Saturday Slate Week 13: Prospects to Watch

Can Brett Hundley save his draft stock with a big time performance agaisnt his cross town rivals?

Can Brett Hundley save his draft stock with a big time performance agaisnt his cross town rivals?

Will the real Brett Hundley please stand up? Week 13 is his show and there’s no bones about it. Yes, #8 Ole Miss vs Arkansas and #20 Missouri vs Tennessee will be crucial in SEC division races. #15 Arizona vs #17 Utah and Oklahoma State vs #7 Baylor will certainly be games worth paying attention too. But there’s no denying that we all will have a much clearer opinion of highly criticized UCLA QB Brett Hundley.  So let’s get right to it, here are the most prospect oriented games of the weekend with the prospects you should be keeping a close eye on.

Louisville vs #18 Notre Dame NBC 3:30

What was once a dream season for the Irish has quickly become a nightmare. Notre Dame looks to rebound Saturday after a home overtime loss to Northwestern and now have lost three of their last four games. Point blank, the Irish defense went from the strength of the team to a disaster. Over their last five games (2-3, including one near home loss to North Carolina) the Irish are giving up 36 points per game. Even worse, the offense just can’t hold onto the ball in crucial situations. Coming into town is the ever talented yet underachieving Louisville Cardinals. Outside of Florida State, Louisville has as many draftable prospects as any team in the ACC. The defense has been solid this year, ranking 10th in points against. They will need to turn in another workman-like performance against the Irish as starting quarterback Will Gardner is done for the season. Louisville has a lot of back-end round prospects to keep your eyes on. Everett Golson is questionable to play due to a shoulder injury, however I don’t think it would make a difference. I see a rout coming in Notre Dame Stadium. Give me Louisville, on the road, by 3 scores.

Notre Dame Prospects

CB Cody Riggs: Undersized, but very smart and versatile. Has played well this year, and with help stood his ground vs Stanford’s Ty Montgomery. He will be tested once again with Rashard Greene.

TE Ben Koyack: Very polished as a blocking presence, however needs to work heavily on becoming more of a factor in the passing game. Not a great route runner who’s without great explosion at this point.

QB Everett Golson: Has a shoulder injury and is questionable for Saturday. He’s had moments this year, but to me he just isn’t an NFL caliber quarterback at this time. Inconsistency in his decisions, and well as a bad habit of turning the ball over at the worst possible time (Arian Foster syndrome)

Other prospects: OG Christian Lombard, DE Ishaq Williams, CB KeiVarae Russell, DT Sheldon Day

Louisville prospects:

WR DeVante Parker: He’s been phenomenal since his return with a broken foot. My big knock on him last year was his inability to get separation in his routes. So far so good, let’s see if Parker can continue to make quite the lasting impression heading into the draft process.

OLB Lorenzo Mauldin: He is “hopeful” in the words of Coach Petrino for Saturday. Nice quickness off the edge from Mauldin and good technique. Former ILB who still shows those in the box instincts. I have him as a mid-round prospect right now.

S Gerrod Holliman: One of the nice feel good stories in college football this year. Great size 6’2 215 with the speed to go with it, Holliman has proven to be a game changer for the Cardinals, with an astounding 13 interceptions in 10 games including 3 vs Boston College in his last effort.

RB Michael Dyer, TE Gerald Christian, G John Miller, C Jake Smith, CB Charles Gaines


#8 Ole Miss vs Arkansas 3:30 CBS

Is Ole Miss really in the playoff race after two tough losses and the devastating injury of their best offensive player in WR Laquon Treadwell? The Rebels are ranked 8th in the land and although they don’t control their destiny to the SEC Championship game, they are in the thick of things. Before we get ahead of ourselves here, let’s not forget about Arkansas. If there was an Irrelevant Awards ceremony at the end of the season, the Razorbacks would get the ‘Best Non-Bowl eligible team in college football’ award hands down. After going winless in the conference all year (brutal losses vs Alabama and Mississippi State) the Razorbacks got their first SEC win of the season last week shutting out arch rival LSU. After star running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins had a quiet day, Arkansas found a way to win in conference. I don’t believe their fortunes will be the same if their star running backs don’t get going Saturday. ”We can play with anybody in the country,” Coach Bielema said after the win Saturday. I believe he’s actually right. I also believe that Ole Miss will eventually impose their will in Fayetteville, and get a hard fought SEC road win. Rebels, close.

Arkansas prospects

DE/OLB Trey Flowers: Solid edge rusher, great length, but sometimes doesn’t have the impact on the game as I think he could. Still room to grow and a high ceiling here… I currently have him as a late third round pick.

RB Jonathan Williams: Big, physical back. Just over 6 feet and 225 pounds, Williams is a downhill runner who should see plenty of carries this week. I thought he ran exceptionally well vs Alabama. The stats won’t show it, but Williams was impressive in that game and I think he’s a legitimate prospect as well as the much talked about Alex Collins.

RB Alex Collins*: Potential high 2016 draft pick here. Runs with great fluidity and vision for such a young player. Ran for over 1000 last year and certainly looks like he’ll pass that with ease in his sophomore campaign.

Ole Miss Prospects

FS Cody Prewitt: Most people don’t have a first round grade on him, I do. On film he’s always around the ball and shows decent coverage ability but can definitely improve on that end. One of the hardest hitters in the draft who can make plays as well, I see him as a first round talent.

OT Laremy Tunsil*: Potential 2016 #1 overall pick. Has put together great film during his sophomore campaign. I think he’s already a top 2-3 OT in college, by the time the season is over he may be a better prospect then 2015 top prospects Andrus Peat or La’el Collins.

QB Bo Wallace: Massively struggled until the final drive Saturday night. I won’t kill him for it though, the ‘Death Valley at night’ mantra is a real thing. He should put up numbers vs Auburn Saturday.

Other prospects: DE C.J. Johnson, SS Serderius Bryant, CB Senquez Golson & DE Robert Nkemdiche* WR Laquon Treadwell* (Hurt – done for season)


#19 USC vs #9 UCLA 8:00 ABC

UCLA has improved its pass protection throughout the season, and with it, so has the play of QB Brett Hundley. Against Washington last week, Hundley played what I thought was the best game of his season. He’s been more of a threat running lately (100+ yards in 2 of last 3 games), which has opened up the passing game for the entire Bruins offense. It can be argued that UCLA is playing about as well as anyone in the country right now after tough conference losses to Utah and Oregon in early October. For whatever reason, USC has been prone to blowing some second half leads this year (ASU, Utah, narrow win vs Cal). USC must get to Hundley on defense, early and often. He’s playing as confident as he’s ever been and is a true dual threat weapon at the moment. If UCLA wins this game, their ticket is clinched to the Pac 12 Championship Game. I don’t believe this is an opportunity that they will let slip through their fingers. This game is all about Brett Hundley to me. National stage. Cross town rivalry. If he still has aspirations of being a top pick this is his moment to shine. I’ll buy into the hype, and bet my good faith on UCLA Saturday night. UCLA 31 – USC 20.

UCLA prospects

QB Brett Hundley: He’s been inconsistent this year, no question. But I believe he’s turned a corner in his career. Over 80% completions on the road vs Washington last week is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s more the way that he looks in the pocket. He looks so much more confident and poised now then he was earlier in the year. I’m looking for a big night out of Hundley.

DT Ellis McCarthy: Just haven’t seen it yet out of McCarthy. He’s played alright this year at times, just hasn’t been the force UCLA was expecting out of him this year.

ILB Eric Kendricks: Patriots fans, pay close attention. Could be a beautiful fit in New England if he’s on the board. Instinctive, quick with his decisions, can flow sideline to sideline and I believe he’s a three down NFL linebacker easily. I like Kendricks because I think he’s athletic enough to play multiple LB spots at the next level. If that doesn’t describe the prototype Patriots linebacker then I’m not sure what does.

Other prospects: RB/LB *Myles Jack, OL Malcolm Bunche, FS Anthony Jefferson, OC Jake Brendel

USC Prospects

DE/DT Leonard Williams: Top defensive player on my board. Gets consistent gap penetration into the backfield, as well as showing good explosiveness off the line for a player who probably projects as a DT at the next level. His main fault is he can tend to have poor technique against the run, being stiff and too high at the point of attack. But to me it’s ticky-tack criticism. I feel safer with him over Shane Ray or Randy Gregory, and I expect him to be the first defensive player off the board in the spring.

RB Javorius Allen: The 6’1 220 pound junior running back has splashed onto the scene with a huge 2014 season. With 2 games to play, Allen has compiled 1,184 rushing yards averaging 5.5 yards per carry, tallying 8 touchdowns.

