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My January Draft has become my QB-Draft. 

Their are too many Teams at the top of the Draft being held hostage by their QB-situation.

 You can laugh at this section, but intel these teams find QBs? 

They got nothing and no chance.

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Key Needs:

Team Moves:

1.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

**Sam Darnold

QB USC

6-4, 225, #8, 

 

QB! QB, QB, 

2017 Picks:

1 Myles Garrett, DE, A&M
1 Jabrill Peppers DB Michigan
1(29) David Njoku, TE Miami
2(52) DeShone Kizer, QB ND
3 (65) Larry Ogunjobi DL Charlotte
4 (126) Howard Wilson, DB Houston
5 (160) Rod Johnson, OL FLA ST
6 (185) Caleb Brantley, DT Florida
7 (224) Zane Gonzalez K Arizona ST
7 (252) Matthew Dayes RB NC State

2016 Picks:

1 (15)  Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

2 Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Oklahoma St

3 (65) Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

3 (76) Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

3 (93) Cody Kessler, QB, USC

4 (99) Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin

4 (114) Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn

4 (129)  Derrick Kindred, S, TCU

4 Seth Devalve, WR/TE, Princeton

5 (154) Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA

5 (168) Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

5 Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado St

5 Trey Caldwell CB Louisiana-Mon

7 (250) Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Brock Osweiler

WR Kenny Britt

OC Joe Bitonio 

OG Kevin Zeitler

OG TJ Lang

OLB Jamie Collins

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Brock Osweiler

QB Josh McCown

QB RGIII

WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Andrew Hawkins

The Team: We don't need no stinking Quarterbacks. Okay, so maybe we do?

The Player: Darnold will lose some accuracy when he looses control of his feet. He will loose some accuracy when he gets to his third option, and as to go deep. Much better thrower on the run than Rosen. Great job leading the RB swinging out of the backfield. So he can catch the ball in full stride without an adjustment. He will block for his WR on the reverse.

"Itís been such a dream of mine to play in the NFL," Darnold said. "And for an organization to put their trust in me to be able to go out there and play football for them, I think any opportunity to play for anyone would be amazing.
Plus, he kind-ah sort-ah almost wants to go to the Browns. "Honestly, yeah, it would be awesome," Darnold said said about being drafted with the 1st pick. "But at the same time, I look at it holistically and I'm going to factor everything into it. But, yeah, to be the No. 1 pick, that would be so special." Or just be the Number One Pick.

He was not great in the Bowl game. "Whenever you turn over the ball that much, it's hard to win games. I made a bad read on the pick-six. I shouldn't have thrown it, obviously. He jumped inside of the receiver right after the ball was snapped, and I didn't see him. And it was a bad play on my part," Darnold said. "Then the strip fumbles. When I'm in the pocket, those are tough. It's just little things. I missed a couple of throws, too, that I'd like to have back. That would have switched the momentum. There was a lot of stuff where we shot ourselves in our foot." But he was clutch for most of his time at USC. 

He has trouble finding his third option. He looks at his first two options, and when they aren't open he instantly starts running around the pocket with amazing consistency. But he doesn't just take off. he is amazing at finding his third or fourth option while running around the pocket (usually to his right), while then trying to find some space to throw. 
The Reason: They have started to fire decision makers who pass on QBs with top five picks. There is no doubt that there is a mandate from the owner to Draft a damn QB, or your on the employment line. 

Second Choice: Josh Rosen QB

2.

Giants

Defense: 4-3

*Josh Rosen

QB UCLA

6-4, 220, #3!

