Top 5 RBs for the 2016 Fantasy Football Season

By Joseph Zbytek

 

    • adrian-petersonAdrian Peterson. Can you believe this is going to be A.P’s 10th season? At age 31, it seems like nothing can slow this guy down. An ACL injury will usually effect a players performance the following year. Not for Peterson, he’s a machine. Last year A.P ran the ball 327 times for 1,485 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. In seven games he had rushed for 100 yards or more while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. According to a source close with the team, Peterson wants to be heavily involved in the passing game. If this is the case then expect Peterson’s value to rise even higher come draft day. A.P was ranked second with the most points for fantasy, trailing behind Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

 

    • New Orleans Saints v Pittsburgh SteelersLe’Veon Bell. In 2015, Bell severely injured his MCL and his PCL. He underwent surgery during the offseason to repair both ligaments in his right knee. Last year, Bell was suspended for marijuana possession and driving under the influence. He sat out the first two games and only played in six games after that. He had rushed 113 times for 556 yards and punched in three touchdowns. At the time, he was averaging a bruising 4.9 yards per carry. Bell is probably the most explosive player in the NFL. If you give him open space, he will burn right through everyone. He is a big part of the Steelers passing game just as much as the run. Everybody knows what Bell is capable of. Now, it’s really just a matter of if he can stay healthy for a full season.

 

    • Cowboys rookie campEzekiel Elliot. It’s tough to even think a rookie can crack the top five without proving himself in the NFL, but “Zeke” is a different story. He has the best offensive line to run behind. If Darren McFadden can eclipse 1,000 yards behind that line, imagine what Elliot is going to do. McFadden is going to miss a couple months due to an elbow injury which will leave a wide open door for Elliot to gain more reps. Being such a versatile player is going to make him become a big part of the passing game, which will increase his value. It seems like Elliot has already won the starting job.

 

    • 028e5f3c-7ab5-4ae0-868a-a60aac3139daTodd Gurley. Gurley is going to try to avoid the sophomore slump this season after he had a tremendous rookie year. In 13 games in 2015, Gurley carried the ball 229 times for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 4. 8 yards per carry. After adding only 21 catches for 188 receiving yards, the Los Angeles Rams may need to start throwing the ball to him a lot more. He really is the only person on that team with any sort of talent. Rookie quarterback and number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jared Goff is going to need a good amount of help from Gurley if he has any chance of surviving under center. Gurley was ranked as the 5th best running back in fantasy last season.

 

  • lamar-miller-texansLamar Miller. Goodbye Miami and welcome to Houston! Miller finally has a chance to show everyone what he can do, we saw glimpses of his excellence in 2015. In 16 games, Miller rushed the ball 194 times for 872 yards and ran in eight touchdowns. He also accumulated 47 receptions for 397 yards and scored twice. He is an excellent pass catcher who has explosive speed. Miller is now on a team with a decent quarterback (Brock Osweiler) and gifted receivers around him such as DeAndre Hopkins. This will open up his running game. Expect big numbers from Miller this season. He is going to be a steal in fantasy drafts.

 

New Contender in the AFC West?

By Joseph Zbytek

It’s already less than a 100 days until the 2016 NFL season is under way. It seems like just yesterday that the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl L and their defense made Cam Newton look like a normal quarterback.

It is now the beginning of a new season and the time has come where one of the all time greats, Peyton Manning has finally retired.

Denver was in a quarterback controversy in the offseason. They had traded a seventh round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for former quarterback Mark Sanchez and drafted Paxton Lynch out of Memphis in the NFL draft.

Does this mean a new front runner for the AFC West?

One team that caught the attention of everyone last season was the Oakland Raiders, who went 7-9. They finally have players with actual talent on their roster. Derek Carr has shown some flashes of promise in 2015, throwing for 3,987 yards with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In my opinion, that sounds like top 10 quarterback numbers right there.Raider-head-Copy1

Carr has two gifted wide receivers to throw to. First round pick out of Alabama, Amari Cooper and a rejuvenated Michael Crabtree have solidified that offense. Cooper had over 1,000 yards last year with six touchdowns and Crabtree had just over 900 yards with nine touchdowns.

In the backfield the Raiders have a talented running back behind Carr named Latavius Murray. He carried the rock 266 times, over 1,000 yards and scored six touchdowns. The Raiders also drafted DeAndre Washington, running back out of Texas Tech in the fifth round, giving Murray a breather from time to time. Washington was just shy of 1,500 yards his final season and had 14 touchdowns.

khalil-mackThat pretty much sums up the Raiders offense, so lets talk about that defense. The Raiders defense is lead by linebacker Khalil Mack. He was the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, out of the University of Buffalo. Last season Mack had a total of 15 sacks on opposing quarterbacks. Mack is a monster on the field, he’s quick and will bull rush opposing lineman to get to the quarterback. It’s tough to even double team this guy, he’s just that good.

During the offseason the Raiders acquired an excellent linebacker, Bruce Irvin to help Mack and take a little pressure off of him. Irvin who was an unrestricted free agent had spent the last four season with the Seattle Seahawks. At 6 foot 3 and 260 pounds, Irvin has 22 sacks in his career. He is a very versatile player with the ability to play standing up as a linebacker or with his hand in the dirt as a defensive end.

In this years draft the Oakland Raiders selected Karl Joseph, a safety out of West Virginia in the first round. Since the legendary Charles Woodson has retired, the Raiders needed to fill the void that he left. Joseph is a dynamic playmaker who models his game after Brian Dawkins. Others say his style of play reminds them of Bob Sanders.

The Raiders have really turned things around the last couple of years and a lot of positive change has been happening for this franchise. They have an enormous fan base, which I can attest to since I work with two silver and black fans. If the Raiders keep playing solid football and fix the small mistakes, I can see them taking this division. All they have to do is “just win baby”.

 

Which Rookies Will Have an Impact in 2016?

By Joseph Zbytek

For every young man, being drafted in the NFL is a dream come true. They all have imagined themselves catching the game winning touchdown to win the “Super Bowl” or throwing it to the wide open receiver on a Hail Mary to win the game. Whatever their dreams may have been, these young men have waited and worked incredibly hard to be drafted.

