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23.

Texans

Defense: 3-4

**Byron Murphy

CB Washington

5-11, 182, #1

 

CB, OT, ILB, OG, RB, 

2018 Picks:

3 (68) Justin Reid, SS Stanford
3 (80) Martinas Rankin, OC, Miss ST
3 (98) Jordan Akins, TE, UCF
4 (103) Keke Coutee WR Texas Tech
6-177 Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest
6 Jordan Thomas TE Mississippi ST
6 -214 Peter Kalambayl, DE Stanford.
7 Jermaine Kelly, DB San Jose ST

2017 Picks:

1-12 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
2 Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
3 (89) D’Onta Foreman, RB Texas
4-130 Julie’n Davenport OT Bucknell
4 (142) Carlos Watkins DT Clemson
5- Treston Decoud, CB Oregon ST
7 (243) Kyle Fuller, OC, Baylor

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.:

Kareem Jackson FS 

Michael Tyson CB
Tyrann Mathieu FS

Shareece Wright CB

Kayvon Webster CB 
Jadeveon Clowney DE/OLB 
Seantrel Henderson ORT 
Angelo Blackson DE 
Joe Webb QB 
Brian Peters ILB 
Brandon Weeden QB 
Alfred Blue RB
Sammie Coates WR
Josh Keyes ILB
Kendall Lamm ORT
Christian Covington DE
Joel Heath DE 
Brennan Scarlett 
Ka'imi Fairbairn K 
Deandre Carter WR 
Nick Rose K

Key F.A. Lost:

The Team: The Texans are very likely to take a Corner here. They needed one in last years Draft, and it hurt them this year. They have five DBs who are free agents after this season. 

The Player: Murphy is a marvel on the field. He should go higher than this. But if he is the Board they cannot pass on him. Elite cover guy that consistently shut down the WR on the QB's right all season. Great feet and smooth hips make him elite. His speed at the Combine will determine how high he goes.  

2018: Started all 14 games at cornerback in 2018 ... five tackles as a starter against Auburn in the season opener ... also made five stops in the win over North Dakota ... five tackles, including one for a loss, and four pass break-ups in the win at Utah ... two tackles against Arizona State ... six tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up in the win over BYU ... had four tackle in the win at UCLA ... six tackles and two pass break-ups at Oregon ... notched four tackles in the win over Colorado ... had three tackles, including half of a tackle for loss, at California ... seven tackles, including half of a tackle for a loss, and also had an interception in the Husky win over Stanford ... made six tackles in the UW win over Oregon State ... had two tackles and made an interception in the endzone in the Apple Cup win at WSU ... named the MVP of the Pac-12 Championship Game, when he scored the game's only touchdown on a 66-yard interception return ... also had another interception in that win over the Utes ... also earned the Husky coaches' defensive player of the game for the Pac-12 title game ... two stops against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl

The Reason: A guy who can shut down the WR on the QBs right is as valuable as a guy who can consistently hit the QB.

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT

24.

Raiders

Defense: 4-3

Deebo Samuel-  

WR S. Carolina

6', 210, #1

 

*Rashan Gary

6-5, 287, #3

WR, EDGE, LB, CB, OL, WR (Cooper), DB, 

2018 Picks:

1 (15) Kolton Miller, OLT, UCLA
2 (57) P.J. Hall DL, Sam Houston ST
3 (65) Brandon Parker OL, NC A&.
3 (87) Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
4 (110) Nick Nelson, CB Wisconsin
5-140 Maurice Hurst, DL Michigan
5 (173) Johnny Townsend, P, FLA.
6 Azeem Victor LB, Washington.
7 (228) Marcell Ateman, WR, OK ST

2017 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:

 

Key F.A.: 

Johnathan Hankins DT 
Clinton McDonald DT

Frostee Rucker DT

Ahtyba Rubin DT

Rashaan Melvin CB
Jared Cook TE
Marshawn Lynch RB 
Marcus Gilchrist SS
Reggie Nelson FS
Martavis Bryant WR
Brandon LaFell WR
Doug Martin RB
Dominiqu Rodgers-Cromartie
Mike Nugent K 
Leon Hall CB
Dwayne Harris WR
Emmanuel Lamur OLB
T.J. Clemmings ORT
Jon Feliciano OG
Erik Harris CB 
Shilique Calhoun OLB
Daryl Worley CB
Denver Kirkland OG
Ian Silberman OG 
Dexter McDonald CB 
Jalen Richard RB
Fadol Brown DE
Ternt Sieg LS
Tevin Mitchel CB 
Jason Cabinda LB
Daniel Carlson K 
Marcell Ateman WR 
Justin Murray OL

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: They have to get a WR or two. They completely abandoned their QB when they traded Ridley during the season. That was how they tanked it complete to get their top five pick. 

The Player: Samuel is one of the most underrated players in this Draft. "Deebo has been a great student-athlete both on and off the field at the University of South Carolina, and will graduate on December 17," coach Muschamp said. "We appreciate all of his contributions to the University and wish him the best of luck as he pursues his dream of playing in the NFL." He is as fierce at it gets at WR. 

