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23.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

*Darron Lee

LB Ohio ST

6-2, 236, (O) 4.47!,

33 1/4" Arm, 17 Reps,

35.5" Vert! 10'11" Broad!

4.2 SS! 7.12 3-Cone, 

 

WR,  OL, DE, LB,  OL,  DT, OLB, S, 

2015 Picks:

1 (11) Trae Waynes CB Michigan St

2 (45) Eric Kendricks LB UCLA

3 (88) Danielle Hunter DE/OLB LSU

4-110 T.J. Clemmings OT Pittsburgh

5 (143) MyCole Pruitt TE S. Illinois

5 (146) Stefon Diggs WR Maryland.

6 (185) Tyrus Thompson, OL, OK

6 (193) B.J. Dubose, DT, Louisville

7-228 Austin Shepherd OT Alabama

7 Edmond Robinson, LB Newberry

Key F.A. Signed:

Matt Asiata RB

Alex Boone G 

Mike Harris G 

Andre Smith OT

Rhett Ellison TE 

Kendrick Ellis DE

Sealver Siliga NT

Travis Lewis LB 

Audie Cole LB 

Terence Newman CB

Marcus Sherels CB

Josh Robinson CB 

Andrew Sendejo S

Michael Griffin S

Key F.A. Lost: 
Kenrick Ellis DT 
Chad Greenway LB 
Casey Matthews LB   
Justin Trattou DE 
Jason Trusnik LB 

Robert Blanton DB 

Key Free Agents Signed:

Mike Wallace WR

The Team: When I look at their team I see a need for speed. They need an LB who can cover, and if Jack's knee isn't okay, lee is the best Cover linebacker in this Draft.

The Vikings needed a WR before they cut lost Wallace. Remember when Charles Johnson and Wallace where the two starters coming into the season. Both were disasters last year. Wallace is gone and Johnson still needs to be replaced. 

The Player: Lee is a complete Combine freak. However, he is straight linish and doesn't take on blockers well. When he can't run straight to the ball carrier he struggles. Nice speed to the outside. He is a smaller faster Will-type linebacker. He will line up outside on the slot WR, and will cover slot guys, TE, and RBs coming out of the backfield. He can get to the RB through traffic as fast as any one, and tackle the RB on the screen. He take out the RB in the backfield. Speed blitzer who is done once an OL gets his big mitts on him. Covers the RB out of the backfield on the Weakside a lot. He had a great speed sack again Alabama (2014). He blitzed inside the ORT, and spotted the QB taking off outside. He redirected around the ORT and other traffic, and curved around and into the QB before he could react. Very nice speed rusher. Reads the movement of the O-line well. They were lining him up in front of Amari Cooper in the slot. Nice smooth drop in coverage. He will slip out and zone the flat a lot as well. Finds the QB when he is zoning the box, and the QB scrambles outside nicely. He is elite when he has a straight line to the ball.

He is such a great athlete that they line him up on slot WRs on 3rd down. He does a great job protecting the edge and flashing from the flat into the RB out in space. He might be the best cover linebacker in the Draft. He still has that speed blitzing into the hole. When he sees it in front of him no one gets their faster. They will put him in coverage against WRs. But he gave up a TD to Ceisre against Michigan. He is so good running into the flat, and taking guys out. Terrible taking on blockers. It seems if WR gets his hands on him sometimes he is done.

When he isn't blocked, he gets into the backfield and makes plays. When he sees the outside play and goes unblocked, he can take the ball carrier down behind the line of scrimmage. When he sees it in front of him he can fill the hole and meet the RB. He had a great blitz against V-Tech, where he didn't get the sack. But forced the QB to duck and run into one of his teammates.

He is looking more and more like a 1st. Ohio ST let him go up field more against VT. If he can get 7 or 8 Sacks he could be a 1st round pick. He has 1st round talent, but that is like saying an OG or RB should be a 1st round pick Just because he has 1st round talent. The NFL does not like to take off the line linebackers in the 1st. Teams need pass defenders more and more every year. You have to be exceptional in coverage to go in the 1st round, or be a passrusher who can hit the QB as a blitzer. Linebacker who just defend the run are less and less valuable every year. He is the second best coverage linebacker behind Jack.

The Reason: Lee is a 1st Round talent. He is a little too straight-linish for my taste. He doesn't take on block well. He is a 4-3 OLB only. But, he makes big play in big games. When he has a lane with no one between him and the ball carrier, no one gets there faster. He is the second best cover linebacker in this Draft behind Jack. Spielman likes the best athlete available philosophy, and let his coaches take over. Lee fits that criteria perfectly here.

Second Choice: Le'Raven Clark OLT

24. 

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

Ryan Kelly

OC Alabama

6-4 1/4, 311, (O) 5.03, 

33.5" Arm, 26 Reps,

7.58 3-C, 4.59 SS, 

9'1" Broad,

 

 

WR, OC, DB, WR TE, FS, DL, 

2014 Picks:

1-21 Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M

2 (53) Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon

3 (85) Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers

3 (99) Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

4 (120) Josh Shaw, DB USC

4 Marcus Hardison DL Arizona ST

5 (157) C.J. Uzomah, TE Auburn

6 (197) Derron Smith, S, Fresno State.