Each rookie is getting acquainted with their new teammates, coaches, and their new playbook. The NFL is a lot different than college ball. Just ask Tim Tebow, I can guarantee that he would agree. But I’m also going to stop there before I rant anymore about Tebow.

So the question is, which rookies will have a major impact on the upcoming season?

    • 0506 Cowboys 24RB Ezekiel Elliot. Out of Ohio State, this young fellow was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys fourth overall and runs behind the best offensive line in the NFL. He is going to be a day one starter. Elliot has superb run blocking abilities and is also a threat catching the ball as well. Tony Romo is back from injury this year, and if the Cowboys need to continuously run the ball to keep him healthy, they will. Elliot is a prime contender to be Rookie of the Year. NFL comparison: Edgerrin James.

 

    • i-2LB Myles Jack. From UCLA, Jack was drafted 36th overall in the second round to the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was a steal for the Jags in the second round. He was a top-rated prospect coming into the draft, but his medical problems seemed to be the reason teams passed on him. Jack is versatile and can play the run and pass game very well. He is extremely athletic and can get to the ball from any position on the field, being a former running back with tremendous speed. Head coach Gus Bradley is thrilled to have an every-down playmaker on his team. NFL comparison: Navarro Bowman.

 

    • 2463928_sd_sp_chargers_0514_GASx002_r900x493DE Joey Bosa. Another product out of Ohio State, Bosa was drafted third overall to the San Diego Chargers. Lets face it, the Chargers need a ton of help on that defense. They allowed over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns to opposing rushers during the 2015 season. The Chargers now have a player who has an NFL ready frame, that’s going to help their defense. He has a solid burst off the snap and has extraordinary power in his hands. Bosa has the talent to be an excellent defensive end/outside linebacker, he will thrive at whatever position the coach puts him in. NFL comparison: Ryan Kerrigan.

 

    • 26_4559309LB Reggie Ragland. Alright, for those who may not know, I was born and raised in Buffalo. So obviously I am a Bills fan (the best fans in the league) and I am thrilled with this pick by Buffalo. Ragland was drafted in the second round, 41st overall out of Alabama. In the first round they nabbed DE Shaq Lawson, who is going to receive shoulder surgery before the upcoming season (also the reason he’s not on this list).GM Doug Whaley stated that Ragland is going to be a starter right off the bus. He is an old school player who will blast you if you try to run up the middle. Ragland is an instinctive linebacker who shows great understanding of angles and leverage. He is another prime contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year and he will flourish in Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme. NFL comparison: Derrick Johnson.

 

  • 20160506-OrientationCB Jalen Ramsey. Coming out of Florida State, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Ramsey with the fifth overall pick in the draft. He was the top-rated defensive back and went to a team where they needed help on defense. Ramsey is a dominant athlete, his catch up speed is spectacular and he has no problems stopping on a dime from a full sprint. The only player that could probably beat him on a jump ball would be “Megatron”and we all know Calvin Johnson is retired now. Jacksonville now has two top defenders at the corner positions. The Jags 2015 first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. will make his debut this year, returning from his ACL injury at the start of training camp last year. Jacksonville has done a great job drafting and recruiting players. If everyone can stay healthy, they are going to be scary. NFL comparison: Patrick Peterson

Road To The Draft: Dorial Green-Beckham

Dorial Green-Beckham is a former number one recruit in the nation from Hillcrest in Springfield. Who has risen to the top of the draft boards in the NFL. DGB has the ability to be a great football player in the NFL, but it will take a long road to get to his dream to play in the NFL.

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            Many scouts and coaches have compared him to future hall of famer, Randy Moss and Pro-Bowl receiver, Julio Jones. DGB is listed at 6’5, 240 pounds. Which at that size he can blow up the NFL scene, and bring an explosive outlet to any offense. The NFL Scouting Combine was this past week and of course DGB got an invite and impressed the media and all the scouts who watched. His 40-yard dash time was timed at 4.49 and he completed 13 reps of 225 on the bench. That was just the start of his huge day at the Combine and also impressed everyone in the receiver drills he was placed in. Needless to say, his draft stock was at a late first round grade, and now, has risen to at least a top 15 pick in the upcoming draft.

            With the NFL draft coming up in April everyone is doing their mock drafts and trying to breakdown what each NFL team needs where all the top prospects will be drafted this year. Of course DGB has gotten a lot of hype this off-season and ESPN’s Draft Analyst Todd McSay has the Kansas City Chiefs drafting DGB. I have also seen other experts having DGB drafted inside the top 10, but in my mind, I don’t see him getting drafted that early due to a deep receiver class in this years draft class. Now, he has the ability to do so, but his off the field issues are hurting his draft stock a lot.

            The dark truth of DGB has begun to circle around the league of what he did for the duration of his time at Mizzou. He got charged twice with marijuana possession and also was alleged to pushing his girlfriend down stairs during an argument. Of course all of those events are terrible and bad for him, but that is the past. Now, DGB says, “I’m young, I made mistakes,” “All the decisions I made, I wish I could take them back, . . . I know what’s at stake.”

            So far this off-season, he has shown us that he has matured and has handled the media and everything very well so far. A lot of people want to see him succeed in the NFL, but it’s going to take a long road of hard work to actually see pay off in the NFL. “Yes, I do feel like those mistakes have put me back,” Green-Beckham said. “I’m just trying to look forward. I’m just trying to focus on one thing, being a better person and a better teammate and a better person off the field.”

NFL Draft Prospect: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Marcus Mariota. His name deserves his own sentence. He is a phenomenal quarterback and athlete. Many analysts and experts has him going as high as Number One in the upcoming NFL Draft. I, myself can see him getting drafted at least top three in the Draft. He has proven to win games and put up remarkable numbers in those wins at Oregon. Let’s get into his pros and cons of his game.

Pros: Mariota has so many good traits to his name that I probably could not list them all. One thing that I see when I watch his tape is that he has great leadership. Leadership in football is key to all teams. When scouts and coaches look at any player, that is one thing that they always look for. Another thing that scouts look at it size. He has huge size for his position, listed at 6’4, he can read defenses and the coverage a whole lot easier. That being said, when you think of a model QB you have to throw his size into the conversation. Next, one thing that I really liked about his game was that the fact he has excellent speed. He can use his speed to escape the pocket quickly and get around the edge of the defense with ease. Lastly, one thing that is a stand out to him is that he stayed another year in college and has years of quarterback under his belt and could manage the quarterback position for a NFL team in the near future.

