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1st Round 2018 Draft

Picks 1-11.

Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

2nd Round 2018 Draft

Picks 33-48.

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Key Needs:

Team Moves:

13.

Redskins

Defense: 3-4

*Vita Vea

DL Washington

6-4, 332, #50, 

DL, OL, ILB, DB, WR, DB, LB, OL

2017 Picks:

1 (17) Jonathan Allen, DE Alabama
2 (49) Ryan Anderson, OLB Alabama
3 (81) Fabian Noreau, DB UCLA
4 (114) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
4 Montae Nicholson SS Michigan ST
5 (154) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
6 (199) Chase Roullier, OL Wyoming
6 (209) Robert Davis WR Georgia S.
7 Josh Harvey-Clemons SS Louisville
7 (235) Josh Holsey, DB, Auburn

2016 Picks:

1 (22)  Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
2 (53) Su’a Cravens, S, USC
3 Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
5 (152) Matt Ioannidis, NT, Temple
6 (187) Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
7 (232) Steven Daniels, ILB, BC
7-242 Keith Marshall RB, Georgia

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Alex Smith

WR Paul Richardson  

LB Zach Brown 

Key F.A.:  
WR Brian Quick 
TE Niles Paul 
OG Shawn Lauvao 
DE Arthur Jones 
LB Will Compton 
LB Junior Galette 
LB Trent Murphy 
CB Bashaud Breeland 
S DeAngelo Hall 
K Dustin Hopkins

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Kirk Cousins 

WR Ryan Grant

WR Terrelle Pryor

TE Niles Paul

OC Spencer Long 

DE Trent Murphy

CB Kendall Fuller

The Team: I cannot believe that they will will let Cousins go. It would be incomprehensibly incompetent if Cousins plays for any other team. They need a real leader in the center of the chaos of their organization. They also need a leader for the center of their defense.

The Player: 4/26 Vita Vea: Freak Of Nature.

The Reason: They have a QB that they keep humiliating him and daring him to leave. Then they traded him. Then they traded for Alex Smith is much older, and has proven he can't win in the Playoffs. I'm baffled by this Organization (if you can call it that;).

Second Choice: Derwin James DB

14.

Packers

Defense: 3-4

Marcus Davenport

EDGE San Antonio

6-5.7, 264, (O) 4.58! S-1.59,

34" Arm,  22 Reps,

33.5" Vert, 10'4 Broad! 

7.2 3-Cone, 4.41 SS,*

TE, DE/OLB, WR (FA), LB, CB, ILB,  OL,  

2017 Picks:

2 (33) Kevin King, CB Washington
2 (61) Josh Jones, DB NC State
3 Montravius Adams, DL Auburn
4 (108) Vince Biegel, OLB Wisconsin
4 (134) Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
5-175 Deangelo Yancey WR Purdue
5 (182) Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
6 (212) Kofi Amichia OL, S. Florida
7 (238) Devonte Mays, RB Utah ST
7 (247) Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Deshone Kizer

TE Jimmy Graham

TE Eric Dickson 

RB Joel Bouagnon

DL Mo Wilkerson

CB Kyle Fuller-(Offer Sheet)

CB Tramon Williams

Key F.A.:
WR Geronimo Allison
WR Jeff Janis 
TE Richard Rodgers 
OG Jahri Evans 
OG Justin McCray
LB Ahmad Brooks 
CB Davon House 
S Morgan Burnett

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Jordy Nelson 

LB Joe Thomas

CB Damarious Randall

The Team: They need help in pass defense. Getting a Corner or a rusher would be a big deal for this Defense. . 

They still need a Corner for their secondary. Picking up Kevin King and Josh Jones was a great start to rebuilding their secondary, but they still need some help. 

The Player: 2/10 Marcus Davenport: Best Surprise In The Draft.  

The Reason: Davenport has somehow become the most underrated player in this Draft. .

Second Choice: Calvin Ridley WR

15.

Cardinals

Defense: 3-4

Mike McGlinchey

OLT Fighting Irish

6-7, 310, #68

QB, CB, OT, 5-T(FA), LB, NT, OL, OLB, OL, DB,

2016 Picks:

1 (13) Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
2 (36) Budda Baker, FS, Washington
3 (98) Chad Williams, WR, Grambling State
4 (115) Dorian Johnson, OL, Pitt
5 (157) Will Holden, OL, Vanderbilt
5 (179) T.J. Logan, RB, UNC
6 (208) Rudy Ford, DB, Auburn

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:

QB Sam Bradford 

QB Mike Glennon

OT Andre Smith

OG Justin Pugh 

OG Mike Iupati  

RB Adrian Peterson

Key F.A.:

