Round 1 - #15
A: Budda Baker FS – Bob Sanders comparison...need we say more. Longevity of safeties in the NFL playing into their mid-30s has proven return on investment thus this is our wisest selection here. Too many other teams also in dire need at FS and chances of landing either Budda Baker or Marcus Williams in Round 2 looking more like a long shot. Two years without a valid starting FS is unacceptable imo
B: Hasson Reddick OLB – With offseason movements no long a pressing need imo but definitely would be an upgrade.
C: Chidobe Awuzie RCB – imo one of the best right corners in this year’s draft and immediate defensive improvement. Experienced at playing the outside, slot and even safety.
Round 2 - #46
A: Kevin King RCB – Darius Butler replacement that can play FS as well.
B: Marcus Williams FS – At some point we need to address FS needs.
Round 3 - #80
A: Duke Riley LB – early on my watch list and have enjoyed seeing his draft stock rise. Duke should give RILB Edwin Jackson competition as a full-time starter.
B: Joe Mixon RB – Would be a draft steal to obtain a talented running back here. Although am holding any RB projections off until next year’s draft with futures on RB Saquon Barkley.
Round 4 - #122
A: Jack Butt TE – obviously a glaring need to add roster depth with a talented TE
B: Pat Elflein C/OG – offensive line depth
Round 4 - #137
A: Ryan Switzer Slot WR – Someone needs to push Phillip Dorsett as a full time starter.
B: George Kittle TE – team need to add roster depth
Round 4 - #144
A: Lorenzo Jerome SS – imo Lorenzo has been overlooked and is one of the better strong safeties with the skill set to be a Day 1 starter.
B: Matt Milano LILB – we need roster help on our left interior side. Matt has a strong chance to be a full-time starter when healthy.
Round 5 - #158
A: Josh Carraway OLB
B: Danny Isidora ROG
Free Agents: 3 choices:
James Quick Slot WR (2013 MVP U.S. Army All American Bowl)
Joey Ivie NT
Marcus Oliver ILB - multiple defensive player of the game accolades
It's having a personal opinion...
Why would I put somebody at #1 if I don't think they're the #1 there?
Sure it causes controversy among this forum, but I have better things to do than to fake my opinions
Hope some of them won't in the future. Agree.
For real, the "Pro day" is a wash for the majority of top-rated players who've attended the Combine and completely useless or a formality for others. It's "purpose", like the combine, is to have college prospects meet with NFL organizations, interview with them, and display their tangible traits on the field. But nothing good comes from the Pro Day, just like the wonderlic test!
["Wonderlic" sounds like this Mystical Lolipop Willy Wonka invented that turns your tongue different colors and renders you to ruminate the finer details of life with each lick, dumb. The only thing more asinine is this crazy test. IT SAYS NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL INTELLIGENCE yet it gets used as an evaluation tool, but many NFL officiais know the test SAYS NOTHING about a potential career.]
Understatement of the year
PEYTON "P-Money" MANNING had one of the worst pro day's and I think his football career didn't suffer too much despite it. Speaking of money & the Bottom Line, one of the biggest rewards of a pro-day, like John Ross at combine, is that a prospect can greatly IMPROVE their draft stock = money, by blazing their 40-time (separating themselves from their classmates) or "answering a question", i.e. does "Luck have enough Arm Strength?" then he throws a ball +60 yards in the air going against the wind. -Pssh, such a waste of time for some top guys. What does M. Garrett have to prove/gain from his pro day???
Honestly the pro-day means the most to: players who aren't on a team's radar, did not receive an invite to the combine, or need to display some trait that will get them noticed, drafted, or signed later as an UDFA. That's it! Anything else is superfluous and too much of a formality for me. I think people are starting to realize there are glaring flaws in the Scouting Process, *ESPECIALLY* with Quarterback evaluations. What gets me tripped up is that people think a "40-time" equates = a good football player. ^Check^, Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald 40 times. The overall idea is that a combine, 40 time, and pro day are great to get exposure & higher draft stock = more money$ but this Process is just a game that scouts, agents, and players play to figure out "stock" for a prospect in the draft. But honestly a CB that can COVER receivers and has enough functional speed -"Polian quote" a la D. King should be drafted higher than a CB who runs 4.3 yet has horrendous technique. What people are missing is that DBs usually don't get burned due to lack of speed; it's lack of technique. Fast corners get burned, see Jason David, and those with proper technique tend to cover receivers. My point is that unless you're making hay and raising your draft stock, = money, sit out and let your tape speak for yourself. I like John Ross' 40 time, but for WRs this year, I think Fred Ross has the best hands in the class and I'd rather have a receiver with Hands than with record-breaking speed.
'When it's 4th and 3, give me the receiver who makes a 1st Down!'