Alcoholic Zebra

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  1. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Gruden must be salivating. Not having someone who can do that is like half the reason our Duo and Gap run schemes fail. I haven't watched cutups of Jonathan Abrams, but your posts do intrigue me. There are several safeties I like in this draft. I think there's a real shot to improve our team with our first 4 picks.
  2. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    NFL.com finally updated their draft site to include player grades https://www.nfl.com/draft/tracker/prospects Nobody is graded out as an elite prospect, which is surprising. He still hasn't graded everyone, like none of the OT's yet.
  3. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Every time I watch Kaden Smith I wish he could run just a liiiitttllee bit faster. He looks like he runs a 4.8 or 4.9. I think he's solid, I think he can contribute as a good 2nd TE, but he's got a clear ceiling. Where do you draft someone like that? 3rd round? 4th? Last season it was Doug Williams talking to the media about Run Defense and RB were the statements coming out frequently. This year it was Bruce Allen being a politician and talking a lot but saying nothing. I don't think we've gotten the right people in front of the microphone to give us clues. Maybe Keim is more clued in, but I hope it's not WR early in this draft. Maybe Terry McLaurin (spelling?) in the 3rd round or something. That is interesting about negotiation timing with Preston. That might be a telling sign. If it's pass rush, I think that needs to happen Round 1. There are 5 guys who show unusual talent. After that there are some stiff in the hips bull rushers, or speed rushers without dynamic first step or bend or hand fighting ability. WR has loads of options Day 2, so I think there's no rush there. I happen to dislike most of those options, but I'm positive teams will think otherwise. I haven't scouted around for Guard options, but from what I've read, the class has depth. So I think we can be a bit more patient with WR and OG than otherwise. That gives us some wiggle room to go CB, TE, or general BPA in the 2nd round. Maybe someone like Germaine Pratt at ILB.
  4. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I don't know, but I'll say that Dallas stunts like crazed madmen, I'm not going to indict the blocking scheme when I'm not sure what it was originally supposed to do. That said...yeah, you're right...from the image that's not a pretty look.
  5. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    We're probably all in agreement, but the fastest way to improve the offense as a whole, is to get some TE's who can do everything. Helps the run game with consistent blocking. Helps the pass game by forcing teams into respecting the personnel. Look at the Patriots when they go Gronk + a FB. Defenses have to respect the run, so they use heavier personnel and bring a safety into the box. From there Brady can motion the FB or Gronk out and immediately know what the defense is doing. I don't think that happens with us as defenses aren't scared of Reed and Davis blocking against their Front 7. Some of Adrian Peterson's biggest runs this season came when defenses got aggressive or desperate enough to make a big stop. So they stacked the box, leaving one fewer defender in the second level. Rumor has it we're re-signing AP. Guice is a legit talent. We have Trent and Scherff who are maulers. It makes sense to improve the offense in a way that would have an equal impact to both run and pass.
  6. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Steve, you make a compelling argument. The Patriots do throw draft capital at the OL, but lately it doesn't seem like they give the unit much in the way of dollars. Here's the Patriots rankings for how much they spend compared to the rest of the NFL: 2019 Projection - 22nd 2018 - 29th 2017 - 23rd 2016 - 10th 2015 - 16th 2014 - 28th 2013 - 8th Their LT, Trent Brown, is a Free Agent. So I'm curious what happens with him. There are always going to be 5 OL on the field and 6 non-OL. I think it makes sense to always draft at least one OL every year (something we haven't done). This kind of baffles me since our OL draft picks have generally been good ones. Long, Moses, Roullier, and Scherff have been good picks for us. Christian is undecided. Kouandjio was a bust. Reiter has been injury prone, but has started for both the Browns and Chiefs. Reiter was a 7th rounder, and given how often those picks fail, I'd call Reiter a good pick all-in-all.
  7. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Interesting, he has us drafting Deionte Thompson...in the 3rd round. One thing the Super Bowl showed, is how important the ability to get open is. QB's pressured off their spots, throwing on the move, and accuracy falters. It's harder to "throw your guy open" by putting the ball in a spot where the defender can't quite get a hand on it. So someone like Edelman, with his quick feet, became a difference maker. He has us drafting N'Keal Harry in the 2nd round, I'd rather go for Deebo Samuel in that spot. What are people's thoughts of drafting OL in the 1st round? I'm kind of down on it right now as the OL class seems to have more depth but lacks truly elite talent. What's the talent difference between the OL in the 1st and the OL in the 2nd/3rd rounds? Is it enough? I'm going to lean towards no.
  8. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Edge rankings are interesting, from what I can gather their Top 10 fits into 4 different tiers of players. The 4th Tier has players who aren't ranked on every list. So there's more difference of opinion regarding them. 1st Tier: Nick Bosa 2nd Tier: Burns, Polite, Ferrell, Allen 3rd Tier: Sweat 4th Tier: Nelson, Gary, Miller, Winovich, Walker, Omenihu, Ximines, Hill, Jennings
  9. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Checking where the Patriots draft their corners. 2018: 2nd round (was put on IR before the season started with a hamstring issue) and 7th round 2017: none (only 4 total picks in the draft) 2016: 2nd round (tore his ACL before his 2nd season, then got released, in Baltimore now) 2015: 7th round (didn't make the team) 2014: 6th round (didn't make the team) 2013: 3rd round (starter caliber player, on Titans now) 2012: 7th round (only lasted 3 years) 2011: 2nd round and 7th round (both only lasted 2 years) 2010: 1st round (converted to safety after a few years) 2009: 2nd round (only lasted 2 years) 2008: 2nd round (only lasted 2 years) and 4th round (lasted 3 years) So they seem to really suck at drafting corners, they frequently spend 2nd rounders on them. The guys they have who play the most are ones they've signed in FA. The others who get playing time seem to be UDFA's. Their previous best corner was also a UDFA.
  10. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    So what makes Stidham a good prospect? He's clearly got tools to work with. But all he does in games is overthrow deep shots, throw check downs, and throw a million screen passes. Maybe the scheme has really hindered his development, or maybe that's all Auburn thought he could do. I like how he evades pressure, he's got moves in the pocket. He's got a good arm, he's athletic...but from the game I watched the sum of all those parts amounted to nothing more than the parts themselves. His lack of stats kind of back that up too.
  11. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    The more we dissect QB's, the happier I am with getting Rypien with our 3rd round comp pick, or 4th round if we traded back or something.
  12. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Bengals are also a wild card. AJ Green is often getting hurt, how many more seasons can they rely on him? They might think Dalton isn't good enough to take them anywhere, so they might want to move on.
  13. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    So the Skins did remove Cavanaugh and promote O'Connell. Could that have been part of the reason Smith wasn't as good with us?
  14. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Originally I thought Jones was going to be a great backup QB, and a quality selection with a 2nd rounder. Lately, I'm with you, I think he falls further. That said, Lock still isn't in the first tier for me. There's too many issues in his game, and it'll take time for him to resolve. I think he needs to sit for a year or two, and that's not our teams current situation. If we drafted him, I don't think he develops well...he'll be tossed into the fray too early.
  15. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    6th or 7th round. He should've entered the draft last year. He wasn't viewed as a hot commodity before he tore his ACL. He won't be ready to start the 2019 season.