NFL Draft Expert Has An Iowa Star Going No. 2

first_imgIowa's A.J. Epenesa reaches for Northwewstern's Clayton Thorson.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats breaks a tackle in the second half from defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)For the NFL teams that needed a quarterback and failed to land one in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 2020 draft looks like it will be flush with quarterbacks. But a new mock draft from a top analyst has a quarterback-needy team passing on a bunch of good ones.On Thursday, RotoWorld draft analyst Thor Nystrom posted his latest mock draft, and has the Miami Dolphins going in a different direction with the No. 2 overall pick. With Tua Tagovailoa off the board to the Oakland Raiders at No. 1, Nystrom has the Dolphins taking Iowa edge rusher A.J. Epenesa instead.Nystrom noted in his scouting report of Epenesa that he has a remarkably high ceiling in the NFL, and even referenced Houston Texas All-Pro J.J. Watt as a comparison.Believe the hype, folks. I’ve seen the monster. And the monster is real. As the NFL Draft media’s foremost consumer of Iowa football, I can tell you that the only complaint Hawkeyes fans have had about AJ Epenesa is that the coaching staff didn’t use him more as a true freshman and sophomore.[…]When this conversation comes up, J.J. Watt’s name is inevitably evoked. Epenesa had 3.5 more sacks as a two-year part-timer than Watt did in his two years as a starter at Wisconsin (Watt also had 36.5 TFL). I’m not saying, I’m just saying.We already know that Epenesa is a touched-by-God’s-hand pass-rusher. What we need for him to do next is improve against the run and prove that he can play the style he prefers to play (with his hair on fire) while out there on all three downs.Despite Epenesa’s strong case as an elite pass rusher in the NFL, there would still be a ton of potentially great NFL quarterbacks that the Dolphins would be skipping on in this scenario. Justin Herbert and Jake Fromm would both still be on the board. As for the Hawkeyes, such a selection would be the highest for any Iowa player since the Raiders took offensive lineman Robert Gallery No. 2 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft.Quarterback Randy Duncan is the only Iowa player to go No. 1 overall. He was taken first by the Green Back Packers in the 1959 NFL Draft, but never played for them.Maybe Epenesa is poised for a breakout year, and maybe he’ll wind up being the top defender in the draft. But if the Dolphins are tanking as many people seem to believe, they won’t be doing so to land a defender – even one with the ceiling of an All-Pro pass rusher.[RotoWorld]last_img read more

Climate change fund must spur private investment in poorer countries UN says

29 April 2011A new fund aimed at mobilizing resources to help developing countries mitigate the impact of global warming must encourage private sector financing in an effort to tackle its most devastating effects, the top United Nations climate change official said today. Speaking after the first gathering of the Green Climate Fund’s transitional committee in Mexico City, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said private sector investment is essential for ensuring a low-carbon future for poorer countries. “To get government and private capital flowing freely on this scale, the Green Climate Fund needs to become a trusted avenue for deploying climate funding to the best effect and it needs to offer a compelling route for private sector capital to engage in bigger climate investments in the developing world,” said Ms. Figueres.Composed of finance and climate change experts, the transitional committee’s task is to propose an effective design for the fund in time for the next UN Climate Conference in Durban in December. The committee’s 40 members were announced earlier this month. “The launch of the Green Climate Fund is one of the significant decisions that nations reached in Cancún, which show that governments can take repeated steps forward, including this year in Durban,” she said. The fund is being launched as part of long-term financial support agreed last year at the UN climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico, under which industrialized countries committed to a goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion per year by 2020.The fund’s finances would be raised from both public and private sources and directly linked to meaningful climate change mitigation actions and transparency on implementation. read more

London Bridge attack Anjem Choudary incited ringleader to commit carnage – so

The inquests heard evidence that Butt would tell friends “Anjem Choudary is right” in saying money should be milked from the Government and used “to attack the British”.  The 27-year-old had been on benefits… The radical hate preacher was said to have been “idolised” by Khuram Butt, who parroted his extremist teachings in the years before the atrocity.  Police are facing questions over their failure to arrest Anjem Choudary in connection with the London Bridge attack after he allegedly incited the ringleader to commit carnage. The families of several victims on Friday expressed their concern that Choudary’s radicalising influence had not prompted police action during the post-attack investigation.