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1st Round 2018 Draft

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Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

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Defense: 4-3

Baker Mayfield

QB Oklahoma

6-5/8", 215, #15

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** 
OT 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: They made the bold move to trade up into position to get a QB. I had Rosen drifting down here, even though he is my third QB, before the Bills traded up. Not that it matters. They now have the ammo to get up into the Top Five and pick the guy they really want. 

Getting McCarron was a big deal (and I thought their legit starter before the trade up). He is a guy they can start for a while as they develop the kid. The good news is that Rosen is the most like McCarron of the QBs (like Allen is most like Tyrod Taylor). So they won't have to change the offense too much when they transition to Rosen. If they transition to Rosen. 

Though I think they can win with McCarron. All the QB signings this week really screwed me up. I haven't figured out how it affect this Draft yet. There are a lot of good QBs on teams in the top half of the Draft. It is very unusual. I would say the Bills are set at QB now, but they traded up to put themselves into position to pop into the top five. Which always spells QB. You don't trade from 21 to top five for an RB or a DE. Though Barkley and Chubb might be worth it this year.

The Player: 3/14 Baker Mayfield: I Don't Get It.

The Reason: They may have to spend next years 1st as well to get up to Two, and snag Barkley.

It looks like the Bills are trading up for a young QB, which one it is we don't know yet.. But I couldn't find a place for Rosen in the top ten. 

Second Choice: Trade up for... huh... Rosen?



Defense: 3-4

*Vita Vea

DL Washington

6-4, 332, #50, 


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: Vea is a freak of nature. "His strength was off the charts," Washington strength coach Tim Socha said. "He was one of the few guys I coached that he got to a certain point where he was strong enough, so we were able to start doing some different things with him. You don’t see guys like that every day in your career. It was great to see him grow and develop." No one with his size and strength shouldn't be as athletic and be able to move like he can. 

He had a tough time leaving Washington. "It’s definitely tough to leave this place. It’s kind of like leaving your family again when you come to college, kind of stepping into the real world. It was definitely a hard process and a hard decision," Vea said. "I spent a lot of time thinking about it. I can’t look back now, but I miss all the guys, miss all the coaching staff. Things were good when I was there. They were amazing. I wouldn’t ask for anything better. I loved everything how it was." He is a very loyal team guy.

He has a surprisingly quick burst into the OC when at the 3-Tech, on short yardage. "I'm still kind of bothered that he hasn't corrected some of the same issues he had last year," a scout said. "I think he's going to be a really good NFL player and his issues are all correctable. He just needs to do it." He can fake the stunt outside, and then redirect inside. 
When he gets a running start he can knock the OG right off his feet. When he hits the QB he is dazed for a few plays. He is just a beast on the goal line. It is amazing that teams still run at him. He dismisses OGs in the run game. Amazing versatility. This season he was even lining up as a stand up OLB like Qualls did last season. Just an absolute physical freak.   

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



Defense: 3-4

*Roquan Smith

LB Georgia

6-1, 225, #8

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 an ILB and an impact defender. Smith should be both, if he is not too light and slight for the NFL.

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: Smith is a freak. He is a force of nature in the middle of the defense. But he is not great in coverage. I don't like how he moves backwards in coverage. But other than that it often looks like he can do anything he wants on the football field. 

Smith is an undersized LB who should go no where near the 1st Round. "Sometimes you thank God for unanswered prayers, right?" Kirby Smart said. "That’s the case in this situation. Where he’s become a really good player, and he’s developed a leadership pattern that really represents our university really well." However, he is so damn good. 

He takes some of the best angles to the ball carrier I have ever seen. "You could play right across the street right here, in a year or two," Dick Butkus told Smith, after he won the Butkus for being the best LB in college football." However, he is not nearly as good as moving backwards as forward.

He moves through traffic like a fish through water. He takes on blocks with speed and sheds guys 50 pounds heavier than he is fast. He has the speed and instincts to dominate the run game sideline to sideline. Plus, he is a beast blitzing up the gut. I just wish he was a little better in coverage. 

He can be a vicious hitter. He can decleate guys from the side. He gets outside on the swing pass so fast he can meet the RB two or three yards deep in the backfield. Nice job shoving off blockers outside and going and getting the ball carrier. Terrific field speed. Great COD off the shifty back making moves in space. He makes more impact hits going sideways into the RB than any ILB in this Draft.  

The Reason: Smith could impact this defense right away. Best available player pick.

