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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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Key Needs:

Team Moves:

12.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

**Malik Hooker- 

FS Ohio State

6-2, 205, RS-Soph,

 

*Myles Garrett

Edgerusher A&M

QB! WR, CB, DE/OLB, RB, DB, WR, DB, OL, DL, 

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

QB RGIII

WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Andrew Hawkins

The Team: The Drafted has shifted drastically on two fronts. The Jags will draft Fournette to help their young QB, and the Panthers will copy them. and someone will drop. 

If you miss out on the QB, you better help out the guy you have left at QB. Nobody helps a young QB more than a top RB. They have so many picks that they can take some chances. McCaffrey is worthy of a top 12 pick, but his position, RB, has been devalued. 

The Player: 2/19 Malik Hooker: Inside-Out USA.  

The Reason: Hooker was not been able to work out for teams. It shouldn't be as much of a problem as to drop him down here, but this is an extraordinary Draft. And just not be able to work out before the Draft could cause teams to fall for other prospects. Cleveland will not complain. 

The Browns have a great runner in Isaiah Cromwell. Which is swell. But McCaffrey excels in every other aspect of being an RB that NFL QBs need. Plus, he is a great runner as well. These two guys could really help take pressure off their young QBs, and help each other stay in the league a lot longer. 

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. "It’s just a piece of it, but I think it’s 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: John Ross WR

13.

Cardinals

Defense: 3-4

**Marlon Humphrey-

CB Alabama

6-1, 198, (O) 4.48, #26

CB, QB, 5-T(FA), ILB, DB(FA) LB, NT, OLB, OLB, OL, CB,

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: 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 Humphrey's floor. 

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: 3/29 Marlon Humphrey: Most Physical Corner.

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. Humphrey's playing opposite Peterson would give them the most physical CBs in the NFL.

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

14.

Eagles

From

Vikings

*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,

CB, OLT, OLB, RB, CB, DB,  ILB, OG, WR, DL, 

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 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. 

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.

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

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

The Reason: The second massive Draft shake up was that Gareon Conley has been accused of Rape, and will be taken off everybody's Boards until it is cleared up. I had Conley fitting in nicely here. So Philly has to make a new plan.

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

15.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

Takkarist McKinley-

Edgerusher UCLA

6-2, 265, #98

OLB, OL, RB, ILB, OG, CB, DL, CB, SS, WR, DE, OL, 

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

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. "We’re off to a great start,” 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 that’s 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. "You’d love to have your starting quarterback out there the entire time, and so we’ll work through it. We’ll get through it. I’m 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. “And I emphasize 'yet.' I think that’s very, very important. Yet is a great word. Another opportunity, we have another chance to improve and do better. Where we’re at is certainly not good enough, record-wise, defensively, that’s 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 it’s something we want to manage. That’s 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 it’s 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

16.

Ravens

Defense: 3-4

*Jon Ross

WR Washington

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

11'1" Broad! 37" Vert, 

 

WR, CB, OLB, DB, WR, QB, ILB, OL, DL, DB,  

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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17.

Redskins

Defense: 3-4

*Cam Robinson

OLT Alabama

6-6, 327, #74

OWNER, OL, ILB, DB, WR, RB, WR, DE, LB, OL, 

2016 Picks:

1 (22)  Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
2 (53) Su’a 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: I keep forgetting they signed Vernon, duh! So that leaves the OLT position. They have to get a legit back up to Trent Williams. He is one positive test away from being gone for the season if not forever. He is at the last chance saloon after he tested positive again last season, and they need someone to sit in his barstool  when he passes out onto the floor again. Robinson still needs a little work, but should be able to step in for Williams sooner rather than later, because he can no longer be trusted.

One way to keep Cooks is to completely rebuild their WR-Corps. Pryor is the big Power Forward WR. Quick was a nice signing, but he under achieved on the Rams. They have Doctson from last year's Draft, and Reed. But Engram is a different cat. He has the speed and hands of a top NFL WR, and the size and blocking skills of an elite NFL H-back. He can line up like an H-back and block on one play, and then slip outside to the X or Z, and fly downfield for a 50-yard bomb. And if it makes you feel better, you can just call this the the Kirk Cousins kiss-ass pick. Because if Cousins leaves next year? This Franchise is done, again.

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:  

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 Tide’s permanent team captains for the 2016 season ... started every game at left tackle during his time in Tuscaloosa (43 games) ... one of the Tide’s three unanimous All-America selections ... also earned first-team honors from Sports Illustrated ... Outland Trophy winner, given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on offense or defense ... claimed the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, the Tide’s 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: 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. "We’re just going to take it slow with him. I think the month of February will be very important for his progress to see where he’s at." I thought he was the best weapon in last year's Draft.

They had an All-Pro tight end last season in Jordan Reed. But he does get injured. When he is on the field he is a great Fantasy TE. When he is not, the offense really struggled. ,Doctson also has not been able to stay on the field. he could back up both players. 

They need a young guy who can step in, and catch passes in the Slot like Reed (just in case). Engram is not a tight end. I see him as an elite H-back, but he ran in the 4.4's at the Combine. He is a top-15 pick at that speed. He can not only play WR at that speed, but would be the fastest WR on a lot teams in the NFL. 

