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Mock Draft 3.30.22 (Bad version)

Posted: March 30, 2022 in Football
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1 Jacksonville – Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan DE – Jaguars LT Cam Robinson has been franchise tagged. Hutchinson makes the most sense for Baalke and Pederson.

2 Detroit – Malik Willis, Liberty QB – Looking at the quarterbacks in the ’22 class and looking at CJ Stroud and Bryce Young as the stars of the 2023 draft class, Willis with all of his flaws looks like the highest ceiling prospect out of all of his peers. The Lions will start Jared Goff in 2022 regardless of who they draft. Malik Willis could use some help with his accuracy, but looks lightyears ahead of where Josh Allen was at this stage. Willis most closely resembles super QBs Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen with his cannon arm and his ability to move the ball as a runner. Willis will check Dan Campbell’s character box.

3 Houston – Ikem Ekwonu, NC State OL – Lovie Smith specifically first mentioned running the football when asked about running an NFL team. The Texans offensive line when healthy can pass protect, but isn’t beefy in run blocking. The Texans were last place in both yards per carry and total rushing yards last season. Icky is known for his power run blocking.

4 New York Jets – Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon DE – Thibodeaux will fill the role occupied by Nick Bosa when Robert Saleh coached at San Francisco. Some intelligent people like Daniel Jeremiah and Jordan Reid believe Travon Walker will get drafted ahead of Thibodeaux. I believe the Jets will desire the pass rush skill of Thibodeaux more than the overall ceiling of Walker.

5 New York Giants – Evan Neal, Alabama OT – With the struggles New York has had at offensive line, they would be lucky to get Evan Neal.

6 Carolina – Charles Cross, Ole Miss OT – The last of the premium tackles, Carolina faces a rebuild in 2022. Cross will be important as they are gutted at O-line.

7 New York Giants (From Chicago) – Travon Walker, Georgia DE – Walker feels like a Wink Martindale guy. The Giants are still soft at defensive end and Martindale could get the best out of Travon Walker.

8 Atlanta – Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame Safety – Young Falcons GM Terry Fontenot invested early in safety last year with Richie Grant in the second round, and they still need help in that area. Hamilton is a prototype safety, and while he had a bad 40 time, he played plenty fast in pads.

9 Seattle (From Denver) – Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa OT – My spidey sense is telling me Seattle will run the ball more with a new face at quarterback. Penning is a bruising run blocker, and can only get better as a pass protector :). If they get Duane Brown back for another season they might draft a cornerback here.

10 New York Jets (From Seattle) – Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati CB – The Jets are terrible at cornerback. And Gardner is an excellent cornerback. Played well against Alabama’s starters.

11 Washington – Garrett Wilson, Ohio State WR – Wilson’s a scheme fit for Scott Turner’s vertical passing scheme.

12 Minnesota – Derek Stingley, LSU CB – Minnesota needs help badly at cornerback. Stingley has played like an elite corner before.

13 Houston (From Cleveland) – Devin Lloyd, Utah Linebacker – Lovie Smith emphasized takeaways when asked about building a team. Lloyd happens to specialize in takeaways. Smith had some talented linebackers like Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs when he coached Chicago.

14 Baltimore – George Karlaftis, Purdue DE – Like Walker, Karlaftis has the size to move around the defensive line.

15 Philadelphia (From Miami) – Jermaine Johnson, FSU DE – The Eagles are known for bringing a competitive defensive line. In 2021, they were the second worst team in sacks (29) and Jermaine Johnson was consistent as a pass rusher for Florida State.

16 Philadelphia (From Indianapolis) – Trent McDuffie, Washington CB – McDuffie was an excellent zone corner at Washington and should fit right in with Jonathan Gannon’s defense for Philly.

17 LA Chargers – Roger McCreary, Auburn CB – The Chargers have favored defensive backs early in the draft for several years now. McCreary is battle tested and allowed in the low 40 percent mark for completions. His lone touchdown allowed came against Georgia in 2021. They have a need at defensive tackle, I’m not convinced they will want Jordan Davis if he won’t be able to hold up for the 17 overtime games the Chargers are bound to play in in 2022.

18 New Orleans – Zion Johnson, BC OL – The Saints struggled to run the ball in 2021. The Saints’ interior offensive line could use some work. Johnson is an elite run blocker and could line up at center or guard.

19 Philadelphia – Jordan Davis, Georgia DT – The Eagles are getting older on the defensive line. Davis may need some time to adjust to an NFL schedule as a full time starter, the return of Fletcher Cox will give him that. His combine performance solidifies his first round status.

20 Pittsburgh – David Ojabo, Michigan DE – The Steelers have long prioritized an aggressive front seven. Ojabo may not be able to play in 2022, but he’s still learning the game and can blossom in the Steelers defense.

21 New England – Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson CB – Booth is an excellent man corner which Patriots coach Bill Belichick will covet.

22 Green Bay (From Las Vegas) – Daxton Hill, Michigan DB – Hill played slot corner for Michigan and could fill that role for Green Bay. The Packers have shown a commitment to early investment in secondary in seasons past.

23 Arizona – Logan Hall, Houston DT – Hall played inside at Houston but may move to edge because of his size. Steve Keim has emphasized front seven size/speed athletes early in the draft (Zaven Collins, Isaiah Simmons).

24 Dallas – Drake London, USC WR – Jerry Jones does a great job of not screwing up his first round picks. Dallas will want a high level offensive tackle, and pass rusher. And cornerback. And Safety. He’s not going to turn down 6’4″ Drake London.

25 Buffalo – Kyler Gordon, UW CB – Gordon is a high ceiling corner. Buffalo will want someone to replace Levi Wallace.

26 Tennessee – Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa C – Tennessee’s had a strong offensive line under their current regime. Linderbaum would likely move to guard. Tennessee would take David Ojabo here if he’s available.

27 Tampa Bay – Jalen Pitre, Baylor DB – Tampa is a strong roster, but they are thin at corner. Pitre thrived as a slot corner, something Tampa badly needs.

28 Green Bay – Devonte Wyatt, Georgia DT – Wyatt might be the best interior pass rusher in the draft. The Packers need wide receivers, but didn’t become the class of the NFC by drafting them in the first round.

29 Kansas City (From Miami) – Jameson Williams, Alabama WR – The Chiefs Air Show will be operating without Tyreek Hill for the first time since 2015.

30 Kansas City – Boye Mafe, Minnesota DE – Kansas City will need to rush the passer now more than ever. Mafe had a terrific senior bowl.

31 Cincinnati – Kenyon Green, Texas A&M OL – The Bengals have already heavily invested in OL. Green is extremely versatile and is a great run blocker.

32 Detroit (From LA Rams) – Treylon Burks, Arkansas WR – Detroit knows they need receiver help. They’ve gone heavy into offensive and defensive line. With some more help for Amon-ra St. Brown, this team could score a lot of points.

