Every year, I find myself stuck between one of two phenomena:
– Finding myself wondering where Player X from the SEC went, before discovering he’s in the NFL;
– Having a recollection of Player Y being “THAT DUDE” in the SEC and him not being a top draft pick (call it the Zach Cunningham corollary this year) and wondering where he’s playing in the NFL.
So as not to have that issue again in 2017, I was going to list all of the SEC players and when/by whom they were drafted…but Saturday Down South, a money-making blog, already did that. Here’s a copy/paste of their list, with commentary of picks I like and don’t like:
Alabama Crimson Tide (10)
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Baltimore Ravens, Round 1, No. 16
Jonathan Allen, DE, Washington Redskins, Round 1, No. 17
OJ Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Round 1, No. 19
Reuben Foster, LB, San Francisco 49ers, Round 1, No. 31
Cam Robinson, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars, Round 2, No. 34
Ryan Anderson, LB, Washington Redskins, Round 2, No. 49
Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, New York Giants, Round 2, No. 55
Tim Williams, OLB, Baltimore Ravens, Round 2, No. 78
ArDarius Stewart, WR, New York Jets, Round 2, No. 79
Eddie Jackson, DB, Chicago Bears, Round 4, No. 112
I feel really good about Allen and Howard being studs in the NFL, and for some reason Humphrey being a bust. Anderson was the ‘highly drafted anonymous Alabama defender’ du jour for 2017, though the next two Bammers off the board also fit that bill.
Eddie Jackson to the Bears is fascinating in that the Bears were a complete shitshow during the draft. He could be the one player that actually works out.
Arkansas Razorbacks (3)
Deatrich Wise, DE, New England Patriots, Round 4, No. 131
Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Washington Redskins, Round 5, No. 154
Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE, Detroit Lions, Round 6, No. 205
This was fun.
Auburn Tigers (4)
Montravius Adams, DT, Green Bay Packers, Round 3, No. 93
Carl Lawson, OLB, Cincinnati Bengals, Round 4, No. 116
Rudy Ford, DB, Arizona Cardinals, Round 6, No. 208
Joshua Holsey, DB, Washington Redskins, Round 7, No. 235
Adams and Lawson were pegged as rounds 1-2 guys leading up to last weekend, so seeing both fall is a bit of a surprise. Adams, in particular, took over some games for Auburn last year, but Green Bay’s 3-4 isn’t really an ideal fit for him.
Florida Gators (8)
Jarrad Davis, LB, Detroit Lions, Round 1, No. 21
Marcus Maye, DB, New York Jets, Round 2, No. 39
Quincy Wilson, CB, Indianapolis Colts, Round 2, No. 46
Teez Tabor, CB, Detroit Lions, Round 2, No. 53
Alex Anzalone, LB, New Orleans Saints, Round 3, No. 76
David Sharpe, OT, Oakland Raiders, Round 4, No. 129
Caleb Brantley, DT, Cleveland Browns, Round 6, No. 185
Joey Ivie, DT, Dallas Cowboys, Round 7, No. 228
Imagine that, Florida has more defensive talent than offensive talent. 7 of 8 draftees this year, 5 of 7 last year.
Georgia Bulldogs (1)
Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Denver Broncos, Round 5, No. 172
Trindon Holliday was super fun for the Broncos for a few years, so I assume good things for Joystick.
LSU Tigers (8)
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars, Round 1, No. 4
Jamal Adams, DB, New York Jets, Round 1, No. 6
Tre’Davious White, CB, Buffalo Bills, Round 1, No. 27
Ethan Pocic, C, Seattle Seahawks, Round 2, No. 58
Duke Riley, LB, Atlanta Falcons, Round, 3, No. 75
Kendell Beckwith, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Round 3, No. 107
Davon Godchaux, DT, Miami Dolphins, Round 5, No. 178
Malachi Dupre, WR, Green Bay Packers, Round 7, No. 247
This all seems fine. Duke Riley, like Deion Lewis last year, is an LSU ‘backer drafted by the Packers, so get ready for those annoying calls on ATL sports radio. Jamal Adams is friggin’ awesome to watch. Malachi Dupre falls into the Russell Sheppard/Terrance Toliver mold of 5* talent at wideout that goes way under-drafted and carves out a nice NFL career.
Ole Miss Rebels (4)
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants, Round 1, No. 23
DJ Jones, DT, San Francisco 49ers, Round 6, No. 198
Derrick Jones, CB, New York Jets, Round 6, No. 204
Chad Kelly, QB, Denver Broncos, Round 7, No. 253 (Mr. Irrelevant)
CHAD KELLY IS MISTER IRRELEVANT AND PARADING HIM AROUND THE COUNTRY AT INTOXICATED OCCASIONS SHOULD BE A GD REALITY SHOW. Put it on Bravo and my girlfriend will even watch!
