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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.

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They got nothing and no chance.

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1st Round 2018 Draft

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My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:

1.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

Josh Allen

QB, Wyoming

6-5, 240, #17

 

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 Tyrod Taylor
RB Carlos Hyde
WR Jarvis Landry:
TE: Darren Fells
OT Chris Hubbard
OT Donald Stephenson
DE Chris Smith:
CB Damarious Randall
CB T.J. Carrie:
CB Terrance Mitchell

Key F.A.:

QB Kevin Hogan
WR Josh Gordon

WR Matt Hazel
OL Marcus Martin

OL Chris Barker

OL Austin Reiter
FB Danny Vitale
LB Tank Carder
DL Lavar Edwards

Key F.A. Lost:

QB DeShone Kizer

OLT Joe Thomas

DT/NT Danny Shelton 

CB Jason McCourty 6th

The Team: The Jets trade (and soon to be Bills trade;) changes everything. They now cannot mess around with this pick. They have to take their QB here, and loose Barkley to the Giants. If they take Barkley here? Then the Giants have to take Barkley or Darnell, then the Jets will take Darnell or Allen, leaving them with Rosen, Barley, or Chubb at Four. Which is not a bad thing.

Except, they are set to take Allen in this Draft. "Hue Jackson is a great guy. Coach Haley [is as well]. They got it going on. They have a lot of good questions. Pulled up some video and [were] able to talk about football and felt like the meeting went really well. They're going to do what's best for their franchise, so they've got some time to make a decision that's going to fit them the best." Then they have to worry about the Bills trading up to Two or Six.
If they take Barkley at One. "That was crazy,'' Allen said. "Yeah, it was really cool. They had some fans inside the stadium this year and I'm happy that they were able to get out here and kind of see the talent that's going to be entering this NFL Draft. Just happy to be a part of it." Just because they have Allen as the number one QB doesn't mean anyone else does. 
The best Drafts are when teams take of chance, and the gamble pays and they get the two dudes they covet. "They're just asking how I'm working to fix it." Allen said. "[I am] giving them the answer that I usually give to the other coaches. And that's working with [a trainer] Jordan Palmer. Working on my base, my footwork, short front stride, all that jazz. And hopefully I went out there today and showed the improvement." Of course, the worse Drafts are when a team takes a chance, and someone takes their second dude, and they panic.

New GM Dorsey needed a young Franchise QB last year, so what he did in last year's Draft is very important in regards to this pick. "Who knows?'' Dorsey said when asked about Allen. "Let's meet him first, and let's see how it unfolds. And does he fit in the long-term plans of this organization? Those are the things you have to think through in the early stages of the process. But do I want to meet him as a person to see? Yeah, I do.'' Getting Tyrod to mentor Allen was a huge boon for him.
Allen needs to sit on the bench for at least a year, like Mahomes and Jimmy-G did. "Do they win?" Dorsey said. "Do they have the physical skills necessary to play that position? Do they have a strong arm? Do they have deep ball accuracy? Do they have feet? Can they extend a play? Are they a leader of men? We could go on and on, but at the end of the day it's about winning." Yes to Allen. Hell no to Mayfield. 

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: I am all in on Josh Allen, and so are the Browns. He played on a team that had an exodus of Seniors leave after last season. He was incredible at the Senior Bowl when he finally had some talented guys to throw to. He threw in pace and rhythm, and the longer the game went on the better he got. The Browns are setting things up for Allen. The only question is do they take him at Four or One.

