Former Georgia Tech cornerback D.J. White is spending his holiday season training in hopes of an invitation to the Senior Bowl, writes the AJC. White, a longtime anchor in Tech's secondary, is projected as a third or fourth round draft at this point in the process but stands to gain a lot of attention with a strong performance in one of the pre-draft showcase games. If selected, White would be the third former Jacket to participate in a similar game, joining safety Jamal Golden (East-West Shrine Game) and B-Back Patrick Skov (NFLPA Bowl). Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis will not be able to participate in any of the pre-draft workouts as he rehabs from a knee injury suffered against Virginia.
Calvin Johnson will be the only NFL Pro Bowl representative from Georgia Tech for the 2015 season as shown by the announcement of the Pro Bowl roster a couple of days back. This selection represents Johnson's sixth Pro Bowl selection over his nine seasons in the NFL. It is possible that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas could join him as a Pro Bowler, but that is highly unlikely at this point -- a number of current wideouts on the roster would need to decline the invitation (a common practice among players with nagging injuries or those who are in the playoff hunt), and Thomas very well could decline for the same reason. Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley was also selected in recognition of his phenomenal rookie year.
The Cleveland Browns are to the NFL what Wake Forest has been to college football recently. No matter how hard everyone tries, nothing seems to go right. That said, one of the biggest problems that the Browns have had over the years has been drafting effectively. In fact, a recent experiment has shown that even a trio of common chickens draft more effectively than the Browns -- this video on the subject from Mike Polk is certainly worth watching. I don't even know what to say about this. Chickens are know football better than the Cleveland brass. That's got to be disheartening.
I'll leave you this holiday season with a look at the remnants of Northern Illinois, which was dismantled by a final score of 55-7 by Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl yesterday. The score was bad enough, but the yardage totals are what make the game truly historic -- the Broncos out-gained NIU 654-33. Yikes. You know it was a rough night when swapping your point total for your yardage total would still result in a 22-point loss. Rest in peace, fightin' Jordan Lynchs. Your not-so-valiant effort will live on forever.
Happy holidays and enjoy your long weekend!