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March 3, 2023 3:13 pm

Guest host Bobby Bones and the guys recap the latest in the NFL, College Basketball, MLB and the NFL Combine.

Pro Football Focus NFL Analyst Sam Monson tells Bobby why the New Orleans Saints would be a great fit for free agent QB Derek Carr, why the Jets make the most sense for Aaron Rodgers if he parts ways with the Packers, why Bryce Young is “undervalued” because of his smallish stature and which player could be the biggest riser between now and NFL Draft day. 

Bobby reveals that his week in California hasn’t gone all that smoothly, the guys reveal their most deep-seated sports biases that blind them to conventional wisdom, and Bobby names his top 5 all-time favorite media personalities. 

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Are you ready? With guest host Bobby Bones. So I got to go and spend a whole day with Jerry Jones. Live from the Rich Eisen Show studio in Los Angeles. And so I've been a massive life long Dallas Cowboys fan for like four months.

It was the most amazing experience. Today's guest co-host of the Pro Football Focus NFL podcast Sam Monson. NFL Network analyst Scott Pioli. Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse. Three time Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson. And now sitting in for Rich it's Bobby Bones. Welcome back to my personal fantasy camp. Because that's what this is fellas. We all get to do cool things and this is the coolest thing I've ever done in my entire life.

So filling in for Rich who's a personal hero as well. I do want to start with a little something called Touch Em All. Which as I was looking through all the stories. Touch Em All is good in all sports. So let's touch em all. In the NFL. The big men. It was all about the big men.

The University of Pittsburgh's Khalija Kansi. 281 pounds out of 4, 6, 7 official time in the 40. You know everybody's like why are there so many concussions? That's why there are so many concussions. Because people are so big and so fast and when they hit you. It hurts.

Your brain rattles. I became friends with Demarcus Ware. Why are you just like hurting my feelings these last two days? My favorite football player Demarcus Ware. You ever met him? No never met him yet.

Kindest guy. And him and I were put on an uncomfortable situation as we were both cast on Dancing with the Dives. And so he was my guy.

It's kind of like trauma bonding there because nobody knows what they're doing. I'd never danced a day in my life and neither had he. And also I was like that's Demarcus Ware.

And so him and I became really close during that three or four months and we've actually stayed pretty close since then. But what I learned was he's really large. Really fast. And I would never want to be a quarterback getting hit by a guy that size. And so when I see guys that are 281 pounds running a 4, 6.

I go yeah that's real fast for a guy that size and that would really hurt to get hit by. George outside linebacker Nolan Smith who was hurt for a lot of last year with a torn pec. And he was only going to do a few drills because of that. But he ran the 40 at 4.39. That is fly. I mean if you hit a 4.4 that's a pretty fast wide receiver. But you're going to say an outside linebacker?

He ran a 4.39? That is amazing. That's super quick and I definitely want to talk about that with Rich and with Scott Pioli who are coming up later on. Talk about the combine. So that's the NFL.

Let's go over to college basketball as we touch them all. You know the thing about Antoine Davis and he plays at Detroit's Mercy is that he's about to break Pistol Pete's record. And sometimes people go he's played so many more games it shouldn't count.

I think there's something to say about people who can stay healthy and play a lot of games. Regardless of college, NFL, wherever you're breaking these records. So he's 3 points shy of matching Pete Maravich's NCAA career scoring leader. Scoring 22 in the loss to Youngstown State in the Horizon League tournament. You know whether he gets another chance to break the record.

That remains to be seen really close. But all the haters are like well he's played so many more games. You know, you got to stay healthy.

You can't penalize somebody for being healthy. I was doing a deep dive on Pistol Pete. And I think Pistol Pete's one of the most underrated NBA players of all time.

NBA. Because most people will go Pistol Pete, I got sucked in the NBA didn't he? Now I didn't get a chance to watch Pistol Pete.

I was born in the 80's. So Pistol Pete to me is a, remember watching like a Thursday night movie. A documentary. He dribbled the basketball outside the car and there's an actor doing it.

And then once we got YouTube I started to go let me see what this guy, and I was like dang. He was doing stuff that like Iverson was doing before Iverson was doing it. And where it was confusing to people because he was the only one doing it.

And I'm going to just go from memory here. But I think in college at LSU he averaged 40 something a game with no 3 point line. In the NBA he averaged like 24 or so. Again no 3 point line to the last year and then he was already hurt. But Pistol Pete, he was that dude.

And Antoine Davis is that dude too in college. So we'll see what's up. I mean I think it would be cool if he broke it. I think a lot of people are happy he did not break it. Next up in the NBA, Lucas scores 42, Kyrie scores 40. Now two 40 point, are they playing with two balls? Like we got to figure out, because I think if they can, if they can figure out how to score 133 points a game they'll win. But they're going to have to score a whole lot of points because they ain't stopping anybody. Which is evident in the 76ers scoring 126 last night.

133 to 126, Lucas scores 42, Kyrie scores 40. You can see him here happily touching each other's lower back. Which is what, like I felt that. I like it they like each other right now. Let's give it a minute and see what happens.

But pretty cool. I would like to see Dallas make the playoffs. Kind of figure out what they need to do. You know when Bronson was with Luca, like that worked. Because Luca's the guy, right?

Luca's him. And Bronson would play second. And then when Bronson would go, alright my turn.

