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2018 SEC Preview

East

  1. Georgia
  2. South Carolina
  3. Florida
  4. Missouri
  5. Tennessee
  6. Kentucky
  7. Vanderbilt

West

  1. Alabama
  2. Mississippi State
  3. Auburn
  4. LSU
  5. Ole Miss
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Arkansas

SEC Championship: Alabama over Georgia

SEC East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

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Projected Record: 12-1 (8-0 SEC)

Georgia comes off a great season and heartbreaking loss in the National Championship. Getting back to the playoffs will not come easy as they must replace 8 starters on the defensive side of the ball. The roster is talented with Georgia having three out of the last four years a top five recruiting class.

On offense talented WRs Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman, and Riley Ridley should give SEC defenses trouble along with shifty RB De’Andre Swift. It’ll be interesting whether QB Jake Fromm can hold off freshman phenom Justin Fields for the starting job. There will be new starters across the defense, but Georgia still has reliable players like CB Deandre Baker, Safety J.R. Reid and DE Jonathan Ledbetter. The schedule will not be easy with matchups against Auburn and LSU from the West. If Kirby Smart can find a way to replace the lost defensive starters Georgia should not only be in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, but the College Football Playoffs as well.

2. South Carolina Gamecocks

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Projected Record: 9-3 (6-2 SEC)

There is some buzz growing for the Gamecocks to be sleepers in the East. Now, I do not believe they will be able to take down Georgia, but they do have enough talent on their roster to have a nice season. South Carolina has one of the best duos at wide receiver with Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards. Whether Jake Bentley continues to improve will be the difference in the Gamecocks being contenders or pretenders. The 126 yard performance against Clemson last year will not be near good enough if South Carolina has top ten dreams.

The defense is solid in the front 7 with star linebacker T.J. Brunson. Where the Gamecocks need to improve is in the secondary. Games against Georgia and Clemson will test the secondary and show if they can compete on the national stage. The Cocks also avoid Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, and LSU in SEC play.

3. Florida Gators

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Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

I know they had a terrible 4-8 year and still haven’t found a quarterback. But there are too many playmakers on this Florida Gators roster to stay down for long. Coming off a tragic year that was plagued by suspensions and injuries, Dan Mullen will look to turn things around.

The Gators return the entire offensive line and have talented wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson. However, the offense will only go as far as Feleipe Franks takes them.

The defense is talented across the board highlighted by Cece Jefferson rushing the passer, David Reese at MLB and Chauncey Gardner playing a playmaker role at Nickelback. They have a tough non-conference game with Florida State and play LSU and Mississippi State from the SEC West. The talented roster should be good enough to have a solid year in the East.

4. Missouri Tigers

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Projected Record: 8-4 (4-4 SEC)

Missouri had one of the worst starts to the college football season starting 1-5, but they finished the season 6-2. The Tigers have one of the most talented quarterbacks with Drew Lock along with 9 returning starters to an offense that was 8th in the nation.

The defense will need to improve, but they have the talent on the defensive line with Terry Beckner Jr. and Texas transfer Jordan Elliott. They return all of their starting linebackers including leading tackler Cole Garrett.

Part of Missouri’s schedule is absolutely brutal. They play Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama in back-to-back-to-back weeks. But if Missouri takes care of business with their winnable games in the SEC East, they should enjoy a nice season.

5. Tennessee Volunteers

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Projected Record: 5-7 (2-6 SEC)

Tennessee welcomes new head coach Jeremy Pruitt after a whirlwind of a search. It will be anything but easy for Tennessee to bounce back from a 4-8 season with no conference wins. It starts with the quarterback position which will come down to Stanford transfer Keller Chryst or Jarrett Guarantano. Trey Smith is one of the best offensive lineman in the SEC and Alabama transfer Brandon Kennedy should help.

The defense has talent and should make an improvement with Coach Pruitt. However, the schedule is absolutely brutal. They start out against West Virginia and then have a five game stretch of Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and South Carolina. With the difficult schedule it will be tough for Tennessee to make a bowl game.

6. Kentucky Wildcats

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Projected Record: 5-7 (1-7 SEC)

The big question for Kentucky will be at QB between Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak, neither have thrown a pass in a FBS game. Kentucky will instead rely on one of the best running backs in the SEC in Benny Snell and an offensive line that returns four starters.

Josh Allen leads a defense with a lot of returning starters especially in the secondary. The schedule isn’t too tough, but with the unsettled quarterback situation it is tough to see Kentucky competing for a SEC East championship.

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

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Projected Record: 3-9 (0-8 SEC)

There was once upon a time that Vanderbilt wanted Alabama. The season was all downhill after that with the Commodores winning just one game. Kyle Shurmur is back and will lead the offense for his senior year. The offensive line also returns all of their starters from last season.

