2016 NFL Mock Draft with Trades

2016 NFL Mock Draft with Trades

2016 NFL Mock Draft with Trades

This is an updated NFL mock draft with trades… Enjoy!

1- 1- 1 Los Angeles from Tennessee: Jared Goff QB California
1- 2- 2 Philadelphia from Cleveland: Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
1- 3- 3 San Diego: Jalen Ramsey CB Florida state
1- 4- 4 Tampa Bay from Dallas (Dallas receives 2017 1st round pick): Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
1- 5- 5 Jacksonville: Myles Jack OLB UC Los Angeles
1- 6- 6 Baltimore: Ezekiel Elliot RB Ohio State
1- 7- 7 San Francisco: DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
1- 8- 8 Cleveland from Philadelphia from Miami: Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
1- 9- 9 Dallas from Tampa Bay: Vernon Hargreaves III Florida
1-10-10 New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
1-11-11 Atlanta from Chicago (Chicago receives Atlantas 2nd round pick {50}): Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
1-12-12 New Orleans: Corey Coleman WR Baylor
1-13-13 Miami from Philadelphia: Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
1-14-14 Oakland: Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama
1-15-15 Tennessee from Los Angeles: Robert Nkemdiche DE Ole Miss
1-16-16 Detroit: Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
1-17-17 Chicago from Atlanta: Eli Apple CB Ohio State
1-18-18 Indianapolis: Ryan Kelly C Alabama
1-19-19 Seattle from Buffalo (Buffalo receives 3rd round pick {90}: Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
1-20-20 New York Jets: Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
1-21-21 Washington: Andrew Billings NT Baylor
1-22-22 Carolina from Houston (Houston receives 2018 2nd round pick): Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma
1-23-23 Minnesota: Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
1-24-24 Cincinnati: Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
1-25-25 Pittsburgh: William Jackson III CB Houston
1-26-26 Buffalo from Seattle: Darron Lee OLB Ohio State
1-27-27 Green Bay: A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
1-28-28 Kansas City: Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State
1-29- New England (Forfeited): None
1-30-29 Arizona: Jarran Reed DT Alabama
1-31-30 Houston from Carolina: Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
1-32-31 Denver: Paxton Lynch QB Memphis

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2015 NFL Mock Draft With Trades

2015 NFL Mock Draft With Trades

2015 NFL Mock Draft with Trades

Just a little mock draft on what I Think will or could happen.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB Florida State
I am not a fan of Winston as it pertains to the NFL and I find big flaws in his game that will make him a bust. The Bucs have all but stated they’re taking him with the first pick.

2. Tennessee Titans (The Chargers trade Phillip Rivers for the #2 Pick) Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
If you get the chance to acquire a pro bowl QB in his prime you do it! Rivers doesn’t want to play in LA and is from the south going to school at nearby NC State. I do like Mariota a lot but I don’t think he should start from day 1. IF the Chargers move to LA then I believe they would have to slap the franchise tag on Rivers or try to trade him when he has less value. They get a franchise QB here in what could be a transition year.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Giants get this pick for #9 and 2016 first round pick) Leonard Williams DT USC
There is a lot of optimism this season for the Giants fueled by a full year of Odell Beckham and a healthy Victor Cruz. On defense they have some issues specifically at safety and the defensive tackles. If they get run on like last year then it will be a wasted season and while Jonathan Hankins is OK they NEED someone to play next to him. I have Leonard Williams as my best player in the draft and someone who can hold his own against the run and be an effective pass rusher from inside starting week 1. Williams could be the big defensive peace for this team to take the next step.

4. Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper WR Alabama
Reggie McKenzie has done a very good job at the draft since he has been named GM nabbing Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Gabe Jackson and DJ Hayden among others and I think he makes the right pick here. Cooper would give Carr another target along with Crabtree and James Jones to really get the ball rolling. There will be a little bit bigger expectations in Oakland this season.

5. Washington Redskins Kevin White WR West Virginia
Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson will make around 20M combined this season and next. Adding Kevin White will allow one of those to be cut for the 2016 season to better manage the cap and will also give the Redskins another weapon. If RG3 is mold again with a receiving core like this he will be a free agent in 2016.

6. New York Jets Dante Fowler OLB Florida
The Jets have only 2 real glaring needs and thats a QB and a younger pass rusher. Dante Fowler can be used situationally in his first year before settling into a full time roll. With no QB on the board a pass rusher should be the pick and they could possibly move back from this pick.

7. Chicago Bears (The Dolphins get this pick for 14, 47 and 2016 3rd) Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
The Dolphins are in a position and need to win now otherwise hell could freeze over. With the signing of Greg Jennings and the trade for Kenny Stills to pair with Jarvis Laundry and Rishard Matthews I think they think they’re set at WR so they focus on corner where they are thin outside of Grimes who is 32 years old. Waynes is the top corner in this draft and is worth moving up for.

8. Atlanta Falcons Vic Beasley OLB/DE Clemson
The Falcons lack someone who can effectively rush the passer. Beasley would give them a dominant force on the edge which would tremendously help this defense which was horrible last year. They also have offensive line needs among others but you can draft a guard in the 2nd but you can’t get a pass rusher like Beasley there.

9. New York Giants (Jacksonville Jaguars) Danny Shelton DT Washington
The Jaguars finished 27th in the league in rush defense last year and that needs to be improved if they want any shot of being competitive. They did sign Jared Odrick in the offseason but he’s not a run stuffer. Shelton at 340 pounds would eat up some space and demand double teams in many occasions.

10. St. Louis Rams DeVante Parker WR Louisville
The Rams have a lot of talent on that roster helped in large part due to the RG3 trade. They acquired Nick Foles in the offseason and seemed destined to be competitive this season. Parker can be the #1 receiver on this team and play next to talented players like Tavon Austin. Parker has #1 WR potential that those other receivers do not.

11. Minnesota Vikings Shane Ray DE Missouri
The Vikings don’t have any position of major need but as a 4-3 Mike Zimmer team it is important to be able to roll pass rushers and keep them fresh. Throw that in with the fact that Robison is 32 years old then Ray makes a lot of sense here. He can be rotated with Robison and Everson Griffen and will take a full time position next year.

