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T-C-U BETTER BELIEVE IT

#3 TCU took on #5 LSU this weekend and let everyone know that the Horned Frogs are legit. It was a defensive struggle but TCU was able to come out on top 13-10.

THE BUC STOPS HERE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't give Christian Skaggs any break Sunday, sacking the QB 6 times. The offense did their part behind QB Taylor Heiden and rookie RB DeNorris Jackson and came away with a 28-21 win.

DREAM KILLERS?

A top 15 matchup between the #11 Toledo Rockets and #15 Florida Gators ended in heartbreak for the Rockets. Florida managed to pull out the 25-22 win on the road. Anyone doubting either team was put on notice.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

The Green Bay Packers have raced to a 5-0 start after beating the 2-2 Seattle Seahawks. This game was very banner worthy which is why it is on here. I wonder if anyone can "catch" the Green Bay Packers, or maybe "intercept" them? No no, definitely catch.
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    Dacder's "Just in Time!" Mockerena 2021 Ed.1

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    James Dale won't give in the first round of the Mockarena

    Brooksheer or J. Jones, who is taken Mockarena?

    Blake Shell over Brown, are you crazy Mockarena?

    Heyyyy Mockarena

     

    Wide Reciever 2nd are you serious Mockerena?

    Injury Risk is important to the Mockarena

    This is not a fact of life, it's just the Mockarena

    Heyyyy Mockarena

     
     

     

     

    It is way the hell too early to be looking at potential picks in the 2021 draft, but that won't stop me from trying. With draft positions based off Rome's win expectancy stat, here's a look at the players who might be taken in a half a year's time. 

     

    Only 5.0/5.0 seniors were eligible for being drafted.

     

    1. Tampa Bay

    DE Josiah Harden 6-3 249 [Blitz], North Carolina

    2018: 21 tackles, 11 sacks

    2019: 20 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 safety

     

    Josiah Harden might not have the hype that Tyler Jones or Early Davis had coming into his senior year, but as the only really high upside DE this class don't be surprised if he ends up going early. He struggled last year as UNC was left coachless but he could very well recover and have his best season ever, and if that's the case Tampa would have to strongly consider him as perhaps the best player that fills a need.

     

    2. Arizona

    QB Tanner Bowman 6-2 203 [Pocket], Penn State

    -2018: 272 of 455, 3802 yards, 20 TD, 12 INT

    -2019: 263 of 398, 3380 yards, 23 TD, 4 INT

     

    The only 5.0/5.0 senior QB this year is a good one. After struggling under a tumultuous coaching situation in 2018 he came out in 2019 and led the Nittany Lions to a national championship. He's got the poise, he's got the talent, and he will most certainly be a top pick in 2021. And what better team for him to go to than Arizona, who just last year got rid of their franchise QB in Jarius Jones? The only way this isn't a top 5 pick is if an even better QB declares early.

     

    3. LA Chargers

    WR Luke Cobb 6-5 198 [Speed], Florida State

    2018: 81 for 1162, 10 TD

    2019: 61 for 1178, 11 TD

     

    The hype surrounding Luke Cobb is real, and it's easy to see why. His YPC especially stands out to scouts as unbelievable. He seems like the perfect pick for a team with a struggling WR corps and offense like the Chargers. LA needs a true #1 receiver, and Luke Cobb could very will be that guy for them.

     

    4. Kansas City

    CB Andrew Boyd 5-10 175 [Man Coverage], Boston College

    2018: 16 tackles, 6 INT, 3 TD

    2019: 25 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD

     

    Kansas City has struggled this year after trading their star CB George Brady. His loss has been so impactful partly because, without him, the Chiefs really lack a true CB1 option. Andrew Boyd isn't a big name—yet, but he's the best looking man cornerback in the draft class. The question is whether he'll be able to continue being productive as Boston College continues to progressively get less talented.

