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PICKS 23-32

 

1st Round 2018 Draft

Picks 1-11.

Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

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My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:

22.

Bills

Defense: 4-3

Mason Rudolph-

QB OK ST

6-5, 220, 

 

*Calvin Ridley-

WR Alabama

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 Tyrod Taylor

FB Mike Tolbert 

OL Jordan Mills

OLB Lorenzo Alexander

Micah Hyde FS

Jordan Poyer FS

Key F.A.:

Key F. A, Lost:

WR Robert Woods

CB Stephon Gilmore

SS Aaron Williams

The Team: 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: Rudolph is an ultra productive QB in a scary college offense. Scary meaning that QBs usually don't translate from the Air Raids offenses that he played in. He is considered a great athlete for a QB. Some question his arm, but I think he has an NFL arm. He is a guy who going to need some time behind the scene to learn the complexities of an NFL offense, and the defenses designed to stop them.

He has gotten too much hype at OK ST, and has had to try and quash some it himself. ”I think Barry Sanders did a lot for the university and obviously won a Heisman Trophy so I think he’ll always be the best from Oklahoma State," Rudolph said. "It takes a lot around you to get something like that done. I’ve been blessed with a lot of weapons to pass the ball to and it has been fun." He has handled the pressure well.

It is really so much more about the mental aspects of the game than the physical for QBs. "There were three or four decisions he made out there that were really good decisions," OK ST HC Gundy said. "In some of our read concepts, where he has three things to do, they gave him a little bit of a unique look a few times, and he did the right thing every time and resulted in big plays." They have to know so much information about their offense, players, and the particular play they are running.
Then read the defense correctly, and know where to go. "He knew it front and back," Gundy said. "He knew every category. He knew what we should be doing and why." He seems to have the mental part of the game. 

But he does have some issues. "He’s got good size," an exec said. "But his arm strength is lacking. And he’s inconsistent with his accuracy." He does throw a beautiful deep ball.
As a spread QB, I like him more on Day Two. "Not as good as the media wants everyone to believe," a scout said. "He’s a Day Three guy. His accuracy isn’t as good as the numbers show. His receivers make a lot of tough catches for him. Arm strength is adequate, not tops. What’s the difference between him and Bryce Petty?" This is why drafting an NFL QB is the hardest thing to do in the NFL.

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: James Washington WR

23.

Rams

Defense: 4-3

Connor Williams

OLT Texas

6-6, 320, #55

CB, DE, OLT, OC, OL, DL, LB, DL 

2017 Picks:

2 (44) Gerald Everett, TE, S. Alabama
3 Cooper Kupp, WR, E. Washington
3 (91) John Johnson, DB, BC
4 (117) Josh Reynolds, WR, A&M
4 (125) Samson Ebukan, LB, E. Washington
6 (189) Tanzel Smart, DL, Tulane
6 (206) Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech
7 (234) Ejuan Price, DL, Pittsburgh

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

Marcus Peters CB Trade

Trumaine Johnson 2017 Tag

Key F.A.:  

Key F.A. Lost:

Janoris Jenkins CB

WR Brian Quick

WR Kenny Britt

The Team: Rams have a young QB. They need to help him every way they can. It never hurts to draft a young OT, and hope he can be a stalwart for years. 

The Player: 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: Getting a blindside protector for their young QB can only help his development. It is all about Goff for this Franchise. If he develops into a star, the HC and GM will be geniuses. If he can't turn into a Playoff Winner than they will be fired.

Second Choice: Harold Landry DE/OLB

24.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

Chukwuma Okorafor

OLT Western Michigan

6-6, 330, #77

WR, OL, DE, DB, DE

2017 Picks:

1(8) Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
2 (40) Curtis Samuel WR/RB Ohio ST
2 Taylor Moton, ORT, W. Michigan
3 (77) Daeshon Hall, DE Texas A&M
5 (152) Corn Elder, DB, Miami
6 Alexander Armah, DE, W Georgia
7 (233) Harrison Butker, K, Georgia Tech

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 Beau Sandland, TE, Montana ST

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.: 

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Tedd Ginn, Jr. 

