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PICKS 12-22

1st Round

Picks 1-11.

Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

2nd Round

Picks 33-48.

Picks 49-64.

3rd Round

Picks 65-72.


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My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:



Defense: 3-4

*Mitch Trubisky


6-2 1/8", 222, (O) 4.67! 

6.87 3-Cone! 4.25 SS!

32" Arms, 9 1/2" Hands,

9'9" Broad, 27.5" Vert, 


*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

OLB Jamie Collins

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 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: This is no joke. The Browns have to get a QB. If Trubisky is here they cannot pass on him. Not only is he their top rated QB (or the Number One overall crap was smokescreen to try and trade off Garrett), he is also a Browns fan, AND WANTS TO PLAY FOR THE BROWNS. If he takes over as the starter, he won't bail the second his rookie contract is up. 

But this is a big investment and risk. If they think they can get a top five pick in next years Draft, you almost have to pass on the QB here. They have not started to win yet, but they have done a good job acquiring talent. So wins will start coming this season. They can only take Trubisky here if they think he is a franchise QB. Because there are three or four QBs who could go in the top ten in next years Draft: Darnold USC, Josh Allen Wyoming, and the Heisman winner from last year LaMarr Jackson. Plus, I do like the spread QB from OK ST Rudolph, and the spread QB from Wash ST Faulk (and I hate spread QBs). I was also very impressed with Washington QB Browning.

I have heard complaints that they have invested too much in QBs, and they can't keep wasting picks QBs every year (same for the Jets;). To that I say poppycock. If you don't have a Franchise QB than you ain't got crap. But it is also important to remember that, except for the rare exception, QBs take three to five years to develop. The have one in Kessler, but he is below the physical standards. He is 6-1. He can over come that, but it is so much more difficult to throw over the lines than a 6-4 guy. 

But they do have a good opportunity here. They have a QB guru at HC, a second year QB they can start and Mitch can learn behind (I do not know what it is about "Trubisky", but my dyslexia will not allow to spell his name correctly on the first try. So he is now Mitch to me;). And a new O-line and some good RBs to create a run game to take pressure off of Mitch.  

It is starting to seem obvious that the Pats are not going to trade Garoppolo, and even the Butler to New Orleans deal is looking likes it's in doubt. The Saints want Butler and the 11th pick, but there is no way they can have both. So they have to decide which is more valuable. Garoppolo would change everything for this Franchise. But when you have a 40-year old Superstar QB? Insurance is a necessity.

So Pats fans had better brace themselves, all the visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads for Garoppolo are dead. We will not get the 12th pick in the Draft for him. It was fun while it lasted. But if it hasn't happened yet than it is very unlikely to happen. The Browns will stick here and grab a CB. 

The Player: 4/15 Mitch Trubisky Bio.

The Reason: They have a couple odd sized QBs. "When you talk about profiles, you want a guy to be a certain height and a certain weight," Jackson said. "Itís just a piece of it, but I think itís important." Now it's time to get them a prototype sized QB. They have Kessler from last year, who looks like he could be good. They need to take a shot at a QB who could be great.

Second Choice: Gareon Conley CB



Defense: 3-4

Reuben Foster

LB Alabama

6-1, 240, #10


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

TE Jermaine Gresham

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) 
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: They have to get some reinforcements for their LBs. Buchanan has played great, but he is still a Safety playing ILB. They need a thumper, and a guy to run the show. Teams don't like to take ILBs this high, but they have to get ILB and a CB in this Draft.

They have a lot of needs. But I had NT, DE, and 5-Tech as their top three needs left over from last season. Since then they have resigned Chandler Jones and lost Calais Campbell. Plus, a NT and two DEs are free agents. They need to go big on D-line in this Draft.

If all the DTs drop this far the Cards are going to be very happy. They like to have a hybrid defense. So they have to get guys who can play in a 3-4 and a 4-3 schemes. So those are the guys they need to draft well. They have a lot of needs. But I had NT, DE, and 5-Tech as their top three needs left over from last season. Since then they have resigned Chandler Jones and lost Calais Campbell. Plus, a NT and two DEs are free agents. They need to go big on D-line in this Draft.

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

How is this team in the bottom ten of this year's Draft. They need to take the best player available.

The Player: Foster is the leader of the Alabama defense. "One of the things that makes Reuben a very popular guy from a personality standpoint is, in a day and age where everybody is into selfies and Ďwhat about me,í heís a guy thatís pretty interested in the relationships that he has and how he affects other people," Saban said. "He actually cares a lot about not just how he does or plays, but he also assumes a leadership role and how he affects other people. That comes to a large degree in how much you care about others. Thatís one of the reasons that he is a very popular guy. Heís a got a great personality. I think a lot of people are attracted to him because of that. I also think heís very caring in terms of what heís willing to do to help someone else." The Mike has to be the leader of the defense.

Foster has turned into a great rusher as well. He had two sacks in the 1st quarter against Tenn. He ran around the OLT on the second and got to Dobbs as he took off in the other direction. Such a great rusher. He also blitzed up the gut and hit Dobbs as he threw a couple of times as well. He is so good at finding the RB on inside runs. He does a nice job covering the RB out of the backfield. He can charge him, and knock him off his feet right after he catches the ball.

The Reason: Best player available at a need position scenario here. Their defense fell apart last season. They need a leader in the middle, a run stuffer, and a CB opposite Peterson. Foster fills two of the three or four primary needs on defense.

The Cards love their hybrid guys. They just lost Campbell to the Jags. The question is will Kpassagnon put on 10 to 15 pounds and play a little more outside at DE, or add 20 to 30 pounds and play 5-Tech like Campbell. He is so long, tall, and raw that we don't know what he will be yet. 

Second Choice: Deshaun Watson QB





Gareon Conley-

CB Ohio ST

 6', 195, 6.68 3-Cone!

(U) 4.45, (O) 4.44, 37"Vert,

10'9" Broad, 4.18 SS,

33" Arms, 11 Reps,


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 have been terrible drafting CBs the past few years, and it finally caught up to them. Nolan Carroll was not good, and signed with another team. Jaylen Watkins is a restricted free agent that they don't really want back. Those two minimally need to be replaced. They also don't want to go into next season with McKelvin as a starter. That is both starters and a young backup CB that needs to be replaced, at a minimum.

They have a young QB who struggled as the season went along. They need to get him some help. The best way to help a young QB is to improve the run, and get him some guys who can open quickly underneath. That sounds like a tight end to me. They have a good starter in Ertz, but Brent Celek looked like he was done last season. He can still block, especially in pass protection, but he doesn't have the speed to get open anymore. 

Two impact veteran WRs have changed everything for this team in the Draft. Now they can address their holes in the secondary. 

The Player: 3/29 Gareon Conley: The Unknown Guy.

The Reason: Their CBs sucked last season.

The Philly OC likes to use tight ends. The more two-TE sets you use the better it will be for the young QB. You can run and run play action over and over to take pressure off of Wentz, and put it on the defense. They can line up Ertz and Mayo in two TE sets like the Pats do, and both those guys can run patterns to get open underneath and down the seam off play action. This would really do a lot for Wentz. Plus, they have to run the ball, and having three tight ends on the roster who are all good blockers, two who might be great, would be a godsend to a young QB.

They need to replace both starting CBs from last season.

Second Choice: Dalvin Cook RB



Defense: 3-4

Takkarist McKinley-

Edgerusher UCLA

6-2, 265, #98


2016 Picks:

1 (18) Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2 (57)  T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3 LeíRaven 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

DT Jonathon Hankins

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: It looks like Pagano won the power struggle with that lying sack of Grigson. "Weíre off to a great start,Ē Pagano said. "Like Chris said, everybody in the organization is working extremely hard. We have one vision. We have one goal. The entire organization is like-minded. I think communication is outstanding. I think thatís obviously huge."

They have the QB, not they just need someone who can coach him. "You want everybody out there, obviously," Pagano said about Luck's shoulder surgery. "Youíd love to have your starting quarterback out there the entire time, and so weíll work through it. Weíll get through it. Iím grateful of the opportunity to be back and keep building this thing." Pagano is a DC HC. 

Luck has gotten worse every season since he took over as HC. "The things we talk about, we have not done yet," Pagano said. ďAnd I emphasize 'yet.' I think thatís very, very important. Yet is a great word. Another opportunity, we have another chance to improve and do better. Where weíre at is certainly not good enough, record-wise, defensively, thatís not where we want to be." He has to learn to coach his QB, or will will be gone as quick as a Grigson stealing the Owners stash.

Pagano want to hit the Draft and get younger. "We are going to research every player," Pagano said. "We are going to vet every player hard. We are going to go A to Z to see what the problems are and see if itís something we want to manage. Thatís going to come as an organizational decision from Mr. (Jim) Irsay and from the rest of our ownership down to our marketing. How is it going to impact our fans? We have to weigh all of that before we make a decision on a high-risk character guy.

The Player: 3/30 Takk McKinley: The Waterboy.

The Reason: There is no mystery. The Colts need a passrusher before they can pretend to be Playoff contender again. They have to get some speed to the QB. McKinley is the best pure speed rusher in this Draft (though Tim Williams might have something to say about that, but then he got high). McKinley was a stand up OLB in UCLA's 3-4. So he should be a plug play OLB in the Colts' 3-4.

There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Chris Ballard. "It has been a whirlwind here the first month," Ballard said. "But the staff has been working really hard, the coaching staff and scouting staff, working on both free agency and the draft. Excited to be here at the Combine and look at these talented athletes we have a chance to look at." He came out at the Combine.

I don't think he quite understands the mess he is in. "It's a process," Ballard said. "We know itís a process. We know how we are judged, and it's by wins and losses. 8-8 the past two years is not good enough. The standard is the standard; the expectations are what they are. We are never going to be satisfied until we get back to where we need to be. We have a lot of work to do. We will continue to evaluate our roster. Obviously, we are here to evaluate these players. Build the roster. If we can get younger, we get younger. If we can get faster, get faster. Try to create competition within the roster. We have a lot of work to do, but the objective always is to win." He better work fast. Because he has the QB, a drug-addled owner, and an HC waiting to stab him in the back.

Grigson never tries to fill his top needs, because that might allow the HC to keep his job. I know the best player available philosophy is the end all be all, but isn't it funny how when teams don't address their needs on their Roster in the Draft they fall apart. In the end, the Draft is still about team building.

Second Choice: John Ross WR LOL



Defense: 3-4

*Jon Ross

WR Washington

5-10 3/4 188, (O) 4.22!

11'1" Broad! 37" Vert, 



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: When you have a big arm QB you need to get him some deep threats. The Ravens WR corps. fell apart this off season. The Ravens biggest advantage against other teams is Flacco. If you take away his weapons, you take away their biggest advantage. 

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

They resigned big NT Brandon Williams. "You don't pay nose tackles in a perfect world, but he is really a good, good player," an offensive coordinator said. "They are a top-five run-stopping unit, and without him, they are not. And he is young. So yes, I am down with that. They stayed true to what they said they are going to be."

The Player: Ross had to have surgery on his shoulder in March 14th. "Recovery for my shoulder," Ross said. "Take it easy. Get down the mental side more and just get ready for the draft. I'm glad this is all over. Now I can focus on that." But he was able to participate in his Pro Day.

He was said to faster than the QB throwing to him. "WR John Ross (5-11, 188) stood on his Combine numbers" Gil Bryant wrote. "But he showed in his workout that he's not just a speed guy (he set the combine record with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash). His routes were precise, his explosion in and out of his brakes was impressive, and he caught all but one pass. He's scheduled for shoulder surgery on Tuesday." It was said to be successful.

He does have some negatives, as he showed at the Combine when he couldn't finish the Combine. "He will get emotional on the field when he drops one or when their quarterback leaves an open deep ball short," a Scout said. "And I've heard other scouts call it 'bad body language.' I just think he's an edgy player. He's competitive and shows it. You'll take some attitude when a guy scores as many touchdowns as he does." But his speed will just be too enticing for too many coaches.

Ross is a speedster, whose size has hurt him staying healthy. His Draft position is solely locked on his Combine speed. If he runs a 4.3 he could go as high as Fuller last year. Every tick after that will cost him a 1/4 Round or 2. But he is a track guy. He ran 10.4 100, which is great. He was clocked, by Washington toadies, at 4.29. Great speed on the deep post pattern. He can catch the deep pass through contact. He can be a bit of a body catcher. He will out run the throw sometimes, and have to slow to catch it, which allows the CB to catch up. He runs by CBs, like a deer. He had three TDs in the 1st half against Cal

The Reason: I mean, the dude has 4.22 speed. But that speed only matters if you have a big armed QB who can throw it over the top of everyone. Ross has to go to a team that has a legit veteran QB. Flacco has as good an arm as any QB in the NFL. He has an arm that can take advantage of Ross' elite speed and route running abilities. This pick is too perfect to happen.

They need to rebuild the O-line, and we all know how much Ozzie loves his 'Bama players. I think this is OJ Howard's Floor as well. If he is on the Board the Ravens are not passing on him.

Second Choice: Reuben Foster ILB

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Defense: 3-4

**Jabrill Peppers

Safety Michigan 

5-11 1/8, 214, (O) 4.46, 

10'8" Broad, 35.5" Vert, 

30 3/4" Arms, 19 Reps,


2016 Picks:

1 (22)  Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
2 (53) Suía Cravens, S, USC
3 Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
5 (152) Matt Ioannidis, NT, Temple
6 (187) Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
7 (232) Steven Daniels, ILB, BC
7-242 Keith Marshall RB, Georgia

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Kirk Cousins

WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Brian Quick

TE Vernon Davis

DE Ziggy Hood

OL Vinston Painter

Key F.A.: 
RB Chris Thompson (R) 
LT Ty Nsekhe (R)
OC John Sullivan
DE Cullen Jenkins
DT Kedric Golston
ILB Will Compton (R)
ILB Terence Garvin
OLB Junior Gallette 
LS Nick Sundberg
SS Duke Ihenacho
SS Donte Whitner
CB Greg Toler
P Ryan Quigley

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Pierre Garcon

WR DeSean Jackson

Ricky Jean Francois DL

DE Chris Baker

The Team: They met with Jabrill Peppers at the Combine. "Just go in there and be yourself," Peppers said. "Donít lie. You know, if you made mistakes on film, which they will bring up, then just own it and explain to them what you did wrong and what you did to correct it and what youíre going to do to make sure that mistake doesnít happen again." By all accounts he has been very impressive in interviews.

They need an Edgerusher. They also have to get help for their O-line. To me, this pick comes down to those two options.

The Player: Peppers has become the enigma of the Draft. What position is he is going to play? He cannot play linebacker in the NFL, but was he really a linebacker at Michigan? He played a lot of Off Corner his Junior season? If he runs in the 4-3s at the Combine how much harder does it become to pass on him? Is he under 6-feet tall? Is he under 200-pounds? Right now he possess more questions than answers.

I think in the end he becomes a strong safety in the NFL (unless the Panthers take him). He can play outside in a Zone, Off, or Bail CB. I though he showed a very interesting knack for being there at the end of patterns when he played Off Corner in 2015. He can play in the box, like a linebacker. For me, he compares to a faster Patrick Chung. He can stuff the run, and run with anyone deep. But I do think he drops a little as his position is a little unclear.

Robinson has dropped in the polls this season. However, he kicked the crap out of  Myles Garrett against A&M. Some OC is going to watch that Tape and fall for this guy as his QB's Blindside protector. Not overjoyed with his kickslide, but he has the talent to be a good one in the NFL. His best position in the NFL might be inside at OG.

2016 (Junior): The anchor of the Crimson Tide offensive line ... selected as one of the Crimson Tideís permanent team captains for the 2016 season ... started every game at left tackle during his time in Tuscaloosa (43 games) ... one of the Tideís three unanimous All-America selections ... also earned first-team honors from Sports Illustrated ... Outland Trophy winner, given annually to the nationís top interior lineman on offense or defense ... claimed the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, the Tideís second in as many years ... first team All-SEC selection by the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... midseason All-American by Sports Illustrated, CBS, ESPN and Sporting News ... named to the Outland Trophy Preseason Outland Trophy list.

The Reason: Getting a great Safety could make this whole defense better. He will instantly impact special teams and field position for the Offense. Plus, he can play a little Nickel or Dime LB, and has experience at Michigan playing CB in 2015.

They need to protect Cousins better. "We totally anticipate Kirk coming back to the Washington Redskins," Gruden said. "We are excited about parlaying two very good years as starting quarterback and the third year just continuing to watch him grow." The best way to watch him grow is give him time in the pocket. 

They also need to get him some weapons. "I saw him running in the pool the other day, which was exciting," Gruden said about last year's top pick WR Josh Doctson. "Weíre just going to take it slow with him. I think the month of February will be very important for his progress to see where heís at." I thought he was the best weapon in last year's Draft.

Second Choice: Corey Davis WR



*David Njoku

TE Miami

6-4, 246, 6.97 3-Cone!

(O) 4.63, SS 4.34

35 1/4" Arms! 21 Reps,

37.5" Vert! 11'1" Broad,


**Malik Hooker- 

FS Ohio State

DB, 5-T, WR, TE, CB, RB, OL, DL, DB, 

2016 Picks:

1 (8)  Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St

2 (33) Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

2 (43)  Austin Johnson, DT, Penn St

2 (45) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

3 (64) Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee St

5 (140) Tajae Sharpe, WR, UMass

5 (157) LeShaun Sims, Southern Utah

6 (193) Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas

7 (222) Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA

7 (253) Kalan Reed, CB, S. Miss

Key F.A. Signed:

WR DeSean Jackson

DE Chris Baker

CB Logan Ryan

FS JJ Wilcox

Key F.A.:

QB Matt Cassel
RB Antonio Andrews (R)
WR Marc Mariani
TE Anthony Fasano
TE Phillip Supernaw (R)
OC Brian Schwenke
ORT Byron Bell
OG Chance Warmack
ILB Nate Palmer
ILB Sean Spence
OLB David Bass
CB Antwon Blake
FS Rashad Johnson
SS Daimion Stafford

