Saturday Slate Week 12: College Prospects to Watch

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

 

Will Mississippi State get the monkey off their back and beat Alabama? Or will Amari Cooper & Co. once again own their SEC West rivals.

Will Mississippi State get the monkey off their back and beat Alabama? Or will Amari Cooper & Co. once again own their SEC West rivals?

Some weekends just have a playoff feel to them, and week 12 is certainly one of them. Teams are playing a game of musical chairs for one of the playoff spots, while prospects are running out of time to build their resumes for the 2015 NFL draft. Week 12 has two mammoth SEC match ups, in which all four teams playing all have a realistic shot at the playoffs. Will you be camped in front of a television Saturday? I know I will. Here are the biggest matchups of the weekend broken down.

 

#1 Mississippi State vs #5 Alabama 3:30 CBS

Game of the year? Yes. Two best teams in the country? I believe so. Mississippi State has been the most consistent team all year long with by far the best resume to date. Their quarterback Dak Prescott is the front runner for the Heisman trophy, and they are near unanimously the number one team in the country. So how in the world are they 7 point underdogs? Here’s why: Alabama is just that good. Even when their rush attack faltered last week, the Tide found a way to scratch and claw into overtime, and eventually win in Death Valley. That is a characteristic of a championship team. Mississippi State comes in confident, and they should be. Already this year, the Bulldogs have knocked off three top ten teams. I can’t wait to see how the zone read attack, particularly how MSU RB Josh Robinson does against one of the best run stuffing defenses in the country. Prescott will receive all of the praise, but Robinson has been in my opinion the most important offensive weapon thus far for the Bulldogs. His physical presence and bowling ball style I think can be the difference Saturday. It is well documented that Nick Saban coached defenses’ struggle against mobile quarterbacks. It’s even more documented that Alabama owns Mississippi State (76-18-3). Something has to give. This year could be different for the Cowbell Faithful, but I’m just not buying it. There isn’t a defensive back on the Bulldogs roster who can stop Alabama WR Amari Cooper. Even worse, I think Alabama will be able to run against MSU with their two back system of Yeldon and Henry.  I think Mississippi State still will be a playoff team if they can win out, but I just don’t see them getting it done on the road against the Tide. I’ll take the Tide by 3.

Alabama prospects

SS Landon Collins: I’ve had him inside my top 10 mock every week. You can’t ignore the Ole Miss tape however. He was burned in that game twice for touchdowns and overall was just under impressive. Can Collins cover bigger, faster receiving tight ends in the NFL? I wonder about that.   I do believe he is the best safety in the class, but I think comparing him to Eric Berry or Earl Thomas is premature. Settled down and played well vs Tennessee and LSU last week – I’m hoping to see some more consistency out of the #1 defensive back in the country.

WR Amari Cooper: His stock has just soared. There really isn’t one thing in his game that he doesn’t do at least well, rare for a JR receiver. Seeing the impact of Sammy Watkins and Kelvin Benjamin in their rookie stints could entice teams to draft Cooper even higher than he may deserve. I have him at 4th this week, mocked to the New York Jets.

TJ Yeldon: Not the physical presence Derrick Henry gives you, but nonetheless the junior is averaging over 5 yards per carry in a solid 2014 campaign. I have him currently as my fourth running back behind Gurley, Gordon, and Abdullah.

OG Arie Kouandjio: Big, strong, and nasty. A top 5 interior offensive line prospect. A projected late first round pick if all goes well.

Other prospects: RB Derrick Henry*, DT Brandon Ivory, OT Austin Sheppard, WR Christion Jones, RB Kenyan Drake (Hurt, possible solid UDFA), C Ryan Kelly, DT Darren Lake, ILB Trey DePriest, ILB Denzel Devall

MSU Prospects

OLB Benardrick McKinney: An every down linebacker who makes his presence felt throughout the game, what’s better than that? McKinney is a first round talent to me without question. He’s a legitimate weapon as an edge rusher, is solid in the box with quick instincts, and has shown the ability to drop in pass coverage and not be a liability.

RB Josh Robinson: Currently my 6th ranked draft able running back. Tough runner who normally doesn’t go down on first contact and does a great job of getting lateral up the field. I expect a 20+ carry workload for the junior on Saturday. If he turns in a workman like effort against ‘Bama as he did vs LSU and Kentucky, he could launch himself into the mid round grade.

