2017 NFL Draft – A Look at Defense

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Myles Garrett

Very deep for 4/3 DE not as deep for 3/4 guys
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
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.
Solomon Thomas Stanf 6-3 273 R1
2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.
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.
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.
Tarell Basham Ohio 6-4 269 R2
4Y ST that was DMVP in 16 quick & agile good edge bend but played against lesser talents.
Strong deep class but a bit lite in 1st round
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.
Malik McDowell Mich St 6-6 295 R1
2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts but need technique help
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.
Chris Wormley Mich 6-5 298 R2-3
3Y st few weaknesses & converts speed to power. but not athletic, needs technique improvement.
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.
Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6-3 305 R2-3
Very productive at small school questions about his ability at NFL level.
Deep in quality and numbers.
Haason Reddick Temple 6-1 237 R1
2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength has a tweener body
Zach Cunningham Vandy 6-3 234 R1
2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.
Tim Williams Alab 6-3 244 R1-2
3Y st High sack rate Quick off ball, twitchy & avoids blocks, Needs better play recognition & bulk
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
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.
Tyus Bowser Houston 6-3 247 R2-3
3Y ST in a No D league Decent speed & power with a good up side.
Very D sensitive group Some 3/4 guys but few 4/3 MLB prospects
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?
Raekwon McMillan OhSt 6-2 240 R1-2
2.5 Y st with power & strength Not smooth @ changing direction & needs better play recognition.
Jarrad Davis Fla 6-1 238 R2
2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer
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.
Kendell Beckwith LSU 6-2 243 R3-4
2.5y starter but has injury history Not a top athlete Too many tackles down field
Connor Harris Lindenwood 5-11 242 R4
super in all-star games but has physical limitations & very low level of competition
Best Group in many years both depth & quality at the top
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
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
TreDavious White LSU 5-11 192 R1-2 Zone
2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help
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.
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
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
Thin group but talented
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
Chidibe Awuzie Col 6-0 202 R2
4y st Very smooth backpeddle quick hands, athletic but plays smaller than he measures. Inj issue
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
Damotae Kazee San Diego St 5-10 184 R4-5
3y st Good hands & route adjust Short & light with some stiffness in the hips
Best group in years deep & top talent. FS seldom are 1st round picks.
Malik Hooker OhSt 6-1 206 R1
1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured
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
Marcus Williams Utah 6-1 202 R2-3
3Y st Created 18 TOS classic playmaker smart, tape guy & hard worker but lacks thick frame
Rayshawn Jenkins Miami Fl 6-1 214 R3-4
Big hitter with a nasty streak limited speed but smart
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
Marcus Maye Florida 6-0 200 R3-4
3.5Y ST with talent but a suspension & inj history will force down his draft value
Solid group but not deep
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.
Obi Melifonwu U Conn 6-4 224 R1-2
4Y st Size, speed, atletic, hands but needs better instincts & technique help.
Jabrill Peppers Michigan 5-11 213 R1
2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.
Josh Jones NC State 6-1 220 R2
2.5Y st Excel size & speed, good hands, aggressive, good tackler, needs better instincts
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
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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Check out the first two NFL and Browns draft podcasts already up on the radio page.  To find the podcast you want enter the title listed below in the search box.

News, Notes & Rumors 02-25-2013 Samantha Bunten – Samamtha and I talked Browns organization, the draft and a little Indians as well.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-11-2013 Jon Dove – Jon and I talked NFL draft, strongest areas of this pool of players and some free agency.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-17-2013 David Kay – Dave, the basketball Guru for Walterfootball.com,  and I previewed the NCAA Brackets and Ohio States’ chances of winning it all.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-25-2013 John Turvey – John, the draft analyst for theHuddle.com, and I talked about all aspects of the NFL Draft.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-27-2013 Ken Becks – Ken, the owner of 1stdownscouting.com/1st down, and I talked about the Browns needs, the top prospects and the top 10 picks we expect to be made in the draft.

Thanks to all our guests and good listening.

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Special edition of News, Notes and Rumors Monday 6PM EDT

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Jon Dove

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Jon Dove, our Sunday NFL Analyst joins us to talk about free agency.  Next Monday, Dave Kay will join me to preview the NCAA tournament.

You can listen to the show live at and listen to the archive of the show the next day at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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Bowl Championship Series RIP

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The College Presidents’ Oversight Committee has approved a four team seeded playoff.  It is WAY overdue.

It is hard to understand why it took the ivy covered college presidents so long to realize their dream of squeezing more money out of the sport of football.  Any form of playoff would automatically generate a lot more money than the BcS ever did.  While this plan is a major step forward, I still have a lot of questions.

My first question is why did this take so long?  We hear that the Bowl system had to be protected.  Who among us did not shed a tear when the Poulan Weedeater Bowl went belly up?  I have more to say about the Bowls later.  But when a team must only win 6 games to qualify, how important can the bowl be?

Then there was the argument that a playoff would negatively impact the student-athletes.  But those same educators have no issues with the basketball players missing 3 weeks of school for the NCAA basketball championships.  And those require teams to visit 3 different cities.


Second it will not start until the 2014.  WHY?  Because none of the supporters of the BcS can admit it was a quick fix that lived far beyond its useful life, we are stuck with it for another couple of miserable seasons.


Third, will Notre Dame leadership please excuse themselves from any discussion of college football playoffs.  ND has not been a factor for years.  It is not likely to be a factor any time soon despite hiring a really good head coach.  They have their own deal with NBC.  But other than an occasional game against a football power in which they are regularly crushed, their schedule includes a lot of games against the Sisters of the Perpetually Miserable.  They have no business having a voice in this decision.


Next, where is the money going?  These are public universities supported in part by taxpayer money.  We, the tax paying public, have a right to full disclosure on what is done with the money.  The current bowl system is riddled with problems.

Many schools that go to lower level bowls lose money.  That is right they lose money.  The bowls require a school to buy between 35 and 45% of the tickets.  When the school’s fan base is less than thrilled to be going to the Podunk bowl in outer Nowhereville, the payout for the bowl falls short of covering the ticket cost, let alone the cost of taking the team and equipment, or the cost of housing and food.

In addition there are reports of bowl executives being over paid and the charities that the bowl is supposed to support getting a small percentage of the total income.  Every state has laws limiting the percentage they can take of money generated.  Bowls are under no such restrictions.


Perhaps the biggest question is how will the final four teams be selected?  We are told it will be a combination of a computer system and a committee of “experts.”  We will not know who will make those picks or how the computer system will rank the teams for a while.  I have one piece of advice for the NCAA.  Whatever system they design must be transparent.  Make the votes of the committee public.  Publish a clear account of the factors involved in the computer system and the weight assigned to each.


That’s what I think.  What do you think?


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The NFL is stupid to enforce the NCAA’s inconsistent suspensions

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NFL Commissioner Goodell decided to enforce the 5  game suspension of former OSU QB Pryor in his league.  This not only sets a very dangerous precedent  it ties the credibility of the Commissioner, the league and his power to deal  with off field behavior of the players and coaches to that of the NCAA.  The issue is that the NCAA has done  everything it can to destroy whatever credibility it still had.

Pryor who sold a legal item that belonged to him for  a legitimate market value.  He got a 5 game suspension. Under the US Constitution not even the federal government can penalize someone for selling a legal product that belonged to them.  What gives the NCAA that power?  I have said several times that if one of the  players had been my son, I would have sued the NCAA for every dime it ever even  dreamed about seeing.

Then the same  power that gave Pryor and other Buckeye players a 5 game suspension faced
another issue.  University of Miami QB Jacoby  Harris and others got gifts of thousands of dollars from a convicted felon and  he got a 1 game suspension.  WHAT???????

U of M has had a history of major violations and yet  they get 1 game for their key players?
WHAT 2 ???????????

If the NFL Commish had any doubts about following  the NCAA off the cliff, this latest decision should cause him to take a step  back from the ledge.