Honorable Mentions: Sam Howell, UNC QB; Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan OL

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Jacksonville – Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan DE – Hutchinson is playing like the best player in the draft. He draws an extra blocker in the pass rush and is great against the run. The Jaguars have a ton of holes. They were bottom five in sacks in 2021. Everyone and their grandmother has Evan Neal as the pick here. I think Jacksonville leaves the best player on the board by doing that.

Detroit – Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon DE – Teammates with 2020 Lions first round pick Penei Sewell, Thibodeaux has devastating pass rush moves. If he has effort issues in run defense, Dan Campbell and company can coach said issues “up.”

Houston – Evan Neal, Alabama OT – Drafting Neal can protect Davis Mills and/or set up the roster to better support their quarterback of the future. Laremy Tunsil played five of a possible seventeen games last season and has a max of two seasons left on his contract. Lovie Smith will surely want Kyle Hamilton as well.

Jets – Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame S – Hamilton’s got absurd range and can move around the field, even as a pass rusher if needs be. He has free safety skills and strong safety size. Not a lot to think about with this pick.

Giants – Charles Cross, Miss. State OL – Cross allowed zero sacks and zero pressures against Alabama. He’s not the same run blocker as Ikem Ekwonu, but is above average in run blocking and pass pro. Brian Daboll will want an offense that can run and pass well.

Carolina – Ikem Ekwonu, NC State OL – The Panthers badly need offensive line help and “Icky” is regarded by some as the top dog in the whole draft. Carolina will be under some pressure to draft a quarterback here. No quarterback will last long behind the current Panthers offensive line.

Giants (From Chicago) – Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati CB – I expect Gardner will be discussed as one of the best corners in recent memory after a few seasons. Even against Alabama’s vaunted receivers he allowed 14 whole yards. He’s a scheme fit for what Don Martindale’s defense.

Atlanta – Drake London, USC WR – Let’s just say (Falcons General Manager) Terry Fontenot has a thing for tall guys. There is a power vacuum in the NFC South with Tom Brady retiring, London could play a big part in Atlanta getting back into the playoffs. Ryan will begging for an offensive weapon with Pitts drawing double coverage now. The Falcons still badly need pass rush, but the quality here is a little riskier than at the top.

Denver – Derek Stingley Jr., LSU CB – Denver will surely be in the market for a veteran quarterback (Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson). New general managers rarely get two swings at the quarterback position. George Paton is a risk averse guy, something we saw last season when he drafted Patrick Surtain II over Justin Fields, I don’t believe he will want any of these quarterbacks for that reason. New Broncos DC Ejiro Evero comes from LA where they had Jalen Ramsey remove a top receiver from the offense’s game plan. Stingley (if healthy) can have that same impact for Denver.

Jets (From Seattle) – Devin Lloyd, Utah LB – The Jets have bigger needs, but Lloyd is a prototype linebacker who reminds me of Micah Parsons. Lloyd doesn’t have quite the size and may not be as great a pass rusher as Parsons, but his coverage skills and run defense should more than justify this pick. The Jets will be looking to add reinforcements at offensive line with Mekhi Becton looking more like a question mark and the interior struggling as well.

Pittsburgh (Trade with Washington) – Malik Willis, Liberty QB – Pittsburgh can move up with probably only giving up one additional first round pick and get their guy. Mike Tomlin has liked Willis a lot. Unless Washington needs to get their quarterback here, they can move back nine spots and get an extra pick in 2023.

Minnesota – Treylon Burks, Arkansas WR – Adam Thielen is getting older and the Vikings could use help in the receiver department. Kevin O’Connell had plenty of star wide receivers in LA for the quarterback to throw to. New general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will value passing production and the skill Burks brings. Adofo-Mensah comes from the Browns analytics friendly front office and should value wide receivers highly.

Cleveland – Garrett Wilson, Ohio State WR – The Browns definitely need help at wide receiver after departing with Odell Beckham. About 40 percent of Wilson’s yards were YAC yards, respectable for a receiver with as much attention on him as Wilson.

Baltimore – Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa OL – Baltimore is one of the steadiest teams in the NFL. They run the ball more than anybody. While Ravens GM Eric DeCosta isn’t known for drafting small school players early, it would make sense to make an exception for Trevor Penning. Penning excels in run blocking and allowed a mere two pressures against Iowa State.

Philadelphia (From Miami) – Zion Johnson, Boston College OL – Zion Johnson is a man’s man. He played well at the senior bowl and is a great run blocker. He took snaps at center which shows versatility that would appeal to the Eagles situation without Brandon Brooks and possibly without Jason Kelce.

Philadelphia (From Indianapolis) – George Karlaftis, Purdue DE – Karlaftis is still somewhat new to Football and has some tackling issues to work out. This man is a behemoth and could possibly even move inside if needed. Karlaftis had seven hurries against Iowa, he should push Derek Barnett to maybe start day one.

Chargers – Trent McDuffie, Washington CB – I would have the chargers take a receiver or even a tight end, but they reload at defensive back early and often. McDuffie is a great value pick here. There will be run-stuffing defensive tackles throughout the draft for LA.

Saints – Matt Corral, Ole Miss QB – Corral tightened up the turnovers in 2021 and showed off his quick release. Plus the Saints don’t mind having a short quarterback. Mickey Loomis could look to draft center Tyler Linderbaum if he’s not thrilled with any of the quarterbacks in this class.

Philadelphia – Martin Emerson, Miss. State CB – Veteran SEC corner with terrific size. While Emerson looked flawed against Alabama, he’s got a higher ceiling than many of his peers and gave up three touchdowns on the season.

Washington (Trade with Pittsburgh) – Jameson Williams, Alabama WR – Jameson Williams is a great asset for Scott Turner’s offense. He bullied corners all season long, if his medical checks out he’d fit well in this offense.

New England – Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson CB – Booth is a strong corner and New England relies on excellent coverage for their defense to operate. Booth was excellent in man coverage in 2021.

Las Vegas – Devonte Wyatt, UGA DT – Wyatt is a strong all around defensive tackle. He’ll improve the Raiders interior pass rush and shoddy run defense.

Arizona – Jermaine Johnson, FSU DE – Chandler Jones looks like he is out the door in Arizona. Johnson is a great player with double digit sacks at Florida State in ’21. He played well at the Senior Bowl.

Dallas – Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma DT – Winfrey came to life in the Senior Bowl. The Cowboys defense doesn’t have a strong interior presence. Winfrey gives them a real inside pass rush option.

Buffalo – David Ojabo, Michigan DE – Buffalo has Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison on free agency. Ojabo would be a huge asset to their DL rotation, if not a starter.

Tennessee – Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina OLB – Tennessee runs a 3-4 so Enagbare would a be a fit. Enagbare had a great senior bowl performance and would give Tennessee the option to move on from either Bud Dupree or Harold Landry.

