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Deshaun Watson Goes #1 in Latest Mock Draft

Lupagus brings you his latest 1st round projections for the 2017 NFL Draft. One thing is clear, quarterback will be a heavily sought after position in the first 10 picks. We see 3 signal callers go in the top 10, with each landing in a spot they could start day 1. We also see the return of the running back as 3 rushers see their names get called in the top 32 picks. Take in the entire 1st round (and of course a Vikings 2nd round pick) here.

1. CLEVELAND BROWNS – DeShaun Watson QB, Clemson

I know he isn’t the highest rated prospect out there but the Browns need to pick a QB and start building around him. As much as the Browns don’t want to admit it, Cody Kessler isn’t that guy.

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Vikings 2016 Draft Class | Mid-Season Report Card

**Disclaimer** We realize you can’t grade a draft class halfway through their rookie campaing … so don’t take these too serious (as they aren’t pretty, mostly due to lack of playing time)

The season is half over and at 5-2 the Vikings are sitting atop the NFC North, even after a few ugly losses. Although …. not much of the success is really due to the contribution of any rookies. Overall the 2016 draft class has offered little to nothing, and based off of what we have seen that could be the theme for the rest of the season. Take a peak below as we go through each draft selection of the Vikings 2016 class and offer our thoughts and how they have graded out through the first half of their rookie season.

Round 1, Pick 23: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Current Status: Active 53 man roster

Quick Breakdown: Tough to break down a first round pick when he hasn’t seen the field. I think everyone is still hoping Zimmer is making him earn his playing time, ala Stefon Diggs, but something tells me he just isn’t ready to play yet. I wouldn’t be shocked if he continues to be buried his entire rookie campaign and comes back in 2017 for a legit shot at some serious playing time.

Grade so far: D

Round 2, Pick No. 54: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Current Status: Active 53 man roster

Quick Breakdown: Alexander is rightfully buried on the depth chart behind the likes of Rhodes/Waynes/Newman/Munnerlyn so he gets a mild pass from me as far as not seeing the field. He showed some flashes in preseason and barring an injury shouldn’t really get on the field much in the second half of the season either. Next year we will really see what we have in the Clemson product with guys like Newman and Munnerlyn questionable to return.

Grade so far: C

Round 4, Pick No. 121: Willie Beavers, G, W. Michigan

Current Status: Active 53 man roster

Quick Breakdown: Ish, that about sums it up for the Beavers selection. He was cut in the last round of cuts in preseason and brought back to the practice squad. You just aren’t supposed to cut 4th round selections …. it just shouldn’t happen. But he has done little to nothing and if the Vikings offensive line didn’t take so many hits with injuries he would be a guy fighting for a practice squad spot.

Grade so far: F

Round 5, Pick No. 160: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri

Current Status: Active 53 man roster

Quick Breakdown: Brothers has seen action in 1 game so far and is most likely looked at as a depth/special teams player for the future. I still think the Vikings got good value in him for a 5th round pick and he could be a guy that makes strides in his second year.

Grade so far: C-

Round 6, Pick No. 180: Moritz Boehringer, WR, Schwäbisch Hal

Current Status: Practice Squad

Quick Breakdown: It was a good story, but when all was said and done Boehringer looked to be a tad more raw than anyone expected for a 6th round pick. He rarely saw the field in preseason games and when he did he didn’t do much of anything. He’ll get another shot in next years training camp/preseason but as of now it will go down as a feel good story, nothing else.

Grade so far: D-

Round 6, Pick No. 188: David Morgan, TE, UTSA

Current Status: Active 53 man roster

Quick Breakdown: Morgan was thought to have a chance to make an impact this season as a blocker and receiver and showed well in the Preseason.  An injury suffered early in the season has sidelined him and any production he could’ve brought to this offense so far.

Grade so far: D-

Round 7, Pick 227 Stephen Weatherly, OLB, Vanderbilt

Current Status: Practice Squad

Quick Breakdown: Weatherly was never expected to make the active 53 man roster.  He remains a versatile pass rushing threat, who can only benefit from a season on the practice squad.

Grade so far: F

Round 7, Pick 244 Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Current Status: Active 53 man roster

Quick Breakdown:  Kearse got a chance to start with the injury to Andrew Sendejo suffered in the game against the Eagles.  He didn’t do much with that opportunity notching just 4 tackles.  Still, the future remains bright for this lanky safety who played extremely well in the preseason.

