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2017 SEC PREVIEW AND PREDICTIONS

My college previews kick off with the Southeastern Conference! I think there are some very interesting storylines going on within each division this season. In the West I think it’s going to be very difficult to knock off Alabama given all the weapons they return on offense along with what should be another top-10 defense, but after Alabama it gets really interesting. Auburn draws the Tide at home this year and if Jarrett Stidham takes the reigns for War Eagle and starts rolling, Auburn could make a legit run for the SEC West. I don’t think you can say the same about LSU because their QB situation isn’t ideal and they have to travel to Tuscaloosa, but if they beat Auburn on October 14th in Baton Rouge, then LSU could very well be 8-0 and coming off a bye against a potentially 8-0 Alabama team coming off a bye as well. Those 3 teams will make it interesting but the Auburn/LSU game could determine quite a bit.

After the Big 3 in the West it gets interesting. I think Mississippi St. has some of that 2014 feel to them when they started 9-0 and were ranked #1 in the nation before traveling to Tuscaloosa and dropping a game to Alabama 25-20. Nick Fitzgerald could be on the cusp of being a star and it’ll be interesting to see how he plays. Kevin Sumlin is on the hot seat in College Station and I could see the bottom dropping out on on the Aggies as they try to replace so many players on defense and at receiver. Arkansas should be better or even Bret Bielema could start feeling heat and of course the Ole Miss situation is unfortunate as the Rebels looked to have a talented team with a very talented QB in Shea Patterson. The #4-#7 spots could get interesting in the West and I even think Mississippi St. has a chance to climb into that top-3.

The East is even more interesting as I think teams like Kentucky and South Carolina have a real chance to upset the apple cart and move ahead of division stalwarts Florida and Tennessee. Mark Stoops has built up the Kentucky roster to where I think it can compete if it is a veteran led squad with a favorable schedule. The Wildcats have 17 returning starters and get both Tennessee and Florida in Lexington! South Carolina can be a squad that can compete with Florida and Tennessee on the recruiting trail, and I think Will Muschamp is on his way to doing so with the Gamecocks. Carolina returns 10 starters on offense, but QB Jake Bentley is special. SC gets both Kentucky & Florida at home which I think pushes them to 2nd place behind Georgia in the East. I also think it’ll be interesting to see how much heat Jim McElwain’s seat gets in Gainesville if the Gators have a disappointing season and if Butch Jones can survive another year in Knoxville without an SEC title or even a 10-win season. Would 5-years be enough?

Finally, keep an eye on Missouri & Vanderbilt. Missouri under Barry Odom is quietly getting better and while I think they should be better than last year’s 4-8, it’ll be interesting to see what strides they can take in 2017 because 2018 should be their coming out party. Vanderbilt is also interesting to watch. The program is making strides under HC Derek Mason and it’ll be interesting to see if Mason can take the Commodores to the heights that his predecessor James Franklin reached.

The SEC is the best conference in college football for a reason so it’s no surprise the storylines are endless as we head into the 2017 season!