QB Dak Prescott: It goes without saying how crucial this game is. Remember the 2012 Texas A&M vs Alabama game where Johnny Football took the world by storm by beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa? I believe this game could have a similar impact for the Heisman contender. Can Nick Saban finally contain a dual threat quarterback not named Everett Golson?

Other prospects: WR Jameon Lewis, CB Jamerson Love, Justin Cox, TE/FB/ATH Malcolm Johnson


#16 Nebraska vs #20 Wisconsin 3:30 ABC

Can Ameer Abdullah outshine Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin Saturday?

Can Ameer Abdullah outshine Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin Saturday?

While the National Championship game, I mean Mississippi State vs Alabama are squaring off on CBS, keep the controllers ready during commercial breaks for this critical Big 10 tilt. From a Patriots perspective, two of the top 5 running backs in the country will be squaring off. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – I believe Ameer Abdullah will be a better pro running back then Melvin Gordon. There is a possibility that the Patriots don’t take a running back in the draft next year. If Shane Vereen is re-signed, you then have a back field of Vereen, Jonas Gray, James White and 2014 6th round pick of the Carolina Panthers Tyler Gaffney. Not bad. However Gordon or Abdullah would substantially upgrade that unit, so what a great match up to watch Saturday. Abdullah will be running against (statistically) the number 1 defense in the country (251.1 ypg). The contest also allows a national stage for top edge pass rusher in the draft Randy Gregory. The jury is out on Gregory, no question. On film he is explosive off the edge, however often tries to use his speed to just go around blockers – something that may not be possible for him at the next level. Also, Gregory for some reason seems to be a second slow in reacting to the snap on film. Nonetheless, should be a great matchup of big time college football prospects. As for the actual game, I like Wisconsin at home. Abdullah should be healthy, however after leaving last week’s game with a knee injury you just never know. I think it will be a close, low scoring affair. If Abdullah is healthy and Nebraska doesn’t go Nebraska on us and have a turnover fest, they could very well get this road win. I see a score of 20-17, Badgers

Wisconsin Prospects:

RB Melvin Gordon: Great speed and vision, what more is there to say about this guy? He’s already at 1,501 yards and 19 touchdowns with three games to play. I do anticipate Gordon being a first round pick this spring, however I don’t see the Patriots pairing him up with 2014 4th round pick James White in the first round.

OT Tyler Marz: Has played well this season, surpassing some preseason expectations. He has a draftable grade on my board. Good in run blocking, but his pass blocking (especially footwork) has issues.

DT Warren Herring, TE Sam Arneson, OT Rob Havenstein, OG Dallas Lewallen

Nebraska prospects

RB Ameer Abdullah: Some guys just have that knack to make the big play in the big moment for their team. Wisconsin is the better team, but I can see a Nebraska win if they control the clock and give the Badgers a steady diet of #8. Abdullah has been dominant as he’s been over 200 yards three times already this year.

DE / OLB Randy Gregory: Dominant speed edge rusher. Beats OT with his first step quickness yet isn’t afraid to bull rush smaller linemen as well. Needs work on run defense, disengaging from linemen, and getting off the snap.

S Corey Cooper: Has exceeded expectations so far this year. He is a good solid run defender as well as an improving pass coverage safety, and I see him as a middle (3-5) round prospect.

Other prospects : WR Kenny Bell


#9 Auburn vs #15 Georgia 7:15 ESPN

The best running back in the country is back : just in time for the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

The best running back in the country is back : just in time for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

 

The return of Todd Gurley. A rematch of one of the wildest games I’ve ever seen one year ago. And oh by the way, the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. A lot on the line Saturday night between the hedges as a two loss Auburn bunch will try to remain alive in the playoff race by beating Georgia. Last week Auburn had a collapse unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Two self-inflicted fumbles (zone read communication & bad snap) late in the fourth quarter cost Auburn a win vs Texas A&M. They must rebound, as the beast is back for Georgia in the backfield. Freshmen RB Nick Chubb has done a great job in Gurley’s absence, yes, but this team is completely different when #3 is in the game. He’s averaging over 8 yards per carry on the season for goodness sake. As Georgia gets their star back, Auburn looks like it will be without WR Duke Williams who’s still injured. If Todd Gurley wasn’t playing, I’d feel differently about this game. He’s just that good. I hope to see a 25+ carry outing for #3, and if Georgia can control the pace of play I believe they are going to win this game and stay alive in the SEC East race. Georgia, for the upset, by 7.

