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  1. Your Draft Hot Takes

    I know these are hot takes, but I would bet a great sum of money against this one. There is literally nothing special about Freeman's game. Sure, he's one of the most decorated Pac-12 rusher's of all-time, but he doesn't do much for me on film. I like him as a Day 3 guy, he could provide decent depth at the next level, but his ceiling is not much higher than his floor. Has good a good build, but already tons of miles on the odometer. No way he goes in the first round with the 2nd tier featuring guys like Damien Harris, Bryce Love, Ronald Jones, Nick Chubb and others.
  2. Your Draft Hot Takes

    I wouldn't say he is "tremendous" against the run. He's had some standout plays. I actually remember the play you're talking about, against Maryland? On a play-to-play basis you're not going to see much consistency. If it's lined up for him? Sure, he'll blow it up. But he can get tossed around and times. Probably not as much of a weakness as I made it out to be, but I wouldn't call it a strength. He's my CB3 fwiw.
  3. Your Draft Hot Takes

    Agree 100%. He's had his fair share of bright spots, but there's really nothing about his game that gets me excited. As a Michigan fan I love him, played out of role a lot as a NT but played hard and was the catalyst on defense this past season. But looking at how he translates at the next level, I feel you need to get him next to someone like Linval Joseph or Damon Harrison. Put him next to someone who is going to eat blockers while Hurst can bust out in space at 3-tech. I think he can be a decent production guy at that spot, but I think he's an average starter at best in the NFL. Evans is an elite prospect man. He has everything you want from the head down, really a complete player who stands out in every game. I was watching some Tennessee vs Alabama cut-ups and there was one play where he broke towards the QB and was almost instantly at a full speed, launched himself at the QB making hard contact and the impact forced the QB's helmet off. Vicious athlete with versatility who plays mean and knows where the ball is going to be. Evans' value as an EDGE rusher puts him over Roquan for me, but it's close. I'm a huge fan of Roquan Smith and fell in love with his game after the Notre Dame game earlier this season. Could be the most dominant film you'll see from a prospect all year.
  4. Who Impressed You This Bowl Season

    Michael Gallup had a good game. 2 TDs reversed following review, still ended up with one I believe. Made an insane one-handed grab on 3rd & long in a crucial situation. Tremendous body control and concentration to reel in the tough grab over the middle. Wish I knew how to upload GIFs from Twitter. Him and Nick Stevens were not in sync most of the night, man that QB is pretty bad--missed him a few times on some big plays. Tyre Brady was a beast, I believe he was named New Mexico Bowl MVP. Wanna say he ended up with roughly 160 yards and at least one TD. Not sure on his status, but I'm pretty sure he's draft eligible. Missed a handful of games towards the end of the season. Not sure if Litton graduating will affect his decision, but he's definitely a name to watch.
  5. Your Draft Hot Takes

    Also, Anthony Miller is insanely overrated right now. He's a good player, and a nice piece to have on offense, but he's not overly athletic and I don't think he'll consistently win at the next level. If we're going to hype up a Group of 5 WR, it should be Michael Gallup, Richie James or even Jaleel Scott.
  6. Your Draft Hot Takes

    Not sure how hot these are, but here we go: Auden Tate is WR1: First let me say that I'm a big fan of Calvin Ridley. However, I think Auden Tate holds much more upside. I may be a little bias here because big-bodied WRs with rare size and athleticism are one of my favorite molds among any position. Tate turns a 50/50 ball into an 80/20 ball. He may draw a lot of comparisons to Mike Williams, but I think he's actually a better contested catcher, a better route runner and probably a better athlete as well. Graceful body control with locked-in concentration along with his size and athleticism is rare, and gives Tate potential to be an elite WR in the NFL. Michael Gallup is a Top 5 WR: If you're a box score scout, you may say Michael Gallup's performance in the New Mexico Bowl was underwhelming. However, you have to factor in that two impressive 'almost' TD grabs were ruled incomplete following review. There was a late 3rd & long, and you just knew they were going to throw it to him. Gallup ended up making a one-handed snag over the middle albeit in a losing effort. I think he's similar to Calvin Ridley in terms of how they win off release with quickness and savvy along with a full tool box of routes. Gallup is tough, experienced and has all the traits you look for. He's going to tear it up at the Senior Bowl and I wouldn't be surprised if he went early Day 2 with a Zay Jones-esque rise. Courtland Sutton is One of the Most Overrated Prospects in the Class: I've never been the biggest Courtland Sutton advocate. He was actually the first WR I evaluated all season. I expected him to play to that Auden Tate style which I touched on earlier. While Sutton does make some impressive contested catches, he's just not consistent enough in that facet of the game. His hands are inconsistent and his route tree is scattered. Plus, I don't think he's the athlete Tate is. Essentially, Auden Tate is who everyone wants Courtland Sutton to be. Timon Parris is a Top 50 Prospect: This may be my hottest take ever? I don't pride myself on my offensive line evaluation, but something just stood out with Parris. Quality left tackles seem to be a dying breed in today's game, but Parris could fill that void for a lot of teams. He's an excellent pass protector who's light on his feet with quickness and precision in his sets. He plays with an edge and isn't timid of getting down and dirty. Right now I have him pegged as a 2nd round prospect, above a player like Tyrell Crosby. I expect Parris to be among the biggest risers at the Senior Bowl this year--I can't wait to watch him in 1-on-1 drills against guys like Marcus Davenport and Maurice Hurst. I wrote a Senior Bowl OL Preview highlighting about 10 players we'll see in Mobile, for a more extensive read on Parris check it out in the hyperlink. This DL Class Isn't as Good as Advertised: Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of Vita Vea and Taven Bryan, and I also like Da'Ron Payne, Christian Wilkins and Maurice Hurst. However, I don't think the latter three are 1st round caliber players as they've been hyped up to be. Vea and Bryan are likely top 15-20 players for me. And while I love Payne's game, he has a lot to round out--luckily he is only 19 years old right now. Tremendous burst and quickness off the snap, but he gets gassed easily and struggles to finish even in close proximity. Wilkins is an athletic specimen, but he's one of those guys who's going to rely on his power, strength and speed until he develops some technique. Hurst is honestly underwhelming on film in my opinion, but I see the appeal. Haven't dug too much into the depth of this class, but there doesn't seem to be too much talent. Rashaan Evans is a Top 5 Player in the Draft: Of the infinity of Alabama defensive prospects I've evaluated over the years, Rashaan Evans could be the best of them--right up there with Minkah Fitzpatrick. Evans is undoubtedly my LB1 (I also love Roquan Smith), and he might even be my EDGE1 if he played there full time. Dude is always around the ball, vicious, finisher, leader. Superb athlete and he's going to gain a lot of attention once he tests off the charges at the Combine. Twitchy athlete with the mindset you want on defense. Let him roam at LB then kick him off the edge on 3rd down. Ultimate chess piece in the front 7 and it wouldn't surprise me if he goes top 10. I wrote an article about the Top 10 Franchise Cornerstones in this year's draft class, check it out in the hyperlink and see where Evans landed. Malik Jefferson is a Runner Playing LB: Since my preseason work, I haven't been a big fan of Malik Jefferson by any means. I get why he garners hype, he's a blazer. However, he doesn't have the football IQ to match his gifted athletic profile. Jefferson has flashed, but the consistency is nowhere to be found. You'll rarely see him read and react or be the first guy to the ball. Based on his physical tools, I could entertain the idea of drafting him late Day 2; but all these 1st round projections, no thanks. Isaiah Oliver is the Undisputed CB1: I'm a fan of this CB class, although I don't think you could say it holds as much talent at the top as last year's class. That's not to say it's not good. Denzel Ward is a tremendous man corner with quick feet and the smoothest hips in the class, but he lacks in size, run defense and overall physicality. Joshua Jackson is a converted WR with insane ball skills and potential in a zone scheme, but he's still working on the basics and developing at the position. Jaire Alexander has become the forgotten man in this CB class with a couple injuries during the season, but he has Marcus Peters level potential. He makes it look easy with his crisp movement and overall feel at the position. Then you have guys like Tarvarus McFadden, Holton Hill and Carlton Davis, who all have likeable traits. But then there's Isaiah Oliver, the guy I feel is in a tier of his own. While he may not be elite in any single trait, he's an all around corner with no flaws--a complete player. The All-American decathlete is a tremendous athlete and comes from swaying bloodlines. A lengthy, athletic corner who plays lockdown on the outside.
  7. He'd be a top 3 WR for me, up there with Tate and Ridley, if not for his off-field issues. Such a shame because he's one hell of a talent. Hope he can find his way and get on the right path. Potential is through the roof. Dynamic athlete. Wins in all three levels. Can take a slant to the house or beat you over the top. Interested in seeing if he gets drafted or not. Hard to imagine a team unwilling to burn at least a 7th rounder on him. Then again, his off-field laundry list is one of the worst I've seen.
  8. I agree, Boomer Hurley definitely looked like the BPA, but I doubt you would've been around once he came over to the US. I think you need immediate impact.
  9. Following. Gotta compete this year or I think you're gone. Not sure how that roster will do. If you had two years I think that's when you'd see substantial growth.
  10. NHL 18

    Played a little more of the free trial. The expansion mode is really cool for franchise. Continued my online dominance. In two games I outscored my opponents 11-1, all my goals were consecutive after allowing a snipe from Kopitar on the first shot in the first game. At least Brian Elliott seems to be somewhat of an upgrade over Mason in this game. I only play with the Flyers in versus.
  11. Rocket League

    I haven't played since Madden came out, but I'd like to get back into it if we can get a doubles/triples team going. GT: iTz Too EaZY x
  12. NCAA football

