Tired of taking Silkwood Showers only to stay home all day? Well have no fear, the NFL Draft is around the corner…eh…maybe…
Anyway Piggy Kiper is here to help you examine some of the prospects.
Today we are looking at the Running Back position. Like toilet paper, the running back position has a short shelf life but is always in demand, so teams also keep them in bulk.
The value of the running back position is not what it used to be. Before the Goodell/Brady/Peyton era, teams places a lot more value on running backs. But now, we often go a few drafts in a row without a running back taken in the first round.
There is a good chance that a running back is not selected in the first round in 2020. But the Dolphins are one of a handful of teams with multiple picks, so there is a chance the Dolphins take a running back at #26 and het their pick of the liter. If they do that, I can see the pick being D’Andre Swift from Georgia.
Swift is fun to watch. He’s a patient runner, who has a 1 cut style of running. On tape, Swift has a lot of productive runs after planting his right foot in the ground, making a cut and turning up filed. His top end speed is not lightning fast, but you wouldn’t know it when you watch him run, because this one cut style puts a lot of early separation between the tacklers and Swift
Swift is a good receiver too. If Swift has any weaknesses it’s ball security and pass protection. But he is a very productive and talented back and worth a late first or an early second round pick.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of other good backs. Like Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor. For most of the season I expected Taylor to be the first back off the board. But it’s starting to look like that isn’t the way it will shape up. That shouldn’t scare anyone. Taylor had a very productive career running behind some very good offensive lines with the Badgers. Taylor had 6,174 rushing yards in three years with 50 touchdowns! If that’s not impressive to you, go back to coveting hand sanitizer.
Taylor has good size coming in at 5’11, 219 pounds. But he actually moves like a smaller back showing the kind if shiftiness that projects well in the NFL. He’s been durable throughout his career even after carry after carry. He really has one glaring weakness: ball security. Taylor has had a few fumbles but he’s also had close to 1000 touches, so make sure you put it in perspective.
Sticking with big numbers in the Big Ten, another productive runner that might be off the board before the 2nd round is through is J.K. Dobbins, who had 2,000 rushing years in his final year with Ohio State. Dobbins isn’t as shifty as the two running backs we mentioned on this list. Dobbins is more like a tough lunch pail runner who is going to be consistently productive. He actually kind of reminds me of new Dolphin, Jordan Howard…so if you are thinking “change of pace” he probably won’t do that, but what Dobbins will likely do is have a very good NFL career.
Finally rounding out our top four NFL backs is Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire was kind of lost in the shuffle in terms of hype at LSU because of all the attention Joe Burrow received. But Edwards-Helaire was very productive for LSU. In fact he had over 1,800 total offensive yards.
Some of those yards came through the air as he had 55 catches. He’s easily the best receiving back on this list.
A lot of people think of Edwards-Helaire as a bowling ball stout runner, and at 5’8, 209 pounds, he fits that mold, but really, both Swift and Dobbins aren’t much taller than Edwards-Helaire.
He is more quick than fast, but that quickness goes a long way to breaking a lot of tackles. On tape you can see his toughness on each carrry as he fights for yards. But on paper, what some people miss is that he is one of the best backs on this list in terms of ball security. He just doesn’t fumble a lot.
These are the four backs that are most likely to be selected before round 2 is over. But there are plenty of others backs in this draft, and we will take a closer look at them next time.
My favorite Megadeath song…at least today. Love their stuff.
This was their early days mark on that scene. They were the best thrash band of the lot for me. I had no horse in the race when I got turned onto this in the late 80’s and early 90’s. After listening you make your choices on what you dig and that’s it. 🙂
Totally agree. I listened to Slayer, Anthrax, etc, but Megadeth was on another plane of existence. Early Metallica was great too, and of those 4 the closest to Megadeth in putting out great music, lol, but of course the earliest Metallica was Mustaine so…
Yep! Mustaine is like Trump. Right in your face. But at some things he’s really good.
This really does show similar ways of communicating. LOL
Yes I really did just read the sentence ‘Mustaine is like Trump’. The apocalypse truly is upon us. 😉
LOL…this old white fuck doesn’t know how to add to the playlist.
Don’t Stand So Close to Me
Maybe one of those can be added by someone who can do this. I can post the link, but not the visual….
Dig the kettle drums!
Krishna – I went to the liquor store yesterday and spent about $250. It ain’t just you! 😀
LOL….thanks all. Not to be a downer but Fridays are hard for me. The music is a respite.
Kong, do you think Trump and Mustaine are brash? LOL
That’s all I meant by it. They are both like that and not shy about it.
Lol, I understand what you meant, bro. I’m just messin’ around 🙂
I needed something funny.
From the words of freddy mercury.
Im doing my sentence but committed no crime
See if this works this time.
Yea, I knew the secondary was going to be a focus along with the trenches/edge rusher this off-season. I’ve been saying for a while that CBs were just as important as pass rusher when having a top defense.
Also, nice shout out for 2 of my all-time favorites, Madison and Surtain. 👍
If there is a season it will be an interesting defense. Honestly, I expect a trade up for Burrow using two of this year’s 1st rounders and one of next year’s. Then drafting an OT in the first, interior OL/RB/OT in the second.and third.
