August 27, 2014

Clowney questions: Still no valid reason Clowney shouldn’t be top pick (AUDIO)

Jadeveon Clowney only did a few drills Wednesday.

Jadeveon Clowney (right) only did a few drills Wednesday.

USC Pro Timing Day 2014, better known as “Clowney Day,” took place at Williams-Brice Stadium this morning. Every NFL team, sans the Browns and Titans, had somebody there to take a look at Clowney and, to a much lesser degree, the rest of his draft eligible Gamecock teammates that were participating in the drills. I am not going to sit here and tell you I have a clue about what exactly happens at these things. From my untrained eye it looks like a bunch of guys running around chasing cones, hoping over mats and grabbing tennis balls. I left the stadium with the same impression I’ve always had about Clowney; he is a freakishly talented football player and the best player in the upcoming draft.

It was the same old story at Williams-Brice today.  People watched and raved about  Clowney’s explosiveness and speed. “How does a guy that big move like that?” was one of the many rhetorical questions I heard muttered by some of the 100 plus credentialed media there. The questions about is commitment and dedication to football that have been overblown by so-called experts like Mike Mayock disappear pretty fast when people see Clowney up close on a football field.  Not sure how a supposedly out of shape and unmotivated 274 pound man-child trots out and runs 4.5 40. No, Clowney isn’t superman; he doesn’t make every single play. But he does make big plays and he makes ones that count. I don’t know if Clowney will go first next month because I don’t know what the Texans are thinking. Bill O’Brien was here today and told us Houston is still “wide open” on who it will take. If O”Brien wants to roll the dice and gamble that a guy like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater is going to be a franchise quarterback, that’s his call. Those guys may be All-Pros, or they may be a Ryan Leaf redux. Quarterbacks are always a crap shoot. Clowney is not a crap shoot. So long as he’s healthy, he has the talent to sleep walk through a 10 year career that will land him in multiple Pro-Bowls. But, given the fact this guy is a lot more motivated than people think, I’d say there is a much better chance Clowney will be a Hall of Famer than an NFL bust. How many other guys in this draft can you say that about?

Is there anyone that can make a valid point why Clowney shouldn’t go first?  I’m not talking about the mindless “He’s overrated/out of shape/doesn’t like football/doesn’t try” nonsense spewed by television hacks and  fans of teams that Clowney didn’t play for.  If someone has a legitimate reason why this guy can’t play at a high level in the NFL, I am all ears.

So, with that said, in my humble opinion, Houston should either draft Clowney first, or, trade the pick to a team that will (Atlanta) and load up on extra picks and take a gamble on a quarterback.

It’s a no-brainer.

Take a listen to Clowney making the same case below:

AUDIO: Clowney at USC Pro Timing Day [10:00]

 

Cam Newton is a fine quarterback, but a terrible singer (VIDEO)

Here’s the setup: Somebody thought it would be a good idea to have Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick host an awards show on Cartoon Network. Somebody thought it would be a good idea for Newton and Kaepernick to sing Katy Perry’s “Roar” during the show. You probably know the results didn’t go well. Watch the clip below if you dare.

 

SportsTalk Fantasy Fix with Buddha 9.10.13 (VIDEO)

BuddhaThis is the first of a weekly installment covering fantasy football here at SportsTalkSC.  Each week, usually on Monday or Tuesday we will do a Google+ Hangout with Jeff Driggers, AKA “Fantasy Buddha” to recap the week, preview the upcoming week, share tips on players trending up and down, and give you leads on who to grab off the waiver wire each week.

In our first installment we break down how much stock to put in the small sample size of week one, what week one stars have the long-term staying power, and who Buddha has at the top of his list on the waiver wire.

Got a question? Leave it in the comments box or hit Twitter.

 

Rams pay a vist to USC’s Ace Sanders, eye a few in-state players

Ace Sanders breaks free on a 70 yard punt return against Georgia last year.

Ace Sanders breaks free on a 70 yard punt return against Georgia last year. The Rams were in Columbia to see him Wednesday.

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was in Columbia Wednesday to get a closer look at USC wide receiver Ace Sanders. Rams General Manager Les Snead was also on the trip along with a few other assistants, including offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. 

Fisher confirmed he was in town to see Sanders, but did not elaborate on how the meeting went.  Shortly after the meeting Sanders sent a satisfactory tweet:

 Ace Sanders ‏@AceSanders1

Think I did what I was supposed to do

Sanders was a first team All-SEC player last year and was the offensive MVP in the Outback Bowl.

Like a many teams, the Rams are making the rounds at a lot of different schools to get one last up close look at potential draft picks. The NFL draft is next week in New York.

The Rams have tapped into the Palmetto State for quite a few players the past few years. Defensive back Darian Stewart and offensive lineman Rockevious Watkins, two former Gamecocks, were on the roster last year. During the offseason the team signed former Gamecock tight end Jared Cook to a huge free agent contract. Fisher coached Cook when the two were with the Titans.

Last year the Rams selected  Blythewood native and former Appalachian State standout Joe Quick early in the draft. Going back further, St. Louis drafted Clemson’s Tye Hill in the first round several years ago.

That South Carolina to St. Louis pipeline could continue next week. Recently former USC running back Marcus Lattimore said St. Louis was one of the teams he’s been talking to prior to the draft. And at least one report has indicated the Rams could be interested in Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Most draft experts expect Sanders to be anywhere from a  second to fourth round pick. Lattimore’s draft stock is unclear because of two major knee injuries the past two seasons.  Hopkins could go in the first two rounds.

Pro Football Weekly names Dwayne Allen NFL’s top rookie tight end

Dwyane Allen

Dwyane Allen

Former Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen has made Pro Football Weekly’s NFL All-Rookie team.  Allen  caught 45 passed for 521 yards in his rooke campaign with the Colts.  He aslo had three touchdowns. 

Here is a look at the full team:

OFFENSE

  • QB Robert Griffin III / Redskins
  • RB Alfred Morris / Redskins
  • RB Doug Martin / Buccaneers
  • WR T.Y. Hilton / Colts
  • WR Justin Blackmon / Jaguars
  • TE Dwayne Allen / Colts
  • C NONE
  • OG Kevin Zeitler / Bengals
  • OG Amini Silatolu / Panthers
  • OT Matt Kalil / Vikings
  • OT Mitchell Schwartz / Browns

Defense

  • DL Fletcher Cox / Eagles
  • DL Chandler Jones / Patriots
  • DL Bruce Irvin / Seahawks
  • DL Michael Brockers / Rams
  • LB Bobby Wagner / Seahawks
  • LB Luke Kuechly / Panthers
  • LB Lavonte David / Buccaneers
  • CB Casey Hayward / Packers
  • CB Janoris Jenkins / Rams
  • S Harrison Smith / Vikings
  • S Mark Barron / Buccaneers

 Specialists

  • PK Blair Walsh / Vikings
  • P Bryan Anger / Jaguars
  • KR David Wilson / Giants
  • PR T.Y. Hilton / Colts
  • ST Johnson Bademosi / Browns