Posted on: March 11, 2010 3:32 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2010 11:41 pm
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4) Updated 3-11

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
Graham was a monster at Michigan and I expect him to have a great NFL Career. He's also the perfect player for the Patriots 3-4 defense. He will play a hybrid OLB/DE type of a position and should make an impact right away. He was a relentless player at Michigan, even on a bad defense, just the kind of player that Belichick wants. Someone who wont take plays off and work hard everyday.

Round 2 (44): Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
The Patriots don't have a young WR who can play alongside Moss at this point and it looks like they might lose Moss after the 2010 season, so they need a WR who could be a #1 in as early as 2011. Benn fits that role perfectly. He has good size at 6'1'' and ran a 4.48, 40 at the combine, so he has a nice combination of size and speed. He would be a solid pick for the Patriots.

Round 2 (47): Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Spikes would of been at 1st round pick if he left Florida after his Junior season, but he decided to go back to school. Although that hurt his stock, I still think he's a 1st round prospect. The Patriots need to get younger at LB and drafting Spikes makes a lot of sense. Having Mayo and Spikes in the middle of the Patriots defense for years to come would be a great combination.

Round 2 (53): Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
Since the Patriots lost both Baker and Watson, TE is a big need, so drafting Hernandez makes a lot of sense. Hernandez is a bit under sized at 6'3'' and 245 pounds, but has excellent receiving ability. I think he will need to become a better blocker, but he's a solid pick in the 2nd round.

Round 4 (116): Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
There's a good chance Warren isn't on the board at #116, but if he is it would be a great pick for the Patriots. Warren is ready to step in right away and help a Patriots defensive back field that struggled in 09. He has great overall coverage and CB abilites. He's also a great athelete, with 4.4 speed. CB is a need for the Patriots, so drafting Warren would be a nice addition.


Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 10, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4) Updated 3-10

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
Graham was a monster at Michigan and I expect him to have a great NFL Career. He's also the perfect player for the Patriots 3-4 defense. He will play a hybrid OLB/DE type of a position and should make an impact right away. He was a relentless player at Michigan, even on a bad defense, just the kind of player that Belichick wants. Someone who wont take plays off and work hard everyday.

Round 2 (44): Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
The Patriots don't have a young WR who can play alongside Moss at this point and it looks like they might lose Moss after the 2010 season, so they need a WR who could be a #1 in as early as 2011. Benn fits that role perfectly. He has good size at 6'1'' and ran a 4.48, 40 at the combine, so he has a nice combination of size and speed. He would be a solid pick for the Patriots.

Round 2 (47): Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
Since the Patriots lost both Baker and Watson, TE is a big need, so drafting Hernandez makes a lot of sense. Hernandez is a bit under sized at 6'3'' and 245 pounds, but has excellent receiving ability. I think he will need to become a better blocker, but he's a solid pick in the 2nd round.

Round 2 (53): Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Another need for the Patriots is CB. With the possibly of losing both Springs and Bodden, the Patriots need to draft a CB. I think McCourty makes a lot of sense. McCourty, who has 4.4 speed would add youth and depth to the Patriots defensive back field.

Round 4 (116): Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
There's a good chance Warren isn't on the board at #116, but if he is it would be a great pick for the Patriots. Warren is ready to step in right away and help a Patriots defensive back field that struggled in 09. He has great overall coverage and CB abilites. He's also a great athelete, with 4.4 speed. CB is a need for the Patriots, as Bodden is now a free agent, so drafting Warren would be a great pick.

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 5, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2010 4:22 pm
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4) Updated 3-5

Now that free agency has started and the Patriots have lost some players, my mock draft has changed. I'm not going to change it up completely, but the Patriots now have some new needs that I think need to be filled through the draft.

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
I still like Graham in the 1st round for the Patriots. Even though both Jarvis Green and Derrick Burgess are now free agents and Graham will most likely play most snaps as a OLB. I think Graham adds youth and depth to the Patriots LB'ing core. Graham in my mind is the perfect pick if he's still on the board at #22. If he's not a few options would be Sean Weatherspoon, Carlos Dunlap, and Sergio Kindle.