The Browns just traded DeShone Kizer in preparation for Allen "Kizer was a different conversation,'' Mayock said. "This kid's got a bigger arm. He's no Kizer. Kizer's physical skillset was good. I thought he struggled in the fourth quarter of a bunch of games two years ago at Notre Dame.''"I think this kid is a better version and I think their issues are completely different,'' he said. "I don't see the comparison.'' He showed everything I saw in Wentz that told me he could step up. 
He played much better in 2016 when he had a lot of Senior talent around him. "I've got Allen at No. 2. So obviously I think he's in the mix more so than Josh Rosen. And the biggest-armed quarterback I've seen since JaMarcus Russell is Josh Allen,'' Mayock said. "So I think when you're the GM of Cleveland, and you've got to be thinking about the weather, if you're playing outside, you need a big arm. His new offensive coordinator came over from Pittsburgh, and he's used to Ben Roethlisberger." He has been compared to Wentz and Roethlisberger.
Dorsey loves the strong armed QB, and Allen has the strongest. "So, to me, Josh Allen has to be in that conversation at one or four along with Darnold. Perhaps Rosen," Mayock said. "And Mayfield. But I think this is just my gut, I think Darnold and Allen are the two guys they would consider the most highly." We all know how Dorsey took the wild, and wildly armed QB from Houston, Mahomes.
Allen is not as wild, but might be more wildly armed than Mahones. "And the biggest-armed quarterback I've seen since JaMarcus Russell is Josh Allen," Mayock said. "So I think when you're the GM of Cleveland, and you've got to be thinking about the weather, if you're playing outside, you need a big arm. His new offensive coordinator, came over from Pittsburgh, and he's used to Ben Roethlisberger." He has Big Ben's size.

Allen is a phenomenal athlete. "It’s 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. He’s 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 that’s 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 it’s on him. And we appreciate the guys around him, but the easy throws, plays that were made, they’re not there. It forces you to play better. And he’s 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 he’s got a lot of mental toughness of what he’s gone through. Statistics aren’t everything. It’s how you lead, how you handle adversity, how you respond. And that kid? I’ve 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, loke... like... huh... Elway (was that hyperbole too far)?

He will unleash some wild throws sometimes. "It was really about learning how to be a quarterback," Bohl said. "There’s more to playing quarterback than what he did last year. And I’d venture to say there’s no college quarterback in the country that has a stronger arm or possesses more athletic ability. But there’s 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 we’re 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. "He’s been ultra-competitive, and it’s been whatever we’ve needed him to do," Bohl said. "You look at our margins of victory, within our conference, on the Mountain [division] side, they’ve been pretty slim. And he’s been very resourceful, whether it’s running it or throwing it. And he’s 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 I’m not talking about in the flat; I’m 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: Josh Allen has the most upside of any QB in this Draft. He has also had a phenomenal season, and looked like the top pick in the Draft at the Senior Bowl and Combine. 

Every thing the Browns are doing screams Allen. The Tyrod Taylor pick up was a great one. He is an athletic QB that can play in an offense designed for Josh Allen. He and Allen can do a lot of similar things, only Allen has a bazooka for an arm. Taylor can step in on Day One and take all the pressure off of Allen, as they learn the Browns new (motion) offense. 

I buy that they like Allen. He's the most athletic of the the three QBs, and he has the strongest arm. Plus, last year it seem everyone knew what the Browns were doing in the Draft. So why not this year as well?

So the question is do they take Allen at Number One, or take a chance he drops to Four. At first I said yes. Then No. Then after half of the teams in the top ten signed QBs, I think he will drop to Four. We know Barkley won't drop past Two. 

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: Saquon Barkley RB

2.

Giants

Defense: 4-3

*Saquon Barkley

RB Penn ST

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

QB, LB, Ol, LB, OL, LB, RB, OLT, 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:

Jonathan Stewart RB

Nate Solder OLT

Alec Ogletree LB

Key F.A.:

QB Geno Smith 
RB Orleans Darkwa 
RB Shane Vereen 
OG D.J. Fluker 
OC Brett Jones* 
LB Akeem Ayers 
LB Jonathan Casillas 
LB Mark Herzlich 
LB Keenan Robinson 
LB Kelvin Sheppard 
CB Ross Cockrell

Key F.A. Lost:

UC Weston Richburg 

LB Devon Kennard 

OG Justin Pugh 

The Team: The Giants have to go QB here, but I have to wonder if they have a linebacker left on their roster? The player they really want is Saquon Barkley. So maybe Manning can play for a year or two behind Barkley running the ball. If they don't have a HOF RB prospect to help out, Manning cannot win. If Barkley is on the Board this is the easy pick in the Draft. 