FB Mike Tolbert 

DT Paul Soliai 

The Team: Someday the Carolina management will draft a big time OLT to help keep Cam healthy, or maybe not.

The Player: Okafor is a guy who is really moving up the charts. He has NFL OLT size, arm length, and athleticism. He has great long arms and balance. He looks like an NFL OLT to me. He grabs a lot of D-ends and just freezes them. But he played on a lower level, and will not do that in the NFL. Plus, I haven't seen him play against real speed yet. I would have to see him play against speed moving backwards to put him in the 1st.
He can get outside and seal the LB inside on the Toss. Played a wacky spread option, and doesn't kickslide a lot. He has some quicks to get outside and block the OLB in the rush. When he blocks down on short yardage he can run right over the DT. Seals the OLB like he is a kid. Great long arms. Plays with some nasty. Nice burst to second level to devastate an LB. Gets a little high in Kickslide. Tough to see him against speed. We will see him at the Combine sliding backwards.  

The Reason: I might be in the minority here, but I think he is a starting OLT in the NFL.

Second Choice: James Washington WR

25.

Titans

*Derrius Guice

RB LSU

5-11, 212, (U) 4.51, #5

DB, OLB/DE, 5-T, OL, TE,  RB, DL, DB, TE, 

2017 Picks:

1 (5) Corey Davis WR, W. Michigan
1 (18) Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
3 Taywan Taylor WR, W. Kentucky
3 (100) Jonnu Smith, TE, FIU
5 (155) Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA
6 (217) Corey Levin OL Chattanooga
7 (227) Josh Carraway, LB TCU
7 (236) Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
7 (241) Khalfani Muhammad, RB, California

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.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Kendall Wright

The Team: The Belichick tree continues to grow with Vrabel now running the Titans. "He has a lot of friends walking through the hallways, guys coming up to him and congratulating him, and 'can I send you my resume?'" Robinson said. "But I am proud for him. I think you saw it in his press conference. He is a football coach, he loves football. He and I share the same vision, and we’re just excited to get to work." I though this was very surprising. 
But Vrabel was a guy who most thought would be an HC. "Any time you get recognized by your peers, it is special," Vrabel said. "When guys like Andy Reid, Marvin Lewis and others congratulate you and lend you support, it means a lot." The Titans could use a weapon to take some heat off of Marietta. 

The Player: Guice is a beast RB. "Derrius and Arden are two ascending players," Orgeron said. "And if they do go out, they're going to make a difference on somebody else's team in the NFL, just like our guys that went out this year." He struggled with a knee injury in the first half of the season.

He has really struggled behind a crippling young O-line all season, which I think has to cost him in the Draft. "I think it’s his physicality," ND HC Brain Kelly said. "Great speed, but what really stood out to me was his ability to run over guys. Another line of great backs at LSU. And he’s feature, too. He’s going to get the ball. He’s going to get his carries. A guy you’re going to have to tackle and get down on the ground." He rarely got a seam to run through. and show his speed that he unleashed consistently in 2016. 

The Reason: If the Titans think his medicals check out? He could be the guy that takes their offense to a new level. 

Second Choice: Jaire Alexander CB

26.

Atlanta

Defense: 4-3

*Maurice Hurst Jr- 

NT/3-Tech Michigan

6-2, 282, #73

 

TE,  NT, CB, FS, OL, DL, 

2017 Picks:

1-26 Takkarist McKinley OLB UCLA
3 (75) Duke Riley, ILB, LSU
4(136) Sean Harlow ORG Oregon ST
5 (149) Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
5 (156) Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
5 (174) Eric Saubert, TE, Drake

2016 Picks:

1 (17) Keanu Neal, S, Florida
2 (52)  Deion Jones, ILB, LSU
3 (81) Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
4 (115) De’Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
6 Wes Schweitzer, G, San Jose ST
7 (238) Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA

Key F.A. Signed:

WR Andre Roberts

NT Dontari Poe

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: I have Nose Tackle as their biggest need left over from last season. 

The Player: Hurst has nice strong hands to pull the OLG down, and almost off his feet, as he tries to pull himself past him. He plays NT and DT. Sheds quick inside when they run to his side. Better run stuffer as a NT. He is the guy teams double inside on passing downs.

If he's not stopping the run, what is he going to do? Nice strong hands to pull the OLG down, and almost off his feet, as he tries to pull himself past him. He plays NT and DT. Sheds quick inside when they run to his side. Better run stuffer as a NT. He is the guy teams double inside on passing downs. He has a knack for burst past the OC to the weakside. 

The Reason: He kind of reminds me of Grady Jarrett. They need a Nose tackle, but the idea of putting a Grady Jarrett clone next to Grady Jarrett will make Pats fans wake up with the sweats at night.

Second Choice: James Washington WR

27.

Saints

Defense: 4-3

James Washington

WR OK ST

6', 205, #28

 

WR, QB, LB, TE, CB, WR,  

2017 Picks: 

1(11) Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio ST
1 (32) Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
2 (42) Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
3 (67) Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
3 (76) Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
3 (103) Trey Hendrickson, DE, FAU
6 Al-Quadin Muhammad, DL, Miami

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:  

ORG Larry Warford

DT Nick Fairley

OLB Alex Okafor

ILB Manti Te’o

Key F.A.:  

Key F, A, Lost:

Brandon Cooks WR

The Team: Brees is coming back. "He's coming back," Sean Payton said. " We'll get this done," Payton coach. 

Now they need to get him a weapon opposite Thomas. "Listen, I think that we’ve been examining the quarterbacks for a number of years now with the idea of, ‘Hey, let’s get some guys in the pipeline that can be developed," Loomis said. "So I think we’re always in the business of quarterbacks." There isn't a QB for them to take here.

But Washington has the speed and ability to adjust to the deep ball that makes QBs look good. "We like the guys that we had this year: Chase and Taysom behind Drew," Loomis said. "But you’re always looking at the guys that are going to be available. You never know who may drop to you or who may be available at a pick where you might value a quarterback. We’ve paid serious attention to quarterbacks for a number of years." This is too perfect to happen.

They have one good WR, and the rest are average at best. They need to get Michael Thomas some help on 3rd and long. 

The Player: Washington is a great speed WR. He is also an elite athlete who played tennis, track, and basketball in high school. "Then when I went and watched him play a basketball game, he jumped up to get a rebound, and his hand went to the top of the backboard and I was like, 'whoa,'" OK ST HC Gundy said. "Then I knew he was pretty good. After he was here a year, I felt like he was going to be pretty good. Did I know if he was Biletnikoff category? I don’t know if you know that then." I'm just not sure how much he does in that wacky offense that translates to the NFL. He is going to have to be completely trained on a route tree. 

He won the Biletnikoff award as the best WR in college. "He’s known for blowing the top off defenses, running by people, whether that’s a go, or post, or something short," Mason Rudolph said. "He's very well-rounded as a receiver. You look at any aspect of his game. And you put the ball in his hands, he’s got a chance." He has tracks star speed, and basketball star hoops.

The Reason: They took a stunning beating in the Playoffs this year. "For the rest of my life I'm going to feel like, 'We were this close to being in three Super Bowls,'" Loomis said. " And hopefully, it's more than that." Now they have to recover from that mentally.

