New Site Coming Soon… 

On May 14, 2016, www.jbrightsports.com will no longer exist as a WordPress site. I’m working on a new site that will be even bigger and better! I will keep you posted as to when that site will be up and running and if I’ll keep the name www.jbrightsports.com
Thanks to the people that read my posts and listen to my podcasts. I really appreciate it. The past few years running this site have been a blast.

Announcement: The J. Bright Show will be back Summer 2016 so be sure to check that out when it comes back. 

See you soon! 

– Jeremy 

Dallas Cowboys 2016 Mock Draft

Thanks to the wonderful people at FanSpeak I was able to do a complete draft for the Dallas Cowboys. This site allows you to make selections for your favorite team through a generated full seven round mock NFL draft through their wonderful draft simulator. The best part is, the picks and rankings are based off of whatever site you feel most comfortable trusting. I did mine based off of CBS Sports (because NFL.com hasn’t updated their rankings for 2 weeks).

I also took into account who the Cowboys had in for visits and my personal preferences of course.

So here it is: My Dallas Cowboys 2016 Mock Draft.

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Jalen Ramsey of course is my pick at four.

In the second round wide receiver Will Fuller fell to the Cowboys at 34 and he’d be a great pick. I was torn because defensive end Kevin Dodd was also available and he would fill a need but I had to go Fuller here. His speed and quickness to go alongside Dez Bryant would give Dallas that second playmaker at wide receiver that they desperately need. This is also a need since Terrance Williams will be a free agent at the end of next season.

In the third round I was surprised Derrick Henry fell to 67. I’ve seen some reports that Henry could fall to the third round but I didn’t really think it would happen. But according to CBS Sports this is a real possibility. So Henry was the obvious choice in round three.

In the fourth round I took some chances. With the 101st pick I took Jaylon Smith. The outside linebacker was projected in the top five before is horrible injury that will sideline him for all of next season. He is worth taking a chance on in the fourth round if you look at the big picture. If he comes back as half of what he was then he could still be a contributor for a winning team. If he comes back as the dominant player he once was then you got a steal in the fourth round.

I also took Dak Prescott in the fourth round. It’s no secret the Cowboys are in love with Prescott. The Cowboys had him in for the maximum amount of workouts possible and have hinted towards drafting him. He would be an excellent backup for Romo and i believe he will be the best quarterback in this draft.

The Cowboys have four sixth round picks and will likely move them for others, to possibly move up in the draft. But if they stay where they are, I chose a couple of defensive ends for depth and two former TCU standouts that the Cowboys have had in for workouts. Green could be a good back and possible practice squad player that could make the team if Dunbar isn’t what he used to be, and Kindred is a dark horse to make the team if drafted because of his versatility. He could be a good special teams player for Dallas and backup safety.

Well, there it is. My Cowboys mock draft.

Thanks for reading.

Cowboys Draft Day Wish List

The draft is only a few days away! 

With Rams’ and Eagles’ trades, picks one and two are locked. Goff and Wentz will be those picks. 

As I wrote in a previous article, the draft really begins at pick number three. Who will San Diego select? 

Laremy Tunsil? Jalen Ramsey? Deforest Buckner? 

San Diego has done a great job of keeping their pick under wraps and has everyone speculating who they will select. 

So with that being unknown, here is my Cowboys’ wish list for the number four pick in the draft. 

JBrightSports Cowboys Big Board: 

1. Jalen Ramsey 

2. Ezekiel Elliot 

3. Laremy Tunsil 

4. Shaq Lawson 

5. Lequan Treadwell 

I support any of these guys being picked with that number four pick or trading down to select one of these five players. 

The more I hear Zeke To Dallas the more I’m leaning towards him being the pick. But only if Jalen Ramsey is a San Diego Charger by pick four. 

Would love Laremy Tunsil also but this draft is pretty deep at offensive line. That’s not the biggest need of the Cowboys but he could be the best player in this draft. So any of these three at number four would be excellent. 

I would trade down for Lawson or Treadwell but they would be excellent picks as well. Both filling needs for this football team. 

It’s going to be really hard to mess up this pick. With so much talent at the top of the draft, one of the top two talents other than quarterback will be there. 

Stay tuned for my next post: A Full Draft Cowboys Mock. 
Thanks for reading. 

