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”

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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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”

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 Rankings 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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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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Potential coaching candidates to replace Jay Gruden

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In what ended up being just the latest chapter in the time that is Dan Snyder’s disastrous tenure as owner, head coach Jay Gruden was relieved of his duties last Monday after five-plus seasons with the team. 

Gruden’s dismissal was expected and for the most part necessary, but the move won’t simply fix the myriad of problems this team has faced this season. With Bill Callahan now taking over as head coach for the remainder of the season, we can expect a more disciplined team, but whether that results in better results on the field is up for debate. Continue reading “Potential coaching candidates to replace Jay Gruden”