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  1. 6-10 is impossible. All he does is win. Most of his SF career notwithstanding. 😉 But seriously, tomorrow is a huge game. If they win I think they ultimately take the division. It feels like a swing game because if they win they still have a 2 game lead and can lose to Dallas and stay on top. If not, especially if Dallas wins, its likely going to be a week of angst leading to the Thanksgiving game.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    He's like the Bo Jackson of GMs, here's him even firing up Redskins legends. The dude does it all. With Alumni day coming tomorrow, if this doesn't fire you up, I don't know what to say? 😎
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Irv Smith, very very tempting. I know though its nuts to skip a pass rusher for a TE -- maybe he falls to the 2nd. He's not the only good TE prospect in this draft but the one I've watched the most and love that the dude could block too.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    this is a good one
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    Redskins vs Texans Prediction Thread: Pessimistically Optimistic?

    ESPN guys on it http://www.espn.com/chalk/insider/story/_/id/25293860/week-11-nfl-betting-guide-best-bets-picks-advice-all-sunday-games-including-steelers-jaguars Houston Texans (-3) at Washington Redskins Total: 42.5 PickCenter public consensus pick: 66 percent picked Houston Johnson: I wrote about the Redskins game in Week 10 in my column this past Tuesday. If readers don't already know the intent of this section, I dive into more details within the box score to get a better understanding of the whole story a football game can tell us. The point: Tampa Bay gained 503 yards, 29 first downs and had five trips to the red zone, while Washington gained 286 yards, 15 first downs and made just two trips to the red zone. Yet, the Redskins won the game 16-3. It could be argued that Washington has been the luckiest team in football to this point in the season. You know how hard it is to gain over 500 yards on offense, drive your way into the opponent's red zone on five separate occasions, and score only three points? The Redskins simply aren't a very good football team. Their record says they are 6-3 and they sit atop the NFC East, but they have a point differential this season of +1. They rank 26th in the NFL in offensive efficiency and 21st in defense. My feeling is that people will see the 6-3 Redskins getting three points at home and think it's too good to be true. Washington's record and turnover margin, however, are too good to be true. Don't get caught up buying in. Pick: Pass Sharp: The 6-3 Redskins have won four of their past five games, but most of them have come against terrible defenses. In Washington's past six games, it has faced defenses that rank 32nd, 31st, 28th, 27th, 24th and 19th. The past two weeks, against the two worst defenses in the NFL, they gained just 286 total yards against the Bucs and 366 total yards against the Falcons. Now they must face the Texans' No. 3 defense, by far the best unit Washington has faced all year. Houston's defense is likely not as good as it has looked, as the Texans have played the NFL's easiest schedule of opposing offenses. Their offense should look good, though, because they are one of the most run-heavy teams in the league and are facing a Redskins defense that ranks 28th against the run. Houston's passing game is fully healthy as well, and the Texans, off a bye, should be in a great position to perform on the road. At this number, though, I'll pass. Pick: Pass
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Yeah I get the theory about in a rich defensive tackle draft, why not take another one. But it looks like pass rush/OLBs is almost as deep and interesting. If we have world beaters at tackle then image a bonafide pass rusher also coming off the edge. I like Kerrigan but he's motor guy. I'd love a pure athlete with great bend, quick first step and speed on the other side. Cooley said once talking to O lineman the type of pass rushers that scare O lineman most are speed rushers in obvious passing downs. I wonder though how intrigued Kyle is with Raekwon Davis if he remains fascinated by Alabama guys. Davis' teammate, Williams has overshadowed him. He was a projected top 10 pick before the season now I see him dropping in the late teens in some mocks. In a deep DT draft, wonder if he drops to our pick. I haven't studied him but going to one of the Alabama games this year, seeing some of the players up close, that dude physically looks like a monster. I don't know what his measurables end up being in the combine but the dude definitely has the look of an Alabama dominating D lineman. He was a sack guy last year but not this year. Q. Williams is clearly out of reach. But Davis might be available. Buggs, another Alabama D lineman, is the guy on their D line doing the most sacks. He doesn't look like a monster though physically like Davis. He seems to be projected as a 2nd rounder right now. Another Alabama guy I wonder about as for OLB-pass rush is Christian Miller. Jennings gets more PR. But whenever I watch Alabama, Miller just about always has a sack in a game. He doesn't have elite type of pass rushing traits so am gathering a 3rd-4th round type. But the dude seems to make plays. Plays with a lot of hustle. I recall reading that Saban really likes him.
