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23.

Texans

Defense: 3-4

Jeffery Simmons

DT Miss ST

6-4, 305, 28 Reps, 

OLT, DE, ILB, CB, DT/NT,  CB, OG, RB, DB, DB, OT, TE,  

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:

Matt Kalil OLT

Darren Fells TE

Jadeveon Clowney DE/OLB
Tashaun Gipson FS
Bradley Roby CB
Briean Boddy-Calhoun CB

Key F.A.:

Seantrel Henderson ORT 

Deandre Carter WR
Sammie Coates WR

Angelo Blackson DE 
Joel Heath DE 
Brian Peters ILB 

Josh Keyes ILB

Michael Tyson CB

Shareece Wright CB

Kayvon Webster CB 

Key F.A. Lost:

AJ McCarron QB

Kendall Lamm ORT

Alfred Blue RB

Christian Covington DL

Kevin Johnson CB

Tyrann Mathieu FS

Kareem Jackson FS 

The Team: The Texans had two good pick ups for the Offense. But they lost a lot on defense. Their secondary was decimated in free agency, but they picked up a few DBs as well. If one of the ORTs falls to them they could pounce. However, if Simmons is on the Board how can they pass. 

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: Simmons is an explosive inside player who got injured. He has Character Concerns, and we will see how much the NFL gives a crap about such things. He was not allowed to go to the Combine for punching a woman in high school. Then he also blew out his knee. So we have no idea haw he is doing and how he is healing. He lost a lot of money this past year. Between an injury and vile video, he could drop out of the 1st. But damn he's good on Tape. 

Mississippi: Nice arm bar inside to drive the OC straight back. He gets the doubles that free up the other rushers. He does a great job grabbing the OC’s arms with both hands as he reads and moves towards the ball. Great heavy hands. He can knock the big OC straight up and back with a two-handed jam. He comes out of the bottom of the pile a lot on short yardage. 

He can cause the QB to step up into the pocket a lot, and force the bad throw. They line him up on the nose a lot. Read the QB rolling out quick enough to beat the OC to that side and gives him chase. I love when he jabs off the OC, and charges the QB to force the bad throw. He is a great hand fighter outside. He can rush up the middle, on a three man rush, and fight off the double to hit the QB.

2017 CAREER: A preseason All-American who is one of the best defensive players in the nation … Provided tremendous leadership and enters his third year as a starter at defensive tackle … Despite being double-teamed constantly has incredible power to shake off blocks with great quickness … Teams with Montez Sweat to become the first SEC Coaches First Team duo to both return the following year … According to Pro Football Focus, leads all returning FBS defensive tackles in quarterback pressures in 2017 with 41 … Selected to NFL.com’s most freakish college football athletes in June 2017 … Can bench over 450 pounds, squat over 600 pounds and carries just 15 percent body fat at 300 pounds … Underwent a minor procedure to his shoulder following the 2017 season … Played in 25 games with 16 starts … Accumulated 100 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and five sacks … Owns two defensive touchdowns … A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll with over a 3.0 cumulative GPA … Produced a 4.0 GPA the same fall he earned Freshman All-SEC … Along with Gerri Green, is MSU’s team leader in community service … Visits schools throughout the Golden Triangle, including several during the spring and summer on his own accord … Visited Camp Rising Sun, Earl Nash Elementary and Fifth Street School in West Point to give motivational support to kids before spring testing.
2017 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Joined Montez Sweat on the SEC Coaches and Associated Press All-SEC First Team … Started all 13 games and shined … Became the first SEC player since 2004 to lead the nation in blocked punts/kicks with three … Ranked 11th in the SEC in tackles for loss with 12 despite being double-teamed … A two-time recipient of the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Kentucky, Texas A&M) … Recorded five sacks, 41 quarterback pressures and maintained a 3.1 GPA in the fall … Recovered two fumbles and forced two as well … Became the first Bulldog since 2009 to register two touchdowns in a game, providing the highlight of the year when he skied into the air to block a punt and recover it for a touchdown at Louisiana Tech (9/9) … Added a recovered fumble in which he returned it 90 yards for a score at LA Tech in addition to a blocked field goal … Dominated against No. 11 LSU (9/16), recording seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … Had six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack at No. 13 Auburn (9/30) … Racked up a career-best eight tackles against UMass (11/3) with one tackle for loss … Collected 1.5 tackles for loss against No. 1 Alabama (11/11) … Career-high two tackles for loss at Arkansas (11/18) … A constant in the backfield in the TaxSlayer Bowl, pressuring Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson nine times and recording one tackle for loss.

The Reason: He could change this whole defense, and make their great edge guys even more deadly. 

They need help on the O-line for their QB. I think Ford has a shot to play on the left a little. I'm not super confident. I like his work at the Combine. I thought he was not a right side only player after his workout at the Combine. He has a shot on the left. Houston drafted an athletic OLT out of Bucknell who was still struggling last season. If he is still struggling Ford will get a shot on the left.

However, he likely will end up on the right side. A lot of guys see him going higher. ORTs have more value now, as all teams want at least two fast edges guys now a days. So an ORT in the 1st is not out of bounds. But I just can't stick him in the first half of the 1st. Even though I see him more as a Swing Tackle now, rather than just an OLT. If Davenport falters they will Ford a shot on the left. 

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT

24.

