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Where The Line Gets Drawn: The Richie Incognito Story

Posted by lindsaybebout on November 11th, 2013

Bullying is definitely the buzz word of the year in America.  The anti-bullying movement is one that has gained momentum these past couple of years.  When people hear the word bullying they always associate it with school and adolescents.  If the Richie Incognito controversy has proven anything, its that this is definitely not the case.

On October 30th, it was reported that Jonathan Martin, right tackle for the Miami Dolphins, had left the team facilities two days prior due to “emotional” reasons. On November 2, it was reported that Richie Incognito’s harassment of Martin, which dates back all the way to the 2012 season, was being reviewed by the NFL Player’s Association.  Initially, it was reported that he had been mistreated by some of his teammates during lunch that day when they asked him to sit with them, but then got up and left the table as soon as he sat down.  On October 31st, Martin was listed on the injury report with an unspecified injury and missed the Miami Dolphins game that day.  It was later reported that during this time Martin had checked into a hospital for emotional distress before flying to his parent’s California home.   It was here that he started “preparing a detailed document for his cooperation with a league investigation into a string of alleged multiple incidents he says led to his emotional distress and exit from the team”.

On November 2nd, it was reported that Richie Incognito had been in the ring-leading role in the harassment of Martin going as far back as the 2012 season and that it was being reviewed by the NFL Players Association. On November 3rd, Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins for “conduct detrimental to the team.”  The next day, it was reported that he had sent numerous texts and voicemails making threats against Martin and Martin’s family.   According to Incognito, he had reached out to Martin after Martin had left the team, and that the two had an amicable text exchange, in which Incognito claims Martin said he did not blame him or his teammates personally; he expressed being upset with the report, even going on Twitter to demand that ESPN’s Adam Scheftner “Stop slandering my name.”

Schefter subsequently reported statements from an unnamed source saying that the team and the league were now in possession of highly disturbing texts and voicemails in which Incognito used a racial slur against Martin, and a disturbing text with “a reference to tracking down members of Martin’s family and harming them” and even threatening to kill Martin. It was reported that, Incognito’s alleged harassment of Martin had gotten to the point wheret Martin actually feared for his safety, and felt that leaving the team was his only option.  According to Schefter, the final straw for the Miami Dolphins was a highly graphic voicemail Incognito left Martin in April 2013, in which he  called Martin a “half-n***** piece of s***,” then threatened to slap his mother across the face, and then gave death threat against Martin. Until then, the Dolphins had publicly maintained the charges against Incognito were pure speculation.

ESPN reported that sources had told them of a specific allegation in which Incognito had gotten Martin to contribute $15,000 to help finance a trip to Las Vegas by some teammates last summer, even though Martin did not like traveling with the group.  The sources claim that Martin simply gave Incognito the $15,000 because he feared the consequences if he did not hand over the money.

This is not the first time Incognito has been the center of controversy.  In 2009, he got into a verbal altercation with then-St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo for multiple penalties he had caused in a game.  He was waived a couple days later.  In college, Incognito was also suspended for the 2004 season at Nebraska because of off-the-field incidents.  Incognito was also voted the second-dirtiest player in the NFL from a poll in the Sporting News during the 2012 season.  Houston Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith swung a helmet at him during an August preseason game, alleging foul play.

Besides those involved, most people still have no idea what the truth is of the situation.  Many feel Martin should have been tougher and not succumbed into the harassment; others feel Incognito is a terrible human being.  Everyone’s opinion seems to be a black and white thing, but I believe its more of different shades of grey.

I definitely believe Incognito crossed a line that is not okay.  No matter what people think about NFL players, we are all people who have feelings and can be affected by others.  I don’t believe Incognito was purposely trying to make Martin afraid for his life and trying to get him to quit football.  I feel he didn’t realize how far he was taking his actions and the effects they could have.

The NFL needs to use this situation to teach a lesson, not only to the NFL players, but to athletes around the country.  Bullying and hazing is something that needs to disappear.  The NFL needs to make it a rule that the league has a zero tolerance view on.  The benefits of bullying and hazing are nothing and it has shown to just cause problems.  Although most of what is done by players is harmless, there has been way too many cases of it getting out of control.  Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly was quoted this past week as saying, “All our guys, they’re all members of the same team and I think everybody should be treated the same way … Everybody’s a professional.  Everybody’s on the same team … We’re all on the same side.”

