What are some of the best conspiracies connected to the music industry? I'm interested in ones about music labels, artists and the industry in general. Some i can think of are: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Michael Jackson vs $ony
Back in 2003 while doing an interview
with the tv show 60 minutes, Michael Jackson claimed there was conspiracy against him by the music industry to suppress his music in the United States.
When he brought it up his lawyer quickly hushed him not to speak about it.
Jackson later spoke on it publicly unravelling the conspiracy
Michael had a long standing fued with Sony due to Michael's remarks that they kill music and unfairly treat their artists.
Michael Jackson was looking to start a venture where artists would own their art and be paid what they are due for it.
Michael showed up to press conferences with signs which read "$ony Sucks
" and "$ony kills music
Michael Jackson announced in 2002 he was leaving Sony, after this he started feuding with them because they would not give him his master records.
Master records are the original audio which every other copy is created.
He openly accused Tommy Mottola, President of Sony in 2002, that he deliberately sabotaged his album Invincible. Invincible was released in 2001 and sold about 10–13 million albums worldwide.
It topped in 13 countries but not in the US. It was thus considered a flop. Invincible was the top selling album then and 2001 was a very difficult time for the music industry as due to the events which occurred in the later half of the year most of the world was focused on the media storm of 9/11.
Sony sued Michael for the album’s failure in the pretext that he refused to go on a US tour to promote it after accusing them of sabotaging his album. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ P.Diddy put a hit on Tupac for $1,000,000
A few months after Tupac was killed in Las Vegas after being shot in a drive-by shooting while travelling in a BMW, Puff Daddy recorded this
song with the lyrics being, "we got hits that will re-arrange your whole set and got a benz that i ain't even drove yet." It's believed this was an indirect diss toward Tupac hinting that he was responsible for getting him killed.
This isn't the only song Puffy has boasted about it.
On Black Rob's song
Muscle Game released in 2000 Puffy says "Fuck with me i'll put a million dollars on your head".
One of the co-conspirators in the death of Tupac claimed he met up with Puffy in a restaurant in L.A. where Puffy asked how much would it cost to get rid of him and he was told
a million dollars.
Somewhere between 1992 & 1993 Puff Daddy threw a party for black entertainment television known as BET at a club in Santa Monica in California.
While there Busta Rhymes almost got into a fight with Southside Compton Crip Keffe D, after the close fight Keffe D started speaking to Puffy and the two became acquainted.
Puffy kept in contact with Keffe D although he denied publicly that he ever knew him.
Keffe D and the southside crips started to supply security to Puffy while he was in L.A.
On March 29th, 1996 the Soul Train Music Awards was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Death Row and Bad Boy attended the event, the South Side crips were supplying security for Bad Boy.
An altercation occurred between Tupac, Biggie, Suge Knight and Junior Mafia, a gun was then drawn by Biggie's friend C-Gutter. Security stopped the altercation before anything serious happened.
After this incident Puffy's former bodyguard called Eugene Deal claimed he heard Puffy shout out of frustration "i dont care if pac gotta die, i don't care if big gotta die, i don't care if Suge Knight gotta go to jail". Video
(14 minutes 20 seconds in)
In May of 1996 Suge Knight gave Tupac the order to create a diss track aimed towards Bad Boy this spawned the infamous track "Hit Em Up" in the track Tupac called for death towards Bad Boy and East Coast rappers and also claimed to have sex with Biggies wife Faith Evans.
The music video included impersonators of biggie, puffy and Junior Mafia artist Lil Kim.
The diss track was released on June 4th 1996.
In the summer of 1996, some time between July and August, Suge Knights friend and Death Row affiliate Trayvon Lane had his death row chained snatched from his neck while in a Footlocker store in the Lakewood Mall in California. Trayvon Lane was a Piru Blood he had his chain taken by a south side crip called Orlando Anderson who was Keffe D's nephew.
There was a rumour that Puffy had put a 10,000 dollar bounty on Death Row chains as he wanted to include them in a music video.
In the summer of 1996 Southside crip Keffe D claimed he met Puffy at the GreenBlatts deli in Los Angeles, while there Keffe D claimed Puffy allegedly put a hit out on Tupac and Suge Knight.
