Can Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota pull a Cam Netwon? By becoming the Heisman Trophy winner in December and then the #1 overall draft pick the following April? Mariota certainly has all the tools to and statistics to do both. The 6’4″ 212 pound signal caller from Honolulu, Hawaii has an INSANE 24-1 TD to INT ratio. To go with his 192.2 QB Rating and 69% completion percentage.Follow paulmbanks
It’s never too early for a 2015 NFL mock draft. Draft order was determined by a combination of preseason power rankings, and the results of what we’ve seen so far. Team needs were taken into account sparingly. It’s still not quite time to add those in fully yet.
A NFL mock draft is like a stew, you can only add in each ingredient at the right time. And where highlighted, click on each player’s name to read a feature story about that player.Follow paulmbanks
“He’s not just a weight room freak,” Iowa Hawkeyes tailback Weisman said of senior UI OT Brandon Scherff.
“He’s a football freak.”
Scherff is almost guaranteed to be a first-round pick (here’s where I have him in my latest mock) and in my interview with him below we talk NFL Draft, and his weight room heroics.Follow paulmbanks
Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.
Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.Follow paulmbanks
Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.
Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)
And Drake. There’s always Drake.Follow paulmbanks
Going into the 2014 NFL draft, most of the attention was on two quarterbacks – QB Johnny Manziel and QB Teddy Bridgewater. Manziel had been hyped for nearly a year, and most expected him to be the first overall QB taken, and if the off chance that he was not selected as the number one QB, it would have been Bridgewater instead; however, this was not the case.
Instead, the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted QB Blake Bortles as the number one quarterback in the 2014 NFL entry draft. This shocked many and several fans and analysts felt as though Jacksonville made a mistake; however, this is not the case.
Blake Bortles is a very solid quarterback, and he isn rather underrated. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr, the NFL Draftniks of all NFL Draftniks do multiple conference calls with the media previewing the NFL Draft. The attendance for these calls is RIDICULOUS. These calls often last up to two hours, and many journalists don’t even get their questions in. ESPN doesn’t transcribe them because they would end up being like 40 pages long.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network does one as well, which took three hours and clocked in at 30 pages on the transcript. That’s how insane the media appetite is for Todd McShay and company. Safe to say this was the most over-hyped and pointlessly over-analyzed NFL Draft in history. The extra weeks of wait and the presence of Johnny Manziel had a lot to do ti.Follow paulmbanks
The biggest rumor floating around the NFL Draft was this one: “the New England Patriots are trading Ryan Mallet to the Houston Texans.” This rumor never included any specific stated return for the Patriots, but since the Texans took Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick, it has been widely believed that they would attempt to trade for a starting-level QB.Follow paulmbanks
The Dominique Easley era has officially begun in Foxboro after Thursday night’s NFL Draft first round saw the Patriots draft Easley, a 6’2″, 288 pound defensive lineman, with the 29th overall pick.
Injuries to Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly decimated the Patriots’ interior line last season, and Easley is expected to step right in and play- especially with Wilfork coming back from Achilles surgery.Follow paulmbanks
If you think it’s difficult trying to figure out what Bill Belichick is going to do in the first round of an NFL Draft, the real fun in any Patriots draft doesn’t start until the second and third rounds get going.
Belichick loves to trade down and acquire additional picks to use on day two of the draft, hoping he can find some first-round talents who may have fallen for one reason or another. Since 2007, only once has a Patriots draft not included multiple picks in at least one of the second or third round. (And that was the 2012 draft, when the Pats traded up to take Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower in the first round).Follow paulmbanks
This 2014 NFL mock draft will be our FINAL edition! Draft Day is finally here! 2014 will be remembered as the year that the NFL Draft totally off the rails and completely jumped the shark. Did you see NFL.Com mock draft of Star Wars characters?
This is the year that the NFL Draft was moved back two weeks, giving us media types way too much free time to talk about it. Combine that with it being Johnny Football’s class, the most over-covered athlete of all time, and no consensus #1 or #2 pick, and it was perfect storm of non-stop 2014 NFL mock draft media over-saturation.
NFL Draft Click on the player’s name for an in-depth story on that player.
Also, here’s our FULL 7 Round 2014 NFL Mock DraftFollow paulmbanks
Here is our FINAL seven round NFL mock draft. It’s not written by me, it’s authored by a website reader who wishes to remain anonymous. I will tell you he puts a whole lot of work into it. And of course because a seven round NFL mock draft is a ton of work.
This year’s NFL Draft will no doubt be better than last year’s draft. The whole top 10 was all fat people and guys you’ve never heard of. The #1 overall pick was a two star recruit who ended up at a low major MAC school; and NO ONE knew who he was until the week before the draft. So this year’s draft will be better, but the run-up to the draft, the overkill and over-coverage, is the worst in history. Those extra two weeks are killing us, with all the same storylines being beaten to death.Follow paulmbanks