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57.

Eagles

*Mack Wilson

LB Alabama

6-2, 239, (PD) 4.65, 

10"1' Broad, 32" Vert,

32.3" Arms, 

 

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: Mack might go in the 1st, but I don’t see it. He is a good Mike, but not great one. Nice job holding the middle, and waiting for the RB to come to him. He rarely faced blockers, because of the ridiculous talent on the DL in front of him. Doesn’t make as many plays as I though he should when I watch him. Often looks the best when he doesn’t move and the play comes to him. He is a very good blitzer. He can find the lane and get to the QB fast. 

He is the leader and signal caller of the defense. Needs to get bigger. He gets to the RB quick, but the RB can run right over him. He can knock the WR flying back onto his back. He is a great run blitzer off the edge. He does not take on blockers well, and is more of a run around guy. 

He was playing like a guided missile against LSU. Destroyed screens. He might be the quickest and fastest LB to the RB. Plays action hurts him. He is a run first ILB. Terrific job finding the RB in traffic. He is a bit of miss cast LB. He is not big and does not have long arms, which seems to be every where. 6-1 240 might be the near the prototype LB now a days, but it is not big. 

He really is a terrific blitzer. He can bend outside the D-end bringing the OLT inside, and hit the QB in a flash. When the QB takes off he always seems to be in the right spot to tackle him. When he blitzes and gets a free lane he can really destroy the QB, and knock him flying back on his butt. He has some explosion, and uses his nice burst and angles to get to the ball carrier.

I'm just not sure about him. I didn't see the step up I was expecting after an injury filled 2017 Season. "Football is football. A 40-yard dash is a 40-yard. I didn’t play football all my life to be a track star or anything else like that," Mack said. "I feel like there’s a part of football that some scouts, some teams, some coaches want to see. But at the end of the day, it’s about what you put on film. That’s your resume." He ran a 4.65 Forty in his second run at the Alabama Proday

Mack said he also had a 32" Vert and 10'1" Broad. "Every team I met with I told them, 'I feel like the most versatile linebacker in the draft,'" Wilson said. "I can flip my hips. I can cover. I can do whatever. I wanted to be able to show those guys that when I did my position drills." Gil Brandt graded his Proday as "Average", is more of a D than C. 

Wilson is an undersized Mike. "He’s going to be the signal caller," Saban said. "Very athletic, very good player. We don’t have any questions about his ability to do what he needs to do at his position to be successful, but how he affects other people is going to be critical." He is a very good athlete on the field. He has a nice quick zone drop, and he is best in coverage.

He is a sideline to sideline tackler. "Physically, we’ve always known Mack could do literally anything," trainer Tracy Varner said. "I mean if you listen to Mack, he should go out there and compete with Jalen and Tua for the starting quarterback job. Mack can do anything. The next step is the mental part and the leadership part." It is his smarts that could make him a great one. He is not a great run defender. He makes the plays when he isn't blocked, but doesn't take on blocks well at all. In space he can do it all. He doesn't always see through the play. Blockers get to him. He needs to beat them to the spot. Needs to play in the future more. 

But he does take nice angles outside. "I still feel like there’s a lot of room for improvement," Wilson said. "You know, I didn’t have the perfect Pro Day. I didn’t accomplish everything that I wanted to accomplish. But I told my parents and my trainers, 'as long as I'm happy, I want y'all to be happy.' After I ran my 40 and I saw what I ran, I was happy. I wasn't mad at myself, I wasn’t down. I was like, 'I'm going to finish these drills strong and go about my day.'" When he sees the ball carrier he gets to him. He is a one year wonder, whose stats weren't that wonderful.

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

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

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

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

2018 SENIOR SEASON: Awards: Earned a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's coaches and media...Selected first-team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press...Named All-Big Ten by ESPN...Accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...Named the team's Co-Most Valuable Defensive Player, with Shareef Miller, at the team's awards banquet...Is a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award...Named to the Pro Football Focus Midseason All-Big Ten team...Selected to Pro Football Focus National and Big Ten Teams of the Week following the Pittsburgh (9/8) game.
Season: Made 13 starts...One of 20 players to make their first career start this year...One of 22 players to have earned their degree entering the 2019 Citrus Bowl...Graduated with his degree in telecommunications in December 2017...Graduated in December 2018 with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Rankings: Ranks No. 5 in the Big Ten and No. 30 in the nation with 1.2 passes defended per game...Is No. 8 in the Big Ten in the FBS with three interceptions

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

 

27.

