This is an absolute must-read by Greg Cosell so I’m trying to post this in as many places as I can. Here’s the link:
As some of you may recall, I started this project last summer, when I attempted to uncover the single greatest season for a running back. This time around I’m going to tackle the wide receivers (figuratively, of course, as I doubt I’m physically capable of actually tackling any of the individuals that will be mentioned in this post). I haven’t ran the numbers yet, but my money is on one of Jerry Rice’s seasons, because he’s Jerry Rice, and I don’t really need a reason other than that. Who knows though, maybe I’ll be surprised.
The first thing I did was set some minimum standards:
- I only looked at 1970 or later, because the NFL/AFL merger happened that year and it served as a nice cut-off.
- The receiver had to play in at least 10 games, with a couple of exceptions made for Dwight Clark and Wes Chandler in the 1982 season, because of the lockout that year.
- The receiver had to have a minimum of 2.75 receptions per game. This sounds like a really low number, but if I had put it higher, 1982 would have been representing the seasons from the longest ago. That’s 12 years of football that would have been excluded. I think this number actually just illustrates how much the game has evolved since the 1970’s, so I’m okay with it being that low.
- For those that are curious, I will include a list of the excluded receivers at the end of this post, that would have otherwise been considered.
33. St. Louis Rams – Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Bryan just died a little inside.
34. Indianapolis Colts – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
This is who everyone said the Colts were hoping would fall to them in the second round. Many believe that Upshaw, who was also available, was a higher value, but Luck and Fleener already have chemistry, and this will certainly help his development.
35. Baltimore Ravens – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Best pick of the draft so far? It just might be.
36. Denver Broncos – Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
If I’m Peyton Manning, I’m starting to really regret not going to San Francisco…
37. Cleveland Browns – Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
I’m just baffled by this pick. Why take Schwartz over Mike Adams? There were also quite a few receivers available.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
This isn’t a bad pick by any means. The Jags have made a couple good picks already in this draft. Very unusual for them.
39. St. Louis Rams – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Jenkins is extremely talented, but fell this far because of his off-the-field issues. He should be able to help their defense immediately though.
40. Carolina Panthers – Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
What did Cordy Glenn do to get passed up by so many teams?
41. Buffalo Bills – Cordy Glenn, OT/OG, Georgia
This is a great pick by the Bills. Look out for them, they are silently building a good team.
42. Miami Dolphins – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Phenomenal pick here by the Dolphins. Just like the Bills before them, they grab an offensive lineman who has first-round talent.
43. New York Jets – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
This is a solid pick by the Jets. Hill is a bit of a project receiver, but is very talented.
44. Kansas City Chiefs – Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
This is a big reach.
45. Chicago Bears – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
A solid pick by the Bears. Alshon was a great weapon for South Carolina, and his productivity speaks for itself.
46. Philadelphia Eagles – Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California
And then Weller went to a concert
It’s after midnight so it’s technically Friday, so I’m calling this a Friday 5. It’s going to be the same as we’ve done in years past. The five best picks of the first round, the five worst picks of the first round, and the five best remaining players after the first round.
Check it out after the jump, and be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom. Continue reading
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Here we go.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Let the Luck Era begin.
2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
No surprises so far…
3. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
I’m still waiting for a big surprise to happen.
4. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Again, not a surprise.
Hurray for last-minute mock drafts! The actual draft starts in less than 40 minutes. To help pass some of those final minutes, check out my final mock draft. I’m not very happy with how it turned out, but this is how the chips fell when I went through and did it.
This is part two of three in my look at the road teams have had to travel to get to the final weekend of college basketball. A few days ago I looked at the Road to the Final Four, and examined what each of the Final Four teams (including this year) from this millennium had to do to get to the Final Four.
This post, however, is to examine what teams actually had to do to make it to the Championship Game. I took it one step further this time though because instead of looking at just the teams from this millennium, I’ve taken the data from every team to every make it to the Championship Game since they expanded the field to 64 teams in 1985. Continue reading