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Hula Bowl Starts All-Star Postseason

Hula Bowl 2022

Saturday January 15, 2022 – 12 pm noon EST
UCF Bounce House Stadium
Orlando, Florida – CBS Sports Network

Team Aina – Head coach: Mike Smith
Team Kai – Head coach: Brian Billick

Rosters
https://www.hulabowl.com/events/athlete-roster-2022.html

Hula Bowl Heads New All-Star Postseason

A full schedule of postseason All-star games return this year with the Hula Bowl kicking off the prime postseason events. Many All-star games were closed down last year except the Senior Bowl Classic. The Covid 19 virus cancelled a wide range of events, making the scouting process very difficult and limited. The past NFL Draft 2021 class will be interesting to evaluate in a few more seasons and seeing if a higher number of early draft selection bust out and more late round sleepers emerge over their first three or four seasons.

Both dates and locations of several events have changed in many cases for the major All-star venues, in addition to several small college All-star events. DraftInsiders.com scouting staff will be at many All-Star events plus the NFL Combine 2022 and school Pro Days. Each All-star event will have announcements thru the postseason with player and coaching updates.

The 2022 Hula Bowl is a postseason college football all-star game scheduled for January 15, 2022, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, at Bounce House in Orlando, Florida. It will be the first all-star contest of the 2021–22 bowl games and, while not restricted to FBS players, one of the final games of the 2021 FBS football season. Television coverage will be provided by CBS Sports Network. This will be the first playing of the Hula Bowl outside of Hawaii, due to Aloha Stadium near Honolulu being closed for renovations.[2] The games rosters players into Aina and Kai teams, the words for land and sea in the Hawaiian language.

Hula Bowl Players to Watch
QB Cole Kelley | Southeastern Louisiana | 6066 | 248
QB Anthony Brown | Oregon | 6013 | 227.8
RB Julius Chestnut | Sacred Heart | 5111 | 224.4
RB Isaih Pacheco | Rutgers | 5102 | 208
RB Stephen Carr | Indiana | 5113 | 210.9
WR Jalen Virgil | Appalachian State | 6001 | 211
WR Mike Harley | Miami (FL) | 5103 | 172.9
WR Isaiah Weston | Northern Iowa | 6033 | 208
WR Keith Corbin | Jackson State | 6006 | 188.5
WR Lujuan Winningham | Central Arkansas | 6030 | 189.3
TE Jamal Pettigrew | McNeese State | 6062 | 251
TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe | Kansas State | 6031 | 241
TE Andrew Ogletree | Youngstown State | 6053 | 256.1
OT Sam Schlueter | Minnesota | 6057 | 313
OG Cain Madden | Notre Dame | 6021 | 316
OG Cole Schneider | Central Florida | 6031 | 309.1
OC Liam Shanahan | LSU | 6042 | 305
OC Matt Allen | Michigan State | 6023 | 311.8
DE Isaiah Chambers | McNeese State | 6035 | 260
DE Scott Patchan | Colorado State | 6043 | 257.7
DE Owen Carney | Illinois | 6031 | 265.5
LB Isaiah Graham-Mobley | Boston College | 6006 | 223
LB Teddy Gallagher | Coastal Carolina | 6000 | 234.9
LB Drew White | Notre Dame | 6002 | 228 |
CB Christian Benford | Villanova | 6003 | 196
CB Deane Leonard | Ole Miss | 6007 | 182 |
CB Tristin McCullom | Sam Houston State | 6004 | 190.4
CB Tayler Hawkins | San Diego State | 5117 | 198
CB Deane Leonard | Ole Miss | 6007 | 182
S Bydarrius Knighten | Auburn | 5114 | 196
S Tariq Carpenter | Georgia Tech | 6024 | 227




NFL Draft First Round Selection Order – Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’

NFL Draft 2022 Selection Order – The Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ (Again)!

Jaguars Lions, Texans, Jets & Giants Hold Current Top 5 Selections
                         Eagles Hold Three #1 Selections,
               Giants and Jets Hold Two #1 Draft Choices

The Jacksonville Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ with the first overall selection for the NFL Draft 2022. They earned the top overall draft choice again currently off a horrible 3-14 record. Rookie head coach Urban Meyer was fired in early December. Their recent overall draft decisions have been weak.

