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. ⁣

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.

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.

Justin Fields Is Back to QB2 in the NFL Draft

Justin Fields draft stock has been on a roller coaster in 2020.

He started off as the clear cut QB2 behind Trevor Lawrence. Then after some average performances against Indiana (3 interceptions) and Northwestern (114 yards 3 interceptions), everyone in the country turned their eyes to the Mormons and Zach Wilson.

Ohio state was the hot topic. “Is Justin Fields good under pressure” “Is Justin Fields only good because of the talent around him” “Ohio State is a bad team, with an easy schedule that got into the playoff because of their name”

The critics wanted a test for the young QB and the playoff gave it to them. If Fields wanted to be back in the conversation of “next QB to ruin his life on the Jets” he had to show up against Clemson.

He did more than just show up last night…

Clemson has produced insane defensive players over the past few years and their defense this year kept that trend. Fields made them look like a pop Warner squad.

I get the argument that one game doesn’t matter. It kinda does…

If I’m an NFL GM, I want a kid who can step up in big time situations. When the lights are on you need someone who won’t crumble. Fields has shown over the past two years that he is a star in these situations.

Could he use some help in regular situations? Sure! He’s not always going to have Ohio State level talent around him, but give him time in the NFL and he will be one of the next great QBs.

Notre Dame is Officially Cursed

WHY IS EVERY BLOG I WRITE TODAY PRO A&M

I get it, Notre Dame was one of the best teams this year and had the wins to back that; but they’ve never had a solid playoff performance.

Some could say it’s the curse of the #4 spot and I can look at that and kind of agree, but that’s not fun so fuck you.

Ian Booke: 229 1int. I gave you credit. I said you should have your name in consideration for Heisman. BUST. SHOULD’VE KEPT JURKOVEC.

This defense was supposed to be an all powerful unit, but we’ve seen them torched by Clemson and Bama. Two true playoff contenders. The only undisputed playoff favorites.

I mean shit, I would’ve watched Oklahoma get torched again over Notre Dame. Hell, put in whatever’s left of Kyle Trask. That would’ve been more interesting.

Notre Dame is cursed, they’ll be back in talk next year, they shouldn’t be, and I’ll be writing this again in 2022.