since Orlando is playing at home and won the regular season series, I’m picking the Magic by 4.


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2010 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers V. Boston Celtics Game 5 Prediction and Preview

The 2010 NBA Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers is living up to its historic hype. A key battle in the 12th NBA Finals series between these two teams, Game 4 was highlighted by superb bench play and an explosive fourth quarter run by the Celtics, helping Boston to secure a 96-89 over the defending NBA champions. The best of seven series is now tied at 2-2, with each team winning a game on the others’ home court.

Glen Davis leads Celtics Bench

After scoring just 42 points as a team in the entire first half, the Celtics went on an offensive spurt in the fourth quarter as forward Glen Davis led the second unit by scoring half of his 18 points. It was the Celtics bench that made the difference in Game 4, helping Boston open up a lead by scoring 21 of the team’s 36 fourth quarter points. They were so effective that Boston coach Doc Rivers chose to keep his starters off the court for an extended time in that quarter. Diminutive guard Nate Robinson also had a strong game, coming off the bench for Boston, contributing 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 19 points as Boston secured a victory without any one player scoring more than 20 points in the game. Kendrick Perkins led the team with 7 rebounds and Rajon Rondo added 3 steals, including a crucial steal with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth, which led to an uncontested lay-up and a six point lead.

Lakers lose Bynum
The Lakers had only two players with more than 10 points, with Kobe Bryant leading all scorers with
33 points while also committing seven turnovers. Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol chipped in with 21 points and six rebounds. The biggest story of the game for the Lakers was the physical status of starting center Andrew Bynum, who has been battling a knee injury for most of the 2010 playoffs. After playing in a very limited role throughout the first half, Bynum did not play for the entire second half of Game 4. With Bynum playing a sparse 12 minutes the entire game, the Lakers were missing a key interior presence who is capable of providing rebounds and defensive intimidation. The Celtics took advantage of his absence by out-rebounding the Lakers 41-34 in the game. Bynum is flying in his personal physician to look at the injured knee prior to the pivotal Game 5 in Boston on Sunday at 8 pm.

Game 5 Prediction
It is fair to say that Game 5 may be the most important game in this series. if the Celtics win, they will travel to Los Angeles needing only one game to secure the title. Something that they can accomplish, as Boston has played well on the road throughout the year. If the Lakers win, then they head home with major momentum and the deciding two games in front of their home crowd. Expect Game 5 to be another slug fest.

The keys to the game will be Andrew Bynum’s knee, Rasheed Wallace’s back, and which team gets after it defensively. The Celtics and Lakers are evenly matched when at full strength, but with the nagging injuries plaguing both teams, this game will come down to who has the most gas in the tank in the fourth period. The Lakers cannot afford to leave Bryant and Gasol in the game without any second half break as they did in Game 4. Expect Lakers coach Phil Jackson to attempt to get his key players rest in the earlier stages of the match-up. The Celtics will attempt to force turnovers and methodically attack the paint, especially if Bynum is unable to play. I see this one coming down to the wire.

Prediction: Celtics by 5


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2010 NBA Playoffs Prediction: Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

In the final game of the regular season, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the San Antonio Spurs 96-89, sealing both teams’ fate in the 2010 NBA Playoffs. Although it could be considered a precursor to the upcoming series, the Spurs almost beat the Mavericks despite keeping stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli out of the game.

Dallas Mavericks 2010 NBA Playoffs Preview

The Dallas Mavericks have had a very up-and-down second half to the 2010 NBA season. After a mid-season trade to acquire Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler, the Mavericks ran off a thirteen-game winning streak. After this run, the Mavericks are 10-6, including blowout losses to the New York Knicks and New Orleans Hornets.

The addition of Haywood and Butler certainly invigorated a Mavericks team that was struggling to string together wins. Still, it’s Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd who have to play well for Dallas to have a chance of making it deep into the playoffs. An off-night from Haywood will not have as big of an impact on the Mavs as an off-night from Nowitzki. Nowitzki will also have his hands full facing off against Duncan and the Spurs in the first round.

San Antonio Spurs 2010 NBA Playoffs Preview

The San Antonio Spurs are playing their best basketball of the season. Manu Ginobli is heating up, Tony Parker is back from a hand injury, and Tim Duncan has still been efficient despite seeing reduced minutes from a year ago. Young guard George Hill played well in Parker’s absence and should continue producing from a backup role.

The X factor for the Spurs, however, is the fact that, outside of maybe the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs are the most experienced team in the Western Conference. Duncan has won four NBA Championships. Parker and Ginobli have won three NBA Championships. Richard Jefferson has extensive playoff experience from his days with the New Jersey Nets.

The one thing that could stall the Spurs is their age and injury history. All of their main contributors have recent injury problems, and players like Duncan and Ginobli are old enough that they require more time to recover when they do suffer an injury. If anyone on the Spurs goes down with an injury, it would be a quick exit for San Antonio from the 2010 NBA Playoffs.

Mavericks vs. Spurs Conclusion

Which Dallas team is going to show up in the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs? Will it be the team that ran off a thirteen game winning streak (albeit only one of those wins was by more than 10 points)? Will it be the team that suffered an embarrassing 34 point loss to a very poor Knicks team?

The match up problems presented by the Spurs, coupled with the Mavericks’ fall to earth following their thirteen game win streak, could lead to a first round upset by the seven seed Spurs.

2010 NBA Playoffs Prediction: Spurs defeat Mavericks, 4-3


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2010 NBA Playoff Bracket Overview

The 2010 NBA playoff bracket took a while to sort. But now, the NBA playoff bracket is in place and will soon be whittled down. Virtually all year, teams fought to avoid playing the likes of Cleveland, Los Angeles and Orlando for as long as possible. Some clubs avoided that last night in the regular season finale, yet others weren’t so lucky. Now some franchises have a clearer road to the later rounds – or so they hope – while others have it rough to start off. With the 2010 NBA playoff bracket set up, teams and fans will try to figure out the best possible road ahead to the championship.

In the Eastern Conference first round, at least two first round series’ are expected to be lopsided. Chief among them is the Cleveland-Chicago series, as the Cavaliers are expected to treat the Bulls like a JV team. The Cavs need to win it all now to keep LeBron James around, while the Bulls barely got in after an underachieving series.

