Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mock Draft (What I Would Do)

This is what I would do if I were these GM's, this does not mean that all of this will happen but rather that I believe these are the players which teams should take. Enjoy.


1. IND:   Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, No Brainer

2. WAS: RG3, QB, Baylor, Once in a lifetime prospect.

3. TB:  Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (*Trade with Vikings) he is a STUD.  He has the ability to change that offense from day one 

4. BUF:  Matt Kalil, T, USC (*Trade with Cleveland) he is a game changer and one that Ryan Fitz will be glad to have.

5. MIN:  Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU, they trade down and get the player they want.

6. STL:  Justin Blackmon, WR, OK state, the perfect fit to bring in for Sam Bradford.

7. JAX:   Melvin Ingram, LB/DE, SC, he has short arms… he is exactly the high energy player that this defense needs. Jacksonville is quietly building one of the better defenses in the NFL.  

8. MIA:   Ryan Tanahill, QB, Texas A&M, this is a need based pick, they need a QB

9. CAR:  Quinten Copels, DE, UNC, a player who has an extremely high ceiling but did not live up to that production as much.  He will have a very bright future in Carolina where they need to get more of a pass rush.  Add that with the growth of Cam Newton and that Jon Beason is coming back from injury, this will be a much improved defense.

10. CLE:  Michael Floyd, WR, ND, Cleveland gets the playmaker they need and a few extra picks after they had to trade down because Richardson was stolen by Tampa Bay

11. KC:  Courtney Upshaw, LB/DE, Alabama, A very hard working player who will fit in nicely on this defensive line.  

12. SEA: Fletcher Cox, DT, Miss State, brings some toughness to this defense.

13. ARI: Riley Rieff, T, Iowa, Take the safe pick here and help protect your QB, Floyd would be nice but he is off the board.

14. DAL: Mark Barron, S, Alabama, Need and talent converge here, if they go another direction see Barron at either 15 or 16.

15. PHI:  Luke Kuechly, LB, BC, This is the pick that needs to be made for Philly, they need a real run stopper in the middle.  Kuechly is a beast and is ready to start right away.

16. NYJ:  David Decastro, G, Stanford, The Jets covet a pass rush but they also need to upgrade their line.  This is not so that he can be moved to tackle that would be a mistake, rather that they put him next to mangold while they ground and pound with Tebow at the H-back.

17. CIN:  Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor, a luxury pick here for a team that needed Decastro, Wright is a burner who can stretch the field and that will open up the entire offense for the running game.  Teams have to double Green, wright will be able to operate underneath and get yards after the catch.

18. SDDre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama, this is just what SD needs to compete in a division with Peyton..

19. CHI:  Bobby Massie, T, Ole Miss, If cutler is on his back he can’t get the ball to any of their playmakers.

20. TEN:  Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois, a turnover machine who will fit in nicely in Ten 

21. CIN:  Cordy Glenn, T/G, Georgia, Cincy gets its G of the future and gets a bit bigger up front in the very tough AFC North.

22. CLE: Mike Adams, T, Ohio State, He seems to be past his issues and maturing as a player, Cleveland needs some help on the OL and he can move to the RT opposite Joe Thomas.

23. DET:  Stephon Gilmore, CB, SC, a solid corner who will help 

24. PIT:  Dontari Poe, DT, Mem, a work out warrior.  That is what people also said about JPP, huge upside and the perfect fit in a weak class of NT.

25. DEN: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU, a perfect fit inside who can collapse the pocket making Von Miller’s job even easier.  Just the type of player Jon Fox loves.

26. HOU:  Ruben Randle, WR, LSU, Again this a deep class of WR but Hou knows it needs another weapon, as displayed last year when AJ went down.  Randle is a great add here and will be a good #2.

27. NE: Donta Hightower, LB, Alabama, NE gets a tough gritty hardnosed player to add to a Defense that struggled in every facet of the game. With Vince Wilfork in front of him he will fly around next to Mayo.

28. GB: Nick Perry, DE, USC, GB needs to get someone who can play opposite of Matthews and here Nick Perry is the fit.  He is a strong DE who can get a good pass rush.

29. BAL:  Shea McClelin, LB, Boise State, A very smart football player but not at a big area of need. However he can come along slowly as he learns what it means to be a pro from Ray Lewis.

30. SF:  Stephen Hill, WR, GT, a big fast WR who can give Alex Smith a real weapon on the outside.  A fairly big Boom/Bust factor but hard to ignore the potential.  

31. NEDoug Martin, RB, Boise State, RB is not their highest need but he is a complete back who can do a little of everything.  Will be a nice compliment to what they are already doing.

32. NYG:  Levonte David, LB, Nebraska, this would not fill any specific needs that are pressing but when you are the Champs you get that luxury.
33. STL: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
34. INDY: Colby Fleener, TE, Stan
35. MIN: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
36. MIN:(from TB) Kevin Zeitler.G/C, Wisc
37. CLE:Branden Weeden, QB, OKst
38. JAX: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
39. STL:(from WAS)Mitchel Schwartz, T, Cal
40. CAR: Devon Still, DT, PennState
41. CLV:(from BUF) Chandler Jones, DE, Syr
42. MIA: Harrison Smith, S, ND
43. PHI: Jerel Worthy, DT, Mich ST
44. KC: Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern
45. DAL Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
46. SEA: (from PHI) Brock Oswiler, QB, Ari 
47. NYJ:  Alan Branch, DE, Clemson 
48. NE: Casey Hayward, CB, Vandy
49. SD: Johnathan Martin, T, Stanford
50. CHI: Brian Quick, WR, Apalachian St: Reminds many scouts of VJax.
51. SEA: (from PHI) Ryan Broyles, WR, OU
52. TEN: Peter Kontz, C, Wisconsin
53. CIN: David Wilson, RB, VT
54. DET: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
55. ATL: Bruce Irvin, LB/DE, WVU
56. PIT: Jeff Allen, G, Illinois
57. DEN: LeMichael James, RB, Oregon
58. HOU: Bobbly Wagner, LB, Utah State
59. NO----------------------
60. GB: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
61. BAL: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
62. SF: Jeff Allen, G, Illinois
63. NE: Josh Chapman DT, Alabama
64. NYG: John Robinson, CB, UCF

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


When I first came across this picture on twitter I laughed and wanted to go get a donut. I then thought to myself... "I should re-tweet this"

It is amazing to me the shift in culture over the past 5-10 years. What did we do before Facebook, Twitter, Youtube (input any social media here)... Now there are advantages to all of these forms of social medial but I think that they have made us more self centered.

Does anyone really care that I just ate a donut? Why do we feel the need to tell people what we are doing every second of every day? Do we just want to make it easier for people to stalk us? Because it would not be hard, just follow the statuses.

“Just got home”
“About to shower!”
“My dog chewed my sandals while I was in the shower!!!”
“Still wet from the shower. ‘bout to eat. Yummmmm!”
“This chicken tastes funny”

I came Walt Mueller's blog talking about this same picture and he wrote;
"Does anyone who grew up pre-social media remember a time when before, during, or after doing anything/everything in the course of a day you would pause, step outside, and shout out what you were doing at the top of your lungs? Or you would go to the neighbor's house, knock on the door, and announce what you were doing, had done, or were about to do? No, of course not. We would have thought there was something very, very wrong with people like that! "-Walt Mueller

So the question remains, is social medial a problem?


We have become too concerned with updating and commenting that we are no longer living. We are glued to our phones 24/7. Never was this more apparent then at the Super Bowl party at my house this past weekend. There were 20+ High School and Middle School students hanging out watching the game and everyone had their phone out and was either on Facebook or Twitter throughout the night (myself included). Not to mention that most of the things which were shared were for the people in the room, but we wanted more people to see what was going on. We want to feel important and liked. We want re-tweets, likes, comments and to start new #trends. This is how we feel validated. Too some extent we think our self worth is determined by our friend list or how many people are following us.

We have made life into a Facebook timeline and a Twitter feed. I am not suggesting that social media has made us this way rather that it has revealed a deep seeded problem which has been lying just beneath the surface of our culture for a long, long time. The answer is not to stop all forms of social media, nor is it WWJF or WWJT (What Would Jesus Facebook/Tweet).

We need to rethink how we use social media and how social media uses us.

How can this bring glory to GOD not us.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bullying: My Perspective

As I sit in the student center at the PIttsburgh Theological Seminary trying to get some work done prior to class, my mind keeps wandering back to my high school experience. The torture of having to wake up and go to the very place which I hated. You see every day I would go to school just knowing that it was going to be a bad day, there was no hope. I was going to be made fun of.

This is what is going through the minds of bullied teenagers as they ride the bus on their way to another daunting day of school. There is no escape and the worst part is no one is stopping it. People that you thought were your friends stand by and say nothing as jokes are said to your face. That was what it was like 10 years ago and I can only imagine how much worse it is today.

The hardest part was that I could not understand why my peers enjoyed putting me down. Granted I did not have the best hygiene, I had hand-me-down clothes and I was overweight, but is that enough reason to make fun of someone? I began to believe what they were all saying and the only way in which I could deal with all the pain was to be proactive and make fun of myself and laugh it off. The plan was to beat them to it.

No matter how teens deal with it, bullying leaves deep scars of insecurity and self doubt. It is no surprise then that bullied teens are 30% more depressed and 20% more suicidal then non-bullied teens.

