Well there have been good episodes this season, and some less-than-stellar ones. But I think the latest episode, “Winning Ugly,” wins the award for the most frustrating episode of season 6. Sure, it helps to remember that this is just a TV show. But the injustices! This episode could have alternatively been titled “When It Rains It Pours.” Bad things are happening for pretty much everyone, so let’s get to it
For weeks the members of IB Sports have clamored for a mock draft. Finally I gave in here are the results. If you’re Marcus Mariota, you hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. In our draft QB needy teams like the Jets and Redskins passed on the Oregon QB. Mariota wasn’t picked until the 12th slot by the Cleveland Browns.
NFL Mock Draft 2015
|#||Team||IBS Member||Draft Pick|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mr Chase Howells||Jameis Winston|
|2||Tenessee Titans||Cory Carlton||Leonard Williams|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Cody Adkins||Dante Fowler Jr|
|4||Oakland Raiders||chase||Amari Cooper|
|5||Washington Redskins||Rehan||Vic Beasley|
|6||NY Jets||RC||La’el Collins|
|7||Chicago Bears||Jessi||Kevin White|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||Pierce||Shane Ray|
|9||NY Giants||lawrence finer||Brandon Scherff|
|10||St Louis Rams||Cody Adkins||Devante Parker|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||Jessi/Rob||Trae Waynes|
|12||Cleveland Browns||Cody Adkins||marcus mariota|
|13||New Orleans Saints||RC||Bud Dupree|
|14||Miami Dolphins||Matthew Kirsch||Kevin Johnson|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||James Pierce||Arik Armstead|
|16||Houston Texans||Yeezus||Dorial Green-Beckham|
|17||San Diego Chargers||Cody adkins||todd gurley|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||Cody Adkins||Erick Flowers|
|19||Cleveland Browns||Cody adkins||Jaleen strong|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Kyle Ronkartz||Landon collins|
|21||Cincinatti Bengals||RC||Randy Gregory|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cory Carlton||Marcus Peters|
|23||Detroit Lions||Brandon Jarvis||Malcom Brown|
|24||Arizona Cardinals||Yeezus||Melvin Gordon|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Cody Adkins||Andrus peat|
|26||Baltimore Ravens||Aaron Doherty||Byron Jones|
|27||Dallas Cowboys||Chris Sims||Tevin Coleman|
|28||Denver Broncos||Cody||Danny Shelton|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Brandon Jarvis||Jay ajayi|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Adam Yarbrough||Eric Kendricks|
|31||New Orleans Saints||RC||Owamagbe Odighizuwa|
|32||New England Patriots||Bryan austin||Jalen collins|
With the First pick Tampa Bay took Jameis Winston. No surprise there. They needed a signal caller and the got the best one in the draft. With the second pick most thought the Titans would take Mariota but were shocked when they took Leonard Williams. After the pick was in Coach Whisenhunt came onto the broadcast and said they will ride with Zach Mettenberger this season. The next few picks fell into place with the Jags taking Fowler Jr, the Raiders taking wide reciever Amari Cooper out of Alabama. At 5 the Redskins took Vic Beasley. They were targerting Fowler but he was not there so they took Beasley….At 6 the New York Jets made a pick which confused some people, but it was solid. We all had Mariota pegged here after being passed ocver by the Titans but again he was looked past, and the Jets picked La’el Collins. At 8 the Falcons took Shane Ray who should fit in well in new head coach Dan Quinn. Finally with the 12th pick the Cleveland Browns took Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. it is expected that the Browns are actively shopping Johnny Manziel.
The Houston Texans went out on a limb and took by far the most controversial player in the draft Dorial Green-Beckham. He has everything you could ask for on the field with his size/speed but he has character issues and has been caught twice with marijuana. The Texans had no choice but to pick a Wr with the release of Andre Johnson. The San Diego Chargers selected Todd Gurley with the 17th pick. We will have to see how he rebounds from his ACL surgery but the young man is a special player who will fit in nicely.
Two studs were taken back to back with the Bengals taking Randy Gregory and the Steelers taking Marcus Peters. Both guys come with character concerns. Peters was kicked off the Huskis football team in November and Gregory was popped with testing positive for marijuana at the combine. Gregory plays with great bend and change of direction. But the knock on him is his size. Can he gain some weight? He has been compare to Dion Jordon coming out of Oregon… Time will tell how he plays this season. The Cardinals took Melvin Gordon with probably the steal of the first round. he translates very well to the pro game. He needs to become a better blocker and pass catcher.
