June 23, 2016 |
When it comes to a former St. Joseph's Hawks teammate, put Langston Galloway down as both a biased and expert witness. Returning a call ahead of Thursday's NBA draft, Galloway talked about DeAndre' Bembry's game from the inside out. "His athleticism is definitely going to take him to a whole 'nother level," Galloway said this week. "He's one of the elite guys when it comes to athleticism. " Translation: Bembry might end up being a steal of this draft. Galloway goes back to when Bembry first showed up on Hawk Hill.
April 30, 2016 |
Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis concedes he is anxious for the final two days of the NFL draft - but not enough to look at mock draft selections. After Thursday's first round, the next two rounds will be on Friday, and rounds four through seven are to be on Saturday. Ioannidis is among a number of Temple players who could be drafted. The list includes highly decorated linebacker Tyler Matakevich, cornerback Tavon Young, wide receiver Robby Anderson and center Kyle Friend.
June 22, 2015 |
Most NBA draft classes have them: the cautionary tale, the European bust, the college all-American who couldn't cut it, the late first-rounders who outperformed their draft order. The 2011 draft has all that in multiples. Now that it can be judged a little more fairly, if not completely, the 2011 draft is a reminder that mock drafts sometimes need to be mocked and day-after report cards need to be graded later. Looking back at 2011, you can see how a team of the players selected between 11 and 20 might beat a team of those drafted one through 10. That's without one of the best players in that class who was selected 30th, the final pick of the first round.
February 11, 2015 |
YEAH, I KNOW pre-Valentine's Day mock drafts are pretty absurd. We haven't even had the combine or the Pro Day workouts. But hey, wouldn't you rather read who the Eagles might take at No. 20, even if it's an absolute blind guess? So, let's hit it from the top: 1. TAMPA BAY Jameis Winston, QB Florida State 6-5, 235 Risky pick because of his off-the-field issues, but he's the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft. 2. TENNESSEE Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon 6-4, 211 Forget all of the nonsense about Mariota falling out of the top 5 because he didn't play in a pro-style offense.
January 14, 2015 |
STOP DREAMING. There is no way the Eagles can move up high enough in the draft to get Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Heisman Trophy winner might indeed be the perfect quarterback for the system of Eagles coach Chip Kelly. And now that he is the Eagles' newly anointed grand pooh-bah of football matters, Kelly may indeed be willing to do whatever it takes to move up in the draft to select Mariota. But Kelly does not operate in a vacuum. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the top pick in the 2015 draft, and they are not dropping 19 spots in the draft in a deal with the Eagles.
June 30, 2014 |
The disappointment was short-lived. Aside from not getting a guaranteed contract, K.J. McDaniels will tell you going 32d overall in the NBA draft Thursday was better than being a late first-round selection. That's because he wore No. 32 at Clemson. He and his Twitter followers end their tweets with "#32NATION. " The 6-foot-6 swingman even has "#32NATION" T-shirts. "God works in mysterious ways," said McDaniels, who met with reporters at a news conference Saturday along with new Sixers Dario Saric, Pierre Jackson, Jerami Grant, and Jordan McRae.
May 12, 2014 |
The writer and physician Michael Crichton delivered an important speech in 2003 about the Eagles and the NFL draft. OK, so it wasn't about the Eagles, really, or the NFL draft at all. It was about science and intellectual integrity and independent thinking and the tyranny of a word that, honest to goodness, is relevant to the Eagles' selection of Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round of this year's draft. That word is consensus . "Consensus is the business of politics," Crichton said.
May 6, 2014 |
HERE'S THE thing about mock drafts: There's a site, thehuddlereport.com, that goes back and tallies the accuracy of experts' picks. They aren't very accurate at all. Last year, a guy named Reginald Brooks from "Fantasy Football 1on1" took top honors in the Huddle Report ranking, by correctly matching player with team 12 times in the NFL draft's first round. That's 12 out of 32, slightly better than one-third right. A couple people, including the NFL Network's Mike Mayock, matched up 11 players with the teams that drafted them.
July 1, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The Flyers would love to select bruising defenseman Darnell Nurse in the first round of Sunday's NHL draft in Newark, but unless they trade up, he probably won't be there when they make the 11th overall pick. Rasmus Ristolainen might be a nice consolation prize. The Finnish defenseman has a lot going for him. He's a righthanded shooter, has imposing size (6-foot-4, 207 pounds), and is regarded as a strong player at both ends of the ice. Oh, and he plays a physical, edgy style, an uncommon trait for most European players.
June 27, 2013
NBA Mock Draft By Tyler Tynes / Inquirer Staff Writer 1. Cavaliers: Alex Len (C, 19 years old, 7-foot-1, Maryland, sophomore) There is a lot to like about Len's offense. 2. Magic: Trey Burke (PG, 20, 6-1, Michigan, sophomore) Best pick-and-roll guard in college basketball. 3. Wizards: Anthony Bennett (PF, 20, 6-7, UNLV, freshman) Can play with both big men in the frontcourt. 4. Bobcats: Ben McLemore (SG, 20, 6-5, Kansas, freshman) Could replace Ben Gordon at shooting guard.