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Two Round NFL Mock Draft (3.0) @JamFed

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The NFC West Los Angeles Changers ?

By James Fedewa – 2/19/2015

The Chargers and Raiders announced a possible joint-venture today, mutually perusing a $1.7 billion stadium option in Carson, California. A “super” stadium / mega-complex that both teams could call their home.  Initial football fan thoughts have been very negative, regarding two divisional rivals, that share a mutual hate for each other, splitting the same home field.  But moving one of those two teams to the NFC West makes this move  a very interesting scenario and discussion, which could be a very smart business move for the Raiders, Chargers and the NFL.

If you are a Chargers fan, your biggest rival are the Raiders. Same applies with the Broncos and the Chiefs, who call the Raiders their largest Rival. 75% of the AFC West hate the Raiders the most, which is outstanding, considering the Raiders that have been the worst team in the NFL over the last ten years. Yet the Raiders are still the largest rival and most hated team in the AFC West.

In contrast, the mere words “San Diego” generally makes people smile. The beach, the warm weather, the lifestyle, the fun… it’s a vacation city.  If the Chargers dropped their team name and just went with their city name, the team would still have a large fan base. Would you be a fan of The San Diego’s? YES!    Granted, a city does not necessary make a team (but it could in San Diego). Other than the actual team, what creates and generates an overall team? THE FANS. Chargers fans are generally a very nice bunch, which makes it easy, fun (and some what mild) to root for the Chargers.

So which team would join the NFC West? The Raiders or The Chargers?

Could the Raiders sell out a stadium in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle or St. Louis? Probably (San Francisco for sure because of the Bay Area Oakland fans, but one of those city will be moved to the AFC West).

Could the Chargers sell out a stadium in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle or St. Louis? This is debatable, but probable. San Diego fans could travel to Phoenix and San Francisco fairly easy, and Seattle is an old rival from when they were in the AFC West. If any teams FANS would be more accepting of a team moving cities, it will be a mild (and loyal) Chargers fan. Losing the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos rivalry would be devastating for those Charges fans though, but Chargers fans might like a mix up (like Seattle did not too long ago)…

To keep the most rivalries in the AFC West, the Raiders would be the logical team to stay in the AFC West, but which team leave the NFC West? St. Louis Rams? And that’s another debatable geographical oddity for the NFL. Best case scenario for the real fans and the NFL to leave everything alone and move the St. Louis Rams to Carson instead. (sorry St. Louis fans, L.A. is the real home for the Rams)

Chargers Top Three Free Agents: King Dunlap, Brandon Flowers & Ryan Mathews  

2/17/15 – by James Fedewa

The 2014 season is finally over and what a long and tortuous NFL season it was. The Chargers had their ups and their downs with some very good pinnacles.  Overall it was a great season and it felt good to be a fan. Just missing the playoffs, with a “win you are in” scenario on the last game of the season was epic, but it just didn’t quite finish like Chargers fans wanted it too, but lets move on an look forward to the new (and next) offseason. Read the rest of this entry

Full 3 Round NFL Mock Draft (4.0)

5/7/2014 – by James Fedewa

The final mock draft of the season is finally upon us. My mock drafts usually jump around, exposing alternative team views and opinions to each team need. I do listen, recognize and reply to your comments and I incorporate what fans recommend (or insist) as everything is debatable, yet nothing is for certain in the NFL Draft.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft (pre-free agency) by James Fedewa