RBORT, DT, TE, ILB, DE, DB, QB, OL, WR, 

2017 Picks:

1 (23) Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
2(55) Dalvin Tomlinson, DT Alabama
3 (87) Davis Webb, QB California
4 (140) Wayne Gallman, RB Clemson
5 Avery Moss, DE Youngstown ST
6 (200) Adam Bisnowaty, OT Pitt

2016 Picks:

1 (10) Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
2 Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
3-71 Darian Thompson SS Boise ST
4 (109) B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
5 (149) Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
6 (184) Jerrell Adams, TE, 

South Carolina

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Geno Smith

WR Brandon Marshall

OT DJ Fluker

OG Jerry Jones

TE Matt LaCosse 

DE Jason Pierre-Paul

OLB Mark Herzlich

ILB Keenan Robinson

LS Zak DeOssie

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

CB Coty Sensabaugh

DT Jonathon Hankins

The Team: The top picks pick really come down to the top two QBs. "I think they're both me great pros, first of all," ex-UCLA HC Jim Mora said. "Totally different styles of play, but I'm going to go with Josh, because he's a pure passer. He's got a motion that you would love to see in your mini camp. I mean, it's just pure, and it's clean. And he can make every throw. He can throw with velocity, he can throw with touch." Now of course he has to say that because they are good friends. 
But, Rosen does have the stronger arm. "But I love Darnold because he's a gym rat," Mora said. "And he can he can improvise. He can make things happen on the move. They're going to play different style of offenses. I think Darnold gives you a little bit more running ability, a little bit more mobility in the pocket." Darnold has been better taking hits and in the clutch. 
But Josh has been much improved this past season in both categories. "But Josh has that way, like all the great ones, and the guys you played with," Mora said. "That kind of slip and slide around in the pocket, and find the window, and then they can get it there on time. They're both going to be great. But Josh is one of my guys, I got to go with him." The Giants won't have the choice here, they get who drops.

Giants took a QB in last years Draft. So the question is, do they think Davis Webb is the answer to replace Eli. I think that answer to that has become a resounding "NO!"

The Player: Rosen is tough prospect for me. I didn't think he was good after he was hit in his first two seasons. In his first two seasons he couldn't take the hits. He would throw incompletions and interceptions after a big hit, and he even turtled in a few games.

He got better at taking hits. "Weíve had good years, weíve had average years, weíve had disappointing years, weíve had injured years, weíve had healthy years, and then some in between," Rosen said. "So all of this is a learning process of how to deal with adversity." I believe that he has learned.

He was very good at getting up after getting hit, and throwing the next pass accurately this season. "I've tried since he was in high school, [to] kind of guide him in a way that is going to prepare him to be a great NFL quarterback. And I've been lucky to be around guys like Joe Montana, and Dan Fouts, and Steve Young, and Matt Hasselbeck, and guys like that," Mora said. "And I've coached 20 NFL Hall of Famers in my career. And they all have certain traits. [I was] just trying to guide Josh in the right direction in terms of the emotional part that it takes to be a great player, as you know, at that level." He has also shown a knack for making the big play in the clutch this season. He has taken his game to another level that I didn't think he had. 

The Reason: They take the QB without a qualm. 

Second Choice: Saquon Barkley RB

3.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

*

*Saquon Barkley

RB Penn ST

5-11, 223, #26, (U) 4.33, 38" Vert, 10'10" Broad, 

OLB, OL, RB, ILB, OG, CB, DL, CBFS, WR, DE, OL, 

2017 Picks:

1 (15) Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
2 (46) Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
3 (80) Tarell Basham, DE/OLB Ohio
4 (137) Zach Banner, ORT, USC
4 (143) Marlon Mack, RB, S. Florida
4(144) Grover Stewart DL Albany Ga.
5 (158) Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
5 (161) Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

2016 Picks:

1 (18) Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2 (57)  T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3 LeíRaven Clark OT, Texas Tech
4 (116) Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
4 (125) (from Green Bay) Antonio Morrison, OLB, Florida
5 (155) Joe Haeg, North Dakota State
7 (239) Trevor Bates, OLB, Maine
7 (248) (from Green Bay) Austin Blythe, C, Iowa

Key F.A. Signed:

WR Kamar Aiken

TE Jack Doyle

DE Jabaal Sheard

DT Jonathon Hankins

OLB John Simon

FS Darius Butler

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

TE Dwayne Allen

DT Zach Kerr (R)

SS Mike Adams  

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The Team: They are still one of the worst run teams in the NFL. They really need an OLT, and an OG. The good news is that there will be three OG/OCs sitting there for them in the 2nd, and one might slip into the 3rd (also Will Hernandez would be nice pick in the 2nd): Ragnow, Price, and Bozeman. So taking Nelson here seems ludicrous to me. I cannot believe that anyone would Nelson here, over one of the big OG/OCs (who played played more Guard than Center in college) in the 2nd. Of course, their O-line is so terrible that they may have to go OLT in the 2nd, and OG in the 3rd. 

The Player: Barkley is a phenomenal talent. "I know most college coaches, you hear them talk, [and think] ah, heís biased.í Iíve been doing this for 23 years. Heís the best football player Iíve ever been around," Penn ST HC Franklins said. "And the thing that I would say to you guys, if you get an opportunity to meet him or come here and be around him, heís a better guy. Iím telling you this, Saquon Barkley is as special of a player, and as special of a person that Iíve ever been around." He is not just an elite athlete, he has all the skills, intangibles, and instincts that make a great RB.

He is not only unbelievably elusive, but he can also power forward for a cloud of dust. "I thought Saquon did a really good job of lowering his shoulder and just hammering in there," Franklin said. "Itís funny, Saquon lowers his shoulder and gets four yards, and everybodyís kind of rolling their eyes like, unless he goes for 80, itís not as fun and exciting. But theyíre the ones that Iím most impressed with. Just being willing to hammer that thing up there and get a positive play." He makes his O-line look better. 

He is such a unique talent. "I think Saquon did a good job of sticking his foot in the ground and getting north-south more consistently," Franklin said. "Thereís a fine line with that. Thereís times where he does cut back and lose yardage and he goes for 80 and everybody thinks itís awesome, but then when he gets tackled for a loss, that doesnít go over very well." Great back sometimes just have to take what is given.

He is unbelievably elusive. He has great lateral explosion that can make three guys miss at the line. He makes everyone on the field look slower. Explosive hop cuts. He can get deep, like Curtis Samuel last season, and catch the 40 to 50-yard bomb. Only he is 30-pound heavier than Samuel. He ran with much better power against Pitt than he did last season. His run for a TD in the 4th was pure power.

The Reason: The owner said that they need a big RB to help Luck be all that he can be. "You put [Luck] on that field heeled up, and all the sudden you put an Edgerrin James type of player, maybe, with that bigger, faster, stronger, and let this man continue the job that heís already begun to do," Irsay said. "This is going to be a special place to be, and a special place to play." Barkley also does a lot to help a bad O-line look good.

Second Choice: Jamarco Jones OLT

4.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

Bradley Chubb

Edgerusher NC ST

6-4, 275, #9

 

**Sam Darnold

QB USC

QB! QB, QB, 

2017 Picks:

1 Myles Garrett, DE, A&M
1 Jabrill Peppers DB Michigan
1(29) David Njoku, TE Miami
2(52) DeShone Kizer, QB ND
3 (65) Larry Ogunjobi DL Charlotte
4 (126) Howard Wilson, DB Houston
5 (160) Rod Johnson, OL FLA ST
6 (185) Caleb Brantley, DT Florida
7 (224) Zane Gonzalez K Arizona ST
7 (252) Matthew Dayes, RB NC State

2016 Picks:

1 (15)  Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

2 Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Oklahoma St

3 (65) Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

3 (76) Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

3 (93) Cody Kessler, QB, USC

4 (99) Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin

4 (114) Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn

4 (129)  Derrick Kindred, S, TCU

4 Seth Devalve, WR/TE, Princeton

5 (154) Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA

5 (168) Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

5 Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado St

5 Trey Caldwell CB Louisiana-Mon

7 (250) Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Brock Osweiler

WR Kenny Britt

OC Joe Bitonio 

OG Kevin Zeitler

OG TJ Lang

OLB Jamie Collins

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Brock Osweiler

QB Josh McCown

QB RGIII

WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Andrew Hawkins

The Team: Cleveland has some needs along the O-line, but there will be a lot of options in the 2nd Round. So look for them too go best player available here. 