Even if the Cavaliers breeze by, the 2010 NBA playoff bracket might not really test them until the conference finals. They are on target for a conference finals rematch with the Magic, who beat them after they were perfect in the first two rounds last year. Orlando is also expected to get by easily on their first step back, as they face playoff newcomer Charlotte.

Atlanta got a break in the NBA playoff bracket since they wouldn’t face Cleveland in round two. But if the Hawks defeat the Bucks in round one, they might not have it easier against the Magic. However, a bigger Eastern Conference semifinal may be the Cavaliers against the Celtics – assuming Boston can overcome Dwayne Wade and Miami.

In the Western Conference, the 2010 NBA playoff bracket went down to the wire. Although the Lakers are still the heavy favorite, every other rival has won 50 games. However, Oklahoma City got the short end, and has to face Los Angeles first.

If the Lakers get by, they would face either Denver or Utah, which both could have placed higher. Instead, the Nuggets dropped to fourth, although they won their division, while the Jazz could have gone as high as second, but dropped to fifth last night.

The other side of the West 2010 NBA playoff bracket is luckier, since they can avoid the Lakers until the conference finals. The Mavericks finally won the second seed, and get to face old playoff rival San Antonio. Meanwhile, the rising Suns will start off against the Trail Blazers, who have to go without Brandon Roy for a while.

The next several weeks will have countless potential NBA playoffs match ups – although it is a Cavaliers-Lakers final that everyone will project. But the 2010 NBA playoff bracket could shatter those hopes, like last year’s bracket did. Fans won’t know until the actual games begin this weekend.


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2010 NFL Draft Preview: Jahvid Best

Jahvid Best is the 5’10 185lb junior running back out of California. ranks him as the 34th ranked player in the draft, the third best running back in the draft and a five-star prospect. It looks like Jahvid Best will be taken in the second round. Best talent in the second round would be a steal.

Jahvid Best’s Strengths

1) Jahvid Best is a threat to score. At California Jahvid scored 12 touchdowns his junior season on only 141 carries.

2) Best has speed. According to’s Chris Steuber he “turned in the fastest 40 (4.35) of any running back.”

3) He is first round talent who may be available in the late first round or second round.

Jahvid Best’s Weaknesses

1) Best has not proofed he is a durable back in college and it remains to be seen if he can be a durable back at the next level.

2) Questions remain if he can be a featured back in the NFL.

3) Best coming out as a junior may hurt is draft position. He lost a season where he potentially could have answered questions about his durability and featured back potential on the field. However, he could have came back and got injured or next year’s draft could have more running backs.

Jahvid Best will be drafted by The Detroit Lions in the second round with the 34th pick.

Jahvid Best did have a strong showing at the combine. He could slip into the first round. He would make since for the Chargers to take with the 28th pick. Best being a California college product. However, I am thinking the Detroit Lions taking Jahvid with the second pick in the second round makes more since. The Lions would take the best available player to fill a need with the number two pick in the first round. In the second round the Lions would try to fill a need for a running back by selecting Best. It is possible the Saint Louis Rams could select him with the 33rd pick. If he slips past the Rams and Lions in the second round several other teams would be interested in Jahvid Best.

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2010 NFL Draft: Final Results

From Sam Bradford to Tim Toone, here are all 255 players chosen in the 2010 NFL Draft.

2010 NFL Draft Selections
April 22-24 at New York
(x-compensatory selection)

1. St. Louis: Sam Bradford, qb, Oklahoma
2. Detroit: Ndamukong Suh, dt, Nebraska
3. Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy, dt, Oklahoma
4. Washington: Trent Williams, ot, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City: Eric Berry, db, Tennessee
6. Seattle: Russell Okung, ot, Oklahoma State
7. Cleveland: Joe Haden, db, Florida
8. Oakland: Rolando McClain, lb, Alabama
9. Buffalo: C.J. Spiller, rb, Clemson
10. Jacksonville: Tyson Alualu, dt, California
11. San Francisco (from Chicago through Denver): Anthony Davis, ot, Rutgers
12. San Diego (from Miami): Ryan Mathews, rb, Fresno State
13. Philadelphia (from San Francisco through Denver): Brandon Graham, de, Michigan
14. Seattle (from Denver): Earl Thomas, db, Texas
15. New York Giants: Jason Pierre-Paul, de, South Florida
16. Tennessee: Derrick Morgan, de, Georgia Tech
17. San Francisco (from Carolina): Mike Iupati, g, Idaho
18. Pittsburgh: Maurkice Pouncey, c, Florida
19. Atlanta: Sean Weatherspoon, lb, Missouri
20. Houston: Kareem Jackson, db, Alabama.h
21. Cincinnati: Jermaine Gresham, te, Oklahoma
22. Denver (from New England): Demaryius Thomas, wr, Georgia Tech
23. Green Bay: Brian Bulaga, ot, Iowa
24. Dallas (from Philadelphia through Denver and New England): Dez Bryant, wr, Oklahoma State
25. Denver (from Baltimore:): Tim Tebow, qb, Florida
26. Arizona: Dan Williams, dt, Tennessee
27. New England (from Dallas): Devin McCourty, db, Rutgers
28. Miami (from San Diego): Jared Odrick, dt, Penn State
29. New York Jets: Kyle Wilson, db, Boise State
30. Detroit (from Minnesota): Jahvid Best, rb, California
31. Indianapolis: Jerry Hughes, de, TCU
32. New Orleans: Patrick Robinson, db, Florida State

