Month: March 2017

Mock: 1st Round, Picks 1-5

With the draft roughly a month away teams are starting to identify certain players that they want to target. It’s almost inevitable that some information will come out to knock someone down the board or someone will be a late riser but, right now the top 5 is looking to be some combination of these players.  There are all types of rumors out there of who will pick who, but I will release mock picks, these picks will be based on team needs, what I would do as GM, and players available.

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  1. Cleveland Browns Pick: Myles Garrett (Texas A&M ) EDGE 

With this pick the Brown’s could finally do something right in the draft and change the direction of the franchise. Practically everyone in the league is expecting the Brown’s to draft Garrett and the Brown’s have said they will not be trading the #1 pick. In Garrett Cleveland will be getting a pass rusher that has excellent size and speed with the opportunity to be a franchise changing talent. Garrett can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up and has countless moves to rush the quarterback. Pairing Garrett with Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton, and Joe Haden would provide the Browns with a good young defensive core to build around. By the time draft day comes everyone will be wondering about the #2 pick, because this pick is about as close to a lock as it gets.

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2. San Francisco 49ers Pick: Jamal Adams (LSU) SS 

Not many people have Adams mocked here, but think about who the new GM is?? John Lynch. I’m thinking he would like to add a game changer just like himself in the defensive backfield. Pairing Adams with FS Eric Reid would provide for a nasty, ultra athletic, and young pairing of safeties. Adams plays with physicality while also having the skills to interrupt plays at all levels of the defense. He is consistently around the ball and would provide leadership for a young team looking to rebuild. Kyle Shanahan has said they would like to replicate the Seahawk’s defense and what a perfect way to start by getting two young safeties, just like Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

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3. Chicago Bears Pick: Solomon Thomas (Stanford) DL

Thomas plays with a burst of explosion not seen very often for linemen of his size. Watching his bowl game against North Carolina shows his explosion and ability to disrupt plays in the backfield. The Bear’s have many different needs, but none of the players remaining provide the upside and immediate contributions that Thomas offers. The Bears were 27th last season in rush yards per game allowing 121.9 yards, Thomas could help fix that problem and also provide inside pass rush on sub packages. New defensive coordinator Vic Fangio would have plenty of ideas in mind to move Thomas around in his 3-4 scheme.

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4. Jacksonville Jaguars Pick: Leonard Fournette (LSU) RB 

If Fournette is here for the Jaguars they should debate on him and DT Jon Allen, but taking Fournette would dramatically help Blake Bortles. The Jaguars made off-season moves to sign Calais Campbell this year and Malik Jackson last year, while Allen would help, the Jaguars need a punishing running back to take time off the clock. Tom Coughlin would love the idea of a grind it out football game with what should be an above average defense and Blake Bortles not throwing the ball so much. The Jaguars finished 22nd in rush yards per game at 101.9 yards and Fournette could certainly boost that number by a significant margin. Fournette offers a rarely seen combination of size (240lbs) and speed (40 yard dash- 4.5 sec) that was last seen by the likes of Adrian Peterson. With Fournette the Jags could finally get a running game to help Bortles and hope the few passes he does throw won’t be intercepted and taken to the house.

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5. Tennessee Titans Pick: Marshon Lattimore (OSU) CB

The Tennessee Titans are sitting back in their chairs thinking about how they stole the Rams pick last year. The Titans will be looking for help in the defensive backfield and also wide receiver to help young Marcus Mariota. Picking a wide receiver here would seem a little high and I would not be surprised to see the Titans trade back and gain a second round pick. But, if they stay Marshon Lattimore would be a great pick and an instant starter. He has the speed and size to stick with most receivers in the NFL and pairing him with Logan Ryan would provide the Titans with a formidable young cornerback duo. Lattimore is seen by many as a perfect prospect and after watching his film there’s not much to dislike unless you really want to knitpick. He does have hamstring problems that have bothered him in his college career which could be worrisome to some teams, but the Titans will be willing to take the chance and get a day one starter.

 

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New York Giants 7 Round Mock Draft

NFL: MAY 01 NFL Draft Round 2 and 3

The New York Giants were one of the most interesting football teams in the NFL last season. They went from a struggling 6-10 team to an 11-5 team with one of the more dominant defenses in the entire league. This team wasn’t perfect, however, and their weaknesses were exposed in the Division Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. Eli Manning was constantly being chased due to having statistically the worst Offensive Tackle duo in the NFL, the wide receivers proved ineffective in the cold with dropped balls, and the defense had some holes.

At the end of the regular season, they addressed some of their needs and provided positional competition via free agency:

WR Brandon Marshall (NYJ)

OT/G DJ Fluker (LAC)

TE/FB Rhett Ellison (MIN)

CB Valentino Blake (TEN)

QB Geno Smith (NYJ)

And with the draft rolling around, I wanted to take the time and explain who the Giants may possibly draft come April 27. I will provide a full analysis, along with some alternatives* that could also suit the Giants.

*Alternatives do not account for any previous pick stated in the mock.

1st Round: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

 

Eli Manning finally gets the supporting cast to get the aerial attack going. Cam Robinson is the best offensive tackle in the NFL Draft and would be the most overall beneficial to the team. The Giants could definitely go halfback, tight end, or linebacker here but with the draft being as shallow as it is with offensive tackles, I would expect them to snatch this guy up. In the film above, you will notice Robinson dominate the widely considered potential first overall pick, Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett. So have Ereck Flowers and DJ Fluker compete for right tackle and have the loser of that positional battle compete with John Jerry for the right guard spot. Here is the ideal offensive line situation, following this pick:

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Alternatives: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama. | Christian McCaffrey, HB, Stanford.| Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky | Haason Reddick, LB, Temple. | Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan.| David Njoku, TE, Miami.

 2nd Round: Alvin Kamara, Half Back, Tennessee

 

The Giants draft an underrated all-around back who had one of the best combine performances this year. He can break through arm tackles, juke defenders, catch the ball and run. Has great balance and stays upright He has good open field vision. With the revamped offensive line stated above, running lanes should be easier to come by. Kamara would make a great compliment with Paul Perkins and perhaps Orleans Darkwa.

Alternatives: Curtis Samuel, HB/WR, Ohio St. | Taylor Moton, T, Western Michigan | Dion Dawkins, T, Temple | Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss | Adoree Jackson, CB, USC

3rd Round: Desmond King, Cornerback / Safety, Iowa

 

Desmond King is an interesting prospect. He led the NCAA with 8 interceptions in 2015. He was projected as a 1st round pick in the 2016 draft, but he decided to attend his final year at Iowa to get his degree. This year raised questions about his speed, and with his stats not living up to his previous year, his stock began to freefall. Not all of the NFL’s all-pro cornerbacks or safeties have 4.3 speed, yet his stock has plummeted for this reason. He is being shunned by scouts and the draft community, and they will regret it. He is an amazing athlete, considering he was in the top 15 in the 3 cone drill, 60-yard shuttle, and 20-yard shuttle out of 61 defensive back prospects.  He also ran an unofficial 4.52 40-yard dash at his pro day, which would make him the 6th fastest safety. He has the ability to play either cornerback or safety very well. Fluid hips, great hands, great awareness. Steal in the 3rd round.

Alternatives: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida | Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU |Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan |Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

4th Round: Jake Butt, Tight End, Michigan

The Giants decide to go against most projections and don’t bite on Howard or Njoku. Instead, they draft Jake Butt, a complete tight end prospect from Michigan. Jake is currently recovering from a torn ACL and did not participate in the Combine or his school’s pro day. He has great size for a tight end being 6’6″ 250lbs. He is also nimble and can catch the ball pretty well. He is a pretty good run blocker as well. Reminds me of Zach Ertz with his body size and ability together.

Alternatives: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama | Damontae Kazee, CB, SDSU | Duke Riley, LB, LSU | Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State

5th Round: Dede Westbrook, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

Could be a 2nd round pick, and I still have him ranked as the #3 best wide receiver in the draft.  Will be taken around here unless a team absolutely falls in love with him. Dede Westbrook is an amazing wide receiver with some flaws that prevent him from being selected much earlier. 1. His frame. He’s 6’0″ and only 179 lbs. Very wiry for a wide receiver who’s 6’0″. 2. He’s 24 years old, so he has limited years remaining in his professional career before it even begins. 3. He also had some domestic violence issues which really puts teams in an awkward position. But, on the bright side, he’s one of the draft’s best route runners, ran a 4.3 unofficial 40-yard dash at his pro day, has amazing balance for sideline catches and escaping tackles, and has great hands. Would really benefit from being around Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham, and former college teammate Sterling Shepard, someone he really looks up to and is very close with.

Alternatives: James Connor, HB, Pittsburgh | Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee | Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas |  Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

6th Round: Javancy Jones, Linebacker, Jackson State

The small school prospect with a whole lot of potential. Javancy Jones can play middle linebacker, edge / outside linebacker, or defensive end. He is 6’2″ 245, which is a great size for a linebacker. He came onto the scene when he blew up the East-West Shrine Game and continues to impress. He also had a great pro day, with a 4.5-4.7 40-yard dash and 26 reps on the bench press. He’s an explosive athlete who can wrap up and hit hard. A disruptive force in the backfield. Would compete for right outside linebacker or middle linebacker, depending on where Keenan Robinson is not playing.

Alternatives: Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss | KD Cannon, WR, Baylor | Elijah Hood, HB, North Carolina |Aviante Collins, G, TCU | Chad Williams, Wide Receiver, Grambling

7th Round: Speedy Noil, Wide Receiver / Halfback, Texas A&M

The Giants take a gamble on a low production player who’s a world-class athlete with off the field issues. Speedy Noil was once expected to be the next big thing in the NCAA being that his measurables are off the charts, but he never found his niche in the Texas A&M system but did manage to find trouble with the law with marijuana. They take the risk to turn his off the field issues around and to get a new return specialist and gadget player, which could be a huge payoff. He ran a 4.40 at his pro day at Texas A&M. Here are his combine measurables via mockdraftable:

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Alternatives: Tarik Cohen, HB, North Carolina A&T | Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia | Ben Boulware, MLB, Clemson | Travin Dural, WR, LSU

Summary

All of these 7 selections would be immediate impacts for the Giants. This would be a very strong draft class. They get a cornerstone left tackle, a workhorse running back to pair with Perkins, a player who really help out the secondary as either cornerback or safety, a new big and athletic complete tight end, a gifted wide receiver, a very talented linebacker, and a cheaper return specialist who is more of a gifted athlete than almost anyone in this draft. We will see how it really plays out April 27.

Written by @RTFootballScout

The Rising Giant: Malik Mcdowell

Malik Mcdowell: DT/ Height 6’6″/Weight: 295/40 yard dash: 4.85/ Bench Press: 23 reps (225lbs)

NCAA Football: Indiana at Michigan State

This is a very big man that has a nasty streak in him that most offensive lineman hope to not see. He is often questioned for his work ethic and his love for the game, but if someone can passionately coach him and get the most out of him he has the chance to be a special player. When I say special I mean multiple all-pro teams and year after year pro bowls, he’s that talented!

He disrupts plays with his explosive fire off and quick first step that often leave the opponent wondering what just launched into them. In the games (ND 16′, BYU 16′, Nebraska 15′) I watched he consistently dominated in the run game and pass game. His ability to stay low and fire off for such a big man poses problems for the offensive lineman. Once the offensive lineman is engaged he uses his length to control the offensive lineman and do as he pleases with them. Mcdowell has a variety of moves that he displays effectively and he also is a force pass rushing. He consistently swims or rips the offensive lineman or just straight bull rushes and collapses the pocket. Inside pass rushers are hard to find and if you have one they are special, think Aaron Donald.

