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NFL Hotties 2011 Vol 1

It’s that time again BPD fans.  NFL’s hottest hotties are back.  Enjoy the beauties than enjoy today’s games.  Peace.  And as always, thanks for checking in.

She looks A LOT better than the team she roots for.  Not sure Kolb is your long-term solution.

Ms. Edmundson has ATL looking might fine.  Fans hope their Falcons look this good in Week 2.

Bear Down!  Whoooo!  It’s hot in herre.

I don’t know about the Dolphins being #1 but she might be.

Sexy Eagles fan.  Wow!

New Jersey babes UNITE!  Um, I meant New York.  😉

OK, if I am a Saints fan this is going to be a distraction.  I wonderfully, beautifully, hot distraction, but a distraction none the less.

Remember to prime and paint your steel!

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NFL Championship Games

This Sunday the nation watches as two teams will advance to SUPERBOWL XLV.  In the AFC you have the steel-city bruisers versus the trash-talking boys from the Big Apple.  In the NFC you have the leagues oldest rivalry.  The opportunistic Bears versus the aggressive, high-scoring Pack.  Both games should be fantastic and fans of these four teams will be on the edge of their seats as both games should be close.

NFC

Chicago v. Green Bay

These two teams don’t like each other very much.  They respect each other, but don’t like each other.  The fans can’t stand one another.  The back and forth between fans through the media and online has reached new heights.  Who knows, there could be more action in the stands on Sunday than on the field.  To analyze this game really doesn’t go much further than Jay Cutler.  Bottomline, how he plays will dictate if Bears are prowling the streets of Dallas in two weeks.  As a Bear QB he is 1-3 versus the Pack with 9 interceptions.  That of course scares me big time but I won’t necessarily put that all on him because last years Bears were not very good.  Conversely, Jay Cutler is 22-0 as a QB when he concludes the game with a 100 QB rating or better.  That is a very telling statistic.

Green Bay will rush everyone at Jay all day long.  Jay will run, Jay will fall and Jay will not collect $200.  The best thing Jay can do under rough circumstances is not turn the ball over.  Mike Martz has to help Jay by running the ball and keeping the passes under 15 yards.  Quick looks in the slot and passes to the back out of the backfield will make any pressure Green Bay brings negligible.

On Green Bay’s side of the ball Aaron Rodgers will do well, he always does.  The Bear simply have to do what they did in Green Bay a few weeks ago which was stop the run and put pressure on Aaron without blitzing too much.  The Bears D is almost unbeatable if Peppers, Harris and Idonije are able to put pressure on the QB.  It allows Briggs and Urlacher to stay back and do what they do best which is filling the running lanes and taking away the intermediate passing attack.

There are two other intangibles worth noting.  If Hester and Manning get the ball on special teams the Bears should have great field position all day.  So, even if the Bears don’t score much, Punter Brad Maynard should keep Green Bay inside their own 20 most of the day.  If Green Bay has to play up hill all day they won’t win.  One other one worth mentioning is the matchup between Matthews and Webb.  LB Clay Matthews is Jack Lambert, Dick Butkus and Thor all rolled into one.  He makes a huge difference on that defense.  On the Bears side is very green rookie OT Webb.  He has shown steady improvement all year but he will be staring down the blitzes from Clay all day.  If he can contain him even a little that will help Chicago.  If he can’t than Chicago could be in trouble.

MY PICK – Chicago 17 Green Bay 13

AFC

New York v. Pittsburgh

This is going to be a great game.  Pittsburgh has been tough as nails since Big Ben’s return and the Jets have been like a boulder rolling downhill.  Both teams, on the surface, are very equal.  Both defenses are very tough, the QBs don’t make too many mistakes and the running games are very good.  Both teams are also well coached.