33. St. Louis: Rodger Saffold, ot, Indiana
34. Minnesota (from Detroit): Chris Cook, db, Virginia
35. Tampa Bay: Brian Price, dt, UCLA
36. Kansas City: Dexter McCluster, rb, Mississippi
37. Philadelphia (from Washington): Nate Allen, db, South Florida
38. Cleveland: T.J. Ward, db, Oregon
39. Tampa Bay (from Oakland): Arrelious Benn, wr, Illinois
40. Miami (from Seattle through San Diego): Koa Misi, lb, Utah
41. Buffalo: Torell Troup, dt, UCF
42. New England (from Chicago through Tampa Bay and Oakland): Rob Gronkowski, te, Arizona
43. Baltimore: (from Miami through Denver): Sergio Kindle, lb, Texas
44. Oakland (from Jacksonville through New England): Lamarr Houston: dt, Texas
45. Denver: Zane Beadles, ot, Utah
46. New York Giants: Linval Joseph, dt, East Carolina
47. Arizona (from Tennessee through New England): Daryl Washington: lb, TCU
48. Carolina: Jimmy Clausen, qb, Notre Dame
49. San Francisco: Taylor Mays, db, Southern Cal
50. Kansas City (from Atlanta): Javier Arenas, db, Alabama
51. Minnesota (from Houston): Toby Gerhart, rb, Stanford
52. Pittsburgh: Jason Worilds, lb, Virginia Tech
53. New England: Jermaine Cunningham, de, Florida
54. Cincinnati: Carlos Dunlap, de, Florida
55. Dallas (from Philadelphia): Sean Lee, lb, Penn State
56. Green Bay: Mike Neal, de, Purdue
57. Baltimore: Terrence Cody, dt, Alabama
58. Houston (from Arizona through New England): Ben Tate, rb, Auburn
59. Cleveland (from Dallas through Philadelphia): Montario Hardesty, rb, Tennessee
60. Seattle (from San Diego): Golden Tate, wr, Notre Dame
61. New York Jets: Vladimir Ducasse, ot, Massachusetts
62. New England (from Minnesota through Houston): Brandon Spikes, lb, Florida
63. Indianapolis: Pat Angerer, lb, Iowa
64. New Orleans: Charles Brown, ot, Southern Cal

65. St. Louis: Jerome Murphy, db, South Florida
66. Detroit: Amari Spievey, db, Iowa
67. Tampa Bay: Myron Lewis, db, Vanderbilt
68. Kansas City: Jon Asamoah, g, Illinois
69. Oakland: Jared Veldheer, ot, Hillsdale
70. Baltimore (from Seattle through Philadelphia and Denver): Ed Dickson, te, Oregon
71. Green Bay (from Cleveland through Philadelphia): Morgan Burnett, db, Georgia Tech
72. Buffalo: Alex Carrington, de, Arkansas State
73. Miami: John Jerry, g, Mississippi
74. Jacksonville: D’Anthony Smith, dt, Louisiana Tech
75. Chicago: Major Wright, db, Florida
76. New York Giants: Chad Jones, db, LSU
77. Tennessee: Damian Williams, wr, Southern Cal
78. Carolina: Brandon LaFell, wr, LSU
79. San Diego (from San Francisco): Donald Butler, lb, Washington
80. Denver: J.D. Walton, c, Baylor
81. Houston: Earl Mitchell, dt, Arizona
82. Pittsburgh: Emmanuel Sanders, wr, SMU
83. Atlanta: Corey Peters, dt, Kentucky
84. Cincinnati: Jordan Shipley, wr, Texas
85. Cleveland (from New England through Oakland): Colt McCoy, qb, Texas
86. Philadelphia (from Green Bay): Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, de, Washington
87. Denver (from Philadelphia): Eric Decker, wr, Minnesota
88. Arizona (from Baltimore:): Andre Roberts, wr, The Citadel
89. Carolina (from Arizona through New England): Armanti Edwards, wr, Appalachian State
90. New England (from Dallas): Taylor Price, wr, Ohio
91. San Francisco (from San Diego): Navorro Bowman, lb, Penn State
92. Cleveland (from New York Jets): Shawn Lauvao, g, Arizona State
93. Kansas City (from Minnesota through Houston): Tony Moeaki, te, Iowa
94. Indianapolis: Kevin Thomas, db, Southern Cal
95. New Orleans: Jimmy Graham, te, Miami
96. x-Cincinnati: Brandon Ghee, db, Wake Forest
97. x-Tennessee: Rennie Curran, lb, Georgia
98. x-Atlanta: Mike Johnson, g, Alabama

99. St. Louis: Mardy Gilyard, wr, Cincinnati
100. Minnesota (from Detroit): Everson Griffen, de, Southern Cal
101. Tampa Bay: Mike Williams, wr, Syracuse
102. Houston (from Kansas City): Darryl Sharpton, lb, Miami
103. Washington: Perry Riley, lb, LSU
104. Tennessee (from Seattle): Alterraun Verner, db, UCLA
105. Philadelphia (from Cleveland): Trevard Lindley, db, Kentucky
106. Oakland: Bruce Campbell, dt, Maryland
107. Buffalo: Marcus Easley, wr, Connecticut
108. Oakland (from Jacksonville): Jacoby Ford, wr, Clemson
109. Chicago: Corey Wootton, de, Northwestern
110. San Diego (from Miami): Darrell Stuckey, db, Kansas
111. Seattle (from Tennessee): Walter Thurmond, db, Oregon
112. New York Jets (from Carolina): Joe McKnight, rb, Southern Cal
113. New England (from San Francisco through Denver): Aaron Hernandez, te, Florida
114. Baltimore (from Denver): Dennis Pitta, te, BYU
115. New York Giants: Phillip Dillard, lb, Nebraska
116. Pittsburgh: Thaddeus Gibson, lb, Ohio State
117. Atlanta: Joe Hawley, c, UNLV
118. Houston: Garrett Graham, te, Wisconsin
119. Miami (from New England through Dallas): A.J. Edds, lb, Iowa
120. Cincinnati: Geno Atkins, dt, Georgia
121. Philadelphia: Keenan Clayton, lb, Oklahoma
122. Philadelphia (from Green Bay): Mike Kafka, qb, Northwestern
123. New Orleans (from Baltimore through Arizona): Al Woods, dt, LSU
124. Carolina (from Arizona through N.Y. Jets): Eric Norwood, de, South Carolina
125. Philadelphia (from Dallas): Clay Harbor, te, Missouri State
126. Dallas (from San Diego through Miami): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, db, Indiana, Pa
127. Seattle (from N.Y. Jets through Philadelphia): E.J. Wilson, de, North Carolina
128. Detroit (from Minnesota): Jason Fox, ot, Miami
129. Indianapolis: Jacques McClendon, g, Tennessee
130. Arizona (from New Orleans): O’Brien Schofield, lb, Wisconsin
131. x-Cincinnati: Rodderick Muckelroy, lb, Texas