Keffe D claimed Puffy asked how much it would cost, to which Keffe asked for a million dollars.
On September 7th 1996 Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight along with Death Row went to las vegas to watch a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand, after the fight while in the lobby Blood gang member and Death Row associate Trevon Lane pointed out southside crip Orlando Anderson to Tupac.
Orlando Anderson and Death Row associates then jumped him.
After the fight in the MGM Grand Tupac went back to his hotel room and changed clothes, him and some members of his group the outlawz along with his bodyguard Frank Alexander then went to Suge Knight's house in Vegas.
During this time the southside crips who were with Orlando Anderson were eating at a restaurant in the mgm grand, this included Keffe D Orlando Anderson's uncle.
Keffe D claimed at the restaurant were also New Yorkers and Eric Zip Martin a New York drug trafficker who introduced Keffe D to Puffy.
Keffe D claims someone came over to their table to tell them that Death Row and the bloods had just beaten up Orlando Anderson.
Keffe D claims Zip who knew about the million dollar bounty then said to Keffe D it was the perfect opportunity to kill them.
Keffe D claimed Zip then got a glock from his Mercedes and gave it to Keffe D.
Two vehicles then drove to the 662 club waiting for Tupac and Suge Knight to arrive as Tupac was set to perform there.
After it took a while for them to show up the cars left and drove to a liquor store.
After this, Keffe D, Orlando Anderson, Terrence Brown and Deandrae Smith got into a white Cadillac rented by Terrence Brown's mother-in-law.
They then drove around Las Vegas looking for Tupac and Suge Knight.
They then heard women screaming out Tupac's name and saw him standing out the sun roof of Suge Knight's BMW.
At 11:15 p.m. while stopped at a red light on East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane a white, Keffe D claimed they pulled up beside the BMW and Keffe D gave the glock to Orlando Anderson to which he leaned out the window and fired into the car hitting Tupac four times and Suge Knight once in the head
The car then drove off and was chased by Suge Knights personal security blood gang members who opened fire on them.
They then escaped in the Cadillac parking it just a mile away from the scene.
6 days after the shooting Tupac died in hospital after his mother took him off life support.
Following the shooting the New Yorkers who were at the restaurant with Keffe D told Puffy's bodyguard Eugene Deal what went down in Las Vegas.
Yafeu Fuela who was Tupac's cousins who witnessed the shooting claimed he saw that the driver was wearing a white cap, Terrence brown who was the driver could be seen wearing a white cap in a photo
taken shortly before the vegas trip.
The day after the shooting Keffe D and the southside crips returned to Los Angeles, while there Zip called him and asked him to meet at a restaurant.
While there Keffe D claimed Puffy called Zip and asked "Was that us", Zip told him it was.
He claimed Biggie Smalls wife faith evans called Zip too and asked was it them that done it.
Zip claimed he then told Keffe D he is going back to New York to get the money and he will bring it back.
6 weeks passed and Keffe D got no response from Zip.
He then met with Zip and Zip claimed he didn't receive any money.
It was later claimed that Puffy had given Zip 500,000 dollars but Zip kept it for himself.
An F.B.I. investigation into the case claimed Zip used the money to buy a nightclub.
Following this Keffe D never heard from Puffy again, as for Zip he tried to set him up in a police bust.
This investigation was carried out by LAPD cop Greg Kading who had Keffe D's confession on tape.
An investigation was also carried out by the F.B.I. who also questioned Keffe D.
Both agencies believe this is what went down behind Tupac Shakur's murder.
The F.B.I. claimed Puffy only ended up paying $500,000 dollars for the hit, also undercover F.B.I. agent Kevin Hackie claimed the F.B.I. knew for certain that Orlando Anderson was the shooter and even had the killing on tape.
LAPD Detective Greg Kading claims the F.B.I. and LAPD know that Puffy paid for the hit however they won't take action due to his celebrity profile because of the media attention that would come with it. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ F.B.I. reveal dirty LAPD cops killed Biggie
After Biggie Smalls death the F.B.I. investigated it and released their papers
They claimed the trigger man was a LAPD officer called David Mack
Russell Poole was a LAPD detective who was the lead investigator for the murder of Biggie Smalls, from his findings he claimed Death Row Records head of security former Compton cop Reggie Wright Jr employed crooked Cops from the LAPD Rampart Divison to work for $75 dollars an hour.
