Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mock Draft Results

I will try to write a draft summary, but here's a summary of how my final mock went.

Going in, I said, "I will be disappointed if I don't hit at least 8 of 31 exact picks and any less than 28 first rounders."

Well, I had 9 direct hits. It would have been 10 if I didn't foolishly swap out Ronnie Stanley with DeForest Buckner, but what can you do.

Unfortunately, I only hit 25 of 31 first rounders. I'm really kicking myself for adding both Alabama DTs instead of Will Fuller, but again, hindsight is 20-20.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Final Mock Draft: Round 1



This is going to be an incredible first round. Anytime you have a draft with a players that has a range from fifth overall to the middle of the second round (Myles Jack), you know it’s going to be entertaining. Another guy, Darron Lee, is a top-10 pick in some mocks. I don’t have him as a Day 1 pick.

Here’s my last attempt at predicting what will happen tonight. It will probably go up in flames as soon as the Titans trade back to the 6-slot when Laremy Tunsil slips, but that’s unavoidable.

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
8. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
10. New York Giants: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
11. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
12. New Orleans Saints: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
13. Miami Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
14. Oakland Raiders: William Jackson, CB, Houston
15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
16. Detroit Lions: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
17. Atlanta Falcons: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
19. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
20. New York Jets: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
21. Washington Redskins: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
23. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Sterling Shephard, WR, Ohlakoma
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
26. Seattle Seahawks: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
27. Green Bay Packers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
29. Arizona Cardinals: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
30. Carolina Panthers: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
31. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Other thoughts:
-It wouldn’t shock me if any of these guys were picked in Round 1 either:
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Ohlahoma State
Kamalei Correa, DE, Boise State
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

-Hopefully this DB from Houston (Willie Jackson) turns out better than the last one Oakland picked (DJ Hayden). Or maybe, the two work nicely together and raise each other’s games.

-I’m a sucker for last minute rumors, and I really hope the Ronnie Stanley to San Diego one is true even if I don’t agree with the pick. I'm not buying this rumor.

-My favorite players in this draft: Doctson, Ragland, and Butler. I also have a soft spot for any quality OU receivers which makes me fond of Shephard.

-I will be disappointed if I don't hit at least 8 of 31 exact picks and any less than 28 first rounders.

-Unfollow me on Twitter (@mspici) if you don't want to get bombarded tonight.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mock Draft with Ricky & Coop: Round 1

The annual TSB-Ricky-Coop mock is here. Let's see if we do better than the NFL Network panel or any other panel for that matter. 

1. Los Angeles Rams: Generic QB #1 (Goff)
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Generic QB #2 (Wentz)
3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil
4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, DB, FSU
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6. Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Florida
7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
8. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, DE, tOSU
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
10. New York Giants: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
11. Chicago Bears: Zeke Elliott, RB, tOSU
12. New Orleans Saints: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St
13. Miami Dolphins:  William Jackson III, CB, Houston
14. Oakland Raiders: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
15. Tennessee Titans: Ronnie Stanley, OT, ND
16. Detroit Lions: Jack Conklin, OT, MSU
17. Atlanta Falcons: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
18. Indianapolis Colts: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
19. Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee, LB, tOSU
20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
21. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, LB, Bama
22. Houston Texans: Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Lousiville
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, tOSU
26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Kelly, OL, Alabama
27. Green Bay Packers: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Bama
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Artie Burns, CB, The U
29. Arizona Cardinals: Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
30. Carolina Panthers: Su'a Cravens, OLB/S, USC
31. Denver Broncos: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Best theory I heard all week came from Ricky who thinks the Eagles traded up for Zeke Elliott or Tunsil, not a QB. That would be incredible.

Friday, April 22, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft - Round 1 (Updated)



There’s been a complete overhaul at the top of this draft after two massive trades. Here’s my (updated) best guess at how things will play out.

