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Talent, in the end, trumps all. And when NFL teams consider Jadeveon Clowney for next May’s draft, they certainly will understand the situation that he’s currently in.
Clowney, the under-the-microscope South Carolina pass rusher, is said to have started slowly this season, but a closer inspection of his play shows that just isn’t really an accurate assessment. He has lived in opponents’ backfields this season, even if that hasn’t translated into sacks and flash plays as consistently.
But the biggest question for him of late was his surprising pre-game tap out against Kentucky because of a painful foot injury, minutes prior to kickoff. That shocked the coaches, and it led to some interesting post-game commentary from Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier.
“If he wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants,” Spurrier said.
That, in turn, led Clowney to defend himself (somewhat) and offer up an assurance that he’s not just coasting until the draft.
“I haven’t played my last game here,” Clowney said. “I will be back on the field. I just don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get back, but I will be back.
“Regardless of what people think, I didn’t sit out (this season). I could have sat out. I am not looking to sit out. I am not that type of guy. I am here for the team regardless, and I am here to work with the team. When I get back healthy they know I am going to come there to play and do my job, do what I have to do to take care of business on the field.”
He’s right. As unpopular as this view might be, he put himself in harm’s way by coming back to college this season, and one flashback to Marcus Lattimore’s season-ending knee injury surely has Clowney thinking about his own future. Lattimore went from a potential first-round pick and impact rookie in the NFL to a fourth-rounder who is on injured reserve his first season.
As for the NFL, the league will wait. Oh, sure, there will be character checks, tough questions on why he skipped the UK game and grilling from coaches to find out if he has enough dirt under his fingernails. But if we’re talking about stock slippage, it’s no more than, say, from the second pick to the third — there’s just way too much talent here to think he’ll fall outside the top five picks, as things stand right now.
The premature 2014 mock draft, picks 1-16 (order based on inverse of current power rankings)
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
For now, this one is written in ink until we see any evidence that (a) Bridgewater isn’t the best quarterback available or (b) the Jaguars would go any other direction in this spot. That would require Blaine Gabbert getting healthy fast and changing convinced minds just as quickly. Fat chance.
2. New York Giants
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
The Giants’ pass rush has been shockingly absent, and this is exactly the kind of player the team would love to pair with Jason Pierre-Paul, especially with Justin Tuck only having put up 9.5 sacks in his past 32 games. Clowney would not escape the spotlight in New York, but he’d be a welcome addition to this defense.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
UCLA LB Anthony Barr
There’s no perfect projection right here that isn’t a quarterback right now, and with Mike Glennon getting the chance to prove himself, we’ll go elsewhere. Barr might be the second-most destructive rusher in this class, and he could have a Von Miller-like effect in the NFL.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
It’s a close race between Lewan, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio for top tackle honors. It will come down to specific fits in an offense, and team need, as to who will be picked first. Lewan fits the blue-collar mold the Steelers long have sought in their linemen. That said, he hasn’t been completely dominant thus far this season.
5. Buffalo Bills
Texas A&M Jake Matthews
With Cordy Glenn, he and Matthews could be a great tackle tandem for the next several years. Have to protect EJ Manuel for at least that long.
6. St. Louis Rams
Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio
He could play right tackle, a sore spot this season, and help better insulate this offense, which has not taken shape or cultivated an identity yet.
7. St. Louis Rams (pick traded from Washington Redskins to Rams)
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
If this is the second pick they end up with, the Rams might be strong candidates to trade down. They’d love a running back at some point, but definitely not here. That said, in this spot, they’d be hard-pressed to pass up
8. Minnesota Vikings
Alabama LB C.J. Mosley
With Josh Freeman on board, he’ll get the rest of the season to be evaluated for 2014 — and he can be franchised. So we instead look to an ailing defense for help, and Mosley is the type of intelligent, high-intensity leader to add juice to a unit.
9. Carolina Panthers
Texas A&M Mike Evans
Ideally, they’d love it if one of the top offensive tackles fell to this spot because that’s a major worry — now and down the road. GM Dave Gettleman drafted Hakeem Nicks in Round One in New York and lobbied hard for Rueben Randle in the first round a few years later, only to get him a round later. Evans fits the mold of the big, physical receiver the Panthers have lacked for years.
