Needless to say, the highlight of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2019 season was landing the top pick in the 2020 NFL draft. The team finished the season 2-14, with wins over the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals didn’t win a game till week 13, which was the first week of December. Obviously, this isn’t how head coach Zac Taylor wanted his first season in Cincinnati to go but the team can now properly start to rebuild around their top overall pick.
The Los Angeles Chargers lost eleven games in 2019, leading them to earn the sixth overall spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. Nine of those eleven games were by one score. That one score narrative (which had unfortunately plagued Philip Rivers his whole career) came to a head last year and resulted in the franchise deciding to move on and not offer him a new deal. Disgruntled back Melvin Gordon held out for the first three weeks of the season before reporting to the team. He is also headed for a new team. The Chargers’ record was a direct result of neither one of these things. The team also lost tight end, Hunter Henry, for four weeks and the offensive line was completely decimated for much of the year.
Don’t expect the Vikings to be much of a player in free agency, as they are currently $700 thousand dollars over the cap, this according to Spotrac. With certain players they are going to want to re-sign and not a ton of cap space to spend, it’s going to take a lot of number crunching in order to get this all figured out.
The combine changes a lot of aspects of the upcoming NFL Draft. This year was no different. Some guys rose up in my overall rankings (as well as in this draft), while others faltered. Let’s see how your team did. Maybe I can appease every fanbase this time (in my dreams)! Continue reading →
The Jacksonville Jaguars have too many holes to fill in just draft but drafting the correct players could help. The Jaguars need cornerback help the most after trading away Jalen Ramsey during the season and A.J. Bouye earlier this week. After that, it’s a mirage of other needs. With so many needs, the Jaguars can attack the draft in multiple ways.
The Indianapolis Colts have been a team that has drafted great the last few years with Malik Hooker, Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard, and Rock Ya-Sin carving out roles as starters. Chris Ballard has built this team from the bottom up and it showed before the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck before the beginning of the regular season. Jacoby Brissett had some solid moments but the team will look to add another quarterback via free agency or the draft if not both.
This offseason is one of the most critical offseasons in John Elway’s tenure as general manager. With a boatload of money to use in free agency that can grow a ton with cuts of a couple players, they’re fit to make big moves in free agency. They have to have another productive year in the draft as well. With the last two draft classes providing several starters, including Courtland Sutton (2018 draft), Dalton Risner (2019), and Drew Lock (2019), it seems Elway has turned around his draft woes and needs to show it again this year. They’ve got nine picks with the likelihood of 12 after compensatory picks.
After starting the season 2-2, Lamar Jackson would lead the Ravens on an incredible tear, winning their next 12 games. They would finish the regular season with their best record in club history, along with a first-round bye. Coming into the playoffs Baltimore was already being dubbed as a Super Bowl favorite, which is to be expected. However, they would not be prepared for the Cinderella story, that was the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee, in fact, would have a 28-6 lead after three quarters, before finally putting the Ravens away by the tune of 28-12.
Entering the 2019 season, the Dallas Cowboys had Super Bowl expectations. After starting the season 3-0, averaging 32.3 points per game, Dak Prescott was looking like the second coming of Patrick Mahomes and well deserving of being the highest-paid quarterback in the league. However, the Cowboys struggled to be consistent on both sides of the ball the rest of the season and went 5-8 over their last 13 games, finishing 8-8 on the year. Unable to clinch the NFC East title in week 16, the Cowboys ended up missing the playoffs.
Again, the New Orleans Saints‘ season ended before the Super Bowl. And for the second time in three seasons, it was at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings on the last play of the game. They finished 13-3 but missed out on a bye week due to a tough early-season loss to the Los Angeles Rams (the game Drew Brees got hurt in), a horrible loss to the division rival Atlanta Falcons in early November, and with their fate in their hands, lost a shootout to the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
I uploaded the first round of my second mock draft of the season the other day and I’m back with the second round. There is still a lot of talent on the board at every position and we welcome the Bears, 49ers, Rams, Steelers, and Texans to the table today.
