NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the Jacksonville Jaguars:

The Jacksonville Jaguars had to come out of the 2011 draft with pass rush help, defensive secondary help, and"Jacksonville Jaguars" offensive weapons for David Garrard.  Oh wait, Blaine Gabbert.

I’ll be honest I didn’t like much about this draft for the Jaguars.  They didn’t address needs and they basically announced Jack Del Rio’s Jacksonville exit strategy.  As if selecting a QB in the first round wasn’t bad enough they traded away picks to move up to select a QB.  Goodbye Jack Del Rio.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Blaine Gabbert, but I don’t get Jacksonville trading up to get him if you’re in win now mode.  Jacksonville clearly has bigger needs at DE, S, and CB.  They failed to address any of those needs.  Unless you consider Chris Prosinski and Rod Issac help.

On a positive note, Will Rackley was a good selection at 76.

Anyways, here’s a breakdown of the 2011 draft of the Jacksonville Jaguars: Read the rest of this entry » «2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Jacksonville Jaguars»

2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Miami Dolphins

Posted by Brad On May - 16 - 20112 COMMENTS

NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the Miami Dolphins:

All of those screaming for a quarterback change in Miami didn’t get their wish in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Speculation grew"Miami Dolphins" as the draft neared that Miami would select a quarterback with some speculating they would take Andy Dalton.  Clearly, those rumor mongers didn’t understand that the current regime will not be around to watch Andy Dalton or any 2011 QB prospect develop.

Miami will go the route of Chad Henne and look for a veteran in free agency. 

The Miami Dolphins had needs on the offensive line, running back, wide receivers opposite Brandon Marshall, and a pass rusher opposite Cameron Wake.  They achieved most of those goals aside from the pass rusher.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2011 draft of the Miami Dolphins: Read the rest of this entry » «2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Miami Dolphins»

2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: St. Louis Rams

Posted by Brad On May - 15 - 20112 COMMENTS

NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the St. Louis Rams:

The St. Louis Rams had one goal in the 2011 NFL Draft:  Find Sam Bradford weapons.  St. Louis also needed to add to an aging defensive line and"St. Louis Rams first round pick, Robert Quinn" add an OLB.

For the most part, St. Louis did an admirable job in filling needs aside from the OLB spot.  They snatched up back to back to back weapons for Bradford in Lance Kendricks, Austin Pettis, and Greg Salas.  They clearly emphasized the need for offensive playmakers.

With their first selection, St. Louis made a splash on the defensive side of the ball in Robert Quinn.  Quinn and Chris Long will form a dynamic duo on the edge of Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.  With Chris Long really emerging as a talent, the addition of Quinn will only help the St. Louis pass rush.  It will be interesting to see Spagnuolo’s defense with another talented edge rusher in Quinn.  Might be scary.

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2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Detroit Lions

Posted by Brad On May - 14 - 20111 COMMENT

NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the Detroit Lions:

The Detroit Lions needed to add help in the secondary, OLB, depth at offensive tackle, another weapon for Matthew Stafford, and a"Nick Fairley of the Detroit Lions" complimentary back to Jahvid Best.

It seems that Detroit abandoned need for talent pretty much throughout this draft.  And believe it or not, I actually liked it.  I know, I know, this coming from the guy that preaches filling needs with talent.  But I like where Detroit is going, so much so check out where I have them in the 2011 Power Rankings.

I’ll admit it…Nick Fairley scares me but I like the possibilities.  Fairley is capable of dominating and the thought of a motivated Fairley and Suh is just down right nasty.  The Detroit Lions failed to address the need in the secondary which could come back to haunt them.  They also waited until pick 209 to take a developmental tackle as an eventual replacement for Jeff Backus. 

When it was all said and done the Detroit Lions ended up with five picks in this draft due to trading back into the second round.  I’ll say it again, I like what the Lions are doing.

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2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Minnesota Vikings

Posted by Brad On May - 13 - 20112 COMMENTS

NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the Minnesota Vikings:

The Minnesota Vikings needed to come out of the 2011 draft with a franchise quarterback, help in the secondary at the corner and safety,"Minnesota Vikings first round pick Christian Ponder" interior offensive line help, and defensive line help.  It’s hard to believe a team two years removed from the NFC Championship game has this many holes to fill in such a short time.

Minnesota is a tough grade because I liked most everything they did in the draft.  I have no doubts that once Locker and Gabbert went 8 and 10 respectively, they panicked.  Christian Ponder could have been had later and I am sure the Vikings blew up phones league wide to pull off a trade.  When they couldn’t make the trade they knew they couldn’t secure Ponder or for that matter Dalton with their 2nd round pick.  The panic turned into the Minnesota Vikings reaching for Ponder at 12.

