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My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:

1.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

*Myles Garrett

Edgerusher A&M

6-5, 270, 

QB, WR(FA), WR, LB, LB, ORT, WR, DE, DL, DB, WR, OL

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 (173) Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana-Monroe

7 (250) Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona

Key F.A.:

RG III

Terrelle Pryor WR

Demario Davis LB

Tank Carder ILB

Don Jones S

Key F.A.: 

Austin Pasztor G 

Alvin Bailey OL  

Key F.A. Lost:

Johnny Manziel QB

Travis Benjamin WR 

Dwayne Bowe WR

Mitchell Schwartz OT 

Alex Mack OC

Karlos Dansby ILB

Craig Robertson LB

Johnson Bademosi DB

Tashaun Gipson S 

The Team: The Brown did a remarkable job in the Draft last year. They swindled their way to too many Draft picks (if there is such a thing). But the most thing from last's Draft was that they could end up with two top 10 picks in this year's Draft. Their own, and Philly's. Philly is 5 and 7 right now, which puts them in the 9th slot, and moving down in most power ranks. Plus, I really liked the USC QB in last years Draft. He might not be the best rookie QB from last years Draft, but he is top five. Which gives them the opportunity to take a chance here and take the best player in the Draft.  

The Player: Garrett is an elite passrusher with elite size. He has shown for three season he has that money-making knack for hitting the quarterback at a rate that few players ever have. The only time I saw him get stuffed was against Cam Robinson in the Alabama game this year. 

The Reason: This is literally the best player available pick. An anonymous NFL Personally guy said: "Browns should take Trubisky No. 1 overall". But after their recent history of drafting QBs in the 1st they should never draft a QB in the 1st again: Tim Couch, Brady Quinn,  Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel.

Second Choice: Mitch Trubisky QB

2.

49ers

Defense: 3-4

*Mitch Trubisky

QB UNC

6-3, 220, Jr 

QB, WR, OLT, DL, RB, OL, WR, CB, ILB, DLOG, WR, OLB/PR, DB, WR, 

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:

Colin Kaepernick QB

Thad Lewis QB

Garrett Celek TE

Zane Beadles OG

Ian Williams DT 

Phil Dawson K

Key F.A.:

Anquan Boldin WR 
Reggie Bush RB 
Shaun Draughn RB   

Key F.A. Lost:

Alex Boone G 

The Team: He really should stay in school, but when they have you vying for the top pick you have to cash that lottery ticket. "We'll probably know an answer a few days after the bowl game," UNC HC Fedora said. "We've studied everything so he can make the best decision. Mitch has got all the physical tools to be an elite quarterback. He can make every throw. He is intelligent. He can beat you with his legs if he has to. He's been patient and he's worked extremely hard. And that's not always easy, being number two." I would only say that for a top ten pick.

The Player: Trubisky has been pegged as the man in this Draft. "I don't see it as pressure," Trubisky said. "I see it more as a great opportunity. There's a lot of variables. I think we're talking about a lot of what-ifs and who knows, that might not be the right situation for me. If it's meant to be it's meant to be." I finally saw it in the Sun Bowl against Stanford, and I still have two UNC games on my DVR. 

He was not as good after he got hit. But he didn't panic, and was over it quickly. The thing that impressed me the most was that he threw what should have been the game tying touchdown five times. That is some great clutch play that I didn't see from any other QB this year. Unfortunately, Thomas sacked him on the two-point conversion. 

Trubisky has a scary lack of starts, worse than Kizer's. "It's kind of crazy," Trubisky said. "I try not to look too far down the road, but if that opportunity comes I think it would be a dream come true to go back home and play for the hometown team. Honestly, it would really be a blessing to play anywhere in the NFL and have that opportunity to play at the highest level." He finished the season with 3,748-yards, 30 TDs, 6 INT and completed 68% of his passes. 

