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Posted by TylerVagyler on 25 February 2015 - 03:36 PM
I might be wrong, but since Oher was released I think he is one of the few free agents we are allowed to have visit right now. The other free agents aren't allowed to visit with us until March 10. I'm glad we are showing that finding a LT is a priority. Whether it's a temporary fix, or a long-term option. Signing Oher and then drafting a guy in first wouldn't be a bad scenario.
Posted by TylerVagyler on 24 February 2015 - 12:23 PM
**Thomas DeCoud and DeAngelo Williams have been released previous to this post**
Both guys are candidates to be released. Kugbila was a project coming out of the draft and hasn't even seen the field due to injuries. I don't see any reason to keep him around. Harper is going to be another year older and probably even slower. If we find a decent replacement in free agency I think he is gone.
Looking at our list of free agents, I really don't see anyone worth resigning. Colin Cole and Dwan Edwards will be 33 and 34-years old. Ed Dickson isn't bad but he only had 10 catches last season. Blackburn is slow. Bell is garbage. Fozzy is a guy I'd like to bring back, but "we don't run the ball enough" so I don't know. Bersin should not be brought back but I have a feeling he will be.
Cam Newton - I think this will happen at some point during the offseason. It'll be a lot of money. Not going to try and guess.
Charles Johnson - CJ has been consistently solid for us. I think DG gives him a new deal to reward him, and as a result free up some cap.
Josh Norman - Obviously he looked great last season and I love the attitude he brings, but I'm still scared to give him long-term deal.
Joseph Barksdale, OT
Barksdale is a solid tackle who goes a bit under the radar. We are shopping at Target and he fits that value.
Torrey Smith, WR
Smith is a little higher value than "Target shopping" but I think DG will look into a couple of the higher rated WRs.
Ted Ginn Jr, WR/KR
Not much to brag about as a receiver but we definitely missed his KR/PR abilities.
Jabaal Sheard, DE
Solid player who saw his production drop when moved to OLB. Much better suited as 4-3 DE.
Da'Norris Searcy, SS
Keeping him on here from my previous mock. It's reported he will test the market. Perfect fit.
**These are all "bigger" signings. Additionally, we'd add some bargain-bin depth players at DT, LB, OL etc**
Round 1: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (HT 6'7", WT 312)
Peat is a very large man with very light feet. He is built like the prototype LT with long large arms and tree trunks legs. When in pass protection, he can move really well when performing a kick slide. Can mirror pass rushers when they are running the arc, as well as when they are trying to counter their pass rushing moves, or go inside once committing outside. Has the shown the ability to recover from getting beat, and ride DL outside to help form a pocket. Large butt and legs help him anchor when facing a bull rush. As a run blocker he can reach block, down block, arc block, and move his defenders with ease. Peat moves really well to the second level, and blocks linebackers with ease. Would fit perfectly into the Panther’s offense. Has experience with playing in a power running scheme, 3-7 step drops in the passing game, zone read, and play action plays.
Round 2: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest (HT 6'0", WT 188)
Johnson is very quick, light on his feet and has fluid hips. Has great transition and recovery speed. He flashes good read and react skills, but is a bit inconsistent in his route recognition. Can excel if he can bulk up while maintaining his speed and agility.
Round 3: Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State (HT 6'3", WT 252)
O'Leary has the size to be a good blocker and stay up strong to catch a pass when he's being covered. Has a quick off-the-snap run with such great hands that he doesn't even wear gloves. Needs to work on blocking bigger defenders.
Round 4: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa (HT 6'1", WT 224)
My favorite player in the draft. He can do it all. Patient runner with great field vision. He can catch out of the backfield and impressive route-runner. Excellent pass blocker. Experience as PR/KR. By all accounts, he's a hard worker and a good teammate. Flashed impressively patient running, particularly at the Senior Bowl. He had an unbelievable combine which might bump him up to a 3rd round pick.
Round 5: Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor (HT 5'10", WT 209)
Like other recent Baylor wideouts, Goodley is a nightmare on the outside. Also has experience in the slot. He doesn’t have great straight-line speed, but does a solid job finding the ball over his shoulder. Great YAC ability. Physical runner with the ball.
Round 5 (comp pick): Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State (HT 6'4", WT 240)
Great size and frame for his position. Quick off the line and shows ability to get underneath blocker and hit the inside gap. Decent athletic ability but is able to cover a lot of ground with his large frame. Needs to add strength.