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    At the moment, am thinking they let Preston Smith go and angle for a pass rusher in round 1 or 2. IMO there are too many available possibilities -- plus pass rusher is a better bet than most positions if you can find a good one in the draft because they cost a fortune in FA. Bosa and Ferrell obviously going really early. But then you never know one of these guys could drop: Polite, Allen, Burns, Sweat -- the numbers indicate one of them will likely be there at our pick, and can you pass up a bonafide pass rusher?
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    Redskins vs Texans Prediction Thread: Pessimistically Optimistic?

    I've predicted a win every game but one this year but on this one I couldn't find a rationale the more I thought about it for a victory. Texans don't typically turn the ball over Texans are really good against the run -- including stopping Peterson last year Their vulnerability is the deep ball A banged up, false start happy Morgan Moses versus JJ Watt. Either a 9 fingered Trent or a banged up Ty against Clowney So I'll land on the law of opposites to get past all of that. When things seem so tilted the other way, its bound to go the opposite way. Redskins 21 Texans 20.
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Albert Breer, who says his draft board is all about buzz he hears around the league for whatever that's worth https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/11/15/2019-nfl-draft-big-board-rankings-nick-bosa-justin-herbert The first round is full of land mines,” says one veteran AFC exec. “This is not a top–10 type of draft,” adds an AFC college scouting director. “To me, there are a lot pass rushers and D-linemen, but I don’t know that there’s anyone that compares to, say, Bradey Chubb, if you take [Nick] Bosa out of it.” That sets the backdrop for you. This year’s class is light on the skill positions, and heavy on defensive linemen, with a shaky group of quarterbacks mixed in. How do the players stack up right now? With the help of some veteran evaluators, we here's our first Big Board of the year... 1. NICK BOSA, DE, OHIO STATE Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 265 pounds The true junior was the best player in America through three weeks of this season before shutting it down. Assuming he checks out physically coming off his core muscle surgery, he’s the leader in the clubhouse to be the No. 1 prospect going into pre-draft process. 2. QUINNEN WILLIAMS, DL, ALABAMA Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 295 pounds Williams didn’t start for the Tide in 2017. A year later, he has a shot to go in the Top 5, which is a good example of how the Nick Saban Machine rolls. And while it may seem a little off to see him ranked higher than Ed Oliver, the disruptive Williams is more scheme versatile than his more ballyhooed counterpart. 3. ED OLIVER, DT, HOUSTON Height: 6' 2" | Weight: 290 pounds Oliver has missed the last three weeks after taking an illegal low hit to the knee against Navy, and his status is up in the air for tomorrow’s home finale against Tulane. That said, he’s still the guy who was drawing comparisons to John Randle over the summer. And while not every team loves him (will he come in at 280 or 300 pounds?), for some, he projects as a foundational type player. 4. DEVIN WHITE, STACK LB, LSU Height: 6' 0" | Weight: 240 pounds Positional value being what it is, I doubt White—an off-the-ball linebacker—goes this high. But he’s a very good player who could be the nerve center for an NFL defense for a lot of years. He’s a better athlete than last year’s top inside ’backer, Roquan Smith, but isn’t quite as instinctive or productive as the Bears rookie was at Georgia. 5. RASHAN GARY, DL, MICHIGAN Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 280 pounds The crazy thing about Gary is that he’s still seen as being pretty raw with a lot of room to grow. And at 280 or so pounds, the buzz is that he’ll run a 40-yard dash in the 4.7s. He may not be the best of the defensive linemen in this class as a rookie, but has the potential to be a monster long-term. 6. CLELIN FERRELL, DE, CLEMSON Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 265 pounds Ferrell has picked up where he left off last year. He has 17 sacks in his last 19 games, and is very natural as a pass rusher, both in his build and how he plays. 