Raiders

Defense: 4-3

Montez Sweat

DE Miss ST

6-6, 260, 7.03-Cone! 

(U) 4.42-4.44! S-1.55! 

10'5" Broad, 36" Vert, 

4.29 SS,

 

*Ed Oliver

3-Tech Houston

WR, OLT, EDGE, 3-Tech, TE, DE, OLT, WR, TE, OL, DT, DB, LB, DT, EDGE, WR

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:

Antonio Brown WR

Tyrell Williams WR
Trent Brown OLT
Johnathan Hankins DT
Lamarcus Joyner S
J.J. Nelson WR

Key F.A.: 

Johnathan Hankins DT 
Clinton McDonald DT

Frostee Rucker DT

Ahtyba Rubin DT

Rashaan Melvin CB
Marshawn Lynch RB 
Marcus Gilchrist SS
Reggie Nelson FS
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

Key F.A. Lost:

AJ McCarron QB

Jordy Nelson WR

Jared Cook TE

Kelechi Osemele OG

D. Rodgers-Cromartie CB

The Team: Either Sweat goes 8 to Detroit and the rumors of teams fearing his heart condition, or the Raiders are really the first team that can take a chance on him because they have three 1st and an early 2nd.  

They have to improve the rush to improve the win column. In fact, you can argue that the win column is a direct correlation to their Sack column this year. Getting Williams will take a lot of pressure off the outside guys. though they desperately need new outside guys as well. You can see all three 1sts go to DL/Rushers. Williams is a college NT, but he will be a 3-Tech/Rusher in the NFL. They can take a top passrusher here, and cover other needs later.  

The Player: 4/01 Montez Sweat: Bring On Your Wrecking Ball.

The Reason: Gruden likes to make the unusual picks. Late rumors of his heart send him plummeting down the charts, or it is all bullshit because some one wants to steal him. 

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: AJ Brown WR

25.

Eagles

Cody Ford- 

OL OK

6-4, 338, #74

 

OLT, OLB, CB, RB, WR, CB, DB, DL, ILB, WR, DL

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:

DeSean Jackson WR
Brandon Graham DE
Malik Jackson DT

Ronald Darby CB

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 
Deandre Carter WR 
Chandon Sullivan CB

Key F.A. Lost:

Nick Foles QB

Golden Tate WR

The Team: The Eagles won 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: Many think Ford is an OLT. I don't. His combine numbers where mixed. a 8.27 3-Cone and a 4.87 Short Shuttle are bad numbers for an OLT. They are made to measure quicks and COD. That is very important at OLT. He has great long arms, but he is not an OLT. 

Not quick, but he has quick feet. I didn’t see it with him until the Mirror-Rabbit drill at the Combine. He was the smoothest moving side to side I have seen in a while. He was clearly the best in the Mirror drill at the Combine. He was also excellent in the kickslide drill on the left side. I don’t you can take an ORT in the 1st. However, a Swing tackle is a guy you can think about. He has a shot at playing on the left side with those feet and his kickslide on the left. Especially one who was so great kick sliding back in that Drill. Great kick out.

2016: Started first three games of year at left guard ... left Ohio State game (9/17) with broken fibula on team's first drive and didn’t play afterward ... made OU debut with start at left guard vs. Houston (9/3).

2017: An Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honoree ... played in 12 games and made four starts ... started at left guard against Ohio State (9/9), Iowa State (10/7), Texas (10/14) and Kansas State (10/21) ... start at Ohio State was his first since breaking his leg against Buckeyes in 2016 ... did not play against Baylor (9/23) or Tulane (9/16) due to injury.

2018: First-team All-Big 12 selection by league’s coaches, second-team honoree by media ... AP All-America Third Team selection ... part of offensive line that won Joe Moore Award ... started at right tackle in all 14 contests.

The Reason: Ford is an ORT. This has always bothered me. Staking the top half of the 1st Round with ORTs makes no sense. However, Ford only played one season at ORT. Before that he had 7 starts in his two seasons, all at OLG. He played in 14 game in his first two season. But he started and played on the left side. That give him a chance to play on the OLT. But in truth, he is a plug and play ORT. They the OL who many think is the best OT in the Draft to protect their new QB.

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

Second Choice: Greg Little OLT

26.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

*Deandre Baker

CB Georgia

5-11, 193, (O) 4.52, 

(PD) 4.45, 

32" Arms, 14 Reps,

9'10" Broad Jump,

OLB/DE, CB. DT, SS, WR, OLT, RB, DL, CB, FS, WR, OLB, 

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:

Devin Funchess WR

Justin Houston OLB
Margus Hunt DL

Pierre Desir CB

Clayton Geathers FS

Key F.A.:

Matt Slauson OG
Margus Hunt DE
Al Woods DT
Robert Turbin RB
Ryan Hewitt FB 
Mike Mitchell FS
Dontrelle Inman WR 
J'Marcus Webb ORT
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 

Key F.A. Lost:

Ryan Grant WR 

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The TeamThey need D on three level. They have to get some DBs to help their pathetic secondary that is as bad as KC's secondary

They have to go defense early and often in this Draft. They need a big DT in the middle of the line who can hit the QB. 

The Player: Baker doesn't have the best ball skills of the CBs in this Draft. But he has been shutting down SEC WRs all season. Either he or Greedy Williams is going to be the top Corner, likely because of whichever one runs the best Forty at the Combine. 

