DIVISIONAL WEEKEND – NFC (SATURDAY)

Wow, what a collective dud last week’s wild card games were.  All home teams won easily.  Now, things get a little trickier (unless you’re the Patriots).  Seriously, a 16 point favorite???  I hate New England.  Anyway, let’s look to today’s NFC matchup.

Seattle at Atlanta (-4.5), 4:35 p.m.

Can Atlanta finally translate regular season dominance to post-season success?  Atlanta won 7 of their last 8 and ran away with the NFC South title, and they did it with the one thing this team has lacked in past years:  balance.  You knew Julio would get his…ending the year 2nd overall in receiving yards with 1,409.   But now that have a running threat.  Devonta Freeman is a legitimate running back.  He ran for over 1,000 yards, good for 9th overall.  And, Matt Ryan had a fantasy career resurgence, throwing for 4,944 yards, bested only by Drew Brees.  Take note, NFL:  You have a Top 10 rusher, receiver, and passer.  That equals balance, and balance gets you a bye and a home playoff game.

Change of pace back my ass.

Change of pace back my ass.

You know what also helps?  Scoring a shit ton of points.  The Falcons lead the league averaging over 33 points a game.

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the defense.  Perhaps more importantly, the Falcons have found balance defensively as well.  Vic Beasley lead the NFL with 15.5 sacks.

Interestingly, the Falcons have not been dominant at home.  They were only 5-3 at home this year, and had a better road record of 6-2.

Seattle has a losing record on the road this year.  However, they are piquing at the right time.  They looked dominant last week in their playoff win over the Lions, and found some balance of their own.  Russell Wilson threw for 2 scores, Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards, and Doug Baldwin topped 100 receiving yards.  But they will have a much tougher task against the Falcons.  No doubt the matchup of the week will be these two:

The Machine thinks, despite Matt Ryan’s wretched 1-4 playoff record, that Atlanta just has too much firepower for the Seahawks to contain.  The Legion of Boom is down a member, and will have their hands full with Julio and Co.  The spread is set perfectly at 4.5 (it’s like these Vegas guys know what they’re doing).

Final Score:  Atlanta 28, Seattle 24

I love the South

I love the South.

WILDCARD WEEKEND – NFC (SUNDAY)

New York @ Green Bay (-5.5), Sunday, 4:40 pm

Wildcard Weekend ends with the game everyone will be watching.  Both teams enter the playoffs on the rise.  The Giants haven’t been in the playoffs in 4 years, and their defense is poised again to make another run.  Oh yeah, and this guy.

Money!

Money!

Ok one more:

You know he caught that, right?

You know he caught that, right?

If there’s any team hotter than the Giants, it’s the Packers.  At 4-6, the Pack were left for dead and everyone was wondering is this the end of Aaron Rodgers, and when will Mike McCarthy get fired.  Perhaps folks got a bit ahead of themselves, as Green Bay won their final 6 games and clinched the NFC North and a home playoff game.  And Aaron Rodgers threw 40 tds and he and Jordy Nelson are still a lethal 1-2 combo.  Once again, the discount double-check is cool.

Wait, that's not the discount double-check.

Wait, that’s not the discount double-check.

This game is going to be close.  You’ll hear a lot of the “experts” talk about how neither team runs the ball well, but that’s a bit misleading.  Sure, no one on the Giants or Packers ran for more than 600 yards this season, but the running game for both teams has improved as of late.  Last week, the Packers ran for 153 yards.  The Giants ran for 161 yards.  Establishing a running game will be important, as controlling the clock will be key.  In that department, we give the edge to the Giants.  Look out for Paul Perkins, the Giants rookie (5th round) draft pick out of UCLA.  He could be the difference maker.  For Green Bay, converted WR Ty Montgomery has stepped up huge in Eddie Lacy’s absence.

These teams played each other this year (at Green Bay) in Week 5, which seems like ages ago.  The Packers won 23-16, but the game wasn’t even that close.  Green Bay dominated, running for 147 yards, and Rodgers threw 2 touchdowns.  But throw that out the window.  We’re talking playoffs.

And while we’re talking playoffs, the edge goes to the Giants.  In each of their last two Super Bowls, the Giants won on the road in Green Bay.  Who could forget those cheeks?

Ain't nobody got time for the cold.

That’s not normal.

