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The draft is among us and this draft is very important for a lot of teams.  The typical thought is in every draft if you can select at least three to four 4 or 5 year starters, your team is set up for success.  Our reigning Super Bowl champs are a prime example of how the draft can lift you to lifting the Lombardi.  Without further ado here is Big Play’s Mock draft…  Oh Yea Let’s Go Gang Green, Draft Like A Jet! (At least like a New Jet no more Gholston picks please!)

1. Texans:  Jadeveon Clowney DE, there’s rumors out there that Houston wants to trade, but do you want to be the team that passes on a once every 20yrs talent?  Probably not!

2. Rams: Jake Matthews OT, bloodlines outweighs Robinson’s superior talent.  Has any family put out more NFL talent?

3. Jaguars: Johnny Manziel QB, the staff wants Khalil Mack, my guess is the owner steps in to sell tickets.  Also with the report that Manziel doesn’t want to go to Jacksonville would make for good trade bait.

4. Browns: Khalil Mack OLB, Pettine gets the guy on the outside Rex never could get.

5. Raiders: Mike Evans WR, Evans is big, strong, and with speed.  It’s the Raider way!

6. Falcons: Greg Robinson OT, finally some protection for Matty (N)Ice (and Atlanta fans still wont be happy because it’s not Clowney and if Watkins is still on the board they would want him too)

7. Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins WR, the #1 WR hands down, and I know your thinking “If he is the best WR then why did the Raiders take Evans?”  The Raiders also took Heyward -Bay over Michael Crabtree.  Like I said, the Raiders Way!  Watkins will be great across from Jackson.

8. Vikings: Aaron Donald DT, Zimmer gets his Geno Atkins

9. Bills: Taylor Lewan OT, more OLine help for young EJ

10. Lions: Odell Beckham Jr WR, We know the Lions have other needs (secondary!), but the shadow of Millen still looms, and finally Caldwell gets his 3rd WR to complete his Colts O… I mean Lions Offense.

11.Titans: Darqueze Dennard CB, the top corner to replace Verner

12. Giants: Zack Martin OT, TE makes sense but Eli needs protection, and an upright Eli will only throw 15 interceptions not 27.

13. Rams: Calvin Pryor S, reminds me of Earl Thomas, a hard hitter that is needed in the new black and blue division.  The NFC WEST!

14. Bears: Timmy Jernigan DT, Bears were terrible against the run last year, he will help.

15. Steelers: Eric Ebron TE, Miller’s getting long in the tooth, so Pit drafts his successor.  This is another team that has a lot of needs and getting younger is a huge need, but we all know historically the Steelers have been great in the draft.

16. Cowboys: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS, ball hawking safety which is much needed for Dallas’ awful back end.  Message to Jerry Jones, resist every instinct to trade up for Manziel.

17. Ravens: Brandin Cooks WR, even with the acquisition of Steve Smith, Ravens still need some youth at the position.  This will set up the Ravens with two speedy WR for the future (Smith and Cooks) and we know how Flacco loves the deep ball.

18. Jets: Bradley Roby CB, with Ebron, ODB, and Dennard gone Jets stay true to their board and take best player available at a position of need.

19. Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Miami lost a couple starters to their line, they start building it back with the OT from the Tide.

20. Cardinals: Blake Bortles QB, successor to Carson Palmer in 2 years, and remember Palmer was a QB that sat before he became a starter.
21. Packers: Justin Gilbert CB, tall, rangy guy should help in match ups vs Jeffrey, Marshall, and Megatron twice a year (a job I don’t envy).

22. Eagles: Kyle Fuller CB, with how Philly scores points it will force teams to play catch up, you need corners

23. Chiefs: Teddy Bridgewater QB, perfect pick for both the team and the player.  Bridgewater could sit for a couple seasons behind the intellectual Smith and learn to maximize his strengths and limit his weaknesses, especially deciding gloves or no gloves.

24. Bengals: Jason Verrett CB, Can never have enough corners, when your D Line is that good you wont have to cover for long.  Plus they are not ready to give up on Dalton… yet!

25. Chargers: Louis Nix III NT, A power pig to put on the front line, just don’t sport the Bolo.

26. Browns: Derek Carr QB. Browns try their hand at it again for a franchise QB, especially since Johnny Football is off the board, could we see a trade since Manziel doesn’t want to be in J-Ville?

27. Saints: Kelvin Benjamin WR, another big target to go along with Colston and Graham for Drew Brees

28. Panthers: Cody Lattimer WR, after gutting there WR core Carolina starts to rebuild it

29. Patriots: Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE, Belichick drafts a TE to pair with Gronk to hopefully have the same success he had with trigga man Hernandez.  I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pats trade up for Ebron or trade down for more picks.
30. 49ers-: Jordan Matthews WR, a big sure handed guy to groom behind Boldin, just don’t have him learn how to go get the ball from mediocre Crabtree (Sherman words not mine), and don’t learn how to go across the middle soft from Davis (Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor words not mine) and he will be fine.

