For the second year in a row, the first pick of the NFL Draft is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Oklahoma. Kyler Murray is that man in 2019, going to the Arizona Cardinals, following Cleveland Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield in 2018.
After this year’s top pick, the first round was loaded with linemen and linebackers. To be exact, 21 of the first 32 selections in this draft were players who should fill spots on the offensive line or the defensive front seven.
Defensive backs were an afterthought on Thursday, with two safeties and one cornerback going in the first round. Continue reading
Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller
The 2018-19 football season is in the books.
The New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions for the sixth time in their franchise history. The Calgary Stampeders took home the CFL’s Grey Cup for the eighth time.
Clemson won college football’s FBS national championship for the third time, unofficially (depending on who you ask) unseating Alabama as the amateur level’s elite program. North Dakota State won the FCS national title, Valdosta State earned the Division-II national crown, and Mary Hardin-Baylor earned the Division-III national title. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Grant Delpit, S, LSU (NCAA) — Of all the college football programs that give themselves the unofficial “DB U” moniker, LSU has as legitimate a claim as any.
The list of Bayou Bengals who have gone from Baton Rouge to the NFL is long and littered with defensive backs: Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, LaRon Landry and Eric Reid are some of the more recent Pro Bowl DBs from LSU. (Crazy how a recent Pro Bowl safety like Reid couldn’t get a team to sign him in free agency this offseason. I wonder what that’s about?)
Two of the league’s fastest rising defensive stars are Jets safety Jamal Adams and Bills cornerback TreDavious White, both LSU products. Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills, also from the LSU lineage, was a starter on last season’s Super Bowl championship team. Continue reading
Clemson’s Ryan Carter
Defense hasn’t necessarily been the name of the game ahead of the 2018 College Football Playoff, even though three of the four teams involved field three of the nation’s best defenses.
Alabama allows the fewest points (11.5 per game) of any team in Division 1-A. Clemson ranks second, giving up 12.8 points per game, and Georgia is tied for third (with Wisconsin) at 13.2 points allowed. The fourth team in the playoff, Oklahoma, didn’t crack the nation’s top 50 defensively (25.0 points allowed), but the Sooners make up for it by leading the nation in offensive yards (583 per game) and ranking fourth in scoring with 44.9 points per game. Continue reading