Nick’s Picks: 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Welcome back to Nick’s Picks. With the divisional round done and over with, the draft order has been updated. With each week that goes by, prospects’ draft stock are in constant flux, so look for some inconsistencies in where prospects are put in the draft.

1. AZ: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

New week, same pick. Yes, with Kyler Murray declaring for the NFL Draft and Kliff Kingsbury’s documented interest in the Oklahoma QB, it could be possible the Cardinals take him. However, for this mock draft, I have them taking Bosa.

2. SF: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

I have been skeptical on putting Williams here, but I think the 49ers will look at what the Rams have in Aaron Donald and see how critical defensive tackles are in the modern NFL.

3. NYJ: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The first order of business for new head coach Adam Gase: protect Sam Darnold. Williams is a great offensive line prospect and can help both the run and pass game.

4. OAK: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Looks like Kyler plays in Oakland after all! (Assuming they don’t move to Vegas next season). I think Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock will look to move Derek Carr and start fresh with the Heisman trophy winner.

5. TB: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

The Bucs are so deprived of talent that they need to get the best player available. Allen could play at the edge position or as an outside linebacker, and I’m sure Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles will extrapolate the most out of him.

6. NYG: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

This is the second week where I have Haskins going to the G-Men, and it’s looking more and more likely. Manning needs to depart before his entire reputation is tarnished.

7. JAX: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

In last week’s mock, I had the Jags taking a receiver, but I’d like to see how the mock draft shakes out with them taking a QB. Lock could be a nice fit in Duval County.

8. DET: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Man, I love this fit. The Lions are so desperate for a receiving threat for Stafford and Metcalf is among the best big body receivers in the draft.

9. BUF: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Josh Allen missed a decent amount of games this year due to injury. In order for the Bills to have success moving forward, protecting their quarterback is essential.

10. DEN: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

The Demariyus Thomas + Emmanuel Sanders duo was nice while it lasted. Now, with Thomas gone and Sanders coming back from injury, the Broncos need a new receiving duo. Courtland Sutton and N’Keal Harry could very well be the newest tandem to rock the AFC West.

11. CIN: Devin White, LB, LSU

The Bengals can go so many different directions with this pick, but their defence was historically bad this season. White brings attitude and would become an immediate starter for Cincy.

12. GB: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

What a steal this would be if it comes into fruition. Ferrell is a great pass rusher who brings an immediate presence to this Packers defense.

13. MIA: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Oliver slips a little bit, but I think the Dolphins will find a lot of value in replacing what they miss in Ndamukong Suh.

14. ATL: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

I didn’t have Wilkins going in the first round in my previous mock draft, but his national championship performance and his above and beyond football personality will make teams fall in love with him. Wilkins can either replace or play alongside Grady Jarrett and fortify this defence.

15. WAS: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

I still can’t believe that Washington released D.J. Swearinger. I liked the move to trade for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but who knows if he re-signs with them. Thompson acts as a nice insurance policy (also, he’s an Alabama defender, which seems to be a trend for this team).

16. CAR: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Byron Murphy is shooting up draft boards, but I don’t see the cornerbacks in this draft going too high in this draft. Murphy will be a nice edition to a cornerback group with includes Donte Jackson and James Bradberry.

17. CLE: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

The Browns are pointing in the right direction, but protection was a bit of an issue for them in 2018. Risner can become the franchise left tackle for years to come.

18. MIN: Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma

The main thing Minnesota needs to focus on is protecting Kirk Cousins and giving holes for Dalvin Cook. Oklahoma’s Cody Ford can make Cousins’ crazy deal look like it was worth it.

19. TEN: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan

I don’t see Gary going super high in the first round due to his size and his lack of production, but his potential is through the roof. With Jurell Casey getting older, Gary can slide in and be a new face on this defensive line.

20. PIT: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Wow, what a slip for Greedy Williams. The Steelers need some better quality defenders, and Williams is arguably the top corner in this year’s draft.

21. SEA: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Seahawks surprised many by getting into the playoffs, but they still need to protect Russell Wilson. By the way, it seems like this is always my message every year and the Seahawks never solve this issue. Hopefully they invest in Wilson’s future is all I’m saying.

22. BAL: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

I initially had a receiver going into the first round, but would that really help the development of Lamar Jackson? He doesn’t love to throw to wide receivers, as he heavily utilizes his tight ends. So, I chose to focus on defence in this mock with this dominant DT.

23. HOU: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Houston has a few offensive needs such as offensive line and tight end. I was tempted to pick an offensive lineman here, but Noah Fant would help Deshaun Watson progress into a top 10 QB.

24. OAK (via CHI): DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Raiders have a ton of needs, and with Baker falling to 24, Oakland can have a shutdown CB for the future.

25. PHI: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

I’m surprised Gardner-Johnson isn’t getting more first round love, but I think he’d fit perfectly in Philadelphia. By adding a safety, this youthful secondary can be lead by Gardner-Johnson and veteran Malcolm Jenkins.

26. IND: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Wow, the Colts surely over-performed this season. Their defence is most definitely underrated, but they could use some more interior pressure, and Simmons is among one of the best interior defensive line prospects in this year’s draft.

27. OAK (via DAL): Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

I’m convinced that the Raiders didn’t sign Khalil Mack because Mark Davis didn’t have enough money. That’s the only reason. Now, they have to settle for Brian Burns – who could be a good player, but he won’t be Khalil Mack.

28. LAC: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

The Chargers have a really solid roster, but they struggled at guard all season long. Lindstrom is a solid guard and could start day one.

29. KC: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

The Chiefs defence really impressed me against Indianapolis, but their cornerback play is suspect. Love can compete for the CB1 day one.

30. GB (via NO): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown could be a dynamic playmaker for the Packers.

31. LAR: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

The Rams are in good shape moving forward, but they need some improvement at linebacker. Wilson is an athletic thumper who is going to be yet another product of Nick Saban’s defence.

32. NE: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Tom Brady won’t last forever (even though it’s looking like it). Jones can come in and learn from the GOAT and eventually be the Pats QB for the future.

Nick’s Picks will be posted weekly and draft orders will be updated.

Nick’s Picks: 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Welcome back, fans of Nick’s Picks! It’s been some time.

With the 2018 NFL Regular Season complete, 20 teams now have their draft slot solidified (unless they trade their pick). These picks are subject to change, due to the typical NFL draft nonsense (risers, fallers, Laremy Tunsil-like situations, etc). Now, let’s take a look at the 1.0 version of Nick’s Picks – 2019 edition.

1. AZ: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Have you taken a look at the Arizona Cardinals’ depth chart? Good God, it needs work.

I contemplated putting Quinnen Williams with this pick, since the Cardinals have a decent pass rush with Chandler Jones and Markus Golden, but there’s no guarantee that Golden returns in free agency (and Bosa’s just so much better than Golden). Bosa’s the pick, and the Cardinals ought to hit a few home runs in this year’s draft.

2. SF: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

I struggled with this pick a lot, since the best player available is Quinnen Williams, but he doesn’t fill a need. I think Devin White could be in the mix for this pick, but it’s a bit rich for my taste.

Allen is a versatile defender who can rush the passer and also play coverage. He’s a tone setter for this defence and will hopefully make John Lynch look smart.

3. NYJ: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Maybe I’m looking at the wrong mock draft sites, but I can’t seem to find anyone who has Williams to the Jets – and I cannot understand why.

I think some believe that the Jets’ defensive line is good – it’s not bad – however, Quinnen Williams with Leonard Williams would be a nice pairing for years to come.

4. OAK: Devin White, LB, LSU 

I can’t stand looking at the Raiders’ roster. Jon Gruden has littered this roster with washed up veterans who he liked in 2008. Did you know that Leon Hall is playing for them? Unbelievable. Anyway, the Raiders need a tone setter on the defence, and Devin White is a culture changer.

5. TB: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Bucs are putting all their chips in with Jameis Winston, and they need to better protect him. Donovan Smith has been a disappointment throughout his career, so potentially Williams could be a franchise blind-side protector.

6. NYG: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Eli Manning will likely start next year, but I envision a Joe Flacco – Lamar Jackson transition with Manning and Dwayne Haskins.

I still can’t believe that Justin Herbert is going back to school. But, at least Haskins can cash out on his impressive year and be the successor to the fringe Hall of Fame quarterback.

7. JAX: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Wait, what??? Not a QB? In this scenario, I believe the Jags will realize that the QBs in this draft are not a high enough calibre to build a franchise around, so they acquire Joe Flacco on a one year prove-it deal.

Jacksonville once had a nice wide receiver duo in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, but now all they have is the underrated Keelan Cole. Harry adds a new dimension to this offence.

8. DET: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Remember in the 2017 NFL Draft when 3 wide receivers went in the top 10? I don’t think it’ll escalate to 3, but there could be multiple.

The Lions need a weapon for Matthew Stafford. He gets a lot of flack, but I don’t think people realize what he’s working with. Metcalf brings a big body presence to the Lions’ receiving corps.

9. BUF: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

I wasn’t a big fan of the Josh Allen selection in 2018, but he looks like someone you can build around. The Bills need to revamp this offence to tailor to Allen’s strengths.

Little is a solid protector and I believe has the versatility to play left and right tackle, or even guard. He’s exactly what Allen needs, and Buffalo will recognize that.

10. DEN: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

The Broncos have quite a few needs – including quarterback – but I wouldn’t draft any QB here. Their secondary needs a playmaker, and Thompson fits this scheme well.

11. CIN: Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma

Side note: I’m shocked that I lived to see the day that Marvin Lewis was fired as Cincy’s head coach.

The Bengals need a lot of help on the offensive line, even with the draft pick of Billy Price last year. Yeah, the pick isn’t sexy, but I’ve never really attributed sexy to the Bengals anyway.

