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21.

85.

Washington

Defense: 3-4

*Jerald Hawkins

OT/OG LSU

6-5 1/2, 305, (O) 5.23 

23 Reps, 34 1/4" Arm,

8'4" Broad, 9 5/8" Hands

 

*Josh Doctson-

WR TCU

 

*Xavien Howard

CB/FS Baylor

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 Player: Hawkins is a guy I really like. "You have to watch him in a few games because he's not asked to do as much in some games as others," an NFL OL coach said. "In one game you think he looks really strong and then in another game he's kind of all over the place. Some of that is his feet. If he improves his feet he should improve his play strength." He has played at ORT and OLT at LSU, and can play inside in the NFL as well.

Alabama: Hawkins is a guy who played ORT in the SEC for two seasons, and OLT for one. You have to take anyone who played OLT in the SEC seriously. Terrific blocking down on the DT, which shows his pro potential at OG. He is terrific pulling to his left and taking out the OLB in the flat. He is a terrific athlete, and can clearly play OG in the NFL. Comes off the snap low, and likes to punch his hands up into the DE. He gets into the OLB as quick as anyone. LSU zone blocked a lot, and he run blocks on the move a lot. Nice power when he slants inside and blocks the DT. He can pull inside and block the ILB. Nice job blocking down on the DT, and then hopping to the second level and hitting the linebacker. He does a nice job using his hands and feet together to stop the smaller speed rushers.

Houston: Lighter on his feet than you would think. Extends his arms well when sealing. Nice feet moving laterally outside in front of the QB Waggling to his right. He has the size and power, it is all about feet and agility to me. He has shown to be surprisingly good in both. He can get out in front of the speed rusher and stuff him. Plays low and with his arms extended in pass pro. They move the QB around a lot behind him. Nice power blocker on the goal line.

I like the way he moves backwards. "I'm more comfortable and I'm in way better shape than my freshman year, so I can really show my athleticism," Hawkins said. "I feel like I've gotten stronger in my core and my legs. That's a big difference and it's very important as an offensive lineman. I need to bring up my run blocking and a strong core helps you come off the ball faster." I like the players who are constantly improving. 
Plus, he has experience at ORT if he can't handle the speed on the left side. "It's really just a switch in stance," Hawkins said about moving to the Left side. "Biggest difference is the speed off the edge. On the right side you get more power, the left side you see more speed. You got to be ready for that and I like that." He has played against some of the top college edgerushers in the SEC, and held his own. 
Plus, he is well practice at playing other positions all alone the O-line. "I believe we're going to learn pretty quick," Hawkins said. "Last year we switched around a lot and this year there is no difference. We have to know every position and we will with the help of Coach Grimes. He pushes that on us because we never know what position we might have to go to. The young guys will learn quick. They are pretty much ready to play." Just like all rookie have to do. They have to perform where ever they put him in. 
JUNIOR SEASON (2015): Starter at left tackle this season after starting at right tackle as a freshman and sophomore ... Has started all 36 games in which he has played ... Missed the Ole Miss game with an injury but has started the other 10 games at left tackle ... Played 588 snaps this season and recorded 38 knockdown blocks ... Recorded a season-high six knockdowns in the season opener at Mississippi State ... Played every offensive snap in six games this season (at Mississippi State, vs. Auburn, vs. Florida, vs. Western Kentucky, at Alabama, vs. Texas A&M) ... Helped paved the way for Leonard Fournette’s single-season LSU rushing record of 1,741 yards ... Big reason why LSU ranks ninth nationally in rushing at 245.9 yards per game.  

The Reason: They need some O-line help and Hawkins can play three or four positions along the O-line, depending on if you think he can play OLT or not. 

Second Choice: Maliek Collins NT

22.

85.

Texans

Defense: 3-4

*Will Redman- 

CB Miss

6-2, 200, #23-   

6-5. 277, 34" Arms,

7.18 3-C, 4.44 SS, 

30 1/2" Vert, 9'2" Broad,

 

*Corey Coleman

WR Baylor

 

Alex Collins-

RB Arkansas

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 have to get some help for Wilfork, who is slowing down. Plus they lost Crick, there starter at 5-Tech opposite Watts last season. 

The Player: 

4th Round: Matt Ioannidis 5-Tech

23.