I can definitely roll with that. Though I would like to get another safety and a NT. I wouldn’t mind trading a bunch of day 3 picks to pick up another 3rd rounder too.
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Having some states lockdown and others not is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.
Makes sense to me
I miss going out to breakfast
Totally- as the old timers say, “It’s the simple things..”
Parker was great last year as shown in this video. I just dont understand why anyone would want to give up the plethora of early pick we have to move up for burrow. QB pos is not broken so why fix it?
Fitz looks great on these throws
Imagine what he’ll look like behind an OL. We heard last year during mini camps what a great connection Fitz had with Parker. I always thought check down Charlie held Parker back. Now he’s making 30M per to hold back Titans WRs.
Tanny was unaware of his surroundings. He still is. When he was here he was the most sacked qb. And a lot of that was on him. His success last year had to do with derek henry.
That said Fitz looks great and we have a huge investment in Rosen. I dont see the qb position as a weakness
Tim, I forgot Aikens was a FA, I thought I remembered him signing an extension early last year.
Cav, glad to see you on top of the Belichick win count. It’ll be sad day if he were to pass Coach Shula
The models show the apex around the beginning of may however this virus will still linger into august and sept or so the experts say.
If it was just as simple as strapping your chinstrap amd playing there wouldnt be a problem but what about the fans?
I’m not sold on the models, but once it slows down I expect them to test all the players/coaches, then put them in a team sort of quarantine, and have an extended training camp. No one else allowed into camp. Then re-evaluate the situation to see, if fans can attend the games. I don’t see any missed games.
Are you actually going to put 60k fans in a stadium sitting side by side within the next maybe minimum 8 months? I doubt it.
So does the NFL continue to play without fans? That would be a big hit in the wallet for owners.
Wouldn’t it be a bigger hit to not play the games? The tv revenue should keep the league afloat. Since players get 47% it would affect them too, maybe not this year, but in the future.
Teams dispurse 47% to players however players are under contract for a specific amount. Im not sure if that could be amended as i doubt they thought of that prior to signing the cba. Not sure about that though
I doubt you will see any stadiums with fans at a sporting event until there’s a vaccine.
That’s a huge problem going forward for the NFL.
Thinking ahead . . . If the games are played in empty stadiums, I’m still down for coming down to FLA for a Fest. We could do everything the same except for the game itself. For the game we could go all to a place like Bokampers and get a big table or a couple of tables and watch the game there. Thoughts?
Sounds like a plan to me.
Maybe see if we can get a private room set up somewhere.
Think we have to see how it plays out. But been thinking at some point we might take a year off and if there was ever a year for it….. Getting people to fly in to watch on TV would seem to be the one.
But lets just see what happens.
I love Fitz. He will be a great mentor for another year. But Fitz isn’t the answer.
Stanger – The game itself has never been the focal point of the trip. Especially as bad as we have been. Now we’ll finally be competitive so that will change but I’d love to see everyone, hang out during the week and then I don’t see any real downside hanging out a place like Bokampers and stuffing my face and drinking with all my friends. Could be a helluva lot worse!
I’ll be there
There you go Sonny! It’ll be a lot of fun, guaranteed!
In the event that this all ends nicely and the season goes on as planned think of this possible scenario. Miami plays in Jax and then the following week at home or vice versa. Could potentially Fest both games. If it played out like that in October that would be cool.
If it doesn’t end up where we can watch at the stadium, we actually have more flexibility because we can go watch an away game too. We’ll see what happens, either way it’s gonna be good
I got up at 8 and since I had nothing to do
Went back to bed
We’ve been cleaning, I cleaned my bathroom including the toilet. Oh joy!
I live in an apt…it doesn’t take me that long too clean…woah is me…🐷
I actually have to do a mediation by video conference in Wens, so I do have to clean up the apt…
My nieces wedding was postponed to 10/24
So FYI if the fest is 10/24 – I won’t be able to make that date or weekend
Well then we won’t make it that date
Thank you Oregon
Mike E — people watching the Phins in South Florida and I am there. We don’t know what will be going on yet though. But what Fest Fever!
LOL @ Fest Fever, I see what you did there.
Stanger, come up to the JAX game if it goes as scheduled.
I could see that. A natural for OD as well. ORob too.
I am not taking much vacation right now and will probably have many days to burn, a whole week actually might be nice, right on the beach.
You, your keg and the Grease soundtrack
Lol, you know it.
Just as long as you bastards stay 6 feet away from me 😉
No problem, I try to anyway.
Yeah, I’m finding that was pretty normal 4 me anyway, nobody ever wanted to get much closer to me than 6 feet BEFORE all of this
Piggs, aren’t you supposed to be raising pigeons up on the roof? Isn’t that what New Yorkers do? That should keep you entertained.
It’ll be tough not hugging all over Piggy though
My mother told me today that her own grandmother died form the 1918 influenza pandemic.
Sad who you never had the chance to meet. Only met one of my great-grandparents and she had dementia at the time.
