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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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My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:




Defense: 3-4

*Malik McDowell

DL Michigan State

6-4, 276, 


**Jabrill Peppers

DB/LB/WR/RB Michigan


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 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 Iím 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 donít 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: McDowell is an ultra talented DL, who needs to find a home and some toughness. He looked to me like he didn't give a crap last season so much that I started to not giving a crap. But he is a freak. If he wants too? He can be great. But what happens when he becomes a millionaire. He is a 'not me' player. You can take a chance on him, but not me.†

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 thatís why we did it." He is planning on running a 3-4 about 25% of the time.

Second Choice: Curtis Samuel RB/WR




Defense: 4-3

*Curtis Samuel


5-11, 196, 4.31, 37"V, 9'11"Br, 7.09 3-C, 4.33 SS, 31 1/4"Arm, 18 Reps


Takkarist McKinley-

Edgerusher UCLA

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: The Buccs have to get some help for their young QB. He seemed to take a bit of a step back last season. They could use an RB, and a slot WR. They went very heavy on defense last year, and it hurt them a little. 

The Player: I like Samuel more as an RB. But there is no doubt that he has elite versatility. He is the most versatile RB in the Draft. "Heís Percy Harvin," a scout said. "Urban ran him from the tailback spot more than he ran Percy Harvin but thatís because the game has changed. Every time he touches the ball itís a potential touchdown." He played WR in the 2nd half against Michigan in the Champ Game. Terrific speed runner. Very shifty behind the line heading outside. Knows how to find a hole in the zone and sink in and wait. Elite laterally burst that make big linemen miss. Tough runner who always seems to fall forward. He returned punts as well. 

Combine: He can make the great adjustment to the ball in the air. 2 drops in Gantlet. I like him more as an RB. "Heís supposed to be this big-play speed guy but he doesnít make any big plays," another scout said. "Heíll run fast but heís just more of an athlete than a player right now." Great lateral quicks. Great burst outside. 

The Reason: I love this pick (and yes, I am complimenting myself to myself. I never said I was normal)..

The Buccs need to help their QB. But then again who doesn't? Samuel can line up in the slot and get open deep, or in the backfield and make defenders miss outside. He always seems to make the first guy miss in the backfield. They have some good RBs, but they struggled to stay healthy last year. Samuel and play in the slot if they stay healthy, and shift into the backfield when they get injured.

Second Choice: Raekwon McMillan ILB




Defense: 3-4

Caleb Brantley-


6-2 5/8, 307, (O) 5.14, 

S-1.78, 32"Arm, 21 Reps,

27" Broad, 8'9" Vert,

7.66 3-Cone, 4.62 SS,


*Cam Robinson

OLT Alabama

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: 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: Brantley is a super prospect who under whelmed with production last season (2.5 Sacks). He can absorb the double as he gets knocked back, and then club the ORG off with an impressive punch. Stands the ORG up nicely, but can struggle to grab the RB sometimes. He can explode up field and club the OC off, and find the RB in the backfield. He can swing outside on the stunt nicely, but then get confused and not head up field sometimes. 

He might be the most overrated DL in this Draft. "He probably fancies himself as a 3-technique," one scout said. "He's got to be more consistent anchoring down and playing the run. Even as a 3-technique, youíre going to have to take on a double every now and then. Otherwise, they just keep running the ball at you all damn game. He wants to rush the passer." He has great flashes, but lacks instinct to find the ball.

Combine: He is best when he can just shoot the gap. He can look light on his feet moving around. "Fake tough guy," a different scout said. "He understands how to edge the blocker and has balance and control. Doesnít always finish the play. I like the athlete." Put his head down in stack and shed drill. Good reaction in space drill. He has some nice quick feet. Nice lean. Very quick hands.

The Reason: Elway has shown that he likes to take DLs early in the Draft.

