One of the signs that an athlete has appeal that reaches beyond the world of sports is that he or she appears on the late-night talk show circuit. The Tonight Show is the oldest of the genre, having been on the air since 1954.So, when Robert Griffin III appears on the Tonight Show, which is currently hosted by Jay Leno, its worth noting here.RG3 is scheduled to be on Thursday at some point during the show, which starts at 11:30. That means that this blogger just set his Tivo for the appearance and will give you a rundown on it on Friday morning.
Certain players always shoot up projections in the weeks and months leading to the NFL Draft.
This year, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is one such player.
After the college football season ended four months ago, McCaffrey likely slotted as the third running back off the board behind LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook. Now, most mock drafts suggest McCaffrey will come off the board after Fournette, and a few suggest the Cardinal runner could even leapfrog the former Tigers back.
Like most things football-related, oddsmakers can offer some insight.
Released this week, Bovada.lv listed odds on draft position for Fournette and McCaffrey.
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NFL DRAFT - Draft Position - Leonard Fournette
Over 4 -150 (2/3)
Under 4 +110 (11/10)
NFL DRAFT - Draft Position - Christian McCaffrey
Over 9.5 -150 (2/3)
Under 9.5 +110 (11/10)
Based on those numbers, it's clear Fournette still has the edge as the first RB off the board. That's not a surprise.
It is slightly a surprise that McCaffrey is expected to last until the 10th pick, or even later. Much speculation connects McCaffrey to the Carolina Panthers with the 8th pick, as the speedy runner would be a great option for Cam Newton to catch balls out of the backfield.
More interestingly, if McCaffrey does not get picked by the Panthers, it's easy to see him dropping to at least the 14th pick when the Eagles make a selection. The teams between Carolina and Philly are largely set at RB. At No. 9 the Bengals have Jeremy Hill, at No. 10 the Bills have LeSean McCoy, at No. 11 the Saints just signed Adrian Peterson, at No. 12 the Browns have Duke Johnson and a slew of other needs, and at No. 13 the Cardinals have arguably the best pass catching RB in the NFL in David Johnson.
Again, these are just odds. McCaffrey can certainly still be picked 8th by Carolina, or perhaps even earlier by another team.
It is interesting, however, that the Eagles present the first true natural landing spot if McCaffrey drops from the Top 10. After the Eagles, the Colts and Ravens at 15 and 16 respectively, could make sense for the talented back as well.
All of which means it still seems unlikely for McCaffrey to make it to 17 for the Redskins to select. Though based on oddsmakers, he's not the Top 10 lock some are suggesting.
One other note: Bovada's oddsmakers strongly expect at least three running backs to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The odds are overhwelming (-$500) that more than 2.5 backs go in the first round, so expect Cook to still hear his name called Thursday night.
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The Redskins are part of the way through the process of retooling their 2017 roster. While the major part of free agency is over, they still can add a few veterans all the way through training camp. They have 10 picks in the draft that starts on Thursday. In this series, we’re going to take a look at what has changed on the Redskins roster since the season ended and what they need to add to remain competitive in the revived NFC East.
This series started on defense and you can see all those posts here. On offense we’ve put the wide receivers, running backs, offensive line, and tight ends, under the microscope. Today the focus turns to quarterback.
2016 final game starter: Kirk Cousins
Has started all 32 games in two seasons since he was named the starter. Cousins played every offensive snap last year.
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Projected 2017 starter: Cousins
Trade talk that was all over the place in February and early March is all but gone. It appears that Cousins will be the starter for 2017. Beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.
2017 reserves: Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld
For a while in 2014, McCoy was ahead of Cousins on Jay Gruden’s depth chart, starting three games over a healthy Cousins. McCoy is under contract through 2018 and it will be interesting to see if he gets another shot at starting if Cousins leaves as a free agent. But for 2017 McCoy will continue his role as an insurance policy.
Sudfeld will find out a lot more about his future in burgundy and gold in the next several days. Former general manager Scot McCloughan was very high on Sudfeld’s potential as a future starter. If others in the building were as convinced as McCloughan was they likely will bypass the position in the draft. Taking a QB, especially somewhere in rounds three or four, would be a sign that they don’t like Sudfeld nearly as much as McCloughan did.
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Where can the quarterback position find improvement?
Cousins had another big statistical year, breaking his own team record by passing for nearly 5,000 yards. But he can improve in the red zone, where his completion rate plummeted to 47.5 percent after completing 64.1 percent in 2015. Cousins also saw his third-down completion percentage drop from 69.2 percent in 2015 to 61 percent last year. Not surprisingly, the offense struggled in both areas.
Locks and bubble players
If no quarterback is drafted all three are locks. If one is taken, Sudfeld should start looking at how he can break his lease.