<![CDATA[NFL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Top 5 Wide Receive Duos this 2017-2018 NFL Season]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/04/25/top-5-wide-receive-duos-for-the-2017-2018-nfl-season#comments Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants)- This duo will be supurb next season.  The Giants signed Marshall to a 2 year $11,000,000 contract this offseason to pair Marshall with Odell, who is fresh off a 101 reception, 1,367 receiving yards, and 10 touchdown season.  Now Brandon Marshall did not look like the Marshall two seasons ago this past season, but the New York Jets quarterback play was inconsistent all season.  With Eli throwing the passes, these two receivers paired with Sterling Shephard, will cause havic to make covering extremely difficult.

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Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants)- This duo will be supurb next season.  The Giants signed Marshall to a 2 year $11,000,000 contract this offseason to pair Marshall with Odell, who is fresh off a 101 reception, 1,367 receiving yards, and 10 touchdown season.  Now Brandon Marshall did not look like the Marshall two seasons ago this past season, but the New York Jets quarterback play was inconsistent all season.  With Eli throwing the passes, these two receivers paired with Sterling Shephard, will cause havic to make covering extremely difficult.

Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)- The Buccaneers brought DeSean Jackson in on a 3 year, $35,000,000 deal, and now Tampa Bay has Evans and Jackson, both with a 1,000 receiving yards each this past season.  A perfect addition for this team, the speedy Jackson will compliment Mike Evans style of play perfectly.  For third year QB Jameis Winston, having these two wide receivers on the field at the same time will be tremendous for Winston.  These receivers have the potential to turn the Bucs offense into one of the best in NFL and with Winston improving and throwing, these receivers will play an important part in the Bucs hunt for their first playoff apearnance since 2008.

Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)- Demaryius and Emmanuel have been consistent for the last three season together as a duo, with both being Pro Bowlers last season, and both have showed that they can top 1,000 receiving yards each, even with a 7th round QB playing in his first season throwing to them this past season.  There are some challenges that this duo have, Demaryius has trouble catching catchable passes, Denver has a new head coach and offensive coordinator, but with these two receivers, they both will top 1,000 yards once more and Demaryius might snag 100 catches this season after getting comfortable with Siemian (Who I expect will be the starting QB).

Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree (Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders)- MVP candidate Derek Carr will be back healthy and with these two talented receivers, both with over 80 catches each this past season, will cause terror for opposing secondaries as the Raiders hunt for their first playoff win since 2002.

Willie Snead and Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)- With both receivers being extremely young, both 24 years old, and having over 800 receiving yards each, Michael Thomas and Willie Snead will each get immense opportunities for receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions, now that Brandin Cooks will not be on the field for the Saints next year, after being traded to the Patriots.  The only problem is that even though these receivers are extremely young and talented, Drew Brees isn’t getting any younger at 38, but with Drew still throwing for 5,208 yards last season this duo will be a top duo in the NFL this 2017-2018 NFL season.  Expect the Saints to draft a quarterback soon to pair with these receivers and prepare for the inevitable day when Drew retires. 

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Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb or Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers)- With future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball their way, how are you not in the 5 best wide receiver duos in the NFL?  Well, with the addition of Martellus Bennett, it’s hard to call the Packers pass catchers a duo because with all those pass catchers, the ball will not go to a duo as often.  I expect the ball to get spread around, which should reflect in the stats for this duo.  Plus, the Packers don’t really have a true duo, but they do have one of the best trios of wide receivers in the NFL.  It's too hard to judge who the duo is until the end of the season, the end of the season stats and impact will judge who is the main Packer duo and if the Packers should have been in the top 5.

- Wide receiver duos will be reflected on at the end of the 2017-2018 NFL season.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:10:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83962
<![CDATA[NFL Mock Draft 2017: Cleveland Browns Will Select O.J. Howard]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/04/10/nfl-mock-draft-2017-cleveland-browns-will-select-oj-howard#comments The Cleveland Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 and are coming off a season in which they won just one game. The Browns have been the laughing stock of the league for over a decade and there’s few glimmers of hope to hold onto.

