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Mockery Draft 2.0

About a month ago, I did my silly little mock draft and now because of some time to kill and anticipation for this year’s draft only being a few days away – here is another.   Now instead of going with just “my gut” – I’m going with my gut, what rumors make sense, what makes sense for the team selecting and a good amount of second-guessing on my part.  So enjoy the Mockery Draft, Second Edition.

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC:  There is a strong consensus saying the Browns will take Josh Allen, but I think that’s just a smoke-screen trying to bait anyone who’d pay a fortune for the number one pick.
  2. New York Giants: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State: In the original, I had the G-Men taking Josh Rosen. . .then I almost went with the consensus that would have the Giants taking running back Saquon Barkley – but out of nowhere I think the Giants take the guy who is as close to a guarantee in this draft when it comes to being a starter 10 years down the line.
  3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Kept this the same.  This is who the Jets want, this is who they’re going to get.
  4. Cleveland Browns  – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: Originally had them taking Chubb here, but in this case they go with Ward to help out that secondary that got toyed with last season.  Kiper and McShay have Barkley going here but running back is not a need for a team that has Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde at the moment.
  5. Buffalo Bills (in MOCKERY TRADE WITH DENVER)- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: I still have this going down and I still think it’s stupid.
  6. Indianapolis Colts – Roquan Smith, ILB/OLB, Georgia: Originally had Barkley getting drafted here but I have the Colts taking the best linebacker in the draft, who can be a leader to that defense for years to come.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Derwin James, Florida State, DB: There is a lot of talk of keeping James in the state of Florida, I believe it.
  8. Chicago Bears – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: Almost changed this one up – there is a good chance Nelson gets taken by the Colts or even the Browns.  If Nelson isn’t the guy for Chicago, and with Roquan Smith also gone – I’d expect Trumaine Edmunds to be the pick for Chi-Town.
  9. San Francisco 49ers – Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech: You can never have too many pass rushers in this league – especially while one of them is awaiting domestic abuse charges. . .
  10. Oakland Raiders – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama: Raiders have their eye on Smith.  They don’t get him in this version of reality and nobody wants to trade with them.
  11. Miami Dolphins – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Dolphins get the steal of the draft.  Jackson ends up starting by mid-season.  Fast forward 10 years from now – Jackson ends up being the best of the quarterbacks in this draft.
  12. Denver Broncos  (in MOCKERY TRADE with Buffalo)-  Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA : Still like this trade happening and love the fit for Denver with Davenport.
  13. Washington Redskins – Mike Huges, CB, Central Florida: Keeping it chalk two picks in a row.
  14. Green Bay Packers – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: The Green Bay front office is tired of hearing Aaron Rodgers bitch and belly ache about releasing his washed up buddy Jordy Nelson – so they give him a young target with exceptional route running abilities.
  15. Arizona Cardinals– Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: At the end of it all, Josh Rosen has to sit it out and be the last quarterback drafted out of the most-talked-about.  Cardinals make this move out of desperation and it doesn’t work out in the long run.
  16. Baltimore Ravens – Vita Vea, DT, Washington: I had him going in the twenties the first time around.  That didn’t seem right.  This looks like a Baltimore move though.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: Chargers strengthen up an offensive line, for a quarterback in Philip Rivers who has the tools this year to give it all one-more-try.
  18. Seattle Seahawks – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: A lot of people have Barkley going top-five in this draft but all of that talk makes no sense.  This is a great draft for running backs and Barkley is one of those “looks can be deceiving” type of players.  As big as he his, he isn’t a “between the tackles” type of runner and has run out of the shot-gun and/or option his whole career.  This can work wonders in Seattle though, where that type of offense works well with Russell Wilson.  This is a premier spot for Barkley.
  19. Dallas Cowboys – DJ Moore, WR, Maryland: Originally had them taking Calvin Ridley, and although Joshua Jackson, corner out of Iowa or Harold Laundry, defensive end out of B.C. are probably the picks most others would assume, the Cowboys are looking to help out Dak and win with this offense as presently suggested.
  20. Detroit Lions – Harold Laundry, DE, Boston College: Almost had the Lions taking Sony Michel in this spot, but they can land a quality back in the second round.  Laundry is the last of the “real-upside” pass rushers in the first round.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals– Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State: Most likely they’d plug him in at center and they’ll go on to their general expectations of boring mediocrity for the 2018 season.
  22. Buffalo Bills – Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa: This pick ends up being a better long term one than their quarterback pick of Josh Allen (woof)
  23. New England Patriots –  Isaiah Wynn, G/C/T, Georgia Very unpredictable team, but here I think they’d lean towards the versatile offensive line prospect who they can plug wherever he fits best, on day one.
  24. Carolina Panthers – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: Originally had them taking a bigger receiver over Sutton, but that’s just silly.
  25. Tennessee Titans – Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State : This guy wasn’t even in my original mock, but there’s a lot of buzz recently about him sneaking into the first round.  This would be a spot for him to land.
  26. Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne , DL ,Alabama: Falcons defense played better last year, no reason to stop adding to it.  Adding d-line talent against teams that like to run it like Carolina and New Orleans would help them out greatly in taking the NFC South.
  27. New Orleans Saints – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: Oh lets just give one of the best offenses in football, the best tight end in the draft.  Brees can make this guy a pro-bowler in his first season.

     

  28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama: With Shazier gone they are going to need a new face for the future of this defense.  I don’t think Evans is a “face” type of guy – but definitely a quality starter.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma: They said they won’t reach for anybody.  If this happens though, this is just dumb luck.
  30. Minnesota Vikings – Will Hernandez , G, UTEP:  This pick didn’t change for me.  A little bit of optimism here for a team that has very little needs, except for this one.
  31. New England Patriots -Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: Pretty sure they need a corner. . . right?
  32. Philadelphia Eagles – Sony Michel, RB, Georgia: Sticking with this pick because it’s ridiculous and pound for pound, this is probably the best running back in this year’s class.