The top picks really come down to the top two QBs: Rosen and Darnold. Darnold is considered the better prospect, because he is a much better athlete. He is a much better leader. He has been better in the clutch, and he is better at taking hit, getting up, and completing the next pass.
Darnold is the guy who has the It factor. "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, and still completing passes. 

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: 3/10 Saquon Barkley: Seeking Perfection.

The Reason: The Jets trade changed everything in the top Four. The Browns have to take their QB Number One and let Barkley parachute right into New Jersey.

If Darnold is on the Board they will not pass on him. The Manning era is over, get over it. 

Second Choice: Sam Darnold QB

3.

Jets

Defense: 3-4

**Sam Darnold

QB USC

6-4, 225, #8, 

QB, CB, OT, RB, ILB, CB, OLB, QB, 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 Teddy Bridgewater

QB Josh McCown 

WR Terrelle Pryor

OC Spencer Long 

LB Avery Williamson

CB Trumaine Johnson 

CB Morris Claiborne 

Key F.A.:
WR Quincy Enunwa
C Wesley Johnson 
DE Kony Ealy 
LB Bruce Carter 
LB Demario Davis 
K Chandler Catanzaro

Key F.A Lost:

Mo Wilkerson DL

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins 

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The Team: This Franchise is a waste of time, until they find a legit QB. The Jets get lucky, and the QB many think is the top guy in this Draft falls to them. But he has some arm strength issues, and some accuracy issues, and some fumbling issues. But is young, and has it. Of all the QBs in this Draft, Bradford has the charisma that pulls teammates to him. He is a natural leader. 

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 PlayerDarnold 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.

"It’s 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.

="I look at Darnold and right now I have him as my No. 1 quarterback and the reason I do is I think he has plus size, plus arm strength, outstanding athlete, and I really like the way he extends plays inside and outside of the pocket,'' he said. "And when he scrambles or moves, it's with the intent of getting the ball down the field. His eyes are always up." Now the flipside to Darnold are the turnovers and not just interceptions but fumbles. He's got a history of fumbling going back to high school. But fumbling can be controlled in the pocket. That's one of the few things you can learn in the pocket as an NFL quarterback, is how to keep both hands on the football and control some of the fumbling. He's a gunslinger, and he'll put the ball up for grabs at times. But he can play in all 32 cities. He can play indoors. He can play outdoors.''

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:  If you draft smart tough players (like Darnold), you get a smart tough team. 

The Jets are so desperate for a QB reboot that they will select any leftover QB in the top ten. 

Second Choice: Josh Rosen QB

4.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

Bradley Chubb

Edgerusher NC ST

6-4, 275, #9

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 Tyrod Taylor
RB Carlos Hyde
WR Jarvis Landry:
TE: Darren Fells
OT Chris Hubbard
OT Donald Stephenson
DE Chris Smith:
CB T.J. Carrie:
CB Terrance Mitchell

FS Damarious Randall

Key F.A.:

QB Kevin Hogan
WR Josh Gordon

WR Matt Hazel
OL Marcus Martin

OL Chris Barker

OL Austin Reiter
FB Danny Vitale
LB Tank Carder
DL Lavar Edwards

Key F.A. Lost:

QB DeShone Kizer

OLT Joe Thomas

DT/NT Danny Shelton 

CB Jason McCourty 6th

The Team: The Brown can now trade this pick to the Bills, or hold on and snag the best rusher in the Draft two years in a row. If they think Minkah Fitzpatrick is Corner he could a nice pick here as well. 

Barkley was the best player in college football last year, and he still somehow blew up the Combine. this is the opposite scenario as before the Combine. If they want Barley they have to take him here, or the Giants will take him him at Two, Or they have to make the Giants think they will take him to help Taylor, and not Allen to learn behind Taylor for a year or two, so the desperate Giants trade up to take him. You have to question if the Browns can pull it off, but this pick should be Barkley, by Cleveland or New Jersey.  

If I were the Browns and I wanted Allen, I'd take Barkley here. Now I'm not saying this is what they will do. I'm saying they should go Chubb or Barkley here. Then go for their QB at 4. I think they should go for Barkley (even though I believe that you should never take an Penn State RB in the 1st), because he looks like the best player in the Draft to help a young QB succeed. 

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

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 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," a scout said. "Sack production." He kept making the OTs look like kids.

He was a true bully on the field. "He’s not as good as Myles Garrett," a scout said, "But would’ve been in the conversation to be the second best defensive end last year." I would disagree with that guy. Chubb had better success against the better teams, instead of visa versa like Garrett.

He kept hitting the QB. Then on 2nd and Goal he drove the ORT back into the backfield. Then they left him unblocked? So he worked down the line, and into the backfield to hit the RB for the TFL. On the next play he beat the ORT to his outside shoulder  a great speed rush, and flushed the QB. Then chased him to the line, and hit him before he could score.
The Reason:
They could soon be Playoff bound once Allen develops, and with Garrett and Chubb killing QBs all season long. 

Second Choice: Minkah Fitzpatrick CB

5.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

*Josh Rosen

QB UCLA

6-4, 220, #3!

 

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

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) De’Angelo 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:

QB Case Keenum

RB Isaiah Crowell 

WR Cody Latimer

OT Donald Stephenson
DT Clinton McDonald

LB Corey Nelson
CB Tremaine Brock

Key F.A.:

QB Brock Osweiler 
RB Jamaal Charles 
WR Bennie Fowler* 
WR Cody Latimer 
OT Donald Stephenson 
OC Matt Paradis* 
DE Jared Crick 
DE Shelby Harris** 
LB Shaquil Barrett* 
LB Todd Davis

Key F.A. Lost:

QB Trevor Siemian

TE Virgil Green 

CB Aqib Talib

The Team: The Broncos coached him at the Senior Bowl. "If John Elway asks you to be on your team?" Mayfield said. "You don’t say no." They asked specifically for Mayfield to be on their team. They liked him so much that they traded for NFC hero Case Keenum. That was not a public endorsement. 

They got the QB they so desperately needed. However, the Jets trade changed everything in this Draft. If Rosen is still on the Board they have to take him, or trade this pick to the Bills. Elway will have to decide if Keenum is the long term solution (which I buy;), or the veteran stop gap as you develop a young QB. 

If he Keenum is their man than they can trade this pick to the Bills, for at least their 1st next year (and #12, obviously;). "I think they're both be 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. 

Josh has been much improved this past season in Moving his feet in the pocket, and getting the ball downfield with that extra time. "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 Jets won't have the choice here, they get who drops.

Now have a chance to pair an edgerusher with Von Miller, like they had with DeMarcus Ware, only the opposite. Now Miller is the veteran. It was not just their defense, but their two edgerusher that lead them to victory against the Pats in the AFC Champ game that led to their last Super Bowl. Pairing Davenport with Miller, to mentor him, could bring them back to the best Sackers in the game. 

By all accounts Mayfield was impressive. "Like most positions, you want to see guys operate in the meeting room, how they engage their teammates and obviously the football part: the arm talent, how they move in the pocket, and those things," Broncos HC Joseph said. "To have a chance to coach the Senior Bowl allows you to have an intimate setting to evaluate the players. All the players here. To me, it’s a clear advantage to be here and coaching this game." The coaching staff was able to work with him for five days.

Some see him as the next Drew Brees. "You watch Drew Brees play, he’s figured it out," Joseph said. "He’s a very successful quarterback. Guys figure it out. Good players figure it out. I wouldn’t be concerned about that." But you have had a lot of contenders for the next Brees.  

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: Rosen is the smartest QB in this Draft. He is known for knowing everything everyone is doing on every play. That puts him much higher up on my list than I though he would ever reach before the season. 

He 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. "We’ve had good years, we’ve had average years, we’ve had disappointing years, we’ve had injured years, we’ve 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. 

He might have the best arm talent in this Draft. "The best pure thrower, best pure passer I've seen in several years," Mayock said. "I mean he's on balance on every throw. He's accurate short, intermediate and deep. The problem I have with him is there's a durability issue, a shoulder issue in '16, two concussions in '17, and when you combine that with an inability to escape from the pocket, I'm concerned. I'm concerned whether or not he can play enough games to make a significant dent in the NFL. So I love his talent, but I'm very worried about his ability to survive.'' People seem to be worried about his political leanings. 

They also are worried that he is a rich kid, and didn't have to fight his way out of anything. "A very intelligent kid, so that's not an issue. He can process information. He's really good understanding the playbook," Mayock said. "I think what they want to get to know is what's his passion for the game. Does he love it? Is he committed for the next 10 years to be the best he can be? With Josh Rosen, no different than any of the guys, they're going to dig deep." I thought he struggled with toughness earlier at UCLA, but not last season.

The Reason: They never really recovered form the lose of Ware. Yes the team fell apart when what's name retired, but the defense has not been the same since Ware retired. With Keenum pulling the offense back together, Miller and eventually Davenport could pull the Defense together.

Personally I don't buy the Mayfield myth. "I want smart players. I want tough players. I want guys who love football, on top of having ability," Joseph said. "Once you get to this level, as far as the physical ability, it’s very close. But the thing that separates players is the mind-set: the love of football, how he learns, what kind of teammate he’s going to be, leadership skills. That’s what I want to get to with our football team: finding Broncos." So they go Rosen here.

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: Marcus Davenport OLB/DE

6.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

Marcus Davenport

EDGE San Antonio

6-5.7, 264, (O) 4.58! S-1.59,

34" Arm,  22 Reps,

33.5" Vert, 10'4 Broad! 

7.2 3-Cone, 4.41 SS,*

OLB/DE, OT, ILB, OG, QB, DL, CB, 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 Le’Raven 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:

DE Denico Autry

K Adam Vinatieri

Key F.A.:

QB Scott Tolzien

RB Frank Gore

RB Matt Jones

WR Kamar Aiken

TE Erik Swoope

G Jack Mewhort

G Mike Person

G Jeremy Vujnovich

LB Jon Bostic

LB Barkevious Mingo

S Darius Butler

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Donte Moncrief

CB Vontae Davis

CB Rashaan Melvin

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The TeamThey brilliantly trade down, and get the most athletic edgerusher in this Draft. They also picked up picks 37 and 49 in this Draft (who could be OL Frank Ragnow and OLT Martinas Rankins). 

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

The Reason: Besides Tampa, the Colts have the biggest need for an edgerusher. 

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 he’s 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: Quintin Nelson OG

7.

Buccaneers

Defense: 4-3

Harold Laundry-

DE BC

6-3, 250, 6.88 3-C! (O) 4.64,

 33"Arm, 24 Reps, 36"Vert, 9'11"Broad

 

DE, RB, DT, DB, 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 Tu’ikolovatu 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

TE Cameron Brate 

CB Brent Grimes 

Key FA:

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 
RB Peyton Barber 
RB Charles Sims 
WR Adam Humphries
G Kevin Pamphile 
G Evan Smith 
DT Chris Baker (cut) 
DT Clinton McDonald 
CB Robert McClain 
S Keith Tandy 
S T.J. Ward

Key FA Lost:

QB Mike Glennon

RB Doug Martin

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 can’t get pressure with a four-man rush. I’m 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: 2/17 Harold Landry: Relentless.

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

Second Choice: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB

8.

