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17.

48.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

 

Jason Spriggs

OLT, Indiana

6-6, 301, (O) 4.94!

34.1" Arm, 31 Reps!

9'7" Broad! 7.7 3-Cone.

 4.44 Short Shuttle,

 

 

Ryan Kelly

OC Alabama

OT, OLB, OG, CB, RB, OC, DB, DE, LB, 

2014 Picks:

1 (29) Phillip Dorsett, WR Miami.

3 (65) D'Joun Smith, CB, FAU.

3 (93) Henry Anderson 5-T Stanford

4 (109) Clayton Geathers, FS, UCF

5 (151) David Parry, NT, Stanford

6 (205) Josh Robinson RB  Miss St

6 (207) Amarlo Herrera, ILB, Georgia.

7 (255) Denzelle Good, OL Mars Hill

Key F.A. Signed:

Jordan Todman RB

Robert Turbin RB

Dwayne Allen, TE 

Patrick Robinson DB

Scott Tolzien QB

Adam Vinatieri K

Key F.A.:

Charlie Whitehurst QB 

Dan Herron RB 

Ahmad Bradshaw RB
Colt Anderson S 
Lance Louis G  

Billy Winn DE
Andy Studebaker LB 
Greg Toler CB   

Key F.A. Lost:

Andre Johnson WR

Matt Hasselbeck QB

Coby Fleener TE 

Bjoern Werner DE

Rod Streater WR

Jerrell Freeman LB  

Dwight Lowery DB

The Team: When you have a top QB that you tried to kill last year, two hits to the kidney's on the O-line are better than one.

You have to think they will go OLT here. "We feel great about AC [OT Castonzo] and where he's at," Pagano said. "He'd be the first one to tell you that he can clean up some things and he'll do that, but we feel great about the blindside in him protecting the backside of Andrew [Luck].  And Joe Reitz came in [and] did a great job at right tackle until we moved him inside and he got hurt, and Denzelle Good's got a bright future, but you want to shore up the middle there. We feel really good about Jack Mewhort where he's at. I think his ceiling is still high and he's got a lot of room to grow, but he's going to do nothing but get better. Again, the interior of that offensive line, the center and two guard spots, is the focal point." Luck almost was killed last season in pass pro, literally. And they lied about it, cheated the Injury report, without sanctions of course, and it almost cost Luck his life. But it was Brady in Federal Court last week, because the Ass Monkey's primary concern is player safety.

The Player: 4/19 Jason Spriggs: Not Quite Ready.

Springs is a guy who looked like an NFL OLT at the Combine, but didn't always play like one. Great athlete. He needs to close the inside gate. Needs a little work in his core strength. Phenomenal feet moving laterally. He was so quick and light on his feet in side to side drills. Great quickness in his feet. Nice hitter moving straight ahead. He leaves the inside gate open too much. He has to close the gate and save his QBs life. Looked great in kickslide drill. He beat the rusher to the far side. I never saw that before. Nice wide base in mirror drill. He looked so smooth moving side to side. Despite his tendency to open up the inside gate to the passrusher, he only allowed 2 Sacks on almost 500 pass attempts.

2015 (Senior): Allowed just two sacks in 475 called pass attempts … finished with 79 knockdowns in a team-high 1,074 snaps … started all 13 games at right guard … Indiana finished first in the Big Ten in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense, while placing second in rushing offense ... the Hoosiers became the first team since Ohio State in 1995 to lead the league in total, passing and scoring offense ... IU led the conference in scoring offense for the first time since the Big Ten began using the entire season as the statistical champion in 1985 ... Indiana had not led the league in total offense since 1988 ... the Hoosiers became the fourth college football team to have a 3,500-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard running backs and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same year ... IU was one of only two Power Five conference teams with two 1,000-yard running backs (Baylor) ... the offensive line allowed 13 sacks, tied for the seventh fewest nationally ... Indiana set single-season school records with 475 total points, 6,556 total yards, 3,820 passing yards, 337 first downs and 168 passing first downs … IU offensive player of the week (Michigan) … six-time game captain.

The Reason: Spriggs could move Castonzo over to ORT where he could be a better fit, and Kelly can take over the OC spot and protect Luck from dying from a ruptured organ cause by a broke rib stabbing him in the kidney. Yay, player safety matters in the NFL! No need to take away picks here.

Second Choice: Myles Jack OLB

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41.

Bears

Defense: 3-4

*Carl Nassib

DE/OLB Penn ST

6-7.1, 279, (O) 4.84,

34 1/2" Arm, 21 Reps,

38.5" Vert, 9'6" Broad,

7.27 3-Cone, 4.37 SS,

 

Leonard Floyd

ILB/OLB Georgia

QB, DE/PR, OLT, ILB/PR, TE, WR, CB,

2015 Picks:

1 (7) Kevin White, WR, West Virginia.

2 (39) Eddie Goldman, NT, FLA ST

3 (71) Hroniss Grasu, OL, Oregon.

4 Jeremy Langford, RB Michigan St

5 (142) Adrian Amos, S, Penn ST

6 (183) Tayo Fabuluje, OT, TCU.

Key F.A.:

Alshon Jeffery WR (Tagged)

Zach Miller TE 

Danny Trevathan ILB 

Key F.A.:

Jacquizz Rodgers RB 
Deonte Thompson WR

Marc Mariani, WR
Josh Bellamy WR 

Rob Housler TE 
Will Montgomery C 
Vladimir Ducasse G  

Mitch Unrein DE
Jarvis Jenkins DE 

Sam Acho OLB 
Shea McClellin ILB 

Alan Ball CB 

Tracy Porter CB 
Sherrick McManis CB 
Ryan Mundy S 
Chris Prosinski S 
Sherrod Martin S 

Key F.A. Lost:

Matt Forte RB

Akiem Hicks DE

The Team: The Bears have to get some help on the Edge, and this is a good year for it. They will be looking for some 3-4 OLB. "It's a little hard to say right now," Fox said. "We're going to be a 3-4 terminology wise. We haven't had our players on the grass yet so until we evaluate that [it's hard to say]. We've looked at a whole lot of tape, not as much as we need to continue to do. That'll help us define what we're going to be and how we're going to use the pieces." So they could go a lot of ways here, including getting a QB to groom behind Cutler for a few years.

There are some freakish rushers in this Draft. What makes them so different is they they are great rushers off the edge with burst and speed, but there are five guys who are listed over 270-pounds: Dodd, Nassib, Oakman, Lawson, and Ogbah. That is a list of some great college edgerushers, but they are all also huge for rushers.

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

The Reason: There are some freakish rushers in this Draft. What makes them so different is they they are great rushers off the edge with burst and speed, but there are five guys who are listed over 270-pounds: Dodd, Nassib, Oakman, Lawson, and Ogbah. That is a list of some great college edgerushers, but they are all also huge for rushers. 

