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  • Birthday 10/27/1995

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    Kent State Golden Flashes (2018), Central Michigan Chippewas (2019), Iowa Hawkeyes (2020-2021), Colorado Buffaloes (2021-Present)
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    Cleveland Browns Scout (2018), Baltimore Ravens GM (2019), Minnesota Vikings Owner/GM (2020), Minnesota Vikings Owner (2021), Arizona Cardinals GM (2021-Present)
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  1. Offense Quarterback QB Da'Quan Blackman 6-0 185 Fr Northfield (Northfield MN) 1.0 of 2.5 [Scrambling] QB Aden Kitchener 6-2 226 Jr Sisseton (Sisseton SD) 2.5 of 2.5 [Hybrid] Running Back RB Nick Campbell 6-1 173 Jr Montpelier (Montpelier ND) 2.5 of 3.5 [Speed]RB Cyrus Odom 5-7 213 So Vermillion (Vermillion SD) 2.0 of 3.0 [Power] 3rd Down Running Back RB Nick Campbell 6-1 173 Jr Montpelier (Montpelier ND) 2.5 of 3.5 [Speed] Fullback FB Jonah Duke 5-11 242 So Chadron (Chadron NE) 1.5 of 1.5 [Pass Blocking] Wide Receivers WR Damian Zeigler 6-5 234 (Sr) Hamlin (Hayti SD) 2.5 of 2.5 [Target] WR Daleroy Wesley 6-3 194 (Sr) Douglas (Box Elder SD) 2.0 of 2.0 [Speed] TE Nat Grayson 6-5 191 Fr Henrietta (Henrietta TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] CB Malik Vaughn 5-10 166 So West Central (Hartford SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]TE Matthew Vann 6-0 228 Fr Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 2.0 of 2.0 [Blocking] Slot Wide Receiver WR Daleroy Wesley 6-3 194 (Sr) Douglas (Box Elder SD) 2.0 of 2.0 [Speed] CB Malik Vaughn 5-10 166 So West Central (Hartford SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] Tight Ends TE Nat Grayson 6-5 191 Fr Henrietta (Henrietta TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]TE Matthew Vann 6-0 228 Fr Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 2.0 of 2.0 [Blocking] Left Tackle OT Jonas Marin 6-5 275 So Pingree-Buchanan (Pingree ND) 2.0 of 2.0 [Run Blocking] DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Left Guard C Louis O'Donnell 6-3 267 Sr Douglas (Box Elder SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [Run Blocking] DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Center C Johnny Hamilton 6-2 257 So Vermillion (Vermillion SD) 2.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Right Guard OG James Payne 6-3 335 So McCook Central (Salem SD) 2.0 of 2.0 [Run Blocking] DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Right TackleOG Steve Alfaro 6-5 324 Fr Stewartville (Stewartville MN) 1.0 of 1.0 [Run Blocking] DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Defense Left Defensive End DE Duane Samuels 6-6 250 Fr Avenal (Avenal CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Defensive Tackles DT Tavarreus Ricks 6-7 333 Sr Burke (Omaha NE) 4.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap]DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Right Defensive End DE Shaun Clemons 6-4 256 (Sr) Langdon Area (Langdon ND) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] DT Kaden Dawkins 6-4 299 So Hamlin (Hayti SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [2-Gap] Left Outside Linebacker OLB Michael House 5-11 229 Jr Aurora (Aurora NE) 3.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] OLB Brandon Winn 5-11 226 Fr Benson (Omaha NE) 1.0 of 2.0 [Coverage] Inside Linebackers ILB Edward Nash 6-2 231 Jr Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (SD) 2.5 of 3.5 [Will]ILB Desmond Hooker 5-11 222 (So) Border Central (Calvin ND) 2.5 of 3.5 [Will] ILB Shane Field 6-1 249 Fr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Mike] Mike Linebacker ILB Edward Nash 6-2 231 Jr Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (SD) 2.5 of 3.5 [Will] Right Outside Linebacker OLB Sebastian Castillo 6-0 242 Jr Pingree-Buchanan (Pingree ND) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] OLB Brandon Winn 5-11 226 Fr Benson (Omaha NE) 1.0 of 2.0 [Coverage] Cornerbacks CB Malik Vaughn 5-10 166 So West Central (Hartford SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Mekhi Armstrong 6-0 171 (Jr) Hamlin (Hayti SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS Amari Jeffries 5-11 181 Fr Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Brody Clemens 5-11 186 Fr Penn Cambria (Cresson PA) 1.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage] Free Safety FS Kevin Laws 5-11 211 Sr Parkston (Parkston SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Amari Jeffries 5-11 181 Fr Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] Strong Safety SS Adalius Womack 6-0 210 Fr Archbishop Rummel (Metairie LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS Brody Clemens 5-11 186 Fr Penn Cambria (Cresson PA) 1.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage] Kicker K Bill Hoskins 5-9 191 Jr Millard North (Omaha NE) 2.5 of 2.5 [Power] Punter P Johnny Monk 6-2 188 (Jr) McCook Central (Salem SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] Longsnapper TE Nat Grayson 6-5 191 Fr Henrietta (Henrietta TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] Kick Returner CB Malik Vaughn 5-10 166 So West Central (Hartford SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] Punt Returner RB Nick Campbell 6-1 173 Jr Montpelier (Montpelier ND) 2.5 of 3.5 [Speed] Holder P Johnny Monk 6-2 188 (Jr) McCook Central (Salem SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power]
  2. Offense Quarterback QB Max Montana 6-2 219 (Jr) Border Central (Calvin ND) 3.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] QB Omari Voight 6-3 238 So West Central (Hartford SD) 2.0 of 2.0 [Scrambling] Running Back RB Amadou Munnerlyn 6-1 198 Jr McCook Central (Salem SD) 3.0 of 3.5 [Power] RB Micah Ferry 5-10 170 Fr Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach FL) 1.0 of 2.0 [Speed] 3rd Down Running Back RB Amadou Munnerlyn 6-1 198 Jr McCook Central (Salem SD) 3.0 of 3.5 [Power] FullbackFB Derick Velazquez 5-8 206 So West Central (Hartford SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Wide Receivers WR Francesco Cottrell 6-4 208 So Hot Springs (Hot Springs SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Target] WR Liam de la Cruz 5-9 151 (Jr) Hamlin (Hayti SD) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed]WR Brendan McDonough 6-1 194 Jr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 2.0 of 2.0 [Speed] TE Joel Greene 6-5 190 So Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]TE Amara Newby 6-2 234 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] RB Micah Ferry 5-10 170 Fr Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach FL) 1.0 of 2.0 [Speed] Slot Wide Receiver WR Liam de la Cruz 5-9 151 (Jr) Hamlin (Hayti SD) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed]WR Brendan McDonough 6-1 194 Jr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 2.0 of 2.0 [Speed] Tight Ends TE Joel Greene 6-5 190 So Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]TE Amara Newby 6-2 234 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] Left Tackle OT Drew Goodrich 6-1 281 (Jr) Lincoln (Sioux Falls SD) 3.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] Left Guard OG Nicolas Gunderson 6-4 306 Sr Lakeview (Columbus NE) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Center OG Jeremy Mann 6-2 320 Sr Hot Springs (Hot Springs SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Right Guard OG Phillip Brito 6-2 293 (Jr) Douglas (Box Elder SD) 3.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] Right Tackle OT Lucas Arellano 6-1 315 (Jr) Lincoln (Sioux Falls SD) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] Defense Left Defensive End DT Bradley Gonzalez-Medina 6-5 280 Fr Munroe Day (Quincy FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DE Lardarius Hill 6-7 254 So Parkston (Parkston SD) 1.5 of 2.5 [Blitz] Defensive TacklesDT Julius Mosley 6-6 306 Fr Jesuit (Tampa FL) 1.5 of 2.5 [1-Gap] DT Kareem Grey 6-3 290 Jr Vermillion (Vermillion SD) 1.5 of 1.5 [1-Gap] Right Defensive End DE Kamari Betts 6-3 265 (Sr) Parkston (Parkston SD) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz]DE Lardarius Hill 6-7 254 So Parkston (Parkston SD) 1.5 of 2.5 [Blitz] Left Outside Linebacker OLB Nicolas Andrews 6-3 226 So Montpelier (Montpelier ND) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blitz] OLB Vincent Muller 6-3 217 So Benson (Omaha NE) 1.5 of 2.5 [Coverage] ILB Alshon Chaney 5-11 215 Fr Jasper County (Monticello GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] Inside Linebackers ILB Willy Qualls 6-1 240 So Douglas (Box Elder SD) 1.5 of 3.5 [Will] ILB Nikolas Spencer 6-2 236 Fr Chattahoochee (Chattahoochee FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will]ILB Alshon Chaney 5-11 215 Fr Jasper County (Monticello GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will]ILB Finn Kraus 6-2 225 Fr Suncoast (Riviera Beach FL) 1.0 of 2.0 [Mike] Mike Linebacker ILB Nikolas Spencer 6-2 236 Fr Chattahoochee (Chattahoochee FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] Right Outside Linebacker OLB Dillon McAfee 5-11 222 Fr Hebron Christian (Pheba MS) 1.0 of 3.0 [Coverage]OLB Vincent Muller 6-3 217 So Benson (Omaha NE) 1.5 of 2.5 [Coverage] ILB Alshon Chaney 5-11 215 Fr Jasper County (Monticello GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] Cornerbacks CB Delontey Sheppard 5-9 200 (Jr) Hot Springs (Hot Springs SD) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] CB Carter Dixon 5-10 187 Fr Suncoast (Riviera Beach FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS Kenyan Brunson 5-11 217 (Jr) Benson (Omaha NE) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Jayden Dowling 6-0 203 Fr Whiteface (Whiteface TX) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] Free Safety FS Isiah Cheatham 5-11 214 Sr Kenmare (Kenmare ND) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] FS Kenyan Brunson 5-11 217 (Jr) Benson (Omaha NE) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] Strong Safety SS Dontarrious Paige 6-1 219 So Millard North (Omaha NE) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] SS Jayden Dowling 6-0 203 Fr Whiteface (Whiteface TX) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] Kicker P Alejandro Enriquez 5-9 202 (Jr) Sisseton (Sisseton SD) 3.0 of 3.5 [Power] Punter P Alejandro Enriquez 5-9 202 (Jr) Sisseton (Sisseton SD) 3.0 of 3.5 [Power] P Calvin Fairchild 6-2 194 Fr False River (New Roads LA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Power] Longsnapper LS Aaden Flowers 6-2 233 Sr Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (SD) 3.0 of 4.5 [Traditional] Kick Returner WR Francesco Cottrell 6-4 208 So Hot Springs (Hot Springs SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Target] Punt Returner WR Francesco Cottrell 6-4 208 So Hot Springs (Hot Springs SD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Target] Holder P Calvin Fairchild 6-2 194 Fr False River (New Roads LA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Power]
  3. llamas

    CFBHCVision XV

    Phoebe Ryan - Be Real
  4. llamas

    llamas

    1. Please list your email address and/or your reddit username at which you can be contacted. paperllamasunited I think I'm Llamas#3081 on Discord 2. Before continuing, please thoroughly read the coaching course and feel free to ask questions. Confirm that you have read the coaching course by writing "Confirmed" below. Confirmed 3. What team do you want to coach? South Dakota State  4. Please select two backup teams (in descending order of preference) in case your first choice is unavailable. stay at Colorado  5. In three or more sentences, tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, what do you do, where are you from, why would you be a good fit here, etc. Alright boys, I've been here for awhile, so you know quite a bit about me already. I'm 23, I live in northern Wisco (for now ), and I'm very into self-deprecating and dark humor as ways to deal with my prolonged depression. Lil Wayne has been my favorite musical artist since I was ~12, and I've been playing semipro football since 2016. I'm a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Lightning, have a dying interest in the Phoenix Suns, and have been a lifelong fan of the Kansas Jayhawks. Since the early 2010s, I've also followed the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. 6. This site can be as time consuming as you want it to be. Weekly duties can be completed in 30 minutes or less, however interacting with your fellow players throughout the week makes it more enjoyable for most people. Approximately, how much free time do you have during a typical week? 7. Losing games is an inevitable reality on this site, especially when accepting newer teams. Do you believe you can handle losing? Disappointment is expected, however we have had issues with people freaking out, and even leaving the site because of losing. This is where I'm going to explain a bit about why I'd like to move to South Dakota State, likely in typical lengthy (and somewhat over-dramatic) llamas fashion. I have absolutely no problem losing games on the site, I think I've lost around half of the games I've coached in CFB, and am something like 5-19 in my stint thus far as Cardinals GM, probably with a similar record in my time as Vikings Owner/GM. Losses are a big part of football - in semipro we just went on a losing streak from September 2017 - May 2019, something like 16 or 17 straight games, and in high school I think we went 9-26 over my four years there. So yeah, while obviously I'd love to win games all the time, losing is not a problem for me. However, I have been losing quite a bit in life lately, which has affected me quite negatively. I try not to show it in real life or on here, I'm really the kind of person who usually keeps things inside. I've been depressed for - really since I was about 16, but we'll say it got really heavy around 2015, and I've had major anxiety issues for about the same time, attributed to both genetics (my sister has extremely high anxiety, taking medication and seeking counseling, both of which I should probably do as well; and my dad always has had a ton of anxiety but doesn't seem to recognize it himself and hasn't sough professional help or treatment) and my upbringing (I'm not going to psychoanalyze myself here, but our parents really treated us terribly quite often, abusing us not physically but emotionally). Those closest to me know I sometimes have anxiety attacks, and they've become quite prevalent. Without going in depth on my own personal issues to try to keep this shorter, my life has seen a lot of negativity this year, and we're not even halfway through the year. My dad previously had a heart attack in 2012, and early this spring he was out cutting brush, and thought he was having one again. When I worked in security, I saw someone who had a heart related episode (not sure if it was ever confirmed as a heart attack) and they'd looked awfully similar to how my dad looked that day, and that person hadn't even survived the ambulance ride to the hospital. The ER doctor and nurse were extremely concerned about him, but when he got moved to the heart specialists, they couldn't find anything wrong. It's been a few months, and while he is now able to walk around and do his daily routines... he still isn't acting "right." My sister thinks he had an anxiety attack of his own, and I think that could possibly be an explanation, but I have no idea. A few weeks later, I finally got to go to my first semipro practice of the year. I wasn't even going to play this year - in late September 2017, I injured my ankle really bad, dislocating it and also spraining my ankle (and after talking it over with Mahrowkeen earlier this spring, and then with athletic trainers at our first scrimmages and games this year, it also seems like I at least partially tore my achilles, which would explain a lot of the issues I've had trying to rehab my leg over the past ~21 months), and it removed my ability to play really anything but OL/DL for a bit with the loss of agility/speed, so I bulked up for last season, played terribly, and was thinking about calling it quits this year and dropping the weight. I got talked into coming out this year, because a bunch of other guys who had been going to retire, and even our coaching staff, were like "one last ride." Anyway, at practice our coaches were there screwing around, I remember our D Coordinator yelling at a RB for running too fast behind me and hurrying me through agility drills, the coach in his normal good natured "you don't know if I'm tearing you a new one, or grilling you jokingly and then busting the biggest grin aftwerwards, dismissing the seriousness" mood. The following Wednesday, my owner texted me. He said that Coach Gary, our D Coordinator, had a heart attack that morning on his way to work - he'd just retired in January, they brought him back shortly after over just a few dollars an hour raise, he was riding his motorcycle to work ahead of someone else from the company, and they saw him put his bike down awkwardly. He was responsive at the hospital, but slipped out later, and after a significant time of trying to resuscitate him, he was gone. So instead of going to practice the next week, me and the owner drove down to his funeral. My owner is also one of my best friends, and teammates. He started his own semipro team in ~2013, and his grandfather who has also been his father figure since he was little, and especially so since his mom died when he was ~12, was also half owner of the team with him. He would commonly walk up and down the sideline during games. He's made competitive (ignoring our recent W-L record ) football after high school, a possibility for so many guys. Well, he stopped coming to games in 2017, because while in war at Vietnam, he came into direct contact with Agent Orange. I think this is his second or third bout with cancer, and this time, unfortunately, it really looks like his last. He's not eating much, not talking much, and for the last few weeks, has been in and out of the hospital. We're watching the harsh reality of a man who not only had a significant impact on us, allowing us to extend our football dreams longer, but