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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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We heard from both NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. Both took questions but neither got high grades for their answers. Bisciotti said it never occurred to him to ask for a copy of the elevator tape of Ray Rice hitting Janay. My question is how did he ever make enough money to buy an NFL franchise with that small a level of curiosity?

Lots more injuries this week.

Redskins lost CB DeAngelo Hall for the season with an Achilles inury.

Ravens lost TE Dennis Pitta for the season with a dislocated hip.

Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead for the year with a broken Fibula.

Steelers lost LB Ryan Shazier with a sprained MCL and CB Ike Taylor with a broken arm.

Bucs lost QB Josh McCown to a thumb injury.

Vikes lost QB Matt Cassel to a broken foot and TE Kyle Rudolph to a sports hernia. Cassel has been put on IR.

On Monday the Panthers lost 2 running backs.

The Titans will start QB Charlie Whitehurst because of the injury to Jake Locker. That is the wrong choice. Whitehurst is a decent backup but 6th round pick Zach Mettenberger is the real deal. If Mett is healthy, he should be the starter. He lead the NFL in preseason yardage and completed 70% of his passes. Whitehurst has not thrown a regular season pass since 2011 and has a QB rating of just 64.6.

Notes:

Saints 20 Vikes 9 – The Saints are going to be fine. They are in a weak division and will make the playoffs. I will be very interested to see what Vikes QB Teddy Bridgewater can do. I projected him as the most NFL ready and wondered why the Vikes would not start him over Cassel.

Giants 30 Texans 17 – Giant fans should enjoy this win because there won’t be many the rest of the year. Both of these teams are frauds. The 2-0 record of the Texans was exposed by the G men.

Lions 19 Packers 7 – The Packers are wasting QB Aaron Rodgers by trying to protect him with “has- beens and never-wases.” The line can’t block for the run or the pass. Lions need to continue to keep a lid on penalties. Lots of talent in Detroit that has been wasted by bad coaching. We will see how the new staff does.

Pats 16 Raiders 9 – This was my only loss with 6 wins against the spread. Pats seem to play down to competition. The thought in NE has always been “We can turn it on for the playoffs.” But they have not won a Super Bowl in 10 years.

Falcons 56 Bucs 14 – This game said a lot more about how bad the Bucs are than how good the Falcons are. Neither team is going anywhere. The Falcon D is not NFL quality. The Bucs are a couple of good drafts away from contending for a playoff spot.

Cardinals 23 49ers 14 – I said last week that the issue of the 49er O line would come back to bite then in the posterior. It did against a good Cardinals team. QB Colin Kaepernick just can’t trust the O line to protect him. The run has disappeared from the playbook. The 49er D is not nearly as strong as it was last year. They are very likely not making the playoffs.

The Cards are winning despite a nerve issue for their starting QB

Ravens 23 Browns 21 – Check out my article about this game Browns: Better but not good enough. http://wp.me/p2d2Uz-2Ed on fryingpansports.com.

Rumors:

There are calls for NFL Commissioner Goodell to resign or at least fine himself a substantial amount of money. Since the league paid him 44 mil last year to be a deterrent to further missteps it would have to be very substantial. He loves his power and the owners will have to yank the emperors’ crown out of his hand.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti held a presser on Tuesday that did not go over well. ESPN OTL issued a report that Bisciotti and others in the organization tried to influence both the NFL and law enforcement to reduce the charges against Ray Rice. If it can be proven that Bisciotti was successful in influencing Goodell to issue a 2 game suspension, it could lead to both being out of the league.

Several teams are thinking about changing QBs.

The Dolphins are not that satisfied with QB Ryan Tannehill. The issue is not his turnovers but rather that he doesn’t make the plays that are available to him that win games. Too often Tannehill will check his first read and then watch the rush. His replacement would be long time backup Matt Moore.

The Jags are also not happy with starter Chad Henne. They drafted Blake Bortles in the first round (2nd pick overall) in 2014 and want to see if he can turn the team around. He won’t be able to and they risk burning him out.