It is the best time of the year, NFL Draft season. Where fans and analysts alike debate about what players will best improve their team in the pursuit of a championship. Some teams have more needs than others. While some are just looking to add depth wherever they can. The Los Angeles Rams are no different.
The Philadelphia Eagles had an up and down season but still wound up sneaking into the playoffs in the lowly NFC East. Or in the words of Patrick Star, NFC “Weast”. The Eagles were subject to many injuries throughout the year. In their 17-9 wild-card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, they were down their starting right tackle, right guard, their entire original starting receiver core, and lost Carson Wentz in the first half. All season, their glaring weaknesses at receiver and secondary were exploited. The two together made burnt toast with butter.
The Oakland Raiders are history and now it’s time on to the new era of the Las Vegas Raiders. On Wednesday, March 18, the silver and black will officially be open for business as they take their first step towards a make or break season. When the toe meets ball in September, a lot will be expected of Jon Gruden’s latest team to work its way to the playoffs. They came closer than many predicted in 2019, so securing the proper free agents and acing the draft again can put this organization on the fast lane to Super Bowl contenders in 2020.
The 2019 NFL season didn’t end the way the New England Patriots had hoped. After starting the season 8-0 the Patriots suffered their first defeat of the season to the Baltimore Ravens 37-20 in week nine. The team was 10-1 entering December and normally the Patriots are almost unbeatable during the last month of the season. However, the Patriots finished the month 2-3, including a week 17 loss at home against the Miami Dolphins which dropped them down to the three seed in the AFC playoffs.
The San Francisco 49ers rookie class of last season performed to outstanding levels, with Nick Bosa winning Defensive Rookie of the Year. Deebo Samuel looking like a future go-to receiver for Jimmy Garoppolo with his versatility and his receiving skills. Jalen Hurd has yet to play a game but showed upside during the offseason. Justin Skule, who filled in admirably for Joe Staley and Mitch Wishnowsky, who averaged of 44.9 yards per punt. It was good enough for the Niners to be awarded the “Best Draft Class” award at the Combine this year. There is almost no way this draft class can live up to the power the last draft class had, but I’ll attempt to predict how the 49ers will make an attempt to change their future now.
The Jets had a really up and down season. They had everything from bringing in generational player Le’Veon Bell, to a laughing stock of a coach, Adam Gase. However, as the season progressed, the Jets’ flaws and weaknesses peaked and opposing defenses began to target the Jets weakness. To make matters even worse, we had Sam Darnold out for half the season because of Mono, and our offensive line was abysmal at best. Bell had absolutely no room to run, Darnold had no time in the pocket, and to make things even worse, we had no playmakers on the outside.
The Texans were knocked out in the divisional round by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. They finished the year without a general manager and are looking to go into the draft with Bill O’Brien in that de facto role. O’Brien made significant moves during the season, sending Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for a bag of chips, but sending two first-round picks to bring in Laremy Tunsil. Without a first-round pick, the team will have a lot of trouble finding players in the draft to fill their needs. I listed the Texans’ biggest needs as interior defensive line, edge rusher, and cornerback.
What a turn around in just a year, the addition of Matt LaFleur as the replacement for Mike McCarthy seemed to be a surprise hire on its face. However, it would prove to be a genius move. LaFleur would lead the Packers to an incredible 13-3 regular season and a first-round bye, eventually getting them a shot at a Super Bowl. A big lack of run defense would end up costing them plenty in the game against San Francisco, as they would allow four rushing touchdowns to Raheem Mostert in the 37-20 loss.
The Detroit Lions began the season off with plenty of promise, starting out the season 2-1-1. After the controversial week five loss to divisional rival Green Bay, they were not able to recover. They would only be able to muster up just the one lone victory after that in week eight, finishing the season 3-13.
