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23.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

Bryce Love-

5-10, 205, #20

RB Stanford

6', 202, #5, 

 

RB, 

2018 Picks:

1 (30) Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

2 (62) Brian O’Neill, OT Pittsburgh

4 (102) Jaylin Holmes, DE, Ohio ST

5-157 Tyler Conklin, TE C. Michigan

5 (167) Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn

6 Colby Gossett OG Appalachian ST

6 (218) Ade Aruna, DE, Tulane

7 (225) Devante Downs, LB, Cal

2017 Picks:

2 (41) Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
3 (70) Pat Elflein, OC, Ohio State
4 (109) Jaleel Johnson, DL/NT Iowa
4 (120) Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan
5 (170) Rodney Adams WR S. Florida
5 (180) Danny Isidora OG Miami
6 (201) Bucky Hodges, WR V-Tech
7 (219) Stacy Coley, WR Miami
7- Ifeadi Odenigbo DL Northwestern
7 (232) Elijah Lee, LB Kansas State
7 (245) Jack Tocho, CB NC State

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.: 
Latavius Murray RB

Ameer Abdullah RB  
Anthony Barr OLB 
Brett Jones OC 
Nick Easton OC 
Dan Bailey K 
Marcus Sherels CB 
Tom Johnson DT
Tom Compton OT 
George Iloka FS 
Aldrick Robinson WR
Anthony Harris SS 
Trevor Siemian QB
Matt Wile P 
Rashod Hill OT
C.J. Ham RB 
Cedrick Lang TE 
Josiah Price TE 

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: Now I'm not saying that Running back is the only need the Viking have. What I'm saying is that Spielman did such a great job addressing all his needs in last years Draft that the only need I had left was RB. There will be other needs on Draft day. 

The Player: Love was the best RB in college in 2016 and 2017. He got banged up a little in 2017 but fought through it. Then he got injured again this season. He tried to fight through, but then wisely shut it down to prepare for the Draft. He was an elite sprinter in high school, and has that great trait to convert his track speed to the field. Plus, he is as tough as they come. 

Outlook (2018): Team captain. Walter Camp Award watch list. Maxwell Award watch list. Doak Walker Award watch list. AP preseason All-America first team. SI.com preseason All-America first team. CBS Sports preseason All-America first team. Sporting News preseason All-America first team. The Athletic preseason All-America first team. ESPN.com preseason All-America. Athlon preseason All-America first team. Athlon preseason All-Pac-12 first team. Senior CLASS Award candidate.
2018 Season: 29 yards rushing vs. San Diego State. 136 yards rushing vs. USC: 16th career 100-yard rushing game, At least 100 yards rushing in 15 of past 17 games, 59-yard rush. At least one rush of 50 or more yards in 14 of past 17 games. Nine-yard touchdown run. 89 rushing yards and one touchdown on 19 carries at Oregon. 73 yards rushing on 17 carries, 39-yard touchdown at Notre Dame. 71 rushing yards on six carries (11.8 yards/carry), and four receptions for 14 yards vs. Washington State. 71 rushing yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, and three receptions for 18 yards at Washington. 

The Reason: Spielman loves the best athlete available philosophy. When Love runs in the 4.3s at the Combine he is going to be seen as the best athlete available. 

Second Choice: Jeffery Simmons DT

24.

Redskins

Defense: 3-4

*Devin White

ILB, LSU

6-1, 240, #40, 

ILB, WR, OL, 

2018 Picks:

1 (13) Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
2 (59) Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
3 (74) Geron Christian OT Louisville
4 (109) Troy Apke, SS, Penn State
5 (163) Tim Settle, DT Virginia Tech
6- Shaun Dion Hamilton LB Alabama
7 Greg Stroman, CB Virginia Tech
7 (256) Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

2017 Picks:

1 (17) Jonathan Allen, DE Alabama
2 (49) Ryan Anderson, OLB Alabama
3 (81) Fabian Noreau, DB UCLA
4 (114) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
4 Montae Nicholson SS Michigan ST
5 (154) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
6 (199) Chase Roullier, OL Wyoming
6 (209) Robert Davis WR Georgia S.
7 Josh Harvey-Clemons SS Louisville
7 (235) Josh Holsey, DB, Auburn

