Archive for April, 2009

Pick 1 – Lions – Matthew Stafford QB – The new face of the Lions – truth is he has a 50% chance of being a bust

Pick 2 – Rams – Jason Smith OT – I predicted this one right – likely I get the next 30 wrong ! lease I was 100% right at one stage today

Pick 3 – Chiefs – Tyson Jackson DE – This guy suddenly sneaked up boards and he looks like the real deal – this will really help Tamba Hali to become a better player.

Pick 4 – Seahawks – Aaron Curry OLB – If I’m a Seahawks fan I’m popping the chamnpagne corks – even though I thought they might go Sanchez this is a safer and more immediately productive pick.

Pick 5 – Jets (via trade with Jets) Mark Sanchez QB – To hear the raucous Jets crowd cheer over ESPN radio (as the bloody NFL.com streaming is toooooooo busy) made me chuckle. I seem to recall each year they boo their own pick. Sanchez will be the Jets starter sometime in 2009 – the poster boy goes to the media microscope – anyone for the next decade of Sanchez Jets endorsements !!

Pick 6 – Bungles – Andre Smith OT – This is a sensible pick, and despite looking like a scared elephant during the combine Andre Smith will protect Carson Palmer’s back and that is a good thing. I had the Bungles picking OT – just got the wrong one !

Pick 7 – Raiders – Darius Heyward-Bey WR – Again I had the right position here – speedy wideout. Lets hope Jamarcus Russell can finally be the man we all expected. This is a little risky as a pick.

Pick 8 – Jaguars – Eugene Monroe OT – Jaguars needed someone to open holes for the MJD show. Sensible pick – not sexy but this will make the Jags offense better.

Pick 9 – Packers – BJ RAji DT – I GOT THIS ONE RIGHT !!!!!!!!! The Packers will be licking their chops here. This is gonna be a man who will be after the blood of Jay Cutler. Can’t wait !!

Pick 10 – 49ers – Michael Crabtree WR – This is great value as this guy could have been a top 3 pick before his foot injury. Niners will want Crabtree to shoulder the load and he could make an immediate impact that many rookie wrs normally fail to do.

Pick 11 – Seahawks – Aaron Maybin DE – Seahawks looking to get tougher and Maybin will make that happen. Seahawks are saying Hasslebeck is the QB loud and clear in 2009.

Pick 12 – Broncos – Knowshown Moreno RB – I HAD THE BRONCOS drafting Moreno at 18. Wise pick – get running with a stud. Broncos fans will be happy even though there are defensive needs still.

Pick 13 Redskins – Brian Orakpo DE – As a Redskins fan I am very very happy we drafted a stud DE and didnt do something stupid like trade the pick for a 40 year old lineman. Jason Campbell will be able to breathe out now too.

Pick 14 Saints- Malcolm Jenkins CB – He will be a great fit for the Saints. The Saints cbs are pretty awful so there will be big pressure on him to perform early. Jenkins will have a baptism of fire.

Pick 15 Texans – Brian Cushing OLB – This is another solid pick for the Texans who are building a qualit defense. They are no longer seen as soft, they just need to grab some offensive talent to go with the D.

Pick 16 Chargers – Larry English LB – This is the biggest move up for a predicted pick. Its not a reach though. You look up picks of him he is a big beast of a man and will be flying round for the Chargers in no time.

Pick 17 Buccs (via trade) Josh Freeman QB – OK they traded up BUT I GOT THIS RIGHT !!! Buccs need a young pup to get ready to drive the car in Fla. Freeman is the perfect fit.

Pick 18 Broncos – Robert Ayres DE – Broncos have taken a risk here. Im not sure this is the safest pick. They could have taken Oher or Macklin. Im not 100% convinced by the value of this pick.

Pick 19 Eagles (traded) Jeremy Macklin WR – Great plan by the Iggles to get Macklin as he wasnt going to fall much further. Macklin and Desean Jackson – could the Eagles have a decent 1 and 2 ? Macklin will return kicks and likely take one to the house as a rook.

Pick 20 Lions Brandom Pettigrew TE – Hmmmmmmm not sure here but Pettigrew is the best TE available. He could be a mega star. Its an intreguing pick to say the least, but its a great compliment pick for Stafford.

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Will Seahawks grab Sanchez?

Will Seahawks grab Sanchez?

Everyone has a go at a mock draft, and NFL FAN IN ENGLAND could therefore not resist. I can bet the likes of Barak Obama to Dr Stephen Hawkings have a list somewhere, whether it is on White House watermarked stationery or the back of a KFC napkin. With the NFL Draft just hours away its a nervous time for scouts, GMs, owners and fans alike.

 1 Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford QB – OK I cheated he has already been selected
2 St. Louis Rams – Jason Smith OT – This is the replacement for Orlando Pace and a sensible selection
3 Kansas City Chiefs – Aaron Cury LB – This is a case of the best player over the biggest need
4 Seattle Seahawks – Mark Sanchez QB – He has shot up the board and rainy Seattle is the best place to learn
5 Cleveland Browns – Michael Crabtree WR – Even if he wasnt injured he would not have gone #1
6 Cincinnati Bengals – Eugene Monroe OT – Bungles need more than this dude but Carson will like the move
7 Oakland Raiders – Jeremy Macklin WR – I do buy all the crap written that Al Davis loves speed
8 Jacksonville Jaguars – Brian Orakpo LB – Jags look to get younger and faster on D
9 Green Bay Packers – BJ Raji DT – Packers do have other needs but if this is the next Ngata then v cool
10 San Francisco 49ers – Andre Smith OT – Smith may look like a sack of spuds but he is tough
11 Buffalo Bills – Malcolm Jenkins DB – Bit of a shock here but Jenkins can be a star
12 Denver Broncos – Tyson Jackson DE- Broncos miss Raji but keep with a D star
13 Washington Redskins – Michael Oher OT – Yes they need DE but Samuels and Jansen are old
14 New Orleans Saints – Beanie Wells RB – The New Awleenz backfield gets a bit more crowded
15 Houston Texans – Robert Ayres DE – Texans need a new pal for Super Mario
16 San Diego Chargers – Rey Maualuaga LB – Chargers need this player to upgrade d immediately
17 New York Jets – Darius Heyward-Bey WR – Jets want to stretch the field (that is if they do not trade up) 
18 Denver Broncos (from Chicago)- Knowshon Moreno RB – This time the Broncos get a stud RB early
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Josh Freeman QB – Buccs cannot go into 09 with a McCown at the helm
20 Detroit Lions (from Dallas) Clay Matthews LB – A general for many years to come
21 Philadelphia Eagles – Donald Brown RB – with Moreno gone Brown will be the new king
22 Minnesota Vikings – Hakeem Nicks WR – Everyone forget the Williamson mess up right now
23 New England Patriots – Brandon Pettigrew TE – best TE on the board
24 Atlanta Falcons – Percy Harvin WR – Howabout White, Gonzales and Harvin my my !
25 Miami Dolphins – Brian Cushing OLB – The Fins are gonna get that bit better with Cushing
26 Baltimore Ravens – Aaron Maybin DE – Ravens do what they do best nurture D talent
27 Indianapolis Colts – James Lauirinaitis – LB Colts always need tacklers
28 Buffalo Bills-  Peria Jerry DT – Bills get a big body to disrupt opponents
29 New York Giants –  Everette Brown DE – Biggest faller – this is a steal
30 Tennessee Titans – Larry English LB – The successor for Keith Bishop
31 Arizona Cardinals – Evander Hood DT – Cards will get a new WR later in draft
32 Pittsburgh Steelers – Eben Britten OT – Steelers OLine needs a boost

Come on – love to hear your opinion ………..

A Hall of Fame coach AND broadcaster - Sir Madden

There are certain people’s voices in the world who become so synonymous with sports commentary that when they finally retire from the broadcast booth it is hard to imagine anyone ever filling their shoes.

To me John Madden is the voice of football, the crazy man who wore far far too much makeup but was the personification of the NFL.

A Superbowl winning head coach with the Oakland Raiders, Madden could make wild, wacky or weird comments, but he had the NFL wins to back it up, and anyone who has seen his heartfelt interview in the Superbowl XI episode of ‘America’s Game’ knows that winning a big one meant the absolute world to him.

I like millions of other NFL and computer games fans grew up playing the John Madden franchise of computer games, in my case on the Sega Mega-Drive, Sony PlayStation, Sony Playstation2, Nintendo Wii and Sony PSP.

I almost lost my future wife to be at university due to my addiction to Madden ’95, as my friend Pin (named after a very obscure 1980s Horror film of the same name about a doctor who talked to a dummy) and I would spend hours, that turned into days battling our mass of coloured pixels against each other. This was well before flat screen HDTV.  

Hearing Madden make little comments as I try to guide the Redskins to a 16-0 undefeated season is a part of my childhood and adulthood, and I have still not shaken the habit as I purchased Madden 09 – with Brett Favre as a Packer on the cover.

NFL commentary will sorely miss John Madden and his ‘doinking’ as well as his turkducken – the most legendary bird based meat product ever discussed on Thanksgiving day.

John Madden you are a living legend – and from an NFL fan in England I will certainly shed a tear knowing that there is no more Maddenisms coming in the 2009 NFL season.