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Content Update: Britmas arrives alongside a flood of new and returning content including many Christmas specials, pantomimes, Rising Damp in full, Channel 5 programming and more

2020.11.26 18:41 Jprhino84 Content Update: Britmas arrives alongside a flood of new and returning content including many Christmas specials, pantomimes, Rising Damp in full, Channel 5 programming and more

Buckle in, boys and girls. This is going to be an epic, selection box of a read. So, let's get started, shall we?
We begin with every episode of '70s classic Rising Damp. This includes the 1975 Christmas special, listed separately as part of Britmas. We'll get to that later. Rising Damp is broken down into 5 series (with the pilot episode on its own). The overall synopsis is as follows:
Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale and Don Warrington star in this classic 70s comedy set in a tumbledown boarding house. Follow the ups and downs of landlord Rigsby and his long-suffering tenants Ruth, Alan and Philip.

Next up, we have a large slate of Channel 5 programming. Here is the full list:
Meet the uber privileged youngsters whose rich parents will stop at nothing to give them what they want. Think private zoos, super yachts and fancy cars. Nothing is too grand for these billionaire babes.
Documentary shining a light on both the most famous and lesser known shops that carry the royal warrant. From cheese to chocolate, books to bespoke suits, the royals don't do shopping centres.
Documentary exploring the royal couple’s enduring romance. Discover how their scandalous love affair transformed into a loving partnership that saw Camilla win the nation’s hearts.
Crime documentary examining the clues that caught serial killers Fred and Rose West. In his first ever documentary interview, investigating officer Terry Moore reveals the details of the police work that resulted in Rose West's conviction.
Crime documentary investigating the murder of two former Eastenders stars, Gemma McCluskie and Sian Blake. Follow the final days of both women before their tragic deaths and hear insights from friends & experts.
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy recount their experiences in this poignant documentary. On 14th June 2017, a fire broke out in a West London tower block that would have devastating consequences & spark a national debate on housing.
Documentary exploring the turbulent history of Cadbury’s. For almost 200 years, it’s been the home of chocolate, making a staggering 350 tonnes of milk chocolate a day but life hasn’t always been sweet for the firm.
Catch Danny Dyer, Jimmy Carr, Alesha Dixon & other celebs as they strut their stuff on stage in this utterly bonkers musical reality show. Watch them go head to head in the ultimate lip syncing challenge!
Intimate doc series exploring the extraordinary lengths that ordinary people go to in order to get their ideal body. From those forking out thousands on plastic surgery to those piercing & painting every inch of their skin, hear their stories.
Royal doc exploring how the Queen’s only daughter comes across in public. Despite being born into a male dominated world, Anne has survived a kidnap attempt, divorce and even an Olympic Game, so how does she do it?
Reality show following five girls as they spy on their boyfriends to work out if they are 'the one'. Watch as their oblivious lovers head off on a VIP trip thinking they're filming a TV show about being on a mates’ holiday.

There's still more, as the "Centre Stage" collection - the hub for everything pertaining to the arts - was also treated to an update today with the following 3 additions:
Enjoy the world famous Cirque du Soleil, a mixture of circus arts and street entertainment that produces incredible theatrical events.
Lavish screen adaptation of the National Theatre play starring Laurence Olivier as one of Shakespeare's most controversial characters - the moneylender, Shylock.
Alec Guinness stars in this merry Shakespeare farce about the muddling up of lives and loves. Expect slapstick, puns and double entendres galore. Hundreds of years after it was written and it’s still a bleeding riot.
Not wanting to miss the party, Channel 4 has also made an appearance today with Diana: The Truth Behind The Interview, which originally aired last month and investigates the machinations of the infamous 1995 Panorama interview.
Princess Diana's 1995 interview with the BBC stunned the world. Twenty five years later, insiders reveal the story behind one of the most momentous programmes in the history of TV.

And finally, we come to today's main event - Britmas 2020, featuring a large variety of Christmas specials, pantomimes and more. The new and returning additions are as follows:
Christmas Special 1985. WWII comedy starring Gordon Kaye as a French café owner. Rene gets himself tangled up in a string of murder plots when General Von Klinkerhoffen decides to stick around & get more involved in controlling the district.
Christmas Special 1991. WWII comedy starring Gordon Kaye as French café owner Rene. Hoping for a bit of peace now the British airmen have made it back to Blighty, Rene is shocked to discover that Yvette is pregnant. Sacre bleu!
Christmas Special 1993. The Porters & their friend Rona decide to spend a relaxing Christmas with Bette and Auntie Pearl in a country hotel. Of course it doesn't quite go to plan...
A modern take on Dickens. Loan shark Eddie Scrooge has his local housing estate in a grip of fear, but on the night before Christmas he is visited by the ghost of his ex-partner.
Follow the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp in this panto featuring music from S Club 7. Starring Patsy Kensit & Paul Merton.
Christmas Special 1983. Christopher Timothy stars as the country vet in James Herriot’s 1940s tales of rural Yorkshire. After the war, James struggles to adjust to normal life and the new addition to the family.
Christmas Special 1985. Christopher Timothy stars as the good-natured vet in James Herriot’s 1940s tales of rural Yorkshire. Whether rescuing dogs from peat bogs or separating livestock from their flock, there’ll be no rest for this poor vet.
Christmas Special 1990. When Tristan discovers that the attractive new school teacher is part of the bell-ringing team, he decides to try his hand at campanology. Meanwhile, the brothers fall out over the treatment of an enormous wolfhound.
Christmas Special 1975. Bafta-nominated comedy set in a department store in 70s London. The staff are called to an early morning meeting to discuss boosting Christmas sales. But, someone’s already had a bright idea – and it involves novelty costumes.
Christmas Special 1976. Grace Brothers desicion to have electric Father Christmas models fails so they try and find a human replacement, but which staff member will make the cut?
Christmas Special 1979. Bafta-nominated comedy set in a department store in 70s London. The floor staff are desperate to win back their colleagues’ goodwill after not joining their strike, so they come up with a cunning plan.
Christmas Special 1986: John Nettles stars as the Jersey detective who's asked to delve into some supernatural myths when an ageing millionairess gets drawn in by a psychic who claims to speak to the dead.
Christmas Special 1987. John Nettles stars as the Jersey detective who investigates a series of robberies and a murder that become increasingly complicated by the return of his arch nemesis, Philippa Vale.
Christmas Special 1988. John Nettles stars as the Jersey detective who travels to Spain to deal with someone who has been threatening Charlie, and then finds himself caught up in a gangland power struggle.
Christmas Special 1989. John Nettles stars as the Jersey detective who gets asked by a recently-freed prisoner to investigate a historic murder case, believing that he was framed for the killing of a former gangster.
Christmas Special 1990. John Nettles stars as the Jersey detective who, now living in Provence, offers to assist Albert with his grape harvest, but the arrival of two other young helpers causes problems.
Lenny Henry stars in this magical festive tale from Richard Curtis. Bernard is having a rubbish Christmas after being betrayed by his fiance, best friend and boss. But when he rubs an antique lamp and things start to change, quite explosively!
Christmas Special 1989. Christmas with the Boswells is anything but quiet as Nellie and Jack get to see some turkeys and the family have their Christmas presents stolen.
Christmas Special 1990. Peter Howitt stars in Carla Lane’s classic sitcom about life for the cash-strapped Boswell clan in 80s Liverpool. Mrs Boswell discovers, to her dismay, that sometimes it’s the smallest things that cause the biggest headaches.
Christmas Special 1979. Carla Lane’s bittersweet 70s comedy about a frustrated suburban housewife stars Wendy Craig & Nicholas Lyndhurst. Despite the stress of cooking for Christmas, Ria’s hopes are lifted by the thought of meeting her admirer.
Robson Green & Mark Benton star as ultra competitive brothers in law who take their friendly rivalry to extremes when decorating their houses one Christmas. Have they gone too far this time?
Catch Simon Nye's comic interpretation of the classic fairy tale, with an all-star cast including Ronnie Corbett, Frank Skinner & Sian Phillips. Poor Cinderella is badly treated by her ugly stepsisters, until her Fairy Godmother arrives to help.
Coronation Street cast including Debra Stephenson & Bradley Walsh star as classic panto characters in this special show crammed with songs, comedy and special effects, combining a selection of the nation's favourite pantomimes.
Sue Johnston narrates this celebration of the best festive moments from almost six decades of TV’s longest-running soap. Delving into the archives, the programme showcases storylines about betrayals, break-ups, weddings and more.
Christmas Special 1989. Richard Briars, Penelope Wilton & Peter Egan star in this classic 80s sitcom. Self-styled backbone of the local community Martin gets an offer to relocate for work, but what would the community do without him?!
Christmas Special 1985. From the creators of Dad’s Army comes this Bafta-winning 80s sitcom. When the staff at Maplins holiday camp realise a burglar was a former camper, they wonder if he left any of his ill-gotten gains behind...
Paul Merton narrates this panto classic from London's Old Vic. Written by Simon Nye, it captures the tale of young Jack in typically boisterous fashion with stars including Griff Rhys Jones, Denise Van Outen & Julian Clary.
Christmas Special 1983. The boys visit Sam in hospital and agree to help him spend one last night with his 'other woman', but Ivy gets suspicious.
Christmas Special 1985. Edie and Wesley's daughter, Glenda, is marrying the hapless but kind-hearted Barry.
Christmas Special 1987. It's the annual garden fete at Dream Acres - Nora Batty is VIP waitress and a tramp who has taken a special interest in a particular donkey.
Peter Capaldi & Neil Dudgeon star in Tony Jordan's take on the story of the Nativity set in the troubled times of turn-of-the millennium Judea.
Christmas Special 1984. Classic 80s sitcom. Arthur Crabtree is feeling miserly and decides on a frugal Christmas - his family, however, goes to the other extreme with hilarious consequences.
Christmas Special 1987. Arthur becomes a hero after foiling a supermarket raid.
Documentary which takes a look behind the scenes of four traditional pantos staged in North West England, all of which are put together by amateur dramatic groups.
Christmas Special 1975. Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Richard Beckinsale & Gay Rose star in this classic 70s sitcom. Rigsby thinks that Philip has got him the Christmas present of his dreams but, as usual, it’s not what it seems.
Animated comedy about a reindeer called Robbie. When Robbie's wedding is halted by the presence of a sinister crystal and his fiance is kidnapped, Robbie finds himself on a mission to stop the destruction of the planet by the evil Vorkan.
Christmas Special 1974. Michael Crawford & Michele Dotrice star as the disaster-prone husband and long-suffering wife in this much-loved 70s sitcom. Frank tries to get a new job, while also causing havoc at the church nativity play.
Christmas Special 1978. Classic 70s comedy starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. Frank’s had a thrilling offer from a relative living abroad – and it involves learning to fly!
Christmas Special 1974. Final episode of the classic comedy starring Harry H Corbett & Wilfred Brambell. Harold’s had enough of Christmas at home and plans a trip abroad. But Albert isn’t so keen, in fact he’d rather go to Bognor than abroad…
With the fforbes-Hamiltons always providing the church's crib, Audrey, Marjory and Old Ned, who is acting as Audrey's butler while Brabinger is visiting his granddaughter, make a crib.
25 years after their hugely popular love-hate relationship was finally resolved in marriage, we revisit the happy couple for a one-off special as they prepare to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

And as if all of THAT festive frivolity isn't enough for one day, the soaps are joining in too! First, Eastenders has returned to the service with a "Christmas Specials" boxset that features the following:
There's a divorce, a proposal and a good old sing-along in the Queen Vic on Christmas Eve.
Dirty Den serves up the cruelest of Christmas presents to poor wife Angie.
Everyone's celebrating but Arthur Fowler finds the Christmas cheer all too much.
The Vic is full of Christmas cheer while the Fowlers put on a brave face.
Robbie gets caught eating turkey while Pat confronts ghosts from her past.
Grant's freedom is in the balance.
Bianca and Grant are forced to put aside their differences.
Alfie prepares to leave the square. Will Kat be going with him?
The drama continues in Albert square on Christmas day.
Dot tries to stop Pauline leaving the Square for good, but can she convince her?
Sonia's decision to confront Pauline ends disastrously.
The Beales family are in for a very tense Christmas dinner.
After watching the explosive video, tensions are running high...

Secondly, Emmerdale has added the 1979 Christmas special:
As final preparations are made for the Pantomime, Annie makes a discovery.

And wrapping everything up. Coronation Street has added 13 more Yuletide episodes to the archive (bringing the total overall count in the last 7 days to the promised 60):
Christmas Day. The men go to a sports outing and the wives prepare the dinner.
It's Christmas panto time but Cinderella hits a few snags.
Vera Lomax lies dying but is suspicious of Ena's sudden concern.
Elsie is pensive at the thought of moving to America.
The Street's residents put on a pantomime, with Lucille as Aladdin.
The residents celebrate Christmas Day in The Rovers, with Ena on the piano.
The residents of the Street put on a 1940s show in the Rovers.
The Barlows' Christmas is spoilt when Susan agrees to go for a drink at a hotel.
Ken reports Deirdre missing to the police. Alec employs Vera behind the bar.
Vera has an exhausting Christmas running the Rovers.
Christmas Day. The Duckworths stage a sit-in at the Rovers.
Claire has news for Ashley. Mike is scared and distressed.
It's all kicking off as Nick & Peter come to blows, and Bethany's secret gets out.
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2020.10.06 12:42 DayManuhah Best British and Irish Professional centre (that isn’t BOD)

Who would you put in your dream 12/13? I assume O’Driscoll is a nailed on starter for most people in the centre. But who would you have to partner him? There have been some good ones.
Scotland:
Scott Hastings
Wales: Jamie Roberts
Jonathon Davies
Scott Gibbs
Ireland:
Gordon Darcy
Robbie Henshaw
England
Will Greenwood
Manu Tuilagi
Owen Farrell
For me, I’m going with Jonathan Davies. Man of the series for lions vs New Zealand. Size but deceptively quick and a good handoff. An agricultural but long left boot too.
Will Greenwood / Scott Gibbs are close behind, but Davies has done it for longer. Tempted to go for Darcy but my bias means I’d go for Davies.
Honourable mention for Jamie Roberts for his work with Bod in 2009
Unless you wouldn’t have O’Driscoll, then pick two.
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2020.09.07 14:06 JohnnyRock110 CHARACTER RANKING- VILLAINS

This series has been renowned for its prestigious cast and antagonists, delicately written and amplified by some of the most dexterous actors in the business. What no better way to honor that than to do a ranking of them with some details thrown in; plus mentions of notable side villains. Starting with the main players:
  1. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy): Much like The Joker, this fear doctor’s motives are kept in the dark. He’s not particularly deep like the five other major antagonists, but everything else about him is done to a sharp tune. Jonathan’s twisted love of science and using the fear gas to experiment with his victims, particularly Carmine Falcone, somewhat makes him like a twisted version of Sid from Toy Story. Cillian’s performance is subtly intimidating, snide and charming. Moments including him being gassed and interrogated by Batman, and him riding a horse in a cloud of fear gas are key in the first film. He’s the only villain in any Batman picture thus far to appear in three films- including his standout appearance as the hanging judge in The Dark Knight Rises; which plays an integral role in what makes that films’ social revolution aspect so compelling, and he makes himself memorable in those scenes despite a combined near two minutes of screentime.
  2. Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard): Talia is the most divisive character in the series, but I stand by though that Marion Cotillard does a fantastic job with her (despite her four-second passing out death, which otherwise doesn’t hinder the films’ quality that much, big deal). Miranda starts out pure and charismatic, as she (apparently) wanted to bring Bruce out of his three-year seclusion (not eight as some have wrongfully assumed). Her misleading motives are sprinkled included picking up the weight of Bruce’s seclusion through a charity ball, and wanting to use the fusion reactor even after being rejected by Bruce. Hints to her true lineage come in waves, including a tender scene with her and Bruce as his life started to crumble again- her telling him about how her poor family felt rich through being by the fire. She contributes to The League of Shadows in ensuring that Gotham City would become a landscape for ruin for as long as it could for the bomb to annihilate them- including plugging herself into resistance movements so that Bane’s men could kill the special forces agents in horrific fashion, then the capture of Gordon and his partners. Her backstory with Bane and her father leaves an emotional impact, adding to the former’s humanity; also drawing influence from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities- Bane is Monsieur Defarge to Talia's Madame Defarge. She has some terrific moments like her “The slow knife that cuts deepest” speech to Batman, and her cold look that she gives as she tells her henchman to “Shoot them all” as they kill Deputy Foely. Her inclusion doesn’t make Bane a lesser character but adds to their motives, an ally and his human side (he’s not a henchman, they’re collaborators).
  3. Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart): In the Company of Men, Erin Brockovich and Thank You for Smoking are pronounced roles in Mr. Eckhart’s filmography; and precursors to his one that’s most well-known to the public. He brings an effortless bravado to Harvey Dent, as seen in his courtroom introduction with Maroni and a defendant who fake-shoots him; moments like this imbue him with a sense of character for people to latch onto in TDK aside from the classic clown prince of crime. He also has an emotionally authentic side, making him not merely a wolf in sheep’s clothing; as shown with Rachel Dawes and his commitment to making Gotham a better place. His transformation into Two-Face is heartbreaking, and built up with his frustration towards the justice system and near-murder of the schizophrenic Schiff Thomas. Some believed that his arc was being radiated to make him to become the next big bad in the third installment, but that idea was overturned early on in the making of TDK. It made perfect sense as to not force sequel-bait, plus he wouldn’t have survived long with the scars and his tragedy is the hanging balance of the story. Harvey leaves more than a strong impression, and importance that shall not be forgotten; especially when the dystopian future of TDKR becomes a sad mirror of everything that “this fallen idol” strived for.
  4. Henri Ducard/Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson): Much like Metal Gear Solids’ Big Boss; he in some ways serves as a foundation for the trilogy, as well as the shoulder devil for Bruce in the first half of Batman Begins. Liam has become notorious for his archetype/roller-coaster action pictures; but in 2005, he sizzled the screen with his small role in Kingdom of Heaven and this. Ra’s is about as radical as you could imagine for the leader of an ancient terrorist organization, but the way his dialogue is written and Liam’s performance makes you understand where he’s coming from. From a comics to film standpoint, the change of Ra’s al Ghul’s ethnicity makes enough sense here- If Ducard was Arabic, it would’ve been obvious that the Decoy Ra’s wasn’t real; and to not depict an Arabian man attacking a city a few years after 9/11. Ra’s, Bane and Talia are all Moroccan/Middle-Eastern; which still makes them foreigners/somewhat like the comics, plus Nolan valuing talent above all so this all makes sense.
  5. Bane (Tom Hardy): He very well competes with The Joker for my favorite antagonist in the trilogy, and it’s easy to see why certain people prefer him to the latter. Not taking comic book lore into account, he was the perfect choice for the final chapter rather than just settling for The Riddler or The Joker (again). Hardy made Bane his own in addition to the writing. He’s in a constant state of pain, with an animalistic glide of fighting and movement. A lot of horror about his past lies behind his impeccable facial expressions; especially in The Pit where Bane ensures that Bruce made it in there alive, and to know what lied in store for him- his body language in that scene is great. His introduction on the plane, battle with Batman and speech at Blackgate Prison are all incendiary. Hiding behind the guise of a helper of the people; he is surreal but also real, in how many in our own world can believe a madman under the right circumstances. The Nolan brothers could’ve simply written him as a tough guy (like his dreadful depiction in Batman and Robin) or an occasional roadblock for the dark knight; but they went beyond expectations and crafted an emotional and believable malefactor.
  6. The Joker (Heath Ledger): Not hard to guess, as Heath’s immortalized performance magnetized me from day one of seeing it. All of his tics, influences and horrifying motives and actions, Heath’s transformation have been discussed ad nauseum. All for good reason, “the Coca-Cola of fear” as described by critic Robbie Collin.
I have reservations about him outside of the film, more so some of the egregious fan perspectives that came up over time (of which I’m an often reluctant member of). Some act as if he’s the only reason that made TDK successful, or that he should’ve returned in TDKR- all are hokum. Joker is an integral part of a well-oiled machine, what made TDK explode in the mainstream; as well as Bruce’s story arc. He appears out of thin air in Gotham, is stopped by Batman and last seen laughing before abruptly cutting to the climax with Harvey Dent. His absence in TDKR only strengthens the film; as it doesn’t rely on him to build the story- respecting Heath Ledger’s recent passing while giving him a Voldemort effect in how the people of Gotham refuse to acknowledge him- that’s great writing. All three films successfully revolve around Batman and Gotham, the fact that we got an award-winning and resonant character for many like this Joker is just one part of the whole puzzle.

Honorable side-villains:

  1. Salvatore Maroni (Eric Roberts): Eric Roberts is macho, charismatic and sardonic as this mobster; who despite being a smaller role plays an important factor in the events of TDK. In The Fire Rises documentary; Scott Foundas of Variety Magazine cited Eric Roberts as an example of Nolan's Tarantino type-ability to bring seasoned actors from past decades into smaller-scale, notable appearances in these three films- same can be said for his other movies.
  2. Barsad (Josh Stewart): The voice actor for CASE in Nolan’s Interstellar also pays importance here as Barsad. He’s seen as Bane’s right-hand man/sniper throughout TDKR, played often quietly but chillingly by Josh. He’s integral to the opening as he pretends to be a Uzbekistan mercenary, handing over Bane and his cohorts to CIA agents, having already gained their trust; and for the rest of the film speaking in an American one (or English). Aside from the context of the film; he’s named after turncoat spy John Barsad from A Tale of Two Cities, and could very well be an homage to the infamous Deadshot (as Selina Kyle’s partner Jen is an homage to Holly Robinson).
  3. John Daggett, TDKR (Ben Mendelsohn)
  4. Carmine Falcone, BB (Tom Wilkinson)
  5. The Chechen, TDK (Ritchie Coster)- Despite having some characteristics of a typical Russian gangster, also has a level of respectability and sophistication.
  6. Phillip Stryver, TDKR (Burn Gorman)
UPDATE, 11-15-20: Bane is now #1, with The Joker at #2.
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2020.08.27 01:08 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of p.59 (65TH STREET)-p.63 (ENTERTAINMENT - E) in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of p.59 (65TH STREET)-p.63 (ENTERTAINMENT - E) under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/).
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i0aqxd/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_r_in_jeffrey/)
I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i5orop/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_s_in_jeffrey/)
I posted letters T-V on August 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i9dxwk/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_tv_in_jeffrey/)
I posted letters W-Z on August 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/idcqxw/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_wz_in_jeffrey/)
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
65TH STREET
Dionne, Ryan: Executive chef who once worked for Epstein and Prince Albert of Monaco. Dionne has 13 entries in Epstein’s Lolita Express flight log (https://archive.org/stream/EpsteinFlightLogsLolitaExpress/Jeffrey-Epstein-Flight-Logs-in-PDF-format_djvu.txt). Dionne was identified by Epstein victim Virginia Roberts as a potential witness who may have known about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex trafficking and pedophilia ring (https://www.the-sun.com/news/778758/jeffrey-epstein-enablers-named-sex-trafficking-underage-victims/).
Geffert, Scott: The General Manager for Advanced Imaging at the MET museum. Geffert had the same two phone numbers listed earlier under Jeff Hirsch’s name. Hirch is the owner of Foto Care, a shop that sells professional camera equipment. Claims he is only in the ‘Black Book’ because he sold an expensive camera to Ghislaine many years ago and had to go to her house to show her how to use it (source: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article234312632.html). This, however, doesn’t explain why there are two numbers listed under Hirsch’s name that are attributed to Scott Geffert, the General Manager for Advanced Imaging at the MET museum. This could all be innocent or these two could have assisted in Epstein’s hidden camera setup and helped Epstein get high quality pictures of his victims. We can’t be sure.
Joseph & Florina Rueda: According to this website (https://npidb.org/organizations/respiratory_developmental_rehabilitative/rehabilitation-practitioner_225400000x/1023361193.aspx), they own a healthcare practitioner company based out of Nevada. This is odd, considering that they are listed under the same address as Ghislaine Maxwell in Epstein’s black book. There is a wonderful thread on Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/Epstein/comments/i2buj0/florena_and_joseph_rueda_in_black_book/) that delves deeper into the Ruedas. One poster suggests that they were possibly housekeepers for Ghislaine, which seems to be a solid theory. Their names were circled by Epstein’s now-deceased house manager. People whose names were circled were those who could be potential witnesses to pedophilia and/or child trafficking.
Kellen, Sarah: Ghislaine Maxwell’s assistant. She was the “second-in-command” and “lieutenant” (https://nypost.com/2020/07/17/maxwell-lieutenant-sarah-kellen-may-be-arrested-parents/) for Maxwell and was complicit in Epstein and Maxwell’s pedophilia ring. She also helped recruit for Epstein (https://www.thecut.com/2019/08/sarah-kellen-jeffrey-epstein-ghislaine-maxwell-lieutenant.html).
Kelly, Brian: A senior financial advisor who has worked at Morgan Stanley since 1993 (https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/in/brian-j-kelly-72442219?challengeId=AQHBDkyx13cVYwAAAXQeUcXz9TDBRLy8kAMKQ7jEgDPmFxfTkaMjyDgvNTHOZ1gv9AQGvZJlsogkiRrUaUTAO3c3hIHOJvZcdA&submissionId=930be337-a313-2e16-5337-671a8a869a4a).
Maxwell, Ghislaine: We all know everything about her. The only interesting thing I can add is that Epstein had 38 phone numbers listed under Ghislaine’s name, but not all of them belong to her. For example, Epstein one phone number each for Joseph and Florena Rueda (above) listed under Maxwell’s name. Epstein also had two numbers listed under Ghislaine’s name for Scott and one for “Scott (w/Howie).” This is Scott Geffert, the General Manager for Advanced Imaging at the MET Museum (listed above) and “Howie” is Howard Goldstein, Scott’s business partner. Epstein had a lot of interest in digital imagery.
Mitrovich, Andrea: Former ballerina who is listed 17 times (confirmed) in Epstein’s Lolita Express flight log. There are also ten other listings that she can possibly linked to. Either way, she was a frequent flier on Epstein’s pedophile plane. There is a great thread by Twitter user Agenthades on her here (https://twitter.com/Agenthades1/status/1274801952237342722). He believes she now goes by Andrea Stowell and backs it up with some evidence. She has worked for the Clinton Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank. Her husband also worked for the Clinton Foundation and now works for IBM. Stowell/Mitrovich has social media links to other Epstein associates, including Sarah Kellen.
Police: Self explanatory. This is a police precinct on 67th street - four blocks from Epstein and two from Maxwell. It’s always nice to have the police on your side when you’re a sex trafficker.
Rueda, Joseph & Florena: See Joseph & Florina Ruena (above)
Tahoe, Kinney Garage: Parking garage.
AMERICA (A)
Antiques - Resale Number: Self-explanatory.
Arizona: Arizona 206 restaurant in NYC. Now closed. Used to be impossible to get reservations. Mentioned in American Psycho.
Aspen Club: Spa in Denver.
Au Bar: Lounge on 58th street in NYC. Now closed. Used to be one of those “places to be.” Also mentioned in American Psycho.
Avis International: Car rental.
Bel Air Hotel: High end hotel in Los Angeles that attracts celebrities and royalty. Epstein listed Frank Bowling (the General Manager of the Bel Air Hotel at the time) underneath this entry. Bowling is very well-known in the hotel industry and even counts Nancy Reagan and Prince Charles among his friends (https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/12/arts/12iht-blume.1.12793097.html).
Beverly Hills Hotel: Another California-based hotel that counts many celebrities and royalty amongst their patrons. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, John Wayne, Grace Kelly and the Crown Prince of Monaco, and King Albert of Belgium are just some of the people who have stayed there.
Beverly Wilshire: Another high-end California hotel. Past guests/tenants include: Barack Obama, Elvis, John Lennon, and Emperor Hirohito of Japan.
Bice: Former NYC Italian restaurant known for its upscale clientele. Closed down in 2014.
Bilboquet: Popular French restaurant not far from Epstein’s NYC mansion.
Bond Street: Japanese restaurant in Downtown Manhattan.
Carlyle: Luxury NYC hotel where JFK maintained a residence for the last ten years of his life. Mick Jagger still maintains a residence there. Billed the “Palace of Secrets” by the New York Times.
Christies - New York: Famous high-end auction house. It is said that Ghislaine Maxwell would often attend art gallery openings, parties, and auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in order to recruit new girls for Epstein (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8608267/Ghislaine-Maxwell-trawled-galleries-gallerinas-meet-Jeffrey-Epstein-claims-former-friend.html).
Cipriani Downtown: A famous Italian restaurant “known as a fave for models… and a reported ‘hunting ground’ for Harvey Weinstein” (https://pagesix.com/2020/07/27/celeb-haunt-cipriani-downtown-loses-liquor-license-over-covid-concerns/).
Coffee Shop: Self-explanatory.
Cohen Gibby: Private personal trainer (https://www.nytimes.com/1984/12/14/style/now-personal-trainers-push-clients-to-new-highs-of-fitness.html).
Cook: Henry Meer, the chef who ran City Hall restaurant in Downtown Manhattan for 17 years.
Dawat Haute Cuisine of India: Indian restaurant.
Delmonico’s: Gourmet food market.
Doyle’s: Auction house.
Elaine: Not enough info.
Electrolysis: Self-explanatory.
Ello’s Restaurant: Italian restaurant that is a favorite among celebrities (Tom Hanks, Woody Allen, Mick Jagger, and Derek Jeter) and the wealthy.
Essex House: Hotel on Central Park South where David Bowie used to live.
Estia: Greek restaurant in Uptown Manhattan.
Exercise - New York: Kristin McGee, a celebrity yoga and pilates teacher, is listed underneath this entry. Magali is also listed. Magali Blachon is a life coach and wellness consultant. There are two other names listed - Jessica Benton and Jennifer (ballerina) - but I was unable to find info on them.
Four Seasons: Famous upscale NYC hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel: See Four Seasons (above)
Four Seasons Restaurant: Midtown Manhattan restaurant that closed last year. Owned by the Bronfman family of NXIVM fame. Regular diners included Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Jackie Kennedy, Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, and others.
Myers of Westwick: Myers of Keswick is a British grocery store in Downtown Manhattan.
Nicolas: Nicola’s is an Upper East Side Italian restaurant.
Opia: Opia was a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Now closed. The name Antoine Blech appears underneath this entry. Blech is a restaurateur.
Peninsula Hotel: California-based 5-star hotel that is popular among celebrities. Matthew Bartle, whose name appears underneath, was the front office manager from 2000-2005.
Peninsula Hotel: Same hotel group. This is the Midtown Manhattan location.
Pierre Hotel: Luxury hotel just off Central Park. Was owned by John Paul Getty (Getty Oil billionaire). Mohamed al-Fayed, Yves Saint-Laurent, Elizabeth Taylor and Aristotle Onassis were once permanent residents.
Plaza: The Plaza Hotel is a world famous hotel in New York. It is the hotel where Kevin McAllister stays in Home Alone 2. It was once owned by Trump, hence why he made a cameo in the movie. A celebrity paradise that once hosted Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/fashion/black-and-white-ball-anniversary-truman-capote.html).
Plaza Athenee Hotel: 5-star hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Province Restaurant: French restaurant in Downtown Manhattan. Now closed.
Ritz Carlton: Luxury hotel in NYC.
Royalton: A boutique hotel near Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. Not quite as high end as other hotels listed here.
Sette Mezzo: Upscale cash-only italian restaurant that caters to the elite. Regulars include George Soros, the Tisch family, Mike Nichols, Lily Safra, and others.
Shoes-Repair: Leather Spa shoe repair shop.
Shutters on the Beach: 5-star hotel in Santa Monica, California. Popular dining spot for Hollywood actors and actresses.
Sotheby’s: Famous high-end auction house. It is said that Ghislaine Maxwell would often attend art gallery openings, parties, and auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in order to recruit new girls for Epstein (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8608267/Ghislaine-Maxwell-trawled-galleries-gallerinas-meet-Jeffrey-Epstein-claims-former-friend.html). The former owner of Sotheby’s attended Les Wexner’s birthday party with Epstein, Dershowitz, John Glenn, and others (https://nymag.com/intelligence2019/07/alan-dershowitz-jeffrey-epstein-case.html).
St Regis Hotel: 5-star hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Originally built by the Astor family. Has been the home of the likes of Salvador Dali and William Paley, the man who built Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
Stanhope Hotel: Former Uptown hotel in NYC. Converted to a residential co-op as of 2005.
Sunset Marquee: California-based hotel. Its bar is a favorite of musicians like U2, Aerosmith, and Robbie Williams.
Tao Restaurant: Asian bistro/lounge/nightclub that is a favorite among celebrities.
Taylor, The: Not positive, but this might be the Taylor Graham art gallery.
The Great American Health Bar: Kosher restaurant. Much less high-end than other restaurants in Epstein’s contacts.
The Lowell: Upscale hotel in Manhattan owned by Fouad Chartouni. Chartouni’s name appears earlier in Epstein’s black book.
The Westbury: Now-defunct hotel that was changed into condominium apartments. Attracted lots of celebrities
Tickets: Phone numbers for sporting events, shows, and premieres.
Tribeca Grill: American restaurant co-owned by Robert De Niro and restaurateur Drew Nieporent.
Two Bunch Palm: A private getaway spa that is popular with the Hollywood crowd.
Waldorf Astoria: 5-star hotel known for its celebrity clientele and its place in world political history. The World Peace Conference of 1949 was held at the Waldorf. The conference denounced Stalinism after WWII. Some famous residents of the hotel include Edward III (the would-be king of England had he not abdicated) and Wallis Simpson (Duke and Duchess of Windsor), Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nikola Tesla, Bugsy Siegel, and Frank Sinatra. Originally opened by William Waldorf Astor. The amount of politicians, wealthy people, and celebrities that have stayed here are countless.
Westbury Hotel: See ‘The Westbury’ above.
BRAZIL
Cecilia Szalman: No info found.
Ganero, Mario Sr: Mario Garnero is a Brazilian banker and entrepreneur who has been deemed the “father of the ethanol car” and is the chairman of the board and primary shareholder of Brasilinvest Group, a banking firm worth $700 million. Garnero’s connections run extremely deep. He is/has been personal friends with Jacob Rothschild, David Rockefeller, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, and many others. The following website makes some startling connections between Garnero, Epstein, and others (source: https://aeltri.com/2019/02/12/john-of-god-mario-garnero-and-epstein/). Quick summary: Record producer Damon Dash (former co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z) allegedly raped a supermodel who worked for Naomi Campbell at a party thrown by Garnero (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/poshs-friend-sued-for-rape-6939248.html).
Garnero has been referred to as a “Rothschild pawn” who tried to help Aecio Neves rise to power. Garnero also appointed “George Soros frontman, Arminio Fraga, who worked in Soros’ Quantum Fund, as Minister of the Economy.”
Riccardo: Not enough info.
ENTERTAINMENT (E)
Annabels: Most likely the high society hangout spot that used to be populated by likes of Ghislaine Maxwell and David Faber (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8490447/Ghislaine-Maxwell-fall-sits-cell-photos-reveal-society-life.html).
Aspinals: A private gambling club that caters to the elite of London.
Bibendum: Possibly the Claude Bosi restaurant (https://claudebosi.com/) in London where Ghislaine’s friends, Caroline Stanbury and Paris Hilton, were photographed leaving last year (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/paris-hilton-and-caroline-stanbury-leaving-bibendum-news-photo/1154182268).
Clermont Club: London gambling venue for the wealthy and powerful (https://gaming-awards.com/NEWS/the-clermont-club/). There are rumors that Lord Lucan hid out at the club after he had killed the nanny of his children.
Daphne: Daphne’s is a well-known Italian restaurant in Chelsea, London that is frequently inhabited by celebrities.
Foxtrot Oscar: Former restaurant in Chelsea, London. Now home to Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road, owned by Gordon Ramsay.
Harrys Bar: Private members club in Mayfair, London where “extramarital affairs and all sorts of other high jinks are quite happily conducted, if not encouraged” (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2005/10/harrys-bar-london). Started by Mark Birley.
Marks Club: Fairly certain this refers to the private members club in Mayfair, London. Like Harry’s Bar, Mark’s Club was also started by Mark Birley. The club is now owned by Peter Dubens (listed earlier in Epstein’s book under ‘Peter Dubbens’) and Charles Price, son of Charles Price II (also listed earlier in Epstein’s book), the U.S. Ambassador to the UK under Reagan. The only reason I am not completely certain is because the phone number listed underneath is a 212 area code (New York City). The phone number traces back to Joshua Welch of Vicuna Advisors with ties to the Tisch family. However, Welch, nor Vicuna Advisors, have nothing to do with Mark’s Club, as far as I can tell.
Nam long: Vietnamese restaurant in South Kensington, London that attracts celebrities and royalty. The owner once turned away Prince Andrew for “wearing the wrong shoes” and refused service to Mick Jagger because “the kitchen was closed” (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/z4g884/this-bar-turned-away-prince-william-for-wearing-the-wrong-shoes).
Nikitas: Russian restaurant in London.
Patisserie Valerie: A cafe chain in London. This one was located in Knightsbridge. Now closed.
San Lorezo: San Lorenzo is an upscale Italian trattoria for celebrities and the wealthy. A favorite amongst the elite, specifically Princess Diana and Ivana Trump.
Scalinis: Another celebrity hot spot Italian restaurant in London.
Tramp: Private members only nightclub in London. Best known as the place where Prince Andrew sweated all over Epstein victim Virginia Roberts as they were dancing. Of course, Prince Andrew denied this night out with Roberts, Epstein, and Maxwell ever happened. Too many celebrities to name have been here (https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/tramp-club-london-nightlife-a4148691.html).
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2020.07.25 15:46 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Arizona
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2-year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season and remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, but he projects to compete for Arizona on a 1-year deal. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1-year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2-year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their 7th-ranked total defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1-year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played high safety, box safety, and a key special-teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet and Austin. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Brian Poole NCB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be worth the $6.5 MM deal to get a shot on the outside. Grade: A
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3-year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3-year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the Jets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: A
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1-year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former 2nd-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained NCB Brian Poole to play slot on a 1-year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis Cal
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville LT Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and CeeDee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies expectations with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and blocking. Mims should start at outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted Cal FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played high safety, box safety, and even slot corner at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and some interior versatility, and he could project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and Kyle Phillips, but it's hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback with Le'Veon Bell already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' 4th-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual football fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte LT Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets addressed the secondary in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already in the fold, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their 6th-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage and a redzone threat. Alabama NCB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a nickel corner, a box safety, a high safety, and a subpackage linebacker, and he likely would have been drafted if teams had been able to conduct medical rechecks on him after a minor injury prevented him from working out at the Combine.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with La'El Collins and Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade targets. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All Pro Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

Pos 1 2 3 4
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QB Sam Darnold J Flacco J Morgan
RB Le'Veon Bell F Gore L Perine T Cannon
WR Breshad Perriman J Smith
WR Denzel Mims V Smith
SWR Jamison Crowder B Berrios
TE Chris Herndon R Griffin D Brown
LT Mekhi Becton C Clark
LG Alex Lewis G Van Roten
C Connor McGovern J Harrison
RG Brian Winters
RT George Fant C Edoga
def
EDGE Jordan Jenkins K Phillips
EDGE Tarell Basham J Zuniga
DT Henry Anderson N Shepherd F Fatukasi
DT Quinnen Williams S McLendon
ILB CJ Mosley N Hewitt B Cashman
ILB Avery Williamson P Onwuasor H Langi
CB Pierre Desir B Hall
CB Arthur Maulet Q Wilson
NCB Brian Poole S Carter
SS Jamal Adams A Davis
FS Marcus Maye M Farley
spec
K Sam Ficken
P Braden Mann
LS Thomas Hennessy
 
Roster Bubble (In): RB Trenton Cannon, WR Jeff Smith, ILB Harvey Langi, NCB Shyheim Carter, K Sam Ficken
 
Roster Bubble (Out): WR Josh Doctson, TE Trevon Wesco, LG Josh Andrews, EDGE John Franklin-Myers, CB Blessuan Austin
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers with drop issues across Robby Anderson and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who supposedly won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a 4th-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, with Vyncint Smith as the presumptive WR4, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could face competition from 4th-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the next two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle to compete with Chuma Edoga.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This is a tough pill to swallow for Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally and John Franklin-Myers competing for snaps. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before regressing to the mean in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston and Shyheim Carter could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher to compete with last year's starter Sam Ficken. At punter, the Jets have rookie Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stefon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and with the team coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, and Javon Kinlaw should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and so it would be difficult to envision the Jets winning in week 2. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage that the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, the Jets should be seen as heavy underdogs in week 4. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s unlikely that the Jets will go on the road to the West Coast and beat an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a shot to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rush to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game for New England. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Carr, Dalton, Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a jump in competition level.
 

Training Camp Battles

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally are been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves to be too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year that he needed extensive help from tight ends.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and the defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off waivers in 2018, is the odds-on favorite to start once again after only notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. Franklin-Myers, a large and athletic pass rusher who missed last season with an undisclosed injury after the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams, could compete for a large snap share with a strong camp.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, incumbent starter and penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Williams, McLendon, and Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie 5th-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former 6th-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have to climb out of Gregg Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching last season.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone-blocking, short-passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.19 17:24 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER r/NFL Offseason Review — 2020 NY Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Free Agent
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2 year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season, and he remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, and he remains a free agent. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1 year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2 year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1 year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played single-high safety, box safety, and a key special teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet, Austin, and Canady. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
Brian Poole DB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1 year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be well-worth the $6.5 MM deal to start on the outside. Grade: B
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3 year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3 year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the bets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: B
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1 year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former second-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained DB Brian Poole to man the slot on a 1 year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis California
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville T Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and Ceedee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies the norm with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and run-blocking toughness. Mims should slot in as a starting outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted California FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played single-high safety, box safety, and even slot cornerback at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and with some interior versatility, and he could maybe project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips, but it's really hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback when Le'Veon Bell was already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' fourth-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental quarterback potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte T Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets went corner in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man coverage schemes probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already on the roster, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their sixth-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage who will attempt to make the team as a redzone threat. Alabama DB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a subpackage linebacker, a nickel corner, a box safety, and even a high safety, so he'll vie to make the team as a versatile depth defensive back and as a special-teams ace.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with RT La'El Collins and WR Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade pieces. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All-Pro CB Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

QB: Sam Darnold
RB: Le’Veon Bell (and Frank Gore)
WR: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims
SWR: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon (and Ryan Griffin)
LT: Mekhi Becton
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Brian Winters
RT: George Fant
EDGE: Jordan Jenkins, Tarell Basham
DT: Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams (and Steve McLendon)
ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson (and Patrick Onwuasor)
CB: Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet
NCB: Brian Poole
SS: Jamal Adams
FS: Marcus Maye
K: Sam Ficken
P: Braden Mann
LS: Thomas Hennessy
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers across Robby Anderson with drop issues and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who said he won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a fourth-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could force competition from fourth-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the last two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle but certainly has the athletic ability to outperform Chuma Edoga from last year.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This might be surprising to the non-Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over, and pressure from the defensive line probably won't come easily for Gang Green. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before coming back down to Earth in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston, Javelin Guidry, Shyheim Carter, and 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his field goals last season, to compete with Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his field goals last season. At punter, the Jets have rookie P Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs presumably up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stephon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Brandon Aiyuk, Javon Kinlaw, and Trent Williams should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and it would be difficult to envision the Jets defeating them. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, it's hard to imagine the Jets defeating the Broncos in 2020. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line, and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense, and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s a bit hard to envision the Jets going on the road to the West Coast and beating an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a good chance to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rushers to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a huge jump in their level of competition.
 

Training Camp Battles to Watch

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally have been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience and struggles with pass-pro footwork. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year as a rookie that he needed extensive help from tight ends to prevent the right side from entirely becoming a liability.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and his defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off of waivers in 2018, is probably the odds-on favorite to start once again after notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. The wildcard in this battle is John Franklin-Myers, who was claimed by the Jets off of waivers from the Rams at the start of 2019 but who also notched a pair of sacks in his rookie year and is really explosive for his size.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, the penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury and utilization in different fronts and roles. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie fifth-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former sixth-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone blocking, short passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he certainly favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.03.24 16:48 BirdmanPB Mel Kiper 2020 Mock Draft 3.0

Time for NFL Mock Draft 3.0, projecting every first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. As we enter uncharted territory on the draft calendar -- the league has prohibited all pre-draft visits between prospects and teams because of the coronavirus pandemic -- we can still look forward to Day 1 of the draft, which kicks off April 23.
This is my first mock draft since before the combine, and you'll see a few prospects who rose after their performances in Indianapolis. And this is also the first mock draft in which we know how most of NFL free agency has played out, so team needs are much clearer.
OK, let's get to it. Check out my new Big Board and position rankings, too.
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  1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals' roster -- there aren't many teams left on the quarterback carousel that make sense as a trade partner -- but this is a no-brainer: Take Burrow and build your team around the Heisman-winning quarterback. Cincinnati already has a WR1 in A.J. Green and RB1 in Joe Mixon, and there are a few solid offensive pieces elsewhere, including the impending debut of 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but can step in immediately and protect Burrow's blind side.
  1. Washington Redskins
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
If Washington is serious about Dwayne Haskins as its unquestioned starter at quarterback, it has to take Young, the clear top pass-rusher in this class and one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the past decade. Ron Rivera already has some talented defenders with whom to work (including Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Landon Collins and free-agent signing Kendall Fuller) and Young could top 10 sacks as a rookie. The big question for the Redskins: Can they get back a decent pick in a Trent Williams trade? He wants out, and they don't have a second-round pick after moving up for Sweat last year.
  1. Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions' best-case scenario with this pick? Field offers for teams trying to trade up to draft Tua Tagovailoa -- the Dolphins (Nos. 5, 18 and 26 picks) and Chargers (No. 6 pick) make the most sense -- and still land Okudah. That would give them extra premium draft picks and the top corner in the class to replace Darius Slay and pair with free-agent signing Desmond Trufant. After a 3-12-1 season, general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia need wins now, and the additions of Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton and Nick Williams will help their defense immediately.
  1. New York Giants
Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
This is another spot to watch for a trade. If the Lions stay put and take Okudah, could a team jump in front of the Dolphins to snag Tagovailoa? Because I can't project trades here, I'll mock Simmons to the Giants. He's a phenomenal athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at 238 pounds and has great film from the past two seasons. He and free-agent addition Blake Martinez would really strengthen the G-Men's linebacker unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has to think about an offensive tackle here, too, with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. as possibilities.
  1. Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two second-round picks, but their best-case scenario is to stay put, get their quarterback of the future and pick up starters on Day 1 and Day 2 of the draft. With the offseason quarterback carousel mostly completed -- Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton still need to find new teams -- Miami is in the best spot to draft its guy. Tagovailoa, who's rehabbing after dislocating his right hip and suffering a posterior wall fracture in November, was planning to throw for NFL teams on April 9, but that's up in the air. There's a chance teams won't get to see him go through a full workout; they'll have to trust his tape -- and trust their medical staffs, who will have a clear view of where Tagovailoa is with his injury now.
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  1. Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers appear uninterested in the quarterbacks in the free-agent or trade market, with Tyrod Taylor slotted in as their Week 1 starter. But maybe they're not interested in another veteran because they know they're in a good position to draft Tagovailoa or Herbert, and they can give Taylor the job while grooming a quarterback of the future. Based on their offseason additions (guard Trai Turner, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., among others), the Chargers think they can win now. Drafting the 6-foot-6 Herbert gives them the best chance to bridge their present with their future, similar to what the Chiefs did in 2017 when they drafted Patrick Mahomes.
  1. Carolina Panthers
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
This makes three mock drafts, three projections of Brown to Carolina. And I don't see a reason to go away from it (unless Isaiah Simmons falls here). With Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler gone in free agency, there's a gaping hole at the tackle spot next to Kawann Short. Brown isn't going to be a 10-sack-per-season guy, but he has some pass-rush upside from the interior. And with a 6-foot-4, 326-pound frame, he'll be a monster against the run.
  1. Arizona Cardinals
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With DeAndre Hopkins on his way to Arizona, the Cardinals filled their need for a new No. 1 wide receiver. One spot they haven't addressed? Right tackle, where they could upgrade on former undrafted free agent Justin Murray, who started 12 games last season. This team could have its pick of a deep top tier of tackles, but I like the fit with Wirfs, who was predominantly a right tackle in college. He's a load in the run game and has great feet in pass protection. Arizona must protect quarterback Kyler Murray, who was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most in the league.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell are gone, while 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan has disappointed, which means the Jaguars' once-excellent defensive line needs reinforcements. They have tremendous edge rushers in Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen, but Kinlaw would give them a 324-pound run-stuffer with some upside as an interior pass-rusher. I considered a quarterback here, but it appears Jacksonville is committed to Gardner Minshew. Cornerback is an option, too, though Jacksonville could use the No. 20 pick to address the secondary.
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McShay's new 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Landing spots for combine standouts
  1. Cleveland Browns
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
I really liked Cleveland paying up in free agency for Jack Conklin, who will upgrade the right tackle spot. But this team could still use a new starter at left tackle, which is why I like Becton here. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton also has excellent feet and agility -- he is the heaviest player to run a sub-5.2 40-yard dash at the combine since 2006. Chris Hubbard, signed in 2018 to replace Joe Thomas, hasn't worked out; it's time to get Baker Mayfield better protection.
  1. New York Jets
Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Jets made an effort to fix their porous offensive line in free agency, bringing back guard Alex Lewis and adding tackle George Fant and interior linemen Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten and Josh Andrews. But that's not enough. They need another infusion of talent, particularly at right tackle, where Chuma Edoga played last season. Wills was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, and he could step in on day one and be New York's most talented lineman. Wide receiver is a position to watch here, though free agent Robby Anderson could still return. I also thought about pass-rusher, but this is a little too high for second-ranked edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders
CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After the Raiders signed both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski in free agency, you can scratch off-ball linebacker from their list of needs. That still leaves wide receiver and cornerback, though. And since Las Vegas has two first-round picks and this class of receivers is much deeper at the top than the cornerback group, let's give Jon Gruden & Co. a potential No. 1 corner in Henderson here. He had an up-and-down 2019 season, but he cemented his standing as the second-ranked cornerback in this class at the combine, where he ran a 4.39 40. The Raiders get to grab a receiver at No. 19. Could Vegas be an option if one of the other quarterbacks -- Justin Herbert or Jordan Love -- make it here?
  1. San Francisco 49ers (from IND)
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This pick now belongs to the 49ers, after the Colts traded it to acquire interior disruptor DeForest Buckner. San Francisco could use the pick for a straight replacement for Buckner at defensive tackle -- if Javon Kinlaw drops out of the top 10, he could do damage in the middle of its defense -- but I see wide receiver as a higher priority, particularly after Emmanuel Sanders walked in free agency. Adding Jeudy, who caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 TDs last season, to a group with Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne makes this a really exciting (and young) trio of wideouts for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are also trade-down candidates -- after the No. 31 overall pick, they don't pick again until Round 5.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
After the Bucs largely bypassed free agency to address their offensive line -- they did add swing tackle Joe Haeg -- this is the spot in which they need to get help protecting Tom Brady. (It felt strange to type that.) With Demar Dotson still a free agent, the right tackle spot is wide open. Thomas played both left and right tackle for the Bulldogs, and he would help keep Brady's jersey clean. I also thought about a running back to help Brady, with D'Andre Swift a great option to catch a bunch of passes from the future Hall of Famer. But offensive tackle feels like a lock at this point.
  1. Denver Broncos
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos have made a few solid additions this offseason, signing guard Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon and trading for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye. They haven't addressed left tackle -- former first-round pick Garett Bolles could be on his way out after a disappointing tenure -- or wide receiver, where they have Courtland Sutton but not much else. Ruggs, who ran a 4.27 40 at the combine, would be a great complement to Sutton's size, as he could run crossers and catch deep balls from second-year signal-caller Drew Lock.
play 0:20 Tua looking healthy during workoutTua Tagovailoa takes to Twitter with a throwing drill video and shows no signs of slowing down after his long recovery from a dislocated hip.
  1. Atlanta Falcons
K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
The Falcons replaced Vic Beasley Jr. with Dante Fowler Jr. in free agency, but they shouldn't stop there. General manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to add another premium pass-rusher, either at edge or along the interior. Takkarist McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, just hasn't developed. After fighting through injuries, Chaisson had just 9.5 sacks in his college career, but he has a high ceiling, flashing elite get-off at the snap with a few pass-rushing moves in his arsenal. Before Atlanta picked up Todd Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, I thought this might be a spot to watch for a running back.
  1. Dallas Cowboys
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Cowboys don't have many glaring needs, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them draft a cornerback or safety (Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix appears to be a one-year flier). I'm going to stick to my board, though, and go with the best prospect available. Lamb, No. 12 in my latest rankings, shouldn't fall far; with fantastic route-running ability and big-play potential, he's capable of being a No. 1 receiver at the next level, and he could play outside or in the slot. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Lamb would instantly become one of the NFL's top wide receiver trios. Keep an eye on defensive end here, though, as Dallas could add young talent to that group.
  1. Miami Dolphins (from PIT)
D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Dolphins entered free agency with the NFL's most cap space, and they used a bunch of their money on defense, signing cornerback Byron Jones to a record-breaking deal while also adding linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson and Elandon Roberts and edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah. And yes, they brought in veteran running back Jordan Howard, too, but it was a low-cost deal. Let's give Tagovailoa and the offense some help with Swift, a threat as a runner and receiver and the clear top back in this class. I expect Miami to address offensive tackle with one of its three first-round picks, and that could come at No. 26.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (from CHI)
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
If the Raiders take a cornerback at No. 12, they have to address receiver here. They can't go into the season with Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor as Derek Carr's top wideouts. So how about Renfrow's college teammate, Higgins, a 6-foot-3 pass-catcher with elite ball skills. Higgins isn't a speedster -- he didn't work out at the combine, but he ran a 4.54 40 at his pro day -- but he could be an instant red zone threat for Carr.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
Antoine Winfield Jr., S/CB, Minnesota
Where could Winfield play? How about ... everywhere. He has the versatility to play deep safety, nickel corner, strong safety and even some linebacker. At 5-foot-9, 203 pounds, he's not the biggest guy, but you couldn't tell from his tackling on tape -- he's not afraid to hit a ball carrier. Winfield stayed healthy in 2019 and had seven interceptions. He's a ballhawk, which is something Jacksonville could use after it traded Jalen Ramsey last year. I really like Winfield, and this is a great landing spot for the best defensive back left on my board.
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  1. Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Philadelphia addressed its hole at cornerback by trading for Darius Slay. The next hole that needs to be filled is at wide receiver, where Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson had injury-plagued 2019 seasons and rookie second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside struggled. That resulted in a tough year for Carson Wentz and the Eagles' offense, although they still went 9-7 and won the NFC East. Since this is a deep class of wide receivers, the Eagles should come out of the first round with their guy. Jefferson, who caught 111 passes from Joe Burrow last season, is a great fit.
  1. Minnesota Vikings (from BUF)
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Yes, this is another team that has a need at wide receiver, and this is the draft to get one. Minnesota got this pick by trading Stefon Diggs last week, and the Vikings could use it to find a direct replacement. Adam Thielen is the clear WR1, but there's not much else on the roster that should excite Vikings fans. Mims is one of the biggest risers from the pre-draft process, as he was tremendous at the Senior Bowl and then blew up at the combine, running a 4.38 40 at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds and testing well in the other workouts. He had 28 touchdowns over the past three seasons at Baylor.
  1. New England Patriots
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Are the Patriots really going to roll with Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler as their 2020 quarterbacks? I'm not buying it. I'll stick with a QB here, although I'm moving Love back into the fourth spot in my QB rankings, ahead of Jacob Eason. At 6-foot-4, Love has all the traits that teams look for in a starter, but his 2019 stats -- 20 TD passses, 17 INTs -- will scare off some. I don't put much stock in it because of all of the talent (and an entire coaching staff) that he lost from the 2018 season, when he had 32 TD passes and six INTs. It's tough to know whether Bill Belichick is going to treat the season as a rebuild, but taking Love makes sense either way.
  1. New Orleans Saints
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Saints perpetually have salary-cap issues, but they have done a nice job filling holes this offseason, adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders while bringing back guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle David Onyemata. This is a roster that should compete for a Super Bowl in 2020. Off-ball linebacker, though, is a position where New Orleans could get some help, and neither of my top inside linebackers have come off the board yet. Murray, a stellar athlete and tackling machine, is a good value pick here.
  1. Minnesota Vikings
A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
This has to be corner or defensive end, right? Free agent Everson Griffen has already said his goodbyes to Vikings fans, while Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes all departed this offseason. We know Mike Zimmer is always thinking about his defense, and that unit could use some help with one of Minnesota's first-round picks. Epenesa could be a capable replacement for Griffen as a defensive end with a big frame (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) who is good against the run and has room to grow as a pass-rusher.
  1. Miami Dolphins (from HOU)
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
So we've given the Dolphins a quarterback and running back so far, and let's stay on offense and address the tackle position, where Miami is still depleted. With Jones on the board, this is a no-brainer for me. He made 45 career starts at left tackle for the Cougars, and he dominated during practices at the Senior Bowl. Remember that the Dolphins still have two more second-round picks to help them get back on track. And after boosting their defense in free agency, the Dolphins are trending in the right direction.
  1. Seattle Seahawks
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
This is a tough one for me because the Seahawks are still in the hunt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. If they spend a bunch of money to bring Clowney back, they might not want to spend the capital on an edge rusher here, particularly after drafting L.J. Collier in Round 1 last year. Still, the 6-foot-6, 266-pound Gross-Matos makes a lot of sense, because we know that Pete Carroll likes big defensive ends who could move inside and rush the passer on passing downs. Offensive tackle should be an option here, and Seattle also has an extra second-round pick.
play 7:00 Family tragedies give PSU's Gross-Matos a purpose to playBefore Yetur Gross-Matos' college career began at Penn State, his life was shaped by two unimaginable family tragedies involving the deaths of his father and brother.
  1. Baltimore Ravens
Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
The Ravens didn't really address the inside linebacker position in free agency, which means I don't see a reason to change from my first two mock drafts. Queen fills a direct void as a replacement for C.J. Mosley, who Baltimore lost in free agency a year ago. I also considered centeguard Cesar Ruiz, who could take over for the retired Marshal Yanda at guard.
  1. Tennessee Titans
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
After Cleveland's excellent combine performance in which he ran a 4.93 40 (third-fastest among offensive linemen) and looked great in the agility drills, I went back to the tape to study him. And what I saw was a left tackle who I was underrating. A three-year starter for the Broncos, Cleveland isn't just a workout wonder -- he was a great tackle in the Mountain West. The Titans are set at left tackle with Taylor Lewan, of course, but with right tackle Jack Conklin departing in free agency, Cleveland could compete with former swing tackle Dennis Kelly, who was re-signed. Tennessee added Vic Beasley Jr. last week, but I wouldn't be shocked to see them add another edge rusher here.
  1. Green Bay Packers
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Green Bay cut Jimmy Graham and hasn't added any receiving help this offseason, so I'm sticking with a wide receiver for its pick, though it's the third different wideout in my three mock drafts. Like Denzel Mims, Claypool had an electrifying combine, running a 4.42 40 and putting up a 40.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds. This might be a slight reach, but a team could fall in love with his traits, and he produced last season, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He could be a matchup nightmare for Aaron Rodgers.
  1. San Francisco 49ers
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
If the 49ers can get a wide receiver with their first pick, they could turn to the defense with this pick. With DeForest Buckner gone, I thought about defensive tackle, but they still have some talent there with former top-five pick Solomon Thomas moving inside permanently. Justin Madubuike could be an option. But corner is a more pressing need, and you only have to watch Super Bowl LIV to see that. Richard Sherman, who turns 32 later this month, is only signed through 2020, and the Niners don't have a set No. 2 corner. Igbinoghene, a track athlete who is still raw, is my third-ranked corner, and he could also help as a return man.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs
Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan
The Super Bowl champs haven't made many moves this offseason, but their positions of need are clear: cornerback and interior offensive line. Kendall Fuller signed a big deal in Washington, and Bashaud Breeland is still on the market, leaving big shoes to fill. But with Noah Igbinoghene gone to San Francisco one pick earlier, I don't have a corner with a first-round grade on my board. So let's give the Chiefs Ruiz, who could slide to guard to replace Stefen Wisniewski.
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2020.03.24 14:09 blamatina Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 3.0 (3/24/20)

  1. Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals' roster -- there aren't many teams left on the quarterback carousel that make sense as a trade partner -- but this is a no-brainer: Take Burrow and build your team around the Heisman-winning quarterback. Cincinnati already has a WR1 in A.J. Green and RB1 in Joe Mixon, and there are a few solid offensive pieces elsewhere, including the impending debut of 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but can step in immediately and protect Burrow's blind side.
  1. Washington Redskins Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
If Washington is serious about Dwayne Haskins as its unquestioned starter at quarterback, it has to take Young, the clear top pass-rusher in this class and one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the past decade. Ron Rivera already has some talented defenders with whom to work (including Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Landon Collins and free-agent signing Kendall Fuller) and Young could top 10 sacks as a rookie. The big question for the Redskins: Can they get back a decent pick in a Trent Williams trade? He wants out, and they don't have a second-round pick after moving up for Sweat last year.
  1. Detroit Lions Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions' best-case scenario with this pick? Field offers for teams trying to trade up to draft Tua Tagovailoa -- the Dolphins (Nos. 5, 18 and 26 picks) and Chargers (No. 6 pick) make the most sense -- and still land Okudah. That would give them extra premium draft picks and the top corner in the class to replace Darius Slay and pair with free-agent signing Desmond Trufant. After a 3-12-1 season, general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia need wins now, and the additions of Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton and Nick Williams will help their defense immediately.
  1. New York Giants Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
This is another spot to watch for a trade. If the Lions stay put and take Okudah, could a team jump in front of the Dolphins to snag Tagovailoa? Because I can't project trades here, I'll mock Simmons to the Giants. He's a phenomenal athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at 238 pounds, but he has great film from the past two seasons, too. He and free-agent addition Blake Martinez would really strengthen the G-Men's linebacker unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has to think about an offensive tackle here, too, with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. as possibilities.
5. Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two second-round picks, but their best-case scenario is to stay put, get their quarterback of the future and pick up starters on Day 1 and Day 2 of the draft. With the offseason quarterback carousel mostly completed -- Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton still need to find new teams -- Miami is in the best spot to draft its guy. Tagovailoa, who's rehabbing after dislocating his right hip and suffering a posterior wall fracture in November, was planning to throw for NFL teams on April 9, but that's up in the air. There's a chance teams won't get to see him go through a full workout; they'll have to trust his tape -- and trust their medical staffs, who will have a clear view of where Tagovailoa is with his injury now.
  1. Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers appear uninterested in the quarterbacks in the free-agent or trade market, with Tyrod Taylor slotted in as their Week 1 starter. But maybe they're not interested in another veteran because they know they're in a good position to draft Tagovailoa or Herbert, and they can give Taylor the job while grooming a quarterback of the future. Based on their offseason additions (guard Trai Turner, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., among others), the Chargers think they can win now. Drafting the 6-foot-6 Herbert gives them the best chance to bridge their present with their future, similar to what the Chiefs did in 2017 when they drafted Patrick Mahomes.
  1. Carolina Panthers Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
This makes three mock drafts, three projections of Brown to Carolina. And I don't see a reason to go away from it (unless Isaiah Simmons falls here). With Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler gone in free agency, there's a gaping hole at the tackle spot next to Kawann Short. Brown isn't going to be a 10-sack-per-season guy, but he has some pass-rush upside from the interior. And with a 6-foot-4, 326-pound frame, he'll be a monster against the run.
  1. Arizona Cardinals Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With DeAndre Hopkins on his way to Arizona, the Cardinals filled their need for a new No. 1 wide receiver. One spot they haven't addressed? Right tackle, where they could upgrade on former undrafted free agent Justin Murray, who started 12 games last season. This team could have its pick of a deep top tier of tackles, but I like the fit with Wirfs, who was predominantly a right tackle in college. He's a load in the run game and has great feet in pass protection. Arizona must protect quarterback Kyler Murray, who was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most in the league.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell are gone, while 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan has disappointed, which means the Jaguars' once-excellent defensive line needs reinforcements. They have tremendous edge rushers in Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen, but Kinlaw would give them a 324-pound run-stuffer with some upside as an interior pass-rusher. I considered a quarterback here, but it appears Jacksonville is committed to Gardner Minshew. Cornerback is an option, too, though it could use the No. 20 pick to address the secondary.
  1. Cleveland Browns Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
I really liked Cleveland paying up in free agency for Jack Conklin, who will upgrade the right tackle spot. But this team could still use a new starter at left tackle, which is why I like Becton here. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton also has excellent feet and agility -- he is the heaviest player to run a sub-5.2 40-yard dash at the combine since 2006. Chris Hubbard, signed in 2018 to replace Joe Thomas, hasn't worked out; it's time to get Baker Mayfield better protection.
  1. New York Jets Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Jets made an effort to fix their porous offensive line in free agency, bringing back guard Alex Lewis and adding tackle George Fant and interior linemen Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten and Josh Andrews. But that's not enough. They need another infusion of talent, particularly at right tackle, where Chuma Edoga played last season. Wills was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, and he could step in on day one and be New York's most-talented lineman. Wide receiver is a position to watch here, though free agent Robby Anderson could still return. I also thought about pass-rusher, but this is a little too high for second-ranked edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After the Raiders signed both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski in free agency, you can scratch off-ball linebacker from their list of needs. That still leaves wide receiver and cornerback, though. And since Las Vegas has two first-round picks and this class of receivers is much deeper at the top than the cornerback group, let's give Jon Gruden & Co. a potential No. 1 corner in Henderson here. He had an up-and-down 2019 season, but he cemented his standing as the second-ranked cornerback in this class at the combine, where he ran a 4.39 40. The Raiders get to grab a receiver at No. 19.
  1. San Francisco 49ers (from IND) Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This pick now belongs to the 49ers, after the Colts traded it to acquire interior disruptor DeForest Buckner. San Francisco could use the pick for a straight replacement for Buckner at defensive tackle -- if Javon Kinlaw drops out of the top 10, he could do damage in the middle of its defense -- but I see wide receiver as a higher priority, particularly after Emmanuel Sanders walked in free agency. Adding Jeudy, who caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 TDs last season, to a group with Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne makes this a really exciting (and young) trio of wideouts for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are also trade-down candidates -- after the No. 31 overall pick, they don't pick again until Round 5.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
After the Bucs largely bypassed free agency to address their offensive line -- they did add swing tackle Joe Haeg -- this is the spot in which they need to get help protecting Tom Brady. (It felt strange to type that.) With Demar Dotson still a free agent, the right tackle spot is wide open. Thomas played both left and right tackle for the Bulldogs, and he would help keep Brady's jersey clean. I also thought about a running back to help Brady, with D'Andre Swift a great option to catch a bunch of passes from the future Hall of Famer. But offensive tackle feels like a lock at this point.
  1. Denver Broncos Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos have made a few solid additions this offseason, signing guard Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon and trading for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye. They haven't addressed left tackle -- former first-round pick Garett Bolles could be on his way out after a disappointing tenure -- or wide receiver, where they have Courtland Sutton but not much else. Ruggs, who ran a 4.27 40 at the combine, would be a great complement to Sutton's size, as he could run crossers and catch deep balls from second-year signal-caller Drew Lock.
  1. Atlanta Falcons K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
The Falcons replaced Vic Beasley Jr. with Dante Fowler Jr. in free agency, but they shouldn't stop there. General manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to add another premium pass-rusher, either at edge or along the interior. Takkarist McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, just hasn't developed. After fighting through injuries, Chaisson had just 9.5 sacks in his college career, but he has a high ceiling, flashing elite get-off at the snap with a few pass-rushing moves in his arsenal. Before Atlanta picked up Todd Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, I thought this might be a spot to watch for a running back.
  1. Dallas Cowboys CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Cowboys don't have many glaring needs, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them draft a cornerback or safety (Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix appears to be a one-year flier). I'm going to stick to my board, though, and go with the best prospect available. Lamb, No. 12 in my latest rankings, shouldn't fall far; with fantastic route-running ability and big-play potential, he's capable of being a No. 1 receiver at the next level, and he could play outside or in the slot. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Lamb would instantly become one of the NFL's top wide receiver trios. Keep an eye on defensive end here, though, as Dallas could add young talent to that group.
18. Miami Dolphins (from PIT) D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Dolphins entered free agency with the NFL's most cap space, and they used a bunch of their money on defense, signing cornerback Byron Jones to a record-breaking deal while also adding linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson and Elandon Roberts and edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah. And yes, they brought in veteran running back Jordan Howard, too, but it was a low-cost deal. Let's give Tagovailoa and the offense some help with Swift, a threat as a runner and receiver and the clear top back in this class. I expect Miami to address offensive tackle with one of its three first-round picks, and that could come at No. 26.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (from CHI) Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
If the Raiders take a cornerback at No. 12, they have to address receiver here. They can't go into the season with Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor as Derek Carr's top wideouts. So how about Renfrow's college teammate in Higgins, a 6-foot-3 pass-catcher with elite ball skills. Higgins isn't a speedster -- he didn't work out at the combine, but he ran a 4.54 40 at his pro day -- but he could be an instant red zone threat for Carr and Las Vegas.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) Antoine Winfield Jr., S/CB, Minnesota
Where could Winfield play? How about ... everywhere. He has the versatility to play deep safety, nickel corner, strong safety and even some linebacker. At 5-foot-9, 203 pounds, he's not the biggest guy, but you couldn't tell from his tackling on tape -- he's not afraid to hit a ball carrier. Winfield stayed healthy in 2019 and had seven interceptions. He's a ballhawk, which is something Jacksonville could use after it traded Jalen Ramsey last year. I really like Winfield, and this is a great landing spot for the best defensive back left on my board.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Philadelphia addressed its hole at cornerback by trading for Darius Slay. The next hole that needs to be filled is at wide receiver, where Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson had injury-plagued 2019 seasons and rookie second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside struggled. That resulted in a tough year for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense, although they still went 9-7 and won the NFC East. Since this is a deep class of wide receivers, the Eagles should come out of the first round with their guy. Jefferson, who caught 111 passes from Joe Burrow last season, is a great fit.
  1. Minnesota Vikings (from BUF) Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Yes, this is another team that has a need at wide receiver, and this is the draft to get one. Minnesota got this pick by trading Stefon Diggs last week, and they could use it to find a direct replacement. Adam Thielen is the clear WR1, but there's not much else on the roster that should excite Vikings fans. Mims is one of the biggest risers from the pre-draft process, as he was tremendous at the Senior Bowl and then blew up at the combine, running a 4.38 40 at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds and testing well in the other workouts. He had 28 touchdowns over the past three seasons at Baylor.
  1. New England Patriots Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Are the Patriots really going to roll with Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler as their 2020 quarterbacks? I'm not buying it. I'll stick with a QB here, although I'm moving Love back into the fourth spot in my QB rankings, ahead of Jacob Eason. At 6-foot-4, Love has all the traits that teams look for in a starter, but his 2019 stats -- 20 TD passses, 17 INTs -- will scare off some. I don't put much stock into it because of all of the talent (and an entire coaching staff) that he lost from the 2018 season, when he had 32 TD passes and six INTs. It's tough to know whether Bill Belichick is going to treat the season as a rebuild, but taking Love makes sense either way.
  1. New Orleans Saints Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Saints perpetually have salary-cap issues, but they have done a nice job of filling holes this offseason, adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders while bringing back guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle David Onyemata. This is a roster that should compete for a Super Bowl in 2020. Off-ball linebacker, though, is a position where New Orleans could get some help, and neither of my top inside linebackers have come off the board yet. Murray, a stellar athlete and tackling machine, is a good value pick here.
  1. Minnesota Vikings A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
This has to be corner or defensive end, right? Free agent Everson Griffen has already said his goodbyes to Vikings fans, while Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes all departed this offseason. We know Mike Zimmer is always thinking about his defense, and that unit could use some help with one of Minnesota's first-round picks. Epenesa could be a capable replacement for Griffen as a defensive end with a big frame (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) who is good against the run and has room to grow as a pass-rusher.
26. Miami Dolphins (from HOU) Josh Jones, OT, Houston
So we've given the Dolphins a quarterback and running back so far, and let's stay on offensive and address the tackle position, where Miami is still depleted. With Jones on the board, this is a no-brainer for me. He made 45 career starts at left tackle for the Cougars, and he dominated during practices at the Senior Bowl. Remember that the Dolphins still have two more second-round picks to help them get back on track. And after boosting their defense in free agency, the Dolphins are trending in the right direction.
  1. Seattle Seahawks Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
This is a tough one for me because the Seahawks are still in the hunt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. If they spend a bunch of money to bring Clowney back, they might not want to spend the capital on an edge rusher here, particularly after drafting L.J. Collier in Round 1 last year. Still, the 6-foot-6, 266-pound Gross-Matos makes a lot of sense, because we know that Pete Carroll likes big defensive ends who could move inside and rush the passer on passing downs. Offensive tackle should be an option here, and Seattle also has an extra second-round pick.
Family tragedies give PSU's Gross-Matos a purpose to play Before Yetur Gross-Matos' college career began at Penn State, his life was shaped by two unimaginable family tragedies involving the deaths of his father and brother.
  1. Baltimore Ravens Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
The Ravens didn't really address the inside linebacker position in free agency, which means I don't see a reason to change from my first two mock drafts. Queen fills a direct void as a replacement for C.J. Mosley, who Baltimore lost in free agency a year ago. I also considered centeguard Cesar Ruiz, who could take over for the retired Marshal Yanda at guard.
  1. Tennessee Titans Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
After Cleveland's excellent combine performance in which he ran a 4.93 40 (third-fastest among offensive linemen) and looked great in the agility drills, I went back to the tape to study him. And what I saw was a left tackle who I was underrating. A three-year starter for the Broncos, Cleveland isn't just a workout wonder -- he was a great tackle in the Mountain West. The Titans are set at left tackle with Taylor Lewan, of course, but with right tackle Jack Conklin departing in free agency, Cleveland could compete with former swing tackle Dennis Kelly, who was re-signed. Tennessee added Vic Beasley Jr. last week, but I wouldn't be shocked to see them add another edge rusher here.
  1. Green Bay Packers Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Green Bay cut Jimmy Graham and hasn't added any receiving help this offseason, so I'm sticking with a wide receiver for its pick, though it's the third different wideout in my three mock drafts. Like Denzel Mims, Claypool had an electrifying combine, running a 4.42 40 and putting up a 40.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds. This might be a slight reach, but a team could fall in love with his traits, and he produced last season, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He could be a matchup nightmare for Aaron Rodgers.
  1. San Francisco 49ers Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
If the 49ers can get a wide receiver with their first pick, they could turn to the defense with this pick. With DeForest Buckner gone, I thought about defensive tackle, but they still have some talent there with former top-five pick Solomon Thomas moving inside permanently. Justin Madubuike could be an option. But corner is a more pressing need, and you only have to watch Super Bowl LIV to see that. Richard Sherman, who turns 32 later this month, is only signed through 2020, and the Niners don't have a set No. 2 corner. Igbinoghene, a track athlete who is still raw, is my third-ranked corner and he could also help as a return man.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan
The Super Bowl champs haven't made many moves this offseason, but their positions of need are clear: cornerback and interior offensive line. Kendall Fuller signed a big deal in Washington, and Bashaud Breeland is still on the market, leaving big shoes to fill. But with Noah Igbinoghene gone to San Francisco one pick earlier, I don't have a corner with a first-round grade on my board. So let's give the Chiefs Ruiz, who could slide to guard to replace Stefen Wisniewski.
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2020.02.03 11:04 robbers12345 My First ever 3 round Mock Draft No Trades with Explanations