Second Choice: TJ Watts Edge




Defense: 3-4

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,


*Myles Garrett

Edgerusher A&M


*Mitch Trubisky



*Corey Davis

WR W. Michigan


2016 Picks:

1 (15)  Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

2 Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Oklahoma St

3 (65) Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

3 (76) Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

3 (93) Cody Kessler, QB, USC

4 (99) Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin

4 (114) Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn

4 (129)  Derrick Kindred, S, TCU

4 Seth Devalve, WR/TE, Princeton

5 (154) Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA

5 (168) Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

5 Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado St

5 Trey Caldwell CB Louisiana-Mon

7 (250) Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Brock Osweiler

WR Kenny Britt

OC Joe Bitonio 

OG Kevin Zeitler

OG TJ Lang

Key F.A.:

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

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Brock Osweiler

QB Josh McCown


WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Andrew Hawkins

The Team: When you get a young QB, you have to get him weapons. They have a good back already. Kamara looks like he could be a great 3rd down back who can also carry the load. Having two good backs makes them more likely to last the season. 

The Player: 3/29 Adam Shaheen: Gronk-Lite.

The Reason: This pick really came down to Josh Jones and Kamara to me. But in the end the HC is an offensive guy, and he wants weapons for his offense.

Second Choice: Adam Shaheen TE




Defense: 4-3

*TJ Watt

OLB/DE Wisconsin

6-5, 243, #42


Haason Reddick

LB Temple

DE/PR, LB, RB, WR, DT, DL, OL, OL, 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 Player4/09 TJ Watt: Day Two Rusher: Part III.

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: D'onta Freeman RB




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,


Jarrad Davis



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

Tannehill took a few steps forward last year, but still needs some help. "I mean, I donít know how many times I went back and watched Cleveland tape the year that he had 80 catches to see what I was doing wrong," Gase said about Jordan Cameron. "What did I have to try to do?" They want to get some weapons to help Tannehill. 
He looked a lot better last season. "I think that Ryan [Tannehill] is really comfortable with what he wants now," Gase said. "Heís not going to be afraid to communicate it with me; I think even toward the end of last year, he was really good at making sure I knew how he felt about what we were doing. If I called something that he didnít like, he would let me know." Getting a WR with some speed could help open up things underneath for the other guys.
They need a guy who can get open deep, and open up more of the underneath stuff. "Thatís where I want him to be," Gase said. "I want him to feel like this is his, he can say whatever he wants when he needs to say it, and Iím going to be able to react to it. At the end of the day, heís the one playing, Iím not. Our job is to put him in the best position possible." Adding speed to their WR corps could be the best thing for Tannehill. 

The PlayerWatkins 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 thereís anybody that thinks I canít 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 itís done. The celebrating is over. So itís really time to move on and focus on what Iíve 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: Best player available. These two picks could strengthen the middle of their defense for a long time.

Second Choice: Sidney Jones CB




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,

*Evan Engram-

H-Back Ole Miss


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:

Rueben Randle WR 

Geoff Schwartz OL

Robert Ayers DE

Prince Amukamara CB

CB Coty Sensabaugh

The Team: The Giants have some looses along the D-line that they are going to have to deal with. 

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: Why does it seem like they need linemen every year.

Second Choice: Adam Sheehan TE




Defense: 4-3

Jordan Willis

DE Kansas ST

6-3 3/4, 255, (O) 4.53!

S-1.54! 39" Vert!, 

6.85 3-C! 4.28 SS! 

33.5" Arm, 24 Reps


Christian McCaffrey

RB/WR Stanford

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. "Weíre not playing the kind of defense that Iím proud of and expect. We all share in that. Weíre 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, weíre looking at to make sure weíre 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: Willis is a workman like D-end who just keeps coming. "I was used to structure and a business-like attitude," Willis said. "But one thing I learned in my tenure here, one thing I appreciate, is consistency. You may go out and make a couple of plays in practice and even in games, but your coaches say 'We need more out of you.' Once I got to the point later in my career where I accepted his teaching of being consistent and being an every-down player, that's when I felt like my game elevated." He exploded at the Combine with a 1.54 10-yard Split, and 4.53 Forty. He was named the Big-12 Player of the year last year for garnering 11.5 Sacks and 17.5 TFL.