Mcdowell offers versatility as well having lined up in a multitude of positions and successfully completing the tasks at each. I was very surprised to see him rush on the edge and have enough bend to get around the corner, but he did it, multiple times. The versatility he offers will be valued greatly in the NFL as he would be a three down lineman that would never have to come off the field. I believe that NFL teams will overlook hismalik mcdowell work ethic concerns, because lets face it Michigan State had a very down year. If you watch his tape from the beginning of the year compared to the end of the year you can notice some drop of intensity. I attribute this to thinking it will go unnoticed and him knowing he makes millions if he does not get hurt. I particularly went back to 2015 to watch the Nebraska game to see how he played then and I saw no signs of work ethic concerns. Same thing can be said in the 2016 Notre Dame it was beginning of 2016 before the season took a down turn and he completely DOMINATED! The way I think of it is that if I were in his shoes and the season was going down the drain I might ease up slightly too. Also other prospects sat out the bowl games McCaffrey, Fournette, and heck Charles Walker sat out the whole year practically at Oklahoma.

With a motivated coaching staff there to get the most out of Mcdowell I think he will be a steal in the draft. Other teams can be worried all they want about work ethic, but its overblown and not to worried about when you see him on film. This guy is a gem who needs to be pushed, but he should be taken in the first round and should be top 15 easy based on film. So, if your teams gets him after that consider it stealing and write him down for a week 1  starter.

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Why Michigan S Jabrill Peppers is the most valuable prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft

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Now I know what you’re thinking, and no. This is not a joke.  Jabrill Peppers is the most physically talented player I’ve seen in a while. He is the epitome of swiss army knife and can play a multitude of positions. Today we are going to finally address one of the most controversial things ever posted on my twitter account.

There is no doubt guys like Myles Garrett, Johnathan Allen, Leonard Fournette, and so many others are great players. But what does Peppers have that these guys don’t? Utility and versatility. Sure, Christian McCaffrey can play running back, slot receiver, kick returner, and punt returner. But Jabrill Peppers brings another world of versatility that I don’t think we’ve ever seen in a prospect before. He was the first player to ever attend two different positional days at the combine, and he has the capability of playing a total of 14 positions on a football field, all being at a high level. The more positions one can play (really well,) the more value one adds to a football team. Yes, you can draft a player who is dominant at one position, but why not draft a player with the ability to dominate many positions? Today we are going to look at every position Peppers is capable of playing, with supporting clips.

Free Safety and Strong Safety 

The most obvious position for Jabrill Peppers to most teams (30, according to Peppers,) is either safety position. Not all safeties can be used interchangeably, but Peppers can play either or. He has the speed, agility, and fluidity to play center fielding free safety, and he has tons of experience playing in the box and blitzing, like most great strong safeties. He is one of the best tackling safeties in the draft as well. He could use some work in pass coverage, but that isn’t to say he is bad at it. He just didn’t cover very often. He played a lot of snaps in the box or blitzing the edge, which limits interception count. For instance, Peppers played 70% of defensive snaps in the box against Penn State in 2016. The combine showed he has fluid hips and recovery speed one would look for in a safety, and may need to be coached a little in coverage due to lack of exposure in college, but will pay off.

He can blitz very well with his immense speed, and consistently rushes QB’s throws:

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He has also shown the capability of pass coverage with the very limited snaps not in the box, showing he can cover tight ends.

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And he also shows concentration and ball skills to pull in his only interception.

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Some of his other huge strengths are run support and open field tackling. He is one of the best in the draft in this, partly due to so much exposure in the box.

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Left Outside Linebacker, Middle Linebacker, and Right Outside Linebacker

Though not very likely unless he puts on weight, he could play a hybrid role similar to what he mostly played in college. This is known by many names, such as the Aztec position. This is similar to what Deone Bucannon plays in Arizona.

He can blitz very well from the box, and constantly get pressure on the quarterback and disrupt running plays.

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He also provides protection against elusive quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson and Marcus Mariota as a QB spy with his 4.46 speed.

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With his 4.46 speed, comes amazing pursuit ability. This is not only useful for linebackers, but he showed it a lot while in the box.

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Left Outside Cornerback, Right Outside Cornerback, and Nickel Cornerback

Peppers occasionally played cornerback in certain cases and showed that he is capable of playing the position very well if focused more on it.

He also showed flashes in coverage as a cornerback, when given the opportunity. He has the speed, agility, size, fluidity, and football knowledge to be an elite cornerback if needed. (Follow black arrow, not white arrow in first clip)

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As stated before, his tackling is phenomenal, and open field tackling is a necessity. Wide receivers are no match to block Peppers.

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Halfback 

Jabrill Peppers could be HB1 this year, had he stuck with halfback coming out of high school rather than defensive back. He is the most gifted two-way athlete from Michigan since Charles Woodson, and will definitely get the ball in his hands on offense.

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X Receiver, Z Receiver, Slot Receiver

Jabrill has not played much, if any wide receiver in college. But that shouldn’t limit him at the next level. He has the playmaking skills, size, and speed to be able to do this very well at the next level.

Here we compare his measurables to one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Odell Beckham, Jr.

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He also displayed his catching ability at the Combine and showed he was a natural pass-catcher.

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Kick Returner and Punt Returner

Jabrill was one of the most exciting players to watch, and this was a huge reason why. Anytime he got the ball in his hand off of a punt or kick off, the fans would get excited. He will be an immediate star in this department.

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Jabrill Peppers presents an amazing, almost unreal amount of versatility and potential. And the more versatile depth a player provides, the more value he adds to the football team. And he has more total value than any other football player in the draft. So he is the most valuable player in this draft. His potential is oozing and he has the ability to excel at any one of the positions. Will he fall to mid 1st? Possibly. Would I draft him top 5? Absolutely.

Written by @RTFootballScout

Post Combine Small School Big Board

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Top 20

1.) Derek Rivers (Edge, Youngstown State)

2.) Adam Shaheen (TE, Ashland)

3.) Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE, Villanova)

4.) Julien Davenport (OT, Bucknell)

5.) Cooper Kupp (WR, Eastern Washington)

6.) Lorenzo Jerome (FS, St. Francis)

7.)  Corey Levin (OG, UT Chattanooga)

8.) Keionta Davis (DE, UT Chattanooga)

9.) Brendan Langley (CB, Lamar)

10.) Jessamen Dunker (OG, Tennessee State)

11.) Javancy Jones (LB, Jackson State)

12.) Chad Williams (WR, Grambling State)

13.) Ezra Robison (CB, Tennessee State)

14.) Avery Moss (DE, Youngstown State)

15.) Jordan Morgan (OG, Kutztown)

16.) Javarius Leamon (OT, South Carolina State)

17.) Winston Craig (Richmond)

18.) Karter Schult (DE, Northern Iowa)

19.) Samson Ebukam (DE, Eastern Washington)

20.) Cameron Lee (OG, Illinois State)

Quarterbacks

1.) Brady Gustafson (Montana)

2.) Antonio Pipkin (Tiffin)

3.) Alex Torgersen (Penn)

4.) Jack Nelson (Winona State)

5.) Skylar Mornhinweg (Columbia)

6.) Nick Shafnisky (Lehigh)

7.) Justin Dvorak (Colorado Mines)

8.) Jake Melville (Colgate)

9.) Kyle Zimmerman (Northwest Missouri State)

10.)  Michael Birdsong (Tennessee Tech)

Runningbacks

1.) Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T)

2.) De’Angelo Henderson (Coastal Carolina)

3.) Khalid Abdullah (James Madison)

4.) Lenard Tillery (Southern)

5.) Jody Webb (Youngstown State)

6.) William Stanback (Virginia Union)

7.) De’Shawn Jones (Campbell)

8.) Kade Harrington (Lamar)

9.) Martin Ruiz (Youngstown State)

10.) King Frazier (North Dakota State)

Wide Receivers

1.) Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington)

2.) Chad Williams (Grambling State)

3.) Karel Hamilton (Samford)

4.) Lance Lenoir (Western Illinois)

5.) Kendrick Bourne (Eastern Washington)

6.) Anthony Warrum (Illinois State)

7.) Krishawn Hogan (Marian)

8.) Garry Brown (Cal-Pa)

9.) Brian Brown (Richmond)

10.) Brian Riley (San Diego)

Tightends

1.) Adam Shaheen (Ashland)

2.) Eric Saubert (Drake)

3.) Brandon Barnes (Alabama State)

4.) Robert Tonyan Jr (Indiana State)

5.) Paul Butler (Cal-Pa)

6.) Billy Brown (Shepherd)

7.) Anthony Firkser (Harvard)

8.) Dan Crimmins (Eastern Kentucky)

9.) Josh Cook (Idaho State)

10.) Kenny Johnston (Florida Tech)

Offensive Tackles

1.) Julien Davenport (Bucknell)

2.) Javarius Leamon (South Carolina State)

3.) Jylan Ware (Alabama State)

4.) Erik Austell (Charleston Southern)

5.) Mitchell Kirsch (James Madison)

6.) Jerry Ugokwe (William & Mary)

7.) Landon Lechler (North Dakota State)

8.) Brad Seaton (Villanova)

9.) Taylor Gadbois (Southeastern Louisiana)

10.) Max Rich (Harvard)

Interior O-Line

1.) Corey Levin (UT Chattanooga)

2.) Jessamen Dunker (Tennessee State)

3.) Jordan Morgan (Kutztown)

4.) Cameron Lee (Illinois State)

5.) Ethan Cooper (IUP)

6.) Zack Johnson (North Dakota State)

7.) JP Flynn (Montana State)

8.) Sam Ekwonike (Coastal Carolina)

9.) Stephen Evans (North Alabama)

10.) Connor Bozick (Delaware)

Edge Rushers

1.) Derek Rivers (Youngstown State)

2.) Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova)

3.) Avery Moss (Youngstown State)

4.) Keionta Davis (UT Chattanooga)

5.) Karter Schult (Northern Iowa)

6.) Samson Ebukam (Eastern Washington)

7.) Whitney Richardson (Lane)

8.) Caleb Kidder (Montana)

9.) Kedrick Harrison (Stephen F Austin)

10.) Frederick Henry-Ajuda (North Carolina Central)

Interior D-Line

1.) Winston Craig (Richmod

2.) Roderick Henderson (Alabama State)

3.) Grover Stewart (Albany State)

4.) Patrick Ricard (Maine)

5.) Collin Bevins (NW Missouri State)

6.) Donovan McCray (Grambling State)

7.) Marquis Ragland (North Carolina A&T)

8.) Damani Taylor (UT Martin)

9.) Lorin Winston (Grambling State)

10.) Jared Holloway (Samford)

Linebackers

1.) Javancy Jones (Jackson State)

2.) Connor Harris (Lindenwood)

3.) Dylan Cole (Missouri State)

4.) Folarin Orimolade (Dartmouth)

5.) Marquis Smith (Savannah State)

6.) Christian Kuntz (Duquesne)

7.) Alex Scearce (Coastal Carolina)

8.) AJ Wentland (McKendree)

9.) Darien Anderson (Alcorn State)

10.) Tyler Condit (New Haven)