How The Mavs Can Shock The World

I sort of made my bed this past week and now I have to lay in it. I picked the Mavs to beat the Thunder in seven games in the first round of the playoffs and it looks like I might’ve been completely out of my mind after the Mavs got embarrassed on Saturday in the worst playoff loss in franchise history.

The Mavericks hold a special place in my heart. Call me crazy, but every year I feel like they have a chance to do the impossible and win it all.

Coming into the playoffs I wouldn’t have given Dallas a chance against anyone. Especially against any of the top four teams in the West.

But, after that six-game winning streak to secure a playoff spot, I saw something in these Mavericks that I hadn’t seen all year… Heart.

The key component to finding that “heart”… was rookie forward Justin Anderson.

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Justin Anderson aka Simba showed us all why he should be on the floor for long stretches of every game. His tenacity on the boards, his unmatched energy, and his passion for doing the little things is what helped these older guys find their heart.

 

But he was not allowed to do that last game as he didn’t receive any meaningful minutes in that disgusting game until it was too late.

When Chandler Parsons went out with his season-ending injury it was a blessing in disguise for Dallas. This allowed Justin Anderson to get minutes and allowed Dallas to see if they’d found something with their 1st round pick.

Parson’s injury has also allowed there to be more ball movement and better match-ups defensively because Parson’s was a ball-stopper on offense and Anderson is a much better defender. He just seemed to be a better fit for this Dallas team and I thought Rick Carlisle realized that.

But I was wrong.

Last game Dallas rolled out this starting lineup.

PG – D. Williams (Hurt)

G – J.J. Barea (hurt)

F – W. Matthews

F – D. Nowitzki

C – S. Mejri

How did Dallas expect to keep up with two of the top five players in the game today (Westbrook and Durant) with this lineup?

The Mavs zone was picked apart very early on and Oklahoma City won the game pretty much in the first quarter.

How The Mavs Can Shock The World: 

For starters, here’s who should be the starters:

PG – R. Felton

SG – W. Matthews

SF – J. Anderson

PF – D. Nowitzki

C – Z. Pachulia

Deron Williams looks like he’ll be out with a sports hernia so Raymond Felton who has done a great job for the Mavs this year should be the obvious choice to start in his place.

J.J. Barea is out as well so instead of staying small the Mavs should get bigger. Start with Felton on Westbrook but in a couple of minutes put Matthews on Westbrook. Throwing different defenders at him may not stop him but with Westbrook you can only hope to slow him down.

Now on to the matchup of the game:

Justin Anderson vs. Kevin Durant

Obviously Durant is the superior player versus Anderson, but Anderson’s lack of court time is actually an advantage in this situation. He understands that Durant is one of the best players in the league but he’s so young and athletic that he will go all out on the defensive end and solely focus on slowing down Durant and he doesn’t have the mileage on his body to where he would tire out. He could hound Durant up and down the court the entire game. Now I don’t think he will neutralize Durant in any way but he is the Mavericks best bet at keeping Durant out of the paint.

Another big matchup to look out for is:

Zaza Pachulia vs. Enes Kanter

I have Zaza in my starting lineup tonight for the Mavs but I still think he will match-up with Kanter at some point in this game. Look for Dallas to try to keep Oklahoma City out of the paint this game as Dallas was out-rebounded 56-33 last game and they will look to make those numbers not so far apart. If Pachulia and the rest of the Mavs “big-men” can keep Oklahoma City off the glass then Dallas has a chance.

It’s a tough task but if the Mavs can somehow come out here and even up the series 1-1, then this may just be the formula to do it.

Formula Recap:

1.) Play Anderson

2.) Keep Oklahoma City off the glass

3.) Play with some heart.

Tip-off is @ 7:00 p.m. CT on TNT.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

JBrightSports Presents: NBA Playoff Predictions ft. Derrik & Weston

It’s that time of year again. Today is the first day of the NBA Playoffs.

This has been one of the best regular seasons of all-time and the ending was movie-worthy. From Kobe’s 60 points in Los Angeles to Steph Curry and the Warriors breaking the single season wins record in The Bay.

Well now it’s playoff time and the competitiveness will be at its peak every night.

So with all of this excitement surrounding this year’s playoffs I couldn’t just make my predictions alone. I had to recruit two of the greatest sports mind’s of this century: Derrik Neal and Weston Washington.

Playoff Predictions: 

Jeremy’s Bracket

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Derrik’s Bracket

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Weston’s Bracket

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You can make your own bracket at PrintYourBrackets.com.

