2018 NFL Win Projections 1.0

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I released the long overdue first edition of my 2018 Fantasy Football Rankings last week, so it’s only natural that I release the next long overdue thing on the agenda: the first edition of my 2018 NFL Win Projections. The win projections list is too long to make for an aesthetically pleasing post, so I’ll post the link to the document below. Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments:

2018 NFL Win Projections

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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings 1.0

I dropped the ball on these: I’m Sorry. I’ve actually had these done for a few weeks but I kept forgetting to post them. These may change a little over the next couple of months. As usual, you can also find this ranking on my fantasy football page. Enjoy, and feel free to tell me how wrong these rankings are in the comments. 🙂

  1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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    File:RB Todd Gurley II Rams, 2015.jpg; Photo from Wikipedia
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
  3. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
  5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
  6. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
  7. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
  8. Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
  9. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
  10. Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
  11. TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
  12. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  13. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  14. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
  15. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
  16. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
  17. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  18. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
  19. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

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    File:RB Derrick Henry Titans, 2016.jpg; Photo from Wikipedia
  20. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
  21. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
  22. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
  23. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
  24. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
  25. Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  26. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  27. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
  28. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
  29. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
  30. Isaiah Crowell, RB, New York Jets

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  31. Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
  32. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
  33. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  34. Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos
  35. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
  36. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
  37. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  38. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
  39. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  40. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
  41. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
  42. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
  43. Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  44. Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    File:Marqise Lee vs. Ravens 2014.jpg; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  45. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
  46. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
  47. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
  48. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
  49. AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  50. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
  51. Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins
  52. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
  53. Allen Hurns, WR, Dallas Cowboys
  54. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
  55. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
  56. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
  57. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
  58. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
  59. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants
  60. Michael Crabtree, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  61. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills
  62. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks
  63. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
  64. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    File:Russell Wilson vs Vikings, November 4, 2012.jpg; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  65. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
  66. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
  67. Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers
  68. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
  69. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
  70. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens
  71. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
  72. Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  73. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
  74. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
  75. Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
  76. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  77. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
  78. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
  79. Cameron Meredith, WR, New Orleans Saints
  80. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
  81. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  82. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
  83. Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
  84. DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  85. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
  86. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
  87. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  88. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  89. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
  90. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
  91. Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
  92. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
  93. Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans
  94. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
  95. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
  96. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
  97. Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
  98. Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  99. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
  100. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  101. Mohammed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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  102. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
  103. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
  104. Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
  105. Jordy Nelson, WR, Oakland Raiders
  106. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
  107. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
  108. Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos
  109. TJ Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  110. Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins
  111. OJ Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  112. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
  113. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
  114. Jacksonville Jaguars, DEF
  115. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  116. Martavis Bryant, WR, Oakland Raiders
  117. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
  118. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

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  119. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
  120. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  121. Baltimore Ravens, DEF
  122. CJ Anderson, RB, Carolina Panthers
  123. Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets
  124. Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills
  125. Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
  126. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
  127. Philadelphia Eagles, DEF
  128. Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
  129. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
  130. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
  131. Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos
  132. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
  133. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
  134. Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots
  135. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

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    Matt Ryan | by Keith Allison; Photo from Flickr
  136. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
  137. Tedd Ginn, WR, New Orleans Saints
  138. Minnesota Vikings, DEF
  139. Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
  140. Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
  141. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
  142. Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears
  143. Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers
  144. Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  145. Los Angeles Chargers, DEF
  146. Jonathan Stewart, RB, New York Giants
  147. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
  148. Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans
  149. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
  150. Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins
  151. Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams

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  152. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
  153. Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts
  154. Robbie Gould, K, San Francisco 49ers
  155. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans
  156. Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
  157. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
  158. Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
  159. DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
  160. Paul Richardson, WR, Washington Redskins
  161. Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
  162. Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
  163. Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs
  164. Donte Moncrief, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  165. Los Angeles Rams, DEF
  166. Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins
  167. Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
  168. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
  169. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
  170. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

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  171. Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
  172. Carolina Panthers, DEF
  173. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
  174. Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders
  175. Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
  176. Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
  177. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
  178. Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns
  179. Denver Broncos, DEF
  180. Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  181. Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions
  182. Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  183. Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  184. Jordan Matthews, WR, New England Patriots
  185. Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots

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  186. James White, RB, New England Patriots
  187. New England Patriots, DEF
  188. Wil Lutz, K, New Orleans Saints
  189. John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  190. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  191. Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears
  192. Houston Texans, DEF
  193. Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  194. Jake Elliott, K, Philadelphia Eagles
  195. Willie Snead, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  196. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions
  197. David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
  198. Mike Wallace, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  199. Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  200. Dez Bryant, WR

2018 Fantasy Football Weekly: May 24

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You probably remember my Way Too Early Fantasy Rankings from a couple of weeks ago. Well, I’ve changed my mind on what I said in that post; My 2018 fantasy football analysis is no longer going in alphabetical order–it’s all over the place. It’s in complete chaos. The good news is that NFL.com has opened their mock drafts, so I have a more updated list of players to work with, including the rookies. That also means I can base my rankings more on where players should be drafted, rather than how many points they will score this season (ex: QBs will score the most points, but the gap between the best and the worst QBs is significantly less than the gap between the best and the worst RBs and WRs). Anyway, I’m trying to get my poop in a group (s*** together, if you prefer). Here is my first official Top 25 2018 Fantasy Fooball Ranking, in the order in which you should draft them:

 

  1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL.com ranking: 1)
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (3)
  3. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams (2)
  4. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (4)
  5. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (6)
  6. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (10)
  7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (12) 

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  8. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (9)
  9. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (5)
  10. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (8)
  11. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (18)
  12. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants (11)
  13. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (7)
  14. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (13)
  15. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (15)
  16. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills (17)
  17. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20)
  18. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (14)
  19. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers (19)
  20. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings (16)
  21. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (22)
  22. AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (21)
  23. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (24)
  24. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots (23)
  25. TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (29)

Construction In Progress

I haven’t posted in over a week, but rest assured, I’ve been preparing stuff for the upcoming (and yet, still far too distant) NFL season. My last post featured the beginning of my 2018 fantasy football analysis, so I figured it was only fair to show you the beginning of my other bigger project I’ve been working on: my 2018 NFL win projections. Here are my predictions for which teams will win which games in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season:

Week 1

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles- (Atlanta Falcons)

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Ezekiel Elliott; Photo from Wikipedia

Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens- (Baltimore Ravens)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants- (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints- (New Orleans Saints)

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots- (New England Patriots)

San Francisco 49ers @ Minnesota Vikings- (Minnesota Vikings)

Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins- (Tennessee Titans)

Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts- (Cincinnati Bengals)

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns- (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers- (Los Angeles Chargers)

Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos- (Denver Broncos)

Dallas Cowboys @ Carolina Panthers- (Dallas Cowboys)

Washington Redskins @ Arizona Cardinals- (Washington Redskins)

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers- (Green Bay Packers)

New York Jets @ Detroit Lions- (Detroit Lions)

Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland Raiders- (Oakland Raiders)

2018 NFL Draft Class Rankings

I previously promised a more in-depth look at my plus-minus system; Here it is in my ranking of the draft classes from the 2018 NFL Draft. The plus-minus system reflects the overall value of each teams’ collective drafts. The greater the plus is, the greater a value a team got. The minuses are reaches-players who were drafted earlier than they should have been. The the greater a minus is, the more consistently and/or greatly a team reached throughout the draft.

1. Minnesota Vikings: +207

Best Value Pick: Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State (+89)

Worst Value Pick: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF (+4)

The Rest:

  • Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh (+10)
  • Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State (+19)
  • Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan (+15)
  • Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn (+70)
  • Ade Aruna, EDGE, Tulane (N/A)
  • Devante Downs, LB, California (N/A)

2. Dallas Cowboys: +165

Best Value Pick: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama (+90)

Worst Value Pick: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State (-5)

The Rest:

  • Connor Williams, OT, Texas (+19)
  • Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State (-3)
  • Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas (+28)
  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford (+27)
  • Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky (+9)
  • Chris Covington, OLB, Indiana (N/A)
  • Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State (N/A)

3. Green Bay Packers: +126

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Best Value Pick: Equanimeous St Brown, WR, Notre Dame (+128)

Worst Value Pick: Cole Madison, OG, Washington State (-35)

The Rest:

  • Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville (-20)
  • Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa (+26)
  • Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt (-23)
  • J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri (+51)
  • JK Scott, P, Alabama (-1)
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, USF (N/A)
  • James Looney, DE, California (N/A)
  • Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State (N/A)
  • Kendall Donnerson, EDGE, Southeast Missouri (N/A)

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: +100

 

 

Best Value Pick: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (+49)

Worst Value Pick: DJ Chark, WR, LSU (+10)

The Rest:

  • Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (+11)
  • Will Richardson, OT, North Carolina State (+30)
  • Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska (N/A)
  • Leon Jacobs, EDGE, Wisconsin (N/A)
  • Logan Cooke, P, Mississippi State (N/A)

5. Seattle Seahawks: +75

Best Value Pick: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State (+77)