Chicago Bears 2018 Mock Draft

2018 Draft Picks held by the Chicago Bears:

  • Round 1: Pick 8
  • Round 2: Pick 39
  • Round 3: None
  • Round 4: Pick 101
  • Round 4: Pick 111
  • Round 5: Pick 136
  • Round 6: Pick 167
  • Round 7: Pick 198

There is quite the laundry list of “needs” for this Chicago Bears team but when you finish a season 5-11, there are obviously weak spots peppered throughout the depth chart.  Last season, the Bears were 10th in total defense, and 30th in total offense.  Although defensively they were top 10 in passing yards allowed,  they also allowed a completion percentage of 64.8% and only had eight total interceptions for the year, which basically put them in the bottom of the league for that category. Offensively, the Bears were completely one dimensional, which led them to having the worst passing offense in the NFL last year.  If that was due to the inability to go vertical or the lack of trust in last year’s coaching regime in rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — that’ll be a debate for another time. . .

Here is my 2018 Chicago Bears Mock Draft:

Round 1, Pick 8:

Quenton Nelson, Guard, Notre Dame:

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This has been the overall consensus pick among Bears fans and draft “gurus.”  The Bears would be filling a need with arguably one of the better players in this entire draft.  He’s everything you want in an NFL guard with the power, intellect, strength and equal over achieving ability in the run and pass blocking game.  A lot of folks like this match-up not only because of the huge need but because the Bears hired Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand to do the same job in Chicago. Nelson is one of the highest rated players in this draft though, and the Bears may have to worry about teams ahead of them snatching up Nelson.  The New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts could all benefit from drafting Nelson in the top ten.

Round 2, Pick 39:

Lorenzo Carter, Line Backer, Georgia:

Carter showed off his freakish ability and build at this year’s combine as the  six-foot-five, two-hundred and fifty pound line-backer ran a forty-time of 4.5.  In his senior year at Georgia, Carter had 4.5 sacks, 62 total tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles.  The Bears have had some luck with their other Bulldog linebacker, Leonard Floyd after they drafted him in the first round of the 2016 draft.  As talented as Floyd is though, the Bears need another presence on the other side of this defense.  Carter would fit perfectly there.  (As a side note, since he and I both had these first two picks identical, I wanted to share a link to Mike Brez’ mock draft on twitter )

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Round 4, Pick 101:

Tegray Scales, Line Backer, Indiana

The only reason why Scales may slip to the fourth is because he is undersized as an inside middle line backer.  Even at 6’0″, 230lbs – he might  find himself pushed around in the NFL. . . at least at first.  Scales was the first Indiana player in 30 years to be All Big Ten First Team – and in the last two years has racked up over 200 tackles for the Hoosiers.  He’s a very instinctive and fluid line backer, who can be a starter in this league.  In the fourth round if you don’t get a “star” but a “starter” that’s a win – especially one with a high football I.Q.

Round 4, Pick 111:

Nyheim Hines, Running Back, N.C. State

In this off-season, the relationship between the Bears and running back Jordan Howard has been “shaky” to put it lightly.  Howard is a top 10 running back in the league and in some circles top 5. . . the Bears may not be looking to sign him to a long term deal though once the contract is up.  They might wait in later rounds to take a shot on a running back, but in this spot, N.C. State’s Nyheim Hines should be available.  This is a back that I watched a lot of last year and he is a well-tooled running back who – if he adds some more muscle, has three-down-back potential.  He has more of an upside than Tarik Cohen and can be a more valuable X-Factor type of player if he doesn’t end up being an every-down guy.

Round 5, Pick 136:

Tony Brown, Corner Back, Alabama

Tony is more of a physical corner than a ‘lock-down’ guy – but what do you expect in the fifth round?  He’s got size and speed, a good tackler in the open field, and exceptional in special teams.  He is a physical guy too, who isn’t afraid to take on running backs, no matter how big they are.

Round 6, Pick 167

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Wide Receiver, South Florida

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He might have more of a fifth round value than sixth, but for all that matters to Bears fans – he falls and the Bears get him.  He is a big target at  6’4″, 206 lbs and ran a forty time of 4.37.  He did nothing in college until blowing up in his senior year.  He is great at locating the ball in the air  – similar to former Bears wide-out Alshon Jeffrey.  He isn’t the most polished route runner, but is a big bodied guy who can be a red-zone target and who’s speed can help stretch the field.  If he is there in the sixth this is well worth the gamble.  If it doesn’t work out – the Bears are familiar with big, speedy wide outs who don’t contribute to the team. . .

Round 7: Pick 198

KJ Malone, Offensive Tackle, LSU or Bentley Spain, Offensive Tackle, UNC

Both of these players were put here because this isn’t a strong draft for offensive tackles, and these two guys have a possibility of going earlier than they should go.  Once again though, when speaking in “mock-draft” terms – they both could be available.  KJ Malone, is the son of NBA hall of famer Karl Malone (which does nothing for him in the NFL) who is a pretty solid, albeit at times overly-aggressive run blocker who falls somewhere between average and below average in pass blocking. . . Bentley Spain was once the left tackle for Bears quarterback Mitchel Trubisky, so there’s a relationship and trust there – but Spain may have to become stronger to be an every day starter instead of a rotation-type of player on an NFL roster.

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

The Heartthrob’s Mockery Draft ’18

*Disclaimer: This Mock Draft was done before the trade between the Rams and the Patriots. A second version of this mock will be out before the draft as well.

My annual “Mockery Draft” is a way to poke fun of those who take themselves to seriously and be completely bias in what I want to happen.  Sure, I watch and love college football so I may know a little something here and there just from watching the games week to week, but does any of that really matter?  Trades and the unpredictable is what makes the draft interesting.  Here is my take on all of this craziness that may or may not happen in the first round of this year’s draft. . .

1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Just do something that makes sense for once, Cleveland.  I’m personally not in love with any of these quarterbacks but Darnold seems to be the one the Browns like the most.

