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1. Cleveland Browns

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: If Cleveland is drafting No. 1 overall, the experiments withRobert Griffin III and rookie Cody Kessler were a failure. Watson lacks ideal size but has the arm, athleticism and moxie to potentially turn into a franchise quarterback.

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2. San Francisco 49ers

Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi: Unless Chip Kelly is able to resurrect the careers of Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert (or get a kick-start out of rookie Jeff Driskel), the 49ers will be looking for an upgrade at quarterback in 2017, if selecting this high. Kelly -- the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and not related to 49ers coach Chip Kelly -- possesses the arm and athleticism to be an ideal match in Chip's offense. He comes with questions on and off the field, but he is an undeniable talent that could soar up draft boards with a big 2016 season.

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3. San Diego Chargers

Jamal Adams, S, LSU: The Chargers failed to adequately replace Eric Weddle in the 2016 draft. They would not likely allow a safety of Adams' caliber to slip by this time around, especially after investing heavily on front-seven defenders in 2016, most notably edge rusher Joey Bosa.

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4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M: Frankly, I'd be shocked if the Jags are selecting this high. I think they are a legitimate contender to win the AFC South this year. But if they're once again picking in the top five, then 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler, Jr. likely did not have the kind of impact expected. Garrett is a special talent, who could push for No. 1 overall consideration if no quarterbacks emerge.

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5. Tennessee Titans

Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida: Some clubs seem to annually struggle at certain positions and with not a single cornerback from Tennessee in the modern era having earned multiple Pro Bowl nods, Jon Robinson could find Tabor's talent and tenacity simply too intriguing to pass up.

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6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: The Bucs are high on young left tackle Donovan Smith. However, they may see him as a better fit on the right side as competition for veteranGosder Cherilus, especially if a talent like Robinson is available.

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7. New Orleans Saints

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn: The selection of defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins should help, but the Saints still need help along the defensive line. Adding the powerful and athletic Lawson to a unit built around Cameron Jordan could turn a relative weakness into a strength.

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8. Detroit Lions

Desmond King, CB, Iowa: Most assumed King would bolt for the NFL after winning the Thorpe Award last season. His size, physicality and penchant for the big play would fit in nicely in Detroit.

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9. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles)

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Hue Jackson's commitment to running the football could result in production for the backs already on Cleveland's roster, but none of them possess anything close to Fournette's raw talent.

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10. Miami Dolphins

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: If the duo of Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake does not result in the production Miami is looking for in 2016, the Dolphins could find help in the form of the relatively local star, Cook, who is a do-everything back.

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11. Tennessee Titans (from Rams)

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC: The Titans invested heavily in running backs in 2016, but helping Marcus Mariota with a big-play receiver like Smith-Schuster could be the top priority a year from now.

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12. Washington Redskins

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: The culture in Washington is changing with Scot McClougan valuing toughness and physicality over raw athleticism. At 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, McDowell has the length and power to play all over the defensive line.

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13. Atlanta Falcons

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama: After leading the Crimson Tide in sacks (12) and tackles for loss (14 1/2) in 2015, Allen surprisingly passed up the NFL to return to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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14. Chicago Bears

Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan: Cornerback, safety, returner -- put him wherever you'd like -- Peppers is a natural playmaker with the instincts and athleticism to carry over his success and versatility to the NFL.

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15. Houston Texans

Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: Brian Cushing is coming off a good year, but it was the first time in the past five seasons in which he made it through all 16 games unscathed. The Texans could pair Foster as an explosive athlete to complement Cushing and last year's second-round pick Bernardrick McKinney.

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16. Buffalo Bills

Zach Banner, OT, Southern Cal: Left tackle Cordy Glenn's long-term future with the club is uncertain after signing a one-year franchise tender. Banner isn't for everyone, but Rex Ryan would probably love his power in the running game.

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17. Oakland Raiders

Adoree Jackson, CB, Southern Cal: Like Peppers at No. 14, Jackson is such a dynamic athlete that he has been featured at receiver, cornerback and returner over his career. The Raiders could find his athleticism and versatility intriguing, especially with the need for depth at all three positions.

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18. New York Giants

Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State: For the first time in modern franchise history, the Giants did not select an offensive or defensive lineman in the 2016 draft. Reinforcements could be needed next year up front with Johnson possessing the bulk and feet to help immediately.

