2018 fantasy football composite rankings: TE

The NFL Draft is now over and the next big event for football fans is likely their very own fantasy football drafts. The Game Haus will have rankings by both Joe DiTullio and Braxton Angle, as well as composite rankings, coming out over the coming weeks. These will be adjusted when the season gets closer, but it’s never too early to look ahead.

Tiebreakers were decided by both Joe and Braxton.

For longer explanations, you can find their individual rankings here: Joe and Braxton.

Here are the composite tight end rankings:

Tight End Rankings: 1-10

1. Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots

Braxton’s rank: 1

Joe’s rank: 1

2. Zach Ertz- Philadelphia Eagles

Braxton’s rank: 2

Joe’s rank: 2

3. Travis Kelce- Kansas City Chiefs

Braxton’s rank: 3

Joe’s rank: 4

4. Greg Olsen- Carolina Panthers

Braxton’s rank: 5

Joe’s rank: 4

5. Evan Engram- New York Giants

Braxton’s rank: 4

Joe’s rank: 6

6. Hunter Henry- Los Angeles Chargers

Braxton’s rank: 6

Joe’s rank: 5

7. Delanie Walker- Tennessee Titans

Braxton’s rank: 7

Joe’s rank: 9

8. Kyle Rudolph- Minnesota Vikings

Braxton’s rank: 8

Joe’s rank: 8

9. Jimmy Graham- Green Bay Packers

Braxton’s rank: 10

Joe’s rank: 7

10. Jordan Reed- Washington Redskins

Braxton’s rank: 12

Joe’s rank: 11

Tight End Rankings: 11-20

11. Jack Doyle- Indianapolis Colts

Braxton’s rank: 16

Joe’s rank: 10

12. Trey Burton- Chicago Bears

Braxton’s rank: 11

Joe’s rank: 15

13. Tyler Eifert- Cincinnati Bengals

Braxton’s rank: 14

Joe’s rank: 12

14. Benjamin Watson- New Orleans Saints

Braxton’s rank: 13

Joe’s rank: 14

15. O.J. Howard- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Braxton’s rank: 9

Joe’s rank: 19

16. Charles Clay- Buffalo Bills

Braxton’s rank: 18

Joe’s rank: 13

17. Jared Cook- Oakland Raiders

Braxton’s rank: 20

Joe’s rank: 16

18. David Njoku- Cleveland Browns

Braxton’s rank: 15

Joe’s rank: 21

19. Austin Seferian-Jenkins- Jacksonville Jaguars

Braxton’s rank: 19

Joe’s rank: 24

20. George Kittle- San Francisco 49ers

Braxton’s rank: 23

Joe’s rank: 20

Tight End Rankings: 21-30

21. Cameron Brate- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Braxton’s rank: 26

Joe’s rank: 17

22. Hayden Hurst- Baltimore Ravens

Braxton’s rank: 17

Joe’s rank: 26

23. Austin Hooper- Atlanta Falcons

Braxton’s rank: 27

Joe’s rank: 18

24. Eric Ebron- Indianapolis Colts

Braxton’s rank: 22

Joe’s rank: 23

25. Mike Gesicki- Miami Dolphins

Braxton’s rank: 21

Joe’s rank: 22

26. Dalton Schultz- Dallas Cowboys

Braxton’s rank: 24

Joe’s rank: 27

27. Ricky Seals-Jones- Arizona Cardinals

Braxton’s rank: 28

Joe’s rank: 28

28. Gerald Everett- Los Angeles Rams

Braxton’s rank: 30

Joe’s rank: 30

29. Vance McDonald- Pittsburgh Steelers

Braxton’s rank: N/A

Joe’s rank: 22

30. Tyler Kroft- Cincinnati Bengals

Braxton’s rank: 30

Joe’s rank: N/A

 

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2018 fantasy football composite rankings: WR

The NFL Draft is now over and the next big event for football fans is likely their very own fantasy football drafts. The Game Haus will have rankings by both Joe DiTullio and Braxton Angle, as well as composite rankings, coming out over the coming weeks. These will be adjusted when the season gets closer, but it’s never too early to look ahead.

Tiebreakers were decided by both Joe and Braxton.

For longer explanations, you can find their individual rankings here: Joe and Braxton.

Here are the composite wide receiver rankings:

Wide receiver rankings: 1-10

1. Antonio Brown- Pittsburgh Steelers

Braxton’s rank:1

Joe’s rank: 1

2. DeAndre Hopkins- Houston Texans

Braxton’s rank: 2

Joe’s rank: 2

3. Odell Beckham Jr.- New York Giants

Braxton’s rank: 3

Joe’s rank: 4

4. Julio Jones- Atlanta Falcons

Braxton’s rank: 5

Joe’s rank: 3

5. Michael Thomas- New Orleans Saints

Braxton’s rank: 4

Joe’s rank: 6

6. Keenan Allen- Los Angeles Chargers

Braxton’s rank: 7

Joe’s rank: 5

7. A.J. Green- Cincinnati Bengals

Braxton’s rank: 6

Joe’s rank: 7

8. Davante Adams- Green Bay Packers

Braxton’s rank: 8

Joe’s rank: 8

9. Mike Evans- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Braxton’s rank: 9

Joe’s rank: 9

10. Tyreek Hill- Kansas City Chiefs

Braxton’s rank: 10

Joe’s rank: 10

Wide receiver rankings: 11-20

11. Larry Fitzgerald- Arizona Cardinals

Braxton’s rank: 12

Joe’s rank: 11

12. Alshon Jeffery- Philadelphia Eagles

Braxton’s rank: 11

Joe’s rank: 13

13. Adam Thielen- Minnesota Vikings

Braxton’s rank: 15

Joe’s rank: 12

14. T.Y. Hilton- Indianapolis Colts

Braxton’s rank: 14

Joe’s rank: 14

15. Doug Baldwin- Seattle Seahawks

Braxton’s rank: 16

Joe’s rank: 15

16. Amari Cooper- Oakland Raiders

Braxton’s rank: 17

Joe’s rank: 16

17. Demaryius Thomas- Denver Broncos

Braxton’s rank: 18

Joe’s rank: 17

18. Golden Tate- Detroit Lions

Braxton’s rank: 20

Joe’s rank: 18

19. Pierre Garcon- San Francisco 49ers

Braxton’s rank: 19

Joe’s rank: 24

20. Brandin Cooks- Los Angeles Rams

Braxton’s rank: 13

Joe’s rank: N/A

Wide receiver rankings: 21-30

 21. Marvin Jones- Detroit Lions

Braxton’s rank: 25

Joe’s rank: 19

22. Jarvis Landry- Cleveland Browns

Braxton’s rank: 23

Joe’s rank: 21

23. Julian Edelman- New England Patriots

Braxton’s rank: 22

Joe’s rank: 23

24. Allen Robinson- Chicago Bears

Braxton’s rank: 26

Joe’s rank: 20

25. Josh Gordon- Cleveland Browns

Braxton’s rank:21

Joe’s rank: 27

26. Robbie Anderson- New York Jets

Braxton’s rank: 24

Joe’s rank: 25

27. JuJu Smith-Schuster- Pittsburgh Steelers

Braxton’s rank: 27

Joe’s rank: 26

28. Devin Funchess- Carolina Panthers

Braxton’s rank: 28

Joe’s rank: 30

29. Stefon Diggs- Minnesota Vikings

Braxton’s rank: N/A

Joe’s rank: 22

30. Randall Cobb- Green Bay Packers

Braxton’s rank: 29

Joe’s rank: N/A

 

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2018 fantasy football composite rankings: RB

The NFL Draft is now over and the next big event for football fans is likely their very own fantasy football drafts. The Game Haus will have rankings by both Joe DiTullio and Braxton Angle, as well as composite rankings, coming out over the coming weeks. These will be adjusted when the season gets closer, but it’s never too early to look ahead.

Tiebreakers were decided by both Joe and Braxton.

For longer explanations, you can find their individual rankings here: Joe and Braxton.

Here are the composite running back rankings:

Running back rankings: 1-10

1. Todd Gurley- Los Angeles Rams

Braxton’s rank: 2

Joe’s rank: 2

2. Ezekiel Elliot- Dallas Cowboys

Braxton’s rank: 1

Joe’s rank: 3

3. Le’Veon Bell- Pittsburgh Steelers

Braxton’s rank: 3

Joe’s rank: 1

4. Leonard Fournette- Jacksonville Jaguars

Braxton’s rank: 4

Joe’s rank: 7

5. Kareem Hunt- Kansas City Chiefs

Braxton’s rank: 5

Joe’s rank: 6

6. Alvin Kamara- New Orleans Saints

Braxton’s rank: 7

Joe’s rank: 5

7. David Johnson- Arizona Cardinals

Braxton’s rank: 8

Joe’s rank: 4

8. Saquon Barkley- New York Giants

Braxton’s rank: 6

Joe’s rank: 8

9. Melvin Gordon- Los Angeles Chargers

Braxton’s rank: 10

Joe’s rank: 9

10. Dalvin Cook- Minnesota Vikings

Braxton’s rank: 11

Joe’s rank: 10

Running back rankings: 11-20

11. Devonta Freeman- Atlanta Falcons

Braxton’s rank: 9

Joe’s rank: 12

12. Jerick Mckinnon- San Francisco 49ers

Braxton’s rank: 12

Joe’s rank: 15

13. Jordan Howard- Chicago Bears

Braxton’s rank: 14

Joe’s rank: 13

14. Christian McCaffrey- Carolina Panthers

Braxton’s rank: 19

Joe’s rank: 11

15. LeSean McCoy- Buffalo Bills

Braxton’s rank: 17

Joe’s rank: 14

16. Joe Mixon- Cincinnati Bengals

Braxton’s rank: 15

Joe’s rank: 18

17. Derrick Henry- Tennessee Titans

Braxton’s rank: 13

Joe’s rank: 20

18. Alex Collins- Baltimore Ravens

Braxton’s rank: 23

Joe’s rank: 17

19. Lamar Miller- Houston Texans

Braxton’s rank: 22

Joe’s rank: 19

20. Kenyan Drake- Miami Dolphins

Braxton’s rank: 25

Joe’s rank: 16

Running back rankings: 21-30

 21. Derrius Guice- Washington Redskins

Braxton’s rank: 21

Joe’s rank: 21

22. Royce Freeman- Denver Broncos

Braxton’s rank: 18

Joe’s rank: 24

23. Carlos Hyde- Cleveland Browns

Braxton’s rank: 16

Joe’s rank: 28

24. Mark Ingram- New Orleans Saints

Braxton’s rank: 20

Joe’s rank: 27

25. Jay Ajayi- Philadelphia Eagles

Braxton’s rank: 26

Joe’s rank: 25

26. Marshawn Lynch- Oakland Raiders

Braxton’s rank: 29

Joe’s rank: 22

27. Marlon Mack- Indianapolis Colts

Braxton’s rank: 24

Joe’s rank: 29

28. Ronald Jones- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Braxton’s rank: 28

Joe’s rank: 26

29. Rashaad Penny- Seattle Seahawks

Braxton’s rank: N/A

Joe’s rank: 23

30. Sony Michel- New England Patriots

Braxton’s rank: 30

Joe’s rank: N/A

 

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2018 Fantasy Football Composite Rankings: QB

The NFL Draft is now over and the next big event for football fans is likely their very own fantasy football drafts. The Game Haus will have rankings by both Joe DiTullio and Braxton Angle, as well as composite rankings, coming out over the coming weeks. These will be adjusted when the season gets closer, but it’s never too early to look ahead.

Tiebreakers were decided by both Joe and Braxton.

For longer explanations you can find their individual rankings here: Joe and Braxton.

Here are the composite quarterback rankings:

Quarterback rankings: 1-10

1. Aaron Rodgers- Green Bay Packers

Braxton’s rank: 1

Joe’s rank: 1

2. Russell Wilson- Seattle Seahawks

Braxton’s rank: 2

Joe’s rank: 2

3. Tom Brady- New England Patriot

Braxton’s rank: 3

Joe’s rank:4

4. Cam Newton- Carolina Panthers

Braxton’s rank: 5

Joe’s rank: 3

5. Deshaun Watson- Houston Texans 

Braxton’s rank: 7

Joe’s rank: 6

6. Drew Brees- New Orleans Saints

Braxton’s rank: 4

Joe’s rank: 9

7. Carson Wentz- Philadelphia Eagles

Braxton’s rank: 9

Joe’s rank: 5

8. Andrew Luck- Indianapolis Colts

Braxton’s rank: 8

Joe’s rank: 7

9. Matt Ryan- Atlanta Falcons

Braxton’s rank: 6

Joe’s rank: 12

10. Matt Stafford- Detroit Lions

Braxton’s rank: 13

Joe’s rank: 8

Quarterback rankings: 11-20

11. Kirk Cousins- Minnesota Vikings

Braxton’s rank: 11

Joe’s rank: 13

12. Ben Roethlisberger- Pittsburgh Steelers

Braxton’s rank: 14

Joe’s rank: 11

13. Jimmy Garoppolo- San Francisco 49ers

Braxton’s rank: 10

Joe’s rank:17

14. Phillip Rivers- Los Angeles Chargers

Braxton’s rank: 17

Joe’s rank: 10

15. Jared Goff- Los Angeles Rams

Braxton’s rank: 12

Joe’s rank:15

16. Derek Carr- Oakland Raiders

Braxton’s rank: 16

Joe’s rank:14

17. Marcus Mariota- Tennessee Titans

Braxton’s rank: 15

Joe’s rank: 18

18. Jameis Winston- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Braxton’s rank: 18

Joe’s rank: 16

19. Dak Prescott- Dallas Cowboys

Braxton’s rank: 20

Joe’s rank: 19

20. Case Keenum- Denver Broncos

Braxton’s rank: 22

Joe’s rank: 20

Quarterback rankings: 21-30

21. Eli Manning- New York Giants

Braxton’s rank: 19

Joe’s rank: 24

22. Andy Dalton- Cincinnati Bengals

Braxton’s rank: 21

Joe’s rank: 22

23. Alex Smith- Washington Redskins

Braxton’s rank: 23

Joe’s rank: 21

24. Blake Bortles- Jacksonville Jaguars

Braxton’s rank: 24

Joe’s rank: 23

25. Tyrod Taylor- Cleveland Browns

Braxton’s rank: 25

Joe’s rank: 26

26. Joe Flacco- Baltimore Ravens

Braxton’s rank: 28

Joe’s rank: 25

27. Pat Mahomes- Kansas City Chiefs

Braxton’s rank: 26

Joe’s rank: 29

28. Mitch Trubisky- Chicago Bears

Braxton’s rank: 27

Joe’s rank: 28

29. Ryan Tannehill- Miami Dolphins

Braxton’s rank: 29

Joe’s rank: 27

30. A.J. McCarron- Buffalo Bills

Braxton’s rank: 30

Joe’s rank 30

 

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The Game Haus Staff 2018 NFL mock draft

Over the last few weeks, The Game Haus staff has written draft profiles for each NFL team. Now Draftmas culminates with our Staff mock draft. The staff acts as general managers for each NFL team to make selections for the first round of the NFL Draft. The picks may not be what happens Thursday night, but they are the picks that our staff thinks will make these teams the best they can be. Some of our staff has been kind enough to give their reasonings for their picks. Here is how the draft shook out.

Staff mock draft

1. Cleveland Browns (Josh Burris)- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

“Barkley completes a stellar skill position group. Taylor has always had a good run game around him in Buffalo, and Duke Johnson is not a starting running back. Barkley is a freak and will also help the passing game.”

2. New York Giants (Manuel Finale)- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

“I have the NY Giants taking OG Quenton Nelson to keep Eli Manning healthy and provide a kick-butt mentality to the g-men. For me, picking a QB would be disrespectful to Eli, and Nelson can deploy, pull, and run block with authority.

3. New York Jets (Daniel Baldwin)- Sam Darnold, QB, USC

“The Jets originally thought Darnold to the Browns was a done deal, but after Allen to the Browns buzz picked up steam they brought Darnold in for a visit. They love Darnold’s build and toughness. However, the jets love Baker Mayfield’s leadership and fit in the west coast offense. Don’t be surprised if Maccagnan chooses the fiery Heisman winner Thursday night.”

4. Cleveland Browns (Burris)- Bradley Chubb, DE/OLB, N.C. State

“Defensive line was already weak, and after trading Danny Shelton, it got weaker. Chubb is the best defensive lineman in the class and is also a freak. He will be making an impact across from Myles Garrett for years to come.”

5. Denver Broncos (Dylan Streibig)- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

6. *Buffalo Bills (Braxton Angle)- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

“Once Denver decided to pass on Rosen, if felt like the logical move to make a deal with the Colts. We got a great talent at the Quarterback position and didn’t have to give up too many assets to do so.”

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Angle)- Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama

“Minkah is a versatile, technically sound defensive play maker. This secondary needed an infusion of young talent, and Minkah does exactly that.”

8. Chicago Bears (Blake Van Poucke)- Derwin James, S, Florida State

9. San Franciso 49ers (Kenneth Hesse)- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

10. Oakland Raiders (Joe DiTullio)- Vita Vea, DT/NT, Washington

“Vea is big but has light feet. The Raiders are weak up the middle of their defense and need to take a defensive tackle in the draft. Taking Vea will help in the run game and should be able to take some blockers off of Khalil Mack on pass rushing situations.”

11. Miami Dolphins (DiTullio)- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

“The quarterbacks are falling, but the Dolphins liked Rosen. He’s not available and Adam Gase may like working with Ryan Tannehill over the other rookies. With Smith, the Dolphins can upgrade their very weak linebacking core. He’s the best linebacker in the draft and can just about everything on the football field. His speed is a great asset.”

12. *Indianapolis Colts (Rob Hanes)- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

“Chubb was the pick at 6 and while there were some other options the opportunity came to get the 12th and 22nd and that was too much to pass up. Clavin Ridley is a nice piece to go opposite of TY Hilton. With great route-running and 3 years of experience with the Crimson Tide this guy should finally give Luck someone else to throw to.”

13. Washington Redskins (Cecil Walker)- Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama

“The Redskins have holes all over the field. Defensive tackle is, both literally and figuratively, the biggest hole they need to fill. Payne is a great prospect and would be the best tackle prospect if not for the athletic freak Vita Vea.”

14. Green Bay Packers (Finale)- Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

“Their pass defense was bad, and Jackson can give the secondary coverage help and make crucial plays.

15. Arizona Cardinals (Angle)- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

“Despite his apparent off the field red flags, Baker is incredibly accurate, something you can’t teach. Having him play in a warm-weather climate and not have be forced into a starting role. Given Bradford’s injury history, Baker is a viable option as a backup when needed.”

16. Baltimore Ravens (David Schneider)- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

17. Los Angeles Chargers (Rob Doerger)- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

18. Seattle Seahawks (Walker)- Isaiah Wynn, OG/C, Georgia 

“Protecting Russell Wilson must be a top priority for the Seahawks this season. Wynn is a great prospect that has the versatility to play anywhere on the offensive line.”

19. Dallas Cowboys (DiTullio)- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

“With no wide receivers, safeties or defensive tackles worth taking, the Cowboys can select Evans and fill out their linebacker core. Every time Sean Lee gets injured, the defense completely loses its way. Jaylon Smith still doesn’t look totally at home on the football field after his gruesome knee injury in college. Evans can start from day one and can give some insurance to the team if Lee goes down again.”

20. Detroit Lions (Schneider)- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

“Derrius Guice is too talented a back to pass up at 20th overall. If he is still on the board when the Lions pick I would expect GM Bob Quinn to stick to his M.O. and take the best play available. In this draft it was clearly Guice. However, I could also see them taking Landry or Davenport in this spot if Guice is gone.”

21. Cincinnati Bengals (Hanes)- Connor Williams, OT, Texas

“Wanted McGlinchey or Wynn and thought most of the centers would be available in the 2nd or 3rd round. Thus, Connor Williams made the most sense here as the Bengals upgrade a position of need and have now turned their 12th round pick into their starting tackles by getting Williams and Cordy Glenn.”

22. *Indianapolis Colts (Hanes)- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

“Getting a second first round pick was absolutely worth it as we upgrade in a major area of need with Alexander. He was probably the best player on the board and just happened to fit.”

23. New England Patriots (Schneider)- D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

“DJ Moore could turn out to be the best receiver in this class and if he does, what a steal to get him at 23 for the Patriots. With very few young stars on the team, New England needs to address that in the draft, which is why I see them staying pat and not trading up for a QB.”

24. Carolina Panthers (Burris)- Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

“Hernandez is the best guard available to replace Andrew Norwell. He can start immediately and develop into a pro bowler very soon.”

25. Tennessee Titans (Hesse)- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

“The Titans fill the void left by middle linebacker Avery Williamson, who left in free agency. Vander Esch will spend his rookie season playing alongside veteran Wesley Woodyard, and should make an immediate impact at inside linebacker. As one of the most instinctive players in the draft, Vander Esch has the potential to become the centerpiece of Tennessee’s defense.”

26. Atlanta Falcons (Walker)- Marcus Davenport, DE/OLB, UTSA

“With the losses of Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborne, the Falcons desperately need to shore up the defensive line. Davenport has excelled at every level and shined at the Senior Bowl this year. With the top wide receivers and offensive guards off the board, Davenport is a no-brainer.”

27. New Orleans Saints (Angle)- Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State

“Andrus Peat and Max Unger have been steadily declining. Price’s versatility on the offensive line gives the Saints great depth, and will allow them to dominate the line of scrimmage even if an injury occurs.”

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (Finale)- Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

“Harrison has a good frame for a safety, and has proven he can help disrupt the ground attack as well as anticipating routes so he can quickly adjust.”

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (Doerger)- Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

30. Minnesota Vikings (Hesse)- James Daniels, C, Iowa

“The Vikings missed out on Isaiah Wynn and Will Hernandez, so trading down is also likely here. Pat Elflein has settled in as the team’s starting center, so Daniels will likely play as an undersized guard. The former Hawkeye will provide an immediate boost to one of the league’s thinnest offensive lines.”

31. New England Patriots (Schneider)- Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

“Harold Landry falling all the way to Belichick and the Patriots at 31 would be a great scenario for them. Even with Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen still on the board in this draft scenario, Landry is too naturally gifted at rushing the passer for New England to pass on him.”

32. **Cincinnati Bengals (Hanes)- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

“I know Bengals fans may not like this pick but getting a quarterback that has his talent who can sit behind Dalton for a year or two and grow is a no-brainer.”

*The Bills trade picks number 12 and 20 to the Colts for pick number six overall.

**The Eagles trade number 32 for the Bengals’ second-round pick this year and next year.

 

Logan Woodside NFL Draft profile

2018 NFL Draft profile: Logan Woodside

Logan Woodside has had to get past plenty of hurdles to get this far in his football career. Woodside was just a two-star recruit coming out of Franklin County High School in Kentucky. After receiving just a few Division I offers, Woodside decided to join the Toledo Rockets in the MAC Conference.

Woodside played in four games his freshman season, but Alabama transfer Phillip Ely put Woodside’s chances at being the full-time starting quarterback on hold. He did get to play 10 games in his sophomore season due to an injury to Ely. Toledo’s staff then decided to redshirt Woodside for the 2015 season in order to maintain his junior eligibility the following season while Ely manned the quarterback position.

Woodside did not disappoint when he finally got his chance. In his final two seasons, he won 20 games for the Rockets, throwing a combined 8,011 yards and 73 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes.

Woodside also put his name in the Toledo record books and grabbed some accolades along the way. He set the school record for touchdown passes in a season (45), career passing yards (10,514), career touchdown passes (93) and career passing efficiency (162.87). That efficiency was good for 12th all time in the FBS. He was also named All-MAC first team twice, MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC MVP and helped lead the Rockets to their first MAC Championship victory since 2004.

