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2020 Citrus Bowl Preview & Prediction

Nick Popio | January 1st, 2020

Alabama and Michigan will meet up for the fifth time in series history as they collide in a mouth-watering Citrus Bowl matchup. The last time these two met the Tide clobbered the Wolverines 41-14 in 2012. The last bowl meeting was the 2000 Orange Bowl in Tom Brady‘s farewell game at Michigan. The maize and blue outlasted the Tide by one due to a missed extra point.

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The Tom Greene Podcast- College Football Playoff and Michigan-Alabama Preview with Jack Patterson

Tom Greene  | December 24th, 2019

Festivus, Christmas, the College Football Playoff, and Michigan-Alabama are all upon us!

I brought in Jack Patterson (@JPattersonTV), Sports Reporter from WRBL in Georgia, to break down the three big games coming up.

We also discussed, at length, about his encounter with Marty Smith, and how humbling he, and that experience, was.

Check out this episode for a great discussion about football and networking! We both aspire to work in the business, and Jack has a great head start in that!

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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Xavier McKinney, SAF, Alabama

Alex Kielar | December 3rd, 2019 

Xavier McKinney, SAF, Alabama #15

Height: 6’1” 

Weight: 200 LBs

Year: Junior

Xavier McKinney is in his second year at the starting safety role after a breakout year in his sophomore season last year (74 TOT tackles, six for loss, three sacks, two INT, one INT return for touchdown, ten passes defended, two forced fumbles) and he has had another solid year through the regular season. He has a lot of versatility and has the length to even play snaps at linebacker with great tackling ability (leads Alabama in tackles). His versatility will make him a very sought after prospect in the upcoming draft. Continue reading

Weekly Gambling Picks: Week Seven

Daniel Corrigan | November 25th, 2019

We are just going to ignore last week’s picks. I won’t say my record from last week, but I am 18-12-2 overall. Still not bad. Let’s get rich!

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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Givanni Damico | November 23rd, 2019 

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma #2 

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 191 LBs

Year: Junior

CeeDee Lamb is at the top of my wide receiver board. He’s a flashy player who makes big plays on the ball. Lamb averages 22.3 yards per catch which show his incredible yards after catch (YAC) ability. Lamb is an elite athlete with an incredible motor and great agility.

I grade on a 100-point scale being distributed ten ways with ten different criteria.

For wide receivers, these criteria include:

Frame, Speed, Strength/Physicality, Release, Hips/Footwork, Catching, Playmaking/YAC, Contested Balls, Route Running, Athleticism

Games of Lamb’s that I’ve watched:

  1. Texas Tech, at West Virginia (2018), at Texas (2019), vs. Houston (2019), vs. Alabama (2018)

 

Frame

9.5/10 Lamb has great size for a wide receiver that plays on the outside. I’d like to see him add a little bit more weight so he can better box out his opponents, but he’s only going to get stronger. He’s going to be hard for any cornerback in football to stop.

Speed

8.5/10 Although his speed is not elite, Lamb’s agility and athleticism makes up for it. He accelerates quickly in the open field which allows for extra YAC.

Strength/Physicality

9/10 Lamb is extremely physical as a runner. He fights for every last yard. He is also able to box out pretty well. As I said earlier, there is room for improvement here, but he’s one of the best in the class at creating space to make plays.

Release

9.5/10 Despite his lack of top-end speed, Lamb’s break off of the line of scrimmage and incredibly fluid footwork allow him to create separation quickly which leads to big plays and yards after the catch.

Hips/Footwork

10/10 No one is more polished at body control in the air and fluid footwork than Lamb (in this class). He is a top of the line talent who is great at concentrating on the ball and adjusting his body to make difficult plays seem easy.

Catching

9.5/10 There is no doubt that Lamb is a natural pass-catcher. If you throw it his way, he seems to catch it nearly every time. 

Playmaking/YAC

10/10 Only Jerry Jeudy rivals Lamb’s ability to make big plays happen. As I said earlier, Lamb is electrifying after the catch which is a major reason why he averages 22 yards per catch. He is elusive and hard to bring down. 

Contested Balls

8.5/10 Some of the plays that I’ve seen Lamb make in tight coverage are incredible. I’d like to see him develop a bit more consistency in this department, but you can’t ask for much more from a young talent.

Route Running

9.5/10 Lamb has an advanced route tree, having played in an “air raid” style offense. His ability to learn routes and consistently catch the football will put him on every team’s “must-have” list going into the 2020 draft.

Athleticism

9.5/10 Despite his lack of elite speed, Lamb is still likely to run somewhere in the 4.5-4.6 range at the 40-yard dash. He is extremely elusive and agile. Overall, he is incredibly gifted with natural talent.

Overall

93.5/100 There is a reason why CeeDee Lamb is number one on my wide receiver board. He’s incredibly well-rounded and has an insane catch radius. He makes difficult plays look easy, especially when controlling his body in the air. He is a polished player, understanding advanced route trees and having incredible footwork and fluidity. His ability to make plays with the ball in his hand is unparalleled.


Round Grade: Early First Round

Projected Draft Position: Early-Mid First Round

Pro Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins

Other Scouting Reports – Javon KinlawKristian FultonShaun Wade,Tyler Johnson

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