7 (238) Mario Alford WR, W.Virginia

Key FA Signed:

Eric Winston OT 

Andrew Whitworth OLT

Brandon Thompson DT 

Pat Sims DT

Vincent Rey OLB

Adam Jones CB 

George Iloka S

Taylor Mays SS

Key Free Agents:  

Brandon Tate WR  

Wallace Gilberry DE  
Emmanuel Lamur OLB  

Leon Hall CB  

Key F.A. Lost:

Marvin Jones WR

Mohamed Sanu WR

Andre Smith OT

Reggie Nelson S 

The Team: They have an O-line in transition. They drafted two O-tackles in last year's Draft. Ogbuehi recovered from injury and got into the final five games. With Andre Smith gone it looks like Fisher and Ogbuehi will be fighting for that ORT position. And in a year or so, one of them will be the OLT with Whitworth on a one year deal. They also have two solid young Guards. But Bodine looked like a scarecrow at OC last year. Center is the brains of the O-line, and they need a new brain. 

Three of their top DBs are free agents and are going to take almost 17-Mil off the Cap. "I feel good about things," Lewis said. "I think the core is here. Positionally, we're in good shape." So they are going to have to get some DBs early. They are actually in great shape here. They have a Playoff team that should have won a Playoff game for the first time in Marvin Lewis's career as an HC, if not for three random acts of stupidity (people seem to forget that it was Hill's fumble that put the two knuckleheads in position to destroy their team). They have a Playoff roster, and a ton of money under the Cap.
They also have three WRs who are free agents. "The NFL system, it works," Lewis said. "Hopefully we can get you back here and you feel good about it." So they could go either of those ways. But the biggest aspect of their off season will be how they spend their overflowing Cap cash. Do they resign Pacman after he tragic random act of stupidity that cost them their first Playoff win since... hell, since I don't even know when.

The Player: 4/07 The Alabama Three Part II: Ryan Kelly.

The Reason: Hill is a downhill runner who needs to slash past the OC to be effective. Kelly might be the best run blocking OC I have ever seen in college, and he is better in pass pro. He is a steal for this offense that just lost it's Coordinator, and is in the process of rebuilding their O-line. 

Shawn Oakman is the kind of long tall passrusher that Marvin Lewis has a knack for making into a star. The Bengals don't necessarily need a D-end, but this is the best fit for him scheme wise. They might have to take Fuller here to find a compliment to AJ Green. But Oakman would battle Johnson for playing time at D-end as a rookie. He would give them a great three man rotation at D-end. 

Second Choice: Tyler Boyd WR

25.

Steelers

Defense: 3-4

 

**Eli Apple

CB Ohio ST

6-7/8", 204, (O) 4.4,

31.3" Arms, 13 Reps,

CB, WR, TE, OLT(FA), LB, RB, TE, WR, OT, NT, 

2014 Picks:

1 (22) Bud Dupree, OLB Kentucky

2 Senquez Golson DB Mississippi

3 (87) Sammie Coates WR Auburn.

4 (121) Doran Grant, CB Ohio State

5 (160) Jesse James TE Penn State

6 Leterrius Walton NT C Michigan

6 Anthony Chickillo OLB Miami.

7 Gerod Holliman, SS Louisville

Key F.A. Signed:

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR

Jordan Todman RB

Ladarius Green TE 

Ramon Foster G 

Ryan Harris OT

Steven Johnson LB

William Gay CB 

Robert Golden S

Key Free:

Bruce Gradkowski QB 
Michael Vick QB 

David Nelson WR 

Mike Adams OT
Byron Stingily OT

Will Johnson FB 
Doug Legursky C 
Clifton Geathers DT 
Cam Thomas NT 

Will Allen S
Greg Warren LS 

Key F.A. Lost:

Martavis Bryant WR

Kelvin Beachum OLT

Steve McLendon NT

Terrence Garvin LB

Sean Spence LB 

Antwon Blake CB 

Brandon Boykin CB 

The Team: They just don't go CB in the 1st. But they have to get a starting caliber CB in this Draft. Apple is a starting Caliber CB in this Draft.

So it comes down to Nose Tackle or WR for me. They have to get some help for their defense. But Roethlisberger is still their bread and butter. Getting him a big compliment to Brown keeps their offense one of the tops in the NFL.

The Steelers secondary cost them games last year. They resigned Gay. Senquez Golson could be a nice player after a year of getting healthy and learning the system. But I was not a big fan, and I think he is a nickel back. Jackson is a 1st Round talent who could as high as 12 to New Orleans, as their coaches attended his Proday. Miami at 13 is looking for a corner. Right now his range is between here and the Saints. As teams watches more and more tape of him coaches are going to fall in love. "For the head coach to come down here, that's a big deal," Jackson said after having dinner with Tomlinson and Colbert after his Proday. "I was like, 'Wow, they're here to see me.' It was crazy, I never thought I'd be in that predicament. That was a great atmosphere and a great dinner. It's a blessing to go from not talked about to talked about." The Raiders need a Corner, and I think at the end of the Day they take a Corner at 14. And of course Washington needs a CB at 21. Plus, the Vikings coaches showed a lot of interesting in Jackson at his Proday. So he might not make it here. "You watch him on film and you see the same guy I saw here," the Vikings DB coach Jerry Gray said. "He can go get the ball. He can cover anyone in our league. You see him against good teams, especially Florida State in the bowl game, and you can see how his confidence grew and how he can make plays." He is the hottest commodity on the market right now. 

Steelers could go a lot of ways here, mainly DBs. Plus, their HC Tomin was taking a long look at all the D-linemen at the Senior Bowl. But in the end they cannot go another year without at serious upgrade at CB. 

The Player: Apple is still a young player. He is only 20-years old. "I feel like I just have to make sure I fine tune some things with my technique, especially my press, make sure I don't get too high, too low, stay more even-keeled out there," Apple said. "Just work with the guys around me. Just become a better team player." So he has a lot of growing left to do, and he knows it. He has only started for two seasons. He will get to handsy downfield some times. He is the tallest of the top four CBs. He is a physical CB who can look great in the run game as well. He will likely struggle a little more with the transition to the NFL as he relies on his hands a little too much in coverage. 