Cheers, Son. I knew you’d be right with me on that one. He’s on a trajectory to break it in 4-5 years. With Brady gone, maybe we can add a year to that (although he won 11 games with flipping Matt Cassell, so we can’t count on it). Throw in a potential lost season and the high end is now 7 years.
He’s too good, only his health can stop him. But in 7 years a lot can happen. Maybe in two years he’ll start talking like Biden, and we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and watch him slip into dementia. lmao
LOL, that’s all we can hope for.
In case you are nostalgic about how awkward Booker can make the fest
You should here my collection of Barry Manilow
NO WE SHOULDN’T
Bring a boombox and we will blast some Manilow at the fest
(son checks off box – seed planted to Stanger about Jacksonville game)
Fuck, my friend’s dad just passed away from the Corona Virus. He died a couple of hours ago.
That sucks Mike
Holy crap, sorry man
Sorry to hear Mike E
My brother and his wife have it but so far they are okay
Let’s hope they stay ok, all the best to them//
Man this thing just ain’t in the news any more. Have a feeling the virus will get the heck out of your brother though. Not a polite host. 🙂
Sorry to hear that
Did someone say fest?
So sorry to hear about your friend’s Dad, Mike.
Not sure how old he was, I’d say about 80 or so. Not a very close friend, but a good friend
I’d love to do a double up again … Houston/Pats was a lotta fun. Wife wants to go to SF game in CA
Our HOF road trip in June is not looking promising at the moment
So sorry to hear that, man. I remember when one of my closest friends lost his dad. He called me up right after and we had a great conversation about fatherhood and family. He was really close with his dad. It was gut wrenching but so cathartic. Condolences to your friend and his family too.
Thanks all! My friend is such a nice guy, what’s worse is he is also sick with COVID-19, he caught it from his dad. I know he was very close with his dad, my heart goes out to him.
I’m sorry for your friend’s loss…. even more so that he is dealing with the dastardly thing. Stay safe.
That’s pretty much what it would take. That’s one of the benefits of having this kind of draft capital. It’a rare, take advantage of it when you can.
Wishing speedy recovery for all affected with this damn thing ..
Mike : sorry on friends dads passing
Ken :,stay far away from those family members. You especially need to watch carefully
Believe me I don’t need many excuses to stay away from my brother. Don’t get me wrong, I love my brother but I just don’t always like him
lol, I hear ya. I have 2 , one I make a point of talking to once a month so doesn’t get passed at me , and another that I have not spoken to outside of Fantasy Football for 4 years, since our Mom passed .. << he is a classic waste of skin
LOL, you’ve talked about that before.
LOL @ Hulk! Stay safe pal!
I have another brother that I am very close to but he is out in Oklahoma. So far they have not had it to bad there but they are starting to get cases
Waiting on line for Geek Squad to assist with running photo slideshows from PC to one TVs in basement… gonna be a long afternoon …
Can’t move from in front of Pc
Planning to watch Wrestlemania with photo slideshow on side tv .. if that’s the worst of my problems I guess I’m doing okay 🤔🤷♂️
2nd death of 165 cases here.. still small potatoes compared to most areas
Hey Mike if you aren’t going to post a new post. I’m about to. Is that okay or do you have something planned?
I was going to have a post for Tuesday, so up to you Piggy
I will publish now. You can run a new one on Tuesday if you like
So sad to see this and I haven’t even turned on the news today. Don’t want to see yet.
The only way through this, that I see, is a United States acting as one, unified and testing 10x what it is today.
We’re not doing either. The more each state does there own thing, it’s like pissing in the wind.
Without testing and tracing you can’t effectively, surgically, isolate, monitor, and assess.
Another need is quartermastering that vast distribution of supplies from wherever they are to wherever they need to be within hours, days not weeks and months. That’s a federal responsibility.
Hope we can all come together to make this right sooner rather than later.
I built a squirrel picnic table today. It’s all the rage.
A friend of mine who is a big cyclist both road and mountain does these crazy long rides from his house in Bergen County, NJ along the Hudson River into NY State and he said people were out and about and the boat basin on the river was mobbed because the sun finally came out. As long as that kind of thing keeps happening, this virus isn’t going away anytime soon.
Yep…it’s a cluster fuck.
To some degree I get it! People are going a bit stir crazy and I guess they feel being outside is safer but that’s still a problem if there are large gatherings.
Add at least another 30 days…oh my!
Sitting here hitting refresh over and over to have a shot at first lol
At the very least you must be very refreshed . . .
Yeah not really lol
New blog up
No it’s not!
Jesus, up another 50K since yesterday at 5:30, NY has 122k cases of our total 322K……
Looks like Joisey is catching the spill over, they are number 2 state now with almost 35k cases.
You NE peeps need to stay the fuck indoors, this getting crazy up there. Specially you elderly types, *stares at Mikey*
Well, I’m not working anymore, and I keep my distance from people when I shop. The only other time I go out is to play frisbee with my son or to take a walk down my street while keeping a safe distance from other people. I definitely have not been careless.