Worst Value Pick: Will Dissly, TE, Washington (-53)

The Rest:

  • Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State (-27)
  • Rasheem Greene, DE, USC (+33)
  • Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF (+37)
  • Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State (-27)
  • Michael Dickson, P, Texas (+35)
  • Jake Martin, EDGE, Temple (N/A)
  • Alex Mcgough, QB, Florida International (N/A)

6. New York Jets: +71

Best Value Pick: Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane (+64)

Worst Value Pick: Chris Herndon, TE, Miami (-60)

The Rest:

  • Sam Darnold, QB, USC (+1)
  • Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State (+9)
  • Foley Fatukasi, DT, Connecticut (+57)
  • Trenton Cannon, RB, Virginia State (N/A)

7. New York Giants: +38

Best Value Pick: RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami (+17)

Worst Value Pick: BJ Hill, DT, North Carolina State (-17)

The Rest:

  • Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (+1)
  • Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP (+13)
  • Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia (+16)
  • Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond (+8)

8. Tennessee Titans: +37

Best Value Pick: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State (+34)

Worst Value Pick: Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona (-21)

The Rest:

  • Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (0)
  • Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (+24)

9. Baltimore Ravens: +31

Best Value Pick: Deshon Elliott, S, Texas (+53)

Worst Value Pick: Kenny Young, LB, UCLA (-51)

The Rest:

  • Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (-9)
  • Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (+5)
  • Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma (+46)
  • Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma (+10)
  • Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama (+29)
  • Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State (-41)
  • Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA (-11)
  • Greg Senat, OT, Wagner (N/A)
  • Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama (N/A)
  • Zach Sieler, DE, Ferris State (N/A)

10. Philadelphia Eagles: +25

Best Value Pick: Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State (+66)

Worst Value Pick: Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh (-48)

The Rest:

  • Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State (+7)
  • Matt Pryor, OT, TCU (N/A)
  • Jordan Mailata, OT, Australia (N/A)

11. Carolina Panthers: +16

Best Value Pick: Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami (+71)

Worst Value Pick: Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee (-53)

The Rest:

  • DJ Moore, WR, Maryland (-5)
  • Donte Jackson, CB, LSU (+8)
  • Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana (+30)
  • Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss (-23)
  • Jermaine Carter Jr, LB, Maryland (-12)
  • Andre Smith, ILB, North Carolina (N/A)

12. Buffalo Bills: +1

Best Value Pick: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (+47)

Worst Value Pick: Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State (-52)

The Rest:

  • Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (-4)
  • Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (+10)
  • Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State (-19)
  • Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech (+19)
  • Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Clemson (N/A)
  • Austin Proehl, WR, North Carolina (N/A)

13. Indianapolis Colts: -5

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Best Value Pick: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson (+118)

Worst Value Pick: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn (-44)

  • Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (+2)
  • Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State (-25)
  • Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers (-42)
  • Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State (-26)
  • Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State (-30)
  • Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa (+46)
  • Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss (-4)
  • Matthew Adams, LB, Houston (N/A)
  • Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse (N/A)

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -9

Best Value Pick: Jack Cichy, ILB, Wisconsin (+77)

Worst Value Pick: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh (-56)

  • Vita Vea, DT, Washington (+2)
  • Ronald Jones II, RB, USC (+6)
  • MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina (-54)
  • Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn (+22)
  • Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State (-15)
  • Justin Watson, WR, Pennsylvania (+9)

15. Cincinnati Bengals: -14

Best Value Pick: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State (+24)

Worst Value Pick: Mark Walton, RB, Miami (-27)

  • Billy Price, C, Ohio State (-15)
  • Jessie Bates III, S Wake Forest (+6)
  • Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas (-9)
  • Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State (+3)
  • Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia (+7)
  • Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan (-3)
  • Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo (N/A)
  • Rod Taylor, OG, Mississippi (N/A)
  • Auden Tate, WR, Florida State (N/A)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Houston Texans: -19

Best Value Pick: Justin Reid, S, Stanford (+40)

Worst Value Pick: Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech (-57)

The Rest:

  • Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State (+18)
  • Jordan Akins, TE, UCF (-42)
  • Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest (+22)
  • Jordan Thomas, TE, Mississippi State (N/A)
  • Peter Kalambayi, EDGE, Stanford (N/A)
  • Jermaine Kelly, DB, San Jose State (N/A)

17. Los Angeles Chargers: -23

Best Value Pick: Kyzir White, S, West Virginia (+49)

Worst Value Pick: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC (-44)

The Rest:

  • Derwin James, S, Florida State (+9)
  • Justin Jones, DT, North Carolina State (-19)
  • Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA (-18)
  • Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech (N/A)
  • Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern (N/A)