Now we're seeing the Knicks, like Jayla Bronson's awesome. Like they didn't even know what they had. They should have paid in the 50 million bucks. But I'm curious and I think the Mavericks made the right decision by getting Kyrie Irving.

Because again it's a four month rental basically. And if it doesn't work, okay. And if you're Luca and it doesn't work, you're like okay. At least they tried.

At this point they got to start showing Luca they're going to try some stuff. Because how they were, like the trajectory of what they were doing was not going to put them, really give them a chance to win but maybe one game in the playoffs. Also in the NBA, LeBron is going to have his foot tendon reevaluated in three weeks. You know LeBron had said that this was like the biggest 23 games of his life. Now did I really believe that?

No. But I do think it was important to him to, you know, get rid of Russ and bring in all these other guys. And really give it a run and try to make the playoffs.

Not make the play in but make the playoffs. And then he hurts his foot. Like almost immediately. He was walking out after the game and when he was walking out on his own, because there was some social media of him walking out, I thought maybe it ain't so bad. But then when he posted a picture of his foot on Instagram I was like this sucks.

Then you knew something wasn't good. The Lakers are one game out of the 10 seed in the Western Conference which is the final play in spot. There are 20 games remaining but again three weeks. You just feel like if you can get that thing back and they can stay in it. I believe in the Lakers.

I'll say it. I believe in the Lakers. I'm not a Lakers fan. I'm not a Lakers hater.

But I believe in the Lakers. If they can get in the play in, I believe they can actually surprise some folks. In baseball, this will be quick. Spring training batting averages and runs are ticking upward amid shift limits.

Meaning they're stopping all the shifting. Which I'm fine with. I like it. I like the clock. I like the clock where it's in between pitches, batter, there's a big shot clock up there. Here's the thing about baseball. I love baseball. Playing baseball I was the best at it. It was my favorite sport growing up.

But the games are almost unwatchable now as full entities. It's hard to sit down and watch three and a half hours of a game when they're going, as my grandma would say, as slow as molasses. Every pitch. Alright, one on one. Here's the count.

Alright. It's just so slow. That's why baseball has, I mean the popularity with young people in baseball, it's almost not there. The best athletes, they're not playing baseball for the most part. They're playing basketball or football. So baseball is going to have to culturally shift something.

Now, this isn't something that all the baseball historians love because it's not. It's not something that's happened where they put a big clock up there. But they gotta speed up that game just because as a fan it gets boring to watch. Or you can't watch the whole thing because you have, I don't know, a life and a job and you can't spend four hours watching the game. And there's no halftime.

At least you didn't take a break from a football game, basketball game. So I do like the clock. It's weird. It's weird to see the big clock on the back wall, right guys?

I mean it's... Yeah, I don't think it's going to be that way for the regular season, but in the spring training... No, they need it there though. I like it. It's weird, but I like it. You like it on the broadcast?

I love it. Put it there fat. So everybody sees it. So when you look at it, you know this game ain't going to be that boring and we're going to be able to get through it.

I think it just sends a signal. We're trying new things. We're trying to speed up baseball because baseball has sucked. Because I love the game of baseball, but it sucked for a casual fan.

It's been a rough watch for a few years. You don't have casual fans becoming hardcore fans when they just watch a few baseball games. You do have the fans like myself who love baseball who will dial in and let's go.

But you just aren't gaining a lot of fans. So I like it that they're making the game. And think about this. Basketball, shot clock. Football, play clock. And you can go, well those sports are timed. Absolutely. But they've also had, they've made changes to those clocks over the years too.

They've shortened them. Let's put it, let's do it. Baseball, let's be more fun to watch because I'm proud of you and I want to be proud of you outwardly.

And then finally, I got on. You guys have a group of friends. Chris, I'll ask you. Do you have a group of friends or a couple of friends that will tell you exactly how good or bad you're doing and you trust them even though you want to punch them in the face? Yeah, everyone needs a couple of friends like that in their life, right?

Right. And I have three and we play in my John Madden football league together which I mentioned yesterday and they were like, hey bro, that was a pretty good show. It wasn't the best I've ever seen you do.

But that Chris guy was funny. Yeah, I'm sure that's not what they said. They were like, is TJ as cool as he looks?

And they're like, very little about me. Did you answer yes to that last question? No, I was like, I refuse to answer that next question.

And they said, fourth on the TJ list? They said, you didn't talk about F1 at all. Oh. And I said, well I don't know anything about F1. Starting back up soon.

Well, I have a little touch of mole on it that they wrote for me. Oh, sorry. So here we go. Let's go. We're doing F1. Do you know anything about F1, TJ? It involves cars. Me too. I know nothing about it, but here we go. It'll be quick.

The 2023 F1 season kicks off this weekend in Bahrain. Max for stopping. Oh, he's been on this show. I know.

We know Max. Do you like him? He was cool to me. Okay. Pause. There was a pregnant pause there. I mean, I met him for 20 minutes.

Seemed cool though. Max for stopping at Red Bull are looking to repeat their dominant championship run from last season. Love him or hate him.

They're the team to beat. Lewis Hamilton, here are my predictions. I don't know any of these people. Lewis Hamilton is like the Lebron of Formula One. I know who he is. He wears all the watches. All the watches.

Big watch guy, Mercedes. Very rich. Isn't that sad that that's what I know about one of the richest, most successful athletes in the world? He just sold like a $50 million condo in New York. Never lived there. He bought a $50 million condo and never lived there? Never lived there.

