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  1. Have to come away with one of these tight ends from this group.
  2. Some tidbits from Dan Brugler's article he did on the Lions. Another mention that NFL teams aren't as high on George Karlaftis as the internet is. https://theathletic.com/3049938/2022/01/05/lions-draft-options-aidan-hutchinson-or-kayvon-thibodeaux-a-qb-early-dane-brugler-breaks-things-down/ That’s the tough part — the Lions aren’t in a position to just cross off top-10 prospects because they don’t fit an obvious need. They just need talent, period, so maybe it’s within the realm of possibility that, say, Stingley catches their eye or that they love Ekwonu as a short-term guard and long-term right tackle. It wouldn’t be hard to make the argument that Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton is the most talented player in the draft class. He is a long, supersized safety with explosive range and a high football IQ to play a lot of different positions. It will take a defensive scheme and play-caller who understands how to maximize his versatile talent, but he has the potential to be a diverse matchup weapon. He has a rare mix of physical traits and football instincts and I was blown away by his presence and smarts after talking to him. I like Devin Lloyd a lot because, like Hamilton, he can impact the game in a multitude of ways. A former safety, he has terrific eyes and athleticism to play out in front. He will be an NFL starter as a rookie, but top-two feels early. Purdue pass rusher George Karlaftis is a technically refined and relentless player, but Twitter definitely likes him more than NFL teams. When talking to teams, it’s mostly second-round and late first-round grades for him. One more player I wanted to mention is Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson. There are six wide receivers among my top-25 prospects, a really fun group of different types of receivers. But Wilson is my WR1 because of his ability to create before and after the catch. I don’t use the word “elite” often to describe a player’s trait, but Wilson has elite body control, which shows in his routes and especially at the catch point. I don’t think he’ll be a top-five pick, but in a draft class with such an unpredictable top tier, Wilson should at the very least be considered for a team in search of a dynamic offensive weapon. So, who else do you like in that late 1-early 2 turn for the Lions? It seems like it’ll be a good range to address that aforementioned need at receiver, for starters. Let’s assume they’re drafting in the late 20s; that could be the sweet spot for one of the top-six receivers to fall to them. I touched on Garrett Wilson earlier — he belongs somewhere in the top half of Round 1. Then the next five will be valued differently depending on what “type” of receiver teams are looking for. Any of these five receivers would be a slam-dunk for the Lions in the late first round: • Alabama’s Jameson Williams has special speed. Not the most natural hands, but his ball skills aren’t a weakness. He can get behind the defense or create underneath windows just because of the threat of his speed. • Arkansas’ Treylon Burks isn’t a refined player right now, but he has linebacker size with wide receiver speed. He reminds me of a bigger Deebo Samuel with all the different ways he can be deployed across the offense and create with the ball in his hands. He has true No. 1 potential. • USC’s Drake London also played basketball in college and it shows with his ability to high point through contact and play above the rim. He must improve his route pacing to help his separation vs. NFL coverage, but his instincts when the ball is in the air are extraordinary. • Ohio State’s Chris Olave is so polished and crafty for a college player. He can get outmuscled in tight coverage and wasn’t a great yards-after-catch threat in college, which is why I have his teammate Wilson above him. But his tracking skills and ability to leverage coverage will translate really well to the NFL game. • And lastly, Penn State’s Jahan Dotson, who might be the most likely to still be available for the Lions later in the first round. He doesn’t have great size or play strength, but he has dynamic speed and route instincts and might have the best hands in the draft. He’s just a difficult player to cover one-on-one.
  3. From Albert's Breer mailbag. https://www.si.com/nfl/2022/01/12/mailbag-brian-flores-firing-deshaun-watson-trade From Joe Cirillo (@Jessica3112012): Do the Jets target a WR with one of their two top-10 picks? Joe, looking at the roster and the state of the draft class, I’d say probably … not. They have the fourth and 10th picks. The defense still needs a lot of help in the secondary and with edge rushers, and this draft class (which isn’t great at the top) will afford New York some options there. Assuming Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux are gone by No. 4, there’d be defensive back options there in LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr. and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton. And then maybe you have Purdue rusher George Karlaftis at 10 (though some scouts aren’t as high on Karlaftis as the general public). The receiver group this year does have really good options, and depth, but lacks a real top-10 guy, particularly after Jameson Williams tore his ACL in the title game. Which means, if you’re GM Joe Douglas, the value might be better to take care of your defense in the top 10 and double back to receiver in the thirties with your second-rounder.
  4. Starting to warm up to the idea of taking Nakobe Dean at 10
  5. Interesting. https://www.the33rdteam.com/miami-dolphins-and-carolina-panthers-will-benefit-from-coaching-at-the-senior-bowl/ Over the last five years (2016-2020), 10 different teams have had the opportunity to coach the Senior Bowl and have the advantage that Miami and Carolina hold this year. Since 2016, those 10 teams have combined to draft 25 players that attended the Senior Bowl. A majority of these players were drafted in the middle rounds: Only two of the drafted players (4%) were taken in the first two rounds, while 72% were taken in Rounds 3-5. The San Francisco 49ers are a good example of how coaching the Senior Bowl can inform a team’s draft and help to find key prospects in the middle rounds of the draft. The 49ers coached in the 2019 Senior Bowl. 2019 NFL A few months later, they selected four players who were at the game. Three of those players have since become starters: wide receiver Deebo Samuel (second round), punter Mitch Wishnowsky (fourth round) and linebacker Dre Greenlaw (fifth round).
