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57.

Eagles

Chauncey Gardner-

Johnson-

FS/Nickel/SS FLA

5-10 7/8, 210, (U) 4.48, 

7.03 3-Cone, 4.2 SS,

36"Vert , 9'9"Broad,

17 Reps

 

Greg Little

OLT Ole Miss

LB, RB, CB, DE, DB, DT, ILB, WR, OLT, WR 

2018 Picks:

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

FA Corey Clement RB Wisconsin

2017 Picks:

1 (14) Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
2 (43) Sidney Jones CB Washington
3 (99) Rasul Douglas CB W.Virginia
4 (118) Mack Hollins, WR, UNC
4 Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego
5 Shelton Gibson, WR, W.Virginia
5 (184) Nate Gerry, DB, Nebraska
6 (214) Elijah Qualls DL Washington

Key F.A. Signed:

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 
Rick Lovato LS 
Jake Elliott K 
Deandre Carter WR 
Chandon Sullivan CB

Key F.A. Lost:

Nick Foles QB

Golden Tate WR

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

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

The Reason: They need a guy in the middle who can develop into a Mike. And I mean a Mike. Meaning he runs the defense, and secures the middle of the middle of the field. I think he can turn into the guy who calls the defense and can cover the Box, but I'm not sure you can expect more than that. 

Second Choice: Damien Harris RB

26.

58.

Cowboys

Defense: 4-3

Nasir Adderley

FS Delaware

6', 200, 38" Vert, 

(PD) 4.54,, 10'9" Broad

33" Arms, 33 Reps, 

DE, FS, SS, WR, DL, RB, OT, DL, CB, DB, TE, 

2018 Picks:

1 Leighton Vander Esch LB, Boise ST
2 (50) Connor Williams, OLG  Texas
3 Michael Gallup WR Colorado ST
4 Dorance Armstrong, DE Kansas
4 (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
5 (171) Mike White, QB W.Kentucky

6
Chris Covington, LB, Indiana
6 208 Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise ST
7 ( 236): Bo Scarbrough, RB Alabama

2017 Picks:

1 (28) Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
2 (60) Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
3 (92) Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
4 (133) Ryan Switzer WR N.Carolina
6 Xavier Woods SS Louisiana Tech
6 (216) Marquez White, CB FLA ST
7 (228) Joey Ivie, DL, Florida
7 (239) Noah Brown WR Ohio State
7 (246) Jordan Carrell DL Colorado

Key F.A  Signed:  

DeMarcus Lawrence DE (T)

Robert Quinn DE

Kerry Hyder Jr. DE
Daniel Ross DT

Christian Covington DL
Darian Thompson S

Justin March-Lillard LB

Cameron Fleming OT

Codey McElroy TE
Randall Cobb WR
George Iloka SS

Key F.A :  

Rod Smith RB
Marcus Martin OG

David Irving DL
Datone Jones DE
Caraun Reid DT

Key F.A. Lost:

Cole Beasley WR

Damien Wilson LB

Geoff Swaim TE

Jamize Olawale FB

The Team: The Cowboys went hard after DLs in free agency. They also pick up a Safety, but he is a strong safety. They still need a Free Safety or two.  

The Player: Adderley is a small school freak athlete at Free Safety. He might take a little time to adjust to the big time, but he is going to be a great one. He is a great special teams player as well. He has such exciting Tape that he could go Day One. Any team that picks him up in the 2nd will be doing cartwheels. Great hitter. He can slam the WR or TE right as the ball arrives and send them both flying. He makes the calls for the secondary. Good leader. Terrific eyes. 

He is fast, and he plays fast. He is explosive to the ball carrier. Electric athlete who also has some great ball skills. He had the funniest punt return for a touchdown last year. That alone should move him up a Round. He was a little smaller than expected. He will have to take better angles in the NFL. He gets over aggressive sometime and misses. He garnered 87 tackles, 4 INTs, and 7 PBUs, you 'd like to see better stats on the smaller level. He played a lot of Zone in Cover Two and Three. He can cover the Slot guy. Good feel for when to come up fast, and when to stay back a little and protect the back of the defense. Better moving forward and finding the ball.