Just sold it. Here are my predictions. Lewis Hamilton will remain winless this season. Is he washed? I don't know.

I literally don't know. Daniel Ricardo will play Sergio Perez midway through the season. Aston Martin will shock everyone and finish in the top three.

And finally, Logan Sargent, the first American F1 in eight years, will finish dead last to represent the good old USA. That's the end. That was like me reading a report in French because I don't know the words I was saying there, but I did touch them all right there. Thank you. You want to say the words that are coming out of my mouth?

Yes, exactly. Chris, how you doing, buddy? Hey, man. I'm good. It's Friday.

We made it. I don't know what day it is. I did a radio show this morning for five hours and then I came over here.

I'm not sure what today is. What time did you go to sleep and then wake up this morning? Probably went to sleep after preparing for both shows. About 11. Probably woke up about 2.

Maybe 1.30. Show started at 3 this morning. My other show, Bobby Mocho. Coffee guy? No. Don't like coffee at all. Never even had coffee until a couple years ago. I've never had it. Ever?

Still ever. Don't. I like tea. You ever had? Okay, tea. Imagine there's a bag, a tea bag, but the tea bag has poop in it. That's coffee. Don't tell coffee people that because they are very passionate. And most people are coffee people.

About their $8 small cup of coffee. Did you do anything fun yesterday? Did I do anything fun? I just hung out with my boy. My lady went to work late at night so we read books and put them to bed and then I watched a little Hoops. What book are you reading?

Oh, man. We read a little Blaze last night and we got this new book called If I Built a House. Is that a book, like a better self-help book?

No, they're for three-year-olds. Oh, with the kids. Hey, I wrote a kid's book. Bestseller. Stanley the dog and his first day at school.

Let's go. You should check that out. It's about not fitting in but still finding your worth. Love it. Story of me.

And a kid's book. That's right. I'm in. What about you? Mike, how'd the night go? Ah, perfect. Got some rest. Finally. Finally?

Yes. He works as much as you, Bobby. You know what I like about Mike? You know what I love about Mike? After the show yesterday, Mike and I were talking. And listen, I walked in the room yesterday. You guys didn't know who I was.

You were like, who is this weirdo coming into Hoops for Rich? I know the vibe. I get it.

Like, what can he do? But after the show, Mike came up and was like, hey, man. Solid. And I was like, thanks, man. You don't have to say that.

He's like, no, solid. He goes, I only say that because I'm also the best to ever do it. And I was like, that's what I like. And I thought he was kidding at first. He goes, I'm not kidding. He said, I'm not kidding. He said, I'm the best sound mixer to ever do it. And I respected that.

Because if you don't believe in you, nobody else will. Exactly. That's exactly it. My hero. Mike Del Tufo. Thank you, Bobby.

Yes, sir. TJ, how was the evening? It was interesting. Okay, let's pause and go over to TJ now. What do you mean it was interesting? I watched.

Let me think. No, something you're not saying. You almost wanted to say something and you backed off.

Yeah, and I'm going to continue to back off. I watched Marlon Wayans new standup special last night. It's called God Loves Me on HBO Max. Remember the 723 Club? Marlon Wayans shout out. And the entire hour was just dedicated to Will Smith and Chris Rock. Oh, goodness.

Yeah, it was pretty funny. All right, give me a crumb of what you didn't want to say. Just a word so I can at least know what direction you're not.

Sending us in. Yeah, there was nothing. That's not true. That's not true. There was something you started because that's it.

That's what you told. Not interesting. What you were about to say was going to be so interesting. No, it was just like really corny.

Like I was going to take you through like, oh, I went up to Bristol Farms and I got some dinner and came home and watch Marlon. I was like, oh, that's really corny. I'm not going to share that story. Nobody cares about that. I did care about that, but that's okay. I didn't realize that you would.

Now I know. I do want to talk about some of these quarterbacks were speaking. Really, all the ones we wanted to hear from, for the most part, were speaking at the Combine.

And they went to Bryce Young. What do you think they asked him about? What's the one thing they asked him about? His height.

Absolutely. His weight. And Bryce Young was asked if his size will be a factor in playing in the NFL.

Here you go. Again, I've been this size, you know, respectfully my whole life. You know, I know who I am. I know what I can do. And, you know, for me, you know, I think it's fair.

You know, everyone can speculate and ask whatever questions are necessary. But, you know, I'm going to continue to control what I can control. Keep working my hardest to put myself in a good position. I'm confident in myself. I know what I can do.

And, you know, I'm just excited to get to that next level. I love Bryce Young. I hated playing against him because I'm an Arkansas guy. We had to play him, you know, for a couple, three years. Is it three years? Because you got to be three years in. Yeah, three years in.

I like Bryce Young a lot. He did lie right there, though. Did you guys catch it? Did you guys catch the lie? He said he'd been that size his whole life.

That ain't true. He was old. He wasn't that size. He'd been a giant. Yeah.

I'm rooting for Bryce Young. Imagine if he was like 5'10", 180 when he was seven. Right. And then never grew. Oh, now it gets sadder. He just never grew. I'm going to be a giant.

CJ Stroud was asked straight up about the possibility of going to the Bears. I mean, I don't want to go there. I mean, that's his team. So, but I mean, I think I can do my thing.

I got to go. Build my legacy. And I know he and he's rooting me. He texted me yesterday morning. So me and him are brothers for life. Talking about Justin Fields, they played together, obviously. We're together at Ohio State. So I like CJ Stroud.