# TEAM SEC WEST
1 Computer Hope Impossible to go against the Tide at this point. QB Jalen Hurts returns behind a dynamic O-Line. Bo Scarbrough & Damien Harris return at tailback and WR Calvin Ridley is poised to become a 1st Team All-American. Lose LT Cam Robinson? Replace him with Jonah Williams! Defensively the Tide lost a truckload of star talent to the NFL, but it’s Alabama where there are 3-4 five star players on the depth chart. Minkah Fitzpatrick could move to safety alongside Ronnie Harrison. Da’Ron Payne & Da’Shawn Hand are going to dominate up front. I think the 2016 version is better, but they’re still good enough to win it all.
2 Computer Hope If the Tigers didn’t travel to Tuscaloosa on November 4th, I probably would have taken the Bayou Bengals to win the West. Derrius Guice is a MAN playing against boys in college. What makes him scarier is that he’s playing in front of a couple of interior O-Linemen in Will Clapp & Maea Teuhema who could be All-Americans. I think QB Danny Etling will make fewer mistakes & keep LSU away from turnovers. The Tigers lost a TON on defense but return Arden Key who is the best pass rusher in American and DC Dave Aranda is outstanding. With the talent LSU has, they’ll post another top-10 defense in 2017.
3 Computer Hope I’m buying QB Jarrett Stidham and he could be the best QB Auburn has had since Cam Newton was screaming War Eagle and we saw how that worked out in 2010! Gus Malzahn is an offensive genius so if Stidham works out Auburn is going to score in spades with weapons like RB Kamryn Pettway, WR Darius SLaton, WR Nate Craig-Myers & WR Kyle Davis. Defensive the Tigers bring back 6 of their top-7 tacklers but losing Montravius Adams & Carl Lawson will be felt. I think DE Marlon Davidson will need to be huge. This Auburn team has crazy upside & gets Alabama at home. They are playoff contenders.
4 Computer Hope In case you didn’t know, his name is Nick Fitzgerald and the QB is a MONSTER! Last year Fitzgerald passed for 2423yds & 21TD while also rushing for 1375yds & 16TD! The Bulldogs have a little but of that 2014 feel to them and if they can beat LSU at home and upset Georgia & Auburn in back-to-back road games, they have a clear path to 9-0 before they welcome in Alabama on November 11th, a week after the Tide host LSU. That’s a lot to ask but back in 2014, Mississippi St. beat 3 top-10 ranked teams in a row (at LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn) en route to 9-0 and the #1 ranking before being upended by Alabama 25-20.
5 Computer Hope Things haven’t gone exactly to plan for Bret Bielema since leaving Wisconsin, but this season should provide him with a chance to play his style of football. The Hogs lose RB Rawleigh Williams, but Devwah Whaley has immense talent and should be able to replicate Williams production because the O-Line he’ll be running behind is tremendous led by All-American C Frank Ragnow. QB Austin Allen is a senior and should be solid. Defensively Arkansas returns 6 starters and 5 of their back-7. They’ll struggle to get pressure on opposing QBs which I think limits their upside but if they ball control they could win close ones.
6 Computer Hope I don’t know if there is a better RB/WR duo in college football than Trayveon Williams & Christian Kirk, but the Aggies are going to try and break in a rFR at QB in Nick Starkel behind a fairly inexperienced O-Line. Even with Kirk returning, the Aggies lost a ton of outside talent. Defensively I don’t even know how A&M replaces Myles Garrett, Daeshon Hall, Justin Evans & Shaan Washington! HUGE LOSSES. I think there is a good chance A&M loses their opener at UCLA and if that happens then HC Kevin Sumlin’s seat is going to be blisteringly hot! A&M also has some brutal home games. This could get bad in a hurry!
7 Computer Hope Ole Miss is somewhat of a wild card with Hugh Freeze leaving the program and Matt Luke taking over as interim HC. It’s too bad really because the Rebels have some upside to this team. The offense has a potentially outstanding O-Line with 4 starters returning and Greg Little manning LT. QB Shea Patterson has some tremendous upside and the Rebels have solid skill position players. Defensively, Ole MIss returns 6 starters & 5 of their top-7 tacklers. DE Marquis Haynes returned for his senior year & he’ll be one of the best edge rushers in the nation. NT Benito Jones should also be a force up front. Very tough to predict.

 