12. Cleveland Browns Breshad Perriman WR UCF
You can say what you want about the Browns at QB but they really have nothing to work with besides the left part of their offensive line. They have no TE no RB and their only average to above average WR is Dwayne Bowe. Other than that they signed Brian Hartline and have Andrew Hawkins. Perriman will give this team a blazing speed receiver capable of stretching the field. I think they will consider Todd Gurley here as well.

13. New Orleans Saints Brandon Scherff OT/OG Iowa
This may not be the sexiest pick but at age 36 they need to keep Drew Brees upright and from getting hit. They have a hole left by trading Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs and both Zach Strief and Jahri Evans are 31. Scherff can step in immediately to fill the hole at LG and eventually slide over to RT.

14. Miami Dolphins (Chicago Bears) (Bears trade pick to Browns for 19 and 2016 3rd) Todd Gurley RB Georgia
Well as I said earlier the Browns could consider taking Gurley as they need a running back. Gurley could be a dominant back in the NFL and give the Browns an offensive playmaker icon that they desperately need.

15. San Francisco 49ers Dorial Green Beckham WR Oklahoma
The 49ers have some holes all over the field and have been in complete turmoil this offseason. With Anquan Boldin aging and Torrey Smith being really a speed receiver DGB would fit in nice. at 6’5 DGB has the size to go up and make that big catch. His talent is worth the behavioral risks.

16. Houston Texans Arik Armstead DE Oregon
The Texans don’t really have any big holes that they need to fill except ILB next to Cushing which can be addressed later. They could use another 3-4 DE to line up opposite of Watt where they currently have Jared Crick which is nothing spectacular. Armstead is 6’7 and can eat up blockers to allow Jadeveon Clowey or Whitney Mercilus to attack the quarterback.

17. San Diego Chargers Eddie Goldman DT Florida State
The Chargers have more holes than you think and with the trading of Rivers and drafting of Mariota they continue to get younger in a critical area. Eddie Goldman can play nose tackle and stuff the run giving the Chargers one of the best and youngest front three in the league with Liuget and Kendall Reyes. I can also see them taking Melvin Gordon but that isn’t the most efficient choice here.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (Lions get this pick and #193 for #24 and 3rd round pick) Ereck Flowers OT Miami
With the Chiefs not having the best match here the Lions se the potential for a trade. They have a need at LG and at RT but Flowers will be a tackle probably right tackle. He can mow people over in the run game and should keep improving against the pass rush. Quality pick here.

19. Cleveland Browns (Chicago Bears) Andrus Peat OT Stanford
The Bears still have holes on this roster but traded down and accumulated a bunch of picks later in this draft and next year. Jay Cutler struggled last season but they need to reinforce that offensive line as well. Jordan Mills needs to be replaced at RT although I see Peat as a long term LT. Bushrod could transition to the right side which would improve this unit as a whole.

20. Philadelphia Eagles La’el Collins OT/OG LSU
The Eagles don’t have many needs except safety but reports are that the Eagles aren’t interested in Landon Collins. The Eagles have a hole at RG left by Herramans going to the Colts and Jason Peters won’t play forever. Collins would be a day 1 starter at RG for this team.

21. Cincinnati Bengals Landon Collins S Alabama
The Bengals don’t have glaring needs on this roster and usually looks big toward the future when drafting. Both George Iloka and Reggie Nelson will be free agents after this season and the team will HAVE to franchise AJ Green if he doesn’t sign a long term deal. Collins should be good value at this spot.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers Marcus Peters CB Washington
The Steelers secondary is atrocious and in need of major help. Polamalu just retired meaning that Shamarko Thomas will likely take his place alongside the subpar Mike Mitchell. The Steelers might have the worst cornerback group in the league and opted to invest money in Cortez Aleen instead of Keenan Lewis which was a colossal failure. Peters would give this team a cornerback with an attitude capable of matching up against top receivers.

23. Detroit Lions (Kansas City Chiefs) Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
The Chiefs infamously had no Wide receivers catch a touchdown for the first time since 1950. They have already cut Dwayne Bowe and signed Jeremy Maclin but they don’t have a recover capable of catching the fade in the end zone or up high. Strong has a hairline fracture in his hand but I don’t expect that to hinder him in time for training camp.

24. Arizona Cardinals Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
The Cardinals are very interested in Adrian Peterson but the Vikings are demanding a first round pick which Keim and Arians won’t give up for a 30 year old RB. Gordon would give this offense a running back which they haven’t possessed in a while.

25. Carolina Panthers DJ Humphries OT Florida
After releasing Byron Bell they have no one to play left tackle and already have a fragile situation with Michael Oher at RT. DJ will play left tackle probably from week one and that should improve the team in both the running game and give Newton more time to throw.

26. Baltimore Ravens (Buccaneers get this pick for #34 and 3rd round pick) TJ Clemmings OT Pittsburgh
The Buccaneers have already drafted Jameis Winston but need to protect him as they currently have 3 holes on the offensive line including Demar Dotson slated to start at left Tackle. I have question marks about Clemmings but some teams love his projectability. He would play LT.

27. Dallas Cowboys Malcolm Brown DT Texas
The Cowboys magic carpet ride last season will not be repeated at least on defense with the group that they have now. They need to beef up that line and Brown can do that being able to stuff the run and should get some heat on the quarterback.

28. Denver Broncos Jake Fisher OT Oregon
We all know that they need to protect od man Peyton and need to plug up one spot on the offensive line. Chris Clark would slide over to left guard and Fisher would start at left tackle. It is critical for this team to keep Peyton up right.

29. Indianapolis Colts Cameron Erving C Florida State
This is a make or break year for the Colts as owner Jim Irsay is expecting them to go far. Luck needs a center like Peyton had with Jeff Saturday and Erving can be that guy which would make this line one of the most complete units in the NFL.

30. Green Bay Packers Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississipi State
The Packers want to move Clay Matthews back outside and need a middle linebacker on this defense after cutting AJ Hawk. McKinney is one of my favorite players in this draft.

31. New Orleans Saints Alvin “Bud” Dupree OLB Kentucky
After picking Brandon Scherff to solidify the offensive line they can look to address pass rusher and Dupree is extremely good value here. He can join a rotation that includes Junior Gallete, Anthony Spencer, and Paryls Haralson which is quite an underwhelming group.

