Saturday, March 25, 2017

2016 NFL DRAFT: Team Needs THE CONTENDERS (SEA, DAL, GB, PIT, ATL, NE)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 26, 58, 90, 102c, 106c 
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Pete Carroll/John Schneider
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Darrell Bevell  Vertical-Balanced/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Kris Richard   4-3 Press Zone with mostly Cover 1
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING    PASSING
Offense 12th   99.4 (25th)    257.8 (10th)
Defense 5th    92.9 (7th)      225.8 (8th)
Offensive Star: Russell Wilson-QB
Defensive Stars: Earl Thomas-FS, Richard Sherman-CB, Bobby Wagner-MLB and Kam Chancellor
Position Analysis
QB:
Russell Wilson-Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN  (Number 1 according to Pro Football Focus)
MLB: Bobby Wagner-All Pro
LDE: Michael Bennett-Elite
RDE: Cliff Avril-Elite
OLB: KJ Wright-Elite
RDT: Jerran Reed-Young/2016 2nd Round
LDT: Ahtyba Rubin-Below Average
OLB: Battle both unproven
          Cassius Marsh
          Kevin Pierre-Louis
DEFENSIVE BACKS (Top 5) 
LCB: Richard Sherman-All Pro
FS: Earl Thomas-All Pro
SS: Kam Chancellor-Elite
RCB: De'Shawn Shead-Average
Depth:
#3 CB Jeremy Lane-Average
S: Bradley McDougald-New/Average
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Doug Baldwin-Good
TE 1: Jimmy Grahame-Good
WR: Tyler Lockett-Young/2015 2nd Round
WR: Jermaine Kearse-Average
TE 2: Luke Wilson-Average
O-LINE (32) 
LT: Luke Joeckel-New/Below Average in Jacksonville
LG: Mark Glowinski-Young 2015 4th RD
C;   Justin Britt-Below Average
RG: Germain Ifedi-Young 2016 31st pick
RT:  Garry Gilliam-Below Average
G/RT: Rees Odhiambo-Young/2016 3rd RD
RB: 
Eddie Lacy-New/Average/Good when in shape and healthy
Thomas Rawls-Average
C.J. Prosise-Young/2016 3rd RD/Average

NEEDS: 
LT:  They can't believe that Joeckel is the answer at LT
O-Line: This was the worst O-Line in football according to Pro Football Focus 
DB Depth:  The strength of the team is the secondary. The starters are great, maybe the best in the league when healthy. They need a better option opposite Sherman and need a backup safety in case Thomas is unable to retain his All Pro form after a nearly career ending injury.
UPGRADES/2018 FREE AGENTS:
OLB
SS
TE
RT
IDEAL DRAFT: 
26. RYAN RAMCZYK-OT-WISCONSIN
6-6/310/33.75
OR
GARETT BOLLES-OT/G-UTAH 
6-5/297/34.0
58. BUDDA BAKER-FS/NCB-WASHINGTON
5-10/196/30.6
90. ETHAN POCIC-C/G-LSU
6-6/310/33.1




DALLAS COWBOYS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 28, 60, 92
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Scott Linehan/Vertical-Balanced/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Rod Marinelli/4-3 Tampa 2 Zone
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL      RUSHING     PASSING 
Offense 5th    149.8 (2nd)   226.9 (23rd)
Defense 14th  83.5 (1st)     260.4 (26th)
Offensive Stars: Ezekiel Elliott-RB, Dez Bryant-WR, Tyron Smith-LT, Travis Frederick-C and Zack Martin
Defensive Star: Sean Lee-LB
Position Analysis
QB:
Dak Prescott-2016 4th RD/Great as a Rookie
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (22) 
OLB: Sean Lee-Elite
RDE: DeMarcus Lawrence-Good in 2015/Injured most of 2016
DDE: Tyrone Crawford-Average
LDT: Cedric Thornton-Average
RDT: Maliek Collins-2016 3rd RD/Struggled as a rookie
MLB: Anthony Hitchens-Average/Below Average
OLB: Damien Wilson-Young/2015 4th RD
Depth:
OLB/DE: Randy Gregory-Young 2015 2nd RD/Suspended in 2016
LB: Jaylon Smith-2016 2nd RD/Injured in 2016
DEFENSIVE BACKS (top 5 last year but lost a lot) 
FS: Byron Jones-Good/Young/2015 1st RD
LCB: Lost in free agency
RCB: Nolan Carroll-New/Below Average
Slot CB: Orlando Scandrick-Average
LCB: Lost in free agency
SS: Lost in free agency
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Dez Bryant-Elite
TE: Jason Witten-still Good, but no longer Elite
WR: Terrance Williams-Average
Slot WR: Cole Beasley-Average
O-LINE (1/2)
LT: Tyron Smith-All Pro
C:   Travis Frederick-All Pro
RG: Zack Martin-All Pro
LG: La'el Collins-Young/2015 Undrafted
RT: Chaz Green-Young/2015 3rd RD
RB: 
Ezekiel Elliott-All Pro and Rookie of the Year in 2016

NEEDS: 

