Rounds 4 through 7 of the NFL draft are always a bit odd in my opinion. The reason being that the majority of the players selected today probably won't end up on an active NFL roster by the time the season begins later this year. This is the part of the draft where no one really knows who everyone is or which player will end up with which team.
It is also a time in which teams can find diamonds in the rough. Specifically I find that small school guys tend to fall to this part of the draft - yet if the scouts are correct in their evaluation about their guy, these less heralded players can become key parts of your favorite team. Saints fans need look no further than Jahri Evans out of Bloomsburg University, Jermon Bushrod out of Towson, or the Quiet Storm himself Marques Colton out of Hofstra. I should warn Saints fans that these are exceptional cases and should not be considered the norm. That said, lets look at what the Saints did in rounds four through seven today.
The Saints didn't have a 4th round pick and had till wait till the 5th round before they once again got to make a selection. With the 148th pick the Saints chose outside linebacker Davis Tull out of UT-Chatanooga and if there is one guy that was chosen today that Saints fans should get excited about it is Tull. First off, Tull has great size at 6'3 240 lbs. Second, Tull has some of the most insane testing numbers I have ever seen. In fact, one of WWL's excellent producers Jordan Feigel informed me that if you combine vertical, broad, and bench it results in what scouts call an "explosive" rating.
Tull had the 9th highest explosive rating of any prospect in the past three years and the second highest in this draft class to Vic Beasley. Finally, Tull has the production to prove that he is more than an underwear olympian. When a player goes to a small school like UT Chattanooga you want to see them dominate and you cannot get more dominant than Tull was during his college career. Davis was a 3-time South Conference DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Thats insane. I struggle to put into words how crazy this is when you consider what an individual award Player of the Year is. That means in his conference there wasn't even one guy better than Tull for THREE STRAIGHT YEARS. As if this all wasn't nice enough he is a smart kid as well finishing up school with 3.54 GPA. Did I just fall in love? I think I might have during the writing of this blog. Bottom line, Sean Payton said they were pleasantly surprised that they were able to get Tull so late and I cannot wait to see him firsthand when OTAs get underway this summer.
Just a few picks later the Saints finally decided to address interior defensive tackle position as they chose Tyeler Davison out of Fresno St. At 6'2 309 Davison isn't the biggest DT, however he has excellent technique and production. Davison amassed 61 tackles, 13 TFLs, and 8.5 sacks his SR year. Much of Davison's technical success probably comes from the fact that he was a state champion wrestler in high school. I don't know if he will be great but if nothing else he will push the veterans in front of him and not allow them to get complacent.
It seemed as if the Saints were done until round number six but out of nowhere the Black and Gold returned to the 5th round when they traded their 2015 and 2016 6th round picks to the Washington Redskins. The reason why the Saints decided to move back into the 5th was because they had a particuliarly high grade on UGA cornerback Damian Swann. During Swann's conference call, I noticed that Damian seems to have personality in spades so it came as no surprise when I learned that he was a defense captain for the Bulldogs and winner of the UGA's Coach's leadership award. The Saints now have a pretty crowded defensive backfield, however as Coach Payton said after the draft, in today's football environment with the way the game has evolved you can never have too many defensive backs.
The Saints would go on to wrap up their 2015 draft class with running back Marcus Murphy out of Missouri. While Murphy played RB in college and put up respectable numbers, his real value may lie in the return game. During his time at Mizzou, Murphy had 7 kick/punt returns for touchdowns and we all know how badly the Saints need more production in that part of the game.
When it was all said and done the Saints chose 6 defensive players and 3 offensive players. In the first three rounds we can see the groundwork of the Black and Gold's future being laid. In the final four rounds it appears that the Saints were committed to giving defensive coordinator Rob Ryan multiple guys to throw against the wall and see what sticks. Although there is almost absolutely no point in trying to judge a draft class I would say that overall I think the Saints did a solid job. They stuck to their guns, didn't overreach, and may have laid the blueprint for the future while improving in the present as well.
Quarterback Garret Grayson was selected with the 75th pick on the 2015 NFL Draft and my computer almost exploded thanks to twitter. The interesting aspect of this pick isn't the player himself. Whether you wanted Garret Grayson or Bryce Petty is irrelevant. Realize that the much more interesting point here is that the Saints took a quarterback in the third round. With that in mind, let's take a look at what role Garrett Grayson will fill.
In the short term, Garrett Grayson represents a solid back-up to Drew Brees. In the long term, Grayson represents a potential solid starter for the Saints. The million dollar question, that will be the source of the most controversy, is WHEN does this change take place?
I have always thought that when you draft the "heir apparent" (for lack of a better term) quarterback…the maximum amount of time you want them to sit is two years. In Drew Brees, I believe you have a quarterback who has at least three premium years left. Therein lies the rub. What happens if…Brees continues to excel over the next two seasons (which I believe he will)? What happens if…Garrett Grayson continues to show improvement and gains momentum over that same span?