One of those bright spots is that the Browns have the first and 12th picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, two quality selections that could put this franchise on the upswing if spent wisely. It’s extremely likely that Cleveland will take Myles Garrett with the first pick, which gives the Browns a game changer on the defensive…

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The Cleveland Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 and are coming off a season in which they won just one game. The Browns have been the laughing stock of the league for over a decade and there’s few glimmers of hope to hold onto.

One of those bright spots is that the Browns have the first and 12th picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, two quality selections that could put this franchise on the upswing if spent wisely. It’s extremely likely that Cleveland will take Myles Garrett with the first pick, which gives the Browns a game changer on the defensive side and a future All-Pro who could be one of the faces of this franchise. The 12th pick is where the Browns can double dip with quality and force the way many look at the future of this team.

The Cleveland Browns need to draft tight end O.J. Howard.

Howard is going to be one of those players who has a better pro career than college. Howard wasn’t used much in Alabama, but that had more to do with Nick Saban and company than it had it do with the player. We’re talking about an elite athlete who stands at 6’6” and runs a 4.5. Howard is long, a natural pass catcher and has shown the ability to block as well. When Howard was part of the Tide game plan, he thrived and was one of the bigger mismatches for opposing defenses. All of the tools are there for Howard to be an elite tight end and possibly even a No. 1 option in an offense in the near future.

Sure, the Browns need a quarterback, but there’s no surefire QB in this draft to waste a first round pick on when your team has so many holes. If there was, the Browns wouldn’t be spending the first overall selection on a defensive end. The Browns need to start trying to improve its team overall instead of swinging for the fences and wasting draft picks. Some of the Browns recent first round selections include Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert. A lot of those players aren’t even in the league anymore let alone Cleveland.

The Browns aren’t going to be winning for awhile, so there’s plenty of time to find a quarterback either through free agency or in later drafts. The focus right now needs to be making sound decisions and bringing in promising talent.

The selection of Garrett instantly improves the Cleveland defense and gives the team a possible Pro Bowl talent. Drafting Howard gives the Browns a tight end with an extremely high ceiling and an actual offensive weapon. After all, we’re talking about a former quarterback in Terrelle Pryor leading Cleveland in receiving yards last season. Oh, and Pryor is now playing for the Washington Redskins.

Bring in difference makers and it will lowly lead to victories. Garret is a nice first step. Howard is the cherry on top to a home run first round for the Browns.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:32:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82807
<![CDATA[NFL Mock Draft 2017: Miami Dolphins Will Select Jabrill Peppers]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/04/04/nfl-mock-draft-2017-miami-dolphins-will-select-jabrill-peppers#comments The Miami Dolphins are coming off their best season in years that included 10 wins and their first playoff appearance since 2008. It looks like the Fins finally found their coach in Adam Gase, and all of Miami is excited for what the future holds.

The future can be so much brighter if the Dolphins nail their No. 22 draft pick in a couple of weeks.

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers would be a nice selection for the Dolphins.

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The Miami Dolphins are coming off their best season in years that included 10 wins and their first playoff appearance since 2008. It looks like the Fins finally found their coach in Adam Gase, and all of Miami is excited for what the future holds.

The future can be so much brighter if the Dolphins nail their No. 22 draft pick in a couple of weeks.

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers would be a nice selection for the Dolphins.

Nobody knows for sure how to peg Peppers. Is he a safety? Linebacker? Special teams player? Corner? Gimmicky offensive weapon?

Yes.

Because of those questions, Peppers is all over the place in mock drafts, as some have him in the top-10 while others have him falling to the bottom of the first round. If he’s there, the Dolphins should snag him.

One, we’ve seen players like Peppers before, as Tyrann Mathieu had similar questions heading into the draft. The freelancer who doesn’t have a true position is now a key piece in what the Arizona Cardinals do defensively and a Pro Bowl player. These hybrid guys are becoming more popular in today's league and provide great value if you can find one with quality.