The Player: Chubb is the man. "If you compare him to Derek Barnett, he has similar production but he is a much more explosive athlete," a scout said. "I think he is way ahead of (Boston College's Harold) Landry as a pro prospect.  He is a freak of nature who turns the corner on OT's like a runaway train going around a bend, unless it falls it is hitting everything in sight.

He was unblockable against FLA ST. "Size. Motor. Competes. Sack production," "Heís not as good as Myles Garrett," a scout said, "But wouldíve been in the conversation to be the second best defensive end last year." He kept hitting the QB. Then on 2nd and Goal he drove the ORT left him unblocked? So he worked down the line, and into the backfield to hit the RB for the TFL. Then on the next play he beat the ORT to his outside shoulder an a great speed rush, and flushed the QB. Then chased him to the line, and hit him before he could score./

The Reason: Pairing up Chubb and Garrett would make their defense scary.

Second Choice: Jamarco Jones OLT

5.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

Josh Allen

QB, Wyoming

6-5, 240, #17

QB, OLT, ORT, ILB, RB, NT, DE, TE, WR, OL, 

2017 Picks:

1 (20) Garett Bolles, OLT Utah
2 (51) DeMarcus Walker, DE FLA ST
3 Carlos Henderson WR Louisiana T
3 (101) Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
5 (145) Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
5 (172) Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia
6 (203) DeíAngelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina
7 (253) Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi

2016 Picks:

1 (26) Paxton Lynch, QB Memphis
2 Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech
3 (98) Justin Simmons, DB, BC
4 (136) Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
5 Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
6-176 Andy Janovich FB Nebraska
6 (219) Will Parks, S, Arizona
7 (228) Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse

Key F.A. Signed:

Malik Watson OL

Ron Leary OG

DT Domata Peko

NT Zach Kerr (R)

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

Russell Okung OLT

OLB DeMarcus Ware

CB Kayvon Webster

The Team: The Broncos are QB-less and desperate. They have other needs. But the QB situation is the kind of terror that can only cause a purging of the coaching staff. The problem is that they are third on the QB-desperate list in a two QB Draft.

The Player: Allen is a phenomenal athlete. "Itís like a big boy playing with little kids out there," CSU HC Mike Bobo said. "Countless times over and over the last two years, this guy has made plays to win ballgames. Heís a truly, truly impressive kid." He really looks the part.

He played on a team that was usually overwhelmed at every other position on offense. "We had an exodus. Every player who touched the football last year was on an NFL roster, and thatís not typical of what we usually have at the University of Wyoming," his HC Bohl said. "Whenever we make a good play now, more of itís on him. And we appreciate the guys around him, but the easy throws, plays that were made, theyíre not there. It forces you to play better. And heís done that." He had one of the worst receiving corps I've ever seen.

He has a great gun on the run. "Everybody looks at the physical gifts that he has the arm strength, the size, the speed," Bobo said. "But heís got a lot of mental toughness of what heís gone through. Statistics arenít everything. Itís how you lead, how you handle adversity, how you respond. And that kid? Iíve been very impressed with him this year." He habitually takes off to the right, when the clock goes off in this head, and can throw all over the field moving to his right.

He will unleash some wild throws sometimes. "It was really about learning how to be a quarterback," Bohl said. "Thereís more to playing quarterback than what he did last year. And Iíd venture to say thereís no college quarterback in the country that has a stronger arm or possesses more athletic ability. But thereís more to playing quarterback than those things." He runs NFL play action from under Center, and turns his back to the defense. 

