Thursday, February 22, 2018

The 45 Most Important Players to the Chicago Bulls Dynasty - #19 Jud Buechler

Jud Buechler
Jud Buechler may be the greatest overachiever on this list. The man managed to carve a twelve year career out of his skill-set after being a second round pick by the Seattle SuperSonics. He was immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets, and in exchange the Nets promised not to draft Dennis Scott or Gary Payton. The Nets ended up drafting Derrick Coleman. But then the Sonics got two conditional second round picks from the Orlando Magic in exchange for not drafting Dennis Scott, so the Sonics really ended up the big winners on this one.

Anyway, let's get back to Buechler, the forward out of Arizona, who was actually part of a fairly stacked second round in that draft as it also included Antonio Davis, Cedric Ceballos, and future teammate, Toni Kukoc. But Buechler managed to stay under the radar as a bench player during the first half of his career, playing for the Nets, Spurs, and Warriors. His best statistical season was in 1992-93 when he set career highs with 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

Before the 1994-95 season, he signed on with the Jordan-less Chicago Bulls to keep up his bench contributions for a new team. Of course, there was a surprise coming in 1995 when Jordan rejoined the team. Although they did not win a title that first year, Jordan's return would bring the Bulls championships the following three years, and Buechler was a man along for the ride.

During the Bulls second threepeat, Buechler filled his responsibility of backup wing player. He took up minutes during the regular season without anything flashy stats wise, but that didn't mean he didn't have an impact as the man used his Volleyball skills to POSTERIZE FOOLS.

Watch out, Jim McIlvaine, AIR BUECHLER IS COMING THROUGH.

During the playoffs, Buechler filled his same role. They found minutes for him in nearly every game, and he played competently. His playoff high was seven points, so htere isn't a ton to write about in regards to his contributions. But there is one thing that he did continually improve in, and that is his number of trillions, a game where a player logs minutes but does put up anything else in the box score. He had one trillion during 96, two trillions during 97, and an amazing seven different trillion games in 1998.

And that is where we get to Buechler's most important contribution to the National Basketball Association, Buechler retired as the all time leader in trillions, logging in 55 games with minutes played, but nothing else. I think it's fitting that Buechler's most memorable contribution was his lack of contribution.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lamar Jackson - 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Lamar Jackson is a Heisman Trophy winner who was pretty damn successful as a college quarterback at Louisville. This has not stopped people from completely dismissing him as a quarterback prospect in the NFL. It's not for a normal reason, as everyone seems to agree that he has a great arm. Most also agree that his accuracy leaves a little to be desired, but so does Josh Allen, and yet nobody is mentioning him as a guy who could use a position change. So you know what that means? It's because he's black. Yep, we're still doing this bullshit. But I'm not quite ready to move Jackson to wide receiver just because his skin is more cinnamon than sugar. Instead, I decided to take a look at his games against North Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina State, and Purdue.

Although everybody brings up how fast Lamar Jackson is, it undersells what his athletic ability to only look at him as a runner. He uses his speed and footwork to create space to make plays with his arm just as much as he does it with his feet.
This play is a success at the snap, and the defense has no way to stop it, as even without the wide receiver on the outside coming in to help with a pick, Jackson is able to get outside the pocket for an easy pitch and catch to his receiver.

Here, North Carolina State sends a perfect blitz up the middle and Lamar Jackson is screwed...
or maybe not. This looks like NC State called their play in Tecmo Bowl, and Lamar Jackson turned into QB Eagles to make a ridiculous play for a first down. Seriously, this play looks nearly identical.
If you send a great blitz up the middle, you better be damn sure that your defensive ends can contain, because Jackson will put on the burners and make you pay if he gets some open field.

One issue that showed up repeatedly was his inability to keep his eyes down the field when he gets pressured.
When he gets that pressure, his head goes down, and he's looking to make a play with his feet. When you have legs like Jackson, it's understandable, but if he can stretch out plays and keep looking for receivers, it would open up some big play opportunities.

