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)
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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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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.

Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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Ever since it was announced that QB Colin Kaepernick would be leaving the San Francisco 49ers, people have been speculating about his fate. Obviously he would get signed in free agency, right? He’s the best QB option available, isn’t he? Then, March 9, the official start of NFL free agency, passed. Then the rest of March…April…May…June…and now July has almost concluded and Kaep has still yet to find a new football home. I read an article today about the Baltimore Ravens needing another QB option with Joe Flacco sustaining a back injury that is projected to keep him out for at least three weeks. Of course, Kaep’s name came up because Ravens HC John Harbaugh knows about Kaep from his brother, Jim Harbaugh, having coached Kaep in San Fran. Oh, and they played against each other in a Super Bowl, so there’s that.

I decided, what the heck, I’ll project what will happen with Kaep, too. So here are a few spots I think he might end up:

7. Denver Broncos– I HIGHLY doubt GM John Elway would sign a guy with Kaep’s antics. And the salary cap probably isn’t conducive to a Kaep signing in Denver. And Elway seems to see something in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch that the rest of the world doesn’t see. But I don’t see what Elway sees so screw it, I’m putting Denver in here anyway.

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

6. Las Vegas Raiders– I know that they are still the Oakland Raiders for the next couple of seasons but I put Las Vegas there for a very specific reason: Kaep played his college ball in Nevada, and he was good (good enough to beat what was probably the best Boise State football team to ever take the field in 2010). Even though he would only be a backup to Derek Carr, I’m sure the Raiders could bring in some extra revenue by having the local boy ride the bench and play in preseason.

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Only after I retire, Colin.

5. Arizona Cardinals– If there is one thing that we all learned from the Cards’ 2016-17 season, it’s that Carson Palmer is not getting any younger. Granted, part of the reason he looked so bad last year was because he looked so good in the 2015-16 season. Regardless, he is 37 years old and I don’t think he is on the Tom Brady diet and workout routine that will allow him to play well into his 40s. Also, Bruce Arians is known as a QB whisperer (see Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and…well…Carson Palmer). What’s wrong with this possibility? Blaine Gabbert is listed as the 3rd QB on the Cards depth chart and there were several times where he looked better than Kaep in San Francisco. So this one probably isn’t very likely. But it would be fun to see Kaep playing for (theoretically) a contender again.

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

4. New York Jets– Nothing can save the 2017-18 New York Jets. NOTHING. If this team wins more than 2 games, with or without Kaep, I would be SHOCKED. That said, Kaep could be the interesting, controversial player that the Jets need to get any sort of fans to show up to view their train wreck in person.

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Chad, I think you’ve got my jersey there.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars– I honestly feel as though this scenario hasn’t been talked about at all even though it’s a pretty interesting scenario. Maybe it’s because the Jags have been dumping so much money into their defense that they likely don’t have enough for Kaep. But follow me for a second: Let’s say the Jags decide to finally give up on “franchise QB” Blake Bortles. Kaep would join an offense with 2017 first-round pick RB Leonard Fournette, promising young WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, and a solid o-line with 2017 second-round pick Cam Robinon, up-and-comer AJ Cann, veteran Branden Albert, and the highest-paid C in NFL history, Brandon Linder. That, plus the part about the money that the Jags have been pouring into their defense would make for an easy job for Kaep. But, then, that job is supposed to be easy for Bortles, too. He makes it look IMMENSELY difficult.

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Calm down, Colin. I’ll only be out for a few weeks.

2. Baltimore Ravens– (see the first paragraph of this article) He’d mostly be a temp in this scenario.

1. Retirement– Let’s be honest, this is far and away the most realistic scenario on this list. The league has turned his back on him because of his controversial pregame national anthem antics. The National Football League prides itself on being patriotic (hence the annual “Salute to Service” week), and Kaep certainly isn’t. The anti-Kaep sentiment doesn’t just run amongst NFL front offices, either. Fans of teams who have been working out Kaepernick have been protesting against his signing, including his most recently visited team (just a couple days ago), Baltimore.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on your thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s fate and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much appreciated like. As always, respectful, constructive criticism is welcome. If you are not yet a follower, join Team TheHaysWay so you can say that, unlike Kaepernick, you are on a team. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow!