He was running more and more of the NFL offense, like Wentz ran, this season. "So it was taking his next steps of improvement in learning how to be a quarterback," Bohl said. "How to read coverages. How to lead an offense. How to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different defenses, and how to attack. And weíre pleased with his progress." Very right handed QB, who doesn't throw as well moving to the left. 

When he leaves the pocket he is going to the right. "Heís been ultra-competitive, and itís been whatever weíve needed him to do," Bohl said. "You look at our margins of victory, within our conference, on the Mountain [division] side, theyíve been pretty slim. And heís been very resourceful, whether itís running it or throwing it. And heís done a really good job taking care of the football." When he is running to the right, his throws are amazingly accurate on the move. 

But when he is running to the left the accuracy is not as good. "He is about impossible to tackle," Bobo said. "He makes play after play with his legs and his arm. When he scrambles, he scrambles to throw the ball downfield, and Iím not talking about in the flat; Iím talking about deep shots, 40-45 plus ropes to backside receivers." He is not Wentz, but he can take a beating and keep on ticking. 

The Reason: The Broncos coaches are coaching at the Senior Bowl, and could be coaching Allen there, if he can make himself eligible for the game. And let's be honest, they got nothing without a real NFL QB. He is only a couple classes short of qualifying for the Senior Bowl. It appears that the Broncos will be coaching Baker Mayfield.

Second Choice: Baker Mayfield QB

6.

Jets

Defense: 3-4

Baker Mayfield

QB Oklahoma

6-1, 226, #15

CB, RB, ILB, WR, OLB, DB, QB, WR, OL, OL, OL, 

2017 Picks:

1 (6) Jamal Adams, DB, LSU
2 (39) Marcus Maye, DB, Florida
3(79) ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama
4 (141) Chad Hansen, WR, California
5 (150) Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
5 Dylan Donahue DL West Georgia
6 (188) Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
6 (197) Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan
6 (204) Derrick Jones, CB, Mississippi

2016 Picks:

1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State

2 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn St

3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State

5 (158) Brandon Shell, OT S. Carolina

7 (235)  Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston St

7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Josh McCown 

OLT Kelvin Beachum

Ben Ijalana OT

OG Brian Williams

Key F.A.:

Key F.A Lost:

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

QB Geno Smith

WR Brandon Marshall

OT Breno Giacomini 

OC Nick Mangold  

ILB Erin Henderson 

CB Derrelle Revis

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The Team: It is amazing how teams play games with their QB situations. I thought Bryce Petty could be the answer, but he was the worst QB the Pats faced all season. "I don't know. Mentally, I know he has come a long way,"  the HC of the NJJ said about Petty. "He's learned a lot from Josh, just standing on the sideline, him and [Christian Hackenberg]. Until he plays physically, we won't know that answer." Now they are desperate. 

They cannot continue to build their organization without a QB. "He's best when he's decisive, and can show off his impeccable downfield accuracy," Chris Trapasso said. "Mayfield's athletic enough to elude rushers in the Big 12. [However] at the NFL level? I don't know if he'll be able to create Russell Wilson-type magic while ad-libbing." He was able to create it against Georgia's SEC-defense.

When you don't address your needs in the Draft than you get worse the next year. "We are very happy to extend both Mike and Todd," the CEO of the NJJ Christopher Johnson said. "During their time here, they have worked together to help the organization build a foundation on which to grow. They are identifying, developing, and getting productivity out of our players. I believe we are headed in the right direction. This provides us continuity and stability as we continue to move this team toward sustained success." It is amazing to me that GMs and Coaches don't understand that Drafts are about team building. They only addressed five of their top eleven needs in last years Draft.