32. New England Patriots (Falcons get this pick for 42, 107 and 2016 6th rounder) Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
No one should be surprised about the Patriots trading out of the first round. The Falcons need a tight end for Matt Ryan which they haven’t had since Tony Gonzalez retired. Maxx can add another element which is much needed to this offense.

33. Tennessee Titans Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
Already truing for Phillip Rivers they can look to address the defense where they need another corner. They also have a need at 3-4 DE but that type of player isn’t available right now. Johnson would prove to be a value pick here.

34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ravens) Nelson Agholor WR USC
The Ravens lost Torrey Smith in free agency and they have a need for another WR. Agholor could be an important pick if there offense wants to be competitive this season.

35. Oakland Raiders Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
The fall finally stops for Randy Gregory. He has talent but there are numerous concerns about him including his drug tests and his inability to stop the run due to his lean frame. The Raiders badly need a defensive end.

36. Jacksonville Jaguars Damarious Randall FS Arizona State
Already taking Danny Shelton they now take a safety in Randall to play next to Jonathan Cyprien. The Jaguars continue to beef up that defense which is much needed. They could also use a number 1 receiver but that type of player isn’t available in the 2nd round and could be filled if Justin Blackman is reinstated.

37. New York Jets Garrett Grayson QB Colorado St
After taking Dante Fowler they can go after their biggest need which is quarterback. I have Grayson as the 2nd best QB in this class behind Mariota and I think he could be a steal. I think he can beat out Geno Smith to start from day one unless they prefer Fitzpatrick.

38. Washington Redskins (49ers get this pick for 46 and 4th round pick) Byron Jones CB UConn
The 49ers lost both of their starting corners again this offseason and they need to draft someone to fill that spot. Jones is very athletic as by his ridiculous combine numbers and his tape isn’t bad either. He is of course somewhat of a risk but with his athletic ability he can mold into a top corner.

39. Chicago Bears Devin Smith WR Ohio State
After already taking Andrus Peat to be the LT of the future they focus on filling the hole left by the departing Brandon Marshall by grabbing Devin Smith. Smith might be a little more of a burner than a complete wide receiver especially in his rookie season which is fine as they have Eddie Royal in the slot and Alshon Jefferey as their number 1.

40. New York Giants Laken Tomlinson OG Duke
After giving up their 2016 first round pick to move up in the draft to select Leonard Williams they need a prospect that can come in and help them win now starting right away. They signed John Jerry to possibly play guard but he’s not very good nor has close to the ceiling that Tomlinson does.

41. St. Louis Rams Jalen Collins CB LSU
Collins could go much higher than this but he’s had injury concerns and has only started 10 games in his collegiate career. After taking DeVante Parker they will look to address the cornerback position which they have selected secondary help in now 3 of the past 4 drafts with reasonable success.

42. Atlanta Falcons (Patriots) Eric Rowe CB Utah
The Patriots lost a lot of talent in the offseason and have more needs than you might think. IT wouldn’t be a draft if the Patriots didn’t move down to accumulate more picks. Eric Rowe would add depth to that secondary where they lost Revis and Browner and will probably play a bigger role as the year moves on.

43. Cleveland Browns Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
They have already adressesd the offense getting Perriman and Todd Gurley and still need a tight end but that player isn’t available right now. Phil Taylor was injured the last half of the season as teams ran the ball on the Browns like they were water. Phillips would give them depth on the defensive line and heavy packages and could take over as the starting nose in the near future.

44. New Orleans Saints Phillip Dorsett WR Miami
They addressed certain needs earlier in the draft grabbing a lineman in Scherff and a pass rusher in Dupree and now they can focus on the future by getting a WR in Dorsett who can hopefully replace an aging Marques Colston in the future. They do need someone on the line at defensive tackle but the draft isn’t deep at 3-4 DT which is a problem for the Saints.

45. Minnesota Vikings Ronald Darby CB Florida State
The Vikings already taking a pass rusher for the future in Shane Ray they can select a corner to help them in the future with Darby. They have had success selecting a Florida State corner in Xavier Rhodes and Darby is very fast but needs to refine his overall game.

46. San Francisco 49ers (Redskins) Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
The Redskins would love to move back to acquire more picks and they have already added Kevin White. I think they get a steal in Kendricks who is very talented and can start right away. The Redskins don’t have an above average inside linebacker and Kendricks could be a pro bowl talent.

47. Miami Dolphins (Chicago Bears) Quinten Rollins Miami (Ohio)
They have already taken Andrus Peat to be their future LT and Devin Smith to compliment Alshon Jeffery and now can find a corner to play next to Kyle Fuller for the next decade. Rollins didn’t play against a lot of quality opponents in college due to him playing at such a small school.

48. San Diego Chargers Eli Harold OLB Virginia
The Chargers have needs on defense and even though they addressed one of those needs by drafting Eddie Goldman they continue stockpiling players. I am not crazy on Harold and doubt his ability to sustain solidified pressure at the NFL level. They would need a replacement for Melvin Ingram soon.

49. Kansas City Chiefs Shaq Thompson LB Washington
After addressing the wide receiving corps in Jaelen Strong they need to upgrade some spots on their defense and can start at what will be a transition for Thompson for 4-3 OLB to 3-4 ILB. I think this transition can go over fairly well and Thompson can blend in with the veterans on that defense.

50. Buffalo Bills Grady Jarrett DT Clemson
The Bills could be looking for a linebacker but also for some more meat up front. They will give Darius a HUGE deal soon and Kyle Williams isn’t getting any younger so insurance is needed on that line and we know Rex loves drafting lineman.

51. Houston Texans Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson
The Texans continue to upgrade their defense along with Arik Armstead which could be one of the leagues best next year adding a ILB in Stephone Anthony. He should play next to Brian Cushing and all see the field plenty this year and is good depth for Cushing and his inured past.

52. Philadelphia Eagles Ifo Ekpre Olomu CB Oregon
After shoring up the offensive line with Collins the Eagles and Chip Kelly take an Oregon Duck to play corner in the future with Walter Thurmond, Brandon Boykin and Nolan Carroll set to be free agents at the end of the year. You know that Chip loves his Ducks.