86.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

Su'a Cravens

LB USC

6-1, 232, 

32.1" Arms,  16 Reps,

9'6" Broad, 27" Vert,

 

Laquon Treadwell-

WR Mississippi

 

*Jonathan Bullard

DE FLA

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: Cravens is a smaller cover linebacker who can stay n the field for four downs. "He's a lot of fun to watch because he processes quickly like an NFL linebacker and then just fires into the play," an  ex-Exec said. "I've never really cared about the size at the WILL, I just want to know if they have instincts and can run and make plays. That's it. He can do that." He can really move his feet.

CAREER: He has 120 tackles, including 18.5 for losses (with 5 sacks), plus 10 deflections, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 7 interceptions (1 for a TD) in his career. He has 26 career starts.
2015: The always-around-the-ball Cravens, who is a candidate for the Butkus, Lombardi, Bednarik, Nagurski and Lott Awards as well as All-American acclaim, returns for his third year as an impact starter, again playing strongside outside linebacker (a hybrid safety-linebacker role) as a junior in 2015.
2014: Cravens played a hybrid strong safety/strongside outside linebacker spot as a sophomore in 2014. Overall in 2014 while starting all 13 games, he had 68 tackles, including a team-best 17 for losses (with 5 sacks), plus 9 deflections and a team-best 3 interceptions (with 1 TD). He made the 2014 AP All-American third team, Athlon All-American third team, Phil Steele All-American fourth team and SI.com All-American honorable mention, as well as CollegeFootball News Sophomore All-American first team. He made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team, as well as the Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team and CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year Award. He was 24th nationally in tackles for loss (1.3, fifth in Pac-12). He had more tackles for loss (17) in 2014 than any defensive back in the nation. His 17 tackles for loss in 2014 were the most by a non-defensive lineman at USC since linebacker Markus Steele's 17 in 2000.
2013: Cravens, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating a semester early from high school, started at strong safety as a first-year freshman in 2013 and made quite an impact. Overall in 2013 while appearing in and starting 13 games (he suffered a groin injury against Utah and missed the Oregon State game), he had 52 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 4 yards, plus 4 interceptions for 54 yards (13.5 avg), 1 deflection, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He also returned a kickoff for 33 yards (33.0 avg) and a punt for 1 yard.

The Reason: They need a linebacker. Cravens is a special athlete with some interesting traits. He is a real Junior who has started for three years. But he has started at three different position, and is very raw at LB. He seems to hit on every trait Spielman likes in his formula for success in the Draft.

Second Choice: Landon Turner OG

24.

87.

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

*Justin Simmons

FS BC

6-2.3, 202, (PD) 4.52!

40" Vert! 10'6" Broad!

6.58 3-Cone! 3.85 SS! 

10.84 60-Yard Shuttle! 

18 Reps, 32.3" Arm,

 

Ryan Kelly

OC Alabama

 

Braxton Miller-

WR/RB/QB Ohio ST

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: To me, they still need some help in the secondary.

The Player: 4/19 Justin Simmons: Four Down DB.

Second Choice: Leonte Carroo WR

25.

88.

Packers

Defense: 3-4

Devontae Booker

RB Utah

5-11, 212, 

 

*Kenny Clark

NT UCLA

 

Austin Hooper

TE Stanford

 

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: They need a young RB to develop behind Lacy.

The Player: Booker is an NFL ready player in passing game and Blitz pickup. He was also one of the most productive RBs running the ball in college  Booker is a beast. He is the most overrated prospect in this Draft. He has a bum knee. "Booker -- 5-foot-11, 219 pounds -- is still recovering from Feb. 9 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee," Gil Bryant wrote. "Booker is 70 percent back to normal, but was not able to perform any of the runs or jumps at his personal pro day. He did, however, run some pass routes at about 75 percent of his usual speed. Booker is said to have great hands, and it is believed that he will be ready for full participation once NFL training camps open in July." He has the worst ball security of any RB in this Draft.

4th Round: Deiondre' Hall CB

26.

89.

Steelers

Defense: 3-4

 

Jerell Adams

TE South Carolina

6-5 1/4, 252, (O) 4.64! 

4.31 SS! 7.14 3-Cone,

34.3" Arms, 18 Reps.

32.5" Vert, 9'7" Broad!

11.52 60-Yard! 

 

*Artie Burns

CB Miami

 

Alex Lewis

OLT Nebraska

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: Steelers need a tight end to replace Miller. But, they like block first TEs who can also go out in patterns and catch the ball. They picked up Ladarius Green, but still like to run two-TE offenses. 

The Player: 4/21 Jerell Adams: Pirouetting Into Day Two. I'll finish it tonight after Baseball practice.