The Player: Baker has size and character issues, and both came into play in the Champ Game against Georgia. "Thatís the million-dollar question," Kirby Smart said. "I donít think you are going to contain this guy. He can escape when he wants to escape. So you have to invite him to stay. He can make throws from the pocket or you have to flush him out and have someone athletic enough to get him on the ground." He took a giant hit late in the game, and wasn't able to recover.

You have to respect the Manziel comparisons, a little. "Johnny Manziel acted like the world owed him something. On the other hand, Mayfield was a walk-on and has remained hungry," Ourlad's Shonka said. "[He] is electric and brings a rare combination of athletic ability and accuracy. Quarterbacks have to have good decision-making ability and accuracy, and Mayfield has both of those skills." Then when things got really tight, in the Playoff game, he tightened up as well. 

He didn't have the character to come through in the biggest game of his career, and looked overwhelmed and confused late in the 4th (though he might have been concussed by the big hit). "Heís really elite. I think it goes up in that category beyond Johnny Manziel when it comes to creativity with the ball," Smart said. "He can make all the throws from all the angles. Itís not just the scrambling; itís the fact that when you get to him, you sometimes still canít get him down. Heís strong. Heís built on his lower body like a running back. Itís like having a wildcat quarterback who can throw it really good. His release and finding guys open, has really been amazing. It creates a lot of dynamic for us." I don't trust him, but some one will.

The Reason: The Jets are so desperate for a QB reboot that they will select Mayfield in the top ten. 

Second Choice: Lamar Jackson QB

7.

Buccaneers

Defense: 4-3

Harold Landry

EDGE BC

6-3, 250, #7

DE, RB, ILB, DT, WR, S, WR, DE, OG, DT, 

2017 Picks:

1 (19) O.J. Howard TE Alabama
2 (50) Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
3 (84) Chris Godwin, WR, Penn ST
3 (107) Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
5 Jeremy McNichols RB Boise ST
7 (223) Stevie Tuíikolovatu DT USC

2016 Picks:

1 (11) Vernon Hargreaves, CB, FLA
2 (39) Noah Spence DE E.Kentucky
2 (59) Roberto Aguayo, K, FLA ST
4 (108) Ryan Smith, CB, 

North Carolina Central
5 (148) Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
6-183 Devante Bond OLB Oklahoma
6 (197) Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern

Key FA Signed:

WR DeSean Jackson

Key FA:

 

Key FA Lost:

QB Mike Glennon

OC Joe Hawley

The Team: They have their QB. "Score more points, that is one issue," Koetter said. "The number two biggest issue is we canít get pressure with a four-man rush. Iím not telling anybody any big secrets here. Those were our two biggest things that need to be addressed." Now they need someone who can hit the QB.

The Player: Laundry is a great football player. "Landry is a natural pass rusher. He has an explosive first step and can really bend at the top of his pass rush,' Jeremiah wrote. "He's very loose and fluid, which allows him to flatten to the quarterback once he turns the corner. He also has an explosive up-and-under move to create pressure. His ability to finish is special. He can adjust his path as the result of quarterback movement in the pocket, and he's always attempting to swipe the ball away on contact." He has elite arc agility turning the corner. 

He has that knack for running past the OT's outside shoulder with incomparable consistency. "The best of the best get drafted in the 1st round," Landry said. "And I want to make sure my name is in that category." He has been playing injured all season, but when he got on the field he just kept hitting the QB. 

He learned how to work at BC, like a pro athlete. "Coach, Iím sick and tired of getting my ass kicked by these big boys," the HC of BC in 2012 Sochovka said. "Thatís when he committed to the weight room. During the summertime, we would work out in the morning as a team. Then he would come back around four oíclock and he would do another workout, mostly lifting. He was always there." He has been much stronger and tougher the past two seasons. 
Plus, he still had his elite smarts and first step. "The big thing is his [first step]," Sochovka said. "Heís in the backfield before some of the offensive linemen have even taken their first step. Itís almost not fair." Hardest working man in passrush business, because he had to actually go to class.

