Today in Sports: 9/21/20 – 9/25/20

Vacation: was not around to write previews and reviews for these days. This will happen on occasion. Recap below:

9/21/20 – NFL: Las Vegas Raiders defeat New Orleans Saints 34-24 on Monday Night Football

9/22/20 – NBA: Denver Nuggets defeat Los Angeles Lakers 114-106 in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 2-1

9/23/20 – NBA: Miami Heat defeat Boston Celtics 112-109 in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat lead series 3-1

9/24/20 – NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 114-108 in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 3-1

9/25/20 – NBA: Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat 121-108 in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals – Heat lead series 3-2

Today in Sports: 9/20/20 Review

NFL: Week 2 scores

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 105-103 in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 2-0

What a game! What an ending! Anthony Davis hit a game-winning three at the buzzer to knock off the Denver Nuggets in game two of the Western Conference Finals. After a furious rally down the stretch led by one of the games’ clutchest players in Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis caught the baseline inbounds pass and rose up for an uncontested three. Mason Plumlee was on Davis, but ran himself into the pick set to get Davis open. It was a colossal mistake that Denver could not afford to make.

Game three of the Western Conference Finals will be on Tuesday at 6 PM PT on TNT.

Today in Sports: 9/20/20 Preview

NFL: Week 2 of the regular season!

NBA: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals

After winning the first game of this best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series, the Lakers are looking to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers dominated in game one, looking like the fresher and more talented basketball team. The Nuggets will need to make adjustments and get contributions outside of their stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

The Nuggets have been comfortable coming from behind in previous playoff series, but they have not faced a team as talented as the Los Angeles Lakers. They cannot afford to foul as carelessly as they did in game one, and will need to hope for a better whistle from the referees in order to have a chance of winning.

Prediction:

Lakers: 121 Nuggets: 118

The Lakers are just too talented. The Nuggets’ two best players are 25 and 23 years old respectively, and their potential third star in Michael Porter Jr. is 22 years old. This young trio should be around for years to come, but they are not ready to push this championship favorite Lakers team quite yet.

NFL Mock Draft: what I would do (with trades)

  1. Cleveland Browns select Josh Rosen: QB – UCLA
  2. New York Giants select Saquon Barkley: RB – Penn State
  3. New York Jets select Baker Mayfield: QB – Oklahoma
  4. Buffalo Bills select (trade with Cleveland Browns) Sam Darnold: QB – USC
  5. Denver Broncos select Quenton Nelson: G – Notre Dame
  6. Indianapolis Colts select Harold Landry: EDGE – Boston College
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Bradley Chubb: EDGE – NCST
  8. Chicago Bears select Roquan Smith: LB – Georgia
  9. San Francisco 49ers select Jaire Alexander: CB: Louisville
  10. Oakland Raiders select Derwin James: S – Florida State
  11. Miami Dolphins select Rashaan Evans: LB – Alabama
  12. Cleveland Browns select (trade with Buffalo Bills) Minkah Fitzpatrick: DB – Alabama
  13. Washington Redskins Denzel Ward: CB – Ohio State
  14. Baltimore Ravens select (trade with Green Bay Packers) Lamar Jackson: QB: Louisville
  15. Arizona Cardinals select Calvin Ridley: WR – Alabama
  16. Green Bay Packers select (trade with Baltimore Ravens) Josh Jackson: CB – Iowa
  17. Los Angeles Chargers select Tremaine Edmonds: LB – Virginia Tech
  18. Seattle Seahawks select Will Hernandez: G – UTEP
  19. Dallas Cowboys select Mike McGlinchey: OT – Notre Dame
  20. Detroit Lions select Maurice Hurst: DT – Michigan
  21. Cincinnati Bengals select Connor Williams: T/G – Texas
  22. Buffalo Bills select Isaiah Wynn: G – Georgia
  23. New England Patriots select Dallas Goedert: TE – South Dakota State
  24. Carolina Panthers select De’Ron Payne: DT – Alabama
  25. Denver Broncos select (trade with Tennessee Titans): Josh Allen: QB – Wyoming
  26. Atlanta Falcons select Vita Vea: DT – Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints select D.J. Moore: WR – Maryland
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers select Josh Sweat: EDGE – Florida State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars select Christian Kirk: WR – Texas A&M
  30. Minnesota Vikings select Leighton Vander Esch: LB – Boise State
  31. New England Patriots select Marcus Davenport: EDGE – UTSA
  32. Philadelphia Eagles select Derrius Guice RB – LSU

 

 

 

NFL Mock Draft: what I would do (no trades)

