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  1. I only agree with the one about Dexter Lawrence. I don’t see S or WR as big needs. We may be able to upgrade in the draft, but we’re fairly deep at both positions...
  2. I’m all in on the DTs in the 1st, in this order: Tillery, Simmons, and Wilkins. One of those three should be there. In the 2nd, I think we could go a lot of ways. I don’t really buy Safety or WR as a top need, but there are perfect fits there that would make me happy - Abram, Thornhill, Deebo, et al. But I keep coming around to Chase Winovich at 34. I keep hearing about the depth of this DL class, but I don’t like any pass-rushers after Winovich (until the late-round developmental guys, that is).
  3. Here’s my thoughts immediately following the first phases of Free Agency: 1) Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. Tillery has the perfect skill set for our NT position, penetrating but holding up surprisingly well against the run. Had the top SPARQ score of any interior DL at the Combine. Tillery can be a real disruptor, and “off-field concerns” are really just a quirky personality IMO. Should fit well in the locker room. 2) Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan. Word on the street is that he won’t be available too long into the 2nd, with an outside shot of sneaking into the 1st. Winovich had some really good quickness figures at the Combine, and he ran a 4.59 forty. He also has a non-stop motor and top tier intangibles/character/leadership qualities. If he lasts to this pick, he’s the last DE I’m excited about in this draft. 2) David Long, CB, Michigan. This could be a sweet spot for CBs. Ya-Sin, Love, Oruwariye, Mullen would all be good fits and could go here – I would consider all of them. But, for this one, I’m going with a guy whose playing style and athleticism will appeal to Ballard. He’s uber aggressive and physical, despite his 5’11, 196 frame. His 4.45 forty at the Combine was good, but his 3.97 short shuttle and 6.45 3-cone were some of the best times this century. He was already an analytics darling, allowing the least coverage yards per coverage snap in the Big-10. He’s like a bigger, faster, and quicker Kenny Moore. 3) Will Harris, S, Boston College. Geathers is injured too often, and it’d be nice to have a successor in place. Harris’ great combine, including a 4.41 forty, lands him right about here. He has good feel in coverage and doesn’t make mental errors. 4) Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska. The recent Stampede Blue article saying WR is an under-rated need is insane – I think it’s a hugely over-rated need. Half the mocks out there give us a 1st Round WR, even though Funchess was signed, Cain will be ready and looked like a starter last year, Fountain is an insane athlete that we spent last year developing, and Chester Rogers became quite dependable by the end of the year (watch the Giants game). I contemplated not drafting a WR, but I decided we’re not in danger of having “too much”. Morgan had really good shuttle and cone figures at the Combine, and ran a 4.53 at 6’, 202. Runs some of the best routes of anyone in this draft, which should make him a great slot option, as well as a possible outside guy. 4) Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls. 6’6”, 309. He has quick feet and was great in pass protection at the East West Shrine. In a relatively poor OT class, he’s a guy who could develop into a starter after a year or so. Only put up 16 bench at the Combine, indicating that (like most college OTs), he needs to add a lot of strength for the NFL. But he was very quick, mobile, and athletic. 5) Ulysees Gilbert, LB, Akron. Who?! Gilbert is an East West Shrine riser who proved his athleticism at his Pro Day. 6’, 224, 4.46 forty, 6.94 3-cone, 39.5 vertical. Was a noticeable gap-shooter who made plays in the backfield at the EWS. He can play in space/coverage too. A perfect Will understudy in our system. Not gonna worry that others call him a 7th round possibility – I like him better for us than the bigger names. 6) Tanner Farmer, OL, Nebraska. Another late-round swing for the fences. Was gunning for 49 bench reps at his Pro Day, but injured his pec and didn’t start lifting again until a week before his workout. “Only” put up 39 reps. Tonny Pauline called him a “dominant mauler who destroys opponents run blocking or in pass protection” two summers ago, but he fell off the radar. He’s intense, and he also ran a 5.00 forty and jumped a 32.5” vertical and 9’ 10” Broad at his Pro Day. Another physically imposing interior lineman in keeping with the current culture on the Colts. 7) Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh. We’re developing a well-rounded RB corps, only lacking a power runner. Hall was just that at the EWS, plus he ripped off a 39-yard run. Had a disastrous Senior Bowl after joining the squad on Thursday of practice week. Ran a 4.42 at 6’,217, hit a 6.72 3-cone, and put up 27 bench reps at his Pro Day. Can’t believe no one’s talking about him.
  4. Throw George Odom into the conversation, unless you feel he broke out last year...very impressive athlete who played a rover-like LB position in college. Just scratching the surface.
  5. Archer

    CB Situation

    I’m becoming a fan of Justin Layne of Michigan St. Pretty quick for a big corner. If you’re looking for a slot guy, you could do a lot worse than Jimmy Moreland of JMU. 29.5” arms, though, so you don’t want him on the outside...
  6. How many we keep? idk. But I guess we come out of preseason thusly: 1) Hilton 2) Funchess 3) Draft slot man (Samuel?) 4) Rogers 5) Fountain 6) Cain 7) Pascal To me, Rogers showed some reliability in the second half of the season. Wouldn’t have pulled out that NYG game without him. I think Fountain is a very hard worker and expect him to be farther along than Cain at this point (not that it’s Cain’s fault). I can only imagine that Ballard is going to covet YAC slot men in the draft, since Fountain, Cain, and Pascal are all outside kind of guys...
  7. Yeah, our FAs have worked out well during the Ballard years - Sheard, Hunt, Autry, Ebron - so, I’m not going to worry about his approach. OL FAs didn’t pan out last year, but they were low risk, and the position eventually worked itself out really well...
  8. Don’t ever remember us agreeing to terms with someone so soon after the beginning of the tampering period...
  9. I fell in love with Fountain during the pre-draft process last year. I think he might have a leg up on a Cain returning from major surgery...for this year, at least.
  10. Here’s my thoughts immediately following the combine: FA 1) Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers. Here’s our second “Dog”. 2) Steven Nelson, CB, Chiefs. Obviously working the Ballard connection. Going veteran at CB with Nelson and Desir. 3) Rodney Gunter, DT, Cardinals. Played a lot of 5-technique at Arizona, where he picked up 4.5 sacks last year. He can take some of the NT reps we’re losing with Hunt and Woods leaving. Inside FAs · All restricted FAs come back (Ward, etc.). · Mark Glowinski. Already done. · Pierre Desir. Played well, and we get a veteran, steady CB corps. · Adam Vinitieri. Done. · Clayton Geathers. We need his veteran leadership in the secondary. No other leaders back there. Draft 1) Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. I want to get cute with this pick, as I think there are really good consolation prizes at DT, like Khalen Saunders as early as the #59 pick. However, Tillery is the perfect skill set for that NT position, and we have to replace the reps Hunt and Woods gave us last season. Tillery can be a real disruptor, and he seems to have the same kind of quirky, weird personality that former Irish teammate Matthias Farley has. Should fit well in the locker room – I don’t buy the off-field concerns. 2) Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina. Senior Bowl riser. This is the perfect slot guy for the Colts’ offense. Great route-runner, good hands, and excels at YAC. Built like a running back. It’d be a shame if we couldn’t find a way to work him into our draft – possibly the only guy I think that about at this point in time. Hopefully our 3rd “Dog”. 2) Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan. I’ve had us going DE in the first for a while, but the combine convinced me that no one will be there for us at #25. Bosa, Sweat, Ferrell, Burns, Gary – they’ll all be gone. I loved Omenihu, but he had a disastrous combine that convinced me that he lacks the athleticism I thought he had. Polite is probably off my board, with growing off-field concerns. I really don’t like many developmental DEs later in the draft. Winovich had some really good quickness figures at the Combine, and he ran a 4.59 forty. He also is supposed to have some top-tier leadership qualities. If he lasts to this pick, he’s the last DE I’m excited about in this draft. 3) Will Harris, S, Boston College. Geathers is injured too often, and it’d be nice to have a successor in place. Harris’ great combine, including a 4.41 forty, lands him right about here. He has good feel in coverage and doesn’t make mental errors. 4) Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls. 6’6”, 309. He has quick feet and was great in pass protection at the East West Shrine. In a relatively poor OT class, he’s a guy who could develop into a starter after a year or so. Only put up 16 bench at the Combine, indicating that (like most college OTs), he needs to add a lot of strength for the NFL. With Castonzo, Clark, and Haeg FAs after 2019, taking a shot at a LT could provide a cheap successor at LT… 4) Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison. With the top four CBs being Moore, Wilson, Desir, and Nelson (in some order), I like the idea of developing someone behind them with ST ability. Moreland was great at both the EWS and Senior Bowl, and showed some great return ability at the former. With 29.5” arms, he’s a slot guy only on D, but I’m alright with that because the four ahead of them can all play outside. 5) Joshua Miles, OL, Morgan St. 6’5”, 314. Played LT in college. Played inside at the East West Shrine, and was called by some as the best OL there. I’m thinking of him as a back-up OG, though he has really long arms (making a Haeg-like swing tackle a possibility). We’ve kept the OL together, now I’m trying to ensure the depth continues to improve. With a new OL coach who is known as a teacher, I like giving him two underdeveloped, undercoached, small-school lumps of clay with positive athletic traits as his first projects. 6) Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford. We have a very young LB corps, but I’d like to start laddering their contracts. We used to do that with our Tampa-2 LBs. Every year we’d lose a starter to FA, and someone we drafted mid- to late-rounds two years earlier would just step up. Our LBs were always cheap that way. Oh-kuh-REEK-ee is the typical fast, small, good-in-coverage LB we will be looking for going forward. 7) Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh. We’re developing a well-rounded RB corps, only lacking a power runner. Hall was just that at the EWS, plus he ripped off a 39-yard run. He actually dropped weight to 217 at the EWS, but we can muscle him back up.
  11. I live in Western Massachusetts, and I’ve started referring to Brady as the G-COAT...
  12. Yeah, I thought people would feel that way about Omenihu at this point. There have been a few of the well-known draftniks that have put him up in the 1st, or at least discussed it as a possibility... Like this one: Charles Omenihu is an absolute bull of a defensive lineman who raised his draft stock tremendously at this year's Senior Bowl. Named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and first-team All-Big 12 by the AP and coaches, Charles tallied 9.5 sacks this past season and made 18 tackles for loss. One-on-one, Omenihu is a nightmare for any offensive lineman to deal with because of his long arms, which are violent and always active. Omenihu has an electric first step and enough position versatility to play edge, but also kick inside if need be, as he rushed from a 3-technique position all the way out to a Wide-9 for Texas, and was successful at every spot. Charles leverages his hips and holds a firm edge, while natural strength enables him to squeeze gaps and find the football when defending against the run. If he impresses at the Combine, there is a glimmer of a chance Omenihu sneaks into RD1 consideration so the Panthers taking him at 47th overall could end up being a hell of a steal! - Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst Or this one: The first of two sleepers to sneak into Round 1, Omenihu is probably more likely to rise into the Round 2 range, but for kicks lets say he has a shot at the top 32. He should, given the fact he has better edge pass rush tools than Sweat while being just as good against the run, but it doesn’t sound like the NFL sees it that way just yet. A strong Combine on top of being a standout in Mobile could do wonders for Omenihu. - John Ledyard
  13. Decided to go veteran in the secondary to provide some leadership for our youngsters in the area. FAs: Steven Nelson, CB, Chiefs Rodney Gunter, DT, Cardinals Inside FAs: Glowinski & Vini already signed Desir Geathers Draft: 1) Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas 2) Deebo Samuel, WR, S. Carolina 2) Khalen Saunders, DT, W. Illinois 3) Will Harris, S, Boston College 4) Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls 4) Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison 5) Joshua Miles, OL, Morgan St. 6) Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh 7) Jeff Allison, LB, Fresno St. Admittedly, I populate my mocks at this point in the year with risers who I’m projecting further rises...so, this’ll seem crappy to many...
  14. It’s another lackluster OT group on day 2...or at least that’s what a preliminary assessment tells me. So I doubt we address it that early. As a need, I wouldn’t object to a Day 2 guy, though. As it is, I expect us to add a developmental day 3 OT to the current cast (Castonzo, Smith, Clark, Hague, Garcia), and reassess after next season. You’ll always have unresolved succession issues...
  15. Woohoo! we’re keeping the band together, and kind of a bargain. I’d try to keep Desir before FA, then I’m so on the fence on Geathers. He’s the only leader in the secondary, but his injury past is very poor. I’d like to bring him back, most likely on a one-year prove-it, due to health. But that certainly means letting him test FA...
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