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17. Pittsburgh- DeAndre Hopkins (WR- Clemson) The Steelers lost Mike Wallace to Miami and Heath Miller was banged up late last year. Sanders was almost lost to the Patriots. Big Ben could use a legitimate second option behind Antonio Brown. Hopkins has a larger body than Brown and could be the red zone threat the Steelers need.
18. Dallas- DJ Fluker (OL- Alabama) Fluker could be a plug and play right tackle that could anchor the offensive line for the foreseeable future. He can also play some guard, and with a 6'6, 335 lb body, Fluker could be an absolute mauler and finally give the Cowboys a running game that they've been lacking ever since they lost the Julius Jones/Marion Barber tandem many years ago. This would also force other teams to respect the run and buy Tony Romo some more time in the pocket. If given time, Romo is, statistically, a very good QB. Fluker may be gone by this point, but if he fell to 18, he could be quickly scooped up by the Cowboys.
19. New York Giants- Tyler Eifert (TE- Notre Dame) The Giants lost the productive Martellus Bennett to the Bears over the off-season, so they may be looking to grab the best pass-catching tight end in the draft. Eiffert has drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski, but I would expect him to be a little more cerebral than the meat-headed “Gronk”. This would be a fantastic intermediate receiving option for Eli Manning.
20. Chicago- Star Lotulelei (DT- Utah) Star has received a lot of hype leading up to the draft. Some called him a top 5 lock, and even that he is the most talented player in the draft, regardless of position. The bottom line is this: he's a high-motor nose tackle and that position doesn't usually get drafted exceptionally high. The other reason he slid this far is because his heart, at one point, was pumping way below normal capacity, and that put up some pretty big red flags for a lot of teams. Since then, he has been told that his heart is pumping normally, but the damage to his draft stock may have already been done. If the Bears can get him with the 20th pick, it could be a very big pay off. The best case scenario is that this guy is a Haloti Ngata clone. If that's the case, the Bears should be thrilled to snag him here.
21. Cincinnati- Eric Reid (S- LSU) Eric Reid was an absolute stud at the combine. His measurables alone make him worthy of this spot, but the fact that he was an All-American at LSU makes him a first round lock. Who doesn't love a safety with a 6'1, 210 lb frame that can jump 41″? Cincinnati replaces Reggie Nelson with this pick.
22. St. Louis- Cordarrelle Patterson (WR- Tennessee) Patterson, Tyler Bray's favorite target for the Volunteers, has a unique skill set. He is tall with a good-sized frame, but is as explosive after the catch as receivers 4 or 5 inches shorter than him. He's not quite as big as Calvin Johnson, but he would be a major upgrade to the Rams receiving corps.
23. Minnesota- Manti Te'o (ILB- Notre Dame) The media circus is in the past, and the fact of the matter is that Te'o is a very instinctual inside linebacker. He has good tackling technique and can be a leader on the defense. He will rack up 100+ tackles per season beginning his rookie season. Unlike most, I don't look at his 7 interceptions during his senior season because prior to that, he didn't have any at all. He will be a run-stopper and an above average zone pass defender from the linebacker position at the next level.
24. Indianapolis- Datone Jones (DL- UCLA) Jones is the kind of hybrid DT/DE player that the Colts have historically loved. His big body would indicate that he would be a natural fit for the tackle position, but he's leaner than most tackles, so he could become a multiple technique D lineman in the NFL. Indianapolis is all set on offense, so it's time to begin piecing together the defense.
25. Minnesota- Desmond Trufant (CB- Washington) The last name Trufant is synonymous with pass coverage in the state of Washington. During his stint at Washington, Trufant was often put on an island with no safety help over the top and can defend well man to man. He doesn't rack up the interceptions, but the potential is there. In a division with Matt Stafford, Jay Cutler, and Aaron Rodgers, it would be wise to take a top-tier CB with one of their two first round picks.
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9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo (DE- LSU) Another fast, athletic, d-end hybrid off the board. It had to be done….the secondary has been solid in New York, but the pass rush has been sub-par. Mingo has a lot of upside, but is definitely a hit or miss selection. Rex Ryan is a defensive-minded coach and this is too early to select a young QB to replace Mark Sanchez, but fear not Jets fans, it will get done this year.
10. Tennessee- Chance Warmack (OL- Alabama) The Titans would have loved Milliner here after losing Finnegan to the Rams last year, but they pick up a very versatile interior lineman that can start immediately and for years to come.
11. San Diego- Tavon Austin (WR- West Virginia) Phillip Rivers acquires a much-needed pass-catching threat after the departure of Vincent Jackson. Austin is a very quick receiver, cut from the same cloth as Percy Harvin, hopefully without chronic migraines. This selection could help the Chargers passing game a lot.
12. Miami- Lane Johnson (OT- Oklahoma) Miami would be thrilled to get Johnson here without having to trade up for him. The 6'8, 300+ pound tackle is a former QB and tight end which should translate to better stamina and pocket awareness. This was a big need for the Dolphins who lost one of the NFL's top pass protectors to the Rams this past year.
13. New York Jets- Sharrif Floyd (DT- Florida) After the trade that sent Revis to the Bucs for this pick, I'm keeping the player selection the same. Floyd is the best D tackle in the draft and some people are very high on him as a type 5 pick. If he slid this far, there's no way the Jets pass on him. From a position standpoint, the Jets need a receiver for whoever their QB may be, but there are plenty of decent pass catching options remaining in the draft.