  1. Cleveland Browns select Josh Rosen: QB – UCLA
  2. New York Giants select Saquon Barkley: RB – Penn State
  3. New York Jets select Baker Mayfield: QB – Oklahoma
  4. Cleveland Browns select Harold Landry: EDGE – Boston College
  5. Denver Broncos select Quenton Nelson: G – Notre Dame
  6. Indianapolis Colts select Bradley Chubb: EDGE – NCST
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Derwin James: S – Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears select Roquan Smith: LB – Georgia
  9. San Francisco 49ers select Jaire Alexander: CB: Louisville
  10. Oakland Raiders select Rashaan Evans: LB – Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins select Sam Darnold: QB – USC
  12. Buffalo Bills select Lamar Jackson: QB: Louisville
  13. Washington Redskins Minkah Fitzpatrick: DB – Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers select Denzel Ward: CB – Ohio State
  15. Arizona Cardinals select Josh Jackson: CB – Iowa
  16. Baltimore Ravens select Calvin Ridley: WR – Alabama
  17. Los Angeles Chargers select Tremaine Edmonds: LB – Virginia Tech
  18. Seattle Seahawks select Will Hernandez: G – UTEP
  19. Dallas Cowboys select Mike McGlinchey: OT – Notre Dame
  20. Detroit Lions select Maurice Hurst: DT – Michigan
  21. Cincinnati Bengals select Connor Williams: T/G – Texas
  22. Buffalo Bills select Isaiah Wynn: G – Georgia
  23. New England Patriots select Dallas Goedert: TE – South Dakota State
  24. Carolina Panthers select De’Ron Payne: DT – Alabama
  25. Tennessee Titans select Josh Sweat: EDGE – Florida State
  26. Atlanta Falcons select Vita Vea: DT – Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints select Josh Allen: QB – Wyoming
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers select Derrius Guice RB – LSU
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars select D.J. Moore: WR – Maryland
  30. Minnesota Vikings select Leighton Vander Esch: LB – Boise State
  31. New England Patriots select Marcus Davenport: EDGE – UTSA
  32. Philadelphia Eagles select Mike Hughes: CB – UCF

 

 

NFL Mock Draft what I expect – with trades

  1. Cleveland Browns select Sam Darnold: QB – USC
  2. Buffalo Bills select Josh Allen: QB – Wyoming (trade with New York Giants)
  3. New York Jets select Baker Mayfield: QB – Oklahoma
  4. Miami Dolphins select Josh Rosen: QB – UCLA (trade with Cleveland Browns)
  5. Denver Broncos select Saquon Barkley: RB – Penn State
  6. Indianapolis Colts select Quenton Nelson: G – Notre Dame
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Bradley Chubb: DE – NCST
  8. Chicago Bears select Denzel Ward: CB – Ohio State
  9. San Francisco 49ers select Tremaine Edmunds: LB – Virginia Tech
  10. Oakland Raiders select Roquan Smith: LB – Georgia
  11. Cleveland Browns select Minkah Fitzpatrick: DB – Alabama (trade with Miami Dolphins)
  12. New York Giants select Harold Landry: DE – Boston College (trade with Buffalo Bills)
  13. Washington Redskins select Vita Vea: DT – Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers select Marcus Davenport: DE – UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals select Lamar Jackson: QB – Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens select Calvin Ridley: WR – Alabama
  17. Los Angeles Chargers select Derwin James: S – Florida State
  18. Carolina Panthers select Josh Jackson: CB – Iowa (trade with Seattle Seahawks)
  19. Dallas Cowboys select Courtland Sutton: WR – SMU
  20. Detroit Lions select Derrius Guice: RB – LSU
  21. Cincinnati Bengals select Mike McGlinchey: OT – Notre Dame
  22. New York Giants select Rashaan Evans: LB – Alabama (trade with Buffalo Bills)
  23. New England Patriots select Leighton Vander Esch: LB – Boise State
  24. Seattle Seahawks select Will Hernandez: G – UTEP
  25. Tennessee Titans select James Daniels: C – Iowa
  26. Atlanta Falcons select Da’Ron Payne: DT – Alabama
  27. New Orleans Saints select TE – South Dakota State
  28. Arizona Cardinals select Mason Rudolph: QB – Oklahoma State (trade with Pittsburgh Steelers)
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars select Jaire Alexander: CB – Louisville
  30. Minnesota Vikings select Isaiah Wynn: G – Georgia
  31. New England Patriots select Kolton Miller: OT – UCLA
  32. Philadelphia Eagles select Isaiah Oliver: CB – Colorado

