if the Saints would pass on home town once in a lifetime type of player in Leonard Fournette I would DIE!! Mark Ingram hasn't shown to be all that great. We will likely have a new young QB in a few years and a BEAST back would do him wonders. Hell he may help Brees last a little longer in that he won't have to pass 100 times a game. Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, DeVante Harris, Ken Crawley, Damian Swann, and Kyle Wilson will be plenty enough depth at corner. The 2 UDFA corners have played good considering they are undrafted. I think PJ was gonna have a good year before the devastating concussion. We are missing Sheldon Rankins right now and our top 3 corners. This D isn't as bad as most think, but the devastating injuries to all our corners have killed us, which would happen to every team out there. Plus I'm scared of Bama corners BIG TIME!! They seem to bust or take forever to produce!!
Yeah the Patriots are just clamoring for an interior offensive lineman. After all they have Thuney and Mason as starters at guard with Jonathan Cooper and Ted Karras as back-ups and have a very good center in David Andrews. What the Patriots need is an offensive tackle because Sebastian Vollmer ain't getting any younger and hasn't really been fully healthy the last two seasons. If there's a great prospect at OT at the end of the first round the Patriots should take him. You're out of your tree if you think the Patriot's greatest need is an interior offensive lineman.
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
There have to be some bold predictions in my rankings or else I'd be boring. One of those is that the Miami Hurricanes will have a firm grip on being the fourth-best team in the ACC since six of their top seven scorers are back from last season.
In his second year as head coach, Jim Larranaga returns some more than capable scorers on the wing led by Durand Scott. The 6-5 combo guard didn't make the leap many expected him to as a junior, but should certainly be motivated to make the most of his senior campaign. There is terrific depth on the wing with Trey McKinney-Jones, Rion Brown, and Garrius Adams, who were all valuable contributors a year ago.
With Malcolm Grant graduating, Shane Larkin takes over as the full-time point guard. After choosing to stay in his home state, rather than attending DePaul where he originally committed, the son of former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Combo guard Bishop Daniels, who redshirted last season due to a foot injury, could see some time at the point, and Scott is capable of running the show as well.
The Hurricanes also have quality depth and balance inside, led by the physical Reggie Johnson. He missed the first nine games of last season due to a knee injury and proved to be a force in the paint when healthy. Florida transfer Kenny Kadji made the most of his first season at Miami, bringing more size inside but also having the ability to stretch defenses with his outside shooting. At 6-10 and 6-11 respectively, Johnson and Kadji are tough match ups for any opposing frontcourt.
Miami will also get a boost off its bench with the return of 6-10 Julian Gamble, who started thirteen games as a junior but sat out all of last year due to a torn ACL. Juniors Erik Swoope and Raphael Akpejiori provide more depth at the forward, while seven-foot freshman Tonye Jekiri doesn't figure to make an immediate impact, though with his size and upside, has the potential to be the center of the future for the Hurricanes.
There are no real question marks for Miami this season. The team has a solid, experienced starting five with quality depth all across the roster. Now the pressure is on for Larranaga and company to pull it all together and make the most of their talented collection of players.
Player to Watch: Durand Scott, G
Since Hurricanes have solid balance across their roster, they doesn't need Scott to have a monster senior year. The one positive about him is that he can still impact the game without needing to shoot the rock. With that being said, showing more of a killer instinct will only increase the chances of Miami being able to compete with the likes of N.C. State, Duke, and North Carolina in the ACC.
Key Non-Conference Games:
11/24 vs. Detroit
11/28 vs. Michigan State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
12/1 at UMass
12/14 vs. Charlotte
12/18 at UCF
12/22 vs. Hawaii (Diamond Head Classic)
12/23 vs. Arizona/East Tennessee State (Diamond Head Classic)
12/25 vs. San Diego State/San Francisco/Ole Miss/Indiana State (Diamond Head Classic)