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  1. McKee will go Day-2 along with Hooker. McKee doesn't excite me and even though Davis Mills is an easy comparison, it is a bit true. He can move better than you think, but he doesn't have the arm you'd want with his size. It's good but it should be a lot better. And he just doesn't push downfield well. Not a creator. Re: Hooker -- I don't think he is getting the credit he deserves; he could be a good QB. His Bama game was off the charts and he's got the skills. Age and offense be damned. That being said, those are big factors to consider. His ability to adapt to NFL offenses will be huge. Haener & Hall are the only other two worth a damn IMO. Haener would've been a much higher pick if he wasn't a twig. I love his game and leadership. He's a baller. Could have a Taylor Heinicke type trajectory. I was originally high on Tune, Duggan, and some others, but I just don't see Sunday level play from them. You can scratch Bagent, Cunningham, & Bonner, they are UDFA.
  2. A lot of their ages are a knock. Hall, Hooker, & Levis all super seniors.
  3. I am so ready for a competent offense again. It is amazing, this day & age, our yearly QB output has been around ~3200 yards, 15tds, and 15ints since Cam's exit. Really shows how awful and out of his league Rhule was. Kyle Allen slinging Kevin Kolb-level-ball for 15 games was the best we've got in years.
  4. I don't think we as fans have truly realized just how bad our offensive coaching has been since Henning, given the handicap they received with Smitty and then later w/Cam. We had 2 guys that had the rare ability to take over a football game no matter the talent around them. Henning, Davidson, Chud, Shula a bunch of lucky bastards.
  5. I DEFINITELY think Okereke will get a call from us. Reich drafted/coached at Indy, Hansen coached in college, really bright kid, lots of football ahead at 26 y/o. He was great last year too. Not just some scrub. https://theathletic.com/4164664/2023/02/08/colts-free-agents-okereke-ngakoue/
  6. Good stuff. Okereke (IND) or Singleton (DEN) could be nice adds for us to keep an eye out for. Both young coming off big years but shouldn't demand Shaq type mulah.
  7. Zierlein made one just for clickbait, probably one of the weirdest things ever. Highlights: We draft EDGE Keion White (Has been a 2nd-3rd projection) at 9 Hyatt is WR1 3 TEs in RD1, the first being Musgrave Drew Sanders LB1 at 8 to ATL lol https://www.nfl.com/news/lance-zierlein-2023-nfl-mock-draft-1-0-buccaneers-select-tom-brady-s-successor What the freak?
  8. That Denver situation is just laughable. Wilson's contract doesn't have an out until 2026 & the guaranteed money is obscene. If Payton doesn't like him, they may just have to roll with him until they start some scrub or mid round rookie. This may turn into the NFL equivalent of a Mozgov contract. Good for them.
  9. I'm trying to question myself on where I got with my QB preferences this week. Take a sober look back at the season and ignoring all the hype circles and mocks: -I'm still really trying to like Levis but still having a very difficult time. I want to like him and get hyped but just can't. -I bought into McKee's story and potential a bit too much wanting someone to rise from that second tier ranks. At the end of the day, he simply should have produced more. He just doesn't give me the feel of a guy who can score at will. Closer to Davis Mills 2.0 than a 1st Rounder. -I've been a bit hard on Jaren Hall and Hendon Hooker--Looking back, they have some great qualities and had some really nice stretches. They're rising again for me in the non-top tier. If you can get past their age (similar to Levis), I think there's great reasons to take them. -I still am a bit weary with Duggan even if he looked like one of the better guys at the Senior Bowl. Just doesn't do enough as a passer to warrant anything more than a 4th. -Jake Haener is the only one after the top-4 that I've remained high on outside of Young & Stroud. I was following him last year, was so bummed he had to miss some weeks, but I just see him playing on Sundays. If a guy like Bailey Zappe does, Haener sure as hell does and more. He could be a 3rd rounder come draft time. Seems to have beefed up a tad as well which was needed (really his biggest knock, he's got so much to like outside of being a pencil). -Still really wish four guys declared: Jayden Daniels, Cameron Ward, Michael Penix, & Michael Pratt. They could've made money and climbed up this QB board easily. Penix specifically. He could get lost in the shuffle next year. -Bagent, T-R, O'Connell & Cuninngham are all kind of off my radar/UDFAs
  10. I'll do my best to be excited if Levis is our guy & trust the decision made by the new regime. My biggest overall issue--he needs to hit the ground running yet correct more than a few things quickly. That's simply an unsavory combination. You can only stress/teach poise, field vision, and smart decision-making so much. Given Levis' tendencies already, he will be a turnover machine if he doesn't correct his pocket awareness and feel as a passer. It would be one thing if had high-end accuracy & great deep placement to compliment the release & arm--That would make some of his risky throws worth it, but he just seems reckless just for the sake of being aggressive at times. Those same traits even come through on his running style with taking too many hits. Now, I like a QB that's aggressive, but you have to make the most of it. Because, the next flag is he doesn't necessarily have touch on his long throws when he could feasibly show off the tools he has. One minute he's skittish, then a long bomb attempt without the best placement, the next he's cool as a cucumber and makes a nice intermediate throw. It is just ALL coaching dependent with him. I can see Daboll, our own Reich, or even Arthur Smith wanting to work with him. Looking past the tendencies he's developed and want to work with him. But if he goes to Indy (Coach TBD), HOU, or a spot without a hands-on, QB coachable environment, that could be a disaster. He has tendencies he needs to be coached out of and other things he needs to have become second-nature. He's kind of like Tannehill meets Darnold for me. In the right environment, could be a totally viable dude, but he needs some big things coached out of him and other things coached up.
  11. I liked Tune a lot at first but his deeper balls and throwing motion are big knocks. He's close with most else. Size - check, Enough speed - check, led comebacks/good poise - check, good awareness/pressure sensitive - check, he's tough as nails too. Issues: He throws like a baseball, he has almost a wind up. Also loses accuracy beyond 20-yarders. Would love him R4-6. Originally thought he was a riser and was liking him, but he's got some limitations. Just doesn't quite have the arm talent and accuracy on deeper routes.
  12. Good for the man. Wish him well minus when we're on the opposing sideline.
  13. He's a riser. Could end up in the top 5 WRs taken, R2 range. Maybe R3.
  14. I forget that Dom was 44 when we hired him; doesn't seem like much now but that was young for a 90s era coach. He's only like 8 years older than Reich so definitely has more consulting years left in the tank. touche to the toupee
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