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1st Round

Picks 1-11.

Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

2nd Round

Picks 33-48.

Picks 49-64.

3rd Round

Picks 65-80.

Picks 81-96.

 

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My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:

1.

65.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

 

*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

 

*Myles Garrett

Edgerusher A&M

 

*Mitch Trubisky

QB UNC

 

*Corey Davis

WR W. Michigan

 

Zay Jones

WR ECU

QB! WRCB, OL, DE/OLB, OL, 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 Player: 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 Reason: The Browns have to get another piece or two for their secondary. Jones is a one year Wonder whose excellent Tape was lost in the shuffle.

Second Choice: Dede Westbrook WR

2.

66.

49ers

Defense: 3-4

*Daeshon Hall-

DE/OLB Texas A&M

6-5, 266, (O) 4.76, 

36" Vert! 10'3" Broad,

7.03 3-C, 4.38 SS, 

35" Arms, 18 Reps,

 

*Jamal Adams

Safety LSU

 

**DeShone Kizer

QB Notre Dame

QB, QB, DB, WR, OLB, OL, ILB, DL, WR, OLB/PR, RB, DB, OL, OL, 

2016 Picks:

1 (7) DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon

1 (28) Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford

3 (68) Will Redmond, CB, Miss St

4 (133) Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU

5 Ronald Blair, DT, Appalachian St

5 (145) John Theus, OT, Georgia

5 (174) Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss

6 (207)  Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana T

6 (211) Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida

6-213 Aaron Burbridge WR, Mich St

7 Prince Charles Iworah, CB, W. Kentucky

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Brian Hoyer 

FB Kyle Juszczyk

WR Pierre Garcon

WR DeAndre Carter

OG Jeremy Zuttah

DT Earl Mitchell

ILB Malcolm Smith

DB Waun Williams

Key F.A.:

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

Key F.A. Lost:

Colin Kaepernick QB

WR Torrey Smith

The Team: They want to put in the Seattle system on defense. "And when someone makes you work all the way down the field, no matter how talented they are, you have to be on as an offense to score points," Shanahan said. "You can get to the red zone, you can get yards, but in order to get touchdowns, you have to execute. And it’s a defense that makes you execute. And always when they can make you one-dimensional, when you’re playing an eight man front, it’s tougher to run the ball. And if you can make an offense one-dimensional, it makes it a lot tougher." So they have to pick up some big press corners.
And of course some fast edgerushers. "Knowing Saleh, knowing the type of person he is, getting to know him in Houston when he was a [coach there]," Shanahan said about his new D-Coordinator. "Robert Saleh is as smart as anyone I’ve been around. He studies everything. He knows a lot of different systems. But he knows the true Seattle, Atlanta, Jacksonville system inside and out, as much as anybody I’ve been with." They want to get penetration and force bad decisions. 
Pressure, pressure, pressure. "Went through a hard interview process with him. I wanted to see how far he’s come in the last eight years that we haven’t been together. And it was extremely impressive. I’m very confident in Saleh helping me put together this defensive staff. And he’s going to build a scheme, and we’re going to try and get players to fit that scheme, but we also know, we’re going to adjust to the players we have, too. Regardless of who we have, we’re going to make it work. And I think you guys’ll be real happy with what we put out there."

The Player: Hall is a guy who get lost in the shuffle sometimes, with all the hype on Garrett. But he is a terrific athlete himself.  

Arkansas: With Garrett out against Arkansas, they started doubling him with the TE. He can chase the WR down on the reverse, and follow him all the way across the field and make the tackle. He can lined up as the 5-tech and burst past the ORT and ORG, and chase the QB down from behind on the designed QB sweep. "Daeshon Hall is a name that is going to get hot," a scout said.

Alabama: Nice job pushing off the tight end and slashing inside to grab the RB. When teams run away from Garrett, Hall can get into the backfield and make the tackle. He will line up inside in odd fronts with an OLB standing up outside of him. Nice power moving inside the ORT, when lined up inside. Alabama was doubling him at the point. He can burst inside the ORT, and Swim over the ORG. He hurt his shoulder again against Alabama.

Auburn: He will put both hands down, and take on the block low. Nice job working inside off the rush, and hand fighting to the other side of the ORT. Then diving and getting the RB down. Terrific hand fighter. Nice job stunting inside and knocking the ORG inside to free up the other stunter. He can power through the ORT on the dive, get knocked down and trip up the RB. He will get doubled on the edge by the RB. He will stand up sometimes, but the results are varied. He got knocked off his feet against Auburn, but then the FB fumbled, and he got up and recovered it. When he guesses right, he can blast off and hit the QB as quick as Garrett. 
UCLA: He can run all the way around the QB and hit the RB from behind on the Draw. Terrific speed. He can chase the RB all the way across the field and tackle him fro behind. Teams have started doubling him on 3rd and long. He is near as big and fast as Garrett but doesn't seem to have his knack for hitting the quarterback.

Combine: He dropped in coverage a lot at A&M. He has just a little tightness in hips. "I didn't think he had starting potential when he was an outside 'backer," a scout said. "Now that he's bigger and stronger and playing with his hand down, I think he's a different player. I see him as a Second Day guy." He will line up at 9-tech and try to bend into the QB. He will chase the QB 30-yards down field to get a good hit on him. 

2016: He garnered 4.5 sacks and 13 TFL on 50 Tackles.

2015 (JUNIOR): Had a breakout season with 54 tackles, including 7.0 QB sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss ... started every game at defensive end ... also forced two fumbles, had four QB hurries and batted down two passes ... earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after making seven tackles, including four sacks and two forced fumbles in the season-opening win over No. 15 Arizona State.

The Reason: They have been playing a 3-4, but may switch. "We're watching a lot of film, which, we're doing a lot together and a lot separate," Shanahan said. "John and the whole personnel department are going through the draft stuff right now. Which, me and the coaches aren't yet at the draft. We're watching our own players and free agents. We'll get to the draft really starting in Indy." Hall was the strongside 3-4 OLB for A&M the past two seasons. He should fit right in from day one

Second Choice: Cooper Kupp WR 

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3.

67.

Bears

Defense: 3-4

*Davis Webb

QB Cal

6-5, 224, (O) 4.79, 

33"Vert! 9'10"!

6.92 3-Cone! 4.21 SS!

33" Arms,

 

*Jonathan Allen-

DL Alabama

6-3, 294, 

 

*Adoree' Jackson

CB USC

QB, DB, OLT, 5-T, MLB, TE, WR, CB, OL, DL, DB, 

2016 Picks:

1 (9)  Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

2 (56) Cody Whitehair OG Kansas St

3 (72) Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida

4  Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, W Virginia

4 (124) Deon Bush, S, Miami

4 (127)  Deiondre’ Hall, CB, N. Iowa

5 (150) Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana

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

7 (230) Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Mike Glennon

WR Markus Wheaton

WR Kendall Wright

OG Eric Kush 

CB Marcus Cooper

CB Prince Amukamara

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

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Jay Cutler 

QB Brian Hoyer

WR Alshon Jeffery

The Team: This one is not a shock. They signed Glennon, but I'm not a fan. Getting a QB on Day Three who they have rated earlier than that would cause some competition. Plus, like Glennon, Webb is going to need a few years of development before you can really think about putting him on the field. 

The Player: Webb is a spread QB who is tall and has a strong arm. "I’ve been 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, and can throw the ball better than anybody," Webb said. " So I’ve always believed in myself and I’ll continue to do that." But he is an Air Raid QB. 

He is the elite athlete at QB in this Draft. But my answer is no! "He obviously is going to need coaching after being in those offenses at Texas Tech and Cal," an area scout said. " I think he has enough between the ears to unlearn some of his bad habits and start to get things right. I see another Nick Foles if you give him time to develop." He does not take hits and get up and complete the next pass.

He started out in the Texas Tech wacky system which has destroyed its' fair share of QBs. "My quarterback coach for this off-season is Jim Zorn, a great quarterback with the Seahawks," Webb said. " He is well respected in NFL ranks. So we have been getting after it and learning new systems. For the next 10 weeks our plan is to work on my weaknesses. I wish I had a cannon for an arm like he still has, but my arm strength is excellent." I'm so old that I was a fan of Zorn.

He never dropped from under center. "Coach Zorn has helped me already with adapting and learning new terminologies," Webb said. " I feel like I have been getting better. He is setting me up to be successful on 3, 5 and 7-step drops." That is a long way to go just to start.

He said he could barely handle the Senor Bowl offense. "My head is still spinning," Webb said about the Senior Bowl. "But I have the ability to listen and learn from someone who certainly knows more than me and where I have been from. The Bears system is a brand new area, a brand new system that none of [the Senior Bowl QBs] have been accustomed to, but I am excited and anxious to pick it up." The best news is that by the 2nd Half he looked like he was handling it mentally.

He graduated from TT, and went to Cal as a Graduate Quarterback. He has some interesting speed on the QB draw. He is smart. He runs as fast an offense as I have ever seen. He can throw a beautiful ball on the deep Out. He is a guy who could be interesting as a late Round developmental QB. If he can stick around for 3 to 5 years, he could develop into a starter like one of the McCowns. But the Cal system is so crippling to a QBs mental potential that it is hard to say.

