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PICKS 33-48

1st Round

Picks 1-11.

Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

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Picks 33-48.

Picks 49-64.

3rd Round

Picks 65-72.


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Key Needs:

Team Moves:




Defense: 3-4

*Corey Davis

WR W. Michigan

6-3, 209, 33" Arms, 


*Mitch Trubisky



*Myles Garrett

Edgerusher A&M


2016 Picks:

1 (15)  Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

2 Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Oklahoma St

3 (65) Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

3 (76) Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

3 (93) Cody Kessler, QB, USC

4 (99) Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin

4 (114) Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn

4 (129)  Derrick Kindred, S, TCU

4 Seth Devalve, WR/TE, Princeton

5 (154) Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA

5 (168) Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

5 Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado St

5 Trey Caldwell CB Louisiana-Mon

7 (250) Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Brock Osweiler

WR Kenny Britt

OC Joe Bitonio 

OG Kevin Zeitler

OG TJ Lang

Key F.A.:

RB Isaiah Crowell (R)
RB Glenn Winston (R)
WR Josh Gordon (R)
OG Jonathan Cooper
OG Austin Pasztor
OC Gabe Ikard (R)
DE Stephen Paea
OLB Jamie Collins
OLB Corey lemonier
P Britton Colquitt
LS Charley Hughlett (R)
CB Marcus Burley (R)
FS Jordan Poyer
CB Jamar Taylor

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Brock Osweiler

QB Josh McCown


WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Andrew Hawkins

The Team: Losing Pryor was a gigantic hit that is going to hurt their already under qualified QBs. "Obviously Terrelle was a huge piece of what we did a year ago," Jackson said. "I think he’s trending up. I think his best football is ahead of him. He’s very talented, very athletic, knows how to play. Hopefully we get this guy back and playing well for us." Now he's gone.

They needed a WR before he took off in free agency, and now they need two. "We want all of our guys back," Jackson said. "But it’s free agency, so they get to make a choice and a decision, too. Hopefully, he’ll make the right one and stay here with us." They have to get whatever QB they can find to start some weapons.

The Player: 4/15 Corey Davis Bio.

The Reason: Davis is guy who is likely to go higher, but I'm still waiting on his speed. 

Second Choice: Cordrea Tankersley CB




Defense: 3-4

**DeShone Kizer

QB Notre Dame

Rr-So, 6-4, 230


*Jamal Adams

Safety LSU


2016 Picks:

1 (7) DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon

1 (28) Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford

3 (68) Will Redmond, CB, Miss St

4 (133) Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU

5 Ronald Blair, DT, Appalachian St

5 (145) John Theus, OT, Georgia

5 (174) Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss

6 (207)  Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana T

6 (211) Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida

6-213 Aaron Burbridge WR, Mich St

7 Prince Charles Iworah, CB, W. Kentucky

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Brian Hoyer 

FB Kyle Juszczyk

WR Pierre Garcon

WR DeAndre Carter

OG Jeremy Zuttah

DT Earl Mitchell

ILB Malcolm Smith

DB Waun Williams

Key F.A.:

QB Blaine Gabbert
QB Christian Ponder
QB Thaddeus Lewis
RB Shaun Draughn
RB DuJuan Harris
WR Jeremy Kerley
WR Quinton Patton
WR Rod Streater
OG Andrew Tiller (R)
DE Glenn Dorsey
DE Tony Jerod-Eddie
DT Chris Jones (R)
DT Mike Purcell (R)
OLB Ray-Ray Armstrong
ILB Gerald Hodges
ILB Nick Bellore
ILB Michael Wilhoite
CB Marcus Cromartie (R)
CB Chris Davis (R)
K Phil Dawson

Key F.A. Lost:

Colin Kaepernick QB

WR Torrey Smith

The Team: They cannot really join the NFL until they find themselves a real NFL QB. Huh. Beavis? "A lot of people look at it like, 'Oh my gosh, you don’t have any quarterbacks,' but that also is somewhat liberating in that you can create this thing and that position, that is so critical, in the way that you want," Lynch said. "Now, we’re restricted by who’s available and whatnot, but I think we’ve got a lot of great options at our disposal." That sounds like a tank is coming.

They are likely to get just as good a developmental QB in the 3rd as here. "There's a number of different scenarios we’re looking at," Lynch added. "And some of those include, 'Let’s have a young guy and let’s have an old guy to kind of be there with him' So those are all mixes that you look at." But he is not going to help next season.

They have a tough division on QBs. "Playing Seattle over the years and knowing how hard that system is to go against," Shanahan said. "It’s not necessarily how hard it is, it’s how sound it is. They make you work for everything. It’s always an eight man front. It’s very tough to run the ball against. And they’re very sound in their coverages. You can get some completions and things like that, but they make you work all the way down the field." Maybe building up the rest of the team first (tanking), and then getting a young QB, is not a bad idea.

They have to get QB who can start in the NFL first. They don't even have that yet. "There are a number of different scenarios we’re looking at," Lynch said. "Some of this includes, let’s add a young guy and let’s get an older guy to be there with him. We’ve got some great options at our disposal. A lot of people look at it like, 'Oh my gosh, they don’t have any quarterbacks.' But that’s also liberating. I think we’ve got a lot of great options at our disposal, and we’ve got the No. 2 pick." That's one of the silliest things I've ever heard.

