Sunday, January 27, 2013

Post Senior Bowl Miami Dolphins Offseason Mock



Now that the Senior Bowl is over, some players have given themselves a step up in the draft before they hit the Combine in late February. He's just a quick snapshot at my idea (as of now) for the Dolphins' offseason.
Re-signings:
Reggie Bush- Some people say the Dolphins don't need Reggie and Miller can pick up the load, but if Reggie is willing to take a reasonable contact why not keep a great and reliable option that Tannehill is comfortable with?
Randy Starks- Starks has been nothing but awesome for the Dolphins, especially in the past two years. Pay the man and keep one of the best front sevens in the NFL together.
Brian Hartline- If Hartline will take #2 WR money he is worth it. He and Tannehill built some great chemistry this year. It would just be nice to see him in the end zone more than once.
Anthony Fasano- Some people want Fasano gone, but he is just a solid TE. He had 5 TD catches this year and has pretty good blocking ability, which no other Dolphins TE has.
Free Agency:
Greg Jennings (or Bowe or Wallace)- Miami will most likely go after one if not all of the potential big 3 WRs to try and court one to Miami. I think Jennings is just the most likely to end up in Miami at this point.
Jared Cook Jr.- I have liked Cook Jr. for a couple years now. He has always just fit the pass catching TE mold and that is exactly what Miami is looking for.
Derek Cox- With Sean Smith thinking he's a "playmaker" and wanting playmaker money, he will be replaced. Cox will serve as a good replacement. He has good man coverage and is probably as much of a "playmaker" as Smith, if not more.
Draft:
Round 1: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - Miami needs a good 1 and 2 CB tandem and Banks and Cox would look good with Marshall in the slot.
Round 2a: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee - Hunter would not only bring a WR with speed to take the top off of defenses, but also hight and leaping ability. At 6'4" and being a former track and field high jumper it would be a good call for Miami. Also just adds some depth.
Round 2b: D.J. Fulker, OT, Alabama- Fulker is a big boy. He could be placed on the right side and Martin can be bumped to left for the absence of Jake Long. Fulker has a really good anchor due to his size and is a mauler in the run game.
Round 3a: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA- Some aren't too sure of Jones' true position, but he held his own during the Senior Bowl practices and game again top prospects like Fisher and Lane Johnson. He may just be situational at first but could fill the opposite end of Cam Wake.
Round 3b: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State- I'm not even sure Thomas will fall this far, but Miami would be fools not to pick him here. He is a ball hawk with 8 picks this year and who doesn't want that in their secondary? Another option here could be Cyprien from FIU.
Round 4: Robert Alford, CB/KR, Southeast Louisiana- A 95 yard kickoff, a pick on a two point conversion, and solid coverage on BCS prospects? That to me is worth a 4th round pick. He may start off as the 4th CB or lower on the depth chart, but he could work his way up if he keeps up the hard work he showed in the Senior Bowl practices.
Round 5: Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech- I think Uzzi could be a very underrated lineman in this draft. In the 5th round he will be good competition for John Jerry and my even take his spot.
Round 7a: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State- For some reason I haven't been sold on Carpenter lately but some camp competition wouldn't hurt.
Round 7b: Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt- Delvin will probably be the back up to Tannehill this year, but it is always good to have a #3 guy.
Thanks for reading and post at will.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013 NFL Draft: Lack of Talent, or Under Appreciated?