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: Chris Wormley DL




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


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 DeíAndre 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. "Iím 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 weíre 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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Defense: 4-3

*Roderick Johnson


6-7, 298, 36" Arms! 


Garett Bolles-

OL Utah


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: 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.

The Reason: 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




Defense: 3-4

*Raekwon McMillan-


6-2, 241, (O) 4.61! 

33"Arm, 23 Reps, 

10'1" Broad, 33" Vert, 

7.15 3-Cone, 4.39 SS


*Pat Mahomes II

QB Texas Tech


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?Ē Mayock said. ďFor him it was a circus at the combine. Here is what I think is going on, and itís worth a conversation. I almost think itís an advantage Mixon wonít be there. He wonít get poked and prodded from 5 in the morning to midnight for two days at the combine. He wonít 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 heís 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: 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. "Iím not a fan," a scout said. "He's tough and plays the game the right way. But heís a little bit small and plays small. Heís 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. Heís a zone coverage guy. Heíll need some work in man-to-man. Has feel, has vision, easy mover. Heís 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.

The Reason: They took a guy with a lot worse character last year, and it was a grand slam homerun. "It needs to be the right market, a team that can handle the onslaught, the right PR staff, because youíll have to weather the storm," an area scout said. "But the guy the Chiefs drafted [Tyreek], Joe Mixon isnít half the douche bag that guy was. Youíd have to search to find people that donít 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




Defense: 4-3

*Tim Williams

DE Alabama

6-2 7/8", 242, (O) 4.68,

10'4" Broad, 33.5" Vert,

7.36 3-Cone, 4.57 SS,

32 3/4" Arms,


Chidobe Awuzie-

CB Colorado

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: 4/08 Tim Williams: Day Two Rusher: Part IV.

The Reason: The only need they didn't hit last year was DE/Passrusher. Williams has admitted to multiple positive drug tests at Alabama. "Heíll 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




Defense: 3-4

*Sidney Jones

CB Washington

6', 186, (U) 4.48-4.52, 


*Kevin King- 

CB Washington


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


OLB Julius Peppers

OLB Datone Jones

The Team: They had about the worst secondary I ever saw in the Playoffs. Getting a young guy who they can develop into a legit starter would be big.  

The Player: Jones knows how to use his long arms to hold off the WR, and stay in front of the ball carrier on the sideline. "Very good player," a one scout. "Good arm length. Adequate tackler." Love his feet when he is shadowing the WR in the flat. He sometimes just refuses to turn and run. He will pedal, twists his hips to go at an angle, and keep his head forward. I love how he moves on the field.

Jones likes to turn and retreat sideways with his eyes on the QB. He goes down the sideline as smooth as anyone in this Draft. "Really smart. Doesnít get rattled," a scout said. "I question his long speed. Never missed a game. Good hands and eyes at the line of scrimmage." Nice quick feet moving backwards. He can get beat by the stop and go, when it looks like he is looking for the short pattern. 

The Reason: 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: Derek Rivers DE/OLB




Defense: 3-4


Obi Melifonwu


6-3 7/8! 224! (U) 4.46-4.4! 

44" Vert! 11'9" Broad! 


Obi Melifonwu



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 LeíVeon 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: This draft is so deep. I have about 40 guys who are surefire 1st Round picks. Melifonwu is one of them. But after I had the Steeler pass on him in the 1st, I couldn't find a spot in the 2nd until here. I just think the Steelers could line him up all over the defense. 

The Player: Melifonwu has nice quick feet in pedal. Hips weren't tight. "He's a freak," a Pro Personnel Director said. "He's going to blow away the combine. He's fast and will post some of the best vertical and broad numbers at his position. He's going to get a lot better in the pros and he has that elite size that will get him overdrafted." He can high point the ball. Smooth twisting back on bail. He is so big.

I loved this guy at the senior bowl. He just ran his way into the 1st. "I'm a hard worker, I'm a dependable guy," Melifonwu said. "I'm a guy that can fill a lot of roles, and I'm a guy that [coaches] can count on. Like I said, I'm very versatile. I want [teams] to know that choosing me will be one of the best decisions they have made." It is starting to look like half the 1st Round is going to be DBs. 
He has great ball skills. "I know NFL guys who think, 'Iíd love to try him [out at CB]. Letís see if he fails.' Thatís where the NFL is going. A big, very athletic guy. And instead of thinking him automatically as a safety who may be able to play linebacker? Now weíre thinking of him as a safety who just might be able to play cornerback." This guy is now a top 16 pick. He just hopped over: Tabor, White, Peppers, Baker, Wilson, and White; And then improved his Forty to a 4.4-flat. He is a 6-4 220-pound Byron Jones. "Live look at Pete Carroll watching Obi Melifonwu complete this combine workout. 44" Vert. 4.40 40 yd. 11'9" broad at 6'4" 219;"
Maland. (I think Seattle just became his floor:).

The Reason: This is one of those picks that is just too perfect to happen. Melifonwu might be the top freak  in the Draft. He could CB or LB for them when needed. And should be able to come in and start at Safety as a rookie.

Second Choice: Cooper Kupp WR




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,


Taco Charlton

DE Michigan


2016 Picks:

1 (17) Keanu Neal, S, Florida
2 (52)  Deion Jones, ILB, LSU
3 (81) Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
4 (115) DeíVondre 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




Defense: 4-3

Zay Jones


6-2, 201, 6.79 3-C, 4.01 SS! (O) 4.45, 11'1"Br! 36.5"Vert,  

15 Reps, 32 1.2"Arm


*Leonard Fournette



Cordrea Tankersley

CB Clemson


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 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.

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

The Player: Zay Jones has been on fire all off season. He has 399 career catches at ECU. I love this kid. I have in the 2nd now. If he runs a great time he is a 1st. He has great hands. He runs great routes. he may have run himself into the 1st with a 4.45 Forty at the Combine. "Zay Jones has crushed the postseason. He was one of the best players in Mobile (Senior Bowl) and he ran much faster than expected at the combine," an Exec said. "He could sneak into the 1st round." He can drag his foot inbounds as he catches it over head. He has a nice extra gear going after the ball. He didn't have a drop in the first gauntlet. Jones exploded onto the scene at the Senior Bowl, and hasn't taken the pedal off the metal yet. He is another player who could sneak into the 1st Round.  

The Reason: 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? 

Second Choice: Desmond King CB/FS

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Defense: 2-5

Kony Ealy

DE Missouri

6-4, 265, (PD 4.69),

34" Arms, 22 Reps, 

 4.45 SS, 6.83 3-C! S-1.66, 

32" Vert, 10" Broad!


Brandon Cooks-

WR Saints


Malcolm Butler-

CB Patriots


2016 Picks:

2 (60) Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
3 (78)  Joe Thuney,O G, NC State
3 (91) Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State
3 Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
4-112 Malcolm Mitchell WR Georgia
6 Kamu Grugier-Hill LB E. Illinois
6-214 Elandon Roberts LB Houston
6 (221) Ted Karras, G, Illinois
7-225  Devin Lucien WR Arizona St

FA- DJ Foster RB Arizona ST

Key F.A. Signed:

WR Brandon Coleman

RB Rex Burkhead

TE Dwayne Allen

DE Kony Ealy 

DT Alan Branch

DL Lawrence Guy

ILB Dont'a Hightower

CB Stephon Gilmore

SS Duron Harmon

Key F.A.: 

RB LeGarrette Blount

RB Brandon Bolden
FB James Devlin
OT/TE Cameron Fleming (R)
DE Gregg Scruggs

Key F.A. Lost:

