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1st Round 2018 Draft

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Team Moves:

22.

Bills

Defense: 4-3

 

DJ Moore

WR Maryland

6', 210, (U 4.43, 4.48), 

(O) 4.42, 15 Reps, 

39.5 Vert, 11' Broad, 

6.95 3-Cone 4.07 SS,

11.18 60-Yard,  

WR, QB. LB, OG, DL, DB, WR, KR, CB, 

2017 Picks:

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

2016 Picks:

1 (19) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
2 (41) Reggie Ragland LB, Alabama
3 (80) Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
4 (139) Cardale Jones QB, Ohio SE
5 Jonathan Williams RB, Arkansas
6 (192) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
6 (218) Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Key F.A. Signed:

QB AJ McCarron

QB Tom Savage

RB Chris Ivory

OT Marshall Newhouse

OC Russell Bodine

DE Trent Murphy

DT Star Lotulelei

DT Kyle Williams 

LB Ramon Humber 

LB Julian Stanford

CB Vontae Davis 

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

QB Tyrod Taylor

WR Deonte Thompson 

WR Anquan Boldin

OLT Cordy Glenn

OC Eric Wood

LB Preston Brown 

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

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

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

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

Second Choice: Rashad Evans LB

23.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

 

*Kolton Miller

OLT UCLA

6-8, 300, #7

CB, RB, OLB/DE, 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

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Jeremy Hill

RB Rex Burkhead:  

OL Matt Tobin

DE Adrian Clayborn

DT Danny Shelton

CB Jason McCourty 7th  

FS/SS Patrick Chung

S/ST Nate Ebner

Key F.A.: 

RB/ST Brandon Bolden 

OT Cam Fleming 

OT LaAdrian Waddle 

OLB Cassius Marsh 

ILB Marquis Flowers 

LB James Harrison 

ST/WR/DB Matthew Slater 

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Dion Lewis 

WR Danny Amendola 

Nate Solder OLT

CB Malcolm Butler 

CB/STJohnson Bademosi  

The Team: This is such a tough one to figure out. We really don't know which direction the Pats are going yet. It looks like they have to get a big TE, and soon. But this is a big Tight End class this year. They should be able to snag a good developmental guy at 43 or 63. Gronk is already planning his escape, and in a year or two he should be gone.

We have been talking about BB and Brady retiring together, but now it looks like Gronk and Brady might retire together. "I think it's becoming more common those days. Guys going to college and then after three years [declaring] you know, Gronkowski was like that," Belichick said. "I mean, there have been other examples, but I'd say it's more frequent now. Not certainly the norm, but it just happens more often. They don't redshirt. Well, even if they do redshirt their freshman year, it doesn't make any difference. Once they've been [in school for] three years, if they want to come out, they can come out. I know in our scouting, there's a lot of players that we're scouting that this is their third year. 

"You know, Jabrill Peppers. I mean, there's another kid, I don't think he played his freshman year, didn't play much, whatever it was. So a lot of guys like that that come out after three years. You've got to be ready for them from the scouting standpoint and bring them onto your team. It just kind of widens the gap between the youth of them and the age of your veterans, whatever that is. We're all dealing with it. Every team in the league's got them." They have to  get a couple guys who can step in for Brady and Gronk in a year or two.

However, the OLT position is starting to shine through the gloom. Without Solder, and Fleming and Waddle unsigned, it is a vast QB-killing blackhole. That is not how you want to start the season. I thought Fleming played better at OLT, and Waddle was pretty good there as well. 

Walter had Fleming as the 2nd Free Agent OLT behind Solder, and Waddle as the 8th best left. Some JAG from Roto made a top 50 FAs Left List and the only OT left was 4. Cameron Fleming– "Closed out last season as Patriots starting RT. Room to grow at age 25." That's kind-ah scary dude.

Walter obviously thinks they need to sign Fleming and Waddle, and pray for rain. I personally like both at OLT, but they need help against speed, and that can take White or Allen out of patterns for chipping and protection. The Pats have been in contact with both guys, and want both to return. However with this terrible class of free Agent OLTs, they are the best that is left.

They should have some options here. They will have to give some money to Fleming or Waddle, or hopefully both to resign them. If McGlinchey, Rankins, or Miller falls to the they will have to take them quick. I have Miller rated above both, but most have McGlinchey above Miller, and Rankins somewhere in the middle. Rankins might be the best athlete of the three. 