10. Arizona Cardinals
North Carolina OT James Hurst
With Jonathan Cooper returning from injury, the Cardinals could have “Tar Heel West” working up front. But you also can’t rule out a quarterback here; one possibility would be LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, who would be a fit for the Bruce Arians offense.
11. San Diego Chargers
Oregon CB Ife Ekpre-Olomu
The Chargers have been roasted in the secondary through the early going, and a young addition here would be most welcome.
12. Oakland Raiders
Notre Dame DT Louis Nix
Some teams actually have Nix’s teammate, Stephon Tuitt, ranked higher. But the massive Nix might fit this defense better, with its aim to control the line of scrimmage and collapse the pocket from the inside out.
13. Philadelphia Eagles
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
You know the connection. The Eagles’ QB situation is still muddled, and everyone just assumes that Chip Kelly is going to want to bring in “his” guy. But whether or not that’s Mariota isn’t written in stone. Some say Kelly might be just as infatuated with Johnny Manziel. We’re just delivering the words here — don’t shoot us.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt
More agile than you think, and capable of playing multiple techniques, Tuitt might not be the edge rusher that everyone is pining for, but he could provide a desperately sought burst inside.
15. Houston Texans
LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
Could Mettenberger end up beating his former Georgia teammate — and the man, Aaron Murray, who beat him on the field a few weeks ago — for draft positioning? Fascinating (early) thought.
16. New York Jets
Oregon WR-RB De’Anthony Thomas
We’ve issued this pairing for a few weeks now, and it seems like a nice fit. The thought process is that Thomas could play the Tavon Austin role for Geno Smith in New York, and he’d come cheaper here than Austin did at No. 8 overall last year.
Stanford DE-OLB Trent Murphy
Murphy was a force in the Cardinal’s narrow victory over Washington, and he came up big by tipping a pass late in the fourth quarter in the red zone that ended up being intercepted. In addition, Murphy notched two sacks and never seemed to tire despite chasing around mobile Huskies quarterback Keith Price all night.
On the next level, he likely will be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the mold of Paul Kruger and is closing in on a first-round grade from many teams. Murphy also can put his hand in the dirt and rush from a three-point stance. His good speed, long wingspan and growing frame also have earned comparisons to Chandler Jones.
An added bonus: Murphy also plays on the return and coverage teams on special teams, which will endear him even more to NFL folks.
Arizona State DT Will Sutton
There just has been something missing from Sutton’s game this season. He’s an undersized rusher who is at his best when his motor runs hot. But so far, Sutton has been a non-factor — or at least not a dominant player — in more games than not this season. Notre Dame, for instance, nearly blanked him last week.
Sutton is not a schematic fit for many teams because of his dimensions, and he’ll have to work extra hard to regain first-round consideration. He might be best in an upfield, gap-splitting 4-3 under scheme, but right now Sutton’s play does not scream “first-round talent.”
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SEC defenses have somewhat taken it on the chin this season so far, but a few interesting names have started to emerge. Once barely on NFL radars, Missouri DE Sam has overcome a quiet start to jump to a tie for the conference lead in sacks with six. That’s because he notched three apiece against Arkansas State and Vanderbilt, and the 6-2, 255-pound Sam has offenses suddenly taking notice. A big game against Aaron Murray and Georgia really could do Sam wonders for his draft stock. … Speaking of Vandy, WR Jordan Matthews unlocked from a good battle with Missouri CB E.J. Gaines in the first half to post seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. He has had at least 106 yards in five of six games, and a TD in five of six. With his size and vertical ability, he could be a nice second-round receiver at either the “X” or “Z” spots. … UCLA OG Xavier Su’a-Filo has had a nice season to date and could be a second-day prospect. His stock has a chance to jump a little starting this week if he’s kicked out to left tackle from left guard with starter Torian White out for the season. Su’a-Filo’s best home is likely inside, but the versatility might add a boost to his grade.