The Reason: They have garnered the least amount of sacks in the NFL last season. 

Second Choice: Courtney Sutton WR

8.

Bears

Defense: 3-4

*Minkah Fitzpatrick- 

DB Alabama

6-1, 202, #29, 

 

 

QB, WR(FA), DB, OLB, 5-T, WR, RB, OL, MLB, QB, TE, WR, CB, OL, DL, DB, 

2017 Picks:

1 (2) Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC
2 (45) Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
4 (112) Eddie Jackson, DB, Alabama
4 (119) Tarik Cohen, RB, NC A&T
5 (147) Jordan Morgan, OL, Kutztown

2016 Picks:

1 (9)  Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

2 (56) Cody Whitehair OG Kansas St

3 (72) Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida

4  Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, W Virginia

4 (124) Deon Bush, S, Miami

4 (127)  Deiondreí Hall, CB, N. Iowa

5 (150) Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana

6 (185) DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary

7 (230) Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Mike Glennon

WR Markus Wheaton

WR Kendall Wright

OG Eric Kush 

CB Marcus Cooper

CB Prince Amukamara

Key F.A.: 

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Jay Cutler 

QB Brian Hoyer

WR Alshon Jeffery

The Team: They need help all over the field. They need to start building the defense. Getting a do it all leader for their secondary could finally allow them to dump Pacman.  

The Player: Fitzpatrick is a phenomenal leader and football player. "Minkah does it as well as anybody Iíve ever coached, in terms of how he works every day, how he finishes plays, his conditioning level, just phenomenal," Saban said. "Pays attention to detail. Itís important to him. Makes sure he knows what to do." He can play Safety and Corner. 

I think he can step into the NFL and be a top Corner. "A lot of players that are good players Iíve heard them say 'I'm saving it for the game.' Every one of those players, and all those teams that Iíve been on that the players say that, none of them are worth a **** (ah, crap). He doesnít do that. He works every day to get better," Saban said. "I hope we have more and more players who work like him. Because when you have players that do that, you usually have a pretty good team. He sets a great example and weíre excited to be able to utilize him in a lot of different ways." Plus, if he struggles at CB, he could be an All-Pro Safety. 

The Reason: Best player available pick. 

Second Choice: Derwin James Safety

9.

49ers

Defense: 3-4

*Brice Love

RB Stanford

6', 203, #20

6', 202, #5, 

QB, QB, DL, CB, WROLB, OL, ILB, DL, WR, OLB/PR, RB, DB, TE, OL, 

2017 Picks:

1 (3) Solomon Thomas, OLB, Stanford
1 (31) Reuben Foster, LB, UCLA
3 (66) Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
3 (104) C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
4 (121) Joe Williams, RB, Utah
5 (146) George Kittle, TE, Iowa
5(177) Trent Taylor WR Louisiana T.
6 (198) D.J. Jones, DL, Mississippi
6 (202) Pita Taumoepenu, DL, Utah
7 (229) Adrian Colbert, DB, Miami.

2016 Picks:

1 (7) DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon

1 (28) Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford

3 (68) Will Redmond, CB, Miss St

4 (133) Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU

5 Ronald Blair, DT, Appalachian St

5 (145) John Theus, OT, Georgia

5 (174) Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss

6 (207)  Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana T

6 (211) Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida

6-213 Aaron Burbridge WR, Mich St

7 Prince Charles Iworah, CB, W. Kentucky

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Brian Hoyer 

FB Kyle Juszczyk

WR Pierre Garcon

WR DeAndre Carter

OG Jeremy Zuttah

DT Earl Mitchell

ILB Malcolm Smith

DB Waun Williams

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

Colin Kaepernick QB

WR Torrey Smith

The Team: With Jimmy-G at QB the Niners will win more games than they should, now that they have a QB. The Pats will not have pick 33 or 34, and it could go as low as pick 37 (which turned into 41). 

