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    I thought it might be kind of cool to start cranking out combination Master Plan & Mock Drafts after the Draft is held, each Year. In retrospect, the information available at this point is far better, after all. Namely: what the Market actually thinks of Prospects and when they really Project to get Drafted, thus making this one more Authentic.

    I freely admit, mind you, that knowing when other Teams would've actually drafted the Prospects I coveted is clearly an enormous Advantage. But in all Fairness to myself ~ and to all other Mock Drafters ~ we are all dealing with the equally enormous Disadvantage of knowing only a tiny fraction of what the 32 Teams know.

    Being able to interview someone ~ ask probing questions and test their Intelligence, their Processing Speed, their Personality ~ is a gigantic Advantage, and so is being able to interview everyone they're connected with, and to sit down with All 22 Tape and avail oneself of the vast expertise of ones Scouting Department's time & Expertise.

    All things considered, I'd call it a Wash!!

    And it's also fair to note that the vast majority of the Projections were accurate. This just cleans things up a bit.

    So here goes: Fanatical Yankee's 1st Annual Patriots Master Plan & Mock Draft BackDraft!!

    Top Priorities of an Extraorindarily Demented Mind

    It All Starts In The Trenches.

    History has shown us a thousand times ~ if we have eyes to see ~ that while Glamor Positions ~ hideously referred to as "Skill" Positions by the national media ~ are entertaining and exciting to play Madden FootBall with, it is, in the real world, ultimately the teams that focus on Players and Schemes that are adept at boring, mundane things like Tenacious D, Moving The Chains, and Winning The Battles of the Trenches...who end up with the Rings.

    The Patriots are poised to make some Magic happen...To perhaps carve out an unprecedented Page in History.

    But we are almost perilously thin at what I consider our most vital Positions.

    This is one man's wish ~ a fervent Prayer, to quote Paul Newman in The Verdict ~ that we boldly address this.

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    1 ~ Defensive Tackle. Only the QuarterBack exerts more influence on the outcome of his Team's PlayOff Fate than do the Team's Defensive Tackles. Vince Wilfork is simply the best of them all, but if we had somebody of his approximate Caliber playing alongside'm, the Ripple Effect on the rest of our Defense could be spectacular.

    Furthermore: If Wilfork goes down right now, our entire Defense goes down the toilet.

    Depth of Talent is badly needed.

    2 ~ Offensive Guard. It can be argued that the Impact of the play of the Offensive Guards is even more vital to a Team's chances of success in the only Games that really count ~ the ones played in the Dark Depths of Winter ~ than even that of the Center, for they are more crucial than anyone to the Run Game, and it was, furthermore, the failure of Pass Protection in the Interior of our O Line, in each of the last two Super Bowls, that can be argued to've made the Championship Difference. Dan Connolly is a tremendous Reserve, and a decent Starter. But this Team is so loaded, and so well-coached, that we're in a position where it may well be only the Offensive Line that is endangering our chances of winning not just one Super Bowl, but two or even three in a row.

    3 ~ Center. The Anchor of the Offensive Line is positioned to exert more influence on the outcome of his Team's PlayOff Fate than all but two or three Players on the entire Team: The QuarterBack and the Defensive Tackles. Our Ryan Wendell did a commendable job stepping in last year, but at such a crucial Position, pursuing anything less than All Pro Caliber Talent is an horrible waste of the efforts of the other 52 men.

    However, I see no All Pro Center looming in the Mist, this Year...and that is what I'm holding out for.

    Secondary Priorities

    4 ~ Depth of Talent at WingBack. Most Tight Ends are either classic Tight Ends ~ On Line Blocker/Receivers like Kong, though of course there are none quite like Kong!! ~ or Flex Ends, like Jimmy Graham, who, as I understand it, doesn't line up much in the BackField nor do much man on man Blocking, but is mostly a Receiver who chips here and there. WingBacks who bring Aaron The Navigator's kind of positional versatility are rarer...but not so rare that we can't find them. Evan Rodriguez is a guy who I was desperate for us to get, last April, and our failure to do so hurt us badly when Hernandez missed huge swaths of time, last year.

    Mind you: Rodriguez's Game is far more about beautifully brutal Blocking, accompanied by impressive Routing and great Hands, whereas Hernandez's Game is far more about Receiving, accompanied by the occasional Chip.

    But our Versatility and the Quality of Impact would still be outstanding, with Rodriguez in there.

    I was ecstatic to see Bill The Mad (Genius) make an aggressive move away from Wide Receiver Depth and towards greater Depth at Tight End, this year. Most of the guys were faded or mediocre, but Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui have proved useful Reserves at both positions, albeit at steep Talent Discounts.

    The next step ~ so say I!! ~ is to bring in substantial Depth of Talent in the Draft and by Trade.

    5 ~ Depth of Talent at Offensive Tackle. We are wafer thin at this position, with a gigantic Talent Vacuum behind Nate "Universal" Solder and Sebastian The Cruel, and there's really no need for that to be, not with all the raw Day 3 & UFA Talent that comes out every year. I have little faith in the ability of Marcus Cannon to be the kind of Offensive Tackle that I want ~ one with exceptional Lateral Agility to challenge Edge Rushers ~ and I don't want our Championship Chances to rest in the hands of a Guard/Tackle Hybrid like Nick Kaczur on SuperBowl Sunday: I want somebody born to play Guard to play Guard, and I want somebody born to play Tackle to play Tackle.

    6 ~ Depth of Talent at Free Safety. Y'all saw how our entire Defense rapidly improved ~ The Ripple Effect ~ once Bill The Mad (Genius) moved Devin McCourty to CenterField ~ a position he was evidently born to play. Well, I have no desire to find out what happens to our Defense if DeMac misses some time, because ~ as I mentioned in predicting our Defense's enormous improvement if DeMac stayed there, after the Aqib Talib Trade ~ CenterField is more essential to the success of the entire Defense than either CornerBack. As such, I think it behooves us to take a long, careful look at potential CenterField Talent in this Draft.

    I've always said that CenterField is Ras I Dowling's best position, because I question his Verticity, but not his Range or Instincts. And I strongly suspect that he might actually hold up for a while if all that Turning & Burning at Corner wasn't putting so much stress on'is wickets...But I hardly want to count on him as a #2 at this point.

    And he might even yet prove to be an exceptional Press Man Corner, where Verticity is not as critical to success.

    7 ~ Depth of Talent at CornerBack. We need to start targeting the talented Day 3 guys who are available every single year, and pay for the highest Expertise in Defensive Back Coaching we can find. However, this Class is weak.

    8 ~ Gryphon!! That's my preferred term for the Hybrid Strong Safety & MidFielder who roams the Middle. It's my belief, with the direction this Game is heading in ~ a Passing League producing smaller Defensive Fronts ~ that this Position will evolve ~ and soon, very soon ~ from an obscure, fringe, ethereal, and part time Position that only a few teams employ at all...to one of crucial, critical importance to the success ~ and survival!! ~ of Defenses in the years directly ahead. Troy Polamalu is the Ideal, here: A guy who commands the Verticity to Turn & Burn in Pass Defense, the Short Area Burst to project Power and Thump in Run Defense...and the Processing Speed to discern Who, What, When, and Where...in a NanoSecond.

    I have intensely high hopes for Nate Ebner developing, here, and some lingering shreds of hope ~ though not such exuberance ~ for Tavon Wilson doing the same ~ I was horrified and disgusted when we passed on LaVonte David for'm ~ but I'd like to bring in some guys who command far more demonstrable Verticity in Pass Defense.

    9 ~ QuarterBack!! We've been incredibly fortunate at this Position, ere the last 11 years and counting, but I would not wish to presume on the FootBall Gods any further. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if Tom Brady were our starting QuarterBack for another 5 years...perhaps even longer: into'is 40's. Or it might be just 3 more years after this one, especially if we launch an unprecedented historic run as I strongly suspect we're about to...But in any case, I would sleep much better if we were developing one or two guys behind'm ~ guys who command exceptional Diagnostic Capacity and, above all, Processing Speed ~ who could step in, should they be needed.

    At the moment ~ and this may well change over the next 6 weeks ~ the two best candidates I see are already in the NFL, and one or both would need to be acquired by Trade, not the Draft.

    Ryan Mallett, I would trade to the highest bidder.

    And frankly, considering the desolate wasteland that is this year's crop of QuarterBacks coming out ~ and the number of teams hurting badly at QB ~ that Bid may be far higher than Mallett's vaporous resume ought warrant.

    I pray so.

    And, now for some really HareBrained Ideas...
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    Insanity ~ Building The "Yankee 245" Defense!!

    Those who've read this fine Blog previously ~ both of you. Haw ~ may recall that I advanced a Theory, last Summer, that The Next Wave of Defensive Innovation will be a move to the "245" as a Base Defense.

    I hope you'll read that acid-induced Article, but I can boil it down for you, if long dissertations don't appeal to you:

    The increasingly Pass-Friendly rule changes ~ for over an hundred years ~ have compelled Defensive Coordinators to craft increasingly small Fronts over that same great length of time...and my Assertion is that the latest wave of Rule Changes, over the last decade ~ from which Defenses, as an whole, are still reeling ~ ought to compel and must compel Defenses, across the Land, to migrate to a "245" Base, as the best means of combating this.

    I have myself crafted a Version of the "245" that I believe is best suited to lead Defenses into the New Era.

    This Defense has, in fact, five Layers, and could quite arguably be called the "22223"!!

    Grizzlies

    "Grizzly" is my all-inclusive term for Linemen on both sides of the Ball, but within the confines of my own twisted Version of the "245", I apply it only to the Defensive Tackles: At least one of these guys needs to be a Mastodonic Beast: The Role of the Grizzlies is simple: Wreak Havoc, Dominate the middle, and force everything OutSide.

    Dragons

    "Dragoon" is my term for Prospects & Players who are capable either of playing Defensive End in a "434" or "425" Defense, or Flank Defender ~ "OutSide LineBacker" to you Earthlings ~ in a "344" or"335" Defense.

    "Dragon" is my term for Players who play an Hybrid Role ~ toggling between either Role, as Tactics warrant.

    Their Role, naturally, is to Set The Edge in Run Defense, and Rush The Passer in Pass Defense.

    A...um...a bit of Talent is required to fulfill this role effectively.

    Lions

    "MidFielder" is my term ~ a far superior one, I flatter myself to think ~ for the ~ well, for the MidFielders.

    These're the guys who've been tagged with the hideously weak and disrespectful term "LineBackers."

    "Lions" in the "245", need to be able to attack the Ball in Run Support, cover half the Field, Flow to the Ball or Turn & Burn in Pass Defense...and need, above all, to Rapidly Read & React to determine which to do.

    They, too, must be highly talented Lads to succeed and even survive in this Era!!

    Such is how it is, when Roger Goodell ~ and millions of Madden FootBall Fans ~ want only 45-42 SlugFests!!

    Gryphons

    "Gryphon" is my term for the Hybrid Strong Safety & - that has slowly worked its way into the outer periphery of FootBall Tactics, over the last decade or so, often attached, indeed, to the "245". But of course it's been considered a Substitute Role, and only a Part Timer at that, as the "245" more often involved a NickelBack.

    My thinking is that the Gryphon not only needs to become part of a Base Defense...But that we need two.

    Yep.

    The Role of the Gryphon in my version of the "245" would be about the same as the "Star" or "Monster" or whatever Coaches call it ~ Hybrid Pass Defense & Run Defense. But my Defensive Vision would be to transform the Gryphon from an occasional part time Gig that most teams don't even employ...to not one but two full time Gigs!!

    The Gryphons would be responsible not only for Run Defense and Pass Defense ~ and for Rapidly Reading & Reacting to determine which to go with ~ but would also be responsible, if needs be, for Nickel & Dime Coverage, as well: They would, in short, become the Heart & Soul of the Back Nine!!

    There'd be a Strong Gryphon ~ Run Defense First ~ and a Free Gryphon ~ Pass Defense First.

    But both would be Hybrids, whereas the Eagle ~ Free Safety ~ would be predominantly focused on Pass Defense.

    And I'm of the opinion that the classic Strong Safety size ~ but with far beyond classic Strong Safety Skills ~ would actually be the optimum size for the Gryphon, who must deal with a far faster Foe than the previous Generation did.

    Raptors ~ Birds of Prey

    With an humble Tip of the Cap to my Partner In Crime who wishes to remain anonymous, and who originated the use of the exquisitely perfect term "Raptor" to describe Defensive Backs....

    "Falcon" ~ CornerBack 1 ~ Preferably a Big Guy
    "Hawk" ~ CornerBack 2 ~ Preferably 5.11 or Taller
    "Eagle" ~ Free Safety

    These Roles are pretty much Classic in their Responsibilities.


    A Few Notes Regarding The Offense

    1 ~ I have little use for FlankerBacks ~ you know: The speedy, skinnier WideOut who lines up Off The Line, on the opposite side across from the Split End ~ and even less regard for traditional SlotBacks. Basically, I'm against Glamor Position Players ~ so called "Skill Players" who can only do one thing well. And these guys ~ FlankerBacks & SlotBacks ~ are, for the most part, pretty much only good for Catching the Ball.

    2 ~ By the same token, I have very little use for traditional FullBacks, because they don't do much but Block.

    3 ~ I believe ~ as indeed I have been saying in various Forums for 3 years, now ~ that there are phenomenal Opportunities to exploit the faster but smaller Defenses of the modern Game, and that these Opportunities lie, above all, in expanding the Depth of Talent at both Tight End ~ the classic Blocker & Receiver Hybrid ~ and at WingBack ~ the New Era Flex End/Wing Back/FullBack Super Hybrid ~ Aaron Hernandez.

    4 ~ Developing Depth of Talent at Tight End ~ backups and partners for Kong ~ would give us a myriad of deadly Mismatch Opportunities, as we could threaten to beat the smaller, faster Defenses into the dirt, 5 Yards at a time on the Ground...or blast our way downfield through the Air...and they would often have no idea which to expect!!

    5 ~ Likewise, developing Depth of Talent at WingBack ~ backups and partners for Aaron The Navigator ~ would open up vast tactical and Mismatch Possibilities, because our ability to morph Sets would be ridiculous.

    6 ~ Developing Depth of Talent at both Positions, while doing the same at FlexBack ~ my term for HalfBacks who are genuinely dangerous Receiving Threats ~ Careening Shane Vereen & Uncanny Danny WoodHead ~ would exponentially expand our Options on every Down, and the Set Possibilities would be literally infinite.

    7 ~ And by developing Depth of Talent at Split End ~ big, strong Ends who can Block, who can run Routes and consistently get Open ~ the sweet, maddening Ambiguity of our Sets would expand even farther.

    8 ~ Stretching the Field not Vertically but Horizontally, persistently mixing up the PlayCalling, and developing both the Ability and the Will to Run or Pass in any given situation ~ and developing the Depth of Talent to be able to do so ~ is all this team needs to do to run off 3 Super Bowl Championships in a row. Use The Whole PIG, Tom!!

    Additional Caveats & Obfuscations

    1 ~ Be warned: At a glance, this Conceptual Mock will seem deliriously ludicrous. It might hurt your eyes.

    2 ~ Even so: Not one single Transaction ~ not one!! ~ is either unfair or in itself implausible. Not one. And the fact of the matter is that none'f us who don't do this for a living can really know the scope of what Negotiations go on ~ what Trades are possible that are simply never agreed upon. I strongly suspect that what Picks and Players actually get swapped are but the tip of the IceBerg, and that an aggressive General Manager ~ one who, like myself, held absolutely no regard whatsoever for Convention ~ could tear the landscape to shreds...and in a single weekend.

    3 ~ All Trades are impeccably Fair, based on Book Value ~ my Term for the Values nominally assessed by the famous Trade Value Chart, which is, mind you, only a Guide, and is often ignored, depending on circumstances.

    This is...my Vision!! Mwahahaaa!!
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    PreDraft Trades

    DD Donta HighTower > Ravens > #32 & #129 & #238!!
    OL Marcus Cannon > Bears > WB Evan Rodriguez + SE Dale Moss + #153
    DD Jermaine Cunningham & XB Jeff Demps > Bucs > #112 & XB Michael Smith!!
    FL Brandon Lloyd > Jets > #72 + #141 + QB Greg McElroy!!
    QB Ryan Mallett > Cardinals > #38 + #140 + #174!!
    DL Brandon Deaderick > Miners > #180!!
    DT Kyle Love & OL Nick McDonald > Steelers > #186 & #223!!

    Draft Day Trades

    #29 > Vikings > #52 & #83 & #102 & #229!! * Cord Patterson!! *
    #52 & FS Steve Gregory > Hoostens > #57 & #124!! * Jamar Taylor!! *
    #72 > Bengals > #84 & #118 & #190!! * Mike Glennon!! *
    #112 > Buccaneers > #126 & #147!! * Tyler Wilson!! *

    The Picks

    #32 ~ SS Jonathan Cyprien ~ Florida InterNational Panthers ~ 6003/216
    #38 ~ DE Tank Carradine ~ Florida State Seminoles ~ 6040/275
    #57 ~ SS Dayario Swearinger ~ South Carolina Game****s ~ 5104/208
    #59 ~ TE Travis Kelce ~ Cincinnati BearCats ~ 6050/255
    #83 ~ XE Jordan Reed ~ Florida Gators ~ 6024/238
    #84 ~ OG Hugh Thornton ~ Illinois Fighting Illini ~ 6033/320
    #91 ~ DT Brandon Williams ~ Missouri Southern Lions ~ 6012/336
    #102 ~ SS Duke Williams ~ Nevada WolfPack ~ 5110/201
    #118 ~ OG Joe Tretter ~ Cornell Big Red ~ 6036/308
    #124 ~ SE Christopher Harper ~ Kansas State WildCats ~ 6006/228
    #126 ~ FL Quinton Patton ~ Louisiana Tech ~ 6000/204
    #129 ~ XB Marcus Lattimore ~ South Carolina Game****s ~ 5112/222
    #140 ~ XB Christopher Thompson ~ Florida State Seminoles ~ 5070/192
    #141 ~ FS Josh Evans ~ Florida Gators ~ 6012/207
    #147 ~ SE Corey Fuller ~ Virginia Tech Hokies ~ 6021/204
    #153 ~ PK Caleb Sturgis ~ Florida Gators ~ 5097/189
    #174 ~ XB Latavius Murray ~ Central Florida Knights ~ 6024/224
    #180 ~ FD DeVonte Holloman ~ South Carolina Game****s ~ 6012/243
    #186 ~ XB Kerwynn Williams ~ Utah State Aggies ~ 5082/195
    #190 ~ OT Reid Fragel ~ Ohio State BuckEyes ~ 6075/308
    #223 ~ TE Justice Cunningham ~ South Carolina Game****s ~ 6025/259
    #226 ~ SE DaRick Rogers ~ Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles ~ 6024/216
    #229 ~ QB Peter Lalich ~ California Pennsylvania Vulcans ~ 6050/231
    #235 ~ OT Luke Marquardt ~ Azusa Pacific Cougars ~ 6084/315
    #238 ~ DL Lawrence Okoye ~ British Discus Throwers ~ 6051/304

    UFA's

    UFA ~ MF Keith Pough ~ Howard Beefalos ~ 6016/240
    UFA ~ XB Damon Harper ~ Boise State Broncos ~ 5091/210
    UFA ~ DT Will Pericak ~ Colorado Beefaloes ~ 6033/300
    UFA ~ WB Willie Carter ~ Tulsa Hurricane ~ 6015/240
    UFA ~ SS Ryan McWethy ~ PlatteVille Pioneers ~ 6012/225
    UFA ~ OT Wade Jacobson ~ Washington State Cougars ~ 6057/303
    UFA ~ DT Glenn Foster ~ Illinois Fighting Illini ~ 6036/286
    UFA ~ SE Courtney Gardner ~ Sierra Wolverines ~ 6024/216

    FA's ~ Free Agents

    FA ~ CB Nnamdi Asomugha ~ Philadelphia Eagles ~ 6024/213
    FA ~ CB Bradley Fletcher ~ Saint Louis Rams ~ 6003/195
    FA ~ CB Antoine Cason ~ San Diego Lightning Bolts ~ 6003/192
    FA ~ DT Glenn Dorsey ~ Kansas City Chiefs ~ 6015/297
    RFA ~ Danario Alexander ~ San Diego Lightning Bolts ~ 6045/216

    HouseKeeping

    Resignings

    OT Sebastian Vollmer
    XB Danny WoodHead
    FL Julian Edelman
    CB Aqib Talib
    MF Dane Fletcher

    Divestitures

    SB Wes Welker
    CB Kyle Arrington
    SS Pat Chung
    DD Trevor Scott
    OG Donald Thomas
    TE Michael Hoomanawanui
    TE Daniel Fells

    Extensions

    FS Devin McCourty
    SP Zoltan Mesko
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    Offensive OverView

    Top Competitors & Projected # of Roster Spots on Final 53

    QuarterBack ~ 3

    Tom Brady
    Greg McElroy
    Peter Lalich
    Mike Kafka


    Center ~ 1

    Ryan Wendell

    Offensive Guard ~ 4

    Logan Mankins
    Hugh Thornton
    Joe Tretter
    Dan Connolly

    Offensive Tackle ~ 4

    Sebastian Vollmer
    Nate Solder
    Reid Fragel
    Luke Marquardt
    Wade Jacobson

    Tight End ~ 3

    Rob Gronkowski
    Travis Kelce
    Justice Cunningham
    Jake Ballard

    WingBack ~ 3

    FW ~ Aaron Hernandez
    FW ~ Jordan Reed
    SW ~ Ivan Rodriguez
    FW ~ Willie Carter

    Split End ~ 3/4

    Danario Alexander
    Christopher Harper
    DaRick Rogers
    Corey Fuller
    Dale Moss
    Courtney Gardner

    Flanker ~ 1/2

    Quint Patton
    Julian Edelman

    HalfBack ~ 4/5

    HB ~ Stephan Ridley
    XB ~ Shane Vereen
    XB ~ Danny WoodHead
    XB ~ Michael Smith
    XB ~ Marcus Lattimore
    XB ~ Kerwynn Williams
    XB ~ Latavius Murray
    XB ~ Damon Harper
    XB ~ Christopher Thompson

    Notes

    1 ~ Backup QuarterBacks must master Long Snapping.
    2 ~ Backup Offensive Guards must master Center.
    3 ~ Backup Center ~ if any ~ must master Offensive Guard.
    4 ~ Strong WingBack is more of a Blocker than Receiver.
    5 ~ Free WingBack is more of a Receiver than Blocker.

    Defensive OverView

    Top Competitors & Projected # of Roster Spots on Final 53

    Grizzly ~ 4

    Vince Wilfork
    Brandon Williams
    Glenn Dorsey
    Armond Armstead
    Lawrence Okoye
    Will Pericak
    Glenn Foster


    Dragon ~ 4/5

    Chandler Jones
    Tank Carradine
    Rob Ninkovich
    Justin Francis
    Jake Bequette

    Lion ~ 4

    Jerod Mayo
    Brandon Spikes
    DeVonte Holloman
    Dane Fletcher
    Keith Pough
    Jeff Tarpinian

    Gryphon ~ 4/5

    Jon Cyprien
    DJ Swearinger
    Duke Williams
    Nate Ebner
    Tavon Wilson

    Eagle ~ 1/2

    Devin McCourty
    Josh Evans

    Falcon ~ 2/3

    Nnamdi Asomugha
    Ras I Dowling

    Hawk ~ 3

    Alfonzo Dennard
    Bradley Fletcher
    Antoine Cason

    Notes

    1 ~ The Terms all relate to my Deeply Disturbed Defense ~ The Yankee "245"!!
    2 ~ Falcons are the Big CornerBacks.
    3 ~ Hawks are the Medium Sized CornerBacks.
    4 ~ Sparrows are the Tiny CornerBacks, and we don't abide those!!
    5 ~ Falcons, Eagles, & Hawks ~ the Raptors ~ all serve as Depth for one another.

    Patriots Prognosis ~ 2013!!

    1 ~ Depth of Talent concerns are vaporized. If Kong gets hurt again, we have tremendous Depth of Talent to step in for'm. If Hernandez gets hurt, we have outstanding Depth of Talent to step in for'm. And by the end of the Season ~ which is all that matters ~ the phenomenal Coaches we've retained or brought in will very likely have developed our rather amazing Depth of Talent ~ at every last Position ~ to the Point where it can compete...

    2 ~ What most Fans don't really realize is that Rookies & Sophomores who have things click during the latter stages of their first full Season ~ as very many of the smartest, most talented ones do ~ have an immense advantage over the Teams they play against, simply because there's nothing ~ no Data ~ with which to chart the Tendencies & Weaknesses of these guys...an advantage that the Veterans that they're going up against do not enjoy.

    3 ~ Bringing in the likes of Travis Kelce and Justice Cunningham ~ true Blocking Beasts who are also dangerous down the Seam ~ explosive, in Kelce's case ~ to bookend with Kong will bring utterly incalculable Terror to the rest of the League: Our ability to Run The Damned Ball ~ 60 times a Week, if we were so inclined ~ would skyrocket.

    4 ~ And yet the ability of Kong & Kelce or Kong & Cunningham or Kelce & Cunningham to tear a vertical hole right up the middle of either Seam ~ or both Seams!! ~ would drive Defensive Coordinators into unrelenting Terror.

    5 ~ Aaron the Navigator, joined by his explosive Protege, Jordan Reed, would give us the ability to create schematic possibilities guaranteed to turn Defensive Coordinators' hair white with babbling, gibbering Terror: Double Wing. Double SlotBack. Double FullBack. Double Split. Trips Left. Trips Right. And 987,000 other delightful Concoctions!!

    6 ~ The BackField, of course, would be poised to enjoy its Finest Hour: Shane Vereen, Michael Smith, Kerwynn Williams, and Latavius Murray threaten explosively dangerous versatility on every single Snap. We can deploy 1 of them, or Zero, or 4, on any given Play. The Capacity of Vereen, WoodHead, Smith, and the others to split out wide in an instant is of course horrifying to any Defender, and simply multiplies the exquiste Defensive nightmare!!

    7 ~ The Offensive Line should be dramatically improved if they simply stay healthy: Solder, Vollmer, and Mankins are all All Pro Level Talents, after all. I believe that Solder is poised for a big step forward, this year ~ toward Stardom, perhaps ~ and that Mankins ~ with a full offseason to simply heal ~ will be fully healthy for the first time in 2 years, and surprise many people, who assume he's started to age, by returning to'is mauling, brawling Beauty. And if they should get injured, the Depth of Talent is now light years more Athletic & Talented than it's ever been.

    8 ~ With the Influx of Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Williams, and Armond Armstead, the Defensive Tackle Depth of Talent will explode, and this crew will finally become the terrifying, dominating Horror that it always should've been!! And Dorsey, Williams, and Armstead will bring an actual Pass Rush to the center of the Line, which will in turn free up Vince Wilfork to bring far more Pass Rushing Rage than he's ever previously been able to!! Once Brandon Williams, in particular, gets rocking and rolling, the combination of Wilfork and him will eclipse even the fabled Duo of Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams...and every other Defensive Tackle Duo that's ever roamed the Land!!

    9 ~ Tank Carradine and Chandler Jones are two of the most potentially devastating Pass Rushers of this Era...And if you exclude the Pass Rushers who can't Stop the Run at the level that these guys can, that list shrinks dramatically. If Carradine can actually get Up To Speed in time for Opening Day, the combined effect of these two will be simply awesome. There is truly the Opportunity to forge an harrowingly elite Crew of Two...And there is also very good reason to believe that Justin Francis and Jake Bequette are poised to make significant Impacts in their Sophomore years. All in, this Defense would be poised for nothing short of a spectacular improvement in its Pass Rush.

    10 ~ Pass Defense?? Well, we all know that nothing improves Pass Defense like an improved Pass Rush, so I would expect that even if the MidFielders and Secondary simply treaded water, in terms of their Performance, we'd see an equally spectacular improvement in their Results...But of course the seismic Impact of Cyprien & Swearinger in the notorious Middle of our Pass Defense, and the huge jump toward stardom that I expect from McCourty in'is first full Season at Free Safety would transform that Secondary into an attacking Secondary...at long, long last!!
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    1 ~ Please understand: I do not presume to persuade anyone of my unusual Perspective on things.

    2 ~ I believe that we persuade ourselves...and employ the words of others only to inform our Decisions.

    3 ~ My reason for copying this, here ~ the No Frills Version ~ is to share my radical views, not to sell them.

    Mostly, I just want to get this On The Record...So I can review these, here, 4 Years hence, and Evaluate.

    Any thoughtful discussion is greatly welcome and appreciated, of course. ;)
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    I hope anyone who feels like cranking out their own BackDraft will feel free to do so, here ~ I plan on Saving this Thread as a Self Evaluatory Point of Reference to review later on, so it'll be readily available. :cool:

    My first Mock Draft was in 2010, and it's already given me quite a few Chuckles...one year to Hatching!! :D
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    I don't have the time to get into this right now but I'll hit a few key points. I LOVE the concept of the 2-4-5. I think to run it properly you have two have two big uglies to do it properly. Vince and Star for instance. Armstead and some others would be very situational in my version of this defense. I also would never trade Hightower since he would grant me a lot of versatility in this defense.

    As far as what we know after obviously teams really took character into account for Montgomery, Allen and Rodgers especially. I do think Allen is a perfect fit in SD. Rivers is another of the chuck it up high QBs and minus VJ he has suffered. I think Allen will do well there.
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    Can you post that?
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    Sure, why not?? [​IMG]

    NFL Forum :: - Off The Grid's Phantasmagorical + Acid-Induced Mock Draft!!

    I'm pretty sure that I did everything possible wrong that anyone can do in a Mock Draft with this one!! In all fairness to myself, I had about 8 weeks of experience, in the sense that I don't think that I even knew Mock Drafts existed, 8 weeks before this!! :eek:

    1 ~ 1st Dubious Move: Speculating that the Miners would be willing to trade the #17 for our 2011 Raider 1st Rounder, straight up. :eek: Mind you: That's not as insane as one might think ~ although 1000% unprecedented, mind you!! ~ because the Raiders were coming off 847 consecutive Seasons of producing a Top 5 Pick, and the Miners also had #13 in the 2010 Draft...but still!! [​IMG]

    2 ~ 2nd Dubious Move: Dreaming that we could've traded Dan Koppen to the Raiders for #70. :rolleyes:

    3 ~ 3rd Dubious Move: Nick Kaczur for a 4th Rounder. Yeah, right!! [​IMG]

    4 ~ 4th Dubious Move: Matt Light for another 4th Rounder.

    5 ~ 5th Dubious Move: OT Charlie Brown @ #22. Obviously, he went at the end of the 2nd Round, which is one of a million reasons why BackDrafts are the only real way to provide something that can stand up to Evaluation, later on...Anyway, I have no regrets about the Charlie Brown Play, but he sank to the 2nd Round because of Health, and it turned out that'is Health has been a disaster!!

    6 ~ FD Jerry Hughes @ #32!! Oh, how I loved this guy!! [​IMG]

    7 ~ FD Jason Worilds @ #53!! Crazy about this guy!! Doh!!

    8 ~ SE Marcus Easley ~ 3rd Round!!

    9 ~ SS Myron Rolle ~ 4th Round!!

    10 ~ I also managed to draft THREE Defensive Ends in the last two Rounds who nobody's ever heard from again, and listed about TWENTY possible UFAs who're ALL now working at the Quickie Mart!! [​IMG]

    F...MINUS!!​


    [​IMG]

    GOD, I had a blast, though!! :D
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    Well, one early sign: not only was Lalich not drafted, he wasn't even signed as an UDFA. :eek:
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    Sure, but a sign of what? [​IMG]

    Any time we set out to Mock, my friend, we enter a Magical World where we are the General Manager. :D

    And while the highly eccentric Mister Lalich ~ he is most definitely a Flake!! :D ~ might very well've put off every GM who'd otherwise have made'm an Offer...I, being a Flake, myself, wouldn't've had that problem. :cool:

    All we know at this Point is that 32 Teams haven't made a move to secure'is Services.

    That by no means means that they aren't making 32 hideously foolish mistakes.

    It wouldn't be the first time...would it? ;)
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    Hey OTG, I always enjoy your wild and crazy thoughts. It's thinking "outside the box" that leads to the good ideals that become game changers. If I were running the Browns for example, I would consider your concepts because following the traditional "groupthink" has resulted in, well, the Browns (when was the last time they made the SB?).
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    Stimulating to say the least. OTG, you have genuine passion for the Pats and more broadly in football -- as evident from your knowledge of college players across the country.

    For your sake, given the amount of time, energy and resources you expend in persuing your passion, I hope you find time to convert it into a rewarding (or at least complimentary) career. Perhaps you can join an NFL organization as a resident contrarian expert challenging/pushing the GM or your own website. After all, if a know-nothing like Mike Florio can start a "pro Football talk" website.....

    I'm sailing blindly in uncharted waters, but want to wish you well.
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    How very kind of you, Brother Frisco.

    I finally came to realize, at some point, how ludicrously presumptuous it is to try to "convert" people to one's way of thinking: If anyone buys a new Idea, they do so for their own reasons and in their own time. More often, in fact, they come up with their own Idea, perhaps influenced or even inspired by one's Perspective.

    The most I can or should aspire to is to tickle brains ~ to give someone a fresh Perspective to consider.

    As such, you've offered me the Highest Praise that I aspire to, and for that, Sir, I thank you!! [​IMG]
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    Great and incredibly kind Words, Brother Stanford. Grateful Thanks!! [​IMG]

    I actually have started my own little Blog, and I'm still in the process of finding a Balance between FootBall and my other Aspirations, which are Legion...But I do hope, some day, some Year ~ and lofty Goals these be!! ~ to eventually influence the Language, if only in some Ethereal corners of the FootBall Universe!! :eek:

    You, Sir, quite obviously Aspire To The Stars, as well, and for that, I salute you yet again!! [​IMG]

    Wow...You Bay Boys are Lushes!! I'm getting tipsy, here...:singing:
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    My Fellow FootBall Fanatics...

    Because y'all deserve my Best Work ~ and because I'm a Self Promoting Hoar :D ~ and most of all because I am possessed with a deeply unhealthy, twisted, and neurotic Pleasure in such Productions...I'm going to indulge myself and reproduce the more elaborate version of my 1st annual BackDraft ~ 2013 Version ~ in the Hope that the Names of the Prospects ~ and my Arguments behind selecting them ~ will resonate in your fine, fertile Minds. ;)

    So here it is...

    I thought it might be kind of cool to start cranking out combination Master Plan & Mock Drafts after the Draft is held, each Year. In retrospect, the information available at this point is far better, after all. Namely: what the Market actually thinks of Prospects and when they really Project to get Drafted, thus making this one more Authentic.

    I freely admit, mind you, that knowing when other Teams would've actually drafted the Prospects I coveted is clearly an enormous Advantage. But in all Fairness to myself ~ and to all other Mock Drafters ~ we are all dealing with the equally enormous Disadvantage of knowing only a tiny fraction of what the 32 Teams know.

    Being able to interview someone ~ to ask probing questions and test their Intelligence, their Processing Speed, their Personality ~ is a gigantic Advantage, and so is being able to interview everyone they're connected with, and to sit down with All 22 Tape and avail oneself of the vast expertise of one's Scouting Department's Time & Expertise.

    All things considered, I'd call it a Wash!!

    And it's also fair to note that the vast majority of the Projections were accurate.

    This just cleans things up a bit.

    So here goes: Fanatical Yankee's 1st Annual Patriots Master Plan & Mock Draft Grand Finale!!
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    Top Priorities of an Extraordinarily Demented Mind

    It All Starts In The Trenches.

    History has shown us a thousand times ~ if we have eyes to see ~ that while Glamor Positions ~ hideously referred to as "Skill" Positions by the national media ~ are entertaining and exciting to play Madden FootBall with, it is, in the real world, ultimately the teams that focus on Players and Schemes that are adept at boring, mundane things like Tenacious D, Moving The Chains, and Winning The Battles of the Trenches...who end up with the Rings.

    The Patriots are poised to make some Magic happen...To perhaps carve out an unprecedented Page in History.

    But we are almost perilously thin at what I consider our most vital Positions.

    This is one man's wish ~ a fervent Prayer, to quote Paul Newman in The Verdict ~ that we boldly address this.

    ***

    1 ~ Defensive Tackle. Only the QuarterBack exerts more influence on the outcome of his Team's PlayOff Fate than do the Team's Defensive Tackles. Vince Wilfork is simply the best of them all, but if we had somebody of his approximate Caliber playing alongside'm, the Ripple Effect on the rest of our Defense could be spectacular.

    Furthermore: If Wilfork goes down right now, our entire Defense goes down the toilet.

    Depth of Talent is badly needed.

    2 ~ Offensive Guard. It can be argued that the Impact of the play of the Offensive Guards is even more vital to a Team's chances of success in the only Games that really count ~ the ones played in the Dark Depths of Winter ~ than even that of the Center, for they are more crucial than anyone to the Run Game.

    And it was, furthermore, the failure of Pass Protection in the Interior of our O Line, in each of the last two Super Bowls, that can be argued to've made the Championship Difference.

    Dan Connolly is a tremendous Reserve, and a decent Starter. But this Team is so loaded, and so well-coached, that we're in a position where it may well be only the Offensive Line that is endangering our chances of winning not just one Super Bowl, but two or even three in a row.

    3 ~ Center. The Anchor of the Offensive Line is positioned to exert more influence on the outcome of his Team's PlayOff Fate than all but two or three Players on the entire Team: The QuarterBack and the Defensive Tackles. Our Ryan Wendell did a commendable job stepping in last year, but at such a crucial Position, pursuing anything less than All Pro Caliber Talent is an horrible waste of the efforts of the other 52 men.

    However, I see no All Pro Center looming in the Mist, this Year...and that is what I'm holding out for.

    Secondary Priorities

    4 ~ Depth of Talent at WingBack and Tight End. Most Tight Ends are either classic Tight Ends ~ On Line Blocker/Receivers like Kong, though of course there are none quite like Kong!! ~ or Flex Ends, like Jimmy Graham, who, as I understand it, doesn't line up much in the BackField nor do much man on man Blocking, but is mostly a Receiver who chips here and there.

    WingBacks who bring Aaron The Navigator's kind of positional versatility are rarer...but not so rare that we can't find them. Evan Rodriguez is a guy who I was desperate for us to get, last April, and our failure to do so hurt us badly when Hernandez missed huge swaths of time, last year.

    Mind you: Rodriguez's Game is far more about beautifully brutal Blocking, accompanied by impressive Routing and great Hands, whereas Hernandez's Game is far more about Receiving, accompanied by the occasional Chip.

    But our Versatility and the Quality of Impact would still be outstanding, with Rodriguez in there.

    I was ecstatic to see Bill The Mad (Genius) make an aggressive move away from Wide Receiver Depth and towards greater Depth at Tight End, last year. Mind you: Most of the guys were faded or mediocre...

    The next step ~ so say I!! ~ is to bring in substantial Depth of Talent in the Draft and by Trade.

    5 ~ Depth of Talent at Offensive Tackle. We are wafer thin at this position, with a gigantic Talent Vacuum behind Nate "Universal" Solder and Sebastian The Cruel, and there's really no need for that to be, not with all the raw Day 3 & UFA Talent that comes out every year. I have little faith in the ability of Marcus Cannon to be the kind of Offensive Tackle that I want ~ one with exceptional Lateral Agility to challenge Edge Rushers ~ and I don't want our Championship Chances to rest in the hands of a Guard/Tackle Hybrid like Nick Kaczur on SuperBowl Sunday: I want somebody born to play Guard to play Guard, and I want somebody born to play Tackle to play Tackle.

    6 ~ Depth of Talent at Free Safety. Y'all saw how our entire Defense rapidly improved ~ The Ripple Effect ~ once Bill The Mad (Genius) moved Devin McCourty to CenterField ~ a position he was evidently born to play. Well, I have no desire to find out what happens to our Defense if DeMac misses some time, because ~ as I mentioned in predicting our Defense's enormous improvement if DeMac stayed there, after the Aqib Talib Trade ~ CenterField is more essential to the success of the entire Defense than either CornerBack. As such, I think it behooves us to take a long, careful look at potential CenterField Talent in this Draft.

    I've always said that CenterField is Ras I Dowling's best position, because I question his Verticity, but not his Range or Instincts. And I strongly suspect that he might actually hold up for a while if all that Turning & Burning at Corner wasn't putting so much stress on'is wickets...But I hardly want to count on him as a #2 at this point.

    And he might even yet prove to be an exceptional Press Man Corner, where Verticity is not as critical to success.

    7 ~ Depth of Talent at CornerBack. We need to start targeting the talented Day 3 guys who are available every single year, and pay for the highest Expertise in Defensive Back Coaching we can find. However, this Class is weak.

    8 ~ Gryphon!! That's my preferred term for the Hybrid Strong Safety & MidFielder who roams the Middle. It's my belief, with the direction this Game is heading in ~ a Passing League producing smaller Defensive Fronts ~ that this Position will evolve ~ and soon, very soon ~ from an obscure, fringe, ethereal, and part time Position that only a few teams employ at all...to one of crucial, critical importance to the success ~ and survival!! ~ of Defenses in the years directly ahead. Troy Polamalu is the Ideal, here: A guy who commands the Verticity to Turn & Burn in Pass Defense, the Short Area Burst to project Power and Thump in Run Defense...and the Processing Speed to discern Who, What, When, and Where...in a NanoSecond.