Parents, Teachers, Friends: we all have to fight bullying. Far too long have we let it fester and grow in our schools. We fight drunk driving and drugs because we have seen the direct problems that it causes in the lives of teens. We must do the same with bullying.

So what does the Bible have to say?

Jesus say LOVE your enemies and PRAY for those who persecute you.(Matthew 5:43-48) Repay their HATE with His LOVE. When I read those words I don’t even know how to begin doing that. There is not much comfort in those words for me or for someone who is being bullied. But then I remember what God said in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” This is what I was seeking, and the message we need to be spreading, YOU ARE NOT ALONE !!!!! God is with you and WE are with you.

So then what can we do about this issue of bullying? How can we stop the hate? Paul writes in

Phillippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

If anyone can speak to being bullied it is Paul. He was beaten, stoned, attacked, spit on and driven away on many occasions. Instead of attacking back what does he do? He rejoices in the Lord and makes his requests known to God through prayer.

Parents be praying for your kids and their friends DAILY, Teacher be in prayer for your students DAILY, Friends be in prayer for yourself and your friends DAILY. Together through the power of prayer we can come before a holy and righteous God who loves and cares for us, and we can lift up this serious issue which is plaguing our schools.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Crazy Love Chapter 6

Are you really in love with Jesus or just the stuff he offers?

To paraphrase Jon Piper from his book, God is the Gospel. If you could have heaven with no sickness, no pain, all of your friends and family. Being able to do the best activities you ever did, but Jesus was not there could you be satisfied?

Are we in love with Jesus?

This is a hard question to answer, but an important question to ask none the less. If we come to the conclusion that we may not be, what is next? How do we fall in love with God?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crazy Love Chapter 5

Serving Leftovers to a Holy God.

What is it that you believe? Why do you believe it?

You see all to often we do not investigate enough what it is that we truly belive. We do not know the Bible enough so instead we listen to people who do. We hear what they tell us and take that as what the Bible says.

Have you ever really read the Bible? I don't just mean a chapter here or there, but really gone through the pages and asked God to reveal to you what a relationship with him is all about. There comes a time when you will have to decide what you believe. Not what your pastor or youth pastor has taught you. So please read the Bible and ask God to show you the truth for yourself,

We will be talking about our own doubts. What about God do we really doubt, and why?

Then taking a look at the Bible and seeing what it says about those very doubts.

Crazy Love Chapters 4

The Profile of a Lukewarm person.

This week we will take a long hard look at our own lives to see if we are really in love with God. Do we have a crazy and passionate love for him, or do we go through the motions. This is a very hard process, but one that is very important. We do not want to be lukewarm, instead we want to be piping hot, on fire for God. With a passion for his word.

Here are some examples of what Francis Chan describes as a lukewarm person:

Lukewarm People attend Church regularly. They believe it is what "good Christians" are expected to do.

Lukewarm People give money to charity and the church, as long as it does not impinge on their standard of living.

Lukewarm People rarely share their faith with their neighbor, they are afraid they will be rejected.

What is it that holds you back, that causes you to be lukewarm?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

God's Global Mission

Family Devotional 10/18/09
Student Life Publishing

You are wealthy Did you know that? Okay maybe not in comparison to the celebrities in People magazine but if you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back and a roof over your head, you are richer than 75 percent of the world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish are among the 8 percent that comprise the world’s wealthiest.

But we possess an even greater wealth. Knowledge of salvation.

Read Psalm 67 together as a family. It’s almost as if the unknown writer of the hymn had a glimpse into the future. Although he didn’t know exactly how salvation would come he was sure that it would come because he believed in God’s promise to Abraham.

No amount of riches can give us the salvation that we so desperately need. Without God’s mercy, we are hopeless and bound for destruction. But we have a giving, loving and gracious Saviour who has had a plan for salvation since the beginning of time. We have a Father whose heart aches and who has gone to a great extent to be reconciled to His children.

As we grasp this, praise and thankfulness should flow from our lives. It is a love story so amazing that we won’t want to keep it to ourselves. We have the privilege of telling other people this news, and He desires all who have ears to hear it.

With our abundance of knowledge, material wealth, possessions, and technology also comes a great responsibility. Not only are we more privileged than most people on the earth, but we also know a truth that millions have never heard or experienced. God has blessed us and now it’s our turn to be a blessing.

Connection Questions:
1. As a family, write down specific ways that God has blessed your family. Then take time to thank Him for those things.

2.Take turns naming specific gifts, talents, and passions that each family member has that God can use for His glory.

3. Statistics are beginning to show that less and less people in America are claaiming any religious affiliation. Does this motivate you and help you to see the urgency of sharing the message of CHrist? What do you need to do to be prepared to share the message of Christ more effectively?

4. What are the biggest obstacle to sharing your faith? What can you do to overcome those obstacles?

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