Woodside has accomplished quite a bit after receiving little recognition coming out of high school. Now he is in a similar situation in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Logan Woodside NFL Draft profile

Woodside left his mark on Toledo’s football program. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)

Part of the reason for that is due to his size. Woodside stands 6-foot-1, 213 pounds. He was the lightest quarterback at the NFL Combine, as well as the fourth-shortest. Size is usually the first knock on him in most scouting reports, but Woodside pointed out all the successful “undersized” quarterbacks in the NFL.

“Height only plays so big of a factor,” Woodside said. “You look at quarterbacks, obviously the ones that are really tall are successful. But man, there has been so many guys as of late that are smaller at the quarterback position that are successful. Drew Brees, Case Keenum, Derek Carr is not 6-5.”

Instead of dwelling on whether or not his height will prevent him from getting a shot, Woodside is focusing on what he can control.

“I’m not really worried about the height,” he said. “It’s something obviously I can’t control.”

Woodside showed off his athleticism at the NFL Combine, posting the second fastest 20-yard shuffle, third highest vertical jump, third fastest three-cone drill and fifth fastest 40-yard dash.

“I do think I have the quickest feet in the draft. I think my footwork, my timing, anticipation and accuracy is elite. I continue to work on that every day.

Woodside also believes NFL teams will appreciate his work ethic and his competitive nature.

“I’m a huge competitor,” he said. “Whatever team is going to get me, I’m going to give them all that I have for that organization and ultimately be successful and become a starter in the National Football League, which I think I can do.”

Logan Woodside scouting report

At 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, Woodside is on the smaller end of quarterbacks in this draft class. He will have to add weight to his frame to help prevent injury, but quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have broken the mold before for shorter quarterbacks in the NFL.

After the ball is snapped, Woodside does a great job of reading defenses and is effective against zone or man to man coverage. Woodside feels the pass rush well and has decent mobility to get away from pressure. He also gets the ball out of his hands quickly, which gives defenses little time to react. His mechanics do need to be cleaned up a little, but there are no major issues.

His accuracy is his greatest strength, as he puts the ball on the money for most throws. He gives his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball with how he throws it. Woodside’s arm strength leaves a little to be desired, but he still does a lot of damage on deep throws.

His football IQ and awareness help him make good decisions. Pair that with his accuracy and he is a great fit for a system that is predicated on short throws, like the West Coast offense. With his skill set and some time to learn a team’s offense, Woodside could efficiently run an offense.

Full interview with Logan Woodside:

*Josh Burris interviewed Woodside, while Joe DiTullio provided the scouting report.

Featured image by Kurt Steiss, Toledo Blade

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LaQuvionte Gonzalez NFL Draft profile

2018 NFL Draft profile: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

LaQuvionte Gonzalez has made a few more stops in his football career than most NFL prospects.

Originally a 4-star recruit from the class of 2013 out of Cedar Hill High School in Texas, Gonzalez signed with Texas A&M.

Gonzalez played in all 13 games his freshman year with the Aggies. He caught 21 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. He also had 164 kick return yards in the first three games of the season.

Gonzalez’s playing time took a dive in his sophomore season. He only saw action in eight games with five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

After his second season with the Aggies, Gonzalez decided to take his talents elsewhere. His wide receiver coach at Texas A&M, David Beaty, was hired as the head coach at Kansas. Gonzalez decided to follow him there and after sitting out the 2015 season, had his best season to date with the Jayhawks.

Gonzalez played in all 12 games his junior year, including 11 starts, and finished as the team’s second-leading receiver. He caught 62 passes for 729 yards and three touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Gonzalez, along with fellow starting receiver Steven Sims Jr., were able to thrive as receivers despite the team’s poor quarterback play.

In July of 2017, just over a month before the Jayhawks’ first game, Gonzalez was dismissed from the football team due to an issue with his grades. With little time before the season started, Gonzalez joined Southeastern University, an NAIA school in Florida and a football powerhouse. He was eligible to play right away due to NAIA transfer rules.

LaQuvionte Gonzalez NFL Draft profile

Photo by Ben Queen, USA TODAY Sports

Gonzalez found Southeastern due to a connection he had with offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby. Lebby, a former assistant at Baylor, had recruited Gonzalez back when he was in high school.

Gonzalez said he choose Southeastern for more than just the football though. He enjoyed the competition in the SEC and Big 12 conferences, but got more out of his experience at Southeastern than just football.

“It’s a Christian school. So I just went there and I really did get closer to God,” Gonzalez said. “I really enjoyed that part. I enjoyed the football part too.”

Gonzalez had an incredible senior season, catching 60 passes for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns in just eight games. He averaged 127.3 yards per game, which ranked second in the NAIA, and 7.5 catches per game, which ranked fourth.

Gonzalez is now focused on preparing himself for the draft and making himself the best receiver he can be. He is working out with D-Rob, who has trained some of the NFL’s best receivers like Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Gonzalez is looking to improve things like his 40 yard dash time, vertical and route running.

Gonzalez is definitely a speedster as his fastest 40 yard dash time is 4.36. He is also working to improve his run-blocking skills. He believes he is a guy teams can count on to make plays.

“I feel like I’m a dynamic player,” he said. “If they need a guy to make a big play, I feel like I’m a guy they can go to.”

LaQuvionte Gonzalez Scouting report

While being 5-foot-11 won’t draw him any comparisons to Calvin Johnson, it is still ample height to be a receiver on the inside or outside of an offense, as receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. are that size and are stars. He will need to add some weight to his 175-pound frame to help fight through contact at the NFL level, but that should come with an NFL team’s weight-lifting program.

Gonzalez is quick off of the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball. He finds the soft spots when going against zone coverage, while his speed helps him separate against man-to-man coverage. His route running is solid, but if improved, could really help him get open at the NFL level.

He catches the ball well, and once he gets the ball in his hands, he is hard to contain. Gonzalez has good agility and moves, which makes him hard to catch and tackle. As a senior in high school, Gonzalez was able to rush for nearly 1,500 yards, which is where he probably honed his ability to make people miss. He also uses these abilities to help him return punts and kicks, which is an asset he can use to make an NFL team.