One of the most fanatically followed television series of all time, Doctor Who, will be given a jolt of nostalgia soon as the BBC can confirm the recovery of a mass of episodes previously thought lost to the vaults of time. This suggestion comes from the BBC itself, suggesting that a total of 106 episodes […]
As Grand Theft Auto V quickly becomes one of the best-selling games of all time – the quickest-selling game ever, at that – users are turning up oddities in-code in-game left and right. Today’s appearance of some Grand Theft Auto Online content helps us understand how different the online multiplayer experience is going to be, […]
In the grand scheme of things, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller being arrested on a failure to appear warrant over a traffic charge isn’t the worst offense.
But it adds to Miller’s rocky offseason, questions his decision making a bit and is really poor timing.
Miller, who is reportedly scheduled to have his appeal for a four-game suspension on a violation of the NFL’s drug policy this week, was arrested Sunday at the Centennial Gun Club according to KMGH 7 in Denver. Miller was arrested when the gun club did a background check, the Denver Post said.
“We got a call on someone who had a warrant,” Arapahoe County undersheriff Dave Walcher said, according to the Post. “I’m not sure if he was trying to buy a gun or get a concealed-carry permit.”
He was released on a $ 1,000 bond, according to the Post.
The Post said Miller failed to appear for a court hearing on a charge from last October. He was cited for careless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance. The arrest warrant was issued in January, the Post said.
Again, it’s not the best timing for him as he prepares to fight a possible four-game suspension. The Broncos released a statement on the matter:
“We have been aware of the matter involving Von Miller’s failure to appear in court for traffic violations. It was reported to the league earlier this week and is being handled through the legal system.”
The more pressing situation for Miller is the upcoming suspension hearing. The Post has reported that Miller tested positive for he tested positive for marijuana and “an undisclosed amphetamine” during his rookie year of 2011, but Miller said before training camp that he does not use marijuana. His possible suspension is not related to any performance-enhancing drugs.
It’s official – for the second time the Cincinnati Bengals, a wild card team the last two years, will be the topic of the summer HBO hit – “Hard Knocks.”
The five-week “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals” premieres 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. The one-hour shows will repeat at 11 p.m. Wednesdays. The season finale will be Tuesday, Sept. 3. Training camp begins in late July at Paul Brown Stadium — instead of Georgetown KY, where the Bengals 2009 “Hard Knocks” was filmed.
“The feedback we got from our experience with Hard Knocks in 2009 was outstanding,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “Our fans enjoyed it tremendously and we’re happy to try and provide that same experience again. Our fans love the NFL and they enjoy seeing things they don’t normally get to see. We have some outstanding men, both as players and as people. They’ve got great charisma to go along with their football skills, and the Hard Knocks treatment allows for both to shine through.”
Last summer, HBO and NFL films had a very difficult time finding an NFL team that was willing to let film crews into their facility to document training camp for the popular “Hard Knocks” series. The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins passed on the series before the Miami Dolphins and first-year head coach Joe Philbin agreed to be the featured franchise.
Finding a subject will be easier in 2013 as reports on Friday night have the Cincinnati Bengals slated to appear on “Hard Knocks” for the second time in the last five years.
The news that the Bengals were the team was first tweeted by Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News. That tweet quickly disappeared, but Domowitch is close enough to the Mount Laurel, New Jersey-based NFL Films for his report to have the utmost of credibility. Confirmation would come later on Friday evening from Joe Reedy, who provides blanket coverage of the Bengals for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
According to Reedy, an official announcement is “likely to happen” next week.
The Bengals are no strangers to “Hard Knocks” as they were the featured team during the 2009 edition. The Bengals would win the AFC North that season with a 10-6 record. A few of the highlights of that year’s “Hard Knocks” was Chad Ochocinco’s colorful interviews and the Bengals trying to sign first-round pick Andre Smith.
Smith could be an early storyline in 2013, as well. The fifth-year right tackle was re-signed to a three-year, $ 18 million contract in April, but Smith skipped the team’s OTAs and was a no-show for this week’s mandatory three-day minicamp, which cost him $ 66,150 in fines as well as a $ 100,000 workout bonus. Another potential storyline is Adam Jones, who found himself in trouble with the law once again after being arrested following an incident at a Cincinnati bar where he allegedly slapped a woman who may have thrown a drink on him after he refused to take a picture with her.
