Things for Sunday: Part I.
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Playoffs Have Begun.
One Loss Is Too Many- In
case you missed it, the Playoffs started last week. "This weekend is
the most important game [of the year]," Gronk said, "And the
page turned on Monday after that game. It's just all Bills. Very good
team. Very good defense and we've got to be ready." If the Pats lost
that game than their Super Bowl hopes were over.
If they lost last week they would have found themselves in third
place in the AFC. "[We're] just focusing for the big game
Sunday," Gronk said. "Just preparing like any other week and
just preparing as best as I can. It was a good week at practice. And
[we've] still got 48 more hours to go." They would have had to win
two Playoff games on the Road to reach the Super Bowl.
I do not believe they could go on the road and win in Jacksonville
and then Pitt. "I've just been preparing all week, just like any
other week. Preparing for a big [do or die] game on Sunday with the team,
with the boys and just going to be ready for a hard-fought battle,"
Gronk said. "Every single time we play the Bills they're always
battling hard. They're always mentally tough. They're always physically
tough and this will be a big game Sunday." Maybe, if they were
completely healthy, maybe?
But it is certainly much more likely they falter on the road than at
Home. In 20012 they went into Pitt and won the AFC Champ game. But that
was also after winning at Home. To play the Bye Week at Home, and then
play two vicious Road Playoff games against the two best defense at
hitting the quarterback, ON THE ROAD, is not a very high winning
It is the same scenario this week. It is the same scenario every
week the rest of the way. "I would say it's just as big of a game for
us as it is them. It's a playoff-type game. It has playoff implications on
both sides," Harmon said. "So we know they're going to come
ready but we're going to come ready too because, like I said, we know how
important this game is for us and we can't let [anybody] take it away from
us." If they lose one game, their season is over.
If they lose this game to the Bills, they could wake up Monday
morning and find themselves in third place in the AFC. "It's going to
be a big challenge this week. Buffalo's coming in off a big win. They've
got a lot they're playing for," David Andrews said. "We've got a
lot we're playing for right now! So, it's going to be a great game, great
division game coming down late here in the stretch and both teams are
really battling for position." A loss in this game would also take
away the indispensable Bye week that this beat up team so desperately
This week is not a Division game, it is a Playoff game, and the
loser will lose all hope of winning in the Playoffs. The difference
between having the indispensable Bye and hosting the Playoff games is
almost always the difference between victory and going home early.
2. Drafting Patriots-
On Wednesday, December 27th are three interesting Bowl Games for pat fans.
*Auden Tate- WR, Jr, 6-5, 225, 2nd-
He can grab the clutch catches on 3rd down. Great size, and is at
his best when his QB throws the high lob 50-50 ball. He just skies
up over the smaller CBs and takes it. Nice hands to grab the ball
thrown just a hair behind him, while the DB is hitting him. He is
not quick off the line, needs some room to build up speed. Runs a
nice comeback. He gets hurt a lot.
Alec Eberle- OC/OG, 6-4, 299-
He can get down field on the half screen, and take out a LB on the
second or third level. "I think the guys are working hard,
trying to stay focused, just really getting after it," Eberle
said. "We’re determined to win this game. We want to finish
the season 7-6, we want to have a winning record. I think this
game’s really important in that way." He is a smaller OC, who
looks like a Zone blocking scheme OC or OG.
really gets downfield and blocks consistently on the move.
"They want me to play Center and I’m going in as a Center.
They said if I gain some weight they might move me to guard. I can
do both," Eberle said. "I played Center a couple of years
ago, but I play tackle now for my school.
I’m always working on my snapping with a private coach
though. FSU wasn’t the only school that wanted me to play Center.
I figured my best shot to play early in college and maybe even to
get to NFL was to play Center." He is a Day Three interior OL
who has a chance to be a starter in the NFL if he can hang on long
Started all 12 games at center and has 31 consecutive starts
dating back to the 2015 season…named second team All-ACC…named
to the preseason Rimington watch list, given to the nation’s best
center, Outland watch list, given to the nation’s best interior
lineman and Wuerffel watch list for community service…Behind
Eberle, the Seminoles offense secured over 400 total yards five
times…helped open holes for third-team All-ACC running back Cam
Akers…helped guide true freshman quarterback James Blackman as he
ranked third in passing by a freshman…team captain.
