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Old 03-16-2017, 11:55 AM   #26
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With The 26th pick The Seattle Seahawks select
Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

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The Philadelphia Eagles select ADOREE' JACKSON, CB, USC.

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Carolina Panthers select at 27th of 1st rd, Alvin kamara, HB, Tennessee. Pick made at 12:50 pm pst, 3:50pm est.

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One of the top high school running backs in the country as a high school senior, Kamara went to Alabama to be the next big thing. A preseason knee injury forced him to redshirt, however. He was also suspended for the Sugar Bowl and not on the sideline for the team's game against LSU for "behavioral reasons." Kamara left Alabama in January, but found trouble again a month later in his hometown (Norcross, GA) with a traffic arrest. He suited up for Hutchinson Community College in 2014, winning conference offensive player of the year (1,211 yards, 21 TD). Given a second chance in the SEC by Tennessee, Kamara averaged 6.5 yards per carry as a reserve in 2015 (107-698, 7 TD; 34-291, TD receiving). He was impressive again as a junior, running for 596 yards and nine scores on only 103 carries (40-392, 4 TD receiving), though he missed time with a sprained left knee (LCL, meniscus).

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STRENGTHS Spirited runner with NFL size and speed. Will open creases by varying pace of his runs. Burst to top speed is available at flip of a switch. Creates yardage with speed, wiggle and power. Twitchy and decisive. Strong lower body provides superior balance. Flexible and agile with ability to twist, spin and ricochet off of bodies and continue to gain yards after contact. Very productive; 23 touchdowns in just 284 touches at Tennessee. Well-liked inside program and a team leader. Can play on all three downs. Improved in pass protection and squares up blitzers. Has lined up at slot receiver at times. Sure-handed pass catcher with excellent burst out of breaks to consistently uncover. Has talent as punt returner.

WEAKNESSES Vision can be hit or miss. Not an instinctive runner. Needs to see running lane develop and is missing a feel for reading progressions of his blocks. Makes inconsistent decisions on stretch plays. Can be his own worst enemy on third level. Will run himself into a tackler rather than setting him up for a downfield blocker. Consistently cuts left when given an open-field choice against tackler. With knee injuries in his background, combine medicals could come into play. Needs to tuck ball high and tight to prevent fumbles.

NFL COMPARISON Thomas Jones

BOTTOM LINE Ascending, competitive runner who has flashed explosive NFL talent at various times over the last two seasons. A committed runner with excellent balance who finds yardage that isn't blocked for him. While he has never logged 20 carries in a single game, he has the talent to play on all three downs if he can prove his durability.



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Old 03-16-2017, 03:00 PM   #29
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With the 28th pick the dallas cowboys select CB Gareon Conley of Ohio State

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With the 29th pick in the 2017 OM Draft.....The Green Bay Packers select.......

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

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STRENGTHS Uses choppy feet and compact stride length downhill. Keeps feet under him and is able to make lateral cuts at a moment's notice. Flourished in zone, gap and power schemes at FSU. At his best running wide while setting up lead blockers. Slows flowing safeties and linebackers with hesitation steps and glances back inside. Has run-away gear around the corner he keeps tucked away for special occasions. Darting style allows him to escape defenders who show gap commitment too soon. Plus vision. Quick to flow from first to second read on outside zone plays. Greedy redzone runner with ability to cash those checks. The brighter the lights, the bigger his game. Comfortable in both one-back and two-back groupings. Rare ability to cut it all the way back across the grain. Changes direction with degree of subtlety on second level without gearing down. Not much of a dancer. Tends to get hit it up the field. Feet in constant state of motion. Despite drops, can be dangerous out of backfield.

WEAKNESSES Not always a tough inside runner. Can be early to bounce it outside rather than plant and go downhill. Needs to become more comfortable between the tackles. Excellent vision to the perimeter becomes cloudier between the b-gaps. Will duck head and finish a run prematurely rather than probing for more interior space. Not always small through the crease. Flashes ability to finish with authority but makes business decisions at times. Hips not as fluid as expected. Would benefit from use of a hearty stiff-arm. Inconsistent hands in all phases. Ball security issues with 13 career fumbles. Suffers from focus drops out of backfield. Won't square-up on blitzers and may not be reliable enough as blocker to play on third downs.

SOURCES TELL US "Fumbles and arrests are a bad combination. He's got a lot of ability but he's got on the field problems with ball security and multiple arrests off of it. You have to decide if he will be responsible with more money and more time on his hands. If you have any doubts, just wait around for another running back because there will be plenty this year." - NFC executive

NFL COMPARISON Edgerrin James

BOTTOM LINE Very talented runner with outstanding balance, footwork and burst. Cook lacks the power that you may find with some running backs in this year's draft, but he is a homerun hitter with a resume featuring monster games against his most highly regarded opponents. Cook creates for himself with elusiveness and speed, but his value could be diminished by injuries, character and issues in pass protection. If everything checks out, he could become a rookie of the year candidate right away.

