frank beamer #1
Not a fan of Dennis Dodd, but in this piece he gets at the reason why Kelly might well leave--he was lucky as heck to go 12-0 this season and will have a hard time replicating the feat:
"[D]on't interpret Kelly's interview with Philadelphia as a “money grab. . He is/was going to get paid," Dodd writes. The reason why Kelly moved fast: "The bar has been set for him and his program. There is no going back. . . Ten wins won't be acceptable, probably not after this season. . . at the moment, there is more certainty that Kelly can get himself to the next level (NFL) than he can keep Notre Dame at its current level."
Anyone disagree with this assessment? Seems about right to me.Mod Edit: thought Kelly had decided to leave based on title. Edited said title. [zl]
Mike Farrell has come out with his projections of the highest rated recruits left who haven't committed yet. He has Michigan landing Green for what it is worth. You'll notice Treadwell and others going to Ole Miss, he projects. I really want to make my way down there to see what all the hype is about.
Months ago when we got in on D. Green I looked at his mixtape and thought ..pretty good. Last night driving home I heard Sam say he was the #6 player overall and #1 RB on Scout. I told myself I must be missing something. I just watched it again and I just don't see it. I think Thomas Rawls and Stephen Hopkins tapes were more impressive.
I'm not questioning the scouting of him, I'll believe he's great until proven otherwise. I'm just curious if anyone else watched the tape and thought the same thing. I read the ESPN profile and they said he was a bruiser but I don't see that many highlight broken tackles. He didn't appear to run away from anyone. Maybe his competition was outstanding. I know the level of competition can be a key factor in how exciting a tape can be. Again he looks good, but what I'm saying is for being the #1 back in the country you think it would stand out more. Maybe his friend is a terrible editor?
With the wonderfully surprising news of Lewan’s return I thought a quick post to celebrate the glory of a real depth chart at the offensive line for the first time in what seems like forever.
Note – I’m making a few assumptions just to illustrate this. Obviously if Lewan were to miss a game they would probably shift things around so the best available back-up comes in and Schofield moves to LT. I’m also making the assumption that Bryant wins the starting job at RG even though I think that is the one position where things are totally up in the air.
- Lewan & Schofield
- Braden & Magnuson
- Fox & Tuley-Tillman
- Kalis & Bryant
- Bars & Burzynski
- Bosch & Dawson
I honestly hope that a 6’1” walk-on doesn’t end up having to play a lot of guard, but I don’t want to sell Burzynski short since he clearly did some good things this past year. If I were him, I would work all summer on learning to snap the ball and getting in the mix to be a back-up center. You can live with a 6’1” center and there’s a potential opportunity on the depth chart.
I also wonder if Magnuson or Braden could be an option at RG if they’re truly one of the 5 best guys. I suppose a long-shot option would be to put Braden at RT and move Schofield back to RG.
RIP horrific looking depth charts that feature true-freshmen in the 2-deep.
Also, Magnus has a full depth chart prediction on his site right now: http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2013/01/premature-2013-depth-chart.html
Perhaps the banner should be featuring Taylor Lewan from here on out?
Slow morning here on the board so a topic I thought would be interesting. Who's your NFL team and who do you want them to draft?
Also, the other side, which team would be an ideal landing spot for your favorite College players?
As a Bears fan, I don't have a favorite, but they better get at least 2 OL in the draft and another UDFA or 3. I'd be surprised if Fisher is there at 20, but I wouldn't mind them taking the OG Cooper. As I see it we've got a center, a guard, and possibly a RT if he can stay healthy. If Lewan had gone, I'd have loved to see him in blue and orange. The other position of need is at LB. If Urlacher comes back, it won't be for long and Briggs is getting old too.
In terms of favorite players, it'd be the rich getting richer, but I think the Pats should draft Denard. BB has been a very creative offensive mind (know anyone else who would hand off to a TE like he does with Hernandez?) and the last few M players to head there have flourished. I think the blueprint for how to use Denard is there with how Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb have been used... maybe the Steelers? They've had quite a few college-qbs become solid WRs. I know MGoShoe has been dreaming of a backfield with RGIII and Denard... which would suck for everyone else.
Who's your team? Who would you draft if you were the GM? Where would you like to see your favorite college players land?