Tristan Beckmann’s College Basketball Bracketology (2/25/2019)

Welcome back to the fifth edition of my College Basketball Bracketology, where I project the NCAA Tournament field and matchups as we lead up to Selection Sunday. We are counting down the last few days to the biggest month of the college basketball season. Teams are rising, conference tournament seeding is starting to become clear, and the bracket is as well! It’s time to run through the procedures and get into my fifth bracket of the season!

In this edition, per usual, I’ve projected seeding and matchups for all tournament teams. College basketball fans and experts abroad have started to gain a decent understanding of the contenders and pretenders in each college basketball conference, and I’m as big of a college hoops fan as you’ll find. Some teams are distancing themselves from the bubble, some teams continue to remain clustered around it, and some teams are watching as their bubble hopes vanish by the minute.

My process is pretty simple actually. Firstly, I’ve compiled a list of college basketball teams who realistically still have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Secondly, I’ve used the brand new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings as a seeding criteria for all teams, which will also be heavily used by the actual selection committee. Lastly, I’ve looked at every team’s current record, strength of schedule, and used the NCAA’s Quadrant Wins System to analyze the quality of their respective wins and losses.

After I have made a judgment on all teams, I begin to seed the 68 chosen teams from 1 to 68. Ranking them this way allows me to separate them into seed lines (#1 to #16). Finally, I place the teams into regions based on their respective seeds, conferences, and game location (for the top 16 seeds). I tried my best to keep conference opponents from playing until at least the Sweet 16, but there may have been situations where this wasn’t realistically possible.

There are three rules that I assure are being followed. Firstly, I tried to make the top four seeds in each region add up to similar overall region numbers, to make the regions competitive and balanced. With this in mind, there was a two-number differential between all four regions. I also made sure I never put teams from the same conferences on the same top four seed line. And lastly, I assured that the number one overall seed Duke would not have the best two seed in their bracket.

All in all, the process I went through definitely isn’t easy, but it’s fun to look at the possibilities already. I’ve tried my best to simulate what the actual selection committee would be doing if the tournament had to be seeded today. So after a crazy start to the week in the college hoops world, let’s check into my fifth Bracketology projection!

East Region (Washington, D.C.):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Duke vs. #16 Norfolk State/#16 St. Francis (PA)

#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Wofford

San Jose, California

#4 Kansas vs. #13 New Mexico State

#5 Maryland vs. #12 Belmont

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Houston vs. #14 Montana

#6 Washington vs. #11 NC State

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Michigan vs. #15 Radford

#7 Mississippi State vs. #10 Oklahoma

Midwest Region (Kansas City, MO):

Columbus, Ohio

#1 Kentucky vs. #16 Bucknell

#8 St. John’s vs. #9 VCU

Hartford, Connecticut

#4 Florida State vs. #13 Yale

#5 Iowa vs. #12 Alabama/#12 Clemson

Salt Lake City, Utah

#3 Texas Tech vs. #14 Vermont

#6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Temple

Columbus, Ohio

#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Wright State

#7 Louisville vs. #10 Florida

South Region (Louisville, KY):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Rider/#16 Prairie-View

#8 Baylor vs. #9 Auburn

San Jose, California

#4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Old Dominion

#5 Nevada vs. #12 Lipscomb

Des Moines, Iowa

#3 Marquette vs. #14 UC Irvine

#6 Iowa State vs. #11 Arizona State

Jacksonville, Florida

#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Texas State

#7 Buffalo vs. #10 Ohio State

West Region (Anaheim, CA):

Salt Lake City, Utah

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 Sam Houston State

#8 Syracuse vs. #9 TCU

Hartford, Connecticut

#4 Purdue vs. #13 Minnesota

#5 Kansas State vs. #12 Utah State/#12 Minnesota

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 LSU vs. #14 South Dakota State

#6 Villanova vs. #11 UCF

Jacksonville, Florida

#2 North Carolina vs. #15 Loyola-Chicago

#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Texas

The Bubble:

Last Four In:

Utah State (22-6, 12-3 MWC, 36th NET, 1-2 Quadrant 1, 126th SOS, 27th Non-Conference SOS)

Alabama (16-11, 7-7 SEC, 55th NET, 2-7 Quadrant 1, 31st SOS, 52nd Non-Conference SOS)

Clemson (16-11, 6-8 ACC, 43rd NET, 1-8 Quadrant 1, 36th SOS, 117th Non-Conference SOS)

Minnesota (17-11, 7-10 BIG 10, 54th NET, 3-8 Quadrant 1, 38th SOS, 137th Non-Conference SOS)

First Four Out:

Seton Hall (16-11, 7-8 Big East, 63rd NET, 3-6 Quadrant 1, 41st SOS, 75th Non-Conference SOS)

Butler (15-12, 6-8 Big East, 49th NET, 2-7 Quadrant 1, 21st, 45th Non-Conference SOS)

Furman (22-6, 11-5 Southern, 48th NET, 1-5 Quadrant 1, 193rd SOS, 303rd Non-Conference SOS)

Davidson (19-6, 10-2 A10, 68th NET, 0-2 Quadrant 1, 108th SOS, 88th Non-Conference SOS)

Conference Count-Ups:

American Athletic Conference (4 Teams): #9 Houston, #28 Cincinnati, #42 UCF, #43 Temple.

Atlantic Coast Conference (9 Teams): #1 Duke, #2 Virginia, #6 North Carolina, #14 Florida State, #22 Virginia Tech, #27 Louisville, #29 Syracuse, #41 NC State, #49 Clemson.

Big 12 (8 Teams): #12 Texas Tech, #16 Kansas, #18 Kansas State, #21 Iowa State, #31 Baylor, #36 TCU, #38 Oklahoma, #39 Texas.

Big East (3 Teams): #11 Marquette, #24 Villanova, #30 St. John’s.

Big Ten (8 Teams): #5 Michigan State, #8 Michigan, #13 Purdue, #15 Wisconsin, #19 Maryland, #20 Iowa, #40 Ohio State, #50 Minnesota.

Mountain West (2 Teams): #17 Nevada, #47 Utah State.

PAC-12 (2 Teams): #23 Washington, #44 Arizona State.

SEC (8 Teams): #4 Kentucky, #7 Tennessee, #10 LSU, #25 Mississippi State, #32 Ole Miss, #35 Auburn, #37 Florida, #48 Alabama.

Singular Bid League Teams (24 Teams): #3 Gonzaga, #26 Buffalo, #33 Wofford, #34 VCU, #45 Lipscomb, #46 Belmont, #51 New Mexico State, #52 Old Dominion, #53 Yale, #54 Hofstra, #55 Vermont, #56 UC Irvine, #57 South Dakota State, #58 Montana, #59 Radford, #60 Texas State, #61 Loyola Chicago, #62 Wright State, #63 Bucknell, #64 Sam Houston State, #65 Rider, #66 Prairie-View A&M, #67 Norfolk State, #68 St. Francis (PA).

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed. If you have any insight, opinions, or questions about my Bracketology projection, feel free to contact me on Twitter @TBeckmann24. Have a great rest of your day and peace!

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Tristan Beckmann’s College Basketball Bracketology (2/20/2019)

Welcome back to the fourth edition of my College Basketball Bracketology, where I project the NCAA Tournament field and matchups as we lead up to Selection Sunday. We are counting down the days to the biggest month of the college basketball season. Thus far this week, there has been a lot of chaos around the nation but it’ll have to wait, as it’s time to run through the procedures and get into my bracket!

In this edition, per usual, I’ve projected seeding and matchups for all tournament teams. College basketball fans and experts abroad have started to gain a decent understanding of the contenders and pretenders in each college basketball conference, and I’m as big of a college hoops fan as you’ll find. Some teams are distancing themselves from the bubble, but some teams continue to remain clustered around it.

My process is pretty simple actually. Firstly, I’ve compiled a list of college basketball teams who realistically still have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Secondly, I’ve used the brand new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings as a seeding criteria for all teams, which will also be heavily used by the actual selection committee. Lastly, I’ve looked at every team’s current record, strength of schedule, and used the NCAA’s Quadrant Wins System to analyze the quality of their respective wins and losses.

After I have made a judgment on all teams, I begin to seed the 68 chosen teams from 1 to 68. Ranking them this way allows me to separate them into seed lines (#1 to #16). Finally, I place the teams into regions based on their respective seeds, conferences, and game location (for the top 16 seeds). I tried my best to keep conference opponents from playing until at least the Sweet 16, but there may have been situations where this wasn’t realistically possible.

There are three rules that I’ve started assuring that they are being followed. Firstly, I tried to make the top four seeds in each region add up to similar overall region numbers, to make the regions competitive and balanced. With this in mind, there was a two-number differential between all four regions. I also made sure I never put teams from the same conferences on the same top four seed line. And lastly, I assured that the number one overall seed Duke would not have the best two seed in their bracket.

All in all, the process I went through definitely isn’t easy, but it’s fun to look at the possibilities already. I’ve tried my best to simulate what the actual selection committee would be doing if the tournament had to be seeded today. So after a crazy start to the week in the college hoops world, let’s check into my fourth Bracketology projection!

East Region (Washington, D.C.):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Duke vs. #16 Norfolk State/St. Francis (PA)

#8 Baylor vs. #9 Auburn

San Jose, California

#4 Nevada vs. #13 Yale

#5 Iowa vs. #12 Liberty

Salt Lake City, Utah

#3 Kansas vs. #14 Montana

#6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Alabama

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Radford

#7 Buffalo vs. #10 VCU

Midwest Region (Kansas City, MO):

Columbus, Ohio

#1 Kentucky vs. #16 Bucknell

#8 Syracuse vs. #9 TCU

Hartford, Connecticut

#4 Purdue vs. #13 Vermont

#5 Iowa State vs. #12 NC State/Temple

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Houston vs. #14 UC Irvine

#6 Villanova vs. #11 Belmont

Jacksonville, Florida

#2 North Carolina vs. #15 Bowling Green

#7 Washington vs. #10 Seton Hall

South Region (Louisville, KY):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Prairie-View A&M/Quinnipiac

#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Wofford

San Jose, California

#4 Texas Tech vs. #13 Hofstra

#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 New Mexico State

Hartford, Connecticut

#3 Marquette vs. #14 Northern Kentucky

#6 Maryland vs. #11 UCF

Columbus, Ohio

#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Loyola-Chicago

#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Lipscomb

West Region (Anaheim, CA):

Salt Lake City, Utah

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 Sam Houston State

#8 Mississippi State vs. #9 Ohio State

Jacksonville, Florida

#4 Louisville vs. #13 Old Dominion

#5 Kansas State vs. #12 Arizona State/Utah State

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 LSU vs. #14 South Dakota State

#6 Florida State vs. #11 Minnesota

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Michigan vs. #15 Texas State

#7 St. John’s vs. #10 Texas

The Bubble:

Last Four In:

Temple (19-7, 9-4 AAC)

Arizona State (17-8, 8-5 PAC-12)

Utah State (20-6, 10-3 MWC)

NC State (18-8, 6-7 ACC)

First Four Out:

Clemson (15-11, 5-8 ACC)

Oklahoma (16-10, 4-9 BIG 12)

Butler (15-11, 6-7 BIG EAST)

Florida (14-11, 6-6 SEC)

Next Four Out:

Furman (22-5, 11-4 SOUTH)

Davidson (19-6, 10-2 A-10)

South Carolina (14-12, 9-4 SEC)

Oregon State (16-8, 8-4 PAC-12)

Next Four Out:

Arkansas (14-11, 5-7 SEC)

Nebraska (15-12, 5-11 BIG 10)

Georgetown (15-10, 5-7 BIG EAST)

Fresno State (19-6, 10-6 MWC)

Conference Count-Ups:

American Athletic Conference (4 Teams): #9 Houston, #28 Cincinnati, #43 UCF, #45 Temple.

Atlantic Coast Conference (8 Teams): #1 Duke, #2 Virginia, #7 North Carolina, #16 Louisville, #23 Florida State, #24 Virginia Tech, #30 Syracuse, #48 NC State.

