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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.
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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.
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NFL 2020 MOCK DRAFT #1
In this Mock Draft, Chris Dailey gives you his first 32 to go off the board and an added comment on each pick! Please note their are no trades in this mock draft!
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow QB LSU
The obvious number one pick, Joe Burrow has ‘it’. Do I think he will turn around the Bengals franchise? No. However, I cannot see a way that the Bengals don’t take the Heisman winner after his historic, National Championship winning season.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young EDGE Ohio State
Well Giants fans, soak it in. This man will be ripping apart offensive lines in the NFL for years to come. If Young bulls up a bit more, he may just be the next JJ Watt. Despite missing two games, Young racked up 16.5 animals. He’s a force to be reckoned with and the obvious number 2 pick.
3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State
After losing All-Pro CB Darius Slay, it would be hard to imagine the Lions not getting their hands on the best corner in the draft, Jeff Okudah. Another OSU talent, Okudah will be a big boost to a struggling Lions defense. Don’t be surprised to see a trade here with the Dolphins as Miami is doing everything they can to get Tua Tagovailoa.
4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
Wirfs is a freak of nature. The right tackle stands at 6’5 and weighs 320 pounds. When you see the big man run, he looks like an Olympic track star. Athletically, he has it all and inside reports have said Dave Gettleman is very high on the kid from Iowa. The Giants have drafted franchise-altering players in Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones the last two drafts and now they need to protect those stars by drafting Wirfs.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
Tua Tagovailoa or just ‘Tua’ may be the most talented quarterback in this draft class. Without the lingering injuries Tua sustained in college, he would be the front-runner for the number one pick. I think any team that drafts him should give him the Pat Mahomes treatment and let him sit for a year and then start playing to ensure he is back to 100% health.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
Justin Herbert fits what you want in an NFL quarterback. Herbert is 6’6 and can escape the pocket and use his legs to make a play. Herbert can be a real threat in the NFL. Although I’m not all in on Justin Herbert, he has all of the intangibles to make it to the top.
7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown DT Auburn
The new man Matt Rhule is in town and the Panthers are paying him big bucks for a reason, to win football games. I think this year will be a nice bridge year for the Panthers and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them tank for Trevor (but we will get to that next year). Derrick Brown out of Auburn plays on the inside, and the Panthers are in desperate need of an interior defender. 6’5 and 318 pounds Brown is the perfect fit for the Panthers franchise.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills OT Alabama
Although Isiah Simmons may be the overall better prospect, the Cardinals need a blocker big time. If Kliff Kingsbury wants his air raid system to work with young quarterback Kyler Murray and star wideout DeAndre Hopkins, he (Kingsbury) has to strengthen the offensive line. Wills is the most pro-ready prospect in the draft and will make be a day one starter in Arizona.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Isiah Simmons LB Clemson
The Jaguars need everything. The front-office down in Jacksonville has been noticeably tanking, and the whole league is in awe. A team that was in the AFC Championship two years ago is one of the worst teams in the NFL. Isiah Simmons is the best athlete in the entire draft and certainly the most versatile. I see Simmons as a huge hit or miss prospect. More people know Simmons as the athlete rather than the football player, and in the NFL you need a mix of both and it shall be interesting to see how he translates his game to the NFL.
10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton OT Louisville
Mehiki Becton is huge. At 6 foot 7 and 369 pounds with a seven-foot wingspan, Becton is physically a monster. The Dawg Pound in Cleveland will be foolish not to draft Becton if he's still around here at the 10 spot.
11. New York Jets: Cedee Lamb WR Oklahoma
Cedee Lamb makes the ball stick to his hand as if he has glue on his glove. The Jets need to improve many things in this draft, the other big position being the offensive line. However, with Robby Anderson gone I can’t picture the Jets not drafting a big-time playmaker for Darnold here.
12. Oakland Raiders: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
A premier and polished route runner, Jerry Jeudy managed to rack up 1,163 and ten touchdowns while playing with another first-round receiver last season. Jeudy can make a positive impact right away and it’s going to be tough for Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden to pass on the Alabama receiver if he falls to the 12 spot.
13. San Francisco 49’ers: CJ Henderson CB Florida
Very good in the backfield, Henderson proves to be the top corner in the draft. While the Niners may lean forwards a receiver with this pick, it was apparent that their defense needs to be fixed. Richard Sherman isn’t good anymore and it was shown in the playoffs. CJ Henderson, welcome to San Francisco.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
Tom Brady doesn’t like to be sacked. If you’re Bruce Arians right now everything is about building around the six-time SuperBowl Champion. Thomas is a huge blocker that provides stable protection for Brady. The Georgia Bulldog will jump in the Buccaneers offense as a day one starter.
15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
Henry Ruggs III is the third receiver in a very deep class to be taken off the board. A teammate of Jeudy, Ruggs will go to Mile High and be a nice compliment to an offense that is in desperate need of another wideout.
16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina
A great pass rusher, the best in the draft excluding Chase Young, Kinlaw will be playing in the nicest stadium in America. After losing Vic Beasley, the Falcons need somebody who can hit the quarterback. Kinlaw is that guy and will fill a big hole in the Falcons defense.
17. Dallas Cowboys: K'Lavon Chassion OLB LSU
The Dallas Cowboys took a big hit when they lost Robert Quinn. Chaisson, an interior defensive pass-rusher will be a big-time player for the Cowboys.
18. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney S Alabama
Brian Flores is building a great team in Miami and this draft will only bolster the team. McKinney is a great, athletic player and will fill a big hole in the Dolphins defense at the safety spot.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: Grant Delpit S LSU
A very talented player. Delpit was a huge reason why LSU went undefeated and won a National Championship. Similar to Brian Flores and the Dolphins, the Raiders are building a great, young team and Delpit will be another big addition to the silver and black’s defender.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
After losing Jalen Ramsey and nearly every other star on the team, the Jaguars are in full rebuild mode. After getting Isiah Simmons at 9, Gladney would be a smart and safe pick here for Jacksonville.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson
The Eagles need hands. Hands that can catch a ball from Carson Wentz. Jefferson has those hands as will make an immediate impact with Philly. A no brainer pick here for the Eagles.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Kristian Fulton
This class is filled with depth in the wide receiver position, so the Vikings are going to pass on that position right now and grab one of the best corners in the draft, Kristian Fulton. Fulton is a productive and consistent player that is one of the most underrated players in this draft class.
23. New England Patriots: Denzel Mims
No Jordan Love for the Patriots. Before ASR’s song the quarterback situation, the Pats need to get a good wideout for whoever the quarterback of the future may be. I see the Patriots going with Jake Fromm in the third round and grabbing the explosive Denzel Mims while he’s still around.
24. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen
Yet another LSU player taken off the board. Queen is tough and has a great football IQ, everything Sean Payton is looking for. Plus his ties with the city are already a big plus.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Reagor
A very dynamic and flexible receiver, Reagor is a fun guy to work with. I can see the Vikings using Reagor as the replacement of Stegen Diggs. Adam Thielen is already in Minnesota, so Reagor will also have a veteran to work and learn from.
26. Miami Dolphins: Isiah Wilson
Wilson is a huge guy that is very light on his feet. If he fixes up a few of his flaws he can be huge for the Miami offense that will be powered by the Hawaiian native himself, Tua Tagavailoa.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos
20 tackles for loss doesn’t lie. Yetur Gross-Matos is the definition of a football player. Gross-Matos will be a great pickup for the Seahawks and I am sure Pete Caroll will make the most of Gross-Matos.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray
Kenneth Murray is a raw talent that was great for the Oklahoma Sooners. The Ravens desperately need a linebacker and they’re going to get one for the future in Kenneth Murray.
29. Tennessee Titans: Zack Baun
I love watching Zack Baun play. The pass rusher has a great nose for the ball and just loves the game. Very versatile, Baun can also play linebacker. Add that to a great football IQ and Baun is a premier NFL defender.
30. Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shealnut Jr.
Laviska Shealnut Jr. is known as the ‘swiss-army-knife’ for a reason. Shealnut Jr. plays wide receiver and some tight end on the side. Two positions the Packers need to fill. With Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, Shealnut Jr. can make a huge impact in the NFL.
31. San Francisco 49’ers: Cesar Ruiz
The NFL is all about the right fit. With this being said, Cesar Ruiz is the right fit for the 49’ers. Ruiz will bring an infusion of youth to the Niners offensive line.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift
Alright, I know the Chiefs need a corner. However, Swift will be a tough player to pass up on for Andy Reid and the Chiefs. Another guy I see being picked here is Damon Arnette, the most underrated player in the draft, hands down .
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