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Guest Mock Draft by Mike of Sports News Analysis

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on April 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)


1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel - OT - Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan - DE/OLB - Oregon

3. Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd - DT - Florida

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Eric Fisher - OT - Central Michigan

5. Detroit Lions - Dee Millner - CB - Alabama

6. Cleveland Browns - Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah - BYU

7. Arizona Cardinals - Lane Johnson - OT - Oklahoma

8. Buffalo Bills - Chance Warmack - OG - Alabama

9. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo - OLB - LSU

10. Tennessee Titans - Sheldon Richardson - DT Missouri

11. San Diego Chargers - Jonathan Cooper - OG - North Carolina

12. Miami Dolphins - Tyler Eifert - TE - Notre Dame

13. New York Jets - Tavon Austin - WR - West Virginia

14. Carolina Panthers - Star Lotulelei - DT - Utah

15. New Orleans Saints - Jarvis Jones OLB - Georgia

16. St. Louis Rams - DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Clemson

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Cordarelle Patterson - WR - Tennessee

18. Dallas Cowboys - DJ Fluker - OT - Alabama

19. New York Giants - Tank Carradine - DE - Florida St.

20. Chicago Bears - Arthur Brown - LB - Kansas St.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Vaccaro - S - Texas

22. St. Louis Rams - Jonathan Cyprien - S - Florida International

23. Minnesota Vikings - Justin Hunter - WR - Tennessee

24. Indianapolis Colts - Sylvester Williams - DT - North Carolina

25. Minnesota Vikings - Alec Ogletree - LB - Georgia

26. Green Bay Packers - Eddie Lacy - RB - Alabama

27. Houston Texans - Keenan Allen - WR - CAL

28. Denver Broncos - Bjoern Werner - DE - FSU

29. New England Patriots - Desmond Trufant - CB - Washington

30. Atlanta Falcons - Xavier Rhodes - CB FSU

31. San Francisco 49ers - Datone Jones - DE - UCLA

32. Baltimore Ravens - Manti Te'o - LB - Notre Dame

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2013 NFL Mock Draft

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on April 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

ROUND 1:

1 Kansas City Luke Joekel OT Texas A &M

2 Jacksonville Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan

3 Oakland Sharrif Floyd DT Florida

4 Philadelphia Dion Jordan OLB Oregon 

5 Detroit Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma

6 Cleveland Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU

7 Arizona Jonathon Cooper OG North Carolina

8 Buffalo Matt Barkley QB USC

9 New York Jets Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU

10 Tennessee Dee Milliner CB Alabama

11 San Diego Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia

12 Miami D.J. Fluker OT AlabamaBjoern Werner DE Florida State

13 New York Jets DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson

14 Carolina Star Lotulelei DT Utah

15 New Orleans Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri

16 St. Louis Tavon Austin WR West Virginia

17 Pittsburgh Tyler Eifert TE Norte Dame

18 Dallas Kenny Vaccarro FS Texas

19 New York Giants Bjoern Werner DE Florida State

20 Chicago Alec Ogletree OLB Georgia

21 Cincinnati Chance Warmack OG Alabama

22 St. Louis Eric Reid FS LSU

23 Minnesota Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State

24 Indianapolis Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee

25 Minnesota Justin Hunter WR Tennessee

26 Green Bay Eddie Lacy RB Alabama

27 Houston Texans Geno Smith QB West Virginia

28 Denver Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina

29 New England Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State

30 Atlanta Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State

31 San Francisco Datone Jones DE UCLA

32 Baltimore Kevin Minter ILB LSU


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Just Another Super Bowl Story

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on January 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Just Another Super Bowl Story....

It seems to be an intriguing defense match-up. Can the mighty Patrick Willis and his partner in crime Aldon Smith keep Joe Flacco's feet moving? Can youthful legs of Colin Kaepernick be slowed by the aging Raven defense? I am definitely expecting a defensive score and that will be a big momentum swinger.


The Ray Lewis swan song/Harbowl this game will forever be dubbed. Other running themes that will be spouted, "defense wins championships," and "it's a game of inches." These statements are true for both teams. The truth is they have both won enough to reach the big game. Other telling signs such as timely risks and defensive play have them primed. So as the end zones are being painted let us look into the obscure depths of this year’s Super Bowl. The game is in New Orleans at the Louisiana Super Dome. Please don't forget the Alex Smith led 49ers lost at Mall of America field to the Vikings circa week three. They also lost to Rams in St. Louis with Kaepernick as the starter in week 13. Both games were in domes. They did however beat the Saints in week 12 at the Super Dome. New Orleans like Green Bay were both soft defensively and that was a good mix for the solid 49ers defense. Their great defense play set up their offense nicely. Baltimore is playoff tested though, and Ray Lewis has rested a good portion of the season.