Atlantic Sun (2 Teams): #40 Lipscomb, #50 Liberty.

Big 12 (7 Teams): #11 Kansas, #15 Texas Tech, #18 Iowa State, #19 Kansas State, #31 Baylor, #36 TCU, #38 Texas.

Big East (4 Teams): #12 Marquette, #21 Villanova, #25 St. John’s, #39 Seton Hall.

Big Ten (8 Teams): #6 Michigan, #8 Michigan State, #13 Purdue, #17 Wisconsin, #20 Iowa, #22 Maryland, #35 Ohio State, #42 Minnesota.

MAC (2 Teams): #27 Buffalo, #60 Bowling Green.

Mountain West (2 Teams): #14 Nevada, #47 Utah State.

PAC 12 (2 Teams): #26 Washington, #46 Arizona State.

SEC (7 Teams): #4 Kentucky, #5 Tennessee, #10 LSU, #29 Mississippi State, #32 Ole Miss, #33 Auburn, #41 Alabama.

Singular Bid League Teams (22 Teams): #3 Gonzaga, #34 Wofford, #37 VCU, #44 Belmont, #49 New Mexico State, #51 Old Dominion, #52 Hofstra, #53 Yale, #54 Vermont, #55 UC Irvine, #56 South Dakota State, #57 Montana, #58 Northern Kentucky, #59 Radford, #61 Texas State, #62 Loyola Chicago, #63 Bucknell, #64 Sam Houston State, #65 Norfolk State, #66 Prairie-View A&M, #67 Quinnipiac, #68 St. Francis (PA).

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed. If you have any insight, opinions, or questions about my Bracketology projection, feel free to contact me on Twitter @TBeckmann24. Have a great rest of your day and peace!

Tristan Beckmann’s College Basketball Bracketology (2/14/2019)

Welcome back to the third edition of my College Basketball Bracketology, where I project the NCAA Tournament field and matchups as we lead up to Selection Sunday. I should be back on schedule now after delaying this post until today. You should expect the next Bracketology to be released on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. With that said, what a week of college hoops we’ve had so far and yet we still haven’t even reached the weekend, where we will witness three matchups between teams ranked inside the AP Top 25 poll.

Sadly, my Louisville Cardinals collapsed while holding a 23 point second half lead over #2 Duke on Tuesday night, en route to a 71-69 Blue Devils win. While it didn’t affect their seeding much, they’ve still moved way down from their position in last week’s Bracketology. Michigan got stunned by a struggling Penn State team on the road, Virginia rallied to beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and LSU stunned Kentucky on a buzzer beating tip in. There was so much more chaos around the nation but it’ll have to wait, as it’s time to run through the procedures and get into my bracket!

In this edition, per usual, I’ve projected seeding and matchups for all tournament teams. College basketball fans and experts abroad have started to gain a decent understanding of the contenders and pretenders in each college basketball conference, and I’m as big of a college hoops fan as you’ll find. Some teams are distancing themselves from the bubble, but some teams continue to remain clustered around it.

My process is pretty simple actually. Firstly, I’ve compiled a list of college basketball teams who realistically still have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Secondly, I’ve used the brand new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings as a seeding criteria for all teams, which will also be heavily used by the actual selection committee. Lastly, I’ve looked at every team’s current record, strength of schedule, and used the NCAA’s Quadrant Wins System to analyze the quality of their respective wins and losses.

After I have made a judgment on all teams, I begin to seed the 68 chosen teams from 1 to 68. Ranking them this way allows me to separate them into seed lines (#1 to #16). Finally, I place the teams into regions based on their respective seeds, conferences, and game location (for the top 16 seeds). I tried my best to keep conference opponents from playing until at least the Sweet 16, but there may have been situations where this wasn’t realistically possible.

There are three rules that I’ve started assuring that they are being followed. Firstly, I tried to make the top four seeds in each region add up to similar overall region numbers, to make the regions competitive and balanced. With this in mind, there was a two-number differential between all four regions. I also made sure I never put teams from the same conferences on the same top four seed line. And lastly, I assured that the number one overall seed Duke would not have the best two seed in their bracket.

All in all, the process I went through definitely isn’t easy, but it’s fun to look at the possibilities already. I’ve tried my best to simulate what the actual selection committee would be doing if the tournament had to be seeded today. So after a crazy start to the week in the college hoops world, let’s check into my third Bracketology projection!

East Region (Washington, D.C.):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Duke vs. #16 Quinnipiac/Norfolk State

#8 St. John’s vs. #9 Minnesota

Jacksonville, Florida

#4 LSU vs. #13 Yale

#5 Texas Tech vs. #12 Liberty

Salt Lake City, Utah

#3 Houston vs. #14 Montana

#6 Florida State vs. #11 Seton Hall

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Bowling Green

#7 Mississippi State vs. #10 Lipscomb

West Region (Anaheim, CA):

Salt Lake City, Utah

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 Bucknell

#8 Baylor vs. #9 Auburn

Hartford, Connecticut

#4 Louisville vs. #13 Old Dominion

#5 Iowa vs. #12 Hofstra

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Kansas vs. #14 South Dakota State

#6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 UCF/Arizona State

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Michigan vs. #15 Radford

#7 Washington vs. #10 Alabama

South Region (Louisville, KY):

Columbus, Ohio

#1 Tennessee vs. #16 Prairie-View/Robert Morris

#8 Syracuse vs. #9 TCU

San Jose, California

#4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Vermont

#5 Kansas State vs. #12 Belmont

Hartford, Connecticut

#3 Marquette vs. #14 UC Irvine

#6 Maryland vs. #11 Texas

Jacksonville, Florida

#2 North Carolina vs. #15 Texas State

#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 VCU

Midwest Region (Kansas City, MO):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Sam Houston State

#8 Ohio State vs. #9 Ole Miss

San Jose, California

#4 Nevada vs. #13 Davidson

#5 Villanova vs. #12 New Mexico State

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Purdue vs. #14 Northern Kentucky

#6 Iowa State vs. #11 NC State/Temple

Columbus, Ohio

#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Loyola-Chicago

#7 Buffalo vs. #10 Wofford

Bubble:

Last Four In:

NC State (18-7, 6-6 AAC)

UCF (18-5, 8-3 AAC)

Temple (18-7, 8-4 AAC)

Arizona State (16-8, 7-5 PAC-12)

First Four Out:

Arkansas (14-10, 5-6 SEC)

Utah State (19-6, 9-3 MWC)

Clemson (15-9, 5-6 ACC)

Butler (14-11, 5-7 BIG EAST)

Conference Count-Ups:

American Athletic Conference (4 Teams): #12 Houston, #27 Cincinnati, #44 UCF, #45 Temple.

Atlantic Coast Conference (8 Teams): #1 Duke, #3 Virginia, #7 North Carolina, #14 Louisville, #21 Virginia Tech, #24 Florida State, #30 Syracuse, #43 NC State.

Atlantic Sun (2 Teams): #40 Lipscomb, #50 Liberty.

Atlantic 10 (2 Teams): #37 VCU, #53 Davidson.

Big 12 (7 Teams): #10 Kansas, #18 Kansas State, #19 Texas Tech, #22 Iowa State, #29 Baylor, #33 TCU, #41 Texas.

Big East (4 Teams): #9 Marquette, #17 Villanova, #32 St. John’s, #42 Seton Hall.

Big Ten (8 Teams): #6 Michigan, #8 Michigan State, #11 Purdue, #15 Wisconsin, #20 Iowa, #23 Maryland, #31 Ohio State, #36 Minnesota.

MAC (2 Teams): #28 Buffalo, #59 Bowling Green.

PAC 12 (2 Teams): #26 Washington, #46 Arizona State.

Southeastern Conference (7 Teams): #2 Tennessee, #5 Kentucky, #13 LSU, #25 Mississippi State, #34 Ole Miss, #35 Auburn, #38 Alabama.

Singular Bid League Squads (22 Teams): #4 Gonzaga, #16 Nevada, #39 Wofford, #47 Hofstra, #48 New Mexico State, #49 Belmont, #51 Yale, #52 Vermont, #54 Old Dominion, #55 South Dakota State, #56 Northern Kentucky, #57 UC Irvine, #58 Montana, #60 Texas State, #61 Loyola-Chicago, #62 Radford, #63 Bucknell, #64 Sam Houston State, #65 Prairie-View, #66 Quinnipiac, #67 Norfolk State, #68 Robert Morris.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed. If you have any insight, opinions, or questions about my Bracketology projection, feel free to contact me on Twitter @TBeckmann24. Have a great rest of your day and peace!

Doubting the King is never a good idea, and last night’s Laker win over Boston proved just that

On Thursday, February 7th, much of the talk in the NBA was surrounding the trade deadline. It usually is always like this on this big day, but this year it seemed somewhat different. Perhaps the biggest headline was the fact that it looked as if the Lakers weren’t going to acquire disgruntled superstar center Anthony Davis from the Pelicans. There had been a week of negotiating and leveraging between New Orleans and LA, but Pelicans general manager Dell Demps wasn’t ever seriously considering dealing the NBA’s best big man to the Lake Show.

Demps seemingly made his mind up on waiting to trade Davis until the summer, when the draft pick stacked Boston Celtics can enter the bidding war for the star. Demps also looks to love the idea of acquiring 2017 top three draft pick Jayson Tatum from the Celtics in a potential trade package. It became clear the Lakers were done for the day when they made a move to trade 21 year old center Ivica Zubac and veteran forward Michael Beasley to the rival Clippers for floor stretching center Mike Muscala. It might’ve been a panic move to trade away a young player who’d been contributing a ton for the team while LeBron James was out, but many are saying it was a move made primarily to add more shooting and create a roster spot for the buyout market.

A few days ago, the Lakers made their first trade deadline move, acquiring experienced shooting and defense from the Pistons in the form of forward Reggie Bullock. The buyout market name they’ve been connected to most is Carmelo Anthony, who isn’t as good as he once was, but still could be an impactful bench player for the Lakers. But enough of discussing players who aren’t yet on the roster or are possible additions, what happened last night at the TD Garden was a big statement for the Lakers and one that was much needed.

It honestly felt like there wasn’t even a game on this trade deadline day, but the Lakers were continuing their Eastern Conference road trip against the Boston Celtics, renewing a longtime rivalry between two NBA powerhouses. The Lakers were two and a half games out of the 8th seed in the West, and were just now getting healthy with LeBron James having returned a few games ago. But fans were worried, they hadn’t made a big splash at the deadline, and they were coming off a 42-point road loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

It looked as if another big blowout loss was going to be handed to the Lakers on Thursday night in the early stages of the game. The Lakers came out ice cold, missing shots inside the paint and out, and also struggling to shoot free throws. In the second quarter, Boston started connecting on open shots, and opened up a 53-35 lead when Luke Walton called for a timeout with less than seven minutes remaining. Social media was calling for Walton to be fired in order to send a message to the team, but what happened after this timeout was something no one could’ve expected.

The Lakers started playing fast-paced basketball, getting back to their preferred style of play. They also began hitting shots and making plays on defense, as they finished the half on a 22-13 run to cut the Celtics lead in half. The hot stretch continued as the Lake Show came out for the second half, taking the lead early in the third quarter. The Lakers hit nine threes in the quarter, including four from young rising star Kyle Kuzma, who is still finding a feel for his jumper. The Lakers led by six at the end of the third quarter, which by the way was a 42-point third quarter, and likely the team’s best quarter of the season.

But NBA fans knew that Boston wouldn’t let up easily, as they stormed back to take the lead and it looked as if they wouldn’t let it slip a second time. Kyrie Irving was getting hot, and the Celtics couldn’t seem to be stopped by LA. But they also couldn’t seem to stop the King, as LeBron made the fourth quarter his. He first hit a three with less than six minutes to go that got the Lakers within two. Two minutes later, James stepped back to make a 27 foot three point jumper to cut the lead to one.

