New Blog, Same Opinions

September 5, 2013

As many of you have probably figured out, there is not really anything being posted here anymore.  I wouldn’t be expecting much new content either.

After finding a new job, the radio show was sort of discontinued.  However, I have created a new blog, “Long Name, Amazing Thoughts,” (working title still), to post thoughts on different topics, since I no longer have the platform on radio.

There are still the weekly picks, and there will be more over the coming weeks.  There may even be posts on current events and other random stuff.

Personally, I can’t thank you enough for reading over the last few years.  I had the opportunity to do something I only dreamed of, and am so grateful of that chance.

If you have a few minutes, check out the new blog, “Long Name, Amazing Thoughts.”


NFL Draft 2013 – Final Mock Draft

April 23, 2013

Below is the fifth and final edition of the 2013 Mock NFL Draft.  The first round is presented below, while rounds two through seven can be found HERE.

While there are some star players in this year’s draft, the 2013 NFL Draft might be remembered more for busts and players picked in later rounds that might become NFL superstars.

There is not quarterback prospect in this year’s draft that screams ‘franchise quarterback.’  All of the quarterbacks, have some questions surrounding them.  There is only one quarterback taken in the first round of this mock draft, but don’t expect that to be reality.  Once one is taken, teams will start jockeying to get the next.

This year is also a rare year of being at the top of the draft order being a negative.  As previously mentioned, there are not any stand-out players this year on paper, but once the season comes around, that will change.  However, some teams will end up with some solid players.

Round 1

Pick Team Player School
1 KC T Luke Joeckel Texas A&M
2 JAX DE Ezekiel Ansah BYU
3 OAK DT Sharrif Floyd Florida
4 PHI OLB Dion Jordan Oregon
5 DET T Eric Fisher Central Michigan
6 CLE CB Dee Milliner Alabama
7 ARZ QB Geno Smith West Virginia
8 BUF WR Tavon Austin West Virginia
9 NYJ OLB Barkevious Mingo LSU
10 TEN T Lane Johnson Oklahoma
11 SD G Chance Warmack Alabama
12 MIA DE Bjoern Werner Florida State
13 NYJ (from TB) G Jonathan Cooper North Carolina
14 CAR DT Star Lotulelei Utah
15 NO T D.J. Fluker Alabama
16 STL OLB Jarvis Jones Georgia
17 PIT WR Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee
18 DAL FS Kenny Vaccaro Texas
19 NYG CB Xavier Rhodes Florida State
20 CHI ILB Manti Te’o Notre Dame
21 CIN CB Desmond Trufant Washington
22 STL (from WSH) DT Sheldon Richardson Missouri
23 MIN WR Robert Woods USC
24 IND DE Datone Jones UCLA
25 MIN (from SEA) DT Sylvester Williams North Carolina
26 GB T Menelik Watson Florida State
27 HOU CB D.J. Hayden Houston
28 DEN TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame
29 NE CB Jamar Taylor Boise State
30 ATL OLB Arthur Brown Kansas State
31 SF FS Eric Reid LSU
32 BAL WR Keenan Allen California

2013 Atlanta Braves Preview

April 1, 2013

The Atlanta Braves open the season tonight at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Braves won one of the National League Wild Card spots, but lost in the Wild Card Game to the St. Louis Cardinals.

This season stands to be not much different, as the Braves will once again be in a close fight with the Washington Nationals in the National League East.

So let’s look at how the Atlanta Braves shape up as they open the 2013 season.

Starting Lineup

This is one of the deepest lineups in Major League Baseball, if everyone plays to their potential.

SS Andrelton Simmons will be asked to hit lead-off, a position he has thrived in so far in Spring Training and for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Braves did acquire both Upton brothers in the offseason.  They signed CF B.J. Upton to a five-year deal, and traded for LF Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Uptons, paired with RF Jason Heyward, stands to be one of the best outfields, offensively and defensively, in baseball.

2B Dan Uggla had a tough year in 2012, including briefly losing his starting job near the end of the season.  However, Uggla went to training camp in great shape, and is poised for a comeback season.  Uggla is a streaky hitter, but it would be surprising to see him duplicate 2012.

There are two main questions, catcher and third base.  C Brian McCann will miss the start of the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery.  C Gerald Laird and C/LF Evan Gattis will share time behind the plate until McCann returns.

However, even when McCann returns, which one will?  Will it be the former All-Star who is one of the best hitting catchers in the game?  Or will it be the injury-plagued catcher who has his moments, but it’s an overall struggle?  McCann is in the last year of his contract, so there is some incentive to have a great season.

Chipper Jones retired after the 2012 season, meaning there is a bit of a question as to who will man the hot corner.  The Braves first option, Martin Prado, was traded to get Justin Upton.  Atlanta also acquired veteran 1B/3B Chris Johnson in the Justin Upton deal.  He figures to get a lot of playing time, including starting at third base.

The Braves also have 3B Juan Francisco, who filled in at times for Jones in 2012, but seemed to go in and out of manager Fredi Gonzalez’s doghouse during the year.  At least to start the season, the Braves will likely platoon Chris Johnson and Francisco.

The good news for the Braves:  there is enough offensive potential, that if a spot or two struggles in the lineup, other guys can fill the void.

Bench

Some of the key bench players from the last few years are gone.  1B/OF Eric Hinske is off to Arizona and C David Ross is now playing in Boston.

The 2013 bench will feature either Chris Johnson or Francisco, depending on the starting pitcher, and OF Reed Johnson, acquired from the Cubs in 2012, as the top pinch-hitters.

C Gerald Laird will replace Ross as McCann’s backup, but as previously mentioned, will be starting a lot during the first few weeks.

OF Jordan Schafer returns to the team, and figures to offer speed off the bench in late game situations.  IF Ramiro Pena will serve as a backup for the infield positions.

Starting Rotation

The Braves’ rotation features a mix of young and veteran pitchers.  RHP Tim Hudson is the leader of the staff, and will lean on LHP Paul Maholm to be another veteran innings-eater for the rotation.

RHP Kris Medlen and LHP Mike Minor will look to capitalize on stellar ends to 2012.  Medlen could not be hit as soon as he entered the starting rotation.  Minor stepped up after he was given a vote of confidence by not being sent to AAA mid-season.