49ers and All-Time Ranking Announcement!

San Francisco 49ers Outlook

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The San Francisco 49ers announced that QB Colin Kaepernick will start this Sunday. I don’t like Kaepernick; I’ve mostly taken to calling him Crapernick. Anyway, it’s possible that he could be a SLIGHT upgrade over Blaine Gabbert for one reason: He likes to run the option. It’s not that he’s more mobile than Gabbert (he may be, though Gabbert has proven that he can run, too), it’s just that he’s known for being an option-style QB. So, he will be an upgrade for RB Carlos Hyde. Hyde should be able to get more yardage off of option plays with the increased threat of a QB keeper. In terms of passing, Crapernick brings nothing special to the table over Blaine Gabbert. Now in theaters: Chip Kelly Episode VI: The Return of the Oregon Guru. Yeah, I’m predicting that Kelly will get fired following this season, and will return to the University of Oregon, where head coach Mark Helfrich will ALSO get fired for sub-par performance. Expect the U of O to come surging back into relevance within the next four years.

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“I missed you, too, bud.”

TheHaysWay Update

I was unable to post last night due to an orchestra concert and essay that I needed to write. I was playing French Horn for six hours yesterday, and another 2.5 hours today (we played the concert twice). I’m a little French Horn-ed out. However, the essay that I wrote last night was actually a news story for my Newswriting & Reporting Class, and that story consisted of the best all-time NFL team winning percentages. It was an interesting list to compile, as I was unaware of some of the consistent success (or failure) enjoyed (or not) by some NFL franchises. Anyway, seeing as I have all of that material, I think it would be fun to do a countdown of the all-time winning percentages. So, I’m going to do that! For the next 32 days (probably more because there are bound to be days that I’m not available for posting during the next month), I will do that countdown, starting with the worst all-time team winning percentage tomorrow.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the 49ers and/or on my update (or give me your update, that would be fun!) and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to avoid creating your own version of the NFL Chip Kelly debacle. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Grab Bag #4: Thursday Night Football, NFL Wins, and Weather

Before I get into the meat of this post, I’d like to provide an update on my Teddy Ruxpin tweet from yesterday. Since my post last night, the retweet count on that tweet has increased to 25, and the like count is up to 147! Of course, I have to thank Dule Hill for that because he has WAY more followers than I do. His retweet is what has led to the success of my tweet. Also, I encourage all of you readers who have not seen it yet to check it out, and maybe add to the retweet and like counts! 🙂

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

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Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers                Tonight @ 6:25 pm MDT

Tonight’s matchup is a big one for the Arizona Cardinals. They are off to a 1-3 start to the season, despite coming into this year with Super Bowl aspirations. (Sidenote: The San Francisco 49ers are also off to a 1-3 start, but every expected that. Actually, I’m a little surprised they aren’t 0-4.) In fact, my projections that I released at the beginning of this season had the Cardinals sitting at 4-0 through this point in the season (and the 49ers sitting at 0-4). Obviously, I was a little off. Anyway, the Cardinals will be going into Levi’s stadium, desperately desiring a win without their starting QB. Carson Palmer was ruled out for this game earlier in the week, so backup QB Drew Stanton will start in Palmer’s place. No need to fret Cardinals fans, you might remember (and if you don’t then this is a reminder) that Stanton went 5-3 when he needed to fill in for the injured Palmer in 2014. In fact, Stanton might prove to help the Cardinals, as Palmer was struggling before his injury. Regardless, playing the San Francisco 49ers does wonders for a team’s confidence (even the Los Angeles Rams have won 3 straight games since losing to the 49ers, 0-28). I expect this to be a better game than Cardinals fans would like, but I still see the Cardinals winning, 14-10.  The margin of victory could be wider if the Cardinals secondary steps up their game. Other than CB Patrick Peterson, the secondary has been a weak point for the Cardinals this season, and that includes S Tryann Mathieu.

Which team do you think will win in tonight’s matchup?

