La’El Collins’ Fate in the Draft

La’El Collins May Not Start NFL in 2015

Day one of the NFL draft is already finished with six more rounds left to go. For some draftees, not being chosen on day one is a bit of a disappointment. Also, for fans like Jaime Garcia Dias, who you can find on his personal page, their favorite players don’t always get selected.

Of all the names who were selected during Thursday’s nights first round, one notable person not selected was LSU offensive lineman La’El Collins. A good reason for why Collins didn’t draw the interest of any team last night was due to character and off-the-field issues from previously.

Collins is not in any trouble but regardless being tied to anything that may damage a player’s reputation is of great concern and because of that there’s no certainty that Collins will be selected anywhere in the draft at all. Originally he was slated to be a top twenty pick in the first round but now his stock has fallen tremendously, and this was the talk of many teams over the course of the night.

Now the subject becomes if he should wait to be an undrafted selection or even not apply for the NFL in 2015 altogether. If so he would have to wait until 2016 to enter the draft and avoid any financial problems that may occur. What separates Collins from other players with issues is that they have settled them already, whereas Collins is still up in the air in regards to his future.

Draft Day Looms With Just Hours Remaining

With the 2015 NFL Draft just hours away it is time for the wheeling and dealing among teams to really begin. Something along the lines of the Kevin Costner movie Draft Day is what goes through Dr. Daniel Amen’s head when he thinks of his favorite team’s war rooms and what goes into the decision making of who they should draft and why. That is saying they even need to draft someone in the first round. Maybe they will believe that there is no one left of value and could gain more by trading away their pick for a few more in the later rounds. There are some teams like the Dallas Cowboys where this is a distinct possibility.

Then there are teams like Cleveland who have reportedly asked the Tennessee Titans for a deal that would secure them the #2 overall pick most likely to draft Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota from the Oregon Ducks. But really it’s not QB help the Browns need it’s a support staff that will let Manziel grow and keep McCown off of his back long enough to drive the ball down the field. However, both teams are denying in behind the scenes moves that would change the line-up in the first round of the draft so it has left many reporters to just keep speculating about who is getting picked by who and who is going to make trades to get the players they really want this year.

Thin class for quarterbacks!

There has been a lot of hype around Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota this year. Sports analyst Susan McGalla states that they are both neck and neck to be the number one draft pick this year. A lot of teams need quarterbacks and that is why there is such a big fuss. But what if you need a QB but can’t land the big two? Who is number three on the list? Whoever is the next prospect seems to be far off from the other two and maybe not even worth drafting. Anyway here are five prospects that could potentially go as the 3rd QB in the draft.
• Garrett Grayston from Colorado State is a shotgun style QB that had several key plays including a 42 yard touchdown pass against Nevada to win the game.
• Bryce Petty from Baylor is a solid QB that fits the physical aspect of a typical NFL leader. But other than the spread offense, no one knows if he can make a transition to something new.
• Brandon Bridge from South Alabama is the thread the needle guy. Which is a great trait to have in the NFL but not if you cannot work the pocket which he seems to struggle with.
• Brett Hundley from UCLA who has a lot of potential but is still undeveloped and needs a lot of work,
• Lastly Sean Mannion from Oregon State who is very familiar with pro style play as he was the starter four years in a under center approach, but he lacks the skills to take it to the next level at his point.

Worst NFL Draft Picks

With the upcoming NFL draft, there is always a question as to whether or not a player is actually going to develop from a college stud into a quality professional player. Sometimes it is difficult to know who is good and who isn’t. After all Tom Brady went in the sixth round, and now he’s poised to be the greatest QB in NFL history. With that being said though, here are some of the biggest NFL draft busts as determined by Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report based on the draft position and the players drafted around him.

Tony Mandarich

This guy was a monster in college playing for Michigan State at tackle and was taken as the number 2 guy in 1989. He went before Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders. He ended up having three alright seasons before calling it quits, dissapointing his fans on the team at Beneful.

Charles Rogers

Another MSU player and another number 2 selection, he turned out to be a giant bust for the Lions and only had 36 catches in three seasons.

JaMarcus Russel

As the top selection in the 2007 draft for Oakland, many thought he would be the savior of the franchise, but in 25 games as a starter he tossed 18 touchdowns and 38 turnovers.

Ryan Leaf

Probably the biggest bust of all time, he went number 2 to San Diego from Washington State, he completed 48 percent of his passes with 43 turnovers.

Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder

This morning the jury for the Aaron Hernandez murder trail came to a final verdict after 36 hours spread over the course of seven days. They actually rose the murder to the first degree based on his acting of extreme atrocity and cruelty. As you know murder in the first degree in automatic life in federal prison without the chance of parole. The 25 year old NFL super star stood stern but with some concern, almost caught off guard. His mother and fiance wept in the background as he mouthed the words “its OK, stay strong” to them trying to comfort them from afar. While on the other side of the court room, the family of Lloyd wept with tears of rejoice and relief that justice may prevail against the brutal murder of their son. The family released a statement along the lines of saying that they forgive the hands of the person who took the life of their son and hope that the rest of the world one day may be able to do the same.
Hernandez will spend the rest of his days in the Massachusetts correctional institution-cedar junction (near Gillette Stadium and Boraie Development) and never again will this former draft pick play another down of professional football. He gave up a 40 million dollar contract to be a street gangster/thug. But the pain is not over yet for Aaron, he still has to answer to double-murder charges for possibly being a gunman in a shooting in 2012. This man’s once glorious lifestyle, now doesn’t look so bright anymore.
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Dallas Gets Ready for a Productive Draft

