NFL Draft: Perfect Pairs

Teams drafting in the top 10 always have multiple needs, which means they could draft multiple different positions with their top pick.

Also with a top 10 selection comes a high pick in the second round, where teams can get players who were in consideration for first round picks but just slipped out. We have seen many of these high round 2 selections have success early on in their careers, such as Landon Collins or Nick Chubb.

This also leaves teams with some tough decisions to make at the beginning of the draft. Let’s take a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars as an example to start off this piece.

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Taylor is a pulg-and-play right tackle

The Jaguars have a glaring need at tackle, and at pick #7 top at least one of the two top prospects at the position Jawaan Taylor or Jonah Williams should be available. They also have to get receiving weapons for Nick Foles, namely a tight end as Foles relied on Zach Ertz for success in his time as an Eagle. T.J. Hockenson is the best in the class, and would be an instant impact guy for Jacksonville.

Neither Williams, Taylor, or Hockenson will be available when the Jags pick again at 38, and they will need to get a starter there too. So the debate becomes where you think the value is in this draft, and which position is more important to go get early.

Personally, I would take Taylor or Williams, then get a tight end like Dawson Knox or Irv Smith at 38. I think this would be better than settling for a tackle like Greg Little or Kaleb McGary. You may disagree, and that’s the fun of this exercise. Teams are going over scenarios like this in their war rooms all the time leading up to April 25th. Here are some more prospect pair debates that could be going on in the top 10 right now.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Picks #5 and #39

The Bucs could go many ways with their first pick, however I think it will come down to someone in the trenches, whether it be a defensive or offensive lineman. In my opinion, this is the first spot where Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor could come off the board. I personally believe Nick Bosa goes 2nd to the 49ers, then Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen go 3/4. However this is the NFL Draft. Anything can and will happen, and the Bucs may have to decide between a more pressing need on the offensive line with an elite talent on the defensive line. The Buccaneers may even like Montez Sweat or Devin White at 5 over the offensive line prospects.

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Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

Personally, I would take Quinnen Williams or Allen if they were available at 5, but I would select Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor over Devin White or Montez Sweat. Possible targets with the 39th overall pick depending on the position taken at 5th overall could be iOL Chris Lindstrom from Boston College or Jerry Tillery, iDL from Notre Dame.

Green Bay Packers, Picks #12 and #30 

The Packers need another piece on defense, but also are in the market for a weapon to help out Aaron Rodgers and last season’s underwhelming offense. I think D.K. Metcalf will be available at 12, and that would be a splash pick. T.J. Hockenson would also be an option for the Pack as their free agent signings the past two seasons in Martellus Bennett and Jimmy Graham have been abject failures.

However, I would look to bolster my offensive line and draft Cody Ford out of Oklahoma. He plays guard but has the size to play tackle if needed, and would be a nice injection of young talent into an aging line.

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A.J. Brown could be a Randall Cobb replacement in Green Bay

I think there could be some solid pass catchers available at 30, such as Hollywood Brown from Oklahoma and A.J. Brown from Ole Miss. The Packers could also look to add Josh Jacobs, the running back from Alabama.

Detroit Lions, Picks #8 and #43

After taking two offensive players in last years 1st and 2nd rounds, I think the Lions will look to add defensive talent at picks 8 and 43. I think one of these picks needs to be for the front 7, and the other needs to be at corner.

Personally, I want the 8th pick to be Devin Bush, the instinctive linebacker from Michigan. I would also be very happy with Ed Oliver, the jack of all trades iDL from Houston. I don’t think Greedy Williams is the type of player Bob Quinn covets, especially with a pick as high as #8 overall.

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Amani would look good in Honolulu Blue

Which is why at #43 I have my sights set on Amani Oruwariye, the corner from Penn State. his physicality and ball skills make him a perfect running mate in the secondary with Darius Slay.