QB Matt Barkley 
QB Blaine Gabbert 
QB Drew Stanton 
RB Kerwynn Williams  
TE Troy Niklas 
OT Khalif Barnes 
OG Alex Boone 
OG Earl Watford 
DE Kareem Martin 
DE Olsen Pierre 
DE Frostee Rucker 
LB Karlos Dansby 
CB Justin Bethel 
CB Tramon Williams 
S Tyvon Branch

Key F.A. Lost:

Carson Palmer QB

WR John Brown 

WR Jaron Brown

DB Tyrann Mathieu

The Team: They have a lot of needs. James exploded at the Combine, like Trump every time someone bad mouths Putin (see ya Tillerson, wouldn't want to be ya;). He is an elite athlete and a great prospect, but where does he fit in. I think he could be a great cover linebacker. But he also could be the best Safety to come into the League since Sean Taylor. He played in the Box, but he also play Cover One.  

Sooner is better than later when taking a young QB, and start developing with Palmer retired. Getting Jackson a year or two in their system would be a great boon for a running QB like Jackson, who has to learn to trust his arm in the pocket more than his feet.  

The Player: 3/24 Mike McGlinchey: Protecting the Edge: Part II.

The Reason: They need an OLT to protect their new frail starter Bradford. They can now shop for a QB in the 2nd to develop; 

They need a reboot at QB. Palmer is done. And when you get endorsements like that, from opposing coaches, than 
you know you have something special.

Second Choice: Lamar Jackson QB

16.

Ravens

Defense: 3-4

*Calvin Ridley-

WR Alabama

6-1, 190, #3

WR, DB, WR, QB, TE, ILB, DB, WR? WR? 

2017 Picks:

1 Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
2 (47) Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
3-74 Chris Wormley DL Michigan
3 (78) Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
4 (122) Nico Siragusa, OL, San Diego State
5 Jermaine Eluemunor OG, A&M
6 Chuck Clark, DB, Virginia Tech

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:

WR John Brown 

WR Michael Crabtree

OT James Hurst

Key F.A.:
QB Ryan Mallett

RB Alex Collins**

RB Terrance West

WR Michael Campanaro

WR Mike Wallace

TE Crockett Gillmore

TE Benjamin Watson

OC Ryan Jensen

OC Matt Skura

LB Patrick Onwuasor

CB Brandon Boykin

Key F.A.Lost:

WR Ryan Grant

WR Jeremy Maclin

RB Danny Woodhead

TE Benjamin Watson
OT Austin Howard

DB Lardarius Webb

DB Brandon Boykin 

The Team: They have never recovered from the loss of Steve Smith. They have not even tried. They have not drafted a WR in the past two Drafts, except a QB from Navy. No wonder Flacco keeps looking worse each year. He has no one to throw to.

The Player4/22 Calvin Ridley: The Best: Part I I.

The Reason: How can your QB help you win when you don't give him anyone to throw to. Ozzie loves his Alabama guys, and Ridley might be the most dynamic WR in this Draft. Honestly, it is hard to see this pick as anything other than Ridley's floor.

Second Choice: Derwin James SS/FS/LB

17.

Chargers

Defense: 3-4

*Kolton Miller

OLT UCLA

6-8, 300, #7

QB, OLT, FS, SS, DT, TE, OL, RB, QB,  TE, CB, 

2017 Picks:

1 (7) Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
2 (38) Forrest Lamp OL W. Kentucky
3 (71) Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana
4 (113) Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami
5 (151) Desmond King, DB, Iowa
6 (190) Sam Tevi, OT, Utah
7 (225) Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame

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:

OC Mike Pouncey

TE Virgil Green

Key FA.:

RB Branden Oliver 
WR Tyrell Williams 
OG Michael Schofield 
OG Matt Slauson 
UG Kenny Wiggins 
LB Korey Toomer 
S Tre Boston 
S Adrian Phillips* 
K Nick Novak

Key FA. Lost

OG Kenny Wiggins 

TE Antonio Gates 

The Team: They have to get Rivers some protection on the backside. 

If they don't take a QB here than they have to get a blocker for Rivers. Okung was a godsend last season, but he is getting old as well. They might have to move him to the right side soon. The Chargers will be closing another chapter in their history very soon, and they have to start preparing for Rivers retirement. 

The Player3/19 Kolton Miller: Blindside.

The Reason: Best available player pick.  

Chargers could take Rudolph here and let him sit on the bench behind Rivers for a year, and hope they can program the Spread-QB out of him. And if they are lucky they can afford to play Rivers for two more years, as they try to convert Jackson into a pocket passer. But knowing them they will screw it up. Worse ownership in the NFL.