also on our very good friend, come a lot closer to the end of his life. And its so hard to see your buddy going through that. So with all of that, I've been going through a lot of my own personal shit. Because of the recent hike in anxiety attacks I've been having, I've been looking at ways to reduce stress. I rely heavily on screwing around with my friends, including many of you here on CFBHC, and I look to my weekly escape of going to semipro, though I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to do that, as my body is starting to physically go out. But aside from from just distraction avenues, I also know I need to do things that lead to self improvement. And one of the things I've identified, really shouldn't be a major IRL problem, but its the stress that's gone along with recruiting for CFBHC. I know that can sound hilarious in the grand scheme of things, but its legitimately one of the things that has added unnecessary stress to my life. I don't know if its not wanting to let my conference down by not landing good enough croots to be good competition for them down the line, or just the minuscule gut punch you get when you lose out on a croot, but I'm absolutely trash in this current system, and I don't think I'm going to get better at it. Last week, I noticed South Dakota State had become available. I remember Minnow and I pushing Soluna to add SDSU when he initially added FCS, and then when FCS became reduced but playable, I again went to bat for including the Jackrabbits. In my freshman year of high school, we had to do a project that basically got us thinking about colleges and what we wanted to do with our lives, and one of the things I decided I'd like to do was become a game warden - I've loved hunting and the outdoors forever. South Dakota State is one of the best programs in the country for that. I carried this career possibility with me throughout high school, and during my junior year, took a visit to Brookings to the school, and was blown away. Not only had Nate Wolters and Zach Zenner been balling on their respective athletic teams, but the campus was amazing, and my individual visits with professors from the departments I was interested in getting majors in (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and Journalism) were the best visits I had throughout my college decision process. They went into my Top 2 schools, with KU. I should have gone to one of them. Instead, I made what I thought was a "mature" decision at the time, risky but "mature", and stayed closer to home, went to UW-La Crosse where I'd only be 3 hours from my HS girlfriend (who was a year younger than me), and I mean, its pretty easy to see where things went wrong. Stupid. And, a quarter of my life later, I'm still reeling from it. I could go on about what went wrong, the things that were largely out of my control, how its contributed to my anxiety and depression, and probably write a whole thesis on just that alone, BUT we're talking about SDSU so I'll save you all the trouble lol. I don't think Storm is going to relinquish Kansas anytime soon (watch him do it immediately after I switch schools ), and even if he did, I think both Azul and DarthJarJar would also be interested in going to KU. I loved being at Iowa, my favorite player ever Chad Greenway went there and is the first player I remember following through college and a complete NFL career, and I feel like I made it my own, driving Mikeal Black to success. But WrigleyFan has made Iowa his own. However, South Dakota State is open NOW. I used to rock dual KU/SDSU flairs on r/CFB, and I remember watching the 2016 game against TCU while being on the site at Oscar Mayer, I think Danger was a little worried I don't know if this opportunity to coach one of my favorite IRL schools will arise again, especially at the perfect opportunity here: Colorado is still a good school, has talent, should have solid recruiting points, comes with a nicely decked out wiki page, and an excel sheet of career stats for whoever is next to guide the Buffs. They're in an exciting position, and the PAC is a nice community (except for Jambo, he is rude and steals your kicker and LS croots). South Dakota State recruiting isn't going to be easier - but I think it comes with lesser stress for me, a larger opportunity for media as I'm much more familiar IRL with the Jacks than the Buffs, and I think I already recruit at an FCS level, someone with greater capabilities or wanting a bigger stage certainly deserves to take on Colorado. I'd like to thank @bingo415 and @SolutionA, who I talked to about making this hard decision (much harder than switching schools in a football sim should be lmao), and @TheSam and @cultur3 for providing influence on me, your inputs really helped. I fully intend on this being my last school switch on the site, even in the rare event KU or Iowa open up. Going to live or die by my recruiting capabilities as the best Dakotan coach 8. How did you find out about this site? If recommended by a friend, please post his/her username. I'm pretty sure it was a post Neo had made on Reddit, I found it googling for a college football sim.
  5. That's just Italian propaganda, Fiume lives on forever
  6. SPRING SPARRING Buffs Begin Practice Ahead of Black-Gold Game A bison and calf clash heads, just as the veterans and youth of Buffaloes football prepare to clash in the upcoming Spring Game -Boulder, CO We're just a few months removed from Michigan State's 42-20 drubbing of our beloved Buffs, but yet, spirits remain high in Boulder. Three months ago to the day, Pac 12 Coach of the Year llamas agreed to return as the Buffaloes coach for another year, with hopes of capitalizing upon the 10-2 record the team posted last year. There's a bunch of familiar faces, but much of the questioning for the head coach during the opening media session following the first spring football practice had to do with players of the past. "Is the step down from (Latavious) Murray going to hold the team back?" "How will the Buffs cope with losing two starting offensive linemen to graduation?" "Do you have any resentment for Murray or (early draft declaration) Patrick Reardon on the way things ended for their time in Boulder?" mobbed the media. "A lot of it comes down to general football answers," llamas responded. "Obviously, you know, we still feel like we earned a Rose Bowl bid, but when the selection committee said we didn't get it, there was nothing we could do. It was unfortunate that without that bid, a few players decided their Colorado careers were over. Sometimes the depth of how much something truly weighs is embellished a bit, and there's not really a story where you're looking. It's true, we lost some great football players, Ronan Watts finished as the most prolific receiver in school history, and obviously you're going to miss great character guys like Travis Napier. It's never going to be easy to replace starting offensive linemen like (left guard) Timmy Douglass or (right tackle) Nico Humphrey. And of course, a generational talent like DeSean Barkley, who looks like a lock for the College Hall of Fame one day, is irreplaceable. But to dwell on the past of the team, is a disrespect to the guys we have here, now. We've got some great things for us, and like any other football team, we'll look to last year's youth and recruits to fill whatever holes we have." In correspondence with the opening media session, the Buffaloes released their spring game rosters, found here: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/26219-2023-colorado-buffaloes-gold-team-depth-chart/ http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/26220-2023-colorado-buffaloes-black-team-depth-chart/ Though the Buffaloes coaching staff hasn't publicly commented on position battles, we here at The Denver Post have broken down some of the bigger surprises and intrigue from the initial depth charts. Spring Game Position Battles QB: Redshirt Sophomore Mike Naylor has locked up the starting role, a job he's not likely to lose during his time in Boulder, but the battle for primary clipboard holder has been intense thus far in spring practices. Redshirt Freshman Marco Vaughan might not show off the same wheels Naylor has, but he's mobile in his own right, and has shown more confidence in staying within the pocket like Naylor's predecessor, Evan Torres, than the other competitors. Vaughan's serious competition is true Floridian Freshman Eli Hoskins, who made a name for himself in high school as a ground threat. So far the scale seems to be tipping towards Vaughan, but both he and Hoskins are likely to see time on the field for the Black team during the spring game. Angelo Wheeler seems to be the odd man out at this point, and has been exploring being depth at other positions. RB: In a somewhat shocking move, ex-fullback Beckett Williamson has been taking the primary reps as the main bell cow for the Buffaloes, as he did rather unsuccessfully during the Holiday Bowl after Latavious Murray announced he was sitting out for the draft. Williamson currently has been getting reps over 2022 Texas transfer William Ruff. The