Tampa Bay – Jalen Pitre, Baylor DB – Tampa has some big decisions to make at QB and wide receiver. They were thin at corner last season. Unless they trade this selection for a big name QB, Pitre would make an aggressive slot corner where they have struggled in 2021.

Green Bay – Roger McCreary, Auburn CB – The Packers like to draft corners early. If Rodgers has a voice in this years’ draft, they could maybe take Trey McBride, as resigning Robert Tonyan will be tough if they want to keep Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.

Miami (From San Francisco) – Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa C – Mike McDaniel’s offense starts on the ground. Linderbaum is not a sexy pick, but he is great in pass protection and run blocks well.

Kansas City – Jordan Davis, Georgia DT – Andy Reid is a line of scrimmage guy, and the Chiefs gave up the second most yards per carry last season. There’s a lot of respect for Davis and most media types don’t think Jordan Davis lasts this long in the draft. Davis may never get double digit sacks but his pass rush skills can only go up. Davis is an elite run defender.

Cincinnati – Kenyon Green, Texas A&M OL – Green is extremely versatile and great as a run blocker. He can start at right tackle if Reiff gets injured again in 2022. Mike Brown has shown a preference for big school prospects, I believe he will want Green or Darian Kinnard over Bernhard Raimann or Max Mitchell. Cincinnati may trade down here if another team wants to get in front of Detroit for a quarterback.

Detroit (From Rams) – Travis Jones, Uconn DT – Jones is an excellent run defender with plus pass rush skills. Detroit looks like they are prioritizing line of scrimmage talent early, Jones would be an excellent value here. Jones has earned praise for his overall fitness and looks to be an upgrade over the current group for Detroit at defensive tackle.

Song of the post is “I’m Just A Monster Underneath, My Darling” – Krewella

49ers mock draft 2022

Posted: February 10, 2022 in Football, New entries, NFL, NFL Draft
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First round: None 😦

Second round (61st): Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati DE – Sanders posted 8(!) hurries against the vaunted Alabama offensive line in the cotton bowl. He showed leadership as a vocal supporter of other defensive linemen in the senior bowl and has appropriate size for the position.

Third round (93rd): Alontae Taylor, Tennessee CB – An SEC Veteran, Taylor allowed one touchdown on fifty-two targets this season. Strong performances against Alabama and Pittsburgh this season. Zero recorded penalties for the 2021 season.

Third round (compensatory): Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame IOL – Patterson is a longtime starter for Notre Dame at center. Lynch has shown a preference for Notre Dame offensive line with the Mike McGlinchey and Aaron Banks picks early in previous drafts. Laken Tomlinson is up on his contract and Alex Mack is in his late 30s.

Fourth round (132nd): Kolby Harvell-Peel, Ok. State S – Harvell-Peel has been a top safety since his freshman year. He can push for the strong safety job if Jaquiski Tartt isn’t resigned and would be a valuable depth safety if he is. Harvell-Peel has been a cornerstone player for one of College Football’s top defenses for three years.

Fifth round (171st): Keytaon Thompson, UVA WR – Thompson has experience taking handoffs (39 carries in 2021) and has a giant 6’4″ frame that should make him easy to target. Pro Football Focus suggests he’s even a good run blocker, making him extremely valuable in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Sixth round (185th): Chase Garbers, Cal QB – The depth chart behind Trey Lance is pretty skinny. Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard are both gone. Garbers has displayed good athleticism and a reasonably strong arm at Cal. He started four years and gradually improved during his time there.

Song of the post – “Black Summer” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Round 1: Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson CB – Clemson struggled on offense, and was held together by elite defensive play. Booth Jr. allowed two touchdowns in coverage during the whole season. Booth’s strong man coverage chops will make him attractive to the Patriots scheme.

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Round 2: Neil Farrell Jr., LSU DT – The Patriots have been bullied on run defense. Belichick has shown a preference for big bois (Farrell is 6’4″, 325 lbs), and Farrell is a plus pass rusher and shut down Alabama’s rushing offense this year.

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Round 3: Dontario Drummond, Ole Miss WR – Drummond can push through tackles and will fit well in New England’s quick pass scheme. Played well against Alabama. Drummond has speed and a stout build, compares to Sammy Watkins at Clemson.

Round 4: Cade Mays, Tennessee OL – A better run blocker than pass blocker, Mays will likely move to guard in the pros. Should thrive in the Patriots gap run-blocking scheme. Mays plays angry but has technical flaws, the Patriots have elevated later round offensive lineman (Joe Thuney, Michael Onwenu, Shaq Mason) into high level starters and should continue to do so. Mays was a five star athlete in high school, which the Patriots will like.

Round 6: Britain Covey, Utah WR – Britain Covey was made to be a Patriot. Covey is a return specialist who can get open in quick pass plays on offense.

Round 7: Cade York, LSU Kicker – York had a clutch 57 yarder into the fog against Florida in 2020. York should give the Patriots more field goal range which plays well into Bill Belichick’s conservative approach.

Offseason thoughts –

  • Wide receiver Nelson Agholor is a waste in the Patriots offense. He’s at his best when he gets to run down field and separate for a bomb. The Patriots should try to move him for a draft pick or someone who’s a better fit, like Curtis Samuel.
  • For 20 years, Tom Brady kept the Patriots offense relevant even in years when they had guys like Reche Caldwell or Brandon LaFell. Coach Belichick could spend top draft picks and cap dollars on defensive players knowing Brady would put the offense on his back. While Mac Jones has stood out amongst his rookie quarterback peers, the 2020 free agency spending frenzy signaled a shift in how Belichick viewed he needed to build the roster. This draft may show the Patriots spending early picks on wide receivers, a departure from the Patriot Way.
  • One of the Patriots number one goals will be taking back the AFC East. Not only do they have to contend with a superior Bills roster, but they have been pushed around by a middling Miami team. There’s also the New York “49ers” who may not stay bad for long. For Bill Belichick that’s going to look like: 1. Strong pass defense, 2. Convert on third downs, 3. Don’t turn over the football. See you next year.

Song of the post is “New Life” by ak9

2022 NFL Mock Draft

Posted: January 2, 2022 in Football, NFL, NFL Draft
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COULD A DEPRESSED PERSON DO THIS?

(Draft order courtesy of Tankathon.com)

Jaguars – Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon DE – Can’t mess this up

Lions – Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan DE – Hutchinson would have to switch positions. Detroit cant face their fans if they pass on Hutchinson/Thibodeaux. A hometown player and a blue chip player. 1 digit IQ coach Dan Campbell will like Hutch’s run defense chops.

Texans – Evan Neal, Alabama OT – Bill O’Brien would still have his job if he could’ve drafted Evan Neal in the first round.

Jets – Derek Stingley, LSU CB – Derek Stingleys don’t grow on trees. Major get for New York.

Giants – Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame S – Hamilton is the next Derwin James/prototype safety player.

