2018 NFL Draft: 4 “High risk, high reward” prospects

Boom-or-bust prospects are nothing new. From each and every draft class, we see players that have immense potential, elite measurables, and eye-opening tools that fail to develop and live up to the hype and produce disappointing careers.

There is no shortage to these high-risk, high-reward prospects in 2018. While there is a huge risk that they won’t be able to overcome key flaws, whether it be technique or the mental aspect of the game, the chance of becoming a superstar is what often entices teams enough to take them early on in the draft.

 

4. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

The blindside protector for Josh Rosen, Kolton Miller has been garnering some hype recently in the draft process. His physical traits are intriguing; he stands at 6’8″ and 310 pounds with long arms and prevent opposing rushers from reaching his chest and gaining the edge. Miller also has surprisingly quick footwork as well for a man of that stature. The agility of his feet along with playing with a wide base allows him to maintain balance. His aggressiveness and hustle as a run blocker are great, and his leg drive through contact stands out in particular.

However, Miller has a good amount of concerns. He’s lacking in the bulk and core strength to consistently anchor well and deliver an effective punch. He hasn’t shown the hand strength to latch onto defenders and finish blocks. You’d often see guys able to break Miller’s grasp and pursue the ball carrier late. His stiffness and lack of bend caused him to struggle dealing with more athletic and flexible pass rushers. He plays with a high pad level and wide hand placement that exposes his chest, allowing pass rushers to walk him back to the quarterback.

There’s no doubting Miller’s potential and physical profile. However, the flashes of Matt Kalil that he shows are certainly worrying as well.

 

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3. Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

Bryan’s lethal first step, athleticism, and length are very appealing, and likely enough to get him drafted very early on. But he looks like more of a project than his hype warrants, and needs a lot of refinement in his game. Bryan’s instincts are below average and can be slow to locate the football. His lack of power, high pad level, and weak base gives him tremendous difficulty anchoring, and maintaining balance and leverage. He hasn’t shown counter moves when beaten initially and struggles to disengage from blocks.

Bryan has all the tools necessary to be a dominant force on the interior. Until he’s able to make huge strides early on, I don’t see him ever capitalizing on his massive potential.

 

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2. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State

Ballage is an athletic specimen who put everyone on notice after an 8 touchdown performance vs. Texas Tech. At 6’2″ and nearly 230 pounds, Ballage possesses ridiculous burst and top-end speed. He’s an elite route runner for the running back position with strong hands. He also has the power and lower body strength to drive through contact and lowers the shoulder to punish defenders in his path.

As naturally talented as Ballage is, he comes with concerns as well. His vision isn’t where it needs to be, runs high, and takes false steps. Ballage also lacks the ability react to offensive line play and anticipate lanes through traffic.

Ballage has all the potential in the world to become everything David Johnson has been for the Arizona Cardinals. However, his game needs refinement and until he puts it all together, Ballage will be more of a rotational back than a workhorse.

 

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1. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Wyoming’s signal-caller has been a hot commodity in the draft community since late 2016. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is a huge fan, and cited Allen’s success as a winner of the all-important Potato Bowl as the reason for being his top-ranked QB prospect. We all know of his insane arm talent and velocity to make tight-window throws. Josh Allen’s arm is truly special, and when combined with impressive athleticism at his size, can make some ridiculous plays on the move. He flashes shades of Ben Roethlisberger in his ability to slip potential sacks and extend plays. He operated in an offense that played under center. Allen’s upside as a Big Ben is ridiculous and he’ll be a handful if he’s able to reach his potential (a big if).

And while Josh Allen has the most enticing physical traits and tools, he is well behind the other top quarterbacks in this year’s draft in some of the most crucial aspects of the position. His accuracy and decision-making deteriorate when scrambling. He has a maddening tendency to rely too much on his arm to make passes into nonexistent windows and launches passes into coverage. Allen struggles to control his velocity. He had an issue with missing open receivers due to not putting enough touch on his passes. He bails from clean pockets too often. Throwing with anticipation and field vision aren’t strong points for Allen either.

