Why I’m Happy I Grew Up In The Small City I Did

Why I’m Happy I Grew Up In The Small City I Did

Westbrook isn't only where I grew up as a kid, but its a place I continue to call home.
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Westbrook, Maine is where I’m proud to call my home town. We all have our places to call home and we also have the many reasons why we do so. Westbrook is considered “home” to many people. Anyone who doesn’t live in Westbrook probably only know us from the smelly paper mill… But I mean who would forget that smell anyway? I’ve been raised here my whole 20 long years of life, and at the moment, I wouldn’t change it for the world. There are many reasons why someone calls their town their home, here are my reasons:

Little League Fields: From the age I could remember, probably eleven years old, I spent most of my summer and non-summer days at the fields as did many of the kids in the area. I played for at least two softball teams a year and even competed in tournaments where people came all from all over the state to compete in! How cool is that? As well as in 2005, a team won the Little League World Series on National TV! Something many cities can’t say they have done. I met many people here, gained a lot of good friendships; it was a my go to place growing up.

Together Days: Every year we all look forward to this weekend, but I mean who wouldn’t? Fair food, rides and games - it couldn’t get any better than this. This weekend would always start off with a parade from all the way back by the ice rink on Lincoln Street and move down to the Riverbank Park. Everything from fried dough, cotton candy, turkey legs, and root beer floats - we have it all here. Growing up I would count down the days until this week, it was two days of straight sun, hanging with friends, and thoughts of getting closer to summer!

Westbrook High School: Four years here and many memories to follow. Those walls heard more drama, seen more friendships come to an end, and cherished the memories that were made inside of it. Anyone who attended WHS knew everyone and anything. Anytime anyone would ask from a different area how many kids we had in our school we would say 400 something and they would look at us in shock and say “that’s how many kids I have in my class.” We were a small school. Many memories were made here; friday night football games, pep rallies, and awesome teachers. I wouldn’t of wanted to spend these four years of my life anywhere else.

These things are the ones that mean the most to me and I’m pretty sure if you ask anyone else from here when they were growing up, at least one of these would come to mind. This place is one of a kind. We know our city isn’t perfect, and there are some things that could change, but as for now this is where I call home and will continue to do so. Westbrook, Maine you have my heart.

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5 Of The Most Talked About Prospects For The 2018 NFL Draft

Who is destined to become the next big star?
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The NFL Draft is coming up, and in the sports world, it has been the talk of the town. Not only are there multiple quarterbacks creating major buzz, but prospects like Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, and many more are also having sports reporters and journalists going crazy. However, throughout the past few months certain names have been repeatedly brought up more than others.

1. Sam Darnold - QB - USC

Height: 6'3 Weight: 220 lbs

Positives: Sam Darnold is arguably the best quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. His natural instincts and his natural ability are off the charts, not to mention he has a high football IQ. He is also extremely physical, and sneaky fast and is the perfect prototypical size for an NFL quarterback, 6'3, 220 lbs. With his massive size also comes massive strength. Darnold has shown over time that he can throw the ball short or far with great timing and more importantly great accuracy.

Negatives: Sam Darnold struggles with ball security, and he also struggled with throwing interceptions a bit through his career. He threw 13 interceptions, and 9 the previous year. Darnold gets himself into trouble when he tries to force balls into coverage and tight windows. It is here where he can either make an amazing throw or a questionable one.

2. Josh Rosen - QB - UCLA

Height: 6'4 Weight: 226 lbs


Positives: When people talk about Josh Rosen, one thing that is repeatedly brought up is his throwing motion and the fact that he is the best "pure passer" in his class. Rosen is known to have a perfect throwing motion and a perfect release. Not only is his throwing motion "flawless", but he can also sling it. He has the ability to throw the ball very far and precisely.

Negatives: Possibly one of Rosen's biggest downfalls does not have to do with any physical attributes, but how he handles things on and off the field. Quarterbacks are often seen as the team leader; Rosen's leadership has been put into question multiple times, and he has been known to be too cocky and more about himself than the team, which can sometimes get him into trouble on the football field.

3. Saquon Barkley - RB - Penn State

Height: 6'0 Weight: 233 lbs

Positives: Saquon Barkley is extremely gifted athletically. He is the perfect size to make a difference for any team in the NFL. He is a multi-talented running-back because he is an amazing runner and also an amazing catcher. Not only does he excel at his position, but he has also been known to be an incredible young man who is willing to put in the work. Barkley also does not fumble a ton, and his jumping ability is incredible with many hurdles to show for it. Out of every running back in the combine in the past 12 years, Barkley has the 8th longest vertical jump.

