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  1. We still haven't gotten Bouye back, either. The defense should only get better.
  2. The team put up a video saying they had him graded as a 3rd round tackle and a second round guard, so they always viewed him as a swing lineman, not the solution at a specific spot. Certainly not "the answer" at LT.
  3. I think we'll probably see a similar yardage profile as last year, but with a big jump in turnovers and drive-ending plays. Higher risk/reward spread, more sacks, more turnovers. The top-line numbers won't change, but the defense will contribute much more to winning.
  4. That's a slightly above-average stat line with a lot of picks. It would be a huge improvement over what Teddy put up. If he does that, we've got a good chance at the playoffs. It's also probably a best-case scenario.
  5. The flipside: How much value is destroyed when good quarterback prospects are wasted or outright ruined on bad teams?
  6. If "do Millennials watch baseball" is a question, then "do Zoomers watch baseball" is just as important since they make up most of the twenty-something population now. It's also easier to answer: no.
  7. An Iowa staff kind of famous for being draconian and out of touch with their players, though. I don't know what the note about avoiding suspensions indicates, but given the source, I'm not that worried about what the staff thought.
  8. Nah. 17 games is still way fewer than 82. The NBA has structural problems with talent concentration and travel exhaustion. The NFL schedule still keeps everything close enough that you can't just sit dudes in the middle of the season. Weeks 16 and 17? Maybe, but that's not different from what's happening already.
  9. It's a real potential liability. Just look at what Burns does to guys who can't get their hands on him fast enough. The question is whether elite athleticism/movement skills for his position and good technique can make up for it. He was a consensus All-American, so we know it was good enough in college. I've got hopes for him in the pros. And if he absolutely has to kick inside, I think he'll be great there.
  10. It is worth noting what's not included in this measure. Christensen's number probably looks worse if they include arm length with height and weight. His arms are shorter than Jaycee Horn's. Also, if you move him to guard, he jumps to a 9.97. Playing around with the positions really highlights how explosive he is. He'd have a good broad jump for a wide receiver.
  11. Maybe I'm petty, but I'd love to turn the tables on Buffalo and steal some of their smartest guys. And if it gets to be Morgan, all the better.
  12. It's a real credit to this draft class that we have this much to discuss about our sixth round pick. I get it, Brown was the coaches' first-team all SEC guard, he's a beast. But traditionally if we get anything out of a sixth rounder, it's a win.
  13. I love pairing a versatile tight end with CMC. Two guys who can flip numbers in favor of the run or pass game, they’re force multipliers for each other. Hopefully Tremble can keep teams out of some sub-packages and stretch the field with speed against linebackers.
  14. This one feels like a weird scheme fit but they’re loading up on good football players. I can’t ask for anything more.
  15. Did we get three picks for this? The two for trading back and the comp pick once we let Robby get signed by someone else since we have his replacement for cheap on the roster.
  16. Hearing anything about the possibility of a trade down? It seems like there are a lot of offensive lineman in around the same tier now.
  17. I think we're a safety away from being able to actually send some pressure. And it's going to be really scary when we do.
  18. Barmore would be incredible value. He'd give us an immediate identity and a big, nasty, physical defensive front. And hey, if we can't protect our quarterback, might as well make sure the other team can't protect theirs either.
  19. Every position but RB and RT is a position of need. I hope they pick a good football player. Ideally they'd trade back a bit so they can pick two.
  20. Whatever everyone else thinks, the FO seems to like Erving and Elflein. The contracts make that obvious. I don't think that they're in an o-line or bust thought process right now. And the secondary last year was just about as bad as the offensive line, we just masked it by dropping eight guys all the time. I see a trade back to the middle of the second round where they can grab whoever's left in this tier and accumulate some picks. When you need help basically everywhere, that's the smart move.
  21. Rhule wanted to trade back last year. Fitterer wants to trade down every year. I don't think they want to play the team-building game of having two QBs that they're trying to develop and evaluate at once. We're trading back within the top half of the first round for more picks this year.
  22. I think this is an interesting question as it relates to Scott Fitterer's habit of trading back: what is everybody's view of the Jimmy Johnson trade value chart? It's widely reported that plenty of NFL teams still use it, but it's around 30 years old. More recent attempts to value draft picks, such as the Thaler-Massey study and the Chase Stuart chart have mostly found that Jimmy Johnson's chart overvalues the picks at the top of the first round. If the Panthers trade down, will you primarily use the Johnson chart as your measure of whether or not we "won" that trade?
  23. Barmore getting invited makes me think he's more of a top-half of the first round prospect than a bottom of the first guy. That means he could be a target if we trade back. I wouldn't at all mind having him next to Burns and Brown.
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