Now, let us take a look at one case we can reference with a similar setup…the Aaron Rodgers/ Brett Favre situation back in 2007. In that scenario Aaron Rodgers actually sat three whole seasons as the Packers hoped Favre would slow down and make their decision easier. When that didn't happen, the Packers basically forced Favre out in favor of Rodgers and the rest is history.
The question becomes…will the Saints be able to make that same decision if it presents itself? It is worth noting that the Packers and Favre went through a bad breakup and just now seemed to have resolved their issues, as he will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame later this year. How would the city of New Orleans react to such a bad breakup between Brees and the Saints?
Now, I should point out that this is all a bit hyperbolic. Aaron Rodgers and Garrett Grayson are two completely different quarterbacks. Also, the issues we are talking about lie YEARS down the road. Grayson could flat out just not work out, or maybe Brees does fall off and makes the Saints decision easy.
It is for these reasons I would tell Saints fans to calm down and accept the fact that we'll cross that bridge when we get there, if indeed we ever do.
The Saints just selected Hau'oli Kikaha with the 44th pick of the 2015 NFL draft. While this isn't a pick many people were talking about, there was one person who had it pegged from a mile away. No, it wasn't me. As much as it pains me to admit it, my man Kristian Garic…aka K-Dawg…aka the 13th best sideline reporter in the NFL…had this one nailed from a mile away. He actually told me yesterday to watch out for Kikaha, because he thought Hau'oli was the Saints guy. Well done K-Dawg. Now, onto Kikaha…
If you are a fan of production, then you have to be in LOVE with this pick. Last season there literally was not a more productive pass rusher in the entire country. Kikaha led the nation with an eye popping 19 sacks! On top of that, Kikaha also added 72 total tackles and 25 tackles for loss. These stats should make your heart beat a little faster. So, if he is supposed to be so dominant, why were people hesitant about Kikaha?
Kristian here just look at the production for Saints 2nd round pick Hau'oli Kikaha. He just fits
Hau'oli Kikaha started the first four games of his freshman season at Washington, before tearing his ACL back in 2011. He would come back next year only to tear the same ACL once again in 2012.
For many people this is enough to cross him off your wish list, however, I think this would be shortsighted for a number of reasons. First, Kikaha played two full seasons in which he dominated since tearing his ACL that second time. Also, I have always hated using past injuries as a predictor of future success. The game of football is violent. Injuries happen. Look no further than the Saints last year. Jairus Byrd missed the season. Both offensive tackles missed time. Keenan Lewis missed time; even new Saints center Max Unger only played in 6 games. So, maybe Kikaha gets hurt, maybe he doesn't. My point…his past has nothing to do with his future, and from where I am sitting his future looks pretty bright.
The Saints have now addressed another position of need and I believe fans should be pleased. Now, the Saints can look to some of the other positions where they could still use additional help. In light of the Kikaha pick, I believe that DT and WR are where the Saints will look to next.
The Saints selected Andrus Peat with the 13th pick in the 2015 draft and I fully support this decision. In fact, I applaud the Saints for not overreaching for a pass rusher just because of their perceived need. First off, if Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan can return to their 2013 form, the “need” for a pass rusher is already lessened greatly.
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Plus, let’s take a look at the other available options. Is Bud Dupree deserving of a 13th pick? Is he NFL ready? I’m not so sure. The Pittsburgh Steelers ended up picking Dupree at 22. Would you rather the Saints have picked a player, who was rated as a top ten pick at 13, or a guy who went at 22 with the 13th pick? Once again, the key word is VALUE. As far as Shane Ray and Randy Gregory go I’m not so sure their talent warrants a 13th pick…characters issues or not.
Now the question becomes where does Peat fit into this lineup? This is the conversation that will dominate Louisiana sports talk shows over the next few weeks. I think the Saints could potentially move Peat inside for a year or two, before bumping him out to tackle when Strief retires. Even if Peat stays at tackle, having a high quality backup who can play on either the right or left side, is invaluable.
Look no further than the fact that last season both Terron Armstead and Zach Strief missed time with injuries. This could simultaneously be an investment in immediate success and the future. When Strief retires you now have two bookend tackles, who will be critical to easing the quarterback transition from Drew Brees to whomever eventually becomes that heir apparent. Bottom line, nothing helps a young quarterback ease into the league like solid offensive line play.
It is for these reasons that I support the Saints going Peat at 13. He is an intelligent, athletic, high character guy who is NFL ready. Also, as an undervalued bonus, Peat is a sports psychology major. As someone who benefited greatly from talking to sports psychologists I can tell you that Peat will never lack in confidence in himself and his abilities.
Bottom line, this is a high value pick that can help the Saints in the short term and long term. Between this draft pick and the Unger trade the Saints have once again fully committed to winning in the trenches and that is a formula for success.