    I have intensely high hopes for Nate Ebner developing, here, and some lingering shreds of hope ~ though not such exuberance ~ for Tavon Wilson doing the same ~ I was horrified and disgusted when we passed on LaVonte David for'm ~ but I'd like to bring in some guys who command far more demonstrable Verticity in Pass Defense.

    9 ~ QuarterBack!! We've been incredibly fortunate at this Position, ere the last 11 years and counting, but I would not wish to presume on the FootBall Gods any further. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if Tom Brady were our starting QuarterBack for another 5 years...perhaps even longer: into'is 40's. Or it might be just 3 more years after this one, especially if we launch an unprecedented historic run as I strongly suspect we're about to...But in any case, I would sleep much better if we were developing one or two guys behind'm ~ guys who command exceptional Diagnostic Capacity and, above all, Processing Speed ~ who could step in, should they be needed.

    At the moment ~ and this may well change over the next 6 weeks ~ the two best candidates I see are already in the NFL, and one or both would need to be acquired by Trade, not the Draft.

    Ryan Mallett, I would trade to the highest bidder.

    And frankly, considering the desolate wasteland that is this year's crop of QuarterBacks coming out ~ and the number of teams hurting badly at QB ~ that Bid may be far higher than Mallett's vaporous resume ought warrant.

    I pray so.

    And, now for some really HareBrained Ideas...
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    Insanity ~ Building The "Yankee 245" Defense!!

    Those who've read this fine Blog previously ~ both of you. Haw ~ may recall that I advanced a Theory, last Summer, that The Next Wave of Defensive Innovation will be a move to the "245" as a Base Defense.

    I hope you'll read that acid-induced Article, but I can boil it down for you, if long dissertations don't appeal to you:

    The increasingly Pass-Friendly rule changes ~ for over an hundred years ~ have compelled Defensive Coordinators to craft increasingly small Fronts over that same great length of time...and my Assertion is that the latest wave of Rule Changes, over the last decade ~ from which Defenses, as an whole, are still reeling ~ ought to compel and must compel Defenses, across the Land, to migrate to a "245" Base, as the best means of combating this.

    I have myself crafted a Version of the "245" that I believe is best suited to lead Defenses into the New Era.

    This Defense has, in fact, five Layers, and could quite arguably be called the "22223"!!

    Grizzlies

    "Grizzly" is my all-inclusive term for Linemen on both sides of the Ball, but within the confines of my own twisted Version of the "245", I apply it only to the Defensive Tackles: At least one of these guys needs to be a Mastodonic Beast: The Role of the Grizzlies is simple: Wreak Havoc, Dominate the middle, and force everything OutSide.

    Dragons

    "Dragoon" is my term for Prospects & Players who are capable either of playing Defensive End in a "434" or "425" Defense, or Flank Defender ~ "OutSide LineBacker" to you Earthlings ~ in a "344" or"335" Defense.

    "Dragon" is my term for Players who play an Hybrid Role ~ toggling between either Role, as Tactics warrant.

    Their Role, naturally, is to Set The Edge in Run Defense, and Rush The Passer in Pass Defense.

    A...um...a bit of Talent is required to fulfill this role effectively.

    Lions

    "MidFielder" is my term ~ a far superior one, I flatter myself to think ~ for the ~ well, for the MidFielders.

    These're the guys who've been tagged with the hideously weak and disrespectful term "LineBackers."

    "Lions" in the "245", need to be able to attack the Ball in Run Support, cover half the Field, Flow to the Ball or Turn & Burn in Pass Defense...and need, above all, to Rapidly Read & React to determine which to do.

    They, too, must be highly talented Lads to succeed and even survive in this Era!!

    Such is how it is, when Roger Goodell ~ and millions of Madden FootBall Fans ~ want only 45-42 SlugFests!!

    Gryphons

    "Gryphon" is my term for the Hybrid Strong Safety & - that has slowly worked its way into the outer periphery of FootBall Tactics, over the last decade or so, often attached, indeed, to the "245". But of course it's been considered a Substitute Role, and only a Part Timer at that, as the "245" more often involved a NickelBack.

    My thinking is that the Gryphon not only needs to become part of a Base Defense...But that we need two.

    Yep.

    The Role of the Gryphon in my version of the "245" would be about the same as the "Star" or "Monster" or whatever Coaches call it ~ Hybrid Pass Defense & Run Defense. But my Defensive Vision would be to transform the Gryphon from an occasional part time Gig that most teams don't even employ...to not one but two full time Gigs!!

    The Gryphons would be responsible not only for Run Defense and Pass Defense ~ and for Rapidly Reading & Reacting to determine which to go with ~ but would also be responsible, if needs be, for Nickel & Dime Coverage, as well: They would, in short, become the Heart & Soul of the Back Nine!!

    There'd be a Strong Gryphon ~ Run Defense First ~ and a Free Gryphon ~ Pass Defense First.

    But both would be Hybrids, whereas the Eagle ~ Free Safety ~ would be predominantly focused on Pass Defense.

    And I'm of the opinion that the classic Strong Safety size ~ but with far beyond classic Strong Safety Skills ~ would actually be the optimum size for the Gryphon, who must deal with a far faster Foe than the previous Generation did.

    Raptors ~ Birds of Prey

    With an humble Tip of the Cap to my Partner In Crime who wishes to remain anonymous, and who originated the use of the exquisitely perfect term "Raptor" to describe Defensive Backs....

    "Falcon" ~ CornerBack 1 ~ Preferably a Big Guy
    "Hawk" ~ CornerBack 2 ~ Preferably 5.11 or Taller
    "Eagle" ~ Free Safety

    These Roles are pretty much Classic in their Responsibilities.
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    A Few Notes Regarding The Offense

    1 ~ I have little use for FlankerBacks ~ you know: The speedy, skinnier WideOut who lines up Off The Line, on the opposite side across from the Split End ~ and even less regard for traditional SlotBacks. Basically, I'm against Glamor Position Players ~ so called "Skill Players" who can only do one thing well. And these guys ~ FlankerBacks & SlotBacks ~ are, for the most part, pretty much only good for Catching the Ball.

    2 ~ By the same token, I have very little use for traditional FullBacks, because they don't do much but Block.

    3 ~ I believe ~ as indeed I have been saying in various Forums for 3 years, now ~ that there are phenomenal Opportunities to exploit the faster but smaller Defenses of the modern Game, and that these Opportunities lie, above all, in expanding the Depth of Talent at both Tight End ~ the classic Blocker & Receiver Hybrid ~ and at WingBack ~ the New Era Flex End/Wing Back/FullBack Super Hybrid ~ Aaron Hernandez.

    4 ~ Developing Depth of Talent at Tight End ~ backups and partners for Kong ~ would give us a myriad of deadly Mismatch Opportunities, as we could threaten to beat the smaller, faster Defenses into the dirt, 5 Yards at a time on the Ground...or blast our way downfield through the Air...and they would often have no idea which to expect!!

    5 ~ Likewise, developing Depth of Talent at WingBack ~ backups and partners for Aaron The Navigator ~ would open up vast tactical and Mismatch Possibilities, because our ability to morph Sets would be ridiculous.

    6 ~ Developing Depth of Talent at both Positions, while doing the same at FlexBack ~ my term for HalfBacks who are genuinely dangerous Receiving Threats ~ Careening Shane Vereen & Uncanny Danny WoodHead ~ would exponentially expand our Options on every Down, and the Set Possibilities would be literally infinite.

    7 ~ And by developing Depth of Talent at Split End ~ big, strong Ends who can Block, who can run Routes and consistently get Open ~ the sweet, maddening Ambiguity of our Sets would expand even farther.

    8 ~ Stretching the Field not Vertically but Horizontally, persistently mixing up the PlayCalling, and developing both the Ability and the Will to Run or Pass in any given situation ~ and developing the Depth of Talent to be able to do so ~ is all this team needs to do to run off 3 Super Bowl Championships in a row. Use The Whole PIG, Tom!!

    Additional Caveats & Obfuscations

    1 ~ Be warned: At a glance, this Conceptual Mock will seem deliriously ludicrous. It might hurt your eyes.

    2 ~ Even so: Not one single Transaction ~ not one!! ~ is either unfair or in itself implausible. Not one. And the fact of the matter is that none'f us who don't do this for a living can really know the scope of what Negotiations go on ~ what Trades are possible that are simply never agreed upon. I strongly suspect that what Picks and Players actually get swapped are but the tip of the IceBerg, and that an aggressive General Manager ~ one who, like myself, held absolutely no regard whatsoever for Convention ~ could tear the landscape to shreds...and in a single weekend.

    3 ~ All Trades are impeccably Fair, based on Book Value ~ my Term for the Values nominally assessed by the famous Trade Value Chart, which is, mind you, only a Guide, and is often ignored, depending on circumstances.

    This is...my Vision!! Mwahahaaa!!
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    PreDraft Trades!!

    DD Donta HighTower > Ravens > #32 & #129 & #238

    ...Just in case anyone was still wondering whether'r not I'd lost my #$%&!!!

    Again: This is my Vision. I take no pleasure in constructing a MasterPlan & MockDraft that is designed to cater to the wishes of my Team's Head Coach, even if that Head Coach happens to be Coach Bill The Mad (Genius).

    Every one of us who rolls out a MasterPlan & MockDraft is "Playing General Manager". And why not??

    It's a blast!!

    But I've always felt that if something's worth doing, it's worth going All Out.

    And so I have!!

    Donta HighTower ~ a Pick I was never thrilled about, though a Player I do admire ~ could potentially convert into a Dragon in The Yankee"245"...but I believe that we can acquire the Services of a far more explosive Dragon for that Role for less than we could actually acquire in Trade for the Services of HighTower, himself.

    It's no secret either that the Ravens are facing a desperate Salary Cap situation, nor that their MidFielder Corp is being torn to shreds and there's virtually nothing that they can do about it...nor that they were fervent Fans of HighTower, last April: Peter King reported it, the idea being that he replace Ray Lewis.

    It's virtually unheard of, to trade a Player after one Year, much less to get considerable Value for'm...but the Stars are aligning perfectly for this one to happen, and Historical Precedent means #$%& to me!!

    OT Marcus Cannon > Bears > WB Evan Rodriguez & SE Dale Moss & #155

    1 ~ Marcus Cannon has superb Potential, but I want Grizzlies with Lateral Agility and who can run.

    2 ~ The Bears are desperate for quality Grizzlies, and Cannon's poised to become an exceptional Right Tackle.

    3 ~ Lovie Smith burned a 4th Rounder on Evan Rodriguez, last year, but he was ill used, and with a new Regime in place, the Opportunity is ripe to pluck an extraordinary Talent up, cheap, while the Bears recalibrate.

    4 ~ Dale Moss is a Lottery Ticket, but he's a former World Class Runner who converted to FootBall only in 2011... and immediately blew up his League!! He's incredibly raw, but his Fluidity & Lateral Agility, his Ricochet & Core Strength, and, above all, the Intensity and Passion he brings to everything he does...demands attention.

    If he can actually harness the phenomenal fusion of athletic attributes that he commands...he could become great.

    WB Evan Rodriguez ~ Temple Owls ~ 6015/240

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    Evan Rodriguez offers an extremely rare blend of ferocious, brutal Run Blocking, tenacious, nasty Pass Blocking, and both tremendous Navigational Talent and excellent Hands: We could line'm up at SlotBack, at FullBack, at WingBack, or at Flex End, and that would give the Defenses very little idea of our Intentions.

    The Flexibility to call countless different kinds of Plays ~ and execute them at an high level ~ could be phenomenal.

    My Scouting Report on'm, last year:

    ***

    "Wow. I absolutely love this guy.

    Evan Rodriguez is the best Blocking WingBack in this Class, and it isn't even close.

    He commands terrific Core Strength, he explodes off the Snap, and he's especially deadly on the move, diagnosing his target, quickly engaging, and consistently hitting hard and effectively.

    He's a former Safety and a former QuarterBack.

    Mind you: I admit that I'm a sucker for a Cross Training Resume ~ especially if "QuarterBack" or "Point Guard" is on there!! ~ but the cerebral prowess and athletic development that these two suggest can be absolutely invaluable.

    As a Receiver, he commands remarkable Navigational Prowess, Fluidity, and Instincts.

    Rodriguez offers a particular blend of Attributes that no other player in this Class offers: He's a powerfull, slashing Motion Blocker and a smooth, dangerous Receiver. If somebody is smart enough to make full use of all Elements of his Game, he could have an enormous impact on this league...And yet he's a Day 3 Prospect!! Sold!!"

    SE Dale Moss ~ South Dakota State JackRabbits ~ 6032/213

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    Dale Moss has actually only been playing FootBall for 2 years, and the second one was on a Practice Squad.

    So we can be sure he's still pretty damned Raw!!

    But there are immense Possibilities, here. My Scouting Report, one year ago:

    ***

    "They don't come much rawer than Dale Moss ~ he's been playing FootBall for one year!! ~ and it shows...

    But this guy came out of Outer Space to rack up 61 Catches, 949 Yards, & 6 TouchDowns in his first season ever!!!

    Not shocking enough???

    How about racking up a 632 in the 3 Cone and a 408 in the Short Shuttle???

    If he were 5.9/175, those numbers would be phenomenal.

    At 6.3/220, those numbers are preposterous.

    Add a ridiculous 415 in the Vertical to that, if you please, and it's clear that ~ raw or not ~ this guy's Raw Fluidity, his Lateral Agility, Core Strength and Core Power, to say nothing of his blazing Long Speed ~ that 438 in the "40" doesn't exactly break my heart!! ~ his raw skill set offers upside beyond any Wide Out in this entire Draft.