majority of the ground work seems to be coming down to football fundamentals - down and distance. Williamson seems to be handling early down and short yardage work, while Ruff has taken a large portion of 3rd Down scenario work and could even see some time as a slot receiver. Colorado native Charone Dyson has been getting the bulk of the Black team reps due to his similar playing style to Beckett Williamson, but Californian sophomore Leonardo Darling has been taking the Ruff role, and could supplant Dyson on the Fall depth chart. Three true freshmen - Matias Mesa, Blaine Leary, and Zontavius Madison, have been looking to carve a role on special teams. WR: 2021 prized recruit LaRon Quarless has stepped into the #1 role with exceptional ability, though at times he seems a bit raw. Many had been looking forward to seeing a Quarless/Patrick Reardon receiving corps this year, but with Reardon out of the picture, the battle for #2 is between veterans Redshirt Junior Ted Gore, and Redshirt Senior Nico Helm. Gore made his Colorado receiver debut last year, catching 9 passes for 136 yards and a score, with some potential deep threat ability at over 15 yards per catch, albeit in limited capacity. Helm has put together 74 receptions for 858 yards and 4 scores in three years in the offense, but was largely overshadowed by departed Ronan Watts and Reardon. Early in spring, Gore seems to be getting the targets from Naylor, and has been kicking into the slot during 3-wide personnel. True freshmen Matteo Seaman-Heller and 6'5" monster Jacob Whitfield have seen the extent of the Black team reps in practice, and there's opportunity for one or both to make an impact early. MS-H has been relied upon during quite a few special teams drills, while Whitfield has been working hard with Ronan Watts, who joins the team as a Graduate Assistant, to develop as a dependable possession receiver. True Alabaman sophomores Michael Bravo and Nicolas Holman have largely been buried on the depth chart due to missing practices for classes, and are unlikely to make impacts at the position any time soon. However, non-traditional WRs like true freshman TE Thomas Braxton, RB Ruff, RB Darling, and QB Wheeler have been working in for reps to provide spring game depth, and some of them, particularly Braxton and Ruff, could be realistically lining up out wide this autumn. TE: Kameron McCrary came on strong early in 2022, and his chemistry with Mike Naylor has only grown in a traditional high TE usage llamas offensive scheme. Behind him, Junior Jayden Carrasco is battling freshman Thomas Braxton and sophomore Golden Clay for reps. Carrasco is likely to lock down the blocking TE role, but Braxton has made a strong push of late for the receiving scenarios, and with a strong spring game, could find himself as McCrary's right hand man. Freshman Mohamed Grace has seen more work with the fullbacks thus far. OL: Colorado returns three starters from last year's offensive line, but the biggest surprise so far hasn't been the replacement of the vacant starting spots, but instead, Redshirt Junior Los Angeles native Lukas Elliot replacing incumbent Redshirt Senior Constantine Rankin, at least for now, at center. Elliot seems to spend a lot of his free time outside of football hanging out with returning starters LT Zachary Benedict and RG Wyatt Beck, and many "in the know" believe the Three Amigos personal relationship is what sparked this move. Having all three together for not only the 2023 season, but also the 2024 season, could intrigue llamas. Slotting in at the final offensive line position, left guard, is former reserve OL/FB/TE Rodrigo Rivera, a redshirt sophomore from right here in Denver. Redshirt Juniors Nico Skinner and Thierno Goodson, as well as Rankin, could push Rivera for the job if Rivera struggles during the spring game. DL: Colorado looks to only start one of last year's three starters, left end Josh Bain, with Travis Napier graduating and JuCo transfer Jack Holland bumping standout 2022 nose tackle Aaron Doty from his spot. Replacing Napier seems to be Calvin Reeder, a star high school defensive tackle from Falcon, Colorado. Reeder has faced early competition from Redshirt Sophomore Frank Hinson, Redshirt Freshman Julien Baumgartener, and even Aaron Doty. OLB: Both Sam Caron and Freddie Grant III return as starting outside backers, with Mike LB Jaden Rogers able to fill in on the outside when needed. Also seeing time at the position have been a trio of freshmen, Devon Bruce, Nicholas Lowery, and Trevor Westbrook, as well as fifth year Senior Otto Tobin. It's anyone's guess as to how things shake out below Rogers on the depth chart. ILB: When Jaden Rodgers started unexpectedly taking reps at Mike LB in 2021, many raised eyebrows, but his 2022 performance showed he's a natural fit in the middle of this highly aggressive front 7. His taking of the Mike spot has caused some major battling for the Will LB spot next to him. Last year, (current Redshirt Sophomore) Robert Dodson filled that role, but this year, Dodson has currently lost his spot to Englewood, CO grad Redshirt Freshman Noah Murphy. Behind Murphy and Dodson, Highlands Ranch, CO native Khalil Blackwell has edged out Colorado Springs native Reshad Guillory, who might kick over to playing depth OLB. A variety of special teams players fill out the ILB roster. CB: One of the biggest questions heading into 2023 is the CB position, which no longer has a DeSean Barkley or even Tomas Weathers caliber player. Still, the position is headlined by 2022 starter Chad Manuel and 2022 nickel Abdul Drummond, who both offer some height that DeSeaaaaaan didn't have. 6'2" Shaun Boykin slots in as the current nickel going forward. It's certainly not a class to write home about, but they should be able to hold their own unless vastly overmatched. Ian Urban Jr. could push for Boykin's nickel role. Overall, a HUGE amount of sophomores and redshirt sophomores jockey for positioning at the CB position. S: The Buffaloes have lost two free safeties in consecutive drafts to the NFL, including All American Seth Scott. They'll lose another safety following this year when SS Ivan Borden goes to the draft, but with true freshman Cameron Ellington stepping in at FS, there should be a bit of stability. Gabe Trammell, Darnerian Suggs, and Devins Sneed and Hooker round out the group, with what might be the weakest depth on the team. ST: Andrew Abbas returns at long snapper, and Greg Creech at kicker simply by being the only one on the roster, thanks to USC's recruiting efforts. The Buffs will have a shakeup at punter though, with Redshirt Sophomore Jack Brown relieving Patryk Goetz in one of the most intense spring battles in boulder thus far. Returner: Last year we saw Patrick Reardon and DeSean Barkley both spend time at KR and PR, but with them both gone, there's been speculation as to who will field kicks and punts. LaRon Quarless will be given a big opportunity to man the jobs, as will Cameron Ellington and Matteo Seaman-Heller, during the spring game, but with llamas' history of using a SS at returner (with Mordechai Hutchison performing exceptionally at Central Michigan in 2019), Ivan Borden may also enter the conversation if any of the other falter. William Ruff wouldn't be a surprising option, either. Transfer Candidates RB William Ruff 5-11 185 (Sr) Eden (Eden, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] Ruff is still expected to be a large part of the Buffs offense, even if he's not getting the early nod as the Buffs' primary back. Llamas has switched RBs around before in-season at both Kent State (2018) and Central Michigan (2019), so if Beckett Williamson struggles at all, Ruff may be getting a full allotment of carries in no time. Still, he transferred from Texas to Colorado to be on the field as much as possible, so he may still consider using his last year of eligibility at the FCS level. Denver Post Likelihood of Transfer: 25% Possible Teams of Interest: TE Jayson Carrasco 6-3 243 Jr Jacksonville (Jacksonville NC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] Carrasco has enjoyed his off time skiing in Boulder thus far, but if the North Carolina native is passed on the depth chart by Thomas Braxton, he may consider heading back east. Carrasco has two years of eligibility left, so if he has to redshirt a year in order to contribute at the FBS level, he certainly could. Likelihood of Transfer: 25% Possible Teams of Interest: C Constantine Rankin 6-3 274 (Sr) Moapa Valley (Overton, NV) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Rankin's options are limited to FCS if he wants to transfer and see the field, but the fifth year senior could easily take such an approach if he's not back in the starting lineup by the end of the spring game. Rankin has the pedigree of lead blocking for Latavious Murray, and helped protect the gut for Mike Naylor. He's a player teams should be lining up to get into their program. Likelihood of Transfer: 75% Possible Teams of Interest: OG Nico Skinner 6-5 265 (Jr) Atchison County Community (KS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] Skinner is valuable depth, as