Matthew Thomas- OLB,
6-2, 227, 4.67-
Thomas is one of the top prospects in this Draft, as far as an ILB
who can cover and stop the run. "He’s a very skilled
linebacker," Fisher said. "He can cover, catch the ball
really well. He got good eyes, instincts, and he’s so fast and
athletic and strong. He’s got all the tools to be a really good
player." He has the talent to be a four down LB.
has chosen to sit out FLA State's meaningless Bowl. "I feel
like I have the ability to be the best linebacker in this country,
but I’m not there yet, though," Thomas said. "I still
have some things I have to work on. I feel like I have the
ability." That is a huge mistake.
is trouble in paradise. "It’s difficult when you don’t have
discipline and follow the rules; you’ll make it hard for
yourself," Thomas said. "That was the situation for me. I
just had to buckle down and get myself together, and do what’s
right." He was suspended (with the flu;) for his immature behavior
earlier in his career.
he has some character issues that teams have to be comfortable with.
It could drop him down to Day Three. There are a ton of off the line
linebackers in this Draft. He is one of the best, but he had trouble
being eligible to play to starts his redshirt senior season. Which
is not the norm. If he is mature enough, he is a starting ILB in the
NFL. If not, he could break your heart.
problems are all mental off the field. He missed games early in his
career and this season do to his immaturity. I have no problem with
Seniors skipping Bowl Games, but not if they still have something to
prove. His selfish behavior got him in a lot of trouble. Now when it
looked like it was all resolved, he makes the selfish decision
again. He is now a Day Three LB.
**Derwin James- FS, Soph, 6-3, 211, 1st-
He is one of the true elite athletes in this Draft. "The first
time I saw him, he was doing dumbbell presses," FLA ST weight
coach Vic Viloria said. "He grabbed the 120s, and I thought,
'You're going to kill yourself, bud.' He sat down and somebody
brought him the dumbbells. That grabbed my attention. Here's a true
freshman, and somebody's bringing him the dumbbells? I knew he must
have earned some respect outside of the building. Then I watched him
do it, and he crushed it. But I wasn't going to allow myself to get
caught up in it yet." They play him all over the field.
was an elite prospect with obvious NFL potential fro day one.
"A lot of times, those (high school) guys, you can't see size
potential, but you saw it in him at that age," Fisher said.
"He had the size potential and was physically developed. And
then you saw the maturity, the athleticism, and you knew, almost
instantly, this guy was going to be a player. And you better start
recruiting him now. He had speed, size, intangibles. And when you
got around him, his intelligence, it was very obvious." He
could go top five in the Draft.
plays Cover One as well as he plays the blitzing OLB role.
"He's pretty-looking," a Scout said. "He's got one of
those body types where you could play him at about seven different
positions. "He looks most like a strong safety. But he's got
the frame to put weight on and be a linebacker. He could be a huge
corner. He looks kind of like what Patrick Peterson was coming out.
Just a great-looking frame." They will line up at the Will on
will line up in Cover One. "He's a separate entity," Deion
Sanders said. "There aren't too many people who do what he does
or have what he has." He has great instincts in the run game.
might be at his best as a Box Safety. "His athleticism jumps
off the charts," Deion said. "His size and physicality is
a whole other asset as well. And he loves the game of football. One
of my dear friends, Mario Edwards, works down there, and can tell me
about his intangibles. His practice habits. Who he is off the field.
All those coincide for a recipe of success." He could be a
Ronnie Lott like Corner.
don't think you want him playing CB fulltime, but he step out do it.
"If you put him at corner and you were patient with the
technique stuff, he'd be able to do the physical stuff," a
Scout said. "But with his size, you'd prefer him covering tight
ends. It's as hard to find guys to cover tight ends as it is to
cover wide-outs right now." He is the best coving TEs in this
is now preparing for the Combine. "As a strength coach, it's
weird to hear me say this, but I'll kick guys out of the weight room
if they're only coming in to make their combine numbers
better," Viloria said. "They're combine freaks. Derwin
only trains to be a better football player. He runs and gets his
body in shape only to chase offensive players. Sharpening your skill
set. That's what the gym is for. And that's why Derwin does
it." He is a work our warrior.
has chosen to sit out this Bowl Game as well. "I feel extremely
grateful that every person I spoke to supported my decision to begin
my training immediately," James said. "They all know how
much this program means to me and they saw firsthand how much it
killed me to be away from the field when I injured my knee last
year. It’s hard to really believe I’ll never wear that garnet
and gold uniform again, but everyone I’ve reached out to has
agreed that this is the best decision for me and my family."
This game just became a ton less interesting.
*Tarvarus McFadden- CB, Jr, 6-2, 198, 1st-
Elite athlete with underrated ball skills.
