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All Album Releases for Summer (June - August) of 2020

2020.09.22 02:31 NoYeezyAtWeezyHeezy All Album Releases for Summer (June - August) of 2020

Below is a list of all the albums and EP's that were released in June through August. If there are any I missed or anything you think should be added, let me know and I'll gladly add it because I'm sure there are many I have missed. I've linked all of the ones that there have been album discussions if you would like to go leave your thoughts or rank the album. Also leave a comment below if one or multiple albums stood out to you for the month. Enjoy!

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2020.09.01 22:57 zedd_gaskin1 Three Offseason Moves for Each Team

Undertaking a fairly large project here. The aim is to give each team a plausible trade, signing, and draft pick over the 2020 NBA offseason in order to boost each team's prospects in the upcoming 2020-2021 season. While I can't promise they all will be, I'll try and keep the trades as player-specific, rather than something like "Knicks trading up to draft Ball" or something like that.
I will also try (no promises) to do the trade in conjunction with one another. So it would ideally be proposed as 3-moves to make together, not 3 separate moves to make. Again, no promises, and I'll clarify if I'm suggest one as an alternative, but that will be the aim if I can find a pattern I like.
Also, some players listed in free agency signings do have player options, so we'll treat them all as possibilities to a certain degree. And also, just because your team's player is listed as a trade move for one team doesn't mean they are moving them, just that there either have been rumors they'd be available, or simply that the listed team would be interested in acquiring them.

Atlanta Hawks

Draft Pick: G/F Isaac Okoro, Auburn
With plenty of promising scorers, the Hawks should target Okoro to add to their defensive capacity on the wing. Okoro is a very selfless player, and would fit well into a lineup with Trae Young, John Collins and Clint Capela, amongst other promising young players. While ultimately, the Hawks may actually be best suited packaging this pick in a trade, if they stick at #6 overall, Okoro sure would be a good addition for Atlanta.
Signing: F JaMychal Green, Los Angeles Clippers
The Hawks have a few players who can fill minutes behind John Collins at the 4, such as De'Andre Hunter. But adding a clear backup for Collins would round the depth a bit cleaner. Insert JaMychal Green, a quality shooter (39% last season), who still be able to keep the post clear for Clint Capela, will giving Atlanta an excellent depth addition should he decline his player option in LAC and seek out a new opportunity.
Trade: G Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
Oladipo would be interesting backcourt partner with Trae Young. In addition to being a high-caliber defender, Oladipo also has the ability to handle the ball when Young isn't on the court. While Indiana risks losing Oladipo down the road for nothing, shipping him off to the rising Hawks, who will be angling for a playoff run next season. Oladipo could be a big piece of that run, and perhaps even help them contend for more if returns to his All-Star form.

Boston Celtics

Draft Pick: F Patrick Williams, Florida State
The Celtics have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, and selecting back at #13 overall means they'll really just be able to target the best player available. If Patrick Williams is available at 13 however, he should definitely be considered, as his versatility would help continue loading up the Celtics bench. And with Williams being a bit raw offensively, the Celtics can afford to take a chance on his upside and develop him under Brad Stevens further.
Signing: F Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
A 6'6 sharpshooter, Harris would be a fun add to the Celtics rotation. It may take some small moves to create the space for him, but adding the career 3-point marksman would fit in well with the versatile athletes around him like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and help the second unit stretch the floor when he comes off the bench.
Trade: C Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
Turner seems like he has been connected to the Celtics for a little while now, and it makes plenty of sense. The Pacers will likely be looking for players who fit better around Domantas Sabonis, and that could give an opportunity for the Celtics to move for Turner. Turner would fit well in the Celtics lineup at the center position, where right now the Celtics have some quality role players, but no star. By adding Turner, the Celtics would have one of the best all-around starting 5's in the entire league (Kemba-Smart-Brown-Tatum-Turner).

Brooklyn Nets

Draft Pick: G Josh Green, Arizona
Finding players who can work alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will be key, and Green's defense and off-ball ability make him well suited to this role. Picking #19 overall will make it difficult to add an instant impact rotation, but Green would have a good chance to find minutes with his skill set.
Signing: C Aron Baynes, Phoenix Suns
Should the Nets see themselves dishing out C Jarrett Allen in a blockbuster trade for a third star (see below), then a backup center becomes a big priority for the Nets. The solution here is Baynes, a hard-working center who had a career season shooting the ball. He'd fit nicely behind DeAndre Jordan.
Trade: G Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
If Beal is available, the Nets should be keen to add him to the mix. Able to offer the most enticing players to any blockbuster package (Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen), the Nets could find their third star to pair with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant when the two return next season. Adding Beal to the mix would immediately vault the Nets all the way to Finals contenders, if the return of Durant and Irving themselves don't already accomplish that.

Chicago Bulls

Draft Pick: PG LaMelo Ball, Australia
If he's on the board at the #4 overall pick, the Bulls should be keen on bringing LaMelo in to the Windy City. Perhaps the Draft's best playmaker, he could fit well with scoring guards like Coby White and Zach LaVine, while operating a dangerous pick and pop with big guys like Markkanen. With the size and athleticism to match up well defensively, LaMelo's playmaking ability would help turn the Bulls into a legitimate playoff threat in 2020-2021. If LaMelo is off the board, the Bulls could go in several direction, perhaps even trading the pick if they find a suitable offer.
Signing: C Meyers Leonard, Portland Trail Blazers
The Bulls could use some depth in the frontcourt, and Leonard's range and 3-point ability make him a great player to add into a rotation that ranked in the bottom third of the league in their percentage from deep, and could potentially lose F Otto Porter if he opts out, one of their better marksmen. The question will likely be centered on how much money Leonard is aiming for, but if the numbers work, Leonard should be a serious target for Chicago.
Trade: C Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Embiid may or may not be available, there have been reports going both ways. But if the former Jayhawk is on the block after the 76ers quick exit from the playoffs, then Chicago should be very interested in acquiring him, even if means shipping out Wendell Carter and some other assets. With Markkanen capable of spacing the floor (34.5% shooter from deep), an Embiid addition would give Chicago two versatile bigs, given Embiid's proficiency from deep as well (34.8%). But most importantly, he'd be a scoring machine that would be the focal point of a fun, versatile Bulls roster that could push into playoff contention quickly with him leading the way.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Draft Pick: F Obi Toppin, Dayton
With it almost assured that neither LaMelo Ball nor Anthony Edwards reaches Cleveland at #5, their hope should be in Toppin making his way past the Hornets and Bulls. A dynamic forward who excels in multiple facets of the game, he'd represent the best player available at this point in the draft, and an ideal addition for a talent-needy Cavaliers team. Whether replacing Kevin Love, or playing alongside him in looks, Toppin should stay in Ohio if at all possible.
Signing: F Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat
The Heat need cap space for upcoming extensions, so it's likely that Jones Jr, a versatile role player, will hit free agency. Cleveland is already reportedly interested, and it makes sense why. Providing quality defense on the wing, he's 23 years old, which fits Cleveland's rebuilding timeline, and should have time to round out and improve his offensive game (8.5 ppg, 28% from 3). The name of the game for the Cavs is to acquire talent, and Jones Jr. provides them with an intriguing piece with room to grow.
Trade: Moving Kevin Love for Assets
After landing a dynamic replacement for him, the Cavaliers are a team that doesn't necessarily have a specific player to target, but rather figure out what they could get for someone like Love, who shot 37% from deep last year. His salary could be problematic here, but even adding second round selections has proven useful for Cleveland (Kevin Porter Jr.).

Dallas Mavericks

Draft Pick: G Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
Maxey may not be a lethal shooter by any means, but his defense should make him a desired player for a Mavericks team that could use a defensive stopper to pair with Luka Doncic down the role. Maxey brings athleticism, ability to finish at the rim, and a decent mid-range game to the table, which should be enough, along with his defense, to make a desirable player for Mark Cuban's Mavericks.
Signing: SF Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings
Limited to what they can make happen with the Mid Level Exception or in a sign-and-trade, the Mavericks should get creative and add Bogdan Bogdanovic to the roster. The 27-year old wing would fit right at home with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, a high caliber shooter, especially on catch and shoot situations. If Sacramento doesn't believe they can fit Bogdanovic in with upcoming deals for Fox and Bagley, along with Hield potentially, landing some assets in a sign-and-trade would make sense. If no sign-and-trade, perhaps a 3&D wing like James Ennis (Orlando) could be an easier fit financially.
Trade: PF Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
Whether Kristaps Porzingis fills more time at the four or the five, finding a way to pair him and Gordon together in a frontcourt would be fun to watch. Gordon's resurgence for the Magic this past season was a large reason they managed to make it into the playoffs. His defensive versatility and 3-point ability would make him an ideal third star to pair with Luka and Kristaps.

Denver Nuggets

Draft Pick: F Jaden McDaniels, Washington
The Nuggets were patient in bringing along Michael Porter Jr., who has stepped up big time during the Bubble. And with several Nuggets wings likely to depart in free agency (Millsap, Torrey Craig), adding a high potential piece like McDaniels to develop and even rotate in behind Grant and Porter Jr. would give Denver the opportunity to take a chance on someone like McDaniels.
Signing: C Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons
If Plumlee is in fact priced out of a return to Denver, finding a suitable replacement at center will be important. While Bol Bol could claim that spot, it's not a certainty, and thus, adding a three-level scorer at the 5 would be a wise insurance policy for the Nuggets.
Trade: G Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
A high caliber veteran on a rebuilding roster, Holiday could be a great partner to pair with Jamal Murray in the backcourt. Less costly than someone like Bradley Beal, Holiday would be a much more realistic third star to bring in. A lineup with Holiday-Murray-Porter Jr.-Nokic and whoever else you want in that fifth spot seems deadly. With Gary Harris and plenty of other assets available, the Nuggets could offer an intriguing package for Holiday.

Detroit Pistons

Draft Pick: G/F Devin Vassell, Florida State
This may break from the mock drafts a bit, which usually have the Pistons adding a point guard. However, Vassell could be an interesting piece for Detroit to select, especially considering that the top point guard in the draft (LaMelo Ball) will not likely be available for Detroit at #7 overall. Instead, Detroit adds a long 3&D piece that could fit nicely in between Luke Kennard and Sekou Doumbouya long-term. And as for a point guard. . .
Signing: PG Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
Reuniting Dwane Casey and VanVleet seems like an ideal pairing, especially the major need Detroit has at point guard. With Blake Griffin still a high caliber player when healthy, adding a win-now veteran like VanVleet could perhaps boost Detroit all the way to the playoffs next season if Griffin is playing. And at 26-years old, he's both an instant impact veteran as well as a possible long-term solution at the position.
Trade: C Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic
The Pistons may have found themself something with C Christian Wood, who emerged as a quality option for them in the wake of the Drummond trade. However, Wood's emergence was a very small sample size, raising some questions over how much stock Detroit would put into it. Acquiring Bamba would give them another starting caliber option, who has proven himself as a decent player off the bench behind Vucevic if Wood does manage to build on his promising play.

Golden State Warriors:

Draft Pick: C James Wiseman, Memphis (kinda)
Should the Warriors not move this pick, Wiseman makes more sense than LaMelo Ball in terms of fit and need. Though both have questions of maturity and consistency, Wiseman's size and length would offer the Warriors a weapon they haven't really had alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. If Wiseman can fit in the frontcourt with forward Draymond Green, and Golden State makes the pick, it should be Wiseman.
Signing: PG D.J. Augustin, Orland Magic
At 32-years old, Augustin likely won't command more than any of the exceptions that Golden State would be able to muster up. However, he still can make an impact, running the Warriors second unit when Curry and Thompson (both returning from injury) need a breather. A quality shooter as well (35%), Augustin to the Warriors makes plenty of sense as they attempt to return to their place at the top of the Western Conference.
Trade: PF John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
While the Warriors seem to be another team interested in acquiring All-Star G Bradley Beal, perhaps a move for John Collins would be more feasible. The beauty for Golden State is that they would likely be able to orchestrate this trade more along the lines of a pick swap than an outright deal using their #2 selection. If the Hawks are interested in pairing Trae Young and perhaps LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards, this could the way to get there. Collins' 3-point shooting and athleticism would make him a quality fit in Golden State.

Houston Rockets

Draft Pick: - - - No Selection in Upcoming Draft - - -
The Rockets could always try buying a second round pick to add someone like C Nick Richards (Kentucky) or F Paul Eboua (Italy), but for now, they do not possess a pick.
Signing: C DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Lakers
The Rockets have found success operating without a center, but should look to find a big man or two who fits alongside Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Cousins' season was derailed by injuries, but his ability to stretch the floor as well as battle big men like Davis or Jokic in the West make him an appealing option for the Rockets.
Trade: F/C Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Likely dependent on whether or not they made the signing above, the Rockets could also choose to trade for a big man to help stretch the floor. A decorated veteran, Love has plenty of experience playing with ball-handling stars, and so long as he continues to shoot a good clip from deep and rebound the ball, he'd be an invaluable piece for Houston as they attempt to win a title.

Indiana Pacers

Draft Pick: F Killian Tillie, Gonzaga
The Pacers do not posses a first round pick this year, so finding a useful rotational piece at #44 overall will be the challenge here. For the Pacers, finding a clean backup for Sabonis would be a welcome add. Tillie is a floor-stretcher at the four, hitting over 40% from deep every season at Gonzaga. Mixing him into the second unit with Doug McDermott on the wing and Gaga Bitadze at center should give the Pacers the depth they need to make a run.
Signing: G/F Kent Bazemore, Sacramento Kings
Should the Pacers decide to move Victor Oladipo before he departs in 2021 free agency, then adding a wing like Bazemore should help fill in the depth after Jeremy Lamb steps into Oladipo's spot. Bazemore saw his 3-point percentage climb after moving to Sacramento (38%), and if he's able to continue hitting at a quality rate like that, he'd be a valuable two-way wing that would be helpful for a hopeful contender like the Pacers.
Trade: G Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
The Pacers have several very intriguing pieces that they could potentially move, notably G Victor Oladipo and C Myles Turner. Should they move Oladipo, perhaps using him as the centerpiece to a Bradley Beal piece would give Indiana a shot at the player who would most likely elevate their team beyond first-round playoff exits. Swapping Oladipo for Beal should be discussed if the Wizards find themselves willing to move Beal.

Los Angeles Clippers

Draft Pick: F/C Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State
If JaMychal Green departs, finding another power forward would make sense for the Clippers to look for. Picking so late in the draft, #57 overall, limits their options in terms of finding an immediate contributor. Rather, targeting someone more developed like Wesson would be their best bet of finding a contributor, though they could easily opt for someone with more raw potential. Either way, Wesson's 3-point ability makes him an interesting option to develop into a rotational piece.
Signing: F/C Marvin Williams, Milwaukee Bucks
While the most likely signings for the Clippers will revolve around internal free agents, notably Marcus Morris and Montrezl Harrell, they still will have a bit of room for a smaller addition like Williams. If Harrell does depart, the Clippers could use another big to add to the rotation, and Marvin Williams would be a quality small ball center option for any teams looking to contend for a title, like the Clippers.
Trade: G J.J. Redick, New Orleans Pelicans
The Clippers have a very deep roster already, but Redick is exactly what you'd want to bring in to bolster your chances of winning it all. An elite, established marksmen, his shooting off the bench would be a big plus, and the defensive-minded Clippers already can compensate for him on that end of the floor. If they can make the money work, reuniting Redick and LAC would make sense as they chase a title.

Los Angeles Lakers

Draft Pick: G/F Desmond Bane, TCU
Picking at #28 overall, the Lakers would be wise to target Bane here, as his crazy 3-point rate (43%) would make him an energizing option off of the bench. The Lakers have a handful of wings as well on expiring deals, and should they lose someone like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, bringing in Bane to boost their mediocre 3-point numbers could help LeBron win another title.
Signing: C Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets
The Lakers have had DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Howard all on the roster in 2019-2020. McGee has an option for 2021, so the Lakers could see some turnover at the center position if any of the aforementioned don't want to run it back with LeBron and AD. If they need a new center, Biyombo's defensive chops would make him a good fit as a backup or rotational center to help the Lakers win a title.
Trade: PG Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons
Ensuring that the Lakers can generate offense with their stars getting a breather is crucial for any contender. Derrick Rose may no longer be the star he was, but he's still a valuable piece off the bench, and would fit quite well leading the Lakers second unit, should Rajon Rondo decline his player option.

Miami Heat

Draft Pick: C Jalen Smith, Maryland
The Heat have found tons of success with Bam Adebayo at the five, but for a team as deep as Miami, bringing in a high potential big man like Jalen Smith could give them a fun piece to develop. A quality three point shooter already, ironing out his defensive inconsistencies would give the Heat a quality contributor with the #20 overall pick.
Signing: F Dario Saric, Phoenix Suns
With Adebayo more of a playmaking Energizer Bunny, bringing in another big who can play alongside Adebayo, or relieve him, would be wise. The Heat will likely focus on bringing back players from their current roster, which would likely take them out of the running for Danilo Gallinari, for example. Instead, Saric could provide the same style of play at a more affordable cost. And that's important because....
Trade: Nothing Big...for now
Miami has a claim to one of the deepest rosters in the league. Their system works and they have the financial flexibility and assets to go big game hunting. With a poor free agency market this year though, the Heat should hold tight for another season and take a shot at a superstar like Giannis Antetokounmpo, and then pair him (or whoever) with one of the stacked free agents on the docket (Kawhi, LeBron, Beal, Gobert, Paul, etc). Adding DeMar DeRozan right now may be tempting, but don't do it, hold tight...for now.

Milwaukee Bucks

Draft Pick: PG Devon Dotson, Kansas
With multiple guards on expiring contracts, the Bucks should aim for a guard capable of providing them minutes in the Draft. An absolute blur, Dotson is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the Draft, though he'll need to work on deep range shooting before pairing up with Giannis. For now, he'd be a fun piece to add off the bench, able to push the ball in transition opportunities.
Signing: F Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
With a physical freak like Giannis leading the charge, surrounding him with shooters is the best course of action, and Harris shoots incredibly well. The Bucks may need to get create to afford Harris, but if they can make the money work, they likely won't find anyone as impactful as Harris in their pursuit of an NBA title.
Trade: F Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings
Bjelica had a quality season for the Kings, and while they'd likely want to hang onto him, the Bucks should consider making a call and working something. A 6'10 big with fantastic floor stretching ability (42% from 3), he'd represent a significant upgrade from the older Ersan Ilyasova. All about adding shooters, and even relative upgrades should be considered if the Bucks can afford it.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Draft Pick: SG Anthony Edwards, Georgia
This is a fairly easy one, as the Timberwolves hold the top pick and will have their choice of player here. The most likely, and most logical, is Edwards, who would pair with D'Angelo Russell in a high upside backcourt in Minnesota. While not an elite shooter, Edwards finds plenty of ways to score, and should continue to do so in the NBA, as Russell and Karl Anthony Towns take up the most attention from opponents.
Signing: F/C Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers
The Timberwolves could give themselves a defensive boost by bringing in Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Whether playing the four or five, Harrell would give the Timberwolves a high intensity option that can play alongside Karl-Anthony Towns or relieving him when he's off the floor.
Trade: G/F Josh Richardson, Philadelphia 76ers
If the 76ers do enter a fire-sale, the Timberwolves should put in a call for two-way wing Josh Richardson. Still only 26-years old, Richardson has plenty of upside for a relatively young team like the Timberwolves. Adding him to the mix would give them another capable weapon around their stars.

New Orleans Pelicans

Draft Pick: F Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt
A 3-point marksman to fill in on the wings would be the exactly the type of player to put around a playmaker like Zion Williamson. Nesmith's large wingspan (6'10) would be an asset as he develops into a top two-way wing, and doing so in New Orleans would be an excellent move for the Pelicans to pursue with the #13 overall selection.
Signing: PG Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets
If the Pelicans look to accumulate assets by moving Lonzo Ball or Jrue Holiday, than bringing a quality shooting point guard makes a lot of sense. Rivers shot 36% on 4 attempts per game in Houston, and showed the ability to play with more ball-dominant players in Russell Westbrook and James Harden, which would suit him well in a lineup featuring Zion Williamson. And at 28 years old, Rivers still has plenty of good years left in him as the Pelicans work towards contending status.
Trade: Whatever Assets They Can Get From Redick or Holiday
The Pelicans don't bring a specific target to mind, but rather as a team who should aim to accumulate assets. Gathering picks or promising young players would position them well to make a move for a bigger superstar down the road, one who, paired with Zion Williamson, would propel them into championship contention. And with both Redick and Jrue Holiday in town, the Pelicans have some intriguing pieces to dangle for teams looking to win now.

New York Knicks

Draft Pick: PG Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
Unless the Knicks trade up to acquire PG LaMelo Ball (which they are reportedly looking at), the Knicks should feel comfortable picking the best guard on the board at #8 overall, as there are several quality options. Haliburton, however, is the ideal target here, as he's a high IQ player with a good 3-point shot and excellent defense, he would fit Thibodeau's style pretty well, and presents less of a risk than Cole Anthony or Killian Hayes for example.
Signing: F Danilo Gallinari, Oklahoma City Thunder
With Mitchell Robinson not a shooting threat in the slightest, the Knicks should target someone who can stretch the floor from the four position. The best name available there is OKC's Danilo Gallinari, who nearly went to the Heat, but now is a free agent. Whoever the Knicks end up with at point guard will be well-aided by the floor stretching capacity of Gallinari, a 40% shooter the past two seasons.
Trade: PG Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
Another name out of OKC, the Knicks should feel no issues drafting a point guard and trading for Chris Paul. First and foremost, the Knicks need to rebuild a winning culture, and bringing in Paul and Tom Thibodeau are good first steps towards that end. Likewise, even if the Knicks do select a point guard in the draft, Paul has shown himself quite adept at sharing the floor with other ball-handlers, like he did in Houston with James Harden, and as he did this past year in OKC with Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and Dennis Schroeder. A great leader, player and mentor, Paul would help the Knicks build the right environment to end their playoff drought.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Draft Pick: C Isaiah Stewart, Washington
If the Thunder move Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari walks, they could be in for a rebuild. Stewart may be raw and underdeveloped offensively, but at 19-years old, he has time to develop his offensive game. Meanwhile, his wingspan, strength and motor give him major upside as a defensive stopper in the post. With Nerlens Noel potentially departing OKC, there could even be minutes for Stewart to step into as a rookie and get his feet wet.
Signing: F Otto Porter, Chicago Bulls
The Thunder could possibly be losing their best shooter (Gallinari) and their best defender (Roberson). Finding someone who can provide a little bit of both could work for them, with Porter shooting 38% last year in Chicago. An easy fit in between OKC's high powered guard duo and center Steven Adams, Porter could serve as either a reinforcement for another playoff run, or a piece with some long-term upside.
Trade: F Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings
If the Thunder aren't able to retain Danilo Gallinari, perhaps bringing in Bjelica could give them a similar styled replacement. As mentioned already, Bjelica is a floor stretching forward (42% clip) that would put another dangerous shooter around Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous Alexander.

Orlando Magic

Draft Pick: G Theo Maledon, France
The Magic need someone to boost their struggling offense, and Maledon's craftiness as a ball-handler and off-ball shooting ability (37% from deep) should peak the Magic's interest. While Markelle Fultz has rebuilt himself into a potential long-term point guard, Maledon should seamlessly fit in next to him, and even provide minutes backing him up when Fultz heads to the bench.
Signing: G Wesley Matthews, Milwaukee Bucks
If Evan Fournier opts in, the Magic won't have the money to add bigger names, but Matthews would fit in well after finding a role as a rotational two-way guard. And even if the Magic do see Fournier depart elsewhere, Matthews' veteran experience could help their young core figure things out.
Trade: G/F Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets
If the Nets have interest in bringing in Aaron Gordon to add to the Irving-Durant duo, the Magic should be intent on getting Caris LeVert shipped to them as part of the deal. Only 26 years old, Levert averaged 19 points per game while fueling a KD-less Nets team to the playoffs. A young core of Fultz, Levert, Isaac, and Bamba is a group that you can build around.

Philadelphia 76ers

Draft Pick: G Cassius Stanley, Duke
The 76ers could use guards and shooting, and with limited financial flexibility, may need to find it in the NBA Draft. Thus, Stanley to Philly, where his elite athleticism and quality range (36%), would be a welcome addition to the 76ers. If he's still on the board at #21 overall, Stanley would make plenty of sense for the 76ers.
Signing: PG Goran Dragic, Miami Heat
The 76ers management has said they intend to keep Simmons and Embiid together, but if they don't keep that intention, bringing in Dragic to run the offense could be the move to make. Still productive for the Heat at 33-years old, Dragic would likely pair with Embiid better than Simmons did, as indicated by his shooting ability (37%).
Trade: PG Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
Breaking the mold here, should the 76ers decide to move Simmons, but not bring in Dragic, perhaps a bigger move would solve the question better. While the Knicks are the one most often linked to a move for Paul, the 76ers may want to consider adding the veteran PG to the mix, especially if they decide to breakup the Simmons-Embiid duo, and ship Ben Simmons out. Paul's veteran experience and versatile game should make him a much better sidekick for Embiid than Simmons managed to be.

Phoenix Suns

Draft Pick: PG Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
The Suns needs someone in the backcourt, preferably someone who can work with Devin Booker, and run the offense when he's off the floor. That someone could be Lewis Jr., who averaged 19 points per game at Alabama and was able to knock down over 36% of his threes over two seasons. Finding a quality playmaker to carry the load could give them the breakthrough they need.
Sigining: F Moe Harkless, Los Angeles Clippers
Current starting wing Mikal Bridges was a solid compliment to Booker and Ayton this past season, but adding some more depth, especially a defensive geared piece, would give the Suns some switchy wings who can help them slow opponents down in the playoffs next year. Harkless will be a fairly cheap way of doing so.
Trade: F Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls
Putting Markkanen in an offense led by Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton could give him the space he needs to regain some of the production he had earlier in Chicago. Able to shoot off the pick-and-pop, Markkanen won't need to crowd in on Ayton to be an effective piece to the Suns offense.

Portland Trail Blazers

Draft Pick: F Saddiq Bey, Villanova
With two picks in the first round (16 and 29), the Blazers will have the flexibility to fill multiple needs with the most talented players on the board. For that first selection, Bey would be a quality addition, giving the Blazers wing defense and reliable shooting. A second team unit featuring Trent, Little and Bey would be very versatile. Then, with that second first rounder, targeting a big man like Jalen Smith would be a quality Draft for the Blazers.
Signing: C Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets
With Hassan Whiteside hitting free agency, it's likely the Blazers could find themselves in need of a backup center if Whiteside is unwilling to accept a role as a backup. Thus, Mason Plumlee could be an option, as a veteran big with a quality motor who has been a serviceable option for Denver. Plumlee may not fill up the stat sheet, but in Game 6 of the Playoffs, made a direct impact for Denver with a handful of offensive rebounds and high energy. That kind of team player who work well for the Blazers rotation.
Trade: PG Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs.
The Blazers have a quality starting lineup with Lillard-McCollum-Ariza-Collins/Melo-Nurkic. What they still could use is a backup point guard to help generate some points when Lillard takes a breather. Perhaps swinging a deal to bring in Patty Mills to an actual contender would be a good match. Mills currently backups Dejounte Murray in San Antonio, but his quality production and veteran leadership could be a boost for the Blazers.

Sacramento Kings

Draft Pick: G/F Devin Vassell, Florida State
With De'Aaron Fox running the point, the Kings need to surround him with shooters like Vassell. A 6'10 wingspan and 42% clip from deep, Vassell would be an ideal fit on the wing, and could help the Kings make the push into the playoffs by bolstering their offense and defense.
Signing: F Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets
If Grant opts out of his deal in Denver, he'd give the Kings a two-way option at the 3 or 4, an excellent depth addition to add in rotation with Jabari Parker, Bjelica, and Harrison Barnes. And of course, important to note when playing with De'Aaron Fox, Grant has a quality shot from deep, hitting 39% for the Nuggets this season.
Trade: F Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
If the Kings are moving G Buddy Hield, then perhaps he could interest the Lakers, who would likely want to acquire a more high profile guard to compliment LeBron and Davis. Thus, a move for Kuzma could be in play, as he'd give the Kings a versatile wing to pair with Harrison Barnes. Kuzma would also compromise a promising young trio along with De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III.

San Antonio Spurs

Draft Pick: F Deni Avdija, Israel
If there's any team that should be angling to move up should Avdija slide, the Spurs would likely be one of them. An excellent distributing big wing, capable of giving the Spurs minutes at the 4, Avdija seems like a tailor made fit for a Gregg Popovich offensive system. Between his schematic fit and his upside, he'd be the ideal player for the Spurs to come away with on Draft day.
Signing: F/C Bobby Portis, New York Knicks
Portis has plenty of upside if he can get straightened out, and if anyone is going to get the most out of Portis and teach him to play in a system, it's Gregg Popovich. If he succeeds, the Spurs find themselves with an offensive forward who can score in multiple ways, or even another trade piece if they want to sell high. Either way, taking a gamble on Portis could pay off for a program needing a new direction.
Trade: As Many Picks as They Can Get
The Spurs run is over for now. They did well to bring in some fun pieces in the Kawhi trade, but the Spurs need to enter a rebuild or risk an extended play in no man's land. Selling on DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Patrick Mills, and Marco Belinelli should be the aim. Get picks, get promising young players, and set yourself up to rebuild quickly. If one of these guys can even help you move up and select Avdija, do it.

Toronto Raptors

Draft Pick: F Robert Woodard II, Mississippi State
An athletic forward with a good build, Woodard could be a steal if Toronto is able to land him at #29 overall. After taking a major leap in between his freshman year and sophomore year, Woodard developed an outside shot (43%). For a team that may not be able to retain Serge Ibaka, finding another big to provide some range on the outside would give them a quality replacement.
Signing: PG Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets
Should Toronto be unable to retain Fred VanVleet, finding a guard capable of picking up minutes at point guard and shooting guard would serve them well. Rivers may not the same caliber of VanVleet, but can provide the versatility needed, along with a quality enough shot from deep (36% in 2019-2020).
Trade: SG Luke Kennard, Detroit Pistons
Thinking outside the box here, if the Raptors aren't comfortable paying VanVleet the rate it'd take to retain him, perhaps a sign-and-trade for a team like Detroit could send them back something useful, rather than letting VanVleet walk entirely. A sharp shooting guard (40% over his career, Kennard could fit well in Toronto, either as a long-term solution, or a piece to flip as part of a package at the deadline for a bigger star post-Kawhi.

Utah Jazz

Draft Pick: C Aleksej Pokusevski, Serbia
A unicorn big-man, Pokusevski is a mobile center with fantastic height (7'0) and the ability to knock down shots beyond the arc (32% shooter). While he'll need to get bigger (only 205 lbs and lanky), he's still very young and should be able to develop into a starting caliber player down the road. And selecting at #23 overall, that's really what you're looking for.
Signing: G Langston Galloway, Detroit Pistons
While the main signing priorities for Utah will be re-signing Jordan Clarkson and extending Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz could also look to add another guard into the rotation, and Galloway's versatility and shooting make him an easy player to fit into any rotation.
Trade: PG Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks
The Jazz would have some quality offers if they did move C Rudy Gobert. But assuming they keep Gobert, the Jazz target someone to give their second unit a boost, especially as an aging Mike Conley drops off from the All-Star player he was. Smith looked much better earlier in his career, averaging around 15 points per game through his first three seasons. If he can recapture that, he could even play his way into the direct replacement for Conley.

Washington Wizards

Draft Pick: F Isaac Okoro, Auburn
This one makes more sense than a lot of these other picks, in my opinion. The Wizards are horrendous on the defensive end, and Okoro is the best wing defender in this year's Draft. Being able to lock up opposing team's top scorer will allow Beal and Wall to go to work on the offensive end, lightening their load a good deal.
Signing: F Moe Harkless, Los Angeles Clippers
Bringing in one defensive minded rookie won't solve the defensive woes of the Wizards. With not a ton of cap flexibility, the Wizards should aim for someone relatively cheap, who can fill a clear role, and help develop young players like Rui Hachimura. That someone would likely be Moe Harkless.
Trade: The Biggest Haul They Can Get for Beal
I know the Wizards have said they want to see what Beal and Wall can do next season, rather than moving Beal now. But I personally think that's a mistake, and that cashing in on Beal, and getting a jump start on the rebuild is the way to go. The Wall-Beal duo didn't accomplish anything before Wall tore his Achilles, and the longer they wait, the more likely they get screwed over. If they can land two of Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, or Jarrett Allen from the Nets, I think that would be the best package, but the aim is less so a specific target than just hoard what they can get.


Anyways, this took a little while to put together, so I hope you don't totally hate it. Let me know if you agree, disagree, think someone would fit better!
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2020.08.21 04:08 temetrius2edrice Post Lottery Full Mock Draft

After tonight's lottery, I figured I would post a two-round mock draft. I didn't make any trades. I tried to go based on what I thing teams will do, not necessarily what I think they should do, though my opinions obviously impact the decisions as well. I also included my personal grades and some undrafted fits that I liked. Let me know what you think!
  1. MIN - LaMelo Ball PG (NBL) - LaMelo is the best player in the draft and is worth the gamble for the Timberwolves. It is reasonable to be concerned about his fit with their roster on both ends, but that concern would be fair regardless of who the Timberwolves select. Their defense would probably struggle with either LaMelo or Edwards. The fit with D'Lo would be clunky with either LaMelo or Edwards. LaMelo is a great passer and an underrated off-ball player. He played off-ball in high school and is a high IQ player on that end of the court. I expect him to be able to adjust to sharing time on ball with Russell. The offensive potential, particularly the two-man game with Towns, is far too enticing to pass up on at this spot.
  2. GS - Anthony Edwards SG (UGA) - Edwards adds depth to their backcourt that is lacking in talent outside of Steph and Klay. He can also gives them another ball handler to take some pressure off Draymond. The Warriors’ closing lineup has Draymond at the 5, so having Edwards on the roster could allow for him to play important minutes in a lower-usage role where he plays next to both Steph and Klay. The Warriors are a well-run organization and I expect them to get him to buy in on the defensive end and be more of a team player on offense, where they can take advantage of his underrated cutting abilities.
  3. CHA - James Wiseman C (MEM) - Wiseman will help anchor the Hornets’ defense for the foreseeable future. He fits well with Washington, who is big enough to provide weakside rim protection but also quick enough to guard the 4 and space the floor on offense. Wiseman can be a quality roll-man for Rozier and Graham and can help those guys get open by setting screens with his 7’1” frame.
  4. CHI - Deni Avdija SF (BSL) - Deni is a great fit for a Chicago team that needs a wing who can help their pieces fit together. He is a competent defender who plays hard on every possession, though his lack of length may limit his upside on that end of the floor. Offensively, he is a very good cutter and a capable ball handler. Even though he is not a good shooter, he is an intelligent floor spacer and knows where to be on the court. He can do a little bit of everything, and if his skills coalesce, he should be able to provide the Bulls with their wing of the future.
  5. CLE - Isaac Okoro SF (AUB) - Okoro is a great pick for the Cavaliers here at 5. They get one of the best defensive players in the class and fill a very substantial need in their roster, that being wing depth. Okoro is a good ball-handler and passer, which could help take some of the pressure off of Sexton and Garland, both of whom are probably undersized shooting guards, not true point guards. If Okoro is developed properly, he could turn into one of the best players in the class and could be an important building block for the Cavs in the future.
  6. ATL - Tyrese Haliburton PG/SG (ISU) - Haliburton can be the secondary ball-handler the Hawks desperately need. He is a smart defender and can help make up for some of Trae’s shortcomings, particularly if he is able to add strength. He will keep the ball moving and help make their pieces fit together better. He can play both on and off the ball thanks to his shooting ability, which is a plus for his fit next to Trae offensively.
  7. DET - Obi Toppin PF (DAY) - At the 7th pick, Obi will probably be viewed as the best available player. The fit with both Blake and Wood is less than ideal, but Obi has a bunch of avenues to being an effective offensive player. This is probably not a draft where you can get high level talent, particularly at pick 7, so it makes sense to go with a high floor player who can be an important piece of their multi-year rebuild. They can grab a star in next year's draft, and Obi will hopefully fit in with that player.
  8. NY - Killian Hayes PG/SG (BBL) - Though the Knicks unfortunately fell, they will still have the ability to acquire a good player for their future. I view Hayes as a tier 1 prospect, and although the consensus is lower on him than I am, I expect Hayes to be the pick for New York as they continue with their rebuild. He can run their offense and create for himself and others in the PnR. He is a good defender both on and off the ball. Surrounding Hayes with shooters will be crucial to the success of the Knicks in the future. The two-man game with Robinson looks like it could be a great way for the Knicks to reliably generate offense.
  9. WAS - Onyeka Okongwu PF/C (USC) - Okongwu is a great addition to the Wizards frontcourt and can be an anchor for the defense in the short and long term. Thomas Bryant has been relatively inconsistent and they lack depth outside of Bryant at the center position. Okongwu will be a good PnR partner with Wall and should be a solid paint presence for the Wizards.
  10. PHX - Devin Vassell SG/SF (FSU) - Vassell and Mikal Bridges on the court at the same time will be hell for opposing wings. Both are such instinctual and smart defenders who can get in passing lanes and disrupt the flow of the offense. Vassell is a capable offensive player, particularly on the perimeter, and if his off-the-dribble shot-making flashes are real, he could be a valuable secondary creator for a team lacking in creation outside of Booker.
  11. SA - Patrick Williams SF/PF (FSU) - I trust the Spurs development staff to mold Williams into the incredible player on both ends that he has the potential to become. They needed to improve their front court and Williams can provide value at the 4 spot with his elite weak-side rim protection. He has shown some ability to create off the dribble and his shot profile looks solid enough for me to believe in him as a capable floor spacer. Williams could turn into one of the better players in this class and his youth and athleticism would be great for a Spurs team in need of both.
  12. SAC - Aaron Nesmith SG/SF (VAN) - Nesmith would add much needed wing depth for the Kings. He has a 6’10” wingspan and may be able to guard some bigger players because of it, particularly if he is able to add strength. His off-ball movement coupled with Fox’s ability to create advantages off the dribble would be a lethal combination. Nesmith will be able to find a nice role on the Kings and be productive from day 1 as a lethal shooter and valuable floor spacer.
  13. NO - Cole Anthony PG (UNC) - Cole can provide a scoring punch off the bench for the Pelicans and give some clarity to their backcourt situation, as he can play both on and off the ball and should be successful with either Lonzo or Jrue as his backcourt partner. He would not be expected to be a big decision-maker for the Pelicans, which should help him integrate into the NBA more seamlessly and allow him to focus on his high-level shotmaking that should take the Pelicans’ offense to the next level.
  14. BOS (via MEM) - Tyrese Maxey PG/SG (UK) - The Celtics need bench scoring (they finished 29th this year). Maxey isn't a point guard in the NBA, but he wouldn't have to be one in Boston. His 3-level scoring will be a great addition to their bench and his defensive abilities would bolster one of the best defenses in the league. He can play off of Smart, Hayward, and Tatum on the offensive end and benefit from the advantages that Tatum can create. Watching he and Smart terrorize the other team on the perimeter would be amazing.
  15. ORL - Kira Lewis Jr. PG (ALA) - For a team that doesn’t have a ton of young offensive talent, Kira could be a very welcome addition and he fits reasonably well next to Fultz. His rim pressure could certainly help break defenses down and create open looks for shooters or dump-offs to their forwards. His small frame isn’t a huge concern when placing him on a team with such a deep and defensively versatile frontcourt.
  16. POR - Saddiq Bey SF/PF (VILL) - The Blazers have needed wing depth for the entire season, but the bubble certainly helped bring his issue to light. Bey is a great fit with the Blazers as he should be able to play either the 3 or the 4 and he can knock down perimeter shots. He may not be the wing stopper that the Blazers desperately need to compete in the West due to his limited lateral mobility, but he is still a better option than most of the players they have on their roster currently. He is a polished player who will be ready to help the Blazers compete from day 1.
  17. MIN (via BKN) - Precious Achiuwa PF/C (MEM) - Precious is a pretty good fit next to Towns if he can be a solid interior defender. He had a lot of moments where he was a good rim protector this season. He is also ostensibly switchable and should be able to bolster the Timberwolves’ defense. On offense, he fits well with Towns as well because Precious can play on the interior and Towns can space the floor.
  18. DAL - Jalen Smith PF/C (MD) - After losing Dwight Powell to an Achilles injury that could keep him from being 100% for a good portion of next season, it makes sense to invest in the frontcourt. Smith will be able to space the floor and should be able to provide rim protection as well. It may be difficult to play Smith and Porzingis simultaneously because Smith doesn’t move particularly well, but Smith should be able to provide floor spacing with Porzingis off the court. A frontcourt of Kleber and Smith might be among the better shooting frontcourts in the league and will help open up the floor for Luka and the rest of their perimeter players.
  19. BKN (via PHI) - Josh Green SG (ARIZ) - Brooklyn could definitely benefit from some wing depth, and with a backcourt of Kyrie and Dinwiddie, they are going to need some guys who can defend the other team’s guards. Green is very athletic and has great hips, making him one of the best on-ball wing defender in the class. If his shot comes around, Green will be a contributor for the Nets for a long time.
  20. MIA - Théo Maledon PG (LNB) - Though Kendrick Nunn had a productive rookie year, he struggled in the bubble and it might make sense for the Heat to invest in a better long-term option at point guard, as Maledon is about 6 years younger. Maledon is a good fit for Miami to strengthen their backcourt, which could be pretty thin if they don’t hold onto Goran Dragic. If they can develop him, Maledon could turn into a very effective guard for the Heat with his potential to dribble, pass, and shoot at a high level.
  21. PHI (via OKC) - Tyrell Terry PG (STAN) - Though I have soured a bit on Terry’s fit with the Sixers, particularly because I think he might be too weak to contribute in the short term, this is still a good pick for Philadelphia. Terry is one of the better shooters in the class and someone who can score from the outside both off the catch and off the dribble. Has some playmaking ability and fits very well next to Simmons. The Sixers’ size should be able to make up for his poor frame in the short term; as he develops physically, he should be able to be a competent finisher around the basket due to his high-level shooting touch.
  22. DEN (via HOU) - Jaden McDaniels SF/PF (WASH) - McDaniels is a great addition to a Nuggets team that is deep enough to take a risk on a high-upside prospect. Though there may be some overlap between McDaniels and MPJ in terms of role, McDaniels is not the shot-creator that Porter is and would likely end up playing a more complementary role, without the ball in his hands. He has shown potential as a weakside rim protector, which is helpful next to Jokic, especially as Millsap ages. McDaniels could be a fantastic 4th option for the Nuggets in the future if he is able to develop properly.
  23. UTAH - Aleksej Pokuševski PF (GBL A2) - Poku probably doesn’t fit the timeline that the Jazz are currently operating under, but he is worth the swing anyway. They desperately need athleticism in their frontcourt and although Poku isn’t a ridiculous athlete, he is still a very fluid mover and is highly coordinated for his size. If he is able to hit a high-end outcome, the Jazz should be a dangerous defensive team moving forward with Gobert in the middle and Poku providing weak-side rim protection. His floor-spacing potential should also open things up for Mitchell even more.
  24. MIL (via IND) - RJ Hampton PG/SG (NBL) - Milwaukee can take a swing here because of how well their roster is already built. RJ can develop his shot and decision-making in the G-League as a rookie and can then slide into a bigger and bigger role as Bledsoe gets older and he gives them the option to move on from George Hill at the end of next season if RJ can develop as I think that he can.
  25. OKC (via DEN) - Desmond Bane SG/SF (TCU) - With Gallinari potentially walking this summer and the Thunder being near the bottom of the league in terms of 3PT attempts, Bane makes a lot of sense as a 3&D player who may end up being the best shooter in the draft. Couple that with the playmaking flashes he has shown and you’re left with a really solid player who fills a clear need for the Thunder.
  26. BOS - Xavier Tillman PF/C (MSU) - Tillman is the smartest player in the class and would greatly bolster the Celtics interior defense. He is very strong and had a lot of success against bigger centers in the Big 10 this year like Garza and Oturu. I expect him to be able to carve out a similarly valuable role in the NBA. He will be able to do a lot of the little things that Theis does well, such as helping to give Tatum cleaner driving looks by sealing off in the paint. He's also a good passer and ball-handler for a big and may be able to fill some of the void left by Horford's departure. The Celtics have done a good job teaching big men to shoot (Olynyk, Baynes, Horford), and if Tillman can be a respectable shooter, he should be an incredibly valuable role player.
  27. NY (via LAC) - Robert Woodard II SF (MSST) - The Knicks could absolutely use a 3&D wing, and Woodard is one of the better ones available at this spot in the draft. He is a capable off-ball defender and is fairly athletic. Woodard shot 43% from three this year and has shown flashes of passing and ball-handling. He is exactly what the Knicks need and can be a valuable piece as they move forward.
  28. LAL - Grant Riller PG (COFC) - The Lakers lack self-creation from any of their perimeter players outside of LeBron. Adding Riller, who can get to the basket and finish better than any player in the class, would be a great addition to their offense. Riller could take some of the creation load off LeBron as he ages and he will provide them with an entirely new avenue of offensive opportunities, particularly with LeBron on the bench. Riller is an older prospect and is ready to contribute right away for a team that will be competing for the title next year. He has been good on spot-ups (albeit on limited volume), and continued success in that regard will be crucial to his fit with the Lakers.
  29. TOR - Zeke Nnaji C (ARIZ) - It is unlikely that the Raptors will be able to retain both Gasol and Ibaka barring one of them taking a massive pay cut. Adding Nnaji to their frontcourt would be a great move. He is mobile, can play on the interior on offense, and has shown some signs of being able to develop as a floor spacer, though there are better bets at this point in the draft if that is the desire. He is a smart big who can play a meaningful role for the Raptors long into the future.
  30. BOS (via MIL) - Leandro Bolmaro PG/SG (ACB) - Bolmaro is another draft-and-stash prospect (possibly for multiple years, if he wants) and could end up as one of the best players in the class. He's a high level passer already and as he matures, he should only get better in that regard. He's a phenomenal on-ball defender and that skill should be able to translate to the NBA, especially as he gets older and stronger. If he is able to hone his scoring craft overseas, he would be a great addition to this team in a year or two to take care of some of the ball-handling duties, especially as Kemba ages.
  31. DAL (via GS) - Jahmi'us Ramsey SG (TTU) - Ramsey can provide the Mavs with his perimeter shotmaking, particularly off the catch, and is a fairly dynamic athlete, which would be a great boost for a Mavs team that lacks traditional athleticism in their backcourt. Ramsey struggles to get to the basket, but Luka is good enough to create advantages and open looks for Ramsey. He still has a fair amount of room to grow as an off-the-dribble shotmaker, but he should be a valuable scorer for the Mavs. There are question-marks about his defensive awareness, but he is a good enough athlete to where he should be able to improve on that end of the floor.
  32. CHA (via CLE) - Elijah Hughes SG/SF (CUSE) - Hughes outside shot-making will be great for the Hornets. He can operate effectively as a catch-and-shoot player, but he may be given an opportunity to show off his off-the-dribble shotmaking as well. He probably needs to improve as a movement shooter and show that he can consistently defend outside of a zone in order to be a meaningful contributor on the Hornets, but Hughes is a great selection to add some wing depth in Charlotte.
  33. MIN - Tyler Bey SF/PF (COLO) - Tyler Bey is a smart and athletic forward who can complement Towns very well. He consistently makes great rotations and has a 40-inch vertical, making him a guy who can be a solid weakside rim protector next to Towns. The fit with Achiuwa is sub-optimal, but with a core of LaMelo, D'Lo, & Towns, the Timberwolves have to find impactful defenders wherever they can get them.
  34. PHI (via ATL) - Malachi Flynn PG (SDSU) - Though it may look strange to double dip at PG, especially when the two guards are broadly similar players, Flynn is too good of a fit with the Sixers to pass up. He is one of the best PnR players in the class and provides a lot of abilities that the Sixers are otherwise lacking. Flynn can be the Sixers answer at PG in the short term while Terry takes the time to develop his body and decision-making.
  35. SAC (via DET) - Daniel Oturu C (MINN) - With Harry Giles hitting free agency, Dwayne Dedmond getting traded earlier this year, and some reasons to be concerned about the durability of Richaun Holmes/Marvin Bagley, it makes sense for the Kings to invest in a big man who can grab rebounds, potentially space the floor, and add some depth. Though I am skeptical of Oturu’s defensive IQ and his offensive projection at the next level, he can slide into a fairly comfortable role with Sacramento where he doesn’t have a ton of responsibility.
  36. PHI (via NY) - Paul Reed PF/C (DEP) - Reed is among the better 2nd round bigs for the Sixers to select. This might be a bit of a reach considering his draft stock at the moment, but Reed is athletic and fairly coordinated. He should be able to hold things down on the defensive end when Embiid is not on the floor and has shown some ball-handling ability that makes me cautiously optimistic about his ability to develop some sort of perimeter game that would allow him to play some minutes with Embiid.
  37. WAS (via CHI) - Tre Jones PG (DUKE) - Though the Wizards might opt for a wing at this point in the draft, Jones is a borderline first round talent and a guy who can provide value for the Wizards as a backup point guard right away. He can defend on the ball and has improved greatly as a shooter. He also provides some assurance should John Wall be less that 100% after his injury. This is good value at this point in the draft.
  38. NY (via CHA) - Devon Dotson PG (KU) - Grabbing Dotson at 38 is a steal for the Knicks. With a bevy of point guards and relatively small number of teams in need of one, it makes sense that some might fall. Dotson can provide rim pressure that the Knicks do not have on their roster outside of Barrett and can be a menacing defender despite his small size. The fit next to Hayes is probably better than one would think at first glance because they add value in different ways; Hayes will succeed in a PnR-heavy offense, while Dotson will probably be maximized being able to drive to the basket and finish, which Hayes can struggle with at times.
  39. NO (via WAS) - Cassius Stanley SG/SF (DUKE) - The Pelicans could use added wing depth and Stanley has the ability to provide that for them. There are reasons to be concerned about how he adapts to the pros given how raw he is for his age, but he is at least a decent 3PT shooter and is a ridiculous vertical athlete. If he can put his tools together, he and Zion would make for an incredibly athletically impressive frontcourt.
  40. MEM (via PHX) - Isaiah Stewart PF/C (WASH) - Stewart may be viewed as one of the best players available at this spot and he fits reasonably well into the Grizzlies’ long-term plans. He is a solid rebounder, which they need next to Jaren Jackson, and has flashed some ability to space the floor, which could create space for Ja to drive. It may be hard to get him minutes in the short term with Valanciunas and Dieng ahead of him, but it is reasonable to assume they will move on from Dieng when his contract is up and Stewart can then get more minutes. JJJ and Clarke should be able to cover for some of his mobility issues, and Stewart should be able to provide a hard-nosed edge to their frontcourt that has defined Memphis basketball for a long time.
  41. SA - Vernon Carey Jr. C (DUKE) - Carey may be viewed as one of the best players available at this spot, and although his playstyle does not fit seamlessly within the modern NBA, he is certainly talented enough to carve out a role for himself. Compared to other bigs such as Stewart & Oturu, Carey is a much more willing passer and may be able to conduct some offense out of the post if his awareness improves. There are reasons to be concerned about his defensive IQ, but he is fairly nimble for someone his size and may have more success than one might think on the defensive end after the Spurs coach him up.
  42. NO - Abdoulaye N’Doye PG/SG (LNB) - N’Doye is among the better 2nd round stash prospects, and although he is relatively old, he has many avenues to becoming an impactful NBA player in the future because of his combination of size, length, and ball-handling. Because the have 3 2nd round picks, adding a stash prospect makes sense for the Pelicans, even if he is only stashed for one year. If N’Doye’s jumper can improve, he may end up as a steal for the Pelicans.
  43. SAC - Nico Mannion PG (ARIZ) - Mannion is a very capable decision-maker and will benefit from being in NBA offenses with more spacing. Yogi Ferrell’s contract expires after this year and Cory Joseph’s contract isn’t guaranteed after next year. Nico could easily slide into the backup point guard role and fill that role perfectly. If his shooting can develop, he may be able to play off-ball next to Fox due to his ability to move without the ball.
  44. CHI (via MEM) - Isaiah Joe SG (ARK) - The Bulls struggled to make 3s last year, but Joe should help to solve that problem off their bench. He will probably have fewer opportunities to create with the ball in his hands, which he was pretty good at in college, but he is a very good off-ball player as well, which should be great for the Bulls offense. Defensively, Joe can hold his own with his 6’5” frame and plus wingspan, though he may have to take fewer gambles in order to be successful on that end of the floor. The Bulls get a first round talent in the second round and begin to shape up their roster nicely.
  45. ORL - Cassius Winston PG (MSU) - Double dipping at PG might not look like the best decision, but Winston and Lewis fill different roles. Winston’s outside shooting is something the Magic are in need of, particularly if Fournier doesn’t re-sign. Winston also proved to be a great PnR playmaker with Tillman this year, and I expect him to have similar levels of success at the NBA level off the bench with Gordon, Vucevic, or even Bamba. Though they probably won’t ever play together, Winston and Lewis could be a very interesting contrast of offensive styles.
  46. POR - Skylar Mays SG/SF (LSU) - Mays is another solid addition to the Blazers roster to add to their wing depth. While Bey is ostensibly a 3/4 tweener, Mays should be able to play the 2 or the 3. He is another mature, smart player who produce in a relatively small role. He can hit open 3s, defend both on and off the ball, and take advantage of his craftiness to make a play with the ball in his hands. He is not a high ceiling player, but he is what the Blazers need for their roster.
  47. BOS (via BKN) - Udoka Azubuike C (KU) - The Celtics tend to struggle against big men who dominate in the paint (as we have seen with Embiid this week). Azubuike is not a high-minutes player, but he can play a necessary role in the NBA and fills a void on the Celtics roster as a rim protector, post defender, and lob catcher. He's much better than Tacko and could easily be given a 2-way and contribute meaningfully in small minutes.
  48. GS (via DAL) - Killian Tillie PF/C (GONZ) - If Tillie is fully healthy, he is a first-round talent. He can provide floor spacing, is a capable passer, particularly in the post, and is one of the more mobile bigs in the class. I really like the fit next to Draymond and if he is able to be the passer that I think he can be, Steph and Klay should be able to use their off-ball movement abilities to get open, where Tillie will easily find them. This pick has the potential to be a steal for the Warriors.
  49. PHI - Jordan Nwora SF (LOU) - Nwora is 6’7” and will probably shoot 40% from 3 in the NBA. That alone makes him worth taking a look at, though his ancillary skills are lacking. The Sixers could use a sharpshooter, and Nwora could be that player for them. He is not the best defender, but the Sixers have a number of high-level defenders who could make up for some of his deficiencies.
  50. SAC (via MIA) - Boriša Simanić PF (KLS) - With their 4th pick in the draft, the Kings will probably take a draft-and-stash candidate. Simanić is a solid stretch big with really high level shotmaking instincts. He could potentially fill a role similar to Bjelica should the Kings move on from him in the future, and if Simanić can be more aggressive offensively and improve defensively, he could be a welcome addition to their frontcourt.
  51. GS (via UTAH) - Yam Madar PG/SG (BSL) - Looking forward, the Warriors could greatly benefit from adding another ball-handler. Madar is one of the better 2nd round stash prospects and should be able to be a capable 3rd guard once he comes over. If the Warriors can improve upon his shot, he would have the potential to be a very productive player as a solid 3-level scorer and aggressive defender at the NBA level.
  52. OKC - Reggie Perry PF (MSST) - Perry could add depth to OKC’s frontcourt and give them another dimension on offense. Perry showed some ball-handling and passing abilities with team USA and if those abilities can translate, he should be a valuable piece for the Thunder moving forward, particularly because their frontcourt depth is lacking. Perry should also be able to bang in the post a bit and provide value off the bench.
  53. ATL (via HOU) - Payton Pritchard PG (ORE) - The Hawks are very thin at PG after Trae, particularly because there are concerns about whether or not Haliburton can be a full-time point guard and because Teague is unlikely to be in their long-term plans. Adding Pritchard, who can dribble, pass, and shoot at a high level will be a good addition to their backcourt. He doesn’t defend all that well, but the Hawks are accustomed to having a poor defender at the PG position.
  54. IND - Immanuel Quickley SG (UK) - Quickley may be viewed as one of the better players available at this spot due to his shooting ability and the defensive upside he showcases thanks to his wingspan. The Pacers could use another guard/wing, particularly if Oladipo continues to have injury issues, and Quickley may be able to be that player. He can find a role on the team as a sharpshooter and floor spacer.
  55. BKN (via DEN) - Mamadi Diakite PF/C (UVA) - Diakite is one of the better shot-blockers in the class and should be able to provide value for the Nets in that regard. Though he lacks the size to play full time center, the Nets already have Allen & Jordan, and Diakite's mobility is pretty good for a big, making me think he could play a bit at the 4. He showed some ability to stretch the floor this season and knows what it takes to win a championship, meaning he should be able to be a valuable role player for the Nets as they aspire towards a championship.
  56. CHA (via BOS) - Mason Jones SF (ARK) - Rozier and Graham had FTr’s of .202 and .242 respectively, which are not good. Enter Mason Jones, who, although limited athletically, was an exceptional off-the-dribble creator at Arkansas, leading him to an absurd .668 FTr. He can provide another avenue for offensive creation for the Hornets and is a great pick at the end of the 2nd round, despite the obvious defensive concerns.
  57. LAC - Nick Richards C (UK) - The Clippers could greatly benefit from a rim protector and paint presence, and Richards should be able to provide that for them in a low-minutes role. I have some concerns about how his game translates to the NBA, but he posted relatively good block rates during his time at Kentucky. Richards should be able to be a solid role player for the Clippers when they need to guard 7 footers.
  58. PHI (via LAL) - Georgios Kalaitzakis SF (LKL) - With a total of 5 picks in the draft, it makes sense for the Sixers to go with a draft-and-stash. Kalaitzakis doesn’t shoot the ball very well, which is particularly concerning with this Sixers team, but he is good ball handler and defender. If he can learn to shoot, he should be a solid bench contributor.
  59. TOR - Ty-Shon Alexander SG (CREI) - Ty-Shon is a great fit for the Raptors, regardless of whether or not VanVleet leaves in free agency. Ty-Shon has shown some ball handling ability but can also play off ball and spot up on the perimeter. He is a good 3&D prospect and will add another quality perimeter defender to a team that is already loaded with them.
  60. NO (via MIL) - Naji Marshall SF (XAV) - The Pelicans struggled defensively this year, so adding a versatile defensive wing in Marshall should help them in that regard. He will probably have to improve as a shooter in order to get real minutes in their rotation, but if he can, he will be a great addition. Given the success they have had with Ingram as a ball-handler, it may make sense for the Pelicans to take one of the better wing ball-handlers in the draft in Marshall, as he can slide into that role with Ingram on the bench or if he misses time due to injury.

Mock Draft Results by team (& my personal grades)
Atlantic
Celtics - Tyrese Maxey (14), Xavier Tillman (26), Leandro Bolmaro (30), Udoka Azubuike (47); GRADE: A
Nets - Josh Green (19), Mamadi Diakite (55); GRADE: B
Knicks - Killian Hayes (8), Robert Woodard II (27), Devon Dotson (38); GRADE: B+
76ers - Tyrell Terry (22), Malachi Flynn (34), Paul Reed (36), Jordan Nwora (49), Georgios Kalaitzakis (58); GRADE: B+
Raptors - Zeke Nnaji (29), Ty-Shon Alexander (59); GRADE: A-

Central
Bulls - Deni Avdjia (4), Isaiah Joe (44); GRADE: B+
Cavaliers - Isaac Okoro (5); GRADE: B
Pistons - Obi Toppin (7); GRADE: B-
Pacers - Immanuel Quickley (54); GRADE: B
Bucks - RJ Hampton (24); GRADE: A

Southeast
Hawks - Tyrese Haliburton (7), Payton Pritchard (53); GRADE: B-
Hornets - James Wiseman (3), Elijah Hughes (32), Mason Jones (56); GRADE: B-
Heat - Théo Maledon (20); GRADE: B+
Magic - Kira Lewis Jr. (15), Cassius Winston (45); GRADE: B+
Wizards - Onyeka Okongwu (9), Tre Jones (37); GRADE: B

Northwest
Nuggets - Jaden McDaniels (21); GRADE: B
Timberwolves - LaMelo Ball (1), Precious Achiuwa (17), Tyler Bey (33); GRADE: B
Thunder - Desmond Bane (25), Reggie Perry (52); GRADE: B
Trail Blazers - Saddiq Bey (16), Skylar Mays (46); GRADE: B+
Jazz - Aleksej Pokuševski (23); GRADE: A

Southwest
Mavericks - Jalen Smith (18), Jahmi’us Ramsey (31); GRADE: B-
Rockets - N/A; GRADE: N/A
Grizzlies - Isaiah Stewart (40); GRADE: C+
Pelicans - Cole Anthony (13), Cassius Stanley (39), Abdoulaye N’Doye (42), Naji Marshall (60); GRADE: A-
Spurs - Patrick Williams (11), Vernon Carey Jr. (41); GRADE: B+

Pacific
Warriors - Anthony Edwards (2), Killian Tillie (48), Yam Madar (51); GRADE: A-
Clippers - Nick Richards (57); GRADE: C-
Lakers - Grant Riller (28); GRADE: A-
Suns - Devin Vassell (10); GRADE: A-
Kings - Aaron Nesmith (12), Daniel Oturu (35), Nico Mannion (43), Boriša Simanić (50); GRADE: B-

Undrafted fits that I like (Only NCAA players were counted for the undrafted pool; no international players were counted; I assumed every player who has declared but was not drafted was eligible):
Bucks: Anthony Lamb; Bulls: Lamar Stevens; Cavaliers: Kaleb Wesson, Kristian Doolittle; Celtics: Justinian Jessup; Clippers: Jordan Ford; Grizzlies: Nate Hinton; Hawks: Ashton Hagans; Heat: Caleb Homesley; Hornets: Kahlil Whitney, Nathan Knight; Jazz: Yoeli Childs; Kings: Jay Scrubb; Knicks: Jalen Harris, Jake Toolson; Lakers: Malik Fitts; Magic: CJ Elleby, Nate Darling; Mavericks: Trent Forrest; Nets: Rayshaun Hammonds; Nuggets: Trevelin Queen; Pacers: Dwayne Sutton; Pelicans: TJ Holyfield; Pistons: Markus Howard, KJ Martin; Raptors: Lamine Diane; Rockets: Emmitt Williams; 76ers: Jon Teske; Spurs: Tres Tinkle; Suns: Saben Lee, Freddie Gillespie; Thunder: Myles Powell; Timberwolves: Josh Hall; Trail Blazers: Sam Merrill; Warriors: De’Riante Jenkins; Wizards: Christian Vital
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2020.08.20 04:18 BladeStudios I Watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the First Time (Season 7)

Welcome everybody to my reactions and review of the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Click these links if you'd like to read my thoughts on Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Before heading into Season 7, I was told by multiple people that I should watch Agent Carter, so I did! Seasons 1 and 2.
We're finally here. It's the end of AoS. Some of you have been watching since 2013 and others are like me that hopped on at the very end. It's been a ride and I got some thoughts on this final season and the show overall! Let's get into it!
  1. Real-time, Episode-by-Episode Thoughts
  2. Quick Character Thoughts
  3. Final Thoughts
  4. Ranking Every Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season
  5. The Very Best of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

SPOILERS for Season 7 are included in this post without censorship. Do not scroll down if you haven't watched it yet.

"As I have always been."
Real-time, Episode-by-Episode Thoughts

"The New Deal" - Episode 1

"Know Your Onions" - Episode 2

"Alien Commies from the Future!" - Episode 3

"Out of the Past" - Episode 4

"A Trout in the Milk" - Episode 5

"Adapt or Die" - Episode 6

"The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and The D" - Episode 7

"After, Before" - Episode 8

"As I Have Always Been" - Episode 9

"Stolen" - Episode 10

"Brand New Day" - Episode 11

For the final 2 episodes, I was able to participate in the live discussions over on shield**. That's not really crucial information when it comes to this post, but the comments I made over there are more instant reactions, so if you're interested in that, they're over there.**

"The End Is at Hand" - Episode 12

"What We're Fighting For" - Episode 13

Quick Character Thoughts
Final Thoughts
This is my favorite season of the show. Apart from small things like the lack of Coulson and May's relationship, all of the characters were at their apex this season, and the plot and settings were on point. I abolutely adore this season.
Again, it's crazy how Season 5 was supposed to be their last. The last 2 seasons has been their best, for me at least. I somehow now like Daisy and Yo-Yo! If this show ended at Season 5, that would not be the case whatsoever.
This show has been incredible and I'm beating myself up for waiting so long to watch it, but on the other hand, it was cool to go through it all and not have to wait.
Ranking Every Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season
7 > 6 > 4 > 3 > 1 > 2 > 5
The Very Best of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I thought that since it's the end of the show, and I've been doing these posts as I've gone through the series, I'd do some "highlights" or "best moments" from each season. The links to each respective season is at the top of this post if you want to go deeper into my thoughts and reactions.
SEASON 1
Best Moment: The whole Hydra takeover was amazing.
Favorite Characters: Fitzsimmons
Best Episode: "End of the Beginning"
SEASON 2
Best Moment: Coulson being revealed as the person behind T.A.H.I.T.I. was wild!
Favorite Characters: Fitzsimmons and Melinda May
Best Episode: "Who You Really Are"
SEASON 3
Best Moment: Spy's Goodbye
Favorite Characters: Phil Coulson, Bobbi and Hunter & Fitzsimmons
Best Episodes: "Closure" and "Parting Shot"
SEASON 4
Best Moment: When Aida and the team leave the Framework and she has feelings and powers and just causes chaos.
Favorite Characters: Aida/Madame Hydra, Fitzsimmons & Coulson and May
Best Episode: "Self Control" and "World's End"
SEASON 5
Best Moment: Fitzsimmons' wedding and Coulson & May in Tahiti
Favorite Characters: Hunter, Fitzsimmons
Best Episodes: "Rewind" and "Rise and Shine"
SEASON 6
Best Moment: Fitz/Enoch and Daisy/Jemma in "Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson" was amazing. Izel taking over the team's bodies in "Leap" was amazing as well!
Favorite Characters: Daisy, Fitzsimmons, and Deke
Best Episodes: "Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson", "Inescapable" and "Leap"
SEASON 7
Best Moments: Everything
Favorite Characters: Everyone
Best Episodes: All of them
Thank you guys for welcoming me with open arms upon my very late arrival to the fandom. It's been a blast posting these and am glad that you've enjoyed them.
"All right. Here's to us, who's like us, damn few."
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2020.07.25 15:46 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Arizona
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2-year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season and remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, but he projects to compete for Arizona on a 1-year deal. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1-year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2-year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their 7th-ranked total defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1-year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played high safety, box safety, and a key special-teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet and Austin. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Brian Poole NCB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be worth the $6.5 MM deal to get a shot on the outside. Grade: A
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3-year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3-year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the Jets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: A
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1-year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former 2nd-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained NCB Brian Poole to play slot on a 1-year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis Cal
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville LT Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and CeeDee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies expectations with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and blocking. Mims should start at outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted Cal FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played high safety, box safety, and even slot corner at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and some interior versatility, and he could project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and Kyle Phillips, but it's hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback with Le'Veon Bell already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' 4th-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual football fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte LT Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets addressed the secondary in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already in the fold, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their 6th-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage and a redzone threat. Alabama NCB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a nickel corner, a box safety, a high safety, and a subpackage linebacker, and he likely would have been drafted if teams had been able to conduct medical rechecks on him after a minor injury prevented him from working out at the Combine.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with La'El Collins and Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade targets. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All Pro Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

Pos 1 2 3 4
off
QB Sam Darnold J Flacco J Morgan
RB Le'Veon Bell F Gore L Perine T Cannon
WR Breshad Perriman J Smith
WR Denzel Mims V Smith
SWR Jamison Crowder B Berrios
TE Chris Herndon R Griffin D Brown
LT Mekhi Becton C Clark
LG Alex Lewis G Van Roten
C Connor McGovern J Harrison
RG Brian Winters
RT George Fant C Edoga
def
EDGE Jordan Jenkins K Phillips
EDGE Tarell Basham J Zuniga
DT Henry Anderson N Shepherd F Fatukasi
DT Quinnen Williams S McLendon
ILB CJ Mosley N Hewitt B Cashman
ILB Avery Williamson P Onwuasor H Langi
CB Pierre Desir B Hall
CB Arthur Maulet Q Wilson
NCB Brian Poole S Carter
SS Jamal Adams A Davis
FS Marcus Maye M Farley
spec
K Sam Ficken
P Braden Mann
LS Thomas Hennessy
 
Roster Bubble (In): RB Trenton Cannon, WR Jeff Smith, ILB Harvey Langi, NCB Shyheim Carter, K Sam Ficken
 
Roster Bubble (Out): WR Josh Doctson, TE Trevon Wesco, LG Josh Andrews, EDGE John Franklin-Myers, CB Blessuan Austin
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers with drop issues across Robby Anderson and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who supposedly won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a 4th-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, with Vyncint Smith as the presumptive WR4, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could face competition from 4th-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the next two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle to compete with Chuma Edoga.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This is a tough pill to swallow for Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally and John Franklin-Myers competing for snaps. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before regressing to the mean in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston and Shyheim Carter could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher to compete with last year's starter Sam Ficken. At punter, the Jets have rookie Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stefon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and with the team coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, and Javon Kinlaw should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and so it would be difficult to envision the Jets winning in week 2. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage that the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, the Jets should be seen as heavy underdogs in week 4. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s unlikely that the Jets will go on the road to the West Coast and beat an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a shot to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rush to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game for New England. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Carr, Dalton, Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a jump in competition level.
 

Training Camp Battles

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally are been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves to be too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year that he needed extensive help from tight ends.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and the defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off waivers in 2018, is the odds-on favorite to start once again after only notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. Franklin-Myers, a large and athletic pass rusher who missed last season with an undisclosed injury after the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams, could compete for a large snap share with a strong camp.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, incumbent starter and penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Williams, McLendon, and Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie 5th-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former 6th-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have to climb out of Gregg Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching last season.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone-blocking, short-passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.19 17:24 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER r/NFL Offseason Review — 2020 NY Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Free Agent
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2 year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season, and he remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, and he remains a free agent. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1 year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2 year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1 year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played single-high safety, box safety, and a key special teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet, Austin, and Canady. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
Brian Poole DB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1 year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be well-worth the $6.5 MM deal to start on the outside. Grade: B
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3 year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3 year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the bets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: B
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1 year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former second-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained DB Brian Poole to man the slot on a 1 year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis California
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville T Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and Ceedee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies the norm with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and run-blocking toughness. Mims should slot in as a starting outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted California FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played single-high safety, box safety, and even slot cornerback at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and with some interior versatility, and he could maybe project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips, but it's really hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback when Le'Veon Bell was already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' fourth-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental quarterback potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte T Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets went corner in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man coverage schemes probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already on the roster, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their sixth-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage who will attempt to make the team as a redzone threat. Alabama DB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a subpackage linebacker, a nickel corner, a box safety, and even a high safety, so he'll vie to make the team as a versatile depth defensive back and as a special-teams ace.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with RT La'El Collins and WR Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade pieces. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All-Pro CB Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

QB: Sam Darnold
RB: Le’Veon Bell (and Frank Gore)
WR: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims
SWR: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon (and Ryan Griffin)
LT: Mekhi Becton
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Brian Winters
RT: George Fant
EDGE: Jordan Jenkins, Tarell Basham
DT: Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams (and Steve McLendon)
ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson (and Patrick Onwuasor)
CB: Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet
NCB: Brian Poole
SS: Jamal Adams
FS: Marcus Maye
K: Sam Ficken
P: Braden Mann
LS: Thomas Hennessy
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers across Robby Anderson with drop issues and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who said he won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a fourth-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could force competition from fourth-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the last two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle but certainly has the athletic ability to outperform Chuma Edoga from last year.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This might be surprising to the non-Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over, and pressure from the defensive line probably won't come easily for Gang Green. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before coming back down to Earth in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston, Javelin Guidry, Shyheim Carter, and 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his field goals last season, to compete with Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his field goals last season. At punter, the Jets have rookie P Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs presumably up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stephon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Brandon Aiyuk, Javon Kinlaw, and Trent Williams should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and it would be difficult to envision the Jets defeating them. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, it's hard to imagine the Jets defeating the Broncos in 2020. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line, and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense, and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s a bit hard to envision the Jets going on the road to the West Coast and beating an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a good chance to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rushers to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a huge jump in their level of competition.
 

Training Camp Battles to Watch

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally have been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience and struggles with pass-pro footwork. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year as a rookie that he needed extensive help from tight ends to prevent the right side from entirely becoming a liability.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and his defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off of waivers in 2018, is probably the odds-on favorite to start once again after notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. The wildcard in this battle is John Franklin-Myers, who was claimed by the Jets off of waivers from the Rams at the start of 2019 but who also notched a pair of sacks in his rookie year and is really explosive for his size.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, the penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury and utilization in different fronts and roles. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie fifth-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former sixth-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone blocking, short passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he certainly favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.06.07 00:00 hallach_halil Biggest remaining needs for each team in the NFC

The big free agency period and draft are now in the books, so we have reached what I like to call the “dark hole” of the offseason. You don’t have a lot of trades or signings going on and the biggest news are about teams changing their uniforms. However, what this part of the year allows me to do, is watch the film of some players I wasn’t really able to during the regular season and evaluate how teams are built.
I looked through the rosters of all 32 NFL organizations and tried to pin-point the one spot they could still use an upgrade at. That can be a very specific fit for their scheme, a true impact starter, depth at a certain position group or whatever. I tried to go through some of the areas of improvement I looked at, how they might have addressed some of them already and how I got to the conclusion of what their biggest need is.
I will put out my AFC version of this next week.

NFC North:


Chicago Bears – Strong safety

There are certainly question marks about Chicago’s offense, starting with the battle for the starting quarterback gig, but if the Bears are going to be in the mix for this division, they will have to dominate on defense once again. Looking at this unit last year, the D-line was hurting with Akiem Hicks out, but even when Roquan Smith missed time, Nick Kwiatkowski filled in nicely (earning himself a pretty good contract with the Raiders) and while they did lose Prince Amukara in free agency, I think 50th overall draft pick Jaylon Johnson is ready to step in and contribute right away. The one spot I still have questions about is strong safety. Chicago lost Adrian Amos last offseason and took a step back with Haha Clinton-Dix. They might be getting worse again. It just looked like a battle between Deon Bush, Jordan Lucas and maybe Kentrell Brice to pair up with Eddie Jackson. The Bears did sign Tashaun Gipson a good two weeks ago after the Texans let him go, but he will turn 30 in August and probably played the worst season of his career in 2019. While he did make 11 plays on the ball, his play in deep coverage was rather questionable and he missed 15 percent of his tackling attempts. Eddie Jackson is one of the elite safeties in the league and has the instincts and range to play single-high more, but as it stands, the Bears do want to run quite a few two-high safety looks and then be able to rotate them in kind of an interchangeable fashion. I’m not sure if you can expect that from Gipson, since he biggest issue come to daylight when he is put in space with great athletes, That’s one of the reason I was so annoyed with the Bears selecting Notre Dame tight-end Cole Kmet with their second-round pick in the draft, when Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. was on the board and would have been a perfect match here.

Detroit Lions – Punter

For a team that just had the third pick in the draft, the Lions have a pretty complete roster in my opinion. You can look at the guard position, since they did lose Graham Glasgow in free agency and Joe Dahl was sub-par in his only season as a starter, but I expect their third- and fourth-round picks in Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg to earn the two starting guard spots. Edge rusher has been a big need for them in recent years ever since Ziggy Ansah first got banged up, but they did invest heavily in Trey Flowers from New England last offseason and I think Julian Okwara could be an impactful edge player if they get him to play more consistently. And they now one of the better trios of corners when healthy. Instead I am looking at a specialist for them – more specifically the punter. Detroit lost Sam Martin to the Broncos in free agency, who paid the 30-year old just outside the top in average salary among the position. Now the Lions go into camp with a battle between Jack Fox, who was an undrafted free agent last year, and Arryn Sippos, who they pay over two million dollars a year coming over from the Australian Football League in 2018 and then averaging 44.0 yards per punt for Auburn over these last two seasons, When you look at the Lions’ draft, they want to play ball-control and win with their defense. They selected Georgia running back D’Andre Swift 35th overall to form a dynamic duo with the often-banged up Kerryon Johnson, whose touches they want to limit. You can question Matt Patricia paying everybody the Patriots can’t afford, but with Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon and others I see what he wants to build on defense. If that is the way you want to play, you need to be able to flip the field consistently and I just don’t know what to think of their punter situation.

