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  1. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    Daniel Jeremiah's first mock is out: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001011490/article/daniel-jeremiah-mock-draft-10-kyler-murray-lands-with-patriots Raiders: Quinnen Williams; Jaylon Ferguson; Trayvon Mullen. To be honest: I've never heard of Jaylon Ferguson, and I wasn't too impressed watching him play FAU just now. I haven't watched Mullen yet. Other highlights: Rashan Gary #2 overall. Josh Jacobs 5th overall. Jonah Williams is the 4th tackle taken (after Taylor, Ford, and Dillard). No Greg Little in round 1. Kyler Murray goes to the Patriots.
  2. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    I'm pretty sure Graham returns to Philly. Za'Darius Smith probably hits the open market but I'm not convinced he'll be worth what his highest bidder will offer. A lot of his pressure and production comes from clever scheming and I don't see an overly strong or explosive player. A team is going to be disappointed if they decide to use him as a conventional edge rusher. That said, he's probably better than anything the Raiders currently have at end. My preferred front 7 signings are still Preston Smith and Anthony Barr. I know what I'm getting with Preston Smith. He's an overall good end who is very good at setting the edge and he's an above average pass rusher. Barr is a player who I think was stifled by the scheme in Minnesota. Looking at the Miami game, Barr can rush the passer effectively and should rush the passer at least half the time he's on the field. It's a bit of a risk, but I like the upside in signing him to linebacker money but putting him to work effectively as an edge rusher. Offensively, my priorities would be to go after Tyrell Williams and Bobby Massie. Williams is a quality overall receiver who can run every route, adjust to the ball, and has the ability to stretch the field. Massie adds assurance to the right sight of the offensive line as the presumptive starting going into the season. Hopefully, he also pushes Parker to get better and reach his supposed potential.
  3. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    Myles Jack was the most ridiculous prospect I think I've ever watched. It seemed impossible that he would play as many snaps as he did and run as far and as hard as he did and not collapse by halftime. I mean, the man played man coverage against Nelson Agholor.
  4. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    I like Samuel. He reminds me of a faster version of Jarvis Landry.
  5. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    I prefer both Pratt and Bush. I was a big Myles Jack fan, and White is nowhere near close to him athletically. In fact, I don't even think White is as good as Jerome Baker, athletically from last year. White flashes because LSU sends him on blitzes a bunch and he has license to crash the line of scrimmage on QB rollouts--which is why I've comped him to Jarrad Davis who played similarly. I see him taking very bad angles on outside runs, and I don't see anything special about him in coverage.
  6. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    Me. I am not really a White fan. To me, he's more comparable to Jarrad Davis a couple years back.
  7. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    I would not pass on Allen for him, but I'd consider passing on Williams for him.
  8. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    Gary won't be there at 24. The more I watch, the less I mind him at 4. He will test like an unreal athlete at the combine. I feel like his floor is a Jadaveon Clowney type run defender who consistently gets pressure. He's an elite talent.
  9. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    He definitely will. In fact, don't count out any linebacker, including Devin White, making it to the end of the first. The NFL typically doesn't view linebacker as a premium position, and I don't think any this year are as good as the top 3 from last year's class.
  10. Kyler Murray QB OU

    Murray can still choose to go to the MLB if he doesn't go to a team he thinks will help him succeed, right? If that's true, he has a ton of leverage going into the NFL and can basically control his own destiny for his NFL future. I don't think he goes top 15, but he's definitely going in the first round. If I'm a team like the Chargers, I'm thinking Rivers' days are numbered and I think about trading up if Murray falls past the halfway point.
  11. Kyler Murray QB OU

    To say size is not part of it is abjectly wrong. In fact, size informs play style.
  12. Around The League V.2

    Also: he's not as good as Martin.
  13. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    What do you mean?
  14. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    I probably wouldn't take Gary at 4, but I would take Gary before Ferrell because of his upside. If the Raiders trade back, Gary would definitely be one of the guys I would covet, possibly within the top 10. And it's not like Gary hasn't produced at Michigan, it's just that he hasn't finished. He was still way up there in pressures. I don't really like with Polite or Burns. A big thing with me is the ability to square up against tackles against the run and convert speed to power. I think Polite is a little better in the latter category but I don't love either as impact starters in their first year and they both have a ways to go athletically before I'd consider them impact players, long term. I would much rather take Ferrell than either, and overall I'd probably consider Ferrell a better athlete than Polite or Burns considering his size, length, and strength. I actually tend to like bigger ends because I really like guys who can convert speed to power and actually set the edge. For instance, I like Joe Jackson from Miami and Zach Allen from BC over both Burns and Polite. The former two I cant definitely see starting right away in Oakland.
  15. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    Gary virtually only played on the edge at Michigan and would be woefully undersized to play 3T in the NFL so I don’t see why he would play there, even in a pinch. Gary is not devoid of pass rush moves; he has moves, but he’s just doesn’t need to use as many as someone like Ferrell to produce pressure because he has the speed and power to win on the edge—somewhat like Mack. And I think you forget that Chubb was no slouch, athletically. At 270 lbs. he ran a 4.65 and jumped 36” and 121.” Those are top level exposive numbers for a player his size and stength. I expect Gary to be closer to Chubb athletically than Ferrell. Also, Obi wasn’t flashy, he was a consistent 4-year player who had great athleticism.
  16. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    Chubb was a much better prospect than Ferrell. I watched both Chubb and Ferrell and it was clear to me who the better player was. Ferrell is a fine prospect who will probably be a good player in the NFL, but I don't want merely a good player at 4--I want a great player at 4. I'd much rather have Gary, who is just as strong as Ferrell, but has the freakish athleticism to make him an elite tier pass rusher in the NFL.
  17. Kyler Murray QB OU

    You're hiding the ball a bit in that Cohen is a part-time player partly because he's small. Murray's size is a legitimate concern because QB injuries are a legitimate concern. QBs who run, no matter how big, are prone to get hurt. It's logical to conclude that a smaller player would be prone to more injuries than a bigger player would. That's not always the case (See: Wentz, Mariota, Bradford, Tannehill, Newton, etc.), but it is logical.
  18. Kyler Murray QB OU

    I think the size thing is a valid concern because not only because he is short, but because he's also slight and light. Plus running is an essential part of his game so he's going to be taking some hits on top of what he would already be subject to in the pocket. And I don't think the Baker/Wilson/Brees arguments on height shouldn't abate the criticisms of Murray's height; he's probably under 5'10". That said, he's extremely, extremely athletic and can get out of a lot of tight spots. Further, being small means he might be subject to less direct shots as he'll be a tough target for defenders to hit squarely. Considering the current NFL landscape, he's definitely going in the first round and my initial impressions are that he's a better prospect than Lamar Jackson from last year's draft. As a player, he reminds me what some wanted Vernon Adams to be, except with the arm strength and athleticism to have NFL success.
  19. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    Bring. Kyler. Home. Not really; I just wanted to type that. But also maybe.
  20. What's your big board? 2019 Edition.

    I would. But I would much rather have the team sign a veteran starting right tackle and leave Miller at left.
  21. What's your big board? 2019 Edition.

    I'll do an early top 10. This is in a complete vacuum, with no FA considerations. 1) J. Bosa, Edge 2) J. Allen, Edge 3) J. Williams, OT 4) D. Baker, CB 5) Q. Williams, DT 6) R. Gary, Edge 7) G. Little, OT 8) E. Oliver, DT 9) C. Wilkins, DT 10) B. Murphy, CB
  22. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    I'm really digging Rashan Gary out of Michigan more than I thought I would after watching him. Has nearly everything I like in an edge prospect: burst, power, and agility. His production is what worries me, and I think it might be a product of him not being flexible enough to bend the edge and finish--although he gets close a bunch. He definitely has double-digit sack upside, but he needs become a better finisher somehow. Right now, he's my favorite edge guy after Bosa and Allen.
  23. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    He's going to fall in love with McSorley, isn't he... Interesting roster, overall. I think Daniel Jones the most to gain or lose because, right now, he's the only other QB I believe deserves first-round consideration apart from Dwayne Haskins.
  24. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    I have Allen pegged at #2 overall unless a team trades up to draft Haskins. I think it would take a lot as both Bosa and Allen will likely be viewed as premier NFL edge rushers. I'm fairly confidence Williams will be there at 4. This class is so so deep at defensive tackle that I'm not even sure Williams is the best one. I doubt Arians would take the Bucs job without liking what's already in the cupboard with Jameis and the rest of the offense. It's honestly a good fit and Jameis played well to close the year.
  25. 2019 NFL Draft Thread v.2

    My point was that performance in a National Championship game is not necessarily predictive of NFL success. I could expand with the example that Tua performed great last year against Georgia and not so great this year against Clemson. Tebow performed great in the National Championship games he played in despite not being a good NFL quarterback. When I'm evaluating a prospect I'm looking at tools first and Tua has them: strong arm, naturally accurate, mobile, throws with anticipation, poised, etc. If the Raiders are in a similar position next year, I fully expect Tua to garner strong consideration at the top of the draft by the team.