They built up the defense well enough that they probably should have gone to the Super Bowl this year. "It's so hard to get to a point where, man, you've got a real chance to get to the Super Bowl," Loomis said. "And then something happens that you feel like it got taken away from you. And I'm not saying 'wrongly' or anything like that. Just that, hey, it got jerked out from under us. And it's just like you got thrown back into this deep hole and there's no light. But then, a few days go by, and you’re all juiced up and you say, 'Look at all the good things we've got going.' And you get excited again about how we made the playoffs, and you're fired up." This is a very big offseason for them, where one or two big pieces could get them over the top.
Best Player Available at a bid need position pick. It doesn't get any better than that.

Second Choice: Billy Price OC

28.

Steelers

Defense: 3-4

 

Martinas Rankin- 

OLT Mississippi

6-5, 307, #55

ILB,, DB, DE, WR, TE, OT, DB, NT, 

2017 Picks:

1 (30) T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
2 (62) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
3 (94) Cameron Sutton, DB, Tenn
3 (105) James Conner, RB, Pitt
4 (135) Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tenn
5 (173) Brian Allen, DB, Utah
6 (213) Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
7 Keion Adams, DE, W. Michigan

2016 Picks:

1 (25) Artie Burns, CB, Miami
2 (58) Sean Davis, S, Maryland
3 (89) Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
4 (123) Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
6 Travis Feeney OLB Washington
7  Demarcus Ayers WR Houston
7 Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Le’Veon Bell

RB Knile Davis

WR Justin Hunter

OLB Anthony Chickillo 

ILB Steven Johnson 

CB Coty Sensabaugh

Key Free:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Markus Wheaton

OLB Jarvis Jones

ILB Lawrence Timmons

The Team: The Steelers have spent a lot of capital on their defense. Now they have to spend some capital on helping their aging QB. They have to get a guy who can replace their current OLT.

The Player: Rankins is a beast at OLT, who is so smooth and easy moving backwards in his slide. "If there is a young man that exemplifies what Kent Hull was known for both on the field and off the field, Martinas is all that and more," MSU co-OC and OL coach Hevesy said about him winning the Ken Hull Award. "Since the day he arrived in Starkville, he has developed into an outstanding player and a better teammate. Martinas has as bright of a future as anyone I have been around whether it be at the next level on the field or in the business world." If character matters than he will succeed.

He can shove down on the DT, and still has the quicks and agility to burst back and block the DE. Incredible block against Auburn to start the game. Keeps his hands high and tight when moving backwards against speed. He really looks the part moving backwards. He has some twitch to him moving backwards sometimes. Great lateral burst outside to stuff the speed blitzer.

The Reason: Roethlisberger is not long for the League. They need to load up the offense to make it as easy as on him as they can over the next couple of years.

Second Choice: Mike Hughes CB

29.

Jaguars

Defense: 4-3

*Jaire Alexander

CB Louisville

5-11, 192, #103

DB, OLG, TE, OC, CB, RB, OL, QB, DL

2017 Picks:

1 (4) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
2 (34) Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
3 (68) Dawuane Smoot, DL, Illinois
4 (110) Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
5 (148) Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
7 (222) Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
7 (240) Marquez Williams, FB, Miami

2016 Picks:

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

2 (36) Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA

3-69 Yannick Ngakoue DE Maryland

4 (103) Sheldon Day, DT, ND

6 (181) Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana

6 (201)  Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas

7 (226) Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Key FA.Signed:

WR Arrelious Benn 

TE Mychal Rivera
OLT Branden Albert 

OG/OT Patrick Omameh
OG Tyler Shatley 

DE Calais Campbell
DT Abry Jones

CB AJ Bouye 

SS Barry Church

Key FA.:

 

Key Free Lost

TE Julius Thomas

OC Stefen Wisniewski 

OLT Kelvin Beachum 

OG/OT Luke Joeckel

DE Jared Odrick

NT Roy Miller

CB Devon House 

CB Prince Amukamara

SS John Cyprien

The Team: They really need help in the interior O-line, but there will be guys, (maybe Price) in the 2nd. But when a top talent at CB falls to you, because of some young and dumb mistakes, it makes it an easy pick.

The Player: 1/07 Jaire Alexander: Reminds Me Of Logan Ryan.

