Sunday, April 24, 2016

Seahawks Boys 2016 2 Round Mock Draft

Round 1

1. Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee Titans) - Jared Goff, QB, Cal - Everybody says it's Goff, so it's Goff.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns) - Carson Wentz, QB, N. Dakota St. - Everybody says it's Wentz, so it's Wentz.
3. San Diego Chargers - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss - Chargers can't trade out of #3 so they're stuck taking the best OL prospect in the draft. Big help for Phillip Rivers, who can't continue to take hits like he has the last few years.
4. Dallas Cowboys - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State - Cowboys see Elliott as a transformational player who could give them back their offensive identity. Plenty of pass rushers in rounds 2 and 3 for them to grab.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame - Stanley is the best player left on the board, and allows the Jags to unload disappointing former #2 overall pick Luke Jokel, perhaps to the Seahawks.
6. Baltimore Ravens - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon - Speaking of teams that need to recapture their identity... Bosa and Myles Jack are too big a risk for this pick.
7. San Francisco 49ers - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA - Teams that are desperate at corner will try to trade into this spot for Ramsey but if the 49ers keep this pick I don't think they take him. The great defenses of the Harbaugh era were built on the linebacker play, and Jack could give them the dynamic play maker they need. 49ers are desperate enough to take the health risk.
8. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles through Miami Dolphins) Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State - I think if things fall this way the Browns swap out of this pick with Tampa Bay or another team that might want Ramsey and take the "safe" pick in Bosa. I also think Bosa will be a bust, like most Browns draft picks. Bosa is not the athlete some people think he is and teams know that, so he slides.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St. - Bucs swap with Cleveland or the 49ers to get their guy. He's a marketable local guy, but he slides because teams have concerns about his playmaking abilities. He still sneaks into the top 10.
10. New York Giants - Jack Conklin, OT, Mich St. - Giants have struggled at LT for years, and Conklin is a solid prospect who should shore things up and give Eli Manning that extra second he needs to make plays downfield.
11. Chicago Bears - Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama - Bears are desperate for playmakers everywhere, and they may as well start with ultra-reliable Ragland in the middle of their defense.
12. New Orleans Saints - Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio St. - The Saints are historically bad on defense and need help everywhere. They hope Lee gives them a dynamic, Ryan Shazier type to attack teams on the edge.
13. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles) - Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida - Dolphins dump Brett Grimes because of off-field issues and come back and take Hargreaves to fill the spot.
14. Oakland Raiders - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville - Raiders were one of the worst against the run last year, and need Rankins to come in and occupy blockers inside so Kalil Mack and Bruce Irvin can make plays.
15. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams) - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama - Titans need to invest in QB Marcus Mariota and getting somebody to block for him is a key to that. Kelly is a 10-year starter and probably 5-time Pro Bowler waiting to happen, so he's a good start. This will be kind of a shocker because of the undervaluing of the center position, but it shouldn't be.
16. Detroit Lions - A'Shawn Robinson - DT, Alabama - Lions defense has never been the same since they passed on Aaron Donald in 2014 to take a tight end and let N'domikong Suh and Nick Fairley get away. Robinson will the first building block to replace those mistakes.
17. Atlanta Falcons - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia - Falcons need speed off the edge to get to the passer in the worst way. Floyd might be the guy they need.
18. Indianapolis Colts - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St. - Everybody knows the Colts need OL help, which is why the Titans snapped up Kelly 3 picks before this. Colts have to settle for Decker, who should nevertheless improve things up front for Andrew Luck.
19. Buffalo Bills - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis - Bills need lots of defensive help but they have never settled on a QB and Lynch makes sense for them. Besides, they know the Jets covet Lynch. And yes, Rex Ryan IS that petty.
20. New York Jets - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss - Jets defense is based up front and it seems likely they will part ways with Muhammed Wilkerson, so Nkemdiche is a good fit. Potentially dynamic player with some character red flags. They could draft Nkemdiche and then rescind the franchise tag on Wilkerson.
21. Washington Redskins - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson - Redskins need to generate a better pass rush, and Lawson represents value here in the lower 3rd of round 1.
22. Houston Texans - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss - It's no secret what the Texans top need is, and Treadwell can provide a threat opposite DeAndre Hopkins. A new toy for Brock Osweiler to play with....
23. Minnesota Vikings - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor - The run on WR's officially begins. Coleman can fly, but can Teddy actually throw the ball that far?
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU - Bengals need a wideout too.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers -Eli Apple, DB, Ohio ST. - Stealers need DB help really, really bad.
26. Seattle Seahawks - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana - RT is Seahawks #1 need, and Spriggs fills it amply and could eventually slide to LT if need be.
27. Green Bay Packers - Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame - Let's face it, this is a reach but Packers WR's sucked last year and even with Jordy Nelson back, they are slow as molasses in the Wisconsin winter. They roll the dice at the end of round-1 and hope his speed gives them the dynamic element they lack.
28. Kansas City Chiefs - Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky - Spence gives the Chiefs another pass rusher in case Justin Houston's knee doesn't come around.
29. New England Patriots* (*Forfeited, caught cheating).
29. Arizona Cardinals - Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson - Cardinals claim they solved their pass rushing problem with the trade for Chandler Jones. They didn't.
30. Carolina Panthers - William Jackson III, CB, Houston - With Josh Norman gone, corner is a gaping hole in the Panthers overrated defense.
31. Denver Broncos - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama - Broncos sit still and pick up a replacement for the departed Malik Jackson.