The commissioner is strict on illegal hits, dog fighting, and DUIs, so why should it stop with bullying and hazing.  Roger Goodell needs to start the process of putting an end to the nonsense and teach the younger generations that demeaning and isolating people brings nothing good to the table and that everybody is an equal part of the team.

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The Brady Quinn Question

Posted by lindsaybebout on November 1st, 2013

Is it just me or does it seem like Brady Quinn gets signed to a new team every season?

Quinn has been on 6 different teams in the last 6 years (3 alone in the last year!)  This off-season he got released by the Seattle Seahawks and got cut by the New York Jets at the beginning of the season;  He lost to Tarvaris Jackson for the backup quarterback  position for the Seahawks and got cut by the Jets to make room for back-up quarterback David Garrand.  He recently got signed by the St. Louis Rams after Sam Bradford with down with an injury.

The Cleveland Browns drafted him in 2007  in the first round as the 22nd pick.  Quinn signed a five-year deal with the Browns worth a reported $20.2 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed.  Although he started out at 3rd on the Browns quarterback depth chart, he made his NFL debut in the final game of that season due to injuries and trades.  His first NFL game debut was in the Browns’ final game against the San Francisco 49ers.  He went 3-for-8, and made it to the red zone but failed to score.

That next season, Quinn was named the back-up again.  He did, however, become the starter after the Browns started 3-5.  His first official start resulted in a loss against the Denver Broncos.  He ended up breaking his finger 2 games later, and was sidelined the rest of the season.

In his final season on the Browns, Quinn was named the starter 4 days before the season opener.   Before being placed in injury reserve with two games left, Quinn managed to win to go 2-8 that season. He ended up with a a total of 1,339 totals passing yards, 8 TDs, 7 interceptions, and a 30.6 QBR.  AKA nothing to brag about.

He ended up being traded to the Denver Broncos and for the next two seasons remained the backup quarterback for Kyle Orton and then Tim Tebow.  He didn’t play a single game in these two years.

In 2012, as a free agent he signed as a back-up quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and won out for the job.  He became the starter in week 6, after Matt Cassell suffered a concussion and couldn’t play.  That season he finished 1-9 in the 10 games he started.  Quinn had a grand total of 1,141 passing yards, 2 TDs, 8 interceptions, and a 26.6 QBR.

The Kansas City Chiefs did not resign him the following year;  Then came the Seahawks, and then came the Jets, and now he is on the Rams.

I just do not understand why teams keep signing him when quarterbacks like Vince Young and Tim Tebow have difficulties getting signed by teams.  They have proven they have the ability to win football games.  Brady Quinn’s record for starting games is currently 3-17!  Vince Young is at 30-17 and Tim Tebow is at 7-4 and a playoff win. Vince Young and Tim Tebow are both exciting quarterbacks and fans of football enjoy watching them.  There is nobody that is a Brady Quinn fan.  He has proven nothing and has not helped any team he has been on win football games.  When are teams going to learn the lesson the Quinn experiment does not work.   He may be more of a conventional quarterback than say Young or Tebow, but that doesn’t mean he will make anyone’s team better.

Teams in the NFL continue to be ignorant and fail to take chances on guys that can spark something in their team and lead them to victory.  They need to stop going conventional and stop thinking Brady Quinn might be the answer to their problems.  The St. Louis Rams will definitely will learn that very soon.

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Posted by lindsaybebout on October 16th, 2013

This Sunday night’s game might be the most anticipated game of this regular season: Peyton Manning is returning to his former home when the Broncos play the Colts at Indianapolis.

On March 7, 2012, the Colts officially released Peyton Manning with the intention of drafting Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.  Many questioned if Manning would even be able to play anymore after coming off of 4 neck surgeries and having many doctors question it.  On March 20, 2012, however, the Denver Broncos signed him to a $90 million, 5 year deal. On draft day, April 26, 2012, the Indianapolis Colts chose Andrew Luck with the first overall pick.  A year and a half later the two quarterbacks will finally meet on the field.