CB Malcolm Butler (R)  

ORT Sebastian Vollmer

TE Martellus Bennett

CB Logan Ryan

DE Chris Long

DE Jabaal Sheard

ST Barkevious Mingo

The Team: Another big development in the Malcolm Butler saga is Jason McCourty. "Like I've said before, we've loved to play together," Devin McCourty said, "but I think first and foremost, he has to do what's kind of right for his family and where he could actually play and be out there playing. He's not at the point in his career where he just wants to sit on the bench. He wants to get a chance to get out there and compete. I'm excited for him. It's a little bit of the unknown, but he's my brother, he should do all right. He should just tell people he's related to me." Everyone thinks there is a backdoor deal waiting to happen with the Saints, ONCE MALCOLM SIGNS HIS TENDER (MALCOLM BUDDY, IT SUCKS! BUT YOU HAVE TO SIGN THE TENDER TO MOVE ON TO THE BIGGER MONEY, PERIOD). 

I not sure about that, but I do think that if they sign Jason than that would be proof of a deal waiting to happen to trade Malcolm. "Iím excited for him," Devin said. "I was hoping he would be out of Tennessee a couple years ago just to experience something different. I think obviously now everyone is saying Ďheís going to come here, he should come here.í But you never know. I hope weíre interested in him," After all that wonderful losing at Tennessee you'd think he might want to try something new? Like winning.

Hey Devin, why don't you shoot him a text and tell him to have a talk with Charlie Sheen about winning. "If he did listen to me,'' Devin said. "I would definitely shoot him a text message and tell him, 'I don't know if he heard the news, but Jason McCourty is a free agent.' Heíll listen to me sometimes about my opinion on the deep middle. But scouting players, he stays away from me. But I usually have a good thing with the Rutgers guys, so you never know." This is a very interesting situation for Pats fans.

Everyone in New England wants Butler back, but he is not playing the game. His agent doesn't seem to understand the situation. And time and Cap Cash are running out. The longer he waits to sign the tender the less options he will have. What if the Pats sign Jason, and New Orleans drafts a CB or two in the 1st? Where does that leave Malcolm? Teams are not going to wait for him to understand the system he is in, which is desperately trying to make him a millionaire. 

As the options go down so does the money. He has to look at his situation. Like the CB UFAs, next year, suck. He will be the best CB available next year. But he has to understand that he is not a UFA this year. Next year is the year he will cash in on his talent to make him a multi-millionaire. It is not happening this year. This year you only get to be an ordinary millionaire. So sign the tender, and look at how shiny and pretty you will look next year as a UFA next to: Jason Verrett, Trumaine Johnson, Xavier Rhodes, Vontae Davis, and a few other scrubs. 

I put Butler at the top of that list. If that list doesn't change he will be looking at more than the 65-mil contract he is so jealous of. Malcolm, buddy, sign the tender and move on. "Thereís no trade talks going on with Carolina," BB said. "They donít have a signed contract. They canít talk about trading a player that isnít signed." They can't talk about trading a player that isn't signed.

If you want to go to New Orleans or the Panthers, you have to sign your tender. Then the Pats can trade you, and you can talk contract with their representatives. Your agent SHOULD have a backdoor deal ready for you to sign with the Saints or Carolina once the tender is signed. Or, you just sign it and wait a year. Those are your two options, period. 

The Patriots traded down six spots for Ealy. That was more than a clearance sale.  "Coach Belichick is a great coach and he has a way of finding talent," Ealy said. "So obviously he saw something that I put on film that obviously can help the team, contribute to the team, to help them get another winning season. I just look forward to just coming in, working hard, just doing my job and trying to help contribute. That's all." It was a see-ya wouldn't want to be-ya sale. 

I always thought he was pure inside rusher. "Oh definitely. I liked their whole scheme as far as how they just let their defense go get after the ball," Ealy said. "They're an aggressive team but also, they're a smart team. Obviously, I didn't know where I was going to go in the Draft, but if I went to the Patriots, obviously that's a great organization to be a part of." They will let him rush inside and hit the QB.

