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PICKS 23-32


1st Round 2018 Draft

Picks 1-11.

Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

2nd Round 2018 Draft

Picks 33-48.

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My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:



Defense: 4-3

Isaiah Wynn

OLG Georgia

6-2 1/2, 308, #77 



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:

DE Julius Peppers 

DT Star Lotulelei 

DT Dontari Poe 

Key F.A.: 
QB Derek Anderson 
WR Damiere Byrd
WR Kaelin Clay  
OG Amini Silatolu 
OC Tyler Larsen*
DE Charles Johnson 
S Jairus Byrd 
S Kurt Coleman 

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Jonathan Stewart 

TE Ed Dickson 

OG Andrew Norwell

DB Bashaud Breeland

The Team: They have a ton of free agent holes along their O-line. They have to find at least one replacement, if not two, in this Draft. 

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

The Player: Wynn lined up at ORG to start the practices at Mobile. Knows how to use his arms. Nice recovery. He has the suddenness to cut off the strong inside move, after he gets beat a little. He moved over to ORG as well. He dominated Hand in their first rep. He grabbed his shirt, turned as Hand tried to dip, and then shoved him to the ground with some interesting violence. He looked better at OLG than OLT, and I though he has a chance at OLT (before I saw he was 6-2;). 
He was spectacular in practice in pass pro drills. He is a 1st Round OLG, who can also be an emergency OLT like Mankins. Great power step. Great heavy hands and long arms. He has a chance to be an All-Pro Guard for a long time.

The Reason: They have to get a replacement for their best O-Linemen Andrew Norwell. Wynn is the kind of OG who can change an O-line for a decade. 

Second Choice: James Washington WR



*DJ Chark


6-3, 199, (U 4.38, 4.34), 

40" Vert, 10'9" Broad,

9 1/4" Hands, 

32 3/8" Arms,  

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:

CB Malcolm Butler

RB Dion Lewis  

OL Josh Kline

DaQuan Jones DE

Key F.A.:
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 
RB Peyton Barber 
RB Doug Martin
RB Charles Sims 
WR Adam Humphries 
TE Cameron Brate
OG Kevin Pamphile 
OG Evan Smith 
DT Chris Baker (cut) 
DT Clinton McDonald 
CB Brent Grimes 
CB Robert McClain 
S Keith Tandy 
SS T.J. Ward

Key F.A. Lost:

RB DeMarco Murray

DL Karl Klug

LB Avery Williamson

The Team: The Titans need a big weapon to go with the two WRs they took last year. 

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: 4/22 DJ Chark: The Best: Part IV.

The Reason: They have to do everything they can to help their young QB. 

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



Defense: 4-3

 James Daniels

Iowa, OC/OG

6-3, 306, 

21 reps, 33 3/4" Arms

TE,  OL, DL, 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:

DE Brooks Reed

Key F.A.:

RB Terron Ward* 
FB Derrick Coleman 
OT Austin Pasztor 
DT Ahtyba Rubin 
LB Courtney Upshaw 
LB Sean Weatherspoon 
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson 
S Ricardo Allen* 
S Kemal Ishmael 
K Matt Bryant

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Taylor Gabriel

TE Levine Toilolo

DT Dontari Poe 

DE Adrian Clayborn 

DE Derrick Shelby

The Team: They have to get help for the interior of the O-line. I love the fit of James Daniels at OC here. But they are going to take a beating in free agency on their D-line. Clayborn and Poe are gone, and Upshaw, 

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

The Player: Daniels looks like the best OC, and the best zone blocking interior OL in the Draft. He is strong at the point. He does a great job moving his feet. He sets quick. He has no trouble moving laterally to either side. He does a good job sustaining blocks. Very light on his feet. Great blocker with his hands. Great strength grabbing shirt and controlling the DL. 

His feet looked good at the Combine with all that added weight. He held the extra weight well. He does not look like a Zone pulling guard at the Combine. He lost his feet a little. He is not as balanced as he was when he was playing at 280. He gets real low turning the corner when he pulls outside. He has some nice quicks moving outside in pass pro drills. Moved back as smooth as anyone in the Slide drill. He was as good as it gets in mirror drill. He looked like he was coached by Ferentz. Phenomenal with hands up, staying with the rabbit with his feet moving like a rabbit, and his body smooth and easy. 

