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Live Blog – NFL Draft Round One

1) Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Garrett joins a Browns defense that was terrible in 2016. They ranked second to last in yards allowed and rush yards allowed, and third to last in points allowed. They also recorded the third-fewest sacks. Not only was Garrett widely considered to be the best overall prospect in this draft, but he also fills one of the Browns’ biggest needs. He is a pass-rushing end who is skilled at getting to the quarterback – he recorded 8.5 sacks in just 11 games as a junior.

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Best Draft: G-Men Edition

My brother-in-law bleeds blue. As much as it disgusts me, I respect his deep-rooted love for all things New York Giants. So since we’ll be watching the entire draft together, and it’s his birthday on Saturday, I’ll take my shot at improving an already loaded Giants roster. But there’s no way I’ll give them the time or energy I put into My Packers Draft Class, that in keeping with “tradition,” I posted earlier this afternoon.

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My Packers 2017 Draft Class

I’ve decided to reignite a draft day tradition by highlighting my preferred targets for each of the Packers’ 2017 NFL Draft selections. I use that term “tradition” quite loosely, as I only went through this exercise on the Draft Days in 2011 and 2012. My excitement for this class — and for the back half of Aaron Rodgers’ career — has me feeling obligated, however, to show my Cheesehead pride and step into Ted Thompson’s big shoes.

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Top Skill Talent in the 2017 NFL Draft

On the morning of one of my three favorite days on the football calendar, full of anticipation for one of the best draft classes in recent memory finding homes, I feel compelled to re-visit a draft topic I haven’t covered in years. In 2011 and 2012, when I was admittedly a much more avid blogger, I studied the skill position players to create my personal ranking for the top skill talent available to NFL teams. The results can be used as a rough guide for dynasty drafters, though as it’s pre-draft, it focuses solely on skill sets and developmental upside, without accounting for team fit and early-career roles. It’s purely about individual talent.

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NFL Mock Draft: Two Rounds, Too Many Decisions

I’m going to be completely embarrassed when many of these picks are wildly off target since I’ve pored over tape, measurables and a wide variety of opinions for roughly 125 players over the last few weeks to produce the shrewdest mock draft I possibly could. Okay, embarrassed is a stretch, but I did really put in my homework, and along the way, I concluded a few things:

1.) This is the deepest defensive class I’ve analyzed in a decade. Easily. There should be a dozen or so future All-Pro selections.

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Cowboys 2017 Mock Draft 3.0

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last mock for the Cowboys, but not much has changed in terms of the team’s needs. The secondary is the primary concern, while the pass rush, o-line, and tight end spots could all use a boost. (My first mock of the year, done pre-Combine and mostly horribly out of date now, is here.)

I deliberately zagged when I’d previously zigged on a couple of the earlier picks here, just to see how the player pool shook out, but for the most part I think the talent haul ended up being similar to the prior mock. It might take a couple more weeks, and the completion of all the Pro Days, for there to be any significant changes in rankings that might radically alter how these mocks play out.

This one was done using Fanspeak‘s own Big Board, with the user-voted team needs.

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