  6. They can get a good look at the tight ends, Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State Grant Calcaterra, SMU Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin Charlie Kolar, Iowa State Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina Trey McBride, Colorado State Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State Cole Turner, Nevada
  7. Greg Cosell's notes on Zach Wilson from the Bucs game. https://www.fantasypoints.com/nfl/articles/season/2021/cosell-coaching-tape-week-17 ZACH WILSON VERSUS BUCS DEFENSE Bucs nickel had Desir at right corner, Davis at left corner and Edwards the slot corner; White and Minter were the nickel LB – Murphy-Bunting and Dean also played snaps opposite Davis Bucs have not been a man coverage defense this season but against the Jets they played significantly more snaps of cover 1 Smith 13 yards on 3rd + 2 on second possession showed pocket poise and awareness by Wilson, He looked left and did not see the 2 man route concept as defined, He then came back to the dig on the other side; Ability to sit on his back foot and drive the ball with velocity Wilson looked much more decisive versus the Bucs, He was getting the ball out with conviction versus both man and zone coverage Wilson ball placement can still be erratic, That is an area he must become more consistent as he continues to get more experience Bucs showed disguise and late movement out of nickel to try to force Wilson to think after the snap, They also featured 4 man zone exchange pressures as part of that disguise and late movement Berrios 9 yard TD on 3rd + 4 early in 2nd quarter came on a staple West Coast red zone concept out of trips: double stick; #1 clears the corner and #2 and #3 run stick routes with the QB choosing which one to throw, Wilson took Berrios from #2 location since he quickly got outside of Edwards, Wilson good ball with velocity and location Overall Wilson played with more awareness and understanding of what can be done, what can’t be done and the game situation; He was less reckless and undisciplined Cole 21 yards on 1st + 10 in the 3rd quarter was an excellent throw by Wilson versus cover 3: It was essentially a 2 man route concept with Berrios from the slot controlling the post safety with Wilson also holding him in the middle and Cole from the outside running the dig versus of coverage corner Davis – Wilson knew what he had and let it rip Bucs continued to feature loaded fronts on 3rd down, At times Suh was aligned at wide 9 DE; Bucs also used Tryon as a standup Joker at times Bucs picked up their blitz frequency as the game progressed with multiple pressure concepts, They have been one of the highest percentage blitz defenses in the league this season This game was a good performance by Wilson, He was much more settled in the pocket and he was much more decisive with his reads and throws; He still at times shows a tendency to play a little fast with bodies around him which is why it is critically important for the reads and throws to be defined by the route concepts versus the coverage
  8. Matt Miller released his top 25: https://www.thedraftscout.com/p/2022-nfl-draft-updated-top-150-big?r=bv70f&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=direct 7. WR Drake London, USC It’s important to remember just how dominant Drake London was before fracturing his ankle in the team’s eighth game. At 6’5” and 210 pounds he’s a big wideout with ball skills and an unstoppable presence on 50/50 balls. 14. WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State A tough wide receiver at 6’0” and 193 pounds, Wilson has sticky hands and is a sure route-runner. He doesn’t profile as a classic WR1 due to his lack of size or top-end speed, but he’s the type of receiver that will win with routes and hands. 15. WR Jameson Williams, Alabama Teams that are eyeballing speed and chunk plays could identify Jameson Williams as their top wideout in this class. He might not be the scheme-fit for every team but his big play ability is electric. 20. WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State Dotson doesn’t have the best size, but he’s a downfield threat that wins with burst and acceleration throughout his route tree. He’s a sure-handed weapon down the field and someone who can consistently win over the top. 21. WR Chris Olave, Ohio State A lean wideout (6’1”, 170 lbs) but one who has consistently won with his hands and route-running. Olave is seen by some to have topped out his potential, but he arrives to the NFL with great football IQ and a diverse route tree. 22. WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas Big (6’3”, 230 lbs) and explosive with the ball in his hands, Burks is a weapon after the catch. If your favorite offense runs slants and breaking routes, Burks’ ability to turn the short catch into a big play is phenomenal.
  9. This is from Bruce Feldmans 2021 college footballs freak list he does every year for the Athletic: 7. George Karlaftis, Purdue, defensive end One of the biggest recruits the Boilers have landed in the last decade, Karlaftis began his career with a bang, with 17 TFLs and 7.5 sacks in 2019 as a freshman. He had two sacks in three games in an abbreviated 2020, but expectations about him are soaring for 2021. Karlaftis is a remarkable all-around athlete. He played on the U16 Greek national water polo team as a 13-year-old and then became a two-time Indiana state champ in the shot put and started for three seasons on his high school basketball team. At 272 pounds, Karlaftis’ body fat has dropped from 25 percent to 15 percent at Purdue. He power cleans 380, did a 505-pound front squat, a 10-1 broad jump and a 37-inch vertical jump. His 40 this offseason was 4.69. As part of his preparation, he spends an hour a day doing hand-to-hand combat and MMA drills, an hour on rehab/mobility exercises and a third hour watching film. His position coach Mark Hagan has coached big-time players and says Karlaftis’ overall commitment to being elite is as good as anyone he’s ever been around in terms of “proper nutrition, proper hydration, extra time in the training room to take care of his body, extra stretching, extra meeting and video, extra drill work — every day. I’ve literally got to shut him down at times so he doesn’t overtrain.”
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