The three was quickly answered by Kyrie Irving’s step back three pointer that put the lead back to four points. A possession later when Irving hit two free throws, many fans thought the Celtics were in a safe position and wouldn’t blow a six point lead in the final three minutes. With Boston doubling up on LeBron, the Lakers young core had to step up in the bright lights, and they proved to be ready for the challenge. Brandon Ingram hit a quick pull-up jumper to make it a four point game, and after Jayson Tatum missed a jumper, Ingram assisted on a sweet Kyle Kuzma floater.

The Celtics led 119-117 with less than three minutes remaining. They possibly could’ve put a dagger in the Lakers when Marcus Smart got open twice on their next possession. Smart, the most accurate shooter in the East since the new year, came up short on both attempts before the Lakers secured the rebound. Brandon Ingram drove inside and got fouled by Kyrie Irving, but the Lakers free throw struggles continued as Ingram only managed to hit one of two. After missing the second, Ingram committed a silly foul on an inbounds pass by basically tackling Kyrie, who made both free throws to give the Celtics a three point lead.

After Kyle Kuzma missed an easy inside shot, the Celtics ran the fast break and Irving found a wide open Marcus Morris in the corner for three, and he drilled it. With the Celtics up six with nearly a minute to play, it felt over. But it wasn’t over, and the Lakers didn’t fold under pressure. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope answered with an open corner three on an inbounds pass from Rajon Rondo. Then when Kyrie Irving lost control of the ball, Brandon Ingram stole it and ran the fast break. The former number two overall pick dished it off to LeBron, who nearly lost the ball out of bounds while driving to the rim on Kyrie and Al Horford. The older James made an acrobatic save that ended up in the hands of KCP, who quickly saw James getting back into the play in the corner. And just like we would expect from the greatest ever, James silenced the TD Garden crowd with a three pointer to tie the game at 124.

After the Celtics called a timeout, Jayson Tatum drew a foul on the inbounds play and was able to hit two free throws to give them the lead. The Lakers called a timeout and Luke Walton drew up a beautiful play that would get the focus on LeBron and open up Kuzma for three. It worked to perfection as Kuzma drilled the go-ahead three pointer with 18.5 seconds left. Kyrie Irving didn’t let up though, as he drove to the basket and got an angle for the go-ahead layup with 11 seconds left.

The Lakers had no timeouts, and Marcus Morris wasn’t letting LeBron get the ball, so Brandon Ingram brought the ball up quickly. He drove into the paint and went for an up and under layup that was heavily contested by Al Horford. The ball was batted around before Tyson Chandler hit it towards Rajon Rondo, who caught it and swished the game-winning mid range jumper as the buzzer sounded.

It was a huge win for a Lakers team that really needed it. They’d battled all night and came out on top with a storybook ending for the former Celtic point guard in Rondo. The floor general had a game for the ages in his return home, scoring 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, dishing out 10 assists, and grabbing 7 rebounds. He also hit three of four three point attempts. The King dominated this game as well, scoring 28 points, grabbing 12 boards, and dishing out 12 assists in a great performance.

It was a team effort however, as the young guys continued to produce despite having all of this drama surrounding them as of late. Kyle Kuzma looks to be gaining confidence in his jumper, scoring 25 points and hitting five three pointers. Brandon Ingram struggled from the field (4 for 14), but he played tremendous defense on Kyrie Irving for a long portion of the night, and he made impact plays away from his scoring, recording seven assists. The veterans were contributors as well, with JaVale McGee putting up 17 points and 8 rebounds, Lance Stephenson scoring 14 points off the bench, and KCP hitting five threes in a 17 point bench performance.

After this win, it has certainly become clear that these Lakers are a playoff team with this mix of veterans and rising young players, but they’ll have to continue winning over the final two months of the season to secure their spot. And don’t forget that they played last night’s game without any of their new trade deadline additions and Lonzo Ball. The road to the playoffs won’t be easy, but it certainly got easier with the Clippers seemingly tanking by trading star forward Tobias Harris to Philly. This win could be the game that turns the season around, but we will all have to wait and see.

The team celebrated this win together and nobody could’ve expected this from a team that looked terrible and had no chemistry in that awful loss to the Pacers. With the trade deadline behind them, the Lakers young core was still in tact and they played more confidently on this night. Being embroiled in trade deadline rumors for a week had to have been tough and it definitely took a toll on these young guys, but they overcame these hardships and won this game, together. But the main takeaway from last night’s thriller is simply this: don’t doubt LeBron James, he’s playing some of his best basketball of his career, he’s finally healthy, and he’s still the King.

Tristan Beckmann’s College Basketball Bracketology (2/4/2019)

Welcome back to my second edition of College Basketball Bracketology, where I project the NCAA Tournament field and matchups as we head into the weeks up to Selection Sunday. We witnessed another fun-filled week in college basketball, as some big upsets occurred and we saw some ranked teams battle. In this edition, per usual, I’ve projected seeding and matchups for all tournament teams, and I plan on continuing to release one of these every Sunday or Monday for the rest of the college hoops season heading up to Selection Sunday.

College basketball fans and experts abroad have started to gain a decent understanding of the contenders and pretenders in each college basketball conference, and I’m as big of a college hoops fan as you’ll find. Some teams are distancing themselves from the bubble, but some teams continue to remain clustered around it.

My process is pretty simple actually. Firstly, I’ve compiled a list of college basketball teams who realistically still have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Secondly, I’ve used the brand new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings as a seeding criteria for all teams, which will also be heavily used by the actual selection committee. Lastly, I’ve looked at every team’s current record and used the NCAA’s Quadrant Wins System to analyze the quality of their respective wins and losses.

After I have made a judgment on all teams, I begin to seed the 68 chosen teams from 1 to 68. Ranking them this way allows me to separate them into seed lines (#1 to #16). Finally, I place the teams into regions based on their respective seeds, conferences, and game location (for higher seeds). I tried my best to keep conference opponents from playing until at least the Sweet 16, but there may have been situations where this wasn’t realistically possible.

All in all, the process I went through definitely isn’t easy, but it’s fun to look at the possibilities already. I’ve tried my best to simulate what the actual selection committee would be doing if the tournament had to be seeded today. So after another crazy week in the college hoops world, let’s check into my second-ever Bracketology projection!

East Region (Washington, D.C.):

Columbus, Ohio

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Prairie-View/Robert Morris

#8 Minnesota vs. #9 Oklahoma

Hartford, Connecticut

#4 Villanova vs. #13 Murray State

#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 New Mexico State

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Marquette vs. #14 Bowling Green

#6 Florida State vs. #11 Indiana

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Michigan vs. #15 UC-Irvine

#7 Buffalo vs. #10 Arizona State

West Region (Anaheim, CA):

Salt Lake City, Utah

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 Princeton

#8 Syracuse vs. #9 Ole Miss

Jacksonville, Florida

#4 Purdue vs. #13 New Mexico State

#5 LSU vs. #12 Lipscomb

Salt Lake City, Utah

#3 Kansas vs. #14 Montana

#6 Maryland vs. #11 VCU/Temple

Columbia, South Carolina

#2 North Carolina vs. #15 Lehigh

#7 Washington vs. #10 Wofford

South Region (Louisville, KY):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Duke vs. #16 Rider/Norfolk State

#8 Auburn vs. #9 TCU

San Jose, California

#4 Nevada vs. #13 Vermont

#5 Texas Tech vs. #12 Davidson

Hartford, Connecticut

#3 Michigan State vs. #14 Northern Kentucky

#6 Mississippi State vs. #11 UCF

Columbus, Ohio

#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Georgia State

#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 St. John’s

Midwest Region (Kansas City, MO):

Jacksonville, Florida

#1 Tennessee vs. #16 Sam Houston State

#8 Baylor vs. #9 NC State

San Jose, California

#4 Louisville vs. #13 Old Dominion

#5 Iowa vs. #12 Hofstra

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Houston vs. #14 Radford

#6 Iowa State vs. #11 Alabama/San Francisco

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Virginia Tech vs. #15 Loyola-Chicago

#7 Kansas State vs. #10 Ohio State

Bubble Breakdown:

The tournament bubble continues to simmer down as each day of conference basketball passes, but it’s still a very log-jammed one like it has been in recent years. Here’s a breakdown of the last few teams that made it and the last few that are just outside the cut line right now:

IN:

Last Team In: San Francisco Dons (17-5, 5-3 WCC)

San Francisco is still hunting hard for an at-large berth as Gonzaga continues to dominate the WCC. The Dons lost by six on the road against a decent Saint Mary’s team on Saturday, and they need to end their two game losing streak fast. They may just be watching as their at-large chances go up in smoke, barring a miracle where they win at Gonzaga on Thursday night. Pray for the Dons, because they’re on their last legs.

Second To Last Team In: Temple Owls (16-6, 6-3 AAC)

The bubble was intensely shaken up this week, so Temple stayed on the good end of things. Losing by seven on the road at Houston wasn’t terrible, but the Owls have a horrible schedule the rest of the way. A loss to any teams that they should beat will kill their at-large hopes, forcing them to go on a run in the AAC Tournament. Blowing the 14 point second half lead to Cincinnati two weeks ago really hurt the Owls resume and it will continue to do so.

Third To Last Team In: VCU Rams (15-6, 6-2 A10)

A big home win against a decent George Mason team certainly will help VCU, but it’s what happened to other teams on the bubble that allowed the Rams to jump onto the right side of things this week. If they want to stay on the right side, they’ll likely have to win out or win most of their remaining games. Losing to Davidson shook off a huge resume opportunity for them, but they still have a Quadrant 1 win from defeating Texas on the road in December. They may very well just have to win the Atlantic 10 to get a bid to the big dance.

Fourth To Last Team In: Alabama Crimson Tide (13-8, 4-4 SEC)

The Crimson Tide looked to be safely in the field on Tuesday after a huge home victory over Mississippi State. But on Saturday, they were rocked by Auburn in a 21 point road loss. They still have a good chance to get an at-large bid, especially with great opportunities at resume-building wins such as Arkansas and Mississippi State on the road, as well as Auburn and LSU at home. They definitely do need to continue winning games that they are supposed to, however, because they can’t afford too many more losses.

OUT:

First Team Out: Seton Hall Pirates (13-9, 4-6 Big East)

Seton Hall suffered a tough two point loss on the road to Butler on Saturday, but they’re still firmly alive in the race on the bubble. With St. John’s on the road in late February and home games against Marquette and Villanova to close out the season, the Pirates definitely will get their fair share of chances to boost themselves off the bubble. Wins over St. John’s at home, Kentucky on a neutral floor, and Maryland on the road have helped them to this point, but they cannot continue to slide in the Big East in the next month.

Second Team Out: Arkansas Razorbacks (13-8, 4-4 SEC)

After being out of the picture for a few weeks, Daniel Gafford’s Razorbacks are back in the mix on the bubble with a huge road victory over LSU in overtime. They added that to their resume along with a early season win over Indiana, but they might end up being hurt by extremely bad home losses to Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky. The Razorbacks are certainly talented enough to make the tournament, but it’s up to them to fight for their chance to shine.

Third Team Out: Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-9, 3-8 Big Ten)

Nebraska’s 3-8 record in the Big Ten isn’t as bad as it looks, considering how tough the conference is this season, but it still should and could be better. They have some good wins and some bad losses, but they’re skidding as of late, and honestly shouldn’t even be on the bubble come next week. They are fighting to keep their hopes alive this week, and a loss or two could kill them indefinitely. The opportunities are there, as the Huskers have Maryland at home on Wednesday and Purdue on the road on Saturday. Let’s see what the Huskers got!

Fourth Team Out: Florida Gators (12-9, 4-4 SEC)

I’m torn on Florida and the question of whether the Gators are a tournament team. They earned a gritty home win on Wednesday over a good Ole Miss squad, but then blew a chance to build some ground off the bubble in the home loss to Kentucky. They’ve got an extremely difficult schedule the rest of the way and I don’t know if they’re capable of winning enough games to secure an at-large bid to the big dance.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my second ever Bracketology Breakdown. If you want to continue to see more content like this, let me know on my Twitter @TBeckmann24. Feel free to ask questions and share thoughts to me there as well. Have a great and blessed day! Peace!

