The Six NFL Teams That Could Draft Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in The NFL Draft

Deshaun Watson told Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday he would not be surprised if the Jacksonville Jaguars draft him Thursday night during the NFL Draft.

Fans here in north Florida are hot and cold on the idea of the franchise taking another quarterback in the first-round rebuilding around another signal caller. While Watson has all the accolades the other potential first-round quarterbacks lack, the news the past week has been about Mitchell Trubisky and where does he land. Trubisky, who is a one-year starter out of North Carolina, appears to be “the guy” in many scouts’ eyes as the next big thing in the NFL.

I’m not sold on the notion, either. The thoughts of the 1999 Draft class come to mind where Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, and Akili Smith were drafted with the first three picks. Add Daunte Culpepper and Cade McNown and five passers were gone in the first 12 picks.

The same holds true for 2011 when Cam Newton was the top choice and was followed by Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, and Christian Ponder.

Trubisky will be the first quarterback off the board Thursday night, but which team makes the move to acquire the questions that accompany him to the NFL remains a mystery.

Here are six teams that are in the hunt to make him their new franchise signal caller.

San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers have been linked to Solomon Thomas of Stanford, Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State, Leonard Fournette of LSU and Trubisky. Although the team needs a quarterback for the future, I see general manager John Lynch waiting until 2018 to make that move.

Chicago Bears – The Bears may be the most interesting team in this group. Having already signed Mike Glennon in free agency, would this team take a quarterback when it has so many needs on defense? There have been plenty of reports out the Bears are interested, but I think it is more of a smokescreen than anything else.

New York Jets – If the Jets go quarterback, which one? New York could be the first team to pull the trigger and figure management will choose between Trubisky and Watson. There is also a possible trade involving Cleveland where the Browns move up to six to grab a quarterback. New York does not have a passer who can lead them to the playoffs on the current roster.

New Orleans Saints – The Saints own two first round picks and do not figure to use the 11th choice on a passer. The 32nd pick is more likely to be that pick. At some point, New Orleans has to decide on a replacement for Drew Brees. The Saints should address that need this year, but this early wouldn’t be a good idea.

Cleveland Browns – Ah, the team that wants Trubisky all along. Will the franchise be able to grab him at No. 12 or will they move up to fourth or six to get him? Cleveland has plenty of draft picks to move up the draft board to get a pass rusher and a quarterback in the first round.

Arizona Cardinals – A bit of a reach here. Many mock draft boards have the Cardinals set to grab Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The idea is for him to sit a year and learn the system from Carson Palmer before moving into the starting role. If Trubisky slips down the board, does general manager Steve Keim make draft the North Carolina product?




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.

 




Miami Dolphins: Draft Day blueprint.

With the 2017 NFL Draft just days away you’ve probably read all the mock drafts, listened for all the news reports, and flocked to social media for even a hint of direction. For Miami Dolphins fans the anticipation has to be building. After the change of culture and the passion for playing for rookie head coach Adam Gase, the Dolphins surprisingly made the playoffs. Now fans are just days away from a make or break year for the team.

While the verdict is still out on the 2016 class, 2017 for the Dolphins needs to be a home run. Their schedule hasn’t done them any favors. They’re still towards the bottom statistically. And let’s face it, they’re still in the division with the Patriots. As they won’t be the only team from the division looking to make a splash in this year’s draft, every pick needs to be a bold one.

In order to be successful, Miami could need to stick to this draft day plan:

At least one Miami Dolphin won’t be with the team after the Draft.

The Dolphins have put themselves in a unique situation. They’ve gone from a team that barely has starters to having an abundance of players who fill their roles. They’re no stranger to draft-day trades but have limited picks to move. If Miami feels they can’t get the player they want at the current spot they could move one of their expendable pieces. Most likely candidates are Matt Moore or Damien Williams.

When quarterback Ryan Tannehill is healthy enough to play, a log jam will form as his backup. The Dolphins signed David Fales this offseason who’s already worked in Adam Gase’s offense. Not to mention last years pick of Brandon Doughty who could benefit from another season in the offense. If Gase feels comfortable in either or both, the team could look to get a lot cheaper in their backup position.

Damien Williams has value with the team. His big plays last season kept the Dolphins in close games. Depending on whether or not Kenyan Drake is the player Miami thought they were selecting, Williams also could be a costly backup. Miami placed an original round tender on him, but since he went undrafted would get nothing in return should he sign elsewhere. His ability to make plays and extend drives might entice teams if paired with a later pick in the same round.

If Forrest Lamp is there when Miami picks, he’ll be their guy. If not, Miami will trade down possibly out of the first round.

Miami needs a good amount of depth on their roster. Either they have a guy on the roster who can be a backup, or they’re looking to draft a backup or replacement. Miami needed a guard before signing veteran Jermon Bushrod to return. However, his one year deal puts them in the same place again next season. In addition, while he’s showed his talent Miami might not be sold on Ja’wuan James as their tackle going forward. James has struggled at times and Lamp could work into another Tunsil situation and slide to tackle should James still struggle.

Miami also signed C/G Ted Larsen to a 3-year deal which could make James even more expendable. As a center, Larsen could be Mike Pouncey insurance who’s had his share of injuries. If Pouncey stays healthy, Miami could then move Lamp to tackle and Larsen to guard next season. Since flexibility is a staple of an Adam Gase run offense, look for their first pick to give them options. The new regime doesn’t want to be handcuffed to players who don’t work out anymore.

The team will finally address linebacker in this year’s draft in the second round.

While there are rumors floating around that Rueben Foster will fall to the Dolphins in this year’s draft, don’t hold your breath. Teams are still willing to gamble on defense because true game changers are hard to come by. Miami might want to eye the mid round talent at linebacker as they still can get a playmaker in round 2. If Miami does trade back or up, depending on how far playmakers like TJ Watt or Zach Cunningham may still be in that sweet spot. Miami has improved their linebacker corps with the addition of Lawrence Timmons. Now, the Dolphins might still snag a playmaker who could develop behind their current guys. They might also want a guy who could breakout and be an instant starter. Again, Miami wants flexibility.

The Dolphins found unusual ways to win last season. Now that a year has gone by, teams won’t be caught off guard. Whoever they pick needs to instantly push them towards the top. Waiting a year for a player to make an impact is not an option. Rumors have circulated about Miami needing a DE, S and for some reason WR. While those might be on the list for later round selections, don’t expect them in the first 2-3 rounds. The Dolphins do need to improve on defense and build depth. However, Gase is an offense-first guy. He might not hurt the team’s chances with his ego, but drafting G sets the team up for a defense heavy draft.

Miami currently has seven picks in this year’s draft. If they can build on last year’s success then maybe Jarvis Landry’s Patriots sweep might not seem too far fetched.




Cleveland Browns: Franchise Has Golden Opportunity To Make Amends For Draft Day Blunders

With the 2017 NFL Draft less than 48 hours away, the NFL’s perennial punch line in the Cleveland Browns are once again on the clock.

In what seems to be an annual rite of spring, football fans can count on three things, the New England Patriots winning Super Bowls, teams overpaying in free agency and the Cleveland Browns picking in the top end of the draft.

Forty-eight hours before D-day, and there is a sense of imminent angst amongst the fan base, that the Browns will do what they always do in overthinking things and trying to be cute and outsmart everyone in being bold or trying to be different.

Sadly, Cleveland’s draft history shows how short-sighted such a draft strategy up.

It’s really sad when Hollywood pans your own beloved franchise in having Kevin Costner as a fictional general manager, who seems to have a clue on how to wheel and deal on draft day.

Like I said, sad.