Brian Hoyer is not a starting NFL QB. He just doesn't have the arm. "I don’t think you need to be too transparent to realize that’s a position we’re looking at," Lynch said at the Combine, when they didn't have a QB on their roster . "We don’t have any! So that’s a position that’s a big focal point of our preparation right now. And this week is a big part of that." What he does to acquire a QB could make or break his stay in San Fran.

It is tough to develop a QB when you have WRs like the 49ers. When you draft a young QB it never hurts to get him some weapons. 

The Player: 4/15 DeShone Kizer Bio.

The Reason: Zay Jones WR




Defense: 4-3

Forrest Lamp

OG Western Kentucky

6-3, 300, S-1.76, (U) 4.99!

7.55 3-Cone! 4.62 SS,

32"Arms, 34 Reps!

27.5" Vert,


**Marshon Lattimore

CB Ohio State


2016 Picks:

1 (5) Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida St

2 (36) Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA

3-69 Yannick Ngakoue DE Maryland

4 (103) Sheldon Day, DT, ND

6 (181) Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana

6 (201)  Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas

7 (226) Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Key FA.Signed:

WR Arrelious Benn 

TE Mychal Rivera
OLT Branden Albert 

OG/OT Patrick Omameh
OG Tyler Shatley 

DE Calais Campbell
DT Abry Jones

CB AJ Bouye 

SS Barry Church

Key FA.:

RB Denard Robinson
WR Bryan Walters
DT Tyson Aluala
ORT Bryce Harris
ORT Jeff Linckenbach
ORT Josh Wells (R)
ILB Arthur Brown
SS Peyton Thompson (R)

Key Free Lost

TE Julius Thomas

OC Stefen Wisniewski 

OLT Kelvin Beachum 

OG/OT Luke Joeckel

DE Jared Odrick

NT Roy Miller

CB Devon House 

CB Prince Amukamara

SS John Cyprien

The Team: The Jags first priority is to find a starting left guard.

The Player4/11 Forest Lamp: Run Forest Run.

The Reason: They started five guys at OLG last season, and weren't happy with any of them.

Second Choice: Malik McDowell DL




Defense: 3-4

Buddha Baker

FS Washington

5-9 5/8", 192, (O) 4.45!

6.76 3-Cone! 4.08 SS!

 9'7" Broad, 32.5" Vert,

30 3/4" Arms, 15 Reps, 


**Solomon Thomas-

5-Tech/DE/DT Stanford


2016 Picks:

1 (9)  Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

2 (56) Cody Whitehair OG Kansas St

3 (72) Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida

4  Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, W Virginia

4 (124) Deon Bush, S, Miami

4 (127)  Deiondre’ Hall, CB, N. Iowa

5 (150) Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana

6 (185) DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary

7 (230) Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Mike Glennon

WR Markus Wheaton

WR Kendall Wright

OG Eric Kush 

CB Marcus Cooper

CB Prince Amukamara

Key F.A.: 
QB Matt Barkley (R) 
QB Connor Shaw
WR Josh Bellamy (R) 
WR Deonte Thompson
WR Marques Wilson
TE Logan Paulsen
DE Cornelius Washington
LT Mike Adams
LT Nick Becton
DE Cornelius Washington
OLB Sam Acho
ILB Christian Jones (R) 
ILB Lamin Barrow (R)
CB Brandon Boykin
FS Demontre Hurst (R) 
SS Chris Prosinski

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Jay Cutler 

QB Brian Hoyer

WR Alshon Jeffery

The Team: They took a calculated risk by taking the 3-Tech in the 1st. Then picked up the FS they really need on defense.

They have three starters on the D-line, but no depth. They want to replace one of their 5-Techs, and Goldman struggled to stay healthy last season. Watkins played NT at Clemson, and also played 5-tech on the strongside. He is great against the run and showed he could rush the QB from the inside, which was also a big weakness for their defense. This looks like one of those picks that is too perfect to happen.  

The Player: Baker is a 1st Round talent, whose size could keep him out of the 1st. "The coaches will tell you that’s the best player on their team," a scout said. "They love that guy. He’s more like Earl Thomas. Small guy that can run." He played a lot in the box at Washington. 

He is a little small to go in the 1st if you ask me. "I would leave him as a centerfielder and then roll him down over the slot if you needed too," a scout said. "He's too small to cover tight ends, but he's got great instincts in coverage which is why he should shine as a single-high." But he is better on Tape than  Damarious Randall from last year. 

His size is going to make it tough for him to play for a long time in the Box, like Bob Sanders. "He's kind of like a Bob Sanders," a different scout said. "Big-time hitter. Around the ball. Covers the slot. Only negative I had was his height." He is going to struggle in the NFL to cash the physical checks he wrote in college.

The Reason: They have three good options at Safety, but they are all strong Safety types. Only one got an INT last season. They need a FS who can cover a lot of ground in Cover One. Baker can make plays on the ball. 

I'm not a big fan of Glennon, but the signing will allow the Bears to go best available athlete for their defense with their first two picks. 