    And I repeat: 61/949/6 after dropping from the SKY.

    Route Running? His words at the Pro Day make it clear that that is a place of intense focus. And let me say: 4 full years of BasketBall at College ~ plus the years of his earlier youth ~ go a long way towards developing the nuances of Route Running, to say nothing of shedding Corners at the Line. Mind you: He's got work to do.

    Blocking?? I don't know...But that long career in BasketBall ~ he racked up impressive Rebounding Stats ~ tells me he's not exactly contact-retardant.

    This is no Work Out Warrior, Ladies and Gentlemen.

    This is Force of Nature.

    And a focused one.

    61/949/6 after dropping from the SKY...and then he produces that one-man Typhoon at his Pro Day."

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    I would love to get some Top Shelf Coaching to work on this guy...and see what he's prepared to do!!

    I presume nothing about'is Future...but'is Potential...is vast.

    DD Jermaine Cunningham & XB Jeff Demps > Tampa > #112 & XB Michael Smith!!

    1 ~ Jermaine Cunningham may well have an exciting future, but he hasn't shown much, lately, and would very likely get cut in September, considering the moves I'm making. So it'd be wise to get a little Value for'm, if I can.

    2 ~ Michael Smith was a Super Binkie of mine, last year, who commands absolutely phenomenal Talent, and yet is flying 8 million miles under the Radar. He could become the best HalfBack of that entire Draft, some day!!

    XB Michael Smith ~ Utah State Aggies ~ 5085/207

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    My Scouting Report, a year ago:

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    "There's not much to go on with Michael Smith, mind you: He was Robert Turbin's understudy at Utah State, and all I've got to work with is the Senior Bowl, the Potato Bowl, and Wes Bunting's Report at National FootBall Post.

    But, my GOD...

    Outstanding Lateral Agility.

    Extraordinary Fluidity.

    Phenomenally explosive Ricochet ~ Burst out'f's Breaks.

    I have no idea if he can Block, but his astonishing numbers at his Pro Day ~ including a 40 inch Vertical!!! ~ leave no question that he commands the Core Strength & Drive Power to PANCAKE.

    And he is a proven threat in the Passing Game.

    Wouldn't it be remarkable if the 2 best HalfBacks in this entire Class ended up being the first taken...and the last??"

    ***

    Michael Smith has the Capacity to become one of the most frighteningly explosive Players in the entire Game...

    All he needs is the Opportunity.
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    FL Brandon Lloyd > Jets > #72 & #141 & QB Greg McElroy

    One'f the stupid things ~ probably the stupidest thing ~ that the Patriots've perpetrated this "Off Season" has been the attempt to justify cutting Brandon Lloyd loose by first leaking Rumors that amounted to Public Humiliation.

    Hello??

    If you want to get rid of a guy, first thing: Shut Your PieHole.

    Then: Let it leak out that "We're reformatting our Offense and would be willing to consider Offers."

    #$%&.

    Brandon Lloyd is ~ was ~ a talented and reasonably young Flanker who had proven'mself adept of mind enough to hold'is own ~ though not much more'n that, mind you ~ in the intensely demanding Patriots Offense.

    And this is 2013, For Those of You Scoring At Home.

    There is an insatiable Market for established & effective Wide Outs...especially the ones who handle our System!!

    The fact that Brandon Lloyd is allegedly a Flake is beside the point...especially if you Shut Your Pie Hole about it!!!

    And the Jets were Perfect Victims: Cash Strapped and Wide Out Strapped, they would've fallen all over themselves to acquire the Services of Brandon Lloyd, a wily Veteran with numerous consecutive successful Seasons under'is belt, accomplished in the demanding Patriots System and signed on at a Bargain Basement Salary!!

    Yoinking a 3rd Rounder & Change out'f the Jets would've been Child's Play.

    QB Greg McElroy ~ Alabama Crimson Tide ~ 6018/220

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    My Scouting Report on Greg McElroy, two years ago:

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    "Greg McElroy is far and away my favorite QuarterBack of this Draft.

    He is the quintessential Fanatical Favorite: A QuarterBack of limited physical skills who nevertheless commands astonishing Processing Speed, tremendous Field Vision, and excellent Mechanics.

    He has phenomenal patience in the Pocket ~ sometimes too much!! ~ and he's an outstanding Decision Maker who works the field with Savvy and Cold Blooded Precision. He's incredibly cool under pressure, and a Born Leader who's teammates invariably respond to at all times ~ and especially when the Game's on the line.

    I believe that Greg McElroy, given one shot at it, is going to be an exceptional QuarterBack.

    He has nothing at all that dazzles, and absolutely every last thing that he needs to simply Win and to become Great.

    Unfathomably ~ though not surprisingly ~ he is projected to go in the very late rounds, and I'll go right on the record and say that ~ given a single opportunity with an Head Coach smart enough to realize what he has, there ~ he will forge an extraordinary career."

    ***

    My Perspective hasn't changed an Inch.

    If we're playing the Super Bowl, next Year, and Tom Brady gets knocked out in the 4th Quarter with the Patriots trailing by 4, this is the guy I want stepping up to the Plate, not Ryan #$%&ing Mallett.

    QB Ryan Mallett > Cardinals > #38 & #140 & #174

    A Perfect Storm of Opportunity beckons.

    The 2012 OffSeason yields utter sewage for QuarterBacks, and the 2013 Draft doesn't do much better!!

    There's been much debate over Ryan Mallett's Trade Value, ere the last several months, but it's become clear that the Browns & Cardinals, at the very least, have been desperate for Golden Arms, and that Ryan Mallett is the perfect fit for what ails them, though an early 1st Rounder is too much and a 3rd Rounder is too little.

    It is, indeed, a Perfect Storm. Rumors had it that the Patriots called The Market's Bluff, and were insisting on nothing less than a 1st Rounder for Mallett. I believe that if they ~ I, in my Fantasy Mock Role, here ~ had been willing to take a 2nd Rounder and some sweet Change for'm, a deal would indeed have been struck!!

    DL Brandon Deaderick > Miners > #180

    I like Deaderick, and you can't complain about the Value we got for a 7th Round Investment in the 2010 Draft.

    But it follows my unrelenting thesis: If he doesn't command All Pro Caliber Talent, consider other Options.

    That may seem Harsh ~ and a tad unrealistic, because I'm talking about the entire 53 Man Roster.

    But I believe that there is far more untapped Talent out there than necessarily meets the eye.

    Again: I like Brandon Deaderick. He commands impressive Core Strength and he's got a great Motor. But he's not the most Agile guy in the world. Don't get me wrong: I think he could carve out a tremendous Career as a versatile Reserve who won't embarrass himself or'is Team as a "344" Defensive End or "434" Tackle.

    And I wouldn't be terrified if he needed to step in in the 2nd Quarter of a Super Bowl, if my Starter went down.

    It's just that ~ especially for a Position that I hold in such high Regard ~ I prefer to seek out All Pro Talent.

    As for the Miners: This Trade could just as easily happen on the 3rd Day of the Draft ~ indeed, it's more likely, I think, once The Market has established, as it ended up doing, that the more enticing Defensive Tackles have been drafted by Pick #139 in the early 5th Round ~ but most of the course of the Draft is in fact Projectable.

    In any case: Viewing this Mock is more enjoyable if we get most of the 11 ~ 11!! ~ Trades done ahead of time, and it's certainly quite realistic to suggest that the Miners would've been happy to've made this Trade early on, as it is clearly advantageous to position oneself to draft for Value rather than Need.

    DT Kyle Love & OL Nick McDonald > Steelers > #186 & #233

    Same Principles apply here, all across the board.

    Kyle Love is a guy I love ~ who doesn't?? ~ but, like Deaderick, has clearly limited UpSide ~ or so I think, I should stipulate ~ due to'is limited Athleticism...Even so, he works like a Dog, busts'is @$$ relentlessly, commands impressive Core Strength, and will hold up well, indeed, against the Run on 1st & 2nd Downs.

    In a word: Tremendous Defensive Tackle Depth, and a guy with extensive and solid experience as a Starter.

    In fact, I expect that many Patriot Fans who think that I've hideously overestimated the Market Value of Ryan Mallett, Donta HighTower, and Brandon Lloyd will yet believe that I'm egregiously underrating that of Kyle Love.

    But I would argue that The Market cares only what The Market values ~ not what we value. To those who focus not on The Market Value itself, but on their own ultimately self-centered Perceptions of a Player's Value ~ his Value to his current Team ~ The Market can be unexpectedly generous...or just as unexpectedly cruel.

    As for the Steelers, I imagine that they'd be quite happy to get such a reliable Player at such a critical Position at which they are so thin, and to do so at such light Cost, both in Money and in Trade Capital.
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    The Draft ~ It Begins!!

    #29 > Vikings > #52 & #83 & #102 & #229

    Heh.

    Had I proposed this Trade in a Mock before the Draft, I wouldn't been laughed at.

    Indeed, I would've laughed, myself...or rolled my eyes.

    According to the famous/infamous Draft Value Chart: Yes, that's an even Trade ~ a Wash.

    But according to Reality ~ or a far more accurate interpretation of Draft Pick Value, which is, mind you, merely an interpretation, although one I happen to agree with ~ we rooked those poor Bastards!!

    Such was the allure of Cord Patterson that the Vikings paid this King's Ransom.

    And that, Ladies & Laddies...is why I love The Draft!!

    #32 ~ SS Jon Cyprien ~ Florida InterNational Panthers ~ 6003/216

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    Run Defense ~ Outstanding. Cyprien combines extraordinary Tackling Technique with ferocious, blistering Speed. He hits hard, and he hits square. He commands fantastic Lateral Agility & Range and tremendous Acceleration.

    Pass Defense ~ Extraordinary. Cyprien commands outstanding Verticity in Coverage, Turning & Burning smoothly & rapidly. He's played plenty of Slot, and with his Range & Processing Speed, he'd be an exceptional Free Safety.

    I'm crazy about this kid. Jon Cyprien combines the Range, Acceleration, and Processing Speed ~ though not yet the Diagnostic Acuity ~ to become an extraordinary Free Safety with the Verticity, Range, Acceleration, Processing Speed, Technique, and my God the Ferocity to become a phenomenal Strong Safety!!

    Were I running the Patriots and instilling The Yankee 245, he'd be the CenterPiece as the Rover Gryphon.

    I believe that he'll become a Great One.

    #38 ~ DE Tank Carradine ~ Florida State Seminoles ~ 6040/275

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    Tank Carradine is a freaking Dream Defensive End Prospect.

    He projects as a Terrifying Force as a Pass Rusher & a staunch Edge Setter & Mauling Brawler as a Run Defender.

    He's clearly got a great Passion for the Game, a Passion for Team Defense who will earn Pro Bowl appearances on his Run Defense alone...and a clear Passion to become one of the Great Ones. I can't wait to see'm Play.

    Having Tank Carradine line up opposite Chandler Jones for the next Decade would be Ecstasy.

    There's no way to measure it, of course...

    But if you could quantify the Fusion of Pass Rushing Terror & Run Stuffing Tenacity...I do believe that, a Decade hence, you might very well see Chandler Jones & Tank Carradine score as #1 and #2 for the entire Decade.

    Having the two of them line up, Down after Down ~ especially with Vince Wilfork and a perhaps a Defensive Tackle ~ at long last ~ worthy of lining up beside'm...could transform this Defense.

    It could, in fact, be quite amazing.

    #52 & FS Steve Gregory > Planet Hoosten > #57 & #124

    Heh. I won't pretend that this Mock Trade isn't made for my Mock Convenience...

    But there's no denying the fact that Planet Hoosten is strapped for Talent at CornerBack, and with the sterling Jamar Taylor startlingly available at #52, I consider it almost beyond argument that Planet Hoosten would've been more than happy to part with a late 4th Rounder in order to secure the lad's Services.

    The 50's saw a flurry of Trade activity as the Draft approached a Drop Off Point between Tiers, and I'd be surprised if Planet Hoosten or someone else did not in fact place a call with precisely this sort of Trade in mind.

    Gregory is a Throw In ~ I am by no means suggesting that he had any Trade Value to speak of. I found our signing of'm last Year to be idiotic the moment it happened ~ in stark contrast to the Legions of In Bill We Trust Bleeters ~ and would be just as happy to be rid'f'm as Planet Hoosten might be to secure'is Services.

    #57 ~ SS Dayario Swearinger ~ South Carolina GameCocks ~ 5104/208

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    Run Defense ~ Famous for the Ferocity & Intensity of'is Tackles, but is prone to focusing on the Hits rather than the Tackles themselves. Even so, Swearinger brings a formidable combination of Lateral Agility, Vision, and explosive Acceleration to the table. He misses more Tackles than I'm happy with, but he is terrifying.

    Pass Defense ~ Adept. Tremendous Diagnostics, but dubious Processing Speed leads to missteps and late steps. However, he boasts impressive Verticity for a Safety. Listed as a Free Safety, but doesn't command Top Shelf Range. This will limit him at Strong Safety as well, but less so. Absolutely brutal Hitter across the Middle.

    Dayario Swearinger's Diagnostic Acuity is outstanding. He's a Field General, out there.

    His Processing Speed, however, isn't nearly as impressive. He's sometimes a step late.

    His Motor runs Hot & Cold, but it really seems like more'f a failure to manage himself than a Prima Donna thing: All Reports support the perception of a dedicated Gym Rat and a guy who burns through Tape and relentlessly drills all The Little Things. A Natural Leader, and a passionate, enthusiastic, inspiring one.

    His propensity to go for the Hit instead of the Tackle is a concern, but his overall record as a diligent Student of the Game who not only persistently dedicates himself to the gritty work of Conditioning and Tape Reading, but inspires others to do so, and his Intelligence, his obvious Passion, and his evident Love for the Game persuade me that it's a smart Bet to make that he'll be responsive to Coaching and will take the appropriate steps to elevate his Game.