A police report by Russell Poole stated some of these cops were David Mack, Rafael Perez
and Kevin Gaines
Suge Knight went on record claiming that he didn't know any of the crooked cops and that Reggie Wright jr knew them.
A man by the name of Kenneth Boagni was arrested for a robbery and afterwards testified during the rampart scandal
, he claimed to of been a cell mate of Raphael Perez.
Rapheal Perez was an LAPD officer and a main person invovled in the Rampart Scandal.
Kenneth Boagni claimed Rapheal Perez told him on the night Biggie was killed Rapheal was at the museum providing security for Death Row Records.
He claimed David Mack was with him.
Kenneth claimed on the television show "Who shot biggie & tupac" that Rapheal Perez told him shortly after Tupac was killed in September of 1996, David Mack was informed to get someone to quote "do what the boss wanted done".
This boss could of mean't the head of Death Row Records Suge Knight or David Mack's alleged employer Reggie Wright Jr.
Kenneth Boagni also testified in court, he was an informant who helped exonerate 5 police officers in the past.
His statement became known as "The Million Dollar Testimony", this was as the testimony was buried by the LAPD and as a result the judge in a 400 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit by Biggie's mother fined the city of Los Angeles 1.1 million dollars for suppressing the testimony.
In his testimony Kenneth claimed Raphael Perez told him Reggie Wright Junior and Death Row Records criminal defence attorney David Kenner allegedly set up a hit on both Sean “Puffy” Combs and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace with the bounty being a million dollars.
The killer was allegedly paid $250,000 upfront and owing them $750,000 afterwards.
Kenneth Boagni claimed Raphael Perez told him Reggie Wright was like David Mack’s sidekick at the time of Biggies murder, Reggie Wright denied ever knowing David Mack.
According to Kenneth’s testimony, LAPD cop Kevin Gaines allegedly failed to intercept Puffy’s car as it ran a red light in front saving Puffy’s life.
This has been corroborated by Gene Deal as he was the person who told the driver to run the red light.
Kenneth stated that Reggie Wright Jr and David Kenner informed David Mack and Raphael Perez that they would not receive the $750,000 as the hit was for both Biggie and Puffy.
On November 6th 1997 David Mack, Raphael Perez and a person called Sammy Martin robbed a bank
#Bank_robbery) of America near the university of Southern California. David used his girlfriend who worked at the bank to get him into the vault where he robbed $722,000, which still remains unaccounted for.
David Mack was arrested a month later after his girlfriend told authorities it was him that robbed the bank with her help.
When police searched David Mack’s home they found a black SS Chevy Impala matching the description of the shooters vehicle in the murder of biggie smalls, they also found bullets which matched the rare type used in the murder.
These bullets were buried under the floorboards of his house.
Phil Carson of the F.B.I was ready to make to make an arrest based on this information but his superiors told him to back off.
Russell Poole was also ready to make an arrest, however his superiors at the LAPD told him to back down and stop making allegations.
In 2015 Russell Poole died while at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, he died of a heart attack while discussing one of Suge Knight's cases.
In 2006 Greg Kading was hired to solve the Biggie Smalls murder so the wrongful death lawsuit of 400 million dollars against Los Angeles by Biggies mum could be dismissed.
He claimed that Russell Poole's findings of dirty cops had evidence but were not the suspects behind Biggies murder.
The F.B.I. papers online dispute Greg Kading's investigation claiming the murder was too intricate to be pulled off by gang members and that a large contingency of officers were invovled using police scanners and diversion to get away with it. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
These are just some i know of, what are some more that are out there?
Hi guys. Fair warning: This post will be huge, just like the last year's one I did of this nature and I am sorry for that.