The following was one of my favorite plays from Jackson, because he actually did evade pressure, put his eyes back up field, and make a hell of a throw across the middle of the field.
That is the ideal way that he would be able to use his athleticism in the NFL. His offensive line breaks down, but instead of going for a full flee, he sees that there is still a pocket if he can maneuver. He does so which gives him enough space to fire the ball down the middle of the field for a first down.

More often, even the threat of pressure with a closing pocket would be enough to get Jackson out of rhythm.
He has good protection on this play but fails to reset his feet, and he throws the ball well behind his receiver crossing over the middle.

Something that I noticed but couldn't confirm was how much better he was at throwing the ball over the middle of the field than he was toward the sidelines. I looked for passing charts for the season but couldn't find anything, so I can only say this anecdotally, but he seemed to be much more effective when he didn't need to worry as much about footwork than he was when he had to adjust and throw towards the sidelines.

Here is a nice touchdown pass where he sets it up by looking to his left to freeze the linebacker over the middle before pivoting and firing it to the open receiver in the endzone.
But this is not a strength of his game. He rarely scanned the field, but I think that is mostly by design. He did show this ability on occasions but never with much consistency. He often gets dead set on a certain receiver and just waits for that guy to get open with the second option being bailing out with his feet.

But let's not forget about what those legs can do.
I should have warned you that the clip was NSFW, because blowing up a crease like that can only be described as pornographic.

Summary
There is a lot to like about Lamar Jackson. He has some incredible physical gifts that have led him to great success. There is also a lot of room for improvement. He doesn't have much experience in working through reads, panics with pressure, and his inconsistent footwork leads to inconsistent results. Still, those physical traits are pretty damn incredible. Honestly, his struggles are pretty close to what you see in Josh Allen. Now, if you want to dream about what a quarterback can become, I would way rather take a chance to dream on Lamar Jackson's potential than I would Josh Allen.

With his physical traits, there is no way to find a quarterback with a higher ceiling in this class, but he also has major deficiencies that give him a relatively low floor. Most people are saying that he won't be a first round pick, and I do understand that. But I feel like coaching staffs have done a much better job of fitting schemes to their player, and because of that, I really can't imagine him getting out of the first round. You may say I'm a dreamer, but when it comes to NFL front offices, I can just about guarantee that I'm not the only one.

2018 Scouting Reports
Josh Rosen - Quarterback - UCLA

Josh Allen - Quarterback - Wyoming

Mason Rudolph - Quarterback - Oklahoma State

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The 45 Most Important Players to the Chicago Bulls Dynasty - #20 Craig Hodges

Craig Hodges
Craig Hodges is one of those guys who arrived to the NBA about three decades too early. The three-point specialist was drafted by the San Diego Clippers in the third round of the 1982 draft who came in and predictably...couldn't hit a three to save his life...well, I did not see that coming. His first two years in the NBA, Hodges shot just 22% from long range. Despite that rough start, Hodges would start to put it together in year three, and eventually raised his percentages all the way up to 40% for his career mark.

And that's really what Hodges will always be remembered for. He is the greatest three-point shootout contestant in history. Steph Curry couldn't carry his jock, he'd put Kevin Durant to shame, and let's face it, he made Larry Bird his bitch. He won the contest three consecutive times, from 1990-1992, made the finals two other times, and somehow even more impressively, he competed in the 1993 contest without being on an NBA team. Just look at this generic NBA jersey that he had to wear.

But let's get back to why we are here, and that is his contribution to the Bulls. After bouncing from the Clippers to the Bucks to the Suns, where he was traded to the Bulls in December of 1988 for Ed Nealy and a future second round pick. Oddly enough, both Nealy and that second round pick, Ricky Blanton, would end up spending time with the Bulls during their first three-peat.

