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14 Feb 2014

Sports on Earth Mock Draft

Dan Pompeii. Russ Lande. Mike Tanier. Keepin' it unreal. 'Nuff Said.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 14 Feb 2014

23 comments, Last at 17 Feb 2014, 7:40pm by LionInAZ


by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:56am

Well they've really managed to make mock drafting look very hard.

Bortles at no 1? It makes some sense when it comes from the guy who had Ryan Nassib as his best overall player last year but Bortles has really sketchy ball location which will make things tough for him in the pros. If your aim is to have the 25th best qb in the league then Bortles is the guy for you.

Mike has the Falcons taking a corner after taking two in the first two rounds last year, they're desperate for help on both lines. Russ Lande bails Mike out by having them pass on Clowney though, which is just...

The niners do have needs; they only have Brock (who Russ Lande has never heard of), Culliver (coming off an ACL) and the undrafted Morris at cb so they need a corner as well as receiver depth. And a center, and they might have to replace Whitner. So offensive tackle make perfect sense.

by jacobk :: Sat, 02/15/2014 - 9:55am

Russ also thinks Sidney Rice is going to be on the Seahawks' roster next year, so at least he's an equal opportunity ignoramus when it comes to the NFC West.

I'm used to knowing more than reporters when they write about things related to my job. It's weird to have it happen in other areas--I guess it doesn't take much research to put the average football fan ahead of the average mock draft writer, at least as to their own team.

by Sifter :: Sun, 02/16/2014 - 5:37pm

A growing number of mocks out there have Bortles at #1, it's becoming a trendy projection as more research is being done on player/coach connections. I read Dan Kadar's mock this morning for example. He had Bortles at #1 not because he's the best player, but because he meshes with Bill O'Brien better on paper than the other two QB candidates. Bigger pocket passer, played very well vs Penn St last year etc. etc.

Of course we are 3 months away, if these mocks are anywhere close to accurate I'll be shocked.

by LionInAZ :: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 7:40pm

I was especially fascinated by how Dan had the Lions taking a LB at the #10 spot with the two best DBs and all but the #1 WR still on his board.

by Peregrine :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:18pm

Mike, I usually love and respect your work, but pay attention to what I'm about to say: if the Falcons do not go OL or DL with their top pick, an angry pitchfork-wielding mob will storm Flowery Branch and demand Dimitroff's head on a platter. I'm almost kidding. Falcons fans are sick and tired of getting pushed around on the line of scrimmage.

But the early signs are good. Dimitroff's drinking game key phrases for the 2014 offseason are "ruggedness" and "grittiness."

by Riceloft :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 1:36pm

That format is pretty hard to follow if you're trying to recall who is left on the board for each writer.

by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:55pm

Yes, very difficult. The best way would have been 3 side by side columns, with hover pop up windows for the pick descriptions and rationales.

by jebmak :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 5:48pm

Oooo, good idea.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:56pm

I, for one, am completely OK with the idea of Clowney falling to Tampa at #7. Very completely OK. I mean, there's absolutely no way in stinking hell on a shingle there is the vaguest chance that would happen, but . . . great, now I'm going to start hoping for it.

by Peregrine :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:20pm

Forget it, Buc Boy. If Clowney's available at #6, the Falcons are taking him.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:38pm

If Clowney is still available at #6, I will eat my hat. My hat, and your hat. A giant pile of hats. There will be a hat buffet the likes of which the world has never seen.

Clowney dropping that far is just as ridiculous as the mocks I've seen with Teddy Bridgewater dropping down that far. Sure, maybe Bork Borkles (it's just more fun to say that way) or Derek Carr put on phenomenal combine/pro day performances, and other players just explode in the 40 or something, but, really, there's no way enough guys suddenly pop up on the radar so that Clowney drops that far.

by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 6:20pm

How fast would Carr need to run the forty to be drafted ahead of Clowney?

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 6:38pm

Fast enough to bring Al Davis back to life so somebody would care?

by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 7:02pm
by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 7:23pm

That scene always drives me up the wall, there sooooo much crap physics.

1- Reversing the earth's rotation would not reverse time.
2- He only does about a hundred revolutions, in the very upper atmosphere. That wouldn't provide enough friction to show the earth.
3- If he did reverse the rotation from the outer atmosphere then he would first cause such massive winds that the surface of the world would be stripped bare. This would be followed by the slowing of the crust in its movement over the mantle, the entire planet would become a volcanic hellscape. Nothing would be left alive, Superman has just eliminated every last complex lifeform. Well done son of Durell, thanks a bunch.

I'm more inclined to believe in Kryptonians with superpowers than that working.

(And while I'm on the subject, did anyone else notice that in the latest incarnation of the Superman films that while General Zod gets weakened by earth's atmosphere it doesn't seem to have the slightest effect on the rest of his crew, who have superpowers throughout? If they aren't being exposed to the atmosphere then why do the get so powerful? It doesn't make sense within the rules the film establishes.)

by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:26pm

There is an alternate way of seeing that scene:


"Someone recently blew my mind by telling me I’d been misinterpreting that scene all my life. I like their take on it way better:

Superman wasn't exerting a force on the Earth. He was just flying fast enough to go back in time. (Faster than light, I guess? Comic book physics.) The Earth changed direction because we were watching time run backward as he traveled. It didn't actually have anything to do with the direction he was flying.

Now that I see it, it makes a lot more sense. I mean, as much sense as a red-cape-and-outside-underwear time traveler can make.

A discussion of the reversal of the Earth’s spin—and what that even means—will have to wait for another article."

Viewing it either way it's the crappiest scene in the movie, but that doesn't take away that if Derek Carr could move that fast he'd be picked before Clowney.

by Rhombus :: Sat, 02/15/2014 - 11:42pm

That makes a ridiculous amount of sense. I will never watch Superman the same way again.

Of course, I will probably never watch Superman again, at all.

But as for that scene being the worst in the movie, I vehemently disagree. I consider the "Can You Read My Mind?" scene as not only the worst of the movie, but one of the worst movie scenes of all time.

by tuluse :: Sun, 02/16/2014 - 12:04am

This my interpretation of the movie since I was a kid.

'course I had already seen the Star Trek original movies, so I "knew" going fast enough meant going back in time.

by Hurt Bones :: Sun, 02/16/2014 - 8:51am

I stand corrected. My revisionist memory must be trying to erase the "Can You Read My Mind?" scene. It's so dreadful, I think for self preservation I burn it from my mind. Thanks for bringing it up.

by the K :: Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:19pm

While I think the Bills would like Ebron, I would be very surprised if they took him without trading down which I expect them to do unless Khalil Mack is still on the board.

by serutan :: Sat, 02/15/2014 - 9:45pm

"For the record, I don't think much of Bortles as a prospect. But I also think Ken Whisenhunt has awful taste in quarterbacks. So this selection makes perfect sense."

I see you paid attention to the post Warner Whisenhunt
Cardinals Mike. Although I think it would be more accurate to say "no clue about young quarterbacks". This is why
Titans fans should look on either drafting a new QB or
Whiz trying to do something with Locker with great fear and
Was wr

by Megamanic :: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:26am

I have two words for anyone who thinks the Chargers are going to draft a TE above round 4-5 and those words are:-

"Ladarius Green"

by Rick_and_Roll :: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:35pm

Anyone who watched the AFC West knows that Laderious Green is a great player on the verge of breaking out... He's slightly faster, but not quite as big as Julius Thomas. You have to question the research of a mock that doesn't factor in developing players, esp high profile ones like Green.

As for Denver picking an OLB/DE type in the first, it's possible, but they had two DEs they really liked last year whom they hid on IR (red-shirted) before the 2013 season. I think they go defense (maybe OL) but take the best player available among the following positions: S, CB, ILB, DT, G, RT