2017 NFL Draft – A Look at Defense

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Myles Garrett

DE
Very deep for 4/3 DE not as deep for 3/4 guys
1
Myles Garrett TAM 6-4 272 R1
Extremely Athletic 3y st Student of game Quick & great body control Half his sacks vs Sisters Perpet Misserable
2
Derek Barnett Tenn 6-3 259 R1
3Y ST Violent hands Has everything but a great burst off the line. Needs to bulk up to stop the run.
3
Solomon Thomas Stanf 6-3 273 R1
2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.
4
Taco Charlton Mich 6-6 277 R1
1Y ST good frame & quickness long arms Miss cast in a 3/4 started in the 4/3 Needs tech help & 2nd move.
5
Charles Harris Missouri 6-3 253 R1-2
2Y ST quickness but may be a pr specialist only. Needs to get stronger & more than a speed rush.
WC
Tarell Basham Ohio 6-4 269 R2
4Y ST that was DMVP in 16 quick & agile good edge bend but played against lesser talents.
DT
Strong deep class but a bit lite in 1st round
1
Jonathan Allen Alab 6-3 296 R1
3y st Good upper body & hand strike. Versatile hard worker, 4 awards needs more aggression but is solid.
2
Malik McDowell Mich St 6-6 295 R1
2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts but need technique help
3
Caleb Brantley Fla 6-3 307 R2
2Y st Collapses pocket physcal & quick, strong hands Needs more bulk but frame is not good for it.
4
Chris Wormley Mich 6-5 298 R2-3
3Y st few weaknesses & converts speed to power. but not athletic, needs technique improvement.
5
Dalvin Tomlinson Alab 6-3 310 R2-3
2y st Is solid vs run but struggles in pass rush. May be 2 down DT. ACL inj in 13.
WC
Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6-3 305 R2-3
Very productive at small school questions about his ability at NFL level.
OLB
Deep in quality and numbers.
1
Haason Reddick Temple 6-1 237 R1
2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength has a tweener body
2
Zach Cunningham Vandy 6-3 234 R1
2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.
3
Tim Williams Alab 6-3 244 R1-2
3Y st High sack rate Quick off ball, twitchy & avoids blocks, Needs better play recognition & bulk
4
Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6-2 250 R1-2
2Y st 1 super season quick to QB mainly speed rusher that lacks bulk to hold POA Surgery Mr 6 Shoulder
5
T.J. Watt Wisc 6-4 252 R2
1y st Hard worker good blood line but limited exper. 15.5TFL 11.5 sacks Not explosive limited speed.
WC
Tyus Bowser Houston 6-3 247 R2-3
3Y ST in a No D league Decent speed & power with a good up side.
ILB
Very D sensitive group Some 3/4 guys but few 4/3 MLB prospects
1
Reuben Foster Alab 6-0 229 R1
2Y st can play in 4/3 or 3/4 scheme Big hitter with power but short & light. Can he stay healthy in 16 games?
2
Raekwon McMillan OhSt 6-2 240 R1-2
2.5 Y st with power & strength Not smooth @ changing direction & needs better play recognition.
3
Jarrad Davis Fla 6-1 238 R2
2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer
4
Anthony Walker Jr. Northwestern 6-1 238 R3-4
1 of the reasons NW D was so much better. Good vs Run but can cover RBs in pass as well.
5
Kendell Beckwith LSU 6-2 243 R3-4
2.5y starter but has injury history Not a top athlete Too many tackles down field
WC
Connor Harris Lindenwood 5-11 242 R4
super in all-star games but has physical limitations & very low level of competition
CB
Best Group in many years both depth & quality at the top
1
Marion Humphrey Alab 6-0 197 R1 M2M
2y st size & speed Solid tackler that battles at the LOS. Will be best in M2M because he has tight hips
2
Marshon Lattimore OhSt 6-0 193 R1 Zone
1.5y st speed & size Twitchy athlete but doesn’t change WR timing @ LOS. Runs better patterns than WRs. Hamstring issue
3
TreDavious White LSU 5-11 192 R1-2 Zone
2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help
4
Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 6-1 199 R1-2 M2M
2y st Good speed, Great size & ball skills good tackler but needs to be more disciplined in coverage.
5
Fabian Moreau UCLA 6-0 206 R1-2 M2M
3Y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball but lacks ability to catch picks
WC
Gareon Conley OhSt 6-0 195 M2M or Zone
3y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball Good ball skills Needs better technique
NIC
Thin group but talented
1
Budda Baker Wash 5-10 195 R1
3y st lacks height & weight Has very Fluid hips & good ball skills but needs better technique in coverage
2
Chidibe Awuzie Col 6-0 202 R2
4y st Very smooth backpeddle quick hands, athletic but plays smaller than he measures. Inj issue
3
Jourdan Lewis Mich 5-10 188 R2
2y st Hard worker very competitive, twitchy & good ball skills Small & thin A little grabby Would B R1 if taller
4
Damotae Kazee San Diego St 5-10 184 R4-5
3y st Good hands & route adjust Short & light with some stiffness in the hips
FS
Best group in years deep & top talent. FS seldom are 1st round picks.
1
Malik Hooker OhSt 6-1 206 R1
1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured
2
Desmond King Iowa 5-10 201 R2
4Y st Not great athlete but has everything else Hard worker, focused, fluid hips, anticipation, reads O plays
3
Marcus Williams Utah 6-1 202 R2-3
3Y st Created 18 TOS classic playmaker smart, tape guy & hard worker but lacks thick frame
4
Rayshawn Jenkins Miami Fl 6-1 214 R3-4
Big hitter with a nasty streak limited speed but smart
5
John Johnson Boston Col 6-1 205 R4-5
4Y st played CB & FS fluid hips, good ball skills & decent instincts. Needs better tech, & more phyical tackling
WC
Marcus Maye Florida 6-0 200 R3-4
3.5Y ST with talent but a suspension & inj history will force down his draft value
SS
Solid group but not deep
1
Jamal Adams LSU 6-0 214 R1
2Y st Smart, aggressive both @ LOS & deep coverage. Big hitter but can take bad angles to the ball.
2
Obi Melifonwu U Conn 6-4 224 R1-2
4Y st Size, speed, atletic, hands but needs better instincts & technique help.
3
Jabrill Peppers Michigan 5-11 213 R1
2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.
4
Josh Jones NC State 6-1 220 R2
2.5Y st Excel size & speed, good hands, aggressive, good tackler, needs better instincts
5
Eddie Jackson Alab 6-0 201 R3
2y st Athletic & good instincts but not fast or big hitter Inj leg now & ACL in 14 May not have body for NFL
WC
Xavier Woods La Tech 5-11 197 R4-5
4Y st good ball skills, tracking FB, & instincts but has tight hips, & lacks atheticism
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Last Chance for Analytics