The bad news for the Pats is that Miller ran a Unofficial 4.98, and then an (U) 4.91. I had him rated as the top OLT in this Draft. McGlinchey didn't run or do everything. "Notre Dame will even tell you that McGlinchey is better on the right side than the left side," a scout said. "He's just more comfortable and consistent there so that's probably where you play him. I think everyone tries to beat him up too much. He's going to play in our league and be a decent starter." That is not good news for the Pats.

Rankins was not able to participate at the Combine. The Pats should be able to pick him up in the 2nd, as he seems to be plummeting. "At 6-foot-4, 308 pounds, Rankin has been praised for his work ethic, dependability and versatility," HailState.com. "Though he saw most of his college action at tackle, he also worked at center in the spring of 2017. The Mendenhall, Miss., native played in 23 career games with 18 starts in his two-year on-field career. He became the first MSU offensive lineman to earn Coaches All-SEC first-team honors since current Oakland Raider Gabe Jackson did so in 2013." Some think he will have to move inside in the NFL.

I like his feet, athleticism, and long arms outside. "Offers five position versatility and center might be his best spot as a pro," Zierlein said. "Feet are active and sudden in his sets and mirroring. Good initial get-off with kick slides. Disciplined enough to stay square in pass sets longer without opening too early. Explodes from upper body into his punch. Instinctive with eyes that don't panic." That sounds like an OLT to me.

But he is being compared to OLTs who had to move inside: Jason Britt and Germain Ifedi. "While he offers tackle flexibility and may get an early look at right tackle, his best position might be at center where his instincts and intelligence will stand out," Zierlein said. "The further Rankin kicks inside the better he will be. He may be average as a tackle or guard, but he could become a good NFL starter if he gets his shot at center." I would play him at OLT.

So those seem to be the chooses that are left after what will turn out to be the most disastrous decision of this off season, to let Solder go to free agency. The best thing that could happen to the Pats is Kolton Miller falls to them. But even if he does, that doesn't mean that he is ready to play Offensive Left Tackle in the NFL.  

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: 3/19 Kolton Miller: Blindside.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Choice: Mike Hughes CB

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4/20 Josh Reynolds: Catch and Release.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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4/15 Mitch Trubisky Bio.

4/15 Deshaun Watson Bio.

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24.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

Isaiah Wynn

OLG Georgia

6-2 1/2, 308, #77 

 

WR, ORG, TE, 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:

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

25.

Titans

*Courtland Sutton

WR SMU

6-4, 215, #16

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: Sutton has Demaryius Thomas like athleticism, but not his speed. "He doesn’t run any routes and he’s not polished," an exec said. "He makes plays but he looks lost in zone coverage. There just aren’t many big guys that move the way he moves. He’s a great kid, a little naïve, a real small-town type. If he can drop a little weight and learn to get through his mistakes, there’s something there." He also has great hands. 

He will also need to learn to run a real route tree like Thomas had to do coming out of Georgia Tech. "A lot of people look at me and think that I’m just a big receiver. They assume that I’ll be slow and that I’ll lack the ability to be shifty," Sutton said. "I’m surrounded by a lot of elusive receivers here at SMU. A lot of the guys in my position room are these short, shifty guys. I sit there and learn from how they make people miss. I try to incorporate those things into my game." He will be a Combine Wonder, and get over drafted.
There are not a lot of guys with his size, speed, and hands. "He's better than your boy Alshon was in college," another scout said. "Cleaner as a prospect, too." But he will take a while to develop.

His system didn't help in regards to the NFL. "[Sutton is] a big, physical kid with good fluidity, body control and hands," a scout said. "His top-end speed is the question, but he has a chance to be a No. 1 wide receiver." But once NFL coaches see his athleticism at the Combine?
They are going to freak out. "He's a lot more like [Laquon] Treadwell than a Mike Evans in terms of speed and how he separates," one scout said. "But he's also playing in an offense that's great for projecting receivers." But he is still more athlete than NFL WR.

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

26.

Atlanta

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

27.

