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You get 1 hour from the moment the team before you makes their pick. After that time has expired I will put the pick in myself. Draft kicks off at 9:00.









Jameis Winston QB FSU

I really don't think this is the best pick. It doesn't sound like a Lovie pick, but it makes no sense for the 1st pick to be throwing up smoke screens. So, the Bucs take a guy they hope can keep his head screwed on straight and stay out of trouble. He is an upgrade, but I also think he is a reach at #1.




Leonard Williams DL USC

Williams instantly bolsters on of the NFL’s most talent deficient teams . New DC Dick LeBeau runs a traditional 3-4 defense and Williams is it’s new center piece.



Benjamin T. Boudreau

Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

The Jaguars are in need of a Leo in their defense. Chris Clemons is 33, and they have little depth behind him. Vic is the best of the pass rushing, OLB crop this year. He has sustained, high-level college production and is an exceptional athlete. He is exactly what this defense needs.




Kevin White, WR West Virginia

Always intoxicated by speed, the black and silver have their man for Mr Carr. After only 35 receptions for 507 yards, he exploded last year with 1447 yards on 109 caught. At 6’3" and 210, he is a prototypical Wideout.



Mike Ditka's Cigar

Brandon Scherff OT/OG Iowa

Mariota is tempting but Dan Snyder won’t let us give up on RGIII yet. Also the GM won’t spend a high pick on a projection QB. A playmaking WR was a desire, but the top WR on our board was taken by the Raiders. Amari Cooper was tempting but the depth at WR allows for a possible 2nd or 3rd round pick. OLB isn’t as big of a need as O Line help us. With Scherff the Redskins get arguably the top OL in the draft and a book end for Trent Williams. Scherff has great athleticism, as well as a nasty streak we love in our lineman. He will help both the run and passing game.




Dante Fowler OLB, Florida

Arguably the best edge rusher in the draft & in Todd Bowles 3-4 Defense they need a guy to get after Tom Brady and why not add more D help to an already impressive defense. No I did not take Mariota just because I feel anybody could throw to BMarshall & Decker.




Todd Gurley RB, Georgia

John Fox is going back to old school , smash mouth football and Gurley fits the bill . With Matt Forte in the final year of his contract and no real proven player behind Forte it makes sense to restock with Filet Mignon rather than ground chuck .




Bud Dupree, DE/OLB Kentucky

Brian mentions that in this situation, with Amari Cooper & Mariota available, teams would be screaming to trade up, and ideally he’d like to move back to the Browns at 12 and select between Dupree, Gregory, Ray whoevers left.

But the Falcons really need a LEO for their defense with the new coach from Seattle, and Dupree’s high motor and athleticism will fill that role




Amari Cooper, WR Alabama

Scherff is gone, leaving only behind the stagnant smell of cigars…So, I decided to take who I perceive to be the best player available (and my favorite player in this draft) at this juncture, and that’s Cooper. His crisp route running, underrated speed and just pure ability to get open is almost impossible to pass up. Pairing him with Odell Beckham Jr gives the Giants a young and very talented receiving corps for this year and many after.




Marcus Mariota QB Oregon

The Rams have built a team over the last few years that is on the verge of contention, only needing a legitimate QB. With the first two players on their big board gone (Scherff, Cooper), the Rams take a shot on Mariota. I know they just got Foles, but when you have a shot at a franchise QB, you take it.




Landon Collins, SS, Alabama New head coach Mike Zimmer has done a respectable job improving the Minnesota Vikings’ defense in year one. However, the secondary lacks a menacing presence that forces opposing offenses to look away. Enter Landon Collins, a hard hitting safety with a nose for the ball. Adding Landon Collins to a young and talented Vikings defense will allow them to compete in a competitive NFC North.




Danny Shelton NT Washington I hated the way this draft has fallen. Once Mariota made it past Chicago I thought for certain that Cleveland got their guy. I don’t trust any of the offensive weapons left. Therefore Cleveland gets bigger on the D-Line. They stuggled against the run last year and this mammoth of a man is drawing comparisons to Wilfork. This is a huge upgrade to this team and it has 1 more shot in the 1st to grab help for Johnny Football or whomever ends up playing under center.




Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Sure the Browner was picked up in the offseason but in this pass happy league you can never have enough CBs. Not to mention I am shocked he is sitting here at 13. He is the top corner in the draft and easily the BPA.




DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville People are very quick to judge head coach Joe Philbin and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However, the Dolphins front office isn’t doing its head coach and QB a ton of favors with the talent level on that offense. While the offense has needs at RB and OL, they would be smartest to go with the best available offensive player here. DeVante Parker resembles AJ Green in many ways: he is big, athletic, runs great routes, and fights for the ball once it’s in the air as well as anyone in this draft. Pairing a young and developing Jarvis Landry with a dominant force like DeVante Parker spells out a bright future for the Dolphins offense




Byron Jones, CB, UConn
With the 49ers losing two starting corners this offseason and with the NFL being a pass happy league, you need playmakers on the outside. With exceptional height, vision and instincts, I can see jones becoming a ball-hawking type of cornerback that this defense needs. Not to mention he had an outstanding combine.




Arik Armstead, Defensive End, Oregon The Texans get JJ Watt a new running mate. Armstead is already is a solid run defender with tons of room to grow as a pass rusher. Armstead may be a bit of a project, but putting him with Watt and Wilfork gives the Texans the upside of having one of the best 3-4 defensive lines in all of football.




Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska It’s time for one of the most talented pass rushing specialists of this draft to hear his name called. Yes, he failed a drug test at the Combine, and yes, that’s about as stupid as it’s gets. He payed for it by falling out of the top 10 despite being a consensus top 10 talent. The San Diego Chargers are very lucky here that Gregory falls to them, because in a normal scenario, a guy who has the closing speed and skill set of Randy Gregory would never fall out of the top 10. If Randy Gregory can keep his head on straight and stay off the weed, the Bolts have the biggest steal in the draft, period.




Andrus Peat OT Stanford
Game manager QB needs line help.
taken 6 higher off my big board, pick make sense to me




Shane Ray OLB Mizzou The Browns picked the right year to be looking for WR help. This is a deep class and can find plenty of help in round 2 or 3. Kruger is getting long in the tooth and Ray immediately provides another threat. Couple this with the Danny Shelton pick made early and the Browns D is going to right up there with the other defenses in the AFC north.




La’el Collins, OT LSU Following Dallas’ model for beefing up the line and creating massive holes for Murray to meander through the Eagles draft La’el Collins. The idea is also to help Bradford avoid his annual season ending injury




Ereck Flowers, OT Miami Offense drives this team but since there isn’t a WR I want to draft at this slot, I’m going to pick up a mauler to help the run game




Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Ike Taylor is retired. Troy Polamalu is retired. Marcus Peters is the most NFL ready and talented CB in the draft and helps out a depleted Steelers secondary. He will be on his best behavior and will be humbled to play on such a storied franchise/defense. I watched a lot of film on Danny Shelton, and the one guy on that defense that I always noticed flying all over the place making crazy plays and always running to the ball is Marcus Peters. He will be a top 5 CB in the league some day if he can keep his head on straight.



Monster of the Midsection

Malcom Brown DT from Texas

With the departures of both Suh and Fairley in FA DT became a need for the franchise this offseason. They added Haloti Ngata but he is 31 and an influx of youth is needed. Both GM Martin Mayhew and HC Jim Caldwell are thrilled to find Brown still on the board. At 6’2" 320 Brown has outstanding size and quickness, Detroit will use him as a 3T and have him lined up next to Ngata. The Lions view Brown as a steal with this pick.




Jordan Phillips NT, Oklahoma Arizona lost their big NT Dan Williams in Free Agency. With Phillips being there it’s a no brainer to replenish that spot. He’s a big run stuffer but is pretty athletic as well to rush the QB




Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon.

The Panthers have signed two tackles, Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin, but that’s not fooling anyone. They are in desperate need for an upgrade on their o-line to keep Cam Newton upright. Fisher has the kind attitude and on field demeanor coaches love. He plays nasty and finishes his blocks, he’s also a player with a team first mindset.

The former tight end has good athleticism and size for the position. In college he played every position but center and with the Panthers he has a good chance to start in his rookie year. He still needs to work on his hands in pass protection and he could stand to gain some weight to help him anchor. He’s had some trouble with speed rushers. He rather catches a rusher than punches them, that’s something he needs to work on. But he shines in run blocking, very quick to get to the second level and loves to put guys on the ground. At worst he looks to me like a RT / guard with a couple of Pro Bowl level seasons. I think needs some time and coaching to put it all together to really shine at LT and he’s an upgrade at guard or RT.




Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma I know it has been a few years since the Ravens went offense in the 1st, but I think this is the year they return. With the departure of Torrey Smith the Ravens cannot let Steve Smith Sr be THE guy. If he didn’t have character issues he would be going a lot earlier. My guess is this is the type of team that can help out in that department.



Benjamin T. Boudreau

Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA. The Cowboys would have preferred going with help on the DL or their secondary, but all of the viable players at those positions are off the board. Instead, they pick up the best 4-3 LB in the draft.
Between Sean Lee’s inability to stay on the field, Bruce Carter’s departure to Tampa Bay, and a (rightful) lack of commitment to Rolando McClain, the Cowboys are in need of a LB that can be a starter for years to come. That’s where Kendricks comes in.




D.J. Humphries OT , Florida Protecting Peyton Manning is a must and Humphries is the best tackle on the board . He’s a tough , run blocker and an adequate pass blocker who could turn into an All-Pro with the proper coaching . Manning rejoices



Monster of the Midsection

Shaq Thompson S Washington

Coach Chuck Pagano likes to use his strong safety as a tone setter in the box, Shaq can be that guy. He’s the special type of athlete that the modern NFL is in need of.



Monster of the Midsection

Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin

Ted Thompson is no fool, he knows that Aaron Rodgers needs to be protected. When Gordon was still on the board Thompson took BPA. Gordon has a skill set that will compliment Eddie Lacy and allow the Packers to do things other teams will have a hard time stopping. CB was in play here but Gordon was just too good to pass up.




TJ Clemmings OT Pittsburgh The Saints need a lot of help & TJ can come in day 1 & start at RT moving Strieff to OG & in a couple years he will prolly take that LT spot. I love TJ length he’s still raw at tackle he’s a converted DE




Jalen Collins CB LSU
Jalen Collins didn’t start much in college (only 10 games) but those 10 games made him a first rd prospect. The Patriots lost both Revis & Browner to free agency and that created a weak spot on maybe the most talent defense in 2014. Jalen Collins will take some time to "get it" but the same thing was said of Peanut Tillman when coming out of University of Lousiana Lafayette. Size/strength/combine wise they are nearly identical.

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