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With the 30th overall pick the San Francisco 49ers select Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina.



Strengths
Adequate height with good muscular definition. Built to withstand physical challenges of the position. Calm field general. Very good pocket mobility. Can slide around circumference of the pocket without having to drop his eyes from their task. When he leaves the pocket, looks to challenge with his arm before defaulting to his feet. Always in ready-to-rip throwing posture. Delivery is crisp and efficient. Locates safeties and reads their intentions immediately after the snap. Quick through his progressions and will double back to targets if his protection allows him time. Pocket mechanics and throwing motion are solid. Tough and competitive. Shows courage and poise in the pocket. Throws passes from balanced platforms and rarely defaults to an off-balance throw unnecessarily. Has all the arm you need. NFL call sheets will be wide open with Trubisky at the helm. Can dial up deep field-side outs with accuracy. Ball comes humming out of his hand when he needs to spike his velocity. Arm talent to whip a catchable throw from difficult angles to targets outside the numbers. Makes the standard "pitch and catch" throws with consistent accuracy. Ball usually comes out on time. His 62.1 completion percentage on intermediate throws easily outpaces the top quarterbacks in this draft. Possesses get-away quickness to avoid sudden pressure from a-gap blitzers with the speed to damage the defensive cause once he leaves the pocket.

Weaknesses
Almost 98 percent of his dropbacks came from shotgun. Will have to learn NFL footwork from under center which could take time. Benefits from offense loaded with RPOs (run-pass option) that pull linebackers forward and open easier throwing windows. Played in space-based passing attack that didn't often ask him to throw to tight windows in traffic. Arm slot will drop way down causing batted balls at line of scrimmage. Too willing to float balls rather than air-mailing them out of bounds when he's making a bail-out throw against pressure. Needs better drive accuracy between the hashes. Has a tendency to leave throws in hip pocket of moving targets. Inconsistent deep ball touch. Has touchdown opportunities he babies and invites defenders time to recover. Not always pocket aware. Hyper-focuses on shifting parts down the field and can be late to feel pressure collapsing the edges.

Bottom Line
Trubisky is a high-end quarterback prospect who possesses NFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he's a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFL defensive coordinators off. He hasn't put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great.

(Can't honestly believe he lasted this long. He was a reach in the top ten, but damn, you guys nearly let him out of the 1st altogether.)
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With the 31st pick, the Atlanta Falcons select...

T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
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With the 32nd pick in the draft, the New Orleans Saints are happy to select Tre'Davious White, CB LSU. We have had issues at corner for awhile now, from the Brandon Browner disaster to last year's group being completely snakebite by injury. We have hope PJ Williams can come back from his injury riddled rookie year and Delvin Breaux is a solid player, but there are tons of questions and "ifs" at this position. White adds excellent feet, instincts,ability to cover 1 on 1 in man coverage, and ability to read and match and jump patterns. He's has a lot of experience and a good work ethic. We think he also has the ability to play both outside and inside and his punt return ability is a bonus. This is a big shot in the arm for our secondary.



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Old 03-17-2017, 08:58 AM   #34
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WITH THE 33RD OVERALL SELECTION IN THE 2017 NFL DRAFT,

THE CINCINNATI BENGALS SELECT:


DE/DT MALIK MCDOWELL, MICHIGAN STATE






The Cincinnati Bengals are pleased to acquire their second highest rated D-lineman in this entire draft.


Game Tape:

Notre Dame (2016): Playing RDT. Lining up over Quentin Nelson. Guy is quick, on the same play, at almost the same time, shot inside the RG while putting a swim move on the pulling LG and then chased down the RB to make the tackle down the field. Pretty good bull rush on Nelson. Guy is really athletic, lined up at LDT, kind of jumped back and redirected on the snap to go around the LT, who had combo’d inside, to stuff the run. Eye opening athleticism so far. He’s playing as a legit DT, even at NT at times, and he’s really good, really strong and stout. Great at stack and shed, a force against the run. Holy crap, just dipped and bent the arc on a legit pass rush from a 5 Tech, beat McGlinchey for the sack. Wow. Flashed a spin move. Great effort, good with hand fighting, solid swim move. Relentless player. Quickness is elite, can seemingly just bounce from gap to gap in a second. Looks really good at 5 tech when he’s lined up there, can beat OTs wide and inside off his spin. Also looks great lined up at DT where he’s too quick and strong for the OGs. He beat everyone all game long. High 1st round tape here.

