Monday Morning Quarterback
The Cardinals drafted Thomas because he has absurd arm strength and looks like a professional quarterback. If it was going to work for Thomas anywhere as a rookie, it would work in this matchup with these teammates and this head coach. At the very least, it should be wildly entertaining. Football is a lot more fun for the Bengals with A. Green went down with that knee injury in while leaping over double coverage for a spectacular touchdown catch.
Dalton had serious problems with pass pressure in the past , but opposing teams are hurrying him on only You may have noticed that the Eagles have had a habit of scoring return touchdowns over the past few weeks. After picking up scores on a blocked punt and a fumble recovery against the Rams last week, Philadelphia now has seven return touchdowns in its first five games.
Nobody else in the NFL has more than three. In fact, the Eagles have more defensive and special teams touchdowns through five games than any other team in NFL history. Four teams were previously tied for the record with six, most recently the Chiefs, who were going through the absolute climax of Dante Hall hysteria.
Most public schools in the K. It was a crazy time. The return touchdowns helped, as our return-happy teams won Those teams produced an average of only 2. In this case, the return touchdowns are masking a struggling Philadelphia offense. The Eagles are 22nd in offensive DVOA and would surely rank even worse with stronger opponent adjustments, having played the Jaguars, Rams, and Washington. The offensive line injuries have sapped the strength of the running game, and Nick Foles has struggled to throw downfield.
Will it all come back to bite them? Unless LeSean McCoy finds traction, though, the Eagles might need another one of those return touchdowns to cover. Last week, a Lions fan with apparently undeserved access to laser pointers brought one into Ford Field and shined it at several Bills players, including quarterback Kyle Orton. Unfortunately, the joke was on him; Detroit kicker Alex Henery performed like he had a laser cannon pointed at his eyes, as the Lions missed three field goals before Dan Carpenter drilled a yarder to win it in the final seconds.
In a fit, the Detroit pointer then tweeted about how he was responsible for nearly blinding the players on the opposing team before deleting his tweets.
The fan was caught Thursday and banned from Ford Field. The rules exhibit little common sense and show a natural disregard for women , a subsection of the fan base whom the NFL keeps disenfranchising and insulting at all costs. Never mind that a guy could sneak in a laser pointer.
Or a full-size box of cereal. She probably just needed a place to put her stuff. You could do much worse than Barkley, who should provide an immediate spark to the Browns' running game.
If Allen is on the board here, Buffalo could make this deal to take the big, strong-armed QB. The Colts need some "dudes" on defense, and Smith has the potential to be a Pro Bowler early in his career. Big, powerful and dominant. Nelson isn't just an elite run blocker -- he is the tone-setter the Bucs need. Ward isn't the biggest corner, but he might be the best in this year's class, and the Bears need talent in the secondary.
Edmunds is big, fast and fills up just about every column on the stat sheet, which should make John Lynch happy. The Raiders are said to be hot on McGlinchey in a year where quality tackles will be scarce. Goodbye Ndamukong Suh, hello Vita Vea. The Dolphins are able to plug in another physical force in the middle.
After trading down, the Broncos go with a proven winner who helps strengthen the secondary after the departure of Aqib Talib. Rosen could be "Chosen" in this spot if he begins to slide and the Chargers make a move up the board for this perfect fit. The Packers need a physical cornerback with man-cover talent -- and Hughes' ability in the return game doesn't hurt, either. The Cardinals are in a little bit of a reset now and it's time to find new leaders to build around like the talented James.
Baltimore needs a wide receiver and Moore could very well be the pick, even if this is a bit of a reach. With the Redskins trading back, they would have to be ecstatic to find such a talented run-stuffing option like Payne. Seattle could very well deal this pick and move to the back of the first round or out of the first round , but Oliver checks all the boxes for the Seahawks.
Don't be shocked if a team at the back end of the first round moves up to target Vander Esch. If he's here, the Cowboys lock in. The Lions add a quick-twitch cornerback with ball skills and attitude to shore up the secondary. Ragnow is said to be moving up the board, and this would clearly be a need pick for the Bengals, who covet size and strength.
Davenport is a little raw, but he has the traits and rush potential to find reps and sacks in his rookie season. Many people see Nate Solder when they look at Miller -- and my guess is Bill Belichick is one of those people. The Panthers are badly in need of a cornerback and they covet length. Talented linebacker with the ability to play inside or outside and even give the Titans a pass-rush option.
Upfield pass rusher with loads of potential who is still finding his way as a football player. If the Saints don't trade up, they would have to be excited to find Hurst sitting there and waiting for them. The Steelers like speed, intelligence and toughness. Reid fits the bill. Ridley slides down the board, but this could end up being a perfect pairing for both parties.
This isn't a sexy pick, but with Dalvin Cook coming back from injury, Hernandez is the type of blocker they need for the running game. The Patriots can always find a blocking tight end, but it will be awfully hard to find a long, athletic pass-catching tight end with Gesicki's physical traits. The Bengals have the picks to make this move. Chad Reuter Full Analysis April 20, I projected Allen to Cleveland in my previous mock and was lambasted for it.
Now, it appears others are coming around that this is a possibility. The question is, will the Giants pick a quarterback or select a pass rusher to replace Jason Pierre-Paul? The Jets apparently have great interest in the feisty, talented Mayfield. It's hard to blame them. Yes, Cleveland signed Carlos Hyde this offseason, but Barkley's talent might be too great to pass up. Duke Johnson is due to become a free agent after the season and he might fetch them a middle-round pick if they make him available in a trade on draft weekend.
Buffalo gets a new quarterback in Darnold, who will try to show the Browns and Jets that they shouldn't have passed on him. Adam Gase won't be afraid of Rosen's intelligence and will instead appreciate his ability to master an offense. The team might have to give up a couple first-rounders and their second-round pick to secure Rosen.
James will play in the box as a run defender, and also has the agility to handle coverage duties, which makes him a favorite among general managers. New Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand would love to see his former pupil at South Bend available here.
Hiestand previously served as ND's O-line coach. I think the Niners will try to trade out of this spot, but if they stay put, Fitzpatrick can fill the shoes of Eric Reid, who remains a free agent. Edmunds fits in the Raiders' defense because he can play off the ball and rush the passer. Smith would be a great fit for the Colts, who are transitioning to a defense and need linebackers who can cover ground.
The departure of Aqib Talib puts Denver in a position to pick a corner early in the draft. If they do indeed trade back, Ward should be a prime candidate for Denver. Last year, Christian McCaffrey made a late push to the top Guice's toughness and speed could get him into the top 15 this year. Green Bay takes the best player on the board in Vea, who can play anywhere on the defensive line. GM Ozzie Newsome finds a linebacker who'll be a leader in the middle of the Ravens' defense for years to come.
The Chargers need an athletic tackle inside, and Payne meets that criteria. For a price of their first- and third-round picks, the Panthers can move ahead of the Cowboys to pick their top receiver. I believe Moore is the top receiver in the class. Ridley's quickness and ability to make plays in the air could help him become Dak Prescott's new No.
Now that Ziggy Ansah has signed his franchise tender, the Lions could add Landry across the way and make them a nice one-two punch. Ragnow has athleticism and power that the Bengals desperately need up front. Davenport has the potential to be a star playing opposite Von Miller. The Patriots get their man in Miller, who steps in for the departed Nate Solder at left tackle. Alexander is an excellent value at this point in the first round, as he's tough and fast.
Only his average height makes him available here. Plugging the hole left by Avery Williamson in the middle of the defense should be among the Titans' highest priorities.
Bryan is not the same sort of tackle that Dontari Poe was for the Falcons, but his active nature should complement the powerful Grady Jarrett. Drew Brees is going to love throwing to Goedert, who's an athlete in the Jimmy Graham mold.
Bates is athletic enough to be used in multiple spots in the Steelers' secondary. GM John Dorsey moves back into the first round for a starting left tackle in Williams, giving up the 35th and th picks to do so.
Bringing in competition at both offensive tackle spots would be a good thing for a team that needs to protect its new quarterback, Kirk Cousins. Indianapolis desperately needs weapons on offense. Sutton has the size and footwork to become a playmaker in the NFL. The release of Daryl Worley leaves a corner position open, and Hughes fits the slot role quite nicely. He is the best player in the draft.
The Browns are in win-now mode; only adding guys who can play at a high level right now will help them do that. Eli Manning is nearing the end of his career, which works out, given that the Giants get the top young passer in this draft.
Darnold can sit behind veteran Josh McCown until he's ready to roll. Plus, he will have a young, talented defense to help. The Bills package the 12th and 22nd picks to move up and nab the guy they love: Allen, a quarterback with the arm strength to throw in all weather conditions.
Indy's O-line has been a problem for years. Nelson will be an instant starter with an attitude. He's a physical safety with the cover skills of a cornerback. Tampa gets a jack of all trades. With all the new weapons added in free agency, Chicago needs to protect its franchise quarterback. He gets to learn from the 49ers' marquee cornerback signing, Richard Sherman -- a player with similar size, ability and ball skills.
