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    Browns Board Mock Draft

    My local liquor store was granted "essential" status.
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    Can't wait

    Ex In-laws used to live in Blue Ash(?) IIRC... about 20 traffic-free minutes or so up the interstate from downtown. Saw a few games in old Riverfront in the late 70s and 80s. The baseball was good, but the Brats and Hudys were better.
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    The 'Who you watching?' 2020 thread.

    Here's Ezra... Ezra Cleveland Only one cutdown... Boise at FSU... watched most of 1st-half (FSU up 31-13).. the game wasn't pretty and neither was Ezra... PassPro out of a 2-point was pretty damn good... gave up only one pressure. Movement was decent and as long as he was square, he was in control... or at least he stayed in the way. "Control" is a bit of an overstatement. He does not punch. He does make his chest available to others. The pressure he gave up was due to being rocked by a chest punch. Run block out of a 3-point was weak. Drive blocks were beaten by punch, but even worse was his ZBS performance. Seemed like every time he tried to flow he ended up being knocked a yard or two behind the LOS. 2-point? 3-point? Realized midway thru Q2 that I could predict run/pass by Ezra's stance. Then I finally saw him try to PassPro out of a 3-point... QB was almost killed. Edge was by EZ in a flash... EZ barely got out of his stance. Ezra Cleveland plays much slower than his Combine numbers would predict. And I don't remember ever saying this about an OT before, but he just plays soft. And I mean it's not just a lack of the "nasty" we like in OL... I've liked a lot of OL who weren't nasty... Cleveland plays soft. Can he get better? Learn a kick step? Drop his hips? Learn to punch? Learn to hand-fight? Learn to get out of a 3-point? Sure... he looks athletic enough to do all those things. But when he does none of those things now, then I have to wonder why? I know a half of tape is very little to come to a snap judgement, but he looks like a Day 3 guy to me... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K18wK7MFMx4
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    Why do you feel LVR (may as well get use to typing that) would pay up to leapfrog NYJ? Jets look more OT needy than WR and wit the depth of the WR class quality will spill out of Round 1. There's still a gut named Trent Williams looming out there. Not crazy about his injury history, but it's hard to argue with seven(?) consecutive Pro Bowl selections and counting. Also... going to take a look at Cleveland... stay tuned.
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    Yup... and when you look at Jones vs. the other top ones his gut is much less pronounced. Add that he is so frickin' economical in his movement... Damn... he reminds me of Joe T. I think I've said that somewhere before, but not many times and not very loud. No kick-step, but... I tell ya... I am so close to putting Jones atop my OT board it isn't silly. But I can never quite pull that trigger and I think the reason I can't is that doing so would be a bridge too far in the face of the overwhelming number of "expert" opinions that have him ranked 5th best. Then add in my takes on Becton and Wirfs vs the "heads"... even given the similar views of all others here... But closest I have gotten is to make Jones my 1b to my 1a, Thomas. Not easy to admit I might be being "cowed", but it is what it is... at least I can still lean on "competition level" if I need to preserve my OL ego...
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    Yup... We've known about NYJ (#11) for a while and now TB (#14) is clearly in the OT market, but who else do we need to watch out for? Assuming the Fins (#5, 18, 26) tab a QB at #5 OT has to be on their shopping list next... and they are the ones with the fire power to move, but where? Going to exclude CIN (#1 - Burrows), WSH (#2 - Young) and DET (#3 - Okudah) for now as they feel set... although DET might be a trade partner for a QB-hungry team. After the Hopkins trade AZ (#8) is likely going OT. So move ups need to land above them... CAR(#7) looks like a likely trade partner, but could hinge on whether Simmons is gone... rumor is they are eyeballing him to replace Kuechly. LAC (#6) willingness to deal seems to depend upon the QB(s) left on the board. and that brings us to NYG... For me NYG is the wildcard... rumored to be enamored by Simmons, they also need OT help to protect a QB investment. It's higher than any team might want to move, but hard to deny that #4 gives a team the pick of the OT litter. Whatever target MIA chooses they can bring the most trade-power to the table to get a deal done. NYJ and TB have shorter climbs, but once MIA lays two #1's on the table the others would likely have to dip into future picks to get competitive. And that's hard to do... And that raises another wrinkle... a team giving up on their top OT and instead being willing to trade down themself, add draft capital and "settle for" their #2 OT. And that could include us... You can go crazy thinking about all this stuff... it's why GMs are currently all trying to feel each other out and will continue to do so until they have to make a move on Draft Day.
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    The 'Who you watching?' 2020 thread.