The Jets are seriously thinking about benching QB Geno Smith in favor of Mike Vick. Smith looked bad in the Monday night game and has not progressed. In fact the team believes he has regressed. The coaching staff is on the hot seat and are looking at Vick to turn the team around. In my opinion the staff should be fired for not installing Vick as the starter day 1.

It is unlikely that Robert Griffin will get his QB job back any time soon. Kurt Cousins is a better fit for the Skins’ offense and seems to be more durable. The most valuable ability in the NFL is availability. No player does the team any good in the training room.

Don’t expect to see Vikes QB Matt Cassel any time soon despite his broken toes. Once the team sees Teddy Bridgewater play Cassel will be super glued to the bench. His 4 TO game in week 2 did not help his cause.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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Clearly the Browns played a great game to get the win against the Saints. This was the first home opening win in a long time. The final drive by Brian Hoyer reminded me of the Cardiac Kids era. Hoyer drove the Browns from the 4 to a winning field goal. In the recent past the gaggle of quarterbacks the Browns have started would have thrown a pick or taken a bad sack to end the game.

Hoyer was outstanding. He was 24 of 40 for 204 yards and 1 TD with no picks. There were more than a few drops as well. But Hoyer hung in and showed he has outstanding vision to see the field. But a QB can not do that without some good catches on the other end. The much maligned WR group did well overall. There were some critical drops but the band of no-names came through when it counted. Miles Austin made 3 critical catches in the final drive. TE Gary Barnage was solid both blocking and catching. He had a key catch on the final drive on a 4th down that kept the Browns hopes alive.

The running game was OK but needs work. The backs are both rookies with a lot of talent but need to get more experience. Both backs need a little more help from the O line.

The O line gave up only 1 sack but Hoyer was under a lot more pressure than he should have been. The right side of the line is below average. Most of the pressure on Hoyer came from his right side. The O line did not generate the holes to get the running game going that are required for future wins.

The D still struggles to get off the field on 3rd down. While it scored a TD, it needs to prevent teams from converting more than 50% of the third down attempts. The D allowed a late 1st half drive for a score. When a team scores like that they usually win the game. Late in the half or the game, the D has to play better.

The front 7 played very well early but wore down as the game progressed. They got 2 sacks on a QB that is hard to get because of his quick release. But in the 2nd half the pressure was not there. The team had a couple of guys out but that will happen. In addition the front 7 gave up 6.4 yards per rushing attempt. That is not acceptable particularly against a team that struggles to run the ball. The biggest issue is the edge run. The Browns have struggled to stop that since they returned in 1999. ILB Karlos Dansby played particularly well.

The D backfield played pretty well. The one guy that kept the Saints in the game was TE Jimmy Graham. One guy can not cover Graham. The defense needed to have a LB and CB or safety on him at all times. The team should have known that Graham is the red zone target and covered him better.

The TD return by FS Tashaun Gipson was outstanding. It almost made up for allowing the score by the Saints at the end of the first half. QB Drew Brees completed 27 of 40. But the defense had just enough stops to keep the game close.

Then there is the special teams. The bad snap on the extra point nearly cost the team the win. That is not acceptable but is not new. We have seen that way too often. The kickoff and punt coverage teams were much better this week. The return teams did nothing. It is time that someone beside Travis Benjamin return kicks. He still seems to be favoring the leg he hurt last year.

The Bottom line: This was exactly the kind of game that the Browns would lose in the past. The difference this time was Hoyer. Rather than folding in the last drive, he took the team on his back and led them to a win. The play calling was better. The O line held up in the last drive pretty well. All and all, it is nice to have a win to talk about. The fan base deserves it.

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

NOTE: The News, Notes and Rumors podcasts are on hold due to a problem with the site. I apologize for that and hope we will be back soon.

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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The best news possible for Bills fans is that Sabers owner Terry Pegula has reached agreement to buy the team. Pegula will keep the team in Buffalo.

The NFL claims they never saw the elevator video of Ray Rice knocking his girlfriend out. I find that not believable. To think that the most powerful sports league in the country couldn’t get a video that TMZ had no problem finding is a lie of the worst kind. It is an attempt to cover up the most ludicrous miscarriage of justice in the history of the NFL. If Roger Goodell had any guts at all he would have changed the suspension when he realized how unfair it was. But he doesn’t and won’t any time soon.

A prosecutor said that the feelings of the victim are taken into consideration when deciding how to proceed with a domestic violence case. In this case it is clear that Janay Palmer wanted Rice to get the minimum punishment. That would explain the decision to place Rice in a diversionary program.

Flag-mania was not prevalent in week 1 of the season. It was good to see that the zebras finally figured out that the DB has as much right to the ball as the receiver. That is kind of a good thing. Hands to the face flags were called at a higher rate than last year however. That is a good thing as well.

Several teams suffered serious injuries. Texan OLB Jadeveon Clowney, the 1st pick overall this year, has a torn Mencius and will miss 4 to 6 weeks. The Chiefs lost OLB Derrick Thomas for the season with an Achilles injury. The Browns lost TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and RB Ben Tate (knee). The Bears lost 2 offensive linemen C Roberto Garza and G Matt Slauson. The Colts suspended DE Robert Mathis injured is Achilles working on his own and is lost for the season.

Notes:

Falcons 37 Saints 34 – This was a giant win for the birds. The key to the game was the Saint D let the team down under the attack of QB Matt Ryan. Ryan threw for 448 yards. The Saint O built a 13-0 lead but the D could not hold it. The Saint D also allowed a late drive giving the Falcons the tie. It was a turnover in OT that setup the winning FG. The loss by the Saints hurts their chances of getting the #1 seed in the NFC. That will be critical if they expect to go get to the Super Bowl. The Saints are not going to go to Seattle and win the NFC title.

­Dolphins 33 Patriots 20 – This was a huge loss for the Pats because it exposed the O line issues. QB Tom Brady was sacked 4 times and pressured all day by DE Cameron Wake and the D line of the Fish. Brady also fumbled twice. The Fish converted 59% of their 3rd down attempts while the Pats converted just 29%. The Pats need the top AFC seed if they hope to get to the Super Bowl. But until they fix the O line and find a way to stop the run on defense, that is not likely to happen.

49ers 28 Cowboys 17 – Dallas could not give the ball away fast enough. They turned the ball over on three of their first four possessions. The 49ers had 21 points with only 4 offensive plays. The game was never close after that. The 49er D looked good but most of that was due to the charity of the Boys. Things will be a lot harder when the 9ers get into their division games.

Eagles 34 Jags 17 – Eagles QB Nick Foles turned the ball over 4 times which allowed the Jags to build a 17-0 half time lead. But the second half was a different story. The Eagle D has to start the game ready to play if this team expects to go deep into the playoffs. The Eagles are still the class of a very ordinary NFC East.

Steelers 30 Browns 27 – For my thoughts about this game check out “The Secret behind the Browns 24 point comeback” right here on Fryingpansports.

Rumors:

IF the NFL and NFLPA finalize a new drug policy several players that are currently suspended could get some relief from it. Browns WR Josh Gordon was tested slightly over the current NFL limit for weed in the system but the new higher limit could apply retroactively to his case. Bronco WR Wes Welker could also get a pass on his 4 game suspension.

Several teams are in serious trouble getting to the playoffs even after just 1 game.

The Ravens have a must win Thursday against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is already up a game in the division and if the Ratbirds go to 0-2 with 2 division losses, it will be very difficult for them to recover. The Ratbird O has struggled all preseason to get the TD rather than a field goal.

The Redskins O is also pathetic. While the Skins D has played OK, it will be the O that prevents them from getting to the post season.

The Bears’ loss at home was a huge failure. The fact that they lost to the Bills makes the loss twice as costly. To make the playoffs, the Bears have to win home games and win the games on the road against the teams they are supposed to beat.

The Johnny Manziel package was just a rumor. He did not appear in the game.