Hey friends, I am a sad Niner fan who made this mock after we lost :(. This is my firs tever mock I'm sharing here so please give me some feedback. Be mean too I want to be better. Enjoy!
My takeaways from this draft:

Mock 1.0
  1. CIN: Joe Burrow (QB)- Yep. No explanation.
  2. WAS: Chase Young (DE)- Best Player in the draft IMO. Even if the skins get a good offer to trade down, I think they have to take Young so he can hurt the NFC East for years to come.
  3. DET: Jeffrey Okudah (CB)- I think they could do a few things here but with Patricia’s and Bob Quinn’s job on the line I think they go with the next best player. A true lockdown corner who can be the next Revis and he can try to save Patricia’s job
  4. NYG: Isaiah Simmons (LB)- Again I can see them going O-line or even Jeudy but overall I have them going with a true game changer who can help overhaul the awful defense of the giants.
  5. MIA: Tua Tagovailoa (QB)- Tank for Tua but the Dolphins pick at 5. I personally don't think they should move up at all in this draft as they have so many holes. With Tua falling to them he can sit and learn from the legend Fitzmagic and help take the crown in the AFC East.
  6. LAC: Justin Herbert (QB)- Whether Rivers stays or not I think this has to be the pick. A lot of people are down on Herbert but I think he can be very successful. With the right coaching he can battle with Mahomes for years to come.
  7. CAR: Derrick Brown (DT)- This team is not going to be good next year. Who knows what is going on with Cam and now with Keuchly gone the defense has issues. I think they go with the best defensive player left. With burns on the outside and Brown on the inside, the D-line is looking pretty good. Could also see them going O-line.
  8. ARZ: Jedrick Wills (OT)- I know a lot of fans want Jeudy here but I can't see Keim taking him here. They have Kirk, Fitz, and 3? Second year receivers. They have bigger holes and that O-line was not good. The amount of times I saw Kyler just sit down and take a sack as the pressure got to him makes me think Card have to go O-line. Personally I think Wills is the best tackle in the draft but could see them going any of the big 4.
  9. JAX: Jerry Jeudy (WR)- This team also has many holes but they can have Minshew throwing to only DJ Chark. They need a serious threat and Jeudy has the IT factor. Route running reminds me of AB and this will surely help the offense out.
  10. CLE: Tristan Wirfs (OT)- Browns needs O-Line and have their choice. I think they go Wirfs but could easily see Thomas. Can’t be having baker die when he drops back.
  11. NYJ: Andrew Thomas (OT)- Thomas who is still a great tackle falls into their lap. They also could go receiver or edge but they need to protect Darnold so he doesn’t see ghosts anymore.
  12. LVR: Ceedee Lamb (WR)- Las Vegas feels weird but they go with the next best receiver. Don’t really see them going anywhere else here and they needed help at the receiver position. This next year will be Carr’s make or break year.
  13. IND: Jordan Love (QB)- Felt like Indy had a chance in the beginning of the season and once Brisset came back from injury he looked awful. I don’t think hes the one to completely blame but this might be the best chance Indy has at taking a franchise QB and they get a guy who has a very high ceiling. He reminds me off Mahomes before he was drafted. With the right coaching I think Love can be very successful.
  14. TB: Mekhi Becton (OT)- I thought about this one for a long time. With the top QBs off the board they have to go to another position. Safety is a need and Delpit and McKinney is there. I think their entire D-line are FAs but they seriously need O-line help. Becton is a monster who has all the keys to be a franchise tackle. Hopefully he’s good at tackling though.
  15. DEN: Henry Ruggs (WR)- Dude might break the 40 yard dash record. He’s not only fast but a good route runner and has decent hands. This is close to the last step of a very dangerous Denver offense.
  16. ATL: K’Lavon Chaisson (DE)- He played pretty well in the championship game and god knows the Falcons need pressure. They had nearly a fifth of their sacks in one game. They have to go edge rusher and I think Chaisson barely edges out Epenesa.
  17. DAL: Xavier McKinney (S)- Honestly I’m not 100% sure what the cowboys need. When I look at their roster I think they should be a top 10 team but they aren’t. Secondary is a big need and I think McKinney will help the team with not only the pass defense but also the run D.
  18. MIA: AJ Epenesa (DE)- Dolphins have a great edge fall right into their lap. With the top tackles off the board I think they have to pull the trigger on AJ and go best available with a position of need.
  19. LVR: Kenneth Murray (LB)- Raiders defense was trash to say the least. They need a game changer at linebacker and honestly I think Murray has the tools to be that game changer but he may need a few years. Raiders go position of need and continue to put together an elite young roster.
  20. JAX: Javon Kinlaw (DT)- Thought about the Raiders taking Kinlaw but ended up going a different direction so now he falls into the laps of the Jags. They will most likely cut Dareus and Kinlaw has the potential to be a top 10 player in this draft. Josh allen, Campbell, yannick maybe? And Kinlaw makes the Jags D-line top 10 in the league easily.
  21. PHI: Tee Higgins (WR)- This one had me thinking for a long ass time. With Fulton still on the board Philly thinks about taking him but they have to get Wentz some weapons. They could also go Jefferson or Raegor who are a bit faster but with how bad their receivers are they take the best available and that's Higgins.
  22. BUF: Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR)- Get Josh Allen some more weapons. John Brown is a great deep threat but they need a big body who can do everything and Shenault is that guy. Dude is a beast and will be great with the Bills.
  23. NE: Yetur Gross-Matos (DE)- Doubt they go Tight end here. Offense was their biggest weakness but they were injury riddled and while their defense had little holes I think Matos will help the team more than a rookie tight end or another rookie receiver. They go best available that's not secondary.
  24. NO: Jalen Raegor (WR)- Another guy who has a chance to run a 4.2 and the saints showed they need another receIver. Raegor is a much better Ted Ginn who will make the defense respect the deep ball or else they’ll be sorry. SaInts don't need much but Jalen will help Brees and Michael Thomas as well.
  25. MIN: Trevon Diggs (CB): This makes too much sense. Brother of an active player on the team. Diggs may not be as good as Fulton but he just fits the Vikings and can replace Rhodes.
  26. MIA: Josh Jones (OT)- I love this draft for the Dolphins. They get an absolute beast at the tackle position who dominated at the senior bowl. Pretty simple pick for them.
  27. SEA: Terrell Lewis (DE)- The next 3-4 edge guys are all swappable to me but Seattle probably wont even pick here as they will most likely trade down but if they did pick the y need someone to be on the other side of Clowney and Lewis has all the tools to be a great edge rusher.
  28. BAL: Justin Jefferson (WR)- Another 1st round receiver?? Yes. They cant rely on willie Snead and Miles Boykin I’m sorry. This offense goes from great to greater. This will seriously help Lamar pass better as Jefferson who is a pretty good route runner.
  29. TEN: Curtis Weaver (DE)- Yall were so close. With Simmons and Landry they have a great young D-line but i'm not even sure who is on the other side of Landry. Weaver is a bit raw but shows flashes of greatness.
  30. GB: Brandon Ayiuk (WR)- Last ASU receiver to go round one didn’t play great this year but Ayiuk looks legit. Rodgers can't be throwing to Adams and a bunch of UDFA. Ayiuk is a great number 2 next to Adams and will make ridgers job easier.
  31. SF: Grant Delpit (S)- I'm sad :( but I am very excited Delpit falls to 31. Ward will most likely be gone and even if he stays there's a high chance hel;l be injured. HE was healthy this year but this is the first time in his career. Delpit fell off a bit this year but he still played great. Niners get a playmaker on an already stacked defensive.
  32. KC: Kristian Fulton (CB): Congrats chiefs, fuck yall :). Chiefs are a relatively complete team but their defense still has a few holes. Fuller wasn’t great but still good enough however they need a better number 2 and people had fulton as a rival to Okudah earl;ier this year. He didn’t play great down the stretch but still is a great player and will be an amazing addition to the Chiefs defense.
  33. CIN: Austin Jackson (OT)- With Jonah Williams coming back bengals can add Jackson to make a pretty decent O-line with the interior still needing some work but they get a decent prospect in Jackson.
  34. IND: KJ Hamler (WR)- TY is always dead and Pascal is an alright 3rd guy but they need someone else. Hamler is a great slot guy who will get open and get some serious YAC. Offense gets better with this pick.
  35. DET: Patrick Queen (LB)- First they go Corner then they go linebacker. Queen is a sideline to sideline guy who can be a serious game changer. Detroit gets some good run defense with this pick here.
  36. NYG: CJ Henderson (CB)- Florida corner yadda yadda yadda. Had a down year but I still think he can be good in the pros. Has the tools to be a great corner and the Giants have to replace Janoris.
  37. LAC: Lucas Niang (OT)- They cant let herbert die. Niang is very athletic and is very underrated IMO. He’ll be able to protect Herbert from Von, Clark, and Crosby.
  38. CAR: Lloyd Cushenberry III (IOL)- Panthers need IOL and cushenberry is a top 3 in the class. Panthers get a big need to protect Cam a bit more.
  39. MIA: Deandre Swift (RB)- First running back off the board at 39 and dolphins get a desperate need. I could have been running back last year and do the same the Laird did. Dolphins are getting spooky with this pick.
  40. ARZ: Neville Gallimore (DT)- A 1 tech that will be a serious help in the run stoppage and help this cardinals defense make the opposing QBs throw to Byron Murphy and Pat Pete.
  41. CLE: Ashtyn Davis (S)- 2 biggest needs are OT and S and browns got them both. Davis is a decent tackler and a bit raw but can fill the safety position in Cleveland.
  42. JAX: Prince Tega Wanogho (OT)- A high ceiling player who is still learning the position but the Jags need to protect Minshew so he can get it to Jeudy and Wanogho is the best OT on the board.
  43. CHI: Cesar Ruiz (IOL)- A pretty good blocker in space and can hopefully help things develop downfield so Trubisky can check it down ;).
  44. IND: Raekwon Davis (DL)- Not really sure where to put Davis on my big board. A bit disappointing this year but still has serious talent. Can move around the line and with some experience can be a serious problem for opposing offenses.
  45. TB: Jacob Eason (QB)- First QB of day 2 and Tampa hopefully gets their replacement of Jameis. Eason has a huge arm and Arians is salivating looking at him. Ok that was weird but Eason has some serious talent and really just needs consistency and ArIans can help him get it.
  46. DEN: Damon Arnette (CB)- Plays a lot of press and was on the other side of Okudah so he got a bit more attention but still a very good player who plays physical and will start on an already really good Broncos defense.
  47. ATL: Ross Blacklock (DT)- has a bit of an injury history but still has the tools and ability to be a great player. Top 3 interior D linemen in this draft and Atlanta continues to build their D-line.
  48. NYJ: Julian Okwara (DE)- Passes the eye test and has everything you want in an edge rusher but has very little production at Notre Dame. A little worrying but he looks like an edge rusher and the jets need it.
  49. PIT: Brycen Hopkins (TE)- First TE off the board goes to pitt. Mcdonald is aight but he is injured a lot and this would really just had another pair of reliable hands to the Steelers offense. With Big Ben back, Steelers are looking scary.
  50. CHI: Cole Kmet (TE)- Back to back tight ends here. I think the bears still try out Trubisky for another year so no QB and Kmet helps trubisky with another reliable target.
  51. DAL: Jeff Gladney (CB)- A really underrated prospect who has great IQ and plays man and zone both pretty good. Dallas sures up that secondary with the uncertainty of Byron.
  52. LAR: Isaiah Wilson (OT)- A raw prospect who can learn from Whitworth as he gets older. Not really sure where the RAms should gho with this pick as they are pretty well rounded but getting younger is always a positive.
  53. PHI: Noah Igbinoghene (CB)- sort of rocketed up big boards and deservedly so. Still a bit raw and learning but is better than anyone of the PHI secondary so its an improvement.
  54. BUF: Zack Baun (DE)- Reminds me a bit of Dee Ford as he is quick off the snap and explosive but that's really all he has. Still raw and can develop into a serious good player on a great Bills defense.
  55. ATL: AJ Terrell (CB)- Fell pretty far after getting hoed by Chase but he made some plays in the game as well. As good length but tends to get behind guys trying to catch up. Reminds me a bit of Akhello Witherspoon. Still Falcons get a good depth piece and a future starter.
  56. MIA: Robert Hunt (IOL)- CAn play either OT or inside but I think is suited better at guard. Has the body and is very aggressive. If he is able to learn discipline he’ll be a great lineman.
  57. HOU: Jonathon Taylor (RB)- Texans get an amazing running back to replace Hyde and with Lamar miller coming back they still need a work horse. A run game is huge and Taylor will help carry the load with Watson.
  58. MIN: Matt Hennessy (IOL)- Needs to get a bit bigger to be an interior linemen but still possesses good technique and will need to protect Kirk.
  59. SEA: Donovan People-Jones (WR)- Depending on if they re-sign Josh Gordon but if they dont they need a third receiver. DK is a beast and lockett as well but they need another weapon and could be a third down monster with good speed and strength.
  60. BAL: Jonathon Greenard (DE)- A decent rusher who plays the 3-4 linebacker role and will help the ravens in a need if Judon walks.
  61. TEN: Netane Muti (IOL)- Adding to the O-line the Muti is still raw but has good athletic ability and can lead to way for Henry.
  62. GB: Matthew Peart (OT)- Can play inside or as a tackle and still needs some coaching on his hand placement but can be a very good bench piece or a starter is Bulaga walks.
  63. SEA: Ben Bartch (OT)- Seattle drafting an o-linemen??? Crazy but with Brown getting older they need it. Athletic and still learning the position he will be a very good lineman learning from Duane.
  64. KC: JK Dobbins (RB)- WOW, Dobbins falls to the chiefs and he can be the Kareem hunt that was missed. Williams is ok but JK dobbins will be a game changer and make the top offense even better.
  65. CIN: Tyler Biadaz (IOL)- Fell pretty far and right to the Bengals. Top IOL who fell due to injuries but still a great player. Bengals can surely improve their O-line and offense will officially be spooky next year.
  66. WAS: Trey Adams (OT)- Skins are in a weird spot because they have so many needs and not a ton of picks. Their main need is to not kill Haskins however. Adams has some injury history but when healthy is a 1st round talent imo.
  67. DET: Joshua Uche (DE)- A smaller guy who plays in a 3-4 LB but will provide the terrible lions defense with a boost. Flowers wasn’t great but he played inside a bit more and was neutralized. Hopefully Uche will be able to take the pressure of flowers and get to the QB.
  68. NYJ: (Denzel Mims (WR)- I’m not sure who the jets have besides Robby and Crowder for DArnold to throw to but they need more. Mims has a great catch radius which will come in handy when Darnold is throwing. (I’m aUSC fan its ok :))
  69. CAR: Antoine Winfield jr. (S)- Nice. Reid is old and so is tre boston. Antoine falling this far is a huge bonus for the panthers. He's a playmaker and with Keuchly gone, Panthers need a playmaker.
  70. MIA: Bryce Hall (CB)- It was either between hall or anfernee jennings but overall I went with secondary as Xavien is good but they need a solid number 2. Great ball skills but not a lock down guy. Would help the Dolphins get smoke turnovers and reminds me a bit of Sherman.
  71. LAC: Jaylon Johnson (CB)- Hayward is still a top 7? Corner in the league and Desmond is a great slot guy but their other outside corner needs an upgrade. Is a good press guy who excels with a good D-line which the chargers have. Should be an upgrade for the chargers.
  72. ARZ: Troy Dye (LB)- Troy dye is my draft crush. Has the physical tools and shows promise but is so slow to figure out a play its weird. Needs to work on his football IQ and by being in an NFL film room, he’ll develop it and become a solid LB.
  73. JAX: Jordytn Brooks (LB)- Telvin smith being out has hurt the jags in a big way. Brooks is a bit on the smaller side but is still p[physical. Reminds me a lot of Telvin and the Jags hopefully get their replacement.
  74. CLE: Nick Harris (IOL)- Browns need a coach and that's really it, they have talent but cant get it done. O-line depth is always good and nick HArris a great depth piece to have. He has the markings of a starter i the right scheme and I can see him stealing a starting job.
  75. IND: Hunter Bryant (TE)- More weapons for the offense and with Ebron and Doyle FAs they should go TE. A poor man's Kelce but with the ability to be like him.
  76. TB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB)- Joes isn't it even though he's shown flashes. Clyde plays strong and seems to fall forwards. A lethal weapon for Arians’ offense.
  77. DEN: Saahdiq Charles (OT)- Can also play guard but Bolles is a hot butt and they will need to replace him and with some coaching Charles can be that guy.
  78. ATL: Cam Akers (RB)- Falcons should cut Freeman as he's expensive and not real;ly good anymore and if they do they cant be running with Ito Smith. Akers is going to be a great player and will be able to help run down the throats to open up the pass game for Matty Ice.
  79. NYJ: Shane Lemieux (IOL)- Need to protect Darnold and Shane played on a great Oregon line and is physically gifted. Can be a day 1 starter and with some experience can be a centerpiece on the Jets line.
  80. LVR: Jake Fromm (QB)- This is Carr's last chance and while Jake Fromm is very Raw and not exactly great, he’s better than Peterman and can push Carr to be better. Gruden can groom Fromm if he likes him enough and maybe take the reigns in Vegas.
  81. LVR: Cameron Dantzler (CB)- Again the Raiders defense hot butt and their main problem was their secondary. A developmental corner who can become a good number 2 guy.
  82. DAL: Justin Madubuike (IDL)- More work for the cowboys defense and this time its on the inside of the D-line. Biggest flaw is consistency and effort. Once he comes face to face with Jerry Jones he’ll get his head straight and play to his pro bowl potential.
  83. DEN: Malik Harrison (LB)- Keep adding to that defense. Linebacker isn't the biggest need for the broncos but with Harrison still there, its hard to pass up. Malik has a high motor and still needs to work on his coverage skills but can develop into a beast for the broncos.
  84. LAR: Anfernee Jennings (DE)- Donald and Fowler are not enough. Jennings fell a bit because of injury concerns but is still a quality player. Not super explosive but technical sound and will be able to contribute right away.
  85. PHI: Evan Weaver (LB)- Philly needs a linebacker and weaver is a tackling monster who plays downhill with a high motor. This fills a huge need with a quality player.
  86. BUF: Rashard Lawrence (IDL)- After drafting Ed Oliver they need a partner for him and Lawrence is that guy. A good gap shooter but needs help with pass rush moves. Can be a viable partner to oliver on the line.
  87. NE: Thaddeus Moss (TE)- ugh yeah I know. Patriots need a tight end and moss had a great year with burrow. Even though Moss was a bit of a one year wonder he shows good run blocking and will be a decent Gronk replacement.
  88. NO: Akeem Davis Gaither (LB)- A decent prospect who plays a bit like a safety but a position of need for the saints. High athleticism and can help the saints in the middle of the field.
  89. MIN: KJ Hill (WR)- When Theilen went down, the vikings looked lost. Diggs was getting quadruple teamed so they need a good 3rd guy. More of a slot guy but can make catches and gets away from the DB.
  90. CLE: Darrell Taylor (DE)- Good athlete but doesn't have great technique. Will be a good rotational player for the browns on their D-line.
  91. LVR: Gabriel Davis (WR)- Another receiver for the Raiders as they still need depth. The go to guy for UCF and plays strong. Lots of size on the raiders and he adds to that.
  92. BAL: Brandon Jones (S)- Earl showed his age a bit this year but he still played well. Jones will be a good depth piece that can start if need be. If he can learn from Thomas how to be a better ball hawk, dude will be a beast.
  93. TEN: Leki Fotu (IDL)- Add to the D-line with a good 1 tech guy. Still has a bit to learn but can be a starter in year 2.
  94. GB: Albert Okwuegbunam (TE)- With Graham most likely on his way out, lets replace him with a younger him. Albert was a TE1 last year but idk what happened. Has good jump ball ability but just not expensive enough. Still helps Rodgers.
  95. DEN: Solomon Kindley (IOL)- Could see him go earlier but he falls to Den who needs to fix their O-line. Kindley plays relatively stiff and loses his footing but still shows lots of promise.
  96. KC: Bradlee Anae (DE)- Pairs him up with Clark and anae is another one of my draft crushes. Has great technique but isn't super explosive. Still with experience he’ll be great.
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2019.09.26 20:49 KikiFlowers A Tale of Two Florida Franchises.

For this one, I’ve decided to try a different approach, rather than just writing about one team, or one player, I’m going to write about two teams, specifically the Panthers and Lightning. As we all know the Lightning are considered to be pretty good, while the Panthers are considered to be, pretty bad. From the Rat Trick, to Quenneville signing, the Panthers have seen a lot, but so have the Lightning.

Expansion, Expansion Never Changes.

Lightning

In the late 80’s the NHL was hungry to further expand, and they selected, Tampa Bay, San Jose and Ottawa. San Jose was a no brainer, as North Stars owners Gordon and George Gund had been trying to move the North Stars to San Francisco for years, San Jose was given to them on the condition they sell the team to a local owner(Norm Greed), while the new Senators would be in the heart of Canada’s capital, they were a shitshow from the beginning, while the Lightning…. oh boy that’s a can of worms.
So to begin with, there were two groups here bidding for the St Petersburg, Florida. One group owned by Peter Karmanos and Jim Rutherford, looked to be the more stable, while their opposing group was led by the Esposito Brothers, Phil and Tony Esposito, who in turn had money coming in from The Pritzker Family(Too many things to list, they’re rich), who in turn backed out at the last minute, leading Kokusai Green, who...we don’t know shit about, to come in as the new investors for the Esposito Group. Kokusai Green were a group of masked people, who managed a golf course / resort. It looked like Karmanos / Rutherford would be the winning bid, but the Esposito Group were the ones willing to pay the $50 million expansion fee up front, because even back then, Karmanos was a cheap bastard.
For their first season, they played at the Expo Hall of the Florida State Fairgrounds, so obviously not an arena built for hockey. It was tiny(11K seats), but it was fine for the first season, before they moved to play at the Thunderdome(Tropicana Field now), until the Ice Palace(Amalie Arena) was built. In their first season, they had goaltender Manon Rheaume play a pre-season game, making her the first and only Woman to play in a NHL game. She stopped seven of nine shots against the St Louis Blues. It was a publicity stunt, obviously, but she wasn’t awful. She played an IHL game too.

Panthers

December 10th, 1992 was a promising day for the NHL. The Walt Disney Company had announced they were bringing a new team to the NHL, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim(based on their movie series), at the same time though, Blockbuster owner Wayne Huizenga was also announced as bringing an expansion team to the NHL, the Florida Panthers. Huizenga was no stranger to sorts, he had purchased a 15% stake in the Miami Dolphins and their stadium, Joe Robbie Stadium(now Hard Rock Stadium), Dolphins owner,, Joe Robbie had recently died and his family was struggling to keep the team afloat. In 1994, he bought the remaining shares for around $115 Million, changing the name of the stadium soon after, to “Pro Player Park” due to a deal with Fruit of the Loom’s “Pro Player” brand. He also owned the Florida Marlins, who had yet to play a game at the time of this announcement.
There was an initial concern of territory infringement, but the NHL shrugged it off. For their initial few seasons, the Panthers would play at the Miami Arena, sharing with the Miami Heat of the NBA. Huizenga had the name “Panthers” since 91, since he bought it off a group trying to get a MLB team in Tampa. Huizenga was great for the Panthers for the most part, he had money, he spent it on his team and he didn't meddle.
For their first few seasons, the Panthers had shared an arena with the Miami Heat, at the Miami Arena a still relatively new arena at the time(single digit age), but it was clear early on this would not be able support pro sports for long, it only held around 14K. It was good arena for its time and people showed up at the least.

New Teams, New Struggles

Panthers

Obviously the first few years for these teams sucked, expansion was designed to make the expanding team awful, especially with how the rules were set up. But the Panthers were the exception, it took them two seasons of missing to make the playoffs, where they went to a cup final, only to lose to the new Avalanche(formerly Nordiques). This playoff run was accompanied by the now famous “Rat Trick”. The prior season during the home opener, Scott Mellanby had killed a rat with his stick in the locker room and proceeded to score two goals that night, with goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck coining the phrase. Fans loved the idea and would flood the ice with plastic rats, after every goal. In the 96-97 season this was changed, so that the home team would be penalized if the fans disrupted a game(see Flyers fans throwing bracelets onto the ice, during Ed Snyder’s memorial). The Rat Trick carried on though, with fans throwing thousands of plastic rats onto the ice, after the Panthers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, to capture the Prince of Wales Trophy, punching their ticket to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final. Coincidentally, it was also the Chinese Year of the Rat, which helped things too.Fun fact, the team brought on Orkin as a sponsor, so ice crew would come out to clean up the rats, dressed as Orkin Exterminators, great marketing if you ask me! Area supermarkets even sold cupcakes with rats on them, to show support for the team.
That was the first, last and only big playoff run for the Panthers unfortunately, as the following season they lost in the first round to Gretzky’s Rangers(who got their shit kicked in by the Flyers in a Conference Final 4-1, who in turn got swept by Detroit.). 97-98 was also..bad, this time they missed the playoffs. During that season coach Doug MacLean was fired after going 7-12-4, with GM Bryan Murray taking over his duties and leading the team to an even worse overall record of 24-43-15, even worse during 15-game winless streak, John Vanbiesbrouck was shelled by the Blackhawks, playing his final game in a Panthers jersey. He walked in free agency to sign with the Flyers. To replace him the Panthers had a bit of a three-headed goalie monster going on as Mike Vernon, Trevor Kidd, Mikhail Shtalenkov, Sean Burke and Richard Shulmistra, all played in 99-00.
Stability came back in that offseason as they acquired franchise legend Roberto Luongo, from the Islanders, due to GM Mike Milbury being a fucking idiot. Milbury hated Luo and previously criticized him for apartment shopping on the day he let in 7 goals against the Bruins. Luo had two stints with the Panthers before retiring this past offseason. He's set so many franchise records and is set to have his number retired on March, 7, 2020.

Lightning

While in this same timespan, the Lightning had broken 30 wins only once. The Lightning rebounded in season 4(95-96), just barely knocking out the defending champion Devils, by a single point. They went onto face the Flyers in their first playoff series. They had just barely squeaked into a playoff berth, taking the final eastern wildcard spot, with a record of 38-32-12, or 88 points. They had split the first 2 games at the Spectrum, bringing it back to the Thunderdome, with a record crowd of ** 28,183** a record that stood until 2003’s heritage classic. Right away, Tampa was crazy for hockey even if the team wasn’t that good. The two teams split games yet again, but ultimately the Flyers won the series 4-2. It wasn’t bad though, for their first playoff berth the Lightning were building something good, but had they advanced to a Conference Final, we could have seen the battle of the Florida teams, unfortunately the Hockey Gods are cruel and that series has never happened.
The draft that year for the Lightning wasn’t great, their first rounder Mario Larocque never played a game for them and most of their picks were traded away, although they did draft Pavel Kubina, who stuck with them until 2006 and then again from 2010-2012. Unlike the Panthers, the early Lightning didn’t find much success on the ice, it didn’t help that they played in a baseball stadium, rather than a proper hockey rink. But it could be worse, they could be mismanaged like the future Thrashers were. Plus Daren Puppa was nominated for the Vezina, but lost out to Jim Carey of the Capitals.

New Millenium, Same Struggles.

The 90s were coming to a close, but there was so much more craziness before that century ended:
The Panthers finally moved into their own space, the National Car Rental Center(BB&T, soon to be Truist), but that came with an instant problem. It wasn’t in Miami, it was in Sunrise, which wasn’t really a sports town.
The Reason Huizenga went to Sunrise instead of staying in Miami with the Heat was a few reasons:
There were early talks about the Heat and Panthers sharing a new arena, but Micky Arison has vehemently said absolutely not to sharing with the Panthers. Being as Arison is the owner of the Heat(has been for decades), it’s never happening. Plus renovating AAA(soon to be named something else) would be a nightmare. As it is, it’s not built for hockey, so you’d have another Barclays / Talking Stick Situation. I’ve seen a lot of people saying “Sunrise is perfect for hockey”, but unfortunately the attendance says otherwise.
Couple that with the distance from Miami and the fact there’s nothing to do before or after the game near BB&T. You got a large mall and some shitty restaurants nearby, while you look at Vegas as a good example of actual life around the arena. The team would be better suited to build a new arena in Hollywood, Downtown Fort Lauderdale or go back to Miami Dade and figure something out. Combine that with Cohen coming in and gutting this team financially, fans quit showing up after the “new stadium” effect wore off and the Panthers didn’t get much better. The Panthers(in my opinion) can’t succeed in Sunrise, they’ve tried their damndest to build a fanbase, but the on-ice product has been awful and nobody wants to support a team that’s been in a perpetual rebuild since Dale Tallon took over almost a decade ago. Attendance wasn't an issue at the Miami Arena, but the problem was that it was so small despite only being around 8 years old, when AAA opened. I don't know if games were "sellouts", but they were doing fine in attendance.
Obviously not, it's built for basketball, has no ice plant, awful sightlines and the owner doesn't want them.
A lot to cover here. The Lightning were bad, they were bottom of the league because Kokusai Green(Maybe Yakuza???? / Primary Owners) didn’t carry about the Lightning, they are losing money at an incredible rate and Kokusai was forced to transfer money to keep the lights on. There’s a lot of blame here, first off:
The NHL, these idiots got scammed by John Spano years earlier and didn’t do their due diligence again with Kokusai Green. NHL didn’t care if any checks cleared, they wanted that sweet, sweet $50 mill is all, hell the Lightning could be playing beach hockey and as long as they got the money, they’d look the other way.
Hillsborough County, had agreed to build the Lightning, the Ice Palace but the question remained, Who The Fuck Is Takashi Okubo? The Answer will surprise you, because nobody knows. NHL President John Ziegler never met “Okubo'', Bettman never did(though he tried), nobody from Hillsborough County or Tampa met with “him”, but apparently(?????) Saburo(Steve) Oto(Japanese-Born, he was the team executive) and Chris Phillips claimed to have met him. Is he real? Who the hell knows!? Was Kokusai Green, Yakuza? Who the hell knows!? Two things are for certain:
(There is a lot more to this, but I’ll let y’all read the 3-parter for this, plus these news stories)
The Lightning desperately needed a new owner who wasn’t possibly a figment of our imagination. Which is where Art Williams, comes in. Williams was a motivational speaker, not much else to it. It looked like Pistons owner William Davidson was going to get the winning bid, but it turned out to be Williams. Williams was for lack of a better word, an idiot, he knew nothing about hockey, spoke with a thick southern drawl and was a fundamentalist christian. But he pumped $6 Million into the Lightning’s payroll and cleared away most of the $102 million debt(thanks to Kokusai Green). His first move was to “assure” fans, that the Espositos wouldn’t be going away, but then 2 games into the 98-99 season? HE FIRES THEM INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO! His next move was to give Jacques Demers total control of Hockey Ops, making him Coach & GM!, which was a shitshow.
Williams didn’t know much about hockey and the other owners hated him as a result, giving him the nickname “Jed Clampett”(Beverly Hillbillies) because of his thick southern accent. It didn’t help that he quit attending games by Spring of ‘99, because "this team broke my heart". They lost as much money in one year as they could have lost in five($20 million), which is not a good sign, especially when you’re doing worse than a brand new expansion team(Predators).
Williams sold the team to Detroit Vipers(IHL) and Pistons owner William Davidson, the same man trying to buy the team just a few years ago, for only $115 million, $2 million less than Williams bought the team for. His first move was to bring on Tom Wilson as Team President, who fired Demers and brought on Steve Ludzik as the new coach, it wasn’t enough though, the damage from the Kokusai Green bullshit was done, even transferring everyone good from the Vipers(this is what helped kill them) didn’t help much.
Despite all the craziness from the last few years, in 1998 the Lightning drafted Vincent Lecavalier, who went onto become the franchise GOAT. His first few seasons weren’t that great, but 00-01 is when he turned it around, despite a leg injury. In that same draft, they had taken Brad Richards, who became another big core piece. In 2000, the Lightning brought on Martin St. Louis, an undrafted player who the Flames bought out. Fredrik Modin was also brought in, via trade with the Maple Leafs. These moves helped establish a future contender and a core group going forward.

Mismanagement Galore.

The new millennium brought with it new challenges. Huizenga finally sold the team in 2001 to a group led by Alan Cohen(owner of a Generic Drug Company), Cohen was...pretty bad for the Panthers, he led their slide into mediocrity and into being forgotten by everyone, but he did pump a shitton of money into them, to keep them from moving. I won’t sugarcoat it, Cohen ruined this team, he got fans to stop caring, by making moves or lack thereof. Sure he saved this franchise from moving, but ultimately it’s his fault that the Panthers became a joke. As soon as they were sold to Cohen, the decade streak of no playoffs started, it’s obviously unfair to blame the start on him though.
It wasn’t all bad though, they drafted Jay Bouwmeester at 3rd overall, who was about as good as you could expect from him playing for a franchise that squandered everyone. This was so fucking stupid though, the Panthers were given 1st overall and what do they do? They trade it to Columbus for 3rd overall. Why? I don’t know! They wanted Bouwmeester and could have got him at 1st overall if they wanted, Nash would have been available to Columbus at 3rd, it’s just another case of Florida throwing away their Firsts. Not only that, they had to give 2 picks to Atlanta to make sure Bouwmeester would be fucking available at 3rd. In return, Florida got to swap picks with Columbus in the 2003 Draft, but because they got 1st overall AGAIN, they didn’t exercise that right surprisingly.
What did they do in 2003? Well they TRADED 1ST OVERALL AGAIN, this time to ** The Fucking Penguins** because they wanted Nathan Horton at 3rd overall, rather than first overall. Who was 1st? Marc Andre Fleury a literal cornerstone of the Penguins franchise for over a decade and now a big piece of the Golden Knights. So you could tell that management was literally pants on head stupid and seemed to not know what they were doing.
Head Coach Mike Keenan had this to say about the 02 blunder: "We shouldn't have done that ... Jay would have been number-one if we'd kept that pick." Well no fucking shit sherlock. I don’t blame Keenan for this, it’s all ownership and GM Rick Dudley who...came from Tampa. That’s right the last team he was an executive with was the Lightning.
Say what you will about Edmonton wasting 1st overall picks, at least THEY KEPT 1ST OVERALL. Florida traded it twice to draft people who they got rid of, through sheer incompetence. Bouwmeester and Horton won a cup, with the Blues and Bruins at the least.
While the Panthers were playing with fire, figuring out “how do we make this team a cup contender, without spending a dime?”, the Lightning’s new ownership spent money, they made sure this team could be good. And with a core consisting of Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Fredrik Modin, you better fucking believe they were good. They were early bloomers, in the best ways possible. They just squeaked into division winners, by 1 point, securing a playoff berth for only the second time in franchise history. The division winners looked awful in the playoffs though, going down two games to the Capitals, before making an amazing comeback in Washington, winning both games at MCI, before heading back to the Forum, where they beat the Caps 2-1, following that with the series clincher in Washington. The Lightning had gotten some mojo going and they looked hungry, unfortunately that hunger was quickly fed as the Devils came in and utterly kicked their shit in, winning the series 4-1.
Next season(04-05) was even better. The Lightning went from barely winning the Southeast Division, to winning that and the Eastern Conference, showing that crushing defeat to Jersey wasn’t all she wrote. They entered the first round playing the Islanders, swatting them like a fly and winning 4-1. They moved onto face the Canadiens who...fell flat, as they got swept by the Lightning, who won it in Montreal, just to pour salt in the wound. The Conference Final was different, the Flyers weren’t rolling over and dying like the Islanders or Canadiens, this series to all 7 games, winning the Prince of Wales Trophy at The Forum!, so not only was it a sweet victory, it was in front of the loyal fans who stuck with them from the beginning, that expansion team that looked to be going nowhere fast, had secured a ticket to their first Cup Final, against none other than the Calgary Flames.
The Flames weren't a joke, they’d won their previous two series 4-2 and their first one 4-1, they were strong and looking to bring The Cup back to Canada where it belonged. The Lightning had a challenge ahead of them and it showed. Both sides seemed evenly matched, splitting a game at home and on the road, it was definitely a match for the ages. Game 6 was a controversial one by far. Late in Game 6, the puck had deflected off of Martin Gelinas’ skate, at the same time, Nikolai Khabibulin kicked his pad to deflect the puck. Issue is, in replays(with one select camera angle) it was shown to have crossed the line, which would have given the Flames a one-goal lead, possibly avoiding double overtime. Instead the Refs ruled it as no goal, because they didn’t see it cross the line and they didn't review these things. The teams went to double overtime, where Calgary lost thanks to Martin St Louis. There’s controversy here as the NHL reviewed it later, via a CGI video analysis, showing it did not in fact cross the line, funny enough though, the company that did this was based out of Calgary. The ABC Replay backed this up, but with no goal line tech this shits hard to tell.
The Lightning marched onto Game 7, returning to a packed St Pete Forum, ready to give the Flames a good slapping. Late in the 1st period the game was scoreless with 6:29 remaining, when Ruslan Fedotenko scored a beautiful powerplay goal, giving the Lightning a lead late in the first. Fedotenko followed this up in the second period with another goal, to give him his 12th of the Postseason. The Flames meanwhile..they kind of had no answer for Khabibulin, Nilson got his revenge and got one past the goalie and it was legal this time, but that...that was all she wrote for the Flames. The seconds counted down and the Tampa Bay Lightning had won the Stanley Cup! Even better THEY DID IT IN TAMPA!
The Lightning had done what the Panthers couldn’t, they won the cup. To commemorate this wonderful season here’s all the trophies:
It was an unbelievably historic season for the Lightning, they became the Southernmost team to win a cup and it only took 12 years of pain to do it. From being(allegedly) Yakuza-owned and their owner(allegedly) not existing, to being sold to an idiot, to finally getting Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Lightning did it and it was sweet.
Unfortunately shit happens. 04-05 didn’t happen due to a lockout, so they had to wait to defend their title. And when they did? It was bad, oh so bad. They got their asses handed to them by the Senators and then the Devils the following year, signaling to everyone it was time for a rebuild. 06-07 had a funny ending though, the Panthers were awful but they beat the Lightning who were in a tight race with the Thrashers for 1st in the Southeast. Thrashers won their game and got 1st, while the Lightning had to settle for 2nd / 7th Seed in the East.(Awful division that year, but it usually was)
Yes that Doug MacLean, the now former Sportsnet Host had previously coached the Panthers(weird how they’ve shared staff like this) and was now leading Absolute Hockey Enterprises, a group led by MacLean to buy the Lightning from Davidson. For his time, Davidson was a great owner, he didn’t meddle, he had money and he had someone smart in charge, while he just sat back approving trades as needed. Unfortunately, the deal was called off, because Absolute Hockey didn't make the required $5 Million fee and were plagued with inner turmoil. So instead, Palace Sports sold the Lightning and their arena to OK Hockey, who were anything but OK!