Yesterday I posted part one of my 2.0 mock draft. Today we have part two. After projecting six hypothetical trades in round one, there are five more hypothetical trades in round two. As I mentioned yesterday, everyone loves a mock draft, so while we wait for the combine and then free agency to happen, enjoy the rest of my 2.0 mock draft. Without further ado, the Cincinnati Bengals are back on the clock.
The 2019 NFL season came and went in what feels like in a New York minute. However, the offseason is just getting started. Teams are beginning to cut veterans to open up cap space and the NFL Combine is almost here. Everyone loves a mock draft, so while we wait for the combine and then free agency to happen, enjoy my 2.0 mock draft. Today I will be sharing part one (the first round), which has six hypothetical trades in it. Part two (the second round) will be out tomorrow morning, so without further ado, the Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock.
Now that we are done with Divisional Round weekend of the 2019 NFL season, the top 28 picks of this year’s draft are now locked down. The order of the back four I am going based on how I think the conference championships and Super Bowl will go down. Those 28 teams are now looking towards the offseason and the 2020 draft as the remaining four get set for the Conference Championship round of the playoffs on Sunday.
We are just a few days away from week 16 of the 2019 NFL season. That means there are only two weeks of regular season football left and the majority of teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. Those fan bases are already looking ahead to the offseason and most notably the 2020 NFL draft. With a loss in one of their final two games, the Bengals will lock up the top draft spot and will be on the clock.
Before all of the keyboard GMs come for my head, this is called the “way too early” mock draft for a reason. This is a preliminary idea of what could happen based on a draft order that I did not create. Continue reading →
Every year, each NFL team must answer the annual query: rebuild or reload? It seems that around 11:00 on February 3rd, with the chips and guac running low as Tom Brady held the Lombardi in celebration, the Carolina Panthers decided to reload for the 2019 season. Continue reading →
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick just lead the New England Patriots to their sixth SuperBowl win, but for the Patriots they never take a day off on a quest for SuperBowls. The loss of Rob Gronkowski is devastating and the Patriots don’t do much in free agency so the draft is where they restock their roster. The Patriots have 12 picks and have some needs they need to hit on to win the AFC yet again. Continue reading →
The 2019 NFL Draft is going to be happening in less than a week and all the organizations are preparing their draft plans to fill their needs. Some organizations draft really well and it helps them have good seasons while others fail to address needs that make them have to wait another year. The war rooms are going to get crazy and the player’s emotions are going to be at a high, but before that let’s take a look at one of the players.
The Chargers took a huge step last season. They went 12-4 last season and finished second in the AFC West. Philip Rivers played awesome last season. There was a point where they thought he could be the MVP. Continue reading →
The draft is less than 36 hours away and all the teams are getting to ready for three of the busiest days of the year. Nick Foles saved the Eagles from falling into oblivion, but they need some help around Carson Wentz this year if they want to make it back to the playoffs. Continue reading →
The NFL Draft is this Thursday; the Carolina Panthers have needs on both the offensive and defensive lines. The Panthers will need to draft players that can protect Cam Newton and players to put pressure on the opposing quarterback. Continue reading →
Going into last season, the Minnesota Vikings broke the bank, to bring in highly coveted free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. Expectations were quite high, only to end up missing the playoffs. The final nail in the coffin was a week 17 loss to the Chicago Bears. Looking towards the draft, the Vikings have eight picks, including two six and seven round selections. It wouldn’t be very surprising to see the Vikings take a pair of offensive linemen in the first four rounds. Continue reading →
The 2019 NFL draft is just a few days away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven-round mock draft predicting every Houston Texans’ pick. Thanks to a previous trade, the Texans have three picks within the top 55 selections. Continue reading →
Coming off a dreadful 7-9 record, where they missed out on the playoffs, two years removed from a Superbowl appearance, the Atlanta Falcons enter the draft with an eye on four main positions: offensive line, edge rusher, defensive back, and defensive linemen. Continue reading →