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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, WR, WR, RB, OL, DB, WR, DB, OL, DL, OL, DB, 

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 RGIII

WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Andrew Hawkins

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). 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. "I think you've got to be careful reaching for a quarterback at No. 1 because if they fail, they don't help your team at all," Joe Thomas said. "Whereas if you pick a defensive lineman, and maybe they don't live up to the hype, you can still find a place to get them on the field and to have an impact." Garrett is definitely going to have an impact.

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: They just traded for Osweiler and a throw in 2018 2nd. "We're really excited to acquire a 2nd Round draft choice in this trade," Sashi Brown said. Oh. That doesn't look good for Brock. So they definitely still need a QB.

This is literally the best player available pick. "If Myles Garrett isn't a Cleveland Brown, I'll be floored," an anonymous scout said. "Can't over think it." An anonymous NFL 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, oh my.

Second Choice: Trade for Garoppolo

Third Choice: Mitch Trubisky QB

2.

49ers

Defense: 3-4

*Mitch Trubisky

QB UNC

6-3, 220, Jr 

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

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: The 49ers have a long way to go. "I don’t like being 2-14, but fortunately for me," Lynch said. "[But] I wasn’t a part of that. I’m a part of it now and we got the No. 2 pick, and I think that gives us a tremendous asset." In fact, I think they have further to go than any other team (though they might be tied with Chicago). 
The first step they have to take in this whole disastrous situation is to find a QB, period. "The worst mistakes you can make is you take a guy who isn’t that good of a player, or worthy of that," Shanahan said. "The expectations change. You put a guy in a position that is really unfair to him and you set your organization back. And then you’re trying to commit to a guy who shouldn’t have been put in that position." This Draft is flush with talent, but this is one of the worst QB classes I have ever seen.

The 49ers helped their O-line. "Kyle (Shanahan) and I are firm believers that competition brings out the best in everyone," Lynch wrote. "We also believe that you can never have enough good offensive linemen, and Jeremy has certainly proven to be a very talented player having earned a Pro Bowl selection last season."
I don't buy (in any way, shape, or form) the ridiculous made up Trumpian story that Washington will trade Cook to them. "We could stay pat right there and find a fabulous player, a game-changing player," Lynch said. "It gives us a lot of flexibility to do some other things if we chose to be bold. There are going to be people that covet the pick we have. So there's going to be some people that want to move up." So they can trade for an elite chip (Garoppolo), trade down and pick up assets (like Cleveland did last year), or reach for a QB.

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 had 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. 

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: It is amazing that Kaepernick is so dumb that he opted out of his contract. "We had a real nice meeting," Lynch said. "And one thing in that meeting we talked to Colin about, having been a player, one thing I always wanted from coaches, [and] I think any player, is just transparency. You want honesty. That’s what we were with Colin, and he was back to us." What was he thinking? 

And I supported him in his protest. And I get offended when people say that it is an insult to veterans and solders to not stand for the National Anthem. So much if their sacrifices where so that we had the freedom to stand or not to stand before the government and its' symbols. That is just dumber than Kaepernick. 

He is not going to get squat in the free agent market. "We both agreed that under the current construct, it wasn’t going to work out," Lynch said. "But we said, 'let's not close the door.' As he hits free agency, we’ll keep our eyes open and we want him to keep us in mind as well. We kept that door open in a very real and positive way." That  is ridiculous.

He pissed away a 14.5-mil, and that was just his injury guarantee, and he will sign for less than that. He will sign for a min contract. He was the worst starter in the NFL last season, and had one of the best contracts with four years left. He showed he was as crazy as Trump, by giving up all that cash with a 5:AM tweet. Which makes him an even worse idea as a starting QB with that kind of decision making. I'm not sure I would even sign him as a min-backup.

Second Choice: Marshon Lattimore CB

3.

Bears

Defense: 3-4

*Jonathan Allen-

DL Alabama

6-3, 294, 

QB, 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. 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: Duh Bears were in worse shape than the 49ers at QB. At least the 49ers get first choice of QB. I keep putting ten different guys here. But it keeps coming back to QB for them. "That was a place where I wanted to go," Glennon said, "I'm just excited that it all worked out the way that I had hoped and envisioned." They have pinned their name to Glennon.

I was not a big fan of him in college. "As the quarterback of the team, you should know people's names and have those relationships," Glennon said. "That gives you a sense of ownership. I'm in charge [of the offense], and I'm excited for that opportunity that I really haven't had before. It's something that I've worked for and really looked forward to. Finally, I have that opportunity." But he has been able to hang on and develop for three to five years.
So he has a chance to take that mental toughness and become a viable NFL QB. "Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback and we’re fired up about that," Pace said. "I think that tells you something about a guy when that's kind of his mindset before he even walks in the building." He has shown some mental toughness in his training to play QB in the NFL. 

He showed the physical traits in college, so it is all about the mental for him. "I don't know how high the ceiling is," Pace said. "I'm just glad we have him in the mix as our starting quarterback to compete and get better." I didn't think he showed the mental acumen or toughness in college, but he is a different person now that he has been groomed in the NFL for four seasons.
Now he has to prove himself a winner. "I wanted a team that could win, and I feel we can do that here," Glennon said. "I feel confident in myself and I think I’ll have success here in Chicago." If he wanted to go to a team that could win, he could have made a better decision. 

The Player: 2/18 Jonathon Allen: Inside-Out USA.

The Reason: But what if the best player available is still a QB? "I think the best thing about free agency is if we can address some of our needs, again, it opens up the draft for best player available," Pace said. "And then when we do that it's just increasing our odds. We're going to take the best player at every pick." So they could still go Watson here. But the signing of Glennon opens up the door for them to take Allen.

Second Choice: Deshaun Watson QB

4.

Jaguars

Defense: 4-3

**Marshon Lattimore

CB Ohio State

6', 192, (U) 4.36,

DB, 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 FA.Signed:

WR Arrelious Benn 

TE Julius Thomas 
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

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: They have two DBs who are free agents (SS Cyprien and CB Amukamara). House is a good CB, who might be better served as the 3rd Corner. Getting a starting DB is a must in this Draft. I still think they need another CB. Having Ramsey and Lattimore as their CBs could complete their defense, or allow them to move Ramsey to Safety. Then they can focus on getting some help for their Offense.

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. DC HC's do what they do. They build their defenses and leave their QB to the wolves. 

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

The Reason: This Franchise is whacked, they are still raving about Myles Jack. "Obviously, he’s a dynamic athlete with dynamic play-making ability," Caldwell said. "I think between [LBs] Telvin, Poz [Posluszny] and him, the coaches have a good rotation where you see him on the field 85-95 percent of the time." They have to start thinking about the offense.
They have not gotten this message. "Tom's incredibly detailed
," Caldwell said about Coughlin. "He's very forward-thinking. And he's going to hold everyone accountable. That's how he was as a head coach. I was with Tom for nine years, and it was a great nine years. He taught me a ton. But strap it on and be ready to work." They signed a couple of D-end last year. Then Drafted four DLs in last years Draft. And then, made a big show of signing two more DLs this off season. The press conference for Campbell was a little off.

I though they signed Coughlin because he is an offensive guy. "Surprisingly enough, through the whole process and having an idea this was going to happen, you think, 'How is this going to work?' "But Tom’s been great," Caldwell said. "It’s been great to be able to walk down the hallway and bounce things off him. He, I and Doug sit together and come to a collective decision." To sign two more DLs is... 

Baffling. "We have to be disciplined," Caldwell said. "We’re going to set a limit for the guys we target and we’re going to be aggressive for the guys we want. We can't be careless with the money." They should go offense here. But there secondary really is a mess, and a top Corner could help this team more than Fournette.

Second Choice: Leonard Fournette RB

5.

Titans

From 

RAMS!

**Malik Hooker- 

FS Ohio State

6-2, 205, RS-Soph,

CB, 5-T, WR, TE, 

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:

Ben Jones OC

DE Chris Baker

CB Logan Ryan

FS JJ Wilcox

Key F.A.:

QB Matt Cassel
RB Antonio Andrews (R)
WR Marc Mariani
TE Anthony Fasano
TE Phillip Supernaw (R)
OC Brian Schwenke
ORT Byron Bell
OG Chance Warmack
ILB Nate Palmer
ILB Sean Spence
OLB David Bass
CB Antwon Blake
FS Rashad Johnson
SS Daimion Stafford

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Kendall Wright

The Team: 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. That's pretty good. That was the best case scenario when you draft a QB in the top five, and he develops nicely the first two years.

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

The Reason: Hooker has an injury that could cause him to slide. But if the Titans think his medicals check out? Hooker is just what they need. He would be a huge start to rebuilding their secondary. 

Second Choice: OJ Howard TE

6.