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
6. Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
7. San Francisco 49ers: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
8. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
10. New York Giants: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
11. Chicago Bears: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
12. New Orleans Saints: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
13. Miami Dolphins: William Jackson, CB, Houston
14. Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
15. Tennessee Titans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
16. Detroit Lions: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
17. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
19. Buffalo Bills: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
20. New York Jets: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
21. Washington Redskins: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
22. Houston Texans: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
23. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Sterling Shephard, WR, Ohlakoma
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
26. Seattle Seahawks: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
27. Green Bay Packers: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
29. Arizona Cardinals: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
30. Carolina Panthers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
31. Denver Broncos: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

The defensive line depth in this draft is pretty striking. In any other year, Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd from Clemson would comfortably find themselves as Day One picks. This year, though, I didn’t have a place for them in the top 31. Hopefully one of them falls to pick 51 where the Jets can stop the freefall.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft - Round 1

It has been almost nine months since I've posted anything, and for that, I apologize.

My favorite time of year is almost upon us so let's get this started with the first mock of the year.

Round 1


1. Tennessee Titans: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State - The talent in this year’s draft really doesn’t match up well with Tennessee’s needs which is why I think this pick will ultimately get dealt; for now, I’ll put the top player on my board here.

2. Cleveland Browns: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss - Of course Cleveland needs a QB, but my guess is that they make a play for one via trade or free agency and grab the top receiver on their board as a weapon.

3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

4. Dallas Cowboys: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State - Dallas can groom Wentz for the next couple years while Tony Romo’s collarbone remains in one piece. On second thought, Wentz better keep his legs loose.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon - I love the idea of de facto rookie Dante Fowler and Buckner getting after the QB for the next decade in Jacksonville…or London.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

7. San Francisco 49ers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

8.  Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State - My first surprise. I think EE’s stock will jump during the pre-draft process.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robert Nkemdiche, DT/DE, Ole Miss

10. New York Giants: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

11. Chicago Bears: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

12. New Orleans Saints: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

14. Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

15. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal - Weird things happen during the draft, especially as they relate to QBs. I think Goff will end up going much higher than this, but it wouldn’t shock me to see his name on the board here.

16. Detroit Lions: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

17. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky - Ohio State will own Day One and that - officially - won’t even include Spence who started his career as a Buckeye.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

19. Buffalo Bills: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

20. New York Jets: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame - Too talented to drop much farther than this even if he might have to redshirt his first season.

21. Washington Redskins: Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Florida

22. Houston Texans: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU - Let's get Teddy B some weapons out wide.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Su’a Cravens, S/LB, USC

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

26. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

27. Green Bay Packers: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

29. Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

30. Carolina Panthers: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

31. Denver Broncos: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Note: The Cheaters Pats forfeited their first round pick.


Best of the Rest

Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma - Personal favorite of mine
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Leontee Carroo, WR, Rutgers
Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Favorite Picks (Offense)

More analysis to follow, but here were my favorite offensive players taken outside of the first round:

Baltimore Ravens
2/55    Maxx Williams    TE    Minnesota

Jacksonville Jaguars
2/36    T.J. Yeldon    RB    Alabama

Cincinnati Bengals
2/53    Jake Fisher    OT    Oregon

Chicago Bears
4/106    Jeremy Langford    RB    Michigan St

Green Bay Packers
3/94    Ty Montgomery    WR    Stanford
           
Minnesota Vikings
4/110    T.J. Clemmings    OT    Pittsburgh

Monday, May 4, 2015

15 Best Undrafted Free Agents



Here are 15 players that I think will start in the NFL despite being UDFAs:

Matt Miller, WR, Boise State - Denver (My favorite UDFA)
Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn - Jacksonville
Levi Norwood, WR, Baylor - Chicago
Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State - Oakland
Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada - Oakland
Trey DePriest, LB, Alabama - Baltimore
Kyle Prater, WR, Northwestern - Cleveland
Quan Bray, WR, Auburn - Indianapolis (he’ll need to make another team; the Colts have too many pass catchers)
Bryan Bennett, QB, SE Louisiana - Indianapolis
George Farmer, WR, USC - Dallas
Rannell Hall, WR, Central Florida - Tampa Bay
Dres Anderson, WR, Utah - San Francisco
DeAndrew White, WR, Alabama - San Francisco
Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas - St. Louis (the “other” Malcolm Brown from Texas)
Bradley Marquez, WR, Texas Tech - St. Louis (former Mets draft pick)