Cornerbacks

1.) Brendan Langley (Lamar)

2.) Ezra Robinson (Tennessee State)

3.) Dante’ Blackmon (Kennesaw State)

4.) Josh Thornton (Southern Utah)

5.) Jamal Agnew (San Diego)

6.) Tyler Williams (Central Arkansas)

7.) Xavier Coleman (Portland State)

8.) Raheem Wilson (Southeastern Oklahoma)

9.) Jaylen Hill (Jacksonville State)

10.) Devyn Bryant (San Diego)

Free Safety

1.) Lorenzo Jerome (St. Francis)

2.) David Jones (Richmond)

3.) Leroy Alexander (Youngstown State)

4.) Casey DeAndrade (New Hampshire)

5.) Rodney Singleton (Lenoir-Rhyne)

6.) Phillip Henry (South Carolina State)

7.) Sandy Chapman (Norfolk State)

8.) Christian Carpenter (Gannon)

9.) Jamerson Blount (Samford)

10.) B.T Sanders (Nicholls State)

Strong Safety

1.) Donald Payne (Stetson)

2.) Tyson Graham Jr. (South Dakota)

3.) Rhaheim Ledbetter (Southern)

4.) Guy Stallworth (Grambling State)

5.) Terrence Singleton (Prairie View)

6.) Tim Hayes (Wagner)

7.) Foyesade Oluokun (Yale)

8.) Trey Robinson (Furman)

9.) Connor Bays (Southwestern Oklahoma State)

10.) Eric Smith (New Mexico Highlands)

Kickers/Punters

1.) Matt Davis (UNC Pembroke)

2.) Will Gingery (Wittenberg)

3.) Miles Bergner (South Dakota)

4.) William Will (Dayton)

5.) Steven O’Block (McKendree)

6.) Connor Mitchell (Murray State)

7.) Ryan McCrum (SEMO)

8.) Austin Crimmins (Duquesne)

9.) Mike Maccarone (Marist)

10.) Johah Bowman (Colgate)

Who is the top Cornerback in 2017 draft?

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The 2017 draft class has a wealth of talent at the cornerback position, which is good news for teams that are without elite cornerback talent. There are easily 4-7 cornerbacks that could be taken in the first round of upcoming draft. Many rankings consistently have the top 6 cornerbacks, in varying order,  Marshon Lattimore (OSU), Gareon Conley (OSU), Tre’Davious White (LSU), Teez Tabor (Florida), Quincy Wilson (Florida), and Marlon Humphrey (Alabama). Each one of these corners offer different skill sets and seeing how they transfer to the NFL will be quite interesting. After watching 4-6 games on each player mentioned I will offer my take on each player and how their skills will transfer to the NFL.Rankings will go in order of how I think their skills will transfer to the NFL.

I am not including Sidney Jones (Washington) due to the Achilles tear suffered at his pro day. Recent reports say he could possibly return for his rookie year, but my bet is on a redshirt season to make sure he heals up properly and hope to get him back at full potential.

  1. Marshon Lattimore (OSU) Height:6’0″/ Weight: 193 /4o time: 4.36

Has some of the best footwork and pure skill among all the corners for only being a redshirt sophomore. His speed is on display throughout the games with his ability to break on the ball. Rarely gets beat long when in man coverage due to blazing speed and ability to recover ground quickly if beat slightly. There was one instance where he got beat in the PSU game down the sideline, but was due more to ball placement and not getting head around. He is a very willing tackler and will get his nose dirty on the outside and when on the end of the line of scrimmage. On certain occasions can get stuck on the blocks of wide receivers, but even when stuck still maintains outside leverage to force play back inside. He was asked to play zone and man at Ohio State which shows his versatility. On film he seems to have good awareness and play recognition to not get lost in coverage. A concern noted by Matt Miller of Bleacher Report are his history of hamstring issues that have plagued his college career. The hamstring is not expected to drop him very far down the board and he has the chance to be a special corner, making an impact immediately as top cornerback in almost any scheme. Will most likely be the first cornerback taken in the draft. Expected top 10.

2. Marlon Humphrey (Alabama) Height: 6’0″/ Weight: 197/ 40 time: 4.41

Humphrey is more of a physical player that has deceiving speed and impressed with his 40 time at the combine. He likes to get his hands on the receiver at the line and can often bully smaller receivers with his strength. His strengths allow him to disrupt timing of the routes and often takes his man out of the play. He plays with great instincts that put him in the right place. He does not mess around on screen plays and aggressively comes up to punish the receiver showing off good tackling skills. Since he is a physical corner there are times when his physicality gets the best of him and he over extends his hands leaving him vulnerable to be run by. On film his biggest weakness is on the deep routes when he gets run by due to over-extension and somewhat tight hips. He is slightly slow on the flip and it shows when a receiver wants to take him downfield. For a team looking for a press corner and having a safety over-top he would be a perfect fit. Possible to go top 10 depending on team’s style of play.

3. Teez Tabor (Florida) Height: 6’0″/ Weight: 199/ 40 time: 4.62

Of all the players being broken down in this post this is the one I find most appealing. To start he has had off-field issues with a one game suspension in September of 2015 for a failed drug test and was then again suspended for the first game of the 2016 season against UMass for a violation of team rules. With those incidents behind him (hopefully) he is one fine cornerback. He stays in great position shadowing the receiver and trusting his instincts on when to break on the ball. Tabor continually high-pointed the ball and broke up passes with strong swipes. He is a physical corner that likes to mix it up on the field and has the swagger that I believe is necessary to play corner at high level in the NFL. He has fluid hips and his game looks so natural that his talent could exceed where he is drafted by a mile. He does get handsy downfield which is a concern when getting to the league, due to all the touch penalties that are called. I wouldn’t consider him a bad tackler, but he is a leg diver that is not very involved in the run game. His draft selection could come in the late first round or even the second round due to his off-field conduct. This is my steal of the top-tier players in this class.