While he has "appeared" in 33 games (including one game where he came in for one play when the starting QB's helmet fell off), he actually has less starts than Kizer. He only started for one full season, making him a scary one year wonder. As near as I can tell (as it seems to be top secret) he only started 18 games. He was primarily the back up QB in 2014 and 2015 when he only started do to injury. Then he had 13 starts this past season. That still scares me. But a desperate organization will take him in the 1st Round.

"He is a great quarterback," Solomon Thomas said about Trubisky. "He's elusive. He’s got a great pocket presence and he's got a great offensive line that do a lot of good things for him. We’re going to see a new great quarterback play and we’re very excited to play against him."

Not ready to rate him as a 1st Round pick yet. But more teams need a QB than don't. He plays in that QB killing spread offense. But he is very brave in the face of the rush, and can take the big hit and complete the next pass. However, the choke against NC ST terrified me.

2016 (JUNIOR SEASON): In his first full season as the starting quarterback, Trubisky already ranks sixth at UNC in single-season passing yards and 10th in career passing yards • Has 19 touchdowns this season and 30 in his career, which ranks seventh in school history • Has five rushing touchdowns this season and eighth in his career • Completed 20 of 32 attempts for 329 yards and a touchdown in the win over Georgia Tech • Also rushed six times for 44 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for eight yards • Completed 24 of 31 pass attempts for 310 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 win at Virginia • Completed 11 consecutive pass attempts in the second half • His only incompletion was late in the game on third down from the UNC 5-yard line • Completed 11 of 12 second-half pass attempts at UVA for 150 yards and two touchdowns • Named to the Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8” quarterbacks list for the third time with his performance in the 20-13 win at No. 16 Miami • Completed 33 of 46 passes for 299 yards and two scores as well as running for a career-high 47 yards in the victory • Saw his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception come to an end at 243 in the loss to Virginia Tech • Completed just 13 of 33 pass attempts for 58 yards and two interceptions in a 34-3 loss to No. 25 Virginia Tech played during miserable weather conditions • Set the multi-game school record for consecutive completions with 30 straight (last 18 vs. JMU; first 12 vs. Pitt) • Completed 31 of 38 pass attempts for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-35 win at No. 12 Florida State • After FSU tied the game at 28 in the fourth quarter, he calmly engineered a 75-yard drive and retook the lead with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Jackson • Had another record-setting day at quarterback in a 37-36 win over Pitt, completing 35 of 46 passes for 453 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions • Named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week • Set career highs for completions, pass attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes • Tied the school record for TD passes in a game with five • Set the school record for most passing yards in back-to-back games with 885 yards (432 vs. JMU and 453 against Pitt) • Completed 24 of 27 pass attempts for a career-high 432 yards and three touchdowns in a win over James Madison • Had a quarterback rating of 260 • Set the school record for most passing yards gained per attempt (min. 25 attempts), averaging 16.0 yards per throw, breaking the mark of 15.1 yards by Marquise Williams against Old Dominion in 2013 • Set the school record for most consecutive pass completions in a game with 18, breaking the previous mark of 16 straight was held by Williams vs. Pitt in 2014 • Two of the 18 completions went for touchdowns, 10 of the 18 went for 10 yards or more, 12 of the 18 went for first downs, and they went to seven different Tar Heel receivers • His 75-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Switzer against JMU was the longest completion of his career • Threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two scores in a 48-23 win at Illinois • Completed 19 of 24 pass attempts for 265 yards and completed his first touchdown pass of the season with a 24-yard screen pass to tailback T.J. Logan in the second quarter • Later had a 20-yard scoring strike to Mack Hollins in the third quarter • Had a 1-yard run to tie the score at seven and later had a 6-yard TD run to give UNC its first lead • The Illinois game was the first time he had scored two rushing touchdowns in a game • In his first career start vs. Georgia, completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 156 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions • Ran for seven yards and a touchdown in the loss to Georgia • Named the 2016 starter following spring drills.