He is a an FCS guy who started all four years at Delaware, including his first two year there he started at Corner. "He’s smooth, he makes plays and he tackles," his coach said about Adderley. "So if you just take what he’s done (at Delaware), and you look at his skillset, I think you have to take a kid like that seriously." He can step up into the slot against 3-WR seats, and cover the Slot guy in the base defense. He played Cover Three. He will take over aggressive angles sometimes from FS. But he can recover. He can get through a lot of traffic to find the RB. Excellent tackler. 

AT DELAWARE: Fourth-year member of the squad as a senior • one of the top defensive backs in the Colonial Athletic Association • will also be counted on to return punts and kickoffs • dynamic player with great skill set.

SB: He went to the Senior Bowl with a bad ankle and played well. That will go a long way with coaches. Small school athlete looking to make a name for himself, and slip into Day Two. He showed up in the 4th at the SB, with a game winning INT. He seemed to have that knack for stepping up when his teams needed him the most. He played injured and made a lot of money at the SB. He can blow up the WR screen. Aggressive Safety with some twitch. 

Combine/Proday: He blew up the Combine. One of the top freaks at the circus. He can get into the backfield. Takes nice angles. He can catch the tip. Nice job leaping over the WR and snagging it. Great range. He didn’t really return kickoffs, but he had the best kick return of the year. He will drop back a little too far in cover One or Two, but he does not let guys run by him. 

He ran a 4.54 Forty at his Proday, and pop his hamstring during the run. Which shows his toughness and is much more impressive than it sounds, as he popped it early. "Obviously, it's disappointing," Adderley said. "My whole life I've been wanting to test and perform at this level, at this stage. And I mean it's incredibly frustrating, But at the same time, it is what it is. I just got to move forward, move on, get healthy and then just focus on the next step." Being hurt at the SB, Combine, and Proday is going to lower him more towards the 3rd Round than most think. 

He grew up in Philadelphia. "That would be great," Adderley said when asked about playing for Philly. "That's something I definitely appreciate. I appreciate learning from people that done it before. I'm going to lean on them just so I know what's going on, how to maneuver certain things and how to be the best pro I can be." He can get to either sideline.

Big Eagles fan. "Oh man, that would be crazy," Adderley said. "Just growing up in Philly. That’s the team I watched my whole life. And then even the level that we’re playing at. [We} got our first Super Bowl. That would be incredible." I wonder what he'd think about playing for Dallas. 

2017 SEASON: Played and started all 11 games for the Blue Hens as a junior safety • ranked second on the team to Troy Reeder in total tackles with 78 and had the most solo tackles on the team (42) • had a team high five games with five or more solo tackles • played a role on the kick return team with two returns for 52 yards • led the Blue Hens defense in interceptions (5) which he returned for a total of 135 yards • assisted on one sack vs. CAA rival James Madison • ranked sixth on the team in tackles for a loss with four • led the team with two forced fumbles, one coming vs. Maine and the other coming in the season finale vs. Villanova • recovered one fumble vs. William & Mary • named to the 1st-Team ECACA All-East and 1st-Team All-CAA • named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Willaim & Mary • named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. Maine • was a STATS Inc. National Defensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention for his performance vs. William & Mary • named CAA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. William & Mary

The Reason: The Cowboys are praying for a top-50 Safety to drop into their laps. If either Adderley or Thompson is still on the Board they will be jumping for joy. 

Second Choice: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB

28.

59.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

*Julian Love

CB Fighting Irish 

5-11, 193, (PD) 4.45,

6.72 3-Cone! 4.1 SS, 

41" Broad! 36" Vert,

31 3/4" Arms, 14 Reps,

 

*Christian Wilkins

DT Clemson

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.:

Key F.A. Lost:

Ryan Grant WR

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The Team: Indy has to get some defense, especially with their wacky fast break Offense that never slows to work the clock. Their are a lot of choices to help their D-line. Two of their top three DTs are free agents.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Reason: Colts have the offense. If they can cobble together a defense than they can win in the Play Offs. . 