Grade so far: D

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NFL Mid-Season All-Rookie Team

The halfway point to the season has arrived … and it is the ever important time of the year to evaluate the rookie class and hand out the Mid-Season All-Rookie Team. You will notice a handful of familiar names from the early rounds, but you will also see mid rounders burst onto the scene and make the squad. As of now the big winners appear to be the Saints, Cowboys, and Bears from the 2016 but check back at the end of the year for the full 2016 All-Rookie Team. Also … be sure to compare this squad to our predicted All-Rookie Team before the season started (not all that bad).

Check out all the rookie stats for the 2016 season.

OFFENSE

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Quarterback

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Stat Line: 9 TDs, 2 INTs, 1,773 Yards, 99.6 QBR

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Stat Line: 799 yards rushing, 5 TDs, 15 rec, 150 yards receiving

Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
Stat Line: 505 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 18 rec, 177 yards receiving, 1 rec TD

Wide Receiver

Will Fuller, Houston Texans
Stat Line: 25 rec, 375 yards, 2 TDs

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Stat Line: 42 rec, 500 yards, 3 TDs

Tight End

Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
Stat Line: 22 rec, 340 yards, 3 TDs

Offensive Tackle

Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans
Stat Line: 8 games started

Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions
Stat Line: 8 games started

Guard

Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins
Stat Line: 6 games started

Joe Thuney, New England Patriots
Stat Line: 8 games started

Center

Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears
Stat Line: 8 games started


DEFENSE

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Defensive End

Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers
Stat Line: 14Tackles, 4 Sacks

DeForest Buckner, San Francsico 49ers
Stat Line: 36 Tackles, 2 Sacks

Defensive Tackle

Adolphus Washington, Buffalo Bills
Stat Line: 13 Tackles, 2 Sacks

A’Shawn Robinson, Detroit Lions
Stat Line: 13 Tackles, 2 Sacks

Linebacker

Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Stat Line: 47 Tackles 2 INT, 1 TD

Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers
Stat Line: 54 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles

Emmanuel Ogbah, Cleveland Browns
Stat Line: 29 Tackles, 3 Sacks

Cornerback

Ken Crawley, New Orleans Saints
Stat Line: 34 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble

Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa Bay Bucs
Stat Line: 35 Tackles

Safety

Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders
Stat Line: 43 Tackles, 1 Interception

Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons
Stat Line: 49 Tackles, 3 Forced Fumbles

SPECIAL TEAMS

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Kicker

Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints
Stat Line: 11/15 FGs, 100% EP, Long of 57 yds

Punter

Riley Dixon, Denver Broncos
Stat Line: 46.6 avg, 12 inside 20, Long of 68 yds

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Vikings Who Need to Step Up in 2016 | #1 Sam Bradford

#1 | Sam Bradford

You can argue whether or not Bradford was worth the compensation the Vikings gave up to acquire him, but we won’t do that here.  He is now going to be the starting quarterback of the Vikings, but that may not happen until week 2.  Either way, Bradford’s play will have a tremendous influence on whether or not the Vikings are a playoff team this upcoming season.

Why Bradford’s Performance is so Important

Bradford was brought in because the Vikings front office believe he is a much better option at quarterback than Shaun Hill.  If he can pick up the playbook quickly, and play in the system without turning the ball over, the Vikings offense should run just as smoothly as if Teddy Bridgewater was under center running it himself.  If the offense can be effective and efficient, the Vikings have a team that is poised to make a very deep run in the playoffs.

Best Case
Bradford stays healthy all season long, and plays smart football.  He adapts well to the system, doesn’t turn over the ball too much, and the Vikings offense becomes very productive.  With an already stellar defense in tow, the Vikings go all the way and win the Super Bowl.

Worst Case
Bradford struggles for a few weeks and then gets hurt again.  The Vikings offense sputters under Shaun Hill, and despite it’s best efforts, the defense can’t carry the team to more than 5 wins.  The Vikings end up giving the Eagles a top ten pick, and Spielman and the entire Vikings Nation look like idiots for making the deal.