2018 NFL Mock Draft (what I expect – no trades)

  1. Cleveland Browns select Sam Darnold: QB – USC
  2. New York Giants select Bradley Chubb: DE – NCST
  3. New York Jets select Baker Mayfield: QB – Oklahoma
  4. Cleveland Browns select Saquon Barkley: RB – Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos select Josh Alen: QB – Wyoming
  6. Indianapolis Colts select Quenton Nelson: G – Notre Dame
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Minkah Fitzpatrick: DB – Alabama
  8. Chicago Bears select Denzel Ward: CB – Ohio State
  9. San Francisco 49ers select Tremaine Edmunds: LB – Virginia Tech
  10. Oakland Raiders select Roquan Smith: LB – Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins select Josh Rosen: QB – UCLA
  12. Buffalo Bills select Lamar Jackson: QB – Louisville
  13. Washington Redskins select Vita Vea: DT – Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers select Marcus Davenport: DE – UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals select Calvin Ridley: WR – Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens select Mike McGlinchey: OT – Notre Dame
  17. Los Angeles Chargers select Derwin James: S – Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks select Josh Jackson: CB – Iowa
  19. Dallas Cowboys select Courtland Sutton: WR – SMU
  20. Detroit Lions select Derrius Guice: RB – LSU
  21. Cincinnati Bengals select Will Hernandez: G – UTEP
  22. Buffalo Bills select Da’Ron Payne: DT – Alabama
  23. New England Patriots select Rashaan Evans: LB – Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers select Jaire Alexander: CB – Louisville
  25. Tennessee Titans select Harold Landry: DE – Boston College
  26. Atlanta Falcons select Maurice Hurst: DT – Michigan
  27. New Orleans Saints select Dallas Goedert: TE – South Dakota State
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers select Leighton Vander Esch: LB – Boise State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars select Mason Rudolph: QB – Oklahoma State
  30. Minnesota Vikings select Isaiah Wynn: G – Georgia
  31. New England Patriots select Kolton Miller: OT – UCLA
  32. Philadelphia Eagles select Connor Williams: G/T – Texas

The Draft Combine: NFL vs. NBA

The Draft Combine, depending on the sport, could be the most important days in an athlete’s life or a few slightly meaningful days that will have a minor impact on an athlete’s draft stock. The NBA and NFL both have combines where athletes display their measurables and athletic abilities. They run different drills, but these drills have the same purpose of measuring an athlete’s athletic abilities and limitations. Some athletes have more at stake at the combine than others. It depends on their skill set and questions surrounding their athletic abilities and health. Every athlete has their own unique experience, but there’s one thing universally agreed upon by NFL and NBA draft experts; the NFL Draft Combine has a greater impact on a player’s draft stock than the NBA Draft Combine. Continue reading “The Draft Combine: NFL vs. NBA”

High School to the NFL: Debunking the Myth that Recruiting Rankings Don’t Matter

The NFL draft is the moment when elite college football players join the fraternity of the best football players in the world. Only the best of the best make this jump, and many of them fail to live up to the hype. These young men train to become the best in the world at their craft, often from a very young age. From Pop Warner to high school to college football, these athletes are fighting against the odds to become one of the lucky few to make their wildest dreams come true and play in the National Football League. Every draft season, you hear a story about a seldomly recruited high school football player that will be a high first round pick in the NFL draft. He shares his story about being overlooked and persevering against all odds. He’ll talk about how it doesn’t matter where you start, it only matters where you finish. Fans often use this story as an example of why college football recruiting doesn’t matter. But is that case? Continue reading “High School to the NFL: Debunking the Myth that Recruiting Rankings Don’t Matter”

NFL Draft: team grades

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Arizona Cardinals

1-13 (13) = Haason Reddick: LB – Temple

2-4 (36) = Budda Baker: DB – Washington

3-34 (98) = Chad Williams: WR – Grambling State

4-8 (115) = Dorian Johnson, G – Pittsburgh

5-13 (157) = Will Holden: OT – Vanderbilt

5-36 (179) = T.J. Logan: RB – North Carolina

6-24 (208) = Rudy Ford: S – Auburn

UDFA = Antonio Pipkin: QB – Pipkin

UDFA = Trevor Knight: QB (WR/S/ATH) – Texas A&M

UDFA = Ricky Seals-Jones: WR/TE – Texas A&M

UDFA = Krishawn Hogan: WR – Marian Continue reading “NFL Draft: team grades”

NFL Draft: First round grades

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  1. Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M

A+: The Browns made the correct choice by drafting the best player in the draft. There were rumors that they wanted Mitchell Trubisky, but that would’ve been a big mistake. Cleveland has a lot of holes on their roster, so it was smart to take the best player available and worry about getting a quarterback later.

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  1. Chicago Bears (from San Francisco 49ers) select Mitchell Trubisky: QB – North Carolina

D+: I like Mitchell Trubisky as a mid-first round pick, but I have major issues with him being drafted in the top five. The Bears gave up multiple picks to move up one spot when they could’ve drafted Trubisky with the third pick. Although this was a stupid trade to make, nobody will care what the Bears gave up to get Trubisky if he develops into a top tier quarterback. I think he’ll be an average starter at the next level, so I’m not a fan of the move. Continue reading “NFL Draft: First round grades”

Today in Sports: 4/28/17 Review

NFL:

Check out The Miles Files for my NFL Draft analysis.

 

NBA:

Washington Wizards defeat Atlanta Hawks 115-99: The Wizards eliminated the Hawks to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Wizards’ backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal scored 73 of Washington’s 115 points. Wall scored a series-high 42 points on 25 shots. Although they struggled during the first two games in Atlanta, the Wizards rebounded and ended the Hawks’ season. The Wizards’ bench struggled again, which is more proof that they are one of the most top-heavy teams in the league. Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder were both dominant throughout this series, but they didn’t get enough help from their teammates. The Wizards will face the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.