The Reason: They have to get another CB to play opposite Ramsey. Alexander might be the most underrated DB in this Draft. 

Second Choice: Billy Price OG/OC

 

30.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

Orlando Brown Jr

OT Oklahoma

6-8, 345, #78

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

2017 Picks:

2 (41) Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
3 (70) Pat Elflein, OC, Ohio State
4 (109) Jaleel Johnson, DL/NT Iowa
4 (120) Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan
5 (170) Rodney Adams WR S. Florida
5 (180) Danny Isidora OG Miami
6 (201) Bucky Hodges, WR V-Tech
7 (219) Stacy Coley, WR Miami
7- Ifeadi Odenigbo DL Northwestern
7 (232) Elijah Lee, LB Kansas State
7 (245) Jack Tocho, CB NC State

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Case Keenum

RB Latavius Murray

WR Adam Thielen

WR Mitch Mathews
TE Nick Truesdell

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

CB Terence Newman

CB Terrell Sinkfield

P Ryan Quigley

Key F.A.: 

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Charles Johnson

TE Rhett Ellison

ORT Andre Smith

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

The Team: They don't have a lot of needs, but picking up a DL who can play every position on the D-line is never dumb.

The Player: Brown is the biggest OLT to come out in a while. He is huge, and has some of the longest arms in the Draft. "I'm just grinding," Brown said. "Just using this pressure and this hype to better my game and better my grind. It just helps motivate me. Understanding that wherever you all have me ranked or whatever, I've got to live up to those expectations. There's always room for improvement." He has nice quick feet, and plays with some nasty. He doesn't care about anything except protecting his QB. 

The Reason: Spielman loves the best athlete available philosophy. Vea is the best player on the Board by far. He is a freak of a player who is hard to pigeon hole into a position.

Second Choice: 

31.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

Harold Laundry-

DE BC

6-3, 250, #7 

CB, RB, OLB/PR, LB, TE? OLT? 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

Sketchy 2018 F.A. List: 

Dion Lewis RB

Rex Burkhead RB

Brandon Bolden RB/ST

Danny Amendola WR

Nate Solder OLT

Cam Fleming OT

LaAdrian Waddle OT

Cassius Marsh OLB

Marquis Flowers ILB

Malcolm Butler CB

Johnson Bademosi CB/ST

Matthew Slater ST/WR/DB

Nate Ebner ST/SS

The Team: This is a tough one, but if anyone is being honest than you have to say that if Butler played in the 2nd Half the Pats win the Super Bowl. That is fact. The Pats pass defense fell apart in that game, especially on 3rd down. BB inexplicably took out his best CB in the 1st half. Then after the teams passed for 500 yards in the 1st Half, he inexplicably left his best DB out of the game and gave it to the Eagles.

Now this isn't my opinion. This is his. Butler played more defensive snaps than any other CB in the other two Playoff games. So he was by definition the best Corner on the team according to the team, I don't give a shit what irreconcilable differences he and BB had. Benching him in spite was the end of the Super Bowl for the Pats.

I don't care what he did or didn't do. That was the sixth, and maybe the last Super Bowl for a very long time. To lose that game over a grudge, and a random act of stupidity is troubling. We are used to the other teams coughing up the victory, not the Pats It is mind-numbingly odd to see BB do that. It is wrong. It is unbelievable. It's like having a President who is too stupid to read the President's Daily Brief to keep America safe. 

BB made the two worst decisions of his career this year. And trading Jimmy-G for a 2nd and a backup QB was the first. Up is down, left is right, and the Pats mad scientist of football let a grudge get in the way of winning a Super Bowl. But I suppose that's what happens when you elect a retarded racist traitor for President, everything just turns upside down That is what we Pats Fans and We The People are trying to overcome.

The Pats spent the season recovering from the loss of Logan Ryan. I also think that Butler is gone. If that happens they have to grab a CB early in this Draft. They have some good young Corners coming up. But they have limitations that have prevented them from being starters outside. 

