Mocking The NFL Draft
This is my final Mock Draft. Should be exciting as this draft seems to be loaded with talent!
This is my final Mock Draft. Should be exciting as this draft seems to be loaded with talent!
I took out my fine tooth comb and proceeded to take a hard look at some of the states top quartebacks. In the first of a 3 part series I broke down Skyline's Senior signal caller: Max Browne.
The things that make him great at the high school level are the things that may get him in trouble at the collegiate level.
Keep in mind I’m not saying that he can’t do these things I just haven’t seen enough of these things on the film that I've watched.
3 step drop and pop: You rarely see much of a drop anyway because he’s in the shotgun, but in the tapes I’ve seen he takes too much time going from his first read to his second read. When I watch Browne’s tape the highlights are great but to be successful at USC he will have to learn to get the ball out of his hands quicker, he tends to rely too much on his athletic ability to make plays, I understand you have to HAVE athletic ability first to be able to use it so that't not much of a knock.
At USC he will be asked to go under center in a pro-style offense, this is something he hasn’t had to do. He’s going to be asked to take 3 and 5 step drops, another thing he hasn’t done and he’s also going to be asked to get the ball out of his hands quicker, this is something he isn’t acustomed to.
Anyone who thinks Browne is going to come to USC and run around and break all kinds of sacks, stretching plays out, needs to put the kool-aid away. He is quick at the high school level, in College he will have average speed. From the shotgun he can take snaps and immediately has a head start around the corner on defensive endsl. In College he will not be able to get that head start coming from under center, but he will most certainly not be able to toy around with defensive ends who have been recruited from all over the Country to take his head off,aAthletes who are faster and stronger than he is. Browne comes from a very pass friendly offense at Skyline, a system that has produced other great quarterbacks like Jake Heaps. In all fairness Heaps career has barely begun, but he was also at one time considered by some to be the top rated quarterback in the Country. He went to BYU where he was eventually benched and has since been transferred to Kansas.
What Browne has going for him is he is going to USC and will be surrounded by some of the best talent in the Nation and an offensive line that ranks as one of the best almost every single year. He’ll also benefit from working with Lane Kiffin. The one thing Browne has going for him is his accuracy which will help him as he moves forward at USC. It’s tough to throw on the run and it’s rare to see a quarterback that can dot his targets and he can do this rolling to either side. Accuracy may be the one attribute that is un-teachable, the other is height and at 6'5" Browne got that one checked off the list too.
The fact that he’s a Champion and he’s used to the spot light will help as well. There have been some questions about his arm but at USC he is going into an offense that doesn’t require a gun. Although from the film I’ve seen, and his recent performance at Nike’s The Opening, his arm strength looks just fine to me. Max Browne will have his challenges at USC, but when you consider that he's still got his senior season and an off-season at USC to improve the sky is the limit.
2011-12 was a good year for the Big 9 recruiting wise. Word is starting to get out and the exposure meter is rising on talent in the southeastern corner of the state. Our head football Guru Jerry Mercado was tasked with profiling the top 20 Class of 2013 players heading into the spring and here is what he came up with...
Hanford @ Richland-
Hanford did a faily decent job versus the D-Train and this week they face another horse in BK(Have it your way)Robinson and a revitalized passing game led by Colter Quick. Sawyer Powell will look to coral stand out running back for the Falcons Jalen Devine.
Jerry’s pick Bombers
Eisenhower @ West Valley-
Ike exploded on Rainer Beach. Denzel Jones, Ridge Harmon, Kolney Cassell and Trevon Harris are all names that everyone should get familiar with. West Valley didn’t show much through the air but Lariviere showed he can carry the load.
Jerry’s pick Ike
Sunnyside @ Davis-
The battle between pound and Air will go to task as Sunnyside used a host of ball carries to thrash Grandview and Davis tossed the rock all over Eastmont.
Jerry’s pick Davis
Moses Lake @ Kamiakin-5PM-
Kamiakin showed they are not just a passing team but Zach Umemoto’s 160 yards showed they could also pound the rock. Jason Hutchinson used a host of receivers to show he’s ready for the big stage.
Jerry’s pick Kamiakin
Walla Walla @ Southridge-8PM-
Both teams coming off tough losses. Southridge trying to get the pass going and Walla Walla trying to find an identity.
Jerry’s pick Suns
Kennewick @ Hermiston-7PM-
Tough matchup espically with Devven Ramos out. Hermiston won an impressive game over Walla Walla but Kennewick has a lot of talent.
Jerry’s pick Kennewick
Jerry unviels his week 3 picks.
Kennewick should have all the confidence in the world as they took it to the Kennewick Lions and just barely lost. In that game they displayed a hard-hitting defense led by Brock Schuh. Grant Woods will be looking to get the running game back on track against a tough and feisty Sunnyside team. Eduardo Salmeron showed he could get the passing game going and found a reliable target in Jose Contreras. Ramon Hernandez has filled in nicely for Steven Monterray but the Grizzlies have found ways to lose 2 straight games in the 2nd half of ball games. This week they will not get any breaks.
Coach Biglin showed that if you shutdown the passing game that he would fire up the U-Haul and ride it all the way to the end zone. Zach Umemoto has been truly special this year on both sides of the football and the Kamiakin Braves are the best team in the 3A behind a defense that features all State talent in Drew Oord and Joe Hunt. West Valley found the keys to a Ferrari and have been flooring it ever since. The Rams will try to do what no team has been able to do this year and that is have success running the football against a run defense that has only given up 279 yards in 4 weeks.