The defense was the strength early, but fell off in SEC play. There are only 4 returning starters on this defense, but CB Joejuan Williams and OLB Charles Wright are talented. It will be tough for Derek Mason to make a bowl game with the SEC schedule and facing Notre Dame.

SEC West

1. Alabama Crimson TideAlabama logo

Projected Record: 13-0 (8-0 SEC)

The defending National Champions shouldn’t fall off. The national media is making it out like there is a quarterback controversy. There is none… Tua is the starter. The offense is loaded at Running Back with Damien Harris and Najee Harris. The receivers are young and talented. To cap it off four out of the five offensive lineman are back. Expect Alabama to average 40 points per game.

The defense should stay elite with the front seven. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs lead up front. Inside linebackers Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses also make a dynamic duo.

The secondary remains the one unknown. Deionte Thompson is a dynamic safety, but there are young, unproven corners that will have to step up. The schedule sets up well with Louisville the only Power 5 test for nonconference play. A trip to LSU for a Saturday night game could be tricky as well.

2. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Projected Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)

Just because Dan Mullen is gone doesn’t mean this team isn’t talented. Nick Fitzgerald leads an experienced offense that includes 1000-yard rusher Aeris Williams and four of the five offensive line starters.

The defensive line is the strength of a defense, led by sack leader Montez Sweat and former five star Jeffrey Simmons. The defense was ranked 10th in the nation last year and should be good again. The schedule sets up nicely with SEC East matchups against Kentucky and Florida, as well as a home game against Auburn. Look for Mississippi State to compete in the West and possibly finish as a top ten team.

3. Auburn TigersAuburn Tigers Logo

Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

The Tigers should be back challenging for the SEC even after blowing it in the bowl game against UCF. Jarrett Stidham is one of the most talented passers in college football and has his favorite target back with WR Ryan Davis. However, the offense will have to overcome losing RB Kerryon Johnson and an inexperienced offensive line.

The defensive line is solid with Marlon Davidson, Derrick Brown and Dotavius Russell. However, the secondary has some concerns. The schedule is tough with games against Washington, Alabama, Mississippi State and Georgia.

4. LSU TigersLSU Tigers

Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

LSU has the same story every year, will the offense be at least decent? The quarterback competition is between Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan after LSU has had two transfers. Jonathan Giles is a talented WR transfer from Texas Tech that should help the new signal caller out.

The defense is LSU’s strength again with defensive lineman Breidan Fehoko (Texas Tech transfer), Ed Alexander and Rashard Lawrence. LSU’s tackle leader, Devin White, is back again along with one of the best corners in college football, Greedy Williams. LSU has a tough season opener in Arlington, TX against Miami.

5. Ole Miss RebelsOle Miss logo

Projected Record: 7-5 (3-5 SEC)

Everyone counts out Ole Miss because of all the turnover and mess left over from the Hugh Freeze scandal. Ole Miss’s roster still has a lot of talent on it especially on the offensive side of the ball. Jordan Ta’amu is a talented QB who played just as good and maybe even better than Shea Patterson. Ole Miss also has one of the best receiving units in the country with DK Metcalf, AJ Brown, and Demarkus Lodge.

The defense will be the weakness coming off a season where they were ranked 124th against the run. Ole Miss starts off with a game against Texas Tech, but the SEC schedule isn’t too bad with their SEC East opponents being Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

6. Texas A&M AggiesTexas A&M Logo

Projected Record: 6-6 (3-5 SEC)

The Jimbo Fisher era has started at Texas A&M. The first major decision he will need to make is whether Nick Starkel or Kellen Mond is the starter. Outside of the quarterback position they have talented young wide receivers led by Jhamon Ausbon. Running back they return 800-yard rusher Trayveon Williams.

The defense has a few bright spots with linebacker Otaro Alaka and defensive lineman Kingsley Keke. They will need to improve especially after allowing 55 points to Wake Forest in their bowl game. Texas A&M has a tough home game against Clemson and along with questions along the offensive line and defense, it could be a tough first year for Jimbo Fisher.

7. Arkansas Razorbacks

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Projected Record: 6-6 (2-6 SEC)

The Razorbacks are coming off a tough 4-8 season and new coach Chad Morris is in charge now. Last season Arkansas finished 94th offensively and 102nd in defensively in the nation. The offense does return a veteran offensive line and a good running back with Devwah Whaley. Cole Kelley should be the new starting quarterback.

On defense there is talent to work with linebackers De’Jon Harris and Dre Greenlaw. The new defensive coordinator John Chavis is one of the best in the business so a turnaround could happen. The schedule sets up decently for Arkansas with no tough non-conference games and SEC East opponents Missouri and Vanderbilt. A bowl game would be the step in the right direction.