Georgia prospects:

RB Todd Gurley: He’s back. Gurley would have coasted to the Heisman if he never got suspended. On 94 carries, Gurley has 8 scores averaging 8.2 yards per carry.

OLB Leonard Floyd: Explosive speed rusher with a high ceiling. Watching his tape vs Missouri in particular Floyd was extremely impressive making plays all over the field. If the draft was today he wouldn’t get past the late teens in the first round.

OLB Jordan Jenkins: He’s been solid for Georgia, but with the size (6’3 250) and speed that he has, it can be frustrating watching Jenkins at times. Tends to get lost in the shuffle, but he has the ability to make big time, impactful plays.

ILB Ramik Wilson: Not a better prospect then Leonard Floyd, but he is my favorite prospect on the defense to watch. Wilson is a gap plugging, hard hitting ILB with the ability to go sideline to sideline. He’s all over the field for the UGA defense every Saturday. I would have a spot for Wilson on my team any day.

Other Prospects: CB Damian Swann , DE Ray Drew

Auburn Prospects

RB Cameron Artis-Payne: Has been the steady rock of consistency all year for Auburn. In a loss last week, CAP ran the ball 30 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns. How much of it is system though? That’s the big question surrounding CAP as regards to the draft.

OLB Cassanova McKinzy: Isn’t a guy who’s highly talked about. However every time you put on an Auburn game, you hear the name Cassanova McKinzy over and over. He has flaws in his game, (not great at disengaging from blocks, not always the most consistent tackler) but he’s always around the ball and is just a good solid football player all the way around. A potential late round steal here.

WR Sammie Coates: Without Williams, it will be the Sammie Coates show Saturday for the passing game. A week after flashing the first round talent we all know he has, Coates once again was boom or bust against Texas A&M. Had a ridiculous 52 yard catch in traffic, but other than that one amazing play was not a factor in the game. Is that really what you want out of a first round pick at WR?

Other prospects: WR D’haquille Williams(Hurt), C Reese Dismukes, DT Gabe Wright, S Robenson Therezie, OLB Cassanova McKinzy, RB Corey Grant, TE C.J. Uzomah, QB Nick Marshall

 

Would Amari Cooper make the Jets forget about missing out on Jameis Winston?

Would Amari Cooper make the Jets forget about missing out on Jameis Winston?

 

1) Oakland Raiders: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota: Some suggest Oakland won’t go quarterback in the first round, and maybe they shouldn’t with David Carr atleast showing glimpses of hope.  Then again, Oakland would really be betting big on Carr to pass on the two top quarterbacks in this class.  I see Mariota here, with Winston not too far behind.

2) Jacksonville Jaguars: USC DL Leonard Williams.  In reality, I’m looking to trade this pick to the highest bidder for Jameis Winston in the hopes of moving down only a few slots.  Why not add extra picks to a team who needs them and still add a dynamic player like Amari Cooper, Landon Collins, or Todd Gurley?  But for this scenario, I’m giving JAX the top non-quarterback on my board.

3) Tampa Bay Buccanears: Florida State QB Jameis Winston: Jets fans may have been excited with the upset win over the Steelers last week, but they shouldn’t of been.  With arguably 5 of the top 6 teams (draft order of date) potentially in the market for one of the two top shelf quarterbacks any win added to your record will make it that much harder to land the potential franchise caliber quaterback come spring time.  Tampa Bay I believe will not hesitate to draft a quarterback come spring time, even with the recent investments of Mike Glennon (3rd round pick) and Josh McCown.

4) New York Jets: Alabama WR Amari Cooper: A quarterback would be preferred, but if that option isn’t available they should do the next best thing with the best playmaker in the draft.  Cooper is the entire package at WR.  Great hands, runs good routes, phenomanal with the ball in his hands after the catch and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty blocking in the run game.   Raise your hand if you think Percy Harvin will be a Jet for more then two years.  Cool.  Put your hands down.  A trio of of recievers in the Jets future of Cooper, Decker, and Kerley is a pretty solid tandem for when (if) they get their franchise QB down the road.

5) Tennessee Titans: Nebraska DE Randy Gregory: An upgrade at pass rush is severly needed in Nashville.  Drafting at 5, I’d say the Titans would be happy landing my top edge rusher in the class.