He did a great job covering Will Fuller deep. "Just being aware of it [Fuller's deep speed], and playing fundamentally sound," Apple said. "Just doing well with our technique, especially in the backfield as well." Fuller only had 35-yards against Apple in the Fiesta Bowl, where Apple was named defensive MVP.

The Reason: I just like the fit here. I don't have a feel for where Apple is going to go, but this seems like his floor. In the NFL last season, teams went into a Nickel (3 CBs), Dime (4 CBs), or Prevent (5 or 6 CBs) in over 62% of the defensive snaps. That means that teams third Corners were on the field more than their third linebackers. That is a remarkable stat. This is a best player available pick that also hits a couple hidden needs. Plus, if Apple is the youngest CB in this Draft, and needs some work.

Second Choice: Andrew Billings NT/DT

26.

Seahawks

Defense: 4-3

*Derrick Henry

RB Alabama

6-1, 242, 

OLT, OG, WR, RB, DT, OL, LB, WR,

2014 Picks:

2 (63) Frank Clark, DE Michigan

3 (69) Tyler Lockett WR Kansas ST

4 Terry Poole, ORT, San Diego ST

4 (134) Mark Glowinski OG UWV

5 (170) Tye Smith, DB Towson.

6 Obum Gwacham DE Oregon ST

6 (214) Kristjan Sokoli DT Buffalo.

7 (248) Ryan Murphy DB Oregon St

Key F.A.:

Christian Michael RB

Jermaine Kearse WR

J'Marcus Webb OG/OT

Chris Clemons DE

Ahtyba Rubin DT

Mike Morgan LB 

Jeremy Lane CB 

Key F.A.:

Tarvaris Jackson QB 

Bryce Brown RB 

Fred Jackson RB

Ricardo Lockette WR 
Anthony McCoy TE 
Chase Coffman TE 

Lemuel Jeanpierre OC 

Will Tukuafu FB 

Demarcus Dobbs DE 
DeShawn Shead CB  

Jon Ryan P 

Key F.A. Lost:

Russell Okung OT 

J.R. Sweezy OG

Alvin Bailey OL

Brandon Mebane DT

Bruce Irvin LB 

The Team: They are the team mostly to trade down at the end of the 1st so a team can hop over Denver for a QB. I'd say it's about 75% likely that they don't pick here. If Cleveland and San Fran pass on Lynch in the 1st, they both will be looking to trade up for Cook. Word coming out of Cleveland is that he is the QB they want. So look for the Browns to pick Conner Cook here.

Rumors abound that Lynch is gone. "I don’t know how that’s going to go," Carroll said when asked about Lynch. "I don’t know how any of these guys are going to go right now. I don’t know." Well they better find an answer first.

They're a different team with Lynch. "We’ll figure it out," Carroll said when asked about Lynch. "It depends on how he comes back and how he works at it and all that kind of stuff. He had a difficult year physically. He’s never had to recover from an injury like that. He’s never had to deal with that kind of process. And he made it back, to his credit. He worked hard to get back and made it back to play. It just was a terrible opportunity for him to have a chance to have an impact on the game." By all reports he is gone.

The Player: 

The Reason: With Lynch gone they cannot go beast mode. We all saw how well that went for Wilson last year. They need to pick up two O-linemen, and a legit NFL power Back. Henry is the best and biggest power back in this Draft. And like Lynch, he can break a tackle and show some shocking speed running downfield.  

Henry is an old school RB. I think it takes an old school HC to see his value. Pete is an old school HC. They had one of the most dynamic RBs to ever play in the NFL. Henry could be the ultimate thunder to Rawls.

Second Choice: Conner Cook QB

27.

Packers

Defense: 3-4

*A'Shawn Robinson

DT Alabama 

6-4, 312, (U) 5.19, Split-1.79,

34 1/2" Arms, 22 reps,

26" Vert, 8'8" Broad, 

4.74 SS, 7.8 3-C, 

OLB, NT(FA), TE, CB, LB, RB,

2015 Picks:

1 Damarious Randall, SS Arizona St

2 Quinten Rollins, CB Miami (Ohio)

3 (94) Ty Montgomery WR Stanford

4 (129) Jake Ryan LB Michigan

5 (147) Brett Hundley QB UCLA

6 (206) Aaron Ripkowski RB OK

6 Christian Ringo DE Louisiana-Laf

6 (213) Kennard Backman, TE UAB

Key F.A. Signed:

James Starks RB

Jared Cook TE

Letroy Guion DE 

Nick Perry LB

Key F.A.:

Don Barclay OT 
James Jones WR 
John Kuhn FB 
Jamon Meredith G 
Mike Neal LB 

Sean Richardson S 

Mason Crosby K     

Key F.A. Lost:

B.J. Raji DT  (R)

Casey Hayward CB

The Team: They could lose some starters on the D-line, and be looking to pick up a replacement or two early. B.J. Raji has retired. So getting a nose tackle has suddenly, and predictably, become a top need. 

They have long been looking for a compliment to Clay Mathews. If they intend to keep Mathews inside than they need an option outside who can take some attention off his rush. If they intend to move Mathews back outside than they can move Floyd inside, where I like him better anyway. He has some similar explosion numbers to Jamie Collins when he came out. He could step into that role inside role like Collins does, and they could move Mathews outside to try and hit the QB more.

The Player: He is so big, and he can move around a little in space. Amazing feet moving sideways in bag drill. He has some explosion in his hips that he can use to give a heavy hit. He hops to the right nicely. Surprising agility and bursts sometimes.