NY is facing a better running team than they did last week.  Rashard Mendenhall is vastly underrated.  He is very tough.  The one thing that the Steelers have going for them and this should come into play this weekend is the knack for the big play.  At almost guarantee at one point in this game when things are tight Big Ben is going to hook up for a big TD with Wallace, Sanders or Ward.  It will more than likely be a difference maker.

The Jet offense is good but has been inconsistent.  While Pittsburgh making big plays is almost a guarantee, I don’t feel the same way about the Jets.  I don’t think the offense can break open a game or come from behind late to win.  Their recipe for success is their defense holding the opposing team to under 20 points.  That is pretty much the bottom line.  I don’t want to knock Sanchez or the couple of weapons he has at wideout but that offense doesn’t scare me much.  I can see them moving the ball decently enough against Polamalu and the boys but I can’t see them making big plays and scoring too much.  LT could be a difference maker and open up the passing game but it isn’t likely against Pittsburgh.

Some intangibles worth mentioning might be the Jets pass rush.  They were able to disrupt any sort of passing attack from Tom Brady last week by keeping constant pressure on him.  That will be their plan against Ben as well.  The only difference is if they bring too many of their talented LBs on the rush it could open up for a big run or pass play.  Big Ben always played well under pressure.  The final intangible I can think of would be Pittsburgh’s depth and experience.  This is their fourth AFC championship in 7 years.  They have a great coach and an amazing system that works.  They can plug in and rotate guys all over the field and not lose too much.  They Jets are close but on the road against a team like Pittsburgh is going to be tough.

MY PICK – Pittsburgh 27 NY 16

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NFL Divisional Playoffs

The NFL playoffs are in full swing.  It is a wonderful time of year, but sad at the same time because we know the glorious game of football is coming to an end for the year.  To make matters even worse there is that pesky issue of the CBA which has next season up for grabs.  Well, I guess none of us can control what the NFL does in the off season.  Obviously we hope it is the two sides playing nice and coming to terms.  But, if they don’t it is going to be a long time until we see football again.  SOOOOO, let’s enjoy the hell out of these playoffs.

NFC

The miracle Seahawks v. the Jekyl and Hyde Bears.  This should be a better game than most people think.  The Bears came off of a flat game against Green Bay in their finally while the S’Hawks are on a roll with wins over St. Louis and New Orleans.  Seattle is mostly healthy.  Matt is back at QB and Marshawn is running like Earl Campbell.  All of those things do work in the S’Hawks favor.  What doesn’t is the brutal weather expected for Chicago.  Snow showers and a high of 14 degrees.  Now Tom Brady torched the Bears a month ago in similar weather but that was Tom Brady and the Patriots.  They’re awesome and Brady plays ridiculously well in poor weather.  The S’Hawks are used to the moderate climate of Seattle.  So, what other than the weather is against the S’Hawks?  How about the Bears staunch run defense.  They are among the league leaders and if Seattle can’t run, Seattle won’t win.  For Chicago not to blow this game on offense is simple.  They have to NOT turn over the football and convert on 3rd Downs.  If they can do this than it will be an uphill battle for the S’Hawks.  PREDICTION – Chicago 24 Seattle 14

The Green Bay Packers are on fire.  They beat the big, bad Bears in a brutal defensive game and then the GB defense whooped up on Vick and Philly.  On the downside they are entering the Georgia Dome to face Matt Ryan and the Falcons.  Simply put they don’t lose much at home.  Actually, they have only lost once there so the odds are against GB right out of the gate.  Both QBs are great so they cancel each other out.  Green Bays defense is good and ATLs is underrated so they cancel each other out.  That leaves special teams, receivers and runners.  ATL wins each of those battles.  Weems should be able to give ATL great field position all day.  Michael “the Burner” Turner is better than, well, just about anything Green Bay has.  Finally GB does have some good receivers but ATL gets the edge with TE Tony Gonzalez.  Other intangibles?  Can’t see any really.  It should be a close game with the home team squeaking out a win.  PREDICTION – Atlanta 20 Green Bay 17