# TEAM SEC EAST
1 Computer Hope There might be some questions surrounding the offense with the O-Line being young and QB Jake Fromm potentially pushing QB Jacob Eason for starting time but worst comes to worst how hard is it to hand the ball off to Nick Chubb or Sony Michel? These hairy dogs have enough talent on the outside to keep defenses honest. What stands out about UGA is their defense. Trenton Thompson might be the best DT in college football while Davin Bellamy & Lorenzo Carter might be the best pair of edge rushers. Georgia returns their ILBs and secondary as well. HC Kirby Smart knows a thing or two about top defenses!
2 Computer Hope This could be the most surprising team in college football this season. QB Jake Bentley completed 66% of his passes last year as a true frosh and the Gamecocks have 10 returning starters back on offense including all their skill players. TE Hayden Hurst has a chance to make a HUGE impact. Defensively South Carolina is going to need Dante Sawyer to provide a legitimate threat off the edge but LB Skai Moore returns & will combine with Bryson Allen-Williams to give SC a solid pair of LBs. Both corners return & I think Will Muschamp is going to do some great things in Columbia just like another former Florida head coach.
3 Computer Hope I think the SEC is a little topsy-turvy this season and Kentucky benefits by getting both Tennessee and Florida in Lexington. If they can get those wins I think the Wildcats could have a banner season. HC Mark Stoops has a talented roster and UK returns 8 starters on offense & 9 on defense. If there is going to be a time for Kentucky to make a move, it’s this season. CJ Conrad, Benny Snell & Stephen Johnson should keep the offense humming with 4 returning starters on the O-Line. Denzil Ware, Jordan Jones & Mike Edwards should be solid up front on defense. Kentucky could potentially get to 8-9 wins this season.
4 Computer Hope I think Florida is in a precarious situation. They are probably already behind Florida St. when it comes to recruiting the top tier talent within the state, but Mark Richt going to Miami-FL makes things extremely difficult as well. I love Jim McElwain as a HC, but right now I’d say he’s behind Richt & Jimbo Fisher in recruiting. Florida also already has turmoil coming out of the program with the suspensions including WR Antonio Callaway for the opener against Michigan. Florida isn’t sold on Luke Del Rio being the starting QB either & the defense returns just 5 starters. After 2 SEC East titles, this year feels like transition.
5 Computer Hope Like Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, I’m going to be surprised to see Butch Jones make it out alive in Knoxville this season. The Vols have talent to be sure, but I think losing guys like QB Josh Dobbs, DE Derek Barnett, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin and CB Cameron Sutton are going to be hard to overcome. UT also has road games against Florida, Alabama, & Kentucky. They get LSU, Georgia & South Carolina at home which are going to be exceedingly difficult games to win. I think losing Alvin Kamara is going to be bigger than people think. Josh Malone is a loss too. I like the talent here but a lot of key pieces are gone from 2016.
6 Computer Hope It is going to be very difficult for Derek Mason to recreate what James Franklin did here at Vanderbilt but Mason is trying his best. In his first year, Vandy went 3-9. Last year in his 3rd,  the Commodores were 6-7 and got to a bowl game. This year Vandy returns 9 starters on offense including QB Kyle Shumur who has generated some buzz this offseason. Ralph Webb is a work horse out of the backfield & Vandy returns their top-9 receivers from a season ago. Defensively, Vanderbilt has made huge strides since Mason’s first season & while they do lose Zach Cunningham, they return 7 starters from a unit that was solid.
7 Computer Hope I would have had Missouri in 6th but they play at Vanderbilt so I put the Commodores one spot ahead. HC Gary Pinkel is a legend in Columbia, but I hope Barry Odom sticks around because he’s on the cusp of doing something great at Mizzou. This season the Tigers have a TON coming back on offense, but I want to see QB Drew Lock improve his accuracy. Missouri has a chance to be REALLY SPECIAL in 2018 assuming Lock comes back. RB Damarea Crockett is a MONSTER. Defensively I think Missouri misses Charles Harris & Aarion Penton quite a bit. They return 5 starters but again look towards 2018 for this unit.



SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

EAST SEC CHAMPIONSHIP WEST
Computer Hope I think this could be a lot closer game than people would expect and here is why. Alabama is going to try and run the football which they should, but Georgia is STOUT in the middle with Trenton Thompson & John Atkins on the line and LBs Roquan Smith & Natrez Patrick filling it up. If Alabama goes pass then UGA has some ELITE pass rushers in Davin Bellamy & Lorenzo Carter. This of course is assuming that Alabama’s offense can actually be stopped and Georgia can get anything going against what will surely be a tough Tide defense. Alabama wins. Computer Hope
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August 18, 2017 Posted by | Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi St., Missouri, NCAA, Predictions, Preseason, Previews, SEC, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas AM, Vanderbilt | Leave a comment