    And if he does, he'll evolve into a formidable Force: A Terror in the Running Game who doesn't often hurt'is own Team, and an adept Coverage Safety who can stay on for all 3 Downs and Make Plays.

    Dayario Swearinger would actually be perfect as a Strong Gryphon in The Yankee 245.

    In the real world, though, he should make an exceptional Strong Safety...and perhaps an extraordinary one.

    #59 ~ TE Travis Kelce ~ Cincinnati BearCats ~ 6050/255

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    Travis Kelce is the most dangerous Tight End ~ perhaps of any kind ~ in this amazingly deep Tight End Class.

    And he has no peer as a classic Blocking/Receiving Tight End.

    Not even close.

    He's a consistently brutal, bruising Mauler as a Blocker, and he's a dangerously agile Router who surfs the Field with a remarkable level of Fluidity and Grace, yet can simply blast his way through Defenders.

    He's equally formidable, either Beasting his way through a Block or a Defender, or employing his Athleticism to win.

    He's a dedicated Craftsman in every single Aspect of the Game, and has clearly done serious drilling & studying in his Pursuit of Excellence...and he is a devoted TeamMate, with or without the Ball, and relentlessly gives his All.

    He is The Complete Package.

    I don't know what the Hell he did to get suspended for an whole Season, and his Silence is extremely troubling.

    But I'm going to set that aside for purposes of this Prospectus, with the Caveat that if it turns out that whatever it was was something truly despicable...then All Bets Are Off.

    Frankly, I'm thinking the guy just smoked a few Jibs or cracked a few Lines. That's Youth.

    But, having so stipulated...

    This guy wreaks of Dominance.

    #72 > Bengals > #84 & #118 & #190

    Personally, I have little regard for the prospects of Mike Glennon, but not only would most NFL Teams disagree with me ~ and God knows they know infinitely more than I about FootBall ~ but many would consider Mike Glennon to be the QuarterBack with the greatest UpSide in this entire Draft Class.

    Furthermore, the Bengals are on the Record as saying that Andy Dalton has a ways to go.

    And Andy Dalton, in my opinion, has limited UpSide.

    As such, the Bengals ~ who have a great lust for "names" in the Draft ~ may very well have placed a few calls with a mind towards Trading Up to secure the Services and the young, strong Arm of one Michael Glennon, Esquire.
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    #83 ~ XE Jordan Reed ~ Florida Gators ~ 6024/238

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    Jordan Reed is a phenomenal Prospect ~ a recent QuarterBack, HalfBack, and Split End ~ who is raw as Hell as a WingBack, but who nevertheless brings an exceptional level of Wisdom to the table because'f'is unique Resume!!

    I've read a lot of comparisons to my first SuperBinky, Aaron the Navigator, Reed's TeamMate from the 2010 Draft Class, and let me say: they are very appropriate.

    Reed is by no means as refined as Aaron Hernandez was, 3 years ago, but that doesn't matter.

    What matters is that he commands an eerily similar Fusion of Fluidity, Ricochet, Vision, and phenomenal Instincts.

    And he has the Intelligence, the Savvy, and the amazing Instincts to make the most of those extraordinary Gifts.

    Simply put, Jordan Reed has the Potential to become a phenomenal Receiver, especially After The Catch ~ the kind of Receiver whose Open Field Running makes your jaw drop ~ as well as an adequate complementary Blocker.

    In a word: an Explosive PlayMaker, one who can substitute for Hernandez, when needs be...or complement'm.

    I think the kid's gonna be a Star.

    #84 ~ OG Hugh Thornton ~ Illinois Fighting Illini ~ 6033/320

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    Run Blocking ~ Raw but flashes Greatness. Outstanding Fluidity, Lateral Agility, & Range. Exceptional Drive Power.

    Pass Blocking ~ A relentless, mauling Scrapper. Strong Mechanics. Excellent Core Strength. Awesome Athleticism.

    I'm really intrigued by Hugh Thornton as an Offensive Guard Convertible.

    He got messed up by Datone Jones at the Senior Bowl ~ who didn't?? ~ but in my opinion this was as a result of him being aligned at his most recent Position ~ Offensive Tackle ~ which I don't believe to be his best Position.

    When he was actually playing FootBall, this past Year, he displayed an absolutely outstanding fusion of Core Power, Core Strength, Fluidity, and phenomenal Lateral Agility. In short, he looked like a very complete Offensive Guard!!

    Thornton's Lateral Agility is so remarkable that, combined with'is other commendable Traits, he could probably make a very serviceable Offensive Tackle at the next level...But with'is length, I side with the majority and suggest that he should move inside, where I believe he will develop into an outstanding Offensive Guard.

    This once again plays to my Relentless Thesis:

    Draft no man who lacks the UpSide to excel against The Very Best.

    Thornton has that level of UpSide...and the Intelligence & Passion to convert it into reality.

    Had we been smart enough to've drafted'm, this Year, I believe he'd've taken over Right Guard by October.

    And this is a guy who I would trust in the Dark Depths of Winter.

    #91 ~ DT Brandon Williams ~ Missouri Southern Lions ~ 6012/336

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    Brandon Williams is a phenomenal Nose Tackle Prospect. He's raw, mind you, but his Core Strength and especially his Drive Power are simply Awesome, and he's quick Off The Snap, too!! Perhaps most stunning is his Athleticism, at 336 Beastish Pounds!! Best of all is'is Motor, though: Incredible Stamina for such a Big Man.

    This is the kind of Prospect that you can build your Defense around ~ and a damned good Defense, at that.

    He may very well be The Steal of the Draft, when all is said and done.

    #102 ~ SS Duke Williams ~ Nevada WolfPack ~ 5110/201

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    Run Defense ~ Williams shows a deliciously voracious appetite for Contact, and has delivered some HighLight Reel Hits. But what I like most about'm is his Disciplined approach to the Game. Many HighLight Reel Hitters in this Year's Draft fail dramatically in that regard, but Williams consistently sticks to'is Job and chooses'is Moments.

    Pass Defense ~ Williams commands outstanding Verticity to Turn & Burn in Slot Coverage. That alone should put'm on everyone's Radar, but his tremendous Processing Speed, evident in how quickly and consistently he gets DownField to stop Runs, makes him an highly valuable Hybrid in the 21st Century's Game.

    The Tape's a bit thin, I'll grant you, but from what I've seen, Duke Williams is the Real Deal: An Hard Hitting Haymaker with the extraordinary combination of outstanding Agility, tremendous Processing Speed, and Field Vision to stand tall in Coverage against athletic SlotBacks, yet lay the Hammer down in Run Defense when it's called for.

    How such an invaluable Hybrid can be projected for the 3rd Day ~ if that ~ is beyond me.

    Presumably, it's my own foolishness, vastly overrating this guy.

    If so, you know what? I can live with that!!

    #112 > Buccaneers > #126 & #147

    Last Trade!!

    As with the previous Mock Trade, this is one of Mock Convenience...But that's true of everyone's Mock Trades, yes??

    My Rationale behind this one is simple and unassailable: The Buccaneers are ~ inexplicably, as far as I'm concerned ~ as lukewarm towards Josh Freeman as the Bengals are towards Andy Dalton, and quite possibly actually made inquiries to see if they could Trade Up to snag the Services of Tyler Wilson at a truly bargain Price.

    There is no QuarterBack in this Draft who entices me as Greg McElroy and Kellen Moore have in the previous two Draft Classes. But Tyler Wilson has The Right Stuff, methinks, and was a genuine Bargain in the 4th Round.
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    #118 ~ OG Joe Tretter ~ Cornell Big Red ~ 6036/308

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    Run Blocking ~ Phenomenal Athleticism, Intelligence, and Motor. Developmental Drive Power.

    Pass Blocking ~ Phenomenal Athleticism, Intelligence, and Motor. Developmental Core Strength.

    Joe Tretter is a fascinating Prospect. He's a former QuarterBack & BasketBall Star in High School who converted to Tight End at Cornell, and after two years on the Bench, converted again, to Left Tackle...And who is almost certainly going to convert yet again at the next level, to Offensive Guard!! I've even read Center mentioned as an idea, and I think he'd be a good Prospect!! In either case, converting to the Interior is a very good idea, considering his Length.

    Tretter is raw, naturally, and he still has work to do on'is Core Strength, as it was only two years ago that he made the move to Offensive Tackle, before which he weighed 250 Pounds!! But the Frame is there to build on, and he's already proven that he'll do whatever it takes to succeed. The Motor on this kid is phenomenal.

    What he already brings to the table is outstanding Lateral Agility, a terrific Burst off the Snap, startling Diagnostic Capacity and Processing Speed ~ considering his inexperience ~ and both the Frame to develop not only adequate but exceptional Core Strength and Core Power and a fanatical Work Ethic that assures me he will do precisely that.

    Tretter will need to develop, of course, but if he gets the right coaching, I don't think it'll take anywhere near as long for'm to develop into a Starter as most folks seem to think...and I'm betting that he becomes a very good one.

    #124 ~ SE Christopher Harper ~ Kansas State WildCats ~ 6006/228

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    Still a bit raw, as a recent Convertible from QuarterBack, but Christopher Harper brings an outstanding Fusion of Size, Strength, Speed, and Intelligence to the table. I think he's going to become an excellent Split End, one who can Rapidly Read & React to Defensive changes, and adjust Routes accordingly and consistently.

    I don't expect spectacular things from'm, but he's a Baller who'll reliably Move The Chains and beat Defenses up with a Tough, Savvy, Physical Game for a solid Decade or so, I expect.

    #126 ~ FL Quinton Patton ~ Louisiana Tech ~ 6000/204

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    Release ~ Crisp.

    Routing ~ Phenomenal.

    Separation ~ Magnificent, despite ordinary Athleticism.

    Catching ~ Beautiful.

    Navigation ~ Exceptional.

    Blocking ~ Superior, and improving.

    I consider Quint Patton to be the most Ready To Serve WideOut in the entire Draft. There is nothing extraordinary about his Athleticism, but his mastery of Routes, of Gearing up & down to toss Defenders off'is Trail, and of the dozens of little subtleties that gain'm an advantage as he works through Traffic are incredibly refined.

    I've read a lot of Reggie Wayne comparisons about this kid, and they're Spot On.

    And you can forget about that "3 Years to Take It Through The Gears" business that usually applies to WideOuts.

    He's ready to make an Impact today.

    He's ready to start.

    Yes.


    Even in this Offense.

    #129 ~ XB Marcus Lattimore ~ South Carolina GameCocks ~ 5112/222

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    A smart Team will understand what any 4th Grader really ought to know: The vast majority of Players who're recovering from major Injuries ~ like Lattimore's Ligament ~ need about 18 months to complete the process of Taking It Through The Gears and fully recovering their previous form...unless you're Adrian Peterson!!

    The good news?

    If Nature is allowed to take its course at its own Pace...they usually do fully recover their previous form!!

    This Prospectus is based on that theoretical Scenario ~ that Lattimore is drafted by a Team that's smart enough to let'm work back gradually in 2013 and limit his Load. But I would not call that an assumption, mind you!!

    Marcus Lattimore, if Nature is allowed to take its course at its own Pace ~ even despite Lattimore's own reluctance!! ~ should emerge in 2014 as a deliriously explosive Back: Armed with phenomenal Processing Speed, extraordinary Agility, devastating Power & Strength, beautiful Pass Receiving skills, and potentially pulverizing Pass Blocking skills, Marcus Lattimore should become an amazing and exhilarating Force at The Next Level ~ a true SuperBeast!!
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    #140 ~ XB Christopher Thompson ~ Florida State Seminoles ~ 5070/192

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    I didn't actually write a Scouting Report on Christopher Thompson, the injury-riddled FlexBack who nevertheless commands exhilaratingly explosive Potential, and who would certainly be a likely RedShirt Candidate in 2013.

    Russ Lande at National FootBall Post wrote a nice one up though, although just before'is latest Injury, mind you.

    Here's an excerpt:

    "A naturally instinctive runner with excellent vision, Thompson finds the hole/crease, can make the sharp cut to get to it and has the burst to get through it. While many running backs can make tacklers miss out in space, his ability to change directions quickly in the hole to avoid tacklers in tight quarters is a rare and valuable trait.

    For a small back he attacks the hole with uncommon aggressiveness, gets shoulders down to make himself a smaller target and has the lower body strength and balance to run through arm/grab tackles/hits to consistently gain yards after contact."

    For a 5th Rounder and a season on Injured Reserve to get'm healed up?? Oh, Hell, yeah!!

    If this kid can ever sustain'is Health for a few Years, he could tear the League to shreds!!

    #141 ~ FS Josh Evans ~ Florida Gators ~ 6012/207

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    Pass Defense ~ Evans commands outstanding Verticity in Slot Coverage, and excellent Processing Speed & Range when he plays CenterField. He is the rare Defender who successfully manages the Balance between Aggression and Safety: He makes more than his share of Big Plays, but does a remarkable job of covering'is TeamMates's Back.

    Run Defense ~ Excellent in Run Support. A strong, sure Tackler who doesn't mind delivering an Hard Hit, but who's Body of Work clearly shows that actually making the Tackles is his first Priority.

    Love this kid. Josh Evans is a tremendously Agile & Athletic Specimen who can Cover exceptionally well, and he is a genuine PlayMaker...Yet he commands the Processing Speed & Diagnostic Wisdom ~ and Self Control ~ to've already proved to be a reliable Last Line of Defense, as he did in Florida while Matt Elam ran amok.

    #147 ~ SE Corey Fuller ~ Virginia Tech Hokies ~ 6021/204

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    Corey Fuller, For Those Scoring At Home, is a former Track Star ~ a Star FootBall Player in High School at QuarterBack ~ who, after sitting out a Transfer Year, only in 2011 began the fundamental rudimentals of playing WideOut, and who had a career total of 2 Catches, going into the 2012 Campaign!!

    To be sure, he was Raw.