Late 2000’s:

Somehow the Panthers aren’t the worst run team in Florida?

Despite what the title says, they were still awful. Cohen was not willing to spend and they were losing money like crazy(so normalcy). On the ice it was much worse, as they got rid of Roberto Luongo in the worst trade I’ve ever seen, at least 1 for 1 made sense.
June 23, 2006, The Florida Panthers trade Goaltender Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft pick (Sergei Shirokov), to the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen. Luongo was in the prime of his career and was traded because once again Florida was run by idiots, who wanted immediate help. Because Cohen was a goddamned moron who ran this into the fucking ground.
That wasn’t the only Luongo trade though, there was a proposed one for Jumbo Joe Thornton himself.
Obviously Thornton wasn’t happy in Boston and got traded to San Jose, where he’s become a franchise legend. There was a proposed trade that was allegedly ready to go to the NHL Offices, the catch? Alan Cohen was a cheap bastard(tale as old as time) and didn’t want to take money back. Luongo was on a $3.25 million AAV one-season bridge deal at the time and Thornton had just signed a three year, $20 million contract in the summer. So to help his franchise he’d have to take back money which was an instant “go fuck yourself”.
So as you can see Cohen was and probably still is hated by Panthers fans and rightfully so. Not only did he not spend on them, he made them worse and alienated every fan who still gave a shit.
There’s not much else to talk about with Cohen, he ruined the team, but unlike the Lightning, there wasn’t much bright spots, so here’s a list of big trades they made:
June 20, 2008. The Florida Panthers trade their captain Olli Jokinen to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Keith Ballard Nick Boynton and a 2008 2nd round pick (#49-Jared Staal). It was as usual a fire sale for them.
November, 2009. The Florida Panthers announce majority owner Alan Cohen is stepping down and allowing minority partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel to take over. The era of cheap-o Cohen was finally over, the remaining Panthers fans would be cheering.
Why did Cohen do that? Well it’s pretty simple. He ran them into the ground and had lost up to $100 million on this team. Hmm...I wonder why he lost so much money? Cohen had been around much less over the years while Viner and Siegel had cared about the team at least. I don’t know if they did much of anything, but they sold to Viola, who has saved this franchise.

Exit Doug MacLean and Enter Oren Koules and Len Barrie

If you’re like me and wondering “who the fuck is Koules?” turns out he produced the Saw movies. As for Barrie, he’s a former NHL player and Tyson Barrie’s Dad. Funny enough Koules is a former WHL player and tried out for the Blackhawks.
I’ll skip the formalities. Koules was absolutely the fucking worst. He ran the team like it was his fucking fantasy roster, he had no intelligence to run a team, his partner was a lying sack of shit, who’s biggest contribution was nixing “Vinny to Montreal” or so goes the rumor. Let’s go over what he did:
So once again, Barrie is shit for brains. Midway through Stamkos’ first season? He wanted him gone. The talks started IN OCTOBER and picked up around American Thanksgiving. The list of potential players coming back were Michael Del Zotto, Evgeny Grachev, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky or Dan Girardi. Barrie was asking to choose two or three of these guys. It was so done that they shook on it, but Koules not being the fucking idiot of the two for once, vetoed it. Barrie didn’t like Stamkos and argued with the coach on how he should be developing Stamkos.
Getting rid of Boyle after signing him to a new deal Fucktards tried it with Vinny and failed and then turned around and did it with Dan Boyle. He had just re-signed to a Six-year $40 Million Contract, which wasn’t bad for a guy like him. Problem? They wanted him gone. He was given a full or limited NTC(unsure) and they basically told him “accept the trade to San Jose or we’re waiving you and Atlanta is going to take you”. So he accepted it and got away from this horribly run franchise, that was trying to burn money. The value for Boyle a #1 Offensive Defenseman was...laughable. A prospect who didn’t pan out, Matt Carle and Ty Wishart. Wishart then got traded for goalie Dwayne Roloson(oldest active player and last born in the 60s, while he played). These idiots didn’t know what they were doing, that much was clear.
Coach Barry Melrose...or not? They hired Barry Melrose as the coach for the 08-09 season only to fire him 16 games into the season, because they were incompetent. He left his job at ESPN to work for these idiots and got rewarded with the boot. That team was hot garbage and Melrose wasn’t a good coach. Whodathunkit?

New Owners, New GMs, New Everything!

Panthers

The biggest move in 2010 for the Panthers was a no brainer. Dale Tallon had been relegated to Assistant GM of the Blackhawks, he built most of that championship squad only to be replaced with Stan Bowman. So on May 17th, 2010, the Panthers announced their new GM to be Dale Tallon. He tried to do a rebuild process similar to what he did with Chicago, trading off everyone he could, almost immediately. Two big names to go were Keith Ballard and Nathan Horton. The Panthers may have been a bigger challenge than the Blackhawks, previous ownership had gutted this team and didn’t really allow talent to build, because they kept trading away picks. His efforts helped...briefly. The Panthers won the Southeast Division in 2012, where they ironically were eliminated by former coach Peter DeBoer's Devils.
Tallon was nominated for GM of the year, for his team making the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, but this would be the only other playoff run in Tallon’s tenure, so far. I don’t know if Tallon is 100% to blame for the lack of success, but they’ve been 6(7 if you count DeBoer, but he was there already) head coaches since Tallon was appointed, he deserves a share of the blame.
September 27th, 2013, the Panthers announced Vincent Viola has bought the team and would become the new owner. I have no idea on Viola, but as of late he’s spent more on the Panthers, with the hiring of Q and acquiring Bobrovsky. Due to the damage that Cohen and associates did, the Panthers had to give out free/discounted tickets early on, because nobody wanted to go to games, the team on the ice had one good season and went back to bottom feeding.
He came back home to Sunrise, after being traded by the Canucks, during the 2014 trade deadline in exchange for Jacob Markström and Shawn Matthias. He came back and set even more franchise records, because of course.
Lightning
There is a lot to cover with the Lightning and it’s a lot of good news! Firstly: The Sale!
A day after the 2010 Season ended, Vinik cleared house, firing GM Brian Lawton and Head Coach Rick Tocchet. Who was the new GM? Red Wings Legend, Steve Yzerman. Vinik had lured him away from the Red Wings front office, which...wasn’t hard. The Red Wings had made it clear Ken Holland was going to be the GM for the foreseeable future, there were no plans to replace him. Can’t blame them, since the Red Wings were still good. Yzerman's impact was felt pretty quick, "trust the Yzerplan" was a common theme with Lightning fans and would you know it? Trusting the "Yzerplan" worked.
Their next move was letting Yzerman bring in a new coach: Guy Boucher. He was what this rebuilding team needed and it worked..for a season. They made the playoffs, running off to a Conference Final in their first season, before they fell to the Bruins. Unfortunately with Boucher comes hell. They missed the playoffs the next 2 seasons before Boucher was fired on March, 24 of 2013, the 1-3-1 has a short shelf life, go figure. Jon Cooper of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning’s AHL Affiliate was brought in as the Lightning’s eighth head coach in franchise history, coaching his first game not long after in a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils.
On June 27th, 2013, the Lightning announce they will use one of their two compliance buyouts to buy out team captain, Vincent Lecavalier. There’s no sugarcoating this, LeCavalier was past his prime, but it was a good move. OK Hockey made awful moves and this was by far the worst. If the trade rumor that Montreal wanted him was true, they should have taken it, but again, OK Hockey wasn’t very smart. Lecavalier went onto sign with the Flyers, where he played 2 ½ seasons, before being traded to the Kings, where he finally retired.
On March 5th of 2014, The Lightning announced a trade: The Tampa Bay Lightning trade Martin St Louis, along with a Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2015(Oliver Kylington) to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2014(Later given to the Islanders) (Josh Ho-Sang), 1st-round pick in 2015 (Anthony Beauvillier) Conditional 7th-round pick in 2015 (Ziyat Paigin). St Louis had begun his NHL career in Calgary, though his tenure in Calgary was short, he made a name for himself in Tampa, he had won The Cup and so many trophies over the years. The Rangers brought him back for his final season in 14-15, where he scored 21 goals

Epilogue / Final thoughts.

Should the Panthers be moved?
This is a topic I see brought up often and...maybe? Unlike with the Thrashers they have a good arena and an owner who isn’t looking to sell. The Panthers arena location sucks, the biggest issue is there’s no nightlife, there’s no life around it at all. Look at Tampa, Amalie is in the heart of Tampa(ish?) there’s plenty of goings on around the arena, while BB&T has...nothing. Sunrise isn’t a great location for an arena, but they have a sweetheart lease, meaning they’re safe from relocation at least and while people will complain about the Panthers existence, they have an owner who wants to make this right, even if he is a little meddlesome.
A lot of this was Lightning-Centric and that’s more because a lot of their mishaps are easier to research in depth, while it seems like the worst thing that happened in the Cohen-Era, was he just didn’t spend and let the GM do whatever.
..Kinda? In the sense that they play in the same state, but there's barely any hate. Lightning are good, Panthers aren't and they've never played each other outside the Regular Season. I hope that'll change, these fanbases need someone close to hate. And hockey is more fun with a heated rivalry.
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2019.07.25 14:30 ConorCulture WarZone - Booking Katsuyori Shibata Return - Part 1: The Lion

Booking Katsuyori Shibata

Hello everyone. As many of you know, Katsuyori Shibata is a legendary professional wrestler in Strong Style and New Japan’s History. He had his last match at Wrestling Dontaku 2017 against Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Afterwards he suffered a career ending injury and nearly lost his own life. In this booking, we’re going to go off the basis that Shibata miraculously makes a full recovery and is able to wrestler on a normal schedule again. This booking will be covering his first year and a half back in the company and what I’d have him do.
I hope you enjoy and I wish the best of luck to u/Apehasreturned. Now let’s get into this.
The Debut
On Sunday, July 21st 2019, New Japan Pro Wrestling officially announce the full time return of Katsuyori Shibata! Via Twitter, Instagram, New Japan World, Facebook, Reddit etc. they would publish this information. The next day New Japan’s official YouTube Channel would upload a 15 minute mini documentary of Shibata’s return to action. It starts with the scenes of Shibata laying in hospital after his match with Okada. It shows everything he went through during those times. Dave Meltzer speaks about his reaction when he heard the news as does Bryan Alvarez. It shows Gedo and Jado speaking about how they felt after the events. Then we cut to Shibata talking about it. We then go through Shibata’s recovery and the announcement he’d be Head Coach Of NJPW’s new Los Angles Dojo. It shows Shibata training men such as Clark Connors, Alex Coughlin and Karl Fredricks in the L.A. Dojo. Finally it shows Shibata himself training to get back in action. At the end of the video Shibata officially says that he is coming home and making his in-ring return to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Once the G1 Climax is over and down with, Shibata would make appearances on New Japan House Shows throughout August, working against the likes of his L.A. Dojo students, Clark Connors and Alex Coughlin and also working against some older guys such as Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yuji Nagata. He works a 10-Man Tag on August 19th, Road To Destruction with Karl Fredricks, Clark Connors, Shota Umino and Ren Narita against Chaos, represented by Mikey Nicholls, Robbie Eagles, Sho, Yoh and Tomohiro Ishii. It’s an interesting match up as it’s two experienced veterans in Tomohiro Ishii and Katsuyori Shibata facing off against each other, however both men are surrounded by Young Lions. Shibata has dedicated his life to The Young Lions Of NJPW as of late working long hours in the L.A. Dojo. Shibata gets the pin however he pinned Yoh, not Ishii, leaving a sour taste in Ishii’s mouth that Shibata beat him without even laying a finger on him.
Oh August 25th Tomohiro Ishii announces that as part of the upcoming Destruction Tour, in the final show, Destruction in Kobe, Tomohiro Ishii will put his NEVER Openweight Championship on the Line in an Open Challenge. Many wrestlers express interest in this, via Social Media and Interviews however Shibata stays silent and doesn’t say anything. He just continues racking up wins and gets his first big win on the Road to Destruction against EVIL of Los Ingobernables de Japon. Tomohiro Ishii is involved in a 6-Man Tag Team Match against some of the people who have been considering answering the Open Challenge. Ishii teams with Chaos brethren Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay against Zack Sabre Jr, Brody King and Jeff Cobb, all men who have expressed interest in the Open Challenge. Tomohiro Ishii does a majority of the work in this match and makes a decent effort to try and destroy the other men. Ishii is worn out by the end which is what costs him the match after Jeff Cobb lands a Tour Of The Islands. Ishii goes to the back with a sour look on his face.
The first show of the Destruction Tour, Destruction in Hiroshima takes place on September 9, 2019. The big matches of the show are Sanada vs. Evil for the #1 Contenders to the IWGP United States Championship, Will Ospreay vs. Kazuchika Okada in a Special Singles Match and the main event, Tetsuya Naito ( Who recently defeated Kazuchika Okada for the belt ) vs. Jay White. Sanada would get the win against Evil after a grueling match, Okada picks up the win against Ospeary although Ospeary Came inches away from winning it. And in the main event, Naito picks up the win defeating Jay White.
Next show is Destruction in Yokohama, taking place September 15, 2019. Big matches of the night include LIJ vs. Bullet Club in an 8-Man Tag Team Match, Villain Enterprises vs. Taguchi Japan for the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championships and in the Main Event, Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson in a No Disqualification Match for the IWGP United States Championship. LIJ defeat BC, Villain Enterprises Win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships and officially announce that Bullet Club and Villain Enterprises are merging together. In the main event Moxley defeats Juice Robinson and retains his Championship ( The Match goes how it did in my Jon Moxley Booking ).
Also throughout the whole tour a tournament for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship is going on.
The final night being Destruction in Kobe, which will feature Tomohiro Ishii’s Open Challenge, the Match I will be booking. Here’s the card for Destruction in Kobe.
Destruction in Kobe Card:
Shota Umino and Ren Narita vs. Roppongi 3K ( Sho and Yoh ) - Tag Team Match
Sniper and Assassin ( Robbie Eagles and Will Ospeary ) vs. Bullet Club ( El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori ) (c) - Tag Team Match for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Suzuki-gun ( Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku ) vs. Taguchi Japan ( Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano ) - Six-Man Tag Team Match
EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - Semi-Final Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship Tournament
Chaos ( Mikey Nicholls, Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto ) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón ( Bushi, Shingo Takagi and Sanada ) - Six-Man Tag Team Match
Tomohiro Ishii Open Challenge
Will Ospeary def. KENTA - Semi-Final Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship Tournament
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (c) - Singles Match for the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship Challenge rights certificate
Tomohiro Ishii comes out first with a towel over his head and the NEVER Openweight Championship around his waist. He takes the towel off his head and throughs it in the crowd then asks for a mic. He’s passed a mic by Red Shoes and Ishii says that whoever his opponent for tonight may be he wishes him the best of luck. Ishii then prepares himself and awaits his opponent in the corner.
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Shibata has answered!! Shibata comes out to the ring to a big pop as he makes his way down the ramp. The crowd of 6,000 plus chant in unity for him. Shibata comes into the ring and walks straight up to Ishii and looks him in the face. He says something to Ishii and Ishii says something back however the mic didn’t pick it up. Shibata rests himself in the corner as Red Shoes holds the belt high and announces this match is scheduled for one fall with a 30-minute time limit. The bell rings and we’re under way.
They start off slow, how a typical New Japan Match goes. Both men lock up and exchange restholds, each man trying to feel the other out. Shibata goes for some kicks but Ishii avoids them. Shibata goes for a Shootkick but Ishii Ducks and hits a Spinning Heel Kick! Shibata doesn’t fall to the ground but instead rebounds off the ropes with a Slap! Ishii responds with a Headbutt! Both men look away from each other and feel their heads, they turn back at each other and Ishii goes for a Lariat. Shibata Ducks then pulls in Ishii with a Knee Strike to the head! Ishii lands in a bending position which opens up the opportunity for Shibata to hit a Chest Kick! Ishii rolls on the mat and falls into a sitting position where Shibata runs at him with a Penalty Kick! Shibata covers, 1...2...Kick Out!
Ishii gets up in a sitting position and starts yelling for Shibata to hit him. Shibata hits a Back Kick which Ishii sells but doesn’t fall. Shibata then comes at him with a Shining Wizard! Ishii falls but quickly gets back up. Shibata then hits a Head Kick! Ishii falls to the mat and doesn’t get back up. Shibata falls to the mat also out of tiredness. Ishii then gets to his feet and hits a Single Foot Dropkick to Shibata! The sound echoes throughout the arena as Shibata falls to the ground. Ishii scoops up Shibata and hits a Devastating Chop across the chest. Ishii hits another! Shibata falls to his knee but Ishii gets him up, Ishii hits an Acid Rainmaker!
Shibata rolls to the outside to recover but Ishii also rolls out. Ishii catches his breath against the barricade, then runs for Shibata. Shibata sees it coming and hits a Monstrous Chop across the chest of Ishii! Shibata hooks him, Underhook Suplex on the outside! Both men get to their feet and continue to brawl on the outside. Shibata goes for a Backdrop Suplex onto the apron, but Ishii gets out the way, Ishii hits a kick to the gut, Ishii goes for a Suplex but Shibata counters, Backdrop Suplex onto the ring apron! Shibata rolls into the ring to reset the count then rolls back to the outside.
After about 15 minutes of war, both men are worn out. Shibata Irish whips Ishii into the corner and slowly makes his way to the corner. He then rains down with multiple Elbow Smashes on Ishii. Shibata gets Ishii up, Ushigorshi! 1...2....Kick Out!!! Shibata is in shock as Ishii gets to his feet. Ishii comes at Shibata with his Chop + Elbow Smash combo. He goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex but Shibata lands on his feet. Shibata goes for a Package Piledriver but Ishii also lands on his feet and Ishii hits a Verterbreaker! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!! Shibata kicks out! Ishii runs off the ropes and hits a Sliding Lariat to the sitting Shibata! Ishii gets Shibata to his feet and comes at him with a series of elbows. Shibata falls to his knee and Ishii runs off the ropes for another Sliding Lariat, but Shibata catches him! Shibata hits a Death Valley Driver! Shibata goes to the corner, Shibata hits a Leg Lariat! Shibata isn’t done however as he rises to his feet with a deadly look on his face. Ishii is sitting in the corner trying to recover, but Shibata once again comes at him with a big strike. Shibata runs at him and hits a Running Low Corner Dropkick! Ishii is laying motionless on the mat, and Shibata senses an opening. Shibata gets Ishii to his feet and Ishii can barely stand. Shibata is clearly enjoying this. Shibata hits a High Impact Backhand and turns around to look on at the crowd.
He looks back around at Ishii, but this was a big mistake as Ishii hits a German Suplex! Ishii is back in it! Ishii comes at Shibata with a Series of Chops, Elbows and Headbutt’s with Shibata no able to counter anything. Shibata connects with a High Impact Backhand but Ishii responds with an Enziguri! Ishii hits a Folding Powerbomb then goes tot he corner and lines up a Lariat. Shibata counters with a Go To Sleep! Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Penalty Kick! 1....2....KICK OUT!!!! The crowd go insane at Ishii kicking out of it. Both men superhumanly rise to their feet and stare at each other. Both men start to swing punches at each other. The punches start gradually going faster, and faster, and faster and faster. Eventually Ishii Ducks a punch, throwing Shibata off guard, making Shibata spin around. This gives Ishii the perfect opening to hit an Exploder Suplex into the corner! Ishii then catches Shibata as he falls and lines up a Brainbuster! Shibata counters! Shibata falls out of it, Penalty Kick! Shibata gets Ishii to his feet and hits a Go To Sleep! Shibata hits a Final Penalty Kick! 1.......2.......3!!!!!!! SHIBATA WINS THE TITLE!
Katsuyori Shibata def. Tomohiro Ishii - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 24:37 )
Road to King of Pro-Wrestling
Katsuyori Shibata is Interviewed after the show about his title win where he brings up how Tomohiro Ishii put up a good fight but in the end the better man won. He has huge respect for Ishii and looks forward to facing him in the future again. Shibata then leaves the interview set.
The next event in line for NJPW is King of Pro Wrestling where Shibata announces he will be defending his NEVER Openweight Championship. The rest of late September and early October, Shibata can be seen hanging around the L.A. Dojo training Young Lions. Another video uploaded to NJPW’s YouTube channel shows Shibata and how he feels being a coach. Shibata describes it as a wonderful experience, getting to see his students learn the way of NJPW and for him to be able to share his ways and practices. A quick montage is shown of Shibata training: Clark Connors, Karl Fredricks, Alex Coughlin, Hirai Kawato, Shota Umino, Tomoyuki Oka, Ren Narita, Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura. The video ends with Shibata holding his NEVER Openweight Championship High with a grin on his face.
At the official King of Pro-Wrestling Press Conference, Katsuyori Shibata states that he will be defending his NEVER Openweight Championship in a traditional Singles Match. He says as of now is opponent is TBA but will be revealed shorty. Shibata also mentions that a few of his Young Lions will accompany him at Ringside as a way of teaching them what it feels to be in a big title match environment at a big Show. After answering press questions, Shibata closes the interview walking off as the press take photos of him and the NEVER Openweight Championship.
October 15th it’s announced Tomohiro Ishii will be using his Rematch Clause to face Katsuyori Shibata in a rematch. Ishii promises to take back his title October 21st in Osaka and claim his 6th NEVER Openweight Championship. Shibata and Ishii both make comments on each other in the build to where both have a grudge against each other for this match.
King of Pro Wrestling comes, October 21st 2019 from Fumin Kyosai Sports Arena in Osaka, Japan! Here’s the card for King of Pro-Wrestling.
King of Pro-Wrestling Card:
Bullet Club ( Marty Scurll and El Phantasmo ) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón ( Bushi and Shingo Takagi ) vs. Suzuki-gun ( Douki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru ) - Three-Way Tag Team Match
Bullet Club ( Jay White, Brody King and PCO ) vs. Clark Connors, Alex Coughlin and Karl Fredricks - 6-Man Tag Team Match
Sniper and Assassin ( Robbie Eagles and Will Ospeary ) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K ( Sho and Yoh ) - Tag Team Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Suzuki-gun ( Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. ) vs. Chaos ( Mikey Nicholls, Hirooki Goto, Rocky Romero and Toru Yano ) - 8-Man Tag Team Match
Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship
Guerrillas Of Destiny ( Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa ) (c) vs. Lifeblood ( Mark Haskins and Juice Robinson ) - Tag Team Match for the IWGP Tag Team Championships
Dragón Lee vs. Taiji Ishimori (c) - Singles Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Sanada vs. Jon Moxley ends in a time limit draw - Singles Match for the IWGP United States Championship
Will Ospeary vs. EVIL - Tournament Final Match for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi - Three-Way Match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Ishii comes out first again with a dead serious look on his face. He is not messing around in the slightest in his mission to destroy Shibata, defeat Shibata and win back his NEVER Openweight Championship. Ishii makes Red Shoes jump when he’s trying to speak to Ishii but Ishii thuds on the spot making Red Shoes jump.
Shibata comes out in a Black Trench Coat with Shota Umino and Ren Narita behind him. He’s sporting some new dark red trunks instead of his signature black trunks. He takes off the trench coat revealing his NEVER Openweight Championship around his waist. Ishii stares directly in the eye of Shibata, Ishii will be absolutely relentless. Shibata passes over his NEVER Openweight Championship to Red Shoes then continues to stare down Ishii. The bell is rung and we’re under way.
Shibata starts the match off, offering a handshake. Ishii shakes his hand and the two have one of those I’m Squeezing Your Hand Harder handshakes that wrestlers so very love. They release the grasp and start to fight. Shibata comes at Ishii with a swing but Ishii Ducks and comes back with a stiff elbow. Shibata was taken off guard with that which Ishii capitalizes on. Ishii comes at Shibata with another elbow strike, getting him in the corner and raining down Forearm’s and Elbows. Ishii attempts The Brainbuster early but Shibata gets out. Shibata lands on his feet and connects a Knee Strike. Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Soccer Kick to Ishii! Shibata is getting back into this as he himself comes at Ishii with elbows. Shibata gets Ishii down to his knees where he comes at him with Really, really, really stiff Yes Kicks. After each kick Ishii says “Hit Me” only driving Shibata more. For the final kick, Shibata runs off the ropes for a Penalty Kick but Ishii flattens himself meaning Shibata swings at nothing. Because of the force from the kick Shibata spins around, allowing Ishii to hit an Avada Kedavra!
Both men are bent on Destruction for this match and Ishii starts to dangerously target the head of Shibata. As you might know this is what ended the career of Shibata, too many bumps on his head. Ishii smashes Shibata’s head into the turnbuckle followed by a Enziguri! Ishii whips Shibata into the other corner but Shibata counters with his own Irish Whip into the corner and hits a huge Knee Strike! Ishii falls to the mat and Shibata hits a Back kick! Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Head kick! Ishii falls flat on the mat and Shibata comes down with a Double Foot Stomp!
Ishii takes it to the outside where they go over the barricade and fight in the commentary area. Ishii and Shibata brawl in there and Shibata even strikes Ishii with a Charishot to the head! Ishii isn’t too happy about this, so, Ishii hits a Backbody Suplex onto the bare concrete floor! Ishii is still mad so he lines up a Dragon Suplex through the table but Shibata sandbags meaning Ishii can’t get Shibata in it fully. Ishii hits a knee to the gut back getting Shibata in position and hits it straight through the Table! Ren Narita and Shota Umino look on at this and threaten to attack Ishii, but Ishii jumps the railing and hits a Double Shoulder Tackle! Ishii is finally satisfied and drags themselves back into the ring. Ishii goes into the corner where Shibata out of nowhere hits a Running Big Boot! Shibata lines it up, Shibata is going for the GTS! Ishii gets down out of it and hits a Heel Kick to Shibata! Ishii hits a Brainbuster! 1....2....KICK OUT!
Ishii is in shock as this and once again rolls to the outside. Shibata uses the ropes to get to his feet and catches Ishii leaning against the apron catching his breath. Shibata steps back so he can get a Run up for his Baseball Slide! Shibata sets up Ishii against the ringpost on the apron then he himself gets onto the apron and leans on the turnbuckle. Shibata runs across the apron and hits an amazing Double Knee Strike to Ishii! Shibata rolls Ishii into the ring and finally hits the Go To Sleep! Shibata follows it up with a Penalty Kick just to secure it, 1....2.....KICK OUT!!!!!!!!!!! ISHII HAS KICKED OUT!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!
Ishii god like, gets to his feet. Ishii is bleeding from the mouth and rises to his feet staring down Shibata. Ishii spits his bloody saliva on Shibata and they’re back going. Ishii manages to hit a Kneecap Brainbuster while Shibata hits 3 consecutive Headkicks which is enough to give you brain damage. Both men exchange chops as the other tries to make a louder sound. Ishii responds to one Chop with a Elbow Strike and takes Shibata into the corner with a series of Elbow Strikes. He’s hit the biggest chop of the night which makes Shibata fall down but he holds onto the ropes. Shibata throws Ishii over the top rope but Ishii holds on. He starts to climb the ropes but Shibata swings his fist. Ishii sits on the top rope as Shibata kicks him form the apron. Shibata then climbs the ropes to go for a Superplex, however Ishii counters and in the spit of the night, hits a BRAINBUSTAHHH!!!
HOLY SHIT! Ishii hits a Spinning Tombstone Piledriver! 1......2......3!!!!!! TOMOHIRO ISHII HAS WON! Tomohiro Ishii has FINALLY defeated Katsuyori Shibata and won back his NEVER Openweight Championship! Tomohiro Ishii sets a record becoming a 6-time NEVER Openweight Championship! Ishii used the strategy of targeting Shibata’s weak spot and it paid off, as the Brainbustah + Spinning Tombstone Piledriver Combo proved to be too much for Shibata.
Tomohiro Ishii def. Katsuyori Shibata - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 25:47 )
Shibata’s NEVER Openweight Championship reign ended at exactly 30 days after he fell to Tomohiro Ishii. Next show coming up is the Global Wars Tour, featuring the stars of NJPW, CMLL, Ring Of Honor and RevPro! The show will take place over four nights, one in each country. United States first, Japan second, UK third and Mexico last.
Tomohiro Ishii is announced to defend his NEVER Openweight Championship in the Japan portion of the show, Night 2. He will be defending his title in a Four-Way Match featuring Katsuyori Shibata using his rematch clause and two other wrestles from either ROH, CMLL and RevPro.
The men to fight are confirmed October 29th. Tomohiro Ishii will defend against Katsuyori Shibata, current ROH TV Champ Jeff Cobb and Silas Young! The Four-Way is announced to open the show on Night 2, November 4th 2019. The main story behind the match is Shibata trying to get his title back and defeat Tomohiro Ishii. Jeff Cobb says he will regain the NEVER Openweight Championship that he won earlier in the year. At Best In The World 2019 Jeff Cobb defeated Shane Taylor to win back the TV Championship, now he is going to regain the other title he lost.
The dates for the shows are: Night 1 - November 1st ( ROH ), Night 2 - November 4th ( NJPW ), Night 3 - November 9th ( RPW ) and Night 4 - November 15th ( CMLL ). Each night features matches from the various promotions.
Night 1 features the Ring Of Honor debut of Killer Kross attacking Flip Gordon after his Loser Leaves ROH Match for the ROH World Championship with Jay Lethal. Flip Gordon and Marty Scurll ended their feud for the ROH Championship at Death Before Dishonor with Flip winning. Flip gets the win here, ending Jay Lethal’s ROH career. The show also features Lifeblood winning the 6-Man Tag Team Championships and the introduction of the ROH Lightweight Championship, Won by Jonathan Gresham.
Night 2 is the New Japan show which features Jay White vs. Will Ospeary, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bandido, Ibushi defending his G1 Rights and Naito vs. Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Dragón Lee defeats Taiji Ishimori to win the Junior Heavyweight Championship and after the match, Hiromu Takahashi makes his return! The night also features the match I’ll get into soon.
Night 3 feature Zack Sabre Jr. putting his Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship on the line against Toa Henare, El Phantasmo loses his Cruiserweight Championship to PJ Black and Swords of Essex win the Tag Titles.
Night 4 is the final night featuring various Luchas. Bushi defeats Carístico, A blockbuster Trios Match takes place when when Bullet Club defeat Los Guerreros Laguneros. Sky Team ( Místico II, Valiente and Volador Jr. ) lose to Rush, Dragon Lee and a mystery partner who would reveal himself to be, Hiromu Takahashi! Diamante Azul defeats Tiger and also in a Primeria Lucha, Titán defeats Stuka Jr. vs. Blue Panther Jr. vs. Rey Cometa.
Now the match.
Tomohiro Ishii enters first as the Tokyo crowd don’t give him as big of a pop as usual, as they don’t admire his actions at King of Pro Wrestling which he used to defeat Katsuyori Shibata. Jeff Cobb and Silas Young make their entrances next and the bell is rung.
It’s a match up consisting of 4 of the toughest guys in wrestling. Shibata will kick your head off, Ishii can chop the meat of your chest, Silas Young as a PhD in Brawling and Jeff Cobb can slam people to shit. The match starts off with all men sizing and taunting each other up. Silas Young swings the first blow hitting Cobb and swinging a strike at Ishii. Ishii and Cobb both hit High Impact Backfist’s taking Silas to the ground. Ishii and Cobb hit a Double Arm Drag To Shibata, landing Shibata on top of Silas Young. Cobb and Ishii then go at it exchanging forearms. Ishii stops for a second giving which allows Jeff Cobb to take control. Jeff Cobb hits a Double Vertical Suplex To Ishii!
Shibata gets to his feet and starts to brawl with Jeff Cobb. Shibata Ducks a Lariat and hits a Pele Kick followed up by a Spinning Heel Kick! Jeff Cobb falls into the corner, opening up TYR opportunity for Shibata to hit a Dropkick to Cobb! Cobb falls into a sitting position, not saying die just yet. Tomohiro Ishii and Silas Young both get to their feet and get in a Three-Way Brawl. Each man is swinging a blow at one person, until Silas Young flattens both men with a Clothesline! He notices Jeff Cobb getting to his feet, to Silas sprints at him with a Discus Elbow! Silas goes for a High Impact Backhand but Jeff Cobb sucks, making Silas spin around, giving Cobb the chance to hit a Backbody Suplex!
Cobb hooks Silas Young’s body from under the arms and pulls this 250 lbs man from the ground and hit a Dragon Suplex! Katsuyori Shibata Out Of nowhere hits a Penalty Kick To Jeff Cobb! Shibata lines it up, Shibata hits the Go To Sleep! 1....2....TOMOHIRO ISHII BREAKS IT UP WITH A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP! Ishii hooks Shibata from under the arms also, Ishii hits a Kneecap Brainbuster! 1...2...SILAS YOUNG BREAKS IT UP! All 4 men crawl to an individual corner and stare down each other. They each gradually rise to their feet and stare one another down. Jeff Cobb yells ”LETS GO!” And everyone runs into the middle of the ring with a big shoulder tackle! The sound is surreal. Silas Young hits a Stiff Elbow Shot at Shibata which Shibata respond to with a Headbutt. Jeff Cobb and Ishii get back into their brawl with each man exchanging elbows at rapid speed. Ishii goes for an Elbow but Jeff Cobb Ducks, gets behind Ishii, Backstabber! Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Soccer Kick to Jeff Cobb! Shibata spins around, he hits a Backick! Shibata goes into the corner and lines up a Running Knee Strike, but as he’s running for it, Silas Young gets the way and hits Ushi-Goroshi! 1.....2.....KICK OUT!!!!
Silas Young locks in a Crossfaced Chicken Wing! Shibata stays in for dear life as Silas Young wrenches and wrenches. It’s broken up by Jeff Cobb hitting a Suplex Toss To Ishii onto Both men! Jeff Cobb heads to the top ropes, AND HITS A MOONSAULT ONTO ALL 3 MEN! All 4 men roll to the outside to recover and seeing as its a Four-Way, No Countouts. Silas Young is first to his feet and he immediately grabs a Steel Chair and starts to whack people all around the ring with it. He steps up the chair in a regular sitting position, then jumps off the ring apron with a Fireman’s Carry Toss to Shibata, onto the chair! Tomohiro Ishii fights Back however, catching one of the shots and pulling the chair out of Young’s hands and responding with a Big Chair Shot to the head! Ishii then pulls Shibata up from his attack and throws him over the barricade into the commentary area. Ishii and Shibata brawl stiffly in the area exchanging chops, elbows, Headbutts and Forearm’s. Shibata falls onto his knees which lines up perfectly, A PILEDRIVER ONTO THE FLOOR!
Ishii gets out of the commentary area as meds attend to Shibata. Shibata pushes them aside and makes his way to his feet alone. Ishii beats up Jeff Cobb and Silas Young in the ring, Jeff Cobb tries to stop Ishii with a Deep Six but 1......2.....KICK OUT!! Silas Young gets involved and runs off the ropes for a Bicycle Knee! Ishii falls to his knees out of that, but manages to get Silas Young into a Fireman’s Carry and looks like he’s about to hit a AA Style maneuver, but Jeff Cobb Jumps off the top ropes with a Double Stomp onto Silas Young! All 3 men come crashing down to the mat, with Silas Young rolling outside to recover. Jeff Cobb and Ishii both get to their feet and start to brawl.
Shibata however recovers on his own and pulls Ishii out of the ring. In the spot if the night, Shibata hits a Running Powerbomb To Ishii, OVER the barricade, THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! You thought Rollins doing it to Bálor was dangerous, try doing it over the barricade and through a table, and instead of an Agile 190 lbs, try a 240 lbs 48 year old. Shibata rolls himself into the ring where he’s met by Tour Of The Islands! It looks like Jeff Cobb has won, big he collapses, not able to drag himself for the pin. He barely mumbles “Hit Me” which is enough drive for Shibata. Shibata pulls him up, Scissors Kick, Knee Strike to the face, Soccer Kick, another Soccer Kick, a Penalty Kick! A Package Piledriver! Shibata gets Jeff Cobb up, Go To Sleep! 1......2.....3!!!
HERE IS YOUR WINNER, AAAND NNEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIOOOOONNNNN!! KATSUYORI SHIBATA! Shibata has won back his NEVER Openweight Championship after chaos. This match is the closet your going to get to something like a NJPW Money in the Bank, Four Tough Lads beating the piss out of each other. Shibata walks to the back holding his title up high, becoming a 5-Time NEVER Openweight Champion.
Katsuyori Shibata def. Jeff Cobb, Silas Young and Tomohiro Ishii (c) for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 20:11 )
Shibata has won back his NEVER Openweight Championship and that is it with feuding with Tomohiro Ishii. Ishii will move onto a more light schedule, making appearances at the shows just not as usual as he would as the man is approaching 50 and deserves a rest. Jeff Cobb continues his TV Championship Reign and Silas Young keeps going in ROH. Shibata now is going into his new program, with KENTA.
Shibata goes back to training his Young Lions and they gradually start making House Show appearances. Shibata dubs them “Shibata Raionzu” which directly translates to Shibata Lions. Evantally Shibata Raionzu start teaming with each other and working together. An 8-Man Tag Team Match is made for Power Struggle with Shibata Raionzu members Shota Umino, Ren Narita, Hirai Kawato and Tomoyuki Oka accompanied by Shibata taking on Bullet Club! Represented by Guerrillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale and El Phantasmo. Bullet Club get the win although Raionzu came close.
After Power Struggle KENTA ( who lost to Kota Ibushi in challenging for the Rights Of The G1 In The Main Event Of Power Struggle ) Challenges Katsuyori Shibata for a match at January 4th Tokyo Dome Show, Wrestle Kingdom 14. Katsuyori Shibata considers it and requests a 6-Man Tag be made, with Shibata Raionzu taking on KENTA and two partners o his choice. KENTA picks Hirooki Goto and Taiji Ishimori as his partners. Ishimori and Goto Win after another close match. KENTA came 2nd in Block A Of The G1 Climax Tournament and ever since has been going after the IC Title as part of the 32-Man Tournament for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship where he was unsuccessful. KENTA has now set his sights on the NEVER Openweight Championship, Held by Katsuyori Shibata. KENTA will let nothing get in the way of him achieving victory and getting his first taste at Championship gold.
Katsuyori Shibata vs. KENTA is confirmed for Wrestle Kingdom for the NEVER Openweight Championship. Katsuyori Shibata has accepted the challenge and the match is made. Neither man make much digs at each other, all they do is promise to destroy each other. KENTA says he will finally get hold of Championship gold, only one thing stands in the way of that. A video airs of Shibata training in the gym, it even shows him at one of those boxing machines which counts how powerful your punch was, he does that with his kicks, chops, headbutts, elbows and of course punches. Shibata holds his title his after the video and walks off.
KENTA defeats Shota Umino - one of the top guys in Shibata Raionzu - at Road to Wrestle Kingdom. After the match KENTA gets on the mic and talks more about the similarities between him and Katsuyori Shibata, however there is no chance that KENTA won’t win. KENTA has devoted his life to wrestling and after 5 years of nothing in America, he’s returned home. He nearly won the IC Title, he almost won the Rights to Main Event in the Tokyo Dome, he will win the NEVER Openweight Championship. KENTA says that he also wants to announce, that he is officially a member of Chaos! Therefore, at Wrestle Kingdom he will be accompanied by recently departed from Bullet Club, Gedo and Jado! Gedo and Jado come out and shake KENTA’s hand, then Shibata comes out. Shibata stares down KENTA, then stomps his foot in the mat to make each man jump. KENTA responds getting in a bit closer but Shibata leaves the ring and heads to the back holding his title high. This match won’t be a competition or plain old match, it will be a Battle.
Wrestle Kingdom 14 is the first Wrestle Kingdom/January 4th Tokyo Dome Show to take place over two days. January 4th and January 5th will be the dates of Wrestle Kingdom and I’ve decided to put this on Night 1, the January 4th portion of the show. Here is the card for both nights:
Night 1:
Pre Show:
Roppongi 3K ( Sho and Yoh ) vs. Bullet Club ( El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori ), Suzuki-gun ( El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru ) and Shibata Raionzu ( Shota Umino and Yota Tsuji ) - Four-Way Tag Team Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Main Show:
Bullet Club ( Brody King and PCO ) vs. Guerrillas Of Destiny ( Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa ) - Tag Team Match for the IWGP Tag Team Championships
Místico, Carístico and Volador Jr. vs. Los Guerrero’s Lagunero ( Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Último Guerrero ) - Trios Match
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Robbie Eagles - Singles Match for RPW Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship
KENTA vs. Katsuyori Shibata - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship
Jay White vs. Chris Jericho - Special Singles Match
Sanada vs. Evil - Singles Match for the IWGP United States Championship
Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi - Singles Match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Night 2:
Pre Show:
Shingo Takagi wins last eliminating Bushi - New Japan Rumble
Main Show:
Lifeblood ( Mark Haskins, Juice Robinson and Tracy Williams ) ve. Suzuki-gun ( Lance Archer, Taichi and El Desperado ) vs. Chaos ( Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto and Mikey Nicholls ) - Three-Way Trios Match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
Jonathan Gresham vs. PJ Black - Singles Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Taiji Ishimori vs. Marty Scurll - Special Singles Match
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragón Lee - Singles Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Cobb vs. Flip Gordon - Singles Match for the ROH World Championship
Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi - No Disqualification Match
Will Ospeary vs. Kazuchika Okada - Singles Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
KENTA comes out accompanied by Gedo and Jado as he did in real life. His theme song Overture Blasts throughout the Tokyo Dome as he walks down. He does some practice punches as he walks down and hits a fake shot elbow strike to the camera. He’s wearing Black trunks and Black Arm Sleeves, each with a Blue Stripe going down it. KENTA receives a good pop from the crowd as he awaits Shibata.
Shibata walks down with a no nonsense look on his face. He ain’t fucking around here, he is going to destroy KENTA. Tomoyuki Oka and Hirai Kawato accompany him to the ring. He holds his NEVER Openweight Championship high above KENTA. Him and KENTA push their foreheads into each other staring one other down however the accompanying men pull them apart. Shibata passes his NEVER Openweight Championship over to the ref who holds the title high.
Both men start off with some grappling, KENTA using the old ways Kings Road. Early on Shibata hits a Go To Sleep but KENTA kicks out! KENTA uses the strategy of avoiding Shibata’s Finisher and picking away at his weak spots. KENTA strikes the head of Shibata with a stiff elbow shot followed by an Uppercut. KENTA gets some momentum from the crowd and chops Shibata ferociously. KENTA notices the weak spot of Shibata Being his head, so, he targets that. KENTA hits Elbow Strikes, Kicks and other various Strikes to the head to pick down on Shibata but Shibata manages tog etc some momentum for himself. Shibata uses the technique of trying to throw KENTA off his game with some fast and furious strikes.
KENTA has a Headlock in but Shibata gets out with an Elbow to the forehead. Shibata gets out and hits a series of Elbow Strikes. KENTA falls to his knees and Shibata hits huge Knee Strike to the gut! Shibata comes at KENTA with a round of Kicks to the chest, capped off with a Penalty Kick. KENTA counters a Discus Lariat by ducking the attack and coming with a Crossbody! KENTA locks in a Figure Four, trying to wear down the legs also as Shibata seems to use his kicks as premier offense. KENTA rolls the two outside KENTA and onto the apron. They both get to their feet and start to exchange elbow strikes. KENTA gets Shibata to fall into a Bending Postion, allowing KENTA to hit an Underhook DDT on the apron! KENTA rolls both men into the ring and further targets the head, hitting a Running Headkick! KENTA and Shibata both exchange rest holds for the next few minutes.
Shibata counters out of a headlock and hits a stiff knee to the back of the head. He locks in a Sleeper Hold but KENTA gets out and manages to get Shibata up on his shoulders. He hits a Ushi-goroshi, further targeting the head. Shibata starts to sell the head like he’s really being hurt so he fights fire with Fire, and plays KENTA’s game. Shibata spots the weak point of KENTA, his shouldeneck area. Shibata fights back with a Kick to the back of the The neck and locks in a Rings Of Saturn. KENTA fights out by kipping up an using Shibata’ hand to get him some leverage to hit a Frankensteiner! When KENTA he uses an amazing bit of Strength and hits a Deadlift German Suplex!
Both men exchange strikes to their targeted body parts. KENTA hits a Brainbuster while Shibata hits a Slingblade. Shibata goes to the outside and hits an Amazing Suplex Toss onto the Ring Apron! Shibata starts coming down with Elbow Strikes but KENTA counters! KENTA gets Shibata on his shoulders and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE RING APRON! KENTA rolls Shibata in, KENTA gets Shibata on his shoulders for a Go To Sleep, Shibata gets down! SHIBATA hits a Death Valley Driver! Shibata hits a Penalty Kick!!! Shibata gets KENTA up for a Go To Sleep! But Shibata falls down! Shibata falls off the shoulders of KENTA out of pure exhaustion! KENTA goes to the corner, SHINING WIZARD! 1....2.....3!!!!!!!!! KENTA HAS WON!
KENTA def. Katsuyori Shibata - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 18:33 )
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2019.07.24 20:17 UnicornDick31 Book The NJPW Return of Finn Balor

Prologue
It’s Summerslam, and Finn Balor is set to have a match before going on a break. He is competing against his toughest challenge yet as he faces Aleister Black 1 on 1. The Demon fights tooth and nail to defeat Black but is unsuccessful and goes down after a Black Mass. After the match Finn Balor leaves the arena looking down after his first loss under the guise of the Demon.

Finn Balor disappears and everyone in the WWE Universe is anticipating his return to Smackdown.

Wrestle Kingdom 14
During Night 1 of Wrestle Kingdom 14, Jay White is in a hard fought battle with Zack Sabre Jr. which he manages to win after a Blade Runner. As he celebrates his victory the lights dim and a familiar song starts to play….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYhUzl6Y-dk

Prince Devitt walks out onto the stage and the crowd explode with the biggest pop of the night.

Commentary: That’s Prince Devitt, what is he doing in the Tokyo Dome… isn’t he signed to WWE?

He walks down to the ring and steps between the ropes, he stands face to face with the man that now leads his group. He unzips his hoodie to reveal that he is wearing a Bullet Club T-Shirt. He then picks up Sabre and hits a 1916. He applauds White for his victory and leaves the ring, White just stands there confused.

New Year’s Dash
The Day after Wrestle Kingdom, Bullet Club all come out to the ring and they invite Devitt down to the ring. Devitt comes out and White explains that he may be the founder of Bullet Club, but they don’t need him. They have all decided that they don’t want or need him in Bullet Club and he should just go back to WWE, make his money and smile for the cameras. Because that’s all he’s good for anyways.

Devitt then looks to Fale and Tama Tonga, they are both avoiding eye contact with Balor and going along with what White says. Devitt nods his head as he realises what has happened here. He grabs a microphone and says to Jay White that he is a disgrace to professional wrestling, and more importantly, he is a disgrace to Bullet Club…. A disgrace to everything he created. But he’s forgetting one thing, that the man standing in front of him is not some smiling puppet. The man standing in the ring is Prince Devitt, “The Real Rock’N Rolla”.

Jay White then signals for Bullet Club to surround Devitt, everyone does so, Fale and Tonga hang back and consider what is happening before stepping in line. Then they launch an attack on Devitt. The group attack Devitt with Tonga and Fale trying to not do as much, but the attack ends with White hitting the Blade Runner. Before telling Hikuleo to lift Devitt up again, White then screams at Tonga and forces him to hit a Gun Stun on Devitt. Before making Tonga pick Devitt up yet again, and forcing Fale into hitting Devitt with the Bad Luck Fall. White then signals for Bullet Club to take their leave, he turns back to Devitt and crouches down beside him before lifting his head and screaming that “This is my Club now.”

A video is later posted from when Devitt walks backstage and is interviewed. He says that when Bullet Club was first started, we didn’t take in any Japanese talent, that was what we stood against. Now look, arguably the most talented member of Bullet Club is Taiji Ishimori, a Japanese wrestler. And now Jay White has come in here and thinks he can take over Bullet Club. He thinks that he is the best, he thinks that he makes Bullet Club the best it can be, but really, ever since Jay White took over leadership of Bullet Club, everything has been downhill. Their popularity has fallen, their prestige has fallen, and most importantly Bullet Club is no longer the hottest thing in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

During the interview, Robbie Eagles walks into frame and says that since Jay White has shown they don’t want him in Bullet Club. He’s sure Okada would be more than happy to bring him into CHAOS, despite their history. Devitt scoffs at the idea, he says that he simply doesn’t need a stable behind him to get the win, the only reason he showed any interest in Bullet Club is because that is his creation, and he came back and was going to Brin it back to it’s former glory. If they don’t want his help, so what, he doesn’t need them, and he doesn’t need anyone. Devitt then challenges Robbie Eagles to step in the ring with the Real Rock’N Rolla and see how he fairs.

Prince Devitt is set to have his return match with NJPW at the NJPW Anniversary show against Robbie Eagles after their interaction at New Years Dash.

On the following weeks Triple H has an interview where he reveals that Devitt did mention wanting to leave and they came to a mutual decision to release him from his contract in October of 2019. They kept it quiet as to not draw too much attention to another big loss

NJPW Anniversary Show - Friday March 6,2020
Robbie Eagles makes his entrance first, representing CHAOS. He comes out with confidence after building some momentum in the past few months in the Junior Heavyweight Division. Now he has the opportunity to beat one of the best Junior Heavyweights in NJPW history. Devitt’s music starts to play and he strolls out onto the stage to a massive pop. He strolls down to the ring with a slight air of cockiness, he enters the ring and strolls right past Eagles, bumping shoulders as he passes and then stands on the turnbuckle and poses to the crowd as the cheers rain down.

The bell rings and Devitt shows a lot of fire in this match, it almost feels like he’s in his element again. He has an exciting 15 minute encounter with Robbie Eagles where he proves that despite not being able to compete at this level in WWE, he still has the ability to be as good as he was during his last run with the company.

After the match, as Prince Devitt is celebrating, Robbie Eagles gets back to his feet and offers a handshake to Devitt. But after looking at Eagles for a moment, Devitt slaps his hand out the way before turning around. Eagles leaves anyway and Devitt takes a microphone. He says that he has come back to NJPW, and he hasn’t come back to fuck around and just sit in the back. He came back to win, he came back to continue his legacy and win championships. That is why, he announces his participation in this years New Japan Cup. He says that he will go on to win the New Japan Cup and then will face whoever the champion happens to be, and he will beat them too. He then says that he doesn’t care if Bullet Club want to try and stop him, or if his old nemesis Okada and his CHAOS stablemates challenge him, he will run through any and all of them.

New Japan Cup
Round 1
In the first round of the 32 man tournament, Devitt is set to take on one member of CHAOS who spoke out against Devitt’s words at the Anniversary Show. He will take on Mikey Nicholls in what should be a great match.

The two men put on a stellar 20 minute match with Devitt getting the win after a Bloody Sunday.

The rest of Round 1:
  1. Prince Devitt def. Mikey Nicholls
  2. Ryusuke Taguchi def. Toru Yano
  3. Zack Sabre Jr. def. EVIL
  4. Shingo Takagi def. Yuji Nagata
  5. Jon Moxley def. Satoshi Kojima
  6. Will Ospreay def. Chase Owens
  7. Bad Luck Fale def. Toa Henare
  8. Jay White def. Taichi
  9. Yoshi-Hashi def. Tomoaki Honma
  10. KENTA def. Colt Cabana
  11. Kota Ibushi def. Ren Narita
  12. Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Robbie Eagles
  13. SANADA def. Hirooki Goto
  14. Minoru Suzuki def. Shota Umino
  15. Kazuchika Okada def. Hikuleo
  16. Tomohiro Ishii def. Lance Archer

Round 2
After defeating Mikey Nicholls in Round 1, Prince Devitt is set to face his former Apollo 55 tag team partner, Ryusuke Taguchi. The two men have a fun match that goes back and forth, lasting about 13 minutes before Devitt hits a Reverse Bloody Sunday to put away Taguchi.

The rest of Round 2:
  1. Prince Devitt def. Ryusuke Taguchi
  2. Zack Sabre Jr. def. Shingo Takagi
  3. Jon Moxley def. Will Ospreay
  4. Jay White def. Bad Luck Fale
  5. KENTA def. Yoshi-Hashi
  6. Kota Ibushi def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  7. Minoru Suzuki def. SANADA
  8. Tomohiro Ishii def. Kazuchika Okada

During Bad Luck Fale vs Jay White, White seems to expect Fale to just lay down for him and hand him the victory. However Fale doesn’t go for it. And then they end up having a hard hitting war that lasts about 11 minutes before White does get the victory with the Blade Runner. After the match, Jay White looks down at Fale and then offers his hadn’t to help him up, when he gets Fale up he does the cut throat taunt and hits him with another Blade Runner. He calls the rest of Bullet Club down to the ring and grabs a mic. As the members of Bullet Club file out from backstage, Jay White says to Fale that this is what happens when you don’t listen in Bullet Club. Now he has to accept the consequences, at that moment Devitt’s music plays and he runs down to the ring, he slides in the ring and stands face to face with Guerrillas of Destiny, behind them is Jay White and Chase Owens, the rest of BC are outside the ring. Devitt looks down at Fale and checks on him, then looks back at Tama and Tanga, before looking past them at White.

Tama Tonga looks at Devitt, then Fale on the ground, he taps Tanga Loa on the shoulder and nods at him. G.o.D both turn around to face Jay White and Chase Owens, behind them now, Devitt is laughing mockingly at Jay White. G.o.D attack White and Owens before the rest of BC try to come to their aid, but Devitt, G.o.D and Fale have all made it out of the ring.
As they exit they are stopped for an interview, Tama Tonga explains that ever since Devitt left NJPW way back when. Bullet Club hasn’t felt the same, some could argue it got better from an entertainment standpoint, but from the standpoint of what Bullet Club stood for, it was never the same. AJ Styles was still a very good leader, Kenny Omega was still a great leader too…. And then came Jay White. Tama says that ever since they heard what Devitt had to say after the beatdown at New Years Dash, they got thinking, and he was right. So they contacted Devitt and put together this plan, a plan to bring back what Bullet Club is truly about, from day 1.

Devitt then says that unfortunately there is one man missing from the OG lineup of Bullet Club. But he’s found success in the WWE, so he’s doing well for himself. He then turns his attention to Tanga Loa, he says that he never formally met Tanga Loa, but he trusts Tama Tonga’s judgement and over the past couple weeks, he has proven to be a valuable member to Bullet Club. He ends the promo by saying that this is the Resurgence. And soon enough they will once again be the top stable in NJPW, and they will be a gaijin only stable, as it should be. (Resurgence would be the name of this faction.)

Round 3
During Round 3 of the New Japan Cup, Prince Devitt is set to compete against Zack Sabre Jr. and they end up having an absolutely fantastic match, much like they did in Progress Wrestling. This match would go about 23 minutes with Devitt scoring the victory after a Double Foot Stomp.

Rest of Round 3:
  1. Prince Devitt def. Zack Sabre Jr.
  2. Jon Moxley def. Jay White
  3. KENTA def. Kota Ibushi
  4. Tomohiro Ishii def. Minoru Suzuki

Semi Final
Prince Devitt has a hard hitting war against Jon Moxley, in a match where Moxley utilises a more brawling style that Devitt perhaps isn’t used to. However Devitt is able to come out with the victory yet again by hitting the Bloody Sunday.

After the match, Moxley is getting to his feet as Devitt grabs a microphone, he says that Moxley is one of the best performers in the world. The kind of performer that just gets it. He’s a great professional wrestler between the ropes, he’s also one of the best entertainers in the business. And most of all, he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks of him. He then invites Jon Moxley into Resurgence alongside him, G.o.D and Fale. He offers the Too Sweet and Moxley accepts the gesture, effectively joining Resurgence officially.

After the match when Jon Moxley is interviewed backstage, he is asked about his future with Resurgence and he simply says that he respects Devitt. He has been through a similar career path to himself, so he will have his back, however he is still his own man. Devitt walks through the curtain and into frame. He says to Moxley that he looks forward to their future in NJPW. Moxley nods at him and then leaves the frame.

Devitt cuts a promo talking about how he is happy to be back with his brothers and to have formed Resurgence. However, he isn’t satisfied as he wants Bullet Club back. Which shouldn’t be a problem, since Bullet Club is his creation, and Bullet Club is nothing without any of the original members.

Rest of Semi Finals:
  1. Prince Devitt def. Jon Moxley
  2. Tomohiro Ishii def. KENTA

New Japan Cup Finals
Prince Devitt makes his way out to the ring in the main event of the evening to compete in the Finals of the New Japan Cup. He has taken quite the journey through the tournament, first taking on Mikey Nicholls who wanted to defend the honour of CHAOS. He then went one on one with a former ally, a former friend, Ryusuke Taguchi. And then went up against Zack Sabre Jr., a memorable foe from his past. Finally taking on another former WWE Superstar Jon Moxley, who was recruited to Resurgence post-match. And he only has one last opponent to become No. 1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. And that person is…

Tomohiro Ishii, who make his way out next. Ishii also had a difficult journey to the Finals. First going through Lance Archer in Round 1 before being put to the ultimate tests by stepping in the ring against the Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada in Round 2. To everyone’s surprise, Okada didn’t move on in the tournament and was defeated by Ishii. Before going up against Minoru Suzuki in Round 3 in a incredibly hard hitting encounter. And finally, in the Semi Final, he had the task of going one on one with KENTA. And in a close battle he managed to pull out the victory and claim his spot in the Finals.

The match begins and Ishii has the clear power advantage, however after about 5 minutes of being unsuccessful in getting the advantage, Devitt takes out the knee of Ishii. He targets the leg throughout the match and keeps Ishii grounded. He eventually goes to targeting Ishii’s arm to set up the Devitt’s End (High-Angle Fujiwara Armbar). After about 7 minutes of Devitt targeting Ishii from the ground, Ishii manages to get Devitt off him and start to mount a comeback. He takes Devitt out with a brutal Lariat, before lifting him up for a Saito Suplex. He covers Devitt for a 2 count. Devitt rolls to the outside of the ring and Ishii follows, Devitt hits an Enziguiri to send Ishii stumbling backwards, and Devitt slides in the ring, sprints to the opposite side and rebounds off the ropes. He flies over the top rope and hits Ishii with a Tope Con Hilo. Devitt rolls Ishii back into the ring and hits a Double Foot Stomp, only for Ishii to get the shoulder up when Devitt went for the cover. As Ishii gets to one knee, Devitt goes for Dreamcast (Jumping corkscrew roundhouse kick) only for Ishii to duck the kick and hit Devitt with a brutal German Suplex. He crawls to the corner and Ishii traps him in the corner and hits him with a Chop, then a forearm. He does the same combination about 5 times before stepping out the way and Devitt just collapses to the ground.

Ishii lifts Devitt up and goes for the Brainbuster, as he lifts Devitt into the air he hits Ishii with the knee. Devitt then grabs Ishii and looks to hit the Bloody Sunday, however Ishii once again reverses it and hits an Enziguri which puts Devitt in a daze, and Ishii once again gets Devitt up into the air, and drops him down on his head with the Brainbuster, he rolls into the cover and pins Devitt, 1…2…3. Tomohiro Ishii is going to the G1 Supercard to face current IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito.

After the match, Devitt looks lost, he doesn’t know what to do after his first loss since returning to NJPW, he walks to the back with a look of pure disappointment on his face.

A few hours later, a video is posted to Devitt’s Twitter page, he is recording with his phone. He says that ever since coming back, he has won, until the finals of the New Japan Cup. And now, now he doesn’t know where he should go next, but he knows that there is one man who he needs to beat now that he is back. A man he never beat before, but he knows he can. He then proposes a challenge to Kazuchika Okada for a match at G1 Supercard. Which Okada ends up accepting and the match is set.

G1 Supercard
A promo package plays of Prince Devitt targeting Okada way back during his last run in NJPW. then showing the matches they’ve had in the past. Leaving them with a 2-1 history in Okada’s favour. The package ends with Devitt turning down the offer to join CHAOS, before then challenging Okada to a match tonight.

Kazuchika Okada makes his way out to the ring with the crowd firmly behind him. He makes his grand entrance and stands in the ring as he awaits Devitt. The lights go down, Devitt’s music begins to play and Devitt walks out with full body paint, looking like Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy. He walks down to the ring with confidence that he will defeat Okada here tonight.

The referee rings the bell and Okada and Devitt go at it right out the gate. They trade strikes and the match quickly goes to the outside, Devitt clotheslines Okada over the top rope and then hits a Tope Con Hilo. He drags Okada up to his feet and goes to throw him into the guardrail. Okada stops that and ends up lifting Devitt up and dropping him back first onto the guard rail. Devitt falls to the ground clutching his back. Okada walks around the side of the ring to play up to the crowd, meaning while Devitt has gotten back to his feet against the guard-rail and grabs a chair. He throws it into Okada’s shoulder as he walks back over to Devitt. He grabs Okada by the neck and throws him face first into the ring post. The referees count is up to 13 at this point when Devitt walks across the ring and gets a run up full steam ahead before hitting Okada with a Shotgun Dropkick sending him back first into the guard rail. Devitt then rolls back in the ring and waits for the count. Okada manages to roll back in the ring at 18. The two men battle back and forth for a good 10 more minutes, and then Okada goes for the Rainmaker, Devitt ducks and hits a Pele Kick. He grabs Okada for the Bloody Sunday, but when he lifts him up Okada kicks his legs and escapes. He then goes for the Tombstone only for Devitt to slip over his shoulder and in the process get Okada in position for the Reverse Bloody Sunday to get the victory. After a 16 minute affair, Devitt has tied the smudge on his career and now leaves the Okada vs Devitt feud at 2-2.

Best of the Super Juniors
Prince Devitt cuts a promo saying he started his career as a Junior. And he has won the Best of the Super Juniors in the past. And now he wants to do it again.

BOSJ Participants
  1. Prince Devitt
  2. SHO
  3. YOH
  4. Bandido
  5. Jonathan Gresham
  6. Marty Scurll
  7. Dragon Lee
  8. Taiji Ishimori
  9. Robbie Eagles
  10. Rocky Romero
  11. Bushi
  12. El Phantasmo
  13. Ryusuke Taguchi
  14. Flip Gordon
  15. Chris Sabin
  16. El Desperado
  17. Shota Umino
  18. Volador Jr.
  19. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  20. Hiromu Takahashi

Night 1
Prince Devitt faces YOH in his first match in the BOSJ, he has a good match with YOH that lasts about 10 minutes but then pretty decisively picks up the win by making YOH tap out to the Devitt’s End.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (2) def. YOH (0)
Shota Umino (2) def. Marty Scurll (0)
Bandido (2) def. Chris Sabin (0)
Hiromu Takahashi (2) def. Volador Jr. (0)
BUSHI (2) def. Jonathan Gresham (0)

Night 2
Prince Devitt has a tag match teaming with Marty Scurll where they take on the team of Bandido and Shots Umino. Devitt will meet Umino on Night 3, and Marty Scurll will meet Bandido on that night too. The match is enjoyable and works as a good warm up for the crowd, with Scurll submitting Umino in the ring after the surprise roll up on Night 1.

Block B:
El Phantasmo (2) def. Rocky Romero (0)
SHO (2) def. El Desperado (0)
Taiji Ishimori (2) def. Flip Gordon (0)
Robbie Eagles (2) def. Ryusuke Taguchi (0)
Dragon Lee (2) def. Toshinobu Kanemaru (0)

Night 3
Prince Devitt faces the Young Lion, Shota Umino. They have a fun little match which gives Umino a nice opportunity to show what he can do against a top tier talent. However Devitt does come out of the match victorious after a Bloody Sunday, which is now being recognised as a destructive move that people can’t kick out of.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (4) def. Shota Umino (2)
BUSHI (4) def. Volador Jr. (0)
Hiromu Takahashi (4) def. Chris Sabin (0)
Bandido (4) def. Marty Scurll (0)
Jonathan Gresham (2) def. YOH (0)

Night 4
Block B:
Dragon Lee (4) def. SHO (2)
Rocky Romero (2) def. Ryusuke Taguchi (0)
Flip Gordon (2) def. Robbie Eagles (2)
Taiji Ishimori (4) def. El Desperado (0)
El Phantasmo (4) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (0)

Night 5
Prince Devitt has an extremely high paced match against Bandido who almost beats him, however Devitt once again utilises the Bloody Sunday to get the win.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (6) def. Bandido (4)
BUSHI (6) def. Chris Sabin (0)
Marty Scurll (2) def. Hiromu Takahashi (4)
YOH (2) def. Shota Umino (2)
Jonathan Gresham (4) def. Volador Jr. (0)

Night 6
Block B:
Flip Gordon (4) def. Rocky Romero (2)
Taiji Ishimori (6) def. Dragon Lee (4)
El Desperado (2) def. Robbie Eagles (2)
SHO (4) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (0)
El Phantasmo (6) def. Ryusuke Taguchi (0)

Night 7
Prince Devitt is up against one of the best Junior Heavyweights around. And he puts up an extremely valiant fight, however just comes up short when Hiromu Takahashi hits him with the Time Bomb.

Block A:
Hiromu Takahashi (6) def. Prince Devitt (6)
BUSHI (8) def. Marty Scurll (2)
Chris Sabin (2) def. Jonathan Gresham (4)
YOH (4) def. Volador Jr. (0)
Bandido (6) def. Shota Umino (2)

Night 8
Block B:
El Desperado (4) def. Rocky Romero (2)
Flip Gordon (6) def. El Phantasmo (6)
Ryusuke Taguchi (2) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (0)
Dragon Lee (6) def. Robbie Eagles (2)
SHO (6) def. Taiji Ishimori (6)

Night 9
Prince Devitt is up against the current leader of the ranks in Block A. They have a great match that lasts about 17 minutes before Devitt hits a Bloody Sunday and BUSHI isn’t able to get his shoulder up.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (8) def. BUSHI (8)
Hiromu Takahashi (8) def. Shota Umino (2)
YOH (6) def. Bandido (6)
Marty Scurll (4) def. Jonathan Gresham (4)
Chris Sabin (4) def. Volador Jr. (0)

Night 10
Block B:
Robbie Eagles (4) def. SHO (6)
Taiji Ishimori (8) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (0)
Dragon Lee (8) def. Rocky Romero (2)
El Phantasmo (8) def. El Desperado (4)
Flip Gordon (8) def. Ryusuke Taguchi (2)

Night 11
Prince Devitt gets another victory on his way through the BOSJ, this time against Jonathan Gresham. They have an exciting match as these two are both fantastic competitors.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (10) def. Jonathan Gresham (4)
YOH (8) def. Chris Sabin (4)
Volador Jr. (2) def. Marty Scurll (4)
BUSHI (10) def. Shota Umino (2)
Bandido (8) def. Hiromu Takahashi (8)

Night 12
Block B:
Flip Gordon (10) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (0)
El Desperado (6) def. Ryuskue Taguchi (2)
Dragon Lee (10) def. El Phantasmo (8)
SHO (8) def. Rocky Romero (2)
Robbie Eagles (6) def. Taiji Ishimori (8)

Night 13
Prince Devitt has a quick but still exciting match against Volador Jr. but after a Double Foot Stomp Devitt manages to score the victory once again.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (12) def. Volador Jr. (2)
Hiromu Takahashi (10) def. YOH (8)
BUSHI (12) def. Bandido (8)
Jonathan Gresham (6) def. Shota Umino (2)
Marty Scurll (6) def. Chris Sabin (4)

Night 14
Block B:
Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2) def. Robbie Eagles (6)
Taiji Ishimori (10) def. Rocky Romero (2)
SHO (10) def. El Phantasmo (8)
Dragon Lee (12) def. Ryusuke Taguchi (2)
Flip Gordon (12) def. El Desperado (8)

Night 15
With only 2 matches left in the block, tensions are getting high as Devitt is tied with BUSHI. And his opponent tonight is Sabin, who hasn’t had the best of luck in this years tournament but still takes Devitt to the limit. However, Devitt is able to once again hits the Bloody Sunday, and that was all she wrote. Devitt score the pinfall and scores another 2 points.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (14) def. Chris Sabin (4)
Marty Scurll (8) def. YOH (8)
Volador Jr. (4) def. Shota Umino (2)
Bandido (10) def. Jonathan Gresham (6)
BUSHI (14) def. Hiromu Takahashi (10)

Night 16
Block B:
Dragon Lee (14) def. Flip Gordon (12)
El Desperado (10) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2)
SHO (12) def. Ryusuke Taguchi (2)
Taiji Ishimori (12) def. El Phantasmo (8)
Robbie Eagles (8) def. Rocky Romero (2)

Night 17
In the final night of Block A, Prince Devitt and BUSHI are both on 14 points, if Devitt doesn’t lose to night he is guaranteed to win the block after a win over BUSHI previously in the tournament. Devitt is up against Marty Scurll, and after a back and forth affair, Devitt makes Scurll tap out to Devitt’s End, solidifying his spot in the Finals.

Block A:
Prince Devitt (16) def. Marty Scurll (8)
Bandido (12) def. Volador Jr. (4)
Hiromu Takahashi (12) def. Jonathan Gresham (6)
BUSHI (16) def. YOH (8)
Chris Sabin (6) def. Shota Umino (2)

Night 18
Block B:
Taiji Ishimori (14) def. Ryusuke Taguchi (2)
El Phantasmo (10) def. Robbie Eagles (8)
Rocky Romero (4) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2)
SHO (14) def. Flip Gordon (12)
Dragon Lee (16) def. El Desperado (10)

Block A Block B
Prince Devitt - 16 points Dragon Lee - 16 points
BUSHI - 16 points SHO - 14 points
Bandido - 12 points Taiji Ishimori - 14 points
Hiromu Takahashi - 12 points Flip Gordon - 12 points
Marty Scurll - 8 points El Phantasmo - 10 points
YOH - 8 points El Desperado - 10 points
Chris Sabin - 6 points Robbie Eagles - 8 points
Jonathan Gresham - 6 points Rocky Romero - 4 points
Volador Jr. - 4 points Ryusuke Taguchi - 2 points
Shota Umino - 2 points Yoshinobu Kanemaru - 2 points

BOSJ Finals
Prince Devitt is set for a match against Dragon Lee as the two winners of their respective Blocks. Lee puts up a valiant effort and almost knocks off Devitt on multiple occasions, but eventually after a Bloody Sunday, Devitt gets the victory once again and earns a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Next up, Prince Devitt gets his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match as we head to Dominion.
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2019.04.23 00:46 fuckboyandlavagirl Final Mock Draft: All 8 Rounds

Round 1

Toronto
DL Mathieu Betts
Toronto struggled with getting pressure on opposing QB’s last year and if you’ve watched Betts play you’ll know he excels in that department. He’s probably the most talented player in this year’s draft and has most likely gotten the attention of a few NFL teams. I think he’s an NFL talent without the NFL body which could result in him being in Toronto for the start of the year. You always want a guy who can produce for you with a first round selection but I think Toronto is in a good spot to get a guy like that at the start of the 2nd round even if Betts does find his way onto a NFL roster.

Hamilton
WR Kurleigh Gittens Jr.
Hamilton sold out last year for Mark Chapman and never saw a minute of him. When I watched Gittens at the combine this year he felt a lot like Mark Chapman. He ran the smoothest routes, ran a good 40, shuttle, and 3-cone drill, and by all accounts interviewed really well. Hamilton probably has the best Canadian depth in the league but they lack a bit of talent at receiver. I think Gittens can produce right away in both the offence and on special teams because he is so dynamic and fits perfectly into June Jones’ offence.

