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Last Two Picks: 31 – Not Manti Te’o. 32 – Not Manti Te’o. Great success!
Pick 29: Vikings, please draft Te’o so that Ogletree can be the next Ray Lewis in Baltimore. They take Corduroy Patterson.
Pick 28: Bathroom
Pick 27: Feeling really bad about Alec Ogletree. There are way too many “should have been drafted” guys still on the board. Geno Smith has to go. Te’o might need to go. Matt Elam is still around. Eddie Lacy is lingering. As is Corduroy Patterson. The Texans select Deandre Hopkins – a player who literally pooped in a hotel room.
Pick 26: Datone Jones goes. Can we pronounce that “Dat One”.
Pick 25: Why go Te’o when you can draft a football player? Xavier Rhodes could barely get out of his chair. That’s not a combine test, but maybe it should be.
Pick 24: Bjoern Werner. High effort guy with a good motor. Gruden compares him to Jarvis Jones.
Pick 23: Gruden must be the Honey Badgers agent. he is selling him harrrrrd. Meanwhile Minnesota is drafting. “I shot the” Sharrif Floyd finally gets drafted. He should have been picked ahead of Richardson.
Pick 22: Falcons move up. If they take Te’o I’m leaving the state. Whew. Des Trufant is the move. Not too shabby there for the falcers.
Pick 21: The Bengals get Tyler Eifert. This has to be bad news for former Georgia Bulldog Orson Charles.
Pick 20: Kyle Long, Howie’s other 315 pound son gets drafted. “Whoa! 315 is really big, right?” – WifeYouCrazy
Pick 19: Nap
Pick 18: LSU’s Eric Reid goes to the Niners. Interesting. Not bad. Interesting.
Pick 17: The Steelers get Jarvis Jones. This is perfect, except for the fact that I hate the Steelers. But that’s a good fit. Really happy for a damn good dawg.
Pick 16: Gruden tells Bills to take a QB in the first and in the third round. I think they could get Nassib in the 7th round. Not really. But sort of. They wisely take EJ Manuel.
Pick 15: The Saints take Kenny Vaccaro. I like him and not just because he ha a cool haircut and “blessed” tattooed on one of his forearms.
Pick 14: Carolina Panthers take Star Tlalasjlkdftouuutooaaa. I won’t learn his name until he learns mine. Star looks like he belongs in a rapper’s entourage. And I mean that in the best possible way. Seriously.
Pick 13: Sheldon Richardson – Mr. Old Man Football himself – just got drafted. Bust. Guaranteed.
Pick 12: Selfishly, I think I would look super awesome rocking a black and silver Jarvis Jones jersey. Can you make that happen Raiders? No. But against all odds the Raiders still botched it. D.J. Hayden is a risk. Injury issues, limited experience against elite WRs. he has great ball skills (hahahaha), but will struggle in run support. Why not take a DT here?
Pick 11: The Chargers pick up the third consecutive Alabama Crimson Tider, D.J. Fluker. How long until their backups get drafted?
Pick 10: The Tennessee Titans take Chance Warmack as Community Chest Warmack was not avaialable. In all seriousness, he’s a great player. He’ll be in the Pro Bowl within three years and will be a mainstay of that roster.
Pick 9: Hey Jets fans, what’s your favorite DC? See Dee Milliner.
Pick 8: The Bills wisely trade back so that they can draft a mediocre to awful college QB a little later. Rams expected to take Tavon Austin. Conspiracy time: Tavon Austin is at least 6 inches shorter than his mother. Where did he get his diminutive stature? Where did he get his athleticism? Have we seen any other tiny athletic guy at the NFL Draft? Was he hanging around for a phony reason? Yes. Barry Sanders is Tavon’s father.
Pick 7: The Cardinals snatch up Jonathan “Hangin With Mr.” Cooper out of UNC. Offensive Linemen are popular.
Pick 6: The Browns grab Barkevious Mingo. He will either be awesome or terrible. I don’t see much middle ground for him. Was that generic enough for you?
Pick 5: I’m hoping the Lions take either Marlon Brown or Tavarres King out of Georgia. Stafford deserves it. Oh snap, Barry Sanders came out to announce the Lions’ pick. That’s cool, but also super useless. how is the Madden curse going to affect him now? Oh there it is…Esekiel Ansah, a DE from BYU.
Pick 4: The Eagles just selected Lane Johnson – an offensive tackle who looks like a farmer. I like OT’s in the farmer mold. There’s a proven track record of success there.
Pick 3: The Raiders just drafted Usain Bolt!!!! Juuuust kidding. They made a trade. I’m for it. Mad props Raiders. Dolphins meanwhile screw it up trading up to get Dion Jordan. Hmmmmm. Gruden seems to think he could be the NFL’s most terrifying special teamer. Not what you want in your third pick. Jordan says he didn’t expect the trade because this is “his first time.” So he has not already been drafted??? Raiders get Miami’s 12th pick and 42nd (in second round) for that Dion Jordan move.