DB:  They lost 3 of their 5 best defensive backs in SS Barry Church, CB Morris Claiborne, and CB Brandon Carr. Newly signed Nolan Carroll is a below average veteran, yet he is the only CB on the roster with any starting experience. Expect the Cowboys to spend at least 3 picks at DB.
D-Line: The Cowboys need guys that can rush the passer and stop the run in the trenches.
RT: Doug Free retired, Is Chaz Green the answer?  
UPGRADES/2018 FREE AGENTS:
RDE
TE
IDEAL DRAFT: 
28. MARLON HUMPHREY-CB-BAMA
6-0/197/32.25
60. JUSTIN EVANS-SS/DB-TEXAS A&M
6-0/199/32.0
92. LAARY OGUNJOBI-DT/3T/NT-UNC CHARLOTTE
6-3/305/32.6





GREEN BAY PACKERS

Picks in first 3 rounds: 29, 61, 93
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike McCarthy/Ted Thompson
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Edgar Bennett however McCarty will call the plays in 2017
Spread and West Coast/Hybrid
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Dom Capers/3-4 Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING
Offense 8th     106.3 (20th)   262.4 (7th)
Defense 22nd  94.7 (8th)      269.2 (30th)
Offensive Stars: Aaron Rodgers-QB, Jordy Nelson-WR and David Bakhtari-LT
Defensive Stars: Ha Ha Clinton Dix-FS, Mike Daniels-DT and Clay Matthews-LB



Position Analysis
QB:
Aaron Rodgers-Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (9) 
3T/RDE/DT: Mike Daniels-Elite
OLB: Clay Matthews-Former All Pro/struggled in 2016 with injuries
OLB: Nick Perry-Good/had career year in 2016
NT:  Letroy Guion-Average
LILB: Jake Ryan-Young/2015 4th RD
RILB: Blake Martinez-Young/2016 4th RD
LDE: Kenny Clark-Young/2016 27th pick
DEFENSIVE BACKS (19)
FS: Ha Ha Clinton Dix-All Pro
SS: Morgan Burnett-Elite
LCB: Damarious Randall-Young/2015 1st RD
RCB: Davon House-New/Average
#3 CB: Quinten Rollins-Young/2015 2nd RD
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Jordy Nelson-Elite
WR: Randall Cobb-Very Good
WR: Devante Adams-Very Good
TE: Martellus Bennett-New/Good
TE: Lance Kendricks-New/Average
O-LINE (5)
LT: David Bakhtari-All Pro
RT: Bryan Bulaga-Very Good after a down year in 2015
C:   Corey Linsley-Good
LG: Lane Taylor-Below Average
RG: Don Barclay-Unproven as a starter
RT/G; Jason Spriggs-Young/2016 2nd RD
RB: 
Ty Montgomery-Young/2015 3rd RD/Good in 2016 at new position


NEEDS: 

CB:  They struggled against the pass in 2016. The safeties are as good as any duo in the league but they need more help at corner.
D-Line: Mike Daniels is a beast and Kenny Clark was solid as a rookie yet they need more depth at nose tackle and DE
UPGRADES/2018 FREE AGENTS:
LG
RG
RB
SS
C
IDEAL DRAFT: 
29. DALVIN COOK-RB-FSU
5-10/210
61. FABIAN MOREAU-PRESS MAN CB/DB-UCLA
6-1/206/31.4
93. ETHAN POCIC-C/G-LSU
6-6/310/33.1





PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 30, 62, 94, 105c
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike Tomlin/Kevin Colbert
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Todd Haley/Spread-Pass Heavy/Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Keith Butler/3-4 Cover 1
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 7th     110.0 (14th)    262.6 (5th)
Defense 12th  100.0 (13th)    242.6 (16th)
Offensive Stars: Ben Roethlisberger-QB, Antonio Brown-WR , Le'Veon Bell-RB and David DeCastro-RG



Defensive Star: Cameron Hayward-DE/DT
Position Analysis
QB:
Ben Roethlisberger-Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (16)
RDE: Cameron Hayward-Good
LDE: Stephon Tuitt-Good/Young/2014 2nd RD
ROLB; James Harrison-Elite in 2016, Average in 2015
LOLB: Bud Dupree-Young/2015 1st RD/Good when healthy in 2016
LILB: Ryan Shazier-Average
NT:    Javon Hargrave-Young/2016 3rd RD
RILB battle both unproven 
          Vince Williams
          Tyler Matakevich
DEFENSIVE BACKS (11)
RCB: Ross Cockrell-Good
Slot CB: William Gay-Good
FS: Mike Mitchell-Average
LCB: Artie Burns-Young/2016 1st RD
SS: Sean Davis-Young/2016 2nd RD
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Antonio Brown-All Pro, arguably the best WR in the NFL
TE: Jesse James-Young/2015 5th RD
TE: Ladarius Green-Average
WR: Martavis Bryant-Currently Suspended
WR: Eli Rogers-Below Average
WR: Darius Hayward Bey-Below Average  
O-LINE (3)
RG: David DeCastro-All Pro
RT: Marcus Gilbert-Elite
C:   Maurkice Pouncey-All Pro when healthy/Very Good 
LG: Ramon Foster-Very Good
LT: Alejandro Villanueva-Average
RB: 
Le'Veon Bell-All Pro, arguably the best RB in the NFL


NEEDS: 

Pass Rush Depth:  Jarvis Jones never panned out and he was let go after this year. Bud Dupree has shown some promise but has battled through injuries. 
#2 WR: Antonio Brown had 106 receptions, the next highest was Eli Rogers with only 48 receptions 
Backup QB:  Big Ben is now 35, time to start thinking about his replacement 
UPGRADES/2018 FREE AGENTS:
ILB
RB
CB
LDE
IDEAL DRAFT: 
30. JOHN ROSS-WR-WASHINGTON
5-11/188/31.5 
OR
HAASON REDDICK-EDGE/OLB/ILB-TEMPLE
6-1/237/32.75
62. TJ WATT-OLB/EDGE-WISCONSIN
6-4/252/33.1
OR 
CURTIS SAMUEL-WR/RB-OHIO ST. 
5-11/196
94.  
KEVIN KING-CB-WASHINGTON
6-3/200/32.0




ATLANTA FALCONS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 31, 63, 95
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Dan Quinn/Thomas Dimitroff
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Steve Sarkisian (new)
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Marquand Manuel (new)/4-3 Man 
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 2nd    120.5 (5th)      295.3 (3rd)
Defense 25th  104.5 (17th)    266.7 (28th)
Offensive Stars: Matt Ryan-QB and Julio Jones-WR




Defensive Star: Desmond Trufant-CB
Position Analysis
QB: 
Matt Ryan-All Pro, 2016 NFL MVP 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (24)
SLB: Vic Beasley-All Pro/Young/2015 1st RD
MLB: Deion Jones-Young/2016 2nd RD/Very Good as a Rookie 
DT: Dontari Poe-New-Good
DT: Grady Jarrett-Young/2015 5th RD/Average
WLB: De'Vondre Campbell-Young/2016 4th RD/Average
LDE: Brooks Reed-Average
RDE: Ra'Shede Hageman-Average
DE: Jack Crawford-New/Average 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (6)
LCB: Desmond Trufant-Elite when healthy 
SS: Keanu Neal-Young/2015 1st RD/Top 10 SS as a Rookie 
RCB: Robert Alford-Good
#3/Nickel CB: Jalen Collins-Young/2015 2nd RD
FS: Ricardo Allen-Average
#4 CB/S-Brian Poole-Young/2016 Undrafted 
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Julio Jones-All Pro 
WR: Mohamed Sanu-Average
WR: Taylor Gabriel-Average 
TE: Austin Hooper-Young/2016 3rd RD
O-LINE (6)
C:   Alex Mack-All Pro
RT:  Ryan Schraeder-Elite
LT: Jake Matthews-Good
LG: Andy Levitre-Good
RG: Hugh Thornton-New/Below Average
RB: 
Had the best RB duo in the NFL in 2016
Devonta Freeman-Very Good
Tevin Coleman-Young/2015 3rd RD/Good 

NEEDS: 
Pass Rush/DE:  Vic Beasley looks like a superstar, now they need a second elite pass rusher.
#2 WR 
UPGRADES/2018 FREE AGENTS
RG 
LCB
RB
DT
RDE
IDEAL DRAFT: 
31. FORREST LAMP-G/RT-WESTERN KENTUCKY 
6-4/309/32.25
63. DEMARCUS WALKER-DE/EDGE-FSU
6-4/280/33.0
95. CHRIS GODWIN-WR-PENN ST. 
6-1/209/31.6
OR
ZAY JONES-WR-EAST CAROLINA
6-2/201/32.5





NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS


Picks in first 3 rounds: 72, 96 

7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bill Belicheck is both
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Josh McDaniels/Spread/Hybrid
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Matt Patricia/Hybrid 4-3 Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 4th     117.0 (7th)      269.2 (4th)
Defense 8th     88.6 (3rd)       237.9 (12th
Offensive Stars: Tom Brady-QB and Rob Gronkowski
Defensive Stars: 
Position Analysis
QB:
Tom Brady-Elite/Greatest QB Ever 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (18)
MLB: Dont'a Hightower-Good/almost Elite
RDE: Trey Flowers-Young/2015 4th RD/Good
LDE: Kony Ealy-New/Average
RDT: Malcolm Brown-Young/2015 1st RD/Average so far
LDT: Alan Branch-New/Below Average
SLB: Rob Ninkovich-Below Average
WLB: Shea McClellin-Below Average 
LB: Kyle Van Noy-Average as a backup 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (Top 5)
LCB: Malcolm Butler-All Pro
FS: Devin McCourty-Elite 
RCB: Stephon Gilmore-New/Good
SS: Patrick Chung-Good
PASS CATCHERS: 
TE: Rob Gronkowski-All Pro, the best TE in the NFL when healthy
WR: Julian Edelman-Good
WR: Brandin Cooks-New/Good
WR: Chris Hogan-Good 
WR: Malcolm Mitchell-Young/2016 4th RD
O-LINE (10)
LT: Nate Solder-Elite 
RT: Marcus Cannon-All Pro after Below Average in 2015
LG: Shaq Mason-Good/Average
C:   David Andrews-Young/2015 Undrafted
RG: Joe Thuney-Young/2016 3rd RD/Good 
RB: 
All are good at their roles
Power: LeGarrette Blount
Scat: Dion Lewis
Scat: James White
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NEEDS: 
LB:  Hightower is one of the better LBs in the NFL, but the rest of the core is below average. 
D-Line Depth: . Some young depth is needed on both the outside and inside. 
UPGRADES/2018 FREE AGENTS:
LT
LCB
WR
IDEAL DRAFT: 
72. RAEKWON MCMILLAN-LB-OHIO ST. 
6-2/240/33.0





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 NFL DRAFT: COMPOSITE BIG BOARD

This Big Board is based on the composite of the Big Boards of:
CBS SPORTS
NFL.COM
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS
WALTER FOOTBALL
DRAFT TEK

I drop the lowest grade and add positional value.

1. MYLES GARRETT-EDGE/DE/OLB-TEXAS A&M
6-5/270/35.25 arm length 
NFL Comparison: Jason Pierre-Paul/Aldon Smith 
2. JONATHAN ALLEN-DE/5T/DT/EDGE-BAMA
6-3/286/33.6
NFL Comparison: Michael Bennett/Fletcher Cox
3. SOLOMON THOMAS-DE/5T/3T/EDGE-STANFORD
6-3/273/33.0
NFL Comparison: Justin Smith/Everson Griffen
4. JAMAL ADAMS-S/DB-LSU
6-0/214/33.4
NFL Comparison: Eric Berry/Reshad Jones
5. MALIK HOOKER-FS/DB-OHIO ST. 
6-1/206/33.25
NFL Comparison: Malcolm Jenkins/Harrison Smith
6. MARSHON LATTIMORE-CB-OHIO ST. 
6-0/192/31.25
NFL Comparison: Darius Slay/Desmond Trufant 
7. DEREK BARNETT -EDGE/DE-TENNESSEE 
6-3/259/32.1
NFL Comparison: Dee Ford/Olivier Vernon 
8. DESHAUN WATSON-QB-CLEMSON 
6-2/221
NFL Comparison: Alex Smith/Donovan McNabb
9. MITCHELL TRUBISKY-QB-UNC
6-2/222
NFL Comparison: Andy Dalton/Ryan Tannehill
10. LEONARD FOURNETTE-RB-LSU
6-0/240
NFL Comparison: Le'Veon Bell/Steven Jackson
11. OJ HOWARD-TE-BAMA
6-6/251/33.75
NFL Comparison: Greg Olsen/Kellen Winslow II
12. MIKE WILLIAMS-WR-CLEMSON 
6-4/218
NFL Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins/Jordy Nelson
13. DALVIN COOK-RB-FSU
5-10/210
NFL Comparison: DeMarco Murray/Edgerrin James 
14. COREY DAVIS-WR-WESTERN MICHIGAN 
6-3/209/33.0
NFL Comparison: Roddy White/Reggie Wayne 
15. REUBEN FOSTER-LB-BAMA
6-0/229/32.4
NFL Comparison: CJ Mosley/Jerod Mayo 
TACO CHARLTON-5T/DE/DT-MICHIGAN 
6-6/277/34.25
NFL Comparison: Chander Jones/Carlos Dunlap 
17. MARLON HUMPHREY-CB-BAMA
6-0/197/32.25
NFL Comparison: Josh Norman/Logan Ryan 
18. JOHN ROSS-WR-WASHINGTON
5-11/188/31.5
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson/Santonio Holmes 
19 HAASON REDDICK-EDGE/OLB/ILB-TEMPLE
6-1/237/32.75
NFL Comparison: Thomas Davis at LB/Lorenzo Alexander at EDGE rusher 
20. DAVID NJOKU-TE-MIAMI
6-4/246/35.25
NFL Comparison: Dallas Clark/Jared Cook 
21. RYAN RAMCZYK-OT-WISCONSIN
6-6/310/33.75
NFL Comparison: Joe Staley/Riley Reiff
22. MALIK MCDOWELL-DT-MICHIGAN ST.
6-6/280/34.75
NFL Comparison: Malik Jackson/Cameron Heyward
23. JABRILL PEPPERS-S/CB/LB/DB-MICHIGAN 
5-11/213/30.75
NFL Comparison: TJ Ward at SS/Quintin Demps at KR/S 
24. CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY-RB/KR-STANFORD
6-0/202
NFL Comparison: Jamaal Charles/Theo Riddick 
25. FORREST LAMP-G/RT-WESTERN KENTUCKY 
6-4/309/32.25
NFL Comparison: Justin Pugh/Kyle Long 
26. TEEZ TABOR-CB-FLORIDA
6-0/199/32.0
NFL Comparison: Aqib Talib/Malcolm Butler 
27. ZACH CUNNINGHAM-LB-VANDERBILT 
6-3/234/34.4
NFL Comparison: KJ Wright/Derrick Johnson 
25. GARETT BOLLES-OT/G-UTAH 
6-5/297/34.0
NFL Comparison: Joel Bitonio at G/Jake Matthews at LT
29. TRE'DAVIOUS WHITE-CB-LSU
5-11/192/32.13
NFL Comparison: Janoris Jenkins/Morris Claiborne
30. CAM ROBINSON-OT-BAMA
6-6/322/35.5 
NFL Comparison: Marcus Gilbert/Joe Barksdale 
31. DESHONE KIZER-QB-NOTRE DAME
6-5/230
NFL Comparison: Steve McNair/Blake Bortles
32. GAREON CONLEY-CB-OHIO ST. 
6-0/194/33.0
NFL Comparison: Vontae Davis/Stephon Gilmore  
33. CHARLES HARRIS-EDGE/DE-MISSOURI 
6-3/255/32.4
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan/Cliff Avril
34. TAKKARIST MCKINLEY-EDGE/OLB/SLB-UCLA
6-4/240/34.75
NFL Comparison: Tamba Hali 
35. PATRICK MAHOMES-QB-TEXAS TECH
6-2/225
NFL Comparison: Jay Cutler/Colin Kaepernick
36. TIM WILLIAMS-OLB/EDGE-BAMA
6-4/237/32.75
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin
37.CALEB BRANTLEY-DT/3T/NT-FLORIDA
6-3/307/32.0
NFL Comparison: Jurrell Casey
38. OBI MELIFONWU-S/DB-UCONN
6-4/224/32.25
NFL Comparison: George Iloka/Taylor Mays
39. TJ WATT-OLB/EDGE-WISCONSIN
6-4/252/33.1
NFL Comparison: Clay Matthews
40. ADOREE JACKSON-CB/KR-USC
5-10/186/31.4
NFL Comparison: Adam Jones/Jason Verrett 
41. EVAN ENGRAM-TE-OLE MISS
6-3/234/33.5
NFL Comparison: Charles Clay/smaller Vernon Davis 
42. CARL LAWSON-EDGE/DE/OLB-AUBURN 
6-2/253
NFL Comparison: Cameron Wake
43. QUINCY WILSON-CB-FLORIDA
6-1/211/32.25
NFL Comparison: Xavier Rhodes/Trumaine Johnson 
44. ALVIN KAMARA-RB-TENNESSEE 
5-10/214
NFL Comparison: Mark Ingram
45. JARRAD DAVIS-LB-FLORIDA
6-1/238/33.5
NFL Comparison: Lawrence Timmons
46. CORDREA TANKERSLEY-CB-CLEMSON 
6-1/199/32.5
NFL Comparison: Byron Maxwell 
47. BUDDA BAKER-FS/NCB-WASHINGTON
5-10/196/30.6
NFL Comparison: Devin McCourty/Kurt Coleman  
48. DESMOND KING-ZCB/FS-IOWA
5-10/201/31.1
NFL Comparison: Jimmie Ward/Micah Hyde
49. CURTIS SAMUEL-WR/RB-OHIO ST. 
5-11/196
NFL Comparison: Randall Cobb/Golden Tate
50. MARCUS WILLIAMS-S/DB-UTAH 
6-1/202/33.25
NFL Comparison: Kenny Vaccaro
51. GERALD EVERETT-TE-SOUTH ALABAMA
6-3/239/33.0
NFL Comparison: Delanie Walker
52. CHIDOBE AWUZIE-FS/CB/DB-COLORADO 
6-1/202/30.6
NFL Comparison: Nnamdi Asomugha
53. JUJU SMITH SCHUSTER-WR-USC 
6-2/215/32.9
NFL Comparison: Hakeem Nicks/Anquan Boldin
54. CHRIS WORMLEY-5T/3T/DT-MICHIGAN 
6-5/298/34.1
NFL Comparison: Derek Wolfe  
55. MARCUS MAYE-S/DB-FLORIDA
6-0/210/32.5
NFL Comparsion: Tony Jefferson 
56. DION DAWKINS-RT/G-TEMPLE
6-4/314/35.0
NFL Comparison: Ronald Leary 
57. DAN FEENEY-G/C-INDIANA
6-4/305/33.4
NFL Comparison: TJ Lang
58. BUCKY HODGES-TE-VIRGINIA TECH  
6-6/257/32.5
NFL Comparison: Martellus Bennett
59. PAT ELFLEIN-G/C-OHIO ST. 
6-3/303/33.25
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kalil 
60. DEDE WESTBROOK-WR-OKLAHOMA
6-0/176/30.6
NFL Comparison: Todd Pinkston 
61. JORDAN WILLIS-OLB/EDGE-KANSAS ST.
6-4/252/33.1
NFL Comparison: Jerry Hughes 
62. DEMARCUS WALKER-DE/EDGE-FSU
6-4/280/33.0
NFL Comparison: Cameron Jordan 
63. JUSTIN EVANS-SS/DB-TEXAS A&M
6-0/199/32.0
NFL Comparison: Antrel Rolle 
64. FABIAN MOREAU-PRESS MAN CB/DB-UCLA
6-1/206/31.4
NFL Comparison: Prince Amukamara 
65. JOSH JONES-S/DB-NC ST. 
6-1/220/32.0
NFL Comparison: Barry Church 
66. RAEKWON MCMILLAN-LB-OHIO ST. 
6-2/240/33.0
NFL Comparison: Alec Ogletree
67. COOPER KUPP-WR-EASTERN WASHINGTON
6-2/204/31.5
NFL Comparison: Stevie Johnson 
68. DORIAN JOHNSON-OT/G-PITTSBURGH 
6-5/300/35.25
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Zuttah 
69. ZAY JONES-WR-EAST CAROLINA
6-2/201/32.5
NFL Comparison: Pierre Garcon 
70. SEMAJE PERINE-RB-OKLAHOMA
5-11/233
NFL Comparison: Rashad Jennings   
71. ETHAN POCIC-C/G-LSU
6-6/310/33.1
NFL Comparison: Brandon Linder
72. D'ONTA FOREMAN-RB-TEXAS
6-1/233
NFL Comparison: Carlos Hyde 
73. CHRIS GODWIN-WR-PENN ST. 
6-1/209/31.6
NFL Comparison: Greg Jennings 
74. KEVIN KING-CB-WASHINGTON
6-3/200/32.0
NFL Comparison: Jimmy Smith 
75. LAARY OGUNJOBI-DT/3T/NT-UNC CHARLOTTE
6-3/305/32.6
NFL Comparison: Sharrif Floyd


5 others that would be top 40 if not for Injury/Character Risks 
INJURY 

SIDNEY JONES-CB-WASHINGTON 
6-0/186/31.5
NFL Comparison: Sam Shields 
JAKE BUTT-TE-MICHIGAN 
6-6/246/32.0
NFL Comparison: Anthony Fasano 
EDDIE VANDERDOES-DT-UCLA  
Was good in 2014, tore ACL in 2015 and struggled last year 
6-3/305/33.1
NFL Comparison: Jaye Howard

CHARACTER: 
both from Domestic violence 
JOE MIXON-RB-OKLAHOMA
6-1/226
JOURDAN LEWIS-CB/DB-MICHIGAN 
5-10/188

Sunday, March 12, 2017

NCAA MARCH MADNESS; MY FINAL BRACKETOLOGY

Updated: 3/12 at 5:00pm   AAC and Big Ten Title games still being played 




EAST (New York City)

BUFFALO
1)Villanova (Big East)
16)Play In: Mount St. Mary's-148 (NEC) vs, NC Central-208 (MEAC)

8)VCU-20
9)Miami-42

MILWAUKEE
5)Cincinnati/SMU (AAC Title game) Loser
12)Vermont-46 (AEC)

4)West Virginia-24
13)Princeton-51 (Ivy League)

INDY
6)Minnesota-20
11)Middle Tennessee-35 (C-USA)

3)Louisville-9
14)Iona-90 (MAAC)

INDY
7)Creighton-25
10)USC-41 (Bubble #2)

2)Kentucky (SEC)
15)Jacksonville St.-151 (OVC)




MIDWEST (Kansas City)

TULSA
1)Kansas
16)Play In: South Dakota St.-152 (Summit) vs. New Orleans-168 (Southland)

8)Arkansas-26
9)Michigan St.-51

ORLANDO
5)Florida-10
12)UNC-Wilmington-27 (CAA)

4)Notre Dame-22
13)East Tennessee St.-56 (SoCon)


SACRAMENTO
6)St. Mary's-16
11)Providence-52

3)UCLA-15
14)New Mexico St.-64 (WAC)


GREENVILLE, SC
7)Michigan-38
10)Seton Hall-44 (bubble #1)

2)UNC
15)Texas Southern-115 (SWAC)


WEST (San Jose) 

SALT LAKE CITY
1)Gonzaga (WCC)
16)UC-Davis-181 (Big West)

8)OK St.-40
9)Virginia Tech-47

MILWAUKEE
5)Purdue
12)Nevada-29 (MWC)

4)Butler
13)Winthrop-69 (Big South)

ORLANDO
6)Iowa St.-24
11)PLAY IN: Vanderbilt-38 (bubble #6) vs. Providence-56 (bubble #9)

3)FSU-13
14)Florida Gulf Coast-86 (Atlantic Sun)

SACRAMENTO
7)Maryland-33
10)Xavier-36 (bubble #3)

2)Oregon (PAC 12)
15)North Dakota-150 (Big Sky)


SOUTH (Memphis) 

SALT LAKE CITY
1)Arizona (PAC-12)
16)Troy-159 (Sun Belt)

8)Northwestern-50
9)South Carolina-43

BUFFALO
5)Virginia
12)Kansas St. (bubble #5)

4)Cincinnati/SMU (AAC Title game) Winner
13)Bucknell-66 (Patriot)


TULSA
6)Wisconsin (Big Ten title)
11)PLAY IN: Wake Forest-39 (bubble #7) vs. Marquette-60 (bubble #8)

3)Baylor-11
14)Northern Kentucky-87 (Horizon)


GREENVILLE, SC
7)Wichita St.-30
10)Dayton-29

2)Duke (ACC)
15)Kent St.-154 (MAC)


CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN:
ACC-9
Big East-7
Big Ten-7
Big 12-7
PAC 12-4
SEC-4
Atlantic 10-3
American-2
WCC-2


23 Projected One Bid Leagues

RPI Rankings are the numbers by the teams


LAST 4 BYE: 
USC-41
Xavier-34
Rhode Island-37
Kansas St.-57

LAST 4 IN: 
Vanderbilt (19-15)-38
Marquette (19-12)-60
Wake Forest (19-13)-39
Providence (20-12)-56

FIRST 4 OUT: 
Illinois St. (27-6)-33
Syracuse (18-14)-84
California (21-12)-54
UT-Arlington (23-7)-37

NEXT 4 OUT: 
Houston (21-10)-54
Illinois (17-14)-63
Georgia (18-14)-52
Iowa (18-14)-81



My S Curve 
with overall record and RPI Ranking
Conference Champs are in bold
At large bids are not
Teams playing in Title Games tomorrow are in blue
Bubble teams are in red
16 seed play in game teams are in green


EAST
MIDWEST   
WEST          
SOUTH           
1. Villanova (31-3)-1
2.  Kansas (28-4)-2 
3. Gonzaga (32-1)-8 
4. ZONA (30-4)-3
7. UK (28-5)-5
7. UNC (26-7)-4 
6. Oregon (29-5)-6
5. Duke (27-8)-7
9. Louisville (24-8)-9
10. UCLA (29-4)
11. FSU (25-8)-13 
12. Baylor (25-7)-11
16. WVU (26-8)-23 
15. Notre Dame
(25-9)-21 
14. Butler (23-8)-14 
13. CIN/SMU both (29-4)-
17. CIN/SMU both (29-4)
18. Florida (24-8)-10 
19. Purdue (25-7)-20
20. Virginia (22-10)-18
24. Minnesota (24-9)-19
23.  St. Mary's 
 (28-4)-16
22. ISU (23-10)-24
22. Wisconsin (12-2)-49 
25. Creighton (25-9)-25
26. Michigan 
(23-11)-37  
27. Maryland (24-8)-30
21. Wichita St.
(30-4)-29
32. VCU (26-8)-22
31. Arkansas (25-9)-26
30. OK St. (20-12)-41 
29. Northwesterm (23-11)-48
33. Miami (21-11)-42
34. MSU (19-14)-51
35. Virginia Tech
 (22-10)-46
36. South Carolina (22-10)-44
39. USC (24-9)-41
38. Seton Hall 
(21-11)-44
41. Xavier (21-13)-36
37. Dayton  (24-7)-48
40. Middle Tennessee (30-4)-35
40. URI (23-9)-37
44. Vandy (19-15)-38
45. WFU (19-13)-39


47. Providence 
(20-12)-56
46. Marquette 
(19-12)-60
50. Vermont (29-5)-49
49. UNC-Wilmington (29-5)-32 
48. Nevada 
(28-6)-31
43. KSU (20-13)-57
51. Princeton (22-6)-51
52. ETSU (27-7)-56
53. Winthrop
(26-6)-69
54. Bucknell 
(26-8)-66
58. Iona (22-12)-90
57. New Mexico St. 
(28-5)-65
56. FGCU (26-7)-86
55. NKU (24-10)-87
59. JSU (20-14)-151
64. Texas Southern 
(23-11)-115
61. North Dakota-(22-9)-150
62. Kent St. 
(22-13)-154
65. Mt. St.  Mary's (19-15)-148 
65. S. Dak St. (18-16)-153 
64. UC-Davis (22-12)-181
63. Troy (22-14)-159
67. NC Central 
(25-8)-208
65. New Orleans (19-11)-168


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NCAA MARCH MADNESS: BRACKETOLOGY 2.0


MIDWEST (Kansas City)

TULSA
1)Kansas
16)Play In: New Orleans-177 (Southland) vs. Jacksonville St.-186 (OVC)

8)Miami-41
9)Michigan St.-48

BUFFALO
5)Virginia
12)UT-Arlington-40 (Sun Belt)

4)Cincinnati
13)Vermont-49 (AEC)


SALT LAKE CITY
6)Wichita St. (Missouri Valley)
11)Kansas St.-58

3)Arizona
14)Bucknell-66 (Patriot)

INDY
7)Minnesota-20
10)Marquette-55

2)UK (SEC)
15)Iona-100 (MAAC)



EAST (New York City)

BUFFALO
1)Villanova (Big East)
16)Play In: Mount St. Mary's-156 (NEC) vs. NC Central-220 (MEAC)

8)VCU-23
9)Michigan-49

GREENVILLE, SC
5)SMU
12)PLAY IN: Xavier-34 vs. Illinois St.-30

4)Duke
13)Princeton-51 (Ivy League)

ORLANDO
6)Maryland
11)Middle Tennessee-37 (C-USA)

3)Florida
14)Florida Gulf Coast-86 (Atlantic Sun)


INDY  
7)Iowa St.-27
10)Seton Hall-43

2)Louisville
15)Northern Kentucky-90 (Horizon)


WEST (San Jose) 

SALT LAKE CITY
1)Gonzaga (WCC)
16)Eastern Washington-81-(Big Sky)

8)OK St.-35
9)Northwestern-54

MILWAUKEE
5)Notre Dame
12)Nevada-46 (MWC)

4)West Virginia
13)Akron-76 (MAC)

ORLANDO
6)Wisconsin
11)UNC-Wilmington-31 (CAA)

3)FSU
14)Winthrop-69 (Big South)

SACRAMENTO
7)Creighton
10)Arkansas

2)Oregon (PAC 12)
15)UC-Irvine-153 (Big West)


SOUTH (Memphis) 

GREENVILLE, SC
1)UNC (ACC)
16)Texas Southern-119 (SWAC)

8)South Carolina-33
9)USC-39

MILWAUKEE
5)Purdue
12)PLAY IN: Wake Forest-32 vs. Rhode Island-42

4)Butler
13)E. Tennessee St.-60 (SoCon)


SACRAMENTO
6)St. Mary's
11)Providence-52

3)UCLA
14)New Mexico St.-64 (WAC)


TULSA
7)Dayton-21
10)Virginia Tech-45

2)Baylor
15)Nebraska Omaha or South Dakota St. (Summit)


CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN:
ACC-9
Big East-7
Big Ten-7
Big 12-6
PAC 12-4
SEC-4
Atlantic 10-3
American-2
WCC-2
Missouri Valley-2


22 Projected One Bid Leagues

RPI Rankings are the numbers by the teams

HIGH BUBBLE/SHOULD BE IN: 
Michigan St.
Michigan
USC
Northwestern
USC
Seton Hall
Virginia Tech

LAST 4 BYE: 
Arkansas-29
Marquette-55
Providence-52
Kansas St.-63

LAST 4 IN: 
Rhode Island-44
Illinois St.-30
Xavier-34
Wake Forest-32

FIRST 4 OUT: 
Syracuse (18-13)-80
Vanderbilt (17-14)-44
Iowa (18-13)-71
California (19-11)-56

NEXT 4 OUT: 
Houston (21-9)-50
Illinois (18-13)-57
Georgia (18-13)-53
Monmouth (27-6)-46

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 NFL FREE AGENT RANKINGS and TIERS



My rankings are based off a combination of several sites:




TIERS and MARKET VALUE 


Tier 1: FRANCHISE LEVEL PLAYERS 
Salaries are set based on the top 5 player at their respective positions 

1. Kirk Cousins-WAS 
2. Eric Berry-KC

3. Le'veon Bell-PIT
4. Kawann Short-CAR
5. Chandler Jones-ARZ
7. Melvin Ingram-LA Chargers
8. Kevin Zeitler-CIN

Tier 2: 

Young highly paid guys due to upside and positional value
Market Value:
All of these players should see more than 10 million per year and some could see over 20 million guaranteed

9.  AJ Bouye-HOU 
10. Dont'a Hightower-NE
11. Alshon Jeffery-CHI
12. Jason Pierre-Paul-NYG 
13. Brandon Williams-BAL
15. Tony Jefferson-ARZ  
16. Trumaine Johnson-LA Rams
17. Nick Perry-GB
18. Terrelle Pryor-CLV 
19. Dontari Poe-KC

Tier 3: Oldies but Goodies

Market Value:
These players will be looking to sign a one or two year deal (likely with a contender) for around 5-8 million per year 

6.  Calais Campbell-ARZ 

14. TJ Lang-GB
20. Martellus Bennett-NE
21. Andrew Whitworth-CIN
26. DeSean Jackson-WAS 
30. Pierre Garcon-WAS
38. Charles Johnson-CAR
41. Lorenzo Alexander-BUF


Tier 4:  Impact starters

Market Value:
These players will be looking at 3-5 year deals for 5-10 million per season, some may get more by non-contenders with a lot of cap space that are willing to over spend for young talent. These teams include Cleveland, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Washington

22. Logan Ryan-NE 
23. Stephon Gilmore-BUF
24. Larry Warford-DET
25. Ricky Wagner-BAL
27. John Cyprien-JAX
28. Morris Claiborne-DAL
29. Barry Church-DAL
31. Chris Baker-WAS
32. JC Tretter-GB
33. Mario Addison-CAR 
34. Prince Amukamara-JAX 
35. Zach Brown-BUF
36. Ronald Leary-DAL
37. Jonathan Hankins-NYG 
39. Dre Kirkpatrick-CLV
40. DJ Swearinger-ARZ


Tier 5: Solid starters/guys with injuries or character concerns 
Market Value:
Will vary, but it would be very surprising if any of these guys got more than 10 million in guaranteed money 

42. Nick Fairley-NO 
43. Bennie Logan-PHL
44. Gerald Hodges-SF
45. Perry Riley-OAK
46. Jabaal Sheard-NE 
47. Captain Munnerlyn-MIN
48. TJ McDonald-LA Rams
49. Jahleel Addae-LA Chargers 
50. Sam Shields 
51. Dominique Easley-LA Rams 
53. Riley Reiff-DET
55. AQ Shipley-ARZ
66. Bradley McDougald-TB 


Tier 6: TO RETIRE OR NOT TO RETIRE   
Market Value:
Evan Mathis' 1 year 6 million signed last year 


57. Terance Newman-MIN 
58. Mike Adams-IND
59. James Harrison-PIT 
60. Julius Peppers-GB
61. DeMarcus Ware-DEN
65. Jahri Evans-NO 
66. Joe Berger-MIN 

Tier 7:   #3 Skill Position Role Players 
Market Value:
Travis Benjamin 4 years 24 million and Gio Bernard 3 years 15 million 

52. Kenny Britt-LA Rams
54. Kenny Stills-MIA
62. Eddie Lacy-GB
63. Latavius Murray-OAK
64. Jack Doyle-IND 
67. Kendall Wright-TEN
68. Jared Cook-GB