NNR Mock Draft 2.0

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1 Cleveland Browns QB PR CB S OT Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
  Clearly the best pass rusher in the draft. Motivated & ready to play        
2 San Francisco 49ers QB G CB C OLB DE Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
  2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.     West coast bias?  
3 Chicago Bears PR WR CB S T TE Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
  John Fox will love Allen’s ability to play DE or DT.        
4 Jacksonville Jaguars TE RB DT T G QB? Leonard Fournette RB LSU
  I would never take a RB in the 1st round. He is good but not 1st rounder.        
5 Tennessee Titans CB WR S ILB Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
  1.5y st speed & size Twitchy athl that does not hold at LOS. Runs better patterns than WRs.        
6 New York Jets QB OLB CB DE Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
  Takes a risk on a QB that started just 1 year. Good upside but lots of risk       Was OB Haason Reddick
7 Los Angeles Chargers S LB RB WR DE G T QB Malik Hooker S Ohio State
  1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured        
8 Carolina Panthers T DE RB CB Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
  3Y ST Violent hands Has everything but a great burst off the line. Needs to bulk up to stop the run.        
9 Cincinnati Bengals T G DE OLB PR RB Haason Reddick OLB Temple
  2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength       Was DE Taco Charlton
10 Buffalo Bills CB S WR T Jamal Adams S LSU
  2Y st Smart, aggressive both @ LOS & deep coverage. Big hitter but can take bad angles to the ball.        
11 New Orleans Saints CB S OLB WR Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
  3y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball Good ball skills Needs better technique        
12 Cleveland Browns   O.J. Howard TE Alabama
  2Y starter on a team not TE friendly Solid receiver that can block well.        
13 Arizona Cardinals ILB WR QB DT S CB Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
  4y starter 97c 16 Good size & spd NFL body but has avg hands.        
14 Philadelphia Eagles CB WR OT ILB RB DE Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
  2Y st can play in 4/3 or 3/4 scheme Big hitter with power but short & light. Can he stay healthy        
15 Indianapolis Colts T G DE RB CB Taco Charlton DE Michigan
  1Y ST good frame & quickness long arms Miss cast in a 3/4       Was DT Malik McDowell
16 Baltimore Ravens WR OLB CB S Zach Cunningham OLB Vandy
  2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.        
17 Washington Redskins ILB DT CB G S RB QB Malik McDowell DT Michigan St
  2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts       Was DT Caleb Brantley
18 Tennessee Titans CB WR ILB CB Tre’Davious White CB LSU
  2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help        
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE DT S RB OT Charles Harris DE Missouri
  2Y ST quickness but may be a pr specialist only. Needs to get stronger & more than a speed rush.        
20 Denver Broncos T G ILB DT DE Cam Robinson T Alabama
  Pulling OT with quick feet solid vs run & pass Played LT for Bama        
21 Detroit Lions TE PR OLB WR G David Njoku TE Miami
  1y starter Good athl & decent blocker but has too many drops in my opinion        
22 Miami Dolphins DE OLB G CB S Jabrill Peppers LB/S Michigan
  2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.        
23 New York Giants LT DT CB ILB TE QB Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
  1 yr @ Wisc tranfer from D2 quick to 2nd level Ath & power Hip Inj may keep him out of 1st        
24 Oakland Raiders MLB DT CB OLB RB Jarrad Davis LB Florida
  2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer        
25 Houston Texans QB T S OLB Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
  Accurate but trusts his arm too much. 76TD 32X       Was QB Mitch Trubisky
26 Seattle Seahawks T G CB PR DT Kevin King CB Washington
  2y starter with size but speed a ? SE likes tall CBS.        
27 Kansas City Chiefs CB S ILB RB DT DE Dalvin Cook RB Florida St.
  Good rec 3rd down back w/speed & balance. 19TDs in 15&16 Can he stay healthy?        
28 Dallas Cowboys CB S DE DT TE Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
  2y st size & speed Solid tackler that battles at the LOS. Will be best in M2M because he has tight hips        
29 Green Bay Packers PR CB S RB Quincy Wilson CB Florida
  3y starter that lacks quick twitch. Could be CB or S.        
30 Pittsburgh Steelers PR ILB OLB TE WR T.J. Watt OLB Wisconsin
  1y st Hard worker good blood line but limited exper. 15.5TFL 11.5 sacks Not explosive limited speed.        
31 Atlanta Falcons G DE DT CB S Forest Lamp G W Kentucky
  4Y ST @ LT Will LG due to short arms. Smart & good tech & quick feet Was G Pat Elflein        
32 New Orleans Saints Curtis Samuel RB WR Ohio State.  
  RB or WR? Athl with speed but lacks prime hight & weight Great Acc & chg spd Inj Hist 15        
           
