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Kap & J.Hood: ‘Not even Todd McShay and Mel Kiper can’t predict who is good

“You wouldn’t know those kids if they went up and punched you in the face!”

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The first-round of the 2022 NFL Draft was very defense heavy, with each of the top 5 picks being from that side of the ball. In fact, it was such an unusual draft class that only one quarterback (Kenny Pickett) was taken (the first time that’s happened since 2013).

A lot of mock drafts were exposed last night, separating the “pretenders” from the actual experts. According to ESPN Chicago’s David Kaplan & Jonathan Hood, a lot of these so called “draft experts” don’t exactly know what they’re talking about.

“Ultimately we know what the draft is, it is a complete crapshoot,” Jonathan Hood said during Friday’s episode. “Just based on whatever Mel Kiper or Todd McShay or some of the other expert say, we don’t know whether or not its a reach or not. They will say it is and of course people will listen to that advice, they’ll listen to what’s being read or what’s being said and they’ll base it on what McShay or Kiper say, but ultimately, even they don’t know.”

Kaplan agreed with his co-host point, adding that people who have never done any scouting, testing or any of the work to be a legit expert shouldn’t complain when their team drafts someone they may not like because no one really knows how any of these players will pan out once they get to the NFL.

“The amazing thing to me is that people who’ve never scouted, have never put guys though workouts, done background testing all of it, that’s a terrible pick,” Kaplan said mocking fans who think like this. “You have no idea. It might be, and it might be a Hall of Famer.”

There is a lot of credence to both their points. Once we take a look at both Kiper and McShay’s final mock drafts, Kiper correctly predicated five of the players that were selected in the first-round while McShay only saw three of his mock picks come to fruition.

At the end of the day, the draft is a fun event that gives fans of every franchise new hope and something to talk about during the offseason like Hood pointed out during his spiel on draft night.

Round 2-3 kick off tonight at 7 p.m. EST.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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