Wisconsin (2016): Playing RDT. I get a kick out of it when he swims over multiple guys on the same play. Lined up at RDE, looped back into A gap for a big hit on QB. Dude is really athletic for his size. Having some good battles, goes hard every play, has to beat a fair amount of double teams. Good job getting hands up. Has a nice burst when coming off the edge, could probably play 43 DE. Has had a few snaps against Ramczyk, got pressure once, but Ramczyk holding his own. Does a great job flowing down the line to stuff the run. Lateral agility, including when he bounces around to different gaps, is elite. Lined up at 5 tech, sliced inside RG and dipped under his block attempt for a pressure. Has really good athleticism while moving at full speed. Really nice inside spin against the OG. Beat Ramczyk around the edge for a pressure, burst when lined up out wide is real. Bull rush was hit or miss for most of the game, the RG in particular, SO Beau Benzschawel, was able to handle it pretty well. Commanded a lot of double teams, which he beat a fair amount of the time, and got chipped a lot when outside. Was good tape. Has some similarities to Joey Bosa in that when they are operating in space, they are lethal and can seemingly go in any direction. I’d probably put him at 5 tech or 43 DE and slide him inside on nickel.

Indiana (2016): Playing RDT. Dude is so aggressive and violent, just fought his way through the RG to stuff the run. Stack and shed on the RG this time, run still stuffed. And…once again. They aren’t going to be able to run up the middle against him. Shot gap between RG and RT for a pressure. Blew through the RG again to help stuff the run. Powering through RG and OC gap for a pressure. Fought through the TE and RT for a pressure on QB. Near sack from 5 Tech LE, just beat the RT and QB barely got it away. Crazy agility for a big guy, can side step from over the OG to outside the OT in a second and then redirect forward. Spin move on the OG, stuffed the run. Very sudden burst off the snap. Stack and shed on OG, violent tackle on RB. Stack and shed on LG, about broke the RB in half. Stack and shed on RG again, RB stuffed again. For like the fifth time. Getting doubled now, all that’s doing is letting him shove two guys into the hole and clog it up. Ejected for a huge hit on the QB late. Overall, absolutely dominating DT with ridiculous athleticism and power. Would be lethal as a 5 tech DE. Has the athleticism and ability to bend the arc to play 43 DE. Is a relentless bull at DT. One of the best players in this draft. 1st Round all day long.


Selection Analysis:

This is one of the better D-line prospects I've seen. Every year there seems to be one guy that I've never heard of that just really jumps off the tape, this year it is McDowell. Not quite as quick twitch as Nkemdiche, but close, and not quite as hulkish powerful as Chris Jones, though close, but he's a lot more powerful than Nkemdiche and a lot more quick twitch and explosive than Chris Jones. Overall, I think he's better than both as a complete DT, and that's meant as super high praise. Is a prototype at 5 tech because he can literally bend the arc at 300 lbs, you never see a guy that big that can flatten out and dip around OTs. He's also very powerful and is difficult to move inside. Can do a lot with this guy. Cincinnati could slim him down to 280-285 and play him at DE, he would be a monster, or they can keep him around 295-300 and play him inside as the eventual successor to Geno Atkins at 3 tech. He has the length, size, and athleticism Cincinnati covets. Cincinnati had him ranked as the #7 Overall player in this entire draft.


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I've seen some criticism about his motor running hot and cold. I didn't see it on tape, but that's common criticism for most D-linemen. It did not stand out to me. I just saw a guy that took over games with incredible athleticism and power, played very violent, sometimes too violent, and with a ton of passion. I'll take that all day long.
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With the 34th pick the Arizona Cardinals Select:

Deshone Kizer QB, Notre Dame



Might have had a bad combine but he makes EVERY throw and he can stand to learn behind Carson Palmer who funnily enough is who he compares to according to Brugler.

Kelly did him no favors with his play calling thus the low Completion %. KIZER, not those other guys, is the BEST QB in this class, easily.

