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January Ultimate NFL Mock Draft Updated

With all but 4 spots locked in for the NFL Draft and all-star games on the cusp, it is officially DRAFTSEASON. Our newest 1 round Ultimate Mock Draft has a few surprises which include the Browns opting to go another route when it comes to the first overall selection along with two running backs hearing their named called in the top six picks. Don’t be surprised in the coming weeks to see some guys bolt up the draft boards …. and of course a few have a free fall depending on their performances at the East/West Shrine and Senior Bowl Games.  Check out the full mock draft here.

3. Arizona Cardinals (Onebar) – Patrick Mahomes QB, Texas Tech

Choooooooo! Chooooooooo! I’m all aboard the Mahomes train. Mahomes has the big arm, body, and accuracy and would go to the Cards who depending on Palmer, might have the chance to sit for a year.

Read the full 1st Round Mock

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Baltimore Ravens

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Ronnie Stanley OT, Notre Dame
Analysis
 – Stanley started 12 games for the Ravens as a rookie and played well enough.  Would’ve been nice to see him start all 16, but that will come in year two.
Score – 4.5/5

Round 2 – Kamalei Correa OLB, Boise St.
Analysis – 
Correa played in 9 games before injury ended his season.  He had 4 tackles, a forced fumble and broke up a pass in that span.  The Ravens clearly still don’t know what they have in this second rounder.
Score – 2/4

Round 3 – Bronson Kaufusi DE, BYU
Analysis –
 Kaufusi was placed on IR and missed the season.  He gets 0 points awarded whether that is fair or not.
Score – 0/3

Round 4 – Tavon Young CB, Temple
Analysis – The Ravens got some run out of Young in his debut season.  He started 11 games, racked up 53 tackles and grabbed a couple of interceptions. Turned out to be a great value pick.
Score – 2.5/2

Round 4 – Chris Moore WR, Cincinnati
 Analysis – Moore didn’t do much as a rookie.  He had just 7 receptions in 15 games and wasn’t an overly effective return man either.
Score – 1/2

Round 4 – Alex Lewis OT, Nebraska
Analysis – The Ravens moved Lewis inside to guard and he ended up starting 8 games.  That’s pretty darn good for a 4th rounder.
Score – 2.5/2

Round 4 – Willie Henry DT, Michigan
Analysis – Willie was placed on IR and saw no playing time.
Score – 0/2

Round 4 – Kenneth Dixon RB, Louisiana Tech
Analysis – Dixon flashed at times for the Ravens.  He ended the year with 382 rushing yards and 3 total touchdowns.  It’s hard to say at this point if he is the Ravens back of the future, but he is definitely in the mix.
Score – 2/2

Round 5 – Matt Judon DE, Grand Valley St.
Analysis – Judon turned out to be a steal for the Ravens.  He had 27 tackles and 4 sacks as a rotational rusher.  He is a breakout candidate for 2017.
Score – 1.5/1

Round 6 – Keenan Reynolds WR, Navy
Analysis – Reynolds didn’t play as a rookie.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Maurice Canady CB, Virginia
Analysis – Canady had a couple of tackles until he was lost to injury.
Score – 0/0

BALTIMORE RAVENS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE    16/23| 70% | C-

The Ravens 2016 NFL Draft class is a tough one  to judge after one season, as they suffered so many injuries.  There were 4 players who missed significant time due to injury.  That is four players the Ravens have yet gotten a chance to evaluate in live action, and still don’t know what they can bring to the table.  This class did have some standouts.  They found two future offensive lineman in first round pick Ronnie Stanley and 4th round guard Alex Lewis.  They also possibly landed their RB of the future in Kenneth Dixon.  The Ravens also scored a hidden gem with 5th round edge rusher Matt Judon.  He showed a knack for getting after the quarterback and could wreak even more havoc in year two.  This grade has plenty of room to grow in the coming years, if the guys who were hurt come back healthy and play to their potential.