Peppers is simply a football player, and draft analyst Mike Mayock says he may be the best pure football player in this draft. He has his grown man body already, is an elite athlete and simply has a nose for the football. Peppers did a little bit of everything at Michigan, but his combine really set him apart from everybody and hushed any remaining critics. Peppers had a faster 40-yard dash than Antonio Brown, better 10-yard split than DeSean Jackson and a higher vertical jump than A.J. Green. Talk about an elite athlete.

Peppers says he can play multiple positions but views himself as a safety. The Dolphins need defensive help across the board and safety is included. So much so, the Dolphins went ahead and signed TJ McDonald to add safety depth, and he’s suspended for the first eight games of the season. Nate Allen was a nice under-the-radar signing, but he’ll be 30 years old this season and isn’t exactly the difference maker Peppers can be. Isa Abdul-Quddus likely no longer has a career due to a neck injury. The Dolphins have one of the top safeties in Reshad Jones, who is coming off an injury, and I’m sure he would love a young guy helping him do a lot of the dirty work in run support.

You also have the fact Miami owner Stephen Ross is a Michigan man and is one of the school's top boosters. You can bet he’ll give his input if Peppers is still on the draft board.

Peppers is quick and physical enough to play linebacker, a major need for the Dolphins. He’s instinctive and has the ability to defend in the secondary. There’s also the fact Peppers played some running back, receiver and returned kicks at Michigan, producing six touchdowns. The kid is a football player and somebody coach Gase and defensive coordinator Matt Burke would have a lot of fun with putting him in different packages.

The same way the Dolphins didn’t pass up on Laremy Tunsil when he was available, I don’t see them passing on Peppers if he falls in their lap.

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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:17:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82232
<![CDATA[NFL Mock Draft 2017: New York Jets Will Select Deshaun Watson]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/04/03/nfl-mock-draft-2017-new-york-jets-will-select-deshaun-watson#comments The New York Jets have won eight or less games in five of their last six seasons, and a lot of that has to do with horrible quarterback play. Things haven’t changed in the Big Apple. The Jets enter the 2017 season with a quarterback depth chart of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. I guess the good news is that Geno Smith is gone.

It’s time to draft for the future and bring a guy in who can change the culture for the Jets offense.

The New York Jets need to draft Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

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The New York Jets have won eight or less games in five of their last six seasons, and a lot of that has to do with horrible quarterback play. Things haven’t changed in the Big Apple. The Jets enter the 2017 season with a quarterback depth chart of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. I guess the good news is that Geno Smith is gone.

It’s time to draft for the future and bring a guy in who can change the culture for the Jets offense.

The New York Jets need to draft Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Watson has the vision and athleticism to succeed at the next level, as he has a great feel in the pocket and can make plays with his legs when needed. Watson has above-average arm strength, has shown the ability to throw with touch and can make the throws when on the move. Watson also has a high football IQ and doesn’t force the ball much.

Watson centrality isn’t the perfect quarterback, (sloppy footwork at times and is on the small side at 6’2”) but there’s a lot to work with, and he’ll benefit being behind a veteran in McCown. After all, we’re talking about a guy who torched Alabama's elite defense back-to-back years.

But the No. 1 reason the Jets should take Watson is because of his attitude. Watson seems to play his best the bigger the game and when there’s more pressure. The kid drips confidence and has backed it up throughout his career that included a national title, two ACC titles and two Davey O'Brien Awards. Watson is a leader on and off the field, and the way he carries himself rubs off on his team.

Not only is it hard to find a quarterback, but it’s even harder to find a QB who can thrive in a media frenzy like New York. The fans let you know how they feel, the media isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions and the pressure of New York is like none other. It’s easy to get chewed up and spit out if you're not built for everything that comes with the big city.