Tristan Beckmann’s College Basketball Bracketology (1/27/2019)

It was a chaotic week in college basketball, as many upsets occurred and we saw some ranked teams battle. That’s why I’m bringing you my first ever College Basketball Bracketology Breakdown. I’ve projected seeding and matchups for all tournament teams, and I plan on releasing one of these each Sunday for the rest of the season heading up to Selection Sunday.

College basketball fans and experts abroad have started to gain a decent understanding of the contenders and pretenders in each college basketball conference, and I’m as big of a college hoops fan as you’ll find. Some teams are distancing themselves from the bubble, but some teams continue to remain clustered around it.

My process is pretty simple actually. Firstly, I’ve compiled a list of college basketball teams who realistically still have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Secondly, I’ve used the brand new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings as a seeding criteria for all teams, which will also be heavily used by the actual selection committee. Lastly, I’ve looked at every team’s current record and used the NCAA’s Quadrant Wins System to analyze the quality of their respective wins and losses.

After I have made a judgment on all teams, I begin to seed the 68 chosen teams from 1 to 68. Ranking them this way allows me to separate them into seed lines (#1 to #16). Finally, I place the teams into regions based on their respective seeds, conferences, and game location (for higher seeds). I tried my best to keep conference opponents from playing until at least the Sweet 16, but there may have been situations where this wasn’t realistically possible.

All in all, the process I went through definitely isn’t easy, but it’s fun to look at the possibilities already. I’ve tried my best to simulate what the actual selection committee would be doing if the tournament had to be seeded today. So after this crazy week in the college hoops world, let’s check into my first-ever Bracketology projection!

East Region (Washington, D.C.):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Duke vs. #16 Robert Morris/Norfolk State

#8 Kansas State vs. #9 Ole Miss

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#4 Texas Tech vs. #13 Yale

#5 Purdue vs. #12 Wofford

Salt Lake City, Utah

#3 Marquette vs. #14 Loyola-Chicago

#6 Iowa vs. #11 Alabama

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Kansas vs. #15 UC-Irvine

#7 Wisconsin vs. #10 Texas

Midwest (Kansas City, MO):

Columbus, Ohio

#1 Michigan vs. #16 Rider

#8 Mississippi State vs. #9 St. John’s

Hartford, Connecticut

#4 Louisville vs. #13 Northern Kentucky

#5 LSU vs. #12 Lipscomb

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Houston vs. #14 Radford

#6 NC State vs. #11 Ohio State/Baylor

Des Moines, Iowa

#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Weber State

#7 TCU vs. #10 UCF

South (Louisville, KY):

Jacksonville, Florida

#1 Tennessee vs. #16 Sam Houston State/Prairie-View

#8 Nebraska vs. #9 Florida State

San Jose, California

#4 Villanova vs. #13 Davidson

#5 Iowa State vs. #12 Murray State

Jacksonville, Florida

#3 Virginia Tech vs. #14 South Dakota State

#6 Oklahoma vs. #11 Indiana

Columbus, Ohio

#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Stony Brook

#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 San Francisco

West (Anaheim, CA):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Cal State Bakersfield

#8 Auburn vs. #9 Minnesota

Salt Lake City, Utah

#4 Nevada vs. #13 Texas State

#5 Buffalo vs. #12 Hofstra

Hartford, Connecticut

#3 North Carolina vs. #14 North Texas

#6 Washington vs. #11 Syracuse/Temple

San Jose, California

#2 Gonzaga vs. #15 Lehigh

#7 Maryland vs. #10 Florida

The Bubble Breakdown:

The tournament bubble continues to simmer down as each day of conference basketball passes, but it’s still a very log-jammed one like it has been in recent years. Here’s a breakdown of the last few teams that made it and the last few that are just outside the cut line right now:

IN:

Last Team In: Temple Owls (15-5, 5-2 AAC)

Temple was on the verge of pulling out a must-needed quality win today at home against Cincinnati, but they folded under pressure, blowing a 14 point lead in the second half. They’re squarely on the bubble and will likely be kicked off if they lose to Houston on the road on Thursday night. They don’t have the schedule to make up for a loss there, and so it’s up to the Owls to earn their spot on this list for next week and beyond.

Second To Last Team In: Baylor Bears (13-6, 4-2 Big 12)

Baylor has quietly put itself on the bubble radar after not being taken seriously when Big 12 conference play began. They sit at 4-2 thus far in the conference, and nearly beat Kansas at home a few weeks ago. They did beat Texas Tech, however, which added a huge Quadrant 1 victory to their schedule. Going on the road to beat West Virginia was good for them as they didn’t suffer a bad loss, and it was also impressive to see them beat fellow tournament squad Alabama yesterday.

Third To Last Team In: Ohio State Buckeyes (13-6, 3-5 Big Ten)

It’s crazy how fast Ohio State has fallen from being ranked #13 in the nation to being unranked and struggling in the gauntlet that is the Big Ten. Losing to the Big Ten bottom-feeder in Rutgers didn’t help this case. They are 3-4 in Quadrant 1 Games, and 2-2 in Quadrant 2 Games, which certainly doesn’t make for a terrible resume. But they’ll definitely have to be picking up some more solid wins in the regular season to help pick them up off the bubble.

Fourth To Last Team In: Syracuse Orange (14-6, 5-2 ACC)

Until Saturday night’s blowout loss to Virginia Tech, Syracuse continued to claw its way further from the brink of the bubble. They are 2-2 in Quadrant 1 games and certainly display the talent of a tournament squad, but they’ve had some tough losses to swallow. Losing to Old Dominion at home will hurt them, as well as losing to one of the ACC’s worst teams in Georgia Tech at home. Beating Duke on the road was huge towards their chances, but they need to keep winning in order to really feel safe from the bubble.

OUT:

First Team Out: Pittsburgh Panthers (12-8, 2-5 ACC)

With wins against Louisville and Florida State, the Panthers are definitely in the bubble conversation but they still need to win some more games to get over their losing record in ACC play. Oh, and their non-conference schedule was brutally easy, so that won’t get them any favors from the selection committee. The good thing for Pittsburgh is that they’ve played their hard part of the ACC Schedule, and there are plenty of winnable ACC games on the schedule in February and March.

Second Team Out: VCU Rams (14-6, 5-2 A-10)

To get a bid in the big dance, VCU will probably have to just go out and win the Atlantic 10 to secure an automatic bid. But there’s a small shot for an at-large berth if the Rams can win out or win most of their remaining games. Losing to Davidson shook off a huge resume opportunity for them, but they aren’t dead yet. They still have a Quadrant 1 win from defeating Texas on the road in December, but they’ll need more of a resume than that to make the tournament.

Third Team Out: Arizona State Sun Devils (14-6, 5-3 Pac-12)

Arizona State has been struggling in the weak PAC-12, so that has started to offset what was a really solid non-conference resume. Losing to a weak Utah club at home to start the month of January really hurt the Sun Devils, as did losing to Stanford on the road a few weeks ago. They are 3-1 in Quadrant 1 games, but they do have a really bad Quadrant 4 loss that they suffered to Princeton at home. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them as we near the start of Fabulous February.

Fourth Team Out: Butler Bulldogs (12-9, 3-5 Big East)

Butler’s 0-2 week was very tough for their bubble hopes, as they slid from inside the field to farther on the outside than they’d like to be. They’ve got a huge resume building opportunity on Wednesday at home against #12 Marquette. With road games at Marquette and Villanova still left in February/March, Butler has some great chances to grab some pivotal wins as they remain on the tournament bubble.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my first ever Bracketology Breakdown. If you want to see more content like this, let me know on my Twitter @TBeckmann24. Feel free to ask questions and share thoughts to me there as well. Have a great and blessed day! Peace!

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Four Rounds)

The time for NFL Mock Drafts is in full swing as we close in on the Super Bowl. There’s still conference championship games left on Sunday and they’ll be great ones, but I’m here to help those people who support teams who either didn’t make the postseason or have been eliminated. After reading this article, you’ll have a glimpse of hope for the future and perhaps you’ll be extremely excited for the NFL Draft.

28 teams have gained a sense of identity into which they will ride by in the upcoming offseason, but four are focused on one thing and that is the Lombardi Trophy. Draft positioning remains to be played out and nothing is final as we head into the final few weeks of football.

Welcome back to my NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0, in which I’ll be going to project four rounds in the draft for my first time ever on this website. I can’t yet project compensatory picks so there will be more picks in end of the third and fourth rounds once they are announced. I’ve been scouting a ton of collegiate prospects over the last week or so and I’ve got a pretty good feel on who I like transitioning to the NFL more so than who I don’t like in that aspect. I’ll even provide brief analysis on the first round prospects.

This year’s draft class is loaded with interior defensive lineman as ten of them have first round grades from me, yet they all don’t even go off the board in round 1 or even round 2. Before we start, I’m going to discuss the elephant in the room. For the first time this season, I did put Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray on my draft board. He could be the 1st or 2nd quarterback off the board in this draft class. But some NFL teams aren’t going to get their hopes up right now though as he could just be entering the draft to see what happens, and actually still have his eyes on playing baseball.

All of this and more remains to be played out as we inch closer towards the 2019 NFL Draft in late April, but enough talk, let’s get into my third version of this year’s mock draft.

First Round:

1. Arizona Cardinals:

Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa

Bosa was an absolute beast on the edge at Ohio State, and we would’ve gotten more of a glimpse of him if he hadn’t suffered a season ending injury earlier in the season. Bosa has the size, speed, and physical technique that should allow his game to translate quickly into the NFL stage and let him make an impact on whoever drafts him.

2. San Francisco 49ers:

Alabama DL Quinnen Williams

Williams is a guy who has jumped up everybody’s board with a tremendous breakout season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s been the leader of their defense and he can truly wreak havoc inside the line. He’s an impactful interior lineman with a bright future if the right team drafts him.

3. New York Jets:

Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen

Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past season, but let’s not act like it’s undeserved. Allen was a force on the Kentucky defense and was arguably the best defensive player in all of college football in 2018. He will be able to play as both an edge rusher or an outside linebacker if the team that drafts him needs it.

4. Oakland Raiders:

LSU CB Greedy Williams

Williams’ combination of great size at 6’3 with solid speed and high football IQ help him become the consensus top cornerback in the draft class. He’s smart in coverage and has consistently shown an ability to absolutely clamp down on opposing receivers. He’s a superstar shutdown corner in the making.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Alabama S Deionte Thompson

Thompson is one of the best all around players in this draft class. He’s been the center fielder for the Crimson Tide defense for a few seasons now and he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL. He has an unruly combination of speed, range, length, and instincts that should allow him to dominate on the back end of any defense in the pros.

6. New York Giants:

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Jr.

Haskins is the clear cut best player in this draft at the quarterback position right now. As Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft. Haskins has a great shot to be the first QB taken in the draft too, but we will have to watch the pre-draft process. He’s a legitimate quarterback with the tools to develop into a Patrick Mahomes type thrower of the football. Yeah, I said it.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Alabama OT Jonah Williams

Williams is a disciplined offensive tackle with a lot of experience at Alabama while protecting Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. He shows great technique for a tackle in this day and age of the league, and he is the strong, smart, and quick twitch tackle that an NFL team will love to have protecting the edge.

8. Detroit Lions:

Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson championship defensive line. He’s experienced and has been a leader for the Tigers throughout his career. He’s got the length at 6’5 to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL and he also displays outstanding power to move around the offensive line.

9. Buffalo Bills:

Houston DL Ed Oliver

Oliver was a lot of people’s preseason number one pick, but he’s fallen a bit due to a sudden struggle to make an impact when rushing passers. Oliver makes his impact against the run and most NFL teams would drool at the Houston product as a guy to plug up the middle of the defensive line and shut down opposing running backs.

10. Denver Broncos:

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

The story of this year’s draft class, Murray has a huge decision to make, but for now, I’m predicting he’ll choose football over baseball. The Heisman Trophy winner dominated in the past year as a starter for the Sooners and led them to the College Football Playoff. He’s got a tremendous baseball like arm (similar to Patrick Mahomes arm), and he’s still improving as a consistent accurate thrower of the football. Plus, you can’t say enough about Murray’s abilities to stretch plays outside of the pocket with his quick feet and electric mobility. If he wants, I think he’ll be a Week 1 starter at QB in the NFL next year.

11. Cincinnati Bengals:

LSU LB Devin White

White is a Deion Jones type linebacker. He is the fastest linebacker in the draft class and shows some of the quickest instincts I’ve seen in quite a while from a linebacker. He is strong, powerful, and has improved every aspect of his game in the 2018 season. He’s a do it all linebacker who will immediately improve the defense of the team who drafts him.

12. Green Bay Packers:

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is easily the best WR in this draft class. Harry has unreal size at 6’4, and it seems like he can jump up and go get the ball from anywhere. He’s no slouch running either, as he’s displayed solid speed at Arizona State that should allow him to separate from some of the league’s best cover corners.

13. Miami Dolphins:

Duke QB Daniel Jones

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe helped develop the Manning brothers, so you’ll hear a lot about that over the coming months. Daniel Jones is the next hyped up Cutcliffe guy, and he boasts the traits that scouts drool over. He has pro-style QB size at 6’5, but he isn’t a slouch running the football out of the pocket. Jones ran a quick passing offense at Duke, and he didn’t always show great abilities outside of that, but scouts understand that the potential is there for him to be a big league QB for years to come.

14. Atlanta Falcons:

Michigan DL Rashan Gary

Gary can play everywhere on the defensive line and the team that drafts him will get a big versatile player. He will make an impact in stopping the run game while also putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Despite some injury concerns, the Michigan star is a surefire first round selection as of now.

15. Washington Redskins:

Missouri QB Drew Lock

Drew Lock probably is the most further developed along out of the quarterbacks in the draft class, but his potential just doesn’t compare to theirs. He’s got pocket passer type size at 6’4 and 225 pounds, and he’s got an incredible arm with strength and accuracy always on display. He’s not afraid to hurl one deep and he’s certainly what NFL teams would call an aggressive deep ball thrower.

16. Carolina Panthers:

Florida State EDGE Brian Burns

Brian Burns was a disruptive edge defender at Florida State and a lot of that has to do with his outstanding 6’5 frame. He’s not a thick bodied edge defender like most, as he only sits at 235, but he more than makes up for it with his generational athletic abilities as an impact player off the edge. He should do well rushing the passer in the NFL.

17. Cleveland Browns:

Ole Miss OT Greg Little

Little is a bit of a more raw offensive tackle prospect than most would expect from a guy going in the first round, but he’s shown flashes of his great potential at Ole Miss that cannot be overlooked. He’s a competitor and a dominant run blocker who will need to improve in the pass blocking aspect of his game. But Little’s outstanding athleticism, frame, and strength should help him become a weekly starter in the NFL.

18. Minnesota Vikings:

Oklahoma OG Cody Ford

For a 6’4, 330 pound lineman, Ford displays tremendous agility and balance, two rare traits these days for guys that size. He played right tackle at Oklahoma but will probably be better off inside as a guard in the NFL. He’ll need to work on his footwork but he’s got tremendous strength that will sell to the scouts.

19. Tennessee Titans:

Washington CB Byron Murphy

Murphy was also a breakout player in 2018 who a lot of people did not have ranked highly on their draft boards. After watching his tape, I can see why he’s now so highly touted. Murphy is going to play more slot than outside due to his small frame at 5’11 and 182 pounds, but he’s not to be messed with. He makes plays and can shutdown opposing wideouts if asked to do so. He’s got great fundamental cornerback techniques that should help him ease into a starting role in Week 1.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker is a physical man coverage cornerback who can compete with the best of the best. He’s an agile 5’11 guy with good tackling abilities as well as the instincts to match up with a lot of guys in the league. He should probably be drafted higher than he will be, but that’s due to this draft being insanely stacked with defensive talent.

21. Seattle Seahawks:

Iowa TE Noah Fant

Fant is a modern NFL tight end, with the ability to take the field on all three downs as a blocker and pass catcher. He is still developing into being an effective blocker at his position, but he’s miles ahead of any other tight end in the class. He shows flashes of great speed and looks like a complete red zone threat on the tapes he has at Iowa. Fant will be an easy choice for a team looking for a tight end on Day 1.

22. Baltimore Ravens:

Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown is a well-known commodity in college football perhaps due to his dominance at the WR position but also to his nickname Hollywood. He’s probably the fastest wideout in the draft, and he’s earned the Hollywood tag. He will be a popular pick in the new age NFL and he will undoubtedly be a day 1 deep threat in the league. He’s the closest thing to Tyreek Hill in this draft and a lot of teams would love that type of player on their team.

23. Houston Texans:

Kansas State OT Dalton Risner

Risner is clearly the most dominant pass protecting offensive lineman in the entire draft. He’s matched up against great pass rushers who don’t get anywhere against him. He’s a mauler at the point of attack and has attributes similar to Quenton Nelson coming out of Notre Dame last season. He’s a competitor and somebody who should become an instant upgrade as a tackle or guard for the team who drafts him.

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago):

Florida EDGE Jachai Polite

Jachai Polite may be undersized compared to other edge defenders in this draft class, but he’s one of the best and quickest of them all. He’s got a great technique and uses his hands to make a great advantage when rushing the passer. A lot of scouts have said that Polite reminds them of Titans legendary edge rusher Jevon Kearse, who was a first round pick and great player in his own right.

25. Philadelphia Eagles:

Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen

Trayvon Mullen is a poor man’s Greedy Williams. He’s got solid size at 6’1 and shows great quickness on the field in tape. He could easily be off the board in the first ten picks or still be on the board during the last ten picks, but I think Mullen is definitely not falling out of the first round, barring a disappointing NFL combine showing.

26. Indianapolis Colts:

NC State WR Kelvin Harmon

Harmon is a strong, physical receiver who’s shown some limitations with his speed and elusiveness. Yet, he’s been a consistent playmaker at NC State. He’s got great ball skills and hands, while being able to run routes with the best of them in this draft class. Oh and did I mention Harmon is an absolutely dominant run blocker and a guy who will get it done on the perimeter.

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas):

Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf

Metcalf is as close as N’Keal Harry as they come, yet he’s coming off the board 14 picks later. He’s got the lovable combination of size and speed as he’s 6’4 and 230 pounds. He’s a true outside receiver who has a tremendous nose for the football. He can go up and get it when his QB really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something coaches will love the sound of. But teams will be wary of his injury history, so be on the look out for that.

28. Los Angeles Chargers:

Alabama LB Mack Wilson

Yet another Alabama player goes off the board as linebacker Mack Wilson is selected. Wilson is fast, strong, and agile enough to cover nearly any tight end in the NFL. He’s a great player against the run, but Wilson can also step back into coverage and make plays in the passing defense as well. He will immediately slot into a significant role for the team that selects him.

29. New England Patriots:

Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence

I saw my fair share of Dexter Lawrence in his career at Clemson when they played my Louisville Cardinals. He’s a big inside guy who plays tough against the run, but he’s still developing into being an every down pass rusher. He has an excellent combination of size at 6’4 and 340 pounds with some incredible game-wrecking power. He still needs to work on his moves to generate pressure as well, but he’s a good bet to develop into a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.

30. Los Angeles Rams:

Michigan LB Devin Bush

Bush is a physical, fast linebacker who manned the middle of the strong Michigan Wolverines defense in his tenure there. He’s a guy that can help lead a defense and help out a team at any linebacker spot. He can drop back in coverage but he’s not bad at rushing the passer either, making him an easy first round projection here.

31. Kansas City Chiefs:

Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons

Simmons has some off the field concerns that NFL teams may not like, but he’s one of the most talented players in this defensive line heavy draft class. He’s a great impact pass rusher from the interior of the defensive line and he could develop into a future All-Pro if drafted by the right team.

32. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans):

Washington S Taylor Rapp

Rapp is going to be a tremendous secondary prize for a team that misses out on Deionte Thompson. He’s got great football IQ and is an aggressive player on the back end of the defense. He excels in defending against the run and is one of the better tackling defensive backs in the entire draft. His physicality will also help him win leverage at the point of attack and he could be an NFL starter on Day 1.

Second Round:

33. Arizona Cardinals:

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste

34. Indianapolis Colts (via New York):

Notre Dame CB Julian Love

35. Oakland Raiders:

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

36. San Francisco 49ers:

Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom

37. New York Giants:

Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

38. Jacksonville Jaguars:

West Virginia QB Will Grier

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler

40. Buffalo Bills:

Iowa State RB David Montgomery

41. Denver Broncos:

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

42. Cincinnati Bengals:

Ohio State DL Dre’Mont Jones

43. Detroit Lions:

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye

44. Green Bay Packers:

Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat

45. Atlanta Falcons:

Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards

46. Washington Redskins:

Ole Miss WR AJ Brown

47. Carolina Panthers:

Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins

48. Miami Dolphins:

Alabama DL Raekwon Davis

49. Cleveland Browns:

Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery

50. Minnesota Vikings:

Wisconsin OT David Edwards

51. Tennessee Titans:

Ohio State WR Parris Campbell

52. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge

53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore):

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson

54. Houston Texans (from Seattle):

Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.

55. Houston Texans:

Miami (FL) S JaQuan Johnson

56. New England Patriots (from Chicago):

Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines

57. Philadelphia Eagles:

Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince

58. Dallas Cowboys:

Miami (FL) DL Gerald Willis

59. Indianapolis Colts:

Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram

60. Los Angeles Chargers:

Texas CB Kris Boyd

61. New England Patriots:

Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen

62. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles):

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich

63. Kansas City Chiefs:

Texas LB Gary Johnson

64. New Orleans Saints:

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Third Round:

65. Arizona Cardinals:

Georgia WR Riley Ridley

66. Oakland Raiders:

Delaware S Nasir Adderley

67. San Francisco 49ers:

Virginia S Juan Thornhill

68. New York Jets:

Washington State OT Andre Dillard

69. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Louisiana Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson

70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Notre Dame LB Te’Von Coney

71. New York Giants:

*FORFEITED SELECTION*

72. Denver Broncos:

Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter

73. Cincinnati Bengals:

Stanford TE Kaden Smith

74. New England Patriots (via Detroit):

NC State QB Ryan Finley

75. Buffalo Bills:

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson

76. Green Bay Packers:

Ohio State OG Michael Jordan

77. Washington Redskins:

NC State C Garrett Bradbury

78. Carolina Panthers:

Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt

79. Miami Dolphins:

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

80. Atlanta Falcons:

Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield

81. Cleveland Browns:

Penn State OG Connor McGovern

82. Minnesota Vikings:

Clemson LB Tre Lamar

83. Tennessee Titans:

Boston College EDGE Zach Allen

84. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Wisconsin OG Beau Benzschawel

85. Seattle Seahawks:

Florida S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

86. Baltimore Ravens:

Alabama C Ross Pierschbacher

87. Houston Texans:

Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr.