Second Choice: Zack Cunningham LB

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Defense: 4-3

JuJu Smith-Schuster


6-1, 215, (O) 4.54, 

6.88 3-Cone! 4.19 SS,

10' Broad, 32.5" Vert,

32.5" Arms, 15 Reps, 


QB, CB, WR, OLT, OC, OL, DL, LB, DL, DB,  

2016 Picks:

1 (1) Jared Goff, QB, Cal
4-110 Tyler Higbee TE W. Kentucky
4 Pharoh Cooper WR S. Carolina
6 (177) Temarrick Hemingway TE South Carolina St.
6 (190) Josh Forrest MLB Kentucky
6 Mike Thomas WR Southern Miss

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Aaron Murray

WR Robert Woods

RB Lance Dunbar

OLT Andrew Whitworth

DT Tyrun Walker 

DE/OLB Connor Barwin

CB Kayvon Webster

Trumaine Johnson CB (Tag)

Key F.A.:  
QB Case Keenum
RB Benny Cunningham
RB Chase Reynolds
WR Stedman Bailey
DT Dominique Easley (R)
DT Ethan Westbrooks (R) 
DE Cam Thomas
CB Dwayne Gratz
CB Trumaine Johnson
K Greg Zuerlein

Key F.A. Lost:

Janoris Jenkins CB

WR Brian Quick

WR Kenny Britt

The Team: Not sure their young QB stands a chance with this collection of misfit toys at WR.

CB is the number one need left over from last season.  

The Player: 4/18 JuJu Smith-Schuster: Trying To Slip Into the 1st.

The Reason:  They still need a WR or two.

Second Choice: Roderick Johnson OT




Defense: 3-4

*Ryan Ramcyzk

OLT Wisconsin

6-5, 314, 



**Malik Hooker- 

FS Ohio State

FS (FA), CB, TE, WR, DE,  RB, QB,  OLT, TE, OL. DB

2016 Picks:

1 (3) Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2 (35) Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
3 (66) Max Tuerk, C, USC
4 (102) Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio State
5 (175) Jatavis Brown, ILB, Akron
6 (179) Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
6 (198) Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin
7-224 Donavon Clark OG Michigan St

Key FA. Signed:

OLT Russell Okung 

OLB Melvin Ingram  (Tag)

SS Jahleel Addae

Key FA.:

QB Kellen Clemmens

RB Danny Woodhead
RB Branden Oliver (R)
RB Dexter McCluster
RB Ronnie Hillman
WR Dontrelle Inman (R)
WR Isaiah Burse (R)
WR Griff Whalen
TE Asante Cleveland (R)
TE Jeff Cumberland
OG Kenny Wiggins (R) 
DT Sean LissemoreDT Tenny Palepoi (R)
DE Damion Square
OLB Korey Toomer (R)
OLB Tourek Williams
FS Adrian Phillips
CB Steve Williams (R)
LS Mike Windt

Key FA. Lost:

OT King Dunlap

OT DJ Fluker

ILB Manti Te’o

The Team: This team has a lot of needs. When you have a grizzle old veteran at QB, you better have top OLT. They signed Okung, who is a veteran, but his feet struggle at OLT. It was a nice signing, but they also lost both their starting Tackles from last season. 

Their biggest need left over from last season was tight end.

The Player: 4/14 Ryan Ramcyzk: Blindside One Year Wonder.

The Reason: This has been a desperate need for a few years. Okung stops the bleeding but not the need. Having him at OLT as they develop Ramcyzk could be just what Rivers has needed for years. Then at some point they can switch them around and have the young elite athlete at OLT, and the big moose at ORT.

They have to replace Gates. Getting a TE who can get open quick underneath their fast WRs can only help a QB. Engram should be long gone by now, but I couldn't find a team. Not having him in the 1st Round is the biggest mistake in this Mock.

Second Choice: Cordrea Tankersley CB




Defense: 3-4

*Carl Lawson

EDGE Auburn

6-7/8", 261, (O) 4.67,

35 Reps! 31.5" Arms,

4.19 SS! 7.46 3-Cone, 

33" Vert, 9'6" Broad,



**Marlon Humphrey-

CB Alabama


2016 Picks:

1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State

2 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn St

3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State

5 (158) Brandon Shell, OT S. Carolina

7 (235)  Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston St

7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Josh McCown 

OLT Kelvin Beachum

Ben Ijalana OT

OG Brian Williams

Key F.A.:
TE Brandon Bostick (R)
TE Kellen Davis
DE Mike Catapano (R)
OT Ryan Clady
OC Wesley Johnson (R
ILB Bruce Carter
OLB Josh Martin
OLB Julia Stanford (R)
CB Antonio Allen
CB Marcus Williams (R)

Key F.A Lost:

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

QB Geno Smith

WR Brandon Marshall

OT Breno Giacomini 

OC Nick Mangold  

ILB Erin Henderson 

CB Derrelle Revis

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The Team: They have been looking for an edgerusher who can stand up, put a hand in the dirt, and hit the QB. I think Lawson height (he measured out at under 6-1 at his Proday), and short arms (31 1/2"), will drop him into the 2nd.

They might have to go CB in the 1st. if not, they definitely have to take a CB in the 2nd. .

The Player: Lawson is the kind of speed rusher that all teams need. He wins with speed. In the NFL you have to hit the QB faster, or the ball is gone. He has some risks. But he has the burst, speed, and relentlessness to be a very good edgerusher. 

