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Phillip Gaines: A Closer Look at the Rice CB

April 16, 2014 in Draft Reports

By: Justin Partlow

 

Heading into 2013, there was a little buzz about Gaines as possible prospect, but after a very good 2013 season and subsequent film review, Phillip Gaines is now seen as one of the top CB’s available in this class. With his natural ability to cover well both in man as well as zone coverage, Gaines has shown the ability to transfer his skills into either scheme into the NFL. Teams will need to account for his medical history, along with the jump up in competition, but Phillip Gaines looks to be the real deal.

 

Technique:

When you pop on the film of Gaines, one thing stands out immediately on film, he just is able to cover and do so fluidly. What I really enjoy watching in Gaines on film is his ability to redirect and change his hips without much effort and be able to cover anyone in front of him. It almost seems as if the challenge of facing the top receiver brings out the best of Gaines, and he plays even at a higher level than is expected. Gaines does a very good job of using his hands in coverage in an effort to redirect his opponent off his routes. Phillip has a very good backpedal and is able to click and close very well because of how well his technique is already refined. With his ability to play with high-level technique, Gaines looks the part of someone who can play immediately in the NFL at a high level.

 

Run Defense:

With most CB’s, the idea of playing in run defense leads to not much effort being shown. With Gaines, the exact opposite mentality is shown on film and it leads to much more of an intriguing skillset due to his ability to want to be an all around player on the field. When you watch film of Gaines, you notice his ability to stick his nose into the play and make tackles. Gaines has very good tackling form and does a good job of wrapping up his opponent and not letting him go. Gaines will need to work on calming himself down and being a bit less aggressive as he still has a tendency to over-pursue in run defense and get out of position on cut back lanes. While not a major fix, it’ll just be more of a discipline fix that can be taught over time with Gaines.

 

Pass Coverage:

As highlighted earlier, the pass defense ability of Phillip Gaines will be what sets him apart from other prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft class. Phillip Gaines not only shows great ability to redirect and flip his hips, but his natural awareness and ball skills are that of an elite player. Multiple times on film, Gaines was able to read the eyes of the QB and jump and make a play on the ball. Gaines has an uncanny ability to be able to guess and figure out where exactly the quarterback is going to be throwing the ball before it happens in real time. Having that natural ability will lead to the pick six plays that are coveted in the NFL. With this natural ability to do that, Gaines will be seen as one of the better “playmakers” at CB because of the ability to make those game changing plays. Gaines does need to watch his physicality in pass coverage, as he has been seen still trying to be physical 10+ yards downfield.

 

Overall:

Phillip Gaines wasn’t a highly rated guy heading into the 2013 season, but with his very good year and the film of him showing a high-end player, he’s now seen as one of the better CB prospects. With his impressive ball skills and ability to cover the top receivers, Gaines will be seen as someone who can play immediately in the NFL and can continue to develop over time. Look for Gaines to come off the board early in the 3rd round, but could very well move into the 2nd if there is a run on CB’s earlier.

2014 NFL Draft Top Pass Rusher Breakdown

April 15, 2014 in Draft Reports, Uncategorized

Jadeveon Clowney

Guys like Jadeveon Clowney don't come around too often. I hadn't previously watched him before studying him for this piece, but I had certainly heard the hype. When you hear people calling him the best pass rushing prospect of all time, you get a certain image in your head of what to expect. But in reality, he's a much more well-rounded player than I could have ever expected. He was almost more dominant against the run than he was rushing the passer.

run d 1a

Clowney lines up over the tight end, but he's going to cut back inside to the B gap between the left tackle and left guard.

run d 1b

He cuts across the face of the tackle so quickly that he's past him before the ball has even been handed off.

run d 1c

Clowney meets the running back head on moments after he's received the hand off.

Clowney spent the majority of his time in the backfield in every game I watched. Nobody was able to block him against the run, some even tried leaving him unblocked and running read option at him.

RO 1a

Clowney is in a similar position, lined up outside the left tackle.

RO 1b

But Clowney is so quick off the snap that he closes the gap between himself and the mesh point before the quarterback has a chance to properly read him.

RO 1c

Clowney attacks the running back, which would normally indicate a keep read for the quarterback, but Clowney is there so quickly that he doesn't have a chance to pull the ball away from the running back without risking a fumble.