At Kansas in 2016, he had a great season despite not having the greatest quarterback play. While facing the adversity of a losing season at Kansas, Gonzalez did not give up and played hard.

His speed will get him in the door with an NFL team, but if he can prove to block and run routes well, he could make the roster.

Full interview with LaQuvionte Gonzalez:

*Josh Burris interviewed Gonzalez, while Joe DiTullio provided the scouting report.

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Najae Brown NFL Draft profile

2018 NFL Draft profile: Najae Brown

The NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone. Football fans have now gotten a taste of what the 2018 draft class can do. Players like Saquon Barkley, Shaquem Griffin and Josh Allen all made noise with their performances. The combine is a great way to see just how strong, fast and smart some of the top prospects are. But not all future talent performs at the NFL Combine.

Stars like James Harrison, Tyreek Hill and Malcolm Butler are some of the game’s most exciting players, but did not receive an NFL combine invite. Performing well at the combine can be helpful for improving a player’s draft stock, but it is definitely not necessary to make it to the NFL.

Former Central Connecticut State University safety Najae Brown is one of many players that weren’t invited to the combine, but that is not stopping him from working to make his dream a reality.

Brown had a great career at CCSU, collecting 175 tackles and six interceptions in his three seasons with the Blue Devils. In his senior season, he had 67 tackles and two interceptions.

Prior to CCSU, Brown played one year at Division II New Haven, where he was named Don Hansen Division II National Freshman of the Year. As a freshman at New Haven, Brown had 78 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups.

Brown teamed up alongside fellow safety and NFL hopeful Jarrod Cann to make a great duo in the defensive backfield. Both of them have had the opportunity to train together and push each other to get better.

“That’s my brother right there,” Brown said. “We worked out in the summer and the spring. We both push each other to go hard. He’s a great teammate of mine.”

Brown said he has a lot of strengths that make him a complete football player.

“I am very coachable. I’m a technical player. I watch a lot of film. And I love the game, I love playing football,” Brown said. “I think I’m a complete football player. That’s what makes me stand out to anyone else.”

Brown believes he has room to improve as far as strength goes, which is something he has been working on in preparation for the NFL. Being the technical player that he is, he has also been working on things like his speed and footwork to stay sharp.

Brown also believes his versatility is something NFL teams can appreciate about him. He also has experience playing special teams. At CCSU, Brown averaged 26.8 yards per kick return and a 17.6 yards per punt return.

“I not only can play defense, I can play special teams too,” he said. “I can return punts, I can return kicks, or I can go down and tackle somebody if needed to. I’m very coachable like I said before.”

Najae Brown Scouting Report

Brown stands at 6-foot, 195 pounds, which is good enough to be a cover safety. He will need to add some play strength in order to be effective for the next level.

Najae Brown NFL Draft profile

Brown’s return ability could really help his NFL stock. (Photo from Locker Room Update)

He plays well in zone and man-to-man coverage. While in deep zone coverage, Brown makes sure no one gets behind him and intercepts any deflections or overthrows. In man-to-man, he stays on his man’s hip, which allows him to intercept any underthrows, while also putting him in good position to make a play on the ball if it is thrown accurately.

The best part of his game as a safety is his coverage ability, but he is also willing to come up and help play against the run. Brown doesn’t hit the hardest, but has good form. He goes low to tackle the ball carrier, usually wrapping up the legs to bring them down.

A facet of his game that could help him in his quest to make a team is his return ability. Whether it is on an interception, kick or punt return, Brown is always a threat for a big return. His experience on special teams will be a quality that could get him noticed and help him make an NFL team.

 

*Josh Burris interviewed Brown, while Joe DiTullio provided the scouting report.

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Quinton Flowers NFL Draft profile

2018 NFL Draft profile: Quinton Flowers

It is hard to demonstrate in words just how great of a career Quinton Flowers had at South Florida. During his time with the Bulls, the quarterback set 37 school records, led the team to its only two double-digit win seasons in school history, became the fourth player in NCAA history to pass for 8,000 yards and rush for 3,500 yards in his career and cemented himself as the greatest athlete in school history. All Flowers did at South Florida was win.

Putting the program on the map was something Flowers had in mind when he joined South Florida his freshman season, which was no easy task. In 2013, the year before Flowers arrived on campus, the Bulls won just two games.

In his sophomore year, his first full season as the starting quarterback, the team went 8-5. The following season, they won 11 games, the most in school history, including the Birmingham Bowl over South Carolina. In his senior year, Flowers led the Bulls to 10 wins and another win in the Birmingham Bowl.

Quinton Flowers NFL Draft profile

Flowers has had some workouts with Michael Vick. (Photo from Quinton Flowers’ Instagram @iamflowers9)

Flowers’ stats from his junior season were incredible. He passed for 2,812 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for another 1,530 yards and 18 touchdowns. In his senior year, he passed for 2,911 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was one of the most entertaining, if not the most entertaining, player to watch in college football these past two seasons.

Flowers said it means a lot knowing South Florida is in a better place now.

“It just shows that you don’t have to be like everybody else and go to all the big schools,” Flowers said. “It’s a great feeling knowing that the University of South Florida will get the opportunity to play big schools. People will not overlook USF now.”

Now that his time with the Bulls is all said and done, Flowers is now getting ready for the NFL. He has been working on everything he will be doing at the NFL Combine, including throwing and his 40-yard dash. He has also worked out with former NFL star Michael Vick.

There are analysts and scouts that believe Flowers won’t succeed in the NFL due to his smaller size. Some people believe he can succeed at the next level, but at a different position due to his athletic ability. Flowers is out to prove the doubters wrong.

“My main focus is just showing people that no matter how tall you are or how short you are, you can play quarterback,” he said. “And just get opportunity. That’s my biggest thing is just getting opportunities to just go out there and showcase my talent.”

Why should an NFL team take a chance on Flowers? He believes his resume speaks for itself.

“I bring a lot to the table,” Flowers said. “You look at my wins and losses, it shows that I’m a winner. I’m a guy that likes to win and I will do whatever it takes to win.”

Flowers understands that he has a lot to work on, including his accuracy, as he completed 57.7 percent of his passes with the Bulls.