4. Tre’Davious White (LSU) Height: 5’11″/ Weight: 192/ 40 time: 192 

This is a senior that plays with intelligence from all the snaps he has logged over his college career. He can play slot or outside which is great for a team looking for versatility. He plays an interesting press coverage and almost hops instead of moving feet which keeps the receiver face up on him for longer than more press corners. During coverage he tends to allow some separation, particularly when a receiver crosses his face. Bigger receivers can push him around some, but his recovery skills are great and he often breaks up passes that other corners would be unable to. Due to his stature he does get touchy downfield which can lead to penalties. An average tackler, but still willing to stick nose in and do dirty work. His pass break-up skills are his prime attribute and allow for him to be able to deal with separation that he allows. Will only fit certain teams style, but one who utilizes him right will be getting a player with tons of big game experience against top-tier competition. Could go mid first round to late first round.

5. Quincy Wilson (Florida) Height: 6’1″/ Weight: 211/ 40 time: 4.54

After reading about a player for so long at the top of rankings I can say I did not see what I expected. He is a long quarterback that has room to grow and could become Sherman like, but I do not see that attitude in his play style. He has good technique and speed for a bigger cornerback and was asked to play in a stingy Florida defense. For being a big corner he did not use his hands as much as I anticipated, but that can be adjusted upon with work. He has good pass breakup skills and good ball location skills that allow for him to hang with most receivers. What I find lacking is his intensity to compete in the run game and just tackling in general. I don’t think I have seen a corner as exposed in the run game as him in the Alabama game. He has no willingness to be involved in the run game and consistently gets blocked on short screen passes or swing passes. He is a liability to tackle anyone with constant head ducking while diving and lunging. He could go anywhere in the first round or fall out of the first round depending on who you talk to. I don’t see him as a top corner, but instead as a project that has the tools to develop with passionate coaching.

6. Gareon Conley (OSU) Height: 6’0″/ Weight: 195/ 40 time: 4.44

This ranking at the bottom of the six just shows how good this crop of corners are. Conley has a good amount of game experience that leads him to play confidently. He has good snappy quick hips and has speed to burn that allows him to stay near receivers through all types of routes. His speeed allows for him to recover when beat and does a good job of turning and running to regain good position. During his backpeddle he does occasionally get a little high in his stance which causes him to flip his hips slow. He never gets beat badly, but on alot of routes there is seperation between him and the receiver that an accurate quarterback will exploit. He tends to tackle high and that could be problematic at the next level with bigger stronger men running around the field. His strength seems to be average which leaves him getting stuck on blocks and losing contain. With more fine tuning he could turn into an above average corner, but I don’t see greatness in him. Looks to be more of end of the first round pick.

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Corey Davis vs. Mike Williams… Who’s Number 1?

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Corey Davis and Mike Williams are widely considered the Top 2 Wide Receivers in this year’s Draft, but that’s about the only thing the majority can agree on. They come from different, yet successful careers respectively. Corey Davis is historically one of the best Wide Receivers in FBS History, but this was against lesser competition. Mike Williams won a National Championship with Clemson in his last season, defeating the previously undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide with a highlight reel to show for it. We will discuss all of the essential traits in a wide receiver and who has the edge in each category.

Body Measurements

Mike Williams: Height: 6’4″. Weight: 218 pounds. Arm Length: 33 3/8″. Hands: 9 3/8″.

Corey Davis: Height: 6’3″. Weight: 209 pounds. Arm Length: 33″. Hands: 9 1/8″.

Edge: Mike Williams

Speed

Mike Williams: 40-yard dash: 4.62

Corey Davis: Anticipated / Previously Recorded 40-yard dash: 4.48

Edge: Corey Davis

Route Running

Mike Williams: Could improve as a route runner. Tends to curve routes occasionally. Cuts sometimes lack explosion. Gets pushed around if pressed. Sometimes difficult to gain separation. Uses body rather than agility to get open.

Corey Davis: Crisp cuts on routes. Can shake a Cornerback on most routes, and adds energy on the end of each route. Can explode on cuts. Speed to separate on deep routes.

Edge: Corey Davis

Hands

Mike Williams: Amazing ball tracking ability. Very strong hands. Has occasional concentration drops, but far more outstanding catches. Can make contested catches often. Dominated Marlon Humphrey, a top player in the very deep Cornerback Draft Class, in the championship game. Catch/Drop Rate: 16 to 1.

Corey Davis: Can also make contested catches, but at a lower rate. Not the best at catching in traffic. Lacks full catch radius Williams has, but still a great catcher. Dropped 11 passes last season.  Catch/Drop Rate: 9 to 1.

Edge: Mike Williams

Ball Carrying Ability

Mike Williams: Average with the ball in hands. Will sometimes make guys miss, but not very often. Does not have elite speed to break away from the defenders nor the agility to shake off players. Can get away from guys occasionally. Plays as big bodied receiver trying to gain as many straight ahead.

Corey Davis: Very talented and shifty with ball in hands. Has the balance to stay on feet and gain yardage. Can change direction with ease. Can take a slant and extend the play 50 yards. Can stiff-arm DB’s with ease. Very special playmaker, similar to Amari Cooper in this respect.

Edge: Corey Davis

Run Blocking

Mike Williams: Acceptable blocking for the NFL, but could use some work on run blocking. Definitely has the body size to dominate Defensive Backs, but sometimes struggles in open field. Can sometimes be seen tugging jersey.

Corey Davis: Tough run blocker, was seen multiple times taking the Cornerback out of the play against Wisconsin. Sometimes overpursues while in open field.

