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Dan Pluta (@DPluta08) has put together his latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft and it has literally been months since the last edition. So much has changed and the scope of the Draft is really in place now with the order set and NFL Combine having been completed.
This edition of the mock draft is based on the official 2014 NFL Draft order of picks. This list is subject to change and will throughout the NFL offseason as free agency gets under way and the Combine and Pro Days occur. These selections will more than likely be incorrect as all mock drafts typically are. Don’t let Mel & Todd tell you otherwise.
2014 NFL MOCK DRAFT Volume 8.0 (2 Rounds)
1.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF – This is still up for debate. The Houston Texans could do a number of things here, and listing all of them would be senseless because we all know what every option is. I think given the QB class, and the inability (right now) to pick a truly #1 between Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles and heck, even Mettenberger, McCarron and Carr, really makes it possible that Houston trades this away to grab one of them a few picks later. Or, realistically, Houston could just nab Clowney and be over with it – I’m sure J.J. Watt is lobbying for that pick. Nonetheless, it makes too much sense for the Houston Texans to grab a new QB given Schaub’s disappointing 2013 and a new coaching hire in Bill O’Brien. The question becomes, is this a veteran or a newly drafted QB? O’Brien had success in his first year at Penn State with Matt McGloin, maybe that was McGloin’s own doing or O’Brien’s coaching – nonetheless, Blake Bortles is the pick. Matt Schaub will be owed upwards of $14.5 million next season. It makes a lot of sense to say goodbye and utilize that money on free agency. Bortles brings a physical skill set that is tops in his class, plus a big arm and winning track record. Bortles showed some impressive stuff at the combine, and although Bridgewater is more NFL-ready than Bortles, I think the Texans take the UCF signal-caller.
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I, for one, am shocked to hear this as Mr. Young has made quality and conservative investments with his money, both earned and borrowed.
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Dan Pluta (@DPluta08) has put together his latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft and things continue to evolve in this mock draft. The Jaguars and Bucs continue to move away from the top of the draft board as the Texans, Redskins and Falcons begin to solidify their top picks.
This edition of the mock draft is based on current NFL standings using win/loss and strength of schedules as the tie-breakers. For playoff teams, the same tie-breakers are in place. This list is subject to change and will throughout the NFL season and subsequent offseason. Underclassmen who have not indicated any intent to forgo their NCAA eligibility have not been included.
2014 NFL MOCK DRAFT Volume 7.0 (2 Rounds)
1.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – They just don’t stop losing. This is an interesting place to predict because nobody thought the Texans would be in this position, and they don’t need to make a pick here – a trade is very possible here given the value of the #1 overall pick. The Texans on paper don’t seem to be a bad football team, but they are playing like one. They’re not a good team though, either. One of the reason the Texans have struggled is their QB play. Houston is 29th on offense averaging just 18.0 pts/game with the 25th ranked defense allowing nearly 27 pts/game, not a winning recipe. Matt Schaub played terribly and Case Keenum is an admirable backup. Schaub is also due $14.5 Million next season, more fuel that he could be on his way out. That would also free up a lot of cash to re-sign Antonio Smith to a new long-term deal. A new franchise QB makes sense here, and for now, Bridgewater is the top guy. Although Bridgewater’s stock has been declining and until any other indication is made, he will be the pick.
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2013 was indeed another fine year of sports. Tiger Woods did not get any closer to breaking Jack’s record for Major wins. LeBron won his 2nd NBA championship. Alabama won their 3rd National Championship in 4 years. Each person perceives the “year in sports” differently. We lost some great athletes and contributors to the world of sports, and for them – we remember. For all the champions, we honor their accomplishments. For all those who suffered defeat, we commend their efforts, and wish them luck in their future endeavors.
So, here are the 25 moments in sports that defined 2013, as I saw it. Continue Reading
Nobody wants to hear sad news. Unfortunately, more often than not – that’s what the news is. A cure for cancer could be found and people won’t be glued to their televisions and radios, but when something awful happens, we tend to watch and listen. Television stations flashing “BREAKING NEWS” in red, internet sites move published stories to the bottom in favor of the sexy headline that someone will click.
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Last night, a world-renowned hero was lost in Nelson Mandela. His passing is a sad one, as is anyone’s. Certainly, his passing has a more profound impact in other parts of the world, and in other communities – such as his home nation in South Africa.
Each morning when I drive to work, or when I am just in my car before 10am, I have on Mike & Mike in the Morning via ESPN Radio on SiriusXM (feel free to comp my account for this plug). I don’t listen because it is ESPN. I don’t listen because of Mike Golic or Mike Greenberg or anything specifically, I just always have listened or watched. I remember summers in high school after morning swim practices I’d eat breakfast watching them on tv, which I continued to do through college after AM practices each morning and then when I got into the working world, on the drive into the office – it was Greeny & Golic. Continue Reading