Here we are again. It's draftSZN boys and I'm back again with a Cowboys draft targets. Since we had no 1st round pick last year I decided to do full 7 round targets but this year since we have it I decided my post will contain the first 3 rounds full of players that at this point in the draft process have legitimate chance to be there when we are picking at 17, 51 and 82 and that Cowboys might be interested in. However if you guys are interested in later round prospects I will do another post for day 3 players which will probably end up being bigger than this one so please don't make me do it.
First off, it is exciting to know that we don't know what Cowboys are going to do this year in the draft, as a fan. We knew in the last couple of years that we won't be drafting NTs or safeties high, we knew what kind of players Rod Marinelli perfers, we knew what kind of high character guys Garrett prefered so we could look at team captains as possible targets etc.
We know nothing about the Cowboys process this year so I will be listing EVERY position that I think Cowboys could draft in the first 3 rounds. I will also say that I will not include QB targets and RB targets unless they are a flex type players like Tony Pollard (which there will be 2). Reason for that is that I simply believe we are going to keep Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott is on the highest paying contract for a RB so I believe these positions would be redundant to draft in the first 3 rounds. Everything besides that, players that I believe have a legitimate chance of being there at this point in the process, I will list there and I will make a brief summary of what kind of player you guys can expect that player to be if they are to be drafted by the Cowboys. I also have to put a disclaimer that this is a TAPE evaluation so the grading will obviously not be finilized and as the combine and pro days begin the draft stock of some of these players will inevitably either increase or decrease so that they might become a realistic option at some picks or a reach for another. This post is mainly (mostly) about evaluating fooball players playing football
which is imo the most important part. Also a disclaimer, i watch all-22 tape for most prospects, I watched 2018 tape before the season of all these guys and I watch youtube cut ups for evaluation too.
Let's get started
- QB - none
- RB - none
- WR - Tee Higgins, Clemson (WR3), Henry Ruggs III, Alabama (WR4), Laviska Shenault, Colorado (WR5)
- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
: Great possession receiver, catch radius, big body receiver at 6'4“, 215, can become a true #1 option, deceptive athleticism, great at the catch point, very steady and reliable, strong hands, adjusts to the ball well in flight, shows some route running ability for a big frame receiver, jump ball threat, downfield threat, handfights at LOS very well, comes up huge in some of the biggest games he plays in, shows YAC ability. Weaknesses
: Athletic testing will be a big thing for him to show he has the neccessary long speed, needs to continue working on his route running and develop a full route tree, does not create separation all the time with his route running or with his athleticism that might cause QB in the NFL to be perfect but this is partially negated by his strong hands and huge catch radius and overall ball skills. Bottom line
: Higgins is as steady as they come. What you throw his direction, he will almost certainly catch. He will get most out of it too. Athletic testing will be big for him. He just has to show he has enough speed to be a downfield threat in the NFL. He plays for one of the biggest programs in CFB and he's delivering over and over again. Productive, decently well rounded, Higgins is a very reliable and good receiver. He doesn't have the speed Ruggs has and he isn't electric with the ball in his hands like Lamb or Shenault are and he doesn't run routes like Jeudy does, but he does all the little things that WRs need to do well and he isn't deficient in any category (baring athletic testing).
- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
: Different type of elite speed, type of speed that scares oposition into bailing most of the time and having safety help over the top all the time, big play threat every time he's targeted, very good feel with ball in his hands to find an open crease, kills pursuit angles, reliable receiver, plays hard even when not targeted, valuable asset as a future punt returner, shows neccessary skillset to become even better route runner, improved as a route runner in 2019, shows tenacity and willingness to be a downfield blocker, can play inside and outside Weaknesses
: Slim build, has trouble separating against stronger players that jam his release at the LOS, needs to improve his releases so that he can take full advantage of his explosive ability, projects more into a Z receiver in the NFL than a true X, even tho he is improved as a route runner he still has much room to grow as the nuances of the route tree escape him at the moment and the routes he is running curently are limited mostly to crossers, go routes and gimmicky plays. Bottom line
: With Ruggs, it's all about the speed. He has room to grow as a receiver but as an athlete, he is certainly as one of the most explosive players in this draft class. He is almost impossible to catch when he has space to operate. There's speed and then there's Henry Ruggs speed. He also shows neccessary ability to become an even better and more nuanced route runner on tape like release footwork that can be good but inconsistent, nod at the top of the route to leverage the defender in the direction he wants him to go, putting his foot in the ground and breaking sharply, stop-start quickness, threatening with speed and lowering his hips to create separation on stop routes etc. He will be a valuable player for a team in the NFL, especially as a match up nightmare out of slot and as a punt returner.
- Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
: Dynamic playmaker, value as a punt and kickoff returner, hard to bring down with arm tackles, can be an electric player that can take over games with his ability, big body throwback to a real #1 WR type, very good with ball in his hands, explosive in and out of his breaks, tracks the ball well in the air, attacks the ball, big play threat and downfield threat, can be utilized a lot of different ways, can play all over the formation even as a RB, can play outside and inside, very good change of direction skills considering his body type, very good slant runner. Weaknesses
: Medical history is a cause for concern, needs to continue developing as route runner, needs to develop his route tree (mainly running slants, go's, screens, crossers), needs to continue developing his releases, I'd like him to be even more physical with his big body at the catch point and bully smaller CBs, needs to continue running his route and not quit mid play at times, production dropped in 2019. Bottom line
: Shenault is an interesting prospect. He's a true body type of a traditional #1 WR. He is an explosive athlete that shows at times why he can become much more than that. Moves really well for his size, has very good YAC ability, can play multiple positions. Shenault is going to be a chess piece for some offensive coordinator. He had a better 2018 and has regressed a little bit in 2019, especially production wise. He is still the type of player NFL coaches love and will see and say that they can mold into something special. He has the talent and the ability but he is far from a finished product. Especially as a route runner, outside of few flashes of brilliance, he is limited in his route tree, his releases and nuances of the route running but he shows flashes in all areas. He is a bigger CeeDee Lamb as they are a similar type of WR to me. He has been hurt in his career and that is a cause for concern.
As far as TE class goes, I believe there isn't one worth taking at 17. My TE1 at this point in process is Adam Trautman, Dayton
, a small school guy that has amazing tape. He has a grade of late 1st/early 2nd but I think picking a TE this high in this class is a reach and not a smart choice.
- OT - Mekhi Becton, Louisville (OT1)
- Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
: Giant tackle at 6'7“, 370, great feet. Period. And when taken into account how big he is then it is even more impressive how smooth he is, pass set that gets depth with one or two steps when other tackles need 4 or 5, overpowering in both running game and as a pass blocker, arms are so long that the rushers can't even hope to get close to his chest most of the time, good in space, played very well against the best competition he faced, brute strength in his anchor, extremely hard to get past for pass rushers because of the size and his apparent athletic ability, played both tackle positions for the Cardinals. Weaknesses
: Sometimes he's at a natural leverage disadvantage because of his size, even tho he has improved in cutting down the bad weight he still has some and will need to monitor his weight going forward, can be a bit top heavy, if the rushers are attacking bellow the waist that is the only time he really gives ground, he is sometimes guilty of stalling as a run blocker when he should finish the job, can fire hands late in run game and go belly to belly. Bottom line
: I am in awe of Becton in 2019. When I initially watched his 2018 tape I thought he was good (2nd round grade) but the games I watched in 2019 absolutely solidified him as a 1st round prospect for me. People this big should not be able to move like Becton does. He has shed some bad weight and is continuing to progress in that regard and his athletic ability skyrocked this year. He is smooth, has great set that is extremely hard to get past by the shere size of the body the rusher has to get through, has extremely long arms that if he uses properly (and he mostly does) give rushers NO chance of getting into his chest. I think Becton will end up as the biggest riser in this draft class and I absolutely love his tape. The only way he could drop is if he has a Orlando Brown showing at the combine which I don't anticipate being the case. I believe in Becton as an absolute plug and play player at the LT day 1 in the NFL and even if he isn't starting at the LT I absolutely can see him staring at RT or either G position with the strength he possesses. One of my favourite prospects to watch this whole draft cycle.