Robinson is a fireplug. You are just not going to move him out of the middle. "Playing in this conference and doing the things I've done has really helped me and prepared me," A'Shawn said. "I think I bring a lot with everything I can do, I can do a little bit of everything. There are a lot of special players in the draft, but I feel like I do a lot of things better than other people." 3-4 teams are going to be looking at him as a Nose Tackle.

He is an old school D-Tackle, who will stop the run first and foremost. "He's a big, wide-bodied, put-together, athletic kid," a scout said. "It's hard to budge him unless he's taking a gap. He plays sound, he's great with his hands vs. the run. It's tough for double-teams to move him, and he can get slippery as a pass rusher." Plus, he has a few surprising bursts up field where he scares the crap out of the quarterback every game.

JUNIOR (2015): A consensus Freshman All-American during his first year on campus ... named consensus All-American in 2015, earning first-team votes from the Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA and AFCA ... also earned second-team nods from Walter Camp and USA Today ... finalist for the Outland Trophy … a disruptive force on the inside, 35 of his 43 tackles have come on runs with 7.5 for a loss (-25 yards), while adding 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The Reason: If BJ Raji leaves they have to get a guy who can play inside and keep blockers off of Clay Mathews.

Second Choice: Kenny Clark NT

28.

Chiefs

Defense: 3-4

Laquon Treadwell-

WR Mississippi

6-2 1/4", 217, (PD) 4.63,

33,5" Vert, 9'9" Broad,

7.05 3-Cone, 4.29 SS,

33.3" Arms, 12 Reps

9 1/2" hands,

WR, LB(FA), DL, ORT/OLT, OL, DL, DB,

2015 Picks:

1 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

2 (49) Mitch Morse, OC Missouri.

3 (76) Chris Conley, WR Georgia

3 (98) Steven Nelson DB Oregon St

4 (118) Ramik Wilson ILB Georgia.

5 (172) DJ Alexander LB Oregon St

5 James O'Shaughnessy TE Illinois St

6 Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DL, Southern Miss

7 Da'Ron Brown, WR, N. Illinois

Key Free Agents Signed:

Mitchell Schwartz OT 

Rod Streater WR

Eric Berry S (Tagged) 

Derrick Johnson ILB 

Tamba Hali OLB/PR

Jamell Fleming CB

Key Free Agents:
Jason Avant WR   
Jaye Howard DE  
Marcus Cooper DB 

Husain Abdullah DB 

Key Players Missing:

Justin Houston OLB/PR

Key Free Agents:

Chase Daniel QB 

Donald Stephenson OT 

Jeff Allen OG/OT

Mike DeVito DE (R)

Frank Zombo LB 

Sean Smith CB 

Tyvon Branch S

The Team: KC has some concerns in the WR corps. I don't think they plan to take a WR in the 1st, but if Treadwell slips he could be the ultimate compliment to the speedy Maclin.

The Player: Combine Notes Treadwell: I like the comparison to Alshon Jeffries. "Look, he’s a very good football player and very athletic," Dimitroff said. "He’s got the size and the arm length, and has a lot of what people are looking for. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see a full workout here." He is so big and strong, and runs fast enough on the field. "He's going to get beat up because he's slow but I like everything else he does," a scout said. "You would think scouts would learn about overestimating speed and underestimating tape. He'll go in the first but not sure how high." Great blocker. He consistently beats the DBs in 50-50 balls. He is a big strong power forward WR. He did not have a drop in the gantlet. He reminds me physically of TO. He did not have a drop in the second time through in the gantlet. He had some real disappointing stats. He has to make up for it with his ability to run great routes, and his big Velcro hands. No one has a bigger catching radius than this guy.

Treadwell is a terrific talent. He might have the best hands and catching radius of any WR in this Draft. "I don’t know if it’s because of anything as much physically as it is that he’s matured mentally," Freeze said. "We talk about tempo a lot here, but after the ball is snapped, the pace at what you play the actual play, there was some where you may grade yourself a six or seven in his case. This year, that maturity he’s had and determination to be better, the pace at which he’s played during plays, there’s a lot of nines and 10s. That comes with maturity." You see a lot of big strong WRs go up high and snag the high balls, but what impresses me is how consistently he can go low and dig the bad throw out of the dirt. 

The next best thing to a QB is a big time WR. "He's the best I’ve ever coached," coach Freeze said. "I believe that. Donte was really good. Mike Wallace was good. Laquon is probably the most complete. Donte was close. If Donte had stayed his senior year, it would probably be tit-for-tat with those two. But I’d say [Laquon] is probably the most talented that I’ve coached." If Treadwell runs any kind of decent 40 at the Combine there is no way he drops this low. 

I have never seen such a big WR snag the ball below his knees as much as he does. "I told him that after the game," A&M HC Sumlin said. "I told him that I’m glad I won’t have to see him anymore. I think he's one of the better players in the country. He’s strong, he’s physical. He separated on the big play, big touchdown. He's a heck of a football player. He’s gonna have a successful career at the next level." The only question he has left to answer is his speed. He could go top five with a great 40, or drop way down here with an average 40.

Treadwell had a tough off season. He was not as big or fast as I thought. With his slow Forty time (4.63) some guys have been comparing him to Kelvin Benjamin, who ran a 4.61, But Benjamin was 6-5, 240-pounds. I don't think that comparison is valid. Don't be surprised when Treadwell is the third or fourth WR taken. This looks like it would be the best fit for him to me.

The Reason: This would be the perfect fit for Treadwell. He would have a veteran QB with nice accuracy and touch throwing to him. And a speedster on the other side to take the top off the defense. It is too perfect to happen.

Second Choice: Derrick Henry RB

29.

Cardinals

Defense: 3-4

*Kenny Clark

NT UCLA

6-2.5, 314, (O) 5.06

Split-1.72, (U) 5.07

32.1" Arms, 29 Reps, 

8'6" Broad! 28.5" Vert, 

7.73 3-C, 4.62 SS, 

CB, NT, DB, DB, OLB,  OL, 5-T, OLB, OL, CB,

2014 Picks:

1 (24) D.J. Humphries, OL Florida.

2 (58) Markus Golden LB Missouri

3 (86) David Johnson, RB N. Iowa

4 Rodney Gunter DL Delaware ST

5 Shaquille Riddick DL W Virginia

5 (159) J.J. Nelson, WR UAB

7-256 Gerald Christian TE Louisville

Key F.A. Signed:

Drew Stanton QB

Chris Johnson RB

Jermaine Gresham TE 

Evan Mathis OG

Bradley Sowell OT 

Chandler Jones OLB/DE

Red Bryant DT

Tyvon Branch S

Key F.A.:

Ted Larsen OG 

Lyle Sendlein C
Kelvin Palmer OT 

Jason Babin OLB  
Dwight Freeney OLB
 LaMarr Woodley OLB   
Corey White CB 

Jerraud Powers S
Mike Leach LS 

Key F.A.:

Johnathan Cooper OG

Rashad Johnson S 

The Team: If all the DTs drop this far the Cards are going to be very happy. They like to have a hybrid defense. So they have to get guys who can play in a 3-4 and a 4-3 schemes. So those are the guys they need to draft well.

The Cards' secondary has some issues. They lost one of their starting Safeties, and don't appear interested in signing the other. They also don't look like they are interested in signing their 4th Corner. So they need to get a Safety, and at least one CB.

The Player: Clark was so fast for a Nose tackle at the Combine that it was incredible. "Clark is very quick and has a good motor," Brandt said. "He helped himself with his pro day workout. Clark could be a first-round pick; definitely no later than the second round." Never seen an NT move that fast. Nice COD for such a big guy. Just amazing feet. Stayed low. We was a high school wrestler who knows how to use leverage inside. He is still only 20-years old. He has some more growing to do. He did not flash any passrusher skills until last season when he had 6 Sacks and 11 TFL. He had only garnered 1 Sack and 1 TFL in his first three seasons at UCLA. 

2015: Starter in all 13 games for a total of 29 consecutive starts ... Third-team AP All-America ... First-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection (AP and coaches) ... Team co-captain ... Appeared on the Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland and Lombardi Award Watch Lists ... Recorded career bests in tackles (75-second on team and 25th in Pac-12), sacks (6.0-second on team and tied for 10th in Pac-12) and tackles for loss (11.0-second on team and tied for 14th in Pac-12) ... He had the third highest PBU total on the team with five.

The Reason: They have to get a NT for their defense. Clark might be the best NT in this Draft. He played primarily on the Nose for UCLA, and was very good. I think Clark might be more of a NT type, but he got up field much better last season. So he could play some 5-tech for the Cards. Plus, I'd just like to see Clark and Campbell lined up next to each other.

Second Choice: Mackensie Alexander CB

30.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

Mackensie Alexander-

CB Clemson

5-10, 190, (PD) 4.47,

 SS 4.21, 3-C 7.18,

  37.5" Vert, 10'1" Broad,

6.94 3-Cone, 4.18 SS, 

CB! WR, CB, TE, OL, S, ORT, DB, 

2014 Picks:

1 (25) Shaq Thompson, LB Wash

2-41 Devin Funchess WR Michigan

4 (102) Daryl Williams OT Oklahoma

5 (169) David Mayo, LB Texas St

5 Cameron Artis-Payne, RB Auburn

Key F.A.:

Joe Webb QB

Mike Tolbert FB

Gino Gradkowski O C 

Bradley Sowell OT 

Josh Norman CB (Tagged)

Charles Johnson DE

Paul Soliai NT

Brandon Boykin CB 

J.J. Jansen LS 

Key F.A.: 
Tyronne Green G 
Fernando Velasco C 
Chris Scott, G 
Amini Silatolu, OL  
Kyle Love DT

Cortland Finnegan CB 

Charles Tillman CB 

Roman Harper S 

Brad Nortman P

Key F.A.:

Jared Allen DE 

The Team: Cutting Josh Norman, while his 14-Mil Franchise tag was on their Cap and they were still about 16-Mill under the Cap, slashed past stupid and into incompetent. Who do they think they are going to sign now to fill their 30-MIL IN CAP SPACE NOW? They just gave a free 1st Round pick to one their opponents. I hope he signs with someone in their division.

The story doesn't fit the crime. "The more we thought about it, the more flexibility that $14 million would give us," Gettleman said. "We just kept talking and talking," Gettleman said. "I have a great belief that in order to get the right answer you have to ask the right questions. We kept asking ourselves that question, and this is why we made the decision we made." What a crock. It you tell yourself something that isn't believable long enough, you can actually believe it. That is the philosophy of Fox Fake News. Like cutting taxes is the best way to lower the deficient. There is nothing dumber than that. How dumb do to you have to be to believe that completely factually absent philosophy. 

Ten teams with a clue contacted his agent instantly. "When we decided to place the franchise tag on Josh, we were fine with him signing it and then working on a long-term deal," Gettleman said. "As we got deeper into conversations, we realized it was a significant difference between our thoughts and theirs. The intervening weeks gave us additional time to evaluate where we're going as a franchise. With the realization a deal was not going to get done, our internal conversations kept leading us to the fact that the one-year deal was becoming less and less attractive." So if you don't get your way, you're taking your ball and going home. 