Green Bay Packers – Z receiver

The Packers are coming off a 13-3 campaign and a trip to the NFC Championship. While they did get hammered in San Francisco and the win total was kind of fluky with an 8-1 record in one-score games, this team was in situation where it needed to add those couple of pieces to remain a contender. The defense finished top ten in points allowed for the first time since their Super Bowl season in 2010 and Aaron Jones was their first 1000-yard rushers since Eddie Lacy in 2014. Green Bay had the 30th overall pick in the draft and everybody had them going wide receiver at that stop, but instead they drafted Aaron Rodgers’ future replacement in Utah State’s Jordan Love. You can argue with me about how Rodgers’ play has fallen off recently and I don’t hate the range the rookie QB was selected in, but for them to actually use a fourth-round pick to trade up four spots and take him there, when you just extended your current franchise player for another four years, 134 million can certainly be questioned. Even worse – they didn’t select a single receiver among an all-time great class. The Packers have to hope for Rick Wagner to get to back form and replace Bryan Bulaga at right tackle and I also considered interior defensive line after the 49ers just steamrolled them in the NFC Championship game, but I still hold out hope for some of those young guys they have on their roster. Instead I come back to the receiver position and in particular, I am looking for a speed receiver, who can stretch the field and create space underneath on post and go-routes. Davante Adams is a bonafide stud, but nobody else has been able to establish themselves as the number two, while Allen Lazard and Equanimeous St. Brown would definitely benefit from more space being created. The one guy who has it all, but simply hasn’t been able to put it all together is Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Minnesota Vikings – Outside receiver

The Vikings did lose quite a few pieces this offseason with Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, their two starting corners and trading away Stefon Diggs, but they also just made the most selections in the draft ever (15) and have a lot of competition across the board now. Defensively they now have a lot of young corners they are looking for to develop and by bringing back Anthony Harris on the franchise tag, they still have one of the premiere safety tandems in the league. The D-line is a bit of a question mark with Griffen and Joseph out of the building. Ifeadi Odenigbo came on late in the season and Minnesota just signed Michael Pierce to a three-year deal, who might actually be an upgrade over Joseph at shade nose. Shemar Stephen played just over half the snaps last season and they other guys they have some other promising young players in Jaleel Johnson and Armon Watts, who have been learning behind those other guys. They also brought in some guys late on day three in the draft. So the bigger need at 3-tech would be for one of those candidates to emerge. I trust Mike Zimmer to fit those pieces together and look back at the offensive side of the ball. The Vikes are plugging 22nd overall pick Justin Jefferson from LSU in for Stefon Diggs, even if I think he did almost all of his damage from the slot. Contrary to popular belief, Adam Thielen actually lines up out wide more than in the slot, but what I like about these two guys is the fact they are kind of interchangeable. With the amount of 12 and 21 personnel they run, Minnesota only needs two receivers out there for about half the snaps, but I just believe they could use someone else who can play on the outside, since the depth chart behind them doesn’t blow anybody away and all those guys are better suited for an inside role as well.


NFC East:


Dallas Cowboys – Strong safety

Man, looking at this roster, this team is just so damn talented. The whole contract drama with Dak Prescott is certainly hanging over them like a dark cloud and the players still have to actually put it to the field, but they have all the pieces to compete for the NFC in theory. Offensively, they are still kind of re-grouping up front after the retirement of Travis Frederick, but they have added a lot of quality pieces in draft these last couple of year. Dallas is expecting Blake Jarwin to take a big step in his first season as a full-time starter, to go with a tremendous of trio of receivers, as they might run more 11 personnel than any other team in the league. While a large portion of their offensive production was empty calories and they did shrink in some big games, to me the defense is where they really need to improve. Their interior D-line rotation is outstanding and as long as they find someone outside of DeMarcus Lawrence who can stay focused, their pass-rush could be vicious. Depending on how Leighton Vander Esch has recovered from that neck surgery, they could once again have guys who can fly around on the second level. The loss of their top corner in Byron Jones definitely hurts, but their draft picks Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson II certainly have all the talent to play there, to go with a big group of quality slot defenders. Instead I’m going back to the safety position. The coaches seem to love Xavier Woods at free safety, but I don’t think who they want to pair him up with long-term. Haha Clinton-Dix is an adequate starter, but he is really better suited in deep coverage and there is a reason he has been on three teams over the last two season, while being on a one-year deal with Dallas right now. With new DC Mike Nolan, the defense will not be as simplistic with single-high coverages, but you still a safety who can play closer to the line of scrimmage.

New York Giants – Edge rusher

The Giants went into this offseason with two major areas of improvement – protecting their young quarterback and getting after opposing ones. They finished bottom five in sacks and QB hits allowed, while nobody on the roster – since Marcus Golden wasn’t resigned (yet) – logged five sacks or more last season. Well, the Giants drafted Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas fourth overall, selected another developmental tackle in Matt Peart (UConn) in the third round and one of my favorite guards in Shane Lemieux (Oregon) in the fourth. Big Blue did draft Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter last year and they selected four linebackers in late April, with two of them having outside flexibility, but they lost their leading sacker in Golden and they just don’t have that true dog up coming off the edge. I like the signing of Kyler Fackrell, who should take over at SAM with a healthy competition for that second spot on the outside, but who will come around the corner and put the heat on opposing quarterbacks consistently? Leonard Williams – who they acquired via trade mid-season and have put the franchise tag on – has some edge flexibility, but I just see a run-plugging beefy D-line that might not be able to get home with their pass-rush. I liked B.J. Hill coming out of N.C. State a couple of years ago with his ability to beat guards, one of their 2019 first-rounders Dexter Lawrence can definitely create push up the middle and Dalvin Tomlinson is excellent at setting up stunts and twists, to create opportunities for his teammates. However, when you look at all those great offensive tackles in the NFC East, I’m just not sure who the G-Men have to seriously threaten off the edge consistently. If they can bring back Golden or sign one of those other veterans out on the market, I would certainly feel better about them. Also because it would help a young room of guys at that position.

Philadelphia Eagles – SAM linebacker

I had the Eagles as NFC favorites coming into 2019, but after DeSean Jackson went down following a monster week one performance, that entire receiver room was split into pieces and they were desperate for speed. That’s why they selected TCU’s Jalen Reagor in the first round, traded for Marquise Goodwin and drafted Boise State’s John Hightower on day three. With those guys added to the best tight-end duo in the league, a breakout back like Miles Sanders going into year two and a strong O-line to support Carson Wentz, I really like this offense. Defensively, they traded for Darius Slay, who was a top ten corner for a long stretch until he was a little banged up last season and they signed Javon Hargreave to add to the interior D-line. However, that whole linebacker corp may not be a strength for them next season. I like T.J. Edwards as a thumping MIKE and Duke Riley when healthy and kept clean can make some plays from the weak-side, but then at SAM I certainly have question marks. Right now it looks like Nathan Gerry and Jatavis Brown could compete for that spot, but depending on how they want to use that position, I don’t see them putting either one over the tight-end to control the point of attack. The Eagles drafted Colorado’s Davion Taylor in third round, who I had as about my 20th-ranked linebacker. He was basically a big nickel in college and certainly is the kind of explosive athlete who can make some splash plays, but he was never really tagged with box duties and weighed in at under 230 pounds at the combine. Their fourth-rounder K’Von Wallace from Clemson is a natural fit in the slot, but Philly also lost Malcolm Jenkins in free agency. NFL teams play with 5+ DBs on the field over 70 percent of the snaps on average, but against heavy personnel this group of backers could be exposed, and the two LBs they would keep on the field on sub haven’t been true difference-makers in the league.

Washington Redskins – Slot receiver

There are some things Ron Rivera still has to figure out about this Washington defense, depending on the status of Reuben Foster at linebacker and how he wants to assemble the secondary, but with a defensive line that now has Chase Young, Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Montez Sweat and others, they are going to wreak some havoc. For this team it is really more about the offense and in particular what Dwayne Haskins can do in year two. His support system wasn’t great in 2019, with Adrian Peterson being their top back and their most productive receiver being third-round pick Terry McLaurin, who Haskins had just been throwing passes to at Ohio State and had an excellent rookie campaign considering the erratic QB play. While Trent Williams is now finally off the team, this year’s third-rounder Saahdiq Charles should at least be an upgrade over what they had last season and I like some of other guys they added. I would have definitely said tight-end here, but to get Thaddeus Moss as an undrafted free agent, who may not be the most dynamic pass-catcher, but is very reliable pass-catcher and an excellent in-line blocker, could fix that issue. Instead I’m looking more towards the receivers. I had last year’s sixth-rounder Kelvin Harmon ranked over guys like Patriots first-round pick N’Keal Harry and the Colts’ second-rounder Parris Campbell and then Washington got another one of my favorites this time around with Liberty’s Antonio Gandy-Golden in the fourth round. What do all three of those guys have in common? – They did most of their damage on the outside in college. McLaurin has played some in the slot and could move inside on 11 personnel sets, but their best true slot receiver is Trey Quinn, who didn’t even crack the 200-yard mark last season and caught just one TD. I certainly believe they could use an upgrade there, in the mold of what Haskins had in his one year as a starter in college with the aforementioned Campbell, to get involved on jet sweeps, shallow crossers and other easy yardage plays.


NFC South:


Atlanta Falcons – WILL linebacker

The Falcons defense was a mess last season, with a mixture of bad play and miscommunication. With all the investments they made on the offensive line a year ago, they could completely focus on the defensive side of the ball. I first thought about edge rusher for Atlanta, because they lost Vic Beasley, who might have never lived up to his draft status outside of one abnormal 15.5-sack campaign, but was still a high-upside pass rusher when allowed to just go. However, I think Dante Fowler will be an upgrade and their first-rounder from 2017 in Takk McKinley has shown flashes. I certainly have questions about they interior, where I thought they would actually go if they found a partner to trade up with in the draft. Grady Jarrett is one of the best 3-techs in the league, but he has barely had help around him and actually had to line up in the A-gaps more than he would like to. The Falcons selected Auburn’s Marlon Davidson early on day two of the draft, who I think best fits shading the outside shoulder of guards as well, so maybe they plan on moving Jarrett inside even more. Davidson played a hybrid outside backer in college, so he could play some heavy end as well and then you possibly have Fowler at SAM with more Over looks. The other options on the inside are a run-stopping Tyler Davidson and Deadrin Senat, who has some potential. I think a more proven 1-tech would have been a good addition, but instead I’m focusing more on the second level of the defense. Deion Jones is a super-rangy MIKE, who can cover shifty backs one-on-one as well, but Atlanta lost his partner in crime in De’Vondre Campbell. They brought in Fresno State’s Mykal Walker early on day three of the draft, who lined up a lot on the edge in college and could potentially start on the strong-side for them, but they still need a WILL, who can take away cutback lanes in the run game and punish single receivers for catching simple slant routes.

Carolina Panthers – Right guard

You could maybe nit-pick at a spot or two on defense for the Panthers, but when you spend all seven of your draft picks on that side of the ball, you can’t really complain and we really still have to see how they put all those pieces together. Instead I’m looking at the offensive line, where they just traded away Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner for a fragile tackle in Russell Okung from the Chargers. I would strongly guess that this was more due to cap purposes, but after losing Andrew Norwell in free agency last year already – who in fairness has been a disappointment in Jacksonville so far – that group has gone from a strength to more of a concern. I could see Okung move inside in order to let their talented second-round pick from 2019 in Greg Little develop, but he looked pretty lost out there as a rookie. John Miller who projects to be the starter at left guard had a solid start to his career with Buffalo, but took a step back with a lackluster Bengals O-line last season and Dennis Daley is really more of a natural fit on the edge. With what they have on their roster right now, flipping Okung to the right side and moving Taylor Moton one spot to the inside, with Little being thrown in the fire again, would probably put their best five out on the field, but I think they would be best suited to add another interior O-lineman to at least add some competition. New QB Teddy Bridgewater finished dead-last among starting QBs in intended air yards last season. I still have to see how that meshes with those vertical targets the Panthers have in D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and to some degree Curtis Samuel, who I personally believe Joe Brady will use more on slants and crossers underneath – his version of Justin Jefferson so to speak.

New Orleans Saints – Speed receiver

When I looked at this Saints roster in preparation for my 2020 mock draft, it was tough to find a true hole on the depth chart. The one position I thought they could address was MIKE linebacker, since their only LB on their roster with at least 30 percent of the snaps outside of Demario Davis is now gone, and I thought Patrick Queen would be a good fit in this pass-heavy division. Instead they went with my top-rated interior O-lineman in Cesar Ruiz before letting Larry Warford go, which is a little bit of a head-scratcher simply because they only got cheaper – not necessarily better. Still, I think third-rounder Zack Baun (Wisconsin) will start at SAM and I love their undrafted free agent Joe Bachie (Michigan State), who I believe could start at MIKE for them as a rookie and then be subbed off more on third downs possibly. Therefore I went back to the receiver position, which I thought was their biggest area of improvement before bringing in Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. Drew Brees may no longer throw the deep ball very effectively or want to at all, but you still need to somehow stretch the field and clear space. Michael Thomas broke the single season reception record because he is a physical possession-type receiver, who they heavily target on slants and crossing routes. Sanders once was a true deep threat, but he is now 33 years old and wins more with crafty route-running (even though he had a step on the defense for a potential game-winner in this past Super Bowl). So with Drew you may not be able to fully utilize that deep threat, but having somebody who can use that speed horizontally on crossers and just to open up room underneath would help the other pass-catchers there a lot. Tre’Quan Smith has that long speed, but he hasn’t developed the way I thought he could.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Offensive line depth

No team in the league has shifted expectations more than these Bucs. It is not only about Tom Brady being brought in, but also Gronk coming out of retirement and some nice additions in the draft. When you look at their defense finishing 29th in the NFL in terms of points allowed, you certainly want to improve on that, but they quietly were the number one run-stopping unit in the league and they bring everybody back in their second season under Todd Bowles. They have all the players to take the next step, plus another chess piece in Minnesota Antoine Winfield Jr. as Bowles’ version of the Honeybadger, and they won’t be put in so many tough spots off turnovers by their offense, where the opposing team is in scoring range right away or these guys are just tired out. Their group of skill-position players on offense is up there with the best, so it’s really about protecting Brady. Now with Tristan Wirfs being drafted 13th overall to add to the mix, this starting five looks pretty strong. It will be between their 2018 third-rounder Alex Cappa and veteran Joe Haeg as well as about how much Wirfs can clean up his footwork in pass-protection – in a heavily shortened offseason program at the very least – who will be that second starter on the right side at guard or tackle. Either way, Tampa Bay should have one solid backup but I don’t know who they plan on being their seventh guy on gameday and I don’t believe a lot of people have even heard the names Brad Seaton, Zack Bailey or Aaron Stinnie before. I’m still very interested to see how much of a hybrid between Bruce Arians’ vertical passing offense and New England’s Erhardt-Perkins system – which allowed Brady to spread the defense out and create mismatches – this will be. No matter what, protecting the 43-year old legend is priority number one and you can’t be one injury away from having a liablity on the O-line potentially.


NFC West:


Arizona Cardinals – Secondary depth

The Cardinals went into the offseason with two major needs to make this Kliff Kingsbury offense work – a true number one receiver and a starting right tackle. A good month before the draft, it looked like they would have to decide on either one of the two with their eight overall pick. Instead they were able to package a bad contract of David Johnson and a second-round pick for superstar DeAndre Hopkins and I believe they found their starting tackle in the third round with Joshua Jones, who I had graded as a late first-rounder, which allowed them to select Clemson do-it-all defender Isaiah Simmons with that top ten pick. That’s about as good they could have hoped for and with beef added to the D-line on day three to compete in a run-heavy division, they can now address the 31st-ranked pass defense. I’m not totally sure about how they will utilize their corners. Patrick Peterson looked a little slow and old last season, but he should be a fixture for them. Last year’s second-round pick Byron Murphy out of Washington had some growing pains early on, but he was my CB1 in the draft and definitely showed fight as well as improvement throughout the season. The Cardinals also brought in veteran Robert Alford, so I could see them moving Murphy more into the slot. I’ve always loved Budda Baker as a little lighter version of Tyrann Mathieu and I still believe in one of their day three selection in last year’s draft in Deionte Thompson from Alabama, who only fell due to injury concerns, but has the range and feel to excel in a free safety role, if he can clean up his tackling a little bit. It will be interesting to see how exactly the Cards will utilize Simmons and another versatile first-round linebacker from in 2018 in Haason Reddick, but when it comes to true defensive backs, right now they probably rely on Jalen Thompson and the third-most popular Chris Jones in the NFL as their first backups in the secondary. That leaves something to be desired.

Los Angeles Rams – Edge rusher

To be honest, I’m a little concerned about these Rams. Acquiring Jalen Ramsey for two first-round picks is worth it for me, considering he could be the premiere corner in football for the next five years or so, and I like the players they selected in the draft in a vacuum, but since the regular season concluded, I’m not sure they got better at one single position. I think the combination of Darrell Henderson and second-rounder Cam Akers (Florida State) will be more effective than what they had in a banged up Todd Gurley and Florida’s Van Jefferson is an exquisite route-runner, who can produce right away – unlike Brandin Cooks, who simply hasn’t really been available. However, they lost a rangy linebacker in Corey Littleton and their top edge rusher in Dante Fowler through free agency, while not doing anything to improve the O-line. To replace Fowler, they brought in Leonard Floyd, who is a good Robin, but they don’t have a real Batman coming off the edge. In the third round of the draft they selected Terrell Lewis, who had top 50 talent, but he only had one full season with Alabama and I’m not sure if you can expect him to play all 16 games as a pro in 2020. Samson Ebukam has given the team some production and I liked their fifth-rounder out Oklahoma from a year ago in Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, but those guys might be more rotational pass-rushers. Maybe they hope for Jachai Polite to get his act together, but when you consider the Jets let him go early on after spending a day two pick of him and needing somebody on the edge desperately themselves, that is more of a shot in the dark. Obviously you have an elite player on the interior in Aaron Donald and he makes a lot of issues disappear, but nobody has really established himself on the edge for L.A. I also don’t know if Lirim Hajrullahu, who I had never heard before, can replace Greg Zuerlein at kicker.

San Francisco 49ers – Cornerback

Coming off a devastating Super Bowl loss, I believe the 49ers have done a really solid job retooling their roster. Trading away a team MVP in DeForest Buckner obviously hurts, but replacing him with a similar type of player with sky-high potential in Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina with that pick you just acquired and you pay him less than a fifth of the price, makes that much easier to swallow. Their other first-rounder Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) gives them any YAC weapon in place of Emmanuel Sanders and they basically got All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams for peanuts, with the retirement of Joe Staley pending. I’m not worried about the offense with Kyle Shanahan calling the shots, as long as Jimmy G can shake that fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Their defense was elite already last season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still improve, especially when you looking at their secondary situation. Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon will all become free agents in 2021. Witherspoon is still so up-and-down with lackluster technique. I like Emmanuel Moseley as that second guy on the outside and Jason Verrett still is an X-factor here, because he was one of the rising stars early on in San Diego, but I feel like I haven’t seen him play in like five years. D.J. Reed is a really nice backup nickel and Dontae Johnson was a solid player for them in his first stint with San Francisco, but he has barely seen the field these last three years. As part as covering the slot goes, whether it’s putting Jaquiski Tartt down against bigger bodies in base sets, keeping K’Waun Williams at nickel and even a guy like Reed coming in off the bench, are all viable options, but in terms of true outside corners, you are looking at a 32-year old Richard Sherman and a battle of what are more backups on most rosters. The Niners are set for a while at several positions, but cornerback isn’t one of them.

Seattle Seahawks – Right tackle

I don’t understand how some people still think of the Seahawks as some kind of dominant defense. They finished last season 26th in the league in yards allowed and they gave up 20+ points in all but two games. I think they have issues at corner (depending on the status of recently acquired Quinton Dunbar) and without Jadeveon Clowney their pass-rush is underwhelming, with Bobby Wagner being the only elite player on that unit. However, they did go defense-heavy in the draft and I wouldn’t say they don’t have the bodies to compete, so I’m going back to the continual problem child. The Seahawks have ignored issues on the offensive line for years now and once again this time around I mocked a tackle to them in the first round. Instead they went with a surprise pick – as they always do – in Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks. They did select LSU guard Damien Lewis early in the third, but he was not nearly my top guy available at that point. They also cut long-time center Justin Britt and the powerful D.J. Fluker who has guard/tackle flexibility. So I certainly don’t believe they got better up front. B.J. Finney looks to slide in at center and in this offense without a ton of true drop-back passes Lewis at least competes for a starting guard spot, but Cedric Ogbuehi is still not the solution at right tackle. The Hawks went from one of the biggest liabilities at that spot in Germain Ifedi to a maybe even bigger one in Ogbuehi. In his two seasons as a starter in Cincinnati, the new acquired tackle was responsible for 14.5 sacks. These last two years he hasn’t been in the starting lineup and now faces the likes of Chandler Jones, Nick Bosa and others in the NFC West. That is a recipe for disaster. Maybe Seattle moves Ethan Pocic to right tackle if two other guys impress at those guard spots.


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2020.06.03 23:48 hallach_halil Biggest remaining needs for each team in the NFC

The big free agency period and draft are now in the books, so we have reached what I like to call the “dark hole” of the offseason. You don’t have a lot of trades or signings going on and the biggest news are about teams changing their uniforms. However, what this part of the year allows me to do, is watch the film of some players I wasn’t really able to during the regular season and evaluate how teams are built.
I looked through the rosters of all 32 NFL organizations and tried to pin-point the one spot they could still use an upgrade at. That can be a very specific fit for their scheme, a true impact starter, depth at a certain position group or whatever. I tried to go through some of the areas of improvement I looked at, how they might have addressed some of them already and how I got to the conclusion of what their biggest need is.
You can also listen to my breakdown on Youtube and I will put out my AFC version of this next week.

NFC North:


Chicago Bears – Strong safety

There are certainly question marks about Chicago’s offense, starting with the battle for the starting quarterback gig, but if the Bears are going to be in the mix for this division, they will have to dominate on defense once again. Looking at this unit last year, the D-line was hurting with Akiem Hicks out, but even when Roquan Smith missed time, Nick Kwiatkowski filled in nicely (earning himself a pretty good contract with the Raiders) and while they did lose Prince Amukara in free agency, I think 50th overall draft pick Jaylon Johnson is ready to step in and contribute right away. The one spot I still have questions about is strong safety. Chicago lost Adrian Amos last offseason and took a step back with Haha Clinton-Dix. They might be getting worse again. It just looked like a battle between Deon Bush, Jordan Lucas and maybe Kentrell Brice to pair up with Eddie Jackson. The Bears did sign Tashaun Gipson a good two weeks ago after the Texans let him go, but he will turn 30 in August and probably played the worst season of his career in 2019. While he did make 11 plays on the ball, his play in deep coverage was rather questionable and he missed 15 percent of his tackling attempts. Eddie Jackson is one of the elite safeties in the league and has the instincts and range to play single-high more, but as it stands, the Bears do want to run quite a few two-high safety looks and then be able to rotate them in kind of an interchangeable fashion. I’m not sure if you can expect that from Gipson, since he biggest issue come to daylight when he is put in space with great athletes, That’s one of the reason I was so annoyed with the Bears selecting Notre Dame tight-end Cole Kmet with their second-round pick in the draft, when Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. was on the board and would have been a perfect match here.

Detroit Lions – Punter

For a team that just had the third pick in the draft, the Lions have a pretty complete roster in my opinion. You can look at the guard position, since they did lose Graham Glasgow in free agency and Joe Dahl was sub-par in his only season as a starter, but I expect their third- and fourth-round picks in Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg to earn the two starting guard spots. Edge rusher has been a big need for them in recent years ever since Ziggy Ansah first got banged up, but they did invest heavily in Trey Flowers from New England last offseason and I think Julian Okwara could be an impactful edge player if they get him to play more consistently. And they now one of the better trios of corners when healthy. Instead I am looking at a specialist for them – more specifically the punter. Detroit lost Sam Martin to the Broncos in free agency, who paid the 30-year old just outside the top in average salary among the position. Now the Lions go into camp with a battle between Jack Fox, who was an undrafted free agent last year, and Arryn Sippos, who they pay over two million dollars a year coming over from the Australian Football League in 2018 and then averaging 44.0 yards per punt for Auburn over these last two seasons, When you look at the Lions’ draft, they want to play ball-control and win with their defense. They selected Georgia running back D’Andre Swift 35th overall to form a dynamic duo with the often-banged up Kerryon Johnson, whose touches they want to limit. You can question Matt Patricia paying everybody the Patriots can’t afford, but with Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon and others I see what he wants to build on defense. If that is the way you want to play, you need to be able to flip the field consistently and I just don’t know what to think of their punter situation.

Green Bay Packers – Z receiver

The Packers are coming off a 13-3 campaign and a trip to the NFC Championship. While they did get hammered in San Francisco and the win total was kind of fluky with an 8-1 record in one-score games, this team was in situation where it needed to add those couple of pieces to remain a contender. The defense finished top ten in points allowed for the first time since their Super Bowl season in 2010 and Aaron Jones was their first 1000-yard rushers since Eddie Lacy in 2014. Green Bay had the 30th overall pick in the draft and everybody had them going wide receiver at that stop, but instead they drafted Aaron Rodgers’ future replacement in Utah State’s Jordan Love. You can argue with me about how Rodgers’ play has fallen off recently and I don’t hate the range the rookie QB was selected in, but for them to actually use a fourth-round pick to trade up four spots and take him there, when you just extended your current franchise player for another four years, 134 million can certainly be questioned. Even worse – they didn’t select a single receiver among an all-time great class. The Packers have to hope for Rick Wagner to get to back form and replace Bryan Bulaga at right tackle and I also considered interior defensive line after the 49ers just steamrolled them in the NFC Championship game, but I still hold out hope for some of those young guys they have on their roster. Instead I come back to the receiver position and in particular, I am looking for a speed receiver, who can stretch the field and create space underneath on post and go-routes. Davante Adams is a bonafide stud, but nobody else has been able to establish themselves as the number two, while Allen Lazard and Equanimeous St. Brown would definitely benefit from more space being created. The one guy who has it all, but simply hasn’t been able to put it all together is Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Minnesota Vikings – Outside receiver

The Vikings did lose quite a few pieces this offseason with Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, their two starting corners and trading away Stefon Diggs, but they also just made the most selections in the draft ever (15) and have a lot of competition across the board now. Defensively they now have a lot of young corners they are looking for to develop and by bringing back Anthony Harris on the franchise tag, they still have one of the premiere safety tandems in the league. The D-line is a bit of a question mark with Griffen and Joseph out of the building. Ifeadi Odenigbo came on late in the season and Minnesota just signed Michael Pierce to a three-year deal, who might actually be an upgrade over Joseph at shade nose. Shemar Stephen played just over half the snaps last season and they other guys they have some other promising young players in Jaleel Johnson and Armon Watts, who have been learning behind those other guys. They also brought in some guys late on day three in the draft. So the bigger need at 3-tech would be for one of those candidates to emerge. I trust Mike Zimmer to fit those pieces together and look back at the offensive side of the ball. The Vikes are plugging 22nd overall pick Justin Jefferson from LSU in for Stefon Diggs, even if I think he did almost all of his damage from the slot. Contrary to popular belief, Adam Thielen actually lines up out wide more than in the slot, but what I like about these two guys is the fact they are kind of interchangeable. With the amount of 12 and 21 personnel they run, Minnesota only needs two receivers out there for about half the snaps, but I just believe they could use someone else who can play on the outside, since the depth chart behind them doesn’t blow anybody away and all those guys are better suited for an inside role as well.


NFC East:


Dallas Cowboys – Strong safety

Man, looking at this roster, this team is just so damn talented. The whole contract drama with Dak Prescott is certainly hanging over them like a dark cloud and the players still have to actually put it to the field, but they have all the pieces to compete for the NFC in theory. Offensively, they are still kind of re-grouping up front after the retirement of Travis Frederick, but they have added a lot of quality pieces in draft these last couple of year. Dallas is expecting Blake Jarwin to take a big step in his first season as a full-time starter, to go with a tremendous of trio of receivers, as they might run more 11 personnel than any other team in the league. While a large portion of their offensive production was empty calories and they did shrink in some big games, to me the defense is where they really need to improve. Their interior D-line rotation is outstanding and as long as they find someone outside of DeMarcus Lawrence who can stay focused, their pass-rush could be vicious. Depending on how Leighton Vander Esch has recovered from that neck surgery, they could once again have guys who can fly around on the second level. The loss of their top corner in Byron Jones definitely hurts, but their draft picks Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson II certainly have all the talent to play there, to go with a big group of quality slot defenders. Instead I’m going back to the safety position. The coaches seem to love Xavier Woods at free safety, but I don’t think who they want to pair him up with long-term. Haha Clinton-Dix is an adequate starter, but he is really better suited in deep coverage and there is a reason he has been on three teams over the last two season, while being on a one-year deal with Dallas right now. With new DC Mike Nolan, the defense will not be as simplistic with single-high coverages, but you still a safety who can play closer to the line of scrimmage.

New York Giants – Edge rusher

The Giants went into this offseason with two major areas of improvement – protecting their young quarterback and getting after opposing ones. They finished bottom five in sacks and QB hits allowed, while nobody on the roster – since Marcus Golden wasn’t resigned (yet) – logged five sacks or more last season. Well, the Giants drafted Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas fourth overall, selected another developmental tackle in Matt Peart (UConn) in the third round and one of my favorite guards in Shane Lemieux (Oregon) in the fourth. Big Blue did draft Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter last year and they selected four linebackers in late April, with two of them having outside flexibility, but they lost their leading sacker in Golden and they just don’t have that true dog up coming off the edge. I like the signing of Kyler Fackrell, who should take over at SAM with a healthy competition for that second spot on the outside, but who will come around the corner and put the heat on opposing quarterbacks consistently? Leonard Williams – who they acquired via trade mid-season and have put the franchise tag on – has some edge flexibility, but I just see a run-plugging beefy D-line that might not be able to get home with their pass-rush. I liked B.J. Hill coming out of N.C. State a couple of years ago with his ability to beat guards, one of their 2019 first-rounders Dexter Lawrence can definitely create push up the middle and Dalvin Tomlinson is excellent at setting up stunts and twists, to create opportunities for his teammates. However, when you look at all those great offensive tackles in the NFC East, I’m just not sure who the G-Men have to seriously threaten off the edge consistently. If they can bring back Golden or sign one of those other veterans out on the market, I would certainly feel better about them. Also because it would help a young room of guys at that position.

Philadelphia Eagles – SAM linebacker

I had the Eagles as NFC favorites coming into 2019, but after DeSean Jackson went down following a monster week one performance, that entire receiver room was split into pieces and they were desperate for speed. That’s why they selected TCU’s Jalen Reagor in the first round, traded for Marquise Goodwin and drafted Boise State’s John Hightower on day three. With those guys added to the best tight-end duo in the league, a breakout back like Miles Sanders going into year two and a strong O-line to support Carson Wentz, I really like this offense. Defensively, they traded for Darius Slay, who was a top ten corner for a long stretch until he was a little banged up last season and they signed Javon Hargreave to add to the interior D-line. However, that whole linebacker corp may not be a strength for them next season. I like T.J. Edwards as a thumping MIKE and Duke Riley when healthy and kept clean can make some plays from the weak-side, but then at SAM I certainly have question marks. Right now it looks like Nathan Gerry and Jatavis Brown could compete for that spot, but depending on how they want to use that position, I don’t see them putting either one over the tight-end to control the point of attack. The Eagles drafted Colorado’s Davion Taylor in third round, who I had as about my 20th-ranked linebacker. He was basically a big nickel in college and certainly is the kind of explosive athlete who can make some splash plays, but he was never really tagged with box duties and weighed in at under 230 pounds at the combine. Their fourth-rounder K’Von Wallace from Clemson is a natural fit in the slot, but Philly also lost Malcolm Jenkins in free agency. NFL teams play with 5+ DBs on the field over 70 percent of the snaps on average, but against heavy personnel this group of backers could be exposed, and the two LBs they would keep on the field on sub haven’t been true difference-makers in the league.

Washington Redskins – Slot receiver

There are some things Ron Rivera still has to figure out about this Washington defense, depending on the status of Reuben Foster at linebacker and how he wants to assemble the secondary, but with a defensive line that now has Chase Young, Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Montez Sweat and others, they are going to wreak some havoc. For this team it is really more about the offense and in particular what Dwayne Haskins can do in year two. His support system wasn’t great in 2019, with Adrian Peterson being their top back and their most productive receiver being third-round pick Terry McLaurin, who Haskins had just been throwing passes to at Ohio State and had an excellent rookie campaign considering the erratic QB play. While Trent Williams is now finally off the team, this year’s third-rounder Saahdiq Charles should at least be an upgrade over what they had last season and I like some of other guys they added. I would have definitely said tight-end here, but to get Thaddeus Moss as an undrafted free agent, who may not be the most dynamic pass-catcher, but is very reliable pass-catcher and an excellent in-line blocker, could fix that issue. Instead I’m looking more towards the receivers. I had last year’s sixth-rounder Kelvin Harmon ranked over guys like Patriots first-round pick N’Keal Harry and the Colts’ second-rounder Parris Campbell and then Washington got another one of my favorites this time around with Liberty’s Antonio Gandy-Golden in the fourth round. What do all three of those guys have in common? – They did most of their damage on the outside in college. McLaurin has played some in the slot and could move inside on 11 personnel sets, but their best true slot receiver is Trey Quinn, who didn’t even crack the 200-yard mark last season and caught just one TD. I certainly believe they could use an upgrade there, in the mold of what Haskins had in his one year as a starter in college with the aforementioned Campbell, to get involved on jet sweeps, shallow crossers and other easy yardage plays.


NFC South:


Atlanta Falcons – WILL linebacker

The Falcons defense was a mess last season, with a mixture of bad play and miscommunication. With all the investments they made on the offensive line a year ago, they could completely focus on the defensive side of the ball. I first thought about edge rusher for Atlanta, because they lost Vic Beasley, who might have never lived up to his draft status outside of one abnormal 15.5-sack campaign, but was still a high-upside pass rusher when allowed to just go. However, I think Dante Fowler will be an upgrade and their first-rounder from 2017 in Takk McKinley has shown flashes. I certainly have questions about they interior, where I thought they would actually go if they found a partner to trade up with in the draft. Grady Jarrett is one of the best 3-techs in the league, but he has barely had help around him and actually had to line up in the A-gaps more than he would like to. The Falcons selected Auburn’s Marlon Davidson early on day two of the draft, who I think best fits shading the outside shoulder of guards as well, so maybe they plan on moving Jarrett inside even more. Davidson played a hybrid outside backer in college, so he could play some heavy end as well and then you possibly have Fowler at SAM with more Over looks. The other options on the inside are a run-stopping Tyler Davidson and Deadrin Senat, who has some potential. I think a more proven 1-tech would have been a good addition, but instead I’m focusing more on the second level of the defense. Deion Jones is a super-rangy MIKE, who can cover shifty backs one-on-one as well, but Atlanta lost his partner in crime in De’Vondre Campbell. They brought in Fresno State’s Mykal Walker early on day three of the draft, who lined up a lot on the edge in college and could potentially start on the strong-side for them, but they still need a WILL, who can take away cutback lanes in the run game and punish single receivers for catching simple slant routes.

Carolina Panthers – Right guard

You could maybe nit-pick at a spot or two on defense for the Panthers, but when you spend all seven of your draft picks on that side of the ball, you can’t really complain and we really still have to see how they put all those pieces together. Instead I’m looking at the offensive line, where they just traded away Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner for a fragile tackle in Russell Okung from the Chargers. I would strongly guess that this was more due to cap purposes, but after losing Andrew Norwell in free agency last year already – who in fairness has been a disappointment in Jacksonville so far – that group has gone from a strength to more of a concern. I could see Okung move inside in order to let their talented second-round pick from 2019 in Greg Little develop, but he looked pretty lost out there as a rookie. John Miller who projects to be the starter at left guard had a solid start to his career with Buffalo, but took a step back with a lackluster Bengals O-line last season and Dennis Daley is really more of a natural fit on the edge. With what they have on their roster right now, flipping Okung to the right side and moving Taylor Moton one spot to the inside, with Little being thrown in the fire again, would probably put their best five out on the field, but I think they would be best suited to add another interior O-lineman to at least add some competition. New QB Teddy Bridgewater finished dead-last among starting QBs in intended air yards last season. I still have to see how that meshes with those vertical targets the Panthers have in D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and to some degree Curtis Samuel, who I personally believe Joe Brady will use more on slants and crossers underneath – his version of Justin Jefferson so to speak.

New Orleans Saints – Speed receiver

When I looked at this Saints roster in preparation for my 2020 mock draft, it was tough to find a true hole on the depth chart. The one position I thought they could address was MIKE linebacker, since their only LB on their roster with at least 30 percent of the snaps outside of Demario Davis is now gone, and I thought Patrick Queen would be a good fit in this pass-heavy division. Instead they went with my top-rated interior O-lineman in Cesar Ruiz before letting Larry Warford go, which is a little bit of a head-scratcher simply because they only got cheaper – not necessarily better. Still, I think third-rounder Zack Baun (Wisconsin) will start at SAM and I love their undrafted free agent Joe Bachie (Michigan State), who I believe could start at MIKE for them as a rookie and then be subbed off more on third downs possibly. Therefore I went back to the receiver position, which I thought was their biggest area of improvement before bringing in Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. Drew Brees may no longer throw the deep ball very effectively or want to at all, but you still need to somehow stretch the field and clear space. Michael Thomas broke the single season reception record because he is a physical possession-type receiver, who they heavily target on slants and crossing routes. Sanders once was a true deep threat, but he is now 33 years old and wins more with crafty route-running (even though he had a step on the defense for a potential game-winner in this past Super Bowl). So with Drew you may not be able to fully utilize that deep threat, but having somebody who can use that speed horizontally on crossers and just to open up room underneath would help the other pass-catchers there a lot. Tre’Quan Smith has that long speed, but he hasn’t developed the way I thought he could.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Offensive line depth

No team in the league has shifted expectations more than these Bucs. It is not only about Tom Brady being brought in, but also Gronk coming out of retirement and some nice additions in the draft. When you look at their defense finishing 29th in the NFL in terms of points allowed, you certainly want to improve on that, but they quietly were the number one run-stopping unit in the league and they bring everybody back in their second season under Todd Bowles. They have all the players to take the next step, plus another chess piece in Minnesota Antoine Winfield Jr. as Bowles’ version of the Honeybadger, and they won’t be put in so many tough spots off turnovers by their offense, where the opposing team is in scoring range right away or these guys are just tired out. Their group of skill-position players on offense is up there with the best, so it’s really about protecting Brady. Now with Tristan Wirfs being drafted 13th overall to add to the mix, this starting five looks pretty strong. It will be between their 2018 third-rounder Alex Cappa and veteran Joe Haeg as well as about how much Wirfs can clean up his footwork in pass-protection – in a heavily shortened offseason program at the very least – who will be that second starter on the right side at guard or tackle. Either way, Tampa Bay should have one solid backup but I don’t know who they plan on being their seventh guy on gameday and I don’t believe a lot of people have even heard the names Brad Seaton, Zack Bailey or Aaron Stinnie before. I’m still very interested to see how much of a hybrid between Bruce Arians’ vertical passing offense and New England’s Erhardt-Perkins system – which allowed Brady to spread the defense out and create mismatches – this will be. No matter what, protecting the 43-year old legend is priority number one and you can’t be one injury away from having a liablity on the O-line potentially.


