Written by: Pat Schuster

Fantasy Football Tips to Make You a Winner

May 30, 2016


I thought I’d update an article I posted a few years ago on Bleacher Report, as soon it will be that time of year again when die-hard football fans start studying lists of available players and start preparing for their fantasy football drafts.   As someone who has done fairly well during most fantasy footballs seasons that I have competed in, I thought I might share my process in preparation for my fantasy football draft, with the hope that anyone who reads this may enjoy the same success.

Tip 1: Leave Your Allegiance at the Door

I can’t tell you how many times I have been involved in a fantasy football draft that sooner than later you can figure the favorite team of a few of the guys as they just start drafting that roster. Like most leagues, the current league I am in changes one or two guys every few years and nothing is funnier than watching someone who is new to a league start just drafting players from one team over and over again. The best is after selecting Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Darren McFadden, they say I like the Cowboys. No kidding. I would have never guessed. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with drafting one or two guys from your favorite team. You are most familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. But for my blood it is way too risky to load up on one team.

Tip 2: Have a Plan

There is nothing worse to watch than someone go through the draft process with apparently no real plan on what they are doing or how fantasy football works. Most leagues set up the first round order in advance and often simply reverse it for each round thereafter so you can get a good idea of what group of players you can pick from in the first couple rounds. An example, if you get a premiere quarterback such as Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers don’t bother to take another quarterback until all other starting spots have been filled. A classic error is the guy that drafts Aaron Rodgers follows it up with Eli Manning two rounds later and then sees him start Darren Fells at tight end because they passed on Zach Ertz or Jordan Reed to land Manning. If you get a top tier QB you don’t need to worry about a back-up until much later or at least until you fill in your other starting positions.

Tip 3: Pay Attention to Runs

I know I just got done saying to have a plan, but also you need to be aware of a run at a certain position as you need to be flexible to rework your target list on the fly. An example of that is: If you going into a draft and want one of the top six defenses according to the list you are following, you may want to start thinking defense in round seven or eight. Suddenly at the top of round six, someone takes a defense. Then the next person selects a defense, and then two picks later another defense goes. This is called a run, and if you still want that top defense you may need to tweak your selection process and grab one a little earlier than expected or be stuck with a bottom feeder defense for the year.

Tip 4: Pay Attention But Don’t be Consumed by Bye Weeks

It’s a fact of life going into any fantasy football draft that you have to take bye weeks into account when selecting players. My advice is if one player is clearly better but happens to have the same bye week as another running back or wide receiver, select them. Make moves to accommodate that bye week later. If you have to choose between Emmanuel Sanders and Randall Cobb and one has a different bye week than Antonio Brown but the other has the same, then pick the guy who has the different bye week. If you have to pick between Randall Cobb and Andrew Hawkins, then pick Randall and don’t worry about the bye weeks.

Tip 5: Learn About Rookies but Don’t Become a Preschool

Ever year there are a few rookies that explode on the NFL scene, but remember the phrase "rookie wall" did not come out of thin air. My advice is no more than 10 to 15 percent of your fantasy football roster should be occupied by rookies. Grabbing a rookie wide receiver as a rotational part of your starting lineup works, but having a rookie running back and a rookie wide receiver entrenched as starters from day one is rather risky.




Tip 6: Draft One Defense and One Kicker

 Another event I often see happen is someone finish the draft with a second kicker and a second defense. Why? If you have a kicker and defense you really like then simply pick up a defense or a kicker for their bye week and drop them the following week. If you have two middle of the road defenses, you know the team you don’t start will always have the better week and it will drive you crazy. The same goes with kickers. My philosophy has always been to draft one defense and one kicker and save those other two roster spots for depth and flexibility. 

Tip 7: Time To Pick Up Back-Ups

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Another move that has worked well in the past is adding a back-up to a star player during the season. Since I saved two roster spots by only selecting one kicker and one defense, I often fill in a spot or two with the back-ups to my top players. That way I have protection should a superstar go down. The perfect example transpired years ago when I settled on Drew Bledsoe as my starting QB when he was with the Cowboys. I knew the Cowboys offensive line at that point was rather weak and my back-up QB on my roster was serviceable but nothing spectacular. There wasn’t any other quarterback I wanted to add, so I selected Bledsoe’s back-up who happened to be Tony Romo. We all know the year Romo had and I didn’t fear fighting with anyone for a waiver claim to add him. It also worked well for me a few years ago after selecting LeSean McCoy in round 2 (when he was on the Eagles), who had been banged up some the previous year, so I grabbed Ronnie Brown with my last selection. As the year moved along, I was able to use the Ronnie Brown slot as my drop/add place and was able to add my fill-in defense for the bye week and for my kicker for a week.