Very good stand up rusher. He might be more OLB. Nice job putting speed to power to get the ORT moving backwards. When the RB comes over to hit him, he can use the hit to break inside and hit the QB. He so fast off the snap when the opponent had to pass. He had a great game against LSU that likely won the game. LSU was a second short of winning the game. He sacked the QB on 2nd and 10 at the 14. He ran so fast up field that when Fournette came over to block him, he hit the OLT instead. Which allowed Lawson to chop off the OLT's hands and sack the QB at the 20. LSU never really recovered from that sack and had to call timeout with 22-second left. They ran out of time trying to score as they snapped the ball, and the QB threw for what every one thought was the winning TD (which was the strangest moment in college football last season).

2016: Solidified his position as the top running back in the country, finishing the regular season with 1,765 rushing yards, 488 receiving yards ( third on the team) and 20 total touchdowns...broke the FSU career rushing record against Syracuse, taking down Warrick Dunn’s 20-year FSU record...had a pair of 200-yard rushing games, going for a career-best 267 yards against USF, including a 75-yard touchdown run on FSU’s first offensive play...his 329 yards from scrimmage (267 rushing, 62 receiving) were the most in the country since 2014 at the time...had 225 yards and a school-record tying four rushing touchdowns at Syracuse, the day he broke Dunn’s rushing record...against No. 3 Clemson, had 169 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, including third-quarter scores of 43 and 70 yards to give FSU the lead...ranks second in ACC history in career rush yards and is the only player in the league to break 4,000 career yards in just three seasons...had the first 100-yard receiving game for an FSU running back in 10 years with 101 yards in the season opener against Ole Miss...became the first FSU running back (and just the second Nole ever) with 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game when he had 140 yards on the ground and a career-high 106 in the air against North Carolina.

He suffered  a leg injury at the Combine. 

The Reason: They have to play Brady twice a year. Revis is done. You do the math. They need a young rusher to help their other CBs. 

Second Choice: Montravius Adams DT/5-T




Defense: 4-3

Cordrea Tankersley

CB Clemson

6-1, 200, (U) 4.4, 


*Leonard Fournette



2016 Picks:

1-30 Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana T.

2 (62) James Bradberry, CB, Samford

3 (77) Daryl Worley, CB, WVU

5 (141)  Zack Sanchez, CB Oklahoma

7 (252) Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State

Key F.A. Signed:

OLT Matt Kalil

DE Charles Johnson

OLB Julius Peppers

DT Kawann Short (Tagged)

DE Mario Addison

DE Wes Horton (R)

CB Captain Munnerlyn

SS Mike Adams

Key F.A.: 
WR Corey Brown (R) 
WR Laron Byrd (R) 
WR Brenton Bersin
WR Tedd Ginn, Jr. 
OG Donald Hawkins (R)
OG Andrew Norwell (R) 
OG Chris Scott
ORT Mike Remmers
DT Kyle Love
ILB AJ Klein
FS Michael Griffin
FS Colin Jones
CB Leonard Johnson
CB Robert McClain
CB Teddy Williams

Key F.A. Lost:

FB Mike Tolbert 

DT Paul Soliai 

The Team: If there was a loss of one player who hurt a team more than Josh Norman? They drafted two Day Two CBs last season, and now have three unsigned CBs. So that's four gone and two new. That doesn't sound like a winning equation to me. 

Cam Newton seemed to fall apart mentally a little last season. They need to get him some weapons and fast. If they get Williams in the 1st and Kamara in the 2nd (and resign Ginn Jr.) they could be on the way to the Super Bowl again. 

The Player: Tankersley shut down Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges whenever they put him on them. He had a great INT on the sideline to really end the game in the 3rd. If he can keep playing the ball in the air like that, he could be special in the NFL. Elite feet turning back and forth in front of the WR as he faked out and then in, and then blocked him. He can bounce off the block, spin outside, and make the tackle. He is very good in the run game. He had the big INT late in the 4th to seal the win in the ACC Champ Game. 

Combine: I like his hips. I thought they were a little tight when he got high sometimes. He is a clutch Corner. Nice pedal. Nice job twisting his hips. He had some snap bailing back, and going to high point the ball. He is faster than I thought. He may sneak into the 1st with that great (U) 4.4 flat. But I still think he ends up in the 2nd for some reason. He is also a Champ, and that matters as well.

Kamara was recruited to Alabama as a top prospect, but was forced to leave because of a bizarre phone incident. He went to Junior College for one year. Then he ended up at Tennessee in 2015. So he doesn't have a lot of wear on his tires. In another bizarre college incident, he passed Jalen Hurd on the depth chart after Hurd got hurt, and Hurd quit.

Before that he made his way on the field as the 3rd down back, where he excelled. "He can do it all," a scout said. "He's quick. Got good balance and vision. Catches the ball extremely well out of the backfield. Just hasn’t been a lead dog." Great hands. He can turn and catch the ball thrown behind him. 

He only started 8 games. "When Jalen went down, he had a chance to step up and be that guy and you just never saw it," a different scout said. "He's not really a between-the-tackles, wear-you-down, take-the-bull-by-the-horns guy. He needs to get out in space. He can be a good player in a niche role." He might be more of the modern RB version, where he excels in the passing game first.

The Reason: Tough to play D when you don't have a CB..