Panthers – Matt Corral, Ole Miss QB – Corral has shown he can protect the football and still has a crazy high ceiling. There’s only one way out for Carolina.

Jets (From Seahawks) – Darian Kinnard, Kentucky OT – Kinnard will help the Jets establish a strong run presence. He can move to guard if they are crowded at tackle.

Giants (From Bears) – Ikem Ekwonu, NC State OL – Ekwonu is a powerful run blocker.

Washington – Malik Willis, Liberty QB – Willis has some flaws, but he has the arm to operate Scott Turner’s offense. Pickett looks more like a game manager plus, Willis is one of the more accurate deep ball passers.

Falcons – Charles Cross, Miss. State OT – Arthur Smith will want a stalwart offensive line in Atlanta like he had in Tennessee. Cross can replace McGary as a great pass protector and run blocker.

Broncos – Roger McCreary, Auburn CB – McCreary played well against Alabama.

Vikings – Yorgos Karlaftis, Purdue DE – The Greek import is physically dominant and should help the team transition from Everson Griffin. Karlaftis is a pass rush specialist. Background as a greek mens national water polo player before moving to the states.

Browns – Jameson Williams, Alabama WR – The Browns have a huge need at wide receiver. It’s probably not fair to judge Baker’s bad year while he’s playing with an injured shoulder. Jameson Williams dominated in what “should have” been Metchie’s year at Alabama. Even run heavy teams need a deep threat.

Eagles (From Miami) – Jordan Davis, Georgia DT – The Eagles are the type of team to draft Davis and unlock his pass rushing potential.

Saints – Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa C – The Saints typically draft defense here. Linderbaum is a great overall player and can solidify at guard for them.

Ravens – Andrew Booth Jr, Clemson CB – Like many teams, the Ravens need cornerback help. Booth is battle tested at Clemson and will be valuable against likes of Kansas City, Cincinnati, the Chargers etc.

Steelers – Sam Howell, UNC QB – Howell scrambles like young Ben Roethlisberger and has some nice deep ball throws under his belt.

Raiders – Zion Johnson, BC OG – Johnson is a competitive run blocker and pass blocker. It doesn’t hurt that Mayock graduated from Boston College.

Eagles – Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati CB – Gardner has terrific height and played well against Alabama.

Chargers – Travis Jones, UConn DT – Jones will solidify the Bolts trash run defense and provide real pass rush presence in the middle.

Eagles (From Colts) – Kenyon Green, Texas A&M OL

Dolphins (From 49ers) – DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M DL

Patriots – Devin Lloyd, Utah LB – Lloyd versatility will have him all over the field in Belichick’s defense.

Cardinals – David Ojabo, Michigan DE/OLB – Ojabo is a great value pick here and will likely supplant Chandler Jones if selected.

Bills – Kaiir Elam, Florida CB – Always need more corners

Bengals – Nakobe Dean, Georgia LB

Cowboys – Trent McDuffie, Washington CB

Buccaneers – Martin Emerson, Miss State CB

Chiefs – Coby Bryant, Cincinnati CB

Lions (From Rams) – Chris Olave, Ohio State WR

Titans – Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma OLB

Packers – Devonte Wyatt, Georgia DT

Who Fell?

Kenny Pickett, Drake London, Trevor Penning, and more

Song of the post is “Fight Dirty” by Salvatore Ganacci

Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Quarterback

Jets – Trey Lance, North Dakota State Quarterback – New coach Robert Saleh is going to be familiar with how devastating it is to have to gameplan against a mobile quarterback. Not only has Lance been extremely accurate with longer passes, he’s a terrific runner and went to the same school as another QB Douglas will be familiar with, Carzon Wentz. The Jets will be in the mix for DeShaun Watson and would likely prefer him most.

Dolphins – Justin Fields, Ohio State Quarterback – Miami looks DECIDEDLY not interested in staying together with Tua Tagovailoa. Fields can physically do things Tua will never be able to do, and Miami may not have a top five pick for a long time. If Watson does get traded, I struggle to see Houston sending him to an AFC squad. Fields is a high ceiling, high floor, mobile, high IQ guy. Dolphins GM Chris Grier still has some additional picks to build out the offensive line to support Fields’ passing tendencies.

Falcons – Rashawn Slater, Northwestern OL – I believe Terry Fontenot will do his homework on Zach Wilson, I don’t feel Fontenot and (Arthur) Smith will want to hitch their wagon to a quarterback with one good season against bad teams and who struggled with injury most of his career. They have time to decide if they want Ryan long term or not. Slater erased Chase Young in the Northwestern/Ohio State game and can play probably anywhere on the offensive line. Arthur Smith is used to having a group of bullies up front.

Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, LSU WR – I like Penei Sewell a lot, but Chase is the best wide receiver and maybe player in this draft. He also caught passes from Joe Burrow at LSU.

Eagles – DeVonta Smith, Alabama WRThey need help at offensive line and wide receiver. Smith knocked everyone’s socks off and helps make the eagles scary again.

Lions – Caleb Farley, VA Tech CB – Brad Holmes had an elite defense in LA, and while they could draft Zach Wilson, I can’t imagine trading for that Jared Goff contract and then immediately turning around and drafting a QB very first thing. Farley can play with tight ends and wide receivers, like Aqib Talib or Richard Sherman in his prime.

Panthers – Zach Wilson, Brigham Young Quarterback – The Panthers look to have established an optimistic culture with some skilled players on offense to help Wilson grow as a passer. I can’t imagine Carolina passing on any of the top 4 QBs if available. Joe Brady should be able to tailor an playbook to help Wilson look good and build confidence as a rookie.

Broncos – Patrick Surtain II, Alabama CB – The Broncos still need a quarterback. Surtain gives Denver good value here.

Cowboys – Kyle Pitts, Florida TE – Dallas needs plenty of help on defense. This might be the highest scoring offense in football if they draft Kyle Pitts and are otherwise healthy on offense. They’ve never replaced Jason Witten.

Giants – Penei Sewell, Oregon OT – I don’t really believe Sewell will be available here, but there is no planet where Dave Gettleman passes on Penei Sewell. Even after drafting Andrew Thomas early last season.

49ers – Christian Darrisaw, VA Tech OT – Trent Williams has been excellent in San Francisco, but unless they move on from Jimmy G. and draft a rookie quarterback, I don’t see how they will come up with the money to retain Williams. Lynch has made the offensive line a priority in the past, drafting Mike McGlinchey in the top half of the draft while they still had Joe Staley at left tackle.

Chargers – Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma OT – The Oklahoma Behemoth has loads of experience in pass pro and Telesco might want him for the franchise left tackle. I would like Jaylen Waddle here to keep up with Kansas City, but that doesn’t feel like something Telesco would do.

Vikings – Kwity Paye, Michigan DLZimmer was vocal about having a terrible defense in 2019. They still need help at secondary, but the front four is even worse. Paye should be able to start at any position up front.

