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Before the fun gets started tonight I want to make a couple predictions...

1. The Colts will hit a home run with this draft. I see Chubb still being on the board at 6 for them to take in round 1 after 4 QB's go in the top 5. If Chubb isn't there they still have the options of Nelson or Roquan Smith; both guys would be starters for a decade in Indy. In round 2 I see them taking an OT with their first pick (Williams from Texas, or O'neill from Pitt), a corner with the next pick (Hughes from UCF, or Jackson from LSU), and a running back with their 3rd (Chubb from Georgia, or Walton from Miami). In the 3rd round they will get a linebacker, Malik Jefferson is my guess for a name to watch for. I see all of these guys being starters, or solid rotational guys in 2-3 years.

2. The Cleveland Browns once again screw up their future at the QB position, but get Saquan Barkley at 4 to disguise it a little. News I'm seeing is that they are going to take Baker Mayfield at number 1. I don't dislike Baker, but I would never take him as the 1st overall pick. To me Sam Darnold is the much safer, all around solid QB who will have a very good career. Taking Barkley at 4 will help their offense to disguise not having a great QB, especially with their signing of Carlos Hyde. Barkley isn't a 25 carry a game guy for a full season in the league, but he will give them a very good rotation and will be a playmaker.

3. New England will not trade either of their 2 first round picks tonight. If Lamar Jackson is there at 23 they will take him there, but won't try to trade up for him. My preference lately has been to seem them take 2 guys like Kolton Miller, Jaire Alexander, Carlton Davis, or Rashaan Evans. The defense is in desperate needs of athleticism, so Leighton Vander-Esch would be a great fit but his neck issues scare me too much. In round 2 I see them taking a QB-Mason Rudolph or Kyle Lauletta and a pass rusher-would like to see Sam Hubbard from OSU still be available, but not likely so they might have to settle for a specialist guy like Arden Key from LSU, or Okoronkwo from OK.

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1 hour ago, FishDuck said:

Before the fun gets started tonight I want to make a couple predictions...

1. The Colts will hit a home run with this draft. I see Chubb still being on the board at 6

I hope you are right.  I would like to see use trade down if not.  Go to 12 and 23 from the Bills.  Maybe grab a couple 2nd round picks also.  If that scenario plays out.  I would like us to pick up Marcus Davenport at 12 and Landry at 23.  That would be two DE's that could cause a lot of havic for several years.  

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FINGERS CROSSED  Nelson to the Bears   if not give me Smith if there as well

i do not want the 19 yr old physical freak Edwards.   Too risky.    

If neither of my guys there, i too would support a trade down to snag OT from ND

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I think Colts do invest in a QB at some point in rounds 2-5

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Colts take G Nelson and I love the pick. I was hoping for Chubb, but Nelson is a solid pick. Bears got a solid LB in Smith.

GB

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Love the pick for Chicago! Colts made the safest, smartest pick they could have made. It isn’t flashy, but Nelson will start for a decade and will set the attitude up front for your team. 

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Colts are still in position to get either Arden Key or Harold Landry and a RB of their choice. Plenty of good RBs left.

GB

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11 hours ago, GB4 said:

Colts take G Nelson and I love the pick. I was hoping for Chubb, but Nelson is a solid pick. Bears got a solid LB in Smith.

GB

He better be really good.  The Colts just made him the earliest G taken since 1996.  That year Jonathan Ogden was taken by the Ravens and listed as a G.  I believe he played T for the Ravens for the next 11 seasons.  When I look at the Patriots picks at 23 and 31, I am not sure the Colts will grade out better with their first two picks of the draft.  Really felt like we should have traded out of the No. 6 spot, but I have no insight into the offers if any came in for that spot.  I know the pick isn't flashy, but just not sure Nelson was worthy of a slot that early in the draft.  He struggled against the Canes this year.  That is the type of speed he is going to see every Sunday in the NFL.  Anyone else have any thoughts?

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general thoughts:   Love what Ravens did:   Good way to go out for Ozzie Newsome;   Punt mentioned it:    Ozzie's 1st draft:  2 1st round picks:  Ray Lewis and Ogden,  finishes his illustrious career:  2 picks, 1 being a TE and then getting what would seem be Flacco's replacement.   Kuddos to Ravens. 