Second Choice: Calvin Ridley WR



Defense: 3-4

*Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

6-3, 200, #8, 

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:

WR John Brown 

WR Jaron Brown

DB Tyrann Mathieu

The Team: I put Lamar here a month ago, now everyone is following suit. 

Sooner is better than later when taking a young QB, and start developing him behind Palmer. 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: Lamar Jackson is a great unique talent. "To me he’s like Michael Jordan. It’s the Jordan rules. Lamar is going to get his," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. "You just have to make sure you don’t have two other running backs going for a hundred yards or a wide receiver goes for a hundred yards, because I just think that guy is so dynamic, he’s hard to stop by himself. They are not a one-man team, but you’d better try to stop everything else so you can have an opportunity to win against those guys, because Lamar is going to get his." He is the best running QB in this Draft.

I usually see that mostly as a negative. "At worst, (an NFL team says), 'Okay, if he can't get this done, if we put something in schematically that will fit him and it doesn’t work, look, this guy is a blur,'" UNC DC Chizik said. "He’s fast. He’s athletic. We’ve seen what he does to people in space making people miss. Guys look like they’re almost breaking their ankles trying to tackle this dude. There’s some place that he can play at the next level just because of his ability. But if he does become a difference maker at quarterback and, schematically they can make it fit, this guy can take a team a long way." He was the best player in college football over the past two seasons. 

But what makes him unique is what made Vick unique. "You’re a little misinformed because last year, he ran all over us, and he threw all over us," Babers said. "He got both parts in last year. And hopefully he doesn’t get both parts in this year to the degree he did last year. Because I think it was like a school record, and people were taking pictures out on the stadium and stuff after the game." While he is an elite runner with the ball in his hands, he is also a very skilled passer who can win a game with his arm. 

I think Darnold is the most clutch thrower in this Draft, but you cannot say that he is more clutch than Jackson. "For somebody to take him and draft him, they have to have a specific plan for this guy," Chizik said. "Sometimes, you have to take your offense and tweak it to really fit his skill set. I think somebody will probably be willing to do that." He can win a game with his feet and arm. 

The Reason: 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: Josh Jackson CB



Defense: 3-4

*Calvin Ridley-

WR Alabama

6-1, 190, #3


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 PlayerRidley has the speed, and every team has the need for speed. "He's a hard guy to cover. We try to move him around a lot. It's our intention to get him the ball a lot because he's a good player," Saban said. "He's hard to cover. He's got great hands. He's a really good competitor, and plays with a lot of toughness. He can run with the ball after he catches it. It's our intention to get him the ball. Not that we don't have confidence in our other guys, but he's been very productive for us and had a great career here and also had a great season so far this year." He creates trouble for defenses all over the field in every way. 

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



Defense: 3-4


**Derwin James


6-3, 211, #3

(O) 4.49, 11'3" Broad,

QB, 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 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.  

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 PlayerAlabama: He is great blitzing off the edge. He plays all over the field. Against Alabama he played Nickel, SS, FS, OLB, CB. Great blitzer from the slot who hits the QB like a linebacker. Great blitzer from the edge on the other side. When the WR motions to the other side, he will blitz the edge and can find the ball carrier on the other side of the line. They like to play him like a Nickel LB. He can find the QB when he takes off, and is a sure tackler.

James is a do it all Safety. "If he plays like he did as a freshman, yes, he belongs on that list," a scout said. "Right now? No way in hell . He’s not doing anything. And yes, they’re playing him differently. They’re trying to create for him, playing him at outside ’backer. But he’s not the same." He can play Cover One and Cover Two like a Free Safety. 

"James is a chiseled 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, with strength and explosiveness that set him apart even in one of the most talented locker rooms in the country," written in NFL.Com Labs. "He can bench press 450 pounds, and he's approached 600 on the squat rack. He's broad jumped 11 feet, 3 inches, which would have ranked him in the top five among more than 300 players at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. You want speed? He was clocked at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Opening coming out of high school."

He can walk up into the box and stop the run like a Mike. And he can line up on the line like a Will or a Sam, and make plays at the line, or blitzing into the backfield. He was phenomenal in the Box. He is a great blitzer off the edge. Elite athlete who has grown into an oversized Strong Safety. 