NFC West:


Arizona Cardinals – Secondary depth

The Cardinals went into the offseason with two major needs to make this Kliff Kingsbury offense work – a true number one receiver and a starting right tackle. A good month before the draft, it looked like they would have to decide on either one of the two with their eight overall pick. Instead they were able to package a bad contract of David Johnson and a second-round pick for superstar DeAndre Hopkins and I believe they found their starting tackle in the third round with Joshua Jones, who I had graded as a late first-rounder, which allowed them to select Clemson do-it-all defender Isaiah Simmons with that top ten pick. That’s about as good they could have hoped for and with beef added to the D-line on day three to compete in a run-heavy division, they can now address the 31st-ranked pass defense. I’m not totally sure about how they will utilize their corners. Patrick Peterson looked a little slow and old last season, but he should be a fixture for them. Last year’s second-round pick Byron Murphy out of Washington had some growing pains early on, but he was my CB1 in the draft and definitely showed fight as well as improvement throughout the season. The Cardinals also brought in veteran Robert Alford, so I could see them moving Murphy more into the slot. I’ve always loved Budda Baker as a little lighter version of Tyrann Mathieu and I still believe in one of their day three selection in last year’s draft in Deionte Thompson from Alabama, who only fell due to injury concerns, but has the range and feel to excel in a free safety role, if he can clean up his tackling a little bit. It will be interesting to see how exactly the Cards will utilize Simmons and another versatile first-round linebacker from in 2018 in Haason Reddick, but when it comes to true defensive backs, right now they probably rely on Jalen Thompson and the third-most popular Chris Jones in the NFL as their first backups in the secondary. That leaves something to be desired.

Los Angeles Rams – Edge rusher

To be honest, I’m a little concerned about these Rams. Acquiring Jalen Ramsey for two first-round picks is worth it for me, considering he could be the premiere corner in football for the next five years or so, and I like the players they selected in the draft in a vacuum, but since the regular season concluded, I’m not sure they got better at one single position. I think the combination of Darrell Henderson and second-rounder Cam Akers (Florida State) will be more effective than what they had in a banged up Todd Gurley and Florida’s Van Jefferson is an exquisite route-runner, who can produce right away – unlike Brandin Cooks, who simply hasn’t really been available. However, they lost a rangy linebacker in Corey Littleton and their top edge rusher in Dante Fowler through free agency, while not doing anything to improve the O-line. To replace Fowler, they brought in Leonard Floyd, who is a good Robin, but they don’t have a real Batman coming off the edge. In the third round of the draft they selected Terrell Lewis, who had top 50 talent, but he only had one full season with Alabama and I’m not sure if you can expect him to play all 16 games as a pro in 2020. Samson Ebukam has given the team some production and I liked their fifth-rounder out Oklahoma from a year ago in Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, but those guys might be more rotational pass-rushers. Maybe they hope for Jachai Polite to get his act together, but when you consider the Jets let him go early on after spending a day two pick of him and needing somebody on the edge desperately themselves, that is more of a shot in the dark. Obviously you have an elite player on the interior in Aaron Donald and he makes a lot of issues disappear, but nobody has really established himself on the edge for L.A. I also don’t know if Lirim Hajrullahu, who I had never heard before, can replace Greg Zuerlein at kicker.

San Francisco 49ers – Cornerback

Coming off a devastating Super Bowl loss, I believe the 49ers have done a really solid job retooling their roster. Trading away a team MVP in DeForest Buckner obviously hurts, but replacing him with a similar type of player with sky-high potential in Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina with that pick you just acquired and you pay him less than a fifth of the price, makes that much easier to swallow. Their other first-rounder Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) gives them any YAC weapon in place of Emmanuel Sanders and they basically got All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams for peanuts, with the retirement of Joe Staley pending. I’m not worried about the offense with Kyle Shanahan calling the shots, as long as Jimmy G can shake that fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Their defense was elite already last season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still improve, especially when you looking at their secondary situation. Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon will all become free agents in 2021. Witherspoon is still so up-and-down with lackluster technique. I like Emmanuel Moseley as that second guy on the outside and Jason Verrett still is an X-factor here, because he was one of the rising stars early on in San Diego, but I feel like I haven’t seen him play in like five years. D.J. Reed is a really nice backup nickel and Dontae Johnson was a solid player for them in his first stint with San Francisco, but he has barely seen the field these last three years. As part as covering the slot goes, whether it’s putting Jaquiski Tartt down against bigger bodies in base sets, keeping K’Waun Williams at nickel and even a guy like Reed coming in off the bench, are all viable options, but in terms of true outside corners, you are looking at a 32-year old Richard Sherman and a battle of what are more backups on most rosters. The Niners are set for a while at several positions, but cornerback isn’t one of them.

Seattle Seahawks – Right tackle

I don’t understand how some people still think of the Seahawks as some kind of dominant defense. They finished last season 26th in the league in yards allowed and they gave up 20+ points in all but two games. I think they have issues at corner (depending on the status of recently acquired Quinton Dunbar) and without Jadeveon Clowney their pass-rush is underwhelming, with Bobby Wagner being the only elite player on that unit. However, they did go defense-heavy in the draft and I wouldn’t say they don’t have the bodies to compete, so I’m going back to the continual problem child. The Seahawks have ignored issues on the offensive line for years now and once again this time around I mocked a tackle to them in the first round. Instead they went with a surprise pick – as they always do – in Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks. They did select LSU guard Damien Lewis early in the third, but he was not nearly my top guy available at that point. They also cut long-time center Justin Britt and the powerful D.J. Fluker who has guard/tackle flexibility. So I certainly don’t believe they got better up front. B.J. Finney looks to slide in at center and in this offense without a ton of true drop-back passes Lewis at least competes for a starting guard spot, but Cedric Ogbuehi is still not the solution at right tackle. The Hawks went from one of the biggest liabilities at that spot in Germain Ifedi to a maybe even bigger one in Ogbuehi. In his two seasons as a starter in Cincinnati, the new acquired tackle was responsible for 14.5 sacks. These last two years he hasn’t been in the starting lineup and now faces the likes of Chandler Jones, Nick Bosa and others in the NFC West. That is a recipe for disaster. Maybe Seattle moves Ethan Pocic to right tackle if two other guys impress at those guard spots.


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2020.04.21 13:36 TomHairBear HairBear Mock: One and Done.

I like many am currently sitting at home, why not chime in with my interpretation of Thursdays Draft.
I’ve not posted this in the Monday thread as I intend to flesh it out a fair bit.
I’ve included trades, as they always happen, we never quite get them spot on and someone always throws a major curve ball I.e. Chiefs and Pat Mahomes.
1.1- Cincinnati- Joe Burrow- QB- LSU
The most obvious 1st overall since Garrett a few years ago. Not necessarily the best player in the draft but the Bengals have to make this pick.
1.2- Washington- Chase Young- EDGE- Ohio State
Best player available. Similar situation to Nick Bosa last year with a QB being picked first. Not necessarily a pick at a position of need but will upgrade any front he joins.
••Trade••
1.3- LA Chargers- Tua Tagavailoa- QB- Alabama
Chargers pull the trigger. Detroit can trade down a few spots and still likely get their target, and even if you don’t they aren’t 1 player away from the play-offs. Chargers get a player that they can sit behind Tyrod Taylor for the year, get himself fully healthy whilst learning the offence. Getting cheaper at QB will help them retain other key pieces also.
1.4- NY Giants- Andrew Thomas- OT- Georgia
Not a sexy pick, but Gettleman isn’t a sexy pick guy. Thomas has been the sure thing at OT all year, combine and testing has muddied those waters slightly but Thomas is the safe bet and Gettleman can’t afford to bust this pick or he is out of a job. Multi year starter at LT in the SEC, don’t rock the boat.
1.5- Miami- Justin Herbert- QB- Oregon
Miami keeps its capital and gets the player they most likely want. Herbert gets to iron out his flaws behind the consummate journeyman QB pro in Fitzpatrick. If anyone could learn a thing or 2 from Firtzmagic it’s Herbert. No pressure on him to start this year. I like Herbert, can’t think of a player more hamstrung by System than him and think he will make a good NFL QB, although likely not a great.
1.6- Detroit- Jeffrey Okudah- CB- Ohio State
Take the extra picks, get the same player. Good system fit, excellent athlete, has the tape to back it all up. Send the card.
1.7- Carolina- Javon Kinlaw- DT- S. Carolina
Carolina have a need on the D-Line. Short was injured last year and they’re supposedly switching up the front the run under Rhule. Kinlaw will make a great 3T in the mould of D.Buckner who the colts just backed the Brinks truck up for. Might be a bit rich for some tastes especially with Simmons on the board but it’s a fit at a need.
1.8- Arizona- Jedrick Wills- OT- Alabama
Kyler Murray was sacked too many times last year. It isn’t sustainable. Wills played RT at Bama and that’s where he will play for the Cards. No need to project anything here plug and play. Another multi year SEC starter that according to PFF has only ever given up 1 sack. Sure thing.
••Trade••
1.9- Denver- Jerry Jeudy- WR- Alabama
Jeudy is the best WR in the class. Lamb is a very small fraction behind him but what Jeudy did in college well is more transferable to the Pros than what Lamb did best. Denver comes up and gets a Blue Chip player, and sets up Drew Lock for a make or break season.
1.10- Cleveland- Tristan Wirfs- OT- Iowa
Cleveland gets a player many expect to be the first tackle taken. I think Wirfs is still more potential than polish but he is already a good tackle with room to grow into a great one.
1.11- NY Jets- CeeDee Lamb- WR- Oklahoma
I’d take a tackle here. George Fant isn’t an NFL tackle. He couldn’t displace Germain Ifedi who is now on a Vet minimum to play Guard. Lamb is a genuine Number 1 receiver and the Jets desperately need WR help for Darnold. I’m guessing the Jets will be in the Lawrence/Fields conversation in next years draft.
1.12- Las Vegas- Henry Ruggs III- WR- Alabama
More than a deep threat. Ruggs will be a field stretcher both vertically and horizontally and will open up things underneath for Waller and Jacobs. A great complimentary piece to their offence. CJ Henderson would be in consideration here too.
••Trade••
1.13- Atalanta- Isiah Simmons- S/LB- Clemson
Falcons are supposedly getting frisky and have made no secret of wanting to get up the board this year and the Niners have made no secret about wanting to get down and acquire capital. I think this may turn into a bidding war as the Falcons want to get above the Jags now at 15 and the Dolphins want to get above the Buccs for Beckton. Falcons get A Swiss Army knife that falls because he is a Swiss Army knife. If I’m an NFL GM I want to know how my DC plans to use Simmons before you draft him. Falcons have a need at DB, LB and at Edge and Simmons can play all 3. Simmons is going to be a security blanket for this team and Quinn can get creative with Blitzes and Coverage. Don’t waste him as a Box LB.
1.14- Tampa Bay- Mecki Beckton- OT- Louisville
Tampa Bay gets the benefit of a Falcons overpay and beats the Dolphins in getting Beckton. Joe Thomas has him ranked as his Number 1 OT and he knows a fair bit about playing tackle. I’ve never been a big fan of combine movers but it’s BPA at need. Brady played with Trent Brown in New England and Beckton is in that mould though better in the run game.
1.15- Jacksonville- Derrick Brown- DT- Auburn
I’ll preface this by saying I think Brown is a relic in the NFL. For me his is exclusively a 1T. He isn’t athletic enough to play 3/5T and his body type won’t suit playing the 0T. It’s 2020 being a good run defender isn’t that important.
••Trade••
1.16- Jacksonville - CJ Henderson- CB- Florida
It’s a bit of a slide for the 2nd best CB but I think this triggers a run on them. Niners need more picks and Jacksonville is willing to share. Jacksonville picking back to back re-building their defence with 2 solid players.
1.17- Dallas- K’Lavion Chaisson- EDGE- LSU
Position of need for the Cowboys. Chaisson has had the injury bug at LSU but was a leader of their defence. Will step into Quinn’s shoes opposite Lawrence but unlike Quinn has upside in coverage. Could be utilised in Blitz packages when they send Linebackers.
1.18- Miami- Josh Jones- OT- Houston
OT is a need for Miami and Jones is a 4 year starter at LT. It’s not a sexy pick and Jackson from USC probably has a higher ceiling but it’s safe. Miami needs to hit on these picks and they won’t see much from Herbert his first year.
1.19- Las Vegas- AJ Terrell- CB- Clemson
Mayock has made no secret that he likes players from big programmes, Terrell has played in CFB Championships. Got attacked by Chase but Chase will be attacking NFL DBs for years to come. Another need filled.
1.20- San Francisco- Justin Jefferson- WR- LSU
All of the Blue Chip talent has gone off the board at this point. Jefferson is seen as WR3 by some, I think he is the perfect Emmanuel Sanders replacement for the Niners. Proficient route runner, willing in the run games and offers a lot in the quick game which the Niners seem to thrive on. Day 1 starter.
1.21- Philadelphia- Denzel Mims- WR- Baylor
Mims is a bit of a freak. Has deep speed, great change of direction ability. His numbers suggest a player that would excel in the quick game but his tape shows him making downfield contested catches. A bit of an enigma really. Wentz doesn’t shy away from throwing 50/50 balls and Mims can be to Philly what Jeffery should have been.
1.22- Minnesota- Grant Delpit- S- LSU
Harris is likely to be traded before the draft or let leave to take the comp. pick for next years draft. Delpit will be good foil for Harrison Smith and fill in straight away for Harris. CB is a need but they have another 1st rounder.
••Trade••
1.23- Baltimore- LB- Kenneth Murray- Oklahoma
Murray is an off-ball coverage LB. Line him up on TE and RBs. Don’t give him gap responsibilities as he isn’t a good run defender, see @Betz tweets. New England trades down and gets a pick for next year.
1.24- New Orleans- Patrick Queen- LB- LSU
The best linebacker in the class, yes better than Simmons at LB, and a gaping hole in the Saints D. Kilo Alonso has the agility of a luxury Cruise liner and that was before another ACL tear. Not a QB worth taking, especially as they’ll likely be all in for Brees last year.
1.25- Minnesota- Yetur Gross-Matos- EDGE- Penn State
Replacement for Griffin opposite Hunter. There isn’t a CB worth reaching for here. Considered Fulton from LSU to slot in alongside Delpit but just too Rich.
1.26- Miami- Xavier McKinney- S- Alabama
Don’t draft running backs in the first round. McKinney is a tone setter, unlike Minkah is a pure safety and so won’t get shunted around to plug gaps. Miami comes out of the draft with these picks and they’ll be happy.
••Trade••
1.27- Indianapolis- Jordan Love- QB- Utah State
Colts pull the trigger and move up from the second round. The Seahawks love trading out of the first and so are a willing partner. Love is mercurial, he will be complete garbage and then blow your mind 2 plays later. He cannot start his first year but a year behind Rivers will do him wonders.
1.28- New England- AJ Epenesa- EDGE- Iowa
New England aren’t competing this year. Epenesa isn’t a flashy player but will be a solid building block for the Pats.
1.29- Tennessee- Ezra Cleveland- OT- Boise State
Conklin moving onto the Browns leaves a hole at tackle. Cleveland seems like a safe pick as a replacement. There aren’t any EDGE players worth a 1st at this point.
1.30- Green Bay- Brandon Aiyuk- WR- Arizona State
A player that does well in space. Really it’s a toss up here between Shenault/ Higgins/ Aiyuk/ Pitman. I think Aiyuk does some good YAC work that could compliment the space that Adams creates.
1.31- San Francisco- Ross Blacklock- DT- TCU
Blacklock can help plug some of the hole created by the Defo trade. The 49ers also lost a key rotational piece in Sheldon Day from that deep interior. The Niners have ample run defenders on the interior but Blacklock will start out as an interior Pass rusher on a very good front. Ruiz was in consideration here, but guards aren’t hyper critical in KS scheme and could probably pick one up day 2.
1.32- Kansas City- Jeff Gladney- CB- TCU
2 TCU players in a row. Gladney replaces Fuller for the Chiefs as they attempt to run it back. Running backs aren’t worth 1st round picks.
I haven’t detailed out the trades on this. The trades I did make a all smaller moves. The big one being the chargers moving up to 3 from 6. But even that wouldn’t take a great deal of capital as I don’t imagine there will be a lot of prospective partners.
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2020.04.12 02:50 Speig14 3 round mock (no trades)

So with the 2020 NFL Draft just under 2 weeks away the mock draft season is in full effect. Some people are loving while some are HATING what they see. Which will you fall under in this one?
ROUND 1: 1. Cincinnati Bengals select QB Joe Burrow: Do I really need to say anything? They do still have Andy Dalton who really isn't a bad QB, but Zach Taylor is still a new QB who didn't show any loyalty to Dalton. Oh yea also Ryan Finley ain't it.
  1. Washington Redskins select Edge Chase Young: While personally I'd like to see them draft another position, and I think they trying extremely hard to trade back, neither happens and that d-line gets scarier.
  2. Detroit Lions select CB Jeffrey Okudah: Lions traded Darius Slay because some possible locker room tension and honesty he doesn't fit their man scheme. Well you know who does fit the man scheme? Okudah.
  3. New York Giants select OT Mekhi Becton: And this is where the (probably) first hate happens. Is Wills, Thomas, and Wirfs better? Possibly, but the Giants are reportedly enamored with him and the big freakish Becton starts out at right tackle possibly learns then replaces Nate Solder on the left side.
  4. Miami Dolphins select OT Jedrick Wills: And now the first shock. No Tua? Why no Tua? They tanked for Tua and don't even take Tua. Reports are Miami isn't in love with Tua and after 2 reports saying he failed 2 physicals maybe they are worried about him. But Wills is with out a doubt a top tackle which is a desperate need.
  5. Los Angeles Chargers select LB Isaiah Simmons: What no Tua? New reports also scare them. Maybe they do believe in Tyrod Taylor or sign Cam Newton or Jameis Winston, but in this they get the most freakish player in Simmons and he gets played everywhere making the defense more capable of keeping up with the Chiefs offense.
  6. Carolina Panthers select IDL Derrick Brown- I'm not in love with this. Brown is more of a run stopper that is OK against the pass. But Brown can create chaos up the middle and put pressure on QBs. And with a immobile Tom Brady, a Matt Ryan susceptible to pressure, and older Drew Brees that interior force could be extremely dangerous.
  7. Arizona Cardinals select OT Tristan Wirfs: The Cards are dramatically better after getting DeAndre Hopkins. Kyler Murray might be legit so they get the most athletic o-line in the draft. Wirfs should start at RT and be able to move to keep up with Murray when he rolls out to his right which is quite often.
  8. Jacksonville Jaguars select IDL Javon Kinlaw: After trading away Calais Campbell the Jags look to replace that important interior pass rush for their defense. IF the Jags are able to talk Yannick Ngakoue into playing this coming season the pass rush by Kinlaw could overwhelm the mostly lackluster QB in the AFC South consisting of Ryan Tannehill, Philip Rivers, and Deshaun Watson (the best QB here). Jags could take Tua, but are still very curious with Garner Minshew
  9. Cleveland Browns select OT Andrew Thomas: The Browns on paper have a very good team. Baker Mayfield shows potential, but was under so much pressure last year it hurt his development bad. So this off-season the Browns bring in RT Jack Conklin and draft Thomas to block the blind side. Thomas is the best pass blocker in this draft with the left side experience.
  10. New York Jets select WR Jerry Jeudy: Jets signed a couple tackles (unproven at best) to try and address the o-line to rid Darnold of his ghost. But the weapons for Darnold are almost non-existent. Jeudy while not the biggest or fastest is the best route runner in this draft and gets open that way. And to go along also has great hands.
  11. Las Vegas Raiders select WR Ceedee Lamb: The Raiders have made some great additions to their team this off-season, but still desperately needs some good weapons for Carr. Enter Lamb. Carr has a well known history of small safe play ball, but has shown with Amari Cooper to throw deep effectively. So maybe having Lamb will coax Carr back into that play.
  12. San Francisco 49ers select WR Henry Ruggs: The run continues. Its very VERY rare that a team from the Superbowl has a top 15 pick, but here we are. The 49ers were 1 overthrown ball away from winning and after losing Emmanuel Sanders who was overthrown enters Ruggs who is very difficult to overthrow. Ruggs however isn't just a guy to run fast. He is an exceptional route runner, has a 42 inch vertical, with great hands.
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select OT Josh Jones: This might be a reach, but Jones is considered one of if not the best overall pass blocker in this class and with a big need with an immobile Tom Brady for 2 years they need that blocking if they want to win.
  14. Denver Broncos select CB CJ Henderson: The Broncos are not happy here and would probably trade back. But they traded for AJ Bouye, but lost Chris Harris. So they bring in Henderson to be opposite of Bouye to help cover long enough for Von Miller and Bradley Chubb to attack the opposing QB.
  15. Atlanta Falcons select Edge K'lavon Chaisson: After letting the oddly faded Vic Beasley go the Falcons did sign the up and down Dante Fowler, but Takk McKinley hasn't been the most effective. So enter Chaisson to put pressure on both to perform. And in the NFC South can you have enough pressure to put on Brees and Brady?
  16. Dallas Cowboys select S Xavier Mckinney: so the Cowboys let Byron Murphy walk and still need help at safety. So they bring in Mckinney who did everything at Alabama. A very good tackler, very good center fielder, very good in the box, very good playing corner. Not elite at anything but a very good jack of all trades.
  17. Miami Dolphins select QB Tua Tagovailoa: Well the slide stops with the original thought team. And it turned out a win. Tua is just too good to pass on twice and he will probably have a redshirt year and not play a single snap in 2020.
  18. Las Vegas Raiders select CB Kristian Fulton: The Raiders addressed their weakest position on offense and now address the weakest position on defense. Fulton definitely has room to grow but should develop into a good corner to help the iffy pass rush.
  19. Jacksonville Jaguars select S Grant Delpit: Rebuilding that defense is gonna be tough. While Delpit has issues tackling that isn't his main objective. He wants to be downfield attacking the ball stopping passes one way or another. IF the Jags can create pressure and force bad passes a Delpit could be there to take it away. Whether Delpit is playing centerfield, lined up in coverage outside or in the slot he will create plays.
  20. Philadelphia Eagles select WR Justin Jefferson: Eagles need receivers. Thats all anyone should have to say. Could grab a corner, but no. While Jefferson isn't gonna be great on the outside he is a quick and somewhat large slot receiver that will create chaos across the middle.
  21. Minnesota Vikings select CB Jeff Gladney: another team with an obvious need to be addressed. After the rapid decline of Xavier Rhodes and MacKenzie Alexander walking there is a HUGE hole at corner. Vikings must address it early.
  22. New England Patriots select Edge Yuter Gross-Matos: Yes with Justin Herbert and Jordan Love available the Pats skip them. I don't think either is a fit what they want in a QB. So instead they bring in a very dynamic pass rusher.
  23. New Orleans Saints select LB Patrick Queen: With Brees tenure in sight the Saints make a move to make one more run at a Superbowl. By bringing in Queen not only do they bring in a local boy, but a player to cover all over the field. Queen can hang with backs, tightends, and some slot receivers.
  24. Minnesota Vikings select WR Denzel Mims: With the trade of Stephon Diggs and Lequon Treadwell never amounting to much and walking the Vikings fill their other major hole. Mims has size and speed, but a limited route tree? However at the offseason activities Mims showed a much wider route tree than originally thought.
  25. Miami Dolphins select Edge AJ Epenesa: After making 2 picks offensively Flores just can't help himself. Yes they brought in Shaq Lawson and Kyle Van Noy who are power rushers, but Epenesa is the type of rusher he's had in Flowers and Van Noy. Lawson is also only on a 2 year deal really so this is also a future prep pick.
  26. Seattle Seahawks select IOL Cesar Ruiz: In reality i see them trading back or taking someone unexpected you know Seahawks moves. While a tackle would be a great choice to replace Duane Brown someday I don't think their worth it here cause they may not start. But you know the interior is very weak and well Ruiz is good. Wilson needs all the protection help possible and Carson needs help with holes opening.
  27. Baltimore Ravens select LB Kenneth Murray: Ravens are very good across the board, but needs help with speed in the trenches. While Murray won't be the next Ray Lewis he could be the next great at linebacker. With his coverage skills and more importantly the ability to rush the passer maybe the Ravens won't have to find ways to manufacture pressure.
  28. Tennessee Titans select Edge/LB Zach Baun: So Baun is a bit of a question. He can without a doubt play off ball linebacker and can rush the passes very effectively, but is considered too small to be a rusher. Baun however then has the ability to move all around the trenches to cover or rush from anywhere. While he is smaller Baun is very strong and quick to get in the backfield.
  29. Green Bay Packers select WR Jalen Reagor: YES THEY DID IT! The Packers drafted a weapon early. While I do like Higgins here to add size and contested pass catching, Reagor would be a great fit for Rodgers. The versatility to run deep routes, short quick routes across the middle and some creative plays all mixed with his speed and good luck defenses.
  30. San Francisco 49ers select CB AJ Terrell: Well the runner up champs are back up and add their future Sherman replacement in Terrell. Sherman doesn't have much many years left and the future must be considered before its too late. The fluid athletic corner should be able to handle all types of routes thrown at him.
  31. Kansas City Chiefs select CB Trevon Diggs: The Champs are up and they didn't change much this offseason. One change that happened was the loss of Kendall Fuller. Possibly the best corner on the tea leaves a big hole open. In steps Diggs who did overall have a great season minus one against LSU. Excellent coverage and ball skills. Former receiver turned corner only has 2 years experience there and already that good. Expect him to get better.
ROUND 2 33. Cincinnati Bengals OT Isaiah Wilson: Give Burrow more protection and Mixon more holes.
  1. Indianapolis Colts QB Justin Herbert: Philip Rivers is only around for one year so get Herbert in and learning from Rivers (hopefully) and Reich. The big arm QB should thrive in this situation.
  2. Detroit Lions DT Ross Blacklock: Make that d-line more ferocious.
  3. New York Giants Edge Julian Okwara: Dropped cause injuries but instant start here.
  4. Los Angeles Chargers OT Austin Jackson: Theres a glaring hole at LT.
  5. Carolina Panthers CB Jaylon Johnson: Released Bradbury and need another corner opposite of Jackson.
  6. Miami Dolphins S Antoine Winfield: Released Rashad Jones and need that physical safety.
  7. Houston Texans Edge Curtis Weaver: Phew what an offseason for the Texans. After trading away Clowney they never replaced him. Well now they have. Curtis Weaver is a big physical edge rusher who will get after the QB. Ain't no stopping him from that.
  8. Cleveland Browns S Jeremy Chinn: Talented, athletic, and physical safety to help in the back.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars CB Noah Igbinoghene: Raw but speedy and good coverage.
  10. Chicago Bears IOL Jonah Jackson: While QB is still an issue they lost a very good guard in Kyle Long. Jackson should step in and give some needed pass blocking help for someone to help hopefully get some solid QB play.
  11. Indianapolis Colts WR Tee Higgins: Got the quick shifty play in TY Hilton and now the big body Higgins.
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Laviska Shenault: Brady gets that reliable slot receiver.
  13. Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler: Not Ruggs but still not bad.
  14. Atlanta Falcons DT Neville Gallimore: Get more trench help with a partner for Grady.
  15. New York Jets OT Ezra Cleveland: The tackles aren't trustworthy so bring in some backup.
  16. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Jordan Love: The Steelers learned Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges aren't the future. And Big Bem is on his last leg. So they get lucky and snag a potential first rounder in Love.
  17. Chicago Bears CB Damon Arnette: Still need corner help especially after Prince Amukamara left.
  18. Dallas Cowboys Edge Terrell Lewis: Yes some injuries but great rusher and versatile.
  19. Los Angeles Rams LB Willie Gay: The Rams need a lot of help now. Just 2 years ago one of the best rosters now lacking. While edge rush and corner is a need they need a someone to attack constantly outside Aaron Donald.
  20. Philadelphia Eagles CB Cameron Dantzler: Still need a top corner and Dantzler is very good despite bad combine.
  21. Buffalo Bills Edge Joshua Uche: A very good team lacking many holes after the trade for Diggs. But after looking Lawson edge rush is a need. With the division within their grasps the Bills just load up with talent.
  22. Baltimore Ravens IOL Lloyd Cushenberry: Marshal Yanda retired so an immediate need is filled here.
  23. Miami Dolphins RB DeAndre Swift: Change of pace from Jordan Howard.
  24. Los Angeles Rams RB Jonathan Taylor: Todd Gurley replaced by similar back.
  25. Minnesota Vikings IOL Matt Henessey: Vikings need o-line help.
  26. Seattle Seahawks Edge Jonathan Greenard: If they don't get Clowney back they have their rusher.
  27. Baltimore Ravens S Ashtyn Davis: Future replacement for Earl Thomas.
  28. Tennessee Titans DT Marlon Davidson: Replacement after Jurrell Casey was traded.
  29. Green Bay Packers TE Cole Kmet: Another weapon if Rodgers uses him.
  30. Kansas City Chiefs IOL Netane Muti: Big upgrade on the OL for Mahomes.
  31. Seattle Seahawks OT Lucas Niang: GIVE RUSSELL SOME PROTECTION!
ROUND 3 65. Bengals: WR Micheal Pittman
  1. Redskins: OT Prince Tega Wanogho
  2. Lions: QB Jacob Eason
  3. Jets: Edge Jabari Zuniga
  4. Panthers: LB Malik Harrison
  5. Dolphins: DL Raekwon Davis
  6. Chargers: QB Jalen Hurts
  7. Cardinals: Edge Bradlee Anae
  8. Jaguars: WR Brandon Aiyuk
  9. Browns: IOL Rober Hunt
  10. Colts: DT Justin Madubuike
  11. Buccaneers: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  12. Broncos: OT Matthew Peart
  13. Falcons: CB Bryce Hall
  14. Jets: CB Troy Pride
  15. Raiders: WR Donavon Peoples Jones
  16. Raiders: DT Jordan Elliott
  17. Cowboys: IOL Tyler Biadasz
  18. Broncos: LB Jordyn Brooks
  19. Rams: Edge Darrell Taylor
  20. Lions: Edge Anfernee Jennings
  21. Bills: RB JK Dobbins
  22. Patriots: WR Chase Claypool
  23. Saints: CB Darnay Holmes
  24. Vikings: Davon Hamilton
  25. Texans: Rashad Lawrence
  26. Raiders: S Kyle Dugger
  27. Ravens: Edge Khalid Kareem
  28. Titans: OT Saahdiq Charles
  29. Packers: LB Akeem Davis-Gaither
  30. Broncos: IOL Damien Lewis
  31. Chiefs: RB Cam Akers
  32. Browns: LB Troy Dye
  33. Patriots: QB Jake Fromm
  34. Giants: S K'von Wallace
  35. Patriots: TE Adam Trautman
  36. Seahawks: WR Bryan Edwards
  37. Steelers: IOL Nick Harris
  38. Eagles: Van Jefferson
  39. Rams: OT Ben Bartch
  40. Vikings: Edge Alex Highsmith
  41. Ravens: WR KJ Hill
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2020.04.11 20:55 nick_0326 My 2020 NFL Mock Draft (3 rounds) with explanations, trades, and remaining free agent predictions

2020 NFL Mock Draft (3 rounds)
IMPACT FREE AGENTS AVAILABLE
Jadeveon Clowney – resigns with Seattle on 4yrs/$74M deal ($18.5M avg)
Cam Newton – signs with Los Angeles Chargers on 1y$15M deal
Jameis Winston – signs with Jacksonville on 1y$12M deal
Everson Griffen – signs with Houston on 2yrs/$18M deal ($9M avg)
Mike Daniels – signs with Tampa Bay on 2yrs/$15M deal ($7.5M avg)
Logan Ryan – signs with Buffalo on 1y$7M deal
Jason Peters – signs with New York Jets on 1y$7M deal
Prince Amukamara – signs with Indianapolis on 2yrs/$11M deal ($5.5M avg)
Eli Apple – signs with Denver on 1y$4M
TRADE CANDIDATES
Yannick Ngakoue – traded to Baltimore for picks 2(55) and 3(92)
Matt Judon – traded to New York Giants for picks 3(99) and 2021 3rd
Trent Williams – traded to Los Angeles Chargers for picks 3(71), and 5(151)
Brandin Cooks – traded along with a 2022 4th to Houston for pick 2(57)
Andy Dalton – traded to New Orleans for Nick Easton, Taysom Hill and pick 5(170)
ROUND 1
Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow QB LSU 6’3” 221 lbs
This was the pick all along. They’ve done a decent job of deceiving people as there are still rumors of them possibly trading out. In most years, drafts typically produce one truly great QB when several go in round 1 (2005, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018). I think Burrow is the only sure thing at QB in this class and I anticipate him being the best one by a long shot. If they can rebuild their offensive line, Burrow will have the weapons (Green, Boyd, Mixon) to perhaps make a playoff push in his rookie year. Cincinnati gets their franchise QB.
Washington Redskins – Chase Young EDGE Ohio State 6’5” 264 lbs
In most years, with numerous highly touted QBs available this pick would be up for sale. However, Chase Young is the ‘Andrew Luck’ of edge rushers (he has elite production paired with world class athleticism) and he plays arguably the second most important position on the field. With Ryan Kerrigan coming up on free agency in 2021, new defensive coordinator Jack Del RIo can pair Young with Sweat to potentially form the best pass rushing duo in the league. Trading back, even with the plethora of needs Washington has, would be foolish when a guarantee falls in their lap at 2.
Miami Dolphins (from Detroit) – Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama 6’0” 217 lbs (trades Detroit 1(5), 1(18) and 2(56)
In an ideal world, Tua falls to Miami and they’re able to build around him using their war chest of picks. Unfortunately, the presence of QB-needy teams right behind them forces the Dolphins hand and they move up to get the guy they’ve coveted for months. They still have ample picks to restore the offensive line and get a running mate for Jordan Howard in the backfield. If Tua can stay healthy, he should be great. He never had a poor stretch of QB play in his three years at Alabama. If he busts it will be because of health.
New York Giants – Jedrick Wills Jr. OT Alabama 6’4” 312 lbs
The Giants sit in a peculiar position at 4. They could go several directions. Isaiah Simmons is arguably the BPA at this point and New York has a need at LB, but I think they want to give Daniel Jones every opportunity to succeed. Wills played RT (Tua’s blindside) at Alabama and will be a day one starter at that position for the Giants. If Solder can bounce back to being just average, their offensive line will make significant strides. I could see Simmons here, but I think Gettleman will go all in on Jones and pick the most polished tackle in the class.
Detroit Lions (from Miami) – Jeffrey Okudah CB Ohio State 6’1” 205 lbs
The early winners of the draft, Detroit moves back two spots and picks up two valuable selections while still getting their guy. Okudah belongs in the Ward/Lattimore tier in my opinion. He isn’t quite what Patrick Peterson was coming out of LSU, but he will be a great corner. With the loss of Slay, Okudah moves ahead of Derrick Brown for Detroit at 5. If Amani Oruwariye can continue his promising development, their partnership could blossom into one of the best secondaries in the league. The Ohio State product checks all the boxes and has a pro-bowl floor and an all-pro ceiling.
Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert QB Oregon 6’6” 236 lbs
In this scenario, the Chargers sign Newton and trade for Trent Williams putting them into playoff contention immediately. They can go a few routes at 6. Tom Telesco can grab Simmons and create the most versatile defensive backfield in the league or take Wirfs and create a monster offensive line in one offseason. I still think they will desire a long-term answer at QB. A Herbert/Newton combination is the most intriguing veteran/rookie pairing in a long time. The Oregon product will provide the mobility, precision, and intangibles needed to succeed in the NFL. He will have a rebuilt veteran offensive line in front of him and several weapons. The question will be can Lynn, Steichen, and co. bring the best out of him.
Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson 6’4” 238 lbs
If the draft plays out in this fashion, the Panthers will have four options at 7. They can trade out, take Derrick Brown, Tristan Wirfs, or Simmons. I think all three players make sense. Interior defensive line is a huge need after losing Butler and Addison. Brown is as good as it gets there. Wirfs could be an all-pro guard and switch out to tackle if Little doesn’t work out. Rhule has always been enamored with speed and length while at Temple and Baylor. Simmons has every physical trait one could ask for in a defender and he backed that up with great production. He will slot in next to Shaq Thompson and create a dynamic linebacking pair.
Arizona Cardinals – Derrick Brown DT Auburn 6’5” 326 lbs
After the acquisition of Hopkins, the Cardinals have two glaring holes on the roster. Offensive tackle (particularly RT) and interior defensive line. They’ll have quite the decision to make with Wirfs on the board, but I think they’ll go BPA and take Brown. Without a second-round pick, their early 3rd will have to be offensive line. I think they’ll prefer OT options over DT options at 72. Brown can come in and play next to new signee Jordan Phillips to help stifle the run game and create interior pressure. The Cardinals desperately need defensive upgrades and the prospects on that side of the ball are too tantalizing to pass up in the top 10.
Jacksonville Jaguars – CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma 6’2” 198 lbs
With Brown off the board, the Jags go and get their new top wideout. I think Jordan Love could be an option here if the board falls this way, but I think Jacksonville is eyeing 2021 to get their QB. The best way to find out if Minshew is the answer is to surround him with talent and give him every opportunity to throw the ball. I think Lamb and Chark will complement each other perfectly and should give this offense a huge boost. If it doesn’t work out, then maybe Fields or Lawrence will take advantage of a Lamb/Chark combination in 2021.
Cleveland Browns – Andrew Thomas OT Georgia 6’5” 315 lbs
At 10, only one tackle is off the board leaving Thomas, Wirfs, and Becton to choose from for the Browns. After signing Conklin in free agency, Cleveland must fill their hole at LT. Wirfs played mostly on the right at Iowa, although he projects to both sides as well as guard. Becton played LT at Louisville and is a physical specimen but struggled in pass pro. Thomas has been underrated in general by the media. I don’t think NFL teams see it the same way. He played 41 games in the SEC starting as an 18-year-old freshmen. He may not have the athletic upside of Wirfs or Becton, but he played better against superior competition. He should start immediately protecting Mayfield’s blindside.
New York Jets – Mehki Becton OT Louisville 6’7” 364 lbs
If Becton is still available at this point, Joe Douglas will have a hard time passing up on his enticing athletic upside, especially for a team like the Jets in desperate need of offensive line help. Of the four top offensive tackle prospects, Becton (along with Thomas) were the only ones who played the majority of their snaps on the left side protecting their QB’s blindside. He is a force in the run game but mostly an unknown in pass pro (which should cause a slight fall). The Jets invested heavily in Le’Veon Bell last offseason and his first year was fairly disappointing. Becton will go a long way in creating the space and time needed for Bell to have a bounce back year. If the run game can significantly improve with Becton as the day one starter at LT, then Darnold should also make strides in that offense.
Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama 6’1” 193 lbs
An under-the-radar team if Carr steps his play up will be the new Las Vegas Raiders. Mayock and Gruden have done well constructing a roster with few needs. With the draft capital they have accrued, they are one solid draft away from being one of the most complete teams in the league. They do, however, have legitimately large holes at receiver and corner which they will look to address with their two first round picks. After Lamb went top 10, Vegas will have to choose between Jeudy, Ruggs, and Henderson. I think given their investment in Tyrell Williams last offseason, they’ll go for the more polished route runner and consistent performer in college. Jeudy has arguably been seen as the best WR prospect for this draft class. I think he’ll fit well with Carr (who doesn’t like to throw the ball deep down the field) and quickly emerge as the top wideout for Las Vegas.
Denver Broncos (from San Francisco through Indianapolis) – Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama 5’11” 188 lbs (trades San Francisco 1(15), and 3(77)
With San Francisco looking to gain day 2 draft capital, they swallow their infatuation with Ruggs and swap spots with Denver. The Broncos are another team with a fairly complete roster and by pairing Sutton with Ruggs you give Lock two very different but legitimate receivers. His addition will give Denver a more dangerous deep passing attack in the thin Denver air. If Lock turns out to be the franchise QB (which is a big IF), surrounding him with the weapons that Denver has acquired the last few years is the perfect situation to feel out his competence. With only a few holes (CB, T/G) on the roster, Denver can afford to trade their war chest of day 2 picks to move up and grab the receiver (or corner) that they covet.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa 6’5” 320 lbs
The Buccaneers are fortunate to have a player like Wirfs fall into their laps. With Brady at the helm for the next two years, Tampa must invest in players who can make an immediate impact. With Dotson remaining unsigned and 34 years old, their need at RT is apparent. Protecting Brady will be at the forefront of their draft strategy and there may not be a better fit than Wirfs. The Iowa product was the first offensive tackle to start as a true freshman under Kirk Ferentz. Although his play was erratic at times, he showed versatility playing both sides. His absolute floor is a good starting guard at the next level, but his ceiling is a ten plus year blindside protector. He should come in and compete for the start at RT opposite Donovan Smith.
San Francisco 49ers (from Denver) – C.J Henderson CB Florida 6’1” 204 lbs
John Lynch and co. decide to pass on the first tier of receivers given the depth of the class. Corner has become, in my opinion, more valuable each year and I think San Francisco will view that the same way (especially when considering their last game). Henderson may not be in the same class as Okudah, but he’s a hair above the next crop of CBs. As a purely traits-based coverage defender, Henderson rivals anyone in the class with his blend of speed, oily hips, and length. Tackling and run defending will be an issue, but I’m confident that with guidance from Richard Sherman, he will make strides in that area. By year two, Henderson should take over as the primary corner if Sherman were to leave in free agency.
Atlanta Falcons – Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina 6’5” 324 lbs
In this year’s draft, I anticipate a break in the top tier of prospects around the middle of the first round. In this scenario, the break occurs at pick 16. Kinlaw is the last prospect that is justifiable in the top 10. The former Gamecock has the prototypical size and length to play all along the defensive line but is still a raw prospect. For Atlanta, interior defensive line remains a question mark after Grady Jarrett (with Senat having yet to step up). Pairing Jarrett and Kinlaw on the inside could create an incredible interior rush that could help stifle the pass happy NFC South and get the Falcons defense back on track.
Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE LSU 6’3” 254 lbs
This is mostly a projections-based pick. Chaisson is one of the youngest prospects available and his athleticism is through the roof. The Cowboys have a significant need opposite Demarcus Lawrence and could use a versatile edge defender like Chaisson. He has the ability to rush, cover, and defend the run at a high level. At LSU, he never had stellar production, but the arrow is pointing up. He finished the year with 4.5 sacks in his last 4 games against tough opposition and is renowned by his coaches for his character. A smart player with elite athleticism that played well against NFL talent week in and week out at LSU usually don’t last very long in the draft.
Indianapolis Colts (from Detroit through Miami through Pittsburgh) – Jordan Love QB Utah State 6’3” 234 lbs (trades Detroit 2(34), 2(44), and 4(122)
We always underestimate how often teams become enamored with QBs. I think it’s possible that the top four QB prospects are off the board within the first half of the first round. If there’s a straggler (most likely to be Love), a team will almost certainly move up to take him. For me, the Colts made the most sense for a few reasons. They signed Rivers to be their starter, but only for one year. I think they’ll be too good next year to hope for Lawrence or Fields in 2021. This is the perfect draft to bring in a raw prospect like Love, who has all the tools to be a successful pro and sit him behind Rivers for a year. The cost to move up wasn’t significant for Indianapolis given Detroit’s desire to move down again.
Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago) – Kristian Fulton CB LSU 6’0” 197 lbs
The Raiders are in a great spot to address their two most pressing needs. Luckily for them their second pick falls one spot ahead of the corner-needy Jags. The last consensus first round corner is Fulton. If it wasn’t for a down year in 2019, the LSU defensive back would be gone by now. If Las Vegas exonerates his 2019 tape due to constant ankle-injuries (and playing DB when Burrow is your QB), this would be a no-brainer pick. Even more so now after the failed signing of Eli Apple, the Raiders must look for a long-term number one. If second year players (Mullen, Abram, Johnson) can take a step forward, a secondary that was once a weakness can transform the Raiders defense back to their old days.
Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles) – A.J Epenesa EDGE Iowa 6’5” 275 lbs
After taking Lamb at 9, Jacksonville transitions to addressing a ravaged defense. With Ngakoue on the move, they must dip back into the edge rushing prospects only a year after drafting stud Josh Allen. Epenesa was once thought of as a surefire top 10 pick, but after a rough combine, better athletes will be drafted before him. He wins with his technique and strength. He can anchor against the run and should provide consistent pressure as he did in the Big Ten. His sophomore tape alone should get him drafted in round 1. He will be a perfect complement to Josh Allen and will help transition the Jags defense post-Coughlin.
Philadelphia Eagles – Patrick Queen LB LSU 6’0” 229 lbs
After missing out on the tier one WRs, the Eagles can look to address one of their two most pressing needs; linebacker and safety. Both McKinney and Queen have good value at 21, but I have them taking the LSU product. After trading for Duke Riley and signing Jatavis Brown, Philly’s linebacking corps isn’t as dire as it once was. The addition of Queen will complete a revamped position group. At LSU, Queen excelled in coverage and showed great instinctual awareness. He is the perfect modern day LB and will have a vaunted defensive line to play behind. It wouldn’t shock me if he emerges as one of the best LBs in the NFL early on.
Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo) – Justin Jefferson WR LSU 6’1” 202 lbs
Once the Vikings parted with Diggs, the WR position immediately became a priority in round one. After Adam Thielen, who struggled to stay healthy in 2019, the Vikings receiving core is barren. An injection of youth and potential is vital at the position. I wouldn’t be shocked if they double dipped at receiver in the first three rounds. The last time Minnesota took a receiver in round one was Laquon Treadwell in 2016, but I anticipate Jefferson will be far better. Jefferson is the consensus #4 receiver in this class and is one of the more polished and NFL-ready players available. He was highly productive in the SEC and checked every athletic box at the combine. He should come in and become Cousins go to option in the slot.
New England Patriots – Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE Penn State 6’5” 266 lbs
The Patriots have several options at 23. After losing Tom Brady, New England will go into the season with Stidham and Hoyer competing at QB. This opens up the possibility of them drafting a QB early, but I think the top four will be gone at this point and without a second round pick the Pats don’t have the flexibility to move up and get one. I think Belichick is looking at the 2021 draft for a new QB and I anticipate them tanking for Trevor Lawrence. I think this year, they’ll address the holes left by departing free agents on defense and grab the long and productive Penn State edge rusher to be molded into a Belichickian defensive chess piece.
New York Giants (from New Orleans) – Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma (trades New Orleans 2(36), and 2021 2nd)
I think Gettlemen will look to aggressively address real areas of weakness on the Giants roster. They will be all in on Daniel Jones for the upcoming season and will want to make a playoff push. If Murray or Queen are still available at the back end of round one, I can see them moving up to secure one of them. When pairing Murray with new signee Blake Martinez and promising second year LB Ryan Connelly, the Giants turn a weakness into a strength. With heavy investment on their defensive line the past few drafts (and trades), Murray winds up in the perfect situation. He will be given tons of space behind that line which will allow New York to take advantage of his range and coverage ability. It also softens the blow of passing on Isaiah Simmons.
Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota) – Xavier McKinney S Alabama 6’0” 201 lbs (trades Minnesota 2(41), 3(74), 6(188)
McKinney is the only clear-cut round one safety (unless you consider Simmons a S) and several teams have holes in the middle of their secondary. If the Alabama defensive back slides past 21, front offices will try and move up to secure him. At Alabama, he played over 200 snaps at both safety spots as well as slot corner. His versatility in the secondary is one of his most unique traits. He will have the ability to fill the weakest link all across the defensive backfield which is incredibly valuable. For the Browns, they are in desperate need of a free safety as their current penciled in starter is Andrew Sendejo. McKinney will bring his flexibility and pair well with Ward, Williams, and Joseph to create a promising secondary.
Miami Dolphins (from Houston) – Josh Jones OT Houston 6’5” 319 lbs
After trading up to 3, Miami gets lucky as the most pro-ready LT is still on the board all the way down at 26. The Dolphins desperately need to rebuild their offensive line. At the moment only new signee Ereck Flowers and 2019 third rounder Michael Deiter seem to be set in stone. Jones may not be like the athletic freaks that were drafted before him, but he is the best pass protecting LT in this class and given his age should come in and start immediately. He also has the tools to transition to RT (Tua’s blindside) if need be. If McKinney was still available, Miami would have a tougher decision to make, but at 26 the Houston Cougar has great value.
Seattle Seahawks – Cesar Ruiz C/G Michigan 6’3” 307 lbs
Given the scarcity and lack of depth at interior offensive line in this class, I anticipate the top tier getting picked earlier than they should. Ruiz is the top C/G available in this draft and he will provide teams with an immediate starter with long-term flexibility at either guard or center. For Seattle, this pick makes too much sense for an inconsistent offensive line. Ruiz was a model of consistency at Michigan, starting 36 games over 3 years and never having a prolonged period of negative play. After trading Max Unger away a few years ago, John Schneider has yet to find a competent replacement. Ruiz will finally fill that need and move Britt out to guard or right tackle which should improve two positions at the same time.
Baltimore Ravens – Tee Higgins WR Clemson 6’4” 216 lbs
The fifth and arguably last round one caliber receiver still on the board goes to Baltimore. Higgins length and high-point skills will be exactly what Lamar Jackson was missing when he struggled throwing the ball last year. At Clemson, Higgins scored 25 touchdowns in his last two years. He will be the perfect safety blanket and red zone target (that isn’t Mark Andrews) for Jackson. His ability to box out and high point the ball will make life difficult for any defensive back in the league. By pairing Higgins with 2019 first rounder Hollywood Brown, the Ravens have two vastly different outlets to attack defenses through the air.
Tennessee Titans – Trevon Diggs CB Alabama 6’1” 205 lbs
Tennessee is another team with very few major holes. Jon Robinson has done a masterful job at filling this roster with proven talent and potential. Their biggest needs lie at RT and CB. With the loss of Logan Ryan, the Titans have only two legit corners on the roster (Jackson/Butler). The value of Diggs will be higher for teams looking for big corners who excel in press coverage. The Alabama CB has the physicality and ball skills to be successful. He may not have elite recovery speed, but it is one of the many reasons he pairs so well with a smaller and faster CB like Adoree Jackson.
Green Bay Packers – Denzel Mims WR Baylor 6’3” 207 lbs
The Baylor product is this year’s biggest pre-draft riser having once being thought of as a late day two or early day three developmental receiver. Mims has now turned into a fringe first round player. He aced the pre-draft process (had a great Senior Bowl week and posted a 4.38 40, 10’11” broad, 6.66 3-cone) while showcasing his impressive length (33⅞" arms, 6’3”). His two main issues to keep an eye on was his simplified and undeveloped route tree at Baylor combined with inconsistent hands this past year. The Packers finally get a reliable number two receiver opposite Davante Adams. Mims will hopefully provide a spark for an underperforming Green Bay passing offense.
Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco) – Grant Delpit S LSU (trades San Francisco 2(39), 4(141), 5(155), and 2021 6th)
This is a big win for Miami as they emerge from the first round having filled their three biggest needs, QB, LT, and FS. At 31, the Niners will be looking to trade down again and teams will be looking for that elusive fifth-year option at the end of the first. I have Miami giving up a few day 3 picks to move up 8 spots and take one of the more divisive prospects in this year’s draft. Delpit was considered top 10 material at the beginning of the college season, but a poor outing has hurt his stock significantly. Tackling issues aside, Delpit possess the range and ball skills to play as the deepest defender as a pro.
Kansas City Chiefs – Jaylon Johnson CB Utah 6’0” 193 lbs
The Utah corner is another prospect with a wide range of opinion. I think he could go top 20 or last to the end of the second round, it will depend on how the league views him. I think his coverage versatility will push him up and he’ll end up in the first round. After Kansas City lost Kendall Fuller in free agency, their need at corner intensified. I think Johnson will be capable of replacing Fuller’s ability to play both in the slot and out wide. A tandem of Ward, Johnson, and Fenton is a solid trio when considering how often they will have to defend the pass with Mahomes at QB. If Thornhill continues to impress, the Chiefs secondary will have a lot of potential.
ROUND 2
Cincinnati Bengals – Isaiah Wilson OT Georgia 6’6” 350 lbs
Detroit Lions (from Indianapolis through Washington) – Ross Blacklock DT TCU 6’3” 290 lbs
Detroit Lions – Julian Okwara EDGE Notre Dame 6’4” 252 lbs
New Orleans Saints (from New York) – A.J Terrell CB Clemson 6’1” 195 lbs
Sean Payton and co. decided to trade down and pick up a valuable 2021 pick that they can use to get a QB if need be. I think LB was a possibility had they stuck at 24, but Terrell is a nice consolation pick. After losing Eli Apple, the Saints are left with question marks behind Marshon Lattimore. Jenkins played fine down the stretch but he’s not a long-term partner for Lattimore. At Clemson, Terrell was the premiere corner and mirrored some of the best receivers in college football. He’s tall, long, and fast and should be able to match up against bigger receivers immediately. He also a great blitzer in the slot. Zach Baun is also a consideration here.
Los Angeles Chargers – Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State 6’0” 205 lbs
Carolina Panthers – Marlon Davidson DT Auburn 6’3” 303 lbs
San Francisco 49ers (from Miami) – Michael Pittman Jr. WR USC 6’4” 223 lbs
Houston Texans (from Arizona) – Jeremy Chinn S Southern Illinois 6’3” 221 lbs
Unable to convince Arizona to part with their first-round pick for DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans are left without the opportunity to get a blue-chip prospect. They have to hit on these two second round picks to remain in contention. At 40, they address an area of weakness next to free safety Justin Reid. Chinn is a defensive chess-piece with his world class athleticism and versatility. He can play box safety, nickel, or WLB. At Southern Illinois, he dominated with four interceptions in his final year. With this pick Houston will have the most intriguing safety pairing in the league with Reid and Chinn.
Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland) – Jeff Gladney CB TCU 5’10” 191 lbs
Jacksonville Jaguars – Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn 5’10” 198 lbs
Chicago Bears (from Las Vegas) – Austin Jackson OT USC 6’5” 322 lbs
This would be a value pick and a perfect spot to land for Jackson. Currently, the Bears have two veteran tackles in Leno Jr. and Massie. This past year, their play wasn’t too inspiring, and they could be gone by next offseason. Jackson is not pro-ready, but he’s only 20 years old and the potential is there. He could come in and be the sixth offensive linemen or the swing tackle in his rookie year. By year two, you’d expect him to start and by year three he could be one of the best left tackles in the league. Although Chicago has other more pressing needs, I think they’ll stick to their board and draft BPA.
Detroit Lions (from Indianapolis) – Jalen Reagor WR TCU 5’11” 206 lbs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – D’Andre Swift RB Georgia 5’8” 212 lbs
Denver Broncos – Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State 6’2” 188 lbs
Atlanta Falcons – Zach Baun LB Wisconsin 6’2” 238 lbs
New York Jets – Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado 6’1” 227 lbs
Pittsburgh Steelers – Terrell Lewis EDGE Alabama 6’5” 262 lbs
The board falls oddly for Pittsburgh. This is not a team with any gaping holes, but there are a few positions that could use depth. The three key areas of need are iOL, EDGE, and LB. I think they’d consider Lloyd Cushenberry III for the eventual replacement of Pouncey here or maybe someone like Willie Gay Jr. or Troy Dye to be depth behind Bush/Williams. I have them going with Lewis out of Alabama. This is a boom or bust type of pick. I don’t think they sign Bud Dupree to a long-term deal and thus they will be in need of an OLB opposite Watt next year. Lewis has all the physical tools (6’5”, 34” arms) to be dominant, he just needs more consistency.
Chicago Bears – Kyle Dugger S Lenoir-Rhyne 6’1” 217 lbs
Dallas Cowboys – Ashtyn Davis S California 6’1” 202 lbs
Los Angeles Rams – Lloyd Cushenberry III C LSU 6’3” 312 lbs
The Rams have significant holes on the interior of their offensive line. They have yet to adequately replace the losses of Saffold and Sullivan in the long term. Given their investment in Goff, this will be a priority. They make a step in the right direction with the LSU product who can come in and start at C day one and begin to form chemistry between him, Goff, and the rest of the offensive line. The center plays an invaluable position and if the right player is playing the position, the offense as a whole will improve. I think McVay is all in on Goff for the next three years at least and this will be reflected with their picks.
Philadelphia Eagles – K.J Hamler WR Penn State 5’9” 178 lbs
Buffalo Bills – Curtis Weaver EDGE Boise State 6’2” 265 lbs
Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have done an incredible job of completing a roster with very few significant needs. After the acquisition of Diggs, you could argue the entire starting offense is already in place. With that said, their top pick should be used on defensive side of the ball (preferably EDGE or CB). Hughes and Addison combined for 15 sacks last year but will be 32 and 33 at the start of the season. Buffalo needs to find an understudy for them. Weaver was incredibly productive in college (34 sacks in three years), but lacks elite get off. He may not ever become an elite edge rusher at the next level, but his floor is relatively high given his outstanding production.
Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore through Atlanta through New England) – Antoine Winfield Jr. S Minnesota 5’9” 203 lbs
Detroit Lions (from Miami through New Orleans) – Netane Muti G Fresno State 6’3” 315 lbs
Los Angeles Rams (from Houston)– Willie Gay Jr. LB Mississippi State 6’1” 243 lbs
Minnesota Vikings – Justin Madubuike DT Texas A&M 6’3” 293 lbs
Seattle Seahawks – Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State 6’6” 311 lbs
Baltimore Ravens – Malik Harrison LB Ohio State 6’3” 247 lbs
Tennessee Titans – Jordan Elliott DT Missouri 6’4” 302 lbs
Green Bay Packers – Lucas Niang OT TCU 6’6” 315 lbs
Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco) – Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB LSU 5’7” 207 lbs
Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City) – Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma 6’1” 222 lbs
ROUND 3
Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Biadasz C/G Wisconsin 6’4” 314 lbs
Washington Redskins – Ben Bartch OT St. Johns (Minn.) 6’6” 309 lbs
Detroit Lions – Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin 5’10” 226 lbs
New York Jets (from New York) – Josh Uche EDGE Michigan 6’1” 245 lbs
Carolina Panthers – Bryce Hall CB Virginia 6’1” 202 lbs
Miami Dolphins – J.K Dobbins RB Ohio State 5’9” 209 lbs
Washington Redskins (from Los Angeles) – Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame 6’4” 238 lbs
Arizona Cardinals – Robert Hunt T/G Louisiana-Lafayette 6’5” 323 lbs
Jacksonville Jaguars – Leki Fotu DT Utah 6’5” 330 lbs
Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland) – Alton Robinson EDGE Syracuse 6’3” 264 lbs
Indianapolis Colts – Tyler Johnson WR Minnesota 6’1” 206 lbs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jacob Eason QB Washington 6’6” 231 lbs
San Francisco 49ers (from Denver) – Nick Harris C/G Washington 6’1” 302 lbs
Atlanta Falcons – Damon Arnette CB Ohio State 6’0” 195 lbs
New York Jets – Damien Lewis G LSU 6’2” 327 lbs
Las Vegas Raiders – Neville Gallimore DT Oklahoma 6’2” 304 lbs
Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago) – Terrell Burgess S Utah 5’11” 202 lbs
Dallas Cowboys – Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame 6’6” 262 lbs
Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh) – Jonah Jackson G Ohio State 6’3” 306 lbs
Los Angeles Rams – Antonio Gibson WR Memphis 6’0” 228 lbs
Detroit Lions (from Philadelphia) – Rashard Lawrence DT LSU 6’2” 308 lbs
Buffalo Bills – Amik Robertson CB Louisiana Tech 5’8” 187 lbs
New England Patriots – Harrison Bryant TE FAU 6’5” 243 lbs
New Orleans Saints – Davon Hamilton DT Ohio State 6’4” 320 lbs
Minnesota Vikings – Bryan Edwards WR South Carolina 6’3” 212 lbs
Houston Texans – Raekwon Davis DT Alabama 6’6” 311 lbs
Las Vegas Raiders (from Seattle through Houston) – Matt Hennessey G Temple 6’4” 307 lbs
Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore) – Matt Peart OT UConn 6’7” 318 lbs
Tennessee Titans – Jack Driscoll OT Auburn 6’5” 306 lbs
Green Bay Packers – Akeem Davis-Gaither LB Appalachian State 6’1” 224 lbs
Denver Broncos (from San Francisco) – Jordyn Brooks LB Texas Tech 6’0” 240 lbs
Kansas City Chiefs – Logan Stenberg G Kentucky 6’6” 317 lbs
Cleveland Browns (from Houston) – Troy Pride Jr. CB Notre Dame 5’11” 193 lbs
New England Patriots – Van Jefferson WR Florida 6’1” 200 lbs
Baltimore Ravens (from New York) – Darrell Taylor EDGE Tennessee 6’4” 267 lbs
New England Patriots – Jake Fromm QB Georgia 6’2” 219 lbs
Seattle Seahawks – Jason Strowbridge DT North Carolina 6’4” 275 lbs
Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Duvernay WR Texas 5’10” 200 lbs
Philadelphia Eagles – Geno Stone S Iowa 5’10” 207 lbs
Los Angeles Rams – Zack Moss RB Utah 5’9” 223 lbs
Minnesota Vikings – K’Von Wallace S Clemson 5’11” 206 lbs
Baltimore Ravens – Solomon Kindley G Georgia 6’3” 337 lbs
BEST AVAILABLE AFTER ROUND 3
QB – Anthony Gordon, James Morgan
RB – Cam Akers, A.J Dillon
WR – Lynn Bowden Jr., Donovan Peoples-Jones, K.J Hill
TE – Albert Okwuegbunam, Hunter Bryant, Adam Trautman, Brycen Hopkins
OT – Prince Tega Wanogho, Hakeem Adeniji
iOL – Tyre Phillips, Ben Bredeson
iDL – Benito Jones, James Lynch
EDGE – Jonathan Greenard, Anfernee Jennings, Bradlee Anae, Trevis Gipson
LB – Logan Wilson, Troy Dye
CB – Darnay Holmes, Stanford Samuels III, Kenny Robinson Jr.
S – Alohi Gilman, Brandon Jones
Picks By Team
AFC East
Buffalo – DE Curtis Weaver, SCB Amik Robertson
Miami – QB Tua Tagovailoa, L(R)T Josh Jones, FS Grant Delpit, RB J.K Dobbins
New England – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, TE Harrison Bryant, X-WR Van Jefferson, QB Jake Fromm
New York – LT Mekhi Becton, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., OLB Josh Uche, RG Damien Lewis
NFC East
Dallas – RDE K’Lavon Chaisson, FS Ashtyn Davis, TE Cole Kmet
New York – RT Jedrick Wills Jr., WLB Kenneth Murray
Philadelphia – LB Patrick Queen, Y-WR K.J Hamler, FS Geno Stone
Washington – EDGE Chase Young, LT Ben Bartch, WTE Chase Claypool
AFC North
Baltimore – X-WR Tee Higgins, MLB Malik Harrison, RUSH Darrell Taylor, LG Solomon Kindley
Cincinnati – QB Joe Burrow, RT Isaiah Wilson, C/G Tyler Biadasz
Cleveland – LT Andrew Thomas, FS Xavier McKinney, CB Troy Pride Jr.
Pittsburgh – OLB Terrell Lewis, SWR Devin Duvernay
NFC North
Chicago – LT Austin Jackson, SS Kyle Dugger
Detroit – CB Jeffrey Okudah, RDT Ross Blacklock, LDE Julian Okwara, WR Jalen Reagor, RG Netane Muti, RB Jonathan Taylor, LDT Rashard Lawrence
Green Bay – WR Denzel Mims, RT Lucas Niang, ILB Akeem Davis-Gaither
Minnesota – Y-WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jeff Gladney, RDT Justin Madubuike, RDE Alton Robinson, Z-WR Bryan Edwards, S K’Von Wallace
AFC South
Houston – SS Jeremy Chinn, DE Raekwon Davis
Indianapolis – QB Jordan Love, X-WR Tyler Johnson
Jacksonville – Z-WR CeeDee Lamb, DE A.J Epenesa, CB Noah Igbinoghene, FS Antoine Winfield Jr., NT Leki Fotu, LT Matt Peart
Tennessee – CB Trevon Diggs, DT Jordan Elliott, RT Jack Driscoll
NFC South
Atlanta – DT Javon Kinlaw, SLB Zach Baun, CB Damon Arnette
Carolina – LB/S Isaiah Simmons, LDE Marlon Davidson, CB Bryce Hall
New Orleans – CB A.J Terrell, NT Davon Hamilton
Tampa Bay – RT Tristan Wirfs, RB D’Andre Swift, QB Jacob Eason
AFC West
Denver – WR Henry Ruggs III, CB Cameron Dantzler, RG Jonah Jackson, ILB Jordyn Brooks
Kansas City – CB Jaylon Johnson, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LG Logan Stenberg
Los Angeles – QB Justin Herbert, Y-WR Brandon Aiyuk
Las Vegas – Z-WR Jerry Jeudy, CB Kristian Fulton, DT Neville Gallimore, FS Terrell Burgess, LG Matt Hennessey
NFC West
Arizona – RDT Derrick Brown, RT/G Robert Hunt
Los Angeles – C Lloyd Cushenberry III, ILB Willie Gay Jr., WR Antonio Gibson, RB Zack Moss
San Francisco – CB C.J Henderson, X-WR Michael Pittman Jr., C/RG Nick Harris
Seattle – C/G Cesar Ruiz, RT Ezra Cleveland, QB Jalen Hurts, LDT Jason Strowbridge
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2020.04.05 05:42 Final_Smash /r/NFL_Draft 4/3 Community Discord Mock Draft Browns Results + Explanations

Just finished a seven-round Discord mock. Was GM, assisted by pooplouge for Rounds 1-2 and chronoquairium for the rest.
Full results can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/NFL_Draft/comments/fv730i/4344_community_mock_aftermath/

Goals

We set out to fill our biggest starting needs and accumulate playable depth. We valued rotation on the DL and in the secondary.

Trade block

RB Kareem Hunt – Hunt is a great player but he’s proven to be immature and can’t be used to his full potential while Nick Chubb, who is better and an adult, is here. Didn’t get any serious offers (wouldn’t have moved him for less than a 4th) so he stays here for one more season and then is gone.
OL Chris Hubbard – I know we just restructured his contract so he’s much easier to stomach rostering now but I still would be fine dealing him (was able to get a 6th from the Giants for him last year lmao). No takers.
DT Sheldon Richardson – He’s a good player but he’s also making a lot more than he’s worth. No one was interested however.

Round 1

1.10 – Andrew Thomas, LT, Georgia We were hoping one of Thomas, Jedrick Willis, or Tristan Wirfs would fall to 10, and with the Dolphins taking Wills and the Cardinals going Wirfs, my ideal scenario presented itself. I will never get off the Thomas train. He’s been my OT1 since the beginning of the college season and I never thought in a million years we’d be in position to get him.
He started at RT for Georgia as a freshman in 2017 and played well. Took over at LT for Isaiah Wynn in 2018 and played well. And was absolutely dominant in 2019. Go watch his game against LSU in 2019. https://youtu.be/2MszTxrJxe8 Aside from one play where his stance got lazy, Thomas treated projected top-15 EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson like a little child.
Thomas has prototypical size, insanely long arms, and tested very well at the Combine. He isn’t 6’8” 360lbs and didn’t run a legendary 40 time, but he was solid all-around and even bested Tristan Wirfs in the agility testing.
Thomas has the best tape of any tackle in the class and is just solid. He just doesn’t get beat. He’s a powerful run blocker and has the athleticism to excel in our zone scheme. He already plays LT so he doesn’t have to switch. He needs to improve his stance and his footwork can be sloppy at times, but that fact that he’s so young and already so good is awesome.
Not a perfect prospect of course, but he’s the best OT I’ve ever personally evaluated (take that for what it’s worth). He may not be flashy, but when you don’t notice your OL, that’s a good thing. How many times did we notice or think about Joe Thomas during games? We just knew he was going to do his job. Andrew Thomas is a worthy successor and will protect Baker Mayfield’s blindside for the next 15 years.

Round 2

2.41 – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota We explored moving down here, but didn’t get any good offers, so we happily stayed put and took Winfield. He doesn’t have great size, and he does have an injury history, but his medicals at the combine reportedly came back great and he did really well in on-field tests. He’s got excellent instincts and field vision, great ball skills, and is a willing and able tackler. He can play single high, SS, or in the slot. Joe Woods wants safeties that can cover like corners and we got him one. Is he going to be a superstar? No, but he’s extremely versatile and reliable and he just makes big plays.

Round 3

TRADE
Browns send 3.74 to NYJ, receive 3.79, EDGE Jordan Willis
This was a no-brainer deal for me. Basically picking up an extra mid-rounder to move down five spots, and none of our targets went in those five picks.
Willis was a third-round pick by the Bengals in 2017 and the Jets claimed him off waivers prior to last season. He’s a rotational player (only 162 total snaps) but he graded out solid against both the run and pass, and generated 11 pressures on 105 pass rush snaps which is good. He’s on a one-year deal and makes basically nothing so there’s no financial commitment (can always extend him if we want, shouldn’t cost much at all), and he’ll at least be a playable upgrade over Chad Thomas and Porter Gustin. Even with the Adrian Clayborn signing we wanted to add some EDGE depth and Willis gives us that.
TRADE
Browns send 3.79 to N), receive 3.88, 5.169
Due to the Wyatt Teller trade we were left without a fifth-rounder, and I wanted to add one (it ended up paying off later, stay tuned). We moved down nine spots with the Saints for a mid-late 5th, which is fine value. We wanted to get a starting-caliber LB here in the third and there were still plenty available at this point.
TRADE
Browns send 3.88 to NE, receive 98, 5.172
We moved down here because we were targeting LB with our next pick, and liked all three of Jordyn Brooks, Logan Wilson, and Akeem Davis-Gaither. The latter two were still on the board at this point, so we felt comfortable moving down. Picking up another fifth gave us more options later on to either move up for someone we liked or add more depth somewhere. We now owned picks 97 and 98.
In hindsight, this was our only “mistake” of the draft, because both Wilson and Davis-Gaither were gone within four picks. We still had two LB targets in Troy Dye and Willie Gay Jr., so we were disappointed but not panicking.
3.97 – Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
With Dye gone, Gay was our final LB target in this area of the draft. Disappointing, and risky, but it could end up paying off big-time.
Gay is big, physical, and crazy fast and athletic. He is by far the most talented LB in this class not named Isaiah Simmons. His Combine ranks among LBs:
40-yard dash: 4.46 – 2nd
Vertical jump: 39.5″ – 2nd
Broad jump: 136″ – 1st
20-yard shuttle: 4.3 – 7th
3-cone: 7.08 – 8th
Pretty great stuff. He has true sideline-to-sideline range and earned elite (90+) PFF coverage grades each of the last two seasons. He’s great at shedding blocks and blitzing as well. What he’s not good at is playing between the tackles. Don’t want him at MIKE. He doesn’t have great instincts and doesn’t always trust himself either. He also takes poor pursuit angles to the ball (this is at least something that can be fixed).
Gay doesn’t have much experience or production. He played in 28 games over three years and started only 12 of them. He also made just 99 total tackles during that time.
The reason why Gay wasn’t on the field much is because he has character concerns. He was involved in an organized academic fraud scandal which involved a tutor filling out tests for students. He also got into a fight with his QB at practice and punched him in the face, breaking his orbital bone.
None of this is DV or anything of that nature which is why I didn’t write him off completely for the Browns, who are now moving in the opposite direction of John Dorsey’s view on character. Could this pick backfire? Absolutely. But Gay is a first-round talent at our biggest position of need now. On the field he’s basically everything people want/wish Mack Wilson to be.
3.98 – Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
We were put in a bit of a tough spot here given how the board fell, so we made a bit of an unorthodox pick, but I like the fit quite a bit.
Duvernay is 5’10” 200lbs, built like an RB with a thick lower half. He tested very well at the Combine including a 4.39 40-yard dash and a 35.5” vertical. He played in the slot at Texas and will alternate with Jarvis Landry there for us. He has great hands and is dangerous after the catch. His route running needs improvement but he has the potential to be the perfect third option in this passing offense.

Round 4

4.115 – Kenny Robinson Jr., S, West Virginia/St. Louis Battlehawks
We had some discussion about moving this pick but didn’t find the right deal.
Robinson was dismissed from WVU for academic misconduct and instead of transferring (Alabama and Oklahoma were interested), he joined the XFL to earn money to care for his cancer-stricken mother.
He was targeted eight times and picked off two of those passes after intercepting seven in college. PFF loves him and just watching his tape it’s obvious he’s an NFL player. He is 21 but has more/better experience than any other DB in the class. He was great against college guys and dominated in the XFL. He’s a true ballhawk centerfielder FS with range, instincts, and ball skills for days. Put him deep and let him go to work. You can never have enough good DBs and after starting the offseason with safety as a barren wasteland, it’s now one of our best position groups with Sheldrick Redwine, Karl Joseph, Andrew Sendejo, Winfield, and Robinson.

Round 5

At this point we were simply looking for good depth players. We had four picks left and knew that we probably couldn’t roster four more rookies, and that not all of those four would even be worth rostering. We wanted to snag Charlotte EDGE Alex Highsmith but he went in the late 4th.
TRADE
Browns send 5.169, 7.244, 2021 7th to SEA for 5.162
Quite a bit to give up to jump seven spots in the fifth round, but it was worth it.
5.162 – Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tulsa
Ranked 95th on PFF’s big board, we didn’t get Highsmith but Gipson is an amazing consolation prize. He’s earned an overall grade of 87+ each of the past two seasons and his pressure rate is excellent. He’s a good run defender and has good size at 6’3” 261lbs. He didn’t work out at the combine but he’s extremely athletic on tape and has insane bend. It may take a year for him to adjust to the NFL but he could very well be the pass rushing partner we’ve been looking for to pair with Garrett. And yes he’d be better than Chad Thomas right away.
5.172 – John Reid, CB, Penn State
Reid majored in data sciences at PSU and was part of a super complicated research project involving machine learning so obviously the Browns are going to draft him, fing nerds Kidding aside, Reid isn’t a great player, but he’s solid in pretty much every area. He can do a lot of different things, although I’d probably put him at slot CB. He finished with a 3.97 short shuttle which paced every single player this year. He’s got great feet. You can never have too many good DBs and Reid is great value here.

Round 6

6.187 – Bravion Roy, DT, Baylor
We were thrilled to get Roy this late. He is ranked 119th on PFF’s big board despite being 6’1” 333lbs and looking like your typical run stopping two-down nose tackle. Not so fast. He is a very good run defender, yes. But he led all FBS DTs last year with an incredible 51 pressures. He has an unusual amount of pass-rush moves and was great at the shrine game. He has short arms and plays with high pad level so that’s something he needs to fix, but his pass-rush production at his size is almost unheard of. No one is saying he’s going to be the next Aaron Donald, but he will provide playable depth this year and should be a good starting nose/1-tech down the road.

Round 7

No picks. Just as well since this player likely wouldn’t have made the team anyway. This roster is talented enough to the point where even sixth and fifth round guys are by no means guaranteed a spot. Eight rookies is plenty.

UDFAs

These guys are in no way guaranteed a spot and certainly won’t be counted upon to start week one (cough, Desmond Harrison, cough)
QB Nate Stanley, Iowa – he wasn’t good in college but he ran the zone scheme and has a big arm. Camp body.
WR Benjamin Victor, Ohio State – Victor is tall, athletic, and has good technique but he’s super skinny. Camp body with the chance to make the roster.
WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida – Didn’t draft Ezra so we need to bring in Tyrie. He’s a speed WR with good size. Needs to show better route running if he wants to make a team.
OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte – small-school guy with good size, athleticism, and tape. Worth a flyer to see if he can stick as developmental guy.
DT/EDGE Robert Windsor, Penn State – really good college pass rusher but is undersized for the NFL at DT. Will either need to move outside or play inside only on 3rd down. He has talent though and I would like to stash him on the PS.
EDGE James-Smith Williams, North Carolina State – looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. Doesn’t have good bend, very strong but doesn’t play physical. Has all-word potential as a run defender but hasn’t shown it yet.
EDGE Christian Rector, USC – Another guy who looks like he should be really good but isn’t. Sort of like a current Browns EDGE…
EDGE Bryce Huff, Memphis - Huff might end up being another Genard Avery but has the size to stay at EDGE – he’s a good rusher and run defender who could definitely make the team, but will be at least a PS guy.
LB Dante Olson, Montana – he was a good college player and had a really weird combine with an insane 42” vertical but a slow as molasses 4.88 40. Would need to show he can hold up in coverage both dropping back in zone and covering backs out of the backfield but would have a shot at making the team.
LB Clay Johnston, Baylor – undersized and unathletic but he’s super smart and good in coverage. Another guy who could potentially stick around.