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Cons: There are few cons to his game, but they can be brought to our attention. One thing that I saw is that his throws at some points can be not as accurate. It may be his mechanics or just simple stuff that he can work on and erase. Lastly, the Oregon does not really relate to the NFL and may hurt him going into the league. He has not worked under the pocket much in his career and could use more time doing that. Other than that I do not see much of bad things out of his game and if there is anything bad it was small things that he change in time of the NFL Draft.

 

Mock Draft: T-minus 48 hours, crapshoot edition

So who’s going where?

I don’t know. And neither do you. And neither does anyone else.

Here’s what we do know: nothing. Not much. At least, not much substantive. We know rumors and speculations, fictions, and outright fantasies. What we know for sure we could balance on the head of a pin.

With that in mind, here’s my two-round, crapshoot edition. I’m trying to pick according to what I think each team will do. However, the crapshoot edition also tries to take into account possible wrinkles. Once again, I’m not going to prognosticate trades, even though I think we’ll have more than a few in the first – and potentially more than a few in the first third.

Let’s get it on.

Round 1

1. Texans: Khalil Mack. Why not? They need help on the defensive side of the ball, and Mack fits the bill. Apparently, Rick Smith likes him better than Clowney, so whatever.

2. Rams: Jadeveon Clowney. Because he’s the BPA, and they can dangle him as trade bait. Worst case scenario? They keep him and start him. Oh, the inhumanity…to the rest of the NFC West.

3. Jags: Johnny Manziel. Why the hell not? Jason La Canfora is reporting that Shahid Khan thinks Manziel will put butts in seats. He’ll also make those butts crap themselves with his on-field derring-do, but I digress.

4. Browns: Sammy Watkins. CLE looks around, surveys what just happens, shrugs and says, “Fuck it…let’s ball out.” Some think Watkins is great insurance in case Gordon runs afoul once again of Johnny Law. That’s all well and good, but the K.I.S.S. principle applies here: Watkins is the best offensive player on the board and makes the Browns offense.

5. Raiders: Blake Bortles. Because they’re the Raiders, and seeing JFF go two picks earlier makes them think the run on QBs is starting. Really, who the hell knows what OAK will do? One thing is sure: it probably won’t make sense, and it’ll probably get booed.

6. Falcons: Greg Robinson. At least Thomas Dimitroff is smart. He takes the most dominant run-blocking OT on the board…despite ATL having an utter lack of a running game. No matter. They will when they draft an RB in the 2nd round.

7. Bucs: Mike Evans. Because he’s big and they need another WR. Evans doesn’t have to be the #1, which means he’ll be a highly effective #2 and can learn from Vincent Jackson. Plus, it’s not like the NFC South has a helluva lotta tall, badass CBs. Somewhere, Josh McCown just got chub.

8. Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater. Because they need a QB, and they think if they don’t take Teddy Red here, they won’t get him later. Well, they’re right on that. But I want them to draft Teddy so the rest of the NFC North defensive players start fantasizing about sacking a stick figure.

9. Bills: Eric Ebron. But they have Scott Chandler, I hear you scream. Yes, well, that’s fantastic. Scott Chandler would be fearsome in a pie-eating competition. On the gridiron? Not so much. Ebron gives them a jolt of athleticism. I hope he likes playing in Toronto.

10. Lions: Darqueze Dennard. This is a crapshoot draft, hence I’m throwing a piece of crap in the air and shooting at it. Look, there’s no denying DET needs help seondary help. Is this early for Dennard? Maybe. Does it fulfill a need? Absolutely. Will Kiper and McShay be surprised by this? Probably. Please God, yes.

11. Titans: Derek Carr. I want Ken Whisenhunt to extend a middle finger to any and everyone. “Yeah, I’m taking Carr. Suck it, fucknuggets.” This pick would make heads explode. Well, I’ll be at Radio City Music Hall. I WANT IT TO RAIN BLOOD!!!

12. Giants: Jake Matthews. Basically, the NYG take a look at what just happened and start pumping the brakes. “Wait, hold on now. There’s too much what-the-fuck going on here. Time to reign all that excitement in.” So, they take Matthews – who, frankly, shouldn’t have fallen this far. But, you’ll have that.

13. Rams: Taylor Lewan. Because they still need an OT, and Lewan is still there and is BPA at that position. But is Lewan simply Richie Incognito 2.0? God, we can only dream. #sarcasm

14. Bears: Aaron Donald. That moaning you hear? That’s Phil Emery, caressing himself in pleasure that Donald’s fallen to them. I don’t want to talk about this anymore; the heavy breathing is creeping me out.

15. Steelers: Kelvin Benjamin. It’s a crapshoot draft. Roethlisberger wants a big target at receiver, and with Mike Evans gone Benjamin is their next best bet. The Steelers had some success with Plaxico Burress, the receiver KB’s been most compared to. At least Benjamin hasn’t shot himself or tested positive for marrywana (unlike his other FSU compadres).

16. Cowboys: Hasean Clinton-Dix. Yes, they need help in the trenches, but I’m going to crapshoot HaHa here because A. he fills a need, and 2. because I can, and 3. because he makes complete sense here – and I doubt DAL is smart enough to do what’s best for them…like solidify their secondary.

17. Ravens: C.J. Mosley. Ozzie Newsome gets the ILB help he so desires…

18. Jets: Odell Beckham, Jr. …which means Rex Ryan joins Phil Emery on the “moaning in ecstasy” wagon. Finally, a legit #1 receiver (sorry, Eric Decker…you’re not that). Also, Rex is on record praising Beckham’s feet hands.

19. Dolphins: Zack Martin. This isn’t a crapshoot; this is really logical. The Fins need OL help; Martin is still available. Makes a lot of sense. /PleaseGodLetThemFuckThisUp

20. Cardinals: Calvin Pryor. Bwuce Awians isn’t an idiot. He can’t have Carr (whom he really wanted). So, he takes Pryor…then finds an empty closet so he, too, can touch himself at the thought of Patrick Peterson, Honey Badger, Pryor, and Antonio Cromartie in his defensive secondary. Somewhere, Rex Ryan hands him a tissue.