is his partner in crime, Thierno Goodson. Still, Skinner came to school with the intent to be on the football field, and the promise to him made of that playing time came way back in 2019, two Colorado coaches ago. Likelihood of Transfer: 25% Possible Teams of Interest: OG Thierno Goodson 6-1 314 (Jr) Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] Goodson is in the same boat as Skinner - recruited in 2019, redshirted with the intent of learning the playbook and hitting the weights with promise of playing time, and then passed by for younger recruits who have locked up the starting roles. Likelihood of Transfer: 25% Possible Teams of Interest: DT Aaron Doty 6-5 296 (Jr) Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] Doty had a tremendous 2022 season at nose tackle, a position he'd never played before but still managed 4.0 sacks from. The Buffaloes will certainly think about him at RE if Calvin Reeder doesn't work out, and Doty in all likelihood will regain his NT position for 2024 when short term nose Jack Holland hits the NFL. But Doty has certainly earned the right to be on the field at this point, and he'd be immediately eligible at the FCS level. If he's patient, there's a future for him here in Boulder, but greener pastures might be too alluring. Likelihood of Transfer: 50% Possible Teams of Interest: OLB Otto Tobin 5-11 220 (Sr) Layton Christian (Layton, UT) 3.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] Tobin is entirely out of the Buffaloes' plans on defense going forward, as he's got no eligibility following the year, and won't replace Freddie Grant or Sam Caron, even if the two are having down years. Tobin's best bet of getting on a field is either to play special teams and get his CU degree, or transfer where he might get a shot at playing time. Likelihood of Transfer: 75% Possible Teams of Interest: ILB Robert Dodson 5-11 243 (So) Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] Dodson didn't do much on the field in 2022, but he could regain his starting role next year, albeit out of position at Mike, when Sam Caron hits the NFL and Jaden Rogers looks to kick back outside. That might not be something Dodson wants to do with 3 years of eligibility remaining, and his own eyes set on a potential future pro career. Likelihood of Transfer: 25% Possible Teams of Interest: ILB Reshad Guillory 5-11 242 Sr Coronado (Colorado Springs CO) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] Guillory saw time at ILB in 2021, recording 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and forcing a fumble. Unfortunately, his future in Boulder is as just a special teams guy/depth ILB. Guillory's been thinking about going to grad school, so finding a different FBS school to spend two years at, sitting one, wouldn't be the worst. He could also just go to an FCS school immediately and play in 2023. Likelihood of Transfer: 75% Possible Teams of Interest: P Patryk Goetz 6-3 167 (Sr) Perham (Perham, MN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Accuracy] Goetz' fate was sealed when llamas recruited Australian punter Jack Brown, who has dazzled with his foreign concept rugby style punting. Goetz has had no major issues kicking in the cold, he's just simply been passed by, an unfortunate holdover from the last coaching regimes who isn't favored by the new staff. His hometown isn't far from the Dakota schools, which could intrigue Goetz to go home to play his final games in front of his family. Likelihood of Transfer: 75% Possible Teams of Interest: LS Cameron Quinn 6-1 243 Jr Killian (Miami FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] Quinn will never long snap in Boulder, and the Miami native will either decide he's come to play school and ski on the weekends, or he wants to keep playing and will find a new home. Quinn has multiple years of eligibility left, and a return back east, like Carrasco, wouldn't be surprising Likelihood of Transfer: 75% Possible Teams of Interest:
  7. Can I have a player play multiple of these? Cordarrelle Patterson was an exceptional gunner AND returner in Minnesota, so I was wondering if we'd be able to emulate that here. Going along with that, can I have a returner listed as utility, so that my returner is on the kick coverage team, as well as the return team? I know it says in order if available but I wasn't sure if that meant available due to injury, or available due to being listed elsewhere on specials. I guess what I mean to say is, how many utility players deep should I expect to play/should I be listing players already listed at Gunner/Jammer/Upback/Returner as Utility players for the other special teams situations? Also, will location in the utility list matter for where a player goes on the field, or is there "logic" to it and it will slot players appropriately? If I want 4-5 guys who would be realistically playing on the line in a punt return/punting/KR "wedge", should I bother listing them like 3-7 on the utility list, or can I just put them randomly on the list?
  8. This but 50x worse. It doesn't help I live in a rural area and Verizon likes to pretend they can't get higher speeds out here. Usually there would probably be a Reddit tab or two open as well, commonly it was like "search for something on CFBHC" and then while that was loading you go to Reddit or Wiki and read something, by the time you're done reading whatever brief thing the search results loaded and you can be on with your CFBHC stuff.
  9. Just going to quote this part, but touch on all of it, since it all kind of ties in to that. Glad you brought it up, so I can speak about it in generality. None of this is personal to anyone, but I think it can apply to everyone, including myself. If we retained Chamblin - which wasn't going to happen, he was either being traded or worst case cut - I don't know what else we're taking there at 69, presuming the rest of the draft holds up the same for everyone else. Maybe we trade back for multiple picks, which had been offered to us for 69, but if we stay at 69 - it really gets weird. We weren't taking a RB as memeworthy as that'd be, we weren't taking a guard, so that rules out 3 of the next few players, we already have 2 listed centers and another guy who's played it in emergency, so Shawn Cortez is out, WRs Quinn Walters and Zahir Wall weren't high on our board because we just acquired two WRs who will compete for WR4/slot - so really when it comes down to it, we're looking at like a Matt Marino at 69. Marino ended up going at 84, which is decent value for Green Bay to grab him - but there still would likely be a vocal naysayer if the Cardinals take him half a round earlier than he went. That's not me saying people only shit on the Cardinals, but it's me saying - theres ~90 people involved directly in NFLHC, and a few more who follow it but dont partake. We hear the opinions of ~5 of them a draft broadcast, and they had nothing positive to say about Arizona on day one. Instead of saying "yep you picked the wrong kicker", who should I take instead. Should we take a mid-level tackle, when we already have 4 roster-worthy ones heading into camp? Same with guard. A third round player is not getting cut year one, so now I might have to cut a better player this year, just to keep my developmental guard around when he has no business seeing the field in a vacuum where no injuries occur. But even if injuries do occur, hes the 4th or 5th guy on the DC, its going to take 2 injuries to get him on the field. In a league where, at most, I'd like 9 OL on a roster, I would rather not carry 5 OL of the same position of my 9 allotted spaces, since that leaves me a bit barren at one of my other OL spots. Or maybe if one wants to make the case for us to have taken a guy like Marino - but Marino wouldn't see the field early, and he wasn't particularly fast in his 40 time, so he might have trouble hanging with TEs on longer routes. In a division that just drafted a TE in the 1st and also traded for a HOF TE, Marino would demand safety help over the top for 4 crucial games a year if his combine numbers were typical of his playing ability, and thats completely ignoring the Rams, who have a capable TE getting thrown to by Darrell Murphy. So, in any case for anyone else at 69, it gets entirely arbitrary. Then you move on to the rest of the trade. We mapped out our entire offseason plan, setting aside certain reserves for certain FA targets, using our entire cap space before the offseason began. And, in order to make the moves we wanted to, we HAD to clear cap space of bloated contracts. That's why we traded more draft picks to the Giants than we received - we knew our audience, Dean "Big Hoss" Dean, loves his late round flyers, and had to entice him to take on Paul Davenport. Chamblin's cap hit is 5M this year, and 4M next year. His performance in Arizona this year, whether that was because of holder or him aging or just an off year, did not warrant that premium to us... but yeah, the Bears are going to jump at that because they've seen first hand what kicking issues look like. So have I, with Daryl Holmes/Ilan Youngblood in 2020. And yet, I still made