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PICKS 23-32

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:

17.

49.

Redskins

Defense: 3-4

*Malik McDowell

DL Michigan State

6-4, 276, 

 

*Cam Robinson

OLT Alabama

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: They need some backups for their aging DLs. They run a 3-4, and McDowell looks like a natural 5-tech to me. But he might have to play Nose Tackle, because the further you move him from the OC the worse he looks. He will also find a home as a 3-tech on passing down, where he doesn't have to think, but can just explode up field towards the QB.

They have a new DC. "I interviewed a lot of people, took a lot of time," Gruden said. "Greg is obviously very familiar with our team and he has a lot of confidence in the players that we have. He coaches with a lot of passion and I want the defense to take on the personality of the coach and I feel like Manusky gives me the personality that I’m looking for." So the need to get him some players.
When you have a LB coach named as your new DC, you might want to get him some linebackers. "When you see a guy as an outside linebacker coach and you see him coach with the energy and the passion that [he] does you don’t really see him as a Coordinator type guy," Gruden said. "I know he came as a coordinator, but until I interviewed him, sat down with him, saw his organization, how organized he was, how detailed he was with his fundamentals and his techniques. He just sold me." Versatile LBs are going to be very important to their defense.

The Player: 4/25 Malik McDowell: When He Wanted To.

The Reason: They are going to be looking for some hybrid players. They will run a 3-4 defense to start, but likes to employ even fronts as well. "I just felt a need for change, really," Gruden said. "I just want to try to get a coach in here that is very sound fundamentally and guys will play hard for. Sometimes you just have to roll the dice and hopefully you make the right decision. And I just felt in my gut that I needed to make a change and that’s why we did it." He is planning on running a 3-4 about 25% of the time.

Second Choice: Roderick Johnson OL

18.

50.

Buccaneers

Defense: 4-3

*Raekwon McMillan-

ILB Ohio ST

6-2, 241, (O) 4.61! 

33"Arm, 23 Reps, 

10'1" Broad, 33" Vert, 

7.15 3-Cone, 4.39 SS

 

*Dalvin Cook

RB FLA ST

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 Free Agents:

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 need an ILB.

The Player: McMillan ran a 4.61, which is a good time for him. He is an old school LB who is at his best moving forward. "I’m not a fan," a scout said. "He's tough and plays the game the right way. But he’s a little bit small and plays small. He’s not as athletic as a guy that size needs to be." He has to show he can move backwards in coverage to be an every down LB. 2nd Team All-American. He was the clear leader of the Ohio State defense. 

He has the ability to come in and be the green dot guy. "Excellent leader," a different scout said. "Everybody listens to this guy. He’s a zone coverage guy. He’ll need some work in man-to-man. Has feel, has vision, easy mover. He’s a perfect football guy." Not great in coverage.

Not the best in coverage. He can really move laterally. Very quick feet moving backwards. Definitely moved better forward. He moved very well laterally in bag drill. Very nice job moving side to side and he can sink his hips. Nice reaction moving backwards, and bursting sideways. Nice hips. Great burst forward. 

2016 Season (Junior): First Team All-Big Ten ... Second team All-America by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, USA Today, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports ... Lott and Butkus Award semifinalist ... leads the team with 87 tackles ... tied a career high with 16 tackles in the regular-season finale vs. Michigan ... team-high 10 tackles in the win at Maryland where he also added 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble ... recorded nine tackles in the win over Northwestern ... had eight in the win at Oklahoma ... seven tackles at Michigan State ... recorded four tackles and one QBH in the win over Bowling Green ... eight tackles, 1 FF and 1 PBU in the win over Tulsa ... seven stops and a half TFL in the win over Rutgers ... six tackles and one PBU at Penn State.

McMillan does a nice job working through traffic to cover the RB out of the backfield (4:07). He is a move forward ILB. Anything that involves moving forward he excels at. But he is not as good moving backwards in coverage as you want. He can spot the QB keeping the ball on 3rd and 1, and jet forward and hit him before he can get the yard. He shoots like a rocket outside on tosses, right into the RB. When he hits the RB at the line he stops. When he is on he is hitting the RBs before they reach the line. But he is not good in coverage. 
He can blitz up the gut and sack the QB. Nice job changing direction when the QB rolls out. He is so good moving forward. He gets himself out of position sometimes, because he always wants to move forward off the snap (:01). He is going to have to learn to play better moving backwards in the NFL. Maybe the best run stuffer at ILB in this Draft (:12). He is so good at diagnosing the run, and getting to the RB in traffic. 
He always looks better moving forward. Nice job holding off the OG with his arms, and then sliding to the side and taking down the RB (he rammed the OG off his feet here with some heavy hands :22). You have to make tackles off blockers to play LB in the NFL. 

He does a nice job covering the TE over the middle. He can take the TE down fast when he catches the ball in the box. He can tip a ball in coverage from the zone drop. He can use his eyes in the zone to get in position to make a play on the ball. Nice job working through traffic to cover the RB out of the backfield. When he meets the RB in the hole, he goes down. He is just never fooled. He can make the tackle on the shovel pass that tricks everyone else. 
Wisconsin- He can be an RB magnet sometimes (:38). He has an elite blast off forward. He can attack forward and smash into the tight end with speed to power, and knock him clean off his feet and back on his butt  (:47). Not a bad job covering the FB out of the backfield (1:22). Nice job picking up the fast RB out of the backfield and running with him (1:48). He can go across the formation and pick up the RB (2:53). And cut off his pattern so the QB can't dump it off to him

Nice job in coverage on the tight end on Out patterns. Nice zone dropper, and he does a great job coming out of coverage (3:25). And charge in and hitting the QB at the LOS when he takes off.

He always seems to be in complete control mentally, and checks the defense (3:49). He has it mentally to lead a defense in the NFL (4:06). Reminds me of Hightower mentally. He reads it before it happens and points things out to his team mates.
He finds the RB like a magnet. He will get over aggressive sometimes moving inside, but he can retreat and recover, and grab the RB at the marker. I love the way he moves on the field. He has some heavy hands taking on the OG. When he uses both hands and pushes up and can knock the big OLG off his shirt. When he gets low, he can tackle the RB through the ORT, who is grabbing and holding him.

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19.

51.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

Tyus Bowser

OLB Houston

6-3, 247, 6.75 3-Cone! 

(O) 4.65! 37.5" Vert, 10'7"Broad, 

33"Arms, 21 Reps,

 

*Garrett Bolles

OLT Utah

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)

ILB Brandon Marshall

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: DeMarcus Ware retired. Now they need an DE/OLB to step into his spot.0.

They need some help on their D-line. They have three free agents unsigned, and a new DC as Wade Phillips is gone.

The Player: 4/08 Tyrus Bowser: Day Two Rusher: Part VII..

The Reason: Bowser is soaring up Draft boards, especially for 3-4 teams. Some say he may climb up into the 1st. I liked him so much I gave him to the Pats at 72 (mainly because of his 6.75 3-Cone;). He is likely to be gone at this point, but this has become his floor.

Elway has shown that he likes to take DLs early in the Draft. Watt could step in and play opposite Miller as an OLB in their 3-4 defense.

Second Choice: Carlos Watkins NT/DT

20.

52.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

Josh Dobbs

QB Tennessee

6-3.3, 216, 6.75 3-C! 

10'2"! (O) 4.64! 33" Vert, 

 

*Myles Garrett

Edgerusher A&M

 

**Jabrill Peppers

DB/LB Michigan 

 

*David Njoku

TE Miami

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

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

QB RGIII

WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Andrew Hawkins

The Team: This is no joke. The Browns have to get a QB. 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 in the 1st. 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 Dobba 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. They 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. 

They do have a great opportunity here. They have a QB guru at HC, a second year QB they can start and Dobbs can learn behind. And a new O-line, and some good RBs to create a run game to take pressure off of Dobbs, Dobbs is the third best QB prospect in this Draft, but he needs time. He reminds me of Jacoby Brissett, who step in for the Patriots as a rookie and help win a game.

The Player: 4/25 Joss Dobbs: Fight For Consistency.

The Reason: Hue Jackson coached Dobbs at the Senior Bowl. He showed a big interest in talking about all the QBs except Dobbs. Dobbs has the highest character high. The smartest guy. And is  top three when it comes to taking hits, and completing the next pass. 

Second Choice: Cordrea Tankersley CB

21.

53.

Lions

Defense: 4-3

*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,

 

Jarrad Davis

LB FLA

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

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: Here I am another year in a row saying they need to take an DE/OLB who can help Ziggy hit the QB (which I was also saying before Ansah). So I'm giving them two edgerushers, and I don't care.

Second Choice: Tim Williams DE/OLB

22.

54.

Miami

Defense: 4-3

*Josh Jones

FS/SS NC ST

6-1 7/8, 222, (O) 4.41! 

37.5" Vert! 11' Broad! 

32" Arms, 20 Reps!

7.43 3-Cone, 4.32 SS

 

 

*Charles Harris

DE Missouri

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

2016 Picks:

1 (13) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 (38) Xavien Hodward, 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: They need a young option at FS.

The Reason: He has a little snap in his hips. He was able to track the ball over his left shoulder and high point it. "This guy would just as soon hit you as look at you on the football field," a DB coach said. "Hey, it's fun to watch his tape because he's already got that NFL mentality to him, but he gets way out of control too. I saw that early on in the tape. You've got to rein him in a little bit." He has some suddenness. 

Much better moving forward than backwards. "For some reason Jones didn't get much attention during the season, but he has 1st-round ability," an NFL exec said. "I think he'll definitely go in the top 40 picks, and it wouldn't be crazy for some team to take him late in the 1st round." He will likely go in the 2nd, but I couldn't find a spot.

