One week to go! Big risers (Christian McCaffrey) and fallers (Reuben Foster) this week as the Draft starts to pan out a little. This is about the time where teams use some serious misdirection and smokescreens. If you’re hearing for the first time this week that Team X is in love with Y player, it’s probably not true. Teams are always playing this game of inflating players, or critiquing players, in the hopes that the real player they want will fall to them.
Also, Roid Rage finally stopped watching April baseball (it doesn’t matter bruh, check back in 5 months) and posted his first mock. He brought in some heavy hitters (pun intended) and bold moves. Go check it out. But first, check out what Ginger King has in store for you.
|1||Cleveland Browns||Myles Garrett (Texas A&M)||DE|
|2||San Francisco||Solomon Thomas (Stanford)||DE|
|3||Chicago Bears||Jamal Adams (LSU)||S|
|4||Jacksonville Jaguars||Leonard Fournette (LSU)||RB|
|5||Tennessee Titans||O.J. Howard (Alabama)||TE|
|6||NY Jets||Malik Hooker (OSU)||S|
|7||Los Angeles Chargers||Mike Williams (Clemson)||WR|
|8||Carolina Panthers||Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)||RB|
|9||Cincinnati Bengals||Jonathon Allen (Alabama)||DE|
|10||Buffalo Bills||Mitchell Trubisky (UNC)||QB|
|11||New Orleans Saints||Derek Barnett (Tennessee)||DE|
|12||Cleveland Browns||Corey Davis (Western Michigan)||WR|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||John Ross (Washington)||WR|
|14||Philadelphia Eagles||Marshon Lattimore (OSU)||CB|
|15||Indianapolis Colts||Taco Charlton (Michigan)||DE|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Marlon Humphrey (Alabama)||CB|
|17||Washington Redskins||Jabrill Peppers (Michigan)||S|
|18||Tennessee Titans||Gareon Conley (OSU)||CB|
|19||Tampa Bay Bucs||Dalvin Cook (FSU)||RB|
|20||Denver Broncos||Ryan Ramcyk (Wisconsin)||OL|
|21||Detroit Lions||Haasan Reddick (Temple)||DE|
|22||Miami Dolphins||Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt)||LB|
|23||New York Giants||David Njoku (Miami)||TE|
|24||Oakland Raiders||Caleb Brantley (Florida)||DT|
|25||Houston Texans||Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech)||QB|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Garett Bolles (Utah)||OL|
|27||Kansas City Chiefs||Tra’Davious White (LSU)||CB|
|28||Dallas Cowboys||Adoree Jackson (USC)||CB|
|29||Green Bay Packers||Jarad Davis (Florida)||LB|
|30||Pittsburgh Steelers||Reuben Foster (Alabama)||LB|
|31||Atlanta Falcons||Charles Harris (Missouri)||LB|
|32||New Orleans Saints||Cam Robinson (Alabama)||OL|
Instant Anlaysis: The Browns don’t get so lucky this time…as Western New York’s America’s team, the Buffalo Bills, make a splash and get their (next) quarterback of the future (wait, isn’t Jim Kelly’s nephew in this Draft?) Anyway, Mitchell to the Bills makes sense. Tyrod’s essentially on a one year deal, and Mitchell really could use a year on the sidelines to learn the NFL way (he’s not a ready-made pro-product like Andrew Luck or Cam Newton). Plus, Tyrod and Mitchell have similar playing-styles. Mitchell is not a pure pocket passer…he ran for 5 tds last season and played mostly out of the shotgun. Learning from Tyrod for a year is the smart and practical thing to do. [checks Bills coaching roster to make sure the Ryan brothers are not there]. This could totally happen.
Turning to the real New York team, I can’t really envision a scenario where they don’t pick Njoku if he’s available. Let’s get real for a second. This pick is going to be offense. The Giants are returning 10 of 11 starters on defense, and their problems last year were on the offensive side, with a rotating cast of linemen and I almost had them take Garrett Bolles, but there’s no real clear-cut can’t miss offensive lineman this years. There’s a lot of flyers, and you don’t want to spend a first-round pick on a flyer. That’s why I think the Giants will wait until later in the draft to select a lineman, maybe someone like Tayler Moton. The beauty of Njoku (or Howard but I don’t really see him falling that far or the Giants trading up) is that he provides both offensive line support plus a receiving threat. This 2 for 1 helps to solve the Giant’s biggest need.
Biggest winner is Christian McCaffrey, who vaults into the Top 10. I’ve heard a lot of rumors about this is the pick for Carolina, and I’m starting to buy it. Would improve both the running and passing game. Cam needs weapons, both receiving and running. The only concern is durability and is he a three-down player. But the talent may be too much to pass up.
Elsewhere, Rueben Foster and his diluted urine sample continue to fall. This latest news, coupled with being asked to leave the Combine for arguing with a hospital worker (true story), might move him out of the first round altogether.