Patriots – Jaylen Waddle, Alabama WR – Belichick just has to not be an idiot.

Cardinals – Micah Parsons, Penn State LB – The Cardinals will have to be looking at wide receivers here, but Parsons may fall because of a supposed lawsuit at Penn State. Parsons makes the most sense here.

Raiders – Christian Barmore, Alabama DT – We’ve seen Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock take a close look at title game standouts. Barmore played great in the CFB Playoffs against Notre Dame and Ohio State. Gruden knows he needs a pass rush. They will also look at right tackles here as Trent Brown has missed half his games and is making a ton of money.

Dolphins – Jaycee Horn, South Carolina CB – Horn’s played really well against SEC wide receivers and has desirable size at corner. Chris Grier has shown an understanding for a good defensive backfield.

Football Team – Mac Jones, Alabama QB – I don’t know that Rivera will want Jones. Washington doesn’t have a quarterback on the roster for the long term, Jones has played well and would be going to a team with a strong leadership culture with Rivera and Martin Mayhew. Washington may be open to trading for Tua Tagovailoa or DeShaun Watson. Jones stood out at the Senior Bowl and did everything right this season at Alabama.

Bears – Samuel Cosmi, Texas OT – The Bears have several holes, but building the offensive line will be a safe pick here. Cosmi’s performed well in pass pro and as a run blocker. The Bears will consider drafting Mac Jones if he is available.

Colts – Alijah Vera Tucker, USC OT – The Colts will miss Anthony Castonzo, and will need to replace him. They may look to sign Trent Williams out of San Francisco. They may trade up for a Quarterback if they can’t get Carson Wentz or another capable starting quarterback.

Titans – Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah, Notre Dame linebacker – JOK was always around the football and a major player in Notre Dame’s win over Clemson in the regular season. Owusu Koramoah isn’t the biggest linebacker, so he may get moved to safety, but his athleticism and aggression should catch Coach Vrabel’s eye.

Jets – Jalen Mayfield, Michigan OT – In need of a right tackle, Mayfield has experience starting at right tackle and won’t need to learn the position. Mayfield is a stellar blocker in his own right.

Steelers – Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame OT – Notre Dame has been an offensive lineman factory. Eichenberg is battle tested with games against Alabama and Clemson. He’s got terrific size and should fit well with Pittsburgh’s commitment to the run.

Jaguars – Jaelan Phillips, Miami DE – Phillips has won the praise of Daniel Jeremiah with his consistency this season. If his medical situation checks out, Trent Baalke and Urban Meyer would get a great value pick here.

Browns – Azeez Ojulari, Georgia OLB – Vernon’s contract is up, and with the salary cap crunch, Berry may feel compelled to replace him in the draft. Ojulari is a favorite of the analytics crowd, and the scouting community has given him positive feedback as well. At 240, Ojulari’s not a huge defender, but plays consistently.

Ravens – Tutu Atwell, Louisville WR – Tutu does an excellent job of creating yards after the catch. Brown is unhappy with his involvement and downfield receivers like Brown may not be a fit for Lamar as a passer. The Ravens don’t draft receivers early often, but I could see them drafting for Lamar’s growth.

Saints – Dylan Moses, Alabama Linebacker – Moses is a value selection here. The Saints will be looking at wide receivers, tight ends, and quarterbacks here.

Packers – Rashod Bateman, Minnesota WR – The Packers should still be making wide receiver a priority for Rodgers and Love’s sake.

Bills – Jay Tufele, USC DT – Buffalo struggled to stop the run. This team is strong overall, Tufele makes them more competitive against offensive mega teams like KC.

Buccaneers – Quincy Roche, Miami DE – Roche played well at the Senior Bowl and has been steady throughout his college career. Tampa relies on a strong pass rush with how much they force other teams to throw the ball.

Chiefs – Wyatt Davis, Ohio State G – Davis is a brutal, crushing run blocker. Reid still has a soft spot for building up the offensive and defensive line.

Lawrence V. Fields 2021

Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields have both looked like elite quarterbacks for at least two years now, and we’re three short months away from the 2021 draft, after both players have officially declared for the draft. It seems a forgone conclusion that Jacksonville will draft Trevor Lawrence, the Jets may trade down or even draft an offensive lineman at number two overall but are the most likely team to draft Justin Fields. Many skilled young passers struggle to adapt to the change from a “top of the tops” high school program and a “top of the tops” college program to one of the worst, most poorly run NFL franchises that expects to lose most of their games (Johnny Manziel, Dwayne Haskins, Sam Darnold). The hiring of Urban Meyer and Robert Saleh were meant, at least in part, to ease that transition. Meyer’s been lauded by Daniel Jeremiah as culture first coach and Saleh’s generally recognized as a perpetually pumped, excited young coach, not unlike the Rams’ Sean McVay.

Lawrence is an overall good decision maker with the football and is very accurate as a deep and intermediate thrower. He can scramble reasonably well and does so with the most success near the endzone.

Justin Fields has a strong arm and has actually completed a higher percentage of his passes and for more yards per attempt than even Lawrence over the past two seasons. Fields is inarguably a better scrambler and is a stocky fellow, weighing 228 lbs at 6 ft 3 (Lawrence is a towering 6 ft 6 at a lanky 220 lbs). I expect Fields to have more success early on as his feet will give defensive coordinators a challenge and he can still throw deep with accuracy. One knock against Fields is that he holds on to the ball for a long time until he finds a pass he really feels comfortable with. This can often be a bad trait, but some quarterbacks, specifically DeShaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers have built long, extremely successful careers as quarterbacks who hold the football for longer than average. Fields’ running ability and competitive nature (on display against Clemson in 2020) I believe give him a distinct advantage if both quarterbacks are placed in bad offensive situations without much support. Lawrence is still a great overall prospect and can literally see the field well with his height advantage, he may be the better prospect if both are given great offensive support structures (offensive line, playcalling, receivers who can get open and catch).

Most quarterbacks don’t get the Peyton Manning-Colts treatment with star skill players and o-linemen making their life easier. Given that Jacksonville and New York have been generally unstable teams in supporting quarterbacks, I think Fields is more likely to be remembered as the better quarterback when both careers come to an end. Justin Herbert’s performance and especially Josh Allen’s incredible season demonstrate that really no one knows anything about evaluating quarterbacks. Maybe the smartest guys in the industry are going to be right 55 out of 100 times, but the draft is clearly an art, not a science. The best quarterback in the draft will probably be Jamie Newman because no one thinks he will be good.

Song of the post – “Santiana” by The Longest Johns

Realistic Free Agent and Veteran Options:

The Crown JewelDak Prescott – Not really realistic unless Belichick retires and New England hires Kellen Moore to be their head coach. And they offer Dak Prescott a dozen Dunkin Donuts franchises in addition to the 40 million guaranteed he’ll want. Dak would not want to leave Jerry Jones’ wealthy and warm embrace for cold New England with no receivers barring a major contract dispute.