Watson carries himself with a confidence level to where that won't bother him and it’ll be easier for him to do his job to the best of his ability. The fans will learn to appreciate Watson and it could become a match made in heaven. Remember, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said NFL teams that pass on Watson are passing on Michael Jordan. While I’m not ready to go tat fair, I am willing to say this kid has great potential and will work his behind off to be successful.

The Jets have made a lot of safe picks over the years and haven’t drafted a quarterback in the first round since their 2009 selection of Mark Sanchez. It’s time they swing for the fences a bit and finally land a QB who can be a difference maker.

Watson can be that guy for the New York Jets.

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:18:59 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82127
<![CDATA[NFL Draft 2017: Indianapolis Colts Will Select Dalvin Cook]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/03/31/nfl-draft-2017-indianapolis-colts-will-select-dalvin-cook#comments The Indianapolis Colts are a combined 16-16 the last two seasons, and that’s really disappointing when you consider they have a franchise quarterback leading the way. The Colts have a lot of holes on defense and could also use some improvement offensively, so there’s a lot of ways to go with the 15th pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

One selection you couldn’t argue with is drafting running back Dalvin Cook out of Florida State. Assuming the Colts do all of their homework and background checks on Cook, who has history of off-the-field issues, this would…

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The Indianapolis Colts are a combined 16-16 the last two seasons, and that’s really disappointing when you consider they have a franchise quarterback leading the way. The Colts have a lot of holes on defense and could also use some improvement offensively, so there’s a lot of ways to go with the 15th pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

One selection you couldn’t argue with is drafting running back Dalvin Cook out of Florida State. Assuming the Colts do all of their homework and background checks on Cook, who has history of off-the-field issues, this would be a game changing pick for the franchise.

Look at the leading rushers for the Colts ever sense Luck took over at quarterback. That list includes Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Trent Richardson and Frank Gore. Yikes. The only player out of that bunch that played last season was Gore, and despite him beating up Father Time with iron fists, he’s going to be 34 years old in May. Even with Gore looking great for his age, the Colts finished last season ranked 23rd in the league in total rushing yards.

Luck could certainly improve his accuracy and decision making, as he’s really dipped his level of play the past couple of years, but it’s hard to thrive in this league when you have a limited running game. A successful ground attack opens up the whole field and takes pressure off the quarterback. Luck wouldn’t feel like he had to do everything and could force less throws if he could hand it off to a reliable player once in awhile.

Unlike those bulky, slow, bruising backs Luck has dealt with in the past, Cook is a speedster and a threat to score anytime he touches the football. Cook is deadly in the open field due to his ability to make defenders miss and his home run speed once he gets to the second level. Cook also has above-average hands and can a solid receiving option on the outside. And playing indoors on that fast track will just make him that much tougher to slow down.

This would also free up talented receivers Donte Moncrief and TY Hilton, as it forces more defenders in the box to deal with the explosive running game. There were times last season where Hilton had three defenders in his area because he was the only threat the defense respected. Adding Cook changes everything and opens up this entire Colts offense that was already eighth in points scored last season.

Drafting Cook would give the Colts their most explosive running back since the Edgerrin James era when Indianapolis was a lock to win the division and consistently a Super Bowl contender.

When you have one of the better quarterbacks in the league, you take advantage of it by providing him with as much talent as possible. Cook would be a player Luck hasn’t had in his career and it would help take his game to new levels.

Yes, there are question marks off-the-field as well as ball security issues and injury concerns, but from a talent and fit standpoint, this selection could help get the Colts back into the Super Bowl conversation.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:39:17 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81926
<![CDATA[NFL Draft 2017: Carolina Panthers Will Select Leonard Fournette]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/03/31/nfl-draft-2017-carolina-panthers-will-select-leonard-fournette#comments The Carolina Panthers went from playing in the Super Bowl to winning six games and finishing dead last in the NFC South. It was all good just a week ago. The team now has the No. 8 pick in the upcoming 2017 NFL draft and needs to make a selection that will help get them back into the playoffs.

The Panthers should select LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

I’m not a fan of drafting a running back in the first round because if you have an above-average offensive line, you can put just about anybody in the backfield and…

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The Carolina Panthers went from playing in the Super Bowl to winning six games and finishing dead last in the NFC South. It was all good just a week ago. The team now has the No. 8 pick in the upcoming 2017 NFL draft and needs to make a selection that will help get them back into the playoffs.

The Panthers should select LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

I’m not a fan of drafting a running back in the first round because if you have an above-average offensive line, you can put just about anybody in the backfield and they’ll be successful. Also, running backs are a dime a dozen nowadays where we’re seeing late round or undrafted guys thrive. It’s almost like a waste of a value pick.

However, Fournette is special. You watch tape of the kid and it just screams Adrian Peterson. The speed, burst, strength and acceleration are all there. He finishes runs strong, runs angry and is built like a brick house. Talent wise, there’s just no way Fournette can be a bust at the next level.

The one team that needs a running back in the worst way is the Carolina Panthers. Jonathan Stewart has been a serviceable back, but he’s entering his 10th season and just turned 30 years old. There’s a long history of running backs falling off a cliff once they hit that age, and Stewart is already coming off a season in which he topped 100 rushing yards in just one game. Unless you're a Panthers fan, you can’t name any other running back on this roster.

In fact, quarterback Cam Newton was Carolina's second-leading rusher last season with 359 yards. Newton will enter this season as a 28-year-old and spent last season with concussion issues and had to have offseason shoulder surgery. It’s time for Carolina's franchise player to stop taking such a beating. Newton isn’t a guy you want running the ball as much as he does, especially when soon to be 34-year-old Derek Anderson is your backup quarterback.

Fournette is a plug and play guy who can contribute right away, allow the older Stewart to fall into a backup roll and take a ton of pressure and wear and tear off Newton. This selection improves the offense all round and instantly makes the Panthers a better football team.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera also said that there’s no spot too high to take a running back. Well, if that’s the case, it’s time to go get the best running back in this class.

Fournette should be in Carolina.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:25:08 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81923
<![CDATA[NFL Draft 2017: Philadelphia Eagles Will Select Joe Mixon]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/03/28/nfl-draft-2017-philadelphia-eagles-will-select-joe-mixon#comments One of the big storylines in the 2017 NFL draft is where Joe Mixon will end up. After breaking a woman's face with one punch in a 2014 incident, nobody has a concrete answer and it’s a touchy subject for many. Some think Mixon shouldn’t have the right to play in the NFL while others believe in second chances and would welcome him with open arms.

I have no idea where Mixon should be drafted, but the team that should take a chance on him is the Philadelphia Eagles.

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One of the big storylines in the 2017 NFL draft is where Joe Mixon will end up. After breaking a woman's face with one punch in a 2014 incident, nobody has a concrete answer and it’s a touchy subject for many. Some think Mixon shouldn’t have the right to play in the NFL while others believe in second chances and would welcome him with open arms.

I have no idea where Mixon should be drafted, but the team that should take a chance on him is the Philadelphia Eagles.

One, the Eagles were the team that picked up Michael Vick after a dogfighting scandal and some time in prison. After Vick gained stardom and a hundred million dollar contract, his off-the-field issue were widely more criticized, and it looked like he would never get a chance to play in the league again. The Eagles took a leap of faith, helped Vick repair his image and it paid off quite well with a couple of playoff appearances. The Eagles still have their fan base and over time the talk became more about football than dogs being tortured.

If the Eagles were willing to take Vick, I’m sure they’re one of the teams that would select Mixon as well.

As for the football side of things, the Eagles need a running back. Ryan Mathews likely isn’t coming back due to constant underachieving and injuries. Darren Sproles is still surprisingly a nice player, but he'll enter the season as a 34-year-old and isn’t a guy who can be a true No. 1 starter. Wendell Smallwood averaged 4.1 yards last season on limited touches, but he doesn’t scream difference maker at the position and is probably a change of pace back at this stage.

