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9/2011 WR Rankings

September 24th 2011 13:50
1. Larry Fitzgerald
2. Andre Johnson
3. Calvin Johnson
4. Reggie Wayne
5. Steve Smith CAR
6. Roddy White
7. Greg Jennings
8. Brandon Marshall
9. Kenny Britt
10. Mike Wallace
11. Miles Austin
12. Santonio Holmes
13. Marques Colston
14. Jeremy Maclin
15. DeSean Jackson
16. Vincent Jackson
17. Anquan Boldin
18. Mike Williams TB
19. Steve Smith PHI
20. Hakeem Nicks
21. Lance Moore
22. Sidney Rice
23. Santana Moss
24. Brandon Lloyd
25. Dwayne Bowe
26. Braylon Edwards
27. Johnny Knox
28. Dez Bryant

29. Wes Welker
30. Austin Collie
31. Mario Manningham
32. Steve Johnson
33. Earl Bennett
34. AJ Green
35. Percy Harvin
36. Jordy Nelson
37. Malcolm Floyd
38. Pierre Garcon
39. Nate Washington
40. Davone Bess
41. Hines Ward
42. Robert Meachem
43. Mike Thomas
44. Donald Driver
45. Lee Evans
46. Julio Jones
47. James Jones
48. Antonio Brown
49. Jordan Shipley
50. Derrick Mason
Musgrave must use him more

Week 3 Picks

Bengals over 49ers
Panthers over Jaguars
Lions over Vikings
Titans over Broncos
Browns over Dolphins
Eagles over Giants
Saints over Texans
Patriots over Bills
Ravens over Rams
Jets over Raiders
Chargers over Chiefs
Packers over Bears

Cardinals over Seahawks
Falcons over Bucs
Steelers over Colts
Redskins over Cowboys (To make this more interesting)

9/2011 Team Scope: Cincinnati Bengals

September 1st 2011 15:01
The Cincinnati Bengals are a mess, and they're only going to win a couple of games this season. What I say is now well-known fact, but I must say it anyway to properly start this team preview. Soon, I will break down their roster, and you will see why they are such a mess.

Andy Dalton looks like a solid West Coast quarterback, but the personnel around him aren't suited for the type of offense that Dalton is. While new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is bringing in the WCO, receivers A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson are vertical threats. Green's enormous talent is being wasted in this system, but there really is no other way. The benefactor will be slot receiver Jordan Shipley, who will continue his solid play from last year. I think 70 catches are more than just a possibility.

Jay Gruden is also a fan of the running game, and Cedric Benson will obviously be the biggest factor offensively. Benson is a punishing, workhose back who trades efficiency for durability. If there was a prototypical back to combat the running defenses that they will face in their division, Benson is the one. His backup, Bernard Scott, has really struggled recently with consistency, or lack thereof, and injuries. He's much better than he has been lately and is a more than capable backup. Scott won't get very many carries thanks to Benson's workhose mentality, but he should be a quality change-of-pace back.

The Bengals are an incompetent organization overall, and their management of the offensive line has been especially terrible in recent years. They had Evan Mathis last season, one of the better guards in the league, and they had him riding the bench in favor of the absolutely awful Nate Livings. The Bengals traded Mathis to the Eagles this offseason for basically nothing (another win for Philly). Interestingly enough, they signed former Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles to be a backup to Livings. And Jean-Gilles is, of course, a very poor player.

The good thing for Bengals fans is that the team has treated Andrew Whitworth very well. They have given him another extension, and he put on quite a show last year. He is one of the best and most underrated players in the game, and he was actually a legit MVP candidate- even though he was an offensive lineman.

Right guard Bobbie Williams is a player who has been underrated for his entire career. Even though his run blocking ability has deteriorated due to age, his pass blocking is still among the best in the NFL. Williams is still an average run blocker, and he is slightly better than the legendary Brian Waters in pass protection. Williams has never been to a Pro Bowl despite his high-level of play. It certainly is a shame that one of the best guards in the league has never been given any fan recognition.

I have absolutely no idea as to why Robert Geathers gets playing time. He is one of the worst defensive ends in the league, and he puts absolutely no strain on the opposing quarterback. May I suggest giving Carlos Dunlap every snap he can get? The UF standout is the Bengals only legit end. Domata Peko needs to get back on track, but the defensive tackle next to him- Geno Atkins- is extremely underrated and is a great interior pass rusher.

The Bengals have five capable linebackers. Manny Lawson was a great signing, and he is a top edge-rusher. The newly signed Thomas Howard is a solid starter, and another former Raiders- Brandon Johnson- is a decent player who is mostly used in sub-packages. Rey Maualuga is the team's best linebacker, and Keith Rivers is solid- but struggles with his health and is a tad overrated.

The loss of Jonathan Joseph means that the Bengals no longer have one of the best cornerback duos in the game. Leon Hall is still with the team, however, and he is a better coverage corner than Joseph. Although his former teammate is a proficient tackler, Hall makes up for that with his speed. The new man opposite of him, Nate Clements also from Frisco, is a decent veteran who can make plays in run support. He is slightly below average in coverage though. The Bengals made a nice trade with the Seahawks by trading a bad defensive tackle for the speedy Kelly Jennings. He will be a more than average third corner.

I don't exactly have high hopes for the team's safeties, because Chris Crocker is their only start-able safety. He's solid, but the guys around him like Reggie Nelson and Gibril Wilson are marginal players.

The Bengals have a severe lack of talent on their roster, and I think their absolute ceiling is six games. I highly doubt that they even win that many, and I think a three to four win season for Cincy is a closer prediction to what their record will be. But contrary to what Bill Parcells said, you aren't what you're record says you are.
Remember this beast in college?

1. CB Johnathan Joseph
2. LB Keith Rivers
3. LT Andrew Whitworth
4. CB Leon Hall
5. RB Cedric Benson
6. WR Chad Ochocinco
7. LB Rey Maualuga
8. LB Dhani Jones
9. DE Carlos Dunlap
10. DT Geno Atkins
11. WR Jordan Shipley
12. DT Pat Sims
13.DE Robert Geathers
14. RG Bobbie Williams
15. RB Bernard Scott
16. DT Domata Peko
17. S Reggie Nelson
18. LG Evan Mathis
19. S Chinedum Ndukwe
20. S Roy Williams
Pass Rushing Safety

3/2011 NFL Mock Draft: 1-5

March 16th 2011 15:23
This Mock Draft assumes that there are no trades involved.

1. Carolina Panthers CB Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson is a special player who is the best draft prospect. He has an impact on special teams with his blazing speed, and he is a complete corner that can step right in and perform at a high level. Peterson gets picks, and he can also shut down opposing receivers. With Chris Gamble getting older and uncertainty surrounding Richard Marshall's contract, the Panthers take Peterson.

2. Denver Broncos DT Nick Fairley

The Broncos desperately need a big guy in the middle that can disrupt plays in the backfield. That guy will be Fairley.

3. Buffalo Bills DE Da'Quan Bowers

The Bills really need a pass rusher, and Bowers had the most sacks in all of college football last year. The Clemson standout is also a stout run defender at the end position, and the Bills were horrible against the run last season. Bowers will fill a ton of needs for Buffalo.

4. Cincinnati Bengals WR AJ Green

Terrell Owens was horrible last year and his contract is up anyway. Chad Ochocinco isn't happy with the team, like Palmer, and his contract runs up after this season. Jordan Shipley is the only good receiver, but he needs help. Shipley is a slot receiver, and not the kind of game-breaker like Green. He gets downfield, and he is really special. Green is a complete prospect that fits the Bengals' system. He will bring an influx of talent into a sagging Cincinnati franchise that is poorly owned.

5. Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert

The Cardinals are definitely not going to stick with the same guys they had last year at quarterback. Derek Anderson and Max Hall are two of the worst at the position. If there was no lockout, the best choice for Arizona would be to acquire a veteran quarterback. Instead, they will have to fill their need at the biggest position in the draft. Gabbert is the only QB I would be able to comfortably start in year one. He is a refined passer that is athletic, boasts a strong arm, and has better accuracy than his statistics indicate. As always when analyzing draft prospects, stats must be ran over by bulls at Pamplona.
Patrick Peterson @ 1?

2/2011 Top 75 Wide Receiver Rankings

February 26th 2011 14:29
1. Larry Fitzgerald- Still put up big numbers with nightmare QB carousel. Can catch absolutely anything. Has height, leadership, and athleticism.
2. Andre Johnson- Speed, height, and athleticism. Nuff said.
3. Brandon Marshall- If only he was reunited with Cutler

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