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Kendall Wright

The Team: They have a young QB who could use some weapons to take that next step towards becoming a winning QB. This is a group of WRs with a desperate need for speed. "They all know theyíre going to be coached harder than any position there is," Mularkey said about his underachieving WRs. "First of all, because it needs to improve. Thereís no question about that. If thereís a position on this team that could be better, itís that one. Weíre going to be in their ear. Weíre not going to accept anything thatís not the best from them. If they donít show that, weíre going to find someone that understands that." I like Sharpe and Mathews but neither are a Number One, and no one would call them fast on an NFL field. 

The Player: 4/06 David Njoku: Leaping Into The 1st.

The Reason: There WRs were vast inconsistent last year, partly because they didn't have anyone who could scare DBs going deep. "Theyíve got to be able to get open and theyíve got to be able to catch the ball, period," Mularkey said. "And Iíll add they have to block, too." They were so thrilled with their WRs that they ditched 1st Round Pick Kendall Wright, and fired two WR assistant coaches. 

He hired a new WR coach. "I was very impressed with Frisman during his visit," Mularkey said. "He is passionate about coaching, smart and detailed. The system they ran at Temple was similar to our system with their offensive coordinator spending time at the Falcons when [the OC] Terry and I were there, which should help his integration into our system and staff. Terry also had experience coaching him as a player in Cleveland. So he knows what is expected from the wide receivers. I am excited to have him join our staff." If Ross can stay on the field he would change the whole dynamics of this WR corps. 

Second Choice: Corey Davis WR



Defense: 4-3


*Dalvin Cook


5-10 3/8, 210, (O) 4.49, 

30.5" Vert, 9'8" Broad,

22 Reps! 7.27 3-Cone,

4.53 SS,

DE, RB, ILB, DT, WR, S, WR, DE, OG, DT, 

2016 Picks:

1 (11) Vernon Hargreaves, CB, FLA
2 (39) Noah Spence DE E.Kentucky
2 (59) Roberto Aguayo, K, FLA ST
4 (108) Ryan Smith, CB, 

North Carolina Central
5 (148) Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
6-183 Devante Bond OLB Oklahoma
6 (197) Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern

Key FA Signed:

WR DeSean Jackson

Key FA:

QB Ryan Griffin (R)\
RB Jacquizz Rodgers
RB Mike James
RB Antone Smith
WR Vincent Jackson
WR Russell Shepard
WR Cecil Shorts
TE Cameron Brate (R) 
TE Brandon Meyers
ORT Gosder Cherilus
OLB Adarius Glanton (R)
DE Williams Gholston
DE Jacquies Smith (R) 
DT Akeem Spence
ILB Daryl Smith
LS Andrew DePaola (R)
FS Chris Conte
FS Brad McDougald
CB Josh Robinson
P Bryan Anger
DB Alterraun Verner

Key FA Lost:

QB Mike Glennon

OC Joe Hawley

The Team: They traded two picks to move up and take a kicker, instead of helping their D-line. "Seattleís a team we try to emulate," Licht said, even though Seattle would have taken a DE. "They pull every lever. And during their rebuild, they were still focused on winning, like we are now. They realize you canít bat a thousand, but theyíre not afraid to take chances." Trading up for a kicker on Day Two was a bit too much of a chance for my taste. 

However, they do seem to have their QB. "A lot of it is the quarterback, his message and what heís put out there itís family," Licht said, which I'm not buying. "He breaks down every huddle in practice, itís 'family on 3'. And those teams in Philly and Arizona. New Englandís just a machine. They had that togetherness, all fighting for the same thing. The quarterback says it a lot, if one of us is failing, you have 10 brothers to pick you up. In the locker room, you feel it." They now need to start winning.
If you have the QB than winning starts by hitting the opponents quarterback. "I know itís clichť, but unity is a powerful thing," Licht said. "They said this in New England all the time, it was engrained by Belichick, 'it's not the best 53, itís the right 53'. We're starting to figure out what the right 53 is. It's evolving that way." Getting an edgerusher can change everything for this team.

The Player: 12/9 Dalvin Cook.  

The Reason: Anytime you have a young QB, it is amazing to me how often teams don't bother to try and build a run game around him. Of course, it is a lot more difficult and frustrating to build a run game. The QB wants to throw it all the time. Drawing up a passing attack is funner. And run games can get you a could of dust or less over and over and be very frustrating. They need an RB Winston can trust to hand the ball off too.