18. Detroit Lions: -25

Best Value Pick: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon (+96)

Worst Value Pick: Tracy Walker, S, Louisiana (-91)

The Rest:

  • Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas (-45)
  • Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn (-25)
  • Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama (+40)
  • Nick Bawden, RB, San Diego State (N/A)

19. Washington Redskins: -32

Best Value Pick: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech (+78)

Worst Value Pick: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville (-87)

The Rest:

  • Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (-2)
  • Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (+43)
  • Troy Apke, S, Penn State (-64)
  • Shaun dion Hamilton, ILB, Alabama (N/A)
  • Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech (N/A)

20. Denver Broncos: -43

Best Value Pick: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin (+40)

Worst Value Pick: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon (-62)

The Rest:

  • Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State (+2)
  • Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (-3)
  • Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College (-53)
  • Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa (-2)
  • DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State (+1)
  • Sam Jones, C, Arizona State (+34)
  • Keishawn Bierria, ILB, Washington (N/A)
  • David Williams, RB, Arkansas (N/A)

21. Los Angeles Rams: -45

Best Value Pick: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma (+34)

Worst Value Pick: Brian Allen, C, Michigan State (-62)

The Rest:

  • Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU (+14)
  • John Franklin, DE, Stephen F Austin (-38)
  • Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia (+3)
  • John Kelly, RB, Tennessee (+4)
  • Jamil Demby, OG, Maine (N/A)
  • Sebastian Joseph, DT, Rutgers (N/A)
  • Trevon Young, EDGE, Louisville (N/A)
  • Travin Howard, LB, TCU (N/A)
  • Justin Lawler, DE, SMU (N/A)

22. Oakland Raiders: -49

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Best Value Pick: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan (+117)

Worst Value Pick: Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T (-108)

  • Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA (-25)
  • PJ Hall, DT, Sam Houston State (-44)
  • Arden Key, LB, LSU (+32)
  • Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin (-21)
  • Johnny Townsend, P, Florida (N/A)
  • Azeem Victor, LB, Washington (N/A)
  • Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State (N/A)

23. Miami Dolphins: -54

Best Value Pick: Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State (+35)

Worst Value Pick: Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame (-40)

The Rest:

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama (-1)
  • Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State (-16)
  • Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State (-32)
  • Cornell Armstrong, DB, Southern Mississippi (N/A)
  • Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio (N/A)
  • Jason Sanders, K, New Mexico (N/A)

24. Cleveland Browns: -54

Best Value Pick: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida (+39)

Worst Value Pick: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (-60)

  • Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (-12)
  • Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State (-5)
  • Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada (-23)
  • Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (-24)
  • Genard Avery, LB, Memphis (+31)
  • Damion Ratley, WR, Texas A&M (N/A)
  • Simeon Thomas, DB, Louisiana-Lafayette (N/A)

25. New England Patriots: -62

Best Value Pick: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia (-4)

Worst Value Pick: Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, Purdue (-30)

The Rest:

  • Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia (-7)
  • Duke Dawson, CB, Florida (-21)
  • Christian Sam, ILB, Arizona State (N/A)
  • Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami (N/A)
  • Danny Etling, QB, LSU (N/A)
  • Keion Crossen, DB, Western Carolina (N/A)
  • Ryan Izzo, TE, Florida State (N/A)

26. Chicago Bears: -62

Best Value Pick: Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware (+17)

Worst Value Pick: Joel Iyiebuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky (-58)

The Rest:

  • Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (+1)
  • James Daniels, C, Iowa (0)
  • Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (-22)
  • Kylie Fitts, EDGE, Utah (N/A)
  • Javon Wims, WR, Georgia (N/A)

27. Pittsburgh Steelers: -71

Best Value Pick: Marcus Allen, S, Penn State (+27)

Worst Value Pick: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech (-65)

The Rest:

  • James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State (-9)
  • Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State (-4)
  • Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan (-44)
  • Jaylen Samuels, RB, North Carolina State (+24)
  • Joshua Frazier, DT, Alabama (N/A)

28. Atlanta Falcons: -77

Best Value Pick: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado (+13)

Worst Value Pick: Deadrin Senat, DT, USF (-55)

The Rest:

  • Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (+12)
  • Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi (-47)
  • Russell Gage, WR, LSU (N/A)
  • Foye Oluokun, LB, Yale (N/A)
  • Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

29. Arizona Cardinals: -91

Best Value Pick: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (+14)

Worst Value Pick: Mason Cole, C, Michigan (-71)

The Rest:

  • Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (+5)
  • Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham (-39)
  • Chris Campbell, CB, Penn State (N/A)
  • Korey Cunningham, OT, Cincinnati (N/A)

