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Posted 29 Apr 20161) Myles Jack - 6-1 245lbs OLB
widely regarded as a top 3 player in the draft. didn't get drafted in the 1st due to some medical concerns about the longevity of his career. Yes we already drafted an OLB in Lee but can still use both. One could slide to the inside. This would give us a very good and young LBer group that has needed youth and speed for years. Mouldin is in his 2nd year, 2 rookies, and veteran david harris as the captain. He probably won't fall, wouldn't' be surprised to see him go in the 1st 5 picks of round 2
2) Reggie Ragland ILB - 6-1 247 lbs
considered a top 15 prospect by some. Slid out of the 1st round and would fill the same need as jack, he's just not as good but still a 1st round talent
3) Henry Hunter TE - 6-5 250
The best TE in the draft would fill a huge need. we have amaro who is unknown and coming off injury and davis who couldn't catch herpes from a cheap hooker so this would be an instant upgrade on offense. Ranked 22nd overall in the draft, he's a 1st round talent
4) Derrick Henry RB 6-3 247lbs
Not a big need, but Henry is a physical bruiser and one of the biggest backs you'll ever see. with 4.5 speed and a top performer very jump, broad jump, and 60yd shuttle. His negatives are a lack of ability in the pass game and a long strider. But he can wear down a defense and still has homerun speed.
5) Connor Cook QB 6-4 217 lbs
Future QB is still a need for us. regardless what happens with fitz
Strengths Four-year starter who has shown consistent improvement and added new elements to his game each year. Can operate with a high level of confidence and efficiency. Worked under center and plays with good foot quickness in his drops. Shows good anticipation for developing windows and effective with timing routes. Will continue to scan and re-scan thru targets when on the move. Reads safeties early and rarely takes shots downfield that safeties can get involved with. Comfortable operating on the move. Throws in rhythm and with accuracy when rolling right. Plus arm strength with compact, lightning quick release. Able to make big boy throws with pace into difficult, dangerous windows. Will stand in and take the hit to challenge man defender with a deep shot. Attacks edges of end zone with touch throws. Didn't shrink away from duties when asked to run the ball. More battle tested than any quarterback in this draft.
Weaknesses Habit of throwing short passes with too much pepper. Accuracy is a major concern. Often caught flat- footed in the pocket and appears willing to launch throws without proper balance or step to target. Open front hip causes him to spray outside frame of his intended target. Sees throws come open but won't always cut it loose. Can struggle mightily when forced off of his first option. Misses opportunities to adjust protection pre-snap. Gets locked in on shotgun snap and misses signs of blitzers sneaking forward. First instinct versus blitz is to go up top rather than finding easier, short completion. Gives little effort to sell play fakes even on run downs. Scouts question his field demeanor and leadership in adverse times. Failed to rise to the occasion in 2015 Big Ten Championship Game or playoff game against Alabama.
6) Christian Hackenberg QB 6-4 223lbs
Same as cook. rumor is the jets prefer hackenberg to cook though
Strengths Prototypical size for pocket quarterback. Durable and tough. Willing to hang in and take the hit if he thinks a completion is pending. Took a pounding and never missed a start. Experienced in pro-style attack and played well in Bill O'Brien's scheme as a freshman. Able and willing to work through progressions when protected. Balls comes out of his hand with pro velocity. Can drive hips through his release for extra mustard. Can make all the throws, and has the arm talent to take shots to areas of the field that most quarterbacks can't. Underrated in touch throw department. Can float the ball over top of defenders and deliver it on a pillow. Decent athlete able to climb pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. Recognizes and points out late blitz movement pre-snap. Recognizes danger and able to avoid most baiting attempts. Dropped interception total from 15 in 2014 to just six in 2015. Twice voted team captain and has displayed leadership qualities from time he stepped on campus.
7) Andre Billings NT 6-1 311lbs
Not a huge need but with harrison gone and good NTs so hard to find, could be a great decision
Strengths Elite power with a weightlifting background. Generates booming power from hip explosion and when his leverage is on point, he can be menacing. Moved from offensive line to defensive line in college and is getting better by leaps and bounds each year. Drops his pad level even lower when splitting double teams and charging through gaps. Uses violent, powerful swats and slaps to free of opposing hand placement. Instant reaction time makes it difficult to cross his face. Gets arm extension into blocker and stays clean as he pursues laterally. Ridiculous closing burst to the sideline for a big man. Dominates single blocks and is a surefire tackler when he gets hands on a running back. Improving pass rusher with an effective bull rush.