Projections Progress

Seeing as the NFL season is a quarter of the way finished, I suppose now is a good time to take a look at how accurate my 2016-nfl-win-projections-updated have been, thus far. So, these are the teams that I’ve predicted correctly, so far:

-New Orleans Saints (1-3)

-Cleveland Browns (0-4)

-Detroit Lions (1-3)

-Chicago Bears (1-3)

-Tennessee Titans (1-3)

-Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

-Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)

-Dallas Cowboys (3-1)

-Green Bay Packers (2-1)

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)

Clearly, it’s easier to project the lower-end teams. Why? Well, the good teams end up stumbling in random games, which is hard to predict. The bad teams, however, always end up equalizing at the bottom, even if they are the reason for a good team’s stumble.

Which teams are doing better/worse than you thought they’d be doing?

Denver Weather

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The view of today’s gray sky from my dorm room.

Well, today started off quite dreary here in Denver. There was a fairly steady drizzle throughout the morning. Why am I mentioning this? Well, this is the first time it has rained since I’ve been here. I guess my roommate did something wrong, because today is his birthday, too. Unfortunate coincidence. But, It is now sunny again, and glimpses of blue sky are starting to show through the clouds. The weather can rain on the positivity parade if it wants, but in the end, happiness and positivity prevail!

What has the weather been where you are?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on tonight’s game and/or on my win projections and/or on the weather (in Denver or elsewhere) and/or on the daily questions and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to join the positvity parade that conquers all, including the weather! Have a pleasant tomorrow.

I’m Sorry, Here’s Why:

I know that I haven’t been posting for the past few days, and I need to give you guys an explanation. The newest edition of Madden (Madden NFL 17) comes out on Tuesday (August 23, 2016). I have A LOT to do before then. I have spent the past few days working on things that I need to have finalized prior to September 6, when I move in at the University that I will be attending for the next four years (maybe less because my University has a quarter system, so I can get more done in a shorter period of time). You might be wondering how Madden and move-in day are related? Well, whenever a new Madden comes out, I like to play it as much as humanly possible. As a result, I try to get as much work done as possible, prior to the release date. So, my University paperwork has been taking up my time. To make matters more chaotic, my birthday is coming up soon, and it’s lucky #18. So, I’ve been getting paperwork done for that, too (i.e. signing up for selective service, renewing my driver’s license, etc.). AND, on top of THAT, with move-in day rapidly approaching, I’ve been trying to organize events to hang out with my friends before I leave. Last weekend, I listened to a Mormon choir rehearse so I could talk to my friend (who is in the choir) for 10 minutes. This weekend, I’m hosting a Lord of the Rings marathon for a group of friends, while trying to find time to go to the fair with 2 of them, and hit up the local arcade and Dairy Queen with another 4 of them. So, paperwork, friendships, and my love for video games has placed a slight hold on my blogging schedule, and will likely continue to do so through the weekend. I DO apologize, but everyone has to prioritize in this world. We can’t always do EVERYTHING that we want. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. Anyway, as I found some time now, here are a few NFL things:

  1. QB Colin Kaepernick didn’t play for the San Francisco 49ers against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder how much of a competition this is. QB Blaine Gabbert struggled against Houston, but he has the proper attitude in that he CARES and is there for his team. He has the support of his teammates, which is something I can’t say for Kaep, who tried to leave town during the offseason. I know performance is important in the NFL, but if Kaep isn’t available to perform, anyway, the job NEEDS to go to the guy who is doing everything (aside from performing) right.
  2. New York Giants K Josh Brown is facing suspension because of the resurfacing of a domestic violence case from last season. I haven’t seen the details (like I said, busy), but this is BAD news for the Giants. Obviously, if Brown did something wrong, then he needs to get suspended. The NFL shouldn’t tolerate domestic violence at all (which means they SHOULD fire the offenders), but a suspension is definitely a minimum, required punishment. When I heard this story, I was surprised because Brown is like, 40, now, which is really old for an NFL player, meaning he should be smarter than that. He was the Seattle Seahawks K back when QB Matt Hasselbeck was in his prime! Anyway, with Brown suspended, they Giants will need to find a replacement kicker (possibly new, permanent kicker because the Giants pride themselves on being a family organization and might release Brown for his actions), fast. As a Giants fan, I’m very concerned because Brown was a saving grace for the team. Whenever the offense failed to get into the endzone because of Ben McAdoo’s failure to get the ball in the hands of WR Odell Beckham Jr, Brown still got the Giants points. Where is the scoring going to come from now? Odell isn’t allowed to play ALL positions at once! Luckily, rookie WR Sterling Shepard looks to be capable of getting into the endzone as well, so at least Odell won’t be TOTALLY alone.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Also, if you are not a follower and you like what you read, please become a follower so that I can add an extra smile to my face during my day. 🙂 I apologize again for the schedule mishaps. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend Update: July 31, 2016