Ray Lewis is what intrigues me most about this game. Can you imagine the uproar if Ray were to return an interception or a fumble for a touchdown. Lewis being the emotion fireball that he is will most certainly be ready to play his final game. So remember, no matter what you read about percentages or yards per play the Ravens were without Lewis's services for quite time. Thus, those stats matter but not as much the full strength for the full season 49ers matters. Ed Reed will be a factor like always but with one eye on Michael Crabtree and the other on Vernon Davis the pressure to pressure is on Lewis's shoulders.


The Ravens have not played in a dome this season. Their offense consists of Ray Rice left and Ray Rice right, mixed with some Anquan Boldin slants/posts and Torrey Smith going deep. Bryant McKinnie will look to slow down the charging Aldon Smith, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta will also need to chip him. Meanwhile, Matt Birk will have his face full of a rampaging Patrick Willis. Slowing Smith and Willis will go a long way for Flacco’s confidence and vision.


My BOLD Prediction is: 49ers 22 Ravens 17


MVP: Patrick Willis


I feel the 49ers will wear down and frustrate the Ravens on both sides of the ball.


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NFL Rookie of the Year Statement

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on January 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Who is the best NFL rookie of this 2012 season? The important thing to remember is that this award does NOT have to a quarterback. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have certainly earned the respect of their peers and admiration of their respective fan bases. In doing so they have made it clear that drafting them high was no mistake. They are both very different players in their own right. Luck translated his prolific passing skills very quickly and if you had the pleasure to watch him play you would never be able to tell he was a rookie. Griffin also has a gifted arm but it was his legs that extended plays and drives. Both vaulted into the playoffs with a lot of expectations and curious respect.


 

Then there is the pesky badger Russell Wilson. A third round draft choice who has taken the NFC by storm by advancing to and winning a playoff game. So given the fact that Griffin and Luck were eliminated last week end, Wilson might now hold a distinct edge.


QB's by comparison: The NumbersGriffin-3200 yards passing 20 TD passes 5 INT's. 815 yards rushing and 7 TD'sLuck-4374 yards passing 23 TD passes 18 INT's. 5 rushing TD'sWilson-3118 yards passing 26 TD passes 10 INT's. 489 yard rushing and 4TD's


You can make the case for any of these three dynamic players. They are all indeed worthy. I wouldn't be surprised if any of them win this prestigious award.


That being said I would like to make a case for a sixth round draft choice from Florida Atlantic. His name is Alfred Morris and he is the running back that made life easier for the aforementioned RG3. Not only did he did finish 2nd behind only Adrian Peterson in rushing yards on the season but he at least 70 yards in all but two games on the season. he finished third in rushing TD's as well behind only AP and Arian Foster. He also rumbled his way to seven 100 yard rushing performances including a 200 yard 3 touchdown effort against the hated the Cowboys that cemented both team's playoff fate. Some will clammer that having the legs of RG3 as a running threat was the main reason Morris was effective. I however would like to argue the opposite is more so the truth.


Yes some will state that even Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson and even Rueben Droughns gained 1000 yards in the Mike Shanahan offense scheme. To those I say Morris will be far better back in the long run. Running backs in the NFL have a very small window in which they are successful. It seems to be only a 2 or 3 window year where peaks are met. Injuries often derail promising hall of fame careers thus slamming the window shut. Gale Sayers is probably the saddest window slamming story. Thanks to modern medicine and technology though guys AP and Jamaal Charles have prospered post injury. One could also argue that another Shanahan sixth round pick and former 2000 yard rusher Terrell Davis could have had a larger window if his injuries were sustained in this decade. Now I am not trying to predict an injury or downplay Morris's future. I am simply stating that the rookie QB's of 2012 will probably win many accolades and Super Bowls in the future but right now Alfred Morris is a horse and RG3 might just be a jockey.


So once again one of those pretty boy quarterbacks will probably win Rookie of the Year. But let's hope Mr. Morris garners some votes of respect for his performance at a position where longevity is not necessarily large.


Josh Johnson

Nick Saban's Legacy

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on January 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Nick Saban's Legacy

It was said earlier this week by former Alabama QB and NFL flop Jesse Palmer that Nick Saban may be the best coach ever. He might have meant best college coach ever. Even still I am not ready to hitch my pony to that bandwagon. Yes he has won three BCS national Championships in four years. He also lead the LSU Tigers to a BCS title in 2003. But is he the best coach ever? Now to call someone the best ever at something you must remember to look at their entire body of work. Saban's first Head Coaching job was at the University of Toledo in 1990 where he turned a 6-5 team into a 9-2 team. Saban left Toledo after one season to be the Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator. He returned to the college game in 1995 to become the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans. After three subpar seasons Saban lead the Spartans to a 9-2 campaign in 1999 which helped him leverage himself the head coaching job at LSU. Saban with the help of some superior athletes lead LSU to a 48-16 record in his four seasons there including a BCS Title in 2003. He then bolted for the NFL to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He went 15-17 there in two seasons which included his only losing season as head coach. Saban returned to the NCAA in 2007 and he is currently 63-13 after winning another BCS Title on Monday. His collegiate record is 154-55-1. Why do I doubt his credentials you ask?