The Reason: Best available player pick. James was really more of an LB than a Safety last season. "He's pretty-looking. He's got one of those body types where you could play him at about seven different positions," a scout said. "He looks most like a strong safety, but he's got the frame to put weight on and be a linebacker. He could be a huge corner. He looks kind of like what Patrick Peterson was coming out. Just a great-looking frame." He could easily play LB in the NFL.

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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Defense: 4-3

Mike McGlinchey

OLT Fighting Irish

6-7, 310, #68



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

The Reason: 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



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!


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



Defense: 4-3


Da’Ron Payne

DL Alabama

6-2, 308, #94


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:\Payne is a big NT/DT type player. He made a mint in the NCAA Play Offs. You can argue he was the best player in the field. He dominated the center of both lines Alabama faced, with power, smarts, aggressiveness, and hands. He played with elite hands in those two games. He is a little small, and more of a 3-Tech than a NT. Though he was playing on the Nose a lit in those game.

If the Pats lose a few DLs (like Branch and Guy), he could be an option at 32. But with Valentine coming back, and the emergence of Adam Butler and Ricky Jean-Francois, I just don’t think they will spend their top Draft equity a D-tackle. 
He is the Center of Alabama's defense. When he gets a great blast off, he is past the OC and panicking the QB in a flash. Nice aware player that jumped on the QB fumble against Auburn before anyone else knew what happened. 

When he sees it on short yardage he stops the RB instantly, and suddenly they both are moving backwards. He can defeat the double team at the point as well as anyone in this Draft. He can work his way outside, past the OL, and stop the QB from taking off. He plays great with his hands moving and his eye up. Very aware player who got an INT in the Champ game after the QB got hit and the ball popped up. He lined up at FB on the goal line, and they ran play action, and threw it too him for the TD. Funniest play of the week.

He is a one year wonder, who didn't do much before this season.

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



Defense: 4-3


Conner Williams-

OLT Texas

6-5.2, 296, (U 5.06-5.07),

(S-1.76, 1.72), 

26 Reps, 33" Arms, 


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: 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: Conner Williams was the top rated OLT coming into the 2017 Season, but he blew out his knee. He came back and played okay. Then stepped back from the season to protect himself, and get ready for the Draft. The problem is that the lower he drops, the more likely the knee is worse than reported. 

If his knee is sound, he is the most ready plug and play OLT in this Draft. If it is not sound, he could easily lose his rookie season, which the Pats cannot afford. Pick 31 (might have to trade up a little, but that will be decided by his medicals that we don't have access to). He is more Light than Solder 33" Arms and 26 Reps.

He showed up at the Combine and tested as one of the the top five OTs athletically. "I heard all about how good he was last year and then I turned on the tape and what I saw wasn't a 1st-rounder at all," a scout said. "I can go back to 2016, but who is he now? I have to know who he is and who he's going to be in three to five years. Scouting is projecting." However, he played in knee braces in 2016, blew out his knee in 2017, and likely will have knee problems that plaque him his whole career. But he looked like a plug and play OLT when healthy.

Miller is my guy. I think he could be a plug and play OLT, but he has to stay and play a little lower. He was measured at over 6-8 at the Combine. So he has the phenomenal size and length that BB craves. He is much more Solder than Light. If the Pats snag him here, or trade up 5 to 10 spots, he will be their starter at OLT next season. Pick 31, but could trade up just to be sure: 34" Arms, 24 Reps.

Williams is a top two or three OLs in this Draft. "He brings such an X-factor to the O-line because he’s so elite," Texas QB Sam Ehlinger said. "He also brings a nastiness that really helps our O-line excel as a unit." He plays mean on the field.

There are some good Tackles in this year Draft. "As you can see, when we have Connor Williams, that makes a difference in the run game," UT HC Tom Herman said. "You’ve got a guy that was a 1st-team All-American, I believe last year, as a sophomore coming back on the left side of that line. That’s a big boost, a big shot in the arm." Williams might be the most athletic of all the Tackles in this Draft. 

I like the way Williams moves backwards the most of the top five. "One of the reasons I worked so hard to come back from my injury was to help the team reach its goal of playing in a bowl game, and I'm proud we were able to accomplish that," Williams said. "I look forward to the process and experiences ahead of me. But remain in such appreciation of how blessed I have been to truly know the 40 Acres. I know, understand, and believe the true meaning of 'Longhorn For Life.'" He does a great job keeping his hands up when he slides. 

The Reason: The Bengals cannot go through another season with Ogbuehi 

Second Choice: Josh Jackson CB

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