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Forget that OAP in purple, move over Chad ‘whatever your surname is this week’, take a walk to the sidelines golden-boy Brady, the 2009 NFL Pre Season is all about one man.
Yes he is a rookie, but I’m not talking about Donald Brown, Shady McCoy, Mark ‘pretty boy’ Sanchez, or even the cord-fed farm boy Matthew Stafford.
The true superstar of this early preview of the 2009 NFL season is Tennessee Titans undrafted free agent punter Albert Joseph Trapasso known to the world as A.J. Trapasso.
Not content with making headlines in Week 1 of the pre-season for scoring the FIRST touchdown of the year in the Hall of Fame game (on a perfectly executed fake punt run), Trapasso decided to make the highlight reel AGAIN in week 2.
To outdo himself the former Ohio State Buckeye decided to mess up the scoreboard at the new but traditionally named Cowboys Stadium.
His skyrocket punt had to be done 0ver after he lofted the pigskin into the base of the giant scoreboard, falling to earth with snow, and fragments of moonrock dust. See below.
Trapasso was signed as a rookie free agent by the Titans on April 30 2009, after booting the ball for four years for the Buckeyes. With vet punter Craig Hentrich injured and Tennessee cutting Josh Miller earlier in the week Mr Trapasso could become the Cinderella figure of the 2009 NFL season.
On closer inspection Trapasso’s run in Week 1 (preseason) was no coincidence – the Columbus Ohio native was an outstanding high school running back at Pickerington (Ohio) High School. 3,754 yards and 50 touchdowns in High School is a set of stats to be very proud of. Trapasso was also a two time all state High School selection.
I doubt Ill write a post about a punter for another year, but with the A.J. Trapasso book still being written I cannot wait to see what is on the next page…..
Go A.J – you are my new rookie punting hero !
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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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