He reminds me of a bigger faster Julian Edelman (though not as quick;). "He’s a running back after he catches the ball," Muschamp said. "He’s got a very thick lower body. He’s a hard guy to tackle in space. He runs through contact extremely well. When you have a guy like that and you get in space and you’re able to run through contact, and you obviously have the speed that he has, you can create some explosive plays." He has that chip on his shoulder like Edelman and is a fierce special teams player. 

He brings that attitude to every play on the field. "That’s what he’s done for us [fierce runs after the catch]. You look at the bubble [screen] this past Saturday, just off the top of my head. He’s on the perimeter, and he stiff-arms a guy. Now we’re inside the 1-yard line," Muschamp said. "So those are things he obviously brings to the table because of his strength and his girth in his lower body. And he obviously has tremendous speed. Again, he also attracts a lot of attention and creates opportunities for other people as well.” Edelman and Samuel on the field together would drive opponents nuts. 

He is said to have 4.3 speed. We will see at the Combine. "Not too many people recruited me coming out of high school," Samuel said. Just like Edelman. 

The Reason: Gruden does have a history of almost hating his QBs. He coaches them with an insane intensity. So getting Carr a little gift here would be a nice pat on the back.  

Second Choice: Brian Burns EDGE

25.

Eagles

*Greg Little

OLT Ole Miss

6-6, 325, #74,

OLT, OLB, RB, CB, DB,  ILB, WR,  

2018 Picks:

2-49 Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota
4 (125) Avonte Maddox, DB, Pitt
4 (130) Josh Sweat, DT, FLA ST
6 (206) Matt Pryor, OL, TCU
7 Jordan Mailata, OL, no college

FA Corey Clement RB Wisconsin

2017 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 Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego
5 Shelton Gibson, WR, W.Virginia
5 (184) Nate Gerry, DB, Nebraska
6 (214) Elijah Qualls DL Washington

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.:

Brandon Graham DE
Golden Tate WR 
Mike Wallace WR
Haloti Ngata DT
Chance Warmack OG 
Chris Long DE 
Chris Maragos FS 
Corey Graham FS 
Darren Sproles RB
Ronald Darby CB 
Paul Worrilow OLB 
Richard Rodgers TE 
LaRoy Reynolds ILB 
Jordan Matthews WR 
Jordan Hicks ILB 
Dexter McDougle CB
Jay Ajayi RB PHI 
D.J. Alexander ILB 
Nate Sudfeld QB 
Rick Lovato LS 
Jake Elliott K 
Deandre Carter WR 
Chandon Sullivan CB

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: The Eagles win the Super Bowl, and then didn't really address any of their needs in the Draft. So I am a little less surprised that they have fallen this season, after doing this Mock. 

The Player: Little does a great job on short yardage, turning the D-end and shoving him inside so the RB can curve around behind him. He can hit the DT lined up in front of him on short yardage, and bend and collapse his legs into the dirt. He will get beat by speedy power, if you know what I mean.

2018 Outlook: 2018 Outland Trophy Watch List. 2018 Preseason All-America First Team (The Athletic, Sporting News). 2018 Preseason All-America Second Team (AP, Lindy's, Phil Steele, Athlon). 2018 Preseason All-SEC First Team (Lindy's, Athlon, Phil Steele)

The Reason: Little is likely long gone before this pick. But if he is on the Board they have to take him.

Second Choice: Dre'Mont Jones DL

26.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

*

Austin Bryant

EDGE Clemson

6-6, 280, #7

DEFENSE!

2018 Picks:

1 (6) Quenton Nelson, OG ND
2 (36) Darius Leonard, LB SC ST
2 (37) Braden Smith, OG Auburn
2 (52) Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers
2 (64) Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio ST
4 (104) Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. ST
5-159 Daurice Fountain WR N. Iowa
5 (169) Jordan Wilkins, RB Miss
6 (185) Deon Cain, WR Clemson
7-221 Matthew Adams, LB Houston
7 (235) Zaire Franklin, LB Syracuse

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

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.:

Ryan Grant WR 
Adam Vinatieri K 
Matt Slauson OG
Margus Hunt DE
Al Woods DT
Pierre Desir CB
Robert Turbin RB
Ryan Hewitt FB 
Mike Mitchell FS
Najee Goode OLB 
Dontrelle Inman WR 
J'Marcus Webb ORT
Clayton Geathers FS
Mark Glowinski OG
Corey Moore SS
Chris Milton CB 
Luke Rhodes ILB 
Jihad Ward DE
Evan Boehm OG 
Ronald Martin SS 
Denzell Good ORT 
Arthur Maulet CB 
Erik Swoope TE 
Al-Quadin Muhammad DE
Chester Rogers WR
Ross Travis TE
Matthias Farley SS 
Zach Pascal WR
Brad Kaaya QB
Marcus Johnson WR
Steve Ishmael WR

Key F.A. Lost:

 

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The Team: They have to go defense early and often in this Draft. 

The Player: 2/20 Austin Bryant: 2017 Bio.

The Reason: I think they could reach for a WR or OG here (because their dumb-asses;). But they should just go top DL. 

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT

27.

Raiders

Defense: 4-3

*Mack Wilson- 

ILB Alabama

6-2, 239, #30

 

*Rashan Gary

6-5, 287, #3

 

Deebo Samuel-  

WR S. Carolina

WR, EDGE, LB, CB, OL, WR (Cooper), DB, 

2018 Picks:

1 (15) Kolton Miller, OLT, UCLA
2 (57) P.J. Hall DL, Sam Houston ST
3 (65) Brandon Parker OL, NC A&.
3 (87) Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
4 (110) Nick Nelson, CB Wisconsin
5-140 Maurice Hurst, DL Michigan
5 (173) Johnny Townsend, P, FLA.
6 Azeem Victor LB, Washington.
7 (228) Marcell Ateman, WR, OK ST

2017 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:

 

Key F.A.: 

Johnathan Hankins DT 
Clinton McDonald DT

Frostee Rucker DT

Ahtyba Rubin DT

Rashaan Melvin CB
Jared Cook TE
Marshawn Lynch RB 
Marcus Gilchrist SS
Reggie Nelson FS
Martavis Bryant WR
Brandon LaFell WR
Doug Martin RB
Dominiqu Rodgers-Cromartie
Mike Nugent K 
Leon Hall CB
Dwayne Harris WR
Emmanuel Lamur OLB
T.J. Clemmings ORT
Jon Feliciano OG
Erik Harris CB 
Shilique Calhoun OLB
Daryl Worley CB
Denver Kirkland OG
Ian Silberman OG 
Dexter McDonald CB 
Jalen Richard RB
Fadol Brown DE
Ternt Sieg LS
Tevin Mitchel CB 
Jason Cabinda LB
Daniel Carlson K 
Marcell Ateman WR 
Justin Murray OL

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: They need a Mike in the middle who can run their defense. . 

The Player: Wilson is an undersized Mike. "He’s going to be the signal caller," Saban said. "Very athletic, very good player. We don’t have any questions about his ability to do what he needs to do at his position to be successful, but how he affects other people is going to be critical." He is a freak athlete on the field. 

He is a sideline to sideline tackler. "Physically, we’ve always known Mack could do literally anything," Mack's trainer Tracy Varner said. "I mean if you listen to Mack, he should go out there and compete with Jalen and Tua for the starting quarterback job. Mack can do anything. The next step is the mental part and the leadership part." But it is his smarts that could make him a great one. 

He can run the defense from the Mike. "He’s ready," Varner said before the season. "It’s his third year in the program. He’s been around great leaders. He’s been around Shaun Dion. He’s been around Minkah Fitzpatrick. He’s been around all of these guys in the program, Reuben Foster. So I just expect to see him evolve into what Coach Saban wants him to be. Some of that’s got to rub off, and I think it has. And I think he’ll be ready for it." Now we'll see if he's ready for the NFL. 

The Reason: Gruden doesn't have a great feel for defense. So he is going to have to invest in his defense if he wants to win games. 

Second Choice: Brian Burns EDGE

28.

Chargers

Defense: 3-4

*Jarrett Stidham

QB Auburn

6-3, 215, #8, 

QB, OLT, TE, TE, CB, 

2018 Picks:

11 (17) Derwin James, SS, FLA ST
2 (48) Uchenna Nwosu, OLB, USC
3 (84) Justin Jones, DT, NC ST
4 (119) Kyzir White, FS W Virginia
5-155 Scott Quessenberry OC UCLA
6 (191) Dylan Cantrell, WR Texas T
7-Justin Jackson, RB Northwestern

2017 Picks:

1 (7) Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
2 (38) Forrest Lamp OL W. Kentucky
3 (71) Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana
4 (113) Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami
5 (151) Desmond King, DB, Iowa
6 (190) Sam Tevi, OT, Utah
7 (225) Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame

Key FA. Signed:

 

Key FA.:

Jason Verrett CB 

Trevor Williams CB

Michael Davis CB

Jeff Richards CB 

Adrian Phillips FS 

Jaylen Watkins SS 

Brandon Mebane DT 
Tyrell Williams WR
Antonio Gates TE
Damion Square DT
Denzel Perryman ILB
Donnie Jones P
Geremy Davis WR
Hayes Pullard ILB
Kyle Emanuel OLB
Darius Philon DE 
Cole Toner OG
Chris Landrum OLB
Isaac Rochell DT 
Artavis Scott WR
Detrez Newsome RB
Michael Badgley K 

Key FA. Lost

 

The Team: They have to get an eventual replacement for Rivers. 

The Player: Stidham will get to his forth option, and when he can't throw it, he has some elusiveness running down field. "When you've got a quarterback, and you've got a guy that's a special quarterback, that gives you a chance,” the HC Malzahn said. “I think that's a really good feeling." He can go through his progression to the third option, and throw the ball to the correct shoulder (opposite side as the DB).
He has been very inconsistent this season.
“He's one of the better quarterbacks in the country. Very fortunate to have him,” Malzahn said. “He is a guy that makes everybody around him better. Not just his ability on the field but his leadership. I think all the above, when you've got a guy like that.” He has to work on his footwork. 

