The 2012 Suck for Luck sweepstakes! And the contestants are…

Ever since Andrew Luck backed out on his first-overall pick for the 2011 NFL season, we are now wondering how, and more specifically where, he is going to place next year. Maybe he just didn’t want to end up on the Panthers, as Cam Newton did instead?

Luck already has a storied college career with a list of accomplishments too long to list, although some highlights include being the runner-up for the 2010 Heisman Trophy and being named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Some scouts have been calling him, “The best prospect they’ve ever scouted,” and he has been drawing comparisons to former #1 overall pick Peyton Manning. Whoever finishes with the worst record in the upcoming NFL season will have the opportunity to draft Luck, and here are some of my predictions.  Continue reading “The 2012 Suck for Luck sweepstakes! And the contestants are…” The 2012 Suck for Luck sw…

Aldon Smith opens the 49ers season against the Saints

I wouldn’t call him the defensive rookie of the year just yet, but lining up next to Patrick Willis certainly has huge benefits. After the tremendous potential he’s displayed through his first two weeks as a professional, there’s a lot of anticipation among the 49ers about what Aldon Smith will do when he finally lets loose in a live game situation. The first-round draft pick has been the real deal so far in training camp.

I think it is safe to say that he will be starting at the right outside linebacker position. You don’t draft a player #7 overall to sit on the bench. Aldon Smith has impressed San Francisco 49er coaches with his technique and ability to get to the pass rusher during training camp. This is something that San Francisco desperately needs at this point. They don’t have a lot of other options in terms of linebackers being able to get 10+ sacks. Of course, Aldon also played on the defensive line on college, so in the linebacker position he will need to grasp better knowledge of dropping back into pass coverage. Or perhaps he can end up like Clay Matthews, and be a beast sacking the quarterback.

The 49ers will be against the team that took their old DT Aubrayo Franklin, so expect some fun battles for the 49ers offense tonight!