7. JOSH ALLEN, OLB/DE, KENTUCKY Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 255 pounds The biggest question on Allen is how an NFL team will wind up using him. Like Minnesota’s Anthony Barr and Buffalo’s Tremaine Edmunds, he can play on the line or off, and can do a lot of things well. He’s been productive this year, with 11 sacks, 15.5 tackles for losses, five forced fumbles and four pass breakups. 8. JEFFREY SIMMONS, DT, MISSISSIPPI STATE Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 300 pounds His background will be a topic of discussion in February and March; as a high schooler he pleaded no contest to simple assault after striking a woman several times during a fight. Conversely, those in Starkville have vouched to NFL teams for the kind of person Simmons has been over his three years on campus. On the field, he’s capable of ruining games from the interior. 9. GREEDY WILLIAMS, CB, LSU Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 185 pounds He’s tall and skinny, and isn’t perfect for everyone. But the Seattle-style Cover-3 defense teams will love him, and, of course, he comes from a school with great lineage at his position. 10. DEANDRE BAKER, CB, GEORGIA Height: 5' 11" | Weight: 185 pounds Scouts will tell you that Baker is probably a better cover guy than Williams. The problem? He’s about four inches or so shorter than Williams. 11. CHRISTIAN WILKINS, DT, CLEMSON Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 315 pounds Wilkins is a freakish athlete who some project to contribute a little on offense in the NFL too, with his natural bend, change-of-direction ability, body control and ball skills. The question will be, as an attacking, upfield type, where he finds his home on defense in the NFL. 12. DEXTER LAWRENCE, DT, CLEMSON Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 350 pounds Lawrence is a little antithetical to Wilkins—just a massive body with strength and athleticism to clog up the middle for a defense. The Tigers defense deploys him aggressively, but in the NFL he’ll likely find his value as a brick wall of a run defender. 13. JUSTIN HERBERT, QB, OREGON Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 230 pounds Lots of scouts will tell you he’s staying in school, and that he wants to play with his younger brother, who arrives on campus next year. As naturally gifted as Herbert is, he could use a little work—his accuracy has leveled off after a hot start to the season. All that said, given the position he plays, and how it’s drafted, staying in school would probably be a pretty serious gamble. 14. JONAH WILLIAMS, OT, ALABAMA Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 300 pounds Williams started at right tackle as a true freshman in 2016—not an easy trick to pull off—before flipping to play the left side last year. He’s in the running for all the postseason honors a lineman can contend for. The question in the pros will be whether he has the traits to play left tackle, or if he’d be better suited to play on the right side or inside. 15. DERRICK BROWN, DT, AUBURN Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 325 pounds He’s a little like Lawrence—athletic enough to have third-down potential, but mostly just a gigantic dude who will be a problem for opponents in the run game. He’s listed at 325 pounds, and at 20 years old, he’s got room to grow. 16. MONTEZ SWEAT, DE/OLB, MISSISSIPPI STATE Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 250 pounds Another pass-rusher in a class full of them, Sweat is a tall and angular pressure player who will probably go just behind his teammate Simmons. 17. RAEKWON DAVIS, DL, ALABAMA Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 315 pounds Davis is different than his teammate Quinnen Williams—much more the big, strong, hold-the-fort type who’d fit right in as a 5-technique in a 3-4 front. And he does have a longer tracker record than Williams too, which does say something since the two were competing for playing time. 18. DRE’MONT JONES, DT, OHIO STATE Height: 6' 2" | Weight: 290 pounds Another product from the pipeline of Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Jones is scratching the surface of his athletic potential, and has size and burst as a disruptive interior rush man. 19. DEIONTE THOMPSON, S, ALABAMA Height: 6' 1" | Weight: 195 pounds Thompson, like Williams, has emerged with increased playing time, and proven to be an instinctive and quick centerfielder of a safety. The big issue with him scouts have – he’s pretty skinny. 20. DEVIN BUSH, STACK LB, MICHIGAN Height: 5' 11" | Weight: 230 pounds What Bush lacks in size he makes up for in instincts, speed and intensity. One of the best defensive playmakers in the country, and a linebacker who will need the right fit schematically to thrive in the NFL.
