One of my favorite non-sporting events in the sporting world is quickly approaching. The NFL Draft is finally right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. This year is a special NFL Draft due to the overall quality of the players in the draft. Last year was a weak year for rookies. The Kansas City Chiefs ended up drafting Eric Fisher with the #1 pick last year and yet it’s highly doubtful that Fisher would even go in the top 20 of this year’s draft, that’s how loaded it is. Not only is this draft loaded with talented players, but it’s also loaded with interesting players as well. Guys like Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel already have huge followings of fans who are dying to see where these players end up, making this one of the most anticipated NFL Draft’s in sometime. Anyway, enough with the formalities. You guys know what this is all about and I’m sure you would rather be reading a mock draft than an introduction soooooo…….
Dustin James’ 2014 NFL Mock Draft
Welcome to the annual “Dustin James’ NFL Mock Draft (that is sure to be wrong)!” Of course, the NFL season ended over a month ago and it’s time for teams to look to improve their rosters and compete for a title next season. It’s been proven time and time again that the quickest way to turn your team into an NFL title contender is through the NFL draft. As a matter of fact, the Seattle Seahawks reminded everyone just how important the NFL draft is (and the Oakland Raiders keep reminding people that they don’t take the draft seriously, which is why they’ve sucked for 10+ years now). They pretty much built their entire team through the NFL draft and just added a few pieces in free agency (Free agency is the most overrated way to improve your team. Players are free agents because their previous team didn’t want to pay them what they feel they are worth, so the team lets them walk and they go and grab a younger, cheaper player in the draft). As a matter of fact, most of the playoffs teams from last year or all teams who have rosters loaded with guys they drafted (Carolina, Kansas City, Cincinnati, etc.), so I can’t articulate enough how important it is to have a good draft every year.
Now, it is only March and the draft is still two months away so a lot can still happen between now and then. It’s almost impossible to predict what NFL teams are thinking heading into the draft, but that’s why mock drafts are so fun to do. For the record, I don’t consider myself an NFL Draft expert, I consider myself a little bit of an obsessive fan. I read pretty much any mock draft I can get my hands on (if your dog writes a mock draft, send it my way), I watch tons of scouting videos over at DraftBreakdown.com, and I try and pay attention to what NFL writers are saying about how certain teams are feeling heading into the draft. This is the first time I’ve done a mock draft before free agency starts (free agency starts on March 8), so I’ll be back with my final version once free agency ends and the draft is in sight. I know, you are DYING to see that one to, but you gotta have patience young man, patience!
Anyway, let’s get to the goods!
Dustin James’ 2014 NFL Mock Draft (that is sure to be wrong…)
The 2013-14 NFL season is officially in the books and man, was it a good one or what? We saw all sorts of unexpected things this year. We saw the lovely town of Seattle win their first professional football title. We saw the Kansas City Chiefs go from a two-win team to one of the best team’s in the NFL. We saw the Carolina Panthers go from having a a joke of a head coach to turning that same guy into the NFL Coach of the Year. We also didn’t see Tim Tebow start an NFL game this season, which is a good thing because finally the entire NFL world has come to the understanding that the guy just can’t throw a football. If Bill Belichick can’t find a way for you to contribute on the field, it might be time to embrace your inner acting and journalistic bone, which it appears as though Tebow is finally doing.
Anyway, with the 13-14 season behind us, it’s time to look ahead. Before we get to next season’s plate of games though, we have a wonderful thing called the NFL off-season and this little beauty is a guide that I wrote up to help NFL fans of all shapes and sizes see exactly what kind of shape their favorite NFL team is in headed into the off-season. In this guide, you will find all sorts of delicious information that I’m sure will overwhelm you, but that’s what the NFL off-season does to people. It can be exhausting. If you don’t believe me, just go interview your local favorite NFL general manager and ask him how much sleep he’s been getting. Chances are he’ll start repeating NFL combine 40 times and totally confuse the crap out of you.
So, without any further adieu. I present to you…..
Dustin James’ 2014-15 NFL Off-Season Guide!
Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to preview the upcoming NFL season. We’ll run down all the divisions and teams, give our thoughts on who makes the playoffs and who misses the cut, and make out Super Bowl picks as well.
Welcome, welcome, welcome! If you are a regular reader here at “THE MAN-CAVE” you are more than likely familiar with me. My name is Dustin James and I’m the resident “moronic football predictor” around these parts. Football is easily my favorite sport and I get so excited at the start of the season that I just can’t resist predicting any and everything I possibly can. This year is no different. Since I spent a good two months on my college football preview here at “THE MAN-CAVE”, I decided to whip up some quick NFL predictions as well. By no means am I an “NFL expert”, I just happen to be a huge fan who wants to share his opinion with others. Last year I predicted the Baltimore Ravens to win the Super Bowl over the Green Bay Packers and while I kind of whiffed on the Packers, I absolutely nailed my Super Bowl pick. So, considering I’m on a roll right now with my NFL predictions, what do you say we stop wasting time and get to the good stuff already? Sounds good to me……
It’s that time of year again! It’s easily one of my favorite times of the year (sports and non-sports included) and hopefully it’s one of yours as well. That’s right, it’s NFL DRAFT SEASON BABY!!! The NFL Draft is important for plenty of reasons. One reason it’s important is because it’s the main factor in how your NFL team improves from year to year. A major common misconception among NFL fans is that the best way to make immediate improvements to your teams is in free agency. That’s wrong. If you take a look back at all the past NFL champions, they are teams who have historically drafted well and don’t really do too much in free agency. Free agents in the NFL are free agents for a reason. They are free agents because their last team didn’t feel that they were worth as much as the player thinks he’s worth so that guy goes packing and most of the time, he goes to another team and the truth is finally revealed a little bit down the road….that he really wasn’t worth all that money he was asking for.
That’s why the NFL Draft is so important. Look at the Washington Redskins for example. They were a team that “won” the NFL’s free agency period for years! Did that ever lead to any kind of great results on the field? No! Then last year, the team goes out and has an excellent draft and BOOM….the Redskins are one of the hottest teams in the league now! Every single draft pick in the draft is important as teams can find immediate starters as late as in the seventh-round. For a team that was horrible last year, the draft is huge as they really do have the opportunity to make immediate improvements next season (Colts and Redskins are perfect examples). The 2013 NFL Draft isn’t loaded with big names, but it’s loaded with potential starters all over the place and there are a lot of teams that could walk away from this draft with 6-7 guys ready to start tomorrow. Are you excited yet?
Before we actually get to the good stuff, I figure we should get the introduction out of the way. For those of you who have been following all the action here at<em> “THE MAN CAVE”</em>, you should be familiar with me as I’m the designated “draft” guy here. First of all, I don’t consider myself an NFL Draft expert by any means, I just consider myself a fanatic. I read pretty much EVERY single mock draft I can get my hands on. I also read a lot of scouting reports on these guys and I like to think I know a little bit about what I’m talking about. College football is my favorite sport in the world (GO OREGON DUCKS!) and watching players that I’ve seen over the course of their college careers finally make the jump to the NFL is awesome. The reason I write this mock draft is pretty much for my enjoyment only because I like to see how accurate I can be when it’s all said and done. Considering I go through all the work of writing it up….I may as well post it for everyone else to see. With all that said, LET’S GET DOWN TO BIZNESS!
Week 16 thoughts on the Carolina Panthers ugly victory over the Oakland Raiders.