The ReasonThey could go a lot of ways here. But it looks like both Lines are going to need some fillings. They could equally use James Daniels and Hubbard. They gave a better chance of picking up an legit OC in the 2nd than a legit edgerusher.  

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: Maurice Hurst DL



Defense: 4-3

Mike Gesicki

H-Back Penn ST

6-6, 252, (O) 4.54! 

6.76 3-Cone! 4.10 SS! 

41.5" Vert, 10'9"Br

11.33 60! 

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:  

QB Drew Brees 

QB Tom Savage

OT Jermon Bushrod

DE Alex Okafor

CB Patrick Robinson 

Key F.A.:  
QB Chase Daniel 
FB John Kuhn 
WR Brandon Coleman
WR Willie Snead
CB Delvin Breaux
S Rafael Bush 
S Kenny Vaccaro

Key F, A, Lost:

OG Senio Kelemete 

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: 4/03 Mike Gesicki: Mini-Gronk.

The Reason: Brees is at his best when he has a great tight end to throw to. 

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.

Second Choice: Billy Price OC



Defense: 3-4

*Rashad Evans- 

LB Alabama

6-2, 234, #32, 

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

RB Fitzgerald Toussaint

WR Justin Hunter

OLB Anthony Chickillo 

ILB Steven Johnson 

CB Coty Sensabaugh

Key Free:

WR Justin Hunter 
WR Eli Rogers* 
T Chris Hubbard 
LB Arthur Moats 
LB Sean Spence 
CB Mike Hilton** 
K Chris Boswell*

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Markus Wheaton

OLB Jarvis Jones

ILB Lawrence Timmons

CB William Gay

S Robert Golden

S Mike Mitchell

The Team: The Steelers defense has been getting worse for years. Getting a young LB will not hurt this defense. 

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: 4/22 Rashaad Evans: Simply The Best.

The Reason: They needed help at ILB before Timmons left. Now it is even more vital..

Second Choice: Mike Hughes CB



Defense: 4-3

*Jaire Alexander

CB Louisville

5-11, 192, #103


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:

QB Blake Bortles

WR Donte Moncrief

WR Marqise Lee

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins 

OG Andrew Norwell 

DT Haloti Ngata

CB D.J. Hayden

Key FA.:

QB Chad Henne

RB Corey Grant*

RB Chris Ivory

OG Patrick Omameh

LB Paul Posluszny

Key Free Lost

WR Allen Robinson

WR Allen Hurns

LB Paul Posluszny

CB Aaron Colvin

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. 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: Billy Price OG/OC




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:

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 Kirk Cousins 

QB Trevor Siemian

DT Sheldon Richardson 

Key F.A.: 
WR Michael Floyd 
G Joe Berger 
C Nick Easton* 
DT Tom Johnson 
CB Tramaine Brock 
CB Terence Newman 
K Kai Forbath

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Case Keenum

QB Sam Bradford 
QB Teddy Bridgewater 

RB Jerick McKinnon

The Team: They will be searching for an OLT in this Draft. If one of the top three drops they will pounce

They don't have a lot of needs, but picking up a CB who can step in for the 40 year old Newman is a need that they will have this year or next. .

The Player: 4/07 Conner Williams: Moving Backwards: Part II.

The Reason: Spielman loves the best athlete available philosophy. 

Second Choice: Mike Hughes CB



Defense: 2-5

*Courtland Sutton


6-4, 215, 6.57 3-Cone!!!

4.11 SS! 11.06 60-Yard!

(O) 4.54, 35.5" Vert, 

10'4" Broad!

18 Reps, 32.3" Arms,


*Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville


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: There is no way the Pats exercise this pick. They have a giant hole to fill in the 4th and 5th Round. Plus, if they trade up for Jackson or Rosen, one or both picks in the 2nd will be sacrificed. They can trade down to the 2nd round and still pick up Brian O'Neil: Moving Backwards Part V

So would any team in the top 14 trade down with the Pats? The 49ers have to pick up a WR or two to help Garoppolo. The best Power Forward Wide Receiver will be sitting for them at 23: Courtland Sutton. Plus the reason you never take an OG in the 1st is because players like: Hernandez, Price, Ragnow, Daniels, Corbett, and Bozeman will likely be available in the 2nd. Any of those guys could end up being the best OG from this Draft, and will certainly fill in the top five OC/OGs from this Draft behind Nelson and Wynn. Plus, the list in the 3rd is almost as impressive. 