Second Choice: Bubba Baker FS




Defense: 4-3


Tanoh Kpassagnon-

DE/5-T Villanova

 6-6 7/8", 284, (U) 4.74, 

34.7" Arms, 23 Reps,

10'8" Broad! 30" Vert,

7.46 3-C, 4.62 SS,


OJ Howard-

TE Alabama



2016 Picks:

1 William Jackson III, CB, Houston

2 (55) Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

3 (87) Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State

4 (122) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

5 (161) Christian Westerman, G, Arizona St

6 (199) Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss

7 (245) Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Key F.A.:  
WR Brandon LaFell

ORT Andre Smith

CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Key F.A.:  

RB Cedric Peerman
OC TJ Johnson (R)
ORT Eric Winston
DE Wallace Gilberry
DE Margus Hunt
DT Brandon Thompson
CB Chykie Brown
K Zach Hocker

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Rex Burkhead

OG Kevin Zeitler
OLT Andrew Whitworth

DT Domata Peko

The Team: They love the long tall passrushers, who can use their length and long arms to hit the QB. "DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (6-6 7/8, 284) stood on all of his combine numbers," Gil Brant wrote. :In position drills, the DL coaches tried to break him but couldn't; he was going strong from start to finish. He has massively long arms at 35 3/8 inches long." The small school DE is tougher than he gets credit for being.

The Player: 4/01 Tanoh Kpassagnon: All Out All The Time Guy?

The Reason: They still have four DLs from last season who are unlikely to be there this season. Tanoh can play inside when needed. Marvin likes to get his DLs up field. Kpassagnon simply played better at Villanova as an edgerusher. He was great rushing on the edge. Lewis can use him like he used Michael Johnson. 

Second Choice: Charles Harris DE




Defense: 4-3

Zach Cunningham

LB Vanderbilt

6-3, 230, #41


*Derek Barnett



*Adoree' Jackson



2016 Picks: 

1-12 Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
2 (47) Michael Thomas WR Ohio ST
2 (61) Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State|
4 (120) David Onyemata, DT, University of Manitoba
7 (237) Daniel Lasco, RB, California

Key F.A. Signed:  

ORG Larry Warford

DT Nick Fairley

OLB Alex Okafor

ILB Manti Te’o

Key F.A.:  
RB Travaris Cadet
RB Tim Hightower
FB John Kuhn
WR Brandon Coleman (R) 
OG Jahri Evans
OG Tim Lelito
LT Tony Hills
DE Darryl Tapp
OLB Paul Kruger
OLB Kasim Edebali (R) 
OLB Michael Mauti
OLB Chris McCain (R) 
SS Roman Harper
SS Jamarca Sanford
CB BW Webb (R) 
CB Brian Dixon (R) 
CB Sterling Moore
CB Kyle Wilson
LS Justin Drescher 

Key F, A, Lost:

Brandon Cooks WR

Malcolm Butler CB we'll see

The Team: They need help on three levels of their defense. They had a lot of injuries to their linebackers. 

The Player: Cunningham is a freak LB. He is a force against the run inside, and can get to the QB as well. He has great quick feet moving forward though traffic to meet the RB at the LOS. He plays special teams. He is not good in coverage. He does play the ball well at all in the air. He leaped up and blocked the kick against Auburn that would have put them up 10 late it the 4th. He ran to the line with perfect timing, and leaped over the OC with Jamie Collins and Shea McClellin like athleticism, and he blocked the kick. He too light. He has to add size and strength and in a couple of years he could be a top Sam or Will.

Combine: Cunningham was highly rated prospect last season. I was disappointed with his play this past season. But he had some nice production. I think was I just expecting too much. 125-T, 16 TFL. He did not have a career INT. He can run sideline to sideline. His problem is that he is not great in coverage. He did not show that he could play the ball in the air in college. Quick feet moving laterally. He has to put on some weight. Nice feet moving backwards. Dropped the first pass to him. A little tight in the hips. 

The Reason: If the Draft goes this way (though a little birdie told me that the Pats are getting pick 32 back for Butler), they will have improved all three levels of their defense. 

Second Choice: Curtis Samuels RB/WR 





*Charles Harris

OLB, Missouri

6-3, 253, S-1.65, (O) 4.82

32.3"Arms, 21 Reps,

4.42 SS, 7.47 3-Cone,

32"Vert, 9'1"Broad,


Gareon Conley-

CB Ohio ST


2016 Picks:

1  Carson Wentz QB N.Dakota ST
3 (79) Isaac Seumalo, OC Oregon ST
5-153 Wendell Smallwood RB WVU
5 Halapoulivaati Vaitai OT, TCU
6 (196) Blake Countess, CB, Auburn
7 (233) Jalen Mills, S, LSU
7 (240) Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
7 (251) Joe Walker, ILB, Oregon

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Nick Foles

WR Alshon Jeffery

WR Torrey Smith

OC Stefen Wisniewski 

Key F.A.:

RB Kenjon Barner (R)
WR/TE Trey Burton
WR Michael Johnson
OLB Bryan Braman
ILB Najee Goode
ILB Stephen Tulloch
FS Chris Maragos
S Jaylen Watkins (R) 
LS Jon Dorenbos
P Donnie Jones

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Chase Daniels

DE/OLB Connor Barwin

DT Bennie Logan

CB Nolan Carroll

The Team: They spent their money on the offense, and now they are going to have spend some Draft capital on defense. If they get two impact defenders with their first two picks they could be okay next season.

The Player: Harris is not one of my favorite prospects. "Don't get caught up in his numbers this year," a scout said. "He just didn't mesh with what they asked him to do. He's also got to be coachable and I think he may have fought the changes a little too much. What I saw in 2015 is what I think he's going to be." He didn't look like he gave all out effort every game.