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19. New York Jets

Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama: Ball-hawking safeties are all the rage in the NFL and Jackson showed promise in this area in 2015, intercepting six passes after playing cornerback earlier in his career.

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20. Baltimore Ravens

Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida: Instinctive and physical, Davis could be the perfect complement to 2014 first-round pick C.J. Mosley.

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21. Kansas City Chiefs

Tim Williams, DE/LB, Alabama: With Tamba Hali aging and Justin Houston coming off surgery, the Chiefs could once again be on the hunt for an edge rusher. Williams was a pass-rush specialist for the Tide last year, generating 10 1/2 sacks despite not starting a single game.

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22. Indianapolis Colts

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: Adding some juice to the backfield in Indianapolis could be the perfect way to support Andrew Luck. McCaffrey is a legitimate talent, combining vision, agility, burst and hands to serve as a dynamic weapon. The Stanford background could make the transition that much easier for both Luck and McCaffrey. 

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23. Minnesota Vikings

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami: If Teddy Bridgewater takes the next step in 2017 and guides the Vikings back to the playoffs (as this projection indicates), Minnesota might look first to the offensive line. Kaaya's leadership and experience in a run-oriented, pro-style offense could be appealing if Bridgewater's marginal play last season continues in 2016.

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24. Dallas Cowboys

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: Gavin Escobar is a nice player, but he is not a true long-term replacement for Jason Witten, whose lack of speed is starting to catch up with him (along with everyone else). Howard, on the other hand, does have this kind of seam-breaking ability.

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25. Arizona Cardinals

Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech: Tight end is not a featured position in Bruce Arians' offense, but this former quarterback is not a traditional tight end, boasting the size and raw athleticism to be a matchup nightmare. 

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26. Carolina Panthers

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: The Panthers are currently set along the defensive line, but with Charles Johnson on a one-year deal, Dave Gettleman likely would not pass on adding an athletic edge rusher like Harris, who led the SEC with 18 1/2 tackles for loss last year.

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27. Cincinnati Bengals

Skai Moore, OLB, South Carolina: Size and physicality has been the calling card of Bengals linebackers in recent years, but 2016 third-round pick Nick Vigil could signal a changing of the guard. Like Vigil, Moore has the athleticism to handle coverage responsibilities, as well as be a nuisance in the running game.

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28. Denver Broncos

Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt: With Von Miller seeking a monster contract, the Broncos will be looking for inexpensive and dynamic front-seven defenders to complement him. Cunningham isn't a national name, but the Commodores star is well known in the SEC, especially among coaches who voted him to the first-team squad with 16 1/2 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles in 2015.

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29. Green Bay Packers

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State: It seems the Packers are annually in search of athletic linebackers. Powerful and athletic, Miller could be the end to Green Bay's troubles at the position. 

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30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State: Some would argue injuries to stars Le'Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger the past couple of seasons were predictably the startling lack of attention Pittsburgh has paid to its offensive line, with just two of the club's 33 draft picks during that time used on blockers. A powerful blocker with the versatility to play guard or center, Elflein could help immediately.

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31. Seattle Seahawks

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: The Seahawks are hoping to squeeze another year or two of production out of Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons, but they will be on the lookout for fresh blood among edge rushers next year. Barnett is not the elite athlete his production indicates, but he possesses a relatively pro-ready game.

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32. New England Patriots

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: Bill Belichick investing in early picks in the secondary is nearly an annual exercise, and White possesses the buttery smooth athleticism to excel in coverage and on special teams.

Don`t know how`d I feel about C. McCaffrey in the 1st round.  Good college  RB, but I don`t see  the production in the NFL.

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As I said in the other thread, the good thing is - this draft seems to be loaded at pretty much all our positions of need. There are a ton of great pass-rushers, running backs, corners and safeties. Hell, even at ILB there are some nice players.

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So, I'm guessing the Patriots earn the first pick in the draft, get it taken away in another cheating scandal, and then that 32nd pick is the 1st pick in the 2nd round? 

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4 hours ago, Archer said:

So, I'm guessing the Patriots earn the first pick in the draft, get it taken away in another cheating scandal, and then that 32nd pick is the 1st pick in the 2nd round? 

 

Once I saw Patriots at #32, I said "yaawwnnnn...." :)

 

I feel the NFC is ready for a run of 2 or 3 years, IMO. The AFC rep may continue to be the Steelers and Patriots for a few years still and I would be happy if someone other than those two make it to the SB from the AFC, if the Colts don't.

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11 hours ago, McGregor the Notorious said:


Also the Vikings drafting a QB is pretty dumb

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I think it would wise for the Vikings to consider a QB early if Bridgewater continues to throw an average of 14TD`s a year. That would mean he`s probably hit his ceiling after three seasons in the NFL. 22nd rated QB in 2015. 

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On 5/6/2016 at 6:12 AM, MPStack said:

I think it would wise for the Vikings to consider a QB early if Bridgewater continues to throw an average of 14TD`s a year. That would mean he`s probably hit his ceiling after three seasons in the NFL. 22nd rated QB in 2015. 

 

Lol. We will not be drafting a QB, especially at #23 (which means we will have made the playoffs). As long as we are winning games, it does not matter how many TDs Teddy throws. 

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1 hour ago, NFLfan said:

 

Lol. We will not be drafting a QB, especially at #23 (which means we will have made the playoffs). As long as we are winning games, it does not matter how many TDs Teddy throws. 

What do you think about Norv as your OC?  Norv is obviously a good OC, but he always seemed like an odd fit for Bridgewater.

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26 minutes ago, BOTT said:

What do you think about Norv as your OC?  Norv is obviously a good OC, but he always seemed like an odd fit for Bridgewater.

 

Like many Vikes fans, I am not a big fan of Norv. I am thankful that he was the one who encouraged the team to draft Teddy, but Teddy does not fit his offensive scheme. In addition, Norv's play-calling is too predictable, running the ball on first and second down on almost every set of downs. That leaves us in third and long a lot.  It is frustrating. 

 

I am hoping that this year the Vikings take the shackles off Teddy and allow him to shine as I expect him to. :)

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On May 5, 2016 at 10:24 AM, SP_21 said:

I really would be astonished if we pass on Barnett. Surprised to see Skai Moore in the 1st round too. 

Yeah if we have a shot to get Barnett and take McCafferty that would not be smart. I think Freeman is going to the best pro RB coming out of PAC 12 next year. That kid from UG Lorenzo Carter I think plays his way into the 1st round. I think he goes off with Jenkins and Floyd gone. I'd go for a Carter Freeman draft 

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On 5/7/2016 at 9:47 AM, NFLfan said:

 

Like many Vikes fans, I am not a big fan of Norv. I am thankful that he was the one who encouraged the team to draft Teddy, but Teddy does not fit his offensive scheme. In addition, Norv's play-calling is too predictable, running the ball on first and second down on almost every set of downs. That leaves us in third and long a lot.  It is frustrating. 

 

I am hoping that this year the Vikings take the shackles off Teddy and allow him to shine as I expect him to. :)

To be fair, if your RB is Purple Jesus, you SHOULD run on first and second down on a large percentage of your plays.....lol

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46 minutes ago, Shafty138 said:

To be fair, if your RB is Purple Jesus, you SHOULD run on first and second down on a large percentage of your plays.....lol

 

I disagree. I think the offense would be much improved and  AP would have even more yards and more TDs if the offense was not so predictable.

 

It sounds like Zimmer is changing things up this year and has brought in Pat Shurmur to help with the offense. Zimmer wants Teddy throw more.

 

I can't wait for training camp.

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On ‎5‎/‎5‎/‎2016 at 7:18 PM, chad72 said:

 

Once I saw Patriots at #32, I said "yaawwnnnn...." :)

 

I feel the NFC is ready for a run of 2 or 3 years, IMO. The AFC rep may continue to be the Steelers and Patriots for a few years still and I would be happy if someone other than those two make it to the SB from the AFC, if the Colts don't.

They wont go to the superbowl.

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Bridgewater will have to prove he can get the ball accurately down field if that team wants to get to the next level. Also the O Line has to protect him much better...Particularly Matt Kalil. I'd expect Mike Harris and Alex Boone to be solid yet not great but Kalil has been a mess

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8 hours ago, AndyColt said:

I want mostly Defense next year and a RB..........

 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS!!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ and thank you!!

 

In about 10 days I'm going to start talking about the 2017 draft.....    but for now,  it can wait....

 

 

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