Did the Colts make the right decision?  Hard to say.  Since becoming a starter again, Peyton Manning has been killing it.  He lead the Broncos to a 13-3 record last season, and currently has them at 6-0 and are ranked the #1 offense in the NFL.  I, along with many others, believe it is the Broncos year to win a Super Bowl.

Andrew Luck, however, is not doing too shabby himself either. Last season he lead the Colts into the post season with an 11-5 record and is currently in first again with a 4-2 record.  Luck is arguably the best quarterback in not only his draft class, but in the last couple of drafts.  he has shown a lot of improvement from his rookie season and seems to be going in the right direction.  However, he will never be Peyton Manning.

Do I think Andrew Luck will eventually become one of the elite quarterback once the current quartet retires?  Yes.  I don’t think he will ever reach the level Peyton Manning ever did.

Peyton Manning has 12 seasons of throwing more than 4000 yards, has 7 seasons of throwing over 30 touchdowns, has gone to 12 Pro-Bowls, and has been named the league MVP 4 times.

Andrew Luck has gone to one Pro-Bowl.

I understand that there is obviously a massive difference in the amount of years each has played.  But this is Peyton Manning we are talking about! His legacy is something that will never be forgotten.  Has Andrew Luck really showed that he can live up to Peyton Manning? No.  he has shown he can be a good quarterback…but Peyton Manning is not just “good”.

I think the Colts made a mistake because when they released Peyton Manning because I think Manning will definitely win a Super Bowl before Andrew Luck does.  Not only that, but the Colts ruined what could have been considered a great legacy between the team and their quarterback.  Why they didn’t want Peyton to finish his career with them I don’t understand.

I predict on Sunday’s game, it will be the most competitive game yet for the Broncos, but that the Broncos will come out in victory 38-24.

Peyton 1, Andrew 0

What do you think?

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Joke’s On You If You Ever Thought Eli Manning Was Elite

Posted by lindsaybebout on October 11th, 2013

Not too long ago there were tons of debates about whether or not Eli or Peyton was the better Manning.  Ask that question today and whoever you ask will laugh at you.

After Eli Manning won his second Super Bowl there was so much debate about if Eli Manning was an elite quarterback.  To my surprise it seemed like most analysts agreed with this assumption.  I never understood it.  Yes the guy has 2 Super Bowl wins but I have never been that impressed with his play.  Sure I have witnessed elite moments, but elite moments doesn’t make a player elite.

I think it can be agreed upon that both Super Bowl wins were not the result of amazing game play.  The first time around the Giants on some last minute hail-mary throw that was caught off the receiver’s helmet.  The second Super Bowl win, in my opinion, was not so much won by the Giants but lost by the Patriots.  There were too many injuries and too many dropped catches; and again there was that magical last minute play to win the game.

How can somebody be considered elite when they hold the Giants team record for most interceptions in a season?  Every quarterback is going to have some down years, but that is not a statistic that any “elite” quarterback can have.  Being an elite quarterback means you consistently play well; you may not have your best game but you don’t consistently have them.  This season Eli Manning has lead the Giants to a 0-6 start and leads the league in interceptions with 13.  The guy has yet to score more than 30 touchdowns in a single season  in his career and has only thrown more than 4000 yards in 3 seasons.  These are not statistics of an elite player.

Elite quarterbacks can turn an average receiver into a star.  Look at what Peyton Manning has done for the Broncos receivers and what Tom Brady consistently does for his players every year.  Eli Manning has yet to do that.  There is no one he has helped standout.  Sure he has had some nice chemistry with certain players, but nothing so incredible that it gets talked about.

Keep in mind Peyton Manning has had 12 seasons with more than 40o0 yards, has 7 seasons with over 30 touchdown passes, and is currently leading the number one ranked offense in all of football.  But hey go ahead and debate it.

Is Eli Manning a top 10 quarterback? Definitely possible.  Is Eli Manning an elite quarterback? Absolutely not

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Fantasy Football…For Worse or For Better?

Posted by lindsaybebout on October 5th, 2013

I am an avid fantasy football player.  I have won a few seasons and I have also done very poorly in a few seasons.  This season I happen to be doing very good as I am in 1st place in 3 of my leagues.