6) Chicago Bears: Alabama S Landon Collins: No brainer pick right here.  Of desperate, desperate need for talent in the secondary, Collins would come in and be the leader of that unit from day 1.

7) New York Giants: Missouri DE Shane Ray: Sort of a weird pick here, as the scheme fit isn’t ideal.  That being said, Ray is the best player on the board and that’s the kind of pick the Giants tend to make.  Ray and JPP could mean many sleepness nights for opposing coaches.

8): Atlanta Falcons: Georgia RB Todd Gurley: Could use help on the defensive line as well as in the secondary, but what an opportunity to land a back like Gurley.  Stephen Jackson has all but worn down, and their isn’t another starting caliber running back on the roster.  Gurley, in my opinion, is the most complete and NFL ready running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.

9) Washington Redskins: Stanford OT Andrus Peat: Not often the top OT in the class is on the board still at 9.  Washington needs to get help protecting RGIII, Peat would fit the bill and then some.

10) St. Louis Rams: FSU CB P.J. Williams: The Rams are in the QB sweepstakes, but instead of recieving the Kings’ Ransom of picks to move down, they will have to be the team to pay up this year if QB is truely a priority.  In this situation, I see the Rams taking the best CB on the board to fill their biggest need on defense.

 

Potential Patriots: New segment here, just giving readers an individual prospect on a weekly basis who could be a potential 1st round draft selection of the Patriots come spring time.

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong: He could finally be the big, fast, physical receiver that fans have waited for out of the draft.  Then again, they may want to avoid drafting this position completely based on their recent WR top selections.  Strong could opposite Lafell as bigger, stronger, faster targets with Edelman and Gronk working the middle.  Could mean devastation to opposing defenses.  Then again, this pick would ultimatly mean officially giving up on Aaron Dobson, which is something I don’t think the Patriots are ready to do.  Also, I see a real oppourtinty for New England to aquire LB depth in the top 3 rounds, but Strong is certainly on the wish list.

 

You'd have to think the addition of Strong would make a certain #12 excited.

You’d have to think the addition of Strong would make a certain #12 excited.

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18 Responses to “Saturday Slate Week 12: College Prospects to Watch”

  1. steve earle says:

    Lots of possible ways our draft could go early, RB, WR, DL, OL. I do think that at this point the best way to make a serious improvement on offense is by improving the o-line. Our starting guards are all right but a couple studs they are not. A couple “studs” would make the running game a factor even against the best run defenses, give TB an extra second improving our passing game while keeping him healthy. I don’t say we have to draft them but we would be better off with two top guards on the line. If the team can keep on rolling and go deep into the playoffs it suggests an outstanding OG prospect might be that best player available. As for the thinking we should let Ridley and Vereen go I ask why? Both are effective and efficient when healthy. Passing on o-line in favor of a RB, no mater how highly rated, does not equate to a stronger running game. If the line can’t open holes the RB can’t expect to be effective and the team becomes one dimensional. Even with Brady that makes us easier to defend against. One good way to go could be to draft an OG guard early and sign one in free agency. I’d like to see the line issues settled first then address the other positions. jmo.

    • steve earle says:

      On the other hand after writing the above I decided to do a little research. It was not encouraging. Free agent guards next year are few and Connelly is rated the #3 on the list and the top 2 have larger contracts going in. Makes me even more convinced a top G or G/T should be taken early plus I question now the idea BB lets Connelly go unless he’s already committed to picking up a couple Guards early in the draft. Anything can happen but?
      And speaking of keeping someone, it looked like Gray made a strong case for himself as a lead RB. Not shifty or real fast but moves the pile. And did the o-line get the job done, wow! Another big test against Detroit. Go Pats !!!!!!!

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Steve E. I loved what Jonas Gray did in last nights game and want to see more going foward, as for Ridley and Vereen, i just think it’s time for a change. Also we complain every year that Brady never gets the exceptional weapons that other QBs receive around the league. I want to see Jonas Gray do well, maybe we keep him for next years camp. I would still draft a top shelf RB and see what i have with RBs James White, Tyler Gaffney, and Jonas Gray.

        • steve earle says:

          I sure agree Tom has not had the abundance of talent say Payton Manning and other QB’s have enjoyed over the years but I’m a very strong believer that football all starts with the lines on both sides of the ball. As for Ridley and Vereen both have done pretty well the last few years in spite of not having what I would call dominate lines in front of them. Bringing in a hot shot RB prospect would be fine to compete but lets get first things first. Many are thinking Connelly will be let go, I’m not so sure and it would scare the heck out of me if Bill opted for a RB insted of a guard to replace him if he is let go. We know Windell was signed for two years so likely will be back but he is the weaker of the two so add it up yourself. If Connelly stays or goes we still need Mankins like presence up front, two would be great but that may be asking to much. Bringing in an upgrade on the line would also help give TB more time and keep the hits down. Maybe I’m all wrong but it’s what makes sense to me.

        • MaineMan says:

          I don’t think that a “top shelf” RB has really been necessary for this offense since 2007. As long as the run-blockers are doing their jobs, a couple of merely “decent” runners, at least one of whom can catch out of the backfield, seems to be sufficient to enforce play-action. If the Pats draft a guy from Day Two or Three and sign a few UDFAs, the can probably come up with at least one “decent” type.

          Even without his explosion against Indy, I thought Gray would be at least sufficient after watching him at practice and in pre-season games. His 20 runs (for 98 yards) in his first two live-fire games appeared to confirm that. He finds and hits the pre-designated hole quickly without any screwing around, patiently follows his blockers, and bulls his way through initial contact. Even without the extreme focus on the run that the Pats showed in Indy, Gray should be good for at least 50-75 yards per game at >4.0 ypa clip. Toss in a handful of runs by Vereen and the odd jet-sweep from Edelman and the Pats should be able to cover at least the league median (+/- 100 yards/game) against all but the best run defenses. That’s plenty enough.

      • Russell says:

        Hi Steve, I think with Connolly starting his 12th year, and some of his concusion issues, I see him retiring. He is currently making 3.25 mil. a year, so it’s hard to see Bill resigning him. Cannon on the other hand, maybe resigned if they could get him at 1.5-1.9 mil. a year, if not he’s gone. I think OT Fleming was drafted to replace Cannon. There are several Olineman I like early in the draft for the Patriots , but I have a hard time thinking Bill will do that. 4th round again is where I think Bill will draft an Olineman. An under the radar player is Brey Cook, 6’6″ 328 who has player 38+ games at OT or OG. B.J. Finney OC/G is another guy with 38+ games of experince that would seem to be a good fit for the Patriots. Greg Manez OC/G 6’5″ 300, is another guy who may go undrafted, but would seem to be a Patriot fit.

        • MaineMan says:

          Nit-picking: Connolly was originally signed as a UDFA by JAX in 2005, so he’s halfway through his 10th year.

          However, he DOES turn 33 next Sept. 2nd and you’re right about the concussion issues possibly being on his mind. Still, I think the Pats could offer him a couple years at a couple million per, including a decent signing bonus. OTOH, if he really wants to continue playing, as I wrote before, I’d guess that another team offers him more $$ for the same two years. As you note, similar thing with Cannon wrt the $$ he might get offered on the open market.

        • steve earle says:

          Hi Russell, I have to agree both you and JH make good points as always and I recognize that at this early date all options are on the table. I just feel the best value and greatest potential area of improvement would be a dominate OG/OT type player for all the reasons I’ve expressed before. I’m not predicting, just saying. Guess I’ll stick with my evaluation for now.
          Agree with MM on the RB comments he makes and sense we already have those peaces in place still can’t see a RB early or why we should not resign Ridley and Vereen instead ov bringing in some unproven, expensive rookies, jmo.
          Keep all your good ideas coming guys it makes for the best site on the web.

    • acm says:

      Good points, Steve E. Who they go for early in the draft would depend on value available too but one should think OL, DL and LB would be priority positions to reinforce. I don’t see them going Rb earlier than say late 3rd and into 4th round unless it’s Melvin Gordon we are talking about. They just got Blount on a 2-year deal, White and Gray are likely coming back, that Stanford kid too and Ridley on a cheap, prove-it deal has BB written all over it too. There is always the chance they manage to keep Vereen too.

      OL needs a bump-up in talent and youth – Connolly is closing in on 33 (should keep other teams away from offering him a big contract) and should be kept as vet depth but not much more than that. Cannon is as good as gone, imo, but that’s where Fleming should slot it. Wendel is a good vet guy to keep around but could use an upgrade too. So all in all, at least one if not two high-talent OGs from the draft wouldn’t hurt one bit … and am not talking serviceable players here but top draw talent (if available).