           
Los Angeles Rams OT G CB WR      
  Minnesota Vikings OT DE DT G CB      
  New England Patriots G OLB TE      
           
rules          
  1 Dont pass up an elite QB or PR        
  2 Don’t get cute, get your guy        
  3 Get OT a round before you think they will go.        
  4 RB is the quickest position to understand the NFL game.        
         

 

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News Notes and Rumors Mock NFL Draft

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Mock NFL Draft

1 Cleveland Browns QB PR CB S Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
2 San Francisco 49ers OLB DE T G QB Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
3 Chicago Bears PR CB S G T TE Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
4 Jacksonville Jaguars TE RB DT T G Leonard Fournette RB LSU
5 Tennessee Titans CB WR ILB Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
6 New York Jets QB OLB CB de Haason Reddick OLB Temple
7 Los Angeles Chargers S WR DE G T QB Malik Hooker S Ohio State
8 Carolina Panthers T DE RB CB Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
9 Cincinnati Bengals T G OLB PR RB Taco Charlton DE Michigan
10 Buffalo Bills CB S WR T Jamal Adams S LSU
11 New Orleans Saints CB S OLB WR Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
12 Cleveland Browns   O.J. Howard TE Alabama
13 Arizona Cardinals ILB QB S CB Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
14 Philadelphia Eagles ILB CB RB DE Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
15 Indianapolis Colts T G DE DT RB Malik McDowell DT Michigan St
16 Baltimore Ravens OLB WR CB S Zach Cunningham OLB Vandy
17 Washington Redskins ILB dt S RB T Caleb Brantley DT Florida
18 Tennessee Titans CB WR ILB CB Tre’Davious White CB LSU
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE DT S RB OT Charles Harris DE Missouri
20 Denver Broncos T G ILB DE Cam Robinson T Alabama
21 Detroit Lions PR OLB WR G TE David Njoku TE Miami
22 Miami Dolphins OLB G CB S Jabrill Peppers LB/S Michigan
23 New York Giants LT ILB QB Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
24 Oakland Raiders MLB DT CB OLB Jarrad Davis LB Florida
25 Houston Texans QB T G OLB Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
26 Seattle Seahawks T G DT CB Kevin King CB Washington
27 Kansas City Chiefs ILB RB DT DE CB Dalvin Cook RB Florida St.
28 Dallas Cowboys CB S DE TE Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
29 Green Bay Packers PR CB S RB Quincy Wilson CB Florida
30 Pittsburgh Steelers ILB OLB WR QB T.J. Watt OLB Wisconsin
31 Atlanta Falcons G DE DT CB S Pat Elflein g Ohio State
*32 New Orleans Saints CL 33 &#5 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson

*Saints trade the 32nd pick to Cleveland for pick 33 & their 5th round pick.

 

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What to expect from Shaw at QB vs. the Ravens

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What to expect from Shaw at QB vs. the Ravens

Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I preview the Browns Ravens game including my advice picking against Week 17 point spreads. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

For the 7th time in the last dozen years, the Browns will start their 3rd string QB in the final weeks of the season. This time it is Connor Shaw, undrafted rookie from South Carolina. He will become the 22nd QB to start a game for the Browns since the team was reborn.

Shaw has an arm roughly equal to that of Brian Hoyer. It is not particularly strong. But unlike in recent games, Shaw’s mechanics are good. He is accurate in the short and medium game even against a blitz or serious pressure. He can throw long but those passes hang in the air for too long to be effective in the NFL.

He has the courage to stand in against a hit and make an accurate throw. He will run if he can’t find an open receiver but is small and is not able to survive big hits. He lost the last few games at SC last year due to an injury. He can move in the pocket to avoid rushers and has good pocket awareness.

He is not NFL ready and took very few snaps under center. His pre-snap reads were made by coaches on the sideline. He also does not show much ability to anticipate receivers coming open. The SC offense was based on the QB working half the field with a couple of simple predetermined reads. He has little experience in reading defenses particularly complex defenses that combine man and zone concepts.

He has some background in read option and that will likely be a part of the Browns offense with Shaw. But the O line will have to make a better effort to block it if the read option is going to work.

A big question is what will we see when the Browns take the field against the Ravens? Perhaps a bigger question is what happens if Shaw moves the ball better than Johnny Manziel? It is quite likely that Shaw will play better than Manziel because his mechanics are better. The most likely result of Shaw looking better will be more questions about the 2014 Browns draft. Given the play of both 1st round picks in 14, those questions will only add to the pile that already exists.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Browns: Better but not good enough.

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The Browns played well against the Ravens but the game pointed out several areas that are not good enough to win games.

The sad part of the loss to the Ratbirds is that the Browns played well enough to win this game. But two special teams errors and breakdowns on both offense and defense late in the game prevented a win.

Offense:

QB Brian Hoyer was efficient and for the 3rd game this year did not throw an interception. He has the 2nd most consecutive throws without a pick. But there are issues. Hoyer missed a couple of open receivers either of which could have made the difference in the game. He is getting the ball out on time and sees the field even in the face of a rush. He was able to overcome penalties which is something that has not happened often since 99. Some have had issues with Hoyer’s arm strength but he has enough to throw the ball 40+ yards with accuracy as he did Sunday.

The running game was OK but I can not understand why Isaiah Crowell is not the primary running back for the Browns. He runs harder, has better vision, and makes better cuts to the hole. This is a coaching error that must be corrected.

The O line did a decent job blocking the run. But the line still struggles to pass protect. While the left side is usually solid, RT still is an issue.

The play calling was solid except in the 4th quarter. The last two possessions were poor calls. The Browns should have run on all three downs on both late game possessions to take time off the clock. Crowell should have been the back in at the time. He breaks tackles.

WR Andrew Hawkins deserves special mention. He is among the leaders in catches and had over 80 yards in receptions. His young running mate Taylor Gabriel only caught 2 passes but was also over 80 yards in receptions.

Defense?:

The preseason talk was about a D that would be top 10. Instead it ranks 31st overall. The D can’t even slow down the run let alone stop it. A perfect example was the 31 yard run by Ratbird RB Lorenzo Taliaferro early in the 2nd quarter. The D line had a game on where NT Ahtyba Rubin was supposed to slant to the RG spot. He never got there and the result was a long run. The run D is not getting off blocks, taking bad angles to the run, and is slow in recognizing the play. The front 7 failed to get much pressure on QB Joe Flacco.

The preseason chatter said the D would be blitzing from every direction and pressuring the QB often. We have seen very little pressure on the QB in the regular season.

The pass D has not been any better. All pro CB Joe Haden has not come close to his level of play in prior years. The 8th pick overall in 2014 draft, CB Justin Gilbert, has been targeted over and over successfully by the opponent. Gilbert either gives up a big play or causes a flag for a spot foul.

The D gave up nearly 5 yards per attempt rushing and 7 yards per pass attempt and had no sacks. It did get a pick and had an outstanding goal line stand early in the game.

Special teams:

The special teams cost the Browns the game. There was a high snap on the first field goal attempt that contributed to the kick bouncing off the left upright. A major leak in kick protection caused the 2nd FG attempt to be blocked. Either of those kicks would have forced the Ratbirds to score a TD to tie the game. Bad special teams play has haunted the Browns for years, several of which were under current position coach Chris Tabor. This is not the first time I have criticized Tabor and I am sure it will not be the last. But when the snap has cost the team an extra point in the last game and a FG in this game, it MUST be addressed. Nothing seems to change under Tabor.

Coaching:

There have been a number of 12 men on the field on defense. While the 4-4-4 D is effective, it is also illegal. The coaching staff has to get it together and get the right 11 guys on the field for each play.

The play calling late in the game was questionable. Not only was the wrong RB in the game but the attempt to pass on 2 of the 3 downs was inexcusable. Run the ball and punt if you have to but get as much time off the clock as possible.

The Bottom line:

The Browns are better than last year. But to win those close games in the AFC North, you have to win the 4th quarter. They have not yet figured out how to do that yet. The win over the Saints was a very positive step. But this is the Nasty North. To win here you have to run the rock and play solid run D. So far that has not happened. They managed to lose two games where they had the lead with 10 seconds left. There are no moral victories in the NFL. The Browns are better but not good enough.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Goodell: Some men are a little more Equal than others.