Detroit currently holds the 2nd overall selection off a poor 3-13-1 record with the Texans, Jets and Giants completing the top five selections. There is a logjam with nine clubs between 4-13, 7-10 and 9-8 that will impact the top  selections.

Jets (#4 & #10) and Giants (#5 & #7) hold two first round picks each with both top ten selections. The Eagles hold three #1 selections (#15, 16 & 19) with all from the middle of the round back.

A teams’ opponent’s W-L record will determine all tie situations. Teams that are still tied will flip though none necessary this year. Playoff teams will shuffle according to their postseason results to determine the final top 32 selections.

NFL teams look to both the veteran Free Agency period and the NFL Draft 2022 to improve their rosters. The salary cap went up after  in years with a $175 million cap range per team expected. It will dictate the movement of many veteran players this offseason and have an impact among the premier draft selections.

        Playoffs – Super Bowl game will determine final position
                postseason determines the final two positions

#            Team               W-L / Opp W-L %
1          Jacksonville          3-14     .512
2          Detroit                  3-13-1  .528
3          Houston                4-13     .498
4          NY Jets                 4-13     .512
5          NY Giants             4-13     .529
6          Carolina                5-12     .512
7          NY Giants (Chic)   6-11   .524
8          Atlanta                  7-10     .476
9          Denver                  7-10     .484
10         NY Jets (Seattle)   7-10   .519
11         Washington           7-10   .529
12         Minnesota             8-9     .507
13         Cleveland              8-9      .517
14         Baltimore              8-9     .528
15         Phil (Miami)         9-8      .464
16         Phil (Indianapolis) 9-8    .495
17         LA Chargers      9-8          .510
18         New Orleans     9-8          .512
19         Philadelphia      9-8          .472
20         Pittsburgh         9-7-1       .521
21         Cincinnati          10-7        .472
22         New England    10-7        .481
23         Miami (San Fran) 10-7   .500
24         Las Vegas        10-7          .510
25         Buffalo            11-6           .472
26         Detroit (Rams)   11-6     .490
27         Dallas               12-5         .491
28         Arizona            12-5        .483
29         Kansas City      12-5       .538
30         Tampa Bay       13-4      .460
31         Tennessee        12-5        .472
32         Green Bay        13-4       .479
 
               *** April 28-30 – NFL Draft 2022 – ***
 
Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs: The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.




Senior Bowl Names Lions & Jets Staffs for 2022 All-Star Classic

Senior Bowl Names Lions & Jets Staffs for All-Star Classic

The Reese’s Senior Bowl today announced that NFL Football Operations has assigned the Detroit Lions and New York Jets as the coaching staffs for the 73rd annual Reese’s Senior Bowl to be played on Saturday February 5, 2022, at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama.

The game will be aired live on the NFL Network at 1:30 CT.  The Lions own the No. 2 pick, while the Jets own the Nos. 4 and 10 selections in the 2022 NFL draft. NFL teams are offered the opportunity to coach the two Senior Bowl squads based on draft order, unless they are transitioning coaching staffs. The Jaguars hold the No. 1 pick of the draft but with the club in search of a coach did not quality. The Lions hold the #2 overall pick, while the Jets have the #4 overall selection. The Lions last coached the Senior Bowl in 2020 under then-coach Matt Patricia. The Jets have not coached a Senior Bowl team since 1979 under coach Walt Michaels.

       Go to   seniorbowl.com   for this years Player list

Draft Insiders.com will attend all events and have in-depth coverage in Feb Newsletter

The Senior Bowl is coming off a record-breaking year in which 106 players were selected in the 2021 NFL draft, which represents 41% of the entire class. Over the past three drafts (2019-2021), 88.4% of the players wound up making an active 53-man NFL roster at some point during their rookie season.

The Senior Bowl has long been the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game and it is the only one coached by entire staffs from two NFL clubs.  NFL Football Operations smartly uses the draft order to select participating clubs because it serves as a valuable mechanism of parity for competitive balance in the league each year.