Playing fantasy football for me makes games that I wouldn’t normally care about suddenly interesting if one of my fantasy players was not on it.  This season I am obsessed with every Miami Dolphins game because I have both Lamar Miller and Brian Hartline on my roster.  This is the case with lots of people that play fantasy football.  They don’t really care which team wins as long as their player does well.

Is this necessarily a good thing for people who consider themselves fans of real football.  I still remember the game last season where I had Tom Brady as my starting quarterback and they were playing my Denver Broncos; they person I was playing had Peyton Manning as their quarterback.  I have never dis-enjoyed a game more in my life.  What was more important to me…have my real team win or my fantasy team win?

Fantasy football definitely has the potential to steer people away from what they really love.  If they get too caught up in the fantasy aspect they will lose the appreciation for the game of football itself.  Never root against your real team if its the only way you can win fantasy football.  Although fantasy football to be something that strengthens your passion for football, not something that makes you forget why you love your team.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft

Posted by pmanocchio on April 23rd, 2013

The 2013 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27th. Below is my perspective of the first round of the draft. This mock draft does not include trades, but look for them to be abundant on Thursday night.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: The Chiefs need a tackle to protect their new quarterback and to keep Jamal Charles healthy. Joeckel fits this need and is one of the safest picks in the draft.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordon, DE, Oregon: The Jaguars take a long look at Geno Smith, but decide it is too early to give up on Blaine Gabbert and select Jordon, an athletic freak who can get to the quarterback and cause excitement in Jacksonville.

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: The Raiders have a massive whole in the middle of their defense after losing Desmond Bryant, Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly. Defensive tackle will be the pick. The only debate will be between Floyd and Star Lotulelei.

4. Philadephia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: This pick will change the whole draft. The Eagles could go many directions, including Geno Smith, but ultimately they decided to protect the quarterbacks they have. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles trade into the back of the first round and also pick up Quarterback E.J. Manuel.

5. Detriot Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, OLB, BYU: If Fisher is available the Lions will pounce on him, but if not look for the Lions to find a replacement for Cliff Avril. Anash is still learning how to play football and though he is raw, his potential as a pass rusher is unlimited.

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: The Browns may trade this pick, especially if Milliner is already taken. If he is available, the Browns will have a hard time resisting the possibility of a Joe Haden and Dee Milliner cornerback tandem for years to come.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: The only thing worse than the Cardinals quarterback play last season was their offensive line. Johnson will add an immediate boast to new quarterback Carson Palmer.

8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Kevin Kolb is not the quarterback of the future and if Geno Smith falls this low, look for the Bills to pull the trigger. New coach Doug Marrone saw firsthand against his Syracuse team at Yankee Stadium just how bad Smith can be in the chilly New York weather, so this pick would be a mistake, but it is likely.

9. New York Jets: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: The Jets will not be able to resist the opportunity for a young defensive line of Muhammad Wilkerson, Star Lotulelei and Quentin Couples. Lotulelei is the best player available and a steal at this pick.

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: Chris Johnson was inconsistent due to terrible offensive line play. Adding Andy Levite in the offseason and Warmack, maybe the safest pick in the draft, would help bring consistency to the running game.

11. San Diego Chargers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: Phillip Rivers struggled without Vincent Jackson last season. Austin would give the Chargers the explosive weapon they’ve lacked since the departure of Darren Sproles.

12. Miami Dolphins: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: The Dolphins are desperate for offensive line help after filling many other needs in the offseason. Look for the Dolphins to try to trade up, but if they can’t they may settle on the best tackle available.

13. New York Jets: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: The Jets look to use the pick they obtained for Revis to draft their cornerback of the future.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: The Panthers desperately need defensive line and safety help. This pick should come down to Richardson or Vaccaro.

15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, LB, LSU: Mingo is raw, but has incredible athletic ability, which makes his draft status hard to predict. If he is still available at 15, the Saints, in need of a pass rusher, will waste no time running to the podium.

