This week we will cover two of the top running backs in the 2019 NFL draft.
Without question, this class lacks the fervor that last year’s top running back prospect Saquon Barkley commanded. I’m also seeing many mock drafts that don’t even have a running back getting drafted day 1.
That being said, the first running back coming off should be Alabama’s Joshua Jacobs.
Listed at 5’10”, 220 pounds, Jacobs is being talked about as one of the most physical of the backs entering the draft. With his ability to line up in the flat and his blocking skills, he instantly becomes the front runner. Despite that, Jacobs did not participate in this years NFL combine, because he was nursing a sore groin.
The 2019 NFL Draft seems to be very defense heavy. As we dive deeper into the draft, the next most important question for the team is: Who is gonna be on the line to block all these pass rushers and linebackers?
According to many, Alabama’s left tackle Jonah Williams should be the first linemen to come off the board. Where the 6’5 301 pounder lands is anyone’s guess, but he is considered to be the best blocker in the draft.
Early in his college career, 2016 Williams played as a true freshman at right tackle earning two all American freshmen teams, as well as all American SEC team. He moved to left tackle his sophomore year and declared for the NFL draft this year following his junior year.
If you’re a person that believes defenses win championships, then this 2019 NFL draft is right up your alley.
This is one of the most top-heavy defensive drafts I’ve seen in quite a while. With the exception of Kyler Murray, who declared 2 weeks ago for the draft, several NFL mocks had eight of the top ten picks being defensive players. Now, how this all really turns out is anyone’s guess, but… it’s interesting.
A lot can happen before we hear the commissioner declare that the Arizona Cardinal’s are on the clock, and you’ll be hearing a lot of names before then, so let’s just start with the two popular names being heard around the league.
During the next few weeks, I will be writing articles on the top 10 prospects heading to the NFL Combine. And I’m proud to announce OurTurf Football will be there live and in person to bring you all the top stories from Indianapolis.
I won’t even pretend who my first NFL prospect is gonna be. For all my followers and colleagues who know me, certainly know it’s gonna be a quarterback.
Right out of the gate, this weeks spotlight is Heisman Trophy winner QB Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma. Murray is listed at 5’10” – 190 lbs.
Going into the 2019 NFL season many teams have needs. Some have different needs than others, but no need is more important than that of the quarterback. There are at least 5 teams that are going to need some help at that position.
The Denver Broncos addressed theirs by agreeing in principle for Baltimore Ravens benched QB Joe Flacco. While Flacco won’t be the answer long term for the Broncos, he will at least give them some time to find their franchise quarterback.
Many NFL analysts have ranted that this 2019 quarterback class, to say it nicely, is average. No one guy stands out at this moment. You’d have to assume Bronco’s GM John Elway agrees with that assessment since he pulled the trigger so quickly on Flacco. I’ve always felt that if you pick a player in the first round, that player has to start day one. I just don’t feel that there are day one starters in this draft, which in my mind is why Flacco is a Bronco.
So what does this signing mean for the other teams that are quarterback-starved? It means another free agent/ “Gap” quarterback is about to hit the market. If the Broncos can’t find a team to trade their one and done QB, Case Keenum to, then he is expected to be released.
While many NFL eyes were in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII and the end of the 2018 season, 30 other NFL teams were already very busy preparing for the 2019 season. Teams with new head coaches scrambled to round out their staff, while draft boards started going up in every front office.
As the final seconds of the Super Bowl clicked off the clock, most fans put the season to rest. Many moved on to baseball, basketball, soccer, or hockey. While others still starving for some type of NFL action or news will turn their attention to the NFL calendar.
One good thing the NFL has gotten extremely good at is promoting offseason transactions and events. Making many of these events, which used to be closed, open to the public. Fans can enjoy the Combine, Draft, and of course, the all-important tickets to training camps.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl has become the premier event to watch college football players, and I was lucky enough to attend this year. As I sit here and reflect on this past weekend, a few names stand out to me.
Those that know me, or who listen to our podcast regularly, know which group I went to first: the quarterbacks, of course. I didn’t get a chance to attend practices due to prior events so I had to play catch-up.
I found my source and started firing away.
I first asked which quarterbacks did teams seem to talk about the most. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the two most talked about among social media: West Virginia’s Will Grier or Missouri’s Drew Lock. I have to say, however, Drew Lock does have that typical pro-style passer physique. At 6’4″, 225 lbs, he stands tall in the pocket.
Miami Dolphins in Partnership with Women of Tomorrow Host FOOTBALL UNITES Women of Tomorrow Symposium
MIAMI— The Miami Dolphins in collaboration with Women of Tomorrow hosted the FOOTBALL UNITES Women of Tomorrow Symposium to unite, inspire and encourage 110 young women to pursue careers in sports and share with them the skills they will need to acquire to be successful in the industry on Friday, Jan. 11.
“Through the Miami Dolphins FOOTBALL UNITES program and Women of Tomorrow, the Dolphins are bringing together this diverse group of young women to help level the playing field by sharing insights and advice in the tools they may need to pursue their dreams,” Miami Dolphins Vice President of Human Resources & Performance Management Sam Coghill said. “By having all these successful women together in one room to serve as role models, we hope to inspire and empower the next generation of young women to live up to their full potential. This is teamwork at work.”
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has seen enough.
After flying to Buffalo to watch the Dolphins wrap up their 2018 regular season, which they dropped to the Buffalo Bills 42-17, the owner flew into Miami and met with Coach Gase Monday morning to deliver the news.
On a day known around the league as Black Monday, where several head coaches lose their jobs, Gase was the 12th head coach in Dolphins history. He leaves with a record of 23-25, with one playoff appearance back in 2016.
Let me first start out by saying…”Alright Miami!” because that was my very first thought after watching the Dolphins pull off a miracle last play to win the game. I could hear good ole Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich’s voice in my head.
A fitting end to a very typical AFC East match-up. A game that saw nine lead changes, which now stands as the second most in an NFL game.
Don’t think many fans would have expected that outcome when it comes to a shoot-out with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.