Jets

Defense: 3-4

*Leonard Fournette

RB LSU

6-1, 240, (U) 4.51-4.52, 

28.5" Vert, 

CB, RB, ILB, QB, WR,  

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:

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 Team: The Jets are apparently happy with their two young QBs. Which is what you have to do sometimes. You have to de-vel-op QBs. Remember some 6th Round pick the Pats took from Michigan? Even the GOAT sat out for over a year on the Patriots' bench and was developed. I liked Bryce Petty coming out of Baylor, and I hate spread QBs. I'm not a Hackenberg guy, but if they develop him he has a chance.

Petty became the starter last year, and he wasn't a disaster. And one thing about Petty, he can take a hit, and is great throwing deep. Not so sure about Hackenberg. So they need to start thinking about ways to help their two young QBs. They also seemed to have rebuilt their entire O-line last year. Which means they should be looking at WRs and RBs.   

In my view there are two choices here. One, take a QB. Two, take an RB who can take pressure off their crappy QBs. "I'm not going to speculate if we're going to make more," Maccagnan said. "But I would say most of the major moves we made have been made." They have 33-Mil available.

Which is all meaningless without a QB. "I know we've made quite a few moves this offseason, but a lot of it is predicated on how we feel about the younger players," Maccagnan said. "With the money we freed up, hopefully we'll be able to help ourselves in different areas." But what does it all mean without a QB.

They are trying to completely rebuild the O-line. "Just a blessing to keep playing football" Beachum said. "A blessing to be at a great organization. J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. I already know the chant, baby." He is a good not great addition.

They might be forced to take Fournette here "Would I consider a running back at six?" Maccagnan said. "Absolutely, if I thought he was worth that high a pick," Let's face it, he might be the best available player to help their QB situation. 

It is not a coincidence that Fitz was a good QB in 2015, and terrible in 2016. What was the difference? Same player, same system, same coaches. The difference was that Ivory was a top five RB in 2015, and he left in free agency in 2016. So if Trubisky or Watson don't drop here, they have to take Fournette to help their crappy QBs.

Sometimes life just throws you a bone. And the Jets sucking was certainly fun to watch.

The Player: 12/9 Leonard Fournette.

The Reason: It you want to help and develop a young QB or two, you have to start with developing a power run game. Nothing takes away pressure from a QB like a power running game. The top candidate to be the center of a power run game in this Draft is Fournette. And I hate to give the Jets any good advice. I would rather mock them. 

Everybody watched him battle the great Alabama teams in the past two College Champ Games. "If they pass on Deshaun Watson, they're passing on Michael Jordan," Dabo Swinney said "I mean, I'm just telling you. [You can say] I don't know what the heck I'm talking about; I'm just an old funky college coach. But Deshaun Watson is the best by a long shot. [He's] humble. The same guy every day and always ready. He comes to every meeting prepared, and that's how you change things." If he is mentally prepared in the NFL he will be a big success.

Second Choice: Leonard Fournette RB

7.

Chargers

Defense: 3-4

*Jamal Adams

Safety LSU

6', 212, #33

 

S (FA), TE, WR, QB,  OLT, TE, CB. 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. 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
ILB Manti Te’o
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

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

The Player: Adams is a fast Strong Safety, who can play FS as well. He is excellent in coverage on TEs and RBs. He is also excellent against the run. Great athlete who can move on the field like a CB.  

The Reason: They just don't need an RB. But they do need a CB. Adams is a tough guy at safety. He would add speed, toughness, and hitting to their desperate secondary.

Second Choice: OJ Howard TE

8.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

*Mike Williams

WR Clemson

6-2, 216, (PD 4.51-4.53), 

DB, WR, OL, 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. Signed:

OLT Matt Kalil

DE Charles Johnson

OLB Julius Peppers

DT Kawann Short (Tagged)

DE Mario Addison

DE Wes Horton (R)

CB Captain Munnerlyn

SS Mike Adams

Key F.A.: 
WR Corey Brown (R) 
WR Laron Byrd (R) 
WR Brenton Bersin
WR Tedd Ginn, Jr. 
OG Donald Hawkins (R)
OG Andrew Norwell (R) 
OG Chris Scott
ORT Mike Remmers
DT Kyle Love
ILB AJ Klein
FS Michael Griffin
FS Colin Jones
CB Leonard Johnson
CB Robert McClain
CB Teddy Williams

Key F.A. Lost:

FB Mike Tolbert 

DT Paul Soliai 

The Team: They need to help the offense. "You know, again, I think at the end of the day, we’re going to go with the best player around at No. 8," GM Gettleman said. " And there’s going to obviously be a lot of options." They have to stop acquiring DLs at this obsessive level. They had to bargain basement Kony Ealy off to the Pats for squat so they could resign five other DLs. 

Peppers would be a nice fit for this team, but he isn't a D-end. "We want to evaluate a player like him, because we did the same thing with Shaq Thompson," Ron Rivera said about Peppers. "We had everybody talking to us, saying he's just a special teams player, to he's just a running back, or a safety or a linebacker. We looked at where he would best fit us. For us, it was a linebacker and what we call the ‘Buffalo' where you can take a bigger guy and put him out onto a slot receiver and still have some athleticism." Why not? Start obsessively drafting LBs now as well.

This team's collapse is by far the most shocking. But they seem to have hopefully put it all together against the Raiders. It's tough to believe that they can't turn it around next year, but they have to start by getting help for Newton.

The Player: Williams never looked like a Number One WR to me. But he was terrific in the second half of the season. "Just the competition we face every week at Clemson," Williams said. "We play a lot of great DBs, a lot of great teams. The coaches we have at Clemson, I feel like we learn from some of the best." He can catch the ball over his head. 

He has nice hands. "I don't think so at all," Williams said about his Forty. "Jerry Rice didn't run a fast time. Antonio Brown didn't run a fast time. He's the highest-paid receiver in the league right now. It's all about just playing football if you look at it at the end of the day." I thought he finally showed some Number One WR traits at the end of the season.

We finally got a glimpse of his speed at his Proday. "Mike Williams today at 216 pounds ran a 4.55," Mike Mayock said. "Plenty good enough for the type of receiver he is. What is he? He's an outside the numbers fade, fade stop, back shoulder, red-zone guy. He's got an attitude. He gets after the football. He's a first-round wide receiver all day long." I think a 4.55 could take him out of the top ten.

The Reason: I don't think that Williams is worth a top ten pick. But I do think he is the player that can help this team the most next season, besides Fournette. They desperately need to help Newton. Only two QBs have ever won a Super Bowl, after losing the Super Bowl (Brady and Elway), and he is neither. Williams would give him three big WRs to throw too.

They need to take some heat off of Cam. Fournette is best offensive game changer in this Draft. He instantly makes Newton a better QB.

Second Choice: Christian McCaffrey RB

9. 

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

OJ Howard-

TE Alabama

6-6, 245, (U) 4.51!

TE, ILB, 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

RB Rex Burkhead

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
OLT Andrew Whitworth

DT Domata Peko

The Team: I just keep coming back to what will make Dalton a Playoff winner? "It’s painful when there are teams playing that replaced us," Lewis said about the Playoffs. "It hurts. It ought to hurt. It ought to hurt every coach and player in this building." They need to start by helping their QB.

A tight end can help an offense in so many different ways. "It’s important to do while fresh in our minds to go back and look at us," Lewis said. "We’ll follow that up after Mobile when we have the opportunity to look at our peers around the league and what they do well. Then we’ll be getting into the areas of tweaking installation and how we do it." What he saw in Mobile, was that Howard was the best player available at the Senior Bowl.

How is this team in the bottom ten of this year's Draft. Has Marvin lost his magic. They need to take the best player available.

The Player: 2/22 OJ Howard: One Tough SOB.

The Reason: They need some changes made on offense and defense "We’ll be vastly different no matter what," Lewis said. "We’ll have some of the same players, but we know every year there is going to be a change of players. We rip things up scheme wise all the time. That’s no change." They have to replace Burfict.

But as one HC looking for a QB said, you have to help your QB first. "I think there are all kinds of ways to [help your QB]," Browns HC Jackson said. "You have to support [your QB] position the right way. It’s not just about putting a quarterback on the team and saying, 'Here we go.' You have to make sure he has enough weapons. You have to make sure you’re able to protect him, and you put him in the right spot so he can have success." Howard helps his QB in more ways than any other player in this Draft. 

Second Choice: Dalvin Cook RB

10.

Bills

Defense: 4-3

**Marlon Humphrey-

Alabama

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

ORT, WR, DB, 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 actually made a great decision to keep Taylor. "This is the place to be," Tyrod said. "Like I've said from Day 1, my commitment is to this team, to this community, to do whatever it takes to get a winning tradition back and I'm still committed to doing that each and every day." He improved last season, before his WR corps fell apart. 

There is no better QB available (beside Garoppolo:). "Well I go back to the process and the methodical approach we’ve taken since day one, back in January," new HC Sean McDermott said. "We looked at every option and explored every opportunity available to us at this time and we just felt this was the best move for the Bills." Now they have to get Tyrod some help.
Williams is a champion from Clemson. "You start with the character of the individual we’re talking about here," McDermott said. "I had a chance to get to know Tyrod a little bit and I’ve done my research. So, the character and then secondly, the work ethic. I’ve had a chance to observe him and his rehab a little bit, and the process he’s gone through to get himself healthy, and that’s been very admirable on all ends." He has a lot of traits teams like at WR.
He can help Taylor as the season moves forward. "I want to see him execute the system just like every other player, whether you’re talking about offensive football, the quarterback position, or defensive football and playing middle linebacker," McDermott said. "I want to see the players execute the system and then use their natural abilities to make plays and if we’re doing our jobs as coaches, that means putting them in position and shaping the system around their skill set." The Bills have to help Taylor first and foremost.

They also did a good job signing Micah Hyde. "There’s a term that we use called position flexibility,"  McDermott said. "Versatility, position flexibility, that’s important. You look at Micah Hyde. Micah’s been a returner. He’s played safety, and I mentioned corner and nickel. That’s important for us." He will help their secondary.

The Player: Humphrey's is the man. 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 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 have to pick up a CB to replace Gilmore. Humphrey is on of the toughest CBs I have ever seen. 

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

Second Choice: Cam Robinson OLT

11.

Saints

Defense: 4-3

**Solomon Thomas-

5-Tech/DE/DT Stanford

6-2 5/8, 273, 6.95 3-C!

10'6" Broad! 4.28 SS!

33" Arms, 30 Reps!

(O) 4.69, S-1.66, 35" Vert,

CB, DE, LB, 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:  

OR G Larry Warford

DT Nick Fairley

OLB Alex Okafor

Malcolm Butler we'll see

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

The Team: This pick is turning into a very interesting pick. Unsubstantiated rumors have been unfurled that maybe the Saints will sign Butler to a contract, and snag Butler that way to complete the deal they started with Cooks. He is scheduled to go to New Orleans for an interview, medical, and contract talks on Thursday. "#Saints coach Sean Payton to AP: #Patriots RFA Malcom Butler visiting New Orleans on Thursday." Martel. They are proceeding cautiously because it is complicated for both teams. 

However, if the Saint offer him a Gilmore contract the Pats don't get their pick back. The Pats get this pick back. Which as you can see above would be a very interesting pick to have. And as Florio pointed out, neither side can really talk about it. "There’s no trade talks going on with Carolina," Belichick said back in 2009 about Julius Peppers. "They don’t have a signed contract. They can’t talk about trading a player that isn’t signed." But their are consequences for both sides if a contract is actually signed.

The whole Butler saga has me upset. "I don't know what's going to happen with that," Stephon Gilmore said. "But I'm looking forward to it. He's a great player. He made a lot of good plays in the league. I'd love to team up with him and play with him." It is feeling like an unraveling in an unsettling way. 

I get what Butler is saying. He is saying that he is worth Gilmore money, and he is. I also get what the Pats are saying. They have his nuts in a vise and they won't unravel them. I side with Butler in the short term. If I were him I would be pissed. 

And if ever there was a guy to give a break too it is Malcolm. "Obviously, he came in the league and grinded his way up to the top and made a lot of good plays in the league," Gilmore said. "You've got to respect him as a player. He made a lot of great plays on big stages, so I definitely respect him as a player. Playing in the league, you've got to have a strong mentality at the corner position and I think he has that fight in him. So that's one thing that sticks out from watching him. If you get him, he always comes back and puts it behind him and makes plays the next play." He almost single-handedly won a Super Bowl for the Pats. So you want to give him a break.

However, while the Pats are wrong in the singularity of the case, the problem is the macro. While it makes sense to give the Super Bowl hero a break, the problem is that next season, and beyond... The Pats will have to face the same question from agents every year, "Well you did it for Butler?" So they cannot concede to Malcolm no matter what the cost, or it messes with their Program. So he is gone.

The good news is that if the Saints just give him a contract, and the Pats don't match, the Pats get this pick. So how do they work that out? They can't sign him while he is under the shadows of the restricted tag. Or, they have to give this Pick to the Pats. Which is not a bad deal for them. I would rather have Butler signed under a Gilmore contract for five years than this pick. Or as the rumor goes, maybe that is the deal. 

Which starts to sound good for both teams. The Pats get Cooks (for two-years), the Saints 4th (which the Ass Monkey has already said he will steal in unprecedented fashion, because when you get fined a pick you get fined your pick in that Round not some other team's pick you acquired later, ALWAYS!), and this pick (11th) in the NFL Draft. While the Saints get Butler for five years, the Pats 3rd, and Pick 32. Maybe I'm nuts but that sounds like a fair deal to me. 

Ironically, Butler and Cooks had an interesting battle in Preseason. "No, not really," McCourty said when asked if he saw it. "I was on the field. We'll watch the film. But two very good players going at it. So I think that's just good work for both of them." It would be even more ironic if they had a chance to battle again this Preseason. 

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 PlayerThomas is a little undersized, but a beast. He was the best D-linemen in all the Bowl games, in the Sun Bowl. I am sold. This guy is a 1st round pick. He put it all together in the Bowl game against UNC. He was all but unblockable. He kept getting up field and disrupting everything UNC was trying to do. 

He reminds me a lot of Trey Flowers. Both guys are a little shorter for the position. But they are not small. Flowers has terrific long arms that he uses to keep blockers at arms length. Thomas plays the same way. He uses his shorter body for low leverage inside, and like Flowers he uses his long arms to create separation from the O-linemen, and they both have great hands to keep blockers off their shirt. Both have explosive speed to power. While Flowers played mostly outside at Arkansas (though he did play a lot of 5-tech) and Thomas played mostly inside at Stanford (though he did like up at 7 and 9 Tech at different times), they have a similar game, and similar traits that could cause Thomas to drop a little as well. Specifically lack of ideal height. They seem to me to win the same way on Tape.

Flowers was more of an edge guy at Arkansas, and Thomas is heavier and was more of a 3-Tech (260 vs. 275). "He's got the versatility to play outside, and he plays inside some on the Guard and the Center," BB said about Trey Flowers. "He's a tough matchup: with his length, and his quickness, and his instincts. So he's able to get [in on] a little bit of everything. He's played the run well. Played the pass well. He's a long guy. He's got long arms, long levers. He's not as tall as some (both Flowers and Thomas are listed at 6-2). But his limps are long, and that helps him create separation, and his reach gives him the opportunity to make some plays." I know they have their difference, but Thomas just reminds me of a bigger, more inside playing, Trey Flowers. 

Elite quickness changing direction. "He's damn good," a Director of Scouting said. "I don't think he gets drafted as early as you do because he's not big enough for inside and he's not as long as you like on the outside. You have to figure out where you will play him, but he won't stop. He's going to be really productive." He moves so well on the field that it is startling sometimes. 

He can beat the ORT inside, read the screen before the QB throws, and then spin back outside and get over to the RB so fast that he helps get him out of bounds on the opposite side of the field. He takes boxing lessons in the off season, or he does boxing to help him play football. Which makes so much sense that I wonder why more guys don't do that. He is shorter than ideal, but has long arms like Trey Flowers.

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.

As a Junior (2016): Morris Trophy winner. C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player (Sun Bowl). FWAA All-America second team. AP All-America third team. USA Today All-America second team. All-Pac-12 first team. Pac-12. All-Academic second team. Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26, Oct. 17). Team-high 62 tackles (41 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Sixth in Pac-12 in sacks, third in tackles for loss. Four tackles (0.5 sack) vs. Kansas State. Three tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss vs. USC. Three tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, 42-yard fumble recovery for touchdown at UCLA. Five tackles (three solo) at Washington
• Three solo tackles and one sack vs. Washington State.-Game-high 12 tackles (10 solo), 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble at Notre Dame.Seven tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss vs. Colorado. Four tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss at Arizona. Two solo tackles (1.0 tackle for loss) vs. Oregon State. Three tackles and one fumble recovery at Oregon. Four tackles (three solo) at Cal. Five tackles (two solo), 1.0 tackles for loss vs. Rice. Seven tackles (five solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one sack vs. North Carolina (Sun Bowl)
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The Reason: The one year they had a great secondary they won it all. Butler would be a good start in that direction. If not? Than Thomas is a guy you can build your passrush around.

Second Choice: Gareon Conley CB

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