Eastmont has struggled big time on defense this year. Lucas McGill is once again their leading rusher but it's obvious they miss the big offensive and defensive line from last year. TJ Avery and Ethan Cantu have formed one of the most dangerous duos in the 3A division. Avery has been one of the best QBs in the 3A and he is only a junior. Pasco has been in some tough games this year and I think this time they pull it out.
Hanford didn't miss a step with Isaac Benard and kept up their stellar rushing attack as they beat Pasco. Hanford has also shown that they can also play some defense. This week that defense will be tested as they see the top rated offense in the 3A and the best running back in Chris Hauter. At times Southridge's passing game led by Matt Mendenhall and Joshua Richards has been off rhythm and other times it's looked as good as any. One thing has always been money and that's Hauter.
Bobby Adams has been running over every defense he has faced this year. He is the Dawgs best weapon and Hermiston is going up against a defense that is 2nd to last. Justin Simmons has struggled through the air but has tried to make up for it on the ground has he is also Moses Lake's leading rusher.
The Wenatchee Panthers are big and fast. Brandt-Simms and Spencer Smith are 2 of the most talented sophomores in the CBBN and Connor Black has been catching everything thrown his way. Wenatchee is the most balanced team in the Big9 so far. Eisenhower has it all on offense they have the CBBN's best WR in Denzel Jones, the have one of the best QB's in Cassell and they have one of the best backs in Trevon Harris. What they are missing is an impact win from this bunch. If they were to beat Wenatchee this would be that impact win that could take them to the next level.
The first meeting was a pad-popping bonanza that ended with a 17-7 Chiawana victory. The smack talk and heated debate has not stopped since then and now they get to resume their battle and this time it's at Fran Rish.
Richland will get to see an even better version of the D-Train as the Riverhawks have completely bulled over their last 3 opponents on the ground. This young offensive line has helped The D-Train rack up 676 yards on the ground to go along with 7 TDs. The Chiawana defense also knows how to make plays as they have had 2 pick 6's in the last 2 weeks. The Riverhawks are 2nd in defensive stats but have given up the least amount of points in the 4A.
Richland is coming off a heartbreaking loss in OT to the Davis Pirates. The plus side was that BK Robinson looked pretty good and should be ready to go this week. The bad news was that their pass defense was ripped apart by Deion Wright for 412 yards and 5 TDs. Last week was the most talent that they will see thru the air and now they face the best team on the ground.
Jarrett Snowhite, Dennis Christianson, Ethan Whitby and Sawyer Powell will need to play the games of their lives. Richland will need to depend on the run because last week they made too many mistakes through the air. If the Pirates are the best secondary in the CBBN then the Hawks are the 2nd best. M. Zamora and CJ Edrington are bullies, they hit like linebackers. Zach Flieger and Isaac Daniel have showed they can make plays too.
West Valley has been competitive in almost all their games this year and the staple to their offense is running the football. Justin Ferrari has a 6.8 per carry average and even though Lucas McGill has been a stud for Eastmont, they have trouble stopping the run.
Kennewick’s defense has been dominate to say the least and Grant Woods is one of the CBBN’s most electrifying players. Hanford is a little banged up but has shown that their offensive line has vastly improved. They will have their work cut out for them this week.
The battle for the division. Matt Mendenahall and Josh Richards got things going last week versus Hanford. The passing game has been a bit hit miss with Southridge but when offense is in sync they are as good as any out there. Chris Hauter will look to get things going for the Suns on the ground against one of the best defenses in the CBBN. Kamiakin is looking to get healthy. The U-Haul Zach Umemoto has been banged up as well as TJ Tolliver. When Kamiakin is healthy they are a State title contender, question is are they healthy?
Pasco has struggled this year to find it’s first win but hasn't struggled to find a star in Ethan Cantu. Sunnyside has also found a long lost gem that we haven't seen in awhile in Isreal Manzo. Sunnyside is not as bad as it’s record indicates. They have competed amongst some of the best teams.
Moses Lake is another team struggling to find it’s first win and now they get the young and talented Riverhawks. This is going to be long train ride. The Hawks have become the bullies on the block with Edge, M. Zamora, Downing and Alex Weber and company.
A game that has become relevant in Yakima once again. Two of the best quarterbacks on display with Ike’s Kolny Cassel and Davis’s Deion Wright. Davis’s run D has been horrid at best. Davis has the worst run D in the CBBN that’s not good when facing the likes of Trevon Harris. Denzel Jones has been on record pace at the wideout position for Ike and because of the season he has had it’s earned him a co player of the month for WSN. Davis has the best 8 deep skills players maybe in the State. They have 4 guys that could go one on one with Denzel Jones but one guy in particular David Trimble should be assigned the task. A lot of special players on the field at the same time. Even though Davis can’t stop the run they find other ways to win. There was a Ferris team back in 09 that also had trouble stopping the run.
Anyone associated with the Richland Bombers has had to double up on the blood pressure medication over the past couple of weeks. They have had 2 victories in their grasp against Chiawana and Davis, 2 of the top teams in the 4A. It doesn't get any easier this week in Wenatchee. Richland struggled against Davis because of their talented receivers and now they face super Soph IBS and the Matrix Connor Black. BK Robinson will be going up against a pretty good run D and I'm hearing there might be a lineup change. If that's the case I'm predicting Richland to be very tuff moving forward not just now but over the next couple of years.