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    Manti Teo's girlfriend
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    I thought that there might have been a banned substance in all those W's he's been eating
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    Among the ones I've watched, it was definitely LaDainian Tomlinson.
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    Shouldn't affect them too much, they've been able to win previously with rampant cheaters, I think they can this time too.
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    Just got back from the birth center... second child obtained! In the process of updating the draft thread now. Please re-remind me if anything is forgotten about.
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    The real Q is if Brady was generally aware. 10 games for him then.
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    It's a broad question, so I will just say that, it may not be entirely hiring/signing/drafting, but Bruce Allen is a snake and an awful human being only out for himself. The handling of the Scot situation/jealousy, the cheerleader debacle, the refusal to say Kirk Cousins name correctly, etc, etc help prove what a POS he is.
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    I don't understand why anyone cares. 99% of fans aren't standing at home, cameramen aren't standing at the stadium, and hundreds if not thousands of fans are wandering around the stadium during the anthem. Honestly, caring if they stand or not is the height of meaningless distractions. I just don't get the uproar.
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    More recently, Saints missing tackle on Stefon Diggs in NFC Divisonal Round. Prior to that the Seahawks passing from the 1 yardline after driving up the field primarily with Marshawn Lynch.
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    0% chance Hue Jackson doesn't mess this up...
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    Oh, I will. Hercules Mata'afa, what a wonderful name Hercules Mata'afa, ain't no bum play He blew out his knee So he's on IR for the rest of his days It's a problem see for Vikes rosterin' Hercules Mata'afa
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    Fake news. Chad Kroeger highest paid nickelback. 60M net worth. Eat it.
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    How often do players get asked every single day about their backup QB? How often do Packer players get asked about Aaron's pre-game activities and political thoughts and opinions? I just hate this idea that Colin Kaepernick is a good quarterback being persecuted. And I hate how people say Kaepernick showed he was a good QB in his last year. He didn't, and he wasn't. Colin Kaepernick started 11 games in 2016. The Niners averaged 20 points a game with him starting. NFL average for a game is 23 points. Blaine Gabbert led the Niners to 22.2 points per game start in his five starts. Kaepernick scored over the NFL average once in 11 starts. Gabbert scored above the NFL average twice in five starts. The year before, Kaepernick averaged 13 points as a starter in 8 games. Gabbert averaged 3 points more per game taking over the final 8 games. In 2014, Kaepernick averaged 19 points per game. So in his final year as a starter, his points per game dropped 4 points below NFL average. His last two years he did worse than the other QB. What is happening to Kaepernick is not some mass blacklisting unparalleled in the NFL. If Tom Brady knelt during the anthem, he'd have a job. If Aaron Rodgers knelt, he'd have a job. If Russel Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, Derek Carr, Cam Newton or any good QB knelt during the anthem, they'd have a job. Players and fans need to realize that there is a Distraction/Talent comparison. TO was wildly talented, wildly distracting. He kept his job. Colin Kaepernick is wildly distracting, average at best. He's not being persecuted for his beliefs or his protesting. He's being persecuted because his protesting to talent level is not conducive to 50% of the country, and 50% of nearly every fanbase. That's the way the NFL works. That's the way the NFL worked. That's the way the NFL will always work. The bottom line is money. It's why Amy Schumer movies bomb, it's why Jennifer Lawrence movies are making less and less money with each consecutive release, and it's why Wonder Woman broke records. If you are an entertainer and you open your mouth, regardless of which side of the political spectrum comes out, you're going to alienate fans, which alienates studios or teams or bosses due to the lost revenue from those fans. Some people understand it and shut up not because they don't want to speak up for their ideals, but because they realize the benefits to not alienating 50% of their potential revenue source. I don't get why people still argue over Kaepernick.
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    I mean, the NFL suspended Ezekiel Elliott 6 games for a DV issue that was cleared by the Columbus police, with documented evidence that his ex was trying to ruin his career, lied about it, and photographic evidence that Zeke wasn't even at the location of the alleged incident when it took place. Throw in 4 games for Brady being probably generally aware of the possibility of footballs being tampered with, and you have Roger Goodell and the NFL penal system in a nutshell.
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    Starting RG and Quebeckian(?) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for Chiefs completes one of his lifes dream. Slow offseason but i thought this was pretty cool. This never happens. He wanted to put MD on his jersey but Reid nixed that idea.
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    I wonder if you even take Forbath to training camp? If Carlson is looking better than Forbath at this point, it seems like it would be best for both parties to move on from Forbath as soon as possible. Forbath would then get an opportunity to catch on with another team before camps start, and Carlson would then get all of the reps in practice.
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    No this was an eagles OTA/minicamp practice not a ravens one.
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    So that's all the diary room sessions, and that wraps up another season of Big Brother!! I want to thank everyone for sticking with me these 125 days in the big brother house to make this game so very fun!! You guys are all awesome, and thank you for giving it your all in this game! I enjoyed the DR sessions, and the crazy suspense that occurs! Until next time, I'm Julie Chen. Goodnight. @Whicker @Ragnarok @SovereignNazgul @BigBillsFan13 @jasonwbantle @Raves @thelawoffices @theuntouchable @Dwight_Schrute @jfinley88 @Gmen4ev @bcb1213 @I_GET_SAX @utley4568 @JBURGE25 @EliteTexan80 @Famous Jameis @Adrenaline_Flux @RuskieTitan @LuckyNumber11 @iPwn @HorizontoZenith @LetTheBallFly @domepatrol91 @gopherwrestler @Shady Slim @mission27
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    I don't know if I can imagine a second paragraph that would so clearly hurt the potential credibility of a first paragraph.
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    Is this a thinly veiled "check me, I obviously work out...." post?
