NFL: 2013 NFL Draft

Should the NFL allow players to enter the draft earlier?

The NFL draft is the best way for teams to bring young talent into the fold. As it stands, a player must have been out of high school for at least three years to be eligible to enter the draft. The rules don’t require that players attend college, although since college is the de-facto farm […]

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Who will be this year’s biggest draft bust?

Every year a number of busts are selected in the first half of the draft. The biggest busts are those that are picked early in the event, and this year has a number of possibilities to claim the prize of being the biggest draft bust. Many believe Jadeveon Clowney has all the makings of one […]


Pro Football Hall of Fame should find a unique way to honor Pat Tillman

It’s hard to believe Pat Tillman has been dead 10 years. Feels like just yesterday he was in Afghanistan fighting for freedom and the American way of life. But I guess that’s the idea behind never forgetting the sacrifice Tillman made when he stepped away from a seven-figure NFL salary to join the U.S. Army. […]


St. Louis Rams would be smart to stay away from quarterbacks in Round 1

The St. Louis Rams have been entertaining quarterback prospects throughout the draft season, which has many wondering if they’d use one of their two first-round picks on a signal caller. But Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis is leaning toward drafting a quarterback in the mid-rounds. That’s exactly the approach […]


Five NFL teams with the biggest adjustments to make this offseason

With the NFL free agency settling down and the NFL draft nearing, teams are starting to get a feel for what their personnel may look like going into 2014. As always some teams come into the season with a more stable situation. There are some franchises in particular that have uprooted the core parts of […]


Terrelle Pryor could be a boon for the Seattle Seahawks, and vice versa

The Seattle Seahawks added to their arsenal on Monday, acquiring Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for only a seventh-round pick. It’s enough to make you wonder how nobody out there thought a player with such talent was worth a simple sixth rounder. After all, despite playing the same position as Russell Wilson, […]

NFL: 2013 NFL Draft

Five ways to improve the NFL draft

Speed it up The worst part about the draft, especially the early rounds, is just how long it actually takes for teams to make their selections. The solution to this problem is very simple. Just shorten the time teams have to make their selections. Give teams a five minute limit for every round, not just […]


Upon Further Review: Once upon a time, the NFL didn’t have cheerleaders

“Upon further review” is a new recurring segment in which This Given Sunday analyzes quirks and fascinating tidbits from the NFL’s history books.  Today, cheerleaders complement the NFL as well as beer, pizza and the voice of Al Michaels. In fact, 26 of the league’s 32 teams now have cheerleading squads. But 43 years ago, […]

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The case against Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel may have the most variable draft stock of all quarterbacks heading into the draft. Some project that he’ll be snagged in the top five while others think he’ll be sliding down the draft order Brady Quinn style. There’s no denying his playmaking abilities, but what could scare teams away from pulling the trigger […]

NFL: Combine

Teddy Bridgewater to meet with the Jaguars for a second time

Among the Jaguars’ biggest needs heading into the draft is a young quarterback that can grow into the role of franchise passer. The question for the Jags is not if they’ll take a quarterback, but when. There are a number of options for Jacksonville to consider in the first round and even later in the […]


TGS 2013 NFL mock re-draft: Picks 21-32

Because hindsight makes us smartasses, here’s how the 2013 NFL draft should have gone down based on what’s happened the last 12 months. Check out the first 10 picks here and the next 10 here. 21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Reed (TE, Florida) — Same position, better player. Reed would have had 1,000 yards if he […]


Are the San Francisco 49ers in store for a blowup season?

On the surface you could look at all the recent success for the San Francisco 49ers and easily assume they’re well on their way to being perennial contenders for a long time to come. But despite their 36-11-1 record over the last three years which included a Super Bowl trip in 2012 and NFC Championship […]

NFL: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

What’s next for Terrelle Pryor?

It’s been clear since Matt Schaub was brought on board that the Raiders would be quickly putting an end to the Terrelle Pryor era. According to Pro Football Talk, the Raiders are hoping to be able to trade Pryor before the start of the offseason program that begins next Tuesday. That’s a short timeframe to […]


Chris Johnson can’t carry anyone, let alone the New York Jets

Why would anyone be under the impression that Chris Johnson can save the New York Jets? In the four years since Johnson’s historic 2009 campaign, he’s been been ordinary. He’s averaging just 4.2 yards per attempt, which is pretty much exactly the league average. That’s one spot above Willis McGahee and one below Knowshon Moreno. […]


TGS 2013 NFL mock re-draft: Picks 11-20

Because hindsight makes us smartasses, here’s how the 2013 NFL draft should have gone down based on what’s happened the last 12 months. Check out the first 10 picks here.  11. San Diego Chargers: Tyrann Mathieu (DB, LSU) — D.J. Fluker wasn’t bad, but Mathieu is better and the Chargers badly need help in the defensive […]