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STRENGTHS: Looks the part with the desired height and developed build. Above average arm strength with easy velocity to make every NFL throw. Comfortable downfield passer, delivering with proper touch and trajectory. Efficient set-up with an elevated, natural release. Loose athlete with functional movements within the pocket to shuffle, slide and easily shift his weight. Veteran pocket movements and poise, keeping his vision downfield. Not a twitchy mover, but nimble for his size with the mobility to beat defenders with his open-field quickness. Understands ball placement and not intimidated by tight windows, throwing passes through the keyhole. Highly intelligent both on and off the field with the horizontal and vertical vision to make whole field reads. Asked to digest a complex playbook at Notre Dame, including pre-snap checks, protections and reads. Feels the blitz well and often has an escape plan, whether running or throwing it away. Stands tall in the pocket with the durability to take punishment, whether in the pocket or when scrambling. Wired right for the NFL with the mature work habits and unselfish attitude that NFL coaches are seeking.WEAKNESSES: Internal clock lacks sophistication, holding the ball too long and appearing gun shy at times from the pocket. Too many late throws on his resume tape and would greatly benefit from speeding up his process a half second. Wide throwing base, stemming from his background as a baseball pitcher throwing off the mound. Bad habit of relying on pre-snap reads and staring down intended target, leading to poor decisions. Ball placement tends to waver, especially on the move when unable to rely on set-up mechanics. Consistency declined throughout the 2016 season and received questionable support from the head coach, causing his confidence to waver. Durable body type, but willingness to finish runs through contact leads to potential injuries. Ball security needs addressed with 13 career fumbles.
COMPARES TO: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals: Though he has a long way to go to justify the comparison to a former No. 1 overall pick and three-time Pro Bowler, Kizer possesses the physical attributes and mental toughness scouts look for in a franchise quarterback, reminding of a young Palmer. Some forget that prior to a breakout Heisman-winning redshirt senior season in 2002, Palmer struggled with consistency, himself, tossing an identical 39 touchdowns and 39 interceptions before the light came on.
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With the #35 pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Evan Engram, WR/TE, Ole Miss.



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Bears Select - WR - John Ross - Washington




Strengths:
Extremely fast
Deep-threat receiver
First-step quickness
Explosive
Superb at getting separation
Second-gear speed
Sudden
Adjusts well to the ball
Tracks the ball extremely well
Fast in and out of breaks
Natural route-runner
Above-average run-after-the-catch skills
Excellent balance
Good vision

Weaknesses:
Lacks height
Lacks length
Could struggle to win 50-50 passes against NFL corners
Could have issues getting off jam from big corners


Summary: Ross was one of the breakout play-makers in college football during 2016 and was a huge point-producer to help lead Washington to a Pac-12 Championship and a berth in the college football playoff. The 2017 NFL Draft isn't especially strong at wide receiver, so Ross is in the running to be the first wideout selected.

Entering the 2016 season, Ross wasn't a highly touted prospect as he didn't turn in big production as a sophomore (17-371-4) or freshman (16-208-1). Ross quickly emerged during 2016, however, as the Huskies' No. 1 receiver for quarterback Jake Browning, and they took the Pac-12 by storm. Ross had 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year. He was a consistent source of big plays for Washington.

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With the 38th selection in the 2017 OM Mock Draft, via PM, PRBronco and the LA Chargers select OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin. He'll be on in the morning to tell you all about him.

ZONA has missed his pick, and may select at any time.

Socalorado and the Seattle Seahawks are now on the clock.
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With the 39th pick via Old Dude (NYJ), the Seattle Seahawks select Dan Feeney G, Indiana

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In 46 career games, totaling 3,355 snaps, Indiana RG Dan Feeney allowed just 2 sacks.
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With the 40th pick in the NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers are excited to select : JARRAD DAVIS, LB from the University of Florida

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The Gators collectively held their breath in October 2016, as Davis was taken off the field with a left leg injury. He attempted to play through that injury, but suffered another a couple of weeks later and had to sit out three games and most of a fourth. League coaches appreciated his leadership and production (60 tackles, six for loss, four pass breakups) enough to vote him second-team All-SEC, however. Davis built a reputation in his first three years, stepping in right away as a true freshman to play in every game (one start, 24 tackles, two for loss) and earn the team's Most Valuable Player on special teams. He was a key reserve in 2014, as well, before missing the last three games with an injury (23 tackles, one for loss.) Finally getting a chance to start as a junior, Davis didn't disappoint with 98 tackles, 11 for loss, 3.5 sacks and four pass breakups.

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STRENGTHS Angular build with long limbs and a shredded physique. Excellent flexibility throughout his trunk. Can twist and turn to slither into gaps. Plus acceleration to chase all over the field. Scouts say coaches are effusive in their praise of his leadership, work ethic and character. Can be rude to company. Erupts from coiled hips with a jarring pop under the pads of oncoming blockers. Runs downhill with choppy steps in balanced, tackle-ready position. Effective in spy role with athleticism to mirror mobile quarterbacks. Has closing burst that could become a weapon as a blitzer. Wrap-up tackler with strong finishing rate. Improved his discipline pursuing to the sideline. Did a better job of leveraging running backs against the boundary. Forceful redirect of tight ends out of their routes. Good peripheral helps him spot crossing routes without having to drop eyes from the quarterback. Has athletic tools to become better in coverage.

WEAKNESSES Downhill routes to the ball can be problematic. Will step too far downhill and get trapped in traffic on counters or bounces to the perimeter. Needs to play with more consistent technique and positioning to properly leverage his gaps against gap plays. Lateral scrapes sometimes lack patience forcing him to overrun run fits and open cutback lanes. Sometimes prioritizes attacking blockers too high. Has to get better at seeing and working past the blocker and toward the runner rather than issuing so many physical challenges that get him behind in pursuit. Could improve with greater stick-and-move hand work to keep himself clean. Struggles to free himself when snatched by blocker. Average instincts create inefficiency with early, post-snap movement.

SOURCES TELL US "He's good. I don't care about some of those holes you are talking about. Kill him so maybe somebody will listen to you and he can fall to us. We'll take him." -- AFC executive

NFL COMPARISON Shaq Thompson

BOTTOM LINE Praised for both his football and personal character, Davis has athletic gifts to go along with the character traits teams are looking for. His ability to cover ground, operate with loose hips in space, and finish his tackles make him a draft favorite for some teams. While it is easy to fall in love with the traits and potential, Will have to take better routes to the ball and learn to keep himself clean against blocks. Should be able to compete for an early starting job as a 4-3 outside backer.



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With the 38th selection in the 2017 OM Mock Draft, via PM, PRBronco and the LA Chargers select OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin. He'll be on in the morning to tell you all about him.

ZONA has missed his pick, and may select at any time.

Socalorado and the Seattle Seahawks are now on the clock.
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With the 38th pick in the 2017 Orangemane Mock Draft, the Chargers select:

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin



STRENGTHS Fires out of stance with pads tucked under bent knees. Accelerates into target. Punch and extend drive blocker with hip flip to lock in leverage. Pushes with flat back and duck-footed follow through to sustain and walk defender off his mark. Technician who has been taught the fundamentals. Good tape in both power and zone plays. Athletic, easy mover. Balance and body control are building blocks of his play. Initial footwork in run game is impressive. Urgent quickness in reach blocks and can get there most of the time. Smooth pass slides with hands that are always punch ready. Hands land with flat feet, great accuracy, force and timing. Keeps his chin tucked and back flat. Utilizes stiff inside hand to protect against spin moves. Keeps punch tucked near sides and his arms become door braces. Can re-set his hands if long-arm defenders get into his frame. In constant state of mirroring rusher and rarely breaks down early to lunge or lean around the edge. Excellent awareness against twists and blitzes.

SOURCES TELL US "He's really athletic and he's really smart. There are a lot of Wisconsin linemen who start in the league because they learn an NFL system and they are taught the right way. He played against Arden Key, Sam Hubbard and Taco Charlton. This guy is battle tested against three future first rounders." - NFC midwest scout

MY TAKE I've been trying to get a new OT for the Chargers for years now (I don't know why they haven't been trying...). This guy has a few flags that make him my 3rd ranked OT (lack of starting experience, questions about love of the game, hip surgery) but he's still ranked the #1 tackle by a lot of the big media folks, and I'm thrilled to sneak him in the second round. Ideally he'll let the Chargers move Okung to the right side, and launch Joe Barksdale into the sun (or inside to guard, whichever works out better).

And yes, I laughed at the scout quote about going against Taco Charlton because I remember the quote around here about him driving by Mexican restaurants...
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With the 41st pick in the 2017 Orangemane Mock Draft, the Cleveland Browns select: Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech


The Browns need to continue to add depth and potential to their QB stable. I thought Kesler played alright last year and I really don't like many of the QBs in this draft. I'm taking Mahomes as a MASSIVE potential superstar. Let Jackson work with him and develop him. This is a project pick for sure, but I just like his demeanor.