So who wins?  Well, we’ve talk about some of the difference makers…Rodgers, Odell, Jordy, but there’s one guy we didn’t mention yet [cue: Superman music]

eli-manning-playoffs

That’s right.  Playoff Eli.  He will be the difference maker.  The stage is perfectly set for him.  Eli’s had a so-so year, which has led many to questions whether he still has it (or ever had it), and that his role is changing to that of a game manager.  [sidenote: does any two time Superbowl MVP get more shade than Eli?]  But if Eli loves one thing, it’s proving people wrong, and the playoffs is where he’s done that.  Over his last 9 playoff games, here’s Eli’s stats:  15 tds, 4 ints, 8-1 with 2 Superbowls.  Oh yeah, and the Giants were after thoughts in both the ’07 and ’11 Superbowl runs.  We pray, hope, stay up at night wondering whether it will ever happen again, think that Eli’s got some gas left in the tank, and he and his dad bod are ready for another run to glory.

Final Score:  Giants 24, Green Bay 20

Who wants to build sandcastles?  We can use my Superbowl rings as shovels.

Who wants to build sandcastles? We can use my Superbowl rings as shovels.

Wildcard Weekend – NFC (Saturday)

 

Are you ready for some (mildly entertaining) football?

Are you ready for some (mildly entertaining) football?

Hell, yes!  We’re back, and ready to take on the New Year!  Our New Year’s resolution (drink more Coors Light) is going really well.  #achievablegoals.  And the best part about the New Year??? PLAYOFF FOOTBALL!  As usual, Roid Rage will handle the AFC (just put the Pats in already, ok?) which leaves me with the crapshoot that is the NFC.

Detroit @ Seattle (-8), Saturday, 8:15 pm

This is a game of two teams heading in different directions.  Seattle is entering the playoffs on the rise.  Let’s be clear:  Russell Wilson had a down year.  He (quietly) threw for over 4,000 yards, but threw a career high in interceptions, and also had career worst QB rating and QBR.  Reasons vary for why Russell was off this year…but The Machine knows.  Once he got a taste of the high life, his concentration suffered.

Totally understandable

Totally understandable.

But none of that matters anymore.  Except the still banging my super hot wife.  That’s continues to be pretty important.  Anyway, winners of 3 of their last 5 games, Seattle seems to have gotten their old swagger back.

And then, we did it again!

Detroit, meanwhile, got into the playoffs the wrong way.  They had a chance to make their recent struggles disappear last week, with a home game against the Packers for the NFC North.  But alas, the Lions lost (at home), which capped off a disappointing 0-3 end to the season.

Detroit seems to be stuck in the same loop (sorry, I just got done binge watching Westworld).  Every three years or so they get to the playoffs, only to be summarily beaten.  Their last 7 playoff games (dating back to 1993), the Lions are a scrappy 0-7.  Mathew Stafford has played in 2 of those games, throwing for over 300 yards in both losing efforts.  Will the Lions continue in their path of one and done playoff appearances, or will they gain consciousness, take control of their lives, and re-write their story (seriously, go watch Westworld).

If only this guy were still around...

If only this guy were still around…

We’re not buying it.  Although The Machine’s already exposed the fraud that is the 12th Man, Seattle is still tough to beat at home.  They were 7-1 at home on the year, and that one loss was a last second field goal.

Glad they kept the 12th Man an organic, fan-created idea, and didn’t go all corporate.

Here’s another fun fact:  The Lions haven’t won a road playoff game since 1957.  That’s right, since the Eisenhower administration.  And that streak’s not going to end this weekend.  Eight points is a big spread to cover in the playoffs, but we like Seattle’s chances.  Maybe it’s our East Coast bias, or our general apathy for the Mid-West, but it’s tough to get excited for this matchup.  This game will rival the Raiders/Texans for least watched playoff game.

Final Score:  Seattle 27, Detroit 17

Actual footage from last Detroit Lions road playoff win.

Actual footage from last Detroit Lions road playoff win.

Tuesday Teabag, July 12, 2016 – The Kevin Durant Free Agency Freak Out

Kevin DurantThat’s right!  We’re back with a brand new Teabag!  We receive millions, thousands, hundreds, tens, many emails and tweets (if you’re not following us on Twitter, you’re doing it wrong), and they all want to know the same thing:  Why haven’t you written a Teabag in so long?  Are you still hungover from the Draft Party?  Busy playing Pokemon Go?  Do you no longer like to give Teabags?

