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1st Round 2019 Draft

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2nd Round 2019 Draft

Picks 33-46.

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Key Needs:

Team Moves:

15.

47.

Panthers

Defense: 4-3

Zach Allen

DL BC

6-4, 281, (O) 5.0, 

34 3/4" Arms! 24 Reps,  

4.36 SS, 7.34 3-Cone,  

32" Vert, 9'2" Broad,

 

Andre Dillard

OLT Wash ST

ORG, OLT, OC, DE, FS, LB,  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:

Matt Paradis OC
Daryl Williams OT

Key F.A.: 
Ryan Kalil OC 
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:

Matt Kalil OLT

Thomas Davis OLB

The Team: Four of the six D-ends from last season are free agents: Julius Peppers, Efe Obada, Bryan Cox Jr, and Wes Horton. That spells emergency. Especially since Peppers retired. 

The Player: 3/27 Zach Allen: Dominance.

The Reason: They got lucky the last time they Drafted a BC LB (Luke Kuechly). So why not try it again. 

Second Choice: Chase Winovich DE

16.

48.

Miami

Defense: 4-3

Charles Omenihu-

DE Texas

6-5, 280, 36"Arms! 

(O) 4.93, 7.48 3-Cone,

36.5"Vert, 9'7" Broad, 

4,36 Short Shuttle

 

Drew Lock

QB Missouri

 

ORT, DE, QB, DE, LB, TE, FS, DB, DL, RB,

2018 Picks:

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

2017 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB

Dwayne Allen TE
Eric Rowe CB

Key F.A.:

Cameron Wake DE 
William Hayes DE 

Jonathan Woodard DE
Cameron Malveaux DE

Evander Hood DE 

Sylvester Williams DT  
Stephone Anthony OLB
John Denney LS 
MarQueis Gray TE 
Sam Young OLT 
Brock Osweiler QB 
David Fales QB MIA 
Travis Swanson OC 
Wesley Johnson OC 

Jake Brendel O C 
Nick O'Leary TE 
Tony Lippett CB 
Martrell Spaight ILB 
Leonte Carroo WR 
A.J. Derby TE 
Senorise Perry RB 
Jesse Davis OT 
Zach Sterup OT

Key F.A. Lost:

Ryan Tannehill QB

Brandon Bolden RB/ST

Ja'Wuan James ORT

Frank Gore RB 

The Team: Dolphins need to do everything to help their QB. That starts with the O-line, again. Dolphins could lose all their starters on the D-line this off season, yeah! And this Draft is loaded with ORTs. 

The PlayerOmenihu was awesome last season. He was finally playing instinctually. He was lining up outside the ORT, and blasting off to the QB. He played a lot of 5-Tech at Texas, but last season they let him line up more as Base-End and attack the QB. It showed up with 9.5 Sacks and 18 TFL. 

Elite long arms, and he knows how to use them to keep the ORT off his shirt. He plays with great leverage, and knows how to get low and dip around the ORT. He was a different player in 2018 than in 2017. Explosive off the Edge, when they let him attack on 3rd downs, and not just read and react on every down. He has some versatility to play inside and outside. He showed he can play in a one-gap system last season, but mostly play in a two-gap read and react system. 

I love this kid. "His mindset has changed tremendously," NT Chris Nelson said. "You can see his preparation has been great. On Saturdays he’s quicker, faster, he’s getting of the ball. I feel like he’s more confident within himself when he walks onto the field." He was the Big-12 D-Player of the year. If the Pats lose Flowers, I would not cry if the they took Omenihu in the 1st. "Having a game like that is part of the reason why I came back because that’s what I need to be doing," Omenihu said after the Baylor game where he had two sacks and 4 pressures. "I need to be having dominant performances, I need to sack the quarterback multiple times, have tackles for loss, that’s what I need to do in order to help the team." He is a great 5-Tech.He showed he had a great burst to the QB this season, when they allowed him to play base end in the rush. "When you get a grade that isn’t as high as you want, that’s a factor," Omenihu said. "You look at the tape, and you have to be honest with yourself. Those dudes in the NFL are not playing no games with you. They’re all grown [men]. You feel me?" We knew he could win inside in Odd fronts, and he showed he could win outside this season in Even fronts. He will probably be stolen in the 2nd, hopefully by the Pats. "Once you get to that level, your technique and your mental capacity and focus have to be top notch or you’ll be exposed," Omenihu said. "NFL stands for Not For Long. So once you get in? It’s either you can withstand it or you can’t. If you can’t, you’re not going to be there long." This guy is smart and can play. .Lot of football geeks like this kid (including me;). He has that knack for hitting the quarterback from the 5-Tech. He will probably pump up and play DT.  

The Reason: Omenihu could be there starting Strongside D-end to start the season. I mean, who the hell do they have in font of him? LOL.

Second Choice: Dalton Risner ORT 

17.

49.

Browns

Defense: 3-4

Dennis Daley

OLT S. Carolina

6-5, 317, (O) 5.23,

33.3"Arm, 20 Reps,

7.95 3-Cone, 4.92 SS,

26.5" Vert, 8'7"Broad,

 

OLT, CB, WR, DB, DL, 

2018 Picks:

1 (1) Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma.
1 (4) Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State.
2 (33) Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada.
2 (35) Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia.
3 (67) Chad Thomas, DE, Miami.
4 (105) Antonio Callaway, WR, FLA
5-150 Genard Avery,L,Memphis ST
6 (175) Damion Ratley, WR, A&M.
6 Simeon Thomas, CB, Louisiana-L

2017 Picks:

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

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.:

Tyrod Taylor QB 
E.J. Gaines CB 
Earl Watford ORT
Greg Robinson OLT
Orson Charles FB
Rod Streater WR
Ray-Ray Armstrong OLB
Carl Davis DT
Breshad Perriman WR
Rashard Higgins WR 
Briean Boddy-Calhoun CB
Trevon Coley DT 
Da'Mari Scott WR 
Pharaoh Brown TE 

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: The Browns have to get an OLT who can play in the NFL. This pick isn't a cheap shot at the Browns. I believe he can play OLT in the NFL. But it is close.

The Player: Daley really looks the part. He does a nice job pulling outside. He can really move. His inconsistency is his problem rating him in the 2nd Round. When he is playing well he looks like a Day Two OLT. When he get lazy with his technique he looks like a Day Three ORT. Teams will have to determine how much he wants it. If he can sharpen himself up he has the tools to play OLT in the NFL. Nice initial hop back in slide against speed. His 3-Cone and Short Shuttle numbers were not great for an OLT. Neither were his explosion numbers.

He played OLG as well. Probably more of a 3rd Round pick, unless a team is desperate. He has an NFL build. He plays with a wide stance. But he can really move back in balance. He has a lot of experience playing against top Edge talent at South Carolina. He took to NFL coaching at the Senior Bowl, and looked more like an OLT than at S. Carolina. Smooth pedal going back when no one rushes his lane, and he likes to turn inside and elbow the DT with vicious shot. He will over set sometimes and give up the inside. 

Big offensive lineman who transferred in from Georgia Military College and quickly earned his way into a starting role at left tackle last fall... has made significant progress since his arrival on campus... poised to have an excellent senior season protecting the quarterback’s back side.

When he gets out of balance he will miss the outside blitzer. Needs footwork and technique work. He has to trust his kickslide more. Good job sliding back, and when the D-end stops turning inside and hitting the DT. He could play with more nasty. He can step inside a little and pick up the blitzer. Plays better as the game goes on. Looks looser and less tight. 

When they line him up inside he can drive the DT back three or four yards. He can hop into the D-end and shove him inside so hard that he falls down; Then pull outside to lead the screen. Very powerful upper body. He is not always as nifty as you want but he is strong as an ox. 

I like this guy, but I’m not sure he is an NFL OLT. He should be a good developmental Tackle in the 3rd or 4th. If a team thinks he can develop into an OLT, and I do, he could slide into the late 2nd. JuCo kid who spent two years at Georgia Military College. I like that he went to military school, it hopefully shows he can put in the work. They have him cut block a lot. 

He was starting with the first team at OLT at the Senior Bowl. Nice power when he gets low and hits guys. He looked like an OLT at the SB. When he can keep guys at arms length he looks like an NFL OLT. Nice tackler. Nice initial burst in run game. Guys with longer arms give him trouble. He gets low and wide in kickslide. Good feet moving backwards. He can slide outside and pick up the blitzing LB. 
Overview: Left Tackle who protects the quarterback’s blind side... transferred in after two seasons at Georgia Military College and quickly earned his way into a starting role at left tackle in 2018... started 23 of the last 24 games... graduated in December with a degree in interdisciplinary studies... invited to the NFL Combine following his senior season.
2018: One of four seniors selected by their peers for the Unselfish Teammate Award for the offense... started the first seven games of the 2018 season and was back in the lineup for the last five games... left midway through the Tennessee victory with an ankle injury and did not travel to Ole Miss... invited to the Senior Bowl all-star game following the season.
2017: Junior college transfer in his first season in the Garnet & Black... played in 12 games, making 11 starts... did not play in the season-opening win over NC State... made his Gamecock debut in the Missouri win, seeing extensive time at left tackle in the second half... moved into the starting lineup at left tackle against Kentucky and remained in that position for the remainder of the season... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2016: Second-year starter at Georgia Military College... played for Bert Williams... earned a spot on the junior college All-America first team following the season... helped the Bulldogs to a 9-2 mark while averaging 46.2 points per game, fourth in the country... the Bulldogs finished the year ranked 14th in the country... Rivals rated him as the 39th-best player in the JUCO ranks... considered the sixth-best offensive tackle in the junior college ranks and No. 39 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the third-best junior college offensive tackle in the country and No. 18 overall among JUCO players by ESPN.

The Reason: Daley is about the last guy you can project as an OLT only. He is right on the edge of athleticism for an OLT, but after him you are talking about a late round wing and a prayer player. Browns should trade up for one the 2nd Round OLT in the first half of the 2nd. 

Second Choice: Rock Ya-Sin CB

 

18.

50.

Vikings

Defense: 4-3

Chris Lindstrom

ORT/OG/OC BC

6-4, 308, 34.1" Arms

25 Reps,

 

*Josh Jacobs

RB Alabama

6', 202, #5, 

 

RB, OL, OLB, DT, OG, DE, 

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:

Anthony Barr LB
Shamar Stephen DT

Key F.A.: 
Latavius Murray RB

Ameer Abdullah RB 
Brett Jones 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:

Nick Easton OC

Sheldon Richardson DT

The Team: I know Spielman loves the athletes, but you gotta gets some big uglies as well. It is the big uglies that makes all the fast guys look pretty.  

The Player3/27 Chris Lindstrom: Fighting For Respect.

The Reason: They need to get some toughness inside to block for their new RB.  

Second Choice: Nasir Adderley FS

19.

51.

Titans

Deebo Samuel-  

WR S. Carolina

6', 210, 7.03 3-C. (O) 4.48, 10'2"Br 39"V, 4.14 SS

 

*Noah Fant- 

TE Iowa

 

6-5 287, #3

 

DB, WR, OL, TE, DL, TE, 

2018 Picks:

1 (22) Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
2 (41) Harold Landry, DE, BC
5 (152) Dane Crulkshank, FS, Arizona.
6-199 Luke Falk, QB, Washington ST.

2017 Picks:

1 (5) Corey Davis WR, W. Michigan
1 (18) Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
3 Taywan Taylor WR, W. Kentucky
3 (100) Jonnu Smith, TE, FIU
5 (155) Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA
6 (217) Corey Levin OL Chattanooga
7 (227) Josh Carraway, LB TCU
7 (236) Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
7 (241) Khalfani Muhammad, RB, California

Key F.A. Signed:

Ryan Tannehill QB

Adam Humphries WR
Kevin Pamphile OT
Rodger Saffold OG

Cameron Wake EDGE
Kenny Vaccaro SS

Key F.A.:
QBrian Orakpo OLB 
Derrick Morgan OLB 
Bennie Logan DT 
Brynden Trawick SS 
Quinton Spain OG 
Kenny Vaccaro SS 
Kevin Pamphile OG 
Will Compton ILB 
Nate Palmer ILB 
Luke Stocker TE 
Kendrick Lewis FS
Jalston Fowler FB 
David Fluellen RB
Tye Smith CB 
Deontae Skinner OLB

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: They need to get a weapon to help their young QB. But I'm not a fan of the WRs here. However there is a big fast guy who can catch the ball like a WR available. 

Vrabel is build a terrific defense down in Tennessee. It could be scary the next few years if he can pick up a Number One Corner. 

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

The Reason: He could be the guy that takes their offense to a new level. 

Second Choice: Taylor Rapp FS

20.

52.

Steelers

Defense: 3-4

Oshane Ximines

Edge Old Dominion

6-3, 253, (O) 4.78, 

24 R, 33"A, 

34"V, 9'10 Br, 

7.13 3-C, 4.57 SS

 

*N'Keal Harry

WR ASU

 

WR, EDGE, DL, WR, LB, CB, 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:

Donte Moncrief WR
Eli Rogers WR

Ramon Foster OG

Dan McCullers DT

Mark Barron OLB

Steven Nelson CB

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:

Antonio Brown WR

The Team: They need an edge guy, and when they do they usually take one early.  

