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The NFL Lies season has been extremely entertaining for fans who normally wait before the big event arrives.
Weeks of smokescreens between the NFL and the project corresponded to a free-agency period full of rumors, which featured successful deals from players like Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown.
The rumor surrounding the NFL draft can come from all places Teams and players' representatives are preparing it in order to push things in their direction. Experts and fans do the same thing through position analysis, rankings, simulations and more.
All involved are trying to sit in an advantageous position at the beginning of one of the most important sporting events. It can be difficult to discern what is real and what is wrong. Let's take a closer look at the last buzz.
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Shifts and defenders dominated the informal discussions of the 2019 class.
This leaves a stellar tight end group in the background, but the NFL is not doing the same thing.
Jason La Canfora, from CBS Sports, presented an interesting perspective on this year's outlook: "Half of the league is legitimately doing serious work in this project, whether as a beginner or type # 2. I could see seven going in the first two rounds. "
This one has been written everywhere. Reliable targets that can exploit the clashes and get shaken to help the quarterbacks are big chunks of the NFL chess match right now. That's why Cincinnati continues to roll the dice on Tyler Eifert and why Green Bay has been attacking Jimmy Graham last season. The class of free agents this year was also mediocre.
It starts at the top with the Iowa duo consisting of Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson. The first is a major threat that can change game, and the second is a more complete player that can start right away. Irv Smith was a star in Alabama. Jace Sternberger of Texas A & M is a hybrid player who can accumulate big numbers.
Josh Oliver of San Jose State has great assets, and Dawson Knox and Kaden Smith have shown a good movie in major programs Ole Miss and Stanford, respectively.
Seven names are almost guaranteed to be removed from the board in the first two rounds. The project could be focused on defense, but coaches still see the value of writing long-term security covers or creators of discrepancies to help passers-by.
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Dwayne Haskins is the target of this year's negative rumors at the quarterback.
The smuggler of 6 ", 231 lbs from the Ohio State has had a draft process and will not participate in the event. This latest news has made heads spin but does not mean big. thing – some guys just do not want to be on stage.
Nevertheless, the buzz of a drop in stocks has gone around. From NFL.com Lance Zierlein Here is an example: "After talking with different teams, I really feel that Dwayne Haskins stock was created by the media rather than the team, I see Haskins falling on draft day, and I think that chances are going up it's not the second QB of the board. "
For months, Haskins was the favorite of the New York Giants in sixth place overall in simulated jetties, and there is no reason to think that should change. He is a prototype of the quarterback in all its aspects, and the rest of the class of smugglers is mediocre. He collected more than 4,800 yards and more than 50 scores last year while completing 70% of his passes. He would probably have reached those numbers again next year with the Buckeyes, and everyone would have stammered as a first choice.
Although it is somewhat worrying that it has only been going away for a season, it is not a breakup. The teams will not let Haskins head out of the top 10, not in a league where players like Blake Bortles finished third in the table.
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This is good for the NFL and the fans if the first choice is not revealed before the broadcast of the show.
The choice could already be decided, however.
In the background, the Arizona Cardinals could be tweaking the details of a contract with their choice – which is probably the Oklahoma quarterback, Kyler Murray.
Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk mentioned this idea because Murray's agent, Erik Burkhardt, accompanied him during his visit to the Cardinals:
"It would be logical for the Cardinals to want Murray to sign an agreement with a non-baseball clause before putting his name on the first draft card 2019. … If Murray ends up signing a contract when he is chosen, the negotiations leading to this agreement are something that everyone will keep quiet until Burkhardt will produce the final draft of his briefcase in the green room. "
Given the angle of the MLB, both parties would certainly have something to prepare for in advance.
The Cardinals are not going to pass a Heisman Trophy winner with a rare skill set, especially if new head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants it. The fact that they have invested a first round pick in Josh Rosen a year ago is a bit unfortunate, but it also gives them a leverage to add other gross assets this year. Murray is the likely choice, so the fact that both sides can talk behind the scenes seems pretty obvious.
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Trying to determine what Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders will do next has no comparable value.
The trades of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper revealed this unpredictability. The reception then spent huge amounts of money on Trent Brown and added a controversial player such as Vontaze Burfict, just to keep people guessing.
The Raiders have three first-round picks and think of using one on a signalman, but not everyone has the idea.
Michael Gehlken from Las Vegas Review-Journal said it would be a "shocking pivot" for the Raiders to recruit a quarterback in the first round, adding: "Behind the scenes, the option has appeared at best far away."
That's Gruden and the Raiders, though. Given their erratic movements, it would not be surprising to see them pack the three choices to move forward and get the smuggler of their choice.