I love the championship connection between Winston and Cook. "I can do it all," Cook said. "I can stay on the field all three downs, and Iím just a do-it-all back. I just feel like I am the best back in this class." He would take a ton of pressure off of Winston by running, picking up blitzers in pass pro, and catching passes out of the backfield.

They both played in Fishers system at FLA ST, and Winston could help Cook translate that to the Tampa system. "Coach Fisherís system, thatís really helped me transfer it over to the NFL level because when Iím in certain meeting rooms and coaches are asking me questions, I can relate very well," Cook said. "I think Coach Fisher has me very well prepared for this next level. His offense is very intense. Itís a big playbook. And the NFL is the same way." This pick is too perfect to happen.

Dalvin Cook is a vast talent, but he does have some issues. "Fumbles and arrests are a bad combination,"  a scout said. " He's got a lot of ability but he's got on the field problems with ball security and multiple arrests off of it. You have to decide if he will be responsible with more money and more time on his hands. If you have any doubts, just wait around for another running back because there will be plenty this year." But he has been clean for a couple of year, so only the fumbles are left.

Second Choice: Corey Davis WR



Defense: 3-4

*Cam Robinson

OLT Alabama

6-6, 327, #74

QB, OLT, ILB, RB, NT, 5-T, TE, WR, 

2016 Picks:

1 (26) Paxton Lynch, QB Memphis
2 Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech
3 (98) Justin Simmons, DB, BC
4 (136) Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
5 Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
6-176 Andy Janovich FB Nebraska
6 (219) Will Parks, S, Arizona
7 (228) Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse

Key F.A. Signed:

Malik Watson OL

Ron Leary OG

DT Domata Peko

NT Zach Kerr (R)

Key F.A.:

QB Austin Davis
RB Juwan Thompson (R)
RB Justin Forsett
WR Jordan Norwood
OC Sam Brenner (R) 
DT Sylvester Williams
DE Vance Walker
DE Billy Winn
OLB Dekoda Watson
ILB Todd Davis
FS Darian Stewart
K Brandon McManus (R)

Key F.A. Signed:

Russell Okung OLT

OLB DeMarcus Ware

CB Kayvon Webster

The Team: They will be looking for a young athletic OLT who can play in their zone blocking scheme.

The Player: Robinson has dropped in the polls this season. However, he kicked the crap out of  Myles Garrett against A&M. Some OC is going to watch that Tape and fall for this guy as his QB's Blindside protector. Not overjoyed with his kickslide, but he has the talent to be a good one in the NFL. His best position in the NFL might be inside at OG.

2016 (Junior): The anchor of the Crimson Tide offensive line ... selected as one of the Crimson Tideís permanent team captains for the 2016 season ... started every game at left tackle during his time in Tuscaloosa (43 games) ... one of the Tideís three unanimous All-America selections ... also earned first-team honors from Sports Illustrated ... Outland Trophy winner, given annually to the nationís top interior lineman on offense or defense ... claimed the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, the Tideís second in as many years ... first team All-SEC selection by the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... midseason All-American by Sports Illustrated, CBS, ESPN and Sporting News ... named to the Outland Trophy Preseason Outland Trophy list.

The Reason: When you have a young QB, it is always smart to start with a young OLT who fits the system. Plus, Robinson can look like an elite power blocker sometimes.

Second Choice: David Njoku TE



Defense: 4-3

Haason Reddick

LB Temple

6-1.5, 237, (O) 4.52! S-1.6,

11'1"Broad! †36.5"Vert,

7.01 3-Cone, 4.37 SS,

24 Reps, 32 3/4" Arms,

DE/PR, LB, RB, WR, DT, DL, OL, DL, S, DL, WR, 

2016 Picks:

1 (16) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
2 AíShawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
3 Graham Glasgow OC Michigan
4 (111) Miles Killebrew SS, S.Utah
5 Joe Dahl, OG, Washington St
5 (169) Antwione Williams, ILB, Georgia Southern
6 (191) Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
6 (202) Anthony Zettel DE Penn ST
6 (210) Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
7 (236) Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington

Key F.A. Signed:

ORT Ricky Wagner


CB DJ Hayden

Key F.A.:

WR Anquan Boldin

WR Corey Fuller (R) 
TE Clay Harbor
TE Matthew Mulligan
TE Tim Wright
DT Stefan Charles
DT Khyri Thornton (R) 
DT Tyrunn Walker
DE Devin Taylor
ORT Cornelius Lucas (R) 
ILB Jon Bostic
OLB Armonty Bryant
OLB Josh Bynes
OLB Brandon Copeland
CB Johnthan Banks
FS Rafael Bush
SS Don Carey
LS Don Muhlbach

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Andre Roberts

OLT Riley Reiff

ORG Larry Warford

The Team: They need help on the D-line, and at linebacker. 