No, no, and no.  True, we may have drunk our weight in Coors Light at the Draft Party, but we’re not going soft on you.  In fact, we’re busy gearing up for another for another (wildly successful) fantasy football season.  Also, if we catch any of you playing Pokemon Go (and yes, we’re watching) we will openly shame you.  And we’ll never stop loving teabags.  So with that, let’s get right to our Teabag du jour.

You may have heard that Kevin Durant signed with Golden State last week.  The signing is beyond huge.  KD is a Top 5 player…a Top 3 player if you really know your NBA.  League MVP.  He’s spent his entire career with the OKC franchise, and after (multiple) unsuccessful postseasons, decided to take his talents to Oaktown.

Now, not surprisingly, OKC fans freaked out…burning his jersey, crying in the streets, essentially erasing his name from the City.  Some of that’s to be expected…at least from the fans.  Fans are, by nature, fanatical, and have a weird sense of ownership over the players that play for their team…well, at least the good ones.  Pretty sure no one would freak out if Cameron Payne left the Thunder.

A bit much.

A bit much.

Anyway, what’s odd is that KD is getting shit from journalists and other “knowledgeable” sports writers.  Notable blowhard Stephen A. Smith (a past Teabag recipient) said it was “the weakest move I’ve even seen an NBA superstar commit.”  He then tried to explain his reasoning as follows:

“You are riding the gravy train. You’re jumping on the bandwagon. They don’t need you. They’ve won without you. Chances are, they’d win again, without you. You are jumping on their coattails to do what some would say you should have done already. Considering the great talent that you are. That’s my issue with Kevin Durant. Nothing else. Not him choosing to leave Oklahoma City. Not him choosing to go someplace else. Not him choosing to depart from Russell Westbrook.”

Think about that for a second.  He’s not upset KD left Oklahoma City.  He’s upset he left to go to Golden State, a more successful team.  Where was he supposed to go?  Milwaukee?  Why would he go to a worse team?  If he took more money from a worse team, wouldn’t that make him more selfish?  Instead, he decided to go to a (much) better team.

But more than just Stephen, other people have come out against this trade.  Michael Rosenberg wrote a long-winded, get your ball off my yard article, incredulously wondering “where is Durant’s competitive spirit?” Mike Lupica whined that Durant took “the path of least resistance.”

The Machine is here to say, you guys are out of your fucking minds.  Path of least resistance?  Guess what team is going to have the most pressure to win next season?  Golden State.  If they don’t win the title, the season will be a waste.  Shit, if they don’t win more than 73 games, the season will be a waste.  Where’s his competitive spirit?  Umm, he was sick of losing in the playoffs and waiting for OKC to bring in more talent.  He made this move because of his competitive spirit.  He wants to win, and wants to win now.  The NBA is a young man’s game.  He’s in his prime, but he won’t be there for long.  He can’t keep wondering if the Thunder will put together a championship caliber team.  They’ve been unsuccessful in 9 years.

If OKC really wanted to keep KD, then they wouldn’t have let James Harden leave.  Yes folks, the writing’s been on the wall since 2012, when OKC traded Harden to the Rockets.  The Thunder were just coming off a Finals appearance…Harden was a budding superstar (he won the NBA 6th man of the year in 2012) and they were poised to get back to the Finals.  Instead, OKC hit reset, traded Harden, and put it all on KD and Westbrook’s shoulders, which isn’t enough.  Why?  Because if any of the past, say, five NBA champions have taught us anything, it’s that’s you need more than 2 superstars on your team to win.  Here’s some math equations:

Duncan + Manu + Parker = Championship.

LeBron + Kyrie + Love = Championship.

Wade + Bosh + LeBron = Championship.

Wade + Bosh = NO Championship.

What could'be been.

What could’be been.

Durant and Westbrook were never going to win a championship together, and OKC didn’t do enough to bring in a third championship-caliber player.  Which leaves to my next point.

Guess where Russell Westbrook is going to be after next season?  Answer:  Not Oklahoma City.  Should KD sit around and wait for Westbrook to bail and be left holding the bag?  That’s absurd.  Leaving now is the smartest decision he could make.

You know what else is smart?  The contract Durant signed.  Durant signed a two year, $54 million contract.  But the beauty is that the second year is a player option…meaning Durant will be a free agent again after next season.  This sets him up perfectly for the projected salary cap increase.  If you recall, LeBron James has been milking the one year player options as well.  Durant has put himself in the best position possible.  He can win a championship, and then land a max contract.  Not a bad deal.

