Defensive players figure to dominate at NFL Draft


The NFL trade rumors suggests the New England Patriots is considering to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to Cleveland Browns for No. 1 overall pick and cornerback Malcolm Butler to New Orleans Saints in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Oakland didn’t have many picks in McKenzie’s first draft in 2012, and his first selection was Tony Begstrom of Utah, a guard, in the third round. But when you consider that the hated Denver Broncos were able to score not one, but two starters at inside linebacker in Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall in the fifth and sixth rounds respectively, it makes the Burris pick look really, really bad. Look no further than Josh Gordon, who was arguably the best receiver in football during the 2013 season, but substance abuse and trouble with the law derailed his career and attached many red flags to his name.

As I said, the first National Football League player draft was very different from today’s draft. “We’re not going to take a quarterback in the first round and it’s a premium position”. Kyle and I made a commitment early on that we’re going to come into this thing, and we figured out our own way to have our tiebreaker.

The Browns would have to give the 49ers more compensation because they would be moving up 10 spots instead of six, which is why, if they want to guarantee getting the top quarterback on their board, they might use the first pick on Mitchell Trubisky, even if they rank Garrett higher, so they can hang on to their 10 remaining picks.

There were two players they showed plenty of interest in as first-round possibilities in Washington’s Sidney Jones and Ohio State’s Gareon Conley. Both Trevathan and Marshall have played into their second contracts and landed big time extensions; Burris was released in 2015 and hasn’t played for a regular-season down since.

Here’s what Matt Miller had to say about Conley and the Eagles today.

As long as the Cleveland Browns take Texas AM EDGE Myles Garrett at No. 1, Lynch will have his selection of any player in this year’s draft class not named Garrett. And considering the 49ers hold the second pick in the draft, that means we get to see what he thinks.

With offseason acquisitions nearly completed, Bill Belichick doesn’t even need to place a pick and his squad would still be the favorite to win the back-to-back Super Bowl champions.

Brooks also listed Mixon as only the fourth-best running back in the draft, jumping Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook ahead of the former Oklahoma running back once character was factored into his rankings. The Jacksonville Jaguars trading away the team’s draft picks in 2008 to grab Derrick Harvey who was a bust.

“Last year’s draft in Chicago we felt the defensive line was very deep and really our board got nearly cleaned out by the end of the second round”, Douglas said.

Alabama’s Reuben Foster has had a rough offseason, but could still be on the board when the Raiders pick at No. 24.


Count NFL Network’s Mike Silver in that group. But get a running back.

Mar 4 2017 Indianapolis IN USA Texas AM defensive end Myles Garrett speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports