Niners Recap: Niners VS Chiefs

By Niner Faithful

Football is back!!!!! This means that I can start breaking down players. In this week’s blog I am going over the Niners 2017 Preseason opener a 27-17 come from behind victory vs. the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Rashard Robinson: After getting burned on the first play from scrimmage and missing a tackle on 3rd down that allowed the Chiefs to convert. Robinson recovered nicely on the next drive coming up with a nice 1 on 1 run stop. He also stood out on the next play taking advantage of the pressure that first round pick Solomon Thomas applied and picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards to set up the Niners offense in nice field position.

Solomon Thomas: In his first game action the 3rd overall pick had 20 rush snaps (9 from the edge 8 over tackle and 3 from inside) and produced 1 QB hit, 2 QB hurries and pressured a QB in to a pick. In 7 run snaps he had 2 run stops and 2 tackles. Now some of that production did come against guys that in a week will be driving UPS trucks, but to say that I wasn’t excited at what I saw would be a lie. I think you could see some flashes already and he’s only going to get better.

Reuben Foster: The Niners second of two first round picks this year didn’t disappoint. He played 27 defensive snaps and was credited with 2 tackles and a PBU. He was around the ball all game long. Even almost picking off a ball in the end zone.  He played both the Will and Mike linebacker and had 1 special teams snap showing he will do whatever it takes to be on the field.

Matt Barkley: Matt Barkley took over for Brain Hoyer after the started went 3 and out on their first 2 series. He played 35 snaps going 10/17 168 yards and no TD he was sacked once and had a QBR of 92.3. He moved the offense nicely between the 2o’s but was unable to put it in the end zone on two occasions. He’s experience may have helped him be the number 2 thus far but with CJ Beathard’s strong game it will take more than that.

CJ Beathard: Speaking of CJ Beathard the 3 round pick out of Iowa started off slow with he’s first 3 drives ending in punts. You could tell he was nervous, but as the game progressed you could see that he became more and more comfortable. Beathard got the most snaps out of any of the Quarterbacks at 41(Hoyer got 7 and Barkly got 35). And with the Niners down 17-9 he lead a 5 play 67 yard TD drive that ended when Beathard side stepped pressure and found Kendrick Bourne wide open after the corner in coverage  fell down.  The 2 connected again on the 2 point conversion to tie the game. Beathard lead two more scoring drives to complete the come back and end his day going  7/11 for 101 yards 2 TDs he was sacked twice and had a 133.0 QBR. I look forward to seeing how Beathard progresses this week. There are so many other things that I could get into but I that these were some of the most important.

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NFL 2017-2018 Preseason Schedule

 

By: Will Stevenson

Can you feel it? Just imagine the droughts and sounds of the NFL season. Two-a-days, minicamps, veteran camps, seven on seven drills, torn acl’s, Non-contact injuries, position battles, and most importantly: Expert analysis of guys in shorts.

There are countless things that could irritate a football fan, but actual football isn’t one of them. So between now and the first preseason game, we have months to comb through every team, transaction and predict who will do what when the season rolls around. It will be exciting to see how the top drafted rookie quarterbacks find their footing on teams that made the playoffs last season: Chiefs and Texans. We all know how the preseason goes: Stars play in one or two games for a few series, then the backups. I also have an interest in fringe plays attempting to made rosters within the new safety guidelines for special teams.

So let us take a look at the preseason schedule. The competition will be early as starters make their way off the field after a few possessions, but don’t let that deter you from consuming the whole game. Position battles, overall team health, sheer talent, and a basic understanding of the team’s philosophy will be on display. So it’s not the Pro Bowl, but it’s damn near close for those first few series.

Not need to worry. Football is own it’s way, and it starts with the Hall of Fame Game on August 3rd with the Cowboys and the Cardinals.

 

 

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – AUGUST 3
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Wed Aug. 9 Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 11 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00 PM (CT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 6:00 PM (PT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1:30 PM (ET) 1:30 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 17 Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
Friday Aug. 18 Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans 2:00 PM (CT) 3:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New York Jets at Detroit Lions 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:00 PM (ET) 4:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
Monday Aug. 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 24 Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 24 Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 25 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM (CT) 1:00 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 4:30 PM (ET) 4:30 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Thurs Aug. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 PM (CT) 8:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM

Big win for the Redskins as Jonathan Allen Drops to #17

By John Moore


Jonathan Allen Drops to #17, Big win for the Redskins

As a die-hard Redskins fan, I never thought (prayed) that Jonathan Allen would fall as far back in the draft like he did. I wanted him last year when he declared for the 2016 draft but later went back to finish college.  The arrival of Allen is a sweet homecoming for the former Crimson Tide who grew up playing High School football just five miles from Redskins Park in Ashburn, and was also a Redskins fan. He admitted that when the Redskins appeared on the board to pick, he was hoping that Washington would be the one to get him on the stage with a No. 1 jersey.