59.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

Johnathan Abram

Safety Miss ST

6’, 215, #38, (O) 4.55, 

10' Broad, 36.5"Vert, 

14 Reps, 

 

**Byron Murphy

CB Washington

SS. DT, CB, DE, DLT, 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

Key F.A.:

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

Key F.A. Lost:

 

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The Team: Their Safeties stunk last season: they were injured, one moved to Corner (Desir) and played better, all seemed injured, and now most as Free Agents. I don't see any reason to resign Corey Moore or Matthias Farley. 

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

The Reason: Their best CB is their Nickel. They resigned him. But the still need help in the secondary.  

Second Choice: D'Andre Walker OLB

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

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

 

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 have the worst secondary in the NFL. If they sent their first four picks on DBs I don't think anyone could complain. 

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

The Reason: They need help all over the secondary. Chauncey can fill in everywhere. Plus, he is has the best name in the Draft. Being There is one of my favorite all time movies. 

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

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

David Sills-
WR WVU

6-3 1/4, 211, 6.97 3-Cone! 

(O) 4.57, 4.28 Short Shuttle

37.5" Vert. 9'9"Broad,  

32" Arms, 14 Reps

 

Irv Smith
H-Back Alabama

 

Anthony Nelson-
DE Iowa

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

2018 Picks:

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

2017 Picks:

3 (83) Derek Rivers, OLB/PR, Youngstown State
3 (85) Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
4 (131) Deatrich Wise, DL, Arkansas
6 (211) Conor McDermott OT UCLA

Key F.A. Signed:

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:

Gronk! The TE!

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: The Pats are going to be looking at QBs in this Draft. "There are 3 teams that I have heard and I know are very interested in Josh Rosen: New England, the New York Giants, and the LA Chargers," some goof twitted. "One of those have already offered a 2nd-round pick. Arizona is waiting for a 1st. I don't think they'll get it." Rosen could cost the Pats 32, or a 2nd and 3rd, but the Pats want to save 32 for a weapon for Brady.

The end of the greatest QB of all time is sadly winding down. The career of the greatest HC of all time is slowly winding down as well. Does the obvious desire for a top young QB reveal that BB might be willing to stay on as HC of the Pats post-Brady (oooh, I just got a chill down my spine). I have always thought we would lose both and the Pats would plummet into the Post Michael Jackson Tour Franchise again.

The Pats are going to be looking to win the Super Bowl again. That means they have to hit reset on Brady's weapons. It is tough to win a Super Bowl with rookies playing big roles. However, it doesn't look like the Pats are going to have a choice. They need a lot of guys to step in and play in their offense. The defense is still looking pretty good. But the offense was decimated last year, and end with the loss of Gronk. 

They don't need a tight end. They need two. They don't need an impact wide receiver. They need two. Free agency isn't over yet. I'm sure BB would much rather have veteran at each position. But the quality is just not there. I do believe they are in the Rosen bidding. I even believe they'll win it. I think Rosen ends up a Patriot. I think BB would do it just to motivate Brady. And not just because the Franchise will collapse into a steaming pile of poo once Brady is gone, if there is no coached up replacement for him. 

Rosen has the arm talent. He has the smarts. He has the drive to win. He is also a bit of an odd duck like Brady. I also am 100% convinced that Kyler Murray is already an Arizona Cardinal. BB is at his best when the other team has to make a move and he can slip in and take advantage. Also no other team is going to give the Cards a 1st. 

The Pats have two 2nds and three 3rds to pick up talent, and the 32nd pick. In the NFL Draft no team ever thinks there are 32 1st Round talents in any Draft. The Pats trade out of the 1st regularly. Picking up a second-year top-10 pick at QB with starting experience? For the last 1st in the Draft? Just sounds like a BB deal. 

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 the 3rd (he is a much better blocker), or Jace Sternberger (a 4.76 forty might be a 2nd round number).

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

The Reason: 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: Miles Boykin WR

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2019:

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.

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.