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Seattle Seahawks Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Seahawks are up Draft Tuesday.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Team Needs: WR, DT, OL

Free Agent Losses: CB Byron Maxwell, TE Tony Moeaki, OLB O’Brien Schofield, OT James Carpenter, S Jeron Johnson, LB Malcolm Smith, WR Bryan Walters      

Free Agent Acquisitions: TE Jimmy Graham (Trade), LB Mister Alexander, CB Will Blackmon, C Clint Gresham (resigned), C Lemuel Jeanpierre, TE Anthony McCoy (resigned), LB Mike Morgan (resigned), DT Ahtyba Rubin, DE Gregg Scruggs (restricted), FB Will Tukuafu, CB Cary Williams

See who we have the Seahawks taking in the following Updated Mocks| Ultimate | Onebar | Lupagus

Potential Round 2 Targets:  DT Grady Jarrett, DT Mike Bennett, DT Jordan Phillips, G AJ Cann, G Laken Tomlinson, WR Dorial Green-Beckham, WR Devin Funchess, WR Sammie Coates

Potential Round 3 Targets:  DT Marcus Hardison, DT Gabe Wright, DT Xavier Cooper, G Ali Marpet, G John Miller, C Hroniss Grasu, WR Tyler Lockett, WR Rashad Greene, WR Ty Montgomery, WR Tre McBride

Plan of Attack:  The Seahawks traded away their first round pick to land Jimmy Graham.  He gives Russell Wilson a big time target to throw to and has proven to be impossible to cover.  That being said, now the Seahawks have to wait until late in round 2 to make their first pick.  With that first pick they could take a receiver.  It was painfully obvious in the Super Bowl that the team needs to give Russell Wilson more options in the passing game.  Jimmy Graham was a great addition but they need help at receiver too. They’ve made it publicly known that they like Dorial Green-Beckham.  He’s a big target with great speed but has a rough off the field record.  He would be worth the risk at pick 63 and would benefit from a high character guy like Russell Wilson as his quarterback.  The Seahawks could also decide to upgrade the interior of their offensive line here.  They could be looking at one of the top guards like AJ Cann or Laken Tomlinson.  These two are both big road grading types of guards, who are also adept in pass blocking.  The Seahawks have a great defense and may look to bolster it by adding a defensive tackle.  They could take big Grady Jarrett here if available.  Jarrett is 6 ft and 300 lbs.  He can plug running lanes and also provide some inside pressure.  Other options at defensive tackle would be Mike Bennett from Ohio State or big Jordan Phillips from Oklahoma.

If the Seahawks go wide receiver in round 2, then round 3 will be about finding a starting guard.  The Seahawks should be very concerned about their penciled in starter at left guard CJ Davis. They need to upgrade here before the season starts.  In round 3 they would be very thrilled to see Ali Marpet on the board.  He hails from small school Hobart where he was a man amongst boys.  Clearly there are concerns about the level of competition faced but Marpet is 6’3 and over 300 lbs.  He’s tough as a $2 steak and is a top notch run blocker.  So his skills should translate to the NFL no matter where he played college ball.  If Marpet is gone the team could go for Louisville’s  John Miller.  Miller stood out at the East West Shrine Game where he man handled the competition.  He does need to improve in pass blocking but can start his career by opening up holes for Beast Mode.  If they already have a guard they could look for a receiver here.  Kansas St.’s Tyler Lockett would be someone to look at.  He’s undersized and quicker than fast, but he can get open and has great ball skills.  If they don’t like Lockett they could consider Rashad Greene.  Greene also doesn’t possess elite measurables but he is a smooth route runner with very sure hands.  Another receiver for the Seahawks to look at would be Tre McBride.  McBride is from a small school but possesses big time talent. He’s a fluid route runner, with syrupy hands, and good game speed.  He’s got as much upside as any player in this class and could turn out to be another Seattle steal.

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Final Lupagus NFL Mock Draft of the Season

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Lupagus brings his final mock of the year with four glorious rounds. In the final edition we see six receivers come off the board in round one and also watch a few pass rushers who were once looked at as a lock to go in the top ten picks, fall to the mid 20’s. Check out the full mock draft here.

3.  Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler DE/OLB, Florida

I just get the feeling Fowler is the Jaguars guy this year and it doesn’t matter who else is available here. Fowler gives Gus Bradley an exciting edge rusher and one that he can use in a plethora of ways.

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Jake Waters Interview | Quarterback, Kansas St.

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DraftSeason: What has been the highlight over the past few months preparing yourself for the NFL Draft?
Jake Waters: Just being able to focus soley on football and getting better in every aspect of my game. Football is a job and you have to treat it that way and work as hard as you possibly can to get better and better. I’ve also recently been able to start throwing as well so that is huge for me and I am loving how everything is going right now.

DraftSeason: You had surgery on your shoulder in January, how is it feeling and when do you feel you’ll be truly at 100% ?
Jake Waters: It feels great. I had a personal Pro Day on April 17th and my shoulder felt great! I made every throw we felt I needed to be able to and my arm strength is coming back nicely. I feel I will be 100% here very shortly as I am working as hard as I can in rehab and weight lifting to strengthen my shoulder and feel like I am progressing rapidly.

DraftSeason: You managed to still play at a high level this year even after injuring your shoulder in October, how much do you feel the injury you sustatined in the Oklahoma game affected your play the rest of the year?
Jake Waters: It didn’t have much affect I don’t think because I’m not one to make excuses. I had to deal with the injury and adjust my game to what I could and couldn’t do. I wasn’t able to practice as much so I had to take more mental reps and study tape even more than I already did to stay as sharp as possible. I had some of my better games late in the season so my preparation and taking every single rep mentally in practice really helped me to be able to play at such a high level.

DraftSeason: Have you been in contact with many teams, have any been showing more interest than others?
Jake Waters: I have been in contact with several teams and they are all taking a wait and see approach with my shoulder, that is why my personal Pro Day was so vital. It showed teams how far I’ve come since surgery and how much work I put into rehabbing my shoulder to getting it back to normal and even stronger than before. We have been hearing positive things from teams regarding the video from my throwing workout.

DraftSeason: How did playing two years at Iowa Western Community College help mold your game and help you become the quarterback you are today?
Jake Waters: It was huge, I wouldn’t be where I am at today if it wasn’t for Coach Scott Strohmeier and his staff at Iowa Western. They taught me how to be a better quarterback, leader, and how I needed to work if I wanted to accomplish my goal, which was to play Division 1 football. They were the only college to give me a chance out of high school, so I owe everything to them.

DraftSeason: Kansas St. has produced some quality quarterbacks over the years, who would you say is the best KState quarterback of all time?
Jake Waters: That is very tough, since I only know recent quarterbacks to come out of K-State and only had the chance to watch them. Based off of that, I would have to say Michael Bishop and Collin Klein are right up there with any of them. There are so many other great QB’s to have played that it would be kind of a toss up. I just remember watching them and how they affected the game in such a positve way and the type of leaders they were, and that is what stuck out to me.

DraftSeason: What is your greatest passion away from the football field?
Jake Waters: Faith, family, and friends. I love being around my family and friends and they are so supportive of me in everything that I do. My mom and dad are always there for me, win or lose, as well as my two brothers. They have pushed me to become the player and person I am today and cannot thank them enough.

DraftSeason: Using one word, how would you describe your style of play?
Jake Waters: Versatile

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Ultimate NFL Mock Draft | Final Version of 2015

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The time has come to wrap up the final Ultimate Mock Draft of the year. Always bitter sweet, but on the bright side my guess is we’ll have a 2016 Ultimate posted in no time. In the final version we watch quarterback go one and two, and also get to see a good number of receivers fly off the board in round one. View the full and final 2 Round Ultimate Mock Draft.

1. Tampa Bay (Onebar) – Jameis Winston QB, Florida St.
If the Bucs keep the 1st overall pick Winston will be the pick. While there are new rumblings about Mariota, Winston has been their guy all draftseason.

