Media Notebook 3-5-13: Lauren Jiggetts, Colin Cowherd to WMVP? Manti Te'o NFL Draft stock

Media Notebook 3-5-13: Lauren Jiggetts, Colin Cowherd to WMVP? Manti Te'o NFL Draft stock

This week we look at where numerous publications have Notre Dame players, including Manti Te'o, going in the NFL Draft. Many "experts" have a couple mocked to the Bears, find out who! Next week we'll look at who various publications have mocked to the Bears at #20.

But first, Colin Cowherd to WMVP 1000 ESPN radio?

(Sherman Report) Get ready to hear more Colin Cowherd on ESPN’s local stations. That could mean you, Chicago.

It’s a definite possibility. Much like it does with the Greenberg-Golic morning show, there is talk that ESPN wants to give Cowherd more visibility on its locally-owned stations.

Chicago could be the next major market to get “The Herd,” whose show airs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Last Thursday, WMVP-AM 1000 fired Harry Teinowitz from its afternoon team that also includes Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic.

It is expected that ESPN 1000 will shift the Tom Waddle-Marc Silverman duo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to afternoon drive. That would leave an opening to slide in Cowherd’s national show in the morning slot.

Lauren Jiggetts and some members of the NBC 5 news team did the polar plunge this week; into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan.

Jiggetts is a graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and Harvard University. She joined WMAQ-TV in 2007 at the age of 25.

So how did Jiggettsget a cushy job in the third largest market at so young an age? Right after she "cut her teeth" so to speak, in a big market and great gig like Boston. Which she got right out of college; while almost everyone else in this business grinds it out in isolated, rural po-dunk stations upon graduation. Could it be because of her Dad, former Bears lineman and current talk show host Dan Jiggetts?

What is it about television news and nepotism in this this town? The Ponces, the Jordans, and now the Jiggetts. I guess the number one job criteria for on-air Chicago news talent is your bloodline. It's as much a meritocracy as local politics.

Anyways, here are the tweets and pics




-Of course, this is the only  NFL mock draft that really matters, but here’s where some of the so-called NFL mock experts have various Notre Dame players, including Manti Te’o going in the draft next month. Here’s our analysis of Manti Te’o draft stock, which is dropping like Enron right now

All of these numbers and rankings come directly from Notre Dame Sports Information, so if something is inaccurate blame them, not me.

Pro Football Weekly Draft 2013


– Player rankings by position have Cierre Wood 13th and Theo Riddick 25th at RB, Eifert first at TE, Braxston Cave fifth at C, Kapron Lewis-Moore 12th at DE, Te’o first at ILB and Zeke Motta fifth at SAF. At SS Motta is rated second, and Jamoris Slaughter fourth. Lewis-Moore is rated second among 5-technique players. Wood is rated the fourth utility back.

Manti Teo


– In the NFL Top 100, Te’o is 37th and Eifert 39th.

– In the mock draft, Eifert goes 20th to the Bears and Te’o 32nd to the Ravens.

– In position rankings, Riddick is 15th and Wood 19th at RB, Eifert second at TE, Cave fifth at C, Te’o second at ILB and Motta 13th at SAF.


Pro Football Draft

– On the Draft Board Top 300, Eifert is 28th, Te’o 78th, Riddick 155th, Cave 253rd, Lewis-Moore 258.

– In the mock draft, Eifert goes in first round to St. Louis, Te’o in second round to Cincinnati, Riddick in seventh round to Seattle.

– In position rankings, Riddick is 14th and Wood 28th at RB, Eifert second at TE, Cave 19th among guards/centers, Lewis-Moore 27th at DE, Te’o ninth at LB, Motta 16th at SAF.

Here are some mocks with ND players going to the Bears

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Tyler Eifert, TE, Stanford

Todd McShay, ESPN: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Albert Breer, Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

19. NY Giants, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Gil Brandt, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (previously TE Zach Ertz)

Daniel Jeremiah, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (previously ILB Kevin Minter)

Here's our NFL Draft combine stock report

Tyler Eifert may as well be Greg Olsen 2.0. He’s a very tall, very lean tight end who relies on his speed and pass catching abilities. For a while, he even had the long hair to match.

Eifert ended up leaving Notre Dame after three seasons with nearly every tight end receiving record to his name, including catches (140) and receiving yards (1,840). He shows strong hands in his ability to make catches in traffic, and he uses his long arms and height to go up and snag passes over smaller defenders.

Eifert elevates well, makes quick cuts, and can fight for yardage after the catch. His footwork and route running ability make him a viable option in the slot. And by running a 4.68 40-yard dash recently, he has established himself as a legit deep pass threat.

Blocking is the main area he must improve on. Bigger and stronger defenders will have no problem shedding him off due to a sheer size advantage, so Eifert must improve his angles and use of leverage to be successful.

I have a sneaky feeling Eifert will go before Zach Ertz.

For more on Eifert go here

Since we're talking about the New York Giants, For more pics of Maria Menounos in her NYG bikini go here


20. Chicago BearsD.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

This week I enlisted the help of my Chicago Bears beat writer Joey Flaherty. He does good work. Here’s his first Bears mock composite and his second.

The Bears window for a title is now closed. Their defense has aged and their offense is nothing beyond Brandon Marshall. They have problems aplenty, but the biggest issue is the OL. Ever since he got here, Jay Cutler has received no protection. Drafting Gabe Carimi proved to be a massive bust. They’ll try to erase that mistake with this pick.

Fluker is a physical beast. He started 36 games over his final three seasons at right tackle for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. His height and arm length allow him to maul oncoming defenders and keep them at bay as they pass rush. His 335 lbs are solid, and even though he’s no Terron Armstead (a lineman who ran a 4.71 40-yard dash) when it comes to speed, he can still maneuver his size to create running lanes on the edge.

Fluker is no stranger to playing against top-flight talent having played in the SEC, and he plays with his heart on his sleeve. He wants to step into a leadership role on any team that drafts him, even at the young age of 21.

The biggest knock on Fluker is his lack of that top-tier athleticism. He gives up a few too many secondary rushes because he doesn’t have the best recovery speed, and quicker rushers can easily avoid him in space. Fluker has the base skill set to become a star offensive tackle in the NFL, but he has to become more athletic in order to do that.

Something that makes Fluker more attractive to the Bears is his experience at tackle. This would allow the Bears to move Gabe Carimi, the former starting right tackle, to the interior of the line. Historically, Carimi has faired better at the guard position. Drafting Fluker may end up improving two positions on the line, not just one.

But be warned: Fluker’s name is rising fast. Depending on how he performs at the combine, he may find himself inside the top 15. But as it stands right now, Fluker is just what the doctor ordered for the Bears at the 20th pick.

Go here for more on Fluker. Go here for the Alabama cheerleader photo gallery

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Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports, a Google News site generating millions of visitors. He also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter and Yardbarker

A Fulbright scholar, author and MBA, Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB)

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