*Derrick Nnadi- DT, Jr, 6-1, 303 1st-
Great job pushing the OC up, when at Nose Tackle, and then shedding
and diving on the RB. He is so strong inside. Elite initial burst
when he guesses the snap. He is a little short and short armed, so
he has to make up for that in the weight room, and he does.
has some of the strongest legs in this Draft. "If you look at
the last four years, we lost my freshman year, we lost my sophomore
year, and we won one last year," Nnadi said. "How I see
it, I want to make sure we push the record, and help our
organization win another one." His game is all based on the
power in his legs.
will play in the game. "I never really thought of not
playing," Nnadi said "I like playing the game of football.
And my mindset is I want to help this team win another bowl
game." Well thank god. Now there is someone to watch in this
Sweat- DE/Buck, Jr, 6-5, 250, 3rd–
He is having a great season. "From last year, Sweat’s made
huge jumps as far as effort, his technique and motor," FSU DL
Brian Burns said. "Everything has been pretty great. I look up
to him so I just try to model my game after him. He’s doing a
great job." He made himself an NFL peospect this season.
is so good at getting low and digging under tackles to the QB.
"Josh is really evolving into a really good player, complete
player," Jimbo Fisher said. "And understanding his role
and how to play consistent every week, how to prepare what he's got
to do weekly to be in position, mentally, physically to make the
plays he has to make." He is playing with so much better
leverage this season.
is consistently holding up on the edge. "Doing a great job in
the run," Fisher said. "Pass rush, [he] has got some
pressure and things, but he's done a great job in the run.
Especially how we had him playing. His strength and power allows him
do that." He plays stouter than his listed weight.
lateral burst, combos his great hands, and he is sacking the QB.
"Doing it at practice is probably my biggest thing," Sweat
said. "Just repping it over and over again. Practicing hard and
it just carries over." His
hands are much better this season.
doesn't use it consistently, but he does have the speed to run
around the OLT. He has chosen to sit out this Bowl game as well.
This game just got even less interesting.
Trey Marshall- SS, 6-1, 207, 4.57, 2nd-
Jacob Pugh- DE, 6-3, 232, 4.78, 3rd-
Rick Leonard- ORG, 6-4, 313, 5.28, 5th-
Wilson Bell- OG, 6-6, 287, 4.89, 7th-
BC Vs Iowa:
Harold Landry- EDGE 6-3 250
He was one of the few guys who can close the angle down on Lamarr
Jackson when he takes off outside. "This obsession with
greatness, he has that," BC HC Steve Addazio said. "Harold
is a great example of that development guy that popped in his third
[year], and has a chance in his fourth to really and clearly become
one of the nation’s elite players." He does a great job in
the short zone, and when the great running QB takes off he can
charge forward and take him down.
has been compared to Jason Taylor, and I buy it. "I'd like to
probably say Jason Taylor. You know, he's a guy that can get off the
football, that uses his hands well," BC DC Jim Reid, who coach
Taylor at Miami, said. "The one thing that Harold has developed
very well, I think that Coach Pasqualoni will tell you this, is a
great understanding of how to study film, you know. And how to
practice. And the intensity of it and the environment and the
awareness. Jason Taylor had a long reach. I coached him. Coach
Pasqualoni was the defensive coordinator, and I coached the rush
ends on the outside and the linebackers. He's that type of
guy." His does have Taylor's length, but he has his ferocity
a bum ankle against Louisville, they were dropping him a lot in
coverage. They manned him up against the tight end to start the 2nd
quarter. Excellent job jammed the TE right at the line, to take him
out of his route.
played through two injuries this season. "Jason Taylor was also
the NFL Man of the Year, I think, like three or four times, maybe
five," Reid said. "So I would also include that as part of
the evaluation of what you just asked me to do because Harold Landry
I think is a really great man. Great, great, great young man."
He is tough, and was a one man rush the past two seasons.
the option well. "He’s a pretty elite pass rusher,"
V-Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "He seems to have a great mix
of both speed and power, in terms of being able to run around you
and also being able to mix in a bull rush or up and under. We’ll
certainly have our hands full with him." He knows when to hold
his position on the backside, and not give a player like Lamarr
Jackson a chance to bounce it back to his side.
does a good job covering the RB on the screen to make the QB take
off to the other side. "He’s definitely an elite pass rusher.
