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People always ask me what I think about this line or that line so I figured why not just make a weekly post giving my picks. I have two college picks and three NFL games for you this week. Remember I do not use a crystal ball nor am I (or Skyboxtalk) responsible for your financial negligence so please wager responsibility.

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Who Will The Wizards Select With The Third Pick

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So the time has come, again, for the Washington Wizards to take their annual position in the NBA Draft Lottery. Wizards fan know this feeling all too well. There are years of success sprinkled here and there for the franchise, but generally, unless the Wizards give away their lottery pick in a dumb trade, they get their choice of some of the best amateur players who have elected to enter the NBA Draft.

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SKYBOXTALK NFL MOCK DRAFT

It’s that time of year again, skyboxtalk subscribers. We like to wait until the clouds clear before we trot out our mock drafts. We don’t include trades, although they are certain to happen. This year has been particularly difficult, with the board and rumors flying everywhere. Everybody knows who the first two draft picks will be, but after that, it’s anybody’s guess. Without further ado, SkyBoxTalk proudly presents its 2012 NFL Mock Draft: (more…)

Redskins Swap First Round Pick, Give Up Two More And A Second In Trade With Rams

Once again, the Redskins are offseason-Super Bowl winners.

They may have mortgaged their immediate future, in terms of talented youth via draft picks, by moving up to the second spot in the 2012 NFL draft. Redskins fans have heard it all before. Give up draft picks for this, give up draft picks for that. While this trade may conclude with the same results, which many don’t believe will happen, it was the right trade for a franchise who has been looking for a long-term option at quarterback since the days of Mark Rypien. They now have an opportunity to draft one.

Andrew Luck is expected to go first overall to the Indianapolis Colts this April. The more intriguing storyline in the draft was what happen with the next pick. Ronald Griffin was expected to be taken with the second pick by whomever traded into that position. Rams GM Les Snead was looking for three first round picks. He essentially got that on Thursday by trading the Rams second pick this year for Washington’s 2012 first and second round draft picks, and first round draft picks in 2013 and 2014.

The Redskins are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. During the Mike Shanahan Redskins era, the team has had to rely on the arms and instincts of Rex Grossman, John Beck and Donovan McNabb.

RGIII is a Heisman winning quarterback who runs a sub 4.4 40 and has incredible arm strength. He caught the eye and captiviated football enthusiasts last season with his quarterback play, his statistics and his charm. The military baby was a vocal leader and his energy and work ethic became contagious amongst his teammates.

Mike Shanahan’s offensive system is at its best when he has a smart quarterback who is mobile enough to run the bootleg and create plays if necessary.

If RGIII is everything he is expected to be and does not succumb to the D.C. social life, Mike Shanahan will have saved himself from being axed by Daniel Snyder. Not only that, RGIII may help change the culture in Washington to the point where Redskins fans will finally believe themselves when they say that their team has a chance to win the Super Bowl.

Now all the Redskins need to do is be wise over these next three years with their personnel decisions.

The Redskins essentially gave up only two first round picks in 2013 and 2014, along with A second round pick in 2012. Armed with about $45 million in cap space, they should be more than fine. With the Browns eager to trade into the second pick themselves, the Redskins were forced to give up a little more than they wanted but have drafted well and reigned in the checkbook as of late.

Let’s assume that the Redskins indeed end up with RGIII on draft day. With a Heisman winning franchise quarterback at the helm and a strong running game, the Redskins should be a few offensive linemen and a wide receiver away from fielding a competitive offense. Carl Nicks will be available this offseason, as will a number of starting-caliber interior offensive linemen. The list of wide starting wide receivers available in free agency this year is also extensive. Add to that the Redskins’ playoff caliber defense, with a few secondary acquisitions *ahem*BrandonCarr*ahem*, and the Redskins have the opportunity to sneak into the playoffs by the 2013 season, if not sooner.

Most importantly, the Redskins will have Ronald Griffin III locked in for four years at about $22 million dollars. Not a huge financial risk if he doesn’t pay off.

The Redskins needed a franchise changing quarterback this off-season. It looks like they will get one. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan may have given up a lot more than they wanted, but nobody will remember or care if Ronald Griffin III (or even Luck if the Colts fool everybody and take RGIII).

Let’s hope this offseason Super Bowl win finally turns into one during the regular season.

The Sandusky Grand Jury Presentment

Here is the 23 page grand jury presentment for the Jerry Sandusky, former coach at Penn St, child sexual abuse case. It is very detailed and very graphic in nature. It is in PDF format so click here –>Sandusky Presentment

K.T.’s Mock Draft

1.Carolina Panthers – AJ Green. This option at first only seemed likely if they are able to trade down some spots. Now I see this pick instantly makes the whole offense better, no matter who is throwing the ball. The threat of losing Steve Smith, only pushes the WR position to a high priority.  Having no 2nd round pick makes the Panthers take a long look at Cam Newton, simply because the WR and DL positions are deep in this draft, but they take a safe 10+ year starter. Jimmy Clausen gets one more chance.

2. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus. People want to give Von Miller or Patrick Peterson here, but John Fox gets production out of serviceable DBS, and likes to sure up the front 7. With Elvis Dumerviel back, they get the pass rush of the edge back, now they need pressure from up the middle. Dareus helps give them this.

3. Buffalo Bills – Cam Newton. The Bills benefit from the Panthers wanting to take a safer route. They grab Netwon and allow him to sit and learn under Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey. Coach Gailey’s success with mobile, athletic QBs along with the pressure to not start right away also help Cam in his progression into a NFL QB.

4. Cincinatti Bengals – Blaine Gabbert. People seem to forget, without Carson Palmer, the Bengals have 1 of the worst QB roster situations. Neither Jordan Palmer or Dan LeFlevor are looked at in the organization as becoming starters. The Bengals also are able to either wait out Palmers retirement threats, or trade him when the price is right.

5. Arizona Cardinals – Von Miller. The Cards luck out and get the pass rusher they were seeking. They didn’t want Gabbert to fall here because they actually like to try to develop John Skelton, so no matter what they were bringing in a vet. (more…)

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