“If nothing else in life, I want to be true to the things I believe in, and quite simply, to what I’m all about. I know I’d better, because it seems whenever I take a false step or two I feel the consequences.” –Peyton Manning, Future Hall of Fame QB

I wanted to put this fantastic new commercial in my post today. I didn’t really have a topic of discussion in mind for today, so I went with the purely entertaining route. DirecTV has fantastic commercials. This one is so good, I found a video that plays it twice. Plus, it has Manning AND Lionel Richie in it. That’s what I call a win-win. For more entertaining Peyton Manning-related content: 2016 ESPYs-Peyton Manning Tribute. But, to be a little philosophical about the quote, I agree with him. If you believe in something, stick with it because it will pay off. For me personally, my life is pretty great. In fact, it’s almost perfect. I credit that to the fact that I try to be as selfless as possible. It seems as though the few things that prevent my life from being totally perfect are things that resulted from moments of selfishness. So, I also agree with the ‘feel the consequences’ part. This blog is one way that I do my best to be selfless. I write the quote of the day and the following philosophical analysis because I want to inspire people. I want to inspire as many people as possible to believe in themselves. In my experience, the only better feeling than believing in yourself, comes from helping others believe in themselves. Plus, I truthfully believe that everybody has, within them, whatever they need, to accomplish whatever they want. I believe that I can inspire many people to believe in themselves, and not just via this blog. I also believe in myself as a writer, and as a sports fan. That’s why I write the daily NFL news:

  1. Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins began a contract holdout during the previous week. I guess he realized how ridiculous that was with two years left on his rookie contract because his holdout has already ended as of today. That’s good news for QB Brock Osweiler, because he could use as much practice as possible with the team’s top receiving threat.
  2. I, along with every other New York Giants fan and team member, received a massive scare today when WR Odell Beckham Jr was carted off the practice field. Luckily, he’s okay. He collided with CB Janoris Jenkins during practice, and Jenkins’ cleats left Beckham with a couple of minor cuts on his left leg. Head coach Ben McAdoo told the media today that, “He’s (Beckham) probably going to be sore for a couple days.” In essence, crisis averted.
  3. In other WR news, Antonio Brown is itching for a new contract in Pittsburgh. While he isn’t holding out like Hopkins, he is gently nudging the team by speaking about the situation with the media. Brown is entering year 5 of a 6 year deal, and makes just north of $6 million this season. His new deal will likely be worth A LOT more than that, whether it is with the Steelers, or another team. Regardless, the Steelers don’t have to start worrying about a new contract for Brown until next season.
  4. Houston Texans DE JJ Watt had back surgery this offseason. He is currently on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform List, and is unsure if he will be ready to go week 1. Should Watt sit week 1, (which isn’t likely with his love for the game) the team’s newly-revamped offense will be tested to keep pace with a breach in their defense’s containment.
  5. Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy is in the league’s concussion protocol after a helmet-to-helmet hit during Saturday’s practice. Ealy is in line for a bigger role in Carolina, so the team (and obviously, Ealy) is hoping he can come back quickly.
  6. Los Angeles Rams RB Tre Mason is trying to follow QB Nick Foles out the door. The RB has decided not to report to Rams camp. He has not spoken to the team since last season ended, and he has had five, police-involved incidents in the last four months. Foles left because of the young QB Jared Goff, Mason is leaving because of the young RB Todd Gurley.
  7. San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis has been reinstated by the NFL, officially ending his retirement. Davis isn’t a lock to start, but likely will prove to be effective for a 49ers team that is DESPERATELY looking for talent. Even with Davis back, the 49ers season outlook is bleak.
  8. The Dallas Cowboys. They have been in the news recently for their troubled front seven on defense. Ironically, the team has now decided to change their entire outlook. With many Americans against the police right now, the Cowboys have requested, and received permission to wear a “Arm in Arm” decal on their helmets during preseason games, to show support for the police. This may be a tactic by owner Jerry Jones to deflect the negative feedback that he’s received over his front seven’s problems, but regardless, it is a very nice gesture.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 29, 2016

(WARNING: Scene of the day contains graphic images of violence from the movie Saving Private Ryan) “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” -President George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America

Always be prepared. This is why President Washington was the first President of this great country. This quote gives perspective on how much this country has changed since then. Now, roughly half of the country wants all of its citizens to be unarmed. No political opinion here. I’m just stating a fact: Our country has changed. I think President Washington was correct about the general principle of preparedness. It is always best to prepare for the worst. That way, you can handle the worst should it come. If the worst does not come, then you will be pleasantly surprised. This is actually a really interesting concept in regard to battles. If everyone in any sort of fight is fully prepared to fight the fight, than the fight tends to be avoided because everyone, in theory, has an equal shot of winning AND losing. An example of this was the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and the United States had the firepower to totally decimate the other, and neither side wanted to know if their strategy for employing said firepower would be superior or inferior to the strategy of their opponent. Interestingly enough, this ties back to the theme from a recent post: Fear. Both sides were afraid of losing. Of course, even the victor would have sustained heavy damage. So, effectively, both sides would have lost if the Cold War hadn’t remained cold. So, which is better for peace? Knowing all involved parties in a conflict have the power to destroy each other, or knowing all parties in a conflict are incapable of destroying each other? I resolve this internal conflict by moving to the news:

  1. News regarding first-round draft picks from the 2016 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers OG Joshua Garnett (selected 28th overall) has signed a four-year contract with the team. The signing means that only one of this year’s first-round draft picks remains unsigned. That player is also in the Golden State, and is San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa (selected 3rd overall). Bosa reportedly won’t report to training camp over the dispute. I’m thinking the Chargers should do something TOTALLY insane. This is not good for their organization. They drafted Bosa to help the team. Right now, his lack of presence is meaning that the team isn’t as prepared for the season to come. Bosa hasn’t been learning the Chargers schemes, and this is, very likely, creating a rift in the locker room because Bosa isn’t making any friends amongst his teammates, who want to prepare to win. The solution? Cut him loose. Yes, that sounds totally insane. First-round draft picks are worth A LOT, ESPECIALLY the third overall pick. But, honestly, Bosa hasn’t even come close to behaving like a first-round pick. If a player is drafted in the first-round, they are expected to be leaders, and Bosa is not exhibiting any qualities of a leader. He is simply being selfish. That isn’t the kind of player that I would want to have on my team. Yes, it’s crazy, but it might just be necessary. Maybe the Chargers could trade him to Dallas? Bosa won’t hold out longer than all of the Cowboys, front seven suspensions, will he?
  2. The woes for the Dallas Cowboys front seven on defense continue in an…unexpected manner. Though he isn’t likely to start, (although, maybe he will with all of the suspensions) ‘Boys LB Damien Wilson is being sidelined for a couple of weeks to start Cowboys training camp after he took a paintball to the eye. Ouch. I think the Cowboys front seven situation is currently more of a laughing stock than the Jets QB situation was while Rex Ryan was head coach there. What’s next in Dallas? A LB cutting his arms from breaking a backboard on a ferocious, two-handed dunk?
  3. Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has plenty to feel good about for the upcoming season. The team looks like they might have a true franchise QB in Kirk Cousins (hence the franchise tag), and they also picked up another franchise-tagged player in free-agent addition, CB Josh Norman. But that’s not good enough for McCloughan. He cares about the team’s WR situation. You’d think it looks good with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Carcon, and Jamison Crowder in town, right? So it’s not that big of a deal that rookie WR Josh Doctson is dealing with a day-to-day injury. But, McCloughan was told Doctson would miss the season before he decided to punch a wall. Yep, the NFC East GM with (what appears to be) the most to be excited about is currently rocking a hand wrap from punching a wall due to the possible loss of his fourth-string WR. Wow. That reminds me of the New England Patriots fan punching the brick wall following the Pats’ loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game this season.
  4. WR Andre Johnson is signing with the Tennessee Titans. So, I was wrong. Big whoop. I still don’t understand how Johnson fits into the picture with Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham as the top two. He’s too legendary to play third fiddle to those two. I hate to be the one to break it to you, Andre, but, I think it’s time for you to retire.
  5. I also jumped the gun on the Baltimore Ravens signing of OT Jake Long. Long refused to sign an injury waiver. Thus, he will not be joining the Ravens, despite agreeing to terms on a contract earlier this week. That’s probably best for both parties.
  6. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed RB Darren Sproles to a one-year contract extension. Sproles will be $4.5 million richer after the 2017 season. Good re-signing for the Eagles. Sproles has shown he is still explosive in the return game and the passing game.
  7. The Detroit Lions inked CB Darius Slay to a four-year extension worth $48 million. The deal includes $23.1 million in guaranteed money. Pretty good re-signing for the Lions. Slay is definitely a good, up-and-coming CB. This may be a little overpriced, as he hasn’t played at a great level yet, but it’s not like the Lions have any stars to pay with Megatron now retired.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Update: July 21 (skip a few) 26, 2016