53. Cincinatti Bengals Owamagbe Odigihizuwa DE UCLA
The Bengals got a safety in Landon Collins and now add a pass rusher who could help them down the line. They don’t have an immediate need at the position but can use depth there as without getting pressure in a 4-3 your defense will be shredded.

54. Detroit Lions (Cowboys get this pick for #60 and 5th round pick) Brett Hundley QB UCLA
Jeryy almost drafted Johnny Manziel last season before his son stopped him and made him pick the top player on their board in Zach Martin which proved to be a very good choice. In the second round after already taking Malcolm Brown to fix the defensive interior they take their QB of the future in Hundley. Romo is 34 years old so Hundley will have time to learn and develop.

55. Arizona Cardinals Hroniss Grasu C Oregon
The Cardinals need to keep improving an offensive that was miserable without Carson Palmer. They already got a running back in Gordon and now can take what they will hope to be their long term center in Grasu. He will play next to recent signing Mike Iupati.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers PJ Williams CB Florida State
The Steelers even after taking Marcus Peters continue to fix their broken secondary by selecting PJ Williams. William Gay is a free agent after this season and Cortez Allen is likely to be cut unless things improve. The Steelers will have turned a position of major weakness into a position of strength.

57. Carolina Panthers Rashad Greene WR Florida State
After taking Humphries in the first round to play LT they can stick in the state of Florida to grab Kelvin Benjamins old buddy in Greene. Greene is nothing special but should be able to move the chains and is a decent route runner. Complimentary receiver.

58. Baltimore Ravens Tevin Coleman RB Indiana
The Ravens resigned Forsett but that marriage doesn’t look like its going to be a long one with him already being 30 years old. They addressed WR with Agholor and now focus on their backfield where they get a talented runner in Coleman whose gone under the radar.

59. Denver Broncos Carl Davis DT Iowa
The Broncos after taking offensive line with Fisher look to address the defense which has suffered the loss of Terrance Knighton who left in free agency. Davis would give them death on the line and he can factor into the rotation.

60. Dallas Cowboys (Lions) Preston Smith DE Mississipi State
The Lions after taking Flowers in the first could use some depth along the defensive ends and pass rushers. Smith has some good size and should be effective stopping the run as well.

61. Indianapolis Colts D’Joun Smith CB Florida Atlantic
The Colts having drafted a center already now deal with defense where they could use some more bodies preferably up front and in the secondary. Smith gives them more depth at corner which is needed when they try to close out games.

62. Green Bay Packers Sammie Coates WR Auburn
The Packers have grabbed my favorite inside linebacker in this draft in McKinney but now resort to further toys. Coates might be more of a burner than a complete wide receiver but that might be needed here and can add another dimension to this offense allowing Cobb and Nelson to work underneath.

63. Seattle Seahawks AJ Cann OG South Carolina
The Seahawks traded their 1st round pick away in the Jimmy Graham trade and also traded away Unger who will likely be replaced by Chris Myers. They still have a need at guard after Carpenter left to the Jets. Can should come in and compete for the starting spot in training camp.

64. New England Patriots Ali Marpet OG Hobart
They have already taken a corner to help replace Revis and Browner. A developmental guard from Hastings New York has a long and interesting background but is noticeably raw. He needs to be developed but once he is the upside is there.

NFL Mock Draft Round 2

2007 NFL Draft - April 28, 2007

There are still many good prospects left on the board at this point and there are still teams who have not yet made a pick. Here is the first round of this mock draft. https://boldgm.com/2014/05/01/nfl-mock-draft-with-trades/ This is the deepest draft in decades so there are still many great players left on the vine.

33. Cardinals- Kony Ealy OLB Missouri

The Cardinals aren’t a team with that many needs but there are a couple big ones. One of them is pass rusher where they have no one to compliment the old John Abraham. They can use an offensive lineman, a running back, and a strong safety.

34. Falcons- RaShede Hageman DT Minnesota

*** Falcons acquire 34th pick from Redskins for 37th and 147th pick***

{previous pick: Jake Matthews OT}

The Falcons need to continue building their lines and while there are pass rushers later in the draft there arent many more impact defensive tackles especially someone like Hageman who many have a first round grade on.

35. Browns- Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State

{previous picks: Johnny Manziel QB, Odell Beckham jr. WR}

The Browns have had a strong draft so far and continue to fill needs. They need another corner to play with Joe Haden and can use Buster Skrine in more of a nickel role now. They could also look at a left guard here, a free safety, or a 3-4 DE.

36. Raiders- Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young

{previous pick: Eric Ebron TE}

I can see them taking a guard here but they can easily get one in the third round. They probably have the worst group of linebackers in the league with the Miami Dolphins. If I were the Raiders I would heavily think about trading down.

37. Redskins- Joel Bitonio OT Nevada

He can play tackle or he can be moved inside to guard which is a huge need for the Redskins. I really dont understand why people are picking this team to win the division. This is a club with needs everywhere and I am not to confident in RGIII especially with this offensive line playing in front of him.

38. Buccaneers- Allen Robinson WR Penn State

{previous pick: Greg Robinson}

The Bucs are in extremely desperate need of a wide receiver to play across from Vincent Jackson. Robinson would give the Bucs a set of tall receivers which would create some bad matchups on shorter defensive backs. If their draft turns out like this with their additions this offseason (& a guard in round 4) this could be a team threatening to make the playoffs.

39. Ravens- Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame

***Ravens acquire 39th pick from Jaguars for 194th and 2015 first round picks***

{previous pick: Zach Martin OT}

The Ravens can of course trade up from their second round pick to this one but Ozzie Newsome is one of the smartest GMs in the game and even though they are giving up their first round pick next year they are getting first round talent at a position of need. Tuitt would take the spot of the lost Arthur Brown.

40. Vikings- Derek Carr QB Fresno State

{previous pick: Jimmie Ward SS}

The Vikings busted a few years ago on Christian Ponder and need a real quarterback to lead them to the promised land. The Vikings overall have a pretty good team including the best running back in football in Adrian Peterson. The only glaring needs for the Vikings right now is right guard and linebacker. This is also a team that would now have 2 first round picks in theirs and Carolinas and had 3 first round picks last year.