You can see why Allen might be the most hotly debated prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has the flashes of brilliance and astonishing, highlight reel plays that take your breath away. But for every one of these, there are a handful of mistakes and missed throws that just drive you insane. If Allen is able to put things together and form some consistency, we’re talking one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. If not, another big, athletic, strong-armed QB with little development and skill as a passer.

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2018 Pre-Combine NFL Mock Draft

2018 Pre-Combine NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Combine is days away and with it will come rumors and lots of good information on prospects. With it will also come overreactions galor. Here are our current mock projections based on what we would do if we (Daniel Hutchinson-Kausch and Harun Muhammed) were the GM for each team. We will release mocks based on what we think will happen after the Combine when rumors start to come in with some credibility.

 

1. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Saquon Barkley just might be the best player in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s an extraordinary athlete that provides versatility, proving capable of catching the ball out of the backfield and holding up in pass protection. Barkley would be huge in alleviating pressure from whoever it is taking the snaps for Cleveland in 2018.

 

2. New York Giants: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The Giants are in need of a quarterback, and they get the best one in the draft in 2016 Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson. With his combination of arm talent, athleticism, and playmaking ability, this becomes one of the most lethal offenses in the NFL.

 

3. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

The consequences of having a porous offensive line couldn’t more present than the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck situation. Quality line play is hard to come by, and Indianapolis ends up with a generational guard prospect in Nelson; a powerful and athletic road grader that can block on the move and most importantly, protect your franchise QB.

 

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4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Jason McCourty have been very good acquisitions for the Browns. As McCourty gets older, the Browns should be looking for a long term answer at the cornerback position. Joshua Jackson is a big time playmaker with great length, long speed, route anticipation, and ball skills that could be a cornerstone piece on a talented defense.

 

5. Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Between Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler, there are zero franchise QBs. Taking a high-ceiling, high-floor passer with great ball placement, arm talent, and poise is everything the Broncos need and don’t have at the QB position.

 

6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Josh McCown had a solid season for the J-E-T-S. However, he’s 38 years old and proven incapable of staying healthy for a 16-game stretch. With this pick, the Jets get their long-term signal caller capable of making magic happen out of structure, making throws with tremendous accuracy to all levels of the field, and keeps the ball out of harms way.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Jack of all trades, master of many. Minkah Fitzpatrick’s skill set fits that of any position in the secondary. He can play perimeter corner, in the slot, as a rangy deep man, rushing off the edge, and even as a nickel linebacker, at a high level. A highly athletic, instinctive, and versatile defender. Who doesn’t want that?

 

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8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

This feels like a perfect fit. The Bears snatch up a true #1 WR that can create separation and stretch the field with his speed and polished route running abilities. He possesses strong hands and is fairly reliable. Adding Ridley also helps accelerates the growth of now second year QB Mitch Trubisky.

 

9. San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Reuben Foster’s instability is a serious concern for the Niners, with durability and off-field issues. Tremaine Edmunds is a fantastic linebacker prospect, with plenty of range, athleticism, and sky high potential. If Foster is able to clean up his act, the Bay Area may have its second coming of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

 

10. Oakland Raiders: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

The Oakland Raiders are lacking a true presence up front. With his freak size, strength, and explosiveness, Vea would anchor the defense with his abilities to stop the run.

 

11. Miami Dolphins: Derwin James Jr., S, Florida State

With this pick, the Dolphins continue their influx of young talent on the defensive side, as in recent years they’ve drafted the likes of Charles Harris, Xavien Howard, Cordrea Tankersley, and Raekwon McMillan. Adding the stud safety James gives them a dynamic pair of safeties, paired up with established star Reshad Jones. Playing next to Jones should help the growth of James and eventually take over that role as Jones ages.

 

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12. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

After what went down in the 2017 offseason, everyone agreed on one thing: Andy Dalton was going to die. The Bengals struggled to find an adequate replacement. Connor Williams is a stalwart tackle prospect that gives Cincinnati stability and a long term answer keeping Dalton’s blindside clean.