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    Is this the best Defensive Front we've had in years?

    Bosa was really good last year but yeah hurt this year. His brother has been a beast in college but also hurt now. Quick-strong hands (though neither fast) amazing motor and both can stop the run. If they could stay healthy I'd happily take either one. I'd love a speed pass rusher on this team. On the board's mock draft two years ago, I took McKinley who looks like he's going to be a good one. This draft has some possibilities of guys who look to have some speed -- Polite, Allen (don't think either will be there at our pick), Ximines, Sweat. Am starting to become enamored with Winovich from Michigan. He's not a speed rusher but the dude is just a baller -- in that way he reminds me some of the Bosa brothers. There is a lot of hype for DTs in this draft and justifiably so but DE-OLB looks pretty deep, too.
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    Press Release: #Redskins Quotes- Gruden

    Purely goofing on the Jay thread, where you have a chorus of people who say McVay should still be here and us poor saps are left with Jay. I am not among those critics, I like Jay so just having fun. 😎
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    Press Release: #Redskins Quotes- Gruden

    McVay would have said everything better. Heck those guys probably wouldn't have even gotten hurt if McVay were here.
  13. I've done plenty of essays on the subject. i'll give my cliff notes version of this and have zero interest debating the usual suspects on it. To me there are 4 key legs to the team as for personnel and fan sentiment. A. College scouting. I like this department. They have had hiccups but every GM/draft has them. The key is to have many shots at the well -- for example I almost never see it mentioned by anyone but me that we have to grade the 2016 draft also by factoring them trading down and adding 3 picks to the 2017 draft in the process -- that's very Belichick style. I'd give this department an A-. Maybe even an A. B. Pro scouting. Some hits. Too many FA misses. Like anything, I've liked some of their moves. And I don't like their general approach to FA. I'd give it a D + C. QB. And yes IMO it deserves its own category because its that important. And I am not just talking about our last QB. I mean everything under Bruce-Dan. All the resources dedicated to it, squandered opportunities, etc. I'd give them an F. If there was a lower grade than an F, they'd get that. I don't think F sums it up enough. D. Presenting the team. They haven't exuded class and likability or competence. I think Brian Lafemina is a rock star level good at presenting the team well so maybe they are poised to change this with his hire among others. I'd give them a C factoring everything. If Its just purely about Bruce I'd give them an F. I think they fix their issues in all likelihood if they put Kyle Smith in charge of the whole operation -- put a real football guy in charge. And put Lafemina in the role that Bruce has now. Have Bruce focus on the stadium. Then you are cooking with oil IMO. 😎
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    Is this the best Defensive Front we've had in years?

    I get that, just weird when 4.8 40 timed pass rushers are deemed speed rushers -- but like I said I get it, the quick get off and bend is more important than raw speed. Though some guys like Von Miller has it all including raw speed.
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    Is this the best Defensive Front we've had in years?

    One of the things that has always befuddled me about pass rushers is some who are considered "speed" rushers are actually slow as for timing them in the 40, etc. But guys like Galette and maybe this guy can have a quick first step and get low.
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    Is this the best Defensive Front we've had in years?