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    Free Agency Deal Grader: 1. RB Adrian Peterson - 1002/2 (501 per) to Wichita - Grade: D Given how many teams drafted rookie RBs and the fact that most teams appear set at RB, I don't think he lands with a team. Even if he does, he's backup at best and on top of that, he might not have anything left in the tank. This would be an F but the fact he might retire/not play in the next year means this contract can probably be voided after the 1 year. 2. RB Cameron Artis-Payne - 1002/2 (501 per) to Wichita - Grade: F If you had one of the two Panthers players ahead of him on the depth chart, this could be understandable as a handcuff. I really don't get this though? Guy has 400 yards in his career and two players who should eat 95% of the snaps in front of him. 3. RB Isaiah Crowell - 4000/2 (2000 per) to Long Beach - Grade: B Crowell's a solid back and Ingram being out for the first 4 weeks probably increased the urgency on this, but it's a guy who'll be getting a good share of the snaps and at only 2 years, it's pretty harmless. Perhaps a bit much to pay for a 3rd string RB, but the market is thin and LB needed to make a move. 4. LeGarrette Blount - 1600/2 (800 per) to Long Beach - Grade: B- Exact same comments as above tbh. Blount offers a good option at the goal line and for short distance and the contract isn't too harmful. Might struggle to pick-up a team next year so 800 in cap just sitting around won't be ideal, but it's certainly manageable. 5. TJ Yeldon - 1200/2 (600 per) to Cuba - Grade: B- I kind of like this, but would make more sense for Wichita. In fact, I don't know why Wichita didn't pursue him. Anyway, he's the 2nd RB behind a seemingly injury prone back and imo, is actually a solid back himself. Nonetheless, decent back-up to have and a bit of upside given when he leaves in FA, there's a possibility he gets a starting job elsewhere. 6. Ty Montgomery - 2000/2 (1000 per) to Seoul - Grade: C+ Not really sure what the situation is in the Packer's backfield but there's a bit of upside with Montgomery I suppose. He could turn out to be a pretty good 3rd down back type, but it's difficult to be crazy about this deal given the uncertainty. He is a potential starter at best and at worst a role player who will get some carries and catches so a cheap deal on a young guy means reasonable upside with little risk. Other positions to come.
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    Starting for who? He was benched for Blaine Gabbert for christ sakes. If that doesn't signal the end of your career then I don't know what does?
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    He has no credibility, why anyone would take him seriously is beyond me.
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    Houston gives up two 1s for Watson: universally applauded KC gives up two 1s for Mahomes: universally applauded NO gives up two 1s for Davenport: mild confusion, then “he could be a big time pass rusher!” Pace gives up a 3rd, 4th, and future 3rd for Trubisky: “FIRE THIS GUY RIGHT NOW, ALL THOSE PICKS, ALL THOSE PICKS!!!”
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    Whew, thanks @Thomas5737. I knew we drafted the right guy. Really dodged a bullet there. Darnold a bust? Confirmed.
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    Appreciate the feedback - given our OL situation, we'll need bodies to compete. Right now, our LT is Julie'n Davenport, and RT is a competition between Seantrell Henderson, Martinas Rankins (who is already dealing with a bum foot) and now Rowdy Rod Johnson. Honestly, I hope Deshaun Watson and his knee are up for the challenge. Good luck fellas! I'm really happy for you guys - you did us a big solid on the Brock lobster and Watson, and you've been pretty strong in rebuilding over there. If the Texans and Browns ever make the AFCCG against one another, let's have the GDT in my backyard with some Texas BBQ...
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    Shut your dirty mouth.
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    all the props in the world to @MathMan for running this again. such a beast of a game to host. straight up probably the most dependable fellow on the internet. much love man. @Whicker & congrats to you homie
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    I'm so excited for this victory!! I can't believe all the things that had to come together to make this happen. Thank you all, especially @MathMan who hosted an unbelievably great game!! I can't imagine hosting something over 125 days and dealing with everything this game had to offer. Ragnarok, you were truly a deserving winner of this game. You played with outstanding integrity and you were likely the most consistent competitor in the competitions. I'm so glad to have sat next to you through this whole game. You are the best ally one could hope for, and I'm glad we could continue our rise to Football Future's most dynamic duo. @SovereignNazgul – I, unfortunately, still do not know you. However, I read through your diary room sessions from the last game, and I found them to be really entertaining. I hope to play in a game with you again soon. @BigBillsFan13 – Similar to Nazgul, I never interacted with you. From what I hear, you're a really good guy and I'd like to get to know you at some point in the future. @jasonwbantle – I would say something nice to you, but you bullied me way too much in high school and now I'm stuck playing games on an internet message board. @Raves – I still remember our fun conversations during Fallout Mafia. I like you a lot and it sucks you had to leave so early. @thelawoffices – I don't know you, but Mission speaks very highly of you and I trust his opinion. @theuntouchable – I was expecting you to be at the forefront of crazy backstabbing scenarios in this game. It is unfortunate that you got evicted before I got to see a big move or two of yours. @Dwight_Schrute – Your two posts after you got evicted were the funniest thing that happened this game. Like your brother Nazgul, I'd enjoy playing with you again sometime and getting to know you more. @jfinley88 – Like everyone else I think you're one of the funnest people on this site. It sucks that we couldn't have seen more of your antics this game. @Gmen4ev – You got us started off on the right foot with your banter with Jason. You were very entertaining both here and the mafia game that we played together, and I look forward to our time together in NSFL. @bcb1213 – BDL for life, bro. Rags and I took care of things for us. @I_GET_SAX – You were a very good competitor in this game and I appreciate you removing me after your POV victory. I would have liked to see you go deeper and I hope to see you around the forums. @utley4568 – It is unfortunate that you were the direct enemy of the Hateful Eight. I think you're an awesome guy and I'm sure we will find ourselves in a game together again soon. @JBURGE25 – I never talked to you directly, but I really enjoyed your sense of humor. I'll be sure to get to know you better during the next Big Brother. @EliteTexan80 – I'm really sorry for hurting you. I hope you can forgive me someday. I still think you're great and I want to be your friend. @Adrenaline_Flux – You played this game very well, and your close eviction vote proves how much influence you had in this game. I'm sorry that you were the last big enemy to our alliance and we had to evict you when we did. I absolutely look forward to competing against you in NSFL. @RuskieTitan – You were the biggest wild card in the game. I think you were positioned most similarly to me in that you had the BDL people and the twins in your court. If you had beaten pwn in the draft challenge, who knows how much damage you would have done in this game. I can't wait to see what you do in BDL. @LuckyNumber11 – My diary session will reveal how I felt about your eviction. If I had to change one, this would be it. I trusted you to have my back 100% and I still believe that. I'm sure we will see each other again soon. @iPwn – I think you're hilarious and I'd like to interact with you more. I'm sorry to say, though, that it's only a matter of time before I take your NSFL crown from you. @HorizontoZenith – Please read my diary session addressed to you. @LetTheBallFly and @Famous Jameis – You both make these games a lot more fun. I'm really glad that you were both on my side. @domepatrol91 – We still need to work on our mafia game!! @gopherwrestler – It's getting close to that time when you're going to be in Oklahoma. I'm still planning on meeting up with you! @Shady Slim – I feel like I've given you this shout out a number of times already, but it was great playing with you and I really appreciate our interactions towards the end of the game. @mission27 – I am very honored to have played against and beaten the Football's Future GOAT. @Ragnarok – Game aside, I am very lucky to have you as a friend. It's weird for me to think that just a year ago, you all had to move Heaven and Hell just to get me to post something in BDL. You were the one who kept prodding me to come out of my shell, and you were the one who introduced me to mafia. Without you, I never would have been here, and I never would have met all these great people. I don't know how else to say it, but thank you so much, my friend.
