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  1. Talk about the off season, free agency, draft and all the build up to the regular season and the road to Super Bowl 52.
     
  2. #2  Bandit,  Mar 6, 2017
     Last edited: Mar 6, 2017
    Myles Garrett is being called the best draft prospect since Andrew Luck, best defensive prospect in well over a decade apparently. The display he put on at the combine was freakish. The Browns have to be sensible and pick him and be done with it.

    Saw this on twitter -

    Myles Garrett at the combine:

    Taller than Julio Jones
    Heavier than Rob Gronkowski
    Quicker than Devonta Freeman
    Faster than Jarvis Landry

    After the combine the latest Mock Draft is looking interesting.

    Some questions remain to be answered, and with free agency opening up this week, that should happen.

    1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
    Garrett went into combine week as the draft’s top player, and he excited it removing all questions.

    2. San Francisco 49ers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
    Perhaps I’m being caught inhaling a heavy smokescreen of Kizer love laid by 49ers general manager John Lynch, but he sure seemed to come alive talking about the Notre Dame quarterback.

    3. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
    Although the Bears are being heavily associated with free agent Mike Glennon, they should still draft a quarterback to avoid a similar situation as the Houston Texans did with Brock Osweiler.

    4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
    Allen is the linchpin of the first round. It was revealed at the combine that he has arthritic shoulders, even though he downplayed the severity, and he came in at just 286 pounds. His stock is going to be all over the place leading up to the draft. For the Jaguars, he just fits as the pass rushing interior player they need. If a team can get two contracts worth of good play from Allen, he’s worth a first-round pick.

    5. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
    The Titans are well-positioned for a trade out of the fifth pick, especially if a team wants to come up and get quarterback Deshaun Watson. If they stick here, Adams would be a smart pickup. He’s the draft’s best all-around player at a position that is becoming more and more critical (and expensive) every season.

    6. New York Jets: Leonard Fournette, QB, LSU
    Fournette may not have had the type of combine some expected, he can still be a dominant runner. The buzz about him in Indianapolis was that he can be a player who can be the focal point of an offense, something mentioned plenty of times in these mock drafts. That’s what the Jets need as they try and continue to figure out what to do with their group of young quarterbacks.

    7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
    There is some concern about Hooker because his torn hip labrum will sideline him for a period this offseason, but he’s still one of the most talented players in the draft.

    8. Carolina Panthers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
    With Fournette off the board, the Panthers could target a pass rusher with the No. 8 selection. Thomas looked like a super hero during combine weigh ins, and his play on the field backs it up.

    9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington
    Maybe this is overreacting, but the top priority for the Bengals this offseason is getting speed at wide receiver and defensive end. Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis would get some consideration here, but Ross’ speed fits perfectly into Cincinnati’s offense, but he’s much more nuanced as a receiver.

    10. Buffalo Bills: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
    If there was a winner among the group of top quarterbacks at the combine, it was Watson. He supposedly excelled in individual team interviews and looked good in throwing drills.

    11. New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
    It’s hard to hold Barnett’s combine performance against him considering he was sick throughout the week. He still registered a good three-cone drill time of 6.96 seconds, and his history of production at Tennessee stands out.

    12. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles): O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    Howard has had an incredible offseason, including a standout performance at the Senior Bowl and a marvelous combine where he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash. He would provide the Browns with a long term star at tight end, and a player who can provide matchup issues.

    13. Arizona Cardinals: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
    If teams don’t pounce on cornerbacks early, the Cardinals would benefit. Other than Patrick Peterson they’re lacking at the position and Lattimore has star potential.

    14. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
    Davis didn’t workout at the combine, but his draft stock should be fine. Hhe has good hands and runs great routes, so he should quickly develop into Carson Wentz’s go-to target.

    15. Indianapolis Colts: Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE, UCLA
    Even with pending shoulder surgery, McKinley was a star at the combine after posting good timing numbers. Unless there are concerns about his health long term, this is his value range.

    16. Baltimore Ravens: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
    With Rick Wagner leaving this offsesaon, the Ravens’ large list of needs now includes the offensive line. Bolles and his nasty demeanor is a nice fit in the AFC North and would give Baltimore a player who should be able to play either side.

    17. Washington: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
    McDowell has the look of a top five pick, and the potential of one as well. With the the right type of coaching he could eventually play like one as well.

    18. Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
    Williams didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the combine, but during his media session he seemed to realize it won’t be all that great when he does. His vertical leap of 32.5 inches is more concerning considering his playing style is beating defenders to the ball. He still has good enough hands to warrant a high pick, and the Titans need a No. 1 receiver.

    19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
    Cook said it would be a “dream come to true” to be reunited with former college teammate Jameis Winston, and after a subpar combine he could drop to this range to make it happen.

    20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
    At some point John Elway has to put talent and assets into the offensive line, and that should start with this pick. Ramczyk is just as good as any tackle in this year’s draft and would slot into the left tackle position for the Broncos.

    21. Detroit Lions: David Njoku, TE, Miami
    McDowell would be the ideal choice for the Lions, but with him gone the team could target the defensive line in the second round with a player like Montravius Adams of Auburn. Njoku didn’t have the blazing combine some expected, but here’s where his draft range begins.

    22. Miami Dolphins: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama
    Foster got kicked out of the combine, and teams may be concerned about his attitude. If that causes him to drop on draft night, a team like Miami would be the beneficiary. He would start straight away in Miami.

    23. New York Giants: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
    This may seem like a surprise pick, but Hodges boosted his draft stock in a big way at the combine. If the Giants don’t take him here, he probably won’t be there in the second round.