For the first time in the game’s rich history, head coaches will serve in more an advisory capacity while promoting select assistants into leadership roles on the staff (e.g. running backs coach to head coach, secondary coach to defensive coordinator, etc.). This new change will offer position coaches and coordinators developmental opportunities in a setting that showcases their skills in front of peers from all 32 clubs.

In addition, Senior Bowl leadership is excited to announce that four coaches from Historically Black Colleges & Universities will be a part of Senior Bowl coaching staffs in this year’s game. Coaches selected to take part in this minority fellowship program will be a part of on-field coaching, position meetings, and nightly staff evaluations.  The primary goal of this new initiative is to connect HBCU coaches with NFL decision-makers in hope that it leads to future career opportunities, while also giving the rest of the league’s teams four individuals to contact for information on Senior Bowl participants.

The three recent rosters have included the following standouts: QB Justin Herbert (Chargers), QB Mac Jones  (Patriots), QB Jalen Hurts (Eagles),  DS Jeremy Chinn (Panthers), WR Deebo Samuel (49ers), WR Chase Claypool (Steelers), WR Brandon Aiyuk (49ers), (Eagles), DB Kyle Dugger (Patriots), RB Elijah Mitchell (49ers), RB Antonio Gibson (WFT), WR Terry McLaurin (WFT), OL Chris Lindstrom (Falcons),  OL Elgton Jenkins (Packers), DL Montez Sweat (WFT), RB Najee Harris (Steelers), RB Rhamondre Stevenson (Patriots), RB Michael Carter (Jets), WR Kadarius Toney (Giants), WR Devonta Smith (Eagles), OL Quinn Meinerz (Broncos), and OL Creed Humphrey (Chiefs).

 

 




NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Mock Draft  1.0

NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Mock Draft  1.0

 January, 2022
* Underclassmen –   Selection order with 1 regular season game to go
Pre All-Star games

All underclassmen had until Jan. 17th to declare for the NFL Draft 2022. Players have three days to rescind their decision and return to school and still retain their college eligibility.

Exact draft order to be determined at close of the postseason

NFL  Mock Draft

1st Round

  #         Team             W/L      Player                          Pos      Ht/WT               School             Class
1         Jacksonville      2-14      Aidan Hutchinson          DE       6-6/265             Michigan           Jr
2         Detroit              2-13-1   Derek Stingley               CB        6-1/195             LSU         Jr
3         Houston            4-12      Kayvon Thibodeaux       DE       6-5/260             Oregon             Jr
4         Jets                  4-12      Kyle Hamilton               S          6-4/220             Notre Dame      Jr
5         Giants               4-12      George Karlaftis         DE       6-4/275             Purdue        Jr
6         Jets (Seattle)     6-10      David Ojabo               DE       6-5/250            Michigan           RSoph
7         Carolina            5-11      Kenny Pickett             QB       6-3/220             Pittsburgh     Sr
8         Giants (Chicago) 6-10    Evan Neal                   OT        6-7/350             Alabama           Jr
9         Washington       6-10      Ikem Ekwonu              OT        6-4/320             North Carolina St Jr
10         Atlanta              7-9        DeMarvin Leal           DT        6-4/290             Texas A&M       Jr
11         Denver              7-9        Devin Lloyd            ILB       6-3/235                Utah              Sr
12         Minnesota         7-9        Matt Corral               QB       6-2/205             Mississippi       Jr
13         Cleveland          7-9        Garrett Wilson         WR       6-0/190             Ohio State        Jr
14         Phil (Miami)       8-8        Treylon Burks           WR       6-3/225            Arkansas        Jr
15         New Orleans     8-8        Kaiir Elam                 CB        6-2/195             Florida         Jr
16         Baltimore          8-8        Tyler Linderbaum        C          6-3/290             Iowa      Jr
17         Pittsburgh         8-7-1     Charles Cross         OT        6-5/310             Mississippi St   RSoph
18         Philadelphia      9-7        Jordan Davis           DT        6-6/340             Georgia        Sr
19         Miami (San Fran) 9-7     Kenyon Green               OG       6-4/325             Texas A&M       Jr
20         Las Vegas        9-7        Andrew Booth               CB        6-0/195                Clemson           Jr
21         Phil (Indianapolis) 9-7    Ahmad Gardner            CB        6-3/200            Cincinnati          Jr
22         LA Chargers      9-7        Drake London               WR       6-5/210             Southern Cal     Jr
23         Cincinnati          10-6      Nicholas Petit-Frere       OT        6-5/315          Ohio State        Jr
24         New England    10-6      Jameson Williams         WR       6-2/190           Alabama           Jr
25         Buffalo             10-6      Kenneth Walker             RB        5-11/210            Michigan State Jr
26         Tennessee        11-5      Nakobe Dean                ILB       6-0/225             Georgia            Jr
27         Arizona             11-5      Drake Jackson             OLB      6-4/250             Southern Cal     Jr
28         Dallas               11-5      Christian Harris             ILB       6-2/235                Alabama          Jr
29         Kansas City      11-5      Jermaine Johnson         DE       6-5/265             Florida State     Sr
30         Tampa Bay       12-4      Jahan Dotson               WR       5-11/185            Penn State        Sr
31         Detroit (LA Rams) 12-4  Chris Olave                   WR       6-1/190             Ohio State        Sr
32         Green Bay        13-3      Jalen Wydermyer          TE        6-5/255             Texas A&M       Jr

X – The Colts #1 pick goes to the Eagles as QB Carson Wentz participated in 75% of the Colts offensive plays this season and they made the playoffs.

Currently four teams, the Bears, 49ers, Seahawks and Rams do not have a 1st round selection.
Teams 19-32 make the playoffs if the season ended today and are playoff clubs in the draft order. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results through postseason play.

April 28-30 – NFL Draft 2022 – Las Vegas, Nevada.




NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Selection Order

NFL Draft 2022 –

– The Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ (again)!
Jaguars, Lions, Texans, Giants & Jets Hold Current Top 5 Selections

                     Eagles Have Three #1 Selections,
            Giants & Jets Hold Two #1 Draft Choices

The Jacksonville Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ with the first overall selection for the NFL Draft 2022. They could earn the top overall draft choice again currently off a horrible 2-14 record if they maintain this position over the Lions. Rookie head coach Urban Meyer was fired in earlier December. Their recent overall draft decisions have been weak and slow to develop. Detroit currently holds the 2nd overall selection off a poor 2-13-1 record and could still land the top overall selection if they lose and the Jaguars win in the final week. Texans, Jets and Giants complete the top five selections with 4-12 records. There is a logjam with eight clubs between 5-11 and 7-9 that will impact the top 12 overall selections.

Jets and Giants hold two #1 picks with both probable top ten selections. The Eagles hold three #1 selections with all from the middle of the round back.

First Round Selection Order – after 16 Games

#   Team                       Record             Strength/schedule

1 Jacksonville               2-14                  .522
2 Detroit                       2-13-1               .539
3 Houston                     4-12                  .496
4 NY Jets                      4-12                  .515
5 NY Giants                  4-12                  .537
6 Carolina                     5-11                  .507
7 NY Jets (Seattle)        6-10                  .518
8 NY Giants (Chicago)   6-10                  .520
9 Washington                6-10                  .533
10 Atlanta                     7-9                    .461
11 Denver                     7-9                    .478
12 Minnesota                7-9                    .513
13 Cleveland                 7-9                    .524
14 Phil (Miami)              8-8                    .467
15 New Orleans             8-8                    .515
16 Baltimore                 8-8                    .531
17 Pittsburgh                8-7-1                 .520
18 Las Vegas                9-7                    .517
19 Philadelphia             9-7                    .461
20 Phil (Indianapolis)     9-7                    .489
21 LA Chargers             9-7                    .509
22 Miami (San Fran)      9-7                    .509
23 Buffalo                     10-6                  .469
24 New England            10-6                  .474
25 Cincinnati                 10-6                  .465
26 Arizona                    11-5                  .483
27 Dallas                      11-5                  .493
28 Kansas City             11-5                  .542
29 Tampa Bay              12-4                  .474
30 Detroit (LA Rams)     12-4                  .480
31 Tennessee               11-5                  .469
32 Green Bay                13-3                  .469

X – The Colts #1 pick goes to the Eagles as QB Carson Wentz participated in 75% of the Colts offensive plays this season and they made the playoffs.

Currently four teams, the Bears, 49ers, Seahawks and Rams do not have a 1st round selection.

Teams 19-32 make the playoffs if the season ended today and are playoff clubs in the draft order. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results through postseason play.

April 28-30 – NFL Draft 2022 – Las Vegas, Nevada.




All-Star Game Schedule 2022

All-Star Game Schedule 2022

A full schedule of postseason All-star games return this year after closing down every event except the Senior Bowl Classic last offseason. The Covid 19 virus cancelled a wide range of events, making the scouting process very difficult. The NFL Draft 2021 class will be interesting to evaluate in a few more seasons and seeing if a higher number of early draft selection become busts and more late round sleepers emerge over the first three or four seasons.

Both dates and locations of several events have changed in many cases for the major All-star venues, in addition to several small college All-star events.  DraftInsiders.com scouting staff will be at events plus the NFL Combine 2022. Each All-star event will have announcements thru the postseason with player and coaching additions and updates. Check back here for updates related to All-star game changes.

DraftInsiders.com staff will update events and will create several Emails and Tweets from every event over the week long practices and games.  

All-Star Game Schedule 2022

Jan. 15 -Hula Bowl – Orlando, Florida
The Hula Bowl is set to be played at the University of Central Florida on Jan. 15, 2022. The game is usually played in Honolulu but Aloha Stadium is going through a renovation. The Hula Bowl moved its historic game from Honolulu to Orlando for its 2022 game. The iconic game is pleased to feature an amazing lineup of coaching legends for its Orlando Debut.  This year’s coaching staff has over 275 years of combined coaching experience.  The game will maintain much of its rich Hawaiian heritage, and will continue with its two squads, titled the AINA and KAI, representing the Land and Sea in Hawaiian.

Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith will return to the sidelines to be the AINA head coach at the 2022 Hula Bowl.  During his time at the helm of the Falcons, he became the franchise’s winningest head coach by number of wins.  In addition, he was awarded the prestigious NFL 2008 Coach of the Year Award by the Associated Press.

Brian Billick will head up the KAI squad. He was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings from 1994 to 1998. The team broke the NFL scoring record in the 1998 season. Following this record setting performance, Billick spent nine seasons as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens from January 19, 1999 to December 31, 2007. On January 28, 2001, Billick won Super Bowl XXXV as the Ravens’ head coach in a 34–7 victory over the New York Giants. It was the Ravens’ first Super Bowl appearance. He was inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor in 2019.

Jan. 29 – NFLPA Collegiate Bowl – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Ca.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl announced their 10th edition of its game will take place on January 29, 2022. Originally slated for the week before, the new date best allows the Collegiate Bowl to once again provide participants with the world-class experience that’s made it the premier postseason all-star showcase. After going virtual for the 2021, the game will once again be played at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium and be televised on NFL Network. Former NFL head coaches, Jeff Fisher and Marvin Lewis have been selected to lead the American and National teams for the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The 10th annual game will take place at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in California and air live on NFL Network.

Feb. 3 – East-West Shrine Bowl – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 97th annual East-West Shrine Bowl has moved to Allegiant Stadium Las Vegas.

Feb. 5 – Senior Bowl – Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
In 2021, a new era in the Senior Bowl’s history began with the game moving to Hancock Whitney Stadium on the South Alabama Jaguars’ campus. Throughout its history, the Senior Bowl has produced over 55 players that went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The game is unique among college all-star games as the teams are coached by NFL staff. Former MVPs of the game include the likes of Dan Marino, LaDainian Tomlinson, Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert.

Coaching staffs will be announced after the NFL season. They come from non playoff clubs that retain their coaching staffs and usually drafting in the top 5 selections for the NFL Draft 2022.

Senior Bowl Game
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 1:30pm CT, Mobile, Alabama
University of South Alabama, Hancock Whitney Stadium
TV: NFL Network
TICKETS: ON SALE!




Walter Payton Award 2021 Watch List – FCS Offensive Player of Year

Walter Payton Award 2021 Watch List

UNI football’s Trevor Penning is the first offensive lineman to be named to this year’s Walter Payton Award watch list.

