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  1. I could've been more specific, as I've read that until just recently, the Patriots haven't paid any RB over $2M since 2010. Meaning of course, that for some time they've placed a pretty low value on the position. If memory serves, their offer to Blount was just $1M. Reportedly, he felt they were lowballing him. Bulkhead's versatility is what makes him a viable 3-down RB. His injury history is a concern, but perhaps he does have a 180-touch season in him?
  2. Quite possibly, but Burkhead has got some hype going on, from former coaches. He wasn't really a return guy, he tackled. Perhaps teams do pay a guy like him that kind of money to be a situational contributor, but they never did. That James White got a nice extension while Blount was thrown scraps & Lewis nothing... could be wrong, but I think they're both down the road. The prospects of note that New England has met with are D'Onta Foreman & Kareem Hunt. Both are likely day two picks, Foreman involved a private workout. This guy has that thick, low center & listed by some at 250 lbs with some short area slip. Not much value as a down & distance guy, but the Giants are another team looking at him. This guy might be Jordan Howard on the right team.
  3. Mike Gillislee isn't on their roster just yet, we'll know for sure on Monday. They also gave James White a three-year extension. With Blount, there was the matter of age & lack of versatility. With Lewis, durability, but that same versatility is likely what they prefer. We already knew that Burkhead wasn't going to be anointed anything, he was promised a shot. Perhaps on day three they add an insider banger like Elijah Hood? There's going to be a competition throughout the preseason, every team wants quality depth at RB. If Burkhead wins out, I'll probably target him on my early/heavy WR team. I think a RB that can run, receive, block & remain in one piece is a guy that sees 15 touches per for them. Especially if he's a guy that Tom Brady trusts. But like any RB1, he's got to separate himself.
  4. It's really sad, you guys that resort to facts & logic. e;
  5. Psst... 20 are going to the guy that isn't changing his number after all. e; "If you miss this train, at the station I feel sorry, sorry for you"
  6. Very informative as usual FFC. For those of us who like Jordo, your point here adds to your comment in the draft strategy thread, that on avg, RBs outperform WRs. Last year I recall you emphasizing that RBs had the higher bust rate. We all might want to consider a few other facts. Nelson scored 13 TDs in 2014, but no one took him in '15 because he was lost for the season. If we consider instead, his last two seasons played, he's averaging 13.5 TDs per. Devante Adams also had 12 TDs last year, which can't be all that much easier to replicate. So if Nelson isn't the one scoring and neither is Adams, then who? Is the sneaky play here Randall Cobb? Or, is it a Ty Montgomery breakout we should anticipate? He's probably not as talented as Samuel or McCaffery, but how he's utilized is similar.
  7. A talented player, dirt cheap? But of course, that means he hasn't done anything... I'd say a Tyler Boyd at WR.
  8. The super bowl? I felt their offseason was crummy last year & I don't feel they've done nearly enough this year either. David Johnson has been very effective regardless, apart from his last game where he had a number of receptions, but only 6 yards on five carries before getting injured. He's proven himself immune, but I don't like them at all. Hopefully they really hit on some players in the draft.
  9. Any of the said scenarios could play out, but a number of us believe a lot of those favor Henry. He missed day one of voluntary practices, which hopefully will bump down his adp some. That site's algorithm is what placed him up there so high, but he's been slowly coming back down.
  10. Exactly. Ross' frame, play strength & injury history all place into question how effective he can be on the wing. He can win on the outside, but can he give teams the volume that a legit primary definitely can? Lindy's Sports- "... didn't consistently face press coverage in the Pac-12. High percentage of his catches were made in space & wasn't consistently asked to finish contested passes. Tends to body catch when the ball is thrown at his numbers & will have his share of focus drops & double-catches." Athlon Sports- "Isn't going to make contested catches. ... ran a limited route tree because he did't need to run a variety of routes. He mostly ran go routes, skinny posts & bubble screens at UW, routes that allowed him to rely entirely on his speed." NFL.com draft tracker- "Undersized with below-average play strength. ... Needs to do better job of working back to the throw. Has to learn to make contested catches." Contested stuff lends itself to a receiver's catch radius. Accordingly, Ross is excellent at tracking & adjusting to come down with the football. But there's nothing about his ability or tendency to snatch the ball away from the body. No elevating over defenders, high-pointing circus show. You see it there, if that's accurate, passes that hit him in the numbers, he lets them come all the way into the body. Also note that Ross played in a system where he either exploited space, cushion or ran past lesser competition. Pre & post-snap reads & adjustments weren't a part of his repertoire. DeSean Jackson perhaps, but his stature, strength, elite speed, change of direction & receiving technique reminds me of Aldrick Robinson. Way better than Robinson, I'm sure. But I have serious reservation as to whether Ross can withstand the rigorous nature that comes with the bulk volume of an NFL primary. Another prospect with a similar profile is DeDe Westbrook. Due perhaps to off-field issues, he's projected as an early day two to day three pick. If it were me pulling the trigger for Philly, I still prefer Taylor's value.
  11. Agreed, Taylor has excellent speed but Ross is definitely the fastest. The comparison is something I read, Lindy's: "Taylor has a similar skill set to ... John Ross. ...bring value as a big play threat after the catch. ... has the potential to develop into a top starter in the NFL. Taylor has one of the best combinations of explosiveness, suddenness, feet & stop end speed in this class of receivers." Ross is the more finished product & very capable of becoming a major home run hitter at the next level. But yeah, it's his downside & it's more than just his injury history.
  12. Good one, I like that. Still, perhaps you'd concede that Philly could move down and still get Ross? It's too bad they traded away their 3rd rd pick because a guy I think is very similar to Ross is Taywan Taylor. Accordingly, from what I've read, every bit the explosive playmaker that Ross is. He's a top 100 talent, some sources have him higher, some lower but I think he's going to be an excellent 3rd rd value. He projects strictly as a slot rec'r, but dynamic nonetheless.
  13. I want to send you money! e; For me though, Watt is a one-year guy who transitioned & Rivers production was against inferior competition. Willis I like a lot but unless I'm underrating again, he'll be there in the 2nd rd, I'm thinking maybe even the 3rd. Of the team's 30 prospects that they've brought in for a visit, only two of them play on offense ( JuJu Smith-Schuster & Curtis Samuel). So you're right, they're thinking defense & considering the players they've checked out, early.
  14. After watching many of the same games, I think I know what the Seahawks see in him. I think you're right, he nailed the interviews, so they know his head is right. But it's his size they covet and he's in excellent physical condition. Meaning, he's in one piece & not all dinged up. He may not look like he has the upper body definition, but that can be deceiving with players that have arms that long. In the NFL, strength or power is converted through the hands & I think that's where the knock on his level of physicality might stem from. Good sink, smooth backpedal. King is local & fits their cover 3 scheme, covering the outside third in the intermediate & deep sections of the field. So when speed & change of direction on the wing pushes him downfield & then looks to run him across, he's not responsible for that guy anymore. Almost always opens his hips immediately & to the inside, looking to play the ball, not the man, using the boundary as his help. Teams won't fare that well attacking his inside shoulder with that back-shoulder stuff. Appeared very effective at keeping the rec'r on his outside hip. Does he know where the receiver is at all times? Okay, so perhaps he's saved himself for this moment. He'd better start tackling like his job depends on it, because he's horrible! This guy is shoestring charlie, almost always going for the ankles but then, often fails to even wrap up. In the Arizona St game, the receiver King often lined up against, N'Keal Harry, was a freshman & there was often help over the top. King had that nice one-handed INT in the end zone but they successfully made plays against him. His technique, to often afford the receiver his outside shoulder, the boundary, will be tested in the NFL. For me, it's always important to consider the level of play of the opposition, which is often a concern found in scouting reports of players from small school programs. Here, in that Colorado game, I wasn't impressed with WR Bryce Bobo or the QB. And that was a very good defense he played on, the opposing QB was often pressured, running for his life or getting sacked! I didn't come across a play that spoke to King's change of direction, but his gait is that of a long-strider. He's going to be a good player at the next level, no doubt. But with the 28th pick, I'd like to think I can find a guy that can do more than cover the outside third of the field and not tackle at all.
  15. Exactly, and the premise is extremely flawed. They'll say something like; oh, today's QB often takes a short, 3-step drop & gets rid of it, negating the pass rush. That's BS, the offense is often conceding that they can't protect the QB! Those quick hitters take the receiver's route tree and decimate it. The offense isn't running the routes of separate receivers in combination to attack a given area or particular coverage, none of this stuff is happening. Anyway, I thought what is written about King's teammate Sidney Jones IV is interesting: "Jones has the height, long arms and smooth change of direction to handle tough press-and-cover assignments."- Lindy's Sports "He would have had bigger interception numbers... had opposing QBs not gone out of their way to avoid him. He was considered a high character leader at UW...[if he can effectively add weight] he is a no. 1 corner with the ball skills to be a game changer." - Athlon Sports I mean, it's like night & day. Jones is an early entry, third-year junior. A lock down corner, a game changer who opposing QBs avoided! What were the safeties doing on this defense, were they even out there? Surely! A key responsibility is to provide help over the top to the CBs. I mean, you've got one CB locking down a WR, who consistently got the help? Kevin King? It amounts to just another question and that defense King played on was a very talented one. But now, he'll be drafted high by the Cowboys, how's that going to go? Note the part about JuJu Smith-Schuster, I'm not in a position to compare, but I really like him. If I did a keeper league, he's the WR I'd want.