We have to know where he is on every snap, either run or pass,"
V-Tech OL coach Vance Vice said. "They’ve got different
packages where he’s sort of the roam-around linebacker. They’re
utilizing him in every way possible." Even playing hurt, he has
elite hands to shove the ORT off, and find a lane to the QB.
has become unstoppable in rushes when no one helps the tackle.
"I think it’s definitely harder with teams
game-planning," Landry said. "When I get presented with
the opportunity of a one-on-one, I have to make sure I come through
on my end and produce." He is an elite speed rusher already.
Morre Kamrin- CB, SR-
Terrific cover CB, who tough against the run as well. It is all be
about his speed at the Combine. I like him as a Day Three steal.
Noa Merritt- DT SR-
Conner Strachan- LB SR-
Ty Schwab- LB SR-
Isaac Yiadom- CB SR-
He is a terrific hitter when a WR catches the ball in front of him.
Tom Sweeney- TE-
When he catches the ball, he is a terrific power runner after the
catch. Good blocker, but even better pushing his RB into the endzone
on short yardage.
Marcell Lazard- ORT, RS SR/TR-
Akrum Wadley- RB, Sr, 5-11, 195, 3rd-
Likes to cut back when the
line gets overwhelmed He could be a interesting prospect for a zone
blocking team. Elite special teams player. Runs nice routes out of
the backfield. His stop and go move makes DLs miss at the line. I
really love his quicks. Terrific lateral explosion to make guys
miss. Not afraid to lower his head and get what he can get.
Consistent weapon out of the backfield. He will fumble it sometimes.
Sean Welsh- ORT 6-3 288 rSR-
He moved over to ORT for his senior season. He is too small to play
ORT in the NFL. He is a little light, but he can push the DT back on
short yardage, and then go and shove the RB forward. Nice job
getting inside and turning to keep the DT outside, and then hold on
with power for a few seconds. He will grab hold of the much bigger
DT, and let him drive himself out of the play, and let the RB run
behind him. He looks like a Day Three steal to me.
VandeBerg- WR, RS SR, 7th-
*Josh Jackson- CB, 6-1, 195, 1st-
This is the player for Pats fans to watch. "It’s always a
possibility," BB's buddy Kirk Ferentz said. "It's really
nice in life when you get to do what you want to do. We don’t want
anyone staying here if they aren’t fired up about that." If
he declares he could easily be picked 32 by the Pats.
is better prospect than Desmond King (and I loved Desmond in the
Draft). "Desmond was a different story," Iowa DC Parker
said. "He doesn’t have the same dimensions (King is shorter
and slower) and skill set that maybe Josh has. But Desmond has a lot
more football instinct that maybe Josh has." Elite
understanding of position and what he has to do on the field.
moving going backwards and sidewards down the field. "He has
all of the athletic ability," Parker said. "It takes some
time when you’re in the secondary with the different coverages and
schemes, zone or man, and I think that’s really helped him. The
more he was involved in the game plan and seeing it, he improved
every day. I think he has a lot more upside." Great quicks to
stop and turn inside when the WR makes a great break inside.
played WR in high school, and most thought he would be a WR at Iowa.
"He’s always been able to jump," his high school coach
Young said. "I always thought when he went, he would end up
being a receiver. Because he’s got such good ball skills." He
has great ball skills for a CB.
more and more of the side-saddle technique where he watches the QB
instead of the WR this season. "I was surprised when he said
that," Young said. "But he really thought he could [make
it to the NFL]. That makes sense. That’s what the NFL wants, guys
that look like him. Long guys with the ball skills that can
cover." Just does not get beat down the sideline.
mainly on the QB's right. "You've just seen him grow with his
role," Ferentz said. "But you never know where it's going
to go and how well a guy will play. He's really had to work hard,
and he has worked hard. And that's really the key. He's had good
ability, but now he's really learned how to play a little bit, and
that's a good combination." Plays Press and off with equal
is one of those guys who looks faster and quicker than everyone else
on the field.
Josey Jewell- ILB, 6-1, 235, 4.74, 4th-
Nice speed to the outside to stop the QB on the keeper. Nice speed
blitzing up the gut. He can get to the QB fast, and slap the ball
down as he throws. He has that knack for finding the ball. He looks
like the real deal. If he has the athleticism, he is an NFL player.
He sure reads it right, fast, and finds the ball.
Nathan Bazata- DT, 6-2, 285, 4.93, 6th-
Terrific stack and shed player. A little short, but he might be able
to play some 5-Tech. Doesn't get up field in rush very well. Not
much of a prospect.
Ben Niemann- OLB, 6-2, 230, 4.74-
Solid tackler in space.