Edmonton
WR Kaion Julien-Grant
I think Hamilton and Edmonton have pretty similar reasons for going receiver in the first round. The Eskimos just lost Nate Behar to Ottawa and I think that Julien-Grant is a better version of Behar. Julien-Grant is bigger, faster, more dynamic, and plays with the mentality that he’s going to be the one coming away with the ball every time. I think, similar to Gittens, that this guy can contribute both in the offence and on special teams straight away.

Winnipeg
OL Zach Wilkinson
The Bombers lost two starting Canadians on their offensive line this offseason. They did get Geoff Grey back from the NFL but this team will be looking to restock their national talent. Wilkinson showed out at the combine this year, he shut guys down and drove them into the dirt. His NCAA pedigree is a pretty attractive feature as well and I think this guy could sneak his way onto the starting lineup if he has a nice training camp.

Winnipeg
DL Vincent Desjardins
A scout at the national combine told Marshall Ferguson that they thought Desjardins was a better prospect than Betts. I thought it was a bit crazy at first but once you watch him play it’s easy to see that this guy is for real. He’s got a nice series of pass rush moves and stands in strong on the run game. This is a guy that knows his role and eats up blocks at the right time so guys like Betts can have 1 on 1 matchups. He’s a guy that will turn into a really nice starter in a few years and will likely get a few reps in his rookie season.

Saskatchewan
WR Hergy Mayala
Mayala(5) is the second highest ranked WR in this year’s draft just behind Justin McInnis(3). He’s played for the UConn Huskies for the past few years and been one of their better receivers. There are two reasons I have Saskatchewan taking Mayla over McInnis at this spot. The first is that Mayala has been dubbed as the most pro-ready receiver in the draft and after losing Josh Stanford last year Saskatchewan needs a Canadian that they can plug in at receiver so it makes sense to get the guy who is most ready for the job. The second is that I think he fits the system better. Mayala seems very similar to Naaman Roosevelt and I think he could learn a lot and slot into the system pretty easily if they need him to step up.

Ottawa
OL Drew Desjarlais
Ottawa loves to go OL with their first pick and I don’t think that changes here. Desjarlais flew up draft boards after his combine performance. He’s athletic, has nice feet, and plays with great mentality. The problem I have is that he came out of Windsor, it’s easy to look at Samuel Thomassin out of Laval and know what I’m getting but I don’t know the kind of player Windsor produces. Don’t let that detract from all the good things everyone is saying about him though, it’s a small worry and he’s still the second OL taken off the board. I still think this guy is a bit raw but give him a couple years and he’ll be the heart and soul of the REDBLACKS line for the next decade.

Calgary
OL Alex Fontana
I don’t know a lot about Fontana and I didn’t find a lot of game film, he did, however, have a nice pro day and has that NCAA pedigree. I think Fontana will be a guy who competes for a starting job straight away. He might not get it but that’s likely because Dave Dickenson and his crew have created another all-star o-line. He seems to me like the kind of guy who goes into the Stamps system, we don’t hear much about him for a year or two, and then all of a sudden he’s starting at left guard and shutting everyone down.

Round 2

Toronto
WR Justin McInnis
I feel really comfortable making this pick here now that Toronto has the safety net of the territorial pick at the end of the second round and I can use it on OL. Toronto needs OL prospects but really needs help at receiver. McInnis is the highest ranked receiver in the draft and for good reason, he’s big, strong, and fast. I think learning from guys like SJ Green and Derrell Walker is perfect for McInnis, both of them offer something a bit different that he can implement into his game because of his natural size and athleticism.

Hamilton
DL Connor Griffiths
Griffiths is exactly what you want out of a Canadian DL prospect. He’s big, strong, stops runs, and gets after QB’s. With big Ted getting older and Evan Gill being made of paper mache, Hamilton will be looking to add some interior depth alongside Justin Turner. Griffiths is a solid pick here and should be around the league for a while.

Hamilton
OL Jesse Gibbon
The Hamilton native comes home. Gibbon impressed me at the combine this year, he’s not an athletic monster like Desjarlais or an aggressive mauler like Jonathan Harke, he’s his own brand of OL. He’s calm, cool, and absolutely stout. The guy just stands in there and does his job, and he does it really well. Expect this guy to make the roster out of training camp.

Edmonton
DL Robbie Smith
I said in my draft primer that I didn’t think that Robbie smith was as good of a prospect as others thought. I think mid-2nd round is a good spot for this Goldenhawk to go and it’s even better that he goes to Edmonton to play with his former teammate Kwaku Boateng. Smith was the best tester at this year’s combine and I think the potential of his athleticism is fun to think about. Jason Maas will love that DE is a spot he knows he can rotate Canadians through and the Boateng-Smith duo will be fun to watch over the next few years.

Montreal
WR Chris Osei-Kusi
Probably the most raw receiver prospect in the draft this year Osei-Kusi is also the guy with the highest ceiling. This guy absolutely demolished the combine this year, he ran a 4.47 40 while also banging out 19 reps on the bench. Montreal is in some dire need of some excitement and life so why not take the guy who has the most potential to provide that.

Winnipeg
WR Brayden Lenius-Dickey
He’s probably the most intriguing receiver in this year’s draft. He tall and he’s fast, a great combo but the question is whether you ask him to slim down and play wide-out or turn him into an h-back. I think Winnipeg would love it if he shed a few pounds, got a bit quicker, and dominated DB’s in the redzone.

Saskatchewan
DL Jonathan Kongbo
The Riders just lost and athletic pass rusher to free agency so why not grab a Canadian one in the draft? Kongbo suffered a season ending injury last season and is finishing up his recovery, there’s also rumours that he could be a late round pick in the NFL draft. There are a lot of question marks around him regarding his health and availability but he could be a big time difference maker for Saskatchewan.

Montreal
OL Samuel Thomassin
I don’t think Montreal will wait until their territorial pick to lock up the Quebec native. Thomassin is a product of Laval and if you know anything about Laval OL you’ll know that this guy will be around the league for a while. Thomassin looked like the most pro ready OL at the combine this year, he had great poise, nice hands, and quick feet. A nice hometown addition.

Calgary
LB Fraser Sopik
This could very well be another Alex Singleton situation. Calgary and selecting LB’s have a pretty good track record and I don’t think they’re missing on this pick. Sopik is a bit of a tweener defender and doesn’t have the body type for most traditional LB spots. I don’t have any doubts about this Calgary coaching staff turning him into a superstar though.

Toronto (Territorial)
OL Eric Starczala
Starczala didn’t blow anyone away at the combine but he held his ground and put up a nice performance. I think the Argos will be happy that they get a free OL that could end up being a starter on their front 5.

Montreal (Territorial)
WR Alex Savard
The Ying to Osei-Kusi’s Yang. If Chris Osei-Kusi is exciting and dynamic then Savard is reliable and consistent. He’s got a typical NFL tight-end body but I think the Als would love to have him on the roster. I imagine him and Osei-Kusi like Sinopoli and Ellingson in Ottawa. You go to one when you need the big play and the other when you need a first down.

Round 3

Toronto
OL Shane Richards
Richards fell down boards across the country when he refused to participate in this year’s combine. Although he apparently interviewed really well it’s hard for scouts to really judge the big OL’s willingness to compete. I think this could be a big steal for the Argos, he’s ranked second on the scouting bureaus top 20 this year and getting him in the third round could be a nice get.

Montreal
OL Kyle Saxelid
Saxelid is a bit of a sleeper in this draft with everyone talking about Desjarlais, Richards, and Wilkinson, but the NCAA product is a guy that can compete for a starting job straight away. I think if Montreal plays their cards right this year could be a great building block for their future and it all starts with the big boys up front

Hamilton
RB Jamel Lyles
I know there are a few highly regarded NCAA running backs in this year’s draft but to me Lyles is the best fit for the system. Coming up through USports Lyles learned to do it all, and he does it all well. The Bisons’ offence leaned on him to run, catch, and pass protect the past few seasons and he did them all really well. His route running ability will fit in nicely with what June Jones will ask of him.

Toronto
DB Malcolm Lee
Lee balled out all year and came to play at this year’s national combine. He definitely showed scouts he’s able to cover man-to-man really well. Lee is considered the best DB prospect in the draft and after losing Matt Black this year the Argos would love a young stud. The issue with him though is that he’s a very natural corner and most teams will want him to play safety. It’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts or if Toronto will be happy starting him at corner.

Hamilton
DL Sheridan Lawley
Lawley partnered up with Griffiths to terrorize interior OL’s this year at UBC, so let’s get the boys back together. Hamilton is pretty deep at OL right now and I think they’d like to improve their DL depth so going there with 2 of the best in the first 3 rounds seems like a good idea.

Winnipeg
RB Brady Oliviera
The Winnipeg native comes home. Kyle Walters loves to recruit home town running backs and Oliviera is definitely a talented one. The NCAA product will have a fun time developing underneath hometown hero Andrew Harris and could be the next great one for the Bombers

BC
OL Maurice Bibaku-Simba
BC finally gets their first pick in the third round and they go with the big question mark that is Bibaku-Simba. This guy was very highly thought of before going into the combine but he did not participate. So similar to Richards his stock fell, then scouts started to question his ability when going against some of the weaker RSEQ teams. It’s easy to criticize guys we don’t see much of but there is definitely something in this guy that scouts saw before the combine process. It’s a bit of a risk but your first pick coming at 26 I think it’s best to take a shot on a guy who could potentially be a starter.

Ottawa
WR Malik Richards
Ottawa had to wait a while to make their second pick but they got one of my favourite receivers in this year’s draft. Similar to Julien-Grant he was on a run first team but still managed to put up some really nice receiving numbers. He also took a few handoffs and sweeps so look for him to have few roles in the offence and on special teams.

Calgary
DB Stavros Katsantonis
The Stamps have had a bit of trouble at the safety spot the past few years. They probably hoped Tunde Adeleke would be the answer but he went out east to Hamilton this offseason. Katsantonis is my favourite defensive prospect in this year’s draft and I truly believe he will be an all-star in this league. The Stamps will love how he plays fast, hard, and smart.

Round 4

Toronto
DL Nate Anderson
Anderson is a Toronto native and a product of the NCAA. He has a nice set of pass rush moves and could be a good addition alongside Mathieu Betts. My issue with him is his attitude. At the national combine Anderson got beat a few times and every time he took off his helmet and sulked at the back of the queue. He’s still young and has time to mature but it could hold him back in the first few years of his career

Montreal
RB Maleek Irons
I think running back is a spot Montreal would like to beef up with Canadian content. They have Ryder Stone back there right now but Irons’ NCAA experience and athletic ability could lead to him being a legitimate starter in this league.

Calgary
DL Michael Sinelli
Sinelli surprised everyone at the national combine this year. He wasn’t someone I was looking at before the one-on-one drills but he made me pay attention by balling out. I think this underdog on the defensive line is another nice grab for the Stamps who are sure to let him play when he’s ready.

Edmonton
OL Vincent Roy
Roy was similar to Starczala in my assessment. He didn’t blow anybody away but he didn’t give anyone a reason to believe he won’t be on the starting roster in a few years’ time. Roy will be a nice developmental piece who can try to compete for a spot in training camp.

BC
OL Jonathan Harke
Ed Hervey loves hardnosed Canadians in the trenches. Harke had the best bench number at the combine this year and really impressed me at the combine. He’s undersized but makes up for it in his ferocity, he’ll be the guy snapping the ball to Mike Reilly in a few years.

Winnipeg
OL Zach Williams
Another hometown pick for Kyle Walters. Williams works hard and plays harder, he’ll be the first guy in and the last guy out. This is a pick you make because you know he’s going to do everything he can to make that starting lineup.

Saskatchewan
OL Jaylan Guthrie
He’s a bit of a mystery but I think the Riders will like this guy and try to bring him along slowly. They’ve got a really solid core right now and have just brought in last year’s first round pick Dakota Shepley so I don’t think they’re in a rush to develop OL right now.

Ottawa
WR Shai Ross
The REDBLACKS just lost their most dynamic receiver so why not take the guy who balled out in his testing. Ross is similar to Osei-Kusi where his athletic ability is outstanding but I think he’s still a bit raw. Ottawa may try him in the return game but he might not see much offensive action for a while.

Calgary
OL Colin Jerome
A physical undersized guy similar to Harke, I think Jerome is a nice fit for the Calgary O-line. He’s probably another developmental guy but his physical mentality is something Dave Dickenson will love to get into the lineup.

Round 5

Toronto
WR Colton Hunchak
Hunchak got overshadowed at this year’s combine by the big dogs but is still a really nice pickup in the 5th round. He’s a good athlete and played his ball at York so he won’t have to go too far to suit up for his new pro team.

Montreal
DB Jaime Harry
Harry’s film is great, he flies around the field and makes plays. His combine appearance though left me a bit disappointed. I thought he was the best DB prospect in the draft but once he couldn’t get the bar off his chest his stock fell. I still think he’s a good player and Montreal now has a Canadian back in at safety that he can develop behind.

Edmonton
WR Hunter Karl
Karl went through the combine process similar to Hunchak. He just wasn’t noticed because of the top guys balling out. Karl will be Edmonton’s go-to guy for the next decade. He’s quick, runs nice routes, and really dependable. This is an absolute steal this low.

Edmonton
LB Gabriel Polan
Polan got pushed aside a bit in favour of his teammate Fraser Sopik but don’t let his lack of media exposure fool you. Polan is a physical backer who makes plays all over the field. I think he’ll slot in nicely behind Adam Konar.

BC
DL Thomas Grant
Back to the trenches for Ed Hervey. Grant was one of the best players in the AUS the past few years. He’s got good size and strength which is exactly what BC is looking for.

Winnipeg
DB Hakeem Johnson
The Bombers lost Taylor Loffler to Montreal this offseason so they’ll be looking to find some depth at safety. Johnson didn’t blow me away but I think he’ll be a guy who can contribute for a long time.

Saskatchewan
WR Nicola Kalinic
The Riders are looking to fill the h-back spot and Kalinic showed at the combine that he was built just for that. This guy really impressed me and just did everything he could at the combine. This is a real nice pick here.

Ottawa
DB Matthew Boateng
Boateng is fast and covers well, or so I’m told. I didn’t get to see him at the national combine or really see him on film since he got limited playing time for Fresno State. He’s a natural corner because of him speed and with his NCAA pedigree teams might opt to play him there but a backup to Antoine Pruneau is a good idea.

Calgary
DL Lukas Redguard
I’m pairing Redguard up with his teammate Michael Sinelli. Redguard had really nice combine numbers posting 26 reps on the bench with a sub 5 second 40 time. He also would have had the 3rd highest broad jump at the national combine. He’s strong and explosive and I think Calgary will like taking him here.

Round 6

Toronto
LB Ben Von Muehldorfer
One of the best LB’s in a draft that’s weak in them I think Toronto will be happy to get him here. Von Muehldorfer is a good all-around LB with nice lateral speed. He’ll most likely be a special teamer his whole career but that’s what you’re looking for in the later rounds.

Montreal
DL Clement Lebreux
Lebreux popped off on the bench at the Eastern Regional combine with 33 reps. The strong Quebec native has the chance to secure the interior of the Als line for the next few years.

BC
DL Tariq Lachance
Lachance showed off his versatility at the national combine but didn’t really excel at anything. BC would love this guy to rotate on the line and up to LB since Herdman will more than likely be starting this year.

Edmonton
OL Tanner Secord
Secord locked it down for the Huskies this year at right tackle. I really like this guy and I think he could be a good rotational guy in a few years.

BC
WR Kalem Beaver
Beaver is a speedster. Shaq Johnson is a speedster. You see where I’m going with this. Beaver is a real good pick this late, I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes sooner but BC would be a nice spot for him.

Winnipeg
QB Michael O’Connor
I think if anyone is truly going to give a Canadian QB a chance it’s going to be Kyle Walters and Mike O’Shea. O’Connor has all the tools to succeed and a few years developing behind one of the better field generals in the league is a nice fit.

Saskatchewan
DB Jake Dearborn
I like Dearborn in Saskatchewan. He’s a small town boy and I think Riderville is a good place for him to make a home and take some time to develop behind Mike Edem. He’s got a lot of athletic ability but he choked in the one-on-ones and just looked lost out there so I think he’s got a long way to go before he cracks the roster.

Ottawa
LB Jacob Janke
Janke is young and raw but plays really physically and with a great mentality. Having both Pruneau and Janke coming down hill to lay guys out would be a fun defense to watch.

Calgary
WR Phil Iloki
Calgary has a few real good Canadian receivers. Iloki fits the mold that the Stamps have gone for in the past few years and with time to develop he could turn into a nice piece for them down the line.

Round 7

Toronto
DB Shamar Busby
I think Toronto would like a bit of depth at the DB spot. Busby covered really nice at the national combine this year but is a bit undersized. He’s very quick but it’ll be interesting to see if he gets developed at safety or SAM.

Montreal
LB Gordon Whyte
Whyte is a pure run-stopping linebacker. If you watch St. FX play he’s the guy making the tackle on almost every play. I think sitting behind a guy like Henoc Muamba can really elevate his game and help him develop some more pass rush and coverage skills.

Hamilton
DB Nick Statz
The Tiger-Cats are committed to playing a Canadian at SAM. After adding Tunde Adeleke and developing Jackson Bennet at the spot I think they want to reserve it for nationals. Statz is one of the best SAM linebackers in this draft and in USports, it’ll be a nice depth piece and maybe a special teams one as well.

Edmonton
DB Kerfalla Exume
The Eskimos are looking for depth at safety. With last year’s pick Jordan Beaulieu primed to take the starting spot Exume could have a good shot at playing backup. He had a nice showing at the national combine and I like him a lot on tape.

BC
LB Damian Halstead
With Jordan Herdman looking to take on a starting role this year the Lions would love some national depth. I think that Halstead is one of the best all-around LB’s in this draft and could start right away on special teams.

Winnipeg
LB Ben Whiting
Whiting is the kind of LB Mike O’Shea will love, he gets after it every play. Whiting is a guy with great pursuit and I think he could end up being a real good backup and special teamer for the Bombers for a long time.

Toronto
WR Jesse Walker
Similar to his Bisons teammate Shai Ross, Walker is incredibly athletic. He’s even more raw that Ross though but with a good veteran core Walker could be a nice development piece.

Ottawa
DL Charles Nwoye
Nwoye is a raw talent. He’s real athletic but a developmental guy for sure. Ottawa is in the midst of a mini rebuild so it makes sense they go for long term here.

Calgary
QB Chris Merchant
I really like Merchant, everyone talks about O’Connor but Merchant is the more typical CFL QB with a ton of mobility. He reminds me a lot of former Stampeder Andrew Buckley.

Round 8

Hamilton
DL Evan Machibroda
Machibroda won’t be in Tigertown for another year as he heads back to Saskatchewan to finish his engineering degree. I really like him on the DL but the Ti-Cats could look to flip him to the offensive side because of his quick feet.

Montreal
DL Brad Lyons
Lyons has a motor, the kind that makes life difficult for OL. I think he’s pretty similar to Gabe Knapton and would find a nice home in Montreal.

Hamilton
LB Cole Benkic
The Ti-Cats are looking for a bit of depth after losing Terrell Davis this offseason. They picked up Luke Korol but I think Benkic is a sleeper at LB and could win a roster spot out of camp.

Edmonton
RB Ben Kopczynski
Calvin McCarty 2.0 is a perfect pick for Edmonton in the 8th round. I love how versatile and athletic this guy is. He reminds me of both McCarty and Nikita Whitlock.

BC
WR Dylan Schrot
Schrot had an outstanding year for the Bisons and capped it with a nice combine performance. He reminds me of Rob Bagg and could be a guy that fits BC’s system well.

Winnipeg
DB Lautaro Frecha
Frecha is a deadly sleeper in this draft. Winnipeg could have found a nice diamond in the rough with this guy to take over for Taylor Loffler.

Saskatchewan
WR Ryan Scheinbien
Scheinbien has been one of my favourite players in the Canada West the past few years. He’s one of those guys that just has a knack for being in the right place in crucial moments. A lot of clutch first downs and touchdowns. Saskatchewan needs that outlet guy and Scheinbien could be a really good one.

Ottawa
OL Reid McMorris
Ottawa finishes the way they started, with OL. McMorris got a bit overshadowed by teammate Zach Williams this year but make no mistake, this guy can ball out.

Calgary
OL Drew Seldon
Coming out of Acadia it’s hard to get noticed but Seldon makes you take notice. Calgary will have a fun time developing this guy into a good rotational player.
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2019.01.28 20:56 venkys-out Fitba Roundup: SPFL Gameweek 22/23

Great to be back!
The top flight of Scottish Football is back after an agonising winter break that saw the frequenters of ScottishFootball lose their collective minds. The apocalypse is defined by the Oxford dictionary’s Google search preview as “an event involving destruction or da”, the latter of which proving to be the case as the sub was taken over by the likes of yer da on the commentary, yer da’s decor, and the inaugural Da’s Got Talent, sponsored by ButteryMoleHole, who really ought to be held accountable.
Unfortunately, like all good things, the dapocalypse had to come to an end, and the 4th round of the Scottish Cup signalled a return to action for all Premiership sides - except Rangers, whose Friday-night match against League 2 Cowdenbeath was postponed at the last minute on account of a patch of the pitch by the corner flag being frozen, despite the best efforts of the grounds team, who attempted to defrost the area with the engine of a Honda CRV. Rangers, instead, kicked off their first game of the new year at Ibrox in a friendly against HJK Helsinki, fulfilling an agreement that formed part of the Alfredo Morelos negotiations. The convenience of this matter was too much for some Celtic fans, whose conspiracy theories marked an appropriate end to a da-fuelled winter break.
If all of the above is an entirely foreign cultural entity to you, but nevertheless something you wish to be a part of, you might find it helpful to be reminded of how the first half of the season unfolded in the most entertaining league in the world™.

Scottish Premiership

Last weekend saw last year’s Scottish Cup finalists Motherwell exit the competition at the hands of Championship side Ross County, as Aberdeen and Dundee were forced into a replay also against lower league opposition. The latter are now facing yet another hurdle in what has been a very trying season. Dundee’s campaign started in quite comic fashion, with a loss to St Mirren in Paisley that featured midfielder Paul McGowan playing with an electronic tag on and what is still the worst goalkeeping howler of the season from Jack Hamilton.. 7 matches (and 6 defeats) later Neil McCann was replaced by Jim McIntyre, amongst suspicion that Kenny Miller had been signed from Livingston with one eye on the job. McCann bravely claimed that the referee in their match against Kilmarnock was what had cost him his job, instead of it being his team’s absolutely rotten form. McIntyre announced his arrival with a 4-0 loss to Livingston and a 0-3 defeat to Hearts that featured an effective summary of their season in the form of a Calvin Miller penalty, but performances improved (on account of it not being possible for them to get worse). The Dee ended 2018 bottom of the table, so their manager has begun a massive overhaul of the squad, with the likes of Calvin Miller, Adil Nabi and Andy Boyle leaving the club at the start of the window; and the incoming transfers of random Swedish man Andreas Hadenius and James Horsfield on loan, who was buzzing to sign for Dun Dee. New signing Andrew Davies has broken his foot before stepping on to the pitch, just 4 days after signing.
Equally as shite as Dundee, St Mirren have only managed to take 12 points from the 21 games prior to this week. Losing Jack Ross, the manager who propelled them into the Premiership, and Lewis Morgan (the attacker who propelled them into the Premiership) looked like it might be fatal, as replacement manager Alan Stubbs couldn’t avoid losses from week 2 until his sacking. Replaced by Coleraine hero Oran Kearney, they “bounced back” with a 0-0 draw at home against Celtic, inspired by an actual magician, then went on a 7-game losing streak, ended by a draw at Dundee before winning at home to Hearts. Unfortunately, Kearney’s ambition to win the league may have to be put on the back burner for the time being. When his first win did come against Hearts in week 14 it was partly thanks to a goal from the centre circle from Adam Hammill, a feat repeated mere weeks later, before Hammill was released. On top of getting Václav Hladky out of a Cypriot concentration camp, the Buddies have brought in Anders Dreyer on loan from Brighton, as well as Charlie Reid from the Proclaimers Blackburn’s Brad Lyons, who made the brave decision to pose for his signing photos whilst still wearing his glasses. Thanks to ScottMcoot for my favourite ScottishFootball headline of the year so far, “St Mirren sign a speccy tube”. Poor Brad got sent off for diving in his first match, although it was rescinded. Good luck to him.
I feel for fans of Hamilton, as going into every season as “the shite that won’t flush” hardly calls for optimism, and Accies have, unfortunately, remained startlingly true to form, perpetually sitting one place above the relegation zone. Despite winning the Lanarkshire derby in week 2, Martin Canning’s side have spent the majority of the season one place beneath their local rivals, Motherwell. Writing this roundup has made me realise there is somewhat of a dearth of patter regarding Hamilton this season, although they do subscribe to the less is more ideology. It’s been an uninspiring first half of the season for Accies, and I do feel sorry for the people who genuinely love their club and have to see shit like this every week. They have, however, strengthened this January; with the return of Tony Andreu and the addition of this man, who caused me to pause for 5 seconds to work out which one of the two people photographed was the new signing and which was Martin Canning.
Above Hamilton, Motherwell have had one of the least interesting campaigns of any of the Premiership sides, spending much of the pre-winter-break season consolidating 9th place. They were, however, the centre of my personal favourite instance of all this season’s petty drama, as before their match against Rangers, captain Peter Hartley reminisced about Ryan Bowman breaking Fabio Cardoso’s nose, adding that it was “fun to watch the way he was weeping”. The vitriol that ensued was incredible, and the whole incident was rather nicely tied up by Hartley scoring a last-minute equaliser in the 3-3 draw that followed. They did go on to lose 7-1 at Ibrox mind. Some more interesting happenings emerged off the Fir Park pitch, with Will Smith vindicating the choice of one young fan to support the Well, and possibly inspiring Charles Dunne also to start a rap career. Furthermore, and I have no idea how they’re paying his wage, Motherwell have signed Ross McCormack on loan from Villa this January. Could be a brilliant signing if he gets/keeps his fitness up.
Now we jump several points up the table, as finding themselves rather surprisingly in 8th place at the time I write this, Hibs have sorely felt the loss of midfield trio Scott Allan, Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn. Like most teams, Hibs have struggled to find any real consistency this season, best illustrated by their 6-0 shagging of Hamilton being followed by 7 matches without a win. Vox populi Neil Lennon may have solved some of the midfield problems by adding Ryan Gauld (remember him?) to the squad, and resigning Scott Allan on a pre-contract. They have also secured the loan signing of do do do Stéphane Oméonga, and will hope to make a push for the top 6 places come the end of the campaign.
The real surprise packages of this season have undoubtedly been the permanent residents of the Tony Macaroni ArenaLivingston. Like St Mirren, Livi lost the manager that brought them to the Premiership, with many assuming that David Hopkin (the manager behind two successive promotions) leaving for the now struggling Bradford City would be fatal to their Premiership status. This feeling was only reinforced when it was announced that Kenny Miller would take over as player-manager *shudders*. He was only to last two games after allegedly refusing to drop himself from the starting 11. Gary Holt took over, and under his guidance Livi immediately looked a different team, turning the Spaghettihad into a fortress - they’ve lost only to St Johnstone and Aberdeen at home since. The highlight of this Livi season has to be their 5-0 dismantling of Hearts mid-December. Adding Partick Thistle hero Chris Erskine to their squad should help them creatively, and by extending the loan of Rangers’ Ryan Hardie they should have enough firepower to match their impressive defence, possibly sneaking a top 6 place. Possibly.
St Johnstone share with Livingston impressive defensive organisation. They responded to 0-6 battering from Celtic by going 6 games in a row without conceding, and at the time of writing this introduction they are on 4 consecutive clean sheets. Yes, I know, well-organised teams don’t concede 6, but this was at a time of the season when Celtic started playing as if they were possessed, so we’ll excuse Saints’ indiscretion. St Johnstone have quietly had a very good start to the season, and I mean it when I say “quietly”. They’ve (mostly) proven problematic for the sides at the top of the table, and have disposed of the sides beneath them well, but over the last 21 weeks I can only think of one instance of St Johnstone ‘chat’, and that was when one of their fans just decided to tell the world he only washes his coffee cup once a week. A very wholesome family atmosphere at McDiarmid Park it seems, and it’s been made all the more wholesome by Michael O’Halloran returning for his 3rd spell with the club. Top 6 definitely the target for the rest of the season.
Now, if you had told any Hearts fans at the beginning of the season that - despite losing Uche Ikpeazu and Kyle Lafferty to injury and Rangers respectively - they’d be sitting pretty in 5th as the winter break rolled in, most would probably be quite content. This, however, does not tell the story of their season. A 1-4 win over Hamilton put them top of the league after match day 1, and a Craig Levein grassterclass saw them emerge 1-0 victors at home to Celtic. They went on to win their first 5 games of the season, before progress was halted by a draw at the Tony Macaroni, and a loss of any semblance of defensive organisation against Rangers the next week. Their season completely unravelled after Stevies Naismith and MacLean missed several games on account of an injury sustained in the league cup semi-final and bawsgate. Hearts, almost immediately, went from being 6 points clear at the top of the table to going 6 games without a goal. One might assume that such a collapse - which saw the Jambos give away 8 goals to Celtic without reply in just under a week - could potentially humble certain figures within the club, for example: Craig Levein. Of course, you would be incorrect, as the specciest bam of the SPFL era has continued to antagonise anyone who dares to speak his name. Results have not improved, with Hearts “getting their backsides felt, which was very sore indeed” in that 5-0 defeat to Livi, but that hasn’t stopped Levein from continuing in his usual manner, labelling Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes “a dick” just a few weeks ago, and taking on Sportscene furniture and former Hearts player Michael Stewart. More on that one to follow.
In contrast to Hearts’ season, Aberdeen started terribly, but seem to have found their footing. According to one Sky Sports pundit, we even won the League Cup final, which is a nice surprise since I was certain we lost Gary Mackay-Steven for weeks to a head injury as Celtic beat us 1-0. Anyway, Aberdeen’s turnaround in fortunes is largely to do with the emergence of Sam Cosgrove as a competent striker, which is, by no exaggeration, the most surprising turn of events of the season. As of the 10th December, Cosgrove had scored twice for Aberdeen in 29 games, both times in a 4-1 win over St Mirren. By Boxing Day he had 7 goals in his last 5 games, putting him only behind Alfredo Morelos on the goalscoring charts, whilst winning Aberdeen some crucial points in the process. What he has lacked is consistent service, so Aberdeen entered the winter break looking for a player who could create some space and lift the goalscoring burden off Cosgrove’s shoulders. Losing Kenny McLean to Norwich for free, and the end of Ryan Christie’s loan spell has left the Dons lacking in creativity, so you wouldn’t normally expect a team in that situation to try to re-sign a player who had 3 goals and 2 assists in 30 games whilst on loan last season. The thing is, said player had been loaned to Kilmarnock for the current season, and had 8 goals and 6 assists in just 16 games. You can imagine Kilmarnock fans’ disappointment upon hearing that Birmingham City would be recalling Greg Stewart, presumably to punt him on to another club before his contract ends in the summer, only to see him loaned back to Aberdeen a few days later. Steve Clarke has said there’s “a strange smell” around this move, which be believes to be “bullshit.” With this signing, and the crucial extension of Max Lowe’s loan from Derby County, Aberdeen should have a little more about them going into the second half of the season. Although they have just drawn 1-1 to bottom-of-League-One Stenhousemuir at home, so what do I know?
Beyond the expectations of anyone this season, and sitting cosy above last season’s second-place Aberdeen, Kilmarnock have emerged as unlikely title contenders, catalysed by a dangerous front 3 of Eamonn Brophy, Greg Stewart and Jordan Jones, and guided by the management of Steve Clarke. Taking 6 points off Aberdeen and Celtic in their first encounters, and taking more points than any other team in 2018, Killie found themselves top in week 16. January 2019 sees The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be celebrate their 150th anniversary, and what better way to mark the occasion than to have your star winger declare himself a lifelong Rangers fan, announce his departure on a free, and sign off the tweet with #WATP? Have to feel for Killie fans there, Greg Stewart was still a Kilmarnock player when that went down, and whilst they are yet to replace him, they should still have more than enough to finish around those European places.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have shown us absolutely everything on the pitch, except for any real consistency. They started their season with a 1-1 draw at Aberdeen that saw some fans arrested for kicking over a child’s sandcastle, and that level of unpredictability has seen them absolutely humped by Celtic in the first Old Firm of the season, before dishing out exactly the opposite result in the second match between the two. Despite Gerrard alleging a refereeing conspiracy against Rangers, the following weeks would see Alan McGregor escape punishment for two off-the-ball incidents and Alfredo Morelos ludicrously avoid a sending-off against [YOUR TEAM HERE]. At least Scott Arfield got his just desserts when he went in completely ridiculously on Bobby Zlamal in the most hilariously unnecessary tackle I have ever seen. Despite pumping Motherwell 7-1, the highlight of the Rangers season so far is (obviously) their dominant Old Firm victory just before the New Year. That game sent Celtic fans into meltdown, preparing video essays about the refereeing and replying to Colombian news outlets in Spanish, and the aim for this season is to cause an even bigger meltdown by stopping Celtic’s run of 7 consecutive titles. Gerrard has added Steven Davies and Jermain Defoe to his squad to aid that cause, as well as signing Jones and Dundee’s Glen Kamara on pre-contracts.
So, the question remains, will Celtic run away with it again and become treble-treble winners? A stuttering start to the season has cast some doubt, and an emphatic loss to their Old Firm rivals for the first time in the league since 2012 shows that this team does still have their vulnerabilities. August saw early exit from the Champions’ League at the final qualifying round, not helped by star centre-back Dedryck Boyata faking an injury as he tried to force a move (he scored in the game that banner was flown). Moussa Dembélé aka Big Mouss aka the King of Glasgow aka Dembelition did manage to force his move to Lyon, and as rumours of unrest in the Celtic camp floated it looked as if we could be in for a total Celtic collapse. Early losses to Hearts and Kilmarnock saw Celtic endure their worst start to a league campaign in 20 years, but they would then go on a run that would see 20 league goals scored over 4 games, despite being subordinated to a diktat during this time. Naturally, this run was ended at the Tony Macaroni, but it had shepherded an awesome return to form for Brendan Rodgers’ team. The lack of dependable depth for Odsonne Edouard looked as if it may become an issue - with Leigh Griffiths given a leave of absence to deal with his mental health issues, Edouard became the only ‘senior’ striker in their team for a while - but the winter additions of Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah will partner nicely with the amazing form of Ryan “won’t cut it at Celtic” Christie, and Celtic should have enough to push on to an eighth consecutive title.
Okay, now that we’re all caught up, let’s look at the results from the last two gameweeks.

Fixtures

KEY MATCH

Wed 26/12/18 Kilmarnock 2 - 1 Rangers
Of course after the Jordan Jones saga it would only be right that Kilmarnock’s first game back after the break would be Rangers. Steve Clarke had to tell fans before the match “boo Jordan Jones and you’re booing me too”, whatever that means. It was always going to be a game filled with drama.
Jermain Defoe put Rangers into the lead with the worst goal of the season so far, meaning it only took 12 minutes for him to open his account in our diddy wee league, although he was largely anonymous after that.
Killie’s equaliser came 10 minutes later in the form of a total gift from on-loan Nottingham Forrest defender Joe Worrall, who dithered in defence, allowing Eamonn Brophy to snatch the ball from him and finish well for his 9th league goal of the season. Alfredo Morelos had the ball in the net at the other end, but funnily enough his superman-dive handball finish was disallowed.
Killie took the lead halfway through the second half, of course through Jordan Jones. His 25-yard strike was flapped at by McGregor, and as the ball went in Jones ran over to Steve Clarke and gave him a nice big hug. That was enough for Killie to take the 3 points, and enough for some Rangers fans not to be able to face work the next day.
Highlights.