Top-prospect RHP Julio Teheran will be the fifth starter, at least until RHP Brandon Beachy returns from Tommy John Surgery around the All-Star Break.

Bullpen

One of the best bullpens in baseball in 2012 actually got stronger, but not without some concerns.

The team maximized it’s trade of RHP Tommy Hanson to the Angels by getting in return RHP Jordan Walden, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever.

Walden’s acquisition will prove to be even bigger if LHP Jonny Venters is out for a long period of time with an elbow injury.  However, with Walden, LHP Eric O’Flaherty, and RHP Craig Kimbrel helps shorten the game for the rotation.

If the rotation does struggle, that is where a weakness may be exposed.  RHP Cristhian Martinez is a proven swing-man, and RHP Cory Gearrin, LHP Luis Avilan, and RHP Anthony Varvaro will need to prove early on to Gonzalez that they can be trusted like the back-end of the bullpen.

Organizational Depth

This is the other concern for the Braves.  If many injuries or needs arise, there is not a whole lot of proven depth in the organization.

IFs Tyler Pastornicky and Paul Janish, and OF Jose Constanza stand to wear out the path between Atlanta and Gwinnett as needs arise in 2013.  Janish will miss the first few weeks as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

1B/OF Joe Terdoslavich, OF Jordan Parraz, IF Blake DeWitt, 1B Ernesto Mejia, and C/LF Evan Gattis (although he is on the Opening Day Roster) will also get looks if any player is out for an extended period of time.

Proven pitching below the major league level is a little more concerning.  RHP David Carpenter is the only one who pitched in the majors in 2012.  However, it would not be surprising if the team found a veteran reliever or two to stash at AAA.

RHPs David Hale and J.R. Graham, and LHPs Sean Gilmartin, Yohan Flande, and Alex Wood will help if some more starters (or relievers) are injured or struggle.  Carpenter, RHP Wirfin Obispo (who impressed in Spring Training), and LHP Dusty Hughes provide depth for the bullpen.

2013 Outcome

The Braves are improved from 2012, but so is the division rival Washington Nationals.  However, there is little doubt that the Braves can return to the playoffs in 2013.  The Braves should make it into the divisional round, but the National League is overall pretty strong.  If the Braves win a Wild Card spot, they would likely have to face the Nationals in the first round.


2013 MLB Preview

March 31, 2013

Opening Day of the 2013 Major League Baseball season is finally here, as the Texas Rangers welcome the Houston Astros to the American League.  It has been a long spring training, since it was a World Baseball Classic year.

So, here are preview capsules for each team, along with predicted finishes, and then a World Series pick.

American League East

Toronto Blue Jays (Last year:  73-89, 4th AL East) – There is not a team in MLB who make a bigger offseason splash than the Blue Jays (the Braves are a close second).  Here are all the players they brought in figuring to be major contributors in 2013:  SS Jose Reyes, OF Melky Cabrera, 2B Emilio Bonifacio, 3B Maicer Izturis, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Mark Beuhrle, RHP Josh Johnson, and LHP J.A. Happ.  Don’t forget this team already has RF Jose Bautista and 1B Edwin Encarnacion.  The only question mark is whether John Gibbons is really the manager for this job.  The Blue Jays have an opportunity to put the ‘world’ back in “World Series,” but John Gibbons has not proven he can lead a team to the playoffs.  Despite that, the talent cannot be ignored, and the Blue Jays will make a deep run in the postseason, which will include winning the division.

Tampa Bay Rays (Last year:  90-72, 3rd AL East) – What could last season have been for the Rays if 3B Evan Longoria was healthy?  The Rays finished with 90 wins without its franchise player in the lineup for a large chunk of the season.  The lineup is solid, with the additions of SS Yunel Escobar, 2B Kelly Johnson, and 1B James Loney.  LHP David Price returns to anchor the rotation, and RHP Fernando Rodney is back to close games out.  The Rays will be a major contender in 2013, and will take one of the wild card berths.

Baltimore Orioles (Last year:  93-69, 2nd AL East, Wild Card winner) – Will this be the team that finally breaks the tendency for manager Buck Showalter?  He always turns a team around, leads them to the playoffs, and follows it up with a mediocre season.  However, the core of this team returns.  In addition, 2B Brian Roberts and OF Nick Markakis enter the season healthy.  3B Manny Machado will man the hot corner all year, and C Matt Wieters is poised for another big year.  The bullpen is solid, but the question will be if the starting pitchers can consistently pitch 6-7 innings every night.  It was a breakthrough year for the Orioles in 2012, but some teams have gotten much better in the division.

Boston Red Sox (Last year:  69-93, 5th AL East) – It could be another long season in Boston, but at least this year, it will be done the Red Sox way.  Bobby Valentine never should have been brought in as the manager, and the record showed that.  John Farrell returns to the team that made him a hot commodity a few years ago.  Offensively, this team has its stars, but it still could be a struggle to score runs.  DH David Ortiz will start the season on the disabled list.  Luckily for Boston, it has a great pitching staff.  RHP John Lackey returns, and the team added RHP Ryan Dempster in the offseason.  This team (keyword) will be improved, but will miss the playoffs again in 2013.

New York Yankees (Last year: 95-67, 1st AL East, best record in AL) – It would take an unbelievable season for the Yankees to repeat what they did last year.  They just aren’t as good.  The Yankees’ pitching staff is decent, it will have to win a lot of games for this team.  The projected Opening Day lineup will be without OF Curtis Granderson, SS Derek Jeter, 3B Alex Rodriguez, and 1B Mark Teixeira, who all are out with injuries and will start the season on the disabled list.  It is very rare when the question for a Yankees’ team is whether they will have enough offense to win, but that is the case in 2013.  It will have to be Joe Girardi’s best season as a manager to get this team back to the playoffs.  But it will be fun watching RHP Mariano Rivera’s retirement tour.  The bigger question is whether he is the only Yankee on that tour.

