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Draft Diamonds: Hunter Long

This tight end class is tilted by the strong play of Kyle Pitts, but there are plenty of strong tight ends in this class and my favorite is a home town hero (New Hampshire counts as Boston don’t question it) Hunter Long.

Hunter Long is a lot of human. He stands in at 6’5 254 lean and has been a similar size since high school, but was under recruited and ended up finding his stride at Boston College.

Long’s big play ability has been on display every year at BC, but his best asset is his hands. He led the NCAA in receptions (57) and was top 5 in yards for TEs (685)

Pros

+ Big Play Ability

+ Size

+ Great Hands

+strong Blocker

Cons

-Needs to refine Route running

-I’m not kidding, this kid is a sleeper.

Projection

2nd round pick

Best Fits

•New England

•Pittsburg

•Texans

•Jets

Hunter is a strong Tight End that is going to go under the radar, but will be a starter on most NFL teams. He provides the perfect balance of catching ability with strong blocking that can overwhelm the best edge defenders. Hunter is about to make some fans very happy.

Matthew Stafford has Been Traded to the Rams and What it Means for Deshaun Watson

I’ll be the first to say, I didn’t think it was going to happen this quick and for this much.

Matthew Stafford is a 34-year old QB. The Rams valued him at 2 first round picks, a third round pick, and Jared Goff.

I thought one first round pick was enough for the 34-year old starter, but here we are.

Does Stafford really make the Rams a contender? Does this move change anything in LA? I’m inclined to say no, but I’m not a GM.

They need one more great WR and some offensive line help before I’m willing to put them back in the Bowl.

This brings us to the biggest QB name still available, Deshaun Watson.

If I’m Nick Casiero, I LOVE this. It gets me rock hard.

If a guy who has never won a playoff game is worth basically what everyone assumed Watson is worth, IMAGINE WHAT THEY CAN GET FOR DESHAUN NOW.

Minimum asking price now, three first round picks and a star, that’s just a fact.

Draft Diamonds: Kellen Mond

Kellen Mond is the most slept on QB in this draft class. Mond, a 4-year starter at Texas A&M, has had projections ranging from Day 2 to day 3; but I’m telling you right now, he is the future of the NFL.

Mond took the world by storm when he won the starting job his freshman year. He was able to start each season after that with massive expectations. In 2019, His yards dropped significantly and people started to doubt as A&M finished outside of the top 25. His 2020 was the crowning year for Mond he threw for over 2,000 yards, 19 TDs and only 3 INTs.

Positives

+ Good Size

+ Strong Runner

+ Decent arm strength

+ Works well through the moderate range of yards

Negatives

– Bad pocket awareness

– Questionable throws

– Needs consistant big game ability

When I look at Mond I see a wealth of potential. I wouldn’t say he’s a day 1 starter, but that’s not a knock against him. He needs a lot more time to develop.

Best fits

•Patriots

•Bears

•Steelers

The biggest need for anyone thinking of drafting Mond is getting a veteran to groom him and help him develop. There is no doubt in my mind the Kellen Mond can and will be a starter in the NFL, just not right away. A team that trades for Stafford could also benefit from drafting Mond to become a project. The future is bright for this young QB.

Trey Songz Was Arrested Last Night at the AFC Championship

Bro, he’s 36? Dudes handsome as hell.

A video was released by TMZ that shows Trey Songz get in a physical altercation (that’s what smart people call a fight) with police as they attempt to arrest him for undisclosed reasons.

You can hear people that are in his entourage saying things like “Don’t do it Trey” and “Do you want to lose your job over this?”

That leads me to believe that the Police officer may have overreacted, but we really don’t know because of the video.

That being said, punching an officer and putting him in a rear naked choke hold isn’t the best practice, but we don’t know the story.

I can’t imagine too much happened at a football game. I worked at a stadium people get drunk and fight all the time. Hell, people stay sober and fight. As Americans we just wanna fight.

I will update this blog with information as it comes out. Or I’ll forget and answer for it later. It’s really a 50/50.

Matthew Stafford is the Perfect Fit for the Patriots

After a disappointing 2020 campaign, it’s time to look towards the off-season for Patriot fans.

Quarterback is the biggest question mark for the Patriots going into 2021 and Matthew Stafford should be the answer.

The man has accomplished so much on a Detroit team that never seemed to care about giving him weapons. 

He ranks 17th all time in career TD passes ahead of Joe Montana, he has the most passing yards through 160 starts in the NFL (43,901), and the 8th most touchdown passes through 160 starts (274).

Stafford has been able to make something out of nothing in Detroit, but recently the team decided that they would part ways and accommodate his request for a trade after 12 seasons. 

The Patriots would get a stellar passer with great leadership skills right off the bat and Stafford would finally get some stability with a coach and a team that is actually invested in him. 

At this point, you might be asking, “Why not go for Deshaun Watson? He’s younger and arguably better?”

The biggest benefit to getting Stafford is cost. With Watson, you are looking at a trade value that sits around 3 first-round picks. With Stafford, you could potentially get him for a 2nd-round pick and a player. 

If the Patriots traded for Watson, they would effectively be shorting themselves for the future. Sure, we get a generational QB, but what about a true number 1 wide receiver? Or a middle linebacker to lead the defense? What about the gap Joe Thuney will leave if we can’t re-sign him?

As a fan, you have to look at this team and say the Patriots are more than a QB away from winning a Super Bowl. Buying into Watson, hurts the team. With Stafford, we would have the ability to draft a young QB for him to groom and compete with in a later round. Names like Kellen Mond or Sam Ehlinger stand out as perfect succesor to Stafford after a few years with the team. 

Matthew Stafford, come to New England. It’s slightly warmer than Michigan and the fans are much louder. We want you.

Chuba Hubbard Draft Diamonds

As a Sooner fan, it’s hard for me to support anyone from Oklahoma State, but when you look at this draft class, Chuba’s name stands out with names like Etienne or Harris. 

In 2019, he was viewed as RB1, but he decided to return for a year and ultimately hurt his draft stock. He went from 2094 yards and 21 TDs in 2019 to 625 and 5 TDS in 2020. If you just look at those stats, he would get a one year wonder grade. If you dig a little deeper, you realize that his workload was cut in half and then some (328 carries 2019/133 carries 2020). The emergence of Jackson and Brown at Oklahoma State held him back from being a first round RB. 

• Positives:

+Amazing vision 

+Great speed

+Good size (6ft 207lbs)

He is able to wait for the play to develop and find a hole. Once he gets that gap and gets open field, he’s hard to catch.

• Negatives:

-Elusiveness 

-Has trouble bouncing off tackles 

-Seems to need a strong O-line

-Receiving skills are sub par 

-Pass blocking needs work

In the modern NFL, running backs have to be able to do everything. Every GM is looking for another CMC. His catching ability pulls away from what Hubbard can do, but no one looks at Hubbard and thinks he is useless. 

His ceiling is set for the third round of the NFL draft, but he could make an impact on teams that need a true runner. 

Best fits

-Chargers

-49ers

-Eagles

Final evaluation:

-Hubbard is a project RB with MASSIVE upside. He may get more play on special teams to start, but if a team can work with him and develop his route running, Hubbard has the chance to be a big time threat that goes under the radar in this year’s draft.

BROKEN……..

I am a broken man writing this article. The Packers have done it again. The NFC Championship is a curse for this team. I’ve defended Aaron Rodgers through thick and thin, he’s been my guy since I started watching football. Aaron, my dude, you had a shot. The refs were god-fucking-awful, I understand. But you had chances, multiple. I love you dude, but this was it. 😦

That play…..that fucking play. WHY DID YOU NOT TUCK AND RUN THAT BALL. You had it man, after that TD last week, you had it!!!! I thought it was bad luck, I thought it was the defense, the refs, no. It’s the offense, too many chances, not enough production. No excuses, it is what it is. Aaron, go find yourself a super team like Brady and get SB #2. Sorry Pack, sorry Aaron, it’s just not gonna work.

A Humble Farewell

Whether his last game or not, it doesn’t change the fact that Drew Brees didn’t have the best game of his career. But that’s okay, because in the eyes of many, Brees will go down in history as one of the greats to play the game of football.

Drew Brees holding the Lombardi trophy after winning Super Bowl XLIV

With an insane stat line, Drew Brees will easily be remembered as New Orleans’ best quarterback of all time, but his stats aren’t the only thing that makes this man incredible. From immensely helping out charities and the State of Louisiana throughout his time in New Orleans, to being apart of the teams that helped New Orleans overcome tragedy on MULTIPLE occasions, this man has done it all. And none of that would’ve been possible without an injury in 2005 which changed Brees life forever.

In 2005, Brees was the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. A fumble in week 17 had caused Brees to be injured during a year where his contract expired. The Saints took the gamble on free agent Brees, and the gamble paid off. Brees quickly became the star of the Saints. Bringing in superior talent, Brees was able to overcome obstacles throughout his career like any other. From ridiculous injuries to bringing his team championships, Brees was and will forever be a star of the Saints.

What this man did in New Orleans is just phenomenal. From donating over $25,000,000 to his community through his charity “ The Brees Dream Foundation”, to holding records never thought possible, Brees is just outstanding at many, many tasks. To name a few accolades, Brees currently holds the NFL’s all-time passing leader at 80,492 yards. Second most passing touchdowns ever at 572. A 13 time pro bowler. Super Bowl XLIV Champion and MVP. 7 time leader in NFL passing yards. And so much more.

Whether Drew Brees has played his last snap as an NFL quarterback, he will be remembered as a legend by many fans who have witnessed the greatness he attributed. Thank you for everything and what a hell of a career.

HOW THE HELL DID JAMES HARDEN LEAN OUT OVERNIGHT???

I’m sorry, how the hell does James Harden go from looking like he’s hiding a pillow under his shirt, to looking like a real athlete???

Seriously, what’s the deal with airplane food? You flew from Houston to Brooklyn and dropped 50 pounds?

You detoxed from strip clubs for a couple of days and you return to form??

Fuck this Harden. Give me fat Harden back.

**Cough cough My fat James Harden Blog cough cough**

Look at him! He is the definition of excellence! Imagine how many Buffalo wings he could eat. Spoiler, it’s a whole Buffalo (instructions unclear. Ate a Buffalo).

He could’ve been caught in Houston being lovable and far, instead he’s in Brooklyn on the new hated super team and he’s lean again.

Skinny Harden sucks.

Urban Meyer Becoming the New Coach Of The Jags is Awful

Urban Meyer was just hired as the Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The same Jaguars that went 1-15

The same Jaguars that are primed for Trevor Lawrence to arrive as pick number one in this years draft.

The same Jaguars that hate their fans and want to continue to give them a glimmer of hope for what should be a bright future.

Let me say this, I love Urban as a college football coach. He is right up there with Bear and Saban as one of the best college coaches of all time.

Did you see what I was trying to emphasize?

Meyer is a legend at recruiting and convincing 18 year olds that winning a National title is the best thing for them.

What happens when the Jags start losing? Does he fake another health crisis?

At Florida he “retired” when everyone started doing drugs. At Ohio state he “retired” when the team got bad.

Jags fans, I want the best for you. I’m. A Browns fan, we are finally good and I want other struggling teams to get there. It’s a brotherly bond.

Urban is not the answer. He will give you one decent season and then when the going gets tough, he will be gone. You deserve better