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.: 
Ty Nsekhe OLT 
HaHa Clinton-Dix FS 
Pernell McPhee OLB 
Preston Smith OLB 
Adrian Peterson RB 
Tony Bergstrom OC 
Brian Quick WR 
Michael Floyd WR 
Arie Kouandjio OG 
Zach Vigil OLB 
Maurice Harris WR 
Byron Marshall RB
Jehu Chesson WR
Rob Kelley RB

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: They need a real leader in the center of the chaos of their organization. They also need a leader for the center of their defense.

The Player: White is a great leader, and LSU really struggled to set up the defense when he was hurt. He is a little small, but he has the speed you need at ILB now a days. He can get to the edges as fast as the RBs, and has the speed to cover TEs down the seam. 

At LSU: Making his mark as the next great linebacker at LSU … Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the nation and will be a candidate for the Butkus Awards as the top linebacker in college football .. Great leader on and off the field … Named a permanent team captain for the 2017 team … Owns 163 tackles for his career in 25 games played and in 13 starts … Became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to be named the league’s defensive player of the week four times in one season … Has a knack for finding the football and has proven to be effective against both the run and pass ... Thrives in a physical contest ... A converted running back who possesses tremendous footwork to go with good ball skills … Off the field, uses his Sundays during the season to ride his horse, Daisy Mae, a Tennessee Walker … Daisy Mae is housed at the BREC Stables just a mile off campus … In all, has seven horses – the other six are housed at his family’s farm in Cotton Valley, Louisiana … Enters 2018 season needing only two more semesters to graduate.

The Reason: This Organization needs leadership at all levels. 

Second Choice: JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR

25.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

Alex Bars

OL Fighting Irish

6-6, 318, #71

ORG, OL, DE, 

2018 Picks:

1 (24) DJ Moore, WR Maryland
2 (55) Donte Jackson, CB LSU
3 (85) Rashaan Gaulden, DB Tenn
4 (101) Ian Thomas, TE Indiana.
4 Marquis Haynes, OLB/DE Miss
5 (161) Jermaine Carter, LB, Maryland
7 (234) Andre Smith, LB, UNC
7 (242) Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami

2017 Picks:

1(8) Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
2 (40) Curtis Samuel WR/RB Ohio ST
2 Taylor Moton, ORT, W. Michigan
3 (77) Daeshon Hall, DE Texas A&M
5 (152) Corn Elder, DB, Miami
6 Alexander Armah, DE, W Georgia
7 (233) Harrison Butker, K, Georgia Tech

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.: 
Ryan Kalil OC 
Thomas Davis OLB
Julius Peppers DE
Mike Adams FS
C.J. Anderson RB
Marshall Newhouse ORT
Eric Reid SS 27
Devin Funchess WR
Wes Horton DE
Fozzy Whittaker RB
Colin Jones FS
Kyle Love DT 
Chris Clark OLT
Amini Silatolu OG 
Ben Jacobs ILB
Daryl Williams ORT 
Taylor Heinicke QB
Chris Manhertz TE 
Damiere Byrd WR 
David Mayo OLB 
Cameron Artis-Payne RB
Jared Norris OLB 
Bryan Cox Jr. DE 
Efe Obada DE 
Jamaal Jones WR 
Damien Parms S 
Elijah Hood RB 
Adam Bisnowaty OT

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: They did not draft an interior OL in the past two Drafts, even though they lost one of the best to Free Agency.

The Player: Bars was the best pure blocker I saw on Tape this season, before he got hurt. He is the most powerful blocker I saw this season on Tape. He has that knack for knocking DLs sideways right off their feet. 

The Reason: They need some help on the interior O-line.  

Second Choice: Zack Allen DE

26.

Texans

Defense: 3-4

*Trevon Diggs-

CB Alabama

6-2, 199, #7

 

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 is hurting them this year. They have five DBs who are free agents after this season. 