Second Choice: Christian Hackenberg QB

19.

50.

Atlanta

Defense: 4-3

 

 

*Kevin Dodd- 

Edgerusher Clemson

DE/OLB/PR, DB, TE, LB, OL, FS, DL CB, FS, 

2014 Picks:

1 (8) Vic Beasley DE/OLB Clemson.

2 (42) Jalen Collins, CB LSU

3 (73) Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

4 (107) Justin Hardy, WR E Carolina.

5 (137) Grady Jarrett, DL, Clemson.

7 Jake Rodgers, OL E. Washington

7 (249) Akeem King FS San Jose St

Key F.A. Signed:

Matt Schaub QB

Mohamed Sanu WR

Alex Mack OC

Bryce Harris OT

Quinton Couples DE

Adrian Clayborn DE

Sean Weatherspoon LB 

Courtney Upshaw OLB

Charles Godfrey S

Key F.A.:
Chris Chester G   
Jake Long OT 
Tony Moeaki TE  
Philip Wheeler LB 

Kroy Biermann OLB

Shayne Graham K 

Key F.A. Lost:

Roddy White WR

Paul Soliai NT

Derrick Shelby  DE

The Team: The Falcon's offense exploded last year two of the best fantasy guys in history. Plus, they picked up a nice RB in the 3rd and a nice WR in the 4th. Now if they only had a brain. I mean, defense.

The Player: 

The Reason: Henry could take some pressure off of Ryan and Jones.

Second Choice: Artie Burns CB

20.

51.

Jets

Defense: 3-4

Adolphus Washington-

5-T/3-T Ohio ST

6-3.3, 301, (U) 5.29-5.17, Split-1.8-1.83, 

34 1/2" Arms, 21 Reps,

27" Vert, 8'3" Broad,

4.79 SS, 8.06 3-C,

 

*Darron Lee

LB Ohio ST

QB, OLT,  OLB/PR, OL, DT, 

2014 Picks:

1 (6) Leonard Williams, DE, USC
2 (37) Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State.
3 Lorenzo Mauldin OLB Louisville
4 (103) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor.
5 (152) Jarvis Harrison, OG, A&M
7  Deon Simon, DT Northwestern St

Key F.A. Signed:

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB

Jeremy Ross WR  

Matt Forte RB

Khiry Robinson RB

Bilal Powell RB

Zack Sudfeld TE

Ryan Clady OLT LOL

Mo Wilkerson DE (Tagged)

Steve McLendon NT

Jarvis Jenkins DL

Erin Henderson LB

Key F.A Lost: 
Stephen Bowen, DE 
Randy Bullock, K 
Willie Colon, G  
Kellen Davis, TE 
Leger Douzable, DE    
Ben Ijalana, OT 
Jaiquawn Jarrett, S 
Jamari Lattimore, LB 
Chris Owusu, WR 
Calvin Pace, LB    

Key F.A Lost:

Chris Ivory RB 

Stevan Ridley RB

D'Brickashaw Ferguson LOL

Damon Harrison DT

Demario Davis LB

Antonio Allen S

The Team:  Jets need someone who can hit Brady. Duh.

 

The Player: Washington  is so good against the run, but also gives you some nice push up the middle. He had a huge fumble recovery against Mich ST. Great pull and rip on the OG to get a lane to QB. He plays with such great quickness and strength. He can destroy the OC at the point, Rip, and turn the corner on the OC on a short corner. He has such great quickness inside. Nice quick feet sliding outside on the Stunt. He is amazing. He can dig under the ORG, and get to the RB behind the line, on an off tackle run to the blindside.

He looks even better as a run defender this season so far. He can move sideways and shed blockers to take out the RB. I saw him get sealed by the OG against Virginia tech. As the RB tried to slash behind him, he shoved the OG back, and stopped the RB cold with the OG's butt. Then he threw the OG behind him and tackled the RB. He has such translatable power inside.

He is so big and strong, when he sees the O-line slanting outside, he can get to the right and up field and tackle the RB just after he catches the pitch. Great quickness in run defense. When he knows they are going to pass, he has a great burst right off the snap. He looks a little quicker this year. He just shot past the ORG against Penn ST to Sack Hackenberg. He is also the guy they were doubling on runs up the middle.

He mostly plays run first, but in obvious pass downs he has a very underrated blast off. He is so good at turning to the OLT and powering him backwards so the D-end can stunt under him. Then he has the inside shoulder of the OLT, and will take his hands off the OLT when a lane opens up inside, and destroy the quarterback. He can get knocked back a yard, turn outside, and leap back into the hole and take the RB down on the goal line. He is so good at using his hands in the rush to shed the blocker, and then when he runs into the QB he destroys him. Not dirty, but he is so big and fast that he runs into them and takes them straight backwards off their feet. Lightning quick stunting outside into the outside shoulder of the ORT, and getting in on the Sack. Plus, he gets so much attention that the D-end stunting inside is almost always left free to hit the QB.

Washington really developed into a top penetrator this season. He took those skills to the Senior Bowl, and was getting into the backfield all week. I liked Bennett more as a college player, but I can see Washington being a better Pro player. He has some explosion in his hips that he can use to give a heavy hit. Not the fastest guy. He is a pure inside burst player. He gets low and plays with such great power. He has been unleashing some various power rushes at the Senior Bowl. He was powering through the doubles all week at the Senior bowl. Then he can combo some finesse. He has a nasty quick spin move that he can combo off the Bull. Great inside Rip. He is such a nice fighter up field in the rush.  He has to be more consistent. When his first move doesn't work, he can lose concentration. He showed he could line up at DE and make plays at the QB. He made the second tackle of the game for the North Team. Drew a Hold on Clark, the OLT, on the next play.

Washington got in trouble before the Ohio ST Bowl game when his teammates needed him the most, and that has to give you some pause "I want to sincerely apologize to my family, to coach Meyer and the coaching staff, to my teammates and my friends for my lack of judgment last night and for my actions that I truly regret," Washington said in a written statement. "I have wanted to be a high-character teammate, a contributor to the success of this program and, most importantly, someone my family can be proud of. I am extremely disappointed in myself, and I can honestly say I will learn from my mistake and I will accept the consequences that deservedly will come my way. And I hope that people will know that I am truly sorry and that I sincerely do apologize." Granted, not enough to drop him to 21.  

The Reason: They need some help on the D-line. 

Second Choice: Christian Westerman OG

21.

52.

Texans

Defense: 3-4

Alex Collins-

RB Arkansas

5-10, 217, (U) 4.57, 

30 1/4” Arms, 18 Reps!