16. St. Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia: Ogletree has had his share of off-field issues, but there is no questioning his ability on the field. The Rams are rumored to really like Olgetree and he might not be around if they wait until pick 22.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia: Once considered a top 5 pick, Jones has seen his stock drop due to medical concerns and an awful pro day. Jones may not be the athletic specimen of some of the other pass rushing linebackers in this class, but his production and ability to get to the quarterback are undeniable.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: Cooper is a top 10 player in this class and one of the safest picks in the draft. Luckily for the Cowboys, the teams ahead of them had other needs and Tony Romo receives a gift to help protect him and his new contract.

19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Werner has been projected all over the place after a productive college career and an average combine. Werner, from Germany, is still learning the game and his potential is scary in the right system, such as the Giants.

20. Chicago Bears: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame: Te’o will not go as high as originally predicted, but he will not fall as hard as many project either. Off-field issues aside, Te’o is a football player who makes plays. The Bears moved on from Brain Urlacher and though Te’o is no Urlacher, he may be the closest thing to him at Middle Linebacker in this draft.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas: If Vaccaro is available with this pick, the Bengals will waste no time filling one of their biggest needs, with one of the best players available.

22. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Patterson was not the most productive receiver in college, but scouts are drooling over his potential. The Rams need another offensive weapon after losing Danny Amendola and Patterson should help make life easier on Sam Bradford.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: Kevin Williams is aging gracefully, but he will be 33 this year and the Vikings have little other help at defensive tackle. The Vikings used to have the tandem of Kevin and Pat Williams at defensive tackle, so why not add another Williams at DT?

24. Indianapolis Colts: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU: Hunt reminds some of J.J. Watt based on his huge 6’8 frame. If the Colts feel Hunt is even half the player Watt is then they will him to help rush the passer after losing Dwight Freeney.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: After filling a need at defensive tackle, the Vikings continue to improve on that side of the ball by getting the top corner available. Trufant certainly has the breeding to be successful with two brothers already in the NFL.

26. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: Eifert probably won’t last until 26, but I had a hard time finding a spot for him. Look for a team in the top ten to trade back or a team in the 20s to move up to take him somewhere in the 12-18 range in the draft. If he is available the Packers will gladly take Eifert to pair with Finely for a year before his contract is up and Eifert becomes the man.

27. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Hunter offers the rare combination of size and speed and could end up being the best receiver in this class if he puts it all together. The Texans offensive will be even more explosive with some help for Andre Johnson.

28. Denver Broncos: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: The Broncos have very few needs but they could certainly use another linebacker and Brown is considered to be one of the safest linebackers in the draft.

29. New England Patriots: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State: Cornellius has top ten potential, but is coming off a torn ACL. Look for a talented team, such as the Patriots to roll the dice on Carradine, who many say has better pro potential then his teammate Bjoern Werner.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: The Falcons will look to focus on defense if Tyler Eifert is gone. Jones fills a need at defensive end and is flying a little under the radar after a productive career at UCLA.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, S, LSU: The 49ers will have their choice of three top safeties after watching only one get drafted before them. Eric Reid is the most complete safety available and gets the slight nod over the smaller Matt Elam and the slower John Cyprien.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU: The Ravens could go many directions after losing several key pieces this offseason, but losing Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe at linebacker could end up being the biggest blow. Minter and second year linebacker Courtney Upshaw should help the transition.

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Super Bowl

Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

Super Bowl Prediction: The 49ers. A special teams blunder costed them a chance last year, and new additions will help lead them to the promise land.

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Who Should be on Hard Knocks?

Posted by briesen on May 10th, 2012

Now that the Falcons have turned down Hard Knocks we can start speculating on which NFL team should receive the coveted spot for the hit HBO series. There are numerous candidates and as we’ve seen in the past, you can’t really go wrong with any team. I’m eliminating the Saints, Broncos and Jets right off the bat because they’ve just dominated the off season news too much. Also teams that have been in before are automatically eliminated. Here are the top candidates left:

1. New England Patriots- This one may not have too many new and exciting story lines, but it would be interesting to see how the best run franchise in football prepares for the season. Also it’d be fun to follow Gronk around for a few weeks. The Patriots would never allow this so the points probably moot.

2. Washington Redskins- From the best run franchise to the worst run franchise. Daniel Snyder would probably beg HBO for Hard Knocks just for some attention. RGIII going from draft pick to team leader would be a transition worth watching. Maybe the Geico caveman would even show up to play Brian Orakpo in scrabble.