2017 PRESEASON WEEK 1 – ROOKIE REPORT

TEAM COMMENTS
Computer Hope Hasson Reddick was Arizona’s first round pick out of Temple. Had a couple of tackles against the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game and then didn’t do much against Oakland in Week 1. Projects to be one of Arizona ILBs. Second round pick S Budda Baker had 5 tackles against the Raiders and a PBU. I think it would be interesting to see the Cards get Baker, Tyrann Mathieu & Patrick Peterson on the field at the same time. 3rd Rd. WR Chad Williams had a catch against Dallas but not against Oakland.
Computer Hope Atlanta’s 1st Rd. pick OLB Takk McKinley is still recovering from shoulder surgery and didn’t play in Atlanta’s opener against Miami. The Falcons had to be happy about 3rd Rd. LB Duke Reilly who led the team in tackles with 5 and should combine with Deion Jones & De’Vondre Campbell to give Atlanta a tremendous ILB corps. 5th Rd. CB Demontae Kazee had a couple of tackles. He’s in the running for nickle CB. 5th RB Brian Hill didn’t look so hot with 10 yards on 9 carries. No receptions.
Computer Hope Ravens 1st Rd. Pick CB Marlon Humphrey didn’t get any run time in Baltimore’s opener against the Redskins. Second round pick OLB Tyus Bowser looked solid though with a 3 tackles and getting to the QB a couple of times. The Ravens are hoping Bowser can provide some needed pass rush. DE Chris Wormley had a TFL. Was hoping to see edge rusher Tim Williams, but he didn’t play. 6th Rd. S Chuck Clark got a hit on the QB in limited play. This was a pretty good showing for the Ravens rookies.
Computer Hope I’m not entirely sure he’s their QB of the future but getting QB Nathan Peterman was fantastic value for the Bills & he had a good opener against the Vikings going 13/25 for 112yds & a TD without taking a sack. Not bad considering it’s the Vikings. Peterman even ran the ball 4 times for 26 yards. 2nd Rd. WR Zay Jones had no run time and 1st Rd. CB Tre’Davious White had a tackle in limited time. 5th Rd. LB Matt Milano had a tackle. He’s sort of an interesting WIL/S hybrid type of player.
Computer Hope Was excited to see how Carolina got 1st Rd. RB Christian McCaffery and 2nd Rd. WR Curtis Samuel involved in the offense. Samuel didn’t get run time but McCaffery ran for 33 yards on 7 carries which wasn’t too bad. I was also curious to see how 3rd Rd. DE Daeshon Hall would play as some reports had scouts a bit down on him but he got to the QB a few times which looked pretty good. Hall is one to watch. He’s still somewhat raw with quite a bit of room to get better. I think Carolina might have stole one.
Computer Hope The obvious storyline is #2 overall pick QB Mitch Trubisky lighting it up in his first NFL action. Trubisky went 18/25 (72%) for 166yds and a TD. Trubisky took 47 snaps & looked the part of a franchise QB. It’ll be interesting to see what he does in the 2nd game. 2nd Rd. TE Adam Shaheen had a catch for 9 yards. He’s another one I’m looking forward to seeing more of. Shaheen played college ball at Ashland so he hasn’t seen much competition but he’s 6’6/280lbs with athleticism. Those guys are rare.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. WR John Ross didn’t play but I was more interested in seeing 2nd Rd. pick RB Joe Mixon. Mixon played well running for 31 yards on just 6 carries. He caught his only target resulting in 11 yards. Mixon could push Cincy to the playoffs. Cincy also had to be ecstatic over the play of 3rd Rd. DE Jordan Willis who made a few tackles & got after the QB! He looked good. 4th round WR Josh Malone caught a TD pass. 4th Round DE Carl Lawson didn’t do much. 4th Rd DT Ryan Glasgow got to the QB.
Computer Hope The #1 overall pick Myles Garrett didn’t play a ton but looked every bit the part of an ELITE pass rusher. I wanted to see Cleveland’s other 1st Round picks in DB Jabrill Peppers and TE David Njoku but Peppers basically returned kicks. The story though belongs to 2nd Rd. QB Deshone Kizer who played exceedingly well going 11/18 (61%) for 184yds & a TD. There were still some rough spots but it was a good showing. 3rd Rd. DT Larry Ogunjobi didn’t get much run time. He’s intriguing.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. DE Taco Charlton played well for the Cowboys against the Rams getting 3 tackles, a sack, a TFL and a QBH. The Cowboys need outside pressure so Charlton playing well is a boon. Dallas also needs 2nd Rd. pick Chidobe Owuzie and 3rd Rd. pick Jourdan Lewis to play well in the secondary but neither played in Week 1. The standout player in Week 1 was 6th Rd. safety Xavier Woods who led the team with 7 tackles. Woods was a steal in the 6th round & could help fortify the secondary.