I think he's going to be real good. Obviously, they do, too. But I like his story, like his personal story, like having to grind through it. No money, no coaches.

Situation with the dad. Like I root for CJ Stroud. And then finally, Will Levis. You know, what he wants to, like the talent evaluation when people look at him.

Here you go. Those values and those morals to make me the best person in the locker room and on the field as possible. Because I got a cannon. I'm gonna show it off. My man.

Yeah, laser rocket arm. Yeah, it's like the only this is like the only place where I really like people to like feel themselves like you should feel yourself and then amplify that and then let them know. I want my quarterback. I want my quarterback to be like Joe Burrow. Like probably don't want to hang out with Joe Burrow.

I don't know Joe Burrow as a person, but I don't know if I want to hang out with a guy like that. But I want my quarterback to be like that. That's awesome. I love it. I love that from Will Levis. Here's what we're going to do. He's got a cannon. He's got a cannon.

I want to show it. Yeah. All right, Sam Monson coming up. I hit dingers. I hit dingers.

That's right. Big Al. Little League World Series. I hit dingers. Sam Monson coming up.

Pro football focus. Let's do it. Let's talk about it. Let's dive in. We'll get to that. And then the atrocities of being in California for a couple days.

I got a few of them. It's been a rough run for your boy here. Uh oh. What happened? Well, so I was watching Damon Wayans special last night. Oh, okay. And I was watching Marlon's season. Oh, okay. Wrong one. Marlon Wayans brother.

All right, we'll come back with those. This is the Rich Eisen Show. I am Bobby Bones. Thank you guys for being here. To learn more and to find a league near you, visit The future of football is here.

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Call, click or just stop by. All right, let's talk to him now. The expert that I've been waiting for because I got a lot of questions.

It is Sam Monson from Pro Football Focus. Sam, how are you, buddy? Let's go, Sam. How are you, Sam? Hey, how's it going? Hey, there he is. Hey, Sam, I need your analysis.

I need your opinions on this because I got so many things I wanted to ask you specifically. Number one question we've been talking a lot about here. Derek Carr. Where would you like to see Derek Carr end up? I think Derek Carr in New Orleans makes a ton of sense. They were the team that was interested when it was going to cost something, when they were going to have to trade for Derek Carr.

So with him on the open market, I think that's a great fit for them. I think it immediately makes the New Orleans Saints the favorite for that division. And for Derek Carr, it's a team that gives him an obvious pathway to do something, to make the playoffs, to make some noise, to look like the starting quarterback of a playoff-bound team. And gets him into the NFC, where the landscape isn't quite as treacherous as it is in the AFC with all these incredible young quarterbacks that were in the playoffs this past season. I mean, is that a thing for a quarterback like Derek Carr? Because isn't that division with the Saints and the Bucks and the Panthers, and we could go on?

It's terrible. Like, would that actually affect Derek Carr's decision to go, well, everybody else is terrible on that little side of the world, so I'm going to go over there and be a little less terrible? Yeah, it's tough to know how much that's going to factor into his decision, but you've got to think that an agent or his representative, somebody that's looking out on behalf of Derek Carr, is at least aware of that.

And maybe steering him in that direction. And maybe Derek Carr is the kind of guy that wants to compete and wants to go against the best quarterbacks and wants to be in a division with Patrick Mahomes and facing twice a year. But in terms of him looking as good as he can be, the people that are around him have to be aware that that's an easier thing to do, I think, in New Orleans than it is in some of these other places he could end up. I'm not trying to go Derek Carrpalooza here, but one final question about the guy. You know, as he's with the Jets and he's doing a little tour and he's in no hurry to actually sign with the team.

I mean, is it hilarious to you? Because you did bring up the Saints. It's hilarious to me that he said, yeah, I don't want to be traded to the Saints. And so the Raiders, you can get nothing for me. And then if he still goes to the Saints, like that's him just kind of sticking it back to them. That's kind of funny to me.

Is it funny to you? Oh, yeah. Like he, the Raiders sort of did him a little bit dirty, right? They shut him down. They basically said, you're done in Las Vegas. We're moving on from you. And so since then, he's saying, well, OK, if you're going to treat me like that, I'm going to treat you the same way and I'm going to make sure you don't get anything from me.

And if I can, I'm going to rub it in your faces. I don't know if you heard the breaking news yesterday, but we think Aaron Rodgers goes to the Titans because he's building a house in Nashville. And I talked to one of the guys that was actually working like an assistant under one of the guys working there and said Aaron plans to live there all year long.

Breaking news if you haven't heard that yet, Sam. But where do you think Aaron Rodgers ends up? Even though you know that I talked to an assistant worker on the property of Aaron Rodgers' new house.

Go ahead. I think Tennessee makes some sense. You know, we've heard talk here all week at the Combine that the Titans are going to be moving on from Ryan Tannehill.

You could see how they would be all four jumping into the Aaron Rodgers sweepstakes. They still have some work to do if they do that. Get them an offensive line. That group fell apart last season, was ranked 32nd in the NFL at PFF. So it's a starting point. It's not going to make them immediately Super Bowl contenders.

But I like it. The team that I would love to see Rodgers go to is the Jets, though. I think that's a team that can contend immediately with Rodgers stepping onto that roster.