Round 2

Pick (overall)
1 (32). Cleveland Browns - Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas St. - After losing Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz along the OL, the Browns begin the rebuilding process.
2 (33). Tennessee Titans - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama - After helping the OL in round-1, the Titans secure a ground game with the powerful Henry.
3 (34). Dallas Cowboys - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma ST. - After getting a RB in round-1 the Cowboys reach a bit for edge help here.
4 (35). San Diego Chargers - Vernon Butler , DT, Louisiana Tech - Chargers go OL/DL with their 1st two picks.
5 (36). Baltimore Ravens - Germain Ifedi, OT, A&M - Ravens fill the void left when they lost Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders.
6 (37). San Francisco 49ers - Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio St. - 49ers have no one to throw to.
7 (38). Jacksonville Jaguars - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson - Jags need help on the back end of their defense.
8 (39). Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor - Billings can team inside with Anthony McCoy.
9 (40). New York Giants - Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt - Giants need a threat opposite Odell Beckham Jr.
10 (41). Chicago Bears - Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas - Cutler could use an big target over the middle, You know, like Greg Olson.
11 (42). Miami Dolphins - Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida - Now it's time to replace Olivier Vernon.
12 (43). Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams through Philadelphia Eagles) - Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA - Titans switch to the defensive side of the ball and cash-in on the run on DT's.
13 (44). Oakland Raiders - Devontae Booker, RB, Utah - Raiders don't have a 20 carry a game RB. They do now.
14 (45). Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams) - Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech - Titans need two pieces on the OL not one.
15 (46). Detroit Lions - Keanu Neal, SS, Florida - All the WRs worth taking this high are gone, so they Lions go with some DB help.
16 (47). New Orleans Saints - Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford - Defense is the biggest need but so is the OL.
17 (48). Indianapolis Colts - Su'a Cravens - SS, USC - Colts get some safety help for the back four.
18 (49). Buffalo Bills - Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise St. - Like I said before, Bills need defensive help.
19 (50). Atlanta Falcons - Chris Jones, DT, Miss. St. Falcons double down on D in the 1st two rounds.
20 (51). New York Jets - Connor Cook, QB, Mich. St. - Jets need to develop a long term answer at QB.
21 (52). Houston Texans - Karl Joseph, SS, West Virginia - Texans go defense in round-2.
 22 (53). Washington Redskins - Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn - After going edge guy in round-1, Redskins go to the strength of this draft in round-2. Kirk Cousins will like that.
23 (54). Minnesota Vikings - Vonn Bell, SS, Ohio State - Vikings kinda suck at safety.
24 (55). Cincinnati Bengals - Kendall Fuller, CB, Va, Tech - Bengals could always use help on the back end to keep the defense strong.
25 (56). Seattle Seahawks - Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State - Hargrave will the Seahawks the inside pass rush they covet.
26 (57). Green Bay Packers - Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri - Having Brothers should allow the Packers to move Clay Matthews and his aching vagina out to OLB, where he gets hit less.
27 (58). Pittsburgh Steelers - Sean Davis, CB, Maryland - Stealers need DB help so bad, they may as well take two.
28 (59). Kansas City Chiefs - Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio St. - Chiefs lack weapons on offense. Miller may give them one.
29 (60). New England Patriots - Joe Dahl, OG. Washington State - Cheaters get a really, really good football player who might eventually be a LT.
30 (61). New England Patriots (from Arizona Cardinals) - Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State - Cheaters replace Chandler Jones with the pick they got for him.
31 (62). Carolina Panthers - Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor - They needed an upgrade at corner even WITH Josh Norman, so they go CB 1-2 in this draft.
32 (63). Denver Broncos - Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State - Broncos have a need so they take a flyer on a QB.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Seahawks 2016 Mock Draft 1.0

With the 2016 NFL draft fast approaching, it's time to take a look at who the Seahawks will be looking at starting next Thursday. As always, the Seahawks would love to trade out of the late first round at #26, and that's the most likely scenario. They also like to surprise everyone with their picks, so guessing what John Schneider and Pete Carroll will do is always problematic. There's a yuge gap in the 4th-5th round area between picks #124 and #171, so I expect at least one trade back to fill that gap somehow. There are also strong rumors that they will trade a 2017 pick to Jacksonville for offensive tackle Luke Joekel, and if that happens it messes up the draft board scenarios big time. But for now, we have to assume that they will keep all their picks and take a look at who they might go for with their nine selections.

Round 1 - #26 -  Jason Spriggs, OT Indiana - The Seahawks biggest need is RT, and Spriggs has great explosiveness and athleticism for a big man. He has that mean streak you look for in a drive blocking RT, and could slide over to LT if the Gary Gilliam experiment is a failure. Alabama C Ryan Kelly would be the pick if he were here, but I think he'll be gone by #26.

Round 2 - #56 - Javon Hargrave, DT South Carolina State - The Seahawks #2 need after a RT is an inside pass rusher to help pressure QBs a bit more, and Hargrave had 13.5 sacks as a senior against small school competition. He fits the mold the Seahawks are looking for ideally, comparing well to current Seahawk Jordan Hill, who if healthy, can team with Hargrave for a solid 1-2 inside punch for the Seahawks. If all the best pass rushers are gone, WSU's Joe Dahl will merit some consideration here as the Seahawks go 1-2 on the OL.

Round 3 - #90 - Justin Simmons, FS/CB Boston College - CB is not really a need for the Seahawks but Simmons is a Richard Sherman look-alike in terms of length and workout numbers. He is viewed as a FS by most teams but could be the starter opposite Sherman by year two if he takes to coaching the way Sherm did. If he pans out as a starting CB opposite Sherman, Seahawks can move Jeremy Lane inside to cover the slot and be scary good in the LOB.

Round 3 - #97 (Compensatory Pick) - Connor McGovern OG/C - Missouri - McGovern is very strong and could compete with Justin Britt for the starting LG spot right away. Eventually, he looks to be moved to center, but for the moment he'll be a paragon of strength on the inside.

Round 4 - #124 - Tyler Ervin, RB San Jose State - Irvin is a small, super quick scat back with great instincts. With C-Mike and Rawls in front of him, he'll slide right as in as the 3rd down back catching balls out of the backfield and killing teams on draw plays.

Round 5 - #171 (Compensatory Pick) - Travis Feeney, OLB Washington - Crazy athletic but skinny OLB prospect who is great in coverage and a huge hitter on special teams. Seahawks will use him in that capacity at first and then move him to SAM OLB to take some of Bruce Irvin's old snaps. Also has great quickness of the edge and may get some snaps there as well as the season rolls on.

Round 6 - #215 (Compensatory Pick) - Victor Ochi, OLB Stony Brook - Ochi is a pure edge rush guy who was muy productive as a small school player, but he more than held his own against top competition in the East/West Shrine game. He hasn't played standing up so it's unlikely he'll be used to replace Bruce Irvin's snaps at the SAM spot. He's more of a traditional LEO pass rusher in the Chris Clemmons mold. A real bargain at this pick.

Round 7 - #225 - Geronimo Allison, WR Illinois - Seahawks got this pick from the Cowboys in the Christine Michael trade, so this is a bonus selection. Allison is the big receiver the Seahawks are always looking for, with good hands and serviceable speed in the low 4.6's for a big man. Very competitive and a fierce blocker, he could give Russell Wilson another big target in the Red Zone.

Round 7 - #247 - Vincent Valentine, DT Nebraska - With so many great DTs in this deep draft, the Seahawks may as well grab two of them. Valentine is more of a 1-tech NT than Hargrave, and will compete with Sealver Siliga for the backstop role on running downs. Has a very quick and powerful initial burst and the kind of workout numbers the Seahawks love.

So I have the Seahawks taking 2 OL's, 2 OLB's, 2 DT's (a 1 technique and a 3 technique) an RB and a WR. A #3 TE is also a consideration, but I expect the Seahawks to look for one as an UDFA. Of the guys I've listed, the Seahawks have shown actual interest in Spriggs, Simmons, McGovern, Irvin and Feeney. Hargrave, Ochi, Allison and Valentine are just my speculation based on what the Seahawks typically look for. If the draft came out looking something like this I'd be very happy. We'll see what they do in the end.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

First 2016 Seahawk Boy Mock Draft

NFL Mock Draft - 3/20/2016
Round 1
1. Tennessee Titans

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: Titans need to protect last year's #2 overall pick Marcus Mariota and Tunsil, who is the best LT prospect in years, is a great place to start. Taylor Lewan and Tunsil should give the Titans a strong set of bookends going forward. Defensive needs can be addressed at the top of round two.
2. Cleveland Browns

Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: Everybody knows Browns need a QB in the worst way and Wentz is the best in this class. They feigned interest in swapping 1st rounders with 49ers for Colin Kaepernick but that is likely a smoke screen to keep another QB hungry team from swooping in and taking Wentz out from under them.
3. San Diego Chargers

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: Chargers need to protect Philip Rivers better but they were also near the bottom of the league in pass rush pressures and sacks. Bosa could theoretically improve a lackluster group and dramatically impact the productivity and spirit of the defense of a downtrodden team.
4. Dallas Cowboys

 Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State: Cowboys should absolutely take Goff here but they continue to be delusional in thinking that Romo will stay healthy and that they are Super Bowl contenders, so they pass on the QB of the future to take Ramsey. His lack of big plays is worrisome, but he gives the Cowboys an elite athlete they have lacked in the secondary for years.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA: Jags offense is coming along nicely but Gus Bradley's defense is a weak spot and Jack gives them a big playmaker. If 2015 1st round pick Dante Fowler can bounce back from ACL surgery, Jaguars front 7 might be in business. 
6. Baltimore Ravens

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: The Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele in free agency and bounce right back by adding Stanley in the draft. Protecting Joe Flacco is priority 1, and the long, strong Stanley can step in for Eugene Monroe at LT if need be. 
7. San Francisco 49ers

Jared Goff, QB, California: Personally, I think the 49ers are going to have to move up to get Goff, because if they don't, some QB hungry team like the Texans or Rams will jump in front of them and take him. After the Colin Kaepernick nightmare of the last few years Goff and Blaine Gabbert should at least give them some consistency and stability. Unfortunately, their head coach is Chip Kelly.
8. Philadelphia Eagles

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: The Eagles need help all over the defense, and Buckner will give them size and presence off the edge. The smallish corners that fall here aren't what they need so they go with a front seven guy instead.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: The Bucs need a new guy to team with Gerald McCoy, who isn't getting any younger. The tandem of Reed and McCoy could allow the Bucs to pressure teams up the middle, something they really could not do last year.
10. NY Giants

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: Hargreaves is small but fierce, a bit of a Josh Norman type and the Giants had the worst pass defense in the league last year. Drafting him is the first step toward mediocrity, which would be a major upgrade over last year.
11. Chicago Bears

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: The Bears need to find somebody to pair with Alshon Jeffery at WR for Jay Cutler to be effective, and last years' #1 pick Kevin White has bust written all over him. Treadwell is big and physical, like Jeffery and may take over for him if he leaves in free agency in a another year.
12. New Orleans Saints

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: The Saints are looking for long, tall corners and after giving up on Brandon Browner, Apple is an ideal replacement. 2 or 3 more drafts and the Saints might be respectable on defense again. 
13. Miami Dolphins

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: The Dolphins need some impact defenders after letting Olivier Vernon go, but they made a big play for Broncos RB CJ Anderson in free agency, and Elliott is a much better player than he is. He will give the Dolphins a solid running game to compliment Ryan Tannehill's less-than-breathtaking passing game. Should be a solid, productive Matt Forte type for at least 5 years. 
14. Oakland Raiders

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: Raiders will be hard pressed to pass on a player like Ohio State's Darron Lee here, but they just signed Bruce Irvin to play the SAM so they may as well add to the secondary. Alexander is smallish at 5-10", but he can learn the NFL game from the slot and then slide into disappointment DJ Haden's spot when his contract expires next year. Raiders are slowly building a really solid defense under DC Ken Norton Jr.
15. Los Angeles Rams

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: Every year the Rams make noise about being a good team, and every year they finish with a losing record. The problem is that their coach is Jeff Fisher and they have no quarterback. Lynch is nowhere near worth this pick but Rams have no choice.
16. Detroit Lions

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: The Lions have never recovered from passing on Aaron Donald in favor of TE Eric Ebron in the 2014 draft. Now rather than take the DT they need they are forced to reach for a replacement for the now retired Calvin Johnson. Coleman will give them enough of a threat to keep the double teams off Golden Tate, at least.  
17. Atlanta Falcons

Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State: Falcons coach Dan Quinn would probably like to add a run-stuffing DT here, but there will be a bunch available later and Lee has already fallen too far. A Ryan Shazier/Bruce Irvin type of athlete, Lee will energize a slow, poorly defending Atlanta unit. Expect them to add more DL help on the 2nd day of the draft but Lee gives them a guy who can make plays in space.
18. Indianapolis Colts

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State: The Colts desperately need to afford Andrew Luck better protection and Conklin is an solid LT for their line. They can add a center in round 2 and make a big jump up in terms of their pass protection. Keeping Luck in one piece will be the best thing they can do for their offense.
19. Buffalo Bills

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville : Rankins gives the Bills a strong inside presence without the risk of a guy like Robert Nkemdiche. Rex needs to hit a home run for his defense and Rankins will solidify the middle.
20. NY Jets

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: The best edge guy available in this part of the draft and the Jets certainly saw what happens to Tom Brady when you pressure him. Floyd will give the Jets defense some desperately needed outside athleticism.
21. Washington Redskins