88. Chicago Bears:

Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping

89. Detroit Lions (via Philadelphia):

Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey

90. Indianapolis Colts:

Kansas DL Daniel Wise

91. Dallas Cowboys:

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

92. Los Angeles Chargers:

Boston College S Lukas Denis

93. Cleveland Browns (via New England):

Georgia WR Mecole Hardman

94. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles):

LSU TE Foster Moreau

95. Kansas City Chiefs:

Ole Miss WR DaMarkus Lodge

96. New York Jets (via New Orleans):

Mississippi State OG Darryl Williams

Fourth Round:

97. Arizona Cardinals:

Miami (FL) CB Michael Jackson

98. San Francisco 49ers:

Georgia EDGE D’Andre Walker

99. New York Jets:

Stanford RB Bryce Love

100. Oakland Raiders:

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson

101. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

South Carolina OT Dennis Daley

102. New York Giants:

Oregon S Ugo Amadi

103. Jacksonville Jaguars:

West Virginia WR David Sills V

104. Cincinnati Bengals:

Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu

105. Detroit Lions:

San Jose State TE Josh Oliver

106. Buffalo Bills:

Michigan CB David Long

107. Denver Broncos:

Washington OT Kaleb McGary

108. Green Bay Packers:

TCU EDGE Ben Banogu

109. Carolina Panthers:

Oregon WR Dillon Mitchell

110. Miami Dolphins:

Alabama RB Damien Harris

111. Atlanta Falcons:

Oklahoma OG Ben Powers

112. Green Bay Packers (via Washington):

NC State LB Germaine Pratt

113. Cleveland Browns:

Mississippi State CB Jamal Peters

114. Minnesota Vikings:

Missouri DL Terry Beckner Jr.

115. Tennessee Titans:

Boise State QB Brett Rypien

116. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs

117. Baltimore Ravens:

Penn State RB Miles Sanders

118. Seattle Seahawks:

Arkansas OT Colton Jackson

119. Denver Broncos (via Houston):

Florida LB Vosean Joseph

120. Chicago Bears:

USC S Marvell Tell III

121. Philadelphia Eagles:

Stanford OG Nate Herbig

122. Dallas Cowboys:

Georgia C Lamont Gaillard

123. Indianapolis Colts:

Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven

124. Los Angeles Chargers:

LSU OG Garrett Brumfield

125. New England Patriots:

Kentucky TE CJ Conrad

126. Los Angeles Rams:

Cincinnati DL Marquise Copeland

127. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City):

Alabama OG Lester Cotton

128. New York Giants (via New Orleans):

Texas A&M C Erik McCoy

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Draft Big Board

Welcome back to another article in my series regarding the 2019 NFL Draft! I’m going to skip the long intro today and hop right into the content, which is basically my big board for the draft. I just finished it today and updated player grades while removing players who returned to school. It was a grind but now you can finally see what I base my mock drafts off of. Speaking of my mock drafts, you’ll probably be receiving one later tonight!

If there is anybody that I missed on my big board or if you have any questions about these rankings, feel free to contact me on Twitter @TBeckmann24. Without further ado, here is my current up-to-date 2019 NFL Draft Big Board.

Quarterbacks:

  1. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins
  2. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
  3. Duke QB Daniel Jones
  4. West Virginia QB Will Grier
  5. Missouri QB Drew Lock
  6. NC State QB Ryan Finley
  7. Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu
  8. Boise State QB Brett Rypien
  9. Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham
  10. Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson
  11. Washington St. QB Gardner Minshew
  12. Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson
  13. Washington QB Jake Browning
  14. North Dakota State QB Easton Stick
  15. Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
  16. Penn State QB Trace McSorley
  17. Northern Colorado QB Jacob Knipp

Running Backs:

  1. Iowa State RB David Montgomery
  2. Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson
  3. Alabama RB Josh Jacobs
  4. Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr.
  5. Stanford RB Bryce Love
  6. Alabama RB Damien Harris
  7. Penn State RB Miles Sanders
  8. Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill
  9. Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams
  10. Washington RB Myles Gaskin
  11. Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield
  12. Michigan RB Karan Higdon
  13. FAU RB Devin Singletary
  14. Ohio State RB Mike Weber
  15. Florida State RB Jacques Patrick
  16. Miami (FL) RB Travis Homer
  17. Michigan State RB L.J. Scott
  18. Memphis RB Darrell Henderson
  19. Notre Dame RB Dexter Williams
  20. Kansas State RB Alex Barnes
  21. Maryland RB Ty Johnson
  22. Florida RB Jordan Scarlett
  23. Mississippi State RB Aeris Williams

Wide Receivers:

  1. Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry
  2. Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown
  3. Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf
  4. NC State WR Kelvin Harmon
  5. Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler
  6. Ole Miss WR AJ Brown
  7. Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
  8. Ohio State WR Parris Campbell
  9. Georgia WR Riley Ridley
  10. South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel
  11. Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson
  12. Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey
  13. Georgia WR Mecole Hardman
  14. Ole Miss WR DaMarkus Lodge
  15. West Virginia WR David Sills V
  16. Oregon WR Dillon Mitchell
  17. Auburn WR Darius Slayton
  18. NC State WR Jakobi Meyers

Tight Ends:

  1. Iowa TE Noah Fant
  1. Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.
  2. Stanford TE Kaden Smith
  3. UCLA TE Caleb Wilson
  4. LSU TE Foster Moreau
  5. Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson
  6. San Jose State TE Josh Oliver
  7. Kentucky TE CJ Conrad
  8. Michigan TE Zach Gentry
  9. Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox
  10. Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger
  11. Georgia TE Isaac Nauta

Offensive Tackles:

  1. Alabama OT Jonah Williams
  2. Ole Miss OT Greg Little
  3. Kansas State OT Dalton Risner
  4. West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste
  5. Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
  6. Wisconsin OT David Edwards
  7. Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince
  8. Washington State OT Andre Dillard
  9. Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping
  10. Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt
  11. Washington OT Kaleb McGary
  12. South Carolina OT Dennis Daley
  13. Arkansas OT Colton Jackson
  14. Missouri OT Paul Adams
  15. Oklahoma OT Bobby Evans
  16. Rutgers OT Tariq Cole
  17. Alabama State OT Tytus Howard
  18. Louisville OT Lukayus McNeil
  19. Maryland OT Derwin Gray

Offensive Guards:

  1. Ohio State OG Michael Jordan
  2. Oklahoma OG Cody Ford
  3. Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom
  4. Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter
  5. Penn State OG Connor McGovern
  6. Wisconsin OG Beau Benzschawel
  7. Mississippi State OG Darryl Williams
  8. Stanford OG Nate Herbig
  9. Oklahoma OG Ben Powers
  10. LSU OG Garrett Brumfield
  11. Alabama OG Lester Cotton
  12. Florida OG Martez Ivey
  13. Penn State OG Ryan Bates
  14. Arkansas OG Hjalte Froholdt
  15. UNC-Charlotte OG Nate Davis
  16. Oklahoma OG Dru Samia
  17. USC OG Chuma Edoga

Offensive Centers:

  1. Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins
  2. NC State C Garrett Bradbury
  3. Alabama C Ross Pierschbacher
  4. Georgia C Lamont Gaillard
  5. Texas A&M C Erik McCoy
  6. Iowa C Keegan Render
  7. Boston College C Jon Baker
  8. Florida State C Alec Eberle
  9. Stanford C Jesse Burkett
  10. Indiana C Nick Linder
  11. Memphis C Drew Kyser

Interior Defensive Line:

  1. Alabama DL Quinnen Williams
  2. Houston DL Ed Oliver
  3. Michigan DL Rashan Gary
  4. Mississippi St. DL Jeffery Simmons
  5. Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence
  6. Ohio State DL Dre’mont Jones
  7. Alabama DL Raekwon Davis
  8. Clemson DL Christian Wilkins
  9. Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery
  10. Miami (FL) DL Gerald Willis
  11. Kansas DL Daniel Wise
  12. Missouri DL Terry Beckner Jr.
  13. Cincinnati DL Marquise Copeland
  14. Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs
  15. Western Illinois DL Khalen Saunders
  16. LSU DL Ed Alexander

Edge Defenders:

  1. Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa
  2. Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen
  3. Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell
  4. Florida State EDGE Brian Burns
  5. Florida EDGE Jachai Polite
  6. Old Dominion EDGE Os. Ximines
  7. Mississippi St. EDGE Montez Sweat
  8. Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich
  9. LA Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson
  10. Boston College EDGE Zach Allen
  11. Georgia EDGE D’Andre Walker
  12. TCU EDGE Ben Banogu
  13. Alabama EDGE Anfernee Jennings
  14. Miami (FL) EDGE Joe Jackson
  15. Texas EDGE Charles Omenihu
  16. Iowa EDGE Anthony Nelson

Linebackers:

  1. LSU LB Devin White
  2. Alabama LB Mack Wilson
  3. Michigan LB Devin Bush
  4. Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards
  5. Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge
  6. Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen
  7. Texas LB Gary Johnson
  8. Notre Dame LB Te’von Coney
  9. Clemson LB Tre Lamar
  10. NC State LB Germaine Pratt
  11. Florida LB Vosean Joseph
  12. Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven
  13. West Virginia LB David Long Jr.
  14. USC LB Cameron Smith
  15. Kentucky LB Jordan Jones
  16. Utah LB Chase Hansen
  17. Duke LB Joe Giles-Harris
  18. Clemson LB Kendall Joseph
  19. Wisconsin LB Ryan Connelly
  20. Northern Illinois LB Sutton Smith
  21. Stanford LB Bobby Okereke
  22. Mississippi State LB Leo Lewis

Cornerbacks:

  1. LSU CB Greedy Williams
  2. Georgia CB DeAndre Baker
  3. Washington CB Byron Murphy
  4. Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen
  5. Notre Dame CB Julian Love
  6. Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye
  7. Texas CB Kris Boyd
  8. Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield
  9. Miami (FL) CB Michael Jackson
  10. Michigan CB David Long
  11. Mississippi State CB Jamal Peters
  12. Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin
  13. Central Michigan CB Sean Bunting
  14. USC CB Iman Marshall
  15. Vanderbilt CB JoeJuan Williams
  16. Rutgers CB Blessuan Austin
  17. Stanford CB Alijah Holder

Safeties:

  1. Alabama S Deionte Thompson
  2. Washington S Taylor Rapp
  3. Miami S JaQuan Johnson
  4. Mississippi St. S Johnathan Abram
  5. Virginia S Juan Thornhill
  6. Delaware S Nasir Adderley
  7. Boston College S Lukas Denis
  8. Florida S Ch. Gardner-Johnson
  9. Oregon S Ugo Amadi
  10. Miami (FL) S Sheldrick Redwine
  11. Temple S Delvon Randall
  12. USC S Marvell Tell III
  13. Wisconsin S D’Cota Dixon
  14. Maryland S Darnell Savage Jr.
  15. Colorado S Evan Worthington
  16. Mississippi State S Mark McLaurin
  17. Boston College S Will Harris
  18. Kentucky S Mike Edwards
  19. Notre Dame S Alohi Gilman
  20. Texas Tech S Jah’Shawn Johnson
  21. Maryland S Antoine Brooks Jr.
  22. Texas S Brandon Jones
  23. Wyoming S Andrew Wingard

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 (Three Rounds)

Mock drafts are in full swing as we close the regular season in the National Football League tomorrow. Most teams have gained a sense of identity into which they will ride by in the upcoming offseason, but some are focused on one thing and that is the Lombardi Trophy. Draft positioning remains to be played out and nothing is final as we head into the final week of the regular season.

Welcome back to my NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0, in which I’ll be going to project three rounds in the draft for my first time ever on this website. I can’t yet project compensatory picks so there will be more picks in end of the third round once they are announced. I’ve been scouting some of the top prospects over the last week or so and I’ve got a pretty good feel on who I like transitioning to the NFL more so than who I don’t like in that aspect. I’ll even provide brief analysis on the first round prospects.

This year’s draft class is loaded with interior defensive lineman as ten of them have first round grades from me, yet they all don’t even go off the board in round 1 or even round 2. Before we start, I’m going to discuss the elephant in the room. No, I didn’t put Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in my board, because I feel like he’s still going to the MLB. But if Murray does choose football, he’d be the 1st or 2nd quarterback off the board in this draft class. NFL teams aren’t going to get their hopes up right now though as everything is merely just speculation.

With all of that said, it’s time to unveil the second version of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, as we’ll start with the Jets and end with the Jets, here we go!

Note: If a trade is indicated, the record on the same line is the original team’s record.