- IOL - none
- DT - Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina (DT2)
- Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
: Elite size and length at 6'6, 310lbs, pass rush, variety of pass rush moves, easy mover for a huge player, violent player, very good hand fighter, wins with his first step explosion and quickness and is going to be up the field penetrating 3T made in heaven for an NFL team, disruptive player that leaves his mark in the run game with the havoc he creates with the backfield penetration, can absolutely blast players not ready for the amount of power he has in his hands, blew up the senior bowl with his play before getting hurt Weaknesses
: Medical questions popping up (knee), gap discipline can be poor at times, can get pushed over in the run game if he doesn't win with his explosive first step, needs to be more disciplined in his rush at times creating huge lanes behind him to be abused by screens or misdirection plays, when facing smaller players that have natural leverage advantage over him he struggled at times at the senior bowl. Bottom line
: Kinlaw is the best pass rushing DT at the top of the draft. Not as stout as Brown in the run game, Kinlaw still possesses variety of pass rush moves to get to the QB which is the most important thing in today's NFL. He is a chaos player but he thrives in it. His pad level does not get too much out of order when he is creating chaos so he is very hard to stop. Very comparable to Brown, for me, and it's basically matter of preference on who is the best DT in this class.
- EDGE - K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU (EDGE2), A.J Epenesa, IOWA (EDGE3), Yetur-Gross Matos, Penn State (EDGE4)
- K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
: Explosive athlete, possesses natural bending ability needed for a ROLB/RDE in the NFL, true OLB that looks comfortable dropping in coverage, skilled pass rusher that uses handful of techniques, great swipe move, good long arm move, uses speed to power, plays with some violence in his hands during the rush and in the run game, disciplined, shows some great dip ability even in the run game to avoid the blocker, able to win with his first step and to turn the corner, has a great counter spin move that he should use more often, shows proper strength at the point of attack in the run game, shows himself rushing with his hand down so he will help himself with 4-3 teams. Weaknesses
: One year of production, can be overreliant on his favourite pass rush move forgetting to implement plan B, is not going to be a fit for every team because he's probably best suited as a true OLB, needs to bulk up a bit if he wants to become a true 4-3 DE as he is undersized for it at the moment, need him to be consistent at using counter moves if his primary move isn't working. Bottom line
: Chaisson is an incredible athlete that is nowhere near a finished product. He is explosive, disruptive, hard to contain OLB that is going to have to add some weight if he is to be coveted by 4-3 teams at the top of the draft. Sky is the limit for the potential Chaisson has. Should get used more as a rusher in the NFL even tho he is comfortable dropping in coverage and has done so for LSU. Athleticism and explosiveness are elite. Strengths
: Huge prototypical 4-3 DE frame at 6'7“, 280lbs, powerful in his pass rush, quick and deep first step, very good ball get off for his size, his best move is the hump move or a one/two handed swipe, probably enough bend for his huge frame, can take over games if he is on, very productive and rivaling Young in that aspect, he has the tools and the frame to be reduced inside to a pass rushing 3T on passing downs. Weaknesses
: Does not possess elite bend to be a true RDE of highest caliber in the NFL, his combine testing numbers will be fascinating to see as I don't expect him to be a great tester, can take plays off and coast at times, can get overpowered at the point of attack in the run game even with his huge frame, has trouble finding the ball on zone read or misdirection concepts, not going to be coveted by all teams because of his enormous size and inability to play as a stand up rusher. Bottom line
: Epenesa is a physical specimen that is very polarizing to me. He is absolutely amazing one play and the other play he gets stonewalled by a chipping RB or a TE. He needs to be fully unlocked by great coaching it feels like. He is probably best suited for a LDE role in the NFL (to start off) and to switch inside to a 3T on passing downs even tho he has exclusively played RDE at Iowa but he has went inside to rush from 3T too and the speed he has against guards is a weapon NFL teams have to utilize. His bending ability could be good enough for a RDE at the NFL level but i wouldn't bet on it.