Allen isn’t the rusher who screams off the edge, but he is a pass rush threat due to his powerful hands, giving himself opportunities while reading the ball. The Alabama starter played in a 3-4 base defense and lined up all over the line. Playing mainly as a base end before pushing inside on passing downs. He turns speed to power with body control and contact stability while also showing the ability to cut through gaps and beat blockers. Similar to how the Seattle Seahawks use Michael Bennett. Allen is one of the most talented prospects in the 2017 draft class and deserved a top-three overall consideration.

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The Redskins dealt with defensive struggles that last two seasons. The unit ranked 28th in 2016, allowing 378 yards per game. It struggled against the run (24th) and the pass (25th). Allen’s selection represents a concrete step forward within the team. They have taken a step in the right direction with this pick. Allen will be paired with the two free agent defensive tackles the Redskins signed during free agency, Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee, which was a total overhaul of the defensive line, don’t forget Zach Brown as well. To be able to see Allen line up with Kerrigan, Brown, McClain and, if healthy, Galette on the line and Breeland, Norman, Cravens and Swearinger in the backfield, I believe this is a big improvement on defense that fans have been asking for, for years.

Now that he’s in the NFL, Allen hopes to create his own legacy, but he’ll closely watch some of the top players to see how they attack opponents. Notably Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. “For me, my motivation is to prove why the Redskins were right and smart for drafting me,” Allen said. “That’s going to be my motivation. So, I mean, it’s definitely going to sit in the back of my mind, but I have a job and I have a business to do, and that’s what I’m going to do.” Jonathan Allen will be wearing the #95 this coming season.

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AFC South Grades

By Tim Couch Jr.

The days we’ve been waiting for all off season has come and gone. We sat in front of the television, everybody waiting until their teams picked. Either you liked the pick or you didn’t. Its all about did they fill their needs.

Jaguars

Needs: OL, TE, RB, DL, QB

1st round pick 4: Leonard Fournette; Running Back Louisiana State University A+

2nd Round pick 34: (From Seahawks through 49ers) Cam Robinson Offense Tackle Alabama B+

3rd Round pick 68: Dawuane Smoot Defense End Illinois C+

4th round pick 110: Dede Westbrook Wide Receiver Oklahoma B-

5th round pick 148:  Blair Brown Line backer Ohio B

7th round pick 222: Jalen Myrick Corner Back Minnesota C-

7th round pick 240: (From Dolphins) Marquez Williams Full Back Miami (Ohio) B

Overall Grade: B

Texans

Needs: QB, OL, LB, S, CB

Round 1 pick 12: (From Browns through Eagles) Deshaun Watson Quarterback  Clemson A+

Round 2 pick 57: Zach Cunningham Line Backer Vanderbilt A

Round 3 pick 89: D’Onta Foreman Running Back Texas B

Round 4 pick 130: Julie’n Davenport Offensive Tackle Bucknell C+

Round 5 pick 142: Carlos Watkins Defensive Tackle Clemson C

Round 6 pick 169: Treston Decoud Safety Oregon State D

Round 7 pick 243: Kyle Fuller Center D

Overall Grade B+

Colts

Needs: OL, DL, RB, LB, CB

Round 1 pick  15: Malik Hooker Safety Ohio State A

Round 2 pick 46: Quincy Wilson Corner Back Florida A

Round 3 pick 80: Tarell Basham Defensive End Ohio B

Round 4 pick 137: Zach Banner Offensive Tackle  University Of Southern California B

Round 4 pick 143:  Marlon Mack Running Back  South Florida C

Round 4 pick 144:  Grover Stewart Defensive Tackle Albany St. (Georgia) D

Round 5 pick 158:  Nate Hairston Corner Back Temple D

Round 5 pick 161: (From 49ers through Redskins)  Anthony Walker Jr. Line Backer NorthWestern D

Overall Grade C-

Titans

Needs: CB, WR, LB, OL

Round 1 pick 5: (From Rams)  Corey Davis Wide Receiver Western Michigan B

Round 1 pick 18:  Adoree’ Jackson Corner Back University of Southern California A+

Round 3 pick 72: (From Patriots through Panthers)  Taywan Taylor Wide Receiver  Western Kentucky B

Round 3 pick  100:  Jonnu Smith Tight End Florida International C

Round 5 pick 155: (From Eagles)  Jayon Brown Line Backer  University of California Los Angeles B

Round 6 pick  217:  Corey Levin Offensive Line  Tennessee-Chattanooga D

Round 7 pick  227:  Josh Carraway Outside Line Backer Texas Christan University C

Round 7 pick  236:  Brad Seaton Offensive Tackle  Villanova D

Round 7 pick 241:  Khalfani Muhammad Running Back California C

 Overall Grade B-

AFC EAST Draft Grade 2017

By Billy Clemmons

We all know that giving draft grades on players that haven’t even played a down of football in the NFL is meaningless but we do it anyway for fun so here it goes.