Pick 2: The Jacksonville Jaguars select Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M. You know what they say…He’s a Joeckel, he’s a smoeckel, he’s a midnight toeckel, blockin for Jaguars when they run. This was the right pick. I think. If the Raiders will just go ahead and draft Tavon Austin next all will be right in the world.
Pick 1: The Kansas City Chiefs just drafted
former NBA Star Derek Fisher. The First NBA Champion to be drafted first overall in the NFL Draft. Correction: ERIC Fisher. Add “Central Michigan Product Saves Kansas City Chiefs Football” to list of headlines you’ll never read. Just ridiculous. Calling it. If you “can’t even process what’s going on right now” (his words) while being interviewed by Suzy Kolber then you’re probably not quite ready to block NFL Defensive Ends.
8:08 PM: I just want to go on record with my readers (what’s up ma and pa) by saying that I have a KILLER pun ready for when Luke Joeckel gets drafted. Whenever that is.
8:05 PM: If you don’t think Roger Goodell is good at his job you’re nuts. He just turned boo-birds into chants of “USA! USA”.
8:04 PM: Things I’m already tired of:
- Jon Gruden’s Butt-Cut Hair
- Me not being Mel Kiper Jr.
- People pretending to not love Chris Berman
8:00 PM: Annnnnnd we’re live. Let me lead by saying that I had no idea the guy who sings the catchy “How You Like Me Now?” song that’s in all the commercials is black. Thanks ESPN and NFL for putting him in the intro. And for what it’s worth, I like him just as much now as before.
A few random thoughts and feelings from the Press Box at halftime:
- Aaron Murray’s accuracy has been off this game in the same way it often is in those “big” games that he typically underperforms in. His passes are high and behind more often than not. He’s not leading receivers consistently and he’s knocking heads off on what should be “touch” passes. I don’t know anything that you don’t know, but I wonder if in Murray’s mind this was his “last” game as a Georgia Bulldog. I don’t know that a game of this nature necessitates him coming back – but it certainly isn’t the note that I would think he’d want to leave on. But I’m not Aaron Murray, so what do I really know.
- The defense is furthering my belief that losing all this talent may not result in a statistical drop-off next season. Nebraska has 246 yards of offense, but more concerning is the drives in which Georgia seems to refuse to make plays. It is beyond frustrating as we all know what the Dawgs are capable of and we even see spurts of it, but there is no rhyme or reason to when they execute. And, I refuse to believe that Nebraska has the talent to negate Georgia’s abilities and render them inconsistent – especially when I’ve seen Kentucky do the same thing.
- The loss of Malcolm Mitchell hurts. Rhett McGowan is not a go-to receiver. Ever. Mitchell got knocked on the head and I’m betting that he’s experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He will not return, that much is sure.
- Georgia needs to capitalize on long runs by the backs. Gurley and Marshall each broke a 19-yard drive on two consecutive possessions and put the Dawgs near mid-field. The Dawgs got zero points from those drives. The holes aren’t there everytime. When one opens the backs are finding it, but the offense needs to capitalize off of that momentum better.
- In general, the first half is about what I would expect from Georgia in a bowl game given recent history. Nebraska came in with a little bit more of a chip on their shoulder and the Cornhuskers are making a case to be the better team, at least today. Hopefully that turns around.
- Jarvis Jones is now the single-season record holder for sacks by a Georgia Bulldog thanks to one play in which Martinez rolled out and then fell down and a play in which Martinez was called for intentional grounding. They may be “cheap” sacks but had Martine played each play out according to the rules both would have been sacks any way.
- Aaron Murray now has the single-season passing yardage record for UGA. He also is the holder of most passing yards by a freshman, by a sophomore and by a junior titles.
- Murray needs to complete passes at a higher rate (he was just 11 of 23) to capture the highest single-season passing completion percentage mark held by Mike Bobo.
- Georgia’s 318 yards of offense put the Dawgs at 6,276 for the season – that’s 557 more than the previous school record.
- If the offense keeps moving the ball they could also close in on the highest yards-per-game mark in school history.
How many third-and-longs have the Bulldogs had? I lost count around a thousand. Just kidding, but Georgia did have eight third downs in which they needed more than six yards to convert.
This feels a whole lot like the Tennessee game. And that’s not a good thing. It’s not inherently bad and may mean that a few players want to come back for more as they’re left hungry. But, it is a far cry from a dominant performance. Granted, it’s a blast to cover up here in the booth, especially when the team I root for has no direct consequence for a poor performance.
Keep watching, keep reading and Go Dawgs.
That’s all I got/
I’m going down to the field.
4Q – 4:18: I voted Damian Swann for MVP.
4Q – 9:113: Nice tackle by Damian Swann there. He’s going to be great.
4Q – 11:03: That pass play was the longest in Georgia’s bowl history. And Aaron Murray has 36 passing TDs on the season – a new record. And Christian Conley has SEC Speed. And nobody in the state of Nebraska does.
4Q – 13:00: For the first time today, the Georgia fans seem to be having a noticeable impact on the game.
4Q – 14:52: Beautiful catch by Keith Marhall. Dawgs up by 7! 38-31.