Second Choice: Austin Bryant DE

28.

60.

Chargers

Defense: 3-4

Jace Sternberger-

TE Texas A&M
6-4, 251, (O) 4.75, 

7.19 3-Cone, 4.31 SS, 

9'3" Broad, 31.5" Vert,

32.1" Arms, 17 Reps!

 

*Jarrett Stidham

QB Auburn

QB, DT, TE, OLT, LB, 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:

Tyrod Taylor QB 

Brandon Mebane DT

Thomas Davis OLB
Denzel Perryman LB
Adrian Phillips FS
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: The Chargers have to get some help for their over the hill gang QB. They like the big WRs

The Player3/28 Jace Sternberger: One Year Wonder, But...

The Reason: They still haven't replaced Gates. I even put Sternberger as their second choice before I choice him as their first choice. 

Second Choice: Drue Tranquill LB

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29.

61.

Chiefs

Defense: 3-4

Chase Winovich-

Edge Michigan

6-3, 256, (O) 4.59, S-1.57, 6.94 3-C, 4.11 SS, 

32.6"Arms, 18 Reps, 9'8"Broad,

 

Amani Oruwariye

CB Penn ST

 

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

2018 Picks:

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

2017 Picks:

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

 

Key FA Signed:

Carlos Hyde RB

Anthony Sherman FB 

Demetrius Harris TE

Chris Conley WR
Alex Okafor DE
Damien Wilson OLB
Tyrann Mathieu FS

Key FA:  

Damien Williams RB
Spencer Ware RB
Demetrius Harris TE 
Orlando Scandrick CB 
Josh Shaw CB 
Ron Parker FS
Jarvis Jenkins DE 
Frank Zombo OLB 
Jeff Allen OG
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:

Kareem Hunt RB

Chris Conley WR

Mitch Morse OC 

Jordan Devey OG 

Dee Ford OLB

Justin Houston OLB

Steven Nelson CB

Bashaud Breeland CB

Eric Berry FS

The Team: The Chiefs had a disastrous off season. I would have thought they would be favored to win the AFC and get to the Super Bowl after watching them last season. But they left their two best passrushers go. They have no rush. Their pass defense sucked with two of the best rushers in the NFL last season, and now it is an all consuming void. That's right I went black hole on your ass (is that an oxymoron or am I just a moron;). 

They have to go DB because their secondary sucks. But then they have to go OLB, but then they have to go DB again, and then OLB again, and certainly DB again, and maybe OLB again? Luckily they are pretty set on offense. They could use an OL or two, but are pretty solid at every other position. But their defense sucks. They couldn't cover a plastic bag floating in the wind, with a parachute. 

The Player: Winovich starts with bend. He has great bend. His bend is up there with Josh Allen and Bosa. I'll give him 3rd place in the Bendy Race. But he doesn't have their knack for hitting the quarterback. I still know how how this is possible, but he only had four sacks last season (I swear I saw him sack the QB over eight times). When you see him screaming around the corner, bending under and OL in his way, I just cannot see how that is possible. He looks like a Day One pick raging around the Edge, but has Day Three production. This is a futures pick.

Penn ST: Great power rip through the ORT on 3rd down to hit the QB as he throws. He just keeps bursting up field, and turning to the QB. Nice counter move inside, because he is so dangerous running the arc. Coming into the Penn ST game he had 24 tackles, 12 TFL, and 4 sacks (though none of those stats seem to be true, I believed them when I read it on the screen). It is amazing how often he flashes into the backfield to disrupt the QB or RB. He can pop the OLT inside, and then cut behind him to meet the RB at the LOS. He just runs by the ORT to sack the QB on 3rd down. Great hands. Great swipe to attack the OL's arms and hands. 

FLA: It is amazing how he runs around the OT, and makes plays on the other side of the QB. He has that knack for making plays in the backfield. He has some nice speed to power when they line him out wide as a Wide-11. They will line him up inside, and he can hit the QB rushing the ORG. He loves football. It is very important to him. He can find the RB. He is very good against the run.
He is so fast with that inside move. He burst right past OLT, and into RBs with some interesting consistency. He is the fastest inside of all the DLs. Very nice arm slap into the low Rip. It is amazing how quick he can get to the OLG, and then bounce outside when the RB goes off tackle, and still take him down. He is one of those guys that just moves faster than everyone else on the field. He got a lot of attention when Gary was out, but he still was able to hit the QB. 

The Reason: They have to completely replace their secondary, and they lost the two starting OLB in their 3-4. They have the most amazing QB in the League, and they sold out their defense to 30 pieces of silver.   

Second Choice: Anfernee Jennings Edge

30.

62

Saints

Defense: 4-3

*Hakeem Butler- 

WR Iowa ST

6-6, 219, #1

QB, LB, TE, CB, WR,  

2018 Picks: 

1 (14) Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA.
3 (91) Tre’Quan Smith, WR UCF.
4 (127) Rick Leonard, OL, FLA ST
5 (164) Natrell Jamerson S Wisconsin
6 (189) Kamrin Moore, CB, BC
6-201 Boston Scott, RB Louisiana T.
7 (245) Will Clapp, OC/OC, LSU.

2017 Picks: 

1(11) Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio ST
1 (32) Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
2 (42) Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
3 (67) Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
3 (76) Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
3 (103) Trey Hendrickson, DE, FAU
6 Al-Quadin Muhammad, DL, Miami

Key F.A. Signed:  

KR Wil Lutz
PR Marcus Sherels
TE Jared Cook
OC Nick Easton
RB Latavius Murray
QB Teddy Bridgewater
S Chris Banjo
LB Craig Robertson
DL Mario Edwards

Key F.A.:  
OC Josh LeRibeus
OT Jermon Bushrod
RB Daniel Lasco
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
WR Dez Bryant
WR Josh Huff
DT Jay Bromley

NT Tyeler Davison

LB Manti Te’o
FS Kurt Coleman 

FS Daniel Lasco

CB P.J. Williams
CB Rickey Jefferson

Key F, A, Lost:

Tommylee Lewis  WR
Alex Okafor DE 
Mark Ingram RB 

The Team: They have one good WR, and the rest are average at best. They need to get Michael Thomas some help on 3rd and long. Ginn ain't getting any younger either, and his knees are acting up (a knee scope cost him 12 games last season). They have to get a Number Two WR for Brees, who loves to throw outside to big WRs who he can see better. Butler can be the deep threat that Ginn used to be and he is bigger than Thomas. 

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

The Reason: They have to get some more help for an aging Brees. Butler is the best player available pick. Some think he is the best WR in the Draft, and could slip into the 1st. Watching Brees throwing deep to Butler would be something to see.

Second Choice: Rock Ya-Sin CB

31.

63.

Chiefs

Defense: 3-4

*Deionte Thompson

Free Safety Alabama

6-1, 203, 6.82 3-Cone, 

(O) 4.47, 4.12 SS, 17 Reps,

10'Broad, 36.5" Vert, 

 

Amani Oruwariye

CB Penn ST

 

Chase Winovich-

Edge Michigan

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

2018 Picks:

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

2017 Picks:

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

 

Key FA Signed:

Carlos Hyde RB

Anthony Sherman FB 

Demetrius Harris TE

Chris Conley WR
Alex Okafor DE
Damien Wilson OLB
Tyrann Mathieu FS

Key FA:  

Damien Williams RB

Anthony Sherman FB 
Spencer Ware RB
Demetrius Harris TE 
Orlando Scandrick CB 
Josh Shaw CB 
Mitch Morse OC 
Ron Parker FS
Jordan Devey OG 
Jarvis Jenkins DE 
Frank Zombo OLB 
Jeff Allen OG
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:

Chris Conley WR

Dee Ford OLB

Justin Houston OLB

Eric Berry FS

The Team: They got a Number One Corner in the 1st. Then the most versatile DB in the Draft. He can play all four DB positions, and the Nickel and Dime as well. Now they need a guy who can pull them all together. 

