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  1. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/anthony-walker jr.?id=2558015
  2. If I had more time, I would check each out for skill set and our scheme fit and 'fine tune this list and see how it compare as people peel off names and our pick comes in. Landry has stated that in his experience, you only need around 150 names on your big board, as every team grades and ranks (and takes) players slightly differently. In essence though, I would go through and move some of these guys off the board (very poor character or medical concern players) and add others. I'd also move some of these to a side board, only pick is we trade down and acquire extra picks (say we get a 7th tossed in with other extra picks, and a Nate Peterson or Brad Kaaya is still there... or something like that). I've already strike through on QB, PK, and center anyway. ;-) I'll try to strike through players as chose... For some of you that have studied (as much as 1 fan can do) 200+ prospects, you might fiddle withis and see how it 'falls for you', as Chris Ballard says. Without further digression, here's Chris Landry's remaining player grade list (overall # included, not adjusted for medical, team scheme, or character flaws) Early second round value- 33. DE–CARL LAWSON–AUBURN (M) 34. DT/3T–CALEB BRANTLEY (JR)–FLORIDA (C) 52. CB–DESMOND KING–IOWA Mid to Late 2nd round value- 58. DT–CARLOS WATKINS–CLEMSON 67. TE–JAKE BUTT–MICHIGAN (M) 77. OG–DORIAN JOHNSON–PITTSBURGH End of second round value picks: 3rd Round value- 79. QB–NATHAN PETERMAN–PITTSBURGH 80. QB–CHAD KELLY–OLE MISS (C) 84. DT/0 — ELIJAH QUALLS–WASHINGTON STATE 85. DT/0/3T–JALEEL JOHNSON–IOWA 89. OT/RT/G–ADAM BISNOWATY–PITTSBURGH 90. OT/RT–WILL HOLDEN–VANDERBILT 97. CB–HOWARD WILSON (rsSO)–HOUSTON 98. SS–EDDIE JACKSON–ALABAMA (M) 99. OC–TYLER ORLOSKY–WEST VIRGINIA 101. WR–MALACHI DUPREE (JR)–LSU 102. WR–ISIAH FORD (JR)–VIRGINIA TECH 104. WR–NOAH BROWN (JR)–OHIO STATE 106. WR–DEDE WESTBROOK–OKLAHOMA (C) 108. TE/Y–BUCKY HODGES (JR)–VIRGINIA TECH 109. TE/Y–JORDAN LEGGETT–CLEMSON 110. RB–MARLON MACK (JR)–SOUTH FLORIDA 112. RB–MATTHEW DAYES–NORTH CAROLINA STATE 113. OG–NICO SIRAGUSA–SAN DIEGO STATE 114. OG–ISAAC ASIATA–UTAH 115. PK–ZANE GONZALES–ARIZONA STATE End of 3rd round grade: Fourth Round Value- 116. QB–BRAD KAAYA (JR)–MIAMI,FL 117. DE–HUNTER DIMICK–UTAH 119. DE–BRYAN COX JR.–FLORIDA 120. DT/3T– RYAN GLASGOW–MICHIGAN 122. DT/3T — VINCENT TAYLOR–OKLAHOMA STATE 123. DT/3T– DAVON GODCHAUX–LSU 124. DT/O– JARRON JONES–NOTRE DAME 126. CB–DAMONTAE KAZEE–SAN DIEGO STATE 128. CB–CORN ELDER–MIAMI,FL 129. OT/RT/G–JERMAINE ELUEMUNOR–TEXAS A&M 130. OT/LT/RT–CHAD WHEELER–USC 131. OT/LT/RT–JJ DIELMAN–UTAH (M) 132. OT/RT–DAN SKIPPER–ARKANSAS 133. OT/RT/LT–ERIK MAGNUSON–MICHIGAN 134. OC–KYLE FULLER–BAYLOR 135. WR–TRAVIS RUDOLPH–FLORIDA STATE 136. WR–ARTAVIS SCOTT–CLEMSON 138. WR–JOSH REYNOLDS–TEXAS A&M 139. WR–STACY COLEY–MIAMI,FL (U) 141. TE/Y/H–GEORGE KITTLE–IOWA 142. TE/Y/H–COLE HIKUTINI–LOUISVILLE 143. IB–ANTHONY WALKER–NORTHWESTERN End of fourth round number picks- 145. SB–VINCE BIEGEL–WISCONSIN 146. SB/WB–ELIJAH LEE (JR)–KANSAS STATE 147. RB–SAMAJE PERINE (JR)–OKLAHOMA 148. RB–JAMAL WILLIAMS (JR)–BYU 149. RB–WAYNE GALLMAN (JR)–CLEMSON 152. FS–RAYSHAWN JENKINS–MIAMI,FL 153. OG–DAMIEN MAMA (JR)–USC 154. OG–DANNY ISIDORA–MIAMI,FL End of fourth round Grade: None listed after this... C = Character issue(s) M = Medical issue(s) U = Underachiever O = Overachiever
  3. Chris Landry Free article #3 Life on the road as a scout In the high glamour world of pro football, it is the players and coaches who get the lions share of the credit and the huge salaries. Not much attention is given to the gentlemen who find the players out on the road. Such is the life of an NFL scout. Long car rides, hurried flight connections, cheap motel rooms and fast meals are the norm as is lonely nights writing reports to the wee hours of the morning. Much like many other NFL personnel, a scout’s season begins with training camp. At camp, a scout’s responsibility is to evaluate his own team’s personnel