41. Jaguars- Cameron Fleming OT Stanford

{previous pick: Blake Bortles}

The Jaguars have a top emerging left tackle in Luke Joeckel but a big hole at the right tackle position and it is important with a rookie quarterback that you have good protection. If the team is feeling unsure about Blackmon they could take a wide receiver here but I think Blackmon will be reinstated by next season.

42. Titans- Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington

{previous pick: Anthony Barr}

If Jake Locker can play well this season this team should make the playoffs and if he doesnt this team will likely draft a first round quarterback next year. This teams top tight end right now is Dalenie Walker which is unacceptable. This team also has a big need at corner after the loss of Alterraun Verner.

43. Giants- Dominique Easley DT Florida

{previous pick: Taylor Lewan OT}

This was a very hard pick for me to do because they can go in so many different directions. They have an outstanding group of corners but if they cant stop the run they arent going to win 7 games. They have a very weak and old group of defensive tackles with limited interior pass rush ability. They can also go for tight end or wide receiver which are both positions of need for them.

44. Bengals- Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi

***Bengals acquire 44th pick from Rams for 55th & 88th picks***

{previous pick: Ryan Shazier}

The Bengals need a receiver to pair with AJ Green. They already have two very good tight ends and a running back that they selected in the second round last year so Donte could be the final piece of the puzzle. If Dalton cannot win a playoff game this year i think he will be replaced and be a free agent next year.

45. Lions- Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt

{previous pick: Justin Gilbert CB}

Even with the signing of Golden Tate the Lions are still looking for a wide receiver. Here they are taking one of my personal favorites in this draft. They still do need a right tackle.

46. Steelers- Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech

{previous pick: Darqueze Dennard}

The Steelers have a lot of options on the board that fit them including Morgan Moses, Cyrus Kouandijo, Kelvin Benjamin, and Cody Latimer. The Steelers want A tall option for Big Ben and particularly someone who is a target in the red zone. This is shaping up to be an ideal draft for GM Kevin Colbert.

47. Cowboys- Tre Mason RB Auburn

{previous pick: Timmy Jernigan DT}

The Cowboys can go a number of ways here whether it be a pass rusher or a wide receiver but i have them taking a running back. DeMarco Murray is a free agent at the end of the season and i dont know if it makes sense to bring him back on what will most likely have to be a multi year deal. Mason is my top rated running back and i think he can be a pro bowler at the NFL level.

48. Ravens- Deone Buccannon SS Washington State

{previous picks: Zach Martin OT, Stephon Tuitt DE}

They need someone to play next to Matt Elam in the secondary. There arent to many holes left for the Ravens but this is a big one needed to be filled. Its also important they find a pass rusher for the future in this draft.

49. Panthers- Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama

***Panthers acquire 49th pick from Jets for 60th pick and 2015 3rd round pick***

{previous pick: Mike Evans}

The Panthers get lucky this guy fell as they are in desperate need of a left tackle after Jordan Gross retired. He would most likely be responsible for protecting the Blind side of Cam Newton and Bryron Bell will return to his right tackle position.

50. Dolphins- Billy Turner OT North Dakota State

{previous pick: Xavier Sua Filo OG}

The Dolphins continue to fix that big black eye that you call an offensive line. Morgan Moses does remain on the board but he projects at left tackle and really took off when he moved from the right to left side. He would pair with Xavier to transform this Dolphins offensive line along with Brandon Albert and make it a point of strength.

51. Bears- Morgan Moses OT Virginia

{previous pick: Aaron Donald DT}

The Bears can consider a wide receiver or a corner here but I think this is a “best player available” pick. Jermon Bushrod is likely not their long term future at left tackle but Moses can easily be. He would likely be the blindside protector for the rest of Jay Cutlers career.

52. Cardinals- Weston Richburg C Colorado State

{previous pick: Konly Ealy OLB}

The Cardinals can see this as sort of a luxury type pick. They can use a long term center particularly one that can play at a very high level for the next ten years and open holes in the running game.

53. Packers- Terrence Brooks FS Florida State

{previous pick: CJ Mosley ILB}

The Packers continue to transform their defense in a way to compete with the 49ers, the Bears and the Seahawks. Adding Brooks would make this a very well rounded secondary capable of defending high impact arial attacks. They will finally fix the hole left by the injury to Nick Collins.

54. Eagles- Cody Latimer WR Indiana

{previous pick: Kyle Fuller CB}

The Eagles need to add receiver depth after the loss of DeSean Jackson. In the Eagles high flying offense there is a good chance that Latimer will see a lot of time on the field.

55. Rams- Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State

{previous picks: Sammy Watkins WR, Haha Clinton-Dix FS}

The Rams have to fill the hole left by the departuring Harvey Dahl at the guard position. This would be an outstanding pick as Gabe Jackson has drawn reviews to Larry Warford who won offensive rookie of the year last year. This would open up some big holes for Zac Stacy.

56. 49ers- Stanley Jean- Baptiste CB Nebraska

{previous pick: Brandin Cooks WR}

After seeing the Seahawks manhandle their receivers with their larger corners the 49ers want to be able to have their own. Stanley stand at 6’3 and could develop into a very physical man to man corner in this league.

57. Seahawks- Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State

***Seahawks acquire 57th pick from chargers for 64th 132th & 208th picks***

{previous pick: Bradley Roby CB}

The Seahawks are not bringing back Chris Clemons and have one year left from Cliff Avril before he will go looking for big money. The Seahawks operate like the Giants in that they have multiple pass rushers and do use a rotation for it. There secondary quickly became very expensive and i expect Russell Wilson to get a contract at about 15M per year soon so that salary cap will get very tight very quick. A good starting option right here is enough to move up for.

58. Saints- Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State

{previous pick: Dee Ford}

This is a big wild card pick as there have been conflicting reports about Benjamin. The Saints do need another receiver and one to hopefully take the spot of Colston now that he has gotten older and they lost Lance Moore. I can also see them taking a running back here or potentially a offensive guard.