Second Choice: Mason Rudolph QB

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18.

Seahawks

Defense: 4-3

Harold Laundry-

DE BC

6-3, 250, 6.88 3-C! (O) 4.64,

 33"Arm, 24 Reps, 36"Vert, 9'11"Broad

OLT, CB, OG, RB, DE/OLB, LB, WR

2017 Picks:

2 Malik McDowell DT Michigan ST
2 (58) Ethan Pocic, OL LSU
3 (90) Shaquill Griffin DB UCF
3 (95) Delano Hill, FS Michigan
3 (102) Nazir Jones, DT UNC
3 (106) Amara Darboh WR Michigan
4-111 Tedric Thompson SS Colorado
6 (187) Mike Tyson, SS, Cincinnati
6 Justin Senior ORT Mississippi T
7 (226) David Moore WR, E. Central
7-249 Christopher Carson RB OK ST

Key F.A. Signed:  

TE Ed Dickson 

WR Jaron Brown

Key F.A.:

RB Mike Davis 
RB Eddie Lacy 
RB J.D. McKissic
RB Thomas Rawls
TE Luke Willson 
OG Oday Aboushi 
OG Luke Joeckel 
DE Dion Jordan* 
DE Marcus Smith 
LB Michael Wilhoite 
CB Justin Coleman
CB Byron Maxwell 
S Bradley McDougald 
K Blair Walsh

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Paul Richardson  

TE Jimmy Graham

OL Bradley Sowell 

DT Sheldon Richardson 

DB Richard Sherman

CB DeShawn Shead  

The Team: Laundry is a perfect fit for this Defense. Pete Carroll wants to constantly attack up field on defense with speed. It is what his entire defense is based on. He lost two of his big time rushers this off season, and his defense won't work without edge speed. 

I may be a day late and a dollar short, but when I think of Seattle I still think they need to help their O-line. And since this is the worst Mock Draft in the World, I don't give a crap.

The Player: 2/17 Harold Landry: Relentless.

The Reason: Perfect fit for one of their biggest needs. 

He could be the final piece of their O-line puzzle that they have been trying to put together since the Super Bowl (Oh! Who won that Super Bowl;).

Second Choice: Josh Jackson CB

19.

Cowboys

Defense: 4-3

Leighton Vander Esch

LB Boise

6-4, 256, (U) 4.66-4.67, 

(O) 4.65 , 20 Reps, 

39.5  Vert! 10'4" Broad, 

6.88 3-C! 4.15 SS! 

11.57 60-YS!

MLB, DB, FS, WR, DE/OLB, FS, TE, DL,  

2017 Picks:

1 (28) Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
2 (60) Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
3 (92) Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
4 (133) Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
6 Xavier Woods SS Louisiana Tech
6 (216) Marquez White, CB FLA ST
7 (228) Joey Ivie, DL, Florida
7 (239) Noah Brown WR Ohio State
7 (246) Jordan Carrell DL Colorado

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A  Signed:  

WR Allen Hurns

WR Deonte Thompson 

FB Jamize Olawale 
DE DeMarcus Lawrence

LB Joe Thomas

Key F.A :  

RB Alfred Morris

WR Brice Butler

OT Byron Bell

DT David Irving*

DE Benson Mayowa

LB Anthony Hitchens

Key F.A. Lost:

OG Jonathan Cooper

DB Orlando Scandrick

The Team: Cowboys are desperate for an LB, who can play next to Sean Lee, and take over for him when he gets hurt. 

They will look for weapons on offense for their QB, or a leader on defense.

The Player: 3/19 Kyle Vander Esch: Not An Edge Guy.

The Reason: Their defense has to be able to survive another injury by Lee next season. 

They need a CB, and really anyone to help the secondary. 

Second Choice: Da'Ron Payne DL

20.

Lions

Defense: 4-3

 

Da’Ron Payne

DL Alabama

6-2, 308, #94

DE/PR, RB, OG, LB, DL, TE, WR, DL, OL, SS, OL, 

2017 Picks:

1 (21) Jarrad Davis LB Florida
2 (53) Jalen Tabor DB Florida
3 (96) Kenny Golladay WR N. Illinois
4 Jaylen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tenn
4 (127) Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
5 (165) Jamal Agnew, CB, San Diego
6 Jeremiah Ledbetter, DL, Arkansas
6 (215) Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
7 Pat O’Connor, DL, E. Michigan

2016 Picks:

1 (16) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
2 A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
3 Graham Glasgow OL Michigan
4 (111) Miles Killebrew SS, Utah
5 Joe Dahl, OL, Washington St
5 (169) Antwione Williams, LB, Georgia Southern
6 (191) Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
6 (202) Anthony Zettel DL Penn ST
6 (210) Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
7 (236) Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Zach Zenner