the risk of moving on from the veteran kicker in Chamblin. Meanwhile, not to single him out again, I'm glad he got his guy and so did we - but Rome, 8 picks after Hacker goes, gets praise by the broadcast for taking Bendbrook. "His kicker struggled for the last few years." Well, his kicker hit at a rate only 8% off of what Chamblin hit last year - and while 8% can be a difference in being a good kicker and being cut, a better similarity is where they ranked in terms of league average. Of kickers attempting more than 10 FGs last year (so, those that attempted 18+ FG), there were 32 such qualifiers. Those 32 kickers attempted 1,127 kicks, hitting at a rate of 83.05%. Chamblin was 24th in FG %, at 73%. Houston's kicker was only 28th, not that far off in overall ranking. I'm not saying Rome and the Texans shouldn't get that praise for moving on from their bad kicker - but in the context of Arizona and Cliff Chamblin, why should they also not get the same benefit of moving on from their bad kicker. Why did Arizona not get the same commentary, and instead "the Cardinals wouldn't have had to draft the top kicking prospect if they held on to the kicker hitting 73%, at the contract value of a 1st round pick"? Because its entirely arbitrary. Tom Reis is not of the same caliber as Akeel when it comes to being a linebacker. Reis has been a trooper, racked up a Cardinals record for tackles - but it was clear he wasn't living up to his potential in a 4-3. Same for Akeel in a 3-4. I don't think anyone can argue against that. Akeel also has the pedigree of an All American, is young, can still improve if given a more ideal system, and for those reasons, he's worth a lot more in terms of Value than a Tom Reis. What is Akeel worth over a Tom Reis? Well, it's entirely arbitrary. The point I'm getting at here is, we all have different opinions on what's what, that's why we're all involved in different franchises, building different ways. I don't think the Giants should have traded 4 + 10 for McLean, I personally didn't hear much chatter about anyone trying to move ahead of them for him - but they clearly viewed McDean as their guy, and they did what they thought needed to be done, to get their guy, and at the end of the day, that's all that should matter to them. So if you look at it from an in-depth, outside perspective, what did the Cardinals do this off-season that they couldn't do if they held on to Chamblin? If they held on to Damani Crump-Jackson, instead of giving the Bears first rights at giving him a new home? If they didn't swap 5th and 8th overall picks? I'd bring up the 2nd rounder but I don't think a deal of Reis + DCJ + Chamblin + 1st swap lands Akeel in Arizona. Well, maybe the Cardinals don't have the cap freedom of signing a Christian Barkley post-draft, or of grabbing a FA guard like Olszewski. Then maybe we have to draft Silolo at 5, which means we need to still grab a DE at some point with Omar McManus' future in question. Where are we doing that, the 3rd? Well, the DEs to go in the 3rd were Tyler Toney (a contain DE, who was listed as 3-4 scheme on his pro day), Tristan Priest (who we weren't high on) and Zach Dockery (who we also weren't very high on). Even the half million saved from moving from 5 to 8 came into play, and just because we ended up having ~9M in post-draft cap space, doesn't mean a single cent of that wasn't planned for in salaries we were willing to go up to on certain FAs. I think its really easy to shit on moves, without knowing what you're talking about. I'm not saying I want to be babied, I'm more than capable of both talking and taking shit (probably a third of what I do playing semipro is just talking shit with the guy across from me). But if you're going to do it, especially in a widely publicized event, provide reasoning for it. Don't just tell me and the entire audience that I "took the wrong kicker", don't just say Samir Sample isn't doing enough. Tell us why. When I make my mock drafts, they take 6-8 hours, a lot of researching teams' cap sheets (outside of when they're annoying bad, at which point I always make mention of why I didn't spend as much time looking at a pick) and stats, and I still get things wrong. It's absolutely fine. When you're trying to cover the topic of the entire spectrum of the league, and how they fulfill their needs in real time, which any media outside of writing certainly does, I get that it's difficult. But I try to provide reasoning for the points I'm trying to make. I get that none of us are doing this professionally, and I'm appreciative of the media that gets put out, and I'm not trying to discourage any of it in the future. But when I hear the same GM that, in my own opinion, questionably moved up to #1 from 4 + 10, shit on the Cardinals for not having a 2nd round pick because of the "bad trade" that was Akeel Morris, without elaborating, I'm entirely discouraged from continuing to listen to such a poor medium that didn't put in any work besides looking at a few player lines, which is in itself something certain people on the exact broadcast have discouraged others from doing. If I didn't have to follow the broadcast to know who is on the clock when, I might tune out if things like that were being said about my team. Was the Akeel trade good or bad for Arizona? Tell me why on the draft broadcast. I think, this might be a surprise to some, trades can be mutually beneficial for both teams Its entirely the power of perspective. Jamzz, you might not like it because your in-division rival Chicago was a beneficiary in this trade. And I might not want to trade with Chicago, because it might be them I'm jockeying with for playoff position at some point. But the AFC didn't have an Akeel Morris to trade me. Chicago landed Tom Reis + Cliff Chamblin + first right of refusal on DCJ (I keep saying that because it was entirely up to them in this case on if they wanted to keep DCJ or waive him) + #5 + a 2nd. The Cardinals landed Akeel + at minimum 3M of cap space saved over just cutting Cliff + at minimum 1.125M of cap space over just cutting DCJ + 3M cap space from the 2nd + 0.5M cap space from the 5th overall pick becoming #8. Oh, and Akeel actually has a lower 2023 cap hit than Reis, so there's an extra 0.5. So in NET, the Cardinals gained ~8.125M minimum in cap space. Acquisition CB Corey Quinn has a hit of 7M this year - it's likely he wouldn't be a Cardinal without this trade, and the Cardinals were able to afford both safeties they signed this year with Quinn under that space. But the general public doesn't know that - all they know, from following the broadcast and probably being as uninformed about the Cardinals offseason inner workings, is that the Cardinals made a "bad trade" when it came to Akeel. And that they picked the wrong kicker. And that taking Sample wasn't enough to help them this year. People are going to form their opinions on things that are said by "figures of authority", which the draft broadcast has, its the place to be for the draft. But there's never an avenue given to the 95% of people not talking. I don't really care what one's opinion of our moves is, but we're not the only team this happens to. And I don't think many FOs have been as open about their inner workings, at least not as immediately after certain moves, as I've done in these last two posts in this forum. This is my chance to speak, in response to the broadcast and the draft grades - but in all likelihood, a lot less people will read these, than listened to the draft broadcast. I'm not saying things can't be improved upon in the future, but that's exactly why I'm commenting now, to give feedback that some "analysis" was taken at too much of a surface value, if even that, and it was downright lazy. There's a difference between opposition or variance of opinion, and of being blatantly disrespectful. And so, with all due respect to anyone who might feel this is targeted at (or anyone else, since it's really directed at the entire CFBHC/NFLHC community), if things like this don't improve, and we don't provide feedback for why things in our own opinion are wrong - we're nearly all adults here, and I don't really want to stray from the semi-censored, reasonably-articulate vibe we seem to rock that keeps this community working so well - but if you're going to be blatantly detrimental to the community, go fuck yourself. There's enough negativity in the world. If you have something to criticize about my teams in what might be publicly an unfair manor, hit me up on Discord, I'm on at least mobile for a good 4-5 hours per day, usually more. We can discuss the good, the bad, and take away from each others' perspectives personally. But if you're not going to add anything valuable (a different opinion with reasoning is valuable), why waste my time forcing me to hear your really bad hot takes on something I have to listen to in order to be up to date and precise with my draft times. Like I said, this is really targeted at the entire community, not just the draft broadcast or grades, those are just fresh in my mind. We don't have to all suck each other off, but I think it's fair to be reasonable.