The Reason: You better get used to seeing this guy's name in the top two. 

Second Choice: Jared Allen DL

3.

Bears

Defense: 3-4

*Deshaun Watson

QB Clemson

6-3, 215, 

QB, DE/PR, OLT, MLB, TE, WR, CB, OL, DL, DB

2016 Picks:

1 (9)  Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

2 (56) Cody Whitehair, G, 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.:

Alshon Jeffery WR (Tagged)

Jacquizz Rodgers RB

Zach Miller TE 

Rob Housler TE

Josh Bellamy WR

Marc Mariani WR

Manny Ramirez O G

Bobby Massie OT 

Akiem Hicks DE

Mitch Unrein DE

Sam Acho OLB  

Danny Trevathan ILB 

Jerrell Freeman LB 

Tracy Porter CB

Sherrick McManis CB

Chris Prosinski S

Key F.A.: 
Deonte Thompson WR 
Will Montgomery C 
Vladimir Ducasse G  
Jarvis Jenkins DE 

Alan Ball CB   
Ryan Mundy S  
Sherrod Martin S 

Key F.A. Lost:

Matt Forte RB

Jermon Bushrod OL

Jarvis Jenkins DL

Shea McClellin ILB

The Team: Okay, listen Chicago you don't need a QB. Nope. Not in the least. Don't bother. Your good. (ssshhhh, they never listen to me so now maybe they'll draft a QB). He has the arm. He has the head. He is a great leader. And, we are about to see him lead his team to the College Playoffs again.

The Player:  Watson is a tough winner. He can take the big hit and get up and make the big throw on 3rd down. He can move around the pocket better than any QB in this Draft to get time to make the big throw. He retreats, retreats, and retreats, and then lofts the ball 40-yards down field. He is a beast in big games. Did you watch the ACC Champ game? He was a beast, in the biggest game of the season, again. Plus, what are the NFL haters going to say when he leads Clemson to the BCS Champ game again this January, "huh Beavis, this guy rocks. huh-huh-ha."

The Reason: I know, word on the street is that the NFL thinks Watson is a 2nd round pick. But I just disagree. I sometimes just don't understand what people are looking at. I'll tell you one thing, you can have Goff. I'll take Watson every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Second Choice: Leonard Fournette RB

4.

Jaguars

Defense: 4-3

*Jonathan Allen-

DL Alabama

6-3, 294, 

CB, DB, DL, OC, CB, 

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 F.A. Signed:

Chris Ivory  RB

Kelvin Beachum OLT

Mackenzy Bernadeau OG

Stefen Wisniewski OC

Malik Jackson DL

Tashaun Gipson S 

Key Free Agents:

Chad Henne QB 
Clay Harbor TE 
Marcedes Lewis TE 
Bernard Pierce RB 
Bryan Walters WR     

Key F.A. Lost:

Zane Beadles OG

Sam Young OT

Andre Branch DE 

Olivier Vernon OLB
Chris Clemons DE

Bryan Anger P

The Team: Ouch! This Franchise just keeps moving backwards. Bortles has dropped to a choking rookie QB level this season. The monumental problem that Head Coaches who were DCs have is developing the QB. The HC of the JJ better learn how to coach his QB fast, or his HC in the NFL days are long over. The only offensive player they took in last years Draft was a QB in the 6th Round. HCs cannot ignore their Offense.

The Player: He hits the Quarterback in more ways than any other player in this Draft, including Garrett. Inside-outside USA.

2016 (Senior): Passed on early entry into the NFL Draft and returned for his senior season as one of the nation’s best defensive players and most feared pass rushers ... mentioned in the Heisman Trophy conversation ... finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award ... finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Lott IMPACT Trophy ... a top candidate for the Ted Hendricks Award ... top 20 nominee for the Lombardi Award ... midseason All-American by USA Today, Sporting News and Pro Football Focus ... named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Player of the Week and the Lott Trophy Player of the Week following his performance against No. 6 Texas A&M ... has 52 tackles on the season to rank fourth on the team ... added a team-high 13 quarterback hurries while being credited with 34 pressures on the year by Pro Football Focus ... PFF also ranks him second among interior linemen against the run ... has two fumble recoveries for two touchdowns and 105 return yards (75 and 30 yards) ... accumulated 7.0 sacks (-55 yards) to rank 10th in the SEC ... has 11.5 tackles for a loss (-64 yards) to rank third for the Tide ... has also batted down two passes and blocked a field goal ... selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performances against USC and Texas A&M ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s players of the week on defense for his performances against USC, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU, Chattanooga and Auburn. USC: Finished the season-opener with four unassisted tackles, including a team-high 2.0 sacks (-15 yards) ... also broke up two passes from the line ... the multi-sack game was the sixth such instance of his career ... helped limit the Trojan offense to only 194 yards of total offense. Western Kentucky: Wrapped up the game with three tackles, including one sack (-13 yards) ... also blocked a field goal for the Crimson Tide ... helped limit WKU to only 239 yards and only 23 on the ground. Ole Miss: Totaled four tackles with a quarterback hurry ... also recovered a fumble from the Rebel quarterback that he returned 75 yards for a score ... his score was Alabama’s final of the day and set the Tide at 48 points, enough to secure the victory in Oxford ... the fumble return was one of the Tide’s three non-offensive touchdowns on the afternoon. Kent State: Collected three tackles in a half of play ... helped limit the Golden Flashes to only 166 yards of total offense, including 82 yards rushing. Kentucky: Set a career-high mark for tackles with eight, six of which were unassisted, while adding his fourth sack of the season (-7 yards) ... played a key role in holding the Wildcat offense to only 161 yards of total offense on the night. Arkansas: Totaled three tackles, including half a tackle for a loss ... also added two quarterback hurries to tie for the team lead as part of the Tide’s season-high 12 quarterback hurries ... the 12 quarterback pressures by the Alabama defense doubled the team’s previous season high of six. Tennessee: Totaled four stops including his team-leading fifth sack of the season (-10 yards) ... brought pressure off the end all afternoon to help limit the high-powered Volunteer offense to only 163 total yards. Texas A&M: Earned national honors from the Nagurski and Lott Trophies for his play against the Aggies ... also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week ... returned his second fumble for a touchdown this season, as he scooped up a fumble caused by Ryan Anderson and sprinted 30 yards for a touchdown ... added his sixth sack of the season, shedding a block and laying out over the running back to bring down Trevor Knight ... recorded a career-high four quarterback hurries ... finished with six total tackles including three solo stops. LSU: Helped lead a Tide defense that was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week as a complete unit ... recorded his seventh sack of the season and three total tackles ... added a quarterback hurry ... helped limit Tigers’ running back Leonard Fournette to just 35 yards on 17 carries and the LSU offense as a whole to just 33 yards rushing and 125 total yards, including just 25 total yards in the second half. Mississippi State: Harassed the Bulldogs quarterback into a 61.15 collegiate passer rating and a 33.02 NFL mark ... recorded two more quarterback hurries and made two assisted tackles ... helped limit the Bulldogs to just 94 yards rushing. Chattanooga: Recorded six total tackles with two tackles for loss (-5 yards) and four solo stops ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his efforts in holding the Mocs to 184 total yards, including just 70 yards rushing. Auburn: Accounted for two tackles for loss (-4 yards) and six total tackles ... the Tide coaching staff credited him with two hurries and earned UA’s Defensive Player of the Week honors ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards ... Alabama also held the Tigers -- who entered the game leading the SEC in rushing -- to just 66 yards rushing or 232 yards less than its season average.

The Reason: DC HC's do what they do. They build their defenses and leave their QB to the wolves. They took five D-linemen in last years Draft! So why not another.

Second Choice: Leonard Fournette RB

5.

