Tonight at 8:00 PM, the world will set their sights on Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This is a time for fans to forget their previous season woes and embrace the team’s future-changing pick… that will probably end up being a bust. But hey, who is thinking about that now? No matter how good your team’s forecast is for the fall; a few key picks can put you over the edge. So who are the Jets, Giants, and Patriots looking to take this draft? Let’s take a look.
New York Jets
Team Needs: QB, WR, TE, G, OLB, S
First Round Picks: 9th, 13th
The Jets, by trading away Darrelle Revis, have made it clear they are entering somewhat of a rebuilding phase. This would become painfully clear to Jets fans if they end up taking a QB with one of their first picks, but I don’t see it. The talent at other positions seems to be much better than what is being offered at QB. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Jets moved one of these picks to get more picks, they have many needs. Turning one pick into two might not be the worst move.
9th Pick: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Barkevious has the best name in the draft. It’s awesome. But that aside, Mingo has shot up the draft board with his workouts and upside. The 6’ 4”, 241lbs. Mingo ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, and has tremendous burst off the line. While this isn’t their biggest need, it’s a potential all-star pick for a defense that’s lost its best player.
13th Pick: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Austin has always been one of the more interesting players in this draft, but I am in love with the guy. Watching his tape, you see an amazing likeness to now Seahawks WR, Percy Harvin. He can return punts, play the slot, or beat cornerbacks with his blazing 4.34 40-yard dash speed on the sidelines. For a team that has a young big receiver in Stephen Hill, Austin would be an excellent long-term counterpart.
New York Giants
Team Needs: OLB, T, TE, DB, S
First Round Picks: 19th
The Giants had a pretty disappointing finish to a season that started with a lot of promise. After beginning 6-2, the Giants lost five of their last 8, to slide to 9-7 and missed the playoffs. The defense was banged up most of the season, but they’ll be looking to bolster an aging defense with young talent.
The Pick: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Ogletree has the physical attributes that every team could love. At 6’2”, 242lbs. Ogletree can run a 4.72 40-yard dash, which gives him closing speed. He will give the Giants the athlete on that second level they’ve been missing. He has some attitude issues, but the Giants have always been good at handling egos. As long as it doesn’t involve following gun-toting, sweatpant-wearing stars to clubs…
New England Patriots
Team Needs: WR, CB, OLB, DE, S, RB
First Round Picks: 29th
The Patriots seem a call away from the Super Bowl the past few years, but the team is steadily becoming known as regular-season all-stars. They haven’t won it all since 2005. But they are as close to getting a ring as any team in the league. They have had one of the leagues worst defenses for a few years now, with extreme needs in the secondary. But the question for Belichick to answer is how effective can they be with the receiver void that they have? They’ve brought on Danny Amendola and still have the double-edged TE duo of Hernandez and Gronkowski, but do they need another piece?
The Pick: Robert Woods, WR, USC
This pick is a bit contingent on Woods still being available at the 29-spot. But assuming he is, this seems to be a perfect fit for the Patriots, and not just physically. Woods has been widely described as a great kid, with a great team-first attitude, prime for the Patriots system. From a football standpoint, Lee is a 6’ 0”, 201 lbs. receiver with a 33.5 inch vertical leap, who works best on the outside. This is exactly the type of receiver the Pats don’t have.
Pick if Woods is off the board: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
First and foremost, I want to say that our thoughts and prayers here at Spogo remain with all the victims of the tragic events that unfolded in Boston on Monday, and with their families.
As the hours slowly pass by in the aftermath of this horrific day, it can become more difficult to comprehend just what occurred. The day started as all Patriots’ Day Marathon Mondays before it—a celebration. Friends and families gathering along the historic route from the suburbs to downtown Boston, cheering on runners from around the world. It’s a day that represents the beginning of Spring as the sun warms the streets and smiles blossom. The entire Boston metropolis revels together—from elite Ethiopian runners to solo-cup grasping college students. Marathon Monday is a beautiful, diverse, community celebration.