Mississippi State Bulldogs (1)
Justin Senior, OT, Seattle Seahawks, Round 6, No. 210
Fred Ross wasn’t drafted. Fred Ross is arguably the 2nd-best receiver on the Panthers, as a UDFA, already.
Missouri Tigers (1)
Charles Harris, OLB, Miami Dolphins, Round 1, No. 22
I told a lot of people Harris would be legit this year, but nobody listened because I can’t confirm whether or not Mizzou played football. In a world where Michael Sam, Kony Ealy, Markus Golden, and Shane Ray were all different levels of dominant for the Tigers, its amazing that Harris (I guess due to a lack of help) is the highest drafted of them.
Tennessee Volunteers (6)
Derek Barnett, DE, Philadelphia Eagles, Round 1, No. 14
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints, Round 3, No. 67
Cam Sutton, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers, Round 3, No. 94
Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Detroit Lions, Round 4, No. 124
Josh Malone, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, Round 4, No. 128
Joshua Dobbs, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers, Round 4, No. 135
Barnett represents Tennessee’s first draft pick since 2014. Let’s all laugh at Tennessee. While doing so, doesn’t it feel like all of the rest of their draftees were 1-2 rounds lower (Dobbs excepted, why the hell would you draft him) than they should’ve been? Or is that just me as a Sutton/Reeves-Maybin fanboy talking out of turn?
Texas A&M Aggies (5)
Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns, Round 1, No. 1
Justin Evans, DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Round 2, No. 50
Daeshon Hall, DE, Carolina Panthers, Round 3, No. 77
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams, Round 4, No. 117
Jermaine Eluemunor, OL, Baltimore Ravens, Round 5, No. 159
Just gonna leave this here (please send me any hot tips on a better way to search my timeline):
Vanderbilt Commodores (2)
Zach Cunningham, LB, Houston Texans, Round 2, No. 57
Will Holden, OT, Arizona Cardinals, Round 5, No. 157
Cunningham is a beast, as referenced above.
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Kentucky Wildcats (0)
South Carolina Gamecocks (0)
There’s an old cliche in sports: if you know an official’s name, he’s probably pretty bad. By and large, that was the case with Ron Cherry, the most recognizable official in the country.
If his only quirk was his creepily robotic hand signals, I wouldn’t be writing this post.
If his only quirk was being extremely jacked, he’d be that one ‘biceps ref’ and I wouldn’t be writing this post.
If his only quirk was completely interjecting himself into games and making himself the show…well, that’s why we’re here.
Most famously, Cherry had a throwaway call (lol N.C. State was down 37-0 at this point) linked above, in which he created a new category of personal foul.
The timing of his hand signaling on the infamous “One Point Safety” in the Fiesta Bowl a few years back is that of a pop singer’s backup dancer. Maybe not a good pop singer’s backup dancer.
While Cherry’s antics were delightful, there is a large portion of every fanbase who has to separate the color he brought to the game from his woefully incompetent refereeing. There are tons of compilations on the YouTubes, but only one in which he shouts at a coaching staff and forgets to turn off his mic while doing so:
I wish Ron Cherry all the best in his future endeavors, but am happy those endeavors won’t be on the football field.
Conventional wisdom and (likely) prevailing logic implies that Myles Garrett will be the first man off the board during Thursday night’s NFL Draft. But last time I checked the Cleveland Browns have the top (and 12th pick). Cleveland’s perennial Draft mismanagement combined with a need for help at basically every position (except maybe offensive line) is a recipe for disaster. And at this late hour there are some rumors that North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could take the top spot.
You just can’t do that. Trubisky’s relative inexperience will be mentioned ad nauseum this evening but that point is worth belaboring. This is not the traditional blue chipper path to the NFL.
- Trubisky was the nation’s 6th-best dual-threat QB per 247Sports.
- He picked up many notable offers – the nation’s best program (Alabama), an allegedly resurgent SEC power (Tennessee), a Big 10 staple (Michigan State) and even his home-state Ohio State Buckeyes.
- He chose to attend North Carolina with a May 2012 commitment in a January 2013 enrollment.
- This made sense because North Carolina had dismissed its head coach Butch Davis the summer before his commitment (right before fall camp) and it had an interim head coach during the season preceding his commitment. Always a force, North Carolina was 3-5 in ACC play in 2011.
- The bullet-point above was mostly to rib Chad Floyd and to point out that it was odd for a truly elite prospect (if he was one) to choose North Carolina for anything other than home-state loyalty (which didn’t apply) or immediate playing time (which didn’t come).