I struggle with players who work their fannies off to develop their craft, and then management tries to take credit for it. "I've said it before," Gettleman said. "I struggle with our coaches working their fannies off, developing players and letting them walk. I don't like that. I've always believed that the cap can be a great equalizer. I really believe it penalizes teams that draft well. You have to understand you can't keep everybody. It's impossible. So now you have to decide who you're going to allow to graduate. We've got some really good, young talent. This was a business decision. That's what this is folks, a business decision." It is not a business decision when you are 30-Mil under the Cap and are contractually obligated to spend most of that Cap cash, with no free agents left who are worth the money.

The talent at D-end seems suddenly sparse. Jared Allen is not likely coming back next season. I'm not a huge Ealy fan. Charles Johnson looks like he is slowing down a little, and will be 30 to start next season. Some think they never really recovered after cutting the maniac Hardy.

The Player:  3/24 The Clemson Three Part I: Mac Alexander.

The Reason: I'm just stuck on a WR here. Even though Benjamin is returning, and Funchess showed he had some NFL skills. You could argue that it was their receivers that cost them the Super Bowl. None of them could get open to help Newton. The more I think about it the more I like a DE or CB here, but their defense was so good last season. And every time I try to put one in I come back to WR. I mean, Fuller would be such a great compliment to those to big guys, but they already have Ginn and Corey Brown. A surprise pick could be Darren Lee. He is a pure 4-3 LB, who is terrible at taking on blockers. He would be a perfect fit for their system, and Thomas Davis isn't getting any younger.

Second Choice: Darren Lee LB

31.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

Connor Cook

QB Michigan ST

6-3.5, 217, 33" Arm, 

(O) 4.79, 7.21 3-Cone,

33" Vert! 9'5" Broad,

QB, RB, OT, OG, TE, WR, TE, WR, CB,

2014 Picks:

1 (23) Shane Ray, DE  Missouri

2 (59) Ty Sambrailo OT Colorado St

3 (92) Jeff Heuerman, TE Ohio State

4 (133) Max Garcia, OC, Florida

5 (164) Lorenzo Doss, CB Tulane

6 (203) Darius Kilgo, NT Maryland

7 Trevor Siemian QB Northwestern

7 (251) Taurean Nixon, DB, Tulane.

7 (252) Josh Furman DB Oklahoma St

Key F.A. Signed:

Mark "Butt-Fumble" Sanchez

CJ Anderson RB

Russell Okung OT 

Donald Stephenson OT

Jared Crick DE 

Vonn Miller OLB (Tagged) 

DeMarcus Ware OLB

Key F.A.:

Ronnie Hillman, RB
Andre Caldwell WR

Jordan Norwood WR

Kyle Williams WR   
Tyler Polumbus OT   
Antonio Smith DE 
Danny Trevathan ILB 
Shiloh Keo S 

Omar Bolden S 

Key F.A. Lost:

Brock Osweiler LOL

Owen Daniels TE

Vernon Davis TE  
Louis Vasquez OG

Evan Mathis OG

Ryan Harris OT

OLT Ryan Clady

Malik Jackson DE

Danny Trevathan ILB

David Bruton S 

The Team: Ironically, nobody in this Draft needs a QB more than John Elway. They have a Super Bowl caliber defense, and an offense that is ready to rock and roll. But they don't have someone to run the ship. They need a captain on the field. Without a QB this team is going nowhere. 

It looks like this is Manning's last season. So the Broncos will be transitioning their offense into Osweiler's hands. OOPS! LOL! They should probably go Connor Cook here. 

The Player: 9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Conner Cook QB.

The Reason: Because they ignored their biggest weakness in free agency tells me that Elway has his sights set on a QB in this Draft. Conner Cook is the most NFL ready QB in this Draft. If you ignore last season, where he was injured and shouldn't have been playing, he was the elite QB prospect in the clutch and in big games. He was the top QB prospect coming into last season. 

Second Choice: Jason Springs OLT

32.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

A Steaming Pile of Poo-

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6.1", PI**, #2,

 

 

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Jonathan Cooper-

OG Arizona Cardinals

 

Shea McClellin-

LB Chicago Bears

 

Martellus Bennett-

TE Chicago Bears

CB, WR, RB, DT,  TE,

2014 Picks:

1 (32) Malcom Brown, DT/NT Texas.

2 (64) Jordan Richards, S Stanford

3 (97) Genio Grissom, I-R Oklahoma

4 (101) Trey Flowers, OLB Arkansas

4 (111) Tre’ Jackson, OG Florida ST

4 Shaquille Mason OG Georgia T.

5 (166) Joe Cardona, LS, Navy

6 Matthew Wells LB Mississippi St

6 (202) AJ Derby, TE Arkansas

7 (247) Darryl Roberts, CB Marshall.