Offense
By: Zakk Cintron

After a superstar filled 2012 NFL Draft, the talent in the 2013 class seems quite lackluster. Is this class just being overshadowed by it’s predecessor, or is it just not getting the credit it deserves? Some may say if you don’t need defensive line then you’re out of luck, but that’s simply not true when you actually look at this years class. Lets break it down.
When it comes to this year’s quarterback class it isn’t the strongest class we’ve seen. Geno Smith is probably the only quarterback that is worth a first round pick, but number one overall? First question you need to ask is, “Where would I draft Geno last year?”. If you aren’t crazy you’ll most likely say after Luck and RG3. Now is it before Tannehill or after is the question? Geno comes from a spread offense in the Big East, and Tannehill comes from a west coast in the SEC. Also Sherman being hired by Miami and Ireland saying he was following and wanted Tannehill for years says Tannehill still would have went at eight. So he’s still worth a first, but is anyone else? Maybe Tyler Wilson and Barkley (pre-USC implosion of 2012)? So knowing that a team or two will reach on a quarterback it’s not an awful quarterback class, but in comparison to last years class it doesn’t look like you’ll find a franchise guy right away from this class.
As for running backs, Eddie Lacy may be the only one taken in the first and that’s only due to the success of Richardson for the Browns this past year and Lacy’s performance against Notre Dame’s defense in the National Championship. Don’t be fooled though, this class has some depth at running back. Giovani Bernard, Joseph Randle, Le’Veon Bell, Montee Ball, Andre Ellington, Kenjon Barner, Stepfan Taylor, and more are all solid choices in rounds two through five. Their could be some real gems in the depth of this running back class.
We’re gonna save some reading time and just group fullbacks, punters, and place kickers all in one group. I know Rich Eisen says “Punters are people too!”, but they really aren’t. Neither are fullbacks and place kickers. The names you’ll wanna keep tabs on are Zach Line (FB, SMU), Dustin Hopkins (K, Florida State), Brad Wing (P, LSU), and Ryan Allen (P, Louisiana Tech). Hopkins could be a good pickup for a team with an unsure kicking situation.
Now back to the “real players”. As of right now the only consensus first round wide receiver is Keenan Allan, but that might change after the combine. This is another position like running back where the depth in rounds two through five that could turn out some gems. Guys like Terrance Williams, Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter, Da’Rick Rogers, DeAndre Hopkins, Tavon Austin, Robert Woods, Cobi Hamilton, Steadman Bailey, Ryan Swope, Markus Wheaton, Quinton Patton, and Marquess Wilson are just the bigger names. Those are a lot of second to fifth round options for teams in need of a playmaker. Their may not be one or two studs up front, but it is an extremely deep. 
Tight End classes always seem deep, but when they finally get selected and get to the field, usually only those picked in the first two rounds. Not to say you can’t get a great tight end in rounds three through seven, but usually the ones that produce early. Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz, and Jordan Reed are the big names of this group, but some other notable names are Joseph Fauria, Levine Toilolo, Ryan Otten, and Travis Kelce. Their are some teams that will be looking for athletic tight ends this year and they may find what they’re looking for.
The offensive line class as a whole is a good one, but now that Matthews and Lewan are going back to school it really hurt the class overall. So the first round tackles at this point are Joeckel and Fisher and the potential first round interior linemen are Warmack, Thomas, and Jones. After Joeckel and Fisher the group talent drops, and is out of starting talent by the third. The guard class is quite deep though. Starting in round two gems like Larry Warford, Alvin Bailey, Travis Frederick, and Omoregie Uzzi.  
Offensively this class has a lot more potential than most people give it credit for. This class has it’s fair share of playmakers and big maulers. We’ll have to wait and see what happens at the combine and pro days to get the final say. Keep a look out for the Lack of Talent, Under Appreciated defensive version soon.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Album Review: The Parallax II: Future Sequence by Between the Buried and Me




The Parallax II: Future Sequence is Between the Buried and Me's sixth released full length album. Released on October 9th, 2012, The Parallax II: Future Sequence is the follow up concept album to the EP The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.

Yes, these are both concept albums and guitarist Paul Waggoner has the concept explanation.
 