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NFL Round 2 Mock Draft

Round 2
Pick Team Name Position School Height Weight
33 Browns Harold Landry DE Boston College 6’2″ 252
34 Giants Connor Williams OT Texas 6’5″ 296
35 Browns Ronald Jones RB USC 5’11” 205
36 Saints Derris Guice RB LSU 5’11” 224
37 Saints Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia 6’5″ 250
38 Bucs Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’0″ 196
39 Bears Will Hernandez OG UTEP 6’3″ 327
40 Broncos Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’0″ 201
41 Raiders Donte Jackson CB LSU 5’11” 178
42 Dolphins Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays St. 6’4″ 315
43 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St. 6’5″ 235
44 Redskins Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’2″ 207
45 Packers Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6’3″ 218
46 Bengals Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
47 Cardinals Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6’1″ 206
48 Chargers Chukwuma Okorafor OT  Western Michigan 6’6″ 320
49 Saints D.J. Chark WR LSU 6’3″ 199
50 Cowboys James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
51 Lions Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St. 6’5″ 260
52 Eagles Jessie Bates S Wake Forest 6’1″ 200
53 Bucs Justin Reid S Stanford 6’1″ 207
54 Chiefs Anthony Averett CB Alabama 5’11” 183
55 Panthers Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6’5″ 256
56 Bucs James Daniels C Iowa 6’3″ 306
57 Titans Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5’10” 201
58 Falcons Austin Corbett OG Nevada 6’4″ 306
59 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5’11” 201
60 Bears Mike Gesicki TE Penn St. 6’6″ 247
61 Bucs Dante Pettis WR Washington 6’1″ 186
62 Vikings Fred Warner OLB BYU 6’4″ 235
63 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St. 6’5″ 270
64 Browns Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6’5″ 309

 

