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26 Dec 2013
Just who is the best NFL player from each major college program? Our Robert Weintraub attempts to figure it out over at Sports On Earth.
Posted by: Robert Weintraub on 26 Dec 2013
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28 Dec 2013, 7:24pm by
Central Florida ... 2012 -- Asante Samuel, CB, Atlanta ... 2013 -- Matt Prater, K, Denver
What about Culinary Academy?
You have Notre Dame but not the other independents. Mike Iupati and Mike Iupati for Idaho.
Sheldon Richardson for Arkansas.
S. Richardson went 5o missouri
Can't really buy Wilson over Watt, especially in the context of Kuechly (I would argue still not as good as Watt) over Ryan (better than Wilson). Think you're over-emphasizing team performance.
The really horrible call is Smith over Lotulei, though.
I don't think Matt Ryan has played better than Russell Wilson this year. Ryan has had a surprisingly good year, all things considered. But Wilson has been better passer on a play by play basis and adds a lot of value as a runner. That said, you could definitely make a strong case for Watt over Wilson independent of the Kuechly/Ryan situation.
Wilson's got slightly higher DVOA on significantly lower volume and with lower overall DYAR in what I think has been a notably easier context - far better offensive line, defense and running game, and arguably better receivers overall, though obviously that very much depends on which Falcons were injured at any given time.
Anquan Boldin over Antonio Cromartie easily last year, and maybe over Dockett this year for keeping the SF passing game alive until the other receivers got healthier.
Is Johnson capable of NFL brilliance? Burst will ultimately tell the tale.
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