End of Third Quarter
3Q – 1:40: Murray hits Justin Scott-Wesley for a gain of 31. That’s his second catch of the day (first went for 24).
3Q – 2:34: Good job staying home by Christian Robinson there. Results in a loss of two for a scrambling Martinez on third down.
3Q – 5:23: Murray has been out on naked boots more often than a call-girl today. Not sure why.
3Q – 5:30: And Alec Ogletree makes a play forcing and recovering a fumble. Georgia seemed to be out of position following yet another defensive timeout, but he made a play.
3Q – 7:21: The degree to which the defense has leaned on the offense this year is damn-near unfathomable. Especially given preseason expectations. Murray has made mistakes, but he is keeping Georgia in the game as Burkhead continues to manhandle the Dawgs.
3Q – 7:26: Murray hits Conley for a 49 yard bomb. He’s really got a good deep ball. But the catch is under review. The call stands.
3Q – 7:50: Good job by Murray finding King on that third down.
3Q – 9:36: Not to beat a dead horse, but why is 240 pound Richard Samuel IV running kicks back? Is there not anyone else now that Mitchell is out? Damian Swann maybe? Todd Gurley is good at it.
3Q – 10:10: Generic sports opinion alert: Georgia’s defense needs to make a play.
3Q – 11:59: We just had an Alec Ogltree sighting – a rarity today. Unfortunately it was about 20 yards downfield when he tackled a running back,
2Q – 0:16: I’m now jockeying for urinal position. There is no rush like the bathroom rush at the end of a quarter in a press box. I’ll be back shortly with a half-time writeup featuring thoughts and feelings.
2Q – 1:26: Another fruitless drive. On a serious note, I think Georgia needs to target Nebraska safety Damion Stafford. He is celebrating like he’s an all-star. Let’s give him the chance to be one.
2Q – 4:09: Nebraska hasn’t yielded a ton of holes for Georgia to run through. The Dawgs can ill-afford to continue negating long runs by Gurshall by doing nothing after them.
2Q – 5:56: The official stats have Burkhead with 1800 yards rushing this game.
2Q – 7:59: Way too many third-and-longs for the Bulldogs against a very mediocre defense.
2Q – 8:48: The troops respond and hold the Huskers to a FG. 23-17, Georgia leads. Samuel back to return a kick. Again. For some reason.
2Q – 9:34: Hold the Huskers to a FG or less here would be a huge win for the defense and would take some pressure off of Murray and company. Nobody wants this to turn into a repeat of the Tennessee game.
2Q – 10:33: Todd Gurley bursts up the middle untouched for a TD. Georgia leads 23-14.
2Q – 11:42: Damian Swann makes plays. He’s like Rambo but at a position closer to the ball and with a higher upside. But that same knack for getting big plays.
2Q – 13:10: I would never root for Nebraska to do anything well. But if they’re going to run the ball well I hope it’s with Rex Burkhead – the great white hope.
2Q – 14:57: Murray threw for 153 yards and 2 TDs in the first quarter. But he also has only hit on 5/11 passes and has thrown two to the wrong team.
End of First Quarter: Georgia hurries to get a play off. Murray gets sacked. No good effort goes un-sacked.
1Q – 3:22: The Georgia defense continues to play. I continue to be unimpressed.
1Q – 4:04: Murray has two INTs and two TD passes in the first quarter. When was the last time that happened in a bowl? Somebody hit me.
1Q – 4:15: Samuel is again back to return. His shirt is still tucked up.
1Q – 4:15: Murray is struggling tremendously. Playing like the pressure is on him. Playing like this was going to be his last game. Playing like it probably shouldn’t be.
1Q – 5:29: If you watched Georgia’s defense on this current drive you wouldn’t be too afraid of losing everyone to the Draft that’s on the field. They can’t stop Nebraska’s run.
1Q – 7:54: Georgia now leads 9-0 following that 83-ish yard drive.
1Q – 8:45: Georgia seems content to run the ball and take shots deep. We’ve seen more Wildcat formation than mid-level passing game.
1Q – 9:59: Gurley continues to be a hoss with a first down. But there was nothing doing on that second run.
1Q – 11:39: Great stand by Georgia’s defense, followed by a blocked punt courtesy of SEC Speed and a comical safety as nobody could recover.
1Q – 12:49: That’s Murray’s “Stay in School” M.O.
1Q – 14:14: Keith Marshall got the start (along with Gurley) and just did some work on a screen pass on third and long. Gain of 21.
Would have liked that against Bama.
1Q – 15:00: Georgia set to receive. Here we go…
1:04 PM: An announcement just informed me that cheering is not permitted in the Press Box. But crying is good.
12:59 PM: Ball’s in your court guys. Make me proud.
12:54 PM Just found WifeYouCrazy in the crowd. She’s sitting way closer than I am. I’m not mad. Really I’m not.
12:50 PM: I’m settled in and eating my second meal of the day in the Press Box. That means it’s go-time. We’re 18 minutes away from kick-off.