American League Central

Detroit Tigers (Last year: 88-74, 1st AL Central, AL Champs) – Where will you go to find outs in this lineup?  There is a hole here and there, but the addition of OF Torii Hunter and the return of DH Victor Martinez will make a huge difference.  The rotation is solid, but the only big question mark for the Tigers is the bullpen.  The team let once perfect closer RHP Jose Valverde leave in the offseason, and was hoping rookie RHP Bruce Rondon would step into that role.  That’s not going to happen, as Rondon has been sent back to AAA.  The Tigers will return to the playoffs, winning the division again in 2013.

Kansas City Royals (Last Year:  72-90, 3rd AL Central) – 2013 will be a make-or-break-year for the Royals and its manager, Ned Yost, and general manager, Dayton Moore.  If everyone remains healthy, there is no reason to believe this team cannot contend in 2013.  3B Mike Moustakas and C Salvador Perez are both stars in the making, and along with LF Alex Gordon and DH Billy Butler, should provide plenty of pop for Kansas City.  The major upgrade for the Royals in the offseason was bringing in RHP James Shields and RHP Wade Davis, which will significantly bolster an otherwise weak rotation the last few seasons.  This team probably ends up being on the outside looking in, but will contend in 2013.  However, if this team gets off to a bad start, Yost won’t make it through the season.

Cleveland Indians (Last Year:  68-94, 4th AL Central) – If the season ended in July, the Indians would have been in a good spot last year to make the playoffs.  However, August and September sealed Manny Acta’s fate.  So after a year off, Terry Francona returns to the dugout, hoping that he can resurrect one of the top franchises in the 1990s.  This team, surprisingly, has one of the best lineups in baseball, especially with the acquisitions of OF Michael Bourn, 1B Nick Swisher, DH Mark Reynolds, and OF Drew Stubbs.  The bullpen is one of the better ones, with RHP Chris Perez and RHP Vinnie Pestano closing out games.  The one weakness, is the rotation.  However, if they live up to their potential, the Indians could surprise some people in 2013.

Chicago White Sox (Last Year:  85-77, 2nd AL Central) – At the start of each season, you want to be able to see how a team improved through the offseason.  For the White Sox, there was no major improvements.  The two biggest offseason acquisitions were 3B Jeff Keppinger and RHP Matt Lindstrom.  This is still a solid team, but while others improved, the White Sox did nothing.  It’s not a rebuilding situation for Chicago, but it leaves you scratching your head and wondering where they are going.  One suggestion, not to the playoffs in 2013.

Minnesota Twins (Last Year:  66-96, 5th AL Central) – It is probably not going to be pretty for the Twins again in 2013.  They do have a solid heart of the lineup, when everyone is healthy, with C Joe Mauer, LF Josh Willingham, and 1B Justin Morneau.  But there is really nothing else exciting about this team, other than players building up service time.  For many other teams, a lot of the players that will make the Twins, would probably be competing for jobs.

American League West

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Last Year:  89-73, 3rd AL West) – The Angels are likely on top of the list of teams that have underachieved the last few years.  The pieces are in place again in 2013 to make a run.  OF Mike Trout will try to duplicate his rookie year, and will be joined in the outfield by OF Josh Hamilton.  That’s not even bringing up the name 1B Albert Pujols yet.  This is a deep rotation, especially if everyone pitches as well as they are capable.  The one weakness may be the bullpen, which will start the season without RHP Ryan Madson.  Anything short of a division title will be a disappointment.

Texas Rangers (Last Year:  93-69, 2nd AL West, AL Wild Card winner) – The Athletics’ surprise was the Rangers’ demise in 2012.  One of baseball’s best during the entire season, struggled down the stretch.  This team will have to try and cope without OF Josh Hamilton, who went to a division rival.  However, this team will be right in the thick of it all, with DH Lance Berkman and 3B Adrian Beltre in the heart of the order.  The rotation is still as solid as it gets, with LHP Matt Harrison, LHP Derek Holland, and RHP Yu Darvish.  Though it will be interesting to see how Darvish does in year two.

Oakland Athletics (Last Year:  94-68, 1st AL West) – What a surprise it was to see the Athletics make the playoffs in 2012.  More impressively, they claimed a division that had Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton playing in it (on separate teams, then).  As for 2013, most of the same pieces return, so many players have the experience of last year.  It would be another huge shocker if Oakland can return to the playoffs in 2013, but that is the same thing we said last year.

Seattle Mariners (Last Year:  75-87, 4th AL West) – The Mariners won’t make the playoffs in 2013, but will make a difference in who does.  This is an improved team, with several guys starting to figure things out, especially 1B Justin Smoak.  It will also help having DH Kendrys Morales and OF Michael Morse make up the middle of the lineup.  Pitching, other than RHP Felix Hernandez, will be a bit of a concern.  Thankfully for the Mariners, they won’t be the worst team in the division.

Houston Astros (Last Year:  55-107, 6th NL Central) – Welcome to the American League West, Houston.  That’s about the only exciting statement when talking about the 2013 Astros.  This was the worst team in 2012, and will be competing for that title in 2013.  Bo Porter will be tasked with trying to avoid that as the new manager.  Like with the Twins, there are a lot of players that would not be on an Opening Day roster without being in the Houston organization.  Although some interesting players to watch with Houston include 2B Jose Altuve, DH Carlos Pena, RHP Philip Humber, and LHP Erik Bedard.

AL Wild Card:  Rays over Rangers

ALDS:  Tigers over Rays, Blue Jays over Angels

ALCS:  Blue Jays over Tigers

National League East

Washington Nationals (Last Year:  98-64, 1st NL East, Best Record in NL) – The Nationals were good in 2012, and managed to get better for 2013.  Washington filled two major needs by bringing in OF Denard Span and RHP Rafael Soriano.  These moves put the players who were filling them into roles that better suit this team.  RHP Stephen Strasburg will not be worrying about any innings limits this season.  The Nationals got a taste of being in the postseason last season, and will look to go even deeper in 2013.  This team will make a deep run in the playoffs.

Atlanta Braves (Last Year:  94-68, 2nd NL East, Wild Card Winner) – The Braves made the second biggest offseason splash by bringing in both Upton brothers to play the outfield.  This Braves teams will certainly push some offensive records, specifically runs and strikeouts.  The only weakness in this lineup is at third base, trying to find Chipper Jones’ replacement.  The season will start with a platoon between Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson.  The rotation is solid, and the bullpen is as good as it gets, as long as everyone is healthy.  The Braves should make the playoffs again in 2013.