Kwon Alexander was the LSU Tigers leading tackler last season, racking up 90 on the year. At 6’1 227 pounds many would say that Alexander is on the smaller side for an NFL linebacker, however he makes up for this lack of size with his incredible quickness and speed. Also, he may not be the biggest but he definitely isn’t afraid as he has shown time and time again he will put his helmet in the Big Boy’s chests. Alexander’s athleticism is simultaneously his biggest strength and weakness as sometimes his technique can get sloppy due to his ability to just out athletic people on the college level. Expect to see Alexander taken off the board in round 3 as no matter where he ends up it is all but a guarantee he will start on special teams in year 1.
The first time I realized how fast LSU Cornerback Jalen Collins truly is was when I saw him run down Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon on a 65 yard chase. Besides his speed, Collins’ biggest strength is without a doubt his size. His 6’1 frame is exactly what teams are looking for in the post "Legion of Boom" era of the NFL. As it stands Collins is still a bit inexperienced starting in just 10 games on the collegiate level (see why LSU is named DBU?) and will be a bit of a project for whichever team takes him. That said Collins is a natural corner who will be ready to start by his 2nd year. Collins has a very good chance of going in the 1st round and will not make it past round 2.
Many question Danielle Hunter’s production, including myself, yet if you take a closer look at the numbers, Hunter actually had high end tackle production for a defensive end racking up 73 stops in 2014. The biggest criticism against Hunter isn’t against his statistics overall, as he also led the team with 13 TFLs, but rather specifically his pass rush skills as he registered just 1.5 sacks on the year. The bottom line, however, is that Hunter’s mixture of size, strength, and speed is FREAKISH. Also, Hunter doesn’t play lazy, has a high motor. It is for these reasons I expect Hunter to come off the board in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Southeastern Quarterback Bryan Bennett was one of the most exciting players I ever seen play live. One of the main reasons why is his elite athleticism which was on display at this year’s NFL Combine where he led all quarterbacks with a 37 inch vert and a 125 inch broad jump. Bennett has the arm strength to make all the throws and plays with a natural playmaking instinct that can’t be taught. However Bennett has a tendency to rely on his athleticism too much and if he wants to make it on the next level he will need to improve his accuracy and decision making. That said, Bennett is an intriguing prospect and one that I would expect to come off of the board either in round 6 or 7.
Tulane Cornerback Lorenzo Doss is an absolute ballhawk as evidenced by the fact that in just three years with the Green Wave Doss had 33 passes defended and 15 interceptions. When evaluating talent I am always a big fan of production. Sure, if a guy is a giant that can jump through the roof that’s great but at the end of the day… can he play? The answer in Doss’ case is unequivocally YES. Doss is also known as a “workaholic” and is willing to play through pain and has put his toughness on display time and time again. In my mind whichever team decides to make the move on Doss in either round 4 or 5 will be getting a high value pick.
Up until yesterday La’el Collins was considered a lock to be a first round pick as many considered Collins to be the best overall linemen in this entire class. Collins was a multi-year starter who appears to be one of the most NFL ready prospects in the entire draft. He excels at both pass blocking and run blocking and can play either guard or tackle on the next level. This all may not matter however as Collins has been sought by Baton Rouge police to answer some questions about a tragic murder that took place last Friday. As of now police are saying Collins is not a suspect however teams are hesitant to take a chance on someone linked in any way with a case this serious.
Just to do something a little different, here's a recap of the 1st round of the NFL Draft - except not at all.
1st pick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose Shane Falco
Quite literally the easiest pick of all time. The Bucs set a record turning their envelope in mere milliseconds after Goodell Bot started the draft. The Ohio St grad may have shamed himself in college when he decided to throw the 1996 Sugar Bowl however he found redemption by leading a rag tag bunch of miscreants to a regular season win over Dallas during the players strike. Additional upside here, due to the fact that the Glazer family is super wealthy and loves their yachts. Conveniently enough Falco has extensive experience scraping the barnacles off of hulls. Once again NO BRAINER.
2nd Pick - Tennessee Titans choose Marcus Mariota
Mariota is a top flight athlete, absolutely dominated the wunderlich, and went to Oregon. Oregon’s mascot is the duck. Ducks are migratory birds. Mariota is migrating from Hawaii to the US. *RED FLAG ALERT* The only thing that worries me is that Mariota will be migrating NORTH for the winter instead of SOUTH. This goes against his natural instinct. I believe it could result in a turbulent transition to the next level.
3rd Pick - Jacksonville Jaguars choose Maximus Decimus Meridius
Jacksonville owner Shad Kahn has decided once again that the in-stadium experience is not enough to entice fans to come watch the terrible product the Jags are putting on the field. With this in mind he has announced that EverBank Field will play host to real life gladiatorial games during the commercials, timeouts, halftime ect. Maximus, with his renowned combat prowess, was the obvious choice to lead these games. Who doesn’t want to go to a game where you can chill in the pool while watching fantasy football on the biggest screen in the world with death and glory taking place right below?