Hodges would shoot over 42% from three-point range in his first year with the Bulls before following that up by reaching over 48% the following year. In the Bulls first two championship years, he shot a still very good 38% from long range while winning the last two of his three straight Three Point Contest Titles.

Although he played a more impactful role earlier in his career, for the Bulls, he served as Michael Jordan's backup which led to a lack of available minutes for Hodges. He only averaged about five points per game, but his per 36 minutes would have put him over 15 points, and he did it while shooting well from the field, and incredibly well from the free throw line (over 95% in championship years). He filled his role on those first two championship teams as he provided some scoring off the bench.

In the playoffs, it was more of the same. In the first game of the playoffs in 1991, Hodges put up 16 points and three steals to bury the Knicks before they even had a chance to hope for an upset. Although he didn't have any standout performances outside of that first game, he played over 12 minutes per game and averaged around five points per game. It was enough for the Bulls to finally get the monkey off their back and win their first championship.

In the 1992 playoffs, his contribution diminished somewhat due to the emergence of Bobby Hansen, but he was the same cog he had always been, coming off the bench and providing more good than bad.

The Bulls chose not to resign him in the offseason, and he became a free agent. Despite being a quality bench player, Hodges was not signed to a contract, likely due to his Muslim beliefs and outspoken political beliefs.

As I said earlier, it's a shame that Hodges played when he did as he was about thirty years before his time. He had a very good career int he 80s and 90s, but this is the type of player that gets PAID in today's NBA. Honestly, he would probably be the best YMCA basketball player out there at this stage in life, because shooters can shoot, and Hodges was one of the greatest marksmen of all time.

Finally, there was really no place to work this in, so I guess I'll end with it. I'm not gonna beat around the bush; his wife once doused him with gasoline and tried to set him on fire. She luckily did not succeed. She was still ordered by a judge to leave Chicago, but she's not in prison, and she should definitely be in prison. I was unable to confirm whether this spawned the term, "He's on fire," when a shooter gets on a hot streak. If you need to see a shooter on fire, figuratively, not literally, it doesn't get much better than Craig Hodges hitting 19 in a row to secure his third straight Three Point Title.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The 2018 XFL Mock Draft Review

Finally, after going through each position group of our XFL mock draft, we can look at the full rosters of each of our teams to decide who has the better roster. We’ll start with a breakdown of Team Jonah.

QB: Colin Kaepernick, Zach Mettenberger, Ryan Nassib
RB: Denard Robinson, Deangelo Williams, Barry Sanders Jr.
WR: Victor Cruz, Moritz Bohringer, Speedy Noil, Corey Brown, Jared Abbrederis
TE: Bucky Hodges, Ladarius Green
OT: Ryan Clady, Branden Albert, Jake Long, Collin Buchanan, Bryce Harris, Bobby Hart
OG: Andrew Tiller, Tim Lelito, Mike Harris, Orlando Franklin
C: Nick Mangold, Jeremy Zuttah
DE: Mario Williams, BJ Dubose, Cam Johnson, Damontre Moore 
DT: Ra’shede Hageman, Will Sutton, Jared Odrick, Antoine Glen, Cam Thomas
OLB: Jarvis Jones, Audie Cole, Chad Greenway, Aaron Williams, Deandre Levy
ILB: Rey Maualuga, Perry Riley, Sio Moore
CB: Jalen Collins, Vontae Davis, Tharold Simon, Leodis Mckelvin, Jayshawn Jordan
S: Dwight Lowry, Shiloh Keo, Calvin Pryor, Russell Siavii
K: Connor Barth
P: Austin Rehkow

And now, we present Team Joe.

