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Here is the rearranged order for picks 58-64
58- Tee Higgins
59- Marlon Davidson
60- Julian Okwara
61- Damon Arnette
62- Laviska Shealnut Jr.
63- Matthew Henessy
64- Chase Claypool
Please also keep in note that when you say Chase Claypool's name after pick 64 it is for K.J. Halmer and not for Chase Claypool.
Here is a revision from after when the mock draft was done
THE DRAFT (all in pictures done thedraftnetwork.com)
You want to talk about consistency then let's talk about Iowa Hawkeyes football.
For years, Iowa has always produced very good draft prospects. Last year, they had two tight ends go in the first round. Yes, you heard me right, two tight ends.
T.J. Hockenson went to the Detroit Lions and Noah Fant went up north to Mile-High to play with the Denver Broncos. Two years before those two were picked, the San Francisco 49ers got their hands on another Iowa tight end in George Kittle, now (arguably) the best tight end in the NFL. The Niners also got CJ Beathard, quarterback out of Iowa a-round later.
As the years go on, Iowa always seems to be a powerhouse in the draft that nobody talks about.
This year, Iowa has the big man in Tristan Wirfs. One of the four offensive linemen in the iconic ‘big-four’ that consists of Louisville’s Mehki Becton, Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr, and, of course, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs.
However, Wirfs is not the top Iowa prospect I will be highlighting today, instead, I am going to take a look at the guy Wirfs has been able to protect game in and game out, quarterback, Nate Stanley.
Stanley recently garnered a considerable amount of attention after scoring a 40 on the Wonderlic test, the highest amount out of any quarterback in this draft class.
To put Stanley’s score into perspective, Tua Tagavaiola scored a 19. Meanwhile, Heisman and National Championship winner in LSU’s Joe Burrow got a 34, the third most amongst the quarterbacks. In between Stanley and Burrow? Georgia's Jake Fromm, another great QB who I have the Patriots picking. (Please note Justin Herbert went from a 25 to 39 while writing this)
It’s ironic how the three quarterbacks who I like the most all rank in the top three, showing the great football minds they all have.
It is also funny how a kid from the University of Iowa stands above the pack. How, just how on earth does this possibly happen? You’re probably thinking to yourself.
Well, as I mentioned before Iowa is always producing very good talent; exactly what Stanley brings to the table.
I am not saying Nate Stanley is the best prospect in the draft, or he is the next Tom Brady, but I think the kid is very, very good.
The 6’4 quarterback is good on his feet and a straight-up consistent passer. He would never throw too much at Iowa, not often exceeding the thirty amount (for passes attempted).
Stanley’s stats from the last two years are nearly identical, showing you how consistent he is.
As you can see, Stanley had 3 less passing attempts two seasons ago compared to this past season and in that season he had two fewer completions.
Nate Stanley was also a key reason why Iowa shocked the college football world when they beat PJ Fleck’s Minnesota this year.
Overall, Stanley is a blue-chip prospect that I think NFL coaches will love to work with. Not the fanciest of all guys, but Stanley still gets the job done and he gets it done well.
Founder, The Sports Court
Photos via https://www.espn.com
It's T-minus 2 hours until the WNBA Draft...
And I just decided to release the official The Sports Court first ever WNBA Mock Draft! Lets get this party rolling and that will all start off with by doing the number one pick in the draft which is owned by no other than my hometown team, the New York Liberty!
#1- New York Liberty - Sabrina Ionescu
I mean, come on now! Do I even have to explain myself. One of the best players (male or female) to step on a college basketball and you don't have her going number 1! That just means you're crazy! Ionescu has the most hype surronding any WNBA player I have seen in years, and she is certainly a pro-level talent that I cannot wait to watch in the pros. 17.5 points per game, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists does not lie. If she wants to be a star not just on the court but off of it, New York is the perfect place to go. A true leader and one of the greatest college basketball players I've ever seen, Sabrina Ionescu is the inagural #1 pick in the first ever The Sports Court WNBA Mock Draft!
#2- Dallas Wings - Satou Sabally
Two Oregon players go back to back! Great job to that Oregon Ducks Athletic Department for producing two of the best college basketball players in a while. A powerful forward, her and Arike Ogunbowale (yes, she hit that miraculous game-winning shot for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a few years back against both UConn and Missipi State) will be a duo that you don't want to play against. Very versatile, she can also play center. A great pickup for the Wings here at the two spot.
#3- Indiana Fever - Lauren Cox
Now, it would be very interesting to see how these 2 and 3 spots actually end up working out with Sabally being a foreigner from Germany and Lauren Cox being the hometown kid raised in North Texas and playing college ball at Baylor University. Another versatile player, Cox can player both center and forward and she's also very good out on the perimeter and driving into the hoop, getting easy baskets at times that actually aren't quite easy. Also, Cox is the best defender in the draft. She will certainly make an immediate impact and tremendously help out the struggling Fever.
#4- Atlanta Dream - Chennedy Carter
The next best player in the draft is what most people would say. However, I wouldn't say that. I would say she's the best. Okay, okay, maybe I am getting a little overboard but average 20+ points per game in three straight seasons is big time. A big time player to a big time city for a big time team. The Atlanta Dream will be dreaming nicely tonight because they will get a steal in the most creative offensive player I've seen in years, Chennedy Carter.
#5- Dallas Wings - Tyasha Harris
The Wings need another point guard. Tyasha Harris the best one avaliable, it's simple as that. Tyasha Harris is a leader, another big plus for the Wings and they will surely be happy to have her join the squad.
#6- Minnesota Lynx - Crystal Dangerfield
This took me a while to make up my mind on. Take the best overall prospect left or get what you need? I say get what you need in Crystal Dangerfield and that's the direction I see the Lynx going in.
#7- Dallas Wings - Bella Alaire
The Wings are rich in first-round picks this year and Bella Alaire may just go number six to the Minnesota Lynx. Aire is great from the three-point line and can shoot like Stephen Curry. She's also very smart, going to Princeton University
#8- Chicago Sky - Beatrice Mompremier
She's got one of the coolest names around and she's also got a spot on the Chicago Sky, a not so cool name. Anyways, Mompremier is a monster standing at 6'4 and she will be a force to be reckoned with on the professional level on a very solid Chicago Sky
#9- New York Liberty- Ruthy Hebard
After taking the best Oregon Ducks basketball player ever why not take her teammate in Ruthy Hebard who will fill a huge hole in the Liberty squad after the Dina Charles move. A great pickup for the Liberty.
#10- Phoenix Mercury - Megan Walker
The Mercury need some more talent. A spark-plug. That is exactly what they're going to get in the UConn shooting forward, Megan Walker. Walker is very talented, a truly elite shooter that is great from the wing. An amazing fusion of youth and the Mercury will be very happy to get Megan Walker.
#11- Seattle Storm - Mikiah Herbert Harrigan
The big-tall-powerful (power) forward in Mikiah Herbert Harrigan is a baller. Truly an insane player that's fun to watch and will be great to have on the roster to ease Brianna Stewart back into her starting role after suffering a torn achilles.
#12- New York Liberty - Kiah Gillespie
You don't really come across a player like Kiah Gillespie to often. With over twenty double-doubles , Gillespie is a really dynamic player. She can score, rebound, assist, and defend very well. She was top 10 in ACC play in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage, and defensive rebounds. Kiah Gillespie is a steal at the number 12 spot.
Founder, The Sports Court