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2022 NFL Draft (April 28-30)


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If there was any doubt about the first QB selected right now it was settled with Kenny Pickett having an almost perfect Senior Bowl game.   At this point he should just avoid the combine because I don't know if his stock can get much higher

 

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I thought Ridder looked more impressive, actually. Pickett’s big play was a bad under throw that got saved by a great catch and none of the college defenders remembering that they were playing by NFL rules. Then there was a walk-in TD off a RB being left wide open at the snap. On the other hand, Ridder was surprisingly effective playing under center and passing on the boot. Looked like he could be a solid fit for one of these wide zone offenses that are spreading like lice.

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So there is currently a huge conflict going on between the NFL and the agents of players at the combine (and the NFLPA is also involved tangentially).

Basically - the NFL has suddenly decided COVID is a thing again and has put in place an EXTREME bubble for the combine (among other changes) so now a group of agents who represent "over 150" of the players attending the combine are threatening to boycott

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With the NFL scouting combine set to begin next week in Indianapolis, a group of player agents is threatening to organize a boycott of key elements of the annual event if its concerns about a COVID-19 "bubble" for prospects are not addressed, sources told ESPN.

The NFL sent a memo last week to draft prospects and their agents outlining rules for the combine, including a bubble that would keep prospects from interacting with their personal trainers, doctors, nutritionists and agents while in Indianapolis. A group of agents representing more than 150 of the 324 invited prospects has pushed back, saying it will hold its players out of combine drills and interviews if the league does not relent on those plans. Those players would, if the boycott is implemented, participate only in the medical evaluations at the combine. They would do their combine drills at their individual pro days instead of in Indianapolis.

As of Sunday night, agents and the NFL were discussing the concerns in an attempt to avoid the announcement of the boycott, which the agents involved were tentatively planning for Monday, according to sources close to the situation.

On Sunday, the NFLPA issued a memo to player agents in support of the idea of players skipping the combine, an event they described as "antiquated" and whose existence the union has long opposed.

Agents of incoming prospects furnish those players, at their own expense, with trainers, nutritionists and other specialists as part of their preparation for the grueling weeklong event at which they are measured, weighed, interviewed and tested on various skills. The agents have objected to recent changes that have moved some drills to prime time for TV purposes and compressed the amount of time the players have to get everything done while in Indy.

In particular, the agents oppose the idea of the bubble that would prevent players from interacting with some of the key people charged with making sure they're at their best for combine week. One source close to the situation said the nutrition aspect was among the most upsetting, since many of the prospects are trying to reach certain weights in time for the combine and that effort could be upset by the last-minute decision by the league to be the sole provider of food for prospects at the event.

Discussions were ongoing Monday morning in an effort to reach a compromise.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/33341018/agents-threaten-boycott-nfl-scouting-combine-concerns-covid-19-bubble-sources-say

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The Tiny Hand Conversation has begun

Kenny Pickett had his hands measured at 8.5 inches and if you believe social media, he should now kill himself

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23 hours ago, Log said:

Well, we've seen how Joe Burrow's tiny hands have hindered his career.  Whatever happened to that guy anyway?

I dunno - has he done anything since kinda washing out at Ohio State?

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Minnesota Offensive Tackle Daniel Faalele measured in at 6'8", 384 lbs

He is officially the heaviest player at the combine since 2006 (when everyone started officially recording all the stats)

He is believed to be the heaviest player since 1999 when Wisconsin's Aaron Gibson weighed in at 386 lbs

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Breaking news from the NFL combine: those freakishly athletic defensive linemen from Georgia are, indeed, freakishly athletic.

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The Giants are totally gonna draft one and then he is gonna blow out his ACL and then I will be sad

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Baylor CB Kalon Barnes ran a 4.23 40 which is the second fastest 40 ever (behind John Ross' 4.22)

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I generally consider myself to be a decently intelligent person, but I look at this and wonder about... a lot of things actually. 

 

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I'm of the opinion that,  "love of the game," is the biggest crock of bullshit in all of sports.  I'd guess at least 75% of people hate their fucking jobs, and somehow they show up and do that shit any way,  why wouldn't athletes be in the same boat. 

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13 minutes ago, supremebve said:

I'm of the opinion that,  "love of the game," is the biggest crock of bullshit in all of sports.  I'd guess at least 75% of people hate their fucking jobs, and somehow they show up and do that shit any way,  why wouldn't athletes be in the same boat. 

"love of the game" equates to "will still try when playing for a dogshit team with an asshole coach"

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1 hour ago, supremebve said:

I'm of the opinion that,  "love of the game," is the biggest crock of bullshit in all of sports.  I'd guess at least 75% of people hate their fucking jobs, and somehow they show up and do that shit any way,  why wouldn't athletes be in the same boat. 

I don't completely disagree.  However, 95% of jobs don't require the person to work on their craft outside of work to improve or even just maintain.  If they do, it's usually not much.  Athletes, though, need to work on things when they're not "working".  That's where internal motivation and "love of the game" come in.

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57 minutes ago, JLowe said:

"love of the game" equates to "will still try when playing for a dogshit team with an asshole coach"

And "will keep playing past their late 20's when the have enough money and don't want to end up crippled."

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On 3/7/2022 at 11:14 AM, JLowe said:

"love of the game" equates to "will still try when playing for a dogshit team with an asshole coach"

"love of the game" is the athlete's version of "our firm is like a family"

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I find it hilarious that there are three teams with an incredible amount of draft capital who would be perfectly positioned to trade up for a quarterback, in a year where the team with the first pick has no interest in a QB... And everyone agrees there's not a QB that is worth a top ten pick.

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The draft order post has been updated to reflect the fallout from the (reported) trade between the Las Vegas Raiders and Green Bay Packers involving Davante Adams.

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