RO 1d

The ball looses control of the ball as he's brought to the ground by Clowney, but the officials judged it to be a deliberate forward pass that fell incomplete.

Clowney's film is full of plays just like these that don't show up on the stat-sheet. While he didn't register many sacks this year, he still had a huge impact on the game. Offensive coordinators were forced to game plan around him. They tried to run the ball away from Clowney and then left a tight end or running back (sometimes both) in to chip and help the left tackle block him. Even then, Clowney would provide legitimate pressure that would force the quarterback to scramble away from him or check the ball down before he would have liked to.

He's a truly unique prospect that is rarely available. For me, he is the best player in this draft by far. Only the need for a quarterback should stop the Texans drafting Clowney number one overall. While he might not fit Romeo Crennel's 3-4 scheme perfectly, they'd find a way to make it work. He's much to talented a prospect to pass on because he might not be an ideal fit for your current scheme.

Khalil Mack

Mack is one of the more versatile players in this draft class. He's probably best suited to the 3-4 outside linebacker position, but could play a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end in the 4-3 in a Von Miller-type role.

Mack offers a variety of pass rushing moves with an arsenal consisting of speed rushes, bull rushes and inside counter moves.

bull 1a

Here, Mack lines up outside the left tackle.

bull 1b

Mack explodes up and into the left tackle, getting underneath him and driving him back. Notice the hand placement from Mack, who gets inside leverage.

bull 1c

Mack drives the tackle back towards the quarterback, who feels the pressure and starts to scramble. Mack stays alert and begins disengaging his block. He spots the quarterback motioning to throw and gets his hand out in the passing lane. The quarterback ends up being forced to throw the ball away thanks to Mack's pressure. It seems like a simple thing, but it shows good awareness from a position that is often all about getting after the quarterback and racking up sack numbers.

Match ups are key in today's NFL. The best pass rushers can line up from either side and get after the quarterback. Mack showed that he can be just as effective rushing from the right side of the line.

right rush 1a

Once again, we can see how Mack gets his hands inside those of the right tackle, giving him all the leverage.

right rush 1b

Mack gets the most out of that leverage, driving the tackle back and keeping him at arms length.

right rush 1c

The quarterback is forced to step up into the pocket after his right tackle was driven back into him. Mack is able to get off the block quickly and pounce inside to register the sack.

Awareness is easily Mack's most attractive quality. He's very aware of what the offense is trying to do and what position he needs to be in to make a play, which isn't always all about rushing the passer.

int 1a

Here, the left tackle attempts to cut-block Mack, clearing the throwing lane for the quarterback to throw a bubble screen. A lot of pass rushers would be caught off-guard by this play as their sole focus is on sacking the quarterback. But Mack sees the cut-block coming, gets his hands on the back of the tackle and his eyes on the quarterback..

int 1b

Mack is able to see the pass the entire way into his hands, making for an easy interception.

int 1c

Mack then outruns both the quarterback and the wide receiver as he takes the interception all the way back for a touchdown.

It's easy to see why Mack has been touted as a top five pick for quite some time now. He's an athletic, versatile weapon that every defensive coordinator would love to have. I'm not sure he'll develop into a 15+ sack per season guy, but I think he could easily average 10-12 and be a much more well-rounded player.

Anthony Barr

Barr stands out as a physical specimen from the moment you see him. At 6'5”, 255 points, Barr is the ideal size for a 3-4 outside linebacker. He displays exceptional burst and closing speed, as well as being a fluid athlete. However, having only recently converted to the outside linebacker position, he is extremely raw when it comes to technique and the intricacies of playing the position.

The reason he's rated so high is because of his athleticism and ability to rush the passer. One thing he can definitely do is run the arc and beat a tackle around the outside with pure speed.

arc 1a

Here, Barr lines up over the left tackle in a two-point stance.

arc 1b

You can see Barr's long reach here as he engages the tackle, keeping him at a distance where he can't land his hands on Barr's body.

arc 1c

Barr gets to the corner too quickly, forcing the tackle to reach and grab for anything he can. He ends up grabbing Barr's facemask, but gets away without the penalty call.

arc 1d

Barr has no problems breaking free of the tackle as he turns the corner in pursuit of the quarterback.

arc 1e

Barr then does an excellent job of getting his hand on the football and stripping it loose.