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An owner of an NFL team died and went to heaven. There was a long line to get through the Pearly Gates. He went to Saint Peter and complained.

“I am a very important person. I can’t be waiting here in line to get in.”

“I am sorry sir, but you have to understand that here in Heaven, everyone is equal.”

When the owner got in it was time for lunch. Again there was a long line. Just as the he was ready to get his tray some guy in a suit with an NFL pin on his lapel jumped in front of him grabbed a tray and got his lunch. The owner was furious and complained to St. Peter.

“Well you have to forgive him. That is God and he thinks he is the NFL Commissioner.”

When a player or an owner for that matter makes a huge mistake, Commissioner Roger Goodell is more than ready to hand out suspensions and fines. What we saw on Friday was an admission that Goodell blew the suspension of Ray Rice and blew it badly.

That is not the biggest issue with which the NFL and the fans have to deal. It is claimed by ESPN Outside the Lines that even though the Raven management knew what had taken place, they virtually begged Goodell to go easy on Rice. The original two game suspension was the result.

Only now that the excrement has hit the fan, do we see everyone doing the butt cover dance. During his Q&A Friday, Goodell threw his security unit, the secretarial pool, and his legal team under the bus in an attempt to save his own job. There are many questions that need to be asked and answered. I am certain that former FBI director Robert S. Mueller will get to the bottom of who knew what and when they knew it.

Here are a few of my fearless predictions:

  1. Mueller will find that Goodell knew exactly what happened in the elevator whether or not he saw the video PRIOR to the 2 game announcement. That will be the end of the Goodell rule. The NFL owners can not stand the storm of advertisers that will want to bolt if that is the case.

  2. Mueller will also find that the top management of the Ravens knew exactly what happened. That will result in a compete house cleaning of the top management of the team. The new NFL Commish will fine and suspend the Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.

  3. The Commissioner will never again have the power to judge the appeals of suspensions. That is too much power for any single person.

  4. Ray Rice will be suspended for whatever time the new committee decides a first violation of domestic abuse should be but then will not get a new job in the NFL. If he causes the Commish and management of his former team to be fired, he will be seen by NFL owners and staff as radio active.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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NFL Draft grade for the AFC North

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In my opinion it is useless to grade a draft before the players have spent 3 seasons in the league. As a result, here are my grades for the AFC North in the 2011 draft.

Cleveland A

While the Browns ended up with a number of keepers, only one was a pro bowler.

21 Phillip Taylor DT Baylor – Solid starter that needs to get in better shape.

37 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh – Starter but suffered due to the change to a 3-4

59 Greg Little WR North Carolina – Starter that drops a lot of balls and should be replaced.

102 Jordan Cameron TE USC – Pro bowl starter

137 Buster Skrine DB Tennessee-Chattanooga – Undersized nickle back.

150 Jason Pinkston T Pittsburgh – Decent starter with a recent history of injury.

Cincinnati B+

The Bengals had fewer players make the team but they became part of a 3 time playoff team.

4 A.J. Green WR Georgia – All pro and one of the best in the league.

35 Andy Dalton QB Texas Christian – Under achiever that did lead the team to 3 playoffs with no wins.

101 Clint Boling G Georgia – Decent starter that could be replaced by 14 pick Russell Bodine.

Baltimore C

The Ratbirds got a couple of starters and some solid backups from the 2011 draft.

27 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado – Decent starter with 3 train car loads of baggage.

58 Torrey Smith WR Maryland – Starter with speed that continues to develop.

85 Jah Reid T Central Florida – Hanger-on backup LG that has yet to contribute.

164 Chykie Brown DB Texas – Part time starter/nickle back that needs to be replaced.

165 Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State – Borderline backup outside linebacker.

180 Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech – Seldom used backup QB who may lose his job to 2014 pick Keith Wenning.

Pittsburgh C-

The Steelers got a couple of starters and a backup..

31 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State – Solid starter.

63 Marcus Gilbert T Florida – Decent starter at RT.

128 Cortez Allen DB The Citadel – Dime back that plays OK.

162 Chris Carter LB Fresno State – Substitute starter that needs to be replaced.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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