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|2 hours 44 min ago||I'm... stunned. Really didn't||
I'm... stunned. Really didn't think he'd get taken at all. Before Stribling?
Great for him. He'll be ecstatic.
|4 hours 37 min ago||Hard to predict the last two||
Hard to predict the last two rounds. We could see an OL (or two!) and Smith and Stribling and Thomas.
Or none of them.
I think someone should take a flyer on Stribling. He was really good.
|4 hours 47 min ago||Yep. Breaks the heart. We||
Yep. Breaks the heart. We were absolutely right about the talent level and the timing of the opportunity. And those worried about the OL were absolutely right, too.
If Michigan had a solid OL OR a great college QB (I like Speight and thought he was fine, but he wasn't "great") they at least put up a good fight in the playoff against Clemson, maybe more.
But if Brady Hoke had developed those things, he might not have been fired.
|4 hours 55 min ago||10 players drafted, none of||
10 players drafted, none of them from the OL.
There's your answer.
|4 hours 57 min ago||Note that I am asking||
Note that I am asking questions from a Michigan perspective, not making predictions. And those questions come, basically, from media "best available player" lists that have Smith and Braden in the top 100 of that category.
Honestly I'm surprised Stribling is so low. I would think he'd be a better pick than anyone else Michigan fielded on offense, but I don't make big money evaluating talent, either.
It's not inconceivable that Michigan has nobody picked the rest of the day. It's also possible that two or three other guys get calls.
|5 hours 8 min ago||SLATER SCOOP: Broncos taking||
|5 hours 17 min ago||So the tally for Michigan is||
So the tally for Michigan is 2 offensive guys (both starting wideouts) and 7 defenders. So far.
Will Michigan get a guy drafted from its mediocre OL? Will Stribling get a late-round flyer? Will someone like Deveon's power / blocking combination?
And who, finally, will pick Jake Butt?
|5 hours 21 min ago||Hopefully the Chiefs are||
Hopefully the Chiefs are smarter at football than I am.
Rich Eisen with a shout-out to Brady Hoke for bringing a lot of these guys in for Harbaugh to develop.
|5 hours 24 min ago||Wow, good for him. I'm||
Wow, good for him. I'm honestly surprised.
|5 hours 25 min ago||Great stuff. Jordan Glasgow||
Jordan Glasgow is now basically a sure thing to surprise everybody and star somewhere in our secondary, getting drafted in the fifth or the sixth round somewhere. Because that's what they do.
|5 hours 26 min ago||"I haven't watched him play,||
"I haven't watched him play, therefore he isn't as good as a guy I have seen watch play" is a pretty typical line of logic from fans. I've been guilty of it at times. It's still bad logic.
|5 hours 27 min ago||Sad when a key pick like that||
Sad when a key pick like that turns out to be so disappointing. Two big TE misses in the Stafford era if memory serves.
|5 hours 29 min ago||Ryan Glasgow to Cincy. Good||
Ryan Glasgow to Cincy. Good for him! He should be a rotation guy for years.
|5 hours 34 min ago||Oh, his injury is a huge||
Oh, his injury is a huge factor. But I think the fact that his main value lies in one area (one more likely to be affected by injury, since he needs agility and vertical to be able to function well, and of course characteristics that couldn't be measured) hurts him more than if he was more of an average combination of blocking and catching.
|5 hours 33 min ago||Because they didn't draft||
Because they didn't draft enough Michigan players?
|5 hours 40 min ago||Butt's injury hurts him; so||
Butt's injury hurts him; so does his blocking, where he is a minus in the category. We compare his receiving favorably with a lot of the best in the NFL, but guys like Gronk are also great blockers.
And great blocking is part of what makes a good TE so dangerous, because you have to put defenders on the field that can hold up to the run AND cover the guy. When Butt is on the field NFL teams don't need to fear his blocking.
|5 hours 49 min ago||Yeah if I had a GM who||
Yeah if I had a GM who fielded a kinda disappointing team last season a year after winning a SUPER BOWL I would want him fired too or something.
|5 hours 51 min ago||I have no idea if the players||
I have no idea if the players are going to pan out, but using their conference's bowl record to evaluate them is Millen-like.
|5 hours 54 min ago||I think this brings our tally||
I think this brings our tally to: Peppers Charlton Wormley Lewis Hill Gedeon on defense. And Darboh on offense.
Tells you something about the roster last year.
|16 hours 6 min ago||The window is presumably||
The window is presumably closed on the team as composed. Since 2006 they made two World Series and came close (depending upon how you define it) another couple of times. For whatever reason, in both WS the team fell apart after a looooong layoff that was prompted by them playing great baseball in the LCS. Then they couldn't pitch and they couldn't hit.
