It's true, but academics are a double edge sword when it comes to football. They help you land certain players and cost you others.
Anyways I was just pointing out that if the smaller private school in the states of Illinois can build a winning program then the flagship state school doesn't have any excuses. If Illinois could figure out a way to land 6-8 of the top 10 guys in the state every year they would field consistently solid teams. They can't seem to do that though.
I mean Illinois is the flagship program in a state that produces a descent amount of talent . I've always felt they're underachieved in football - by like a lot. If Northwestern can build a winning program there's no reason Illinois can't.
I don't think NBA players can get Max deals after only 3 seasons.
The top players get more guaranteed money than you might think. Odell Beckham got $65 million guaranteed on his 5 year $95 million contract. Thomas will likely get that much or more.
I'm pretty sure Thomas is still under contract for the coming year so they wouldn't need to franchise tag him right now. But he's worth way more than what he's getting paid now and everyone knows it.
Some teams are apprehensive about spending too much money on one WR or skill player. They prefer to spend that salary cap money on QBs or linemen. I saw where the Saints have never paid any skill player more than 10 million a year (and neither have the Patriots). The going rate for an elite WR is now is at least 16 million, and Thomas will probably want to beat the 18 million OBJ gets.
The Knicks don't need KD for publicity, they need him for talent. The guy is one of the best players in the world.
The Knicks traded away the centerpiece of their franchise in Portzingis with clear plans to go after a big fish in free agency, namely Kevin Durant. If they don't bring in an elite player like that who else do they have to build around?
To be honest the Cavs probably should have traded Love last year after LeBron left. They were fools to think they could keep contending. I'm curious to see what kind of value they can get for Love now. He clearly still has value, but how much?
As for the Knicks, Durant getting hurt clearly f***ed up their plans to turn into contenders overnight by signing him and another star like Kyrie. I'm not sure where they go from here.
He may not be at his absolute peak anymore but he's not in his twilight either. He's still one of if not the best basketball player on the planet.
It's likely Davis would have come next year but it was no guarantee. Even so, they couldn't afford to waste yet another year of LeBron's prime with a roster that was going nowhere. If they can fill in the right pieces around James and Davis they have a real chance to win right away now. You have to be in win now mode if you have LeBron James.
Forum Post 16 Jun 2019
It's not just "right now". There are only about a dozen teams that "matter" for all of college football history and they're mostly the same teams that would be on that "right now" list. Clemson is the only new Blueblood on the scene - and only time will tell if they will be a consistent generational contender like the Ohio States and Alabamas of the world or if they're more of a momentary contender like a Miami was.
Not to rip on the Knicks, but I think they may be a bit further than "just around the corner". Step 1 to winning a championship in any sport is to actually have good players, and I'm not so sure they have that part covered. Kevin Durant getting hurt may have blown up their plans to get good fast next year. Its true that you never know what could happen though - things change fast in sports.
True, but to be fair The Rock has done better as an actor than almost any football players has done as a football player. The guy made $119 million last year...
Am I the only one somewhat surprised about the lack of true cornerback prospects on the board this year? Aside from Clark Phillips every other DBs on the board appears to either be a longshot or a safety. I know some consider Cavazos a CB but he's listed by the recruitng services as a safety. Aside from hoping to pull off a shocker with elite guys like Ringo or Ricks the only other CBs I see listed are ones the Buckeyes seem to be trending away fron like Gray and Johnson. Perhaps the staff thinks some of those guys listed as Safeties or Athletes end up at CB? And I'm sure they have some other names on their board that we aren't discussing, but I would be interested to know what the plan is at CB.
Considering that Ohio State signed 0 CBs in last year's class I don't see how they could afford to not sign at least 3 true corners this year.
TEs jobs aren't only to catch passes.
Jordan, Bowen, Pridgeom, NPF, Dodson, Trout and Schmidt, are other guys when also fit that taller lineman mold under Meyer. Ohio State has long liked taller linemen.
It's true that the posted 40 times from Ohio State tend to be a bit exaggerated, but at the same time the Buckeye players did absolutely crush the 40 yard dash at the combine. 4.31 for Campbell, 4.35 for McLauren, 4.41 for Dixon, 4.47 for Weber, and Sheffield might have beat them all if he was healthy.
Anything below 4.4 for a WR or 4.5 for a RB is lightning
As for the current players I would imagine that Gill, Williams, and McCall are among the fastest.
He got injured in the 6th game of the 2017 season and then missed all of the 2018 season. That would seem to qualify him for an extra year but who knows what the NCAA will do. It would be great to have him back for an extra year though. I really like Bowen as a player and I'm rooting for him.
Are we sure Bowen is gone after this season? He seems like a strong candidate for a medical redshirt and a 6th year of eligibility considering that he missed all of last year due to injury.
Also, I think it's unlikely that we lose any linemen early to the pros. I know Buckeye fans have become accustomed to losing players early to the NFL, even after just one season as a starter, but OL are different. OL very rarely go pro early. Michael Jordan was the first Buckeye OL to go pro early since Orlando Pace 20+ years ago and both of those guys were 3 year starters since their true freshman seasons. Thaylor Munford could be a legit candidate to leave if he has a big year but it think its very unlikely that guys like Meyers or Davis would leave after this season.
True. But also Sparty being competitive may have directly cost Ohio State 2 National Championships in 1998 and 2015
Still though... Just because a guy starts in the NFL doesn't make him a fantasy starter. Fantasy relevance isn't the same as real life football relevance. In order to be a fantasy relevant WR you usually either need to be your teams clear cut #1 receiving option or a high end #2 guy with a heavy target share - and usually with a proven veteran QB. Some NFL teams have no good fantasy WRs at all. For context Washington's top WR last year was Josh Doctson and he finished as the #75 WR, which makes him irrelevant.
I'm not trying to say McLauren won't be successful. In fact I really think he's one of those guys who will be a more successful pro than he was a college player. But the chances of a 3rd round rookie WR with a rookie QB having a noteworthy fantasy season are very slim.
To be honest it's a bit confusing that Georgia hasn't always been recruiting this well. They are the flagship school in one of the most talent rich states in the country. If anything they were underachieving before.
Maybe....but to be honest rookie WRs are rarely impact fantasy players.