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

The Player: Thompson is a great hitter in the run game, but he is a true Free Safety. He can get up to the line fast, and knock the RB off his feet with a great form tackle. When they move him up like a SS, he can get across the line and tackle the WR. He is a good leader. He made plays in the passing game deep, but also inside in the Box. 

He has that nose for the ball that all teams need in the secondary. When the ball hits the ground he is always around it. He can cut in front of the TE, take position away from him and make the TE play defense. There are not a lot of DBs in this Draft who can playing the ball in the air like him. 

He is very aggressive in run defense. He is a FS not a SS, but he fills the hole as well as any FS in this Draft. I love to watch this kid play. "He does have great range on the back end," Saban Said. "He is very instinctive. Football is really important to him. He does a great job of preparing every week. We’re proud of the progress he’s made through his career here. He’s been a very productive player here for us." He is a true Cover One Safety, which helps a defense in so many ways. 
He is very aware, and will pick up the TE when everyone else is fooled by the play-action. He can play center field as well as anyone in this Draft. He is a great athlete. He played a lot of Cover One, which gives Alabama an extra guy in the rush. He also a great in man coverage. 

OK: Great FS. He can leap up over the WR and knock the ball down. Great ball skills. He can fly like a rocket into the legs of the WR catch the ball in front of him. He is a great football player. He seems to be everywhere in pass defense sometimes. Best Cover Two FS in the Draft. And the best Cover One safety in the Draft.

Junior (2018): Talented defensive back who worked his way into the rotation on defense and started the final two games of the 2017 season ... secured the starting safety spot this fall and leads the Tide secondary ... tied for ninth in the SEC with seven passes defensed this season ... recorded a team-leading 47 tackles, including a team-high 29 solo stops ... added 1.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) ... also collected five pass breakups and has totaled two interceptions for a combined 65 return yards ... added one forced fumble and a fumble recovery to his 2018 stats ... named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player ... selected as a Midseason All-American by The Sporting News and ESPN.com while earning Midseason First Team All-America accolades from the Associated Press ... earned one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week accolades for his play against Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

The Reason: Ab-so-lute-ly desperation for defense. Thompson will step in and play FS for this team right away. He is a Cover One Safety who can get sideline to sideline and help their porous CBs out on both sides of the field in coverage. They want to turn every game into a track meet. With this secondary they could win the Super Bowl, huh... once Brady retires. 

Second Choice: D'Andre Walker OLB

32.

64.

Patriots

Defense: 2-5

Miles Boykin

WR Fighting Irish
6-3.3, 220, (U) 4.42,

6.77 3-Cone! 4.07 SS

 11'8" Broad! 43.5" Vert!

33 1/2" Arms, 12 Reps, 

 

AJ Brown- 
WR Miss ST, 

 

Will Greer

QB WVU

TE, WR, DT, 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

Austin Seferian-Jenkins  TE

Matt LaCosse TE 

Cedrick Lang TE

Phillip Dorsett WR
Bruce Ellington WR/KR

John Simon DE

Michael Bennett DE

Mike Pennell DE

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: The Pats need a freak or two. BB has shown the willingness to take a chance on a freak or two, as veterans. So why not on a rookie? Moss and Gordon are true athletic freaks. I don't think that either has a thing on Boykin. At 6-3 3/8 he ran an impossible 6.77 in the 3-Cone Drill. That could be a 1st Round number for BB. The 3-Cone measures quicks, COD, and agility. I say that BB would argue that those are three of the five or six most important traits for NFL players. 

He is a one-year wonder that carries some risk. He doesn't seem to have the best instincts in pattern. But he caught everything thrown to him last season. He and Book had some great chemistry on the field. He has the potential, that's Po-tential, to be a number one. I'm not sure you can say the Pats have that right now. Gronk was always it. Edelman is it now, but is he a true Number One? I suppose it's tough to say "no" after the Super Bowl. But for how long?

