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Mock 2012 NFL Draft 2.0 [Round 1]

Now that we’ve made it through a bulk of Free Agency, it’s time to mock a draft with new team needs.

For the first version: Mock 2012 NFL Draft [Round 1]


1. Indianapolis Colts select: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford I’m even more certain of this pick than I was before. Absolutely no way Irsay goes for Griffin rather than Luck. It’s a match made in Heaven for all parties involved, especially if Indianapolis is able to find more suitable pieces to help make Luck’s job easier.
St. Louis Rams traded Pick No. 2 to the Washington Redskins
2. Washington Redskins select: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins’ entire fan-base are enamored by Griffin, who has the chance to revolutionize the position and reinvigorate the idea that athletes can play QB, as well as the troubling trends at FedEx Field.
3. Minnesota Vikings select: Matt Kalil, OT, USC The Vikings need something on offense. While I believe they could easily select Blackmon here and initially was going to scribe his …

Song Of The Day (29/03/12)

This song is a cover of an old song, but I really love this version. It's much more modern, and a bit more upbeat. I love the lyrics. My friend told me it reminds her of her relationship, but I think a lot of people can relate to it.

I give you, Alyssa Reid - Alone Again ft. Jump Smokers, enjoy!

NFL Capgate

It’s time to discuss “Capgate” here at Don’t Laugh, People. I had several lengthy rants on Twitter about it when it first happened, when the league made an official statement, and yesterday in regards to John Mara’s remarks regarding the penalties imposed on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. Now I’m tempted to bring the rants here in an organized manner.
Firstly, the details; during the uncapped 2010 NFL Season, the Washington Redskins dumped an accumulated $36million from restructured contracts of former DT Albert Haynesworth and current CB DeAngelo Hall. What they did, effectively, was buy room to breathe when the salary cap returned… in essence grafting a wound created by former Redskins’ GM Vinny Cerrato [pictured right]. The Dallas Cowboys did roughly the same, allocating $10million from the contract of Miles Austin to save themselves some room when the salary cap returned.
As I said, the 2010 NFL Season was uncapped, meaning there was no floor or ceiling to acknowledge i…

Song Of The Day (25/03/12)

I haven't posted up a song in a very long time, but this song made me want to.

It's very rare that you hear a song from a girl about a boy that isn't rude or venting anger on how he did her wrong. It's also very rare that you hear a song from a girl about a boy that isn't extremely sappy and declaring undying love - almost pathetic and needy. I can't say that this song is an intermediate, because she says nothing negative, and she's not declaring her undying love for anyone. She's simply acknowledging that she has a good man, who's always by her side. Fair enough that man may be God, but women in relationships with wonderful men who are always there, may also relate to this.

Also.. She has an amazing voice.

I give you, Emeli Sandé - Next To Me, enjoy!

Stargazing

I’ve always appreciated the opportunity to stare up at the stars. In Maryland, there’s a lot of surrounding light pollution that makes celestial sightseeing a major hindrance. It’s still possible to see the usual suspects in the night sky, but there’s nowhere near enough to really draw you in and get lost. My favorite thing to do when stargazing when the sky isn’t polluted is to try and count every single star I can see. It’s humbling, and one of the most peaceful places I can take myself.
My first trip to Tennessee with my family offered a great viewing of the stars. Natural Tunnel was where we would stay. Up the hill was a playground and a field, and laying on the basketball court with my cousins, we’d get lost staring at the sky and the vast depth of space and the millions of stars visible to the naked eye in just that perceivable view within the horizon. Any one section of space revealed more stars than you could count in a night.
In my two years in Louisiana, anytime I was out at n…

Peyton Manning Agrees To Terms With Denver Broncos

We, along with all of the sports world [presumably], have been keeping a close eye on Quarterback Peyton Manning in Free Agency as he has pursued the next chapter of his NFL career.
Today, March 19, 2012, Peyton Manning, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, has agreed to terms and is finalizing his contract with the Denver Broncos.
Manning had been courted by the Broncos, Tennessee Titans, and the San Francisco 49ers in his free agency run. As soon as Manning met with the Broncos, they became a front-runner in most people's minds.
Reports have all suggested that Peyton Manning has been throwing well in workouts for teams, and the Broncos have a good, talented, young core of players and Manning will likely have the option to negotiate for a player or two with whom he is familiar.
Denver may be competitive with a QB of Manning's stature, who is clearly good for 10-12 more wins than the entire rest of his roster on any given year as evidenced by the Colts' performance without…

The Washington Redskins Gave Up Too Much?

In the aftermath of the huge trade where the Washington Redskins acquired the #2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft from the St. Louis Rams, plenty of people are implying that the Redskins gave up way too much for a 4-spot jump in the draft.

One article I saw suggested that the Redskins essentially traded away 4 superstars for one potential franchise quarterback.
That’s misconception #1 I’ve seen—the Redskins gave up four draft picks—and it is the main reason nobody doubting this trade makes any sense whatsoever. The Redskins didn’t give up 4 draft picks; they gave up 3 and swapped 1.
Now for the price that was paid in the deal. The Redskins swapped their #6 overall pick for the Rams’ #2 overall pick. They traded away the second-round draft pick in this year’s draft, the first-round selection in 2013, and the first-round selection in 2014. People have said it’s the most given up since the Herschel Walker deal…
That’s misconception #2 I’ve seen—the Redskins traded away more than anyon…

Major Changes

Starting today and through the next couple months, we'll be making plenty of changes, both personally and for Don't Laugh, People. Once again, I hate to say these things without informing you exactly what is planned, but I ask you trust me to make good on this as I did with the layout as that finally came in a timely manner when I updated you last.
One thing I can fill you all in on is that on Saturday, March 17, I will be releasing Version 2 of the Mock 2012 NFL Draft [view Version 1 here], updated with the recent Redskins/Rams trade and after seeing a few Free Agents on the move, so be on the lookout for that.