The officiating this week was weak. While there was no Fail-Mary there were a lot of calls that were head-scratchers. One surprise was the lack of calls for the arm bar by either a defender or receiver. The zebras got the word from Park Avenue that the preseason games were bogged down by all the flags. But they may have gone too far in the other direction.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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News:

Thank heavens that the stupid extra point from the 15 yard line is over. The only thing that would be similar to this dumb move would be to move the free throw line to the 3 point distance. Somebody in the NFL office has WAY too much time on his hands.

It was Flag Day weekend again this week. Someone in the NFL office has to get the zebras under control. Every time a pass hits the ground both the QB and WR involved campaign for a flag. The refs are getting more camera time than a senatorial candidate.

There were a number of serious injuries this week. The Falcons lost their starting LT Sam Baker (PCL) for the year. The Jags have lost WRs Cecil Shorts (hamstring), Allen Robinson (hamstring), Tandon Doss (ankle) and RB Toby Gerhart (hip) for several weeks. The Rams lost OL Barrett Jones to back surgery. He is out indefinitely. They also lost RB Isaiah Pead to a ACL injury. He is expected to miss the season.

Several rookie QBs showed promise this week. Titan rook Zach Mettenberger was outstanding again this week. Third pick overall QB Blake Bortles continues to out preform Jags starter Chad Henne. Bortles has made very good progress in tightening up his footwork. Vikings Teddy Bridgewater looked good again.

All pro Chiefs RB Jamal Charles hurt his foot moving out of his training camp dorm. You would think the team would provide their stars some help.

Notes:

Pats 42 Eagles 35 – It looks like QB Jimmy Garoppolo has moved in front of Ryan Mallett. Forget talk about a Mallett trade. Despite the number of teams that need a QB, Mallett has little trade value. Pats’ running game will suffer with the loss of LeGarrette Blount. Eagles will take a step back due in part to the loss of WR DeSean Jackson. Teams have a plan against the Eagle O—Pressure Nick Foles. They still win the NFC Least.

Saints 31 Titans 24 – The rookie QB that has impressed me the most is Titan QB Zack Mettenberger. He has thrown 3 picks but 2 of them bounced off the hands of his WR. He has more arm strength and talent than any rookie QB. When QB Jake Locker suffers his annual injury, it should be Mettenberger that replaces him. Saints look like their #1 O is in regular season form. There is no threat to them to win the NFC South.

Seahawks 41 Chargers 14 – Hawk QB Russell Wilson continues to be incredible. He still suffers from a bad O line but avoids sacks as well as anyone while looking down field for a target. The Chargers look OK and might earn a playoff spot this year rather than stumbling backward into it like they did last season. That says more about the weakness of the AFC more than it does the strength of the Chargers.

Texans 32 Falcons 7 – This was a game between two under-achievers last season. As bad as the Texans O looked the Falcons O looked worse. The injury to LT Baker will not help at all. The Falcons bet on a comeback from RB Steven Jackson who was used up by the Rams. Without a running game, the O will depend on a badly protected QB Matt Ryan. Ryan was just 3-7 for 37 yards. Neither of these two teams will be going anywhere although the Texans D will make the AFC South fun to watch.

Broncos 34 49ers 0 – The rumor that the 9ers have renamed Levis’ Stadium to Titanic is not true but that is the way their first game in the new digs went. Payton Manning did surgery on the 9er D and the patient died. Colin Kaepernick was harassed on nearly every throw. Some believe the 49er O line is great but it crumbled against the Bronco 4 man pass rush. Neither team is a it looked in this game. The 49ers played their 2nd D against the Bronco 1s after the 2nd possession. The refs did no favors for the 49ers. Multiple hits to the head were ignored by the zebras.

Packers 21 Rams 7 – The Packer O was in regular season form. QB Aaron Rodgers went 11-13 128 yards and a TD. The Packer D looked improved. They held the Ram O to 3 of 13 third down conversions and 2.9 yards per rush. While Rams starter Sam Bradford looked good, the team is doomed if he goes down.

