Archives for April 2013

AFC North NFL Draft: sizing it up (Update)

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So how did the AFC North do in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Well, I don’t believe in doing draft grades right when the draft is over- talk to me in a few years, then we’ll see how these picks panned out.

You can’t grade them right away; watch ’em play actual NFL football first! I pay as much attention to NFL Draft immediate grades as I do to live blogging or live game discussion threads.

Because Twitter is better than live blogging and discussion threads combined. Period.

That’s said, let’s review what the AFC North did in rounds 1-3.

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2013 NBA Draft Early Entrants

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The 2013 NBA Draft will soon be here. The deadline for college basketball underclassmen having to decide their future has officially passed so at this point, you are either in or out.  Here is an updated list of underclassmen who have declared for the 2013 NBA Draft and where they could end up being selected.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Draft mock.

Updated: 4/29/13

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Wisconsin Badgers 2013 NFL Draft Rewind

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Who knew that the University of Wisconsin would become one of the best factories for NFL prospects, it’s surely come a long way in the last twenty years.

The Badgers nine top-75 picks over the last three years are as many as Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan combined. The only two schools in the nation with more top-75 picks over that span are Alabama (13) and LSU (12).

Here’s what I thought of each of Wisconsin’s three picks in the 2013 NFL Draft:

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Green Bay Packers 2013 Draft Rewind

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Let’s give Ted Thompson and his crew another pat on the back as the Green Bay Packers fan-dangled a highly regarded draft class once again.

The Packers traded for more picks, took advantage of sliding prospects and took the necessary chances on unknown players.

Here’s what I thought of each and every one of Green Bay’s eleven picks in the 2013 NFL Draft:

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Alabama has five more selected on NFL Draft final day

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Alabama had five players selected on the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon in New York City

The five selections Saturday gave Alabama a total of nine players taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, setting a new modern-era school record. The old mark was eight set in 1987 and 2012. The Tide had 10 players selected over 30 rounds in 1945.

30 rounds??? OMG! That is insane.

Who would actually sit through that? And this is THE NFL DRAFT GEEK speaking too.

7 rounds, as it is today is just fine, thank you. Anyway’s Dixie’s football pride well again well represented at Radio City Music Hall; so let’s look at which members of the Tide rolled on to the NFL.

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Georgia Bulldogs send annual, routine group of prospects to NFL Draft

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Four more Georgia Bulldogs players were picked on the final day of the NFL Draft Saturday. Cornerback Sanders Commings and Wide Receiver Tavarres King were selected in the fifth round while Defensive End Cornelius Washington and Safety Bacarri Rambo (man is that a fun name to say) were picked in the sixth round.

Commings was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with pick No. 134, and King followed at No. 161 to the Denver Broncos. In the next round, Washington was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 188th pick and Rambo was taken with the 191st pick by the Washington Redskins.

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Schools with most NFL draft picks since 2000; Ohio State leads

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THE Ohio State University has produce more NFL Draft picks since the year 2000 than anyone else in college football. However, it should be noted that in the past five years, no program in the Big Ten has produced as many 1st round picks as the Illinois Fighting Illini.

82 Ohio State players have been drafted since the millenium dawned and you’ll see a few more in the next few days with potentially nine Buckeyes going in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Probably none in the first round, though.

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New Nats reporter Julie Alexandria: routine Gatorade shower recipient (video)

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Thursday was the first day of a brand new gig for MASN reporter Julie Alexandria. She received a Gatorade dousing that was meant for Washington Nationals (and former White Sox super-prospect) Gio Gonzalez. The Nationals’ blanked the Cincinnati Reds last night, with Jordan Zimmermann’s performance worthy of a potential Gatorade bath.

However as you can see in the video below, the pouring was geared for Julie Alexandria instead.

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Colts draft Illini Hugh Thornton; endured very rough road to reach NFL

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Hugh Thornton has gone through a lot of adversity to get to the NFL. And I mean genuine adversity; not the cliched “adversity” you hear from college football players and in “coachspeak.”

During his childhood, Hugh Thornton saw his parents get divorced, his mother and sister murdered while visiting them in Jamaica and he had to move in with his aunt after being abused by his father while living with him in Idaho. He made this move his senior year of high school across the country to Ohio.

I don’t mean to sound all Les Miserables, as last night was actually a joyous event.

Former Illinois OL Hugh Thornton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 3rd round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He’ll be reunited with Coach Gilbert on the Colts and join former Illini CB Vontae Davis in Indy. (You might have read about Vontae Davis recent Twitter flap a couple months ago.)

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Wisconsin’s Montee Ball a perfect fit for the Denver Broncos

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With the 26th pick in the second round (58th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos made a long-life dream come true when they selected Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball.

Montee Ball grew up idolizing the Broncos as a small kid, particularly running back Terrell Davis (1998 MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion).

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ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards: interesting backstory

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As you watch NFL Draft coverage on ESPN, you’ll notice Jeannine Edwards for sure. Jeannine Edwards does good work, but if you’re intelligent, you’ll forgo ESPN to watch the draft on NFL Network instead.

That way you’ll avoid Chris Berman, who is a pathetic side show/mockery of himself these days. How many ’70s rock references will Chris Berman throw into his broadcast tonight? I guess if you’re in your 50s or 60s, you may find Berman tolerable. Or if you’re under the age of 14, you may find Chris Berman’s schtick amusing.

Back to Jeannine Edwards, she’s best known for an incident where ESPN canned veteran play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin.

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Ex Illini Jereme Richmond arrested: in other news, water is wet

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I don’t know what’s harder to keep up with: Jereme Richmond legal trouble or GREATEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECRUIT ever Gunner Kiel tranfers. Both events happen frequently, so it’s hard to remember it all. Troubled former Illinois Mr. Basketball and Illini hoops one-and-done Jereme Richmond was sent back to jail this morning under accusations of making threats to his probation officer.

I guess now would be the time to list all of the arrests on the Jereme Richmond rap sheet, but at this point…Jereme Richmond going to court/jail/probation is like a James Brown song with a “HHHHHHHH!!!” in it. It’s just par for the course.

Here’s the latest.

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