G Aundrey Walker, C Max Tuerk

How will the injury to Todd Gurley effect the draft order?

How will the injury to Todd Gurley effect the lates mock?

You know the deal: No trades, just a good look at where we stand in the draft process the week before Thanksgiving.

1) Oakland Raiders: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota: It’s going to be Thanksgiving soon and the Raiders are still winless. David Carr isn’t the main problem in Oakland, I just don’t think he’s the solution either.

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 or Landon Collins? But for this scenario, I’m giving JAX the top non-quarterback on my board.

3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Florida State QB Jameis Winston: Tampa Bay (2-8) won last week to pull into a tie with the Jets. In this position the pick would be, better be, and quite frankly has to be Famous Jameis.

4) New York Jets: Alabama WR Amari Cooper: You just have to think the Jets, even if they are drafting in the 4-7 range, will do whatever they can to land a top quarterback. However, I see Tampa Bay, Tennessee, St Louis, and possibly Chicago all looking to do the same. A quarterback is preferred, but Cooper is just a freak who continues to get better and better. With Gurley now hurt (sigh), Cooper can be argued as the best overall player in college football.

5) Tennessee Titans: Nebraska DE Randy Gregory: No change here. An upgrade at pass rush is severely needed in Nashville. Drafting at 5, I’d say the Titans would be happy landing my top edge rusher in the class.

6) Washington Redskins: Missouri DE Shane Ray: With a top pass rusher and top OT still on the board (both massive needs) the Redskins could go either way here. With Orakpo and Kerrigan’s future uncertain, I think the opportunity to add a talent of Ray’s pedigree is the wise decision.

pick change: OT Andrus Peat

7) New York Giants: Stanford OT Andrus Peat: In this scenario, Scherff makes the most sense. Will Beatty most likely will not be back for Big Blue, which leaves a hole on Eli Manning’s blind side. Enter : The best OL in the draft.

pick change: DE Shane Ray

8): Carolina Panthers: West Virginia WR Kevin White: This is the highest I’ve had White all season long. This is more of a ‘need’ pick then a, I think Kevin White should be a top 10 pick. I do love White’s outstanding separation ability for a guy of his size 6’3 210lbs. Kelvin Benjamin has been great this year, and a welcome surprise. Past that, Cam Newton might as well just throw the ball to himself. Pairing Benjamin with White may not mean wins right away, but could be a devastating combination for years to come for opposing defenses.

9) Minnesota Vikings: Alabama S Landon Collins: In this scenario, Collins is a steal. Best defensive back in the draft to pair alongside Harrison Smith. May not be the biggest need on the team, but in a division with Aaron Rodgers you can’t argue with adding significant secondary help, can you?

10) New Orleans Saints: Georgia DE/OLB Leonard Floyd. Floyd over Fowler Jr. is risky. Fowler Jr. is more of a polished prospect at the moment, but I see higher upside with Floyd. Absolute speed rusher with loads of potential. He played horrendously, against Fowler Jr’s Florida Gators and was benched the following week. Nonetheless, I see Floyd projecting well at the next level. My opinion on Floyd, Fowler Jr., and Vic Beasley from Clemson are that those are three prospects who are very close on most big boards, and it will simply come down to who teams drafting in the 8-14 range see as the higher priority.

 

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29 Responses to “Saturday Slate Week 13: Prospects to Watch”

  1. Kevan says:

    As of right now the 3 positions I would be looking to draft 1st would be WR,S, and G. Assuming the Pats sign McCourtey and Revis, then they are one elite S away from being out of the Galaxy good. Agreeing that the Dobson pick is looking more and more like a bust everyday, plus who knows what happens with Amendola at years end. I say S and WR first because I think an elite player at those positions could help this team the most, but also, because this is the year that they have to “exercise the demons” at drafting at those positions. Seriously. G because it is an obvious team need going forward. Looks like there will be some quality free agents in the front 7.