AFC

This is going to be a hate fest from the word GO!  Rex Ryan has his boys playing well.  They have a chip on their shoulder and they’re daring just about anybody to knock it off.  The J E T S are talking smack, especially Cromartie who called Brady an “asshole”.  Wow!  That is some hate.  Now, I like confidence.  Heck, the 85′ Chicago Bears were as brash as they came but they NEVER disrespected another player and they always backed up their talk.  Now the J E T S might want to pipe down a bit because Brady and company are healthy and rested.  Why do I get the feeling, if I may make this analogy, the NY Jets are the Japanese after Pearl Harbor and the Patriots are the sleeping giant.  I so have this feeling Brady will tear up that NYJ defense and the Patriot defense will treat Sanchez like their bitch.  PREDICTION – New England 35 NY Jets 10
This should be the game of the weekend.  I have gone back and forth on this matchup.  Baltimore looked spectacular against the Chiefs last week.  The defense looked like the Ravens defense we recognize.  Flacco and company are efficient.  They run and pass and last week made it look easy.  However, their opponent this week is just a little bit tougher in Pittsburgh.  The Steelers haven’t done any one thing superbly this season but they have been so solid all around since Ben’s return.  RB Rashard Mendenhall is a key guy for the Steelers.  He can wear down the aging Raven defenders with his physical in-between the tackles running and take pressure off of Big Ben.  If however the Ravens are able to contain Mendenhall they will begin teeing off on Ben.  The Steeler D should be able to keep Baltimore in check.  Once again it isn’t a great defense but they do everything very well.  They don’t make too many mistakes.  The final stat if you will is that Pittsburgh has a 6 game winning streak over the Ravens.  That may be something too difficult for this Ravens group to overcome.  PREDICTION – Pittsburgh 21 Baltimore 16

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NFL Hotties Vol 2 – 2010

These two certainly look a lot better than their football team.

Did you really think we weren’t going to show a pic of the Jets hottie Jenn Sterger?

I am feeling a bit…Patriotic right now.

Meeeeeeeow!  Get it? Bengal…cat.

Where do I sign up for VIP?

I am loving the new addition to the Bills.  Hey, let’s face it, she couldn’t do any worse than the losers they have out there now.

Redskins cheer team, always one of the hottest in the NFL.

Steelers are indeed looking “super” again.

Arrrrgh!  I want me some of that booty.

The Jets get a two-fer this week.  This Jet model is too f***ing hot to pass up.

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NFL Draft Wrap Up – AFC North

1 – Baltimore Ravens (B)

Baltimore’s only mistake was not adding depth to their defensive backfield.  The Ravens managed to address the rest of their needs and take quality players with almost every pick.  They revamped their front seven by selecting DE Sergio Kindle, DT Terrance Cody and DT Art Jones.  Sergio and Art scared some with their injury histories but if healthy will play at a high level.  Terrance has a weight issue but if he can shed 10 to 15 pounds he can be that run stopper the Ravens are looking for.  They also took two excellent TEs in Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.  Both are athletic pass catching TEs a la Todd Heap.  Todd is getting long in the tooth so these guys are the heir apparent.  WR David Reed should contribute on special teams.

2 – Cincinnati Bengals (A)

The Bengals draft was one of their best in years.  They have lacked a stud TE for many years and adding one was crucial to the development of their passing game.  They added the best on the board in Jermaine Gresham.  He is quite a big target and has soft hands.  Look for Palmer to go over the middle early and often to this big guy.  They also needed to add depth on the defensive line and came away with DE Carlos Dunlap and DT Geno Atkins.  Carlos has an issue with working in the off-season but when he is on he will chase the QB all day long.  Geno was a solid value pick.  He is an athletic DT and should compete for playing time.  CB Brandon Ghee was a great pick at the end of the 3rd Round.  He is a quick, athletic DB who should end up being the starting FS.  They also upgraded the receiving corps selecting WR Jordan Shipley and WR Dezmon Briscoe.  Shipley was another great pick.  He should provide Carson Palmer with that possession receiver he’s been lacking.  Dezmon had some personal issues but if those are resolved this big, physical kid should make the team and get some playing time in the red zone.  Finally, LB Rodrick Muckelroy slid down the chart to Cincy in the late 4th Round.  He won’t start on the LB rich team but he should contribute on special teams.