as well as other NFL team’s personnel during the preseason. Teams are always scouring other team’s rosters for guys that might be let go that would be nice fits for bottom of the roster spots on their own team. During Training camp personnel meetings, coaches and scouts can learn to be on the same page as to what type of player is needed at each position. Teams that win are ones that find role players that fit your scheme but may not be a fit for another team. Frank Wycheck was a player that did not fit the Redskins scheme as an on line tight end but I felt comfortable that he would fit well in our scheme as a H-back with the team I was scouting for at the time (Oilers). In addition to scouting duties during camp, scouts finalize their fall college scouting schedule. Each team breaks down the country in regional areas and a scout is responsible for all schools in his assigned region. Scouts stay in that area year after year as they become more and more familiar with the programs and coaches in that area. It’s important that there are no gaps and that all prospects are looked at. .... {snipped} See the whole article here- https://landryfootball.com/life-on-the-road-as-an-nfl-scout/ P.S. I need an editor making titles!! LOL
  4. Free Article #2, Evaluating the best evaluators- Those of us inside the football business who really know the game and who’s responsible for driving personnel decisions for various teams believe that figuring out which players to draft and where to draft them is one of the most difficult tasks in sports. Based on over 25 plus years as an NFL Scout and knowing the inside of how decisions are made, here are the best evaluators and drafters in the history of Pro Football. 1. Bobby Beathard—Chiefs, Dolphins, Redskins, Chargers {snipped content: see article} 2. Art Rooney Jr.—Steelers {snipped} ...... 5. Bill Polian–Chicago (USFL), Bills, Panthers, Colts Cut his teeth in the USFL with Marv Levy and they both moved on to the Buffalo Bills where he built them into 4 AFC Championships. Polian then moved to Carolina where he quickly got them into the NFC title game. Then on to Indianapolis where he ran the Colts with Jim Mora and then Tony Dungy, finally earning a Super Bowl title. He was more of a pro personnel evaluator (NFL talent) than a college scout, relying on his field scouts and organizing their evaluations. Guys like John Butler and Dom Anile really helped to make his drafts. ... 13. Bill Belichick–Browns, Patriots {snipped} See more here- https://landryfootball.com/scouting-scouts-evaluating-best-evaluators-pro-football-history/
  5. On draft day, I'll relay some teasers and their free articles web site URL from Chris Landry concerning the NFL draft and / or scouting. Here is the first of these: History of the NFL draft. Some teasers: 1974 PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Following the previous years drafts where they acquired Joe Greene, LC Greenwood, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Jack Ham, Greg Mullins, Dwight White, Ernie Holmes, Larry Brown, Mike Wagner, JT Thomas and Franco Harris, Pittsburgh may well have had the best draft ever to add to that group- Art Rooney Jr., Dick Haley and Chuck Noll. Scouts Bill Nunn and Tim Rooney 1st round= USC WR Lynn Swann 2nd round= Kent St LB Jack Lambert didn’t have 3rd round pick—was traded to Raiders 4th round= Alabama A&M WR John Stallworth 5th rd= Wisconsin OC Mike Webster (thought to be too light) (many in the league thought Lambert was a reach, Stallworth had previously ran a bad time but the Steelers re-timed him again at later date, and while others thought Webster was too light, the Steelers thought he played stronger on film) Next, All Pro QB's do not necessarily make good GM's / HC (and a story of why you stay true to your board!)- 1981—Missing out on Joe Montana, Packers HC/GM Bart Starr had to get a QB to try and save his job and took CAL QB Rich Campbell overruling the scouts who wanted to take USC Safety Ronnie Lott. ---------------------- Read much more here- https://landryfootball.com/nfl-draft-history-free/
  6. Recently, some mock drafts have some 1st/ 2nd round talent falling after teams filled their 1st round needs through Free Agency (Cowboys - Brandon Carr, Seahawks - Matt Flynn, Bills - Mario Williams). The Colts have begun to shape their new 3-4 scheme with the addition of Cory Redding and Tom Zbikowski formerly of the Ravens, who are familiar with Pagano's defense. Mathis and Freeney will stand up to play OLB's and I like Pat Angerer in the middle for the foreseeable future. I believe we haven't seen the end of FA signings to shore up the defense with the likes of a veteran NT like Antonio Garay or Brandon McKinney. Both have ties to Manusky and Pagano respectively. Don't be surprised to see the Colts do an about-face on defense with the addition of a couple new players and some new coaching. I like the addition of Winston Justice and Mike McGlynn on the O-line, but neither were starting linemen from my understanding. Offense is going to be the biggest concern for me here. Luck's success will be predicated on the talent he is surrounded with early on. Best Player Available will take precedence in this years draft since there are so many needs. For this mock, I'll use the consensus results of a 7 round mock from Drafttek.com, updated this morning. Let me know what you think. Round 1 : Andrew Luck QB - Stanford No surprises here. Round 2 : Stephon Gilmore CB - South Carolina This guy was very impressive at the combine and one heckuva highlight reel. This is the BPA I was talking about. He is a first round talent for sure, but free agency could drop him to #34. What a steal. Round 3 : Mohamed Sanu WR - Rutgers This particular mock I'm going off of has Alshon Jeffery lasting until the Vikings 3rd round. I don't think that's realistic, so I'm sticking with Sanu here. It's feasible and a great option at WR who could eventually replace Reggie Wayne at WR1. Round 4 : Mike Brewster OC - Ohio State I don't know if Saturday is coming back, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to secure his replacement in a caliber player like Brewster. Luck could really benefit from developing along side a familiar center early on, just like Peyton and Saturday. Round 5 : Ladarius Green TE - Louisiana Lafayette Even if Jacob Tamme is retained, it would not be a bad idea to have another quality TE. Green is the consolation prize to Fleener. Round 6 : Brian Quick WR - Appalachian State I was hoping this pick might be Tauren Poole, but after switching picks with the Eagles, he might not last this long. Add another quality receiver to add depth. Round 7 : Ryan Miller OG - Colorado Miller impressed a lot of scouts with his combine performance. If there is one thing the Colts need for Andrew Luck to succeed, it's depth on the line. Miller will compete for a starting position right away.
  7. I think every member of this forum would agree that the Colts are not a Super Bowl caliber team at this time. The method for adding the necessary players to accomplish this, however, has been a moot point. Many prefer signing veterans, free agents, to drafting unproven rookies---no matter how good the prospect is. Still, this view was not endorsed by Tony Dungy, who believed that bringing in a player from another team usually caused division. Following his opinion, the Colts have been largely successful for the past many years, racking up the most league wins of the 2000-2010 decade. Another much respected coach, Bill Belichick, has added through both free agency and the draft, and has fielded a solid squad every year. (Keep in mind, though, that he has not struck gold on many of his free agent signees.) A coach regarded as 'up-and-coming', Rex Ryan, has added largely through free agency and has not done well in the draft, and with the exception of last year, participated in the AFC championship game the last three years. All three men had different methods. All three men are successful, and there really is no 'correct' answer here. This topic is merely intended to draw debate to a new line of thought. So what do you prefer? Drafting rookies, signing veterans, or a mix of the two?
  8. This might not be the most popular choice, but if I was the Colts GM then I would go all-in with Peyton Manning or all-in with Andrew Luck at the #1 pick. This team needs a lot of help all over the field, and both Manning and the #1 pick could bring us back a LOT of draft picks and/or players. The Colts do not have the luxury of keeping both for a few seasons simply because we have holes all over the field. I wish we did, but we need to many players at too many positions to keep both high-value QB's on the roster next season. If the Colts had been successful on their past 4-5 1st-round picks (excluding the 2011 draft) and made better choices, then depth wouldn't be the issue that it is. The lack of young talent on this team wouldn't be an issue. However, we have been missing on our picks and the result is that we have a severe talent deficiency all over the field, especially on defense. Think about it, here are our positions of major need going into the offseason: -Young QB prospect to take over for Peyton Manning -Young elite WR to take over for Reggie Wayne -New C to replace Jeff Saturday when he retires or leaves -Another OG or OT to add to the Castonzo/Ijalana duo -CB and S... our secondary is the biggest weakness on this team -LB depth, although Brackett coming back will help -New DE's to replace Mathis if he leaves in Free Agency -A run-stuffing DT to pair with Nevis Those are a lot of needs for a team to keep 2 high-level QB's on their roster. And here's the catch: with the team coming back next season as it looks now, even including the new draft picks that we will have, we are still going to struggle. We might be able to win the division (big maybe), but we aren't going to be able to cover up our deficiencies as we have in the past. We still have aging vets. If we end up taking Luck and keeping Manning, that only leaves us with a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and later picks to add to our defense. Bottom line is we need more than that to get this team back on track. With that being said, both Manning and Luck deserve to be equipped as well as possible in order to give them each the best chance to succeed. If we bring Peyton back, he is only coming back to try and win another Super Bowl. The talent that we could get for the #1 pick would be incredibly high, and would get us much closer to contending for a title. Peyton deserves that kind of commitment from us, and anything short would be incredibly disappointing. The same goes for Luck. Being a rookie QB who will have to live in the shadow of Peyton Manning, he needs to get the best possible shot from us to allow him to succeed in the NFL. This team has a lot of holes that even Luck wouldn't be able to fix from Day One. Therefore, trading Peyton for 1st, 2nd and maybe more draft picks would let the Colts either give him a stud WR or a franchise OL who could protect him or give him a great weapon to help out. Or he could at least have a great defense to take pressure off of him. Otherwise, if he comes in to next season with a roster that is similar to what we have now, it would be extremely unfair to him and would put him in a similar place that Sam Bradford is in right now... a good franchise with very little help around him. And that's not going to help him one bit. Either way, the Colts will have a tough choice to make. But both QB's and the franchise's future will benefit if we fully invest with either QB. Hopefully the Colts give each guy their best possible chance to succeed.
  9. In this hypothetical draft scenario we have the second overall pick. Also I believe you will find this one is more realistic to happen then my other one. No trade downs involved, just straight up our 7 picks. 1st round: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina, 6-4, 229lbs - Reggie is getting old and nobody is consistently consistent behind him other than Clark. With the drafting of Jeffery, we allow him to learn from under Reggie and help him work on his routes and we get our big red zone target we have all craved for years. 2nd round: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina, 6-1,193lbs - In the second round we consecutively pick another Gamecock. Gilmore is arguably the second best corner in the nation. He is more of a man-to-man type of corner. Sticks with his receiver till the whistle blows and can tackle in the open field. He draws comparisons to that of Charles Woodson. 3rd round: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida, 6-3, 303lbs 4th round: Keenan Robinson, OLB/MLB, Texas, 6-3, 240lbs 5th round: Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame, 6-2, 215lbs 6th round: Christian Tupou, DT, USC, 6-2,300lbs 7th round: Antoine McClain, OG, Clemson, 6-5, 335lbs
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