 Tip 8: Avoid Most Trades

If someone approaches you for a trade that has a worse record than you my advice is to be very careful as they are looking to likely dump garage for gold. A favorite move I have seen is the guy that offers you four players for two and says same point totals have been produced by those four that have been produced by your two. The idea of fantasy football is to get the most points from each player. What good is trading two guys for four guys in hopes to get those points? Any trade that is imbalanced more than one player is a bad move. Don’t get me wrong, some trades are fair and help each team, but the guy who starts trading week two should be avoided.

Tip 9: Stay Involved or Stay Home

Another one of my bigger pet peeves is the guy who is in a league and starts off 0-3 and stops paying attention to his roster and gives up. Fantasy football is supposed to be for fun but should be taken seriously enough to remain active for the season. If you can’t commit for a full season then don’t join a league. Most leagues have apps for your phone so there really is no excuse for not staying involved to at least put in an active lineup.

Tip 10: Take it Seriously But Not Too Seriously

Remember that everyone in your league has a life, a job, a family and other interests so there is no reason to harass someone with 42 trades, starting fights over waiver wire moves and causing any animosity over the league. I have seen friendships end over fantasy football and that to me is insane. Like my father used to say to me and my brothers, “You still have to get up on Monday and go to work, win or lose.”

Tip 11: All Else Fails Trust the Draft Boards

Another pet peeve is during the later rounds of the draft the guy who gives up picking players and just grabs names he knows and leaves talented players on the board. Of course it helps if I’m the team picking after him but that never seems to happen. Perfect example is the team who still takes Victor Cruz the past few seasons while leaving a Michael Floyd still on the board just because he or she likes the Giants.

 Well, I hope these fantasy football tips help make your season more successful and enjoyable. If you have any more please post them and follow on twitter at @ftballdialogue or on our Facebook pa


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Tyrant's Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Donald Payne

May 29, 2016


Donald Payne



D.Payne Scouting Report

     Donald Payne is a certified monster, so far in his career at Stetson he compiled an eye popping 424 tackles and 51 TFL. He's currently my #1 FCS safety prospect. His playmaking ability and athleticism jumped off the film. I had a chance to talk to him, this was it.

TS: What's up Donald?  Thanks for sitting down with me for this interview. If you could, just tell us your school, height, weight and position.

DP: Im doing well, thank you. Stetson University, 6'0, 217, and SS.

TS: Great, thank you. Tell everyone a little about Stetson, it seems like you guys have been overlooked a lot. This is a good chance to educate everyone on Stetson.

DP: Well Stetson is a small school in the FCS and we just started our football program up 4 years ago and I was apart of the inaugural class. I wanted to make history by bringing back the Hatters. 


TS: Well it looks like you're on your way. How much freedom do you have in this defense? It seems like you're always in the right spot to make a play.


DP: Not so much as freedom, coach just's puts in the spot to make plays where I can use my instincts to find the ball. I get to blitz, play man coverage, play in the box, play as the deep safety over top, so I'm able to make a variety of plays.


TS: You're very versatile, and make an impact wherever you play.  With the growing trend of S/LB hybrids in the NFL, how do you feel about playing there?


DP: I believe I am coming out at a perfect time, when my style of play is trending and growing! I am able to play in the box, while also having the athletic ability to play on the outside. Just a perfect time for a player like me.


TS: I would agree, you are trending up at the right moment. Is there anyone that you model your game after?


DP: I just wanted to make plays like Tyrann Mathieu did at LSU! He was involved with every play and hustled non-stop. And I just wanted to make that type of impact for my team.


TS: He is a monster, good choice. If you could choose any team for Stetson to play in the upcoming season, who would it be?


DP: LSU definitely. I make it known to my teammates in practice that I believe I can tackle anyone, just the confidence the coaches have instilled in me. So I would love to get a chance to tackle Leonard Fournette, who I believe to be the best RB in college football right now.


TS: Nice, to be the best you have to bring down the best! Love the competitive attitude. What's something that very few people know about you?


DP: Ummm...I would have to say that most people don't know that I am very intrigued and into criminal justice. I watch First 48 & Forensic Files all the time. Have a passion and interest in it.


TS: That's a job career that could really help people down the road. That's exciting! Do you have a favorite NFL team?


DP: Atlanta Falcons...hometown team always!


TS: Awesome. Well as we wrap this up, is there anything else you'd like to say?

DP: Just that as I came out of high school I felt as though I was overlooked or underestimated but people who actually say me play believed in me. I haven't tried to prove anyone wrong since I've been in college, I've just tried to prove the ones who believed in me right.


TS: That's a great way to look at it! Thanks you for your time and I hope that you enjoyed working with us.