    • steve earle says:

      Hi Kevan, I’m looking at the OG position as need one. My reasoning is Connolly is out again, he will be 33 next year and his 4 mill contract is up. BB might try to sign him to a cap friendly contract, or not. His primary backup, Cannon will also be a free agent. Consider that a top OG, a day one starter type, will be both cheaper and be as effective with higher up side. As for WR, Amendola sees spot action and Dobson none yet we have the best Offense in the NFL. How much more can even a top rookie WR bring that an improved run blacking o-line can’t and again for less cap hit? I would like a good S by end of day 2 to complete the backfield but still see OG as priority not S or WR. AS you say some good FA’s among front 7’s coming up too. Not to worry about those demons they get plenty of exercise as it is. (joke)

      • Kevan says:

        Hey Steve how you doing? Yea you make a really good case for guard I don’t have any ammo to muster a good debate, as much as I like arguing even with pats fans! If there is a G that can come in and be a day one starter it would be hard to pass up. Maybe Amendola can restructure, I like having him on the team…its just a a little expensive. What about Mayo, do you think he is next years Wilfork, Mankins? My gut tells me if the pats approached him with an extension-pay cut he would comply. 10 million dollar cap hit is expensive for a guy who has been put on IR week 6 of this season and last. it really sucks because if Mayo was healthy along with chandler jones and siliga coming back, the Pats would have the personnel to play a 3-4 or 4-3 and change it up. I do think they are more equipped to run the 4-3 because it puts chandler in the best possible position to succeed, but the fact they could switch it up so easily would be very valuable. The sub defense is where it’s at though nowadays, this defense is built perfectly for the modern passing offenses. This team is eerily similar to 03′ if we get past GB I see a clear path to the next Lombardi. I just havie to calm down and not get ahead of myself cuz I’m gettin giddy just thinking about it haha. Let’s hope it snows at Lambeau seriously if pats put on emphasis on running the ball they should beat GB!

        • steve earle says:

          Hi, doing well Kevan thanks. Regarding Mayo and trade next year I have to wonder what value other teams might place on him after two consecutive IR seasons? So with that in mind it may be as well to give him the chance to “come back”. When healthy he’s as good at the position as we have. Your right about GB being the biggest test remaining on the regular season others are still dangerous but I see home field advantage within reach. Sky’s the limit then.

        • Kevan says:

          Yea I don’t think the pats will trade him either. I do see a restructure in the contract though, I think mayo will comply like Wilfork did. Im sorry i shoulda clarified on that. Pats approached both Mankins and wilfork in the offseason, wilfork was cool about it Mankins not so much. I think mayo will take the wilfork road.

  2. Dan Sullivan says:

    Just got in from seeing Franklin Pierce play Stonehill in basketball and what a game the
    best $8.00 I have spent in a long time. The Ravens won but Stonehill gave them quite a
    battle.

    Some possible Patriot draft choices to watch in coming games.
    1 Ronald Darby CB Florida State
    2 T.J. Cummings OT Pittsburgh
    3 E.J. Bibbs TE Iowa
    4 Travis Raciti DL San Jose State
    4 Jeremy Langford RB Michigan State
    5 Laken Tomlinson G Duke
    7 Bryce Hager ILB Baylor

    Great Job Red Sox! Now trade for pitching.

  3. Daniel R. Martin says:

    Anybody else seen how great Chris Borland is doing with the 49ers? Something like 50+ tackles in last five games! That’s better value than we got with our 1st and 2nd round picks combined so far.

    Also, I think whether or not we are able to retain the services of Revis will and should greatly inform how we allocate draft resources. I’m really pleased with the Tim Wright / Mankins deal. A very early 4th can be packaged to move up a little in the first, if need be. Personally, I think the O-Line is definitely playing well above their talent levels. I think if the season were to end today and the draft held tomorrow, the team’s highest priority should be to shore up the offensive line.

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      Oh yeah,, Borland went in the 3rd or 4th because he was considered undersized. Perhaps there are greater concerns than size at the linebacker position in todays NFL.

      I just read that Easely was inactive Sunday. Surprisingly enough, it was a knee injury of all things.

      Is anyone else worried that The Pats have gotten hot at the wrong time? I feel like they are do a loss. Obviously, it would be better sooner than later.

      What are the odds on Chandler Jones returning anytime soon?

      • steve earle says:

        Agree if draft was today o-line would be my choice too. On Easley, I believe you too were critical of the pick as was I last spring. I think we can now say we told them so. Besides even when he was on the field no one noticed including the other team. The term “bust” is looking more and more likely every game.

        • Daniel R. Martin says:

          Right on Steve, as always. And concerning Garoppolo; I think he will be an excellent pro qb. However, the best and most likely scenario is that he will not see regular season playing time throughout the entirety of his rookie contract. As you, I and many others suggested, since Brady isn’t slowing down, it would have been better to draft players to help him win as opposed to drafting his potential replacement.

          I’m liking the suggestions listed further down the page of Arkansas O-linemen. And one of the biggest coups of the season was getting Akeem Ayers.

        • steve earle says:

          Right Daniel, we seem most often to be on the same page. Garoppolo wasn’t in my sights at all last spring though I’ve come to grips with that and he does appear to present a higher up side then, what was that other guys name? Gotta love the Ayers pick up he gives that extra pass rush and needed depth at LB you got that right too.

        • Bobthebuilder says:

          How can you possibly label a first round talent coming off an I jury a bust halfway through his first year?

        • steve earle says:

          To Bobthebuilder. Your right Bob, it is to early to say for sure that Easley is or isn’t a bust yet. We probably won’t know until next year around this time. What I am saying is some of us said he was a high risk pick at the time and he has shown nothing to change our minds yet. Being a #1 pick BB isn’t going to do anything rash but you have to admit that up to this point our concerns have shown to be valid. In all honesty I hope he suddenly becomes that player deserving of where he was taken, it could only help the team, but it is what it is.

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      To Bob;

      I, like Steve, hope that Easely turns into a special player for our team. However, the fact that he has had almost zero production thus far, and he is still experiencing injuries to the same body part that plagued him throughout the later half of his collegiate career, certainly do not bode well. Steve is saying he looks like a “bust.” To the extent that I think he was a waste of a very valuable draft asset, I agree. He looks like a bust.

      Do you know who doesn’t look like a “bust?” Chris Borland, who was taken well into the third round and has been averaging about ten tackles a game for the past 6 weeks. I advocated the team trade back and stock pile many similar such upper mid round picks. But, I can certainly admit that I was wrong about some players as well. I was hoping BB would draft Troy Niklas. Unproductive doesn’t seem to adequately explain his abysmal season thus far.

  4. steve earle says:

    Tom and the guys sent the #1 def in the league home with tails between their legs. Our def just shut the door on Stafford and their off. All in all a very impressive performance which has me wondering how we all are, or might be, thinking this may effect how Bill may approach the draft. I’m wondering now if Connelly may be resigned, if an o-linemen might weight until the mid rounds, where will we go with the first rd pick? Best player available, trade up or down? I haven’t a clue what’s the thinking out there guys?

    • steve earle says:

      Yea, I know, wait not weight. I can’t even blame spell check on that one.

    • Russell says:

      The Oline played very well , Wendell did a nice job on Sue, with help from Storks. I still think Connolly may retire starting his 11th year, and the numberus concuisons he has had. doubtful the Patriots resign Cannon, who could start at ROT for many teams.
      I was very impressed with Cameron Erving (Florida State) moving from LOT to OC, and did a nice job. That kind of flexiblity is what Coach Belichick likes, so I could see Erving drafted 1st by the Patriots. So my draft TODAY looks like;

      1st OT Cameron Erving
      2nd DE/T Henry Anderson (early I know but I like this guy as a Patriot)
      3d DE/OLB Zadarius Smith (will need work in LB coverage)
      4th WR Austin Hill ( I think Dobson is a bust)
      4th OLB Davis Tull (small school guy I think is a super prospect)
      6th OT/OG Brey Cook
      7th WR Kevin Vereen Jr. ( great hands, from a smaller school)

      • steve earle says:

        Right Russell, Wendell did a great job on Suh with a little help from Stork, no disgrace there no one, one on one can handle Suh. I was really surprised. Agree Connolly most likely of current starters the one who may not be back but I can’t bring myself to say so for sure Bill is just so unpredictable. Also Erving fits the flexibility element BB likes so he would be a likely prospect among a strong group of possibles. Anderson is a maybe also, I have him a mid 2nd on my board. Don’t care for Smith that high and wouldn’t mind moving up in the round for A.J. Johnson who I think would take far less work to become game ready. Agree Dobson is shaping up as a bust, he just can’t stay healthy and is a slow healer apparently. Given how effective our passing game already is and with Tyms not even getting any snaps not sure Dobson or other WR is an issue. More I see of Wright the better I like the Mankins trade and less I worry about WR’s. Still you’ve given me plenty of great feedback with lots to keep my mind turning. Always good stuff from you, thanks a lot, hope for lots more from you.

        • Russell says:

          Good stuff Steve, LB Johnson does not strike me as a guy with the intelligence Coach Belichick looks for in a LB. Two Lbs I also like are Reggie Ragland, and Ramik Wilson, but no doubt Smith will need work to be a LB, but has the high-bred type player going for him.
          I think DE Anderson, and LB Tull are the best two players in this years draft to fit into the Patriot family/system, IMO. I would not be apposed to drafting Anderson 1st, if he moves up draft boards. Most scouts have him a 4th rounder????
          If LB McKinney were to fall to 4-6 picks berfore the Patriots, Coach may trade up to get him 1st. Tho I have McKinney in the top 15 picks (maybe to Washington) .

        • Russell says:

          Steve check out, draftnikcentral.com, interesting mock drafts, by me.

        • steve earle says:

          To Russell re your reply. Johnson has been very productive and not sure how we eval his smarts at this point. Has he done any NFL interviews or taken their tests? Draft Scout has him rated a 5th rd choice but learning just today he’s been suspended and apparently under investigation for a rape makes his availability or value in the draft a huge question. So back to the drawing board for me until the smoke clears on this one.

        • Russell says:

          Hi Steve, I look into players college Bio, GPA, high school info,and interviews, when trying to get a handle on thier intelligence level. This does not account for thier football intelligence however.
          OG Connolly is banged up again, and may not play vers Green Bay. Patriots should be able to run the ball well against GB, so we may see Cannon at OG, not his best spot, but will see.

        • steve earle says:

          Agree GPA not necessarily true measure of football IQ, so much of it is instinct too. But as I discovered Johnson is under investigation in a rape case so it could all be irrelevant in his case. My best replacement for the pick at this time would be Kurtis Drummond S Mich St. If draft was today I’d go like this:
          1) Vadal Alexander OG/OT LSU 6-6 342 (replace Connolly)
          2) Laken Tomlinson G Duke 6-3 330 ( replace Cannon)
          3) Kurtis Drummond S Mich St. 6-1 202

        • Russell says:

          Good looking picks Steve! If Alexander declairs (JR) He could be the Best OG in the country. If Alexander stay’s at LSU another year I would say he is a top 10 draft pick in 2016, VERY good prospect. I like Tomlinson very much as well, as a ROG only however. I think Coach Belichick drafted Flemming to replace OT Cannon, so as long as the Patriots get one OG type player that can start day one, they will be OK.
          Today Coach Belichick signed a TE 6’4″ 265lbs, so Flemming maybe out a few games.
          I was not sold on the Easley draft pick as well, but I’m willing to give him more of a chance. WR Dobson however, was not even on my draft board, he is a kid, not a hard worker, a bust for sure. So WR and LB look like strong draft picks to me. Check out Davis Tull DE/OLB tennessee Chatanooga, a great prospect!!!

        • steve earle says:

          We pretty much seem to think near alike Russell. Kind of have to give Easley the extra time as a #1 and perhaps next season his knees will be 100%? I’ll check out thos players and the sight you mentioned but later. My grand daughter is asking to go on a kids sight so what can a good grandfather do? Later.

  5. Russell says:

    Another prospect to watch is Arkansas’s Olineman Brey Cook, who has played OG and OT. 6’6″ 315lbs could be a late round Patriot.
    I think LB McKenny has a better chance to be a Patriot than LB Kendricks, but all depends how the draft board goes.

    • acm says:

      I agree on Mckinney being a better fit with what the Pats go for at LB, not just his size but also scheme versatility.
      Nothing against Kendricks as a player but he is anything but a prototypical Patriots LB. players like that they may go for late in the draft or UDFA/FA (e.g. Jon Casillas) but not at the price of an early pick.

      • Russell says:

        Great to hear from you acm, I have Mckinney going in the top 15 on my draft board, but if he should fall into the high 20’s, Bill may trade up to get him.

    • steve earle says:

      Adding my two cents, it’s not often BB trades up but I’d be good if he did for McKinney even though I still think OG/T would give better production and value though will coincide a linemen in the 2nd could well be sufficient. I do question if a stronger over all draft might be had by not trading up in the 1st. Any thoughts on that by you guys?

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