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For Browns fans, these are the times that try men’s souls.  This Browns front office has 1 more chance to turn the team around or it will be gone.  I believe that HC Jackson has some time but not the front office.

My experience tells me when someone thinks they are the smartest guy in the room, very often they are not even in the running.  The Browns Front office is trying something different—Analytics.  The do think they are smarter than the rest of the league.  While Analytics works in baseball or basketball, it will not work in football.

One of the things that analytics suggests is trade down to get more draft picks.  That might work if the front office had any idea what they are doing with the extra picks.  Last Monday we detailed the picks that this administration made in 2016.  None of them were ranked in the top 60 in terms of production.  This year began with that same FO failing to get a deal with Pryor who got 1000 yards in his first season as WR with a bunch of nobodies throwing to him.  Instead they got an 8 year veteran who has just 1 1000 yard season in his career.

The FO had a chance to get QB Wentz with the 2nd pick last year but chose to trade down and depend on a fragile RG2.5 at that position.  Wentz and a very flawed Eagle team won 7 games.  The Cleveland Tans went 1-15.

1-15 would feel much better if we had a AFC North style rookie QB starting and learning from his mistakes.  What we had was the usual 43 QBs.  The QB they drafted in the 3rd round is a weak armed, under sized guy from the Pac12 who plays no D at all.

I am at the end of my rope with this group of pinheads.  What makes me think that EVP Sashi Brown can find more than 1 decent player?  Nothing at all.  My suggestion to Brown is go back to being a lawyer because you have no business being a judge of NFL talent.

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2017 NFL Draft prospects Offense From NNR podcast