  10. I don't want this to come off passive-aggressively at all, so please don't take it like that if it reads like that, because it's not my intention at all lol, just hard to convey emotional voice (outside of diction) via text rather than speech. Work with me here lol, I'm appreciative of the effort put into the media, and I'm not trying to criticize the effort - but I do have a different opinion than was stated here. I didn't take part in the second day of the draft, I had other places to be that were initially planned prior to the draft, I put them off but @cultur3 and @tsweezy stepped up and allowed me to go off and get some mental relief with some people I know IRL, which I'm very grateful for, and I had great trust in my team's FO to make the moves we wanted to, and it all came together nicely. So I didn't hear any criticisms from Day Two of the broadcast. However, I was around for Day One, and I heard the criticisms of our draft. I think, maybe, in a vacuum, the broadcast might have had a point with some of it, but the Draft was not a vacuum to what we felt we did as an organization this offseason. What we lost: K Cliff Chamblin - traded to Bears as part of Akeel Morris acquisition Cliff is going to be considered an All Time great for good reason, but he really slipped (as did seemingly the entire league) in FG % this past year. He ended up missing 5 of his 19 FGs, four of them over 50 and a 5th coming from 60 yards. The 60 yarder was excusable, the 50s, which had previously been well within his range, were not, and while some of this may have been attributed to using a different holder (I believe Rob Corp was the holder for a bit of the season), upon switching things around, he was still missing kicks. As I explained to Chicago, I think Chamblin can still be good, and we wanted to move him to a team where he'd see a chance at success, but he just wasn't going to be successful in Arizona at his premium price tag. FS Damani Crump-Jackson - traded to Bears as part of Akeel Morris acquisition DCJ was a ballhawk in college, but he was, well, not good in Arizona, and then we went to an All Zone DB scheme, rendering him useless to the scheme. Chicago clearly didn't think much of him either, as he was just waived without ever making it to camp for them. ILB Tom Reis - traded to Bears as part of Akeel Morris acquisition explained above, given greener pastures but replaced by Akeel C TJ Brumm - traded to Bucs for WR William Moore too much of a luxury at his price for a team looking to climb, but he could be effective for Tampa QB Paul Davenport - traded to Giants for a 6th no longer fit our plans going forward WR Art Baber - retired the meme-worthy hero of the 2021 season, forever in our hearts and also Chancellor of Chirp WR Butch Harper - traded to Panthers for WR Jay Nipple Harper played all 5 of his seasons in Arizona (despite temporarily being a Giant in 2022 preseason), but never stood out with the QB cast he had chucking passes. Should see better opportunity catching balls from Skaggs in a limited role WR Adrian Allen - cut got hurt twice last year, once in Baltimore and once in Arizona, and then took a dive off of the regression board and was unhappy. He was effective at moving the ball, but that cliff ended his time in Arizona, even with dead money from just re-signing at midseason. DT Jeffrey King - left in FA was unhappy and in the wrong scheme DE Dennis Abdullah - retired went on the farewell tour of a lifetime, earning 4.0 sacks in like 5 or 6 games. Will be missed. DE Charles Fowler - traded to Colts for WR Vincent Ortiz OLB Charley Rivers - retired SS Rob Evans - traded to Broncos for a draft pick a bunch of scrubs who were cut and were either not signed, regressed, signed for a minimum deal where they're unlikely to make a team/be on the PS, or a combination What we gained: ILB Akeel Morris - traded from Chicago QB AJ Jefferson - descended from the heavens to be Touchdown Jesus in Arizona WR Tyrone Cunningham - FA WR William Moore - traded from Tampa WR Jay Nips - traded from Carolina WR Vincent Ortiz - traded from Indy C Aden Hastings - traded from NYJ OG Brian Olszie - FA OT Lyle Mathews - FA OLB Alexander Baumgartner - FA CB Corey Quinn - traded from NYJ FS Jose Ortiz - FA SS Jared Calloway - FA This year, prior to the draft, we added a QB who might very well be the most talented this organization has ever known. He might face competition from the inaugural QB, Jarius Jones, but Jarius is entirely unknown to this current front office, and has been away from the organization for over half of the team's existence now. Taylor Rodriguez? Well, in our personal opinions, he was absolute trash, but from a more neutral observance, one might be able to at least say, TRod's skillset and strengths did not align with the Cardinals roster around him. Success was not going to happen for either TRod or the team as long as the two remained married. So we went out this year, and got a QB we thought could carry this team to actual success, at least relative to the history of the franchise. AJJ has been someone we've had our sites set on since as far back as missing out on Brooksheer in 2022 FA, and our team chatter picked up extensively as we looked into him towards the beginning of last season. This year we also went out and switched up a major part of our receiving corps. Tyrone Cunningham had a very low drop rate in Detroit, and he's immediately an upgrade over... Butch Harper? Half a season of Adrian Allen? Whoever else we had out there not named Marcus Banks or Ricky Chambers trying to catch passes from Dav. We also went out and traded for WRs William Moore, Jay Nips, and Vincent Ortiz, who aren't the most notable WRs in the world, but they're also currently set to compete for WR4, 5, maybe even 6 if we go that deep, with special teamer Jay Dunn bringing up the rear. Not a terrible grouping by any means, and Banks and Chambers have been marred and unheralded by being forced to catch passes from a handful of QBs over the last few seasons. I'm not saying they're world beaters, but they could easily be underestimated. The offensive line took a switch up at both center and guard, with the Cardinals landing C Aden Hastings, who projects better into our ideal blocking offense for Trevon Yeldon than TJ Brumm did, and Brian Olszewski, who isn't as far onto the golf course as last year starter Wilson Hutchinson is, and in fact, could be just mid-career if things go alright for him in Arizona. We also brought in failed guard conversion Lyle Mathews to compete for the swing tackle role with Robert Baraza, who also appears to be mentally out on the links in a polo with Hutch. Defensive line wise we lost DT Jeffrey King, who put up 30 tackles last year but was personally largely uninspiring, and he wasn't happy in Arizona as a 2-gap DT playing in a 4-front. He was replaced on the roster with journeyman Wilburn Ball, who will likely compete for a depth position. Linebacker-wise, we tried to make a play at the position, and found both failure and success in doing so. The biggest success should be the arrival of Akeel Morris, and that's with no disrespect to Tom Reis. But Reis absolutely deserved to be playing in a preferable defense for his style, and being in a 4-front seemed to hold him back. Meanwhile, the same could be said of Akeel in Chicago. Akeel is still young enough to have potential to grow, he entered the draft as a true junior, meaning he should be turning 25 this season. He was a monster in college and recognized nationally for it, and he wasn't awful outside of a scheme and personality clash in Chicago. And at DB, we felt comfortable enough with 2022 draft pick Shaq Thomas at SS, and there weren't viable options to upgrade over 2022 FA signee FS Oronde Jackson, at least in our eyes. But we DID make a move at CB that should help us for at least 2023, in picking up CB Corey Quinn, which should allow us to move Aaron Samuelsson to the nickel where he should be more successful. So, overall, we made moves via FA and trade that we felt, put us in a position to not NEED to draft any certain position in the 1st, and outside of needing a living, breathing kicker on the roster, had few holes that we could realistically fill. The Draft: R1 Pick 8 DE Samir Sample, Texas Tech People have questioned this pick, saying it "didn't do enough to help the team", but I think saying that is where someone starts to lose credibility. Sample was mocked at least once to teams pick 5, 6, and 7, and we originally wanted him at 5 before trading for Akeel Morris. So we still got our guy at 8, saved some cap space by moving back 3 spots, and took a guy projected by many to go before us. QB was not an option in this draft, despite all of Cultur3's memeing for Black. I think Black could work out, I think McLean could work out - but we were never in love with either, and taking one at 8 would mean being married to them for at least 3 seasons. We already have AJJ, who we're over the moon about - taking a QB at 8 would instantly start an hour glass on his time as starter here. WR was not an option, I don't know how open I want to be just yet about our