Minnesota Vikings 2017 NFL Draft Profile

It’s day 31 of Draftmas and the Vikings are on the clock.

Summary

The Minnesota Vikings had a lot to deal with last season, as Teddy Bridgewater went down with a knee injury right before the start of the season. Sam Bradford was acquired and competed admirably, but Minnesota failed to make the playoffs at 8-8.

With Bradford and Bridgewater, the Vikings have two solid, but not great quarterbacks. If Bridgewater isn’t ready to go following the injury, Bradford will start until a competition can get underway. Adrian Peterson was not re-signed and is now a free agent, while Latavius Murray was signed to replace him. Stefon Diggs is a good young receiver, but last year rookie Laquon Treadwell didn’t see the field much and didn’t play all that well when he was on it. Minnesota does have a good tight end in Kyle Rudolph.

Mike Zimmer (Photo courtesy: upi.com)

The offensive line still needs to be addressed and was a major issue last year. Mike Remmers and Riley Reiff were signed to start at the tackle spots, but both had bad seasons last year. The Vikings will likely target a few offensive linemen in this draft.

Defense was the Vikings forte last season. They gave up the third fewest passing yards and were average stopping the run. The defense does have a few things to address this offseason.

Sharrif Floyd had complications with his recovery from knee surgery, which could be career ending. That leaves the Vikings thin on the interior of the defensive line. Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffin both had good years at defensive end.

Anthony Barr did not play well last year, but should be able to bounce back to good form. Eric Kendricks had a solid second season, but they might need some depth behind those two. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes are both young corners who still need growth. Harrison Smith is one of the best safeties in the game, but needs a partner in crime at the safety position.

 

Picks and Needs

The Vikings have eight picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, but none in the first round.

First round: (0)

Second round: (1) No. 48

Third round: (2) No. 79, 86

Fourth round: (2) No. 121, 129

Fifth round: (1) No. 160

Sixth round: (1) No. 199

Seventh round: (1) No. 232

These needs are in no particular order.

Offensive Needs:

Offensive Line- There is a pressing need for offensive line help and signing veterans who aren’t great, will only go so far.

Running Back- Murray was signed, but they will need depth behind him to groom.
Defensive Needs:
Defensive Tackle- This may not have been a huge need before the Floyd news, but it is now.
Outside Linebacker- Another linebacker is needed to go with Kendricks and Barr.

Safety- They will likely just get depth at this position to start.

Targets and Thoughts

The picks here are who the Vikings could realistically get where they are drafting. There will be no trades.

Second Round

Pick #48: Dan Feeney, G, Indiana

Dan Feeney (Photo courtesy: Drafttek.com)

Feeney is a physical guard that can help get the Vikings ground game going. They could go with a tackle here too, but there may not be any worth taking at this spot.

Third Round:

Pick #79: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

With the Floyd injury, the Vikings need to get at least one defensive tackle in this class. Watkins is good at stopping the run, but was Clemson’s best interior pass rusher last season.

Pick #86: Semaj Perine, RB, Oklahoma

Perine is a power back that can be a nice compliment to Murray. He set the single game rushing record for division I college football during his time in Norman.

Conclusion

The Vikings have more needs than originally anticipated, but if they get the right players in this draft, they can find themselves back in the playoffs.

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Indianapolis Colts 2017 NFL Draft Profile

Day 14 of TGH’s Draftmas takes us to the Indianapolis Colts. What will the Colts do in the 2017 NFL Draft?

Summary

After posting another 8-8 season, frustrations in Indianapolis are beginning to boil. With a legitimate franchise quarterback in place, the Colts still couldn’t make the leap with Andrew Luck in 2016. Plagued by inconsistency, the Colts could never get things going in 2016, winning back to back games only once.

But fans have hope for 2017 with the firing of General Manager Ryan Grigson. He will be replaced by former Kansas City Director of Football Operations Chris Ballard. After seeing the success of the Chiefs, fans are hopeful Jim Irsay made the right hire. And Chris Ballard has certainly given Colts fans hope.

Ballard has signed 10 free agents since he became the GM of the Colts. That is the most in team history, and certainly shows he’s willing to do whatever necessary to return the Colts to contention. But with most of the signings being more about depth and less about immediate impact, Ballard will have to make some savvy moves come draft day.