Saints

Defense: 4-3

*DJ Chark

WR LSU

6-3, 199, (U 4.38, 4.34), 

40" Vert, 10'9" Broad,

9 1/4" Hands, 

32 3/8" Arms,  

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: Chark is my guy. He was a great WR last season. He had five or six great long receptions and/or TDs taken away from him by penalties. He had more bad luck last season than anyone I saw. His OC insists on have three guys motion before every snap. It is dumb and annoying. And it causes a lot of penalties: false starts, and illegal motion penalties. Which cost Chark at least three TDs. 
Running two straight 4.3s is huge. He chewed up the off season. He was the best WR at the Senior Bowl, and then he killed the Combine. He was open all week at the Senior Bowl, and then made the biggest plays of the game. He has the size. He has the speed. He has the athleticism. He has the hands. 
He was the smoothest tracking the deep ball. Smooth easy hands in 2nd Gauntlet. Nice quicks in break inside. Great speed and acceleration out of break. Quick hands going up to snag the high pass. I love the way he ran patterns at the Combine. Nice suddenness in shoulders on break inside. He really runs great patterns. He gets wide open in patterns all over the place. 
A 4.34 with a 40" Vert, and a 10'9" Broad are some serious explosion numbers. "He has his moments where you see it, but he just hasn't been consistent and he hasn't really gotten a lot better," A scout said. "He's tall and can run but I'm still torn on whether he is going to make the improvements he needs to be an NFL factor." He runs patterns with that speed and explosion. 

Chark played at LSU with a wretched QB situation, and they just couldn't get him the ball consistently. Then he went to the Senior Bowl, and was a 7-11 (open all night and day:). He was running free all over the place. And when he wasn't, he was leaping up over the CB and grabbing the ball through contact, and even getting slammed to the ground on his back and holding on. 

Then during the game he was the best WR on the field. He dominated from start to finish. And not with just short little throws. He was making big plays and big TDs. He was great at adjusting to the ball in the air thrown by unfamiliar QBs. He showed great hands, speed, toughness, and physicality in coverage drills, where the DBs are allowed to go too far and physically punch, slap, pull, and cheat. He still caught everything. 

The Reason: Chark was the best WR in the Post season, by far. Ridley was very good last season, but not great. Sutton was good, but not great either. Chark was not good last season, but the offense he played in sucked. However, he was great during the off season. He was maybe the best players at the Senior Bowl, and you could match his Combine up to anyone in this Draft. Best Player Available at a bid need position pick. It doesn't get any better than that.

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

28.

Steelers

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: I told everyone that he was the best rusher of the off the line Linebackers three weeks ago, when you never heard anyone talking about his passrush abilities. Mel and Todd were certainly listening, as they suddenly talked about what a terrific pass rusher he was this week on First Draft. "12/2017: There are a lot of off the ball LBs in this Draft, but I just like this kid a ton. I think he is the best blitzer of the bunch. He is also a speed guy that teams need in coverage more and more now. Great moving laterally to stay in front of the RB in traffic. He is a three down linebacker. He is fierce against the run, and has that knack for finding the ball right in the middle of the line." 
He really took to his new role as an edge rusher. "All it does is build character. You become unselfish. You become more about the team and when you have that type of mindset, your individual success is going to come anyway when you’re thinking about the team," Evans said. "Those things I have learned here overall under Coach Saban, I feel like those are the most important things you can take here and to the next level." He has been an off the line LB mostly before this season. In case you hadn't noticed, the NFL has changed. LBs have to be more valuable in the passing game than the running game. But you still have to be able to stop the run. This change has worked its way down to college football. Evans has found a role in the passing game that every team needs. 
He is a great blitzer off the edge, and he can drop as well. He really showed it in the Playoffs. That elevates him to the number two LB in this Draft behind Roquan Smith. He could be an interesting pick for the Pats at 32. 
But maybe the most interesting aspect was that he played hurt the whole Playoffs. "I would say really don’t make the stage bigger than what it is," Evans said about playing in the Playoffs. "Play with my eyes, being able to trust my instincts and things like that. The fact that I had success playing on the stage that I did, I feel like just playing in a regular game would be a lot easier now." He actually left the game against Clemson with what looked like an ankle sprain, and still started against Georgia. "Both guys have made a significant contribution and played a lot of football around here. We think both of them are really, really good players. I think both of them have responded well as starters this spring and are starting to show some leadership. I’ve been really pleased with those guys," Saban said Evans and Hand. "So, hopefully they’ll continue to improve and grow and they’ll become the kind of people who can impact other folks on our defense, so that not only do they play great football, but they help others do the same." He can also cover and stuff the run.

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

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:

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

 

30.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

Josh Jackson-

CB Iowa

6-1, 192, #15

OLT, CB, 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 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 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: Josh Jackson was the most productive Corner in the FBS with 8 INT and 18 PBU. He made an elite one-handed INT to end Ohio State's season. "His tape is going to speak for itself, especially in high-profile games," ex Iowa and NFL DB Matt Bowen said. The announcer said, "He just snatched the life out of Ohio State’s season." Which turned out to be true.

He is an elite mover, moving backwards, but his ability to play the ball in the air is what makes him special. "It’s one thing to be in position as a defensive back," Bowen said about his ball skills. "It’s another thing to make plays. If I’m a defensive backs coach in the NFL, I want tough, physical players. I want guys that tackle, guys that are aggressive with their hands, guys that will challenge wide receivers." Great height and length for a CB.

He can play Off and bump and run. "I just like the fact that he’s such a good athlete," Gil Brandt said. "He was a triple-jumper in high school. He has played both wide receiver and defensive back. I do think he has innate ability to play the position." If he reaches 31, he will be a Patriot. 

He is better prospect than Desmond King. "Desmond was a different story," Iowa DC Parker said. "He doesn’t have the same dimensions (King is shorter and slower) and skill set that maybe Josh has. But Desmond has a lot more football instinct that maybe Josh has." Elite understanding of position and what he has to do on the field. "He has all of the athletic ability," Parker said. "It takes some time when you’re in the secondary with the different coverages and schemes, zone or man, and I think that’s really helped him. The more he was involved in the game plan and seeing it, he improved every day. I think he has a lot more upside." Great quicks to stop and turn inside when the WR makes a great break inside.
He played WR in high school, and most thought he would be a WR at Iowa. "He’s always been able to jump," his high school coach Young said. "I always thought when he went, he would end up being a receiver. Because he’s got such good ball skills." He has great ball skills for a CB.
Played more and more of the side-saddle technique where he watches the B instead of the WR this season. "I was surprised when he said that," Young said. "But he really thought he could [make it to the NFL]. That makes sense. That’s what the NFL wants, guys that look like him. Long guys with the ball skills that can cover." Just does not get beat down the sideline. 
Plays mainly on the QB's right. "You've just seen him grow with his role," Ferentz said. "But you never know where it's going to go and how well a guy will play. He's really had to work hard, and he has worked hard. And that's really the key. He's had good ability, but now he's really learned how to play a little bit, and that's a good combination." Plays, Press and off with equal aplomb. 

Hawk Items: Led nation with eight interceptions . . . eight interceptions ties school single-season record (Desmond King, 2015, Lou King, 1981, Nile Kinnick, 1939) . . . had two interception returns for touchdowns (43, 52) at Wisconsin . . . only player in conference history with two scoring returns in a Big Ten game . . . two returns tied school single-game and season records . . . tied single game school record with three pass interceptions vs. Ohio State . . . also led the nation in passes defended (26), ranked second in interception return yards (168), and tied for second in touchdowns (2) . . . tied for fourth nationally in pass break-ups (18) . . . six total turnovers in consecutive games vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin, including five interceptions and one forced fumble . . . moved from defensive back to wide receiver during 2015 spring practice, before returning to defense in the fall.

The Reason: Spielman loves the best athlete available philosophy. Jackson is a phenomenal athlete who led the NCAAs in interceptions. .

Second Choice: Kolton Miller OLT

31.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

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! 

CB, RB, OLB/DE, 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

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Jeremy Hill

RB Rex Burkhead:  

OL Matt Tobin

DE Adrian Clayborn

DT Danny Shelton

CB Jason McCourty 7th  

FS/SS Patrick Chung

S/ST Nate Ebner

Key F.A.: 

RB/ST Brandon Bolden 

OT Cam Fleming 

OT LaAdrian Waddle 

OLB Cassius Marsh 

ILB Marquis Flowers 

LB James Harrison 

ST/WR/DB Matthew Slater 

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Dion Lewis 

WR Danny Amendola 

Nate Solder OLT

CB Malcolm Butler 

CB/STJohnson Bademosi  

The Team: 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. 

The Player: 4/03 Mike Gesicki: Mini-Gronk.

The Reason: 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: Ronald Jones II RB

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TOM's Tapes:

4/03 Mike Gesicki: Mini-Gronk.

4/02 Tony Garcia: Second Chance.

3/25 Mason Rudolph: Fighting For Consistency.

3/24 Josh Sweat: Pure Athlete.

3/24 Hayden Hurst: Testing The Seam.

3/24 Quinton Nelson: Inside Dominance.

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

3/24 DJ Moore: Bigger Than Imagined.

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

3/19 Anthony Miller: Seeking Perfection.

3/19 Kolton Miller: Blindside.

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

3/10 Saquon Barkley: Seeking Perfection.

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 Harold Landry: Relentless.

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

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

Hayden Hurst

TE S. Carolina

6-4, 250, (O) 4.67! 4.37 SS,

3-Cone 7.19, 10" Broad! 

31.5" Vert! 32.1" Arms,

CB, OLT, RB, 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:

Michael Bennett DE

LB Nigel Bradham 

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