Combine: He just ran himself into Day Two. He just ran a 4.41 at 220 pounds. That is an incredible time. 
He has a great burst forward. Very aggressive moving forward. He will play in the box. Does a nice job blitzing from the edge.
Didn't have drop in 2nd gauntlet.

The PlayerDolphins have a need in the secondary. 

They 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. 

Second Choice: Raekwon McMillan ILB

23.

55.

Giants

Defense: 4-3

Carlos Watkins-

 NT/DT/ Auburn

6-3 1/2, 313, (PD) 5.06, 

34.5" Arms, 25 Reps,

28" Vert, 9'6" Broad,

*Evan Engram-

H-B/WR Ole Miss

RB,  OLT, DT, TE, ILB, DE, DB, OL, QB

2016 Picks:

1 (10) Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
2 Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
3-71 Darian Thompson SS Boise ST
4 (109) B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
5 (149) Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
6 (184) Jerrell Adams, TE, 

South Carolina

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Geno Smith

WR Brandon Marshall

OT DJ Fluker

OG Jerry Jones

TE Matt LaCosse 

DE Jason Pierre-Paul

OLB Mark Herzlich

ILB Keenan Robinson

LS Zak DeOssie

Key F.A.:

QB Josh Johnson
QB Ryan Nassib
RB Orleans Darkwa (R) 
RB Bobby Rainey
TE Larry Donnell
OLT Will Beatty
DE Kerry Winn (R) 
DT Jason Hankins
RT Marshall Newhouse
ILB Kelvin Sheppard
OLB Deontae Skinner (R)
CB Leon Hall
CB Trevin Wade
K Robbie Gould

Key F.A. Lost:

CB Coty Sensabaugh

DT Jonathon Hankins

The Team: The NJG needed a DT before they lost Hankins. Now they are desperate. Watkins should have been a 1st Round pick. 

The Player: Watkins can dissect a complicated offense, and find the RB and take him down instantly. "We had a real long season, but I told myself if I can do the national championship, I can do one more game," Watkins said at the Senior Bowl. "I had a pretty good season, but I still think I still got a lot to prove, so I just want to go out there and prove all doubters. If there’s anybody that thinks I can’t do this or do that, I just want to go out there and just really prove myself and show them that I can be that player on the next level." He has that knack for hitting the Quarterback. 

He can line up outside the ORT in an Odd front, and get pressure on the QB outside. "I feel as if I can do a lot of things that NFL scouts will want me to do, so I really just need to go out there and just be myself and just continue trying to dominate the line of scrimmage," Watkins said. "Winning a national championship is definitely one of the biggest things that ever happened to me football wise, but it’s done. The celebrating is over. So it’s really time to move on and focus on what I’ve been dreaming about since I was like 5-6 years old, playing in the NFL." He always seems to make big plays moving forward into the backfield. 

Overview: Senior who made an enormous impact on the Tiger defense during his career, especially his last two seasons as a starter ... had 191 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in 1,666 snaps over 53 games (30 starts) in his career ... had 24 career games with at least one tackle for loss, and Clemson was 22-2 in those games ... earned Senior Bowl invitation.

The Reason: Watkins is one of the most underrated players in this Draft. If they could line up Watkins inside for most of the season their defense would be vastly improved.

Second Choice: Joe Mixon RB

24.

56.

Raiders

Defense: 4-3

DeMarcus Walker

DL FLA ST

6-4, 280, 18 Reps, 33"Arms, 

 

Gareon Conley-

CB Ohio ST

RB (FA), DE, DT, LB, WR, DE, CB, LB,  

2016 Picks:

1 (14) Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
2 (44) Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
3-75 Shilique Calhoun DE Mich ST
4 (100) Connor Cook, QB, Mich ST
5 (143) Deandre Washington, RB Texas Tech
6 Cory James, OLB, Colorado ST
7 (234) Vadal Alexander, G, LSU

Key F.A. Signed:

TE Jared Cook

WR/KR Cordarelle Patterson

Key F.A.: 

QB Matt McGloin
WR Andre Holmes
TE Cooper Helfet (R)
ORT Matt McCants
ORT Menelik Watson
DE Denico Autrey (R)
DT Stacy McGee
ILB Daren Bates
ILB Perry Riley
FS Nate Allen
SS Brynden Trawick
LS John Condo

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Latavius Murray

TE Mychal Rivera

ILB Malcolm Smith

CB DJ Hayden

The Team: They have to get a rush opposite Mack. "We've got to play better defense," Del Rio said. "We’re not playing the kind of defense that I’m proud of and expect. We all share in that. We’re going to work to make sure [we get better]. We have a good group of guys. We just need to do it better. We just need to eliminate the gray. We had too many breakdowns." When they score like they score, you have to hit the quarterback more.
One thing Willis can do is attack up field. "Part of it is that our attack needs to become a little more attacking," Del Rio said. "There was a little too much catch-and-read at the line, which system-wise, we’re looking at to make sure we’re teeing off and doing the things we need to do to give those guys a chance." He had the best 10-yard split at the Combine.

The team took a huge leap forward last year. "I thought in Year 1, we learned how to compete," Del Rio said. "Year 2, we learned how to finish games and win. And for us in Year 3, it's about building on that foundation that we've established and understanding that we're just getting started. We've got a long way to go, a lot of work to do." The injury to Carr wiped out any chance of success in the Playoffs.

Now they have to make life easier for Carr to succeed. "I think the message I get is that players and coaches and people recognize that this is a good place to be," Del Rio said. "When I first arrived here three years ago, the thought was, 'Nobody wants to come here.' And we battled through that and became a place where people wanted to come." They also need a passrusher opposite Mack.

The Player: 4/19 DeMarcus Walker: Day Three Rusher: Part XI.

The Reason: They like to move Mack up down and all around. Having a guy who can play off all that movement and attention by the O-line would really help this team.

Second Choice: Joe Mixon RB

25.

57.

Texans

Defense: 3-4

Chris Godwin

WR Penn ST

6-1, 209, 4.0 SS, 7.01 3-C, (O) 4.42, 19 Reps! 31.5"A, 10"6'Broad, 36"V 

 

*Deshaun Watson

QB Clemson

QB, ORT, NT, WR, ILB, OG, DB,  

2016 Picks:

1 (21) Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
2 (50) Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
3 (85) Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio ST
4 (119) Tyler Ervin, RB San Jose ST
5 (159) KJ Dillon, S, West Virginia
5 (166) D.J. Reader, NT, Clemson

 

Key F.A. Signed:

TE Ryan Griffin

Key F.A.:

RB Johnathan Grimes
G Oday Aboushi
DT Devon Still
DT Brandon Dunn (R)
DE Antonio Smith
LT David Quessenberry
ILB Akeem Dent
P Shane Lechler
K Nick Novak
CB Charles James (R)
CB Robert Nelson (R)
SS Quintin Demps
FS Don Jones

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Brock Osweiler

QB Brian Hoyer 

NT Vince Wilfork

OLB John Simon

CB AJ Bouye

The Team: This Draft has one and only one purpose for this team: to develop a legit QB to pair up with their great defense. That's it. That's all. If they want to win it all, they have to get a legit NFL QB, and get him some weapons that can make him great. They have some good WRs, but another weapon at WR would not hurt the development of whatever QB they acquire. An ORT and an explosive RB wouldn't hurt either.

The Player: Godwin is a very productive WR. He gets open running a skinny post right on the goal line. He knows how to get open running routes. He reminds me of David Givens, only faster. Hands catcher, who can reach all around his body to snag the ball with his strong hands. He also reminds me a lot of Allen Robinson. Both guys were a little lost in the process coming into the Draft, and then exploded at the Combine where they showed their elite athleticism.
He uses his hands and feet nicely on release off the line. Nice speed down the sideline. He can fight with his hands going down field very well. He uses his body well to shield off the CB from the pass. Fights for every yard after the catch. He is not a prima donna on the field. He is a tough physical WR.

Career Notes & Records: He is tied for No. 4 on the career touchdown receptions chart with Derek Moye (2008-11) at 18 scoring grabs in three seasons...Is the eighth player in PSU history to eclipse 2,000 career receiving yards...Ranks No. 4 on the career receiving yards list with 2,404 yards...Sits No. 7 on the career receptions charts (153)...Is one of 14 players to eclipse the 100 career catch mark, joining teammate DaeSean Hamilton and current assistant coach Terry Smith (108; 1989-91)...Godwin and Hamilton are just the second set of teammates with 100-plus career receptions, joining Derrick Williams, Jordan Norwood and Deon Butler (2005-08)...Owns nine career 100-yard receiving games, with three in 2016, five coming in 2015 and the other coming against Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl...Has at least one catch in 38 of 40 career games, including a stretch of 19-straight games with from 2014-16.

The Reason: Godwin is an elite athlete playing WR. But he also has great strong hands. O'Brien helped recruit him to Penn St, and knows more about the kid than anyone else in the NFL. "So far me and De’Andre have been talking together and just talking about the situation and we both agree that we all want to stay together," Godwin said at the time that O'Brien recruited him to Penn ST, and then left for the NFL. "I’m fully committed to Penn State. Me and the rest of the recruits are fully determined to keep our class together and so no matter what we’re probably still going there." They have to commit to getting their new QB, whoever that may be, some new weapons.

Second Choice: Jaleel Johnson NT

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26.

58.

Seahawks

Defense: 4-3

Joe Mixon

RB Oklahoma

6-1, 228, (PD) 4.48, 

(U) 4.44, (O) 4.5,

35" Vert, 9'10" Broad,

21 Reps, 

3-Cone 7.03, 4.25 SS,

 

*Cam Robinson

OLT Alabama

OLT, OG, ORT, RB, DT, OL, LB, WR, DB, 

2016 Picks:

1 (31) Germain Ifedi, OT, A&M
2 (49) Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
3 (90) C.J. Prosise, RB, ND
3 (94) Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio ST
3 (97) Rees Odhiambo, OG Boise ST
5 (147) Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland
5 (171) Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
6 (215) Joey Hunt, OC, TCU
7 (243) Kenny Lawler, WR, California
7 (247) Zac Brooks, RB, Clemson

Key F.A.:

RB Eddie Lacy

OG/OT Luke Joeckel

Key F.A.:

Tarvaris Jackson QB 

Bryce Brown RB 

Fred Jackson RB

Ricardo Lockette WR 
Anthony McCoy TE 
Chase Coffman TE 

Lemuel Jeanpierre OC 

Will Tukuafu FB 

Demarcus Dobbs DE 
DeShawn Shead CB  

Jon Ryan P 

Key F.A. Lost:

Russell Okung OT 

J.R. Sweezy OG

Alvin Bailey OL

Brandon Mebane DT

Bruce Irvin LB 

The Team: Not a lot of needs here. However, their O-line was so bad that it really cost them in the Playoffs. They had a good enough team to get out of the NFC to the Super Bowl, except for their O-line. 

The Player: Joes Mixon is a tough evaluation to say the least. A team that had at 4.44 is likely to take him in the 2nd. "I left it all on the line," Mixon said at the OK Proday. "It's all over with now. I showed what I can do." He has a terrific quick burst once he catches the ball sneaking out of the backfield. 

He is not the best RB prospect in this Draft. That is a dumb reaction to his being held responsible for his actions when he punched a woman on tape in 2014. He has been the backup RB to Perine most of his time at OK. He came in a lot on 3rd down and caught passes. So he has value as a three down back. He has a lot of trend left on his tires. Great change of pace runner. 

He can slow to let his blockers do their job, and then burst past them. He is fast in the open field. He is a quick twitch RB, with elite size. He plays like a 3rd down back, but is really a great slasher. Great receiver out of the backfield. He can run as low as anyone going through the line, while strangling the ball with both hands. He gives a good hit with his shoulder pads in pass pro. 

The Reason: This gives them two shots at an OLT, and the losers can move over to ORT.

Their top need is an OLT. But their second biggest need after the signing of Joeckel is an ORT. This could be the best thing to happen to his team if it works out with two OT in the first two Rounds. 

Second Choice: Joe Mixon RB

27.

59.

Chiefs

Defense: 3-4

Tarell Basham- 

Edgerusher Ohio

6-3 5/8, 269, (PD) 4.65, 

7.27 3-C, 4.35 SS, 

9'11"'Broad, 32.5"Vert, 

15 Reps, 34 1/4"Arm,  

 

*Pat Mahomes II

QB Texas Tech

RB, ILB, NT, OLB, WR, OT, OL, DB, DL, QB

2016 Picks:

12 (37) Chris Jones, DT, Miss ST
3 (74) Keivarae Russell, CB, ND
4 (105) Parker Ehinger OG Cincinnati
4 (106) Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
4 Demarcus Robinson, WR FLA
5 (162) Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
5 (165) Tyreek Hill RB W. Alabama
6 (178) D.J. White, CB, Georgia T.
6 (203) Dadi Lhomme Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech

Key FA Signed:

DT Bennie Logan

Key FA:
RB Bishop Sankey (R)
WR Albert Wilson (R)
C Mike Person 
DE Kendall Reyes
DE David King (R)
FS Eric Berry
FS Daniel Sorenson (R)
CB Terrance Mitchell (R)
K Cairo Santos (R)
LS James Winchester (R)

Key FA Lost:

QB Nick Foles

RB Knile Davis

NT Dontari Poe

The Team: The Chiefs run a 3-4 defense that relies on two ILBs. "Remember Michael Sam?” Mayock said. “For him it was a circus at the combine. Here is what I think is going on, and it’s worth a conversation. I almost think it’s an advantage Mixon won’t be there. He won’t get poked and prodded from 5 in the morning to midnight for two days at the combine. He won’t deal with all the questions from all the teams. We know Joe Mixon is gonna be in the NFL next year. Tyreek Hill went in the 5th round last year, after all his trouble in college. And the Chiefs got away with one. And he’s been clean off the field since the draft. Every team will vet him." Chiefs are the new team that will take controversial guys to try and take that last step to the Super Bowl.

The Player: 4/10 Tarell Basham: Day Two Rusher: Part III.