The Player: He played D-end and showed he had knack for hitting the quarterback at Temple. Then he was an off the line linebacker this whole off season. He has turned himself into a must have LB. He reminds me of Jamie Collins, who was a safety in high school and ended up playing ILB and DE in college. So his comparison to Collins is uncanny when you look at what they did in high school and college. 

Riddick played safety in college. He just ran himself into the 1st Round at the Combine with a 4.52. He will not get past KC. He is likely to be one of only two LBs taken in the 1st Round. "It won't surprise me if Reddick comes off the board before Foster" a pro personnel guy said. "I like Foster a lot and I think he's the better player of the two, but Reddick is bigger than Foster and is a legit rusher on the edge, too. Any time you have someone who can rush the quarterback, they get pushed up the board." He only started at DE at Rutgers for two years. He started on both sides of the line. 

The Reason: Linebacker has been a massive weakness on this team for a long time. 

Second Choice: Corey Davis WR



Defense: 4-3

Jarrad Davis


6-1, 238, (PD) 4.58

38.5" Vert" 10'9" Broad!

7.3 3-Cone,  4.29 SS,  

23 Reps, 33.5" Arms, 



2016 Picks:

1 (13) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 (38) Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
3 (73) Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
3 (86) Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
6-186 Jakeem Grant WR Texas Tech
6 (204) Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
7 (223) Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
7 (231) Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA

Key F.A. Signed:

TE Julius Thomas

DE Andre Branch

DE William Hayes

ILB Kiko Alonso

ILB Lawrence Timmons

S Rashad Jones

Key F.A.:

RB Damien Williams (R)
TE MarQeis Gray
TE Dion Sims
TE Dominique Jones
OG/OT Jermon Bushrod
OLT Sam Young
OLT Branden Albert 
DE Mario Williams 
DE Jason Jones
DE Dion Jordan
DE Nick Williams (R)
DT Earl Mitchell
ILB Donald Butler
OLB Jelani Jenkins
OLB Spencer Paysinger
CB Chimdi Checkwa
CB Chris Culliver
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu 
FS Michael Thomas
LS John Denney

Key F.A. Lost:

TE Jordan Cameron

The Team: Dolphins have a big need at LB, and one of the best in a while is coming out. "Nothing is ever off the table. But at the same time we have an idea how we want to build it," Gase said. "Weíve got to get some more guys to help Kiko out. Weíve got to keep him healthy." They want to get some to help Alonso in the middle.

They play a 4-3, and have two good LBs. They have to find that third LB for their defense. They have three unsigned LB free agents, and have no intention of signing them. 

They had themselves a nice young edgerusher and let him go. But they did just sign Wake to a 2-year extension. "Obviously being injured and coming back and the year we had, itís very rewarding and memorable," Patriot's killer Cameron Wake said. "And to cap it off with a Pro Bowl doesnít hurt, either. The season was a step in the right direction, and now I get to enjoy some time with the best players in the world. To me, thatís a good way to end the season." But he is still 35 years old himself.

He ran int he 4/5s at his Proday. "That was the fastest 40 Iíve ever ran in my life," Davis said. "It just felt like game mode. I came out here and just acted like I was in The Swamp. Coming out here and just kind of mentally mimicking that atmosphere, I was able to put myself in a zone that I havenít been in in a while." His explosion numbers at his Proday would have been top five at the Combine.

Now they have two aging veterans on the edge, and need a couple young replacements to groom. Though Gase is an OC HC, so he will be paying more attention to the offense. But the problem with Offensive Coordinators taking over as Head Coaches is that they have to build a defense (like DC OC's have to build a QB). 

His injury this past season really hurt him. "I feel like it went good. I came out here with a mindset of just coming out and showing everybody that Iím still the same athlete I was before, and just showing that an ankle injury is an ankle injury and that happens ó but I can bounce back every time," Davis said. "I came out here today and I just wanted to show guys that Iím going to compete, Iím going to compete at the top level and Iím going to execute every time I get a chance to, and I feel like I did that." He looked completely healthy at his Proday.

He rebuilt their QB last year. "I canít speak on the past," Gase said. "I just know everybody that has been here since the time Iíve been here has had one goal, and itís to try to help our players do everything they can to win a game." Now Gase has to help Matt Burke build a defense.