This week the folks at Adorama have revealed their first listings for the next generation of Samsung tablet, both the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1. These two devices take on the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (pictured below) and GALAXY S 4, but take away the Note’s pen and modify their shape just a bit. This is the first time the devices have appeared available from a retailer in the United States, while the tablets are just hitting shelves internationally.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 works with a 7-inch display while the 8.0 works with 8 inches, 10.1 with 10.1, and so forth. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be available in White as well as in Brown, both of these in a 16GB internal storage iteration for $ 349.99 USD. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will be available in a “Gold-Brown” (which we assume will be the same tone as the “Brown” listing” as well as in white, both of these for $ 329.99 USD.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is listed at $ 199.99 and will also be coming in Gold-Brown. At the moment there is no White iteration of the device being shown at Adorama, but we must also assume that one is on the way. This release comes with 8GB of internal storage.
What’s interesting about this release of the 7-inch tablet is the knocking off of $ 25 from the price of the previous tablet of that size from Samsung – there’s a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 up on Adorama right this minute for $ 224.99 USD. Because that machine was released so recently, it also comes with the same version of Android inside: 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 comes with a slimmer body than the 2, working with 111.1 x 188 x 9.9mm and accommodating essentially the same display as its predecessor: 1024 x 600 LCD TFT. This machine works with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor of unknown origin – the Galaxy Tab 2 worked with a 1GHz dual-core processor from Texas Instruments. The same battery size exists within, and a collection of GALAXY S 4-like abilities will be appearing here as well.
So how did the price go down by $ 50? We’re in the process of asking Samsung right this minute – stay tuned!
Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 appear on retailer shelves early is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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We’re in countdown mode to Samsung‘s event in New York City tomorrow, during which the Korean company will launch its highly anticipated Galaxy S IV smartphone. The handset has been the source of numerous leaks and rumors (which you can check out in the Timeline after the jump), the latest of which has appeared just hours ahead of its unveiling on the Chinese forum it168.
The alleged Galaxy S IV featured in the leak, which you can see in the gallery below, is said to be a dual-SIM sample model. It first appeared on it168 earlier this week, but the latest round of images give a better look at the handset, including a handful of specs to go alongside the new batch of pictures.
The plastic backing on the phone features a crosshatched texture, while the home key is said to be embossed, with the entire unit measuring in at only 7.7mm in thickness and weighing 138 grams. The screen is an expected 4.99-inch full HD 1080p display, and inside there’s a reported 8-core 1.8GHz Exynos 5410 processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM.
The internal storage is a decent 16GB, and there’s the ever-present microSD slot for expansion. The battery has a 2600mAh capacity. Also revealed were a few software features, the most interesting of which is the ability to hover a finger over a portion of the display to pull up an S-pen stylus effect. Are the specs spot-on? We’ll find out tomorrow at Samsung’s event in NYC, which we’ll be covering live, so stay tuned!
Alleged Galaxy S IV pictures and specs appear on Chinese website is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear.
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GLBenchmarks for five new, unannounced Samsung devices have surfaced, including model GT-I9150/GT-I9152. Recently, benchmarks had surfaced for Samsung’s GT-B9150, as well as several other devices. Four of the five new devices that have cropped up are Galaxy devices comprised of the Galaxy Pocket 2, the Galaxy Star, the Galaxy Young, and the Galaxy Frame, in addition to the GT-I9150.
We’ll start with the oddball, the GT-I9150, which features a 1.2GHz BCM28155 Broadcom processor, as well as a VideoCore IV GPU and a qHD display (960 x 540). The handset is listed as running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and includes the 9152 model. This is followed by the Galaxy Pocket 2, which features an 850MHz Broadcom processor, a VideoCore IV GPU, and a 320 x 240 VGA display. The handset runs Android 4.1.2.
The next three models, the Star, Young, and Frame, are all Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean devices. The Star is shown as running a Speadtrum CPU and Mail-300 graphics, and also bearing a 320 x 240 VGA display. The Young is a tad higher on the specs list, with a 1GHz Qualcomm and Adreno 200 GPU, as well as a 480 x 320 HVGA display.
Next up is the Galaxy Frame, which runs a 1GHz Broadcom CPU and VideoCore IV graphics, and likewise bearing an HVGA 480 x 320 display. The big difference with this model over the others is that it is listed in two iterations, one of which includes NFC technology. No other information is available at this time.
[via Android Community]