What about players like North Carolina DL McDoo who  was permanently suspended for among  other violations committing academic fraud.  Mr. Goodell, would under your Pryor ruling be prohibited from EVER  playing in the pro league?  Of course  not.  So what is the difference?  We are all waiting for an explanation.

This is a stupid and dangerous precedent that  Goodell will come to regret.  He is  following the lead of a group that has less credibility than promised spending  cuts from Congress.  You cannot get much  less credibility than that.

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

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The NFL Draft VS The NBA Draft

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The NFL and NBA drafts are often the most talked about and publicized events in professional sports. They certainly bring more media attention compared to other professional leagues like the NHL of MLB. So what makes the NFL and NBA so popular, with the best TV reviews? Is it just the brand name athletes? Whats more interesting to watch, the NFL or NBA draft?  Maybe, it is the style in which the drafts are being orchestrated. Lets break down the two different drafts to see what all the fuss is about.

First lets take a look at what allows one to be eligible for a draft into one of these prestigious leagues.

NFL- Any high school player who has been graduated for three or more years is eligible to enter the draft. Of course most players attend some form of college before they are ready to make the leap into the NFL. Players can also be drafted from other leagues like arena football and the CFL.

NBA- For the NBA  a player must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. A player who attended an American high school must be at least one year removed from graduating high school. There are a number of restrictions for players signing with an agent and most of those are implemented by the NCAA not NBA.

Ok, so not that much of a difference there. Lets take a look at the length of the actual draft now, from time between picks, to time it takes to get through all the rounds.

NFL-The NFl draft currently is composed of 32 teams, lasts seven rounds, and plays out over a period of three days. The first round, which is obviously the most anticipated has a time frame of ten minutes between each pick.

NBA- The NBA draft currently has two rounds for 30 teams, and is over within the day. The first round for the NBA has 5 minutes between draft picks.

Well, there is obviously some differences here. More time to break down picks for the NFL, and quicker results in the NBA. in both instances I can see how you would enjoy breaking down the draft with more time to debate, and also I can see getting impatient to see what “your team” is going to decide. When it comes to your viewing pleasure we can call that one a tie.

So what sets the two drafts apart? I got it, it must be the draft format.

The NFL breaks down the picks like so:
Non-playoff teams 1-20
Eliminated in the Wild Card round 21-24
Eliminated in Divisional round 25-28
Eliminated in Conference Championships 29-30
Super Bowl losing team 31
Super Bowl Champion 32

The NBA breaks their draft picks down like this:
Missed Playoffs 1-14 (Draft Lottery)
Made Playoffs 15-30

Seems pretty similar, until you break down the draft lottery which can leave an team expecting the #1 pick with a #6 pick. Some people often feel that this system is pointless and probably rigged. Supporters say that the system is in place in order to keep teams from throwing games. The NFL draft rarely ever gets any complaints, most think that the way it’s done is as fair as can be, and perhaps most are right. Lets give the draft format victory to the NFL, based on the common thought that it has less chance for discrepancies.

Finally lets take a look at the players the two organizations are drafting.

With the NFL people can certainly be more attached to the players coming in. having seen them play for at least three years plays a major role , not to mention the fact that you can usually find contributions from everyone on a football team. Seeing a player grow over the course of his college career can give the fans a lot more to talk about.

When comparing this to the NBA and a large portion of the players being one and done, you don’t have much to base your opinion on at times. A player such as Kyrie irving, who is a projected Top 3 pick, has only been seen for, what, 11 games this past season? Not to say he won’t do well. But, often times you can see a top pick go off and not make any substantial contributions to the team that they are drafted to.

So which one is better? You can always continuously argue based on how a draft pick performs each year, but that is always subject to change. That is why I tried to leave out names because for everyone person that succeeds, there is one that fails, and vise versa. The NFL draft wins in my book when you place them side by side like this. Draft makes more sense, and the players you are watching seem to mean a whole lot more. Although at the end of the day it all comes down to being a bigger fan of the NFL or NBA.


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