It’s amazing how quickly things can change.
Just a few hours after joining some friends on a roof deck near the finish line, we heard two large explosions. We quickly ran downstairs and opened the doors to chaos and confusion. Someone yelled “there’s blood everywhere!” After moving quickly towards the Charles River, we ended up at a friend’s apartment. There were 7 or 8 of us sitting in front of the TV for the next few hours, utterly stunned. We called friends and family to make sure everyone was OK. The experience was surreal. Dumbfounding. How could this happen? Who did this? Why?
Since Monday, there’s been an overwhelming amount of information to digest. And it’s easy to get caught up in it—from gruesome photographs and injury reports to rumors about unexploded devices and mystery men on rooftops. In my opinion, it’s now more important than ever to restrain from spreading and exaggerating the terror, because that’s exactly what they want—a horror-fed panic that disrupts life as we know it. While it may seem impossible, by remaining calm and rational and continuing with our daily lives, we will overcome.
Let’s focus on the outpouring of support that we’ve seen from around the world. Let’s praise the heroes who saved lives. Let’s take our anger and confusion and turn it into pride. Let’s live this day as we would any other. And let’s make next year’s Boston Marathon a celebration once again.
We are Boston. We are strong. And we will prevail.
Baseball season is upon us, and who knows more about sports than Team Spogo? If you want this MLB season foretold, keep reading, but you’ve been warned…
|Question||David Shack||Andrew Vassallo||Matt Sobel||Patrick Fenn|
|Who will win the AL East?||Red Sox||Red Sox||Blue Jays||Rays|
|Who will win the NL West?||Dodgers||Giants||Dodgers||Dodgers|
|AL MVP?||Dustin Pedroia||Mike Trout||Miguel Cabrera||Evan Longoria|
|NL MVP?||Ryan Braun||Andrew McCutchen||Clayton Kershaw||Bryce Harper|
|AL Cy Young Winner?||Felix Hernandez||John Lester||Justin Verlander||Justin Verlander|
|NL Cy Young Winner?||Clayton Kershaw||Cliff Lee||Clayton Kershaw||Clayton Kershaw|
|World Series Champion?||Red Sox||Angels||Angels||Dodgers|
|Who will lead the MLB in home runs this season?||Jose Bautista||Bryce Harper||Adam Dunn||Giancarlo Stanton|
|Mike Trout hit .326 last season, will his average improve or decline?||Decline (.310)||Improve||Decline (but not by much)||Decline (.318)|
|If there was a zombie apocalypse and you had to pick three professional athletes to be on your “Walking Dead” style team, who would they be?||1. Prince Fielder (swings a big bat)
2. Eli Manning (would have no problem sacrificing him to a pack of zombies to save myself)
3. Metta World Peace (can see him really enjoying fighting/eating zombies)
|1. Ray Lewis. If he can get away with murder in real life, imagine what he could do during a zombie apocalypse. First pick, any day of the week.
2. Usain Bolt. Just jump on his back and tell him to run.
3. Ryan Howard with a bat in a zombie apocalypse? Yes please.
|1. Albert Pujols, for his obvious smashing skills
2. Adrian Peterson, because he can outrun anyone…or anything
3. Javale McGee, because he’s hilarious and looks like a zombie himself
|1. LeBron James, because he is the most athletic man on the planet.
2. Nick Swisher, for his comedic relief and his bat swinging skills.
3. Mike Tyson, because he’s not scared to commit a crime… and he’s still got it.
|If you could party with one professional athlete, who would it be?||Tom Brady, as long as there was no one else at the party||Rob Gronkowski||Toss up between JR Smith and Dirk Nowitzki||As much as I hate to say it, Rob Gronkowski|
|If the members of Team Spogo were stuck on an island with no food, who would be the first to die?||Trick question, Team Spogo is invincible, no one would die.||Me. I’d choose death over being stuck on an island with Team Spogo.||Andrew||The Island|