They have weapons. They've got an elite defense. They've got an offensive line that should be significantly better than last year. Even if they don't do anything to it just from the guy who's getting back healthy, Rodgers would make the Jets an immediate contender. Albeit, you know, in a tough division where you have to get by Buffalo, Miami, New England, and the AFC. I think the Jets is a team ready to compete if they got a quarterback as good as he is. We talk about Aaron Rodgers, and I guess it's a foregone conclusion in a lot of our minds, myself included, where it's where's Rodgers going to go? It's going to stay with the Packers.

It's going to go to the Raiders or the Titans or the Jets. But, Sam, in reality, what do you think the odds are that Rodgers just goes, I'm done? I mean, it's always possible with a guy like Rodgers. We're talking about an unusual human being. Somebody that goes and locks themselves in a dark box for two days to meditate on what he's going to do about this.

Somebody that goes on ayahuasca retreats. Rodgers is not the normal NFL quarterback. He's an unusual person, a unique thinker, and it's always possible. That guy might just decide, you know what, hosting Jeopardy! sounds pretty good to me right now.

I'm going to go. I don't need to get hit every week of the year for the NFL season. I've got better things to do with my time. You're right. That's absolutely always a life possibility with a guy like Rodgers. It would be disappointing in the story arc if he just quits. Sure.

Yeah, 100%. Then he would live in Tennessee. I'd be right. He just wouldn't be playing for the Titans. So, when we talk about free agents, let's move off of quarterbacks.

They are not to be discussed in this next question. But who is the number one free agent on the board that's not a quarterback? It's Tom. It's not a great group of free agents. I think Javon Hargrave is the prize, the defensive tackle from Philadelphia. He's the guy that fits the profile of young enough, talented enough. He's been a dominant pass rusher the last couple of seasons inside for the Eagles.

Grading above 90 in the PFF scale, the 0-100 grade. Pure blue-chip dominant type of performances. There aren't too many of those guys out there. A lot of them we saw this season. The teams that were really good had one of those true alpha interior pass rushers. The Chiefs obviously had Chris Jones. The Eagles had Hargrave. The Bengals, they had DJ Reeder dominating. The Giants had Dexter Lawrence. You need one of those guys in today's NFL to really push the pocket to cause problems for those opposing quarterbacks. I think Hargrave is the guy that's going to get some big money off the back of it. Sam Monson from Pro Football Focus, lead NFL analyst. On with us here. It's the Rich Eisen Show. I'm Bobby Bones.

Final three questions. Which draft prospect do you feel like is still being undervalued based on their grading from Pro Football Focus? I think there's a lot of them for various different reasons. It sounds kind of funny because you might end up being the number one overall pick. But Bryce Young is being undervalued when we're comparing him to these other quarterbacks. We're talking about a big four group of quarterbacks. Any of four could end up going number one overall.

They've all been mocked there in various different mock drafts. Bryce Young's tape I think is head and shoulders above the other three guys. And if he was head and shoulders above the other three guys in terms of statue, we wouldn't even be talking about it. We would be saying Bryce Young is the best quarterback in this draft and actually he's a generational talent. He's that good. He's a dominant quarterback. He's been carving it up in the SEC. And the fact that he may only be 5 foot 10, 185 pounds or whatever he ends up weighing when we get the official numbers, it shouldn't change that. Which receiver do you think will be taken off the board first when the draft happens? I think it should be Jordan Addison, the UFC wide receiver. Used to be at Pitt when Kenny Pickett was there.

When you were watching Kenny Pickett tape, Addison was the guy jumping off the tape. I think he's a little bit underrated as well because everybody's focusing on what he doesn't do or the fact that he isn't 6 foot 4, 200 plus pounds and unable to run 4, 3 flat. But he's just good at everything. You remind me a lot of Garrett Wilson from a year ago where a lot of the same thing was being said. Garrett Wilson's not a Jamar Chase type. But he is just good at everything and he was rookie of the year. I think Addison has similar types of skills where he can play inside or outside. He can win at all levels of the field and make an immediate impact to any offense that ends up drafting him.

I'm going to lean into you here for your speculation, your prognostication. Who do you think has the most potential to move up the draft boards from now, here we are at the combine, to draft day? Like the biggest jump from what they were going into the combine and everybody's feeling about them to the day the draft happens? I think a guy, two guys yesterday that put in some pretty impressive workout numbers have a chance to really shoot up draft boards. I think one is Nolan Smith, the edge rusher from Georgia, the guy that ran in the 4-3s, 4-3-9, blew up the combine with all the other numbers as well, maxed out the vert. People have been concerned that he's a little bit undersized but he just put the kind of workout on display that will make people overlook that and make people say he can be Hassan Reddick with extra speed. And then the other one is Khalija Kansi, the Pittsburgh defensive tackle, again sort of set a record-breaking number in terms of the 40, is going to get compared to Aaron Donald because of similar size, similar speed, same school, and that will only help him. He's been talked about as a first-round pick already, but we're seeing him appear higher and higher up on mock drafts. The last one I saw had him going in the top five.

I think he's a guy that is going to catapult up draft boards off the back of his combine performance. Are you having fun out there? Yeah, it's great. It's Friday, though, so it's a bit of a grind. Most people have been here since Monday. You can see the week start to take its toll on the people and the fact that the quarterbacks are on the podium this morning at 8 a.m. feels a little bit mean-spirited by the organizers. Alright, follow him on Twitter, at pff underscore Sam. Sam, great talk, appreciate the time, buddy.

