Archive for April, 2010

Gerhart will sure look good in purple

I have been playing a fantasy NFL game called Action PC Football for about five years now so I have taken part in a whole heap of drafts.

Nothing like what I did last weekend though.

In one of my leagues, the UFL, the 2010 rookie player draft rounds 1 to 3 took place BEFORE the real NFL draft.

I had 4 picks and many many team needs. Here are the players I drafted and when I drafted them (and their real selection in brackets).

Pick #3 – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (real pick #1 to St Louis Rams)

Pick #41 – Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford (real pick #51 to Minnesota Vikings)

Pick #59 – Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas (real pick #84 to Cincinnati Bengals)

Pick #62 – Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest (real pick #96 to Cincinnati Bengals)

I knew Bradford would go #1 in NFL draft and so I was fortunate to get him at #3 in the UFL. He was available after DT monsters Suh and McCoy went #1 and #2.

Gerhart I was expecting to go to the Broncos.  I am optimistic he will have a positive impact on the Vikings. Firstly the purple people eaters have no solid RB2, and Gerhard is gonna make teams wince in pain when he takes the field. Did I get best value for him where I selected him? Maybe not, but the guy was Heisman Trophy runner up earlier in the year.

As for Shipley and Ghee to both go to the Bengals in the third round (way below where I had picked them) it was abit of a surprise. Shipley has landed on a team that can utilise him as a returner and a slot receiver, and Ghee can work himself into the nickle-back role if he has a great training camp.

Above all drafting before the real draft is a risky business, but it sure makes you feel what its like to be ‘on the clock’.

Anyone got any thoughts on Bradford, Gerhart, Shipley or Ghee?

Redskins made a wise move drafting this Sooner

Phew, after all the talk of the Washington Redskins drafting a quarterback, the team made the RIGHT decision in drafting Oklahoma Sooner offensive tackle Trent Williams.

I’m not only happy they kept the pick and didn’t do some crazy trade, I’m delighted they got Williams.

I actually had the honour of seeing him play live in Miami last year, and I’m now going to take great pleasure finding pictures of him that I took of him during the game.

The Redskins needed an offensive tackle to start rebuilding a pretty abysmal offensive line.

They now have a foundation player that will hopefully help to mean the Redskins wont be drafting at #4 again in the near future.

Well done Bruce Allen and well done Coach Shannahan.

Bradford looks like he will be butting heads with Rams colleagues

Ok it’s that crazy crazy time of year when some young men in their early 20’s go ahead and get millions and millions of dollars.

Here’s my attempt at a Round 1 picks 1-10 with some notes

1 – Rams – Sam Bradford QB – Rams need help pretty much everywhere but it starts with the man behind centre

2 – Lions – Ndamukong Suh DT – Lions are showing some green roots of recovery, and Suh will be a rock at DT for a decade.

3 – Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy DT – Buccs know how important a cornerstone DT is (see a Mr W Sapp), so McCoy will get a lot of game time.

4- Redskins – Trent Williams OT – Redskins lost Samuels, and need an OT to protect McNabb.

5 – Chiefs – Dez Bryant WR – KC have lots of needs so this would be a bit of a shock – Cassel would smile till September if this happens

6 – Seahawks – Eric Berry S – Seattle are sliding back under the radar and they need some big brash talent in the secondary.

7 – Browns – Russell Okung T – Okung lands in the lap of the Browns and they just cant pass on him.

8 – Raiders – Jimmy Clausen QB – Its time for the Raiders to just give up on the walking walrus that is Jamarcus Russell. Clausen can help revive a team that has good running backs.

9 – Bills – CJ Spiller RB – Buffalo have talent with Fred Jackson, but that should not stop them grabbing Spiller to ignite the return game and get 150 carries as a rookie.

10 – Jags – Tim Tebow QB – The most talked about draft pick since the Manning/Leaf year, if Tebow stays in Florida he could become a legend, likewise he could be the new Todd Marinovich.

Any thoughts?

Chad Henne now has a quality target

I had the pleasure of travelling with my wife to Miami in October last year, to see the Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills.

One of the players I was looking forward to seeing live was Dolphins WR Ted Ginn Jr, a guy I drafted in one of my 55 man roster fantasy drafts a few years ago.

Thing is Ginn was awful, finishing with a pathetic 1 catch for 4 yards.

The ‘Fins stomped all over the Bills 38-10 thanks in no part to the former Buckeye.

With that in mind I was happy for both Chad Henne and the Miami fans that they bought in Brandon Marshall WR from the Broncos, and a few days later made sure Ginn Jr made a quick and painless exit to the West Coast.

For all the prima donna attributes displayed by Marshall, he sure knows how to grab a pigskin, and that is nothing but good news for the Tuna and the rest of the Dolphins staff.

As for Ginn Jr – a former 1st round pick, yes 1st round, he today went to the San Francisco 49ers for a 5th round pick. Now there is sometimes a need to swallow your pride, but this must have taken a bigger gulp than a mutant gannet by Ginn to be moved for a pick that is gonna be over 100 pick down the pecking order.

I do hope Mike Singletary can get the most out of Ginn Jr, but aside from a few electric return tds, I doubt even ‘ol steel stare’ himself will get Ted to become a 70 catch 1,000 yard wideout.

My predictions for 2010

Brandon Marshall WR Dolphins – 83 catches 1189 yards 8 touchdowns

Tedd Ginn Jr WR 49ers – 41 catches 637 yards 5 touchdowns and one return touchdown

Am I selling either short or overestimating what these guys can do? Let me know your thoughts…….

After torturing the Redskins for a decade McNabb is gonna be wearing burgandy and gold in 2010

I have always had great respect for Donovan McNabb, primarily because he plays NFL games with a smile on his face.

He has taken the Eagles to countless NFC championships and even a Superbowl, but he has never managed to win one.

I kinda figured that with Kevin Kolb as a much cheaper and younger option in Philly, it was inevitable that McNabb would not be suiting up with wings on his helmet in 2010.

I thought of McNabb as a member of the Oakland Raiders, which seemed to be the most logical place for him to go, and I even pictured him looking good in the silver and black.

Now I wake up this morning, Easter Monday, to find out that Donovan ‘the grin’ McNabb is a Washington Redskin.

As a lifelong Redskins fan I certainly laughed, but I’m still confused as to whether it was a chuckle of joy or a nervous chortle, disguising my confusion over the trade.

Now McNabb has a great arm, has stellar intestinal fortitude, has charisma, has playoff experience, and even experience in the big dance, but he is getting old, and he has to learn a new offensive scheme.

This move signals the death knell of Jason Campbell in D.C. but I’m not convinced that it signals the Redskins will avoid drafting a quarterback in the 2010 draft.

Not my best analysis of McNabb I know, but to be perfectly honest I’m still in shock.

Any other Redskins fans puzzled by this move?