#10 – Charles Johnson
#9 – “Other Safety”
#8 – Matt Kalil
#7 – Laquon Treadwell
# 6 – Joe Berger
# 5 – Jeff Locke
#4 – Andre Smith
#3 – Blair Walsh
#2 – Trae Waynes

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Predicting the 2016 NFL All-Rookie Team

Always fun to predict the All-Rookie team before the season has even began. This year is a little different from years past, we see a handful of mid rounders make the list, guys like Prescott/Sharpe on the offensive side of the ball, along with Washington/Martinez on the defensive side of the ball. Be sure to rip us apart if you don’t see your teams favorite rookie on the team and check back mid-season to see how we did.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

With Romo injured, Prescott steps in week 1 and becomes the starter. Prescott lit up opposing defenses in the preseason but look for him to come back to earth …. quickly. While he will be sure to continue to show flashes, I expect some growing pains early and often. That said, he has a legit shot at being the best rookie quarterback on the field come 2016.

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

With talent like the guys listed above these 2 choices were actually pretty easy. Elliot will be looked at to carry the load in Dally, and Henry will get plenty of carries himself while splitting time with Demarco Murray in Tennessee. Look for these guys to be 1 and 2 when it comes to rookie rushing yards at the end of the season.

Wide Receiver

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans

No Coleman or Treadwell on this list ….. Shepard and Sharpe are set to start week 1 and will no doubt see a handful of balls thrown their way in their rookie campaign. It isn’t complete silly talk to see both of these guys top the 60+ receptions and possibly crack the 1,000 yard mark.

Tight End

Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers

Henry enters a pretty great situation …. not only does he get to play with a gun slinging quarterback in Rivers but Henry gets to learn and play with one of the best tight ends to ever play the game.

Offensive Tackle

Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens
Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans

I would be damn near flabbergasted if these two aren’t on the All-Rookie team at the end of the season. B0th will be stepping in as day 1 starters and have gotten rave reviews throughout the preseason. Not only will these be the best 2 offensive tackle rookies, but they cold be some of the best tackles period in only a handful of years.

Guard

Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins
Germain Ifedi, Seattle Seahawks

Tunsil slides over to left guard as a rookie but that move should only be temporary, but while he is there, look for him to be dominant. Ifedi will be on the right side of the Seahawks line helping pave the way for the plethora of young backs that will be carrying the ball for Seattle.

Center

Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts finally get their center, and he is a dandy. Kelly should help add some much needed relief to the Colts offensive line and has the chance to be one of the best young centers during his rookie season in Indy.

DEFENSE

Defensive End

DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers
Emmanuel Ogbah, Cleveland Browns

Buckner steps in day one for the 9ers and is instantly one of their best overall defenders. While Ogbah will most likely find his home at linebacker, I couldn’t resist putting the pass rusher at defensive end.

Defensive Tackle

Jarran Reed, Seattle Seahawks
Adophus Washington, Buffalo Bills

While I don’t see either of these guys putting up eye popping numbers during their rookie season, I do see them both holding down the starting spot for 16 games and instantly improving each of their defensive lines. Reed has the big body that Seattle has lacked in the middle for years and Washington is more of a threat to get his hands on the quarterback and put up a few sacks for the Bills in 2016.

Linebacker 

Blake Martinez, Green Bay Packers
Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears
Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Out of these 3 only Martinez is penciled in as a starter right now, but don’t be surprised to see the other two on the field quite a bit in 2016. Floyd will be looked at to get to the quarterback while he refines the rest of his game and Jones has been turning heads in Atlanta to the point he might unseat current starter Paul Worrilow.

Cornerback

Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa Bay Bucs
James Bradberry, Carolina Panthers

First rounder Hargreaves has already proven he can sniff out the ball in the NFL notching 2 INTs this preseason. While Bradberry joins an already solid defensive unit in Carolina, the 2nd round pick from Samford already has himself a starting spot and will be a fun one to watch.

Safety

TJ Green, Indianapolis Colts
Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders

I gotta be honest, I was mildly shocked at how high both these guys went on draft day. That said, they are the best of the bunch and both are holding down starting spots. Green steps in day 1 to help improve a Colts D while Joseph joins an up and coming defense in Oakland.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker

Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay

Had a shaky preseason …. but something tells me he will be just fine and might even prove he was worth that 2nd round pick.

Punter

Drew Kaser, San Diego Chargers

Loved this guy leading up to the draft, his big leg will wow Chargers fans.

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