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    For real. I actually got to meet him once at a 49ers game while we were tailgating. Real nice guy that talked to us and took a picture with us. Was very approachable and easy to talk to. Pretty much everything you would hope a NFL Star would be like when you meet them...
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    Randall and Josh Jones, yikes. That's not much smarts back there. Hard pass. Also stop calling it the "Clinton-Dix thing" until you actually know why he's missing. A lot of you are going to feel like crap if it's a serious family issue that he's tending to.
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    Wasn’t sure where to put this, but this is inspiring. I had no idea he was going through this.
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    Sony is pretty popular. I know a lot of people with Sony in their house. TV, Playstation, sound bars. You name it
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    k I'll take this response as you conceding.
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    Nice. Now we don't have to worry about the Seahawks making the playoffs.
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    So they traded/cut everyone to "change the culture" in the locker room, then they sign Brandon Marshall?
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    Me too... Not good enough to be an NFL QB.
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    Mostly based on what I think the teams should do more so than what they will do but I probably did take that into account when I just went through the order and picked somebody at each spot. I'm wrong all the time when it comes to projecting athletic guys high thinking they will develop their skills but I generally tend to stick with my gut on players because its based more on they way they look while playing as opposed to the numbers they put up. I will say after Ayton and Doncic I think this draft is a bit of a crapshoot and no where close to the star power of last years draft at the top. Plenty of guys that could be valuable pieces one way or the other but I don't see any perimeter playmakers or guys that can create their own shot that I am in love with. The bigs are good, but I have Ayton way higher than the rest of them, and most of the others I expect to be valuable pieces with large holes in their games who will need their team mates to cover for them in one way or another for the team to be successful 1. Suns - Ayton - Best player. An athletic big with no injury history that I am aware of. Some bust potential but even Kwame had a long career and hes no Kwame. Ayton equals easy reliable buckets down low in the half court to punish small ball while also offering spacing where opposing bigs can't leave him wide open and he can knock down a three as the trailer if he pans out. Offensively that's what you want in this league. Probably needs a coach that will constantly be on him not to float early on but I think its very possible we see a much more focused Ayton since for the first time he won't be significantly better than everyone else on the court with him. Probably won't ever be a shot blocker for whatever reason but he should be able to be coached up into a rim protector in his own way just on sheer size, length, and mobility. Also should be fairly good at staying in front of people defending the pick and roll. Franchise player if everything comes together and combined with Booker makes the Suns a scary team offensively going forward. 2. Kings - Bamba - I think the rumors of Doncic not wanting to go there may push them to say we will take the defensive center with a 7'10 wingspan that is relatively light on his feet. They could go Doncic and he would make them a better team immediately with less bust potential than Bamba, but I think the Kings need their best player to be a better scorer than Doncic. And if they take Luca he will be good enough that they put all their eggs in his basket and become too good to get another top pick but not good enough to be a playoff team. Even though the Kings don't have their pick next year, Bamba and Fox could become an elite defensive core in 2-3 years while still being bad enough during the process to try to get your leading offensive component at the top of the 2020 draft. I also think Fox and Bamba would be significantly more competent offensive contributors if they have a go to offensive player to take pressure off them. The Kings need to trust the process this ish a little bit because they have been bad for far too long and they were lucky enough to have Boogie during a good portion of that time. Bamba probably gives them the most long term potential without an immediate overall improvement outside of maybe MPJ, who I'm not sold on being a go to offensive player. Jaren Jackson also a possibility but the look of his jumpshot makes me not trust it as a reliable weapon in the NBA and I actually think I trust Bambas potential offensive utility more than JJJ if we take the jumper out of it. 3. Hawks - Doncic - Hawks go Luka if he's there point blank IMO. John Collins and Taurean Prince are probably the best pieces on their team and I'm not sure either will be a key contributor by the time they are a good team again. I would try to deal Shroder for almost anything, not a bad player but hes unhappy and hes not special, and turn the keys over to Doncic. Going forward if a star at the point guard presents itself you take him and make Doncic one of the best secondary playmakers in the league, but running your team through Doncic early on allows him to sharpen his ball handling, playmaking, and decision making at the NBA level while staying bad enough to deepen their nearly nonexistent pool of young talent. Like Bamba, and pretty much everyone in this draft outside of Ayton IMO, Doncic isn't going to be able to lead a contending team in scoring. At the same time, both can be really really good, valuable players at the NBA level who become even more valuable when they aren't asked to carry the scoring load for a team. 4. Grizz - Jaren Jackson - Debated between MPJ and JJJ but being the Grizz I went with the defensive upside big over the wing scorer that I'm not sure ever becomes positive defender at either forward position. Jaren Jackson is a player that I really like in theory but I can't fully trust him. Super long, mobile big who put up good percentages from the stripe and from the college three paired with elite advanced defensive stats. Problem is, at least for me I think, I remember looking at the youtube videos of him when he was coming out of high school as a top recruit and I just wasn't particularly impressed. As I said above, the look and balance of his jump shot has me wondering if his percentages from three don't regress and I'm not sold on his ball skills enough to see him score consistently by attacking the basket in the half court. I'm much more confident in his defensive upside, but he only played 21 minutes per game often times being limited due to foul trouble. At the NBA he won't get as many cheap fouls called on him and his length and above average mobility for his size should give him a high floor defensively. I think the reason people think Jackson will be an elite defensive player is because of his per 36 or per 40 defensive stats, and I just have a feeling those numbers are inflated compared to Bamba or even Ayton because Jaren Jackson was on a veteran experienced team and they didn't need him to be out on the court as much as possible to win games. Jackson was able to be more aggressive in his less minutes because his team was less dependent on him to win. 5. Mavs - Bagley - Bagley is someone that I really liked when he was a sophmore in high school, and by the time he was reclassifying and going to Duke I had soured on him. I don't fancy myself a Duke hater (easy to say now but I was much higher on Tatum than Jackson last year) and I can see the value that Bagley can offer on the basketball court, but I don't think his perimeter game developed at the rate it needed to since he has physical limitations for a big. If he had a longer wingspan I could get behind