Following up on Josh’s post of last week, it seems the secret is out on promising sophomore Christian Barmore
Highest pass-rush win rate among DTs in 2019:— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 11, 2020
1. Christian Barmore, Alabama - 20.8% (freshman)
2. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina - 18.8% (1st RD pick) pic.twitter.com/knZb0t2l9T
Getting pressure from the nose 21% of passing downs from the interior is an unreal conversion rate. That is how to get fat paid. Don’t believe me? Chase Young, the No. 2 pick in the draft, and arguably its best prospect (though my money is still on Okudah) had a pressure rate around 20% — as an edge rusher. Putting heat on the QB isn’t even Barmore’s main job and he’s racking that up.
And we’ve not seen anything close to his ceiling.
Speaking of paid, Tua Tagovailoa has reportedly come to terms on his rookie deal, getting $30,250,000 for four years, fully guaranteed and includes a $19.6m signing bonus.
The guaranteed money is what really strikes me. The Dolphins must have faith in Tua’s health and his continuing ability to stay on the field if they’re willing to guarantee the deal.
It’s hard to say who’s the happiest with their ‘Bama draft pick, but it’s hard to overlook the steal that the New York Giants got, when they selected Xavier McKinney early in the 2nd round.
Even Big Apple tabloid, New York Post, is writing up features on what a coup it was for the G-Men.
It’s a decades-long running joke about the Raiders drafting the fastest player on the board, but that actually was a defining legacy of Al Davis. Nice piece here from ESPN on exactly how Ruggs fits in the scheme and in the history of fleet Raiders.
“We were going to stretch the field vertically. When we came out of the huddle, we weren’t looking for first downs. We didn’t want to move the chains. We wanted touchdowns. We wanted the big play, the quick strike.” — Al Davis, explaining his offensive philosophy to NFL Films.
Alongside Mark Emmert and other mouthpieces giving us a rough drop-dead date of July 1 on whether there will even be a season, it’s looking more and more likely that USC is going to ditch its opener versus Alabama come what may.
“If you don’t have students on campus, you don’t have student-athletes on campus,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it has to be up and running in the full normal model, but you’ve got to treat the health and well-being of the athletes at least as much as the regular students. So if a school doesn’t reopen, then they’re not going to be playing sports. It’s really that simple.”
Helton revealed yesterday that one of the items being proposed in the P12 is an all-conference schedule. In their case, an 11-game season with only Pac 12 teams.
If you’re looking for breakout NFL players, Bleacher Report has given you a lot to choose from this season, and the list is heavily Crimson-flavored.
Williams’ rookie season in 2019 was over before it started—a shoulder injury dating back to his time at Alabama forced surgery that landed him on injured reserve.
All indications are that Jonah Williams rehab is progressing well, and the 6’4”, 302-pounder is expected to open the season covering Burrow’s backside on the left edge of the line.
Williams was widely regarded as the most pro-ready tackle in the class of 2019—his technique, footwork and fundamentals were the best of last year’s bunch. Given that, there’s no reason to think he won’t perform at a high level.
And that should help Burrow do the same.
Finally, I know we’re all starved for sports. So, how about some amateur Fight Night?
Best fight? Or best fight ever?