32.5" Vert, 9'5" Broad,

4.84 SS, 7.78 3-C,

 

*Corey Coleman

WR Baylor

RB, WR, 5-T NT, DB, OL, TE,  

2014 Picks:

1 Kevin Johnson DB Wake Forest

2 Benardrick McKinney ILB Miss St

3 (70) Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St

5 Keith Murphy WR Michigan St

6 (211) Reshard Cliett, LB, S Florida

6 (216) Christian Covington DL Rice

7 (235) Kenny Hilliard RB LSU.  

Key F.A. Signed:

Brock Osweiler QB 

Lamar Miller RB

Tony Bergstrom OC

Jeff Allen OG/OT

Kendall Reyes DE 

AJ Bouyes CB

Quintin Demps S

Antonio Allen S

Key F.A.:

Brandon Weeden QB 
T.J. Yates QB

Chris Polk RB 

Jeff Adams G 
Chris Clark OT  

Devon Still DT 
Charles James CB  

Nick Novak K 

Shane Lechler P

Key F.A. Lost:

Arian Foster RB

Nate Washington WR 

Brandon Brooks G 

Ben Jones OC

Jared Crick DE 

The Team: They gave big money to a young QB who doesn't have a ton of experience. They need to spend this Draft capital on guys who can make it easier for him to play on Sundays. 

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

The Reason: Not that they ever had Adrian Foster last season, but his loss really reveals their desperate need for an RB. Collins can take pressure off of Osweiler as he adjusts to his new team. If they go this way in the Draft, grabbing Coleman and Collins in the first two Rounds, they could have a top offense to go along with their top defense. 

Second Choice: Adolphus Washington DL

22.

53.

Washington

Defense: 3-4

*Derrick Henry

RB Alabama

6-1, 242, 

 

*Josh Doctson-

WR TCU

DL, CB, OL, RB(FA), WR, DL, LB, DB, OL, 

2014 Picks:

1 (5) Brandon Scherff, OL Iowa.

2 Preston Smith, DE/OLB Miss ST

3 (95) Matt Jones, RB Florida

4 (105) Jamison Crowder, WR Duke.

4 (112) Arie Kouandjio OL Alabama

5 Martrell Spaight, LB, Arkansas

6 Kyshoen Jarrett DB Virginia Tech

6 (182) Tevin Mitchel, DB Arkansas

6 (187) Evan Spencer, WR Ohio ST

7 (222) Austin Reiter, OC S Florida

Key F.A. Signed:

Kirk Cousins QB 

Colt McCoy QB

Junior Galette DE

Mason Foster LB  

Will Blackmon CB 

David Bruton S

Key F.A.:

Colt McCoy QB 
Josh LeRibeus C 
Alfred Morris RB 

Pierre Thomas RB

Logan Paulsen TE 
Alex Smith TE  

Junior Galette DE 
Kedric Golston DE 

Will Compton LB 

Key F.A. Lost:

Terrance Knighton DT

Darrel Young FB

Robert Griffin III QB

Colt McCoy QB 

Jason Hatcher DL

Dashon Goldson SS

The Team: Their secondary is terrible. They should have gone DB in the 1st. If they could straighten out some coverage on the back end they could have a terrific defense.

Washington was looking at Nose Tackles before they lost Knighton. Not the hole is bigger. I like Paea at NT, but they seem to like him at 5-Tech. If Reed or Robinson are still on the Board they will have lot of trouble passing on him. The Problem is that they could also use a WR, and if Coleman is still on the board they will have a hard time passing on him. This could be a case where you take the WR, because there are so may DLs in this Draft that is it crazy.

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

The Reason: You could argue that they need three new starters in their secondary. 

Second Choice: Jalen Collins CB/FS

23.

54.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

*Jonathan Bullard-

DE FLA

6-3, 285, 4.93 

33.5" Arm, 23 Reps, 

32" Vert, 9'8" Broad,

7.31 3-Cone, 4.56 SS,

 

Laquon Treadwell-

WR Mississippi

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: Spielman has been on a roll in the Draft. He owned the middle of the Draft last year. He has been taking raw athletes with special traits and the Vikings coaches have coached them up into special players. 

The Player: Bullard is a very underrated prospect. I really like this kid. He is a little undersized, but he is fierce inside. Guys his size who can stuff the run, and still has that knack for hitting the quarterback are so valuable in the NFL now a days. Plus, he can rush from the inside and hit the QB. Great size for DE, great versatility to stop the run and rush the passer from anywhere. He has some nice feet changing direction in space. He is an all-out all the tie guy. He is a guy who will excel in sub packages inside, where he can stuff the run and hit the QB. 

The Reason: Bullard is a tweener who is freakishly strong against the run. He also showed he could get to the QB this past season. He can play strongside D-End on run downs, and 3-Tech on passing downs. 

Second Choice: Jalen Collins CB/FS

24.

55.

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

 

*William Jackson III

CB Houston

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: At least they still have AJ Green. So getting him a big underneath compliment would be excellent for their QB, whomever he may be.

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

The Reason: Free agency really hit them in the WR.  

Second Choice: Nick Martin OC

25.

56.

Seahawks

Defense: 4-3

Cody Whitehair-

OG Kansas ST

6-3 3/4, 301, 7.32 3-C! 

1.73 Split, (O) 5.08,

32.3" Arm, 16 Reps,

9'2", 4.58 SS,  

 

Germain Ifedi-

OT A&M

OT, OG, 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 O G/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 lost their Super Bowl mojo, three straight, because their O-line fell apart. Sometimes it just is what it is, and you have to bite the bullet and take the best player available at your most desperate need position.

You could make a serious argument that the Seahawks sacrificed a third straight trip to the Super Bowl to their O-line. They had the worst O-line in the NFL last year. Other teams may have struggle with their O-line more, but that was because of injuries (Pats and Chargers), but as far as talent 1 through 15, the Seahawks put together the least talented O-line in the League.

The Player: Whitehair plays with such great balance. He moves so smoothly and naturally. Nice hitter moving straight forward. He only did 16 Reps, which is terrible. Nice quick kickslide on right side. He can play on the right side. Nice feet in mirror drill.

The Reason: If the draft goes this way than they can say that they have completely rebuilt the left side of their O-line. It might take a year or two for the true dividends to pay out, but they would be improved in a big way in 2016.

Second Choice: Austin Hooper TE

26.

57.

Packers

Defense: 3-4

Austin Hooper

TE Stanford

6-3 1/2, 253, (PD) 4.68,

(O) 4.72! 11.93 60-yard,

33 3/4" Arm, 19 Reps!

33" Vert, 9'9" Broad,

4.32 SS, 7.0 3-C!

 

Leonard Floyd

ILB/OLB Georgia

OLB, NT(R), 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:

Nick Perry LB

Key F.A.:

James Starks RB 

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

Sean Richardson S 

Mason Crosby K 
Scott Tolzien QB  
 

Key F.A. Lost:

B.J. Raji DT  (R)

Casey Hayward CB

The Team: Everyone knows they need a tight end who can catch the ball for Rogers.

The Player: Hooper works hard on his blocking. He is not the best blocker, but he really works hard at blocking. Understands positioning when blocking, and can turn his body to keep the ball at his back when he moves his feet. Great hands for catching the ball through contact. He does a good job getting both hands on the defender and keeping his feet moving. Not a real power blocker yet, but he gets his hands inside the shoulder pads and stays in the way. Very nice faker on the double move. He can go up between two DBs, and their contacts, snag the ball and fall to the ground still holding the ball. Good not great speed down the seam. Nice hands reaching up and grab the pass behind him. He has some shiftiness running with the ball in his hands. Knows how to get open crossing the field. Nice blocker on the edge leading the WR on the Bubble Screen. He plays TE and will line up inline, as well as move him around like an H-Back. They like to motion him outside to block on the edges. 

Hooper runs terrific patterns. I don't think he is quite ready, but he could develop into a big time player down the road. He has to work on his blocking. He has a knack for getting open right over the middle. Playing TE is very new to him. He has some growing to do. He could be a nice move TE or H-back as well. He is not a power blocker, but he plays hard. He has that knack for getting open. Knows where to find the soft spots in zones. Nice job catching the ball with his arms extended. Nice quick hands to snap out at a bad pass and pull it in. He can track the ball deep. Uses his legs well blocking. Had a drop in gauntlet. Didn't have a drop second time through, but he had two terrible throws, and he caught one. Nice catch on ball in his chest. Nice job locating ball over his head.

The Reason: This is one of those picks that is too perfect to happen.

Second Choice: Austin Johnson NT

27.

58.

Steelers

Defense: 3-4

 

Alex Lewis

OLT Nebraska

6-6, 308, (O) 5.22,

34" Arm, 27 Reps, 

33" Vert, 8'9" Broad,

7.94 3-Cone, 4.72 S,  

 

*Artie Burns

CB Miami

CB, WR, OLT(FA), LB, TE. 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 need help at ORT, and Lewis can play either side. I think he will eventually be an OLT.

The Player: Lewis can use his long arms to absorb the hit from a power rusher, get knocked back, and seems to naturally reanchor nicely. Nice chop blocker. He does a good job going against the grain, and getting his hands on the MLB and keeping him inside. I love how he gets to the second level and hits linebackers. Nice feet and balance moving to the second level. He can stone smaller blitzers right at the line in the rush.

BYU: Not bad feet. Nice long arms. He has the size. A bit of a leaner. Nice agility moving backwards. He might have a chance if he can stick for a while. Terrific blocking down on the DT and then getting to the MLB. He went to Nebraska so you know he can run block. Very good at using his long arms and quick feet to trap the D-End inside on an outside play. He can block down on the D-end slanting inside, spot the OLB blitzing, and hop outside and get his hands in his shirt.

UCLA: When Lewis gets the wrong shoulder of the D-End he doesn't have the power to redirect him. He has the feet to get outside and seal the box safety inside. He does a nice job sealing the D-end inside on the Goal line. When he gets his hand clubbed off, he gets them right back to center chest very fast. Great job powering the DE back, and then getting to the second level and hitting the LB. keeps his head on a swivel, and does nice job spotting late blitzers. 

Combine: Started off at Colorado, and had some character concerns that forced him to leave and he ended up at Nebraska. Great feet moving side to side. I think he can play OLT in the NFL. Nice natural athlete moving outside. A little slower in kickslide drill on right side. Nice feet in mirror drill. Moves smooth to either side. 

East-West: He got the Start in the E-W game. He will lower his arms sometimes in pass pro. Nice kickslide shadowing outside when smaller guy tries to use speed outside. Some think he is an NFL OG. He is a very nice athlete for a guy his size. Plays with his hands up consistently. Looks smooth and natural sometimes moving backwards. Consistently stays and plays low. He keeps his hands inside nicely. 

HONORS & AWARDSTeam Captain (2015). Second-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2015). hird-Team All-Big Ten (Media, 2015). Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media, Coaches, 2014). Academic All-Big Ten (2014). Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2014)
OVERVIEW: Alex Lewis was a fixture on the offensive line in his two seasons in the Husker program, manning the left tackle position for 26 consecutive games in 2014 and 2015. A transfer from Colorado, Lewis helped the Nebraska offense to an impressive showing in 2015. The Huskers ranked among the conference leaders in scoring offense, total offense and passing offense. Lewis was recognized for his contribution to the Husker offense, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches, and third-team accolades from the media. Lewis was a second-generation Husker, following in the footsteps of his father, Bill, who was an All-America center at Nebraska in the mid 1980s. Like his father, the younger Lewis also served as a team captain, becoming only the third family in Nebraska history to have a father-son combination both serve as Cornhusker captains. The younger Lewis earned his degree in sociology in August of 2015.
2015 (Senior): Lewis was the most veteran returnee on the offensive line and played a key role, starting all 13 games at the left tackle spot. Lewis earned second-team all-conference honors for his work in helping an offense that averaged 32.8 points, 266.9 passing yards and 446.9 yards of total offense per game, to rank in the top three in the conference in each category. Lewis was strong in pass protection, as the Husker offensive line allowed just 14 sacks in 13 games, ranking ninth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game. The offensive line also provided the pass protection for quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. to throw for better than 3,000 yards and 22 touchdown passes.

The Reason: Lewis is one of the top risers in the Draft.

Second Choice: Jalen Mills CB/S

28.

59.

Chiefs

Defense: 3-4

 

*Kenny Clark

NT UCLA

WR, LB(FA), OL, SS, OL, DE, DB,

2015 Picks:

1 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

2 (49) Mitch Morse, OC Missouri.

3 (76) Chris Conley, WR Georgia

3 (98) Steven Nelson CB 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

Key Free Agents:
Jason Avant WR 

Jeff Allen G 
Mike DeVito DE 
Jaye Howard DE 

Jamell Fleming CB 
Marcus Cooper DB 

Husain Abdullah DB 

Key Free Agents:

Chase Daniel QB 

Donald Stephenson OT 

Frank Zombo LB 

Sean Smith CB 

Tyvon Branch S

The Team: The Chiefs are not really  in the market for some LBs, but where does Ragland go. I went all the back down to through the 2nd Round, and couldn't find a spot. He could line up next to Johnson on run downs, and move outside and rush on 3rd downs. He is also very effective running down the Seam in coverage. I started his Tape yesterday, and he ran down the seem with TE, and blanketed him.

The Player: 

The Reason: Ragland can play. He just needs to find a home.

Second Choice: Jalen Mills CB

60.

29.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

Braxton Miller-

WR/RB/QB Ohio ST

6-1, 201, (O) 4.5.

(PD) 4.41-4.45, 

6.65 3-C, 4.07 SS,

35" Vert, 10'-3" Broad,

31 3/4” Arms, 17 Reps,

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 terrible decision to continue the Brady suspension nonsense, just to satisfy the massive Trump like ego of the Ass Monkey, has consequences for this team. Brady will miss the first four games of the season, and his back up doesn't have a backup. At this point in the year it doesn't matter who you get, if Garoppolo gets injured they are done.

So why not take a chance on an emergency 5th string QB, who can do so much more. Miller is not an NFL QB, period. But he was the Big Ten Player of the Year playing QB at Ohio State. That has to count for something. He could backup Garoppolo as a desperation measure to save a roster spot. Because we will have trouble winning with Garoppolo never mind without him. There is no QB out there now who this team is going to pick up off the waiver wire and have him come in and win, if worse comes to worse. So give a kid a chance.

The Pats would obviously much rather go CB or RB here. But they suddenly have a desperate need for a 3rd string QB. And we all know how BB loves to save a roster spot. If they took Miller to play WR, he is not beating out any of the veterans they picked up in free agency. He will have to sit for a year and learn the position anyway. So why not have him do double duty as the emergency Option QB (LOL), like Josh used (LOL) Tim Tebow in Denver that one year in the Playoffs, lol. I don't mean to insult Miller, but he is a Tebow type QB, and all the horror that involves.

But seriously, they have to get someone (like Jake Coker in the 6th). So why not pick up a super dynamic athlete, who can do so much more than just run patterns, and make him the emergency QB. I mean, if Garoppolo is out, they ain't winning a game for a while anyway. I think they might actually struggle more for a couple of weeks after Brady gets back. I'm not saying that Miller is a permanent solution as the emergency QB for any situation, accept this ridiculous situation. But sometimes you need a ridiculous solution to a ridiculous problem.  It doesn't get any more ridiculous than this.

The good news is that the more the Ass Monkey messes with the Pats, the better it seems to get for them. The best place to have Draft picks in this Draft is in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds. They should get four players who are pretty similar in talent. And are pretty similar in talent to some of the guys at the end of the 1st Round (certainly the guy taken at pick 17 LOL). So while not having a 1st at the end of this crappy 1st Round isn't great, it was also not a great value where they were picking.

Plus, I actually can't wait to watch Garoppolo play next season. If he wins three or four games, and with three home games in the first four that is not out of the question, then suddenly the Pats have the most valuable non-starting QB in the NFL. Which makes him the most coveted trading piece in the entire NFL next off season with one year left on his rookie contract. Two 1st would not be out of the question. Plus, gulp, It also opens up trade possibilities for, gulp, Mr. Brady (obviously I meant the dog not the, gulp, GOAT). 

So while Brady's suspension could be a disaster and knock us out of hosting important Playoff games, it could be the pivotal key to transitioning from the cute and cuddly Mr. Brady to the post GOAT era. Or, it could be a boon of Draft picks that help Brady win one more in 2018. 

Either way getting Garoppolo on the field for the first four games does nothing but open up doors and choices for the Pats at the perfect time. We are reaching the end of the greatest Era in Patriots history, and I for one would like to transition out of this Era with some semblance of an ability to still win some games. Garoppolo is that one hope. Even if he is traded next season for a Titans like slew of picks.

Plus, taking four games off of Brady's knees and shoulder is never a bad thing. He is not getting any younger. Any wear and tear you can take off his body can only help him in the Playoffs. He will only have to play a 12 game season next year. And three Playoff games still only make 15 games. Which is just a Regular Season for the cute and cuddly Mr. Brady. So thank you Roger, you ass monkey.

Is their anyone who doubts that the Pats need a Corner or two. They came into last season with three corners on their roster. It was clearly their Achilles Heel, but they got away with it. And then watched four O-tackles get injured. How did they survive the season with four injured O-tackles, including two starters, their swing tackle, and the veteran they picked up when their starting OLT and the their starting ORT who was playing OLT went down. It really is amazing they went into the AFC Champ game without their starting O-tackles (I'm counting Vollmer as their starting ORT, and he played OLT in Denver).

They picked up Justin Coleman during the season, after Darryl Roberts was put on IR. And he may have saved their season, if they had had an O-line going into the Champ game the gamble would have paid off (if you want to have eight Safeties on the roster you have to make up it somewhere else). The Pats ignored CBs in free agency this season. Now they have to pick up a CB or two in the Draft. 

Fuller is a phenomenal talent who got hurt last year. He tore his ACL in preseason, and tried to play against Ohio State. He was very successful for most of the game, and then reinjured it and Michael Thomas got two long catches. He had microfracture surgery a few days later. "It's not disappointing," Fuller said at the V-Tech Proday. "It's just the process of being injured, waiting till you're 100% there. You definitely wanna be out here. You wanna compete. Showcase your talents. It's just the cards I'm dealt." He is planning on being a 100% on April 19th.

Why is this important? Because come September he will be a full year away from surgery. "I feel really good," Fuller said. "Rehab's going well, training's going well. Waiting to get that strength and power back." It might be tough to take CB who might not be ready for the start of the Regular season, but he will play next season. Microfracture is one of those surgeries that a lot of athletes don't comeback from all the way. But that was ten years ago. They seem to make quantum leaps in these procedures every year.

Plus, Fuller is a young guy with a young body that heals on demand. He is not an old NBA veteran trying to hang onto his knees for a few more year (Yes, that is how I picture Microfracture surgery in my wacky head). There is no reason to believe that he won't return to full form. He is trying to have a Proday on April 19th. If he shows too well he might not be available here. But I think he drops, because he is still a risky pick.

So why will the Pats take him? Because BB has a history of taking CBs in the 2nd Round who are 1st Round talents, but are injured. It is not a pretty history: Ras-I Darling and Terrance Wheatley. But maybe 3rd times a charm. Plus he has taken a number of CBs in the 2nd Round: Eugene Wilson, Darius Butler, and Tavon Wilson. So he has a strong history of taking college CBs in the 2nd Round. 

He also has a history of ignoring certain positions in free agency that seem like a big deal. Then grabbing someone in the Draft he thinks can handle that role, and hopefully develop into more. I think Fuller can develop into more. He is very tough. He was playing in that game against Ohio State with a torn meniscus, and he was playing well. Until he hurt it worse. But he still stayed on the field for a play or two. That is some toughness that you can quantify. 

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What is it about playing for the Pats that is so hard for WRs? They have to be smart, and not just smart but football smart. The most important thing a Patriots WR has to have is the ability to read a defense. The Patriots love to run adjustment routes, they run down ten yards reading the defense, and they make their breaks according to how they read the defense. And, The way they read the defense better be the same as TB12, or he ain't throwin' you the ball.

What do players like Edelman, Troy Brown and Dion Branch, who were the three most success WRs catching passes from Brady, have in common? They were quick! They weren't the most talented WRs in the game, but they were the quickest. Both physically and mentally as quick if not quicker than any other WRs in the NFL. They could read the defense as they went down field like Brady, and make the correct break. And make those correct breaks so quickly that they got open.

There is no WR who can read a defense better and quicker than Miller. Now, he is still in the process of learning to play WR, so he is not a plug and play guy. However, the reason he has only played WR for one year is that he was an All Big-10 QB for two years at Ohio State. He spent two years at Ohio State reading defenses like a quarterback, because he was a quarterback. I don't see how he couldn't learn to read defenses like Brady, and make the cuts and breaks, and get to the spots Brady wants, like Brown, Branch, and Edelman.

Plus, he was an All Big Ten QB as a freshman. You can't be all conference at QB as a freshman and not have a quick QB mind. He was a great college QB who got injured and replaced by two great college QB's. One of which, Cardale Jones, had one of the greatest runs in college football history, and led Ohio State to a National Championship. We all know BB loves his versatile players. Could Miller be the back up for Brady as well? Play some slot WR on 3rd downs, and be the back up in games?

Brady is planning on playing past Garoppolo's rookie contract. That makes him eminently tradable. The only reason to keep Garoppolo on the roster is to train him to replace Brady. If that isn't going to happen than they can get a 1st for him. Remember, Brett Favre was a 2nd Round pick, who was then traded to Green Bay for a 1st Round pick. Getting a 1st for a 2nd Round QB who looks like the real deal it not a dream, it is precedent. There is nothing more valuable in the NFL than a QB who is smart enough to read the billion bits of information from snap the throw, and have the arm to make the throw, and get knocked on his ass, and still have the wherewithal to get up and do it again. Garoppolo has proven to me that he can do that. 

I forget where I heard this, but a guy said that he was talking to an NFL Exec, and the Exec said that Garoppolo processed information quicker than any other QB the Draft he was pick in. That is the most important thing that you can say about a QB prospect. That, and the ability to get up and do it again, which he has shown he can do as well.

Of course, there is probably too much speculation in that scenario to make BB happy. It also means that if Brady got injured than his slot WR would have to take snaps at QB, like Troy Brown did. But with two more years on his contract there is no reason to get rid of Garoppolo this season. Having Garoppolo as the backup-QB, and Miller as a slot-WR/emergency-QB as a rookie is not a problem. Then after next season, with significantly more information, BB suddenly has a ton of alternatives.

Does Miller look like he can process the information, at QB, that he needs to do to play QB in the NFL? How much beyond a 1st can they get for Garoppolo? How is Brady's healthy? Listen, we all want Brady to play until he's 50, but it ain't gonna happen. 40-year old QBs can lose it instantly. Just ask Manning. He had his one resurgent year when he was hopped up on HGH, and then he was done. And I buy all that Green crap.

I buy the regenerative claims of seaweed, and yes I drink the green seaweed sludge every morning, and like it. I believe that it does help me recover from Sunday basketball, and almost makes me normal on Monday mornings (well, as close to normal as I can get). Brady is using revolutionary knew ideas to elongate his career. Maybe he can play for four more years. No one would love that more than me, but history is against him. Bones stop growing in humans at around age 35, and that mean recovering from sports and injuries gets more and more difficult every year after 35. That's just being part of being human.

Brady can loose it in one year. When will it happen? No one can say. It could be this year or four years from now, or anywhere in between. Having an emergency plan (Garoppolo), and a back up plan who can help at other positions on the roster (Miller) is more and more important each year. Pats need a WR, and they need a back up to their backup QB, in case they get an offer they can't refuse.

Now if they get the offer they can't refuse and trade Garoppolo, they will have to acquire a new backup, obviously. They could expend another draft pick on a guy to develop behind Brady again. Third times a charm. And I'm not saying Miller is a viable option at QB. I'm saying that if a meter hits the QB film room and kills them all, he could step in, like Troy Brown, and play QB for a quarter or two.

So Miller might not be the best WR prospect in the Draft, but he is the best WR prospect who can also save a roster spot as an Emergency QB . Who you pray never has to play QB. And may be 3rd down back (though I have never seen him block out of the backfield). If they want to keep eight Safeties again this year (or should I say 7 Safeties and rugby player), they need some players who can play multiple positions, like Miller.

Smith is an awesome talent with a bum knee. "A big part of this is the medical," Mayock said, "I've texted and talked to at least five different teams since [Saturday] night to ask them about Jaylon Smith. None of them will get specific. But the one common denominator is every team's told me it's bad, on the knee." He will not be back next season, and teams will not know what he will be when he returns. 

He has nerve damage in his knee, and will miss this season. "The nerve wasn't stretched at all" Smith said. "It's just the healing game, that's all. It's a process. I'll be back 100 percent. We just don't know when." He is not likely to be back at 100%, but he could still be a hell of a player at 90-95%.
If he is lucky he will slip into the second half of the 1st, and be picked by a team whose coach and GM have enough security to Redshirt their top pick. "I'm hoping to go top 10," Smith said at the combine. "I view myself as the best player in the draft, you know? It's just a matter of waiting and enjoying the process and controlling what I can control. I'm having a blast with all the fellahs out here." There are not a lot of options for him in the 1st.

Smith brings so much to a team, but most importantly he is a great leader and clutch defender. "The development of the defense and where he is," Kelly said about Smith, "it puts him in a position on those rundowns where we can get him into the center of the action. It really was about getting him in the center of action, and that will linebacker position keeps him around the action as much as we can. We can even dictate terms in the sense that, even if you want to go two by two and try to get him out of the box, we can even dictate that and keep him in there. So it was really more about keeping him in the center of our defense than anything else." He makes plays all over the field.  

He is so athletic on the field that he reminds me of Jamie Collins as a pure linebacker. "He's just scratching the surface for what he could be as a pro," an NFC director of scouting said. "A creative coordinator could really have a fun time moving him around as a chess piece." There are not a lot of guys who can move on the field like Collin. Smith is one of them. 

He makes  plays in the rush and in coverage, but his bread is buttered in the run game. "I think that they are very similar in their evaluation, in that he has great versatility for him," a scout said. "He's 250 pounds. So he can play inside. He can play outside. He provides a unique opportunity, even for those at the next level, because he can run and rush the passer. He can play both inside and outside. That's very unique for a defensive player." He got even more aggressive against the run this past season. I like how he takes on blockers at the point, and can shed and make the tackle. 

This past season he started to make some money for himself, but making plays on the edges. "I mean, a lot of people see all the athletic traits and things of that nature," Smith himself said. "But I don't think that makes you great. It's about your work ethic, your work habits, just going about learning defense, understanding the game, what offenses are trying to do. From your position, it's understanding, you know, your defensive coordinator's mind, his scheme. Not just memorizing what you're supposed to do, but understanding the full concepts." He is as smart as they come.

If his knee is sound he could go in the top 15. He tore two ligaments in his knee, and his camp is saying he will be ready for the 2015 season in eight or nine months. He won the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in the FBS. Then he tore up his ACL and LCL on a seemingly innocuous play in their Bowl Game. I don't think he was ever really a top five pick, and tearing two ligaments is going to hurt his Draft stock. 
But, the only news that matter is that the surgery was said to be successful and a full recovery before the NFL season starts in 9 months. "What we do know is there's going to be a full recovery. The repair is solid, and he's very optimistic. We're optimistic. And Jaylon is ready to get going with his rehab.,"
the source said. Then he said "[the repair of both ligaments] couldn't have gone better. The nerve was healthy and in great condition." Let's hope so.

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

The Reason: The need smart WRs, and a Tim Tebow like back up for Garoppolo in the first four games.

Second Choice: Cyrus Jones CB

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

TOM's Tape:

5/10 The Alabama Four: Reggie Ragland: Part I.

5/10 The Alabama Four: A'Shawn Robinson: Part II.

5/10 The Alabama Four: Jarran Reed: Part III.

5/10 The Alabama Four: Cyrus Jones: Part IV.

5/07 The Baylor Three Part III: Xavien Howard.

5/05 The Best Cover LB I Ever Saw: Myles Jack.

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

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.

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

4/16 Designated Rusher: Kamalei Correa.

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.

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 Pats Need Part I: Will Jackson. 

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

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

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.

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.

61.

30.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

Shilique Calhoun

DE Michigan ST

6-4 1/2, 251, Split 1.69,

6.97 3-Cone! 4.25 3-Cone!

(O) 4.82, 35" Vert! 9'7"

34 1/4" Arm, 23 Reps,

 

*Kendall Fuller

CB Virginia Tech

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: They will be addressing the massive void that was Chandler Jones Blindside DE/OLB position. They have Flowers and Grissom from last years Draft, and Rufus Johnson. But Long and Ninkovich are essentially on one year deals. This would be a pick for the 2017 season, just like Flowers and Grissom really where for the 2016 season. 

It probably seems an odd pick, but Calhoun just reminds me so much of Jones. They can pick up Calhoun in the 2nd for all the reasons they picked up Jones in the 1st four year ago. With Jones on the field they were the 2nd best passrushing team in the NFL. When he was not on the field they plummeting to somewhere in the middle of the pack. That is not good enough. They will need another long tall blindside rusher sooner than you think. 

Plus, you can make the argument that Long and Grissom are really inside rushers, and Sheard often looked a lot better rushing from the inside. Sheard, Flowers, and Long were all primarily strongside rushers in college. Calhoun was the primary Blindside edgerusher at Michigan State. 

Usually 2nd and 3rd Round picks are geared more towards next year. The big impact rookies on the Pats this season will be the guys they Drafted last year. The plan is for Richards, Grissom, and Flowers to take big steps up this off season, and fight for starting positions this season. It will be the same with the guys they pick this year. Except for an RB and CB, anybody they take here or in the 3rd to not going to play this season. It will be a redshirt season for these guys like it was for Richards, Flowers, and Grissom.

They'll get on the field a little, but for the most part it is back up duty meant more for experience than dominance. Both Calhoun and Miller would benefit greatly from a redshirt season to learn what is expected from them. But getting Calhoun to rush the passer a little next season is also part of that experience. And getting Miller to do some double duty learning the offense like a Patriots QB can do nothing but help him out in 2017. 

Okay, here's another pick you're going to hate. I know they signed five DTs in free agency (or at least the weight of five guys). But did they really make up for the loss of Hicks and Siliga? Kearse is just a JAG (yes I know that says "Kearse is just a Just A Guy"), but Siliga was really pretty much on the bench by the end of last season. So if Kearse can play big on short yardage situation that was really all he did at the end.

However, by the end of the year Hicks and Brown were their two best interior D-linemen. Everything just worked better when they were on the field together. And let's be honest, how much can you really trust a guy called "Pot Roast" to make weight and be in top condition on the field. He might never play a Regular season down for the Pats. Odds are he is minimally okay, but he has weight clauses in his contract for a reason. He was let go by Washington because he wasn't in condition to play a full game last year. 

If they cut Pot Roast, then they have no one to replace Hicks, who was a great find last year. So the idea of them taking a DT/NT might not be optimal, but it does make some sense. I have been comparing this pick to the pick of Brown last year. The Pats didn't really seem to need a DT last year. No one had them taking a D-lineman in the 1st. But a funny thing happen on the way to Day Two. The Pats were sitting their at 32, and a top 15 talent dropped into their laps. It never hurts to add talent to the D-line. It wasn't a real need, but he was just too good to pass up. 

They are in a similar situation here. They don't really need a DT, but I'm not convinced they are set at D-tackle either. I was more confident in their D-line last year. Pot Roast isn't going to play like he did at Denver next season. Those days seem past him. BB knows this. If he trusted him, he would have given Mr. Roast more than one year. It's a gamble, but it is one that could pay off big. But what if it doesn't. There is certainly a chance. 

I see Johnson as a guy like Brown, he is just too good to pass up here. He was a pure Nose Tackle, who was considered a distant compliment to Zettel coming into the season. But he was great last season. He was the guy getting all the doubles last year, and he was destroying them. He was a force against the run. Remember Brown was a nose tackle early at Texas as well. Johnson was third on the team in tackles last season with 78. That is a great number for an NT. He showed some surprising athleticism, like Brown did a couple years ago as he kept bursting into backfield at Texas. Johnson had a 71-yard scoop and score against San Diego State in September, and never looked back. He started using that athleticism to burst into the backfield. He had 15 TFL, and an impressive 6.5 sacks playing mostly on the Nose. He went from a pure Nose tackle, to a DT who could scare the crap out of QBs.