The Player: Diggs is a big fast dynamic Corner. He is injured and not on the field. He could also still go back. Some think he is top CB in this draft. He could end up being a top ten pick. He was also a dynamic returner as a freshman. It will be interesting to see if he declares.  

Junior (2018): One of the Tide’s top athletes who has seen time in various roles across his three seasons ... worked into the starting role at corner for his junior campaign ... suffered a foot injury at Arkansas that will keep him out for an extended period of time ... tied for fourth in the SEC in passes defensed at seven before his injury ... broke up a team-high six passes while picking off his first career pass ... added 20 tackles and one forced fumble through his six starts at corner ... selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List going into the new season ... earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Alabama coaching staff for his play against Louisiana. Louisville: Broke up one pass against the Cardinals. Arkansas State: Collected two tackles and broke up a pass in the home opener. Ole Miss: Totaled two pass breakups, making a pair of athletic plays to get a hand on balls that would have resulted in big gains ... added one tackle and fielded a punt to round out his night in Oxford. Texas A&M: Recorded a career-high six tackles and added one pass breakup against the Aggies. Louisiana: Picked off his first career pass to end the first half against the Ragin’ Cajuns ... also forced his first fumble of the season and contributed four tackles on the day to earn defensive player of the week accolades from the UA coaching staff. Arkansas: Suffered a significant foot injury against the Razorbacks ... tallied a career-high seven tackles while breaking up one pass in Fayetteville.

The Reason: There are so many great prospects from Alabama this year that you almost can't go wrong picking one. 

Second Choice: Zach Allen DE/OLB

27.

Steelers

Defense: 3-4

Zach Allen

DE/OLB BC

6-5, 285, #2

ILB, DE, TE, 

2018 Picks:

1-28 Terrell Edmunds FS Virginia T
2 James Washington, WR, OK ST
3-76 Mason Rudolph, QB, OK ST
3 (92) Chukwuma Okorafor, OLT, Western Michigan
5 (148) Marcus Allen, FS Penn ST
5 (165) Jaylen Samuels TE, NC ST
7 (246) Joshua Frazier NT Alabama

2017 Picks:

1 (30) T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
2 JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
3 (94) Cameron Sutton, DB, Tenn
3 (105) James Conner, RB, Pitt
4 (135) Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tenn
5 (173) Brian Allen, DB, Utah
6 (213) Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
7 Keion Adams, DE, W. Michigan

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key Free:

Leterrius Walton DE

Tyson Alualu DE 

Anthony Chickillo OLB 

Daniel McCullers DT

Le'Veon Bell RB
Ramon Foster OG
Ryan Shazier ILB 
Jordan Berry P
Coty Sensabaugh CB
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR
Justin Hunter WR 
Nat Berhe SS 
Stevan Ridley RB 
L.J. Fort ILB
Xavier Grimble TE
Kameron Canaday LS
B.J. Finney OC
Eli Rogers WR
Jesse James TE  
Zach Banner OT
Mike Hilton CB
Jordan Dangerfield FS
Matt Feiler ORT 
Ryan Malleck TE 
Jake McGee TE 
Keith Kelsey ILB
Malik Golden S

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: They need help on offense. They need a young QB and an RB. Unless of course, Tomlin sees a great young OLB who can fit in his defense. 

The Player: Allen is a big 285-pound base end, who can play OLB. He can cover, and pressure the QB. Against Temple he showed his cover skills with 2 PBUs. He also had 4 TFLs, and sacked the QB twice. He showed size and ability to hit with speed, and forced a fumble as well. He is the most versatile rusher in this Draft. He plays with great pad level and strength, and seems to club the ORT's hands down, and Dip past him seemingly at will. 

He likes to line up at an angle, with a hand down, as a Wide-9 rusher. But he can also rush standing up as an OLB, and inside up the middle. He also drops and can cover the RB out of the backfield. He is much bigger than Harold Landry, but his knack for hitting the quarterback is not as advanced as Landry's yet. But any team that wants multiple fronts is going to love Allen. He can play anywhere along the front seven. 