If you're a quarterback in Texas running the spread attack that is prevalent throughout the state, playing for Texas Tech is a natural fit. The son of the former major league pitcher of the same name has a big-league arm, and used it quite a bit in high school (4,619 yards, 50 TDs as a senior) and more than anyone else in college football the past two seasons. Mahomes began his career by starting the Red Raiders' final four games his true freshman year (1,547 yards, 16 TDs, four INTs, 56.8 completion percentage), one of those games being a 598-yard, six-touchdown effort against a top-10 team in Baylor. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 notice for the second straight year in 2015, starting every game and leading the FBS with 393 yards of total offense per game (4,653 yards, 36 TDs, 15 INTs, 63.5 completion pct). Mahomes was a second-team all-conference pick in his final year with Tech in 2016, leading the FBS with 421 passing yards per game (5,052 total, 41 TDs, 10 INTs, 65.7 completion pct). He's also been a threat with his big-bodied frame and strong legs the past three years, scoring 22 times on the ground.
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STRENGTHS Possesses NFL body type for work inside and out of the pocket. Has an undeniable swagger and confidence to his game. Accuracy has improved in each season since his freshman year. Naturally accurate in his every day throws. Comfortable challenging defenders in space. Has arm strength and fearlessness to attack the cover-2 voids down the sideline. Can make deep, field side throws. Cranks up velocity to fit passes into tight windows. Former pitcher who propels hips through his release with aggressive torque and never gets cheated on his follow-through. Can deliver strikes from a variety of arm angles. Expedites release on RPOs (run-pass option) or when pressure is mounting in pocket. Puts effort into play-action fakes. Relaxed and effective when throwing on the move. Can be a legitimate dual-threat in a boot-action offense. Improved his eye manipulation over the years and will eyeball linebackers to hold them while patterns unfold around them. Has pocket mobility to escape pressure and the poise to extend plays and find alternate targets. Hands are very strong. Can pump and reset without issues. Competes as a runner and is willing to go the extra mile for the first down.
WEAKNESSES Can be inconsistent in his approach. Needs to play inside the offense and show more discipline. Too eager to go big game hunting. Ravenous appetite for the explosive play can also bring unwanted trouble. Willingness to default to playground style appears to limit his ability to get into a consistent rhythm. Needs to improve anticipatory reads and learn to take what the defense gives him. Decision making can go from good to bad in a moment's notice. Operates from a narrow base and allows his upper body and arm to race ahead of his feet. Has a dip and wind-up in his standard release. Explosive delivery and follow-through causes some throws to sail. Needs better touch on intermediate and deep balls. Carries ball a little low in the pocket. Impatient. Will leave pocket prematurely rather than standing in and winning in rhythm. Better as a scrambler than pure runner. Looked a little less mobile in the open field this season.
SOURCES TELL US "He's got a great arm, big balls and he's mobile. He is going to drive his head coach crazy for the first couple of years and there is no getting around that. If it clicks for him and he's coachable, I think he could become a special quarterback." - NFC executive
NFL COMPARISON Jay Cutler
BOTTOM LINE Mahomes is a big, confident quarterback who brings a variety of physical tools to the party, but he's developed some bad habits and doesn't have a very repeatable process as a passer. Mahomes' ability to improvise and extend plays can lead to big plays for his offense, but he will have to prove he can operate with better anticipation and be willing to take what the defense gives him in order to win from the pocket. Mahomes will be a work in progress, but he's a high ceiling, low floor prospect.

Pick made at 11:40am CTZ.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:42 AM   #43
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With the 42nd pick, the New Orleans Saints are happy to select Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt.




The Saints have had a lot of issues at the LB position. They currently run a 4-2-5 most of the time and need fast, athletic LBs. Stephone Anthony had a terrible sophomore campaign and has issues with play diagnosis and instincts last year at Mike and he was moved to Sam, where due to the scheme, he didn't see much time due to the dearth of 3 LB alignments. His future is uncertain.


New Orleans had a nice surprise from journeyman Craig Robertson who played well at both WLB when the oft injured and aging Danelle Ellerbe went down and also at MLB. New Orleans signed AJ Klein from Carolina to play Mike, although his deal is really just a 2 year, 10 million deal if you look at the structure of it.

We feel Zach Cunningham is a perfect fit at Will as the long term replacement for Ellerbe. He can be protected there to fly around and make plays chasing down ball carriers in pursuit with his speed and burst He has excellent instincts and also is a good pass defender which we really need at the LB spot. This will allow for Robertsoj to be used as a utility man where ever he can be plugged in (as he's still a one year wonder) and he will probably compete with Klein at the MLB spot.

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With the somewhat delayed 37th pick, the L.A. Rams select CB Quincy Wilson of Florida.



STRENGTHS

Prototypical size for cornerback or safety spot. Big and physical. Very competitive. Willing to accept challenge of taking on a team's top wideout. Uses play strength to overcome some athletic and speed deficiencies. Can maul receivers off line of scrimmage and eliminate them from a route if they don't get clean release against his press. Plus anticipation in coverage. Makes quick reads on in-breaking routes and attacks in front of the route. Finished career with six interceptions. Responsive to play-action keys. Good feel for when to step downhill as tackler. Plays off perimeter blocks quickly. Willing to stick his nose in as a tackler. Willing to be the hammer and not just the nail when it comes to challenging running backs.

WEAKNESSES

Hips and feet can be exceedingly sticky in his transitions. Will fight his feet a little in his backpedal and shuffle. Footwork average in space. When feet fail him, he opts to use his hands. Could see spike in illegal contact and holding penalties if asked to play corner early in career. Reliant upon strength and grit in man coverage over speed and athleticism. Plays too tall which hinders click-and-close burst. Allows too much separation against complex routes. Below average reactive athleticism for the position and will struggle to carry long speed.

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"He may not be that clean with his coverage but I would rather go to war with him over (Teez) Tabor any day. He's big and he's tough. Tabor has more talent but Wilson just has to find the right spot because he's got the mindset to be a pro player." -- AFC executive

NFL COMPARISON Tre' Boston

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A nice combination of need and value for the Rams here. May end up moving to Safety but in an aggressive D like Wade Phillips' he'll be allowed to play physical with the WR which should suit him at CB.