Cyrus Jones has not converted as quickly as I expected. "[Cyrus is a] smart kid, athletic, obviously very good hands, he's got good quickness, good ball skills, led the nation in punt returns," BB said. "I think you can see his return skills out there. So, he turns the ball over defensively if he can get his hands on it. He can make plays on the ball. But he's fast, he's quick, he's smart. He obviously was well coached, played in a great system at Alabama. Nick did a great job with him, like he does with all of his defense backs down there. He's fundamentally a good technique player." He was lost in IR limbo this season. 

Jonathan Jones, while tough as nails, does have some size issues. "He's a tough kid," BB said. "We saw that at Auburn. He tackled well. I'd say he plays big for his size, he's not afraid, he's a tough, competitive kid that's willing to support in the running game and in the kicking game, very competitive on the ball. Again, his speed and overall awareness puts him in position to have the opportunity to play some balls. That's half the battle right there, being in position to do it. He's been very competitive on the ball and shown good speed, good toughness, as he did in college." So getting another young Corner could be in the cards in this Draft.

The Player: 2/17 Harold Landry: Relentless.

The Reason: If you don't want him we'll take. I know this has nothing to do with nothing, but I keep seeing Landry ending up in the 2nd in Mock Drafts. That is inexplicable to me? It's like having a President who is a Russian asset? It just wasn't possible until now. That is one of the reasons I try not to read mock drafts. Though there is nothing I would rather read than a good Mock.

But they are more scattered opinions than anything based in fact. I mean, we all try to read the tea leaves and project talents, needs, and Draft history to figure out this impossible four dimensional puzzle. And since the 4th dimension is time, even if the Draft were today and every single pick I made was correct? Come April every one could still be wrong.

The Pats needs are few and far between, except maybe youth. One problem is that OLT seems like a big need. But we don't really know if Solder is going to retire. Plus, the Pats drafted Antonio Garcia to play OLT if Solder left. He has been developing behind the scenes all season. So they might see him as a replacement, or they might not. Garcia is not 6-6 or over, like BB like to have at OLT.

The Pats are also desperate for a speed rusher. But they did also drafted Derek Rivers last year. He was awarded one of the six best parking spots that are given to the six Pats players that work the hardest in the off season, then blew out his knee. He looked spectacular in the short time we saw him on the field. He was still a little lost in the grass, but his speed, athleticism, and aggressiveness was extremely impressive. Plus, the Super Bowl shenanigans seemed to open a giant hole at Corner.

However, you cannot have too many edge rushers who can win quicker than the QB can throw. Rivers looked to me like one of those guys in very limited action. He was very raw, but very explosive. He has had a year in the system, and he will not be a raw rookie come training camp. But while Rivers flashed some elite edgerusher traits in preseason last year, Landry showed them for three years at BC. If he's still on the Board in April, he will be a Patriot (of course, everything could be changed by then).

Alexander is a tough kid, who has the speed. "I’d say there’s no such thing as too much speed [at corner]," Belichick said. "It doesn’t exist. You can’t coach that, either." The Pats will have to draft a CB this year.

I'm not sure the need is dire, but BB tends to go through Corners like toilet paper, because it is one of the most difficult positions to play in sports. "There are great skill players in this league, great quarterbacks, great receivers, with a lot of receiving skill, different types of skills," BB said. "There are times when defensive players, you have great coverage on a receiver, the defender is doing everything that you taught him to do, everything that he really can do, and sometimes the opponent, quarterback or receiver makes a great play. The ball is placed perfectly or (the WR) makes a great catch. There’s not much more that you could have done. It’s just great execution on their part. That’s professional football." If there is one in the 1st he loves, they will take him. 

Second Choice: Mike Hughes CB

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TOM's Tapes:

2/24 Dallas Goedert: Mini-Gronk.

2/18 Mike Hughes: All Out All The Time Guy.

