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I liked that pick. Go Broncos!
Bolles only played one year for Utah, but he was very good. When he says he likes to put guys in the dirt, he means it. Great run blocker, will need work on his pass blocking. He'll match up well with Booker.
 

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its bullshit, now we might get a soccer team, no contact, whats the fun it that. watching someone get tripped, then given a red card !!!!!!!!!! lame , i'd rather watch lady's tennis
 

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its bullshit, now we might get a soccer team, no contact, whats the fun it that. watching someone get tripped, then given a red card !!!!!!!!!! lame , i'd rather watch lady's tennis
Support and watch San Diego State football. They've got a good program and they're not going to leave.
 

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Support and watch San Diego State football. They've got a good program and they're not going to leave.
trust me, I do. its the only team that is good in san diego. I do watch the padres, just to have something to talk about at work when they make bonehead plays.
at one point, the aztecs would have beat the chargers, if they would have ever played each other
 
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its bullshit, now we might get a soccer team, no contact, whats the fun it that. watching someone get tripped, then given a red card !!!!!!!!!! lame , i'd rather watch lady's tennis
Or ladies (LPGA) golf.
 
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trust me, I do. its the only team that is good in san diego. I do watch the padres, just to have something to talk about at work when they make bonehead plays.
at one point, the aztecs would have beat the chargers, if they would have ever played each other
I miss Cal State Fullerton Football. They cut the Program during the 1992 Recession due to insufficient revenue.

The only way you'll lose SDSU Football is from lack of support and insufficient revenue. So the ball is in the fans court.
 

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Screw the Chargers they are traders...and spanos is pos
 
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Looks like everything eventually leaves San Diego, the Conquistadors, the Clippers, The Chargers.
 

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The Rams left SoCal and I really haven't followed NFL since. I became a College Football fan. It's a lot more fun watching guys playing a game they love than guys performing a job. Also fun to try and spot the talent that will go to the next level.

Now I've got to figure out why this Utah team that was loaded with talent, failed to even win the PAC 12 South. I know that injuries were some of the answer. J.J. Dielman, Center, who was drafted today went out early in the season. He switched from Guard to Center when they lost their starting center in Spring camp. By the end of the season they were on their 3rd and 4th string Center. QB tore his meniscus in the win over USC (4th game) and played the rest of the season on it. Still, should have had a better result.
 

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The Rams left SoCal and I really haven't followed NFL since. I became a College Football fan. It's a lot more fun watching guys playing a game they love than guys performing a job. Also fun to try and spot the talent that will go to the next level.

Now I've got to figure out why this Utah team that was loaded with talent, failed to even win the PAC 12 South. I know that injuries were some of the answer. J.J. Dielman, Center, who was drafted today went out early in the season. He switched from Guard to Center when they lost their starting center in Spring camp. By the end of the season they were on their 3rd and 4th string Center. QB tore his meniscus in the win over USC (4th game) and played the rest of the season on it. Still, should have had a better result.

Psst, hey T, here is a tip. When you start that figuring out process, might consider that having a few guys drafted in the 5th and 6th rounds is not being all that loaded. There is a difference between the roll players they get in the late rounds out of Utah versus the impact players they get out of Ohio State in the early rounds you know.:D
 
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Psst, hey T, here is a tip. When you start that figuring out process, might consider that having a few guys drafted in the 5th and 6th rounds is not being all that loaded. There is a difference between the roll players they get in the late rounds out of Utah versus the impact players they get out Ohio State in the early rounds you know.:D
Oh fuck me with your pathetic dick measuring contest.

Utah gets 8 drafted, technically 9 after gifting grad transfer Stevi Tuikolovatu, a walk developed by Utah, a graduate transfer to USC. Utah also had 7 players sign Undrafted Free Agent Contracts.

So let's look at what tOSU did.

Undrafted Free Agents totaled 3:

WR Dontre Wilson
Wilson has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers, as reported by Land of 10.

Source says Ohio State's Dontre Wilson has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.

— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) April 29, 2017



P Cameron Johnston
Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Excited for the opportunity to sign with the @Eagles! Looking forward to getting to Philadelphia to compete and learn! #FlyEaglesFly

— Cameron Johnston (@Cam_Johnston) April 29, 2017

WR Corey Smith
Senior wide receiver Corey Smith is heading to Cincinnati.

All I needed was a shot @Bengals appreciate it ain't no talking just #CheckDat

— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) April 30, 2017

LB Craig Fada
Ohio State special teams ace Craig Fada is getting a tryout with the Houston Texas.

Former Ohio State LB & Best Of The Midwest Combine Alum Craig Fada is headed to rookie mini camp w/Texans.

— Greg Brookey (@bigbrook) April 30, 2017

SAF Jarrod Barnes
Barnes has not yet signed with a team.

Drafted players totaled 6:

Ohio State draft picks
1-11 (11) CB Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints)

1-15 (15) SAF Malik Hooker (Indianapolis Colts)

1-24 (24) CB Gareon Conley (Oakland Raiders)

2-8 (40) WR Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers)

2-22 (54) LB Raekwon McMillan (Miami Dolphins)

3-6 (70) OL Pat Elflein (Minnesota Vikings)

7-21 (239) WR Noah Brown (Dallas Cowboys)

So given that tOSU typically ranks neck and neck with Alabama for highest rated recruiting classes and Utah's recruiting classes have typically ranked from 30 to 40, what can we conclude from this? Old Urban Meyer is doing a good job recruiting, not so good at developing players?