Anytime, guys. Take it easy. If Aaron Rodgers retires, I will be sad. Not because Aaron Rodgers is retiring, but because I need the drama. I need it. It's like a drug. I need somebody to be dramatic.

I need to follow along. I need to be annoyed at a player for being dramatic, but I need that. And if he leaves, I don't have that. Who is the next dramatic player that we have to lean into to be annoyed by? That's a great question because we lost Brady and we might lose Rodgers. Like, who's the speculation in the offseason of, like, are they gonna quit? Where are they gonna go? Right, Big Ben's no longer with us on the field.

Man, that's a good question, TJ. AB's gone, so there's no drama there. I guess Russell Wilson has kind of taken some of that mantle. He had kind of a dramatic offseason last year, and his first year in Denver didn't really go well at all. And now Sean Payton's there, so the comeback story might be nice.

Maybe it's Russell Wilson. I'd like to see a comeback from Russ. Me too. I'd love to see some, you know, what's weird about our society is we love to lift somebody up, and when they get up there high, we love to knock them down. And then we'd love to see them come back up again.

It never stops. I'd like to see Russ to come back because I was definitely making fun of them, knocking them down, I'll be honest with you. I want to tell you about some atrocities of California.

I do not live in California. I do, this is, to me, I come and I work and I go home. I did American Idol for four seasons, worked on that show, so I would come out here for a few months. I did the dancing show. I did a show called Breaking Bobby Bones, which is on Nat Geo, if you want to see that. I was out here being a stunt person.

I'm still injured from that episode. So my experience here has been brief and just covered by walls and blankets, and I don't really hang out. But the last couple days, here are three things that have happened to me. First of all, I went to an ATM.

Oh, what's the problem here? I tried to get out $40. They said, yeah, you can have $40, but it's going to be a $6 fee.

A $6 fee for $40? It was just in the hotel, by the way. Were you in the club? I'm staying in the... Some type of club? Do you think I go to clubs anymore?

I'm just saying. Anymore, sorry. Ever? Anymore.

Ever? Nice, way to slide that in there. Throw that extra fee on, man. See what happens.

In the hotel, you get it from the bank and then the hotel because the person that owns that ATM in the hotel is making money, and then the banks are making money. I blame California. You heard me say it.

I blame California. It's a double one. It was $6, and I wanted $40, and then I go, well, I can't pay $6 on $40. Nope.

So I got a $200 just because I wanted to pay $6 as a math game. Yeah, right. That makes sense.

I'm staying at a hotel by the airport, and I don't know if the airport, if that makes a difference where they know most people staying there are just kind of stranded, but that's number one. That probably is, that you probably hit the nail on the head there. That probably is the reason. Now brace yourself for number two. Uh-oh. Yeah. Tighten your core. Uh-oh.

In two days, it's happened twice. I've ordered a yogurt, and it's come with no plastic spoon. What am I supposed to do, eat it with my fingers?

What is wrong? Send me a spoon. Are you talking like room service style?

No, I'm talking like I got it from Uber Eats. And it's day one, no plastic spoon, anomaly. Day two, no plastic spoon, California.

So you know what I did? I think I'd rather have no spoon than a paper spoon. Yeah, exactly. I would take a straw and clip it and then make a little spoon. Like, these would do with the slushies. Remember that back in the day? Uh-huh.

Like, that would have even been nice. A little Slurpee spoon. So day one, I had to eat it like a dog.

I take it in my hand, stick it in my tongue. Day two, I haven't eaten it yet, so I'm going to try to find three minutes to eat this yogurt. That's number two of my atrocities. Number three, in my hotel room, there aren't animals allowed.

No. Last night, I didn't get a lot of sleep. Like, three hours, like I said. I went to bed about 11, woke up around 1.30 to do my morning show before this show. And I hear, again, I hear through the wall this sound. Meow. I'm like, what the? I'm trying to sleep. At first, I'm thinking, am I dreaming of a cat? Because I'm in that halfway, like that purgatory of sleep where you're like, am I asleep?

Am I not? Meow. I'm like, there's a cat. Okay, there's a cat. Now, what am I going to do?

I got three hours, probably get some sleep in. Meow. Hear it again. It's loud.

It's piercing the wall. And so, I think, okay, what can I do? I don't want to walk over to that room. I'm in California. I'm going to get shot.

And I've had a gun to my head before and it ain't fun. And so, I go, all right, I'm going to meow back at the cat. I go, meow. Because if there's a bigger cat next door, maybe it'll shut up. Good point.

It didn't. It actually was like in heat or something on the cat in the room. So, all night long, meow.

So, I had to put earbuds in to go to sleep, which is not comfortable, but that's what I did. California, not been good to me for two days. Sorry, bud. First of all, problems. I mean yogurt. All that's over yogurt.

Not all. It was just one of the factors that made the whole thing my two days here. Other than this. You were more from UberEats than just the yogurt, though, right? You didn't just say, let me just get a yogurt.

Okay. You want to know what I got? I mean, yeah. I got a yogurt from Starbucks with a, I do a tea from Starbucks. Hey, coffee. Turd water is what I like to call it.

And then I got something from Panera, which is some sort of, I don't know, healthy-ish muffin thing. That's it. They dropped it off at the hotel door, ate it, no spoon. That's all. That's all. I'm done. No spoon. Here's what we're going to do.

No spoon. I just can't stop. And not just once, twice. You laugh at me.