Overview: Webb played one season at Cal as a 2016 senior as a graduate transfer from Texas Tech and was honored as a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award while picking an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. He also made the cut to the final 15 for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® and was on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Manning Award. Webb started all 12 games in his lone season at Cal as a senior and completed 382-of-620 passes (61.6%) for 4,295 yards with 37 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 135.63 passing efficiency rating. He ranked among the nation’s leaders in nearly every passing category including passing yards per game (357.9 ypg), passing attempts (2nd), completions per game (3rd, 31.83 cpg), points responsible for per game (3rd, 21.7 ppg), completions (4th), total offense (4th, 348.8 ypg), passing yards (6th), total plays (6th), passing touchdowns (T8th) and points responsible for (260, 8th). He was also the Pac-12's leader passing yards per game (357.9 ypg) and total offense, while he set Cal single-season records for passing attempts, completions and total plays. He also equaled single-season school marks for most 300-yard passing games (10) and touchdowns responsible for (43) with his 37 in the air plus another six on the ground that also tied for the most ever by a Cal quarterback. Including his three seasons at Texas Tech (2013-15), he combined to complete 841-of-1367 (61.5%) passes for 9,852 yards with 83 touchdown passes and 34 interceptions over 35 games and 26 starts.

The Reason: I'm not a big fan of Glennon. But the signing will allow the Bears to go best available developmental QB to develop for 3 to 5 years. The Bears coached Webb at the Senior Bowl.

Second Choice: Antonio Garcia OLT

4.

68.

Jaguars

Defense: 4-3

Pat Elflein-

OC Ohio State

6-3 1/2", 299, S-1.88,

33"Arms, 22 Reps,

23.5'Vert, 9'3"Broad,

7.94 3-Cone, 4.71 SS,

(O) 5.32

 

**Marshon Lattimore

CB Ohio State

 

Forrest Lamp

OG Western Kentucky

DB, OLG, TE, OC, CB, OL, QB, 

2016 Picks:

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

2 (36) Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA

3-69 Yannick Ngakoue DE Maryland

4 (103) Sheldon Day, DT, ND

6 (181) Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana

6 (201)  Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas

7 (226) Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Key FA.Signed:

WR Arrelious Benn 

TE Mychal Rivera
OLT Branden Albert 

OG/OT Patrick Omameh
OG Tyler Shatley 

DE Calais Campbell
DT Abry Jones

CB AJ Bouye 

SS Barry Church

Key FA.:

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

Key Free Lost

TE Julius Thomas

OC Stefen Wisniewski 

OLT Kelvin Beachum 

OG/OT Luke Joeckel

DE Jared Odrick

NT Roy Miller

CB Devon House 

CB Prince Amukamara

SS John Cyprien

The Team: The Jags secondary still needs some work. If they pick up a CB in the first, they could still use a CB/FS, to help out Ramsey. Desmond King would look pretty damn good right here. 

The Player: Elflein Bigger, stronger, and smarter this year. They seemed to run behind him more and more as the season wore on. He is an ex wrestler. "You are getting a guy who will be great for your locker room and will get the rest of the offensive line on board," a scout said. "I think he could have the same fast impact on a team's running game that Zach Martin had in Dallas. Safe draft pick to me." A little slow on pull drill, but he was a great puller at Ohio St. He can turn and open his hips. You could see why he was such a good pulling Center at OSU. He just seems to do everything well. A little choppy and tight hipped. He has some great quick feet moving side to side in mirror. He is a plug and play OC.

Nebraska: Nice job sliding back in the middle of pass pro with his head on a swivel, and then picking up the DT when he breaks inside and stoning him. Great job turning and doubling the DT in pass pro. He can run over the DT on the goal line. He can get to the 2nd level shadow dancing with the Mike, hit and turn him. Then power him back in the wrong direction. He was much stronger in 2016, but still maintained his speed and quickness. He was a pulling guard 2015. And he still maintained that skill at OC, which is harder than is sounds. He can pull all the way outside and destroy a moving target with a hit and punch. Nice feet moving backwards in pass pro. He can pull outside and hit the CB on the second level.

Oklahoma: He needs to play with a little more power sometimes. Nice job turning the Nose Tackle. Nice job hitting the DT, and then sliding into the ILB. Played with great balance and leverage. He shifted over to OC this season with no trouble with his hike or shotgun snap at all. He is so smooth and reliable in pass pro. He gets his hands up and sits back with such great balance. He knows how to use his hands and feet together to keep the big NT on the other side of the QB. Nice explosion off the snap to instantly seal the NT on the backside right off the snap. He is so smart and quick. 

Wisconsin: When they need a yard, they run behind Elflein and Price. When they got in trouble against Wisconsin, they just started running behind them in the 3rd. Nice job to keep blocking the LB when he hits the RB on short yardage, and help the RB keep moving the LB back for the 1st. He is always so balanced and smart. Looked a lot stronger against Wisconsin. He looked a lot slighter in 2015, and sometimes doesn't look strong enough. He looked strong enough against Wisconsin. Nice job getting into the NT, and turning him right on impact. He legs seemed more explosive in 2016. He was smart to stay in school another year.

Ohio State Overview: Pat Elflein has been named one of the team’s captains for the 2016 season by head coach Urban Meyer, and he will be a center of attention for an Ohio State offense that returns just three starters from a year ago … a fifth-year graduate – he received his degree in communications in May 2016 – Elflein started for a third consecutive season on the offensive line in 2016 … he is a veteran of 53 games and 40 starts … regarded by many as one of the top centers in the country this season … he is a three-time first-team all-Big Ten Conference guard who moved to center this season to diversify and because it’s the position he’ll most likely play in the NFL … Elflein’s solid character is represented in the fact he is a two-time “Iron Buckeye” award winner, which is awarded to six players bi-annually for unquestioned physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership… a fine student, he earned three OSU Scholar-Athlete awards and one Academic All-Big Ten Conference honor prior to receiving his degree … he is a three-time Varsity O letterwinner.

The Reason: They the lost their starting OC, their starting OLT, and their OLT bust that they tried to move inside to OLG. They also have three other OTs who are still unsigned. It's like I always say, when your O-line falls apart so does your team. Lamp and Elflein are plug and play seniors who would instant repair their interior O-line. 

Second Choice: Desmond King CB

5.

69.

Rams

Defense: 4-3

 

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!

 

JuJu Smith-Schuster

WR USC

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

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Aaron Murray

WR Robert Woods

RB Lance Dunbar

OLT Andrew Whitworth

DT Tyrun Walker 

DE/OLB Connor Barwin

CB Kayvon Webster

Trumaine Johnson CB (Tag)

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

Key F.A. Lost:

Janoris Jenkins CB

WR Brian Quick

The Team: QB was the number one need left over from last season.  

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:  They lost Janoris Jenkins last year, and have two starters in the secondary who are Unrestricted. Tagging Johnson again will cost a Cap fortune. 

Second Choice: Pat Elflein OC/OG

6.

70.

Jets

Defense: 3-4

*Alvin Kamara

RB Tennessee

5-10, 214, (U) 4.56,

10'11"Br! 30.5"Vert!

15 Reps, 32 3/4" Arms,

 

**Marlon Humphrey-

CB Alabama

 

*Carl Lawson

EDGE Auburn

CB, RB, WR(FA), ILB, OLB, QB, WR, OL,  

2016 Picks:

1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State

2 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn St

3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State

5 (158) Brandon Shell, OT S. Carolina

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

7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Josh McCown 

OLT Kelvin Beachum

Ben Ijalana OT

OG Brian Williams

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

Key F.A Lost:

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

QB Geno Smith

WR Brandon Marshall

OT Breno Giacomini 

OC Nick Mangold  

ILB Erin Henderson 

CB Derrelle Revis

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The Player:  

Kamara is the smaller quicker back for Tennessee, but he showed up at the Combine at 214 pounds. "Definitely a lot of opportunity given to me, and I took advantage of it," Kamara said. "I tried to run with it and not look back. Now we’re here at combine week, and there’s a lot of buzz, and I’m just trying to embrace it all and take advantage of it." But he has good size at 215. Excellent recover out of the backfield. 

He can make the LB miss on the second level. "I think my versatility and what I bring to the special teams game and what I bring catching the ball out of the backfield," Kamara said. "There are a lot of things that I can do that can help an organization." He has all the skills of an NFL 3-d down back, but also has nice size. He is a redshirt Junior. He had to leave Alabama because of an incident. 

The Reason:  Kupp is a small school ultra quick WR with great hands and elite production. He runs great patterns to get open. Blocks hard for his teammates. He dominated in Senior Bowl practices.

Combine: A 4.6 is not going to help his cause. He didn't have a drop in the 1st and 2nd gauntlet. Stayed on the line. He can track the ball over his head and catch it. 

Career Honors: Kupp was a consensus FCS All-American for the fourth-straight season, but now sets his sights on the NFL Draft on April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pa. The NFL Combine is Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis, Ind., and he has also been invited to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala., at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time on the NFL Network. Kupp is training in Irvine, Calif., and is being represented by Ryan Tollner and REP 1 Sports. Kupp earned first team All-America honors on all eight 2016 teams announced, bringing his total of All-America honors won in four seasons to 30 (all first team, including nine in 2013, six in 2014, seven in 2015 and eight in 2016). In addition, he earned 14 different national player of the year accolades in his career and was a three-time Academic All-America selection.

The Reason: They need all the weapons they can get for their young developmental QBs. Kamara showed he could be a feature back last year, but he made his bones at Tennessee as a 3rd down back. Putting him in the rotation, especially on 3rd down early, can only help their young QBs.

The Jets will be looking to fill the ILB and leadership role. A lot of draftnics think he'll go higher, but he is a little small and missed too much of the season do to injury to go above the 3rd Round. 

Second Choice: Dede Westbrook WR

7.

71.

Chargers

Defense: 3-4

Desmond King

CB Iowa

5-10, 201, 6.67 3-C! 

4.18 SS! (PD) 4.5, 

9'9"'Broad, 34"Vert, 

14 Reps, 31.1"Arm,  

 

*Jamal Adams

Safety LSU

*Evan Engram-

H-Back Ole Miss

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

2016 Picks:

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

Key FA. Signed:

OLT Russell Okung 

OLB Melvin Ingram  (Tag)

SS Jahleel Addae

Key FA.:

QB Kellen Clemmens

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

Key FA. Lost:

OT King Dunlap

OT DJ Fluker

ILB Manti Te’o

The Team: I'm not stepping out on a limp here saying that they need a CB.

The Player: He is a great cover guy, with elite ball skills, who struggled with speed. "You worry about the physical limitations a little bit because teams will find your weaknesses and exploit them," a scout said. "But he's just so steady and productive and tough. He loves football and I think he'll just find a way." Very tough tackler, who could be a great FS.

Combine: Shame he didn't run his forty at Combine. But it was reported that he pulled an Ab muscle (then ran a 4.5-flat at his Proday). He never seemed to fight the ball. Great pedal moving backwards. He has some snap in his hips. And as we all know, he has great ball skills. Great smooth hips. He is an NFL FS waiting to happed. His pedal was a little choppy, but he had some of the best hips transitioning to either side. Great job tracking the deep ball. He is great at high pointing the ball. I like the way he opened his hips in drills. He has some snap in his hips. Didn't have drop in 1st gauntlet. Great natural hands. 

The Reason: They have their starters, but both have some issues. Getting a youngster to learn behind them would help everyone.

Second Choice: Chad Hansen WR

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72.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

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,  

 

Brandon Cooks-

WR Saints

 

Kony Ealy

DE Missouri

CB,  RB, OLB/PR, TE, DL, OL, 

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:

RB Mike Gillislee! (R)

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: Well here we are, the Pats first actual Draft pick. Though they did use their first two picks to acquire some exciting veteran talent. Cooks has been one the most explosive and exciting talents on offense the past couple of years. Ealy is guy who played great in the Super Bowl two years ago, and struggled to put it all together last season. 

So I look at this as their third or forth pick in the Draft, depending on if they resign Butler. Which is an odd problem for this team. But they won't draft a CB (I mean, they could take anyone late on Day Three, but it is not a priority). Because this late in the off season, if Butler signs he is staying with the Pats. Even if Butler signs his tender before the Draft, and they trade him to New Orleans for pick 32? Then they will draft a Corner like Quincy Wilson, a big press CB, at 32. I love adore Adoree' Jackson, but they already have two diminutive CBs named Jones and Jones that people seem to be forgetting about. 

But that is only if they trade Butler to New Orleans, and if they take a CB. If they take a different player at 32, then they will target a big Press Corner in the 3rd like Rasul Douglas. Or maybe my guy Desmond King. Who is similar in a lot of ways to Logan Ryan. He has everything you want in a CB, except the great speed. He ran a 4.55 at his Proday (I don't know why I remember this crap, but he ran a 4.56 at the Combine). So King is 1/100th of a second faster than Ryan. That is not the end of the world for him. He is also good against the run. Not great like Ryan, but good enough to be a great Free Safety if his speed hurts him too much at CB. 

The Pats have one weakness on defense. They need a pure speed rusher. They tried to use Long and Sheard in the role last year, but both were better breaking inside. And now both are gone. They have Ealy, who is similar to both in that he likes to rush inside as well. He is most similar to Sheard. They had Long run the arc most of the season, but he doesn't have elite arc speed. They need someone to fill that role that they wanted Long to fill last season.

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

The Reason: The Pats need a pure speed rusher who can run the arc outside all their big inside rushers. There are going to be some interesting chooses on Day Two. The D-End depth in this Draft is remarkable. They could grab an edgerusher here or at 96 who would have gone a lot higher in other Drafts. 

BB gave Basham a private workout. "It was a little surreal, sure," Basham said. "He seems like a great coach." It is never a bad sign when BB shows that much interest.
The Pat will be looking for an edgerusher in the 3rd. "I definitely felt like I met their expectations," Basham said. "I felt like they came down here to see some things and I was able to back those up." They have so m any inside rushers.
Which would open things up for a pure speed rusher outside. "I don’t know if I’ve checked all the boxes or not, but I know my stock has been rising since the season ended," Basham said.   "It’s showing the interest is there. They’re willing to come here, to my campus, to our facilities. Where I feel most comfortable, to give me a look." He can also set the edge, and curl inside and tackle the RB.
He is still just scratching the surface.  "At the end of all this, I’m going to be on a team surrounded by great football players with great football coaches," Basham said. "I'm going to be a part of that. So I have to show I can handle it. It's about staying calm out there and showing nothing is too big for you to handle. Just be calm and execute." I love his burst and bend off the Corner. 

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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. "I’m 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. I’ll just trust that they’ll put me in the best situations possible and I’ll 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: Jordan Leggett TE

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9.

73.

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

D'Onta Foreman

RB Texas

 6', 234, (PD) 4.45-4.46! 

31.3" Arms, 18 Reps,

33" Vert,

7.21 3-C, 4.26 SS,

 

OJ Howard-

TE Alabama

 

Tanoh Kpassagnon-

DE/5-T Villanova

TE, ILB, OL, RB, DL, WR, DL, OL, DB

2016 Picks:

1 William Jackson III, CB, Houston

2 (55) Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

3 (87) Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State

4 (122) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

5 (161) Christian Westerman, G, Arizona St

6 (199) Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss

7 (245) Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Key F.A.:  
WR Brandon LaFell

ORT Andre Smith

CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Key F.A.:  

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

Key F.A. Lost:

OG Kevin Zeitler

RB Rex Burkhead
OLT Andrew Whitworth

DT Domata Peko

The Team: They have two free agent RBs, one has already been signed by the Patriots. Hill regressed last year. Bernard had knee surgery. Their sole purpose this off season is to make Dalton a playoff winning QB. If they pick up a TE like Howard, and an elite power back to pair with Bernard, they could win an actual Playoff game next year.

The Player: Freeman is a giant power back, who never gets caught from behind. "I think he would have benefited by staying in school another year," a scouting director said. "He's awful in pass protection. Our coaches won't put him out there if they think he'll get the quarterback killed. He has ability as a runner but I think it's going to take awhile for him to become a factor." But he ran for 2,028-yards last season. 

he had elite production last season averring 184.4-yards per game, to go along with 15 TDs

Second Choice: Antonio Garcia OLT

 

10.

74.

Eagles

Amara Darboh

WR Michigan

6-1 3/4", 216, (O) 4.45,

4.82 3-Cone, 4.3 SS,

36.5" Vert, 10'4" Vert,

32.5" Arms, 17 Reps,

 

Gareon Conley-

CB Ohio ST

 

*Charles Harris

OLB, Missouri

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

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Nick Foles

WR Alshon Jeffery

WR Torrey Smith

OC Stefen Wisniewski 

Key F.A.:

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

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Chase Daniels

DE/OLB Connor Barwin

DT Bennie Logan

CB Nolan Carroll

The Team: They should probably go CB here. But they took Conley in the 1st, which frees them up to go in another direction. Alshon Jeffery was a great pick up. But Torrey Smith was a huge disappointment the past few years. Jeffery could really help a young power WR like Darboh adjust to the NFL. When you have a young QB you have to get him weapons.

The Player: Darboh was an inconsistent guy. "The all-star game and combine will determine where he gets drafted, but I think he's a good player," an exec said. "He's bigger and faster than you think. Practices hard and is a good athlete. Harbaugh demands some toughness from his receivers, too. He will be a pretty good pro." When I watched him he looked like a Day One picks sometimes, and sometimes I wasn't sure if I would take him at 96. 

He is a big, tall, and strong WR who can really bully a CB. His running a 4.45 at the Combine was huge. I didn't see that speed on Tape. But with that speed he can beat up NFL CBs like he did in college, and run by them like he did in college. He will drop the ball sometimes. And he is not the quickest out of breaks sometimes. But he is a great size speed prospect. If he learns how to get open in pattern the skies the limit.

FLA ST: He had an all-American season, and he looks like a Day Two pick. He has really improved his hands. He had everything else, but his hands where a little shaky. He can go up high and twist in the air and grab the ball, slam backwards onto the ground, and hold on. He can really catch the ball through contact. He leaped up over a FLA ST CB, and grabbed the ball out of his hands. 

Iowa: He has really stepped up his game the second half of the season. He has that knack for getting open deep. Plus, he has the size to cause a lot of trouble on short throws. He has become their go to guy. He can hold off the CB with one hand and catch it with the other in the endzone. The more I watch him the more I like him. He is a bit of a body catcher. 

Rutgers: Elite athlete. I really like his size. He can run by the CB on the outside shoulder. Nice Slot WR. Catches it inside and can turn up field and get a few more. He is a big play guy who can score the big TDs. "Caught 45- and 30-yard touchdowns against the Knights, the first multi-TD game of his career." He is running better routes. Nice body control in the air. 

Ohio State: He can catch the pass low and outside with the CB all over him. Those are the catches you have to make in the NFL. Knows how to run patterns to get open. He can reach his hands out way away from his body and make the catch. Nice job leaping up in front of the Safety and catch the ball behind him as he is being hit. He can catch the fastball behind him, drop it, and scoop it back up as he falls to the ground. He became the go to guy for Michigan late in the season. "Led the Wolverines with eight catches for 68 yards and one TD at Ohio State (Nov. 26), catching the game-tying five-yard touchdown on fourth down in the first overtime session against the Buckeyes." He can make the great clutch catch, and dig it out of the dirt for a TD. 

At Michigan: Four-year letterman. Has appeared in 49 games, making 28 starts at receiver. Team's top receiver with 151 catches for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career. Had at least one reception in 33 consecutive games, which is the fourth longest consecutive streak in school history. 2016 All-Big Ten second team (coaches and media). 2015 All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media).
Fifth-Year Senior (2016): All-Big Ten Second Team (coaches and media). Started at receiver in 11 contests and played in all 13 games. Led team with 57 receptions for 862 yards and seven touchdowns. Tallied three catches for 42 yards and one touchdown against Hawaii (Sept. 3). Registered five receptions for 111 yards and two TDs against UCF (Sept. 10), earning Offensive Player of the Game honors. Made two catches for 51 yards against Colorado (Sept. 17), including a 45-yard touchdown strike. Received seven passes for 44 yards against Penn State (Sept. 24). Made the game-winning touchdown reception against Wisconsin (Oct. 1), a 46-yard career-long catch in the fourth quarter that garnered him Offensive Player of the Game honors. Finished the contest with six receptions for 87 yards against the Badgers (Oct. 1). Recorded two catches for 65 yards at Rutgers (Oct. 8), including a 45-yard reception. Led the team with five catches for 99 yards against Illinois (Oct. 22). Led the team with eight receptions for 165 yards against Michigan State (Oct. 29), with a long of 43 yards to earning Offensive Player of the Game honors. Brought in four passes for 77 yards and a score against Maryland (Nov. 5). Had a team-high five catches for 36 yards vs. Florida State in the Orange Bowl. 

Second Choice: Rasul Douglas CB

11.

75.

Bills

Defense: 4-3

Cooper Kupp

WR E. Washington

6-1.5, 198. 6.75 3-Cone, 4.08 SS, (O) 4.62,  31"Vert, 9'8"Broad, 

31.5" Arm,

 

*Mike Williams

WR Clemson

 

Antonio Garcia

OT Troy

CB, ORT, WRDB, WR, OG, DB, WR, KR, CB. 

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Tyrod Taylor

FB Mike Tolbert 

OL Jordan Mills

OLB Lorenzo Alexander

Micah Hyde FS

Jordan Poyer FS

Key F.A.:
QB EJ Manuel

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

WR Robert Woods

CB Stephon Gilmore

SS Aaron Williams

The Team: The Bills need help everywhere. It looks like half their team are free agents. But most importantly, they have to help Tyrod Taylor if they want to win. They have to get him multiple weapons, and stop trying to make him do it all on his own. If they pick up Kupp, Garcia, and Williams, than Taylor could turn into the winning QB he looks like when he plays the Pats.

The Player: 4/22 Cooper Kupp: Wacky Spread WR: Part II.

Second Choice: Rasul Douglas CB

12.

76.

Saints

Defense: 4-3

Eddie Jackson

S/KR Alabama

6', 201, 10 Reps, 

32 1/4"Arms,

 

*Derek Barnett

OLB/DE

 

*Adoree' Jackson

CB USC

 

Zach Cunningham

LB Vanderbilt

CB, WR, DE, LB, OT, LB, CB, WR,

2016 Picks: 

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

Key F.A. Signed:  

ORG Larry Warford

DT Nick Fairley

OLB Alex Okafor

ILB Manti Te’o

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

Key F, A, Lost:

Brandon Cooks WR

Malcolm Butler CB we'll see

The Team: They need help on three levels of their defense. Jackson was having a truly great season last year, and became the leader of the secondary before he got injured. He is also an elite punt returner, and will instantly impact field position on special teams from day one. 

The Player: Jackson is the ghost in this Draft. "When I found out my season was over, I couldn't stop crying," Jackson said. "I think what made me the most upset was knowing that I'd have to miss out on all the fun we were going to have. Playing good football is hard work. It takes hours and hours of sweat and preparation. You have to push yourself to a level you didn't think was possible. But ultimately it's all worth it, because as everyone in this program knows, playing good football is, more than anything else, really, really fun." It was s true tragedy last season.

He is the 1stround talent, who got injured and disappeared from the scene. "He had like ten 1st-rounders in front of him and lockdown corners who almost never needed help," a scout said oddly. "He got to sit back and cherry-pick overthrows. That's great work if you can get it." He is as dynamic a defender as there is in this Draft. He showed the size, speed, and the ball skills on Tape. 

The good news is that Alabama is having a second Proday on March 29th. "We’ll have another Pro Day on March 29, which will be three weeks from now," Saban said. "We always like to have a second day so that the players can all prepare for that. It helps some of the injured guys, like it did Eddie Lacy a few years ago, and it will for Eddie Jackson this year. They’ll be more ready and be able to be their old selves after healing the injuries that they’re overcoming, and I think that they’ll be themselves and perform well." It will be interesting to see how healthy he is.

Tenn: He was really impressive against Tenn. He can really come up and hit guys. He has some great speed. He also returns punts. He has some lightning in his game. He can look faster than everyone else on the field sometimes. The secondary and special teams faltered a little when he was of the field. Great leader and field general. He came to Alabama as a CB. He looks like a 1st Round pick to me. 