Legacy power teams like tOSU and USC all get pissy when some upstart comes in to challenge them. It's understandable. So choke on that thought in the offseason.

SEC: 53 picks/3.78 picks per team
ACC: 42 picks/3.0 picks per team
Pac-12: 36 picks/3.0 picks per team
Big Ten: 35 picks/2.5 picks per team
Big 12: 14 picks/1.4 picks per team
AAC: 15 picks/1.25 picks per team
 
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So now, with the evening over, there was a solitary figure staring at the draft board. It was a little like the stare of John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. Shanahan was trying to figure out, with both high fourth-round picks now traded, what he could do to get the one player he wanted above all others, now that the Niners would not be scheduled to choose until the 36th pick of round four on Saturday morning.

“Joe Williams,” said Shanahan, in his laconic, unemotional voice. “Running back, Utah.”

I looked at San Francisco’s running back stack. I looked a second time.

No Joe Williams. He was off the 49ers’ draft board. Yet, for the head coach, if there was one must-get player on the last day of the draft, it was the troubled Williams.

“He had some issues in college,” Shanahan said. “Quit on his team.”

Now Saturday was going to be interesting, if only to find out the fate of Williams.

Shanahan: “I’m telling you right now: If we don’t get him, I’ll be sick. I will be contemplating Joe Williams all night.”

Can you ever say, unless you’re a scout or a GM or a coach or Mayock or Kiper, that the third day of the draft is really interesting?

“I had a really hard time sleeping the night before,” said Lynch, “and let me tell you, I was exhausted.”

Why?

“Joe Williams.”

Lynch made a point of telling everyone at the draft, and the scouts and coaches, of his vision statement for the organization. Not only would players have to fit athletically and in the scheme, but they’d need six more traits, spelled out on the laminated sheet around the facility on draft weekend:

• Football passion—do they love it?
• Contagious competitiveness
• Dependability—“protect the team”
• Mental toughness
• Football IQ
• Accountability to other players and themselves

“Joe Williams was a tough one for me,” Lynch said. “He was off my board. So when I got in the building Saturday morning, I had to call him.”



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Joe Williams wasn’t on the 49ers draft board before the team traded up to select the Utah running back.
The Williams thumbnail: Kicked off UConn’s team in 2013 for stealing a teammate’s credit card and using it … enrolled in a tiny Brooklyn college trying to get his football career back … enrolled at Utah in 2015 … Quit Utah’s team in September 2016, telling head coach Kyle Whittingham he couldn’t deal with the mental pressure he was going through … Returned to the team at the coaches’ request a month later when three backs got injured … After a month away from any physical activity, he ran for 179 yards against Oregon State, and then, in his second game, he set the Rose Bowl stadium record for a college running back, rushing for 332 yards and four touchdowns in a Utah win over UCLA.


“It was dead,” Lynch said. “No chance. I wasn’t interested. But I knew how Kyle [Shanahan] felt, so I figured I should at least talk to [Williams]. When I got in, I called him. When I got him on the phone, I said to him, ‘Joe, to be honest, I was done with you.’”

And they talked. Lynch was stunned by Williams’ forthright admissions. Lynch found out what he believed to be the root of the problems: In 2007, when Williams was 13, his sister died of a heart ailment, and Joe Williams felt the burden was with him, because on the night she died, he was with her and fell asleep when she fell gravely ill. He was destroyed, distraught, and ignored his pain, and as he discovered later, the bottling up of his pain caused extreme distress. He was diagnosed with manic depression. He told Whittingham he would do himself more harm than good by staying on the team, and Whittingham understood. The team understood. After a long time on the phone, Lynch had a radical change of mind.

“Screw it,” he said to himself Saturday morning. “I’m going to try to jump up and get this guy.”

Early in the fourth round, Lynch, responding to the agita of his head coach, traded up 22 spots to pick a player not on his draft board.

In a remarkable interview after the pick, Williams was emotional nearly to the point of tears. “I really wanted to play in the NFL someday,” Williams said, “but I understood the dream was over. I had to get my life in order. My mental health was far more important. I was going to do more damage by playing than walking away. I saw a psychiatrist who helped me get my life, not my football, on track. I didn’t do anything in that month away—no conditioning, no weights, nothing. Then they called me to come back, and I felt like I was ready.”

But how does one walk back onto the field, after doing nothing for a month, and, in successive games, gain 179, 332, 172, 181, 149, 97 and 222 yards in his last seven games?

“Sheer willpower,” Williams said. “I was running the ball for my sister, I was catching the ball for my sister.”


The laminated 49er ethos sheet didn’t account for Joe Williams. Lynch won’t know for years, most likely, if he made the right call on Williams or any of these players.

“What do you think Bill Walsh would say about your draft?” I wondered.

“I think he’d be incredibly proud,” Lynch said. “But the one thing I’ve learned through this process is there’s no perfect player.”

http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/05/01/...aft-room-bears-trade-reuben-foster-peter-king

Good luck Joe Willie. Turn on the afterburners.