Like Brown, he has become the forgotten player in the Draft. He was just a nose tackle at Penn State, so who cares. While last season Brown looked like he was developing into a star. He could hold the point and disrupt his way into the backfield. He showed he had that knack for hitting the quarterback, like Johnson showed at Penn State last year as well. I think Brown is a little more explosive going up field, and Johnson is a little tougher against the run. And just like Malcolm Brown last year, if he is forgotten by other teams and is on the Board at 61, he is just too good to pass up. The Pats only real needs are at CB and RB. With four picks in the top 96, those two needs can be easily addressed, and more than once if they want. But when a dominate DT is gift wrapped and dropped into your lap, sometimes you just have to say thank you.

So many changes to the team in not just free agency. The trades have been just as big. But I'm so disappointed in Pats Fans again. Why do we have to bash guys heading out the door in Boston. Chandler Jones was a great player for the Pats. Any edgerusher who garners 12.5 Sacks in one season in the NFL is a great player. He was one of the primary reasons that the Pats were second in the NFL in the regular season in Sacks, behind only Denver. Only getting a 2nd Round pick far a great passrusher is a mistake. 

I mean (and you are going to hate these stats), since the Pats drafted him there are only 3 players who have garnered 36 Sacks, 200 tackles, and 10 FF in the NFL. Do I need to say that Chandler is one of them? He was a great-great Patriot who help lead the defense to a Super Bowl victory in 2015. To say otherwise is misremembering. 

Now there are other factors. "It’s free agency," BB said. "Some players change teams in free agency. Other players, Bennett, Jones, so forth, change in trades. It’s all part of the process." Yes it is. After the contract of Vernon, Jones became a 100-Mil player in free agency. Jones is twice the player that Vernon is, and if he got 40-Mil in guarantees, Jones is worth 80-Mil in guarantees.

So when you take that into consideration, that they weren't going to give him 40 to 80 in guaranteed millions, than the trade is acceptable. Now Arizona got the best player. Jones is an elite edgerusher in this League. To say otherwise is foolish. Why can't we just give players who leave their due respect. Jones was one of the top reasons the Pats almost won back to back Super bowls, and now we have less of a chance to get back without him. So they have some work to do in this Draft.

Getting Sheard last year, and then picking up Long this year are two guys why are going to try to use to fill the massive hole Jones left. He was the number one rusher. He was the guy the other teams schemed for. If they were going to shift the line, it was always to his side. When the RB or TE chipped it was always on him. One of the main reasons that Collins and Hightower were so effective is that the O-line had to spread out a little wider to his side. Now that gap is smaller. Now, the OLG doesn't have to shift so far the right and can stay more in the way by the OC. 
And let's be blunt, Long has not been as good the past two seasons as he was before. "No excuses, the last two years have been *&#$ [Crap]." Long said on social media about garnering 4 total sacks the past two seasons. "It’s been painful to experience because I care deeply about my performance and my responsibility to my teammates. Before the last two years, I’m very proud of what I was able to accomplish in St. Louis." Now it was more because of injuries. But he has some big shoes to fill.

Both Long and Sheard were also primarily strongside D-Ends. Sheard played a little on the blindside. So one or both are going to have to play on the side they are not used to playing on. Plus, their primary young backup, Flowers, was also primarily a strongside rusher. Though he did play a lot more on the blindside as a Senior at Arkansas, and in the preseason last year. Last year they got 20.5 Sacks out of Jones and Sheard combined. They also got 6.5 out of Ninkovich for a total of 27 from those three guys. So the question is can Sheard, Ninkovich, Long (3 Sacks last season), and Flowers (who sacked Aaron Rogers in the preseason), team up for 27 Sacks or so next season, because 12.5 of those sacks are missing? One of the primary reasons we where in the AFC Champ game is because of the fierce passrusher we had last season, led by Chandler Jones. So how do we do it again this year?

Now, Long is not that far off from the run of 41.5 Sacks in four seasons 2010 to 2013. Flowers looked like a beast in the preseason before he got injured. Sheard look like he really took to the system. But Ninkovich is starting to look like age is taking over a little. Maybe the best news for the season is that they could draft a CB early, and Darryl Roberts could get healthy, and they could have better coverage next season from the CBs. At least they have a shot of going into the Regular Season with more than three CBs on the roster. 

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

The Reason: Calhoun is a very interesting, if inconsistent rusher. He has the potential to be a Chandler Jones type OLB. But he has to play with more urgency. 

There are two side to the ball. Everyone wants the shiny new and exciting offensive player. But defense is half the game. They spent a lot of capital on the offense this off season, and hurt the defense shipping off Jones and Hicks. Those two holes have to be fixed. So they have some leaks to fill on the defense. Granted they could use an RB, and more likely two, but sometimes you just have to take the best player available. This is what it looks like. 

Second Choice: CJ Prosise RB

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

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31.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

*Jalen Mills

DB LSU

6-1, 193, (PD) 4.48,

37" Vert! 10'3" Broad,

6.8 3-Cone, 4.0 SS, 

31/1" Arm, 16 Reps, 

 

*Will Fuller-

WR Fighting Irish

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 

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 

Josh Norman CB (Untagged)

The Team: They are likely to lose two FA CBs to free agency. They have to get a CB to play opposite Norman. Jones is a great punt returner, but he is a little small. He played some tough Safety in the SEC last year, but he might be best served as a Nickell CB in the NFL.

The Player: He is a CB Safety tweener, who ran like  a Safety at the Combine. He can go up and high point the ball.

Jones was a track guy in high school, and he played WR. A little unbalanced when swiveling his hips. IS a Pats Nickel Corner/COD. Had some of the best ball skills at the Combine. He had one of the best catches at the Combine. You know how BB loves his special teams guys. Great transition in COD. Nice burst transitioning forward. Might have had the best transition moving forward in W-Drill. Nice burst to the left.

The Reason: They have to pick up a CB or two in this Draft. 

Second Choice: Nick Vannett TE

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32.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

*Christian Westerman- 

OG ASU

6-1, 193, (PD) 4.48,

37" Vert! 10'3" Broad,

6.8 3-Cone, 4.0 SS, 

31/1" Arm, 16 Reps, 

 

Paxton Lynch

QB Memphis

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

Vonn Miller OLB (Tagged)

Donald Stephenson OG/OT 

DeMarcus Ware OLB

Key F.A.:

Ronnie Hillman, RB
Andre Caldwell WR

Jordan Norwood WR

Kyle Williams WR  
Vernon Davis TE   
Tyler Polumbus OT 
Evan Mathis G  
Antonio Smith DE 
Danny Trevathan ILB 
Shiloh Keo S 

Omar Bolden S 

Key F.A. Lost:

Brock Osweiler LOL

CJ Anderson RB

Owen Daniels TE
Louis Vasquez OG

Ryan Harris OT

Malik Jackson DE

Danny Trevathan ILB

David Bruton S 

The Team: They got the defense. Now they need to help the offense with just about every pick

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

Second Choice: CJ Prosise RB