Penning was among 11 players added today, which now includes 46 players. The 2021 Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award is presented annually to the national offensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision.

Trevor Penning is our #1 small college prospect and a potential high draft selection. He is scheduled to play in the 2022 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

For the 2021-22 Award Calendar- Player & Coach Awards – Go to www.draftinsiders.com

The Payton Award is celebrating its 35th anniversary season. It’s named for the legendary Hall of Fame running back. Past recipients include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp and Trey Lance.

Penning became the first Panther to earn the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week award Oct. 25 following UNI’s win over No. 6 South Dakota State. He also earned MVFC First Team Preseason honors.

Newest members by position:

Quarterback
Davis Alexander, Portland State
Ren Hefley, Presbyterian
Keon Howard, UT Martin
Cole Johnson, James Madison
Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State
Jason Shelley, Missouri State
Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State

Running Back
Malik Grant, Sacred Heart
Isaiah Ifanse, Montana State

Wide Receiver
Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin

Offensive Line
Trevor Penning, UNI

 

 




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Creator of NFL Draft’s ‘Mr Irrelevant’ – Paul Salata Passes

Creator of ‘Mr Irrelevant’ – Paul Salata Passes

Paul Salata, the Newport Beach businessman and philanthropist who founded Mr. Irrelevant Week 45 years ago, died Saturday, October 16th. Salata was 94 years old and passed the day before his 95th birthday this past Sunday. He had been in declining health for several years.

Salata was part of the rich bizarre history and lore of the NFL Draft. He created Irrelevant Week in 1976 to honor the last player selected in the NFL Draft, who would be known as “Mr. Irrelevant.” A week’s worth of activities, including a welcome party, a golf tournament, a trip to Disneyland and The Lowsman Banquet’ with a parade, were among the events.

Mr. Irrelevant would be presented the ‘Lowsman Trophy’, which looked like the famed Heisman Trophy except the football player on the Lowsman Trophy is dropping the football. This last selection in the NFL Draft also created the ‘Salata Rule’ after an incident in 1979 between the LA Rams and Pittsburgh Steeler. The Rams passed on the next to last selection to allow the Steelers to move up one spot and the Rams would get the final selection. The Steelers also passed on the selection which forced the Commissioner Pete Rozelle and NFL office to rule that no team can pass on the next to last selection to claim the final overall draft choice. Steelers retained the last draft choice.

Salata gave to many charitable causes – Irrelevant Week always benefited local charities – and created endowments at USC where he played football and baseball.

Salata was master of ceremony and guest of honor at many events for many years in Orange County. His quick wit was always on display. One example: Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Ryan Succop was a Mr. Irrelevant when he was the last player drafted in 2009 by the Kansas City Chiefs. Succop’s last name is pronounced “suck up.” With that in mind, Salata’s introduction of Succop included, “He comes from a whole family of Succops.” As a Buccaneer in 2021, Succop became the first ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ to win a Super Bowl ring with the Bucs.

Salata was a successful sewer contractor. The late Orange County Register columnist John Hall often called Salata “The Sewer King.”

Before getting into the business world, Salata was an outstanding receiver at USC. He caught a touchdown pass for the Trojans in a 25-0 victory over Tennessee in the 1945 Rose Bowl game (Salata would claim he caught two touchdown passes in the game, but an official, Salata said, made a mistake when the official ruled Salata was out of bounds on what would have been a touchdown reception). At USC, he was an infielder and part of the Trojans’ first College World Series title. His USC playing days were interrupted by an 18-month stint in the Army Air Corps.

Salata played for the Baltimore Colts when the Colts were in the All-American Football Conference and rejoined the team when the Colts were integrated in the NFL. He played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1949 and 1950. During the 1950 season, he had 50 receptions, playing for the 49ers and Colts that season.

He also played in the Canadian Football League in which he was an all-star receiver with the Calgary Stampeders. Salata played college and minor-league baseball.

Salata was an extra or bit-player in 18 films, including as a prisoner of war in “Stalag 17,” as one of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball players in the original “Angels in the Outfield,” the ‘Ten Commandments’, ‘Singin in the Rain’, and he was the guy who sliced open Frank Sinatra’s nose in “The Joker Is Wild.”

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughter Melanie Salata Fitch, son Brian Salata, granddaughters Alix and Marie, and brother George.

Salata Fitch assumed the leadership role in Irrelevant Week in recent years and hopefully continues this amazing tradition.




Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Scouting Evaluation – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report – NFL Draft 2020

Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Scouting Evaluation – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report – NFL Draft 2020

Winfield – Immediate Impact Defender in the Bucs’ Defense

Antoine Winfield has been a major difference maker for SB Champion Bucs since starting game one as a rookie in 2020. Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders’ ranked him as one of the top safeties especially as a complete defender. He ranked among as one of premier playmakers in the NFL Draft 2020 class and predicted him an early NFL starter and playmaker. He has been a major steal in the late 2nd round and arguably one of the best values in the entire draft class. He was among the Bucs defensive leaders on their run to the NFL Championship.

This season, he has continued his impact in a diverse role in the Bucs secondary. This week vs the Patriots on Sunday night, he was a difference maker in the Bucs 19-17 victory. He totaled 5 tackles, 1 FF, 1 PD and 1 interception and kept Pats’ rookie QB Mac Jones off balance in most key situations.

Safeties NFL Draft 2020

* Underclassmen

* Antoine Winfield #11 – 5-9, 205, Minnesota – Sp. 4.45
NFL Player Comparison: Tyrann Mathieu                            Rating 86
Hard-hitting undersized dynamo safety has been the leader in the Gophers’ secondary since his true freshman season. Stepped in as a full-time starter as a true freshman with limited starting duty the following two seasons due to injuries. His 2019 performance was his best and earned first team Big Ten honors. Short compact athlete combines excellent speed, quickness and fluid athleticism to be a three-down defender with the versatility to lineup at a few spots in the nickel packages. At times, he seeks to deliver big stops, but is not a violent hitter and his marginal size is a concern related to holding up to the physicality of the game. Sure wrap down tackler, though needs to breakdown better in space and eliminate some missed tackles. Displays a quick closing burst, arriving with good pad level to maintain leverage and breakup passes. Outstanding read-react ability and attacks with an aggressive manner with a motor that knows only one speed. Drives through his target upon contact and able to finish. Lined up in a variety of ways, usually the high safety and slot corner in different alignments. Effective single-high safety with excellent range to make up ground and get to the ball. Often lined up over a slot receiver, and shows the quick footwork to mirror off the line with the closing speed to break up passes. Sometimes he drops down into the box and blitzes and added 4 sacks with 3 coming in 2019. Versatile with the range and instincts to play free in the deep middle and at times the toughness and run stopping ability to be the eighth man in the box. He has fine instincts for man-coverage, but only average matchup skills where his lack of height will be tested in the NFL. Fine field vision and reacts to the ball quickly. Attacks the throw at the catch point as if he was the receiver. Marginal height and above average leaping ability, compromises his ability to win jump-ball throws. Plays all facets of the game with a strong sense of urgency. In 2019, started 13 games and had 88 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 7 picks, 1 PBU and 2 FR. Earned 1st team Big Ten honors. In 2018, started 4 of 4 games and made 17 tackles, 1 FR, 1 pick and 1 PBU. For his career, totaled 177 tackles with 7 TFL, 9 picks and 6 PBU. Best suited for playing single high scheme. Fine athleticism to be a three-down defender. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’9” and 203 lbs. with 30 1/8” arms. He ran a 4.45 time and did not lift. Added a 36” VL and a 10’4“ BJ with no agility drills. He has the speed, quickness and ball skills to be an early starter and compares to Tyrann Mathieu in size, AA and versatility. Shows flexible hips and quick footwork with the instincts to continue to improve in coverage. Talent to be a difference maker. High quality athlete and football player with experience to compete for time in different packages and an excellent addition. Son of former longtime NFL corner Antoine Winfield. Probable early starting ability with the versatility and fast developing talent to be a three-down defender. Rising top 50 selection with impact talent. Teams like the Cowboys and Dolphins have on their short list in the 2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round