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The Morning Stake: February 16th

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A preferred walk-on spot to Trai Armstrong (5-11/226), a tight end or fullback from Cibolo Steele.

Coach Whitt at work.

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt. Click on that danged shirt.

ESPN’s Jake Trotter ranks the Big 12 defensive backs and has the Texas Tech defensive backs at 10th:

10. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders graduated three starters off a secondary that gave up more passing yards than any other defense in the Big 12. Jah’Shawn Johnson will be a three-year starter. After him, the Red Raiders desperately need their incoming juco class to produce, notably cornerbacks Octavious Morgan and Jaylon Lane.

Inside The Pylon’s Mark Schofield goes through just a quarterback draft and has Patrick Mahomes going to the Cleveland Browns in pick #32 (via a trade with New England):

Stylistically, I think this is a good fit. Jackson favored a vertical passing game with Andy Dalton during the 2014-2015 season, and we saw glimpses of that during RG3’s time under center last year with the Browns. Jackson’s offense does have components of a West Coast scheme to it, and I think Mahomes will be able to adapt to that offense coming from an Air Raid system.

In other mock draft news, Pro Football Focus’s Steve Palazzolo has Patrick Mahomes going #25 to the Texans:

The more our analysts watch Mahomes, the more they like what the Texas Tech product may be able to do at the next level. So much of his game is off-the-cuff, but it’s that feel for the passing game and finding open receivers that makes Mahomes intriguing for the next level. He has a strong arm capable of driving the ball down the field or making throws on the run, though he certainly has to do a better job of taking care of the football. Mahomes ranked second in the nation in both big-time throws and turnover-worthy throws, highlighting that boom-or-bust potential, but with so many questions about the future of the quarterback position in Houston, he’s worth the risk at the back end of the first round.

Miscellaneous . . .

  • Rivals Rob Cassidy writes about the early signing period proposal and how offers are not commitable and players can be left in limbo. That trust is a significant part of the equation between coaches and players. It’s about locking up spots more than anything else.
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