Quarterback: Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III, Rex Grossman
Running Back: Reggie Bush, Trent Richardson, CJ Spiller
Fullback: Lendale White, Mark Weisman
Wide Receiver: Justin Blackmon, Calvin Johnson, Vincent Jackson, Dorial Green-Beckham, Anquan Boldin, Riley Cooper
Tight End: Tyrus Thomas, Henry Krieger-Coble, Jace Amaro
Center: Barrett Jones, David Molk
Offensive Guard: Tre Jackson, Cyril Richardson, Eddie Hall, Jordan Walsh, Danny Watkins
Offensive Tackle: Michael Oher, Gabe Carimi, Tervel Dlagnev
Defensive End: Jon Jones, Da’Quan Bowers, Bjoern Werner, Michael Sam, Jackson Jeffcoat, Drew Ott
Defensive Tackle: Brock Lesnar, Louis Nix III, Devon Still, Christian Ballard
Linebackers: Shayne Skov, Khaseem Greene, James Laurinaitis, Arthur Brown, Aaron Curry, Brandon Spikes
Cornerback: Alfonzo Dennard, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Justin Gilbert, Dee Milliner, BJ Lowery
Safety: Ed Reynolds, Gerod Holliman, Tino Sabbatelli, Taylor Mays
Kicker: Roberto Aguayo
Punter: Tom Hackett

Joe: When drafting an XFL roster, we had two criteria that we were aiming for, football talent and entertainment value. Let’s just get the easy one out of the way. Is there any way to argue that I do not have a more entertaining team?

Jonah: I thought about what to write down here and Joe touched on it perfectly.  Joe’s roster is what the XFL should be, fun, entertaining, unpredictable, something that people want to tune into.  My roster is what the XFL was and what it more than likely will be, second rate football.  Vince McMahon needs to think about if the NFL ratings are really down because some guys are kneeling or if they’re down because all tv ratings are down because people watch tv differently now.  McMahon should know, his ratings have been in a freefall and I don’t remember seeing any wrestlers kneeling.  It’s why he created the WWE Network, so he can make money providing a service that lets people watch their shows the way they like to.

I also wanted to point out that while our teams contain some guys who have done some questionable things, it’s mostly substance abuse related.  There are two very talented football players that I knew wouldn’t be on my team and I’m glad to see they’re not on Joe’s team either.  Will the XFL get so desperate for ratings that they’ll bring in Ray Rice or Greg Hardy?  I hope not.

Joe: Jonah, I definitely drafted some scumbags, so I did not take the high road as I figured Vince McMahon certainly wouldn’t. Ray Rice is just too old and Greg Hardy is an abysmal human being who I am hoping gets smashed in mixed martial arts as soon as possible. But Jon Jones had a hit and run on a pregnant woman; DGB was definitely involved in domestic abuse, and Johnny Football was accused of the same. Honestly, as bad as all of that is, is it any worse than creating a football league that is designed with the intention to create more concussions? 

Jonah: I only have a few scumbags, and some drug addicts but we’ll put them in the WWE’s rehab during the offseason and clean them right up.  I don’t think they’re going to be able to have the same stupid rules that they had before.  Concussions are way too much of a hot button issue, you can’t have guys getting their brains turned to mush, no matter who your target audience is.  Again, this is part of the problem for the XFL, you can take out things like excessive celebration penalties, but even the NFL changed some it’s rules on that.  Last time around the XFL had pretty similar rules to the NFL, even if it tried to market itself differently.  The problem with it is that it was football played by guys not on NFL rosters for whatever reason, usually due to talent.  They changed their stupid recover the football to see who wins the coin toss rule after one week because someone got hurt.  Despite how they want to be seen, they’re not going to allow corners and safeties to headhunt receivers over the middle, or allow late hits, or turn into the real life version of Blitz the video game.

Joe: If they are looking to create a fun brand of football while sticking to the old school, tough guy way of thinking, the best thing they could do is eliminate helmets. It would limit concussions, because ain’t nobody head hunting if they aren’t wearing a helmet, and it’d be seen as badass if guys didn’t wear helmets. There would be an issue of headbutts along the lines, but that is definitely something that you should be able to work around as a misplaced headbutt can hurt the giver as much as the recipient.

