Ideal Landing Spots for Blue Chips Prospects

Ideal Landing Spots for Blue Chips Prospects

Ideal Landing Spots for Blue Chip Prospects
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Ideal Landing Spots for Blue Chip Prospects

Consistent success in the draft is the chief building block of building a perennial contender. Teams like the Packers and Seahawks have illustrated that dedication to draft and development provide a way to build a strong roster in the era of bloated contracts. Finding success in the draft, however, extends beyond picking the best players at positions of need. The reason for a players skills translating to the NFL, or not translating, have just as much to do with their fit with the team and scheme as they do with their talent level.

With this in mind, let’s look at five of the drafts top players and what teams they might fit well in.

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

Best Fit: Tennessee Titans

Tunsil has been described by many as the best overall player in the draft and has been the consensus first overall pick for draft analysts in mock drafts. The team holding that first pick, the Titans, would be an ideal fit for him. The Titans have been moving towards bigger, more athletic lineman in the past year, as indicated by trading Andy Levitre to the Falcons last offseason. Tunsil, at 6’5 and 310 pounds, is plenty big enough and displays elite athleticism for the position. Tunsil is powerful and moves well both forward and laterally. He projects similarly to Tyron Smith of the Cowboys and could be an elite left tackle for years to come. This move would allow former first round pick Taylor Lewan to slide over to right tackle, leaving the Titans with a much improved offensive line from a year ago.

Jalen Ramsey, Defensive Back, Florida State

Best Fit: Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have come a long way since the days of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis leading the league’s most punishing defense. Last year, their secondary was among the worst in the league. Ramsey is a versatile playmaker like Ed Reed that can immediately improve this secondary to some of its former glory. Ramsey is an exceptional athlete, running a 4.41s 40 yard dash with a 11’3 broad jump and 41’5 vertical. He has excellent cover skills and can move around the field to take away the opposing team’s greatest offensive threat. Ramsey can be moved around as the matchups will dictate for each week, much like Tyraan Matthieu of the Cardinals. He is a plug and player starter that can provide an immediate impact to whatever team drafts him due to his exceptional versatility.

Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

Best Fit: Dallas Cowboys

In a draft lacking true star power in terms of pass rushers, Bosa has been the consensus top choice throughout the predraft process. Bosa is an excellent run defender and gets off of the line well in the passing game. However, he lacks the raw burst and explosion necessary to be a top tier pass rusher. He projects to being a consistent 10-12 sack per year type of player rather than a truly dominant force like a Von Miller or JJ Watt. He would pair well with the smaller, but far more explosive Randy Gregory, who the Cowboys invested a second round pick in a year ago. This would offer an ideal replacement for Greg Hardy and give the team another blue chip player to contend for a title soon.

Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA

Best Fit: Jacksonville Jaguars

Myles Jack may have been the top pick in the draft if not for his injuries. If he returns to his former form, which draft pundits believe he will based on his current progress, Jack will bring top tier athleticism to the field and can stop the run from sideline to sideline. He played running back in college and shows accordingly good motion and ball skills. Jack also has experience at safety, allowing him to play excellently in coverage. The Jaguars have done a good job building an offensive nucleus through the draft, and have just begun the process with this offseasons free agency spending spree. Jack, like Ramsey, offers the team a versatile player that can captain the defense and potentially be a generational talent, provided that he returns to his former form. Paired with Donte Fowler, Malik Jackson, and Prince Amukamara, Jack would create a nice addition to one of the weaker defensive units in the league.

Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

Best Fit: San Francisco 49ers

With the start of the Chip Kelly era in San Francisco, the 49ers cannot afford to pass on a quarterback in the first round. While Kaepernick’s athleticism may be a tempting option for Kelly, he is a broken passer than lacks the accuracy to run an NFL offense. While Kelly’s read option does place a premium on speed, his offense is more importantly predicated on quick decision making and accuracy, with predefined reads build into the offense. Jared Goff would excel in such a system. Goff projects similarly to Matt Ryan, with a strong enough arm to make all of the throws and upper level accuracy. He also possesses above average athletic ability for a quarterback, which is more than can be said about Kelly’s previous quarterbacks. The common knock on Goff, like Marcus Mariota a year earlier, is that he comes from an offensive system at Cal that won’t translate to the pros. This is a legitimate concern, one that could cause serious reservations for most other teams in the league. Kelly’s offense, however, runs much like such college systems and will be a much easier transition for Goff to take.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Tasks The Detroit Pistons Must Do To Change The 8th-Seed Stigma

After speaking with my lawyer, blackmailing Tom Gores into selling the team is off the table.

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The Detroit Pistons returned to the NBA playoffs following a three-year hiatus. Unfortunately, the newest acquisitions to the coaching staff and roster weren't enough to change the narrative of Detroit Pistons basketball and first-round playoff sweeps. Milwaukee dominated the Pistons into a third-consecutive first-round playoff exit since 2009. What can the new titleholders of the NBA consecutive playoff game loss record do to revitalize their early 2000s reign as tenacious contenders within NBA's Eastern Conference?

1. Don't trade Andre Drummond

With the 9th pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Andre Drummond from the University of Connecticut. Throughout Drummond's six years in the NBA, he continues to adapt, learn, and overcome the adversity surrounding his athleticism and play-style.

The 2018-2019 NBA season was arguably best offensive and defensive season for the 25-year-old center. Trading the three-time NBA total rebound champion that led the league in defensive win shares the past two years is not the answer to our problems.

2. DEFINITELY (and I can't stress that enough) trade Jon Leuer

Jon Leuer received a four year, 24 million dollar contract in 2016 under the management of Stan Van Gundy. As Pistons fans suffering slowly comes to an end, we still have an opportunity to trade Leuer to acquire a player or draft picks that are basically guaranteed to prove more beneficial than Leuer's inconsistent run as a backup power forward.

The Detroit Pistons trading for Thon Maker mid-season was the nail in the coffin for Leuer's run as a Piston, finishing the season averaging 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds throughout 41 games. We're already paying Josh Smith $5.3 million to sit at home and watch us get swept in the playoffs, we don't Jon Leuer sitting on the bench doing the same thing.

3. Acquire size, strength and defense on the wings

Whether it's in the NBA Draft, a trade (hopefully involving Jon Leuer) or even a free agency signing this off-season, the Pistons desperately need to establish depth of wing players. Currently, the Pistons don't have a single small forward on the team.

The Pistons current depth chart (considering we do not re-sign any expiring contracts) is made up of a single point guard, five shooting guards, three power forwards and one center. A wise man once advised the Pistons to use their size and strength to "form a fuckin' wall." Without small forwards, forming a wall isn't an option and mismatches will be an easy exploit for larger teams.

4. Weigh every option with the 15th draft pick

Due to our past drafting history, it's crucial for the front office and coaching staff to weigh every option before we use our 15th overall draft pick. It's common knowledge Detroit has struggled when it's come to the NBA Draft. The narrative began after skipping over talents like Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh in 2003 and most recently with Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, and Giannis Antetokounmpo in recent drafts.

Trading the pick away, trading down in the draft, even trading up in the draft must all be considered. Shopping the draft pick should rank above using it specifically based on our shameful lack of cap space. The Pistons' picks in the 2019 NBA Draft are the only elusive assets Detroit has left until 2020.

5. Find a legal way to force Tom Gores to sell

Since blackmail is illegal, how about brainwash? Tom Gores bought the struggling team in 2011 for $325 million since then not much has changed. He's proved he isn't capable of responsibly owning the team after allowing Stan Van Gundy to take over as head coach and president of basketball operations on top of approving ridiculously priced contracts for players. I'm grateful he gave the Pistons a shot to prove themselves when rumors of relocation circled like vultures but it's time to move on.

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