And, while we’re talking about money, let’s be clear that his decision was not motivated by money.  Per NBA rules, his best option money-was would’ve been to sign a 1 year deal with OKC and then a max out contract.

This isn’t about money…it’s about winning.  And spare me the bullshit, nostalgia talk of yesteryear.  Larry Bird would never play with Magic Johnson…blah, blah, blah.  You know what KD owes OKC?  Not one god damn thing.  He balled for them, brought them to the Finals, won an MVP, made the franchise relevant.  He deserves to enjoy the fruits of his labor.  A fan’s loyalty runs only as deep as the talent.  And, not for nothing, but THAT’S WHAT FREE AGENCY IS FOR!  Gone are the days when superstars stayed with their team for life.  LeBron, Wade, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett…all left.

This is also perfect for Golden State (so much for the big market cities dominating free agency).  There is uncertainty with Steph Curry’s ankles, and who knows what’s going to happen with the nut-ninja Draymond Green.  This move gives the Warriors the ability to rest Curry so that he’s not limping into the playoffs next year.

Kevin Durant, The Machine says bravo.  The Warriors are going to score 400 points a game next year.  All the KD bashing is just nonsense, we’ve yet to hear one credible argument.  Somehow, the fun loving, small market team turned into the enemy overnight.  That’s alright…KD will laugh all the way to the NBA Finals.

Enjoy your teabag.

The Machine’s Draft Day Drinking Game

Cheers!Can’t make it to The Machine’s Draft Day Party?  Well, that sucks for you.  But have no fear…we got your back with our play at home game.  How can you make the Draft better, you ask in amazement?  By playing The Big Red Sports Machine’s Draft Day Drinking Game.  It’s fun, it’s easy, guaranteed to impress the ladies, and you can play at home or at your favorite watering hole.  Here are the rules:

1.  Draft catchphrases.  There are certain phrases you only hear during the Draft.  Why?  We don’t know, but we love them.  For this reason alone, we give ESPN the slight lean over the NFL Network for your draft day coverage.  That, and, Kiper.  Duh, winning!

The following phrases are worth a shot of beer:

  • Raw talent
  • Off-the-field or character issues
  • Live arm
  • High motor
  • Straight line speed
  • Great Value
  • Upside
  • Best player available
  • Intangibles or Measurables
  • Trade Down
  • War Room
  • New Regime
  • Read-Option
  • Edge Rusher
  • Gets to the Second Level
  • Quick feet
  • Plays in Space
  • Advanced Stats (*new for 2016)

2.  Videos/references.  Each of these are beer-finishing worthy:

  • Reference to Mel’s hair
  • Player on-stage photo-op with family/entourage of 15+
  • Reference to Cleveland Browns front office ineptitude (cough, Trent Richardson, cough, Brandon Weedon, cough, Johnny Manziel)
  • First shot of Drew Rosenhaus in his newest client’s living room
  • First player to cry when their name is called
  • Reference to when Tom Brady was drafted (we’ll also accept Brady’s Combine picture)
  • Reference to Aaron Rodgers draft day slide
  • Video of Brady Quinn in the green room
  • Video of Bill Tobin’s infamous “who the hell is Mel Kiper?” interview during the ’94 Draft

3.  On the Clock Chug.  When your team is on the clock, you have to finish a full beer before the pick is called.  Note:  if your team trades down, they’re on the clock twice, meaning that’s two full beers.  Cowboy up, it’s the Draft!

Basically, if it doesn’t look like this than you’re probably doing it wrong…..

Beer Chug

Or this:

Beer Chug 2

Mock Draft (Ginger King Final)

It's Draft Day!

It’s Draft Day!

Here.  We.  Go.

Our final mock.  After weeks (ok months) of “research” (defined to include watching a shit ton of football with fistfuls of chicken wings and buckets of Coors Light) it’s time to put our “knowledge” to work.  So many questions heading into the Draft, so many rumors flying around; it’s hard to decipher what’s legit and what’s bullshit.  But that’s why we’re here.

Will Myles Jack fall out of the Top 10?  (Yes).

How many receivers will go in the first round? (4).

O/U on first round trades?  (3.5).

Will Ginger King and Roid Rage continue their streak of more correct first round picks than Kiper and McShay? (obviously).  Seriously, why aren’t we on network television?  The man’s keeping a ginger down.

Enough of that.  Let’s get to it.