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Old 03-18-2017, 08:31 PM   #45
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With the 43d pick, acquired from Philadephia, the NY Jets select Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA.




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Player Overview
NFL teams are always in search of explosive edge rushers and they simply do not come much more athletic than McKinley, a former high school track standout who evolved into the most feared pass rusher in the Pac-12 in 2016.

McKinley flashed a year earlier, tying for third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks among his 35 tackles but often drew favorable opportunities with UCLA's talented defensive tackles Kenny Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes (among others) drawing the bulk of opponents' attention. He became the top priority as a senior, however, registering career-highs in tackles (61), tackles for loss (18), sacks (10) and forced fumbles (three) over the regular season, dominating opponents with an explosive initial burst, bend off the corner and a relentless motor that projects very well to an increasingly pass-happy NFL.


Academics forced McKinley to take the junior college route out of high school and he earned first team all-conference honors with 33 tackles, including 18 for loss and 10 sacks in his only year at Contra Costa College. He did not officially join the UCLA program until the fourth game of the 2014 season, recording six tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in limited duty over 10 games. With only one standout season and a lack of ideal height, McKinley comes with red flags. His breakout 2016 campaign, however, gives "Takk" momentum that if built upon at the Senior Bowl and in post-season workouts, could vault McKinley into the first round conversation.



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STRENGTHS: Twitched-up athlete with the burst off the ball to blow past offensive tackles as a speed rusher, as well as the disproportionately long arms to keep blockers from grabbing hold of him. Terrific balance and bend to dip under the reach of blockers and scrape the corner. Fluid change of direction, allowing him to project nicely as an edge rusher, spy on the quarterback or when dropping into coverage. Anticipates cut blocks and pulling guards, showing excellent body control to spin free from contact while keeping track of the ball. Good vision and motor for pursuit, often running 15+ yards downfield to get in on tackles even after initially rushing upfield. Active hands to slip blocks even when his initial speed rush is contained, incorporating swim and rip moves frequently. Shows good hand-eye coordination to slap away the ball from unsuspecting quarterbacks while still being blocked, as well as the explosiveness and timing to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. May just be scratching the surface of his athletic potential. Recorded a 10.58 second 100 meters in his first year of running track during high school.

WEAKNESSES: Stronger than he looks but lacks the bulk and power to hold up as a full-time defensive end in the NFL. Lacks the frame to add much weight, possessing a tapered frame, including narrow hips and relatively thin legs. Limited leg drive as a bull rusher and can get tied up by tight ends an even fullbacks who hit him square. Allows his pad level to rise as he tires and gets too far over his skis, at times, making him off-balance and too easily knocked off his feet. Could use to gain greater upper body strength as too often runners are able to break through his arm tackles.


IN OUR VIEW: McKinley possesses the burst, bend, long arms, motor and experience rushing out of two-point (standing) and three-point (hand in the dirt) stances to earn a high draft pick and provide an immediate impact as an edge rusher. He is more agile than powerful, however, and could prove a liability against the run when opponents are able to latch onto him.


COMPARES TO: Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans: After a couple of relatively ho-hum seasons at Illinois, Mercilus rode a splashy junior campaign (22.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and nine forced fumbles) into the No. 26 overall pick in the 2012 draft. McKinley has enjoyed a similar sharp ascent up draft boards, projecting as an impact edge rusher due to his initial burst, bend and tenacity.


Rationale: The Jets defense ranked #9 in terms of passing plays faced, but a dismal #30 in sacks. McKinley is a relentless player from the edge who ought to light a fire under last year's first rounder, Darron Lee.

But for the shoulder surgery, I think he'd be long gone by #43.




The Buffalo Bills are now on the clock.

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Buffalo Bills select Chidobe Awuzie

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smooth, polished CB who has played all over the defensive backfield and a little LB. Can step in and start immediately and can move inside to play slot CB in subpackages.

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With the 45th pick in the 2017 OM Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers proudly select:

Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina




Measurables:
Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 201 lbs.
Arm: 32.5"
Hand: 9.00"
40 yard dash: 4.45
3-cone: 6.79
Short shuttle: 4.01
Vertical jump: 36.5"
Broad jump: 11'01"
225-lb bench: 15 reps

Prospect analysis from NFL.com:
Strengths: All-time FBS receptions leader. Hands catcher outside the hashes and snatches it away from his frame. Swallows ball into his frame to protect it when working over the middle. Tape shows a willingness to run head-first into traffic and make the tough catch when hit is imminent. Can win all day when it comes to finishing catches at the high point. Extremely driven to succeed. Plays with good focus and footwork on catches near the sideline. Has experience working from outside and the slot. Returned kicks as a junior. Has posted impressive numbers in Pirates' strength-and-conditioning program. Well respected in the program and scouts rave about his character. Father, Robert, was a Super Bowl winner with Dallas Cowboys.

Weaknesses: Play speed is very average. Lacks vertical push to force cornerbacks to open and run early and doesn't have second gear to separate from coverage down the field. Thin frame. Struggles to find clean releases against press coverage due to play strength and foot quickness. High-volume production helped by high percentage of short throws and wide receiver screens. Sticky out of breaks and unable to shake tight coverage. Limited amount of burst and wiggle after the catch and won't create much more than is there. Not overly-committed as a run blocker.

Bottom Line: Possesses high football character and a desire to push himself forward. Record-breaking receptions totals in 2016 were due more to scheme and excessive targets than separation ability or top-end speed. As a one-on-one receiver on the pro level, he will have to prove he has the speed and quickness to uncover against man coverage if he is to become more than just wide receiver depth.

BowlenBall's rationale for the pick:
One of the cleanest prospects on my board, Jones received full marks from me in both measurables (he was above NFL average in all categories except weight) and intangibles, and also had excellent production for his career. His performance at both the Senior Bowl and at the Combine further confirmed that he wasn't just a product of the system, but a fully-developed, NFL-ready wide receiver who should come in and start as our slot receiver, and eventually move out wide as our WR2. While his ceiling isn't as high as Mike Williams or Corey Davis, his floor is well above any receiver in the draft, IMO. Wide receiver isn't one of the Steelers top 3 needs in 2017, but Jones was simply too safe of a pick for me to pass up here.



Pick made at:
6:42 a.m. Abu Dhabi
10: 42 p.m. New York
9:42 p.m. Chicago
8:42 p.m. Denver
7:42 p.m. Los Angeles
6:42 p.m. Soldotna

The Indianapolis Colts and Mediator12 are now on the clock....

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With the 46th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts select:

Sidney Jones CB Washington
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With the 47th pick in the 2017 Orange Mane Mock Draft, the Baltimore Ravens make the most obvious selection in Orange Mane Mock Draft history....


Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma



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Over the past three years, Mixon's off-field issues have overshadowed his on-field accomplishments. Named the No. 1 running back recruit in the country by some services, Mixon expected to make an instant impact. He ran afoul of the law in July 2014, however, by punching a female student after she shoved him. Mixon was suspended for the season, and more than two years later video of the incident was released, forcing him to publically apologize. Mixon was also suspended for one game this fall for disrespecting a parking attendant after receiving a ticket. He did receive first-team All-Big 12 honors for his on-field play, rushing for 1,274 yards, averaging nearly seven yards per rush with 10 touchdowns. He also ranked in the top five nationally with 194 all-purpose yards per game (37-538, 5 TDs receiving; 494 yards, TD on kick returns). In 2015, Mixon came on the scene as a rusher (753 yards, seven TD) and receiver (28-356, four TDs).

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STRENGTHS Outstanding burst to go from first level to third level. Goes from glide to burst quickly and can hit chunk plays between tackles and around corners. Can go from elusive to banger when he needs to. Will drop the pads and drive through tacklers in short yardage spots. Flashy feet for his size. Can jump-cut around defenders in tight quarters. Smooth hips help him swivel around the second and third levels. Able to show and go leaving linebackers diving as he escapes out of the side door. Strong stiff-arm helps would-be tacklers catch grass stains. Can turn the corner and create a straightaway to the end zone. Was Big 12 leader in percentage of explosive carries (15-plus yards) at 11.9 percent. True three-down back. Devastating pass catching option. Excellent route runner creating immediate separation. Soft hands to make the easy catch and the one-hander. Will step in and square up his blocking responsibilities in pass game.

WEAKNESSES Some in scouting community concerned with character beyond his domestic violence incident. Inconsistent as inside runner. Can be too patient at times. Looks for wide-open points of entry before he hits the gas. Can be nonchalant approaching line of scrimmage. Dances downhill allowing running lanes to become creases. Feet lag behind when headed into congestion and will get loose with his rush track inviting tacklers a chance to get a hand on him. Lacks creativity in initial stages of his run at times. Vision is just average. Fails to see backside cuts developing on stretch plays. Hops into his downhill cuts rather than a crisp plant-and-go.
SOURCES TELL US "I'm not going to talk about any character issue because every team has to go through and make their own decisions. As a player, he can play all three downs but he's not going to create for himself like Fournette or Cook. But he can also have an impact on the passing game that they can't have. I see him as a top-40 player. Obviously, he won't go there." -- NFC North area scout
NFL COMPARISON Le'Veon Bell
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With the 48th pick in the 2017 NFL draft the Minnesota Vikings select

Ju Ju Smith Schuster WR USC

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