    Just reread this thread... glad Flugs' OT thread sent me to find it. To quote the Dead... What a long, strange trip it's been... General impression #1: I don't remember player takes evolving more than they have this season. At least that's true of mine... GI #2: The level of disagreement has to be at an all-time low. A lot of good work here with no better examples than Safety and OT, but there are huge voids positionally speaking. Some of the void is understandable given the low need we have for some positions (QB, CB, WR, RB) and/or the low quality of the draft for some (TE, Edge). However, there are a couple we might want to get after... LB, IDL, Edge and IOL. For some of these it just may be a matter of gathering up assessments we've sprinkled around elsewhere. I now I did a bit of an IOL summary in another thread. And while I know I once posted that there is little Edge value beyond Round 1, I have since come across a couple names that I think have a chance to be very good role players... at least in passing situations. We still have time and this place...
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    Welcome welcome and welcome... Did not want to taint the jury pool earlier, but here is my post from when I first evaluated Jones.. Found myself rereading the entire thread that the above came from. It's been an interesting journey for many of us this year... In my case I started of "not very impressed with what I've seen from Thomas so far." lol... well... at least I did look further.
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    How far indeed... for me it really depends on whether Becton or Wirfs is gone as well. If they are not, if it's Thomas and Wills that are off the board first, then BION myself and the other amateur evaluators here, including you, may actually have done a better than historical job this time around. Translation of whateverthefuckIwastryingtosayabove? If Thomas and Wills are the only 2 OTs off the board, then Jones starts looking really good at 10. If both are gone plus Becton or Wirfs, then I'd virtually run to the virtual NFL desk to turn in Jones' name. My only mitigating factor is the comfort I have developed with the UConn RT, Peart. WR? I've taken one in sims... usually in the late first or early 2nd after a trade down (or two) netted me an extra 1st or 2nd. More times than not its been LSU's WR, Jefferson. But in any sim where I can't or haven't traded down (usually to take Thomas) I usually go another route as I see a limited prospect pool at other positions of greater need, e.g., a falling LB or DT. To the best of my knowledge Wills has been only a RT at BAMA, but as someone pointed out Tua is a lefty, so Wills is tasked with protecting his blindside. I'd be surprised if Wills did not play LT in HS. On a personal note... I may be wrong... as I often am up here as opposed to that other section of the BB ... but you seem to have spent more time with tape this year. At least I seem to be reading a lot more of your takes and have enjoyed doing so.
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    Can't wait

    KIrk always has been an optimist... On a more serious note... I wonder how NCAA would handle a missed season from eligibility perspective? Red shirts for all?
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    Sean Payton Tests Positive

    Last couple links... I posted them a while ago "elsewhere"... ... but for those who don't venture into the Browns Board netherworld that is otherwise known as the Political section... https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html Above page and map are from the John Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center. If you click on any of the countries listed on the left hand side of the map, then the data and the plot on the right hand side swap to that country's data. Click on the "Admin" bar below the country list and for some selected countries state/province data is shown. https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest Financial Times Global Graph... Pretty straightforward... more than a little scary... Graph shows rates of rise for all countries reporting cases. https://healthweather.us/ Kinsa is a maker of digital thermometers that upload your data thru an app on your smart phone to their site. A week or so ago they launched a map showing the nationwide data. They actually held up its release for a week because the data it was showing was predicting majot outbreaks in and around NYC and across Florida. At the time both areas had fairly low case counts... and then they did. Kinsa has an algorithm that scrubs historical cold and flu trends from the data to produce its "Atypical" fever map. You can select the Atypical mode by clicking on it in the upper, right corner of the map. You have to scroll down to see the map.
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    Sean Payton Tests Positive

    Yup... but marry the Tectonix migration tracking to the following US City Hot Spot Plot and maybe they will. https://www.axios.com/americas-coronavirus-cities-outbreak-5f22e933-42f1-464e-a68d-5f8ee0923fda.html Scroll down a little. Cursor on a dot should bring up corresponding City/Area name and current counts. There are a few Ohio cities that have low case counts, but high rates of increasing cases including Columbus and Toledo. CLE is the dot to the left of DC... there are worse dot placements. Pittsburgh is the dot just below St. Louis.
  13. Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done. By David E. Sanger, Eric Lipton, Eileen Sullivan and Michael Crowley Published March 19, 2020Updated March 20, 2020, 9:49 a.m. ET WASHINGTON — The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers. In the United States, it was first detected in Chicago, and 47 days later, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. By then it was too late: 110 million Americans were expected to become ill, leading to 7.7 million hospitalized and 586,000 dead. That scenario, code-named “Crimson Contagion” and imagining an influenza pandemic, was simulated by the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services in a series of exercises that ran from last January to August. The simulation’s sobering results — contained in a draft report dated October 2019 that has not previously been reported — drove home just how underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated the federal government would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus for which no treatment existed. The draft report, marked “not to be disclosed,” laid out in stark detail repeated cases of “confusion” in the exercise. Federal agencies jockeyed over who was in charge. State officials and hospitals struggled to figure out what kind of equipment was stockpiled or available. Cities and states went their own ways on school closings. Many of the potentially deadly consequences of a failure to address the shortcomings are now playing out in all-too-real fashion across the country. And it was hardly the first warning for the nation’s leaders. Three times over the past four years the U.S. government, across two administrations, had grappled in depth with what a pandemic would look like, identifying likely shortcomings and in some cases recommending specific action. In 2016, the Obama administration produced a comprehensive report on the lessons learned by the government from battling Ebola. In January 2017, outgoing Obama administration officials ran an extensive exercise on responding to a pandemic for incoming senior officials of the Trump administration. The full story of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus is still playing out. Government officials, health professionals, journalists and historians will spend years looking back on the muddled messages and missed opportunities of the past three months, as President Trump moved from dismissing the coronavirus as a few cases that would soon be “under control” to his revisionist announcement on Monday that he had known all along that a pandemic was on the way. What the scenario makes clear, however, is that his own administration had already modeled a similar pandemic and understood its potential trajectory. The White House defended its record, saying it responded to the 2019 exercise with an executive order to improve the availability and quality of flu vaccines, and that it moved early this year to increase funding for the Department of Health and Human Services’ program that focuses on global pandemic threats. “Any suggestion that President Trump did not take the threat of COVID-19 seriously is false,” said Judd Deere, a White House spokesman. But officials have declined to say why the administration was so slow to roll out broad testing or to move faster, as the simulations all indicated it should, to urge social distancing and school closings. Asked at his news briefing on Thursday about the government’s preparedness, Mr. Trump responded: “Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion. Nobody has ever seen anything like this before.” The work done over the past five years, however, demonstrates that the government had considerable knowledge about the risks of a pandemic and accurately predicted the very types of problems Mr. Trump is now scrambling belatedly to address. Crimson Contagion, the exercise conducted last year in Washington and 12 states including New York and Illinois, showed that federal agencies under Mr. Trump continued the Obama-era effort to think ahead about a pandemic. But the planning and thinking happened many layers down in the bureaucracy. The knowledge and sense of urgency about the peril appear never to have gotten sufficient attention at the highest level of the executive branch or from Congress, leaving the nation with funding shortfalls, equipment shortages and disorganization within and among various branches and levels of government. The October 2019 report in particular documents that officials at the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, and even at the White House’s National Security Council, were aware of the potential for a respiratory virus outbreak originating in China to spread quickly to the United States and overwhelm the nation. “Nobody ever thought of numbers like this,’’ Mr. Trump said on Wednesday, at a news conference. In fact, they had. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-outbreak.html
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    Here ya go... I did not have links in another thread (DOH!), but remembered youtube search string... University of Houston Offensive Line vs 2019... turns up 1-1/2 games.
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    Yup... and if I find the above clips, you'll notice more than that.
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    Left Tackle - Flugel Faves and Hopefuls

    Absoloobie.... I hate highlight reels in general, but it was all I could find yesterday... and TBH Jones did not look as good in that clip than he did in the cutdowns I found during my original eval. I'll post the other game clips if I find them. If I was smart (and what are the odds of that?), then I put links in my write up... which is likely in one of two threads. I'll be baak...
  17. John Hopkins map link The Kinsa National "HealthWeather" Map link is in 5th post. Financial Times Global Graph is in the 10th post. US Cities Hot Spot Plot Since it's a major topic, I thought folks might want access to latest counts. Can zoom in to see individual states/ countries. https://www.bing.com/covid
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    Sean Payton Tests Positive

    Scary Tectonix demo... Link below takes you to Twitter post by Tectonix CEO. They tracked Spring Breaker cell phones from Miami Beach beach to their homes... mostly in upper midwest with 2ndary migration to upper east coast. You can see the major interstate routes home. And a handful of flight destinations in Colorado, AZ, MN... https://twitter.com/TectonixGEO/status/1242628347034767361 The longer I look... the more it pisses me off...
  19. Here's the new US Cities Hot Spot Plot link... https://www.axios.com/americas-coronavirus-cities-outbreak-5f22e933-42f1-464e-a68d-5f8ee0923fda.html It's worth a look. Scroll down a little. Cursor on a dot should bring up corresponding City/Area name and current counts. Did not come across Cleveland, but there are a few Ohio cities that have low case counts, but high rates of increasing cases including Columbus and Toledo. Edit: Found CLE... it's the dot to the left of DC... there are worse dot placements. Pittsburgh is the dot just below St. Louis. Y'all stay safe...
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    Can't wait

    And another thread turns its attention to Bart Scott...
  21. The disgust on the face of the presiding officer was palpable.
  22. lol... and I'll take it. May be a one-time offer...
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    Meet Bidens replacement

    Hadn't heard Acting President... ... but I did hear Covid Comander in Chief.
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