He should help the Patriots right away rushing inside. "This is a business, so you've got to be prepared for anything," Ealy said. "I've been prepared my whole life for just different outcomes and obstacles to try to get up or down, so it's just another part of life. You've just got to take the opportunities and make the most of them." He will get his opportunities.
Now he just has to lined up and hit the quarterback. "Everything else will take care of itself if I go out there and do what I'm supposed to do and just do my job," Ealy said. "I'm not going to put any extra hype on it; anything more than just going out there and just proving myself on the gridiron." He was always at his best lined up to either shoulder of the OG. 
He still has some work to do on technique. "The standards I hold for myself are to come in and impress the team by doing my job and showing that I'm a consistent worker, getting better each and every day," Ealy said. "I'm not too much concerned about the game I had two years ago or how last week went. It's all about moving forward and getting better, and that's what I'm looking forward to doing." When he is on, he can exploit his elite physical gifts.
But like Flowers, he is best rushing inside. "I know Trey Flowers. We came out the same year. He's a really hard worker," Ealy said. "There's always enough to say about that guy. I know that for sure. Just pretty much everybody else, of what I see when I watch the games and I watch film, their team speaks highly of the owner, the head coach, Coach [Bill] Belichick. It's just a well-driven team and that's what I want to be a part of." I still think they need a speed rusher who can turn the corner with consistency.
Ealy is still more of a follower than a leader. "One of the great things that I've been able to do in my career is just play off my teammates' intensity," Ealy said. "I know Trey is a great competitor, he's a hard worker. I've heard nothing but great things about him and just being around a guy like that up here, I think it's really going to help develop my game just because the guy knows how to do things the right way. What will help motivate and develop my game is me trying to match his intensity or grow past it. It's more so about feeding off of each other. I think it will be a great tandem to do so." Which could actually help him here.

The Player: Kony Ealy: All Punch Baby.

The Reason: The Pats need a speed guy to take some of the heat off the inside rushers. Though I don't think Ealy is that guy. Ealy is more of an inside rusher like Flower. Though different. Flowers gets real low and bursts under the OLs inside. While Ealy plays a little too high, and punches off the OLs as he uses his great burst up field. He had some concussion issues last season, which could help explain the fire sale. He is surprisingly good in coverage. He has learned to play lower in Carolina.

Ealy's problem has always been that he doesn't have great arc agility. He struggle to turn the corner on the left shoulder of the OLT. He does not dip around the OLT very well. His rip also needs work. He is not Chandler Jones. Okay, I just don't understand. The Pats traded their best passrusher for spare parts, and broken hearts. Then they trade if not their best inside rusher than certainly their best inside blitzer. And then? Won the Super Bowl. I still just don't understand how that was possible. 

Part of it was of course, as I told everyone in the preseason (yes I'm bragging again) that Trey Flowers was a rising star. But also, they have a system. They teach players how to play in their system. They are going to try and teach Ealy to use his great initial burst to put speed to power or try to bend the edge. They need him to be an outside rusher in their system. I'm just not convinced he can do that.

He was never one to run the arc. "Iím not going to get into any details as far as [where I'll play], but basically, I just want to come in and whatever they need me to do," Ealy said. "Whatever the coaches need me to do. Iíll just trust that theyíll put me in the best situations possible and Iíll do what I need to do, and do my job and help the team." They need an outside speed rusher who can bend the arc and hit the QB, like Mr. Jones.

The Panthers moved him to the left side (which is where he got two of his sacks in the Super Bowl) in the middle of the season. "I'm not going to say that I'm better on the left or better on the right," Ealy said. "When I'm out there and I'm not thinking and I'm just doing, I'm better. Period. I think that's really been my problem until now, so I've just got to keep the process going, keep doing what my coaches tell me and feed off the energy of my teammates and just go out there and max out." He rushed from the blindside only at Missouri.