7 Xzavier Dickson OLB Alabama

Key F.A. Signed:

Chris Hogan WR

Nate Washington WR

LeGarrette Blount RB

Johnathan Cooper OG

LaAdrian Waddle OLT

Martellus Bennett TE/H-B

Clay Harbor TE/FB

James Develin FB

Chris Long DE

Rufus Johnson DE

Terrance Knighton NT/DT

Frank Kearse DT 

Marcus Kuhn DL

Shea McClellin ILB/OLB/ST

Justin Coleman CB

Brandon King DB

Key F.A.: 

Steven Jackson RB 
Brandon Gibson WR

Ryan Wendell G  
Dekoda Watson LB 
Dane Fletcher LB

Tarell Brown, CB 
Nate Ebner DB 

Key F.A. Lost:

Chandler Jones OLB/DE

Tyler Gaffney RB

Brandon LaFell WR

Scott Chandler TE

Akiem Hicks DT/DE

Sealver Siliga NT

Tavon Wilson S

The Team: The problem with the whole SuckMyBallsGate is that it was never about integrity. It was always purely about power. It was about Goodell's ego and craven craving for power. It is about his utter lack of integrity. In fact, this wasn't even really about the Ass Monkey's power. This was about his absolute power. The courts ruling was simple. Brady didn't do it, but so what. The Ass Monkey has the absolute power, as written into the CBA, to shame, discredit, set up, and destroy the reputation of any one he wants, and players just have to take it.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There has never been a more obvious example of it than this. The idiot Wells was paid million of dollars to prosecute the Patriots. He is not a fact finder, he is a prosecutor. In his investigation he found nothing. He couldn't prove his case. But, he was paid millions and millions of dollars, and wanted to be paid millions and millions of dollars again. So he made stuff up. He tried desperately to give the Ass Monkey what he wanted. So even though he proved conclusively that no one sucked the air out of ball. He told the guy who just handed him a check for Millions and millions of dollars that he successfully proved Brady did it.

Or did he? He told everybody that he thought (not proved, but "thought") "it was more likely he did it than didn't." The quote that will live in Patriots infamy. Now in a prosecutor's mind, that means the case closed. That means, "that even though I think he might have done it, there's not enough evidence to prove he did it." The Ass Monkey isn't a prosecutor and didn't understand what he meant. He meant, the case is done. The Ass Money heard "more likely he did it than not" and translated it into "I proved he did it, yeah me." 

Wells wanted more NFL cash and didn't correct him. Then the Ass Monkey just added "scheme" the prosecutor code for "he didn't do it", and another innocent man is convicted and corrupted by absolute power. But again, truth to power, Wells proved conclusively that there was no opportunity to suck the air out of ball by Jughead (sorry, I can never remember his name and I'm a wiseass). The only time, after Brady's ball were improperly checked by the refs, the ball sack was out of sight of the cameras and/or the refs was a 90 second bathroom break. Which of course none of the haters will talk about.

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded. Everybody knows that the game is fixed. And everybody knows that you can't go into a bathroom, gets a dozen oblong footballs out of a slick nylon bag, line them up (on a bathroom, aaah, sink? I guess?), take exactly 8 ounces of oxygen out of them, get the balls back into the slippery bag, and then exit the bathroom. It is simply not possible, and everybody knows. Wells knows. the absolutely corrupted Ass Monkey knows. I would gleefully concede Brady's guilt if one of you ass monkeys (like Felger and Mazz doing a radio stunt. It would get huge ratings) would do a radio stunt where they deflated a dozen ball in less than 90-seconds and got them all back the ball back in the bag before the buzzer goes off (but they won't even try because the know it is not possible. It is a shtick for ratings). 

Just set up a table with a shiny sack full of balls. Dump them out on the table, and somehow bear hug them together as they bounce, slip and slide around. Stick a needle in each one and take out about 8-ounces of oxygen. And then get the dozen, oblong-slippery-bouncing-and hard to control footballs back in the slippery nylon football sack in 90-seconds. I dare you bitches. 90-seconds! None of you frauds can do it in 90-seconds, and all you liars know it. The absolutely corrupted Ass Monkey knows it. The Owners who are telling the absolutely corrupted Ass Monkey to reduce the suspension know it. Wells knows it better than I do. And of course the Fraud and Mazz know it as well.

Plus, another major point of logic that no one wants to talk about is that this whole 12.5 to 13.5 PSI rule was created be Brady. Brady and Manning got together, and pitched the idea that the QB's should be able to grab their ball sack, and manipulate their balls any way they want before the game, as long as the air pressure is between 12.5 and 13.5. Why in the hell would Brady co-sponsor the Brady-Manning Ball Manipulation Rule, and make it 12.5 instead of 12 PSI that no one could prove he wanted his balls at to begin with. F-ing obviously, he wanted his football pumped to 12.5 PSI from long before the rule was ever approved by the Competition Committee. He wrote the f-ing rule you ass monkeys. It's called the Brady-Manning Rule you idiots

To believe this absolutely corrupting nonsense you have to start with the inconceivably illogical assumption that Brady wanted his footballs inflated under the legal limit, that he created. I cannot be more clear about how stupid you have to be to believe such nonsense. You have to be as corrupt, stupid, and illogical as the absolutely corrupted Ass Monkey himself.

Which is the second indisputable fact that no one wants to talk about. Brady did not want his football inflated to 12 PSI. That is his number. He has always said he like his footballs on the low side. Meaning on the 12.5 PSI number that he got enacted into the rule book. He wants his footballs inflated to 12.5 PSI exactly. He so obsessively wanted his balls inflated to 12.5 PSI that he spent months working in the off seasons with his biggest nemesis Payton Manning to create a new rule that would allow him to inflate his footballs to 12.5 PSI before the game. He wanted his football inflated to exact 12.5 PSI so desperately that he and Payton Manning went before the rules committee and got the bill passed. The rule that allows QBs to manipulate their footballs to whatever condition they see fit, as CREATED BY BRADY, as long as the PSI is between 13.5 and 12.5, contradicts any ass monkeys' who assumes without evidence that Brady wanted his footballs under 12.5 PSI, period. It is amazing what ass monkeys' will believe.