3 – Pittsburgh Steelers (B)

With all of the off-season issues the Steelers needed a solid draft and got one.  C Maurkice Pouncey was the first pick and should have been after the beating Ben took last season.  He should start immediately at either G or C.  DE Jason Worilds was probably picked a little higher than he should have but he is a superb pass rush specialist.  WR Emmanuel Sanders could replace the departed Holmes.  At least that is what Pittsburgh is hoping for.  He is very fast with big play ability but there may have been better WRs on the board at the time.  DE Thaddeus Gibson will add depth to the Pittsburgh front seven.  OT Chris Scott was a pretty good pick in the mid-rounds.  He is a very solid pass protector and that is what Pittsburgh needed.  A true steal for the Steelers was RB Jonathan Dwyer.  Many had projected him in the 2nd or 3rd Round.  He slipped into the 6th Round so he will come out and run with purpose.  He could take carries away from Mendenhall.

4 – Cleveland Browns (C+)

The Browns could have received a much higher grade and overall the draft was still pretty good.  Sometimes luck is better than talent and I think they got awfully lucky in this draft.  With a bunch of talented QBs on the board they take CB Joe Haden.  I like Joe but I had him going in the teens.  They could have traded down and still got him.  Joe is solid and will start for Cleveland.  With the 2nd Round pick I thought they would go for Clausen for sure but they opted for S T.J. Ward, another guy with a lower grade than where he was picked.  They needed a safety with his skill set but not at that pick.  Now I’ll give them props for moving up to nab RB Montarrio Hardesty.  They needed a runner and they got a good one.  He should compliment Harrison very well.  Finally at pick #85 they take QB Colt McCoy.  Lucky, lucky, lucky.  They played the odds that many teams weren’t in need an that one of the QBs they liked would be there.  Colt was and they got their QB of the future.  Colt should be a nice fit with that offense.  Finally, one pick I thought was excellent was WR Carlton Mitchell in the 6th Round.  I’m not sure why he slipped.  I had a 4th Round grade on him.  He has great size and ability.  He should get a chance to play in this offense.

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AFC DRAFT REVIEW

NORTH
Baltimore – OT certainly wasn’t a top need for Baltimore but they get Michael Oher anyways. Oher can start on either side but will be a back up for now. I love the pick of DE Paul Kruger in the 2nd Round. He can play down or up as an OLB in their 3-4 scheme. He should contribute right away. CB Lardarius Webb was a reach in Round 3. He could contribute on special teams and maybe some defensive packages. ILB Jason Phillips falls to the 5th Round and Baltimore’s LB corps gets stronger. RB Cedric Peerman is of great value with the last pick. He gives them a legitimate pass catcher out of the backfield. TE Drew might make the team as a back up and special teamer.
The Ravens failed to land a S and their #1 need, WR. FINAL GRADE C+

Pittsburgh – Can we say the rich get richer? DT Ziggy Hood is a very talented interior lineman. I had him going several picks before this but teams passed him up for some reason. OL Kraig Urbik is a very solid offensive lineman from Wisconsin. He can play either guard position or right tackle. Pittsburgh adds depth. WR Mike Wallace replaces WR Nate Washington. CBs Lewis and Burnett should add depth to Pittsburgh’s defensive backfield but I don’t project either guy as a starter. C A.Q. Shipley in the 7th Round is a steal. Most scouts had the Penn State C as a 5th Round value. DT Harris and TE Johnson will struggle to make the team. Pittsburgh addressed all of their need areas. FINAL GRADE B+

