With the college season over, and the NFL season making starting its run on the home stretch, Todd McShay released his first official mock draft of the season. His draft board has been dominated by lineman, and these projections are no different, with 14 ends and tackles making the first round.
McShay's mock draft was based on NFL teams current records and playoff predictions, along with assumptions that each playoff team would advance according to seeding. His mock draft does not include draft-eligible non-seniors who have not made their intentions known.
1.) Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - Kansas City Chiefs:
While McShay states that the Chiefs do in fact need a quarterback, he does not think any quarterback in this draft class is worthy of being first overall. I agree with this statement, but I just hope a decent quarterback comes around when the Chiefs make their second pick. There is no doubt that the Chiefs need a pass-rusher, but they might need to go to a skill-pick here. Whoever the quarterback may be in the 2013 season, he is going to need all the help they can get if they want to be competitive.
Brooklyn Nets (11-9)
Toronto Rapters (4-18)
Andrea Bargnani - likely out
Brook Lopez - definitely out
Kyle Lowry - Questionable
Gerald Wallace - Questionable
Toronto is on a 5 game loosing streak. They have lost 11 out of their last 12 games. Bargnani likely will be out because the Raptors don't have anything to play for, and having him play through injury would be silly. Amir Johnson is suspended for one game after he threw his mouth piece at an official. Kyle Lowry is questionable, and if he is out Jose Calderon, who is averaging 10 points, and 7 assists this season will come in for him. Calderon is no match up for Deron Williams.
For the Nets, coming off a heartbreak loss against the New York Knicks, are also on a 5-game losing streak. Lopez is out, and Gerald Wllace is questionable after taking a beating last night. Williams has said that he has not played a good game yet this year. The last time he criticized himself like this, he had a season high in points against Oklahoma City.
R.A. Dickey's future in New York is uncertain as of now, but mutliple indications lean towards R.A. being in the blue pin stripes next year.
The Mets are reportedly offering the reigning 38 year-old N.L. Cy Young a two-year, $20 million extension, which is on top of the $5 million he will make in the upcoming 2013 season. Dickey is reportedly looking to sign a two-year extension in the range of $26 million to $28 million.
Last week, the Mets aggressively excersized talks in the Nashville, Tenn winter meetings in a desperate effort to determine what they could get for Dickey in a blockbuster-of-sorts-trade.
Despite their efforts, Mets officials have still not yet found a suitor willing to offer "difference makers" in exchange for the Mets ace.
In addition to the Dickey saga, the Mets still need to do some work this off-season, and pitchers & catchers date is rapidly approaching. They are still seeking an outfielder, and a catcher to platoon with Thole. As far as pitching, the Mets could use another starter, as well as a combo-reliever to complement Frank Francisco.
After an exciting win over the Charlotte Bobcats, the New York Knicks turn their attention to the Miami Heat, the team that they beat in their first game this season that has ignited their success thus far.
The Knicks, in my opinion, are coming off of one of their poorest performances on defense against the Hornets, as they allowed 98 points on 47 percent shooting. In the first half, they just looked outmatched to a team that only has 7 wins, but the second half looked a lot sharper, only giving up 45 points. The hustle and effort wasn’t even lacking, it just seemed like the Knicks as a unit were too high up on the perimeter, allowing quick passes and open looks for Charlotte. At times, it looked like some of the Knicks were on a ridiculous sugar rush.
A trade that has been tossed around the NBA for years, Amar’e Stoudemire for Pau Gasol, straight up, might not be too far off from becoming true.
Both power forwards are two of the best in the league at their position, but at this point in their careers, it is time for a change in scenery. With one who has been battling countless injuries, to another that has lost his role in an organization that is going in a completely different direction, the swap would make a ton of sense, and might be the best trade the NBA has seen in a while.