Saturday, March 29, 2014

NFL Scouting Series - Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater
Height: 6' 2 1/8" 
Weight: 214
40 Yd Dash: N/A
Accuracy: 8/10
Vision: 8/10
Arm Strength: 8/10
Pocket Presence: 9/10
Anticipation/Elusivesness: 7/10
Size: 8/10
Overall Score: 8/10
Teddy Bridgewater is the star QB out of Louisville. Preseason projections had him as the number one QB available in the draft. The things that stood out the most to me are his pocket presence, and his ability to put the touch passes down field exactly where they need to be.  The negative things i saw were related to his elusiveness. He definitely has the physical capabilities to move  around and get away from pressure, but it seems like sometimes he doesn't sense the pressure or senses it too late. If i was a general manager of a team that was in need of a quarterback and Bridgewater was left, I would have no problems picking him up, and being confident that we were getting a franchise quarterback. Look for him to go top 5 in the upcoming draft.

NFL Scouting Series - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

*this is the first post in a series that will go over what i think of some of the top players in this years upcoming draft.

Name: Blake Bortles
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 232
40 Yd Dash: 4.93
Accuracy: 6/10
Vision: 8/10
Arm Strength: 6/10
Pocket Presence: 7/10
Anticipation/Elusivesness: 8/10
Size: 9/10
Overall Score: 7.3/10

Blake Bortles is the traditional sized QB out of University of Central Florida. The person he reminds me most of is Geno Smith but more elusive. He is accurate in the 0-15 yard range. In the 4 games that I watched every throw in, he threw 121 total passes, and only threw 16 20+ yards.  His deep accuracy is very suspect, only completing 8 of the 16 and 2 were intercepted. Bortles has good vision and awareness to escape the pocket when pressure is coming.  He will go early in the first round, but I would personally wait to  take him until the late first or early second.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Half Way Through The NBA Season (What Have We Learned)

#1. Kevin Durant Is A Man On A Mission

Kevin Durant also known as the slim reaper is on a terror. He is currently averaging 31.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.5 assists nightly. Compare this to Lebron James who right now is averaging 26.5 points, 7 rebounds and 6.6 assists. Kevin Durant has done all this while leading his team to the best record in the NBA making the Thunder one of the clear favorites to challenge Lebron and the Heat for a championship ring. If KD continues this amazing performance for the rest of the season, the only option is to give him the MVP of the regular season.

#2 Charles Barkley Has No Idea How To Pronounce Jonas Valenciunas

#3 The Eastern Conference Only Has Two Contenders.

The eastern conference only has the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers as legitimate title threats. Going into the all-star break they only have two teams who are above 30 wins, the west has 8 teams above the 30 win mark. The teams that i would consider as title contenders out of the west are, the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Portland Trailblazers.

#4  Carmelo Wants Out Of New York (wait, does he?)

This year the Melo-drama has been Denver Melo-esque. We have had reports from his wife that he wants to stay in New York while other reports have come out that he wants to go to anyone from the Lakers, to the bulls, to anywhere he can win a championship. And with the tweet today stating, "I want to win a championship. If I have to become a free agent to do that, then that's what I have to do."  It doesn't look like it's going to get any better.

Personally, even though we are only halfway through the season, I cannot wait for the playoffs. If we are all lucky enough to get an Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat finals it will be one for the ages.