OG Kenny Wiggins

LB Devon Kennard 

LB Christian Jones

CB DeShawn Shead 

CB Nevin Lawson 

FS Tavon Wilson

Key F.A.:
WR T.J. Jones
T Greg Robinson 
OC Travis Swanson 
DE Dwight Freeney  
LB Tahir Whitehead 
LB Paul Worrilow 

Key F.A. Lost:

DT Haloti Ngata

CB DJ Hayden 

The Team: This is a whole new world for Patricia. "It is a challenge," Banner, a consultant with the Falcons at the time, said recently. "You realize though you’re hiring a coach probably for at least three or four years and you hope for 10. So you don’t get overly concerned about things that may be short-term issues." He has to sign a staff first.
He is now weeks behind putting together his staff. "What I would say is the hardest part (of waiting to hire a head coach) is technically you can’t hire a staff, you have to wait. Most [assistant coaches] are going to take the job that they got in hand, so when you’re having to wait for two or three more weeks, your wife, your kids, they’re all nervous about is this really going to come through? So I think that’s probably the biggest downside of it in terms of having to wait," Phil Savage said. "And then the time element. I mean, now you’re coalescing putting your staff together a week after the Super Bowl. Now, it helps a little bit now that the combine’s later, but you had about 10 days at that time and now you’re heading to Indianapolis and you’re working with people you’ve never worked with before (evaluating players), so it’s hard." He has an uphill climb just to reach a coaching staff.
This is going to take longer than they are expecting in Detroit. "We feel like we’re close. The right move here or the right piece there and the right mix of talent, that can be the two or three games that can change the outcome. That can be the thing that helps us take the next step. It’s absolutely critical, and I think everyone feels that way," Player Personnel guy Lance Newmark said. "You can either embrace expectations or resist them, and I feel like we’re embracing them. We want to win, and pressure comes with that. So be it." Of course, Patricia's biggest problem is going to be can he help build the Offense.
He has his QB, but now he has to find guys to help his QB. "It’s a good running back group, really at all levels of the draft," Newmark said at the Senior Bowl. "There’s some high-profile guys. There’s a second group of guys that are going to be good NFL players and there’s some guys late that are really intriguing that I think you can hit on as well, both runners and pass-game players." They have to get an RB to take some pressure off Stafford.
Getting a WR or two won't hurt either. "It’s critical. It’s a critical offseason because I think we all feel like it’s realistic that we can compete for a championship next year," Newmark said. "We feel like we’re close. The right move here or the right piece there and the right mix of talent, that can be the two or three games that can change the outcome. That can be the thing that helps us take the next step. It’s absolutely critical, and I think everyone feels that way." With a whole ne program being set up late, it seems expectations at way too high.

So Matt, you better be ready to be bashed. "You can either embrace expectations or resist them, and I feel like we’re embracing them," Newmark said. "We want to win, and pressure comes with that. So be it." They will have to start with the defense.

The Lions have been suffering in the passrush all season. They are just too dependent on the the inconsistent Ziggy Ansah. "There are only a few guys that have the kind of explosion, power, size, that he has," Caldwell said about Ziggy. "We don’t have a lot of guys on our team like that genetically built the way he’s constructed. He can create some problems." They need someone opposite him to put the defense back together again. 

The Player: 4/25: Alabama Bio: Da'Ron Payne.

The Reason: They have to get a passrusher to put opposite Ansah. But the three Clemson DLs leaving the Draft just killed Patricia. He would have gladly taken any one of the three. So it looks like a DT or RB here.

Second Choice: Derrius Guice RB

21. 

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

Josh Jackson-

CB Iowa

6', 196, (PD) 4.52, 18 Reps!

10'3" Broad! (PD) 40"Vert

6.86 3-Cone, 4.03 SS!

(PD) 3.95 SS! 31.1" Arm, 

 

DB, OLT, LB, TE, QB? OL, DB

2017 Picks:

1 (9) John Ross, WR, Washington
2 (48) Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
3 (73) Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
4 (116) Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
4 (128) Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee
4 (138) Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
5 (153) Jake Elliott, K, Memphis
5 (176) J.J. Dielman, OC, Utah
6 (193) Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma
6 (207) Brandon Wilson, RB, Houston
7 (251) Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo

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, OG, Arizona St

6 (199) Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss

7 (245) Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Key F.A. Signed:  
OLT Cordy Glenn

TE Tyler Eifert

LB Preston Brown 

CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Key F.A.:  

QB AJ McCarron

RB Jeremy Hill

OT Eric Winston

OC Russell Bodine

DT Pat Sims

LB Kevin Minter

Key F.A. Lost:

OG Kevin Zeitler

OT Andre Smith
OLT Andrew Whitworth

The Team: They could finally find a chance to dump Pacman, and Draft a CB with top notch character. Jackson is a phenomenal athlete who led the NCAAs in interceptions. 