Negatives: Barkley has been known to get "too cute" with the ball, and has only modest broken tackle numbers at Penn State. Barkley also has had a lot of negative yardage plays in his career. The last reservation on Barkley is his position itself; running-backs have extremely short careers in the NFL compared to other positions. Teams may have reservations at drafting a RB too high when many of the top running backs in the league have come out of the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

4. Bradley Chubb - DE - NC State

Height: 6'4 Weight: 269 lbs

Positives: Bradley Chubb is overall an freak of a player. At NC State he has gotten better every year, and he finished his senior season with 10 sacks and 23TFLs (Tackles for losses). He is extremely physical and fluid, and also has a lot of speed that should translate to the NFL. His physical attributes and speed help him have a strong presence in the run game as well.

Negatives: There are not many negatives when it comes to Bradley Chubb, but many have concerns over his size, 6'4, 269 lbs. Many refer to Bradley Chubb as a "tweener" which means he may be too small for a defensive end, but too big for an outside linebacker.

5. Quenton Nelson - G - Notre Dame

Height: 6'5 Weight: 329 lbs

Positives: Quenton Nelson is defying the odds because of how rare it is to have a guard be drafted within the top 10 let alone the top 5 picks. The last time a guard went in the top 10 was in 2013. Nevertheless, Nelson has proven he deserves to go in the top 10. Many have called him elite, and think that he could play at any position on the line.

Negatives: One of the only things wrong with drafting Quentin Nelson early is because he is a guard. Part of the reason guards rarely get drafted in the top ten is because they do not have as much of an impact on the game as some of the other positions, like left tackle especially. This is not to say that this position is not one of the most important; it is just unlikely that guards are taken this early in the draft. It is more common to see quarterbacks, running backs, and defensive ends taken in the top 10.

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The "Mocked" Draft

Once trades get involved, chaos happens.
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So in my Mock Draft 1.0 and Mock Draft 2.0 I had one rule, no trades. It makes things super complicated, and it is way more difficult to predict what trades will happen and how much will be traded. Still, they will happen and it will turn most Mock Drafts into chaos.

That being said, I might as well give it a go.

This the Mock Draft 2.1, which will be a One-Round Mock with LOGICAL trades. I'm not going to pull a Colin Cowherd and project the Patriots trading up to number one to draft Sam Darnold. All of these trades will make a lot of sense, and fit both team (I would say benefit, but sometimes teams don't make smart choices).

I will add what was exchanged after every pick, but other than that the format is the same as the 1.0

1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, Wyoming - QB

2. (Trade) Buffalo Bills: Sam Darnold, USC - QB

The New York Giants receive the 12th pick, the 22nd pick and the 52nd pick from the Bills.
The Bills get the 2nd pick from the Giants.

3. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma - QB

4. (Trade) New England Patriots: Bradley Chubb, NC State - EDGE

The Cleveland Browns receive the 7th pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 31st pick from the Patriots.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers receive the 23rd pick and the 43rd pick from the Patriots and the 64th pick from the Browns.
The Patriots get the 4th pick from the Browns.

5. Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen, UCLA - QB

6. Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson, Notre Dame - OG

7. Cleveland Browns: Saquan Barkley, Penn State - RB

8. Chicago Bears: Denzel Ward, Ohio State - CB

9. San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith, Georgia - ILB

10. Oakland Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech - LB

11. Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, Washington - DT/NT

12. New York Giants: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama - DB

13. Washington Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Alabama - DT/NT

14. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Ridley, Alabama - WR

15. Arizona Cardinals: Jaire Alexander, Louisville - CB

16. Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma - OT

17. LA Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame - OT

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, Florida State - S

The Seattle Seahawks receive the 23rd and the 64th picks.
The Buccaneers receive the 18th pick and the 120th pick from Seattle.

19. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jackson, Iowa - CB

The Dallas Cowboys receive Earl Thomas from the Seahawks.
The Seahawks receive the 19th pick from the Cowboys.

20. Detroit Lions: Marcus Davenport, UTSA - DE

21. Cincinnati Bengals: James Daniels, Iowa - C/G

22. New York Giants: Will Hernandez, UTEP - G

23. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia - G

24. Carolina Panthers: Mike Hughes, UCF - CB

25. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry, Boston College - EDGE

26. Atlanta Falcons: Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State - LB

27. New Orleans Saints: Arden Key, LSU - DE/EDGE/OLB

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Reid, Stanford - S

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, S. Carolina - TE

30. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Louisville - QB

The Minnesota Vikings receive the 47th pick in 2018 and a third-round pick in 2019 from the Cardinals.
The Cardinals receive the 30th and the 225th picks in 2018 from the Vikings.

31. Cleveland Browns: Kolton Miller, UCLA - OT

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Connor Williams, Texas - OT

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