The 49ers could trade back to 23 and snag Sutton, Moore, or maybe even Ridley. And the list of Day Two WR/TE is as impressive as the interior OLs on Day Two. So the 49ers would be better off with two players to help out Jimmy-G than one top ten defender? That's how I see it, and if Lynch agrees, BB could find himself a QB.

Which means BB will also need to pick up some extra picks in the 2nd and 4th. He could trade down 10-15 spots for a 3rd and 4th, and grab O-Neil and some help for the defense. He has traded picks more than any other coach in his tenure, and he has traded up as much as he has traded down. This scenario would allow him to trade up and trade down for impact players for the future and this season. 

O'Neal would likely be a starter at OLT before the season is over, and Jackson will be the starter in a year or two when Brady's body finally gives out. I think he has one good season left. They can also use the 3rd or 4th on Javon Wims- Georgia, 6-3, 215, 9 1/4, 31 1/2" Arms, (U 4.54-4.59): With his size and 4.5 speed he reminded me of Mitchell a couple year ago. He was a terrific route runner at Georgia, where I thought he looked more like a slot guy than an outside WR. When I saw he was 6-3 I was shocked. He plays like a little quick WR, and is a big outside WR. Plus, he caught everything that was thrown to him. Elite hands! He also played hurt in the playoffs, and was the best WR for the Champs.

He is almost a carbon copy of Mitchell. Who, before helping the Pats win a SB LI, he played at Georgia as well. 

There is a lot to learn about this team in this Draft. More so than any other Draft in a long time. The earlier the Pats draft a QB, the early they think Brady is done. If they trade up for Jackson? Than they think that this is Brady's last legit season. He is right on the that precipice where Hall OF Fame QBs have lost it in one season. He might play past this season, but history is not on his side. 

We will also learn how much longer they believe Gronk is going to play. If they take a TE here? It is a signal that they believe Gronk in not committed, or that he may have told them that he can physically play only one more season. Gesicki has the most upside of all the TEs as a pure H-Back/Receiver. However, Hurst and Goedert had the most upside as blocking and receiving tight ends. But there are also a lot of other other options at TE in this Draft. Chris Herndon is also getting some positive medicals. 

But the two guys that have to have the most interest for the Pats here are Courtland Sutton and DJ Chark. If the Pats take Jackson, it is likely for McDaniels. But in McDaniels first and only real Draft that he conducted, he traded up for two players in the 2010 Draft. He traded up for Tebow. But he also traded up even higher, the Pats pick, for Demaryius Thomas. So if the Pats take Sutton that is another sign that McDaniels is taking over. If they snag both Thomas and Jackson that is as clear a sign as there is that BB has his sails up. 

There are two WRs who match up very well physical and Combine stats wise. However, Sutton is their guy (Chark is more my guy;). But Sutton is the closest we have seen to Thomas coming out as far as size, speed, athletic explosion, and tape. I have his profile done and it is beautiful (But my damn wife made me go to Friggin' Disney the week before Draft Week with the kids, and I just can't get any work done here at Friggin' Disney;). Sutton is the guy who spells M-c-D-a-n-i-e-l-s the most. 

He also has the stats that make BB drool as well. As far as phenomenal freaks go, he was something to see at the combine. Now let's be clear, he is every bit 6-4 and 218-pounds. No lie. But he also ran an impossible (and never before seen by anyone his size) 4.57 3-Cone! At 6-4, he ran the quickest 3-Cone of all WRs, a top five 4.11 Short Shuttle, and top five 60-yard Shuttle: 11.06. 

Those are impossible quickness, COD, and agility numbers for a 6-4 guy. And he showed those quick sudden burst to make guys miss on the field. He also had the explosion numbers of a top five DL or RB: 10'4" Broad and 35.5" Vert. Plus, he is tough. 

He has a reputation as a hard worker and for being mentally and physicality tough. "He's got to get quicker and learn to separate or he's going to be wearing coverage around the field," a Regional Scout said wrongly. However he continued. "He's very mentally and physically tough so I think he'll get it figured out." He is the most comparable to Thomas of any WR I have seen since he was drafted.