The lack of discipline has finally caught up with the Bengals. They need to draft character as well as talent. Getting a do it all leader for their secondary could finally allow them to dump Pacman.  

The Player: 4/22 Josh Jackson: Play CB like a WR.

The Reason: The Bengals have a chance in this Draft to finally ditch Pacman and Burfict. They could go Evans here, but Jackson is a better talent at a more important position. They have some good young players at CB, and this could allow them to dump Pacman before the season starts.  

Second Choice: Rashad Evans LB

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22.

Bills

Defense: 4-3

 

DJ Moore

WR Maryland

6', 210, (U 4.43, 4.48), 

(O) 4.42, 15 Reps, 

39.5 Vert, 11' Broad, 

6.95 3-Cone 4.07 SS,

11.18 60-Yard,  

WR, QB. LB, OG, DL, DB, WR, KR, CB, 

2017 Picks:

1 (27) Tre’Davious White CB LSU
2 (37) Zay Jones WR East Carolina
2 (63) Dion Dawkins, ORT, Temple
5 (163) Matt Milano, LB, BC
5 (171) Nathan Peterman, QB, Pitt
6 (195) Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise ST

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 AJ McCarron

QB Tom Savage

RB Chris Ivory

OT Marshall Newhouse

OC Russell Bodine

DE Trent Murphy

DT Star Lotulelei

DT Kyle Williams 

LB Ramon Humber 

LB Julian Stanford

CB Vontae Davis 

Key F.A.:
FB Mike Tolbert 
WR Jordan Matthews 
TE Nick O'Leary** 
TE Logan Thomas** 
O T Seantrel Henderson 
DT Cedric Thornton 
CB E.J. Gaines 
CB Leonard Johnson 
CB Shareece Wright 
S Shamarko Thomas
Key F. A, Lost:

QB Tyrod Taylor

WR Deonte Thompson 

WR Anquan Boldin

OLT Cordy Glenn

OC Eric Wood

LB Preston Brown 

The Team: The Bills are unlikely to have this pick, as they want to trade this pick and 12 to get up to Two, and take a QB. But if they are stuck here, a WR is almost as much a most as a QB. 

The Bills have been trying to get rid of Tyrod Taylor almost since they first put him in the starting lineup (even though he just led them to the Playoffs;). "It’s about moving the offense and that’s what I’ve got to look at," Bills HC McDermott said. "Get a better feel from the offensive coaches of what happened, why it happened. That’s what you do." With two 1st in this this Draft, they have a shot at a top rated QB in this Draft. 

The Player: 3/24 DJ Moore: Bigger Than Imagined.

The Reason: After what they did to Peterson, he might be done as a developmental guy. "I own the decision. And as I said yesterday, I don't regret the decision," McDermott said. "I do regret the result, and there's other hands also in the result. You go back and you learn from it. I learn from it as a head coach, and I expect all to learn from and we grow and we move forward." But the consequences of that decision might force them to Draft Rudolph here.

Second Choice: Rashad Evans LB

23.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

 

*Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

6-3, 200, #8, 

OLT. QB, DTWR, TE, CB, LB, RB, OLB/DE, LB, DB, WR, DT? OT

2017 Picks:

3 (83) Derek Rivers, OLB/PR, Youngstown State
3 (85) Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
4 (131) Deatrich Wise, DL, Arkansas
6 (211) Conor McDermott OT UCLA

2016 Picks:

2 (60) Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
3 (78)  Joe Thuney, OG, 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 Jeremy Hill

RB Rex Burkhead:

WR Jordan Mathews

TE Troy Niklas

OLT LaAdrian Waddle 

OL Matt Tobin

OL Luke Bowanko 

DE Adrian Clayborn

DT Danny Shelton

ILB Marquis Flowers 

CB Jason McCourty 7th  

FS/SS Patrick Chung

S/ST Nate Ebner

ST/WR/DB Matthew Slater 

Key F.A.: 

RB/ST Brandon Bolden 

OLB Cassius Marsh 

LB James Harrison 

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Dion Lewis 

WR Danny Amendola 

OLT Nate Solder 

OT Cam Fleming 

CB Malcolm Butler 

CB/ST Johnson Bademosi  

The Team: I like the scenario of the Pats trading up with the 49ers to snag Lamarr Jackson. Jackson will not reach this pick. His floor is 15. But 23 and 43 should entice the 49ers enough to give the Pats the 9th pick. The 49ers would then be in optimal position to snag a weapon for Jimmy-G here (Chark or Gesicki), and a top OG/OC in this Draft at 43 like Price or Ragnow. 

