Newman and Fletcher Still Disagree in NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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The NFL Draft will commence on Thursday night, although it won’t be on-site this year. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

With draft night roughly 24 hours away, Stephen Newman and Robby Fletcher have each unveiled their second mock drafts of the season. It’s taken a lot of time and effort including ranking our top 10 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends, as well as additional film study on players at other positions but we think we’re as prepared as ever for the big night.

While we’ve reached a near-consensus within the top 10 selections, we still have some differences in opinion some minor and some significant later in the round. Continue reading “Newman and Fletcher Still Disagree in NFL Mock Draft 2.0”

Wirfs, Terrell Among the Biggest Movers in Newman’s Mock Draft 2.0

Now that the draft is upon us and free agency has for the most part played out, we all have a better sense of team needs. With that, I’ve given myself the liberty to add some definition to my original draft predictions. In fact, I surprised myself so much that a decided to develop a rapid-fire second round section at no additional charge to my readers!

Spoiler alert: I made a couple changes within the top five, and one in particular had a significant trickle-down effect. Continue reading “Wirfs, Terrell Among the Biggest Movers in Newman’s Mock Draft 2.0”

The 10: Top Wide Receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft

If you’ve been keeping up with the pre-draft process, you likely know that the wide receiver group is probably the deepest position in this year’s class, and it has the potential to shatter some records. There have never been more than seven wide receivers taken in the first round (2004) or 12 in the first two rounds (2014).

In addition to it being a very talented group, this might also be the toughest position to rank, but the show must go on! These opinions might not be popular with everyone, but the tape never lies! Continue reading “The 10: Top Wide Receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft”

An Overview of Newman and Fletcher’s Initial NFL Mock Drafts

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Next month, NFL franchises will come together for the annual draft. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

We realize that sports are currently on the back burner, but the NFL Draft frenzy stops for no one even if it becomes more challenging for teams to get their eyes on players.

Stephen Newman and Robby Fletcher have each completed their preliminary mock drafts. No mock draft is perfect, though, and there is never a consensus on which players fit into every single slot. So with that in mind, let’s take a side-by-side look at the selections. Continue reading “An Overview of Newman and Fletcher’s Initial NFL Mock Drafts”

Quarterbacks and Defense Lead Off Newman’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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Joe Burrow is one of a few quarterbacks with aspirations of being top 10 picks in the NFL Draft. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Draft season is upon us, and I have plenty of thoughts. So without further ado, here’s my first attempt at a mock draft.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow (LSU)

Don’t make this harder than it has to be. Burrow isn’t the top player on my unofficial big board, and there are mixed reports on whether he wants to go to Cincinnati, but he had a historic collegiate season and is the top available quarterback for a QB-needy team.

I’ll give the Sean McVay product — Zac Taylor — his likely franchise quarterback, let him take the field with A.J. Green (who is expected to receive the franchise tag), Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon and company and see if it makes the Bengals competitive in the AFC North again. Continue reading “Quarterbacks and Defense Lead Off Newman’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0”

The Trickle-Down Effect of No Carter Kieboom for the Nationals

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Carter Kieboom looks to shore up his play at the hot corner and at the plate; otherwise the Nationals will have to get creative. (Photo: Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Anthony Rendon is gone, and that leaves a gaping hole at the hot corner for the defending World Series champions. As I mentioned in my Spring Training primer, the ideal scenario was for top prospect Carter Kieboom to take over the starting job. Whether it was his job to lose or if it was simply his to compete for has come into question recently, but either way, Kieboom starting early in 2020 was undeniably the organization’s preference. If it wasn’t, they would’ve pursued a third baseman — Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Mike Moustakas, Eduardo Escobar; the list goes on — much more seriously this offseason.

As time passes, it looks increasingly likely that Kieboom starts the season in the minor leagues. There’s still a chance that he wins the third base job, but he hasn’t done himself any favors offensively — he was 1–12 (.083 average) this spring before going 2–2 off the bench yesterday — or defensively — he has two errors (and a third that could’ve gone against him) on only 13 official chances. Nonetheless, he still has a chance to improve before Opening Day — and get off the bench. For the sake of this exercise, however, I’ll assume he doesn’t crack the initial 26-man roster.

Who could replace Kieboom on the Opening Day roster, and how might that impact who plays at third base? Continue reading “The Trickle-Down Effect of No Carter Kieboom for the Nationals”

Erick Fedde Closes on Austin Voth, Luis Garcia Outshines Carter Kieboom

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Luis Garcia headlined AA Harrisburg’s lineup in 2019, but now has his eyes set on a promotion. (Photo: Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

I wasn’t sure if I’d end up writing again so soon after my last post, but some things have caught my eye in the last couple games. First, the battle for a spot on the Opening Day pitching staff might not be as settled as it appeared. Second, the gap between the Nationals’ top two prospects appears to be closing. Continue reading “Erick Fedde Closes on Austin Voth, Luis Garcia Outshines Carter Kieboom”