Titans

From 

RAMS!

**Marlon Humphrey-

Alabama

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

S, CB, OL, RB, DT(FA), WR, 5-T, WR, CB, DE, TE(FA), 

2016 Picks:

1 (8)  Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St

2 (33) Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

2 (43)  Austin Johnson, DT, Penn St

2 (45) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

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

5 (140) Tajae Sharpe, WR, UMass

5 (157) LeShaun Sims, Southern Utah

6 (193) Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas

7 (222) Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA

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

Key F.A. Signed:

DeMarco Murray RB

Rishard Matthews WR 

Ben Jones OC

Key F.A.:

Craig Stevens TE 
Dorin Dickerson TE 
Byron Bell OT   
Joe Looney G 
Jamon Meredith G 

Mike Martin DE 
Al Woods DT 

Sammie Lee Hill DT

Zach Brown LB

Steven Johnson LB

Brandon Harris CB 

Coty Sensabaugh CB 

Key F.A. Lost:

Matt Cassel QB 

Logan Mankins OG

The Team: Talk about a great trade. The Rams not only took Goff number one overall, they traded this year's 1st to move up to get him. Right now the Titans are looking at the 8th pick in the 2016 Draft, and the 5th pick in the 2017 Draft for the 1st pick in the Draft from last year.

The Player: Did you see him shut down Ross in the Playoff game against Washington. My only real question with him was his speed. That was dispelled with flying colors against Ross. Notes: Most physical Corner in this years Draft. Love watching him knock guys out on the edge. Very physical covering slants. He has the best jam within five yards that I have ever seen. They put him on Ross, and he even lined up on him in the slot. He was all over Ross. He step in front of him on one pass, and got had both hands on an INT and dropped it.

Humphrey is one of the toughest CBs I have ever seen. He is the best hitting CB I have ever seen. Plus, he has the speed to turn and run with anyone. 

2016 (Sophomore): Coming off of a Freshman All-America season ... had the first of the Tide’s four pick-sixes on the season, taking an interception back for a score in the season opener against USC ... started every game this season and all 27 during his career ... only allowed 29 completions this season an average of 2.41 per game ... has two interceptions (18 return yards), one forced fumble and four pass breakups to go with his 33 tackles, including three for a loss (-6 yards) ... named as one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week following his performances against USC, Western Kentucky, Texas A&M and Auburn. USC: Had a pick-six, the first of his career, from 18 yards out to highlight his night ... also added two tackles, including one for a loss (-3 yards). Western Kentucky: Forced a fumble, broke up a pass and recorded two total tackles against the Hilltoppers. Ole Miss: Collected a season-high five tackles, including four solo stops ... also added a pair of pass breakups to tie his career-high mark. Kent State: Totaled one tackle in the first half before the entire defense exited in the second half ... helped limit the Golden Flashes’ offense to only 84 yards through the air. Kentucky: Registered three tackles against the Wildcats ... helped limit the UK offense to only 89 yards passing on the night. Arkansas: Wrapped up his day in Fayetteville with three tackles against the Razorbacks. Tennessee: Finished with one tackle on the day as the Vols did not look his way often ... helped limit the UT aerial attack to 131 yards passing. Texas A&M: Picked off his second pass of the season one play after the Crimson Tide turned the ball over ... finished with three solo tackles and a pass breakup in a 33-14 victory over the No. 6 Aggies. LSU: Set a career-high mark for tackles with eight in Baton Rouge ... his eight stops ranked second on the team ... made one stop on special teams while adding one tackle against the run ... helped limit the Tigers passing attack to only 92 yards through the air. Mississippi State: Made one tackle and only allowed one pass to be completed all game ... helped limit the Bulldogs quarterback to a 61.15 passer rating. Chattanooga: Finished with three total tackles and helped hold the Mocs to 184 total yards, including just 70 yards rushing. Auburn: Made one tackle for a loss (-1 yard) against the Tigers in limited playing time ... missed most of the second half with a leg injury that cut his playing time short.

The Reason: They just don't need an RB. But they do need a CB.

Second Choice: Leonard Fournette RB

6.

Jets

Defense: 3-4

 

*Tim Williams-

DE/OLB Alabama

6-4, 245, 

QB, OLB/PR, OL, DT, WR, LB, DB

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:

Matt Forte RB

Khiry Robinson RB

Bilal Powell RB

Mo Wilkerson DE (Tagged)

Key F.A Lost:

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB

Antonio Allen, S 
Stephen Bowen, DE 
Randy Bullock, K 
Willie Colon, G 
Demario Davis, LB 
Kellen Davis, TE 
Leger Douzable, DE   
Erin Henderson, LB 
Ben Ijalana, OT 
Jaiquawn Jarrett, S 
Jamari Lattimore, LB 
Chris Owusu, WR 
Calvin Pace, LB  
Stevan Ridley, RB 
Darrin Walls, CB 

Key F.A Lost:

Chris Ivory RB 

Damon Harrison DT

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The Team: Sometimes life just throws you a bone. And the Jets sucking is certainly fun to watch.

The Player: Williams is a quick twitch rusher who wins fast. Those are the guys who play in the NFL for a long time. He can dip and rip around the Corner as fast as anyone in this Draft. But he has to get bigger and stronger. It might take him a few years to develop the size and strength he needs.

2016 (Senior): A disruptive force on the outside for the Crimson Tide ... candidate for the Butkus Award and midseason All-American by Sports Illustrated ... a force once again this season, collecting 25 total tackles and a team-best 8.0 sacks (-88 yards) ... 60.0 percent of his tackles have come behind the line of scrimmage with 15 tackles for a loss of 116 yards ... also has 11 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup ... added one fumble recovery which he returned 23 yards for his first career score ... tabbed to the Bednarik, Lott, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Award Preseason Watch Lists ... selected as one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his outings against Kentucky and at Arkansas. USC: Recorded two tackles and one quarterback hurry against the Trojans ... helped pressure the SC passers into an 18-of-37 day that included one pick and only 130 yards through the air. Western Kentucky: Pressured the WKU quarterback off the edge but did not record any stats ... help force the Hilltopper signal-callers into two interceptions by day’s end. Ole Miss: Had his biggest game of the year, finishing with two tackles, including a sack (-9 yards) and a forced fumble ... his hit on the Rebel quarterback forced a fumble that went into the arms of Jonathan Allen and was returned for the eventual winning score. Kent State: Finished his half of play with two tackles, including half a stop for a loss (-4 yards) ... also added a season-high and career-high tying two quarterback hurries during his playing time. Kentucky: Played in only one half, but made the most of his time ... finished with four tackles ... three of his tackles went for a loss (-14 yards) to set a new career high ... added one sack (-1) and two quarterback hurries while forcing a fumble ... played a key role in stalling the Wildcat offense for only 87 total yards in the second half. Arkansas: Scored his first career touchdown, picking up a fumble and returning it 23 yards for a score ... also added one sack (-10 yards), a pass breakup and a pair of quarterback hurries ... tied for the game high in quarterback pressures to help the Tide defense accumulate a season-high 12 quarterback hurries. Tennessee: Finished with two tackles, both for a loss (-20 yards) and one sack (-17 yards) ... applied consistent pressure off the edge to help limit the Volunteers to 131 yards passing. Texas A&M: Wreaked havoc all over the field with two sacks for a loss of 27 yards and three total tackles ... added a quarterback hurry as the high-powered Aggies managed only 278 yards of total offense. LSU: Helped the Crimson Tide shutout the Tigers’ high-powered offense ... had 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards), including half of a sack ... finished with four total tackles while helping limit LSU to just 92 yards passing and 125 total yards. Mississippi State: Recorded two tackles for loss (14 yards), including his team-leading eighth sack of the season ... helped force the Bulldogs’ quarterback into a 61.15 passer rating. Chattanooga: Registered one tackle for a loss of 12 yards as the Tide limited the Mocs to just 184 yards and just 70 yards on the ground. Auburn: Spotted the stat sheet against the Tigers, finishing with one tackle for loss (-3 yards) while adding one quarterback hurry and a pass breakup ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards ... Alabama also held the Tigers -- who entered the game leading the SEC in rushing -- to just 66 yards rushing or 232 yards less than its season average.

The Reason: They have to play Brady twice a year. Von Miller made Brady look vulnerable in the pocket. Look for AFC East teams to start loading up on Speed rushers to hit Brady. 

Second Choice: Leonard Fournette RB

7.

Chargers

Defense: 3-4

**Malik Hooker- 

FS Ohio State

6-2, 205, RS-Soph,

**Jabrill Peppers

DB/LB/WR/RB Michigan 

6-1, 205, #5 

DB, S (FA), 5-T, TE, WR, QB,  OLT, TE, CB, LB. CB, 

2014 Picks:

1 (15) Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin

2 (48) Denzel Perryman ILB Miami.

3 (83) Craig Mager, DB Texas State.

5 (153) Kyle Emanuel DE N Dakota St

6 (192) Darius Philon, NT, Arkansas

Key FA.:

Travis Benjamin WR

Dontrelle Inman WR

Antonio Gates TE/H-B

Chris Hairston OT 

Kenny Wiggins OL

Brandon Mebane DT

Casey Hayward CB

Jahleel Addae S

Key FA. Signed:

Malcom Floyd, WR  

John Phillips TE 

David Johnson FB

Johnnie Troutman G 

Joe Barksdale OT 
Jeffrey Linkenbach OT
J.D. Walton C 
Ricardo Mathews DE 

Joe Mays LB  
Brandian Ross DB 
Cassius Vaughn DB 

Kellen Clemens QB 

Key FA. Lost:

Donald Butler RB

Ladarius Green TE

Kendall Reyes DE  

Patrick Robinson DB

Eric Weddle S

The Team: The Charger never overcame the loss of Eric Weddle. They have to find a replacement fast. 

The Player: Peppers problem is that he is a player without a position. Versatility is great, but too much versatility can becomes a problem. He is not an NFL linebacker. He is not an NFL CB, unless a zone/Off-Man heavy defense drafts him (like Carolina? He would be a good fit for Carolina at CB). Although he did play a lot of CB in 2015, and seems to have that knack for arriving at the WR as the ball arrived. He played way Off coverage, but was excellent at being there at the end of patterns. So he should have no trouble playing Safety, and stepping into the slot when a team goes 3-Wide, and the DC wants to stay in the base defense, and covering the slot guy. Plus, he is obviously an elite special teams player, and could be the 5th receiver to save a roster spot.

The Reason: I think in the end he becomes a strong safety in the NFL (unless the Panthers take him). He can play in the box, like a linebacker. He can stuff the run, and run with anyone deep. But I do think he drops a little as his position is a little unclear.

Second Choice: Teez Tabor CB

8.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

*Dalvin Cook- 

RB FLA ST

5-11, 213,  

CB! WR, CB, TE, OL, S, ORT, DB, 

2016 Picks:

1-30 Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana T.

2 (62) James Bradberry, S, Samford

3 (77) Daryl Worley, CB, WVU

5 (141)  Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

7 (252) Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State

Key F.A.:

Joe Webb QB

Mike Tolbert FB

Gino Gradkowski O C 

Bradley Sowell OT 

Josh Norman CB (Tagged)

Charles Johnson DE

Paul Soliai NT

Brandon Boykin CB 

J.J. Jansen LS 

Key F.A.: 
Tyronne Green G 
Fernando Velasco C 
Chris Scott, G 
Amini Silatolu, OL  
Kyle Love DT

Cortland Finnegan CB 

Charles Tillman CB 

Roman Harper S 

Brad Nortman P

Key F.A.:

Jared Allen DE 

The Team: This team's collapse is by far the most shocking. But they seem to have hopefully put it all together against the Raiders. It is tough to believe that they can't win a few games in the final month and get out of the top ten.

The Player: 12/9 Dalvin Cook.

The Reason: They need to take some heat off of Cam. He would be an elite lighting to compliment their thunder backs.

Second Choice: Teez Tabor CB

9. 

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

*Leonard Fournette

RB LSU

6-1, 235, #7

WR, DB, WR, TE, FS, OG, DL, LB

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 FA Signed:

Eric Winston OT 

Vincent Rey OLB

Adam Jones CB 

George Iloka S

Key Free Agents:  

Brandon Tate WR 

Andre Smith OT 

Wallace Gilberry DE 

Pat Sims DT 
Brandon Thompson DT 
Emmanuel Lamur OLB  

Leon Hall CB  

Reggie Nelson S 

Key F.A. Lost:

Marvin Jones WR

Mohamed Sanu WR

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

The Player: 12/9 Leonard Fournette.

The Reason: They have a couple good RBs. But getting a truly great RB to help Dalton could allow them to finally win a Playoff game. 

Second Choice: Solomon Thomas DL

10.

Bills

Defense: 4-3

*Mike Williams

WR Clemson

6-2, 303, #7- 

ORT, DE, WR(FA), DB, DL, LB, WR,  OG, 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 Free Agents Signed:

Leonard Hankerson WR

Cordy Glenn OT (tagged)

Richie Incognito Turnstile

Zach Brown LB

Robert Blanton S 

Key Free Agents:
Josh Johnson, QB 
Jordan Mills, OT 
Alex Carrington, DL 
Key Free Agents Lost:

Kraig Urbik OG

Anthony Dixon RB

Chris Hogan WR

Mario Williams DE

Stefan Charles DL

Nigel Bradham LB 

Leodis McKelvin CB

Ron Brooks CB

The Team: Yeah, the Bills finally made it into the top ten. Let me let you in a little secret, SSSHHHH, the Bills need WRs.. 

The Player: Williams never looked like a Number One WR to me. But he was terrific in the second half of the season. 

The Reason: I broke down the two Bills games against the Pats and the worst unit by far were their WRs. They suck-suck-suck, like the Jets. If the Bills as a Franchise wants to tae a step forward, they have to make Tyrod Taylor into a legit NFL QB. That starts with a big weapon he can throw deep down the field to when he prances around the pocket for a while.

Second Choice: Cam Robinson OLT

11.

Saints

Defense: 4-3

Teez Tabor

CB FLA

6', 191, #31 

DT, CB, S, DE, LB, LB, CB, DL, WR, RB,

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: 

Luke McCown QB

Coby Fleener TE

Michael Hoomanawanui TE

Tim Hightower RB

Travaris Cadet RB 

Nick Fairley DL 

James Laurinaitis LB

Craig Robertson LB

Jamarca Sanford S

Kai Forbath K

Key F.A.:  
Matt Flynn QB 
Kendall Hunter RB  
Tony Hills OT 

Mike McGlynn OT  
Kevin Williams DT 

Anthony Spencer LB 
James Anderson LB

Chris Owens CB 
Kyle Wilson CB    

Key Free Agents Lost:

Benjamin Watson TE 

Khiry Robinson RB

The Team: They did a good job addressing their defense in last years Draft, but they didn't really address the secondary. They grabbed a Safety, but didn't even take a peek at a CB. That was a big mistake. 

The Player: Tabor can really move. He moves better than King. I though that in the second half of the season he really started to make more plays on the ball in the air. He showed me he could plays on the ball in the air, and that was the last thing I needed to see.

The Reason: The one year they had a great secondary they won it all. 

Second Choice: Christian McCaffrey RB