He worked himself back into the 1st Round at his Pro Day. "Deandre had a really good day today,” Dimitroff said. “He’s quick, fast and explosive. He can run. Cover the field. Very good range that way. He’s being (mentioned) as one of the best in the country in the draft. It will be interesting to see how that plays out." He might have the best ball skills of all the CBs in this Draft.

He could fit nicely with Atlanta at 12. "He’s a competitor," Smart said smartly (ug that one even hurt me). "He’s physical. He runs well. He’s played in a system [that] he could play multiple coverages. We asked him to make a lot of checks. He’s going to be a really good pro player." I am a big fan of his game. 

Alabama: He's a maniac on the field. He does not give up a lot of space for the QB to throw into. He is the clear leader of the Secondary. He is the best shadow in the Draft. You just can’t throw to his man. I love his feet in Press. He has as quick a pair of feet as any Corner in this Draft. He is shut down Corner. He can play off. Great mirror skills. He's a shutdown Corner. 

Kentucky: He will bail before the snap when he has twin WR on his side. He will get inside, when they don’t line up a WR on his side, and help in the run defense. Great smooth feet moving backwards in coverage. Knows how to angle guys to the sideline. He will play off when they have trips in his side, and make sure he stays behind the WRs. He has great size, but I like him more in finesse press. He doesn’t really extend his arm to jam the WR a lot, but he snaps back and runs as quick as he has too. 

Missouri: Baker was elite against Missouri in the 1st half. He did not let up a pass, going man on man against their best WR, Emanuel Hall. I can give him the best compliment that you can give a CB, I didn’t notice him once in the 1st Half, because he shut the Number One WR down so effectively that he wasn’t even thrown a ball by Lock. He can get a little too grabby sometimes. He can get the WR physically out of his route. 

S. Carolina: He can really cut off the WR at the marker on 3rd down. He does a good job hitting the WR right after the ball arrives, and knocking him off his feet. He is so good at arriving when the ball arrives. He does a good job cutting off the sideline and forcing the WR out of bounds. He got beat up a little covering the muscular waterbug Deebo Sweeney. But he kept coming back and fighting. He got for a terrible PI early. But he did grab shirt on the second one.

Oklahoma: He will turn and bail before the snap when he faces elite speed. He had the great INT in the endzone of the Play off game against OK. It was an elite clutch play that got taken away by the refs, on an off sides call. Great play, where he got perfect position, turned with perfect timing, spotted the ball, and snagged it in the endzone. Nice strength. He can re-route WRs. He can take them out of their pattern before the QB can throw. 

Combine: He has become underrated. Great competitiveness. That time hurt him. Smooth hips. Extra steps in transition. Good click and close, but lost his feet a little. No drop in first gauntlet. Terrific hands. No drop in 2nd gauntlet. He ran a 4.6 Forty at the Combine. 

He had a terrible start on his second Forty. "Everybody felt like their first 10 (yards in Forty) could have been better," Baker said. "That will get you started for the last 30." Amazing agility to twist his hips while moving at full speed.

Great click and close. "I know I’m the best cornerback in this draft," Baker said. "I don’t believe it, I know (it). A lot of teams have told me that I’m the best cornerback in the draft." He plays faster than those times. 

2018: Has started all eight games thus far, with 26 total stops, two interceptions (team high) and eight pass breakups (team high), one tackle for lost yardage, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery...first interception came on first series of South Carolina game...second pick -- and seventh of his career -- came in first quarter vs. MTSU...pre-season All-America 1st team by Associated Press.

The Reason: I think Baker is the best Corner in this Draft. His speed was an issue at the Combine, but he ran a 4.46 at his Proday. He doesn't have the ball skills of Murphy and Williams. But he was a true shutdown Corner in the SEC. 

They have to start hitting the opponents QB. It starts inside out. 

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT

27.

Raiders

Defense: 4-3

*Josh Jacobs

RB Alabama

5-10, 216, (PD) 4.6, 

 

*Ed Oliver

3-Tech Houston

 

Montez Sweat

DE Miss ST

WR, OLT, EDGE, 3-Tech, TE, DE, LB, OLT, WR, TE, OL, DT, DB, LB, DT, EDGE, WR 

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:

Antonio Brown WR

Tyrell Williams WR

Ryan Grant WR

J.J. Nelson WR
Trent Brown OLT

Isaiah Crowell RB

Mike Glennon QB

Landry Jones QB

Denzelle Good OL

Jordan Devey OG 

Luke Wilson TE
Johnathan Hankins DT

Josh Mauro DE

Vontaze Burfict ILB

Brandon Marshall OLB
Lamarcus Joyner FS

Curtis Riley FS
Nevin Lawson CB

Erik Harris CB 

Dwayne Harris KR

Key F.A.:

Key F.A. Lost:

AJ McCarron QB

Jordy Nelson WR

Jared Cook TE

Kelechi Osemele OG

Jon Feliciano OG

Donald Penn OT

D. Rodgers-Cromartie CB

The Team: They need to get some weapons for Carr.