Bears

Defense: 3-4

*Minkah Fitzpatrick- 

DB Alabama

6-1, 202, #29, 

 

WR (FA), CB, OLB, OL, WR, MLB, QB, TE, WR, 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)  Deiondre’ 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 Chase Daniel

WR Allen Robinson

WR Taylor Gabriel

TE Trey Burton 

OL Bradley Sowell 

CB Prince Amukamara 

Key F.A.: 
QB Mark Sanchez 
RB Benny Cunningham 
WR Josh Bellamy 
WR Dontrelle Inman 
WR Cameron Meredith 
WR Kendall Wright 
TE Zach Miller 
DE Mitch Unrein 
LB Sam Acho 
LB Lamarr Houston  
CB Bryce Callahan 
CB Sherrick McManis

Key F.A. Lost:

OG Josh Sitton 

LB Christian Jones

CB Kyle Fuller-(Offer Sheet)

The Team: They had three good Corners, and all three were free agents. They all got scooped up quick. Amukamara resigned. Fuller signed an offer sheet, and their young CB Callahan is a restricted free agent. So he will stay. They have other needs that are more desperate, like some friggin' weapons for their QB. But offensive weapons are not on the Board in this range. They should be looking to trade down to pick up some extra picks, and grab some weapons for their desperate QB a little further down. 

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 I’ve 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. It’s 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 I’ve heard them say 'I'm saving it for the game.' Every one of those players, and all those teams that I’ve been on that the players say that, none of them are worth a **** (ah, crap). He doesn’t 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 we’re 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. They need to replace Fuller. If they think Fitzpatrick is a Corner, he is their pick here. 

Second Choice: Quinton Nelson OG

9.

49ers

Defense: 3-4

6', 202, 

Quinton Nelson

OG Fighting Irish

6-5, 329, #56

#5, 

QB, OG, CB, WR, RB, OL, DB, 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:

RB Jerick McKinnon

OC Weston Richburg 

OG Jonathan Cooper

DB Richard Sherman 

Key F.A.:

RB Carlos Hyde 
WR Louis Murphy 
G Brandon Fusco 
C Tim Barnes 
DE Leger Douzable 
LB Tank Carradine 
CB Leon Hall 
CB Dontae Johnson 
S Eric Reid

Key F.A. Lost:

OC Mike Pouncey 

The Team: Another team whose needs don't necessarily fit their range. They need to arm Jimmy-G. So he can not just lead them to the Playoffs, but have a chance to succeed in the Playoffs. Nelson is not necessarily a weapon, but he should make all their other weapons better, blocking for Jimmy-G and Jerick McKinnon. 

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: 3/24 Quinton Nelson: Inside Dominance.

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

*Denzel Ward

CB Ohio State

5-10, 191, #12,

 

RB, CB, LB (FA), WR, 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:

WR Jordy Nelson 

RB Doug Martin

DT Justin Ellis 

CB Rashaan Melvin

Key F.A.: 

QB EJ Manuel 
TE Lee Smith 
DE Denico Autry 
DE Aldon Smith 
LB NaVorro Bowman 
CB T.J. Carrie 
S Reggie Nelson 
K Sebastian Janikowski 
K Giorgio Tavecchio*

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Michael Crabtree

FB Jamize Olawale 

CB Sean Smith 

DE Denico Autry

The Team: The top edge guys are gone. They still need some help at CB. They could easily go LB here, but when a top ten Corner drops to you, you have to take him. CBs are just more valuable than LBs. They took Conley in the 1st last year. But he has Character Concerns, and he was injured most of the season. If Conley can put it together mentally and physically he could help another Ohio ST CB adjust to the NFL. 

They signed Sean Smith to be their Number One, but he sucked and was an 8 Mil Cap hit this year. So both there attempts to find starting CBs didn't work out last year. Smith is gone, and Conley needs to stay on the field. Ward could be the Number One CB on this team that takes the pressure off the other CBs.

