The 10: Grading the Running Backs of the 2020 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is now just over a week away, and draft season has upped its game with more smokescreens and gossip with each passing day. In preparation for the draft, we’re going to be looking at this year’s running back class. While not necessarily front-loaded, Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift looking probably like the two most likely first round candidates, there are a ton of truly talented backs in this class that I think are more going to step in and immediately contribute on the big stage.

So, let’s start this list in style with the record-breaking Badger running back Jonathan Taylor.

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The 10: Ranking the Draft’s Top Quarterback Prospects

Welcome to The 10, a new series were we’ll be discussing the top-10 prospects at each position in the 2020 NFL Draft. First, we start off with the good stuff: quarterback. While not a particularly deep class at the position, there are a handful of intriguing high-end prospects that have massively high potential at the position. Let’s take a look at how this class stacks up.

No. 1: Joe Burrow, LSU

6’3″, 221 lbs. 

2019 stats (15 games): 5,671 passing yards, 65 total touchdowns (5 rushing), 6 INTs, 76.3% completion percentage 

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Grading the Redskins’ first two weeks of free agency

We’re now two week into free agency, and while the Redskins have yet to make a blockbuster move that this franchise is generally associated with, they have put an emphasis on building depth. The team has particularly shored up the trenches with three moves to build up the offensive line as well as at linebacker, where the team has brought in three players as they transition into a 4-3 defense. 

Despite not getting some of the major players they were linked with early in the offseason (See: Austin Hooper, James Bradberry, Amari Cooper), there’s still a lot of time left for them to make some big-time moves in the next few weeks. 

Let’s see how newly-hired Ron Rivera has fared so far in his first offseason as head coach. 

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Mock Draft No. 1: Defense Rules Supreme in Fletcher’s First Mock Draft

Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. While the NBA and NHL seasons have been put on hold, the NFL is about to be in mid-offseason form. The NFL combine is over, free agency starts on March 18 and smokescreen season is back and better than ever. With all that, comes one of my favorite past times: making NFL Mock Drafts because I have a lot of time on my hands, and my passion for the NFL Draft has yet to wane. 

Even though free agency will undoubtedly disprove a lot of my predictions on this particular mock, I think it’s the perfect time to start breaking down team needs and see where some players out of this incredibly loaded draft might end up. 

So, let’s kick it off in style with a quarterback prospect that everyone and their grandma has essentially nominated as the golden boy of the 2020 NFL Draft: Joe Burrow. 

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Ron Rivera Hire Has a Chance to Change Team Culture for the Better

Ron Rivera gets introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s been a rough season all around for the Washington Redskins. The team’s dealt with front office ineptitude, a star player that refused to ever play in a Redskins uniform ever again and, of course, just plain bad on-field performances. 

It’s arguable this was the worst season in franchise history, yet this offseason doesn’t feel quite so hopeless. 

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The Definitive Ranking of Redskins Dysfunction

With 2019 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what made this a truly mediocre decade of Washington Redskins football. 

Sure, there were good times in the last 10 years, the two division titles stand out the most, but the majority of Redskins fans would agree that the bad times outweigh any positive moments enormously. 

And that’s why we are here today, to reflect on the moments both on and off the field that were truly a part of this organization’s unique brand of dysfunction. While I tried to keep it down to just 10 moments, I’m sure there are plenty that I also missed which just goes to show exactly how bad this organization has been this decade. 

So, let’s kick off this list in style, and look towards the next decade as a means for hope, and a chance for better days. 

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Early Impressions from the Capitals’ First 20 games of the Season

It’s been just 20 games into the 2019-20 NHL season, but the Capitals are already shaping up to be a serious Stanley Cup contender after starting their season with a league-best 14–2–4 record. 

The team has been on a serious hot streak as of late, securing at least a point in their last 13 contests; their last loss in regulation came against the Avalanche on Oct. 14. Continue reading “Early Impressions from the Capitals’ First 20 games of the Season”

Evaluating Dwayne Haskins’ starting debut against Buffalo

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Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

With Washington sitting at 1–8 heading into its Week 10 bye week, head coach Bill Callahan gave rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins a shot under center for his first career start in Week 9 after Case Keenum went down with a concussion against the Vikings.

In a season most would agree to be almost completely miserable, it was a rare occurrence for there to be any semblance of excitement heading into a game this late in the season. Haskins has that effect on the fanbase. The Ohio State-product hasn’t exactly had the most exciting rookie campaign, but who would when you’ve thrown four interceptions in just 22 career passing attempts before your first NFL start. 

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Revisiting Kirk Cousins’ tenure in Washington before Thursday’s matchup

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With the Redskins traveling to Minnesota for a primetime matchup on Thursday night with the Vikings, it feels only right to look back at the bizarre roller coaster ride that was the Kirk Cousins-era in Washington. 

His six seasons with the team were what could be considered the epicenter of the Dan Snyder circus that began in 1999, and though Cousins’ on-field performance was generally pretty strong once he took the starting job in 2015, it was the storylines off the field that took over the Washington media until he bolted for Minnesota in the 2018 offseason.  Continue reading “Revisiting Kirk Cousins’ tenure in Washington before Thursday’s matchup”

Kempny’s return from injury gives Capitals defense a much-needed boost

There weren’t many expectations for Michal Kempny’s first game back to Washington’s lineup for its game against the Rangers on Friday night. After six months of rehabbing, it was assumed he’d be eased back into play and placed with Radko Gudas on the third-pairing for the defense. After spending the summer rehabbing and the last few weeks getting back into shape, it would have been understandable for him to show a little rust in his first game back. Continue reading “Kempny’s return from injury gives Capitals defense a much-needed boost”