Frank Schwab

  • In 2011, Houston Texans fans did NOT like the J.J. Watt pick

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    The Houston Texans landed the best player in the NFL with the 11th pick of the draft four years ago, and most of their fans absolutely hated it.

    Instant draft reaction might be the most inexact science (hey, have you read Shutdown Corner's draft grades yet?) but it also might be the funniest thing to look back on with hindsight. The Texans' Facebook postwhen the team drafted Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt has been making a comeback on social media four years after the fact (h/t to @NYJUpdates on Twitter) and knowing what we know now, the comments are hilarious.

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    " Uh Prince Amakamara?"

    " really?? wtf we need a strong safety's and DB's!!! why not Prince?!?!?!"

     

  • Undrafted La'el Collins still not a suspect in shooting after police meeting

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    After meeting with Baton Rouge police on Monday, La'el Collins is still not considered a suspect in the shooting of Brittany Mills, his former girlfriend.

    It's also after the NFL draft has come and gone, but teams are still interested to see how the case plays out. Collins, a former LSU offensive tackle, met with homicide detectives for more than an hour on Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said. BRPD spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola told the Times-Picayune that Collins is still not considered a suspect.

    Mills was pregnant when she was shot and killed on April 24. Authorities wanted to question Collins. He left the draft in Chicago to go back to Louisiana. And as all of this was unfolding, Collins went from a near first-round lock to entirely undrafted.

    Collins' attorney Jim Boren said Collins answered every question. Boren was asked if he thought Collins would be cleared of the charges, according to the Times-Picayune.

    "Only the police can answer that question," Boren said, according to the paper. "In my mind he's been cleared from the very beginning."

  • Who will win this year's 'Madden' cover? Odds on each semifinalist

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    The contest to be hopelessly cursed by being on the cover of "Madden" is down to four unlucky souls.

    The "Madden" cover curse didn't seem to affect last year's winner, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. He had a fine season and the Seahawks went back to the Super Bowl. But we can't ignore more than a decade of torturous tradition, from Daunte Culpepper to Peyton Hillis, when it comes to the "Madden" curse. The video game's cover boy has generally had something really bad happen after he appears on the cover.

    With that in mind, here are the four semifinalists for the "Madden NFL 16" cover with our entirely made-up and meaningless odds with them:

    Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (10-to-1)

    I like Peterson, he's a popular and good player, but he doesn't have the star power of the others. And the Cardinals' fan base won't overpower the voting like ...

    Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (6-to-1)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (2-to-1)

    But our money is on another big favorite ...

    New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (even odds)

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  • A few teams don't pick up fifth-year options on 2012 first-round picks

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago

    NFL teams now have to declare which first-round picks they think look like busts after three seasons.

    Right after welcoming in a new draft class last week, NFL teams have a deadline for picking up or passing on the fifth-year option for first-round picks from the 2012 class. If a first-round pick has played well, it's automatic. Teams err on the side of caution. The Washington Redskins picked up quarterback Robert Griffin III's fifth-year option for $16.1 million coming off two disappointing seasons. Matt Kalil, who is looking like a possible disappointment as a left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, had his option picked up too.

    So if you don't get a fifth-year option picked up, it's a sign things are not going well.

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  • Jameis Winston won't be playing baseball on Tampa Bay's watch

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't going to have to deal with their quarterback showing up at spring training every year, keeping a baseball career in everyone's minds as a possible negotiating ploy.

    Call the provision in Jameis' Winston's rookie contract the "Russell Wilson Clause."

    Wilson, a former minor-league infielder, seems to show up at Texas Rangers camp every year. To Wilson, it's probably fun. To his agent, it's probably something else as the team has been slow to sign Wilson to a big extension.

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    So if we do see Winston back on a mound again, we'll know that something went really wrong in Tampa Bay.

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  • NFL draft in review: The highs and lows from the seven-round affair

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The NFL draft is (finally) over.

    From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting Jameis Winston (and the dumb Social Media Outrage that followed the crab legs photo) to the Arizona Cardinals taking Mr. Irrelevant, it was a wild three days. What moments won the three days? Let's check it out.

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    Most touching moment

    This one was easy. It was Jim Kelly, whose battle against cancer was followed closely by all NFL fans, taking the stage to a great standing ovation that obviously surprised and touched him.

    The moment that'll make us laugh every time we hear it

    Stealing the show

    It's kind of fun that we have Ickey Woods back in our lives. WOOOOOO!

    Most extra special moment for one player

    That's different.

     

  • Arizona Cardinals close the 2015 draft by picking "Mr. Irrelevant"

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It's probably better to be the last pick of the NFL draft rather than the second-to-last pick. At least the last pick gets a party in his honor in California.

    "Mr. Irrelevant" is a longstanding NFL draft tradition, a dubious honor for the final pick of the NFL draft. The Arizona Cardinals had pick No. 256 in the seventh round, the last pick this year. They took Gerald Christian, a tight end from Louisville.

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    It's not too bad. The last pick of the draft is the guest of honor at "Irrelevant Week" in July at Newport Beach, Calif. He's also more memorable than pick No. 255.

    Ryan Succop, the kicker for the Tennessee Titans, might be the most accomplished Mr. Irrelevant. Others have stuck in the NFL for a while. Christian might have a chance to make Arizona's roster too.

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  • Giants' fifth-round pick says he was surprised to be drafted at all

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Teams make surprising draft picks all the time. However, it's not so common that a draft pick himself is surprised to hear his name called at all.

    The New York Giants took Texas safety Mykkele Thompson in the fifth round. Thompson wasn't exactly hosting a big draft party.

    "It was a surprise for me," Thompson said, according to ESPN.com. "I don't even know how to explain it right now. After the numbers I put up this year, I thought free agency was going to be the main goal, probably."

    The Giants have made plenty of good picks through the years, but picking someone in the fifth round who admits he was surprised to be drafted at all probably should be classified as a reach. According to ESPN.com, Thompson said he had just one pre-draft visit: to the Giants, of course.

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  • Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett's house burns down before he's drafted

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Before Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett experienced one of the biggest moments of his life, he and his family had to deal with the pain of seeing their house destroyed in a fire.

    Jarrett's family's house in Conyers, Ga., was significantly damaged by a fire on Friday night during a draft party for Jarrett. On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons took him in the fifth round.

    About 50 people were at the draft party, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Nobody was injured. Jarrett and his draft party moved to a family member's house on Saturday.

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    Yesterday: DT Grady Jarrett's possessions were destroyed in a fire.Today: He was drafted. By his dad's old team. pic.twitter.com/HFgF2AwNjt

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  • Green Bay Packers draft UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, but why?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Well, at least Brett Hundley gets to sit and learn a while in the NFL.

    Hundley, the UCLA quarterback who was thought by some to be the third-best quarterback in this draft class, is going to the Green Bay Packers.

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    Really, the Packers. Who have NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who is still in his prime, at quarterback. What made it stranger is that the Packers traded up 19 spots with the New England Patriots to take Hundley in the fifth round (althoughreports say the Patriots made the first call to the Packers). The Packers sent the 247th pick to New England.

    So, why Hundley if you're the Packers? 

    "You guys asked me if each draft pick has a chance to start, this one probably doesn't ," Packers director of player personnel Eliot Wolf joked, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

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