    Pass rushing issues solved. 😎
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Kiper not the best evaluator but he claims his big board and mocks is primarily based on the buzz he's hearing Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State* Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 263 pounds | Previously: 1 I don't expect Bosa's core muscle injury to affect his draft stock. It's not an injury with lasting long-term effects. I would like to see him on the field soon -- the Buckeyes' defensive line isn't the same without him. He's the Class of 2019's best edge rusher, and it's not close. He is advanced for his age in his technique -- you can probably thank his brother, Joey, and dad, John, both former first-round picks -- and he hasn't put up huge numbers because of Ohio State's talented defensive line rotation. He has four sacks in the three games after picking up eight in 2017. 2. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston* Height: 6-3 | Weight: 292 | Previously: 2 On tape, Oliver is just relentless. He never quits. He's the best interior pass-rusher in this class, though he's not quite Aaron Donald. Those are the comps Oliver is going to get until April, but that's not fair to him at this point. He has room to grow in his technique. Oliver uses a quick first step to wreck plays before they can even begin -- he had 39 tackles for loss in his first two seasons, and he has 6.5 this season. 3. Devin White, LB, LSU* Height: 6-1 | Weight: 240 | Previously: 3 White had 133 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and an interception during a spectacular breakout 2017 season. He has dominated this season, too, with 53 tackles, including 6.5 for loss so far. I love his read-and-react ability, and when I went back and watched the 2017 LSU tape, he was all over the field. White is not a true pass-rusher, but he could play outside or inside linebacker at the next level. He has some versatility and is extremely athletic. 4. Andraez "Greedy" Williams, CB, LSU** Height: 6-3 | Weight: 184 | Previously: 7 Williams burst onto the scene in 2017, picking off six passes as a redshirt freshman and emerging as one of the best defensive backs in college football. He has two picks this season, including one in the Tigers' upset over Auburn. Williams has great ball skills and a long, lean frame, and he sticks to wide receivers. The third-year sophomore has top-five talent if he leaves school early. 5. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson* Height: 6-5 | Weight: 265 | Previously: 4 I thought Ferrell could have been a first-round pick in the 2018 draft, when he was a third-year sophomore. He's that good. He had 9.5 sacks last season and is up to six in six games this season. He terrorized Texas A&M and Georgia Southern with two sacks apiece and multiple pressures. Clemson has one of the most talented defensive lines I've ever seen in college football, and Ferrell is the top prospect. 6. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama* Height: 6-5 | Weight: 301 | Previously: 8 It's not easy to start for Nick Saban as a freshman, and that's exactly what Williams did when he lined up as the right tackle in Week 1 in 2016. Now he has started more than 30 games in two-plus seasons, spending last season on the left side. There's a chance he could move to guard in the NFL, but I like him as a tackle right now. 7. Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State Height: 6-6 | Weight: 241 | Previously: 13 I just wrote about why Sweat was moving up on my board. After putting up three sacks in Saturday's win over Auburn, he now has 15 sacks in 18 games since transferring to Mississippi State. Sweat's frame has room for more weight, so he could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 or defensive end in a 4-3. He showed last season that he's one of the best pass-rushers in college football, putting up 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. He has an outstanding takeoff at the snap and good pass-rushing moves. 8. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon* Height: 6-6 | Weight: 233 | Previously: 14 Check out this video clip. Herbert scrambles out of the pocket against Bowling Green and fires a 50-yard strike to an open receiver in the end zone. That's where he flashes the ability that makes NFL scouts perk up. Now, he has thrown five interceptions against so-so competition thus far -- that's where he flashes the bad stuff. His decision-making was improved last season (he finished No. 12 in the FBS in Total QBR at 80.1, even after missing five games because of a broken collarbone), but there are bad throws at times. I'd like to see more consistency overall, but he has the traits that teams love, and that's why he's my No. 1 quarterback right now. Watch the touchdown throw against Cal above -- that's a great ball. 9. Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan* Height: 6-6 | Weight: 283 | Previously: 5 Gary dominates when he's at his best; just manhandles offensive linemen. The problem? Consistency. A defender this big and this talented should have more than 17 tackles for loss in two seasons. The former No. 1 overall recruit disappears too often for my liking. He has 4.5 TFL this season and is dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out in the win over Maryland. 10. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia Height: 5-11 | Weight: 185 | Previously: 10 Passers who went after Baker last season didn't have much luck. He broke up nine passes and had six interceptions. Even after losing Roquan Smith, there is still a ton of talent on the Georgia defense, and it starts with Baker, who has developed into an elite corner. Baker has three more picks this season. 11. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson* Height: 6-5 | Weight: 340 | Previously: 6 As I wrote in my way-too-early Big Board, big-bodied guys who move like Lawrence and can eat gaps don't last long in the draft. And Lawrence has shown that he is more than a plugger -- he had nine sacks in his first two seasons. Turn on the tape, and Lawrence takes on blockers and throws them aside. He hasn't made a huge impact this season, however, as he has only 12 total tackles and one tackle for loss in six games. 12. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State* Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300 | Previously: 9 Simmons had two touchdowns last season. In one game. He blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone, then took a fumble 90 yards to the house in the rout of Louisiana Tech. The big man can move. Simmons, a disruptive player on the interior, also chipped in five sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2017. He has 8.5 tackles for loss this season. Simmons will have to answer to NFL teams about his 2016 arrest. 13. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama** Height: 6-2 | Weight: 194 | Previously: 17 Nick Saban and Alabama consistently produce NFL-ready defensive backs, and Thompson could be the next in line. After playing in the rotation most of the past two seasons, Thompson stepped in to start two games at the end of 2017. He didn't look out of place. So far in 2018, he has been spectacular, racking up 35 tackles and two interceptions. Thompson has great range and is a natural playmaker. The third-year sophomore has emerged as one of college football's best all-around defensive backs. 14. Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky Height: 6-5 | Weight: 230 | Previously: 21 I pegged Allen before the season as a potential Day 2 pick, as he broke out in 2017 with seven sacks, 66 tackles and an interception. Allen is disruptive, and he has the length that NFL teams love as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has six sacks this season, including a three-sack day in the win over South Carolina. 15. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss* Height: 6-6 | Weight: 325 | Previously: 11 Little is a true left tackle. He won't have to move to the right side in the NFL. He's light on his feet and can get to the second level to take on linebackers, and he consistently overpowers SEC edge defenders at the point of attack. 16. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn* Height: 6-5 | Weight: 325 | Previously: 12 It's tough to miss Brown on the 2017 Auburn tape. He bullied offensive linemen during a breakout season in which he had nine tackles for loss and 56 total tackles. He's still raw and still developing pass-rushing moves, but the size and athleticism are there to be a top-10 pick. He has four tackles for loss this season. 17. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame Height: 5-11 | Weight: 193 | Previously: NR The Fighting Irish are undefeated and playing extremely well, and Love is developing into a shutdown corner. He has broken up 11 passes this season, and he had an interception and a 42-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the win at Virginia Tech. Check it out in the clip above. Love had three picks in 2017, when he started every game as a sophomore. 18. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson Height: 6-4 | Weight: 310 | Previously: 20 Wilkins skipped the 2018 draft and decided to return for another season at Clemson. And like his linemate Ferrell, Wilkins could have gone on Day 1 last April. I compared Wilkins last year to former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, because he's scheme-versatile and could play end or tackle in the NFL. Wilkins has 5.5 tackles for loss this season. The Clemson defensive line is loaded. 19. Brian Burns, OLB/DE, Florida State* Height: 6-5 | Weight: 235 | Previously: 23 Florida State almost upset Miami on Saturday, and Burns had two sacks in the loss. The twitchy pass-rusher has been a bright spot, with seven sacks in six games. He put up 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks last season, after 9.5 sacks as a freshman in 2016. Burns has a lean frame and needs more time in the weight room, but he could grow into a 4-3 end in time. There's a chance he rises even more after the combine. 20. Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State Height: 6-3 | Weight: 286 | Previously: 22 There was some draft buzz late last year about Jones, who was dominating as a third-year sophomore, though he didn't always show up on the stat sheet. The decision to return to Ohio State looks great -- he is starting to put it all together. You can see some of his athleticism in this clip in which he steps in front of a shovel pass for a pick-six against TCU. He also has 4.5 sacks this season. This is a three-technique tackle with a high ceiling, and he has top-10 pick potential. 