31.Broncos:  Ryan Shazier LB, if there’s one thing we found out in the SB, Denver needs more speed on D especially since you can’t draft more heart!
32. Seahawks: Joel Bitonio G, The champs draft a replacement for the disappointing Carpenter.  Does it feel like the Seahawks are pulling a Marlins and blowing the team up to rebuild for a later run?

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By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

@UnSportsMenBigJ

I tweeted out to the masses to give me your favorite NFL team or a team in general and I would give you reasons to be optimistic for 2013.  Well the first team I got was the NEW YORK Football Jets (Play Like A Jet right???).  Special shout out to Tyler Moore (@Tylermoore614) for choosing the J-E-T-S.  So lets get right into it then:

1.  If the JETS stink this year, next year they will hear “With the First pick of the 2014 draft the New York Jets choose Jadeveon Clowney”.  That will automatically solve their pass rush problem.

2.  Unless by some miracle Mark Sanchez has a get year (Jets fans need to buy lotto tix if that happens) the Jets will get his salary off their books and he becomes a Free Agent.  We all know what that means don’t we?  My Youtube clip ass showing dance parties.

3.  If the Jets stink it’s very likely Rex Ryan can turn his back on the Jets and walk out as he is FIRED!  Why is this a good thing?  Well the last time they got a new head coach the Jets went to two AFC Championship games, in consecutive years.

4.  On an actual bright side, the division is looking a bit weak (I know Pat fans will scream, but they have lost a lot can’t see them being dominate) the Fins are a HUGE question mark.  Especially betting on a QB to take a step, and a high paid WR who runs 4 routes.  The Bills look to not have a QB to start the season, and they always look good on paper defensively.  The defense sucks when the real games start.  Like I mentioned earlier the Pats are hurting for talent and we see you can get after Brady with physical defensive line play (see Detroit preseason game).  I say all this to say that after 8 games everyone in that division can be with in one game, or tied.  Puts you in a position to get hot and make a playoff try.

5.  If this team is a dumpster fire at least we can laugh at the Rex Ryan post game talks.  We can expect a very Jim Mora(Saints)/Dennis Green/Mike Singletary/Buddy Ryan/Jerry Glanville/Jim Mora(Colts)/ blow up that will delight us for years to come.

So all you JETS fans cheer up, it’s not as bad as it seems, because next year (2014) will look lovely.  If your bad enough this year, maybe, just maybe you can get Fireman Ed back.  Matter fact who needs him, NY should start a new fan phenom JET-lag Jerry.  #Mr.BrightSide

Once again message me with your team and I will tell you a positive outlook for the upcoming year @UnsportsmenBigJ

Thanks again @TylerMoore614

Is there anyone else???

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

 

I looked at Atlanta’s draft and I was really not impressed.  I think two corners in their first 3 rounds is not the best chance to take this team over the hump.  So I looked at past picks for the Falcons and I traced everything back to a central point…  Julio Jones!!!  I know hindsight is 20/20, but lets jump into our “Time Sled” with H.G. Wells and go back and look at “if the Falcons never traded up for Julio.”  I know Falcon fans have just tuned out, but let’s take a look.

            Now I know talent like Julio is hard to come by.  Jones is in an elite group of WR talent that doesn’t show very often in NFL history, but I ask the question when was the last time a big time WR took a team over the hump?  The 49ers won a Super Bowl before Rice was part of the team.  Moss still no ring after 2 Super Bowl appearances.  You can make a case for Irving, but Irving’s athleticism is not in the same league as Moss, A.J. Green, and Jones.  So we can safely say that WR are never the missing link for Super Bowl rings.  Yet the Falcons felt Jones was?

            So we rewind to the 2011 Draft, the Falcons traded their 1 round (27), 2nd round (59th), 4th round (124), 1st (22), and 4th (118) in 2012.  Now the Falcons struggle in what areas currently in 2013?  Cornerback, Pressure on the QB, and maybe the O-line could use some tightening up.  In 2011 if they kept their pick they would have had the opportunity to get Jimmy Smith (27 pick), ESPN Scouting report on Smith:

“Smith is an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism for a perimeter defender. His length and strength enables him to be physical to reroute receivers off the line of scrimmage. He anticipates well to jump routes in the passing game and can be a physical run defender.”

If you still wanted a WR you could have drafted Jonathon Baldwin (26 pick and that was the advice of Bill Belichick).  Now I’m picking Jimmy Smith, and as we have seen Smith has a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens, and Jonathon Baldwin is a board line bust (and Thomas Jones busted him in the eye) in Kansas City.

            Now this is where it gets interesting, because we know that “elite” or very good QB’s make the players around them better, so what if Atlanta fans would have heard, “With the 59th pick The Atlanta Falcons draft Torrey Smith.”  Again hindsight, but there is your dynamic WR, Smith can stretch the field and blow the top off of a Defense.  ESPN Scouts said:

“He has excellent burst off the line of scrimmage with run-after-catch ability in space. He has a good receiving radius but needs to improve his short and intermediate route running. Smith is an excellent, young perimeter target.”