21. Packers: Jimmie Ward. GB sprints to the podium to make their selection, knocking at least three old ladies on their derrieres. Dom Capers gets another excellent player with whom to fail miserably. Remind me again why Capers has a job?

22. Eagles: Brandin Cooks. Crapshoot special!!! Philly gets another weapon on offense. Say it with me now: Mackin, Cooper, Celek, Ertz, Cook, McCoy, Sproles. Wahoo – get your popcorn ready! /DeAngelo Hall poops himself

23. Chiefs: Marquise Lee. Andy Reid knows he needs a complementary receiver to Dwayne Bowe. Truth be told, he knows he needs a receiver that’s better than Bowe. Also, Reid knows which KC BBQ joint has the best lunch specials.

24. Bengals: Justin Gilbert. This pick is too easy. Cincy needs CB help. Gilbert is somehow still around. The choice is easy. But wait: what’s this we see? Mike Brown stomps into the war room. “Goddammit, you pansy-ass SOBs. We need a new QB. That damn ginger’s holding us back. Give me…Tom Savage!” A scuffle breaks out, soon escalating into an all-out skirmish. A blow is struck; Brown goes down like Frazier.  Marvin Lewis finds a closet, recently vacated by Rex Ryan, and stashes Brown there. The draft continues.

25. Chargers: Kyle Fuller. Again, they need help on the back end, and Fuller fits the bill. Better yet: he’s eager to double-date with Manti Te’o. #NeverGetsOld

26. Browns: Xavier Su’a-Filo. Roger Goodell proceeds to mangle XSF’s name at the podium. No one notices.

27. Saints: Anthony Barr. Rob Ryan, son of Buddy,/brother of Rex./Howls at moon. Stalks/lambs with bow/and arrow. Takes Barr/embrace death. Killer of souls./Ribs a-plenty.

28. Panthers: Jordan Matthews. This is a crapshoot pick because I’m not sold on Allen Robinson, primarily because I can’t remember a goddamn thing about him from last year.

29. Patriots: Louis Nix III. Why not? They need a space-eater. They also need a reliable WR. They also need a TE. Really, a number of picks make sense here. But my wife loves Notre Dame so Nix is the man.

30. Niners: Cody Latimore. It’s my crapshoot and I can do what I want. Latimore gets the nod here because Jim Harbaugh wants a big WR. Also, Jim Harbaugh is unhinged, which is why he picks Latimore ahead of a better player like CB Jason Verrett. Finally, he now has two players named Lat(t)imore on his team, and neither is as good as he wishes they were.

31. Broncos: Ryan Shazier. The former Buckeye is still sitting there and Elway can’t figure out why. (Sidebar: I wonder if Elway ever has problems seeing around his teeth.) Shazier is awesome.

32. Seahawks: Timmy Jernigan. Guess what? Weed is legal in Washington. Pete Carroll sits TJ down for a little heart-to-heart, after which Jernigan is seen to paste a “Kush or Die” bumper sticker on his newly acquired Smart Car.

***End of Round 1. Agents urge rest for their yet unpicked clients. Jeremy Hill sucker-punches a horse***

Round 2

33. Texans: Jason Verrett. Bill O’Brien thought about o-line, but decided he couldn’t pass up Verrett. Besides, Verrett went to school and is eager to rock some AFC South heads.

34. Washington: RaShede Hageman. Jay Gruden can’t believe his good luck. How did this guy fall so far? Easy answer, Jay: no one else wanted him. Sleep tight, half-pimp.

35. Browns: Carlos Hyde: Why not? Unless they’re convinced Ben Tate is the answer (are you? Really? Don’t lie) Hyde makes a ton of sense. Tough, physical, and knows how to play in cold weather. Dope.

36. Raiders: Joel Bitonio. He can play both G and OT. He helps solidify the o-line, which is what OAK needs, no matter if it’s Bortles or Schaub starting the year under center.

37. Falcons: Jace Amaro. The time seems right for him to come off the board. Tony G is gone, and Amaro should step right in and start.

38. Bucs: Morgan Moses. TB is bummed because they wanted Bitonio’s versatility to fall to them. They pick up Moses, who should be a day-one starter. Lovie practices “safe sacks” and believe in full QB protection.

39. Jags: Donte Moncrief. CRAPSHOOT ALERT!!! Or maybe not. If Justin Blackmon really won’t be around in 2014, it’s imperative JAX find another WR that can play. They could use OL help, but taking Moncrief gives them 1. A big target, and 2. a WR that doesn’t have to be #1 (Shorts should clearly be the guy here).

40. Vikings: Lamarcus Joyner. Not as much of a crapshoot as you might think. They need S help, and Joyner can play S or a nickel corner. Plus, he’s tough as well….and doesn’t do drugs.

41. Bills: Kyle Van Noy. Another immediate impact guy. He steps right into one of the LB spots and goes to work.

42. Titans: Bradley Roby. Somehow, Roby is still available to them. He fills a clear need and is a really good player.

43. Giants: Dee Ford. The G-Men grab the player who’s apparently better than Clowney. Well, that remains to be seen, but Ford will have every opportunity to get after the passer.

44. Rams: Davante Adams. They need a stud receiver, and Adams will be given every opportunity to be that gives. Chris Givens is a one-trick pony, and Brian Quick isn’t the answer. Assuming they develop, Tavon Austin and Stedmon Bailey – and Austin Pettis – should be some help to Sam Bradford.

45. Lions: Terrence Brooks. He’s primarily a FS but can also play CB in a pinch. Along with Dennard, he gives the DET back-end a serious upgrade.

46. Steelers: Stephon Tuitt. They need help up front and he has the potential to be a beast.

47. Cowboys: Demarcus Lawrence. They need to replace some pieces on the d-line, and Lawrence offers talent at the position. He should step in and contribute immediately.

48. Ravens: Cyrus Kouandjio. They need a SS, but rather than go after Deone Buchanon they take a guy who, assuming his medicals check out, should be a solid play. They can grab a SS later, as well as a C.

49. Jets: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. Frankly, I don’t like “red flag” players on my team. However, I trust Rex Ryan to curb ASF’s negative impulses and get the most out of him. ASF gives Geno (or Vick; PLEASE GOD!) a big receiving target and strengthens the overall offense.

50. Dolphins: JaWuan James. That’s two picks in a row for the Fins that are not so sexy. No matter. They need help on the o-line, and they can play James at a tackle spot and move Martin inside if they want.

51. Bears: Pierre Desir. Because Desir is going to be a boss, and because the Bears need secondary help. They’re going to hope that Brock Vereen or Ahmad Dixon is still around in the 3rd.

52. Cardinals: Troy Niklas. CRAPSHOOT ALERT!!! Well, they need a TE that can do more than look pretty (yeah, I’m talking about you, Rob Housler). Niklas is raw but has a ton of potential. Bwuce Awians still needs a QB, but he’s hoping a certain Bulldog falls to him in the 3rd.

53. Packers: Allen Robinson. GB gets a complementary WR to Jordy Nelson, allowing Randall Cobb to slide into the slot on a more permanent basis, where he can do some damage. Robinson offers good value here and should contribute immediately.

54. Eagles: Kony Ealy. Ealy’s fallen far enough. I think Philly grabs him and tells him to get after the passer. He has the skills and athleticism to be a difference-maker.

55. Bengals: Scott Crichton. He’s a DE that can get after the passer, and CIN needs someone to replace Michael Johnson. They can get OL help in the 3rd.

56. Niners: Jeremiah Attaochu. I think Aldon Smith is most likely God’s Own Idiot. I don’t care that SF picked up his option; they need a plan just in case Smith goes four loco. Attaochu has a great motor and, while a bit rough, will bring the energy.

57. Chargers: Jarvis Landry. Pairing Landry with Keenan Allen should offer Rivers two quality young receivers. Landry would be a clear upgrade over Vincent Brown. SD takes a receiver here and then prays Justin Ellis is available in the 3rd.

58. Saints: Martavis Bryant. CRAPSHOOT ALERT!!! Look, Colston is getting older and seems to be breaking down. Kenny Stills seems like a solid player, but Nick Toon is a virtual unknown (though I think he’s talented) and they lost Lace Moore to Pittsburgh. NO needs another WR; why not gamble on Bryant? He needs coaching, but if anyone can help him succeed it’s Brees and Payton.

59. Colts: Deone Bucannon. Indy makes sure that their first pick in 2014 is a good one. They need safety help, and at this point it’s between Bucannon and Brock Vereen.

60. Panthers: Jack Mewhort. He makes sense here. The Panthers need help at all o-line positions except C…and that’s the only position Mewhort doesn’t play.

61. Niners: Weston Richburg. He starts immediately. ‘Nuff said.

62. Patriots: Bruce Ellington. CRAPSHOOT ALERT!!! Look, the Pats have a number of “nice” receivers. But, outside of Julian Edelman they have no one that looks like a consistent producer. They’re high on Aaron Dobson, last year’s 2nd-round pick, but why not take Ellington as well, who has the raw talent to be really explosive in the slot. If he learns a route tree, he could be very dangerous.

63. Broncos: Dri Archer. CRAPSHOOT ALERT!!!! But think about it. Demaryius Thomas is a beast, that we know. But Welker is 33 and missed some time with injuries. They signed Emmanuel Sanders from PITT, but no one knows how consistent he’ll be. Why not take a gamble on Archer, whom they can line up in the slot, out of the backfield, and can also return punts and kicks (taking that pressure off Welker). He’s pure offense; wouldn’t that make Manning giggle?

64. Seahawks: Paul Richardson. CRAPSHOOT ALERT!!! The Seahawks are talented all over the place, especially on the defensive side of the ball. With that in mind, why not take a speed demon that can stretch the field? Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are reliable, and Percy Harvin when/if healthy is a matchup nightmare. Richardson gives Wilson a deep threat and keeps defensive secondaries honest.

So that’s two rounds. Like I said, it’s a crapshoot.

NFL Mock Draft

This is my last mock draft before the real thing, and let me say that I am hyped for this! I’ve really been following the players, coaches, GM’s, and owners closely over the past months and I feel like I have a good knowledge of things that are going to transpire in the draft.

I’m not going to predict any trades and I’m also not going to give any reasoning for why I’m sleeting a certain player to go to a certain team. If you have any questions about my mock draft feel free to tweet me at @ThaFantasyBros I will tweet you back. Also it is important to note that I’m doing this based upon team needs and what I think that team will do, not who I think they should draft.

 

1. Houston Texans- Jadeveon Clowney DE

2. St. Louis Rams- Greg Robinson OT

3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Johnny Manziel QB

4. Cleveland Browns- Sammy Watkins WR

5. Oakland Raiders-  Khalil Mack OLB

6. Atlanta Falcons- Jack Matthews OT

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mike Evans WR

8. Minnesota Vikings- Blake Bortles QB

9. Buffalo Bills- Taylor Lewan OT

10. Detroit Lions- Eric Ebron TE

11. Tennessee Titans-  Darqueze Dennard CB

12. New York Giants- Brandin Cooks WR 

 

13. St. Louis Rams- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S

14. Chicago Bears- Aaron Donald DT

15. Pittsburgh Steelers- Zack Martin

16. Dallas Cowboys- Calvin Pryor

17. Baltimore Ravens- Kelvin Benjamin WR

18. New York Jets- Odell Beckham JR. WR

19. Miami Dolphins- C.J. Mosley ILB

20. Arizona Cardinals- Derek Carr QB

21. Green Bay Packers- Justin Gilbert CB

 

22. Philadelphia Eagles- Jordan Matthews  WR

23. Kansas City Chiefs- Marqies Lee WR

24. Cincinnati Bengals- Kony Ealy DE

25. San Diego Chargers- Anthony Barr OLB

26. Cleveland Browns- Teddy Bridgewater QB

27. New Orleans Saints- Kyle Fuller CB

28. Carolina Panthers- Cody Latimer WR

29. New England Patriots-Ryan Shazier OLB

30. San Francisco 49ers- Davante Adams WR

31. Denver Broncos- Ego Ferguson DT

32. Seattle Seahawks- Cyrus Kouandjio DT

 

 

Mock Draft: 04/10/14

I started this mock 3 weeks ago. Then, I got really busy. Now, I have more time on my hands – plus I’ve been able to see a few more free agent signings unfold. So, here’s my mock…and keep a few things in mind:

1. I’m looking at who the teams should take…

2. …while at the same time trying to be realistic about who they will take.

Is there a difference? Absolutely. For example: I was just participating in a 7-round mock where the Bears took Odell Beckham in the 1st round. Now, might the Bears actually do this? Possible, though I’d offer there’s a better chance of monkeys flying out of my ass than that actually happening. But the GM in the mock said that taking ODB would create match-up nightmares…which may be accurate but still seems highly unlikely. So, to the above to conditions I offer a third:

3. I’m deliberately trying to minimize who I want the team to take (within an objective range, obviously).

With all that being said, here’s my 32-pick mock. Feel free to comment as you so desire.

2014 NFL Draft 1st Rd.

1. Texans: Jadaveon Clowney, DE. Because he’s a beast, and he’s the best player on the board. The Texans don’t pass on a “generational” player. They can get a QB later, or trade up into the late 1st for one.

2. Rams: Greg Robinson, LT. Why him and not Matthews? I think Robinson is a natural run-blocker, and Zac Stacy seems to have potential in that area. Matthews would be a perfectly good fit here, but based on this piece, I’ll go Robinson.

3. Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB. They could, of course, take a QB. They need one, obviously. But why not take the best DEF player on the board and go with a QB later? Again, this seems to be the strategy of the Texans – but as this piece makes clear, I think it’s more a product of Gus Bradley’s SEA roots. The bottom line is that Mack has all the tools to be an instant impact player.

4. Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR. The feeling I get is that CLE isn’t going to reach on a QB here either – which, interestingly, means that all top 3 QBs are still on the board. Again, it’s certainly possible that they take a QB here, but my gut says that taking a QB early simply because you need one – and not because you’re absolutely sold on one – has been problematic the last few years (see: Ponder, Locker, Gabbert). Again: maybe they’d see Bridgewater or Bortles or JFF falling to them as a godsend. But even w/suspect QB play last year, Gordon and Cameron had excellent years receiving.

5. Raiders: Mike Evans, WR. This is a crapshoot pick, simply because trying to prognosticate what the Raiders will do is an utterly futile endeavor. I would have said they’d take a QB here, but signing Schaub seems to mitigate the urgency. (Not saying he’s the best, but if we look at last year as an aberration rather than the first step in a slow decline he should have a few more quality years in the tank.) With all that: WR seems like the position where OAK gets the least production. Change that by taking Evan, who immediately upgrades that position and allows Denarius Moore and Streater to operate as complimentary pieces, rather than focal points. Plus, Schaub to Evans might rekindle some of that previous HOU passing game potency.

6. Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT. I thought about going with an offensive weapon (maybe Ebron to replace Gonzalez), then decided that it was better to take the best player available that can help keep Matt Ryan upright. That’s Matthews. This allows Sam Baker to move to RT, and he was fairly underwhelming at LT last year. Matthews comes right in and is an immediate starter.

7. Buccaneers: Zack Martin, OL. This would be, I guess, a “reach” pick…if it weren’t for the fact that Martin can play both G and T, and the right side of the o-line for the Bucs is a bit nebulous. If the Bucs think Cleary or Dotson is the answer at RT, slide Martin in at RG. If not, he can kick outside. Now, do I necessarily think the Bucs will do this? No. But they don’t necessarily need a TE at this spot, and they signed McCown at QB. The other position they might address here is MLB/OLB, which would put both Anthony Barr and/or CJ Mosley in play.

8. Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB. MIN has their pick of three, but I’m going to go with Bridgewater. Yeah, Bortles is more of a specimen…but Bridgewater is also, I think, the more pro-ready QB (other than Derek Carr who’s probably going to fall, and shouldn’t). The only issue is that MIN tied for 6th-most in sacks allowed. Can Bridgewater withstand that? I hope so.

*** And here I pause ***

Why does it feel like Bridgewater is going to slide? Yes, I think MIN should take him…but I willing to bet they actually take Bortles. That’s an issue for me. Bortles reminds me physically of Roethlisberger, but I still think he needs some work. And that’s not a bad thing, certainly…but if I needed to draft a QB in order to (ideally) play him year 1, wouldn’t I want to take the QB who needs the least amount of work? That’s certainly Bridgewater. Or Carr: God knows I’m a Carr fan; it’s just that I’m trying to play the odds here a little bit and decipher whether the “top” 3 QBs automatically go higher than him.

9. Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT. I thought about taking Ebron here, then decided that the offensive line needs to be as solid as possible. Lewan is the best OT on the board – and already 4 OTs have come off in 9 picks. BUF also needs an OLB and a S here, which puts Barr and Clinton-Dix in play as well. They could take Lewan here, then wait to take Dontae Johnson in the 2nd round, as I think that’s their next major need.

10. Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB. Simply, the Lions need CB help and Gilbert is the best CB here. Don’t over-think this pick, folks. Do what makes complete sense.

11. Titans: Blake Bortles. At some point picking Bortles makes good value sense. The Titans need a QB, and Bortles is here. But I wonder, if this happen, if (again) this is a product of really liking a QB or feeling like they have to take one here, or miss out until Round 2.  You know what, screw all that. Ken Whisenhunt is a QB guy, and if they have a solid o-line and want a QB who can make great decisions in the pocket, they go with Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. I’ve been a fan of his for a while and he’s more than capable of holding his own against the “top” 3. The knock on him seems to be a bit of “happy feet” under pressure, which causes him to rush throws. Well, if anyone can figure that out it’s Whisenhunt. The Titans are quietly assembling some very capable wideouts, and Carr is the right guy to get them the ball.

12. Giants: Eric Ebron, TE. After signing Charles Brown, the o-line of the NYG isn’t in the sorry shape it was 2 weeks ago (though it could still certainly be improved). As well, DT should be addressed…and it seems there are always questions about the LB position. So why Ebron? Because he’s a stud who offer a huge offensive target for Eli, which makes that position far more viable than it was last year. They could also consider Aaron Donald or CJ Mosley, then grab an OG in the 2nd round.

13. Rams: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS. The Rams are in such a good position here. Clinton-Dix feels a hole in the secondary. While they could potentially use a WR, they can also get one in the 2nd round – and it’s a deep class for receivers this year. But HaHa steps into a starting role and makes that DEF even more dangerous.

14. Bears: Calvin Pryor, FS. This is another easy pick. With Clinton-Dix just taken, the Bears take the next best FS and immediately start him, moving Chris Conte to his more natural position: bench-warmer. While DT is still a concern, there is plenty of talent there for them in the 2nd – and not so much at the FS position. Again: don’t over-think this.

15. Steelers: Darqueze Dennard, CB. I thought about taking a DL player here, but decided that taking a CB makes more sense – and PIT can grab a quality DL – whether it be at DE or DT – in the 2nd. Dennard is the 2nd-best CB here, and he should immediately start over Ike Taylor, who’s getting old (not that you’d ever know if from all the trash he talks). Dennard should fit right in in the AFC North and brings a toughness to the secondary.

16. Cowboys: Aaron Donald, DT. I know they signed Henry Melton, but that defensive line can use help all over. Donald is simply too talented and too disruptive to pass on here. The ‘Boys certainly need S help as well, but with Pryor and Clinton-Dix gone, the should set their sights on Jimmie Ward or Terrence Brooks (probably Ward). As well, while DE is a concern I think this is too early to take Kony Ealy or Dee Ford.

17. Ravens: CJ Mosley, ILB. I thought about Jimmie Ward here, given the Ravens’ need for S help. Instead, I think they take perhaps the safest DEF player in this draft (outside Clowney and Mack) and a guy that has the chance to be groomer as a leader. This pick gives them a LB corp of Suggs, Mosley, Daryl Smith, and Dumervil. Pretty solid, I think.

18. NY Jets: Kyle Fuller, CB. This might be a bit of a reach; then again, maybe not. The Jets need help in the secondary, especially with the departure of Antonio Cromartie – and the roller coaster ride that was Dee Milliner’s rookie season. Fuller is a smart, tough player who if nothing else should be highly dependable…and seems to be the type of guy that Rex Ryan would like.  They also need OG help, but Gabe Jackson or David Yankey should be available in the 2nd.

19. Dolphins: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG. This is not a sexy pick…but it’s a necessary pick. Their OL was trashed by the Incognito/Martin issue, and while signing Brandon Albert definitely helps they certainly can use more of it. XSF is graded as the top pure OG in the draft, and that’s what they need to keep Tannehill upright.

20. Cardinals: Blake Bortles, QB. His slide ends here. As I’ve said before, he’s a big, talented QB. Dane Brugler says he’s a mix of Andre Luck and Jake Locker…which means that sitting for a year behind Carson Palmer will allow Bruce Ariens to hopefully work those kinks out of his system. I actually think he’s more reminiscent of Roethlisberger, and Ariens certainly has experience with that type of guy. Given that AZ signed Veldheer is getting Jonathan Cooper back from injury, this seems like an easy pick.

21. Packers: Jimmie Ward, SS. I thought this would be a tough decision, but I was wrong. Ward is perfect for their scheme and, really, a perfect fit for them. While they also need help on the DL, and need to get a replacement for Jermichael Finley, they can make either of these moves in round 2: I think Austin Sefarian-Jenkins or Troy Niklas should be available – and Jace Amaro would be a great fit if available.

22. Eagles: Anthony Barr, OLB. Philly could use an edge rusher, and that’s what you get with Barr. He’s not quite a complete player yet, but with the right coaching he could be a powerful force. If nothing else, he’ll rush the passer – and that’s a covetable skill.

23. Chiefs: Odell Beckham, Jr. WR certainly should be KC’s top priority. They need someone to take pressure off Dwayne Bowe, who battles consistency problems of his own. Beckham, another former Tiger, would be a perfect fit here. He’s slightly bigger than Brandin Cooks and doesn’t have the injury history of Marquise Lee. Any weaknesses he has can be fixed through coaching. He’s a plug-and-play guy.

24. Bengals: Dee Ford, DE. I waffled between him and Kony Ealy. In the end I went with Ford as I think there’s less work that needs to be done with him. While he is a little small, he can rush the passer well. Should be a good, solid player. Cincy will have to address CB in the 2nd.

25. Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB. If he improves his consistency there’s no reason he can’t be a stud in the backfield. All the physical tools are there, plus great speed. He just needs to not get burned by the Jared Abbrederis’ of the world.

26. Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB. Oh, look: Johnny F. Football just happens to be here. Imagine that. CLE gets a stud WR and 4 and a dynamic (albeit polarizing) QB late in the round. He’s got the playmaking ability that forces defenses to spy him, and has the arm to find any of his receiving threats – including newly-signed RB Ben Tate. Plus, he’ll be more than happy being the face of the franchise.

27. Saints: Ryan Shazier, OLB. He’s a quality, consistent player who has the ability to clean up his game and become even better. He can slide right into the starting lineup and will make Rob Ryan perfectly happy.

28. Panthers: Cyrus Kouandijo, OT. There are two points I want to make here. First, I went with CK over Morgan Moses simply because I think CK is better right now in run-blocking…which is pretty much the only thing CAR has going for it right now. Second, there are A LOT of holes that the Panthers need to address, including their best WR currently is Jerricho Cotchery; their secondary, already “weak,” got weaker, and their OL  (addressed here) is weak. This pick addresses perhaps the most important spot here, but there’s certainly a compelling argument to be made that they should take Cooks or Lee or Kelvin Benjamin here as well.

29. Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE. I strongly considered mocking RaShede Hageman here, as DT is another position of importance. However, NE got Wilfork to re-sign so this position isn’t as urgent as it was a couple of weeks ago. That being said, I doubt Rob Ninkovich is the answer at DE so they’ll have to address this in round 2. Amaro gives Brady and Belichek another potent pass-catching weapon – and if Gronk gets injured (which, you know, may very well happen), Amaro is at least more athletic than Michael Hoomanawanui.

30. Niners: Brandin Cooks, WR. At this point in the draft I think it’s probably a jump ball between Cooks, Lee, and Kelvin Benjamin. I like all three of them. However, I think Cooks offer fewer durability concerns and brings a legitimate game-changing, playmaking capacity to the field. Yes, Anquan Boldin is not getting any younger – but he’s a slower, more typically-built WR than Cooks. Lining Cooks up with Boldin, Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Frank Gore – not to mention Kaepernick – means that opposing defenses will have a much more difficult time trying to scheme to stop one of the these guys. Cooks can be used in the slot, out of the backfield, and even returning kicks.