The NFL off season leaves most football fans with a lonely void of the GOT NO FOOTBALL BLUES.  We miss our game, our team and wonder and speculate how we fans can improve our beloved team.  With trade rumors, gossip, opinions and speculations flinging across fan-websites & news papers, with no real news reported  (other than salary cap cuts and the Alex Smith unofficial trade), no real player interviews are worth watching.  So fan cling to the next best thing: the NFL Scouting Combine followed by hundreds of MOCK DRAFTS. I’m an NFL fan, and my favorite team has its share(s) of number ONE overall picks (along with with the worst record in the league), so mock-drafts have been part of my football fan career. I’m a fixer and an idea-man, so I want to figure out the details of how to improve my favorite team (and all of their opponents).  Routinely for the last 19 years, I annually guesstimate  WHO is going where, what college phenom can help this team and how can you improve all teams.   So if you’re dream job is a General Manage of an NFL Team (which is mine dream job), I MOCK DRAFT every teams need as if I’m the General Manager OF THE WORLD (well, not really). The NFL Franchise Tags have been set, so here’s my VERSION ONE of my 2013 NFL Mock Draft:

2013 NFL Mock Draft / pre free agency
No. Team Scenario 1
1 Kansas City Chiefs Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3 Oakland Raiders Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
4 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
5 Detroit Lions Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
6 Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
7 Arizona Cardinals Matt Barkley, QB, USC
8 Buffalo Bills Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
9 New York Jets Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
10 Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
12 Miami Dolphins Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida Sate
14 Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15 New Orleans Saints Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
16 St. Louis Rams Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
18 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
19 New York Giants Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
20 Chicago Bears D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
22 St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
23 Minnesota Vikings Keenan Allen, WR, CAL
24 Indianapolis Colts Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
25 Seattle Seahawks Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
26 Green Bay Packers Matt Elam, SS, Florida
27 Houston Texans Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
28 Denver Broncos Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
29 New England Patriots Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
30 Atlanta Falcons Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
31 San Francisco 49ers Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
32 Baltimore Ravens Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
2nd Round
Pick (overall) Team
1 (33) Jaguars Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
2 (34) San Francisco 49ers (from Chiefs) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
3 (35) Eagles Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4 (36) Lions Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
5 (37) Bengals (from Raiders) Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
6 (38) Cardinals Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
7 Browns  (exercised pick in Supplemental Draft)
8 (39) Jets Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
9 (40) Titans Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
10 (41) Bills Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
11 (42) Dolphins Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
12 (43) Buccaneers Cornellius Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State
13 (44) Panthers Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
14 Saints  (forfeited)
15 (45) Chargers Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
16 (46) Rams Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
17 (47) Cowboys Philip Thomas, S, Fresno State
18 (48) Steelers Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
19 (49) Giants John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
20 (50) Bears Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
21 (51) Redskins Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
22 (52) Vikings Sam Montgomery, OLB/DE, LSU
23 (53) Bengals Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
24 (54) Dolphins (from Colts) Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn
25 (55) Packers Barrett Jones, C,  Alabama
26 (56) Seahawks Robert Woods, WR, USC
27 (57) Texans Justin Hunter, WR, Tenn
28 (58) Broncos Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
29 (59) Patriots Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
30 (60) Falcons Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
31 (61) 49ers Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
32 (62) Ravens Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

Chargers vs. Saints (vs. Referees)

…what an uncomfortable game, with undesirable outcome.  San Diego looked pretty good against the Saints, but in the final quarter, the game officials had an alternative agenda, favoring New Orleans.  Multiple “home town” penalties seemed to outweigh reality, in favor of the win-less Saints.  There were several questionable calls against the Chargers that made fans nauseous and grumble in disappointment  (in remembrance of the old replacement refs). The calls (and non-calls)  made  me question a possible “fixed outcome” of the game.

Sure, the Melvin Ingram personal foul was valid (roughing the quarterback) and was the correct call, but how untimely was that penalty (taking away a Chargers interception).  Ingram led with his helmet and hit Drew Brees right smack in the chin which is an instant penalty.

The Phillip Rivers interception was a horrible non-call. Rivers intended target Malcom Floyd was hit in the back before the ball arrived causing the ball to get tipped into the air, causing the turnover.  It was a very close play (and possibly missed), but it was pass interference and should have been called pass interference, not an interception.

The Antonio Gates offensive pass interference call was a mystery and a phantom penalty. Gates was called for pushing the defenders hands off him, which is not a penalty. If anything, it should have been call illegal contact on the Saints, resulting in an automatic first down for San Diego.