59. Colts- Keith McGill CB Utah

This team doesnt have a first round pick because of the lopsided Trent Richardson trade but i do believe that Trent will be better this year due to the likelyhood that you wont see 8 men in the box because of Wayne, Nicks, Allen, and TY Hilton. This team NEEDS a lefts guard and also a strong safety. The Colts with a couple small additions can be a real force next season.

60. Jets- Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech

{previous pick: Marquise Lee WR}

I think that tight end Troy Niklas is an option here too which would create a great offense and put pressure on Geno Smith to succeed. I think if Geno isnt good this year The Jets will absolutely pick up a quarterback in next years first round. Here though the Jets get a pass rusher who will eventually take over for 33 year old Calvin Pace.

61. Giants- Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame

***Giants acquire 61st pick from Cardinals for 152nd and 2015 2nd round picks***

{previous picks: Taylor Lewan OT, Dominique Easley DT}

The Giants have had one of the worst tight end situations since Jake Ballard left. Here Eli gets a big 6’7 270lbs target who will be able to block and make plays in the red zone. The Giants still have a number of needs to address including outside linebacker and need another wide receiver.

62. Cowboys- Martavis Bryant WR Clemson

{previous picks: Timmy Jernigan DT, Tre Mason RB}

The Cowboys need a receiver to replace the departing Miles Austin and get a nice number 2 receiver here. The Bryants would represent a viable receiving core along with Terrence Williams.

63. Broncos- Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin

{previous pick: JaWuan James}

The Broncos seem to be a moderately easy choice to return to the super bowl as the AFC champions. They do have a big hole left by the departing Wesley Woodyard. They are really pushing to win the championship before Peyton retires.

64. Seahawks- Davante Adams WR Fresno State

{previous pick: Bradley Roby CB}

The Super Bowl champion Seahawks are very deep in a number of areas and feature high end talent in most of those areas as well. The do have an issue at wide receiver where they can use additional depth after the loss of Golden Tate.

NFL Mock Draft With Trades

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
1 3,000 33 580 65 265 97 112 129 43 161 27 193 14.2
2 2,600 34 560 66 260 98 108 130 42 162 26.6 194 13.8
3 2,200 35 550 67 255 99 104 131 41 163 26.2 195 13.4
4 1,800 36 540 68 250 100 100 132 40 164 25.8 196 13
5 1,700 37 530 69 245 101 96 133 39.5 165 25.4 197 12.6
6 1,600 38 520 70 240 102 92 134 39 166 25 198 12.2
7 1,500 39 510 71 235 103 88 135 38.5 167 24.6 199 11.8
8 1,400 40 500 72 230 104 86 136 38 168 24.2 200 11.4
9 1,350 41 490 73 225 105 84 137 37.5 169 23.8 201 11
10 1,300 42 480 74 220 106 82 138 37 170 23.4 202 10.6
11 1,250 43 470 75 215 107 80 139 36.5 171 23 203 10.2
12 1,200 44 460 76 210 108 78 140 36 172 22.6 204 9.8
13 1,150 45 450 77 205 109 76 141 35.5 173 22.2 205 9.4
14 1,100 46 440 78 200 110 74 142 35 174 21.8 206 9
15 1,050 47 430 79 195 111 72 143 34.5 175 21.4 207 8.6
16 1,000 48 420 80 190 112 70 144 34 176 21 208 8.2
17 950 49 410 81 185 113 68 145 33.5 177 20.6 209 7.8
18 900 50 400 82 180 114 66 146 33 178 20.2 210 7.4
19 875 51 390 83 175 115 64 147 32.6 179 19.8 211 7
20 850 52 380 84 170 116 62 148 32.2 180 19.4 212 6.6
21 800 53 370 85 165 117 60 149 31.8 181 19 213 6.2
22 780 54 360 86 160 118 58 150 31.4 182 18.6 214 5.8
23 760 55 350 87 155 119 56 151 31 183 18.2 215 5.4
24 740 56 340 88 150 120 54 152 30.6 184 17.8 216 5
25 720 57 330 89 145 121 52 153 30.2 185 17.4 217 4.6
26 700 58 320 90 140 122 50 154 29.8 186 17 218 4.2
27 680 59 310 91 136 123 49 155 29.4 187 16.6 219 3.8
28 660 60 300 92 132 124 48 156 29 188 16.2 220 3.4
29 640 61 292 93 128 125 47 157 28.6 189 15.8 221 3
30 620 62 284 94 124 126 46 158 28.2 190 15.4 222 2.6
31 600 63 276 95 120 127 45 159 27.8 191 15 223 2.3
32 590 64 270 96 116 128 44 160 27.4 192 14.6 224 2

I have attached the NFL draft trade chart which gives point values on what each pick is worth. Most of the time the team trading down will get the benefit of the doubt. Well lets get started. Image

1. Texans- Jadaveon Clowney DE South Carolina

I can see the Falcons wanting to move up to get Clowney but I just dont think it makes sense for the Texans unless the Falcons overpay like crazy. There biggest need is QB but at the number 6 spot both Bortles and Manziel could be gone. They could use a WR or Guard and need a TE but it is too high to take Ebron and the WR or Guard need isnt pressing enough. They do need a middle linebacker but not at 6 overall. Unless if the Falcons give up 3 first round picks and a second i dont see a trade happening.

2. Rams- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

The Rams could trade this pick if Clowney is still there but otherwise i see them taking Watkins. I dont understand why “experts” have them taking Greg Robinson when he wont be drafted until at least the number 6 barring a trade. Watkins would make the Rams have a very dynamic offense if Sam Bradford can play well.

3. Bills- Khalil Mack DE Buffalo

***Bills acquire 3rd overall pick from Jaguars for 9th pick, 41st pick, 2015 2nd round pick, and 109th pick***

Buffalo feels they arent too many players away from really competing. On the defensive side of the ball i do agree with them and the addition of Mack would make a vaunted pass rushing situation in Buffalo with Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes in the fold as well.

4. Browns- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

I believe that the Browns are obsessed with him and GM Ray Farmer wants his own QB in there. Even with a deep QB class this would be a smart pick for the Browns.

5. Buccaneers- Greg Robinson OT Auburn

*** Bucs acquire 5th 219th & 2015 5th round pick from Oakland for 7th & 69th picks***

Bucs have big need at tackle and wide receiver but by making this trade they can get the best tackle we have seen in years and still hold on to their second round pick which they can use on a WR.

