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On Tuesday, the deadline for NFL teams to pick up the fifth-year options for first-round selections from the 2014 NFL draft. Twenty-three players have had their options picked up by their respective teams. Nine players have had their options declined by their respective teams. Those nine players will be unrestricted free agents in the 2018 offseason.

Here’s a refresher of Round One from the 2014 NFL Draft. Draft table provided courtesy of WikiPedia:

 

1 1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney  DE South Carolina SEC
1 2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson OT Auburn SEC from Washington [R1 – 1]
1 3 Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles QB UCF The American
1 4 Buffalo Bills Sammy Watkins WR Clemson ACC from Cleveland [R1 – 2]
1 5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack  LB Buffalo MAC
1 6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M SEC
1 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans  WR Texas A&M SEC
1 8 Cleveland Browns Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State Big 12 from Minnesota [R1 – 3]
1 9 Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr  LB UCLA Pac-12 from Buffalo via Cleveland [R1 – 4]
1 10 Detroit Lions Eric Ebron TE North Carolina ACC
1 11 Tennessee Titans Taylor Lewan  OT Michigan Big Ten
1 12 New York Giants Odell Beckham, Jr.  WR LSU SEC
1 13 St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald  DT Pittsburgh ACC
1 14 Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech ACC
1 15 Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier  LB Ohio State Big Ten
1 16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin  G Notre Dame Ind. (FBS)
1 17 Baltimore Ravens C. J. Mosley  LB Alabama SEC
1 18 New York Jets Calvin Pryor S Louisville The American
1 19 Miami Dolphins Ja’Wuan James OT Tennessee SEC
1 20 New Orleans Saints Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Pac-12 from Arizona [R1 – 5]
1 21 Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix  S Alabama SEC
1 22 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M SEC from Philadelphia [R1 – 6];
2012 Heisman Trophy winner [N 2]
1 23 Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford DE Auburn SEC
1 24 Cincinnati Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State Big Ten
1 25 San Diego Chargers Jason Verrett  CB TCU Big 12
1 26 Philadelphia Eagles Marcus Smith LB Louisville The American from Indianapolis via Cleveland [R1 – 7]
1 27 Arizona Cardinals Deone Bucannon S Washington State Pac-12 from New Orleans [R1 – 8]
1 28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State ACC
1 29 New England Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida SEC
1 30 San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward S NIU MAC
1 31 Denver Broncos Bradley Roby CB Ohio State Big Ten
1 32 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater  QB Louisville The American from Seattle [R1 – 9]

 

As you can see, quite a few stars were born in that draft class whom have become household names today. Odell Beckham Jr., Kahlil Mack, Jadaveon Clowney, Mike Evans, Ryan Shazier, Jason Verrett, Aaron Donald and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix headline the make-good stories from 2014. Suffice it to say those players have all had their options picked up by their respective teams.

This draft will also be known for being the year a brash, young gunslinger named Johnny Manziel was selected. Partying and flashing his signature ‘money’ finger gesture proved to be more important than showing up to practice and putting the needed work in to succeed.

Today, no one knows where he is and more sadly, no one cares. Manziel will forever be a bust and a cautionary tale to all first-round draft picks that just because you’ve been selected; it doesn’t mean you’ve made it. Listed below are the nine Class of 2014 players who will not be with their original teams once the 2017-2018 season comes to an end.

Greg Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Calvin Pryor, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Fuller, Marcus Smith, Dominique Easley and Justin Gilbert.

Who from this list, if anyone, would you like to see the Bolts pursue in 2018? Post your thoughts below.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#FreeAgentwatch2018

 

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News broke Tuesday that San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had microfracture surgery on his left knee in January. The doomsayers have already come out of the woodwork, predicting Gordon’s career is already over after only one season. This type of surgery has a 4-6 month recovery timetable, which would put Gordon back to full strength by the time June training camps begin.

In microfracture knee surgery, small ‘micro’ holes are drilled into the damaged area of the knee. The damaged area bleeds out and once it reheals, it (hopefully) fully repairs the damaged area of the knee. Factors working in Gordon’s favor are his age and his health. At a young 23 years old, Gordon is much more likely to make a full recovery than an athlete who is much older.

Examples of successful returns from microfracture surgery are well documented.

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had microfracture surgery that claimed all but one game of his rookie season in 2013. Kelce was 23 at the time of his surgery. In the two seasons since, he hasn’t missed a game. He’s averaged 70 catches, 868 yards and five touchdowns. Each year he has finished as the sixth-leading tight end in the NFL. Last season Kelce was selected to his first Pro Bowl.

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The most notable player in the NBA to undergo microfracture surgery was Amar’e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns. Stoudemire, 22 years old at the time, had the procedure in 2005 during their infamous fast-breaking offense they dubbed “7 seconds or less.” From 2004 to 2008, the Suns led the league in scoring and would beat their opponents with speed, conditioning and raw athleticism. After Stoudemire recovered from his microfracture surgery, he led the Suns in scoring for two more seasons. In addition, Stoudemire made the All-Star team five times, All-NBA second-team three times and All-NBA first-team once after microfracture.

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Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadaveon Clowney had microfracture surgery after being taken with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. The jury is out on whether he will achieve the greatness he showed in college. He did start nine of the 13 games he played last season.

Microfracture surgery goes back farther than you think. Dan Marino and Rod Woodson both underwent microfracture surgery early in their careers. If you don’t know how they turned out, you can ask their bronze busts in Canton, Ohio.

The moral of the story: pump the brakes, San Diego.

The fact that Melvin Gordon had microfracture surgery is not a death sentence on his young, still promising career. Forget what you saw last season. The Chargers had 25 different offensive line combinations last season. Any running back in the NFL would have had a bad year trying to run behind that line.

The fact that Gordon underwent the surgery in January is to his advantage. With the upgrades the Bolts have made along the offensive line, the addition of Ken Whisenhunt as Offensive Coordinator and drafting of Gordon’s college fullback, Derek Watt, all signs point to a breakout season.

The best days of Flash are yet to come.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

 

Joey Bosa was everyone’s consensus No. 1 pick before the college season ended only to have some major question marks attached to him. Some people have even dropped him out of the top 10 after Alabama won the National Title. Well, despite all of the naysayers, Bosa is still my favorite player of this draft, and one I think will take the Chargers’ defense to the next level.

Measurables:

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 269

Arm Length: 33 3/8″

Hand Size: 10 1/4″

40-Yard Dash: 4.86 seconds

Vert: 32 inches

Bench: 24 reps

Broad Jump: 120.0 inches*

3-Cone Drill: 6.89 seconds*

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.21 seconds*

*Best combine result among his position

Analysis:

Bosa is a monster. There are questions about whether or not he can play in a 3-4 defense and if he has potentially already hit his ceiling. Well, if you watch his tape you will see that he answers both those questions with his play. He is quick off the edge and has shown the ability to play 3-tech. He’s a horse and seems to always be disruptive and always around the ball. Adding Bosa as the other Defensive-End opposite Corey Luiget upgrades the pass defense and the defense as a whole.

The knock on Bosa for me is he seems to be slow off the ball and will take some plays off. Now, we don’t know if he pulled a Jadaveon Clowney and saved his body, or if he really did “take plays off”. If that is the case, with him not going 110%, he could end up being a two down DE, and at the third pick in the draft that is something Telesco is going to have to consider.

Summary:
Bosa is an instant upgrade and one teams will have to game plan for within time. If Bosa is there at number three, which he should be, Telesco may regret passing him up. He has his flaws, like every rookie, but he is to me the most ready prospect in the draft.

For more on Bosa: For full combine breakdown, click here

-Zak Darman

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Despite what many of us would consider to be a difficult time – waiting this long for the draft to occur, that is –  we are less than a week from the NFL’s premiere offseason activity.  The cattle call that is the NFL draft will be taking place before you know it.  I’ll be in New York City in the blink of an eye.  I’m on a plane as we speak, heading to Charlotte to see my amazing children.  Then it’s time to take over NYC and the NFL draft. ( Editor’s Note:  I began writing this on 5/3)

This is a big year for the Chargers and Tom Telesco.  After having what many of us consider to be a solid 2013 draft class, the hope is to replicate last year’s success.  Telesco nailed three potential first rounders in the first three rounds of the draft in his first go-around as an NFL GM.  Perhaps, the expectation level increases knowing that a player like Stevie Williams, a fifth-round selection, has yet to play in a regular season game.  Tourek Williams made the occasional play as well, despite being a sixth round pick. Additionally, Brad Sorensen managed to stay on the ’13 roster as the third quarterback.  That could say a lot about what the team has in mind for the former Southern Utah signal caller.

I find it safe to say that the 2013 draft was a success.  And, I think that most people in here would agree.  But does that put even more pressure on Telesco to trump his rookie attempt at building the team through the draft?  Sure, I can get behind that kind of thinking.

 

Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Marcus Martin, C, USC

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The NFL did a great job, in my opinion, of mixing up the prospects.  So, the question remains, and I’ll leave it to you, is the next Charger going to be an invitee to Radio City Music Hall?  Popular mock draft choices landing in America’s finest city such as Louis Nix III and Kyle Van Noy were not invited ( That is according to the above list which is credited to NFL.com).

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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