him. Or if he had broader shoulders with more natural bulk I could see him as Blake Griffen without the injuries. But a 7'0 wingspan is what you want from your wings at this point and I think Bagley is going to have to beat bigs with speed and his motor. His defense is awful so I don't see how you can play him at center, and he is going to be forced to incorporate more jumpers into his offensive repertoire because of it. I have my doubts that he can become a reliable threat from deep which just means he is going to require even more posessions to put up points. The more jumpers he takes the more field goals he will be missing (empty possessions) and hes not gonna be able to count on that extra point that you get from a three regularly enough to make up for it. If they can find an option at center that provides some rim protection and at least some ability to space the floor with a jumper, the pick and roll with DSJ and Bagley would be lethal. His motor suggests he cares enough that he could become a decent defender, but I don't think he has the length or strength to guard legit NBA centers or protect the rim and there are some real issues if you are as big and athletic as him at the college level and you don't defend better than he did. Overall you take his reliable consistent scoring ability to give Dennis Smith Jr. an offensive tool to work with and worry about fixing the defensive issues those two have with a high pick next year. 6. Magic - MPJ - Not a clear runaway pick here for the Magic for me, since I have been steady in saying Trae Young's value faces a significant drop off at the nba level compared to College BBall. I don't see the value in any of the point guards here when it is already such a deep position in the NBA. Aaron Gordon showed significant progression last year playing the power forward position (from what I hear) and Michael Porter Jr. probably has the best shot at becoming a number one offensive option outside of Ayton. I'm not sure if a lineup including Jonathan Isaac, Gordan, and MPJ on the court at the same time can work consistently, but the magic need to swing for the fences every chance they get and their are solutions to having too many similar good assets. Like Jaren Jackson Jr., I watched a lot of cutups of MPJ in high school when he was coming out and visibly I just wasn't impressed enough. You can't tell everything from highlights on youtube but when the top prospects numbers are more impressive than the highlights that's a red flag for me when talking primary scoring options at the highest level. MPJ just looked physically weak, I don't like the look of his footwork and balance on his jumpers, and his handle is weak for a perimeter player. My hopes are he really grows into his body and adds some strength so he can beat perimeter guys with his jumper and using length and strength to get to the basket. He has good touch with his jumper so I have hope that its possible for him to be a primary option but I think he needs to sure up his ball security with his handle and transform his body almost to what Giannis has done. Their roster is weak enough that even the best projections for MPJ's rookie year aren't going to take them out of reach of a top pick next year, and he has good synergy with Gordan. The Magic have gone so long without a go to scorer they need to give it their best shot every chance they get. 7. Bulls - Wendell Carter - Wendell is my favorite Duke prospect this year. Unlike Jaren Jackson and MPJ, I watched Wendell Carter clips coming out of high school last year and I was consistently impressed. I was worried that he already had his man strength in high school and wasn't a supreme athlete on paper, but I always liked what I saw. One thing I look for in young bigs is that they dunk when they have the ball down low most of the time, because they should be able to in high school, but also that they have the touch to score even when they aren't able to dunk it. You need to have the touch to score even when you can't dunk because you won't always be able to at the highest level, but you also need to be able to physically impose your will easily at the high school level to even think about keeping up in the pros. Wendell looks like he grew into his body and trimmed the baby fat this past year without losing any strength. Its cliche to throw out player comparisons because they are never perfect, but he seems like the modern form of Al Horford as a prospect because they offer a lot of the same things while Wendell is already showing potential to hit open threes (which Horford developed later in his career). Wendell is a strong smart defender that isn't overly explosive but hes long and moves his feet pretty well with decent shot blocking instincts. He can play power forward with another big because hes smart but hes a guy you can plug in at Center and he will give you strong fundamentals, smart play on both sides of the court, and some reliable scoring down low and passing in half court situations. Hes not a franchise player by any means but the way he plays makes him a guy thats better than his stats as opposed to a guy who puts up stats but the team never wins. Great fit with Lauri in the front court and can keep bigs honest by drawing them away from the rim for Dunn and Lavine to drive. 8. Cavs - Trae Young - This is where I went with what I think will happen as opposed to what I would do. I'm not a huge believer in Sexton but I like him more in the NBA than Trae Young. To me Young is supremely less talented but thrives in the same way that Iverson and Westbrook did. For him to be worth this pick things would have to go one of two ways. Either the team that takes him completely builds around Trae as the primary ball handler/playmaker of the team and surround him with 3 and D guys who can move with out the ball and cash in on catch and shoot situations and cuts to the basket. Trae is a very good passer when he draws in the defense and hes a pretty good shooter so if you keep the defense honest by putting shooters all over the floor he can personally be successful. The problem is, pound for pound Iverson, Harden, and Westbrook are some of the most talented atheletes/basketball players we've ever seen and they have proven its incredibly difficult to be successful as a team in the playoffs in today's NBA when you have one player that makes everything go and surround them with role players. I have my doubts that Trae is athletic enough to create separation off the dribble in the NBA and without separation his lack of length creates problems finishing around the basket. If he is the primary playmaker teams will put their best perimeter defender on him and if he can't create enough separation to force the help his passing abilities become limited since a lot of his assists came from finding the open man after drawing in an extra defender. The biggest issue I've always had with Trae Young is shot selection. He had a built in excuse on a team like Oklahoma that had no other creators offensively and everyone ignored the 4 bad threes he never should have taken when he hits 2 crazy ones. I think his inability to create separation at the next level could compound this issue making him almost unplayable when combined with his lack of defense on the other end. I don't trust Trae not to shoot it even when he hasn't created the type of separation he needs to get off his shot, or worse taking more and more from Curry range because that's the only place where he has the space to get his shot off. I think the more likely path to success for Trae is next to another playmaker at the 2 or 3 who can run the offense in the half court and make Trae a floor spacer/ball mover/closeout attacker where the defense is less focused on him. He might not be worth this high of a pick if it goes that way because I still believe teams will be able to take him out on the offensive end in the playoffs, but if Lebron stays in Cleveland (huge if) and the Cavs keep this pick (another big if) Trae would be much more valuable playing with a guy like Lebron. I just think the Cavs will want to take the biggest star in case Lebron leaves and Dan Gilbert will see Trae Young and the season he just put up and see it as a no-brainer. 