 

13. Washington Redskins: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

In 2017, the Redskins allowed 134.1 rushing yards per game, good for the worst mark across the league. The selection of Da’Ron Payne is a huge step in the right direction to solving this problem. A blue chip run defender with terrific strength, Payne has the skills to be a big time player for the ‘Skins.

 

14. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College

The Packers are lacking in high-end talent on defense and are running out of time to capitalize on Aaron Rodgers’ talent. Harold Landry is a very advanced pass rusher that can string moves together and corner with extraordinary bend.

15. Arizona Cardinals: James Daniels, C, Iowa

 

16. Baltimore Ravens: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

 

17. LA Chargers: Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Oklahoma

 

18. Seattle Seahawks: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

 

19. Dallas Cowboys: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

 

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20. Detroit Lions: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Here Detroits adds another very talented player to their young group of linebackers. Evans is an elite athete with plenty of versatility; he can rush off the edge, stack and shed blocks, and drop into coverage.

 

21. Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

 

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs): Billy Price, C, Ohio State

 

23. LA Rams: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU

The top edge rusher in the draft falls to LA. Arden Key on one edge and Robert Quinn on the other is a scary combo. Key’s length, speed, and flexibility should allow him to become a dynamic pass rusher with double digit sack potential.

 

24. Carolina Panthers: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Christian McCaffrey had a solid rookie season, but Derrius Guice’s talent at RB is too good to pass up on. He’s a bruiser with smooth lateral quickness, excellent vision, and absolutely punished defenders on the second level. This pick gives Carolina a true presence between the tackles that can wear down a defense.

 

25. Tennessee Titans: Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State

 

26. Atlanta Falcons: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

 

27. New Orleans Saints: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

 

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Not too long ago, Ben Roethlisberger was contemplating retirement. Their Super Bowl window may not be closing, but it sure could be if they’re unable to find a solid replacement for Roethlisberger. Darnold ensures stability for life after Big Ben and should thrive playing with to Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and to a certain extent, Martavis Bryant.

 

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn

 

30. Minnesota Vikings: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia

 

31. New England Patriots: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State

 

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

 

With the acquisition of Marcus Peters, are the Rams contenders in the NFC?

With the acquisition of Marcus Peters, are the Rams contenders in the NFC?

Before the new NFL season, the Rams made a blockbuster trade with the Chiefs to acquire cornerback Marcus Peters. In exchange for Peters, the Chiefs receive a 2018 4th round pick and a 2019 2nd round pick. With this trade, are the Rams a contender in the NFC?

Los Angeles’ defence is bordering on elite, with superstar defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters. Their offence has emerging QB Jared Goff and Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley. Their receivers are above average and their offensive line has an excellent mix of veteran and emerging talents. Sean McVay won Head Coach of the Year and GM Les Snead have built a sustainable winning culture. So, what do the Rams need to do to ensure long-term success?

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald.

Lock Up Key Players to Long-Term Contracts

The Rams are in an interesting situation. They have a few players such as Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner who are solid players, but may be too expensive to sign. However, they have some players who would clear lots of cap space and are no longer quality players. Some of which would be Tavon Austin and Robert Quinn.

If the Rams can sign some young, key players and release the older, less productive ones, the Rams can be built for success.

Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner.

 

Draft Effectively to Plug Roster Spots and for Continued Development

If the Rams draft effectively, they can become a legitimate contender for the NFC. When I say “drafting effectively”, I mean that they should draft for need and for development. Their biggest needs right now would be offensive line and tight end. They also have veteran players at linebacker who could become expensive.

An example of having continued development would be the left tackle position. Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth is covering Goff’s blind side, but Whitworth is 36, so his years are limited. By investing a high draft pick on a tackle, they can develop under Whitworth.

Focus on Depth and Breadth

Some of the best teams in the NFL have great depth at various positions. Take the Eagles as an example. Yes, they have Foles under Wentz, but their running backs showed loads of depth. With Blount, Ajayi and Clement, they had a plethora of options in the run game.

As well as depth, they need breadth. Although the Patriots were a good team, one would have noticed their lack of breadth at their positions. Their edge rushers were abysmal and that could have been the difference in Super Bowl LII.