The Player:  Ximines is a smart player. He will sneak inside when they down block on him and get to the RB on the Dive. He likes to line up in a Wide-9 so he can see into the backfield better, and can get inside to stuff the run. He has some power in his hands. He can jam the ORT up at the neck and chin, and knock him back off his feet. But it is inconsistent. Everything he does is inconsistent. Teams will double him when he lines up on the QB's left and they are passing. He like to put speed to power, and use the old push pull. When he sees the QB he gets there.

He likes to stand up. More OLB than D-end. He can time his jump when the QB throws to make it more difficult. He is not an inside rusher. He consistently reads the option wrong. Nice swipe. He can shove the ORT back by his arms and get him off balance. Great snap inside to make the OT miss, and go and get the RB. Not a fully developed prospect. He has that knack.

He slows to read and peek too much. He misdiagnose the Option consistently, and goes to the RB almost every time, which maybe his job. Nice lateral burst inside. He can really move laterally while slapping at the arms and hands of the OL. He is very tough to stop when he uses his hands and feet together in balance. He will switch sides, but plays mostly on the Strongside. 

He can get inside and force the RB to bounce it out. Sets the edge like a 3-4 OLB. Nice athlete. I question his instincts. Beat the OT off the snap almost every time. When he uses his hands he finds the ball better. Looks and peeks too much. Bursts into the backfield, and then slows too consistently to look to find the ball. Needs to close his eyes and burst to the QB. He has that knack for hitting the quarterback. He has to get bigger and stronger. He will need some time. His motor is inconsistent. Boom or burst player.
Great speed to power on inside move. When he uses his heavy hands with force that is when he looks like an NFL player. Nice stop and go move on the edge. Great Swim move. There is so much to like about this kid. Elite athlete at a lower level. He was one of those guys who looked fast and quicker than everyone else, at a lower level. But his game is inconsistent. His heavy hands are inconsistent. His eyes are inconsistent. 

Combine: He will struggle to set the edge. He can really move sideways. Nice high stepping. Nice burst forward with his hands. He can use some speed to power. Nice suddenness in his shoulders. He has some snap. He can really snap back in coverage. Nice burst outside. Nice hands to catch it easy. He is an ultra productive small school wunderkind. 
12 Sacks last season to go along with 18.5 TFLs. He plays the run as well 144 tackles the past three season. He is going to need some time. But he has a lot of what NFL teams look for in an Edge guy. He played on the Strong side as well. He has that knack for knocking the ball out. He had 8 FF the past two seasons. He is a fifth year senior. 

Second Choice: Taylor Rapp FS

24.

56.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

Anthony Nelson-
6-7, 271, (O) 4.82, 

6.95 3-Cone! 4.23 SS,

34.7" Arms! 18 Reps, 
 35.5" Vert, 9'10" Broad,

 

Irv Smith
H-Back Alabama, 

TE! WR, TE, DE, WR, QB, OLT, Nickel, TE, P, PK, CB, WR/KR, DL, OL, DB, WR, OLT,?

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:

Phillip Dorsett WR
Bruce Ellington WR

Brandon Bolden RB/ST

John Simon DE

Michael Bennett DE
Jason McCourty CB

Terrence Brooks S

Key F.A.: 
Chris Hogan WR

Jake Eldrenkamp OG
Tony Adams OT

Brian Schwenke OC

LaAdrian Waddle ORT 
Danny Shelton NT/DT 
David Parry DT 
Ramon Humber OLB 
Albert McClellan ILB 
Jonathan Jones NICKEL 

Stephen Gostkowski PK 

Ryan Allen P 

Key F.A. Lost:

Cordarrelle Patterson WR

Josh Gordon WR

Dwayne Allen TE

Trenton Brown OLT

LaAdrian Waddle OT

Trey Flowers DE

Adrian Clayborn  DE

Eric Rowe CB

Malcom Brown NT/DT 

The Team: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Say it so Gronk. Say it ain't so! "It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010," Gronk announced. "My life experiences over the last nine years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have met, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been a part of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been a part of this first class organization." God help us all.

Gronk leaves a giant hole in the Pats roster that is already behind after the Super Bowl. They need an H-back before he retired. They also lost Brad Allen, who was their designated blocking TE. Now! The Pats don't had a legit NFL TE or H-back on the roster. They have two goofs on their roster labeled as Tight Ends named: Stephen Anderson and Matt LaCrosse. Don't ask me who they are. 

The Pats Have to find some impact players on offense to help Brady retire with dignity. It usually doesn't end well for old super star QBs. He needs weapons. Weapons he can throw too quick. He could use three or four new WRs, and a TE or two at least. The miracle of the Pats Super Bowl victory is that they literally had one legit NFL WR on the roster. 