132. St. Louis: Michael Hoomanawanui, te, Illinois
133. Seattle (from Detroit): Kam Chancellor, db, Virginia Tech
134. Philadelphia (from Tampa Bay through Cleveland): Ricky Sapp, de, Clemson
135. Atlanta (from Washington through St. Louis): Dominque Franks, db, Oklahoma
136. Kansas City: Kendrick Lewis, db, Mississippi
137. Denver (from Cleveland through Philadelphia): Perrish Cox, db, Oklahoma State
138. Oakland: Walter McFadden, db, Auburn
139. New York Jets (from Seattle): John Conner, rb, Kentucky
140. Buffalo: Ed Wang, ot, Virginia Tech
141. Chicago: Joshua Moore, db, Kansas State
142. Kansas City (from Miami): Cameron Sheffield, lb, Troy
143. Jacksonville: Larry Hart, de, Central Arkansas
144. Houston (from Carolina through Kansas City): Sherrick McManis, db, Northwestern
145. Miami (from San Francisco): Nolan Carroll, de, Maryland
146. San Diego (from Denver through Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia): Cam Thomas, dt, North Carolina
147. New York Giants: Nick Petrus, g, Arkansas
148. Tennessee: Robert Johnson, db, Utah
149. St. Louis (from Atlanta): Hall Davis, de, Louisiana-Lafayette
150. New England (from Houston): Zoltan Mesko, p, Michigan
151. Pittsburgh: Chris Scott, ot, Tennessee
152. Cincinnati: Otis Hudson, g, Eastern Illinois
153. Jacksonville (from New England through Tampa Bay and Oakland): Austen Lane, de, Murray State
154. Green Bay: Andrew Quarless, te, Penn State
155. Arizona (from Philadelphia through N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh): John Skelton, qb, Fordham
156. Baltimore: David Reed, wr, Utah
157. Baltimore: (from Arizona): Arthur Jones, dt, Syracuse
158. New Orleans (from Dallas through New England, Denver, Oakland and Jacksonville): Matt Tennant, c, Boston College
159. Philadelphia (from San Diego): Riley Cooper, wr, Florida
160. Cleveland (from New York Jets): Larry Asante, de, Nebraska
161. Minnesota: Chris DeGeare, g, Wake Forest
162. Indianapolis: Brody Eldridge, te, Oklahoma
163. Miami (from New Orleans through Philadelphia, St. Louis and Washington): Reshad Jones, db, Georgia
164. x-Pittsburgh: Crezdon Butler, db, Clemson
165. x-Atlanta: Kerry Meier, wr, Kansas
166. x-Pittsburgh: Stevenson Sylvester, lb, Utah
167. x-Minnesota: Nate Triplett, lb, Minnesota
168. x-San Diego: Jonathan Crompton, qb, Tennessee
169. x-Green Bay: Marshall Newhouse, ot, TCU

170. St. Louis: Fendi Onobun, te, Houston
171. Atlanta (from Detroit): Shann Schillinger, db, Montana
172. Tampa Bay: Brent Bowden, p, Virginia Tech
173. San Francisco (from Kansas City through Miami and San Diego): Anthony Dixon, rb, Mississippi State
174. Washington (from Washington through Miami): Dennis Morris, te, Louisiana Tech
175. Carolina (from Oakland): Greg Hardy, de, Mississippi
176. Tennessee (from Seattle): Rusty Smith, qb, Florida Atlantic
177. Cleveland: Carlton Mitchell, wr, South Florida
178. Buffalo: Arthur Moats, lb, James Madison
179. Dallas (from Miami): Sam Young, ot, Notre Dame
180. Jacksonville: Deji Karim, rb, Southern Illinois
181. Chicago: Dan Lefevour, qb, Central Michigan
182. San Francisco: Nate Byham, te, Pittsburgh
183. Denver: Eric Olsen, g, Notre Dame
184. New York Giants: Adrian Tracy, lb, William & Mary
185. Seattle (from Tennessee): Anthony McCoy, te, Southern Cal
186. Cleveland (from Carolina): Clifton Geathers, de, South Carolina
187. Houston: Shelley Smith, g, Colorado State
188. Pittsburgh: Jonathan Dwyer, rb, Georgia Tech
189. St. Louis (from Atlanta): Eugene Sims, de, West Texas A&M
190. Oakland (from New England): Travis Goethel, lb, Arizona State
191. Cincinnati: Dezmon Briscoe, wr, Kansas
192. Buffalo (from Philadelphia): Danny Batten, lb, South Dakota State
193. Green Bay: James Starks, rb, Buffalo
194. Baltimore: Ramon Harewood, ot, Morehouse
195. Pittsburgh (from Arizona): Antonio Brown, wr, Central Michigan
196. Dallas: Jamar Wall, db, Texas Tech
197. Houston (from San Diego): Trindon Holliday, kr, LSU
198. Carolina (from New York Jets): David Gettis, wr, Baylor
199. Minnesota: Joe Webb, wr, UAB
200. Philadelphia (from Indianapolis): Charles Scott, rb, LSU
201. Arizona (from New Orleans): Jorrick Calvin, db, Troy
202. x-Carolina: Jordan Pugh, db, Texas A&M
203. x-Jacksonville: Scotty McGee, kr, James Madison
204. x-Carolina: Tony Pike, qb, Cincinnati
205. x-New England: Ted Larsen, c, N.C. State
206. x-San Francisco: Kyle Williams, wr, Arizona State
207. x-Tennessee: Myron Rolle, db, Florida State