      DL needs would depend on how Wilfork and Easley hold up the rest of the way, I think. They need some young blood there too but I think they have enough big bodies there with Siliga back too. The fact that they brought in Ayers as an under-sized pass-rusher gives me hope they may be moving towards more mobile, athletic, block-shedding players up front – beef can come in the form of muscles not just a barrel of fat. They could use more 6-4, 6-5 at 305-315 lbs athletic guys up front.

      LB – I wouldn’t be shocked if they brought in FA help to bolster the position. Mayo’s injury is a big, big concern, imo – this is a notoriously difficult injury to come back from, even more so than torn ACLs, MCLs and such (and those are iffy enough anyway). Even if his rehab goes as planned without any complications, he may well end up missing a good part, if not all, of 2015 season. Plus Mayo’s contract is getting up there next year so I can see them try to renegotiate it. All in all, if there is not good LB help available at a decent price in free agency, I’d fully expect them to put a priority on the position early in the draft, if the value is there, of course.

      And that’s assuming they manage to keep DMac and Revis on board. If not, than DB could be termed as big a priority as any of the above, maybe even bigger. Just in time for the annual reach for a SAF in the 2nd round 😉

  2. MaineMan says:

    Give that there are several teams with OLines that are worse even than what the Pats were fielding through the first four games (Hello, Carolina), I’d say the odds are pretty high that both Connolly and Cannon get offers exceeding their value to the Pats. Fleming or Kline may be able to replace Connolly, and Fleming could replace Cannon as the primary backup tackle, BUT, if the coaches don’t see it that way, OL could be a fairly high priority in the draft.

    That said, while there is “thinness” in a few spots on the roster, I’m not seeing a “need” at any position that’s sufficiently desperate for me to say that they MUST go for a Guard or Tackle or RB, or LB in the 1st or 2nd rounds (and I don’t believe that round directly corresponds to usefulness anyway). So, I think this could well be a true “best player available” draft for the Pats. IOW, if McKinney falls within reasonable trade-up range of the Pats first pick in 2015, he could be their guy, but they could just as easily go for Melvin Gordon or for someone else that nobody is even contemplating.

    • MaineMan says:

      On second thought – after watch Jonas Gray hang 199 and 4 TDs on Indy – maybe the Pats won’t draft an RB high after all.

      • steve earle says:

        It was the essence of a power running game. Two TE’s plus a FB or additional OT and just pounding away inside the tackles. A thing of beauty!

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    Melvin Gordon ran for over 400yds yesterday and a FBS record, eclipsing La danian Tomlinson’s record.

  4. J H TARBORO says:

    Enter the 2015 draft, this is a year that the RB class is going to be strong. I like Georgia’s Todd Gurley but Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon should be a no brainer for the Pats and team him up with his old Wisconsin running mate, the Pat’s RB James White. I also think we should double dip at RB this year and let Ridley and Vereen walk and explore free agency. I like Michigan’s TE Devon Funchess and Oklahoma’s WR Dorial Green-Beckham also.

    • steve earle says:

      I’d be fine with a WR in the mid rounds but not early plus we also must consider our def. Another LB in the rotation would be great and a DE/DT too though they played as well as they have all year last evening. I’m just not seeing the great need for a RB, sorry.

  5. steve earle says:

    Agree Jets will at least try for the first pick but the bidding should be hot and heavy. Unless Mallett comes on real strong in Houston they stand to be in the heat of it. Another 3-4 teams are in dire need so they too will look at moving up. Still jets could still win the thing outright.
    Connelly most likely o-linemen to be gone next year though my thinking is Wendell will be back so a G/T in the 1st or 2nd more likely then a G/C. I like Grasu if I’m wrong but don’t think I am, and we know how infallible I am, lol.

  6. Russell says:

    I feel for sure the Jets trade up for the first pick to get Mariota. WR Strong is interesting as I think WR Dobson is a bust, but not sure coach Belichick would draft a WR that high. Bill may even move up in the draft for a guy like LB McKinney, tho I have him going to Washington on my draft board.
    With OG/C Connolly’s concussions, starting his 12 th season, and big contract, he may retire. So I think an Olineman maybe be an early draft pick for the Patriots, as then will need a day one starter. I like OC/G Hroniss Grasu, but I’m unsure about his leg injury, that may move him down some draft boards.

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