    Before Madden came out I played this game everyday. Built dynasties with New Mexico State and Florida Atlantic. Eventually moved NMSU to the Pac-12 and went on to win the National Championship in year 7 or 8. Only in year 3 of FAU so I haven't moved them into a different conference, but once I start to win more will probably move them to the AAC. This game is always fun and I would do some dirty things for a new one.
  13. Who Impressed You This Week (Week 3 9/16/2017)

    As I said with Burnett, that was my first exposure to him. He definitely flashed some potential and I will evaluate him further this season. With that being said, there are a good number of WRs I'd prefer in this class, just based off initial viewing. The Texas defense as a whole was outstanding. I crush on Day 3 DL prospects. Last year it was Godchaux, this year it could be Ford. I'm just not sold on Jefferson as a blue chip prospect. With LBs, the trait I judge the most is ability to read and react (mental processing), and he just doesn't show that consistently. He'll give you that flash play every so often, but I need more consistency from an LB if I go that route in the 1st round. He wasn't involved too much in the 1st half, but clearly stepped up it after halftime. Wheeler looked rock solid and Omenihu was really good too, someone I failed to mention in my review. I didn't pay too close attention to Nwosu, just noticed him make play after play. Looking at his side, he's probably best served as a speed rusher, I agree. May not have the strength to take on blocks and win at the point of attack at the next level. Let him use his speed to bend the edge.
  14. Who Impressed You This Week (Week 3 9/16/2017)

    Went back and watched the Texas-USC game. Very unclean, sloppy game, but exciting as hell. So many false starts, you could tell those OLs are both inexperienced and crowd noise was a factor. I was really excited for my first 'real' exposure of Connor Williams. Devastating knee injury. Hope to see him recover well. I wonder if he decides to declare or come back for another year. The Texas defense was dominant throughout. I studied Malik Jefferson last week and came away unimpressed. Didn't looked like he had any mental processing and was slow to react on plays. He looked a lot better against USC, particularly in the 2nd half. He had a really nice play where he darted through the gap and snatched Stephen Carr for a TFL. Even after that performance, I'm not sold on him as a first round prospect. Roquan Smith = LB1. Anthony Wheeler also flashed a lot from MLB. I came away impressed with DL Poona Ford. Really undersized at 5'11'', but he moves really well and has tremendous foot quickness in pursuit. His size sometimes poses as a positive. He plays really low and typically wins the leverage battle. Really strong and can crash the pocket. Likely a day 3 guy if he tests well, but I like him a lot. S DeShon Elliott came away with both INTs on Darnold, one a pick 6 off a batted pass. He made some good plays in coverage and flashed. Not sure if he'll declare, but definitely a name to store away for 2019. Speaking of Sam Darnold, he was good. Both teams struggled with field position, and that obviously hampered him, along with the Longhorns tough defense. Darnold displayed exactly what he's touted to be. A little bit of a flamethrower, he missed some throws he should've made, but flashed his traits as well. Darnold was good in the pocket, for the most part, and showed his ability to move and create. Really good arm talent as he showed on the game-tying drive at the end of the 4th quarter. That jump pass was phenomenal. His release remains a concern, but I noticed him shorten it up towards the end of the game. Haven't seen this before. Maybe the equivalent to a hitter choking up on his bat? Darnold still hoovers as my QB1. He's a gunslinger and a playmaker under center, and has the charisma of a franchise QB. Certainly has some things to clean up, but tell me a QB in this class who doesn't? Plus Darnold is only 20-21 years old. Looking at the rest of the offense, Ronald Jones struggled and answered the big question I had with him: vision. Jones continuously struggled to find holes against a tough run defense and was playing the "outside shuffle" most of the game. He gained a lot of hype after the first few weeks, but he should come back down to earth a bit as Pac-12 play kicks off. I still like him a lot. He has deadly quicks and speed in the open field, but he's mostly a one-trick pony. I don't think he's a premier prospect in this deep RB class. Deontay Burnett was solid and made some big catches during the game. I don't know if I see him as a next level player, but that was my first exposure to him so I'm nowhere near to writing him off. Plus, my eye was more focused on Darnold. On defense I was honing in on Porter Gustin and Cameron Smith. You have to admire Gustin playing with a broken foot, although he didn't return for the 2nd half. By far his best trait is his first step which he showcased throughout his time on the field. However, he showed no pass rush repertoire and was often stood up on the rush. He did, however, record consecutive sacks late in the 1st half. You have to love his passion and willingness to play through two injuries. He's a draftable player who can bring fight off your bench. Smith was alright. He doesn't look too athletic. Definitely a liability in coverage but a decent run defender. EDGE Uchenna Nwosu was the best player on that defense. A name I added to my Watch List. Oh yea, and WR Collin Johnson was phenomenal for Texas. Straight freak. If he runs .1 second faster he's getting Megatron comps. Looks like the headline of 2019's WR class.
  15. Why do people preorder games?

    How so? I never spend an extra penny on MUT, but allow myself to splurge for the Deluxe Edition.
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