 

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Green Bay Packers Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The hated Packers kick off Draft Week.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Team Needs: ILB, NT, TE, CB

Free Agent Losses: CB Tramon Williams, LB AJ Hawk (cut), CB Davon House, WR Jarrett Boykin, WR Kevin Dorsey (cut), RB DuJuan Harris, LB Brad Jones (cut), LB Jamari Lattimore        

Free Agent Acquisitions: WR Randall Cobb (resigned), OT Bryan Bulaga (resigned), FB John Kuhn (resigned), NT BJ Raji (resigned), NT Letroy Guion, OT Dan Barclay (restricted), CB Sean Richardson (restricted), QB Scott Tolzien (resigned)

See who we have the Packers taking in the following Updated Mocks| Ultimate | Onebar | Lupagus

Potential Round 1 Targets:  DT Eddie Goldman, DT Carl Davis, DT Jordan Phillips, LB Eric Kendricks, TE Maxx Williams, CB Byron Jones, CB Jalen Collins, CB Kevin Johnson, CB Marcus Peters

Potential Round 2 Targets: LB Denzel Perryman, LB Benardrick McKinney, LB Stephone Anthony, TE Clive Walford, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Ronald Darby, CB Eric Rowe, CB PJ Williams

Potential Round 3 Targets:  LB Paul Dawson, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Gabe Wright, TE Jeff Heuerman, TE Nick O’Leary, CB Steven Nelson, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB Senequez Golson, CB Alex Carter

Plan of Attack:  The Packers will have to wait until the waning hours of round 1 to make their first selection.  With that pick they could address some immediate areas of concern like nose tackle and inside linebacker.  The Packers let AJ Hawk go and for good reason, and now have a chance to get a quality middle linebacker and send Clay Matthews back to the outside where he belongs.  Eric Kendricks is the top inside backer in my book and would be an excellent choice.  He doesn’t have great size but is fast, instinctive, and hits hard.  He would stay on the field for all three downs and would immediately upgrade this Packers defense.  The Packers could also get a nose tackle here.  They did resign both BJ Raji and Letroy Guion but those guys each have their issues.  Raji has underperformed in recent years and Guion has had some run ins with the law.  If Eddie Goldman is around or Iowa’s Carl Davis, the Pack could roll with them.  Both of these guys have the size and ability to anchor the Packers 3-4 front and are tough run defenders.   The Packers could also grab the top tight end in the Draft here in Minnesota’s Maxx Williams.  The Packers current group of tight ends scare absolutely no one.  Williams doesn’t have elite sie, but knows how to get open, is sure handed, and makes things happen when the ball is in his hands.  Another area the Packers could address here would be corner.  It isn’t a huge need as they have Sam Shields and Casey Hayward as starters, but the depth behind them is alarming.  If they think the value is too good, they could definitely take someone like Kevin Johnson, Jalen Collins, or Marcus Peters.

Round 2 is where the Packers could get ther inside linebacker if they don’t go that route with their first choice.  They’ll be hoping a guy like Benardrick McKinney, Denzel Perryman, or Stephone Anthony falls into their laps.  With all the teams picking ahead of them with the same need, those chances aren’t great.  So the Packers may have to settle for TCU’s  Paul Dawson.  Dawson was very productive in college and sticks out on tape, making plays all over the field.  The problem was his horrible 40 time at the Combine.  He made a lot of teams double check him, and he cost himself some money.  Still, he’s a football player not a sprinter, and should have a productive NFL career.  If the Packers already have their linebacker then they could look at a nose tackle like Jordan Phillips.  They could also get a tight end if Clive Walford slides down the board.  A cornerback is a real possibility for the Packers in round 2.  They could see PJ Williams, or Ronald Darby on the board.  Both of those guys could compete for the nickel spot early in their careers.

Round 3 could be the spot the Packers land a cornerback.  They could take a redshirt on Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.  He’s a talented playmaker but blew out his ACL late in the season.  He could take a half a season or so to heal up and then get eased in.  The Packers could be rewarded for their patience with a hell of a player. If he’s gone or the Packers get back some bad medical on his injury, they could go a different route.  They could take solid all around Steven Nelson, or go with the undersized Senequez Golson.  Golson may be short, but he makes up for it with his unworldly ball skills.  If the Packers have a corner already, they could look at a big defensive tackle like Grady Jarrett or Gabe Wright.  They could also consider a tight end.  Options in round 3 would be Wes Saxton, Nick O’Leary, and Jeff Heuerman.  Though it’s questionable whether or not any of those prospects would be upgrades over what is currently on the roster.

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