Eagles RBs Corey Clement and LeGarrette Blount.

In conclusion, the Rams can certainly be contenders in the NFC. However, they must sign the right players and relieve cap space where necessary. As well, their draft strategy must include plugging in roster gaps and continued development in positions where veterans are currently starting. Finally, their ability to acquire depth and breadth on their roster will lead them to be contenders for the NFC and Super Bowl LIII.

 

How Jimmy Butler Injury Affects Western Conference

How Jimmy Butler Injury Affects Western Conference

With Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler recently tearing his meniscus, another NBA star has gone down to injury. How will Butler’s absence affect Minnesota and the rest of the West?

 

 

Butler after injuring his knee.

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Wolves superstar shooting guard Jimmy Butler will be out for 4-6 weeks due to a meniscus tear. Minnesota is currently battling with every team in the Northwest for first and may have just forfeited the division with this injury. How does Butler going down affect the Timberwolves and the rest of the league?


Possible First Round Trouble for Golden State or Houston

Curry guarding Butler.

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With the Warriors and Rockets currently neck-and-neck for first in the West, the rest of the conference is double-digits back of the two juggernauts. Seeds 3-8 are up in the air with San Antonio currently leading the pack. Without Butler, Minnesota may find themselves fall a bit, and a bit is a lot with the current state of the Western Conference playoff picture. Avoiding a tear of the ACL, Butler has the potential to be ready for the beginning of the playoffs, and if the Wolves have dropped down to 7 or 8 and get back Butler for a series with Houston or Golden State, that’s a tough start to the postseason for either team.

 

 

 

Race to the Finish in the Northwest Division

Westbrook dribbling against Minnesota.

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The Northwest currently has 4 teams in the playoff picture and a fifth challenging for one in Utah. Any one of Portland, Denver, OKC, and Utah could surpass Minnesota if they go on a run. A playoff appearance still isn’t a lock for the Timberwolves especially in this division. KAT will have to have an MVP caliber end to the year if they expect to finally clinch a spot in the postseason. Getting all 5 teams in the playoffs is definitely possible here which puts pressure on Minnesota to stay competitive without Butler. Though it’s hard to believe, Minnesota could finish the year last in the Northwest Division.

 

 

 

J-Crossover gets his shot

Crawford during a dead ball.

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It’s been no secret that Coach Thibodeau has overplayed his starters this season, opting to sit some talented bench players like Gorgui Dieng, Tyus Jones, and Jamal Crawford more than most expected after Minnesota spent so much on their bench in the offseason. With Butler out of the lineup for a month or two, Crawford should be called up to the starting lineup and may be able to find his Clipper self as the season comes to a close. The ageless scorer can put up 30 on any team on any night which gives Minnesota life if Towns or Wiggins can’t carry the load. We saw Crawford lead Los Angeles when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were down last year, so the 37-year old is completely accustomed to stepping up when injury occurs. Though he was underutilized during the season, Crawford will finally get a chance with Butler down for now.

 

 

 

 

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5 Biggest Questions of the 2018 NFL Offseason

While there is no football to watch until August, there is still plenty of fascinating things to take notice of in the NFL.  Here are the 5 biggest questions of the 2018 NFL offseason, and what I the answer to those questions will be.

Question #1: Where Will Kirk Cousins sign?

Kirk Cousins is about to get PAID by a team.  Arizona, Cleveland (of course), Denver, New York (Jets), and Minnesota seem to be the primary candidates for Captain Kirk.  Arizona has an amazing player on offense in David Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald is still balling in his mid 30s.  The Cards seem like the forgotten candidate.  Unless they fall in love with a QB in the draft and trade up for him, look out for Arizona in the Kirk Cousins chase.  Cleveland is coming off another miserable season marred by an inept offense and an inefficient defense.  Could Kirk finally be the answer?  The Browns have a bunch of cap room, but I question whether Kirk would want to play for such a dysfunctional franchise.

The Broncos seem to be the most popular candidate, and for good reason.  John Elway can’t possibly be happy with the QB play last season.  Plus, he’s gone all in on a QB before.  The Jets snuck out 5 wins in a year everyone thought they would tank.  Well now they might want to get Kirk, since a team ahead of them in the draft might get their QB.  Case Keenum was a legend in Minnesota for a week, but he was ultimately unable to bring home the Lombardi.  With Pat Shurmur gone, the Vikes might look to get Cousins as well.  But where do I think Cousins will sign?  The Broncos make the most sense to me, as the Vikings division is bound to be more competitive with Aaron Rodgers coming back and the possible rise of Mitch Trubisky.

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Question #2: What teams will take a QB in the draft?

The 2018 NFL Draft is very QB-heavy, and it happens to be that many NFL teams need a QB.  Here are the QB needy teams, and whether or not I think they’ll take a signal caller.

Cleveland Browns: Yes

The Browns may be a player in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, but ultimately I see them taking Sam Darnold with the #1 pick.  Enough moneyball.  Time to finally solve your team’s QB issues.

New York Giants: Yes

As a Giants fan, I’d rather they take Saquon Barkley (Ezekiel Elliott without the attitude issues), than find Eli’s successor.  However, Eli is getting old, and the Giants got Pat Shurmur to develop a new QB.  I am a huge Eli fan, but I ultimately think the Giants will go QB in the 2018 draft.

Denver Broncos: No

I already addressed that I think they get Kirk Cousins.  If they don’t, look out for them nabbing a QB at #5.

New York Jets: Yes

Josh McCown is old, Bryce Petty is Bryce Petty, and second round pick Christian Hackenberg hasn’t played a single down in his NFL career.  Time to find a new QB (unless you want to go with Hackenberg?)

Miami Dolphins: No

They still have to give Ryan Tannehill a fair shot.

Cincinnati Bengals: Yes

This one may be surprising, as the Bengals seem to love stability.  That’s why they resigned Marvin Lewis, much to the disgust of Bengals fans.  However, I think they will look to find a challenger to Andy Dalton after another disappointing season.

Arizona Cardinals: Yes

Carson Palmer has retired, time to find a new franchise QB.  Considering that they’ll probably get the 4th, 5th, or even 6th QB off the board unless they trade up, they might sign a bridge QB to start ahead of their rookie for a season.

Los Angeles Chargers: No

Phillip Rivers is still good.  They should be looking for talent to build around him to compete in the AFC.  Start filling out that soccer stadium with some Chargers fans.

Buffalo Bills: Yes

They have shown all the signs that they want to move on from Tyrod Taylor.  They have two first round draft picks in a row, and will likely be taking a QB with one of them.

Jacksonville Jaguars: No

I don’t think they’re ready to move on from Bortles after his performance in the playoffs.  Plus, all the first round caliber QBs could be off the board by the time they pick.

Minnesota Vikings: No

See above.

Question #3: What rule changes will the NFL make?

The NFL loosened their celebration rules last season, much to the delight of most fans.  But one of the biggest problems with the NFL last year is confusion over the catch rule (and the fact that so many calls seemed to favor the Patriots).  Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted input from 5 hall of fame receivers on the catch rule, and said in an interview with Colin Cowherd that one of the WRs stated “fans want catches”.  I fully expect there to be some rule change regarding catches this offseason.  In addition, I think touchbacks on punts could be moved up to the 25 as well, considering the NFL seems to be discouraging returns due to safety issues.  As for kickoffs, they could take this video’s suggestion and just get rid of them altogether.

Question #4: Will the Steelers tag Bell, sign him, or let him go?

Le’Veon Bell turned 26 a few days ago.  If the Steelers were to sign him for four years, they get four years of pre-30 year old Bell.  That means they get him at the age before RBs tend to slow down.  Even if he’s asking for a high price, I think Pittsburgh should do it for the sake of stability.  Bell will keep this team contending for a championship, plus Bell has expressed that he doesn’t want to be franchise tagged.  The most convincing argument in favor of franchising Bell (or just letting him go) is that Pittsburgh has the fourth worst salary cap situation in the league, and getting a deal done with Bell will ultimately be too expensive.

I would still figure out a way to sign Bell if I were Kevin Colbert, and I think they will sign their franchise cornerstone this offseason.  If Bell is in fact let go however, who will sign him?  To me, the Bucs would be the favorite due to their favorable cap situation and the fact that they let go of Doug Martin.  Other potential suitors could include the Colts, Jets, Redskins, and Lions.

Question #5: What team will overspend in free agency, leading to criticism from some and the label of “Offseason Champions” by others?

There’s always that one team that dishes out the dough in free agency.  Last year, that team happened to hail from Cleveland, Ohio.  While the Browns o-line additions in J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler might ultimately pay off, the Kenny Britt signing was nearly as disastrous as their Dwayne Bowe signing.  In 2016, it was my New York Giants who went on an offseason spending spree.  It worked for them that year.  2017?  Not so much, and Jerry Reese got the axe because of it (and not building an o-line, but that’s off topic).  This year, I can see the 49ers being the team that opens up the wallet.  Now that they have their franchise QB in Jimmy Garoppolo, they want to build a stacked roster around him.  And they just so happen to have the second best cap situation in the league.

All in all, the 2018 offseason should be an interesting one.  NFL fans such as myself are anxiously awaiting the answers to these questions.

Steelers Resign Their Pro Bowl Back……. Roosevelt Nix

The 2018 NFL Offseason appears to be off to a good start for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They recently resigned their 2018 Pro Bowl back to a 4-year contract worth $6.975 million.  Continue reading

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Draft 4.0

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Draft 4.0

In the 4.0 version of Nick’s Picks, we assess prospects with now having more information on them. As the NFL Combine comes up shortly, we’ll get to see the athletic talents these prospects have. Once the Combine happens, we’ll see how these prospects’ change in rankings. For now, we’ll keep into consideration how prospects are ranked.

  1. CLE: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. NYG: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. IND: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. CLE (HOU): Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
  5. DEN: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  6. NYJ: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  7. TB: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  8. CHI: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
  9. SF: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. OAK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  11. MIA: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  12. CIN: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  13. WAS: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  14. GB: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  15. AZ: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  16. BAL: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  17. LAC: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  18. SEA: Brian O’Neil, OT, Pittsburgh
  19. DAL: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  20. DET: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. BUF: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  22. BUF(KC): James Daniels, C, Iowa
  23. LAR: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  24. CAR: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  25. TEN: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  26. ATL: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  27. NO: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  28. PIT: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  29. JAX: Billy Price, G, Ohio State
  30. MIN: Arden Key, DE, LSU
  31. NE: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  32. PHI: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Biggest Takeaways:

Courtland Sutton becomes the sixth overall pick. What? Well, it could happen. I think the Jets are in the same position the Titans were in last season with their receiving corps, where they needed talent and they had the draft pick to do it. Sutton could become a great compliment to recently acquired Jermaine Kearse. Imagine if Kirk Cousins goes to the Jets? They could become a sleeper team for the playoffs.

SMU WR Courtland Sutton.

The 49ers find their lockdown corner in Denzel Ward. San Francisco is really looking like everything is going in their direction. However, their secondary is relatively weak and they need a playmaker in Denzel Ward to shutdown the NFC’s top receivers. Ohio State CB Denzel Ward.

Joshua Jackson heads to the nation’s capital. Some may think that there isn’t a need at corner for Washington, but they are set to ship off Kendall Fuller to Kansas City and Bashaud Breeland may leave in free agency. Jackson could pair up with Josh Norman to make a great tandem.

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Baker Mayfield slips to the Chargers. Some think Mayfield will be a top 10 pick, but I expect him to have a Johnny Manziel-esque slip in the draft. His off-the-field issues may not be a huge factor for some, but since the QB is the face of the franchise, some will be turned off by him. Plus, the loud-mouth that is Philip Rivers would be a good mentor for Mayfield.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

Lamar Jackson becomes a Buffalo Bill. I think that the Bills will trade up to nab Jackson earlier in the draft, but since I don’t want to predict trades, I have him slipping to the Bills at 21. He’s a more polished version of Tyrod Taylor, and he could be a great pairing with Lesean McCoy.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.