#Sorry4Jabari 2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia

5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, C, Indiana

6. Boston Celtics: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

8. Sacramento Kings: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

9. Charlotte Hornets: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

10. Philadelphia 76ers : Gary Harris , SG, Michigan State

11. Denver Nuggets :Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

12. Orlando Magic : Dario Saric, PF, Croatia

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA

14. Phoenix Suns : Jerami Grant , SF, Syracuse

15. Atlanta Hawks : James Young, SG, Kentucky

16. Chicago Bulls : Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

17. Boston Celtics: Shabazz Napier, PG, UCONN

18. Phoenix Suns: Adreian Payne , PF, Michigan State

19. Chicago Bulls: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson , SF , UCLA

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

22. Memphis Grizzlies: Cleathony Early, SF, Wichita State

23. Utah Jazz: T.J Warren, SF, NC State

24. Charlotte Hornets :Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

25. Houston Rockets : Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

26. Miami Heat: PJ Hairston, SG, NBADL

27. Phoenix Suns: KJ McDaniels, SF, Clemson

28. Los Angeles Clippers : Markel Brown, SG , Oklahoma State

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan

30. San Antonio Spurs: Semaj Christian, PG, Xavier

The Final Couch Coach 2014 NFL Mock Draft!!!!

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Couch Coach Final 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Houston Texans    1)  Texans :Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina – I don’t expect the Texans will make this pick .I predict them to trade down to maybe Jacksonville to get Khalil Mack.

St. Louis Rams      2) Rams : Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson- The Rams strengthen their wide-out core and officially place the NFC West on notice.

Jacksonville Jaguars3) Jaguars : Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo- The Jags might end up getting Clowney, either way they will get a great player.

Cleveland Browns   4) Browns: Blake Bortles QB, UCF- Bortles will be a project and will be  Brian Hoyer’s back-up…consider Mike Evans in this pick as well.

Oakland Raiders   5) Raiders : Mike Evans,WR,Texas A&M- Best available player at this point.

Atlanta Falcons    6) Falcons : Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn- The Falcons grab the biggest steal in the draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers     7) Buccaneers :Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt- The Bucs take a reach and grab the talented DE that is needed.

Minnesota Vikings      8) Vikings:Johnny Manizel QB Texas A&M- The most polarizing player in this years draft land in Minnesota.

Buffalo Bills     9) Bills : Eric Ebron ,TE, North Carolina- The Bills need a play-maker & he fits the mode. Ebron will be the Offensive Rookie of the Year!!

Detroit Lions 10)  Lions :Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State- Cornerback is the Lions biggest hole; Gilbert makes perfect sense at 10.

Tennessee Titans   11)Titans : Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA- One of the best LB in this years draft, the former RB will make an immediate impact.

New York Giants 12) NY Giants : Jake Mathews,OT,Texas A&M- The biggest slide of the draft.

St. Louis Rams  13) Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama- Best available DB at this point.

Chicago Bears 14) Bears: Kyle Fuller,CB,VA Tech- The Bears need help desperately in the secondary.

Pittsburgh Steelers   15) Steelers :Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan- Steelers take Lewan since Fuller is off the board, the Steelers need O-Line help.

Dallas Cowboys16) Cowboys: Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU- Cowboys take a leap to get Timmy.

Baltimore Ravens    17) Ravens : Cyrus Kouandjo, OT, Alabama- The Ravens also love C.J Mosley, but must make O-Line their top pick.

New York Jets     18) Jets: Odell Beckham WR, LSU- The Jets need to surround Geno with formidable weapons.

Miami Dolphins   19) Dolphins : Jawaun James, OT, Tennesse- Can James start at RT (a position that is needed in the worst way)

Arizona Cardinals   20) Cardinals : Derek Carr QB , Fresno State- Project QB to sit for a year or two while Carson Palmer enters the twlight of his carrer.

Green Bay Packers      21) Packers: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illions – The Packers must fill their secondary in first round.

Philadelphia Eagles   22) Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State- Best CB on the board at this stage.

Kansas City Chiefs     23) Chiefs: Marquise Lee WR, USC- Lee fits the mold for Andy Reid and company.

Cincinnati Bengals      24) Bengals: Jason Verett CB, TCU- Helps fill their gaping hole at CB position.

San Diego Chargers        25) Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State- Chargers take full advantage of rich CB supply in 1st round.

Cleveland Browns          26) Browns : Cody Latimer, WR Indiana- Speed reciever  that Blake Bortles will love.

New Orleans Saints     27) Saints: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame- Needs help on the O-Line.

Carolina Panthers      28)Panthers: Morgan Moses, OT, UVA- Panthers have hole at WR &CB , but can’t pass up on Moses.

New England Patriots         29) Patriots: Joel Bitnoio OG, Nevada – A true Patriot Way pick to the fullest..

San Francisco 49ers           30) 49ers: Brandin Cooks WR, Orgeon State- The 49ers need another wide-out to help Kap.

Denver Broncos           31) Broncos:  Ryan Shazier OLB, Ohio State- The Broncos need a physical line-backer and he’s the best available.

SEA            32) Seahawks: Austin Seferian-Jenkings TE, Washington- Another weapon for Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champs.

Couch Coach 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview: Heat vs Nets

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Rest vs rhythm: The two-time defending champ Miami Heat enters the semifinals well rested as they swept the Charlotte Bobcats last week. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors in game 7 yesterday and off short rest they face the Heat Tuesday.

The Heat find themselves in similar predicament, last year the Heat dusted off the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round and waited nearly a week for their semifinal opponent Chicago Bulls conclude their 7 game series. The Heat lost the 1st game and went on to win four straight to take the series. The Heat have undoubtedly have the best trio in the league spearheaded by Lebron James. James is carrying the load while Dwayne Wade is slowly emerging from his injury woes. Can the heat overcome their issues and advance?

The Nets finally reached the semifinals after last year heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round . The Nets re-tooled as they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett…guys who put the fear in the Miami Heat. The Nets are a matchup headache for the Heat…this team was built to beat the heat. The Nets swept the season series (4-0) , 3 of the games were decided by a single point & the other game went to double overtime. The Nets will give the Heat its biggest test thus far.

Most Intriguing Matchups:

Lebron James vs Paul Pierce

Dwayne Wade vs Joe Johnson

The Nets Win if:  Kevin Garnett outshines Chris Bosh and Paul Pierce come through in the clutch.

The Heat Win if:the big 3 play like the big 3 of the past, Chris Bosh has to get the best of an aging KG &DWade must stay

healthy.

Prediction: Heat in 7!!!!!

Couch Coach NBA Playoffs Preview: Spurs vs Trailblazers

Credit: Steven Lane/The Columbian

Credit: Steven Lane/The Columbian

The Portland Trailblazers & the San Antonio Spurs are the two teams are very similar.
The Blazers in my opinion are a younger version of the Spurs. Damian Lillard can be considered a young Tony Parker with his quickness and his ability to get to the basket.  The Blazers reached the semifinals on the heels of Damian Lillard’s series clinching 3 in game 6 to send the Houston Rockets home. The same PG comparison can also can be said with the PF in this series. LaMarcus Aldridge ability to rebound coupled with his nice 15 foot shot definitely reminds you of Tim Duncan. The Blazers bread and butter is their Pick & Roll…Lillard and Aldridge works this to perfection. This Blazers team is well ahead their time and most definitely will be threat to the Spurs.
The Spurs are the wounded dog you see in your neighborhood..you often wonder after these years that there still around…and when you think their defeated they rise to the occasion. Their 1st round series vs the Dallas Mavericks played out in that particular fashion. At times it looked like the Spurs were going to lay down, but like a wounded dog they persevered and destroyed the Mavs  in game 7. The Spurs play the game the way it should be…their the true definition of a team…they play as one…no particular guy grabs the attention…and every man plays his role to the “T” . Experience is the best teacher and the Spurs are the professors of experience, but father time is looming…..

Most Intriguing Matchups:

Tony Parker vs Damian Lillard

Tim Duncan vs LaMarcus Aldridge

The Blazers Win if:  they can execute the pick and roll to perfection &  Lillard and Aldridge get the best of their older counterpart  match-ups.

The Spurs Win if:  Tony Parker plays out of his mind and the Spurs ability to capitalize on the Blazers mistakes.

Prediction: Spurs in 6!!!!

Couch Coach 2014 NBA Playoff Preview: Thunder vs Clippers

Credit: Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Credit: Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A Clippers who are fresh from Game 7  victories in their respective 1st round match-ups square off Monday. This series undoubtedly will be the the most offensive series we will see in the semi-finals in both conferences.
The OKC Thunder is led by MVP Kevin Durant and his (robin) Russell Westbrook who are seeking its third trip to the  Western Conference Finals. KD and Westbrook are the most dynamic duo in all the NBA. Their ability to drive to the basket, the ability to finish at the rim & their ability to pass to open shooters makes this team very dangerous. The Thunder faced a defensive minded Grizzles in the 1st round and until this point haven’t faced an offensive juggernaut  like the L.A Clippers thus far.
The L.A Clippers enters the semifinals emotionally and physically drained as the Golden State Warriors gave them all that they can handle. The emotional drain in some way has rejuvenated them…(they answered the bell vs Golden State when their backs were against the wall.). Chris Paul stirs the drink for this Clippers team in which his play has elevated the play of others ( Daren Collison, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin to name a few).
This match-up will in my eye live up to the billing. Both teams are complete teams and loaded with stars. This series will undoubtedly come down to  the role players..Expect this series to last for 2 weeks….it will be a INSTANT CLASSIC!!!

