FRANK FRANGIE: This and that… and wishing you a Happy Easter

FRANK FRANGIE: This and that… and wishing you a Happy Easter

By: Frank Frangie

I’m very excited that the NFL Draft is 11 days away. That, more than anything else, will bring a feeling of normalcy. Even as its executed in abnormal fashion.

I can tell you that on 1010XL/92.5 FM, it will feel like business as usual, just with social distancing protocols in place. Lauren Brooks, Hays Carlyon and Rick Ballou will host our afternoon drive show – I will lay out. Then I will host the Jaguars radio Draft show on both stations – along with Jeff Lageman and Tony Boselli, plus assorted others – and the plan is to begin at 6 p.m. and go through at least the two Jags first round picks. We’ll all be hosting from remote locations, but hopefully, for you, it will feel the same. …

As for the draft, I still feel like defensive line remains priority number one for the Jags, and obviously you would think corner and offensive line will be in play early. But, man, I am starting to wonder if we see a receiver earlier than I originally expected. Possibly very early? I know it’s a deep receiver draft, but the guys at the top are so good, so fast, so explosive. Has me wondering. …

I’ve never been one to care all that much whether my NFL team ever drafts a guy from my college team. It’s two different entities. But having said that, if the Jags trade Yannick Ngakoue, as many expect they will before the draft, I sure could live with the Jags taking Jon Greenard or Jabari Zuniga in the middle rounds. They will need to add an edge rusher to go with Josh Allen and both Florida players will outplay their draft position, I truly believe that. Both have unreal motors and pretty good skills. And if you need a pass rusher, you could do way worse than either. …

Hays Carlyon wrote a terrific story this week here on 1010XL.com about who he thinks are currently the 10 best Jags players. Really fun read. I’m not very good at linking, but find it here on the site or go to his Twitter timeline and find it easily. It’s very good. …

Tony Boselli is the only person I know personally that has contracted COVID-19. At least as far as we know. But I can tell you, speaking with Tony about it, man, it puts the whole thing in real perspective. Beyond the PSAs, and Tony has done a terrific job with those, and the radio interviews, just having a conversation with a good friend who has gone through all of that — and I had tons of questions — is jarring. To hear him take me through the days, the steps that led to ultimate ICU stay, and even the aftermath, was like very few conversations I’ve ever had.

His son Andrew, a football player at FSU who also contracted it, wrote about it on seminoles.com, the school’s official website. It obviously was harrowing for Andrew, too. Bottom line — take this dang thing seriously. Man oh man, if you don’t lock in on anything else, lock in on this one. …

Lots of guys are not shaving through all this, growing beards of sorts. At the wife’s request, I’m among them. Haven’t shaved in over a week. The result? It’s just awful. Some guys look way more manly. Some look way more goofy. Take a guess. …

It is REALLY windy out there. At least at my house. Feels like big storms are coming. Stay dry. …

So the XFL now is done. Like the AAF before it. Once again, everyone wants to know if spring football can work. I’ll say what I’ve always said — football that starts in February will fail. The public needs a break and is locked in on NFL free agency, college spring football, the NFL draft. If you want it to work, start it the first week of May and run it though the beginning of training camp. THAT is the only time fans will be chomping at the bit.

The downside is players who are good enough to move up would have a tough time finishing a season and then going straight to an NFL. But let’s be honest, not many do that any way. So play the season after free agency, after the draft, after spring football, after The Masters, after baseball’s opening day, and maybe it will have a chance.

And play it in cities that DO NOT have the NFL. Orlando, Memphis, San Antonio, Birmingham, Portland, Salt Lake City, etc. May through July football, in non-NFL cities, can work. The USFL proved that. Anything else will not. …

Could you go to a gym, or outdoor court, and make 90 of 100 free throws? What if you had as many chances as you wanted? Could you do it in a month’s time? That is type discussion that’s on social media these days.

I tried it a few times yesterday. Decided I would shoot til I made 90 or missed 10, whichever came first. Not even close. First time I made 38 and then missed my 10th. Next time I made 48 before I missed the 10th. Add em up and I made 86 of 106. But came nowhere close to 90 of 100 either time. Gonna keep trying. …

You want something fun to watch when college football finally comes back? How about Georgia wide receiver George Pickens being coached by new offensive coordinator Todd Monken. I got thinking about this when reading a Q&A from Georgia beat writer Seth Emerson with Bulldogs fans. Pickens is as talented as any receiver in the country – he is really good. And Monken, a former Jags’ assistant, is really good at developing wideouts.

Emerson pointed out that Monken had two 1,000-yard receivers at Oklahoma State, including developing Justin Blackman. He had a 1,000-yard receiver at Southern Miss. He really developed Mike Evans at Tampa Bay. Both Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry had 1,000-yard seasons on a dysfunctional Cleveland team last year. If Jamie Newman is good at all — and if not, if he gives way to true freshman Carson Beck — Pickens could have a gigantic year. …

It will take Mike Norvell awhile to totally rebuild the FSU roster, but the d-line he inherits might be as good as he ever coaches there. ESPN recently put out its position ratings and has three Noles — Marvin Wilson, Cory Darden and Robert Cooper — in the top 10. If you can stop the run and rush the passer, you always have a chance. Keep an eye on that. …

At this writing, the NBA H.O.R.S.E. Competition hasn’t begun yet, but I love the fact that it’s not just current players, but also retired guys like Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups. But you really want to get my attention? Run Larry Bird and Reggie Miller out there. I don’t care how old they are. Then I’m in. We’d all be in. …

Emmitt Smith is the best NFL player ever from the University of Florida. It’s not even close. Wes Chandler, Jack Youngblood, Lomas Brown, Wilbur Marshall, a few others, are on the ballot. None come close to Emmitt.

But don’t be surprised if, when it’s all over, Maurkice Pouncey ends up second. Some are calling the Steelers’ center among the best to ever play the position. Still just 30 with lots of football left. But already has 8 pro bowls, 2 first team All-Pro selections, 3 more second team All-Pro selections. And was just named to the 2010s All-Decade team. Stay tuned. …

Just watched a Sugarland concert on AXS-TV. It was tremendous. Jennifer Nettles is SO good. Not sure why the other guy is there. …

So the newest MLB plan now may include realignment, where all the teams that hold spring training in Florida are in one league, and all the teams that hold it in Arizona are in the other. And the games are played just in those states. If that happens, and if they let live radio shows originate from games (the expectation is that media will be allowed in, but fans will not), might be time to fire up the 101XL Bus. Just sayin. …

In the last two days, video has surfaced of Bruce Springsteen and John Fogerty singing at Fogerty’s surprise 50th birthday party in 1995. It is so cool. It was released by actor John Stamos, who was in the crowd. Just one question — who invited Stamos?

Cheers.