I thought 49ers reached a bit on OT from ND

Bummed Price went already, was hoping he got to Bears in 2nd.  

Interesting WR went in the 20s and LOVE THE SEATTLE PICK:  that kid is electric  

I think Colts go DE from Boston College and Corner from Iowa tonight.  

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I really thought that the Saints gave up too much to move up and take Marcus Davenport.  Didn't they give up their number one in 2019?  Seemed steep.  I think Davenport is a freak, but it cost them alot.  They might have gotten him where they were if they had stayed with their original pick.

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especially if you factor in what Arizona gave up to move up compared to Saints.   YIKES

 

QN highlights

 

 

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Man Coach N, he is a finisher.  Love the way he stays with a play.  I went and watched every snap of the Miami game again after you posted these videos.  He won more battles than he lost that day.  Just poor overall play by the Irish.  You have me a little more fired up now about this guy.

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favorite is the spike of the LSU player!!!    Like a classic Undertaker CHOKE SLAM!!!!
 

That is a BAD MAN!!!   

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10 hours ago, punttheball said:

He better be really good.  The Colts just made him the earliest G taken since 1996.  That year Jonathan Ogden was taken by the Ravens and listed as a G.  I believe he played T for the Ravens for the next 11 seasons.  When I look at the Patriots picks at 23 and 31, I am not sure the Colts will grade out better with their first two picks of the draft.  Really felt like we should have traded out of the No. 6 spot, but I have no insight into the offers if any came in for that spot.  I know the pick isn't flashy, but just not sure Nelson was worthy of a slot that early in the draft.  He struggled against the Canes this year.  That is the type of speed he is going to see every Sunday in the NFL.  Anyone else have any thoughts?

Off the top of my head Brandon Scherff was 5th overall in 2015 as a G for the Redskins. It is not flashy but he will start for 10+ years. I get what you're saying and I normally would agree, but with Luck missing 26 games the last 3 years...

GB

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Very solid draft for the Colts. Will be curious to see how their 2nd round picks work out, Leonard seems to be a good fit for the new defense and Smith might be a good rotational guy that can play guard or right tackle. Kemoko Turay and Deon Cain were their best picks outside of Nelson IMO, I expect both guys to make splash plays this year. Thought they might go with more of a work horse running back, but Hines is a big play guy and will fill the Corey Clement role well in Reich's offense.

I thought Jacksonville was absolutely perfect in their first 3 picks, with Taven Bryan who very well could be the next Calais Campbell and DJ Chark who will take the top off a defense and will likely see a lot of 1 on 1 coverage. Also looks like Tennessee had a very good weekend.

Roquan Smith and James Daniels are perfect fits for the Bears culture and I could see both WR's they drafted getting some catches this season.

Pretty happy with the Patriots draft as well. Wynn is a great prospect at Guard in my opinion, adding Trent Brown via trade will help allow him to play guard. Dawson, Bentley, and Sam will help add some young athletic talent to the defense. Michel will be a stud in the offense game plans from week to week. And then you have Braxton Berrios who has a very good shot at being Danny Amendola 2.0.  And also Trader Bill once again does Trader Bill things with 8 draft day trades and now New England is sitting with 6 projected picks in the first 3 rounds next year including a 2nd rounder from Chicago that will likely be a top 15-20 selection. I think it is safe to say that BB won't be going anywhere for a couple more years  ;)

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I am ecstatic 

I wouldn't sleep on 6th rounder from UTAH:    Very good measurables, see if he can provide some edge rush!!

 

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On 4/27/2018 at 9:18 PM, GB4 said:

Off the top of my head Brandon Scherff was 5th overall in 2015 as a G for the Redskins. It is not flashy but he will start for 10+ years. I get what you're saying and I normally would agree, but with Luck missing 26 games the last 3 years...

GB

Brandon Scherff was a Tackle coming out of college.