Jackson is an elite athlete at QB. He can win with his feet, but unlike most scramblers since Vick, he can also win with his arm. He played in a Pro Style offense under Bobby Petrino. 

He had too many spread features for my taste. BB has already conceded that RPOs have a place in the NFL. Jackson played in a Pro-Style offense that also utilized RPOs. No one in this Draft utilized RPOs better than Jackson. 

As Pats fan brace for the worst, the loss of Brady, we have kind of been glossing over the other GOATs. What happens if BB is also on his way down the Yellow Brick Road? He said he doesn't want to be "coaching into his 70s like Marv Levy." Well, he's 65 already. So the clock is ticking.

Then we have the sudden and disappearing missing person report in Indianapolis of one Josh McDaniels. That was not just an "Oops! I changed my mind moment." That was an "I need you Joshy-washy" moment that BB had to give up something to get. Is he planning on pulling a Parcells, and move up into the Presidency once Brady waves bye-bye? Did he promise the HC reins to Josh? Well if so, does this change the strategy for this Draft.

Is this going to be more of a McDaniels draft than ever before. Has the transition started from BB/TB12 to McDaniels/Jackson? Every great head coach had his great QB. It is a symbiotic relationship. BB would not have been a GOAT without Brady, and Brady would not have been a Goat without BB. HC McDaniels is going to need his QB/Goat if the Patriots franchise is going to prosper. Because it looks like we are going to lose the Patriots Big Three (and Bob) very soon. And it looks to me like we will have a Patrick Sullivan situation very soon. 

That son of King who thinks he won the crown on merit, and not bloodlines. It is tough to conceive of not losing the Big Three to retirement in the next few years. That is going to be an unmitigated disaster for this Franchise. BOOOOOM! When the Walls, come tumbling down. 

Unless? They have started planning already. The toes are tipping over the precipice. So is this Draft about a Super Bowl Victory next year? Or so much more? We know there is an agreement in place between BB and Josh. Let's assume, U and ME, that BB is stepping down in three years or less (or one, nooooooooo!). What will this team look like with McDaniel at the helm.

First, much more offensive oriented. You can say what you will about Bill, but he was D-Coordinator HC. McDaniel's will be an O-Coordinator Head Coach. So lets travel back in time, to the good old days, when the Patriots new HC actually beat his mentor and GOAT in a football game, when he was HC of the DBs (yes, and I do mean douche bags). A young first time HC beat the GOAT with a stick, with a QB he friggin' trade up for in the 2010 Draft. 

McDaniels loaded up for bear, by trading up to the 25th pick to select one Tim Tebow from the swaps of FLA. "He has all the traits you look for," McDaniels said way back when he was HC of the DBs. "It’s a good pick." Huh? Traits? What traits? He had no similar traits to Brady that's for sure.

So what traits did he have that were so enticing to a 34-year old first time HC? He practically invented the the stupid, ugly, and bewildering QB-Shotgun-Draw. He was a winner. He won the Heisman. He could run. He was tough as nails, and he could run. I thought he was a phony, but he could run. Physically he looked the part, and he could really run. His arms had a hitch in it that was so bad that I finally understood what a hitch in the throw meant, and he was more FB/QB/RB than a traditional drop back QB. Some thought he could play tight end, and he scored more TDs running the ball than any QB I ever saw. 

Do I have to say his name? There is a QB in this years Draft, who also has a bit of a hitch in his arm, or  more like a straight-line release over the top than hitch. Only this cat can throw. Oh, and he can run that stupid, ugly, and bewildering QB-Shotgun-Draw, with aplomb. He was a winner. He won the Heisman. He could run. I thought he was an option QB, but he can throw. Physically he really looks the part, and he can really run. Some think he can play wide receiver, and he scored more TDs running the ball than any QB I ever saw. 

Plus, Brady said "he's a Beast!!!!" Huh? I wonder who spends more time in the Film room with McDaniels than Brady?

If this season is the final attempt to win the mythical Sixth and the transition into a new Patriots Age (be it good, or embarrassing again), Jackson fits the mold of what McDaniels saw as a starting NFL QB when he was in charge of his Draft in 2010. McDaniels also traded up with the Pats to 22, to select Demaryius Thomas. 

He was a traits WR, who played at Georgia Tech's airless attack. He was very unrefined and unskilled as a receiver, but he had everything else you measure for in a WR. Phenomenally physically talented. Then he traded up for Tebow, which of course led to his demise as an HC. 