Philadelphia Phillies (Last Year:  81-81, 3rd NL East) – The Phillies likely will miss the playoffs for the second straight year, but that is not saying they won’t compete.  This is a solid team, but they play in the same division as Atlanta and Washington.  Philadelphia brought in 3B Michael Young and OF Ben Revere to help the lineup, and will both play key parts in the Phillies’ lineup.  The concern remains pitching.  The Phillies spent some money to improve the bullpen, but it might prove not to work.

Miami Marlins (Last Year:  69-93, 5th NL East) – Let’s just pretend last year didn’t happen for the Marlins.  It was a disaster.  Management cleaned house, including replacing manager Ozzie Guillen with Mark Redmond.  Miami is trying to go back to the Florida Marlins’ way of winning baseball, as opposed to the spending spree from last year.  This will actually be a fun team to watch, because they have some good young talent.  With that said, this team is still not very good.

New York Mets (Last Year:  74-88, 4th NL East) – This team is not very good.  The Mets will have to out-score its opponents offensively to win, because the pitching will not hold its opponent off.  That’s also saying that the Mets will get enough offense.  Like the Astros and Twins, there are a lot of guys that might not have major league jobs on Opening Day, if it wasn’t for the Mets.  It’s going to be a long season.

National League Central

Cincinnati Reds (Last Year: 97-65, 1st NL Central) – This is a solid team, and should make the playoffs again in 2013.  This offense will score runs, and it will be helped with OF Shin-Soo Choo coming over from Cleveland.  The decision to put LHP Aroldis Chapman back as the closer is absolutely correct.  It certainly makes the bullpen stronger, and doesn’t really hurt the rotation.  This is a good team, but are they a great team?  Only time will tell.

St. Louis Cardinals (Last Year:  88-74, 2nd NL Central, Wild Card winner) – Much like last year, you look at the make-up of this team and wonder how they will compete in 2013.  However, what St. Louis always does right is they find baseball players, which can’t always be said about other teams.  A healthy 1B Allen Craig will make a huge difference.  Getting a healthy 3B David Freeze will make a bigger one.  Pitching could be a struggle for St. Louis.  Closer RHP Jason Motte will start the season on the disabled list, and RHP Chris Carpenter is likely to miss the entire 2013 season.  But St. Louis always finds a way to win.

Milwaukee Brewers (Last Year:  83-79, 3rd NL Central) – This isn’t a bad team, just really isn’t good enough.  Injuries became a big story last year, and already are this year for the Brewers.  Any offense that has OF Ryan Braun leading it will be a force.  It will be even better once it gets 1B Corey Hart back from the disabled list.  The team signed RHP Kyle Lohse to fill out its rotation right before the regular season, and he will help RHP Yovani Gallardo lead the staff.  The back-end of the bullpen is solid, but getting it to closer RHP John Axford could be an issue.  The Brewers will contend for most of the season, but might come up a little short.

Pittsburgh Pirates (Last Year:  79-83, 4th NL Central) - This team is very similar to the Brewers, not too bad, but just not good enough to realistically contend.  This team will make a difference in who does make the playoffs.  OF Andrew McCutchen is the star of this team, and needs either or both OF Starling Marte and 3B Pedro Alvarez take the next step in their development.  The rotation is solid, but the bullpen has a whole lot of unknowns.  The Pirates keep showing the potential of breaking through, but keep coming up a little short.

Chicago Cubs (Last Year:  61-101, 5th NL Central) – The bad news for the Cubs is that the Astros aren’t in the division anymore to keep them from finishing last.  The good news is that this team won’t be as bad as last year’s team.  1B Anthony Rizzo should take the next step in his development.  This team will need offense, because there is not a lot of pitching to save the Cubs.  The biggest story will be whether OF Alfonso Soriano is traded during the season.

National League West

Los Angeles Dodgers (Last Year:  86-76, 2nd NL West) – It was amazing how well the Dodgers competed with all of the off-the-field issues from last year.  Once that was cleared up, they made some really big deals, and spent a whole lot of money.  Based on those acquisitions, this team should be one of the favorites to win the National League.  Like the Blue Jays, the question will remain whether manager Don Mattingly is the right man for this job.  If this team isn’t on top early, it would not be shocking to see an early move.  One way or another, this team should make the playoffs.

San Francisco Giants (Last Year:  94-68, 1st NL West, World Series Champs) – The Giants are poised to make it back-to-back championships, with just about the same players they won it all with in 2012.  There were no major changes in the offseason, just bringing back some of the key players from 2012, like 2B Marco Scutaro.  The pitching staff is mostly still together, with the exception of former closer RHP Brian Wilson.  RHP Tim Lincecum is penciled in the rotation, but will have a short leash.  The Giants should return to the postseason in 2013, but another championship will be tough.

Arizona Diamondbacks (Last Year:  81-81, 3rd NL West) – The Diamondbacks will compete in 2013, but they probably won’t have enough to make the postseason.  Like the Brewers and Pirates, this is not a bad team.  They acquired 3B Martin Prado in the offseason, which will be a big boost and solidify what has been a revolving door at third base.  Several of the pitchers will have to prove that 2012 was not a fluke.  However, if everything goes right, a playoff run is not out of the question.

Colorado Rockies (Last Year:  64-98, 5th NL West) – The Rockies underachieved in 2012, making new manager Walt Weiss’ job even tougher to get the best out of this team.  This is a solid lineup, especially when OF Carlos Gonzalez and SS Troy Tulowitzki are healthy.  The biggest question, as it usually is with Colorado, is whether there is enough pitching.  The back end of the bullpen, RHP Rafael Betancourt and RHP Matt Belisle are proven pitchers.  However, everyone else, including the entire rotation, will need to prove themselves early in the season.  The other story-line with the Rockies:  perhaps 1B Todd Helton’s final season.