Round 6: Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan (HT 6'5", WT 319)
Great combo of size strength and some speed, but as a converted offensive lineman, doesn’t yet have the honed skills as a defender. Walton has shown flashes of potential, but he’s a project player that has the measurables to succeed in the NFL.
Round 7: AJ Tarpley, LB, Stanford HT 6'2", WT 241)
Not the greatest athlete but is a smart player. Reliable tackler. Great instincts. Decent coverage skills to build on.
Posted by TylerVagyler on 09 February 2015 - 08:35 PM
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Even with the baggage that comes with him, there's no denying Winston's ability on the field. Big body, big arm. Played in a pro-style offense. Reads and scans the field well. Plays with a lot of confidence and is very competitive. The Bucs have some nice pieces on offense. They just need to find their franchise quarterback.
2. Tennessee Titans - Leonard Williams, DT/DE, Southern California
The Titans could go in several directions, but it's hard to overlook Leonard Williams. The Titans had very little pass rush this past season. Adding Williams will be a game changer for their defense. Williams has an impressive combination of speed and strength. He has a full array of pass rush moves, great burst off the line and experience at several spots across the line. Safest pick in the draft.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
Telvin Smith was a breakout player for the Jags last season. Gus Bradley would be thrilled to add another explosive playmaker on defense, and Randy Gregory could be that guy. Unbelievable athlete with potential through the roof. He will be a difference maker from day one.
4. Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
With the emergence of Derek Carr, Raider Nation finally has a glimmer of hope. The Raiders should be looking to add weapons around him and they have the perfect opportunity to do that here. Cooper is the complete package. Crisp route-runner and can do damage from every level of the field. Definitely comes with the big play ability and has proven he can do it at crucial moments.
5. Washington Redskins - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The RG3 experiment has crashed and burned. Both sides have handled the situation horribly and the Redskins should be looking for every opportunity to move on. Mariota on the board here is very tempting. He was a system-QB in college but has shown he has the qualities to play in the NFL. Great athlete with a great arm and impressive accuracy, even when on the run. Strong work ethic and character.
6. New York Jets - Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
Todd Bowles will be looking to add a pass rusher in his first offseason as Jets HC. Shane Ray is an athletic freak who plays with a mean streak. He's reportedly clocked in a 4.44 sec 40-yard dash, a 40+ inch vertical leap and benches presses over 400 pounds. Extremely high motor. He will turn some heads at the combine.
7. Chicago Bears - Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
The Bears defense was embarrassing last season. Danny Shelton is the best defensive player remaining. Thick-frame, space eater. Impressive burst off the line, violent hands. Very athletic for a man his size. Can be effective against the run and cause chaos in the pocket.
8. Atlanta Falcons - Dante Fowler Jr, DE/OLB, Florida
The Falcons missed out on Kahlil Mack last draft. Luckily for them this year's classes is loaded with elite pass rushers. Dante Fowler Jr has the ideal size and frame that scouts look for. He is also an unbelievable athlete. Great combination of speed and power. He would give the Falcons the difference maker they need on defense.
9. New York Giants - Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
We've made it to the #9 pick and no offensive tackle has been taken. Oddly enough, this class is actually pretty impressive. The Giants desperately need to improve Eli Manning's protection and Brandon Scherff is a can't miss pick at this point in the draft. Insane size and strength. Moves his feet well. Very safe pick.
10. St. Louis Rams - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
The Rams need help all across the offensive line. Great size and frame. Unreal footwork for his size. Plays mean and is highly competitive. A bit raw in talent but he will shoot up the boards due to his ceiling.
11. Minnesota Vikings - DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater made huge strides in the latter part of the season. The Vikings should be excited about his potential. Reuniting Bridgewater with his favorite target in college could be a real possibility. DeVante Parker is a tall receiver with an unreal wingspan. He will catch anything thrown near him. Big-time playmaker.
12. Cleveland Browns - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
The annual suspension of Josh Gordon has once again caused set backs in the team's offseason plans. No matter who the team choses to start at quarterback, neither will have much success if the Browns don't improve at wide receiver. Kevin White is a tall target who can go up and compete for any ball thrown near him. Great strength but not a burner.
13. New Orleans Saints - Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
Vic Beasley on the opposite side of Junior Galette would be a nightmare for their division-mates. He has an unreal first step and immediately has an advantage over his blocker. Beasley plays with a high motor and displays great closing speed in his pursuit.
14. Miami Dolphins - La'el Collins, OT/OG, LSU
Dolphins fans will be disappointed if the team goes with another offensive lineman in the first round, but Collins is great value at #14. Long arms, impressive strength and plays aggressive. He might have to slide inside, but either way the Dolphins are getting a reliable, versatile lineman.
15. San Francisco 49ers - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Michael Crabtree is a free agent, Adquan Boldin is declining and Vernon Davis showed signs of slowing down last season. The 49ers will need to add some new weapons on offense to help out Colin Kaepernick. DGB is a risky pick due to off-field issues, however he is well worth the risk. Elite size and speed with soft, reliable hands. Needs to add some play strength. The potential is through the roof.
16. Houston Texans - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
DJ Swearinger is a huge bust. With all the playmakers they have in the front-seven, adding a dynamic athlete like Landon Collins could take their defense to the next level. Perfect build and athletic ability. Plays confident and with great instincts. Has the speed to cover the entire field.
17. San Diego Chargers - Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Another great value pick. The Chargers definitely need help in the trenches and would be thrilled to get a guy like Peat in the first round. Great physical tools and was impressive in pass protection during his time at Stanford.
18. Kansas City Chiefs - Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
The Chiefs definitely need help at wide receiver, but the value at ILB is too good to pass up here. 32-year old Derrick Johnson tore achilles last season and the Chiefs can't count on him coming back. McKinney 6'5" with impressive speed and instincts. Very productive collegiate career.
19. Cleveland Browns - Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
The Browns didn't have too much of a pass rush and Jabaal Sheard is a free agent. Bud Dupree is the complete package athletically and physically. He will lull his blocker to sleep with inside moves before blowing around the edge, showing off his great burst. Plays with high intensity, big-hitter.
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
The Eagles have a huge need at CB and Chip Kelly loves tall defenders like Jalen Collins. Limited playing experience but comes with the speed and instincts to be a instant playmaker for Philly.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Shaq Thompson is an extremely versatile player. Washington used him at strong safety, running back and outside linebacker. Thompson exceeded expectations at each position. Incredible athlete who can be a difference maker against the run and pass. Big play capability.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Another Husky off the board in the first round. The Steelers desperately need help at CB. Ideal size and great ball skills. Can play press man and is very physical off the line.
23. Detroit Lions - Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are both free agents. It'll be very tough for the Lions to bring back both guys. Eddie Goldman is a great option as a replacement. Outstanding power and explodes off the line. Great against the run.
24. Arizona Cardinals - Erick Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Erick Kenricks would be a perfect fit in Arizona. He's a versatile athlete who can play inside or outside. Great speed and instincts gives him the ability to man-cover. Very smart football player.
25 Carolina Panthers - Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
It is likely GM David Gettleman will look to fill his LT need in free agency. If that's the case, Sammie Coates is an easy pick at this point in the draft. Great combination of size and speed. He fits as the big play/deep threat the Panthers need opposite of Kelvin Benjamin.
26. Baltimore Ravens - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Torrey Smith has reportedly turned down a contract extension from the Ravens, and Steve Smith is another year older. The Ravens will definitely need to bring in some new weapons on offense. Jaleen Strong is a physical wide receiver who will out work you for any ball thrown his way. Has the attitude and play style the Ravens love.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
The Cowboys are likely to lose DeMarco Murray in free agency after his terrific contract season. They have needs elsewhere, but bringing in another dynamic running back could keep the offense from dropping off next season. Gordon has a big, strong frame to take on a heavy workload. Doesn't have elite speed but is a still a big play threat every carry.
28. Denver Broncos - Cameron Erving, OT/OG/C, Florida State
Cameron Erving can line up anywhere but scouts seem to love him at center over tackle or guard. Great footwork and always in position. Has shown rapid progression since switching from defensive line two-seasons ago.
29. Indianapolis Colts - Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
The Colts really need a difference maker in the middle of their defense. Dawson had a great collegiate career at TCU. He was a tackling machine. Very agile and fluid in his movements. Great instincts and plays hard.
30. Green Bay Packers - Denzel Perryman, ILB, UCLA
Clay Matthews will be begging the front office to bring in a new inside linebacker so he can move back to his pass rushing role on the outside. Reliable player with the ability to diagnose plays and attack the ball.
31. Seattle Seahawks - Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon
The Seahawks add another athletic freak in Arik Armstead. Great length and power. Would be a great addition to an already elite defensive unit.
32. New England Patriots - TJ Clemmings, OT/OG, Pittsburgh
The Patriots need to improve Tom Brady's protection to prolong his career. TJ Clemmings in great value here. He's a former basketball player with a long frame and impressive foot quickness. His physical traits will have scouts drooling, but he needs to be coached well to reach his ceiling.
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