Boston Celtics defeat Chicago Bulls 105-83:  The Celtics eliminated the Bulls to advance to the second round of the playoffs. All five Celtics starters scored in double figures. Avery Bradley scored a game-high 23 points and played fantastic defense. After winning the first two games, the Bulls lost point guard Rajon Rondo and didn’t win another game all series. Rondo’s backups struggled all series. Jimmy Butler was the best player on either team, but couldn’t singlehandedly win the series for Chicago. The Celtics will face the Washington Wizards in the second round of the playoffs.

Los Angeles Clippers defeat Utah Jazz 98-93:  The Clippers pulled off a shocking road win to even the series at three games apiece. With their backs against the wall and season on the line, the Clippers played one of their best games of the season. Chris Paul proved again that he’s still one of the best players in the NBA. He scored 29 points and did a stellar job of getting his teammates involved offensively. If the Clippers lost this game, there was a good chance that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin would leave in free agency. This was possibly the most important game in the history of their franchise. The Jazz had an opportunity to finish the series at home, but didn’t get any help from their bench. Gordon Hayward and George Hill scored 31 points and 22 points, respectively. These two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Today in Sports: 4/28/17 Preview

NFL:

The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia. The Miles Files will have all your draft needs covered.

 

NBA:

Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks face the Wizards at home in a must-win game. With the Wizards up 3-2 in this series, the Hawks need to win to keep their season alive. The home team has won the first five games of the series, so the Hawks will be favorites in this game. John Wall has been the best player in the series, but hasn’t gotten much help from his teammates in the two road games in Atlanta. Neither bench has been consistent during this series, so I expect the team with the better bench contribution to win. If the Hawks win this game, these two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Washington.

Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls: The Boston Celtics look to close out this series against the Bulls in Chicago. After losing the first two games of the series, the Celtics have won three straight games and look poised to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Bulls haven’t been the same team since Rajon Rondo got injured. The Bulls’ backup point guards have struggled in the last three games, which has put a lot of pressure on Jimmy Butler. Although Butler is the best player in the series, he hasn’t been able to will his team to victory singlehandedly. He’ll need help from Dwyane Wade and his teammates if they want to force a game seven. If the Bulls win this game, these two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Boston.

Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz: The Clippers look to keep their season alive in this must-win game against the Jazz. Not only is this game crucial for their season, but this could be the end of an era for this Clippers team if they lose this series. Both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul could leave in free agency after the season, which would end this Clippers team’s championship window. The Clippers haven’t been the same team since oft-injured Griffin was lost for the season, so they’ll have to rely on Chris Paul more than ever. The Jazz are the healthiest that they’ve been all season, so pulling off the upset will be a daunting task for the Clippers. If the Clippers win this game, these two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Today in Sports: 4/27/17 Review

NFL:

NFL Draft: The Miles Files has all your draft needs covered

  1. Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M
  2. Chicago Bears (from San Francisco 49ers) select Mitchell Trubisky: QB – North Carolina
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago Bears) select Solomon Thomas: DE – Stanford
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars select Leonard Fournette: RB – LSU
  5. Tennessee Titans select Corey Davis: WR – Western Michigan
  6. New York Jets select Jamal Adams: SS – LSU
  7. Los Angeles Chargers select Mike Williams: WR – Clemson
  8. Carolina Panthers select Christian McCaffrey: RB/WR – Stanford
  9. Cincinnati Bengals select John Ross: WR – Washington
  10. Kansas City Chiefs (from Buffalo Bills) select Patrick Mahomes: QB – Texas Tech
  11. New Orleans Saints select Marshon Lattimore: CB – Ohio State
  12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland Browns) select Deshaun Watson: QB – Clemson
  13. Arizona Cardinals select Haason Reddick: LB – Temple
  14. Philadelphia Eagles select Derek Barnett: DE – Tennessee
  15. Indianapolis Colts select Malik Hooker: FS – Ohio State
  16. Baltimore Ravens select Marlon Humphrey: CB – Alabama
  17. Washington Redskins select Jonathan Allen: DE/DT – Alabama
  18. Tennessee Titans select Adoree’ Jackson: CB – USC
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select O.J. Howard: TE – Alabama
  20. Denver Broncos select Garett Bolles: OT – Utah
  21. Detroit Lions select Jarrad Davis: LB – Florida
  22. Miami Dolphin select Charles Harris: DE – Missouri
  23. New York Giants select Evan Engram: TE – Mississippi
  24. Oakland Raiders select Gareon Conley: CB – Ohio State
  25. Cleveland Browns select Jabrill Peppers: ATH – Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons (from Seattle Seahawks) select Takkarist McKinley: DE/OLB – UCLA
  27. Buffalo Bills select Tre’Davious White: CB – LSU
  28. Dallas Cowboys select Taco Charlton: DE – Michigan
  29. Cleveland Brown (from Green Bay Packers) select David Njoku: TE – Miami
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers select T.J. Watt: OLB – Wisconsin
  31. San Francisco 49ers (from Seattle Seahawks from Atlanta Falcons) select Reuben Foster: LB – Alabama
  32. New Orleans Saints select Ryan Ramczyk: OT – Wisonsin