San Diego Padres (Last Year:  76-86, 4th NL West) – The Padres will have some problems if they can’t score, and can’t keep opponents from scoring.  3B Chase Headley is out to start the season, so it makes that lack of offense issue a little more glaring.  Without Headley, it makes it easier to pitch around the other top hitters in the lineup, 1B Yonder Alonso and OF Carlos Quentin.  The top of the rotation and back end of the bullpen are good, everything in between is adequate at best.  This could end up being another long season in San Diego.

NL Wild Card:  Braves over Giants

NLDS:  Nationals over Braves, Reds over Dodgers

NLCS:  Nationals over Reds

World Series Pick:  Nationals over Blue Jays, 6 games.

The team that used to be from Canada, beats the only team in Canada.  The Nationals are poised to bring a championship back to the nation’s capital.  Last year provided a taste of what postseason success can taste like.

Now, obviously, this is a guess.  That’s what makes baseball so great.  On Opening Day, every fan from every team thinks that theirs can win a World Series.

Happy Baseball Season!!


2013 NFL Mock Draft – 4th Edition

March 25, 2013

The post-free agency frenzy 2013 NFL Mock Draft is finally here.  After the initial flurry of deals, it becomes more clear what needs teams will look to fill in through the draft.  The 4th edition, is also the first complete mock draft.

Texas A&M T Luke Joeckel remains the No. 1 overall in the mock draft.  West Virginia QB Geno Smith stays as the only quarterback in the first round.  However, it would not be surprising for other quarterbacks to end up being drafted in the first round.

Just for fun, the predicted Mr. Irrelevant for 2013:  RB Knile Davis from Arkansas going to Indianapolis.

As always, any likenesses of this mock draft to any other mock drafts is purely coincidental.  If you do link or re-print part of this, please give credit where credit is due.

Round 1

Pick Team Player School
1 Chiefs T Luke Joeckel Texas A&M
2 Jaguars CB Dee Milliner Alabama
3 Radiers DT Sharrif Floyd Florida
4 Eagles DE Dion Jordan Oregon
5 Lions T Eric Fisher Central Michigan
6 Browns G Chance Warmack Alabama
7 Cardinals QB Geno Smith West Virginia
8 Bills WR Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee
9 Jets T Lane Johnson Oklahoma
10 Titans CB Xavier Rhodes Florida State
11 Chargers G Jonathan Cooper North Carolina
12 Dolphins DE Bjoern Werner Florida State
13 Buccaneers DE Ezekiel Ansah BYU
14 Panthers DT Sheldon Richardson Missouri
15 Saints OLB Barkevious Mingo LSU
16 Rams FS Kenny Vaccaro Texas
17 Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones Georgia
18 Cowboys DT Star Lotulelei Utah
19 Giants T D.J. Fluker Alabama
20 Bears ILB Kevin Minter LSU
21 Bengals CB Desmond Trufant Washington
22 Rams (from Redskins) WR Tavon Austin West Virginia
23 Vikings DT Johnathan Hankins Ohio State
24 Colts DE Datone Jones UCLA
25 Vikings (from Seahawks) WR DeAndre Hopkins Clemson
26 Packers RB Eddie Lacy Alabama
27 Texans WR Keenan Allen California
28 Broncos DT Kawann Short Purdue
29 Patriots DE Damontre Moore Texas A&M
30 Falcons DE Sam Montgomery LSU
31 49ers CB Johnthan Banks Mississippi State
32 Ravens ILB Manti Te’o Notre Dame

Round 2

33 Jaguars QB Matt Barkley USC
34 49ers (from Chiefs) SS Matt Elam Florida
35 Eagles OLB Alec Ogletree Georgia
36 Lions DE Alex Okafor Texas
37 Bengals (from Raiders) OLB Arthur Brown Kansas State
38 Cardinals TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame
XX Browns Forfeited due to pick in 2nd round of last year’s supplemental draft
39 Jets SS Jonathan Cyprien Florida International
40 Titans G Justin Pugh Syracuse
41 Bills QB Ryan Nassib Syracuse
42 Dolphins TE Zach Ertz Stanford
43 Buccaneers CB Jamar Taylor Boise State
44 Panthers WR Robert Woods USC
XX Saints Forfeited due to involvement in bounty scandal
45 Chargers T Kyle Long Oregon
46 Rams T Terron Armstead Arkansas-Pine Bluff
47 Cowboys C Barrett Jones Alabama
48 Steelers DE Marqus Hunt Southern Methodist
49 Giants DT Jesse Williams Alabama
50 Bears DT Sylvester Williams North Carolina
51 Redskins CB David Amerson North Carolina State
52 Vikings FS Eric Reid LSU
53 Bengals DE Cornellius Carradine Florida State
54 Dolphins (from Colts) WR Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech
55 Packers WR Terrance Williams Baylor
56 Seahawks WR Justin Hunter Tennessee
57 Texans OLB Khaseem Greene Rutgers
58 Broncos CB Jordan Poyer Oregon State
59 Patriots WR Markus Wheaton Oregon State
60 Falcons OLB Sio Moore Connecticut
61 49ers OLB Jamie Collins Southern Mississippi
62 Ravens DT John Jenkins Georgia

Round 3

63 Chiefs QB Tyler Wilson Arkansas
64 Jaguars T Menelik Watson Florida State
65 Lions RB Giovani Bernard North Carolina
66 Raiders QB EJ Manuel Florida State
67 Eagles CB Darius Slay Mississippi State
68 Browns QB Mike Glennon North Carolina State
69 Cardinals T Dallas Thomas Tennessee
70 Titans C Travis Frederick Wisconsin
71 Bills OLB Trevardo Williams Connecticut
72 Jets WR Aaron Dobson Marshall
73 Buccaneers TE Vance McDonald Rice
74 49ers (from Panthers) WR Da’Rick Rogers Tennessee Tech
75 Saints FS Phillip Thomas Fresno State
76 Chargers CB Robert Alford Southeastern Louisiana
77 Dolphins CB Tyrann Mathieu LSU
78 Rams G Larry Warford Kentucky
79 Steelers SS Shamarko Thomas Syracuse
80 Cowboys DE John Simon Ohio State
81 Giants CB Logan Ryan Rutgers
82 Dolphins (from Bears) RB Johnathan Franklin UCLA
83 Vikings T David Bakhtiari Colorado
84 Bengals RB Joseph Randle Oklahoma State
85 Redskins FS Bacarri Rambo Georgia
86 Colts CB Dwayne Gratz Connecticut
87 Seahawks TE Gavin Escobar San Diego State
88 Packers QB Tyler Bray Tennessee
89 Texans G Brian Winters Kent State
90 Broncos RB Andre Ellington Clemson
91 Patriots DT Brandon Williams Missouri Southern State
92 Falcons RB Montee Ball Wisconsin
93 49ers C Brian Schwenke California
94 Ravens FS T.J. McDonald USC
95 Texans (compensatory) T Oday Aboushi Virginia
96 Chiefs (compensatory) WR Ryan Swope Texas A&M
97 Titans (compensatory) TE Travis Kelce Cincinnati