Computer Hope Slated to be Denver’s starting LT when the season starts, 1st Rd. LT Garett Bolles didn’t look so hot in Denver’s opener against the Bears. 2nd Rd. edge rusher DeMarcus Walker looked pretty good which is amazing considering he adds to Denver’s already considerable pass rushing ability. 3rd Rd. CB Brendan Langley got a bit of run time and looked good. 5th Rd. WR Isaiah McKenzie went wild catching just one pass but taking it to the paint for a 47yd TD! McKenzie has some juice to his game.
Computer Hope Detroit’s 1st Rd. pick LB Jarrad Davis wasn’t anything to write home about. He didn’t play much. CB Teez Tabor got some run time and made 3 tackles. 3rd Rd. WR Kenny Golladay had a FANTASTIC day catching 3 balls for 53 yards including 2TD! Golladay has a huge ceiling with his size at 6’4/220lbs. 4th Rd TE Mike Roberts caught 4 balls! 4th Rd. LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin had 6 tackles. 5th Rd. CB Jamal Agnew & 6th Rd. DE Jeremiah Ledbetter played well. 6th Rd. QB Brad Kaaya was great.
Computer Hope 2nd Rd. CB Kevin King had a solid game making some wrap up tackles but getting beat on a couple of balls. He’s still learning. 2nd Rd. S Josh Jones had a great game grading out as one of Green Bay’s top players & making 4 tackles. 3rd Rd. DT Montravious Adams and 4th Rd. LB Vince Beigel didn’t get any run time. 5th Rd. WR DeAngelo Yancey showed some flash with 3 catches for 67 yards. King & Jones playing well is a great for Green Bay as their secondary getting better improves the team.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. QB Deshaun Watson is clearly going to make it a battle with Tom Savage to start at QB. Watson looked pretty good going 15/25 for 179yds. He also ran for 24yds & a TD looking pretty slippery. 3rd Rd. RB Dont’a Foreman also went off rushing for 76 yards on only 9 carries and also caught 2 balls. I know Houston has Lamar Miller but Foreman is a BEAST! 2nd Rd. LB Zach Cunningham led the team with 7 tackles. 4th Rd. DT Carlos Watkins was solid. Overall a very good day for Houston.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. S Malik Hooker got into the game early & did patrol centerfield for the Colts but didn’t see a ton of action but did make 4 tackles. 2nd Rd. CB Quincy Wilson got quite a bit of run time and made 4 tackles. 3rd Rd. edge rusher Tarell Basham had a tackle for loss and played well. I was hoping to see 4th Rd RB Marlon Mack, but he didn’t play. 5th Rd. LB Anthony Walker had a couple of tackles and I think he has a chance to be good. Indy has to be pleased with the effort of their defensive rookies.
Computer Hope Advanced metrics weren’t too pleased with 1st Rd. RB Leonard Fournette, but the LSU product did run for 31yds and a score. He didn’t lack for confidence after the game either which you have to like. 2nd Rd. OT Cam Robinson was outstanding not allowing a sack & looking even better run blocking than pass protecting! 3rd Rd. DE Dawuane Smoot looked good with 6 tackles. 4th Rd. WR DeDe Westbrook had only 1 catch but it was for a 42 yard TD! 7th Rd. CB Jalen Myrick made a couple of tackles.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. QB Pat Mahomes did a great job going 7/9 for 49yds & a TD. Mahomes took some time getting rid of the football but it’s early still & he impressed. 2nd Rd. DE Tanoh Kpassagnon didn’t get a ton of run time but is a load at 6’7/285lbs. 5th Rd. LB Ukeme Eligwe was pretty active in the middle recording 5 tackles. Kansas City didn’t get much out of their skill position draft picks, 3rd Rd. RB Kareem Hunt and 4th Rd. WR Jehu Chesson. Still, Mahomes is the story here & KC has to be pretty happy.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. WR Mike Williams didn’t play as he’s recovering from a back injury. LA hopes to have him in October. 2nd Rd. OG Forrest Lamp was injured before preseason games start & will miss the entire season. 3rd Rd. OG Dan Feeney was OK. 4th Rd. safety Rayshawn Jenkins had 6 tackles while 5th Rd. CB Desmond King had a tremendous game picking up 4 tackles and a pass defended. 7th Rd. DE Isaac Rochell played well with 5 tackles, a QBH and a half sack. He could be interesting going forward.