And they basically lost the LCS to Boston because Joaquim Benoit, who had been pretty good all year, gave up that GS. The bullpen, man. One at-bat.
|16 hours 11 min ago||I'd have to look closer at||
I'd have to look closer at the timing and the protocols to draw any conclusion. On the one hand, dopers (which I'm confident are widespread in basically all sports) are good at staying ahead of the testing. On the other, at some point the risk tempts people to quit while they're ahead, which can result in sharp declines.
The most obvious instance, of course, was when MLB instituted drug testing and a bunch of guys lost 20 pounds in the same offseason. I don't remember a lot of major media dot connecting but it was pretty obvious what was going on (one of the guys was Pudge, who was with the Tigers at the time).
JV was accused of this when he declined after a big contract. He has since recovered some of his form, and his decline in velocity doesn't seem unreasonable for an aging player.
Isn't control the major problem, though? Is there a PED that can help that?
|16 hours 16 min ago||There are at least some good||
There are at least some good arms in the rotation to build around. JV could have a few good years left, be the old wizard of the rotation on a rebuilt team, and Fulmer and Norris have a lot of promise.
Hard to see a lineup capable of competing for a title that includes many of the players in it now, though. Our key bats are old. Our young bats are... not there yet. Except for JD, who is probably gone after this year. Maybe a Castellanos or a Jones or an Iglesias develops enough to be an anchor, and Miggy will probably be around for a few years in serviceable (but not dominant) form, but you're basically going to have to rebuild the order from scratch.
That's not a quick turnaround. That's a blow-it-up-around. I mention JV and Miggy, but they might not be able to stay to make this happen.
|16 hours 22 min ago||I highly, highly doubt that||
I highly, highly doubt that Chesson gets drafted. I agree about the others.
|16 hours 26 min ago||If they took guys based on||
If they took guys based on what school they went to instead of whether or not they were the best player to pick, they should all be fired.
I'm not particularly excited with the picks the Lions have made, but the idea that the Michigan guys should get picked because they're from Michigan is absurd. You pick the guy that's the best athlete and/or the best fit for need. You don't care where they went to school.
|16 hours 52 min ago||I'm not a Cowboys fan, but||
I'm not a Cowboys fan, but seeing Lewis and Taco do well there would be great.
Oh, and Drew Pearson wins major points with his draft announcement, too. That was 100% awesome.
|16 hours 56 min ago||I don't like what the 6pm||
I don't like what the 6pm show has become from what I've seen but I understand the premise, catching up on news of the day and setting up for stuff in the evening. Pregame, as it were.
I'm on board with you. The few times I've tried to turn on SC for highlights recently (what highlights of the Michigan game? I heard there was a great finish in [insert random game of random major sport here], what happened?) I've been grievously disappointed.
Thing is, I don't find most internet highlight packages to be all that user friendly yet. But given how laborous SC makes it, it's still easy just to poke around on a website for a few minutes to find the highlights than sit through whatever it is that they're broadcasting.
|17 hours 12 sec ago||I'm not sure we were quite||
I'm not sure we were quite good enough to beat a loaded FSU, but then, who knows? We did, after all, have a loaded offense.
I believe the coaching philosophy would not have allowed Michigan to beat MSU no matter who was QB (so long as things weren't out of hand they would try to run the ball unsuccessfully, and MSU was scoring at will--Tom Brady was the right man to come back, but he needed a big deficit to convince Carr to allow him to sling it late in the game). As you say, the Illinois game was just bizarre and inexplicable.
And if we get to the Sugar Bowl that year? We probably lose... but only probably. And not embarrassed either. That team was loaded.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Can't say this is being||
Can't say this is being ignored by media anymore if there's a Wapo editorial about it. There is no way that this does not end with ugly for MSU one way or another. How and where? Open to question, but it's not pleasant at all.
|1 day 1 hour ago||That's the best thing about||
That's the best thing about pool noodles without question. They really should just call them sparring noodles or something.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Hard to overstate how awesome||
Hard to overstate how awesome this trip looks for the team. Maybe other football teams do fun stuff like this too, but... man, who wouldn't love to be a part of this?
And I was a skeptic, thinking this was just sort of a half-measure takeback after they changed the rules on spring practices elsewhere. But they're planning on keeping up at this, and maximizing education value, having a great time, getting in some practices... it's absolutely brilliant. Spending all that money in a way that actually does seriously benefit the players.
BTW Warde is the guy in charge of the AD and they've done this right.