Second Choice: Alex Lewis OLT

27.

90.

Seahawks

Defense: 4-3

Maliek Collins-

NT Nebraska

6-2, 217, (U) 5.03, 

33.1" Arms, 25 Reps!

29.5" Vert, 9'3" Broad,

4.52 SS, 7.53 3-C,

 

Germain Ifedi-

OT A&M

 

Cody Whitehair-

OG Kansas ST

OLT, 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 Player: They need a replacement for MeBane.

Collins is a 1-tech. Phenomenal underrated talent. "Collins (6-1 7/8, 311, 5.03) is very athletic with speed and strength (25 bench lifts)," Gil Brandt said. "He has very good ability to get off blocks and make plays. He has long arms. If you want to get a starting nose tackle in the second round, this is your guy." Being under 6-2 hurts him a little. 

He gets pressure right up the middle that makes QBs loose their feet. Pure NT who is freakishly athletic. "Defensive tackle Maliek Collins -- 6-foot-1 5/8, 308 pounds -- had a great workout," Brandt said. "The coaches tried to tire him out during his positional workout, but Collins was just as good at the end of the workout as he was in the beginning." Amazing feet in the bag drill. He got a little high in drill.

He has a great burst right of the snap and that, together with his heavy hands, allows him to cause trouble right off the snap. Terrific stunter. He might be the best stunting DT in this Draft. Great hitter who loves to hit the QB. He is fierce against the run. When he wrap up tackles an RB, he blows him up. He is so big and strong that he can toss one blocker into another and go hit the QB.

BYU: Amazingly strong hands. He rushed the QB, and got caught up on the OC. He saw the Guard coming over to double him. So he whipped the OC into the Guard and charged the QB like a bull. And a mean he tossed the OC off his feet and spun him towards the ORG like a Frisbee. Great stunter inside. He ripped into the OC, and tackled the OLG, and they all fell down into a heap. Then the other DT stunted right behind him and into the QB. I love how explosive he is into the ORG's outside shoulder, and then he powers past him with his arms extended and can get to anybody in the backfield. He does a  good job splitting the double. He can get suckered by the screen, and then get outside and in front of the RB nicely.

Overview: Defensive tackle Maliek Collins emerged as a dominant presence on the Nebraska defensive line during both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Kansas City product was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection before he chose to bypass his senior season of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft. Collins was a powerful run-stopper, while showing the athleticism to harass opposing passers as well. Collins finished his three-year career with eight sacks and 23 tackles for loss along with 19 quarterback hurries. During his junior season, Collins’ play helped Nebraska rank ninth nationally in rushing defense, allowing less than 110 yards per game. Collins was well respected by his teammates as evidenced by his election as one of six captains for the 2015 season. He was also successful off the field, twice being named an Academic All-Big Ten pick, while earning a spot on the 2015 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

UCLA: Great quick feet when moving laterally to stunt behind the D-End. I love how he can get one shoulder on the OC, see the double coming, and the switch to the other shoulder and get some pressure on the QB. He will get fooled too easily by the screen. Gets fooled by misdirection as well. When he guess it right, he has a second burst to the QB that is top notch. He has that knack to keep heading up field, or towards the ball. He has a great inside power Rip. He needs to use that more. Most see him as a big run stuffer, but whenever I watch him he is disruptor as well.

2015 (Junior): Collins played in every game in 2015 and made 12 starts as the anchor of a strong defensive line. Despite facing two or more blockers much of the time, Collins made 29 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He also had six quarterback hurries on the year. Collins had three or more tackles four times during the season. His best game came in the Big Ten opener at Illinois when Collins had a career-high nine tackles, including three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He had four solo stops at Miami, with three tackles each against Wisconsin and Purdue. Collins had a 10-yard sack at Rutgers and closed the year with two quarterback hurries in the Foster Farms Bowl victory over UCLA.

The Reason: Getting a compliment to Rawls can do nothing but help Wilson.

4th Round: Sheldon Day DL

28.

91.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

*Jaylon Smith

OLB Fighting Irish

6-2, 235,  

 

*Kendall Fuller

CB Virginia Tech

 

Austin Johnson

NT/DT Penn ST

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: This is another chance to stick it to the Ass Monkey and get a 1st Round talent in the 3rd (or more likely the 2nd). I think his new comparison is Hightower. Hightower was a phenomenal athlete when he went to Alabama. He blew out his knee, and was never the same pure athlete again. He also kept reinjuring it and has played through pain and constant injury since he came to the Pats. This is what Smith is going to have to go through. He will never be the same athlete again. 

Plus, the Pats face a serious problem next season. They need some LBs who they can place in the starting lineup next season, just in case, but don't take up a roster spot this season. Jaylon Smith is the number one solution to this dilemma. You have to remember Jamie Collins, Hightower, and Butler are free agents next season. They could lose one, none, or all of them. They are going to cost some big time bucks. I'm really not sure they can sign both Collins and Hightower. They have to sign Butler first, or even Franchise him if they have too. 

So getting an LB they can stash on IR his rookie season, and then maybe play next season would be a huge boon for BB in deciding who he can and cannot sign next off season. Maybe he can still sign all three guys. I would assume that is the plan after trading Jones. They traded Jones, and sign a bunch of guys to one year deals. So they'd have the money for the their three big free agents.

It's funny. The Pats got screwed by the Commissioner trying to prove to his massive ego that he's 'the Man". Well, he proved it in the worst of fashions. But he did put the Pats in the best of spots. The real depth of this Draft is in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds. Here they are with Prosise on the Board, and I wouldn't complain if they took him in the 2nd. I like Will Redman and Zack Sanchez, and I wouldn't complain if they took either of those guys in the 2nd.

You could see a ton of guys earmarked for the 2nd Round by a lot of people deep into the 3rd, and maybe even the 4th. I think Cyrus Jones ends up in the 4th. If they don't take Johnson in the 2nd, they could also go Hargreaves here. He is a pure penetrator, like Easley was suppose to be. They've got the big guys already, but getting a penetrator on their D-line would be nice. Sheldon Day is as good a pure football player as there is in this Draft. but he is just terribly small. Listed at around 6-1 290. But he can be a penetrator. He can be a disruptor, and in college he was also able to make the play. He had 15.5 TFL and 4 Sacks last season. He is an all-out all the time maniac on the field. If they go CB and RB in the 2nd, you could see them go for a disruptor here like Hargrave or Day to replace what they thought they had in Easley. 

One the the problems is that they hit most of their needs in free agency, except at RB and CB. I was thinking of going two CBs and two RBs. But they resigned Blount. And Roberts is coming back. But I still think they can take two Corners. Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler are both going to get big time contracts real soon. I think they can pay one, but they are unlikely to be able to afford both. Butler is one of the most explosive athletes at Corner, and Ryan is one of the most technically sound Press Corners livin' in the USA. These two guys are about to strike it rich. 

And like we saw with last years Draft, they really are looking at these guys to play next year, not so much this year. It was my plan all along to give them Fuller in the 2nd and Redman in the 3rd. Two guys who may or may not be ready this season, but both could be starters next season. 

Also can we get off the O-tackle thing? They have Solder as their 1st string OLT, Waddle as the 2nd string OLT, Vollmer as the 3rd string OLT, Cannon as the 4th string OLT, and Fleming as the 5th string OLT. They can't fit all five of those guys on the roster as it is. Where are they going to fit a Day Two rookie OT who is their 6th sting OLT? I'll tell you where, on the scrap heap. 

The Player: 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, 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.

Reports continue that he could be back for the regular season. That's a tough one to buy. I went back and watched some film to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing, and he was great. "It's something that sticks out," Smith said about his work ethic. "I want to be great in everything I do. I definitely wanted it to all be first round. If one came back second round, that would push me even more." He does everything great you need a linebacker to do. He can rush. He can play the run. He can cover. He will sometimes look a little slow, when he is chasing a WR 30 or 40 yards down field, but what LB doesn't? "Jaylon Smith is an all-time athlete, a guy you absolutely love," Bucky Brooks said. "He's a thumper in the middle, he can run from sideline to sideline. He's very violent in his play, a guy that I believe is a three-down linebacker, very versatile. He kind of reminds me of a young Patrick Willis in terms of his ability to play in the middle of a 3-4 defense. Make plays, communicate all the calls, and do all the things you look for from that position. A natural leader. He's a guy that I think is going to be a star. If not for the injury, I think we're talking about a top-five talent." It is all about the knee for him. If his knee isn't at risk for further injury than he is a top 15 pick.

09/2015: Smith has been an absolute monster this season. He has been the most clutch defender in the FBS this year. He will disappear a little sometimes and then boom, on 3rd and whatever, he makes the stop to end the series. He makes the plays on 4th down as well. He always seems to play better in the 4th Quarter. The reason I have him as the first of the three off the ball linebackers is that he has been lining up on the line more and blitzing the QB. The more a LB can bother a QB the more valuable he becomes.

The Reason: Of Course, this is too prefect to happen.

BB can take a shot at Smith here, for the same reasons that Colbert and Reid can. BB ain't going anywhere. They took a shot with an OLB/DE a few years ago, and Justin Houston has turned into a star. Reid can afford to take that same chance on Smith. In two years Jaylon could be a star. The latest word is that the nerve damage has started to heal. So doctors think he will be able to play football again. So he could still go in the 1st for a team that could afford to redshirt him for a year or two.

Smith is a top five pick in this Draft. He is a better than Jack. But he's got nerve damage from his knee injury. So only a team with a coach and/or a GM with absolute job security can take the chance on him. Colbert and Tomlin are one of the few pairs of GM and HC who could draft Smith, have never play a down for them, and not be in danger of being fired for that pick. If he last this far, they could have a star on their hands in three years.

They have to pick up an RB in this Draft. He is likely to be starting before the season is over. Blount was a nice signing. He is best when he can compliment Lewis, and I just don't trust Lewis to stay healthy. They have to get a guy who could be a starter if worst comes to worst, like last season.

Second Choice: Zach Sanchez CB

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

TOM's Tape:

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.

31.

93.

Cardinals

Defense: 3-4

Javon Hargrave-

DT South Carolina ST

6-1 1/2, 309, 7.9 3-Cone, 

1.73 Split, (O) 4.93,

32" Arm, 29 Reps,

34.5: Vert, 9'1" Broad, 

4.7 SS,

 

Mackensie Alexander-

CB Clemson

 

 

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: Hargrove is an explosive inside rusher. He made a ton of money for himself this off season, and is not going to make it out of the 3rd Round. .

The Player: Hargreaves played on a lower level, but got doubled a lot. Nice power and burst changing direction. He rushes with his head up, and redirects nicely to the QB. He has that knack for finding the quarterback in the backfield. That holds a lot of value for NFL teams now a days. He will play on the nose in an odd front, and can burst into the backfield and take down the RB for a TFL. Nice job bursting off the line, and getting his hands into the ORG with his arms bent. Then he extends the arms and the OG jolts back, opening a hole for him inside to get the QB or RB, or both. 

He is a freakish inside rusher. Hitting the QB from the inside is going to make him lot of money in the NFL. For a guy with a wide base, he can really move in space. Stays and plays low. He recovered a fumble and returned it 61-yards for a TD against Benedict College. He can punch the OC off with one arm, and grab the RB with the other. Consistently comes off the snap with both arms extended. 

He has a nice swim over the ORG, and can punch off the OC to sack the QB. He strip-sacked the QB against Hampton and recovered the ball as well. He can pop the OG straight back on his butt, and go and get the QB. He gets his hands up in the rush and will bat the ball down. He is a terrific 3-Tech, with a great burst right up the gut between the OC and ORG. He can cause havoc shooting that gap. 

Bethune Cookman 2014: They started off doubling him right away. They lined him up on the Nose as well. He can spin out of the double team inside and hit the QB. "That one game changed my life," Hargrave said. "It really did. Since that game, lots of scouts have come around to watch me. That game was the spark for a lot of good things that have happened to me." He can burst through the outside shoulder of the OG and curl back into the QB. He can shoot the gap and get to the QB quick. He can jam the ORG back into the QB as he throws. They lined up at nose tackle a lot. Bursts right up the middle with power and prejudice and kills the QB, over and over again. He can throw the OG to the ground with his hands. He had six sacks at the end of the Bethune Cookman game. 

Delaware: He can use his hands to hold up the ORG and read. He mostly is pure explosion up the middle, but he will read the QB to make sure he handed off the ball on runs away. "I played who I could play and just dominated," Hargrave said. "That's all I could do. The tape doesn't lie." He can burst though the outside shoulder of the ORG, and curl to the QB. He can dip under the ORG's outside shoulder and run to the QB in a flash. He was unblockable at SC State. He also is very adept at finding the RB in the backfield. 

East-West Game: He earned a start at the East West Shrine game. "You don't think much of him going in because of his size," an Exec said at the Shrine game. "And then he's all over the place. He's had a good week." He has a nice outside club to gain the OC's shoulder on passing downs. He plays so well with his hands and feet in balance. One of the top performers at the E-W game. He was tearing up it up so much at the E-W Practices that he got called up to the Senior Bowl. He can hit the OG and knock him right off his feet in the rush. He kept coming after the QB all game at E-W. He has that knack for hitting the quarterback. Explosive 3-Tech. 