 

NBA:

Toronto Raptors defeat Milwaukee Bucks 92-89: The Raptors eliminated the Bucks in one of the craziest playoff games this season. After falling behind by 25 points, the Bucks went on a furious rally to take the lead with a few minutes remaining. The crowd was electric, and the Raptors looked like they were having another postseason collapse. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 34 points in 47 minutes. Both he and Khris Middleton (who was battling the flu) looked exhausted by the end of the game. The Bucks missed nine free throws in the fourth quarter, which was detrimental to their comeback attempt. Antetokounmpo had the ball with less than ten seconds left and down three points, but decided to make a dunk instead of attempting a potential game-tying three. That ended up being costly because the Bucks didn’t get another chance to tie the game. It’s hard to blame Antetokounmpo because he was the main reason that they made the comeback in the first place. With a healthy Jabari Parker next season (fingers crossed), the Bucks will be a championship contender. The Raptors will need to make drastic improvements in the second round if they want to defeat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

San Antonio Spurs defeat Memphis Grizzlies 103-96: The Spurs eliminated the Grizzlies to advance to the second round of the playoffs. After the first five games of the series were won by the home team, the road team finally won a game in this series. Kawhi Leonard was the best player in all six games of this series. Although he won’t be the league’s MVP, he has been the most dominant player in the playoffs. With his clutch shooting and unparalleled defense, he has an argument for being the best player in the NBA. Leonard scored a game-high 29 points, and it was possibly his worst game of the series. The Grizzlies put forth a phenomenal effort, but came up just short of pushing the series to a seventh game. This may have been a different series with a healthy Tony Allen, but the Grizzlies didn’t let that become an excuse. Mike Conley finally got some notoriety, which is long overdue. The Spurs will face the Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs.

NFL Mock Draft (with trades)

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M

Cleveland, don’t overthink this. With the number one pick, you have to select the top player in the draft. I know you need a quarterback, but there isn’t one worthy of the top pick in the draft. Myles Garrett is a generational pass rusher. This should be the easiest decision of the draft.

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  1. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas: DE – Stanford

Although I’m not as high on Solomon Thomas as many others in the draft community, I think the 49ers will take him with the second pick in the draft. They’ll try to trade this pick, but I don’t think anyone will want to move into this spot. I’ve heard rumors that they might look at Jamal Adams, but I think the 49ers will try and build their defense by improving their defensive line. They drafted Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner with their first round picks in the last two drafts, but I think Thomas is better than both and is more versatile. If John Lynch wants a safety, then Adams would be a logical choice (even though I’d take Hooker to play a centerfielder role in their cover 3 defense). Safeties don’t usually get drafted this high, especially over pass rushers. Thomas would be an immediate impact starter for the 49ers.

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  1. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams: S – LSU Continue reading “NFL Mock Draft (with trades)”

NFL Mock Draft (what I expect – no trades)

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M

Cleveland, don’t overthink this. With the number one pick, you have to select the top player in the draft. I know you need a quarterback, but there isn’t one worthy of the top pick in the draft. Myles Garrett is a generational pass rusher. This should be the easiest decision of the draft.

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  1. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas: DE – Stanford

Although I’m not as high on Solomon Thomas as many others in the draft community, I think the 49ers will take him with the second pick in the draft. They’ll try to trade this pick, but I don’t think anyone will want to move into this spot. I’ve heard rumors that they might look at Jamal Adams, but I think the 49ers will try and build their defense by improving their defensive line. They drafted Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner with their first round picks in the last two drafts, but I think Thomas is better than both and is more versatile. If John Lynch wants a safety, then Adams would be a logical choice (even though I’d take Hooker to play a centerfielder role in their cover 3 defense). Safeties don’t usually get drafted this high, especially over pass rushers. Thomas would be an immediate impact starter for the 49ers.

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  1. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams: S – LSU Continue reading “NFL Mock Draft (what I expect – no trades)”

NFL Draft: Big Board

This big board doesn’t take into account injuries or off field issues. This is strictly an evaluation based on tape, measurables, and potential.