Some think he is an OLB. He is a terrific athlete. I have him rated lower than most. He just didn't play well enough in the three games I watched him to merit a 1st. They did have him drop a lot in space. He showed some speed moving around in space. 

Combine: He showed some quicks on the club-rip drill. Nice quick hands. Not as heavy as Garrett, but not bad. Gets a little off balance sometimes. Didn't keep his eyes up in stack and shed drill. Good reaction in space drill. Nice burst forward out of lateral shuffle. He looked like an OLB in drop drills at the Combine.

The Reason: They lost Connor Barwin and Bennie Logan on the D-line, and are going to have to draft a couple youngsters to help out.

Second Choice: Desmond King CB




Defense: 4-3

Antonio Garcia

OT Troy

6-6, 300, S-1.88, (O) 5.15

33.3"Arms, 24 Reps,

4.94 SS, 7.72 3-Cone,

31"Vert! 9' Broad,


*Mike Williams

WR Clemson


2016 Picks:

1 (19) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
2 (41) Reggie Ragland LB, Alabama
3 (80) Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
4 (139) Cardale Jones QB, Ohio SE
5 Jonathan Williams RB, Arkansas
6 (192) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
6 (218) Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Tyrod Taylor

FB Mike Tolbert 

OL Jordan Mills

OLB Lorenzo Alexander

Micah Hyde FS

Jordan Poyer FS

Key F.A.:
QB EJ Manuel

RB Mike Gillislee (R)
RB Reggie Bush
FB Jerome Felton
WR Marquise Goodwin
WR Percy Harvin
WR Justin Hunter
WR Brandon Tate
TE Chris Gragg
OG Ryan Groy (R)
DT Corbin Bryant
DT Leger Douzable
RT Jordan Mills
ILB Brandon Spikes
ILB Zach Brown
OLB IK Enemkpali
OLB Ramon Humber
OLB Lerentee McCray
CB Corey White
SS Colt Anderson
SS Robert Blanton
FS Sergio Brown
FS Jonathan Meeks (R)
FS Duke Williams
P Colton Schmidt (R)
Key F. A, Lost:

WR Robert Woods

CB Stephon Gilmore

SS Aaron Williams

The Team: The Bills need help everywhere. It looks like half their team are free agents. But most importantly, they have five Safeties who are free agents.

The Player: Garcia is a big mean small school OLT prospect. He looked to me like he could develop into on OLT at the Senior Bowl. He could step in at ORT as a rookie and develop into a very good Pro. He will lose off the snap to the smaller speed rusher sometimes, but then hold on with is pure brute strength and win the play in the end. Nice violent hand that he uses to punish rushers on run downs. He wears those fast guys down by the 4th quarter. 
Nice strong hands. He can grab the rusher by the arm and control him. Great power blocker when he gets low, and drives the DT five yards sideways. Great job sliding inside in pass pro to block the DT. He played in a wacky shotgun offense, where they passed all the time. He has a ton off experience on the left edge in pass pro. He can impact the blitzing OLB up on the draw, and then jam him back past the line. 

Combine: He played against Clemson, and cause so much trouble that punches where thrown. He does have some speed pulling to the left. "He was below 280 in the spring and was below 290 at one point in the fall," a scout said. "So I'm not sure how much weight he can actually carry." But he weighed in at 302 at the Combine. 

Senior Bowl: Nice job cutting the speed rusher off at the pass. Nice power step when quick rusher fakes outside, and then breaks inside. I like his kickslide better than Ramcyzk right now. He has some nice technique, and can play with some power. He could end up being the OLT from this Draft. He is not my highest rated OLT (I think third right now), but he could be the best of the bunch. He looked like it at the Senior Bowl. He played better at the SB than he did at Troy.

Not always nifty in space. Running outside to block is not his thing. Very strong hands that he can use to grab shirt, and pull the rusher down and almost off his feet. He can get beat by pure speed. He can get beat low when he doesn't bend his knees. He does a good job keeping his hands in the rushers shirt as he slaps, chops, and punch them. He has heavy hands and plays with some nasty. 

Youngstown ST: He can be a bit of a waist bender. When he gets his hands on the big speed rusher, he stops him fast when he can hold on. When he gets low, he can jam the DE in the gut and drive him past the QB. He is more than happy to just stalemate the edgerusher. He got beat up a little by Basham. He can really stop his kickslide and give a great hit on the DE. When he gets his heavy hand on the rusher, you can see the rusher shake from the jolt. He does a nice job letting the DE run himself out of the play on draws. He can get so low that he can drive the DE's head into the ground on the goal line. He has some quicks moving backwards. He will get a little high sometimes, and get jammed up. But can hold and recover with strength. 

TROY: "Representatives from eight teams attended the pro day to watch 10 players work out outdoors on FieldTurf. Included in the NFL contingent were OL coaches from the Eagles, Jets, Panthers and Bears to see one particular player," Gil Bryant wrote. 'OT Antonio Garcia (6-6 1/2, 300) ran the three-cone in 7.72 seconds, and stood on the rest of his combine numbers. He had an exceptional workout, and was very aggressive hitting the bag. He's a Day 2 pick -- end of Round 2 or top of Round 3.'"

The Reason: They have to get an ORT to help out Taylor, who likes to take off to his right when he can't find a receiver.