Washington Redskins, Rams Complete Trade, RG3

It was announced late Friday, March 9, that the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams had agreed to a trade sending the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Redskins. In return, the Rams will receive the Redskins’ 6th overall selection, 2013’s 1st round pick, and 2014’s 1st round pick as well as a [year unspecified] 2nd round pick.
Wespeculated that Washington and St. Louis already had a handshake deal in place. I told a few fans on Twitter on Thursday that I believed the deal was as good as done and St. Louis would likely just want to call us up first to make sure we still wanted to make the offer. Having been ruled out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, the Redskins pursued harder to get the deal done.
With the 2nd pick, it’s widely accepted the Redskins, in need of a quarterback and a quarterback being the sure 2nd best talent in the draft, will select Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. Again, I also speculated that the Redskins at the combine crowded RGIII due to the knowled…

Should The Washington Redskins Pursue Peyton Manning?

My how things can change. A year ago, we didn't think Peyton Manning would ever play anywhere but the Indianapolis Colts. Yesterday, we found out he was released.
A few weeks ago, I considered the risk and reward of Peyton Manning coming to the Washington Redskins. Today, I feel more confident than ever in saying no.
Looking at it from the logical side of things, if Peyton Manning is healthy, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this guy. He elevates the level of play in every single player on your team. You owe it to yourself to sign him and let him work his magic.
But on the even more logical side of things, Peyton Manning to the Redskins makes absolutely no sense. Sure, you can pitch a good defense, a couple WR's you can grab in Free Agency, and a running game that ripped off big yards at the end of last season to alleviate pressure. You can sell this team to Peyton Manning that we were close with Rex Grossman and his minimum 2 turnovers per game. The same Rex Grossman who …

Peyton Manning Officially Released By The Colts

It comes as no surprise or shock to anyone. A year ago, had we heard the rumor of Peyton Manning never being the Quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts again, because of a release, we all would have laughed at the idea. Even in the age where Brett Favre, fresh off of an appearance in the NFC Championship game (albeit playing God with his retirement games) was shipped off to the New York Jets, Peyton Manning not being an Indianapolis Colt didn't seem like it would ever be a reality.
Today, March 7, 2012, Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning held a press conference to officially announce that the team would not be paying Peyton Manning's bonus, meaning they'd officially be cutting ties with arguably the greatest player in the league.
Peyton Manning has undergone 3, maybe 4, neck procedures in the past 19 months. Speculation of him retiring crept up regularly until recent reports from doctors familiar with Manning's situation reported that he was recovering and cleared for contac…

Franchise Tag Deadline News

Monday's 4 PM EST deadline for NFL teams to tag players proved to be active. This is a big deal for a lot of fans around the league who may have wanted to see certain players moved into their city.
Monday's deadline saw the Green Bay Packers skip on tagging anyone, particularly soon-to-be-high-paid Quarterback Matt Flynn. The San Diego Chargers refused to tag Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson. The Pittsburgh Steelers opted not to place the franchise tag on Wide Receiver Mike Wallace, potentially leaving them in trouble if Wallace walks in Free Agency.
The Buffalo Bills re-signed Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson to a long-term contract prior to the deadline, without having to designate him a franchise player. The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on highly touted Wide Receiver Dwayne Bowe, who I was hoping would have hit the market. The Dallas Cowboys tagged Linebacker Anthony Spencer after deliberation and failed contract extension talks. The Detroit Lions tagged Defensive …

Washington Redskins Franchise Fred Davis

The Washington Redskins have used the franchise tag on TE Fred Davis.
It was speculated for several weeks that Davis would earn the tag.
Davis, coming off of the 2011 season which saw him post career highs of 59 catches for 796 yards, and a massive 15 plays of 20+ yards, in only 12 games, will be paid $5.4M for the 2012 season unless he and the Redskins can agree to a long-term deal.
Davis was suspended the final 4 games of last season for failing the league's substance abuse policy during the lockout and early in the season on additional tests. Another violation of the policy could result in Davis being suspended an entire season, a risk many feel is too great for Davis to earn a long-term deal that isn't incentive laden rather than guaranteed money upfront.
But Davis' talents draw high praise from head coach Mike Shanahan, who has said he believes Davis is genuinely apologetic and remorseful for his actions, and will follow the correct path to ensure it never happens ag…

U.S. Announces Diplomatic Breakthrough With North Korea

The United States announced a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea Wednesday.

Under an agreement reached in direct talks in Beijing last week, North Korea has agreed to allow the return of nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile tests, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities, the State Department said. In return, the United States will provide North Korea with a large food aid package.

"To improve the atmosphere for dialogue and demonstrate its commitment to de-nuclearization, the DPRK has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and nuclear activities at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a press statement Wednesday. "The DPRK has also agreed to the return of IAEA inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium …