The NFL Rank ‘Em Up: #8-5 QBs

June 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , )

The next four quarterbacks are the most practical on this list.  Most of them can be picked up in the 4th-6th round (except for Vick, he’ll be gone by the mid-2nd).  By then, you should be able to pick up one or more running backs and wide receivers, and maybe even an elite tight end.

Matt Ryan is eighth on my list, partially due to the presence of Julio Jones.  Matty Ice managed to give Roddy White the best season of his career, despite the fact that they had no other receiver of any relevance other than Tony Gonzalez, meaning that White was constantly double teamed.  That probably won’t happen this year, now that the Falcons have a legitimate #2 receiver.  And Atlanta wouldn’t have traded away the farm to get Jones if they didn’t plan on riding him all the way to the Super Bowl.  Ryan’s yardage totals weren’t the stuff of legends last season, with 11 games with fewer than 250 yards, but that’s another problem that Jones was brought in to fix.  Other than that, he’s a beast in the Georgia Dome, and he simply doesn’t throw interceptions (his career high is 14 in ‘09).  Target him with confidence in the 5th or 6th.

Tony Romo is looking to make a comeback this season.  And he has me convinced enough to put him seventh on the REU.  I firmly believe that the Cowboys’ problems last season centered on Wade Phillips.  Once he left Big D, and replaced by Jason Garrett, the Cowboys hit their stride with backup QB and Michael Chiklis impersonator Jon Kitna at the helm.  With Romo coming back from injury, you can expect increased output from Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten.  And the Cowboys should be able to return to playoff contention.

Anybody who knows me knows I hate Michael Vick.  A lot.  But, even looking at Vick professionally, I still can’t put Vick any higher than sixth.  People are already trying to etch Vick’s name onto the MVP trophy, and I like to call those people “moronic”.  Even before his days in the penitentiary, he was an injury risk, and now, not only is Vick five years older than he was as a Falcon, but it seems like he’s actually running more than he was five years ago.  I hear people say that Vick could set records this season.  Maybe, but just try to convince me that Vick will make it to the end of the season, without a massive overhaul to his style.  If Vick somehow falls to the fourth round, he would be a good pick, but that won’t happen because some massive genius will nab him inside the first 15 picks.  It’s safe to say that Vick will be the biggest risk/reward of the season.  If he does well, he will break a few records.  But if he doesn’t (and he probably won’t), he’ll disappoint a lot of people, myself not included.

Enough negativism, let’s talk about Philip Rivers.  I think that Rivers could be a pretty good sleeper for MVP this season.  Especially, if he can stick with a good receiver for more than five minutes.  Young Man Rivers was able to squeeze a 213 yard performance out of Malcom Floyd against Nnamdi Asoughma, which is simply unprecedented.  He also got Seyi Ajirotutu to go for 4-111-2 against Houston, a 117 yard game from Patrick Crayton versus St. Louis, a 5-110-1 game against the Chiefs for Legadu Naanee, and a multi-touchdown game for Randy McMichael.  Oh yeah, and he also has Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson.  Rivers will be a steal if you can get him in the fourth.

In the next part, we’re going to take a break from the backward counting to list the quarterbacks that just missed the list.

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Feeling Drafty #23: Philadelphia Eagles

April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

When I Google Imaged Michael Vick, some of the pictures that I saw can only be described as "f'd up", so can I move on, please?

The Philadelphia Eagles have some of the best scouts in the NFL.  These guys know how to get the most out of their late round picks.  Remember Brian Westbrook, he was a third round pick out of a Division 1-AA team (Villanova). Brent Celek was a fifth round pick.  Trent Cole was a fifth rounder.  Quintin Mikell was undrafted.  You get the picture, their scouts are top-notch.

Before we get too far into this article let me just say this:  I hate Eagles’ fans.  I’m not talking about typical fans who don’t cause problems.  I’m not even talking about the ones who booed Donovan McNabb on Draft Day ’99.  Ricky Williams was still on the board, and he was projected to be the next great runner.  But, the ones who kept booing years later, when McNabb was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and Ricky Williams wanted out of the NFL because he just wanted to smoke weed, just because McNabb didn’t win a Super Bowl, those are the ones I hate.  The ones who cheered when Austin Collie got a concussion and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher, those are the ones I hate.  Now that I got that out of the way, we now return to your regularly scheduled article.

Another person I hate:  Michael Vick (now that’s what we call a segue).  I’m always going to hold a grudge against Michael Vick, but we’ve already had enough hate speech for one article.  From a purely fantasy football perspective, Vick had an outstanding year.  In just 12 starts, he set new career highs in completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and rushing touchdowns, and he was in the running for MVP.  Good for him, still hate him.

Now, to the positives for this team, because after everything that I said, you’d think that I’d want to take a baseball bat to Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie.  But, this team has some great players.  LeSean McCoy had a breakout year.  DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin became one of the most potent receiver twosome in the NFL.  Trent Cole had double-digit sacks.  Asante Samuel came in second in NFL in interceptions.

Jimmy Smith is the all-time leader in receiving yards for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Oops, wrong Jimmy Smith, sorry. This guy is good, too.

But, despite the fact that Asante Samuel and Quintin Mikell had good seasons, the Eagles need help on the other side of the field at corner.  Opposing quarterbacks won’t throw the ball on Samuel’s side of the field, so they need to put a solid player of the other side.  And the best solution is Colorado CB Jimmy Smith.  He was named to the 2nd-team All-Big 12 (behind Prince Amukamara).  He didn’t have big numbers, but that was because he was blanketing wide receivers so well, quarterbacks threw away from him.  He had a good combine, and odds are, he won’t fall outside the top 50 picks, and he’ll probably stay inside the first round.

Now, that I’m done bashing Philadelphia in every way I can think of, let’s move on to my hometown team, New Orleans.

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