14. Carolina- Bjoern Werner (DE- Florida State) A true D-end and not a hybrid, Werner can bring size and athleticism to the Panthers defensive front. I think his game is raw, but he has the ability to be as disruptive as JJ Watt. Carolina would like to have him on the opposite side of Johnson to create a dominant pass rush off the edge.
15. New Orleans- Xavier Rhodes (CB- Florida State) That's right, two consecutive seminole picks. It just ended up that way. The Saints could use a solid corner in the pass-happy NFC South. Rhodes could anchor the cornerback position for years to come, much like Jammer in San Diego.
16. St. Louis- Kenny Vaccaro (S- Texas) I could see the Rams reaching for some much-needed help at wide receiver, but they're also in need of a safety and they get the top safety in the draft with this pick. Vaccaro isn't a ball hawk like Jairus Byrd, but he's well-built and is a good tackling safety with good anticipation and instincts.
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1. Kansas City- Luke Joeckel (OT- Texas A&M) This pick is all but locked up, considering the Chief's other tackle is being shopped (most recently to the Dolphins for a 2nd round pick). Joeckel is the real deal and will be on the Chiefs for years to come.
2. Jacksonville- Eric Fisher (OT- Central Michigan) This isn't the sexy pick that everyone may want, BUT it WOULD give us two very good bookend tackles that would rival any tandem in the league. Don't forget, perennial Pro-Bowler, Joe Staley also came from Central Michigan. Recently the Jags GM stated that one of the two players they want will be available here, so I was thinking of identical positions. A lot of people have Dion Jordan here because of the coach's defensive background and desire to incorporate speed at every position, but the hint given earlier in the week rules this out because I don't see the Chiefs drafting Ziggy Ansah.
3. Oakland- Geno Smith (QB- West Virginia) Oakland would have to be excited if Geno Smith made it past the Jags. They have had very little to be happy about at the QB position for quite some time, and this should be the year they crawl out of re-building mode.
4. Philadelphia- Dion Jordan (DE- Oregon) This would be a surprise to some, but Chip Kelly loves speed and endurance. Jordan could play the rush linebacker position or defensive end, plus it would re-unite him with his former coach.
5. Detroit- Dee Milliner (CB- Alabama) Detroit needs to bolster its defense. Not long ago, Cleveland us the #5 pick to draft a guy named Joe Haden. While Milliner isn't the ball hawk that Haden is, he's a very instinctive corner and can tackle better.
6. Cleveland- Jarvis Jones (OLB- Georgia) Jones was a monster for the Bulldogs despite a diagnosis of spinal stenosis that ended Michael Irvin's career early. If his production is anything like it was in college, Jones would be a steal even at #6. Able to play rush linebacker and defensive end. A lot of mock drafts have the Browns trading this pick.
7. Arizona- Ezekiel Ansah (DE- BYU) I really wanted to put Bjoern Werner here, but I believe that Ansah's upside will be too much to overlook. He will need to add some muscle to his frame without losing any quickness, but his endurance from his history in soccer, makes him an every down possibility as a defensive end or rush linebacker.
8. Buffalo- E.J. Manuel (QB- Florida State) I don't like this pick, but I think it's likely that it will happen. All of the remaining QBs have too many questions regarding injury and consistency. Manuel has prototypical size, above average speed and quickness, and a quick release. He is also coming into the NFL during a time that we've seen the success of mobile spread option QBs, and everyone wants to replicate that. With all those positives about Manuel, he needs to improve his ability to make quick decisions, his work ethic, and his ability to read defenses. This is a high-risk/ high-reward pick that could pay dividends, but it will depend on the work that he puts in at the next level.
Prosecution and Pugilism
So my query is: “When did fighting become synonymous with legal representation”? Instead of fighting for me, why can't you navigate the pitfalls and professional loopholes of our legal system? Is it because fighting for me makes me think you're a little more altruistic than you may be? Should I be dredging up images of crawling through the mud and the blood in war-torn 1971 Vietnam? Are lawyers depicted as heroes? In most cases, certainly not. Speaking with many people on the subject, the perception is that these people overcharge and have more hidden fees than a budget airline. I've never been to a boxing exhibition in my life, but I'm certain many people would love to get in the ring with an attorney and put their fighting acumen to the test. However, since the phrase is clearly not going anywhere anytime soon, an amazing promotional campaign could have a tie-in with boxing in the form of a weigh-in sponsorship or a still photo with a sponsored fighter posing with the attorney, perhaps with some novelty boxing gloves with the firm's logo. These are the things we think of in the 'ol Mad Men dream factory. If we had a lawyer vs. contender photo on a Ring Magazine kind of ad, or a sponsored weigh-in (which while brief, is highly publicized), then that attorney would definitely be interacting with their potential clients, and in the process, might humanize themselves a bit.
Football and Philanthropy
It's no secret that most big name receivers and running backs develop an ego. To quell that sort of behavior and provide an incentive to those players who choose to simply hand the ball to the official upon scoring a touchdown, Mularkey makes a charitable contribution to the Ronald McDonald House in the amount of $250. If last Friday's victory over the New Orleans Saints was any indication, Mularkey will have his checkbook open often.
I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the generosity of our kicker, Josh Scobee as well. Now, as in the past, with every successful field goal that Scobee kicks, he donates $250 to Wolfson Children's Hospital through his “Kicks for Kids” charity.
This kind of generosity cannot be overlooked. Not only do we have a competitive team for the first time in recent memory, but there is a sense of pride and professionalism that is absent all too often these days. I'm thoroughly impressed with the team's poise and the emphasis the coaching staff has placed on doing things the right way on and off the field.