Round 2 (44): Corey Wootton, DE Northwestern

Now that both Green and Bugress are free agents I think the Pats need to target the DE position need early on. I think drafting Wootton at #44 makes a lot of sense. He stands at 6'7'' and 280 pounds, so weight wise he will be a little small as a DE. He uses his excellent size to diagnose the play and find the ball carrier on run plays. It will be tough for him to get a lot of penatration on run plays, but he's a excellent pass rusher, something the Pats lacked in 09. If he's still on the board at #44 it would be a solid pick for the Pats.

Round 2 (47): Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Spikes would of been at 1st round pick if he left Florida after his Junior season, but he decided to go back to school. Although that hurt his stock, I still think he's a 1st round prospect. The Patriots need to get younger at LB and drafting Spikes makes a lot of sense. Having Mayo and Spikes in the middle of the Patriots defense for years to come would be a great combination.

Round 2 (53): Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Another need for the Patriots is CB. With the possibly of losing both Springs and Bodden, the Patriots need to draft a CB. I think McCourty makes a lot of sense. McCourty, who has 4.4 speed would add youth and depth to the Patriots defensive back field.

Round 4 (116): Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan

There's a good chance Warren isn't on the board at #116, but if he is it would be a great pick for the Patriots. Warren is ready to step in right away and help a Patriots defensive back field that struggled in 09. He has great overall coverage and CB abilites. He's also a great athelete, with 4.4 speed. CB is a need for the Patriots, as Bodden is now a free agent, so drafting Warren would be a great pick.


Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 4, 2010 6:01 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2010 12:52 am
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4)

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4)

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
Graham was a monster at Michigan and I expect him to have a great NFL Career. He's also the perfect player for the Patriots 3-4 defense. He will play a hybrid OLB/DE type of a position and should make an impact right away. He was a relentless player at Michigan, even on a bad defense, just the kind of player that Belichick wants. Someone who wont take plays off and work hard everyday.

Round 2 (44): Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
The Patriots don't have a young WR who can play alongside Moss at this point and it looks like they might lose Moss after the 2010 season, so they need a WR who could be a #1 in as early as 2011. Benn fits that role perfectly. He has good size at 6'1'' and ran a 4.48, 40 at the combine, so he has a nice combination of size and speed. He would be a solid pick for the Patriots.

Round 2 (47): Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Spikes would of been at 1st round pick if he left Florida after his Junior season, but he decided to go back to school. Although that hurt his stock, I still think he's a 1st round prospect. The Patriots need to get younger at LB and drafting Spikes makes a lot of sense. Having Mayo and Spikes in the middle of the Patriots defense for years to come would be a great combination.

Round 2 (53): Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Another need for the Patriots is CB. With the possibly of losing both Springs and Bodden, the Patriots need to draft a CB. I think McCourty makes a lot of sense. McCourty, who has 4.4 speed would add youth and depth to the Patriots defensive back field.

Round 4 (116): Ben Tate, RB, Auburn

Tate hasn't gotten a lot of attention, but is opening eyes after the combine. After running for 1,362 yards last season at Auburn, having 26 reps and running a 4.43, 40 at the combine, he's rising up draft boards. He could be taken higher then the 4th round, but there's good chance he falls this far. If he does, the Patriots should draft him. They don't have a lot of talent at RB at the moment and taking a RB in the 4th round with this kind of potential makes a lot of sense.



Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: April 5, 2009 3:55 am
Edited on: April 5, 2009 4:00 am
 

Celtics Playoff Preview

As a Celtics fan I have a lot of concerns about the Celtics going into the playoffs. My biggest concern right now is Garnett. Will he be healthy and ready to go? I don't think anyone is sure at this point. I also think chemistry is a big concern for the celtics right now. It'll be interesting to see how the Celtics play when Garnett is healthy and back in the line up. I think chemistry wont be an issue, but you never know.

The Celtics are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference right now with a 58-19 record. There currently 3.5 GB of Cleveland who look to have the #1 seed in the bag. It's going to be tough for the Celtics to catch the Cavs at this point. I'm just hoping they can hold off the Magic for the #2 seed. If the playoffs were to start today, the Celtics would play the Bulls. I think the Celtics wouldn't have any problems with the Bulls. I think the Celtics will end up playing the Bulls or Heat in the first round, but it's hard to say at this point. They really could end up with the Hawks, Sixers, Heat, Bulls or Pistons, depending on if the Celtics are the #2 or #3 seed and how the the #4 through #8 seeds play. I don't see the Celtics having much trouble in the first round anyways.

Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

1. Cleveland

2. Boston

3. Orlando

4. Atlanta

5. Philadelphia

6. Miami

7. Chicago

8. Detriot

The Celtics have 5 games left and the toughest one being against Cleveland. The other 4 seem very winable games for the Celtics as they close out the season. The Heat on Friday, April 10th could be a possible first round match up, along with the Sixers on Tuesday, April 14th. I'm just hoping Garnett gets back and Healthy before the playoffs. I wouldn't mind him coming back a couple games before the playoffs start, so he gets back in the swing of things. I'd be shocked if he didn't play the first playoff game, but you never know. Rivers might want to keep him out until he's 100% healthy, which isn't a bad idea because I think the Celtics could get past the first round without Garnett. Of course we all thought the Celtics would sweep the Hawks in the first round last year and it took us 7 games to beat them. With that in mind, I'd like to see a healthy Garnett playing in the first game of the playoffs.

Category: NBA
Posted on: April 2, 2009 12:09 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2009 11:53 am
 

Patriots Draft Preview

The Pats have 4 picks in the first 58 selctions, including 3 in the 2nd round. I'm hoping they can fill some holes and strengthen some areas for next season. I think the biggest need going into the draft is LB. They traded Vrabel and Bruschi is getting older, so I think they need to get younger and more talented at that postion. I also think the Pats need to add a versatile edge pass rusher who can play DE and OLB. A WR who is big and can play oppisite Moss would help too. Here's what I've come up with.

 

Rey Maualuga/LB/USC

Maualuga probably wont fall to the Pats at the #23 pick, but if he does they need to draft him. They could build a a LB unit around Mayo and Maualuga. The Pats also drafted Shawn Crable an OLB out of Michigan last year, who could add skill and youth to the Pats LB unit. They need to get younger at LB and Maualuga would be a perfect pick for them.

 

Aaron Maybin/DE/Penn State

Maybin is a very versatile DE/OLB who would fit perfectly on the Pats 3-4 defense. He's a edge pass rusher, I think the Pats need to add in the draft. At 6-4/248, he can play DE and OLB. I think he's got a bright future ahead of him in the NFL and would be a great pick for the Pats.

 

Brian Cushing/LB/USC

Cushing is another USC product at LB. I don't rank him as highly as Maualuga, but he's extremely talented and could be drafted higher then Maualuga. He has good size to play either ILB or OLB. He's 6-3/243. He also ran a 4.77, 40 at the USC Pro day, which isn't blazing speed, but not a bad 40 time. I think he would be a good pick for the Pats.

 

Kenny Britt/WR/Rutgers

I think Britt would be the perfect WR opposite of Moss. He's 6-3/218 and ran a 4.56, 40 at the combine and a 4.40, 40 at his Pro Day. I have a feeling, he's going to be a big time WR in the NFL and the Pats need to get more talented and younger at WR. Drafting Britt makes a lot of sense for the Pats.

Posted on: March 30, 2009 11:02 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2009 12:40 am
 

Michigan Spring Ball

After the 3-9 2008 season for Michigan I can't wait for 2009 to get under way. I'm really pumped for the Spring Game to see some of our new recruits and an early glance at our team. I'm hoping Tate Forcier turns out to be the great QB everyone is expecting him to be, because Michigan needs another great QB, like Henne. Rich Rod has recruited hard and I think his efforts are going to pay off in the long run.

Rich Rod, left everything to come to michigan. He grew up, went to College and had a great team right there in West Virgina, so the fact that he gave all that up to come to Michigan makes me really respect him. I'm just hoping he gets in a few good recruting classes and gets a few winning seasons under his belt, so the Michigan fans don't run him out of town. That might sound a tad harsh, but another 3-9 season, wont go over well with the Wolverine Nation. I think he needs to get to a bowl game this year to keep Michigan fans happy. Michigan's Spring Game is April 11th at Noon. Hopefully Rich can find out or get an idea of who Michigan's QB is going to be in 09. I see Tate Forcier being the starting guy in 2009 myself, but it's hard to say at this point. Nick Sheridan doesn't look to be in the picture after breaking his leg. I didn't think he had much of a chance to be the starting QB anyways. There's a lot of questions going into the Spring, hopefully some are answered before and after the Spring Game is played. I have a good feeling Rich Rod is going to name a starter soon after the game or sometime soon after. I think will know who's going to be our starter going into the summer up into the regular season.