Round 1:

1. New York Jets (4-12):

Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa

Bosa was an absolute beast on the edge at Ohio State, and we would’ve gotten more of a glimpse of him if he hadn’t suffered a season ending injury earlier in the season. Bosa has the size, speed, and physical technique that should allow his game to translate quickly into the NFL stage and let him make an impact on whoever drafts him.

2. Arizona Cardinals (4-12):

LSU CB Greedy Williams

Williams’ combination of great size at 6’3 with solid speed and high football IQ help him become the consensus top cornerback in the draft class. He’s smart in coverage and has consistently shown an ability to absolutely clamp down on opposing receivers. He’s a superstar shutdown corner in the making.

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-12):

Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen

Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past week, but let’s not act like it’s undeserved. Allen was a force on the Kentucky defense and was arguably the best defensive player in all of college football in 2018. He will be able to play as both an edge rusher or an outside linebacker if the team that drafts him needs it.

4. Oakland Raiders (4-12):

Alabama DL Quinnen Williams

Williams is a guy who has jumped up everybody’s board with a tremendous breakout season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s been the leader of their defense and he can truly wreak havoc inside the line. He’s an impactful interior lineman with a bright future if the right team drafts him.

5. Denver Broncos (via Detroit) (5-11):

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

Haskins and the next quarterbacks selected are mildly apart, as Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft besides Justin Herbert. Haskins still has a shot to be the first QB taken in the draft too, but we will have to watch the pre-draft process. He’s a legitimate quarterback with the tools to develop into a Patrick Mahomes type thrower of the football. Yeah, I said it.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson defensive line. He’s experienced and has been a leader for the Tigers throughout his career. He’s got the length at 6’5 to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL and he also displays outstanding power to move around the offensive line.

7. Carolina Panthers (6-10):

Alabama S Deionte Thompson

Thompson is one of the best all around players in this draft class. He’s been the center fielder for the Crimson Tide defense for a few seasons now and he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL. He has an unruly combination of speed, range, length, and instincts that should allow him to dominate on the back end of any defense in the pros.

8. Detroit Lions (via Denver) (6-10):

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker is a physical man coverage cornerback who can compete with the best of the best. He’s an agile 5’11 guy with good tackling abilities as well as the instincts to match up with a lot of guys in the league.

9. New York Giants (6-10):

Alabama OT Jonah Williams

Williams is a disciplined offensive tackle with a lot of experience at Alabama while protecting Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. He shows great technique for a tackle in this day and age of the league, and he is the strong, smart, and quick twitch tackle that an NFL team will love to have protecting the edge.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

LSU LB Devin White

White is a Deion Jones type linebacker. He is the fastest linebacker in the draft class and shows some of the quickest instincts I’ve seen in quite a while from a linebacker. He is strong, powerful, and has improved every aspect of his game in the 2018 season. He’s a do it all linebacker who will immediately improve the defense of the team who drafts him.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10):

West Virginia QB Will Grier

Will Grier faces a lot of question marks due to playing against poor Big 12 defenses, but he’s got the potential to be a really good quarterback in this league. He’s likely a project for the first year, but with the way teams throw their first round QBs into the fire nowadays, I wouldn’t be surprised if Grier’s a Week 1 starter.

12. Buffalo Bills (6-10):

Ole Miss OT Greg Little

Little is a bit of a more raw offensive tackle prospect than most would expect from a guy going in the first round, but he’s shown flashes of his great potential at Ole Miss that cannot be overlooked. He’s a competitor and a dominant run blocker who will need to improve in the pass blocking aspect of his game. But Little’s outstanding athleticism, frame, and strength should help him become a weekly starter in the NFL.

13. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

Houston DL Ed Oliver

Oliver was a lot of people’s preseason number one pick, but he’s fallen a bit due to a sudden struggle to make an impact when rushing passers. Oliver makes his impact against the run and most NFL teams would drool at the Houston product as a guy to plug up the middle of the defensive line and shut down opposing running backs.

14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9):

Michigan DL Rashan Gary

Gary can play everywhere on the defensive line and the team that drafts him will get a big versatile player. He will make an impact in stopping the run game while also putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Despite some injury concerns, the Michigan star is a surefire first round selection as of now.

15. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is neck and neck with multiple others for the title of best WR in this draft class. Harry has unreal size at 6’4, and it seems like he can jump up and go get the ball from anywhere. He’s no slouch running either, as he’s displayed solid speed at Arizona State that should allow him to separate from some of the league’s best cover corners.

16. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1):

Ohio State OG Michael Jordan

Not quite the basketball player, but I hear that this Michael Jordan guy really excels at protecting his quarterback. He displayed this in his time at Ohio State, being a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2017. He’s one of the top linemen in the 2019 draft class and is sure to be an early pick considering the value of strong linemen in the NFL these days.

17. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1):

Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons

Simmons has some off the field concerns that NFL teams may not like, but he’s one of the most talented players in this defensive line heavy draft class. He’s a great impact pass rusher from the interior of the defensive line and he could develop into a future All-Pro if drafted by the right team.

18. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown is a well-known commodity in college football perhaps due to his dominance at the WR position but also to his nickname Hollywood. He’s probably the fastest wideout in the draft, and he’s earned the Hollywood tag. He will be a popular pick in the new age NFL and he will undoubtedly be a day 1 deep threat in the league. He’s the closest thing to Tyreek Hill in this draft and a lot of teams would love that type of player on their team.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7):

Washington CB Byron Murphy

Murphy was also a breakout player in 2018 who a lot of people did not have ranked highly on their draft boards. After watching his tape, I can see why he’s now so highly touted. Murphy is going to play more slot than outside due to his small frame at 5’11 and 182 pounds, but he’s not to be messed with. He makes plays and can shutdown opposing wideouts if asked to do so. He’s got great fundamental cornerback techniques that should help him ease into a starting role in Week 1.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

Alabama LB Mack Wilson

Yet another Alabama player goes off the board as linebacker Mack Wilson is selected. Wilson is fast, strong, and agile enough to cover nearly any tight end in the NFL. He’s a great player against the run, but Wilson can also step back into coverage and make plays in the passing defense as well. He will immediately slot into a significant role for the team that selects him.

21. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste

Cajuste is a guy who helped protect Will Grier for a long time at WVU, and he’s another guy who looks like he’s ready to make the jump to the pros, at least according to his tape. He’s powerful and big, but he can still move well like some of the best tackles in the league. He displays tremendous technique and should be able to dominate opposing edge rushers with all of this on his side.

22. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas) (9-7):

Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf

Metcalf is as close as N’Keal Harry as they come, yet he’s coming off the board 14 picks later. He’s got the lovable combination of size and speed as he’s 6’4 and 230 pounds. He’s a true outside receiver who has a tremendous nose for the football. He can go up and get it when his QB really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something coaches will love the sound of.

23. Houston Texans (10-6):

Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom

A former three star recruit, Lindstrom was one of the best offensive linemen in the ACC in 2018, which is reflected by the success of the Boston College rushing attack. He played in the Golden Eagles run-heavy offense, but displayed great potential and power when put into pass blocking situations. He’s an agile guy as well, showing great movement all across the field.

24. Indianapolis Colts (10-6):

NC State WR Kelvin Harmon

Harmon is a strong, physical receiver who’s shown some limitations with his speed and elusiveness. Yet, he’s been a consistent playmaker at NC State. He’s got great ball skills and hands, while being able to run routes with the best of them in this draft class. Oh and did I mention Harmon is an absolutely dominant run blocker and a guy who will get it done on the perimeter.

25. Seattle Seahawks (10-6):

Iowa TE Noah Fant

Fant is a modern NFL tight end, with the ability to take the field on all three downs as a blocker and pass catcher. He is still developing into being an effective blocker at his position, but he’s miles ahead of any other tight end in the class. He shows flashes of great speed and looks like a complete red zone threat on the tapes he has at Iowa. Fant will be an easy choice for a team looking for a tight end on Day 1.

26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6):

Florida State EDGE Brian Burns

Brian Burns was a disruptive edge defender at Florida State and a lot of that has to do with his outstanding 6’5 frame. He’s not a thick bodied edge defender like most, as he only sits at 235, but he more than makes up for it with his generational athletic abilities as an impact player off the edge. He should do well rushing the passer in the NFL.

27. New England Patriots (11-5):

Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen

Trayvon Mullen is a poor man’s Greedy Williams. He’s got solid size at 6’1 and shows great quickness on the field in tape. He could easily be off the board in the first ten picks or still be on the board during the last ten picks, but I think Mullen is definitely not falling out of the first round, barring a disappointing NFL combine showing.

28. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago) (11-5):

Michigan LB Devin Bush

Bush is a physical, fast linebacker who manned the middle of the strong Michigan Wolverines defense in his tenure there. He’s a guy that can help lead a defense and help out a team at any linebacker spot. He can drop back in coverage but he’s not bad at rushing the passer either, making him an easy first round projection here.

29. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4):

Ohio State DL Dre’Mont Jones

Often overshadowed by Nick Bosa, Jones is a beast in his own right who would be gone way earlier if not for being in the midst of a defensive line heavy class. He’s a great inside pass rusher with solid technique and has a good amount of athleticism for a big man. In the long run, he could be a steal at this draft position.

30. Los Angeles Rams (13-3):

Virginia S Juan Thornhill

Thornhill has really jumped out at me as I’ve watched more and more of his tape at Virginia. He’s a great defender against the run but could use some cleaning up in terms of his tackling and range. He played all over the place at Virginia, so the word “versatile” just might not do him justice. He’s got excellent size and potential but is still raw and has a lot to improve upon in the NFL.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4):

Florida EDGE Jachai Polite

Jachai Polite may be undersized compared to other edge defenders in this draft class, but he’s one of the best and quickest of them all. He’s got a great technique and uses his hands to make a great advantage when rushing the passer. A lot of scouts have said that Polite reminds them of Titans legendary edge rusher Jevon Kearse, who was a first round pick and great player in his own right.

32. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans) (14-2):

Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines

Ximines is a small school superstar at Old Dominion. He’s become a better pass rusher over his four seasons at ODU and he’ll continue to gain more recognition heading into and after the NFL Combine. While the competition wasn’t always powerful, Ximines is a raw pass rusher who can win at the point of attack, which is a must-have trait for any edge defender.

Round 2:

33. Arizona Cardinals (4-12):

Wisconsin OL Tyler Biadasz

34. Indianapolis Colts (via Jets) (4-12):

Notre Dame CB Julian Love

35. Oakland Raiders (4-12):

Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat

36. San Francisco 49ers (4-12):

Miami (FL) S JaQuan Johnson

37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

Missouri QB Drew Lock

38. Detroit Lions (5-11):

Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam

39. Buffalo Bills (6-10):

Iowa State RB David Montgomery

40. Denver Broncos (6-10):

Kansas State OT Dalton Risner

41. New York Giants (6-10):

Texas CB Kris Boyd

42. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

Washington OT Trey Adams

43. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10):

Ole Miss WR AJ Brown

44. Carolina Panthers (6-10):

Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince

45. Atlanta Falcons (7-9):

Wisconsin OL Michael Deiter

46. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Duke QB Daniel Jones

47. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins

48. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1):

Wisconsin OT David Edwards

49. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1):

Washington S Taylor Rapp

50. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7):

Oregon OT Calvin Throckmorton

51. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence

52. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

Alabama CB Trevon Diggs

53. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):

Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards

54. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.