He has to work on his feet in pattern first. "I haven’t hit my ceiling yet. I don’t know if I have a ceiling," Boykin said. "Every time I step on the field, I’m just getting better. For me, it’s just about being the best that I can be. I think that I’m definitely capable of being one of the best receivers in the NFL. And that’s what I try to show every time I step on the field." He takes extra steps in pattern. He has the elite explosion to break open in pattern every time. But doesn't.

He showed he had elite feet at the Combine. "(Watching film) is extremely important to me just because anything I can do to get a leg up on the competition I’m going to do. So that means watching four to five hours of film a week. That’s what I do. Whether it’s knowing a certain coverage or what play beats that coverage or how I run a route against a certain coverage, it helps tremendously," Boykin said. "Playing football is tough when you don’t know what you’re doing, when you’re just going out there running around. When you can learn what teams’ schemes are, what they’re trying to do to stop you, it makes everything so much easier." But he ain't gettin' any younger either. He takes a hell of a beating. The Pats desperately have to find someone to help him.

Boykin has to transfer those elite feet into patterns onto the field. he is not a sure thing. His production last season (59 catches for 872-yards and 8 TDs), is dreadful when compared it to his Combine stats. He has to learn to get open better in pattern. He over relies on his size speed and quicks too much. He was under used at Notre Dame. But he has that spark on the field you want.

Boykin is a guy who just wants to win. "This is a game where you have to be confident to play," Boykin said, after the Pitt game where he had 4 catches for 84 yards and the game winning TD. "I wouldn’t step on that field if I didn’t think we were going to win." It was such a better passing offense with Book in the game. His stats improved over the last five games: 23 catches for 302 yard and 2 TDs, for 60-yards per game average. Not elite. But it showed he was still improving.

This isn't rocket science. The Pats need a true Number One WR to help their aging GOAT. Boykin is not a true Number One. So I'm sayin' there's a chance. It won't be as a rookie. I think he can be similar to Gordon. Only he is bigger. He has similar size and hands. One thing about Boykin is that he has great soft hands. He has everything you want in a Number One WR, except instinct in pattern. He played with a running QB most of his time. He got a passing QB last season. 

But if he can get to the Pats and work with Brady, he has the smarts to learn to run patterns like Brady likes. I remember Brady working with Patterson on patterns in practice. He kept taking him aside and showing him how to run patterns. It didn't really work. If he does that with Boykin? He can learn. He can get it in pattern. Miles, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

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

The Reason: Boykin is a smart guy. He can learn to run patterns. He can learn to run patterns from Brady and Josh. If he can improve his instincts and smarts in pattern he has the physical profile to be a Number One WR. The Pats have to take that chance on him at some point in this Draft. He is not as highly thought of by others as he is by me. So he could slip down to this spot. 

The Pats might have to take him at 32, or trade down a few spots (for say a 2nd in 2020;), and snag him quick. He is tough and physical as well. He has Moss's size and hands, and runs like Gordon and catching everything thrown to him like Gordon. I know BB loves those guys. But he doesn't seem to have Moss's football smarts or Gordon's instincts yet. 

With a real QB throwing to him I think it will be different than it was a Notre Dame. 

I still have tears in my eyes from watching old Notre Dame burn. When I was there I got up onto the roof and walked around staring out at Paris for an hour or so. It is just such a tragedy for the world. 

BB has to stop goofing around and get Brady some weapons who can help him, instead of the other way around. Dorset and Ellington? Are you kidding me. Where the hell was Dorsett in the Super Bowl? Did he play, or was he in the locker room with Malcolm Butler? Where was Hogan? Was he sparking one up with Butler in the locker room? Did either guy even play in the Super Bowl? 