Colts Picks and Needs

The Colts have seven picks in April’s draft. With the opportunity to find some solid players throughout the draft, Indianapolis will need to make good use of each of the following picks.

1st Round: 15th Overall

2nd Round: 46th Overall

3rd Round: 80th Overall

4th Round: 122th Overall

4th Round: 137th Overall

4th Round: 144th Overall

5th Round: 158th Overall

The Colts have a solid offense, finishing 10th in the NFL in yards per game in 2016. But the offensive line is one of the glaring weaknesses of the Colts offense. After the offensive line gave up 40 sacks in the first 13 games of the 2016 season, they could use an influx of talent. But after finishing 30th in the NFL in yards per game allowed, the defense definitely needs some attention in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here are the needs for both offense and defense.

Offense

Right Guard

Right Tackle

Running Back

Defense

Defensive End

Defensive Tackle

Inside Linebacker

 

Cornerback

Colts Targets and Thoughts

As with the previous Draftmas profiles, we will examine the first three rounds and there will be no trades.

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We will be seeing a lot of this from Derek Barnett in the NFL (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean).

First Round:

15th pick: Derek Barnett DE, Tennessee

After starting three years at Tennessee, Derek Barnett would be an excellent pick for the Colts at 14th overall. He would give Head Coach Chuck Pagano a legitimate pass rusher on the outside, one that could put his hand in the dirt and also play standing up. Pro Football Focus had Barnett pressuring the quarterback on 20% of his rushes in 2016, so he is a more than able pass rusher. Barnett was also a solid run stopper in his time at Tennessee, giving him an edge over other outside pass rushers. If Barnett lasts to the 14th pick, the Colts would be wise to grab him.

Second Round:

46th pick: Dan Feeney G, Indiana

While Dan Feeney isn’t the top rated guard in the 2017 draft class, he would be a good pick up for Chris Ballard. Feeney had an up and down 2016 at Indiana, missing some games due to injury. But when he has been on the field, Feeney has been a wall in pass protection. Over 1,239 pass block attempts in the past three seasons, Feeney has only allowed two sacks and four hits on Indiana quarterbacks. He has also logged some time at right tackle, giving him the ability to play at right tackle if need be. But with his innate pass blocking skills on the inside of the offensive line, Feeney could help put Andrew Luck’s mind at ease.

Third Round:

80th pick: Sidney Jones CB, Washington

After tearing his Achilles at Washington’s Pro Day, Sidney Jones has seen his draft stock plummet. Once a first round talent, many are predicting him outside the first three rounds. But if Chris Ballard and Chuck Pagano are willing to wait to let Jones heal, he could be a major steal in the third round. Jones didn’t allow a single touchdown in 2016, and Pro Football Focus gave him an impressive 86.1 coverage grade. He would be an excellent addition to a depleted secondary, and would play well across the field from Vontae Davis. The Colts could get a potential top flight corner back in the third round, but Ballard and Pagano will have to be comfortable with using an early round pick on a player who might not play in 2017.

Conclusion

The Colts have some major holes to fill on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. If they can land some solid players in the early rounds, don’t sleep on the Colts to make some noise in 2017. And with a franchise quarterback already in place, all the Colts need are the pieces to help carry Andrew Luck and the Colts back to the playoffs.

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Franchise Analysis – Los Angeles Chargers

In just over a calendar year, Los Angeles goes from having zero, to two NFL franchises. Both the Chargers and Rams had disappointing seasons for a variety of reasons, but are incredibly different. While they both will have rookie head coaches in 2017, the Chargers are in a much better position to rebound. With Anthony Lynn at the start of his head coaching career, and Phillip Rivers at the end of his playing career, what will the Los Angeles Chargers look like in 2017?

2016 Evaluation – Offense

Melvin Gordon put the critics to bed with his offensive output this year as the Chargers’ work horse back (Courtesy of; Chargers.com).