12. GB: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

This season exposed the Packers’ lack of defensive talent. The bright side of Green Bay’s defence are their corners, linebacker Blake Martinez and defensive tackle Kenny Clark – that’s about it. Ferrell brings a spark of pass rush to this struggling defence.

13. MIA: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Ryan Tannehill looks to be out of Miami at the beginning of next season. Lock, although limited, looks to be a good leader and the best QB available. A new horizon is setting in South Beach.

14. ATL: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Some may think that Williams is a top 10 pick, and he very well could be, but I believe that there are more talented prospects that will be selected before him.

Atlanta needs some more personality on their defence. When you get someone named “Greedy”, you get some personality.

15. WAS: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Josh Norman is on the decline, and there’s no one else on this team with CB1 potential. Baker is among one of the best defenders in this draft and will give stability to this rocky franchise.

16. CAR: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

I like James Bradberry and Donte Jackson, but I think they need a bona fide shut down corner.

Carolina’s defence has an odd mix of both young and old players. They must stop relying on old vets like Julius Peppers, Thomas Davis and Captain Munnerlyn and add more young players.

17. CLE: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

How did Ed Oliver slip this far into the draft? I question Oliver’s size transitioning into the NFL, and I know that some don’t care about the “jacket-gate” situation with Houston’s head coach, but I think some teams will question Oliver’s character. Cleveland selects him opposite Larry Ogunjobi.

18. MIN: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

It seems like a lot of people have this, and I tend to agree with the mock draft community. I didn’t like the Kirk Cousins signing, but I do think that he’d be better with more protection.

19. TEN: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan

The Titans have a few needs, one of which is a versatile defensive lineman. Gary would be a steal at this stage of the draft and would be a nice pairing with veteran Jurell Casey.

20. PIT: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Wow, who would have thought that the Steelers would be just shy of making the playoffs? One of the main reasons why I’m surprised is that they have a very complete roster. Perhaps having a right tackle for the future will help Ben in his final years.

21. SEA: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

The Seahawks surprised me this year, but they need to build up their defence. Simmons is among the best defenders still available, and he’d pair up nicely with Jarran Reed in the interior of that defensive line.

22. BAL: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Is Lamar Jackson the future in Baltimore? I’d say yes, but he needs help at wide receiver. It’s up for debate as to who’s the best receiver available, but A.J. Brown has some nice traits and will fit well with the Ravens.

23. HOU: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

Deshaun Watson was fighting for his life against the Colts in the Wild Card round. If he had a bit of protection, perhaps Watson leads the Texans to victory. Houston finds a versatile lineman in Cajuste.

24. OAK (via CHI): Brian Burns, DE, Florida State 

I like the Mike Mayock hire for one reason: he knows how to evaluate talent in the draft. Burns is a nice pass rusher who probably won’t be as good as Khalil Mack, but he could emerge as a double digit sack artist.

25. PHI: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College 

Regardless on where you stand on the Nick Foles/Carson Wentz debate, it’ll be important for the Eagles to protect their QB. Their left guard position has been shaky, and Lindstrom is a plug-and-play type of player.

26. IND: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Darius Leonard is in contention for DROY, but the rest of the linebacking corps is suspect. Fifth rounder Anthony Walker and seventh rounder Zaire Franklin get a lot of reps currently, which could be an issue against the Chiefs. Wilson adds another athlete to this defence.

27. OAK (via DAL): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Oakland has many options on how to build via the draft, and I think they’ll try and build their front seven. Brown is an upgrade over P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst and has a tough mentality.

28. LAC: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Philip Rivers is having an excellent year, but how many years does he have left? Since they hardly have any needs, I think getting an intriguing QB prospect in Jones is a smart move.

29. NE: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

The end is near for the Pats. Perhaps Brady has a few more decent years left, but he needs more weapons. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is an electric playmaker who could extend TB12’s career.

30. LAR: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

When watching the Peach Bowl this year, I was shocked by how active and productive Gardner-Johnson was against Michigan. His ascension has made him worthy of a first round grade, and the Rams could use his talents.

31. KC: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

The loss of Marcus Peters has made Kansas City’s defence among the worst in the league. Love can be a day one starter and make the Chiefs’ secondary respectable again.

32. GB (via NO): Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

The Packers need to help out Aaron Rodgers, one way or another. Harmon is a solid receiver who is better than everyone other than Davante Adams in the Packers’ receiving room.

Nick’s Picks will be posted weekly and draft orders will be updated.

Houston Texans 2018 Season Preview

Houston Texans 2018 Season Preview

Giving my season preview for the Houston Texans 2018 NFL Season including my win-loss record prediction, bold predictions, statistical projections and analysis of the team’s strengths, weaknesses, and key players Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and JJ Watt. Will Deshaun Watson regress in 2018?

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Draft 9.0 (7 Round Mock Draft)

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Draft 9.0 (7 Round Mock Draft)

Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally here! The 9.0 version of Nick’s Picks, which includes seven rounds and a one sentence explanation for each pick. Let’s get to it!

Round One

1. CLE: Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Cleveland finds their QB for the future.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold about to throw a pass.

2. NYG: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Eli Manning still has some left in the tank, but he needs a better supporting cast, so Barkley is the pick.

3. NYJ(IND): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: The Jets need a quarterback and Rosen will be able to handle the New York media.

4. CLE(HOU): Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State: The best teams have a multitude of pass rushers, so Chubb should be the pick.

5. DEN: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: John Elway won’t fall in love with any of this year’s quarterbacks, so he’ll get a Pro Bowl offensive lineman instead.

6. IND(NYJ): Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: The Colts are bare at linebacker, and Edmunds is the best available option.

7. TB: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama: The Bucs get a versatile defender who brings a hard-working attitude.

8. CHI: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: The Bears need a thumper in the middle of their defense.

9. SF: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: The 49ers could have an intriguing cornerback duo in Richard Sherman and Denzel Ward.

10. OAK: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: Donald Penn is old and the right tackle position is in question, so the Raiders get a solid blocker in McGlinchey.

Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey.

11. MIA: Vita Vea, DT, Washington: Ndamukong Suh didn’t live up to his historic contract and he’s now a Ram, and Vea can come in to replace Suh’s void.

12. BUF(CIN): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: The Bills need a strong arm quarterback who can play in cold weather, and Allen can be the quarterback for the future.

13. WAS: Derwin James, S, Florida State: Washington gets a dynamic playmaker in their secondary.

14. GB: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Jordy Nelson was cut and signed with the Raiders, so getting a young playmaker in Ridley fills that void.

15. AZ: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The Cardinals get an electric playmaker in Lamar Jackson.

16. BAL: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP: Marshal Yanda is old and Baltimore’s offensive line is underwhelming.

17. LAC: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Mayfield will have a slip in the draft and learn from Philip Rivers.

18. SEA: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: Richard Sherman left for San Francisco, which leaves a void at the cornerback position.

19. DAL: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama: Dallas lacks depth at safety and Harrison is the best at the position.

20. DET: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: The Lions have been desperate for a running back for the last five years, and Guice is the best available.

LSU running back Derrius Guice celebrating after scoring a touchdown.

21. CIN(BUF): James Daniels, C, Iowa: The Bengals need a center and Daniels is a special talent.

22. BUF: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia: The Bills have some holes in their offensive line and Wynn is as versatile as they come.

23. NE(LAR): Harold Landry, DE, Boston College: The Patriots are desperate for a pass rush and Landry is the purest edge rusher in this draft.

24. CAR: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: The Panthers need a bona fide number one receiver.

25. TEN: Justin Reid, S, Stanford: The Titans can create their new Legion of Boom with a safety.

26. ATL: Da’Ron Payne: The Falcons are the recipients of Payne slipping in the draft.

27. NO: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: Cameron Jordan needs a partner to bend the edge with.

28. PIT: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: Big Ben isn’t getting any younger and Rudolph can become a starter in a few years.

29. JAX: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma: The Jags need to make sure Blake Bortles can stay upright and that Leonard Fournette has adequate blockers for the future.

30. MIN: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: Kentrell Brothers is suspended for the first four games for violated the NFL’s PED policy, and having Evans with Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr makes a fantastic young linebacking corps.

Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans.

31. NE: Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh: Nate Solder left in free agency to the New York Giants, so Bill Belichick will look to find a new blindside protector for Tom Brady.

32. PHI: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU: The Eagles lost Patrick Robinson to the Saints in free agency and they released Daryl Worley after his arrest, so a new cornerback is needed.

Round Two

33. CLE: Connor Williams, OT, Texas: Future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas retired this offseason, so Williams will be the pick.

34. NYG: Billy Price, C, Ohio State: Weston Richburg left in free agency to the San Francisco 49ers, so the G-Men will look to find a new center.

35. CLE(HOU): Sony Michel, RB, Georgia: Carlos Hyde needs a new versatile back to pair up with and have an Ingram-Kamara type relationship with a receiving back.

36. IND: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado: Vontae Davis is now a Buffalo Bill and Quincy Wilson isn’t ready to be the number one corner, so Oliver provides some competition.

37. IND(NYJ): Ronald Jones II, RB, USC: Marlon Mack thinks he can be the bell-cow, but he’ll need some competition to make that happen.

38. TB: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia: Doug Martin is off to Oakland and the Bucs desperately need a premier back.

39. CHI: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: The Bears need to ensure Mitchell Trubisky has enough weapons to succeed, and Kirk is a versatile weapon on offense and special teams.

40. DEN: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State: The Broncos will look at the value of selecting Vander Esch at this position and will want to select him.

Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.

41. OAK: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF: Sean Smith was released and Gareon Conley is unproven, also, T.J. Carrie left for Cleveland, so Hughes will be the pick.

42. MIA: Arden Key, DE, LSU: The edge rushers in Miami are old and Key has loads of potential.

43. NE(SF): Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma: Rob Gronkowski may retire or leave New England, so getting a young tight end should be on the to-do list.

44. WAS: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida: Kendall Fuller was traded to the Chiefs and Washington needs some young corners.

45. GB: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: Green Bay will take the risk on Hurst’s medical issues and potentially get a first round talent.

46. CIN: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA: Cordy Glenn was acquired via trade from the Bills, but their offensive line is still in shambles.

47. AZ: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland: Larry Fitzgerald is likely done after this season, so the Cardinals will look to find a new number one receiver.

48. LAC: Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest: The Chargers likely won’t retain Tre Boston, so Bates will be a younger, more versatile safety for Los Angeles.

49. IND(NYJ via SEA): Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma: The Colts need a new pass rusher for their 4-3 defense, and Okoronkwo is as explosive as they come.

50. DAL: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State: Anthony Hitchens left for Kansas City in free agency, and Sean Lee is injury prone, so Jerry Jones will look to find an athletic linebacker.

South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard.

51. DET: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State: The Lions released Eric Ebron and they need a new red zone threat.

52. BAL: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: Maxx Williams hasn’t worked out and Flacco needs a new red zone threat.

53. BUF: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington: The Bills’ receiving corps is a bit shaky and Pettis has offensive and special teams ability.

54. KC: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida: Bennie Logan left to sign with the Tennessee Titans, and Bryan is great value at this part of the draft.

55. CAR: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State: Greg Olsen will retire soon and Newton still needs someone to be a reliable target.

56. BUF(LAR): Kevin Toliver II, CB, LSU: Second year corner Tre’Davious White will want to pair up with his college partner in Toliver.

57. TEN: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame: The Titans need a new receiver and to not put as much pressure on Corey Davis.

58. ATL: Braden Smith, G, Auburn: The Falcons need some interior offensive line help.

59. SF(NO): D.J. Chark, WR, LSU: Chark can eventually become the number one receiver for the recently paid Jimmy Garoppolo.

60. PIT: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: The Steelers need another young corner in the mix, and Alexander is far and away the best at this position.

Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander picks off a pass against Purdue.

61. JAX: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State: Both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are no longer on the roster, and Washington can become a top option.

62. MIN: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State: The Vikings need more competition at the tackle position.

63. NE: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State: Tom Brady is likely going to retire sooner rather than later, so they need to find his replacement.

64. CLE(PHI): J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland: The Browns need to find a number one corner early in this draft.

Round Three

65. BUF(CLE): Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas: Eric Wood had to retire due to injury concerns, and Ragnow is the best available.

66. NYG: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn: Eli Apple is on thin ice in New York and Davis provides quality competition at the position.

67. IND: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas: The Colts need to get multiple linebackers in this draft.

68. HOU: Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan: Duane Brown was traded to the Seahawks and they need a new tackle moving forward.

69. TB: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon: Donovan Smith has been a disappointment and the Bucs need to find a new tackle for Jameis Winston.

70. SF(CHI): Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia: Reuben Foster is in serious legal trouble and they’ll need to find a potential replacement.

Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser.

71. DEN: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford: The Broncos need some more depth in their interior defensive line.

72. NYG(TB): Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia: The Giants need a new edge rusher who has some coverage ability in Carter.

73. MIA: Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama: The Dolphins released Lawrence Timmons, so they’ll need to find a replacement at middle linebacker.

74. SF: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn: The 49ers signed Jerick McKinnon, but he isn’t the feature back, and Johnson has the potential to become that.

75. OAK: Dorance Armstrong, DE, Kansas: Outside of Khalil Mack, the Raiders need new edge rushers.

76. GB: Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL): There’s no number one running back on the Packers’ roster, and Walton is the best available.

77. CIN: Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia: Andy Dalton has been a subpar starter and Benkert could give him a run for his money.

78. KC(WAS): Holton Hill, CB, Texas: The Chiefs need a new number one corner now that Marcus Peters is in Los Angeles.

79. AZ: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin: The Cardinals need a new tight end to help in the red zone.

80. HOU(SEA): Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State: Lamar Miller hasn’t lived up to his contract and Ballage gives competition to both Miller and D’Onta Foreman.

Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage.

81. DAL: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State: Dez Bryant was released and the Cowboys need a new number one receiver.

82. DET: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia: Haloti Ngata is now a Philadelphia Eagle and they need some interior pressure on their defensive line.

83. BAL: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State: The Ravens need speed on their defensive line, and Hubbard is an explosive athlete.

84. LAC: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC: The Chargers need more help in their linebacking corps.

85. CAR(BUF): Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF: The feel-good story of the draft lands with the Carolina Panthers.

86. KC: Sean Welsh, G, Iowa: The Chiefs will look to add more competition in their interior offensive line.

87. LAR: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (FL): Although the Rams have an amazing interior rushing attack, they need some edge rushers to supplement the double-teams Donald and Suh will receive.

88. CAR: Deshon Elliott, S, Texas: The Panthers need a young safety to replace their older secondary.

89. TEN: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech: The Titans need to find a dominant nose tackle, and Settle is best available.

90. ATL: Cam Serigne, TE, Wake Forest: Austin Hooper isn’t the long-term solution at tight end, and Serigne gives Hooper some competition.

Wake Forest tight end Cam Serigne.

91. NO: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond: Drew Brees isn’t going to be in NOLA for the long-term future, and Lauletta has as much potential as anyone.

92. PIT: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa: No one knows if Ryan Shazier will ever be what he used to be, and Jewell is a prototypical Steeler.

93. JAX: Jeff Holland, DE, Auburn: The Jaguars should find another edge rusher to get into the mix with their dominant attack.

94. MIN: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State: The Vikings have a solid receiving group, but they need a big body receiver for Kirk Cousins to succeed.

95. NE: Quin Blanding, S, Virginia: The Patriots safety tandem in Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung is getting old and there’s no immediate replacement.

96. BUF(PHI): Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri: The Bills need another young edge rusher for the future.

97. AZ: Tony Brown, CB, Alabama: Arizona will look to find a new slot corner.

98. HOU: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State: Houston could look to get a new corner to add some competition.

99. DEN: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis: Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are old and could use a young, dynamic receiver.

100. CIN: Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State: The Bengals have a nice tandem in edge rushers, but Sweat adds some quality depth and even competition.

Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat.

Round Four

101. GB(CLE): Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College: The Packers like long, rangy corners, and Yiadom could compete for starting snaps.

102. TB(NYG): Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers: Tampa would benefit from another dynamic edge rusher in Turay.

103. HOU: Mason Cole, C, Michigan: Nick Martin might not be the long-term solution at center, so adding competition is important.

104. IND: Ike Boettger, OT, Iowa: The Colts need more protection for Andrew Luck once and for all.

105. CHI: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech: The Bears could look to get more competition at the safety position.

106. DEN: Kameron Kelly, CB, San Diego State: Aqib Talib is now a Los Angeles Ram and Kelly has loads of versatility.

107. NYJ: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville: Whoever is going to be quarterback needs protection.

108. NYG(TB): Deon Cain, WR, Clemson: With Brandon Marshall being released, the Giants need a new receiving threat.

109. WAS(DEN via SF): Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest: Washington needs some competition at the edge rushing position.

110. OAK: B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State: The Raiders need to add another defensive tackle in their average defensive line room.

111. LAR (MIA): Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State: Jared Goff needs another target to further grow his development.

112. CIN: Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma: The Bengals will get an offensive weapon and get Joe Mixon’s fullback from his college days.

113. DEN (WAS): Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana: Denver should look to get multiple receiving threats in this draft.

114. CLE (GB): Austin Corbett, G, Nevada: The Browns should look to get more depth in their offensive line.

115. CHI (AZ): Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon: The Bears love to nab mid-round running backs and feature them in their offense, and Freeman is this year’s sleeper.

116. DAL: Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State: The Cowboys need more players who could potentially start on their defensive line.

117. DET: Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Detroit needs to find another linebacker opposite Jarrad Davis to make their linebacking corps a decent one.

118. BAL: Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State: The Ravens receiving corps is old and has limited talent, and Ateman could emerge as the number one target.

119. LAC: Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia: Keeping Philip Rivers upright must be a priority for the Chargers.

120. SEA: Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State: Russell Wilson has been running for his life the last few years, so some offensive line help is necessary.

121. BUF: Kyzir White, S, West Virginia: Buffalo’s safeties need some depth at safety.

122. KC: Deontay Burnett, WR, USC: Ensuring Patrick Mahomes has weapons for the future is vital for the Chiefs’ success.

123. MIA(CLE via CAR): Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama: Averett has the ability to compete for the starting job in Miami.

124. KC(LAR): Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana: Travis Kelce is elite, but injury prone, so finding a solid number two target is important for this offense.

125. TEN: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State: Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis should be a nice duo, but Penny acts as a good insurance policy in case of injury.

126. ATL: Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana: The linebacking corps is bare in Atlanta, and Scales has the ability to compete for starting snaps.

127. NO: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State: Baker is good value at this stage of the draft and fills a need for the Saints.

128. SF(PIT): Devron Davis, CB, UTSA: The 49ers need multiple corners in order to create competition.

129. JAX: R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL): Marcell Dareus is getting old and expensive, so finding a cheaper replacement should be on the to do list for the Jags.

130. PHI(MIN): DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State: The Eagles need more depth at receiver and upcoming contracts could make their current players expensive down the road.

131. MIA(PHI via NE): Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech: The Dolphins lost their slot receiver in Jarvis Landry, so finding a decent replacement is necessary.