  1. Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M
  2. Malik Hooker: FS – Ohio State
  3. Leonard Fournette: RB – LSU
  4. Reuben Foster: LB – Alabama
  5. Jonathan Allen: DE/DT – Alabama
  6. O.J. Howard: TE – Alabama
  7. Joe Mixon: RB – Oklahoma
  8. Marshon Lattimore: CB – Ohio State
  9. Jamal Adams: S – LSU
  10. Solomon Thomas: DE – Stanford
  11. Deshaun Watson: QB – Clemson
  12. Forrest Lamp: T/G – Western Kentucky
  13. Haason Reddick: LB – Temple
  14. Mike Williams: WR – Clemson
  15. Marlon Humphrey: CB – Alabama
  16. Corey Davis: WR – Western Michigan
  17. Jarrad Davis: LB – Florida
  18. Sidney Jones: CB – Washington
  19. Derek Barnett: DE – Tennessee
  20. Budda Baker: DB – Washington
  21. Jabrill Peppers: DB – Michigan
  22. Dalvin Cook: RB – Florida State
  23. Chidobe Awuzie: CB – Colorado
  24. Mitch Trubisky: QB – North Carolina
  25. Gareon Conley: CB – Ohio State
  26. DeMarcus Walker: DE/DT – Florida State
  27. Jordan Willis: DE/OLB – Kansas State
  28. Takkarist McKinley: DE/OLB – UCLA
  29. Cam Robinson: OT – Alabama
  30. Carl Lawson: DE – Auburn
  31. John Ross: WR – Washington
  32. David Njoku: TE – Miami
  33. Christian McCaffrey: RB – Stanford
  34. Tre’Davious White: CB – LSU
  35. Tim Williams: DE/OLB – Alabama
  36. Obi Melifonwu: DB – UCONN
  37. Evan Engram: TE – Mississippi
  38. Quincy Wilson: CB – Florida
  39. Garett Bolles: OT – Utah
  40. Chris Godwin: WR – Penn State
  41. Ryan Ramczyk: OT – Wisconsin
  42. Charles Harris: DE – Missouri
  43. Rasul Douglas: CB – West Virginia
  44. Taylor Moton: OT – Western Michigan
  45. Bucky Hodges: TE – Virginia Tech
  46. DeShone Kizer: QB – Notre Dame
  47. Dan Feeney: G – Indiana
  48. Jordan Leggett: TE – Clemson
  49. Malik McDowell: DT – Michigan State
  50. Raekwon McMillan: LB – Ohio State
  51. Zay Jones: WR – East Carolina
  52. Kevin King: CB – Washington
  53. Tyus Bowser: DE/OLB – Houston
  54. Eddie Jackson: S – Alabama
  55. Patrick Mahomes: QB – Texas Tech
  56. Jahleel Johnson: DT – Iowa
  57. Zach Cunningham: LB – Vanderbilt
  58. Fabian Moreau: CB – UCLA
  59. Montravius Adams: DT – Auburn
  60. Adoree’ Jackson: CB – USC
  61. Taco Charlton: DE – Michigan
  62. Carlos Watkins: DT – Clemson
  63. Cole Hikutini: TE – Louisville
  64. Kareem Hunt: RB – Toledo
  65. Marcus Maye: S – Florida
  66. Jamaal Williams: RB – BYU
  67. Duke Riley: LB – LSU
  68. Curtis Samuel: RB/WR – Ohio State
  69. Marcus Williams: S – Utah
  70. Alvin Kamara: RB – Tennessee
  71. Cordrea Tankersley: CB – Clemson
  72. Dalvin Tomlinson: DT – Alabama
  73. T.J. Watt: OLB – Wisconsin
  74. Teez Tabor: CB – Florida
  75. Dion Dawkins: T/G – Temple
  76. D’Onta Foreman: RB – Texas
  77. Desmond King: DB – Iowa
  78. Jourdan Lewis: CB – Michigan
  79. Tarell Basham: DE – Ohio
  80. Davis Webb: QB – California
  81. Antonio Garcia: OT – Troy
  82. Tanoh Kpassagnon: DE/DT – Villanova
  83. Nate Peterman: QB – Pittsburgh
  84. Dede Westbrook: WR – Oklahoma
  85. David Sharpe: T/G – Florida
  86. Josh Reynolds: WR – Texas A&M
  87. Jake Butt: TE – Michigan
  88. Wayne Gallman: RB – Clemson
  89. Isaiah Ford: WR – Virginia Tech
  90. Joshua Dobbs: QB – Tennessee
  91. Ryan Switzer: WR – North Carolina
  92. Jalen Reeves-Maybin: LB – Tennessee
  93. Josh Jones: S – North CarolinaState
  94. JuJu Smith-Shuster: WR – USC
  95. Jadar Johnson: S – Clemson
  96. Gabe Marks: WR – Washington State
  97. Joe Williams: RB – Utah
  98. Carlos Henderson: WR – Louisiana Tech
  99. Devonte Fields: OLB – Louisville
  100. Brian Hill: RB – Wyoming Continue reading “NFL Draft: Big Board”

NFL Draft: My Guys

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QB: Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is my favorite quarterback in this draft class. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but he’s got a very high floor. He’ll either be a solid starting quarterback or a star, which is something that all teams need. He needs to improve his decision making, but that’s something that I believe he’ll improve on at the next level. He’s a good athlete and is extremely smart. Two traits that I covet in a quarterback prospect are leadership and winning. Deshaun is going to be a great leader at the next level. He was an extremely clutch quarterback during the biggest games, which is a trait that will translate to the big moments late in NFL games. I think he should be a top ten pick.

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RB: Brian Hill, Jamaal Williams, Joe Williams

If it wasn’t for his off-field issues, Joe Mixon would be my favorite running back in this class. He has the running and receiving abilities to be the next Le’Veon Bell or David Johnson. Since he is a character concern, I won’t put him on this list above Brian Hill and the Williams bros. Brian Hill was Beastmode at Wyoming. He was the focal point of his offense, and succeeded despite teams knowing he was getting the ball. He’s a classic downhill runner that wins with physicality. He doesn’t have elite athleticism or receiving skills, so he’ll be a two-down back at the next level. Jamaal and Joe Williams aren’t related on or off the field. They are two completely different types of running backs. Jamaal Williams’ running style is similar to Brian Hill. He isn’t quite as powerful as Hill, but he’s a downhill runner who would fit perfectly in a zone blocking scheme. He’s a very decisive runner, which is a crucial element for zone running backs. His receiving and blocking abilities may allow him to become a three-down back at the next level. Joe Williams retired last season before returning and setting the world on fire. He put up astonishing numbers for someone who was willing to walk away from the game forever. If his passion has returned, he could become a speedy threat at the next level. He isn’t a powerful runner, but he’s extremely fast and elusive in the open field. He’ll be a touchdown threat every time he touches the ball in the NFL.

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WR: Chris Godwin, Gabe Marks Continue reading “NFL Draft: My Guys”

NFL Draft Overrated/Underrated Prospects

Quarterback

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Overrated: Brad Kaaya – Miami

Before the season, Brad Kaaya was seen as the second rated quarterback behind Deshaun Watson. After a mediocre season, Kaaya’s draft stock had slipped to the middle rounds of the draft. He looked comfortable at the combine and at his pro day, which has elevated him back up draft boards. He’s not the first round pick that people projected before the season, but he’ll likely be a day two pick. I just don’t see it with Kaaya. I think he will be a lifelong backup and should be a day three selection. He played in a pro-style offense in college, which helped him look comfortable at the combine. Many of the other quarterbacks played in spread systems, so they struggled with their footwork compared to Kaaya. Although Kaaya looks good in workouts, he struggles when playing in games against live competition. He doesn’t handle pressure well, and isn’t able to consistently keep his eyes down the field without looking at the pass rush. He’ll always look good in practice, but he’ll never be a starter-quality quarterback in games.

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Underrated: Deshaun Watson – Clemson

I’ve heard that there aren’t any first round quarterbacks from many draft experts, but there will be a few drafted because of how important the position is. I understand the criticisms of Watson’s game, but I have him as a top fifteen prospect. I have a higher grade on Watson than last year’s number one pick – Jared Goff. He does have deep ball accuracy issues and comes from a gimmicky offense at Clemson, but he has shown the ability to make every throw and has elite athleticism for the position. Watson is a leader, a winner, and plays his best ball when the lights are brightest. If I was in charge of a team needing a quarterback, I’d have no issue selecting him in the top 10.

Running Back

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Overrated: Christian McCaffrey – Stanford Continue reading “NFL Draft Overrated/Underrated Prospects”

Today in Sports: 4/27/17 Preview

NFL:

The first round of the NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia. The Miles Files will have all your draft needs covered.

 

NBA:

Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks need to win at home against the Raptors to keep their season alive. The Bucks have shown the ability to win in Milwaukee and Toronto against this Raptors team, and they’ll have to do both again if they want to win the series. The Bucks cannot afford to look ahead to game seven before winning game six. Khris Middleton has struggled in the last few games, and he cannot afford to struggle anymore. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the series, but he cannot defeat the Raptors by himself. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have played up to their potential in the last two games. If they can continue this hot streak, they’ll likely end the Bucks’ season in Milwaukee. This isn’t a must-win game for the Raptors, but they’d like to end the series and shift their focus to the defending champion Cavaliers. The Bucks will need a freakish performance from the Greek Freak to help keep their season alive.

San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies need to win at home against the Spurs to keep their season alive. With the first five games in the series going to the home team, the Grizzlies will be favorites to win this game. They need to win the next two games to win the series, but they cannot look ahead to game seven before winning game six. The Grizzlies need to get major contributions from stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Kawhi Leonard has been the best player all series, and will need another MVP-like performance if they want to end the series in Memphis. Although this game isn’t essential for the Spurs, they’d like to win and get some rest before the second round. The Grizzlies will need their home crowd to help them in this game like they did in games three and four. It’s crucial for both teams that they bring their A game.

NFL Mock Draft: what I would do

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M

With the first pick, I’d take the best player on my board. Myles Garrett is hands down the best prospect in this draft class. He plays a premium position, and he was the most impactful player on the field every game. This is a no-brainer.

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  1. San Francisco 49ers: Malik Hooker: FS – Ohio State

Many experts are projecting the 49ers to take Solomon Thomas, but I wouldn’t draft a defensive lineman in the first round for the third straight year. I think new general manager John Lynch will look to take someone at the position he played in the NFL. Although most draft experts prefer Jamal Adams, I think Malik Hooker is the best safety in the draft. He isn’t as versatile as Adams, but he’s an overall better player. He is extremely instinctive and has amazing ball skills. His range reminds me of Earl Thomas. He’s the perfect centerfielder to cover up mistakes made by the underneath coverage. Hooker is the second best player on my board and fills a need for the 49ers.

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  1. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams: S – LSU Continue reading “NFL Mock Draft: what I would do”

NFL Draft Positional Rankings

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  1. Deshaun Watson – Clemson

Deshaun Watson was my top quarterback prospect before the combine, and during the combine he increased the separation between himself and the field. Watson isn’t the perfect prospect, but he has a high floor and has enough upside to be a top tier NFL quarterback. He has been prone to throwing interceptions, but so were Jameis Winston and Matt Ryan in college. As a passer, Watson is accurate and usually makes good decisions. Both these areas can and should be improved once he receives NFL coaching. Watson is a great athlete with the ability to run for yards or scramble to buy time before completing a pass. What separates Watson is his mentality and ability to make his teammates better. Watson is a winner and is as clutch as they come. I want my quarterback to be at his best in the biggest moments, and Watson has played his best ball in his two national championship games. I don’t think Watson is the best player in the draft, but if I needed a quarterback I’d take him in the top ten.

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  1. Mitchell Trubisky – North Carolina

Mitchell Trubisky looks like a safe quarterback prospect on tape. He has decent size, good athleticism, and is an accurate passer. He was the most consistent draft eligible quarterback this season. The biggest issue with Trubisky is his lack of experience. He was only a one year starter at North Carolina. Why couldn’t he beat out Marquise Williams (a nice college quarterback but couldn’t make it to the NFL) and why was the team worse this season under Trubisky’s leadership? I think leadership and winning are two important characteristics of a quarterback, and I question whether Trubisky has what it takes to lead an NFL team. He looked like a potential #1 overall pick when he led North Carolina to a victory on the road against Florida State, but he didn’t consistently play up to that level. He struggled in a few key moments when his team needed him most, which makes me question his clutch gene. I think he could use a season to sit and watch, but he has the potential to be a good NFL starter. I think Trubisky should be a late first round pick.

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  1. DeShone Kizer – Notre Dame Continue reading “NFL Draft Positional Rankings”

Free Agency Fantasy Winners and Losers

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  1. Mike Glennon: QB – Chicago Bears

Although there’s a chance Mike Glennon might not work out in Chicago, he’s still a decent fantasy option with a ton of upside. As long as he isn’t this year’s Brock Osweiler, Glennon will have a chance to be fantasy relevant. He hasn’t had much experience as a starter, but was impressive at times in Tampa Bay. With a few more years under his belt, he might become a decent starter. He won’t be a top ten fantasy option at quarterback, but he’ll be a serviceable option that should warrant a spot on a roster in most leagues.

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  1. Carson Wentz: QB – Philadelphia Eagles

Continue reading “Free Agency Fantasy Winners and Losers”

Free Agency Team Grades

alshon.jpgAlshon Jeffery to the Philadelphia Eagles – 1 year, $14 million: A+

Alshon Jeffery has the potential to be a Pro Bowler every season. He’s coming off a disappointing season, but is looking to rebuild his reputation with a strong year in Philadelphia before becoming a free agent again next offseason. Carson Wentz needs receiver help, and getting Jeffery for $14 million was a no-brainer.

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Calais Campbell to the Jacksonville Jaguars – 4 years, $60 million: C

Calais Campbell has been a dominating player for the Cardinals for many years. He’s currently worth the $15 million per season that the Jaguars are paying him, but he probably won’t be the same player in the third and fourth years of this contract. He’s not a young player anymore, so this contract could be a mistake if his level of play diminishes. Continue reading “Free Agency Team Grades”

NFL Combine Recap – Winners and Losers

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  1. Obi Melifonwu: DB – Connecticut

After having the second longest broad jump in combine history behind former college teammate Byron Jones, people in the draft community are wondering what is in the water at UConn? Melifonwu didn’t just dominate the jumps in Indianapolis, he also dominated during the other speed drills. His 40 yard dash and change of direction times were excellent for his size and position. Although he played safety in college, many teams are looking at him as a cornerback at the next level. He has the talent to play both, but cornerbacks are a much more important position in today’s NFL. Teams are looking for corners at least six feet tall with the ability to run. Melifonwu is 6’4” and looks like a potential press corner. He may have a meteoric rise like Byron Jones which could culminate in him becoming a first round pick.

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  1. Haason Reddick: LB – Temple Continue reading “NFL Combine Recap – Winners and Losers”