But outside of running the arc, Barr is very raw as a pass rusher and as a defender. He lacks a variety of effective pass rush moves, which means a tackle can commit to the speed rush without having to worry about him coming back inside.

spin 1a

On this play, Barr attempts a spin move.

spin 1b

He takes the tackle outside, as he would on a speed rush, creating a gap inside between the tackle and guard.

spin 1c

Barr begins to spin back inside.

spin 1d

But coming out of the spin, he doesn't work back inside. Instead, he finds himself in front of the tackle in a similar position to the one he was in before he attempted the spin move.

spin 1e

Barr doesn't have a back up plan and ends up being easily blocked. There's no point in performing the spin move without using it to get back inside. Otherwise it just slows down the rush and makes it easier to block. But the fact he used it shows he is willing to try other moves.

Barr is very much a developmental project at this point, but his physical attributes are rare. He is unreliable against the run and untested dropping into coverage. He has the athletic ability to do both at a high level, but having only played defense for two years, he has a lot of catching up to do. Teams would be wise to follow the career path of Aldon Smith, who was taken seventh overall by the 49ers. They used him as a pass rush specialist while he developed, which allowed him to see time on the field and use his best qualities while hiding his short comings.

2014 Quarterback Breakdown

April 14, 2014 in Draft Reports

Teddy Bridgewater

I have Teddy Bridgewater as my top quarterback in this class. He might not have the 'wow' factor that a Johnny Manziel brings to the table, but he does a lot of the overlooked things very well. Playing in a pro-style system has benefited him greatly. I saw him on numerous occasions walk up to the line, change the protection or the play, something which plenty of NFL quarterbacks struggle with.

great play 1a

This play was a fantastic all-round play from Bridgewater that could easily get overlooked. He walks up to the line and changes the protection based on his read on the defense.

great play 1b

His offensive line adjust and pick up the blitz, but his right tackle is struggling to contain the block on the edge. Bridgewater calmly and almost causally takes a few steps to his right to avoid the rusher.

great play 1c

The entire time, Bridgewater keeps his eyes downfield on his targets, making progressions. He could have easily just taken off running for the first down marker here, but instead spots a receiver running open downfield.

great play 1d

He effortlessly throws an accurate pass 20 yards downfield while on the run, hitting his target in stride for a first down and a big gain.

Throwing on the run is something Bridgewater was asked to do plenty of in college. One of the tougher throws for a quarterback to make is while running to their left.

boot left 1a

Here, Bridgewater is running a play-action bootleg to his left.

boot left 1b

He gets his head around quickly coming out of the fake and starts to make his reads.

boot left 1c

This can be an incredibly ackward throw, but Bridgewater makes it look easy. He squares his shoulders to the target, gets his feet positioned correctly and calmly makes the throw.

boot left 1d

The accuracy is perfect from Bridgewater, hitting his receiver right between the numbers for an easy catch and another first down.

Plays like that are extremely common in the NFL, particularly in west coast offenses, which suit Bridgewater's strengths best. Being able to make those kind of plays help keep the offense moving and stop the defense to overcommitting to the run. Teams that have a strong running attack already in place will like what Bridgewater brings to the table.

One of the few knocks I do have on Bridgewater is his deep ball. I don't think he has a huge issue with arm strength, as he displays plenty of velocity when he needs it. I think he can misjudge just how much he needs to put on the ball and where he needs to be placing it when throwing deep.

deep ball 1a

On this play, Bridgewater looks to throw a deep ball to his left.

deep ball 1b

His receiver has a good yard or two on the corner, with the safety struggling to make up ground as well. A good throw here and the receiver potentially has a touchdown.

deep ball 1c

But Bridgewater doesn't put enough on the pass, forcing the receiver to stop and come back to the ball.

deep ball 1d

That allows the corner to make up ground and break up the pass.

The deep ball is something Bridgewater is going to need to work on. He's more suited to working a west coast system based on short and intermediate passes that move the chains. But he'll need to prove he can hit the homer run ball when he needs to, otherwise defenses will play their safeties closer to the line of scrimmage and make the underneath throwing windows a lot tighter for Bridgewater.

Overall though, I still see Bridgewater as the best quarterback in this class. He's much further along in his development than any of the other top quarterbacks, which is partially down to the system he played in at Louisville. The team that drafts him can be happy knowing that he's ready to slot in and start from day one.

Johnny Manziel

Manziel is easily the most debated name in this years NFL draft. He's the prototypical boom or bust prospect. He a complete wildcard in team evaluations. Some teams will think he has too many problems to overcome, while others will think they can maximize his upside.

I see two main problems with Manziel's game; his footwork and his running instincts. Lets start with the footwork, which at times is almost non-existent.

bad throw 1a

Here Manziel is given a clean pocket. He has a receiver crossing over the middle of the field.

bad throw 1b

Without any real threat of being hit, Manziel fails to set his feet and throws off his backfoot, almost jumping to throw the ball.

bad throw 1c

That makes it hard for Manziel to get much velocity on the throw. It dies on him and the receiver has to reach down and practically pick it up off the floor to make the catch.

That was a wide open throw that you'd expect every quarterback to make easily, but because Manziel fails to set his feet correctly, he nearly misses it. But some coaches may believe they can fix that footwork. Manziel has shown that he can get the job done despite having poor mechanics.

Good throw 1a

On this play, Manziel will end up throwing the deep go route to his left.

Good throw 1b

But he starts by looking to his right and reading the defense. He then looks down the middle to check the safeties.

Good throw 1c

Before progresses to his left and pulls the trigger. You can see in this throw, he's still leaning back, not properly transferring his weight over his front foot.

Good throw 1d

But he still manages to place the ball perfectly on the back shoulder of his receiver, where only the receiver can make the play.

Manziel has taught himself to get by without the correct footwork. But without it, his passes can look very floaty and not have much velocity on them, or can die on him and fall short of the receiver like we saw above. If a quarterback guru (say, Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien) thinks he can fix the footwork, then Manziel becomes a lot more attractive to that team.

The other main problem I have with Manziel is also partially what makes him such a unique prospect; his running instincts. Watch any Manziel highlights package and you'll see play after play of Manziel running all over the place, avoiding defenders and making big plays with his legs. Making plays with his legs aren't a problem. The fact he's able to elude defenders and buy more time is actually a huge positive. But what he can't allow to happen is what happened on this next play.

instincts 1a

Manziel is given a clean pocket to work with on this play. He's under no real pressure and has time to work through his progressions.

instincts 1c

Manziel doesn't see any receivers open, so takes off running. The defense actually have a man set to spy Manziel and come up to tackle him should he start running. Manziel makes a cut similar to that of a running back to completely elude the defender and runs into the open field.

instincts 1d

Manziel manages to avoid more defenders before he eventually steps out of bounds for a nice gain. A solid result on the play. However, if we look back at the point he started to take off.

instincts 1b

He had a receiver running wide open right past the deep safety. Manziel had no pressure on him in the pocket. If he had stayed in the pocket a fraction longer, he might have seen the receiver running open and had a potential touchdown. But instead, he took off running and missed the open receiver.

This is what Manziel can't allow to happen. The scrambling ability is a huge positive to his game, but only if he's not missing open receivers as a result of it. Coaches will be conflicted with this. They won't want to completely take away the running ability that makes him unique, but they can't have him missing open receivers down field.

This is what makes Manziel so difficult to evaluate; and what makes him a boom or bust prospect. He has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in the draft, but also the highest bust potential. He'll need a good coaching set up that will work on his fundamentals and work a system to fit his talents.

Blake Bortles

To me, Bortles was one of the more disappointing players I have watched this offseason. Bortles has seen plenty of hype, touted as the potential number one pick, but I didn't see anything that made me believe that hype. To his credit, he is very aware of what's going on around him in the pocket and displays good pocket mobility to avoid rushers and help his offensive lineman recover on blocks.

good in pocket 1a

On this play, South Carolina move Jadeveon Clowney inside over the right guard. They run a stunt with a blitzer coming in behind Clowney. At the same time, the left tackle is having to deal with a speed rush off the edge. All of this is happening before Bortles even reaches the top of his drop.

good in pocket 1b

But Bortles doesn't panic and start running around. He remains poised and works his way out of the pocket to elude the oncoming rushers.

good in pocket 1c

Bortles keeps his eyes downfield, finding a target. He does a nice job squaring his shoulders to his target and making the throw.

good in pocket 1d

Which is completed for a first down. This is Bortles best trait. He's very good at keeping poised and moving in the pocket to keep plays alive while still keeping his eyes down the field instead of on the rushers. He has a very good feel for the pocket, which isn't something that a lot of college quarterbacks have.

However, that trait alone doesn't make a prospect worth a top 10 pick. Outside of that, I was very underwhelmed. The scheme he played in wasn't one that showed off a quarterback ability; it involved a lot of read-option and triple-option plays, as well as bubble screens. It was rare to see Bortles throw the ball down the field. When he did, he had issues with accuracy and bad decisions.

bad int 1a

On this play, Bortles has a receiver running a skinny post route against a corner playing off.

bad int 1b

As Bortles begins his throwing motion, the corner has already started to jump the route. Bortles is looking straight at receiver, but elects to throw the ball anyway.

bad int 1c

The defender is easily able to jump in front of the receiver and intercept the pass. Bortles either didn't see the defender breaking on the ball, or felt that he could fit the ball in to a window that was shut. Either way, the outcome was a bad interception.

Bortles is a raw prospect in my opinion. He has some qualities that are difficult to teach; poise, pocket awareness and mobility to name a few. But he has a lot to work on and develop to be a consistent NFL starting quarterback. While he's been touted as a top 10 pick, I would feel much better about him in the mid 20s range to a team trading back up into the end of the first round for a quarterback.

DE/DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame Scouting Report

April 14, 2014 in Scouting Reports

By Justin Partlow

Measureables: 6’6” 304 lbs

Strengths:

  • Impressive athlete who uses hands well
  • Shows high end upside with what is on the film
  • Shows natural power, and surprising speed for a big player
  • Projects to be a scheme diverse player in the NFL
  • Shows natural bend and ability to get around the edge

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t display good hand usage against opponent
  • Relies too much on speed to get around opponent
  • Poor technique leads to reliance on natural tools
  • Needs to commit to position and stick with it, tries to use moves that won’t work at certain positions
  • Injury past season has led to poor 2013 film, questioning ability
  • Needs to become more consistent in his game

Analysis:

Stephon Tuitt is one of the intriguing prospects, because of his ability to make big time plays, and project to an even better player than what is displayed on film. Tuitt shows a natural bend, but relies too much on his speed to be successful. Tuitt needs to work on his technique to reach the potential that he can fully reach.

Tuitt is a very good leader, and played through an injury in 2013. Stephon Tuitt should come off the board somewhere in the late round 1 to early round 2 range, and should be able to play early on in the NFL. While still somewhat of a project, Tuitt can at least provide a pass rush for a team needing more of a push up front. If Tuitt can put it all together, he can become one of the more impressive 3-4 DE types in the NFL with his speed and power that shows on film.

OT Morgan Moses, Sr, UVA Scouting Report

April 13, 2014 in Scouting Reports

Measureables: 6’6” 314 lbs

Strengths:

  • Dancing Bear” at OT who can play with anyone in college football
  • Shutdown top end rushers all season
  • Shows solid technique in run blocking and pass protection
  • Exhibits strong first punch against opponent
  • Impressive length for OT

Weaknesses:

  • Not a top end athlete who will wow during offseason
  • Rumored concerns about motivation, weight
  • Is a “body catcher” at OT, and will let opponent into frame
  • Can stand to improve footwork as he can get uncoordinated

Analysis:

Morgan Moses arrived at UVA after a long wait coming out of college. After playing at RT the past few years, Moses was given his shot to play LT after Oday Aboushi graduated after the 2012 season. Morgan Moses is a dancing bear in every way possible, and while not showing elite athleticism in shorts, while show the speed necessary to play OT in the NFL during drills

Moses has had some concerns arise about possible motivation, but has seemed to show that he has moved past them this year. Came back to UVA dedicated and has maintained weight and played at a high level. Look for Moses to come off the board in the early to mid-part of Round 2. 

Kevin Pierre-Louis: A Closer Look at the Boston College LB

April 12, 2014 in Draft Reports

By:Justin Partlow

 

When the 2013 season started, not many people knew the name Kevin Pierre-Louis and many didn’t expect the big year that he ended up posting. Pierre-Louis, or better known as KPL, really was able to breakout during the 2013 season and prove himself as more than just a late round option at LB. KPL was able to turn into a legitimate mid round option at LB, who can prove to fit very well into one of the traditional cover two schemes. Below I’ll take a look at what KPL does well, and we he needs to improve on to become a starting caliber player in the NFL.

 

Technique:

When evaluating LB prospects, I look hard at how well they play with technique, not only in the run game, but also how they play in pass coverage. First off, KPL does a good job, but needs to improve on his run defense. KPL will allow himself to get swallowed up by offensive linemen at times, and doesn’t play aggressive to disengage from blockers. At the same time, when he can play free in space, KPL shows the ability to be very successful due to his ability to use his speed to an advantage. When he can stay clean from blockers, KPL shows the ability to be a high-end player and someone who can be very successful in the NFL. Now watching KPL in pass coverage is quite different from him when he’s playing run defense. Due to his natural athleticism, Pierre-Louis is very good in his ability to play with proper pass defense technique, as well as his ability to engage the defender and be able to reroute him off his intended route. Pierre-Louis does an excellent job of trusting his instincts and playing to those abilities and in coverage it shows as he’s able to trust his instincts to make plays.

 

Run Defense:

As mentioned earlier, KPL does things well, but also shows a lot of errors due to his technique flaws, as well as his natural weight, which doesn’t allow for him to be able to just take on blocks consistently. As well KPL doesn’t do a very good job of attempting to engage oncoming blockers and make a move to get around them. It almost looks as if KPL doesn’t want to have anyone in front of him, so he could just get his plays and do so without much effort. It’s easy to see the difference in KPL when he’s able to play in space and free from others around him, and when he is playing in the “muck” of the field with everyone around him. With this in mind, look for teams to see KPL as someone who is a 4-3 only fit because of his ability to play zone coverage well, as well as his weight not being conducive to being a possible 3-4 candidate.

 

Pass Coverage:

As I alluded to earlier, this is what makes KPL very intriguing to watch and project to what he could become in the NFL. For what KPL doesn’t do well in run defense, he does a very good job of recognizing zone’s and playing to those strengths. KPL also has the speed and size to play in man coverage and run with TE’s and slot WR’s. This comes back to the belief of KPL being a very good cover 2 scheme fit where he can use his instincts and zone coverage responsibilities to be very successful. What also is impressive about KPL is his ability to reroute offensive players and not allow them a free release to run their routes. In some respects it’s almost as if KPL is a safety type player who is playing LB in college. There will be some intrigue of him moving to Safety, but for now the best overall position for KPL is as a 4-3 WLB.

 

Overall:

Kevin Pierre-Louis isn’t the household name, but he’s someone who gets the job done and provides a good deal of value for a position that is somewhat of a dying breed in the NFL. What KPL does well is what NFL teams now covet, and that’s the ability to cover anyone on the field as we continue to see TE’s get bigger and faster and slot WR’s become stronger and more athletic. Someone like Kevin Pierre-Louis would allow for a team to have a good fit on passing downs, and if they were a true 4-3 scheme, they have someone who can develop into a possible starting candidate. Look for a team with that 4-3 scheme to take Pierre-Louis somewhere in the 5th round range.

User Submitted Mock Drafts: 4/04-4/11

April 11, 2014 in OTC: User Mock Drafts, Uncategorized

Mock 1 : Jordan- New Orleans Saints

Link to Mock Draft: http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/draft.php?d=mgzujm

 

 

27
WR ODELL BECKHAM JR.
LSU
58
ILB CHRIS BORLAND
WISCONSIN
91
DE TRENT MURPHY
STANFORD
126
C BRYAN STORK
FLORIDA STATE
167
CB BENNETT JACKSON
NOTRE DAME
169
RB DRI ARCHER
KENT STATE
202
G WESLEY JOHNSON
VANDERBILT

 

 

Why I like it: 
The Saints window to contend is small given that Drew Brees is nearing the end of his career. The Saints are going to live and die with the success of Brees so adding a big play weapon for him makes a lot of sense. Beckham Jr. teamed up with Kenny Stills, Colston and Jimmy Graham could be extremely dangerous and tough for even the top defenses in the league to stop. Grabbing Borland and Murphy with the next two picks, continue's to improve the Saints defense to help get them over the hump. Borland could be an instant starter and Murphy should be at least a situational pass rusher as a rookie. Later in the draft Bennett Jackson could be a sub package corner and key special teamer. Grabbing Bryan Stork could give the Saints their future center (and he could push to start as a rookie), while Wesley Johnson late is a nice back-up option. He's capable of backing up every position, and could have a future as a starter in the interior of a line. Dri Archer could be the Darren Sproles replacment and at the very least offers the Saints a potential dynamic return man.

 

 

Mock 2: Alex- Dallas Cowboys :

Link To Mock Draft: http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=lxudfh
33
G XAVIER SU'A-FILO
UCLA
45
DE SCOTT CRICHTON
OREGON STATE
56
DT DOMINIQUE EASLEY
FLORIDA
65
WR JARVIS LANDRY
LSU
78
CB E.J. GAINES
MISSOURI
101
DE MARCUS SMITH
LOUISVILLE
122
QB A.J. MCCARRON
ALABAMA
158
OT SEANTREL HENDERSON
MIAMI
170
DT JUSTIN ELLIS
LOUISIANA TECH
248
DE ETHAN WESTBROOKS
WEST TEXAS A&M
251
G JOHN URSCHEL
PENN STATE
254
RB MICHAEL DYER
LOUISVILLE

 

Why I like the  Mock:

 

This is obviously a trade mock and I think this could be a good strategy for the Cowboys. While they could potentially land a really good defensive tackle or end in the first round, given their cap restraints they could use a draft to stockpile picks. Here the Cowboys trade back and still wind up with a pretty productive draft. Su'a-Filo would team with Tyron Smith and Travis Fredrick to give the Cowboys a really strong young core to their offensive line. It fills a big need and would give Dallas a day 1 starter. Landing Scott Crichton and Marcus Smith would go a long way to improving their defensive end talent and pass rush ability. Also, adding Westbrooks late offers them a small school developmental guy. Dominique Easley would give the Cowboys the 3 tech that typically thrives in a Monte Kiffin defense, while later in the draft Justin Ellis could be the run plugger playing next to him. Corner E.J. Gaines could possibly be the nickel corner as a rookie and has the potential for more down the road. On offense Jarvis Landry would be a nice pick up as a slot receiver and A.J. McCarron would give the Cowboys a potential quarterback to replace Tony Romo in a couple of years.

 

 

Mock 3: Bill- Washington Redskins

Link to Mock Draft: http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=zvvadr
46
OT JOEL BITONIO
NEVADA
71
DE STEPHON TUITT
NOTRE DAME
108
DT DAQUAN JONES
PENN STATE
110
C MARCUS MARTIN
USC
118
CB PIERRE DESIR
LINDENWOOD
142
TE ARTHUR LYNCH
GEORGIA
145
WR JOSH HUFF
OREGON
178
S VINNIE SUNSERI
ALABAMA
188
QB TAJH BOYD
CLEMSON
217
WR JALEN SAUNDERS
OKLAHOMA
Why I like this Mock:

 

This is another trade back scenario and one that the Redskins should highly consider. Here the Skins can land an instant starter at RT in Joel Bitonio. Not only can he play RT right now, but he's got the potential to move to guard down the road if need be. The Redskins also land center Marcus Martin early. He could challenge for the starting center job as a rookie, but even if he doesn't get it he should be starting by year two. In between those two picks are a pair of defensive linemen in Stephon Tuitt and DaQuan Jones. Tuitt would be a great fit for the Redskins 3-4 and has the upside to develop into an impact end and sack master. Jones is more of a nose tackle in a 3-4 and should offer solid rotational ability early in his career. With the first four picks focused on the lines, the Redskins would really be upgrading an area that has been generally ignored of late for them. The NFL game is still won or lost in the trenches, and the Skins need a boost there.  Corner Pierre Desir and safety Vinnie Sunseri give the Redskins a pair of guys who can be valuable back-ups/special teamers as rookies, but have the potential to become starters by year 2 or 3. Arthur Lynch could be a nice inline complementary TE to Jordan Reed and could challenge Logan Paulsen for his roster spot. Wide receivers Josh Huff and Jalen Saunders would give the Redskins some young guys to develop behind their top 3 receivers who are set for the next couple of years. Overall this draft offers good depth and hits on a number of Redskins needs.

2014 NFL Draft: Player Rankings Updated

April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

The 2014 NFL Draft Player Rankings have been updated on our NFL Draft page. You can also see them here:

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2014 NFL Draft: NFC Team Needs UPDATED

April 9, 2014 in Team Needs

UPDATED April 9, 2014:

 

NFC TEAM NEEDS:

 

Dallas Cowboys
DE
G
DT
OT
DE
RB
DT
OLB
WR
CB
S
DE

 

New York Giants
DE
OT
TE
WR
S
OLB
G
ILB
C
S
CB

 

Philadelphia Eagles
OLB
ILB
WR
DE
G
DT
S
CB
WR
OT
TE

 

Washington Redskins
OT
S
CB
C
ILB
DT
G
TE
CB
ILB
WR
QB
RB
OLB

 

Chicago Bears
DT
OLB
CB
S
G
DT
RB
WR
CB
ILB

 

Detroit Lions
CB
OLB
WR
S
G
CB
OLB
TE
S
OT
ILB
WR

 

Green Bay Packers
S
OT
TE
C
WR
G
DT
QB
CB
G
RB

 

Minnesota Vikings
QB
WR
OLB
CB
ILB
DE
S
DT
RB
S
C
G

 

Atlanta Falcons
DE
OLB
OT
TE
S
RB
S
OLB
DE
G
CB
ILB
OT

 

Carolina Panthers
OT
WR
S
CB
G
WR
TE
S
G
CB
DE

 

New Orleans Saints
OLB
ILB
CB
WR
OT
ILB
OLB
QB
TE
CB
DE

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR
OLB
QB
CB
G
DT
DE
WR
OT
CB
OT
G

 

Arizona Cardinals
QB
OLB
ILB
G
OLB
RB
OT
CB
QB
S
C
CB

 

Seattle Seahawks
OT
G
WR
CB
DT
DE
DT
QB
S
CB
DE

 

San Francisco 49ers
CB
WR
DT
RB
C
G
ILB
DE
CB
QB
WR

 

St. Louis Rams
OT
OLB
WR
CB
S
DT
QB
RB
G
CB
ILB

 

 

2014 NFL Draft: AFC Team NEEDS – UPDATED

April 9, 2014 in Team Needs

UPDATED April 9, 2014:

 

AFC TEAM NEEDS:

 

Buffalo Bills
S
ILB
G
OT
TE
DE
OLB
DT
CB
Miami Dolphins
G
CB
OT
G
OLB
ILB
TE
DT
RB
S
WR 
New York Jets
OLB
TE
WR
S
G
CB
RB
CB
WR
QB
G
OLB 
New England Patriots
DT
TE
S
G
WR
C
DT
DE
QB
OLB
TE 
Baltimore Ravens
CB
WR
DT
OT
ILB
RB
DE
S
DT
TE
OT
Cleveland Browns
QB
WR
G
CB
ILB
S
C
OT
RB
FB
QB
WR
DT 
Cincinnati Bengals
S
OLB
WR
DE
C
CB
ILB
QB
RB
DE
OT 
Pittsburgh Steelers
OT
DT
DE
WR
G
CB
ILB
OLB
RB
WR
Houston Texans
QB
G
OLB
OT
S
DE
OLB
WR
RB
DT
CB
Indianapolis Colts
G
ILB
CB
RB
DT
S
WR
G
CB 
Jacksonville Jaguars
QB
OT
OLB
S
WR
S
DE
C
DT
G
RB
CB
ILB 
Tennessee Titans
S
QB
OT
RB
CB
OLB
DT
C
CB
ILB
DE
WR 
Denver Broncos
G
CB
DE
OLB
OT
RB
C
G
S
WR
DE 
Kansas City Chiefs
WR
TE
OT
G
DE
S
CB
WR
G
DT 
Oakland Raiders
OLB
QB
DE
G
DT
OT
S
DT
G
CB
RB
WR
OT
OLB
ILB 
San Diego Chargers
DT
CB
OT
OLB
S
DT
G
WR
S
ILB