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Fanspeak Mock Draft 11.23: QBs, OTs and DL dominate top 10

Quarterback Lamar Jackson is just the tip of the undrafted free agent iceberg for Baltimore. The Ravens have several other major free agent decisions looming, including cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Kyle Fuller, edge rushers Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul and newly acquired linebacker Roquan Smith, all of whom will be unrestricted free agents at the…

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Fanspeak Mock Draft 11.18: Will 2023 mimic the 2006 NFL draft?

Houston has been here before. The Texans owned the No. 1 overall pick back in the 2006 draft. David Carr was the quarterback, but the team had already soured on the former No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 draft. Carr was coming off yet another “meh” season as he passed for 2,488 yards, the…

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Fanspeak Mock Draft 11.9: Surprise picks for Atlanta, Washington; Seattle passes on a QB

As many as seven teams could be interested in drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft. Problem is, only three are widely considered locks for the first round. Still, the 2023 QB Class is much stronger than last year’s group, so teams that reach for one in the first round…

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Detroit Mock Draft: Lions add playmakers on offense, beef up both sides of the line

Armed with potential young stars at premium positions and a better-than-you-realize offensive line, the Detroit Lions are closer to contention than their record indicates. But all progress hinges on the team finding a franchise quarterback. (more…)

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Fanspeak Q&A with New England guard Cole Strange: ‘I guess I’m moving up!’

This time last year, Chattanooga guard Cole Strange was barely on my draft radar. I had seen a few blurbs about him, but most of the information back then came from sites that only track and pay close attention to small school prospects. Finally -- finally -- I felt like I couldn't keep Strange off…

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Final Fanspeak-Jake Rigdon Round 1 mock draft: 7 pass rushers, 6 WRs, 5 CBs and 4 QBs, plus some surprise misses

This was a difficult mock draft to put together. It’s possible that no quarterback is drafted in the top 10. In fact, there’s not even a consensus QB-1A. Start with everything we believe to be true: You can find quality offensive tackles, cornerbacks and receivers, but you won’t find a running back or tight end…

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The final Fanspeak-Jake Rigdon big board is set – but questions remain, especially in Round 1

The very first Fanspeak-Jake Rigdon big board for the 2022 NFL draft should have provided some clues. At the very top of the list was Oregon edge Kayvon Thibodeaux, followed closely by LSU cornerback Derek Stingley. Quarterbacks Sam Howell of North Carolina and Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma were next, with Texas A&M offensive “tackle” Kenyon…

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Look for Arizona Cardinals to address these 5 questions in NFL Draft

Arizona has had an interesting offseason. First and foremost is the status of quarterback Kyler Murray. He allegedly wants out, but Cards’ GM Steve Keim recently told reporters there’s “zero chance” of that happening. The team also lost its best receiver from last season and the franchise’s all-time sacks leader. Sure, there was some good…

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Armed with just 4 draft picks, the Miami Dolphins can still improve its offensive line

You have to give Miami credit – the Dolphins aren’t shy about drafting offensive linemen. The team has drafted at least one offensive lineman in 21 out of the past 22 drafts. That includes taking at least one tackle in 16 of those years, with six tackles drafted in the first round and two in…

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No offense: The Buffalo Bills could focus on defense with its first two picks

What do you give the team that finished with the No. 1-ranked defense last season? More defensive players, of course. Although Buffalo has needs at receiver, guard and running back, the Bills may take a proactive approach to the upcoming draft and add more defensive players with an eye on potential free agent losses next…

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