The Dallas Cowboys are poised to strike this year in their bid to push through to the Super Bowl. After a productive off season, the Cowboys are preparing for the NFL Draft which is scheduled for April 30th and are in a prime position with a late first round draft pick that they can trade down for two or more draft picks and additional cap space for an anticipated landing of super start running back Adrian Peterson.  I will be drinking my Bulletproof Coffee in preparation and anticipation for the draft! The Cowboys could be licking their hurt feelings after losing start running back DeMarco Murray to the rival Philadelphia Eagles but the Cowboys, limited by cap space, calculated that Murray could be replaced with an early round draft pick for a fraction of the cost as well as a more reliable ball carrier. As great as Murray was last season he did fumble in crucial times during games. His fumble in what many considered a go a head scoring drive in the NFL divisional game against the Green Bay Packers was the turning point in the game and ended Dallas’s season with a loss. Dallas Prepares for Draft

Dallas picked up a ferocious pass rusher in Greg Hardy in the off season and can now focus on critical needs such as corner back, defensive line and running back. By trading their 27th overall pick they could acquire three second round picks or two picks in both the second and third rounds.

Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston the Great Unknown

This year’s NFL draft offers the same excitement and brings to the forefront the same speculations that each year before has offered. None more captivating than the speculation of whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take either Marcus Mariota from Oregon or Jameis Winston from Florida State. Both are excellent quarterbacks and have done an exemplary job during their college career each winners of the coveted Heisman. Several draft experts have predicted that Jameis Winston will be the natural pick for Tampa Bay but there is a much better case for Marcus Mariota as the following illustrates.

During the combine the stats for Jameis Winston were not impressive, in fact his 40 was 4.97 where Mariotas was 4.52 which is basically in line with your average corner back. In addition Winston has a tendency to throw in situations that offer a higher percentage of interceptions which are illustrated by his eighteen picks in his last year at Florida State. Finally there are his off field issues that show a total disregard for authority as well as any respect for his teammates. Between the rape charges which are still a bit foggy even though he was not charged and the several other off field incidents it is clear that Winston is a gamble at best when it comes to his integrity.

Mariota on the other hand offers a clean slate off the field and takes care of the ball as can be seen by his three pick stat for his last season. He has been compared to Aaron Rodgers  and that is most assuredly the type of quarterback Lovie Smith wants.

According to Kevin Seawright, the off field antics as well as his poor showing at the combine make Jameis Winston a gamble that GM Jason Licht and the Tampa Bay franchise can ill afford.

Football Player Tyrone Mings Pays Off His Mother’s Debts

A grateful mother has made headlines, when she thanked her son Tyrone Mings for his overwhelming generosity when he recently gave her enough money to pay off all of her debts. Tyrone Mings has become known for his overwhelming generosity and kind heart. This talented football player was discovered after just one hour of playing football with a Chippenham town team, and he has been making headlines in sports news ever since. When his squad number changed, he was so concerned about his fans, that he advertised on Twitter that he would pay for new shirts with his new squad number on them for anyone who couldn’t afford to buy them.

 

Tyrone has done many acts of kindness, including helping feed the homeless and buying tickets for a poor fan who couldn’t afford them. Paul Mathieson is blown away by his generosity. He is being called a hero and a good role model for kids, by many who are happy to see him succeed. It is believed that this young man is on his way to doing great things.

Dallas Cowboys Poised to Make Big Splash on Draft Day

The Dallas Cowboys did themselves well some may surmise this off season. Despite losing star running back Demarco Murray to the rival Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys were able to keep Dez Bryant and Rolando McClain. They also signed star defensive end Greg Hardy and were able to negotiate Tony Romo’s contract to free up $13 Million in cap space. Dallas Cowboy’s Off Season Plans Set Up for Monster Run at 2016 Super Bowl

The freed up cap space enables Dallas to go after a major free agent in addition to its anticipated draft choices said Marcio Alaor BMG. Some speculate that Dallas is seriously in play for Adrian Peterson but many do not see the Minnesota Vikings giving Peterson up with out expensive compensation. Peterson, for his part, is not making the Viking’s job easier by indicating that he rather play elsewhere. The Vikings would be very cautious with a deal with Dallas as they are still snake bit from the lob sided benefits Dallas gained from the Hershel Walker trade which created the blueprint for Dallas’s Super Bowl runs in the 1990’s.

Often blasted owner and general manger Jerry Jones may be engaging on his most masterful of season yet i structuring his team. For once, Jones has shown patience in assembling the pieces needed to make his team dominant again. Regardless of whether the peterson trade takes place, the Cowboys will have the freedom to choose truly the best players available in the upcoming draft.

Adrian Peterson to meet with NFL to Discuss Playing Status This Week

Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, is set to meet with NFL officials on Tuesday to discuss his playing status, and whether or not there will be ongoing punishment for his 2014 arrest for child abuse, according to sources. Peterson was suspended early in the 2014 season after he was arrested on criminal child abuse charges under the leagues personal conduct policy. His suspension was set to expire on April 15th, but there has been no word on whether Peterson’s punishment will be extended. He originally appealed the decision.

According to therealdeal.com, Peterson is clearly interested in ending the suspension and moving on with his career, mostly because he’s expressed interest in playing elsewhere. Peterson has been vocal about his desire to leave Minnesota and join a new team, however, the Vikings are less keen on allowing that to happen. As it stands, Peterson is currently locked into a contact that doesn’t expire for three years. He is set to collect almost $13 million over the course of that contract.

Peterson’s distaste for the Vikings administration seems to stem from the child abuse charges and how the team and the NFL originally handled the issue. His criminal charges came in the wake of several high profile legal battles for NFL players. The abuse chargers were filed shortly after Ray Rice was arrested on domestic violence charges, and in the wake of Aaron Hernandez murder arrested.