Redskins 24 Browns 23 – Neither Johnny Manziel nor Brian Hoyer deserve to be named the starter after 2 games. The only Browns QB that didn’t stink was undrafted rookie Connor Shaw who drove the team 90 yards to a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. Despite a good D the Browns are doomed to a 5 or 6 win season. The Skins have to be wondering if QB Robert Griffin will ever be the same. He is not progressing in his reads. He tends to check his first read and if covered he runs. That is a prescription for another injury filled season.

Rumors:

Several coaches have gotten the “win or else” memo from their owners. Dolphin coach Joe Philbin probably has to win 9 games to keep his job. That will not happen. Raider coach Dennis Allen is there too but is expected to win the division. He is good as gone. Jets coach Rex Ryan is well past his due date. He was able to eek out last year to get a return. That will not happen again. Another bad year for the Falcons will mean the firing of coach Mike Smith. That is too bad because he is a good coach with a bad team. Even Bears coach Mike Trestman’s seat is a little warm. If he gets the team to the playoffs he should be fine.

The one coach constantly talked about as being on the hot seat is the ever under-achiever Dallas Cowgirl coach Jason Garrett. He is safe only because no decent coach will want to put up with the GM/Owner/Pain in the Butt Jerry Jones.

While the Giants talk positively about the offense and QB Eli Manning, behind the scenes there is worry. Eli had the worst season of his career with 27 interceptions last year. He and the O has not looked good at all so far in the preseason. Given that teams play very vanilla defense in the preseason, the struggles of the O are particularly troubling.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is open to trading back up QB Mark Sanchez. The problem is that starter Nick Foles is not proven. While he had a remarkable 2013, he has not looked consistently solid this year. There is also a limited trade value for the Butt-Fumble QB.

Manziel was accused of giving the Skins bench the finger. I am sure he was just indicating the Browns were #1. Our Johnny wouldn’t do that…Never mind.

I was asked what would I do if I was in Mike Pettine’s position. I would ask the Bills for my old job back.

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Mock Draft of News, Notes and Rumors on Cleveland.com/DSN radio show

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This mock is done by Dave in Lakewood Oh.

1st pick – Carolina Panthers : AJ Green WR Georgia
2nd pick – Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson CB LSU
3rd pick – Buffalo Bills: Von Miller OLB Texas A &M
4th pick – Cincinatti Bengals: DaQuan Bowers DE Clemson
5th pick – Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
6th pick- CLEVELAND BROWNS: Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
7th pick – San Fran 49ers: Prince Amurkamara CB Nebraska
8th pick – Tennesse Titans: Cam Newton QB Auburn… reach pick by meddling owner
9th pick – Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
10th pick – Washington Redskins: Nick Fairley DT Auburn red flags causes Fairley to fall to wash
11th pick – Houston Texans: Marcell Daureus DT Alabama
12th pick – Minnesota Vikings Jake Locker QB Washington Locker will wow teams after great combine
13th pick – Detroit Lions Aldon Smith OLB Missouri
14th pick – St. Louis Rams Julio Jones WR Alabama
15th pick – Miami Dophlins Mark Ingram RB Alabama
16th pick – Jacksonville Jaguars Cameron Jordan DE California
17th pick – New England Patriots Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
18th pick – San Diego Chargers Adrian Clayton DE Iowa
19th pick – New York Giants Nate Solder OT Colorado
20th pick – Tampa Bay Bucs Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
21st pick – Kansas City Chiefs Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State
22nd pick – Indianapolis Colts Tyson Smith OT Southern Cal
23rd pick – Philadephia Eagles Mike Pouncey OG Florida
24th pick – New Orlean Saints Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois
25th pick – Seattle Seahawks Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
26th pick – Baltimore Ravens Brandon Harris CB Miami
27th pick – Atlanta Falcons JJ Watts DE Wisconsin
28th pick – New England Patriots Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
29th pick – Chicago Bears Torrey Smith WR Maryland
30th pick – New York Jets Corey Liuget DT Illinois
31st pick – Green Bay Packers Justin Houston OLB Georgia
32nd pick – Pittsburgh Steelers Rahim Moore FS UCLA

Fryingpansports will be publishing other mock drafts by listeners soon.

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