Yay, we got the top player on our board
My little table I drew up for discussions with hockey with the RL 2nd/3rd players picked up in PFA;
Breeland Speaks, Edge, Ole Miss
Going to be the 3rd pass rusher from OLB this season. Chiefs traded up to get him.
"We see Speaks as a guy where it will be Justin (Houston), Dee (Ford) and Speaks…" Andy Reid (HC)
MJ Stewart, CB, UNC
TB took another DB in the 2nd round (Carlton Davis). Figures to be the nickel CB.
"Want to get a guy who can play nickel …. We got that in MJ (Stewart)" Dirk Koetter (HC)
PJ Hall, DT, Sam Houston State
Very productive player in college although against weak opposition. The pick of Maurice Hurst in Rnd 5 concerns me as Hurst could easily become the rusher Gruden is looking for.
"Hall is an inside rusher. He’s a potential three-technique, outside shoulder of the guard…" Jon Gruden (HC)
Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
Colts traded up. Part of a big logjam or Des for the Colts. Turay was picked earlier in the day while Basham was a 3rd rounder last year.
Chad Thomas, DE, Miami
Starter postion opposite Garrett is open but will have to beat out talented Ogbah and Nassib. Should be a rotation to start the year.
"We think his run defense will play immediately in the NFL as a left end in our system. He can kick down inside and rush the passer from inside, as well" Andrew Berry (VP Player Personel)
Justin Jones, DT, NC State
High motor guy who will probably see the field quite a bit with Liuget starting the season with a suspension.
Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
Packers traded up. Coming in at a position manned by former 4th round picks, Burks is a really high character guy who will do a great job on special teams. My comp may be Lorenzo Alexander who took a while to get settled in the league but is a really solid player.
"Athletic linebackers like him that can do so much, not only in the run game but in coverage, are just really, really hard to find, the versatile ones." Brian Gutekunst (GM)
Joe Noteboom, OT, TCU
Traded down. Rams first pick of the draft. Going to sit this year and learn from Whitworth with the intention of succeeding him in the future.
"I don't think any offensive tackle will be in a better situation…. It's a perfect situation for him to be able to come and learn from one of the best." Les Snead (GM)
Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
Has an adjustment period ahead due to step up in competition but a fiery competitor. 4x lineman of the year in his conference!
"I love that dude...He's a great guy, our kind of guy" Jason Licht (GM)
Mason Cole, C, Michigan
Very reliable player who has a streak of 104 starts that dates back to high school! Cardinals OL was not good last year so wouldn't surprise me if he starts and has a long career with Rosen (like Manning/Saturday).
"He’s smart. He’s physically tough. He’s gritty. He loves the game. You can see it on tape" Steve Wilks (HC)
Jordan Akins, TE, UCF
There is no obvious starter at TE for the Texans but a lack of run blocking experience is not going to help Akins case. Old for a rookie and lacks nuance as a route runner but good hands.
"He has a good work ethic. Good ability in the passing game." Bill O'Brien (HC)
Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College
Broncos recently traded Talib although the 2 outside spots look filled for now. Will be competing with 3rd rounder Langley from last year for snaps this season.
"He’s really long and can run, and really does a nice job on the deep balls. He’s physical and we think he’ll be a really good special-teams player" John Elway (GM)