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: Redskins need some big bodies inside to stop the run. Robinson is more athletic inside than his Alabama teammate Jarran Reed and will make more plays in the backfield.
22. Houston Texans

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: Texans made a big investment in Brock Osweiler and now must give him some talent to work with. WR Deandre Hopkins gets double teamed way to much and the big, talented Doctson should be able to take away some of that pressure.
23. Minnesota Vikings

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame: Vikings need to help game manager Teddy Bridgewater any way they can, and with the OL addressed already in free agency they reach a bit for Fuller, a speedy downfield player who can give Teddy a target, at least. Whether Teddy can hit him with a pass is another question.
24. Cincinnati Bengals

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss: With the Bengals caught on the outside looking in on the WRs, they have two options with this pick: replace Andre Smith with one of the tackles available or make the strong defense even stronger. They go with the big, disruptive Nkemdiche. Yes there are character questions, but it's the Bengals.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers

William Jackson III, CB, Houston: Steelers need all kinds of secondary help and Jackson is one piece of it. Don't be surprised if they take DBs 1-2 in this draft. The need is that desperate.
26. Seattle Seahawks

Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama: Seahawks most glaring need is on the OL, and while one of the tackles is tempting, Kelly is an instant starter and 10-year Pro Bowler waiting to happen. His strength and presence inside will allow Russell Wilson to step up to avoid inside pressure, a luxury he lacked even with the overrated Max Unger starting. Could be a Pro Bowl player in his rookie year.
27. Green Bay Packers

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: Everybody knows the Packers need speed at WR and better protection up front for Aaron Rodgers, but drafting Ragland allows them the luxury of moving Clay "My Vagina Hurts" Matthews back outside where he can rush the passer against smaller linemen and running backs.
28. Kansas City Chiefs

Derek Henry, RB, Alabama: Chiefs have already addressed DL and OL in free agency, so adding the huge and explosive Henry to the backfield allows them to squeeze or move on from the oft-injured Jamaal Charles. Cutting Charles would clear $5.3 million off their tight cap situation, and he will be a monster in cold weather in December.
28(A) New England Patriots
29. Arizona Cardinals

 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor: The Cardinals have only drafted one Pro Bowl player in the 4 years since Steve Keim became the GM, but Billings slides to them and he may the 2nd. Lost in all the concern about the edge rush was the drop-off in Calais Campbell's play in the second half of the season, and he may be nearing the end. Billings will shore up  the Cardinals defense up against the run and provide some youthful energy inside. He probably replaces Campbell when the team moves on from him in 2017.
30. Carolina Panthers

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson : The Panthers improved their rotation at defensive end by re-signing veteran Charles Johnson to a one-year deal, but they still need edge speed to keep their defense going. Lawson has slipped too far already and is a local product who can be eased into a rotation with Johnson and Kony Ealy.
31. Denver Broncos

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State: Yes, they have no quarterback, but replacing Malik Jackson on the inside pass rush may be a higher priority. Ogbah can play inside or outside and fill a variety of roles on the Broncos defense, which is still their strength.

Other Seahawks Picks
2. (56) Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech: Clark is a 3 year starter at LT and could compete for a starting job right away. He's huge and has the kind of athletic feet that the Seahawks love.
3. (90) Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State: Big DT with good feet who can join the DL rotation and replace Brandon Mebane eventually.
3. (97) Travis Feeny, OLB, Washington: Hybrid OLB/Edge rusher type to replace Bruce Irvin. Special teams monster.
4. (124) Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State: Speed 3rd down back to compliment Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael.
5. (171)  Victor Ochi, OLB, Stony Brook State: Another athletic Edge/OLB hybrid that projects well at the NFL level. A special teams player who can add some weight and become part of the pass rush package.
6. (215) Joe Dahl, OT/OG, Washington State: Vastly underrated LT/OG prospect who can play inside or outside at the NFL level. SOTD.
7. (225) Elijah Shumate, SS, Notre Dame: Kam Chancellor insurance.
7. (245) Jake McGee, TE, Florida: TE3 to challenge for a roster spot.