And let’s look at this thing talent wise, how do you think you did?

Jonah: Like I said at the start, my initial goal was to put together a 53 man roster that would be able to win a few games in the NFL, or at least beat Cleveland and I think I did that.

Joe: Let me stop you right there. I think we did as well as we could have with these rosters, but there is no chance that your team could compete with any NFL team, even the Browns. Looking at your roster, you have an advantage at quarterback, and you’re probably even at special teams. The Browns hold every other advantage, including some areas where they have some MAJOR advantages. Even if you had Bill Belichick coaching your squad and gave them Jeff Fisher (who will totally be an XFL coach), it would not be close. You are either greatly overestimating the talent on our rosters or underestimating the talent in the NFL, but I just cannot see it.

Jonah: Quarterback is the most important position in sports.  We will all see this when Tom Brady retires and the Patriots struggle to be a .500 team, or how the Green Bay Packers had to get crazy lucky to beat the aforementioned Browns after Aaron Rodgers went down.  The Cleveland Browns also have the massive disadvantage of being the Cleveland Browns, so I think my team could take them because they can find a way to lose.  I might make a couple changes here or there, but we’re a solid squad of castoffs.  If Matt Barkley becomes available, I can almost guarantee a win.  Also I don’t need Bill Belichick, I have the actual greatest football mind in history, me.

Joe: Jonah, you may literally be an insane person with this. You could have Tom Brady on your team as your quarterback, and it would not matter with the other talent around him. This is nothing against your drafting, as you did a hell of a job. They might even be able to beat my team, but that’s mostly because 15% of my roster has no significant football experience, but I’d like to think that just means that the sky is the limit for their potential. 

I’ll give you the last word. What are your final thoughts on an XFL comeback?

Jonah: It will be interesting to see what McMahon’s plan for the XFL is, but the only way I think it can be semi successful is to be an associated minor league for the NFL and I don’t see that happening.  We’ll see if it lasts more than a year this time, but unless all rosters are made up like Joe’s it probably won’t.  That being said, please consider this my and/or Joe’s application to work in the front office for the XFL.  We can clearly build teams.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

The 2018 XFL Mock Draft - Guys That Kick

In anticipation of Vince McMahon bringing the fun back to football (more concussions, woohoo!), Lukewarm Jonah and I went back and forth to do an XFL Draft. Instead of breaking this down round by round, we are going to go by position groups.Today, we finally get to the guys you have been waiting for, kickers and punters.

Jonah: 
Kicker: Connor Barth
Punter: Austin Rehkow

Joe: 
Kicker: Roberto Aguayo
Punter: Tom Hackett

Joe: For kicker, I went with the most hilarious choice in Roberto Aguayo. I am considering bringing in David Beckham for some competition.

For punter, I went with an Australian who did well enough at Utah to become a two-time consensus All-American and a two-time Ray Guy Award winner for being the best damn punter in college football. It simply doesn’t get better than this. 

Jonah: Oddly enough kicker and punter are two of my favorite picks.  Connor Barth is a solid NFL veteran who also happens to be a buddy of mine.  He’s gotten a tough deal a lot of years, but seemed a little off this year.  I’m not worried as I can get him back on track.  He’s a historically very accurate kicker who always got released because of leg strength concerns.  He hit three field goals from 50+ yards in a game so I’m not sure how well founded those concerns are, plus I just want a kicker who can make field goals not kick the ball out of the stadium.

Speaking of kicking the ball out of the stadium, my punter Austin Rehkow can do just that.  He is another Vandal, but was the top rated punter in this year’s draft.  His leg strength is insane and over four years of college he added excellent directional kicking to that great leg strength.  His huge punts come with a bunch of hangtime, letting the coverage team get downfield.  He was an undrafted free agent with Buffalo but didn’t make the team and wasn’t picked up by anyone.  Also, if we need a long field goal to win the game, he kicked a 67 yard one to win, while he was in high school.

