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      "A stalled frontal boundary to our south will lift to the north for Saturday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
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    Most Likely to Disappoint

    LeSean McCoy does not belong anywhere near the top-24 overall list.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's very hard to get a "bargain" in the first two rounds because so much is expected of a top-24 pick. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson, a No.10 pick in 2009, was a rare exception, combining for 2,509 yards from scrimmage and 16 scores. In fact, you're more likely to get a "bust" than a bargain.

    Evaluating last year's RapidDraft ADP, 10 of the top-24 players could easily be classified as "disappointments" based on their draft positions. The list included Michael Turner, Matt Forte, Brian Westbrook, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Slaton, Clinton Portis, Brandon Jacobs, Ronnie Brown and Reggie Bush.

    Which leads us to this year's RapidDraft top-24 and the "most likely to disappoint."

    If you look at this chart below, a handful of names jump out at you as being overpriced.

    The first player that I noticed was Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy does not belong anywhere near the top-24 overall list and is only the 24th running back on the TSN position Rankings. Living in Philadelphia for most of my life and for all of coach Andy Reid's reign, there is little likelihood that McCoy will be worth a second-round selection. There are three factors which go into this point of view -- Reid's love for the pass, the coach's preference to spread the carries around and the addition of Mike Bell in the offseason.

    Sidney Rice is the next candidate. Last week I wrote a piece titled "The Sidney Rice Dilemma" which outlined the problems with choosing Rice high in this year's draft despite his "monster" performance in 2009 (83 receptions, 1,312 yards, eight TDs). The abridged version says, his hip injury, the return to health of Bernard Berrian, the improvement of Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe and the questionable return of Brett Favre make him a high-risk, low- reward pick.

    Reggie Wayne's name might surprise you, but I'm concerned about his ability to post great numbers for a seventh consecutive season. Sure, he caught 100 balls for 1,264 yards and 10 scores last season, but Peyton Manning didn't have many options last year. It was either Wayne, Dallas Clark or a bunch of untested youngsters.

    However, it turns out those young guys, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, were pretty good. With a full year of on-field experience and the return of Anthony Gonzalez, Manning may spread the ball around a lot more than in 2009. Picking Wayne with an early second-round selection might be a riskier proposition than in the past.

    The same problem could end up hurting the end-of-the-first-round selection Miles Austin. After doing very little over the first four weeks of the 2009 season, Austin dominated the receiver category the rest of the way. From Week 5 through Week 17, Austin collected 76 balls for 1,239 yards and 10 scores. But in 2010, with defenses now aware of his talent, quarterback Tony Romo may choose one of his other many talented receivers. With Jason Witten, rookie Dez Bryant, Roy Williams and a good receiver out of the backfield in Felix Jones, the Cowboys may spread the wealth more evenly in 2010, making Austin a tough selection at No.11. At best you figure to get "fair market value" and it could easily turn into disappointment.

    Finally, there is the Jamaal Charles situation, which may not be worked out until after the season starts. Charles had a great second half of 2009, the second best of any running back down the stretch, and therefore many folks have selected him as a first-rounder in 2010. But the "fly in the ointment" is talented veteran running back Thomas Jones who arrived from the New York Jets in the offseason. Jones posted a career-high 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns last season in New York and figures to get plenty of playing time in Kansas City. If it is truly a "shared situation" it will be difficult for Charles to live up to an eighth-overall pick, particularly with Jones likely to get the goal line carries.

    RapidDraft ADP (8/13/10)
    PlayerTeamADP
    Chris JohnsonTEN1.8
    Maurice Jones-DrewJAC1.8
    Adrian PetersonMIN2.7
    Ray RiceBAL4.0
    Andre JohnsonHOU5.9
    Frank GoreSF6.4
    Jamaal CharlesKC8.0
    Randy MossNE9.0
    Michael TurnerATL9.3
    Miles AustinDAL10.9
    Rashard MendenhallPIT12.8
    Steven JacksonSTL13.1
    Reggie WayneIND14.3
    Roddy WhiteATL14.3
    Calvin JohnsonDET14.7
    Larry FitzgeraldAZ14.9
    DeAngelo WilliamsCAR15.0
    Aaron RodgersGB17.4
    Brandon MarshallMIA20.0
    Sidney RiceMIN20.4
    Greg JenningsGB22.1
    LeSean McCoyPHI23.6
    Ryan MathewsSD25.4
    Drew BreesNO25.6


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      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Light Rain Saturday in Tampa Bay

        Light Rain Saturday in Tampa Bay

        Friday, February 27 2015 3:44 PM EST2015-02-27 20:44:20 GMT
        "A stalled frontal boundary to our south will lift to the north for Saturday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
        "A stalled frontal boundary to our south will lift to the north for Saturday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
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