Entering the 2016 season, one could argue that Melvin Gordon was the biggest offensive question mark. At this point, you know what you get with Phillip Rivers. He’s going to take chances and sometimes they don’t always work out. But, when an organization spends a first round pick on a running back who failed to reach the end zone in his first season, that can raise some eyebrows. Thankfully, Melvin Gordon did not disappoint. Gordon was effective even though the Chargers finished as a bottom third rushing attack. Despite missing the final three games and only playing eight snaps in another, Gordon rushed for 997 yards averaging 3.9 yards per carry.

As most Chargers fans know, Gordon wasn’t able to be as much of a factor because of negative game flow. The offense often had to resort to throwing their way back into the game. As a whole, the Chargers finished 9th in points and 14th in yards according to Pro Football Reference. This offense had one fatal flaw, turnovers. Rivers led the NFL with 21 interceptions. The Chargers also lost 14 fumbles, tied for 2nd highest in the league. Meaning, this offense must become more efficient in 2017 if they want to compete. One way to become more efficient is to have better balance on offense, starting with the offensive line.

Like many teams, the Chargers suffered from multiple critical injuries; they must upgrade the offensive guard position. Using Pro Football Focus player rankings to compare players at the same position, the Chargers suffered from poor offensive guard play. D.J. Fluker and Orlando Franklin were ranked the 56th and 69th out of 75 eligible players at guard. Getting consistent, average play at this position will allow the Chargers to be more efficient and turn the ball over less.

When an offensive line is strong at the guard position, they can eliminate immediate pressure up the middle. This means that Melvin Gordon will be able go an extra third or half yard before being contacted by a defender. Aging quarterbacks also benefit more. Rivers is comfortable moving forward in the pocket and evading edge rushers. However, when the pressure forces Rivers outside the pocket, he becomes less efficient and more turnover prone. While I believe Rivers is an underrated athlete, he’s not capable of producing like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers outside the pocket.

2016 Evaluation – Defense

Despite their overall record of 5-11, the Chargers had one of the NFL’s underrated defenses. On the surface, that seems absurd. How can a defense be ranked 29th in points and 16th in yards be underrated? The Chargers finished tied for 4th in terms of creating turnovers with 28 on the season. The two defenses they tied with, were Arizona and Baltimore, two of the best defenses this season. What Arizona and Baltimore didn’t have to deal with was their offense being first in giveaways. Those put the defense in impossible positions. If the offense becomes marginally more protective of the football, the defense will improve.

Joey Bosa proved that he was well worth the wait after holding out to start the season (Courtesy of; Sporting News).

The Chargers have multiple players on defense that will no doubt allow them to improve next season. According to Pro Football Focus, the Chargers have the 5th and 6th best edge defenders in the NFL with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. While they play different positions, they often have similar responsibilities, thus, them being classified as edge defenders and not as a linebacker or lineman. These players, along with Brandon Mebane, make for a stout defensive front; however, it is not without flaw. Corey Liuget did not play well this year and has sadly been declining since 2014. Maybe he would play better in a limited role on defense, but the Chargers need to have a better every down on the interior.

 

In the back end, the Chargers have an emerging star in Casey Hayward. Hayward has been playing well for years, but ascended to another level this season by shadowing the opposition’s best receiver. When Hayward is playing at such a high level, Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers will be heavily targeted. Both players had to deal with injuries this season, which contributed to their decreased production. The Chargers need to make sure that they have adequate players that can produce in a relief role.

Divisional Analysis

If Anthony Lynn has learned anything in his coaching tenure, it’s that you have to build a team that can compete in their division. Thankfully, Lynn will have the 2nd most talented quarterback in the division entering 2017. The offense has to improve up front. What do the Broncos, Chiefs, and Raiders all have in common? They all have at least one great pass rusher. We already talked about the need at guard for the Chargers. They can also upgrade the tackle position if an appropriate free agent or prospect makes sense.

Currently, there isn’t a tackle or guard that warrants selection in the top ten. Jahleel Addae will become a free agent at seasons end, so they could look at drafting Malik Hooker, the play making safety out of Ohio State. However, they could still select Cam Robinson if he is universally rising up draft boards late in April. It’s likely that they will use second day picks to address the offensive guard position. That could mean selecting Dan Feeney out of Indiana or the versatile Taylor Moton from Western Michigan who could play guard and tackle.

I don’t think the Los Angeles Chargers need to spend multiple picks on offensive weapons for Rivers. Both Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, and Hunter Henry proved they can produce in this offense. With Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon returning from injuries, this team can be explosive in 2017. If this team can upgrade their offensive line and add depth on defense, they will be poised to rise up in the AFC West.

Post Season Prospects

The Los Angeles Chargers have some work to if they want to make a playoff push in 2017. There are key offensive and defensive metrics that can help predict postseason success. Here are the categories and where the Chargers stack up compared to the rest of the league.

As I’ve said in my previous evaluations, you don’t have to be elite in every statistic. But, a team can’t have a glaring hole and hope to compete in the playoffs. Every divisional winner this season was top 15 in two or more categories on each side of the ball. We already know the Chargers need to be better up front. Upgrade those positions and they will give up less sacks and allow them to have more prolonged drives. Thus, improving their time of possession as well.

The future of the Chargers defense is not as bleak as their overall rankings may suggests. I’ve talked at length in this series about how the points allowed statistic can be misleading. Yards allowed, 3rd down defense, and turnovers are all stats that the defense alone can control. In two of those areas, they are just outside the top 15 and top five in the third. If the offense can be more efficient, the defense will benefit tremendously.

2017 Predictions

Despite my positive outlook for the Chargers next season, I don’t think their record will improve much. First time head coaches rarely have immediate success. Not to mention, the transition to becoming the Los Angeles Chargers. While their weekly schedule isn’t set, their opponents are. Having to face the AFC and NFC East divisions does not bode well. Thankfully, the Chargers get the Brown and the Jaguars as their other non divisional games. I think the Chargers will finish 7-9 next season and last in the AFC West.

 

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NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl

Indiana and Utah match-up in the Foster Farms Bowl, where a lot of NFL prospects will be facing off. There will particularly be a lot of lineman to watch in this game. Here are the best draft prospects from this game:

Indiana Hoosiers 

Dan Feeney, OG

Projected Draft Range: first round-third round

Foster Farms Bowl

Dan Feeney (Photo courtesy: chicagotribune.com)

Feeney was one of the best guards in the class before the season and has done nothing to change that. At six feet four inches, he has the necessary size to be a good NFL guard for years to come. He has all of the necessary skills you would want in a guard. He can both run block and pass block really well. His mobility is also great as he can pull on running plays and move to pick up blitzers too.

Utah Utes

Garrett Bolles, OT

Projected Draft Range: first round-third round

Bolles will be one of the first tackles taken off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft. His physicality has helped Joe Williams successfully un-retire and rush for over 1,000 yards. He has to prove that he can pass block well to move up into the first round. If he plays well in this bowl game and performs well leading up to the NFL Draft, he can leap up draft boards.

Marcus Williams, S

Projected Draft Range: first round- third round

Foster Farms Bowl

Marcus Williams (Photo courtesy: sltrib.com)

At six feet tall and 190 pounds, Williams will need to bulk up before the NFL season. He has the necessary cover skills to even play some corner back if a team chooses to use him that way. He is a turnover machine for the Utes with four interceptions and two forced fumbles. In the 2017 NFL draft, Williams will be one of the first five safeties taken and the team who takes him will be satisfied.

Lowell Lotulelei, DT

The younger brother of Star, Lotulelei isn’t quite the prospect his brother was. Lowell isn’t a slouch though. He is six feet two inches tall and 310 pounds. Double teams aren’t always enough to stop him from getting to the ball carrier. He has an impressive seven tackles for loss on the season. One area he can improve is his pass rushing, with only 3.5 sacks recorded on the season.

 

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2017 NFL Mock Draft August 22

The order of this mock draft is determined by loosely predicting how the teams will finish this season.

Desahun Watson is not only a threat to win the Heisman Trophy, but also could be the number one pick in the draft. (Photo courtesy: foxsports.com)

  1. San Francisco 49ers- Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

If the 49ers have a bad enough year to land the number one pick, they are going to need a new quarterback to run Chip Kelly’s offense, if he is still the coach. It is a weak class for quarterbacks, but they always are picked above value in the NFL Draft. Watson fits what Chip Kelly wants perfectly: He is mobile and accurate. With over 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards last season, Watson should be able to have an impact at the NFL level. Watson isn’t the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback and had a bad passing game during a deluge in a win against Notre Dame last season, so he needs to prove that his stature and hand size are capable of being the number one pick. He also needs to show more consistency on deeper throws, but will have a whole season to clear that up.

2. Cleveland Browns- Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The Browns may also be in the market for a quarterback, but haven’t had much luck drafting them in the first round. They have multiple first round picks, they acquired one from the Eagles, so they can afford to take the best player available. Fournette is a physical freak who is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. He is fast, strong and has good vision. LSU’s offense doesn’t allow him to have too much time playing in a passing attack, but he needs to work on his pass catching and pass protection to be more well-rounded.

3. Tennessee Titans- Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

The Titans have a couple of good players on offense now, but still need to improve their defense. Myles Garrett is the best defensive player on the board. He may not fit the Titans 3-4 scheme, but will be able to adapt to it. Garrett should continue to break records for sacks this season and be the premier pass rusher in college football. He needs to continue to progress in his run defense, but should still be picked high without too many improvements in that facet of his game.

4. Detroit Lions- Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Robinson can help a terrible offensive line in Detroit. The Lions did draft Eric Decker in last year’s draft, but that isn’t enough to fix that line. Robinson has the size and technique to be the top tackle selected and will have games against Garrett and Tennessee star defensive end, Derek Barnett to prove it.

5. Atlanta Falcons- Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Atlanta desperately needs better linebacker play, but could also use pass rushing help. Barnett has over 20 sacks in his first two years of college football. He is a bitter shorter and slimmer than Myles Garrett, but produces almost as much.

6. Cleveland Browns- Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

Missouri has a good recent history of producing good players from their front seven. Harris was second team All-SEC last season, which is no small feat considering the top of this draft. The Browns continue to take the best player available here and get a player that fits their defense.

Dalvin Cook was injured last season and still played well. (Photo courtesy: tbo.com)

7. Miami Dolphins- Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

There is no doubt that it is the year of the running back. Dalvin Cook had a nagging hamstring injury last season, and still rushed for 1,691 yards. He reminds a lot of NFL minds of Reggie Bush because of his speed and elusiveness. The Dolphins have Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi, but Foster won’t be able to play much longer and Ajayi is unproven.

8. Chicago Bears- Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

With another bad year for Jay Cutler, it may be time to move on. Kaaya has a lot of  the tools teams want in a franchise quarterback, but needs to continue to increase his efficiency. He completed 61% of his passes last season and NFL teams will look for him to show more accuracy.

9. San Diego Chargers- Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

Johnson has good size and talent for a cornerstone offensive tackle. The Chargers desperately need offensive line help if they plan on Phillip Rivers being able to play for much longer.

10. New Orleans Saints- Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

Tabor was just suspended for Florida’s first game for a violation of team rules. His former teammate, Vernon Hargreaves, got drafted eleventh overall, but some people think Tabor is better. New Orleans needs help everywhere defensively and get a player that can contribute immediately.

11. Tennessee Titans- Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

The Titans just traded away Dorial Green-Beckham, and they were already not great at the receiver position. Marcus Mariota needs someone else to throw to besides Delanie Walker, and Smith-Schuster is the best in the class. He is a polished receiver in every facet of the game and can help stretch the field for the Titans.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Tampa Bay needs to get better defensively to have a shot at winning the NFC South. They have decent safeties, but they can be upgraded. Adams is a play-maker who does a little bit of everything for the Tigers and could make plays for years.

Adoree’ Jackson is one of the best athletes in the class. (Photo courtesy: bleacherreport.com)

13. New York Jets- Adoree’ Jackson, CB/WR, USC

Jackson is one of the best athletes in the class (he plays both ways and almost qualified for the Olympics in track in field), and quarterbacks are afraid to throw his way. His interception stats should go up considering the USC secondary is improved. The Jets could get a steal here and improve an average secondary.

14. New York Giants- Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

If Cook isn’t the next Reggie Bush, McCaffrey most certainly fits the name. He is elusive, quick, fast and is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. The Giants starting running back is Rashad Jennings, so an upgrade is needed.

15. Jacksonville Jaguars- Desmond King, CB, Iowa

The Jags picked Jalen Ramsey this year, but with the offense rolling, the defense still needs improvements. Jacksonville may move Ramsey to safety to make this work, but it would be well worth it. King had eight interceptions last season and was a huge part in the Hawkeyes having an undefeated regular season.