Derek Carr is in no way a bad starter. He completed nearly 70% of his passes last year and scored 19 times while taking 51 sacks. Antonio Brown now has to send the ball to spam.
But a trio of opening round selections gives the Raiders the opportunity to take another position at the most important position while getting top players in the areas where they need it most, or the best. The best player available could also be a smuggler with his second or third first rounder if he falls in free fall.
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NFL free agency is still alive and a bit strange at the moment.
Many big names are sitting on the open market. On paper, teams could hire entry-level players, presumably at a discount. Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah and Muhammad Wilkerson are still there.
This can be by design.
Here's what a scout told Peter King of NBC Sports:
"There is a reason why so many capable defensive linemen have not been signed into independent player status – Allen Bailey, Corey Liuget, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ziggy Ansah, Ndamukong Suh – well, Suh is for the money, I guess – are all guys who team up But if you can hire a guy for a quarter of the money, or less, you'll do it.And if you do not recruit one of the good fitters Defensive, then you go back to see what the price is, some of these veterans are. "
Certainly, other factors also play. It's hard to say what kind of contract Suh wants at this stage of his career. Ansah is recovering from an injury.
But the busy 2019 class plays an important role. The following perspectives are great options among the 32 best ones that can play on the line or the edges:
- Nick Bosa
- Quinnen Williams
- Josh Allen
- Ed Oliver
- Sweat ride
- Brian Burns
- Clelin Ferrell
- Jeffery Simmons
Suh and Co. will have to keep waiting.
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The Denver Broncos have often been tied to shifts during the drafting process, both by fans and by front-office action analysts.
Yet according to Yahoo Sports & Charles Robinson, the Broncos could avoid the position at No. 10.
It's hard to imagine, and a team planning to place a smuggler in the top 10 could circulate a rumor like this to dissuade others from trading in front of him.
The Broncos, after all, continue to go bankrupt under John Elway's center. He has recruited the following quarters since joining the team in 2011: Brock Osweiler, Zac Dysert, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly.
The latest Elway action concerns Joe Flacco, 34, who lost his quarterback status to the Baltimore franchise last year because a rookie forced him to win. . He completed 61.2% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games.
Ranking 10th, the Broncos are in a privileged position to hope to make their way behind Flacco. Sending to other areas would be fine, but the Broncos can not afford to spend a quarter of a first round. If they are as ready to face the competition as the addition of Flacco suggests, they will not be in a position to find a first-rate successor.
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The NFL will not let a player like D.K. Metcalf fall very far.
According to the most conventional logic, it should probably. He has never been the biggest producer of his university team. His agility figures in the tests were questionable. On the whole, recipients are undergoing a brusque transition to benefits, as shown by a number of recent selections, and this class is not superb.
Matt Miller, of Bleacher Report, agrees but adds an interesting note: "Metcalf should be a player of round 2, but no one to whom I spoke will rule out the rumors that Buffalo Bills or Green Bay Packers could put him in the top 15. "
And here is the problem: which Metcalf could be is too difficult to pass. Better tests and more production would have been good. But he has a lot of coaches can not teach through a 6 "frame, 228 pounds and a 4.33 second dash of 40 yards.
Brute, unpolished – whatever the descriptions that observers want to give Metcalf, just a staff of professional coaches to think that this can enable him to excel himself. A team like Buffalo Bills makes sense. They could hope to make the most of young quarterback Josh Allen while he and Metcalf grow together over the next few years.
Metcalf will not escape the top half of the project.
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The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the most complex teams in the selection process.
At face value, they have a franchise quarterback with Andy Dalton. But they also have a new head coach for the first time in 16 years, and Zac Taylor might want to have his own guy.
ESPN Katherine Terrell provided an interesting answer to the possibility that the Bengals are a quarterback: "I'm not going to totally exclude this idea.The Bengals say of course that Dalton is their type, but they have excluded an extension this year (which is not not surprisingly, usually they only make extensions over the last year), which implies that he has to prove it, so even if I say unlikely, it's not impossible. "
The idea of the Bengals being a quarterback and sticking to Dalton screens a smoke screen. They can hope that a defensive project will push a leading spotter towards their 11th-place selection.
After all, the Bengals are not considering an extension for Dalton for this off season. He has not signed a contract year yet, but team owner Mike Brown was convinced that Dalton had to prove himself. Taylor himself said that they would do it consider everything at number 11, although it may be classified under the same "what would it look like?" umbrella as his vocal support of Dalton since his arrival in the city of the city.
Like others mentioned here, it is hard to imagine that the Bengals are transmitting a quarterback, as there is a chance on the outside that they are not as well placed for to recruit one.