4th pick - Oakland Raiders choose Old Han Solo from the New Star Wars Trailer
Whats old is new again! Star Wars is back! I mean did you see that Star Wars trailer?! Anyway, Old Han makes perfect sense for this Raiders team. Back in 1976 the Raiders had one of the best teams in NFL history. Star Wars A New Hope first blew people’s minds in 1977. Just like these new Star Wars movies, the Raiders need someone from their past who has done it before to show them the way. While he may be a bit of a rebel, Old Solo seems the perfect choice to me. Plus, the added benefit of Chewbacca being a package deal has potential even if the Wookie has communication problems at times.
5th Pick - Washington Redskins choose Eric Cartman
Daniel Snyder had a bit of a rough season in 2014 as did the Redskins organization as a whole. Snyder felt a splashy pick was needed in order to make the Redskins relevant again and right the ship heading into 2015. Cue Eric Cartman. While on the surface this pick may seem shocking due to the fact that in an episode of South Park from this previous season Cartman was seen to have made fun of Washington’s current predicament. However, this shock is lessened when one learns that Snyder is a HUGE fan of satire. Thus he had no issue bringing in Cartman. In fact, Snyder went so far as to say that Cartman’s extensive success with the CBAA (Crack Baby Athletic Association) proves that he understands the world of sports.
6th Pick - New York Jets choose Dana Holgerson’s Hair Line
The Jets just cannot figure out what they want to do with Geno Smith and as it doesn’t appear they will get either of the top two quarterbacks in the draft (Falco and Mariota). In light of their plight ownership has accepted the fact that Geno is their guy. In an effort to rediscover the Geno that warranted a 1st round selection in the first place the Jets are bringing in one of the most influential figures from Smith’s time at West Virginia. Holgerson’s wispy combover is rivaled only by that of Bill Murray’s character in Kingpin and we all know how great he was at his respective sport. While I think taking Dana Holgerson’s hairline at six is a bit of a reach on the Jets part it does seem the quickest way to get Geno back to the QB who once torched LSU for 463 yards.
7th Pick - Chicago Bears choose Body Builder Jay Cutler
Obviously things haven’t worked out for Sad Jay Cutler in Chicago. They overpaid him and now everyone is upset, including Sad Jay himself. Well instead of giving up on Sad Jay (waaaaaaay too much money invested) the Bears have decided to bring on Bodybuilder Jay Cutler as a mentor of sorts. Bodybuilder Jay Cutler has won FOUR Mr Olympia titles and placed second in six others. He is literally the height of human perfection. Bodybuilder Jay Cutler will get Sad Jay Cutler super jacked, super tan, and super positive. Obviously this should lead to super success.
8th Pick - Atlanta Falcons choose Chris Pratt
Perhaps no one had a bigger 2014 than Chris Pratt which why its so shocking to see him fall all the way to the Falcons at number eight. Pratt first proved he had serious depth with his performance in the Oscar Winning Zero Dark Thirty in 2012. Even with this performance in mind no one could have expected his meteoric rise in 2014. Pratt played Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Emmet in The Lego Movie (Best animated film of the year aka THE biggest oscar snub), and most impressively gained massive street cred when he performed a perfect live rendition of Enimem’s “Forgot About Dre” without music in front of DJ Whoo Kid. I expect the Falcons and Pratt to have great success together in 2015 seeing as how Falcons evolved from dinosaurs and Pratt is set to star in Jurassic World later this year..
9th Pick - New York Giants choose Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg aka "Mag the Mighty" from Game of Thrones
If there was one giant who had a “giant” impact on 2014 it was without a doubt Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg or Mag the Mighty. Mag was the leader of the giants that joined with the King Beyond The Wall’s army and is said to be the last of a bloodline stretching back all the way to before to arrival of the First Men of Westeros. How is THAT for a pedigree? On a personal level, one of the most special moments of my life took place last year and it was when I saw Mag fire a giant bow and arrow. I don’t know why the idea of a Giant firing a giant bow had never occurred to me up to this point but the results were spectacular and will always hold a special place in my heart. At 14 feet tall Mag promises to be a monster at almost any position on the field.
10th Pick - St. Louis Rams choose Private Augustus Cole aka “Cole Train"
The St. Louis (Los Angeles?) Rams LOVE defensive linemen. Well luckily for them Augustus Cole is one of the best. Thats right, before emergence day when the locust horde killed over a quarter of the human population in just one day, Augustus Cole was one of the best Thrashball players in all of Sera. In fact, the Cole Train was the number one defensive linemen in the entire league and was worth MILLIONS. This was all taken away when the locust attacked and therein lies one of the main reasons why I love this pick. Augustus is hungry. He wants to be back on top and all I gotta say is good luck stopping the motha-effin Cole Train WOOOOooooooh. Also, he has a superstar personality that would thrive in Los Angeles so in that respect Cole also fills the role of PR dream come true.
You may not recognize Skallagrimsson’s name off the bat however Egil is one of the baddest Vikings in human history. Egal is not just a physical force, but also shows immense mental prowess as well as he is often described as a warrior poet. Egil wrote his first poem at the age of 3 and have killed his first man at the ripe old age of 7. Egil was once said to have taken on and slain eleven men at once however that is not to say that he was some mindless bloodthirsty monster as his years and years of epic poetry paint the portrait of a man who fully understood the depth and breadth of human emotion. Bottom line, I love both the physical and mental talents Skallagrimsson is bringing to the table.