    But Fuller advanced by Leaps & Bounds in 2012, and in one short Year his Routing and his general understanding of the Game have advanced at an astonishing rate. Combined with explosive Acceleration Off The Line, outstanding Agility & Precision in'is Routes, and rapidly developing Instinct & Timing, Corey Fuller is rocketing towards a potentially extraordinary Future, in my incredibly humble opinion.

    This is a Projection.

    There are certainly many guys I rank him ahead'f whose Games are more refined.

    But of course: All Draft Picks are Projections.

    Yes, the world is rife with Potential, much of which goes for naught.

    But when I see someone as athletically gifted as Corey Fuller improving at such a torrential rate, my Gut tells me that he is a far better bet than most of the guys who've been slowly improving for a few Years.

    In a word: I believe that Corey Fuller is going to become extraordinary.

    And I believe he's going to attain that level of Excellence far faster than most would even dream of.

    #153 ~ PK Caleb Sturgis ~ Florida Gators ~ 5097/189

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    Stephen Gostkowski is a decent PlaceKicker, but whereas the League is averaging more than 75% Accuracy in the 40-49 Range, the last few Years ~ 80% League Average, last Year ~ Gostkowski is averaging 70%.

    Can you say "OverRated"?

    He's reliable on the shorter stuff, to be sure, but Gostkowski's lofty Total Field Goal Percentage is inflated by the simple fact that Coach Bill rarely asks'm to attempt Field Goals longer than 50 Yards, Ladies & Laddies.

    It's Time to challenge the Incumbent.

    Caleb Sturgis went 8 for 9 beyond the 40 for Florida, this Year, including 3 for 3 beyond the 50.

    Frankly, I was tempted to draft him and his Florida State Rival, Dustin Hopkins...but that would be a chaotic Camp!!
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    #174 ~ XB Latavius Murray ~ Central Florida Knights ~ 6024/224

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    Latavius Murray is one Hell of an intriguing Prospect.

    I'm afraid he may be a little too Hit or Miss as a Runner, but he's got exceptional Agility and outstanding Speed, and with a little Professional Coaching, he might become extraordinary.

    Furthermore, he's already an accomplished Blocker and an outstanding Receiver Prospect. These were developed at Central Florida when he played some Tight End for awhile.

    The result is a startlingly complete Package.

    Did I mention his 438 Time in the "40"?

    At 224 Pounds??

    Or that the last 407 Times he's got the Ball ~ in all sorts of different ways ~ he's gone without a single Fumble???

    Futhermore, Murrray's remarkable Skill Set means that he could line up as an HalfBack, a FullBack, a WingBack, a SlotBack, a Slot End, or even Split End and Flanker.

    Holy #$%&.

    This kid, coached right and deployed with imagination, could become an incredibly dangerous Weapon.

    #180 ~ FD DeVonte Holloman ~ South Carolina GameCocks ~ 6012/243

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    Run Defense ~ Core Strength is lacking, but only because he's only just begun to play UpField. Excellent Instincts.

    Pass Defense ~ Extraordinary Verticity & Outstanding Processing Speed.

    Pass Rush ~ Raw but with Potential.

    Intangibles ~ Phenomenal Processing Speed and Command of the Game.

    DeVonte Holloman is a bit'f a Projection ~ aren't they all?? ~ because he'd been a Safety all'is College Career until last Year, and even then he was more'f an Hybrid...But he brings an exhilarating Fusion of Diagnostic Acuity, Processing Speed, Discipline, and incredible Verticity. And I think he'll develop into an excellent Run Defender.

    In the 21st Century, Defenders who can match up effectively with Tight Ends, Flex Ends, & WingBacks are Gold.

    DeVonte Holloman projects as a Sam Flanker in the "434" or as a Lion in my Yankee 245 ~ an outstanding one.

    #186 ~ XB Kerwynn Williams ~ Utah State Aggies ~ 5082/195

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    Kerwynn Williams is a bit too much Hit or Miss for my taste: He'll gamble and Try To Take It To The Corner Too Often when he approaches congested Traffic, when what he should be doing is Taking What He Can Get.

    Definite Home Run Potential...But I'm hoping we can train the lad to become more of a Mover Of Chains.

    Home Runs & Strike Outs get HighLight Reels ~ after they erase the Strike Outs.

    Singles & Doubles, however...win Championships.

    And he does have tremendous Potential as a Runner: Mediocre Core Strength, but outstanding Agility and Speed.

    What makes'm special, though, is his phenomenal Potential as a Receiver at The Next Level.

    Among Receiving HalfBacks ~ and Williams is clearly a FlexBack ~ he has absolutely no equal in this Draft Class.

    Kerwynn Williams has the Potential to become one of the very deadliest Weapons in the League.

    #190 ~ OT Reid Fragel ~ Ohio State BuckEyes ~ 6075/308

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    Run Blocking ~ Raw, but rapidly and impressively improving. Needs to develop far more Drive Power, mind you.

    Pass Blocking ~ Even rawer, but yet with greater Potential. Needs to develop more Core Strength, of course. But after only one Year at the Position, he's learning at an incredible rate, and rapidly piling on Strength & Power. He brings phenomenal Lateral Agility to the table, and a relentless Motor. The Upside here is immense.

    Reid Fragel is a very recent Tight End Convertible who shocked and stunned many people, last Year, by coming out'f nowhere and suddenly battening down the Right Tackle spot at Ohio State, without any experience at all.

    He's got tons of learning to do, obviously, and God Forbid he gets drafted by a Team who's Offensive Line Coach doesn't know'is Craft...But as Nate "Universal" Solder and many others've illustrated, if a Prospect has phenomenal Talent, exceptional Processing Speed, Raging Desire, and a relentless Work Ethic, all he needs is a Coach who knows his Business, and what most expect to take Years can be mastered in a few short months.

    My take? Reid Fragel is precisely that kind of Prospect.
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    #223 ~ TE Justice Cunningham ~ South Carolina GameCocks ~ 6025/259

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    This is why I love The Draft.

    Justice Cunningham has a total of 50 Catches in 4 Years with the ****s, and a total of 1 TouchDown.

    Ergo, he's 18,000 miles Under The Radar, based entirely on not being employed as a Receiver by Coach Spurrier.

    Big Mistake.

    Justice Cunningham is an outstanding Blocker ~ I would say the 2nd most adept Blocking Tight End in the Draft, behind Travis Kelce. And even though he's got lousy "40" Time ~ as if I give a rat's ass ~ the fact is that when they actually throw it to'm, he Releases reliably, Routes surprisingly well, can get open quite consistently, and is an adept and actually somewhat athletic Receiver who can break a Tackle or three.

    In other words: whether he's blocking or receiving, he'll kick ass, and he'll Move The Chains.

    That, need I repeat it, is what Championships are ultimately made of.

    #226 ~ SE DaRick Rogers ~ Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles ~ 6024/216

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    This is an interesting Play.

    DaRick Rogers is a clear 1st Round Talent who commands an exhilarating fusion of Size, Strength, and Speed.

    And he is passionate.

    But that Passion has sometimes been egregiously misdirected ~ at Coaches, you see.

    And he's something of a Dope Fiend.

    He got kicked out of Tennessee, and even then, rumors persisted about his emotional Volatility.

    Seems to me they ought to let the guy smoke a Reefer, now and then.

    My Take: We're looking at explosive, dominant UpSide, here.

    Multiple Pro Bowl UpSide.

    And 7th Rounders don't Get Paid until they Rock & Roll ~ and behave themselves ~ for 4 Years at the Pro Level.

    That, Ladies & Laddies, is what I call a Favorable Risk/Reward Ratio.

    #229 ~ QB Peter Lalich ~ California Pennsylvania Vulcans ~ 6050/231

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    Motor ~ Relentless. This kid has been through enormous Adversity, but rose above it and tore it up at Cal Penn.

    Accuracy ~ Ugliest Passes I've seen in my Life. But Accurate.

    Diagnostics ~ Phenomenal Command Of The Game. Hard to assess Battle Speed, considering the Competition.

    What we have here is an highly recruited QuarterBack ~ #5 in the Nation ~ who ran his College career onto the Rocks by getting busted on doing things that virtually every last one'f us's done, and which shouldn't even be illegal in The Land of the Free: Drinking Booze & Smoking Pot. Mind you, he shouldn't've been operating a Boat in the latter case, and that's obviously a more serious matter, though hardly a Federal Offense.

    That's it.

    He didn't Deal Drugs.

    He didn't beat up his GirlFriend.

    He didn't Rob.

    He didn't Steal.

    He didn't fight with Cops.

    He didn't fight with'is Coaches.

    In fact his Coaches love him.

    And every last one of his Coaches ~ including the ones who had to let'm go ~ finds both his FootBall Intelligence and his passionate Obsession for FootBall to be flat out ASTONISHING.

    I'm crazy about the Kid, and I would love to see him make it.

    And I'm here to tell you that he's one of the best QuarterBack Prospects in this entire Draft.

    #235 ~ OT Luke Marquardt ~ Azusa Pacific Cougars ~ 6084/315

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    Super Project Luke Marquardt hadn't played any FootBall since his Freshman Year at High School when he joined Azusa Pacific in 2009...and his first Year there was at Tight End. So he essentially has all of 3 Years at Tackle.

    You might say he's a bit Raw.

    But my GOD, the Potential on this kid.

    In terms of sheer Size, Strength, and Athleticism, Luke Marquardt is the equal of the extraordinary Offensive Tackles who went at the top of this Draft, including the top 2 Picks in the entire Nation.

    And the others aren't much more refined or developed than Marquardt, himself.

    It's a fascinating Process, The Draft.

    Luke Marquardt commands the Agility not just to survive but to excel at The Next Level.

    But what's happened, here, is that Marquardt comes from an obscure Program that hasn't produced a Draft Pick in 26 Years ~ The Nigerian Nightmare, Baby!! ~ and then he unfortunately compounded his obscurity by missing his entire Senior Year, after which he got hurt at the Combine and again at'is Pro Day.

    That raises legitimate questions about'is Durability ~ as does his incredible Height, which is actually far taller than I prefer my Offensive Tackles to be, because I feel they always have to work harder to exert Leverage.

    But it also cripples his Draft Stock, because Scouts, General Managers, and Head Coaches are ~ like most Earthlings ~ mostly comprised of tentative Creatures who fear that making Big Bets on obscurities will get them fired.

    I, on the other hand, don't give a Rat's Ass.

    Luke Marquardt has legitimate Health questions, but his UpSide ~ especially given a phenomenal Offensive Line Coach, someone like, oh, say Dante Scarnecchia?? ~ is spectacular.

    #238 ~ DL Lawrence Okoye ~ British Discus Throwers ~ 6051/304

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    Oh, HELL, yeah!!!

    For those unaware, Lawrence Okoye hasn't played a Down of FootBall in'is entire Life.

    And, yet: Look at me, proposing ~ theoretically ~ to spend a perfectly good Draft Pick on this fellow.

    How could that be??

    Lawrence Okoye is of course a Champion Discus Thrower ~ and he played a spot of Rugby in'is Youth, wot wot!!

    And now he wants to try'is hand at FootBall ~ real FootBall. American FootBall.

    Why should we give this Johny Come Lately the Time of Day, much less burn a perfectly good 7th Rounder on'm??

    1 ~ 478 in the 40 Yard Dash ~ Better than every single Defensive Tackle at the Combine ~ #1. The next closest guy near his Weight was Nick Williams, at 494. 494!!. That gap between #1 and #2 is flabbergasting.

    2 ~ 438 in the Short Shuttle ~ Better than every single Defensive Tackle at the Combine ~ #1.

    3 ~ 125 Inches in the Broad Jump ~ Better than every single Defensive Tackle at the Combine ~ #1. The next closest guy near'is Weight was the phenomenal Sheldon Richardson, at 116 Inches. That Gap is ridiculous.

    4 ~ 35 Inches in the Vertical Jump ~ Better than every single Defensive Tackle at the Combine ~ #1. Starting to sense a Theme, here? That was 2 full Inches better than anyone else in'is Weight Class, so to speak.

    And he has a phenomenal 35 Inch WingSpan.

    Hey...

    Nobody needs to tell me that a great Athlete does not necessarily make a great FootBall Player.

    But if you've read any of this kid's Interviews ~ oh, I highly recommend them ~ his Character ~ his Ambition, his Intelligence, his Vision, his Passion and his raw, human Brilliance ~ are as utterly amazing as his Athleticism.

    The fact that nobody drafted this kid is mind-boggling.

    True, he's going to need a Year or two or three to get there...But it seems to me that 32 Teams have made note of the thousands and thousands of tremendous Athletes who've never Made It...and drawn spurious Conclusions.

    Lawrence Okoye has The Heart of a Lion, Ladies & Laddies.

    And my money is on'm making a substantial Impact in Year 2...and rapidly ascending from there...to Stardom.
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    UFA's ~ Undrafted Free Agents

    UFA ~ MF Keith Pough ~ Howard Beefalos ~ 6016/240

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    Oh, I love this guy!!

    Keith Pough is a passionate, aggressive, brilliant young FootBall Player who clearly loves this Game and everything that goes into it. I can guarantee that he'll frantically study Tape, work like a Fiend in the Weight Room, and generally do everything he can to become a Great One.

    He's tenacious in Run Defense, and yes, bless his heart, he can Turn & Burn and play some Pass Defense.

    His Processing Speed is phenomenal, his Core Strength is excellent, and he is passionate.

    I believe he's going to be an extraordinary Player for a long, long time, and I would love to have'm!!

    UFA ~ XB Damon Harper ~ Boise State Broncos ~ 5091/210

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    Damon Harper's story is an extraordinarily intriguing one.

    He once started at Boise State over no less than Doug Martin, but a couple of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries later, he spent Years at the bottom of the Depth Chart as others rose above'm.

    Yet he finally emerged in'is 5th Year to win the starting Gig and excelled in his 6th and final Year.

