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  2. Mega Ron is covering for SwAg. They are both Mafia. Let’s lynch Swag and then lynch Mega Ron next
  3. MMA Thread

    I should've gone to this Phoenix card. Never been to a UFC card. Is it a good time? I generally think going to live sporting events kinda sucks. Only really fun one is a close bball game. Football and baseball games suck live.
  4. 2018 CFB/2019 Draft Prospects

    My favorite WR fit for the Ravens in this class.
  5. Is Rivers better than any current HoF QBs?

    He has been blamed for his short comings( 2009 playoff loss to the putrid Mark Sanchez gets brought up a lot), the problem is that Chargers don't have a national following like the Steelers or Giants do. Which is why Eli and Big Ben get put more under the microscope more. I remember when he was getting blasted by ESPN for getting into a shouting match with Jay Cutler or yelling at Colts Fans in 2007 Playoffs.
  6. MMA Build-A-Card Discussion Thread

    someone should've done ryan hall vs kron gracie
  7. BDP's 2019 GM Mock Discussion!!

    Colts Trade Block Margus Hunt Al Woods Clayton Geathers Matthias Farley Dontrelle Inman Ryan Grant Chester Rogers Jacoby Brissett
  8. Survivor III: Winners Versus Losers

    Go **** yourself, Ted.
  9. General Season Talk

    I would be quite surprised by that. It seems like that pairing is headed for a parting of ways. Maybe cutting Griffen lets them keep Barr. But still, I feel like neither the scheme nor the player maximize their respective value in Minnesota. Thus, you'll have a guy who won't live up to the contract simply because he's not in the right situation imo.
  10. AAF

    17,319 announced attendance for the Birmingham game, better than the week before, fair attendance given the weather. 11,980 announced in Memphis. Pretty crappy weather, will be interesting to see if Memphis can support football with better weather.
  11. Who ends up drafting Kyler Murray?