Well, I just think it doesn't take a superior coach to win a title at Alabama or LSU. Alabama is an especially storied program that was once lead by Paul "Bear" Bryant. You know him because of his trademark houndstooth hat. The Crimson Tide gained notoriety because Bryant. They became the place to go for all promising young footballers in the south. It gave them best chance to play for a National Championship. Yes Alabama is in the SEC and the competition is unbelievably stiff. However what is definite is that Alabama and LSU always have top recruiting classes because of their conference. They are successful programs and yes Nick Saban is a reason why for both programs. Where I get hung up is looking at Saban's record while at Michigan State if he is so great why did he never lead the Spartans to an undefeated season or at the very least a one loss season. He didn't even win a Big Ten title. After all if you can do it in the powerful SEC why not in the Big Ten? He didn't even win a bowl game while at the Spartan helm. Urban Meyer went undefeated at Utah before moving to Florida and winning two National titles. He has since moved on to coach a Big Ten program under probation to another undefeated season. Now I am not saying Nick Saban is the worst coach to ever win four BCS titles. I am just trying to point out some facts of life about college football. Kids want to go to Alabama or any SEC school because even if they heaven forbid lose two games in the same season they can still "Earn" the right to play for a BCS Title. Whomever wins the SEC title always seems to slated in the BCS title game.


Coaching superior athletes is no easy task and I respect the heck out Saban. His body of work is of the eclipsing kind. But let's compare him to the "Bear." First off Bryant and Saban are the only two coaches in the historic SEC to win conference championships with two different teams. Bryant also did it with Kentucky in 1950 (yes Kentucky had and still has a football team). Bryant went on to win 13 more SEC titles at Alabama in 25 years time. Saban has four conference titles in 11 seasons while in the SEC and no conference titles outside of the conference. Bryant won a SWC conference title while coaching at Texas A & M in 1956. Oh, and then there is National Championships. Bryant won six all at Alabama while Saban has won four (three at Alabama and one at LSU.) Bryant was also named SEC coach of the year 12 times meanwhile Saban has taken the same honor thrice. At this point Bryant has over 200 more games coached, so Saban could easily surpass Bryant in national titles. Bryant does however have a career record of 323- 85-17 so Saban has some work to do if he wants to achieve at least the 300 win mark. I believe the SEC is what it is because of Bear Bryant and Saban is the current reaper of those benefits. They both were and are amazing football minds and coaches. But in the future let's refrain from believing an analyst who have a vested interest in a team the day after they win the ultimate big game.

Fullback? More Like Sixth O-lineman

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on January 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 

The matchup problems eat justly has the side salad of special teams affect the final score. Yet the questions that still rings in my aging brains is where have all the fullbacks gone. Rhaiders fans should remember the graceful Steve Smith. He had almost knowledgable hands that would grip the bumps of the pigskin before the turf could consume the end of a play and ultimately stop the clock. For you younger fellas the receiving fullback was art-form developed on third and 5 situations in mid 80's. We have all heard the names Keith Byars, Tom Rathman, Daryl "moooose" Johnston and of course Larry Centers. All of these men were x-factors, callus's for comfort if you will. Tom Rathman was a contributor both blocking and receiving for multiple Super Bowl wins. Opposing defenses had to worry about Roger Craig and some fella named Jerry Rice and let's not forget about Joseph Montana and Steven Young. Then there was Ratham who was just six foot one and 230 pounds. Though he appeared to be six five and 280 pounds. He was a muscle bound force of nature just think Mike Alstott but thicker chested with hands of glue and thighs like redwoods. He was Grizzled like John Ritchie but Rathman was called upon when a screen pass needed to gain 6 yards.


Larry Centers routinely lead the subpar Cardinals in receptions like it was his birthright. Keith Byars had such dynamic hands that he twilighted as a tight end. Daryl Johnston while opening holes for the NFL's all-time leading rusher was not a big time pass catcher but he still had the webbed hands that certainly moved the sticks. The before mentioned Alstott was the last of a dying breed. Tony Richardson, Merrill Hodge and Alan Ameche have also all etched the names in the lore. Today's game has Vonta Leach and the recently retired Lorenzo Neal. These unselfish men have paved the way more many 1000 yard rushing seasons. They are and were essentially functioning as a sixth offensive lineman. That's ok but boring in my eyes. Fullbacks are usually quiet leaders but we know they can be statistical difference makers.

Josh Johnson