The Ex-PatsJacoby Brissett, Jimmy Garoppolo – I believe the starter for New England in 2021 will be one of these two quarterbacks. Belichick has already put his stamp of approval on both of them and wanted them around for when Tom Brady decided to move on. Both have shown they can handle starting quarterback duties in and out of New England and would operate Josh McDaniels’ offense better than just about anyone. Brissett is the safer option with Jimmy’s health issues, but both would be attractive options for the Patriots to get a trusted vet in at QB. Garoppolo is technically still under contract with the 49ers so they would have to trade for him if San Francisco doesn’t cut him and is open to a deal.

The Grizzled Vets/Mentors – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Philip Rivers, Josh McCown – Fitzpatrick looks FANTASTIC in that Dolphins offense with Chan Gailey. Miami may pay him to stick around another season to support Tua, he would be an excellent bridge quarterback to help tutor a young QB should the Patriots actually draft someone. Rivers doesn’t look like a spring chicken in Indianapolis, but the Colts are winning with him at Quarterback and may lure him back for another season while they draft their future passer. McCown has looked serviceable, but only came out of retirement for the Eagles. He may not be willing to play for another team, especially a bad team. Josh McDaniels would have to adjust the offense for any of these players, they’re not likely to learn the playbook in one offseason with a bunch of castoffs at wide receiver.

The Jilted Ex-loversTyrod Taylor, Andy Dalton, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota – I actually really like all of these options. Taylor does the best job of protecting the football (something Belichick values) and may want another crack at a starting job after being stabbed out of a chance to start with the Chargers. Taylor brings some badly needed mobility to an offense that needs all the help it can get and has started several games. A late round pick who worked his way to the top of the depth chart at Buffalo, Taylor is the most “Belichick”ian of this group. Pro Football Focus’s Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo repeatedly pointed out how Andy Dalton on the same drive would make a stellar throw, and a horrendous throw on the very next play. Dalton actually earned a second contract and has been a key part of some great Bengals teams. He will be certainly motivated to compete for a starting spot where ever her goes next. Winston’s still got a great arm and can throw with the best of them, but tarnished his reputation in 2019 with 30 interceptions, which the Patriots will not like. Overall, Jameis hasn’t thrown tons of interceptions if you look at his career as a whole, and his ceiling is the highest of anyone they could realistically get. Jameis may not be the locker room presence that the Patriots are looking for in their next quarterback, but beggars can’t be choosers. Mariota is under contract with the Raiders for $10 million. The Raiders’ Gruden and Mayock would likely want a minimum of a third round pick to trade Mariota to a (much hated) AFC foe. Mariota looked great in the Raiders loss to the Chargers where Derek Carr got injured.

The (I say this with love) ScrapheapMike Glennon, Nick Mullens, Blake Bortles, Brett Hundley, etc. – Most of the rest of the group would likely compete for a backup spot in New England, if at all. Mike Glennon has put up better than expected stat lines with Jacksonville and may be attractive to Belichick and Caserio as a competitor for the starting job. Gardner Minshew is an interesting thought exercise, but the Patriots would likely have to give up a lot to get him. Assuming Jacksonville drafts Trevor Lawrence, Minshew would immediately be the league’s top backup quarterback in an offense he’s already familiar with and for dirt cheap.

Sam Darnold – I kind of forgot about Darnold. It is possible the Jets will hold on to Darnold in 2021, but even if they don’t draft a QB at #2, they probably won’t stick with him long term. Darnold was terrific as a prospect coming out of USC. If they can get Darnold for a third round pick, that may be worth it for New England. Dwayne Haskins is now available, but I don’t see how New England can support a young passer who looks like he needs to get back to fundamentals and go somewhere he can be a backup for a bit.

The Draft:

There are lots of great quarterbacks in this draft class. I’m only listing some of the names I feel the Patriots might like or who might be a fit for what Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick value in a QB. I’m excluding the big four (Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance) as their traits are well documented already.

Mac Jones – I see this as the best fit for New England. Jones doesn’t have a ton of starts under his belt, but Belichick is known for being close to Nick Saban and Jones if nothing else is accurate and doesn’t turn the ball over.

Kyle Trask – This is a quarterback I think the Patriots would’ve loved back in 2001, Trask is accurate with several starts against NFL caliber defenses. Trask is not a mobile guy and had loads of talent around him at Florida. He will not have elite talent around him at New England and Belichick will likely prefer a mobile quarterback. Belichick will still value quarterbacks with starting experience, and may be on the Patriots draft radar in round 2 or later.

Sam Ehlinger – Ehlinger hasn’t had much “WOW” tape but has been a consistent, above average performer for Texas for four years of starts. Ehlinger rushed for 4 touchdowns and over 100 yards against Oklahoma, so he’s a capable runner. I personally don’t love his tape, but Gil Brandt has mentioned Ehlinger as among his top seniors for the 2021 class. Ehlinger has gotten it done with a variety of different receiving talent at Texas.

Jamie Newman – Newman’s been described as a more raw, high ceiling prospect rather than a safe, high floor guy. This pick would make sense if the Patriots somehow ended up with Ryan Fitzpatrick or Philip Rivers, a quarterback nearing retirement who would be willing to mentor a rookie/youngster. Newman has made some great throws at Wake Forest and is an athlete with the ball in his hands. If the coaching staff feels they can “coach him up” to protect the football better, Newman could be a steal even in the first round.

Kellen Mond – Mond is a quarterback who would’ve met most of the ‘Bill Parcells QB rules‘. Like Ehlinger, Mond has a ton of starts under his belt. Mond has played against loads of SEC defensive talent and coaching, about as good an education as you can get for the NFL. His accuracy percentage slowly improved into the 60s at Texas A&M and he’s demonstrated he’s an above average runner with the ball in his hands. Mond is a hard worker and will likely be able to handle the challenges of being an NFL rookie on a bad team. Mond’s looked inaccurate at times and will likely need a strong supporting cast to look great (like Kirk Cousins or Andy Dalton). Mond’s lower career yards per attempt suggest he’s more comfortable checking the ball closer to the line of scrimmage than going for the big play. I don’t see this being an issue with Josh McDaniels and the Patriots offense.

Brock Purdy – It’s not yet clear whether Purdy goes back to school in 2021 or declares for the draft. 2020 has been a rough year for him, but there’s been enough buzz around his name that he would likely get drafted in the mid to late rounds. Purdy had some real stinkers in 2020, but generally did a good job of distributing the ball at Iowa State. Like many college offenses, Purdy’s job was more focused on quickly finding the open receiver rather than throwing it deep to his star wideout. Purdy would definitely be a third round selection at the earliest, Belichick’s shown he’s willing to wait on drafting a quarterback even if he has a pressing need.