They have to get at least three TEs and WRs who can start in the NFL if they want Brady to continue to win at this pace. He is going to need more help every season he stays in Foxboro. Time is running out. He needs guys who can make him better.

Phillip Dorset and Bruce "Friggin'" Ellington are not going to do it! I have TE and WR as three of their top four needs, and four of their top seven. Even if you take off the last one for Dorsett and Ellington that is still four guys they need at WR and TE. 

You can't expect Brady to keep making flotsam and jetsam better. He needs more weapons that can make him better. Gronk is wearing down fast, and is it hard to say if he still makes Brady look better. Edelman filled that role last season. You can forget about Free agent WRs. It is one ugly list of leftovers: Dez Bryant (A-hole), Demaryius Thomas (IR), Jordy Nelson (KP), Kelvin Benjamin (KP), Crabtree (No. 3 WR), Dontrelle Inman (No.. 3 WR). 

There are still two good TEs left: Jared Cook and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but they could cost some big bucks. The Pats could slide in, in a few weeks, with a low ball deal that one of them could live with. Most of the big NFL Free Agency money is gone. Jermaine Gresham is still on the Board but I don't know how much he has left. 

So they could go free agent TE, or a short term veteran who can still play and take a WR here and/or in the 2nd. The good news is that Deebo Samuels looks more and more like a 2nd round pick, and Dre'Mont Jones looks more and more like a 3rd Round pick. So the Pats will likely be looking at an Edge or H-back here. 

Irv Smith is an easy pick here. But if he isn't here there is no TE close to the top three. The rest are 3rd Round or later guys. They will have a shot at Kaden Smith in Day Three (he is a much better blocker), or Jace Sternberger (a 4.76 forty might be a 2nd round number). 

The Player: 3/18 Anthony Nelson: D-End From Iowa?

The Reason: The Pats have to get an Edge guy to replace Flowers. Flowers wasn't a consistent player in his time in New England. Mostly do to injury. However, he was truly great in the Play offs two of the last three years. Coincidentally, the Pats won Super Bowls both those years. They don't win Super Bowl LI and LIII in the last three years without Flowers. That Playoff production has to be replaced.

The Pats have to find a guy who can replace that Play Off production. Nelson has a good shot at doing that. The Pats schemed a lot to help Flowers get to the QB. They liked to stunt him inside and half the big DTs essentially block for him. This accentuated Flowers explosive COD and lateral burst. This is one of the things that Nelson excels at doing. Not only is he an inside-outside guy (with the size of an inside guy and the athleticism of an outside guy), but his COD, burst, and explosion numbers were unparalleled for a guy his size at the combine. 

Nelson is a freak. He did not get as much consistent production as you'd like, like Flowers. However, this kid can really move. He was great at the Senior Bowl, and showed himself to be not just one of the top athletes but maybe the best DL in that game. He is also extra versatile. Every time I look he is checking another BB box. 

When I look at how they schemed for Flowers and Nelsons freakish Combine numbers, I see a fit made in heaven. What is BB's favorite Combine stat? That's right the 3-Cone drill. Why? Because it measures quicks, burst, COD, and explosive twists and turns. It measures most of what Flowers was doing when he stunted inside underneath the DT. 

Not only can Nelson do that, but he can also play inside at DT or 5-Tech. "I can lose 10 pounds and stand up, or I can gain 10- pounds and play the 4 [tech] or 5 [tech]," Nelson said. "My ability to do it on three downs is one of those things that separate me from a lot of guys in this class." Check, check, and check. 

He is a 6-7 D-end who looks like a 5-Tech and could probably play some 5-Tech, but he is a great Edge rusher. They will not move him inside. He is so skilled on the Edge on Tape that it is not a question of where he will play. He is a Strongside Base End. He is similar in a lot of ways to Bosa. Only he is bigger. He also played basketball. And we know BB loves multi-sports guys. 

Bosa is a little faster, but Nelson is quicker. Bosa has a better knack for hitting the quarterback, but Nelson has longer arms and better quicks and COD. 

Right now, it looks like Nelson will be a Day 2 pick, and he could be a steal in that range.  But he is an Edge guy. Do not make that mistake. He can play inside because of his size. But is a great Edge guy. 

Second Choice: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB

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3/29 Josh Rosen: The Most Ready QB.

3/28 Andre Dillard: Best OL In The Draft.

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?

2/25 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.

2/20 Clelin Ferrell: 2017 Bio.

2/20 Christian Wilkins: 2017 Bio.

2/20 Austin Bryant: 2017 Bio.

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.