Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Kiper/McShay Latest Mock Draft

Hughes seemed to slip a little since they had him going to the cardinals in their last mock, but still have him going in the 1st round. I wouldn't mind to see Hughes play at either one of these places.

Indianapolis Colts

Jared Odrick

DT, Penn State
31

Jerry Hughes

DE/OLB, TCU
Kiper: The Colts are very, very average along the interior of the defensive line, and Odrick is a player versatile enough to be a disruptive, pass-rushing threat in a 4-3 or an anchor in a 3-4. He has a great motor that would fit in well to the inside of players like Mathis and Freeney. A great get this late for Indy if he's around.
McShay: There is not an available offensive tackle who would fill a need here, and Hughes seems to be perfect fit for the Colts' defense. His speed and relentlessness off the edge is exactly what Bill Polian and the coaching staff are looking for to complement Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

New Orleans Saints

Jerry Hughes

OLB, TCU
32

Sean Weatherspoon

OLB, Missouri
Kiper: Hughes doesn't have great size, but he has the skills to be either a 3-4 OLB -- and thus could have his name called by New England, Arizona or a couple of others -- or he could be a fantastic pass-rusher in the mold of a Dwight Freeney. This is a guy that flat out knew how to get to QBs at the college level, regardless of what was in his path.
McShay: This is a perfect fit. The Saints lost Scott Fujita to free agency and Weatherspoon brings the same kind of leadership while providing an overall talent upgrade. Weatherspoon is a very good value at this point.

Temporary lull or....?

The sky isn't falling, but the Frogs have lost five of their last nine completed games (with the 10th being the Air Force game that was suspended with the Frogs behind). The latest setback came to Oklahoma last night in front of nearly 4,000 fans at Lupton. David Peterson of HornedFrogSports.com is a little worried, and this morning took a look at what is going wrong. With a key road series against U of H this weekend followed by A&M's visit to Funkytown next Tuesday, now is the time to right the ship.

Masters pool

Spit Blood reader and lover of TCU co-eds, GTPanic33, has organized a Masters pool and invited our loyal readership to participate. Details below:

In the words of Jim Nantz, "Hello friends" and welcome to 2010 Masters week.




The rules are pretty simple. Everyone picks 5 player teams. Points are awarded based on how each of your players finish the week. Bonus points are awarded relative to world ranking. The detailed rules are below.

Please email your team no later than Wednesday, 4/7/10 at 5pm. The $20 entry fee is also due Wednesday at 5pm.

Email GTPanic33 your brackets and he will respond with payment information.

Some helpful links to review when picking your team:

2010 Master's Field
World rankings

I'll email out a spreadsheet with everyone's picks on Thursday morning. Winner take all. Good luck.

RULES:
Points will be awarded for each player on your team based on finish as follows:
25 points for just making the cut. (This is NOT in addition to points for a higher finish.)
40 points for finishing 11-20 or ties.
60 points for finishing 6-10 or ties.
90 points for finishing 2-5 or ties.
125 points for the winner.

Making the cut is determined after the end of the second round when the third round is set.

In addition, each player will receive BONUS points IF HE MAKES THE CUT based on the Official World Golf Rankings as of 4/4/10. The points will equal a player's ranking up to a maximum 150 points for all players ranked lower than 149th.

Example: if Tiger wins, he receives 126 (125 + 1) points. If Bubba Watson makes the cut, he receives 153 (25 + 128) points. Please pick appropriately.

Morning Dump

TCU's loss to Oklahoma could have meaning later on Star-Telegram

Sooners get much-needed relief against Frogs
Star-Telegram

First inning crucial in TCU's loss to Oklahoma Star-Telegram

TCU ready to replace Hughes' leadership
Star-Telegram

No. 12 Oklahoma hands No. 11 TCU 4-2 loss
GoFrogs.com

Silmon honored by Mountain West Conference
GoFrogs.com

Offensive players often become defensive stars at TCU Dallas Morning News

Around the Mountain West Conference USA Today

First Draft: Jerry Hughes NFL Network-video

ESPN's college football live returns ESPN

Wednesday, April 7: A coast to coast look at several teams with compelling storylines from ESPN analysts and reporters, including Florida (Desmond Howard), Notre Dame (Mark Schlabach), Ohio State (Herbstreit), Boise State (Ivan Maisel), TCU (Craig James), USC (Jenn Brown) and Washington (Brock Huard). In addition, the show will include a segment with new Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville wearing a microphone during a team practice.