Corey Stokes, Draft the Man

Someone please explain to me how Corey Stokes did not get drafted.  I mean some of the players that got drafted like really?!?! This is the NBA.  Come on!  Here are some players that got drafted that Corey Stokes should have been drafted over:

LA Lakers 26th in the 2nd round: Chukwudiebere Maduabum

This guy got drafted?! Really?! He averaged .7 points per game and .3 rebounds per game in the D League.  How can the Lakers expect him to contribute in the NBA if he can’t even contribute in the D League.  I mean his name doesn’t even come up as suggested when you start to type it in google.

San Antonio Spurs 29th in the 2nd round: Adam Hanga

He’s basically an international version of Stokes.  He’s a tall shooting guard and is lethal from 3 point range.  Sound familiar?  Why would you draft someone who has played overseas in Europe when you can have basically the same player that has played against American talent.  European talent typically does not transfer well into the NBA.

Orlando Magic 23rd in the 2nd round: Deandre Liggins

What exactly have the scouts seen in Liggins.  He’s never been the best player on his team at Kentucky (he’s never even been the 2nd best player on his team).  He has never averaged double digits in points per game in college and 2.8 assists per game is his career high.  Why would you not draft a player that has increased his points per game average per year every year in college to a career high of 14.9 points per game and plays great defense?

It just doesn’t make sense to me how some of these players were drafted whereas Corey Stokes remains undrafted?! He put up better numbers than all of these players and possesses the athleticism to play at the next level. lEtS wOrK

Some of the Most Underrated Players in the League

We all know about the Tom Brady’s and the Adrian Peterson’s of the NFL.  However, there are a ton of lesser known players that have a huge impact on their teams performance.  These players may not have been drafted in the first couple of rounds, but they shouldn’t be going unnoticed in the league.

Kam Chancellor

Kam Chancellor is not the prototypical defensive back that we are used to seeing in the NFL based on his size alone.  He is 6’3″ and and was clocked running a 4.52 40 yard dash.  His play in the final 2 years at Virginia Tech lead him to be drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 draft by the Seattle Seahawks. According to his defensive backs coach at VT, Chancellor could be “the greatest safety in Virginia Tech history.”  In his rookie season, he saw limited action in all 16 games.  He finished the season with respectable numbers for a rookie role player in the secondary: 23 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass deflect and a forced fumble.  If he is able to use the combination of his tall frame and his quickness, then he should be to contribute to the Seahawks secondary for years to come.  All signs are pointing to Kam becoming the starting safety for the Seahawks this upcoming season.

Matt Shaughnessy (pronounced Shoug-a-lu-sky)

Matt Shaughnessy is a defensive end for the Oakland Raiders.  He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft.  He has seen some success in his 2 years as a Raider.  He has started 10 games over the past 2 years and has recorded 11 career sacks to go along with 85 tackles.  Shaughnessy possesses the quickness to be an effective pass rusher off the edge.  He needs to work on getting better leverage to be more effective in the running game.  I’m feeling a big season out of him this year as well as the Raiders as a unit.  I don’t know why his named is spelled like it is but it has been confirmed that it pronounced as if it were spelled Shougalusky.

Johnnie Lee Higgins

Johnnie Lee Higgins has been in the NFL since being drafting in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft.  Besides 2008, when he led all Raiders receivers in yards, he hasn’t really panned out as a wide receiver, but he has contributed on special teams, both as a returner and on the coverage team.  It would be nice to see Johnnie Lee get back to his 2008 form (before he got lit up going across the middle) so we can see some touchdown celebration out of him.  It’s hard to celebrate when you haven’t scored a touchdown in 2 years.  Anyway, Johnnie Lee was one of the most exciting players in the league before Eric Weddle fucked him up and it would be great for the Raiders/NFL if he regained his 2008 form.  I mean just look and his picture and tell me that you can honestly root against him.

Feed Jamarcus Russell a Job in the NFL

At the time, drafting Jamarcus Russell first overall didn’t seem like such a terrible idea, especially for the Raiders.  Let’s face it, Jamarcus is Al Davis’ dream player.  In college he had the size, quickness and arm strength to project as a franchise quarterback in the NFL.  Clearly that didn’t work out too well for the Raiders.  Who woulda known that once you give the man $32 million guaranteed that he would become lazy and out of shape. However, he definitely played well enough to at least warrant a back up job in the NFL.  I mean is he really that much worse than Kellen Clemens or Dan Orvlovsky?  At least he’s never run out of the back of his own end zone when dropping back for a pass.

How can a player with so much potential be evaluated for his career after only 3 seasons, and only 2 as a full time starter?  Given the team he played for and the talent surrounding him, he put up decent numbers in 2008: 2,423 yards, 13 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 53.8% completion percentage.  Of course he regressed in 2009 and lost his starting job, but nobody is gonna give him at least a chance to show he can still play if needed.  Some of the best teams in the league (Saints, Patriots, Colts) have some of the worst backups in the league (Chase Daniels, Bryan Hoyer, Curtis Painter). What is the harm of bring him in as a backup? Odds are he’ll never see the field again, but I don’t see why if given a good offensive line and a good coaching staff, he couldn’t be a respectable backup.

As an added bonus, if he doesn’t pan out as a backup quarterback, he could at least build team chemistry by planning weekly team trips to Vegas or being the team supplier of Skittles.  I see it as a win-win situation.