The Eagles have a second round pick they can use on Mixon, who is a first round talent and would be a steal football wise if he doesn’t go the first day.

Say what you want about Mixon, but the kid is a gifted football player who will make an offense better if given the chance. The Eagles clearly want to provide quarterback Carson Wentz with as much help as possible, and they started the process by adding wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. With a solid offensive line thrown in the mix, and the Philadelphia Eagles offense is cooking with gas. Just a quality running back away from being one of the top offenses in the league on paper.

We know Mixon will be drafted at one point and will play in the league despite some not liking that harsh reality. It’s just a question of where?

The Philadelphia Eagles make sense.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:38:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81722
<![CDATA[NFL 2017 Draft News: Power Ranking Top 10 Running Back Prospects]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/03/28/nfl-2017-draft-news-power-ranking-top-10-running-back-prospects#comments The 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner, so it’s time to look at some of the top prospects who will be drafted over the three days. For this article we’ll take a look at the top-10 running backs. This is a loaded class of running backs with game changers and sleepers, it’s just a matter of where teams feel comfortable taking a position that seems so replaceable these days.

Here’s the top-10 running backs for the 2017 NFL draft.

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The 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner, so it’s time to look at some of the top prospects who will be drafted over the three days. For this article we’ll take a look at the top-10 running backs. This is a loaded class of running backs with game changers and sleepers, it’s just a matter of where teams feel comfortable taking a position that seems so replaceable these days.

Here’s the top-10 running backs for the 2017 NFL draft.

Top-10 Quarterbacks

1. Leonard Fournette, LSU - Leonard Fournette is the most complete running back I’ve seen since Adrian Peterson, as he has the combination of size, speed and strength you drool over. Fournette is a running back I’m not afraid to draft within the first 10 picks due to his ability to be a difference maker the second he takes the field. Fournette is the cream of the crop in this class.

2. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma - Like it or not, Joe Mixon is a top tier running back prospect with terrific athleticism, quickness and the ability to catch the football. Mixon could be one of the better backs in the league for the next decade. Of course, the issue with Mixon is the incident where he punched a woman and broke her jaw. Mixon is going to wait a while to hear his name called and will off some teams boards altogether. However, from a talent standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than the OU running back.

3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State - Dalvin Cook has elite speed, quickness and can catch the ball out of the backfield. It’s hard to tackle Cook in the openfield and it’s just a matter of time before he breaks the big play. Cook will instantly give an offense that home run hitter and open things up for another players. The only reasons Cook isn’t higher in this class are past off-the-field issues and injury concerns.

4. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford - Christian McCaffrey ran a 4.48 at the combine, putting some of those stereotypes to bed. McCaffrey is elusive in the open field, has a high football IQ and takes care of the football. There are concerns if McCaffrey and his smaller frame can handle the constant pounding at the NFL level.

5. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee - Alvin Kamara has great quickness and burst to get to the next level, and his nose for the endzone is unmatched. Kamara is also a polished receiver with reliable hands. However, Kamara does have a history with knee injuries, which can be a concern for teams wanting to draft him high.

6. Kareem Hunt, Toledo - Kareem Hunt is the darkhorse in this class to me, as he runs with great vision and has solid power to break tackles. Hunt is also a decent pass catcher and doesn’t mind being an old school workhorse to help his team win. Hunt amy not be as sexy as the names above him, but he’ll get the job done and come at a much cheaper price. Real solid player right here.

7. Marlon Mack, South Florida - Marlon Mack is esluvie in the open field and can make defenders miss easily. Mack runs with a purpose and is very dangerous once he gets to the outside. The concern with Mack is the ball security, as he does have fumbling issues.

8. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma - Samaje Perine is a well built back at 5’11” and doesn’t go down often on initial contact. Perine makes quick decisions and is going to run hard whenever he has the football. Lack of speed and past injury issues are the reasons why Perine isn’t higher on this list.