31. Broncos: Jason Verrett, CB. I think this is actually a bit of a no-brainer. Even though DEN signed Aqib Talib they could still use a solid CB across from him. Verrett fits that mold and plays more physical than his height might suggest. Though DEN still needs a solid LB, they can grab one in the 2nd – maybe Trevor Reilly, Carl Bradford, or Telvin Smith.

32. Seahawks: Marquise Lee, WR. In the end I went with Lee over Benjamin because I think Lee is simply a better pass-catcher at this point in his career. Make no mistake about it: Benjamin is a huge target with a ginormous wingspan. But: Lee doesn’t have the occasional lapses in concentration like Benjamin, and is simply a more “ready to contribute now” receiver.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel. He is a Heisman trophy winner, and arguably one of the best College Football quarterbacks in history. Now, he is making the move into the NFL. He could be getting drafted within the first five picks in the first round, but here is what I think of him and a run down of what his pro and cons are of his game. This should be interesting.

Johnny Manziel is my favorite QB in this year’s draft. He has speed, vision and a cannon of an arm. If you combine all of his skills together, you get a great winning QB. He has some magic to him, and that’s one thing that I think teams look for in a franchise QB. Some people do take his off the field issues into consideration, but from what he has said to the press and others, he doesn’t want those to be thrown into the picture. He was a college kid, and don’t tell me no one goes out and goes to a party or two. Manziel, is a great kid and athlete and he could be the next big thing in the NFL.

Pros:

-Strong Arm
-Great Vision
-Extending plays/Mobile
-Winning
-Improved footwork
-Late game experience
Cons: 

-Footwork
-Size
-Not much of a pocket passer

Those are  some of the key pros and cons of Manziel. Most of those Cons he can work on during the off-season and even into training camp. The biggest thing that comes to my eye is his size. I really do think if Russel Wilson can do what he is doing in Seattle, I can see Manziel doing the same with a team with good receivers.

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Lastly, the question everyone is asking. Who will draft Johnny Manziel? I really don’t see him going outside the 7-8 pick range. Most of the top 5 teams in the Draft are looking to draft a QB, and I really could see the Browns, Raiders, or maybe the Texans taking Manziel in the first round. He is a great QB and I really think he will be stud in the NFL.

Rookies Most Likely To Make A Fantasy Football Impact In 2014

Every year it seems that there is about four or five rookies that come in and take the league by storm, in 2012 it was Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Russell Wilson, in 2013 it was Eddie Lacy, Le’Veon Bell, and Keenan Allen. All of these guys not only help their teams in real life, but they also helped out a lot of fantasy owners over the past couple of years, and this draft class is going to provide more of the same. It’s a very hard transition to make, college football to NFL, but some guys do it better than others. It’s always going to be hard to predict what guys can do before the draft, but there are also certain guys that you know are going to tear it up just from what they’ve done in college and at their pre draft workouts.

This list is subject to change, people are going to get drafted by teams that aren’t going to give them the best ability to help out the fantasy world, it’s sad, but it happens. Hopefully everyone prospers with the team they are drafted by, even though I know that won’t happen.

1. Sammy Watkins- Hands down the best playmaker in this years draft class, the dude is a freak of nature. He is so explosive, it looks like he is floating when he is out running corner backs, and he does that a lot. Watkins had a couple of issues in 2012 but he has proven that those are behind him and that he is a changed man. Last year at Clemson he had a very impressive stat line, 101 catches, 1464 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns, if that doesn’t make you believe in his talents then I don’t know what will. Watkins is going to fit into just about every team in the NFL, I really love the thought of him going to Cleveland and teaming up with Josh Gordon, but then the question would be, who is going to throw him a pass worth catching?

2. Carlos Hyde- Hyde isn’t the biggest guy in the NFL draft, but he runs with such passion and heart that it doesn’t matter. Hyde reminds me of a young MJD, short, quick to the hole, and powerful. If he can go to a team that is in need of a power back then I think he’ll put up big numbers in the NFL. He had 208 carries, 1,521 yards, and 15 rushing TD’s, one less than the number of TD’s he had in 2012. Hyde is very versatile, he can do a little bit of everything, he had 3 touchdown catches in 2013 too. A team like the Texans would be a good fit, Arian Foster is getting old and he seems to always be hurt, it would be a great chance for Hyde to learn while also getting some playing time.

3. Mike Evans- Evans is a big wide out, not the fastest of guys, but a dude that really reminds me of Vincent Jacksons, he is going to kill teams in the redzone. Evans and Manziel were a great duo in college, and they seemed to always make the highlight reel. Even though he isn’t fast he can still make a lot of plays just from breaking arm tackles from smaller defensive backs. In his two seasons at A&M Evans had back to back years with over 1,000 yards receiving, and he also had 17 TD grabs, 12 of which came last season. He keeps growing as a player and he has a lot of potential to really hurt defenses, even with a 4.53 40 time. I like the fits of Dallas, St. Louis, and the New York Jets.

4. Johnny Manziel- Nobody knows how Manziel is going to preform at the next level, but he is a winner, and he is a guy that can get out of any ugly situation just from his athleticism. If he can get his teammates to buy into him and his abilities I think that he will be fine. Honestly, Manziel reminds me of Tim TeBow, a guy that doesn’t fit the normal role of an NFL QB, but a guy that can succeed at the highest level. He was the first Freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and his stats were even better in his second season. He threw for 4,114 yards and  37 TD’s off of 429 attempts, but he also threw for 13 INT’s. There is going to be a learning curve for Manziel, but he is still going to throw and run for good yardage even once he straps up in the NFL. Jacksonville would actually be a good fit for him, a power running back so they could do some read option and a couple of good wide outs in Blackmon and Shorts.

5. Teddy Bridgewater- Bridgewater really hasn’t impressed me this offseason. He decided that it wasn’t best for him to throw at the NFL combine, which is perfectly fine, but then he did horrible about his pro day. Sure, these are things that would alarm me if I was a GM with a high pick that needed a QB, but his numbers in 2013 show that he is much better than a couple of throws in practice. Bridgewater had 31 passing TD’s and only 4 INT’s in 2013, that is fantastic! He has a lively arm and he really can light it up down field. He is going to need to go into a vertical offense, so the Oakland Raiders would be a really good fit for him, even though they have a terrible supporting case, I also like the thought of him going to Minnesota.