- North Carolina played two quarterbacks in 2013. Both threw for more than 1600 yards. Neither had a Polish last name. Is Trubisky a Polish last name? I feel like it is. Either way, neither was named Trubisky. That guy redshirted. #Elite
- In 2014, Marquise Williams held onto the job. Williams was passable as a passer. His passer rating was 58th in the nation and only 61 full-time QBs posted better yards-per-attempts.
- Trubisky attempted 78 passes as a backup in 2014 and posted a QB rating of 114.2. His best game came against Virginia when, just 23 months after arriving on campus, he completed 100% of his passes and finished 1/1 for 16 yards and a TD.
- Always destined for greatness, Trubisky was a backup once again in 2015 as Marquise Williams improved by reducing his completion percentage and throwing for precisely as many yards as he did the year before. Trubisky attempted even fewer passes in 2015.
- But in 2016, he took off.
In his lone season as the go-to quarterback for the Tar Heels, Trubisky was pretty good. North Carolina turned a Top 15 ranking at the end of 2015 into a pre-season no. 20 (per the Coaches poll) and Heels were ranked in the Top 20 all the way up until the first game of the season. Trubisky opened his career at 0-1 thanks to a loss to first-year head coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs. He threw for 156 yards on just 40 attempts (nearly four yards per attempt) and didn’t throw any interceptions (or passing touchdowns). Recruited as a dual-threat, Trubisky was electric with his legs rushing three times for seven yards.
He rebounded and North Carolina climbed back into the Top 25, but they didn’t stay there and finished the year un-ranked.
As a starter (for his entire career – four whole years in Chapel Hill), Trubisky played seven FBS opponents with winning records against FBS opponents. This is, by my estimation, the broadest measure one can find of Trubisky’s starting experience against average-or-better opposition. Those seven games are detailed below.
Those numbers, on average, are fantastically pedestrian. For Georgia-fan context, these numbers are worse than what Greyson Lambert put up in 2015 in terms of efficiency. But, that should not surprise you. After all, Lambert and Jacob Eason threw for 29 more yards than Trubisky on 20 fewer attempts in 2016’s match-up. Seriously. Trubisky threw for 156 yards on 40 attempts. Lambert and Eason threw for 185 on 20 attempts.
Any GM drafting Trubisky is hoping for the type of performance he put up against Florida State and Pitt. But they’re equally likely to get the Trubisky we saw against the Dawgs or the one that threw for 58 yards on 33 attempts against Virginia Tech. There’s not enough film on this guy to merit a first (or Top 10) pick and what is on field is not consistently good.
Intangibles become huge this time of year, but it’s hard to put too much stock into Trubisky’s moxie, etc. He rode the bench while North Carolina went 13-13 over all and 8-8 in conference play in 2013 and 2014. The Tar Heels went 8-0 in conference play and 11-3 overall in 2015 while he attempted just 47 passes. The Tar Heels under-performed expectations (or at least rankings) and took a discernible step backwards offensively. In terms of scoring, this was the worst offense of the Larry Fedora era.
- 2015 – 40.7 Points Per Game
- 2012 – 40.6 Points Per Game
- 2014 – 33.2 Points Per Game
- 2013 – 32.7 Points Per Game
- 2016 – 32.3 Points Per Game
Who wants him?
That’s all I got/
And here we were thinking offseason writer’s block was permanent!
It has been announced that, as of today, Georgia will no longer be reporting injuries (even those witnessed by media in practice) until Kirby Smart is asked directly about them by reporters.
The benefits to such a policy are … hmm. Kirby Smart acting as the gatekeeper for all Georgia football-related information? Great. Nick Saban earned that leeway by winning football games first, and using the leverage earned to become an abhorrent dick.
From a Georgia fan perspective, this is another kinda gross move by the Governor. Remember, he got the state to pass a law allowing 90 days for FOIA requests from Georgia public universities last year.
From an outsider perspective, this is laughable. A small sampling of tweets from the internet:
Kirby Smart: “I’ll take questions.”
Me: “Injuries, I get, but may we report hedge abuse?”
Me: “November 26th, 2016.” pic.twitter.com/xiyCbZFwTf
— CONWAY TWEETY (@edsbs) April 18, 2017
It is so sad that the very dishonest media continue LEKAING Gov. Kirby ‘s secrets! He beat Nicholls by more PIONTS than any UGA coach EVER!! https://t.co/edkkc6GKPo
— jason (@JasonKirkSBN) April 18, 2017
Let’s all take a moment and appreciate the many programs who have attempted the Alabama Way with former Alabama assistants and succeeded
— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) April 18, 2017
I hereby declare it is okay to support a team and dislike its coach on a personal level. Hey, did you know Mark Richt’s class at Miami is ranked #1 in the country right now?