Depth chart and future needs

Bold indicates starter, italics indicates rookie
Offense
QBBaker Mayfield, Case Keenum
RBNick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Dontrell Hilliard
FB (😊) – Andy Janovich
WROdell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Devin Duvernay, two of Taywan Taylor, KhaDarel Hodge, Damion Ratley, JoJo Natson, J’Mon Moore, D.J. Montgomery, Benjamin Victor, Tyrie Cleveland
TEAustin Hooper, David Njoku, Stephen Carlson
LTAndrew Thomas, Kendall Lamm
LGJoel Bitonio
CJ.C. Tretter, Evan Brown
RGWyatt Teller, Drew Forbes
RTJack Conklin, Chris Hubbard
Defense
EDGEMyles Garrett, Adrian Clayborn
EDGEOlivier Vernon, Jordan Willis, Trevis Gipson
1TAndrew Billings, Bravion Roy
3TSheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi
WILL LBWillie Gay Jr., Mack Wilson
MIKE LBB.J. Goodson, Willie Harvey Jr.
SAM LBSione Takitaki, Dante Olson
CBDenzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, Tavierre Thomas
CBGreedy Williams, Donovan Olumba
SCBKevin Johnson, John Reid
FSAndrew Sendejo,Kenny Robinson Jr., Sheldrick Redwine
SSKarl Joseph, Antoine Winfield Jr.
KAustin Seibert
pJamie Gillan
LSCharley Hughlett
Biggest needs for next year are studs at LB and DT. Other than that, this is a pretty complete roster that, knock on wood with competent coaching should be a playoff team, assuming Mayfield can prove he is the guy.
Let me know how I did and why I made the right choice by devoting two evenings to this activity and writing this 2600+ word summary instead of writing my philosophy paper due tomorrow night.
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2020.03.24 16:48 BirdmanPB Mel Kiper 2020 Mock Draft 3.0

Time for NFL Mock Draft 3.0, projecting every first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. As we enter uncharted territory on the draft calendar -- the league has prohibited all pre-draft visits between prospects and teams because of the coronavirus pandemic -- we can still look forward to Day 1 of the draft, which kicks off April 23.
This is my first mock draft since before the combine, and you'll see a few prospects who rose after their performances in Indianapolis. And this is also the first mock draft in which we know how most of NFL free agency has played out, so team needs are much clearer.
OK, let's get to it. Check out my new Big Board and position rankings, too.
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  1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals' roster -- there aren't many teams left on the quarterback carousel that make sense as a trade partner -- but this is a no-brainer: Take Burrow and build your team around the Heisman-winning quarterback. Cincinnati already has a WR1 in A.J. Green and RB1 in Joe Mixon, and there are a few solid offensive pieces elsewhere, including the impending debut of 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but can step in immediately and protect Burrow's blind side.
  1. Washington Redskins
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
If Washington is serious about Dwayne Haskins as its unquestioned starter at quarterback, it has to take Young, the clear top pass-rusher in this class and one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the past decade. Ron Rivera already has some talented defenders with whom to work (including Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Landon Collins and free-agent signing Kendall Fuller) and Young could top 10 sacks as a rookie. The big question for the Redskins: Can they get back a decent pick in a Trent Williams trade? He wants out, and they don't have a second-round pick after moving up for Sweat last year.
  1. Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions' best-case scenario with this pick? Field offers for teams trying to trade up to draft Tua Tagovailoa -- the Dolphins (Nos. 5, 18 and 26 picks) and Chargers (No. 6 pick) make the most sense -- and still land Okudah. That would give them extra premium draft picks and the top corner in the class to replace Darius Slay and pair with free-agent signing Desmond Trufant. After a 3-12-1 season, general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia need wins now, and the additions of Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton and Nick Williams will help their defense immediately.
  1. New York Giants
Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
This is another spot to watch for a trade. If the Lions stay put and take Okudah, could a team jump in front of the Dolphins to snag Tagovailoa? Because I can't project trades here, I'll mock Simmons to the Giants. He's a phenomenal athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at 238 pounds and has great film from the past two seasons. He and free-agent addition Blake Martinez would really strengthen the G-Men's linebacker unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has to think about an offensive tackle here, too, with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. as possibilities.
  1. Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two second-round picks, but their best-case scenario is to stay put, get their quarterback of the future and pick up starters on Day 1 and Day 2 of the draft. With the offseason quarterback carousel mostly completed -- Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton still need to find new teams -- Miami is in the best spot to draft its guy. Tagovailoa, who's rehabbing after dislocating his right hip and suffering a posterior wall fracture in November, was planning to throw for NFL teams on April 9, but that's up in the air. There's a chance teams won't get to see him go through a full workout; they'll have to trust his tape -- and trust their medical staffs, who will have a clear view of where Tagovailoa is with his injury now.
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  1. Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers appear uninterested in the quarterbacks in the free-agent or trade market, with Tyrod Taylor slotted in as their Week 1 starter. But maybe they're not interested in another veteran because they know they're in a good position to draft Tagovailoa or Herbert, and they can give Taylor the job while grooming a quarterback of the future. Based on their offseason additions (guard Trai Turner, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., among others), the Chargers think they can win now. Drafting the 6-foot-6 Herbert gives them the best chance to bridge their present with their future, similar to what the Chiefs did in 2017 when they drafted Patrick Mahomes.
  1. Carolina Panthers
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
This makes three mock drafts, three projections of Brown to Carolina. And I don't see a reason to go away from it (unless Isaiah Simmons falls here). With Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler gone in free agency, there's a gaping hole at the tackle spot next to Kawann Short. Brown isn't going to be a 10-sack-per-season guy, but he has some pass-rush upside from the interior. And with a 6-foot-4, 326-pound frame, he'll be a monster against the run.
  1. Arizona Cardinals
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With DeAndre Hopkins on his way to Arizona, the Cardinals filled their need for a new No. 1 wide receiver. One spot they haven't addressed? Right tackle, where they could upgrade on former undrafted free agent Justin Murray, who started 12 games last season. This team could have its pick of a deep top tier of tackles, but I like the fit with Wirfs, who was predominantly a right tackle in college. He's a load in the run game and has great feet in pass protection. Arizona must protect quarterback Kyler Murray, who was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most in the league.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell are gone, while 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan has disappointed, which means the Jaguars' once-excellent defensive line needs reinforcements. They have tremendous edge rushers in Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen, but Kinlaw would give them a 324-pound run-stuffer with some upside as an interior pass-rusher. I considered a quarterback here, but it appears Jacksonville is committed to Gardner Minshew. Cornerback is an option, too, though Jacksonville could use the No. 20 pick to address the secondary.
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  1. Cleveland Browns
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
I really liked Cleveland paying up in free agency for Jack Conklin, who will upgrade the right tackle spot. But this team could still use a new starter at left tackle, which is why I like Becton here. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton also has excellent feet and agility -- he is the heaviest player to run a sub-5.2 40-yard dash at the combine since 2006. Chris Hubbard, signed in 2018 to replace Joe Thomas, hasn't worked out; it's time to get Baker Mayfield better protection.
  1. New York Jets
Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Jets made an effort to fix their porous offensive line in free agency, bringing back guard Alex Lewis and adding tackle George Fant and interior linemen Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten and Josh Andrews. But that's not enough. They need another infusion of talent, particularly at right tackle, where Chuma Edoga played last season. Wills was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, and he could step in on day one and be New York's most talented lineman. Wide receiver is a position to watch here, though free agent Robby Anderson could still return. I also thought about pass-rusher, but this is a little too high for second-ranked edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders
CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After the Raiders signed both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski in free agency, you can scratch off-ball linebacker from their list of needs. That still leaves wide receiver and cornerback, though. And since Las Vegas has two first-round picks and this class of receivers is much deeper at the top than the cornerback group, let's give Jon Gruden & Co. a potential No. 1 corner in Henderson here. He had an up-and-down 2019 season, but he cemented his standing as the second-ranked cornerback in this class at the combine, where he ran a 4.39 40. The Raiders get to grab a receiver at No. 19. Could Vegas be an option if one of the other quarterbacks -- Justin Herbert or Jordan Love -- make it here?
  1. San Francisco 49ers (from IND)
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This pick now belongs to the 49ers, after the Colts traded it to acquire interior disruptor DeForest Buckner. San Francisco could use the pick for a straight replacement for Buckner at defensive tackle -- if Javon Kinlaw drops out of the top 10, he could do damage in the middle of its defense -- but I see wide receiver as a higher priority, particularly after Emmanuel Sanders walked in free agency. Adding Jeudy, who caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 TDs last season, to a group with Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne makes this a really exciting (and young) trio of wideouts for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are also trade-down candidates -- after the No. 31 overall pick, they don't pick again until Round 5.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
After the Bucs largely bypassed free agency to address their offensive line -- they did add swing tackle Joe Haeg -- this is the spot in which they need to get help protecting Tom Brady. (It felt strange to type that.) With Demar Dotson still a free agent, the right tackle spot is wide open. Thomas played both left and right tackle for the Bulldogs, and he would help keep Brady's jersey clean. I also thought about a running back to help Brady, with D'Andre Swift a great option to catch a bunch of passes from the future Hall of Famer. But offensive tackle feels like a lock at this point.
  1. Denver Broncos
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos have made a few solid additions this offseason, signing guard Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon and trading for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye. They haven't addressed left tackle -- former first-round pick Garett Bolles could be on his way out after a disappointing tenure -- or wide receiver, where they have Courtland Sutton but not much else. Ruggs, who ran a 4.27 40 at the combine, would be a great complement to Sutton's size, as he could run crossers and catch deep balls from second-year signal-caller Drew Lock.
play 0:20 Tua looking healthy during workoutTua Tagovailoa takes to Twitter with a throwing drill video and shows no signs of slowing down after his long recovery from a dislocated hip.
  1. Atlanta Falcons
K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
The Falcons replaced Vic Beasley Jr. with Dante Fowler Jr. in free agency, but they shouldn't stop there. General manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to add another premium pass-rusher, either at edge or along the interior. Takkarist McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, just hasn't developed. After fighting through injuries, Chaisson had just 9.5 sacks in his college career, but he has a high ceiling, flashing elite get-off at the snap with a few pass-rushing moves in his arsenal. Before Atlanta picked up Todd Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, I thought this might be a spot to watch for a running back.
  1. Dallas Cowboys
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Cowboys don't have many glaring needs, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them draft a cornerback or safety (Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix appears to be a one-year flier). I'm going to stick to my board, though, and go with the best prospect available. Lamb, No. 12 in my latest rankings, shouldn't fall far; with fantastic route-running ability and big-play potential, he's capable of being a No. 1 receiver at the next level, and he could play outside or in the slot. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Lamb would instantly become one of the NFL's top wide receiver trios. Keep an eye on defensive end here, though, as Dallas could add young talent to that group.
  1. Miami Dolphins (from PIT)
D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Dolphins entered free agency with the NFL's most cap space, and they used a bunch of their money on defense, signing cornerback Byron Jones to a record-breaking deal while also adding linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson and Elandon Roberts and edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah. And yes, they brought in veteran running back Jordan Howard, too, but it was a low-cost deal. Let's give Tagovailoa and the offense some help with Swift, a threat as a runner and receiver and the clear top back in this class. I expect Miami to address offensive tackle with one of its three first-round picks, and that could come at No. 26.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (from CHI)
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
If the Raiders take a cornerback at No. 12, they have to address receiver here. They can't go into the season with Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor as Derek Carr's top wideouts. So how about Renfrow's college teammate, Higgins, a 6-foot-3 pass-catcher with elite ball skills. Higgins isn't a speedster -- he didn't work out at the combine, but he ran a 4.54 40 at his pro day -- but he could be an instant red zone threat for Carr.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
Antoine Winfield Jr., S/CB, Minnesota
Where could Winfield play? How about ... everywhere. He has the versatility to play deep safety, nickel corner, strong safety and even some linebacker. At 5-foot-9, 203 pounds, he's not the biggest guy, but you couldn't tell from his tackling on tape -- he's not afraid to hit a ball carrier. Winfield stayed healthy in 2019 and had seven interceptions. He's a ballhawk, which is something Jacksonville could use after it traded Jalen Ramsey last year. I really like Winfield, and this is a great landing spot for the best defensive back left on my board.
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  1. Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Philadelphia addressed its hole at cornerback by trading for Darius Slay. The next hole that needs to be filled is at wide receiver, where Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson had injury-plagued 2019 seasons and rookie second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside struggled. That resulted in a tough year for Carson Wentz and the Eagles' offense, although they still went 9-7 and won the NFC East. Since this is a deep class of wide receivers, the Eagles should come out of the first round with their guy. Jefferson, who caught 111 passes from Joe Burrow last season, is a great fit.
  1. Minnesota Vikings (from BUF)
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Yes, this is another team that has a need at wide receiver, and this is the draft to get one. Minnesota got this pick by trading Stefon Diggs last week, and the Vikings could use it to find a direct replacement. Adam Thielen is the clear WR1, but there's not much else on the roster that should excite Vikings fans. Mims is one of the biggest risers from the pre-draft process, as he was tremendous at the Senior Bowl and then blew up at the combine, running a 4.38 40 at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds and testing well in the other workouts. He had 28 touchdowns over the past three seasons at Baylor.
  1. New England Patriots
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Are the Patriots really going to roll with Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler as their 2020 quarterbacks? I'm not buying it. I'll stick with a QB here, although I'm moving Love back into the fourth spot in my QB rankings, ahead of Jacob Eason. At 6-foot-4, Love has all the traits that teams look for in a starter, but his 2019 stats -- 20 TD passses, 17 INTs -- will scare off some. I don't put much stock in it because of all of the talent (and an entire coaching staff) that he lost from the 2018 season, when he had 32 TD passes and six INTs. It's tough to know whether Bill Belichick is going to treat the season as a rebuild, but taking Love makes sense either way.
  1. New Orleans Saints
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Saints perpetually have salary-cap issues, but they have done a nice job filling holes this offseason, adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders while bringing back guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle David Onyemata. This is a roster that should compete for a Super Bowl in 2020. Off-ball linebacker, though, is a position where New Orleans could get some help, and neither of my top inside linebackers have come off the board yet. Murray, a stellar athlete and tackling machine, is a good value pick here.
  1. Minnesota Vikings
A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
This has to be corner or defensive end, right? Free agent Everson Griffen has already said his goodbyes to Vikings fans, while Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes all departed this offseason. We know Mike Zimmer is always thinking about his defense, and that unit could use some help with one of Minnesota's first-round picks. Epenesa could be a capable replacement for Griffen as a defensive end with a big frame (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) who is good against the run and has room to grow as a pass-rusher.
  1. Miami Dolphins (from HOU)
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
So we've given the Dolphins a quarterback and running back so far, and let's stay on offense and address the tackle position, where Miami is still depleted. With Jones on the board, this is a no-brainer for me. He made 45 career starts at left tackle for the Cougars, and he dominated during practices at the Senior Bowl. Remember that the Dolphins still have two more second-round picks to help them get back on track. And after boosting their defense in free agency, the Dolphins are trending in the right direction.
  1. Seattle Seahawks
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
This is a tough one for me because the Seahawks are still in the hunt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. If they spend a bunch of money to bring Clowney back, they might not want to spend the capital on an edge rusher here, particularly after drafting L.J. Collier in Round 1 last year. Still, the 6-foot-6, 266-pound Gross-Matos makes a lot of sense, because we know that Pete Carroll likes big defensive ends who could move inside and rush the passer on passing downs. Offensive tackle should be an option here, and Seattle also has an extra second-round pick.
play 7:00 Family tragedies give PSU's Gross-Matos a purpose to playBefore Yetur Gross-Matos' college career began at Penn State, his life was shaped by two unimaginable family tragedies involving the deaths of his father and brother.
  1. Baltimore Ravens
Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
The Ravens didn't really address the inside linebacker position in free agency, which means I don't see a reason to change from my first two mock drafts. Queen fills a direct void as a replacement for C.J. Mosley, who Baltimore lost in free agency a year ago. I also considered centeguard Cesar Ruiz, who could take over for the retired Marshal Yanda at guard.
  1. Tennessee Titans
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
After Cleveland's excellent combine performance in which he ran a 4.93 40 (third-fastest among offensive linemen) and looked great in the agility drills, I went back to the tape to study him. And what I saw was a left tackle who I was underrating. A three-year starter for the Broncos, Cleveland isn't just a workout wonder -- he was a great tackle in the Mountain West. The Titans are set at left tackle with Taylor Lewan, of course, but with right tackle Jack Conklin departing in free agency, Cleveland could compete with former swing tackle Dennis Kelly, who was re-signed. Tennessee added Vic Beasley Jr. last week, but I wouldn't be shocked to see them add another edge rusher here.
  1. Green Bay Packers
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Green Bay cut Jimmy Graham and hasn't added any receiving help this offseason, so I'm sticking with a wide receiver for its pick, though it's the third different wideout in my three mock drafts. Like Denzel Mims, Claypool had an electrifying combine, running a 4.42 40 and putting up a 40.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds. This might be a slight reach, but a team could fall in love with his traits, and he produced last season, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He could be a matchup nightmare for Aaron Rodgers.
  1. San Francisco 49ers
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
If the 49ers can get a wide receiver with their first pick, they could turn to the defense with this pick. With DeForest Buckner gone, I thought about defensive tackle, but they still have some talent there with former top-five pick Solomon Thomas moving inside permanently. Justin Madubuike could be an option. But corner is a more pressing need, and you only have to watch Super Bowl LIV to see that. Richard Sherman, who turns 32 later this month, is only signed through 2020, and the Niners don't have a set No. 2 corner. Igbinoghene, a track athlete who is still raw, is my third-ranked corner, and he could also help as a return man.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs
Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan
The Super Bowl champs haven't made many moves this offseason, but their positions of need are clear: cornerback and interior offensive line. Kendall Fuller signed a big deal in Washington, and Bashaud Breeland is still on the market, leaving big shoes to fill. But with Noah Igbinoghene gone to San Francisco one pick earlier, I don't have a corner with a first-round grade on my board. So let's give the Chiefs Ruiz, who could slide to guard to replace Stefen Wisniewski.
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2020.03.24 14:09 blamatina Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 3.0 (3/24/20)

  1. Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals' roster -- there aren't many teams left on the quarterback carousel that make sense as a trade partner -- but this is a no-brainer: Take Burrow and build your team around the Heisman-winning quarterback. Cincinnati already has a WR1 in A.J. Green and RB1 in Joe Mixon, and there are a few solid offensive pieces elsewhere, including the impending debut of 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but can step in immediately and protect Burrow's blind side.
  1. Washington Redskins Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
If Washington is serious about Dwayne Haskins as its unquestioned starter at quarterback, it has to take Young, the clear top pass-rusher in this class and one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the past decade. Ron Rivera already has some talented defenders with whom to work (including Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Landon Collins and free-agent signing Kendall Fuller) and Young could top 10 sacks as a rookie. The big question for the Redskins: Can they get back a decent pick in a Trent Williams trade? He wants out, and they don't have a second-round pick after moving up for Sweat last year.
  1. Detroit Lions Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions' best-case scenario with this pick? Field offers for teams trying to trade up to draft Tua Tagovailoa -- the Dolphins (Nos. 5, 18 and 26 picks) and Chargers (No. 6 pick) make the most sense -- and still land Okudah. That would give them extra premium draft picks and the top corner in the class to replace Darius Slay and pair with free-agent signing Desmond Trufant. After a 3-12-1 season, general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia need wins now, and the additions of Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton and Nick Williams will help their defense immediately.
  1. New York Giants Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
This is another spot to watch for a trade. If the Lions stay put and take Okudah, could a team jump in front of the Dolphins to snag Tagovailoa? Because I can't project trades here, I'll mock Simmons to the Giants. He's a phenomenal athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at 238 pounds, but he has great film from the past two seasons, too. He and free-agent addition Blake Martinez would really strengthen the G-Men's linebacker unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has to think about an offensive tackle here, too, with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. as possibilities.
5. Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two second-round picks, but their best-case scenario is to stay put, get their quarterback of the future and pick up starters on Day 1 and Day 2 of the draft. With the offseason quarterback carousel mostly completed -- Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton still need to find new teams -- Miami is in the best spot to draft its guy. Tagovailoa, who's rehabbing after dislocating his right hip and suffering a posterior wall fracture in November, was planning to throw for NFL teams on April 9, but that's up in the air. There's a chance teams won't get to see him go through a full workout; they'll have to trust his tape -- and trust their medical staffs, who will have a clear view of where Tagovailoa is with his injury now.
  1. Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers appear uninterested in the quarterbacks in the free-agent or trade market, with Tyrod Taylor slotted in as their Week 1 starter. But maybe they're not interested in another veteran because they know they're in a good position to draft Tagovailoa or Herbert, and they can give Taylor the job while grooming a quarterback of the future. Based on their offseason additions (guard Trai Turner, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., among others), the Chargers think they can win now. Drafting the 6-foot-6 Herbert gives them the best chance to bridge their present with their future, similar to what the Chiefs did in 2017 when they drafted Patrick Mahomes.
  1. Carolina Panthers Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
This makes three mock drafts, three projections of Brown to Carolina. And I don't see a reason to go away from it (unless Isaiah Simmons falls here). With Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler gone in free agency, there's a gaping hole at the tackle spot next to Kawann Short. Brown isn't going to be a 10-sack-per-season guy, but he has some pass-rush upside from the interior. And with a 6-foot-4, 326-pound frame, he'll be a monster against the run.
  1. Arizona Cardinals Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With DeAndre Hopkins on his way to Arizona, the Cardinals filled their need for a new No. 1 wide receiver. One spot they haven't addressed? Right tackle, where they could upgrade on former undrafted free agent Justin Murray, who started 12 games last season. This team could have its pick of a deep top tier of tackles, but I like the fit with Wirfs, who was predominantly a right tackle in college. He's a load in the run game and has great feet in pass protection. Arizona must protect quarterback Kyler Murray, who was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most in the league.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell are gone, while 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan has disappointed, which means the Jaguars' once-excellent defensive line needs reinforcements. They have tremendous edge rushers in Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen, but Kinlaw would give them a 324-pound run-stuffer with some upside as an interior pass-rusher. I considered a quarterback here, but it appears Jacksonville is committed to Gardner Minshew. Cornerback is an option, too, though it could use the No. 20 pick to address the secondary.
  1. Cleveland Browns Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
I really liked Cleveland paying up in free agency for Jack Conklin, who will upgrade the right tackle spot. But this team could still use a new starter at left tackle, which is why I like Becton here. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton also has excellent feet and agility -- he is the heaviest player to run a sub-5.2 40-yard dash at the combine since 2006. Chris Hubbard, signed in 2018 to replace Joe Thomas, hasn't worked out; it's time to get Baker Mayfield better protection.
  1. New York Jets Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Jets made an effort to fix their porous offensive line in free agency, bringing back guard Alex Lewis and adding tackle George Fant and interior linemen Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten and Josh Andrews. But that's not enough. They need another infusion of talent, particularly at right tackle, where Chuma Edoga played last season. Wills was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, and he could step in on day one and be New York's most-talented lineman. Wide receiver is a position to watch here, though free agent Robby Anderson could still return. I also thought about pass-rusher, but this is a little too high for second-ranked edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After the Raiders signed both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski in free agency, you can scratch off-ball linebacker from their list of needs. That still leaves wide receiver and cornerback, though. And since Las Vegas has two first-round picks and this class of receivers is much deeper at the top than the cornerback group, let's give Jon Gruden & Co. a potential No. 1 corner in Henderson here. He had an up-and-down 2019 season, but he cemented his standing as the second-ranked cornerback in this class at the combine, where he ran a 4.39 40. The Raiders get to grab a receiver at No. 19.
  1. San Francisco 49ers (from IND) Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This pick now belongs to the 49ers, after the Colts traded it to acquire interior disruptor DeForest Buckner. San Francisco could use the pick for a straight replacement for Buckner at defensive tackle -- if Javon Kinlaw drops out of the top 10, he could do damage in the middle of its defense -- but I see wide receiver as a higher priority, particularly after Emmanuel Sanders walked in free agency. Adding Jeudy, who caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 TDs last season, to a group with Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne makes this a really exciting (and young) trio of wideouts for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are also trade-down candidates -- after the No. 31 overall pick, they don't pick again until Round 5.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
After the Bucs largely bypassed free agency to address their offensive line -- they did add swing tackle Joe Haeg -- this is the spot in which they need to get help protecting Tom Brady. (It felt strange to type that.) With Demar Dotson still a free agent, the right tackle spot is wide open. Thomas played both left and right tackle for the Bulldogs, and he would help keep Brady's jersey clean. I also thought about a running back to help Brady, with D'Andre Swift a great option to catch a bunch of passes from the future Hall of Famer. But offensive tackle feels like a lock at this point.
  1. Denver Broncos Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos have made a few solid additions this offseason, signing guard Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon and trading for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye. They haven't addressed left tackle -- former first-round pick Garett Bolles could be on his way out after a disappointing tenure -- or wide receiver, where they have Courtland Sutton but not much else. Ruggs, who ran a 4.27 40 at the combine, would be a great complement to Sutton's size, as he could run crossers and catch deep balls from second-year signal-caller Drew Lock.
  1. Atlanta Falcons K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
The Falcons replaced Vic Beasley Jr. with Dante Fowler Jr. in free agency, but they shouldn't stop there. General manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to add another premium pass-rusher, either at edge or along the interior. Takkarist McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, just hasn't developed. After fighting through injuries, Chaisson had just 9.5 sacks in his college career, but he has a high ceiling, flashing elite get-off at the snap with a few pass-rushing moves in his arsenal. Before Atlanta picked up Todd Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, I thought this might be a spot to watch for a running back.
  1. Dallas Cowboys CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Cowboys don't have many glaring needs, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them draft a cornerback or safety (Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix appears to be a one-year flier). I'm going to stick to my board, though, and go with the best prospect available. Lamb, No. 12 in my latest rankings, shouldn't fall far; with fantastic route-running ability and big-play potential, he's capable of being a No. 1 receiver at the next level, and he could play outside or in the slot. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Lamb would instantly become one of the NFL's top wide receiver trios. Keep an eye on defensive end here, though, as Dallas could add young talent to that group.
18. Miami Dolphins (from PIT) D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Dolphins entered free agency with the NFL's most cap space, and they used a bunch of their money on defense, signing cornerback Byron Jones to a record-breaking deal while also adding linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson and Elandon Roberts and edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah. And yes, they brought in veteran running back Jordan Howard, too, but it was a low-cost deal. Let's give Tagovailoa and the offense some help with Swift, a threat as a runner and receiver and the clear top back in this class. I expect Miami to address offensive tackle with one of its three first-round picks, and that could come at No. 26.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (from CHI) Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
If the Raiders take a cornerback at No. 12, they have to address receiver here. They can't go into the season with Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor as Derek Carr's top wideouts. So how about Renfrow's college teammate in Higgins, a 6-foot-3 pass-catcher with elite ball skills. Higgins isn't a speedster -- he didn't work out at the combine, but he ran a 4.54 40 at his pro day -- but he could be an instant red zone threat for Carr and Las Vegas.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) Antoine Winfield Jr., S/CB, Minnesota
Where could Winfield play? How about ... everywhere. He has the versatility to play deep safety, nickel corner, strong safety and even some linebacker. At 5-foot-9, 203 pounds, he's not the biggest guy, but you couldn't tell from his tackling on tape -- he's not afraid to hit a ball carrier. Winfield stayed healthy in 2019 and had seven interceptions. He's a ballhawk, which is something Jacksonville could use after it traded Jalen Ramsey last year. I really like Winfield, and this is a great landing spot for the best defensive back left on my board.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Philadelphia addressed its hole at cornerback by trading for Darius Slay. The next hole that needs to be filled is at wide receiver, where Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson had injury-plagued 2019 seasons and rookie second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside struggled. That resulted in a tough year for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense, although they still went 9-7 and won the NFC East. Since this is a deep class of wide receivers, the Eagles should come out of the first round with their guy. Jefferson, who caught 111 passes from Joe Burrow last season, is a great fit.
  1. Minnesota Vikings (from BUF) Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Yes, this is another team that has a need at wide receiver, and this is the draft to get one. Minnesota got this pick by trading Stefon Diggs last week, and they could use it to find a direct replacement. Adam Thielen is the clear WR1, but there's not much else on the roster that should excite Vikings fans. Mims is one of the biggest risers from the pre-draft process, as he was tremendous at the Senior Bowl and then blew up at the combine, running a 4.38 40 at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds and testing well in the other workouts. He had 28 touchdowns over the past three seasons at Baylor.
  1. New England Patriots Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Are the Patriots really going to roll with Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler as their 2020 quarterbacks? I'm not buying it. I'll stick with a QB here, although I'm moving Love back into the fourth spot in my QB rankings, ahead of Jacob Eason. At 6-foot-4, Love has all the traits that teams look for in a starter, but his 2019 stats -- 20 TD passses, 17 INTs -- will scare off some. I don't put much stock into it because of all of the talent (and an entire coaching staff) that he lost from the 2018 season, when he had 32 TD passes and six INTs. It's tough to know whether Bill Belichick is going to treat the season as a rebuild, but taking Love makes sense either way.
  1. New Orleans Saints Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Saints perpetually have salary-cap issues, but they have done a nice job of filling holes this offseason, adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders while bringing back guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle David Onyemata. This is a roster that should compete for a Super Bowl in 2020. Off-ball linebacker, though, is a position where New Orleans could get some help, and neither of my top inside linebackers have come off the board yet. Murray, a stellar athlete and tackling machine, is a good value pick here.
  1. Minnesota Vikings A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
This has to be corner or defensive end, right? Free agent Everson Griffen has already said his goodbyes to Vikings fans, while Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes all departed this offseason. We know Mike Zimmer is always thinking about his defense, and that unit could use some help with one of Minnesota's first-round picks. Epenesa could be a capable replacement for Griffen as a defensive end with a big frame (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) who is good against the run and has room to grow as a pass-rusher.
26. Miami Dolphins (from HOU) Josh Jones, OT, Houston
So we've given the Dolphins a quarterback and running back so far, and let's stay on offensive and address the tackle position, where Miami is still depleted. With Jones on the board, this is a no-brainer for me. He made 45 career starts at left tackle for the Cougars, and he dominated during practices at the Senior Bowl. Remember that the Dolphins still have two more second-round picks to help them get back on track. And after boosting their defense in free agency, the Dolphins are trending in the right direction.
  1. Seattle Seahawks Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
This is a tough one for me because the Seahawks are still in the hunt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. If they spend a bunch of money to bring Clowney back, they might not want to spend the capital on an edge rusher here, particularly after drafting L.J. Collier in Round 1 last year. Still, the 6-foot-6, 266-pound Gross-Matos makes a lot of sense, because we know that Pete Carroll likes big defensive ends who could move inside and rush the passer on passing downs. Offensive tackle should be an option here, and Seattle also has an extra second-round pick.
Family tragedies give PSU's Gross-Matos a purpose to play Before Yetur Gross-Matos' college career began at Penn State, his life was shaped by two unimaginable family tragedies involving the deaths of his father and brother.
  1. Baltimore Ravens Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
The Ravens didn't really address the inside linebacker position in free agency, which means I don't see a reason to change from my first two mock drafts. Queen fills a direct void as a replacement for C.J. Mosley, who Baltimore lost in free agency a year ago. I also considered centeguard Cesar Ruiz, who could take over for the retired Marshal Yanda at guard.
  1. Tennessee Titans Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
After Cleveland's excellent combine performance in which he ran a 4.93 40 (third-fastest among offensive linemen) and looked great in the agility drills, I went back to the tape to study him. And what I saw was a left tackle who I was underrating. A three-year starter for the Broncos, Cleveland isn't just a workout wonder -- he was a great tackle in the Mountain West. The Titans are set at left tackle with Taylor Lewan, of course, but with right tackle Jack Conklin departing in free agency, Cleveland could compete with former swing tackle Dennis Kelly, who was re-signed. Tennessee added Vic Beasley Jr. last week, but I wouldn't be shocked to see them add another edge rusher here.
  1. Green Bay Packers Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Green Bay cut Jimmy Graham and hasn't added any receiving help this offseason, so I'm sticking with a wide receiver for its pick, though it's the third different wideout in my three mock drafts. Like Denzel Mims, Claypool had an electrifying combine, running a 4.42 40 and putting up a 40.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds. This might be a slight reach, but a team could fall in love with his traits, and he produced last season, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He could be a matchup nightmare for Aaron Rodgers.
  1. San Francisco 49ers Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
If the 49ers can get a wide receiver with their first pick, they could turn to the defense with this pick. With DeForest Buckner gone, I thought about defensive tackle, but they still have some talent there with former top-five pick Solomon Thomas moving inside permanently. Justin Madubuike could be an option. But corner is a more pressing need, and you only have to watch Super Bowl LIV to see that. Richard Sherman, who turns 32 later this month, is only signed through 2020, and the Niners don't have a set No. 2 corner. Igbinoghene, a track athlete who is still raw, is my third-ranked corner and he could also help as a return man.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan
The Super Bowl champs haven't made many moves this offseason, but their positions of need are clear: cornerback and interior offensive line. Kendall Fuller signed a big deal in Washington, and Bashaud Breeland is still on the market, leaving big shoes to fill. But with Noah Igbinoghene gone to San Francisco one pick earlier, I don't have a corner with a first-round grade on my board. So let's give the Chiefs Ruiz, who could slide to guard to replace Stefen Wisniewski.
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2020.03.17 23:44 ElvenHero QBs on the move and what could be done with Pick #3

As many of you may have seen, there have been a few different teams who have moved on from or picked up quarterbacks within the last few hours. The moved-ons being the Panthers with Cam Newton and the Patriots with Tom Brady. And the picked-ups being Philip Rivers to the Colts, Teddy Bridgewater to the Panthers, and, what seems very likely at this point, Tom Brady to the Buccaneers.
Since the Lions sit at Pick #3 in the 2020 NFL Draft and many believe (as do I) that they will NOT be looking to take a QB with that pick, the general consensus is that they should move down a few spots (if a certain someone is not available) and pick one of Jeffery Okudah, Isaiah Simmons, or Derrick Brown. The problem that has surfaced today is that, with QB Tua Tagovailoa being the ideal player for teams to move up for, many teams are looking towards free agency instead of the draft for a QB.
Starting-caliber QBs who are currently on the market (either through trade or FA):
Dalton and Newton are likely to be dealt within the coming weeks/days. Winston could sign somewhere as either a starter or backup, depending on how the league views his resume. And Foles, while unlikely, could be traded from the Jaguars to a team in need (I think this is the least likely QB to be moved).

Likely teams looking for a new starter:
Teams with a QB who may be looking for a future replacement:
And I'll throw in a surprise team:
This largely depends on how you view Jimmy Garoppolo and his contract. I doubt the 49ers move on from Garoppolo under his current contract, but it's always fun to theorize about this stuff. I'll explain this idea a bit later.

With all this in mind, let's take a look at where these teams sit in the draft and with their current QBs:

Team 2020 First Round Pick # Current Starter
Miami Dolphins 5, 18, 26 Ryan Fitzpatrick
Los Angeles Chargers 6 Tyrod Taylor
New England Patriots 23 Jarrett Stidham
Carolina Panthers 7 Teddy Bridgewater (signed for 3 years, $63 million)
Washington Redskins 2 Dwayne Haskins
Las Vegas Raiders 12, 19 Derek Carr
Chicago Bears X Mitchell Trubisky
Indianapolis Colts X Philip Rivers (signed for 1 year, $25 million)
Pittsburgh Steelers X Ben Roethlisberger
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 *Tom Brady (not signed, just rumored)
San Francisco 49ers 13, 31 Jimmy Garoppolo
With the Bears, Colts, and Steelers all having no First Round Picks, we can likely take them off of the list of potential trade partners (also Bears since they're in the NFC North).
The Redskins are not a trade partner since they are ahead of the Lions at #2. So take them off as well.
If the Buccaneers sign Brady, there is <0.01% chance they take a QB in the first. So they are out as well.
Panthers will likely look to next year for a QB if need be and at best sit pat at 7. Take them off the list.
That leaves the Dolphins, Chargers, Patriots, Raiders, and the surprise team of the 49ers as potential trade partners. Here's how these teams stack up compared to what the Lions would want in exchange:

If I were to rank these potential trade partners in terms of likeliness, it would be:
  1. Dolphins
  2. Chargers
  3. Raiders
  4. Patriots
  5. 49ers
With Dalton, Newton, Winston, and Foles all potentially on the move, it's possible that only the Dolphins will be looking for a QB and may be able to sit at #5 to take Tua.
Of course, this all relies on (1) the Bengals taking Joe Burrow at #1, (2) the Redskins taking Chase Young, (3) the Lions not taking Tua or any other QB at #3, and (4) Tom Brady going to the Buccaneers.
All in all, the QB signings and trades today have likely tanked the idea of someone trading the farm to move up to #3 to take Tua.