draft board, but Ryan Childs was enticing, just not at 8, and Gavin Faulk was gone (I don't think Denver should get heat for Faulk at 7, either, he was on our board and would have given us a difficult decision, and he should fit in well as an option for Uncle Todd). There were no defensive tackles worth taking in this draft for Arizona early, the Browns should be happy about Manny McDermott where they got him, but we should be given an F in every alternate timeline where we select him at 8. So what could we do at 8? Trade down, which had been discussed, but at what cost? Missing out on our prized DE, and possibly Ryan Childs, and get forced into taking someone else we considered a mid-1st, like Zion Evans, who would then have projected as a competitor for... nickel back with Aaron Samuelsson, not a given that Evans would beat out Year One. Or some people had us taking Shane McCord, who could have been a solid selection, but Jack Allen isn't the worst RT out there, and we just gave him a new (market rate worthy, as foolish as that looks now since a ton of FAs took money below what was expected market value, which is partially why I haven't released an updated "Veteran Market Rates" sheet, since it clearly isn't an absolute science) contract. Instead, we took a guy who could IMMEDIATELY help out in the run game defensively, a facet of the game where we struggled last season. Dennis Abdullah put up numbers filling in for Omar McManus, but Abdullah is gone, and McManus is a DE who, while he isn't terrible, has put up 17.0 sacks and 7 TFL across 2.5 seasons, 1.5 across from sensation Josiah Harden, but also tore his ACL and then rejected a contract extension offer we viewed as extremely fair for his services and abilities, and that put a huge damper on his future. Now, he'll get a chance to properly rehab his ACL, can situationaly pass rush, and can re-think the future of his career, staying put in Arizona in his new role or exploring other options. AND, while we entirely agree Sample could be a boom or bust prospect given his limited college film, he DID have 18 TFL last season, which is crazy. He's across the field from one of the best young pass rushers in the game, and his presence should be felt early. R3 Pick 69 K Harrison Hacker, South Dakota State This is where I think people got entirely stupid in terms of broadcast analysis, and that's no offense to any panelists, and I don't mean any of you any disrespect. But I have a few solid arguments here. First, the Akeel trade was brought up during the draft, called a "Bad Trade" by a certain GM who has made some very questionable decisions, possibly even during the 1st round of the 2023 draft. The Akeel trade dumped a lot of bad cap off of Arizona, gave the Bears options at positions they were unsure of, and gave both teams better fits at ILB than they'd been looking at. You're welcome to have your own opinion on the draft, but if you think it's truly a bad trade without weighing in any of the cap ramifications Arizona benefited from (allowing the Cardinals to sign a bunch of different FA while still being able to hold some cap space post-draft), then IDK what to tell you, other than you have an absolutely different point of view, which is fine in its own right - it just is not at all the opinion of the Arizona Cardinals. Secondly, there was a point of basically "lmao Cardinals took a kicker with their 2nd pick, horrible." Yeah, it was our 2nd pick... but it was in the 3rd round, where good kickers go. Rome was begging me for weeks to trade him pick 69 so that he could take his kicker, and, I'm sorry Rome, but we HAD to have our guy, and that wasn't a certainty if we moved down. We knew other teams NEEDED a kicker, Denver just traded Sarahi and another team tried trading for pick 69 to take Hacker 15 minutes before the pick. I'm sure another team or so was considering him in the 3rd. And so, when you look at the players on the board at 69, compared to any team needs we had, versus the risk of attempting to wait until R4, where we might not have even got the 3rd best kicker in the draft with Denver picking ahead of us... it made complete sense to grab the best kicker in the draft. The NFLHC Draft doesn't seem the same depth-wise as the NFL draft, its almost NBA-esque in my opinion, where the top talents go in the top, and few players fall through the cracks. Sure, you'll get a Justin McCain or Michael Bruce every now and then, but I JUST wrote an article about half a dozen 2nd rounders being largely underwhelming in the 2019 draft. A lot of teams seem to barely put their 3rd rounders in a chance to hit the field early and often. On that note, the broadcast said Arizona drafted "the wrong" kicker. Anyone who did their homework, could probably tell you that Hacker looked better than Bendbrook. Again, this is no shade at Rome, Im sure hell be satisfied with Bendbrook, he got his guy, we got ours. But Bendbrook missed 3 kicks last year, 2 from 50+, while Hacker drilled every one of his kicks, 10 from 50+, with a Long of 55. For those that say our offense is going to be as bad as they think, we'd want the kicker who was largely automatic from long range, no? And Hacker has the added benefit of playing in cold weather, which could be beneficial on those rainy/snowy trips to Seattle. It seems like another case of "overall deciding rank", which, Dennis Abdullah should have just been a case of, a 75 rated, career deathbed DE had success. An 82 rated kicker could possibly be better than an 83 rated kicker. Lastly, someone told us that moves like this are going to have us enjoying being 8-8. You know what? I would be elated to go 8-8, the Cardinals have only ever done that once, missed the playoffs, finished 3rd in the division. Going 8-8 isn't an insult to me. Going 8-8 would mean we're on the right path with this franchise. R4 Pick 101 ILB Troy McClain, Memphis Now, I don't have much beef with these last two picks, since I wasn't around to hear the commentary, but I still think McClain is a damn good ILB. He had combine numbers relatively comparable to the top ILBs in the class, and he lasted to the 4th. He was largely productive at Memphis over the last 3 seasons. I previously drafted Alexander Hardison in the 4th, and he was forced onto the field, so its good hes been somewhat decent. McClain is going to get to sit behind Akeel AND Jackie Eaton for a year, and then take Eaton's spot in the near future. Fills a future need, gives much added depth, and could possibly play special teams for us, giving us a sure tackler on the coverage team. Also he progressed during the pre-draft process. R5 Pick 160 DT Israel Parson, Bowling Green Parson was a guy I liked taking even at 101, and in my opinion, everything after the first 100 picks is a gamble. Parson comes in with 7.5 sacks over the last few years, and had 40 tackles and 9 TFL over 12 sheets in that time, well worth the late round flyer. Last year we took a WR in the 5th, who didnt even make the team. In the 6th, we took a center (since traded for Hastings) and a FS who spent time on the practice squad. In the 7th we took QB Adrian Rupp, who was last a Viking afaik. Parson looks the best of the bunch, and has a real shot to compete for early playing time. So coming into the draft, we had needs at: Kicker, Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, and then maybe Free Safety or Wide Receiver, though for those positions you're arguing for us to take a backup at either. We crossed out those first two with starters, added a potential long-term player at the third, and then with limited value at the last two positions, took a quality player at a position where we WILL have need in the near future, crossing it out a year or two early. Overall, the draft broadcast didn't seem to consider context of the Cardinals at all (when I was watching). Unfortunately, I think this Draft Grades project also missed that "contextual mark", giving us a D+ but offering no alternatives for what we "should have done" besides telling us we "didn't do enough". No, we didn't have the draft the 49ers did at the top, but we weren't in the position to trade back like that. We were knocked for only having 4 selections - but traded one for Akeel, another for Jay Arreola, and I don't care how many 6th or 7th rounders a team has, they're probably not improving a team with 58 players signed before the draft. Post-draft, we've added QB Christian Barkley to be the long-term backup for AJJ, as well as 4 UDFA (so far). I think I'd be more likely to give the Cardinals a non-homer grade of B+ in terms of contextual drafting, and that's only if you think Bendbrook IS better than Hacker. You can't just add 3 more WR4s to a team and expect that to make the difference for the team.
  11. DE Samir Sample 6-2 267 R Texas Tech [Blitz] 82 4 years // 26.0 million // 70.19% Guaranteed G//6.5//6.5//4.5//0.75//Total:18.25 $//0.0//0.0//2.0//5.75//Total:7.75 Total//6.5//6.5//6.5//6.5//Total:26.0 Value//13.197692145718271
  12. Samir is so good he's playing DE for Ole Miss in this picture while in a TTU uni, sacking his own QB.
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