Final NFL Mock Draft 2018

Round 1
PICK TEAM NAME POSITION SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 Browns Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6’0″ 216
 With the recent news, it looks like Baker is on his way to the Browns. Browns get their future quarterback to build around, but leave the best QB in the draft on the board. At least they didn’t make the mistake of taking Josh Allen. With 4 picks in the top 35, Cleveland could be on the brink of turning the corner.
2 Giants Saquon Barkley RB Penn St. 6’0″ 233
 The Giants get another weapon to use on offense. Barkley is a blue chip player who the offense will be built around for years to come. Eli Manning is 37 years old and there is no long term replacement so Sam Darnold could be an option. But I think the Giants want another playmaker and end up going with Barkley.
3 Jets Sam Darnold QB USC 6’3″ 221
Jets traded up in order to secure a top notch quarterback. I’m sure they were not anticipating Darnold being here, but they somehow end up with the best quarterback in the draft. Someone could hop the Jets with a trade for the second pick with the Giants in order to secure Darnold. In that scenario, I believe they would select Rosen and still be happy.
4 Browns Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6’4″ 269
 They locked up their franchise with the first pick and acquire a blue chip player Bradley Chubb. The combination of Chubb and Garrett at defensive end should be a nightmare to opposing offensive lines.
5 Broncos Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6’5″ 238
 I believe that in this scenario Denver would probably trade back, most likely with Buffalo. However, I believe that quarterback could still be in play. Josh Allen has a lot of the qualities John Elway looks for in a quarterback and could be the call here.
6 Saints Roquan Smith ILB Georgia 6’1″ 236
 Colts have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Roquan Smith is a talented player that could be a cornerstone to the Colts defense. He’s a three down player who could be an instant impact player on this defense.
7 Bucs Denzel Ward CB Ohio St. 5’11” 183
 Brent Grimes is 34 and Hargreaves is a better nickel cornerback. Denzel Ward is by far the most talented corner in this years draft and could go as high as 4. Ward gives Tampa Bay some depth and talent at corner.
8 Bears Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6’5″ 325
 The Bears moved on from Josh Sitton at guard, and Nelson would be an immediate starter on the line. Having Nelson fall this far would be a tremendous win for the Bears as a great match between talent and need.
9 Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6’0″ 204
The 49ers have one of the best players in the draft fall to them thanks to the amount of quarterbacks taken. John Lynch loves big school talent and I believe will pick Fitzpatrick with this pick. 49ers are in a shaky position at linebacker with Reuben Foster so Tremaine Edmunds could be an option here.
10 Raiders Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 6’5″ 253
 The Raiders need an upgrade at weakside linebacker. Edmunds is only 19 years old and extremely athletic. The addition of Edmunds improves this defense right away.
11 Dolphins Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6’4″ 226
 A great scenario where a good quarterback falls right in the Dolphins lap. The Dolphins are in a prime position to add a quarterback of the future either by moving up or hoping one falls. In this instance, Rosen is the Dolphins answer at quarterback.
12 Bills Leighton Vander Esch OLB Boise St. 6’4″ 256
Vänder Esch is a late riser in this draft and is a perfect fit with the Bills. The Bills need an upgrade at the outside linebacker position. Vander Esch is an athletic, tackling machine that could be an impact player at the next level
13 Redskins Vita Vea DT Washington 6’4″ 347
 The Redskins went defensive line last year with Jonathan Allen, but it still remains a need. Vea is one of my favorite players in the draft as a strong, athletic freak that man handles offensive lineman. The addition of Vea turns the Redskins defensive line from a weakness to a strength.
14 Packers Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’0″ 196
Green Bay’s secondary is by far the biggest need. While Calvin Ridley does look like an attractive option to pair with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Jimmy Graham, improving the defense is the biggest concern. Joshua Jackson was a ballhawk at Iowa and could step into this secondary right away. Moving up for Minkah Fitzpatrick could also be a viable option.
15 Cardinals Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6’1″ 189
 The Cardinals will be looking for a quarterback at some point in the draft to replace retired Carson Palmer, but receiver also remains a need. With the number 1 receiver still on the board the Cardinals take a chance at trying to find Larry Fitzgerald’s future replacement.
16 Ravens Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6’6″ 259
Terrell Suggs is not getting any younger. Davenport is a little bit of a project on the edge, but is exactly what you look for as a 3-4 edge rusher with his length. I believe Ozzie Newsome takes a chance at a potential great pass rusher with this pick.
17 Chargers Derwin James S Florida St. 6’2″ 215
 A dream scenario for the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers corner position is highly talented, but the safety position needs a major overhaul. Derwin James is a highly talented safety. If James isn’t there, an offensive lineman is probably the most likely option.
18 Seahawks Connor Williams OT Texas 6’5″ 296
The Seahawks offensive line needs an overhaul. Williams played left tackle at Texas, but could possibly be kicked inside to guard. A versatile offensive lineman is exactly what Seattle needs.
19 Cowboys Da’ron Payne DT Alabama  6’3″ 311
Dallas lacks depth on the interior defensive line. Payne has star potential, but will need to improve his consistency. A wide receiver is a possibility, but there doesn’t seem to be a receiver worth the 19th pick in this draft.
20 Lions Taven Bryan DT Florida 6’5″ 291
The Lions hit on the draft two years ago with A’Shawn Robinson at defensive tackle. They could try that again with Bryan. Bryan has a high upside and is more of a pass rusher. He is a boom or bust prospect that could booster this Lions defensive line.
21 Bengals Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 6’2″ 232
Vontaze Burfict is suspended for four games and the Bengals need to revamp their linebacking core. Evans is a versatile linebacker who shouldn’t drop below here. Evans and Bengals would be a great match.
22 Bills  Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6’2″ 216
 Yes he is a QB. Given the chance, Lamar could be a very successful NFL starter. He has a lot of zip in his passes, but will need to improve his intermediate accuracy. Lamar is going to be a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators when he gets a shot to start.
23 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6’8″ 309
 The Patriots have a major need at left tackle after Nate Solder left. Mike McGlinchey is one of the top tackles in a weak class and could be a potential starting left tackle on this team.
24 Panthers Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5’10” 196
 The Panthers need some star power at the cornerback position opposite of James Bradberry. Jaire is one of the best corners in the draft and also adds return ability for the Panthers.
25 Titans Harold Landry OLB Boston College 6’2″ 252
The Titans need pass rushers on the defense. Having Landry fall all the way to 25 would be a perfect scenario for a defense that needs to improve.
26 Falcons Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6’1″ 292
 The Falcons lost Dontari Poe to the Carolina Panthers. Therefore defensive tackle is one of the Falcons biggest needs. Maurice Hurst is an incredibly quick 3 technique that could compete for time early. The Falcons will hope he can have the same kind of success as Grady Jarrett.
27 Saints Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina 6’5″ 250
 The Saints lost out on getting Jimmy Graham back and Coby Fleener has not lived up to his free agent contract. Hayden Hurst is an athletic and versatile tight end that could fit the Saints need.
28 Steelers Mike Hughes CB UCF 5’10” 189
 The secondary for the Steelers is the weakness of the team. Mike Hughes would help out this unit along with possibly the return game as well.
29 Bucs Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia 6’3″ 308
 The Jags defense is very good. The offense is the thing holding the team back. Wynn gives the Jaguars a plug and play guard that will help bolster the offensive line.
30 Vikings James Daniels C Iowa 6’3″ 306
 The Vikings got a steal last year in Ohio State Center Pat Elflein. Adding James Daniels could push the Vikings interior line to the next level. Elflein or Daniels could be moved to guard.
31 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’0″ 201
 As seen in the Super Bowl, the secondary needs some help. Isaiah Oliver is a highly athletic corner with good ball skills. With Malcolm Butler moving on to the Titans, Isaiah Oliver could start opposite of Stephon Gilmore.
32 Eagles Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’2″ 207
Round 2
Pick Team Name Position School Height Weight
33 Browns Ronald Jones RB USC 5’11” 205
34 Giants Will Hernandez OG UTEP 6’3″ 327
35 Browns Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6’9″ 309
36 Saints Derris Guice RB LSU 5’11” 224
37 Saints D.J. Moore WR Maryland 6’0″ 210
38 Bucs Sony Michel RB Georgia 5’11” 214
39 Bears Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia 6’5″ 250
40 Broncos Frank Ragnow C Arkansas 6’5″ 307
41 Raiders Donte Jackson CB LSU 5’11” 178
42 Dolphins Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays St. 6’4″ 315
43 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St. 6’5″ 235
44 Redskins Billy Price C Ohio St. 6’4″ 305
45 Packers Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6’3″ 218
46 Bengals Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
47 Cardinals Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6’1″ 206
48 Chargers Chukwuma Okorafor OT  Western Michigan 6’6″ 320
49 Saints Arden Key DE LSU 6’5″ 238
50 Cowboys James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
51 Lions Austin Corbett DG Nevada 6’4″ 306
52 Ravens Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6’5″ 256
53 Bills D.J. Chark WR LSU 6’3″ 199
54 Chiefs Anthony Averett CB Alabama 5’11” 183
55 Panthers Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St. 6’5″ 260
56 Bills Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6’5″ 309
57 Titans Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5’10” 201
58 Falcons Jessie Bates S Wake Forest 6’1″ 200
59 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5’11” 201
60 Bears Mike Gesicki TE Penn St. 6’6″ 247
61 Bucs Dante Pettis WR Washington 6’1″ 186
62 Vikings Fred Warner OLB BYU 6’4″ 235
63 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St. 6’5″ 270
64 Browns Justin Reid S Stanford 6’1″ 207