208. New England (from St. Louis through Washington): Thomas Welch, ot, Vanderbilt
209. Buffalo (from Detroit): Levi Brown, qb, Troy
210. Tampa Bay: Cody Grimm, db, Virginia Tech
211. St. Louis (from Washington): Marquis Johnson, db, Alabama
212. Miami (from Kansas City): Chris McCoy, lb, Middle Tennessee
213. Detroit (from Seattle): Willie Young, de, N.C. State
214. Minnesota (from Cleveland through Detroit): Mickey Shuler, te, Penn State
215. Oakland: Jeremy Ware, db, Michigan State
216. Buffalo: Kyle Calloway, g, Iowa
217. Tampa Bay (from Jacksonville): Dekoda Watson, lb, Florida State
218. Chicago: J’Marcus Webb, ot, West Texas A&M
219. Washington (from Miami): Terrence Austin, wr, UCLA
220. Philadelphia (from Denver through Detroit): Jamar Chaney, lb, Mississippi State
221. New York Giants: Matt Dodge, p, East Carolina
222. Tennessee: Marc Mariani, wr, Montana
223. Carolina: R.J. Stanford, db, Utah
224. San Francisco: Phillip Adams, db, South Carolina State
225. Denver (from Pittsburgh through Tamp Bay): Syd’Quan Thompson, db, California
226. St. Louis (from Atlanta): George Selvie, de, South Florida
227. Houston: Dorin Dickerson, wr, Pittsburgh
228. Cincinnati: Reggie Stephens, c, Iowa State
229. Washington (from New England): Erik Cook, c, New Mexico
230. Green Bay: C.J. Wilson, de, East Carolina
231. Washington (from Philadelphia through New England, Denver and New England): Selvish Capers, ot, West Virginia
232. Denver (from Baltimore through Tampa Bay): Jammie Kirlew, lb, Indiana
233. Arizona: Jim Dray, te, Stanford
234. Dallas: Sean Lissemore, dt, William & Mary
235. San Diego: Dedrick Epps, te, Miami
236. Seattle (from New York Jets): Dexter Davis, lb, Arizona State
237. Minnesota: Ryan D’Imperio, rb, Rutgers
238. Indianapolis: Ricardo Mathews, de, Cincinnati
239. New Orleans: Sean Canfield, qb, Oregon State
240. x-Indianapolis: Kavell Conner, lb, Clemson
241. x-Tennessee: David Howard, dt, Brown
242. x-Pittsburgh: Doug Worthington, de, Ohio State
243. x-Philadelphia: Jeff Owens, dt, Georgia
244. x-Philadelphia: Kurt Coleman, db, Ohio State
245. x-Seattle: Jameson Konz, wr, Kent State
246. x-Indianapolis: Ray Fisher, db, Indiana
247. x-New England: Brandon Deaderick, de, Alabama
248. x-New England: Kade Weston, dt, Georgia
249. x-Carolina: Robert McClain, db, Connecticut
250. x-New England: Zac Robinson, qb, Oklahoma State
251. x-Oakland: Stevie Brown, db, Michigan
252. x-Miami: Austin Spitler, lb, Ohio State
253. x-Tampa Bay: Eric Lorig, de, Stanford
254. x-St. Louis: Josh Hull, lb, Penn State
255. x-Detroit: Tim Toone, wr, Weber State.

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2010 NFL Draft: Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh is projected to be one of the first two defensive tackles selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. Despite playing defensive tackle, Suh was a Heisman finalist in 2009. Many analysts project Suh to be the first overall pick of the draft. Are they overreacting?

Ndamukong Suh’s Strengths
Ndamukong Suh may be the best player in the 2010 NFL draft. Unless a team is wanting to trade down to acquire more picks, any team would be smart to take Suh, even if it were just for defensive line depth

At 6’4″ and 300 pounds, Suh will be able to play any position on the defensive line other than possibly nose tackle. Suh also played in a professional style defense while at Nebraska, so he should be more prepared to play immediately.

Suh is strong, athletic, versatile, great character, intelligent, and has great potential.. Suh is strong in essentially every area.

Ndamukong Suh’s Weaknesses
Some scouts question his pass rushing and athletic ability when comparing him to Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. After securing 4½ sacks against the Texas Longhorns in the Big XII Championship and having the highest vertical leap at the combine, this seems like scouts just stretching to find a weakness with Suh.

Can’t blame them for stretching; there aren’t many weaknesses. Having almost won the 2009 Heisman award being a defensive tackle demonstrates that. The one thing that may be of concern with Suh is injuries. He was injured occasionally during his early college years, but he has avoided those injuries since. How well will he handle a full season of NFL football?

Ndamukong Suh will be drafted by the St. Louis Rams
Following a 1-15 season, Steve Spagnuolo will need to show improvement in his second season as St. Louis Rams head coach. The Rams have many needs, but unless they trade down, I would expect Spagnuolo to start building his defense. Ndamukong Suh is the perfect player to build around, and he will also have familiarity with Rams fans as he played college ball around that region (Big XII).

If Ndamukong Suh is not taken with the first pick, I will guarantee you that he will be selected by the Detroit Lions with the second pick. Jim Schwartz is one of the best defensive minds in the NFL and knows that the key to a great defense is the pressure up front. As the Lions signed Corey Williams and Kyle Vander Bosch on the first day of free agency, Schwartz has proven that improving the defensive front his is main priority. Adding Ndamukong Suh to Vander Bosch and Williams will improve the Lion’s defense dramatically.

Ndamukong Suh Final Review
Ndamukong Suh is the surest thing in the 2010 NFL draft. Great character, great ability, few weaknesses, and can play any position on the defensive line other than nose tackle in a 3-4. Ndamukong Suh will serve as a phenomenal building piece to any team that selects him for their defense.

Rick Stroud, “Ndamukong Suh.” St. Petersburg Times. March 2, 2010. March 6, 2010.

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2010 NFL Hall of Fame Candidates and Predictions

The 2010 NFL Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in Miami, Florida, Saturday, February 6th. There are 15 nominees and two nominees being voted on by the veterans committee. The following breaks down each nominee with links to their NFL career highlights and stats.

Wide Receiver Jerry Rice-1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2000-2004 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks.
Jerry Rice is a lock to get into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The all-time greatest wide receiver in NFL history, Rice was a lock for the Football Hall of Fame five years before he retired. Rice left the NFL in 2004 with 22,895 yards and 23,540 all purpose yards and 208 touchdowns.

The numbers are staggering but the intangibles that Jerry Rice brought to his team, with his back breaking work ethic and ability to mentor young players like Terrell Owens, was invaluable. Rice ended up with three super bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and played in one more Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders. Rice gets into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame first vote.

Running Back Emmitt Smith-1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-2004 Arizona Cardinals.
Emmitt Smith is another lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not only because of his past accomplishments
but his leadership of the Dallas Cowboys during their Super Bowl era. On October 27, 2002, Smith surpassed Walter Payton’s All-Time NFL Leading Rushing Record of 16,726 yards to become the NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher. Smith ended with 18,355 yards in his career. Smith will make it into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame first vote.

Wide Receiver-Kick Returner Tim Brown – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This is Tim Brown’s first opportunity to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and should be elected this year. The only problem is with Rice going in and a swell of support for Chris Carter to make it in this ballot, Brown may be squeezed out. Brown was not only one of the five best wide receivers in the NFL, he also was possibly the best kick returner in the history of the NFL.