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Few Notes on Whether Russell Wilson is "Elite"

Seahawks Pro-Bowl QB Russell Wilson

Earlier this week, soon-to-be Browns ex-head coach Mike Pettine discussed Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ahead of this weekends game and made some disparaging comments about him. Pettine refused to place Wilson in a class along with the so-called "elite" QBs in the NFL, despite all he has accomplished at a much younger age than most of those he named "elite." ESPNs Mike Sando then followed Pettine's criticisms up with his own, adding that un-named GMs (who undeniably passed on Wilson when they had a chance to draft him) give more credit to the Seahawks defense and running game for their success than Wilson.

My standard response to these claims is to point out that Wilson has 104 TD passes in a less-than-four year career, and to simply ask these critics how many of those 104 TD passes the defense or Marshawn Lynch threw? But yesterday my friend Gerald Turner complied a list of records and accomplishments that Wilson holds that is pretty comprehensive, so I'm sharing it here. Hopefully this list and Wilson's recent play puts these critics to bed for the rest of eternity.

But I doubt it. Personally, I feel much of the criticism still leveled at Wilson is because of anti-Christian bigotry on the part of the media. I'm referring specifically to reporters like CBS' Pete Prisco, who earlier this year called fans that defended Wilson's play a "cult."

The truth is, the devoutly faithful Russell Wilson is on track for a Hall-of-Fame career. Here's just a part of why:

Russell Wilson is the first QB in NFL history with a passer rating of over 95.0 in each of his first three seasons.
- Wilson has 24 games with a passer rating of 100+ in his first three seasons...more than any other QB in NFL history. Flacco, Marino, and Palmer are tied for second with 19.

 - Wilson leads all QB’s in the NFL over the last 3 years with 10- 4th quarter comebacks and 15- game-winning drives. No other QB in NFL history has ever done this in their first 3 years.

- He is one of only five players with at least 20 touchdown passes in each of first three seasons.

- Wilson is the first and only QB in the Super Bowl era to have average yards per attempt of 7.6 or better in each of his first three seasons.

- Wilson’s career yards per passing attempt of 7.9 is fourth-best of all QB’s since 1951.

- Wilson is ranked #1 in career postseason yards per attempt. His career average of 9.01 (min. 200 pass attempts) is the highest in NFL history.

- Wilson is the only QB in NFL history to appear in two SB's in his first three seasons.

- Wilson holds the record for most passing yards in a playoff game by a rookie QB with 385 yards. The old record was set in 1937 by Sammy Baugh with 335 yards...that record stood for 75 years.

- Wilson is ranked at #2 in all-time career passer rating (min. 1200 attempts) with a 98.6. Only Aaron Rodgers has a higher career passer rating.

- Wilson's passer rating of 98.6 for a player’s first 3 years is the best in NFL history.

- Including postseason, Wilson's passer rating of 98.5 for a player's first three years is the best in NFL history.

- Wilson's postseason passer rating of 97.8 in his first three years is the best in NFL history.

- Wilson’s career postseason passer rating of 97.8 (min. 200 attempts) is the 5th best in NFL history.

- Wilson's TD% of 5.8% in his first three years is the 2nd highest in NFL history; only Dan Marino is higher with 6.9%.

- Wilson's INT% of 2.1% in his first three years is the lowest of any QB in NFL history.

- Wilson is ranked #2 all-time with a career TD to INT ratio of 2.77 (min. 1200 attempts) behind only Rodgers.

- Wilson is ranked #3 all-time with a career INT rate of only 2.1%, behind only Rodgers and Brady.

- Wilson is the first and only QB in NFL history to throw for 300+ yards and run for 100+ yards (313 & 106) in the same game...against the Rams on 10-19-14.