8) Le'Raven Clark OT 6-5 316LBS
with brick retiring and breno just being bad OT is a big need for us. We did trade for Clady but he's not exactly young and has injury concerns.
Clark started 51 straight games for the Red Raiders, spending his final three years at left tackle and his freshman season at right guard. All three years at left tackle, he earned All-Big 12 honors, and as a senior he was named a second-team All-American for his efforts. It's unclear where Clark's best position will be at the next level; he flashes the lateral agility and recovery speed to play on the edge against college pass rushers, so he should get a shot at left tackle. Its possible, though, that Clark might be best inside where he can lock on and create creases for the running game. His durability, pro-ready body (6-6, 313), and next-level tenacity make him a likely NFL starter wherever he lines up.
Pro Day Results
Vertical: 30 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch
Strengths Possesses good thickness through his rear and thighs helping him drop and anchor. Plays with outstanding foot quickness in his pass sets. Able to mirror head-faking pass rushers like a cornerback with ability to shift weight and change directions seamlessly. Uses choppy, controlled slides in pass sets instead of long, protracted kick-slides. Able to shut down darting inside moves with relative ease. Blessed with exceptionally long arms. Uses length and excellent timing to get hands on edge rushers quickly disrupting their gameplan. Has athleticism to effectively recover and fight back when he gets beaten. When he gets hands on defender and locks out, it is over. Has impressive sink steps inside to wall of B-gap against twists and the backside in running game. Does adequate job of sustaining blocks. Plus lateral quickness off the snap. Can reach and seal the edge in run game. Accelerates into angle blocks, runs his feet and washes defender down. As base blocker, has ability to strike, turn and pin defensive ends on off-tackle runs his way. Instinctive and proactive against twists.
Some other prospects we could take in later rounds
1) Drew Kaser P 6-2 212lbs (round 5 or 6)
Bets punter in the draft quigley is gone, we could use some youth at the position. a big leg and touch to pin inside the 20
2) Charone Peake WR 6-2 209lbs (round 3)
and has 4.4 speed. inconsistent hands, injury prone, lack of production. are negatives. COuld be another stephen hill or could be a steal in the 3rd round. Risky pick, but has potential to be a true number 1 WR in a few years, or could be out of the NFL
3) Moritz Boehringer WR 6-4 227lbs (round 5 or 6)
bug guy with strength and 4.4 speed. Enters the draft from the german football league with 59 catches for 1200+ yards and 13TDs last year. Still a rough boom or bust kind of guy, but would fit our scheme which likes big strong WRs that can block.
4) Jerald Hawkins OT 6-6 305lbs (round 4)
Strengths Long-limbed tackle with experience on both sides. Slides feet and hips into play-side positioning after making squared contact on reach blocks and the backside. Flashes power in his paws snatching a portion of defender's frame and maintaining his grip. Plays with good weight distribution and balanced pass sets. Has foot quickness and change of direction for redirect move back inside without much hesitation and brace up his edge. Speedy snap off and search mechanism against twists. Generally well-timed climbs on combo blocks. Uses upward blow with decent hip snap into initial contact in run game. Held his own in snaps against A'Shawn Robinson from Alabama.
Personally if we could get hawkins in the 4th, boehringer and kaser with our 7ths (or maybe trade up in the 6 to get them) that would be a good late round draft for us. but the 2nd and 3rd round picks are gonna be huge. do we go QB? another LBer? O-line? The massive NT? the big bruising RB?
Posted 15 Apr 2016Right now we are sitting at 20 and have Wilkerson as trade bait (apparently that's the rumor) with that said here are some options at number 20
1) Reggie Ragland ILB - 6-1 247 lbs and considered a top 15 prospect by some. could fall to 20 due to ILb not being a majorly important position of need for most teams picking
STRENGTHS: Demonstrates the blend of size, aggression, instincts and reliable open-field tackling skills to project well inside to 4-3 and 3-4 principles, alike. Takes accurate first steps and shows excellent closing burst to arrive with pop at the point of attack.
Works off blocks well with balance and anticipation, looking through blockers to keep his eyes on the prize, doing a much better job downhill rather than in reverse. Physical striker with reliable breakdown skills in the open field, wrapping, driving and finishing. Dirtiest jersey on the field and plays each snap like it is his last.
2) Paxton Lynch QB 6-7 244 lbs. could be considered a "reach here" projected as a late 1st round to early 2nd round talent, lynch could be gone in the top 10. If we pass on him there is a good chance Den or KC will take him in the 1st round.
STRENGTHS: Tall, lanky frame with broad shoulders and room to add more weight - built for the NFL and can take a beating. Light on his feet with the athleticism and body control to climb, shuffle and slide in the pocket, buying time and adjusting his throwing platform when needed.
Throws with accuracy on the move and comfortable moving the pocket with boots and motions. Good-enough arm strength to fire strikes with a quick trigger. Quick eyes to scan and make whole field reads. Improved poise to sense pressure and comfortable operating from within a confined pocket. Has the arm talent to get away with throwing without a firm base. Coaches praise his ability to acclimate and football IQ.
Set Memphis single season records for passing yards (3,778) and touchdowns (28) in 2015. Won 19 games as a starter the past two seasons, including the program's first 10-win season since the 1930s - 22-16 career record as a starter.
Pro comparison is Big ben
3) Jack Conklin OT 6-6 308lbs with brick retired, we traded for Clady who is a little on the odler side and has injury concerns, also breno has been garbage tier at RT. adding conklin is an instant upgrade to the o-line if Tennesee doesn't take him at 15. Not the sexy pick, but it's a good one
STRENGTHS: Well-built with excellent core strength and center of gravity to stay balanced through contact. Wide base with lower body power to control the point of attack. Strong upper body and hands to jolt and steer defenders as a run blocker. Works hard to keep spacing with his reach. Controlled in space and picks up edge speed, sinking his hips to anchor. Rarely plays in reverse. Smart and instinctive, understanding protections and using his eyes to pick up extra pressures. Feisty and always looking for someone to block, displaying a dependable playing temperament. Accomplished three year starter with experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage (38 career starts).
4) Eli Apple CB 6-1 199lb - good size and speed for CB (ran a 4.34 on his pro day) not a huge need but milliner is in his last year then gone. revis is getting up there in age. Apple can be our next revis in a couple eyars and in teh meantime a day 1 starter opposite revis.
STRENGTHS: Tall, athletic frame with long arms and solid build. Coordinated athlete to bracket receivers downfield and consistently stay in phase. Controlled hop and footwork in his transition, using clean hip motion to mirror in man coverage.
Disruptive and uses his length to keep receivers uncomfortable. Highly aggressive at the catch point with a "my ball" mentality. Competitive and not shy to take on blocks or throw his body around as a run defender. Physical once engaged to shed blockers on the perimeter.
Improved route anticipation and field/sideline leverage while in man coverage. Tough-minded with a short memory, not allowing negative plays linger. Survivor mentality and developed strong work habits at a young age. Battle-tested with experience in man and zone coverage.
5) Will Fuller WR 6-0 186 lbs - good size and blazing speed. Smith is still an unknown and so far unimpressive. Not a major need with marshall and decker but has deshaen jackson potential to stretch the field. out WR depth is weak after marshall and decker. he's also a scrappy blocker which gailey likes form his WRs
STRENGTHS: Galloping acceleration to reach his top speed quickly. Takes the top off a defense vertically, stacking receivers and using multiple gears to pull away from defenders (averaged 20.3 yards per catch in 2015).
Finds the ball well in flight with above average tracking skills. Times his jumps to highpoint and rarely misjudges downfield throws. Works hard for body position to force defenders to go through him at the catch point. Achieves proper depth in his routes with the start/stop ability, change of direction skills and hesitation to create separation at the stem.
Strong plant-and-go quickness in his breaks. Very good understanding of field leverage, pressing receivers and generating space. Hits the jets quickly to erase pursuit angles on inside screens.
Won't break tackles, but drives his legs and lowers his pads to finish. Scrappy, willing blocker. Experienced lining up outside and in the slot. Driven individual and the hard work has paid off. Highly productive the past two seasons, leaving Notre Dame No. 2 on the school's all-time receiving touchdown list (30).
6) leonard floyd OLB 6-6 244lbs Probably a reach at 20, but would fill a big need. OLB is an issue for us. Pace is 35 years old and hasn't played well in years. mouldin has shown some good potential but outside of them the only other OLB we have is reilly who is really just a depth player.