     

    5. Washington

    OT Damian Mason 6-3 296 [Pass Blocking], Tennessee

    -N/A

     

    The Redskins' offense has been struggling way more than it should this year. Some point to Javier Fields being washed up, but that's ignoring that the Washington Oline has been terrible this year. Their aging set of offensive tackles could really use a youthful boost, and Damian Mason is just the guy. His illustrious career at Tennessee makes some scouts think he's the #1 guy this draft class, and perhaps that'll be the case. For now he'll settle for #5.

     

    6. New Orleans

    CB Malachi Douglas 6-1 184 [Zone Coverage], Clemson

    2018: 15 tackles, 4 INT, 1 TD

    2019: 16 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD

     

    The Saints need help on their secondary and they need it badly. With Aaron Stiles currently starting at CB2 it's easy to see where they'll attempt to upgrade. Malachi Douglas is probably my favorite overall CB in this class at the moment, as he's looked very good despite playing second fiddle to Marquise Reed in the past. Will he shine as he steps into the spotlight as Clemson's CB1?

     

    7. Chicago

    OT Ben Goode 6-6 312 [Pass Blocking], Kansas

    -N/A

     

    Chicago is another team who, like the Redskins, are having offensive struggles centered around the Oline. Brooksheer has looked bad, but maybe that's because he doesn't have enough time to throw the ball. If so, Ben Goode might just be the answer.

     

    8. Buffalo

    WR Malcolm Davis 6-6 216 [Target], Kansas

    2018: 86 for 1183, 9 TD

    2019: 80 for 1254, 9 td

     

    The second of three great WR prospects this draft class, Malcolm Davis has led the Kansas offense for years now. Buffalo needs wide receivers desperately, and Davis has a ton of potential. However, it remains to be seen how he'll play without Eric Jennings at the helm.

     

    9. Tennessee

    CB Kevin McQueen 5-11 176 [Man Coverage], UCF

    2018: 31 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 5 INT, 1 TD

    2019: 17 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD

     

    The Titan's CB situation is pretty bad at the moment. McQueen isn't a sexy pick by any means, but if UBL can get him to kick it up a notch this year then he might just be who the Titans look to as their savior in the coming draft.

     

    10. NY Giants

    WR Hakeem Black 6-2 208 [Target], California

    2018: N/A

    2019: 90 for 1253, 10 TD

     

    This one is probably gonna be pretty controversial, but I like Hakeem Black. He looked excellent in his first year out of junior college, and I think he'll look excellent again this coming season.

     

    11. Philadelphia

    OT Kevin Grey 6-5 260 [Pass Blocking], USC

    -N/A

     

    When Soluna traded Allan Taylor to the Eagles, he made them promise that he would protect the veteran scrambler. So far this year they have failed to do so. Taylor is having PTSD flashbacks to his time with the Jags as he gets pressured constantly thanks to his bottom 3 Oline. What the Philly offense needs and needs badly is a new offensive tackle, and while he's small, Kevin Grey has looked great at USC throughout his career.

     

    12. Minnesota

    SS Jonathan Norman 6-2 203 [Zone Coverage], Virginia Tech

    2018: N/A

    2019: 31 tackles, 6 INT

     

    The Vikings have had the same problem for a few years now and that is their secondary. By now any even remotely decent Cbs have gone so Minnesota is forced to improvise. Jonathan Norman was an excellent player for the Hokies in his only starting season.

     

    13. New England

    OLB Brady Christiansen 6-0 249 [Coverage], Mississippi State

    2018: N/A

    2019: 37 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs

     

    New England is a pretty well rounded roster, but one place they could definitely use an upgrade is at outside linebacker. Brady Christiansen is probably my favorite OLB prospect of the class so far, so I expect him to go here. However, we'll have to see how he does without Tyler Jones in his front seven.

     

    14. Baltimore

    C Mendy Morrow 6-4 254 [Run Blocking], Arizona

    -N/A

     

    We need offensive line upgrades pretty badly in order to prepare for the Reelening, so replacing the old and injury prone Jim Boso with the only good center this class makes a lot of sense.

     

    15. Cincinnati

    DT Hudson Adam 6-0 310 [2-Gap], West Virginia

    2018: 9 tackles, 3 sacks

    2019: 45 Tackles, 12 sacks

     

    Hudson Adam is actually one of my favorite players so far, but DT isn't really a big need for most people nor is it sexy, so he falls down to here. It is no secret that Cincy's defense needs help, and Adam, though not a DB, should be able to provide some.

     

    16. Indianapolis

    ILB Christopher Clayton 6-0 240 [Mike], Penn State

    2018: 53 tackles, 0.5 sacks

    2019: 14 tackles

     

    Clayton had a mediocre year statistically last season as he was butted out of the stat sheet by other talented Nittany Lions, but make no mistake, he still has the potential to be a pretty great player. Indy doesn't have many needs but again ILB fits as a minor one, and if Clayton can shine through the rest of the PSU defense he'd make a lot of sense here.

     

    17. Houston

    WR Josiah McCray 6-1 199 [Target], Clemson

    2018: 78 for 1020, 5 TD

    2019: 63 for 946, 5 TD

     

    Houston has helped out their skill position situation on offense and I'm sure they'd like to take a corner here ideally but that's just not really possible in this mock. Instead they'll give Leshoure another weapon in McCray, who quietly was a star receiver for Clemson these last two seasons.

     

    18. Cleveland

    SS Cameron Riley 6-1 197 [Zone Coverage], Texas Tech

    2018: 50 tackles, 7 INT, 3 TD

    2019: 12 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD

     

    Cleveland has made a lot of progress with their defense but they still have some holes, including Strong safety. Cameron Riley fell off in 2019 but if he can return to his 2018 form he should turn a lot of heads this draft cycle and he'd theoretically be BPA here.

     

    19. Atlanta

    DT Joseph Bynum 6-6 298 [1-Gap], Oregon

    -N/A

     

    I mock a defensive tackle to Atlanta every year. Every single year. They still haven't done it, but this year is no different. Bynum has no stats, but historically Oregon has put out some great Olinemen. It's all on Bynum to prove himself as being worthy of this pick.

     

    20. Seattle

    FS Damani Crump-Jackson 5-11 [Man Coverage], Colorado State

    2018: 22 tackles, 5 INT, 2 TD

    2019: 29 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD

     

    Seattle is in a similar situation to where Atlanta was a few years ago. They have some elite players in their secondary but a lack of a good free safety really limits their effectiveness. Crump-Jackson has been pretty decent so far at Colorado State and if he can break out this year then I'd really like this pick for Seattle.

     

    21. Pittsburgh

    DE Javier Grady 6-1 238 [Blitz], North Texas

    -NA

     

    Pittsburgh has a few holes, but none as big as defensive end. With how weak this class looks to be at DE the Steelers will need to move quickly to procure their guy. Grady hasn't played a snap yet but if he can really dominate at North Texas he should be able to overcome the lack of competition and limited sample size to become a first round guy.

     

    22. Oakland

    OLB John Kearns [Blitz], TCU

    2018: N/A

    2019: 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR, 1 TD

     

    Oakland is one of those teams that is so solid that it's difficult to mock for them, but one place where they have a slight weakness is OLB. Kearns only has one year under his belt but it was a good one where he had an opportunity to learn alongside Daquan Darcey. It's not sexy but it could be a nice little upgrade.

     

    23. LA Rams

    RB DeNorris Jackson 6-0 235 [Power], UCF

    2018: 330 for 1818, 23 TD, 0 fum

    2019: 287 for 1560, 20 TD, 1 fum

     

    DNJ is definitely the top RB prospect this coming draft, even with UCF's....history as an RB producing school. One place he could easily end up is Los Angeles, who still have yet to really get a star RB to help take pressure off of Darrell Murphy.

     

    24. Detroit

    CB Kordell McKinnon 6-0 195 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage], Michigan

    -N/A

     

    Mocking a CB with no stats to the team that has Keyshawn Thompson seems stupid, and probably is, but the thinking here is that the Lions still don't really have a lot behind Keyshawn. With the star studded wide receiving corps in the NFC North getting more quality Cbs definitely can't hurt, and there's not a whole lot else they need here.