New England Patriots: The Patriots only had four picks in this year’s draft trading away the first and second round picks for Brandon Cooks and Kony Ealy. New England didn’t have many holes to fill and had to wait until the 83rd overall pick pick to make their first selection. The Patriots took Youngstown State edge rusher Derek Rivers. He certainly was a productive player, recording 41 sacks over his collegiate career. They then drafted left tackle Antonio Garcia along with  Deatrich Wise Jr. and Conor McDermott. While none of these players are what you call stand out, they can be perfect fits for what Bill Belichick does and it’s what the Patriots as a whole do so well, turn no names into big names and who are we to question the reigning Superbowl champs?

B

Buffalo Bills: The Buffalo Bills fire their GM Doug Whaley just a day after the draft which goes to show they’re not sure about the direction this team is going.

The Bills traded down from 10 to 27 in Round 1, getting the No. 91st overall pick and a 2018 first round pick. They selected talented CB Tre’Davious White at 27, then used the No. 91 as part of a trade up for WR Zay Jones. The former is an outstanding coverage corner but not to the level of Marshon Lattimore, who was available at 10, but a starting caliber player. Jones essentially replaces Robert Woods, and he could be a good one.

Day 3 picks of note beyond that: G/T Dion Dawkins, who will have a chance to win a job in camp; and QB Nathan Peterman, who slid into Round 5 but could be groomed as a possible Tyrod Taylor replacement down the line.​  Matt Milano at No. 163 could be a steal so keep an eye out. Over all I think they had a decent draft but the firing of the GM might be cause for concern.

C+

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins seem to be the closest competition the Patriots have in that division. While Miami’s defense has been good at times, it can be better with more help from the offense. They chose to still load up on defense however. They selected Missouri DE Charles Harris NO. 22 overall, Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillen  in round 2 and Clemson DB Cordrea Tankersley in round 3 to to name a few. It was mostly a defensive draft, witch is surprising with a offensive minded coach in Adam Gase. I still think they lack the fire power needed to compete for the division but that defense should be fun to watch.

B-

New York Jets: Can Todd Bowles turn the corner with this franchise? I mean it’s a difficult situation at the quarterback position to come into. With the 6th overall pick the Jets selected LSU S Jamal Adams. They selected in the second round select another safety in the second round, Florida S Marcus Maye. I question the roster building logic behind taking two safeties in the first two rounds when there were other talented prospects in other areas of need. The Jets tried to trade up more than once on Day 2 of the draft. They made calls to inch up in the second round without any luck before taking Maye. Washington DB Kevin King would have been a logical target. I’m not even going any further from here my mind is made up, they have too many holes to fill to be loading up on one position.

C-

 

AFC WEST Draft Grades: My Scale Different

By Will Stevenson

I could filibuster about how I don’t pay much attention to the draft, but this isn’t about me. It’s about the pure fact that hope is in the NFL air. For the AFC West, last year was a witness to a surging Raiders squad, the familiar playoff squander by the Chiefs, the “you should’ve gotten a QB bro” Broncos, and the “down by 4 with 2 minutes to go and must go the length of the field with no timeouts” Chargers. With such a tight division, the draft is a way to sure up spots on the 53-man roster. The Chargers and Chiefs have aging quarterbacks, while the Raiders and Broncos have young possible stars. Hope, that’s all we want as fans, so let’s look back at the draft and see how these teams faired.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs pulled a Bears 2.0 by actually trading up to pick a quarterback Pat Mahomes, with their first round selection. I don’t know who will be first out the door: Andy Reid or Alex Smith. Smith’s days aren’t number like you would expect. Smith has been a steady quarterback with one of the best regular season win records over the past three seasons, but it is the playoffs where he stalls. Nobody sees the Chiefs nor Smith as elite, so drafting a QB isn’t a reach. He can wait in the wings (barring a Smith injury) while the Chiefs rack up 10 wins and learn from Smith and more than likely a new offense. The fear is the “Jesus Backup” will put pressure on Reid and the Chiefs from a fanbase and possible players that want to see change. With Jamaal Charles gone, the Chiefs added running backs in the draft which will bolster their running game as usual. The Chiefs, like the Broncos don’t have an issue with finding a running game through free agency, but the Chiefs are hoping for a diamond in the rough. With Derrick Johnson’s injury history and age, I felt they needed to look for some linebacker help, but I can’t hold it against them that much.