9. Knicks - Kevin Knox - Knox is a dude that I like even though I'm not sure how high his upside is. He's a 6'9 athlete that should be able to play either forward positions if he works on his body and builds up his core strength. I don't think he will ever be much of a play maker on offense which limits his upside, but he has a good looking form on his jumper and his percentages were ok from 3 and the stripe for a young athletic wing. Normally long athletic wings are hesitant to shoot because they have always been able to score attacking the basket but Knox looks good and comfortable shooting and should improve. He's never going to break guys down regularly off the dribble and that combined with his lack of playmaking probably eliminates him from ever being good enough to be a number one option. But with his length and explosion he just needs to be confident in his handle and ball control enough to get the 2-3 dribble drives from the three point line and get his defender on his hip using his long stride and the extra spacing in the NBA in order to get to his pull up which looks decent or to get all the way to the rim. If he gets stronger and grows into his frame, continues progressing as a shooter, and develops his handle to the point where he doesn't lose control of the ball through contact on his drives, he can be a 2nd/3rd option that scores from all three levels as long as there's a play maker out there with him to get him the ball at his spots. His potential strength, length, and explosion should allow him to defend either forward position based on the match-up. I think this was a bad year for him to be at Kentucky because he was probably the most skilled offensive player on the team but none of his teammates felt he was significantly better than them enough that they would play through him as much as they should have. Small knock on Knox for not asserting his dominance but he was the youngest guy on a team full of high school all-Americans that are his friends and he is far from a finished product offensively. 10. Sixers - Mikal Bridges - This ones a no brainer, I wouldn't be surprised if hes top 5 on their overall board. Every player they bring in going forward, the question has to be asked how they fit with Simmons. Mikal is similar to Klay in that what he brings fits on every team. Quintessential three and d wing that has the length and lateral quickness to guard 1-3 in spots while spacing the floor for Simmons and Embiid. Mikal has the ball skills and IQ to move the ball when he should and put the ball on the floor when he needs to. It only adds to it in this specific circumstance that he is coming out after his junior season ready to contribute in his role. Dude spent three years marinating in a college program that was a title contender every year, under one of the best college coaches, and by the end of it he was the best player on a veteran championship winning team. 11. Hornets - Lonnie Walker - I don't know exactly why but I'm a big fan of Lonnie Walker. It should be obvious at this point, but my opinion of a player going into the draft heavily factors in my opinion of them coming out of high school (for one-and-dones at least). Lonnie was a dude that I thought was a sleeper-star at the shooting guard spot. He needs to develop his jumper, which to me looks ok, but I can't argue he doesn't have a great shooting resume percentage wise to point to. I just watch him in high school and later in his season at Miami, and I see a strong athletic guard who is comfortable handling the ball whether that be in isolation or off a pick. He's not the play maker for others that Don Mitchell is, but they are both long, strong, athletic guards that are comfortable pick and roll ball handlers and can pull up off the dribble or get to the rim and finish. I think there's a good chance who ever gets Lonnie will be getting a steal only because he was just coming back from knee surgery before his only season in college. If he can be a respectable shooter from deep, I think he can be a secondary ball handler on a team that is able to attack a defense in the half court and finish at the rim or draw the defense in and create open shots for others. Has the tools to be a good perimeter defender. I thought about going Sexton here since they probably have to move Kemba at some point before they lose him for nothing, but I like Lonnie better and I figure they can plug someone in at the point if they do move Kemba and they can look to acquire a point guard next year either with their first round pick that should be a high one or try to get a 3 and d point in free agency to play next to Lonnie until they find someone better. The only acceptable direction for Charlotte at this point is rebuild so you wanna take high upside guys that aren't going to drastically improve the team in their first year or two. 12. Clippers - Collin Sexton - Clippers need a point and Sexton might be BPA at this point. I'm not sure Sexton is a true point nor do I think his jumper is good enough for him to become an elite point guard as a scorer, but the dude is a bull. I don't see an elite athlete but a pretty good one who is hard to contain when driving to the basket. Its not that Sexton is an unwilling passer he just relies heavily on drive and dish for his assists and I prefer a point guard who can locate the cutters and guys moving off the ball without having to drive the basketball and draw in a help defender in order to locate an open guy. He's a good player and has progressed a lot over the past couple years when people have doubted him but I'm not sure he has what it takes to break through and become an above average starting point guard since the position is already so deep. 13. Clippers - Robert Williams - Whenever Deandre is going to leave, the Clippers should let him go. He costs too much for the production he gives on the offensive end and the Clippers clearly need to move on from the old era and try to rebuild the team in a way that they can be successful. Robert Williams has the key attributes and the motor to eventually fill the role that Deandre gives them while being more appropriately compensated for the value given on the offensive end. I like Tobias Harris as a 2nd/3rd option as a stretch four and that fits perfectly with Williams who is a lob threat and beats people one on one for boards with his motor, length, and explosiveness. 14. Nuggets - Miles Bridges - I've never been a huge fan of Miles Bridges ever since he came out of high school and I've gone back and watched his high school stuff and his time at Michigan State to try to find something to give me hope he could flourish in the right circumstance. I'm not sure he will flourish in Denver but it might still be the best circumstance. Bridges is weird because you see these insane dunks and alley-oop finishes that blow you away and you say damn this guy is an unreal athlete. But his foot speed, agility, flexibility, and coordination have me doubt whether or not he has the athleticism to play the three. He's strong and can move his feet ok on defense but a 7 foot wingspan isn't great for an undersized power forward and there's a lot of small forwards in the league that he could have trouble staying in front of. In Denver, he can shoot spot up threes and cut off the ball playing off Jokic and Murray to take advantage of his explosive leaping without putting the ball on the floor. His lack of creativity and fluidity off the bounce would be lessened if he can become a better catch and shoot threat and force hard closeouts. You don't need to rely on creativity when your man is running towards you and away from the basket. Anybody that can dunk like he can and is the main scoring option for a team like Michigan state should be drawing more than 3 free throws per game at the college level. That to me is a huge red flag for an athletic wing and shows hes either not confident enough with his handle or is severely ineffective at driving to the rim. This ended up being way longer than I expected but whatever.
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    Really love this time of year. Everyone is healthy and looks good. No way we don't win the Super Bowl.