At 27 the Cowboys selected Tevin Coleman out of Indiana. Mel Kiper Jr went balastic when this pick was announced…. He was quoted say “Jerry Jones has had some very good drafts recently but he seems to be resorting back to his oldself. He has to give Rod Marinelli some guys to play for him”.
With the 28th pick the the denver broncos got the best interior lineman in the draft in Danny Shelton. They really needed a run stopper to take the place of the departed Terrance Knighton and they got it with Shelton. All in all the 1st round of the draft was as we expected with a few surprises.
Steph Curry and James Harden are both worry candidates for NBA MVP. However the media’s love affair with Curry will make him a runaway winner.
The reaction in the room of fans was nothing short of rapturous upon seeing Harrison Ford back in character as Han. A few burst into tears at the end of the the 110-second teaser.
1. Han flies again
The trailer ended in a big way, with Han Solo and Chewbacca having apparently arrived after a flight on the Millennium Falcon.
2. That’s not Tatooine
Abrams revealed that their shooting location was not meant to represent the Skywalker ancestral home of Tatooine, as many believed.
Instead, it’s a planet called Jakku, where much of the early action of the movie takes place. Daisy Ridley’s Rey meets up with a stromtrooper, Finn (John Boyega) and that’s where the adventure begins.
3. Hints of Luke and Leia
Oscar Isaac dropped a major hint that his pilot character of Poe is sent on a mission by “a princess,” and we’re fairly certain which one he meant.
Leia and Luke aren’t seen in the trailer, but we hear Luke’s unmistakable voice as he passes along a lightsaber, presumably to other Skywalker family members.
Carrie Fisher also teased her new wardrobe but and promised no metal bikini.
4. There’s less CGI than in the prequels
Abrams said he was proud that “you can watch the movie and see what it is” before the effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic did their work.
And yes, the new droid BB-8 (who was a fan favorite at the panel) is not CGI.
5. The ruins of the Empire are all around
A crashed Star Destroyer can be seen at the opening of the trailer, as well as a look at Anakin Skywalker’s skull inside his Darth Vader helmet. Chills.
Winston and Mariota have the potential to be, at the least, good quarterbacks. But it wouldn’t be that big a surprise if no other quarterback in this draft class ever becomes a starter. What it looks like is two top signal-callers, then a bunch of guys who look to be backups at best. Granted, a couple of them could be good backups. Still, when you’re talking about a position group where a lot of the prospects could be good backups, it’s not a strong position group.
Jameis Winston:Winston is the most NFL-ready quarterback and also the guy with the biggest upside in this draft class. He has prototype pocket-passer size (6-foot-4, 231 pounds), a strong arm and experience in a pro-style attack. He has taken snaps from under center, called plays, read defenses, and called audibles. His off-field maturity is a concern, but if everything jells, he will be a productive, high-level starter for a decade
Marcus Mariota: Scheme-based quarterback who will face the same challenges that several quarterbacks before him have faced in terms of learning how to read defenses and go through progressions. The tape was less kind to Mariota than expected, but his size, athleticism and consistency of football character throughout his career are necessary traits in becoming a good-to-great quarterback. Mariota’s ability to create outside the pocket will help win games here and there and buy him time as he plies his craft.
UCLA’s Brett Hundley: Hundley toyed with the idea of turning pro after his redshirt sophomore season in 2013 but came back for his junior season in an effort to improve as a quarterback. Truthfully, he didn’t improve all that much, and the issues he had in 2013 remain. Hundley is a good athlete who runs the read-option quite well and has a nice arm. But considering his mobility, he takes way too many sacks, an offshoot of not being decisive in the pocket. He hasn’t shown he can be a pocket passer, and that should scare NFL teams. Can he become one? Certainly. He is smart and athletic, but it will take a while — it also might never happen.
Bryce Petty: NFL evaluators felt like Petty’s senior season was disappointing, but those same evaluators love his size, leadership and intangibles. He needs a year or two of practice time and camp work to learn how to get through his progressions, but has the intelligence to do that. Petty flashed plenty of arm strength at the NFL Scouting Combine and as the draft draws closer, teams might very well begin to conceptualize Petty fitting into their offense as a potential starter of the future.