How do you think this affects our upcoming decisions now?
The NFL is expected to increase the size of practice squads from eight to ten players this season.
That opens up 64 more jobs across the league, and each team will now employ 63 players. Teams will love it, as they're now able to stash even more potential talent and develop more youngsters across the season.
Free agent OT J'Marcus Webb worked out for the Panthers.
Webb visited the Vikings earlier this week, and made a trip to Kansas City in March. Webb appeared in eight games for Minnesota last season, playing 108 snaps. He's looking for work as a swing tackle. Carolina is the most tackle needy team in the league.
In this scenario we trade down with Cleveland who wants to move up to take their QB. At 28 they will have their pick of Bridgewater, Carr and maybe Bortles. Whoever they want, they go get. The Panthers receive the Browns picks in the 2nd and 3rd (numbers 35 and 71) for the 28th pick. Now here is my hope for how these picks get used.
2nd Round: OT Joel Bitonio- He goes later than some think but comes off the board early in round 2. He will play left tackle until he proves he can't. Even then he would make a tremendous RT or Guard. Low risk, high reward with the big guy.
2nd Round: WR Jarvis Landry- What?! A WR that ran a 4.7?! Yes indeed. Landry will be our flanker and number 2 receiver for a long time and give us great memories of incredible catches and devastating blocks. He will add an edge to the offense and be a clutch red zone receiver and 3rd down guy that won't go down on first contact. Boldin Jr.
3rd Round: WR Paul Richardson- Yessir, double down. Here ladies and gents is our speed receiver. He is a little light in the pants (175 pounds) so he could use a season of being a deep threat guy and adding weight before being our future number 1. Rivera said we may not need a number 1 this year, but that doesn't mean he won't draft a guy that will be in the future. Richardson has blazing speed and incredible ball skills. We keep Cam smiling.
3rd Round: CB EJ Gaines- We finally make a defense pick and I have been pounding the table for this guy for a long time. EJ Gaines is the perfect corner for our system and he is a playmaker. He is fast, aggressive, and a good tackler.
4th Round: OLB Telvin Smith- He slips to the 4th because of testing positive for marijuana and being somewhat of a tweener. Like Richardson, Smith will be a rotational guy that will add more mass before taking on a bigger role. He could be a nice replacement for Davis one day if he commits himself to gaining muscle, keeping his nose clean, and learning from our veterans.
5th Round: OT Charles Leno- I don't know why this guy doesn't get more love. He was a rock solid LT for Boise State and will add depth to our offensive line.