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1. Kansas City – Luke Joeckel – T – Texas A&M

Compares To: Duane Brown; Brown struggled early in his career in pass protection, however ultimately developed into the top rated offensive tackle in football. Joeckel will minimize those early struggles playing on the right side of the line.

Joeckel has solid upside and provides flexibility in the long-term for the Chiefs. Immediately he becomes the starter at right tackle for an offense that should start to turn some heads. If Joeckel shows the ability to play on the left side, within a year the Chiefs could part ways with Brandon Albert after one year at the Franchise Tag. Joeckel could slide to the left side and open up 10m in salary cap flexibility in a year. Eric Fisher is gaining momentum and truth be told, may be the better left tackle prospect at this point. However, Joeckel is stronger at the point of attack, and the Andy Reid trend is to value strength across the line.

Kansas City immediately becomes a player in the AFC West with a strong running game and improved quarterback play. Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Anthony Fasano and a healthy Jamal Charles behind an offensive line that highlights two of the better tackles and young guard tandem in the league, should translate into enough for Andy Reid to move the ball.
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By Brett Slama – @brettslama

Pick  Team – Player – Position: School / Comparison

1 Kansas City – Luke Joeckel – T: TEXAS A&M / Duane Brown – Great footwork. Hand punches and posts defenders when extending long arms, may not have immediate drive blocking strength, but is technically sound enough to wall and slide. Is the top player on the board and should start on opening day

Kansas City can look at this one of two ways. Either re-sign Brandon Albert as an $8m / year guard and have one of the best young offensive lines in the league to build around…Or a logically transition into a 3 year rebuilding project where they can find a QB in the second round or free agency

2 Jacksonville – Bjoern Werner – DE: FLORIDA STATE / Ryan Kerrigan – Woerner is a high cut athlete who plays too tall but has NFL ready strength at the point, but needs to learn to use his hands more. Has a nose for the ball and while he is knew to football, he has remarkable footwork.

Jags need to rebuild their roster. Bradley knows the defensive line dictates the tempo at which a defensive unit can play. Woerner fills a need outside and as the team moves back to a 4-3 system, Woerner gives a high motor edge rusher to open up linebackers to play downhill more.

3 Oakland – Jarvis Jones – OLB: GEORGIA / Von Miller – Jones is not only the most talented defender in this draft, he may be the top edge rushing linebacker to come out in a long-time. Has a high motor, long arms, hits with power, plays with leverage and quick feet. Has a leaner midsection, but will need to watch his weight if he is going to play in coverage. 28 sacks the past two seasons playing in the SEC

As always with the Raiders, who the f knows…However if you look at the new defensive coordinator coming in from Stanford, I would imagine a physical OLB capable of playing with his hand in the dirt in a nickel rush situation fits that scheme to a T and they don’t have anyone on the roster that fills that role after missing on players. (more…)

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By B. Slama

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TEAM

PLAYER

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SCHOOL

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ANDREW LUCK

QB

STANFORD

PICK HAS BEEN MADE FOR WEEKS. COLTS LUCK OUT AS THEY WILL HAVE ANOTHER FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK TO LEAD THE REBUILDING FRANCHISE. LIKELY MEANS A LOT OF OTHER PLAYERS (GARCON, WAYNE, SATURDAY, ET AL.) WILL LIKELY FIND BETTER SITUATION$ ELSEWHERE AND WILL FORCE A TOTAL REBUILD JOB ON THE NEW FRONT OFFICE. THE COLTS ARE FAR FROM CONTENDING, BUT THE FOUNDATION IS POURED IN THIS PICK.