TL;DR There are very few scenarios in which we get a major haul for the #3 pick.
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2020.03.14 21:58 Soloemilia RPS/Kamras doing an amazing job

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Dear RPS Family, As I shared yesterday, the outpouring of support from our staff and the larger RVA community has been incredible. Here are a few quotes from our volunteer sign-up page: "I’m a fifth grade teacher at Overby-Sheppard. I would love to help out in the Overby-Sheppard surrounding community if possible. I live in the Fan and am able to help out wherever needed!" "My husband & I are happy to assist with childcare for a few kids (we can provide transportation to/from home, homework help, etc.) so parents don't have to quit their jobs to stay home." "I am not a parent of RPS but a part of the Richmond community. I’m currently pregnant and trying to avoid as much contact with the public as possible but if there is something I can do to help without having too much direct interaction with large amounts of people I’d love to help!" "Please let me know what I do to help? I’m not able to do the physical food distribution as my office is still open at this time, but please advise if there are any funding or food needs? Happy to donate or purchase needed items!" "Can deliver meals... I work 8-5 (telework if/when that becomes mandatory for me) but willing to prep/package/deliver in my off times. Richmond strong." "I am in quarantine myself, but am happy to donate money or make phone calls/coordinate as needed!" Our amazing Office of Engagement is working through all these offers of help. As a reminder, here's where you can sign up. Also, if you'd like to donate, please do so through the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation website. Thank you! A few updates: Food Distribution Centers – The RPS Food and Nutrition Team has been working around the clock to get these centers set up. Big thanks to Susan Roberson, who leads this team! We've also had a ton of RPS teachers, support staff, families, and community members help out. We're so, so grateful to everyone who's pitched in. I had a chance to swing by Chimborazo ES today (see pic below) and they're stocked up! As a reminder, the sites below will be open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Armstrong High School, 2300 Cool Ln, Richmond, VA 23223 Binford Middle School, 1701 Floyd Ave, Richmond, VA 23220 Blackwell Elementary School, 300 East 15th Street, Richmond, VA 23224 Boushall Middle School, 3400 Hopkins Rd, Richmond, VA 23234 Broad Rock Elementary School, 4615 Ferguson Ln, Richmond, VA 23234 Chimborazo Elementary School, 3000 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23223 Fisher Elementary School, 3701 Garden Rd, Richmond, VA 23235 Francis Elementary School, 5146 Snead Rd, Richmond, VA 23224 George Mason Elementary School, 813 N 28th St, Richmond, VA 23223 Ginter Park Elementary School, 3817 Chamberlayne Ave, Richmond, VA 23227 Greene Elementary School, 1745 Catalina Dr, Richmond, VA 23224 Henderson Middle School, 4319 Old Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23227 Huguenot High School, 7945 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225 Lucille Brown Middle School, 6300 Jahnke Rd, Richmond, VA 23225 Miles Jones Elementary School, 200 Beaufont Hills Dr, Richmond, VA 23225 MLK Middle School, 1000 Mosby St, Richmond, VA 23223 Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, 2409 Webber Ave, Richmond, VA 23224 Reid Elementary School, 1301 Whitehead Rd, Richmond, VA 23225 Summer Hill Preschool, 2717 Alexander Ave, Richmond, VA 23234 Wythe High School, 4314 Crutchfield St, Richmond, VA 23225 Additional Food Source – The Market at 25th's slogan is "A Market with a Mission," and they're coming through big-time on that. Starting Tuesday (March 17), they will have 500 bags of food at a discounted rate ($11 each) for East End families. Included in each bag will be: 4 cans of tuna, 2 cans of green beans, 2 cans of corn, 1 jar of peanut butter, 1 box of cereal, 1 box of mac and cheese, 1 box of spaghetti, 1 box of elbow macaroni, and 1 bag of brown rice. They'll have another 500 bags on Thursday (March 19). Please share this information with East End families who may be in need. Internet Access – Effective Monday, Comcast is offering families with limited income 60 days of free service (normally $9.95/month). To sign up, call 855-846-8376 (English) or 855-765-6995 (Spanish). AP and SAT – Many of our high school students are understandably concerned about cancelled SAT administrations and upcoming AP tests. The College Board has information about both exams on their website. AP is here and SAT is here. Math! – Starting Tuesday, I'll be doing daily online math lessons aligned to the curriculum we've been piloting this year. (I was a pretty decent math teacher back in the day :) More details coming soon! Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't remind everyone that today is "Pi Day!" What's Pi Day? Well, Pi = 3.14... (it goes on forever) and today is 3-14! Remember: statistics show that 3.14% of sailors are pi-rates. (mic drop) Coronavirus Explainer Podcast for Kids – BrainsOn!, a great science podcast for kids (it's one of our go-to podcasts for car trips with our boys), has a new episode to help explain the coronavirus. You can listen to it here. Again, I can't thank you all enough for your support of RPS during this difficult time! With great appreciation, Jason
Evolving FAQs I'll continue to update these FAQs as we receive more questions. The newest ones are in blue at the top. Will we need to go to school in the summer? I highly doubt it. In all likelihood, the State will waive the days we're closed, meaning we won't have to make them up. Once I know for sure, I'll let everyone know. Will we be closed for more than two weeks? I honestly don't know. That said, I think it is likely. You should begin to prepare for this possibility. Will long-term subs be paid? Yes! As noted in the staff section above, ALL RPS employees – full-time, part-time, and hourly – will be paid. Will we be cleaning our buses? Yes! All of them will undergo a deep cleaning. Are these messages available in other languages? Yes. They're all posted on the COVID-19 page of our website (www.rvaschools.net/covid-19), which has an auto-translate function for dozens of languages. The translate button is on the top right of the menu bar. Where do I find the "Learning at Home" section of the RPS website? It's now up on our homepage. Just click here. Where are the food distribution centers and what are the hours? The hours are 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The locations are listed here. Please note that RPS families can go to ANY of the centers below, regardless of their home school. Families can also pick up multiple meals so that they don't have to come back every day of the week. We recognize that some families may have difficulty getting to these centers. As a result, we are working on a limited neighborhood distribution strategy, but need a bit more time to work through the details. I'll share more on this soon. If my child has medication at school, but I can't get there to pick it up, what should I do? Any adult on a student's contact card can pick up the medication. I also want to note that I've designated our principals as essential personnel, which means they'll be at the school buildings if you need to come by next week. Are events run by external organizations that rent space at schools (like churches for Sunday services) cancelled? Yes. As of Saturday, March 14, ALL activities are cancelled. Will Spring Break still be off? Yes. Even if we were to reopen school in two week's time, we would still be off for Spring Break. If I want to help in some way, what should I do? Please fill out this Google Form so we can follow up with you. Thank you! Information for RPS Employees (Unchanged Since March 13) HEALTH SUPPORT We recognize that an increased number of employees will likely need to utilize their health insurance due to COVID-19. If you have any issues with your benefits, please call 804-780-7859 so that we can assist you. Please also know that we provide mental health support through our Cigna Employee Assistance Program. Given how stressful and disconcerting things are right now, we strongly encourage you to access this benefit if you are in need of support. To do so, call 877-622-4327 or visit www.mycigna.com. “RPS” (without the quotes) is our Employer ID. Full disclosure: there have been times in my life when I’ve needed mental health support. No shame in that. The only shame is when you don’t seek the help you need. If you have any questions about this, please email me at [email protected].
PAY ALL RPS employees will continue to be paid for their normal tour of duty. This includes full-time, part-time, and hourly employees. Long-term substitutes ARE included. We do not want any RPS employee to experience financial hardship as a result of the closure. Please note that “non-exempt” employees who are deemed Essential Personnel (see below) will receive their regular pay plus “straight time” (their hourly rate for hours worked). “Exempt” employees who are deemed Essential Personnel will just receive their regular pay. If you have any pay questions, please email me at [email protected].
ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL Though we will be closed, we need to maintain certain vital functions. That is why I am designating some staff as “Essential Personnel,” meaning they will need to continue to work during the closure. When possible, we will encourage these staff members to telework. And when not possible, in the interests of "social distancing," we will make every effort to ensure that there are never more than a handful of people working together at any time. If you are designated as Essential Personnel but have challenges that prevent you from working during this time (such as needing to watch your children), please let your manager know. We will work with you to figure out a solution. I am designating the following staff as Essential Personnel. Please note that we may need to adjust this list over time as the situation develops further. 1. The Senior Leadership Team Michelle Hudacsko, Chief of Staff Tracy Epp, Chief Academic Officer Harry Hughes, Chief Schools Officer Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer Darin Simmons, Jr., Chief Operations Officer 2. School-Based Personnel ALL Principals and Principal Directors ALL Custodians – Custodians will work their normal tour of duty at their building until the facility receives an RPS “Certification of Cleanliness” (more information on that will come out next week). Custodians should coordinate with their principal if they would like to move from an evening shift to a morning shift. 3. Academic Office SOME members of the Academic Office – Selected team members will ensure that we are able to support student learning during the closure. Tracy Epp, Chief Academic Officer, will notify the designated team members. 4. Talent Office SOME members of the Talent Office – Selected team members will ensure that we continue to support our employees during the closure, and continue to hire so that we are prepared for next school year. Helen Demena, Director of Talent Acquisition, will notify the designated team members. 5. Schools Office SOME members of the Culture, Climate, and Student Services Team – Selected team members will maintain our collaboration with the Richmond City Health Department and the City of Richmond. Harry Hughes, Chief Schools Officer, will notify the designated team members. SOME members of the Safety and Security Team – Selected team members will staff each food distribution site. Mauricio Tovar, Director of Safety and Security, will notify the designated team members. 6. Engagement Office SOME members of the Engagement Office – Selected team members will ensure that we maintain our division-level communications and continue to coordinate with our partners. Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer, will notify the designated team members. 7. Operations Office SOME members of the Payroll Team – Selected team members will ensure that ALL RPS staff continue to receive their paychecks. This includes full-time, part-time, and hourly employees. Wanda Payne, Director of Finance, will notify the designated team members. SOME members of the Accounts Payable Team – Selected team members will ensure that we continue to pay our bills on time. Wanda Payne, Director of Finance, will notify the designated team members. SOME members of the Food and Nutrition Team – Selected team members will staff the food distribution sites. Susan Roberson, Director of Food and Nutrition, will notify the designated team members. SOME members of the Facilities Team – Selected team members will support custodians and address any facility emergencies that arise. Bobby Hathaway, Director of Facilities, will notify the designated team members. SOME members of the Technology Services Team – Selected team members will ensure our technology infrastructure is maintained. Nick Cammarano, Director of Technology Services, will notify the designated team members. SOME members of the Transportation Team – Selected members will perform a deep cleaning of all of our buses. Floyd Miles, Director of Transportation, will notify the designated team members.
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2020.03.05 10:22 DingleberryBoof A Deep Dive into the Trade Value Draft Chart, NYG’s Baseline Trade Compensation Expectations, and Most Likely Trade Partners & Scenarios

By this point, we’ve all heard the news straight from the horse’s mouth that Giants GM Dave Gettleman is “open for business” with respect to the possibility of trading down in this year’s NFL Draft. We’re all aware that if executed, it would mark a seismic shift in his drafting philosophy as he’s never once, in any round of the seven drafts he’s called the shots for, traded down to accumulate more picks. Perhaps it’s proof that new Coach Joe Judge really does have a legitimate say in personnel decisions. In any case, it’s a welcome development and a sign that the organization is finally willing to rethink some of their antiquated ways of conducting business. The results over the past eight seasons speak for themselves and it would by definition be insane to expect a different outcome without substantial change.
The news was music to many fans’ ears as a popular take on the Draft is that unless Ohio State DE Chase Young is miraculously still available at 4, trading down 1-5 spots and acquiring more desperately needed draft capital is the wisest move that would go the furthest towards rebuilding the roster. There are hundreds of mock drafts that entertain these trade-down scenarios for the Giants. However, the one crucial element I found to be missing from many of them was a quantitative estimate as to what the Giants potential haul would look like. I found myself wondering: “if we trade down one spot with Miami, what can we realistically expect to receive in terms of what picks they have to offer and from what number rounds? What would that package look like if we were willing to trade down as low as 14 with Tampa Bay”?
The articles that do include what a team might part with to move up to the 4th pick seldom bother explaining how they reached their compensation (comp) conclusions. If you’re like me, then you assumed they were going off the Trade Value Draft Chart (TVDC). Then it dawned on me that I didn’t know enough about how the TVDC works to have a clear sense of what it could mean as far as what number round picks and how many NYG could expect in exchange for moving back X amount of spots.
The TVDC is very straight forward. Per Adam Stites of Sbnation.com: “Essentially, the chart attempts to quantify the value of each pick, with the No. 1 pick valued at 3,000 points, the No. 10 pick at 1,300 points and just 100 points for the No. 100 pick. Want to trade from No. 10 to No. 8? Well, the No. 8 pick is worth 1,400 points and No. 10 is worth 1,300 points so an early fourth-round pick worth about 100 points should do the trick”. For a look at the TVDC updated with this year’s draft order and an educated guess on compensatory picks, Drafttek.com has us covered:
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The Giants hold the 4th pick this year worth 1,800 points (pts). From a trading standpoint, this 4th spot is incredibly advantageous as it places us atop the 2nd tier of spots. The first 3 spots are each 400 pts apart. With a drop into the 4th, each spot down to the 8th is only separated by 100 pts. If a team like Jacksonville was interested in trading with the Giants, in addition to surrendering their 1st round/9th overall pick worth 1,350 pts, they would have to supply enough draft capital to cover the 450 point deficit between their 9th pick (1,350 pts) and NYG’s 4th (1,800 pts). In this case, their 2nd round/42nd overall pick worth 480 pts should get the job done.
If the Jax wants to move up one additional spot to Detroit’s 3rd pick, they would then have to cover another 400 pts in trade value. This would likely mean an additional 2nd rounder in the 2021 Draft or foregoing both 2nd rounders and giving up next year’s 1st rounder. Regardless of which team is considering the move up, every GM is hyperaware that trading up to Detroit’s 3rd spot will be disproportionately and astronomically more expensive than trading for the Giants’ 4th spot. The premium on that 3rd pick could simply be cost prohibitive for some teams.
In order to get a clearer picture of what NYG’s specific baseline comp packages could look like from each team, let’s analyze the following chart. Before we dive into its weedy minutiae, it cannot be stressed enough that these TVDC-based comp packages should be viewed as nothing more than baselines. The actual street value of the pick is in the eyes of the GMs.
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The chart simply lays out the teams drafting behind NYG, their 1st round pick the Giants could potentially trade down to, the point deficit between their pick and NYG’s 4th pick, and the combination of picks to be exchanged that would cover the deficit based on the specific picks that team has to work with. For the purpose of simplicity and being realistic, all of the comp packages were structured to include the lowest number of high picks that cover the deficit as opposed to a higher number of low picks. The last column is just notes about each deal. The reoccurring theme is that all of the deals result in varying levels of point surpluses for NYG. Putting together these deals isn’t like balancing an algebraic equation. The goal was to get as close to even as possible while keeping it simple.
The comp packages in red are from teams that already have a franchise quarterback and are thus unlikely to engineer a big move up. But this is the NFL Draft and anything can happen so it was decided not to exclude them. Las Vegas was purposely left in black as it’s currently unclear if they plan on sticking with QB Derek Carr. Coach Gruden has heaped praise on him while simultaneously insisting the team will explore all options. On a related note, putting together LV’s comp package was the trickiest as the deal was complicated by the fact that LV has no 2nd round pick and the only 3rd round pick NYG has is a compensatory selection at the end of the round that will only be worth roughly 100 pts.
These packages should serve as ideal starting points in negotiations between teams. At the end of the day, what a GM is actually willing to part with is just as much a function of how badly he wants the spot, what DG feels it’s worth, whether a bidding war with multiple teams ensues, and the fact that any trade up will likely be for a quarterback which can inflate the value.
Most GMs are willing and eager to pay a premium for a higher spot if they believe that it will land them their coveted QB prospect that could be the gunslinging face of their franchise for the next 15+ years. The 2012 St. Louis-Washington trade is an extreme example but illustrates the point. Washington traded up from the 6th pick (1,600 pts) to St. Louis’s 2nd pick (2,600 pts) to draft RG3. In addition to their 6th overall pick, they also gave up their 2012 2nd round pick (36th overall/540 pts), their 2013 1st round pick, and their 2014 1st round pick.
Per the TVDC, Washington should only have had to give up enough picks to cover the 1,000 point deficit from the 6th spot to the 2nd. Their 2012 1st round/6th overall (1,600 pts), 2nd round/36th pick (540 pts), and 2013 1st rounder would have been sufficient even if Washington miraculously won the 2013 Super Bowl, resulting in the last pick of the 1st round worth 590 pts. But the reality of the situation is that getting a 1st round deal done requires a pretty premium. In this case, Washington’s premium was an additional 2014 1st round pick.
Once again, this deal is an extreme case and not at all indicative of what NYG should expect in terms of comp. Regardless, the example is a reminder that GMs can be swayed into paying a hefty premium on top of the suggested TVDC-based comp if it means landing what they believe is a future HoF QB. This is why the number of quarterbacks selected ahead of us will play a big factor as well. At the end of the day, DG should be able to leverage the spot and negotiate better hauls than the TVDC dictates.
A few items jump out from the chart. Although Indianapolis and Tampa Bay were included, it’s a colossal stretch to reasonably think DG is ready to move down 9-10 spots. Things are somewhat up in the air between TB and QB Jameis Winston but both teams could be QB-needy come Draft Day. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that either could be serious about making a big move up the board. However, it would likely take a whole Royal Family’s ransom to get DG to even consider moving that low.
Jacksonville is the one team in the 7-11 range where a trade seems even remotely plausible. A few ducks would have to get in a row for this to become a reality. There are reports that JAX would like to trade QB Nick Foles but his contract worth $15.1 million fully guaranteed puts a damper on a potential deal. Their other QB Gardner Minshew had a better than expected rookie season but it’s not clear if he’s franchise material. While a trade seems less than 50:50 at this juncture, it certainly can’t be ruled out.
The Dolphins and Chargers appear to be NYG’s most likely trade partners, in that order. Both teams have glaring needs at QB and would only have to move up one or two spots respectively to land their man if he’s still available at 4. Trading down one spot with Miami would be as close to risk-free as it gets. The only risk factor that DG would need to assess is if it’s possible that Miami would trade up and not take a QB. Considering their uninspiring options are Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, it feels safe to operate on the assumption that MIA wouldn’t trade up only to ignore their most important need.
But buyer beware. Per the chart, the TVDC baseline comp for swapping the 4th and 5th picks works out to be only an upgrade on NYG’s compensatory 3rd round pick (around 100th) up to MIA’s 3rd rounder at 70. It’s easy to recall the SF-CHI trade of 2017 and think NYG deserves something comparable. CHI also moved up only 1 spot from 3 to 2, and gave up their 3rd and 4th round picks in ‘17 as well as another 3rd rounder in ‘18. But these trades are apples and oranges because CHI had to cover a 400 point deficit to move from 3 to 2 whereas MIA would only have to make up a 100 point deficit to move up from 5 to 4.
Where things get interesting is if MIA has no interest in trading up but LAC does. While the same risk factor must also be considered, it’s even less likely that LAR would pay a higher price to move up and ignore the daunting vacancy left by Philip Rivers. LAR does have Tyrod Taylor who can be seen a legitimate bridge starter but his presence shouldn’t prevent them from securing their QB of the future. It bears mentioning that LAR traded LT Russel Okung to CAR on March 4th, making a Big 4 OT selection (Bechton/Thomas/Wills/Wirfs) that much more logical at their 6th pick. However, it’s difficult to see them trading up to take a tackle in lieu of a quarterback, especially when most, if not all, of the Big 4 should still be available at 6.
The highly plausible and most ideal trade down scenario for NYG is if precisely 2 QBs (Burrow and likely Tagovailoa) and Chase Young are all taken in the top 3 picks. One of MIA or LAC would then trade into NYG’s 4th spot to draft the 3rd QB (likely Oregon’s Justin Herbert). Assuming either team will only trade up for a QB, a deal with MIA carries virtually no risk whereas a deal with LAC carries low yet noteworthy risk directly from MIA.
If LAC takes Herbert at 4 and MIA has no interest in Utah State QB Jordan Love at 5, then MIA would take their choice of Okudah, Simmons, or their top-ranked Big 4 OT. Though NYG would hope to preserve this choice for themselves, they still couldn’t lose with the remainder pool. Of course, there’s also the possibility that this calculated risk is offset by another unforeseen team that falls in love with Love and manufactures their own trade up with MIA to take him at 5. No matter how you slice it, a minimal risk trade down to 6 at the lowest is a huge win for NYG. Even at 6, it’s virtually impossible to envision NYG walking away without one of Okudah, Simmons, or a Big 4 OT in addition to a haul of desperately needed draft capital registering well above TVDC baseline expectations.
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2020.02.04 20:24 boanerges77 Mock Offseason 4.0 - The Final Round

This is my fourth and potentially final installment of a mock offseason, after doing 3 profiles already. If something big happens, then I may do a fifth, but I think through these 3 you can get a good preview of some moves Detroit could make. You can view each of those here:
Offseason 1.0 - https://www.reddit.com/detroitlions/comments/egmds9/mock_offseason_10/ This offseason was a bit on the more conservative side, with the biggest additions being CB Logan Ryan and OLB Kyler Fackrell, but having a Mock Draft machine drop DE Chase Young to Detroit at #3 overall.
Offseason 2.0 - https://www.reddit.com/detroitlions/comments/eqnqrw/lions_mock_offseason_20/ Got a bit more aggressive in free agency, signing OLB Bud Dupree, then picking up both Jeff Okudah and DT Javon Kinlaw in the first round of the draft.
Offseason 3.0 - https://www.reddit.com/detroitlions/comments/esvup0/lions_mock_offseason_30/ Perhaps the most ambitious of the 3, I had Detroit go sign DT Arik Armstead, LB Kamalei Correa, and CB Byron Jones to the roster, plus the addition of S/OLB Isaiah Simmons in the Draft.
This one is going to be a more of what I’d personally do (though not exclusively), and is probably going to be my most in-depth one yet. The previous 3 I tried hard to not repeat players, so if a player made it in mock 1.0, he was disallowed for the other two. This one removes that restriction entirely. However, I will still be operating in win-now mode, which Quinn and Patricia are very much in, but rather how I would go about win now mode. So, let’s take a look, shall we?

A Quick Look at Cap Space

Currently on Spotrac, the Detroit Lions are listed at $45.78 million with their top 51 contracts. Over the Cap listed the Lions at $47.05 million in available cap space with their top 51 contracts. This will have to expand to include all 53 by the start of the season. So, we’ll take a starting cap number in the middle of these two, $46.4 million to start off the offseason.
Detroit always keeps at least $5 million on hand in the season. This is to be able to sign replacements once guys go on IR, and even to absorb some cap if they need to make room for a trade or such. They’ve occasionally taken more in with them, and have been more than willing to let the extra cap space roll over if they don’t have use for it. So, we’ll automatically set aside $5 mil as the bare minimum for a rainy-day fund, so to speak.
This gives Detroit roughly $41 mil to operate with. That’s a good chunk of change, but relative to the rest of the league, it’s not very high. Detroit ranks 20th in cap space on Spotrac, and 16th in Over The Cap, so just below the middle of the league on average, and definitely below the league average in cap space (given there are 5 teams with $70 million+ in cap space, though the Cowboys will likely use that up on resignings, so really like 4.5 at best). So, Detroit may have the ability to make a big move, maybe two, but do not expect this to be a crazy offseason of landing Chris Jones and Clowney or something like that.
At the end, I'll also breakdown what it looks like to replace bottom end contracts with draft picks, to give you a picture of how cap space is stretched beyond one simple number.

Internal Free Agency

I mentioned I’d be trying to make this one a lot of what I would do, but one thing I personally am going to do that I’m not sure I’d actually do is let RG Graham Glasgow walk. Just seems like the way it’s headed, and I think I’d prefer to give you a picture of what I’d actually do to replace him, which seems the most realistic. So, here’s who I’m bringing back:
S Tavon Wilson - quality special teams player who has been a team player both on and off the field, taking a salary cut last season to stay in Detroit. We'll reward him with a slightly larger deal, 1-year, $1.2 million to bring him back as a rotational safety and special teams asset.
LS Don Muhlbach - Muhlbach is the player I am most convinced is going to be a part of Detroit's first Super Bowl winning team. You cannot slow him down, no matter the age or whoever you draft on Day 3. More like Don MuhlBACK again, 1-year, $1.1 million like usual.
RB/WR J.D. McKissic - A fun versatile weapon out of the backfield as a rusher or a pass catcher. He's been with Bevell for a few years, and I'd tack on a bit more to his deal to ensure he's back. 1-year, $1.0 million.
TE Logan Thomas - Detroit most efficient QB in 2020, he's also a decent backup TE option, with some athleticism. The bulk of the TE duties will be with Hockenson and James, but there's still a role for Thomas, especially if he can give them another 15-20 catches at 10 yards per catch and a score or two. 1-year, $850K.
QB Jeff Driskel - I'm bringing Driskel back as assurance if we cannot land a quality QB2 in the draft. Both he and Blough showed some flashes, but neither was very assuring as a quality backup for Stafford at this point. Either way, Driskel is back, 1-year, $750K.
DT Darius Kilgo - We didn't get much of a chance to see what Kilgo can do, as he got injured last season. With A'Shawn and Daniels hitting the market, we'll keep a veteran DT in the mix, 1-year, $720K.
Add in the ERFA's like Mike Ford too.
Summary: The big moves here would be not re-signing players with bigger roles last season, such as Mike Daniels, Danny Amendola, Rashaan Melvin, A'Shawn Robinson, or Sam Martin. Martin I'm going to replace with Matt Wile, who is already on the roster, and has put up some decent results in Minnesota. Daniels and Amendola are in similar boats...they're decent when healthy (which is to varying degrees), but I'm pretty sure Detroit could find better bargins, given that the two of them combined for nearly $13 million in cap space last year. If they were on smaller deals, I'd take them both back, but I'm not assuming something like that in this one. Melvin we're letting walk because he wasn't very good last year, and rookie CB Amani Oruwariye looked like he could overtake Melvin's CB2 job, if Detroit doesn't sign anyone. A'Shawn is the interesting one. I'd definitely be willing to bring him back, but I'd recommend doing so after he tests the market. There are a handful of decent run-stopping DT's who can do similar to Robinson, so I'm not sure I'm keen to pay him whatever he wants at this point. If the market thins, by all means, he'd have a place, but if he wants a sizeable contract, that would probably need to come elsewhere for me. The internal re-signings here do a good job at filling the depth out, and allowing us to hunt and poach for some higher end starters (though we still need a handful more role players).

External Free Agency

WR Cody Latimer (Giants) – Detroit could stand to add a veteran presence at WR, and Latimer has experience both in the slot and on the outside. Known as a quality run blocker at WR, he was also pretty productive for the Giants this year, catching 24 passes for 300 yards (12.5 avg.) and 2 TD’s. A 1-year, $1.5 million deal could be enough to add a WR4 with the ability to give some reliable time if injuries hit the unit.
OT Jason Spriggs (Packers) – Spriggs has been a reserve tackle for the Packers, and ideally, Detroit would bring him in as a reserve tackle, though he could potentially compete for the starting spot against Crosby if they do move on from Ricky Wagner. 1-year, $750K.
G Andrew Wylie (Chiefs) – If Detroit lets Glasgow walk, then Wylie should be one of their top options. A Michigan native, he was quality in a season and a half of action in KC (67.4 PFF this season). He is, however, a restricted free agent, which means things are a bit complicated. Given that he was a healthy scratch for the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, I don’t think they’d place a tender on him that would deter the Lions. 2-years, $4 million total to bring him back to Michigan.
C James Ferentz (Patriots) – With Glasgow gone, the Lions need another interior OL to be able to handle the backup center responsibilities. And unless Russell Bodine is the solution (unlikely), Detroit will likely need to find someone to do this. Karras would be the top option year, but given his solid year as the Patriots starting center, he may be looking for a starting gig with more money. 1-year, $850K to bring the son of the Hawkeyes HC to Detroit.
DE/DT Jonathan Bullard (Cardinals) – Bullard is a 3-4 DE, meaning he’s in a similar mold to Da’Shawn Hand. Still in need of some development, he’d add a versatile piece with some upside as a pass rusher. 1-year, $850K.
EDGE Shaq Lawson (Bills) – When looking at what makes a good free agent signing, you usually want someone who is still developing each year, relatively healthy and a good scheme fit. Lawson fills all of those roles, as he’s increased his sack total each season, up to 7.0 sacks this season. A solid run defender as well, he could provide Detroit another versatile option along the defensive front, and at a Spotrac estimated deal of 4-years, $30 mil (we’ll take a similar deal in Henry Anderson’s first year, a cap hit of $7 mil), he fits Detroit’s budget, given a signing to come.
ILB Elandon Roberts (Patriots) – If there is one Patriot I’d want the Lions to add, it’d be Elandon Roberts. He’s probably best suited for the ILB role occupied by Jarrad Davis, but Davis hasn’t exactly locked that role down during his tenure. Roberts also played some FB for the Patriots this year, which could give Detroit some roster flexibility. A 1-year, $2.5 million deal would likely land Roberts in Detroit.
CB Chris Harris Jr. (Broncos) – This is the biggest splash I’ll be making, and one I also think Detroit could choose to make. The Lions were heavily interested in Harris before, and the addition of DC Cory Undlin makes this one seem more likely, as Harris’ first Pro Bowl bid came under Undlin. A 2-year, $28 million deal would be a bit of a raise for Harris Jr. while also within Detroit’s budget.
S Eric Murray (Browns) – Adding some depth here, despite bringing back Tavon Wilson. Murray was swapped to Cleveland for Emmanuel Ogbah. With some time as a corner when he first started out, Murray has shifted around a bit, but is a steady player, if not an athletically dominant one. A 1-year deal for $1.5 mil could get him to join Detroit’s quality safety room.
This now leaves us with $6.88 million remaining (along with the $5 million earlier set aside), depending on the exact specifics of how each contract is formatted. With that $6.88 million, we are going to work contract extensions with WR Kenny Golladay and CB Darius Slay. Now, $6 million is not exactly a ton to extend them with, but rather for Slay, it’d be about adding a bit more guaranteed money into the deal, and then Golladay’s contract would be kicking in a bit later. You can essentially split that money and divvy it up as signing bonuses right now, but that’s the aim there. For Golladay, it may not mean adjusting his base salary for this season ($2.14 mil) but rather adding $2-3 million in signing bonus this season, before kicking in next season with a 3-4 year extension somewhere around $13-15 million per season. For Slay, it’d probably just look a bit more like tacking on 2-3 more season at a similar deal of about $13 million, but perhaps dropping a little more in the signing bonus now and filtering it down as he gets older. Either way, this gives uses all the cap we really have available.

NFL Draft (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Simply for this one, I’m just jumping in and making picks based on Matt Miller’s latest 7-Round Mock Draft. I’m going to add in a trade, not with Miami, but with the Chargers however, in which they send their 1st rounder in this year and next, along with their 3rd rounder this year. Thus, we go with the following:
1.6 (via LAC) – DT Derrick Brown, Auburn. With the extension of Slay and signing Chris Harris, Detroit chooses to go with defensive line, finding a successor to Damon Harrison in the explosive and powerful DT out of Auburn.
2.35 – CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn. Doubling on Tigers with Igbinoghene. He’s a track star who could very well be gone by this point if he has the Combine many expect. His smooth athleticism allows him to mirror receivers at the line, and his tackling technique is quality enough. Dude locked down DeVonta Smith, and had some really good reps against Jeudy and Ruggs during the Iron Bowl.
3.67 – OT Lucas Niang, TCU. A very athletic tackle, Niang could be the natural successor to Ricky Wagner at RT for Detroit. He needs to clean up his pass set footwork (has a slight hitch and can lose the spacing needed), but straighten those out and he could be a quality OT in the NFL.
3.71 (via LAC) – EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State. Even after adding Shaq Lawson, the Lions look for another pass rusher in Weaver. He’d be an excellent fit with Lawson and Kennard as versatile guys who can help them fill in a true 3-4 if they need, or simply load the line with physical pass rushers.
4.106 – WR K.J. Hill, Ohio State. I’m keeping Miller’s selection for the Detroit Lions here, as they add a very speedy receiver with good hands. He has plenty of success working underneath, and could provide Stafford with an impact weapon even as a rookie.
5.149 – QB Anthony Gordan, Washington State. Originally mocked to Falcons about ten picks later, I went with him here, with Jonah Jackson off the board. Gordan has the best upside out of any remaining QB’s. He’ll need refinement, but the potential for a quality backup QB is there.
5.173 (via SEA) – ILB Logan Wilson, Wyoming. Given the unique mold of LB’s for Patricia’s defense, there aren’t many great fits. Wilson fits this scheme pretty well, as he possess the size (6’2, 245 lbs) and motor to fit the system.
6.183 – WR Omar Bayless, Arkansas State. Perhaps the best WR in college football this past year that you didn’t hear about, Bayless dominated the Sun Belt. He has fantastic athleticism, and great size at 6’3, 205 lbs. He could be someone the Lions develop to potentially replace the often injured, yet very talented, Marvin Jones down the road.
I would personally try and trade back with one of those early picks, perhaps the Chargers’ 3rd, because there were a handful of pass rushers on the board, and several other players I still liked, but ultimately just stuck with Weaver. Had we done a trade back, some other 6th/7th rounders on that draft that are intriguing for the Lions would be: WR Aaron Fuller (Washington), TE Jacob Breeland (Oregon), iOL Shane Lemiuex (Oregon), CB Elijah Riley (Army), CB Luq Barcoo (SDSU), EDGE Alex Highsmith (Charlotte), and QB Kevin Davidson (Princeton).

Finalizing the Salary Cap

Now, at this point, Detroit only has $5 million dollars available to them in cap space, but they still need to sign the draft class. The estimates for this is that adding every draft pick to the active roster would leave them with a deficit of about $6.8 million to cover, since picks in the later rounds essentially negate with the player they scratch of the 53-man active roster. However, this is where we get into the fun of it.
At this point, either cutting or trading RT Ricky Wagner actually solves the issue. I do so now, because this does two things.
1.) Wagner has a lower cap hit if cut or traded post-June 1 (via OTC). Thus, if Detroit moves him now, they'd be responsible for a bit more of his contract than if they waited until then.
2.) The trade market could be more fruitful at that point. Key word is could, as it's no guarentee, but realistically, an OT needy team after both free agency and the draft, isn't going to have as many options, which could make Wagner more attractive. Even if it's just a 5th or 6th round pick in 2021, it's worth something. And it's usually easier to trade picks like that in advance, rather than so close to the draft, given the desire for teams to hoard picks.
Regardless, if Detroit cannot find a suitable trade partner for Wagner (Miami Dolphins could be a great spot, as they have a ton of cap space, and need 5 new offensive linemen outright, so taking in Wagner would be an easy way to do fill one of those spaces with an upgrade), cutting him still finalizes the cap and makes it work. His cut would be around $6 million. Then at this point, you still could potentially trade a player if you wanted more cap space. At this point, someone like Devon Kennard may be easy to move, if you have a better player in Shaq Lawson, and a good rookie in Curtis Weaver to replace him. Moving Kennard would free up about $5.5 million as well, given the jump in his cap this year.

Roster Composition

Quarterback: Starter is Matthew Stafford, then the other 2 would be the best out of rookie Anthony Gordan, second-year David Blough, or re-signed Jeff Driskel. Technically Kyle Sloter is on the roster next year too, so he could factor into that.
Running Back: Starter is Kerryon Johnson or Bo Scarborough, then fill out the other two spots with J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson most likely. Wes Hills or Tra Carson would probably be back to the scout team.
Wide Receiver: Starters are Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and either Cody Latimer or K.J. Hill. The other one is depth, and then you have a spot, maybe two for some backups like Marvin Hall, Omar Bayless, Travis Fulgham, Chris Lacy, or some others to battle for.
Tight End/Full Back: Starter(s) is/are T.J. Hockenson and then Jesse James. With Logan Thomas back, it'd really just be a question of keeping Nick Bawden as a true FB, or seeing if Isaac Nauta deserves a spot and can fill fullback. Elandon Roberts also has fullback experience but is an LB on the roster. Matt Sokol and Paul Butler were signed to futures contracts. Sokol is marginally intriguing.
Offensive Tackle: Starting left tackle is Taylor Decker. Starting right tackle is a battle between Tyrell Crosby and Lucas Niang. I think Niang could see the field early, even if he's a 3rd round pick. Jason Spriggs would likely push for a roster spot. Dan Skipper, Caleb Benenoch and Casey Tucker will get a look, but not a guarantee to have a spot on the roster.
Interior Line: You'll start left to right with Joe Dahl, Frank Ragnow, and Andrew Wylie, most likely. Then Beau Benzschawel and James Ferentz are likely filling out those other two spots. Russell Bodine is on the roster at the moment, as is Joshua Garnett. I don't expect to make the roster.
Defensive Line: You'll still have Damon Harrison as the starting nose tackle. End Trey Flowers is also a for sure starter. Depending on the front, either Derrick Brown for heavier packages, or Da'Shawn Hand for lighter packages. Kevin Strong, John Atkins, and some others would likely battle with veteran DT Darius Kilgo for a reserve spot or two. Romeo Okwara is the backup at DE.
JACK Linebacker: Detroit would have Shaq Lawson and Devon Kennard (unless we hypothetically trade Kennard), along with promising youngsters like Curtis Weaver and Austin Bryant. Bryant has plenty of experience as a down DE at Clemson, and could easily factor there as well. Detroit will be able to be more front versatile with this group.
Inside Linebacker: I'd probably start Jahlani Tavai and Elandon Roberts from this group, with Christian Jones and Jarrad Davis their respective backups. Then it's probably two, maybe 3 spots depending on special teams for some backups, with Jalen Reeves-Maybin the most likely. Then, Steve Longa, Jason Cabinda, Logan Wilson, Anthony Pittman, and Christian Sam can compete for a spot here as well.
Cornerback: The starters here are clear. Darius Slay and Chris Harris Jr. are the outside corners, and Justin Coleman in the slot. You then have a strong CB4 in Amani Oruwariye, and perhaps one or two more spots for guys like Mike Ford, Michael Jackson, Jamal Agnew (probably for sure on for special teams).
Safety: Depending on the look, your starters are for sure Tracy Walker, and then one of Tavon Wilson or Will Harris depending on the look, with Eric Murray also able to factor in heavily. Add in C.J. Moore, and that's a deep group with experience and potential.
Special Teams: Fairly simple. Don Muhlbach as the long snapper, Matt Prater as the kicker, and Matt Wile as the punter. Unless of course they find a different punter, though Wile does have good experience.