21. Raekwon Davis, DE, Alabama* Height: 6-7 | Weight: 316 | Previously: 15 You might remember the massive Davis intercepting Georgia's Jake Fromm in the College Football Playoff national title game last season. He moves extremely well for his size. Davis is still developing pass-rushing moves, but he has the size and athleticism that NFL teams love. He had 8.5 sacks last season but doesn't have any in 2018. 22. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma* Height: 5-9 | Weight: 168 | Previously: 19 I wrote about Brown as a riser a few weeks ago -- he's a big-play threat on every route. He has game-changing speed and is dynamic after the catch. Since the start of the 2017 season, he has 16 catches of 40-plus yards. Brown can play in the slot or outside, creating easy separation with that speed. And he's not one-dimensional; he runs every route that NFL teams want to see. The question is size -- at 5-9, he doesn't look like a No. 1 wide receiver. But the NFL is changing: Speed is everything. He can be a deep threat at the next level, in the mold of John Ross, who has started to flash his talent in Year 2. Brown should be in the discussion for Round 1, especially after he works out at the combine. 23. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College Height: 6-5 | Weight: 285 | Previously: NR Yes, Allen can get after quarterbacks, but he also was credited with 100 total tackles in 2017. He's not former Boston College first-round pick Luke Kuechly, of course, but he's a complete defender. And Allen was better than 2018 second-round pick Harold Landry last season -- Allen had 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He has 8.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks this season and probably will be a 4-3 end at the next level. 24. Chase Winovich, OLB, Michigan Height: 6-3 | Weight: 255 | Previously: NR I highlighted Winovich recently as a potential riser, when he had three tackles for loss against Northwestern. He is great at using his hands as a pass-rusher and run defender, and he is always near the action. He has 10.5 TFL so far this season. Winovich can play on his feet or with his hand in the dirt, and that versatility makes him valuable at the next level. I also noted that with the blond hair flowing out of his helmet, he reminds me of Clay Matthews hitting quarterbacks off the edge. 25. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225 | Previously: 16 Lock got off to a hot start, with 13 total touchdowns (11 passing) and only one pick in three games, but he has no touchdown passes and three interceptions in two games against better competition (losses to Georgia and South Carolina). And he completed only 47 percent of his passes in those games. Lock has as much arm talent as any quarterback from the past few drafts, but the question is consistency. He leaves throws on the field, even as he puts up big numbers. Of course, he also hits some big ones, as shown by his 44 touchdown passes and only 13 picks last season. Reply Share ReportSave
  18. I saw you post about this is how Alex plays aside from 2017 and or if he has a great fast player maker to help him assuming you mean like Hill. One thing though I heard on the radio he had the 4th worst rating on the deep ball in the league this year -- last year he was tops. So I am presuming he will get the timing down and improve on that front. The other thing is Chris Thompson hopefully coming back. For a dude who relies on short passes and YAC we don't have the horses to enable that. Thompson is probably the closest thing to a YAC beast on the roster. So I am presuming these 2 things will yield improvement.
  19. That might be so. Some NFL observers including the guys from Football Outsiders think the team is overrated. I don't know. The defense has looked good at times. The special teams has been really good. Peterson has at times been really good. So if I had to land on a position i'd say they have a good team. This game coming up I think is a good test on that point. My point is I don't think Alex is a winner if this is how he plays if he's surrounded by mediocrity. We've seen what happens when other units have a bad day -- its not been great. But when other units play really well -- Alex doesn't screw it up and yes there is some value to that.
  20. You spoke on behalf of everyone saying that I dont get the "selling" part. Seems some ppl who have strong negative opinions of Alex are coming from a position that Jay and FO sold him as an upgrade and us fans who dont hold strong negative views of Alex are polly annas who are over selling his turnover ratio as a way to sell him to the other fans. So I responded that the people I was referring to (I even said on my original post I had three specific people in mind -- and no you weren't one of those people) are going beyond not just having strong negative positions but are selling that we are winning because of the dude. I actually said in my post the way you framed it was fine. Then I said when "you" but I was using it as an expression to refer to those same people I didn't literally mean "you" and explained how they were explaining the point -- which was different than how you explained yours. That's why right after saying you I said that "same person". If I meant you are making the point then I would have just stuck to you versus referring to that "same person" and then talking about "people". But regardless, it was sloppy grammer on my end as to making the point. So sorry about that. And no I wasn't saying that you were making the point -- I was sticking to the same people I've been referring to.
