Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Boom or bust NFL prospects

There really is a lot of talent in this upcoming draft like offensive linemen Luke Joeckel, Eric Fischer,and Chance Warmack. Also cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive linemen Shariff Floyd, and Dion Jordan. But there is a few players in this draft that I think that will be complete busts that teams really need to avoid.

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy: When I evaluate Lacy he does have some potential but I really do think he will not have success in the NFL. I really thought he should have stayed at Alabama, and maybe he could have one another National Title. But when looking at him, he needs to mature as a player. Also I see that he misses openings when the linemen open them. Also he is not north to south type of runner and is not a major pass blocker. I really do think Lacy will be a bust in the NFL and teams need to either take him off their board or make sure to draft him in the later rounds.

USC Quarterback Matt Barkley: Just watching Matt Barkley control an offense he does not look like a NFL type caliber quarterback to me. First his accuracy worries me, many times at USC he let passes sail way over a wide open receiver. Also he does not have the athleticism a NFL quarterback should have. He is not very accurate throwing on the run, and he really does get pushed around. I just do not see him being a starting quarterback in the NFL. Teams need to avoid taking him in the first 2 rounds and wait till the later rounds.

BYU Defensive End Ziggy Ansah: I watched a lot of tape on Ziggy while he was at BYU and I really was not all that impressed. I saw him giving up on plays and looks tired after a lot of play time. Also he is not the blitzing end that he really needs to be. He does not attack the edge and get in the backfield like he should. Also when he is going against offensive linemen he does not show the strength to over power them and go right past them. He is high on most draft boards boards including mine but watching him more he still has a lot to improve. Also people need to know he was not a stater till his senior season. He is a big risks I think teams should avoid.

West Virginia Wide Receiver Tavon Austin.: In my opinion he is not the top receiver prospect in this draft it is Cordarrelle Patterson. Austin stats were very eye popping this year but the major yards that he got were against some of the worst pass defenses in the country. Austin is only 5'8, I know that we see a lot of smaller slot receivers but he is smaller than all of them and do not see him being a good NFL receiver. Also he is not a good run blocker and is route running needs to improve. Austin to me will not be a successful receiver and teams need to take a netter look at him.

Johnny Manziel to throw out first pitch at Angels-Rangers game

Winning the Heisman Trophy has it's perks. Just ask Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The guy has been everywhere since being the first freshman to win the bronze, stiff armed trophy.

The Texas Rangers have announced that Manziel will throw out the ceremonial first pitch next Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Manziel continues to live as if there's no tomorrow. To be a college football player with no guarantee of professional stardom, Manziel is nearing rock star status.

Don't hate, congratulate.

Craig Neal gets the New Mexico job

After Steve Alford left for UCLA, the players left behind lobbied for top assistant Craig Neal to get the job. The coaching search didn't last long as Neal was given the job full time. Neal will sign a five-year contract worth $750,000 annually, plus incentives. The deal would make Neal one of the four highest paid coaches in the Mountain West Conference.

Neal was with Alford at Iowa and the past six seasons at New Mexico and was considered a co-architect of the Lobos' resurgence. Neal was a finalist with Brian Gregory a year ago for his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

This will be Neal's first head coaching job in Division I. The Lobos will have a loaded team coming back and will have a good shot to repeat in the Mountain West. The Lobos return key players Tony Snell, Alex Kirk and Mountain West Conference player of the year Kendall Williams. Neal has inherited a good situation now he'll have to keep the momentum trending upward.

"It Girl" of the week: Kim Lee

The "It Girl" of the week is Kim Lee.

Trey Zeigler to transfer from Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh shooting guard Trey Zeigler is once again on the move. Zeigler reportedly will be leaving Pittsburgh after one year.

Zeigler will received a waiver after transferring from Central Michigan and averaged 4.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in his one season for the Panthers. Hardly what anyone expected after a star studded high school career and averaging 15 points for the Chippewas.

“We will assist Trey in finding the best situation for him to reach his goals both academically and athletically,” Pitt head basketball coach Jamie Dixon said in a press release. “He’s a great kid, hard worker and good player. We thank Trey for his contribution to our program over the last year and wish him much success in the future.”

Zeigler's playing time and production took a dive as the year went on. He was brought in to be a scorer off the bench but didn't make an impact during an uneven year. Zeigler was expected to compete for the starting shooting guard position next season.

No word yet to where he will be transferring.