 

NFL Draft Fever’s Top 200 Players

Top 40

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I believe Chubb, Nelson, Barkley, Darnold and Fitzpatrick are the tier 1 talent of this draft. Chubb has that combination of having a great motor, but also the athleticism to give offensive tackles a lot of trouble. Nelson is the one player who really does not have many weaknesses. Saquon has rare athleticism as a running back, but will need to improve his vision in the NFL. Fitzpatrick is a do everything defensive back who will thrive with his versatility.

After that I believe Rashann Evans could be the steal of the draft. He can play inside or outside linebacker and does have edge rushing talent. Denzel Ward is by far the most talented corner in this draft with great man coverage skills. Leighton Vander Esch (LVE) gets a lot of hate for being a linebacker from Boise State, but he is a player. He is athletic and is always around the ball. He will need to improve getting off blocks to be a successful NFL player.

The bottom half of the first round has a ton of talented interior offensive lineman including James Daniels, Will Hernandez, Isaiah Wynn, and Billy Price. One guy that will most likely go first round that I am not the biggest fan of is Courtland Sutton. He is a big height-weight-speed guy, but does not always play to his size and does not get the best seperation. He could develop into a good NFL wide receiver, but he will have to improve on his route running in order to get separation at the next level.

Finally, one of my favorite second round guys is Nathan Shepherd from Fort Hays State. He may have played DII football, but he constantly was causing problems even when double and even triple teamed. Shepherd has the size and athleticism to translate into a very good NFL defensive lineman.

Best of the Rest

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NFL Mock Draft 2018

Round 1
PICK TEAM NAME POSITION SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 Browns Sam Darnold QB USC 6’4″ 225
 Browns get their future quarterback to build around and the best QB in the draft.
2 Giants Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6’4″ 220
 Eli Manning is 37 years old and there is no long term replacement. Rosen fills that role.
3 Saints Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina St. 6’3″ 275
 Colts need a major talent upgrade to their roster. They get one of the top players in the draft and fill a defensive line need.
4 Browns Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6’1″ 201
 Minkah would be a major upgrade for the Browns and would add versatility to the secondary.
5 Broncos Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6’0″ 216
 Denver coached him at the Senior Bowl. John Elway takes a chance that Baker can translate that college success into nfl success
6 Jets Saquon Barkley RB Penn St. 5’11” 223
 Barkley slides a little due to the running back depth in the draft. Jets add an instant impact player for the offense.
7 Bucs Denzel Ward CB Ohio St. 5’10” 191
 Brent Grimes is 34 and a pending free agent and hargreaves is a better nickel cornerback. Ward gives Tampa Bay some depth and talent at corner.
8 Bears Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6’5″ 325
 The Bears moved on from Josh Sitton at guard, Nelson would be an immediate starter on the line. this is a great match between talent and need.
9 Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 6’5″ 250
49ers are in a shaky position at linebacker with the arrest of Reuben Foster and both the outside linebacker positions needing upgrades. Tremaine Edmunds is an athletic freak and one of the best tacklers in the draft.
10 Raiders Roquan Smith ILB Georgia 6’0″ 225
 The Raiders need an upgrade at weakside linebacker. Roquan Smith is a three down linebacker that will fit this need. if Navorro Bowman leaves that will increase the need.
11 Dolphins Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 6’2″ 234
 Evans is a do it all linebacker who can rush the passer on the edge or play the inside. This will add to the Dolphins linebacking unit that they’ve been trying to upgrade for years.
12 Bengals Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6’8″ 355
 Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher have been disappointing at tackle. Orlando Brown gives the bengals a potential franchise tackle for their offensive line.
13 Redskins Derwin James S Florida St. 6’3″ 211
 The Redskins need an upgrade at safety. Derwin james has star potential and would be a nice fit in Washington.
14 Packers Vita Vea DT Washington 6’5″ 344
New defensive coordinator likes a 3-4 nose tackle. Vita Vea is an absolute terror on the defensive line and would be a great fit for a Packers line that lacks depth.
15 Cardinals Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6’5″ 233
 With the retirement of Carson Palmer, the cardinals are without a longterm option at QB. Allen could be that QB that the Cardinals take a chance on.
16 Ravens Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6’1″ 190
Ozzie Newsome loves himself some Alabama players.  Jeremy Maclin is getting older and Mike Wallace could be gone in free agency. Ridley would be the ideal Mike Wallace replacement.
17 Chargers Connor Williams OT Texas 6’6″ 320
 The Chargers offensive line is aging. Connor Williams is a nice option as a future left tackle or kick him inside to guard.
18 Seahawks Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6’1″ 192
Corner has gone from a position of strength to a need. Joshua Jackson has the height seattle looks for and the ball hawking ability.
19 Cowboys Da’ron Payne DT Alabama  6’2″ 308
Dallas lacks depth on the interior defensive line. Payne has star potential, but will need to improve his consistency.
20 Lions Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6’6″ 259
Even with giving Ansah the franchise tag they still need someone on the opposite side adding a pass rush. Davenport has the potential to be a very good defensive end in the league.
21 Bills Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6’2″ 282
 The Bills need interior defensive line help. Hurst has rare pass rush ability for a DT and can help the bills on defense.
22 Bills  Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6’3″ 200
 Yes he is a QB. Given the chance, lamar could be a very successful NFL starter. He has a lot of zip in his passes, but will need to improve his intermediate accuracy.
23 Rams Mike Hughes CB Central Florida 5’11” 191
 Even with acquiring Marcus Peters, the Rams still need corner help. Mike Hughes adds another playmaker to the Rams defense.
24 Panthers James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 5’11” 210
 Cam Newton needs help at receiver. Washington adds a playmaker to the panthers receiving core.
25 Titans Arden Key DE LSU 6’6″ 238
 Key has the talent to go much higher, but has some off the field issues. The Titans could take a chance on him adding a premier pass rusher to their defense.
26 Falcons Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6’3″ 303
 The Falcons will likely lose Dontari Poe. Harrison Phillips is a possible replacement.
27 Saints Harold Landry OLb Boston College 6’2″ 250
 This would be ideal for the Saints to add a pass rusher like Landry. Landry had an injury filled 2017, but is a talented edge rusher when healthy.
28 Steelers Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6’3″ 214
 The secondary for the steelers is the weakness of the team. Adding a hard hitting, playmaking like Ronnie Harrison could change that.
29 Bucs Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia 6’3″ 308
 The Jags defense is very good. The offense is the thing holding the team back. Wynn gives the Jaguars a plug and play guard that will help bolster the offensive line.
30 Vikings Billy Price C Ohio St. 6’3″ 312
 The Vikings got a steal last year in Ohio State Center Pat Elflein. Billy Price could push the Vikings interior line to the next level as Price can be moved to guard.
31 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6’1″ 190
 As seen in the super bowl the secondary needs some help. Isaiah Oliver is a highly athletic corner with good ball skills. With malcolm Butler Likely moving on he could start opposite of Stephon Gilmore.
32 Eagles Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6’7″ 310

2018 Draft Fever’s Big Board

Top Ten Players:

1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State– Barkley does not have a clear weakness and is a special player. He is a tough runner, but has an added toughness to him. Along with this he has the athleticism to run away or jump over defenders. Barkley runs with great balance as well. In the passing game he is a natural catcher of the football. Barkley leads a loaded 2018 running back class.

Fiesta Bowl Football

2. Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State– His cousin Nick Chubb, running back for Georgia, received more headlines at the beginning of his college career, but it is Bradley that will be the higher draft pick. He is a relentless rusher that plays with a great motor. Throughout the entire season Chubb was a disruptive player with North Carolina State finishing with 10 Sacks and 23 TFLs. Chubb has the athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner you look for with a top defensive end prospect.

Bradley Chubb

3. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama– The leader of the Alabama secondary is one of the most versatile players in the draft. Early in his college career Fitzpatrick started at cornerback before eventually moving to safety. Fitzpatrick displays the combination of the coverage skills of a corner and the ball hawking ability of a safety. Fitzpatrick is a playmaker finishing his Alabama career with 9 INTs and 4 of those returned for a touchdown. His scheme versatility is a secondary coaches dream.

Minkah

4. Sam Darnold, QB, USC– A lot was written, tweeted and posted about how Darnold was not ready for the NFL after a poor performance by the USC offense against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Darnold faced constant pressure with the Ohio State defensive line dominating the USC offensive line. It was not Darnold’s best performance, but he still displayed the skill set which I believe makes him the top quarterback in the draft. Darnold has a great pocket presence with a live arm. He is tough enough to stay in the pocket and make a throw, but at times tries to do too much and it leads to fumbles and interceptions. The combination of his great arm and accuracy makes him the top quarterback in this class.

Sam Darnold

5. Arden Key, DE, LSU– Heading into the year Arden Key was my top rated player. Key had a good, but not a great final season. He started the season slow with an offseason that included time away from the team. However, Key’s upside is through the roof. Key displays rare athleticism and bend for an edge rusher. If he can put it all together he could be the top player in this year’s draft.

Arden-Key

6. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson– One of my favorite players in this year’s draft. Ferrell has flashed over the past two years as Clemson’s premier pass rusher. He is a very good pass rusher and has the size to hold up in the run game. Ferrell finished the year with 9.5 sacks. He also is known as a high character guy. After the Alabama loss he offered one of the reporters to be the person to represent Clemson if they had any questions.

Clelin Ferrell

7. Vita Vea, DT, Washington– Vea is a guy who has shot up my draft rankings from my first initial scouting report. He is a huge defensive tackle listed at 6’5 344 lbs, but he can move with the best of them. Vea throws offensive lineman around and takes up a massive amount of space. A few times he has literally held up offensive lineman with one arm. He is equally disruptive as a pass rusher and a run stopper. Washington moved him all around the defensive line, and I believe he has some scheme versatility at the next level.

Vita Vea

8. Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama– Evans developed into the leader of the Alabama defense during his senior year. He is also one of the most athletic linebackers in this years draft and flies around the football field. Alabama moved Evans around this season and he displayed great edge rushing ability as well. The versatility along the different linebacker positions makes Evans an early first round pick.

Rashaan Evans

9. Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame– Nelson is an instant plug and play starter at the offensive guard position. As a run blocker, he is one of the best with a very powerful punch. He finishes his blocks and absolutely dominated some defensive lineman. Nelson has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level. A team picking early will get a good starter with Nelson.

quenton Nelson

10. Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia– The leader of the Georgia defense, Smith had a great Junior season. He is a smart, rangy linebacker that can play all three downs. Against Oklahoma he was exposed a little in the first half for not being able to disengage from offensive lineman. However, his athleticism, instincts, and tackling makes him a first round pick.

Roquan Smith

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Midway Review of the AP Top 25

We are over half way through the College Football season and other than Alabama, I have no idea who is good. The final games late in the season should make the playoff and bowl picture more clear. But taking into account what has already happened this season here are a few problems I have with the AP top 25 rankings:

  1. No love for Notre Dame

I’ve been talking about how underrated Notre Dame is for the past few weeks. The “usually most overrated” program in college football has been far under the radar after their 4-8 season. The rest of the country is finally starting to pick-up after their beat down of USC.

Still, Notre Dame should be ranked higher than 9. Josh Adams RB Notre DameThe only loss was a one-point game at home against, in my opinion, the second best team in the nation Georgia. They’ve also blown out every other team they’ve faced including USC. I think there is a case for Notre Dame to be ranked as high as number five and if they beat NC State this weekend, they should absolutely be a top 5 team. This includes being ranked over teams like Wisconsin and Miami who have yet to face a solid opponent.

Ohio State being ranked above Notre Dame makes absolutely no sense. This brings me to point number 2.

2. Ohio State ranked way too high

Apparently if you get blown out at home, all you have to do is play UNLV, Army, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska then everyone will forget. Ohio State has only beaten one team with a winning record and that team was Army.

What is even crazier is they are ranked above Oklahoma, THE TEAM THAT BEAT THEM IN THEIR HOUSE BY 18 POINTS. I know Oklahoma hasn’t been playing their best football, but the College Football playoff committee has proven time and time again that when two teams have a similar resume, head to head is very important. Yet, Oklahoma is ranked 10 and Ohio State is all the way up to 6.

Clemson has beaten top 25 teams Virginia Tech and Auburn, but for some reason voters have Ohio State ranked higher. A win against Penn State will be a major resume booster, but for now they have nowhere near the credentials to be ranked 6th.

3. Georgia has a better resume than Penn State and TCU

I don’t have as big a problem with this because their resumes are so close, but I believe Georgia should be the number 2 ranked team. Georgia has the best win out of anybody in the country, a win on the road against Notre Dame. They also have a blow-out win against a fringe top 25 team Mississippi State. Other than the Notre Dame game, they’ve blown out everyone.

Penn State had an impressive win against Michigan, but they’re not even a top 25 team. And that is their best win. Nick ChubbOther than that it has been mostly blowouts other than a close 2-point win over Iowa. I wouldn’t consider moving them up to number 2 unless they beat Ohio State this week.

Finally, TCU is undefeated with a decent resume. Their best win is at Oklahoma State and also have a top 25 win against West Virginia. They’ve won the games they needed to win by a decent margin. Honestly they even have a better resume than Penn State right now, but not a better resume than Georgia.

4. Can someone explain to me how LSU is ranked

I swear, voters have the memory of a gold fish. The month of September LSU lost by 30 points to Mississippi State and also lost to Troy. A win against Auburn has made everyone forget about this. How are you going to rank LSU in the top 25, but not Mississippi State when they beat LSU in Death Valley by 30? The Auburn win is nice, but it does not erase the terrible month of September.

5. UCF has a better resume than USF

This is where voters cling onto their preseason rankings and don’t take a fresh look at the resumes. South Florida has not played a team with more than 3 wins and their opponents overall record is 13-33. They beat an average Tulane team this past weekend by only 6 points.

UCF is the exact opposite. UCF FootballThey smoked 24th ranked Memphis by 27 points and also beat a good Navy team by 10 points this past weekend. Ranking South Florida above UCF is idiotic and shouldn’t even be a discussion at this point.

The good news is both teams play each other at the end of the year which could decide who goes to a New Year’s Six bowl.

 

Here is how I would vote the top 25:

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. TCU

4. Penn State

5. Wisconsin

6. Notre Dame

7. Miami

8. Clemson

9. Oklahoma

10. Ohio State

11. Virginia Tech

12. Oklahoma State

13. NC State

14. Washington

15. UCF

16. Washington State

17. Michigan State

18. West Virginia

19. Auburn

20. South Florida

21. Texas A&M

22. USC

23. Stanford

24. Iowa St.

25. Mississippi State

 

Week 2 College Football Picks

Tyler Vesely’s Season Record: 7-4

A lot of Road Underdogs and Over picks in week 2. Here are the picks:

Best Bet of the Week

South Carolina +3 @ Mizzou

South Carolina beat a good NC State team. Missouri’s defense is garbage and gives up a ton of points. I think South Carolina actually wins by double digits. Easy Money.

Friday Night Game

Oklahoma State @ South Alabama, Over 67

Oklahoma State can put up points… they also can give up a decent amount of points. South Alabama scored 27 points against Ole Miss, which means if they do the same Oklahoma State just has to score 40 points. The over is the right pick here.

Saturday Games

Oklahoma +7½ @ Ohio State

Ohio State’s secondary is not good, but they do have a good defensive line. However, Oklahoma has one of the most elusive quarterback and one of the best offensive line in the country. I think it is a close game the Oklahoma ends up winning in Columbus.

Stanford +6 @ USC, Over 55

USC will score points and Stanford showed by putting up 62 points the first week they can too. USC did not look great the first week and Stanford is getting 6 points? Give me the over and Stanford.

Clemson @ Auburn, Over 54

Clemson’s quarterback showed me enough in the first game that this team will still score points. Auburn will move fast too and has a new, very good quarterback in Jarrett Stidham. I am expecting a close 35-30 game that could go either way.

Georgia +6 @ Notre Dame

6 points??? Yes please. I get Georgia won’t have Eason , but Jacob Fromm did decent in the first week. The Georgia defense also held an underrated Appalachian State offense to just ten points. I think this is a game that Georgia actually wins. Georgia and give me the points too.

Minnesota +2 @ Oregon State

It worries me Minnesota traveling to Oregon State, but the Beavers are just not good. They squeaked by last week in a 3 point win over Portland State. I’m Rowing the Boat with Coach Fleck and saying Minnesota will bounce back after an unimpressive performance against Buffalo.

Iowa -2½ @ Iowa State

Iowa pummels Iowa State every year. Think this year is closer, but Iowa still wins more than a touchdown.

Louisville @ North Carolina Over 62½

Lamar Jackson and the Louisville offense will put up a lot of points. North Carolina put up 30 points last week against Cal and the Louisville defense didn’t do so great against Purdue. I think it ends up being a 42-31 game with Louisville winning.