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Very interesting. As a fan of the promotion, I'm really interested to see if this will work.
In case your memory is foggy, Merriman was the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for the Chargers.
Merriman played his college ball at Maryland.
The big time football-to-WWE transition has worked for some guys. Bill Goldberg (Georgia + various NFL teams), The Rock (Miami FL).
This will be interesting to see how a former NFL star does.
We are just short of a month away from the NFL Draft, and with today's scuttlebutt (always wanted to use that word) about Sammy Watkins and the Lions, it's time for smoke screen season. Now admittedly, I am a man with very few discernible talents, but one talent that I seem to have a knack for, is mock NFL drafts. As some of you may recall, I did one of these mocks last year, and it proved to be pretty damn accurate. So, here we go again. To keep this short, I'm only going to post 15 picks on this thread.
1. Houston- DE Jadeveon Clowney: Too much talent to pass up, and O'brien is a strong enough offensive coach that he feels he can find QB talent later in the draft.
2. St. Louis- DE/OLB Khalil Mack- I think St. Louis stays home and surprises people a little bit here. They would move down, but with Clowney gone, and teams that like Manziel feeling they can stay where they are and still have a shot at him, they can't stay up high enough to still get Mack.
3. Detroit (Trade with Jacksonville): WR Sammy Watkins- Detroit gets their man, and gives up less than they would've had to had they traded with St. Louis. Jacksonville probably isn't in love with any of the QB's, and realizes they need an influx of talent that extra picks would provide in the deepest draft in 10 years. I do, however, love what Jacksonville is doing. Don't believe me? You will soon.
4. Cleveland-QB Johnny Manziel: The Johnny "Football" era begins in Cleveland. At the end of the day, I think Cleveland rolls the dice here. They need a fan pleaser, and a franchise QB, and they'll get both with Manziel. He's no where near a sure thing, but the guy has all kinds of intangibles that you can't teach.
5. Oakland-OT Greg Robinson: Oakland will try to move down for the 2nd year in a row, but will find Robinson too good to pass up. For reasons only known to the Raiders, they let Jared Veldheer walk, so tackle is a position of need.
6. Atlanta- OT Jake Matthews: Should a QB go #1, Atlanta is a strong possibility to move up to #2, but with Clowney going 1, Atlanta stays put. Like Oakland, this could be a blessing in disguise for Atlanta, because you can never go wrong drafting a franchise left tackle.
7. Minnesota (Trade with Tampa Bay): QB Blake Bortles- Minnesota will move up one spot to get Bortles preventing someone else moving up with Tampa to get him. Tampa is in a win-win scenario here, because the two guys left on their board that they're likely targeting will still be available.
8. Tampa Bay- WR Mike Evans: Lovie likes big WR's, and Evans will give that Tampa offense size and a whole lot more.
9. Buffalo- OT Taylor Lewan: This is the pick that will determine where the draft goes. Does a team come up and get Bridgewater, or does he slide? There's a lot of directions Buffalo could go here, but I think Lewan is the safest option left, and you know exactly what you're getting with him.
10. Jacksonville- QB Teddy Bridgewater: Jacksonville moves down and still gets a Franchise type QB. Having Henne gives Jax the luxury of bringing Teddy along slowly. I don't see anyone moving up to get Bridgewater, so Jacksonville gambles and wins.
11. Tennessee-TE Eric Ebron- Whisenhunt loves having game changers at TE in his offense. Locker gets another weapon, and a pottential Jimmy Graham like talent.
12. New York Giants: CB Darqueze Dennard-Dennard is Coughlin's kind of corner. It'll be a tough decision between Dennard and Gilbert, but I think Dennard wins out.
13. St. Louis: CB Justin Gilbert: Gilbert would be a great piece to shore up the Rams secondary. Adding Mack and Gilbert in the first 15 picks is proof that Jeff Fisher is one of the best drafters of his generation.
14. Chicago: OLB Anthony Barr-Scouts either love or hate Barr, and that will cause him to slide, because they arguments war rooms will have when they are on the clock will lead to idecisiveness. I think he ends up being special, and the next in line of great Chicago Linebackers.
15. Pittsburgh- Haha Clinton-Dix (His name reads like a 1990's punch line): Polamalu is aging and is becioming a liability in coverage. The draft is deep in safeties, but Pittsburgh won't pass on a talent like Clinton-Dix.
I know, I know, I don't know your favorite teams at all, and I'm an idiot.
In the spirit of this is offseason and there is not much to discuss of tangible value once we get past the bball NBA entrees for the next few months, here is one of those lists to have fun with. Athlon ranks all 128 coaches, will highlight some prominent names below:
- #1 Saban
- #2 Urbz
- #3 Spurrier
- #6 Synder (in my book considering his resources he should be #3)
- #8 Dantonio
- #9 Kelly
- #11 Frankin (seems high, yes good job at Vandy but let's see)
- #12 Shaw (given good foundation from Harbaugh and able to maintain it)
- #17 Miles
- #18 Fitzgerald
- #21 Anderson
- #30 RR
- #31 Mora (think this guy is a stud - if UCLA blooms this year should shoot up ranks)
- #35 Ferentz
- #36 Kill (has done well with Minnesota's resources)
- #38 Hoke
- #43 Pelini (seems too low - for all the hate he has done a solid if not great job)
- #53 Beilema (if you did this survey a year ago he'd probably be top 20, shows you how karma can hit you)
That said the "brand" is still strong as in a similar rank a month ago, UM's football coaching job was ranked #10 in the country.
Nothing shocking in the evaluation of Hoke:
I took some time recently to take a look back at the 2007 recruiting class, particularly the running backs Michigan pursued. If you don't remember, that's the class where Michigan got a not-so-stellar combination of Avery Horn and Vince Helmuth. I always find it interesting to think about what could have been and see how other recruits' careers panned out.
This is an article about Denard from the Jaguars website. Despite the in-house source it doesn't come across as just PR to me. It talks about how he is now focused now on being a running back, whereas last year there was uncertainty as to whether he'd be a WR, RB, punt or kick returner. It also says that he added 15 lbs, and spent time on ball security issues.
Anyway, like most people on this board, I'm a huge Denard fan and am hoping that he has a chance to prove what he can do, and that at the very least featuring him on their team website means that the Jaguars expect that he can play a bigger role this year.
MOD EDIT - edited the title. News about Denard Robinson or any former Michigan athlete is always on topic. - LSA