30. New Orleans Saints: -92

Best Value Pick: Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin (-9)

Worst Value Pick: Rick Leonard, OT, Florida State (-46)

The Rest:

  • Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA (-11)
  • Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF (-26)
  • Kamrin Moore, CB, Boston College (N/A)
  • Boston Scott, RB, Louisiana Tech (N/A)
  • Will Clapp, C, LSU (N/A)

31. Kansas City Chiefs: -137

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Breeland Speaks; Photo from Twitter

Best Value Pick: Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M (+26)

Worst Value Pick: Breeland Speaks, DE, Ole Miss (-123)

The Rest:

  • Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State (+3)
  • Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson (-43)
  • Tremon Smith, CB, Central Arkansas (N/A)
  • Reginald McKenzie, OG, Tennessee (N/A)

32. San Francisco 49ers: -261

Best Value Pick: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame (-11)

Worst Value Pick: Fred Warner, LB, BYU (-83)

The Rest:

  • Dante Pettis, WR, Washington (-16)
  • Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Mississippi (-78)
  • Kentavius Street, DE, North Carolina State (-45)
  • DJ Reed, CB, Kansas State (-28)
  • Marcell Harris, S, Florida (N/A)
  • Jullian Taylor, DT, Temple (N/A)
  • Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee (N/A)

2018 NFL Draft Grades

Last time, I covered the best values in undrafted free agent signings. Today, I will be grading the draft classes from the 2018 NFL Draft. I have used a plus-minus system for each team to determine the overall value of each teams’ collective drafts (you will see this in greater depth in my next post, which should be published in the next day or two). For now, here are my letter grades in alphabetical order by team location:

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Arizona Cardinals: C-

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: C
  • Day 3: F-

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Atlanta Falcons: C-

  • Day 1: A+
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: F-

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Baltimore Ravens: B-

  • Day 1: B+
  • Day 2: A+
  • Day 3: F

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Buffalo Bills: B-

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: A+
  • Day 3: F-

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Carolina Panthers: B-

  • Day 1: B+
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: C

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Chicago Bears: C

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: F-

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Cincinnati Bengals: C+

  • Day 1: B-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: F+

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Cleveland Browns: C

  • Day 1: B-
  • Day 2: D-
  • Day 3: C+

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Dallas Cowboys: A

  • Day 1: B+
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: A-

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Denver Broncos: C

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: F+
  • Day 3: C+

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Detroit Lions: C-

  • Day 1: F+
  • Day 2: F+
  • Day 3: B+

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Green Bay Packers: A-

  • Day 1: B-
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: A-

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Houston Texans: C+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: F

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Indianapolis Colts: C+

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: F
  • Day 3: B+

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Jacksonville Jaguars: B+

  • Day 1: A+
  • Day 2: A+
  • Day 3: D+

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Kansas City Chiefs: D+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: F-
  • Day 3: D+

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Los Angeles Chargers: C+

  • Day 1: A+
  • Day 2: C
  • Day 3: D+

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Los Angeles Rams: C+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: F-

 

 

 

 

 

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Miami Dolphins: C

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: F+

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Minnesota Vikings: A+

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: A+

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New England Patriots: C

  • Day 1: B
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: F

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New Orleans Saints: C-

  • Day 1: B
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: F-

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New York Giants: B

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: D+

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New York Jets: B

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: C

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Oakland Raiders: C-

  • Day 1: C
  • Day 2: F+
  • Day 3: B-

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Philadelphia Eagles: B-

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: D+

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Pittsburgh Steelers: C-

  • Day 1: F-
  • Day 2: C
  • Day 3: C

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San Francisco 49ers: F+

  • Day 1: B
  • Day 2: F-
  • Day 3: F-

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Seattle Seahawks: B

  • Day 1: C
  • Day 2: A
  • Day 3: C+

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C+

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: D-

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Tennessee Titans: B-

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: D-

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Washington Redskins: C+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: D-

 

2018 NFL Draft Leftovers

For the next week-ish, I will be wrapping up my 2018 NFL Draft analysis. This post will feature a few undrafted free agent signings that occurred after the draft, drawing from the players on my prospect rankings list whose names did not get called because their names SHOULD HAVE been called and they are, in my opinion, the ones most likely to end up on a 53-man NFL roster next season. To see who was selected by whom over all 256 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft, you can head over to my NFL Draft Tracker page. You can also find the full list of undrafted free agent signings on SB Nation. Here are my top undrafted free agents:

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JC Jackson (Maryland CB) vs Wisconsin-2017; From Youtube

 

78. JC JACKSON, CB, Maryland- This 3rd round talent signed with the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS after the draft. Leave it to Bill Belichick to pick up the best player who went undrafted this year.