Saturday Game Times (Central Time): 

(7) Indiana Pacers vs. (2) Toronto Raptors @ 11:30 a.m.

(8) Houston Rockets vs. (1) Golden State Warriors @ 2:30 p.m.

(5) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks @ 6:00 p.m.

(6) Dallas Mavericks vs. (3) Oklahoma City Thunder @ 8:30 p.m.

Sunday Game Times (Central Time): 

(8) Detroit Pistons vs. (1) Cleveland Caveliers @ 2:00 p.m.

(6) Charlotte Hornets vs. (3) Miami Heat @ 4:30 p.m.

(7) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs @ 7:00 p.m.

(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (4) Los Angeles Clippers @ 9:30 p.m.

Thanks for reading!

 

Titans, Rams Trade Puts Cowboys in Great Position On Draft Day

The Los Angeles Rams wasted no time making a big splash in their new city. In the biggest draft trade since they were on the receiving end of multiple picks in 2012, the Rams acquired the number one pick in this years’ NFL Draft from the Tennessee Titans.

Trade Breakdown: 

Tennessee trades its first (No. 1) along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles’ first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams’ first- and third-round picks in 2017.

Apparently this trade was already in place to be made last night but the Rams waited to announce it because of #MambaDay. Yes. Kobe not only broke twitter last night, but he halted news of the biggest NFL trade of the year.

Let’s take a moment to recognize what we all witnessed last night.

Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in the final game of his career. Kobe Bryant took 50 shots to do so. Kobe Bryant scored 15 points in the final three minutes to spark a 17-2 run and a come from behind victory. Kobe Bryant’s 60 points was the most by any player this season.

And oh yeah, the Warriors won 73 games and broke the single season wins record…

Kobe’s performance was the best thing I’ve ever seen in the most meaningless game of all-time. That was the greatest exit in sports history.

Ok Back to The Trade: 

The great Adam Scheffer of ESPN has said that the Rams are leaning towards drafting former California quarterback Jared Goff with the number one pick.

This would make the draft very interesting.

It’s been widely speculated that the Cleveland Browns wanted to take a quarterback with their number two pick even though they signed Robert Griffin III this offseason. The quarterback that the Browns are believed to have liked the most is former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.

If this were to happen and Goff and Wentz go one and two then that would be the best possible scenario for the Dallas Cowboys. Because then the best two available players in this year’s draft would fall right into your lap.

Left Tackle Laremy Tunsil formerly of Ole Miss and defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State are the best two players in this draft. Both of these guys were considered to be in play at number one had Tennessee kept the pick. Now they may fall to the Cowboys.

Jalen Ramsey has been on many ESPN shows today stating he would love to come to the Cowboys. He considers himself a cornerback (although he’s willing to play safety), he says the Cowboys could play him at cornerback immediately.

Also Ramsey has said that he hasn’t had much contact with Cleveland. They called him once but that’s about it. It seems they have their heart set on drafting a quarterback.

So what will San Diego do at number three?

Either way if the Cowboys are smart, they can’t lose.

Draft Ramsey and add him with Scandrick, Jones, and Claiborne to form a pretty good secondary. Or Draft Tunsil and move him to right tackle and turn the best offensive line in football to the greatest offensive line of all-time.

There’s no telling what’ll happen April 28th but one thing is for sure.. This whole thing just got a whole lot more interesting.

Thanks for reading!

Quick Read: Baseball’s Back

ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers came away with an opening day victory against King Felix and the Mariners yesterday. The Rangers now 1-0 sit atop the A.L. West standings. #HelloWinColumn

While it’s a little premature to start looking at the standings, the opening day victory was impressive nonetheless.

The Texas Rangers won the game 3-2 while only garnering one hit.

Due to some untimely errors for Seattle and an impressive pitching performance by Hamels and the Rangers’ bullpen, the Rangers were able to squeak out a victory for its sold out crowd.

HOW’D IT HAPPEN: 

Two early home runs by Seattle’s Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager gave Seattle a 2-0 lead through five innings. But with a little Texas magic the Rangers rallied to score three runs off one hit. That hit was appropriately a “Texas Blooper” into left field off the bat of Prince Fielder.

The series continues tonight in Arlington at 7:00 CT on FSSW.

ON THE MOUND: 

TEX: Martin Perez

SEA: Hisashi Iwakuma

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