132. PHI: Rasheem Green, DT, USC: Philadelphia has a dominant defensive line, but having quality depth is important for future success.

133. GB: Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin: Some quality depth at linebacker is vital for the Packers.

134. AZ: Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA: Arizona should try to find a starting center in this draft, and Quessenberry has leadership experience and has potential.

135. LAR(NYG): Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama: A duo with Todd Gurley and Scarbrough would be a scary site to see.

136. LAR(NE): Zachary Crabtree, OT, Oklahoma State: The Rams need competition at the right tackle position, and Crabtree was almost exclusively a right tackle at Oklahoma State.

137. DAL: Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia: Drafting Brown creates quality competition opposite Demarcus Lawrence.

Round Five

138. GB(CLE): Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA: The Packers need more depth at the receiver position.

139. NYG: Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State: The Giants need some more athletic linebackers with the addition of Alec Ogletree.

140. IND: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State: Indianapolis will look to find some depth behind T.Y. Hilton, Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers.

141. SEA(HOU): Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida: Callaway has had some off the field issues, but Seattle’s locker room can embrace him and ensure he succeeds.

142. WAS(DEN): Robert Foster, WR, Alabama: Washington needs more receivers to compete with their underwhelming starting group.

143. SF(NYJ): Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State: Joe Staley is old and Jones has starting potential.

144. TB: Bryce Bobo, WR, Colorado: Tampa should look to find a slot receiver to compete with Adam Humphries.

145. CHI: Poona Ford, DT, Texas: Ensuring there’s some competition in the defensive line is imperative for the Bears.

146. SEA(OAK): Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford: Seattle has quickly turned bare at the corner position, so finding some replacements is imperative.

147. NO(MIA): Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee: The Saints will look to find a physical slot corner.

148. PIT(SF): Brett Toth, OT, Army: Pittsburgh already has an Army offensive tackle in Alejandro Villanueva, so Toth could definitely be an option for the black and gold.

149. DEN(WAS): Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State: C.J. Anderson was released and the Broncos are in need of a receiving back, and Hines fills both of those needs.

150. CLE(GB): Darius Jackson, LB, Jacksonville State: Jackson provides quality depth at linebacker with some upside.

Jacksonville State linebacker Darius Jackson.

151. CIN: Mike McCray, LB, Michigan: Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s PED policy, so finding some quality linebackers is essential.

152. AZ: Greg Senat, OT, Wagner: Long-time right tackle Jared Veldheer was traded to the Broncos this offseason, and Senat is a natural right tackle.

153. DET: Hercules Mata’afa, DE, Washington State: This versatile defender will find his spot with defensive mind Matt Patricia.

154. BAL: Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama: The Ravens will look to get two things with this pick: a depth corner and another Alabama prospect.

155. LAC: Marcus Allen, S, Penn State: The Chargers need multiple young safeties to compete for starting positions.

156. SEA (PHI via SEA): Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky: The Seahawks have reportedly been interested in getting a backup QB.

157. NYJ (DAL): Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame: Matt Forte retired this offseason, so finding a potential starter in Adams is a priority.

158. CIN (BUF): Marquis Haynes, DE, Mississippi: The Bengals will jump at the potential to nab one of the best prospects at this stage of the draft.

159. OAK (NE via CLE via KC): Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa: Marshawn Lynch likely won’t be with the team after this upcoming season and Doug Martin isn’t dependable, so finding a running back should be on the to-do list.

160. DEN (LAR): Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame: Smythe is one of the top blocking tight ends in the draft, and John Elway will appreciate his versatility.

161. CAR: Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami (FL): Star Lotulelei left in free agency to Buffalo, so finding some depth at defensive tackle is needed.

162. TEN: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State: Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan have peaked and are old, so finding some rotational edge rushers is necessary.

163. WAS (DEN via ATL): Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska: Alex Smith will only be the answer for a few seasons, so offensive minded coach Jay Gruden will try and find a successor.

164. NO: Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF: Willie Snead is now a Raven, so finding some depth at receiver is important.

165. PIT: James Hearns, LB, Louisville: Pittsburgh will look to find some depth at outside linebacker.

166. BUF(JAX): J.K. Scott, P, Alabama: The Bills need a punter for the foreseeable future.

167. MIN: Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU: Minnesota will look to find depth in their offensive line.

168. SEA(NE): Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, DE, Arkansas State: The Seahawks traded Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Rolland-Jones is a sack machine.

169. PHI: Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T: Jason Peters will retire soon and Hal Vaitai is still unproven, so the Eagles could find a hidden gem in Parker.

170. CIN: Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh: The Bengals will look to add depth at the receiver position.

171. DAL: Tyrone Crowder, G, Clemson: Dallas is known for adding quality offensive linemen, and Crowder is a sleeper at the guard position.

172. GB: Van Smith, S, Clemson: Damarious Randall was sent off to Cleveland, and finding a safety should be a priority.

173. OAK (DAL): Ola Adeniyi, DE, Toledo: Jon Gruden will look to find some sleepers later in the draft, and Adeniyi has loads of upside.

174. GB: Parry Nickerson CB, Tulane: Nickerson is one of the biggest sleepers in this draft, and Green Bay will jump at the chance to grab him.

Round Six

175. CLE: Darren Carrington II, WR, Utah: Cleveland could look for more depth at receiver in the later rounds of the draft.

176. LAR(NYG): Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech: The guard position in Los Angeles has been subpar, so finding a player like Teller is important.

177. HOU: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State: There’s no definitive starter at defensive tackle, and drafting Nnadi at this stage of the draft is exceptional value.

178. IND: Drew Bailey, DT, Louisville: There’s no number one defensive tackle with the release of Johnathan Hankins, so finding a sleeper like Bailey is imperative.

179. NYJ: Chris Worley, LB, Ohio State: Demario Davis is no longer with the Jets, so finding a potential replacement should be prioritized.

180. TB: Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan: Tampa must find some more depth at the corner position.

181. CHI: Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin: Nelson will slip in the draft because of an injury he sustained during a visit with the Lions, so Chicago will be the beneficiary of his slip.

182. AZ(DEN): Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Mississippi: Arizona lost a few receivers this offseason, so getting some extra receivers for depth and competition is vital.

183. LAR(MIA): Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State: The Rams need some potential starters at linebacker now that Alec Ogletree is a New York Giant.

184. SF: D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State: This will be the third corner the 49ers draft, which is still necessary to sustain a competitive roster.

185. OAK: Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State: Oakland gets solid depth at linebacker with Thomas.

186. GB: Will Clapp, C, LSU: Clapp is a versatile blocker and will work well in Green Bay.

187. BUF(CIN): Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State: Buffalo gets a quality depth player in Holmes.

188. WAS: Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech: Washington needs to get a few corners to develop in this draft.

189. NO(AZ): Du’Vonta Lampkin, DT, Oklahoma: New Orleans will look to get another quality defensive lineman later in the draft.

190. BAL: Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis: Joe Flacco might not be the answer long-term, and getting Ferguson in the sixth round is tremendous value.

191. LAC: Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham: The Chargers will look to find a second running back behind Melvin Gordon.

192. DAL(OAK via SEA): M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina: Dallas needs to find some quality corners to work for the nickel role.

193. DAL: Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado: Lindsay is a good blocking running back and will fit great behind Ezekiel Elliott.

194. LAR(DET): Jaylen Dunlap, CB, Illinois: The Rams will want some quality corners behind Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.

195. LAR(BUF): Taylor Stallworth, DT, South Carolina: Behind Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, the Rams need more depth at defensive tackle.

196. KC: Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan: Tamba Hali was released and Ostman is a sack artist.

197. CAR: Will Richardson, OT, North Carolina State: Richardson gives great depth to a shaky offensive line room.

198. LAR: Brendan Mahon, G, Penn State: Los Angeles should try and add multiple offensive linemen in this draft.

199. TEN: Jacob Pugh, LB, Florida State: Avery Williamson is now a New York Jet, so finding a decent linebacker is important for the Titans’ defense.

200. ATL: D’Montre Wade, CB, Murray State: Jalen Collins was released and the Falcons need more competition at corner.

Murray State cornerback D'Montre Wade.

201. NO: Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech: The Saints find solid depth at corner in Stroman.

202. TB(PIT via CLE via PIT): Breeland Speaks, DE, Mississippi: Speaks provides good depth and versatility on the defensive line.

203. JAX: Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State: The safeties in Jacksonville are decent, but old, so finding potential replacements is a need.

204. MIN: Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford: Schultz is a solid receiver and can compete for starting time.

205. CLE(NE): Deadrin Senat, DT, USF: Danny Shelton was traded to the New England Patriots this offseason, so the Browns will get more defensive line talent through the draft.

206. PHI: Michael Dickson, P, Texas: Longtime Eagles punter Donnie Jones retired following the Super Bowl victory, so getting one of the top punters in college football will be an asset.

207. GB: Leon Jacobs, LB, Wisconsin: The Packers love Wisconsin players, and Jacobs fills a need at depth linebacker.

208. DAL: Chris Jones, CB, Nebraska: Dallas will take the risk on the injury prone Jones, who has loads of potential.

209. MIA(LAR via KC): Nic Shimonek, QB, Texas Tech: Ryan Tannehill may not be the long-term answer, but the Dolphins can’t afford to spend a decent pick on QB.

210. NE (via OAK): Jaylen Samuels, FB, North Carolina State: Bill Belichick loves players from North Carolina State and getting an offensive weapon in Samuels fills a need.

211. HOU: Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn: Houston needs a proven kicker for the future.

212. OAK: K.C. McDermott, OT, Miami (FL): The Raiders lack depth on their offensive line, and McDermott provides upside.

213. MIN: Danny Johnson, CB, Southern: Terence Newman is as old as time and will need to be replaced soon, and Johnson has loads of potential coming from a small school.