- Yetur-Gross Matos, EDGE, Penn State
: Coaches rave about him as a person, productive career¸with 8 sacks in each of last 2 years, still young and growing, prototypical body for a 4-3 DE at 6'5“, 265, shows enough functional strength to be reduced inside as a 3T on passing downs, shows good hands and hand placement on the rush and understands how to beat his blocker, has a plan when rushing, retraces his steps well to get to the QB, good in the run game, shows adequate strength at the point of attack, rose to the occasion against the best competition he faced, anticipates runs well slicing double teams and causing backfield disruption, plays hard and plays with effort basically every snap. Weaknesses
: Less natural bend ability than some higher rated prospects, not elite in his first step quickness, QBs can escape his grasp at times so grip strength might be questionable, prototypical 4-3 DE frame so he is not going to be a fit for every team even tho he has shown rushing from 2 point stance, can get too up the field leaving his back exposed for draws or misdirection plays, pad level can be a problem at times as he stands up straight in his rush at times. Bottom line
: Gross-Matos is a steady DE prospect that is going to be high on many draft boards for 4-3 teams. He's productive, he's a prototype DE, he's strong and long and he plays the run well. He shows the ability to use his hands to win on a rush, he isn't too explosive or quick but he is quick enough for his size. Shows more bend than Epenesa but is not the mauler in his pass rush that Epenesa is but those two prospects are similar for me. Very few truly negative plays from him on tape and the team that gets him is going to love him as a player and as a person.
- LB - none
- CB - Jeff Gladney, TCU (CB2), Trevon Diggs, Alabama (CB3), Kristian Fulton, LSU (CB4)
- Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
: Very versatile corner that show coverage skills in both man and in zone coverage, reacts to QBs eyes well and makes plays on the ball, has a feeling on how to move inside of his zone and how to retrace his steps to make the play, very sticky in man coverage and doesn't allow much separation at all, fluid athlete with very good reactive athleticism, covering and stay in phase with WRs comes easy to him, turns his head around and plays the ball, very few instances of negative plays on tape I watched where he is truly out of position and beat, very steady player, some of the quickest feet to mirror WR movement I've seen in this class, a willing tackler. Weaknesses
: When in press man can miss with the jab and get himself in trouble that way, arm length is a question mark that he has to answer as it is apparent at times when fighting for the ball at catch point or at the LOS trying to get into WRs chest. Bottom line
: I love Jeff Gladney as a prospect and I am probably much higher on him than anyone else. I think his tape is 2nd only to Okudah and his skills are immense. I believe he is still severely underrated even tho he is starting to generate buzz int he draft community. He has the ability to play in multiple spots, in multiple coverages and play them all at a high level. If arm length at the combine comes in okay, that will cement him as my CB2 in the pre-draft process. He has less negative plays than both Diggs and Fulton, he is more versatile, he has better foot quickness and ability to mirror and stay in phase than Diggs and rivals that of Fulton. Gladney is just my preference as a more complete player for CB2.
- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
: Big and long corner, extremely physical and aggressive, there are snaps where he completely knocks the oposing WR off his route before he even releases, very good ball skills, tracks the ball in the air like a receiver, willing tackler, for a corner of his size he changes direction exceptionally well, uses his offhand to stay connected to the receiver without drawing a penalty very well, looks for the ball and most of the time finds it, with his physical style of play he often reroutes receivers into the sideline and uses the sideline to his advantage well, gets in the receivers head at times with how hard he jabs at the line. Weaknesses
: Needs to work on his tackling technique, his playing technique that he is being taught leaves him open to back shoulder throws where he allowed biggest plays on tape, if he misses with his initial jab in press man he tends to panic for no reason because he has enough catch up speed to catch most WRs, injuries played a part in his career and it needs monitoring, can let a lot of receivers get past him but his athleticism shines to catch them. Bottom line
: Trevon Diggs is a 6'2“, 207lb monstrous Alabama corner that is going to be the dream get for some press man and cover 3 man NFL teams. He is aggressive, extremely physical with the WRs he is facing and does not allow much separation. Only times he really gets beat is on great throws or great catches. If his medical checks out, he is a first round talent. Strengths
: Extremely fluid and mirrors receivers with ease, very under control in coverage and breaks up passes with ease, does not allow much separation and if he does his catch up speed is very apparent, elite movement in his hips and ankles that allows him to stay in phase with some of the best route runners in this class, click and close is remarkable, breaks on the ball like a FS when he recognizes the route patterns, built well at 6'0, 200lbs, equally equipped to play in man or zone defenses. Weaknesses
: Can get overpowered at times by bigger receivers at the catch point or at the LOS, wants no part of being a tackler or being in run support, biggest issue with Kristian Fulton comes from his off the field issues that left him suspended for a year in 2018, ball skills are somewhat lacking. Bottom line
: Basically the only real problem with Kristian Fulton is which NFL team will trust him and his ball skills. His pure coverage skills probably rival Jeff Okudah. Because of the known off the field issues my grade is lower but for his on field play Fulton has a legitimate case for being 2nd most talented corner in this class.