Tim Brown not only was a force in the NFL playing for the Oakland Raiders he also won a Heisman Trophy in 1987 playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Brown’s NFL final stats of note were 100 touchdowns, 1070 receptions and 14,734 yards. If Brown is not elected this year he is destined to make it into Canton soon. Doubtful for this years induction to the 2010 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame but definitely deserving.

Wide Receiver Cris Carter – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins.
Cris Carter was most famous during his Minnesota Viking years. Not only was Carter a force on that team but Carter was instrumental in developing his replacement, Randy Moss. Carter has always been a mentor to wide receivers throughout the NFL, something he continues to do.

Carter’s stats are indisputable, his 130 touchdowns and 1101 receptions to go with his 13,899 yards will stand the test of time. Carter was another receiver that knew that he had to work extra hard to make up for his lack of speed. Carter was the model for a possession receiver in the 90’s. Carter will make it into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame on this ballot and Carter’s speech will be the most emotional at the induction ceremony.

Coach Don Coryell – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-86 San Diego Chargers
Don Coryell, the man that created Air Coryell changed football in the 70’s going into the 80’s. Coryell was a great coach but ended with a record of 111-83 in the regular season but his record in the playoffs was a less than earth shattering 3-6. Coryell will not make the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Maybe on veteran’s committee some day.

Running Back Roger Craig – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings.
Roger Craig was a key to San Francisco’s Super Bowl run in the 80’s but did he do enough over his career to justify election into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame? The numbers are what most voters will look at when it comes to judging Craig and they just aren’t there. 56 touchdowns on 1889 carries for 8,189 yards just don’t add up.

What the voters will have to remember is that Craig was one of the first running backs that was a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. In 1985 Craig was the first back ever to rush for over 1000 yards and receive for over 1000 yards in the same season. Craig ended up with 4,911 yards receiving in his career and 17 receiving touchdowns. Craig is borderline, with Emmitt Smith going in Craig may have to wait until 2011 to get voted in to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Center Dermontti Dawson – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Centers usually don’t get in on the first few tries. Dawson was not in Pittsburgh for the glory years either. Dawson has been nominated since 2006 and has yet to get in. More than likely he will fall to the veteran’s committee to have to get elected.

Defensive End Richard Dent – 1983-93, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles.
Richard Dent has been gone since 1997 but those that remember him know he was a monster coming across the line. Dent had double-digit sacks in eight seasons, 17.5 in 1984. For those who may not remember Dent, his memory was invoked in the Texas-Nebraska big 12 Championship Game. The way Ndamukong Suh dominated the Texas offensive line was the way Dent manhandled offensive lineman in the NFL at the peak of his career. Dent ended up with 137.5 sacks in his 14 years in the NFL. Dent will get elected to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Offensive Guard Russ Grimm – 1981-91 Washington Redskins.
Russ Grimm has been here before, the former hog from the famous Washington Redskin line, may be the most famous of the bunch. Now focusing on his coaching career, Grimm hasn’t campaigned for the honor much and he may end up falling to the veteran’ committee later.Grimm has played in four Super Bowls and five NFC Championship Games. Grimm won’t make the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Defensive End-Outside Linebacker Charles Haley – 1986-91, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys.
Charles Haley was a force on the 49ers defensive line in the late 80’s and ended his career with 100.5 sacks. Haley’s best year was 1990 when he had 16 sacks. Haley was an intimidating force for the 49ers and also with the Dallas Cowboys later. Dent will get in for 2010 so maybe Haley will make the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011..

Linebacker Rickey Jackson – 1981-93 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers.
Rickey Jackson toiled with the New Orleans Saints before their glory years, but he did bring a winning attitude and desire to play hard to the New Orleans Saints. Jackson developed into one of the premier linebackers of his day and finished his career with the San Francisco 49ers and was rewarded with his first and only Super Bowl ring. Jackson is a good long shot to make the probable six that will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Defensive Tackle Cortez Kennedy – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks.
Cortez Kennedy was a solid defensive tackle for his ten years in the NFL playing for the Seattle Seahawks. There wasn’t much help for Kennedy so he was double teamed a majority of the time. His career ended with 58 sacks, but he was feared around the NFL while he was in his prime. Kennedy will not be elected to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and will probably have to go through the veteran’s committee.

Defensive Tackle John Randle – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks.
John Randle was a vocal member of the Minnesota Vikings during a time when the Vikings were a force in the NFL. The 1998 season, Minnesota went 15-1 and lost a heart breaker in the NFL Conference Championship. That season, Randle had 10.5 sacks and in his career had nine seasons with double-digit sacks amassing 139 sacks in his career. Randle may make it into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame the next few years but not this year.

Wide Receiver Andre Reed – 1985-99 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins.
Andre Reed has been getting denied for a few years now and 2010 has a lot of wide receivers with good chances to get in. The number that will hinder Reed for the next couple of years will be 951. Redd never achieved the magic 1000 receptions that the receivers going in ahead of him have. Also the 87 touchdowns is behind all three receivers in this class. Reed will not be elected to the 2010 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Shannon Sharpe Tight End – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens.
Shannon Sharpe was a ground breaker for the tight end position. Like Kellen Winslow before him, Sharpe was a great blocking tight end that had great hands also. Three seasons of over 1000 yards receiving and over 10,000 yards receiving in his career. There is no reason Sharpe should not be in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, unfortunately he probably will have to wait until 2011.

The Seniors Committee nominees:

Dick LeBeau-1959-1972 Detroit Lions.
Dick LeBeau is currently the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers but back in the 60’s he roamed the secondary with reckless abandon. LeBeau had 62 interceptions and nine interceptions in 1970 two seasons before he called it quits. LeBeau has gathered support in the NFL and look for this to be his year. LeBeau will make the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Floyd Little-1967-1975 Denver Broncos.
Floyd Little was another pioneer at running back that not only was a great rusher in the NFL but was a solid threat to catch a ball coming out of the back field. Little’s numbers are hard to crunch against today’s backs. It is always possible for the veteran’s to surprise every one and try to push both nominees into the 2010 Class but don’t count on it. Little will not make it in with the 2010 class, NFL veterans will consider him next year though.