16. Denver Broncos- Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

Denver’s defense is amazing, but they do have some holes. Demarcus Ware is aging and a rookie, Adam Gotsis, is starting at defensive tackle. Allen is versatile and productive and would help the Broncos’ defensive line be even better.

17. Washington Redskins- Malik McDowell, DT/NT, Michigan State

McDowell would be a perfect fit for the Redskins’ 3-4 defense. He does a good job of taking up multiple blockers, which will free-up others to get to the ball-carrier and quarterback.

Jabril Peppers is making the move to linebacker, after having been successful at defensive back. (Photo courtesy: maiseandbrew.com)

18. Buffalo Bills- Jabril Peppers, LB/S, Michigan

Peppers is a dynamic play-maker on defense. He is transitioning to linebacker, but will most likely be a defensive back in the NFL. With a player this good on the board, Rex Ryan won’t be able to pass him up.

19. Baltimore Ravens- Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

The Ravens have one of the worst secondaries in football. Their corners are the main problem and Lewis, an All-American, would be an instant improvement.

20. Oakland Raiders- O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Nick Saban says that he thinks Howard can be the top tight end taken and a top 20 pick. Who am I to argue with Saban? Howard could block better, but is a good, athletic receiver. Alabama doesn’t always use him, which hurts his production, but it’s not because of his ability to get open. The Raiders can improve their young team by giving Derek Carr another great target.

21. Houston Texans- Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

Houston does have some holes on their defense and they start at the linebacker position. Brian Cushing is a shell of his former self, and they need to find more depth. Davis is the best linebacker on what should be a top ten defense this season.

22. Indianapolis Colts- Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

Walker is the best linebacker in Northwestern, surpassing his head coach Pat Fitzgerald for that spot. The Colts need all the defensive players they can get and Walker can be a serviceable linebacker for a long time.

23. Kansas City Chiefs- Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU

The Chiefs have issues on the interior of their offensive line and Pocic can help at center or guard for them.

Tre’Davious White has been a fixture in the LSU secondary for three years already and will be highly sought-after by NFL teams.

24. Dallas Cowboys- Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Dallas has had the same issues for the past several years. They need defensive line depth and help in the secondary. White can be another key piece to help them shut down the pass.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers- Mike McGlinchey, OT, ND

McGlinchey is taking over at left tackle for the Irish this season, and has Ronnie Stanley’s big shoes to fill. He has to cut down on how many penalties he picks up, but otherwise is fundamentally sound. The Steelers still have holes on their offensive line and need to protect Ben Roethlisberger as he ages.

26. Minnesota Vikings- Connor Mcdermot, OT, UCLA

Mike Zimmer has the young Vikings’ defense playing really well, but their tackles did not play well last year. If they want to protect Teddy Bridgewater and possibly extend Adrian Peterson’s career, they will take a tackle here.

27. Cincinnati Bengals- Pat Elflein, C/G, Ohio State

Russell Bodine hasn’t been playing well at center for the Bengals and taking Elflein can help their only weakness on the offensive line.

28. Arizona Cardinals- Jalen Reeves-Martin, LB, Tennessee

Kevin Minter did not have a great season for the Cardinals last season. If he doesn’t rebound, an upgrade will be needed. Reeves-Martin was All-SEC second team last season and could be a key to a successful season for the Volunteers this season.

29. New England Patriots- Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

The Patriots need pass rushers desperately. Lawson has battled injury, but when healthy he has been a force for Auburn.

30. Seattle Seahawks- Dan Feeney, G, Indiana

Seattle’s offensive line issues have been well documented. Feeney is the best pure guard in the class and could be a ten year starter in the NFL.

Mike Williams missed last season, but looks healthy now. (Photo courtesy: tigernet.com)

31. Green Bay Packers- Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Last year the Packers’ leading receiver was James Jones. If they take Mike Williams, they can put him and Jordy Nelson on the outside and move Randall Cobb to the slot.

32. Carolina Panthers- Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

The Panthers don’t have too many good corners after letting Josh Norman walk this offseason. If they can’t find another diamond in the rough they should get some help at the position here.

 

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