Nice job throwing off play action. Runs RPOs, as all college QBs seem to now a days. When his feet aren't right his throws are inconsistent. Not always the most accurate QB throwing on the move, but when he stops and gets his feet under him he can throw the deep ball accurately. He was a transfer from Baylor. 
Before Auburn: Five-star quarterback transfer who was the nation's top-rated dual-threat signalcaller coming out of the prep ranks ... ESPN No. 1 JUCO prospect ... student at McLennan Community College during autumn, 2016 ... played 2015 season at Baylor, where he was 75-109 passing for 1,265 yards and 12 TD as a true freshman ... three-time all-state selection for Coach Joseph Gillespie at Stephenville (Texas) High ... Under Armour All-American Game ... Elite 11 ... District 3-4A MVP as a junior ... career passing totals of 6,516 yards and 80 TD; career rushing of 1,790 yards and 29 scores ... all-district in basketball and also ran track.

The Reason: He is a guy who can sit for a year or two and work on his footwork, and then take over for Rivers.

Second Choice: Irv Smith TE

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29.

Chiefs

Defense: 3-4

*Julian Love

CB Fighting Irish

5-11, 193, #27

RB, CB, EDGE, OLB, DB, WR, OT,

2018 Picks:

2- Breeland Speaks, DL Mississippi
3 (75) Derrick Nnadl, DT, FLA ST
3 (100) Dorian O’Daniel, LB Clemson
4 (124) Armani Watts, FS, A&M
6 Tremon Smith, CB, OC.Arkansas
6-198 Reginald McKenzie OG Tenn

2017 Picks:

1 Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech
2 Tanoh Kpassagnon DL Villanova
3 (86) Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
4-139 Jehu Chesson WR Michigan
5 Ukeme Eligwe LB Georgia Southern
6 (218) Leon McQuay III, SS, USC

 

Key FA Signed:

 

Key FA:  

Damien Williams RB

Anthony Sherman FB 
Spencer Ware RB
Demetrius Harris TE 
Dee Ford OLB
Orlando Scandrick CB 
Josh Shaw CB 
Mitch Morse OC 
Ron Parker FS
Jordan Devey OG 
Jarvis Jenkins DE 
De'Anthony Thomas 
Frank Zombo OLB 
Jeff Allen OG
Chris Conley WR
Steven Nelson CB
Jordan Lucas FS
Austin Reiter OC 
Terrance Smith ILB 
Marcus Kemp WR 
Alex Ellis TE 
Justin Hamilton DT 
Harrison Butker K
Daniel Ross DT
Jimmy Murray OC 
Deon Yelder TE

Key FA Lost:

 

The Team: They have to start this Draft with Defense. Their defense let the Patriots WRs run free and unfettered all game long, in both games they played against KC. They lost both game because their DBs couldn't cover an old, fat, and slow dude like me. Worst secondary the Pats faced all season.  

RB is the biggest need leftover from last years Draft. In their run and shoot spread offense, having a power runner who can run behind their big O-line could devastating.

The Player: I like Love. "Julian’s just a baller,”" ND LB Drue Tranquill said. "You put him on the field, and he’s going to hunt the ball down and make plays. Terrific closing speed. He’s able to run the alleys for us and bring ball carriers down." I think he is an NFL CB One. 

He has everything you want in a CB, except an elite ability to catch the ball. But he has great ball skills to track and knock the ball down, and he will snag one every know and again (horrible explanation, but I think you get it, I think...;). Okay, he gets his hands on the ball a lot and has a ton more PBUs than you'd think, but he doesn't have that great knack for catching the ball and snagging the INT. But he has an incredible knack for arriving at the receiver as the ball arrives and not letting him catch it (is that clearer? Probably not, eh, go watch some tape;).

He had more PBUs, TFLs, and Tackles than Greedy and Baker, he returned a fumble for a TD, and (in case you were wondering if he played special teams;) he scored a 2-point conversion on a blocked extra point return. He has that knack for knowing what the WR is doing. He has that knack for knocking the ball down as it arrives at the WR. 

He lines up in Off, and just seems to know when to stop and attack the WR when the ball is in the air, "Julian beats people with his technique and his understanding of what they’re going to do," Love's Dad said. "He knows what they’re going to do before they do it." He has elite instincts for arriving at the WR as the ball arrives in Off coverage. 

He just doesn't give up receptions. "He’s smart. He’s quick. He’s extremely detailed in his preparation," Boykin said. "He’s a quick-twitch type of corner. He plays the ball very well in the air. He’s always around the ball as well, whether it’s making a tackle or causing a fumble or recovering it. He’s right there." He makes plays in the passing game. 

He plays Off primarily, and is the best in this Draft in Off Coverage. "What you look for watching film on the opposition is tendencies," Love said. "You pick what you’re trying to look for, whether it’s their release, what they look like when they’re trying to run certain routes. Just tendencies. I guess that is built off my childhood." The team that takes him has to be okay with him playing Off. 

If your looking for a Press or Zone Corner look elsewhere. "You see all the concepts and what they’re trying to do each time by the direction of the ball," Love said. "That’s instilled in us. T-Lyght does a great job of hammering down on that. We see so much of it [on tape]." You take him in the 1st or 2nd to play Off Man coverage.  

The Reason: Ab-so-lute-ly desperation for defense. 

The bad weather is coming. Having a power runner in December and the Playoffs is how a lot of teams win it all (at least that's how I'm hoping KC lets the Pats back into it, with a couple of snow losses;).

Second Choice: Anfernee Jennings EDGE

30.

Packers

(From N.O.)

Defense: 3-4

Charles Omenihu

DE Texas

6-6, 275, #90, 

 

Drew Lock

QB Missouri

DE, TE, DT, LB, CB,  0  OL, QB,  

2018 Picks:

1 (18) Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
2 (45) Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa.
3 (88) Oren Burks, ILB, Vanderbilt
4 (133) J’Mon Moore, WR Missouri
5 (138) Cole Madison, OG Wash ST
5 (172) JK Scott, P, Alabama
5 (174) Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida.
6 Equanimeous St Brown, WR ND
7 (232) James Looney, DE, California
7 (239) Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State
7 (248) Kendall Donnerson, DE, Southeast Missouri State

2017 Picks:

2 (33) Kevin King, CB Washington
2 (61) Josh Jones, DB NC State
3 Montravius Adams, DL Auburn
4 (108) Vince Biegel, OLB Wisconsin
4 (134) Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
5-175 Deangelo Yancey WR Purdue
5 (182) Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
6 (212) Kofi Amichia OL, S. Florida
7 (238) Devonte Mays, RB Utah ST
7 (247) Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.:
Clay Matthews OLB 
Reggie Gilbert DE 
Muhammad Wilkerson DE

Tyler Lancaster DT 

Randall Cobb WR 
Marcedes Lewis TE 
Lance Kendricks TE
Byron Bell ORT 
Davon House CB 
Bashaud Breeland CB
Korey Toomer ILB 
Jake Ryan ILB 
Geronimo Allison WR 
Drew Kaser P 
Lucas Patrick OG 
Jermaine Whitehead FS 
Justin McCray OG
Tre Carson RB 
Kentrell Brice SS 
Robert Tonyan Jr. WR 
Jake Kumerov WR 

Key F.A. Lost:

The Team: I still think the Packers need an edge guy.  

The Player: Omenihu was awesome last season. "His mindset has changed tremendously," NT Chris Nelson said. "You can see his preparation has been great. On Saturdays he’s quicker, faster, he’s getting of the ball. I feel like he’s more confident within himself when he walks onto the field." He was the Big-12 D-Player of the year. 

If the Pats lose Flowers, I would not cry if the they took Omenihu in the 1st. "Having a game like that is part of the reason why I came back because that’s what I need to be doing," Omenihu said after the Baylor game where he had two sacks and 4 pressures. "I need to be having dominant performances, I need to sack the quarterback multiple times, have tackles for loss, that’s what I need to do in order to help the team." He is a great 5-Tech.

He showed he had a great burst to the QB this season, when they allowed him to play base end in the rush. "When you get a grade that isn’t as high as you want, that’s a factor," Omenihu said. "You look at the tape, and you have to be honest with yourself. Those dudes in the NFL are not playing no games with you. They’re all grown [men]. You feel me?" We knew he could win inside in Odd fronts, and he showed he could win outside this season in Even fronts. 

He will probably be stolen in the 2nd, hopefully by the Pats. "Once you get to that level, your technique and your mental capacity and focus have to be top notch or you’ll be exposed," Omenihu said. "NFL stands for Not For Long. So once you get in? It’s either you can withstand it or you can’t. If you can’t, you’re not going to be there long." This guy is smart and can play. 

The Reason: They have some contracts coming up along the D-line. They got a replacement for Rogers. Now they have to get a passrusher to help the defense. 

Second Choice: Andre Dillard OLT

31.

Rams

Defense: 4-3

*Dexter Lawrence

DT/NT Clemson

6-4, 350, #90

CB, DT, DE, WR, DB,  

2018 Picks:

3 (89) Joseph Noteboom, OLT, TCU.
4-111 Brian Allen, OC Michigan ST
4 (135) John Franklin-Myers, DE, Stephen F. Austin.
5 (147) Micah Kiser, ILB. Virginia
5-160 Ogbonnia Okoronkwa DE OK
6 (176) John Kelly, RB, Tennessee.
6 (192) Jamil Demby, OT, Maine.
6-195 Sebastian Joseph D, Rutgers
6-205 Trevon Young, DE, Louisville
7 (231) Travin Howard, LB, TCU
7 (244) Justin Lawler, DE, SMU

2017 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.:  
Ndamukong Suh DT 

Khadarel Hodge WR
Kendal Thompson WR 

Nick Williams WR 

Jojo Natson WR 
LaMarcus Joyner FS 
Rodger Saffold OG 
Dante Fowler Jr. DE 
Dominique Easley DT 
Matt Longacre OLB 
Ethan Westbrooks DE
Sam Shields CB  
Sean Mannion QB 
Ramik Wilson ILB 
Troy Hill CB 
Malcolm Brown RB 
Bryce Hager ILB 
Dominique Hatfield CB 
Cory Littleton ILB 
Blake Countess S 
Kevin Peterson CB 
Morgan Fox DE 
Garrett Sickels OLB 
Carlos Thompson OLB

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: Not sure what their needs are. However, Wide Receiver was their 2nd biggest need left over from last season, and there is a very good big WR on the Board. If they lose Suh they will have to take a big DT/NT. 

The Player: Lawrence is a big difference maker in the middle of the line. He was the guy teams doubled at the point. He is a planet guy. There are only so many guys with his size, strength and athleticism on this planet. He will go in the 1st. 

Overview: Declared for the NFL Draft after completing his Clemson career with 162 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 43 quarterback pressures, five pass breakups, a caused fumble and three recovered fumbles in 1,541 snaps over 40 games (36 starts) … first-team All-American who was also a three-time All-ACC selection … entered 2018 ranked as the No. 10 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 16 player by NFL.com.
2018: First-team All-American according to the AFCA … first-team All-ACC … first-team AP All-ACC … credited with 44 tackles (7.5 for loss), three pass breakups, 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and a rushing touchdowns in 467 combined offensive and defensive snaps over 13 games (all starts) … recorded three tackles, including one for loss, vs. Furman.

The Reason:  Donald is an elite DT, but he really is 3-Tech. He wins by bursting through the LOS, not holding the point. Lawrence wins by holding the point. And if Suh's 20-mil contract is gone?  

Second Choice: Johnathan Abrams SS/Will

32.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

 

*Dre'Mont Jones

3-Tech Ohio ST

6-3, 295. #86

WR/KR, NT/DT, WR, TE, DE (Flowers) , Nickel, TE, P, PK, CB, WR, DL, OL, DB, OLT (Brown),  

2018 Picks:

1 (23) Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia.
1 (31) Sony Michel, RB, Georgia.
2 (56) Duke Dawson, CB, Florida.
5-143 Ja’Whaun Bentley LB Purdue
6-178 Christian Sam, ILB Arizona ST
6 (210) Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami
7 (219) Danny Etling, QB, LSU
7-243 Keion Crossen CB W.Carolina
7 (250) Ryan Izzo, TE, FLA ST

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

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.: 

Cordarrelle Patterson WR/WR 
Chris Hogan WR

Phillip Dorsett WR

Riley McCarron WR

Cody Hollister WR 

Josh Gordon WR

Trenton Brown O LT

Jake Eldrenkamp O G
Tony Adams O T

Brian Schwenke O C

LaAdrian Waddle O RT

Trey Flowers DE 
Danny Shelton NT/DT 
Malcom Brown NT/DT 
John Simon DE
David Parry DT 
Ramon Humber OLB 
Albert McClellan ILB
Eric Rowe CB 
Jason McCourty CB
Jonathan Jones NICKEL 

Stephen Gostkowski PK 

Ryan Allen P 

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: Greg Schiano is now the DC. It is very interesting in this Draft to have the ex-DC from Ohio ST. What if Dre'Mont Jones falls to 32. No one in this Draft knows Jones better than Schiano. And he has the inside scoop on all the Ohio State players, including the three or four Day Two or Three DBs, which we may need to draft with three CB free agents. 

This could have an interesting effect on the players the Pats are looking to draft. "He did get better and it was not only the spring, it was in the winter program," Schiano said. "I’m excited to see where he can be by August. If he has made this big of a jump this spring, if he can make a similar jump between now and August he’s going to be a force." He improved all season and was much better in the second half of the season than the 1st. 

How much say will Schiano have on who they draft in the 1st. Jones has that leadership and work habits that players have to have to stay with the Pats long term. I just find this scenario so interesting. Was the insight on Jones part of the reason BB hired him. I know they were friends for a long time, but why now? And this is a bigger signing than you think.

It seems the Pats lost most of their coaches this off season. And so far the only big signing was Schiano. Can he make the difference next season. The Pats really have to shore-up the offense. They should strike gold with either WR/KR Deebo or TE Irv Smith here at 32. Both are BB type players that can help Brady the next couple of years. But then there is Schiano, and his 3-Tech Dre'Mont Jones. 

He came back for his senior season, and worked his butt off, like he was a Patriot. "He did not come into the spring to try to get through it like a lot of guys would who have the talent and have had the kind of season he had last year," Schiano said. "He came through the spring trying to improve his game, and he did that." He struggle with the extra attention he got early after Bosa got hurt, but then he improved as the season went on. 

Pats like to takes guys who are on the upswing. "You see it (his improvement) in some of his pass rush moves," Schiano said. " He has always been a good pass rusher. I think this spring he took another step. I see it also in some of his run defense play. He’s just a bit more stout. Again, that’s another year in Coach Mick’s (Mickey Marotti) weight program and another year of working with Coach." Will the Pats break precedent and trade up for the explosive 3-Tech? 

Some see him as a top ten player, and some see him as a late First. And what if Jones drops into the 20 to 25 range? "Becoming a better technician, that’s what I really wanted to clean up," Jones said. "Small things, like first steps, my fits, and making sure I’m staying low in my pass rush." If he drops into the second half of the 1st? 

The Pats have to ammo to trade up for him. "Dre’Mont has gone to another level," Johnson said. "He understands what it takes to be a great player. The reason he came back was because he wants to be a great player. And to do that you’ve got to go to work. And the way he is working right now, it’s off the charts." Will Schiano stand on the table for Jones? 

Because I think he drops into the 20s. Schiano will know whether to get up and get him, or sit and wait. He reminds me (in most of the good reasons BB took him in the 1st) of Dominique Easley, only without the injuries. He has his explosion upfield right off the snap past the OC, to either side. That is the shortest and quickest route to the QB, just ask Aaron Donald, NFL MVP. 

Williams and Oliver are explosive NT/3-Techs like Jones, only they are going in the top ten. Williams had 18.5 TFLs, 7 Sacks, and 12 pressures last season. Oliver had 14.5 TFLs, 54 Tackles, and 3 Sacks. "Nose guards get double-teamed every play," Oliver said. "It’s nothing new. It’s not a new thing for Ed Oliver. It’s just the position I play." Jones is right up there with them.

He has an INT returned for a TD last season, and 2 Passes defended. He had 8.5 Sacks, 13 TFL, and 5 Hurries. So you can't really say that he is that far behind those two guys. He started off hot, but than got a lot of attention once Bosa went down, and it took him a few games to adjust. He is a guy who is dropping in this Draft, and if Schiano gives the thumps up he could a Patriot in the twenties. 

The Player: Jones has elite balance and COD. "The guy who probably had the best spring of anyone on our team was Dre’Mont Jones," Urban Meyer said. "He was outstanding this spring. For a guy to come back when a lot of people thought he should leave, a lot of times I have to deal with, or we have to deal with, effort issues. Or 'why am I doing this?' issues. Zero of that from Dre’Mont. And that’s a credit to Larry Johnson and his family. He had a great spring. And if he continues his development he could be one of the best in America at what he does." I thought he became one of the best in America at the end of the season. 

He has the work ethic that BB demands. He is not pure dynamite into the backfield like Donaldson, but he is close. And he has his knack for finding the ball in the backfield. He is also better at finding the RB in the backfield, which BB seems to favor sometimes. He has great hands and feet. Elite read and react hustle to find the ball quicker than the rest. He gets more tackles on 2nd and 3rd efforts than any DL in this Draft. 

Jones is a tough 3-Tech to find a place to fit in. Nice job stunting outside, and can get up and smack the ball down. He can play the stack and shed as well as shoot the gap. He is so great at using his hands and feet to beat the blocker. Great quick hands to slap off arms and hands, and using his quick feet to change direction. I’d like him to be bigger, but he doesn’t struggle with strength and power. He plays primarily on the left, at 3-Tech. They put him in on the right side against Nebraska, and he immediacy ran back to the left. But he recovered and tackled the QB when he took off. 

Overview: Back-to-back terrific seasons has positioned fourth-year junior defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones as one of the top defenders on the Ohio State defense for the 2018 season … the veteran of 25 games and 23 starts has 72 career tackles and nine tackles-for-loss, for losses totaling 26 yards … Jones earned third-team all-Big Ten Conference honors in 2017 and he was named a game “champion” by OSU coaches seven times last season, including player of the game honors vs. UNLV … he red-shirted the 2015 season and then had a breakthrough season in 2016 when he moved into a starting defensive tackle position as a red-shirt freshman and was a 12-game starter by season’s end … Jones finished as the team’s leading tackler among defensive line players with 52 total tackles as a freshman … registered a personal-best eight stops in the overtime win at Wisconsin and seven in the overtime win over Michigan … he is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who is majoring in sociology … spent a week this past summer in Manchester, N.H., interning with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Reason: I really like Irv Smith here. But I got side tracked with the whole Schiano thing. But the Pats have to get a weapon or two for the aging Brady. They cannot go through next season with those weak-ass weapons. Is that the team with the least amount of offensive weapons to win the Super Bowl in 40 or 50 years.

Deebo Samuels would be a great find for Brady here as well. And Dillard is a perfect zone-blocking OLT. The kind that Scarnecchia wants. The Pats could also be looking at DLs and DBs depending on how free agency works. But there is just something so interesting about picking up Dre'Mont Jones to work in Schiano's defense again. 

I hate when morons criticize the Pats Draft (or any Draft) during the players rookie seasons. We have no idea who these guys are going to be in three or four years, or even next season. I am tired of telling morons that BB uses the rookie season to learn the system, more than anything else. Anything the Pats get from rookies in their rookie season is cake.

This was a great Draft. They went to the Super Bowl, and picked up a couple of picks in the 20s, and a couple in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Wynn will be a star, and I thought he showed he could play some OLT in the NFL. Though his best position might still be inside. He can still play all five OL positions. 

I didn't like the Sony Michel pick because of his knee, not his talent. As long as he can stay on the field he will be the Pats best RB, and help keep Brady on the field for a couple more years. The main reason for drafting Michel and Wynn is to keep Brady on the field for maybe three years instead of one or two (because once Brady retires, we are the Jets again). If Michel and Wynn keep Brady on the field for two or three more years than this was the best Draft in Patriots history (or at least since they Drafted Brady in the 6th Round in the 2000 Draft;). 

They also picked up Crossen and Izzo in the 7th. I didn't know who Crossen was, but he has shown to be an NFL player, and Izzo was steal at the end of the Draft. I haven't even mentioned the best player from this Draft. Bentley showed that he was a steal in the 5th. And, I though Christian Sam was a better prospect. They both could be big factors in the Playoffs. 

