NFL prospect Chad Hansen piled up college numbers, and did it with flair

Late in the first half of a game against Texas last fall, the Cal receiver and 2017 NFL draft prospect beat his man to the corner of the end zone. It was one of his two touchdowns and one of 12 catches for 196 yards against the Longhorns. (Hansen had 92 catches and 1,249 yards for the season, both Pac-12 leading totals.) Upon hauling the ball in, Hansen inverted the Longhorns’ Hook ‘Em hand gesture. The Bears held on to win at home a couple of hours later, aided by some odd officiating.

“I live in a house with a whole bunch of other guys from the team,” Hansen tells SB Nation. “I think we were sitting down and watching someone play Texas. I think it was like an older game, like a throwback game. I think it was probably Oklahoma or something like that, and we saw someone, after they scored or after they won, throw the Horns Down. I just thought, you know, it’d be cool and it’d be funny Cheap US Jerseys for me to do that, and it’d sort of get the crowd into the game. It worked out in my favor.

That was a shameful incident. However, if you give me the choice of standing 90 feet away from Manny Machado throwing a baseball bat at me or standing 60 feet away from Chris Sale throwing a fastball at me, I’ll take the bat every single time, and you would, too.

All Machado is saying is that pitchers have an unfair advantage when it comes to expressing their displeasure, and he’s not wrong.

Like, what if baseball thought it was normal for the batter to charge the mound with the bat, but only if he promised to hold the barrel and whip the knob end towards the pitcher’s toes? Just a real good thwack, right on the ol’ piggies. If a toe gets broken, that’s a shame, but most of the time, there will be sore toes and nothing more. It would send a message.

Con: The Nikita Zaitsev contract probably wasn’t a good one

I like Nikita Zaitsev well enough as a player. He skates well with the puck when he has a mind to, and can be quite effective in the offensive zone. At 6’2’’ he gives the Leafs a bit of size, which is something they don’t have a lot of, and he still managed to maintain a positive penalty differential. Also, he’s a right-handed shot, which is obviously something of a need for the Leafs. At a little under two million on the season in total salary, his first year in the NHL represented a no-brainer gamble for the Leafs, and it paid off.

On the other hand, Zaitsev did not skate the puck out of the Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered defensive zone as often as he appeared capable of, and the Leafs wound up conceding a lot of shots while he was on the ice. Lapses in defensive coverage and positioning weren’t altogether uncommon either, and in the end, although he is clearly talented enough to remain an NHL defenceman for some time, he has some significant limitations.

Casey and Alvin Gentry might be unemployed by next week. Who knows with Jason Kidd in Milwaukee or Earl Watson in Phoenix. Patrick Ewing fled to the college ranks, so Jerry Stackhouse might be the next former player up.

Cleveland was cruising until midseason, and finished the year Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality just 23-23 in their final 46 games, including four straight losses to give away the No. 1 seed to the Boston Celtics. LeBron James, who somehow quietly averaged 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists, is trying to make the NBA Finals for a seventh consecutive season.

Garrett is the first non-quarterback to be drafted first overall since Jadeveon Clowney in 2014.

“Garrett’s biggest strength coming out of college is his ability to get Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys to the QB. He is extremely explosive coming off the edge and a great athlete to say the very least. Garrett racked up 31 sacks in his three-year career in College Station, 11 coming in his freshman season and 11.5 the following year.” — Read more at Team Speed Kills

Garrett is the first non-quarterback to be drafted first overall since Jadeveon Clowney in 2014. Like Clowney, Garrett is a premium pass rusher, which is one of the more valued players in the league today.

Von Miller, Super Bowl 50 MVP and one of the NFL’s best pass rushers, said a couple of weeks before the draft that Garrett should have been the top pick.

“He should be the No. 1 pick,” Miller said. “He is going to be the No. 1 pick.” The rematch of Super Bowl LI has everything a fan could want: great quarterback play, superstars at skill positions on both sides and most importantly, a newly established rivalry between two passionate fan bases. This one’s going to be a blast.

The disproportionate amount of NFC East night games strikes again. Did the NFL forget DeSean Jackson signed with the Buccaneers in free agency?

Worthy had promise, and the Packers saw that in him when Green Bay traded up to take him with the 51st pick in 2012. But injuries kept him from reaching that potential, and he only played in two games in 2013. The Packers cut bait and shipped him off to the Patriots, but he didn’t make it through roster cuts. Worthy is currently trying to get back up to speed with the Bills and played in 13 games for Reebok Cheap Jerseys Buffalo last season.

Getting Nick Saban to yell at Lane Kiffin was Jonathan Allen’s biggest joy

There are few more joyous sights in college football than that of former Bama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin getting in an argument (or should we say an ass-chewing) with his old boss, Nick Saban. It looks like this …

… and the dichotomy of their relationship was one of the most interesting subplots to Alabama’s season. Now Kiffin’s at FAU, and Saban will find someone less interesting to yell at next season.

“A tremendous amount of hard work goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an NFL season and HARD KNOCKS does a great job every year of giving the fans the type of unprecedented access that only NFL Films can provide,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said. “Our fans will get to know our players, coaches and support staff like never before.”

Licht discussed the show Monday when he was asked whether or not it NFL Jerseys Authentic would be a distraction if the team was indeed selected.

“In terms of being a distraction, I think we’re wired to where we would be able to minimize that,” he said. “Dirk [Koetter] has been through it. Mike Smith has been through it and I’ve heard positive things from them.”

Licht added that he was confident in the maturity of the team, and felt good about the players. “I know we have some great personalities on our team starting with Jameis [Winston], Gerald [McCoy], the list goes on and on, [linebacker] Kwon [Alexander].”

Then I got to that fifth game, and everything started to make a little sense. Against Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online Utah, statistically, McKinley had one hell of a day. Three sacks, three hurries, two tackles for losses, and two other tackles: I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that. That’s some hellafied production.

That being the case, maybe had I watched the Utah game first instead of last during my first viewing, I’d have a more positive opinion of him when watching the other four games, which might have then colored my perception a little more on the positive side.

2017 NFL mock draft: Cleveland Browns pick Teez Tabor

Oh look, it’s the Cleveland Browns back up in the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft. In their first three picks from Dawgs by Nature, the Browns got defensive end Myles Garrett, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and safety Budda Baker.

Johnson was the Texans’ first pick in their second ever NFL draft. He started in 169 games for the team from 2003 through 2014 as he racked up 13,597 yards, and 64 touchdowns with the team on 1,012 receptions. During that time, he had 133 consecutive games with a reception.

Cleveland has 11 picks this year, including two first-rounders for the fifth time in franchise history. With that many picks, it should be impossible not to come out of the draft with a bright future. But years of bad drafting have left Cleveland fans, and everyone else, skeptical that the Browns can get it right this time.

“Collecting all these draft picks, it’s going to be hard to, in my opinion, screw it up,” said Jeff Simmons, a lifelong Browns fan. “But if any one franchise can do it, it’s the Browns.”

Draft day failures are the reason they haven’t had a winning campaign in nine seasons. Their selection struggles go back even further than that. The Browns have been using the draft to set themselves back since 1999, when the team returned to Cleveland and took quarterback Tim Couch with Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer the Cheap Jerseys Stitched first overall pick. Couch never panned out, and he was the first of 26 quarterbacks to start for the Browns over the past 18 seasons.

Clockwise from the top, I’ve attempted to take you from physical attributes to efficiency to explosiveness/risk/decision-making to mobility. I love radars as easy-to-understand visuals that combine style and quality. A large surface area doesn’t automatically make you better than someone with a small surface area, but if someone checks a surprising number of boxes, it makes him worth reassessing.

He will be the choice for the Browns with their first overall pick.

I dealt with similar draft decisions, though none involving a situation as egregious as that of Mixon. The most notable for me came with the Vikings in 1998, when we selected Randy Moss.

Moss clearly was a top-five talent, but he had been involved in a bad high school fight over a racial slur against a friend. He also had an alleged failed marijuana test, which Cheap Discount Jerseys prompted Florida State to dump him. Moss of course wound up at Marshall, where he was an outstanding player. But the character questions lingered.

One of our scouts, Conrad Cardano, spent extensive time researching Moss. Cardano had coached with Marshall head coach Bob Pruett, who convinced him Moss was a great talent whose off-field problems were in the past. Cardano recommended Moss and was not wishy-washy (as so many scouts can be to avoid putting themselves on a limb).

We selected Moss in the first round at pick No. 21, where the financial risk was far less compared that of a pick at the top of the draft. We also knew our All-Pro receiver Cris Carter would be a great mentor for Moss, which ended up being the case.

I protected the team with clauses in Moss’ contract that required him to give back a portion of his signing bonus if he got suspended for any misbehavior. And that was on top of his potential loss of weekly salary under such a suspension.

He will be the choice for the Browns with their first overall pick. Browns fans not only should be excited to get the best player in the draft, but they also are getting one of Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon the best defensive prospects since 2000.