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Check out my NFL Draft heavy Ten Thoughts this week and be sure to drop a few of your own thoughts in the comment section.

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1) I think the Houston Texans have had an All-Time type of offseason. After having a real good free agency by adding a QB, RB and a couple offensive linemen, they went out and added wide outs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller and center Nick Martin.

The key for them will be if quarterback Brock Osweiler can improve on the small sample size he had in Denver.

2) The Minnesota Vikings added the best receiver in the draft by snagging Laquon Treadwell. He's not only very skilled in catching the ball, he's a tremendous run blocker which will help Adrian Peterson. Their defense could also get a boost from corner Mackensie Alexander and linebacker Kentrell Brothers.

3) The Detroit Lions upgraded their trenches with 1st rounder Taylor Decker and 2nd rounder A'Shawn Robinson. Decker may only end up being a right tackle, but he should be a really good one. Robinson is a young and powerful defensive tackle that has his best football ahead of him.

Oh they also drafted a long snapper in the 6th round. I remember back when the Bears picked a long snapper in the 6th round. He became more than a legend, he became The Mann.

4) The Dallas Cowboys took a gamble by selecting Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith, who may be the best linebacker in the draft if healthy. Questions about him ever regaining full strength in his knee caused him to drop out of the top 5, and many were surprised that Dallas essentially used a high 2nd round pick on a redshirt player.

I liked the pick because Smith could play the middle in Dallas' 4-3, the Sam or the Will, plus he can rush the passer. We'll have to wait until 2017 to find out if their gamble paid off.

4a) I also liked their 1st round pick, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott. His skill set coupled with that offensive line and Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, could lead to him having an outstanding all purpose yardage type of season.

5) Another talented linebacker that fell in the draft is UCLAs Myles Jack. It was unfortunate that the famed Dr. James Andrews told Jack that he doesn't need micro-fracture surgery on his surgically repaired knee after the first round was in the books.

Regardless, his knee wasn't as bad as Smith's, so most thought he would end up a late day one or early day 2 pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars plucked him in the 2nd after getting the best defensive back in the nation when they grabbed Florida State's Jalen Rassey at #5 overall.

If these two picks pan out for the Jags, suddenly their defense has some teeth, and suddenly the Jags are legit contenders in the AFC South.

6) By now you've all seen the bong hit heard round the world.

Laremy Tunsil's situation should be a reminder to everyone out there that is striving to make something out of themselves. Yes, kids do dumb things, we've all done things in our past that we look back on in embarrassment. But back in my day there wasn't a smart phone filming me chugging an entire bottle of Root Beer Schnapps then spending the evening calling for Ralph and Earl. These days kids catch everything on video. So if you are an aspiring pro athlete, choose your friends wisely, be cognizant of your surroundings, and alwaysdestroy the evidence. It could end up costing you millions.

For the record, him smoking weed wouldn't have prevented me from drafting him, but him never finishing a college season because of various injuries would have given me some pause.

7) Adam Gase, the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, is avoiding the football field for his 1st ever rookie minicamp. Instead he'll have his rookies stay in the classroom to learn their new playbook and assignments. But this new style of minicamp isn't only about football, the rookies will also learn how to take cares of their bodies with proper nutrition and sports science, they'll learn financial planning and how to handle the media.

8) Former Oregon QB Vernon Adams, who boldly claimed he was one of the better, if not the best quarterback in the draft, went undrafted. Even though he had some very good numbers his senior season, his short stature (5'10") had teams shying away from him.

But I think he landed in a perfect spot as an UDFA when the Seattle Seahawks gave him an offer. He'll have the chance to win a job in a system that is already designed around a shorter, athletic QB, the 5'11" Russell Wilson, so Adams can just mimic the man entrenched as their #1 and work to win the back up job.

9) This NFL Draft was full of prospects falling, players going higher that the internet predicted, teams picking for need or scheme fit over best player available, multiple trades that shook things up and the Buccaneers even traded up in the 2nd round to grab a kicker.

So to all you mock draft mockers out there who spent the last few months telling the mock drafters, 'There's no way this will happen,' or "This is the worst mock ever,' or 'Stick to your day job,' or 'Did you draw these picks out of a hat?' I say na-na na-na boo boo, go stick your head in doo-doo.

Mock drafts are going to be wrong, anyone that mocks a draft knows this going in. Even the best in the business only hit on a handful of picks a year. So next year when perusing the countless mock drafts, do so with the intent to simply learn about the potential prospects that your team may draft.

And for the record, in my 5 Chicago Bears mocks that I ran though, I mocked/spotlighted Bears picks Leonard Floyd, Jordan Howard and Daniel Braverman and I even had even UDFAs Kevin Peterson and Ben Braunecker as late round picks to the Bears.

10) What the what? A 2017 Mock Draft already!?!

From SB Nation's Dan Kadar;

14. Chicago Bears: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson are both free agents after the season, so the Bears could look to add a wide out to go with Kevin White.

While Williams is a good prospect, I really hope the Bears get Jeffery locked up. This all depends on his 2016 season of course, but with his track record, a healthy Jeffery is a damn good player.

Wait a minute... They have the Bears picking at 14? Don't blame Dan, he went off latest odds.

10a) Check me out yesterday on Chicagoland Sports Radio. I was talking Bears and the NFL Draft on the Mac & Read Show.

What are some of your thoughts on the Draft?