Most Intriguing Matchups:

Russell Westbrook vs Chris Paul

Serge Ibaka vs Blake Griffin

The Clippers Win if: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin defend the OKC Duo & Can Jamaal Crawford and the bench provide timely scoring when CP3 and the starters have a off shooting night.

The Thunder Win if:Kevin Durant dominate in MVP fashion..Establish himself as top dog. The Thuder also will need huge contibu

Prediction: Clippers in 7!!!!

Couch Coach 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview: Pacers vs Wizards

 

Credit: Brian Spurlock USA Today Sports

 

The Indiana Pacers & the Washington Wizards enter their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up in remarkably different fashion.

The Pacers were considered the toast of the league during the all-star break then it all went downhill. Despite the regular season collapse the Pacers still managed the #1 seed and their 1st round matchup with the Atlanta Hawks was going to be a cake walk….Not so fast… The  (38-44) Hawks pushed the Pacers to Game 7. The Hawks took advantage of several match-up advantages…..Jeff Teague exposed George Hill.

The Wizards was considered a good team , but the biggest knock on them was their lack of playoff experience coupled with a young backcourt. The Wizards simply demolished the Chicago Bulls in their 1st round match-up in 5 games. Wall and Beal proved their critics as the nearly averaged 20 PPG a piece in their series vs Chicago.

In a series like this generally the best player is the deciding factor & Paul George fits that bill. George flexed his muscle in Game 7 vs the Hawks pouring in a career playoff high 30 points and 11 rebounds….expect him to have several nights like this!

 

Most Intriguing Matchups:

Paul George vs Trevor Ariza

Lance Stephenson vs Bradley Beal

 

The Wizards Win if:  John Wall completely dominate his matchup against George Hill & have a Jeff Teague-esque series coupled with Trevor Ariza ability to neutralize Paul George.

The Pacers Win if: Roy Hibbert comes back to All-Star form (the classic big man that is missing in today’s game) & Paul George must take over offensively night end night out!

Prediction: Pacers in 6!!

 

Couch Coach 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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Couch Coach 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Houston Texans    1)  Texans :Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina

St. Louis Rams            2) Rams : Greg Robinson OT, Auburn

Jacksonville Jaguars     3) Jaguars : Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson

Cleveland Browns   4) Browns: Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M

Oakland Raiders   5) Raiders : Khalil Mack  OLB ,Buffalo

Atlanta Falcons    6) Falcons : Jake Mathews OT , Texas A&M

Tampa Bay Buccaneers     7)Buccaners : Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M

Minnesota Vikings      8) Vikings: Blake Bortles QB, UCF

Buffalo Bills     9) Bills : Eric Ebron TE, NorthCarolina

Detroit Lions 10)  Lions : HA HA Clinton-Dix FS , Alabama

Tennessee Titans   11)Titans : Aaron Donald DT, Pittsburgh

New York Giants 12) NY Giants : Zack Martin OG,  NotreDame

St. Louis Rams  13) Rams: Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan

Chicago Bears 14) Bears: Timmy Jernigan DT, FSU

Pittsburgh Steelers   15) Steelers : Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State

Dallas Cowboys16) Cowboys: Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA

Baltimore Ravens    17) Ravens : Jimmie Ward SS, Northern Illinois

New York Jets     18) Jets: Kyle Fuller CB ,VA Tech

Miami Dolphins   19) Dolphins : Justin Gilbert CB ,Oklahoma State

Arizona Cardinals   20) Cardinals : Derek Carr QB , Fresno State

Green Bay Packers      21) Packers: Ryan Shaizer OLB, Ohio State

Philadelphia Eagles   22) Eagles: Odell Beckham Jr WR, LSU

Kansas City Chiefs     23) Chiefs: Marquise Lee WR, USC

Cincinnati Bengals      24) Bengals: Jason Verett CB, TCU

San Diego Chargers        25) Chargers: Louis Nix DT, Notre Dame

Cleveland Browns          26) Browns : Brandon Cooks WR, Orgeon State

New Orleans Saints     27) Saints: Dee Ford DE, Auburn

Carolina Panthers      28)Panthers: Jawaun James OT, Tennesee

New England Patriots         29) Patriots: Joel Bitnoio OG, Nevada

San Francisco 49ers           30) 49ers: Cody Latimer WR, Indiana

Denver Broncos           31) Broncos: Morgan Moses OT, UVA

SEA            32) Seahawks: Austin Seferian-Jenkings TE, Washington