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

The Player: Ward is the best CB in this Draft at moving backwards with his eyes on the QB.  "He’s second-strongest guy in the [CB] room," his DB coach Coombs said. "He doesn’t look like it, but you combine that speed and that strength. He can change directions and break on the ball. He was a great receiver in high school; he’s got great ball skills. I’m just excited to see him play. He’s real now." He is a bit underdeveloped, and has only been a starter for one season.

However, he was essentially a starter for a couple of years as their Nickel Corner. "The thing he’s got to do better in press coverage is just using his hands at the line of scrimmage, getting on-body coverage and staying tight. Being able to play extended series and being able to play with the game on the line in front of 110,000 people," Coombs said. "I don’t have any doubt he’s going to be able to do that. He ran down on kickoff team in big games in big situations and made dynamic plays. He’s had a phenomenal fall camp. I have every expectation he’s going to walk out on the field and he’s going to be an impact player." Best mover in the Draft.

Combine: Elite athlete for his size. Great click and close. Great quicks in coverage. He will likely be the first Corner taken. He is good against the run as well. He is very strong, but very light. He will gain weight with time. Two straight 4.3s just solidified him as the first Corner taken. Great Vert. Great special teams player. He can help a team in so many ways as a rookie. He could play in the slot right away. He is strong and can really hit. He can fly off the edge, and leap up high to block kicks and punts. Elite loose hips. Loves to watch the QB and go and get the ball. Great feet. Nice hips in second transition.

The Reason: Ward showed he was a top ten CB at the Combine. He is short, but he doesn't play that way. He is strong and tough, and he can fly. The Raiders have to take a strong look at Ward here. The more I watch him the more I liked him.

Smith would be a great piece that allows Mack to rush more, and concentrate on stopping the run less.

Second Choice: Roquan Smith LB

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11.

Miami

Defense: 4-3

*Tremaine Edmunds

LB V-Tech

6-4, 249, #49

 

OL LB, TE, DT,  FS, DE/OLB, DE, 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:

WR Danny Amendola 

WR Albert Wilson 

OC Daniel Kilgore

OG Josh Sitton 

Key F.A.:

QB Jay Cutler 
QB Matt Moore 
RB Damien Williams 
WR Jarvis Landry 
TE Anthony Fasano  
OG Anthony Steen 
DE William Hayes 
CB Alterraun Verner 
S Nate Allen

Key F.A. Lost:

WR Jarvis Landry

TE Jordan Cameron

TE Julius Thomas

OT Jermon Bushrod

OC Mike Pouncey

DT Ndamukong Suh 

LB Lawrence Timmons 

The Team: Their ILBs stink. Especially in coverage. They need to get an ILB or two who can step and reinforce the middle of their defense, and hopefully help in coverage.

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: Edwards is a freak. He is only 19, and is freakishly strong. He is very patient letting the play come to him, and finds the RB consistently. Nice job when he is stuck to the blocker, driving him into the ball carrier. Very strong taking on blocks and at the point. Follows blockers and slips by them with terrific quicks, but he will get fooled by misdirection. He will cover the RB swinging out of the backfield sometimes. He will pick up the RBs coming through the line and cover him in man.

The Reason: They have to start to thinking about replacing Wake. Edmunds is athletic enough to be a 3-4 OLB. But they also really need to think about replacing both ILBs. Edmunds can step in and start for the Dolphins at ILB. They essentially cut Timmons this off season. McMillan was a nice pick in the 2nd last year, but he blew his knee out. The problem is that Edmunds looks like an Edge guy, but he played and plays like an ILB. Teams will try to convert him outside.  

They took an OG in the 5th last season, but I think Tunsil is an OLG. So grabbing Miller to play OLT would help their line at three positions, even if Ariata is a backup at ORG and OLG. Another interesting thought is Derwin James. Does anyone else see him as a smallish cover LB? Which is something the Dolphins really need.

Second Choice: Kolton Miller OLT