This feels like junior high again. I'm not lying. I have it here. I will be eating it during a break. You need a spoon? I do. I literally came here and got a spoon. I have one now. You should take one with you. So stupid.

All right, coming up, we're going to talk about media personalities, the top media personalities of your lives here. Also, what would you do? What would you do if you were running the Bears? They had the first pick. What would you do?

How would you do it? We're going to get to that. Bears, Ravens, Vegas, and Scott Pioli coming up, which I'm super excited about. For decades, Rolling Stone has set the bar for entertainment publications. Today, Rolling Stone Music Now takes over in podcast form. You seem like a person with a pretty high level of anxiety, but you also seem fearless artistically. I feel like ideas have more power than identity. Like the excitement overrides insecurity.

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But I'm going to ask you, you've got to be honest, what are your personal biases in sports? So have them ready. All three of you. I'm coming to you. And let's be honest, it's safe. It's a safe space. I've got a ton of those. It may not be on the internet when you leave.

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It can be good or bad, but it's hard for you to not have bias when it comes to what? Tom Brady. I love Tom Brady. He brought me so much joy as a sports fan forever and ever.

And then he goes to Tampa and immediately wins. And I was rooting for him because why wouldn't I? If they played the Patriots in the Super Bowl, I probably would have rooted for Tom.

Wow. Just because I think that's cool. I think he's the greatest of all time.

He's up there with the Michael Jordan's and the Serena's and the Phelps's as one of the best ever. So I refuse to hear any slander about Tom pretty much about anything. Thank you for your honesty, Chris. I appreciate that.

You're welcome, Bobby. Mike. My bias. I really don't have any bias.

Okay, that can't be. What are you talking about? I don't have a bias. Oh no, you know what my bias is? I work for Fox Sports. I love Fox Sports and I love audio. My bias is that when I watch a game or a sporting event, the bias that I have is it better sound good and look good. And when I see something that doesn't sound or look good, I just go like, come on, what are we doing?

That's the bias I have. Because as you told me, and I quote, I'm the greatest of all time at this. And I respect that.

Again, if you don't believe in you, no one will. I'm never going to live that down. You're never going to live that down. Oh my God. T.J. Did he really say that first of all? I did. Because he walked up and I'm not good with compliments. I said it.

Yeah, you said it. I'm not good with compliments. I said, Mike came up and goes, hey man, you did a great job. I said, well, you don't have to say that because you probably have to say that to everybody. And he goes, no, I really don't.

And I wouldn't. I said, hey, look, I'm the greatest of all time at what I do. And I was like, that's what I'm talking about.

Yeah, I a thousand percent believe he did say that. And I explained why Dion likes me. Because Dion and I, we have that connection. He's great.

I'm great. Well, you know, I've got some bias. I have bias against Steeler fans. I have bias against the Philadelphia Eagles fans and Washington football fans.

Why the fans? Why do you keep going to fans and not teams? Because I grew up in the middle of Pennsylvania, surrounded by nothing but Steelers fans and a few Eagles fans. And I was a Cowboy fan. So you have to understand that I heard a lot of crap for years and years and years about liking Dallas and not liking the Steelers. And so I used to always say I, I love the Steelers. I just didn't like Steeler fans. Some of those Steeler fans were actually living under the same roof as me.

So, you know, so there's that. Basically, anyone in the NFC East, I don't like their fans or their team. So I'm biased against them. Cowboys haters, for whatever reason, like just saying how about them Cowboys seems to rile people up and I'm starting to just take some joy in the fact that people get so pressed over those four letters.

It does trigger a lot of people. I'm biased. As you know, Jerry Jones shook my hand, told me thank you for being a fan.

So I'm kind of stuck in there for life. So, you know, I'm biased against people who don't like us. I am a massive SEC fan. I have mad SEC bias like crazy. The SEC walks on water.

You never convinced me otherwise. Every sport, when they're like, the SEC can't really hold up in college basketball. And then we have two of the final four or six of the eight. You know, I'm riding that horse all the way in. I just love it. I'm one of the people that's weird that goes, SEC, a chance of that for no reason at games. So I have a massive SEC bias. Even when you're at a Titans game, you just randomly?

I'll do it in the bathroom alone sometimes. I'm just feeling it. It's like, SEC. So I'm a big SEC guy because I'm a massive Arkansas Razorback fan and I have a big Arkansas bias. I'll be at that game tomorrow as we play Kentucky and try to... They say we're a lock into the tournament. I just don't know yet.

Got to get Lenardi back. Got to talk to him. How many Corliss Williamson posters do you have? You know, I have the framed Sports Illustrated from in 94. And then I have a jersey that I just got. I'm an adult man. I just got a signed jersey for...

Nothing wrong with that? For Christmas. And I won a charity auction to go and take basketball lessons from him.

Not when I was 14, but about six months ago. And he's now a coach in Arkansas. And I'm too like... I'm not ashamed, but I'm an adult man.

It's weird to be like, hello, Mr. Corliss. I'd like to take my basketball lessons now because I think he thinks a kid's going to show up. But it was for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Can someone remember what he did to Duke in 94?

Big nasty. You earned that. Top five media personalities in my life. And I only thought about this because Craig Kilborn was on yesterday. And to me, that was one of the coolest moments. Craig was so kind and generous before, during, and after. And it's weird because the juxtaposition of Craig versus the Craig that he presents that's funny, that's regal Craig, fancy Craig. Yeah, you just don't expect someone that's like... Lord. Yeah, Lord Kilby. It's like you don't expect someone that has that brand to actually be that kind.