So when McDaniels originally envisioned his offense, without restraints, he saw an option QB (who won the Heisman in part because he was one of the best running QB I ever saw), and a physical marvel as he Number One WR. The Pats are transitioning away from Brady, BB, and Bob (and yes, I keep hearing that weird guy from Twelve Monkeys saying, "Bob" in my head;). That is the unavoidable reality of time. The question is what are they transitioning into? If they trade up for Jackson (which I do think they will have to do, and another trade up as well), which a little birdie told me could be so, then we will know for certain that McDaniels has been given the promise. Like when the promise was broken, you go on livin', though is steals something within your soul (that was just for Bruce fans;). 

The Pats are not trading up to the 4th pick in the Draft to take Mayfield. First off, he sucks. Second, it is not in BB's nature to sacrifice three of four picks for one player. He would rather trade down than up, and snag more picks almost every time. He is in a position where he could hop up if an impact guy, like if Landry drops a little, or a Corner like Josh Jackson. But not a bad character guy who never took a snap under center before the Senior Bowl. Mayfield cannot play in the Pats offense next season, even if Brady broke his arms on Hoyer's head and gave him a concussion. 

He is not giving up three or four prime picks for anyone in this Draft, except maybe Chubb. And let's not forget Cleveland. Would you trade Chubb, because that is who they are getting at Four, for the raggedy 23rd pick, and the 2nd round value 31st pick. Trading up and down is not just about charts! There are different values and different levels in every Draft.

Those first five picks are more valuable than two other picks in the top ten, never mind 23 and 31: Allen, Rosen, Darnold, Chubb, and Barkley are Franchise Changers. No team is trading out of the top five, unless they get a top five pick. Then picks six through 14 or 15, are at still Pro Bowl level potential players. Then after Derwin James goes (I have him stuck at 17, even though he should be a lock top ten pick), it drops precipitously again. 

Cleveland would have to drop two or three tiers to 23, for 31 and 43? When they are already over tacked with picks that they can't fit on their roster next year. Would you do that? No, no you wouldn't. And neither will Cleveland. 

The Player: 4/18 Lamar Jackson: A Little Bird Told Me.

The Reason: They have worked themselves into position to snag Brady's replacement, if they can entice a team in the top 15 to trade back? I don't buy that Lynch would do it because he feels he owes BB one. But because it was such a smooth and easy deal last time, they could do another smooth and easy deal this time, on the Clock. If the 49ers want to trade down to get two impact players to help Jimmy-G, this is the most likely spot.  

God help Brady if Miller isn't available at 23. The Pats are desperate for a Left Tackle. Des-per-ate! They literally do not have all five of their OLTs from last season on their current roster. Cannon and Fleming are UFA. Solder was one of the best OLTs in the NFL, and the best UFA OLT this year. Those who say otherwise are stupid. He is the biggest free agent loss for any team this season. His salary and FA contract shows that as well. 

The Pats knew this was coming and drafted a couple of emergency backup plans last year in case Solder bailed on them for top money. They spent some serious draft capital on two developmental OLTs last year. But Antonio Garcia had friggin' blood clots in his lungs, and lost 40-pounds. Even if he is over whatever terrifying condition that caused him to have blood clots in his lungs, physically and mentally he will not be ready to play OLT this season. As he was not developed at all last year. He just survived last year. They also took Conor McDermott from UCLA. But he was quickly stolen off waivers by the Bills, when BB tried to sneak him onto the practice squad.

Right now? Cannon is their staring OLT, and that ain't good. They have sent Waddle and Fleming free, and hope they return with offers the Pats can match. Waddle is the better athlete, but I think Fleming is the better OLT. And like Cannon, he got better every season he was here. He could be an average to below average OLT next season. But you would have to take a blocker or two out of patterns more than you'd like on 3rd and longs to help him.

This year's First Round is all about getting a starting Offensive Left Tackle who can protect a 41-year old QB's back! Which should mean more than one, like last year. Right now, all three OLTs that were on the active roster last season are no longer on the roster! Getting one early, and a developmental guy a little later, and praying he can mentally and physically be ready by September is really the only must they must accomplish in this Draft. Which really leaves the Pats with the the precarious option of taking an OLT here no matter what! There are a few options that the Pats might have at 31, 43, and 63, and Day Three. 

McGlinchey will be gone. NFL guys love him, and think he is a plug and play OLT. I question his kickslide. The Pats could pair a pick with 31 and move up to get him if he drifts down into the 2nd half of the 1st. but that is unlikely. Trade up. He is more Solder than Light.