Round 4

98 Jaguars OLB Corey Lemonier Auburn
99 Chiefs DE Malliciah Goodman Clemson
100 Raiders CB B.W. Webb William & Mary
101 Eagles SS Shawn Williams Georgia
102 Vikings (from Lions) OLB Zaviar Gooden Missouri
103 Cardinals ILB Kiko Alonso Oregon
104 Browns WR Marquise Goodwin Texas
105 Bills FS D.J. Swearinger South Carolina
106 Jets RB Stepfan Taylor Stanford
107 Titans RB Christine Michael Texas A&M
108 Panthers CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson Connecticut
109 Saints DT Akeem Spence Illinois
110 Chargers TE Jordan Reed Florida
111 Dolphins T Chris Faulk LSU
112 Buccaneers OLB DeVonte Holloman South Carolina
113 Rams OLB Sean Porter Texas A&M
114 Cowboys SS JJ Wilcox Georgia Southern
115 Steelers WR Tavarres King Georgia
116 Giants OLB Brandon Jenkins Florida State
117 Bears T Jordan Mills Louisiana Tech
118 Bengals ILB Jon Bostic Florida
119 Redskins WR Stedman Bailey West Virginia
120 Vikings CB Leon McFadden San Diego State
121 Colts T David Quessenberry San Jose State
122 Packers OLB Chase Thomas Stanford
123 Seahawks DE Devin Taylor South Carolina
124 Texans ILB Nico Johnson Alabama
125 Broncos FS Josh Evans Florida
126 Buccaneers (from Patriots) QB Landry Jones Oklahoma
127 Falcons CB Brandon McGee Miami (Fla.)
128 49ers DE Lavar Edwards LSU
129 Ravens WR Kenny Stills Oklahoma
130 Ravens (compensatory) OLB Jelani Jenkins Florida
131 49ers (compensatory) TE Dion Sims Michigan State
132 Lions (compensatory) WR Cobi Hamilton Arkansas
133 Falcons (compensatory) C Khaled Holmes USC

Round 5

134 Chiefs OLB Keith Pough Howard
135 Jaguars G Alvin Bailey Arkansas
136 Eagles DT Jordan Hill Penn State
137 Lions CB Will Davis Utah State
138 Seahawks (from Raiders) DT Montori Hughes Tennessee-Martin
139 Browns DE Cornelius Washington Georgia
140 Cardinals RB Le’Veon Bell Michigan State
141 Jets ILB Keith Reddick North Carolina
142 Titans OLB Gerald Hodges Penn State
143 Bills G J.C. Tretter Cornell
144 Saints CB Tharold Simon LSU
145 Chargers WR Chris Harper Kansas State
146 Dolphins DT Bennie Logan LSU
147 Buccaneers T Xavier Nixon Florida
148 Panthers SS Robert Lester Alabama
149 Rams RB Marcus Lattimore South Carolina
150 Steelers RB Mike Gillislee Florida
151 Cowboys OLB Lerentee McCray Florida
152 Giants TE Nick Kasa Colorado
153 Bears CB Nickell Robey USC
154 Redskins DT Everett Dawkins Florida State
155 Vikings QB Matt Scott Arizona
156 Bengals T Brennan Williams North Carolina
157 49ers (from Colts) DT T.J. Barnes Georgia Tech
158 Seahawks OLB Ty Powell Harding
159 Packers FS Tony Jefferson Oklahoma
160 Texans FB Lonnie Pryor Florida State
161 Broncos ILB A.J. Klein Iowa State
162 Redskins (from Patriots) DE William Gholston Michigan State
163 Falcons WR Conner Vernon Duke
164 49ers CB Terry Hawthorne Illinois
165 Ravens T Reid Fragel Ohio State
166 Dolphins (compensatory) OLB Etienne Sabino Ohio State
167 Packers (compensatory) RB Kenjon Barner Oregon
168 Ravens (compensatory) QB Zac Dyser Miami (Ohio)

Round 6

169 Jaguars RB Jawan Jamison Rutgers
170 Chiefs G Hugh Thornton Illinois
171 Lions FS Rontez Miles California (PA)
172 Raiders P Brad Wing LSU
173 Browns (from Eagles) CB Josh Johnson Purdue
174 Cardinals DE David Bass Missouri Western State
175 Browns FB Tommy Bohanon Wake Forest
176 Cardinals (from Titans, Vikings) CB Sanders Commings Georgia
177 Bills WR Josh Boyce TCU
178 Jets OLB Brandon Magee Arizona State
179 Chargers RB Theo Riddick Notre Dame
180 49ers (from Dolphins) T Ricky Wagner Wisconsin
181 Buccaneers WR Corey Fuller Virginia Tech
182 Panthers G Eric Herman Ohio
183 Saints WR Ace Sanders South Carolina
184 Rams DT Kwame Geathers Georgia
185 Cowboys G Garrett Gilkey Chadron State
186 Steelers TE Chris Gragg Arkansas
187 Giants WR Aaron Mellette Elon
188 Bears OLB Eric Martin Nebraska
189 Vikings FB Kyle Juszczyk Harvard
190 Bengals C Braxston Cave Notre Dame
191 Redskins T Jason Weaver Southern Mississippi
192 Colts DT Josh Boyd Mississippi State
193 Packers C P.J. Lonergan LSU
194 Seahawks ILB Jonathan Stewart Texas A&M
195 Texans SS Earl Wolff North Carolina State
196 Buccaneers (from Broncos through Eagles) RB Kerwynn Williams Utah State
197 Bengals (from Patriots) WR Rodney Smith Florida State
198 Falcons DT Cory Grissom South Florida
199 49ers CB Steve Williams California
200 Ravens CB Adrian Bushell Louisville
201 Texans (compensatory) RB Zac Stacy Vanderbilt
202 Titans (compensatory) DE Michael Buchanan Illinois
203 Ravens (compensatory) TE Ryan Otten San Jose State
204 Chiefs (compensatory) CB Johnny Adams Michigan State
205 Raiders (compensatory) TE Mychal Rivera Tennessee
206 Steelers (compensatory) G Omoregie Uzzi Georgia Tech

