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The Browns Need A Great QB Which Is Why They Didnt Draft

The Browns Need A Great QB Which Is Why They Didnt Draft

Again, you can see that QBs who are consistent contributors are concentrated very early in the draft – so much that, by the time you get 30-40 picks into the draft, a QB’s expected contribution drops below Brock Osweiler/Cody Kessler levels.It’s amazing to me that Osweiler has spent three years on the bench, played reasonably well for half a season, and played badly enough in his only year as a full-time starter that his team gave away draft picks to avoid paying him – and yet, for all that, he has had above-average production for a second-round draft pick. That’s why you don’t reach down for QBs in the draft.The three quarterbacks taken high in the draft may yet prove to be as good as their draft positions suggest. Projections are often wrong, and NFL teams presumably know how to evaluate talent. You’d think as much, anyway. But reaching down in the first round hasn’t worked out very well of late. ESPN’s scouting gave Trubisky, Watson and Patrick Mahomes grades of 89, 88 and 85, respectively. Since 2009, six quarterbacks with grades lower than 90 have been selected in the first round, and a quick “where are they now” isn’t pretty: Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Tim Tebow and Teddy Bridgewater did not play in 2016 (whether on account of poor play or injury), while E.J. Manuel had 131 yards passing (for the season) as a backup in Buffalo.And again, the Browns already have two players on their roster who have performed like late-first-round QBs!Of course, it’s always a gamble – and I have nothing against gambling – but part of being a good gambler is understanding the odds you’re getting. If the Browns thought none of these prospects was worth betting the franchise on (putting them in agreement with projections), their first-round choices were prudent. The Cleveland Browns entered the 2017 NFL draft with a haul of draft picks and a dire need for a quarterback. Yet, despite rumors swirling for days that the Browns might use their No. 1 overall pick to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (ESPN’s 27th-ranked prospect), they were conservative and selected the draft’s top prospect, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. By the end of the round, the Browns still didn’t have a QB, having passed up the chance to take Deshaun Watson in the 12th spot, as well.So how could the Browns, pick-rich and desperate, fail to pick up one of the top QBs available in the draft? This has been cause for some criticism. For example, here’s ESPN’s Kevin Seifert:But failing to use any of [their draft picks] on a high(er)-end quarterback will doom them in the short- and mid-term. Unless you think the Browns can grow with 2016 third-rounder Cody Kessler or — gasp — recent acquisition Brock Osweiler, it’s difficult to see how they can move forward while continuing to slow-play the position.I see this type of argument made a lot: A team that needs a QB needs to take a QB. But it isn’t quite that simple. Quarterbacks are almost always high-risk prospects, and investing in a bad quarterback can kill a franchise just as easily as not having one.It’s a bit of a cliche, but there is only a small group of people walking this earth who are capable of playing quarterback for the NFL. And most QBs taken in the draft aren’t among them. QBs have long careers, and (by definition) there are only 16 at any time that are better than average starters.Most are not Tom Brady. Brady, a sixth-round choice in 2000, almost single-handedly gives late-round picks everywhere hope. But most successful quarterbacks entered the league as top prospects. For example, of the 37 QBs who started at least five games last season, nine were former No. 1 overall draft picks (of 12 drafted in the Brady era1Brady was the only starting quarterback last year who was drafted before 2001.). Another eight came from picks 2-10 in the draft (of 14 taken in the Brady era), and four came from later in the first round (of 19).2Two were undrafted, though the pool of undrafted would-be NFL QBs is impossible to measure.Of the 211 QBs drafted in the Brady era, what share from each round were in starting roles last year? That chart may look like taking a QB at the top of the draft is even more imperative. But the key point is that, after the blue-chippers, things get dicey. So when you’re sitting in a blue-chip draft position (as the Browns were), and you don’t see any blue-chip QBs, taking the next-best thing doesn’t get you a rough approximation of a blue-chip QB. It gets you something substantially different.OK, that’s just a snapshot of where things stood last season using a crude (though dramatic) metric. Ultimately, a QB doesn’t contribute just by playing games, he contributes by playing well in them. (Though one, of course, can certainly follow from the other.) While I generally still think QB value is a mystery, there are some metrics – such as ESPN’s QBR – that at least try to divide credit between a QB and his team.Using the QBR breakdown, we can estimate how many points each QB has contributed to his team’s scoring. Here’s the average QBR points above replacement contributed by QBs depending on where they were drafted, from 2006 to 2016: read more

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Roadshow to promote air travel from India to Myanmar