Martinas Rankins is a guy I think can play OLT in the NFL. But most NFL guys seem him as an OG, and believe his best position in the NFL will be at OC. But he is tough and plays stronger than he looks and tests. He is a pancake machine inside. So it is easy to seem him as an OC, which he did play a little at A&M. He is way more Light than Solder. Pick 31, or they could trade back into 2nd for an extra pick and still snag him at or before 43: 33.3" Arms, 24 Reps. Pick 35-43.

He is a JuCo kid. "He had a chip on his shoulder here," his JuCo OL coach Les George said. "He had it in his mind that he was going to play Division I football from day one. That was his vision and he worked to make it happen." He plays through the whistle. 

Chuks Okorafor is a phenomenal talent. Big, strong, with ultra long arms. But he is not know as a glass eater. He is easy and effective. He will not let rushers past him, but he doesn't always go out of his way to pancake DEs. But he is so big and smooth moving backwards. Played in a wacky blocking scheme. He is an NFL OLT in his slide. He knows how to use his long arms and hands moving backwards. He is more Cannon than Light. Pick 43: 34 1/2" Arms 19 Reps.

Like O'Neil, he has been accused of not being a glass eater. "He got started in football a little late but I still think he should have some of these issues cleaned up by now," a scout said. "He's big and he has talent so he's probably going to play early on." He can run block extremely well inside when he wants too.

Brian O'Neil is the most athletic. But he looked the worst I had seen at the Senior Bowl. He literally had no sand in his pants. He played Tight End, and actually scored a TD on a screen pass two years ago at Pitt. He can move his feet as well as anyone in this Draft. But he is a Developmental guy, with a capital D. 

He played better at Pitt late in the season than he did at the Senior Bowl. He doesn't always play through the whistle. This is the guy the Pats were trying to get last year to develop. He is more of a pre-rookie Solder than Fleming. Might have to use pick 63, but better off waiting until the 3rd. 34" Arms, 22 Reps, He ran a 4.8 Forty.

Desmond Harrison is a sensational athlete from a small school. He was clocked at the fastest time ever for an OT at the Combine: 4.75, (O) 4.9. To go along with 34" Arms. He was the one guy who looked more athletic than O'Neil at the Combine. He has some Character Concerns. If he can mature himself to an NFL level, he could be the best OLT from this Draft, and that is not hyperbole. One of, if not the, best athlete at OT I have ever seen at the Combine. He is way more Solder than Light, but has some of Light's meanness. 

They could be forced to pick him up at 63 "You can see how athletic he is and all that," a scout said. "But he didn't play anyone and he's got some character issues that you better be sure on before you just draft the athlete. No doubt about his talent though." He has 34" Arms.

Joseph Noteboom looked like another great athlete. He has the traits to play OLT in the NFL. He went to TCU, the same as Cannon. He showed to be a much better athlete than I expected at the Combine. He is 6-5, but he showed NFL OLT athleticism at the Combine. But like Harrison he is a developmental guy. The Pats needed to Draft Harrison or Noteboom last year, as they need a year to develop into starters. Day Three.

He is more Cannon than Solder, and will take some time. "I was disappointed when I finally sat down and studied him," an OC said. "I couldn't find that one thing that I really loved about him and he looked a lot smaller than his listed weight when I watched the tape. I think he has a lot of work to do."  But he did have 34.3" Arms, to go along with 27 Reps. They could be forced to pick him in the 3rd.

Second Choice: Rashaad Evans LB

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4/26 Solomon Thomas: Explosion.

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4/26 Curtis Samuel: Most Versatile Weapon In the Draft.

4/25 Malik McDowell: When He Wanted To.

4/25 Joss Dobbs: Fight For Consistency.

4/25 Miles Garrett: The Best Rusher In The Draft.

4/24 Nate Peterman: Toughest QB In The Draft.

4/24 Jay Jones: Attacking Into Day Two.

4/24 Derek Barnett: Fight For Consistency.

4/24 Samaje Perine: Tough, Strong, and Faster than you'd Think.

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

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

4/20 Josh Reynolds: Catch and Release.

4/19 DeMarcus Walker: Day Three Rusher: XI.

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

4/19 Rasul Douglas: 3rd Round Corner. Part II.

4/18 JuJu Smith-Schuster: Trying To Slip Into the 1st.

4/14 Ryan Ramcyzk: Blindside One Year Wonder.

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

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

4/01 Jordan Willis: Day Two Rusher I.

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2/22 OJ Howard: One Tough SOB.  

2/18 Jonathon Allen: Inside-Out USA.

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

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4/27 Desmond King: Played Corner Like A Safety.

4/15 DeShone Kizer Bio.

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