Cincinnati – The Bengals had a lot of picks and did some pretty good things with them. The first one was used on OL Andre Smith. Now I moved him way down my board for weight and attitude reasons but Cincy pick him #6 overall. The way I look at this pick is if they put him at G or RT I think it will work out well. If they project him as a LT I think they will be very disappointed. ILB Rey Maualuga with Keith Rivers sounds awesome on paper. However Rey isn’t very bright for a MLB and his only strength is up in the box. It depends on the scheme but this is a boom or bust pick. DE Michael Johnson was a great pick. He is a talented pass rusher and should contribute right away. TE Chase Coffman was also one of the steals of the draft. He should contribute immediately. C Jon Luigs, P Kevin Huber and RB Fui Vakapuna were all solid picks were they were taken and should contribute. RB Bernard Scott and DE Clinton McDonald were reaches and failed to draft a safety. FINAL GRADE B-

Cleveland – The Browns hit a homerun early with the picks of C Alex Mack and WR Brian Robiskie. Mack should anchor that line for a long time and Robiskie will be the go to receiver if Edwards is traded. WR Massaquoi is a big, physical threat and could start opposite Robiskie. DE David Veikune will start at LB in Cleveland’s 3-4. He is a quick penetrator who will see significant playing time. LB Maiva from USC was a great value. He is smart and should start soon. CB Cary and Francies are also great values where they were picked. They should contribute. 6th Round pick RB James Davis could be a nice surprise. He should produce behind RB Jamal Lewis. Cleveland did fail to land a S and TE. FINAL GRADE B

SOUTH
Jacksonville – The Jags needed help on the line and they got OT Eugene Monroe. He may be the best of this class and start on the Jags left side for the next 10 years. Props to the Jags for going offensive line two picks in a row nabbing OT Eben Britton. He will eventually start on the right side. DT Knighton was taken a little high but will provide some serious beef in the middle of the Jacksonville defensive line. Round 3 selection of William & Marry CB Derek Cox is a bit of a stretch. They could have had him at a much better value in Round 5. WR Mike Thomas should contribute immediately in the slot for Jacksonville even though they needed a bigger playmaker on the outside. WR Dillard from Rice might make the team as a 4th option. He has great hands. Liberty RB Rashad Jennings is a steal in Round 7. Most had him a 4th or 5th Round pick. He is a huge back that should compliment Jones-Drew very well. They failed to draft an OLB, a QB or a big-play WR. FINAL GRADE C+

Indianapolis – DT Ziggy Hood, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Brian Robiskie, LB Rey Maualuga, LB James Laurinaitis and OT Eben Britton are still on the board and you reach with U Conn RB Donald Brown. I’m not saying Brown will be bad but they had other significant holes and better options. Addai and Hart are injury prone so if they do go down this pick suddenly makes a lot of sense. DT Fili Moala was taken in the 2nd Round and should start although he isn’t an impact player. CB Powers was a bit of a reach in Round 3. He has decent skills and should play some nickel and special teams. WR Austin Collie was a good pick in Round 4. He was a very productive WR and special teamer. DT Terrance Taylor was an OK pick. He is a short run stopper. He won’t help much in pass defense. QB Curtis Painter in Round 6 was a great pick. Purdue QBs do pretty well in the NFL. He may have a future as Peyton’s understudy for the next few years. P Pat McAfee will probably make the team after Hunter’s departure. They failed to land a LB in the draft. FINAL GRADE C

Houston – The Texans needed a stud LB and they got one. LB Brian Cushing will be the face of the defense for years to come. I love the pick of DE Connor Barwin in Round 2. Add Barwin to Okoye and Williams and you are talking an awesome defensive line. G Antoine Caldwell will provide O-Line depth. TE James Casey was a great value pick in Round 5. He is a great, pass catching TE. They also grabbed two decent CB prospects in Quin and McCain. They failed to pick a WR or RB in the draft. FINAL GRADE C+