Computer Hope 2nd Rd. TE Gerald Everett looked decent with 2 catches while 3rd Rd. WR Cooper Kupp looked tremendous grabbing 2 balls for 35 yards, one for 19 and the other for 16. Kupp even had a tackle. 6th Rd. DT Tanzel Smart didn’t get a ton of run time but was very disruptive when he was on the field. Smart is kind of interesting because he’s built a lot like Aaron Donald with some of the same traits. He’ll get to learn from Donald so I wonder if he’ll maximize his talents? Donald & Smart together would be fun.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. DE Charles Harris was OK but mostly went up against a tackle from tackle from Atlanta that was a recent convert from TE. He didn’t accumulate any stats but got some decent pressure at times. 2nd Rd. LB Raekwon McMillan has been lost for the season due to injury. That’s a big loss. 3rd Rd. CB Cordrea Tankersley led the team with 6 tackles but was just OK in pass coverage. 5th Rd. DT Davon Godchaux had a couple of tackles and I know Miami is hoping he can play alongside Ndamukong Suh.
Computer Hope 2nd Rd. RB Dalvin Cook showed a lot of teams they made a mistake passing on him. Cook ran for 13 yards on 5 carries but caught all 4 of his targets for 30 yards. He completely changes the offense. 3rd Rd. C Pat Elflein played well and should continue to do so. 4th Rd TD Jaleel Johnson had a great game grabbing a sack, TFL and QBH. 4th Rd. LB Ben Gedeon had 6 tackles. Undrafted DE Tayshawn Bower was dominant against backups notching a sack and 2 QBH. 5th Rd. WR Rodney Adams caught a TD pass.
Computer Hope 4th Rd. Dietrich Wise made a couple of tackles but the Patriots don’t have very much by way of rookies seeing how they converted quite a few of their draft picks into Kony Ealy and Brandin Cooks. Undrafted TE Jacob Hollister lost his mind catching 7 balls on 9 targets for 116 yards! The two targets he missed were uncatchable. Undrafted RB LeShun Daniels led NE in carries with 11 and had 39 yards. Undrafted WR Austin Carr had 5 catches for 44yds/TD. Undrafted S Damarius Travis was good.
Computer Hope No playing time for 1st Rd. CB Marshon Lattimore which has to be concerning given his injury history. 3rd Rd. LB Alex Anzalone had a great game with 3 tackles and excellent physical ability. 2nd Rd. S Marcus Williams was OK. 1st Rd. OT Ryan Ramczyk didn’t play. 3rd Rd. RB Alvin Kamara looked good running for 35 yards on just 4 carries including a 22-yard jaunt. The Saints need to get their 1st round picks on the field but Williams & Anazalone’s play has to feel pretty good for the defense.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. TE Evan Engram caught one ball for 11 yards but has a chance to be special in this offense. 2nd Rd. DT Dalvin Tomlinson had a great game with 4 tackles and lots of run stops. He even got some inside pressure. New York has to feel good about him replacing Jonathan Hankins. 3rd Rd. QB Davis Webb was just OK but has an odd pocket presence about him. 4th Rd. Wayne Gallman wasn’t particularly effective. The Giants didn’t have a ton of draft picks but Engram and Tomlinson played well enough.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. S Jamal Adams barely played but was versatile lining up as a S, LB and CB. Can you believe he actually plays for the Jets!? 2nd Rd. S Marcus Maye was decent too giving New York’s secondary future a very bright outlook. 3rd Rd. WR ArDarius Stewart caught one ball as did 4th Rd. WR Chad Hansen and 5th Rd. TE Jordan Leggett. For the most part nobody hit any home runs for the Jets in their draft class, but Adams flashed an that is really what Jets fans should be concerned with.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. CB Gareon Conley didn’t play and it’s unclear when he will get on the field with some type of shins injury. 2nd Rd S Obi Melifonwu didn’t get any run time either.  3rd Rd. DT Eddie Vanderdoes got a little bit of time in. I like his game. 5th Rd. LB Marquel Lee was 2nd on the team in tackles with 6 & got quite a bit of playing time. 7th Rd. S Shalom Luani had an outstanding game with 6 tackles and a pass defended. Oakland went big on defense in ’17 draft and their late round picks have shown well.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. DE Derek Barnett was outstanding with 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL and 2 QBH on only 16 pass rush snaps! 2nd Rd. CB Sidney Jones is out for the year with an Achilles injury but 3rd Rd. CB Rasul Douglas had a great game and 4th Rd. WR Mack Hollins flashed huge with 4 catches for 64 yards & a TD! 4th Rd. RB Donnel Pumphrey ran for just 5 yards on 4 carries but I was excited to see him. 6th Rd. DT Elijah Qualls had a big day notching 4 pressures and a run stop. Very excited about Barnett.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. LB TJ Watt was A MONSTER! Watt got a ton of run time with 62 snaps but cashed in with 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 3 QBH and a pass defended. 2nd Rd. WR JuJu Smith only caught 1 ball for 4 yards. 4th Rd. QB Josh Dobbs had a brutal start to the game, but showed good ability on deep balls which was nice. I was really hoping to see 3rd Rd. RB James Connor and 3rd Rd. CB Cameron Sutton get some run time but neither did. I really liked them as college players and Connor has a fantastic story.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. DE Solomon Thomas was outstanding playing with the 1st and 2nd units. Thomas did a great job getting pressure on the QB but also sealing the edge against the run. 1st Rd. LB Reuben Foster was just as good showing a tremendous ability to drop back into coverage. 3rd Rd. QB CJ Beathard looked good in garbage time going 7/11 for 101 & 2TD although he took 2 sacks. 4th Rd. RB Joe Williams looked good rushing for 60 yards on just 7 carries! 5th Rd. WR Trent Taylor caught a couple of balls too.
Computer Hope 3rd Rd. DT Nazair Jones had a great game playing 34 snaps and recording 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH and 1 pass broken up. Seattle fans have to be ecstatic about Jones’ play given the 2nd Rd. DT Malik McDowell’s ATV injury this past offseason that will probably cost McDowell all of 2017. 4th Rd. S Tedric Thompson had a couple of tackles. 7th Rd. RB Chris Carson ran for 2TD & 19 yards on 7 carries. 7th Rd. WR David Moore made a couple of catches & is a good looking receiver trying to make the 53-man roster.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. TE OJ Howard didn’t have a single target but lined up as the TE with the first unit and showed solid blocking ability. 2nd Rd. S Justin Evans has a chance to be a special player in the NFL and he got off to a good start making 5 tackles. 3rd Rd. LB Kendell Beckwith had a monster game with 5 tackles, a sack and a TFL! I was hoping to see Tampa potentially cut 5th Rd. RB Jeremy McNichols loose a bit but he only got 2 carries that went for 12 yards and had just a single target in the passing game.
Computer Hope 1st Rd. WR Corey Davis didn’t play which was disappointing but he’s nursing a hamstring injury & should be ready to go soon. 1st Rd. CB Adoree Jackson showed his versatility lining up at CB but also returning kicks. He looked good against the run. 3rd Rd. WR Taywan Taylor led the Titans in receiving with 4 receptions for 56 yards & was targeted 9 times! 5th Rd. LB Jayon Brown had 4 tackles/1 TFL. 3rd Rd. TE Jonnu Smith was targeted twice but didn’t make any catches. Can’t wait to see what he can do.
Computer Hope Arguably the best player in the 2017 NFL Draft, 1st Rd. DE Jonathan Allen didn’t disappoint racking up a sack and a QB hit in only 21 snaps playing with the first team. 2nd Rd. LB Ryan Anderson didn’t disappoint either racking up a lot of QB pressure off the edge in his debut. 4th Rd. RB Samarje Perine didn’t look so hot rushing for 15 yards on 6 carries. 5th Rd. TE Jeremy Sprinkle had a catch. 6th Rd. WR Robert Davis had a catch & he’s a very intriguing prospect at WR. 7th Rd. S Josh Harvey Clemons was good.

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