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.

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.

Juju Just Danced On His Own Grave

Throughout the 2020 NFL Season, it’s safe to say Juju Smith-Schuster has turned heads a number of times. From becoming a Tik Tok sensation to dancing on Teams’ logos and getting absolutely leveled for it, Smith-Schuster has seen his actions come back to haunt him (and team) more than once. With his latest choice of words, we can’t help but wonder if Smith-Schuster may have just dug his own grave, and then danced on it.

Juju Smith-Schuster dancing on the Cowboys logo pregame-2020
Juju Smith-Schuster dancing in the Bengals logo pregame-2020

Speaking with the Associated Press before Sunday’s postseason matchup, Juju stated “I think they’re still the same Browns teams I play every year,… I think they’re nameless gray faces. They have a couple good players on their team, but at the end of the day, I don’t know. The Browns is the Browns.” Bold choice of words from a player who hasn’t done much other than get completely embarrassed multiple times on the field.

Smith-Schuster and the Pittsburgh Steelers made their way to 11-0 before dropping three losses in a row and finishing the season 12-4. Their latest loss was handed to them by the Cleveland Browns who made their final push for the playoffs. Granted the Browns beat a Steelers team who was resting their starters, but still the Browns have clearly made a decent case for themselves to not be taking lightly.

Juju Smith-Schuster getting DECKED by Bengals’ Vonn Bell

Smith-Schuster shouldn’t be much of a factor this Sunday either, after not having a single game with over 100 receiving yards and tallying only 9 touchdowns on the season. With this being said, I think it goes for all of us here at BOTA that we hope this adds fuel to the fire and provides some very strong motivation for the Browns. Here’s to hoping Juju can eat his words once more this season and the Steelers get their ass handed to them by the Browns. Let’s see what these “gray faces” Browns can do to a Steelers team that is nowhere close to as talented as originally thought.

Better Late Than Never; My Thoughts On Cam Newton

With the New England Patriots signing Cam Newton, most fans were excited for the addition of a “veteran” Quarterback joining the team. On the other side was me; cringing with the fact that my two worst nightmares came true. First was of course Tom Brady leaving, second was the Pats bringing in Cam Newton as a replacement. However, I’ve had some time to sit and think and I’m here to express my opinions on the matter and that Cam Newton will be either a boom or a bust candidate for the Patriots.

I’ve been pretty vocal with my thoughts on Cam Newton in the past, and I still stand by my arguments to an extent, but I do feel if handled the right way, Cam Newton can be a great addition to the Patriots. In previous years, offenses revolved around Newton. Newton saw himself as a one-man show and that was that. Numerous times, I was disgusted at the fact that receivers would be wide-open down field and yet Newton still ran the ball himself. Granted my bias comes from the fact that I’m not a big running-qb man, but I still feel strongly as though the Panthers offense wasn’t clockwork, it was what Newton felt like doing on that play. I think that led to the arrogance that I personally despised out of Newton. I hated him on the field, and more off the field. I thought he was a cocky douchebag who thought the world revolves around him. However, on the Patriots, none of what I mentioned above will stand.

On the Patriots, “Do Your Job” isn’t just a motto, it’s the way of life and how the Patriots achieve so much success. The Patriots work around every single player on that offense and make it all connect perfectly for what we’ve known for decades. Bill Bellichick and Josh Mcdaniels have certain ways about them that create these factors. With Newton on the team, this shouldn’t change anything, and I believe that’s why we see Newton being goal driven and so optimistic to work with the Patriots this season.

On the Patriots, Newton knows that his personal success means nothing. What makes the Patriots stick out is the teamwork. Now obviously I know every team of course has strong teamwork, but yet again and again the Patriots show that theirs is like no other. The Pats make success of utilizing every single position on the field. That means utilizing every receiver, tight end, lineman, and even the quarterback. What this means is that, if Cam Newton comes into the Patriots offense knowing that he has so many options to choose from every play, he could be a huge success. Newton can change the whole scheme of that offense to turn around him and ruin what was once an amazing amount of success. What Newton can also do, is tweak the offense and form with it, creating a scary scenario of a huge quarterback with great running sense, observational awareness, and the ability to spread the field like no other. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

I feel strongly as though Newton feels he has something to prove. With a contract that isn’t worth much, and the thought of knowing that he has to work harder than ever before, Cam Newton May be able to improve his biggest weaknesses and shine like never before. Given the fact that The patriots have now lost crucial lineman for the season, I believe this season will be the true groundbreaking year for Newton as he shows the true potential he holds to carry a team to victory, or to be left out to dry.