95. QUENTON MEEKS, CB, Stanford- The top 2 guys on my board that didn’t hear their names called are both CBs, and are both 3rd round talents! I’m very surprised by that; It’s hard to have too many good CBs. The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS know that, as they signed Meeks to learn under the best CB duo in the NFL: Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye.

102. DESMOND HARRISON, OT, West Georgia- Harrison was a highly-rated recruit coming out of high school who went to the University of Texas before off the field issues forced him to transfer to West Georgia. The off the field issues are likely what led to him going undrafted, but the CLEVELAND BROWNS decided to take a flier on his talent.

106. TARVARUS MCFADDEN, CB, Florida State- Another talented CB, this 4th round talent will be taking his talents to the Bay to play for the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, who reportedly gave him a significant signing bonus for an undrafted free agent. It’s probably partially because the 49ers don’t have any talented CBs (outside of Richard Sherman), but that does still make a statement about McFadden’s talent.

118. TONY ADAMS, OG, North Carolina State- The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS are the only team with two undrafted free agent signings in my top 5. Adams will have a tough time cracking the starting lineup, especially considering the Jags signed the top free agent offensive lineman this season in the form of OG Andrew Norwell, but Adams has the talent to pull it off.

120. TEGRAY SCALES, ILB, Indiana- LOS ANGELES RAMS; Maybe the replacement for the traded Alec Ogletree?

129. JOSH ADAMS, RB, Notre Dame- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

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Hercules Mata’afa; From Twitter

130. HERCULES MATA’AFA, DE, Washington State- MINNESOTA VIKINGS; Hercules is probably my favorite player who went undrafted. My understanding is that teams aren’t really sure where to put him. He played DT in college, but is more OLB sized. He’s got skills to display at whatever position he ends up playing for Skol!

132. BYRON PRINGLE, WR, Kansas State- KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

150. JOE OSTMAN, LB, Central Michigan- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

154. KEVIN TOLIVER, CB, LSU- CHICAGO BEARS

156. GODWIN IGWEBUIKE, S, Northwestern- TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

157. JEFF HOLLAND, EDGE, Auburn- DENVER BRONCOS

158. HOLTON HILL, CB, Texas- MINNESOTA VIKINGS; Hill was one of Mike Mayock’s favorites, too, but he fell out of the draft because of off the field issues. The Vikings took a chance on unbelievable talent. (Sidenote: What’s going on with off the field issues at Texas?) (Sidenote sidenote: Texas has too many ON field issues to be dealing with off field issues, too.)

164. TONY BROWN, CB, Alabama- LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

166. JARYD JONES-SMITH, OT, Pittsburgh- HOUSTON TEXANS

Wildcard: JAKE ROH, TE, Boise State- ATLANTA FALCONS; I had to include a Boise State player, especially since he did NOT go to the Cowboys! Sadly, Roh is the only ex-Bronco to have signed an undrafted free agent deal so far.

2018 NFL Draft Tracker

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Victor Cruz GIF; From tenor.com

I have exciting news! For the first time EVER, I will have my own draft tracker right here on https://thehaysway.wordpress.com/ !!!!! Starting at 8 PM ET when the draft starts, you can follow along with me as the picks are unveiled, compare teams’ actual picks to my projected picks, read my brief reaction statements to each pick, and see which top prospects are still on my prospect rankings board as we progress! This will only be happening TONIGHT for the 1st round, so make sure to come check out my NFL Draft Tracker page at 8 PM ET!

TheHaysWay Mock Draft 3.0

Hey y’all! Tomorrow is the 2018 NFL DRAFT!!! Anybody else as excited as I am?! Yes!? No?! Maybe So!? I love watching Sonny Weaver go to work! (Just a little Draft Day reference there for ya! Great movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Low-key one of Kevin Costner‘s better performances, and he has a lot of good ones. Also, you may recognize in the movie that Vontae Mack is played by none other than the Black Panther himself: Chadwick Boseman, who also had himself a great performance.) With the draft commencing in less than 24 hours, here is my final mock draft of 2018 (Note: You may have already seen this on my NFL Draft page, where it’s been posted for last 2-3 weeks. If you haven’t…):

My third Mock Draft of the year is officially complete! Included below is my projection for what we will see go down in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26th and 27th. My first three-round Mock Draft EVER includes eight trades and three teams (New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers) drafting potential heirs to their longtime franchise QBs.