Including being a little too raw, because he played in system that is as far away from an NFL system as you can get: Georgia Tech and SMU. Now Thomas wasn't able to run at the Combine, so we can't match up speeds. But physically Sutton likely tested better than Thomas in most of the Drills. Plus, Thomas was selected with the Pats 1st Round pick in 2010. If Sutton is picked with the Pats pick in 2018 that is another sign that McDaniels got the Promise? But if they pick both Jackson and Sutton?

That is a clear and present sign that BB has untied his tug boat, and is sailing off to Nantucket for the winter. What happens next week is going to tell us a lot about the plans of the Patriots Big-Three, and who is sailing off into the sunset. And most of us might not like the answer. 

Mathews was one of my favorite players in the 2014 Draft. He is a nephew of Jerry Rice, and is said to have his exceptional work habits. But he lacks a little speed. He was able to overcome that in his first three seasons in Philly, where he was very good but not great. He has that size and knack for scoring TDs (20 in four seasons, but only 1 last season with the Bills because of a ton of injuries). 

He has an elite work ethic and character, and runs excellent patterns. They played him most inside. He is best suited to be a big slot guy because of his speed. But he can play outside as well. He had excellent hands in college, but struggled with drops a little the past few years. He ran 67% of his routes in the slot in 2016 and 2017. 

He reminds me of Brandon LaFell. They have similar size, and hopefully Mathews has a little more speed. They can catch the ball downfield more because of size, patterns, and strength than speed. LaFell struggled with his hands when he arrived, but his hands got better as he settled into the Pats system. 

Mathews averaged 75 Catches, 891-Yards, 6.3333333... TDs, 11.88-yards per catch, per season, before he went to the QB killing Bills. He was also brutalized by injuries last year. He finally went on IR after his fourth injury. He only caught 25 passes for 282 yards as a Bill. If can catch 75 pass for 800-hundred yards and 6 or 7 TDs, he will be a steal.

They had to restock the offensive, and get McDaniels some veteran weapons. "We got back from Minnesota, I had an opportunity to talk to Josh and we were able to work some things out. So I’m thrilled that he’s still with us and is going to continue in his role. I think he’s the top offensive coordinator in the league," BB said. " He’s done a great job for me for a long time in a lot of different roles. So very glad that.... We were able to work that out and keep him with us." Mathews can start and be very productive in the Pats system.

In many ways Mathews was made to play in Josh's system. "You got the slider coming in there over the outside corner," BB said. " Yeah, I think I just covered that." He has a history of getting open in the slot and running after the catch.

BB has been scouring the county looking for help at WR and TE. "I kind of like to give myself the schools in the Southern swing," BB said about his scouting excursion through Prodays. " I’m not going to North Dakota and Iowa State. I’ll just kind of send someone else up there. When you’re the head coach you can kind of pick where you want to go." Apparently he didn't like what he saw at those positions. 

He has been all over the southern part of the Country to get to see these kids up close. "I enjoy all the parts of the process, from the game-planning and playing in the big games to evaluating prospects to bringing in the rookies in May that really have never played or practiced in the National Football League," BB said. "Kind of starting from scratch with them and then seeing them grow along the way to some of the players that we’ve seen do that: the Matt Lights', and the guys that have been part of the program for a long time. I mean, I wasn’t there for all of Bruschi. But when Bruschi came in in ’96, I was there. I saw his whole career. I know Tom, going from 2000 to still going, and so forth. I enjoy all the processes. The beginning part, the bringing them in, growing with them, and working with them at an elite level. The Steve Gostkowskis' and Julian Edelmans' and guys like that that come from one level and progress to a very elite level." The Mike Gesickis' and Kolton Millers'?

3/16/14 Get Some One To Help Brady, Please:  Part Five- Jordan Mathews.

Niklas has every thing you want in a tight end. He has the size, great hands, and is a 3rd tackle blocker. But, he doesn't have the speed to get open consistently in the NFL. That was his bugaboo coming out of ND. I thought he had enough speed to be a threat on the Seam a little,  but I was wrong.

However, he is a great blocker. "TE Troy Niklas' one-year deal with the Patriots is worth $940,000, which is also his salary-cap charge," Reiss twitted. "He gets a $75,000 signing bonus, $75,000 workout bonus and $100,000 of his base salary is guaranteed." He blocks like a 3rd tackle.