The Panthers had Charles Johnson on the left. So Ealy was not going to be the starter on that side, even though he seemed to hit the QB better from that side, he had rarely rushed from that side. "He's a dynamic pass rusher, and one of the things we noticed and that the coaches talked about during the bye week and last week [and in the Super Bowl] was that most of his consistent plays and opportunities come from the left side," Panther HC Rivera said. "Charles is playing very well, and rotating Kony into that spot seemed to spark a little bit for him. Kony didn't get a sack, but some of the pressures he had and some of his rush in terms of getting the quarterback off his spot, that's what we're looking for. And we're looking for him to do it consistently." The Pats will move him all around.

It took him longer than expected for him to adjust to the NFL (and there were whispers from coaches that he was stubborn). "I just appreciate being able to play," Ealy said. "I understand that the pass rush will come alive. Not just for our D-line, but for me too as an individual. I've just got to keep working. It's a process. It came late for me last year, and the year before that. It's a process, and I've got to keep working with my coaches and my teammates and it'll come through for me." But he kept showing those flashes, like three Sacks in the Super Bowl last year, and that he can rush from the strongside.

He is a puncher. He tends to stop rushing, instead of dipping and ripping when he gets even with the QB, and try to punch the OLT past him and burst inside. The good news is that he also has great long arms, and can use his hands to keep the blockers hands off his shirt. His problem has always been bendability. He doesn't bend the arc well. He doesn't have great arc agility.

The good news is that he is good against the run, and he loves to hit offensive players. He will chase down guys all over the field to go and hit them. He is a long tall passrusher who plays mean and nasty. He will pursue ball carriers like a bankrupt bounty hunter. Now it is up to the Pats coaches to get him to play like the 1st Round physical talent that he is. He has never been a primary rusher, and the Pats don't need him to be. He is a secondary rusher who can hit the QB best when the O-line is looking to the other side.

Second Choice: Panthers take Jalen Tabor CB

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Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Jerkballs is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

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It is time for Impeachment hearings. They have the proof, and it needs to be shown to the American people! This crap in untenable.

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TOM's Tapes:

4/14 Ryan Ramcyzk: Blindside One Year Wonder.

4/13 Forest Lamp: Run Forest Run.

4/12 Deatrich Wise: Day Two Rusher: Part X.

4/12 Trey Hendrickson: Day Two Rusher: Part IX.

4/08 Ryan Anderson: Day Two Rusher: Part VIII.

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

4/01 Tanoh Kpassagnon: Day Two Rusher: VI.

4/08 Tim Williams: Day Two Rusher: Part V.

4/09 TJ Watt: Day Two Rusher: Part IV.

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

4/12 Derek Rivers: Day Two Rusher: Part II.

4/01 Jordan Willis: Day Two Rusher I.

4/08 Christian McCaffrey: Pretty Fly For A White Guy.

4/07 Chidobe Awuzie: Reminds Me of Revis.

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

4/06 Jamal Adams: Leader of the Back.

4/01 Gerald Everett: Surprising Talent.

4/01 Fabian Moreau: The Forgotten Man.

3/30 Takk McKinley: The Waterboy.

3/30 Kevin King: Long, Tall, and Quick as a Waterbug.

3/30 Malik Hooker: Reminds Me Of Ed Reed?

3/29 Adam Shaheen: Gronk-Lite.

3/29 Marlon Humphrey: Most Physical Corner.

3/29 Gareon Conley: The Unknown Guy.

2/22 OJ Howard: One Tough SOB.  

2/18 Jonathon Allen: Inside-Out USA.

2/18 Marshon Lattimore: Best Hips In The Draft.

2017 Bio: 

4/15 Mitch Trubisky Bio.

4/15 Deshaun Watson Bio.

12/9 Leonard Fournette Bio.

12/9 Dalvin Cook Bio.

12/9 DJ Smoot Bio.