6. Falcons- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

Falcons want to get bigger after last year and have taken that step in upgrading the lines with Paul Solia, Tyson Jackson, and Jon Asamoah. Matthews will allow the Falcons to run the ball effectively and provide Matt Ryan more time to spread the ball out. This is a very good pick for Atlanta.

7. Jaguars- Blake Bortles QB Central Florida

*** Jaguars acquire 7th pick from Oakland for 9th 105th & 109th(Bills 4th) picks

Jaguars get their man by leapfrogging the Vikings. The Jaguars do have a number of holes to fill including Tackle, Corner, Linebacker, and Safety but no need is as pressing as Quarterback. They now have two 2nd round picks and their 3rd rounder to fix some of those problems (although no 4th round picks).

8. Panthers- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

*** Panthers acquire 8th pick from Vikings for 28th 92nd 168th and 2015 1st round pick***

After seeing four Wide Receivers leave the Panthers finally get their guy. He would pair with Jason Avant and Jericho Cotchery to create and average receiving corps but still have holes in their offensive line, outside linebacker, and all over their secondary save free safety. They will most likely draft a tackle in round two as they had success last year with a underwelming secondary but need to replace the recently retired Jordan Gross.

9. Raiders- Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

The Raiders have possibly the most needs out of any team in the league and desperetly need youth on defense as they are projected to have five starters over the age of 30. They have no impact tight ends at this moment and havent for a very long time. Ebron will give the Raiders a playmaking tight end for their franchise.

10. Lions- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State

The Lions secondary has been awful for a long time and they currently have two aging corners in Rashean Mathis and Chris Houston. Gilbert would provide the Lions with a future number 1 corner who can help cover the likes of Calvin, Alshon, and Cordarelle in a difficult NFC North.

11. Bears- Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh

***Bears acquire 11th pick from Titans for 14th & 82nd picks***

The Bears were woeful against the run last year and seemed lifeless without Henry Melton in the interior. This is a franchise that prides itself on defense but needs a top flight defensive tackle like they once had in Tommie Harris and Henry Melton. The Bears do have other needs including a guard, WR depth, a Tight end, Safeties and cornerback youth.

12. Giants- Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

This seems like the most Taylormade (see what i did there) pick of the draft. The Giants need a Left tackle to keep Eli up straight. They also need a WR, tight end, Free Safety, DT, and a outside linebacker but Lewan will solve a issue thats been lingering for years.

13. Rams- Haha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama

The Rams arent a team with too many needs and after adding Watkins are in position to take another playmaker in Haha. I think this pick comes down to Haha or Zach Martin but due to the potential availability of right tackles later in the draft and the lack of true playmaking free safeties other than Calvin Pryor or Haha that safety is the way to go.

14. Titans- Anthony Barr OLB UC- Los Angeles

The Titans are reforming to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton and need the skillset to reflect the transformation. Barr would pair with Shaun Phillips before taking over for him in subsequent years. I can also see the Titans drafting a corner or a tight end but this isnot a team with a ton of needs and if Jake Locker plays well this is a team with talent on its roster.

15. Steelers- Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State

If Dennard, Gilbert, Ebron, or Lewan  isnt here i can see this team moving back ten spots or so to a team that wants to move up and take Zach Martin or Calvin Pryor. The Steelers are desperate for a number 1 corner after the subpar play of Ike Taylor and really miss Keenan Lewis who is now on the Saints. This would make two new members of a rebuilt Steelers secondary including new free safety Mike Mitchell.

16. Patriots- Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame

***Patriots acquire 16th pick from Cowboys for 29th 62nd and 2015 2nd round picks***

The Patriots are not a team that has a pressing number of needs but every starter on their defensive line is over the age of 30. Louis Nix III is really the only highly graded Nose tackle in this draft and the Patriots need youth along the line. I can also see them grabbing a SS, potentially a center, and a tight end.

17. Ravens- Zach Martin OT Notre Dame

The Ravens have always put emphasis on their offensive line under the Harbaugh era and last years play is not acceptable for the system that they run. Martin can play day one at Right Tackle and make this line instantly better. I think its a tough decision between him and Mosley but this choice makes sense. He would be the second member of the o-line acquired this offseason with Jeremy Zuttah who they traded for from Tampa Bay.

18. Packers- CJ Mosley ILB Alabama

***Packers acquire 18th pick from Jets for 21st and 85th pick***

The Jets arent to kind to the Dolphins are they. The Packers dont have to many glaring needs but absolutely need an upgrade over Brad Jones at the inside linebacker position. Mosley would make an excellent 1-2 punch with AJ Hawk and would allow Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews to focus mainly on pass rushing. All of the sudden the Packers defense doesnt look like the week spot anymore.

19. Browns- Odell Beckham Jr. WR Louisiana State

***Browns acquire 19th pick from Dolphins for 26th & 83rd picks***

The Browns recieved the 83rd pick from the Steelers last year in the Shamarko Thomas trade.The Browns have a pressing need for a number 2 Wide Receiver to play with Josh Gordon. This would make teams more cautious to use double teams on Gordon as they would have to figure out ways to cover Beckham & Jordan Cameron.

20. 49ers- Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State

***49ers acquire 20th pick from Cardinals for 30th & 61st picks***

The 49ers need more Wide Receivers to balance out their roster and compete with the violent secondary of the Seahawks. With Seattle losing Walter Thurmond as their slot corner covering Cooks will be a pain for the legion of boom. Cooks would infuse more speed into an offense with a physical running game.

21. Jets- Marquise Lee WR Southern California Before the Jets signed Eric Decker they had the worst receiving corps in the league along with a big hole at tight end. Lee would be a big boost for this offense which continues to add weapons for Vick/Geno.

22. Eagles- Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech The Eagles have a hole at corner with really no number one option on the roster. They also play a very fast paced system on offense which means their time of possesion numbers will be porous. Fuller would help cover guys in a division of excellent WR including Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz, and DeSean Jackson.