    Eagles are gonna franchise tag him
  12. I wanted to change things up a lot to expose y'all to some different players. This mock is a bit more unorthodox. I took some chances in FA. It might be a little less realistic in that regard, but all of the players fit our scheme and make sense. Cut ILB Mark Barron There's not much to say here. I think we're all agreed on this one. Barron stepped up in the playoffs, but we need somebody who offers more in terms of run fits. Re-sign OG Rodger Saffold CB Sam Shields ILB Bryce Hager S Blake Countess ILB Cory Littleton - Second Round RFA Tender CB Dominique Hatfield - ERFA Tender RS Jojo Natson - ERFA Tender DL Morgan Fox - ERFA Tender CB Kevin Peterson - ERFA Tender OLB Garrett Sickels - ERFA Tender WR KhaDarel Hodge - ERFA Tender I doubt there are too many surprises here. I would say the only two possible surprises are not re-signing Ndamukong Suh or Dante Fowler Jr. I think Suh wants his final multi-year contract. That will make it not feasible to bring him back. I like Fowler Jr., but I am wary of his price tag as a former top pick. I think we all expect Joyner to go. Free Agency Robert Quinn OLB I'm guessing you didn't expect this one. However, I think bringing Quinn back has a lot of benefits. First, Miami is going to cut him, so it doesn't hurt us in the comp pick formula. Second, Quinn knows the scheme and this team well (he's respected here too). Third, Quinn can still generate 6 to 9 sacks per year and solid pressure, even if he isn't the player he once was. Finally, Quinn will come at a relative bargain and on a short-term deal. Plus, with Obo, Miller, Samson, and others, Quinn will rotate more and staying fresher will hopefully allow him to be more effective when he does play. Dontari Poe NT Poe is another guy who will likely be released and won't count against the comp pick formula. He's coming off a couple of average seasons, so I think we'll able to get him on a short-term deal at a reasonable price. He's a great fit for what Wade wants in his NT, and it's possible Wade's scheme could vault him to a big season and a big contract with somebody else (which is a selling point for us). Dontari is a massive man at 6'3" 350, but he's an exceptional athlete who should do well in a scheme that lets him attack the backfield. Brian Poole SS This is probably the riskiest move of my mock off-season, but I think it's one that could pay off in a major way. Wade is very particular about what he wants in a safety. He likes safeties who can play in the box, blitz off the edge, man up in coverage, and play the deep zones. That's a lot to ask, so there aren't a ton of guys who fit that criteria. Poole is interesting because he has spent three years as a slot CB in Atlanta. He was great as a rookie, but he has been so-so (at best) since then. Where he has consistently shined, though, is in his physicality as a run defender and his blitzing off the edge. I think, like LaMarcus Joyner, Poole is a better safety than CB. He doesn't possess the short-area quickness or loose hips to match up well in the slot. That all said, Poole has terrific instincts and is quite adept at reading route combinations. I think he offers exactly the sort of well-rounded skill-set that Wade values in a safety. And after not being tendered by Atlanta and so-so years as a slot CB, I think we can land him at a discounted price despite the fact that he's only 26 years old. Blake Bortles QB I imagine that some people will groan about this, but I think it's a brilliant move. Bortles' stock is at the lowest it has ever been. He stunk up the field in 2018 and was one reason why the Jaguars drastically under-performed. Once he is cut, I don't see him getting a big-money deal. I think we can swoop in and offer him a fairly cheap deal. Why I love this idea is because Bortles has actually played solid football when things around him are good. When he's protected, has good play-calling, and good WRs, he's capable of being a competent starting QB. We're only looking for a backup QB. If we have a guy who is capable of being a competent starter in the right situation, we're ahead of most other teams. Think of guys like Nick Foles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Case Keenum. When they were in bad situations, they looked bad. But they looked like competent QBs when things were going well around them. That made them valuable. With guys like Tyrod Taylor, Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill, and Teddy Bridgewater on the market, we should be able to get Bortles cheap. Ryan Groy C/OG We tried to sign Groy after the 2016 season when McVay and Kromer had just been hired. The Bills matched our offer and kept him. Groy hasn't played as well away from Kromer's system, so I think we can sign him now cheaper than what we offered a couple years ago. He'll provide quality depth at Center and Guard. NFL Draft Round 1 Pick #31 - Jeffery Simmons NT Mississippi State https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z4GgjkQKDI Analysis: Prior to Simmons tearing his ACL during training, I had written him off. He wasn't falling out of the first 15 picks. Hell, he might not fall out of the top 10. Well, Simmons' misfortune is our luck. He might have miss his rookie year. If things go well, he goes on the PUP list and is available for the final stretch. Regardless, Simmons is a monster. In a lot of classes, he'd be the top DT. He played NT in the 3-4 for MSU, including for Todd Grantham, who runs the Phillips 3-4 (he coached under Wade in Dallas). Simmons is Wade's prototype at NT. He's been compared to a young Suh. When left 1 on 1, Simmons' guy almost always goes backwards. When doubled, Simmons has flashed the ability to stand up and even split double teams. He's a freakishly gifted athlete at 6'4" 305 pounds. He demonstrates the power to overwhelm interior OLs, the speed to pursue and blow up zone-stretch plays, and the anchor to do the dirty work inside. Simmons has active hands as a pass rusher and run stopper who is quite adept at controlling the hands of the OL and flashes the ability to win quickly with an arm-over swim move. One of his biggest selling points to me is his relentless effort. He will pursue plays sideline to sideline from the NT position. The kid has a nonstop motor. His weaknesses are inconsistent leverage, a need to better understand what blocking schemes are trying to accomplish, and a need to develop more pass rush moves. All of those things are coachable and should improve with experience. Imagine Aaron Donald taking this kid under his wing. I'm so excited about the possibilities. Round 3 Pick #31 - Justin Layne CB Michigan State https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w51AaLut1Y Analysis: Layne is a tad raw as a CB, but he's very gifted. Layne is a converted WR, who even played some WR in 2018 when needed. Unsurprisingly, he has outstanding ball-skills and soft hands. As it stands now, Layne is a very gifted press-man CB. He has patient footwork at the LOS, lands his punches with expert precision, has disruptive physicality, and is smooth out of his transition. Further, he's a great run defender at CB. While he needs to increase his play strength and bulk at 6'2" 185 to keep from being glued to blocks, he's a willing and fearless run defender who tackles well on the edge. The weak points of his game are his rawness in zone and off-man coverage. He's a generally sound zone defender who will execute his assignment, but he doesn't yet have the instincts or comfort to be a game-changer there. The problem for him in off-man coverage is that his short-area quickness is very average, so WRs can separate against him with sharp, quick cuts when he can't use his physicality and length to disrupt routes. Layne is leggy, rangy athlete, so he best fits in either a press-man heavy scheme or a zone-heavy scheme (as he develops more in zone coverage). As we all know, Wade prefers to run a press-man heavy scheme, but has run a zone-heavy scheme of late to accommodate Peters. Thus, Layne fits well with what we're looking to do now and in the future. Round 3 Pick #37 - Christian Miller OLB Alabama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IHZVsMI-uc Analysis: Miller is player who is flying under the radar despite playing for Alabama. The reason for that is injuries. Miller didn't play much before this year due to injuries. If he had, I think we'd be talking about him in the late-first round. Miller is a versatile edge defender who looks comfortable dropping into coverage, rushing the passer, and setting the edge. He's technically sound in the run game and does an outstanding job of setting the edge and turning plays back inside. As a pass rusher, he's very dangerous. He has the flexibility to bend the corner and flatten, he uses a variety of pass rush moves (the long arm/stab move being his most effective) and flashes advanced pass rush plans, and he has a powerful punch that he lands with consistency. At 6'3" 245, Miller will need to add some bulk and get stronger for the NFL game. His injury history is concerning. And Miller is a tick slow off the snap too often for my taste. Still, Miller has all the tools as a pass rusher and can contribute both in run defense and coverage. You don't find too many guys in the late-third round you can say that about. Round 4 Pick #31 - Lil'Jordan Humphrey WR Texas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUSzbsztJG4 Analysis: I initially had Isaac Nauta here, but I decided to go a different direction. Humphrey provides for an interesting dynamic. He's a 6'4" 230 pound slot WR. Basically, he's an undersized slot TE. Humphrey is a natural hands catcher with the ability to climb the ladder and win jump balls. He's one of the best YAC WRs in the draft, consistently breaking tackles after the catch. As a blocker, he flashes the ability to do damage, but he needs to be more consistent attacking defenders. At times, he chooses to be passive and catch defenders, which results in him going backwards. His route running isn't raw or polished. He needs to be mindful of his route tempo, as it can tip the depth of the route he's running. He also doesn't possess overly loose hips or quick feet. Still, he runs solid routes and generates separation with subtlety by setting defenders up and selling his breaks well. I'd like to see him use his size and strength better as a route runner. It'll allow him to create more separation against smaller CBs. Still, he's intriguing in the slot because he dwarfs your typical slot CB and is too athletic for the vast majority of LBs and safeties to handle in coverage. Round 5 Pick #31 - Travis Homer HB Miami https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJHWyMNAjc Analysis: I think Travis Homer is this draft's Philip Lindsay. Homer doesn't have Lindsay's top-end speed, but he breaks tackles better than Lindsay. What I love about Homer's game is his ability on passing downs. He's a physical and technically sound pass protector who will not hesitate to throw his body around. While he's still perfecting his blitz recognition skills, he stonewalls blitzers when he reads it correctly. As a pass-catcher, Homer showed much softer hands this year and is difficult to cover due to his crisp routes and impressive agility. As a runner, I actually thought Homer was 6'2" 240 pounds when I was watching him this year. It's not until I looked into him recently that I realized he's only 5'11" 205. I actually checked Miami's roster to make sure I had the right guy. Homer runs like a back 30 pounds heavier. He is an extremely physical runner who bowls people over when he gets behind his pads. He has the agility and elusiveness to also make players miss in the open-field. His burst and cutting ability make him an effective zone runner. Moreover, Homer displays good vision and patience. His running style will prevent him from being a bell-cow runner, because he won't hold up at his size if he has to carry the ball 250 times a year. Nevertheless, Homer can be an effective member of a committee and a dangerous passing-down HB. Round 6 Pick #31 - Khalil Hodge ILB Buffalo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pufPQK3offs Analysis: I originally had Khalil Hodge slotted in as our fourth round pick, but I realized that he won't be a guy valued highly by a lot of teams. Hodge didn't even receive an invite to the Combine (which is just nuts). Over the past two years, Hodge has averaged 148 tackles per year. He is a three-time captain and a true defensive leader. His football character is off the charts. However, Hodge is also a limited athlete who fits more into that thumper role that a lot of teams no longer value. Hodge diagnoses plays quicker than any LB I've watched this year. He almost never gets it wrong. He also displays good speed downhill, he has the size (6'1" 250) and strength to take on blockers, he plays with consistent gap integrity, and he rarely misses tackles. Hodge also shows comfort backpedaling in zone coverage and reads the QB well. That all said, Hodge lacks the speed to run sideline to sideline, and he lacks the short-area quickness and fluid hips to handle man coverage responsibilities well in the NFL. He's a very smart and instinctual defender, but he has his athletic limitations. I'd also like to see him use his hands better to keep blockers from getting to his chest. Projected Starters QB: Jared Goff HB: Todd Gurley XWR: Brandin Cooks ZWR: Robert Woods SLWR: Cooper Kupp TE: Tyler Higbee or Gerald Everett LT: Andrew Whitworth LG: Rodger Saffold C: John Sullivan RG: Austin Blythe RT: Rob Havenstein 5T: Michael Brockers NT: Dontari Poe 3T: Aaron Donald WOLB: Robert Quinn Mo LB: Cory Littleton Mike LB: Khalil Hodge or Micah Kiser or Bryce Hager SOLB: Samson Ebukam RCB: Aqib Talib LCB: Marcus Peters SLCB: Nickell Robey-Coleman FS: John Johnson SS: Brian Poole K: Greg Zuerlein P: Johnny Hekker LS: Jake McQuaide
  13. Around The League V.2

    Many of us new what he had to do to get us out of cap hell when he came and his only above average, it was great, draft year was 2014 when most of us knew the right choice to make. He got credit for an anomalous year where we finally made the playoffs because of our turnover differential. He averaged 6 wins a season while he was here. Even if you say the first two years were not his fault we were still a sub .500 team from 2015 to 2018. He drafted below average and if you take away 2014 it was really bad. He did a good job of maintaining cap flexibility and late round scouting but not much else. I was a RM supporter and was happy that he made good decisions sometimes but but most of his good decisions where not surprises to us who follow the Raiders. In my opinion we finally had someone who could make the easy choice instead of the dumb one.
  14. Remember I’ve never played
  15. Survivor III: Winners Versus Losers

    I also don't think anyone is questioning the style that got you to the end. It worked. You're there while we're all here on the jury. That isn't the question here. Because Ted is there as well, and we need to decide if your style was better / more effective throughout the game. And I don't forsee him saying his style was primarily focused on his non-moves.
  16. Y’all gonna hang the Village Idiot shame on you
  17. Counselor I don't think @SwAg comes out swinging like that of he is Mafia and admittedly we have little to go on so far but it's suspect to me that @Counselor and @BringinDaPain have voted that way.
  18. How much trade value do the following have right now

    I’d trade Mahomes for four entire drafts.
  19. ILB Brandon Marshall Released by Denver

    I saw the other day that Jordan Hicks is a FA this offseason. He’s had terrible injury issues for Philly, but I think he’s a really good player. I’ve been wondering what the price tag will look like for him — if it’s reasonable, I might take the plunge and hope he can string together some healthy seasons. Denzel Perryman is another guy who I see in that similar boat, sort of a poor man’s Hicks.
  20. Daily Recap: 11-7 (61.11%, +$270.73) Nice rebound day. Wish I could have gotten to +$400 but don't want to be greedy. You guys ready for Team Lebron tomorrow?
  21. That’s a pretty bad idea tbh. After I had mono, I’d feel like **** after one beer for months afterwards. Mono already screws with your liver. Bad mixture.
  22. How much trade value do the following have right now

    No way I'd take 3 first rounders. You'd have to get another great QB in return to even think about trading Mahomes.
  23. How much trade value do the following have right now

    I wouldn't take anything. Not if it was just draft picks, at least. Maybe if it was another franchise QB plus draft picks, but even then. There's no combination of draft picks that makes me confident we can get value akin to what Mahomes provided this year.
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