214. HOU: Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama: Hand never lived up to his potential, and having hard workers like J.J. Watt and Tyrann Mathieu on this defense will hopefully extract Hand’s potential.

215. BAL: Janarion Grant, WR, Rutgers: Grant has great return ability, which Baltimore is in dire need of.

216. OAK: John Atkins, DT, Georgia: Oakland adds depth to their defensive line with the addition of Atkins.

217. OAK: Will Dissly, TE, Washington: The Raiders released Clive Walford this offseason, and Jon Gruden will try and find a new depth tight end.

218. MIN: Eddy Pineiro, K, Florida: Minnesota will look for an upgrade at kicker.

Round Seven 

219. NE(CLE): Deion Harris, CB, North Dakota: New England will try and get another corner sometime in the draft.

220. PIT(NYG): Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State: James provides solid depth at receiver.

221. IND: Justin Lawler, DE, SMU: Adding some edge rusher depth is needed in Indianapolis.  

222. HOU: Jordan Akins, TE, UCF: C.J. Fiedorowicz retired this offseason, and Akins is the best option at tight end.

223. SF(MIA via TB): Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M: Drafting Watts in the seventh round is exceptional value, and John Lynch will jump at the chance to get him.

224. CHI: Cole Madison, G, Washington State: Chicago will look to add some quality offensive line help in the later rounds.

225. MIN(DEN): James Looney, DT, California: Minnesota needs some defensive line depth behind Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson.

California defensive tackle James Looney.

226. SEA(NYJ): Nyles Morgan, LB, Notre Dame: Seattle will look to add depth at linebacker, and Morgan will fit into their defense nicely.

227. MIA(SF): Taylor Hearn, G, Clemson: The Dolphins need more competition in their interior offensive line.

228. OAK: Godwin Igwebuike, S, Northwestern: The Raiders lack quality depth at safety.

229. MIA: Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts: The Dolphins released Julius Thomas, and Breneman provides some upside.

230. JAX(CIN): Maea Teuhema, G, SE Lousina: The Jags signed Andrew Norwell to a massive contract, but their guard play is subpar besides him.

231. WAS: Josh Frazier, DT, Alabama: Washington lacks a big run stuffer, and Frazier could join former Alabama teammate Jonathan Allen.

232. GB: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State: Green Bay lacks depth at receiver, at Wieneke provides some upside.

233. KC(AZ): Steven Mitchell, WR, USC: Making sure Patrick Mahomes has a lot of weapons is crucial for his development.

234. CAR(BUF via LAC): Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma: The Panthers are pretty bare at corner, so they’ll try and add some quality pieces.

235. NYJ(SEA): Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook: New York needs more depth at offensive line, and Parris’ small school pedigree could make him a sleeper.

236. DAL: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh: Dallas is bare at safety, so they’ll need to double-dip at this position.

237. DET: Troy Apke, S, Penn State: Detroit will look to beef up their secondary in the later rounds.

238. BAL: Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama: Ryan Jensen left in free agency, and GM Ozzie Newsome would love to end his final draft with an Alabama product.

239. GB(BUF): John Kelly, RB, Tennessee: This would be an absolute steal, and Green Bay could look to add depth in running back.

240. SF(KC): Justin Jones, DT, North Carolina State: The 49ers’ defensive line is stacked and young, but they need depth, and Jones is the best available.

241. WAS(LAR): Coleman Shelton, C, Washington: Washington needs some competition in the interior offensive line.

242. CAR: Justin Crawford, RB, West Virginia: Christian McCaffrey is about to take the reigns in the running back room, but he needs someone behind him to do the heavy lifting.

243. KC(TEN): Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson: The Chiefs released Derrick Johnson this offseason, and although O’Daniel won’t be Johnson, they’ll need an instinctual linebacker f0r the future.

244. ATL: Toby Weathersby, OT, LSU: Weathersby is a natural right tackle, which the Falcons need for depth.

245. NO: Trey Quinn, QB, SMU: New Orleans needs depth at receiver, and Quinn is an intriguing prospect.

246. PIT: Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi: James Conner is decent, but Smith can compete for playing reps.

247. JAX: Michael Joseph, CB, Dubuque: Aaron Colvin is now a Houston Texan, so Joseph could potentially compete for being a nickel back.

248. SEA(MIN): Lavon Coleman, RB, Washington: Seattle is shaky at running back, so they’ll look to add a running back in Coleman.

249. CIN: Azeem Victor, LB, Washington: Cincinnati will look to add multiple linebackers to replenish their aging roster.

250. PHI(SEA via NE via SEA via PHI): Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona: Philadelphia could look to add some safety depth in the late part of the draft.

Arizona safety Dane Cruikshank.

251. LAC: Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan: Antonio Gates will likely retire soon, and Hunter Henry isn’t the bona fide number two tight end, so Conklin could give him a run for his money.

252. CIN: Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State: Pringle is a sleeper talent and could work in Marvin Lewis’ system.

253. CIN: Ade Aruna, DE, Tulane: Aruna is an athletic freak and is great value late in the seventh round.

254. AZ: Sam Jones, G, Arizona State: Jacob Pugh got massively overpaid, but the Cardinals still need some quality depth.

255. TB: Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Chris Baker is now a Cincinnati Bengal, and Lotulelei has pro pedigree.

256. ATL: Quadree Henderson, WR, Pittsburgh: It’s hard to predict who Mr. Irrelevant will be, but for now, it’s this guy.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Quadree Henderson.

Who’s Bound to Win Next Year’s NFL Awards?

With the NFL Awards ceremony complete, one might wonder who might win next year’s NFL Awards. We’ll give explanation for each possible selection and pick a likely candidate for each. To clarify, we will only be predicting the MVP, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Head Coach of the Year, and the Comeback Player of the Year. With that being said, let’s get started.


2017 Winner: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Projected 2018 Winner: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

The student becomes the master. After being traded to the San Francisco 49ers at the trade deadline, Garoppolo has become an interesting player to look out for in next year’s MVP race. If the 49ers become good again, it will be because of Jimmy G’s ability to bring them relevance.

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

Other Candidates: Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson

Offensive Rookie of the Year

2017 Winner: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

Projected 2018 Winner: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Few believed that Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara could become the OROY, but stranger things have happened in the NFL. It may be a safe pick to choose Barkley for next year, but there isn’t anyone who comes close to his pro-readiness.

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley.

Other Candidates: Courtland Sutton, James Washington

Defensive Rookie of the Year

2017 Winner: Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints

Projected 2018 Winner: Derwin James, S, Florida State

There are many players I could choose from, but I ended up going with James out of FSU. Why? He’s a thumper who has ball-hawk instincts. I think any team becomes better with him on the roster.

Florida State S Derwin James.

Other Candidates: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Tremaine Edmunds

Offensive Player of the Year

2017 Winner: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Projected 2018 Winner: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

After suffering a season-ending injury last season, OBJ will look to recoup and put on a clinic for either Eli Manning or whoever is at QB. People won’t forget how dominant a receiver he is for long.

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Other Candidates: Jordan Howard, Deandre Hopkins

Defensive Player of the Year

2017 Winner: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams

Projected 2018 Winner: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

I believe 2018 will be the year that there will be consensus on who the most dominant corner in the game is, and his name is Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey has ability to cement himself as the best in the business with a stellar 2o18 campaign; it’s up to him if he delivers.

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey.

Other Candidates: Marcus Peters, Khalil Mack

Head Coach of the Year

2017 Winner: Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams

Projected 2018 Winner: Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals

I tried to think outside-the-box on this one, and I’d like to continue the trend of first year head coaches winning this award. Wilks brings a defensive mind to an intriguing defensive unit. With the help of a QB and the return of David Johnson, Wilks could definitely win it.

Arizona Cardinals HC Steve Wilks.

Other Candidates: Mike Tomlin, Jon Gruden

Comeback Player of the Year

2017 Winner: Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Projected 2018 Winner: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

It’s good to see Keenan Allen back in his Pro Bowl form. For next season, a major headline is the health of Andrew Luck. If Luck is healthy and plays well, he’s almost a shoe-in to win this award.

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck.

Other Candidates: David Johnson, J.J. Watt

Biggest Need for Every NFL Team: The First Quarter of the Season

Biggest Need for Every NFL Team: The First Quarter of the Season

We’re only four weeks in and there are some glaring needs on every NFL team.

Whether it’s a rookie not living up to expectations or a veteran who’s regressing, teams are starting to find holes on their roster.

Today, we look at the biggest need for every NFL team and present a solution to this problem.

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Big Division Match Ups Highlight Week Four

Week four of the 2017 NFL season features tantalizing division match ups. Below is a look at this week’s most compelling match ups and predictions of who comes out on top.

Chicago Bears (1-2) @ Green Bay Packers (2-1)

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers

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Thursday Night Football features the all-time series tie breaker in this longstanding rivalry. The record sits at 93-93-6, with the winner of tonight’s contest earning a one-game lead with another meeting schedule later this season. The Packers swept Chicago last season, winning both 2016 bouts. The last time the Bears played football in Lambeau, Aaron Rodgers and company came away with a 26-10 win.

Chicago is one week removed from an upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers for their lone win of the season. The Bears have been somewhat of a mystery thus far. John Fox’s team nearly upset the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in the week one opener. In week two, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers steamrolled Chicago. The Bears always play the Packers tough, but they will need a solid performance to knock of Green Bay.

The Packers opened their season with a week one win against a tough Seattle Seahawks team. The following week, a slow start in Atlanta led to Green Bay trailing 24-7 at half time. The final score of 34-23 made the game look more competitive than it was, with 13 Packer points coming in the final quarter. Rodgers and the rest of the Pack had their hands full against the Cincinnati Bengals. The winless Bengals took the Packers into overtime, and Rodgers was able to earn his first career victory over Cincy, the only team he had yet to defeat (outside of obviously the Green Bay).