Second Choice: Chris Goodwin WR

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Defense: 3-4

Tre'Davious White


6', 197, #18


Reuben Foster

LB Alabama



2016 Picks:

1 Robert Nkemdiche, DT Ole Miss

3 (92) Brandon Williams, CB, A&M

4 (128) Evan Boehm, C, Missouri

5 (167) Marqui Christian, S, Midwest State

5 (170) Cole Toner, OT, Harvard

6 (205) Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Andre Ellington

OLB Chandler Jones

OLB Jarvis Jones

Key F.A.:

RB Chris Johnson
RB Stepfan Taylor
WR Jaron Brown
WR Brittan Golden (R) 
TE Darren Fells (R) 
TE Jermaine Gresham
OG Evan Mathis
OG Taylor Boggs (R) 
OG Evan Mathis
OC AQ Shipley
RT Earl Watford
DE Josh Mauro (R) 
DT Frostee Rucker
OLB Joplo Bartu
ILB Kevin Minter
K Chandler Catanzaro (R)
LS Aaron Brewer
P Ryan Quigley
CB Mike Jenkins
CB Tharold Simon
SS DJ Swearinger

Key F.A.:

DE Calais Campbell

OLB Alex Okafor

SS Tony Jefferson

CB Marcus Cooper

The Team: If all the DBs drop this far the Cards are going to be very happy. They have to get a CB who can start opposite Peterson. The RB they have at CB right now, plays CB like an RB. But I think this is Thomas's floor. 

The Player: White does a great job protecting the backside on the QB keeper. He can set the edge and sack the QB when he tries to reverses field. I like the way he plays with his eyes. I love the way he moves on the field. I love his experience inside. I also love his twitchiness returning punts. Nice quick burst backwards, when he is faking press, and using his elite feet. He can charge forward and protect the edge in pass pro. He can hold up outside and protect the sideline, and take the big back down. He really protected the edge so well against Alabama. He can charge forward and take out the QB when he takes off to his sideline. One of the top run defending CB in this Draft.

Combine: Great smooth pedal. Nice snap in hips. He can high point the ball. I liked his hips in flip drills. Nice snap back in bail. Nice burst to speed, and then can high pointed the ball nicely. He is a twitchy CB. He takes too many chances on punt returns.

The Reason: This is one of those picks that is just too perfect to happen. They are going to need a CB to put opposite Peterson. White is exactly what the Cards need in the Secondary, and he played with the Honey Badger at LSU. He could be the final piece. 

Second Choice: Jordan Willis DE/OLB




Defense: 3-4

Dan Feeney

OG Indiana

6-4, 310, 


Takkarist McKinley-

Edgerusher UCLA


2016 Picks:

1 (18) Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2 (57)  T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3 Le’Raven Clark OT, Texas Tech
4 (116) Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
4 (125) (from Green Bay) Antonio Morrison, OLB, Florida
5 (155) Joe Haeg, North Dakota State
7 (239) Trevor Bates, OLB, Maine
7 (248) (from Green Bay) Austin Blythe, C, Iowa

Key F.A. Signed:

WR Kamar Aiken

TE Jack Doyle

DE Jabaal Sheard

OLB John Simon

FS Darius Butler

Key F.A.:

RB Jordan Todman
RB Robert Turbin
WR Devin Street (R)
OC Jonothan Harrison (R)
OG Hugh Thorton
DE Lavar Edward
ILB Josh McNary (R)
OLB Chris Carter
OLB Trent Cole
OLB Robert Mathis
OLB Eric Walden
CB Rashan Melvin (R)

Key F.A. Lost:

TE Dwayne Allen

DT Zach Kerr (R)

SS Mike Adams  

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The Team: The Colts need to help Luck get back into form. "Competitive, speed and toughness. We have to continue to add all over the roster, not just the defense, offensively too," Pagano said. "Competitive, speed and toughness. We will continue to look for that. We add a few players and then all of a sudden things get flooded. You scout 365 (days), that is a little bit of a misconception in the league that free agency and then the draft. No, scouting is 365 (days). You can find players. I think one of the best times to find players is in September, October and November when rosters get tight and people are getting cut and they’re getting claimed. That is when you know we got it right because now our players are going and playing in other places. We will continue to upgrade the talent and upgrade the competition." Freeney certainly has the toughness.

Their O-line improved last season. "I think we have some good pieces to work with, absolutely. But let me make sure that you understand this, because every year it’s not going to change for me, one to 63," Ballard said. "We are always trying to get better. We are always trying to create competition. Players have to earn it and the way you make them earn it is by creating competition at every position every year. So we are going to always be digging looking for talent. No matter if we had just won the Super Bowl, it doesn’t matter, you start over. It doesn’t change. You are continuing to look better. You are trying to get better talent in the building at all times." However, giving up 44 Sacks is nothing to brag about.

They are a long way from the Super Bowl. "I think you watch the Super Bowl and you watch what Atlanta has done and they have done a great job," Pagano said. "I have a ton of respect for Dan Quinn and his staff and that organization. You saw a lot of young guys on that defense and you saw them develop young guys and put guys out there. Guys may have not played to the level that they should’ve played at early on, but they put them out there, developed them and through time, experience and reps you saw a bunch of speed out there and a bunch of youth out there. There is nothing like speed. There is nothing like toughness. There is nothing like getting a bunch of guys that are great competitors. I think it’s paramount." If they can complete the O-line they will be a big step closer.

