SportsNet - April 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 1-16)

on April 24 2013 10:51 PM

2013 NFL Mock Draft

1 KC - LUKE JOECKEL
 OT
 Texas A&M

With the impending trade of Brandon Albert, the new Chiefs regime needs a solid pick on the offensive line. I see Joeckel, who played against better competition, and has better tape than Eric Fisher.

2 JAC - DION JORDAN 
DE 
Oregon

Jacksonville has many needs, and looks at Eric Fisher here. Desperate for a pass rusher, I see the best 3-4 outside linebacker becoming the pass-rushing cornerstone of Gus Bradley’s new defense.

3 OAK - ERIC FISHER
 OT
 Central Michigan

While rumors of Oakland already looking to pass on Sharrif Floyd, they are thrilled to have potentially the best offensive tackle in the draft fall to them at 3. Oakland will look to trade, but the Raiders have many holes to fill, and this gives Oakland a solid piece to start in their offensive line day 1.

4 PHI - LANE JOHNSON 
OT 
Oklahoma

Jason Peters is coming back for the Eagles, but Philly’s line is still a weakness of the team. Lane Johnson is an athletic freak of an offensive lineman, and Chip Kelly will need ultra athletic lineman to run his new fast paced offense at Philly.

NFL Draft: Three Sleeper Prospects Most Likely to Become the Next Russell Wilson

on April 24 2013 10:46 PM
NFL Draft:  Three Sleeper Prospects Most Likely to Become the Next Russell Wilson

 

One year ago, the Seattle Seahawks raised a few eyebrows when they selected quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round of the NFL Draft.  Wilson had been a productive college player at both North Carolina State and Wisconsin, but his lack of prototypical size led many people to believe he was not worth such a high draft pick.  Those experts were proven to be drastically wrong when Wilson led the Seahawks to within a minute of the NFC Championship Game as a rookie.

Every NFL Draft is filled with such possibilities, as there are always plenty of productive college players who wind up with lower grades for reasons that do not always make sense.   Here are three such players who are most likely to embarrass draft experts as rookies next fall.

Barrett Jones

I honestly cannot figure out why there is not more buzz surrounding Barrett Jones heading into tomorrow’s draft.

Who Will Your Team Draft? Final 2013 NFL Mock Draft 4.0.

on April 24 2013 5:59 PM

One the eve of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, this is the final Mock Draft as teams finalise just who they want to take out of this group of College recruits. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.....

1. Kansas City Chiefs:
- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.

It looks as if this pick is now set in stone. The Chiefs have done their best to put up smokescreens by inviting others for private workouts but most have now concluded that the Chiefs will take Joeckel. They must protect Alex Smith if they are to maximise his ability while he looks to adjust to a new offense, Joeckel is an elite pass-protector who is equally adept in creating holes in the running game, which should benefit star running back Jamaal Charles greatly. Branden Albert was franchised but he hasn't shown up for workouts and hasn't taken too kindly to the notion he might be moved over to Right Tackle, so it's debatable whether he will return or not. He has given permission to discuss terms with the Miami Dolphins ahead of a possible trade so he could possibly be heading there on Draft day. Either way, Joeckel is an upgrade and the best tackle available in this draft.

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid: Lewandowski fires home four as Champions League moves one-step closer to an all-German final

on April 24 2013 5:11 PM

Upon his arrival in the Spanish capital, newly appointed Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was well aware that one of his main objectives at the club was to return the Champions League trophy to the Bernabeu for a record tenth time. It would be hard for him to imagine that a club on the verge of bankruptcy less than a decade ago would be the team to stop him. 

Paolo Di Canio & English Football’s Enduring Fixation With The Italian Game

on April 24 2013 3:42 PM

Sunderland’s love affair with Paolo Di Canio has seen initial hesitation on the part of the former give way to increasing affection. Doubts over the Italian’s personal beliefs and lack of top-flight managerial experience have diminished with the team’s improvement on the pitch.

The revitalized Black Cats won bragging rights in the Tyne-Wear derby, before the Italian led them to a win over Everton that has increased their chances of Premier League survival. This unlikely relationship between the tempestuous, yet highly astute Di Canio and his newly acquainted Mackem brethren is sure to be a passionate one right until the end.

Di Canio in many ways represents the stereotypically fiery Italian persona, and has transfixed English football audiences from his playing days at Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic, right up until more recently with his first foray into management at Swindon Town.

The 44-year-old’s return to the British Isles in 2011 further re-established one of the more prominent connections between his adopted home and the calcio culture that has so captivated its English equivalent in recent decades.

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