What are your thoughts on DeVante Parker? As of yet I haven't heard one way or the other if he is leaving U of L early for the draft but it seems to me he's a second round talent. Big red zone threat with some RAC ability.
“Turns out, far too much has been written about great men and not nearly enough about morons. Doesn't seem right.”
Slimm and hoops, you guys are right on Landry. I was underrating his athleticism. Plays with great balance. Hines Ward?
Do you really think Jimmy Johnson would have won Super Bowls every season running? Jerry Jones likely did Jimmy a big favor by letting him go. Now fans can carry on the nonsense that Jimmy would have held up that trophy every year, just like Canes fans hold onto the garbage that Schnellenberger would have won 7 or 10 titles if he had stayed. Don't worry about probability, just project to the moon.
Barry Switzer was a terrific coach. He was 5-0 combined against Joe Paterno, Tom Osborne and Bobby Bowden in bowl games. In the NFL, Switzer pulled off a remarkable feat by winning a championship one year after the team was dethroned as champ. Historically that is a terrible, terrible spot. Only three times in NFL history has that been done. It never happened in the AFL. The only two coaches besides Switzer to pull off the accomplishment are George Halas and Bill Belichick.
Otherwise, I do have some questions about Manziel's arm. It's good but not special. It's fine until his mechanics suffer. He can't generate enough power with his arm alone. Manziel, for example, couldn't make the falling down 55+ yard heave that Tannehill threw on the final play against the Bills. The reason I don't list it as a concern is that young quarterbacks invariably see an uptick in arm strength once they enter the league. That is already true of Andrew Luck. Matt Ryan had as close to borderline arm strength as anyone I've ever seen at Boston College. It's still hardly ideal and gets him in trouble all the time. Many of his interceptions are cross field throws in which the defensive back laughs while cutting in front. But Ryan's arm is superior now than it was in college. It's questionable how long it will remain that way. He can't afford even a 5% drop to remain viable in this league.
I forgot to mention that David Shaw has recruited even better than Harbaugh so far, particularly with linemen. He's stolen many premier recruits from USC. But it's true that the bulk of his starters have been holdovers from Harbaugh's tenure.
If Oregon is ever going to overcome their frailties and play for the title it's next year, when they catch a young Stanford team at home, and Oregon's non conference schedule is incredibly favorable, with home games against South Dakota, Wyoming and Michigan State. Some analysts will try to liken the Spartans style to Stanford but Stanford is smarter and does everything better, not to mention familiarity with Oregon's personnel and tendencies.
The more I think about it, the more I really want to take one of these WRs early because most of them have what we lack; big body WRs that can win balls in the air but can also get the tough YAC. Having seen most of him this year, I love the thought of Allen Robinson with our team (he's 50/50 but from a reliable source as of right now he's leaning towards declaring)
Also, Johnny Manziel reportedly only goes to College Station anymore for practice or games and hasn't been in class for weeks.
I wouldn't complain at all about Miami going WR in RD 1 (depending on the WR obviously). There's a good chance a borderline 1st RD OT falls to RD 2 anyway - given the talent that will be there in the 1st RD.
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