This off season is all about making Cooks want to stay in Washington, and not flee screaming to a saner environment. Engram is one of the guys that can help the 'Skins do that. They could line up Reed at TE, and have Engram be the H-Back, and still have one of the most dynamic receiving sets, with Prior and Doctson, in the NFL. 

Plus, they can run out of that two-TE set just as easy. This pick, with some luck (and a sober OLT), could make them the most dynamic offense in the NFL next season. Their coaches should watch film of every single down that Gronk and Bennett were on the field together for the Pats, and make this pick.

Second Choice: Dalvin Cook RB

18.

Titans

*Evan Engram-

H-B/WR Ole Miss

6-3.5, 235, 6.92 3-Come! 

(O) 4.42! 36" Vert! 

4.23 SS! 10'5" Broad, 

33 1/2' Arms, 19 Reps,

 

**Marshon Lattimore

CB Ohio State

DB5-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 they’re going to be coached harder than any position there is," Mularkey said about his underachieving WRs. "First of all, because it needs to improve. There’s no question about that. If there’s a position on this team that could be better, it’s that one. We’re going to be in their ear. We’re not going to accept anything that’s not the best from them. If they don’t show that, we’re 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: Engram does a nice job getting out to the flat and chopping the Safety coming downhill on the toss. He was the SEC leading receiver coming into the LSU game (before Kelly fell apart mentally). I told everyone he was a 1st Round pick, and you all mocked me (get it mocked me). In the first 7 games, he has garnered 40 catches for 605 yards. Which could put him on pace for 70 catches and 1,000 yards. He had a huge drop on 3rd and goal in the 2nd against LSU. Engram can catch the short pass, and break the tackle of the DE to get a few more yards. Then LSU started tripling him. 

"Ole Miss held its pro day on Monday, with 32 teams sending representatives to watch 23 players work out indoors on FieldTurf. The player that seemed to draw the most interest was TE Evan Engram, as five teams sent their tight ends coach to observe," Brandt wrote. "TE Evan Engram (6-3 5/8, 235) stood on his exceptional numbers from the combine. One tight end coach who was there call his workout "the best I have ever seen by a tight end." An explosive athlete, Engram showed off his ability to catch the ball smoothly, as well as pass protect."

Combine: He just ran himself into the 1st Round. He is not getting out of the 1st Round after running a 4.42 at almost 240-pounds. That is just crazy. He can spot the ball behind him, adjust, and catch it as smooth as ice. He is a tried hard blocker. He has some heaviness in his hands, for a H-Back. Great natural hands. No trouble tracking the ball downfield. 

The Reason: If they take Engram here, with his 4.42 speed and soft hands, Mariota just became a better QB.

There WRs were vast inconsistent last year, partly because they didn't have anyone who could scare DBs going deep. "They’ve got to be able to get open and they’ve got to be able to catch the ball, period," Mularkey said. "And I’ll 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

19.

Buccaneers

Defense: 4-3

 

*Dalvin Cook

RB FLA ST

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. "Seattle’s 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 can’t bat a thousand, but they’re 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 he’s put out there it’s family," Licht said, which I'm not buying. "He breaks down every huddle in practice, it’s 'family on 3'. And those teams in Philly and Arizona. New England’s 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 it’s cliché, 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, it’s 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 I’m 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 Fisher’s system, that’s really helped me transfer it over to the NFL level because when I’m 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. It’s 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

20.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

*Ryan Ramcyzk

OLT Wisconsin

6-5, 314, 34"Arms,

QB, OLT, ORT, ILB, RB, NT, 5-T, TE, WR, OL

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 got a positive report on Ramczyk's hip surgery, and they feel confident he can step in all play OG or ORT next season and transition over to OLT.

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

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

The Reason: Ramcyzk has the hip. He is not the smoothest in the kickslide yet. He is elite moving forward, but still needs some technique work to do moving backwards. So this not an easy pick for them. I think they would take either LB Davis or Riddick over Ramcyzk. But when you have a young QB, it is always smart to start with a young OLT who fits the system. 

Second Choice: Corey Davis WR

21.

Lions

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, ORT, WR, DT, DL, OL, DL, S, DL, WR, 

2016 Picks:

1 (16) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
2 A’Shawn 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

ORG TJ Lang

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

22.

Miami

Defense: 4-3

*Corey Davis

WR W. Michigan

6-3, 209, 33" Arms, 

OG, FS, OLB, DE, NT, MLB, TE, LB, CB, RB, WR, DE/OLB, 

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: I don't trust Davis's speed. In fact, he reminds me of Brian Quick. A small school guy who dominated against a lower level of competition. But I didn't trust his speed either. I never saw Davis run away from anyone on the field. I didn't see 4.4 speed. I saw 4.5 speed. Getting Davis would give them a big WR, who can catch some short passes, and help on the Goal line.

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. "We’ve got to get some more guys to help Kiko out. We’ve 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, it’s very rewarding and memorable," Patriot's killer Cameron Wake said. "And to cap it off with a Pro Bowl doesn’t 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, that’s a good way to end the season." But he is still 35 years old himself.

The Player: 4/15 Corey Davis Bio.

The Reason: Best player available pick.

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