Overall

I'm sure the main complaint would be Derrick Brown over Jeff Okudah, however, as good as Okudah is, adding Chris Harris Jr. would be a better move for a win now team, which the Lions are. Thus, we choose to add a disruptive DT rather than a backup CB at that point. I'd say in the actual offseason itself, if Detroit is relatively quiet at cornerback, it suggests they are taking Okudah. If not, it opens up other options like Derrick Brown, Isaiah Simmons, or maybe even an OT to replace Wagner (if they trade down perhaps).
But overall, I think this gives them a great chance to turn things around and compete next season. Slay and Harris are an elite CB duo, and adding Brown and Lawson provides some boost to the pass rush as well. Additionally, the offense is retooled a bit, with some serious speed in K.J. Hill, and a new look right side of the OL. The main addition to the offense is this dude named Matthew Stafford, who was balling out last year before an injury wrecked our season.
The 49ers made a dramatic turn around, and while I can't say I'm expecting that from Detroit, I think some of the ingredients are there to at least turn it around and contend for the playoffs next season. If Quinn and Patricia are to keep their jobs, they'll need to do exactly that.
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2020.02.03 11:04 robbers12345 My First ever 3 round Mock Draft No Trades with Explanations

Hey friends, I am a sad Niner fan who made this mock after we lost :(. This is my firs tever mock I'm sharing here so please give me some feedback. Be mean too I want to be better. Enjoy!
My takeaways from this draft:

Mock 1.0
  1. CIN: Joe Burrow (QB)- Yep. No explanation.
  2. WAS: Chase Young (DE)- Best Player in the draft IMO. Even if the skins get a good offer to trade down, I think they have to take Young so he can hurt the NFC East for years to come.
  3. DET: Jeffrey Okudah (CB)- I think they could do a few things here but with Patricia’s and Bob Quinn’s job on the line I think they go with the next best player. A true lockdown corner who can be the next Revis and he can try to save Patricia’s job
  4. NYG: Isaiah Simmons (LB)- Again I can see them going O-line or even Jeudy but overall I have them going with a true game changer who can help overhaul the awful defense of the giants.
  5. MIA: Tua Tagovailoa (QB)- Tank for Tua but the Dolphins pick at 5. I personally don't think they should move up at all in this draft as they have so many holes. With Tua falling to them he can sit and learn from the legend Fitzmagic and help take the crown in the AFC East.
  6. LAC: Justin Herbert (QB)- Whether Rivers stays or not I think this has to be the pick. A lot of people are down on Herbert but I think he can be very successful. With the right coaching he can battle with Mahomes for years to come.
  7. CAR: Derrick Brown (DT)- This team is not going to be good next year. Who knows what is going on with Cam and now with Keuchly gone the defense has issues. I think they go with the best defensive player left. With burns on the outside and Brown on the inside, the D-line is looking pretty good. Could also see them going O-line.
  8. ARZ: Jedrick Wills (OT)- I know a lot of fans want Jeudy here but I can't see Keim taking him here. They have Kirk, Fitz, and 3? Second year receivers. They have bigger holes and that O-line was not good. The amount of times I saw Kyler just sit down and take a sack as the pressure got to him makes me think Card have to go O-line. Personally I think Wills is the best tackle in the draft but could see them going any of the big 4.
  9. JAX: Jerry Jeudy (WR)- This team also has many holes but they can have Minshew throwing to only DJ Chark. They need a serious threat and Jeudy has the IT factor. Route running reminds me of AB and this will surely help the offense out.
  10. CLE: Tristan Wirfs (OT)- Browns needs O-Line and have their choice. I think they go Wirfs but could easily see Thomas. Can’t be having baker die when he drops back.
  11. NYJ: Andrew Thomas (OT)- Thomas who is still a great tackle falls into their lap. They also could go receiver or edge but they need to protect Darnold so he doesn’t see ghosts anymore.
  12. LVR: Ceedee Lamb (WR)- Las Vegas feels weird but they go with the next best receiver. Don’t really see them going anywhere else here and they needed help at the receiver position. This next year will be Carr’s make or break year.
  13. IND: Jordan Love (QB)- Felt like Indy had a chance in the beginning of the season and once Brisset came back from injury he looked awful. I don’t think hes the one to completely blame but this might be the best chance Indy has at taking a franchise QB and they get a guy who has a very high ceiling. He reminds me off Mahomes before he was drafted. With the right coaching I think Love can be very successful.
  14. TB: Mekhi Becton (OT)- I thought about this one for a long time. With the top QBs off the board they have to go to another position. Safety is a need and Delpit and McKinney is there. I think their entire D-line are FAs but they seriously need O-line help. Becton is a monster who has all the keys to be a franchise tackle. Hopefully he’s good at tackling though.
  15. DEN: Henry Ruggs (WR)- Dude might break the 40 yard dash record. He’s not only fast but a good route runner and has decent hands. This is close to the last step of a very dangerous Denver offense.
  16. ATL: K’Lavon Chaisson (DE)- He played pretty well in the championship game and god knows the Falcons need pressure. They had nearly a fifth of their sacks in one game. They have to go edge rusher and I think Chaisson barely edges out Epenesa.
  17. DAL: Xavier McKinney (S)- Honestly I’m not 100% sure what the cowboys need. When I look at their roster I think they should be a top 10 team but they aren’t. Secondary is a big need and I think McKinney will help the team with not only the pass defense but also the run D.
  18. MIA: AJ Epenesa (DE)- Dolphins have a great edge fall right into their lap. With the top tackles off the board I think they have to pull the trigger on AJ and go best available with a position of need.
  19. LVR: Kenneth Murray (LB)- Raiders defense was trash to say the least. They need a game changer at linebacker and honestly I think Murray has the tools to be that game changer but he may need a few years. Raiders go position of need and continue to put together an elite young roster.
  20. JAX: Javon Kinlaw (DT)- Thought about the Raiders taking Kinlaw but ended up going a different direction so now he falls into the laps of the Jags. They will most likely cut Dareus and Kinlaw has the potential to be a top 10 player in this draft. Josh allen, Campbell, yannick maybe? And Kinlaw makes the Jags D-line top 10 in the league easily.
  21. PHI: Tee Higgins (WR)- This one had me thinking for a long ass time. With Fulton still on the board Philly thinks about taking him but they have to get Wentz some weapons. They could also go Jefferson or Raegor who are a bit faster but with how bad their receivers are they take the best available and that's Higgins.
  22. BUF: Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR)- Get Josh Allen some more weapons. John Brown is a great deep threat but they need a big body who can do everything and Shenault is that guy. Dude is a beast and will be great with the Bills.
  23. NE: Yetur Gross-Matos (DE)- Doubt they go Tight end here. Offense was their biggest weakness but they were injury riddled and while their defense had little holes I think Matos will help the team more than a rookie tight end or another rookie receiver. They go best available that's not secondary.
  24. NO: Jalen Raegor (WR)- Another guy who has a chance to run a 4.2 and the saints showed they need another receIver. Raegor is a much better Ted Ginn who will make the defense respect the deep ball or else they’ll be sorry. SaInts don't need much but Jalen will help Brees and Michael Thomas as well.
  25. MIN: Trevon Diggs (CB): This makes too much sense. Brother of an active player on the team. Diggs may not be as good as Fulton but he just fits the Vikings and can replace Rhodes.
  26. MIA: Josh Jones (OT)- I love this draft for the Dolphins. They get an absolute beast at the tackle position who dominated at the senior bowl. Pretty simple pick for them.
  27. SEA: Terrell Lewis (DE)- The next 3-4 edge guys are all swappable to me but Seattle probably wont even pick here as they will most likely trade down but if they did pick the y need someone to be on the other side of Clowney and Lewis has all the tools to be a great edge rusher.
  28. BAL: Justin Jefferson (WR)- Another 1st round receiver?? Yes. They cant rely on willie Snead and Miles Boykin I’m sorry. This offense goes from great to greater. This will seriously help Lamar pass better as Jefferson who is a pretty good route runner.
  29. TEN: Curtis Weaver (DE)- Yall were so close. With Simmons and Landry they have a great young D-line but i'm not even sure who is on the other side of Landry. Weaver is a bit raw but shows flashes of greatness.
  30. GB: Brandon Ayiuk (WR)- Last ASU receiver to go round one didn’t play great this year but Ayiuk looks legit. Rodgers can't be throwing to Adams and a bunch of UDFA. Ayiuk is a great number 2 next to Adams and will make ridgers job easier.
  31. SF: Grant Delpit (S)- I'm sad :( but I am very excited Delpit falls to 31. Ward will most likely be gone and even if he stays there's a high chance hel;l be injured. HE was healthy this year but this is the first time in his career. Delpit fell off a bit this year but he still played great. Niners get a playmaker on an already stacked defensive.
  32. KC: Kristian Fulton (CB): Congrats chiefs, fuck yall :). Chiefs are a relatively complete team but their defense still has a few holes. Fuller wasn’t great but still good enough however they need a better number 2 and people had fulton as a rival to Okudah earl;ier this year. He didn’t play great down the stretch but still is a great player and will be an amazing addition to the Chiefs defense.
  33. CIN: Austin Jackson (OT)- With Jonah Williams coming back bengals can add Jackson to make a pretty decent O-line with the interior still needing some work but they get a decent prospect in Jackson.
  34. IND: KJ Hamler (WR)- TY is always dead and Pascal is an alright 3rd guy but they need someone else. Hamler is a great slot guy who will get open and get some serious YAC. Offense gets better with this pick.
  35. DET: Patrick Queen (LB)- First they go Corner then they go linebacker. Queen is a sideline to sideline guy who can be a serious game changer. Detroit gets some good run defense with this pick here.
  36. NYG: CJ Henderson (CB)- Florida corner yadda yadda yadda. Had a down year but I still think he can be good in the pros. Has the tools to be a great corner and the Giants have to replace Janoris.
  37. LAC: Lucas Niang (OT)- They cant let herbert die. Niang is very athletic and is very underrated IMO. He’ll be able to protect Herbert from Von, Clark, and Crosby.
  38. CAR: Lloyd Cushenberry III (IOL)- Panthers need IOL and cushenberry is a top 3 in the class. Panthers get a big need to protect Cam a bit more.
  39. MIA: Deandre Swift (RB)- First running back off the board at 39 and dolphins get a desperate need. I could have been running back last year and do the same the Laird did. Dolphins are getting spooky with this pick.
  40. ARZ: Neville Gallimore (DT)- A 1 tech that will be a serious help in the run stoppage and help this cardinals defense make the opposing QBs throw to Byron Murphy and Pat Pete.
  41. CLE: Ashtyn Davis (S)- 2 biggest needs are OT and S and browns got them both. Davis is a decent tackler and a bit raw but can fill the safety position in Cleveland.
  42. JAX: Prince Tega Wanogho (OT)- A high ceiling player who is still learning the position but the Jags need to protect Minshew so he can get it to Jeudy and Wanogho is the best OT on the board.
  43. CHI: Cesar Ruiz (IOL)- A pretty good blocker in space and can hopefully help things develop downfield so Trubisky can check it down ;).
  44. IND: Raekwon Davis (DL)- Not really sure where to put Davis on my big board. A bit disappointing this year but still has serious talent. Can move around the line and with some experience can be a serious problem for opposing offenses.
  45. TB: Jacob Eason (QB)- First QB of day 2 and Tampa hopefully gets their replacement of Jameis. Eason has a huge arm and Arians is salivating looking at him. Ok that was weird but Eason has some serious talent and really just needs consistency and ArIans can help him get it.
  46. DEN: Damon Arnette (CB)- Plays a lot of press and was on the other side of Okudah so he got a bit more attention but still a very good player who plays physical and will start on an already really good Broncos defense.
  47. ATL: Ross Blacklock (DT)- has a bit of an injury history but still has the tools and ability to be a great player. Top 3 interior D linemen in this draft and Atlanta continues to build their D-line.
  48. NYJ: Julian Okwara (DE)- Passes the eye test and has everything you want in an edge rusher but has very little production at Notre Dame. A little worrying but he looks like an edge rusher and the jets need it.
  49. PIT: Brycen Hopkins (TE)- First TE off the board goes to pitt. Mcdonald is aight but he is injured a lot and this would really just had another pair of reliable hands to the Steelers offense. With Big Ben back, Steelers are looking scary.
  50. CHI: Cole Kmet (TE)- Back to back tight ends here. I think the bears still try out Trubisky for another year so no QB and Kmet helps trubisky with another reliable target.
  51. DAL: Jeff Gladney (CB)- A really underrated prospect who has great IQ and plays man and zone both pretty good. Dallas sures up that secondary with the uncertainty of Byron.
  52. LAR: Isaiah Wilson (OT)- A raw prospect who can learn from Whitworth as he gets older. Not really sure where the RAms should gho with this pick as they are pretty well rounded but getting younger is always a positive.
  53. PHI: Noah Igbinoghene (CB)- sort of rocketed up big boards and deservedly so. Still a bit raw and learning but is better than anyone of the PHI secondary so its an improvement.
  54. BUF: Zack Baun (DE)- Reminds me a bit of Dee Ford as he is quick off the snap and explosive but that's really all he has. Still raw and can develop into a serious good player on a great Bills defense.
  55. ATL: AJ Terrell (CB)- Fell pretty far after getting hoed by Chase but he made some plays in the game as well. As good length but tends to get behind guys trying to catch up. Reminds me a bit of Akhello Witherspoon. Still Falcons get a good depth piece and a future starter.
  56. MIA: Robert Hunt (IOL)- CAn play either OT or inside but I think is suited better at guard. Has the body and is very aggressive. If he is able to learn discipline he’ll be a great lineman.
  57. HOU: Jonathon Taylor (RB)- Texans get an amazing running back to replace Hyde and with Lamar miller coming back they still need a work horse. A run game is huge and Taylor will help carry the load with Watson.
  58. MIN: Matt Hennessy (IOL)- Needs to get a bit bigger to be an interior linemen but still possesses good technique and will need to protect Kirk.
  59. SEA: Donovan People-Jones (WR)- Depending on if they re-sign Josh Gordon but if they dont they need a third receiver. DK is a beast and lockett as well but they need another weapon and could be a third down monster with good speed and strength.
  60. BAL: Jonathon Greenard (DE)- A decent rusher who plays the 3-4 linebacker role and will help the ravens in a need if Judon walks.
  61. TEN: Netane Muti (IOL)- Adding to the O-line the Muti is still raw but has good athletic ability and can lead to way for Henry.
  62. GB: Matthew Peart (OT)- Can play inside or as a tackle and still needs some coaching on his hand placement but can be a very good bench piece or a starter is Bulaga walks.
  63. SEA: Ben Bartch (OT)- Seattle drafting an o-linemen??? Crazy but with Brown getting older they need it. Athletic and still learning the position he will be a very good lineman learning from Duane.
  64. KC: JK Dobbins (RB)- WOW, Dobbins falls to the chiefs and he can be the Kareem hunt that was missed. Williams is ok but JK dobbins will be a game changer and make the top offense even better.
  65. CIN: Tyler Biadaz (IOL)- Fell pretty far and right to the Bengals. Top IOL who fell due to injuries but still a great player. Bengals can surely improve their O-line and offense will officially be spooky next year.
  66. WAS: Trey Adams (OT)- Skins are in a weird spot because they have so many needs and not a ton of picks. Their main need is to not kill Haskins however. Adams has some injury history but when healthy is a 1st round talent imo.
  67. DET: Joshua Uche (DE)- A smaller guy who plays in a 3-4 LB but will provide the terrible lions defense with a boost. Flowers wasn’t great but he played inside a bit more and was neutralized. Hopefully Uche will be able to take the pressure of flowers and get to the QB.
  68. NYJ: (Denzel Mims (WR)- I’m not sure who the jets have besides Robby and Crowder for DArnold to throw to but they need more. Mims has a great catch radius which will come in handy when Darnold is throwing. (I’m aUSC fan its ok :))
  69. CAR: Antoine Winfield jr. (S)- Nice. Reid is old and so is tre boston. Antoine falling this far is a huge bonus for the panthers. He's a playmaker and with Keuchly gone, Panthers need a playmaker.
  70. MIA: Bryce Hall (CB)- It was either between hall or anfernee jennings but overall I went with secondary as Xavien is good but they need a solid number 2. Great ball skills but not a lock down guy. Would help the Dolphins get smoke turnovers and reminds me a bit of Sherman.
  71. LAC: Jaylon Johnson (CB)- Hayward is still a top 7? Corner in the league and Desmond is a great slot guy but their other outside corner needs an upgrade. Is a good press guy who excels with a good D-line which the chargers have. Should be an upgrade for the chargers.
  72. ARZ: Troy Dye (LB)- Troy dye is my draft crush. Has the physical tools and shows promise but is so slow to figure out a play its weird. Needs to work on his football IQ and by being in an NFL film room, he’ll develop it and become a solid LB.
  73. JAX: Jordytn Brooks (LB)- Telvin smith being out has hurt the jags in a big way. Brooks is a bit on the smaller side but is still p[physical. Reminds me a lot of Telvin and the Jags hopefully get their replacement.
  74. CLE: Nick Harris (IOL)- Browns need a coach and that's really it, they have talent but cant get it done. O-line depth is always good and nick HArris a great depth piece to have. He has the markings of a starter i the right scheme and I can see him stealing a starting job.
  75. IND: Hunter Bryant (TE)- More weapons for the offense and with Ebron and Doyle FAs they should go TE. A poor man's Kelce but with the ability to be like him.
  76. TB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB)- Joes isn't it even though he's shown flashes. Clyde plays strong and seems to fall forwards. A lethal weapon for Arians’ offense.
  77. DEN: Saahdiq Charles (OT)- Can also play guard but Bolles is a hot butt and they will need to replace him and with some coaching Charles can be that guy.
  78. ATL: Cam Akers (RB)- Falcons should cut Freeman as he's expensive and not real;ly good anymore and if they do they cant be running with Ito Smith. Akers is going to be a great player and will be able to help run down the throats to open up the pass game for Matty Ice.
  79. NYJ: Shane Lemieux (IOL)- Need to protect Darnold and Shane played on a great Oregon line and is physically gifted. Can be a day 1 starter and with some experience can be a centerpiece on the Jets line.
  80. LVR: Jake Fromm (QB)- This is Carr's last chance and while Jake Fromm is very Raw and not exactly great, he’s better than Peterman and can push Carr to be better. Gruden can groom Fromm if he likes him enough and maybe take the reigns in Vegas.
  81. LVR: Cameron Dantzler (CB)- Again the Raiders defense hot butt and their main problem was their secondary. A developmental corner who can become a good number 2 guy.
  82. DAL: Justin Madubuike (IDL)- More work for the cowboys defense and this time its on the inside of the D-line. Biggest flaw is consistency and effort. Once he comes face to face with Jerry Jones he’ll get his head straight and play to his pro bowl potential.
  83. DEN: Malik Harrison (LB)- Keep adding to that defense. Linebacker isn't the biggest need for the broncos but with Harrison still there, its hard to pass up. Malik has a high motor and still needs to work on his coverage skills but can develop into a beast for the broncos.
  84. LAR: Anfernee Jennings (DE)- Donald and Fowler are not enough. Jennings fell a bit because of injury concerns but is still a quality player. Not super explosive but technical sound and will be able to contribute right away.
  85. PHI: Evan Weaver (LB)- Philly needs a linebacker and weaver is a tackling monster who plays downhill with a high motor. This fills a huge need with a quality player.
  86. BUF: Rashard Lawrence (IDL)- After drafting Ed Oliver they need a partner for him and Lawrence is that guy. A good gap shooter but needs help with pass rush moves. Can be a viable partner to oliver on the line.
  87. NE: Thaddeus Moss (TE)- ugh yeah I know. Patriots need a tight end and moss had a great year with burrow. Even though Moss was a bit of a one year wonder he shows good run blocking and will be a decent Gronk replacement.
  88. NO: Akeem Davis Gaither (LB)- A decent prospect who plays a bit like a safety but a position of need for the saints. High athleticism and can help the saints in the middle of the field.
  89. MIN: KJ Hill (WR)- When Theilen went down, the vikings looked lost. Diggs was getting quadruple teamed so they need a good 3rd guy. More of a slot guy but can make catches and gets away from the DB.
  90. CLE: Darrell Taylor (DE)- Good athlete but doesn't have great technique. Will be a good rotational player for the browns on their D-line.
  91. LVR: Gabriel Davis (WR)- Another receiver for the Raiders as they still need depth. The go to guy for UCF and plays strong. Lots of size on the raiders and he adds to that.
  92. BAL: Brandon Jones (S)- Earl showed his age a bit this year but he still played well. Jones will be a good depth piece that can start if need be. If he can learn from Thomas how to be a better ball hawk, dude will be a beast.
  93. TEN: Leki Fotu (IDL)- Add to the D-line with a good 1 tech guy. Still has a bit to learn but can be a starter in year 2.
  94. GB: Albert Okwuegbunam (TE)- With Graham most likely on his way out, lets replace him with a younger him. Albert was a TE1 last year but idk what happened. Has good jump ball ability but just not expensive enough. Still helps Rodgers.
  95. DEN: Solomon Kindley (IOL)- Could see him go earlier but he falls to Den who needs to fix their O-line. Kindley plays relatively stiff and loses his footing but still shows lots of promise.
  96. KC: Bradlee Anae (DE)- Pairs him up with Clark and anae is another one of my draft crushes. Has great technique but isn't super explosive. Still with experience he’ll be great.
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2019.10.05 16:26 Speig14 My 1st 2020 mock draft

 Is it ever to early for NFL mock drafts? I think not. We are currently heading into week 5 of the NFL season and week 6 of the college season and we are starting to really learn team weaknessea and strengths of the pro teams and the top players in college. Fans, especially of the bad teams, are starting to ask who should my team draft? So here is my thoughts on the draft. While yes many things can change between week 5 and end of the Superbowl such as teams catching fire or catching a cold, a major injury, or a major trade could happen so keep that in mind as you see what your favorite team grabs to build the future. And with that the 2020 NFL Draft opens up with… 
  1. Miami Dolphins select Chase Young, Edge Ohio State • WHAT? No QB? But this season is tank for Tua! As a Miami and Alabama fan I love Tua and want him on my team, but Josh Rosen has definitely been showing the ability that made him a top 10 pick last year (and I’m not really a Rosen fan). So now to Young. The Miami defense has played surprisingly respectable so far with becoming a solid run defense and good play from young and NFL inexperienced linebackers is being hurt bad by no pass rush. Young is without a doubt the top rusher and has top NFL potential and will make life harder on opposing teams. Charles Harris has been a bust and Taco Charlton does have 2 sacks, 3 hurries, and 2 tackles for loss can he become the player he was expected?
  2. Cincinnati Bengals select Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama • Yes it is time to move on from Andy Dalton. Has he been bad? No. The Bengals though have become stale and the time has come for Zac Taylor to start his regime and give this team a spark. At Alabama Tua has shown the ability to make big throws and smart throws. Able to manipulate a defense with his eyes and open up receivers that way and even throw them open. While Tua does have good speed he prefers to move to extend plays giving his team more time to get open which I’m sure AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, Tyler Eifert would love against the tough AFC North defenses (and not to mention the defense).
  3. Washington Redskins select Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia • With Trent Williams bound and determined to leave the nation capital they need to bring in a replacement and protect Haskins and open holes for Guice ,eventually maybe, of AP. Thomas has been dominant against SEC defenses and would be an amazing friend to help Haskins build and become better by standing up to make plays.
  4. Denver Broncos select Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama • While some people are clamoring for Tua (spoiler he gone already) or another QB Elway did draft Drew Lock last year and that’s who I see leading the Broncos fulltime next season and why not give him two very talented receivers to throw to? A very fast and excellent route running Jeudy teaming with the big 6’4” 216lb Courtland Sutton would be a great duo for big arm Lock.
  5. New York Jets select AJ Epenesa, Edge Iowa • While yes the Jets could easily select a wide receiver or an offensive lineman I think they keep trying to build the defense that they spent A LOT of money on this past offseason. With a division consisting of 2 recent top 10 picks in Josh Allen and Josh Rosen and then of course the ageless Tom Brady and can’t forget the emergence of a very good looking AFC QB group including Patrick Mahomes, Dashaun Watson, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson the pass rush could be extremely important.
  6. Arizona Cardinals select CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma • Yes they should go offensive line Larry Fitzgerald is almost done and yes they have Christian Kirk, but the Cards double dip Oklahoma and bring in one of Murray top targets from last year in Lamb. The plan is to make Murray more at home and make that throw the ball offense more dangerous.
  7. Miami Dolphins select Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa • Well their back. This is the pick from trading Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers and with it they either replace Laremy Tunsil at left tackle or shift him inside to guard to solidify the interior with Michael Deiter. Bring in Rosen some help with this dreadful line and allow him some time to find the receivers or open up holes for the running backs.
  8. Atlanta Falcons select Derrick Brown, IDL Auburn • This is one team I don’t expect to be here at the end of the season. This team is too good to be this high. The d-line is very talented with Tak McKinley, Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett. Finish it off with the lethality by bringing in who would’ve been a top defensive player last year. Get after the explosive NFC South and NFC offenses in general.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars select Henry Ruggs, WR Alabama • Minshew mania has taken over Jacksonville, but is he the future guy? Well if not they signed Nick Foles to a big deal and if Minshew doesn’t take it then Foles is back and the receiving group is…well lacking still. So bring in Ruggs who is unbelievably fast, great hands that don’t drop, good routes, and a very good blocker. Add Ruggs to that group and they are deep and dangerous.
  10. Indianapolis Colts select Grant Delpit, S LSU • After Andrew Luck sudden retirement they gave Jacoby Brissett an extension but not a big extension. Could they draft a QB like Herbet, Fromm, Eason absolutely, but unless Brissett just disappoints this year then they address other parts of the team. So they pick Delpit and bring in reinforcements against the pass against an upcoming AFC South with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, AJ Brown, Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark.
  11. Baltimore Ravens select Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson • With the offense seemingly addressed in all phases it’s time to finish addressing the defense. There are holes in the defense and in Ravens fashion they address from the inside out starting at middle linebacker. With the ability to play sideline to sideline and play the run inside and lead what has been a great defense is a great way to get the Ravens defense back to greatness.
  12. New York Giants select Laviska Shenault Jr, WR Colorado • They have their running back in Saquan Barkley and maybe their QB in Daniel Jones so now address the wide receiver and bring in a playmaker to fill the hole left by Odell Beckham. An explosive playmaker that is use to a high catch count and after the catch turning into running back could really help this offense and help the defense by putting more points on the board.
  13. Las Vegas Raiders select Creed Humphrey, IOL Oklahoma • The Raiders are gambling that Carr is the guy to lead this team after passing on Justin Herbert and Jack Fromm. So they bring in protection for Carr and a hole opener for Josh Jacobs. Being used to pass blocking a lot at Oklahoma Humphrey should be able to help start the new Vegas show.
  14. Philadelphia Eagles select Xavier McKinney, S Alabama • The Eagles cornerback woes have improved over the last couple years with Ronald Darby and previous picks finally panning out. But McLeod has been by himself on the backside. So bring in McKinney to help patrol and cause mayhem going after the ball.
  15. Tennessee Titans select Justin Herbert, QB Oregon • Yes you read that right. Titans get tired of Marcus Mariota and the injuries and lackluster up and down play. So they bring in a fresh start in Herbert to give a new boost to this overall good team stuck in mediocrity. Herbert big arm and athleticism can bring in a fresh start and replace the former Oregon QB with a new Oregon QB.
  16. Carolina Panthers select Kristian Fulton, CB LSU • The Carolina defense is coming together and very good. The offense needs some work but this isn’t the time. For awhile now the defense has needed a better secondary so help it out and address it with Fulton. LSU defensive backs have very coming into the at a very high caliber and Fulton will continue it and help legitimize the secondary with his big frame and excellent man coverage skills.
  17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Julian Okwara, Edge Norte Dame • The Bucs defense has been good so far this season and Shaquil Barrett is having a great season so let’s get him a partner on the other side. Could they get a new QB? Yes absolutely and this might change later, but Winston has a lot to show this year.
  18. Minnesota Vikings select Jake Fromm, QB Georgia • Yes despite the big contract Vikings bite the bullet and move on from Kirk Cousins. They bring in the player that led Georgia to a national championship his freshman year. Bring in a confident QB that is very accurate, great arm, just athletic enough to extend plays. Fromm will take the risks to get the ball to Theilan and Diggs (as of now still on the team).
  19. Detroit Lions select Paulson Adebo, CB Stanford • The Lions offense is seemingly back so gotta continue to fix the defense. One thing that the Lions have forever been trying to fix is the cornerback opposite of Darius Slay. With last season the lions signing Trey Flowers maybe in free agency this is the start of a great defense.
  20. Seattle Seahawks select Tyler Biadasz, C Wisconsin • The Seattle offensive line has needed work for years. While it’s better then it was in recent years the interior still needs help since Max Unger got traded. Not only will Russell Wilson benefit but so will that running game with a Wisconsin lineman in the middle.
  21. Cleveland Browns select Lucas Niang, OT TCU • The 2019 NFL Draft saw the Browns needing a left tackle for the first time since 2006 season. While in that draft they decided to go with Greg Robinson and while he’s been serviceable he isn’t the long term answer. While they miss out on the top 2 tackles in this draft in Thomas and Wirfs they get Niang. A player used to Big 12 play blocking for a former Big 12 in Baker Mayfield. A better pass blocker than run blocker, but that’s what Cleveland needs to help Mayfield not to end up flushed out or on his back.
  22. Los Angeles Chargers select Jordan Love, QB Utah State • It’s time. The Chargers finally draft the successor to Phillip Rivers and it’s the fast rising Love. Still raw and not ready to start in the NFL immediately so Carson California is perfect able to sit behind Rivers for last couple years. The arm and athleticism is just too good for Chargers to pass on.
  23. Dallas Cowboys select Jeffrey Okudah, CB Ohio State • With it looking like the Cowboys will be losing Byron Jones the Cowboys look to replace him. With the success of OSU cornerbacks in recent years Dallas hope to continue to capture the magic.
  24. Green Bay Packers select Jalen Reagor, WR TCU • The Packers defense actually looks pretty good, the running game seems to be stable, offensive line is still good enough. But the receiving game now needs someone opposite of Davante Adams. The current group has not produced a reliable enough of a playmaker to lean on. While Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to be the same and career winding down he still has enough to guide them but needs that second option.
  25. Miami Dolphins select Bryce Hall, CB Virginia • Guess who’s back. Back again. Miami’s back up and back addressing the pass defense by getting Hall to be opposite of Xavien Howard. The Dolphins currently have Eric Rowe, Chris Lammons, and Jomal Wiltz currently revolving opposite of Howard and none are being effective and QBs just target that side of the field and have lots of success. The big 4 year starter should be a big upgrade.
  26. Buffalo Bills select Alton Robinson, Edge Syracuse • In the last draft Buffalo selected a very raw but talented linebacker in Tremaine Edwards. This year they draft another raw talented player, but at edge to be opposite of Jerry Hughes and maybe even replace him. Robinson will be joining a very good defense with lots of time to learn.
  27. Los Angels Rams select Raekwon Davis, DL Alabama • Absolutely the Rams could get edge rusher or offensive line help, but I have the Rams getting Davis who is a very good run stopper and a good pass rusher with a high motor. With this pick though they could very well go other ways.
  28. Las Vegas Raiders select Yuter Gross-Matos, Edge Penn State • Raiders are back up and this time they go defensively and bring in another pass rusher. Yes they brought in Colin Ferrell last year but he needs help. What can make a defense so much better is a good pass rush. I mean you can never have enough right?
  29. New Orleans Saints select Joe Burrow, QB LSU • While I’m not a huge Burrow fan if what we’re seeing from him so far this year is the real Joe Burrow he seems to be the perfect replacement for Drew Brees. While they have Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill I’m not sold and I don’t think the team is that they are the future. Burrow has a big arm and likes to throw the ball deep and a lot. Which I do believe the Saints still throw the ball quite a bit.
  30. New England Patriots select Curtis Weaver, Edge Boise State • Many people have the Patriots taking a QB in this spot, but well I think Stidham could develop. And while the Patriots are able to develop a pass rush from anywhere on the outside they have Chase Winovich and not much more so Weaver seems to fit them pretty well. More the power rushers that double as run stopper. They just want versatility.
  31. San Francisco 49ers select Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama • While the 49ers do need offensive line here they go with Diggs to add to the constantly struggling secondary. Richard Sherman doesn’t have many years left so bring in the former wide receiver to play opposite and learn from one of the best cornerbacks in the last decade.
  32. Kansas City Chiefs select AJ Terrell, CB Clemson • A bit of a reach here but the Chiefs are still needing secondary help to help cover for the lack of pass rush. Since the Chiefs traded Marcus Peters (which is starting to look like a win now) and now Eric Berry this secondary is really lacking a good solid piece.
Round 2 33. Miami Dolphins Travis Etienne RB Clemson • Kenyan Drake is in his last year and I don’t think Ballage, Walton, or Gaskin is iit. 34. Cincinnati Bengals Alex Leatherwood • The Bengals need a lot of help on the o-line and Leatherwood has played tackle and guard at high levels. 35. Indianapolis Colts Jacob Eason QB Washington • Only time will tell is Jacoby Brissett is the guy but get a very good QB on rookie deal just in case. 36. Denver Broncos Javon Kinlaw IDL • Broncos have outside pass disruptions but a interior disruption can make them better. 37. New York Jets Collin Johnson WR Texas • Jets need a big target for Sam Darnold and Johnson is a big 6’6” target. 38. Arizona Cardinals Prince Tega Wanogho T Auburn • Cardinals finally bring in protection for Kyler Murray in a very quick and raw tackle. 39. Pittsburgh Steelers K'Lavon Chaisson Edge LSU • Steelers bring in a versatile pass rusher opposite of TJ Watt to get after the speedy QBs in their division and conference. 40. Atlanta Falcons Brandon Jacobs S Texas • Falcons bring in a thumper safety to help in the run game against very good NFC South running teams. 41. Jacksonville Jaguars D’Andre Swift RB Georgia • Jags give up on Fournette who has not produced or been around to produce and bring in a different mold of running back. 42. Indianapolis Colts Grant Calcaterre TE Oklahoma • I don’t think Eric Ebron is longterm but more of a flash in the pan. 43. Baltimore Ravens Shawn Wade CB Ohio State • After another injury Jimmy Smith tenure might be done in Baltimore. 44. New York Giants Kenny Willekes Edge Michigan State • Bring in an edge rush opposite of Oshane Ximines and this d-line looks very stout. 45. Chicago Bears Jaylon Johnson CB Utah • Prince Amukamara is probably going to be after this year so bring in Johnson to go opposite of Kyle Fuller. 46. Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma • Carson Wentz very good when he plays, but has been bit by the injury bug bad. 47. Tennessee Titans Brycen Hopkins TE Purdue • Delanie Walker has been injured a lot and career is about over. 48. Carolina Panthers Hamsah Nasirildeen S Florida State • Carolina finishes up addressing the secondary to pair with Eric Reid. 49. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin • Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones have not progressed as hoped so it’s time to replace them. 50. Minnesota Vikings Rashad Lawrence IDL • After losing Shariff Floyd the void has been difficult to fill, Lawrence should fill it. 51. Detroit Lions Tee Higgins WR Clemson • Lions offense is looking like a complete unit so bring in another weapon for Stafford. 52. Seattle Seahawks Jabari Zuniga Edge Florida • After trading Frank Clark the Seahawks need to fill the hole. 53. Cleveland Browns Darryl Williams IOL Mississippi State • Browns continue to build the o-line for Mayfield and Nick Chubb. 54. Los Angeles Chargers Jared Pinkney TE Vanderbilt • Hunter Henry can’t stay on the field so it is time to put effort to move on. 55. Dallas Cowboys Reggie Floyd S Virginia Tech • Cowboys finish the defense by solidifying the secondary. (This pick is if they resign Amari Cooper) 56. Green Bay Packers Alaric Jackson T Iowa • Improve the o-line for Rodgers sake. 57. Houston Texans JK Dobbins RB Ohio State • Carlos Hyde is a band-aid and Duke Johnson hasn’t proved to be anything beyond a receiving back. 58. Buffalo Bills Tyler Johnson WR Minnesota • Josh Allen needs someone to throw the ball to. 59. Los Angeles Rams Anfernee Jennings Edge Alabama • Rams continue to bring in support for Aaron Donald. 60. Chicago Bears Trey Adams T Washington • Give one more season to give Trubisky every chance to build and succeed by improving the o-line. 61. Miami Dolphins KJ Hill WR Ohio State • With Albert Wilson being injured the Dolphins move on to a younger version. 62. New England Patriots Hunter Bryant TE Washington • Patriots fill the void left by Rob Gronkowski retirement. 63. Kansas City Chiefs Monty Rice LB Georgia • Chiefs are still needing to fix the linebackers since the end of their great groups a few years back. 64. Seattle Seahawks Tylan Wallace WR Oklahoma • Russell Wilson needs more weapons to get the ball to.
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2019.07.18 20:49 AlaskanCoalmine Broncos Offseason Review. Non-Fan Edition

Broncos Offseason Review
Division: AFC West (6-10, 3rd)
If you enjoy my offseason review, you can find my other articles for MileHighSports on the Broncos here: https://milehighsports.com/authozsegars/
Also, I'm genuinely excited to hear your feedback. I have to board a plane soon after posting this but once I land I'll attempt to respond to everyone and make any necessary edits.
Coaching Changes:
The Broncos kicked their offseason off by making a much-needed change at the head coaching position, ousting Vance Joseph and replacing him with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Joseph was both one of the worst head coaches in the league during his time with the Broncos, and one of the worst Denver head coaches in franchise history. Under Joseph, the Broncos posted losing records for the first time under Pat Bowlen’s ownership (Since 1983).
Fangio should usher in a new era of toughness and physicality, while also returning the team to dominant defense supported by the zone-blocking offense that led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2015.
This will be Fangio’s first head coaching gig, but over the course of his time in the league, he’s become one of the most respected defensive minds and arguably the greatest linebacker coach in NFL history.
Fangio got his first NFL job with the New Orleans Saints in 1986 where he was hired to be their linebackers coach. Under Fangio’s tutelage, the Saints saw the rise of “The Dome Patrol”. A group of four linebackers (Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Pat Swilling, and Vaughn Johnson) who were named first-team All-Pros a combined 10 times and went to a combined 18 Pro Bowls with the Saints. All 10 All-Pro nods and all but three of Pro Bowl appearances came with Fangio as the linebacking coach.
Fangio then bounced throughout the league, where he coached the likes of Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, Aldon Smith, Navarro Bowman, and Patrick Willis, and most recently Khalil Mack.
Wherever Fangio goes, excellent linebacking play is soon to follow. The Broncos should be excited considered their dynamic duo of freakishly talented edge rushers, Bradley Chubb and Von Miller.
At offensive coordinator, out is Bill Musgrave and in is Rich Scangarello. Under Musgrave, the offense struggled mightily, finishing 27th and 24th in the league in scoring, and 19th and 17th in total yards during his year and a half at the helm.
The Broncos planned on hiring former head coach and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to replace Musgrave and institute the zone blocking scheme that he and Mike Shanahan had popularized in Denver throughout the ‘90s and into the early ’00s. Unfortunately for the Broncos, Kubiak decided to head the Vikings instead over a “philosophical disagreement.”
However, the Broncos will still be able to throw it back to the days of yore with a hint of the Sean McVay/Kyle Shanahan present with Rich Scangarello.
While it’s still yet to be seen if Scangarello will be even near the level of the aforementioned offensive minds is yet to be seen. However, during his time in San Francisco, the 49ers did post one of the more dynamic offenses despite there being a revolving door at quarterback due to injury and uncertainty at the position. Heck, the guy made Nick Mullens look alright.
While Fangio is expected to have a heavy role in the defense, the Broncos officially hired Ed Donatell to be the defensive coordinator. Donatell may prove to be one of the best under-the-radar hirings of the offseason thanks to his expertise with defensive backs and the Broncos’ questionable depth at cornerback.
During his time with the Bears, under Fangio, Donatell’s secondary earned the highest coverage grade that Pro Football Focus has ever given a team over the course of an entire season (95.9).
Verdict: The Broncos’ two most glaring holes in 2018 were the coaching staff and the quarterback. With the hiring of Vic Fangio, the Broncos believe they have filled one of those holes. The firing of Vance Joseph gets an A+ as he was clearly out of his depth as a head coach. The hiring of Vic Fangio gets a B+ as he was one of the best candidates available and a genius defensive mind, but the common belief now is that teams should hire offensive minds to be their head coach and there have been questions if Fangio is just a great DC that shouldn’t be a head coach like Wade Phillips.
Free Agency
Players Lost
Player Position New Team
Case Keenum QB Washington
Brandon Marshall LB Oakland
Matt Paradis C Carolina
Bradley Roby CB Houston
Shaquill Barrett EDGE Tampa Bay
Shane Ray EDGE Free Agent
The major players the Broncos lost this offseason were quarterback Case Keenum, linebacker Brandon Marshall, center Matt Paradis, cornerback Bradley Roby, and edge rushers Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray.
Players added/signed/re-signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Baltimore 1+2 (team option) $18.5 M (+$44 M)
Kareem Jackson CB Houston 3 $33 M
Ja'Wuan James OT Miami 2+2 (team option) $27 M (+$24 M)
Bryce Callahan CB Chicago 3 $21 M
Jeff Heuerman TE Denver 2 $8 M
Draft
Round Pick Player Position School
1 20 Noah Fant TE Iowa
2 41 Dalton Risner OT Kansas State
2 42 Drew Lock QB Mizzou
3 71 Dre'Mont Jones DT/DE Ohio State
5 156 Justin Hollins EDGE Oregon
6 187 JuWann Winfree WR Colorado
Other News:
This offseason has been a relatively quiet one for the Mile-High franchise as the biggest news surrounding the team is likely the tense contract negotiations with Chris Harris Jr.
At a point, it looked like Harris Jr. was almost certainly going to be traded elsewhere on draft night, but the Broncos were unable to find a partner. Harris Jr. has been relatively underpaid throughout his career and now, to be compensated for this discount, Harris Jr. wants to become one of, if not, the highest-paid cornerback in the league.
The problem is, Harris Jr. is entering his age 32 season and is coming off a season-ending injury to his fibula. Harris Jr. was prepared to hold out if the Broncos didn’t give him a raise, but the sides eventually came to an agreement on a one-year pay bump. That being said, now following this season Harris Jr. is likely to hit free agency as tensions with the front office still seem relatively high.
The Broncos hired Kubiak to be their head coach before the 2015 season, paired him with one of the best defensive minds in football and the result was a Super Bowl victory. Unfortunately, Kubiak had to step away from the team with health concerns just a year later which sent the Broncos looking for a coach.
The plan heading into 2019 was to throw things back to 2015, this time though with a defensive coach as the front man so Kubiak could just be focused on the offense. Unfortunately, a difference of opinions between Kubiak and Elway led to him deciding to take an offensive advisor role with the Vikings where he’s more or less expected to run the offense.
Projected Starting Lineup
Positional Strengths/Weaknesses
Returner still continues to plague the Broncos, as once again it’s a complete mystery who will be returning kicks and punts for them this season and it’s a responsibility that will almost definitely be moved around a lot.
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