The Reason: Safety is not the biggest need. But Byrd and Vaccaro have some issues and the team will be looking to dump them after this season. Jackson was looking like a lock 1st Round pick before he got injured. . 

Second Choice: DeMarcus Walker DE 

13.

45.

Cardinals

Defense: 3-4

DeMarcus Walker

DL FLA ST

6-4, 280, 18 Reps, 33"Arms, 

 

Reuben Foster

LB Alabama

 

Tre'Davious White

CB LSU

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

2016 Picks:

1 Robert Nkemdiche, DT Ole Miss

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

4 (128) Evan Boehm, C, Missouri

5 (167) Marqui Christian, S, Midwest State

5 (170) Cole Toner, OT, Harvard

6 (205) Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Andre Ellington

OLB Chandler Jones

OLB Jarvis Jones

Key F.A.:

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

Key F.A.:

DE Calais Campbell

OLB Alex Okafor

SS Tony Jefferson

CB Marcus Cooper

The Team: I don't think they will go three straight D-players, but if it does work out this way, I don't think anyone could complain. They don't really need an OLB, but they love hybrid players. This could be the best thing that happens to Walker. He can play 5-Tech (he lined up at 5-Tech, and 3-tech to rush all the time at FLA ST), DE, and OLB. I was studying the QBs, and every time I was watching them against FLA ST, Walker was the one man rush who kept hitting them. I don't know how he slips out of the 2nd.

The Player: 4/19 DeMarcus Walker: Day Three Rusher: XI.
Second Choice: Nate Peterman QB

14.

78.

Ravens

Defense: 3-4

Tyus Bowser

OLB Houston

6-3, 247, 6.75 3-C! (O) 4.65! 37.5"Vert, 10'7"Br, 33"Arms, 21 Reps,

 

*Jon Ross

WR Washington

 

*Quincy Wilson

CB FLA

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

2016 Picks:

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

Key FA Signed:

NT Brandon Williams

OLB Carlos Dansby

CB Brandon Carr 

SS Tony Jefferson

Key F.A.:
QB Ryan Mallet

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

Key F.A.Lost:

WR Steve Smith

WR Kamar Aiken

ORT Ricky Wagner

OG Jeremy Zuttah

FB Kyle Juszczyk

DE Guy Lawrence

OLB Elvis Dumervil 

The Team: I don't know how, but the Ravens have turned their defense completely around from last season. However, they can always use an OLB who can hit the QB. They run a 3-4 defense. So having an OLB who can rush, and has experience dropping in coverage is like gold to them.

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

Second Choice: Anthony Walker Jr.

 

15.

79.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

Chad Hansen

WR Cal

6-1.7, 201, (PD) 4.4-4.45,

6-3.5, 304, PD 4.83! 

S-1.71, (O) 4.87!

29" Vert, 9' Vert,  

32 3/4"Arm, 22 Reps,

 

Montravius Adams

DT/5-T Auburn

OLT, DL, ILB, RB, CB, OG, OL, WR, RB, TE, DE, LB, OL, 

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Case Keenum

RB Latavius Murray

WR Adam Thielen

WR Mitch Mathews
TE Nick Truesdell

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

CB Terence Newman

CB Terrell Sinkfield

P Ryan Quigley

Key F.A.: 
QB Shaun Hill

RB Adrian Peterson

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

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Charles Johnson

TE Rhett Ellison

ORT Andre Smith

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

The Team: I think they need a young WR to develop with whichever QB they choose. 

The Player: 4/22 Chad Hansen: Wacky Spread WR: Part I.

The Reason: Spielman loves the best athlete available philosophy. I think you can argue that is Chad Hansen here.

Second Choice: Roderick Johnson OT

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16.

80.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

Ahkello Witherspoon-

CB Colorado

6-2 3/4, 198, 6.93 3-C, (U)4.45, 40.5"V! 10'7"Br, 11.6 60! 4.13 SS

 

Takkarist McKinley-

Edgerusher UCLA

 

Dan Feeney

OG Indiana

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

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

WR Kamar Aiken

TE Jack Doyle

DE Jabaal Sheard

OLB John Simon

FS Darius Butler

Key F.A.:

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

Key F.A. Lost:

TE Dwayne Allen

DT Zach Kerr (R)

SS Mike Adams  

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The Team: At some point they are going to have to get a Corner or two. Vontae Davis was not a Probowler last season, and this year is a contract year. They have almost nothing else behind him at CB. This is as bad a team at Corner as their is in the NFL. Butler might have to move back to CB, where they have shown over and over that they don't like him there at all. They also have to face a lot of big WRs in the AFC South, so a big Corner is a must for them.

The Player: 4/19 Ahkello Witherspoon: 3rd Round Corner. Part 1.

Second Choice: Rasul Douglas CB