DP: Thank you.


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Tyrant Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Javancy Jones

May 26, 2016

Javancy Jones

  Javancy Jones Scouting Report

   Javancy was a one man wrecking crew last year, racking up 25.5 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks. He's my #3 FCS DE, but is the most versatile of the three. His most natural position is 3-4 OLB, but a move to ILB would be well within his capabilities. I got to know Javancy a little better, and lucky for you guys it's all documented.

TS: Hey Javancy, thanks for sitting down with me. I really want people to get to know you guys a little better.

JJ: No, thank you! It's a pleasure and a great honor!


TS: Why thank you sir. Tell us a bit about Javancy the Football player. Position, height and weight.


JJ: Well to be honest, I line up some of everywhere! From de to outside linebacker to middle to three tech at time lol! I am 6'2 and I'm weighing about 247 right now!

TS: That's one of my favorite things about your play style, versatility. Okay, so I saw a play where you move your DT over, then you blitz from the LB spot. Go through what you saw, or what was the thought process?


JJ: We were playing southern. I watched them do that same play over and over again on film when they are in tough situations, and in that particular moment they were backed up on their own 5 yard line! Once I saw the formation, I knew what play was coming! I moved our DT  because I knew he wasn't going to be fast enough to make the play in the back field!


TS: Awesome, Thats film work and play recognition at it's finest. So do you have a Michael Bennett like freedom to move around and make plays?


JJ: It all depends on the scenario! I didn't have freedom to do it on my own, but if I thought changes needed to be made I'll suggest it to my coach, and sometimes he would listen!


TS: Okay, kind of a check with me type. Okay, who is the meanest, nastiest O-line that you've played against?


JJ: Tennessee State! They always have a good o-line.


TS: Any one player in particular?


JJ: Robert Myers! I think he was drafted by the Ravens!


TS: Nice, there is always one who stands out. What NFL player, do you admire the most?


JJ: James Harrison! His passion! I always loved his story! He went through so much to get where he is at!


TS: That's true. He's dealt with a lot of adversity. Our time's starting to get short, what's one thing most people don't know about you?


JJ: Hmmmm! Most people don't know I'm an amazing tennis player!


TS: That's awesome. If you could start a charity to give back, what would it be?


JJ: I would do a 'back to school event!' Where I'm from we have a lot of kids that need school supplies, school clothes, and etc! Some drop out because they don't have what they need, so I think that'll be a great event!


TS: That's a really good idea. I like it. So, is there anything you'd like to tell everyone out there?


JJ: Everything I have, and everything I became is because of the strength of the Lord, and through him I have accomplished everything. Not because of my strength. Only by His love, his mercy, and his strength.


TS: Great message. Well thank you for your time! Looking forward to seeing you racking up some big plays this year!


JJ: Pleasure was all mine!

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Match Maker Let’s Make a Deal (possible NFL trade ideas)

May 26, 2016
Optional...
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With it being the quiet time of the NFL, I reviewed the depth charts of teams to see who has a surplus at one or two spots and who is still in need or might want to improve their depth.   This match making session is based of course on no injuries unless noted throughout training camp since that is a few weeks away.

Dallas Cowboys trade RB-Darren McFadden to the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2017 draft pick

With the addition of Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris, Darius Jackson and the eventual return of Lance Dunbar the Cowboys are one talented back extra in the backfield.   Darren McFadden is ideal set to the number two back and spot starter and for a team with Frank Gore and not much else; McFadden will provide a great second back and nice insurance plan.  The conditional pick likely only needs to be a day three selection that the Cowboys would have received once McFadden left via free agency and the Colts would now get if they decided to let him leave after the season.

NY Jets trade QB-Bryce Petty to the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional 2017 draft pick

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With the assumption that Ryan Fitzpatrick is resigned the NY Jets have one too many QBs that can play in the NFL on their team and Seattle could use someone behind Russell Wilson.  Petty’s game matches nicely with what Seattle asks their QBs to do and recoup a pick back for the Jets at this point is worth it as Petty likely is odd man out.    Ideally this trade is made early in camp so the Seahawks can get Petty up to speed to be a backup as fast as possible for the team.

Tennessee Titans trade DL Karl Klug and a conditional 2017 pick to the Dallas Cowboys for OG Ron Leary and a conditional 2017 pick

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This trade is a win-win for both teams as the Titans get in Leary a plug and play replacement for Byron Bell.   The offense system Leary is coming from with Scott Linehan and Jason Garrett has roots to the scheme Mike Mularkey runs and should be a smooth adjustment for Leary and the Titans.    The Cowboys are desperate for pass rushing help and adding Klug, a try hard tweener, who gives great effort and provides versatility for the Cowboys as they continue to work at developing a reliable pass rush.  I included conditional picks as protection for both teams in case one of these guys suffered a season ending injury in camp.