The starting QB battle is between two players in my mind. Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. Both are very talented and could lead Michigan to a winning season and a bowl game. I think having two Freshmen QB's will help each other get better and all in all find the right QB to lead Michigan.

Both of them are duel threat QB's, who will be able to run Rich Rod's spread offense with a lot of success. That was the main problem with Michigan last year, as we didn't have the right QB for the system. Neither Threet or Sheridan were fast enough for Rich Rod's spread. Forcier and Robinson will both be fast and athletic enough to run his system. Another player who will need to step up big for Michigan next year if Brandon Minor. I think Minor has all the talent in the world, but needs to stay healthy all year and help make an impact on the Michigan offense. I think he will be able to be our RB in the spread offense and take a lot of shotgun handoffs and inside carries. Anyways, there's a lot of questions to be answered going into the Spring Game, I'm hoping some of them are answered. Go Blue!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 28, 2009 6:40 am
Edited on: March 28, 2009 6:48 am
 

Celticpatsox12's Elite 8 Picks

We have some good Elite 8 match ups. My bracket isn't perfect as I had Duke in the Elite 8 along with Memphis, but it's not looking too bad, picking 6 of the 8 teams right. My final four, National Championship, and National Championship Winner are all still possible, so my bracket isn't looking too bad.

 

Saturday

4:40 PM ET

West Regional Final

#1 Connecticut Huskies               #3 Missouri Tigers

This is going to be a pretty entertaining game in the west regional fianl. As I said I have Connecticut and Memphis playing here, but Missouri should give UConn a tough game. I had UConn winning and moving onto the Final Four and the fact there playing Missouri doesn't change my mind. UConn will be too much for Missouri. UConn 78 - Missouri 68


Saturday

7:05 PM ET

East Regional Final

#1 Pittsburgh Panthers                #3 Villanova Wildcats

This is the other one of my two losses going into the Elite 8, as I had Pittsburgh playing Duke for a chance to go to the Final Four. I think Villanova gives Pittsburgh a much better game. Both teams come from the Big East and know eachother well. I think this could end up the best Elite 8 game as two Big East power houses battle it out for a spot in the Final Four. This should be a close hard fought game that is won in the final minutes. It could go either way in my mind. Pittsburgh 72 - Villanova 68

 

Sunday

Midwest Regional Final

2:20 ET

#1 Louisville Cardinals                #2 Michigan State Spartans

This is one of the two Elite 8 games I picked right. I have both these teams playing eachother for a spot in the Final Four in my bracket. I'm a Louisville fan myself, so guess who I have winning this? I have Louisville winning and moving on. Although I wouldn't sleep on Michigan State, as they could easily beat Louisville. Should be a good #1 vs #2 match up. Louisville 81 - Michigan State 73


Sunday

5:05 ET

South Regional Final

#1 North Carolina Tar Heels              #2 Oklahoma Sooners

I think this is going to be the best Elite 8 game. I mean Hanbrough vs Griffen? That's a great match up. Two great scorers, who will go at eachother all night. It's real hard to pick who's going to win this. On paper, I'd say North Carolina and I think there going to come away with the win. Both teams coming off big wins, but UNC is in my mind the best team in the country when healthy and playing there best basketball. It'll be interesting to see how Oklahoma stops UNC's offense and if Hansbrough can slow down Griffin whos been tearing up the tournament so far. In the end, I think UNC gets the win. North Carolina 86 - Oklahoma 77

 

Review

So just for review. I have the four #1 seeds all moving on in the Elite 8 and making it to the Finals Four. I have Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and North Carolina as my Final Four teams. I think this makes the Final Four and the National Championship game all the better as there's going to be great games between great teams.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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