Edge: Corey Davis

And the winner is…

Corey Davis. He is the more complete wide receiver and will benefit any team in the aerial attack. He is a versatile open-field playmaker, that can be moved to any receiver spot on the field. Both Wide Receivers are going to have very successful careers in the NFL, but as different types of players. Mike Williams is your old school big bodied receiver who will make the big catches in big games. Corey Davis is more of the new-age electric Wide Receiver in the NFL, may not make every jump ball, but he will extend plays and make something out of nothing, and change the pace of the game in his teams favor.

Written by @RTFootballScout

NFL Draft

Cleveland Browns (Myles Garret, DE)

Although the Browns are in quarterback limbo even with the trade with the Texans for Brock Osweiler (a move that was made to basically acquire their draft pick) it would be in the Browns best interest to take this generational talent at defensive end.

San Francisco 49ers (Ruben Foster, LB)

In a bit of a surprise move at #2 the 49ers will take Ruben Foster to fill a void that was left by the retired Patrick Willis and help retool a depleted linebacking group that is currently lead by former All Pro Navarro Bowman who has been oft injured and is coming off an Achilles injury. The 49ers will look to Foster to bring back that tradition of storied linebackers from 49ers past.

Chicago Bears (Marshon Lattimore, CB)

The Bears drafted Kyle Fuller 14 overall just three short years ago and he has not yet lived up to the shutdown corner hype. Marshon Lattimore is a long rangy and freaky athletic corner that can play in all types of coverages he’s great in press and is athletic enough to be left on island with the opposing teams #1 receiver.

Jacksonville Jaguars (Forrest Lamp, OG)

The Jaguars have placed their faith in Blake Bortles (at least for another season) and they will look to shore up the offensive line with this pick. Forrest Lamp has shown that he has great feet to be a force in the pass protection and be dominant in the run game. The Jags hope adding Lamp will give Bortles the adequate time to make reads and accurate throws and help make the Jags take the next step.

Tennessee Titans (Mike Williams, WR)

The Titans will look to get Marcus Mariotta some help at the receiver spot and the big target from Clemson seems to be the perfect target. Mariota is already an accurate passer and now adding a 6’4 target Mariotta will not have to be spot on because Williams catch radius is out of this world as he put that on full display in the National Championship game.

New York Jets (Hasson Reddick, OLB)

Hasson Reddick was the riser in this years class. There was questions about his ability to play outside linebacker as he was a DE at Temple, however, a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and an impressive combine has him going in the first round as the Jets look for help at OLB.

Los Angeles Chargers (Jon Ross, WR)

The Chargers are going to be in LA this year and they will be bringing the fastest man in combine history with them. Jon Ross will be the deep threat that Philip Rivers has seldom had in his career in San Diego* (now LA). Ross will also be a threat in the return game if the chargers choose to utilize that aspect of his game. He does have health concerns but when healthy there’s no question that he has next level speed and is an absolute game changer.

Carolina Panthers (Leonard Fournette)

The Carolina Panthers will take Leonard Fournette and provide Cam Newton with the run game that has escaped him in years past. The Panthers will pair Fournette with Newton because of the power run game Fournette looked at times like he was other worldly with both power and speed and adding this dimension to the Panthers offense will add the spark that they need to make another run at the Super Bowl.

Cincinnati Bengals (Marlon Humphrey, CB)

The Bengals will look to add another Alabama player to their secondary pairing Marlon Humphrey with Dre Kirkpatrick. Humphrey already has the NFL lineage to go with ability to dissect plays and the uncanny ability to go play the ball at its highest point without interfering with the receiver. The Bengals will look to make Humphrey a cornerstone of their defense for years to come

Buffalo Bills (Fabian Moreau, CB)

The Bills will look to replace Stephon Gilmore, Fabian was easily the best cover corner in the pass happy PAC-12 and he has the size and the measurables to be a shutdown corner. The Bills look for their new #1 corner with this pick at 10.

Tennessee Titans: 7 Round Mock Draft

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Free Agency Recap

Cut

NT Al Woods

Resigned

QB Matt Cassel

DE Karl Klug

TE Phillip Supernaw

Signed

CB Logan Ryan

SS Johnathan Cyprien

NT Sylvester Williams

WR Eric Weems

LB Daren Bates

S Brynden Trawick

Player Not Retained

TE Anthony Fasano (Dolphins)

WR Kendall Wright (Bears)

OG Chance Warmack (Eagles)

 

7 Round Mock Draft

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Big Board used: Inside the Pylon

 

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Round 1 Pick 5

Corey Davis (WR-Western Michigan)

The Titans have needed a consistent threat as a number one receiver for years. Corey Davis has the route running and ball skills to step into that role. He is a legitimate jump ball threat, and will help take some pressure off of last year’s Free Agent acquisition Rishard Matthews. Realistically,  Jon Robinson may look to move this pick and acquire more draft ammunition. There is the chance that the Titans could trade down a few spots and still nab Davis.

 

 

 

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Round 1 Pick 18

Gareon Conley (CB-Ohio State)

The Titans secondary had a very rough go last season, ranking 29th in passing yards allowed (269.2 yards per game). It was so rough, Perrish Cox was cut mid season after a particularly bad outing.  The Titans signed former New England standout Logan Ryan and Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars SS Johnathan Cyprien to help revamp the unit. They also need an infusion of talented youth. Conley has been a stalwart for the Buckeyes the last two seasons. He’s most suited to playing on the outside, possessing the length and press skills to redirect receivers off the line. He has the speed and burst to mirror receivers throughout their routes, and can close and make a play quickly. Conley could come in early and press the incumbent Jason McCourty for a starting spot.

 

 

 

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Round 3 Pick 19

Sidney Jones (CB-Washington)

Jones was widely considered a top 20 pick until he injured his Achilles at his Pro Day. The Titans could turn a weakness into a strength here, grabbing a high upside pick with Sidney Jones.A redshirt year to get healthy and Jones could be back to playing at a high level. Before his injury, Jones had the athletic ability and coverage skills to match most receivers at any level of the field. While there is no guarantee he comes back with the same agility or quickness, it’s worth the gamble if he falls this far.