      The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” will introduce two human characters who live in different planes of existence, separated by millions of light years. We find that each is confronted with similar personal issues that they need to reckon with. Both characters make decisions that will change their lives, and perhaps the course of the universe, forever.
Musically, it sounds like Between The Buried And Me. The record has elements of aggression, beauty, quirkiness, and pure cacophony. For “Part 1″, we establish several themes which I’m sure will be revisited in the lengthier “Part 2″, which is something we really look forward to. We love to expand on simple ideas and see where they take us.” (Paul Waggoner, BTBAM)
The whole concept idea has really been popularized by Coheed and Cambria and their front man/lead guitarist Claudio Sanchez. Sanchez and Coheed and Cambria even take their story to a graphic novel level where their fans can read and visualize the story in The Armory Wars
Back to the topic at hand though. The Parallax II: Future Sequence and it's predecessor The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, are unlike any BTBAM album before them. They still have the heavy chunking riffs and deadly screams of earlier albums such as BTBAM's beloved Alaska, but also newly featured spacey jazz fusion and melodic vocals can be found. The album gives more of a harmonic progression mixed with masterful metal breakdowns to create the beautiful universe that is The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Personally this is my favorite BTBAM album to date. I really enjoyed Alaska and The Great Misdirect, but Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues and that leading to The Parallax II: Future Sequence are just a whole new level not only musically for BTBAM but in maturity too. One of my favorite things on this album is that they let bassist Dan Briggs go to town on this album. In Lay Your Ghost To Rest, at about 6:30 he just lays down one of the smoothest bass riffs I've heard on a metal album. What metal band has a marimba solo in the middle of a song? I'll answer that for you, BTBAM. Extremophile Elite features a marimba solo that is honestly amazing for a metal band. I personally would give this album a 9.5. The only reason it doesn't get a 10 is because not everyone will pick this album and enjoy it simply due to the screaming and it's metal nature. Overall I solute BTBAM on a job well done, and look forward to their future albums.

Pre-Confrence Championship NFL Mock Draft

Even though the SuperBowl hasn't even seen its finish, it is never too early for mock drafts. I mean for crying out loud, NFL Network posted it's first 2013 mock the day after the draft. So he's my first of the year. I'm sure if anyone actually looks at this I'll catch some hell from someone about their team's pick.

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Round 1
1. Chiefs- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
   Im just not sold on Andy Reid taking Geno Smith after the Mike Vick situation this past year. Maybe it's because I'm not sold on Smith being the #1 overall pick, especially after last years draft class. The ideal situation would be trade down, but this draft doesn't have anything worth trading up that high for.

2. Jaguars- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
   Potentially the top player overall in this years draft, Lotulelei, is a Suh like product who can push the pocket and stop the run. The Jags really are in an identity crisis on both offense and defense. Lotulelei could solve that.

3. Raiders- DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama
  This is high for Milliner and a CB overall, but in this years draft top 5 picks aren't so obvious. Milliner is Cortland Finnegan like in his abilities, and the Raiders need a CB and a tough one at that.

4. Eagles- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
   Jones is one of the most athletic players in this years draft. The Eagles linebackers got better this past year but they could be better. The Eagles really aren't as bad as they played this year.

5. Lions- Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
   Moore may be the best pass rusher in the class and will just make the Lions defensive line even better than it already is.

6. Browns- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
   Just an overall really solid DE. People have compared him to Watt, but we may need to calm down a little.

7. Cardinals- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
   It finally happens. The first QB is taken. New coach, new QB it's as simple as that.

8. Bills- Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
   Though his girlfriend doesn't exist, he is still the best ILB in the draft. Still don't feel like he is a top 10 pick, but in this class the Bills may have no choice unless they choose to reach for a QB.

9. Jets- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
   The Jets OLBs aren't getting any younger, or faster. Mingo is a skillful pass rusher but very raw. He could be the next Aldon Smith or he could bust, but the potential is there.

10. Titans- Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
   After they lost Finnegan they're secondary was never the same. Banks is a ballhawk that can help slow down the Colts and Texans passing game.

11. Chargers- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
   The Chargers line was all sorts of beat up last year, but still could use a new young anchor on the end of their line.

12. Dolphins- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
   The Dolphins could use a CB but the only two in consideration at 12 are gone, and it's too high to pick a WR. They go with a pass rusher which is another need.

13. Buccaneers- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
   Bucs end up in the same place as the Dolphins with the CB situation. So they take the best player on the board and give Freeman another option.

14. Panthers- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
   The Panthers need a big man in the middle and they get exactly that in Hankins.

15. Saints- Jessie Williams, DT, Alabama
   Their are a few teams that need CBs and the Saints are one of them, but that isn't gonna happen. They go with the next best available DT on the board. 

16. Rams- Chance Warmack, OG,  Alabama 
   Maybe the safest pick in the draft, Warmack is a mean blocker and will instantly bolster the Rams line.

17. Steelers- Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
   Casey Hampton isn't getting any younger and Ta'amu was released on behavior this season.

18. Cowboys- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
   A strong and agile player who played both safety spots and nickel CB in college. Vaccaro will provide good coverage in both the pass and the run.

19. Giants- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
  Eifert was extremely consistent for the Irish in both the air and in the run blocking game. Though his technique in the run blocking sector could use some work, Eli gets a consistent TE option.

20. Bears- Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
   The Bears pick up a top young LB to come in and learn from their savvy veterans before their time in the league expires.

21. Bengals- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
   After the way Lacy ran all over Te'o in the National Championship he is the one RB to hop into the first round. The Bengals don't necessarily need a RB, but after what Richardson did for the Browns last year they may consider it.

22. Rams (via Redskins) - Robert Woods, WR, USC
   Some may scoff at this pick, but the Rams WR situation didn't get much better last year and Woods will help. He's not super fast, but has very good hands and runs nice routes. At one point he was considered a top 10 pick until USC's 2012 demise.

23. Vikings- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
   Now that two WRs have been taken the Vikings won't take their chances missing on their's for Ponder. Patterson is raw but has great speed, run after catch, and size. His hands and route running can be coached up.

24. Colts- Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
   The Colts' DE/OLBs Freeny and Mathis are getting up their in age, and Pagano likes his rush OLBs.

25. Seahawks- Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
   Strong bodied and strong handed route runner who will be a viable option for Wilson.

26. Packers- Barrett Jones, OG/C, Alabama
   Jones could come in and play center to replace aging Jeff Saturday or could bump to guard.

27. Texans- Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
   After Brian Cushing's ACL tear ILB is uncertain for the Texans defense.

28. Broncos- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
   Richardson is an awesome athlete and could make the Bronco's front seven even better than they already are.

29. Ravens- Matt Elam, S, Florida
  Elam is a big hitter over the middle and can play deep zone and down the sidelines.

30. 49ers- Xavier Rhoads, CB, Florida State
   Most people think Rhoads is a bump and run man coverage guy, but he's more like Cromartie when he played in San Diego. Big press to zone CB.

31. Patriots- Dallas Thomas, OG/OT, Tennessee
   The Pats line is getting old and so is Tom Brady. Thomas makes sure Brady stays on his feet more often.

32. Falcons- Alec Okafor, DE, Texas
   Another case with an aging player at a position. Abraham isn't getting younger and the Falcons could use some pass rush.

Round 2
33. Jaguars- Matt Barkley, QB, USC
34. Chiefs- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
35. Eagles- Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
36. Lions- Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
37. Bengals (via Raiders)- Eric Reid, S, LSU
38. Cardinals- Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
39. Browns- Forfeited for Josh Gordon in 2012 Supp Draft
40. Jets- Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
41. Titans- Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
42. Bills- Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
43. Dolphins- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
44. Buccaneers- D.J. Fulker, OT, Alabama
45. Panthers- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
46. Saints- Forfeited due to Bounty-Gate
47. Chargers- Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
48. Rams- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
49. Cowboys- Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
50. Steelers- Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
51. Giants- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
52. Bears- Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
53. Redskins- Robert Lester, S, Alabama
54. Vikings- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
55. Bengals- Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
56. Dolphins- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
57. Packers- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
58. Seahawks- Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
59. Texans- Sherrif Floyd, DT, Florida
60. Broncos- Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
61. Ravens- Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
62. 49ers- Will Davis, CB, Utah State
63. Patriots- Kawann Short, DT, Perdue
64. Falcons- Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

Monday, January 14, 2013

Welcome to Sports and Music Weekly!

Welcome,

This is a new blog that will do exactly what it suggests, have multiple weekly post about news and opinions in sports and music. The goal of this blog is to share my love and knowledge in both of these fields with the public. Feed back on the blog would be wonderful to hear the thoughts of all who read this and critiques are also welcome.

As far as the Sports end of this blog is concerned, the focus will mostly be in the areas of American Football (NFL and NCAA). That doesn't mean other sports will not be covered and discussed. Heavily discussed topics within American Football will be NFL teams, their owners and GMs (general managers), players within the NFL and NCAA, the NFL draft, rule changes, uniform technology advancement, and more.

On the Music side all facets will be discussed, though my personal strengths are in theory and composition, pop punk music, metal/hard rock music, bass performance, and percussion. Other topics of discussion will include ideas such as; album releases, artist and band relations, reviews of performances and albums, and much more.

Feel free to make request on future article and topics you would enjoy reading about!

Enjoy!

Zakk Cintron