2015 NFL Mock Draft

April 28, 2015 at 8:00am in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Patriots, Top Story
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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB (FLORIDA STATE)

The Buccaneers need a franchise quarterback and it appears as though Winston will be the choice for them. Although I personally believe Marcus Mariota will be the better quarterback of the two, Winston seems to be the favorite Tampa Bay. He is talented and led Florida State to a National Championship in 2013. He has some serious off the field questions and his on the field play was lacking in some areas in 2014 (see first halves vs BC, Georgia Tech, and Miami) but if the Bucaneers can work with these issues, Winston could end up being a franchise player.

  1. Tennessee Titans- Marcus Mariota, QB (OREGON)

This pick could change if the Titans pull off the much talked about trade for San Diego’s Phillip Rivers, but unless that scenario occurs Mariota will likely be the pick here. There is some skepticism about his NFL ability due to the offense he played in at Oregon, but he has shown an ability to make every NFL throw and has an impeccable off the field record. Continue reading 2015 NFL Mock Draft »

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Milan Lucic

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Friday that they have signed former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli as their General Manager and President of Hockey Operations. After his 9 year tenure at the helm of the S.S. Bruins, Chiarelli will get a fresh start in Edmonton.

First off, good for Peter Chiarelli. Although he could be frustrating to the fans at times, Chiarelli had a tremendously successful career in Boston. He took a flailing franchise and brought them a Stanley Cup and a perennially dominant team. He’s exactly what the Oilers could use right now- a responsible, conscientous mind that isn’t afraid to trade the pieces that don’t fit into his vision for the team.

What’s happened in Edmonton over the past five years has been nothing less than fascinating. They have drafted first overall three times during that span, and the others were third and seventh overall. Statistically speaking, no team has been worse during that span. And the crazy thing is, they don’t show any sign of turning that around. Continue reading Trading Lucic to the Oilers Makes Sense for Both Sides »

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After celebrating their 4th Super Bowl victory, it's back to work for the New England Patriots. (credit Getty Images)

The NFL season concluded almost three months ago and we’re already itching for the start of 2015. With the NFL Draft next week and the schedules being released this week, the excitement is already starting to build as we gear up to watch the Patriots defend a championship for the fourth time. Along with playing division rivals twice and last year’s AFC division winners, the Patriots will be playing the AFC South and NFC East. At a glance things are looking good for the Patriots as the AFC South as a whole went 25-39 last year and the NFC East was 32-32. There is one glaring negative on the schedule and that is the less than ideal week 4 bye. Looking at it with a “glass half full” mentality, since the Patriots played longer and had a delayed start to the off season, the early bye can give them a chance to ease into the season. With that said let’s take a look at the games. Continue reading 2015 New England Patriots Schedule and Predictions »

Rick Porcello was taken deep twice on Sunday moving his total to 5 home runs allowed on the season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Going into this season the biggest question mark was the pitching, notably the starting rotation. With Jon Lester going to Chicago they weren’t able to land a credible “ace” pitcher. Instead they filled the rotation with pitchers who have all shown the ability to be very good, but have all lacked consistency. That was never more evident than in week two of this short season.

– Clay Buchholz has shown in his few starts that he still posses the Jeckyll and Hyde personality disorder. On opening day against a weak Phillies lineup he was dominant. Sunday night in prime time against the Yankees he gave up seven runs in the first inning. Then on Saturday against the Orioles he really pushed his way through six very difficult innings against the Orioles. He only allowed two runs which was impressive considering how many times the O’s loaded the bases with no outs. Unfortunately for Clay, the offense was shut down by Chris Tillman.  Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitchers Post League Worst ERA »

Lebron. Celtics. Destiny. We're back in the NBA playoffs! (Boston.com)

Some Celtics fans were probably hoping for the team to lose its last two games and avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers and their league best record 34-9 over the last three months in Round One. A first round matchup against the struggling and banged up Atlanta Hawks certainly seemed preferable, right?

Well, destiny took the decision out of our hands, as the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 95-93 on a long Jae Crowder jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the second to last game of the season, sealing the seventh seed and setting up a nostalgic date with Lebron James and the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs. The series tips off today at 3pm on ABC.

Bring it on!

Continue reading Date with Destiny: Celtics Set to Face Lebron, Cavs in Return to Playoffs »

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Boston made it back to the postseason despite being in a rebuilding season; can they keep it going again old foe LeBron James and the Cavs? (wrestlezone.com)

With the playoffs underway, get ready for some great games. The Celtics barged their way in despite not being finished rebuilding. The Spurs dropped several seeds with a final day loss. Some very potent teams are getting ready to face off, so we’re here to give you our annual predictions on how things will turn out.

Our panel is largely in agreement as to who will advance, with one non-unanimous series winner per conference. It was a little trickier to decide which series would be struggles and which would be breezes, with only one unanimous choice there.

As usual, picking the winner of a series is worth two points, while guessing how many games a series will last is worth one point.

So there you have it. Complete picks are below; come back after the first round is complete to see the results. Continue reading 2015 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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We're as ponderous as you are, Clay: Which Buchholz is going to show up against the Orioles and throughout the rest of the Red Sox season? (SI.com)

One inning.

That’s all it took for the New York Yankees to pile on seven runs, for the Boston Red Sox to throw away a potential sweep, and Clay Buchholz to undo the narrative of an overachieving and underestimated Red Sox starting rotation after one turn through. This came one turn after shutting down the Philadelphia Phillies for seven shutout innings, so it begs the question:

Will the real Clay Buchholz please stand up? And when he does, which one can we expect later today and moving forward this season – the potential “ace” or the version that saw his ERA balloon from 0.00 to 7.43 in just one start? Continue reading Will the Real Clay Buchholz Please Stand Up? »

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