Round 1 Team Pick Position
1 LA Rams Jared Goff (Cal) QB
2 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.) QB
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey (FSU) CB
4 Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa (OSU) DE
5 Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner (Oregon) DE
6 Baltimore Ravens Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) OL
7 San Francisco 49ers Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) OL
8 Cleveland Browns Paxton Lynch (Memphis) QB
9 Tampa Bay Bucs Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) CB
10 New York Giants Jack Conklin (MSU) OL
11 Chicago Bears Leonard Floyd (Georgia) LB
12 New Orleans Saints Myles Jack (UCLA) LB
13 Miami Dolphins Ezekiel Elliot (OSU) RB
14 Oakland Raiders Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) DT
15 Tennessee Titans Taylor Decker (OSU) OL
16 Detroit Lions Jarran Reed (Alabama) DT
17 Atlanta Falcons Josh Doctson (TCU) WR
18 Indianapolis Colts Ryan Kelly (Alabama) OL
19 Buffalo Bills Reggie Ragland (Alabama) LB
20 New York Jets Darren Lee (OSU) LB
21 Washington Redskins Emmanuel Ogbah (Ok St.) DE
22 Houston Texans Will Fuller (Notre Dame) WR
23 Minnesota Vikings Corey Coleman (Baylor) WR
24 Cincinnati Bengals Laquan Treadwell (Ole Miss) WR
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple (OSU) CB
26 Seattle Seahawks Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky) DE
27 Green Bay Packers Kenny Clark (UCLA) DT
28 Kansas City Chiefs William Jackson III (Houston) CB
29 Arizona Cardinals Keanu Neal (Florida) S
30 Carolina Panthers Artie Burns (Miami) CB
31 Denver Broncos Chris Jones (Miss St.) DE

Mock Draft (Ginger King 4.0)

One week away!

One week away!

Another week, another monster trade!  The Eagles, free from Chip Kelly getting rid of all their good players, made a foolish bold move by moving up to the #2 spot.  Cleveland did a very un-Cleveland like thing by trading down and acquiring multiple (much needed) picks.  It looks like the Browns are taking this whole draft thing seriously now.

But wait, don’t the Browns still need a qb?  Of course they do (RGIII is not the answer).  The Machine can’t help but to make parallels to the ’04 Draft, where the Browns (picking 6th) should have picked Big Ben (after Rivers and Manning), as the drop off after Big Ben was significant (cough, JP Losman, cough).  Instead, the Browns picked Kellen Winslow.  Enough said.  Like ’04, there are 3 consensus first round qbs.  After that, the talent drops dramatically.  Cleveland did select a qb in ’04, Luke McCown in the 4th round, who became another name added to the infamous jersey.

Damn...

Damn…

Will Cleveland make the same mistake again?  Let’s find out.

Round 1 Team Pick Position
1 LA Rams Jared Goff (Cal) QB
2 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.) QB
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey (FSU) CB
4 Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa (OSU) DE
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack (UCLA) LB
6 Baltimore Ravens Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) OL
7 San Francisco 49ers Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) OL
8 Cleveland Browns Paxton Lynch (Memphis) QB
9 Tampa Bay Bucs Leonard Floyd (Georgia) LB
10 New York Giants DeForest Buckner (Oregon) DE
Ozzie Newsome wins the draft again.

Ozzie Newsome wins the draft again.

11 Chicago Bears Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) CB
12 New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) DT
13 Miami Dolphins Ezekiel Elliot (OSU) RB
14 Oakland Raiders William Jackson III (Houston) CB
15 Tennessee Titans Jack Conklin (MSU) OL
16 Detroit Lions Jarran Reed (Alabama) DT
17 Atlanta Falcons Laquan Treadwell (Ole Miss) WR
18 Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker (OSU) OL
19 Buffalo Bills Emmanuel Ogbah (Ok St.) DE
20 New York Jets Darren Lee (OSU) LB
21 Washington Redskins Reggie Ragland (Alabama) LB
Laquan opposite Julio would be nasty!

Laquan opposite Julio would be nasty!

22 Houston Texans Will Fuller (Notre Dame) WR
23 Minnesota Vikings Corey Coleman (Baylor) WR
24 Cincinnati Bengals Josh Doctson (TCU) WR
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple (OSU) CB
26 Seattle Seahawks Chris Jones (Miss St.) DE
27 Green Bay Packers Kenny Clark (UCLA) DT
28 Kansas City Chiefs Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech) DT
29 Arizona Cardinals Keanu Neal (Florida) S
30 Carolina Panthers Shaq Lawson (Clemson) DE
31 Denver Broncos Kevin Dodd (Clemson) DE
Will Fuller opposite Hopkins would be nasty!