Round 7

207 Chiefs RB Cierre Wood Notre Dame
208 Jaguars FS Daimion Stafford Nebraska
209 Raiders OLB John Lotulelei UNLV
210 Eagles WR Denard Robinson Michigan
211 Lions G Jeff Baca UCLA
212 Eagles (from Browns) T Braden Brown BYU
213 Vikings (from Cardinals) WR Jasper Collins Mount Union
214 Seahawks (from Bills) FB Zach Line Southern Methodist
215 Jets QB Sean Renfree Duke
216 Titans SS Duke Williams Nevada
217 Dolphins C Matt Stankiewitch Penn State
218 Eagles (from Buccaneers) P Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State
219 Raiders (from Panthers) ILB Steve Beauharnais Rutgers
220 Seahawks (from Saints) RB Ray Graham Pittsburgh
221 Chargers OLB Travis Johnson San Jose State
222 Rams TE Jake Stoneburner Ohio State
223 Steelers CB Micah Hyde Iowa
224 Dolphins (from Cowboys) G Sam Brenner Utah
225 Giants DE Stansly Maponga TCU
226 Patriots (from Bears through Buccaneers) CB Marc Anthony California
227 49ers (from Bengals) DT Anthony McCloud Florida State
228 Redskins WR Marquess Wilson Washington State
229 Vikings WR Alec Lemon Syracuse
230 Colts WR Brandon Kaufman Eastern Washington
231 Vikings (from Seahawks) CB D.J. Hayden Houston
232 Packers K Dustin Hopkins Clemson
233 Texans DT Mike Purcell Wyoming
234 Broncos TE Michael Williams Alabama
235 Patriots FS Jakar Hamilton South Carolina State
236 Falcons SS Keelan Johnson Arizona State
237 49ers CB Mike Edwards Hawaii
238 Ravens DE Tourek Williams Florida International
239 Eagles (compensatory) QB Jordan Rodgers Vanderbilt
240 Bengals (compensatory) RB Miquel Maysonet Stony Brook
241 Seahawks (compensatory) T Tanner Hawkinson Kansas
242 Seahawks (compensatory) G Earl Watford James Madison
243 Falcons (compensatory) ILB Albert Rosette Nevada
244 Falcons (compensatory) TE Zach Sudfeld Nevada
245 Lions (compensatory) OLB Herman Lathers Tennessee
246 49ers (compensatory) FB Kyler Reed Nebraska
247 Ravens (compensatory) CB Kahlid Wooten Nevada
248 Titans (compensatory) CB Travis Howard Ohio State
249 Falcons (compensatory) T Roger Gaines Tennessee State
250 Dolphins (compensatory) FS Bradley McDougald Kansas
251 Bengals (compensatory) K Caleb Sturgis Florida
252 49ers (compensatory) TE Jack Doyle Western Kentucky
253 Giants (compensatory) ILB Vince Williams Florida State
254 Colts (compensatory) RB Knile Davis Arkansas

The next edition of the mock draft will likely come just before the 2013 NFL Draft


2013 NFL Mock Draft – 3rd Edition

March 1, 2013

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine has passed, and several pro prospects impressed scouts, while others have created an uphill climb as the NFL Draft approaches.

Granted there are still Pro Days and individual workouts that will occur, but the first impressions made by players on scouts and coaches will be remembered by everyone when decision day comes.

So here is the third edition of the 2013 NFL Mock Draft.  This draft includes the first three rounds.  There still could be an added compensatory selection at the end of the third round.  The next edition will come closer to the draft, once teams have filled some of their needs through free agency.

As stated before, there is no obvious first overall pick in this draft.  This overall class is way down.  A team has just as good of luck of landing a super-star player in the fourth round, as they do in the first round.

The one big change in this third edition of the mock draft is moving West Virginia QB Geno Smith into the first round.  Southern Cal QB Matt Barkley’s injury concerns, and no real indication on an individual workout, makes it a little risky to pick him right now.  Barkley does go very early in the second round.

Just as a reminder, any similarities to other mock drafts are purely coincidental.  This is on my own research and guesses based on team needs to determine this mock draft.

First Round:

#1 – Kansas City Chiefs – T Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

#2 – Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

#3 – Oakland Raiders – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

#4 – Philadelphia Eagles - T Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

#5 – Detroit Lions – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

#6 – Cleveland Browns - G Chance Warmack, Alabama

#7 – Arizona Cardinals – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

#8 – Buffalo Bills - WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

#9 – New York Jets - OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

#10 – Tennessee Titans – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

#11 – San Diego Chargers – T Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

#12 – Miami Dolphins - DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

#13 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

#14 – Carolina Panthers – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

#15 – New Orleans Saints – OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

#16 – St. Louis Rams – FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

#17 – Pittsburgh Steelers – DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

#18 – Dallas Cowboys – G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

#19 – New York Giants – T D.J. Fluker, Alabama

#20 – Chicago Bears – ILB Kevin Minter, LSU

#21 – Cincinnati Bengals – DE Datone Jones, UCLA

#22 – St. Louis Rams (from Washington- WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

#23 – Minnesota Vikings – WR Robert Woods, Southern California

#24 – Indianapolis Colts – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

#25 – Seattle Seahawks – DT Kawann Short, Purdue

#26 – Green Bay Packers – RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

#27 – Houston Texans – WR Keenan Allen, California

#28 – Denver Broncos – DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

#29 – New England Patriots – CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