 

TheHaysWay NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Round 1

  1. Cleveland Browns- Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. New York Jets- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  4. San Francisco 49ers (projected trade with Cleveland Browns)- Bradley Chubb, DE, NC St
  5. Denver Broncos- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
  6. Indianapolis Colts- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  7. Cleveland Browns (projected trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers)- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  8. Chicago Bears- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (projected trade with Cleveland Browns through projected trade with San Francisco 49ers)- Derwin James, S, Florida State
  10. Buffalo Bills (projected trade with Oakland Raiders)- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  11. Arizona Cardinals (projected trade with Miami Dolphins)- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  12. Oakland Raiders (projected trade with Buffalo Bills)- Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
  13. Washington Redskins- Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  15. Miami Dolphins (projected trade with Arizona Cardinals)- Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  17. Los Angeles Chargers- Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  18. Seattle Seahawks- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  19. Dallas Cowboys- Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
  20. Detroit Lions- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Cincinnati Bengals- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  22. Tennessee Titans (projected trade with Buffalo Bills)- Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
  23. New England Patriots- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  24. Carolina Panthers- Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  25. Buffalo Bills (projected trade with Tennessee Titans)- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  26. Atlanta Falcons- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  27. New Orleans Saints- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Justin Reid, S, Stanford
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- DJ Moore, WR, Maryland
  30. Minnesota Vikings- Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  31. New England Patriots- Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georiga
  32. Philadelphia Eagles- Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
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Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Round 2

  1. Cleveland Browns- Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  2. New York Giants- Billy Price, C, Ohio State
  3. Dallas Cowboys (projected trade with Cleveland Browns)- Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  4. Indianapolis Colts- James Daniels, C, Iowa
  5. Indianapolis Colts- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
  7. Chicago Bears- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
  8. Denver Broncos- Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  9. Oakland Raiders- Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  10. Miami Dolphins- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  11. New England Patriots- Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  12. Washington Redskins- Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  13. Green Bay Packers- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  14. Cincinnati Bengals- Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  15. Arizona Cardinals- Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
  16. Los Angeles Chargers- Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
  17. Indianapolis Colts- Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia
  18. Cleveland Browns (projected trade with Dallas Cowboys)- Rasheem Green, DE, USC
  19. Detroit Lions- Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  20. Baltimore Ravens- DJ Chark, WR, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills- Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
  22. Kansas City Chiefs- Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  23. Carolina Panthers- Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
  24. Buffalo Bills- Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
  25. Tennessee Titans- Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
  26. Atlanta Falcons- Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
  27. San Francisco 49ers- Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Arden Key, LB, LSU
  30. Minnesota Vikings- Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
  31. New England Patriots- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
  32. Cleveland Browns- Kyzir White, S West Virginia
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Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Round 3

  1. Buffalo Bills – Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
  2. New York Giants- Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State
  3. Indianapolis Colts- Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
  4. Houston Texans- Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
  5. New York Giants- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  6. San Francisco 49ers- Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
  7. Denver Broncos- JC Jackson, CB, Maryland
  8. New York Jets- Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
  9. Cincinnati Bengals (projected trade with Miami Dolphins)- Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (projected trade with Cleveland Browns through projected trade with San Francisco 49ers)- Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
  11. Oakland Raiders- Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  12. Green Bay Packers- Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas
  13. Miami Dolphins (projected trade with Cincinnati Bengals)- Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
  14. Kansas City Chiefs- Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
  15. Arizona Cardinals- James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  16. Houston Texans- Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  17. Cleveland Browns (projected trade with Dallas Cowboys)- Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
  18. Los Angeles Rams (projected trade with Detroit Lions)- Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
  19. Baltimore Ravens- Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
  20. Los Angeles Chargers- Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
  21. Carolina Panthers- Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
  22. Kansas City Chiefs- Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
  23. Detroit Lions (projected trade with Los Angeles Rams)- Alex Cappa, OG, Humboldt State
  24. Carolina Panthers- Tony Adams, OG, NC State
  25. Buffalo Bills (projected trade with Tennessee Titans)- Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama
  26. Atlanta Falcons- Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
  27. New Orleans Saints- J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
  30. Minnesota Vikings- Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
  31. New England Patriots- Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State
  32. Oakland Raiders (projected trade with Buffalo Bills)- Will Richardson, OT, NC State
  33. Miami Dolphins (projected trade with Arizona Cardinals)- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
  34. Houston Texans- Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
  35. Denver Broncos- Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
  36. Cincinnati Bengals- Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia

2018 NFL Draft Caps

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Every April, NFL and NCAAF fans experience the excitement that is the NFL Draft.

College football fans can’t wait to see how many players will get drafted from their favorite university, who those players will be, when those players will get drafted, and where those players will go.

