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Top 5 Questions facing AFC South Teams

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HO 5Can the pass D hold up to get the Texans deep into the playoffs?
4Will Jadeveon Clowney provide the pass rush opposite Watts?
3Will WR Will Fuller take pressure off WR Hopkins?
2Can the Run game become a force without a QB?
1Who will play QB this year?
IN 5Can the run D ever stop anyone?
They added DT Hankins, DE Sheard, DT Woods, OLB Simon.
4Can Indy build a run game to take pressure off Luck?
Will Frank Gore continue to run like Al Gore?
3Will the D backfield improve enough to get IN back to the playoffs?
2Can the improved O line protect QB Luck 44 sacks last year?
1Can QB Luck stay healthy all year? Concussions & surg on shoulder kept him out.
When will he be ready to play after surg on throwing shoulder?
JK 5Is this the year that JK finally improves? Many said last year but it was not.
4Can the additions on D improve the performance?
They added CB Bouye, DE Campbell, SS Church, & ILB Cole & OLB McCray
3Will RB Chris Ivory finally provide a run game?
2Can the rebuild O line protect Bortles better than last year?
1Is QB Blake Bortles the QB of the future or will they draft a new guy next year?
TN 5Can DeMarco Murray get 1000 yrs behind a reshuffled O line?
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What impact will DC Dick LeBeau & O line coach Russ Grimm have this year?
3Can TN improve the pass D adding CB Ryan, SS Cyprien, & SS Trawick?
2Can TN find anyone that can catch besides Matthews?
1Will Mariota become the QB TN hoped he would be?

 

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NNR Mock Draft 2.0

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1Cleveland BrownsQB PR CB S OT Myles GarrettDETexas A&M
 Clearly the best pass rusher in the draft. Motivated & ready to play    
2San Francisco 49ersQB G CB C OLB DESolomon ThomasDEStanford
 2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.    West coast bias? 
3Chicago BearsPR WR CB S T TEJonathan AllenDEAlabama
 John Fox will love Allen’s ability to play DE or DT.     
4Jacksonville JaguarsTE RB DT T G QB?Leonard FournetteRBLSU
 I would never take a RB in the 1st round. He is good but not 1st rounder.    
5Tennessee TitansCB WR S ILBMarshon LattimoreCBOhio State
 1.5y st speed & size Twitchy athl that does not hold at LOS. Runs better patterns than WRs.     
6New York JetsQB OLB CB DEMitchell TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
 Takes a risk on a QB that started just 1 year. Good upside but lots of risk   Was OB Haason Reddick
7Los Angeles ChargersS LB RB WR DE G T QBMalik HookerSOhio State
 1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured     
8Carolina PanthersT DE RB CBDerek BarnettDETennessee
 3Y ST Violent hands Has everything but a great burst off the line. Needs to bulk up to stop the run.    
9Cincinnati BengalsT G DE OLB PR RBHaason ReddickOLBTemple
 2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength   Was DE Taco Charlton
10Buffalo BillsCB S WR TJamal AdamsSLSU
 2Y st Smart, aggressive both @ LOS & deep coverage. Big hitter but can take bad angles to the ball.    
11New Orleans SaintsCB S OLB WRGareon ConleyCBOhio State
 3y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball Good ball skills Needs better technique    
12Cleveland Browns O.J. HowardTEAlabama
 2Y starter on a team not TE friendly Solid receiver that can block well.     
13Arizona CardinalsILB WR QB DT S CBCorey DavisWRWestern Michigan
 4y starter 97c 16 Good size & spd NFL body but has avg hands.     
14Philadelphia EaglesCB WR OT ILB RB DE Reuben FosterILBAlabama
 2Y st can play in 4/3 or 3/4 scheme Big hitter with power but short & light. Can he stay healthy     
15Indianapolis ColtsT G DE RB CBTaco Charlton DEMichigan
 1Y ST good frame & quickness long arms Miss cast in a 3/4    Was DT Malik McDowell
16Baltimore RavensWR OLB CB SZach CunninghamOLBVandy
 2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.    
17Washington RedskinsILB DT CB G S RB QBMalik McDowellDTMichigan St
 2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts   Was DT Caleb Brantley
18Tennessee TitansCB WR ILB CBTre’Davious WhiteCBLSU
 2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help    
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersDE DT S RB OTCharles HarrisDEMissouri
 2Y ST quickness but may be a pr specialist only. Needs to get stronger & more than a speed rush.    
20Denver BroncosT G ILB DT DE Cam RobinsonT Alabama
 Pulling OT with quick feet solid vs run & pass Played LT for Bama    
21Detroit LionsTE PR OLB WR G David NjokuTEMiami
 1y starter Good athl & decent blocker but has too many drops in my opinion    
22Miami DolphinsDE OLB G CB SJabrill PeppersLB/SMichigan
 2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.    
23New York GiantsLT DT CB ILB TE QB Ryan RamczykT Wisconsin
 1 yr @ Wisc tranfer from D2 quick to 2nd level Ath & power Hip Inj may keep him out of 1st    
24Oakland RaidersMLB DT CB OLB RBJarrad DavisLB Florida
 2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer    
25Houston TexansQB T S OLBDeshaun WatsonQBClemson
 Accurate but trusts his arm too much. 76TD 32X    Was QB Mitch Trubisky
26Seattle SeahawksT G CB PR DT Kevin KingCBWashington
 2y starter with size but speed a ? SE likes tall CBS.    
27Kansas City ChiefsCB S ILB RB DT DE Dalvin CookRBFlorida St.
 Good rec 3rd down back w/speed & balance. 19TDs in 15&16 Can he stay healthy?    
28Dallas CowboysCB S DE DT TEMarlon HumphreyCBAlabama
 2y st size & speed Solid tackler that battles at the LOS. Will be best in M2M because he has tight hips    
29Green Bay PackersPR CB S RBQuincy WilsonCBFlorida
 3y starter that lacks quick twitch. Could be CB or S.    
30Pittsburgh SteelersPR ILB OLB TE WR T.J. WattOLBWisconsin
 1y st Hard worker good blood line but limited exper. 15.5TFL 11.5 sacks Not explosive limited speed.    
31Atlanta FalconsG DE DT CB SForest LampGW Kentucky
 4Y ST @ LT Will LG due to short arms. Smart & good tech & quick feet Was G Pat Elflein    
32New Orleans SaintsCurtis SamuelRB WR Ohio State. 
 RB or WR? Athl with speed but lacks prime hight & weight Great Acc & chg spd Inj Hist 15     
      
      
Los Angeles RamsOT G CB WR   
 Minnesota VikingsOT DE DT G CB    
 New England PatriotsG 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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Browns are roadkill vs Texans

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Roadkill

Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I held our noses as we discussed the Browns Texans game and other big games this weekend. The podcast is on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

When you get run over on both the O and D lines, you have very little chance of winning. The Browns played roadkill against the Texans. JJ Watt spent more time in the Browns backfield than most of the running backs. The D line was pushed around like loose dirt by a bulldozer.

The Browns seem to play down to the expected level of competition. The result is they have flushed away their good games by reverting to the “Same old Browns.” Along with that went first place in the AFC North.

Several things concern me about the loss. Most significant is the inability of the coaching staff to get the team ready to play. They have not started fast in any game this year. After the big win over the Steelers, they lost at Jacksonville. Then after a big win at the Bengals, they lost to the Texans. The Browns can’t stand or build on success.

While injuries have hurt both lines, that is part of the game. It is up to GM Ray Farmer to make additions to the club to help reduce the impact of those that were lost. We will see what transactions are made. Both lines need to play much better if the Browns have any hope of competing in the division.

The running back distribution of carries bothers me as well. It would have seemed logical to have Ben Tate get significant carries against his former team. But he got just 2 carries both directly at Watt.

The final and most long term issue is the starting QB going forward. While Brian Hoyer has played well at times, he has a very low competition percentage and 3rd down conversion rate. The team needs to find out what Johnny Manziel has in terms of ability to translate his athleticism to the NFL game.

The bottom line is the Browns are not playoff contenders. I am not sure they are even playoff pretenders because those teams win the games in which they are favored. But 6 wins are better than 4.

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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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