Duke Dawson will be a terrific Nickel for the Pats for years. He has great ball skills, and was born to play Nickel in the NFL. On top of that they have two 2nds (one they picked up trading in the 2nd round with the Bears, which could be top 50 pick) and Detroit's pick in the 3rd in this years Draft, to go along with two expected 3rd Round compensatory picks. 

Giving them six picks in the top 100 or so in this years Draft. "You guys will parse that tomorrow (all the trades they made in the 2nd Round, to disguise the under-whelming compensation they received for Garoppolo;)," Caserio said. "That's not our job. We're just looking at the picks. Looking at the numbers, and when the trades come into play we'll take it as it comes." They also could pick up three more picks on Day Three.

That is also part of last year's Draft. And lets not forget that right now... gulp, Danny Etling is Brady's heir apparent. That may be a scary idea for the uninformed (or the informed;). But he reminds me of Matt Cassel. I think he was a similar QB tools wise (especially arm, athleticism, and ability to throw on the run), with a lot more experience then Cassel, when he was drafted out of USC. Right now, he is the likely starter at QB for the Pats in two or three years. 

They picked up a starter in Bentley, who than got injured. Cresson is looking like he is going to be on this team for a while. You also cannot leave out JC Jackson, who is still making rookie mistakes. But keeps showing flashes of brilliance as well. 

It is tiring to explain to the uninformed that a Draft is not about the Rookie seasons. A lot of guys explode onto the scene in their rookie seasons, and becomes starters. But most don't. Most take a year or two, or even three or four. Look at Matt Tobin, who the Pats just resigned again. He came out in the 2013 Draft and is 28 years old. He could start a game or two this season, with injuries to Cannon and Brown having affected the Loss this week against the Titans. They rotated the three Tackles in all game, which helped lead to some of the offensive confusion.

Is Tobin a bust? Did Philly have a terrible draft in 2013, because he didn't start a game. Or was he picked with long term expectations, and not the immature instant gratification expectations of the the truly ignorant. Did Carolina have a terrible Draft in 2013, because Kenjon Barner is now on the Pats? Speaking of Trent Brown, is he a total bust? Or did San Fran know he was developmental guy when they signed him in 2015? 

To look at he first half of the rookies season, and say the Draft sucked makes you stupid. All teams rookies are under performing, THEY ARE ROOKIES. Free agency is for the now, this season. The Draft is about the future. It is about team building, and hopefully filling holes that will come from contracts being up in the next year or two, or three or four. I know that doesn't sell on twitter, TV, and the radio, but it gets tiring for the same old fools to attack the rookies for being rookies.

One of the reasons for the BB and TB12 dynasty is that BB has the luxury of not having to rely on rookies. He has job security. He doesn't have to win it all this year to know he will be back next year. One of the reasons NFL HCs lose their jobs every year is that they don't have that luxury. They have to rely on rookies to win games. That never works out, ever. The more an HC has to rely on his rookies, the less years you know he has left with the team.

Owners, fantasy fans, and full of crap pundits cry for Draft production, like little kids looking at shiny new objects. Now maybe the shiny objects will be toys, but too often rookies are more shards of glass than thumbs in a dam. The regular season is not as exciting as on Draft night when the shiny new objects join your team. But getting solid developmental players every day of the Draft (and after) is how Champions are made. 

BB not only did that, he got a couple of shiny objects after the Draft (in the past two drafts) in undrafted rookie free agent shards of glass: Keionta Davis (17), Adam Butler (17), Jacob Hollister (17), James Ferentz (whose dad is coaching Noah Fant!), DE/OLB John Simon (18), Obi Melifonwu (17), and lets not forget JC Jackson (18). All these guys are part of the Draft, and you really don't want any of them playing starting roles as rookies.

And that doesn't even include the six extra picks we picked up this year, for the 2019 Draft. So the story goes around and around, and every year the negative Nellie's spin their BS to make it seem like the Pats Draft sucked. Most years they are wrong. They are especially stupid this year. This was one of BBs best Drafts ever, when you add in all the undrafted guys, the developmental QB (who no one wants to see for three or four years;), and the extra 2nd, and three 3rds he picked up as well.

Second Choice: Andre Dillard OLT (Please resign Brown!)

PS. Beckham is the best WR in the World. I'd take Odell all day, and twice on Sundays. 

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

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

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

4/08 Chuks Okorafor: Moving Backwards Part VI.

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

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

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

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

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

3/19 Kolton Miller: Moving Backwards Part I.

4/07 Josh Allen: Fighting For Respect.

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

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

4/08 Mark Andrews: Testing The Seam VI.

4/08 Dalton Schultz: Testing The Seam V.

3/24 Ian Thomas: Testing The Seam IV.

2/24 Dallas Goedert: Testing The Seam III.

3/24 Hayden Hurst: Testing The Seam II.

4/03 Mike Gesicki: Testing The Seam I.

4/02 Tony Garcia: Second Chance.

3/25 Mason Rudolph: Fighting For Consistency.

3/24 Josh Sweat: Pure Athlete.

3/24 Quinton Nelson: Inside Dominance.

3/24 DJ Moore: Bigger Than Imagined.

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

3/19 Anthony Miller: Slot Guy

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

3/10 Saquon Barkley: Seeking Perfection.

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

2/18 Josh Adams: Speed and Power.

2/17 Harold Landry: Relentless.

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

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