NOTE: I started writing this post on Friday. I’m sorry I did not post yesterday, but I am officially back now. I was off the grid for that brief period because I was vacationing at the Oregon Coast! Here is a picture from the room of the condo that my family rented:

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Right on the docks! That is the ocean RIGHT THERE! The ocean opens up about a half mile beyond that bridge in the upper right corner. I also set my running record there: I ran four straight sub-8 minute miles. I was pretty happy about that. I continued to run every other day, however, so my legs still hurt. Also, these puffins’ hairstyles:

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They have the same hairstyle as Donald Trump! Except, they combed it in the wrong direction. I have some more pictures but I’ll share those in future posts. For now, your regularly-scheduled programming:

“Most kids are smarter than most grown-ups. Kids see the world in black and white…They look through all the garbage and see a world run by fools and dullards and lazy people. And there’s nothing they can do about it because they have no power.” -Dav Pilkey, Author

(The scene proves that first sentence, though the ‘burp snart’ is very impressive.) Holy crap! This guy makes Einstein seem like an idiot! Okay, that’s excessive. But, this quote is my favorite that I’ve ever read. However, I don’t necessarily think it’s TOTALLY correct. Allow me to explain. Kids are NOT smarter than most grown-ups, they have just not yet been brainwashed. They do originally begin by seeing the world in black and white. Ever heard of coloring books? They start out black and white, too. So how do kids’ views of the world become the ‘color box 9, yellow’ views that most adults have? Well, what is one thing all kids go through together? What are they ALL required to do BY LAW, regardless of how poorly behaved they are as a result of poor parenting? They are all required to go to school. So, Pilkey is right. The kids’ black and white world DOES allow them to see that the world is run by fools and dullards and lazy people. Unfortunately, the fools, dullards, and lazy people are greedy enough to recognize the threat kids possess in seeing through their lies and deceptions. Pilkey is further correct in the assessment that kids have no power. The fools and dullards and lazy people also recognize this. They know that they must get the kids to disguise the picture with color before they have the power to show the truth to the blinded world. That is the entire point of school. School teaches children many things. However, elementary, middle, and high schools are focused on teaching children math, science, english, foreign language, and history. While all of those subjects are eventually used a little throughout life, most people only need extensive knowledge in two of those five subjects, depending on their career choice. What many schools fail to teach to the necessary extent, is the subject of philosophy. The government doesn’t want children to think independently. Independent thought allows the children to continue to see through the lies of the government (which is more apparent in Communist countries). Especially in elementary school, the lack of teaching with regard to philosophy is blatant to absurd extents. School is really just brainwashing. It is meant to turn the children of the world into mindless drones. They say it is easier to learn things when we are younger. The truth is, we are easier to brainwash when we are younger. Think about it. We have been so blind to the problems in our government that the race for president is down to a criminal and a reality TV star. Are you serious?! We have it within us to prevent this. I wish I could write this as an un-brainwashed individual. Luckily, I am still young enough that I have disrupted the full intent of the brainwashing, and I’m able to see some of the lies. Color may make the world look better, but black and white is the truth of the world. We don’t need to give power to the kids because they aren’t ready to handle it yet. But, we need to start a movement to end the brainwashing. We can’t see the full extent of the world’s leadership issues until untainted youth grow old enough to be able to wield the truth safely. On a side note, I mentioned poor parenting and there are A LOT of poorly behaved kids in the world today. Raise them well, please! Now the news:

  1. The Seattle Seahawks have extended head coach Pete Carroll’s contract through the 2019 season. Carroll is the oldest head coach in the league at 64 years of age (now that the New York Giants have made the idiotic move to force out coach Tom Coughlin), and he, ironically, coaches one of the youngest teams in the league.
  2. The drama of free agency continued. Current free agent WR Andre Johnson visited the Tennessee Titans today. Johnson was a long time member of the Houston Texans, and Spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts (all three teams are members of the AFC South. It’s two bad Jacksonville already has two young stars at WR). I personally doubt the Titans will sign him with WR Kendall Hunter leading the group, and the promising young Dorial Green-Beckham at number 2, who has been focused on building a stronger relationship with Titans QB Marcus Mariota this offseason.
  3. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is officially healthy enough to lose his training camp battle to fellow-QB Blaine Gabbert, fair and square. Yeah, I said it. Kaep’s health means zero for anybody. It’s Gabbert’s job.
  4. The Detroit Lions signed WR Anquan Boldin. Boldin has had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, and, most recently, the San Francisco 49ers. Great signing. The Lions need WRs beyond Golden Tate and Marvin Lewis (who I’m only counting as 1/2 WR), and Boldin is a great choice. While he won’t replace Megatron’s production, Boldin is the reigning Walter Payton Man of the Year, which is something the city of Detroit sorely needs.
  5. Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is facing an extended suspension for once again violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. As a Giants fan, I’m loving every minute of this! The Cowboys front seven is imploding! This is what happens when you choose to ignore character concerns, Jerry. Dez is an exception (sort of).
  6. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the league following a year of suspension due to violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. He will still serve a four-game suspension to begin the season, but this could be fantastic news for Browns fans. The team now has a true number 1 WR, which allows rookie Corey Coleman to have some time to develop prior to being thrust into the limelight. Also, ANYTHING can help QB Robert Griffin III get back on track. The question is, will Gordon inevitably end up as another Johnny Manziel for Cleveland? If so, that could be devastating for the city that finally saw its championship drought come to an end this year.
  7. The Baltimore Ravens have signed OT Jake Long. … . I mean, Long has been a great player in the past…Unfortunately, as of right now, re-doing OT Eugene Monroe’s contract would have been better for the team because, frankly, Monroe has been playing at a superior level to that of Long recently. Oh well. It’s a decent backup plan.
  8. The Atlanta Falcons released KR extraordinaire Devin Hester today. Not sure it was a great move by the Falcons to lose both Roddy White AND Hester this offseason, but I can’t TOTALLY blame the team for wanting to get younger. Personally, I see a couple of suitable destinations for Hester. Baltimore has been missing a return extraordinaire since the departure of KR Jacoby Jones, and WR2 Breshad Perriman isn’t a guarantee to be healthy. Carolina has a makeshift WR core as it is, so why not throw another veteran into the mix? Chicago may lose WR Alshon Jeffery in free agency next year and Hester used to be a Bear, so that would be a great homecoming story. Cleveland is Cleveland. Philadelphia has had some recent WR struggles. San Francisco is San Francisco.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today (plus some bits of other days), make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or vacations (!), and/or anything else that is on your mind. Have a pleasant tomorrow.