Summary of who is in:
Jerry Rice
Emmitt Smith
Richard Dent
Dick LeBeau
two others possible-
Tim Brown
Rickey Jackson

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2010 NFL Draft Preview: Anthony McCoy

Anthony McCoy is a 6’5 244lb Senior Tight End out of USC. The former Trojan is considered to be the sixth best tight end in the 2010 NFL Draft and a four-star prospect by McCoy has the tools to be a successful tight end in the NFL.

Anthony McCoy’s Strengths

1) Anthony was coached at USC by Pete Carroll now the Seattle Seahawks head coach. McCoy in essence received NFL quality coaching in college.

2) According to Frank Cooney of CBS Sports, “some think McCoy has the potential to be the most complete player in this year’s excellent class of tight ends.”

3) Cooney states McCoy “has soft hands as a receiver.”

4) Frank describes McCoy as a “ferocious and relentless as a blocker.”

Anthony McCoy’s Weakness

1) According to Chuck Schilken, “multiple sources are reporting that USC tight end Anthony McCoy tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February.” This could appear as a character flaw. It could also be a dumb mistake and perhaps he wasn’t knowledgeable enough to expect a drug test at the combine.

2) According to Cooney, “McCoy was declared academically ineligible to take part in the Emerald City Bowl.” Again a mistake by McCoy you keep yourself eligible to play in the big games.

3) Cooney states Anthony “is slow off the line.”

Anthony McCoy will be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round

Anthony McCoy was probably slotted to be a third round draft pick in the NFL draft. However, testing positive for marijuana is not going to help McCoy’s draft position. Yes, McCoy could still go in the third or earlier in the fourth. The Saint Louis Rams and several other teams could use a tight end. McCoy’s value as a fourth round pick would be strong.


Chuck Schilken L.A. Times Blog

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2010 NFL Draft: 10 Sleeper Picks

The 2010 NFL Draft is just around the corner and the speculation of who is going to get taken in the first round is widely debated on the Internet. While most people are debating who takes Jimmy Clausen, this article is going to focus on some lesser name players that have a shot at making an impact at the NFL level. Some of these 2010 NFL sleepers might not get drafted at all while others will hear their names called late in the draft.

10 2010 NFL Draft Sleepers

#1 2010 NFL Draft Sleeper: Armanti Edwards QB Appalachian State

Armanti Edwards lacks the size to get much attention by the NFL draft scouts at 5’11” and 185 pounds. Edwards is a tremendous athlete who should post a 40 time around 4.5. Edwards has thrown for over 10,000 yards to go along with 74 touchdowns during his college career. He has the stats and athletic ability to be a top sleeper team that could get drafted late in the 2010 NFL Draft.

#2 2010 NFL Draft Sleeper: Curtis Steele RB Memphis

Curtis Steele rushed for over 1200 yards in 2009 to go along with 15 touchdowns. Steele has a slashing rushing style with some explosive ability. The smaller back might get a look late in the 2010 NFL Draft. Many teams have seen what a smaller sized rusher in Ray Rice has done for Baltimore and might be willing to role the dice on a player like Curtis Steele.

#3 2010 NFL Draft Sleeper: Clay Harbor TE/FB Missouri State

Clay Harbor played tight end at a small conference but his talent can not be ignored. Harbor projects to be a versatile NFL player that could either play fullback or tight end. Harbor has great hands and would be a threat to catch the ball playing either position. The question with Harbor is his blocking ability but he impressed many with his blocking both in practice and during the Texas vs the Nation game. Look for Harbor to get his name called sometime during the later rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.

#4 2010 NFL Draft Sleeper: Ted Randolph TE Wake Forest

Randolph has more size than the previously mentioned Harbor at 6’4″ and 260 pounds. The strength of Randolph’s game is his blocking. I watched some film highlights of Randolph at Wake Forest and this kid can block. Randolph did not get much opportunity to showcase his abilities in college and the challenge for him is going to be proving he is capable of playing at the next level. If given the opportunity, Randolph could give an NFL team a good sized athlete capable of playing special teams and the upside of developing into a solid NFL tight end.

UPDATE 5/6/10

Ted Randolph was not selected in the 2010 NFL Draft but remains a solid sleeper pick for an NFL team looking for a special team player that could develop into a NFL Tight End. Check out this block Ted laid on a Clemson player.

Ted Randolph Block

#5 2010 NFL Draft Sleeper: Stephen Williams WR Toledo

Stephen Williams has had over 70 catches three straight years for Toledo and has the hands to make an impact at the NFL level. Williams showcased his talent the first game of the season with a 15 catch, two touchdown performance against Purdue. At 6’5″, Williams has the size to play at the next level. Look for a team to grab Williams late in the 2010 NFL Draft.

5 More 2010 NFL Draft Sleepers

#6 Tony Washington OT Abilene Christian
#7 James Mallory RB Central Connecticut State
#8 Billy Cundiff QB Ashland
#9 Chris Carter WR UC Davis
#10 Lonyae Miller RB Fresno State

The NFL Draft is a great time for many sports enthusiasts as they watch for their favorite team to call the next player. Every year players drafted late in the draft and even some not drafted make an impact at the NFL level. Any of these ten players could be the one that makes a difference in 2010.

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2010 NFL Free Agents: Best Players by Position

Free agents bring immediate parity to NFL teams, and have allowed basement dwellers from one season to become contenders the next. However, free agents aren’t always the solution, and teams like the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders have certainly made a name for themselves by signing one free agent bust after another. However, when approached in a methodical and analytical manner, some of these free agents can pay huge dividends. The players who make up this year’s top free agents are in somewhat of a conundrum. If the NFL doesn’t resolve it’s collective bargaining dispute with the player’s association, then many of these unrestricted free agents will have their rights revoked and be relegated to restricted free agents. The difference is that teams with restricted free agents can match any other offer for the player and retain their rights. So, until the current situation is resolved, we’ll just look at the top available free agents, in no particular order- restricted or unrestricted.

Top Quarterback: Jason Campbell – Washington Redskins

2009 stats: 3,618 yards, 20 Touchdowns – 15 interceptions, 64.5% completion percentage, 86.4% quarterback rating

An original first round draft choice of the Washington Redskins out of Auburn University in the 2005 draft, Jason Campbell has been through 4 offensive systems in 5 years in Washington. In fact, only once in his career has Jason Campbell actually played in the same offense for more than 1 year. Now, with a new head coach in Washington, they might just assume go in a new direction at the quarterback position. Despite the constant uncertainty in Washington, a weak offensive line, a poor offensive system that doesn’t match his strengths, Jason Campbell has improved every aspect of his game every year he’s been in the league. His quarterback rating, completion percentage, yards thrown, and touchdown to interception ratio, have improved year over year. There are plenty of teams in need of an experienced quarterback – especially one with exposure to so many different offensive philosophies. Give Campbell the time, and he’ll produce.

Remaining 3 high value free agent quarterbacks
Kellen Clemens: New York Jets
Tavaris Jackson: Minnesota Vikings
Chad Pennington: Miami Dolphins

Top Running back: Ronnie Brown – Miami Dolphins

2009 stats: 147 attempts, 648 yards, 4.4 yard average, 8 Touchdowns, 14 receptions for 98 yards

Another player from Auburn, and Jason Campbell’s former teammate, Ronnie Brown was the second player picked in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. Ronnie Brown has been splitting carries with Ricky Williams in Miami, and had a season cut short in 2009, playing only 9 games. On pace for a Pro-Bowl season, it was once again cut short due to a foot injury. He is somewhat injury prone, and also had the 2007 season cut short with a knee injury. However, his experience in the Wildcat offense, his pass catching abilities, and good speed make him a hot free agent this coming offseason.

Remaining 3 high value free agent running Backs

Darren Sproles: San Diego Chargers
Cadillac Williams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Willie Parker: Pittsburgh Steelers

Top Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall – Denver Broncos

2009 stats: 101 receptions, 1120 yards, 11.1 yard average, 10 Touchdowns

Brandon Marshall is tall at 6 foot 4 inches and 230 lbs, fast, breaks tackles with ease, is hard to cover, and has phenomenal hands. However, he fell out of favor with Denver’s rookie head coach when he was questioned about an injury. In fact, Denver’s coach Josh McDaniels benched Marshall for the final game of the season. The reason was stated that Marshall was late for a therapy session on his hamstring. McDaniel believed Marshall was exaggerating the injury, which is somewhat surprising after Marshall had established an NFL record for receptions the week before with 21! In any case, it certainly doesn’t seem like Marshall will be returning to the Bronco’s next year. Anyone in need of a receiver with Terrell Owen’s size, and Randy Moss’s hands, would be well served to sign this big target.

Remaining 3 high value free agent wide receivers:

Vincent Jackson: San Diego Chargers
Miles Austin: Dallas Cowboys
Terrell Owens: Buffalo Bills

Top Tight End: Owen Daniels – Houston Texans

2009 stats: 40 catches, 519 yards, 5 touchdowns

Despite tearing his ACL and missing the entire second half of the 2009 season, Owen Daniels has still become one of the more consistent tight ends in the NFL. While not on par with Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez, and others, he’s still a solid producer and easily the best 2010 free agent tight end. His best season came in 2008 when he made the pro-bowl with 70 catches, 862 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not especially big at 6 foot 3 inches, there are bigger tight ends, but of them avaialbe in the 2010 free agent class that are better at getting open and off the line of scrimmage.

Remaining 3 high value free agent tight ends:

Tony Scheffer: Denver Broncos
Bo Scaife: Tennessee Titans
Alge Crumpler: Tennessee Titans

Top Offensive Lineman: Logan Mankins – New England Patriots

The pickings are slim at this position, but Mankins represents the best available offensive linemen in the 2010 free agency pool. A 2009 Pro-Bowl selection, and one time All-Pro in 2007, Mankin has had the benefit of playing for a perennial Super Bowl contender and a strict system under head coach Bill Belichick. However, New England has a history of building through the draft and being extremely wise with free agents. They may just assume let him go.

Remaining 3 high value free agent offensive lineman:

Jahri Evans: New Orleans Saints
Jared Gaither: Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Mawae: Tennessee Titans

Top Defensive Lineman: Julius Peppers – Carolina Panthers

2009 Stats: 42 Tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles

Perhaps the greatest defensive lineman in football in the last 10 years, Julius Peppers still has something left in his tank. At 30, and after signing a 1 year contract with Carolina in 2009, the team may be opting to allow him to go elsewhere, but it wouldn’t be smart if they did. In 8 seasons, Peppers has averaged 10 sacks a season and 3 forced fumbles. Teams just try and avoid him altogether, and he is considered one of the premier defensive ends in today’s NFL.

Remaining 3 high value free agent defensive lineman:

Marcus Spears: Dallas Cowboys
Elvis Dumervil: Denver Broncos
Vince Wilfork New England Patriots

Top Linebacker: Shawne Merriman – San Diego Chargers

2009 stats: 36 tackles, 4 sacks

The former 12th pick of the first round of the 2005 draft, Shawne Merriman’s last two season have been extremely difficult ones. After suffering torn knee ligaments in the 2008 season, Merriman was looking to rebound to his former self in 2009. However, it appears as if his recovery is far from over. It also doesn’t appear to be guaranteed that San Diego will sign the free agent, as they have questions to resolve with LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles at running back, and Sproles is a free agent as well. However, in three seasons (2005 to 2008) Merriman totaled more sacks than any defensive player in football with 39.5 and a high of 17 in 2006. If he can regain his form, he’ll be a valuable addition to any team that signs him.

Remaining 3 high value free agent linebackers:

Barrett Ruud: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rocky McIntosh: Washington Redskins
Kirk Morrison: Oakland Raiders

Top Defensive Back: Carlos Rogers – Washington Redskins

2009 stats: 36 tackles 0 interceptions

Sometimes he plays like a Pro-Bowl cornerback, and other times, well, he doesn’t. He’s never lived up to the potential of being a first round draft pick in the 2005 draft. He drops the easy interception, gets beat often on double moves, and gets caught staring at the quarterback after a 3 step drop, when his eyes should be on the receiver. He was benched for the last half of 2008, but played a like a Pro-Bowler before the benching. It’s hard to tell what Carlos Rogers can bring a team, but he’s certainly worth signing.

Remaining 3 high value free agent defensive backs:

Darren Sharper: New Orleans Saints
Antoine Bethea: Indianapolis Colts
Richard Marshall: Carolina Panthers

This year, perhaps more than ever before, is extremely difficult to gauge Free Agents. With the collective bargaining agreement yet to be re-signed, and unrestricted free agents that could immediately become restricted free agents, it really is difficult to see who will sign with whom and who will protect whom.

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