Ask newly paid Joe Flacco the impact of Torrey Smith on the offense.  Smith was the 58th pick, one pick higher than Atlanta, what if no one would have traded with the Falcons so they could pick Smith before the Ravens?  Well Randall Cobb was the 64th pick.  Cobb could have added versatility in the return game where the Falcons are abysmal, and he would have been a change of pace third down option.  Now we are looking at CB and WR possibly being taken care of.  Yet let’s say you’re not sold on the Jimmy Smith pick.  At the 124th pick the Falcons could have drafted Richard Sherman (154).  Arguably the best CB in the league at least in Sherman’s mind.

            Now we bounce to 2012 Draft, and the Falcons had a good 2011, but yet again get bounced in the 1st round and you realize “We need help getting to the QB” so in 2012 you want to get defensive pressure.  You have the 22nd pick in the first and you target either Chandler Jones (6 sacks 3 forced fumbles in 2012), or Don’t’a Hightower (4 sacks and one fumble returned for a touchdown).  Also you traded Cleveland your 118th pick in the 4th, which could have been used on Guard Joe Looney.  Looney is a 4th round pick of the 49ers, and has only played in spots but has massive potential.  Nfl.com said this about him:

Looney is a strong interior lineman who has been consistent for the Demon Deacons since stepping on campus. He is an athletic mover who blocks well in the run game and has great size. He has fourth-round value based on his production and ability to be inserted right away.”

            Now again its easy for me to sit here and say man Atlanta Falcons messed up on drafting Julio, but in the attempt to chase a ring they forgot a key part, TEAMS win championships not one exceptional talent.  Look at our last couple of Super Bowl attendees, Ravens, 49ers, Giants, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Patriots, and the Saints what do they have in common?  They rarely trade away picks to move up for one player.  They typically trade a few spots for a player or trade back in rounds for value.  The Falcons have done this lately but in 2011 they went another direction and I feel that direction will hunt them in the long run.  Ok back to 2013 “Time Sled” and see what the future holds. 

Jason “Big J” Allen

@UnSportsMenBigJ

mock draft 2013

1.KC-Eric Fischer OT

2.JAX-Luke Joeckel OT 

3.SD-Lane Johnson OT trade w/Oakland

4.PHI-Dion.Jordan OLB

5.DET-Ziggy Ansah DE

6.CLE-Dee Milliner CB

7.ARI-Tavon Austin WR

8.BUFF-Ryan Nassib QB

9.NYJ-Barkevious Mingo OLB

10.TEN-Chance Warmack OG

11.OAK-Shariff Floyd DL

12.MIA-Xavier Rhodes

13.NO-Kenny Vacarro FS trade w/NYJ

14.CAR-Star Lotuelei DT

15.NYJ-Tyler Eifert TE

16.STL-Eric Reid FS

17.PIT-Jarvis Jones OLB

18.MINN-Cordarrelle Patterson WR trade w/ DAL

19.NYG-Sheldon Richardson DL

20.CHI-D.J. Fluker OT

21.CINN-Matt Elam FS

22.STL-Justin Hunter WR

23. DAL- John Cooper OG

24. INDY- D.J.Hayden CB

25. MINN-Mantei Te’o ILB

26.JAX-Geno Smith QB trade w/GB

27. HOUS-Keenan Allen WR

28. PHI-E.J. Manuel QB trade w/ NE

29. DEN-Bjoern Werner DE

30. ATL-Desmond Trufant DB

31.SF-Justin Pugh OT

32. BALT-John Cyprien FS

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The renovations are done bitches we back in business (hey what that ninja doing on the nag) #D’jango; drink specials as usual we rolling out those green jello shots for draft week (you know I rep the Jets). We pushing things far back like Jamarcus Russell hairline and weight so let’s get it.
Playoff season is in full effect with the 1st team to win 16 winning the championship.  Can the KING be dethroned (you know in my eyes it’s blue and orange skies).  However, most analysts feel that the Heat will run through the east with there only challenge coming from a western conference team in the finals.  So who will it be (Den, OKC, SA, LAC).  I’ll roll with OKC, unless my Knicks take them out first, should be a great playoffs onto my damn thoughts….
1. Darrelle Revis is a great player (I have his jersey) but the joker ain’t Deion Sanders.  Hey if TB dumb enough to give you $16mil a yr go get your money.
2. David Ortiz “this is our effing city” I love it we all #prayforboston.
3. I thought the Knicks played the worst game they could’ve played in Game 1 and won.  I see Knicks in five.
4. Chicago Bulls wtf was that, awful Game 1 performance, but bounced back in Game.  Will the real Chi Town please stand up?
5. How Noah playing on one leg and D.Rose can’t play at all that’s BS.
6. So is that what Deron Williams plays like when he likes his coach damn Jerry Sloan and Avery Johnson.
7. How does Andre Miller score 28pts in a playoff game…  ridiculous
8. I know Doris Burke is a member of Mark Jackson’s congregation (her words “greatest man she’s ever heard give a speech” child please) my question is how much is she tithing and odfwri.
9. Feel bad for my man David Lee tough injury.
10. LBJ was wearing one of Chris Bosh’s deermeat sweaters during the postgame press conference.
*bonus* quote from Jason1Goff after Jeremy Lin’s terrible game 1 performance “remember Linsanity, I don’t either” classic he don’t want it with Westbrook

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