3. New York Giants- How about that other New York team? They may not have Tebow, but they are the Super Bowl Champions and Eli would be good for at least one unintentionally funny moment per episode. Who wouldn’t want to see Tom Coughlin yelling at the newly signed Shaun Rogers for being five minutes late to a meeting?

4. Cleveland Browns- What’s training camp like for a team with no hope? The Browns reside in the hardest division in football and have a brutal schedule that includes playing the NFC East. They’ll be lucky to win four games this year. Their most compelling story is a quarterback competition brewing between Colt Mccoy and Brandon Weeden. Do training camps like this fool around more? Would they put bounties on their own players to make things more exciting? There’s no telling what a team already in competition for next year’s number one pick could do.

5. Seattle Seahawks- Does anyone really know what’s going on in Seattle? You have a good (in the competition sense, not talent) QB battle between Tavaris Jackson and Matt Flynn. We could finally solve the great mystery of how many skittles Marshawn Lynch eats in one day.

6. Chicago Bears- Da Bears are actually my favorite of all the candidates. They have a quarterback who has been labeled soft and makes the same sleepy face during a football game that I made during my Geology class. A Matt Forte hold out could definitely be looming. The newly aquried Brandon Marshall has had some off the field issues to say the least. There’s also Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester, who we might as well enjoy while we can until the NFL becomes even lamer and eliminates kick offs.

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Mock 2012 NFL Draft (1st Round)

Posted by qbert1387 on March 26th, 2012

The 2012 NFL season officially began 2 weeks ago with the ruckus of free agency, but we are now just one month away from April’s NFL Draft. A chance to start over, a chance for the comeback, or a chance to put you over the top. Every team is looking for that no-brainer, or the diamond in the rough selection, so let’s take a look and see whose name your favorite team will be calling out on draft day.

1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2. Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil OT USC
4. Cleveland Browns- Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6. St. Louis Rams- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
8. Miami Dolphins- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
9. Carolina Panthers- Michael Brockers DT LSU
10. Buffalo Bills- Riley Reiff OT Iowa
11. Seattle Seahawks- Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
12. Kansas City Chiefs- Dontari Poe DT Memphis
13. Arizona Cardinals- David DeCastro OG Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys- Mark Barron S Alabama
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
16. New York Jets- Courtney Upshaw OLB/DE Alabama
17. Cincinnati Bengals- Lamar Miller RB Miami FL
18. San Diego Chargers- Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
19. Chicago Bears- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
20. Tennessee Titans- Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
22. Cleveland Browns- Andre Branch DE Clemson
23. Detroit Lions- Mike Adams OT Ohio State
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
25. Denver Broncos- Kendall Wright WR Baylor
26. Houston Texans- Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
27. New England Patriots- Janoris Jenkins CB Florida
28. Green Bay Packers- Kendall Reyes DE UConn
29. Baltimore Ravens- Nick Perry DE/OLB USC
30. San Francisco 49ers- Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31. New England Patriots- Peter Konz C Wisconsin
32. New York Giants- Donta Hightower ILB Alabama

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Peyton Manning: “The Decision” pt. 2

Posted by qbert1387 on March 19th, 2012

NFL’s free agency opened last week with mass chaos of swirling rumors and reported mega-deals, but the name that’s been floating around the most has been Peyton Manning and where he will decide to play. Will he play in Tennessee? How about those 49ers? Well, unfortunately for Dolphins fans, in this Decision, Manning will not be taking his talents to South Beach. Peyton Manning has finally made his long awaited decision, and he has decided to play for…the Denver Broncos. Wait. WTF? That’s right; #18 will be wearing blue and orange next year, barring catastrophic setbacks in contract negotiations. John Elway finally has his traditional style quarterback in Denver for 2012 in Peyton, which means by all accounts, once the deal is official; the Broncos will look to trade 2011 superstar Tim Tebow. Former teammates of Peyton, Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne have already signed elsewhere (Garcon-Washington, Wayne-re-sign Indy) so chances at reuniting won’t happen for them, but center Jeff Saturday is still available and this could be the Broncos next move; reuniting him with Manning.

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