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11/5/2018 by James Fedewa @jamfed
The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, with a most impressive & complete team win. Philip Rivers was a surgeon on the field, cutting & slicing up the Seattle defense with relatively easy chunk plays. But this was not Rivers best game of the season, as the Seahawks kept Rivers completion percentage to a season low, 50%. Rivers only had 13 completions, but had 228 pass yards, with a massive 17.5 yards average per completion and two touchdowns.
Running back Melvin Gordon was also fantastic & extremely efficient, rushing 16 times with 113 yards (7.1 rush yards per attempt), including a 10 yard reception and one rushing touchdown.
Keenan Allen also had 6 receptions for 124 yards and two rushes for 14 yards, but he also had two very important 3rd down drops (that were perfectly thrown passes by Rivers).
Seattle dominated the time of possession of the game, and had a decent late game comeback, but with 6:45 in the 4th quarter, Russell Wilson threw a pick-six to nickle-corner Desmond King, which looked like the knockout blow. The Seahawks still scrapped back with an impressive comeback attempt, but with the final play of the game, Chargers Safety Jaleel Addai tipped a potential TD completion, causing the final play to be a game ending incompletion. Charger 25 / Seahawks 17
**The most notable errors of the game were caused by Los Angeles kicker Caleb Sturgis, who missed two extra points and missed a 42 yard field goal, leaving 5 point on the field. Early in the first quarter, the Chargers also attempted a two point conversion, which also failed.
10/8/2018 – by James Fedewa
The Chargers beat the Raiders on Sunday, which always draws smiles on Monday Mornings. I did not get to watch the game on my big screen TV, but I watched it mobile (on my phone, thanks to DirecTV Sunday Ticket App). Often real life can get in the way of a game or two, as my 9 year old had a soccer game at 1:55pm. But I did watch and listen to the game. And of course, I recorded the game and I will watch it again later tonight.
Although, I really do not have anything significant to post right now, until I re-watch the game, I just wanted to post something that recognized what the Chargers did for my Monday; They made it “Good-Monday,” or a better Monday.
…Which still makes me wonder why the Raiders would trade Khalil Mack, unless they knew this season is a wash and considered a rebuilding season under new Head Coach Jon Gurden. That being said, maybe pass rushers can be found easier than quarterbacks in the NFL Draft. If the Raiders were to trade away Mack, then why not also trade away Derek Carr? …I don’t get it… #FTR
By James Fedewa – 4/25/2018 @jamfed
This is my final mock draft of the 2018 season and this draft season was awesome. Normally, I have about twenty-five different mock drafts created (over four month span), but this season was less about content and more about team analysis and getting the pick correct. I would always publish a new draft every week or two (to get more hits on my blog) but this year was less click related and more research related. I researched a lot more about every team need and what their fans think, and of course I watched a ton of player game tape too.
Honestly, my favorite player in this draft is Josh Rosen and I think he should be the #1 overall prospect, but not everyone agrees, so I will mock him going #2 overall. Sometimes it not a guessing game based on ranking, or where I think players should go, but now I am trying to get the pick correct. Yet, mock drafts are always a guessing game, and one weird draft pick can skew a entire draft.