Like Mathews, he was hit by injuries the past few years (six surgeries since he went to Arizona). "I like to try and take ownership of it. That’s the only way I can overcome it for myself," Niklas said. "All the injuries, all that time not spent on the field, regardless of how you look at it, it’s on me. I’m not doing my job. That’s the way I look at it and that’s the only way I feel I can grow from it is taking to steps to improve from there." He played OL in high school, and was named Offensive Lineman if the year as a senior.

He has a reputation, like Mathews, of being a relentless worker. "Love him, great guy," Arizona HC Bruce Arians said. "He’s a dawn-to-dusk worker. You’re pulling for those guys." Mathews and Niklas have a lot in common character wise.

So if the Pats took Gesicki here, they might be able to make up for the loss of Gronk next season. Gesicki could turn into a dominate tight end going down the seam, and Niklas is already a Gronk-like blocker inline. The Pats will line him up as their second tight end, and he will be on the field more on passing down. His numbers could increase in New England, because they play a ton of two TE sets. So he will be on the field more.

3/18/14 The "Fighting Irish"Part I- Troy Niklas.

The Pats also signed a backup interior OL. Bowanko can play all three interior positions: ORG, OC, OLG. "C/G Luke Bowanko's one-year deal with the Patriots has a cash value of $835,000 and his salary-cap charge is $675,000 (minimum salary benefit)," Reiss Twitted. "He gets a $45,000 signing bonus, a base salary of $790,000 and there is a split salary of $458,000 in the event of injury." He is a bigger guy than their other interior OLs. 

The Pats made a bold move To get the 23rd pick. I had Rams taking Conner Williams with that pick. The Pats had to get up over The Vikings to grab the OLT. They might have to get up over Seattle, and you maybe have to trade up again to get over the Bengals and Seattle. If Seattle takes McGlinchey, and Bengals take Williams? That leaves Kolton Miller for the Pats at 23. 

They also have to pick up a Tight End who can step in and play, and maybe the starter within  a year or two. Gronk will play in the NFL next season, but he has one foot out the door. He has a way to make as much money as playing football in his back pocket, with about 10% of the beating he has been taking since he's been a Patriot. If the Pats don't trade Gronk in the next couple weeks, he will be gone after next season. 

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 Player: 4/22 Courtland Sutton: The Best: Part I.

The Reason: There has never been a Tight End who tested athletically as Gesicki , ever. BB loves Slot Guys. And what does he like the most? Slot Guys who run under a 7.0 3-Cone, and a low 4.0 Short Shuttle. Gesicki did both at 6-6 252-pounds. That is the most incredible thing I have ever seen. If BB loves little slot guy with those stats, what is going to say about a big H-back who runs those numbers? Just incredible. 

Gesicki cannot block like Gronk. But he sure looks like Gronk running deep down the Seam, and catching the ball over puny DBs heads 40 to 50, and even 60-yards downfield. He has near Gronk size, but has a much better Vert. He can leap up and snag the ball higher than even Gronk. His blocking is not up to Tight End level yet. He is an H-back at best right now. But you can actually see him on Tape making blocks. He can seal the edge. He can grab shirt, and hold on as he moves his feet. 

Gesicki is the best tight end in this Draft. He is also a very underrated blocker. If your Draft Expert tells you that he can't block? It is time to get a new Draft Expert. He is a very good blocker. They don't ask him to block every play, but you can see him blocking on Tape. And he can block very well. This could be a big boon for the Pats.

The Pats may have to trade Gronk now. Maybe that is part of the plan to trade up for Chubb, or some other DL BB worked out (though packaging a few pounds of pick to trade up for one guy is not his style). More likely they face their desperate-desperate needs at OLT and tight end, and they use their Seconds and 3rd on a couple of defenders and a QB.

They are now stacked with four picks in the top 63. After last year's utter abandonment of the Draft, to make a Super Bowl run, they look like they are positive rebuilding. They could easily get three impact players on Day One and Two, and another young replacement for Brady. 

Goddard is not really ready for prime time yet. Just like Shaheen last year. But give him a year or two behind Gronk and watch out. The Pats offense has been built around the TE position for more than a few years now. To suddenly lose all that with one swipe of a WWE Fan-boy Card would be devastating. Gronk will be here this season, but next? I'm not so sure. 