 

 

 

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Round 3 Pick 36

Daeshon Hall (DE-Texas A&M)

Hall is a very versatile edge rusher, and has played at both Linebacker and Defensive End during his time at Texas A&M. While Tennessee has two very productive Outside Linebackers, Orakpo is over thirty with multiple pectoral tears on his resume and Morgan is 28. The Titans need some insurance. Hall has some nasty speed off the edge, and can really put pressure on opposing Quarterbacks. He can contribute immediately as a pass rush specialist, and in time can develop into an every down player.

 

 

 

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Round 4 Pick 18

Adam Shaheen (TE-Ashland)

Delanie Walker is fresh off of his second Pro Bowl appearance, but is 32 years old. The Titans need a player to groom to take over his role. While Jace Amaro could develop into that player, Adam Shaheen is great value pick here. Shaheen is a matchup nightmare (6’6, 278 lbs) that declared early from a Division II school, mostly due to his insane production. He racked up 26 receiving touchdowns over the course of two years. He has the size and speed to threaten down the seam, and could be an immediate chess piece to move around. He’ll have to develop into a more sound blocker to have an impact in Mularkey’s run heavy scheme. If he drops this far, he’s an absolute steal.

 

 

 

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Round 5 Pick 20

Jessamen Dunker (OG-Tennessee State)

The Titans had a very solid Offensive Line last season, spearheaded by first round selections Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin. The weakest link according to PFF was Josh Kline, who scored an 80.0 on their scoring metric. For reference, Kelechi Osemele  was the top rated Guard with and 89.1. The Titans mantra last season has been competition, with that we select Jessamen Dunker. While he is athletically limited as a Tackle, Dunker could do well with a transition inside. He is a sound technician with smooth footwork, but could stand to add some functional strength. Between Dunker and last year’s Draft selection Tretola, the Titans could boost the competition.

 

 

 

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Round 6 Pick 30

Paul Magloire Jr (LB-Arizona)

Magloire has played a bit of everything in his career, but his fit at the next level is a hybrid LB/Safety position. The Titans have recently signed Johnathan Cyprien, who will be used in a very similar hybrid role. Magloire is an instinctive player that does well sifting through the trash and finding a lane to the ball carrier. Expect, him to be used as an injury insurance policy for Cyprien and an immediate special teams contributor.

 

 

 

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Round 7 Pick 18

Trent Taylor (WR-LaTech)

Taylor is undersized at 5’8 and 178 lbs, but he’s a crisp route runner and makes people miss in space. He could finish the revamp of the Wide Receiver unit, pushing last year’s selection Tajae Sharpe for the lead slot role. He could contribute on special teams as well, which is a huge factor in late round picks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do the Browns do with their 2 first round picks?

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With the Browns 2 first-round picks they have the chance to improve their team dramatically. The question then becomes what positions will they choose to address with so many needs on both sides of the ball? Many people assume they need to get a quarterback, but without having a team around the rookie quarterback there is no way he will succeed.

Presumably the Browns will draft the stud defensive end, Myles Garret from Texas A&M with their number 1 overall pick. His combine performance has albeit solidified this pick, as the Browns will be getting a premier pass rusher in a pass happy league, while also pairing him with Danny Shelton, Carl Nassib, and Emmanuel Ogbah. This would give the Browns the hope of pressuring the opposing quarterback from many angles, supposing that Nassib or Ogbah continue to develop from respectable showings in their rookie seasons.

The real question comes with the No. 12 pick in the draft. The Browns could select a quarterback depending on who falls to them or they could continue to build a strong team on both sides of the ball while waiting to find their quarterback. The quarterbacks that could be in play at No. 12 are Mitch Trubisky (UNC), Deshaun Watson (Clemson), and Deshone Kizer (Notre Dame). Each one of these players have flaws and most likely one or possibly  two could be gone by the time this pick comes into play. This leaves the Browns in quite the predicament of choosing a leftover quarterback or going another year with Cody Kessler under center. Neither of which would be ideal for a young team that would be better suited to have a game manager under center rather than a rookie making “rookie mistakes”. The team could continue to draft defensive and look for a suitable cornerback to pair with unreliable and overpaid Joe Haden or a safety if Jamal Adams (LSU) or Malik Hooker (OSU) falls to them. But, this still does not address the quarterback position that is in dire need of a makeover, as is always the case with the Browns.

These leaves the best possible outcome to trade for a veteran option such as Jimmy Garoppolo or Kirk Cousins. The Garoppolo trade would come at a steep price as the latest rumblings said that the Patriots would require two first round picks back in return. This seems unlikely to happen due to the Browns prioritizing draft picks and not being on the cusp of being a winning team. The Kirk Cousins trade from the Redskins seems more unlikely right now, but depending on who comes in to run the front office things could change quickly. Cousins has reportedly said he wanted to know what the Redskins were planning to do with him and that quickly turned into “trade demand” rumors. But, one knows where there is smoke there is fire. The Redskins have already used the franchise tag on him for the past two years and Cousins is likely headed into unrestricted free agency next year. This would leave the Redskins in the position of losing him for no compensation at all (think Kevin Durant…not good for OKC). I believe as the draft approaches the Browns will turn up the heat in the pursuit of Kirk Cousins, as they have the picks to make a compelling trade offer. This would put the Browns in the great position of drafting stud Myles Garret and getting an above average quarterback in Kirk Cousins.

The Browns would go from 1-15 to lets say competitive and possibly around average or above average in one season. The Browns have the picks to make the trade happen, but now we need to see if they are willing to let those picks go to instantly improve their team.

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