Thanks to drafting all-time busts such as Tim Couch, Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren. Kellen Winslow II, Brady Quinn, Johnny Manziel, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo and Justin Gilbert, prescriptions for Percocet’s and Xanax are at an all-time high right now in Cleveland.

What is an even scarier fact is that their last five picks from the last five drafts in Richardson, Weeden, Mingo, Manziel and Gilbert are no longer with the team, out of football or on another team entirely.

By some miracle, Mingo was able to get a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots, only because of Cleveland trading for Jamie Collins.

Things do appear to be proverbially turning the corner in Cleveland, as the Browns have assembling a promising nucleus to build around in the form of Danny Shelton, Nate Orchard, Christian Kirksey, the forementioned Collins, Cody Kessler, Corey Coleman to build around for the future.

Now just imagine if Cleveland does in fact tab Myles Garrett and pair him across from second-year stud in Emmanuel Ogbah? Imagine if the Browns draft a Corey Davis, O.J. Howard or Mike Williams, giving Kessler—or Brock Osweiler a dynamic weapon on offense to utilize.

Imagine if Josh Gordon actually got clean and back on the field. Yes, I know it’s too much to stomach—and a snowball’s chance in hell—but imagine how potent the Browns otherwise anemic offense would transform overnight?

It all starts in the draft. Always has been, always will be.

Look no further than the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who are the gold standard of stability and success.

The have employed a simple—yet effective strategy of drafting for over 40 years in drafting the best player available on their board, and sticking to it. There is a reason why they won four titles in six years and two this millennium, by sticking with what works.

Pittsburgh may not draft the flashiest or biggest name player, they draft mean, nasty hitters, meat grinders who kick your ass for three hours on and off the field.

The Steelers EXPECT to win titles, the Browns HOPE to finish .500. That right there exemplifies the contrasting mindsets amongst the fans, franchise and media.

Having lived in Pittsburgh for the last 10-plus years, I can attest to this, ANYTHING less than a Lombardi Trophy being raised in February is considered a failure in the Steel City, whereas the closest the Browns get to a Super Bowl is having a great draft in April.

Such expectations need to change if Cleveland hopes to avoid being the NFL’s welcome mat in 2017. Hopefully, the Browns take another step in drafting the best and rewarding their long-suffering, loyal fans the same.

Even Sonny Weaver Jr. can appreciate that.




Adrian Peterson Announces He is Signing With The New Orleans Saints

Adrian Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Tuesday morning that he plans to sign with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal that is effectively a one-year deal plus a one-year option. The story, which appears on ESPN.com, and other media websites confirming the news. Also, NFL Insider Adam Schefter sent a tweet. 

“Saints gave Adrian Peterson a two-year deal. They would like him to play two years and he wants to play the two years,” Schefter wrote.

The move means Peterson, who has played his entire career in Minnesota prior to this year, will have a new home. Additionally, he will help a New Orleans team that has hit the skids the past few seasons. The Saints will simply ask Peterson to do what he normally does – tote the football and score touchdowns. However, he will also share the backfield with Mark Ingram, who is coming off his best season in the NFL.

Peterson told Anderson that the deal is worth a base total value of $7 million. Here are the terms Peterson says he is agreeing to at this point: The 2017 compensation is $3.5 million (all guaranteed at signing), including a $1 million guaranteed salary in 2017 and a $2.5 million signing bonus.

Adrian Peterson was the seventh pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. Since then he has rushed for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns. As a result, Peterson ranks 16th on the NFL’s all-time list. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl player (2007–2010, 2012, 2013, 2015) and a four-time First-team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2012, 2015).

“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints,” Peterson told Anderson. “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings.

“On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit. They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well.”

The decision to play in the Big Easy ends a roller coaster ride for the running back. Since the start of free agency, reports linked Peterson to Tampa Bay, the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots Thus deciding to sign with the NFC South team.

And if anyone was wondering, the Saints face the Vikings Sept. 11 on Monday Night Football in Minnesota.