Smith's instincts and range are something the Raiders haven't had in recent years. He'll be the missing piece in Paul Guenther's defense. Ward falls to No. The Broncos trade down and still get their QB. Mayfield might sit early on, but he'll eventually take over because of his accuracy and ability to throw deep. He's a sideline-to-sideline player who's fluid in coverage and adds some pass-rush ability. Fitzpatrick's versatility allows him to play anywhere in the secondary and make an immediate impact.
Arizona gets a big-time player who can start at tackle or guard because of his size. Regardless of where he lines up, he makes the offensive line better. He's an explosive pass rusher who could be Terrell Suggs' successor. Gus Bradley's defense made huge strides throughout the season but struggled against the run. Vea allows the linebackers to run, taking pressure off the pass rushers. Long, rangy corner who fits the mold in Seattle.
Oliver can play in press or off coverage. Dallas needs a WR2 and a guy who can eventually take over for Dez Bryant. Ridley is the most polished receiver in the draft and will do what the Cowboys need.
He's an athletic pass rusher who can learn from Ziggy Ansah and make an immediate impact for Matt Patricia's unit. An old-school guard who can move guys around, Hernandez has the ability to anchor this rebuilding O-line. Payne becomes an instant starter on the interior. He's great against the run and will provide inside pressure. Hughes is an athletic cornerback who fits the press-man scheme of the Patriots.
He can also help in the return game. Guice is a tough, hard-nosed runner who pairs well with Christian McCaffrey. Now the Panthers have two young backs who can take pressure off Cam Newton. He's a former wrestler with a rugged style. Phillips fits this defense and allows others around him to be singled up. He's a penetrating DT in the run game and a quick, explosive rusher in the pass game.
The Saints can now move Sheldon Rankins to his natural position as a 3-technique and add an explosive pass rusher opposite Cam Jordan. He's a physical linebacker who'll provide immediate help at Pittsburgh's position of need. The top defense in the league lost a huge piece when Aaron Colvin left in free agency. Alexander steps in and Jacksonville doesn't miss a beat.
His performance at the NFL Scouting Combine didn't help his stock, but the game tape shows Brown is a physical run blocker who flattens defensive ends. He's an athletic tackle who will be a plug-and-play guy from the start. His length will help keep defenders away from Tom Brady. The Browns trade up to get the fifth-year option for their QB.
He gets to sit and learn behind a quarterback who has similar abilities, and he'll have a package or two in the offense as a rookie. Curtis Conway Full Analysis April 23, Darnold is the cleanest QB in this class, and he has a huge upside. I like a pocket passer who has the athletic ability to move. Darnold is a prototypical quarterback. With Eli Manning and a receiving corps that's among the league's best, adding Barkley would be a nightmare for defenses.
The Jets need a rookie quarterback to play sooner than the rest of the league's QB-needy teams, and I think Rosen's mentally ready to take on the challenge. The Wyoming product doesn't have to play right away with Case Keenum in tow, but Allen could be the guy John Elway's been looking for.
The Colts need an offensive lineman and Nelson's the best player available here. He's worthy of being the sixth overall pick. Fitzpatrick can play cornerback or safety.
Anytime a team can get a quality player with that kind of versatility, it's huge. Derwin James could also be a good fit for the Bucs, but Fitzpatrick is the best option here.
Chicago needs a cornerback who can play man to man and hold his own against the receivers the Bears face in the NFC North. There's no doubt Ward is up to the challenge. Edmunds is a freakish athlete who could play off the edge or at the second level.
Jon Gruden needs to bolster his defense and taking Smith here would be a good start. Miami doesn't necessarily need a quarterback to play right away, but Mayfield could develop under Adam Gase and replace Ryan Tannehill as the starter in a year or two. There's a good chance the Bills will try to trade up. If they stay put at No.
Vea is perfect for the Redskins' defense. He's a really good athlete who can play nose guard. The Packers have several draft needs, but you can't downplay the value of a good cornerback. That's where Green Bay should start, and taking Hughes could help improve the defense immensely. Ridley's the top receiver in this draft and would be a great complement to Larry Fitzgerald, taking pressure off the future Hall of Famer.
Of all the wideouts in this class, Ridley has the best chance to become a WR1 when Fitz retires, of course. A big pass rusher, the 6-foot-6, pound Davenport could provide a boost to an already solid Ravens defense.
I really like Payne, who could step in and make an immediate impact in Los Angeles. The Chargers don't necessarily have any glaring needs, but Payne could be part of a rotation that could do a lot of damage up front. The Seahawks desperately need a replacement for Richard Sherman.
Moore would be a perfect fit for the Cowboys following Dez Bryant's departure. Moore is a faster version of Dez and could very well develop into a much-needed No. Looking at the defensive side of the ball, Bryan could really boost a D-line in need of a tackle. The Bengals need a ton of help on the offensive line. I could see Kolton Miller going here, but Hernandez is the better player at this point. I initially had the Bills taking Lamar Jackson, but why would they draft a younger version of the guy they just got rid of Tyrod Taylor?
Rudolph would be a good fit. The Patriots need someone to protect Tom Brady. Taking an offensive lineman here would be smart considering they can get a good tight end later on.
I really like James and think he's deserving of being a top pick. The problem is that there isn't a huge demand for safeties this year, so he slides to Carolina. Evans could be a good fit in a or defense. He's instinctive and gets off blocks extremely well.
With Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe exiting in free agency, the Falcons need to find some replacements for the D-line. Hurst could be a good option at No. Hurst is a perfect fit for the Saints' offense. He could open up the field for Michael Thomas and serve as another weapon for Drew Brees. Landry can get after the passer and drop into coverage. His athletic ability also allows him to also play in the middle of the field in certain packages.
He's particularly hard to defend inside the red zone one on one. The Vikings don't have a glaring need heading into the draft, but you can never go wrong adding more protection for your new franchise quarterback. Do we ever really know if Gronk is going to be able to play? Gesicki offers New England a good tight end whose speed allows him to move around and serve as a mismatch. Goedert can serve as Celek's replacement and be another huge weapon in the middle of the field for Carson Wentz.
Rhett Lewis Full Analysis April 25, Let's not overthink this thing, right? As we've discussed all along on Path to the Draft: Darnold's hands are big enough to keep bad weather from being an issue for him in Cleveland, and his arm is strong enough. Darnold has the lowest potential for failure of any QB the Browns will have drafted since returning to Cleveland in Turn in the card. Eli Manning can still play at a high level. So, let's give him the opportunity to contend for another Super Bowl with Chubb, who could help make the Giants' defense look like the one that helped the team win titles.
This pick could easily end up being Saquon Barkley, but I've been listening to Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman this offseason, and this sure sounds like a spot for the draft's best edge rusher.
There's plenty of buzz for Baker Mayfield here, but if the Jets are comfortable with Rosen's durability, then how can you pass on a polished natural passer like Rosen, a guy my colleague Bucky Brooks has had as his No.
He's been Daniel Jeremiah's No. This pick makes the Browns' draft a success. I have no problem with the Bills trotting out AJ McCarron for next year or throughout his two-year contract. Give Allen the time he needs to be ready to succeed, and just maybe the golden arm will unleash a golden era at New Era Field. While other quarterback-needy teams have been paired with multiple QBs during this process, the buzz in Miami has been about Baker Mayfield almost exclusively. Here, with three QBs off the board in the top five, the Dolphins get aggressive so they don't miss out on the final top-tier passer and perhaps the draft's most polarizing prospect.
There's no such issue with the selection of James, though. A game-changing defensive back, James sticks in the state of Florida and becomes an absolute stud in the Tampa secondary. I thought hard about Minkah Fitzpatrick, especially considering John Lynch's background, but settled on Mr.
Prototype when I took into consideration the 49ers' success in the earlier part of this decade with premier off-ball linebackers like Patrick Willis. I'm projecting Tremaine Edmunds over Roquan Smith here because of the higher presence of pass-rush potential with the year-old former Hokie.
This is a popular projection in what's becoming linebacker alley at the back end of the top Travis Kelce is the recipient of two touchdown passes from Patrick Mahomes in the first half.
Jeff Saturday reacts to Patrick Mahomes' 6-TD performance against the Steelers and finding the right player in each situation. Patrick Mahomes talks up all the options the Chiefs have on offense. James Conner hauls in a one-handed catch on the sideline, but is unable to keep his second foot inbounds. Ben Roethlisberger tosses a yard touchdown just before halftime to James Washington to draw Pittsburgh even.
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Week 2 takeaways for every team: Concern for Eagles, Steelers? Bucs' Fitzpatrick tosses 4 TDs in win Matthews: No denying Saquon Barkley's skills, but Giants goofed in drafting him at No. With an aggressive new identity, Cowboys' defense stymies Giants Dallas sacked Eli Manning six times, including five times off blitzes, as the Cowboys now can depend on their defense to win games.
Eli Manning, offensive line make Giants' weapons obsolete. Andrew Luck finally gets some help in first win since season. We don't need Matt Ryan to be Superman, but he was Sunday. Supporting cast fails Kirk Cousins in intro to Packers-Vikings rivalry.
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