The Player: Freeney looked really good in sliding drills. I like how he slid laterally in drills. Not real smooth feet moving backwards out in space. He was better in pulling drills. He didn't struggle moving back in slide drill on right. His feet were a little too hoppy. Tight hips. He is not playing ORT in NFL with those hips. Great explosion off the floor. A little tight and controlled in mirror. 

The Reason: They have to get Luck some help on the O-line. "It’s all good. We are off to a great start," Pagano said. "Like Chris mentioned, the scouting staff, the coaching staff, everybody in the organization is working extremely hard. We have one vision, we have one goal. We are like-minded, the entire organization is like-minded. I think communication is outstanding, I think that’s obviously huge. It’s all good, we are off to a great start." Freeney will help control the right side of the line, and instantly help the run game.

Second Choice: Raekwon McMillan ILB




Defense: 3-4

*Quincy Wilson


6-1, 211, 6.86 3-C, 

(O) 4.54, 4.02 SS! 

32"V, 9'10"Br, 

32 1/4"Arm, 14 Reps,


*Jon Ross

WR Washington


2016 Picks:

1 (6) Ronnie Stanley, OT, ND
2 Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise ST
3 (70) Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
4 (104) Tavon Young, CB, Temple
4 Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
4 (130) Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
4 (132) Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
4 (134) Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
5 (146) Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
6  Keenan Reynolds, WR, Navy
6 Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Key FA Signed:

NT Brandon Williams

OLB Carlos Dansby

CB Brandon Carr 

SS Tony Jefferson

Key F.A.:
QB Ryan Mallet

RB Terrance West (R)
WR Chris Matthews (R)
ORG Vladmir Ducasse
OLT James Hurst (R)
ORT Ryan Jensen (R)
CB Chris Lewis-Harris (R)
CB Jerraud Powers
CB Jumal Rolle (R)
SS Matt Elam
FS Marqueston Huff (R)
FS Anthony Lewis

Key F.A.Lost:

WR Steve Smith

WR Kamar Aiken

ORT Ricky Wagner

OG Jeremy Zuttah

FB Kyle Juszczyk

DE Guy Lawrence

OLB Elvis Dumervil 

The Team: I don't know how, but the Ravens have turned their defense completely around from last season. 

The Player: Wilson is a big Press corner who is great at shadowing WRs so well that he disrupts the timing of the pattern, or there is no space for the QB to throw into. He was a true shut down CB in college. But he would focus so much on the WR that he often didn't see the run. Teams knew that and had the WR run deep to his side when they ran instead of trying to block him. But he consistently covered a WR who would garner 1 or less catches when he covered them.

The Reason: They have to get a CB to help the progress continue. 

Second Choice: Zay Jones WR

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Defense: 4-3

Montravius Adams

DT/5-T Auburn

6-3.5, 304, PD 4.83! 

S-1.71, (O) 4.87!

29" Vert, 9' Vert,  

32 3/4"Arm, 22 Reps,


2016 Picks:

1 (23) Laquon Treadwell, WR, Miss
2 Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
4-121 Willie Beavers OT W. Michigan
5 (160) Kentrell Brother, ILB Missouri
6 Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany
6 (188) David Morgan, TE, UTSA
7 Stephen Weatherly OLB Vanderbilt
7 (244) Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Case Keenum

RB Latavius Murray

WR Adam Thielen

WR Mitch Mathews
TE Nick Truesdell

OLT Riley Reiff
OT Mike Remmers
OL Jeremiah Sirles
DE Datone Jones

CB Terence Newman

CB Terrell Sinkfield

P Ryan Quigley

Key F.A.: 
QB Shaun Hill

RB Adrian Peterson

RB Matt Asiata
FB Zach Line
OL Jake Long
DE Justin Trattou

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Charles Johnson

TE Rhett Ellison

ORT Andre Smith

OLT Matt Kalil
CB Captain Munnerlyn
LB Audie Cole
KR Cordarrelle Patterson
P Jeff Locke:

The Team: I think they need a D-Tackle for some reason. But I can't really find anyone who agrees with me. 

The Player: Adams is one of my favorite guys in the Draft, and I still think he ends up in the 1st. "If he plays hard, God has blessed you with enough ability, you're going to make enough plays," his Ex-DC  Muschamp said. "Just play hard every snap and he's certainly embraced that." I couldn't find a spot for him in the 1st.

He was dominate at the Senior Bowl. "When he keeps his pad level down he can be a monster inside," Mayock said. "You don't see many people with that size with those type of movement skills. He's got superior short-area quickness and comes off the ball both in the run and the pass game. In the one-on-one drills nobody could block him on Day 1. He was dominant." I thought he was just impressive during the season. 

He had a great Combine. "I feel like I helped myself tremendously," Adams said at his Proday. "Every day I get up and go out and work I feel like I helped myself. Me just getting up and going to work every day. I’m trying to be the best I can be." He can be a guy who can burst right up the middle, and blow up a lot of plays.

He is so explosive inside. He makes OC's whiff a few times a game. He got a little better every year. He was a monster in 2016. He just kept bursting into the backfield. He has some quick feet. Didn't keep his eyes up in stack and shed drill. He should be a 1st Round pick. 

The Reason: Spielman loves the best athlete available philosophy, and that is easily Adams here.

Second Choice: Roderick Johnson OLT

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