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|Sam Darnold, QB, USC||The twenty-year-old and red-shirt sophomore, Sam Darnold, goes #1 overall. Darnold’s skill-set, toughness and youth make him the premier QB prospect, with his improv skills and movement within the pocket are the best in class. Possibly the safest quarterback in the draft. Darnold can learn the position for a year before he takes the Cleveland QB reigns.|
NEW YORK GIANTS
|Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA||Eli Manning has at least two solid more years in NYC (& the NFL), but with #2 overall pick for the Giants, it is the perfect time to find Eli’s replacement. There is no rush to start Rosen either, which will give him time to learn under Eli. Rosen could also have the “Brees-Effect” to Eli’s career as well (as Brees did not flourish until Philip Rivers became a Charger, then Brees became All-Pro).|
NEW YORK JETS
|Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming||As soon as the Jets traded up with the Colts for the #3 pick, I slated Baker Mayfield as the selection here, hands-down. At first thought, Mayfield looked the perfect fit (and could take Gotham by storm). Then I thought what NYC stands for and who would be a better superhero for Gotham: Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen (and Allen won). Allen has the prototypical NFL QB size, tenacity and resourcefulness. More importantly, he also has a cannon for an arm, which is his super power. * I’m not calling Baker Mayfield Robin either, but size does matter in the Big Apple.|
|Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State||What, not Saquon Barkley here? Nope… Chubb is the top edge prospect in ’18 and can easily go #1 or #2 overall. With quarterbacks being drafted with the first three picks, the Browns draft the smartest pick available. I’m not says that Barkley is not the best player overall, but quality pass rushers are just harder to find than running backs. Some of the highest paid players in the league are pass rushers, and great running backs can be found later in the draft (like the David Johnson’s and Alvin Kamara’s of the NFL). Plus, Cleveland has two good RB’s already on the team; Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde.|
|Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State||The Broncos signed quarterback Case Keenum in free agency, and they get a good one. So, drafting another quarterback in the first round can be postponed. Also, drafting the best offensive line prospect (Quentin Nelson) here at #5 to protect their new QB investment would be a good idea, but Elway would never draft a guard with a top 5 selection. Saquon Barkley falls into Denver’s lap and they can put more emphasis in the running game. Plus, signing Keenum buys the Paxton Lynch experiment a few more months.|
|Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame||The Colts trade down, get three extra second round picks AND get the player they were targeting all along (that’s called winning, or solid negotiating skills). Frank Reich was going to the best draft offensive lineman as a top priority in the draft. I would not call Nelson a generational talent, especially at the guard position, but he is very good and is a 330 lbs. Taekwondo champion.|
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
|Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama||The Bucs needs a quality free-lancing safety and is really a great match for the Tampa secondary. I wanted to put the top-rated CB here, but Denzel Ward is nearly identical in size to Hargreaves and Grimes. The 6′ 1″ Fitzpatrick has the ability to play any DB position, can play the nickel spot very well, and fill the FS position of need immediately. Best DB in the draft.|
|Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA||Davenport performed remarkably at the Senior Bowl, and did outstanding at the combine. He has rare tools and size you look for in an edge pass rusher and he will be a great one. A wide receiver could also be a good target here, but at #8 could be a little too early for under-sided Calvin Ridley.|
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
|Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State||The 49ers defensive secondary has potential, but lacks something. Weather it’s a safety or cornerback, either position is the top position of needed. San Francisco choose the best cornerback in this year’s draft and Ward can play outside or inside at nickel. Despite being a little small for the top CB in this draft (5′ 10″ @ 183 lbs.), he is every down talent, regardless of position. He can be a pro bowl outside cornerback in the NFL. Isaiah Oliver could also be the selection here, as the 49ers are trying to replicate the Seattle “BIG DB” coverage and defensive scheme. This defense is loaded with first round picks.|
|Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech||Linebackers in the first round are very rare. And if they are drafted in the first round, they have either elite speed (Darron Lee / Ryan Shazier 34ILB) or tremendous playmaking ability (Luke Kuechly 43MLB). Tremaine Edwards has both speed, playmaking ability, and elite size (6′ 5″ 250). He can play inside or outside, and can turn this Raiders defense into a formidable force. Tremaine is very raw, but he is an athletic freak and a great 1st round LB talent, based on athletic freakiness. Day one starter at Strongside linebacker. **Gruden should trade-down with whomever wants Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield. The Raiders defense could also use a DT and two more cornerbacks.|
|Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia||Roquan Smith is fun to watch and is a tackling machine, but the Miami defensive already has three descent linebackers, but none of them are as flashy, fast and amazing Smith. Even with losing Nadomican Suh, with the new additions on the Miami defense, they look very talent and possibly the team’s strength. Smith is a day one starter at SAM linebacker. **I had Smith falling in this draft to the Lions at 20, as linebackers tend to fall in the NFL Draft.|
|Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma||Mayfield’s lack of height will cause him to slide out of the top 10. He is accurate and he does show his passion, but he is still undersized. The last 6′ QB to be drafted in the first round was Johnny Manziel, but JFF’s combine and pro-day were phenomenal. Both Manziel and Mayfield did win Heisman trophies, but they are two completely different types of QB’s. Mayfield will slide a bit in this draft, just like Drew Brees, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and even Jake Plumber – who were all very good second round draft picks (none of whom were very tall). **This just feels like Doug Flutie 2.0 – Buffalo will NOT have to trade up to get their desired QB. I still think this is way too early for an undersized quarterback.|
|Derwin James, S, Florida State||James is very fluid, smooth and a big hitter, he is an instant upgrade for the Redskins defense. Many fans believe a DT would be ideal at this spot, but with DE Johnathan Allen returning from injury, the DL should be improved (and played great, when he played). The Washington defense looks very good (on paper), with the addition of Derwin James.|
GREEN BAY PACKERS
|Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College||Landry looked great at the Senior Bowl and shows superior bend as an edge rusher (especially as a 34 OLB). Clay Matthews may have to shift in an ILB permanently. His stock has been rising very quickly, from 2 months ago.|
|Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville||Sam Bradford is the new QB in Arizona this season, but his knees have problems, which means his backup QB needs to be very good. Mike Glennon is the current backup QB, which makes Arizona a very pocket passing oriented team. However, the Arizona O-Line better than you would expect, but they are very thin and if injuries occur (and they will), Lamar Jackson could see some playing time this year. Jackson has quick feet and lightning speed, and could probably flourish behind any offensive line (a lot better than Bradford or Glennon might). Jackson will start several games this season, and could develop into a long-term franchise quarterback.|
|Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama||The Ravens and Joe Flacco need some quality wideouts and Ridley looks like an (GM) Ozzie Newsome type of selection. The Ravens have already signed WR’s Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead (and none are WR1’s). Adding a forth new WR is not out of the picture, considering Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin are gone, and 2015 first round selection Perriman could be released.|
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
|Vita Vea, DT, Washington||The Chargers roster looks pretty good right now, and they do not have too many pressing needs. They rush defense could use some improvement, so DT and LB could be the target. Capitan Brandon Mebane is getting older and his play did decline last season, so the Chargers target Vita Vea. Vea has the size and anchor of a classic nose-tackle, with good speed, power and pass-rush of a 3-tech DT. He is the best DT prospect in the draft. Vea can go as early at #10 to the Raiders, but watching Danny Sheldon get traded from Cleveland (for a ham sandwich) shows the NFL’s current value of first round nose-tackles. Vea is better than #17.|
|Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado||Size Matters, especially within the Seattle secondary. has freakishly long arms, elite size, length and speed. Oliver is better than you think, and this is a pure Legion of Boom (LOB) pick. Day one starter and star.|
|DJ Moore, WR, Maryland||Releasing Dez Bryant had to be done, and the Cowboys always have high expectations and playoff asperations. But every playoff contenders need that true WR1. DJ Moore has the top end speed and size to become that WR1 and can demand double coverage outside, opening lanes for the Cowboys run game. Without a doubt, the Cowboys will draft a WR in the 1st round, just to keep the passing game relevant, to help open lanes in the running game.|
|Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan||Hurst looks like a terrific 3-tech DT draft prospect and should go a lot higher, but an irregular heartbeat will cause his draft stock to slip a bit. Hurst has excellent pass rushing skills and is a quality leader. New head coach Matt Patricia could go RB or CB here too, but a pass rushing DT is a great first pick.|
|Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama||Drafting and investing into your defensive line is always a good thing. You can never have too many defensive tackles either and ever since Domata Peko left, a quality nose tackle needs to be found. Andrew Billings is the current NT, but he was average and missed several games with injuries (plus he was a 4th rounder). Geno Akins with Da’Ron Payne looks and feels even more intimidating. A center could also be a target here, but the O-line has already been upgraded with Cordy Glenn.|
|Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame||In many mock drafts, McGlinchey is being shifted to right tackle, when he played left tackle in college. But being drafted to Buffalo, he’s staying put at left tackle (a current need since trading Cordy Glenn). Plus, he is better than he gets credit for. A 6′ 8″ quick footed tackle can get much better, add some additional weight, and is the best offensive tackle in this draft.|
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
|Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa||Jackson has the desired size and upside you look for in an NFL cornerback, and could go as early as #14. *A timing error occurred at the combine changed his unofficial clocked time, possibly causing his stock to slip. Last season, Jackson led the nation in interceptions (8), passed defensed (26) with two interception/touchdowns. He’s more of a zone CB, but at 6′ 1″ he’s a taller zone CB, which is very desirable (most zone CB’s are on the smaller size, so he’s a quick reading and twitchy DB with length).|
|Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville||SPEED! Alexander lit up the combine with 4.38 40-yard dash and the Panthers needs some speed in their secondary. Ever since Josh Norman left in free agency, Carolina have been looking for his replacement. A 4.3 forty could also vault him even higher, as I could see the Raiders at #10 draft him too.|
|Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama||The Titans inside linebackers need a complete overhaul and new head coach (and ex-linebacker) Mike Vrabel knows it. The Titians have not draft a defensive player in the first round since 2010 (7 straight years). Evans is a thumper at ILB, and he is also very mulit-dimensional. He can play every LB position in a 3-4 defense. He is also a thinker, very cerebral and a quality leader. He could go as early as #14 to the Packers|
|Taven Bryan, DT, Florida||This seems like a popular spot for Bryan. Bryan has the size, power and speed to play up and down the defensive line, which is a nice fit for Atlanta’s defense. He is the Michael Bennett of Dan Quinn’s defense.|
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
|Mike Hughes, CB, UCF||Saints could go many directions here. An edge rusher with speed seems to make the most sense to the D-line, but, when rookie sensation Marshon Lattimore when down for a couple of game last year, the Saints were exposed. Signing Patrick Robinson will help the secondary, but Hughes’ will help long term. Plus, Hughes’ extra bonus is his special-team’s ability, as he is a potential pro-bowl punt returner too.|
|Connor Williams, OT, Texas||The Steelers are a complete mystery with this pick. They have an outstanding roster, but can address some depth as they do have some aged veteran (including Ben Roethlisberger / i.e. Mason Rudolph? – no). Williams could be their left tackle, but he could also play left guard, and upgrade from Ramon Foster.|
|Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU||Jacksonville’s wide receivers need some new talent and lot of help, but so does the quarterback play. Mason Rudolph could be an excellent selection here too. Sutton is a big WR and looks like he can develop into a WR1. Sutton is also a tremendous blocker, ideal for a run first team.|
|Isiah Wynn, G, Georgia||The Vikings spent a lot of money on free agent offensive tackles last offseason, yet the O-Line still needs to improve. Isiah Wynn is projected to play guard, has amazing feet for lineman his size and can start day one in Minnesota.|
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
|Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State||The Patriots can use some new edge pass rushers. Hubbard is not the fastest guy and he does not have a lot of bend, but he is all motor and all heart. He can begin aa very good rotational defensive line player and develop into a great pass rusher (and he looks like a Patriot type of player). Sure Mason Rudolph or a left tackle can be drafted here, but I do not think Bill Belichick drafts out of need, but he drafts as best player available.|
|Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State||When mock-drafts have the Eagles drafting a running back, their fans snap. The Eagles RB’s are will well above average, but the linebacking crew can use an upgrade. LVE will become a fan favorite in Philly.|
By James Fedewa 4/13/18 @jamfed
3/20/2018 by James Fedewa (www.NationalFanatic.com)
Finally, the first published mock-draft of the 2018 mock-draft season. Don’t get me wrong, I have already made three or four mock drafts, but with all the crazy free agency signings this season, everything gets changes daily.
I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think. Read the rest of this entry
1/23/2018 by James Fedewa
NFL Draft season is officially underway, which give me a solid purpose of writing in our blog again. Since the San Diego Chargers are no longer in San Diego, that aspect of this blog has been a little tarnished, as I lost a little passion for the Chargers. Yet, I’m still a Chargers fan, watched every game, bought NFL Sunday Ticket (again) and even went to the Seahawks/Chargers preseason game in Los Angeles. But, there is something just missing and it is probably internal, and I barely wrote anything this NFL Season.
I have grown up and spent most of my life in California (from San Diego, Bakersfield and San Jose) and I feel very connected to the state (and to my friends/family that are still there). Granted, I moved away from San Diego 10 years ago, up to the Pacific Northwest, so I have been removed quite a bit already. Being away from California has made me realize how other states run a better operation (including local NFL teams), as California politics, taxes and over population are so tainted. So when the Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, I was upset, but then again, I moved from San Diego and still remained a Chargers fan. I guess that means if I moved, they can move too, and we all can still remain “mutual” dependents.
The other segments of our blog is to focus on unique craft beers (and breweries), to go along with the NFL Draft (plus the Chargers), so I should have plenty to write and blog about since everyone loves the NFL Draft and a nice cold beer. However, my beer rating app/website failed and went under, so most of my beer reviews are gone (but I still have about 70% them saved); so there is “Strike Two!” (the move to LA and my beer app company going out of business). Since our blog has been struck with a couple of “body blows” (well, at least in my opinion), we still have a positive and a re-visioned primary purpose: THE NFL DRAFT
And when I say “OUR BLOG” I really just mean MY blog, but since my family is always around me, they impact everything I write about, so it is really ours, not just mine. I have a 7 year old boy, 9 year old girl and a wonderful wife – granted, none of them are Chargers fans. My interests can also be their interests too.
Senior Bowl week is upon us, so while I work, and in my free time, I can also focus on the new 2018 NFL prospects, the Senior Bowl practices and game, (as well The East West Shrine Game), NFL team needs and the countless hours of college game tape.
So CHEERS to the NFL Draft and Draft Season!
9/23/17 by James Fedewa
In reaction to the article “NFL reportedly considering moving Chargers back to San Diego”: https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-reportedly-considering-moving-chargers-010040080.html
What we are not being told, is that this is all part of a elaborate plan, created by big money. The Chargers in Los Angeles is billion dollar leverage game. None of this information and fact makes any sense to sensible people, and Chargers fans are all being fed lies created by NFL spin doctors, billionaires and well paid lawyers.
- Deadline was created by the NFL for the Chargers to either move to Los Angeles or stay in San Diego.
- If the Chargers declined moving to LA, then the Raiders would have the next opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles.
- The Chargers did not get the stadium deal they sought (which was impossible to get), so they had to declare the move to LA, by the leagues mandated deadline.
- The Chargers (and Los Angeles Rams) did not want three NFL teams in Southern California.
- The Raiders did not get an Oakland stadium deal and accepted a new deal to move to Las Vegas.
- Once the Las Vegas stadium deal finalizes (and ground is broke), Raiders are then locked in, which then lets the Chargers to restart negotiations for a new San Diego stadium deal.
- Chargers chairman, Dean Spanos, vaults the evaluation of the Chargers from $800 million franchise into a $2.2 Billion franchise (from only relocating, plus, the $645 million relocation fee that can be paid in “annual installments”).
7/31/2017 by James Fedewa
I have been a diehard San Diego Chargers fan for 25 years. I moved away from San Diego 9 years ago and I am still a fan of the Chargers. So I came to a conclusion that an NFL team is not a city.; an NFL team is people and my fandom still lies with the Chargers. So if the Chargers move to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Mexico City or Anchorage, Alaska; I would still be a fan of that team.
Through and through, I only like the Chargers, regardless of where they play. I love pro football, as it is an elite group of athletes, but I have discovered that I do hate the National Football League…
I hate the Broncos, I hate the Raiders, I hate the Chiefs, I hate the 49ers, I hate the Cowboys… But even worse, I hate $150 jerseys (but I buy them). I hate $250 game tickets (but I go). I hate preseason games (but it is good to see the rookies). I hate the $360 DirecTV NFL Package with their stupid two year contract that goes with it (but I buy it). I hate the NFL for getting so big, San Diego could not keep up (which reminds me of greed of the NFL).
So yes, I will remain a diehard Chargers fan, but the phrase “Los Angeles Chargers” only reminds me of how much I hate the NFL and their demands. I love the Padres, but they are generally a losing team. I love the Lakers, but lately the NBA bores me. I think the NFL is pushing me away, but there is not a sport as good… If I was an MLS Fan, my bank account would love me (but I could actually fall asleep during a game).
… I also think that if the Chargers did not move to Los Angeles, then the Raiders would have (and Southern California would have three teams / three close competitors). And as soon as the new Raiders stadium is built in Las Vegas, then that could possibly reopen the door for the Chargers to return to San Diego. (So I am staying positive and keeping an open mind about a fast return of the Chargers to SD. )