     

    25. Denver

    SS Cameron Whitney 6-2 183 [Man Coverage], Connecticut

    2018: N/A

    2019: 35 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD

     

    Denver has a few places they could go here but one possibility is strong safety, where they have a slight hole. Whitney showed a fair bit of promise in his inaugural season and if he can build off that this season he should be able to make a name for himself in the coming draft's first round prospects.

     

    26. NY Jets

    OT Shawaun Holsey 6-2 297 [Run Blocking], Virginia

    -N/A

     

    With Joe McCord getting older and his contract expiring this year I could see Jumbo going for the value pick here with Holsey, another seemingly quality senior offensive tackle. With a team as well built as the Jets it becomes all about maintenance, and this is definitely a maintenance pick.

     

    27. Green Bay

    DT Emanuel Serrano 6-2 320 [2-Gap], Stanford

    2018: N/A

    2019: 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks

     

    The Packers have improved dramatically this past season but they still have a couple openings on their defense, the biggest probably being defensive tackle. With Carter Jackson being fairly medicore and Mark Bassett getting older, they could easily look to Emanuel Serrano here, who played well in his only year in college.

     

    28. Dallas

    WR Joseph Thurston 6-0 210 [Target], Michigan State

    2018: 36 for 466, 2 TD

    2019: 60 for 912, 7 TD

     

    With Graham Burnett presumably starting next year the Cowboys will probably look to ease him in by providing him with an addition to their currently mediocre WR corps. Thurston doesn't have a lot of hype but part of that was his tumultuous coaching situation throughout his career. If Slinky can turn him around he could be a good looking prospect by season's end.

     

    29. Arizona (from Jacksonville)

    OG Leon Slack 6-5 263 [Pass Blocking], Wisconsin

    -N/A

     

    Randye has put a lot of effort into upgrading his offensive line in his time at Arizona but it's still not good enough to be comfortable if he decides to take his chances on a new QB this year. Tanner Bowman would really appreciate Slack, the only good guard of this class, being on the frontlines.

     

    30. Carolina

    OLB Nathaniel Jeffries [Blitz], Tennessee

    2018: N/A

    2019: 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INT, 1 TD

     

    The Panthers are pretty lacking in OLBs, as seen in their attempts to create one using positonal changes, and it's one of the few positions they could really upgrade so they take Jeffries, who has looked quite promising at Tennessee thus far in his career.

     

    31. Miami

    WR Jamir Blackburn 6-4 196 [Speed], Minnesota

    2018: 45 for 566, 6 TD

    2019: 56 for 800, 4 td

     

    Brian Brown is really good, but even he surely wouldn't mind a new toy on offense. Blackburn may not have the hype now, but if he can have a really good year he might just break into the first round of a WR heavy class.

     

    32. San Fransisco

    OLB Caleb McNamara 6-2 217 [Coverage], Vanderbilt

    2018: 23 tackles, 0.5 sacks

    2019: 10 Tackles

     

    San Fransisco has more holes than you might expect from a reigning champion, not least of which is at outside linebacker. McNamara hasn't done much through his career but there's always a chance he breaks out this season.

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    Pick 21 Javier Grady's 2019 Stats: 31 tackles, 14.5 sacks

    Pick 24 Kordell McKinnon's 2019 Stats: 10 tackles, 1 interception

    Pick 30 Nathaniel Jeffries's REAL 2019 Stats: 44 tackles, 3 INTs, 3.5 Sacks, 1 TD

     

    Also I don't believe in defensive tackles. I can almost guarantee you we won't take a DT, maybe in the entire draft :P

     

    Really happy that two Vols were highly rated enough to make the preseason 2020 mock draft first round! Go Damian! Go Nathaniel!

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    11 hours ago, Dacder said:

    Malachi Douglas is probably my favorite overall CB in this class at the moment, as he's looked very good despite playing second fiddle to Marquise Reed in the past. Will he shine as he steps into the spotlight as Clemson's CB1?

     

    Just wanna point out that Douglas has been CB1 for going on 3 years

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