Chicago always plays Green Bay tough and, despite being swept last season, usually splits the season series. Rodgers should not underestimate the Bears. Chicago could go into Lambeau and steal a win. A Bears win could make the NFC North even more interesting four games into the year. Rodgers finds a way to get it done.

GB 24 – CHI 17

Detroit Lions (2-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (2-1)

Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions

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Another heated rivalry in the NFC North with both teams sitting at 2-1. The Lions edged out the Vikings twice last season, completing the sweep. Both teams have looked tough four games into the season. The winner of this match up could be in sole possession of first place depending on the outcome of Chicago-Green Bay.

Detroit lost a heart-breaking, controversial finish against Atlanta. The Lions could easily have entered this game without a blemish on their record. Wins against Arizona and the New York Giants don’t hold a tremendous amount of weight, but a victory over the Falcons would have. Quarterback Matt Stafford usually performs well against the Vikings. In the past 11 meetings, his touchdown to interception ratio sits at 17/4. He’ll aim to keep the offense moving and scoring.

Defensively, Detroit continues to impress. Last week, safety Glover Quin took an errant Matt Ryan pass to the house. Teammate Darius Slay recorded two picks last week, and has picked off Vikings signal callers twice in the last four contests. The defense will look to disrupt Minnesota’s Case Keenum, who is preparing to start in Sam Bradford’s absence.

The Vikings have fluctuated week to week, but remain in first place. After spoiling Adrian Peterson’s homecoming in a Saints uniform, Minnesota was embarrassed in Pittsburgh. Last week, the Vikings throttled a hot Buccaneers team. The wide receiver combination of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen currently sit second and third in total receiving yards. Diggs had a phenomenal game against Tampa. Thielan and Diggs will continue to stretch the field and make Keenum look good, while rookie running back – and leading NFC rusher – Dalvin Cook continues to rumble out of the backfield.

This one will be close, which is usually the case. The Lions will likely get the win as Keenum may not be able to have a repeat performance against a tougher Detroit defense.

DET 20 – MIN 17

Oakland Raiders (2-1) @ Denver Broncos (2-1)

Denver Broncos Oakland Raiders

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This game features two contending teams in arguably the best division in the NFL. Every win matters in the AFC West. Both teams are coming off seemingly stunning upsets. Not many anticipated either the Washington Redskins nor the Buffalo Bills of beating teams in the AFC West, as neither was facing the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Raiders earned a hard-fought win against the ascending Tennessee Titans in week one. Oakland followed that with a dismantling of the New York Jets in which the best highlight featured Beast Mode’s best dance moves. Washington didn’t care, and the defense completely shut down Oakland’s offense.

Both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were M.I.A. Marshawn Lynch absorbed a thunderous shot by D.J. Swearinger. The Raiders defense could not stop Kirk Cousins and company. Redskins Chris Thompson torched the Oakland defense, who did not look like contenders Sunday night. Defensively, Khalil Mack has historically been a problem for Denver. In the past three meetings, Mack has amassed seven sacks and two forced fumbles. The Broncos offense must do what they can to keep Trevor Siemien upright.

Denver already has one division win under their belt, as they took care of the Chargers in week one. The Broncos destroyed the Dallas Cowboys in the second game in the Mile High City. As Shannon Sharpe famously stated, “When you go to the Mile High, that’s where dreams go to die”.

There is truth to Sharpe’s words. Denver is a much different team at home. Last week proved that. The Broncos were stunned by the Bills in Buffalo. The Oakland offense has more quality talent, although that didn’t seem so last week. The Broncos beat a Carr-less Raiders team in week 17 of the 2016 NFL season, 24-6.

The “No Fly Zone” will aim to do what Washington did and eliminate the effectiveness of Oakland’s top pass catchers. The “Orange Wall” will prepare to tame the Beast in the backfield, similar to how they ripped Zeke Elliott’s heart right out of his chest. Stud linebacker Von Miller is known to be a thorn for the silver and black. He will strive to wrap up Carr and to lay a thump on the Beast. That will be difficult, as Lynch can sometimes be heartless when carrying the rock.

Denver will hand Oakland their second straight loss and keep the AFC West race close.

DEN 28 – OAK 24

Tennessee Titans (2-1) @ Houston Texans (1-2)

Texans Clowney vs Titans Lewan

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Arguably the two best teams in the AFC South face off Sunday. Houston could easily be 2-1, but lost on a time-expiring touchdown pass from the arm of who many believe to be the G.O.A.T., Tom Brady. Tennessee is in first place of the AFC South and looks to acquire another division win against the defending division champions.

The Texans already have one division loss on their resume. Houston’s week one performance paved the way for berth of “Sacksonville”. The Jacksonville Jaguars, simply put, beat up the Texans. The Jaguars followed their 22 points win over Houston with a 21 point loss to Tennessee, who silenced the noise of “Sacksonville” through physical domination.

In rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson’s first career start, his play through the air and on the ground helped the Texans in the jungle. After watching his soul leave his body on a thunderous Geno Atkins blow, watching zig-zagged his way for a huge touchdown run that ended up being the difference in the ball game.

Watson was polarizing against New England last week, as his rookie growing pains flashed throughout. His two touchdowns passes accompany his two interceptions. It will take more than a season for Watson to work out the kinks in his game, but he has shown some promise. Nearly beating Brady & Bill Belichick in his first meeting would have really been something.

The Texans achilles heel remains their offensive line. Offensive linemen Duane Brown continues to holdout, with no deal close to being reached. The rest of the line has struggled immensely. The poor play caused originally starting quarterback Tom Savage to lose his job halfway through the first game. If not for Watson’s mobility, he too would have had to choose between paper or plastic often.

Defensively, Houston features some tremendous talent, highlighted by J.J. Watt. His 2017 season stat sheet does not do his play justice. Just because he may not have the sack numbers doesn’t mean he isn’t being a nuisance in the trenches. With Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus foaming at the mouth, Tennessee’s offensive line will definitely have their hands full.

For the Titans, facing a tough defense isn’t something new. In fact, the last two weeks have featured games against teams whose defense is the strength. Jacksonville, who worked Houston, was manhandled by Tennessee’s mauling trench-warriors. Last week, the bullies of the NFC West were bullied by the Titans. Two dominating victories over two highly touted defenses provide the Titans with a sense of confidence.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota continues to find the flow of the offense. His slow starts have ended with sharp finishes. This week, he faces Watt for the first time in his career. His two-tone blue bodyguards will do what they can to postpone Watt-Mariota meeting until the post game handshake. In the meanwhile, Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray are both eager to introduce themselves to Watt. Murray is no stranger. In the past three meetings against Houston, he’s totaled 330 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

The Titans offense will be the difference in this game. Texans lose to Tennessee for the first time at home since 2011. The Titans will sit comfortably atop the AFC South mountain.

TEN 34 HOU 20

Other Notable Division Games

Pittsburgh @ Baltimore (PITT), Cincinnati @ Cleveland (CLE), San Francisco @ Arizona (SF)

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Veterans for Every Team who look to be Regressing

Veterans for Every Team who look to be Regressing

Father time is undefeated.

Every NFL team has a few veterans whom they’ve relied on for the past few seasons, but it’s foolish to assume they’ll always be the dominant players they once were.

Today, we look at one veteran who looks to be regressing for each NFL team. In addition, we’ll discuss whether they should retire or not by the end of this season.

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer

It looks to be an unfortunate end for Carson Palmer.

The fifteen year veteran has been the textbook definition of a serviceable, above average game manager throughout his career. In 2017, however, Palmer has proved in his first two games that he is showing signs of regression.

Should he retire after this season?

Since Palmer has had relatively poor play at the beginning of this season and essentially all of last season, YES, he should retire. Arizona should look to trade up for QB prospects Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Mason Rudolph, or whoever they see fit. Who knows, maybe the Cardinals are the team that signs Colin Kaepernick? Time will tell, but this looks like the end of the Carson Palmer era in Arizona.

QB Carson Palmer about to throw the ball downfield.

Atlanta Falcons

Courtney Upshaw

In all honesty, this was a bit of a stretch, since most veterans are playing relatively well on the Falcons thus far.

The reason I singled out Upshaw was for one reason: what is his role on this defense? His production should go up in wake of Vic Beasley’s injury, but Upshaw seems to be a depth player rather than a contributor.

Should he retire after this season?

In short, NO. But, I do believe Upshaw should look to find a new NFL home if the pass rusher depth chart becomes too deep in Atlanta. His fit in this system is questionable and considering he’s an unrestricted free agent come 2018, don’t expect him to be with the Falcons after this season.

Defensive end Courtney Upshaw eyeing the QB.

Baltimore Ravens

Mike Wallace

This is a long time coming, but I think we’ve seen the best of Mike Wallace.

Wallace had a decent year last season with 72 receptions, 1,017 yards and 4 touchdowns, but that looks to be the product of the limited amount of weapons Baltimore had. Two games into the 2017 season and Wallace has 2 receptions for 15 yards. It goes without saying, but that won’t cut it.

Should he retire after this season?

Because he had a decent season last year, the answer is NO. However, this is dependent on how he performs for the remainder of this season. I don’t think it’s necessary for him to switch teams either, but his level of play must improve in order for him to play for the Ravens next season.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace pretending to take a selfie with Cleveland Browns fans after he scores a touchdown.

Buffalo Bills

Andre Holmes

To be fair, Holmes has never been a huge name on whatever team he’s been on, but he was one of Buffalo’s bigger signings this offseason, which is proving to be a disappointment.

Holmes was a solid number three option for Derek Carr the last few seasons in Oakland, but in his first two games, Holmes has had 3 receptions for 19 yards and 1 touchdown. Perhaps Buffalo wants to use him in a way where he isn’t a primary target, but with these stats, Holmes will regress compared to previous years while with the Bills.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, but his production must increase throughout this season, or else he might be trade-bait either during this season or shortly thereafter.

Holmes likely reached his prime with the Raiders, but he has the potential to be a more reliable target for Tyrod Taylor.

Wide receiver Andre Holmes about to get tackled by cornerback Jalen Mills in preseason action.

Carolina Panthers

Charles Johnson

I’m surprised this guy is still in the league, let alone still on the Panthers.

Going on his 11th season, defensive end Charles Johnson has quietly been a productive player throughout his career. As of late, this has not been the case. In his last 2 games, he’s only recorded 2 tackles, and looking at his stats over the past few years, it looks like Johnson has well passed his prime.

Should he retire after this season?

Sadly for long-time Panthers fans, YES. The depth the Panthers currently have on the defensive line make him dispensable.

Johnson has had a good career with Carolina, and merely out of respect I’m sure Ron Rivera and Co. will offer him the opportunity to retire on his own terms rather than just cutting him.

Defensive end Charles Johnson pointing at the opposing team.

Chicago Bears

Danny Trevathan

The former Denver Bronco hasn’t played very well for the Bears since joining them last season.

Trevathan was a solid player for the Super Bowl winning Broncos and decided to take his talents to the Windy City. Throughout the first two games of this season, Trevathan has only recorded 6 tackles. The tape speaks louder than the stats, and it just looks like his dominant days in the Mile High City appear to be over.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, but with the circumstances he’s under right now, he should be playing much better. Chicago’s front seven isn’t bad, and with Jerrell Freeman sidelined, Trevathan should be making much more plays.

I think Trevathan is safe in terms of job security, but an increase in quality of play would at least make Chicago think they didn’t mess up in free agency.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan in pursuit to make a tackle.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton

You probably saw this coming, but this is justified nonetheless.

I never thought Dalton was a bad quarterback, but so far in the 2017 NFL season, there’s little to like about his play.

The Bengals have yet to score a touchdown this season and recently fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. Dalton has had 4 interceptions and 394 over two games.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, Dalton is too young and has shown enough in previous years to show that he isn’t a bad player, but his current level of play needs to change immediately.

The Bengals have a few options as to how they can solve this. They can stick with Dalton, which is likely what they will do. They could switch to backup A.J. McCarron, but that’ll likely only happen if Dalton has another poor performance. If this season turns for the worst, the Bengals may need to look to the draft to solve this issue, but let’s hope it doesn’t get that bad.

Quarterback Andy Dalton preparing for a season game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Cleveland Browns

Kenny Britt

The Browns look to be missing Terrelle Pryor.

This offseason, the Browns replaced Pryor with former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt, who had an impressive 68 receptions, 1,002 yards and 5 touchdowns last season and hoped to repeat that success in Cleveland.

Thus far, Britt has been a disappointment. In two games, he’s had 2 receptions for 15 yards.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, since he had such a productive season last year, but depending on his production for the remainder of the season, time will tell.

I think he still has a spot on this Cleveland Browns roster, but if his production continues to be this limited, don’t expect him to be on this roster for long.

Wide receiver Kenny Britt eyeing the ball as he's about to catch it.

Dallas Cowboys

Orlando Scandrick

It seems like Scandrick is always the forgotten one on the Cowboys’ roster. Now, he stands out for the wrong reasons.

Scandrick has been largely underperforming in the first two games, only recording 1 tackle. His role on the team is odd, since there are other corners on this team better and younger than him, but because of seniority, he’s playing and not at a high level.

Should he retire after this season?

Surprisingly, I’m going to have to say YES. Scandrick was never classified as a shut-down corner or even top 10, and with younger players showing their worth, Scandrick isn’t really needed on this roster and he would have a temporary role on any other team if he became a free agent.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick preparing to play coverage.

Denver Broncos

Darian Stewart

It seems as though the “No-Fly Zone” has a weak link.

Nine year veteran Darian Stewart is showing signs of poor play in his first two games. He’s recorded 9 tackles thus far, but his tape tells a disappointing story.

His coverage ability has weakened compared to last season, and whether that has anything to do with the release of fellow safety T.J. Ward is up for debate, but Stewart played much better with Ward alongside him.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, but his level of play must improve this season in order to not be replaced next offseason.

I don’t think Stewart would play any better being on another team, so he should really try to show that he’s a leader on this elite defense.

Safety Darian Stewart picks off a pass.

Detroit Lions

Paul Worrilow

How is this guy still in the league?

Five year pro Paul Worrilow showed loads of promise early in his career with the Atlanta Falcons, but the past two seasons show that he peaked early on and burnt out quick.

Now with the Detroit Lions, Worrilow has only recorded 2 tackles and is merely a depth player for them.

Should he retire after this season?

Normally I wouldn’t be pessimistic on a player that has only played in the league for five years, but Worrilow is showing no signs of progression and really doesn’t have a concrete role with the Lions. So, for that reason, I would say YES, he should retire.

Linebacker Paul Worrilow attempting to complete an interception in Lions practice.

Green Bay Packers

Davon House

House rejoining the Packers hasn’t panned out on either side.

The Packers’ secondary is weak relative to the rest of their team, and they believed bringing House back would improve this unit.

After two games, House has recorded 6 tackles and has not played at the decent level he’s played in previously.

Should he retire after this season?

I would say YES, simply because his role is very unclear.

He brings veteran leadership, yes, but wouldn’t you rather give that responsibility to distinguished vets like Clay Matthews or Morgan Burnett? It’s time for House to move out.

Cornerback Davon House about to get into coverage.

Houston Texans

Lamar Miller

This might be a hot take for some readers.

Running back Lamar Miller had a decent year last season when he eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark. This season, however, he hasn’t impressed.

Miller has had 126 yards through 35 attempts, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. On the surface, this might not seem terrible–and it isn’t, but Miller lacks the explosive play needed to lead a struggling offense led by rookie QB Deshaun Watson. Miller’s longest run has been 19 yards thus far, which is far from a game-breaking play.

This might seem nit-picky, but wasn’t the argument surrounding Miller when he was in Miami that he wasn’t being utilized enough? That he was this closet beast who could emerge at any moment if he was given the opportunity? Well, he’s been given that opportunity and hasn’t lived up to the lofty expectations.

Should he retire after this season?

Oh, it’s an absolute NO. However, he must hone the responsibility of being the bell cow for this team and aiding Deshaun Watson to become at least a serviceable QB for years to come.

Running back Lamar Miller during a rushing attempt.

Indianapolis Colts

Frank Gore

Even though he should probably retire by the end of this year, one has to admire how impressive Gore has been in the latter stages of his career.

Gore’s 88 yards in 24 attempts, averaging 3.7 yards per carry isn’t bad, but rookie Marlon Mack has shown signs of promise and it may be time for Gore to accept that he cannot bring to the table what he used to bring.

Should he retire after this season?

Unfortunately, YES. It’s not that he’s bad, because one could argue he’s a top 15 running back in this league as of now, but expecting him to replicate his success at age 34 is difficult.

Running back Frank Gore runs by defender in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chris Ivory

How does this guy still have a roster spot?

After an impressive 2015 campaign with the New York Jets, the Jaguars foolishly gave him a whopping contract of 5 years worth $32 million.

With Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon on the roster, Ivory’s role is nullified and his performance of last season and this season is abysmal.

Should he retire after this season?

YES. He has no defined role and eats away a roster spot. Get rid of him. He doesn’t fit with any other team, because he can’t take the responsibility of being a number one back and he brings no substance as a backup.

Running back Chris Ivory runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers defender.

Kansas City Chiefs

Charcandrick West

While Chiefs fans are ecstatic over the production of rookie running back Kareem Hunt, one player has done anything but benefit from it; that would be Charcandrick West.

The issue with West is that he’s getting a limited amount of snaps because of Hunt’s success. He’s only had one rushing attempt–which he had 21 yards on, so not bad. But considering that he’s only had one rushing attempt means that whatever production he’s done in practice hasn’t been up to par.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, he shouldn’t retire. He should also stay with the Chiefs. The one thing he should do is prove that he should be getting at least a handful of rushing attempts every game.

Hunt is going to be the future of this franchise, but that doesn’t mean West can’t have a prominent role in this offense.

Running back Charcandrick West attempting to silence the crowd.

Los Angeles Chargers

Corey Liuget

Here’s another guy who didn’t live up to the hype and has an awkward role which is expendable.

Former first rounder Corey Liuget has underwhelmed greatly throughout his career and surprisingly still has a roster spot.

The Chargers’ defense is a rising super power, with young ascending players like Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, Jason Verrett and others. Why not get rid of the overpaid, virtually useless veterans who won’t be playing in a matter of years?

Should he retire after this season?

For the Chargers’ sake, YES, he should. Say the Chargers release him, which team is going to sign someone who’ll likely demand a relatively decently sized contract and have no impact, on top of the fact that he’s getting old? It’s time for Liuget to hang the cleats up come the end of this season.

Defensive lineman Corey Liuget in puts fist up in approval.

Los Angeles Rams

Connor Barwin

Yet another case of a free agency signing not panning out.

In his first two games with the Rams, Barwin has had 5 tackles, which is underwhelming considering the amount of plays he was able to make.

Barwin is a bit older and the Rams have enough veterans on the team to make one question why they resorted to signing a 30 year old linebacker who’s been on the decline since 2015.

Should he retire after this season?

Barwin really isn’t making an impact for the Rams, and his prime years look to be over, so for that reason, YES, he should.

If Barwin retires before the general public catches on to the fact that he’s slowing down in production, he’ll be looked upon as a solid player during his time in Houston and Philadelphia.

Linebacker Connor Barwin attempting to swat a pass intended for Jamison Crowder against the Washington Redskins.

Miami Dolphins 

William Hayes

To be fair, the Dolphins have only played one game because of Hurricane Irma postponing their matchup against the Buccaneers, but one player who probably could have had a bigger game was veteran William Hayes.

Although Hayes did have 1 sack against the Chargers, it’s not like that offensive line was putting up much of a fight. Regardless, the Dolphins are repeating their mistake of acquiring an old defensive end, like when they signed Mario Williams last year and cut him by the end of it.

Should he retire after this season?

It may be too early to tell, but YES, Hayes should retire by the end of this season. His career isn’t necessarily a memorable one, but maybe he can do more research on dinosaurs in retirement, since he claims they’ve never existed.

Defensive end William Hayes attempts to tackle Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Sims in preseason action.

Minnesota Vikings

Latavius Murray

In retrospect, signing Murray while already having Jerick McKinnon and drafting Dalvin Cook would make for a pretty crowded backfield.

I never understood the hype over Murray and I’ll never be convinced that he should have ever made a Pro Bowl, but nonetheless, here we are.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, but he shouldn’t be playing for the Vikings. Cook and McKinnon can make a great duo and Murray seems to be the odd one out. Maybe another team with limited running back depth would benefit from Murray.

Running back Latavius Murray attempts to run by Steelers' linebacker Ryan Shazier.

New England Patriots

Dwayne Allen

It looks like the trade with the Indianapolis Colts didn’t work out for the Patriots.

The sixth year pro has yet to record a reception, which is somewhat understandable, since his skill set is tailored to being a blocking tight end, but he hasn’t even done that well.

Learning the Patriots’ playbook is difficult, but he had the entire offseason to learn it and having Tom Brady mentor you is a plus.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, but Allen is in a difficult situation. If he gets traded or is released, he’ll have the obstacle of learning a new playbook–something he’s struggling with. The best thing Allen can do is to become fully invested in this offense and utilize those around him in order for him to have any success.

Tight end Dwayne Allen discussing plays in practice with QB Tom Brady.

New Orleans Saints

Adrian Peterson

“All-Day” probably wants to retire “Any-Day” after his previous two performances.

The future Hall of Famer has been unimpressive so far in 2017, having 14 attempts for 44 yards; an average of 3.1 yards per carry.

The Saints’ backfield is the most crowded in the league, with Peterson, Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara splitting reps. Peterson is not the future of New Orleans, and they’re better off moving on from him.

Should he retire after this season?

Sadly, for football fans who’ve watched AD punish defenders since 2007, YES, he should retire.

It’s unfortunate that he won’t retire on top, but that doesn’t take anything away from his stellar career. He made the Vikings relevant again and had a grit to him that was second to none. But alas, everyone’s time comes, and it’s time for Adrian Peterson to throw in the towel.

Running back Adrian Peterson walking before the game begins.

New York Giants

Eli Manning

Could this near the end of the Eli Manning era in the Big Apple?

Manning has never been an exceptional quarterback, but he knows how to win games when it matters most. Right now, however, he isn’t playing at that kind of level.

In his first two games, Manning’s recorded 459 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Now, maybe it’s head coach Ben McAdoo’s fault, maybe it’s the non-existent running game or offensive line, but as a quarterback–especially one who’s been in this system for years, Manning should be able to properly manage the game at least.

Should he retire after this season?

In short, NO. But the Giants should be cognizant of the fact that Manning likely only has about 2-3 years left to play. Who knows, maybe rookie quarterback Davis Webb becomes the next Jimmy Garoppolo, or even the next Dak Prescott? Either way, Manning’s days in NYC are numbered.

Quarterback Eli Manning warming up against a gamer against the Cincinnati Bengals.

New York Jets

Steve McLendon

This might be picky, but this guy has been around forever and hasn’t done a whole lot.

The Jets may be terrible, but their veterans are playing at a serviceable level. I’m singling out McClendon because he’s expendable. This defensive line is a top 10 unit, but they should look to replenish it with younger faces to play alongside Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson.

Should he retire after this season?

YES. It’s not that McLendon is bad, but what exactly is his role? He’s also in his eighth season and showing signs of slowing down. The Jets will likely replace him once they find someone new and young.

Defensive tackle Steve McLendon celebrating after a big play.

Oakland Raiders

David Amerson

Despite the Raiders’ success, they still have a few weak links on their team, and cornerback David Amerson is one of them.

In his last two games, he’s had 3 tackles and has played poorly against his competition.

Rookie cornerback Gareon Conley will look to surpass Amerson on the depth chart, as well as corners T.J. Carrie and Sean Smith after he figures out his legal trouble.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, but his play must improve. He could very well stay on the Raiders, but perhaps he could have more success on another team.

Cornerback David Amerson eyeing down the opponent.

Philadelphia Eagles

LeGarrette Blount

It didn’t take long to realize that that wouldn’t work out.

After collecting a whopping 18 rushing touchdowns last season with the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots, running back LeGarrette Blount decided to take his talents to the City of Brotherly Love.

However, this is quickly proving to be an anomaly, as Blount has only had 14 rushing attempts 46 for yards, averaging at about 3.3 yards per carry.

Should he retire after this season?

This was a difficult decision, but considering the fact that his older age and somewhat sluggish athletic ability as of late would make one believe that YES, he should in fact retire.

Blount’s ability to be a reliable runner and catcher made him a tough player to plan around. However, he’s lost a step in his game and he should call it quits before his lack of skill becomes exposed to the public.

Running back LeGarrette Blount rushing in Lincoln Financial Field.

Pittsburgh Steelers

James Harrison

It’s time for the gym rat to hang up the cleats.

With rookie linebacker T.J. Watt making an immediate impact, Harrison has become a depth player. His age 39 frame is strong, but he isn’t the player he once was.

Having not recorded a tackle yet, Harrison is sure to hang up the cleats by the end of this year.

Should he retire after this season?

This is a flat out YES. He’s old and can’t play at a high level anymore. I’d bet that he will retire by the end of this year. It’s been a great career for the human Hulk.

Linebacker James Harrison running out of the tunnel pregame.

San Francisco 49ers

Earl Mitchell

With such a young defensive line, why sign Earl Mitchell this offseason?

The San Francisco 49ers signed Earl Mitchell this offseason for reasons only they can answer. Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are trying to fortify themselves as a dominant group, but Mitchell is showing his age quick in his first two games this season.

Should he retire after this season?

I’m going to have to say YES. He hasn’t recorded a sack since 2014 and prevents further development of the three young stars on the defensive line. Earl Mitchell likely won’t be on the team come the start of next season.

Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on the sideline.

Seattle Seahawks

Eddie Lacy

Unfortunately for the talented Lacy, it just isn’t working out in Seattle.

Acquired through free agency this offseason, running back Eddie Lacy went from Green Bay to Seattle and hasn’t impressed anyone.

In his first game, he recorded 5 rushing attempts for 3 yards, which is 0.6 yards per carry. Not impressive in the slightest.

Should he retire after this season?

NO, I don’t think Lacy should retire, but he must work on his ongoing weight concerns and if it doesn’t work out in Seattle, he should focus on training and be a serviceable number two back for someone.

Running back Eddie Lacy getting the ball from QB Trevone Boykin in preseason action.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Baker

Formerly of the Washington Redskins, defensive tackle Chris Baker hasn’t made a huge impact for the Bucs thus far.

To be fair, Tampa Bay has only played one game because of their game against the Miami Dolphins being postponed because of Hurricane Irma, but judging off of one game, it hasn’t been very impressive.

Baker didn’t record a single tackle in the Buccaneers’ win over the Chicago Bears.

Should he retire after this season?

It’s too early to tell, so for now I’ll say NO. He still contributed later in his tenure with the Redskins, so there’s reason to believe he can do it again.

Defensive tackle Chris Baker practicing hand work in Buccaneers practice.

Tennessee Titans

DaQuan Jones

Jones has never been an impactful player and there’s no reason to believe he will now.

The four year veteran has one of those roles where he starts, but is also not super important to the system because of his poor play.

During the last two games, Jones has had 4 tackles–not very impressive for a linebacker.

Should he retire after this season?

I’ll have to say NO because of his young age, but if he doesn’t actually become a quality contributor, he might as well be out of the league.

Edge rusher DaQuan Jones celebrating with defensive tackle Jurell Casey.

Washington Redskins

Vernon Davis

I honestly cannot believe this guy is still playing.

The twelfth year pro has solidified himself as one of the most dominant tight ends of his era. In contrast, that era is very well over.

With star tight end Jordan Reed on the Redskins’ roster, one can assume Davis’ role is merely for depth. In his first two games this season, Davis had 1 reception for 13 yards. This is definitive proof of his regression.

Should he retire after this season?

YES. One can only play for so long, and father time is creeping up on Davis quickly.

Davis has had a great career, and he can lament it by leaving the game on a high note by retiring before he’s forced to.

TIght end Vernon Davis warming up.


Rookies Impressing in the NFL Preseason: AFC Edition

The young ones are making their names known.

Now in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason, teams are eager to see how their rookies are panning out thus far.

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32 Teams in 32 Days: Houston Texans

It seems that every year, the Houston Texans have a wide range of record predictions, and it is consistently because of the quarterback position. Being a Houston native, the Texan’s quarterback position has been the most frustrating part of being a Houston fan. Even though I already predicted the Tennessee Titans to win the AFC South, I still believe that the outcome of this rising division rests on the performance of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. Well if he plays, that is.

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