2018 (SENIOR): Preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele’s and Athlon Sports... on the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Wuerffel Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award Watch Lists... picked up a sack and three tackles vs. UMass (9/1/18)... registered five tackles and 0.5 TFL at Wake Forest (9/13/18)... grabbed five tackles, a half sack and recovered a fumble at Purdue (9/22/18)... posted 4.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks on eight tackles with a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry against Temple (9/29/18)... picked up his second career interception and added six tackles and 0.5 TFL at No. 23 NC State (10/6/18)... earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week with seven tackles, including three TFLs for 10 yards and a sack vs. Louisville (10/13/18) and added a blocked extra-point... totaled six tackled with a sack and 1.5 TFLs against No. 25 Miami (10/26/18)... recovered a fumble, totaled four tackles, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries at Virginia Tech (11/3/18).

The Reason: They are always looking for OLB/DE to fit in their defense.

Second Choice: Jarrett Stidham QB

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: Dalton Risner OT

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29.

Packers

(From N.O.)

Defense: 3-4

Montez Sweat

DE Miss ST

6-6, 245 #9

 

**Albert Okwuegbunam-

TE Missouri

 

TE, LB,  OL,  

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: Sweat is a top SEC rusher. He looked great against Alabama this week. He has a great first step in the rush, and can take one long stride that really gets the ORT out of position. He will line up inside in an Odd front, and can stunt behind the NT, and still hit the QB. 

CAREER: One of the most feared edge rushers in America, who makes his presence known in the backfield … Coming off a year in which he tied for the SEC lead in sacks and tackles for loss … Teams with Jeffery Simmons to become the first SEC Coaches First-Team duo to return the following year … Elected to return to MSU for his senior year following a dominant debut season and likely to be a high pick in the 2019 NFL Draft … Came to MSU as one of the top junior college pass rushers and played his freshman season at Michigan State … Enrolled at MSU in January 2017.
2017 JUNIOR SEASON: A first-team All-SEC selection in his first season, starting all 13 games … Played outside linebacker in the 3-4 and defensive end in the 4-3 … Joined Jeffery Simmons as the two became just the second duo in the SEC West since 2003 to both earn first-team All-SEC honors … Became the first Bulldog to lead the SEC in sacks since 2005 with 10.5 for a loss of 64 yards … Tied for eighth nationally in sacks … Also had 7.5 sacks in SEC only games, which tied for the league lead … Produced 11 games with at least 0.5 tackles for loss … Ranked seventh in MSU single-season history in sacks … The only player in the SEC to earn SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors three times (vs. Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arkansas) … Tied for the SEC lead in tackles for loss with the fifth-highest total in MSU single-season history (15.5)

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

Second Choice: Dalton Risner OL

30.

Chiefs

Defense: 3-4

Damien Harris- 

RB Alabama

5-11, 214, #34, 

RB, OLB, WR, OT, QB,

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: 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: Harris has been great this season. He slumped off a little last season. But he has been, maybe, the best RB in college football this season. 

Senior (2018): The Tide’s top runner in a deep group of backs ... passed up entering the NFL Draft to return for his senior season ... registered nine 100-yard performances for his career, including two this season ... totaled 2,736 career yards to rank ninth all-time at UA ... accumulated 542 yards and six scores on 87 carries for an average of 6.2 yards per tote as a senior ... totaled 29 carries for a first down or touchdown this season and owns the longest rush by a Tide running back at 43 yards ... added 16 receptions for 166 yards for an average of 10.4 yards per catch ... second team preseason All-America selection by the Associated Press and Phil Steele ... also tabbed a third team preseason All-America candidate by Athlon ... preseason selection on the Maxwell, Doak Walker and Walter Camp Player of the Year award watch lists

Game by Game: Selected as one of the Alabama coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his efforts at Ole Miss, against Texas A&M and at Arkansas and LSU. Louisville: Rushed for 55 yards on seven carries with a long gain of 32 ... added one reception for 14 yards in the season opener. Arkansas State: Carried 12 times for 61 yards with a long rush of 17 yards against the Red Wolves ... also hauled in one pass for 14 yards. Ole Miss: Accumulated 85 all-purpose yards in just over a half of play in Oxford ... carried five times for a team-leading 62 yards and a score to average a whopping 12.4 yards per carry ... paced all receivers with four catches out of the backfield totaling 23 yards ... named one of UA’s offensive players of the week by the coaching staff for his night against the Rebels. Texas A&M: Totaled 100 yards of total offense with 52 on the ground and 48 through the air ... rushed seven times for 52 yards and caught two passes for 48 yards with a season-long 52-yard catch ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the Tide coaches for his performance against the Aggies. Louisiana: Saw limited playing time in a game that favored the Tide early ... carried five times for 20 yards and added one reception for a gain of six before exiting the game. Arkansas: Totaled a season-high 111 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries ... had six rushes of 11 yards or more while converting six first downs and his two scores against the Hogs ... added one reception out of the backfield for 13 yards ... selected as one of the Alabama coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his efforts in Fayetteville. Missouri: Led all Alabama rushers with 14 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown ... averaged 4.4 yards per tote with a long rush of 20 yards against the Tigers. Tennessee: Carried three times for 12 yards with his fifth touchdown of the season ... added one catch for 11 yards in Knoxville. LSU: Notched his second 100-plus yard performance of the season, totaling 107 yards on 19 carries with one score ... added three receptions for six yards for 113 all-purpose yards against the Tigers ... named one of the Alabama coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his play on the Bayou.

The Reason: 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: Dalton Risner OT

31.

Rams

Defense: 4-3

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

WR Stanford

6-3 225, #19

CB, 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. 

The Player: Arcega-Whiteside is a good blocker on 2nd and 3rd levels. Big and tall. He has big strong hands to snag the ball. He played basketball, and it shows on jump balls. His hands can get a little antsy inside sometimes early in games. 

He is much better out wide in space. Then he makes a great catch on an In cut. Nice job forcing the DB to foul him, or let him make the big play. Great job catching through contact. He can rip his hands free, as the DB just grabs him in the Endzone, and then turn and catch the TD pass. Great physicality when he can use his size.

As a Senior (2018): Team captain. Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 4). Biletnikoff Award watch list. Six catches, 226 receiving yards and three touchdowns (38, 19 and 80 yards) vs. San Diego State. Third-most receiving yards in a single-game in program history. Four catches for 62 yards vs. USC. Three catches for 36 yards and two touchdowns (9 and 8 yards) vs. UC Davis. Four catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 15 yards) at Oregon. Five catches for 30 yards, including a four-yard touchdown at Notre Dame. Eight catches for 103 yards vs. Utah. Seven catches for 91 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown at Arizona State. 10 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns (18 and 25 yards) vs. Washington State

The Reason:  They still need a WR or two.

Second Choice: Julian Love CB

32.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

 

*Kaden Smith

TE Stanford

6-5, 252, #27

WR, TE, WR, 

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:

RB Jeremy Hill

RB Rex Burkhead:

WR Jordan Mathews

TE Troy Niklas

OLT LaAdrian Waddle 

OL Matt Tobin

OL Luke Bowanko 

DE Adrian Clayborn

DT Danny Shelton

ILB Marquis Flowers 

CB Jason McCourty 7th  

FS/SS Patrick Chung

S/ST Nate Ebner

ST/WR/DB Matthew Slater 

Key F.A.: 

RB/ST Brandon Bolden 

OLB Cassius Marsh 

LB James Harrison 

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Dion Lewis 

WR Danny Amendola 

OLT Nate Solder 

OT Cam Fleming 

CB Malcolm Butler 

CB/ST Johnson Bademosi  

The Team: The loss to the Titans was a big one. "There’s really not too much to say here this afternoon. The Titans did a better job than we did in every part of the game, every phase of the game," BB said. "So not a good day for us. We’ve got a lot of work to do here. A lot of football left to go. We just didn’t do much of anything well today." The Pats had to have this game, but it was a revenge game for the Titans.

That game put the Pats right where KC wants them. "They did a good job. They executed well. Obviously, we didn’t. It was just a bad day for all of us," Brady said. "We have to learn from it. We have to give them a lot of credit, they made a lot of plays. They kind of played from ahead. We were right where they wanted us to be. We just couldn’t do enough early, offensively, to put any pressure on them. There was really no pressure on them all day." This game had so much more meaning than one lose.

KC has nine wins and one loss, but one of those losses was against the Pats. So we have the tie breaker. Last night's game put the Pats one but two games down to KC, because of the tie breaker. I don't think KC is going to lose two more games this season. But the Pats still have to win out.

With the cold coming, and if Gronk gets back, it is not an impossible task. "It’s all us. It’s all about us," Sony said. "We have to go out there and execute better than them. They had a great team. They were prepared, and they out-executed us." I hope he was talking about the Titans, but unfortunately it also is true about KC. 

I don't think the Pats can go into KC in January and Win, but come January I might say differently (but that will probably be optimistic BS;). "It changes every week. You have to be prepared every week, and you have to play every week," Gilmore said. "No matter what you did last week, each week you have to take that approach. We didn’t play good this week." The Pats have to be prepared and play well every week for the rest of the regular season, and hope KC screws up.

The two early losses really put them behind. They paid the price last week. Now they have to refocus, and make sure they are still top two when the season ends. Another loss could take them out of any shot for Home Field in the Champ game (if they are not locked out already). KC has some bad weather games coming up, and the Pats have to hope their QB from Houston is not a cold-weather/snow QB. 

We are now slowing turning into Play Off weather, where teams like KC and LA can really start to struggle. "You better learn from a game like this, because the weeks get harder and harder," Edelman said. " That’s a good football team. They’re well coached and have good players. You tip your hat to them, but we got to go out and we’ve got to watch this film and we’ve got to fix it because this is when you start separating or you start falling behind." I think KC is less likely to win in New England in January than the Pats in KC. 

But two games is a big number. "You got to show up and play wherever you are, and we didn’t do that today. You know!" David Andrews said. "It’s frustrating, and the only thing we can do is go back to work this week. We still have six games left. We got to take advantage of this week off and get better. Improve on a lot of things and come roaring out the gate these last six games." They have to bounce back from this game.

They cannot lose another one this season. "Any time you lose like that it’s always concerning, you know," Edelman said. "We’ve got a resilient bunch of guys. And we’re going to go back to work. Take advantage of this week and that’s what we’ll do." The stretch run to the Playoff starts now.

The Player: Excellent job sustaining blocks when he is balanced. He can get to the second level, and drive the SS back and inside on the Toss outside. Great job jumping inside to seal the OLB outside on the Dive. He will stay in for pass pro sometimes. Nice job leading the RB outside on the toss, and taking out the little CB in space. Of course the problem is the Stanford players do not declare for the Draft early. 

He was under producing in the passing game the first half of the season. But he has gone nuts the last three games. He had: 8 catches for 120-yards against Utah, 9 catches for 112-yards and a TD against Wash ST, and 8 caches for 107-yards and another TD against Washington. He only had 34-yards against Oregon State. But his stats over the past four games are still an impressive: 28 catches for 373-yards, and 2 TDs. 

As a Junior (2018): John Mackey Award Player of the Week (Nov. 7). Mackey Award watch list. AP Preseason All-America second team. Athlon Preseason All-America Third Team Offense. Two catches for 18 yards vs. San Diego State. Four catches for team-high 77 yards vs. USC. Team-high six catches and 68 receiving yards vs. UC Davis. Team-high six catches and 95 receiving yards at Oregon. One catch for four yards at Notre Dame. Team-high eight catches and 120 receiving yards vs. Utah. Nine catches for 112 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown vs. Washington State. Eight catches for 107 yards and a 14-yard touchdown at Washington.

The Reason: 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: Irv Smith TE Alabama

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