And of course the absolutely corrupted Ass Monkey doesn't care about the reputation of the most important employee of his massive and dangerous ego. He only cared about shifting the heat of the Ray Rice wife punching incident onto someone else. Then he went way too far, and he knows it. This whole thing was made up by the Ravens and Colts, because they are not smart enough to beat the Pats. Then the absolutely corrupted Ass Monkey was being beaten down by the press for his incompetence, and had to turn the heat up onto someone else. So despite the indisputable facts of reality, Brady had no motive and Jastremski and McNally had no opportunity, he made up the entire mess in a desperate attempt to keep his absolute power, and he succeeded. Now he has his absolute power again, and he reeks of corruption everywhere he goes. 

The courts ruled that because the Collective Bargaining Agreement gave absolute power to the absolutely corrupted Ass Monkey that he has the right to stamp out injustice as he see fit. That was their ruling. They even had to purposely say that they couldn't judge on the facts of the case, which is a way of Judges; saying they know he was innocent, but only on the facts written into the Collective Bargained contract matter. But the Collective Bargained Contract doesn't give him the right to  conspire with his stooges, and make up a crime that never happened and prosecute it absolutely. That is the true crime in this nest of lies, and the purest example of absolute power corrupting absolutely that I have personally seen.

And with all that being said. We forget that stars being railroaded are people too:

From TB12 himself: I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.
Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was “probable” that I was “generally aware” of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.
I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.
Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.
To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested. We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time. Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no “smoking gun” and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.
I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioners authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.
Lastly, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of family, friends and our fans who have supported me since the false accusations were made after the AFC Championship game. I look forward to the opportunity to resume playing with my teammates and winning more games for the New England Patriots.

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The Player: 4/28 The Absolutely Corrupted Ass-Monkey.

The Reason: Because of the Salary Cap. There is only so much Cap cash to go around. When you have four young defensive stars suddenly free agents at the same time, then you have to accept that you are going to lose at least one of them and act according. Jones was likely to get the biggest free agent contract next march in the Free Agent Frenzy Bowl. The Pats will work hard this season signing the other three young guys to extensions before they can get an insane offer that destroys the team they leave for.

First Choice: Braxton Miller WR/3rd

Second Choice: Mackensie Alexander CB

For more Info on Pats, check out my: Patriots Draft Blog

TOM's Tape:

4/26 Noah Spence: Can't Touch This: Part II.

4/26 Joey Bosa: Can't Touch This: Part II.

4/25 The Best QB in the Draft Part I: Carson Wentz.

4/25 The Best QB in the Draft Part III: Jared Goff.

4/23 Jack Conklin: Best Player In The Draft.

4/21 Christian Westerman: Puling Himself Into The 2nd.

4/21 Jerell Adams: Pirouetting Into Day Two.

4/20 Leonte Carroo: Steal Of the Draft.

4/20 Justin Simmons: Four Down DB.

4/19 Michael Thomas: He Checks All the Boxes: Part II.

4/19 Jason Spriggs: Not Quite Ready.

4/18 Zack Sanchez: Ball Skills.

4/17 Player Pats Need Part IV: Jonathan Williams.

3/15 Player Pats Need Part III: Alex Collins.

4/17 The Clemson Three Part IV: TJ Green.

4/16 Not Just A Car Crash: Karl Joseph.

4/15 Jordan Howard: Big Back.

4/15 Sheldon Rankins: EXPLOSION.

4/09 Player Pats Need Post Free Agency Part I: CJ Prosise. 

4/09 Player Pats Need Post Free Agency Part II: Kenneth Dixon.

4/08 Big Slot Receiver: Devon Cajuste.

4/08 Will Redmond: Press Corner.

4/07 The Alabama Three Part I: Derrick Henry.

4/07 The Alabama Three Part II: Ryan Kelly.

4/07 The Alabama Three Part III: Kenyan Drake.

4/16 Designated Rusher: Kamalei Correa.

4/01 The Best QB in the Draft Part II: Paxton Lynch.

3/30 The Baylor Three Part I: Shawn Oakman.

3/30 The Baylor Three Part II: Andrew Billings.

3/30 The Baylor Three Part III: Xavien Howard. Close to Done.

3/30 He Checks All The Boxes Part II: Josh Doctson.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Spencer Drango OL.  

3/24 The Penn State Three Part I: Carl Nassib. Updated.

4/05 The Penn State Three Part II: Austin Johnson. Done.

3/24 The Penn State Three Part III: Anthony Zettel. Updated.

3/24 The Clemson Three Part I: Mac Alexander.

3/24 The Clemson Three Part II: Shaq Lawson.

3/24 The Clemson Three Part III: Kevin Dodd.

3/16 Player Pts Need Part I: Will Jackson. 

3/15 Player Pats Need Part II: Sterling Shepherd.

3/17 Player Pats Need Part IV: Braxton Miller.

2016 Preseason Bios, Updated:

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Conner Cook QB.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Shaquille Calhoun OLB/DE.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: DeForest Buckner 5-T.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Jalen Ramsey CB.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Vernon Hargreaves III CB.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Kendall Fuller CB. Updated

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Shawn Oakman D-End.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Andrew Billings NT/DT.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Tyler Boyd WR. Updated again.

2016 Free Agency:

3/24 2008 NFL Draft: Marcellus Bennett TE.

3/24 2013 NFL Draft: Jonathan Cooper OG.

3/24 2012 NFL Draft: Shea McClellin LB.

2015 Draft:

3/22 The Scarnecchia: Part III: Tre Jackson. 

6/15 Malcom Brown Tape.

6/15 Stephone Anthony Tape.

6/15 Jordan Richards Tape.

6/15 Geneo Grissom Tape.

6/15 Trey Flowers Tape.

6/23 Part IV: Tre Jackson.

6/23 Darryl Roberts: He Checks All The Boxes.

6/23 The Forth Round Picks: Shaq Mason.

6/23 Xzavier Dickson.