I don't care if they draft another RB. Hell, give me Damien Harris here, and let's watch him go. Gronk is gone and Brady is slowing down. Pats need weapons. The WR production last season, beside Edelman, was an abomination. You cannot expect that to happen again. I know rookies are usually not the best answer, but that's what we got. This is one of the top WR Draft's I have seen. I just finished my Miles Boykin Tape, and he is a 1st Round talent. He might develop into the best WR in this Draft, and most have him in the 3rd Round. 

They are going to have five shots to pick up a couple of WRs and a couple on TE on Day Two. The Pats don't need a TE or a WR. The need two Tight Ends and two Wide Receivers, like now! With Dwayne Allen and The Incredible Gronk gone, they need at least two tight ends in their first four or five picks. 

It is time to double down on the TE and WR positions. They needed a second TE who could catch passes behind Gronk, as Brad Allen was really just a third Tackle. Now they need a TE who can catch passes, and a TE who can catch passes behind him. Now they have no TEs on the roster (Okay, so they have two guys no one ever heard of on the roster). They need three TEs who can mix in blocking and catching passes, and make Brady's life easier. 

Or two terrific Tight Ends who can do all three. Those guys are not easy to find. I mean, it is desperate. They have to think about burning a pick or two to go up and try and get Fant if he falls into the 20s. If not they may have to trade up a few pick to ensure they get Smith. Smith is a better receiver than blocker. 

He is more H-back than Tight end. Meaning is a good blocker, and a very good move blocker or a blocker on the move out on the edge in space. But he is not a great power blocker or an inline blocker. You cannot line him up in front of the D-end and expect him to win consistently, like Gronk and Allen. But Smith can get open in space, and is a great receiver deep down the Seam. 

The Pats could have to take two TEs before the Day Two is over, but more likely take one early and a Day Three guy who is more blocker than receiver like: Drew Sample, Alex Mack, Tommy Sweeney, and BB already interviewed Trevon Wesco who is likely go after the 4th. He could be the Pats pick in the 4th at 134. The Pats don't have a 5th, and their next pick is in the 6th at 205. 

So don't be surprised if the Pats are picking between those tight ends at 134 (though I have always thought they'd be taking a DE there, where they got lucky lately. They will be looking at Ledbetter or Omenihu in the 4th, who fit the profile with Flowers and Wise), take a TE and wait a little later for developmental guys like John Cominski or Maxx Crosby, or pick up a 5th in one of the trade ups or trade downs they will enviably do. 

However, they need to hit the Wide Receivers twice before Day Three ends. This is a great WR Draft. They could easily pick up two WRs on Day Two who have Day One traits. And then they have to pray that one of them can step in and play. Patriots rookie are rarely rushed into the line up to play. 

In fact, an ingrown toenail could see them on IR for the season. (so there is still hope for Braxton Berrios;). They have three picks in the 3rd and one in the 4th. With two of those picks they need to double up on a WR and TE, and probably a DE, as Bennett is a one year band aid. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I was going to have them take Sills here, and Boykin with their next pick at 73. But Boykin is not going to reach this pick. His Tape and Combine were great. He is a one year wonder, who was still not as productive last season as he should have been. He will not go in the 1st. But now I'm not sure he will go in the 3rd. The Pats really need both guys, and then hope and pray that one works out as the rookie of the year. 

I went with Sills here, because I think he might be a little more ready. And Boykin seemed to be lower rated by most. The Pats have a few guys they want to pick up, and may have to take them ahead of schedule. Nelson was made to play for the Pats. Sills is the Redzone threat that Brady will need the next couple of years. Boykin is the freak, who could turn into a legit NFL Number One WR, and hopefully give Brady three years of super quality starts instead of one or two. But his production last season was still below par 

Either way, the Pats can no longer just throw flotsam and jetsam out on the field and expect Brady to turn them into 20 pound lobsters. Brady has to get two or three guys on the field who made him better, like the Incredible Gronk did.

OMG. Thank God I'm finally finished with this 2nd Round. 

Second Choice: Caleb Wilson TE

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2019:

4/12 Austin Bryant: 2018 Bio. Updated.

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

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

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

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 Dwayne Haskins: The Best Pure Pocket Passer In The Draft, 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.