The caveat to all of this is; I actually like Ponder quite a bit and think he’s the most NFL-ready QB of the 2011 prospects.  I like him so much so that I made a bold prediction in one of my recent articles.  Aside from Ponder, the Minnesota Vikings got great value in most all of their remaining picks and had a fairly successful draft.  If Ponder turns out to be an immediate starter, some will consider this a great draft. 

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2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Houston Texans

Posted by Brad On May - 12 - 20111 COMMENT

NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the Houston Texans:

The Houston Texans had one goal in mind for the 2011 NFL Draft:  Obtain defensive talent for Wade Phillips’ new 3-4 defense. 

They did just that.  Almost solely going defense in this draft aside from a developmental quarterback and tackle.  Wade

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Phillips clearly left his mark on his new defense through this draft.  Houston needed help in the secondary, defensive line, and rush linebacker.

They adequately addressed all these concerns in this draft, which many teams cannot say.  They didn’t reach, just allowed the board to come to them and fill needs.  This was a great draft for the Texans and their abysmal 2010 defense.  Here’s the breakdown of the 2011 draft of the Houston Texans: Read the rest of this entry » «2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Houston Texans»

NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the Washington Redskins:

The Washington Redskins needed to come out of this draft with a franchise quarterback, an edge pass rusher to team

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 with Brian Orakpo, offensive and defensive line help, and a number one receiver.  Wow.  Maybe those expectations are a bit unrealistic but I was not a fan of this draft for the Redskins.

Washington started off on a good note by trading out of 10 with Jacksonville.  They clearly wanted to make a trade out of 10 and they achieved that goal.  On a positive note, the Washington Redskins made a wise move by trading down and picking up extra picks, which they needed badly.  However, some of the non-moves were a bit puzzling to me. 

The most puzzling of Washington moves was a non-move.  They did not select a quarterback.  They passed on Blaine Gabbert and did nothing in this draft to improve their offensive line.  Apparently the combination of John Beck and/or Rex Grossman is leading the Skins to the Promised Land behind an abysmal offensive line.  Or maybe they are aligning themselves to be the winner of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.  I think I’ll go with the latter based on this draft.  Here’s the breakdown of the 2011 draft for the Washington Redskins: Read the rest of this entry » «2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Washington Redskins»

2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Dallas Cowboys

Posted by Brad On May - 10 - 20111 COMMENT

NFL’s Future is breaking down all 32 teams drafts in 32 days, today we will analyze the Dallas Cowboys:

Dallas needed to come out of this draft with protection for Tony Romo and help in the defensive backfield.  Plain and

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NFL's Future breaks down the 2011 NFL Draft of the Dallas Cowboys

 simple.  Right?  This was an odd draft for me.  It started out predictably with the Tyron Smith selection.  And then it went every which way but right.

Tyron Smith is a needed commodity and I am glad Jerry Jones got over his disdain for drafting OL in round one.  Jones watched as every QB on his roster was flat on their back until they were forced out due to injury.  Congrats on the Tyron Smith selection.  However, I couldn’t understand their 2nd and 3rd round picks.  They did need DB’s?  Let’s get to the breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys draft: Read the rest of this entry » «2011 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Dallas Cowboys»

2011 All-Rookie Team Prediction

Posted by Brad On May - 10 - 20111 COMMENT

In an attempt to predict the unpredictable, NFL’s Future breaks down the players making the biggest impact for their"All-Rookie Team" respective teams on their way to All-Rookie team consideration.

QB

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

Ponder will see early action in Minnesota.  I am not sure that any of the 2011 QB’s are day one starters but Ponder inherits a talented offense and is the most ready for action.

RB’s

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

Ingram will split carries but will be able to make the most of his.  New Orleans will focus on running to set up the pass this year with its backfield, leading Ingram to a spot on the All-Rookie Team.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons

I think Atlanta is going to get very creative with the dynamic runner out of Oregon State.  He will spell Michael Turner but also see action on passing downs.  I look for Rodgers to gain 1000+ all purpose yards in his rookie campaign on his way to an All-Rookie Team nod. Read the rest of this entry » «2011 All-Rookie Team Prediction»

With 23 undrafted free agents making the 2010 Pro Bowl, it opened the eyes of fans to the importance of selecting yourKendric Burney is the top undrafted free agent undrafted free agents wisely.  Unfortunately, this year the UDFA frenzy did not occur due to the lockout.  With word spreading that teams are contacting undrafted free agents, NFL’s Future looks at the top 50 UDFA’s available.

  1. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
  2. Mario Harvey, LB, Marshall
  3. Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, OSU
  4. Martin Parker, DT, Richmond
  5. DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
  6. David Mims, T, Virginia Union
  7. Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky
  8. Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College
  9. Joe Lefeged, S, Rutgers
  10. Terrance Tolliver, WR, LSU Read the rest of this entry » «Top 50 Undrafted Free Agents from the 2011 NFL Draft»