Joe: Jonah, I thought you were full of shit on Rehkow being the top rated punter, but sure enough, most of the pundits did rate him as the top guy. Funny how I called him a guy as, unlike my punter who won two of them, Rehkow was never able to get the prestigious Ray Guy Trophy for best punter in the nation, but I’m sure he’s still a fine young man.

Jonah: Austin Rehkow is someone that I am legitimately surprised isn’t on an NFL roster.  The would be NFL record 67 yard field goal in high school isn’t a made up story either, the guy should be punting in the NFL.  He was always on the Ray Guy watch list, but going to Idaho killed his chances of ever winning.  I’m excited by your kicker pick because I think it can lead to a feud which is exactly what the XFL needs.  Aguayo took Barth’s job in Tampa Bay, but then Aguayo couldn’t beat out Barth in Chicago lot of bad blood and heat there.  The promo war between the two will be insane.

Joe: That will be fun, especially since Aguayo will not be given an English speaking gimmick. Maybe I can get Zelina Vega to manage him and handle the promo side of things.

Well, that is our last positional breakdown. We will come back one more time to summarize each roster and probably never come to a consensus on who has the best roster.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The 45 Most Important Players to the Chicago Bulls Dynasty - #21 Bison Dele

Bison Dele
Brian Williams, who would later come to be known as Bison Dele, is one of the most talented players on this list. When this guy was on, he was ON, and he had the ability to greatly impact the game. That is a big reason why he was drafted tenth overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

But he never really thrived early on in his career. He bounced around from the Magic to the Nuggets to the Clippers to, well, nobody. He was a free agent going into the 1996-97 season, and he just didn't get signed. He was a good player who could have helped a team, but his asking price was too high for a team to take a chance on him, so he just sat out. It wasn't until April 2, 1997 that he finally signed on with the Chicago Bulls. It would turn out to be a great decision for everyone involved.

Since he was signed so late in the year, he would only appear in nine games during the regular season. He was a little rusty with his shot but still played well, and the Bulls were certainly happy to have him as he played over 15 minutes per game.

But where Dele mattered was in the playoffs. When the bench shrinks down, many players lose their role, but Dele actually got more playing time once the playoffs hit. He played in every playoff game as he provided a needed spark off the bench. Also of note is that they started him off slow in the early rounds, but his playing time took an uptick as the importance in games grew, averaging over 20 minutes in the NBA Finals.

Why the uptick? Because he was a reliable big man, not something those Chicago Bulls teams were known for. His stats didn't stand out, but he filled a valuable role. The Bulls would finish the Jazz in six games, with Dele playing 23 minutes in that clinching game. He only had four points, but he also chipped in with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

It was enough for the Pistons to sign him to a seven-year $47 million dollar contract that following offseason. I know I talked about how talented the man was on the court, but he was also just a pretty impressive person all around. He played the saxophone, violin, and trumpet. He earned his pilot's license. Hell, he even dated Madonna. He retired at age 30, leaving $36 million on the table just because he could.

Unfortunately, Dele is the subject of the most tragic story of any player involved in the Bulls dynasty. He and his girlfriend (and the boat captain) were lost at sea in the South Pacific in 2002 at the age of 33. There was significant evidence against his brother, but it will remain a mystery as his brother overdosed on insulin during the investigation and died in a California hospital.

Usually, I try to end these with something lighthearted and fun, but it's tough to transition to something fun with an ending like that. If you'd like to read more about Dele, I'd recommend Tim Keown's piece in ESPN The Magazine. Dele lived life right; I just wish he would have had more time to do it.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mason Rudolph - 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report

After hitting up both of the Joshes in the first two week, it's time to move on to somebody with a different first name in Mason Rudolph. Rudolph has been incredibly proficient during his time at Oklahoma State, but the biggest questions around him involve how much credit the scheme deserves and how much his incredible receiving corps deserves. I took a look at his games against Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, and Pittsburgh.