STRENGTHS: Has the requisite burst to surge past tackles as a speed rusher with underrated strength. He is surprisingly powerful at the point of attack, flashing dynamite in his hands with an effective hand slap to knock away blockers attempting to gain control.
His first-step burst and acceleration get him into the backfield quickly off the edge or knifing inside. Excellent movement skills for his tall, lengthy frame. Relentless nature and speed to collapse the pocket or chase down plays from behind. Because of his agility and closing speed, could move to a more traditional linebacker.
Posted 25 Mar 2016Trent Richardson gets honest about NFL failures
Former first-round running back Trent Richardson takes personal responsibility for his failure in the NFL, admitting he "got lazy" early in his career and was "mentally exhausted" by money demands from family and friends according to Matt Zenitz of the Birmingham News.
Many observers have blamed Richardson's faiilures on "poor vision" or the wear and tear he suffered as a workhorse running back at Alabama but the reasons behind his current status as a monumental bust appear to be more personal. "It's very easy to get lazy in the NFL — not having everything scheduled and not having everything like at Alabama where it was so structured," Richardson said. "In the NFL, everything's on your own."
Richardson also said he bought cars for friends and family and "somehow got stuck with paying for five funerals that were each at least $12,000." He also revealed that he financed week-long trips for people to places like Disney World, "And people still had the nerve to complain about the trip." Richardson says he has finally cut out the freeloaders and resumed working hard but it may be too late to salvage what was once a promising career.
Now on the comeback trail, Richardson has a deal in place with the Ravens that will become official once Richardson reaches certain "physical benchmarks." Richardson weighed 238 pounds at his February Ravens visit. He reportedly was down to 218 as recently as last week and seems to understand that this is absolutely his last chance to redeem himself in the NFL.
Posted 7 Mar 2016Manning fights back tears: 'I revere football'
3/7/2016 3:34:22 PM
Saying the time was right, an emotional Peyton Manning thanked former teammates, coaches, family, friends and opponents Monday as he ended his historic NFL career, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
After taking a few moments to compose himself, Manning opened his remarks to a packed meeting room with a recollection of his first pass, first touchdown and first game as a pro. And he recalled meeting Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas during that rookie season.
"I had a chance to shake Johnny Unitas' hand and he said 'Peyton you stay at it,'" Manning said. "Well, I have stayed at it, I stayed at it for 18 years. And I hope old No. 19 is up there, with his flattop and maybe his black high-tops on and I hope he knows that I have stayed at it.
"There's just something about 18 years, 18 is a good number and today I retire from pro football."
In just under 13 minutes Manning tried to thank two NFL cities, two franchises, hundreds of teammates, opponents, family as well as the University of Tennessee. And he tried sum up his 18 NFL seasons, five MVP awards, two Super Bowl wins and a pile of records. Manning acknowledged his former teammates, coaches and family.
And he even signed off with an "Omaha."
Posted 6 Jan 2016So I want to hear your guys opinions about the season.
For me, I think it was a great season. Yes i know we didn't make the playoffs and blew a big opportunity the final week but we won 10 games which normally is good enough to get in. It was just hard in the AFC this year to make it. On the plus side, our offense which has long been a bane from the franchise, had it's best season in a long long time. One of the best all time really. I haven't been this excited watching out offense since 1998 (18 years ago). We broke the yardage record, passing TD record, and marshall broke every receiving record for us. a record that was set over 40 years ago. Fitz broke most of our passing records. our offense was balanced. 2 1000 yard WRs a 1000 yard RB, we had big plays, we had WRs go up and get the ball and win 1 on 1 match ups. And the good news is the offense should remain largely in tact for next season. We did it with a new head coach and a new OC. gailey is the best OC we have had for as long as i can remember. we finished with a top 10 offense and a top 5 defense. With that said, the defense did let us down a few games. this last one and the oakland game and the philly game really come to mind. we had a bad skid in the middle of the season after starting out 4-1 we went 1-4 the next 5 weeks. After that we were able to win 5 straight and be in a good position for the playoffs. week 17 was meaningful for the first time in a long time. Big Mac did a hell of a job building our offense in one offseason and we have a lot to look forward to next year. We beat NE, we beat the Giants, we swept miami, out 1 black eye was getting swept by ryan and the bills which cost us the season. Still I think it was a great year despite missing the playoffs
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