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QB Weak at the top
1 DeShone Kizer ND 6-4 233 R1-2
Above agr arm QB that takes care of the ball. 47TDs 19X Don’t blame him for ND bad season. That’s on Kelly
2 Deshaun Watson Clm 6-3 215 r1
Acc but trusts his arm too much.  76TD 32X Also runs too much. Can he survive in the NFL?
3 *Mitch Trubisky NC 6-2 233 R1
Tall, solidly built passer. Outstanding athlete BUT 1 year starter Lack of experience is a big issue with me
4 Patrick Mahomes II TTK 6-2 225 R1-2
Top arm but inconstant mechanics. Played with no O line or WRs in a league with NO D. Perfect for CL
5 Davis Webb Cal 6-5 230 R2
Lean body with inj hist Out early in 15.  pressure alters his mechanics. Little D in Pac12
WC Chad Kelly Ole Miss 6-2 224 R6-7
Above avg arm & acc but lots of baggage too.
RB Decent depth but too many questions about this group
1 Leonard Fournette LSU 6-0 240 R1
5.5 Y/C Heavy runner with power & speed. Not as well used as most LSU RBs.
2 Dalvin Cook Florida State 5-11 213 R1
Good rec 3rd down back w/speed & balance. 19TDs in 15&16 Can he stay healthy as a 3 down back?
3 Christian McCaffrey Stanford 6-0 200 R1
6.1Y/C kr, pr rb & Good hands Can he stay healthy as a 3 down back?
4 Marlon Mack South Florida 6-0 210 R3-4
6.7y/c The primary back & 3Y starter in smaller conference
5 Alvin Kamara Tennessee 5-10 215 R3-4
6.2y/c Non-Starter that may be better in the NFL than Col.  Good hands 3rd down back in NFL
WC Joe Mixon Oklahoma 6-1 226 R3-?
6.7 Y/c 1st rnd Talent with FA baggage Hit a woman & suspended 1y
WR Good speed but no agreement on this group
1 Corey Davis Western Michigan 6-3 213 R1
4y starter 97c 16 Good size & spd NFL body but has avg hands.
2 Mike Williams Clm 6-3 225 R1
2Y starter 98c 16 Missed 15 with inj.  Avg spd Great hands & ath
3 Curtis Samuel OhS 5-11 197 R1-2
RB or WR? Athl with speed but lacks prime hight & weight Great Acc & chg spd Inj Hist 15
4 Chris Godwin PnSt 6-1 205 R2
2y starter  Good spd & hands & ath 16.4 y/c
5 John Ross Wash 5-11 190 R1-2
Speed 4.22 40 but not the size or hands to be a 1st round pick.
WC JuJu Smith-Schuster USC 6-2 220 R2-3
2Y starter possession rec 4.54 spd
TE One of the best groups in the draft.
1 OJ Howard Alab 6-6 251 1=R1
2Y starter on a team not TE friendly Solid receiver that can block well.
2 Evan Engram Ole Miss 6-3 227 R1-2
3y starter More big WR than TE, Great spd 4.42 decent blocker for his size Good hands
3 David Njoku Miami Fla 6-4 245 R1
1y starter Good athl & decent blocker but has too many drops in my opinion
4 Gerald Everett So Alab 6-4 240 R2
2Y starter good spd but small hands.Deep threat  Decent blocker but some drops.
5 Bucky Hodges VTK 6-7 245 R2-3
3y starter fair spd & decent blocker Good hands real match up nightmare for LB or S
WC Adam Shaheen Ashland Col 6-6 278 R2-3
Could become an OT Small college player that will have to answer a lot of questions about level of competiton
OT Very shallow group
1 Cam Robinson Alab 6-6 322 R1-2
Pulling OT with quick feet solid vs run & pass Played LT for Bama
2 Ryan Ramczyk Wisc 6-6 310 R1-2
1 yr @ Wisc tranfer from D2 quick to 2nd level Ath & power Hip Inj may keep him out of 1st
3 Rod Johnson FlaSt 6-7 300 R1-2
3.5Y ST RT prosp Good blk run quick feet but struggles vs Quick PR.
4 Garrett Bolles Utah 6-5 300 R1-2
Trns 1Y st Ut 2y out FB. Quick & agile but lacks Tech
5 Taylor Morton W Mich 6-5 325 R2
4Y ST good drive blk Will play RT or RG.  Waist bender fair blk pass.
WC Antonio Garcia Troy 6-6 302 R3
4Y ST in small school Needs more Stg but good pass prot
OG  Limited group with a few good players
1 Forrest Lamp W Ky 6-4 309 R1-2
4Y ST @ LT conv to LG due to short arms. Smart & good tech & quick feet
2 Dion Dawkins Temple 6-4 314 R2
3Y ST @ LT Nasty blocker w/power needs better tech
3 Dan Feeney Ind 6-4 305 R2
4Y ST @ RG good pwr Solid vs run & pass Missed 13 w/Lisfranc inj
4 Dorlan Johnson Pitt 6-5 300 R2
4Y ST No fat body smart finishes blocks but needs better tech
5 Isaac Asiata Utah 6-3 323 R2-3
2.5Y ST Top heavy & fails to get to 2nd level Good burst & power Needs tech help
WC Nico Siragusa SDSt 6-4 319 R3-4
Good body Lite feet Not quick @ snap & tends to hold  Interesting player with upside
C Thin group due to spread O in colleges
1 Pat Elflein OhSt 6-3 303 R3
4y st Rimington Win Good pwr & stg Quick Good hands Gets 2nd level
2 Ethan Pocic LSU 6-6 310 R3
3y st Good spd & power Eff @ 2nd level good run blocker needs help vs pass
3 Kyle Fuller Baylor 6-5 307 R3
good pass blk but needs work on Run blocking.
4 Tyler Orlosky WV 6-3 298 R3-4
3Y ST Quick off ball, but has stiff lower body Struggles in space.
5 Cameron Tom So Miss 6-3 291 R5
4y st T Leader, solid run @ 2nd level Too thin needs more stg. Better @ Zone block
WC Jon Toth Ky 6-5 307 R5
4y st Versital C or G & smart & 48 cons starts. Lacks pwr
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Patrick Mahomes Aims To Shine At NFL Combine