The Reason: They took a guy with a lot worse character last year, and it was a grand slam homerun. Mixon is another troubled guy with a ton of talent. He should fit in well in KC. "It needs to be the right market, a team that can handle the onslaught, the right PR staff, because you’ll have to weather the storm," an area scout said. "But the guy the Chiefs drafted [Tyreek], Joe Mixon isn’t half the douche bag that guy was. You’d have to search to find people that don’t like him. Maybe the parking-lot attendant. Everyone there loves him. And I believe them." It was bad. No excuses. But I wouldn't want to judged solely by the worst thing I ever did in my life.

Second Choice: Raekwon McMillan ILB

28.

60.

Cowboys

Defense: 4-3

Adam Shaheen

TE Ashland

6-6, 278, (O 4.79), 

33 1/2" Arms, 24 Reps!

7.09 3-Cone(!), 4.38 SS, 

10'1 Broad(!), 32.5" Vert,

 

Taco Charlton

DE Michigan

DE, CB, MLB, FS, CB, TE, SS, CB, DE,  

2016 Picks:

1 (4) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
2 (34) Jaylon Smith, ILB, Notre Dame
3 (67) Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
4 Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
4 (135) Dak Prescott, QB, Miss ST
6 (189) Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
6-212 Kavon Frazier S, C. Michigan
6 Darius Jackson, RB, E. Michigan
6 (217) Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor

Key F.A  Signed:  

WR Terrance Williams

RB Darren McFadden

OL Jonathon Cooper

CB Nolan Carroll

Key F.A :  

QB Mark Sanchez
QB Kellen Moore
WR Brice Butler
TE Gavin Escobar
DE Jack Crawford
DE Ryan Davis (R)
DT Terrell McClain
ILB Justin Durant
ILB Rolando McClain
OLB Andrew Gachkar
CB Morris Claiborne
CB Leon McFadden (R) 
CB Joshua Thomas

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Tony Romo 

RB Lance Dunbar

OT Doug Free

OG Ron Leary

CB Brandon Carr 

SS Barry Church

FS JJ Wilcox

The Team: Dallas is still shopping for an edgerusher who help their Secondary. 

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: The only need they didn't hit last year was DE/Passrusher. Williams has admitted to multiple positive drug tests at Alabama. "He’ll get pushed down to the 2nd round because of his character," a scout said. "He's a dynamite pass rusher. He gets off the edge." He is starting to look like Randy Gregory to me. Dallas drafted Gregory in the 3rd Round.

Second Choice: Sidney Jones CB

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29.

61.

Packers

Defense: 3-4

Fabian Moreau

CB UCLA

 6-1 1/4, 206 (U) 4.35-4.38, 38" Vert! 11'4"! 6.94 3-C, 4.12 SS, 11.34 60!

 

*Dalvin Cook

RB FLA ST

TE, CB, RB, CB, OLB, RB, OLB, DB, OL, DL, 

2016 Picks:

1 (27) Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
2 (48) Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
3 (88) Kyler Fackrell, OLB Utah ST
4 (131) Blake Martinez ILB Stanford
4 Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
5 (163) Trevor Davis WR California
6 (200) Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Key F.A. Signed:

TE Martellus Bennett

TE Lance Hendricks

RB Christine Michael

CB Devon House 

Key F.A.:
TE Justin Perillo (R) 
ORT Don Barclay
OC JC Tretter
DE Mike Pennel (R)
OLB Nick Perry
OLB Jay Elliott (F) 
LS Breet Goode
SS Micah Hyde
P Jake Schum (R)

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Eddie Lacy

TE Jared Cook

ORG TJ Lang

OLB Julius Peppers

OLB Datone Jones

The Team: They were 31st in rushing the QB last season. A lot of that had to do with their atrocious secondary. But they also need someone who can rush opposite Perry. With Peppers and Jones gone, and Mathews playing with one shoulder, getting an OLB is as big a priority as grabbing a Corner.  

The Player: 4/01 Fabian Moreau: The Forgotten Man.

Moreau got injured at his Proday benching for some reason. "He once played three games in 2015 with a foot injury, so you combine two pretty major injuries, I think the third round is the highest he would go at this point," Daniel Jeremiah said. "Even if he's ready to go next year, there is legitimate injury concern when you talk to people around the league." He should end up being the steal of this Draft. 

He was timed in a 4.29 at UCLA last summer. Every time I watched he didn't give up space for the QB to throw into. He made plays as the gunner at the Shrine. He is another guy who always seems to make plays and no one seems to notice. Known for his great character.

The Reason: At some point a team on Day Three will take a chance on this injured 1st Round Corner. They have to get edgerushers and Corners in this Draft. Fabian is the top guy left.

This is a futures pick. I just think they still need a CB or two, and they have an opportunity to get a good one here because of an injury at his Proday. But I just don't think that a chest injury is going to have a long term effect on his career.

Second Choice: Wayne Gallman RB

30.

62.