Tennessee – They had a lot of picks and did pretty well. WR Kenny Britt could end up being the best WR of this draft. DT Sen’Derrick Marks is no Haynesworth but he should do well. TE Jared Cook will help stretch the middle of the field. Good pick. CB Ryan Mouton, LB Gerald McGrath and OT Troy Kropog were great picks where they were picked. They should make the team and contribute. Grabbing RB Javon Ringer near the end of Round 5 was a no-brainer. He now gives Tennessee a triple-threat backfield. The last 4 players taken will struggle to make this already deep team. The only thing Titans failed to do was draft a young QB. FINAL GRADE B+

EAST
Miami – The Dolphins picked up defensive backs in the off-season and continued to do so in the draft adding stud Illinois CB Vontae Davis and Utah CB Sean Smith. Davis should start right away and Smith should eventually start. QB Pat White is a great pick. He wants to play QB and Miami’s “Wildcat” offense allows him too. That should be very fun to watch. Mid-Round WR picks of Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner were brilliant. They add depth to a group that had none. Turner could end up being a #2 opposite Ted Ginn. Round 6 selection of OT Andrew Gardner was a good value pick. He should be able to hold down a back spot on the team. They did fail to address their needs on the defensive line. FINAL GRADE B

New England – The Patriots do very well with their box full of picks. SS Pat Chung and DT Ron Brace should both start immediately. They are both impact players. CB Darius Butler won’t start this year but he will shadow their vets for a year or two and then have a very long, successful career. OT Vollmer from Houston at the end of Round 2 is a reach. There were plenty of excellent OTs left. WR Brandon Tate had some issues recently but if healthy will be a significant contributor in the Patriot’s offense and special teams. OLB McKenzie from South Florida is a great value pick. He too will shadow the veteran linebackers for now and contribute on special teams. G Rich Ohrnberger was a good pick for New England. He adds depth to the interior offensive line. QB Julian Edelman from Kent State wasn’t on anyone’s board but they took him to run the New England version of the “Wildcat”. He will compete with free agent acquisition Brian Hoyer for the 3rd spot on the team. With 12 picks in the draft and a desperate need at RB the Patriots don’t draft one. Perhaps they have their eye on soon to be FA Edgerrin James. FINAL GRADE B

New York – Very good but very bad. The Jets had the balls to move up and take QB Mark Sanchez from USC. The problem is he is one of those boom or bust picks. Is he Carson Palmer or Matt Leinhart? He certainly has Palmer potential. The jury is out. Jets get great value nabbing RB Shonn Greene in Round 3. Thomas Jones is getting old and Shonn is the heir apparent. G Slaussen from Nebraska should make the team and add depth to the offensive line. They needed to address WR, D-Line and TE in the draft and didn’t. Perhaps they will in free agency. FINAL GRADE C

Buffalo – The Bills had a very nice draft. They reached a little on the first pick but they did get a versatile pass rusher in Aaron Maybin. He will start immediately. Wood and Levitre will add much needed depth to the interior offensive line. CB Jarius Byrd is vastly underrated and could start in his first season. Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson will also start and stretch the field. Round 5 pick Nic Harris is a great pick. He plays S, LB and is a special teams contributor. CB Cary Harris is also a great pick for Buffalo in Round 6. They did fail to draft a much needed RB and WR. FINAL GRADE B+

WEST
Denver – You take RB Moreno with the first pick after signing RBs Buckhalter, Jordan and Arrington in the off-season? With all the defensive holes I’m not sure I agree with that. DE Ayers with the second pick was solid and he should contribute immediately. 2nd Round picks of CBs Smith and McBath were solid. I don’t see either one starting but they will both contribute and add depth. S David Bruton in Round 4 was a good idea. In Round 6 they add QB Tom Brandstater who is the perfect QB for their system. He’ll play behind Orton and Simms in 2009. The rest of the picks were offensive line depth and WR McKinney who might not make the squad. They needed help on the defensive side of the ball, particularly on the front 7 and only came away with a defensive end. FINAL GRADE C-