This could all be a money ploy to start negotiating for a contract upgrade. Which the Pats aren't going to do again. "I don’t know how you heard that?" Gronk said "But I’m definitely going to look at my future. For sure. I'm going to sit down the next couple weeks and see where I'm at." He is seriously considering this silly proposition.

And you really can't blame him. Just watch him play with that giant bionic arm thing. "I’m just going to sit down and reflect on the season. Probably talk to my teammates. We fought all year, all the receivers, running backs, lineman. We put all that work in. I’m going to reflect on the season and see what happens," Gronk said about the worst day of the year do far. "We just lost. I just want to sit back [and] relax the next couple of weeks. And I really have nothing to say about that right now." On case you didn't notice that wasn't a "forget about it."

That was an "Oh my aching back. I'm too old for this shit." The Pats have some serious problems with some of their serious veterans. Who stays and who goes, and who they replace them with will say a hell of a lot more about this pick than anything I can say right now. 

They still are likely to need an RB, but this is a great Draft for RBs. Adams could still be there at 63. Plus, you have Ballage and a ton of other RBs on the Board, like a player like Penny in the 3rd. Brady is going to need more blocking and more running every season, if he is going to really survive until 45, which I don't believe. 

Second Choice: OLT Brian O'Neal

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

4/22 Derrius Guice: Better Than A Power Back.

4/22 Riley Ferguson: Finding A QB: Part II.

4/22 Kyle Lauletta: Finding A QB: Part I.

4/22 Rashaad Evans: Simply The Best.

4/22 Courtland Sutton: The Best: Part I.

4/22 Calvin Ridley: The Best: Part I I.

3/24 DJ Moore: The Best: Part III.

4/22 DJ Chark: The Best: Part IV.

4/22 James Washington: The Best: Part V.

3/19 Anthony Miller: The Best: Part VI.

4/22 Christian Kirk: The Best: Part VII.

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

3/16/14 Get Some One To Help Brady, Please:  Part Five- Jordan Mathews.

3/18/14 The "Fighting Irish"Part I- Troy Niklas.

4/08 Martinas Rankins: Moving Backwards: Part VII.

4/08 Chuks Okorafor: Moving Backwards Part VI.

4/08 Brian O'Neil: Moving Backwards Part V.

4/08 Tyrell Crosby: Moving Backwards: Part IV.

3/24 Mike McGlinchey: Moving Backwards: Part III.

4/07 Conner Williams: Moving Backwards: Part II.

4/07 Bradley Chubb: Wrecking Ball With a Brain.

3/19 Kolton Miller: Moving Backwards Part I.

4/07 Josh Allen: Fighting For Respect.

4/07 Josh Rosen: Most Ready, But Not Really Ready.

4/07 Sam Darnold: It's All About The Feet.

4/08 Mark Andrews: Testing The Seam VI.

4/08 Dalton Schultz: Testing The Seam V.

3/24 Ian Thomas: Testing The Seam IV.

2/24 Dallas Goedert: Testing The Seam III.

3/24 Hayden Hurst: Testing The Seam II.

4/03 Mike Gesicki: Testing The Seam I.

4/02 Tony Garcia: Second Chance.

3/25 Mason Rudolph: Fighting For Consistency.

3/24 Josh Sweat: Pure Athlete.

3/24 Quinton Nelson: Inside Dominance.

3/24 DJ Moore: Bigger Than Imagined.

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

3/19 Anthony Miller: Slot Guy

3/19 Baker Mayfield: I Don't Get It.

3/10 Saquon Barkley: Seeking Perfection.

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

2/18 Josh Adams: Speed and Power.

2/17 Harold Landry: Relentless.

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

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



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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:

Michael Bennett DE

LB Nigel Bradham 

LB Corey Nelson

Key F.A.:

RB LeGarrette Blount 
RB Darren Sproles 
OT Will Beatty 
DT Beau Allen 
LB Dannell Ellerbe 
S Corey Graham

Key F.A. Lost:

TE Trey Burton 

DE Vinny Curry 

CB Patrick Robinson 

The Team: The Eagles need aa tight end to help and soon replace Celek. .

The Player: 3/24 Hayden Hurst: Testing The Seam.

The Reason: Hurst can add a new dimension to their offense.

Second Choice: Mike Hughes CB