Steelers

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, 

 

Derek Rivers
DE Youngstown

DB, OLB, ILB, WR, DB, DE, WR, TE, OT, DB, NT, 

2016 Picks:

1 (25) Artie Burns, CB, Miami
2 (58) Sean Davis, S, Maryland
3 (89) Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
4 (123) Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
6 (220) Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
7  Demarcus Ayers WR Houston
7 (246) Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Le’Veon Bell

RB Knile Davis

WR Justin Hunter

OLB Anthony Chickillo 

ILB Steven Johnson 

CB Coty Sensabaugh

Key Free:

RB DeAngelo Williams
QB Landry Jones
TE David Johnson
OG Chris Hubbard (R)
DT Ricardo Mathews
OC Cody Wallace
OLB James Harrison
LS Greg Warren
SS Shamarko Thomas
CB Ross Cockrell (R)

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Markus Wheaton

OLB Jarvis Jones

ILB Lawrence Timmons

The Team: They need a FS who can cover a lot of ground in Cover One. Baker can make plays on the ball. He can cover a lot of ground moving backwards. He was off lined up in the box, and had to turn and run.

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.

USC: He does not let WR's block him. When he has backside contain he holds it well, and when 'SC ran a reverse he got into the backfield and tackled him with prejudice. Nice blitzer from the edge. He is a best on the goal line. He can blitz through a hole on the left side of the line, and run down the RB running to the right from behind. Nice job taking down the TE who catches the ball in front of him in the flat. He hits like a linebacker. When he sees the RB catching the ball out of the backfield, he comes down hill and destroys him.

The Reason:  He played in the box a lot. He really played Slot-CB/Box-Safety. He stepped up like he was going to cover the RB. Then watch him burst back down field and impossibly intercept the ball. That was a great defensive play there (:01). He played slot corner a lot as they liked to keep him close to the line (:36). He is a very small guy, but can play freakishly physical (:45). Watch him jam off the bigger WR, and go and get the RB.

He played LB sometimes. Watch how he ran past the OL, spun off the WR, and pushed the monster back out of bounds (:52). Not sure where to play him in the NFL.

He held up in front of the RB (1:11). He is tough as nails, but he cannot play like that in the NFL (1:18). He was impressive working off the block of the WR, and going and getting the RB. His role in the NFL looks like a Slot Corner to me (1:40). He was impressive in the run game (1:48). My problem with him is that he was playing Box Safety last year at 5-9, 190. He can't do that in the NFL.

He turned and ran well with the WR there (2:26). He used his hands and feet very well in coverage, and stepped in front of the WR over the middle (2:38). He played over the top, and then picked up the WR breaking outside. The QB threw it to his man, but the only place he could get it in was out of bounds (2:55). That was good coverage.

He got caught by the play action and lost his man (3:05). He was an excellent blitzer from the edge (3:26). He can play the Bubble screen like a CB (3:42). Great run blitzer as well (4:04). He was the leader of the secondary, but he was really a slot corner not a safety (4:42). He moved laterally inside nicely, to help tackle the big monster back (5:07). Slot Corner (5:18). He stayed with him well, and then attacked when he saw the run. I'm just not real impressed with his Tape. How does that translate to the NFL? His best position is as a FS, who can step up into the Slot and cover the 3rd WR to keep the defense in the their base.

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31.

63.

Atlanta

Defense: 4-3

Dion Dawkins

OG/OT Temple

6-4, 317, 34 5/8" Arms, 

7.30 3-Cone! 4.78 SS,

26 Reps, (O) 5.11,

26" Vert, 8'10" Broad,

 

Takkarist McKinley-

Edgerusher UCLA

ORG, OLB/PR, TE,  NT, CB, FS, OL, DL, 

2016 Picks:

1 (17) Keanu Neal, S, Florida
2 (52)  Deion Jones, ILB, LSU
3 (81) Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
4 (115) De’Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
6 Wes Schweitzer, G, San Jose ST
7 (238) Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA

Key F.A. Signed:

WR Andre Roberts

NT Dontari Poe

Key F.A.:

QB Matt Schaub
RB Stevan Ridley
FB Dimarco Patrick
WR Aldrick Robinson
WR Eric Weems
WR Taylor Gabriel (R) 
TE Jacob Tamme
TE Levine Toilolo
G Tom Compton
G Chris Chester
G Ben Garland (R) 
RT Ryan Schrader
DT Jonathan Babineaux
DE Cliff Matthews
OLB Dwight Freeney
OLB Courtney Upshaw
OLB Philip Wheeler
ILB Sean Weatherspoon
ILB Paul Worrilow
ILB Laroy Reynolds
CB Robert Alford
SS Kemal Ishmael
SS Akeem King (R)

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: Falcons have said their top need this year is an ORG.