The very next play was a ticky-tack holding penalty on center Nick Hardwick, eliminated a 25 yard Rivers to Floyd pass and catch. Then the next play was another flag on the Saints with illeagle hands to the face, automatic 1st down.

And with the finale turnover/strip: Chargers Left Tackle Jared Gaither (2nd game back, returning from a back injury and missed all of training camp) was not able to move well (due to stiffness, cramps, suggested groin pull) and  Saints defensive end Martez Wilson knew something was wrong. Like a shark and with blood in the water, Martez Wilson blew by the stiff  Gaither forcing a Rivers strip/fumble and Saints recovery, ending the game with 14 seconds on the clock, 3rd down on the Saints 33 yard line.   In fact, fans watch knew Gaither was injured as television commentator Chris Collinsworth said before the play, to watch Gaither, something is wrong with  him. “Gaither looks lame.”

Gaither should have been removed the play prior, since Gaither whiffed on another Wilson block (which hit Rivers after an incomplete pass).  Gaither was clearly wounded, yet he could NOT go down with an injury as San Diego would have been charged their final timeout (with the NFL under two minute injury timeout rule).  Either way, Rivers turned the ball over and ended the game, with an unused San Diego timeout.  Phillip Rivers should have used that timeout to remove Gaither since he was injured. This is a team game, and if your team can’t block for it’s quarterback, then expect disaster.

Regardless of the outcome, timeouts, penalties, injuries & lack of  substitutions, Drew Brees has a great game with 4 touchdown passes. Any team that gives up four big touchdown receptions deserves to lose. San Diego’s secondary was picked apart on Monday Night Football and Drew Brees looked very impressive (with a NFL record 48th straight game with a touchdown pass).

Dependable Backups – Chargers Depth Report

Finishing week 4 of the 2012 season has been quite inspiring for the San Diego Chargers. Despite a few players with acute injuries, the teams depth looks very respectable.   Three key backup replacements get very good praise: Aubrayo Franklin, Mike Harris and Jackie Battle.

Incumbent Nose Tackle Antonio Garay has yet to play this season, but his replacement, Aubrayo Franklin, has played admirably.  Franklin is the heavy anchor of the 3-4 defense, with reputable experience  (and has probably earned the starting spot). San Diego has the luxury of having three solid nose tackles on the roster. Franklin, with current backup Cam Thomas, are as good as any nose tackle tandems in league.  San Diego’s run defense is outstanding and have not allow a 100 yard rusher this season (like notable opposing running backs Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson, Michael Turner and Jamal Charles). Garay’s San Diego’s future is now question, as rumors swirl of his release.  Garay is not the player he once was and still remains inactive, but Garay is a club house leader has versatility. He can be moved to defensive end (which can save his job, but probably not longer than 2012).

Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Mike Harris filled in at Left Tackle for the first three weeks and has shown glimpses of starting material, but he is still very raw and needs more training and experience  He is a good swing tackle to have on the team and can backup both offensive tackle spots.  His combination of  coach-ability, foot-work, heart and size proves he will be in San Diego for a long while. It was a huge bombshell to see Harris start the first three weeks of 2012, but he played as well and held off respectable pass rushers in Cameron Wimbley and John Abraham.  But starting left tackle Jared Gaither (with new contract) finally returned from a mysterious back injury that had him miss all of the preseason and first three regular season games. Gaither played well in week four against the Chiefs and needs to get back into “football shape.”   Gaither is a huge impressive mountain of a lineman, and has a knack of playing well when you throw him into the fire, but missing time protecting Quarterback Phillip Rivers is probably the most important job on the team. Gaither is really is a “plug and play” left tackle and is the best offensive lineman on the team.

