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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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The Vikings and Panthers may have given their suspended players a gift.

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Both the Vikings and Panthers suspended their players involved in spouse or child abuse for last weeks game. Now both teams have declared their active for the week 3 games.

But here is the rub. By suspending RB Adrian Peterson and DE Greg Hardy the teams have taken action against them for their off field issues. Now the NFLPA can claim that because the two were suspended for a game, any additional suspension would be double jeopardy which is prohibited in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. That could prohibit the team or league from taking any additional action against the two players on the same issue.

So far the NFLPA has not shown a great deal of guts in challenging the league on suspensions. It will be interesting to see how these latest issues turn out. I suspect that the NFLPA will back off again. But time will tell.

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

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News, Notes & Rumors Week 1

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News:

The running game in week 1 was WAY down in part because lots of NFL teams have major O line issues.  The Seahawks struggled to score 12 points against the Panthers.  The Browns could not run or pass in a loss to the Dolphins.  The Steelers lose their C Maurkice Pouncey and score only 1 TD.  There was only one RB that got 100+ yards (Shane Vereen of the Pats). and he has a broken bone in his wrist.

 

Colin Kaepernick QB of the 49ers was outstanding against the Packers.  He was 27-39 412 yards with 3 TDs and no picks.  His new best friend is former Raven WR Anquan Boldin who caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a TD.  Despite only running for a total of 90 yards the Niners beat the Pack.   Jim Harbaugh is going to owe brother John a REALLY nice Christmas gift for the trade of Boldin.

 

While the Bills D played well, the Pats are clearly hurt by the loss of targets for Tom Brady.  Of course the two fumbles by RB Stevan Ridley did not help the O.  The same can be said for the Ravens losing Boldin and the Steelers losing Mike Wallace.

 

The Pats have put Vereen on the IR with designation to return list.  That means the earliest he will be back is week 8.

 

The Browns wideouts have shown their speed.  Unfortunately for the team it was in cars on the streets of Cleveland and not on the field.  Both Greg Little and Josh Gordon have been fined for speeding.

 

 

Notes:

 

Bronco QB Payton Manning looks much better to me than he did at any time last year.  Even in the middle of the 2012 season the ball speed was down from his days in Indy.  As much as the 7 TDs were outstanding, his ability to hit very small openings between defenders this year is much better than any time last year.

 

There were two rookie QBs starting and Terrelle Pryor as a new starter for the Raiders.  Bills rookie starter EJ Manuel nearly beat the Pats with a passer rating of 105.  Geno Smith of the Jets had a rating of 80.6 but at least there were no butt-fumbles.  Pryor threw for 217 yards and ran for another 112 scoring a total of 3 TDs with 2 picks.  While none of the three got starter reps from the beginning of training camp, each did pretty well.  They will only get better with more experience.

 

Robert Griffin III did not look 100% to me.  I was not as concerned about his inaccuracy in the first quarter as I was about his mechanics.  Some of that was rust from not playing at all in the preseason.  But I wonder how healthy he is.  There were no QB runs and he looked a little clumsy getting out of the way of the rush.  That is something to watch.

 

Check out my analysis of the Eagles Offense posted yesterday.  I think you will find it interesting.

 

 

Rumors:

There are a couple of teams that are hoping that the Raiders, Jets and Bills fall in love with their new QBs.  The teams that want QBs from the 2014 draft don’t need those three teams joining in the bidding war to get the best candidates.

 

We saw more fights and jawing this week than in any week in recent memory.  The players are generally in a nasty mood and are taking it out on fellow union members.  If the NFL does not get control of this issue there is going to be trouble.

 

Don’t look for Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez to start any time soon.  His injury is worse than the team will admit and management wanted Smith to start day one anyway.  Management is not convinced Smith is the QB of the future but have seen more than enough of Sanchez.  The Jet fans agree.

 

The leash on Browns QB Brandon Weeden got a lot shorter this week due to his 3 picks and many misfires.  The management did not draft him and is not happy with his lack of development.  They will likely allow him to start the next 2 games at the Ravens and at the Vikings.  By the third game WR Josh Gordon will be back from suspension.  But unless he shows significant improvement he could be out week 4.  Backup Jason Campbell would likely replace him.

 

Local media is expressing doubts about the Browns personnel decisions.  The basic issue is that with injuries to the CB and RG spots the team failed to bring in any experienced help.  Instead they brought in undrafted rookies.  There are a couple of OGs available in free agency including Brandon Moore (Jets) and Deuce Lutui (Titans).  After week one a team can bring in a veteran player without having to guarantee his total salary.

 

Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin was fuming on the sidelines after seeing his team turn the ball over six times.

 

OSU is in trouble again but this time it is Oklahoma State University.  While the full scandal found originally by Sports Illustrated is not yet uncovered, it looks really bad.  The charges include payments to players, work done for them by tutors and even recruits getting a “happy ending” from their official hosts.

 

The zebras of the NFL did not have a good week.   While we never hear about penalties by the league against officials, there will be some this week.  Way too many of the officials seem to think the fans come to the game to see them.  Get a clue guys.  You are supposed to be the rule enforcers.  I have no issue with a judgment call being missed.  There is no excuse for not knowing the rules.

 

That’s what I think.  Tell us what you think.

 

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A different view of Stanford QB Luck’s decision and the “Cutlering” of Miami coach Spirano.

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There has been a lot of talk about why Andrew Luck and his golden arm will stay at Stanford for another year when every NFL draft analyst agrees he would be the #1 selection in the 2011 draft.

Some believe that he just really likes the college life style.

Some think he wants to work a little more on his game. He is a redshirt sophomore and has 2 more years of eligibility. He has only started 2 years for the Cardinals.

I have no idea why he decided to stay but it raises a HUGE red flag to me.

I have serious doubts about how important his NFL career is to Luck. If I was the owner of the Carolina Panthers, I would not want to spend 50 million dollars on a guy that may or may not be committed to the game and the team. Payton Manning went back for a final year at Tennessee but it was clear that his goal was to beat the Gators for once in his career.

This will be the last draft in which the first pick will get 50+ million dollars guaranteed. As soon as there is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, a rookie salary scale similar to that of the NBA will be in place. The first pick will get something closer to 25 million. Both the owners and NFLPA Ex. Dir. Smith want the extra money to go to the vets not rookies.

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Miami Owner Ross “Cutlered” head coach Tony Sparano.

When he took over the HC job, ex-Bronco McDaniels had a pro bowl QB in Cutler. But that was not good enough for him. The grass is always…you get the idea.

McD wanted “his” QB Matt Cassel, the reserve QB that McD tutored when all world Tom Brady was out for the year. McD thought he could negotiate a trade with the Pats without anyone knowing. It got out and when the Chiefs got Cassel, Cutler demanded to be traded.

That is the exact same thing that the Dolphins Owner Ross did to his HC Sparano. There had been a lot of talk about the coach being fired but Ross said nothing. At the end of the season, Ross said that he would keep Sparano. But then there was that REALLY green grass.

When Stanford coach Harbaugh’s people agreed to a meeting with Ross, he jumped at it. Ross reportedly offered Harbaugh 7 million a year. When the flavor of the month refused to take the job, Ross had a problem.

Today he wanted to have a make up press conference announcing a year extension contract with Sparano. The only problem was that Sparano didn’t show up. This is a receipt for disaster. Look for the Dolphins to be in the running for the 2012 1st draft pick when the locker room divides.

Ross should be fined for interviewing and offering a contract to a coach when they had one on the staff at the time. If that is not a rules violation, it should be. At any rate, not only will the fish likely dive in 2011 but Ross will have even more trouble finding a coach that will take the job because of his Cutlering Sparano.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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The pressure is on Delhomme to take the Panthers to the next level.

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It’s hard to find many holes in the Carolina Panthers but there is one Empire State building size question mark—Can Jake Delhomme take the team deep into the playoffs? Delhomme enters his 11th season but he has only 6 seasons starting (not counting his 3 games in 07). He is a slightly above average QB but not the guy that can get a team over the hump to the Super Bowl. In 04 and 05 he threw 53 TDs and only 31 picks. He made the pro bowl and looked like he was about to become a star. That star faided quickly because in 06 he was back to throwing about as many TDs (17) as Ints (11). 07 was a lost year with injuries. Last season was another average season (15TDs and 12 Ints). What was worse, he blew up in the playoff game giving away the hard earned home field advantage and throwing his team right out of the playoffs.

This year will decided if he is the guy or if the team will try to get a starter of the future in what is expected to be one of the all time great QB drafts in 2010. That will be hard without a 1st round pick next year. My projection is that he will not get back to his 04/05 level and will be replaced. The team has Matt McCown who has started but doesn’t scare anyone.

The RB combination of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart is excellent. Williams is under rated and is a good bet for Fantasy football this year. He very quietly had 1,500 yards with an astounding 18 TDs and 5.5 yard average. WOW! One reason was he got some relief from rookie Stewart who ran for over 800 yards. This combination needs Delhomme to be more consistent so that the opponents don’t load the D line against the run. The team added rookie Mike Goodson in the 3rd round. FB Brad Hoover is a solid blocker and can catch and run as well.

Delhomme’s problems are not due to a bad group of WRs. Steve Smith not only can land a punch (for which he was suspended for the first 2 games in 08) but passes like few others. He averaged 100 yards per game and went to the pro bowl again. It seems like Smith had been doing that since 1950 but he is only 30. His running mate is Muhsin Muhammad. He was the #1 WR in Chicago before coming to be Smith’s wing man. At 36 he has lost a little speed but still has the hands and runs sharp routes. Dwayne Jarrett is a solid #3 WR and the team has a few candidates for the 4th guy.

TE is a question mark as well. Jeff King starts because he is a very good blocker and reliable receiver. Gary Barnidge and Dante Rosario who is coming off injury will try to unseat King again.

The O line is one of the great strengths of the team. LT Jordan Gross is consistently playing at a pro bowl level. C Ryan Kalil and RT Jeff Otah are both very young but growing into stars. LG Travelle Wharton is a little over rated but consistent. RG Keydrick Vincent is starting quality but still has upside. The depth was hurt by losing players to free agency due to salary cap concerns.

The D line took a huge hit when DT Maake Kemoeatu was injured and put on IR. He will be missed from a D that had trouble last year stopping the run and getting off the field verses top teams. Franchised E Julius Peppers will have to be most of the pass rush again. The team brought UFA Tyler Brayton in last year but he is over rated. RDT Damione Lewis is OK nothing more. The team traded their 2010 #1 pick to move up to get DE Everette Brown. So far, Brown has not dazzled anyone. The team also has Charles Johnson and Hilee Taylor both of whom can rush the passer.

The linebackers are WLB Thomas Davis, MLB Jon Beason and the always challenged SLB Na’il Diggs. The team has been trying to replace Diggs for several years but finally realized he is fine. Beason has developed into a very good pass defender and can blitz effectively. He made the pro bowl in his 2nd season. The depth consists of MLB Dan Connor and WLB Landon Johnson. Both are good and would start on a lot of teams.

LCB Chris Gamble, RCB Richard Marshall, FS Charles Godfrey and SS Chris Harris start for the Panthers in the D backfield. Gamble says he is a top corner. So far he has been good to very good. Marshall replaces CB Lewis and is a bit of a concern. He has been with the team for 3 seasons and has talent. The safeties are fine but not extra special. CBs Sherrod Martin and C.J. Wilson back up the corners. Reserve Nate Salley at safety really came on last year but was hurt.

OVERALL: The Panthers are as good as any team in the NFC with the exception of QB. That will hold them back again this year and even with a very good record in the regular season, they will be bounced out of the playoffs by Delhomme.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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