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    #8 - Portland QB: Derek Carr - Tyrod Taylor - Connor Cook RB: LeSean McCoy - Jay Ajayi - Ameer Abdullah - Paul Perkins - Peyton Barber WR: Davonte Adams - Jamison Crowder - Cameron Meredith - John Ross - Martavis Bryant - Tyler Boyd - Pharoh Cooper - Roger Lewis TE: Maxx Williams - Austin Hooper - Darren Fells LT: Alejandro Villanueva - Laremy Tunsil LG: Will Hernandez C: Ben Jones - Hroniss Grasu - Nick Easton - Spencer Pulley RG: Clint Boling RT: Donovan Smith DE: Emmanuel Ogbah - Za’Darius Smith - Daeshon Hall DT: Kawann Short - Michael Pierce - Hassan Ridgeway DT: DaQuan Jones - David Parry DE: TJ Watt - Mario Edwards - Breeland Speaks - Shaquil Barrett LB: Telvin Smith - Blake Martinez LB: Zach Brown - Elandon Roberts - Kenny Young CB: Desmond Trufant - Tavon Young CB: Jimmy Smith - Nate Hairston NB: Brandon Carr SS: Malcolm Jenkins - Daniel Sorenson FS: Glover Quin - Andrew Adams - Dexter McCoil I think Carr bounces back this year to his 2016 form and Portland is set at RB. Davante should be more highly thought of due his still producing decently after Rodgers was hurt and Crowder is a very good slot guy that should get a ton of targets from Alex Smith. However, I have no clue who their other outside WR is going to be, but Meredith is in a great position and Ross can’t do any worse. TE is a black hole as Hooper has flashed, but has shown minimal consistency. Carr will be protected by quite a good OL as Hernandez is a major upgrade. But, Donovan is largely a disappointment at OT and they have zero depth at OG. Portland has a very solid D from top to bottom. The starting DL for Portland will be very solid, especially if Watt makes that year 2 jump. There are serious issues with the depth as I’m hard pressed to find any suitable replacements if one of those guys gets hurt. LB will also be a position group of strength as both Telvin and Zach can fly around and cover quite well. Portland’s secondary will be difficult to throw on assuming Carr and Smith play up to past standards as Trufant, Jenkins, and Quin are all very good players. However, they have minimal depth in the secondary and one injury will expose them quite a bit. I could put them a bit higher based on their starters, but this team is so thin at so many positions that I have a hard time going above this. Plus, they need an pass catcher to step up at WR badly. #7 - Sydney QB1: Ben Roethlisberger - Dak Prescott - Davis Webb RB1: David Johnson - Melvin Gordon - Buck Allen - Aaron Jones FB - Andy Janovich WR1: Golden Tate - Brian Quick - Kamar Aiken - Chris Moore WR2: Calvin Ridley - Rishard Matthews WR3: Mike Williams - Kendall Wright TE: Jimmy Graham LT: Nate Solder LG: Cody Whitehair - Mike Iupati - John Miller C: Mitch Morse - BJ Finney - Max Tuerk RG: Brandon Brooks - Dan Feeney - Christian Westerman RT: La’el Collins LDE: Whitney Mercilus - Shane Ray - Shaq Lawson 3T: Malik Jackson - Malik McDowell - Bronson Kaufasi DT: Leonard Williams - Justin Jones - Jonathan Bullard RDE: Alvin "Bud" Dupree - Noah Spence WLB: Lavonte David MLB: Myles Jack - Gerald Hodges CB1: Marcus Peters - Ross Cockrell - Steven Nelson CB2: Carlton Davis - Donte Jackson - PJ Williams NB: Logan Ryan FS: Byron Jones - Ricardo Allen - Deon Bush - Matthias Farley SS: Reshad Jones - Johnathan Cyprien - Rayshawn Jenkins - Marcus Allen Sydney might be underrated as of right now. Big Ben is still very good, and their top two RBs are fantastic. If Mike Williams is healthy and develops, and Ridley is good as quickly as most expect him to be, then they will form an awesome threesome with Tate. Additionally, if Graham is fully healthy, he could be a force down the seam. There are a lot of questions for Sydney in the passing game, but a ton of potential. The should also have a very good interior OL as they have studs at LG, C, and RG plus depth on the interior. However, there are questions at OT as Solder always gets hurt and La’el has been meh. If any of Graham, Solder, or La’el goes down, Sydney is in trouble. Malik and Leonard are a beastly tandem, but there is jack squat behind them. While there is better depth on the edge, they don’t have the top tier players needed in BDL. That said, they have a number of edge rushers that could make that big leap forward. Jack and Lavonte are a great pair of LBs, Sydney just can’t afford for either to get hurt. Sydney looks great at DB as they have a great mix of legit veterans and younger developmental players. Ryan is very good in the slot, Peters is a stud, and one of Davis or Donte should win a starting job. Even though Byron is being moved to CB, he has been a very good FS and Reshad is as consistent as you’d like. If the WRs for Sydney develop and the OTs and Graham stay healthy, this offense could be very good. While there are major depth issues in the front seven on defense, the starters are good from front to back. They just need to stay healthy as there are some areas severely lacking depth. #6 Singapore Offense - 31 QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, Nathan Peterman RB: Le'Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, James Conner, Mark Walton Jr. WR1: Keenan Allen, Malcom Mitchell, Zay Jones WR2: Corey Davis, Phillip Dorsett, DaeSean Hamilton WR3: Mohamed Sanu, Trent Taylor, Ryan Switzer TE1: Eric Ebron, Jesse James, Ricky Seals-Jones LT: Joe Staley, Jason Spriggs LG: Lane Taylor, Andy Levitre, Laken Tomlinson C: Rodney Hudson RG: Josh Kline, Joshua Garnett RT: Marcus Cannon, Martinas Rankin Defense - 31 RDE: Everson Griffen, Taco Charlton, Tarell Basham, Stephen Weatherly NT: Damon Harrison, Linval Joseph DT: Aaron Donald LDE: Danielle Hunter, Derrick Morgan, John Simon, Duke Ejiofor, Kevin Dodd MIKE: Deion Jones, Jaylon Smith WILL: Shaq Thompson, Genard Avery SAM: Tyler Matakevich LCB: Trae Waynes, Vernon Hargreaves III, Isaac Yiadom RCB: Jalen Mills, Dre Kirkpatrick, Quenton Meeks Slot CB/S: Desmond King, Duke Dawson, Mackenzie Alexander FS: Marcus Maye, Duron Harmon, Jessie Bates III SS: John Johnson III, Quandre Diggs, Jayron Kearse Singapore has a franchise QB in Jimmy G. They also have a great rushing attack with Bell and Hunt. However, there are concerns in the passing game. Allen had a great year, and Sanu is a good #3, but they have no proven #2 WR or TE that scares a defense. Davis playing up to his draft status changes this dynamic very quickly. TE is a black hole as Ebron can’t catch and James doesn’t scare anyone. Singapore does have a very solid OL as Staley hasn’t shown serious signs of slowing down, Cannon was very good last year, and Taylor, Kline, and Hudson are solid if not spectacular. Singapore boasts one