- S - Antoine Winfield Jr, Minesotta (S1), Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama (S2), Grant Delpit, LSU (S3),
- Antoine Winfield Jr, S, Minesotta
: Range, explosive athlete, ability to click and close like a corner and absolutely blow up players, ability to read QBs eyes, extremely productive 2019 with 7 INTs, ballhawking FS that has the ability to play all over the field, not affraid to hit and to tackle, heat seaking missile in the run game and when closing to tackle, makes plays on the ball routinely, always around the ball and the ball finds him, the best 2019 tape from a safety, reminds of Earl Thomas with bodytype and with playstyle, even tho he is smaller player he is stoutly built. Weaknesses
: Athletic testing will be big because of the smaller stature, can get overpowered at times because of his size, can trust his eyes too much and get pulled in on playfakes, tackling technique needs work, questions about the long speed. Bottom line
: Winfield is a safety with the best overall tape in the 2020 class. He is a playmaker, absolute ballhawk, shows range over and over again and just continues to flash on tape. He is a player that I expect to rise if his athletic testing checks out well enough because the tape is just too good. He is best used as a centerfield FS type but I don't have questions about him even if he was played in a predominantly cover 2 teams or if he can play in the box even tho his size might limit him there.
- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
: Physical player, hard hitter, very good in run support, takes good angles, diagnoses plays well, plays underneath coverage well, reacts to and reads screens very well, good blitzer, plus breaks on the ball, does his job most of the time, smart player that knows how to play a game and force players where he wants them to limit the potential damage, understands how to play the position very well, young and not done developing. Weaknessses
: Limited mostly to a box safety type, struggles in man coverage down the field at times, can come in too hot and miss a tackle, doesn't have enough range to play as a FS, doesn't possess extremely fluid hips so he gets turned around easily on deeper balls when he has to cover WRs, most missed tackles and blunders came against strongest competition in LSU. Bottom line
: McKinney is probably the safest bet at the top of the safety class this year. He probably doesn't have game changing potential that Delpit or Winfield are but he is a solid player if put in a position to succeed as a box safety in the NFL. Physically tough, NFL ready, comes from a great program and is certainly coached well, McKinney is a cerebral safety that is probably more of a sure thing to contribute than Delpit is at this point. Strengths
: Range, diagnoses plays fairly well, can play all over the formation but is best used as a FS, makes plus breaks on the ball on tape, had a very good 2018, ballhawking skills showing up in 2018 tape (5 INTs and 9 PBUs), plays as a single high, very good and sticky in man coverage, corner man cover skills, NFL frame at 6'3“ and 200lbs, not done developing, young (21), athletic enough to cover and carry WRs in coverage and big enough to match up with TEs. Weaknesses
: Missed tackles, big regression in play 2019, production dropped off in 2019 (2 INTs and 6 PBUs), durability concerns, whispers of not playing at full speed and saving his body for NFL, can bite on advanced passing concepts underneath leaving deep exposed, very bad game against Alabama in all aspects of safety play. Bottom line
: Which one is the real Grant Delpit? Although he showed some flashes of his 2018 tape this year, he has regressed heavily in his play. Missed tackles are the biggest concern as he has one of the highest % of missed tackles in the CFB. If he can play like in 2018 he is an elite prospect. 2019, he is not first round worthy. I have to make a disclaimer that basically every CB and S on this list for the first round would be somewhat of a reach for me at 17 but I'd understand if any one of them was the Cowboys choice
Thanks for reading if you came this far.
I will be posting rounds 2&3 shortly because the post exceeded the reddit limit.
Edit: Formatting and added the forgotten players: Laviska Shenault and Jeff Gladney write ups.
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