    Yet more, he retains, after all this time and these Injuries, extraordinary Agility & Elusiveness. Indeed, perhaps the more appropriate term would be that these've been restored. My private theory is that a couple Years of light work on the lower end of the Depth Chart is often precisely what a body needs to give it time to fully Rest & Repair itself.

    Sometimes Less is More.

    Damon Harper has emerged from his Exodus as an exceptionally explosive, one who commands a truly deadly combination of outstanding Field Vision & Instincts, extraordinary Processing Speed, and tremendous Elusiveness.

    What's more, is that he is a phenomenal Pass Receiving Threat ~ a remarkable Route Runner who works the Field like a WideOut, cuts crisply in and out'f Breaks, and boasts Soft Hands as well as tremendous Technique & Timing.

    FlexBacks ~ my term for true Hybrid HalfBacks who can line up in the BackField, at SlotBack, or Split Out ~ are potentially devastating Weapons, all the more so in the 21st Century, and Damon Harper ~ at long last ~ finally has the chance to become an extraordinary one.

    UFA ~ DT Will Pericak ~ Colorado Beefaloes ~ 6033/300

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    No chance in Hell that he'd make our Squad ~ or so I think!! ~ but if teaching'm a few things and helping him start off a Career elsewhere was all that our picking'm up led to, I'd be happy: he's a great Kid.

    He's also a talented Kid, although a raw one, as you might expect: Impressive Core Strength, superior Driving Power, outstanding Launch Velocity, and terrific Fluidity.

    Above all, though, he's got an absolutely raging Motor, and an obviously genuine Passion for the Game.

    I actually first stumbled across'm when I was studying up on Nick Kasa, his TeamMate at Colorado, and was struck by the dichotomy between the TeamMates: Kasa started off as a Defender at Colorado, but converted to Tight End...and Pericak started off as a Tight End at Colorado...and became a Defender!!

    Not to mention their old TeamMate, our own Nate Solder, who is also a former Tight End!!

    Way Under the Radar, but I suspect that Pericak's gonna forge an impressive Career.

    UFA ~ WB Willie Carter ~ Tulsa Hurricane ~ 6015/240

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    The Tape I watched wasn't that good, but I enjoyed it, just the same: Willie Carter is an alleged FullBack that combines the beautifully brutal aspects of that Trade with an impressive combination of Core Strength, Drive Power, Burst, and both Lateral Agility and Ricochet in the open field: he is very tough after the Catch.

    A thousand miles Under The Radar, but he strikes me as a potentially very dangerous Hybrid Weapon.

    UFA ~ SS Ryan McWethy ~ PlatteVille Pioneers ~ 6012/225

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    Outstanding Pro Day Numbers Alert!!

    McWethy's phenomenal 663 on the 3 Cones suggests terrific Verticity ~ or at least the Potential to develop it!!

    And Verticity ~ Turn & Burn Acuity ~ is essential to playing Strong Safety ~ or Gryphon!! ~ at an high level.

    UFA ~ OT Wade Jacobson ~ Washington State Cougars ~ 6057/303

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    Outstanding Pro Day Numbers Alert!!

    Jacobson absolutely crushed it, scoring ludicrously spectacular numbers in both the Vertical and the 3 Cone ~ far better than any Grizzly on Offense or Defense at the Combine!! ~ and scoring well as well in the Short Shuttle.

    Those numbers illustrate phenomenal Core Strength, Drive Power, and Lateral Agility.

    I know next to nothing about this Kid's Motor, Work Ethic, or FootBall Smarts, but there's absolutely no question that he's got the Raw Potential to become an exceptional Offensive Tackle at the next level.

    UFA ~ DT Glenn Foster ~ Illinois Fighting Illini ~ 6036/286

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    Outstanding Pro Day Numbers Alert!!

    Glenn Foster would've scored the best Vertical & Broad Jumps of all Grizzlies on both sides of the Ball had he been invited to the Combine...and even better than all the Defensive Ends, some of whom he has 40 or 45 Pounds on!!!

    And he scored well, as well, in the Bench Press, 3 Cone, and Short Shuttle.

    Needless to say, Foster commands diabolically spectacular Core Strength, Drive Power, and Launch Velocity!!

    He is raw, of course, as all UFA's and most Prospects in general are, and I read that he looked a little stiff and slow to react in the Positional Drills...But I would certainly love to bring'm in, beef'm up a bit more, and then put'm to work with the greates Defensive Line Coaches we can find...and see what we have, here!!

    UFA ~ SE Courtney Gardner ~ Sierra Wolverines ~ 6024/216

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    We are advancing deeper and deeper into The Ether with every Pick, and I love it!!

    There're plenty of Red Flags associated with Courtney Gardener: Multiple Brushes with the Law ~ Kid Stuff, if you ask me ~ slow "40" Time, failing'is Math Exam and thus failing to get admitted to Oklahoma ~ which precipitated his decision to declare for the Draft ~ and of course the lowly level of Competition that he excelled against.

    Hey, I'm not making any Grand, Sweeping Pronouncements, here: Information is a bit thin on this kid.

    But the Kid Stuff was a ways back, he's a decent Student who happens to be awful at Math, and he plays Fast.

    I'm basing this on one grainy Tape, OK? And it's Courtney Gardner Propaganda, at that...

    But is this kid worth bringing into Camp?? My GOD, Yeah...
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    FA's ~ Free Agents

    FA ~ CB Nnamdi Asomugha ~ Philadelphia Eagles ~ 6024/213

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    2 short years ago, Nnamdi Asomugha was the clear choice as the best Press Corner in the entire World.

    Now,
    they tell me, he's a Bum.

    Philadelphia gave'm a truck full'f money, then played him in Off Coverage...and he sucked.

    Now, they tell me, he's old.

    He's lost it.

    He's lost'is Passion for the Game.

    My ass.

    Get him here, back to Press Man ~ get'm some decent Coaching for once ~ and he will rise from the Ashes.

    RFA ~ Danario Alexander ~ San Diego Lightning Bolts ~ 6045/216

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    Danario Alexander's had 5 Knee Operations on the one Knee.

    And he's been told that he's got a Degenerative Condition with that Knee.

    Yet a few short months after refusing a 6th Operation ~ in other words: as soon as he cut the notoriously incompetent Medical field out of the process ~ he absolutely torched the NFL, for 5 glorious weeks!!

    And for the 9 weeks he played ~ starting 2 weeks after walking in off the street, having never played for San Diego, before, mind you ~ he racked it up at about a 66/1170/12 Pace.

    Just like that.

    I presume nothing about this fellow's Future...But there is a tendency among the vast majority of Mammals to trust Doctors without reservation ~ a spectacular, foolish mistake ~ and yet to harbor skepticism, even when smacked in the face repeatedly with an shocking revelation, even be it ever so exhilarating!!

    In other words: The Bolts, by dint of their insultingly indifferent Original Round Tender ~ Alexander was a UFA ~ clearly have no faith in Alexander's prospects of good health, going forward, and even less interest in retaining his Services ~ all this based, as far's I can tell, on the Medical Diagnosis of a Degenerative Knee ~ and the rest of the League ~ which hasn't pounced on this kid ~ is quite clearly in accord with this Perception of things.

    And Alexander? He says'is left Knee now feels the same as'is Right.

    I know, I know: 99% of us would say the exact same thing, even if the problematic one ~ his Left, as I recall ~ felt like a thousand Hornets were stinging it ~ all in Hope of Getting Paid, of course.

    But what if he's telling the truth??

    What if this whole notion of his having a Degenerative Knee is partially or completely misdiagnosed??

    What if all his Knee really needed was to be left alone for awhile??

    The Body has an amazing ability to heal itself...when it's not being constantly #$%&ed with.

    Again: I presume nothing...But I'd love to play a Low Risk/High Reward Bet on this Kid!!

    FA ~ DT Glenn Dorsey ~ Kansas City Chiefs ~ 6015/297

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    Glenn Dorsey's had a disappointing run with Kansas City, ever since they drafted'm #5 overall in the 2008 Draft.

    But my take is that it's their own fault.

    Glenn Dorsey commands a pretty awesome fusion of exceptional Core Strength, Burst, Drive Power, & Fluidity...

    But he was poorly deployed at Defensive End against tall Offensive Tackles in the Kansas City "344".

    As a stout Run Defender and surging, penetrating Pass Rusher at the "3 Tech" in the "434", however...

    He just might rejuvenate his Career and starting kicking ass.

    ...He just might be awesome.

    Buy Low, Baby.

    FA ~ CB Bradley Fletcher ~ Saint Louis Rams ~ 6003/195

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    I don't Look Gift Horses In The Mouth.

    Despite the fact that the 2013 CornerBack Draft Class is ~ to my eyes ~ utterly awful, beyond the first two Rounds ~ and I don't draft Corners in the first two Rounds if I can possibly help it ~ the corresponding Free Agent CornerBack Class is astonishingly replete with Bargains ~ incredible, mind-boggling Bargains!!

    For those of you who're actually reading this: That's right: Despite 25 Picks and 8 UFA's: Not one CornerBack.

    I would've expected the corresponding Free Agent CornerBack Market to be flush, as a result...but no!!

    In fact, the Free Agent CornerBack Market has collapsed...and Salaries have imploded.

    And, so...I pounce!!

    Bradley Fletcher is a former early 3rd Rounder who was building a promising Career two Years ago, before he tore'is Anterior Cruciate Ligament, following which he's spent most'f the last two Years on the Bench, while he healed and worked his way back to 100%...as a result of which his Market Value has collpased.

    And yet he's flashed exceptional Potential as a Press Man Corner ~ precisely the kind we employ ~ and has reached that perfect point, early in'is Career, where he's talented, able, and finally fully Healthy...a tremendous Bargain.

    In a word: A Starting Quality Press Man Corner ~ perhaps a very good one ~ for a Reserve's depressed Salary.

    Nice.

    FA ~ CB Antoine Cason ~ San Diego Lightning Bolts ~ 6003/192

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    I don't have high expectations from this signing...But Antoine Cason is a former 1st Rounder Press Mann Corner who hasn't missed a single Game in 3 straight Years, and who's Asking Price is Dirt #$%&ing Cheap.

    I would be delighted to sign'm up ~ and it wouldn't take much to be the Highest Bidder, Praise Jesus.

    With him, Fletcher, and Lottery Ticket Asomugha on board, CornerBack has excellent and cheap Depth of Talent.

    HouseKeeping

    Resignings

    OT Sebastian Vollmer
    XB Danny WoodHead
    FL Julian Edelman
    CB Aqib Talib
    MF Dane Fletcher

    Divestitures

    SB Wes Welker
    CB Kyle Arrington
    SS Pat Chung
    DD Trevor Scott
    OG Donald Thomas
    TE Michael Hoomanawanui
    TE Daniel Fells

    Extensions

    FS Devin McCourty
    SP Zoltan Mesko
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    Offensive OverView

    Top Competitors & Projected # of Roster Spots on Final 53

    QuarterBack ~ 3

    Tom Brady
    Greg McElroy
    Peter Lalich

    Mike Kafka

    Center ~ 1

    Ryan Wendell

    Offensive Guard ~ 4

    Logan Mankins
    Hugh Thornton
    Joe Tretter

    Dan Connolly

    Offensive Tackle ~ 4

    Sebastian Vollmer
    Nate Solder

    Reid Fragel
    Luke Marquardt
    Wade Jacobson


    Tight End ~ 3

    Rob Gronkowski
    Travis Kelce
    Justice Cunningham

    Jake Ballard

    WingBack ~ 3

    FW ~ Aaron Hernandez
    FW ~ Jordan Reed
    SW ~ Ivan Rodriguez
    FW ~ Willie Carter


    Split End ~ 3/4

    Danario Alexander
    Christopher Harper
    DaRick Rogers
    Corey Fuller
    Dale Moss
    Courtney Gardner


    Flanker ~ 1/2

    Quint Patton
    Julian Edelman

    HalfBack ~ 4/5

    HB ~ Stephan Ridley
    XB ~ Shane Vereen
    XB ~ Danny WoodHead
    XB ~ Michael Smith
    XB ~ Marcus Lattimore
    XB ~ Kerwynn Williams
    XB ~ Latavius Murray
    XB ~ Damon Harper
    XB ~ Christopher Thompson


    Notes

    1 ~ Backup QuarterBacks must master Long Snapping.
    2 ~ Backup Offensive Guards must master Center.
    3 ~ Backup Center ~ if any ~ must master Offensive Guard.
    4 ~ Strong WingBack is more of a Blocker than Receiver.
    5 ~ Free WingBack is more of a Receiver than Blocker.

    Defensive OverView

    Top Competitors & Projected # of Roster Spots on Final 53

    Grizzly ~ 4

    Vince Wilfork
    Brandon Williams
    Glenn Dorsey
    Armond Armstead
    Lawrence Okoye

    Will Pericak
    Glenn Foster


    Dragon ~ 4/5

    Chandler Jones
    Tank Carradine

    Rob Ninkovich
    Justin Francis
    Jake Bequette


    Lion ~ 4

    Jerod Mayo
    Brandon Spikes

    DeVonte Holloman
    Dane Fletcher
    Keith Pough

    Jeff Tarpinian

    Gryphon ~ 4/5

    Jon Cyprien
    DJ Swearinger
    Duke Williams
    Nate Ebner

    Tavon Wilson

    Eagle ~ 2

    Devin McCourty
    Josh Evans


    Falcon ~ 1/2

    Nnamdi Asomugha
    Ras I Dowling


    Hawk ~ 2/3

    Alfonzo Dennard
    Bradley Fletcher
    Antoine Cason


    Notes

    1 ~ The Terms all relate to my Deeply Disturbed Defense ~ The Yankee "425"!!
    2 ~ Falcons are the Big CornerBacks.
    3 ~ Hawks are the Medium Sized CornerBacks.
    4 ~ Sparrows are the Tiny CornerBacks, and we don't abide those!!
    5 ~ Falcons, Eagles, & Hawks ~ the Raptors ~ all serve as Depth for one another.

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