The first thing to know is that his receiving corps really helped him out. It wasn't just that they made contested catches, it was that they got so open that it would be nearly impossible to not make a completion with these guys. Seriously, watch out for James Washington Jr. That dude has a lot of Steve Smith in his game. He's built like a spark plug and knows how to attack the ball out of the air. Rudolph did usually manage to hit his guys, but one thing I would have liked to see him improve on is leading his receivers on routes. Often times they had to slow down or even settle in a spot to make the catch instead of accelerating through to create yards after the catch.

Along those same lines, he underthrew a lot of his deep balls, and some of them were downright ugly.
This one is caused by poor footwork, and I think he did feel more pressure than was there on longer developing plays. This is why he could sometimes throw a great deep ball if he felt comfortable and stepped up to deliver while other times, his footwork and resulting pass would be a mess.

It's kind of tough to judge Rudolph since their offense is centered around underneath routes. Seriously, he makes Alex Smith look like Rex Grossman with the lack of risks he is willing to take. It's also an offense designed around pre-snap reads, so there wasn't a whole lot of reading the field when that first option wasn't open.

One thing I really like about Rudolph is that he keeps his eyes down field, even when he is feeling pressure.
He knows he's not going to impress anybody with his mobility, so he looks to avoid the rush, but then gets his eyes up to see if there is any way for him to throw the ball. He gets just enough space to throw the ball to a wide open receiver in the end zone.

Unfortunately, he also makes a lot of bad decisions in the red zone.
When the field shrinks, Rudolph gets way too much confidence in his arm, and his receivers do not have the room to get wide open with less real estate to work with. The ball above is totally inexcusable as there is literally no way for him to complete that pass as they have two defenders on the receiver, yet Rudolph feels pressure and throws the ball anyway.

Conclusion
As you can probably tell, I wasn't overly impressed with Rudolph. I feel like the above evidence is a more negative picture than actually should be there, but it's pretty boring to just remark about different traits and calling them fine. He showed flashes of good pocket awareness, but he doesn't read the field well, and I think he's going to have to work on his anticipation as the windows get a whole lot tighter in the NFL. In a perfect world, he could turn into Nick Foles. But we're not dealing in a perfect world, and I really don't see anything more than a backup at the next level.

2018 Scouting Reports
Josh Rosen - Quarterback - UCLA

Josh Allen - Quarterback - Wyoming

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The 45 Most Important Players to the Chicago Bulls Dynasty - #22 Scott Burrell

Scott Burrell
When I think of Scott Burrell, I always think that he was really good on NBA Live 95. Like, his overall rating wasn't great, but he had the attributes you needed to succeed in that game so you could always get him cheap. This made me a much bigger fan of Scott Burrell than most people.

He was a first round pick by the Charlotte Hornets and were actually the third team to draft him as the Seattle Mariners drafted him after his senior year in high school, and the Toronto Blue Jays drafted him while he was in college. He had his best years in Charlotte before going to Golden State and then being traded to the Chicago Bulls for Dickey Simpkins before the beginning of the 1997-98 season.

Burrell was brought in to be the backup small forward behind Scottie Pippen. He played in 80 games and averaged nearly 14 minutes of playing time with a season high of 24 points against the Denver Nuggets. His greatest highlight on YouTube is a play where he gets a rebound, turns it over, blocks a shot, and starts a fast break.

Suck it, Bruce Bowen.

In the playoffs, it was more of the same, and he would actually explode for a 23 point performance in the first round against the New Jersey Nets when he was 9-11 from the field. He played in every game of the playoffs, including a ten point, nine rebound performance in game three of the Finals.

He would go on to play a couple more seasons as a bench player before retiring with the Hornets. He is currently the head coach of Southern Connecticut State, which is apparently a real school that exists.


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