Roadshow to promote air travel from India to Myanmar

first_imgKolkata: Yangon Aerodrome Company Ltd organised a one-day roadshow in Kolkata on Friday to attract more tourists from India and Bengal to Myanmar.In recent times, the inflow of tourists from India to neighbouring Myanmar is on the rise with the Myanmar government granting visas-on-arrival to Indian passport holders. “This roadshow is an important occasion for us to collaborate with our Indian counterparts and partners to develop more air routes so that more people can experience what Myanmar has to offer and vice-versa,” said Jose Angeja chief operating officer at Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataYangon Aerodrome Company Ltd. According to May Myat Mon Win, chairperson of Myanmar Tourism Federation in the year 2018, altogether 40,000 tourists from India went to Myanmar and in the first five months of 2019 there has been an increase of more than 6 percent in the footfall of India tourists. “We feel that the time is ripe to promote Myanmar. We are beginning with a roadshow in Kolkata and will be holding a rally to promote tourism in the month of November. We will be holding a roadshow in Mumbai in 2020,” said Mon Win. About 58,000 tourists from Myanmar visited India in 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from classical destinations such as Yangoon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake, Myanmar Tourism Federation is also promoting nine new destinations that will enable tourists to delve deep into its hidden corners. The new destinations are Mrauk U, Lokkaw, Putao, Hsipaw, Mt. Victoria, Mergui Archipelago, Mogok, Hpaan and Kyaing Tong. The participants attending the event agreed to work jointly to promote air connectivity. The only Indian airline operating at Yangon International Airport is Air India, which operates three scheduled flight per week to and from New Delhi. Air India is planning to increase its frequency of flights from India to Myanmar. It will start twice a week operation from Mumbai to Myanmar. Yangon International Airport handled a total of 6.035 million passengers in 2018.last_img read more

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The Basics 3 Important Tips for Creating Killer Mobile Apps

first_imgFebruary 7, 2013 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img With thousands of apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play — not to mention Windows and BlackBerry’s growing app stores — entrepreneurs and developers have a lot to consider when creating new apps they hope to get accepted into the marketplaces. What’s going to set yours apart from all the others and ensure a smooth submission process?We spoke with mobile expert Prasant Varghese, a usability analyst at New York City-based IT services firm Icreon. Here are his three basic, yet essential tips for creating the best, most efficient apps possible:1. Think different.Let’s face it, who needs yet another tip calculator or flashlight app? Coming up with something no one has seen before can obviously set you apart. But coming up with the next big thing isn’t always easy. The first thing you’ll want to do when launching any type of app is study your competitors.”Learn their apps by heart — every nuance and interface component,” Varghese says. “Then write down every annoyance, every seemingly unnecessary component and software glitch that their apps have. When working on your app, avoid those mistakes completely.”Related: 5 Tools for Building a Shopping App2. Prioritize design.With droves of apps already in the marketplaces, Apple and Google aren’t starving for new apps, meaning they can easily delay acceptance of an app if it doesn’t create a compelling experience.”Focus on delighting people and making your product usable,” Varghese says. “Fancy animations and graphics are fun, but if they serve no purpose, eliminate them.” Study how people interact with your app and make improvements as necessary.3. Be efficient. Smartphone and tablet apps have limited computer power allocated to them. So, apps that excessively eat up 3G or 4G data are often more prone to crashing and can possibly be shunned by the app stores. Your app’s essential functionality is using data as efficiently and effectively as possible, Varghese says.”From a consumer perspective, most of the U.S. has approximately 1GB of data they can use per month based on their cell phone plan,” he says. “Be confident that your app will be one of the handful that is constantly used [rather than downloaded and forgotten about] and try to avoid using more than 100 MB of a user’s data.”Related: How a Giveaway Helped a Developer Boost App Store Rankings Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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Yammers David Sacks Offers 3 Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » March 9, 2013center_img 3 min read Launching a technology startup is considerably easier than it used to be. Yammer founder and CEO David Sacks knows this better than a lot of people.Sacks spoke Saturday during a SXSW Interactive (SXSWi) session called “Insights About Innovation.” He recalled his reaction after catching an early screening of jOBS, the forthcoming biographical film based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Sacks was struck by scenes of a young Jobs — played by Ashton Kutcher — making call after call but unable to convince anyone to invest in his startup.”It’s a reminder of how hard it was to get a company off the ground,” Sacks said. “It is so much easier for us all now to start a company because of trailblazers” [like Jobs].A member of what’s known to some as the PayPal mafia, Sacks joined PayPal in 1999. In addition starting enterprise social networking service Yammer — which was bought by Microsoft last year for $1.2 billion — Sacks launched genealogy website Geni in 2006.While the barrier is arguably lower now for tech entrepreneurs, the road to startup success isn’t always clear. Here are three tips Sacks offered for aspiring tech entrepreneurs:1. Don’t be shy about raising startup capital.Sometimes entrepreneurs raise less money for their startups than they have the ability to. Don’t undersell your product or service to investors, and don’t aim to raise less money than you know you need, Sacks recommended.During the early, pre-dotcom crash days at PayPal — when the company had “good traction” with customers but wasn’t making revenue — the team was slow to raise its goal of $200 million, Sacks recalled. But it managed to collect $100 million right before the market crashed. “If we waited one more week, PayPal would have died,” Sacks said. “You never know what’s going to happen. Raise money while you can.”Related: Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs With Local Lenders2. Be innovative.”No real entrepreneur wants to build something that’s simply a feature of someone else’s product,” Sacks said. His advice: find a nontech industry with a need and then build a simple product or service that transforms it.”The key is to develop a simple experience that hooks people. . . then graduate them into more sophisticated, immersive features,” he said.3. Don’t try to invent something altogether new if you don’t have to.Many entrepreneurs and their developers have “excessive pride,” Sacks said, meaning they don’t want to copy elements of a product that already exists. Sacks suggests entrepreneurs “get over it,” especially if they’re trying to build around a feature or service that people have come to expect in a tech product. There’s no problem if you’re improving something in a way that’s never been imagined before.”If don’t copy, you’re being kind of foolish,” he said. “Saying you’re never going to copy is almost like saying you’re never going to learn.”Related: 5 Tips for Hiring a Great Web Developerlast_img read more

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