“That’s what a lot of people say,” he said. “I just try to work on everything in the offseason. So I’m working on accuracy and ball location. I’m still working on everything that people always say you can’t do. I work on that every day, day in and day out.”

That kind of attitude is what helped Flowers change the culture of the Bulls. He is a hard worker and brings a winning attitude with him.

Flowers was able to show what he can do during practices for the East-West Shrine Game. Although he ended up not playing in the game due to a death in his family, he was able to talk to some teams that are interested in him playing quarterback.

Quinton Flowers Scouting Report

Quinton Flowers NFL Draft profile

Some of Flowers’ best traits are his leadership and athletic ability. (Photo by Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)

Flowers stands 6-foot, 210 pounds, which is a bit undersized for the quarterback position, but durability won’t be an issue. At USF, he started every game over his last three years. He has toughness and knows how to avoid contact, whether it’s sliding or evading pressure in the pocket.

After the snap of the ball, Flowers does a good job of recognizing the coverage and planning accordingly. His awareness and feel for pass rushers and coverage give him an edge. He has solid accuracy on short throws. Flowers has decent arm strength as well. He will have to work on his accuracy down the field for the NFL level.

While he sometimes holds the ball too long, it is likely a result of the belief that he can make plays in almost any situation. When the pocket breaks down, he can throw or run, making him hard to defend against. If he does decide to scramble, he is fast and elusive. Flowers has a great one-step juke move that puts defenders on skates. His athleticism has proven to be so good that some believe he can change positions and be successful in the NFL.

Flowers has a high football IQ, is a good leader and is very fast and athletic. With all of these good traits, an NFL team will want to take a look at the tough quarterback from USF.

You can read more about Flowers and his career at USF here.

Full interview for Quinton Flowers:

*Josh Burris interviewed Flowers, while Joe DiTullio provided the scouting report.

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Ranking all NBA GMs

With the most focus on transactions, GMs are in charge of bringing in talent for the coaches and owners, and are likely the biggest decision-makers within the entire organization. The GM’s build the team and having a keen eye for talent in the draft, making smart trades and signing free agents is all the focus for building a talented roster all while maneuvering with the salary and luxury cap.

Here is how the 30 GMs rank in the NBA:

  1. Sacramento Kings-Vlade Divac

    Divac, who formerly played for the Kings, has been one of the reasons they’ve had no success in recent memory. (Photo by NY Daily News)

The Kings have had turmoil in all aspects of their front office, and are one of the worst sports franchises in any of the big 3 leagues(MLB, NBA, NFL) and haven’t made the playoffs in 11 seasons. They’ve had one all-star player(Demarcus Cousins) in the past 15 seasons and they traded Cousins last season despite a “better offer on the table two days ago” according to Vlade Divac.

29. New York Knicks- Scott Perry

The Knicks are also one of the worst front offices in sports, however a majority of the blame falls on the owner James Dolan. The Knicks who should be a top-tier organization with it’s huge market and easy attraction for players, are a disaster of a franchise. The only smart move they’ve made was drafting Kristaps Porzingis and not trading him.

28. Orlando Magic- John Hammond

The Magic have struggled to remain relevant in the NBA world and haven’t made the playoffs since 2012. They’ve missed on a majority of draft picks with the only exceptions being Aaron Gordon and Victor Oladipo, who wasn’t that good until this year.

27. Chicago Bulls-Gar Forman

The Bulls gave up Jimmy Butler this past summer and gave up Nikola Mirotic before the deadline. They’re going to rebuild and have young players and draft picks to do that, but with the current state of their roster, they can’t be any higher than this.

26. Phoenix Suns-Ryan McDonough

The Suns, are in the middle of a rebuild that seems to continue to stall. With their only good player being Devin Booker, it’s unlikely to see them succeed anytime soon. The handling of the Eric Bledsoe “I don’t want to be here” tweet/fiasco made the front office and team look like a bad organization.

Doc Rivers draft picks in recent memory illustrate how the Clippers have no young talent. (Chart by Wikipedia)

25. Los Angeles Clippers-Michael Winger

Doc Rivers may be the most overrated coach in the NBA and he’s also a terrible GM. Rivers has since been relieved of duties and now Winger has taken over operations. After they traded away Chris Paul, Steve Ballmer decided to make Michael Winger the GM and have Rivers focus on coaching. They pleaded with Blake Griffin to stay over summer and signed him to a long-term deal, only to send him to Detroit a few months later. They’re heading for a rebuild and will hopefully deal Deandre Jordan and Lou Williams(The one bright spot on this roster) to a playoff team.

24. Atlanta Hawks-Travis Schlenk

Former Warriors assistant GM, Schlenk is stuck with a roster in turnover and in the beginning of a rebuild. The team is in good position to get a solid player in the stocked draft over the summer.

 23.Charlotte Hornets-Rich Cho

Without Kemba Walker, this team would be one of the worst teams in the league, and while rumors of Walker being dealt have calmed down, Cho has failed to bring in more talent, Walker can’t do it all by himself.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies-Chris Wallace

While this seasons struggles haven’t been Wallace’s fault, the blame is going to fall on someone and this season, it was Dave Fizdale. However, The Grizz are fading away from relevance in the competitive Western Conference and are likely going into a rebuild.

  1. Brooklyn Nets-Sean Marks

The Nets have been a lot better than what was expected, and Marks was handed a talentless roster and a team without the rights to their own draft picks. However, acquiring D’angelo Russell was a great move for the franchise that has only won 1 playoff series since 2007.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers-Koby Altman

While people like to say that LeBron is the GM of the Cav’s, Altman has been the one running the operations. However, Altman has been very disappointing for his lack of ability to bring in talent. He was unable to acquire Jimmy Butler, Paul George or Chris Paul in a trade this summer. If Altman can’t bring in talent to help the roster, it’s likely LeBron leaves this summer. 

  1. Philadelphia76ers-Bryan Colangelo

    Colangelo has helped built a great young roster that will compete in the East for the extended future. (Photo by Philly.com)

The process is proven to be successful, with the young talent the Sixers have collected after years of tanking, they have demonstrated the amount of talent they have. If Colangelo can get solid available veteran like Tyreke Evans or Lou Williams before the deadline, the team may cause problems for some in the postseason.

  1. Washington Wizards-Ernie Grunfeld

The Wizards have been near the top of the East for quite a while, yet they’ve never been good enough to beat Lebron. With John Wall and Bradley Beal they’ve proven to be a top tier team in the East, but they still are one more player away from being a Finals contender. They could be one big trade away from the Finals.

  1. Dallas Mavericks-Donnie Nelson

Donnie Nelson has been a top tier GM for over ten years, however with the state of the Mavericks roster, it’s hard to include him within the top ten. Nelson has been able to keep Dirk around and made a great decision to draft Dennis Smith Jr. however, the team needs more talent if it wants to compete and it doesn’t look like this team will compete anytime soon.

  1. Los Angeles Lakers-Rob Pelinka

Former super-agent, Pelinka is rebuilding the Lakers and made great draft picks. Their young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are going to be great as they mature. If Pelinka and Magic Johnson can convince Lebron or another star free-agent to join the purple and gold, the Lakers could become very interesting.

  1. Indiana Pacers-Chad Buchanan

The Pacers have quietly put together a very nice year and are currently slotted in the 6th seed in the East. After Paul George demanded a trade, Buchanan didn’t rush into a deal and made a smart trade, where they may have gotten the better end of the deal with Victor Oladipo’s breakout season. The Pacers are a young and talented team that people forget about because they play in a smaller market.

  1. Portland Trail Blazers-Neil Olshey

Olshey has tried to boost the Blazers to the next level and into the top tier of the west, however the Blazers are still one more star away from being a true contender. The core of the team is exciting, and adding Deandre Jordan to the team could be exactly what the team needs. Olshey is also a local favorite, appearing in the hit TV show Portlandia, which coincides with his ambitions to be an actor.

  1. Utah Jazz-Dennis Lindsey

Lindsey couldn’t convince Gordon Hayward to stay with the Jazz, but drafting Donovan Mitchell has given new life to the organization. If Linsey can get another great player in the draft, they could add to a promising core with Mitchell and Golbert. Lindsey has shown he has a great eye for young overlooked talent.

  1. New Orleans Pelicans-Dell Demps

The pelicans have fleeced other teams in deals in the past year. They acquired Demarcus Cousins last year for role players and a first round pick and received Nikola Mirotic for a 1st round pick and bench reserves. Demps has shown the Pelicans are serious about competing in the West, but they need their stars to stay healthy.

  1. Detroit Pistons-Jeff Bower

The Pistons have made noise by trading away Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley for Blake Griffin. Getting an all-star level talent is impressive and the Pistons are going to fight for one of the last spots in the Eastern conference playoffs. The Pistons roster on paper, looks like a team that should contend in the playoffs for the years to come.

  1. Heat-Andy Elisburg

Elisburg with the help of the legendary Pat Riley, have made the Heat formidable with Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters. They’re currently looking strong to make the playoffs with key signee Kelly Olynyk and rookie Bam Adebayo.

  1. Nuggets- Arturas Karnisovas

The Nuggets are holding onto the 8th seed in the West with their young talented roster. Karnisovas has one of the deepest teams at his disposal even with Paul Millsap injured. While the Nuggets lack one true star, no player averages over 20 points per game, they’ve developed into a great young team build around Nikola Jokic.

  1. Timberwolves-Scott Layden

Layden has built a great roster with Wiggins, Butler and Anthony-Towns. However, this roster lacks depth which is very important. Their big 3 are all within the top 15 in the NBA for Minutes per game and they will be exhausted in the postseason. If they can make a trade for another role player or two, they could win a series or two in the West.

  1. Toronto Raptors-Bobby Webster

Webster has built a very solid competitor, and drafting O.G. Anunoby was one of the steals in the draft. If Webster can pull off a move, there’s a chance the Raptors are the team to beat the Cavaliers. However, LeBron has had their number in the playoffs every year and until the Raptors beat the Cavs in a playoff series, they won’t be considered a Finals contender.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks-Jon Horst

Building around Giannis and the young core of the roster has been Horst’s goal this season and acquiring underrated guard Eric Bledsoe and is potentially going to bring in Deandre Jordan. The Bucks have made solid draft picks in the past few years and are set up well to

Presti was able to convince Russell Westbrook to sign an extension and bring in talent around him. (Tusla World)

compete in the East for the upcoming years.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder-Sam Presti

Presti deserves to be within the top 5 of GMs because of his ability to bring in talent. After Durant’s departure, he was able to get Westbrook to commit and become the face of the franchise. He traded for Paul George, and then Carmelo Anthony to make a very good big three for OKC. Presti also improved the bench that will help them go deep in the playoffs.

  1. Houston Rockets-Daryl Morey

Morey has taken the analytical approach of only shooting 3-pointers and layups. This explains why the roster is filled with lots of talented shooters built around the likely MVP James Harden and Chris Paul. Morey’s efficient approach has boosted the Rockets to be able to compete with the Warriors.

  1. Golden State Warriors-Bob Myers

Another former agent, Myers has transformed a young talented team into the best team in the generation. While convincing Kevin Durant to sign with the Warriors is incredible, finding valuable role players in the second round and manueving the salary cap has been Myers expertise. Myers is responsible for the stacked bench and the championship talent that is on the roster.

  1. San Antonio Spurs-R.C. Bufford

The extended success of the Spurs is only matched by the Patriots in all of sports. The Spurs have won 5 championships since 1999 and have made the playoffs every year since then. They hold the highest regular season win percentage and have young talent in Kawhi Leonard and Co to continue the Spurs winning tradition.

  1. Boston Celtics-Danny Ainge

Ainge is a master of trading, he stockpiled draft picks years ago for aged Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. With these picks, he has grabbed Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum who all have played well in the Celtics system. Ainge also shipped off Thomas for Kyrie Irving and are the strongest competitor in the East. He also recently convinced Greg Monroe to come off the bench for the Celts instead of going to start in New Orleans. Ainge deserves GM of the year.

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