23. Chiefs- Calvin Pryor FS Louisville The Chiefs have more needs than meets the eye when you think about a team that was the last standing undefeated team by a large margin. They have a big hole next to Eric Berry at Safety which is a big black eye to the defense. I can see them trading down but Pryor at this pick is to tough to pass up.

24. Bengals- Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State

The Bengals have a few needs in another wide receiver, a pass rusher to replace Michael Johnson, and a safety to replace Reggie Nelson but Shazier should be the pick for them. This will also be a determining season for Andy Daltons future as he is going to either start making some money or facing competition for starts.

25. Chargers- Jason Verrett CB Texas Christian

The Chargers are in desperate need for Corners its not funny anymore. They also need a nose tackle but with Louis Nix III gone there is no one worth a first round pick at that position. This is a team well positioned for the future due to hits in the second round like Eric Weddle, Kendell Reyes, Marcus Gilchrist, and Manti Teo.

26. Dolphins- Xavier Sua Filo OG UC- Los Angeles

The Dolphins have numerous needs across the football field so I can see them trading down to fill many of those holes including offensive guard (2), OT, wide receiver, Linebacker, a second tight end, youth at corner, and free safety. Here the Dolphins get a future pro bowl guard which can be paired next to Mike Pouncey to open up some holes in that running game.

27. Saints- Dee Ford OLB Auburn

For all the upgrades and money that New Orleans spent on the secondary this offseason it will be very difficult for them to cover people if there is no pass rush. Ford will provide that rush for the Saints reducing their need to blitz. I dont know if he is a three down player though.

28. Seahawks- Bradley Roby CB Ohio State

***Seahawks acquire 28th pick from Vikings for 32nd & 2015 3rd round picks***

After Roby there is a big dropoff of corners till Lamarcus Joyner and after that another big falloff. The Seahawks lost Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III to free agency and have a big decision to make on Richard Sherman. The Seahawks usually draft with the future in mind and this pick will be for present and future.

29. Cowboys- Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State

The Cowboys have needs all over the field and Jerry Jones is not making Jason Garrett’s job any easier. They had one of the worst defenses that i have ever seen last year and they lost DeMarcus Ware. This team has needs everwhere on defense except middle linebacker and starting corner. They also have needs on the offensive side of the ball especially at guard. 2014 maybe a rough one for these Cowboys.

30. Texans- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

***Texans acquire 30th pick from Cardinals for 33rd and 101st picks***

I can see the Texans getting nervous that someone will trade into the back of the first round and take Teddy or the Vikings will pluck him. This would be an excellent first round for Houston in grabbing their franchise QB and a defensive force in Clowney. I dont see the Texans taking Carr due to their issues with his brother.

31. Broncos- JaWuan James OT Tennesee

The Broncos have a need at right tackle after moving Orlando Franklin over to guard to replace the departing Zane Beadles. The Broncos need to keep Peyton upright and that has to be their top priority. The Broncos are all in to try and win a super bowl before Peyton retires and i can see them trading their 2015 1st round pick to try and get the pieces to win that championship.

32. Vikings- Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois

He would pair with Harrison Smith to make one of the better safety combinations in the league. The Vikings were absolutely dreadful in pass coverage last year and have upgrades Caption Munnerlyn and now Jimmie Ward to combat the passing attacks of the NFC North. With their abundance of picks the Vikings are well positioned to take a quarterback soon.

Innovations on offense

Innovations on offense

You can see throughout the history of the NFL how it has evolved from a running league to now be a passing league. In this draft there may not be a running back selected in the first two rounds meanwhile Wide receivers and Left tackles remain an extremely hot commodity and are deemed necessary in todays game. That makes me ask the question, what is the next step and what is the next breakthrough in the game of football? Most of the time teams that can keep innovating and be creative tend to be more successful on the football field.

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Platooned Offensive Line

Way back in the day players would play all 60 minutes of the game such as RedGrange, Fats Henry, Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe before executives thought it would be better to tailor ones game to a single position. As time went on players would be at one position but only on specific downs such as a nose tackle on 1st and 2nd down, a pass rusher in long distance situations, and an extra offensive lineman on short down situations. What I am proposing now is to use some offensive lineman in specific situations such as bringing in more lean and slender types for passing situations on the inside of the line and heavier more mauling types on running downs. Such a move would hurt pass rushers trying to beat the slower guards on the inside. Such a move would make other teams cautious when putting in the pass rushing interior lineman as they would be heavily outweighed.

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Running Backs with Slot Potential

As you can see with Chris Johnsons 2yr 8M contract and with the potential for no running backs to be taken in the first two rounds the value of the running back position has deteriorated. Full back used to be a big position played by the likes of Franco Harris and Jim Brown but now they are mostly 3rd tight ends or sparsely used players. I think running back with speed could be very dangerous in the slot especially speed backs. Lets take Chris Johnson and say you go out in the I formation with 2 WR and 2TEs the defense will likely come out in their base 3-4/4-3 defense. If CJ runs to the slot who will cover him? You have the corners matched up on the receivers and that leaves the safeties and LB to cover 1 or 2 tight ends and a running back who is likely too fast for a linebacker. The defense now has to decide who will cover the taller tight ends and the speedy running back which will cause mass confusion.

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The Interior 

In todays NFL you see the quarterback as the key piece of an offense and without one many question a clubs ability to succeed and to a large degree I agree with that but I see a growing value in having a multi-dimensional game. In todays NFL Defenses are focusing more on rushing the passer and being more agile in the secondary. When Ray Lewis played his last season he lost 10-15 pounds before the season so he could keep up with the more spread out game. I am finding a weakness in defenses as they are lighter and faster in todays day. In 2014 every guard that made the pro bowl except Marshall Yanda of the 2012 champion Ravens were on a playoff team (Evans,Grubbs,Iupati,Mankins,Vasquez) meanwhile only 3 receivers (Green, Thomas, Jackson) were on playoff teams. The interior is easier to dominate in todays game due to linebackers being lighter and 4-3 DT being quicker for the pass rush. If teams put more stock and $$$ into the undervalued guard and center positions they should be able to gain key strides in the run game which can create a signifigant advantage when competing against defenses designed for defending the pass. Combine elite guards with a power back and these lighter defensive players are in for trouble.

Any ideas? Post them in the comments