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2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: They say Eli still has more in the tank, but they’d be foolish to not take a quarterback at this spot.  Once again, not in love with this quarterback class, BUT the guys this year have higher ceilings than those projected to come out next year.  Giants have to make this move now.

3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma:  Yeah, I know – three quarterbacks in a row, won’t happen.  Well, it should.  Jets didn’t trade up to take anything else but a quarterback, trading into the third spot and not one or two means they have more love for another candidate not named Darnold or Rosen.  Mayfield comes with the fanfare and personality the Jets have been craving to see at the QB position.

4. Cleveland Browns  – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State: Last year with the first overall pick they selected the draft’s best pass rusher in Myles Garrett.  Why not do the same this year and “book-end” these boys for the road ahead?

5. Buffalo Bills (in MOCKERY TRADE WITH DENVER) – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: In a move of pure desperation, the Bills draft up and select the next quarterback on their big board.  Allen is said to have the ability to throw the ball 80 yards downfield. . .that’s a talent you never need to really see in game situations though, so. . .yeah.

6. Indianapolis Colts  – Saquan Barkley, RB, Penn State – Colts traded with the Jets and got themselves the sixth pick a few weeks ago, and they better start doing something to help out Andrew Luck.  Barkley is one of my favorite players in the draft – but that’s because I’m a Penn State fan.  There isn’t anything that screams “3 down back” or “franchise back” about his game.  He’s a good kid, with talent that needs to be in the right system.  Colts have no system.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech; Bucs struggled with their pass rush this year.  Edmunds doesn’t get the acclaim Chubbs does, but in my opinion you’re splitting hairs about who’s better.

8. Chicago Bears – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: This is my favorite team, this is their biggest need and this is my mock draft.  So in turn, they get the guy I want them to get.

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9. San Francisco 49ers – Denzel Ward,  CB, Ohio State: Some may have them nabbing wide out Calvin Ridley here but for a team that has to play against three above average quarterbacks twice a year, taking the best corner in the draft is the smart move.

10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, ILB/OLB, Georgia:  I put this here because this is what I’ve been hearing for months now. At this point if it doesn’t happen, this entire draft will be a disappointment.

11. Seattle Seawhawks (in MOCKERY TRADE with Miami) – Derwin James, DB, Florida State: In my “complete trade” Miami also gets Kam Chancellor, so the Seahawks now have two glaring holes in their secondary.  James can play both safety and corner. . .but not at the same time. . . regardless, it’s a start in the right direction.

12. Denver Broncos  (in MOCKERY TRADE with Buffalo)-  Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: They didn’t like that April Fools joke that Von Miller played on social media, about him being traded to the Browns. . . Elway doesn’t like people with bigger egos than his so he’ll look for Miller’s eventual replacement, who can in the meantime give them important snaps now.

13. Washington Redskins – Mike Huges, CB, Central Florida: Huges might actually be the best man to man coverage corner in this draft.

14. Green Bay Packers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama:  Packers have Burnett and Dix at safety but Fitzpatrick is probably better than either of them.

15. Arizona Cardinals – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Cards got kinda-sorta lucky and didn’t have to give anything up to get the quarterback who is the biggest risk but comes with the biggest upside in this draft.

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16. Baltimore Ravens -Colton Miller, T, UCLA:  They took the wrong tackle.

17. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: Hey, look who took the right tackle!

18. Miami Dolphins (in MOCKERY TRADE with Seattle) –  Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State:  This is a smart pick by Miami to get a guy who can play different spots on the line.  Adam Gase has got to start building this offense somewhere.

19. Dallas Cowboys – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama:  Ridley was once projected to be a top 10 pick, but here he falls to the Cowboys and this makes keeping Dez Bryant a little bit less of a thing after 2018.

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20. Detroit Lions -Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma: In a lot of games, quarterback Matthew Stafford had to run out of the pocket a lot and just chuck it deep. . .I don’t know if that’s just how he’s played his whole career or because the o-line is bad.  I’ll guess a little bit of both.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Vita Vea, DT, Washington:  Will he last this long in reality?  Probably not.  I just didn’t want Green Bay to get him.

22. Buffalo Bills – Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa: This pick ends up being a better long term one than their quarterback pick of Josh Allen (woof)

23. New York Giants (in MOCKERY TRADE with L.A. Rams) Isiah Wynn , OL, Georgia:  Yeah, I’m believing in the hype.  The Giants trade Odell Beckham to the Rams, get this pick and probably a bunch more but they use it wisely and add a much needed piece to this offensive line (who can play every position).  Giants can easily take a wide out in the second and a running back in the third and have their offense set for the future.

24. Carolina Panthers – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame:  The only reason they choose Brown over Sutton is because he’s bigger.

25. Tennessee Titans – Harold Landry, DE, Boston College: This ends up being a steal for this team.  They won’t make the playoffs because they have no quarterback but whatever.

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26. Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne , DL ,Alabama: Falcons defense played better last year, no reason to stop adding to it.  Adding d-line talent against teams that like to run it like Carolina and New Orleans would help them out greatly in taking the NFC South.

27. New Orleans Saints – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: Oh lets just give one of the best offenses in football, the best tight end in the draft.  Brees can make this guy a pro-bowler in his first season.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama: I kind of wanted to make them trade Bell in this draft and take a Sony Michel here, but I went with the boring pick. . .sorry guys.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars -Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU:  If it’s Sutton, Brown or Moore, they need to take a wide-out here.

30. Minnesota Vikings – Will Hernandez , G, UTEP: A little bit of optimism here for a team that has very little needs, except for this one.

31. New England Patriots  – Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford: You would think after that Super Bowl debacle that they’d take a corner back here, but nah.  “The Hood” is too stubborn to admit when he was wrong, so instead goes with help on his d-line and with a player who we will be told is very intelligent and the kind of personality that will fit the New England Patriots way of blah blah blah blah. . .

32. Philadelphia Eagles – Sony Michel, RB, Georgia:  This team knows Jay Ajayi can’t be the answer and they also know that Michel is one of the best offensive threats in this draft who can be a three down back.  The offensive minded head coach, can’t resist.

 

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

NFC North Draft Needs

Minnesota Vikings:

Draft Day needs in the Draft: Defensive Tackle and Guard.

Picks in rounds 1, 2, 3, 5, (three in 6) and 7

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When you look pretty dominant all season long and then get embarrassed in the NFC Championship game, the disappointment will be pretty tough to brush off your shoulders for the coming months.  The Vikings showed no faith in any quarterback that was on their roster last year and let them all go in free agency.  Luckily for them, they won “the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes” so that is one less position to worry about in the draft. Having the 30th overall pick isn’t too sexy of a first round pick, but it also shows that you’re a good team that needs “just a little more” to push them to that next level.  There are some pretty good guards in this draft but they’d need a miracle to land  Quenton Nelson and some of luck for either Will Hernandez or Isaiah Wynn to fall to them at 30.  Texas tackle Connor Williams seems like someone who just may fall to them though.  In the second round, they may land a talent like USC Rasheem Green, who is  a versatile and athletic defensive linemen who can line up at defensive tackle but would probably be best suited attacking from the outsides.  When you’re a good team, you can also afford to be a little cute in the third round, like getting a wide-receiver/special teams threat like Dante Pettis or a guy who is a nice polished receiver like Daesean Hamilton out of Penn State.  Either one of these guys can go in the third or fourth, and with no fourth round pick, the Vikes would have to make up their mind quickly here.  Later in the draft, watch for another sleeper pick in the receiving core like South Florida’s Marquez Valdes-Scantling, or someone to add to their defensive rotation like Ohio State’s Chris Worling.

Detroit Lions:

Draft Day needs: Linebacker, Defensive tackle and Running back

Pick in every round except for the 6th:

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Let’s just be honest when it comes to the Lions: they are mediocre at best.  Sure with a new head coach, comes a newfound optimism, but we all know what Matthew Stafford is (a stat filler, who is praised by the Fantasy Football geeks) and we all know the limitations of their roster.  With the twentieth pick in the first round, their best bet is to go “best player available.” If they are lucky they should be able to get one of tho Alabama alums on their front seven.  Linebacker Rashaan Evans or defensive tackle Da’ron Payne could fill right in and be a day one starter. In the second round they could find themselves an athletic linebacker in South Carolina State’s Darius Leonard.  Offensively they’ve needed a running back since Barry Sanders, and this draft has plenty of them.  The Lions, could maybe hold out until the third or fourth and get themselves a quality back.  Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage is a nice sleeper who could go in that third or fourth round area.  Ballage is a big back (6’2″, 228 lbs) with power, speed and good hands who can prove to be a sleeper for any team in need of a back.  With a defensive minded coach though, he may look at some sleepers on defense in the sixth and seventh rounds like Tre Flowers, safety out of Oklahoma State, Garret Dooley, linebacker out of Wisconsin or Troy Apke, a safety out of Penn State, projected to go late in the draft, but adds some top level speed to the position.

Green Bay Packers:

Draft Day needs: Corner back, guard and tight end

Packers have 12 overall picks (one in each of the first three rounds, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh)

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The NFL is just dying to help out Aaron Rodgers, so they gave them four compensatory draft picks this season.  Rodgers doesn’t like his organization or his coach much and at this point the two sides seem like a marriage who will stick it out “for the kids.”  With that being said they are, as of now, the second best team in the division and need to compete with top tier teams in this league.  Although the goal with the 14th overall pick should be to take a corner, it might be hard for them to pass up a pass rusher like Marcus Davenport if he is around – but luck may be on their side and they’ll be able to nab the corner out of UCF Mike Hughes or even the safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who’s versatility all over the secondary and tackling ability would help them from day one.  This is another team that can go running back crazy in the third, fourth or maybe even fifth rounds.  Jimmy Graham has been added to a list of targets for Aaron Rodgers which includes Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, but Cobb at this point is just an overpaid part of this puzzle and adding a wide-out.  The sleeper wide receiver that I see fitting in well with Green Bay is Boise State’s Cedrick Wilson.  He’s a hard worker, with good hands and route running ability.  He’s also a tall receiver with speed who can be a red zone guy AND a deep threat.  The Packers have so many picks, their scouting team must be looking at players like Wilson and even more players like him who are on an even smaller raider with a high upside. . .

Chicago Bears:

Draft Day needs: Offensive Line,  Linebacker, Corner back

Draft Picks: 1, 2, two in round 4, 5, 6 and 7

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The Bears were the talk of last year’s draft who moved up to get “their guy,” quarterback Mitch Trubisky of UNC.  Mitch didn’t look like a franchise guy last year, but the Bears barely resembled much of a football team in general in 2017.  The Bears addressed their wide-receiver issue by signing Allen Robinson as their new number-one wide-out and they even added Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton for good measure.  The offensive line seems to always be an issue with the Bears, even when they get it right personnel wise – an injury or two wreck all kinds of havoc. The Bears are hoping and praying they land Quenton Nelson, the Notre Dame guard, who might not only be the best offensive lineman in the draft but one of the drafts best players, over all.  If the Bears don’t land him in the first, they may try to trade back to land either Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn or another Notre Dame talent, the tackle Mike McGlinchey.  Chicago kept themselves busy in the offseason and even signed linebacker Aaron Lynch from the 49ers, but that’s not the “umph” that will help to put this linebacker rotation into the next level.  Much like what was mentioned earlier with the Detroit Lions, Chicago may find themselves looking at South Carolina State’s Darius Leonard or maybe even the freakishly athletic linebacker out of Georgia, Lorenzo Carter.   The Bears will look to get some depth and hopefully some sleeper talent with the corner position, and they may be able to find that in  later rounds with Arizona’s Dane Cruikshank or they may look in their state, Illinois State product Davontae Harris to be more specific.