As anyone who reads this site will likely know, Georgia and Notre Dame have played exactly once over the span of 100+ years of each institution fielding a football team. On this site and the DudeYouPodcast, I have many times encouraged Georgia fans to make the trip this September if you have the means.
Having been in 2006, Notre Dame is by no means the rowdiest place to watch a football game. Matter of fact, it feels quaint, almost as if the history makes it more of a church atmosphere than a fall Saturday to which we’re accustomed. (Notre Dame joke #1) It’s almost like they’re living among the ghosts of their past successes. Even so, its worth a trip to see Touchdown Jesus, and to see (Notre Dame joke #2) where Rudy was CLEARLY offsides. God, I hate the movie Rudy.
It got me thinking, “what stadium experiences do I need to have while I’m young enough to fully participate?”, and…I need to apply for a Southwest credit card. I’m also hoping we can crowdsource a list from you the reader, so comment with your top 10 and I’ll use my Excel skillz and figure out where the DudeYouNation intends to go.
First, where I’ve been (P5 only), ranked with hopes of not being clouded by any biases. I apologize for it being ACC-heavy:
- Clemson- everything about their gameday experience is just right. I’m growing tired of them being #1 at EVERYTHING these days.
- Georgia- been to too many good 3:30’s and night games to ignore how awesome Athens on a Saturday is. Behind Clemson due to a few too many sleepy games, and less ample tailgating.
- Virginia Tech- Enter Sandman is as awesome at noon as it is on a Thursday night.
- Auburn- Clemson without a lake (and my only experience is an Iron Bowl, so probably overrated).
- Notre Dame- like I said above, cool setting.
- South Carolina- Columbia is the seventh circle of hell, both in the town sense and the literal “I’m gonna die from heatstroke” sense. But fairground tailgating is always fun, and Space Odyssey is cool until your undefeated Georgia team is down 3 touchdowns in the first quarter.
- Alabama- probably low, but it has the NFL feel both in atmosphere, and drunk, grumbling fans complaining about a four touchdown lead.
- North Carolina- fun for a big game, dead otherwise. A 3:30 game in October, though, is about as pleasant an afternoon as you can ask for.
- N.C. State- has the fairgrounds tailgate that makes South Carolina fun, and they let you out of the stadium at halftime to…re-up.
- Virginia- has the UNC/Notre Dame quaintness to it.
- Wake Forest- really not that bad! It has the one-level grandstand that puts you more or less on top of the action, and tailgating is both easy to find, parking-wise, and largely unregulated.
- Georgia Tech- Bobby Dodd has rebuilt its reputation on soccer games.
- Duke- I’ve been to high school stadiums with more people, more atmosphere, and better restrooms.
So, what’s left? A whole hell of a lot.
- LSU: Death Valley at night may well end up having to be part of a dangerous bachelor party, some day.
- Oregon: apparently Autzen Stadium’s pretzel-like design keeps noise in. I’m not an architect, but I’m here for that.
- Texas: DKR is no longer (anywhere close to) the biggest destination in the state any more, but I’d rather tailgate in Austin than do whatever weird stuff they do before games in College Station. Come at me, Aggies.
- Colorado: If you’ve never been to Boulder, you won’t understand why this is on the list. If you have, Rocky Mountain backdrop for college football. Rice-Eccles at Utah gets a shoutout here too, but I don’t really want to go to Utah.
- Ohio State: Taking the Horseshoe as my obligatory B1G destination because, somehow, Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes are less objectionable than Michigan and Penn State right now. I mean…
- Ole Miss: The Grove, which should somehow become more fun given the fact that the Black Bears will NOT be winning football games for awhile.
- UCLA/USC: Lumping them into one doesn’t seem quite right, but then again it does. Stadiums with a TON of history, beautiful LA backdrop, etc. etc.
- Wisconsin: I’m here for the drunkest fanbase in college football and “Jump Around” in the fourth quarter.
- Florida: Yup. The Swamp looks fun on TV due to its asymmetrical layout. Sometimes ya just gotta slum it.
- Arizona State: More off-the-beaten-path Pac-12ness, but this one has a backstory: I hiked the mountain overlooking Sun Devil Stadium, and it was pretty cool. Tempe is INSANE. This would be fun, especially if they were any good.
That’s my list (in no particular order). For this to work, I need yours. Comment or tweet @Chad_Floyd the top 10 you want to go to, and the top 5 you’ve already seen. I’ll tally up the winners for a follow-up for next week.