Senior Bowl: He can really get up field with some speed and power. Great violent hands. He is a square player. It is remarkable that he got as many Sacks as he did with his big build. He was getting penetration whenever they didn't double him. He can power the ORG back and outside and force the RB back inside with impressive power. I like how he uses arms and hands to force the double team backwards. Held up nicely against bigger OG's at the point. His power still shows up when he plays against a bigger ORG. 

Second Choice: Willie Henry NT

30.

93.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

Jordan Howard

RB Indiana

6', 230, (PD) 4.59, 

32 1/4" Arms, 16 Reps.

34" Vert, 10'2" Broad!

4.34 SS, 7.14 3-Cone,

 

*Will Fuller-

WR Fighting Irish

 

*Jalen Mills

DB LSU

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 Player: 4/15 Jordan Howard: Big Back. 

The Reason: They need a young talent at RB.

Second Choice: Zach Sanchez CB

31.

94.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

Jonathan William

RB Arkansas

6-5 1/2, 305, (O) 5.23 

23 Reps, 34 1/4" Arm,

8'4" Broad, 9 5/8" Hands

 

*Christian Westerman- 

OLG ASU

 

Connor Cook

QB Michigan ST

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

The Reason: A young replacement for CJ Anderson.

Second Choice: Cardale Jones QB

32.

95.

Lions

Defense: 4-3

*Zack Sanchez

CB Oklahoma

5-11 1/4, 185, (PD) 4.48,

(O) 4.72! 11.93 60-yard,

31.3" Arm, 19 Reps!

35.5" Vert, 9'8" Broad,

4.32 SS, 7.0 3-C!

 

*Emmanuel Ogbah-

DE OK ST

DE/PR, WR, S, DL(FA), DB, RB, DL, DL, S, LB, DL, WR, OL,

2014 Picks:

1 (28) Laken Tomlinson, OG Duke

2 (54) Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska.

3 (80) Alex Carter, CB Stanford

4 (113) Gabe Wright, DT Auburn

5 (168) Michael Burton, RB Rutgers.

6 (200) Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas.

7 Corey Robinson OT S. Carolina

Key F.A. Signed:

Dan Orlovsky QB

Stevan Ridley RB

Marvin Jones WR

Tim Wright TE

Geoff Schwartz OL

Haloti Ngata DT 

Tyrunn Walker DT 

Stefan Charles DL

Tahir Whitehead LB

Crezdon Butler CB

Johnson Bademosi CB

Darrin Walls CB

Rafael Bush S

Tavon Wilson S

Key F.A.:

Lance Moore WR  
Bear Pascoe TE 
Corey Wootton DE

 Darryl Tapp DE 

Jason Jones DE/DT
Jermelle Cudjo DT  

Josh Wilson CB  

James Ihedigbo S 

Don Muhlbach LS 

Key F.A. Lost:

Calvin Johnson WR (R)

Manny Ramirez OG 

Travis Lewis LB 

Isa Abdul-Quddus S

The Player: 4/19 Zack Sanchez: Ball Skills.

The Reason: They need a player who make plays on the ball in the secondary. Sanchez is the best in the Draft at doing that.

Second Choice: Charone Peak WR

96.

30.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

*Paul Perkins-

RB UCLA

5-10 208, 10'4! Broad

(O) 4.54, 32" Vert, 

31.5" Arms, 19 Reps,

 

*Kendall Fuller

CB Virginia Tech

 

Austin Johnson

NT/DT Penn ST

 

*CJ Prosise 

RB Fighting Irish

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 have to get a RB who can run and has some flash and dash for when Dion goes down. Perkins is a bigger Dion, but just a hair less explosive in make three guys miss lateral burst (He just odes two). 

They cannot be left empty if something happen to an RB or two, and suddenly they have nothing left. The really should go CB here in the 3rd, but if Jalen Smith is available they have to take him. 

Sorry. I know everybody and his brother has Carroo going here. But I just did his tape and forgot how dominate he was at Rutgers. He was a 1st Round talent that got involved in a nasty he said she said nightmare. I won't go over it here, because I did in his Bio. The question is will the Pats take him here? They answer is I don't know. The real answer is that the guys at Rutgers have all the inside info of the incident that knocked from the 1st to 3rd or 4th Round. The Pats will get that inside info. If the Pats side with the Judge, who threw it out of Court, he could a Patriot. If the inside info is bad, he will be taken off their board.

However, they did meet with him at the Senior Bowl, and he was in Foxboro for a visit. They are looking very closely at Carroo. Which tells me they got the same info as I got. Which means he could be a Patriot late on Day Two. They have to get an RB and CB first (and maybe 2 CBs). But then what? Is there really a desperate need after that? Is WR even a real need after the Washington signing? Their next biggest need after RB and CB might be a penetrator to put next one of their big NTs to disrupt plays like Easley was suppose to do.

But Bill does love his value. He loves those picks that make him look smarter than everyone else. This would one of those picks. Taking the guy with 1st Round talent who was unjustly put on the scrap heap. He is a great athlete, with great burst and speed. He has that knack for scoring touchdown. He scored 20 TDs the past two seasons. 10 last year, when he only started 6 games. That is incredible. He was a better player last than in 2014, when many Draft experts had him pegged as a 1st Round talent. He reminds me a little of Irvin Fryar physically on the field, but not as fast. But I think he really moves, blocks, and plays special teams like David Givens, only faster. I'm not a propone of the pure best athlete available philosophy (which garnered us Fryar with the Number One Overall Pick all those many years ago). But this pick would be a best athlete available pick.

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The most interesting news of the day is the Josh Norman release. Here is the problem. Most teams are right up against the Cap, and trying to set aside money for Draft picks. He apparently was refusing to sign the Tag, and wanted too much money to make the Panthers happy. "After a number of conversations with Josh’s agent, we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable," the GM of the CP said. That is just laughable. They were about 18 Mil over the Cap before the deal. Now they are about 30-Mil over the Cap. There's a difference between a cap savvy GM, and a cheap Owner.

For my money Norman was the best CB in the League last year. I must have mentioned his sidesaddle technique a hundred times describing prospects. He wants to be paid 16-Mil a year and apparently won't back down from that. So he's in some trouble. The Panthers have enough Cap space to do that, but who else? The 49ers who are the worst run team in the NFL, and are 53-Mil under the Cap, obviously. But if goes there I would lose all respect for him. "Niners, with a ton of cap space, among teams that called about Josh Norman, per source," a Panther beat writer tweeted. "Others incl. Bucs, Steelers, Dolphins." This is looking more and more like a deal that devastate both sides. 

The Dolphin are almost 20-Mil under the Cap. But every team still needs 5 or 6 Mil to sign their Draft picks and get through the season. The best bet is probably the Jags who remarkably are still over 50-Mil under the Cap. After giving out almost 75-Mil in guaranteed Cap cash this offseason. How is that possible? But they are another team that is so badly managed that they have to crash again, right? But they do have the QB.

The Browns and Titans both have the Cap cash to sign him. I'd love to see the Pats get involved, but there is just too much lunacy for them to make a legit offer. And since he doesn't care if he plays for a winner, he won't sign here. So the Pats have to find a solution at CB somewhere else. The Pat are about 6-Mil under the Cap, and could be another 6-Mil if the cut Amendola. I don't see that happening. It looks to me like they are on the books for the season, and will use their Cap cash to sign the Picks and get through the season. 

The Player: Bio Coming: 

He is a guy who is not a power back, but breaks a lot of tackles, because defenders can't get a clean shot on him because of his lateral explosion. Elite COD and shiftiness. I almost want to say he is a big Deion Lewis, but I might get beat up by the ones I love the most. Runs with about ten different gears, and uses his speed to set up blockers so well. Unfortunately like Lewis, he is thin and almost frail looking sometimes. But he didn't miss games in college do to injury. He showed up at the Combine at 208, which is a nice number, but I still like to see him stronger and heavier. Great lateral burst. 80 career catches, with 3 TDs. Voted captain. 

Not super strong, but he lines up next to the QB in the shotgun almost every play, and will get a nice chip in on the edgerusher the OLT is blocking. Then sneak out of the backfield. He will step up into the fray, and stick his head into the chest of a blitzing ILB. He usually takes more punishment than the LB, and will get punch back. But he slows them enough for the QB to throw. He can go low and jam his shoulder right into the blitzing OLB's knee and stop him cold. When he gets low, powers up, and uses his hands he can pickup the LB blitzing with some power. He turns and can block the blitzer on the other side of the QB. 

Terrific changing direction to his follow big linemen. So deadly when the QB dumps it off to him and all the defenders are deep in coverage. Best on goal line when he can borough under the D-linemen. He can change direction three times, and then stick his shoulder into the blitzing LB, and snap his head back. Great chipping on D-end, and can put a shoulder into his ribs when the OLT is holding him, and knock him back on his butt. Blocks a lot out of the back field. Great quick feet. He can get low, and chop down the big blitzer in pass pro. 

Nebraska: He has some faults, but I just don't think their is an RB in this Draft with better lateral explosion. Smooth natural hands to catch the ball behind him coming out of the backfield, and nice snap back to spot defenders. He is a guy whose speed doesn't matter, because he is so shifty. He breaks more tackles than a dad playing with his grade schoolers in the backyard. Great vision coming up to the line. He can charge up to the line, see a crack outside, and burst diagonally through it in an instant. He has great explosion and long speed. Great vision on the field and sees cutback lanes to either side with deadly consequences.

Wash ST: He runs with nice ball security. TMIWTMIL. I have to do a Tape on this kid. Great burst straight up the middle when O-line gives him a lane. He has such great balance. He can drop his shoulder Pads a foot off the ground, stumble, and then regain his balance and blurt to the third level. One of the few guy in this Draft who doesn't always need blockers to make yards. Nice speed down the sideline. He is they guy they look to on 3rd down. Runs a lot of underneath stuff in passing game. I don't want to call it instincts, because he run so well with his eyes, but he has elite running instincts. 

The Reason: They signed two free agent WRs. But they do that a lot, and then cut them quick when they don't work out. Chris Hogan got some guaranteed money so he looks like he is going to stay. He is not a slot guy. He has some size and speed and looks like he could step into the LaFell role on Brady's left. He had 7 receptions in two games against the Pats. He also had the best game of his career against the Pats when he garnered 95-yards on 6 catches in New England last year.

You can say he is young and ascending. "I have grown so much since I started in this league and it’s something that I feel that every single year I’m always learning, always growing," Hogan said. "I tell people all the time that I'm still new to this sport and I like to approach it that way that there’s still so much for me to learn and there's still so much for me to grow as a receiver and as a football player. So every single year is a year for me to take a look at how I've grown, and how I can better myself as a football player, [and] as a receiver and an overall team player." He had 38 catches for 450-yards and 2 TDs last season. 

But he sounds like a Patriot already. "I'm not sure I'm the prototypical Patriot," Hogan said. "I know that I am coming to this team to help this team win in any way possible. I’ll do whatever it takes to get on the field and whatever is asked of me or needed of me. I’m willing to do anything and everything to help this team win and I hope that I’m able to do that." He has a lot to learn to play in this offense. "I know communication is huge in this league and with Tom," he said. Kissing up to your diva QB butt is always a good place to start. 

Nate Washington is a different story. He is a speed guy. He is a vet, and he played on a Patriots' style offense for ex-Brady coach BO'B. "Bill O’Brien was a great coach," Washington said. "He was a great mentor of mine, and he understood that I was a hard worker. I think that's just definitely the thing that you can take from this organization in New England, that it's just a hardworking group of guys. I'm looking to carry that over and just have an opportunity to play football. That's the main thing that I’m looking forward to, and that had a lot of decision on why I signed." He garnered 458-yards and 4 TDs on 47 catches. He has had a solid career with 44 TDs receptions and 6,954-yards on 458 career catches. Plus, he got some guaranteed Cap cash as well.

He looks like a guy who can come in and play right away. "I had a chance to talk to [Willie McGinest] a couple of weeks ago once he found out that I signed," Washington said "The No. 1 thing that he just told me is, 'It’s going to be good for you because they are going to pay attention to the detail, and they’re going to get you in the aspect of making sure that you’re pushing yourself every single day.' Those guys in that locker room, they work hard every single day and don’t take a day off. And those coaches, they work hard every single day and don’t take a day or a minute off. To be in that type of atmosphere gave me some type of understanding, especially not only at this point of my career but in this point of my life to what I needed." So getting a rookie isn't an imperative.

I actually like them taking another CB here as insurance if they can't sign Butler and/or Logan Ryan. Carroo is a guy who I think could become a star in their system. But now that I put a WR here I want a CB. Just like when a I had Sanchez here, I wanted Carroo. I'll just say I just did Carroo's Tape and he is best football player on the Board, and maybe the only 1st Round talent left on the Board.

Second Choice: Cyrus Jones CB/ST

TOM's Tape:

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.

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