Friday, May 1, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 5.1.15 #Shelton #Browns #NFLDraft #BillyDonovan #Game7

By @cleeverizon
- With the 12th pick in the draft the Cleveland Browns went with run stopper Danny Shelton from Washington.

Here's what we need to know about Shelton courtesy of                               
40 YARD DASH: 5.64 SEC

Bends well for a big man and has ability to play with leverage. Space-eater who is able to maintain good positioning against double teams. Consistently gets his hands inside offensive linemen first. Controls, sees it and sheds to make tackles. Surprising ability to swat cut blocks and chase stretch plays laterally. Played a high percentage of Washington's defensive snaps. Has the strength and athleticism to dominate in the running game.

Despite girth and leverage potential, can be a little inconsistent at getting push off snap. Dominates lesser centers but doesn't seem to look nearly as dominant against more talented centers. Will quit on a play when he's blocked. Produced eye-catching sack numbers for his position in 2014, but much of it was against lesser competition. Must work to keep weight in check.

Vince Wilfork

With his thick frame and powerful upper body, Shelton has moments where he can dominate at the point of attack. He was forced to chase sideline to sideline due to the nature of Pac-12 offenses, but when he faced downhill competition like Stanford, he stepped up. Shelton is an above average interior pass rusher for a man his size thanks to his surprising athleticism. He is a fit in a two-gap scheme and could benefit from playing fewer snaps than he was forced to play at Washington.   

- With the 19th pick the Browns chose offensive lineman Cam Erving from Florida State. Erving is a versitle lineman who will compete for a job on the right side of the offensive line,and may be the Browns center of the future considering Alex Mack will be a free agent after next season.  

HT: 6'5" WT: 313LBS.
SCHOOL: Florida St.
ARM LENGTH: 34 1/8"
HANDS: 10 3/8".

He came to Florida State as an unheralded defensive tackle from Colquitt County (Ga.) and redshirted in 2010 after a back injury. In 2011, had 20 tackles and a sack as a backup defensive tackle. Switched to the offensive side of the ball to help shore up Seminoles' pass protection in 2012 and started all 14 games at left tackle, protecting future first-round QB EJ Manuel's blind side. In 2013, started all 13 games at left tackle and was named first-team All-ACC for the national champion Seminoles. Two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy given to the ACC's top blocker. Named first-team All-ACC tackle and third-team All-ACC center after making switch inside toward the end of the 2014 season. Was very close with grandmother (Lillie Lewis), who passed away in the spring of 2014 after one-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

- Jameis Winston became the number one overall selection in the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston is considered the most NFL ready quarterback in this years draft. His off-the-field incidents, which include an alleged rape in 2012, shoplifting, a gun complaint and the use of vulgar language have raised concern among the teams who might draft him. With the 2nd pick, Tennessee selected Heisman Trophy winner and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.                               

- Billy Donovan has been named the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. His contract is 5 years worth $30M. He spent the past 19 years at the University of Florida and compiled a 467-186 record over that period. While in Florida he won 2 National Championships, made 4 trips to the Final Four,16 straight 20 win seasons,3 30 win seasons,17 trips the the NCAA tournament,6 S.E.C championships,and has mad the Elite 8 in six of the past ten seasons. Billy Donovan became the front runner to become head coach after Kevin Ollie withdrew his name to remain at the University of Connecticut.

- Andrew Wiggins the number one overall draft pick who was selected by the Cleveland Cavs in the 2014 NBA draft then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves to obtain Kevin Love was named the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Wiggins received 110 out of a possible 130 first player votes. He averaged 16.9 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic came in 2nd place, with Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel finishing 3rd.

- The Los Angeles Clippers went down to San Antonio and have forced a Game 7 against the reigning champs after their 102 - 96 win last night. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin came up HUGE, with 19 points and 15 assists for Paul and 26 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for Griffin. J.J. Redick added in 19, while DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds of his own. On the Spurs side of things, Marco Belinelli led the way with 23 points, while Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard only had 12 apiece. Tony Parker finished the game with just 8 points, but had 7 assists. Game 7 of this first round series will be Saturday night at 8pm.

- On the Eastern Conference side of things, Chicago put the Milwaukee Bucks out of their misery after a 120 - 66 beatdown. The highest scorers for the Bucks was Zaza Pachulia with 8. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless both had 7. This is definitely not how Bucks fans expected to end their season, but it was good experience for the young team and can only help next season when Jabari Parker returns from injury. All 5 of the Bulls starters on the other hand were in double digits with Mike Dunleavy leading with 20 points. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler had 15 and 16 points, respectively. Next up, the Bulls will be taking on the Cavaliers, Monday night at 7pm.

- Deryk Gilmore the Agent for LSU's La'el Collins petitioned the league to pull him from the NFL draft allowing him time to clear his name then enter Supplemental Draft.
The NFL rejected Collins' request to be removed from draft until police complete murder investigation. Collins arrived in Chicago on Tuesday poised to be a first-round pick and had been taking part in pre-draft festivities and charity events. But after reports surfaced that Collins was sought by investigators into the murder of the woman believed to be Collins' former girlfriend — she was shot in the head at her house — Collins left the draft party reportedly to assist in the investigation. Authorities have not named Collins a suspect in the case, but they say he can help assist them in solving her death.

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