Wednesday’s other matches

Hearts 1 - 2 Dundee
Five minutes after defender Genseric Kusunga found himself unusually far forward and opened the scoring for Dundee, Hearts manager Craig Levein felt compelled to substitute off new signing David Vanacek, citing that he was “rubbish”. Levein went on to complain about the striker’s fitness levels, despite having worked with him for the past two weeks and naming him in the starting lineup.
Now, if you click on the word “rubbish” above you’ll see a video of Sportscene pundits Stephen Thompson and Michael ‘£1 a week and you were still my worst signing’ Stewart criticising this decision.
Levein has since responded saying, and I shall post this unabridged: “My good friend Mr Stewart, not intelligent enough or brave enough to try management. Why would I take any advice from him? It's like me taking advice on politics from somebody like, I don't know, Michael Stewart. So we'll just ignore what he says”. Stewart has since responded with a tweet about psychological projection.
The whole thing is very petty and enjoyable, Levein’s demanding an apology, you have to love it.
Anyway, despite a heavy deflection leading to a first-half Olly Lee equaliser, Dundee managed to grab a vital win thanks to a slip by Conor Shaughnessy, meaning Andrew Nelson could be played in to score.
All the highlights here.
Celtic 4 - 0 St. Mirren
A return to the slightly diseased Parkhead for Celtic and three very brave horses afforded the opportunity to see Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke in action for the first time. Neither disappointed as the latter grabbed a brace either side of a Scott Sinclair penalty, and the former adding the final goal 4 minutes from time.
With this result Dundee overtake St. Mirren as the Buddies fall into last place.
Highlights.
Hamilton 0 - 3 Aberdeen
This result is believed to have ushered in the new deeply sexual era of Aberdeen, with Derek McInnes remarking after the game that he’d “like to see Cosgrove open his legs up a bit more” and the local papers running with the headline Dons slam it into the Ham.
A brilliant Joe Lewis save kept things from being very different in the first half, before a scrappy Cosgrove opener and a scrappy Lewis Ferguson corner goal sandwiched the best finish of the day, with Sam Cosgrove taking advantage of Ziggy Gordon not really being that arsed about defending, and finishing well.
A solid 7/10 performance all round for Aberdeen, 9 goals in 8 games for Cosgrove.
Highlights.
Motherwell 1 - 0 Hibernian
The reports coming out after this one are that Neil Lennon has totally lost the head with his players, the board, and everyone at Hibs. It looks very much as if he’s burned some bridges, he’s been suspended from his duties as first team manager for the time being.
Despite Hibs being dominant in possession, Motherwell had the better of the chances in this game, with youngster David Turnbull the only man managing to convert. His goal on the stroke of half time went unanswered, as Motherwell close in on Hibs, and extend the gap at the bottom of the table between themselves and Hamilton.
Highlights.
St. Johnstone 1 - 0 Livingston
The battle of the surprisingly good defences yielded a predictably tight affair at McDiarmid Park. Other words that have been used to describe this match are: “bad.”
The one goal came 12 minutes from time thanks to Murray Davidson, as Saints claim their 11th clean sheet in 14 games. None too shabby.
Highlights.

Saturday’s Matches

Hearts 2 - 0 St Johnstone
Saints did not, however, make that 12 in 15.
Much to the disappointment of Michael Stewart Hearts dominated this match.
They hit the woodwork twice as goals from Marcus “best surname in football” Godinho and Calumn “what’s with the N?” Morrison scored the only goals St. Johnstone have conceded away since September.
Highlights.
Aberdeen 0 - 0 Kilmarnock
So, the Greg Stewart Shield didn’t quite live up to the hype, but the Aberdeen fans who braved the rain were at least able to see Kris Boyd sent off for leaving a sore one on Graeme Shinnie.
There’s really not that much else to discuss. Stevie May had a shot on goal at least? Also, this is the best possible result for the Old Firm.
Highlights.
Celtic 3 - 0 Hamilton
Someone get Ryan Fulton a tinny.
The Hamilton goalie was the busiest man on the park and did very welt keep the game at 0-0, until a long-range shot from Callum McGregor went right through him. He was then rescued by his defenders as he found himself a mile away from his goal early in the second half, before he dropped the ball directly at the feet of Ryan Christie for Celtic’s second.
He couldn’t do anything about Scott Sinclair’s third, and so concluded a game where he was both Man of the Match and the worst player on the pitch.
See it all here.
Dundee 0 - 1 Motherwell
I’m not sure there’s a Motherwell fan out there who wouldn’t let David Turnbull pump their significant other.
His penalty on the hour mark was the difference in a game both teams could have won, but Dundee would be more upset about losing.
Highlights.

Sunday’s Matches

St Mirren 1 - 3 Hibernian
The stress of replacing Neil Lennon for this match was enough for Eddie May to rule out ever returning to full time management, as his Hibs team went 1-0 down at half-time to a Simeon Jackson goal, following a nice bit of work, ironically, from that boy who looks like the Proclaimers.
Hibs massively turned it around in the second half, with Oli Shaw netting the first, Darren McGregor tapping in from close-range, and Stevie Mallan finishing a good performance against his former club with a goal late on.
Highlights.
0 - 3 Rangers
Oh, hang on, forgot that Livi were also playing.
Livingston 0 - 3 Rangers
That being said, they probably wish they hadn’t been, in particular Liam Kelly.
The Livi goalkeeper has been brilliant this season, so it’s only natural that he should totally flub Ryan Jack’s effort half an hour in to give Rangers the lead.
There was no stopping Ryan Kent’s goal early in the second half, however, and 25 minutes later, after missing an open goal, the man with more goals and assists than anyone bar Messi and Mbappé sealed the deal.
Rangers become only the third side to win at the Tony Macaroni Arena, and they go second for their troubles.
Highlights.
So, Celtic have the chance to give themselves some breathing room at the top of the table with their midweek game against St Johnstone.

Table

# Team P W D L F A GD Pts Form
1 Celtic 22 15 3 4 53 14 +39 48 WWLWW
2 Rangers 23 13 6 4 47 18 +29 45 WLWDW
3 Kilmarnock 23 13 6 4 34 21 +13 45 DWWWD
4 Aberdeen 23 13 4 6 37 24 +13 43 DWWLW
5 Hearts 23 12 3 8 29 28 +1 39 WLWWL
6 St. Johnstone 22 11 4 7 26 26 +0 37 LWWWL
7 (#icon-up) Hibernian 23 8 8 7 33 24 +9 32 WLLDD
8 (#icon-down) Livingston 23 8 6 9 26 23 +3 30 LLLWD
9 Motherwell 23 8 3 12 22 33 -11 27 WWWLL
10 Hamilton Academical 23 4 2 17 14 49 -35 14 LLLLD
11 (#icon-up) Dundee 23 3 4 16 17 48 -31 13 LWLDL
12 (#icon-down) St. Mirren 23 3 3 17 15 46 -30 12 LLLWL
Championship Round Relegation Round

BEST OF THE REST

Whilst the Premiership paused for breath, the Scottish Championship and Leagues 1 and 2 rumbled on. During this time Alloa scored one of the worst goals of the season, and in doing so gave us one of the best pictures of the season; Nicky Clark returned to Dunfermline Athletic as a Dundee United player and ruined one fan’s weekend, before showing the ultimate respect to his former club on twitter; Zak Rudden announced he would remain on loan at Falkirk til the end of the season; and Berwick Rangers managed to keep their sense of humour as they were humped 1-7 by Queen’s Park.
I’ll give a more comprehensive roundup of the lower league action when I have more characters to play with, and Scottish Cup results will get rounded up after the replays, but have to mention junior side Auchinleck Talbot knocking Ayr United out. What a result that is - they visit Hearts at Tynecastle for the next round.
Well, that’s all. Just as a final note: cheers to everyone who voted for these in the soccer end of year awards. Very kind of you, and I was delighted to be win some gold (twice!) off the unseen masonic mod team. *
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2018.12.03 10:37 venkys-out Fitba Roundup: SPFL Gameweek 15

I am writing a round-up of this weekend in Scottish football instead of preparing for my uni exams, so the intention is that this one will be a bit more brief than usual. 2000 words incoming.

Scottish League Cup

Final

Sun 2/12/18 Celtic 1 - 0 Aberdeen
The first silverware of the season was on offer, and the new home of Scottish Football™ was quick to fuck up the name of the competition.
Aberdeen were spurred on by a song that had captured the hearts of the entire Scottish football audience, but when they announced that they would be starting Sam “a goal every 30 games” Cosgrove as the lone striker in a 4-5-1 this afternoon, it looked as if Celtic may be dealing out an absolute pumping. The tremendous pain of losing the tie was something I came to terms with half-an-hour before kick-off, but the reality is that this was a competitive match.
Celtic succeeded in the first part of their quest to get a third consecutive domestic treble, and had former Aberdeen loanee Ryan Christie to thank. His goal came in the 5th minute of first-half added time - following a lengthy stoppage in play due to a horrific Gary Mackay-Steven head injury (he has since been confirmed as okay) that also saw Dedryck Boyata require stitches. It was Boyata who lifted a ball over the Aberdeen defence for Christie eventually to beat Joe Lewis.
The loss of Aberdeen’s attacking talisman seemed to leave the Dons shellshocked for the final minutes of what had been a very even first half, and the second half was equally hard fought. It looked like the game would be over just 7 minutes into the second half, after referee Andrew Dallas (who had a total shocker from a Celtic fan’s perspective, and an absolute shiter from an Aberdeen fan’s perspective) awarded a penalty for a clearly accidental handball outside the box. You know when even Chris Sutton thinks it’s a ridiculous decision in Celtic’s favour that it must be bad. Joe Lewis, however, venturing a yard or two off his line, made the save. Should he have been pulled back for that, there would have been riots.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic have won 7 of the 7 domestic trophies available to them so far, which is a special achievement. Any side looking to put a stop to that will have to have a bit of luck on their side, and despite a battling performance, that was not the case for Aberdeen today. Their fortune did almost change when Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic hit his own crossbar with his first touch after being subbed on.
No further goals meant it was Scott Brown lifting the trophy yet again, but what I want to talk about is that he did this really weird thing when he came on as a substitute. I don’t know how to explain it, it was like he was mooning the crowd, or in this case showing them his chastity belt. He is a strange man, and that’s coming from someone who has been singing about Graeme Shinnie being half-man half-gull for the past 5 days.
Full highlights here.

Scottish Premiership

Fixtures

KEY MATCH

Sun 2/12/18 Heart of Midlothian 1 - 2 Rangers
Hearts went ahead in this match through an own-goal from Gareth McAuley, but were ahead for less than 10 minutes before his centre-back partner Connor Goldson equalised, and were only level for another 5 minutes, when Alfredo Morelos poked home the final goal of the match after a clear offside decision was missed. I mean, the linesman is right there. Baffling.
This decision provoked Craig Levein’s into an amazing post-match rant directed at Bobby Madden and his team, moaning about “playing against 12 men” and *gasp* swearing as he did it. At least he can now have a pint to help him relax before he gets on the 25 home.
Madden did at least get one decision right, sending Scott Arfield off for his ridiculous second-half lunge on Hearts’ GK Bobby Zlamal.
Highlights of this game here.
Rangers, for the first time under Gerrard, are top of the table. Celtic have a game in hand. Hearts’ form over the last 5 games is the (joint) worst in the SPFL.

Saturday’s matches

St Mirren 1 - 3 Hamilton Academical
For St. Mirren and Hamilton this match is the first obvious *sigh* “relegation 6-pointer” of the season. Probably would have been my ‘key match’ if there wasn’t also a battle between genuine title challengers and Rangers yesterday.
Hamilton’s unfortunate relationship with crime continued this week, as New Douglas Park was broken into by what looks just to be a scheme of neds. I have decided that is the collective noun. This follows the Accies falling victim to a Nigerian Prince-esque scam to the amount of £750k around this time last season.
However, the real side that was “robbed” was St Mirren, am I right lads? They started the better team, but found themselves, 1-2 down going into half time, after Stephen McGinn scored their only goal in the 45th minute.
This was an excellent match for James Keatings. Having hardly started for Hamilton this season, he staked his claim by netting a second-half beauty, having set up the other two of Hamilton’s goals before the break, scored by Dougie Imrie and Ziggy Gordon respectively.
This puts 10th-placed Hamilton 5 clear of 11th-placed St Mirren, who are 3 clear of bottom-placed Dundee with one more game played.
Full highlights.
Livingston 2 - 0 Motherwell
Motherwell’s Charles Dunne released a freestyle-rap video à la Memphis Depay to further his campaign to reach 5000 instagram followers. After Will Smith’s endorsement mere weeks ago, I feel confident enough to declare Motherwell as the Official Representatives of Hip-Hop in the SPFL.
Anyway, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: fortress Tony Macaroni. Livingston ended their unfortunate run of form with a performance more typical of their season - battling, defensively solid, and (eventually) effective in attack. Steven Lawless ended their goal-draught 22 minutes in, centre-back and captain Craig Halkett sealed the victory 83 minutes in.
Livingston have now only conceded 2 goals at home all season. Amazing considering they were the favourites to go straight back down. Former manager David Hopkin is currently sitting at the bottom of the English League One with Bradford City, and since I’ve been told that league is the same standard as ours by some very knowledgeable sources, Livi must be counting their blessings. With Gary Holt they end this week in the top 6.
Highlights.
Kilmarnock 3 - 0 Hibernian
Bit of a strange one here, twice in the second half the game had to be stopped due to a floodlight failure, meaning - if the away support was on form - there was probably a point at which the atmosphere in Rugby Park genuinely resembled that of a Proclaimers gig. As it went, I think any Hibs fans were drowned out by the chants of “we can’t see you sneaking out” from the home crowd.
Eamonn Brophy grabbed a brace in the first half, before any power outages, and after play had resumed Greg Stewart added the third.
Possibly one of the worst performances of Hibs under Neil Lennon. It’s been a strange season for at least 5 of last year’s top 6.
Highlights.
The cup final meant no action this weekend for Dundee or St Johnstone, the latter now without winger Drey Wright for the rest of the season following the ACL he picked up against Killie.

Table

# Team P W D L F A GD Pts Form
1 Rangers 14 9 3 2 37 12 +25 30 WWWWD
2 Celtic 13 9 2 2 30 6 +24 29 WDWWW
3 Kilmarnock 15 8 4 3 19 12 +7 25 WDWLD
4 Heart of Midlothian 15 8 2 5 19 15 +4 26 LLLLD
5 St. Johnstone 14 7 3 4 16 18 -2 24 DWWWW
6 Livingston 14 6 4 4 14 10 +4 22 WLDLL
7 Aberdeen 13 6 3 4 16 13 +3 21 LWWWL
8 Hibernian 14 5 4 5 23 17 +6 19 LDLLD
9 Motherwell 14 4 2 8 15 24 -9 14 LWLWW
10 Hamilton Accies 15 4 1 10 12 32 -20 13 WLLWL
11 St Mirren 15 2 2 11 9 29 -20 8 LWDLL
12 Dundee 14 1 2 11 8 32 -24 5 DDLLL
Championship Round Relegation Round

BEST OF THE REST

Scottish Championship

Fri 30/11/18 Dundee United 0 - 5 Ayr United
This is a humbling for Robbie Neilson and his much improved Dundee United side. Ayr retain their spot at the top of the table thanks to 4(!) goals from the man, the myth, the legend Lawrence Shankland. I’ve missed waxing lyrical about him. Michael Moffat also scored meaning Ayr’s goal difference is now 1 higher than second-placed Ross County, who also hit Dundee United for 5 at Tannadice.
Highlights of that match from the SPFL Youtube.
Elsewhere, Inverness Caley Thistle’s crazy unbeaten run, which I referred to only last week, was ended by Falkirk of all teams. A 93rd minute winner from Scott Harrison added to Rangers loanee Zak Rudden’s brace, lifting Falkirk off the bottom of the table to this fan’s delight, and to the horror of Partick Thistle, whose players had enough to deal with this weekend, after being traumatically abducted by the SAS. Not joking. That article is hilarious, though.
That’s all for this week. I probably won’t manage to write-up the mid-week games, or maybe the weekend’s games for a little while. We’ll see.
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2018.11.07 09:59 ScottyBGBP NEED TRADE ADVICE IN 1QB PPR

Hey guys, so I’m currently in 1st place in a league with 10 people in total but I’ve lost 3 of the last 4 weeks... Today I received a trade offer; (Receive Aaron Rodgers- Send Jarvis Landry) This is a 1QB PPR league where we start 3 receivers every week and have 2 flex positions. My starting lineup and bench are the following; STARTERS THIS WEEK* QB: Russel Wilson (Only QB on my roster currently) RB: Melvin Gordon RB: Joe Mixon WR: Antonio Brown WR: Jarvis Landry WR: Cooper Kupp TE: David Njoku FLEX: Aaron Jones FLEX: Jordan Howard D/ST: LA Rams K: Robbie Gould BENCH*** Amari Cooper Courtland Sutton Christian Kirk Devante Parker Dez Bryant Sony Michel Matt Breida Evan Engram Redskins DST
So if I were to accept this trade, I’d upgrade from Wilson to Rodgers for the rest of the season and likely move Amari Cooper into the starting lineup. After running this trade through a trade analyzer on FantasyPros, it said that I would be 0.1% better (so basically the same) but my trading partner would be 5.5% better. (He has Mahomes) What do you guys think?? I’ve got a day and a half until the trade expires. All opinions are appreciated! This is not a dynasty or keeper league.
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2018.09.26 19:22 functionalsports Week 4 WR Rankings and Projections for Fantasy and Daily Fantasy

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Josh Gordon is unaccounted for until I see that he gets meaningful snaps.
Pittsburgh JuJu Smith-Schuster 28.57
Denver Emmanuel Sanders 27.56
Tampa Bay DeSean Jackson 24.69
NY Giants Odell Beckham 20.71
Tampa Bay Godwin 20.71
Cincinnati A.J. Green (questionable) 20.51
LA Rams Robert Woods 20.17
Pittsburgh Antonio Brown 19.79
LA Chargers M. Williams 19.38
Chicago Allen Robinson 18.83
NY Giants Sterling Shepard 18.56
Jacksonville Dede Westbrook 17.69
New Orleans Michael Thomas 17.40
Seattle Lockett 17.06
Green Bay Geronimo Allison 16.55
Atlanta Julio Jones 16.34
Tampa Bay Mike Evans 16.23
Baltimore Michael Crabtree 15.92
Kansas City Tyreek Hill 15.63
Green Bay Devante Adams 15.43
Atlanta Calvin Ridley 14.87
Denver Demaryius Thomas 14.24
Detroit TJ Jones 13.87
Ny Jets Quincy Enunwa 13.69
Baltimore Willie Snead IV 13.46
Oakland Amari Cooper 13.32
Tennessee Corey Davis 13.18
LA Chargers Keenan Allen 12.85
Philadelphia Nelson Agholor 12.77
Jacksonville Keelan Cole 12.73
Miami Kenny Stills 12.72
Baltimore John Brown 12.61
Cincinnati Tyler Boyd 12.37
Houston DeAndre Hopkins 12.35
Cleveland Callaway 11.88
Oakland Jordy Nelson 11.69
Miami Danny Amendola 11.69
Indianapolis Ryan Grant 11.36
Houston Will Fuller V 11.00
Indianapolis T.Y. Hilton 10.85
Green Bay Randall Cobb 10.80
Cleveland Jarvis Landry 10.64
LA Rams Cooper Kupp 10.47
New Orleans Teddy Ginn Jr 10.39
Miami DeVante Parker 10.39
Chicago Gabriel 10.32
Kansas City Sammy Watkins 10.12
Detroit Marvin Jones 10.12
Buffalo Zay Jones 9.95
New England Phillip Dorsett 9.80
LA Rams Brandin Cooks 8.35
Detroit Golden Tate 8.35
Kansas City C. Conley 8.04
Buffalo Kelvin Benjamin 7.93
LA Chargers T Williams 7.66
Seattle Jaron Brown 7.34
Arizona Kirk 7.23
Atlanta Mohamed Sanu 7.10
Minnesota Laquon Treadwell 7.06
Minnesota Stefon Diggs 6.96
San Francisco Pierre Garcon 6.80
San Francisco Trent Taylor 6.60
Arizona Larry Fitzgerald 5.95
New England Chris Hogan 5.84
Minnesota Adam Thielen 5.47
Cleveland Higgins 5.23
Miami A. Wilson 5.19
Tennessee Rishard Matthews 4.77
San Francisco Pettis 4.73
Kansas City D. Thomas 4.45
San Francisco Pettis 4.33
Buffalo A. Holmes 4.11
Jacksonville Donte Moncrief 4.00
Dallas Cole Beasley 3.92
Ny Jets Robby Anderson 3.71
Philadelphia J. Matthews 3.47
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2018.09.19 18:31 americandream1159 Justice League Reboot Idea

One Night In Gotham: Roman Sionis and Oswald Cobblepot bet a million dollars on their chosen representatives, Deathstroke and Deadshot respectively to kill Batman. They offer a televised challenge to Batman to survive from sundown to sunrise and Batman, Robin and Batgirl must keep their wits about them.
Justice League: Lex Luthor, obsessed with killing Superman, uses his advanced technology to summon Brainiac, the destroyer of Krypton to earth.
Nightwing: During Brainiac’s invasion of earth, The Joker decides to wreak havoc on the Batfamily. He deduces the identities of Robin and Batgirl, crippling Barbara Gordon and kidnapping Jason Todd. As Nightwing returns to Gotham City to stop him, he recruits a new Robin to defeat Joker once and for all.
Superman: One last mission. That’s what Clark Kent promised his wife Lois. With Conner growing into his powers, she understood the need for Superman to appear again. But a new threat has emerged. Two super-powered vigilantes have emerged, one wearing the crest of Zod. For the first time, father and son unite in a test of powers.
War never changes. But people do. Diana Prince has spent a long time fighting wars, but it’s finally over. Or so she thinks. When her husband, Senator Steve Trevor and his best friend Major General Hal Jordan go missing on an experimental mission to the moon, she discovers a cosmic threat thought to be a myth.
The Joker is dead. Found with a bullet hole in his head and a J carved into his torso, Gotham’s greatest tormentor has been killed. An apparent imposter has been escalating his operations, with more and more macabre and gruesome murders. This new Joker and his hyper-militarized Red Hood Gang make their way to Metropolis, kidnapping Lois Lane on national television and baiting the Justice League to a battle to save Metropolis.
After the apparent death of the Joker and the failed assassination of Batman, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Deathstroke and other undesirables are given one chance at redemption: killing The Joker. As the Justice League also closes in on The Joker, Angela Waller’s Task Force X must beat them for their freedom.
Metropolis has exploded. After the Justice League took the battle with The Joker to a location where collateral damage would be minimized, The Joker turned this against them, detonating a nuclear bomb in the city, killing everyone inside—including most of Task Force X and Lois Lane. In response, Superman hunts down the Joker and kills him before instituting an Absolute policy worldwide where criminals are shown zero tolerance. Batman steps up to stop him before the governments of the world kill Superman.
It’s Alexander Luthor’s time. After his father died in the Metropolis Bombing, he’s taken LexCorp to new heights, partnering with Wayne Enterprises to rebuild Metropolis. After imprisoning Superman and exiling Wonder Woman, who acted as Superman’s queen, Alexander Luthor has found an even greater source of power: Darkseid. Darkseid not only blesses Alexander with immense power with the powers of a Alex Luthor from a parallel dimension, but brings a secret weapon: Superboy-Prime. With Superman imprisoned and the exiled, warmongering Wonder Woman warring with Aquaman, it’s up to the former resistance to stop this new group.
Darkseid is out of control. He’s all but taken over the world, trying to eliminate the free will of earth. As Superboy-Prime tries to become this world’s Superman, Batman has no choice but to intervene in the Atlantean-Amazon War and freeing Superman. Although very few of the original Justice League remains, a new generation of hero step up to face the new threat.
Jon Hamm as Bruce Wayne Kit Harrington as Dick Grayson Emma Stone as Barbara Gordon Adam Driver as Jason Todd Ansel Elgort as Tim Drake Jared Leto as The Joker Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn Dave Bautista as Bane Will Smith as Deadshot Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke Jude Law as Roman Sionis Peter Dinklage as The Penguin Henry Cavill as Clark Kent Amy Adams as Lois Lane Idris Elba as Calvin Ellis Michael B. Jordan as Val-Zod Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor Jesse Eisenberg as Alexander Luthor Jr. Aiden Eidenreich as Jonathan Kent Winston Duke as Cyborg Tom Cruise as Hal Jordan Ray Fisher as Jon Stewart Zachary Quinto as Shazam Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman Henry Golding as The Atom
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2018.07.21 16:25 Alo_14 [Beacher Report] ABF Guide to the Offseason - 2045 Edition

It’s been an action packed offseason as ever in the ABF, with household names bowing out of the game and star players switching teams in search of glory. If you haven’t been able to keep up with all the wheeling and dealing you’re in luck, because we have compiled every offseason move by each of the 30 teams for your convenience. Happy reading!
Atlanta Hawks, 52-30, Lost to BKN in 1st Round Players In: None Players Out: Alex Seymore (Retired), Wannah Neil (Free Agent), Terrance Mozzarella (Free Agent), Matt Rackley (Signed with CLE), Markus Harvey (Free Agent)
The Hawks were a strong 52-30 last season and put up a strong fight before ultimately suffering defeat at the hands of the Nets. However, the losses of Seymore and Rackley cost them a combined 20 PPG and so far they have yet to replace either of them. They may be able to entice Neil and Mozzarella back to challenge once again as they remain unsigned free agents.
Projected Starting 5: Tommy Schwartz, Dale Haley, Alessandro Antelli, Mufaro Ross, Vincent Rogers
Boston Celtics, 33-49, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Llewchean Dourdas (Draft Pick), Omar Green (Draft Pick), Gary Green (Draft Pick), Will Stewart (Traded from IND) Players Out: Michael Johnston (Free Agent), Anthony Daniels (Free Agent), Luke Dickher (Free Agent), Brendon Hartman (Free Agent), Podfrog Washed (Signed with Minnesota)
A positive development season for Boston in 2045 was followed by a very strong offseason, headlined by their draft acquisition of sharpshooter Llewchean Dourdas. They also pulled off the impressive feat of not only trading for Will Stewart but also gaining significant draft assets in the process. With expected progressions from Terry Jones, LeTaylor Ball and co. don’t be surprised to see the Celtics compete for a playoff berth this season.
Projected Starting 5: Will Stewart, Ivan Mance, LeTaylor Ball, Llewchean Dourdas, Terry Jones
Brooklyn Nets, 55-27, Lost to DET in Eastern Conference Finals Players In: TaBarri Waller (Draft Pick), Lee Jourdan (Draft Pick), Lewis Walker (Draft Pick), Joey Welcher (Signed from DEN), Christine Estwick (Traded from WAS) Players Out: Damyean Nelson (Retired), Ja Ja Bowling (Free Agent), Xavier Chemerinski (Free Agent), Javon Goss (Traded to TOR), Bad Hombre (Traded to WAS), Rafa De Souza (Traded to WAS)
Brooklyn followed up a trip to the ECF with a surprise slice of luck in securing the number 1 pick in the draft, which allowed them to select consensus top prospect TaBarri Waller. They were also active in the trade market, sending Bad Hombre to Washington in return for Christine Estwick, a move which confirms their interest in signing Joe McGadney in free agency. The signing of Joey Welcher on the MLE cannot be overlooked either as the Nets look to go a step or two further than last season.
Projected Starting 5: Tre Atkinson, Christine Estwick, TaBarri Waller, Babacar Mbao, Joey Welcher
Charlotte Hornets, 26-56, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Jordan Epps (Draft Pick) Players Out: Dan Horsechief (Retired), Kyndahl Williams (Free Agent), Anton Benzon (Signed with MIL), Dominique Swarbrick (Free Agent), La’Shard Hunter (Free Agent), Jim Mims (Free Agent)
Not much to say here: the Hornets added an average prospect while letting all their free agents go. Expect auto signings and another ~20 win season
Projected Starting 5: Nigenomome Oinko, Antwon Battle, J.M. Pino, Barry Hicks, Kion Montgomery
Chicago Bulls, 33-49, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Tony Weather (Draft Pick), Eric Warner (Draft Pick), Walker Farmer (Draft Pick) Players Out: Eddie Schulze (Free Agent), Jimmy Butler Jr. (Free Agent), Aaron Eatherton (Free Agent), Keaton VanderMeer (Free Agent), Darian Kinnard (Signed with VAN), Gideon Gogerty (Free Agent), Evan Kaspar (Free Agent), Jamaal Branham (Free Agent)
Still struggling in the wake of their years going all in in search of a title, Chicago didn’t impress much last season. Owing the number 1 pick to Brooklyn must hurt, even more so as the players they drafted don’t project to be anything special. They’ll be thankful to Phoenix for preventing them from being the worst team in the league.
Projected Starting 5: Rashad Ojeleye, Dax Nudo, Leonard Cohen, John Travis, Daniel Short
Cleveland Cavaliers, 38-44, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Mike Lowery (Draft Pick), Dominique Brown (Signed from HOU), Jovan Williams (Signed from UTA), Matt Rackley (Signed from ATL) Players Out: Darrick Miller (Free Agent), Leonid Kobets (Free Agent), James Anderson (Free Agent), Donnie Lassiter (Free Agent)
Cleveland were an impressive young team last year and were unlucky to miss out on playoff basketball. While also retaining their young talent, the Cavaliers have made some good free agent additions in Dominique Brown and Matt Rackley. Both players are capable of contributing significant offence and could lift Cleveland into playoff contention.
Projected Starting 5: Ishmael Blackstock, Stipe Stemberger, Dominique Brown, Josh Parker, Charles Ryan
Dallas Mavericks, 41-41, Lost to POR in 1st Round Players In: Tom Cook (Draft Pick), Pape Dieng (Draft Pick), Andres Bertone (Signed from DET), Jim Garrett (Signed from OKC) Players Out: Travis McCloud (Signed with OKC), Horton Heard The Who (Free Agent)
A lot of big decisions were made this offseason in Dallas in relation to their restricted free agents. Cardinal Jr., Nzeulie and Radulovic stayed, while McCloud was deemed surplus to requirements. The progressions of Nzeulie and Radulovic will be promising news for Mavericks fans, but the loss of McCloud may prove to be the difference between being a playoff team and being a lottery team
Projected Starting 5: Martane Baker, Andres Bertone, Pape Nzeulie, Brian Cardinal Jr., Brandon Bursis
Denver Nuggets, 35-47, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Ed Cohen (Draft Pick), Carlos Mendiburu (Draft Pick), Brandon Larris (Draft Pick) Players Out: Joey Welcher (Signed with BKN), Nerlens Law (FA)
Despite losing Joey Welcher to the Nets, this offseason has proved to be a positive for Denver through the wonders of internal development. First round pick Ed Cohen looks to be their starting 5 of the future and the Bridgemahon/Stauskas core looks set to lead to the playoffs as early as this season. With 20M in cap space still to spend the Nuggets can look to fill in holes with an eye on the future as well.
Projected Starting 5: Gil Bridgemahon, Kyle Redhage, Jamaal Stauskas, James Closs, Kyisean Makings
Detroit Pistons, 56-26, Lost to LAL in The Finals Players In: Ege Eslik (Draft Pick) Players Out: Andres Bertone (Signed with DAL), Ross Higgs (Signed with MIL), Will Thornton (Free Agent), Buddy Curry (Free Agent), P.J. Sonn (Free Agent), Steve James (Free Agent), Mareceo Bramlage (Free Agent), Mike Abellard (Free Agent)
Back in June Detroit fell to the Lakers in a 5 game ABF Finals series. It must frustrate the fans, therefore, that they have let go many of the players that contributed to the Finals run with virtually nothing coming in replacement. On the positive side Anthony Lucas now looks to be the clear best player in the league, and Tony Gill’s contract isn’t nearly as ugly as it once looked. With 124M in committed salary any additions will have to be minimum contracts, but I’m sure players will be eager to join such a deadly combination of star power.
Projected Starting 5: Chris Dabich, Jesse Russell, Wedricker Williams, Lee Caird, Anthony Lucas
Golden State Warriors, 45-37, Lost to SAC in 1st Round Players In: Motts Applesauce (Draft Pick), Rashard Oubre (Draft Pick), Benjamin Siggins (Draft Pick), Nick Henry (Draft Pick), Fatts Russell (Signed from TOR), Amadou Rules (Traded from MIL) Players Out: Rodolfo Almodovar (Retired), A.J. Milton (Free Agent), Dino Moric (Free Agent), Clyde Warren (Free Agent), Andrew Ikhinmwin (Traded to MIL)
After several moves made with the intention to compete, the Warriors have decided to retool with a view to the future and potentially acquiring Joe McGadney in free agency. They obtained a potentially very valuable pick from Milwaukee in return for the services of Andrew Ikhinmwin and for taking on Aivaras Tatarunas’ restrictive contract. Some solid draft picks, especially Benjamin Siggins and Motts Applesauce (other brands are available) put them in a good place for the future while maintaining elite two way player Eric Jefferson
Projected Starting 5: Amadou Rules, Fatts Russell, Wayne Kuebler, Eric Jefferson, Tom Young
Houston Rockets, 38-44, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Nathan Moultrie (Draft Pick) Players Out: George Boners (Retired), Dominique Brown (Signed with CLE), Leon Seiferth (Free Agent), Jake Washington (Free Agent)
The defence first, post oriented, grit and grind Rockets are slowly falling apart. This was all but confirmed this summer with the departure of Dominique Brown for pastures new. While Leon Seiferth remains unsigned, it seems unlikely he will return to Houston. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Swaggy Pee Jr. remains once of the league’s elite big men, and Dennis Williams could be an attractive trade piece ahead of his impending free agency. With eyes on the future, second round pick Nathan Moultrie shows the potential to be an eventual starter in the league.
Projected Starting 5: Shawn Davis, Chauncey Stephenson, Dennis Williams, Tyler Hayes, Swaggy Pee Jr.
Indiana Pacers, 70-12, Lost to BKN in 2nd Round Players In: Blake Cum (Signed from MIA), Rob McAlpine (Signed from SAC) Players Out: Romas Barnes-Thompkins (Retired), Jimmy Ervin (Free Agent), Rudy Laso (Free Agent), Will Stewart (Traded to Boston)
It’s tough to criticise a 70 win team just one season removed from winning the championship. That said, the Pacers’ offseason moves have surely left a lot to be desired from star man Rashanti Horvath, as his partner in crime departed for Boston with virtually nothing coming in return. Granted, bad luck does have some part to play in the progressions of new signings Cum and McAlpine, but at age 30 and 37 respectively they were always a likely outcome. In the plus column, Indiana enter the season yet again as the early title favourites following a good preseason from perennial DPOY candidate Luke Got Dicked and young stars Salim Langura and Travis Timothy.
Projected Starting 5: Rashanti Horvath, Brant Roberson, Travis Timothy, Salim Langura, Luke Got Dicked
Los Angeles Clippers, 37-45, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Menno Gadzuric (Draft Pick), Chris Floyd (Draft Pick), Tim Williams (Draft Pick) Players Out: Steve Eboua (Retired), Hank Longpants (Free Agent), Dave McNeal (Free Agent), Greg Hollis (Free Agent), Jerekius Dee (Free Agent), Josh MH97 (Free Agent), Brandon Turner (Free Agent), Austin Hill (Free Agent)
Many over the hill free agents departed Los Angeles this summer, being replaced by 3 promising draft picks. Tim Williams in particular has the hallmarks of a future star. Combo guard Jeremiah McBee remains involved in trade talks although his value is quite high according to the Clippers’ front office. With another addition or two they could sneak into the playoffs in a weak western conference but don’t count on it.
Projected Starting 5: Dundrecous Nubine, Jeremiah McBee, Michael Hoskin, Truman Ryan, Tim Williams
Los Angeles Lakers, 65-17, League Champions Players In: Larry Edgerson (Signed from NOP), Marques Greene (Signed from NOP) Players Out: Donte Taylor (Retired), Paul Pierce Jr. (Retired), Josh Wiltz (Free Agent)
After the elation of winning their first ABF championship the post game news hit hard. Donte Taylor and Paul Pierce Jr. both opted to go out on top leaving the Lakers without two key players from their title run. Not that that leaves them out of the running in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, free agent addition Larry Edgerson looks set to become a rotation player way ahead of schedule, and Billy Miller and Rich Johnson are poised to lead this team deep into the playoffs once more.
Projected Starting 5: Brian Scalabrine Jr., Rich Johnson, Billy Miller, Drew King, D.J. Lane
Miami Heat, 46-36, Lost to NYK in 1st Round Players In: None Players Out: Ghassan Cain (Free Agent), Blake Cum (Signed with IND), Shawn Patton (Free Agent), Ahmad Webster (Free Agent)
One of only two teams not to add any players yet in the offseason, Miami lost out on Blake Cum to Indiana, not like they would have wanted him around anyway. Their other free agents remain unsigned although a return to the team seems unlikely for all concerned
Projected Starting 5: Justin Best, Chris Gibbon, T.J. Kamieniecki, Billy Haskin, Gary Prentice
Milwaukee Bucks, 49-33, Lost to DET in 1st Round Players In: Mike Godzinski (Draft Pick), Anton Benzon (Signed from CHA), Ross Higgs (Signed from DET), Andrew Ikhinmwin (Traded from GSW), Stefano Ghiacci (Traded from MIN) Players Out: Danny Young (Free Agent), Amadou Rules (Traded to GSW), Aivaras Tatarunas (Traded to GSW), Nike Turner (Traded to MIN), Howard Cowherd (Traded to MIN)
After running eventual finalists Detroit close in a 7 game round 1 series, the Bucks set to work immediately on this season. They added Andrew Ikhinmwin from Golden State, also shipping off Aivaras Tatarunas in a move that sees them free up room for a potential Joe McGadney pitch in 2047, or even a double signing with players like Eric Jefferson or J.M. Pino also available that summer. And another move sees them add Stefano Ghiacci from Minnesota, assuming he accepts their contract offer. These moves see them edge closer to title contenders while still falling short of the head of the pack.
Projected Starting 5: Mickey Ferguson, Charles Bernardi, Andrew Ikhinmwin, Kevin Adedede, Stefano Ghiacci
Minnesota Timberwolves, 39-43, Lost to SAS in 1st Round Players In: Chris McKenzie (Draft Pick), De’Angelo Brooks (Draft Pick), King Strong (Signed from POR), Podfrog Washed (Signed from BOS), Nick Dorsey (Signed from SAS) Players Out: Nathan Williams (Retired), Mike Stommes (Free Agent), James Ellis (Signed with VAN), Joseph Lol (Free Agent), Melvyn McMillen (Free Agent), Eli White (Free Agent)
Minnesota have committed to the rebuild with their star players heading for the exit door in the past year. Their first round pick De’Angelo Brooks is a great way to start out on that path, his defensive potential is huge and their GM was vindicated in picking him so early on with a great preseason progression. They also managed to get some assets out of free agent Stefano Ghiacci by sign and trading him to the Bucks. Not much else of note other than some project free agent signings
Projected Starting 5: Jordan Council, Kendal Bunce, Aleksa Jestratijevic, Tony Robinson, King Strong
New Orleans Pelicans, 3-79, Lost to BKN (via CHI) in Draft Lottery Players In: Chris Marshall (Draft Pick), Carlos Berdiel (Draft Pick), Alvin Perez-Laham (Draft Pick), Nate Farin (Draft Pick), Wesley Young (Draft Pick), Tomas Seibutis (Draft Pick), Earl Massinburg (Draft Pick), Matt Brown (Signed from VAN), Jerry Holster (Traded from WAS), Aivaras Tatarunas (Traded from GSW) Players Out: Jared Ingram (Free Agent), Larry Edgerson (Signed with LAL), Marques Greene (Signed with LAL), Griffin Williams (Traded to WAS)
Once again New Orleans acquired almost a complete roster on draft night, hoping to use the law of large numbers to their advantage. They coupled this with impressive additions in Matt Brown and Jerry Holster which mean the Pelicans will not be battling for a top 3 pick this year and instead could challenge for the playoffs.
Projected Starting 5: Jerry Holster, G.J. Peterson, Matt Brown, Kevin McDowell, Earl Massinburg
New York Knicks, 60-22, Lost to DET in 2nd Round Players In: Karim Fauche (Draft Pick), Jordon Formbor (Draft Pick) Players Out: Larry Graham (Retired)
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Those are the words that governed this offseason for the Knicks, and for good reason. Last year, New York were one of four teams to reach the 60 win mark and they did so on the back of a hugely impressive Shepard/Fuller duo. Unfortunately the chasing pack has been improving and the Knicks won’t have an easy stroll to the 2nd seed like they did last season. Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Detroit are all likely to be in the hunt for that honour and as of right now it’s anyone’s guess who comes out on top
Projected Starting 5: Reggie Shepard, Kyle Fuller, Tyrone Whiting, Sean Gillespie, Teyvon Joiner
Oklahoma City Thunder, 32-50, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Edgaras Ruikis (Draft Pick), Travis McCloud (Signed from DAL), Bobby Ruise (Signed from VAN), Terrell McKee (Signed from PHI) Players Out: Al’lonzo Clifford (Free Agent), Jim Garrett (Signed with DAL), Anthony Ramsey (Free Agent), Grant Cynwyd (Free Agent)
A huge offseason in the RFA market means OKC are ready to compete again. The McCloud, Ruise and McKee signings project to make the Thunder an elite defensive team, although scoring could still be an issue for them. They have been actively searching for such a star scorer and in all likelihood they will find someone. Combined with solid progressions from almost all their young talent, this OKC team means business and could push for 50 wins and a playoff series win.
Projected Starting 5: Travis McCloud, Bobby Ruise, Liberto Kamara, Nate Smith, Talbott Atamah
Orlando Magic, 24-58, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Ryan Smith (Draft Pick), Ahmad Baxter (Draft Pick), Jeff Grice (Draft Pick) Players Out: None
Orlando didn’t really make any moves this offseason apart from securing their existing young core. And that turned out to be a good decision as they were rewarded with good development from Brookins, Molinari, Ellis and Holloway which catapulted them into serious playoff contention.
Projected Starting 5: Brian Molinari, Robby Badbreath, Shawn Brookins, Walker Ellis, Davide Holloway
Philadelphia 76ers, 40-42, Lost to IND in 1st Round Players In: Jerome Forrest (Signed from PHX) Players Out: Dan Roberts (Retired), Tafari Henry (Retired), Brent Strawder (Free Agent), Terrell McKee (Signed with OKC), Marko Cirkovic (Free Agent)
Philadelphia set their sights on 2047 and a max level free agent signing by declining to match OKC’s offer to Terrell McKee and instead bringing in Jerome Forrest on a 1 year deal which will keep them competitive short term while maintaining long term flexibility. With 1.75M on the books through 2048 they are one of the few teams who can reasonably pull off a double max FA signing to try and attract Joe McGadney. This season will be another tough battle to make the playoffs, but with some depth signings they might just make it
Projected Starting 5: Cory McClain, Jerome Forrest, Daniel Silva, Jabari Antetokounmpo, Brandon Garrett
Phoenix Suns, 21-61, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Lucious Taylor (Draft Pick) Players Out: Dominique Fenton (Signed with VAN), That Boy Is Absolute (Free Agent), Bryon Anderson (Free Agent), Tony Hendricks (Free Agent), Marco Polo (Free Agent), Jerome Forrest (Signed with PHI), Drew Washington (Free Agent), Kyle Hendra (Free Agent), Dillon Hairston (Free Agent), Alphonso Sykes (Free Agent), Otis Sikora (Free Agent)
Ehhhhhh. They did try to get better by offering some big free agents but were unsuccessful. Coffeey looks decent I guess.
Projected Starting 5: https://youtu.be/oJbOLMvKk1E?t=1m10s except MJ is nowhere to be seen
Portland Trail Blazers, 58-24, Lost to LAL in Western Conference Finals Players In: Adrian Higgs (Draft Pick), Ben Onobakhare (Draft Pick), Trey Estes (Draft Pick) Players Out: Howard Eudy (Free Agent), King Strong (Signed with MIN), Pat Connaughton Jr. (Free Agent), Mladen Beric (Free Agent)
A mixed offseason for the Trail Blazers: Trey Estes is a great prospect and bringing back Ray Bryant on a team friendly deal is a good move, but allowing Pat Connaughton’s RFA rights to expire could prove to be a mistake. Good development from Brown and particularly Haigler will help them compete in the west again, but time is running short to convince McGadney that Portland is where he should continue to play.
Projected Starting 5: Joe McGadney, Jame Eclair, Ray Bryant, Keith Haigler, Aramie Dominguez
Sacramento Kings, 46-36, Swept GSW in 1st Round Players In: Steve Horowitz (Signed from UTA) Players Out: Matt McBreastmilk (Free Agent), Rob McAlpine (Signed with IND), Gerrot Lambot (Free Agent), Chris Dean (Free Agent)
Sacramento didn’t do much this offseason, but they didn’t need to because of the position the team was already in. Good progressions from Acquaah and Blankenship mean they are now one of the league’s premier teams, and with age on their side for the most part the Kings do not plan on disappearing any time soon. If you’re searching for a dark horse championship pick, look no further
Projected Starting 5: Chris Acquaah, Gordon Blankenship, Loren McConnell, Matt Bender, Elton Ahanmisi
San Antonio Spurs, 60-22, Lost to POR in 2nd Round Players In: Stan Clark (Draft Pick), Marcus Taalib (Draft Pick), Shaziah Shapira (Draft Pick), Estan Carr (Draft Pick) Players Out: Tevin Smith (Retired), Johnny Gaines (Retired), Gorkem Yildirim (Signed with VAN)
Spurs fans gathered in their thousands to bid a final farewell to franchise legend Tevin Smith following San Antonio’s early playoff exit. Between the Spurs and the Lakers retirements have rocked the landscape of the league but in terms of impact on the club and the fans, Pierce and Taylor simply cannot be compared to Smith, who brought 5 championships to San Antonio in a 12 year career with the team. That’s not to say they won’t still be very good: Jason Stewart is finally looking like a number 2 pick, and H.D. Corngaudy is a capable replacement to lead the team to glory again
Projected Starting 5: Gary Harding, Josh Snow, Jason Stewart, Greg Rutledge, H.D. Corngaudy
Toronto Raptors, 15-67, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Mustafa Kanter (Draft Pick), Dejuan Alexander (Draft Pick), Brad Hanson (Draft Pick), Brent Strawder (Signed from PHI), Javon Goss (Traded from BKN) Players Out: Fatts Russell (Signed with GSW), Anthony Goff (Free Agent)
The usually very active and reliable Raptors GM had the misfortune of missing their number 4 draft pick by less than a minute, and as a result fell victim to the auto draft gods. This left them with Dejuan Alexander instead of the widely admired Llewchean Dourdas and that, apart from Burak Bayrak finally showing some promise, is the most eventful thing to happen in Toronto this summer. They’ll likely be in the hunt for a top 3 pick again this year, and they have a potentially very useful pick leftover from the Daniel Silva trade.
Projected Starting 5: Brent Strawder, James Brown, James Harris, Burak Bayrak, Milo Banks
Utah Jazz, 39-43, Lost to LAL in 1st Round Players In: Thon Maker Jr. (Draft Pick) Players Out: Steve Horowitz (Signed with SAC), Shawne Barbour (Free Agent), Jovan Williams (Signed with CLE), Vanja Radosavljevic (Free Agent), Jordan Tarver (Free Agent), Vermin Markovic (Free Agent), Larry Clark (Free Agent), Douglas Altintig (Free Agent)
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Projected Starting 5: Von Walton, Denys Shundel, Deandre McLean, Thon Maker Jr., Some Autosigned Guy
Vancouver Grizzlies, 38-44, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Chris Johnson (Draft Pick), James Montonati (Draft Pick), Cozell Fellah (Draft Pick), Dominique Fenton (Signed from PHX), Gorkem Yildirim (Signed from SAS), James Ellis (Signed from MIN), Darian Kinnard (Signed from CHI) Players Out: Bobby Ruise (Signed with OKC), Matt Brown (Signed with NOP), Kirk Walls (Free Agent), Logan Bartelstein (Free Agent), Milovan Dubljevic (Free Agent)
Oh man, talk about bad luck. Faced with the decision of which RFAs to match and which to let go, Vancouver went 0-3 in terms of progressions. Both Ruise and Brown left and improved, while Sesar stayed and declined. Apart from 2045 draft pick Cozell Fellah, the rest of the team makes for gruesome reading as well. Felton and Yildirim were decent signings but they too fell victim to the Grizzlies curse.
Projected Starting 5: Dominique Fenton, Gorkem Yildirim, Chris Ochereobia, Franjo Sesar, Eric Wangmene
Washington Wizards, 36-46, Missed the Playoffs Players In: Eddie Wire (Draft Pick), Barney Carter (Draft Pick), Ryan Brown (Draft Pick), Jonathan Bullock (Draft Pick), Bad Hombre (Traded from BKN), Rafa De Souza (Traded from BKN), Griffin Williams (Traded from NOP) Players Out: Matt Fay (Free Agent), Christine Estwick (Traded to BKN), Jerry Holster (Traded to NOP)
Washington have been very active this offseason, acquiring Bad Hombre in return for Christine Estwick, as well as dumping Jerry Holster’s salary and receiving Griffin Williams’ expiring deal in return. This second deal puts them in a position to build around Hombre by adding some quality free agent signings in the coming years, although the competition for those signatures will be fierce. It might still be a year or two too early for them to reach the post season this time around, but the Wizards look well set up for the future
Projected Starting 5: Justin Daugherty, Tim Reuter, Eric Roth, Bad Hombre, Griffin Williams
Beacher Report Preseason Power Rankings 1. Indiana Pacers 2. Los Angeles Lakers 3. San Antonio Spurs 4. Detroit Pistons 5. Milwaukee Bucks 6. Sacramento Kings 7. Atlanta Hawks 8. New York Knicks 9. Portland Trail Blazers 10. Brooklyn Nets 11. Orlando Magic 12. Boston Celtics 13. Miami Heat 14. Philadelphia 76ers 15. Denver Nuggets 16. Golden State Warriors 17. Oklahoma City Thunder 18. Cleveland Cavaliers 19. New Orleans Pelicans 20. Dallas Mavericks 21. Los Angeles Clippers 22. Houston Rockets 23. Utah Jazz 24. Washington Wizards 25. Charlotte Hornets 26. Vancouver Grizzlies 27. Minnesota Timberwolves 28. Toronto Raptors 29. Chicago Bulls 30. Phoenix Suns
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2018.05.28 23:35 Select1220 Select1220's 2008 Sprint Cup Series Mock Season Part 2

