This guy could have a huge, breakout season in 2020. Him or Banks stepping up and playing well across from Wade would probably be the most important development of the entire season; the rest of the team seems pretty set aside from DB.
I don't think it's realistic. The 2nd overall pick would a bigger haul than that IMO. Probably another future 1st and 2nd rounder. The "value" of those top 5 picks is insane at times.
Also, the Bengals have a ton of holes on their roster. Trading away that many picks would be a terrible idea IMO.
Sure, he's had a few bad plays due to his lack of speed. Plenty of other players have also had bad plays. Maybe not from their speed, but from mental lapses / being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Do they get called out like he gets called out? No. It's still a bad play either way, and I truly don't feel like he had many more than any other player on the defense this year. Malik Harrison missed tackles, Shaun Wade gave up catches, Baron Browning got juked out of his shoes... should they be benched too? No.
Borland wasn't NEARLY as bad as people acted like he was this season.
Remember when everyone was convinced that Fields was intentionally lying when he said the knee was only at 85% or so leading up to the Clemson game?
I thought it was pretty damn obvious they just caught him in a candid moment and the knee still wasn't close to being healed (coming from someone that's dealt with 2 knee injuries, one needing surgery the past 2 years, they heal slower than you'd like but the mental hurdle is the biggest challenge).
What a huge difference maker a healthy Fields would have been in the Fiesta Bowl (Redzone issues)...
Right? As if OBJ was going to carry around huge stacks of Monopoly Money to the national championship... what a joke.
Seriously. Tuf Borland gets absolutely (and unfairly) ABUSED on this site (along with Werner STILL somehow)... but it's not right to speculate which players might be leaving due to a usually extremely obvious lack of playing time? I mean, I get it... I've never agreed that IT SHALL NEVER BE DISCUSSED but I get it. But again... we openly bash active players left and right constantly. How is this any worse?
Just looking over the depth chart I see a potential 1-4 (!) out of the WR room, 1 out of the OL room, and 1-2 out of the LB room. I'm not going to list names (only because I don't want to get downvoted all to hell) but I think anyone here could pick out the same players. If anything I think they end up a few under the 85 limit.
I've got 86 (not including Martinez)... but is the younger McCullough on scholarship? That's the only difference between my count and yours. I don't think he is.
Same here. I actually really liked his high school film... this dude was really athletic. The DE depth chart was just beyond stacked and I thought a conversion to LT made too much sense with his body type, but maybe he didn't want to make the switch?
I think he'll contribute where ever he ends up. The guy is raw but huge and athletic.
Proctor doesn't see the field much if Wade is still in the game.
How so? Proctor was playing nickel LB it looked like when he was in there. The only player whose playing time was directly affected by Wade's ejection was his replacement, Riep. And he played every snap for the remainder of the game (and played well IMO) just like Wade would have. When Proctor was put in the game it removed a LB to have a 2 safety look.
I don't disagree that losing Wade hurt the defense because Wade is obviously a great player. But maybe I'd agree more if Riep was absolutely abused for 2 TD and a ton of yards in the 2nd half, but that wasn't the case.
Different year, same shit.
And then when backups do get in games when they normally wouldn't be in games (due to injury, suspensions, etc) they often show exactly why they are backups at the moment. But that still won't deter people from thinking Ohio State, through two entirely different coaching staffs, are intentionally playing inferior players and putting a worse product on the field. Because why would they give a shit about winning games?
Teams can make adjustments after feeling other teams out. Sometimes you have a slow start. Look at LSU in the national championship game, or hell... Ohio State in the 2nd Wisconsin game. The offense wasn't doing much (7 points) in the first half and then went on to score 27 unanswered in the 2nd half.
Losing Wade obviously makes a big difference (example, first half of the Michigan game), but Clemson likely would have gradually figured things out in that game regardless. Proctor / Browning pretty much allowed most of Clemson's TDs... not sure if Wade would have prevented those.
It would have stung even more if Clemson had beat LSU because Ohio State basically beat themselves against Clemson and it would have shown that OSU was more than capable of beating LSU and a potential national title felt out of their grasps.
After watching that game last night I'm not so sure LSU could have been beaten, but meh... it is what it is. No point in the "woulda, could, shoulda" stuff at this point... the bottom line is it didn't happen.
I don't think I've EVER seen a player suspension rumor that didn't come true on here, at least with the football team.
How can anyone that reads that actually think those are real?
Those comments were pretty clearly made tongue-in-cheek IMO.
The sad thing is I've seen plenty of posts like that here on 11W post Fiesta Bowl that weren't joking...
Without a doubt.
Joe Brady just signed a contract extension a few days ago, which is huge.
Obviously losing the #1 overall draft pick at QB is a massive loss, but I think I saw somewhere that LSU returns something like 16 starters next season. They're going to be very good again. 2019 good, of course not, but I don't think they're going to completely fall off the rails.
A legit low 4.3 runner?
As pointed out, Braxton ran a 4.50 at the combine, the only place where times are legit for the most part and electronic. And that showed on the field. He was absolutely electric running the football because of his agility, and he was quick as can be (his ridiculous shuttle and 3-cone times showed that) but he never had pure burner speed and that 4.50 was as expected.
Better accuracy? Completion percentage doesn't tell the whole story. Lamar was the more gifted passer.
Totally agree. That kid is impressive on and off the field and although he had a rough night last night he's a great football player. I don't care much for Dabo or Clemson in general, but I've got respect for Lawrence. Don't let the looks fool you, he's tough. Faking injuries? How can anyone think he was faking anything on that Wade hit? Dude got absolutely destroyed and was clearly dazed immediately.
9-3 in post season games since 2012 tells me "nah".
Yeah, what an absolute joke. Gotta get up at 5:30 am tomorrow for work... this is ridiculous.
LSU has thrown for over 6,000 yards and 61 TD this season.
We'll see how this turns out, but it's certainly looking that way...
OSU offense had already been in the redzone twice by now...
Ahhhhh, what could have been...
I don't disagree that it mattered. It was a massive, massive play and without a doubt Ohio State was screwed on that call.
But when I look back on that game (in disgust) I immediately think more about the missed opportunities (dropped passes, wrong route INT, redzone miscues, defensive lapses) as opposed to the officiating. Ohio State had the opportunity to dominate that game.