They need help with aging on the D-line and secondary. "We want to be an attacking defense," Burke said. "Itís sort of what we started to try build here this past season, be aggressive. I know itís been said before, we want to tailor our scheme to fit our players. Every year you have new players, new strengths, new weaknesses, so weíre going to evaluate that and move forward. But itís always better when you can play on the front foot instead of the back foot. So that's going to be our general philosophy." You need to cover on the back end if you want to be aggressive up front. 

He has been the Invisible Man this off season. "He could have shut it down with that injury, and you guys saw what he did even in that Georgia game, when he shouldnít have been playing," McElwain said. "That showed more to these guys about him being able to come out and play and want to play and play hurt." He is a great leader and teammate on the field.

He flies around the field, and is a beast in the run game. "I think thatís where a lot of guys mess up," Davis. "They go in there and they try to put on something that theyíre not. They want to see exactly who you are so they know who theyíre going to pick. I mean, theyíre investing millions of dollars in us to play a ballgame so I just wanted to go in and let them know, this is exactly who you have, this is exactly who youíre going to get every single day. You have nothing to worry about." He showed some nice range in coverage as well.

Teammates and coaches rave about his intangible. "I knew going into the combine guys want to know what type of person I was off the field," Davis said. "They see the player I am on the field, and guys, a lot of coaches and teams, they love it and thatís what theyíve been telling me. For me to go into the combine, the only mindset I had was just going there and show them the young man that mom and dad raised. And I went in there and did exactly that. I didnít try to hide anything. I didnít try to sugarcoat anything." He played injured last season, and showed incredible toughness. 

Last Year: It is so nice to sit back and watch Miami blow themselves up again. The decision to take the old and retiring Mario Williams, over the young and still improving Olivier Vernon is a hilarious one. Especially when you consider that Williams plays on the same side as Wake. They could have tagged Vernon. They could have transition tagged him and not franchised him, and paid less than Williams as they worked out on a longer deal. 

The Player: Davis is a leader first. He has a great quick twitch swim move on the 2nd level, when he was spying the QB and the QB took off to the other side. He can take a misstep, get hit by the OG, and still hit the RB on a Dive. Very nice quickness hopping around the 2nd level. He can flash into the backfield, behind the lead blockers, and take out the RB for a TFL. He can make the OG miss on the 2nd level. 

He will go lower than his talent, because of injuries. "He's good," an exec said. "I don't care about some of those holes you are talking about. Kill him so maybe somebody will listen to you and he can fall to us. We'll take him." If he can stay healthy he can play in the NFL.

He can chase down the RB on the edge. Nice delay blitzer. When he sees the RB has stayed in to block, he can cut around his DL and go and get the QB. He goes low and is an excellent wrap up tackler. Doesn't always take on blocks well. More of a speed and burst guy. 
Great straight line Speed. He is a great inside blitzer. He got to Dobbs three straight times against Tennessee. He sacked him, hit him after as he ran, and then got to him outside the pocket and hit him as he threw to cause the incompletion and force the punt. More of a zone guy in coverage. He will let the TE run right past him and curl behind him with barely a reaction. He needs to work on his zone awareness. 

He finally got to work out at the FLA Proday. "I feel like it went good," Davis said. "I came out here with a mindset of just coming out and showing everybody that Iím still the same athlete I was before, and just showing that an ankle injury is an ankle injury and that happens, but I can bounce back every time,Ē he said. ďI came out here today and I just wanted to show guys that Iím going to compete, Iím going to compete at the top level and Iím going to execute every time I get a chance to, and I feel like I did that." Some of the times may have been exaggerated.

The Reason: They have struggled to pick up an ILB for years. They signed three veteran ILB last year, and none really worked out as hoped. They signed Kiko, but he has only shown that he can't stay on the field. They also signed Timmons to make this pick look dumb, but he is in his late 30's (for an NFL guy), and has been on the decline the past couple year. He will not be playing very long for them. Getting another young guy who could play for them for 10-years would be big for them.

Mario Williams is near the end. They also signed a new DC. "He knows this defense inside and out," Gase said about Burke. "Him being with VJ (Vance Joseph) for the amount of time that they were together in Cincinnati and then him coming along to the Dolphins last season was really big for us in that aspect. I really felt like we had two defensive coordinators on that side of the ball. We were very fortunate to be able to get him. He had plenty of opportunities to go other places and decided to come coach linebackers for us. [Which] was critical for our success this past season." They also need to get someone who can cover and/or help over the top.

Last Season: Jettisoning Grimes for nothing was a mistake. They have to fill that hole, and find someone who can slow down the Pats WRs. Mario Williams can make up for the loss of Vernon for a season. So they can get more of a developmental guy later in the Draft.

Second Choice: Forest Lamp OL