2/18 Josh Adams: Speed and Power.

2/17 Haold Landry: Relentless.

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

1/07 Jaire Alexander: Reminds Me Of Logan Ryan.

2017 Draft:

4/26 Solomon Thomas: Explosion.

4/26 Taco Charlton: Day One Rusher: Part II.

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.

4/23 Jordan Leggett: Leaping Into Day Two.

4/23 Jaleel Johnson: All Out All The Time Guy.

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.

4/13 Forest Lamp: Run Forest Run.

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

4/12 Trey Hendrickson: Day Two Rusher: Part IX.

4/08 Ryan Anderson: Day Two Rusher: Part VIII.

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

4/01 Tanoh Kpassagnon: Day Two Rusher: VI.

4/08 Tim Williams: Day Two Rusher: Part V.

4/09 TJ Watt: Day Two Rusher: Part IV.

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

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

4/01 Jordan Willis: Day Two Rusher I.

4/08 Christian McCaffrey: Pretty Fly For A White Guy.

4/07 Chidobe Awuzie: Reminds Me of Revis.

4/06 David Njoku: Leaping Into The 1st.

4/06 Jamal Adams: Leader of the Back.

4/01 Gerald Everett: Surprising Talent.

4/01 Fabian Moreau: The Forgotten Man.

3/30 Takk McKinley: The Waterboy.

3/30 Kevin King: Long, Tall, and Quick as a Waterbug.

3/30 Malik Hooker: Reminds Me Of Ed Reed?

3/29 Adam Shaheen: Gronk-Lite.

3/29 Marlon Humphrey: Most Physical Corner.

3/29 Gareon Conley: The Unknown Guy.

2/22 OJ Howard: One Tough SOB.  

2/18 Jonathon Allen: Inside-Out USA.

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

2017 Bio: 

14/27 Chris Wormley: Unknown Guy: Part II.

4/27 Jared Davis Bio: Small LB.

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

4/15 DeShone Kizer Bio.

4/15 Corey Davis Bio.

4/15 Mitch Trubisky Bio.

4/15 Deshaun Watson Bio.

12/9 Leonard Fournette Bio.

12/9 Dalvin Cook Bio.

12/9 DJ Smoot Bio.

3/18/14 Get Some One To Help Brady, Please:  Part Three- Brandin Cooks.

3/18/14 Kony Ealy: All Punch Baby.

32.

Eagles

Tyrell Crosby

OLT Oregon

6-5, 310, #73

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

2016 Picks:

1 (14) Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
2 (43) Sidney Jones CB Washington
3 (99) Rasul Douglas CB W.Virginia
4 (118) Mack Hollins, WR, UNC
4 (132) Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
5 Shelton Gibson, WR, W.Virginia
5 (184) Nate Gerry, DB, Nebraska
6 (214) Elijah Qualls DL Washington

2016 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Nick Foles

WR Alshon Jeffery

WR Torrey Smith

OC Stefen Wisniewski 

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Chase Daniels

DE/OLB Connor Barwin

DT Bennie Logan

CB Nolan Carroll

The Team: The Eagles need an OLT to protect their Franchise QB. But it looks like they figured that out one week too late.

The Player: Crosby is a moose. "He has accepted a role as a leader on this football team. He’s played unbelievably well," Oregon HC Cristobal said. 'His personality and everything is infectious. He’s fun to be around. As great of a player as he is, he’s an even better human being." I am not enamored with the way he moves backward. 

But he doesn't give up the corner easily. "I’ll say it without reservation, the best lineman in the country," Cristobal said. "I say that, and I have the film to prove it as well. How valuable is he? As a player and a person, you can’t describe it, truly a difference maker in every sense of the word." He is very tough to get past to hit the QB. Plus, he is a monster in the run game. 

The Reason: Now that their young Franchise is recovering from an ACL, they will pick up a guy who can protect his back.

Second Choice: Mike Hughes CB