 

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Jacksonville Jaguars

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Jalen Ramsey CB/S, Florida St.
Analysis
 – Ramsey didn’t light the world on fire as a rookie but lived up to his first round billing.  He started every game had 65 tackles, 2 picks and forced a fumble.  Ramsey will be a leader on this defense for years to come.
Score – 5/5

Round 2 – Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
Analysis – 
Jack shockingly fell to round 2 due to concerns about his knees.  What was more shocking was his lack of production as a rookie.  He played in every game and started 10. Jack had just 24 tackles and half a sack as a rookie.
Score – 2/4

Round 3– Yannick Ngakoue DE, Maryland
Analysis –
 Ngakoue was arguably the team’s best pick in the 2016 Draft.  He racked up 8 sacks, with 4 forced fumbles and an interception.  The dude is a playmaker on a team that could use a few more.
Score – 4.5/3

Round 4 – Sheldon Day DT, Notre Dame
Analysis – Day appeared in every game but was only able to register 8 tackles and 1 sack.
Score – 1/2

Round 6 – Tyrone Holmes OLB, Montana
 Analysis – Holmes had 6 tackles and a sack…for the Browns.
Score – 0/0

Round 6 – Brandon Allen QB, Arkansas
Analysis – As expected, Allen saw no playing time.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Jonathan Woodard DE, Central Arkansas
Analysis – Woodard was placed on the PUP list and never saw any action on or off the field.
Score – 0/0

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE    12.5/14| 89% | B+

The Jags had a solid 2016 Draft that had two shining stars.  First round pick Jalen Ramsey was as advertised, and vastly improved this Jaguars secondary.  He should only get better in the coming years.  They also found a gem in the third round with defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.  Ngakoue shocked the league by racking up 8 sacks and forcing four fumbles.  He’s a game changing type of player and one the Jags defense desperately needed.  The jury is still out on second round linebacker Myles Jack.  He did play in every game but didn’t produce much.  It was as if the team was being cautious with him.  Beyond those three, there isn’t much to get excited about, though 4th round DT Sheldon Day does have some potential.  Ultimately, whether this class goes up or down over time, will depend on Myles Jack and if he can become the explosive pass rusher he showed when healthy at UCLA.

 

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Dallas Cowboys

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6-Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Ezekiel Elliott RB, Ohio St.
Analysis
 – I was a little shocked the Cowboys took Elliott over Ramsey but they clearly made the right decision.  Elliott had an MVP type of year and lead the NFL in rushing.  He was a big reason why the Cowboys finished 13-3 and locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Score – 6.5/5

Round 2 – Jaylon Smith OLB, Notre Dame
Analysis – 
Smith wasn’t a pick for 2016, he was a gamble pick that could pay off huge in 2017 and beyond.  Still this grading system is based on 2016 production alone so he gets nothing.
Score – 0/4

Round 3– Maliek Collins DT, Nebraska
Analysis –
 Collins was better than advertised with 5 sacks and a forced fumble.  He’s a big reason the Cowboys defense was much better than many thought it would be.
Score – 3.5/3

Round 4 – Charles Tapper DE, Oklahoma
Analysis – Tapper was placed on IR and missed the season.
Score – 0/2

Round 4 – Dak Prescott QB, Mississippi St.
 Analysis – This is the most bonus points I’ve ever awarded any player in all my years of doing D.G.A.D.s.  Prescott was simply outstanding in 2016.  He was a dual threat, who was smart with the ball and played to an MVP type of level.
Score – 5/2

Round 6 – Anthony Brown CB, Purdue
Analysis – Brown had his share of mistakes last season, but he also had some great moments. He ended up with 55 tackles, a forced fumble, and a pick.  Brown appear to be a future starter for the Cowboys.
Score – 1/0

Round 6 – Kavon Frazier SS, Central Michigan
Analysis – Frazier had 6 tackles, which is all fine and dandy, but no points.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Darius Jackson RB, Eastern Michigan
Analysis – Jackson now plays ball for the Browns.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Rico Gathers TE, Baylor
Analysis – Rico didn’t gather much playing time in 2016.
Score – 0/0

DALLAS COWBOYS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE    16/16| 100% | A

The Cowboys had themselves an excellent 2016 Draft.  I was one of the many that were shocked when the team passed on much needed help in the secondary, to take RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th pick. Not that Elliott wasn’t worth it, but the team’s passing defense was just so poor.  Turns out they  made the right choice.  Elliott was a beast who found plenty of room to run behind the team’s offensive line.  He lead the league in rushing and was also a threat in the passing game.  He’s a true 3 down back and will be a star in this league for the next decade.   Not only did the Cowboys find their RB of the future they found their QB too.  4th Round pick Dak Prescott proved to be the best quarterback in this class this season.  He was mature beyond his years, and showed good poise in the pocket and overall good decision making.  He was an MVP candidate by year’s end and like Elliott should be a star in this league for many seasons to come.  The Cowboys also got some defensive help in this Draft.  Third round defensive tackle Maliek Collins was a nice suprise.  He was tough against the run but also applied much needed interior pressure, collecting 5 sacks on the season.  The team also found a steal in the 6th round with CB Anthony Brown.  He racked up 55 tackles and held his own against some top notch NFL receiving talent.  If Jaylon Smith comes back healthy and plays to his potential pre-injury, this Cowboys draft class could become historically great.

 

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Vikings 7 Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft | January Edition

The January edition of the Vikings 7 round NFL Mock has a few surprises which include a 3rd round running back with a past and three offensive lineman within their first four picks. But when all is said and done it comes together nicely adding plenty of depth and talent along both lines and a flier at safety in round 7.

Round 2 – Roderick Johnson OT, FSU

This is going to be an unsexy Draft for the Vikings, as there will be plenty of large, burly men being brought into the fold.  I think the team would prefer getting their hands on a tackle first, even if they end up resigning Kalil.  Johnson is a big man with good athleticism.  He could be the top tackle available when the Vikings finally get to play on Friday night.

Round 3 – Joe Mixon RB, Oklahoma

Mixon is a hard nose runner who could fall to round three due to some character concerns.  The team has a need at the position as McKinnon and Asiata have proved they can’t carry the load. Also, Adrian Peterson’s time with the Vikings is likely over and what better way to replace him than with a fellow Sooner.


Round 3 (from Dolphins) – Connor McDermott OT, UCLA

The Vikings go back to re-stocking the Tackle pantry here.  McDermott is a beast of a man and improves the tackle depth at both the left and right sides.

Round 4  – Isaac Asiata G, Utah

The Vikings wisely once again address the offensive line and bring in a prospect with a familiar name.  Isaac is the cousin to Vikings RB Matt, and plays with the same fire and intensity.  He is an aggressive blocker and could challenge for a ton of playing time as a rookie.

Round 4 – (from Dolphins) Ryan Glasgow DT, Michigan

The Vikings run defense was pretty poor all of last season. That was in large part due to Sharrif Floyd missing so much time. His return is in doubt, so the team could use a fairly high pick on a defensive tackle in the 2017 Draft.  Glasgow is tough as nails and will bring some nasty next to Linval Joseph.

Round 5 – Duane Smoot DE, Illinois

Yes I like familiar names, get over it.  Truth is, the Vikings could use another pass rusher in their rotation.  Smoot does need to spend some time in the weight room but has shown some nice pass rushing skill in his years in the Big 10.

Round 6 – Jon Toth C, Kentucky

Toth is a guy the Vikings would be lucky to snatch in round 6.  He is listed as a center but can play basically any position on the offensive line.  If the Vikings are struck by injury in 2017 the way they were this year, a guy with Toth’s position flexibility will be invaluable.

Round 7 – Weston Steelhammer S, Air Force

I’m not a fan of Drafting military players but this guy catches my eye for two reasons.  1. The Vikings still haven’t found the guy who can play opposite Harrison Smith every game, so why not take a chance on a 7th rounder?  2. His last name is Steelhammer.  How sweet would that look on the  back of a purple jersey?


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