Bo Bower- LB, RS SR-
Miles Taylor- SS, SR-
Missouri Vs Texas:
Marcell Frazier- OLB, 6-5, 260-
Frazier is a guy who has all the physical gifts to be a great
edgerusher in the NFL, but he hasn't put it all together. "Just
resiliency," Frazier said. "Says a lot about Coach Odom.
Just resilient, hard-nosed guy, blue collar. Nothing flashy.
There’s no secret ingredients. It’s just waking up every day and
working hard." I'm still not sure he has that knack for hitting
the quarterback yet.
burst into the backfield. Excellent against the run as well. He is
as fast upfield as any D-end in this Draft. He makes ORT twitch off
sides in fear. He can get low and power under the ORT, and get to
the RB on the toss fast. He's tall and thin, but is much stronger
than he looks. I really like this kid. Explosive blast off. He gets
into the backfield consistently. He is so good at using his hands to
shove the ORT off his shirt. He is ultra quick and is one of those
guys who looks faster and quicker than everyone else on the field.
Anthony Sherrils- SS, RS SR-
He is a heck of player. Great hitter on the goal line. He can play
the ball in the air. Team leader. Got into a crippling Brain injury
accident as a freshman.
*Drew Lock- QB, 6-4, 225-
He is a young strong armed spread QB. He may or may not be coming
out. But if he does the Pats could be interested.
is showing some wear and tear this season, and the Pats will have to
draft a young developmental QB in this Draft.
has not decided whether he is coming out yet or not, but most seem
to think that his HC leaving will prompt him to leave for the NFL
Draft. "Not too much," Lock said, "At the beginning,
it was all coming out, [everyone said] 'Heupel left, so Drew’s
leaving now.' But really I’m on the same course as to making a
decision. It (isn't) a huge factor in my decision." He could be
on the Board between 30 and 40.
kid who has played in three different offences in four years.
"It speaks a lot to have a quarterback who comes in and learns
three different systems as far as being able to relay that at the
next level," his OC in 2015 John Henson said. "If a guy
does come in here with a brand new offense, with the players we have
and the mindset I would have going into it, I think we’d be just
fine." So there is a lot of turmoil in Missouri right now.
am in the crowd that thinks he's gone. "We run the same plays
with Drew that we do with Maty," Pinkel said. "[Lock]
moves in the pocket well. I think he has pretty good instincts back
there. He doesn’t have Maty’s foot speed, but not too many
quarterbacks do. But again, he’s got to be who he is." He can
take the big hit, and complete the next pass.
also throws well on the move. "(Lock has) that playmaking
ability, the understanding of spacing, the understanding of where
the ball is going to go," Thomas said. "He’s a
competitor. It’s almost, for people to understand it, it’s what
Johnny Manziel does with his teams. When he steps on the field, you
always feel like you have a chance to win." TMIWTMIL.
J'Mon Moore- 6-3, 190,
Nice job catching the ball and turning up field. Great size, and
seems to have some good speed.
Nate Brown- WR, 6-2, 205, 4.63-
Malik Jefferson- OLB, Jr, 6-3, 240-
Good blitzer off the edge. Nice job using his hands to fight off the
OL, and then grab the RB and try to rip the ball out as he takes him
down. The problem is how valuable is a run stuffing ILB in the NFL
now. Nice job slipping around the line and grabbing the RB on short
yardage to stop him. Not bad moving laterally in zone defense.
Poona Ford- NT- 6-6, 290-
Very good on the goal line. He made two huge stops on the goal line.
He is starting to look pretty good to me. Great job digging under
*Holton Hill- JR, CB*-
Nice ball skills. He can leap in front of the WR, and knocked the
ball down. Tough fighter on the edge against the run. He did the
best job against James Washington of any CB I've seen. Great job
coming up and taking out the WR on the screen. His Forty at the
Combine could propel him into Day Two.
Hughes, Naashon- LB RS SR/3-
Connor Williams- OLT, Jr, 6-6, 320-
Chris Warren III, RB*-
Nice shifty little RB. Best going up the middle. Great job blocking
for his QB on the edge when he runs with the ball. Terrific blocking
the DT coming up the middle in pass pro. Great in pass pro. When
they need a late drive, he just stays in to block and stones DE and
DT rushing like a OT. Best RB in pass pro I've seen this year. With
Connor Williams out, he has had to stay in to block on almost every
pass play. He was invaluable for them in pass pro.
Nickelson, Tristian SR/TR/2-
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