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WAS*

ROBERT GRIFFIN III

QB

BAYLOR

STL REC: 6, 38, 2013 #1, 2014 #1 – UNBELIEVABLE RANSOM PAID TO GET THIS PICK…NO MYSTERY TO THE PICK. RG3 IS A MOBILE PLAYMAKER WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE READY RIGHT AWAY. SHANNAHAN IS KNOWN FOR QUARTERBACK DEVELOPMENT, BUT HE ALSO WAS AT HIS BEST WHEN HE HAD A DOMINANT RUNNING GAME IN ADDITION TO CAPABLE QB PLAY

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RYAN KALIL

T

USC

KALIL IS A TEN YEAR STARTER AT LEFT TACKLE THAT WILL ALLOW PONDER TO THROW FROM THE POCKET MORE AND STAY HEALTHY. HE WILL OPEN RUNNING LANES AND ALLOW CHARLIE JOHNSON TO SLIDE INSIDE TO GUARD OR BE AN ATHLETIC RIGHT TACKLE WHICH UPGRADES THE OFFENSIVE LINE IN TWO POSITIONS. TALENTED YOUNG TEAM THAT COULD SURPRISE WITH A HEALTHY PETERSON (more…)

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by B. Slama

I have decided for my next pieces to focus on a three year NFL draft review of what I projected and how the picks played out on draft day.  Our stronger conversations here at the bar have focused on this subject in our mutual evaluation of the NFL draft. So what’s different about our site? Well, I’m not too shy to go back and look at the draft I mocked up. These articles will emphasize how it would have played out my way versus the way the professionals chose to go.

We’ll start in apphabetical order:
 
2009 Arizona Cardinals Draft

 Grade: Overall we gave them C- (more…)

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By B. Slama

So as it pans out, The Score had Mike Klis of the Denver Post on the air last night. According to Klis, Orton had his first child with his wife in August and he did not want to become a journeyman quarterback. He approached the Broncos in the offseason prior to the lockout asking to be traded in part to get away from Tebow-mania and have a fresh start with a team convinced he can be their long-term starter. After all, the Broncos demanded Orton in the Cutler deal and in return he gave them 3,800 yards, a career high 21 touchdowns,  a respectable 86.8 Quarterback rating and over 60% completion percentage. As a reward for the effort, Josh McDaniels pushed to get Tim Tebow onto his roster and staked his reputation on it. (more…)

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By the Lion

1 Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford

At this point, there are still so many unknowns around Manning.  Will his neck heal?  What kind of QB will he be when he returns?  How much longer will he be able to play after an injury this devastating and late in his career?  With the new rookie salary cap, the Colts can select and stockpile an elite talent at the position for discounted rates and allow Luck, a very intelligent QB in his own right, to learn behind arguably the greatest QB (and certainly the most cerebral) of all time.  I think this becomes a no brainer for the Colts whether they hang onto Manning or not. (more…)

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By The Lion

1. Panthers – Blaine Gabbert – QB

I’m still defaulting to Gabbert. The bottom line is that Carolina has to pull the trigger on a Franchise QB if they think there is any chance one is available in this Draft. They don’t seem to have on on the roster in Claussen. He could be serviceable for a season, if need be, but don’t expect significant improvement. Selecting Gabbert, especially with the benefit of a new rookie wage scale, dramatically reduces the risk to selecting a QB this high. It would give them a roster with two young QB’s and if they both have a 50/50 shot of panning out, then let them battle for it next season. As for Newton, this is just a recipe for disaster. You have a QB who is built in pretty much the exact same mold as Vince Young. Huge guy, freakishly athletic, huge arm, but coming from an Offense that was geared toward his physical skill sets and not his arm. Even if Newton is a more gifted thrower than Young, he’s still going to take years to transition from his limited passing Offense in College to the NFL game. Even career College throwers struggle with fitting the ball into the paper thin windows that Newton will have to throw through. He’s charismatic, but also a character liability. He’s joyful when he’s winning, but what happens when he’s losing? We don’t know and that’s likely to be what he’s doing for his first couple years in the League. On top of all of that uncertainty, you have the fact that his Wonderlic was rough (low 20’s compared to Gabbert’s outstanding score) and he has not done very well drawing up plays in NFL meetings on the black board. This has massive liability all over it for a team like the Panthers and their new young Coach. Better to go with the more likely success at this level and select Gabbert. (more…)

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