12th Pick - Cleveland Browns choose Kevin Costner from Draft Day
I did not see the movie Draft Day however I cannot believe that it was very good. This is part of the reason why I don’t think this pick is very good either. Jimmy Haslam has not exactly been on fire with his decision making lately. In fact Haslam’s truck stop company was ordered by the Tenn. Gov to pay over 92 million dollars in fees for cheating customers. Ouch. To add salt to the wound, Haslam was quoted (*citation needed) as saying that Draft Day inspired him as did the revolutionary techniques that Costner employed in the movie. I mean get real Haslam… this is the real world not fantasy land. Would have been far happier with Haslam picking the Pokemon Muk as Muk seems to realistically resemble the Browns far more than Kevin Costner.
13th Pick - New Orleans Saints choose "Steamin" Willie Beamen
There was only ever one direction the Saints were going to go with this pick. We all know Drew Brees has no arm strength anymore and is basically the worst part of the New Orleans Saints. Well what did Any Given Sunday teach us to do when you have a struggling, aging quarterback? You replace him with Jamie Foxx. I fully expect a passing of the torch to take place this season and would not be surprised if almost every kid in the city is singing “My Name is Willie” by the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
14th Pick - Miami Dolphins choose Lebron James
Thats right, you can take the Lebron out of Miami but you can’t take the Miami out of the Lebron. Throughout his career King James has maintained the stance that he could be the greatest multisport athlete the world has ever seen. It seems the time for him to put his money where his mouth is has finally arrived. No one knows why James decided that now would be the right time to make the transition, however it is rumored that it has something to do with Kevin Love (or at least that is what ESPN is reporting). Lebron will now play for the Dolphins until football season is over at which point he will fly back to Cleveland to make the Cavs good enough to make the playoffs in the East no matter how bad the 1st half of the season has gone up to that point..
15th Pick - San Francisco 49ers choose Chris Borland
Chris Borland may have retired but that doesn’t change the fact that the Niners desperately want him back. Knowing that Patrick Willis was out of reach (he returned every one of the gourmet sandwiches Jim Tomsula sent him) Jed York and company decided to go all in on the Bring Borland Back campaign. As a fan of alliteration I approve of this endeavor even if it is doomed to fail. Once again Jed York fails to see the big picture. Chris Borland HATES sandwiches. I mean HATES them. Why York would hire the sandwich lover Tomsula is beyond me, but the end result will be, in my opinion, that we will never see Borland in a Niners uniform ever again.
16th Pick - Houston Texans choose Lake Minnetonka
This one was a coin flip. I felt that the Texans were going to go with the 61 inch box that JJ Watt jumped on earlier this summer however in the end I understand how they came to settle on Lake Minnetonka. Houston is in the midst of its worst drought in 500 years and is desperate for clean water. Minnetonka hails from Minnesota aka the Land of Many Lakes (right?) and therefore one could surmise that the Lake would be well trained in its lake duties. Minnetonka actually means “Big Water” in the Dakotan Language, and its with that in mind that I give this pick my seal of approval.
17th Pick San Diego Chargers choose the Energizer Bunny
Honestly this one was a bit of a reach. I know nothing of the Chargers and their incredibly boring and inconsequential team. I thought they might wish to select Philip Rivers’ bolo tie, however in light of their recent issues I don’t see the franchise heading in that direction. Bottom line the Energizer bunny keeps going and going and going without anyone noticing as will the San Diego Chargers (well, at least until they move to LA).
18th Pick - Kansas City Chiefs choose Cuba Gooding Jr
Honestly I would have loved this pick 20 years ago. Hot off the success of Jerry Maguire he would have seemed to be the perfect solution to the Chiefs wide receiver woes (remember KC didn’t have a single TD from a WR last season). However, recent years have not been kind to Cuba as his last big hit was Men of Honor in the year 2000. Actually scratch that, Rat Race came out in 2001 and was great, BUT since THEN Jr. starred in a string of misses including Snow Dogs, Norbit, and Pearl Harbor. Perhaps Andy Reid can work his kook-aid magic and resurrect Gooding Jr’s career but I’m not holding my breath.
19th Pick - Cleveland Browns choose Bill Paxton
In a move that is sure to incense Buffalo management and Coach Rex Ryan the Browns have taken the Bills number one target off of the board. When the Browns acquired the 19th pick from Buffalo there were rumblings that Paxton was in play however I didn’t actually believe Cleveland would go through with it. I must say I actually approve of this pick (Maybe Costner wasn’t so bad after all). Bill Paxton is an absolute legend. He’s starred in such classics as Aliens, Titanic, Terminator, True Lies, Apollo 13…. the list goes on and on. At age 59 some think Paxton may be getting too old however he put his critics to rest with an incredibly strong 2014 campaign that saw him star in two of my favorites. Nightcrawler, and the criminally under watched Edge of Tomorrow (trust me I know, Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie… don’t judge a book by its cover). Bottom line, Paxton is a generational force and is here to stay. GREAT pick by Cleveland.
