Cade Johnson Draft Diamonds

When are we going to start giving the FCS love? For too long there have been insane talents coming out of that division (not you Trey Lance) that have made an immediate impact in the NFL.

Cade Johnson balled out at South Dakota state and is ready for his time in the NFL. Tell me right now that he doesn’t fit the break out mold for a player. He was a zero-star recruit coming out of Highschool, he went to a small school for the opportunity to play, he was invited to the senior bowl and made his stock skyrocket.

Johnson has two years worth of stats to put out and they were both impressive, but I’m going to focus on his 2019 stats. 72 rec, 1,222 yards, 17 YPC, 8TDs. With Covid canceling the fall FCS season, Johnson had the opportunity to go play for a power 5 school, but ultimately decided to gamble on himself by declaring for the 2021 draft and booking his ticket to the senior bowl.

Pros:

-Great build

-Catching fundamentals are sound

-Deep threat

Cons:

-lacks second tier speed

-can have trouble with stronger defenders

Projection: 7th round, Saints

Cade is the hardest draft stock to predict right now. He had a stellar performance at the senior bowl, but a lot of scouts are still worried about the defenses he’s played. I’m going to say, none of that matters. Cade has the drive and ability to climb up the ranks of a team. The idea of him pairing up with Michael Thomas in New Orleans gets me excited, full potential for them to transform into a destructive WR duo. ⁣

D’Wayne Eskridge Draft Diamonds

Let’s just get the bold statement out right at the start, D’Wayne Eskridge is THE most lethal WR in this draft class. He doesn’t have the hype surrounding him like Chase, Smith or Waddle; but what he does have is speed, intelligence, route running prowess, and sure hands that won’t drop the ball.

Eskridge started out as a running back in high school, but despite his three star rating, he didn’t receive a lot of interest from college scouts. He would end up signing with Western Michigan and stepped into the spotlight when Corey Davis departed.

In his first two years, Eskridge would end up netting 30 rec for 506 yards (2017), then 38 rec for 776 yards and 3TDs. Because of injuries, Eskridge would switch to CB and actually led the team in coverage stats before becoming a full time WR again his Red shirt senior year.

He would finish his career with…

121 rec

2,244 yards

15TDs

But wait there’s more

17 kick returns

467 yards

1TD

Pros:

– Versatility

– Speed at all three levels

– Body control

Cons:

– Struggles in press coverage

– Needs space for success

Projection: 2nd Round

Best Fits:

Patriots

Eagles

Dolphins

D’wayne Eskridge is following in the footsteps of fellow Broncos like, Corey Davis, Greg Jennings, and Taylor Moton. He has been undervalued since high school and is now ready to destroy at the next level. Look at this scouting report, really look at it. Tell me that he doesn’t seem like the typical Belichick guy. Undervalued, small, but versatile as all hell. This kid can play all three sides of the ball. Patriot fans, Eskridge could be the new Troy Brown ⁣

Mark Cuban to Allow Fans to Pay for Merchandise and Tickets with Doge Coin

What a wild ride Dogecoin has been on. It started as a meme currency made to poke fun at Bitcoin. Then TikTok got a hold of it and tried to make it boom. Then porn star, Angela White tweets about Dogecoin and gets it to rise (hehehehe).

Now, I have to justify how I, a 26-year old bartender, am smarter than the billionaire owner of the Mavericks, Mark Cuban.

Cuban recently announced that fans will be able to buy merch and tickets using Dogecoin.

Once again, not an economic genius, but….

That shit doesn’t add up.

Sure, fork over all of your Dogecoin to Cuban. Dude’s a genius and he’s just going to win either way.

Either you fork over all your Dogecoin for Mavericks merch and he gets rich when it booms, or you pay him with real life adult money, and he makes money.

Mark Cuban you win the economy, congrats you genius son of a bitch. Wanna invest in a low level sports blog?

The Future for the Red Sox is Bright

Spring training is finally here, we are weeks away from being able to pay for an overpriced beer and enjoy the Red Sox at Fenway. The part of that you should focus on is “Enjoy.” The Red Sox are heading in the right direction. 

Bobby Dalbec is primed to step into the spotlight in 2021. The Infielder has leaned out and cut ten pounds. The best part? He didn’t lose any of the power that secured himself as a top prospect for the Sox. In 8 at bats, he is hitting .500 with four runs and three home runs. With Mitch Moreland’s departure this off-season, there is a big gap at first and it looks like Bobby Dalbec has locked himself as our first baseman. 

Jeter Downs was an underrated addition in the Mookie Betts trade (I know the wound is still fresh, stay with me). He is another player primed to fill an empty gap at second base. He has all the athletic ability in the world. In Sunday’s game against the Twins, he was able to get a two-run Homerun and an RBI single. He has refined his hitting in the minors, but he still needs some work so he doesn’t make “rookie mistakes.” He won’t start opening day, but he will make his debut

The Red Sox biggest issue has been their pitching at all levels. Chaim Bloom found an ace hiding in Philly. Nick Pivetta got his spring training debut for the Sox Wednesday as they faced the Twins. His velocity was on full display as his fastball topped out at 96. Pivetta was only given a small window to display his ability and the stats might scare some people, but he got one strike out, one hit which translated to one earned run. He will most likely bolster the purifying rotation, but with Sale’s velocity as the biggest question mark for the Sox, Pivetta could step in and be the cannon to attack batters early. 

No fan likes a re-build. These years (yes, plural) are going to be tough and we are going to lose to the Yankees, A lot. As fans, we need to keep the faith, in the re-build, in Chaim, and in the team. The Sox have a wealth of talented prospects that can translate to big time major leaguers in the next couple years.

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.