  21. I had Alex played better as part of the soup. So I presume your point is he's played well enough as is for this team to be 11-5-12-4 so what's the deal with talking about him playing better? Otherwise, not sure I get the point? As for your point that Alex is a winner as bad as he looked -- yep I've heard the argument many times here -- I'd even agree with it if its couched this way -- he's a winner if the rest of the roster is really good and leads the way. If people don't mention the roster in the context of Alex being a winner -- the argument falls flat to me. But that's me. To each their own.😎
  22. My point is I think you have me mischaracterized as a FA guy whereas you are a draft guy in contrast. Not only did I hate trading draft picks, I even called in on a talk show once and grilled my hero Joe Gibbs who was taking questions and I asked him/implored him to stop trading away so many picks -- I even recall the example I used, you guys got Cooley in the third round, you'll can find good players in that round so why do you continually trade 3rd-4th rounders. I actually follow the draft almost as much than I do the team during the season. 6th-7th rounders, too I get every draft magazine that comes out, I used to get Kiper's draft reports that he'd mail. I buy Bruglers reports now. Everything I can get my hands on. Watching the draft to me is more fun than any Redskins game and that says a lot if you'd see me on game day. None of it makes me an expert but I enjoy it as much as the season. You might see me as more of a FA guy because that's the thread I often see you post in and its one where we tend to debate each other. I actually think my own version of FA is more draft friendly than yours. I am looking for a really good player or two, not 4 mediocre players and hope to get lucky on one. I am not saying FA always unfold like that but just using that example to make a point. I don't mind when they split the difference of the two approaches like they did in 2017. In the last FA, i liked Richardson and McPhee but neither guy to me are marquee guys but I'd take that over the Reyes, Johnson types. On the aggregate, I'd give them a D + or C for FA. I am not looking to load up on guys like Reyes, McClain, J. Johsnon, etc -- veterans that haven't distinguished themselves and fill roster spots. My way gives MORE roster sports open for young players than Bruce's typical approach. Like anything people remember exceptions because they jump out. The fact that lets say Peterman (supposedly the next mind round find) is flaming out or the Giants 3rd rounder, Webb, is flaming out on and on -- people don't flinch because its expected. There are statistics that speak to your point and they aren't pretty as for the mid round QBs. And yes there will always be exceptions to the rule. But I am not placing my bets on exceptions. I just don't believe in set rules for player evaluation that doesn't factor the actual players. Some teams have guidelines as for measurables of players -- lets say they don't want corners shorter than 6 foot, receivers slower than 4.6 or whatever metrics they want to use -- Belichick is famous for this. But I don't think the typical team works out of precepts as to the draft without factoring the actual individual players. If Jay for example loves Grier (I just keep using his name hypothetically) is he supposed to say -- you know Gibbs blew a first rounder in a similar spot over 10 years ago on Jason Campbell and didn't pan out while Shanny nailed it with the 4th round pick or Brady was a 6th rounder or whatever? So that theory will pervade Jay's thoughts about his favorite QBs and ditto the depth in the draft without really thinking about the actual players? As for Alex, I think the season needs to play out as for whether there is desperation or not to find a Qb in the draft but either way I don't like to force feed it.
  23. We would enjoy it, naturally. But I presume the question is about who gets credit. As to that, depends how it happens. Based on what I've seen so far, I would guess either: 1. Wow we got one of the best D lines in the league, what a finish. 2. Adrian Peterson is superman and especially in cold weather. 3. Alex really picked it up as Jay keeps telling beat reporters would happen eventually. 4. Jay did a great job. Probably a little of all 4 items.