Now this update won't have any race results or points because i am going to update once i hit race 20. I am currently at race 15 and about to do race 16 after i'm done writing this. This post is more for ideas that i have and would like to see what everyone's opinion is on them. For starters let me say that this 2008 season is not fully canon in a sense. This does not take place in the real timeline. My mock seasons timeline takes place in the One More Spark universe made by Griffdawg. a lot of the what if's in his universe happen here other than a few of them. For starters here is a list of drivers who have passed away but in my universe are still alive
Tim Richmond
Casey Elliott
Davey Allison
Kenny Irwin Jr.
Adam Petty
Clifford Allison
Alan Kulwicki
Rob Morroso
Tim Steel
Chris Trickle
Dale Earnhardt
Those are the drivers which i decided to keep alive. Now only Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr. are still racing in cup but Casey Elliott, Tim Steel, and Chris Trickle still race in NASCAR.
Adam Petty drivers for his family team in cup
Kenny Irwin Jr. races for Front Row Motorsports
Casey Elliott runs part time in the Nationwide series for Evernham Motorsports and full time in Trucks for Evernham
Tim Steel runs full time for Phoenix Racing in the Nationwide series
And Chris Trickle runs full time in the Trucks series for Red Horse Racing
Now i am only going to be doing the races on nr2003 for the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide series. Trucks will be still around but i wont be doing those races. I will how ever still go through the seasons tracking winners and champions.
I will also be adding 2 new series. These 2 new series will be a tier behind Nationwide but a tier above the K&N series
The Red Bull East and West Regional lites series. The K&N series will split into 4 regions Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. No driver running full time in the Nationwide, Sprint Cup, or Trucks can partake in the K&N series.
Now there will be no limit on how many race a Cup driver can run in either Nationwide or Trucks.
I'll break it down like this: What series you can run full time, under the series you are in
Sprint Cup drivers can run full or part time in Nationwide and Trucks.
Nationwide drivers can run full or part time in Trucks or the Red Bull lites series
Truck drivers can run full time or part time in the Red Bull lites series.
Red Bull lites drivers can run part time in the K&N or Wheelen modified series.
You can always drive up though as long as its part time.
I will now go through and give all the champions from 1987 to 2007 as those as that is when time start to differ from real life
1987 - Dale Earnhardt
1988 - Tim Richmond
1989 - Rusty Wallace
1990 - Dale Earnhardt
1991 - Alan Kulwicki
1992 - Dale Earnhardt
1993 - Dale Earnhardt
1994 - Jeff Gordon
1995 - Dale Earnhardt
1996 - Jeff Gordon
1997 - Tim Richmond
1998 - Davey Allison
1999 - Davey Allison
2000 - Dale Earnhardt
2001 - Jeff Gordon
2002 - Matt Kenseth
2003 - Matt Kenseth
2004 - Kenny Irwin Jr.
2005 - Tony Stewart
2006 - Jimmie Johnson
2007 - Jimmie Johnson
Now that i got that out the way here is all of the rumors and news that has happened since week 12
Nascar and Formula 1 have been rumored to been talking to each other. What has been siad is unclear but it seems racing empires are trying to work together to improve racing altogether.
NASCAR has announced a change in the names of it's top 2 series. the Sprint Cup Series will now be known as the Sprint Premier Series and the Nationwide Championship Series.
Formula 1 team Williams has found great interest in NASCAR. Unclear which series the team will buy a charter for or if they will partner with an existing team.
Ryan Newman has joined on to be the 3rd car at Stewart-Ginn Racing running the #39 next season.
Robby Gordon Motorsports has announced that they will not continue for the 2008 season.
Former 2 time champ Tim Richmond is looking to partner with a Nationwide team for next season.
Michael Waltrip Racing has announced that Michael Waltrip and the #55 will not run next season.
Now the last hing i want to talk about it my financial system
Each team started the season with a set amount of money that i felt made sense for the each team.
Example:
Roush Fenway Racing - 1,500,000 Million
Hendrick Motorsports - 2,000,000 Million
Each team also has a engine level from 1 to 5. 1 Being the worst and 5 Being the best. With that it teams will need to pay for new cars if they are wrecked during a race. also teams will pay for staff and pit crew at the end of each month.
My Next update will be after race 20
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2018.05.28 07:46 Select1220 Select1220's 2008 Sprint Cup Series Mock Season

So far i am 12 races into the season. I would have liked to make a post sooner but i don't have time in the day to do so. If you've read some of the comments i've made than you'll know that i said Regan Smith won Daytona. Well i my game crashed after i finished and i forgot to export the results so i had to do it over. I am going to do a quick run down on the top 5 each race
Daytona
1 - Sam Hornish Jr. R
2 - Carl Edwards
3 - Scott Speed
4 - Regan Smith R
5 - Bill Elliott
This was an interesting race to say the least. Sam Hornish Took the lead early and never looked back leading 24 out of 30 laps if i can remember correctly. Nothing else to note. No crash and only 1 car fell out of the draft
Atlanta
1 - Matt Kenseth
2 - Joey Logano
3 - Denny Hamlin
4 - Carl Edwards
5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Carl won the pole but Kenseth took the lead and never lost it from there on out. Joey Logano was the biggest surprise as he is running part time for Joe Gibbs in cup and managed to get 2nd
North Carolina
1 - Jeff Gordon
2 - Greg Biffle
3 - Matt Kenseth
4 - Kyle Busch
5 - Jamie McMurray
Don't remember much about this race other than that were 3 races in and still haven't had a caution. Jeff Won with 49 laps lead out of 60.
Las Vegas
1 - Greg Biffle
2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3 - Tony Stewart
4 - David Ragan
5 - Jamie McMurray
Finally a caution. Also after this race i started to realize that Roush Fenway Racing is gonna be dominant for years to come. Also we got the first bit of silly season news
Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs annouced that Tony will not be returning to the 20 car next season. He wants to return back to Chevy where he feel the most comfortable. Also Robby Gordon Motorsports are starting to become in danger of going bankrupt
Auto Club
1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2 - Greg Biffle
3 - Carl Edwards
4 - Kurt Busch
5 - Matt Kenseth
Tony won the pole but a bad pit stop mid way through the race ended his shot at winning. What looked like a easy win for Kenseth turned bad when he got lose entering the pits than had slow pit stop opening the door for Dale Earnhardt Jr to win.
Riverside
1 - Michael McDowell
2 - Jeff Gordon
3 - Kyle busch
4 - Kevin Harvick
5 - Greg Biffle
The start of this race had Carl Edwards way out in front. But after a bad pit stop and a touch to the wall he was done. Michael McDowell stayed out under caution and it payed of with a win.
Bristol
1 - Carl Edwards
2 - David Reutimann
3 - Regan Smith R
4 - Tony Stewart
5 - Greg Biffle
A wreck fest that almost ended with another MWR win but Edwards was to much for Reutimann and passed him win ease and got his first win of the season.
Darlington
1 - Jimmie Johnson
2 - Jamie McMurray
3 - Casey Mears
4 - Carl Edwards
5 - Regan Smith R
A strong race for Jimmie with 2 cautions. Tony Stewart would end up upside down after being turned by Jeff Gordon.
Silly Season News
Tony Stewart will be partnering up with Ginn Racing to form Stewart-Ginn Racing. 2 cars are confirmed for the full season next year with Tony in the 14 and Jason Leffler in the 13
Chip Ganassi are moving to a 3 car full time operation next season with Dario Franchitti taking over the 40 car
Kenny Irwin Jr. will be leaving Front Row Motorsports at the end of the season
Martinsville
1 - Matt Kenseth
2 - David Ragan
3 - Carl Edwards
4 - Joey Logano
5 - Mark Martin
Roush were not near the front during most of the race but after a debris caution and smart pit strategy they took the top spots away from Jimmie Johnson to the top 3
Texas
1 - Greg Biffle
2 - Kurt Busch
3 - Kyle Busch
4 - Matt Kenseth
5 - Jeff Burton
Greg won pole lead almost every lap and won. Not much to say about that
Kansas
1 - Kurt Busch
2 - Carl Edwards
3 - Joey Logano
4 - Jeff Gordon
5 - Matt Kenseth
Another strong showing from Joey Logano while Kurt Busch gets his first win of the season
Michigan
1 - Jamie McMurray
2 - Tony Stewart
3 - Ryan Newman
4 - Sam Hornish Jr. R
5 - Casey Mears
Jamie McMurray hangs on to win beating out Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman by 3 tenth's of a second and get his first win of the season.
Last of the silly season updates so far
Ryan Newman did not resign with Team Penske for next season
Kenny Irwin Jr. will be taking his spot at Penske next year
Petty Enterprises is scaling down next season. Bobby Labonte is leaving the 43 car and the 45 car of Adam Petty will be taking his spot in the 43 next season
Paul Menard is not returning to DEI next season. Mark Martin will get the 8 full time as Airc Almirola will take over the 15 car next season.
Points Through 12 are
1 - Carl Edwards 1762 1 Win
2 - Greg Biffle -77 2 Wins
3 - Kurt Busch -141 1 Win
4 - Matt Kenseth -226 2 Wins
5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. -256 1 Win
6 - Jamie McMurray -259 1 Win
7 - Tony Stewart -286
8 - Jimmie Johnson -329 1 Win
9 - Kyle Busch -331
10 - Sam Hornish Jr. R -348 1 Win
11 - Ryan Newman -384
12 - Jeff Gordon -385 1 Win
13 - David Ragan -426
14 - Regan Smith R -438
15 - Paul Menard -446
16 - Denny Hamlin -509
17 - Brian Vickers -554
18 - David Reutimann -555
19 - Casey Mears -561
20 - Kevin Harvick -561
Thats about it for. I am also using a financial system to give me flexibility in the story lines i can make, also makes it easier for me when it comes to see who will go bankrupt or be able to get more cars on there team.
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2018.01.30 20:18 kcheng686 2018 mock draft V2.1

Notes: I fixed my last draft based off some community suggestions. Also fuck mobile. It cut my mock in half and I had to redo the damn thing.
First, FA assumptions
-Kirk Cousins signs with Denver, meaning that Denver cuts Aqib Talib, who heads to the Buccaneers to help their secondary, and Sanders, who goes to Chicago
-The Jaguars stick with Bortles after his performance in the AFCCG, and tag Robinson.
-SF works out an extension with Jimmy G.
-Jarvis Landry head to Chicago, who can offer him #1 WR spot, targets and money.
-Malcolm Butler leaves the Patriots in the offseason, and heads to the Packers, who's new GM shows he isnt afraid of making a splash in FA, something TT was allergic to.
-Alex Smith is sent to the Browns for pick 64. The Browns get a temp stopgap at QB, while the Chiefs start their life without Smith. The Browns also extend Flash Gordon.
-DeMarcus Lawrence is tagged by the Cowboys.
-The Vikings tag Case Keenum and resign Teddy Bridgewater.
-Sam Bradford heads to the Cardinals.
-Jimmy Graham leaves the Seahawks to reunite with Drew Brees and the Saints.
-The Panthers decided to keep Andrew Norwell and let Star Lotulelei leave, who decides to rejoin his old DC Sean McDermott in Buffalo.
-All other big name FAs are assumed to stay with their current team.
1 - Cleveland Browns: Main Needs - QB, FS, RB - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Although most people consider Josh Rosen by far the most pro-ready QB of the entire class, his concussions and rumored unwillingness to play in Cleveland, as well as the fact that Cleveland has a veteran QB in Smith, lead to the Browns picking Darnold instead. Darnold has a nice arm and a high ceiling, and although he did struggle with interceptions, some time with Check-down king Alex Smith may help that greatly.
2 - New York Giants: Main Needs - OT, QB, RB - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Eli has been one of the faces of the Giants for quite some time now, but I think even he agrees that New Yorks needs to get his successor. And with Rosen falling to 2, they are more than happy to snatch him up. As the most pro-ready QB in the draft, the Giants no longer need to worry about Eli potentially retiring. This also works out great for Rosen, who lands with one of the premier franchises in the NFL, and with Pat Shurmur, who was squeeze out a career year from Case Keenum.
3 - Indianapolis Colts: Main Needs - OG, EDGE, ILB - Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
Unfortunately for the Colts, with the top 2 QBs getting grabbed, and most of the QB needy teams finding some sort of temporary solution as well, no team is willing to trade up. So the Colts grab the best EDGE rusher of the class in Chubb. Nelson would have been great here as well, but OG just isnt that valued of a position, and the OG is also alot deeper than EDGE is, especially since Ferrell returned to Clemson.
4 - Cleveland Browns (Via HOU): Main Needs - QB, FS, RB - Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS/CB, Alabama
Jabrill Peppers is not a free safety, and his play this season showed as much. So the Browns shore up their secondary with a player many have compared to Earl Thomas III. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a perfect Free safety for the modern defense, a guy who can read plays, play both man/zone, and contribute to the run.
5 - Buffalo Bills (Via DEN): Main Needs - ILB, QB, C -Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Tyrod Taylor may have lead the Bills to the playoffs, but its pretty obvious the Buffalo FO doesn't consider him the QB of the future, considering they benched him for someone who made Deshone Kizer look good. So, the Bills push in all their chips and go for Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has some flaws, mainly concerning his height, his feet, and his gunslinger tendency, but his accuracy, ability to extend plays, and leadership are undeniable. The Bills are happy to land their QB of the future here, despite the high cost.
6 - New York Jets: Main Needs - QB, OL, EDGE - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Josh McCown was a nice surprise this year, but I am sure that almost all Jets fans can agree that he isnt the future. So the Jets grab their QB of the future in the dynamic Lamar Jackson. Jackson showed steady improvement during his time in college, despite a WR corps that was more drop happy than Amari Cooper and Dez Bryant combined. Considering the Jets have one of the better WR Corps in the league(Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa, the likely to be suspended Robby Anderson, and ASJ), it will be interesting to see how Jackson plays.
7 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Main needs - OL, DE, RB - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Muscle Hamster had a great run in Tampa, but its time for them to move on, and with the #1 ranked overall prospect, a player many consider to be the best RB prospect in the last decade, dropping to them, the Buccaneers waste little time before scooping him up. Barkley needs little introduction. He has everything a team could want in a RB. He is fast, elusive, has great vision, can produce #2 WR receiving numbers, etc etc. Off-field wise, he is basically Mariota, a guy who's red flag was "he has no red flags." TB lands their franchise RB for the next decade, as long as Winston doesnt eat too many W's around him.
8 - Chicago Bears: Main needs - ILB, EDGE, OT - Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Bears could use a serious upgrade from Bobby Massie in protecting Mitchell Trubisky, and they get that in the #1 OT in the class, Connor Williams. Williams has experience at both LT and RT, and is excellent in both pass protection and run blocking. Williams can be the franchise LT for the bears, which allows Charles Leno to move to RT, where he can use his strength to help Jordan Howard in the run game.
9 - San Francisco 49ers: Main Needs - OG, CB, EDGE - Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
The 49ers have their perceived Franchise QB in Jimmy G, and have enough weapons at WR where they dont need a WR too badly, However, they need serious help on the interior, and Nelson is pretty widely considered the best G prospect in this class. He is a plug and play G, and can be a foundational piece for the 49ers OL for Jimmy G's career.
10 - Oakland Raiders: Main Needs - CB, ILB, DL - Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Raiders drafted Gareon Conley last year, hoping he would help out their atrocious secondary, but so far he hasnt been able to contribute thanks to an injury. Additionally, Oakland will probably cut both Sean Smith and Davis Amerson, both of whom have not been performing, and who would save the Raiders $14.5 million in cap to use for the incoming Mack extension. Jackson is a fantastic CB in the mold of Marcus Peters, a guy who loves intercept the ball, indicated by his 8 interceptions this season. Jackson would provide the Raiders with a true #1 CB, and someone they can trust until Conley comes back. Smith would be a great option here, but apparently Reggie Mackenzie doesnt draft ILBs high.
11 - Miami Dolphins: Main needs - OG, ILB, TE - Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia
The Dolphins top 2 players in Nelson and Barkley are long gone, but I’m sure they arent too sad to land the #1 ILB in the class. Smith was a monster run stopper for Georgia this season, missing a total of 0 tackles all year, and making plays all over their field. He also was decent in coverage, with great speed and good instincts. Smith can be the impact LB the Dolphins have been missing.
12 - Cincinnati Bengals: Main Needs - OT, OG, OL - Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The Bengals let 2 premier offensive lineman walk in FA this year, and well, the results werent pretty. Its obvious that Cedric Ogbuehi isnt the answer at LT, and Andre Smith is already 31. Brown is one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft, and would hopefully be a worthy replacement for the now departed Andrew Whitworth.
13 - Washington Redskins: Main Needs - QB, ILB, WR - Tremaine Edmunds, ILB, Virginia Tech
Washington drafted Sua Cravens 2 years ago to be the guy who filled the ILB need, and he has been cleared, but its hard to say how impactful he will be with a year off of football. Meanwhile the Redskins need to get Zach Brown a partner, IF he doesnt leave. Mason Foster is decent, but the team could use an upgrade, so they decide to grab the talented Edmunds. Edmunds isnt a great pass-rusher, but he has few flaws elsewhere, as he excels in coverage, run support, and even running down ball-carriers, not to mention his great athleticism.
14 - Green Bay Packers: Main Needs - OG, EDGE, TE - Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
Here is a fast riser. Marcus Davenport knows how to use his length and size to his advantage, and possesses an explosive first step, which when paired with his non-stop motor and wide array of pass-rush moves, gets him to the QB fast. He isnt just a one trick pony, as he showed he can also stuff the run at a high level. He was unblockable at the Senior Bowl. I dont know how well he will fit into Pettine’s 3-4 defense(I think he works best as a 4-3 DE), but he should produce no matter what position he plays at.
15 - Arizona Cardinals: Main Needs - OL, WR, DL - Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
McGlinchey wouldve been a top 5 pick last season if he had come out, but instead he stayed, and hurt his draft stock. Luckily for him, OT is a huge need for many teams across the league, and he ends up only falling to 15. The Cardinals could use serious help on the offensive Line, and with Humphries finally playing well, McGlinchy could help out greatly at RT, where most consider him best at.
16 - Dallas Cowboys (From BAL): Main Needs - S, WR, LB - Derwin James, S, Florida State
The Cowboys cannot risk the Panthers or Titans trading up to grab James, so they take the initiative and move up to secure the talented safety. James is one of the talented defensive players in the draft, hurt mainly by an underperforming team. He has fantastic versatility, hit hard, and can cover well. He can play S, CB, LB, and even DE, using his athletic gifts to create mismatches wherever he goes. He will be a great replacement for Barry Church.
17 - Los Angeles Chargers: Main needs - OL, DL, OLB - Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The Chargers are terrible at stopping the run, and neither Corey Liuget nor Brandon Mebane have played well this year. Vita Vea would be fantastic in the Chargers nickel and Dime packages as the NT, using his combo of size and power to bulldoze his way into the backfield, which would open up opportunities for the Chargers heralded EDGE duo of Bosa and Ingram.
18 - Seattle Seahawks: Main Needs - OL, TE, RB, SS(?) - Will Hernandez, OG, UNLV
The Seahawks need OL help badly, and what better way to start than getting one of the nastiest, toughest guard prospects in the draft? An absolute mauler in the run game, Hernandez was fantastic in college, and has been shining in the Senior Bowl. He possess great hands and surprising agility, and would fill either G spot for the Hawks.
19 - Baltimore Ravens: Main Needs - WR, RT, EDGE - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Ravens WR corps is horrible. Maclin hasnt done much. Perriman is a bust. Mike Wallace is 31 and an FA. Ridley is the best WR prospect in the class, and will hopefully become the #1 WR the Ravens havent had since Torrey Smith.
20 - Detriot Lions: Main Needs - RB, DL, OL - DaRon Payne, DT, Alabama
Ngata is an FA, and 34, and the Lions need a new NT. So they grab the Bama Standout. Payne stood out in the CFB playoffs, proving his mettle as a run stuffer and a player who could provide serious pressure from the interior. With Smith and Payne, the Lions run defense will looked much improved from the previous season.
21 - Denver Broncos (Via BUF): Main Needs - OT, RB, ILB: Brian O’Neill, OT, Pitt
With a star QB in Cousins, the Broncos need to protect him at all cost. So, the Broncos pick up O'Neill, a athletic OT who gave up 0 sacks and 4 pressures total all season for Pittsburgh.
22 - Denver Broncos (Via BUF via KC): Main needs - OT, RB, ILB - Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
It is very likely that if Denver signs Cousins, they have to release one of their WRs(probably Sanders) along with Talib to afford Kirk’s contract. So, the Broncos replace Sanders with the elusive, explosive Kirk. Kirk has great hands ad route running, and is versatile enough to be able to play both the X and Z receiver, allowing Denver to come out of the offseason with no serious damage done to their receiving corps.
23 - Los Angeles Rams: Main needs - OT, OLB, CB - Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
Key is an absolute freak of a pass rusher and has a very high ceiling, no one can disagree. But he comes with serious baggage and a ton of risk. However, if there is one person I trust can turn him into an elite EDGE, its Wade Phillips. A motivated Key would be a serious upgrade over Connor Barwin.
24 - Carolina Panthers: Main needs - WR, OG, S - Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama
Kurt Coleman regressed and Mike Adams is 36. The Panthers seriously need some young blood at safety, and they get it in Harrison. The Bama strong safety is most known for his ability to lay the boom, but he isnt the typical box safety. Harrison has decent coverage abilities and good instincts, and has no hesitation, whether its to stuff a run or break up a pass.
25 - Tennessee Titans: Main needs - EDGE, DL, CB - Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
In this modern NFL, teams need 3 CBs to compete. The Titans have a solid slot CB in Logan Ryan, an improving CB in Adoree Jackson, and not much else. LeShaun Sims is not that good, and he is probably the best of the other CBs. Oliver is long and fast, and excellent in man and press. He is fantastic at keeping up with WRs and keep the ball out of their hands. With a deep EDGE class and a much shallower CB one, the Titans can afford to grab their #1 CB of the future now.
26 - Atlanta Falcons: Main Needs - DT, OG, CB - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Hurst is the best pass-rushing DT in the draft, and with Poe and Clayborn possibly leaving, adding Hurst to a front 7 that already includes Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley, and Takkarist McKinley will give the Falcons quite the pass rush.
27 - New Orleans Saints: Main Needs - EDGE, LB, WR - James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State Micheal Thomas is a top 10 WR in the league, but outside of that, the Saints WR corps is pretty poor. Ginn is 32, Snead is probably gone, and they could really use a replacement for the departed Cooks. Luckily for them, James Washington falls right into their laps. Washington was impressive all season and at the Senior Bowl, showing off his ability to create seperation with his hands, and his ability to grab contested passes. Washington is on the shorter side at 5'11, but his 34 inch arms and excellent production should calm any fears that the Saints may have. Plus, playing with Brees and across from MT should mean Washington gets plenty of targets.
28 - Pittsburgh Steelers: Main needs - LB, FS, QB - Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
With the loss of Shazier for the forseeable future, the Steelers go out and grab his replacement in the Bama Inside linebacker. Evans is decent in coverage, but his main talents lie in his ability to stuff the run and rush the passer. And if Shazier does end up coming back, a pairing of Shazier and Evans could be absolutely deadly for the Steelers, and would make the Steelers Sub packages much more deadly.
29 - Jacksonville Jaguars: Main Needs - TE, OG, WR - Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State
Patrick Omameh is a free agent this year, and the Jags offensive line could use some depth on the interior. Price is a great guard, with great balance and leverage, which would be very useful for the very run-heavy Jags and Fournette as well as protecting Bortles.
30 - New York Giants(Via MIN): Main Needs - OT, QB, RB - Derrick Guice, RB, LSU
The Giants have drafted their QB of the future, but they need to build a run game if they want Rosen to excel. Guice is the best power back in the draft, and perfect for those 3rd and short situations where the Giants routinely struggled at before. Guice is excellent at picking yards after contact, and is very tough to tackle. He will force teams to respect the Giants run game, something teams haven’t done in some times.
31 - New England Patriots: Main Needs - QB, EDGE, CB - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Tom Brady has beaten Father Time again and again, but he cant do it forever, and Brian Hoyer isnt exactly a spring chicken either. The Patriots needs a succession plan, so they take a gamble on Josh Allen. Easily the most divisive prospect in the entire draft, Allen possesses fantastic physical gifts but seemingly no idea how to use them. However, some time working with Brady and learning from him would likely do Allen alot of good, and if anyone can help Allen reach his potential, its Brady and Belicheck. If they succeed, this pick could be the steal of the decade.
32 - Chicago Bears(Via PHI): Main needs - ILB, OT, CB: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Ryan Pace has never been afraid to get his guy, and he knows his team needs secondary help. So he arranges a trade up to grab one of the best CBs in the class. A product of the OSU DB factory, Denzel Ward has great feet, quick hips, and is excellent in zone. He is decent at run support, and a huge contributor in special teams, with multiple blocked kicks. Pace gets himself a steal of a corner near the end of the first.
Notable players who fell out of Round 1:
Ronald Jones
Braden Smith
Harold Landry
Justin Reid
Frank Ragnow
Isaiah Wynn
Kolton Miller
Trades
Buffalo sends 21, 22, 2018 BUF 3rd to DEN for 5
Dallas sends 19, 2017 DAL 3rd to BAL for 16
Giants send 34, 2017 NYG 4th to MIN for 30, 2017 MIN 7th
Bears send 42, 2017 CHI 4th, 2018 CHI 3rd to PHI for 32
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