Could a superteam made up of active Ohio State alums in the NFL lead their team to the NFL playoffs? Let’s check out the roster and assess their chances. No team has had more players picked in the NFL Draft since 2000 than the Ohio State Buckeyes. Coaches change, players change, but the results stay the same. The Buckeyes win a ton of games and then those players go to the NFL where they become difference-makers. Of the 131 draft picks since 2000, 31 of them were first round picks and 13 developed into Pro Bowl players. Imagine if those Ohio State alums were able to form a Buckeye superteam and compete in the NFL. Forgetting about salary cap ramifications and the depth of a 53-man roster, could an Ohio State superteam make the NFL playoffs? Let’s check out the roster and assess their place in the NFL. Ohio State superteam offense QB: Dwayne Haskins RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Carlos Hyde WR: Michael Thomas, Curtis Samuel TE: Nick Vannett LT: Taylor Decker LG: Andrew Norwell C: … [Read more...] about Could a team of Ohio State alums make the NFL playoffs?
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Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Ryan for more daily updates on Twitter. I hate to sound like an over-optimistic Broncos fan, but I think they can easily make the playoffs and even do some damage with the offseason changes that have happened. Do you see that or am I being too optimistic again? — Matt, Las Vegas You’re probably shading toward the over-optimistic side because there are still so many unknowns about this team. But fans are supposed to be encouraged by the Broncos’ moves so far in free agency/trades/coaching hires and some of it is justified. On paper, they should be considered better at quarterback (Joe Flacco), right tackle (Ja’Wuan James), cornerback (Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan) and the head coach’s office/defensive play-caller’s post (Vic Fangio). But it will take a … [Read more...] about Broncos Mailbag: Dwayne Haskins would be an ideal fit in Denver, but stars would have to align in NFL draft
While this year’s free-agent class might not be as deep or star-heavy as some previous years, all 32 teams still have some needs to fill. And money to spend.While drafting and developing will always be the best path to winning a Super Bowl championship, every recent title winner had some important help through free agency. In 2017 the New England Patriots gave $40 million guaranteed to cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the most guaranteed money to a defensive player in team history, and Gilmore was New England’s best defensive player in a Super Bowl LIII win. He would have been a fine choice as the game’s MVP, which went to Julian Edelman instead.So free agency is a key component to roster building, whether it’s an earth-shaking addition like Drew Brees or Peyton Manning, a star at a key position like Gilmore or filling in key parts of the roster that need a little bit of veteran help.Here is the ranking of the most interesting teams heading into free agency, … [Read more...] about Ranking the most interesting teams to watch in NFL free agency
Several first-round rookies had the chance to show off their skills on the biggest stage yet in the NFL playoffs. While they didn’t always put together the most complete performances, just about every first-round pick had plays that showed why they were among the top 32 players selected in the 2018 NFL draft. From Lamar Jackson’s fourth-quarter frenzy against the Chargers to Sony Michel scoring six rushing touchdowns in the playoffs (a rookie record), the 2018 first-round rookies had plays that should have us very excited for their careers. Here’s a ranking of the signature plays that each first-round pick made in the playoffs. 1. Lamar Jackson flashing his electric playmaking Lamar Jackson’s performance in his first season was a bit volatile, including his playoff game against the Chargers, but he flashes big time ability that can jumpstart an offense. His big completion to Ken Dixon in the fourth quarter displayed the positive traits he has that made the … [Read more...] about Ranking every first-round rookie’s signature move in the NFL playoffs
3:12AM The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions It wasn't pretty, but the Patriots have done it again. Brady's getting all the post-match interviews, but this win was about Bill Belichick and his defense, which totally wiped the floor with the Rams anaemic offense tonight. A dominant display. It wasn't the Super Bowl we were all hoping for, but Patriots fans won't care a jot. 3:07AM Patriots win the Super Bowl! LA Rams 3 New England Patriots 13 Goff hits Cooks for 24 to move up to halfway. He should attempt a hail mary here. He doesn't, he goes over the middle to Cooks again, and the Rams will clock it and send Zuerlein out for a field goal. This is fitting, he's shanked it. What a horrible night this has been for the Rams. Brady will have to come back out here briefly to kneel once, then it's over... And there we go! It's Super Bowl number six for New England, they tie the Steelers for the most ever. The celebrations are muted compared to previous years, but … [Read more...] about New England Patriots throttle LA Rams to win lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history