Running Back seems to be a mystery in San Diego. Ryan Matthews has shown glimpses of greatness and is a 1st round draft pick, but small, nagging injuries seem to cause him to miss playing time in his brief career.  Matthews broke his collar bone on the first play of the first preseason game, causing him to miss the first two regular season games.  Matthews much anticipated return in week three showed his explosiveness and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, but also included a goal line fumble (which may have shaken up trust factors within the coaching staff).  Jackie Battle, Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown are all solid back ups, but neither of them are “complete backs” like Matthews should be (can be).   Battle was listed at the bottom of the running back corp but has nows shown some moxie in the power game, got the start against his former team the Chiefs in week 4.  Battle  had two touchdowns (rushing & receiving), so look for Battle to get more playing time, which can take away some Matthews touches. Both Matthews and Battle can be an explosive 1-2 punch, which will take pressure of the passing game.

Corner back, Nickle back, and the New guy:

Second year backup corner back Shareece Wright looked very good in preseason and has a lot up upside. Wright played very well in the preseason and has great speed that can create an instant impact for the Chargers secondary (who really needs his depth at corner back).  Wright’s standout special teams play was expected to earn him additional playing time and as starting nickle corner in 2012. But Wright hurt his ankle very early in week one, and he’s yet to play since.   San Diego signed veteran corner back Chris Carr to fill in for Wright for the moment. Carr has starting experience (and can return kicks and punts), so he is much more than a “fill-in” type.  Carr can really find a home on this team if he plays well. Starting corner backs Antoine Cason and Quinton Jammer have their ups and downs and are both free agents after this year. Neither have been playing as well as hoped, but  Jammer is playing with a broken hand and is very tough . Marcus Gilchrist,the other backup corner back and last years nickle corner,  has the ability to eventually become a starter too, but he has been banged up this year too.

2012 depth looks very good for the Chargers, and the future is inspiring for San Diego fans…

2012 NFL Predictions (Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle)

The 2012 NFL Season is near, and an opinionated, yet semi-educated, guess/prediction of what will happen this season needs to be noted, by me, for you to read.   So I’ll make a few guesses and point out division winners (and losers) without TOO much invested in actual records, plus an estiamted playoff picture with MVP’s and seasoned indivdual award tacked in there too.
After this seasons Super Bowl, we can all look back and see how amazingly CORRECT I was, or how totally incorrect I can be. After all, this is only a guess, right?

MY DIVISION  PICKS

 AFC East

1. New England

2. Buffalo

3. New York Jets

4. Miami

AFC North

1. Baltimore

2. Cincinnati

3. Pittsburgh

4. Cleveland

AFC South

1. Houston

2. Tennessee

3. Indianapolis

4. Jacksonville

AFC West

1. San Diego

2. Kansas City

3. Denver

4. Oakland

NFC East

1. Philadelphia

2. Dallas

3. New York Giants

4. Washington

NFC North

1. Green Bay

2. Chicago

3. Detroit

4. Minnesota

NFC South

1. Atlanta

2. New Orleans

3. Carolina

4. Tampa Bay

NFC West

1. Seattle

2. San Francisco

3. St. Louis

4. Arizona

ANNUAL AWARDS

Best regular season teams: San Diego & Green Bay, with a 12-4 record

Worst regular season team: Cleveland, with a 2-14 record

MVP: Phillip Rivers, San Diego

Defensive Player of the Year: Mario Williams, Buffalo

Offensive Player of the Year: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Melvin Ingram, San Diego

Coach of the Year: Pete Carroll, Seattle

Most surprising team (positive): San Diego

Most surprising team (negative): Denver

First coach to be fired: Leslie Frazier, Minnesota

PLAYOFFS

AFC wild card games: Houston over Cincinnati, Baltimore over Tennessee

Divisional round: San Diego over Houston, Baltimore over New England

AFC Championship Game: San Diego over Baltimore

NFC wild card games: Atlanta over Chicago, San Francisco over Philadelphia,

Divisional round: Seattle over Philadelphia, Green Bay over San Francisco

NFC Championship Game: Seattle over Green Bay

Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle