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ChiSide’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft

Edit: 6:57: Updated swap of picks three and four.

1.) Indianapolis Colts select…

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Unless you live in a cave without access to human life, this won’t be news. Not much more can be said about Luck than you’ve already heard. He’s touted as one of the best QB prospects in a long while thanks to his physical ability (he tested similarly to Cam Newton at the NFL Combine), coupled with his outstanding football IQ. In short, the Colts are expecting a player that one-day will develop into an Aaron Rodgers-type with Peyton Manning-like brains.

2.) Washington Redskins select…

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

History says that one of these two top QBs are doomed to fail — but my eyes tell me otherwise. Griffin is worth as much (if not more) than the three 1st round picks and one 2nd round pick Washington sent to St. Louis to secure him. Washington may finally have hit the jackpot they have been searching for, for all these years with Griffin. He brings Michael Vick athleticism in addition to excellent arm strength and accuracy. There’s not much more to be had.

3.) Cleveland Browns select…

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

After finishing last season with one of the league’s most effective secondaries, this leaves the Browns with two choices at number three: elite running back Trent Richardson or the blazing fast Justin Blackmon. Richardson seems like the most logical choice of the two, although Blackmon fits as well. However, Cleveland’s main option in the back field is unproven Montario Hardesty, who did little to impress when given extended action last season. Richardson is the only elite talent at his position and Cleveland can take a chance on a WR later on, especially since there’s more depth at the position.

4.) Minnesota Vikings select…

Matt Kalil, OT, USC

The Vikings should not even consider taking anyone but Kalil at number four. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon and cornerback Morris Claiborne are hard to pass up on, but Minnesota’s best bet is to immediately improve a porous offensive line if they want to sustain the career of Adrian Peterson and give their young QB room to operate. The Vikings can afford to take a wideout or a corner in the early second round.

5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

The Bucs take Richardson in a heartbeat if he’s still around, but unfortunately for them, he won’t be. Claiborne is a great consolation prize, though, as he will instantaneously bolster a struggling secondary. Starter Aqib Talib may miss games due to jail time and Ronde Barber is nearing retirement. Coincidentally, Tampa Bay recently hired LSU’s secondary coach, Ron Cooper. Continue reading

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Video: Terrell Suggs calls ESPN’s Skip Bayless a douchebag on live TV

T-Sizzle really lets Skip hear what we all are thinking every time his mug shows up on our TVs.

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The Top 10 Sports Plays of the Year

As we’re inching closer to 2012, Chi Side is taking a look back at the top 10 sports plays of 2011:

10. Patrick Kane’s shootout beauty vs. Minnesota Wild
Clear your browser history after watching this, because it’s pretty nasty.

9. Kyle Kuric’s dunk vs. Notre Dame

I haven’t seen a white guy fly like this since Neil Armstrong went to the moon.

8. Ellis Coleman’s flying squirrel takedown
Greco-roman wrestler Ellis Coleman stunned the sports world with this unique and complex takedown.

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Video: Weezy’s Sports Corner Ep. 1

Lil Wayne goes an interesting route in his new series of vlogs, titled “Weezy’s Sports Corner”. This is just a basic introductory video explaining Tunechi’s love of sports and who he is a fan of. It will be interesting to see what he has in store for later episodes.

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The Importance of a Backup Quarterback in the NFL

In the NFL, quality backup quarterbacks are like spare tires to a car: if you have one, you’re going to go a lot farther than those who don’t have one. Unfortunately for the hometown Chicago Bears, the car they’re travelling in is missing its motor in running back Matt Forte, and a few tires in Jay Cutler. To anyone who’s seen a drive or two of the Caleb Hanie-led offense, there sure-as-hell isn’t a spare tire anywhere in site.

The Bears organization may finally be learning a tough lesson when it comes to quarterbacking. Once a 7-3 team looking like a playoff lock, the Bears have now fallen flat, losing all four of their games in which Caleb Hanie has started. You can pretty much blame Hanie for all of the losses, as he has thrown for only three touchdowns and nine interceptions so far. However, the problem lies deeper than that.

Quarterback problems have always seemed to be a thorn in the side of the Bears. Before Jay Cutler arrived from Denver, the Bears virtually went through almost two decades starting back-up quarterbacks. Now, when you’d think that the Bears are set at quarterback, problems arise once again.

Let’s face it, Jay Cutler is not made of steel. He’s human, he’ll get hurt. It just so happened that he managed to get hurt at one of the most pivotal times of the year, on two separate occasions. If Cutler doesn’t get hurt during the 2010 NFC Championship game against the Packers, he might will us to a comeback victory and probably doesn’t throw a pick-six to B.J. Raji to put the game out of reach. If Cutler doesn’t get hurt this year, the Bears are looking at a record that has at least nine to ten wins, if not eleven, as well as a playoff berth.

That’s two seasons down the drain. It really makes me wonder what could have been if the Bears had a little bit of foresight to develop a serviceable backup quarterback. Looking around the NFL, almost every great team has a serviceable backup that they drafted specifically for that role, or even as a starter in the future. In 2005, Green Bay drafted a quarterback in the first round you might have heard of: Aaron Rodgers. This was a full three seasons before the legendary Brett Favre began the great comeback debate every offseason. The Patriots drafted Matt Cassel in 2005 (who went on to win 11 games in 2008) and even spent a third round pick on Ryan Mallett in this year’s draft, with Tom Brady there for the long term.

Maybe Nathan Enderle (who was drafted in the fifth round in this year’s draft) will be that guy someday, but the fact of the matter is is that the Bears needed a backup now. Either way, this season just proves that the backup quarterback position is much more important than once thought. Teams like the Texans were prepared, and are well on their way to seeing the field after Week 17, while teams like the Bears, Chiefs, and Colts were not and are now the laughing stock of the league.

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Fantasy Football: Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

DeMarco Murray owners got an early stocking full of coal this past weekend, with the news of a season-ending ankle injury to the stud running back. You know what that means?  Another busy day on the wire. Here are my picks:

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

Locker has been piling on the fantasy points late in games when replacing starter Matt Hasselbeck. Locker finally gets his chance to shine against one of the worst defenses in the league, Indianapolis’. Locker, like many of the rookie QBs this year, has the ability to throw as well as run it, which makes him all the more valuable.

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Jones is coming off an impressive 100+ yard game off the bench in place of the injured DeMarco Murray. Jones shouldn’t disappoint this week either, as he gets the Tampa Bay defense, who just gave up four touchdowns to Maurice Jones-Drew. Merry Christmas!

Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers

Grant looked like the Grant of old last sunday, rushing for 85 yards and a pair of scores (his first of the year) in Green Bay’s routing of Oakland. Grant likely won’t see the endzone twice this week, but he’s a good bet on getting at least 70 yards against a bad Chiefs defense.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins

Gaffney seemed to benefit the most from TE Fred Davis’ suspension. Gaffney managed to catch six balls for 92 yards and a score against a generous New England defense. This week he gets a similar defense in the New York Giants. He’s a worthy candidate to start in your lineup.

James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers

Jones hasn’t been very effective as of late, but with the injury to Greg Jennings, he should start seeing some more looks his way. Aaron Rodgers love to spread the love on sunday, so you might have to hope for a big play or two to make Jones’ totals look respectable.

 

 

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Fantasy Football: Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

The waiver wire will now be relied on heavily as the fantasy regular season is coming to an end. Unfortunately, the wire is looking sparse this week, with the only significant injury happening to my favorite player, Matt Forte. Here are my picks for the week:

Marion Barber, RB, Chicago Bears

Barber is the pickup of the week this week, as he is now the lone back for the injury-riddled Bears. With the way QB Caleb Hanie is throwing, look for Barber to be getting plenty of carries.

Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions

Starter Kevin Smith’s ankle is looking iffy, potentially opening the door for the pass-catching Morris. Morris is capable of easily getting 120-130 total yards, but touchdowns have been the problem though.

Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Tate has scored two of his three touchdowns on the year in the past two weeks, which is a positive sign. However, his yardage totals remain alarmingly low. Keep him on the radar this week.

Chaz Schilens, WR, Oakland Raiders

Schilens may be a good play depending on the status of both Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. If they aren’t able to go, Schilens looks like a guarantee for at least 70-80 yards and a possible score. Keep an eye out on the injury reports.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Thomas is coming off of a spectacular week of four catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas has all the skill to be a perennial fantasy play, but with Tim Tebow at QB, he’s always a risk. Tebow rarely throws over a single touchdown per game, so I recommend you keep Thomas on your radar before hurrying him into your fantasy lineup.

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers

Floyd has now reached 100+ yards in three of his last four games, including two touchdowns. He is possibly the best WR pickup of the week off the wire. We just have to hope QB Philip Rivers keeps throwing like he did on Monday night.

 

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