#30 – Atlanta Falcons – DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

#31 – San Francisco 49ers – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama

#32 – Baltimore Ravens – ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

 

Second Round:

 

#33 (overall) – Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Matt Barkley, Southern Cal

 

#34 – San Francisco 49ers (from Chiefs) – SS Matt Elam, Florida

 

#35 – Philadelphia Eagles – OLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

 

#36 – Detroit Lions – DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

 

#37 – Cincinnati Bengals (from Raiders) – WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

 

#38 – Arizona Cardinals – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

 

Cleveland Browns – Forfeited pick due to making selection in 2012 Supplemental Draft

 

#39 – New York Jets – QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina State

 

#40 – Tennessee Titans – DE Alex Okafor, Texas

 

#41 – Buffalo Bills – QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

 

#42 – Miami Dolphins – T Kyle Long, Oregon

 

#43 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

 

#44 – Carolina Panthers – FS Eric Reid, LSU

 

New Orleans Saints – Pick forfeited due to bounty scandal

 

#45 – San Diego Chargers – CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State

 

#46 – St. Louis Rams – OLB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

 

#47 – Dallas Cowboys – SS Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

 

#48 – Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

 

#49 – New York Giants – CB David Amerson, North Carolina State

 

#50 – Chicago Bears – T Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

 

#51 – Washington Redskins – WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

 

#52 – Minnesota Vikings – DT John Jenkins, Georgia

 

#53 – Cincinnati Bengals – OLB Khaseem Green, Rutgers

 

#54 – Miami Dolphins (from Colts) – WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee

 

#55 – Green Bay Packers – C Barrett Jones, Alabama

 

#56 – Seattle Seahawks – WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State

 

#57 – Houston Texans – T Menelik Watson, Florida State

 

#58 – Denver Broncos – CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

 

#59 – New England Patriots – DE Margus Hunt, Southern Methodist

 

#60 – Atlanta Falcons – RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

 

#61 – San Francisco 49ers – OLB Sio Moore, Connecticut

 

#62 – Baltimore Ravens – T Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

 

Third Round:

 

#63 (overall) – Kansas City Chiefs – QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

 

#64 – Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State

 

#65 – Detroit Lions – FS Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

 

#66 – Oakland Raiders – DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida State

 

#67 – Philadelphia Eagles – C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

 

#68 – Cleveland Browns – OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

 

#69 – Arizona Cardinals – OLB Trevardo Williams, Connecticut

 

#70 – Tennessee Titans – G Larry Warford, Kentucky

 

#71 – Buffalo Bills – SS Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

 

#72 – New York Jets – WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

 

#73 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – QB EJ Manuel, Florida State

 

#74 – San Francisco 49ers (from Panthers) – CB Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana

 

#75 – New Orleans Saints – CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

 

#76 – San Diego Chargers – TE Vance McDonald, Rice

 

#77 – Miami Dolphins – CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers

 

#78 – St. Louis Rams – T David Bakhtiari, Colorado

 

#79 – Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State

 

#80 – Dallas Cowboys – DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

 

#81 – New York Giants – OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M

 

#82 – Miami Dolphins (from Bears) – TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

 

#83 – Minnesota Vikings – FS Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

 

#84 – Cincinnati Bengals – RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin

 

#85 – Washington Redskins – CB Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut

 

#86 – Indianapolis Colts – WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall

 

#87 – Seattle Seahawks – DE John Simon, Ohio State

 

#88 – Green Bay Packers – WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

 

#89 – Houston Texans – OLB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina

 

#90 – Denver Broncos – RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

 

#91 – New England Patriots – DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

 

#92 – Atlanta Falcons – C Brian Schwenke, California

 

#93 – San Francisco 49ers – WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas

 

#94 – Baltimore Ravens – FS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

 


Gamecocks at the NFL Combine

February 26, 2013

Below are a summary of the South Carolina Gamecocks that participated at the 2013 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

PLAYER

40-YARD DASH

BENCH PRESS

VERTICAL JUMP

BROAD JUMP

3-CONE DRILL

20-YARD SHUTTLE

60-YARD SHUTTLE

TE-Justice Cunningham

4.94

DNP

31.5

116.0

7.12

4.45

11.88

RB-Marcus Lattimore

DNP

LB-DeVonte Holloman

4.76

15

33.0

113.0

7.30

4.26

DNP

OL-T.J. Johnson

5.33

32

25.5

96.0

7.83

4.74

DNP

WR-Ace Sanders

4.58

7

32.0

117.0

6.81

4.37

11.29

S-D.J. Swearinger

4.67

17

37.0

124.0

DNP

DNP

DNP

DL-Devin Taylor

4.72

14

35.0

128.0

DNP

DNP

DNP

Source:  NFL.com

For all of the players, there is room for improvement at the Gamecocks’ Pro Day and the players’ individual workouts.  There were good performances in some drills, but no player had an overall impressive workout.

Each player could use to decrease their 40-yard dash time.  Of all the players, Ace Sanders’ 40-yard dash time is the most disappointing.

Devin Taylor impressed scouts and coaches at the NFL Combine with his athleticism, but it would help his draft status if he can show a little more strength.

Justice Cunningham’s numbers were also good, but he will definitely need to show that he can do all the things a tight end does.

T.J. Johnson will only help himself if he can prove he is versatile enough to play all the positions on the offensive line.  It also helps that he played center.

DeVonte Holloman is an intriguing prospect, as he enters the draft as a linebacker.  He played some safety and the SPUR position for the Gamecocks, which brought Holloman more into a linebacker’s position in a traditional defense.

D.J. Swearinger has the tools, but his numbers were so-so, and he will need to prove that some of his antics this past season are a thing of the past.  An NFL coach will only give you so many chances.

Players also have to go through the interview process with teams.  For some, it’s a good thing those aren’t publicized.  For others, it puts the foot in the door to get a shot at the NFL.

Unless someone has a spectacular workout before the draft, don’t expect any Gamecocks’ players to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.  The two main candidates to be taken first of the Gamecocks will be either Taylor or Marcus Lattimore, likely on day two (second and third rounds), or early on day three.

An updated NFL mock draft will be coming soon, now that the 2013 NFL Combine is complete.


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