 

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

Not Bending For Beckham

New York Giants star wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr., said he would not step onto a football field without his contract issue being resolved.  The “issue” being that Beckham wants to be the highest paid wide-out in the NFL.  This is a problem for the NY Giants because they are not used to being threatened by a player and because they are generally not known as a team who will overpay for talent – no matter who it is.  But this problem might find a very satisfying remedy if the rumors coming out are true.  The rumor is that the NY Giants are indeed shopping Beckham around – and the price would include a first round pick for this year’s draft.

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The New York Giants were 3-13 last season and find themselves with the number two overall pick in the draft.  The whole direction of the draft kinda-sorta depends on what the Giants want to do with that #2 overall pick.  Now, with the possibility of getting another first round pick – the Giants can try to revamp their roster the right way and look to a bright future that won’t be that distant.

The Giants have options here if they trade Beckham.  “Options” aren’t essentially granted to a team coming off of a three-win season.

The first team that comes up in trade talks with the Giants for Odell Beckham Jr. is – surprise, surprise – the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns have been very aggressive in the off-season and are making moves that actually “make sense” for a change.  The Browns have the money under the cap to pay Beckham what he wants, they already acquired Jarvis Landry (a close friend of Beckham’s), and they have more than enough “draft-pick-capital” to trade to the NY Giants.  The Browns have the 1st and 4th overall picks and also have three picks in the second round.

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Depending on how the Giants wanted to play this, they could end up with the 2nd and 4th overall picks of this year’s draft, and in addition pick up maybe two more second round picks — if the Browns wanted to get really crazy they might throw in a first or second round pick in the 2019 draft – but that probably wouldn’t be necessary.

With those picks, the Giants could do literally whatever they wanted. They could draft a quarterback and maybe  Bradley Chubb, the pass rusher out of N.C. State.  They could take Quinton Nelson, the offensive lineman from Notre Dame and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley OR they could trade that number two overall pick to a team like Buffalo or Arizona who might trade their first round pick and some more goodies to the Giants so they can grab a quarterback.

The bottom line is, why WOULDN’T the Giants trade Beckham?  Although he is undeniably one of the most talented receivers in the league, he’s also a loud mouth, a self entitled diva -with a target on his back – and he is also coming off of an ankle injury that ended his 2017 campaign.  The Browns would and should do this deal because they can get their QB with the number one overall pick and have him set up with a pretty decent offense (better than what ANY of these top ranked quarterbacks had for themselves at college).

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The wide-receiver position is NOT the position you pay the big bucks to when you have other needs, and especially if you’re rebuilding.   The Giants have to think “big picture” here and right now they are the third (and maybe even) the fourth best team in their division.  Trading Beckham would help get things in the right direction for them, immediately.

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

The Giants: In An Awkward Place

Last week, I spoke with Earnest Christian on his “EJ Talks Football” podcast and in our ramblings concerning NFL free agency, we discussed the current position of the New York Giants.  It was a difficult spot for me because I have a hatred for this franchise that goes longer than a quarter of a century. I will not get into why I loathe this franchise so much, but I will say, the reasons have scarred me since a young boy till now.

As a fan who roots against the Giants, last year was a great season.  The Giants looked pitiful, the fans were frustrated and the season was over from the start.  But if one is to really step back and analyze where the Giants are at right  now, it  is a really, really awkward place to be.

The Giants are a team that sit with the number two pick in the NFL draft.  The Giants also have a terrible offensive line (one of the NFL’s worse), an aging quarterback in Eli Manning (whose talents have been diminishing for years and may be at a “rock-bottom” point) and a contract negotiation with stud wide-receiver Odell Beckham.

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When it comes to the offensive line, there are already talks that free agent guard Andrew Norwell signing with the New York Giants is already a “done-deal.”  If this is so, this is the Giants moving in the right direction in the off-season, but it certainly cannot stop there.  Maybe the Giants look to free-agent tackle Nate Solder to help solidify a rebuild of the offensive line, or they look in the draft.  In this year’s draft, quite possibly the best player in it is Notre Dame guard Quentin Nelson.  The Giants taking Nelson number-two overall though would be doubtful, and if this was the course of action they’d want to take they would likely trade down a few spots. . .just a few.

When it comes to Eli Manning and the quarterback situation of the New York Giants, new general manager Dave Gettleman, has told the New York fans and media that Eli Manning will remain as the team’s quarterback.  This was unexpected by many considering how Eli Manning has played in the last few seasons, and also considering that this seemed like a good time to just break free, and draft a new quarterback for the future with the number-two overall pick.  Instead, the Giants have given the cringe-worthy statement of keeping the decrepit QB under-center.  If this is true this means the Giants have no interest in Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Sam Darnold.  This doesn’t mean other teams don’t though.  The Giants can easily trade out of this spot for a mini-ransom of sorts, which is ideal for a team in their position.  Also, keeping Eli Manning in there for another year, really does no damage to the rebuilding model – if the model includes acquiring pieces to an offense that would be better for a new quarterback to control.

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Finally, we come to the Odell Beckham drama.  With a heavy emphasis on the word “drama” because that’s all Odell is.  Well to be fair, he’s also a top five wide receiver in the league, and one of the two biggest play makers in football (next to Antonio Brown).  With that being said, Odell wants to be the highest paid receiver in the league.  Oh sorry, the highest paid player in the league.  Yeah, no thanks.  This comes at a terrible time for the Giants, but this is a business.  Odell is playing his hand correctly and you can’t blame him.  The truth is, Odell is a star.  A star in New York.  That equates to bigger things than just the football field.  But in the same breath, Odell is someone who came into the league with injury issues, and last year started the season missing week one with an ankle injury and then had his season cut off due to a left ankle fracture in week five.  Odell also has the reputation of being a petulant child and a general pest.  He has a huge target on him from defenders all over the league because he tends to show boat and talk trash — BUT he is the best player on this roster. . . by far.  The question here is, do you really pay a receiver that much (we’re talking in the ball park of ($17 million a year) while rebuilding?  Even if Odell signs a deal of a realistic $14-$15 million a year – where does the sense come in for all of this?  Teams that have the wide-outs with big contracts only make noise if the rest of the team is solid – like the Steelers or the Falcons — but even then – no championships.

This is a very awkward time indeed for the New York Giants.  If I said I feel bad for them, I’d be lying through my teeth.  The petty little demon inside of me is grinning ear to ear.

By the way, we only discussed their offense and how they should go about fixing that. . .this defense gave up the second most yards in the NFL last year as well. . .so uh. . .Good Luck out there with the rebuild G-Men.

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

The Hearttrhob’s 2017 First Round Mock

The NFL Draft is an interesting time.  Sports fans everywhere become experts on college kids they’ve read about or seen a few times.  Some base their entire opinion on a kid coming out of college because of how he looked at the combine or even because of that cool word “tangibles.”  Whatever it may be, it’s supposed to be fun at the end of the day.  The start of a career for a young athlete, hope for fans of downtrodden franchises or,  building blocks for the continued success for others. Keep in mind, I never claim to be a draft expert, but today I will claim to be just that.  Deal with it.  Here is how the first round will shake up.

 

1.    Cleveland Browns – will trade this pick to the JetsJets select Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC   – good luck, Mitchell 


2 .   San Francisco 49ersDeshaun Watson, QB, Clemson  – after all their posturing – this was the guy they wanted, not Trubisky
3.    Chicago BearsJamal Adams, S, LSU    – they won’t do this, because this is who I think is the best player in this draft and the Bears love to make me miserable.  Let me dream though. . . please?
4.    Jacksonville JaguarsLeonard Fournette, RB, LSU – This is pretty much the last stand for quarterback Blake Bortles – they will continue to give him weapons – up to him to do something with them.


5.    Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams) – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M – Oh, nobody wants the highest rated player in the draft?  “Thanks” say the Titans.


6.    New York Jets  traded pick to Browns, Browns select – Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama.  Good luck, John.
7.    Los Angeles ChargersMarshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State  – ugh, how many editors are going to not correct sports-writers who say L.A. Clippers instead of L.A. Chargers this year? . . .
8.    Carolina PanthersMike Williams, WR, Clemson  – This team relies on Cam to do everything – but he has close to nothing to work with.  This should help out.
9.    Cincinnati BengalsMalik Hooker, S, Ohio State    – really nothing cute to say about the Bengals – they’ve gotta blow this team up, I think.
10.    Buffalo Bills trade pick to Indianapolis Colts   – Colts select O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama – Choosing to ignore their terrible defense they just load up on offense.
11.    New Orleans SaintsJohn Ross, WR, Washington – replacing Brandin Cooks won’t be easy but – oh wait, they just did with this pick!
12.    Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech – I’m just putting this selection here because everyone else is.


13.    Arizona CardinalsAdoree’ Jackson, CB, USC   – this could be a major pickup for a team that needs to become a contender again – secondary should be legit.
14.    Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee – Need pass rushers in this division.
15.    Indianapolis Colts traded pick to BillsCorey Davis, WR, Western Michigan – Hopefully, he can avoid injury unlike Sammy Watkins and become a consistent, week to week threat for the Bills.
16.    Baltimore RavensCam Robinson, OT, Alabama  – it’s boring, it’s typical, it’s Baltimore . . . Robinson will be a four time pro-bowler though.
17.    Washington RedskinsDalvin Cook, RB, Florida State – keep adding good weapons around Cousins, so it’ll make his goodbye at the end of the season that much more painful.


18.    Tennessee TitansSolomon Thomas, DL, Stanford – Good thing this is a mock-draft because the Titans are the best team in the league after this draft!    
19.    Tampa Bay Bucs Marcus Williams, S, Utah – just makes sense for a team moving in the right direction
20.    Denver BroncosDavid Njoku, TE, Miami    – Denver is just stuck right now.  Probably drafting two more QB’s in later rounds
21.    Detroit LionsChristian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford – great versatile weapon for a team that lacked consistency in the back field last year
22.    Miami DolphinsHaason Reddick, LB, Temple – Dolphins fans attacked me a lot on twitter last year.  I still don’t get it. But whatever, I hope you guys win 5 games this year.
23.    New York GiantsRyan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconin – He’ll be the best offensive lineman on this team as soon as he’s drafted.  Hope they win fewer games than the Dolphins though.
24.    Oakland RaidersZach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt   – This falls into their lap and it’s exactly what they need at the moment.
25.    Houston TexansDeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame  – Houston pulls the trigger that Denver wouldn’t and draft Kizer.  Immediately regret this decision though by week three. Kizer is out of the league in 4 years.
26.    Seattle SeahawksEthan Pocic, G, LSU     – Time to protect Wilson, and time to start running the ball more.  Pocic is a quiet late first round steal.
27.    Kansas City ChiefsJoe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma – Chiefs are willing to take a gamble on him.


28.    Dallas CowboysJabrill Peppers, ??, Michigan – Cowboys are willing to take a chance on Peppers.  They don’t even know what substances he used.  They don’t even know what position he plays. But it’s cool. . .
29.    Green Bay PackersT.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin    – home town product stays put
30.    Pittsburgh SteelersMarlon Humphrey, CB. Alabama – quiet as kept, Pittsburgh’s draft position doesn’t really show how adequate they are.  This is a great pick for them if he’s around though.
31.    Atlanta Falcons – Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA   – The Falcons blew a 28-3 lead.


32.    New Orleans Saints (from New England)Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan – who else wants to hear the name “Taco” at the end your draft party!?

 

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

NFC East: First Round Mock

The NFC East is usually a crap-shoot when it comes to guessing which of these four teams will finish the season on top.  The Redskins have the roster – but are a mess of a franchise; the Eagles are always a popular pick but usually fizzle out; the Giants get a pass on average seasons because of their recent history in the playoffs and the Cowboys – well, you either love ’em or hate ’em.

Philadelphia Eagles

Finished with a  7-9  record

Def Yards: 13th   Off Yards: 22nd

The Eagles started off 5-0 and were a train wreck the rest of the season.  They had a horrific record away from home 1-6 and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz had a terrific start and was sent right back down to the Land of Humble Pie by year’s end.  They spent the off-season getting offensive line help and more depth at the wide-out position and although they could use a new look at running back, chances are they will address the defense with the 14th pick in the first round.   Tennessee’s Derek Barnett is a defensive end who can help out the Eagles pass rush.  They finished in the middle of the NFL with 34 sacks last year and a pass-rusher of this caliber will help put them in the upper tier of that category and as we all know.  In a division where the Cowboys and Redskins both finished in the top five of total offenses next year – this would help the Eagles tremendously.

New York Giants

Finished with a 11-5 record

Def Yards: 10th    Off Yards: 25th

My least favorite team to talk about.  Ever.  They went out and signed Brandon Marshall at wide-out giving them a three headed monster at the position along with Odell and Sterling but they lack a punch with the offensive line, Eli seems to be regressing and zero-talent at the running back position.  Defensively they over-achieved playing against a lot of back up quarterbacks last season so it’ll be interesting where they go.  Jerry Reese usually just goes with the “best player on the board” concept during the draft.  Their might be two linebackers in that spot and two offensive linemen in that spot.  The Giants need to address the offensive line if they ever intend to have a running game and expect to keep Eli upright.  Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk is a tough tackle who worked to get where he is.  He worked through the FBS ranks to find himself starting at left tackle for Wisconsin.  Wisconsin plays a brand of “tough” football so he’s no stranger in mixing it up at the line of scrimmage.  Could be a very, very good pick for the Giants.

Dallas Cowboys

Finished with a 13-3 record

Def Yards:14th    Off Yards: 5th

The Cowboys are turning the page in the franchise and it’s clear that the future is now, with quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliot.  Losing safety Barry Church in free-agency might’ve been a blessing in disguise because he was a perennial under-achiever who “just happened” to play well in a contract year.  Knowing who the Dallas Cowboys are, they will fill in that safety spot with the biggest grin on their faces as they take Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers.   Peppers is one of the true first-round-wildcards because people love his versatility and athleticism but wonder how well it will translate in the pros.  If Peppers is there at the 28th pick, you better believe the Cowboys are wasting no time and going with the flashy pick that may end up being well worth it.

Washington Redskins

Finished a 8-7-1 record

Def Yards:28th    Off Yards: 3rd

Oh man.  Why won’t they just give Kirk Cousins the contract he wants?  Why?  The stupid, stubborn Redskins finally have a good thing going and they are going to watch it blow up in their faces.  Cousins is primed to have another good year.  He’s seemingly mastered Jay Gruden’s system and is in a contract year.  The Redskins, aside from their average record, really have a nice roster.  They could go cornerback at this spot, and help out Brashad Breeland (who really disappointed me last season – get it together Breeland, I still believe in ya’!) or go draft a running back – I mean that’s what Dallas did and it worked for them right?! (that’s me imitating the Washington brass. . .)  Florida State running back Dalvin Cook makes the most sense just because it is a guarantee that Cousins won’t be here next season, so having all the pieces on the offense around a new quarterback might be exciting for a free agent or draft pick in 2018.  The Redskins are going to look flashy from time to time this year and Cook has all the tools to be a big play maker for them in the backfield.

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

Chicago Bears 2017 Mock Draft

When you finish 3-13 on the season, everyone on the roster and upper management is expendable.  Even though this is a situation where the Bears should have patience and let general manager Adam Pace have some time to do his job – the fan-base has just about had it.  And why not?  The Bears have seen the Packers dominate the division, and even seen the Vikings and Lions do things “the right way” to find themselves in a positive light.  The Bears do everything in a mediocre fashion – at best.

All is not lost though, they seem pretty formidable on both sides of the line of scrimmage and if last year wasn’t a hoax, running back Jordan Howard could be the back this franchise has been clamoring for, for decades. . .

Round 1: Pick 3:

Jamal Adams – Safety – LSU

Before the signing of Mike Glennon, many believed the Bears would take a quarterback here.  Namely Mitchell Trubisky or DeShone Kizer.  It’s apparent that management wasn’t comfortable with naming either of those guys the “future” of the franchise, so instead they outbid – well no one, really – and signed Mike Glennon.  The Bears secondary is one of the worst in the league – and has been for a few years now. Jamal Adams may be one of the best complete players in this year’s draft.  He can cover one on one, has great reaction to the ball and is a fearless tackler as well who can play in the box to combat the run.  He was the leader of one of the best defensive units in college and leadership is something this secondary needs.  He can change the tone of this defense from day-one.

Round 2:  Pick 36

Evan Engram – Tight End – Ole’ Miss

If the Bears get luck and Engram is there, they HAVE to snatch him up.  Besides being a great receiving tight end, this is a position (tight end) that the Bears need to rectify this off-season.  Engram is a game-changer at tight end – great receiving skills and route runner.  He’s not the most polished blocker, but at least he tries – that already makes him potentially better than, let’s say, a Jimmy Graham. . .

Round 3: Pick 67

Taylor Moton – Offensive Tackle – Western Michigan

Although offensive line isn’t a huge need, it’s a need none-the-less and it’s always good to gain versatile big men upfront.  The Bears caught lightning in a bottle last season with the versatility of Cody Whitehair, and Moton offers that versatility in a bigger package.  Moton is 6’5″ 330 and started at guard but then moved into right tackle for the Broncos.  It’s always a gamble when taking a lineman out of the MAC as they don’t see the defensive line talent seen at the Big 10 or SEC, but his versatility is key.

Round 4: Pick 111

K.D. Cannon – Wide Receiver – Baylor

His draft grades have been everywhere from the second round to the sixth round.  Draft expert Justin Higdon predicts that he’ll be available in the 5th or 6th round, but in terms of “wishful thinking” let’s just say he’s around in the fourth. . . the Bears have a need at receiver which is why they went and signed two in the off-season.  They lost Alshon Jeffrey to free agency (which will turn out being a blessing in disguise) and are relying on Kevin White to finally be healthy.  Cannon is explosive and loves the spotlight.  He hasn’t shown much of the route-running ability due to the way Baylor football is run, but he is definitely a gamer and has “big-play” ability, something the Bears desperately lack.

Round 4: Pick 117

Damonte Kazee – Corner Back – San Diego State

Is this a reach?  Probably but the Bears are limited with draft picks and Kazee has an “upside” that is very promising.  He went back to college for his senior year because he wasn’t impressed with his draft grade after being the Mountain West defensive player of the year but even with all his stats, it seems he’s destined to be slotted in the 4th – 6th rounds. He’s  5’10” 180 and is a decent tackler, but a great cover guy, who also works his way to force some fumbles.

Round 5: Pick 147

Chad Kelly – Quarterback – Ole Miss

Not too many guys beat Alabama.  He did.  He can make all the passes, great arm strength and above average mobility.  Unfortunately character concerns and a leg injury last season have folks very wary of the gunslinger out of Ole Miss.  After the Johnny Manziel fiasco the NFL had to deal with, having a young headache at the quarterback position is something no team wants to deal with.  For a team like the Bears though, it’s worth the gamble.  Pound for pound, if given the chance he can surpass the likes of Mike Glennon – it’s all about how focused the young Rebel is. . .

Round 7: Pick 221

Krishawn Hogan – Wide Receiver – Marian University

One of my favorite prospects in the draft, Krishawn Hogan.  At 6’3″ 220 pounds, he brings the physicality corners fear to the position of wide out.  Not many people see football games played by Marian University, and he was the first player from his university to be invited to the NFL combine.  It was there where the naked eye revealed that he belonged.  Good hands, good speed for his size (4.6 at the 40) and showed  nice cutting ability.  He could be a steal if there ever was one in the NFL Draft.

It would be nice to see the Bears maybe trade for a few more late round picks, which may very well happen.  Maybe draft a running back to push Jeremy Langford at the two spot behind Jordan Howard. Maybe Baylor’s Shock Linwood or Utah’s Joe Williams deserve a look from Chicago.  Of course they can also look for a sleeper pass rusher like Steven Taylor of Houston or even Illinois product Hardy Nickerson, whose father of the same name,  played in the NFL.

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

 

 

NFC North: First Round Mock

This is a division that just tears at my soul. . . as a Chicago Bears fan, it hurts to see all other three teams in this division have some kind of potential or hope.  All the while, the Bears fumble through their seasons as if they have just learned the sport. . .

Green Bay Packers

Finished with a 10-6 record

Def Yards:22nd    Off Yards: 8th

The Packers pass defense ranked 28th in the league giving up 248 yards a game, but that stat is misleading because the Packers rush defense was so good, teams usually had no other option but to throw the ball against them.  Their 17 interceptions on the year proves that their defense was up to the challenge and their 40 sacks last season were the sixth highest total by any team in the league.  Green Bay might just fine tune this defense up a bit and do it with some home good cooking.  Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt is another one of these athletic linebackers who can play in or out.  He has his brother’s knack for swatting passes if he can’t get to the quarterback and is playing to make a name for himself.  The in-state talent would fit in great here and there is no “becoming accustomed to the weather” type of scenario for this former Badger.

Minnesota Vikings

Finished With an 8-8 Record

Def Yards: 3rd   Off Yards:28th

No team was smacked back down to reality faster than the Minnesota Vikings last season (eh, maybe the Eagles too. . .).  They started the season 5-0 and only managed to win 3 more games after their bye-week.  Adrian Peterson is gone so they signed Latavius Murray to the squad, who is mediocre at best.  Unfortunately, the Vikings traded their first-round pick for quarterback Sam Bradford last season.  It looked like a thing of genius early, but then it just looked like Sam Bradford. . .

Detroit Lions

Finished With a 9-7 Record

Def Yards:18th    Off Yards: 21st

For quarterback Matthew Stafford, he had his first taste of life without Calvin Johnson.  He threw 8 fewer touchdowns, but he made the playoffs – so it depends on what you’re looking for, I guess.  Maybe a running game would’ve helped out – because the two-headed monster of Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah is more like a sleeping dragon. . .that sleeps. . . and sleeps. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey may be exactly what this team needs to get a ground game going. McCaffrey is a true dual-threat back, who has the ability to break a big play from anywhere on the field.  He is a smart player, who is patient in waiting for his blocks.  He should amount up to what Abdullah was supposed to be. . .

Chicago Bears

Finished With a 3-13 Record

Def Yards: 15th   Off Yards:  15th

The Bears did a good job drafting last year.  They scooped up Leonard Floyd in the first round and he showed flashes of his pass rushing ability frequently last year.  Cody Whitehair proved to be a starting offensive lineman in this league, drafted to be a guard and became the day one center for the Bears; and Jordan Howard, the fifth round running back out of Indiana ran for over 1300 yards in his rookie campaign.  The Bears won 3 games though. . . if the Bears enter next season healthy they actually do have some skill and size on both sides of the line of scrimmage – receivers and secondary players though . . .they might be the worst in the league at both of those positions.   The Bears haven’t had a good safety since Mark Carrier left the team in 1996 (sorry, Mike Brown fans) – LSU’s Jamal Adams is a safety that can be an All-Pro for many years to come.  Besides having excellent instinct on the ball, he is an aggressive player, who can line up in the box and also cover down the field in man coverage.  If the Bears are ever going to make strides in this secondary, getting a player like Adams is the perfect place to start.

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio