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  1. Another good one: https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/12/12/2018-draft-quarterbacks-running-backs-baker-mayfield-bradley-chubb-courtland-sutton The first edition of this column ran one day shy of three months ago, and it centered on two guys who showed Heisman promise over the first two weeks of the season. We were right on that one. Both Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson were in New York for the Heisman ceremony on Saturday night. But compare the impact each has made in the time since, and there’s no contest. This fall, Mayfield helped himself this fall as much as any draft-eligible player. His 13-game run included 4,340 passing yards, 310 rushing yards, a 71.05 completion rate, 41 touchdown passes, five touchdown runs, just five picks, a third straight Big 12 title and a birth in the playoffs. Along the way, he proved to be an improved passer from the pocket, as well as the competitor we always knew he was. Jackson was plenty good, too. But despite another year of gaudy numbers (3,489 yards, 25 touchdowns passing; 1,443 yards, 17 TDs rushing), his team was just 8-4, knocking him from the spotlight nationally. More important to NFL types, Jackson still left them wanting for instincts and anticipation as a passer. The bottom line? Back in September, the NFL saw both these guys as second-day types. Mayfield has taken the next steps. Jackson, spectacular as he can be, hasn’t. We’re transitioning this week, from the regular-season Draft Column into the bowl season Draft Column, and so we can call this our bridge edition. And to do it (in keeping with the boss’s customs), we’ll kick it off with 10 Things I Think I Think from another wild fall of college football. And we’ll start with those two quarterbacks. ADVERTISING 1. At this point, it would be a surprise if Baker Mayfield doesn’t go somewhere in the first round. Mayfield isn’t for everyone. But he’s accurate, he’s mobile, and he wins. The off-field incident of last summer and his on-field antics are there, yes, but offset by how his teammates and coaches feel about him, and his football character (i.e. how seriously he takes his craft). Like I said last week, I think a lot of teams will have second-round grades on him, and someone jumps on him in the first. NFL Baker Mayfield Is a First-Round NFL Draft Pick 2. Conversely, it would be a surprise if Lamar Jackson does go in the first round. The evaluators I’ve spoken with have questions about his instincts and anticipation in the passing, and his ability to process within the context of a pro offense, and still believe he’s more thrower than passer. That doesn’t mean he can’t develop. It does means that he was seen as raw as a quarterback going into 2016, and the feeling on that remains the same. 3. For as closely as we all scrutinized USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, and Wyoming’s Josh Allen, not much has changed on those three as far as scouts are concerned. Darnold still has the funky mechanics, the flair for the dramatic, the rep as a winner and the pristine character. Rosen is still the pageant winner—he looks like he was born to throw a football—with the questions about his personality and character. And Allen is the raw mountain of ability without much polish. NFL Why Josh Allen Is the NFL Draft’s Most Polarizing Prospect 4. I think Josh Rosen and Josh Allen are definitely declaring, and I think very few people know what Sam Darnold will do. My understanding is Darnold shut down all talk of that before the season started, and his reluctance to jump through some hoops players do (like vetting agents) in deciding on whether to declare or not is what led people to believe that he’ll be back in 2018. What you hear is he’s a smart kid, from a good family, who will take everything into account before making a final call. Could he use the extra year? Yes. But if he’s projected to go first or second, that’ll be tough to pass on. 5. Last year’s running backs class has a chance to be remembered for a long, long time: Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook, Jamaal Williams, Kareem Hunt . . . on and on. This year’s group might be close to as good. Not quite to the level of 2017, but good enough to start to look at this being a new golden era at the position, particular when you figure Todd Gurley (2015) and Ezekiel Elliott (2016) in. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is fantastic, but it’s not just him. LSU’s Derrius Guice, Alabama’s Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Stanford’s Bryce Love, Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson, USC’s Ronald Jones, Miami’s Mark Walton and Notre Dame’s Josh Adamsare among those who make this a deep, quality class. 6. Saquon Barkley’s star faded late in the year, to the point where he finished with just four 100-yard rushing games on the season and wasn’t even invited to New York. But don’t get it twisted—this is still the do-everything, 21st-century prototype that we said he was back in September. I ran it by one AFC exec on Monday night who said, “to the people that matter, nothing’s changed.” Barkley, like Ezekiel Elliott and Joe Mixon before him, fits what NFL teams are looking for in 2017, the 230-pound hammer who can play on all three downs. NFL 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Darnold One of Four First-Round QBs 7. Some guys help themselves by staying in school, and Mayfield wasn’t the only one in 2017. The best example? N.C. State senior pass rusher Bradley Chubb, who I believe some teams will regard as the best prospect at any position in this year’s class. I got a one-word answer when I asked one veteran evaluator what he liked about the 6' 5", 272-pound Chubb coming out of this year: “Everything.” And another defensive linemen who helped him stock by staying for senior year was Michigan’s Maurice Hurst. His height (he’s expected to measure out at 6' 1" or so) may keep him out of the first round, but he can play. 8. NFL teams looking for offensive line help in 2018 are going to be much happier with what they find than those who needed them last year. While those guys are still harder to evaluate and develop than they used to be, it wouldn’t be shocking if three offensive linemen—Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey and Texas tackle Connor Williams (health permitting)—all went in the first 10-15 picks, and there are others who can play beyond those three. 9. SMU’s Courtland Sutton is going to be one of this year’s most interesting prospects, with a good shot to go ahead of more well-known names at wide receiver, like Calvin Ridley (Alabama) and James Washington (Oklahoma State). Sutton is expected to come in at 6' 4" and 230 pounds, and those who live-scouted him came back sounding like they just spotted Big Foot. If he tests well—and it’s expected he will—there’s a chance he lands inside the Top 10 picks as the first receiver taken. 10. I can’t wait to dig a little more into the small school prospects. Perhaps the most interesting one is Texas-San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport, a converted receiver who we covered a little earlier in the year. Another intriguing one to watch is South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert, who can play in-line and flex out, and does a little bit of everything. And if you want to go really deep, we’ll probably be talking more about West Georgia tackle Desmond Harrison come March and April. Harrison, a Senior Bowl invitee, is 6' 6", 290 pounds and could run sub-5.0 in the 40. 11. And here’s a bonus, before we get out of here for this week (we’ll reinstitute some of the old elements next week): This year’s class, outside of the quarterbacks, lacks sizzle at the top. There’s no super-elite prospect at another position, like a Jadeveon Clowney or Myles Garrett (or like a number of the 2019 defensive line prospects could be), but there is balance and depth. That’s all for now. It’s still early yet. Five months to go.
  2. They should double down on QB's in any of the following scenarios: - If they sign Cousins in free agency, they should draft another anywhere within rounds 2-4 - If they draft one with the first pick, they should draft another anywhere within rounds 4-6
  3. Marrone

    So true!!! The Jets smoked JAX until McCown rushed a screen pass to Powell that turned into a scoop and score. People love to rewrite history to fit their agenda
  4. E-MAIL THE NY JETS

    Maccagnan and Bowles should be fired next year if they don't make a commitment to a QB this off season. Whether that's Cousins or a #1 pick, they can't "band aid" the position any longer. They have too much cap space and resources to finally address the situation
  5. E-MAIL THE NY JETS

    The worst thing a franchise could do is to listen to fans and make decisions based upon their complaints. Because on one play they'll like someone and on the next they'll want them cut. The NYG did that and they proved what frauds they are. The Jets were a rebuilding team that needed to develop a core of players going forward. On whole they did that and also proved they still need more talent. They weren't making the playoffs no matter how bad the AFC was, they weren't good enough. Get over it
  6. E-MAIL THE NY JETS

    Stop using your brain, act irrational and storm Florham Park with torches and pitch forks!!!
  7. Typical dysfunction from CLE, the dummies thought they were the smartest guys in the room when they hired Brown and DePodesta from the METS!!! The best way to build a football team is to hire someone from baseball, everyone knows that. Now they'll start the same shampoo, rinse & repeat process of getting a new GM, HC and front office
  8. Kelvin Beachum

    Beachum is a stop gap, he's been decent but we need to draft a long term LT. We need to replace Johnson at center in free agency or the draft. He doesn't provide enough power in the middle
  9. His performance against NYG in the wind really opened my eyes
  10. Amazing how the head coach who hired the coaching staff gets no credit when that coaching staff improves the roster
  11. What do we do with Mo?

    Wilkerson needs to be let go after the season. There's no way we should pay him $16 million for 2018 after he's done nothing in 2016 & 2017. Getting rid of his contract should get us up to almost $100 million in cap space
  12. Who cares if he's Chris Rock in his pressers, the team has drastically changed from last year. Young & older talent has improved, the team has been able to compete "above it's weight class" going against good teams and the locker room culture has been cleaned up
  13. Have to agree, some of people's "complaints" are based on nothing of substance.
  14. McAdoo & Reese Fired

    The NYG have never been different from any other franchise. That's been the case since LT was drinking & drugging his way through the NFL. They practice situational ethics just like any other team, only the media and some delusional fans think they operated with a different set of standards. Do I need to remind you of Josh Brown from last year???
  15. QB: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

    Yesterday's game continued to display the pro traits that Mayfield has even though he operates in a "gimmick" offense: - The ability/desire to operate from the pocket - Mobility within the pocket to buy time and to go through progressions - The ability to manipulate the secondary by looking one way and throwing the other - Accuracy to hit receivers in stride and allow them to get YAC You also have to be impressed with the way he was able to beat up a TCU defense again in such a short period of time. I'm sure they made adjustments but they didn't slow him down. I hope our front office is smart enough to ignore his height and to judge him on his traits
  16. McCown can only return if we have drafted a QB in the first round and we need a "placeholder" to keep the spot warm until the young QB is ready to take over. No Fitzpatrick nonsense give him a contract offer as a "placeholder", if he takes it fine otherwise move on
  17. This is college not the pros, if you have more talent than the other team you win. There are probably only 2-3 games a year where scheme matters, that's when Edwards would struggle. He has the perfect personality to recruit a player's parents and keep a team of 18-22 year olds motivated
  18. Edwards personality is perfect for college, I wouldn't be shocked if he's successful
  19. I Want Josh Allen

    I'm petrified of Josh Allen, he's my least favorite QB coming out. He has all the "tools" that evaluators will fall in love with but his on field production is lacking. When watching him this year he made plays that would make you drool: - Under pressure, stepping up in the pocket and throwing a 50+ yard bomb to a WR that was dropped - Throwing 15-18 yard outs that split double coverage that were dropped - Seeing CB's playing tight coverage and throwing sweet back shoulder throws that were dropped All of those drops show how poor his supporting cast was, but to project him to be better on the next level with superior talent is a dangerous game. His performances against better competition (Iowa & Oregon) also didn't instill confidence in me
  20. Quinton Flowers (So. Fla)

    He's a college QB playing Central Fla in a very entertaining game. The more I look at him he would make a very interesting RB prospect on the next level. He's 6-0 210 pounds with a strong arm and excellent "wiggle". A smart team would convert him and use him as a "slash" player in the pros
  21. Kurt Benkert (Virginia)

    They are playing Virginia Tech tonight, it will be interesting to watch him after he carved up Miami last week. Was it an aberration or is he a legit QB prospect
  22. I've seen his name on various QB lists and I'm watching him for the first time against Miami and he's "shredding" them. I don't know if this is the game of his life but he's someone to track going forward: http://www.espn.com/college-football/player/stats/_/id/545645/kurt-benkert - Excellent frame - Mobility inside and outside the pocket. Throws well on the run - Strong arm - Accurate - Good vision with the ability to look one way and throw the other
  23. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000866883/article/ask-5-whos-most-underrated-qb-in-college-football?campaign=tw-nf-sf125281428-sf125281428
  24. Darnold, Allen, Rosen

    Scouting takes on USC/UCLA game, some not flattering: http://draftanalyst.com/tuesday-draft-notes-110
  25. Broncos make OC change.

    You're so right!!! I thought McCoy was an offensive genius
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