Brady White – White’s more one of “my guys” that I’ve felt has played at a high level at Memphis, though smarter dudes than me aren’t impressed with his tape. Memphis looks like they run a little more of a vertical offense, but White has no problem taking the checkdown if that’s what’s asked of him. White’s a true senior with a load of starts under his belt, though it’s mainly come against AAC defenses. I feel White would give the offense a little higher of a ceiling, as White has one of the stronger arms in the draft, White’s not a runner, with a career total of negative 23 rushing yards.

Today’s song is “Staring at the sea without you next to me” by San Holo

Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Quarterback

Jets – Zach Wilson, Brigham Young Quarterback – I would trade back here if I were the Jets. I’m not doing trades in this mock. Wilson is playing well at the right time, though I think he needs to gain weight.

Bengals – Penei Sewell, Oregon Offensive Tackle – Ja’Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith would make a ton of sense here as well.

Panthers – Trey Lance, North Dakota State Quarterback – Lance would thrive in Joe Brady’s offense, if anyone would.

Falcons – Christian Barmore, Alabama Defensive Tackle – I see Barmore as the best front seven player available here.

Dolphins – Ja’Marr Chase, LSU Wide Receiver – Value pick for Dolphins, Chase is elite.

Eagles – RaShawn Slater, Northwestern Offensive Tackle – Not a value pick, but the Eagles can’t expect to compete with a group of injury prone offensive linemen. Slater’s played great this season.

Lions – DeVonta Smith, Alabama Wide Receiver – Default value pick until we know who is drafting next April.

Cowboys – Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech Cornerback – Jerry could move on an interior offensive lineman here, but Dallas has made that a priority already with Tyler Biadasz and Connor Williams. Farley’s ceiling is sky high.

Chargers – Micah Parsons, Penn State Inside Linebacker – Alignment of value pick and need for the Bolts. Chargers could take another offensive lineman here like Christian Darrisaw or Samuel Cosmi.

Giants – Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Cornerback – The Giants defense is for real, Surtain could free up more bodies to rush the passer in theory.

Broncos – Justin Fields, Ohio State Quarterback – I don’t know that Fields would be available here, but even John Elway wouldn’t mess up this pick.

Vikings – Daviyon Nixon, Iowa Defensive Tackle – The Vikings aren’t horrible in the secondary, but are horrible up front. Nixon’s been ID’d by Daniel Jeremiah as a pocket penetrator who should succeed in the NFL.

49ers – Jaycee Horn, South Carolina Cornerback – Horn’s got the size and the tape. If the 49ers don’t take a Quarterback, Horn makes the most sense for them.

Patriots – Mac Jones, Alabama Quarterback – Patriots coach Bill Belichick is no idiot and know he needs a passer. Jones is young, but rumor has it NFL talent evaluators like his tape.

Bears – Jaylen Waddle, Alabama Wide Receiver – The Bears are a bad team on offense.

Raiders – Kwity Paye, Michigan DL – Paye can rush the passer, the Raiders still have no pass rush after shipping out Khalil Mack.

Ravens – Wyatt Davis, Ohio State OL – The Ravens wouldn’t use an elite receiver seeing Marquise Brown’s non-involvement in that offense. Davis can make them stronger for inside runs.

Football Team – Kyle Pitts, Florida Tight End – Pitts has plenty of opportunities to be the star on a middling offense.

Cardinals – Asante Samuel Jr, Florida State Cornerback – Samuel doesn’t need the name to get drafted, he’s dominated this season. Not the tallest corner, Samuel could eventually replace Patrick Peterson.

Dolphins – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame Linebacker – The Dolphins have four linebackers on their roster in total, but still need to be able to cover from that position. While not the biggest linebacker at 215 lbs, he’s always around the football. Played well against Clemson and the elusive Travis Etienne.

Jaguars – Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech Offensive Tackle – Cam Robinson isn’t the dude. Generally advisable to make the left tackle position all good when drafting a new quarterback.

Colts – Gregory Rousseau, Miami Defensive End – Rousseau could hypothetically take over for Justin Houston. Very high ceiling edge rusher. Colts need a quarterback but do not think Trask or any available quarterbacks would be draft-worthy here.

Browns – Trevon Moehrig, TCU Safety – Andrew Berry is a stats nerd, and Cleveland has to get creative to not reach majorly here. Moehrig is arguably the top safety in the draft.

Buccaneers – Levi Onwuzurike, Washington DL – Bucs took Vea from Washington and that worked out for them. Will still need to replace Suh.

Jets – Jalen Mayfield, Michigan OT – In need of a right tackle, Mayfield has experience starting at right tackle and won’t need to learn the position. Mayfield is a stellar blocker in his own right.

Titans – Greg Newsome II, Northwestern CB – Newsome showed his stuff by making the Ohio State passing attack look like a bunch of useless goons.

Steelers – Samuel Cosmi, Texas OT – Another team that needs a quarterback, the Steelers have failed to establish the ground game and the blocking up front is a big reason for that. Cosmi’s shown top pass and run blocking this season.

Saints – Dylan Moses, Alabama Linebacker – Moses is a value selection here. The Saints will be looking at wide receivers, tight ends, and quarterbacks here.

Bills – Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma Center – Bills interior offensive line hasn’t been great. A true center, he could move to guard and has tons of snaps pass protecting at Lincoln Riley’s pass heavy offense.

Packers – Rashod Bateman, Minnesota WR – The Packers should still be making wide receiver a priority for Rodgers and Love’s sake.

Chiefs – Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame OT – The Chiefs are losing three starting offensive linemen and Notre Dame is sending another NFL caliber blocker to the next level.

Today’s song is an old one, You’ve got to go by Above and Beyond (Seven Lions remix)

49ers GM John Lynch and HC Kyle Shanahan have put together one winning season since taking over before the start of the 2017 season. Assembling a roster that’s suffered heavily from injury this season, the 49ers sit at 5-7, clawing towards an 8-8 season if they can win three of Washington, Dallas, Arizona, and Seattle in the remaining five games of the year. Nick Mullens is the presumptive starter at QB for the 49ers, going 2-4 as the starter in 2020. While the 2019 season went well for the 49ers, fans are growing tired of the injuries excuse as it continues to be an issue. Lynch needs to stabilize what has been an inconsistent quarterback situation to keep the 49ers relevant long term.

Fix the QB situation – Barring a major deal by luring Dak Prescott or trading for Teddy Bridgewater, the 49ers will need to find a passer in the draft to lead the team in 2021 and beyond. Jimmy Garoppolo looked competitive in the second half of 2019, but his injury prone nature keeps him (and the 49ers) from being a consistent competitor. The 49ers will likely miss out on the big 4 (Lawrence, Fields, Lance, Wilson) unless they are willing to trade up and can find a partner like the Eagles or Panthers. This would leave Lynch drafting Mac Jones/Kyle Trask in the first or a mid round project like Sam Ehlinger or D’Eriq King in the 4th or 5th rounds (49ers do not currently have a 3rd round selection in the 2021 draft). Due to Jimmy’s unreliable health, getting aggressive in trading up allows San Francisco to really take more control of their most important position. A quarterback like Trey Lance, while lacking a lot of passing snaps has demonstrated the “run and shoot” style of play Shanahan might value. Shanahan is one of the coaches who could get the most out of Lance’s mobility and on the run accuracy.