of the most formidable starting DLs in BDL with potentially very good depth on the Edge. However, with only 3 DTs on the roster, there is a concern about those big boys wearing down in a game. Jones is an awesome LB, but Singapore’s ability to cover at the LB position will come down to whether Shaq Thompson lives up to his early round status. CB is still a bit of a mess for Singapore as none of their LCBs or RCBs are trustworthy in BDL. NB looks a bit better with King or Dawson, and I do think Maye and Bates end up starting at safety to form a very, very nice tandem. While Singapore has a number of very impressive players, they desperately need Davis to step up to make their offense stress a defense as TE won’t give them much this year. Also, a lack of depth at DT, potential issues at LB outside of Deion, and questions at outside CB could limit their success this season. That said, they have plenty of cap space to fill some of these holes. #5 - Long Beach QB- Aaron Rodgers, Trevor Siemian, RB- Christian McCaffrey, Jamaal Williams, Damien Williams, DeAngelo Henderson FB- Aaron Ripkowski WR- DeAndre Hopkins, Devin Funchess, Sammie Coates, Adam Humphries WR- Marvin Jones, Cooper Kupp TE- George Kittle, Tyler Kroft, Nick O'Leary, CJ Uzomah, Dalton Schultz LT- Terron Armstead, George Fant, Ty Nsekhe, Roderick Johnson LG- Joe Thuney, Jamon Brown, Chaz Green, Jerald Hawkins C- Max Unger, RG- Andrew Norwell, Quinton Spain RT- Bryan Bulaga, Brandon Shell, David Sharpe Defense LE- Cam Jordan, Ronald Blair, Rasheem Green NT- Vita Vea, DJ Reader, Abry Jones UT- Javon Hargrave, Taven Bryan, Dean Lowry RE- Trey Flowers, Preston Smith, Sam Hubbard SLB- De’Vondre Campbell, Nick Vigil, Uchenna Nwosu MLB- Avery Williamson, Joe Schobert, Jayon Brown WLB- Jarrad Davis, Shaquem Griffin CB- Trumaine Johnson, Nick Nelson CB- Artie Burns, Bradley Roby Nickel- Tyrann Mathieu FS- Budda Baker, Darian Thompson SS- Landon Collins Any team with Rodgers is off to a good start, especially considering LB has a solid OL. I like their WR group as well, especially Hopkins and Kupp in the slot while Marvin is a good #2 IRL. Kittle was solid for SF later in the year and if he grows into a BDL-level starter, this passing game will be awesome. RB is a bit of a concern because McCaffrey is their only good one right now and he can’t handle a full workload. A thumping RB to go with him would go a long way. LB has the potential to have the 2nd best DL behind Berlin in a year. Cam is a monster, Flowers is underrated, and Vea/Bryan could become a nasty combo very quickly. I personally love what they added to their DL this draft. LB could be a plus as well. Davis is the new generation of LB and Shaq could be a nice WLB quickly as he has everything you want, except for…ya know. I want to see Nwosu as an off-ball backer and think he would be great as a SLB that blitzes semi-regularly. If one of Nelson, Burns, or Roby steps up as the #2 CB, DB is set as Trumaine and Mathieu are studs. Budda needs to improve as a FS, but if he does, he and Landon compliment each other very well. Rodgers is going to carry the LB offense, but I really love what they did on D this offseason. Vea, Bryan, Nwosu, and Griffin could make this defense just nasty, and I think it’s better odds that they do. #4 - Hawai’i QB - Russell Wilson RB - Saquon Barkley - Dion Lewis - Marshawn Lynch - Tarik Cohen - Kenneth Dixon - CJ Prosise WR - Antonio Brown - Josh Doctson WR - Stefon Diggs - Carlos Henderson WR - Pierre Garcon - Christian Kirk - Tajae Sharpe TE - Coby Fleener - Rico Gathers - Dallas Goedert - Nick Vannett LT - Andre Whitworth - Chuks Okorafor LG - Marshall Yanda - Isaac Seumalo C - Ryan Kelly - Pat Eflein RG - Brandon Schreff - Alex Lewis RT - Cam Robinson - Shon Coleman DE - Jadeveon Clowney - Arik Armstead - Keith Rivers - Kyler Fackrell DT - Deforest Buckner - Jordan Phillips - Sylvester Williams - Jaleel Johnson DT - Corey Liugent - Sheldon Rankins - Chris Wormley - BJ Hill DE - Frank Clark - Harold Landry - William Hayes - Tim Williams SLB - KJ Wright - Vince Biegel - Will Compton MLB - Brandon Marshall - Roquon Smith - Denzel Perryman WLB - Tahir Whitehead - Duke Riley CB - Casey Hayward - Terence Newman - D'Joun Smith CB - Marshon Lattimore - Will Redomond Slot CB - Bobby McCain - Mike Hughes FS - DJ Swearinger - Eric Weddle SS - Karl Joseph - Keith Tandy Wilson and Barkley might be the best backfield tandem in BDL next year. Lynch is irrelevant, but Cohen could be a perfect 3rd down compliment. Hawai’i also has a pair of awesome outside WRs, and if Kirk becomes a stud slot WR, they’ll be impossible to cover assuming Diggs can stay healthy. Also, Goedert should provide an immediate improvement at TE as Fleener sucks. Hawai’i could also boast one of the best OLs in BDL although Whitworth is old and both Kelly and Yanda are coming off injury. If this OL stays together, Barkley is everything we think, and Goedert/Kirk are good as rookies, this offense is scary. Their D also looks very good as they have a very solid DL plus a ton of depth with a number of young players that could step up. I believe they have 10 DL taken in the past three drafts which is fantastic. Roquan is a huge addition to their LB corps as he can pair with Wright, although they will need someone to pair with Roquan next year. At CB, Lattimore and Hayward are as good as any pair in BDL. If Hughes can play well enough for Casey to slide to NB without hurting the team, passing on this team becomes very difficult. Weddle is still playing at a decent level, and Joseph is a fine young SS. Saquon, Kirk, Goedert, Roquan, and Hughes. If Hawai’i hits on all five of those picks, then they should be near the top of all statistical categories. Although, I think they need one more year before they are really BizzBowl competitive. They have minimal cap though this year though, so odds are that one more season is needed. #3 - Seoul QB: Matt Ryan RB: Jordan Howard - Kenyan Drake - Wayne Gallman - Wendell Smallwood - Kalen Ballage WR: AJ Green - TY Hilton - Mack Hollins - Tyrell Willams - Antonio Callaway - Keke Coutee TE: Travis Kelce - Gerald Everett LT: Ronnie Stanley LG: Rodger Saffold - Isaac Asiata C: Alex Mack - David Andrews RG: Kevin Zeitler RT: Ryan Schraeder DE: Melvin Ingram - Bradley Chubb - Anthony Zettel DT: Gerald McCoy - Tim Settle DT: Geno Atkins - Vincent Valentine DE Derek Barnett - Jerry Hughes - Romeo Okwara LB: Dont’a Hightower - Jordan Hicks LB: Nigel Bradham - Oren Burks - Micah Kizer CB: Darius Slay - Quincy Wilson - LaDarius Gunter CB: Sidney Jones - Brendan Langley NB: Kendall Fuller - Robert Alford SS: Obi Melifonwu - Terrell Edmunds - Derrick Kindred FS: Marcus Williams - Justin Reid - Montae Nicholson One of the favorites to win the BizzBowl, Seoul has an explosive aerial attack with Green, Hilton, and Kelce. Of one of their young WRs can step up in the slot or if Everett becomes a legit threat, they will be almost impossible to cover. On top of this, they have one of the better young RBs in Howard with some good backups to give him a breather. To make their offense even more annoying, they have one of the most complete OLs in BDL with no major weaknesses. However, they have minimal depth on the OL and an injury or two could completely derail their season. Seoul also has the potential to have a top tier D in BDL. McCoy and Atkins are an awesome pair while Ingram, Barnett, and Chubb have the potential to be an elite DE threesome. Depth at DT is an issue as they have nothing proven behind their 2 DTs who would wear down over the course of the season. I am a big fan of their LB corps assuming Hightower and Hicks stay healthy. Bradham was very good last year and I hate Seoul for taking Burks in PFA. Now, there are a number of questions, but a lot of potential in the secondary. Slay is very good, Fuller is great in the slot, and if Sidney Jones is the first round talent we all assume, Seoul has a great CB group. Langley and Quincy also have the chance to grow being young players. Marcus Williams was a very good FS despite allowing the Minnymiracle and should get better in his second year. They just need someone to be functional at SS as Obi was a disaster last year. If they don’t get hit by injury at thin positions, and their secondary improves as it should, Seoul is going to be a very, very tough out. #2 - Gotham Offense QB - Carson Wentz - Mathew Stafford RB - Derrick Henry - Rashaad Penny - Kerryon Johnson - Doug Martin - Matt Breida WR - Demaryius Thomas - Amara Darboh - Geronimo Allison WR - Jarvis Landry WR - Chris Conley - Deon Cain - Marcel Ateman TE - Hayden Hurst - Jake Butt - Tyler Eifert LT - Jake Matthews LG - Andrus Peat - AJ Cann C - Maurkice Pouncey RG - Shaq Mason - Brandon Thomas RT - Mitchell Schwartz - Mike McGlinchey Defense DE - JJ Watt - Charles Harris NT/DT - Bennie Logan - Vernon Butler - PJ Hall DE/DT - Muhammad Wilkerson - Caleb Brantley - Austin Johnson - Deon Simon DE/OLB - Leonard Floyd - Kemoko Turay - Marquis Haynes LB - Benardrick McKinney - Navarro Bowman - Nick Kwiatkoski LB - Reuben Foster - Zach Cunningham - Su’a Cravens - Antonio Morrison CB - Xavier Rhodes CB - Josh Norman - Rasul Douglas CB - Jourdan Lewis - Xavien Howard FS - Justin Simmons - Damarious Randall - Clayton Geathers SS - Minkah Fitzpatrick - Kam Chancellor - Eric Reid Gotham is obviously set at QB, and they should be set at RB with Henry, Kerryon, and Penny. If those three don’t get it done, something went very wrong. Demaryius is solid but older, and Landry is the best slot WR in the game, but the rest of their weapons are lacking. Conley is all potential and Eifert is hurt 24/7. Although Hurst and Butt could give them a very nice two-TE set quick, fast, and in a hurry. I really like the Gotham OL as they don’t have a glaring weakness while McGlinchey provides a potential upgrade and saves cap room. If this D stays healthy and plays to potential, it’s just scary. They are deep on the interior with Butler, Brantley, and Hall as personal favorites, and if Harris steps up in year two, they have a 3rd edge rusher for depth. Likewise, they look to have a great LB corps. McKinney, Foster, and Cunningham are all talented and make for the best LB corps in BDL. Rhodes and Norman are shut down on the outside. And Jourdan Lewis could be a great fit for the slot as I am personally meh on Howard. Minkah should be starting over Kam sooner rather than later, and Simmons doesn’t scare anyone. Gotham needs its TEs to grow quickly in order to have the firepower to win the BizzBowl. They look very good elsewhere, but a lack of weapons could cost them in the end. On D, they really just need to stay healthy as depth issues are prevalent. This is definitely one of the more complete teams in BDL. #1 - Rome QB Drew Brees, Mitch Trubisky RB Todd Gurley, Theo Riddick, Devontae Booker, Marlon Mack WR Amari Cooperr, Daurice Fountain, Chad Hansen, WR James Washington, Corey Coleman, Eli Rogers, WR Juju Smith Schuster Tedd Ginn Jr TE OJ Howard, Austin Sefarian Jenkins, Jordan Akins LT Tyron Smith LG Justin Britt Nico Siragusa, C Brandon Linder, Evan Boehm RG Ramon Foster, Braden Smith, Max Garcia RT Marcus Gilbert, Ryan Ramczyk, DE Carlos Dunlap , Dante Fowler Jr, Avery Moss DT Michael Brockers, Matt Ioannidis DT Dalvin Tomlinson, malcolm Brown DE Takkarist McKinley, Marcus Davenport, James Harrison LEO Hau'oli Kikaha Kamalei Correa LB CJ Mosely, Patrick Onuwasor LB Leighton Vander Esch, Alex Anzalone Matt Milano CB Prince Amukamara, William Jackson III CB Janoris Jenkins, Anthony Averett NB Marlon Humphrey Cyrus Jones FS Jahleel Addae, Armani Watts SS Shawn Williams ,Josh Jones Looking over this team, it’s no surprise they won the BizzBowl last year. Rome has top tier players at QB and RB. Amari took a step back last year while Juju exceeded expectations and Howard came on at the end of the year. If Washington, Coleman, or anyone else steps up and Amari remembers how to catch, this weaponry is very good. The OL is also very solid as Tyron is a stud and the other 4 OL can at the least hold their own. But Rome has added Ramczyk and Braden the past two years to infuse youth into this OL, and if they pan out, this could be a top 3 BDL OL. Assuming Takk improves on last year, the Rome defense could be difficult to score on. Takk across from Dunlap would be a very nice tandem, but they need Davenport to grow quickly as impact depth is a bit of a concern. While Brockers and Tomlinson are a very nice pair, I don’t know if I trust Brown or Ioannidis as backups at all. LB could be very, very good as Mosely is a stud, Anzalone could be good if he could stay healthy, and LVE has a ton of potential. Rome also has a number of big name CBs, but outside of Janoris and possibly Marlon who was very solid at the end of the year, there are issues with consistency. Also, I don’t know who can play NB with functional effectiveness. At S, Shawn Williams is an underrated player, and Addae is okay assuming Derwin doesn’t eat his snaps, but Rome needs one of their young safeties to step up quickly. Top to bottom, this is one of the most complete teams in BDL with few holes. However, Rome has a few positions with serious depth concerns, and an injury or two could keep them from repeating. Side note, the Rome 2017 draft looks absolutely incredible a year out.
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