The top need they have left is at Corner or DB. "Fortunately, we have some draft choices. We have four picks in the top 35 and we have a couple first-round picks next year. We’re in transition. We’re moving to Las Vegas a year from now. We have a lot of issues that we have to address on this football team," Gruden said. "Not only taking a look at how our quarterback can play better and possibly adding a receiver, another back, a lineman and a tight end, how do we get after (Patrick Mahomes) and Philip Rivers and (new Denver Broncos quarterback) Joe Flacco? We have to improve our defense at all three levels, on the defensive line, in the line-backing corps and in the secondary. That’s a tall order for us." That is one hell of a statement to not than move him to Nickel. 

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

The Player: 3/20 Josh Jacobs: The Best RB In 2019 Draft. But...

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. 

If they move Lamarcus Joyner to Nickel they are going to need a new Free Safety. "When I was in Tampa, I coached a guy named Rondé Barber," Gruden said. "He might have been perhaps my favorite player I’ve ever coached. He wasn’t the biggest guy, he wasn’t the fastest guy, but when he put the helmet on something happened to that guy. Joyner to me is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to Ronde, as a slot corner. I think he’s the best. I think he’s got a chance to really be dynamic in there, his leadership. There’s something about this guy that’s special." Thornhill is a Strong Safety with elite Free Safety athleticism. 

Second Choice: Austin Bryant Edge

28.

Chargers

Defense: 3-4

*Dexter Lawrence

DT/NT Clemson

6-4, 350, 36 Reps!

QB? WR, DT, LB, CB, FS, OLT, TE, WR, LB, TE, DT, 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:

Tyrod Taylor QB 

Corey Davis WR

Devin Funchess WR

Brandon Mebane DT

Thomas Davis OLB
Denzel Perryman LB
Adrian Phillips FS
Key FA.:

Trevor Williams CB

Michael Davis CB

Jeff Richards CB 

Jaylen Watkins SS 
Damion Square DT
Denzel Perryman ILB
Geremy Davis WR
Hayes Pullard ILB
Kyle Emanuel OLB
Cole Toner OG
Chris Landrum OLB
Isaac Rochell DT 
Artavis Scott WR
Detrez Newsome RB

Key FA. Lost

Tyrell Williams WR

Antonio Gates TE

Darius Philon DE 

Jason Verrett CB 

The Team: The Chargers want upgrades on the DL and OL first. 

They have to get an eventual replacement for Rivers. But does the singing of Tyrod Taylor as his backup preclude them picking up a QB early. It could give them some time to develop a later round guy. 

The PlayerLawrence 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. Lawrence was finding the ball little better this year. 

When he charges up field, he scares the QB. He will get doubled at the line, and can still leap up and bat the pass down. They put him in on Goalline offense to block like a FB at A&M, like the Refrigerator. It is amazing how he can be tripled and power all three guys backwards towards the QB. Great job stunting and blocking two OLs so Wilkins can pressure the QB. Lawrence was on his way to being a 1st when he got injured last season. 

Duke: He is producing more late in the season. I think I have him underrated. I like to look at the guys that opposing coaches worry about. With the unheard of talent on the Clemson D-line, the player teams having been choosing to double is Lawrence. That has to count more than my opinion of him. However, he is inconsistent. Incredibly powerful, and plays with crazy agility and balance. Great foot athlete.

He is one of those gigantic guys that is as rare as bigfoot. He will be the biggest boom or bust guy in this Draft. But if he succeeds. I’m not sure there is another DL with his elite size who can move like him. And he has that knack for finding the RB. You cannot run at him on short yardage. He can slip the OC at the point with his hands and size and catch the RB in the hole. He is so huge and strong that if he sees it, he gets there.

FLA ST: When he hustles he is really something to see. He got upfield and wide on a stunt outside. The QB threw it to the WR on a bubble screen, and he got out to the sideline and destroyed the WR like a tsunami. That speed and hustle on a guy his size is as rare as a tsunami in Hawaii. 
He put the OLG on skates and rammed him into the QB as he threw, and then leaped up over the OC and hit the QB as he threw, which lead to an INT. When he gets moving to his full potential there is not a DT who looks better than he does. The problem is how consistently he can get his body bursting forward to devastate the offense. 

Louisville: Terrific job holding up the run defense while the rest of the D-line attacks the QB. Great strong legs, arms and balance, to shove the cut blocker to the ground and move over him to the RB. He absorbs so many doubles it is incredible. He lined up between OC and the OLG, and they double him half the time. Which really frees things up for the outside guys. He will lined up at NT, and can absorb the double and still get to the RB. 

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).

The Reason: Lawrence is a huge upgrade to the D-line. .

Second Choice: Irv Smith TE

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29.

Seahawks

Defense: 4-3

*Rashan Gary-

DL Michigan

6-4.7, 277, (U) 4.59, S-1.63 

34.1" Arms, 26 Reps,

10' Broad, 38" Vert,

7.27 3-Cone, 4.29 SS,  

 

**Greedy Williams

CB LSU

CB, DE, LB, FS, OG, OL, LB, WR, 

2018 Picks:

1-27 Rashaad Penny RB San Diego
3 (79) Rasheem Green, DL, USC
4 (120) Will Dissly, DE Washington
5 (141) Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
5 (146) Tre Flowers, FS, OK ST
5 (149) Michael Dickson, P, Texas
5 (168) Jamarco Jones, OLT, Ohio ST
6 (186) Jake Martin, DL, Temple
7 (220) Alex McGough, QB, FIU

2017 Picks:

2 Malik McDowell DT Michigan ST
2 (58) Ethan Pocic, OL LSU
3 (90) Shaquill Griffin DB UCF
3 (95) Delano Hill, FS Michigan
3 (102) Nazir Jones, DT UNC
3 (106) Amara Darboh WR Michigan
4-111 Tedric Thompson SS Colorado
6 (187) Mike Tyson, SS, Cincinnati
6 Justin Senior ORT Mississippi
7 (226) David Moore WR, E. Central
7-249 Christopher Carson RB OK ST

 

Key F.A. Signed:

D.J. Fluker OG
Mike Iupati OG
Frank Clark DE
Mychal Kendricks LB
K.J. Wright LB

Jason Myers KR

Key F.A.:

K.J. Wright OLB 
Justin Coleman CB 
D.J. Fluker OG 
Mike Davis RB 
Frank Clark DE
Maurice Alexander SS
Tyler Ott LS 
Joey Hunt OC 
J.D. McKissic RB 
Quinton Jefferson DE
Branden Jackson DE 
T.J. Green S
Brett Hundley QB 
Malik Turner WR 
Akeem King SS 
Trevone Boykin QB 
Darrell Daniels TE 
George Fant OT 
Tre Madden RB  
David Moore WR 
Jordan Simmons OT
Austin Calitro ILB 

Key F.A. Lost:

Earl Thomas FS 

Shamar Stephen DT 

Justin Coleman CB

J.R. Sweeny OG

The Team: Pete Carroll is always looking for passrushers, especially speed rushers. 

They are still looking to replace Richard Sherman.

The Player: Gary had his best seasons as a rusher when they lined up up inside at 3-Tech to rush. His first two years he was an inside rusher. He is a super athletic freak and can burst off the Tape. But not enough to make me happy. I question his instincts. He has everything else. If puts is all together and stays healthy he could be the best rusher from this Draft. 

Gary is a huge guy. He really looks the part. But he doesn’t have that knack for hitting the quarterback: 2016 1 Sack, 2017, 6 Sacks, 2018 3.5 Sacks. He has to stay on the field. He lacks moves in the rush that you need in the NFL. Consistently wants to use speed to power and bull rush. Elite blast off. He has to learn to use his hands better. When he sheds the OL he hits the QB. 

He kept screwing up drills at the Combine by guessing, but did a great job recovering once he got himself out of balance. Great feet moving backwards. Smooth athlete when he isn’t trying to cheat the drill. An official 4.58 Forty at 277-pounds is incredible. 

Great mover on the field. Wow, he is great moving backwards. Elite Mover. Great COD moving forward to backward. Nice inside slap. Elite closing burst. He showed a great spin at Combine. Nice burst forward. He has hands like feet trying to catch the ball. Needs to shed OL's hands faster and quicker. 

Gary is a phenomenal freak athlete. He has not been as productive this season so far. Than he got injured. But he still has all the skills that made him a top prospect coming into this season. He finally got back on the field against Penn State. 

He showed his great blast off against Penn ST, but his instincts were a little rusty. He has to size to be a great two-gapper. But he is at his best when he can just burst inside or outside the OT. He has such a nice inside move that he scares QBs out of the pocket. It was so good to see him back against Penn ST.

Junior (2018): Preseason All-Big Ten selection (East Division). Named Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Western Michigan. Made six stops with one solo tackle and a shared tackle for loss at Notre Dame (Sept. 1), and was credited with one quarterback hurry. Recorded seven tackles against Western Michigan (Sept. 8) with one sack and a quarterback hurry. Registered one quarterback hurry with three overall tackles against SMU (Sept. 15). Tailed two solo stops, both for loss, against Nebraska (Sept. 22) with one sack. Made four total tackles at Northwestern (Sept. 29), Wisconsin (Oct. 13).

The Reason: Seahawks are known for taking chances on talent over character, like Frank Clark. So maybe they take a shot at an injured guy with good character. If his shoulder checks and he is on the Board, this could be his landing spot. Gary kind-ah reminds me of Clark phsically. They will need him to step into the hole.  

Second Choice: Devin Bush LB

30.

Packers

(From N.O.)

Defense: 3-4

 

Jerry Tillery

DT Fighting Irish

6-6, 295, (O) 4.93,

34 1/4"Arm,  23 Reps, 

32" Vert, 9'7" Broad, 

7.34 3-Cone, 4.33 S S, 

 

**AJ Hockenson

TE Iowa

WR, TE, DT, OL, QB, TE, LB, OLBOL, OLB, DB, CB,  

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:

Marcedes Lewis TE
Billy Turner OL
Preston Smith Edge
Za'Darius Smith Edge
Adrian Amos FS

Key F.A.:
Reggie Gilbert DE 
Muhammad Wilkerson DE

Tyler Lancaster DT 
Lance Kendricks TE
Byron Bell ORT 
Davon House CB 
Korey Toomer ILB 
Jake Ryan ILB 
Geronimo Allison WR 
Lucas Patrick OG 
Jermaine Whitehead FS 
Justin McCray OG
Tre Carson RB 
Robert Tonyan Jr. WR 
Jake Kumerov WR 

Key F.A. Lost:

Randall Cobb WR 

Clay Matthews OLB

Jake Ryan ILB

Bashaud Breeland CB

Kentrell Brice SS 

The Team: I still think the Packers need an edge guy and some help in the trenches.  

The Player: 4/04 Jerry Tillery: The Best 3-Tech, But... Oops, link fixed.

The Reason: They have some contracts coming up along the D-line. They got a replacement for Rogers. Tillery was looking like a top ten pick in this years Draft. Then he got injured.  

Second Choice: Austin Bryant DE/OLB

31.

Rams

Defense: 4-3

 

*Greg Little

OLT Ole Miss

6-6, 325, #74,

CB, DT, DE, WR, DB, LB, RB, 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:

Blake Bortles QB

Malcolm Brown RB

Clay Matthews OLB

Dante Fowler Jr LB
Eric Weddle SS

Key F.A.:  
Ndamukong Suh DT 

Khadarel Hodge WR
Kendal Thompson WR 

Nick Williams WR 

Jojo Natson WR  
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  
Bryce Hager ILB 
Dominique Hatfield CB 
Kevin Peterson CB 
Morgan Fox DE 
Garrett Sickels OLB 
Carlos Thompson OLB

Key F.A. Lost:

Sean Mannion QB

CJ Anderson RB

Mark Barron OLB

LaMarcus Joyner FS

The Team: Getting an OLT is never a bad thing when you have a young QB. 

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: Little is a battle tested OLT in the SEC. I like how he moves. Long legged. Smooth puller. He has some nice speed moving backwards on the right. He can play some ORT. That was a bit of a surprise. His hips were a little tight. Wide base. Looked like he had done mirror drill before. I like his performance at the Combine. 

He 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: They need to everything to protect their fragile QB. 

 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

Noah Fant-

TE Iowa

6-4, 249, 33 1/2" Arms,

 6.81 3-C!

(O) 4.5 Forty! 4.22 SS,

10'7" Broad! 39.5" Vert,

20 Reps,

TE, WR, DT, FS, QB,  NT,  TE, DE, DE, WR, OT, WR, Nickel, TE, P, K, CB, WR, WR/KR, DL, OL, DB, OT, RB

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:

Brandon Bolden RB/ST

Demaryius Thomas WR

Maurice Harris WR
Bruce Ellington WR/KR

Phillip Dorsett WR

Austin Seferian-Jenkins  TE

Matt LaCosse TE 

Cedrick Lang TE

John Simon DE

Michael Bennett DE

Mike Pennell NT/DT

Jonathan Jones NICKEL 
Jason McCourty CB

Terrence Brooks FS

Stephen Gostkowski K

Ryan Allen P 

Key F.A.: 
Josh Gordon WR (2nd Comp)

Jake Eldrenkamp OG
Tony Adams OT

Brian Schwenke OC
Danny Shelton NT/DT 
David Parry DT 
Ramon Humber OLB 
Albert McClellan ILB 

Key F.A. Lost:

Cordarrelle Patterson WR

Josh Gordon WR (2nd Comp)

Chris Hogan WR

Dwayne Allen TE

Trenton Brown OLT

LaAdrian Waddle OT

Malcom Brown NT/DT 

Trey Flowers DE

Adrian Clayborn  DE

Eric Rowe CB

The Team: This is still a tricky pick, and it's getting trickier. I do believe that make this pick. There is temptation everywhere. But if they can't trade up for Fant? I think they make this pick. The signing of Thomas brings me back to Irv. AS-J is a big classic TE, while Smith is a classic H-back. They can line both up inline, and Smith can block outside while AS-J blocks inside. 

Plus, both are dangerous in the passing game. AS-J is great getting down the Seam and breaking it off to get open. While Smith has the speed and hands to get open deep down the seam and catch it. They could line up in a power run formation with both TEs on the field, and run play action. Then Brady could loft it fifty yards down field to Smith. That is such an impossible scheme to handle. 

However, word on the streets of Foxboro is that they worked out a deal to trade up between 15 and 20 if a specific player is on the Board, the same week BB and Vrabel were working on a plan for the Pats to travel down for a week of Practice in the Preseason when the Pats are playing the Titans. So it is impossible to think is is another team besides the Titans. They will get some Day two pick or picks to go with Pick 19 is worth 875 points. Pick 32 is worth 590 and pick 64 is worth 270 that is 860 points, the Pats have six Day Three picks they can throw in a 6th or 7th to make up for the 15 points. 

This is a tricky pick. I just don't see any way the Pats pick here. But? With five picks on Day Two, do they really need to trade down? They are actually in a position to trade up. First for Fant. Second for Wilkins. And maybe third for Greg Little. It is odd to say so. They could trade back for future picks like they did last year, or trade up for a better pick in Round One.

But that is just not their M.O. "There’s no set goal in mind as to how many picks to have or what to do with them," BB said. "We just want to try to make good decisions at every opportunity we can to improve our team in whatever way is possible." There's a chance they trade up (Fant).

If they stick here it will be for Irv Smith, Austin Bryant. Both guys could solve a lot of problems for the Pats. "We have a lot of draft picks as we sit here today. I don’t know that that necessarily means that they will or won’t be there on draft weekend. We’ll see how all of that goes," BB said. "Just evaluate situations as they come up and try to make the best decisions we can for the football team. There’s no set goal in mind as to how many picks to have or what to do with them. We just want to try to make good decisions at every opportunity we can to improve our team in whatever way is possible and that includes everything." They picked up AS-J, which is awesome. 

AS-J is a true tight end in the Gronk mode. He is not as big as Gronk (who is), but he is still a big TE. He can make every block, and can help in the run game. But despite his size he is a better receiver than blocker. He has the size that makes him look like a pure tight end, but he sees himself as a receiver or H-back. But when he wants to he can really block. He can test the Seam.

Getting Irv Smith here would make a dynamic duo for Brady. Smith is a pure H-back. He is short for a TE, and has short arms for a TE. He will give great effort blocking, but he is not a great inline blocker. He is good move blocker. He excels at getting to the 2nd level to block LBs. He is a terrific blocker on the move on the second level. He just has height and arm length issues for blocking inline. He can hit but will struggle to sustain blockers inline. Though he is willing. 

He makes up for that as a great receiver. He has that knack for getting open on the second level both inside and angling outside, and he is a great seam runner. Alabama didn't take enough advantage of his ability to test the Seam. With AS-J starting at TE, Smith could slide in the H-back and be a move blocker for BB. Both have that knack for getting open in pattern. 

Bryant is likely the last shot at a 1st Round talent at DE. He played on the Strongside. What could make him a Patriot is that he seemed to set the edge naturally every snap. That could get him on the field as a rookie for the Pats. What will make him a 1st is that he is a big Edge rusher in the Flowers and Wise mold. They might have to scheme for him a little, like they did with Flowers, but he can hit the quarterback. He seemed to be the guy that got to the QB a half a second behind Ferrell or Wilkins a lot. He would have had a lot more sacks if he was a half second faster. 

However, the possibility of them take AJ Brown here is the most exciting. "It’s hard to evaluate the receivers," Belichick said. "It’s hard to evaluate the quarterback. It’s hard to evaluate the offensive linemen. It’s hard to evaluate the pass rushers and it’s hard to evaluate the coverage players. You know? We’re all looking at the same film. So all the teams in the league, we all see the same games. But the college passing game is very different from the professional passing game." They cannot trade down and still stag their big Slot WR Brown (yes I said "their"). 

He is a 6-1 225 Slot guy with legit 4.4 speed. He would be a defense buster in the Slot for the Pats. He can run every pattern in the Slot. He is a Seam buster going deep. Even more than Irv, he fits the Pats defense. He was forced to play outside more last season because of injuries to their WRs. But he is a beast inside. The question is would they trade up to get both Irv and AJ?

What seems the most likely is that all three are on the Board which will allow the Pats to trade down and still snag one of them, or Deebo Samuel. If the 1st Round goes anything like this, BB can trade down into the 2nd and maybe pick up a 2nd round pick in the 2020 Draft, and still get six players on Day Two. The depth of this Draft is amazing. That is why it is so hard to forecast. 

They have a lot of players stashed from last years Draft. "Obviously, many of our 2018 draft choices had partial seasons or minimal, in some cases," BB said. "We’re excited to see how those guys will do this year, obviously. It’s a hard-working group. Those guys are here on a very consistent basis, and, hopefully, we’ll get a much longer look at the 2018 draft class than we were able to get last year." Wynn was the best OLT in the SEC in 2017 and the best run blocker, period. 

Bentley was the biggest impact player from the Draft in the Preseason before he got injured. I had Christian Sam rated higher (I was wrong;). Duke Dawson was made to play Nickel in the NFL. Berrios looked like he had just enough size to survive in the NFL, and he showed he could get open in the slot and cause chaos for defenses in the middle of the field. I am an Izzo guy as well. He was a TE/FB at FLA ST. He showed that knack for getting open in the passing game. He doesn't have the speed to dominate, but he will get open and catch everything you throw to him. 

They had nine guys drafted last year, but only a couple of their Draft picks played last season. "We’re excited to see how those guys will do this year," BB said. It’s a hardworking group. Those guys are here on a very consistent basis. And hopefully we’ll be able to get a much longer look at the 2018 draft class than we were able to get last year." Those Redshirted guys will be ready to play to start training camp. They're no longer rookies after a year in the Pats system. 

BB loves to Redshirt guys and develop them into young veterans. Then put them on the field. You don't know if these guys are smart, hard working, and tough enough to be in BB's system, until they are here. He will jettison guys quick who aren't, but he will stash those guys who show promise in those areas. Those guys are really the rookies to look for an impact next season. 

The only real caveats are AJ and Greg Little the OLT from A&M. He is a 1st Round talent that I couldn't really find a place for in the 1st, nimble feet and long arms. OLT's with 1st Round talent don't slide, but where's the fit? The Plan is for Wynn to start, but what if Little is here? Let them battle it out to see who protects Brady's back? Slide the other to ORT, OG, or Redshirt Little. 

So you're starting to see why a trade up could be an option. They don't need more picks this season, with all the picks they have on Day Two and the Redshirts from last season. picking up some extra picks in next year's Draft will be enticing. If you look at the Redshirt guys who are going to impact the 2019 season? You could see a trade up if Noah Fant gets into the 20s. They have the juice to trade up with say the Titans? To snag Fant. It would cost them 56, and maybe some change. But Fant is my number one want in this Draft, even with AS-J. 

The Player: 3/18 Noah Fant: The Best TE in 2019 Draft, But...

The Reason: The Pats trade up to 19 for Noah Fant. They have deal with the Titans for a 2nd to trade up and take Fant if he is on the Board. He will be on the Board at 19. Fant is a better Tight End than Hockenson. He is almost as good a blocker, and a much more sophisticated receiver. Hockenson got all the pub because he pancaked a few guys, and has the knack for the spectacular, like Gronk. But down in and down out Fant was the better player. 

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 ex-defense. 

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: 4/25 Darnell Savage: A Little Birdie Told Me, But...  If they stick here it will likely be Savage. But I think it would be better to trade up a little for him in the 2nd. This is the best Safety Draft ever. Their are ten Safeties who could go in the 2nd, but won't. They could take five different guys at 56 who could be as good as Savage. But BB has his guys and that who he wants. Savage is one of them. 

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2019:

4/25 Darnell Savage: A Little Birdie Told Me, But...

4/25 Dwayne Haskins: Redux, But...

4/24 Andy Isabella: The Best WR in the Draft, But...

4/23 Tyre Brady: The Best WR in the Draft, But...

4/23 Ed Oliver: The Tazmanian Devil.

4/22 Keelan Doss: The Best WR at the SB, But...

4/22 Will Harris: 1st Round Safety, But...

4/21 Damien Harris: If Not For Sony Michel?

4/21 Maxx Crosby: He's a Small School Wunderkind, But...

4/20 Kahal Warring: A 3rd Round Option For Brady?

4/20 Foster Moreau: The Best Blocking TE, But...

4/19 Nick Bosa: He Ain't His Brother, But...

4/19 Terry McLaurin: The Best WR in the Draft, But...

4/18 Jonah Williams: Fighting For Respect.

4/18 Ross Pierschbacher: The Best OC in the Draft, But...

4/17 Will Greer: Air Raid QB, But...

4/17 David Montgomery: The Most Underrated RB But...

4/12 Austin Bryant: 2018 Bio. Updated.

4/11 Jerry Tillery: The Best 3-Tech, But...

4/07 Quinnen Williams: The Best Interior Rusher, But...

4/07 Drew Lock: The Best Arm In The Draft, But...

4/06 Lonnie Johnson: The Best FS at CB In The Draft, But...

4/06 Josh Allen: The Best Passrusher In The Draft.

4/05 Christian Wilkins: 2018 Bio. Updated.

4/05 Clelin Ferrell: 2018 Bio. Updated.

4/03 Nick Bosa: He Ain't His Brother, But...

4/03 Daniel Jones: The Best Pure Pocket Passer. But...

4/02 N'Keal Harry: The Best WR In The Draft, But...

4/01 Montez Sweat: Bring On Your Wrecking Ball,

4/01 Kyler Murray: The Most Dynamic Player In The FBS, But...

3/31 Miles Boykin: One Year Wonder, But...

3/31 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson: The Best FS, But...

3/30 Kaden Smith: The Next Zack Ertz.

3/30 Hakeem Butler: The Best WR In The Draft, But...

3/29 David Sills: The Best Pats Type WR In The Draft, But...

3/29 Johnathan Abrams: Step Aside, Gulp... Rodney.

3/29 Josh Rosen: The Most Ready QB.

3/28 Andre Dillard: Best OL In The Draft, But Nothing!.

3/28 Jace Sternberger: One Year Wonder, But...

3/27 Zach Allen: Dominance.

3/27 Chris Lindstrom: Fighting For Respect.

3/26 Caleb Wilson: Testing The Seam.

3/26 Anthony Nelson: D-End From Iowa?

3/25 Devin Bush: The Best LB in 2019. But...

3/20 Josh Jacobs: The Best RB In 2019 Draft. But...

3/20 Irv Smith: The Best Slot TE In 2019 Draft. But...

3/18 AJ Hockenson: The Best TE in 2019 Draft, But...

3/18 Noah Fant: The Best TE in 2019 Draft, But...

3/18 AJ Brown: The Best Slot WR In 2019 Draft. But...

2/20 D.K. Metcalf: The Best WR in 2019. But...

2/20 Kelvin Harmon: The Best Blocking WR In 2019 Draft. But...

2/20 Deebo Samuel: The Best Slot/Speed WR In 2019 Draft. But...

2/20 Marquise Brown: The Best Pure Speed WR In 2019 Draft. But...

2/20 Bryce Love: Bio: Fighting For Respect.

2018:

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

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

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

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

4/22 Rashaad Evans: Simply The Best.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/08 Chuks Okorafor: Moving Backwards Part VI.

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

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

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

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

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

3/19 Kolton Miller: Moving Backwards Part I.

4/07 Josh Allen: Fighting For Respect.

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

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

4/08 Mark Andrews: Testing The Seam VI.

4/08 Dalton Schultz: Testing The Seam V.

3/24 Ian Thomas: Testing The Seam IV.

2/24 Dallas Goedert: Testing The Seam III.

3/24 Hayden Hurst: Testing The Seam II.

4/03 Mike Gesicki: Testing The Seam I.

4/02 Tony Garcia: Second Chance.

3/25 Mason Rudolph: Fighting For Consistency.

3/24 Josh Sweat: Pure Athlete.

3/24 Quinton Nelson: Inside Dominance.

3/24 DJ Moore: Bigger Than Imagined.

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

3/19 Anthony Miller: Slot Guy

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

3/10 Saquon Barkley: Seeking Perfection.

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

2/18 Josh Adams: Speed and Power.

2/17 Harold Landry: Relentless.

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

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