Balance the books – The 49ers will be forced to make some difficult decisions regarding who to resign and who to let walk. Richard Sherman, Solomon Thomas, and Trent Williams are all key players whose contracts run out after ’20. They will not likely be able to pay everyone and will lose some big names in the offseason. Keeping Sherman and Thomas would be nice, but keeping Trent Williams will be essential unless Lynch plans to replace Williams in the draft.

Build the Offense – The impact of players like Henry Ruggs, Stefon Diggs, and Chase Claypool have shown how one player can drastically improve an offense. If the 49ers don’t feel comfortable moving on a QB in the draft early, they can add win value in deep threats like Elijah Moore or Rashod Bateman. Samuel and Aiyuk are great at what they do, but the 49ers still don’t have a great deep speed receiver. Shanahan’s crush on running the ball shows us the value a real deep threat would have for San Francisco in forcing defensive coordinators to move defenders further away from the line of scrimmage.

Replace Robert Saleh – Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has not left the organization yet, but rumors point to his departure after the seasons’ end. Relative newcomer DL coach Kris Kocurek may get the nod, as the defense improved noticeably after he joined the team in 2019. Linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans who’s had success working with Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw and played as a successful linebacker for Houston for several seasons boasts a strong resume for the job as well.

Song of the post is Show Me by San Holo

  • Jets – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson QB – Lawrence is widely considered to be the best quarterback in the class. Only him or Fields would really make any sense at number one.
  • Jaguars – Justin Fields, Ohio State QB – Fields is a strong downfield thrower who rarely turns the ball over.
  • Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, LSU WR – Chase is the draft’s best receiver, and Burrow’s teammate in 2019 at LSU.
  • Cowboys – Penei Sewell, Oregon OL – Jerry has invested heavily in the offensive line. Because of injuries and departures the Cowboys no longer field a strong group up front. Sewell is this years’ Quenton Nelson.
  • Football Team – Trey Lance, North Dakota State QB – Lance’s ceiling is sky high and lets Washington start over.
  • Chargers – Jaylen Waddle, Alabama WR – The Bolts need to upgrade their offensive line, but this is an opportunity to draft an elite wide receiver.
  • Giants – Micah Parsons, Penn State LB – The Giants have an identity on defense and don’t want to move on from Daniel Jones yet.
  • Dolphins (from Texans) – Devonta Smith, Alabama WR – Tua gets a familiar face and an elite receiver.
  • Falcons – Christian Barmore, Alabama DT – The Falcons defense continues to be a liability. Barmore and Jarrett could be powerful together.
  • Panthers – Zach Wilson, BYU QB – Teddy’s been impressive in the Panthers’ offense. Wilson could learn from his mentorship and give the Panthers a bigger arm while still throwing with accuracy.
  • Lions – Patrick Surtain II, Alabama CB – It’s tough to predict whether Quinn/Patricia will be in town for the 21 draft. I think Surtain is a great value pick here no matter who is drafting.
  • Patriots – Dylan Moses, Alabama LB – We all know New England needs to draft a quarterback. Belichick feels at home drafting defense. Patriots might go cornerback here, Belichick loves his corners.
  • Vikings – Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech CB – Minnesota’s regretting the guaranteed money Cousins contract. Farley address a deep need in the Vikings defense.
  • 49ers – Elijah Moore, Ole Miss WR – Moore is on fire. He’s a slot receiver, but Shanahan will know better than anyone how to get him down the field.
  • Broncos – Gregory Rousseau, Miami DE – A stud pass rusher, Rousseau can alleviate the loss of Von Miller.
  • Bears – Mac Jones, Alabama QB – The Bears will never be competitive until they get a real quarterback.
  • Dolphins – Kwity Paye, Michigan DL – Paye can line up at End or Tackle. Flores will value Paye’s versatility.
  • Ravens – Richard LeCounte, UGA DB – LeCounte can offset the loss of Earl Thomas, and the Ravens’ secondary is generally not the strongest.
  • Eagles – Alex Leatherwood, Alabama OT – The Eagles have spent high picks on offensive linemen, but they always seem to be injured. No quarterback will succeed in that offense until they have a healthy, strong offensive line. Leatherwood has been Alabama’s left tackle for two seasons now.
  • Cardinals – Travis Etienne, Clemson RB – I know Etienne is a running back, but he would make Arizona so much tougher to defend.
  • Raiders – Rondale Moore, Purdue WR – Moore forces the defense to prepare for a multitude of different options. He’s a deep threat, he takes balls out of the backfield, he has great lateral agility.
  • Jaguars (From Rams) – Chris Olave, Ohio State WR – Assuming the Jaguars get an offensive coach, Olave is a premium slot receiver Fields is comfortable passing to.
  • Colts – Kyle Trask, Florida QB – The Colts are thriving with old man Rivers who may not be back next year.
  • Browns – Shaun Wade, OSU CB – The Browns offense is humming at about its peak. Wade is a value pick here.
  • Jets (From Seahawks) – Jalen Mayfield, Michigan OT – Joe Douglas will want a strong o-line for Lawrence. Mayfield has performed well as a pass protector and can start at right tackle right away.
  • Titans – Patrick Jones II, Pitt DT – The Titans are pretty strong all around. Jones is an excellent interior pass rusher to help Tennessee compete with Kansas City.
  • Buccaneers – Jay Tufele, USC DT – Tufele could finally take over for Suh as an elite interior pass rusher. He’s got the size and pass rushing chops to compete.
  • Bills – Jaycee Horn, SC CB – The Bills defense hasn’t looked as strong in 2020, and Levi Wallace may not return in ’21.
  • Packers – Rashod Bateman, Minn. WR – The Packers can go ahead and finally draft a wide receiver. Bateman is a deep threat.
  • Chiefs – Terrace Marshall Jr, LSU WR – The Chiefs can go any direction here. Marshall would give them some height outside of Kelce.
  • Saints – Kyle Pitts, UF TE – Whoever plays quarterback in 2021 for New Orleans will value the drafts’ best tight end. Pitts is an athlete and has plus height/wingspan, ideal for a younger QB.
  • Steelers – Chazz Surratt, UNC LB – The Steelers typically prioritize the front seven early in the draft. Surratt’s a playmaker who could transition to strong safety if needs be.

Other names to watch for: Christian Darrisaw – VT OL, Justyn Ross – Clemson WR, Wyatt Davis – OSU OL, Amon-Ra St. Brown – USC WR, Trevon Moehrig TCU S.