20th Pick - Philadelphia Eagles choose Tony Mandarich
Once nicknamed the Incredible Bulk only to later be given the moniker of the Incredible Bust, Tony Mandarich actually went on to have a decent career with the Colts from 1996 to 1998. Many felt that Mandarich had reached his full potential, however the mad scientist Kelly believes that in his scheme Mandarich could break through and reach new heights. The pick up of Manarich has further stoked the flames that the Eagles will indeed be running the triple option on the NFL level. After trading Sam Bradford for an alchemy set and a hunched over henchmen named Igor, Kelly sits ready to unleash his science on the NFL. The question remains though… does this madman know something we don’t or is he truly just insane?
21st Pick - Cincinnati Bengals choose Joss Whedon
While the Bengals had their sights set on Eric Cartman due to his success with Gingers in the past they were forced to settle for their second choice Joss Whedon. As the director of the Avengers, Firefly, Buffy, and Dollhouse (why do people always mention Doll House?) Whedon is one of the most successful Gingers of our day. I guess the idea is that some of that success will rub off on the Red Rocket Andy Dalton. While some may doubt this selection I see the value in it. Not many people know that Whedon actually wrote the movie Toy Story. An epic tale of friendship about finding ways to accomplish your goals no matter how much adversity you are confronted with. Did Woody and Buzz give up when Buzz found himself strapped to a bottle rocket by the nefarious neighbor Sid? No! They pushed through and made it back to Andy against all odds. Perhaps Whedon can help Dalton achieve playoff success against all odds.
What’s not to love? Hometown Hero? Check. Hit song referencing the teams’ colors? Check. Sweet tattoos? Check. Bottom line I think Wiz will look great in the black and yellow and brings the team immediate popularity with the youth. I also believe that Wiz could be a great mentor to Pittsburgh RB Leveon Bell as he attempts to overcome his marijuana abuse. Let it be known, Wiz was not the only Khalifa on the team’s mind as ownership almost went with Mia Khalifa until it was seen that Lisa Ann had once again taken her over as the top rated star on various websites.
23rd Pick - Detroit Lions choose Optimus Prime
This pick may not make sense on the surface seeing as how Optimus Prime and Calvin Johnson aka Megatron are arch enemies HOWEVER I am reminded of an old saying, “As iron sharpens iron so one man may sharpen another.” Also, “competition brings out the best in everyone.” Also, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat but there is no way you could help your quarterback more than giving him two giant, hyper advanced transforming humanoid robots to throw to.” Hackneyed cliches aside I fully expect this pick to work out and thats why I have the Lions as one of my sleeper teams heading into 2015.
24th Pick - Arizona Cardinals choose Goorin Brothers New Orleans Hat Shop
Located off of Magazine, the Goorin Brothers Hat Shop seems a perfect fit for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals. Established in 1895 the Goorin Brothers have an unbelievably rich history of hat making and it is this history that I believe has Arians so intrigued. We all know Bruce Arians loves his Kangol hats. In fact Bruce has over 20 of them in a variety of different colors. Arians’ second most love other than hats is that of innovation. By employing the Goorin Bros time honored traditions mixed with modern day technologies I believe that this pairing can bring Kangols to a level previously only dreamed of. It is with confidence that I say by the end of 2015 we’ll all be proud to say we are all members of the Arians Nation.
25th Pick - Carolina Panthers choose Batman
Although I have some doubts as to how Batman will adjust to the much lower and less dense skyline of Charlotte I do believe, with time, that Bats can make that transition. With Cam Newton aka Superman leading the Panthers to back to back division titles for the 1st time since the NFC South reorganized in the year 2000 it would appear that this could be a team on the cusp of greatness. All that potential may hinge on how the new Zac Snyder directed Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie is received. While I myself am an unabashed lover of Mr. Snyder others are not so sure. If the pick does work out you can expect to see Cam Newton smiling all the way to the bank… because.. you know… he’s best friends with Bruce Wayne.
26th Pick Baltimore Ravens choose Detective Bunk from the Wire
We here in Louisiana take pride in the fact that per capita no state produces professional sports talent at the rate that we do. Well it would appear that New Orleans native Wendell Pierce aka Detective Bunk will be the latest to join in that great tradition. Bunk is a homicide detective in the Baltimore Police Department. While his future may not be as one of the all time greats, Bunk epitomizes the ideal team player. A thoroughly competent detective, Bunk doesn’t let his talent go to his head as he respects the Chain of Command and always has his partner’s back. Bottom line, Bunk is very coachable which has to make Jim Harbaugh’s brother John happy.
27th Pick - Dallas Cowboys choose Greg Hardy
The Cowboys really took Greg Hardy and no one really cared. I am still kind of amazed that there hasn’t been a bigger deal made out of this up until this point. I mean I never expected Hardy to be out of the league for good but to go to a team in Dallas that is always so wrapped up in gossip and drama and for no one to care all that much is wild to me. Either way, I think the NFL got it right with Hardy. Some will argue he is being suspended far too long however the NFL was dealing with extra normal circumstances and as a business with so much invested in its’ public image its’ first priority was to protect said image.
28th Pick - Denver Broncos choose Papa John
Wasn’t much mystery to this one. The relationship between Peyton Manning and Papa John is well documented. Look no further than their multitude of commercials together to know that they have chemistry that you just can’t teach. John Elway and company are in “win now” mode as evidenced by the firing of John Fox. It would seem that Elway is hoping that better ingredients and better pizza leads to better football.
29th Pick - Indiapolis Colts choose Lil Whyte
Character issues aside I can understand how this pick developed. Lil Whyte has a skill set you just can’t teach. His ability to take copious amounts of pills and then form an enjoyable hit song about them is unmatched. Oxy Contin, Xanax Bars, Percoset, and Loritabs, valium, morphine patches, ecstasy are all up for grabs. Funnily enough, Colts owner Jim Irsay seems to share Lil Whyte’s proclivity for the pill popping which I had to imagine was one of the main motivations behind the pick.
30th Pick - Green Bay Packers choose Drew Bledsoe
At first, I thought this one was a head scratcher. The Packers already have what appears to be one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game in Aaron Rodgers; what could they possibly hope to gain out of a retired 14 year vet? Then the connection hit me like a ton of delicious wine berries. Wisconson is the land of the cheese. The Packer fans are themselves “cheese heads” what goes best with cheese? A delicious wine. This is perfect as Bledsoe’s Doubleback wine business has had great success recently. In fact, his 2012 Cabernet actually placed 53rd on Wine Spectator’s top 100 Wines. Looks like you can’t go wrong with this tasty pairing.
31st Pick - Seattle Seahawks (acquired in trade from New Orleans) choose Jimmy Graham
In an unprecedented move the New Orleans Saints traded the 1st round pick they originally received from Seattle back to the Seahawks in exchange for Jimmy Graham. Not to be outdone Seattle then used their newly acquired old 31st pick to select TE Jimmy Graham. Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton are sure to be upset by this unexpected turn of events as it looks like the old trickster Pete Carroll has pulled it off again. When asked about the Graham pick Seattle DE Bruce Irivng had this to say, “Whatever I still think he is soft and I’m going to fight him.” Fun times ahead in Seattle.
32nd Pick - New England Patriots choose The Devil
If this pick surprised you then you haven’t been playing close enough attention. It is well documented that Bill Belicheck and Tom Brady have had dealings with the Prince of Lies for years - it is just that in this new age of NFL transparency they have decided it was in their best interest to go public. Although many express their doubts over how trustworthy Satan is, or what his true intentions are, we all know that at the end of this 2015 the Patriots will once again be lifting the Lombardi trophy despite the fact that we will say Tom Brady sucks after they suffer another early season loss to some mediocre team.
Listen to this inspiring speech from this mornings "Double Coverage" by clicking the player below.
Can you feel it? Theres an electricity in the air! The thrill of competition permeates throughout the city on this day!
On this day in which the Pelicans will seek to challenge the greatest of their enemies!
On this day in which Anthony Davis will seek to establish his dominance!
On this day in which a city rises from the swamp and lets their voices be heard - for too long the Pelicans have suffered under the boot heels of Spurs oppression… for too long the tyranny of of Popovich and Duncan has ruled the NBA!
Tonight the Pelicans fight for something greater than themselves. They fight for the underdog! They fight for the meek! They fight for anyone who has ever been told they weren’t good enough!
Now is the time of the Pelican! Now is the time of King Davis! The road to this point has been fraught with peril, rampant with adversity - yet this Pelicans team did not give up! They continue to fight!
And so I say unto you dear Double Coverage listener…
YOU TOO MUST FIGHT TONIGHT! STAND UP AND LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD! FOR IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! FORWARD UNTO THE POSTSEASON! THE PELICANS MARCH, AND I DECLARE NOW THE TIME IS AT HAND TO TAKE FLIGHT! FLOCK UP! LET US ENJOY THE RAUCOUS CACOPHONY OF VICTORY ON THIS DAY!
I’ve gone all in. At perhaps the most unlikely time possible, I have decided to put my money where my mouth is. Or should I say my beard. During Tuesday's show an enterprising texter challenged me to prove my faith in King Davis and the Mighty Pelicans. He said that he would buy a 15 game season ticket package for 2015-16 if the Pels make the playoffs - but if the Pelicans fail in their quest then it would be I who suffered.
At certain points in your life you are called upon to take a leap of faith. Fight or flight moments that can alter the course of human history. I believe this to be one of those very moments. It is with this in mind that I agreed to put my beard on the line.
Rejoice my friend, for last night was a time for merriment and celebration! King Davis and the first Order of the Unified Brow defeated the Golden Horde of Warriors, led by Sir Steph Curry, and sent them back to the lands from whence they came.
At the beginning of last night’s clash, I must admit I was filled with sorrow as it looked as if the Warriors were too much for our dear Pels to handle. However behind the timely shooting of Sir Quincy Pondexter and the furious resurgence of King Davis in the second half of the battle, the Pelicans were able to turn the tide and defend The Blender against their would-be conquerors.
It appears as King Davis and company have taken their quest quite seriously with their victory - but the Pelicans are not out of the proverbial woods just yet. While it is hard to overstate the impact of this win, there is no rest for the weary, as the Pelicans will take to the Road when they travel to Memphis for a very dangerous Grizzly Hunt tonight.
Recently, the Pelicans have handled the hunt quite well having won 8 of their last 8 encounters adjacent the Grizz, but I do worry about an emotional and physical hangover due to the intensity of last night’s contest. That said, the Grizzlies have struggled recently and may find themselves without a couple of key fighters, as both Jeff Green and the "Great Zeebo" aka Zach Randolph may be suffering lingering wounds form previous bouts.
Either way, if the Pelicans win tonight they could finish off a statement back-to-back that sends a message to the other powers of the NBA.
A Power grows in the South. A power led by the King In The South Anthony Davis and he will not be denied his just due!
So Flock up! Take Flight! And All Hail The King as the Pelicans once again take to the field in order to defend the life of my most beloved beard.
Penned by Public Orator T-Bob of House Hebert the Third of His Name.
Kristian Garic and I had the pleasure of interviewing the newest member of the Black and Gold offensive line when we called up two time pro bowler and Super Bowl champion Max Unger. Max seemed like a relaxed dude with a west coast vibe so it was no surprise to find out he was born in Hawaii and played his college football at Oregon before getting drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Unger was of course a part of the Jimmy Graham trade that saw the Saints ship the big TE (WR?) to Seattle for a first round pick, some cap relief, and Unger himself.
Trades in professional sports are a bit odd. From the player perspective you can wake up one day thinking you know exactly where your life is going and what to expect when all of a sudden your phone rings and you and your family are being shipped halfway across the country. For Max this experience was made more extreme by the fact that his wife is currently seven months pregnant.
Trust me when I say I do not envy a man who has to tell his pregnant wife they have to uproot their life out of the blue. That said, Unger told us that his wife has been great and the two are stoked to be coming to New Orleans. In fact on Saturday they spent their first day in the city and took it all in with a trip down Bourbon St on St Patty’s weekend (helluva first impression).
Fun Fact, Unger’s full name is Maxwell McCandless Unger and if you are like me you were immediately hoping that middle name would be pronounced Mc-Candles. Unfortunately Max informed me that it is Mc-Cand-less (alas, all my light in the darkness jokes will not make sense). Also, pay special attention to when I ask Max about his non existent beard. I thought I was so cool. Like we were really going to bond over being beard bros only to have him tell me he shaved it off a couple years ago (thanks Google images).
Anyway, enjoy the interview. I think Max sounds like a solid dude and someone who can be a leader on this team in 2015.
There is no doubt that the Jimmy Graham trade is sad. It marks the end of an era, but the painful truth is that it might just be the Saints best bet for improving immediately. It's a move that reeks of desperation. An outcome brought into this world as a potential solution to a puzzle that the Saints themselves created.
You know they didn't want to make this move, especially with the contract they signed Jimmy Graham to just last season. As I see it, the Saints front office is giving off the feel of a gambler down on his luck. Over the course of the evening they have been reduced to their last few chips. Now they are on the verge of losing everything, and if they feel they can get hot and win back their losses, drastic measures are to be required. Knowing this, the Saints have put themselves all-in.
If this doesn't work, the mantle of blame will be bestowed upon the coaches and the front office and the people will yell for heads to roll. Curtis Lofton GONE, Pierre Thomas GONE, Jimmy Graham GONE and now there is dissension amongst the ranks as many of the remaining players and fans are very upset.
For all the negativity, however, the Saints do have an out - and that out that comes in the form of winning. Winning cures everything and with this in mind, one could say that the countdown to the start of the season is essentially a countdown to judgement day for this coaching staff and front office.
The Saints must figure out a way to make efficient, effective use of their draft picks and newly acquired free agency money in order to pull this gamble off. This task, while daunting, is not impossible. It is not impossible because of Drew Brees. In the NFL, as long as you have a good quarterback you are never quite as far away from winning as you may seem.
The Saints are in a situation where they can more easily mask the departure of one of the NFL's elite receivers rather than mask the deficiencies of their porous defense. The Saints have now addressed one of their two real needs in acquiring Unger (an elite interior OL) and they have positioned themselves to bring in a free agent corner to address their other major need.
After these needs are addressed, it is all about not missing on their draft picks. The Saints are not a better team on paper today, but I believe the potential is there. So while it is sad and it is not optimal, at the end of the day the decision that Mickey Loomis and company made could be deemed as necessary. Sometimes, you must bite the bullet, dig your heels in, and make the tough decisions. The Saints have done this.
Now it remains to be seen - will this decision be their salvation? Or their damnation?