    24. Oakland Raiders: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
    Reddick continued his strong offseason in Indianapolis, and is locked in as a first-round pick. He would give the Raiders a player who can play inside or outside linebacker, or even line up at end if they wanted. His versatility and skill will be coveted on the first night of the draft.

    25. Houston Texans: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
    The Texans need to get better on the offensive line, and the massive Robinson could be brought in as a guard and be groomed to move to tackle.

    26. Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
    Most think Lamp faces a move to the inside in the NFL, but his technique is good enough that he could stick outside at tackle.

    27. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
    Whether it’s to Kansas City at 27 or even higher, the feeling at the combine was that Mahomes is likely a first-round pick. Going to Kansas City would be a perfect situation for Mahomes, and he’d be open to it.

    28. Dallas Cowboys: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
    The cornerbacks are falling in this mock draft because of the depth at the position could lead some teams to wait. That could benefit the Cowboys, especially if the top edge rushers are gone. Humphrey is a physical defender who can play outside and work against bigger receivers.

    29. Green Bay Packers: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
    The Packers have more pressing needs high in the draft, but a player of Tabor’s caliber is too good to pass up with the No. 29 pick. The Packers have used a lot of picks on cornerbacks, but some just haven’t panned out.

    30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
    Williams is a one-trick pony player, but his value as a pass rusher is too hard to ignore. He would give the Steelers the type of speed edge rusher they don’t have on the roster.

    31. Atlanta Falcons: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
    Charlton didn’t have the athletic numbers some expected at the combine, but he shouldn’t drop out of the first round. He fits in Atlanta as a movable piece on the defensive line, capable of playing outside and some inside.

    32. New England Patriots: Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
    Lawson looked explosive at the combine, and may have done enough for himself to grab a top 32 pick. In New England, he can be the pass rusher they need with the exit of Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard.
     
  3. The 49ers are to release Torrey Smith. This will clear nearly $5m in cap space. If they make him a June 1st cut they'd clear $9m but probably no need for that given the $90+ in cap space for 2017.

    The 49ers have been connected to Terrelle Pryor, Alshon Jeffery, and Kenny Britt in free agency, and have ten draft picks.
     
  4. How many people are expecting Garrett to go #1?
    Higher vertical jump than any NBA draft prospect this year, and the same as LeBron James.

    The man is a freak athlete.
     
  5. Seahawks' safety Earl Thomas is back running after ankle injury ruined his end of season and the Seahawks playoff hopes.



    The Ravens have released CB Shareece Wright and safety Kendrick Lewis, freeing up about $5m in cap space.

    The Patriots are rumoured to want two first-round draft picks in any trade for QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

    The Cowboys have reportedly restructed the contract of LB Sean Lee - adding about $9m to their cap space.

    Kirk Cousins looks more than likely to be the new 49ers QB.

    Colts OT Joe Reitz (31), announced his retirement today. Made 44 starts during 7 season in Indianapolis.

    The Chargers have reportedly cut former first-round draft pick OL D.J. Fluker.

    The Steelers say they have "no interest" in signing WR Terrelle Pryor who made 77 catches for 1004 yards and 4 TDS with the Browns last season.
     
  6. Tyrod Taylor staying at Buffalo after restructuring his contract with the Bills.
    Quite happy about this. I think Taylor is a decent QB who could flourish given one or two more offensive weapons to assist McCoy and Watkins
     
  7. They've just traded TE Dwayne Allen and a 6th round pick to the Patriots for a 4th round pick. And with that deal, impending free agent TE Martellus Bennett has said his farewells to Patriots fans via twitter.
     
  8. From what I can see the 49ers have signed or will sign:

    Brian Hoyer QB ($6m per year guaranteed, up to $9m per year with incentives)
    Marquise Goodwin WR (Up to $8m over 2 years)
    Pierre Garcon WR (Not confirmed yet, but seems to be SF bound).
    Malcolm Smith LB (No salary details yet, but expected to sign).
    Kyle Juszczyk FB ($5m per year, not sure how much guaranteed)
     
  9. As usual the NFL Free Agency day is a 1,000,000x more exciting than the Soccer Transfer Deadline Sky Sports always tries to hype up

    Former Cardinals DL Calais Campbell reportedly to sign with Jaguars - 4 years, $60m with $30m guaranteed. The Broncos have reportedly offered Campbell $13m annually.

    Eagles reportedly closing in on deal with WR Alshon Jeffrey; 821 yards, 2TDs last season.

    Despite adding Kenny Britt, Cleveland are reportedly still in the mix for Terrelle Pryor having offered him the best deal on the table and the market is "not what he expected" - still a chance he will stay with the Browns.

    Patriots are reportedly signing DT Alan Branch to 2-year deal worth up to $12m; 49 tackles last season.

    Panthers reportedly paying LT Matt Kalil $55m over 5 years; with $20m guaranteed.

    Dolphins reportedly sign veteran TE Anthony Fasano; previously played 5 seasons in Miami.

    More on Kirk Cousins, he been told not to get his hopes up after asking the Redskins for a trade.

    Safety Quintin Demps reportedly signs to a 3-year deal with the Bears; career high 6 INTs last season.

    Bills to reportedly release former 2nd-round pick DB Aaron Williams; 20 tackles in 7 games last season.

    Titans are reportedly serious contenders for LB Dont'a Hightower; 65 tackles, 2.5 sacks last season.

    Chiefs decline 2017 option on QB Nick Foles, making him a free agent; 410 yards and 3TDs last year.
     
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