- Only one QB in NFL history had more than one season with more than 20 TD passes and 10 or fewer interceptions in his first three seasons: Wilson, who has had three such seasons.

- His 72 touchdowns are the seventh-most ever through a player’s first three seasons.

- Including the postseason, Wilson has 84 passing TD's in his first three seasons, 4th-most in NFL history.

- Including the postseason, Wilson has 97 passing and rushing TD's in his first three seasons, 3rd-most in NFL history.

- Wilson is ranked #12 all-time for most passing yards by a QB in his first three years with 9950 yards.

- Including the postseason, Wilson is ranked #5 all-time for passing yards by a QB in his first three years with 11,770 yards.

- Wilson is ranked #5 all-time for most total yards (passing + rushing) by a QB in his first three years with 11,827 yards.

- Including the postseason, Wilson is ranked #2 all-time for most total yards (passing and rushing) by a QB in his first three years with 13,902 yards.

- Wilson has the 2nd highest career yards per attempt in SB history with 9.85 yards, behind only Terry Bradshaw.

- Wilson has the 3rd highest career passer rating in SB history with a 117.39, behind only Joe Montana and Jim Plunkett.

- Wilson has the 6th highest career completion % in SB history with 65.22%.

- Wilson has the 4th highest yards per attempt in a SB game with 11.76 yards in SB49.

- Wilson's 1,877 rushing yards is second-most by a QB in the modern era through three seasons behind Cam Newton's 2,032 yards.

- Including the postseason, Wilson has the most rushing yards for a QB in NFL history in his first three seasons with 2,132 yards.

- Wilson led all NFL rushers in 2014 with an average of 7.2 yards per carry.

- Wilson has a record of having had a lead at some point in 56 straight games since 2012...the old record was 45 games...Also, in those 56 games, Wilson has never lost an NFL game by more than 9 points.

- Wilson has won 36 games in his first 3 seasons; three more than any other QB in NFL history.

 - Including the postseason, Wilson has won 42 games in his first three seasons; 6 more than any other QB in NFL history.

Yesterday, Fox Sports Radio's Colin Cowherd chimed in with some common sense opinions on Wilson. It was refreshing to hear:

"I think he's the smartest, most instinctive quarterback I've ever seen" - Colin Cowherd on Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. #HerdHere
Posted by The Herd on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Friday, June 13, 2014

Arizona Cardinals 2015 Salary Cap Projections

Larry Fitzgerald
The Cardinals are in the worst shape of all the NFC West teams, primarily because of Larry Fitzgerald’s ridiculous $23,600,000 cap figure. At $5,032,732 OVER the $140 million dollar 2015 salary cap, the Cardinals will have to cut somebody or restructure some contracts just to get under the cap. Simply cutting Fitzgerald would result in a $9,200,000 cap savings, and would get them at least $5 million under the cap (give or take). The Cardinals have 7 players over the magic $6 million dollar cap number for 2015. They are:
Larry Fitzgerald - $23,600,000
Calais Campbell - $14,750,000
Carson Palmer - $12,000,000
Patrick Peterson - $10,081,000
Darnell Dockett - $9,800,000
Jared Veldheer - $7,750,000
Daryl Washington - $6,500,000

Of this group, Fitzgerald, Palmer and Washington are obviously overpaid. One, two ore all 3 probably should go, but Palmer will likely survive simply because the Cardinals don’t have anyone else at the QB position. With Peterson’s base salary fully guaranteed, it’s hard to see any motivation on the Cardinals part to extend him. At 33, Dockett will have continue to play at a very high level to justify his $9.8 million dollar cap hit.

Overall, the Cardinals could dump Fitz, Palmer and Dockett and find themselves $21 million under the cap for 2015, as opposed to $5 million OVER it. Unless they want to restructure and invest large sums of cap space in players over 30, 2015 looks like a transitional year in Arizona.