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Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is looking forward to NFL Combine, and is aching to play for the Browns and Hue Jackson. He is the quarterback for Texas Tech and wants to show that he is just as strong as Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky to coach Hue Jackson. During Super Bowl week, Mahomes told cleveland.com said that he wants to be one of the first picks in the draft and really has his heart set on the Browns because they seem to be going in the right direction.

Mahomes is actually noted as the third or fourth best quarterback in the upcoming draft. Other top quarterbacks include DeShone Kizer and Trubisky Watson. Mahomes is looking forward to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis next week so that he can show his stuff. The Browns do have top pick, which Mahomes hope to be, and the twelfth position. Patrick Mahomes is named after his father who was a Major League pitcher. He hopes that his tenacity and work ethic will give him the edge.

Lance Zierlein commented on Mahomes’ NFL.com profile that Mahomes, who is 6 feet three inches and 215 pounds, has the ideal NFL body to work both inside and outside of the pocket. Zierlein also added that Mahomes’ accuracy has been improving since his freshman season, and he challenges defenders with confidence and increases velocity to make his passes move. Sources have told cleveland.com that two teams are considering makes trades to get Mahomes who had a strong 2016 record with 41 touchdowns, 5,052 yards, 10 interceptions and completed 66 percent of all passes.

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Tyvis Powell Heading To The Browns

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Tyvis Powell Senior Bowl

Tyvis Powell is a second year player from the Ohio State Buckeyes now in the NFL, but he will be heading back to his home state, Cleveland to play for the Browns. Powell, an undrafted free agent, was waived by the Seattle Seahawks just prior to the postseason. However, being without a team was temporary because shortly after, Powell who is from Bedford, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns off waivers.

The NFL draft of 2016 had some great moments; however, Powell who is a fan favorite of Ohio State sat and waited for his name to be called as each round went by. Powell who plays safety, did not show any remorse and regrouped. He took calls from other teams in the league.

Tyvis Powell then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the Legion of Boom. In 2016, he did not get much time on the field, but as a Buckeye he was able to get some snaps on special teams. Powell played in eight games in which he gathered three special team tackles, despite being on the active roster for the season.

The Buckeye‘s fans will miss Powell who is heading to Seattle, which is his home state. He hopes to get a spot on this 53-person team.  September is a while away but Powell needs to get through the mini-camps and OTAs before he is considered for a spot on the final roster.

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Cleveland Browns Terrelle Pryor Can Do It All

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Terrelle Pryor began his college football career at Ohio State as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes.  It makes sense that he now finds himself in Cleveland with the Browns.  He recently showed his skills in receiving, rushing, and passing against the Miami Dolphins team. This player can do it all! And the Browns need him to do it all until they have a solid option at quarterback.

Pryor Switches to Wide Receiver

He boldly switched positions only a year ago to keep his NFL career going.  This receiver is a valuable player because he recently gained 21 yards rushing, 144 yards receiving, and 35 yards passing.  He is the first player since Billy Kilmer in 1964 to catch three passes, throw three passes and carry three times.  This is an impressive feat for any player.

Terrelle Pryor is a valuable asset to the floundering Cleveland Browns (0-3).  Since he is over six feet tall and can run at lightning speed, he adds depth to the team.  The Browns are currently starting their third string quarterback and it is entirely possible that Pryor may be passing even more in the upcoming games.

Hue Jackson is the head coach for the Browns and has created several packages to better utilize the unique skill-set that Pryor brings to the table.  It will be interesting to see what number 11 will accomplish next.  His teammates love his positive attitude and he is also a fan favorite in Ohio.

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