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For the whole debate on if a Guard is worthy of a top pick or not I would say to just remember that the best way to protect a QB is not only to have a good left tackle, but to also be able to give him a pocket to step up into. Also have to remember that you can help out a tackle with a tight end or a back chipping or staying in to protect, but you can't help out a guard with a dominate 3 technique. Look at the Tom Brady strip sack to seal the Super Bowl this year; the new trend is to be able to kick a d-end into a 3 technique where you know he is going to be 1 on 1 with the guard in a passing situation. The value of guards in this league is increasing year by year, you see what Andrew Norwell got paid this year? I understand that he wasn't a top draft pick, in fact I think he was undrafted, but you can't rely on someone like that hitting again. On film Nelson looks like the next Zach Martin to me and that guy is well worth a number 6 pick in today's brand of ball.

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On 4/26/2018 at 2:50 PM, Coach Nowlin said:

FINGERS CROSSED  Nelson to the Bears   if not give me Smith if there as well

i do not want the 19 yr old physical freak Edwards.   Too risky.    

If neither of my guys there, i too would support a trade down to snag OT from ND

6-1, 230 lb LB in the NFL concerns me.  That's very small.  More like an oversized safety.  Urlacher could cover the field in his early years like Smith and he was 6-4, 245.  Mike Singletary was about the same size, and gets all the accolades.  I would have rather seen them take Vander Esch.  He looks like a young Urlacher, with more athleticism.    People forget that Singletary had two All Pros at his side (Wilber Marshall and Otis Wilson), two Hall of Famers in front of him (Richard Dent and Dan Hampton) and an All World secondary behind him.  

Throw in 5-11, 210 Baker Mayfield at QB, (he's not 6-1) and this league is becoming a place for little guys.  I too was hoping for Nelson.  McGlinchey would have been a good, solid pick as well.  ND doing a great job at turning out NFL offensive linemen.

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I would say with the influence of the speed game/RPO's and tempo, you are seeing a shift to the smaller faster LB because they have to turn and run just as much as read and fill gaps.  

Urlacher had a couple real nice LB with him, especially Mr. Briggs.  

I would venture to say SEC is full of bunch of NFL size dudes.  He dominated play there including final 4 championship series.  Dude just made plays.   I think that will translate just fine

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18 minutes ago, Coach Nowlin said:

I would say with the influence of the speed game/RPO's and tempo, you are seeing a shift to the smaller faster LB because they have to turn and run just as much as read and fill gaps.  

Urlacher had a couple real nice LB with him, especially Mr. Briggs.  

I would venture to say SEC is full of bunch of NFL size dudes.  He dominated play there including final 4 championship series.  Dude just made plays.   I think that will translate just fine

Bears have invested their defensive linebacking future in UGA grads.  Smith short and thick and Floyd long and thin.  Where are the Jack Lambert, Bill Bergey,  Scott Studwell types?

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buried with the rest of the dinosaurs!!!  

Evolve or die they say

NFL is not the same as it was in your youth my friend 

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I dont watch the NFL.  Stopped watching several years ago, as the Bears spiraled down to the bottom of the league.

I'm hugely put off by the fantasy and gambling aspects of the NFL.  If you took away those two elements, the game might actually die due to a lack of interest.    NFL games to me are very homogenous and prepackaged.  Boring is the word.   They all frankly look the same.  People are supporting players and teams for all the wrong reasons (those previously mentioned)

This new Bears regime does have me intrigued and somewhat more engaged.  I'm hopeful they will become "watchable" again.  Last time I can remember a watchable Bears team, Jim Miller was at the helm and the offense was borderline dangerous.

The NFL is starting to look like Texas high school football.  I abhor that style of play, and the outcomes, where 55-49 scores are the norm.  

Thank God we still have some semblance of traditional midwestern football still alive in the Big Ten.  

 

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12 hours ago, punttheball said:

Brandon Scherff was a Tackle coming out of college.

But he was projected/drafted as a G because his arm length wasn't long enough for the NFL. Whenever they talked about him that year, all they talked about was how he was going to be the highest drafted G in a long time. Anyway, at this point that doesn't really matter. Occasionally, some Gs are good enough to draft that high.

GB 

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