Currently Editing:

4/15 Corey Davis Bio.

4/15 Nate Peterman Bio.

4/15 DeShone Kizer Bio.

4/15 JuJu Smith-Schuster: Trying To Slip Into the 1st.


4/26 Noah Spence: Can't Touch This: Part II.

4/26 Joey Bosa: Can't Touch This: Part III.

4/25 The Best QB in the Draft Part I: Carson Wentz.

4/25 The Best QB in the Draft Part III: Jared Goff.

4/23 Jack Conklin: Best Player In The Draft.

4/21 Christian Westerman: Puling Himself Into The 2nd.

4/21 Jerell Adams: Pirouetting Into Day Two.

4/20 Leonte Carroo: Steal Of the Draft.

4/20 Justin Simmons: Four Down DB.

4/19 Michael Thomas: He Checks All the Boxes: Part II.

4/19 Jason Spriggs: Not Quite Ready.

4/18 Zack Sanchez: Ball Skills.

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

3/15 Player Pats Need Part III: Alex Collins.

4/17 The Clemson Three Part IV: TJ Green.

4/16 Not Just A Car Crash: Karl Joseph.

4/15 Jordan Howard: Big Back.

4/15 Sheldon Rankins: EXPLOSION.

4/09 Player Pats Need Post Free Agency Part I: CJ Prosise. 

4/09 Player Pats Need Post Free Agency Part II: Kenneth Dixon.

4/08 Big Slot Receiver: Devon Cajuste.

4/08 Will Redmond: Press Corner.

4/07 The Alabama Three Part I: Derrick Henry.

4/07 The Alabama Three Part II: Ryan Kelly.

4/07 The Alabama Three Part III: Kenyan Drake.

4/16 Designated Rusher: Kamalei Correa.

4/01 The Best QB in the Draft Part II: Paxton Lynch.

3/30 The Baylor Three Part I: Shawn Oakman.

3/30 The Baylor Three Part II: Andrew Billings.

3/30 The Baylor Three Part III: Xavien Howard. Close to Done.

3/30 He Checks All The Boxes Part II: Josh Doctson.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Spencer Drango OL.  

3/24 The Penn State Three Part I: Carl Nassib. Updated.

4/05 The Penn State Three Part II: Austin Johnson. Done.

3/24 The Penn State Three Part III: Anthony Zettel. Updated.

3/24 The Clemson Three Part I: Mac Alexander.

3/24 The Clemson Three Part II: Shaq Lawson.

3/24 The Clemson Three Part III: Kevin Dodd.

3/16 Player Pts Need Part I: Will Jackson. 

3/15 Player Pats Need Part II: Sterling Shepherd.

3/17 Player Pats Need Part IV: Braxton Miller.

2016 Preseason Bios, Updated:

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Conner Cook QB.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Shaquille Calhoun OLB/DE.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: DeForest Buckner 5-T.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Jalen Ramsey CB.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Vernon Hargreaves III CB.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Kendall Fuller CB. Updated

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Shawn Oakman D-End.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Andrew Billings NT/DT.

9/24 2016 NFL Draft: Tyler Boyd WR. Updated again.

2016 Free Agency:

3/24 2008 NFL Draft: Marcellus Bennett TE.

3/24 2013 NFL Draft: Jonathan Cooper OG.

3/24 2012 NFL Draft: Shea McClellin LB.


2015 Draft:

3/22 The Scarnecchia: Part III: Tre Jackson. 

6/15 Malcom Brown Tape.

6/15 Stephone Anthony Tape.

6/15 Jordan Richards Tape.

6/15 Geneo Grissom Tape.

6/15 Trey Flowers Tape.

6/23 Part IV: Tre Jackson.

6/23 Darryl Roberts: He Checks All The Boxes.

6/23 The Forth Round Picks: Shaq Mason.

6/23 Xzavier Dickson.

3/18/14 Get Some One To Help Brady, Please:  Part Three- Brandin Cooks