9. Wayne Gallman, Clemson - Wayne Gallman makes quick decisions at the line and runs with a chip on his shoulder. Gallman isn’t going to go down easily and always fights for extra yardage. Gallman isn’t your flashy big play back, but he can bring toughness to your offense and help move those chains when called upon.

10. Jamaal Williams, BYU - Jamaal Williams will be a steal for teams looking to snag a running back in the mid to later rounds, as he’s an old school runner who doesn’t shy away from contact and always keeps his legs moving. Williams also has decent quickness for a bigger back and comes from good genes with his mother being a track star at UCLA. Williams is the most underrated running back in this class.

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<![CDATA[NFL 2017 Draft News: Power Ranking Top 10 Quarterback Prospects]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/03/28/nfl-2017-draft-news-power-ranking-top-10-quarterback-prospects#comments The 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner, so it’s time to look at some of the top prospects who will be drafted over the three days. For this article we’ll take a look at the top-10 quarterbacks. This isn’t a deep class of QB’s, but there’s potential sleepers who could be something in a few years.

Here’s the top-10 quarterbacks for the 2017 NFL draft.

Top-10 Running Backs

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The 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner, so it’s time to look at some of the top prospects who will be drafted over the three days. For this article we’ll take a look at the top-10 quarterbacks. This isn’t a deep class of QB’s, but there’s potential sleepers who could be something in a few years.

Here’s the top-10 quarterbacks for the 2017 NFL draft.

Top-10 Running Backs

1. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina - Mitch Trubisky has the size at 6’2”, is a great athlete and showed the ability to throw the ball with terrific accuracy. The one concern I have is Trubisky was a starter at UNC for just one season and he did have issues holding onto the football. Either way, Trubisky looks like your traditional quarterback and will likely be the first taken off the board.

2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Deshaun Watson is simply a gamer, as he plays his best the bigger the moment and isn’t short on confidence. Watson has shown good arm strength and the ability to throw a beautiful football as well. However, accuracy can be an issue with Watson, and he’s not exactly the big quarterback you see teams go after. Either way, somebody will fall in love with the national champion and take him probably in the first round.

3. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech - Patrick Mahomes II is a gunslinger who threw more than 1,300 passes in three seasons at Texas Tech. Mahomes has a wiry frame he’ll be able to fill out and can throw the ball with great touch. Mahomes also comes from good genes with his father being a major league pitcher for 11 years. Mahomes is the potential steal for me in this QB class.

4. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame - DeShone Kizer has a great build at 6’4” and is a very smart quarterback who usually makes the right decisions with the football. Kizer also has great pocket presence and is an underrated athlete who had nearly 1,000 rushing yards in two years with the Irish. Kizer will be taken rather quickly, especially with the long history of teams falling in love with Notre Dame quarterbacks.

5. Davis Webb, California - Davis Webb has great size at 6’5” and comes from a pass happy offense in which he threw the ball 620 times last season. Webb sees the field well and has a high football IQ with his father being a coach. Webb is a project due to him forcing passes at times and having subpar pocket presence, but there’s a lot to worth with in the senior from Texas.

6. Brad Kaaya, Miami - I wish Brad Kaaya stayed in school for another year, but he has the arm strength to make all the throws at the next level. Kaaya also has a great feel in the pocket and doesn’t seem to get rattled often. The concerns with Kaaya are the accuracy and the mechanics that prevented him from taking big steps at the college level. Kaaya could have improved his stock big time with another year of work, but he’ll be a likely third day pick.

7. Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh - Nathan Peterman throws the ball with great touch and isn’t afraid to take a hit before getting rid of the ball. Peterman is one of the tougher QBs in this class and comes with zero off-the-field issues. The concerns are Peterman comes from a simple Pittsburgh offense and accuracy can be an issue.

8. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee - Joshua Dobbs has great zip on his football and can go stretches of pinpoint accuracy. Dobbs also has a calm demeanor that will go a long way to him being a leader at the next level. The concerns with Dobbs have always been consistency, as he’s never quite been able to put things together for a long period.  

9. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss - Chad Kelly has the arm strength and the confidence to be a decent player at the next level. A little Jay Cutler in Kelly when it comes to raw ability, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. The obvious questions with Kelly are injuries and off-the-field issues. Those two things are why Kelly will drop big time and possibly go undrafted overall.

10. Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech - Jerod Evans has a little Ben Roethlisberger to him at 6’3”, 230 pounds, as he doesn’t go down easily and isn’t afraid to truck a defender in the open field. Evans also has good arm strength and is impressively accurate on the move. Decision making and overall football IQ are the biggest question marks for Evans.

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<![CDATA[Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots - 2/5/17 Super Bowl 51 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/02/05/atlanta-falcons-vs-new-england-patriots-2/5/17-super-bowl-51-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday night in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on FOX.

The New England Patriots enter this game on a nine-game winning streak after beating up the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship. The New England Patriots hope to win their fifth Super Bowl crown in franchise history. The Pats get a lot of their headlines because of quarterback Tom Brady, and for good reason, he has 11 touchdown passes in his last four games. Brady plays his best in big games and has made the most out of guys such as Chris…

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The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday night in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on FOX.

The New England Patriots enter this game on a nine-game winning streak after beating up the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship. The New England Patriots hope to win their fifth Super Bowl crown in franchise history. The Pats get a lot of their headlines because of quarterback Tom Brady, and for good reason, he has 11 touchdown passes in his last four games. Brady plays his best in big games and has made the most out of guys such as Chris Hogan and James White. However, the Patriots defense has allowed 17 or less points in five straight games and has four interceptions in two playoff games. Logan Ryan leads the Pats with 16 tackles, Malcom Brown has one sack and Devin McCourty has one interception. The Patriots are 13-1 SU this season when allowing 21 or less points. When you add that defensive effort with what New England can do on the offensive end, the Patriots are basically impossible to beat.

The Atlanta Falcons have won six straight games and are fresh off a win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship. The Atlanta Falcons have a shot at their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The Falcons head into the big game with one of the scarier offenses we’ve seen in a while, as Atlanta has scored 28 or more points in eight straight games and outside both playoff opponents by a combined score of 80-41. Matt Ryan has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games, and he has a gang of weapons led by Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Devonta Freeman. The Falcons have scored 23 or more points in every game this season expect their week 10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Defensively, the Falcons have five sacks and three interceptions in two playoff games and have allowed 21 or less points in six of their last eight games. Keanu Neal leads Atlanta with 17 tackles, Brooks Reed has one sack and Ricardo Allen has two interceptions.

The Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games and 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Falcons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 playoff games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Patriots are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

I picked against the Falcons in both playoff games and got toasted. The Falcons have an offense that's just unstoppable, as they've scored at least 28 points in every game the last two months. That's likely not going to change here given that the Super Bowl will be played in a dome and a fast track where the Atlanta players will be comfortable and able to stick to their usual game plan. The Patriots are who they are, a well oiled machine that relies on Brady, a quick passing game and a defense that seems to come away with big plays in the biggest moments. It's tough to bet against New England, especially when Bill Belichick has an extra week to prepare. However, I'm backing the Falcons to win the Super Bowl. I'm finally on the Atlanta bandwagon.

I'm not sure the Patriots will be able to match the Falcons score for score, as Atlanta has the pressure defense that can rattle Brady a bit and make him unconformable. Just look what the Falcons defense did to Russell Wilson and a red hot Aaron Rodgers. If they can do that, the Falcons can do just enough to frustrate Tom Brady. I’ve seen nothing the last eight games that makes me think the Falcons offense is going to slow down. Matt Ryan and that Atlanta offense is just too explosive and dialed in. Atlanta gets its first NFL crown.

See you guys in eight more months!

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