NFL Draft Steals (Pt. 1)

  • P.J. Hall

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 311 lbs

Hall was drafted in the second round of the 2018 draft by the Oakland Raiders with the 57th overall pick. Throughout his college career, he has amassed some very surprising numbers for a Defensive Tackle.  Hall holds the FCS record with the most career tackles for loss, has 4 interceptions and 29 pass breakups, he also amassed 37 sacks in his college career.  His stats are eerily similar to only one NFL Defensive Lineman, Cameron Jordan. These players are very similar in build and play style, they can both get after the Quarterback but also occasionally drop back into coverage on specific defensive schemes and packages. At the 57th pick, the Raiders got a steal by selecting Hall.

Grade: A

Titans 4 Targets in Free Agency:

The Titans have already made some interesting moves this offseason, they added the “Super Bowl Hero” Malcolm Butler who is a top NFL corner and Dion Lewis a shifty pass catching back who will be utilized on third downs. The Titans lost their star MLB Avery Williamson this year to the Jets and are looking to make up for his departure in signing/Drafting a new Linebacker.

  • Zach Brown: The 28-year-old Inside Linebacker is a former Titan and has been producing at a high level since his departure in 2015. In his past two seasons, he has recorded over 270 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He is an elite run stopper and will come with a hefty price tag, around 8-10M a year.
  • Sheldon Richardson: A all round type player, Richardson can play D-End, Defensive Tackle and play as a pass rushing outside linebacker.  He had a down year last year due to being traded mid-season from the Jets to the Seahawks where he only recorded 1.0 sack the whole year. He is a very athletic Defensive Tackle and would fit in with the Titans very well.
  • Navorrow Bowman: The veteran linebacker is the number one linebacker on the market this year and will most likely come with a very hefty price tag. He is a dominant tackler with a ton of power, averaging around 140 tackles a year he is one of the most productive linebackers in the NFL.
  • Dontari Poe: Perhaps the most interesting player in the NFL, Poe is a 350-pound defensive tackle who has in the course of his career has thrown, rushed and caught a touchdown.  A force to be reckoned with in the trenches Poe is a pure run stuffer and a surprisingly quick player (He ran a 4.98 in the 40-yard dash in 2012). He would add a piece to the puzzle for the Titans defense and help out their run defense tremendously.

Super Bowl LII Prediction

Eagles: 35

Patriots: 24

 

In 2015 Doug Pederson was the Offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs when they faced Tom Brady and the Patriots. They ended up steamrolling over the Patriots 41 to 14 in a home win, Alex Smith had 248 Yards and 3 touchdowns on the night with 2 touchdowns coming from running back screens to Jamaal Charles. Pederson’s offense also had over 200+ yards rushing against the Patriots defense that game.  So if Pederson can model that same gameplan against the Patriots again today they have a very good chance of beating the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.

 

Things to Watch for:

  • Can the Eagles get Pressure on Tom Brady?
  • Can The Eagles get the running game going (3rd best in NFL) with former Patriot superstar LeGarrette Blount and powerhouse Jay Ajayi?
  • Can the Patriots get their 10th Ranked rushing attack going against the league-best Eagles rush defense?
  • Tom Brady VS The Eagles Secondary

Titans VS Chiefs Prediction

Chiefs: 21                                                                                                                                   Titans: 20

The Chiefs played the Titans in a spectacular game last year which ended up with a game winning 60 yard feild goal from the Titans Ryan Succop (Final score 19-17 Titans Win). But I think the Chiefs will have the edge in depth in this game, Titans Lose 21-10.  

 

Players to Watch:

  • Tyreek Hill
  • Marcus Mariota
  • Derek Henry
  • Patrick Mahomes II
  • A’doree Jackson

Titans First Preseason Game: Top Things to Look For

 

  • Starting Corner Position: A’doree Jackson will look to beat out Leshaun Sims as the starting corner beside Logan Ryan. With a strong performance this preseason, Jackson could secure that starting corner role in his rookie season with the Titans.                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • New Wide Receivers: In the off season the Titans accumulated some tremendous talent at receiver. The addition of veteran receiver Eric Decker will help the titans in the red zone and will be a true slot receiver, something the Titans haven’t had in awhile. They also drafted Corey Davis 5th overall, Davis can do it all; he’s big, fast, and physical.  We will just have to wait and see how the Titans utilize these new receiving threats.                                                                                                                              

 

Texans VS Panthers: Preseason Preview

 

As the first week of the NFL preseason is underway we will be taking a look at the week 1 match up that has two of the top defensive teams in all the NFL.

Top 5 things to look for:

  • Christian McCafferys Impact: McCaffery will be in the starting rotation in the regular season for the Panthers, used mostly as a 3rd down or long yardage back. I will be looking to see how much impact he has on the game and what role he has in the panthers offense.

 

  •  Texans Rookies: The Texans came out of the NFL draft in good shape picking up some good talent including, will take on the Texans  Deshaun Watson, D’onta Foreman and Zach Cunningham. I will be wanting to see what impact these players have as the game wears on.                                                                                                           Some Questions to ask about the Texans Rookies:
  • Will Foreman get going?
  • Will Cunningham have a Impact at Linebacker?
  • Will Deshaun Watson have solid NFl debut?

 

  • How will the Panthers handle NO Cam Newton?                                   Cam Newton will not be playing today, so for the majority of the first half the Panthers Starting offense will take on the Texans starting Defense without star QB Cam Newton leading the team. Will the Panthers resort to a run heavy start to the game, or let their backup(s) come out slinging?

 

  • J.J. Watt/Jadeveon Clowney:                                                                           These two Texans superstars wont get much playing time, but it will be interesting to see how much disruption they cause in those 10-15 minutes they have on the field together.

 

  • Joe Webb:                                                                                                                           The Mobile Veteran Webb is one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the NFL, the Panthers third string QB will look to energize and excite the Panthers crowd with his flashy play style and quick feet. Look for Webb to put on a show tonight.

 

My Score Prediction:                                                                                              Texans: 24                                                                                                                 Panthers: 21

IFL and AFL: The Hottest Sport this Summer

The AFL and the IFL are the hottest new Sport in the football world. The IFL/AFL is a 8 on 8 fast paced high scoring form of football.

The AFL (Arena Football League) is make up of 5 Teams, and the            IFL (Indoor Football League) is made up of 10 teams.

Played on a 50 yard field this game allows for more scoring and a faster game flow, which in turn makes for a more exiting football experience.

  • AFL Website: http://www.arenafootball.com/
  • IFL Website:  http://www.goifl.com/landing/index