The Player: Love is a gilder on the field. When he heads outside he looks like he is ice skating outside, and then you notice that he beat three defenders who had angles on him to the sideline. Elite speed. Plus, he has been playing injured. He was getting killed against Cal. Then I saw him limping off the field, with his ripped up ankle, and wondered how he is even playing. Then he came out in the 2nd half, and run for a 57-yard TD run in the 3rd. Elite speed, smarts, instincts, and toughness. Plus, he was still great picking up blitzers in Pass Pro against Cal. Plug and play superstar.

The Reason: They have to get some weapons for Jimmy-G. They have to take their top rated offensive weapon here. 

Second Choice: Calvin Ridley WR

10.

Raiders

Defense: 4-3

*Christian Wilkins

DT Clemson

6-4, 297, #42,

RB (FA), DL, DT, LB, WR, DE, CB, LB, OL. DB

2016 Picks:

1 (24) Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
2 (56) Obi Melifonwu, FS, UConn
3 (88) Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
4 (129) David Sharpe, OL, Florida
5 (168) Marquel Lee LB Wake Forest
7 (221) Shalom Luani, DB, Wash ST
7 (231) Jylan Ware, OL, Alabama ST
7 (242) Elijah Hood, RB, UNC
7 (244) Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo

2016 Picks:

1 (14) Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
2 (44) Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
3-75 Shilique Calhoun DE Mich ST
4 (100) Connor Cook, QB, Mich ST
5 (143) Deandre Washington, RB Texas Tech
6 Cory James, OLB, Colorado ST
7 (234) Vadal Alexander, G, LSU

Key F.A. Signed:

TE Jared Cook

WR/KR Cordarelle Patterson

Key F.A.: 

 

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Latavius Murray

TE Mychal Rivera

ILB Malcolm Smith

CB DJ Hayden

The Team: They need some help in the middle. They have some great edgerushers that are struggling because they get no inside push. 

The Player: Wilkins is the real deal. He plays a lot of Nose Tackle, when I don't think he is a nose tackle. I don't like the way they use him in their two-gap system. I think he will explode in the NFL in a one-gap system. But he does a great job stacking and shedding, and finding the ball right in the middle of the line. He is also much better at bursting up the middle and hurting the QB than Hurst.

The Reason: Watkins has been great at Clemson, and had a great came against Alabama in the Champ Game.

Second Choice: Derwin James SS

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11.

Miami

Defense: 4-3

Quinton Nelson

OG Fighting Irish

6-5, 329, #56

OG, FS, OLB, DE, NTLB, TE, CB, RB, WR, DE/OLB

2017 Picks:

1 Charles Harris DE/OLB Missouri
2-54 Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio ST
3 Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson
5 (164) Isaac Ariata, OG, Utah
5 (178) Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
6 Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma ST
7 (237) Isaiah Ford WR Virginia T

 

2016 Picks:

1 (13) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 (38) Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
3 (73) Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
3 (86) Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
6-186 Jakeem Grant WR Texas Tech
6 (204) Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
7 (223) Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
7 (231) Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA

Key F.A. Signed:

TE Julius Thomas

DE Andre Branch

DE William Hayes

ILB Kiko Alonso

ILB Lawrence Timmons

S Rashad Jones

Key F.A.:

 

Key F.A. Lost:

TE Jordan Cameron

The Team: One thing I noticed watching Miami is that their O-line sucks. They spent a lot of Draft capital on their O-line, and it was a sieve against the Pats. 

The Player: Nelson is likely the top rated OL in this year's Draft, but he is an OG. But, he is an OG who played OLT in college, and those guys tend to go higher than other OGs. So having him the top ten is a little rich for my blood, but he shouldn't fall into the twenties. 

The Reason: Might be the most complete prospect in the Draft.

Second Choice: Damien Harris RB