Oakland – WR Heyward-Bey #7 overall! Are you kidding me? They could have moved down 10 to 15 spots and still got him. No other team had him in the top 20. Not too mention the two best receivers, Maclin and Crabtree were still on the board. I don’t even think he was 3rd best. I like WRs Hakeem Nicks and Percy Harvin more than Bey. Then in Round 2 they pick little known SS Mike Mitchell from Ohio. Mel Kiper was kind in saying he “flew” up some draft boards late but c’mon. This guy wasn’t even invited to the combine and wasn’t on most team’s board. This guy in Round 2 is a joke. DE Matt Shaunessy in Round 3 is a bit of a reach. He is a developmental player. The best pick was probably WR Louis Murphy in Round 4. I thought he had 2nd Round talent. DEs Norris and Sulak are speed all the way and look like situational rushers and special teamers. TE Brandon Myers with the last pick is a reserve, run-blocking tight end. They also failed to land a LB, O-Linemen and CB. FINAL GRADE D-

San Diego – The pick of DE Larry English means they were stupid for passing up ILBs Maualuga and Laurinaitis or they are not confident of Merriman’s return. They drafted some much needed beef in G Vasquez, G Tyronne Green and DT Vaughn Martin. Vasquez and Green add much needed depth and one will probably replace Goff. DT Martin is a longshot. He is a Canadian player drafted based on an impressive workout day and intangibles. CB Brandon Hughes should be the nickel back and S Kevin Ellison of USC was a steal late in the draft. He is a smart, hard-nosed player who should contribute. The last pick of WR Demetrius Byrd could pay off a year or two down the road. If it weren’t for his untimely car accident he would have been selected in the 3rd or 4th Round. They did fail to secure a back up to Tomlinson. FINAL GRADE C+

Kansas City – DE Tyson Jackson is not the 3rd best player in the country. I thought LB Aaron Curry was a no-brainer here. Despite where Jackson was picked he should be a decent player and immediate contributor. DT Alex Magee in Round 3 is OK. I am not sure he is a starter in the NFL though. CB Donald Washington might make the team as a nickel back. G Colin Brown of Missouri adds depth and can play OT too. WR Quinten Lawrence will probably be the 4th or 5th receiver. RB Tavarris Williams from Tennessee State should do well. K Ryan Succop should also make the team. They failed to land a LB or S. FINAL GRADE C

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Superbowl 43

I never thought I would say it but the Cardinals are in the Superbowl.  How odd is that?  No one saw that coming but for the dozen or so schlubs that put $20 on them in Vegas, nice job.

I suppose I’ll be rooting for the underdog because I really have nothing vested in this game.  I don’t dislike or like either team.  Pittsburgh is a great team with a kick ass defense and Arizona is just a good story.

I suppose I’ll just root for a good, competitive game.  Hopefully Kurt Warner will dip into the fountain of youth one more time and air it out Rams style.  That would make for a very interesting game.

Unfortunately I think Pittsburgh is just too tough.  The defense will dismantle what ground game the Cardinals do have.  This will leave Kurt and the Cardinal offense playing catch up most of the day.  Kurt will get sacked and throw some picks but I also think he will hook up with his receivers downfield.

The biggest key of the day is the Pittsburgh offense.  If they can execute a balanced attack, grab a quick lead and keep Warner off of the field they could win pretty handily.  If the Cardinal D gets behind early they will have to start taking chances.  This could allow Ben to open up the offense.

The fun part of this game too are the two young coaches.  I think highly of both of these guys.  They are great coaches with a great approach to the game.  Tomlin’s guys didn’t miss a step in the transition from Cowher to him.  Wisenhunt took over a team from Green that was in disarray and turned it into and NFC Champion. 

My prediction – Pittsburgh 28 Arizona 16

MVP – Pitt QB Big Ben

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