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    I am going to open up this draft thread for people who don't always frequent FootballPros.com as a way to welcome them from Twitter. At FootballPros.com I use the knowledge of local fans and experts to help me know as much as possible about the teams they follow on a regular basis. Local fans know details that I often miss. It has been a great site for me and I hope them.

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    Comments 84 Comments
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Cris, if you're going to draft Nick with your top pick ... you need to learn how to spell his name ... Saban
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      How many elite players are there in this draft? 4 maybe 5? I think you can get the same type of player at 6 that you can at 16 or at 5 that you can at 25....so how many trades will there actually be in the first round? I agree that need is the worst possible evaluator. Trading into the top 5 for Tannehill like some are talking about makes no sense to me. This is a draft where you rate your top 25 players and let the draft unfold. Trust your evaluators and take the highest rated player on your board when it's your turn to pick.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Turk Schonert View Post
      Cris, if you're going to draft Nick with your top pick ... you need to learn how to spell his name ... Saban
      Already my credibility is shot. Fixed.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      My first question is this, If Minnesota doesn't draft OT Matt Kalil (as most mock drafts have them doing), to whom will he fall, and how will this affect the top 10-15 picks?
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      I definitely feel like that no team wants to be the team who takes the third quarterback after the first two are picked in this draft.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lapham View Post
      How many elite players are there in this draft? 4 maybe 5? I think you can get the same type of player at 6 that you can at 16 or at 5 that you can at 25....so how many trades will there actually be in the first round? I agree that need is the worst possible evaluator. Trading into the top 5 for Tannehill like some are talking about makes no sense to me. This is a draft where you rate your top 25 players and let the draft unfold. Trust your evaluators and take the highest rated player on your board when it's your turn to pick.
      Lap. Kendall Wright or Stephen Hill for the Bengals? Stephen Hill has flaws, but I think he can be fixed IF he is the type of young man that will listen. Will he? Wright is better now, but can you imagine single covering Hill all day opposite AJ Green? 7 in the box all day for the running game.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      If Khalil fell, first of all, I would not mind seeing it since I am a Bears fan. Secondly, the Browns pass because they need offensive skill positions. The Bucs could take him as BPA (best player available), but I would see the Rams and Jags passing for other needs. Miami has Long and wants a QB. Honestly, the Bills could have a chance at him and they would run to the podium.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Polishguy00 View Post
      If Khalil fell, first of all, I would not mind seeing it since I am a Bears fan. Secondly, the Browns pass because they need offensive skill positions. The Bucs could take him as BPA (best player available), but I would see the Rams and Jags passing for other needs. Miami has Long and wants a QB. Honestly, the Bills could have a chance at him and they would run to the podium.
      I think it is Kalil and Riley Reiff, then a big drop. Others will disagree, but I liked Reiff better in the tape I saw. Tougher, anchors better against the bull rush, and looks calm taking on pass rushers. Kalil is more athletic, but he would not be enough to get me to stay with the 3rd pick if I had the Vikings pick. I would try to stay in the top 10 trading down, and get either Reiff or Kalil later.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      So who does everyone think will be the most overdrafted player (taken way higher than he should be)? Tannehill? Poe? Someone else?

      As for the Kendall Wright/Stephen Hill debate, is it better to have 2 go to guys fighting for the ball, or a receiver like Wright who seems like he'd be the perfect compliment to Green. I also think his potential upside is being diminished. He's a savvy player already who will only get better in his first few years in the league.

      Who is Wright's biggest comp? Is he a Keenan McCardell-type? More potential than that? Wouldn't that skill set make him a better fit for a team that already has that prototype #1 than a Stephen Hill, who may turn into more of a Vincent Jackson-type? Plus, as devil's advocate, let's say Hill ends up as a slightly more dangerous player than Wright. In 4-5 years, with AJ Green having already been given his extension, which of the two skill sets will cost more to keep around? Of course that's a question for way in the future, but Wright could give all of the consistent production with a relatively smaller future price tag.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Overdrafted? Quinton Coples. Physically he can play, but rarely does a guy not play hard in college and then suddenly play harder in the NFL. Bengals do have one of those guys however, Carlos Dunlap from Florida. Give Jay Hayes credit for getting it out of him in Cincinnati.

      Wright may be better inside. Hill has so little experience at receiver with the way Ga. Tech plays the option, he could still turn into not just a good player, but a great player. Not close to a great player now.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw View Post
      So who does everyone think will be the most overdrafted player (taken way higher than he should be)? Tannehill? Poe? Someone else?
      I'll guess Poe. He strikes me as one of those 'boom or bust' picks. If he goes to the right type of team (Steelers, e.g.), he could end being an absolute monster. But if he ends up with a team that even a little bit dysfunctional, he could end up pulling a Hayneworth and eating himself out of shape and eventually out of the league.

      But some DT-needy team will probably reach up & grab the big man before he should go.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      One guy who I think may be over-drafted is Dontari Poe. Physical freaks are abound in the NFL. When I watched him, he looked like a guy who somehow could be blocked easily. Maybe it was because he played for a lower tier team. I have no idea. Him and Coples might have the same issue.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      What is your read Nick Foles, CC? Some of the talking heads were real high on him early on in the pre-draft process. I happen to think he can play at the NFL level.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Hayes and Zimmer deserve a lot of credit for finding and developing lower picks on the Bengals Dline. They currently have 3 starters who were 4th round picks, and the 4th was a 3rd round pick. Fanene was a 7th rounder, with sims and rucker having been 3rd rounders. They didn't have room for guys like clinton mcdonald (7th rounder), Jason Shirley (5th rounder) and Matt Toeiana (7th rounder) but all have gone on to play well for their new teams.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Poe is a guy that had been beat up so much, I was more surprised at how hard he played. Bad team, easy to lose focus, but I liked him more than most. Steelers would love him. Next Casey Hampton. Michael Brockers is the one that confuses me. He is a hustler, plays his tail off on tape, but is 5.2 at best and you have to wonder if he will ever be able to rush the passer. May be best used as a 5 technique in a 3-4 defense.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Polishguy00 View Post
      One guy who I think may be over-drafted is Dontari Poe. Physical freaks are abound in the NFL. When I watched him, he looked like a guy who somehow could be blocked easily. Maybe it was because he played for a lower tier team. I have no idea. Him and Coples might have the same issue.
      There goes that great minds thing again, Polish.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
      There goes that great minds thing again, Polish.
      I hate how I have to keep forgiving you for being a Lions fan. Now, if you guys gamble and add Janoris Jenkins to the group of characters you have on defense, then I get to laugh.
    1. xaks's Avatar
      I think the biggest overdraft would be either Tannehill in the top 10, or ANYone that takes Burfict :P

      Seriously though: If Konz is on the board at 28, even as badly as they need defensive help...could you make a case for Green bay to take him? Jeff Saturday is at best a stopgap with a short time left.

      Otherwise: Green Bay needs safety, safety, LB, DE, RB, oline, corner, methinks.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
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      This one is to see how we stack up against the big boys. If you see a team you want and they are already taken, speak anyway. I'm sure our guys would be willing to work it out.

      Let's get it on, FPeeps.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      Poe is a guy that had been beat up so much, I was more surprised at how hard he played. Bad team, easy to lose focus, but I liked him more than most. Steelers would love him. Next Casey Hampton. Michael Brockers is the one that confuses me. He is a hustler, plays his tail off on tape, but is 5.2 at best and you have to wonder if he will ever be able to rush the passer. May be best used as a 5 technique in a 3-4 defense.
      I really want the Chiefs to continue taking LSU D-Linemen who don't live up to potential. I need new things that make me laugh like the WTHATJD (What the heck are the Jags doing?)pick and the Raiders pick a fast (or a fat) guy stuff. I need somebody to Jawalrus all over themselves.