Chiefs Draft Grade: They did aight

Oakland Raiders:

I feel like Al Davis would be smiling up on the Raiders draft. They went for speed, talent, and even made 6 of their 9 selections on defense. Latavious Murray bolted in the offseason, leaving the running back position in flux so to speak. They selected Elijah Hood, running back from UNC, in the seventh round, so hopefully he’ll make the squad. The Raiders were a poor excuse for a defense last season, so going out to select defense was high on their draft board. The Raiders were able to tap in to every position that needed a youth boost through the draft, and that’s all a fan can ask for.

Raiders Draft Grade: Raiders gonna raid

Denver Broncos:

The draft has been kind to the Broncos over the years. John Elway has been able to find the playmakers on offense, defense and on the offensive line. Like most fans, we all want that quarterback, but Elway wanted to sure up the tackle position and tight end. Although Siemian and Lynch are young, the need to upgrade at quarterback aren’t as rushed when you have a championship defense. The Broncos have a recently injured tight end and a tackle, what’s to worry about? The Broncos were also able to get Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie, who may be able to cause trouble as slot receivers. With the selection of Demarcus Walker, expect him to play dividends later in the season as teams worry about keeping Von Miller out of the backfield.

Broncos Draft Grade: It doesn’t matter if one neither of these quarterbacks get them to the playoffs.

Los Angeles Chargers: (Sounds weird)

Health. All they needed to do was draft a healthy player and I would give them an A. If any of their draftees play more than 8 games, I’ll raise it to an A+. The Chargers had to address their needs from the previous season’s injury list. The drafted Mike Williams (how many of those are there in the NFL) and linemen Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. Clipboard Jesus won’t steal the show as the Chargers still invest in Phillip Rivers with young talented offensive lineman. They were also able to select Rayshawn Jenkins and Desmond King for their defensive backfield. With the departure of Eric Weddle last season, they need someone to step up as the passing game increases in the AFC West.

Chargers Draft Grade: Half of their picks will have to start due to injury

1st Round Complete: Some thoughts and Reaction

By Lawrence Edwards

The first round of the NFL draft kicked off last night and it was full of surprises and head scratching moves. 3 QB’s were taken in the fist round and each team who selected them made questionable trades to get them. However, none was as head scratching as the Chicago Bears. Giving away their 3rd round pick(67 overall), 4th round pick(111 overall) and a 3rd round pick in next years draft just to move up one spot and take a QB who they probably could’ve gotten at their 3 spot if they really wanted him that bad. The 49ers pulled a fast one because there’s no way they were going to take Mitchell Trubisky at 2, I just don’t believe it. I’m sure Mike Glennon is just thrilled.

Cleveland is understandably exhausted at being the leagues laughing stock year in and year out. They showed just how frustrated they were by passing on the questionable 1st round QB talent in this years draft to instead take impact players that will fortify their defense with their first two picks. Myles Garrett was the slam dunk pick obviously but selecting Jabrill Peppers was another solid move. Peppers is a more of SS who can play close to the line, the nickel corner, rush the passer or stuff the run, he has the same knock on him that Giants S Landon Collins had on him coming out which sent him falling to the 2nd round, he’s iffy with ball skills and deep coverage, if the Browns were smart they will take a page out of the Giants book and play him close to the line which are his strengths, they do that, they could have a game changer on their hands. I really like the route the Browns took on this one.

Dalvin Cook and Cam Robinson are still on the board. Cam Robinson and Cook both were projected 1st round picks and whoever gets them may be getting steals, however, Lance Zerlein compared Robinson to Ereck Flowers, not a good comparison at the moment, Ereck Flowers has had a rough go his first two years because technique issues. Now Cook is most likely falling because teams may have off the field concerns with him. He did deal with fumbles but I think the combo of that and getting arrested has caused him to slide, nonetheless, any team who drafts him will get a 1st round talent who can run and catch out of the backfield, Bucky Brooks sees him as the most pro-ready RB in the draft. He will have to keep his head on straight and convince a team he can stay out of trouble.

I like the McCaffrey pick in Carolina, personally I thought he was a perfect fit in New England but having Cam Newton who can run the ball if needed certainly helps McCaffrey. He will thrive catching passes from Newton out the backfield. Think about it, Cam looks like he’s about to take off but drops it over the pursuing linebackers head to a waiting McCaffrey in the flat who takes it for a 50 yard gain… Some don’t like McCaffrey, they compare him to Reggie Bush, which isn’t fair to me, these teams now a days love using RB’s like McCaffrey, look at ATL with Freeman and Coleman, don’t sleep on the man, I’m just saying.

Round 2 kicks off tonight and there are still some quality players on the board I’m really interested to see how teams go about Joe Mixon, he has some character concerns for punching a woman after she hit him first in a bar.  What made it worse was that a video came out much later which caused him to publicly apologize for the incident. If Mixon truly is sorry and those mistakes he made don’t define him, then some team will get a steal of a player, not everyday you see a talent compared to LeVeon Bell not get a chance.

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