And so I was thinking about this. These are the top five media personalities of my life. Number five, because when I would listen to him on the radio, I would think, I've never heard anything like this before. And it was Jim Rome back in the day. I would be like, wait, Rackham? That was a cool... Yeah.

So Jim Rome at number five for me just because I'd never heard sports radio like that before. Let Brockman do a Rome impression for you. Hilarious. I'd crack myself up. It's fantastic.

I'd be free to meet you, man. Hilarious. It's phenomenal.

Rackham. That's pretty good. It's the best. If I close my eyes... He makes me laugh every time he does it. You ever met him? It's just me doing... No, I've seen him at Santa Anita before because he's a big horse guy. But no, I'm just doing Frank Caliendo doing... I mixed his show.

So when he does it, it takes me right back to sitting in the chair. That's a good one. Number four, John Madden. Oh, yeah. Him and Pat Summerall doing games.

And then also, obviously, John Madden football, which I've had every single John Madden game. Love it. It's how I keep my friends. It literally makes our relationship stronger. Our friendship.

It's like fantasy football. You know how we tell our partners or our wives, no, we do it because it keeps us in touch. It's, guys, we don't do well. We're just calling, going, hey, I'm gonna check on your feelings. How you doing? But if we're like, is there any way that you would trade me T.J. Who's Majada? And then you get into how's everything going.

We need a conduit to get there. But John Madden has been that. Number three, Harry Caray growing up a massive Cubs fan.

Watched 130, 120 games a year. I loved Harry Caray. The early days, my first memories, they would go and show him on WGN. There'd be beer cans in front of him on TV.

They later pulled those. But I would love... Harry Caray and Steve Stone. But to me, Harry Caray. Like that guy to me represents what I loved about baseball when I was a kid. Number two, I'm gonna say Bill Simmons. You know, I still listen to Bill's podcast. But when he was working for ESPN, he was writing. He was writing the articles crossing pop culture and sports. He was the first one to do that where I go, I'm actually interested in both of this. I love his sports.

I don't really like Boston sports, but in particular, I don't not like Boston sports. But I liked it that he knew who he was and that he would talk about the Olsen twins. And then he would talk about Kevin Garnett. And somehow they had something in common. And to me, that was awesome.

So Bill Simmons probably number two and a number one. And I didn't want to do this because I hate when people lump people together. But I got to put because wrestling. You love wrestling. I love wrestling. The attitude era for wrestling was like it. Stone cold. The Generation X you could go through that. But the attitude era for me in sports was.

That 12 years or so of Sports Center where it was rich. Is Dan Patrick is Stuart Scott is Robin Roberts. There's a lot of them on the screen right now. Craig Kilborn. That's why this came to my mind because he was that to me.

I tried to tell him that yesterday and he also was being pretty self deprecating. But to me, those are my top five media personalities in my life. I'm going to come to you guys in the next hour and have you guys give me some of yours and shout them out. Because obviously they're inspirations to you guys or you wouldn't be here right now. Like we are all on the shoulders. So many. Yeah.

So have those ready. I know I said have biases ready and you guys did pretty good. I give you guys a B plus. I didn't like all yours TJ. It was like I hate every fan that's not me. We'll talk to Scott Pioli coming up. Like this is like the GM of GMs.

They like to be able to hang out and talk with Scott Pioli, who is at the combine. But also, you know, he was like the youngest ever to win one of the GM of the Year awards. He was like GM of the decade.

He's got three rings. Scott Pioli coming up. Jerry Stackhouse coming up.

Bobby Bones at Mr. Bobby Bones on Instagram filling in for Rich Eisen. Thank you guys. We'll be back. OK, now we're still on for the TV audience here and I just want to say my shirt.

I'm going to say this because you're going to see this. I don't have a lot of chest hair, but it looks like it. Don't I look pretty masculine here? Like my shirt.

I mean, I'm really not tan is a golfer tan here. There's no buttons on that shirt. There's no buttons. No buttons. And I didn't realize how hairy I looked.

I don't have a lot of body hair. I think it's all like it's all concentrated in that one area. It's all right here.

Lighting. Yeah. Like over the night, it kind of gathered. They had like a meeting, a gathering.

And so it's it's right there. Quarterbacks. Nothing. I'm gonna ask you guys in a second. Let's let's remove Bryce Young. I want you guys to make your list of those other three. And in the order you draft them. Right.

So CJ Stroud will have his Anthony Richardson. You're the guy. You get to pick those three.

That's it. Here's a question for right now. Matt Ryan.

We don't talk about him because we don't care anymore because he kind of sucked last year. Where will he go? Would you send him as a backup to like a Kansas City or would you go? Would you rather be?

Here's the question. Would you be a backup for a good team or a starter for a really terrible team? I want to play, so I'd rather be a starter.

But you can get a ring. Let's say you go back up my homes now. They need a good backup. If I'm Matt Ryan, I can still start for Carolina or Houston while I teach a rookie.

I don't know. TJ. Matt Ryan, do you go chase a ring as a backup or do you try to start for a terrible team? Yeah, I think I'll probably try to start for a terrible team. Man, I don't want to get the ring.

I don't want to get the ring. Thank you guys for watching. Thrill to be here. I'll be honest. I'm running over because I mean it. We'll come back and talk to Mr. Pioli. Can't get enough. I'm Bobby Bones for Rich Eisen.

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