The Player: Dawkins is a big OT form Temple, who most feel will move inside to guard. "I don't know if I see him as a guard or a tackle yet, but I think he can play both," a scout said. "I like him because I think he could upgrade our pass protection inside if we did bump him to guard, but he's athletic enough to play right tackle, too." He has some suddenness in his hips, for an OL. He has some nice quick feet. He looked comfortable pulling down field. He had some suddenness in his shoulder turning up field on pull drill. He has some twitch moving back. Quick feet, but hoppy. Terrific in COD in mirror. I am starting to think I would invest a Day One pick on him.

The Reason: They feel they are one piece away from a compete O-line.

Second Choice: Desmond King DB

32.

64.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

*Roderick Johnson

OT FLA ST

6-7, 298, 36" Arms! 

 

Christian McCaffrey

RB/WR Stanford

 

*Kevin King- 

CB Washington

DB, RB, WR, OL, ORT, DB, DE

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
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:

WR Tedd Ginn, Jr. 

FB Mike Tolbert 

DT Paul Soliai 

The Team: The Panthers need to help their QB. But then again who doesn't? They have to get an ORT to protect his back. Cam Newton seemed to fall apart mentally a little last season. 

The loss of Ginn Jr. was huge. I don't think people are taking that loss as seriously as Newton. Once Newton hit Ginn deep, everything else opened up in the offense. He was the liquid plumper of their clogged up offense. Plus, they still have three unsigned WRs. They have to get a WR who can take  the top off the defense. They have a couple big goofy WRs who have underachieved, and need a speed guy over the top to be effective. Do they even have three WRs left on the roster?

The Player: Johnson might have to switch over to ORT. "He should have gone back, but I think he's interesting because I still think he is growing into his body," a director of scouting said. "He will probably always have some balance issues because he's always going to be a leaner. If he can improve his body control with that length. That could be really interesting." Big guy with great long arms. 

If he misses with his hands, he can get beat quick. Gets high and off balance too much. Terrific cut blocker. Plays in a zone blocking scheme. He can fake back, and then get that big body down and flip the DE. He can get back on 3rd and long against the speed rusher. His kickslide needs some work, but he has some interesting quick feet moving backwards, but he always seemed to bail out of his kickslide a little early.

Miss: Nice job hoping outside the TE in Pass pro on the roll out. Because he plays in a Zone blocking scheme he is very good at blocking on the move. Big guy with great long arms. If he misses with his hand he can get beat quick. Gets high and off balance too much. He is one of those big awkward but effective guys. He can hold his ground in pass pro, while being bent backwards by the big rusher. He will struggle against smaller faster guys sometimes. He can sure give a good pop to passrushers. He always seems on the edge of disaster to me, but then he holds onto the block just long enough for the play to work. 
FLA: Turns to slam the DT very quickly on the stunt. He has some quickness in his eyes. Nice feet sliding sideways to cut off the rusher inside. One thing that saves him from disaster a lot is that he plays so well at arms length. It doesn't have to be pretty, he only has to be effective. He can hope inside and seal the DT outside. That is an amazing block, and he showed some great quickness. Great job letting the DE rush himself out of the play on inside runs. He blocks well out in space when the QB rolls out. Leans forward a little too much, but just doesn't quite lunge. Skirts that edge a little too much. Not always a patient blocker. Uses his great long arms very well.

Miami: Nice job grabbing the arm of the rusher when he tries to shove off with his inside arm. He just plays so well at arms length. Miami stopped rushing his lane in the 4th quarter when they needed it the most. Doesn't always get the drive backwards you want on short yardage. He will hop outside, and miss on the quick inside move sometimes. He can pop the DE inside, when he tries to make an inside move, and collapse the line. Huge bubble butt. Amazing balance playing hunched over to block shorter guys. But he is a waist bender, he just somehow stays in balance. Not sure that will work in NFL. He can twist the upper body of the DE around, when he pulls and push him outside on zone run.
UNC: Nice job sealing the DE on runs away. He will show some very quick feet sometimes. He likes to tippity tap his feet sometimes before he cuts back. He extends forward so much it makes me nervous, and looks like he is lunging, but he keeps his balance. Over extends too much. Bends at the waist too much. But he got away with it in college. That is the best way I can put it. But, he doesn't fall, he gets off balance sometimes, but gets his arms extended way out on the shirt of much smaller guys and holds on. I have never seen anything like it.
He plays better off balance then any O-linemen I have ever seen. He can grab the DE, a little in the back, as he slides sideways in a zone blocking run, and end up in front of him and still pushing him sideways. For such a huge O-linemen, he is a great zone blocker. 
He still shuffles his feet like he is doing a basketball drill than kickslides. But I do think his feet look quicker for short burst. He can hop outside the DE, and turn inside to seal the OLB, which traps the rest of the D-line inside. Very nice burst moving forward. Terrific sealing the DE outside on runs inside. He will kickslide back a couple steps, but will stop when the rusher is hesitant. He will kickslide for more than two steps. Gets to the second level and hits the LB nicely.
 

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