 

The NFL’s Most Hopeless

Looking around the NFL landscape before training camps start to open, there seems to be more competitive teams than ever before. I believe this is partially due to how old quarterbacks like Brees, Brady, Rivers, and Roethlisberger continue to play at a high level. There is low turnover at the top, and there are also plenty of promising young guns looking to take the league by storm of the league in the next few years. Therefore, I find that there are not too many teams who find themselves ‘hopeless’ entering 2018.

I will accept that teams like the Browns, Bills, or Cardinals may not have a great shot at making the playoffs, but I don’t necessarily think this makes them hopeless. All three have rookie quarterbacks and newer coaches that fans can watch grow and become better as the season goes on. When I talk hopeless, I’m talking teams who have bleak short-term outlooks compounded with no clear path towards the future. There is only one team that I believe truly fits this bill. and they are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Chris ‘Swaggy’ Baker

I genuinely don’t see how any Tampa fan could be optimistic about this team’s future. Just one year ago, the Bucs were the nation’s darling, ready to break their decade long playoff drought and compete for the crown in the rough and tough NFC South. They were the subject of the HBO yearly series ‘HardKnocks’, and Jameis was going to have his breakout year. They had signed Chris Baker and DeSean Jackson in free agency who would put the team over the hump.

None of that happened.

The team fell flat on their faces and finished 5-11. They never fixed their place-kicking woes, Jameis still was not protective of the football, and continued having injury issues. The team suffered from bad coaching with Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith, playing sloppy, penalty ridden football that showed a lack of attention to detail. Chris Baker got cut after the season, and now DeSean Jackson is getting paid $11 Million a year to get 600 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Yucks are officially back people, and they probably never left.

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In 2018, not much has changed on the personnel side other than the d-line, all the coaches are back, and now  Jameis Winston, your 1st overall pick, the face of your franchise, is suspended the first three games of the season for groping a female uber driver. 3 games against the Steelers, Eagles, and Saints, the hardest 3 game stretch any NFL team has ever had in the Super Bowl era based on previous season winning percentage.

It seems to me that 2018 is a lost cause for the Yucks, and the firing of Dirk Koetter and Jason “I’ll draft Aguayo round 2” Licht is imminent. At the quarterback position, Winston is talented and puts up numbers but it hasn’t translated into wins, and the off the field issues have remained since Florida State. His 5th year option is worth $20 Million, a contract the Yucks front office will have to think long and hard about picking up.

As a whole, the roster generally lacks talent. Brent Grimes is a good corner but his plateau could be coming any day now as he ages, and Vernon Hargreaves has underperformed his draft position. The offensive line has its issues, and it will be on 2nd round rookie Ronald Jones to fix the run game.

The Tampa Bay Yucks are as hopeless a team as the NFL had to offer. I don’t see the playoff drought ending anytime soon.

Jameis Winston says grabbing woman Uber driver’s crotch is “uncharacteristic” of him

As reported on for close to a week now, Jameis Winston has been suspended 3 games for a 2016 incident where he groped his female Uber driver.

An incident, mind you, he once vehemently denied and was “certain that [he] did not make any inappropriate contact”.

You can read his full November 17th, 2017 denial here, and the full June 28th, 2018 apology here.

In the apology, Winston says it was ‘uncharacteristic’ of him to put the Uber driver in the position that he did. One could make the argument however that this is in fact very characteristic of Winston to put people in positions they do not feel comfortable in. Like when he told 5th grade girls Men are supposed to be strong and they need to be quiet and gentle. Or the time when he stood on a table in the student union at Florida State and yelled “f*** her right in the p***y”. I can also not fail to mention the time he made his Tampa Bay Buccaneer teammates uncomfortable, when he gave the eat a ‘W’ pregame speech before a 30-10 loss, a game in which he left due to injury then came back onto the field in the third quarter and started a fight.

So yes, Mr. Winston, this is quite characteristic of you.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer family have stood behind Winston throughout the process, so we will see if their tune changes with the apology and the decision by Winston’s camp not to appeal the suspension. The Bucs picked up his 5th year option for 2019 worth $20 million in April, however barring injury they can cut ties with Winston before that money becomes guaranteed next March.