55. Indianapolis Colts (10-6):

Alabama DL Raekwon Davis

56. Houston Texans (via Seattle) (10-6):

Washington State OT Andre Dillard

57. Los Angeles Chargers (via Philadelphia) (10-6):

Mississippi State S Jonathan Abram

58. Houston Texans (10-6):

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye

59. New England Patriots (via Chicago) (11-5):

Stanford TE Kaden Smith

60. New England Patriots (11-5):

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich

61. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4):

Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge

62. Philadelphia Eagles (via Chargers) (12-4):

Notre Dame LB Te’Von Coney

63. Kansas City Chiefs (via Rams) (13-3):

LSU CB Kristian Fulton

64. New Orleans Saints (14-2):

Clemson LB Tre Lamar

Round 3:

65. New York Jets (4-12):

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

66. Arizona Cardinals (4-12):

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler

67. San Francisco 49ers (4-12):

Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield

68. Oakland Raiders (4-12):

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson

69. New England Patriots (via Detroit)(5-11):

NC State LB Germaine Pratt

70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

Boston College S Lukas Denis

71. New York Giants (6-10):

FORFEITED**

72. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

73. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10):

LSU TE Foster Moreau

74. Carolina Panthers (6-10):

Oklahoma OL Ben Powers

75. Denver Broncos (6-10):

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

76. Buffalo Bills (6-10):

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

77. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Mississippi State OL Darryl Williams

78. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

NC State QB Ryan Finley

79. Atlanta Falcons (7-9):

Louisiana Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson

80. Seattle Seahawks (via Green Bay) (7-8-1):

Auburn DL Derrick Brown

81. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1):

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson

82. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Boston College EDGE Zach Allen

83. Detroit Lions (via Philadelphia) (9-7):

Texas WR Collin Johnson

84. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

San Jose State TE Josh Oliver

85. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):

LSU OL Garrett Brumfield

86. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery

87. Green Bay Packers (via Seattle) (10-6):

Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher

88. Baltimore Ravens (10-6):

Alabama RB Damien Harris

89. Houston Texans (10-6):

Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt

90. Indianapolis Colts (10-6):

Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven

91. Cleveland Browns (via New England) (11-5):

Virginia CB Bryce Hall

92. Chicago Bears (11-5):

Alabama LB Anfernee Jennings

93. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4):

Miami (FL) LB Shaquille Quarterman

94. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4):

Stanford RB Bryce Love

95. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams) (13-3):

Penn State OL Connor McGovern

96. New York Jets (via New Orleans) (14-2):

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson

Projected Trades:

Note: These trades are made in accordance to the NFL Draft Pick Value Chart. None are guaranteed or likely to happen, I’m purely speculating.

The Denver Broncos traded their 2019 first, 2019 fourth, 2020 second and fifth round selections (8th overall, 104th overall, unknown, unknown) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Detroit’s first-round selection (5th overall).

The Los Angeles Chargers traded their 2019 second and fourth round picks (62nd, 124th) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia’s second-round selection (56th overall).

  • The Seattle Seahawks traded their 2019 third-round pick (87th overall), and a 2020 fourth-round pick (unknown) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Green Bay’s third-round selection (80th overall).
  • Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you think about my latest mock draft and give me your thoughts on these projections on Twitter @TBeckmann24! Peace out!

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Awards: Winners, Review, and Analysis

    Yes, folks, it’s that time of year. It’s the time of year where the NFL turns the page into playoff football and caps off a season of terrific regular season football. When the playoff bracket is unveiled after the results from Week 17, we will be able to make our playoff predictions. But for now, many of the staff at Pro Sports Fandom collaborated on this beautiful project. Welcome to the 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Awards! We all submitted ballots and are ready to unveil the award winners for this season. From the MVP to the Play of the Year, we’ve got you covered. Now let’s sit back and enjoy as we look back at what a great regular season of NFL football it was! Before we get underway, I’d like to issue a special thanks to each of the following writers who participated in voting. You should give them a follow on their respective Twitter accounts! Thanks! We hope you enjoy!

    • Tristan Beckmann: @TBeckmann24
    • Eric Jensen: @eric18utah
    • Ian Cusick: @IanMCusick
    • Chris Chastain: @ChrisC_01
    • Brian Willis: @RealBrianWillis
    • Obstructed Viewer: @obstructedview2
    • Alex Levin: @TubaDeus

    Now without further ado, let’s get into the awards!

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is…

    New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley

    Why: Barkley’s gap over the field may have slimmed considerably due to the recent play of Baker Mayfield, but he’s just been way too good for him to not win this award. Barkley has been the kind of generational talent that the Giants expected him to be when they picked him at number two in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s nearing 1,200 rushing yards, has scored 10 rushing touchdowns, while making an impact in the passing game, catching 87 passes for 688 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Browns QB Baker Mayfield, Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay, and Colts OG Quenton Nelson.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is…

    Indianapolis Colts OLB Darius Leonard

    Why: How on earth did Darius Leonard fall to the second round in the 2018 NFL Draft? I find myself asking the same question frequently. Leonard has been a freak on the Colts defense, and is one of the big reasons for their success. The South Carolina State alum has played in 14 games, racking up 155 combined tackles, 8 QB hits, 12 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception. Those are ridiculous numbers and they’ve pushed him over Derwin James in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Chargers SS Derwin James, Cowboys OLB Leighton Vander Esch, and Broncos EDGE Bradley Chubb.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Game of the Year is…

    Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 11.

    Why: One of the greatest NFL games in recent memory, the Chiefs and Rams battle in Week 11 on Monday Night Football was an absolute showcase for the whole family. It was a shootout as we witnessed the future of the NFL collide in quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes II and Jared Goff. The two heavyweights slugged it out until the Rams used some fourth quarter turnovers by Mahomes to pull away victorious in a 54-51 thriller. This was an easy pick for the Game of the Year award.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Bears @ Packers in Week 1, Rams @ Saints in Week 9, Chargers @ Chiefs in Week 15.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Play of the Year is…

    The Miami Dolphins Miracle Last Second Touchdown versus the New England Patriots.

    Why: Down by five with seven seconds to play, the Miami Dolphins had virtually zero chance to walk away victorious in a Week 13 battle with their division rival New England Patriots. Ryan Tannehill threw a 16 yard pass to Kenny Stills, who threw a lateral to DeVante Parker. Parker quickly tossed a lateral to running back Kenyan Drake, who broke a tackle before running back into the middle of the field. Drake used some quick cuts to beat out Rob Gronkowski and score the miraculous game-winning touchdown as time expired.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Patrick Mahomes II left handed throw versus the Broncos, Derrick Henry’s 99 yard touchdown run against the Jaguars, and Baker Mayfield’s 2 point conversion catch against the Jets.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Most Valuable Player is…

    Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II

    Why: The internet constantly drools over this kid, and he undoubtedly deserves it, which is why he’s the favorite for NFL MVP. He’s taken the league by storm in his first season as a full time starter and is just as “Showtime” as his nickname describes him. He’s led the Chiefs to a 11-4 record and likely a first round bye if they beat the Raiders on Sunday. Mahomes has completed 66.4% of his passes for 4,816 passing yards and 48 passing scores compared to only 11 interceptions. He’s also added 271 yards on the ground with two scores. He’s a statistical superstar and will be a force to be reckoned with in the league for many years to come.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Saints QB Drew Brees, Colts QB Andrew Luck, and Rams RB Todd Gurley II.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Player of the Year is…

    Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey

    Why: How is it that our pick for NFL Offensive Player of the Tear did not get invited to the Pro Bowl? We often wonder. Christian McCaffrey has broken out in his second season in the NFL and is the dominant workhorse in the Carolina offense, but he’s just not getting enough credit for the fantastic season he’s currently having. He hasn’t missed a game all season and has carried the ball 215 times for 1,080 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, to a tune of 5 yards per carry. To make matters better, McCaffrey has broken NFL records by catching a whopping 106 passes for 845 receiving yards and 6 scores, some totals that are rare for running backs. He’s been the best all around offensive weapon in the entire league this season and he is truly deserving of this award.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II, Saints QB Drew Brees, and Rams RB Todd Gurley II.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defensive Player of the Year is…

    Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald

    Why: Do you want me to really prove to you how good Aaron Donald has been in 2018? Well, he’s been frequently mentioned as an MVP candidate, which is undoubtedly rarely associated with defensive players. Donald has been dominating the league for years, but this campaign has been his most special to date. He’s forced four fumbles, recovered two, and racked up a league-leading 19.5 sacks. Plus, Donald has a total of 38 QB hits, 24 tackles for loss, and 55 combined tackles. Donald has a ridiculously high 95.3 grade on Pro Football Focus and made a tremendous impact in stopping the run and rushing the passer.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Bears EDGE Khalil Mack, Texans DE J.J. Watt, and Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Coach of the Year is…

    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy

    Why: The Chicago Bears have been arguably the league’s biggest surprise in the 2018 season, but to be fair, I’ve always believed in this team. Matt Nagy came in from Kansas City and used his tutelage from Andy Reid to steal the show in the Windy City. The Bears have the league’s most dominant defense and a developing young signal caller in Mitchell Trubisky. Nagy has surrounded him with a weapon-filled offense and that has helped lead the Bears to an 11-4 record and their first NFC North title since 2010. They are headed to the postseason and Nagy is one of the bright young minds on the NFL landscape.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Colts HC Frank Reich, Chiefs HC Andy Reid, and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Comeback Player of the Year is…

    Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck

    Why: Nobody ever knew if Andrew Luck would be able to return to the success that he had before his nagging shoulder injuries arrived around 2015. The Captain has returned to his form however and his mother would surely be proud of it. Luck has helped put the Colts back into playoff contention in the AFC and they’ll be headed to Nashville for a chance to make the postseason on Sunday night. He’s played every game this year, completing 67.2% of his passes for 4,308 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 14 interceptions. He’s definitely pushed aside any doubt upon whether he’d be able to return to success on the football field.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Texans DE J.J. Watt, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Line of the Year is…

    The Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line

    Why: With Andrew Luck winning the Comeback Player of the Year award, not enough can be said about the stellar play of the revamped Colts offensive line, which looks like its going to be one of the best in the league for a long time. Anthony Castonzo is still a solid veteran left tackle, and he’s been paired with young guns in guard Quenton Nelson and right tackle Braden Smith. Ryan Kelly does a fantastic job of anchoring the line at the center position and they’ve done their main job in 2018, which was to protect Andrew Luck.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): The Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Rams Offensive Lines.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offense of the Year is…

    The Kansas City Chiefs Offense

    Why: The Kansas City Chiefs offense has been a historic one that continues to put up ridiculous numbers behind the breakout season for quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. Tyreek Hill is one of the toughest receivers to cover in the entire National Football League and Travis Kelce is the consensus number one tight end in football. They’ve got an offense that’s rolling and sometimes it seems like it cannot be stopped. Andy Reid’s scheme has played out terrifically and it remains to be seen how this works out in the postseason for them.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Chargers offenses.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defense of the Year is…

    The Chicago Bears Defense

    Why: Khalil Mack changed the Bears franchise for the future when they acquired him late summer of 2018. He’s made their defense the best in the league and has arguably pushed them into the playoffs by a large margin. Eddie Jackson has been one of the top safeties in football and Vic Fangio’s defense seems like it’s capable of making a big play at any time, and it sure does make game changing ones when they really count. There’s so much talent on this Chicago defense that I can’t name them all, but this team has a bright future and possibly a Super Bowl or two calling it’s name.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): The Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Chargers defenses.

    My 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL All-Pro Team:

    OFFENSE:

    Saints QB Drew Brees

    Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey

    Rams RB Todd Gurley II (FLEX)

    Chiefs TE Travis Kelce

    Falcons WR Julio Jones

    Saints WR Michael Thomas

    Packers LT David Bakhtiari

    Browns LG Joel Bitonio

    Eagles C Jason Kelce

    Ravens RG Marshal Yanda

    Saints RT Ryan Ramczyk

    DEFENSE:

    Texans EDGE J.J. Watt

    Rams DL Aaron Donald

    Eagles DL Fletcher Cox

    Bears EDGE Khalil Mack

    Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner

    Colts LB Darius Leonard

    Panthers LB Luke Kuechly

    Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore

    Bears CB Kyle Fuller

    Bears S Eddie Jackson

    Chargers S Derwin James

    Jets S Jamal Adams (DB)

    SPECIAL TEAMS:

    Saints K Wil Lutz

    Seahawks P Michael Dickson

    Jets KR Andre Roberts

    Raiders PR Dwayne Harris

    Chargers ST Adrian Phillips

    Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed! Let us know what you think about our award picks and give us your award picks on Twitter! Peace out!