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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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 Training Camp Stays In Berea

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Columbus no longer getting promised training camp as Browns back out of the deal.

A deal that would have seen the Cleveland Browns training camp relocated to Columbus in 2018 falls through as the Browns back out.

The deal would have included new football fields, and a new and bigger Tuttle Park rec center. On Wednesday, the Browns informed Franklin County and the city that they would not be moving forward.

According to a statement from the team’s spokesman, Peter John-Baptiste, the organization felt it was in everyone’s best interest to remain in Berea for the immediate future.

The turned down deal would have cost Franklin County and the Browns $5 million each with the city covering the estimated $15-17 million remaining.

According to a statement given by Columbus director of Recreation and Parks, Tony Collins, the goal of the project was to work with partners in a way that maximized programs for their residents and facilities, but they were unable to move forward with the project.

While the deal was still in its early stages earlier this month, it did appear to be on its way to coming to fruition. It is unclear what caused the Browns to walk away, but they did reaffirm their commitment to stay in Berea, a suburb of Cleveland.

This is the second deal this year to fall through that would see the Browns relocate outside of Cleveland.

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Jonathan Coopers Next Step is The Cleveland Browns!

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Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper is taking a new step in his career starting this week as the Right Guard for the Cleveland Browns.

Despite this new improvement in his career, Jonathan Cooper’s journey has not been an easy one. During this last year, he broke a bone in his leg and was thus placed on the injured reserve list, while working for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Then he was traded off to the New England Patriots in March, and then finally was claimed by the Browns.

Now Cooper, a 6’2″, 302 lbs man, will be replacing John Greco who was put on reserve for injuring his foot last week.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Cooper said. This is the time for Cooper to show his teammates what he is capable of.

Cleveland O-line Coach, Hal Hunter, said concerning Cooper, “He is athletic. He is smart. He is tough. Coach Hunters views this misfortune, as a new opportunity for Jonathan Cooper.

Coach Hue Jackson is looking forward to seeing what Jonathan Cooper, “is capable of doing,” and shares Coach Hunter’s sentiments saying, “This is what this league is about, a chance, an opportunity, and when you get it you have to make the most of it.”

This is Cooper’s first time being on a team that currently has No Wins. Football fans everywhere are looking forward to seeing Jonathan Cooper, take his next step as Cleveland Browns, Right Guard.

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