NFL fans can’t wait to see who’s got next for their favorite franchise. Fans of teams with the highest draft picks are hoping for a franchise QB that will lead their team to the playoffs and the Super Bowl for a decade and a half (or longer), and fans of teams with lower draft picks are hoping for that one perfect pick that fills the hole that would prevent them from continuing and building upon their success from the previous season.

New League Year’s Day is in March but in the football world, Christmas comes after that, in late April and early May, in the form of the NFL Draft.

It’s important to remember family during the holiday season, and in the case of Football Christmas, that family is your team: the players, the coaches, the owner(s), the trainers, the food vendors, and of course, your fellow fans.

Just like traditional Christmas, Football Christmas wouldn’t be complete without commercialization…I mean, uh…wonderful presents that embody the true meaning of Christmas 😉 Obviously, draft picks are the presents to which all of us football fans look forward to the most:

  • Most of them will turn out to be those crappy toys that break within five minutes of you taking them out of the box (draft busts). Bummer. But…
  • A small number of them will be worthwhile. Maybe you’ll get an average starter-level player that hangs around for 10 years; Those are the toys that aren’t our favorites. They weren’t THE item on our list, but they are last for long enough and are just enjoyable enough that we grow to appreciate them. Maybe they’ll even get a Pro Bowl nod or two?
  • Then an even smaller number of them are the quality players; These still weren’t THE gift on our list, but we definitely wanted them and are pleased the moment we open them. They are the toys we play with on a regular basis, but not every day. They’ll likely get several Pro Bowl nods and maybe even a spot on an All-Pro team.
  • Then, the most rare of all: THE gift. This isn’t just the top toy we wanted this year, it’s the top toy we’ve wanted the last FIVE years. Not only do we play with these toys everyday, but we can hardly go anywhere without them: The Hall of Famers. These are your franchise QBs like Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, and Tom Brady. These are your electrifying offensive players like Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe. These are your game-altering defenders like Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, and Rod Woodson. They’ll make the Pro Bowl almost every year (if not literally every year) and they’ll also make multiple All-Pro teams. Maybe they’ll even win a MVP award?

Yes, toys are awesome. But, sometimes you get stuck with clothes. Well, I’m here to tell you that in the case of Football Christmas, clothes can actually be a little exciting. I’m talking about the annual NFL Draft Caps brought to fans (and to draftees) by New Era. (For the record, I’m not sponsored by them or anything, I just happen to be a big fan of their quality. I don’t recall ever having gotten a New Era cap that I didn’t enjoy.) The 2018 NFL Draft Caps were just recently revealed and well, they deserve to be talked about.

This year’s theme: Team Mottos. Below are some of my favorites and least favorites. If you want to get one for yourself or check out ones that I do not mention, you can find all of them here.

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Favorites

  1. New York Giants: “Big Blue”- Obviously,  I had to mention my team’s hat. “Big Blue” is a nickname the Giants have had for ages and I think it looks great on a hat.
  2. New York Jets: “J-E-T-S”- Not even leaving the same stadium from the last one on my list, I love the Jets hat. The motto is their team’s chant. It’s not exactly the most original chant, but it’s a classic.
  3. Seattle Seahawks: “We are 12”- I like this one a lot because the hat features the 12 flag as part of the slogan. The Seahawks are the only team to use something besides words and their team logo in their Draft Cap’s design.
  4. Cleveland Browns: “Dawg Pound”- Another classic slogan makes my list. Also, aside from their logo, this hat is devoid of that ugly orange team color.
  5. Chicago Bears: “Monsters of the Midway”- Though the team has recently lacked the ability to incite fear that is usually associated with monsters, it’s another classic slogan.
  6. Buffalo Bills: “Billieve”- The greatness of the play on the word believe is just the tip of the iceberg when you consider the fact that the “bill” is actually a physical part of the hat. This one actually made me laugh.

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Least Favorites

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: “Steel City”- Yes, Pittsburgh is the Steel City, but the Steelers are the Steel Curtain. C’mon New Era!
  2. Miami Dolphins: “Go Phins”- The Jets hat lacks originality in a fun way. The Dolphins hat lacks originality in a boring way.
  3. New England Patriots: “Do Your Job”- I can hear these words coming out of Coach Bill Belichick‘s mouth, but that doesn’t make them fun or interesting to put on a hat unless there is a likeness to Belichick right next to them, which (SPOILER ALERT!), there is not.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: “Black and Teal”- Congratulations, you can name colors.
  5. Arizona Cardinals: “Rise Up Red Sea”- So, they stole the Atlanta Falcons “Rise Up” slogan, and decided that stealing wasn’t bad enough, they should also make it sound dumber.
  6. Houston Texans: “We Are Texans”- I am human. I don’t think I need to put that on a hat to make that true.