2017 NFL Draft Possible Late Round Gems – Offense

When it comes to the NFL Draft, there are more than 400 players available. Many taken in rounds 5 or later may or may not make an NFL team. In this article, we look at a possible late round gem from each position group on offense. Which one will make a squad?

Quarterback

C.J. Beathard – Iowa, 6’2” 215lbs

Beathard is a pro style QB. With the way that colleges run their offenses, these are hard to find. In 39 games for Iowa, Beathard threw for 5500+ yards. Additionally, he is mobile and has tremendous footwork. Both inside and outside the pocket. He will most likely be a backup his whole career. Then, not many Tom Brady’s often come along.

Projected Round – 6 or 7

Running Back

Aaron Jones – UTEP, 5’9” 208lbs

Jones was the fourth leading rusher in the FBS with 1,773 yards. He was also a first team ALL-Conference USA. This was after coming off an ankle injury that cost him the year before. In fact, he has a great first step. Let alone the quickness and speed to leave defenders in the dust.

Projected Round – 7

Wide Receiver

Robert Davis – Georgia State, 6’3” 219lbs

Davis dominated the stats sheet for the Georgia State Panthers. He is exactly what scouts are looking for. In addition to his size, Davis possesses all the intangibles for the position. Robert Davis is also an effective route runner. Overall, he is a big-bodied WR with tremendous production and physicality. Finally, he has experience with playing in a pro-style offense.

Projected Rounds 6 or 7

Tight End

Michael Roberts – Toledo, 6’4” 270lbs

When you see 6’4” and 270lbs, you rarely think of the TE position. However, Roberts is an athlete. His hands are so big they swallow balls around him. His size is deceiving making him a solid pass catching option. However, he will need some work in the run game. Thus the reason for making him a later round selection.

Projected Rounds – 6 or 7

Offensive Line

Dan Skipper – Arkansas 6’10” 309lbs

Skipper is a mountain of a man. One look at him and you would think he was a guard and not a tackle. Considering his size, teams may ask him to move to guard in the NFL. Yet, he is athletic enough to play tackle. In all, he is a project that may or may not make an NFL squad.

Projected Rounds – 5 thru 7

That takes care of some possible late round gems on offense. Many teams have benefitted from late round success. Will your team benefit in 2017?

Keep an eye out for the possible defensive late round gems.

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Inscriber Magazine’s Peter Clarke Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft

It is finally time for the 2017 NFL Draft. Tomorrow teams will be taking the players they expect to be the future cornerstones of their franchises. With the diversity and depth of talent available, this could be one of the most interesting drafts of recent times. With the top pick pretty much known, the San Francisco 49ers hold the key to setting the tone of the rest of their draft.

Will they take DE Solomon Thomas, DT Jonathan Allen, CB Marcus Lattimore, S Malik Hooker, or S Jamal Adams? Their decision will cause the domino effect that will trickle down to the Bears, Jaguars, Titans, and Jets. They would much like to trade down and gain a pick, but barring any unforeseen deals, this is what we got.

They are not the only ones that want to trade down. In fact, the Bears, Jaguars, Titans, and Jets are also looking to possibly move down. This year is one of the deepest drafts there has ever been. It was even hard to make this mock because so many talented players will fall into round 2. This could be the most active draft, in terms of trades, in the history of the league.

So, without further ado, below is my Final 2017 NFL Mock draft.

PICK TEAM PLAYER
1 BROWNS Myles Garrett – Texas A&M
2 49ERS Jamal Adams – LSU
3 BEARS Marshon Lattimore – Ohio St
4 JAGUARS Leonard Fournette – LSU
5 TITANS Corey Davis – Western Michigan
6 JETS OJ Howard – Alabama
7 CHARGERS Malik Hooker – Ohio St
8 PANTHERS Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
9 BENGALS Solomon Thomas – Stanford
10 BILLS Reuben Foster – Alabama
11 SAINTS Derek Barnett – Tennessee
12 BROWNS Mitch Trubisky – North Carolina
13 CARDINALS Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech
14 EAGLES Mike Williams – Clemson
15 COLTS Haason Reddick – Temple
16 RAVENS Charles Harris – Missouri
17 REDSKINS Jonathan Allen – Alabama
18 TITANS Marlon Humphrey – Alabama
19 BUCCANEERS Adoree Jackson – USC
20 BRONCOS Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin
21 LIONS John Ross – Washington
22 DOLPHINS Takkarist McKinley – UCLA
23 GIANTS Garett Bolles – Utah
24 RAIDERS Jarrad Davis – Florida
25 TEXANS Deshaun Watson – Clemson
26 SEAHAWKS Cam Robinson – Alabama
27 CHIEFS Dalvin Cook – Florida St
28 COWBOYS Kevin King – Washington
29 PACKERS TJ Watt – Wisconsin
30 STEELERS David Njoku – Miami
31 FALCONS Forrest Lamp – Western Kentucky
32 SAINTS TreDavious White – LSU



Jacksonville Jaguars Mock NFL Draft 2.0

The Jacksonville Jaguars draft this week will hinge on what the San Francisco 49ers do. If general manager John Lynch decides on running back Leonard Fournette over defensive end Solomon Thomas, the Jaguars will most likely take a pass rusher with the fourth pick on Thursday night.

If the 49ers work a deal with Carolina or the New York Jets, then the team will pursue a pass rusher. After watching how successful Ezekiel Elliott was last year, finding a bell cow back is on many teams’ wish lists.

The Jaguars need playmakers. Though they may not be able to get one with the fourth pick if Fournette is off the board. While head coach Doug Marrone has dropped subtle hints the team may grab a signal caller, taking one at No. 4 would be a reach.

Here is a look at how the Jacksonville  Jaguars draft might breakdown, assuming Fournette is not a possibility or the answer for them in the first round.

Round 1, 4th Overall: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford – If I cannot have Leonard Fournette, I want a pass rusher with room to grow. Thomas played inside and out for Stanford and showed the speed at both positions. Thomas, because of his size and weight, may also see time at outside linebacker in Tod Wash’s scheme. The Jaguars may have a choice between Thomas and Jonathan Allen. Thomas has more upside.

Round 2, 35th Overall: Cam Robinson, Tackle, Alabama – The thinking is Robinson can move inside and play guard. Also, he could eventually be groomed to move to tackle. The big man could become an instant success as a road grader and would help make the running game more effective between the guards. If there is a run on offensive linemen, I could see the Jacksonville Jaguars trading back into the first round to take a swing at drafting him.

Round 3, 68th Overall: Joe Mixon, Running Back, Oklahoma – I have been one of the most outspoken people against Mixon playing in the NFL. But the third round is the right place to take a chance on his ability. Some have said he would have been the first running back off the board, if not for the off the field issues. If Mixon can be a game-changing back and show that he put the past behind him and has matured, then he could be the best running back on the roster since Fred Taylor.

Round 4, 110th Overall: Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee – Possibly the smartest player in the Draft. The Tennessee product may not have had the season everyone envisioned last season. Nevertheless, Dobbs is my choice to be the next Dak Prescott. Dobbs has a solid arm and is a model passer. The only thing I’d like to see is that he gain some more weight to handle taking a hit.

Round 5, 148th Overall: Jake Butt, Tight End, Michigan – He is a Tom Coughlin-type player. Good size, hard-nosed and can catch the football across the middle. He could also play a Travis Kelce-type role in the offense and become a nice red zone target. The  Jacksonville Jaguars signed Mychal Rivera. However, they still need another set of hands to go along with Marcedes Lewis, Neal Sterling, and Ben Koyack.

Round 6, 187th Overall: Josh Harvey-Clemons, Safety, Louisville – He has good size and speed. Harvey-Clemons was unable to play in the Senior Bowl due to injury. He had 61 tackles and two passes broken up in 2016. He could be a solid special teams player.

Round 7, 222nd Overall: Julie’n Davenport, Tackle, Bucknell – Certainly a project with a lot of upside. He does a good job of getting out in space and tackling downfield. He has good footwork and will have to work on playing against bigger, quicker defensive linemen.

Round 7, 240th Overall: Corey Levin, Guard, Chattanooga – No, he isn’t related to me, but he does have a chance to make it in the NFL. At 6-foot-4 and 307, Levin will have to prove he can handle playing at the pro level. Seeing that his college days were at Chattanooga. He could be one of those late-round steals. He is a three-time small school All-American.

 




Inscriber Magazine’s Daniel Parle-Greco Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft

I didn’t ‘think’ or ‘want’ to necessarily do another NFL Mock Draft, but considering we are so close to THAT time, I figured it would only be right.

Rumors and speculation have been a flow all week, and deciphering what is purely speculative, and what actually has real merit is the tough part. With all that being said, I’m going to do my absolute best to get this ‘RIGHT.’ This isn’t what I think ‘should’ happen but what I honestly think could happen. Let’s begin!

 

  1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett DE – Too many rumors honestly linking the Browns and Trubisky, I just don’t see it happening. They’ll get a QB later.
  2. Buffalo Bills (TRADE)– Mitch Trubisky QB – I think the 49ers have a deal in place with one of these teams that WANTS Trubisky. Bills know they have to get ahead of the Bears to get him. I don’t know if it’ll be the Bills, but this is a speculative guess.
  3. Chicago Bears – Marshon Lattimore CB – Bears are desperate for a top-flight corner in their division. They get a true # 1 in Lattimore
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Solomon Thomas DT – Typical Tom Coughlin adding a proven pass rusher to their defensive line.
  5. Tennessee Titans– Haason Reddick DE/LB – Reddick gives the Titans the flexibility to play as an LB or play on the line of scrimmage. Think he’s absolutely going top 10
  6. New York Jets – Leonard Fournette RB – Fournette gives the Jets a dynamic offensive piece they haven’t seen in a long time
  7. Los Angeles Chargers – Jamal Adams SS – Adams is one of the safest players in the draft. He will give the Chargers the safety they haven’t had since Weddle left
  8. Carolina Panthers – Christian McCaffrey RB – This is just too easy, isn’t it? I think he will be sitting on a silver platter for the Panthers
  9. Cincinnati Bengals – Jon Allen DT – Bengals love drafting the defensive lineman, Allen is just too good to pass up, shoulder and all.
  10.  San Francisco 49ers (TRADE)– Malik Hooker FS – 49ers have been a bit disappointed with Eric Reid the past 2 seasons, Hooker gives them a true FS they desperately need in their new defensive system.
  11. New Orleans Saints – Marlon Humphrey CB – Saints are desperate for a CB early in this draft, reports are serious that they love Humphrey. Wouldn’t be shocked if they attempt to move down either.
  12. Cleveland Browns –Patrick Mahomes QB – Mahomes is a guy the Browns secretly really love. They shock the world and take Mahomes over Watson.
  13. Arizona Cardinals – Deshaun Watson – Cardinals love Watson, and he will be ready as soon as Carson Palmer goes down again due to injury. I assume he will take over starting duty in 2018. No better place he can go to develop.
  14. Indianapolis Colts – Derek Barnett DE – Colts needs help on defense, Barnett is best defensive player on board
  15. Philadelphia Eagles – Mike Williams WR – Not sold Eagles aren’t going to draft a WR just because they shelled out money in free agency. Plus, the receivers they signed in free agency were all 1-year deals. Williams gives them someone for future and he’s too good to pass up.
  16. Baltimore Ravens – Forrest Lamp G – Ravens are desperate to upgrade their offensive line. Lamp gives them the best player in the draft on the offensive line.
  17. Washington Redskins – Jarrad Davis LB – Redskins instantly get faster and more explosive at LB.
  18. Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis WR – Davis’ medical looked to have checked out good. Some teams like Davis as the best WR in the draft, including the Titans.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalvin Cook RB – Once again, this is too obvious. I think Bucs need to make this pick.
  20. Denver Broncos – Charles Harris DE – No offensive lineman the Broncos feel comfortable drafting so they go with the best player on their board. Harris can take over for Demarcus Ware.
  21. Detroit Lions – Reuben Foster LB – Lions are one of the few teams who wouldn’t be afraid to pull this off. Their defense gets the swagger they use to have with the pick of Foster.
  22. Miami Dolphins – David Njoku TE – This is the obvious fit. Njoku’s upside is through the roof. He will help Tannehill continue to improve on his good season last year.
  23. New York Giants – Zach Cunningham LB – The Giants desperately need to upgrade their LB core, and Cunningham is the guy to do it.
  24. Oakland Raiders – Cam Robinson T – Robinson isn’t a finished product and certainly has his weaknesses, but he could be a really good RT for the Raiders.
  25. Houston Texans – Tre’Davious White CB – One of the best pure cover corners in the draft. He would be an immediate starter for the Texans and replace AJ Bouye
  26. Seattle Seahawks – Kevin King CB – King just seems like the ideal Seahawks pick. Big, physical and strong. He possesses the ideal length and size they want in their CB’s.
  27. Kansas City Chiefs – Chidobe Awuzie CB – Kansas City adds an experienced CB that will give them an immediate starter.
  28. Dallas Cowboys – TJ Watt DE – The coaching staff just absolutely loves everything about Watt. In fact, they believe he can be an RDE in their scheme. They are hoping he falls to them.
  29. Green Bay Packers – Adoree Jackson CB – Jackson gives the Packers an explosive athlete that will have some hiccups in coverage early on. Nevertheless, Jackson can be an elite playmaker when given an opportunity to get his hands on the ball.
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Evan Engram TE – Big Ben has been making hints that he is nearing retirement. Hence, they need to give him another weapon on offense to compete with Patriots again this year. Furthermore, Engram gives him the speed they desperately need.
  31. Atlanta Falcons – Taco Charlton DE – Charlton would be the perfect complement to Vic Beasley. Charlton can play the LDE spot. Also, he provides the power and strength to bull rush and be disruptive from the other side of the line.
  32. New Orleans Saints – Tak McKinley DE – Growing concerns that McKinley will need to start the season on PUP with his offseason shoulder surgery. However, he falls into the laps of the Saints here.



Final NFL Draft Top 100

As you watch the draft, one of the biggest things you think of is getting value. Every team has a draft board of where they expect the selection of player and when they themselves pick. Below is my personal draft board. Of course, NFL teams have a much larger board. In fact, they have about 300-400 players. However, just for your viewing pleasure, this is my NFL draft top 100 draft prospects for 2017.

  Player Name School Position
1 Myles Garrett Texas A&M Edge
2 Malik Hooker Ohio St S
3 Jamal Adams LSU S
4 Solomon Thomas Stanford Edge
5 Marshon Lattimore Ohio St CB
6 OJ Howard Alabama TE
7 Dalvin Cook FSU RB
8 Jonathan Allen Alabama DL
9 Rueben Foster Alabama ILB
10 Christian McCaffrey Stanford RB
11 Derek Barnett Tennessee Edge
12 Corey Davis Western Michigan WR
13 Mike Williams Clemson WR
14 Gareon Conley Ohio St CB
15 Joe Mixon Oklahoma RB
16 Cam Robinson Alabama OT
17 Taco Chalton Michigan Edge
18 Sidney Jones Washington CB
19 Leonard Fournette LSU RB
20 Malik McDowell Michigan St DL
21 Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin OT
22 Haason Reddick Temple Edge
23 Davis Njoku Miami TE
24 Takkarist McKinly UCLA Edge
25 John Ross Washington WR
26 Tre’Davious White LSU CB
27 Budda Baker Washington S
28 Charles Harris Missouri Edge
29 Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky G
30 Marlon Humphrey Alabama CB
31 Tim Williams Alabama Edge
32 Kevin King Washington CB
33 Jabrill Peppers Michigan S
34 Mitchell Trubisky North Carolina QB
35 Garrett Bolles Utah OT
36 Montravius Adams Auburn DL
37 Deshaun Watson Clemsom QB
38 TJ Watt Wisconsin Edge
39 Evan Engram Ole Miss TE
40 Jarrad Davis Florida ILB
41 Adoree Jackson USC CB
42 Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech QB
43 Dion Dawkins Temple G
44 Chris Wormley Michigan DL
45 Chidobe Awuzie Colorado CB
46 Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt ILB
47 Juju Smith-Schuster USC WR
48 Deshone Kizer Notre Dame QB
49 Quincy Wilson Florida CB
50 Marcus Williams Utah S
51 Gerald Everatt South Alabama TE
52 Dan Freeney Indiana G
53 Chris Godwin Penn St WR
54 Chris Lawson Auburn Edge
55 Antonio Garcia Troy OT
56 Curtis Samuel Ohio St WR
57 Demarcus Walker FSU Edge
58 Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh G
59 Zay Jones East Carolina WR
60 Josh Jones North Carolina St S
61 Davon Godchaux LSU DL
62 Raekwon McMillan Ohio St ILB
63 Pat Elflein Ohio St C
64 Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington WR
65 Taylor Moton Western Michigan G
66 Desmond King Iowa S
67 Adam Shaheen Ashland TE
68 Dede Westbrook Oklahoma WR
69 Derek Rivers Youngstown St Edge
70 Ethan Pocic LSU C
71 Jordan Willis Kansas St Edge
72 Davis Webb California QB
73 Alvin Kamara Tennessee RB
74 Tyus Bowser Houston Edge
75 Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte DL
76 Tarrell Basham Ohio Edge
77 Teez Tabor Florida CB
78 Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova DL
79 Ryan Anderson Alabama Edge
80 Fabian Moreau UCLA CB
81 Caleb Brantley Florida DL
82 Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky WR
83 Alex Anzalone Florida Edge
84 Josh Dobbs Tennessee QB
85 Cordrea Tankersley Clemson CB
86 D’Onta Foreman Texas RB
87 Obi Melifonwu UConn S
88 Rasul Douglas West Virginia CB
89 Daeshon Hall Texas A&M Edge
90 ArDarius Stewart Alabama WR
91 Cameron Sutton Tennessee CB
92 Justin Evans Texas A&M S
93 David Sharpe Florida OT
94 Samaje Perine Oklahoma RB
95 Marcus Maye Florida S
96 Damontae Kazee San Diego St CB
97 Kareem Hunt Toledo RB
98 Chad Hanson California WR
99 Nathan Peterman Pittsburgh QB
100 Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech TE

 




The Three Best Draft Options For The Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s NFL Draft Week! I say it like it’s the countdown to Christmas. For most of us media types, NFL fans and draftniks (yes, there is such a term), it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

The Jacksonville Jaguars sit firmly in the No. 4 spot on Thursday night. An overhaul of the defense through free agency and the release of roster players who did not fit the new blueprint for this organization make this an interesting situation for general manager David Caldwell.

Does the man in charge of the selection process – along with executive vice president Tom Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone – take another pass rusher? Alternatively, does he find a playmaker to help the offense?

Honestly, those aren’t the team’s biggest needs as the offensive line is still the top priority. Selecting so high (once again) makes it difficult to find a tackle or guard. As consequently, none are worthy of such a draft pick.

Trading down is always an option. Last season, there were plenty of organizations looking to move into the fifth spot to grab Jalen Ramsey. This season, trades made be harder to come by.

So, with the Jacksonville Jaguars “on the clock,” here are the three best options for Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft.

Jonathan Allen, Defensive Lineman, Alabama – He appears to be a complete package. A tough and rugged interior lineman for the Crimson Tide who can also play outside on the end. The Jacksonville Jaguars do have a depth issue on the interior of the line with the team releasing both Sen’Derrick Marks and Roy Miller. Allen could become part of the tackle rotation with Malik Jackson and Abry Jones and move outside on passing downs.

Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU – Things are getting a bit interesting concerning the Tigers tailback. If a team wants to come up and grab him, they will have to work a deal with the San Francisco 49ers at No. 2. The Jaguars have two running backs in TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory that could be better this season if the offensive line was stronger. Nonetheless, Fournette is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He gives the offense and quarterback Blake Bortles an immediate upgrade behind him.

Trade Down – While the scenario makes more sense this season, it may not materialize. If Fournette is gone and the Chicago Bears grab Allen, then this probably does happen. The Jacksonville  Jaguars could move to 12 in a trade with Cleveland. Subsequently, they could grab linebacker Reuben Foster of Alabama or Crimson Tide tight end OJ Howard. There is another possibility of trading twice, accumulating picks and grabbing Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky to play guard.




Five Bold Predictions For The Upcoming 2017 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft isn’t without drama. Teams rising and falling to take players they know will help franchises. Aaron Rodgers fall into the Green Bay Packers’ lap. The Jacksonville Jaguars trading away the team’s draft picks in 2008 to grab Derrick Harvey who was a bust. The Buffalo Bills moving up to select Sammy Watkins.

There is a lot of jockeying going on right now to see if teams are will to play “Let’s Make A Deal.”

This year’s draft is loaded with defensive linemen and cornerbacks. Players will slide up and down the draft board based on need. There will be a few surprises. Here is a look at five bold predictions for this week’s NFL Draft.

Reuben Foster will fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Somehow, I see this unfolding.

Foster tested positive for a diluted drug sample at the Combine, which may have led to his altercation with medical staff.

The Steelers need a young, fast linebacker to replace Lawrence Timmons. This just makes too much sense for it not to happen. Foster’s stock is falling faster than United Airlines on Wall Street. Regardless of the positive test, this kid can still play and is the best at his position. Playing for the Steelers will also help this kid mature into one of the best linebackers on the next level.

Pittsburgh could also trade up if he is still on the board around the 20th pick.

The Patriots will trade Jimmy Garoppolo

I still hold out hope some team (Cleveland) is going to call New England and offer a king’s ransom for an unproven quarterback.

Cleveland is the logical choice and fans will praise Sashi Brown for making the “right” move. Based on paper, Garoppolo is better than the draft options (with the exception of maybe Deshaun Watson). The Patriots hope to keep Garoppolo under contract to one day replace Tom Brady. Waiting may get tiring for him.

The Browns have plenty of draft picks the next few years to come up and make a deal. This would be the first big move of the Hue Jackson era in Cleveland.

Leonard Fournette will go second to 49ers

You heard it here first. Well, you read it somewhere else as well.

Fournette is the closest thing to Adrian Peterson in this draft class. Carolina and Jacksonville are praying to the draft gods he will be available for their picking. The Jaguars seem more likely to get their wish – unless there is a trade.

While there was talk last week of a San Francisco-Carolina trade in the works, nothing materialized. The 49ers have needs of their own, including a stud running back for the offense. If new general manager John Lynch wants to make a splash, this is the pick he should make.

Patrick Mahomes will be the best quarterback in this draft

There have been mock drafts that have Mahomes taken as high as sixth to the New York Jets. That’s a bit too high in my opinion, but 13th to the Arizona Cardinals could be the right spot.

Mahomes is going to prove to naysayers that he is not a product of the system with Texas Tech and could be a starter next season after learning his rookie year. He has all the tools to be the best passer of this draft class.

Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson could both be drafted before him, but they will have to start immediately. Looking and learning will help Mahomes excel on the next level before he is thrown to the wolves.

Dalvin Cook Tumbles

The hardest part of being a running back prior to the NFL Draft is showing inconsistency. Which Dalvin Cook will show up on Sundays?

Players tend to do better at their Pro Day than at the Combine. That is because the surroundings are familiar and the pressure isn’t as great. Cook put on a better show last month. It helped him but did not answer all the questions about him. Can he pass block? Will he be able to find his second gear on the next level? Will the people he associates with become a distraction?

Without answers, the FSU product could fall to the top of the second round of the NFL Draft.