Will Fuller opposite Hopkins would be nasty!

Mock Draft (Ginger King 3.0)

Need more proof of the power of the Draft?  All week, the biggest stories were Kobe’s last game, and Golden State’s quest for 73 wins…until Thursday, when the LA Rams (need to get used to that again) mortgaged the future to move from 15 to 1 in a blockbuster trade with the Titans.  Suddenly, nothing else matters.

Make no mistake:  this trade affects everything.  It ensures that qbs go 1 and 2 in this draft (although Roid Rage and I differ on the order – check out his latest mock).  Biggest winner from this trade:  Paxton Lynch.  With qbs going 1 and 2, Lynch now becomes highly valuable, as the drop off in qb talent after him is significant.  Will he crack the Top 10?  Biggest loser:  Laremy Tunsil.  Plugged in as the number 1 overall for weeks and weeks, Laremy will most certainly fall from the top perch. The question is how far?

And with that, let’s get right to the action.

Round 1 Team Pick Position
1 LA Rams Jared Goff (Cal) QB
2 Cleveland Browns Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.) QB
3 San Diego Chargers Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) OL
4 Dallas Cowboys Jalen Ramsey (FSU) CB
5 Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner (Oregon) DE
[cue Tupac]:  California Love!!!

[cue Tupac]: California Love!!!

6 Baltimore Ravens Joey Bosa (OSU) DE
7 San Francisco 49ers Myles Jack (UCLA) LB
8 Philadelphia Eagles Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) OL
9 Tampa Bay Bucs Leonard Floyd (Georgia) LB
10 New York Giants Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) CB
11 Chicago Bears Ezekiel Elliot (OSU) RB
12 New Orleans Saints Paxton Lynch (Memphis) QB
13 Miami Dolphins William Jackson III (Houston) CB
14 Oakland Raiders Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) DT
15 Tennessee Titans Jack Conklin (MSU) OL
16 Detroit Lions Corey Coleman (Baylor) WR
17 Atlanta Falcons Laquan Treadwell (Ole Miss) WR
18 Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker (OSU) OL
19 Buffalo Bills Emmanuel Ogbah (Ok St.) DE
On the rise.

On the rise.

20 New York Jets Jarran Reed (Alabama) DT
21 Washington Redskins Reggie Ragland (Alabama) LB
22 Houston Texans A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama) DT
23 Minnesota Vikings Chris Jones (Miss St.) DE
24 Cincinnati Bengals Will Fuller (Notre Dame) WR
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple (OSU) CB
26 Seattle Seahawks Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky) DE
27 Green Bay Packers Kenny Clark (UCLA) DT
28 Kansas City Chiefs Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech) DT
29 Arizona Cardinals Darren Lee (OSU) LB
30 Carolina Panthers Josh Doctson (TCU) WR
31 Denver Broncos Kevin Dodd (Clemson) DE
So much depth at DT.  You can't go wrong.

So much depth at DT. You can’t go wrong.

 

Mock Draft (Ginger King 2.0)

Another week, another mock.  The free agency rush has calmed a bit, pro days are in full swing, and we’re almost one month to the Draft.  Some big changes from our previous draft, so let’s dig right in.

Round 1 Team Pick Position
1 Tennessee Titans Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) OL
2 Cleveland Browns Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.) QB
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey (FSU) CB
4 Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa (OSU) DE
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack (UCLA) LB
6 Baltimore Ravens DeForest Buckner (Oregon) DE
7 San Francisco 49ers Jared Goff (Cal) QB
8 Philadelphia Eagles Ezekiel Elliot (OSU) RB
9 Tampa Bay Bucs Sheldon Rankins (Louisiana) DT
10 New York Giants Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) OL
As good as gold for #1 overall.

As good as gold for #1 overall.

11 Chicago Bears Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) CB
12 New Orleans Saints Laquan Treadwell WR
13 Miami Dolphins Leonard Floyd (Georgia) LB
14 Oakland Raiders Jack Conklin (MSU) OL
15 St. Louis Rams Paxton Lynch (Memphis) QB
16 Detroit Lions Corey Coleman (Baylor) WR
17 Atlanta Falcons Reggie Ragland (Alabama) LB
18 Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker (OSU) OL
19 Buffalo Bills Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky) DE
20 New York Jets Jarran Reed (Alabama) DT
Character issues = No issues for Rex Ryan.

Character issues = No issues for Rex Ryan.

20 New York Jets Jarran Reed (Alabama) DT
21 Washington Redskins Darren Lee (OSU) LB
22 Houston Texans A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama) DT
23 Minnesota Vikings Chris Jones (Miss St.) DE
24 Cincinnati Bengals Will Fuller (Notre Dame) WR
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple (OSU) CB
26 Seattle Seahawks Emmanuel Ogbah (Ok St.) DE
27 Green Bay Packers Kenny Clark (UCLA) DT
28 Kansas City Chiefs Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech) DT
29 Arizona Cardinals Shaq Lawson (Clemson) DE
30 Carolina Panthers Josh Doctson (TCU) WR
31 Denver Broncos Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss) DE
Question is: Will Doctson be here this long? He is flying up draft boards.

Question is: Will Doctson last this long? He is flying up draft boards.

Oh yeah, Happy Easter!

Creepiest. Holiday. Ever

Creepiest. Holiday. Ever

 

Mock Draft (Ginger King 1.0)

Welcome to Mock City, USA!!!  The Machine is back and ready to do what we do best: dropping draft knowledge.  You may ask yourself, “hey Machine, why is this your first mock of the year?  I read [insert lame sports website] and they’re on their 5th version.  What gives?  You getting soft on us?”

First:  there’s nothing soft when we’re talking the Draft.  Second, I’m here to tell you that, any mock draft before March 7, 2016 is complete and utter bullshit.  Why?  Because that’s when free agency starts, and free agency shapes the draft.  Teams fil their needs first through free agency, then the draft.  You think the Texans are picking a quarterback after signing Brock Osweiler?  Think the Jets are looking at running back in the First Round after signing Matt Forte?  Exactly.

Those bitches at those other sites will lure you in with their fancy mocks and “expert” info…but the reliability of their information is on par with a Trump rally.

Here at the Big Red Sports Machine…we won’t insult your intelligence by posting bullshit mocks months ahead of time.  Sure, we read them all, but that’s not the point.  We respect the Draft too much.  And with that, let’s jump right in to our first round.

Round 1 Team Pick Position
1 Tennessee Titans Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) OL
2 Cleveland Browns Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.) QB
3 San Diego Chargers DeForest Buckner (Oregon) DE
4 Dallas Cowboys Jalen Ramsey (FSU) CB
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack (UCLA) LB
6 Baltimore Ravens Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) OL
7 San Francisco 49ers Jared Goff (Cal) QB
8 Philadelphia Eagles Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) CB
9 Tampa Bay Bucs Joey Bosa (OSU) DE
10 New York Giants Laquan Treadwell (Ole Miss) WR
The anti-Johnny Football.

The anti-Johnny Football.

11 Chicago Bears Jack Conklin (MSU) OL
12 New Orleans Saints Corey Coleman (Baylor) WR
13 Miami Dolphins Ezekiel Elliot (OSU) RB
14 Oakland Raiders Sheldon Rankins (Louisiana) DT
15 St. Louis Rams Paxton Lynch (Memphis) QB
16 Detroit Lions Reggie Ragland (Alabama) LB
17 Atlanta Falcons Leonard Floyd (Georgia) LB
18 Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker (OSU) OL
19 Buffalo Bills Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss) DE
20 New York Jets Jarran Reed (Alabama) DT
No one's stock is falling faster than Nkemdiche. Will he stay in the first round?

Top 5 talent…but no one’s stock is falling faster than Nkemdiche. Will he stay in the first round?

21 Washington Redskins Darren Lee (OSU) LB
22 Houston Texans Andrew Billings (Baylor) DT
23 Minnesota Vikings Chris Jones (Miss St.) DE
24 Cincinnati Bengals Will Fuller (Notre Dame) WR
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple (OSU) CB
26 Seattle Seahawks Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky) DE
27 Green Bay Packers A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama) DT
28 Kansas City Chiefs William Jackson (Houston) CB
29 Arizona Cardinals Shaq Lawson (Clemson) DE
30 Carolina Panthers Josh Doctson (TCU) WR
31 Denver Broncos Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M) OL
4.32 40 = First round.

4.32 40 = First round.