Look for more trade ideas as more matches become available since we all know teams would love to move Colin Kaepernick, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and others but an ideal destination spot has yet to be revealed.  

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Tyrant's Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Jordan Morgan

May 23, 2016

Jordan Morgan

⭐⭐J.Morgan Scouting Report⭐⭐


 Jordan is the starting LT and D2 All American for Kutztown University. He is currently my #1 D2 Guard, and with some key matchups at a Senior All Star game, he could get drafted. I got to catch up a little with Jordan, and it went really well.

TS: What's up Jordan? I just want to thank you for participating in this TS4 interview.

JM: No problem, thank you for having me!


TS: You're welcome! So, how did you decide on Kutztown University to play ball?


JM: It's a funny story actually. I had only played football my senior year of high school due to a requirement I needed to fill in order to graduate. Was really rough around the edges and had no intentions of college ball until KU came to my high school to scout other players and ended up grabbing me instead.


TS: That's awesome, so you didn't start playing ball until your senior year? That's pretty crazy!


JM: Yeah basketball was my first sport, I had never put any focus toward football until that point but I ended up falling in love with it.


TS: There are plenty of Ex-basketball players in the NFL. Now, I can tell from watching tape, you take a lot of pride in run blocking. How about pass protection? What do you find harder to defend, speed or power?


JM: I take pride in all facets of the game, I feel as if I'm going to

invest so much time into this why not be a dominant player?! But I personally think power used to right way can be very crafty.


TS: Who is you're favorite NFL player to watch? Or who do you try to emulate?


JM: I personally love the Cowboys O -line, huge fan of Tyron smith and La'el Collins. Tyron is such a master technician, and La'el Collins in the run game is truly something to behold. I aspire to be a mix of the two if I ever could haha


TS: That's a big goal, but I like it. So would you be open to a position change, say Center or Guard?


JM: Most definitely! I just fell in  love with the intricacies of OL, and I'm open to it all. I know due to size id be viewed in those roles and I'd be eager to do it ! I just want to compete.


TS: I think if given a shot you could make some noise. So what is the craziest stadium you ever played in?


JM: I'd say Bloomsburg of the 2015 season. We went up there on their homecoming and they had fans coming out the wood works to support them, was a nice crowd.


TS: That's great, Homecomings are always amped up. If there was one pass rusher in your class that you could match up with, who would it be and why?


JM: Honestly, I don't believe in following the hype of people, but game respects game. I'd love to line up against some of the top D1 guys, be it at Defensive End or Tackle. I have a lot to prove and I believe I can shock some people.


TS: I think so too Jordan, that's why you're part of my TS4 roster. Is there anything most people don't know about you?


JM: I cut hair. Lol I used to do it for myself and my friends.

TS: Nice! The Barber! Thats awesome, really awesome. Is there anything else you would like to throw out there?


JM: Nothing much, just keep your eyes peeled for my 2016 season!


TS: Thanks Jordan. I look forward to watching you play this year!


JM: Thanks again for having me, I appreciate it!


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Tyrant Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Tyson Graham Jr--Scouting Report and Interview

May 21, 2016

Tyson Graham Jr

⭐⭐Scouting Report⭐⭐

​​​​Tyson Graham Jr. is a South Dakota safety not afraid to come downhill  and mix it up. He's my #3 ranked Safety in this FCS class. He has natural size and ability to play Strong Safety in the NFL. I got to sit him down and ask him a few questions.


TS: Do you have any Nicknames that your friends or teammates call you?


TGJ: Some people call me T.Graham. Another nickname is 50.


TS: Is there a reason for the 50 nickname?


TGJ: Lol well my first name Tyson. And there's this "rapper" who calls himself 50 Tyson so they kinda just gave me the name 50 off that.


TS: Nice. I like it. Is there anything special behind your jersey number or no?


TGJ:Yeah, my freshman year I was number 10. Once I made the transition over to safety, I changed over to #8. #8 in the bible represents a "New Beginning". So, ever since then, I've been rocking with that number. It's a special number to me. I even have it tatted on my arm.


TS: That's awesome. Love it when a jersey number has serious meaning like that. Is there any current pro you like to model your game after? Or who's style do you consider most similar to your own?


TGJ: I kinda like to model my game after Kam Chancellor and Sean Taylor. Those are my two favorite safeties. Both very physical players and not afraid to come down in the box and lay the wood. Sean Taylor was on another level, he was one of a kind. I think many safeties, even in the NFL mold their game after Sean T. He paved the way for a lot of guys.


TS: I agree with you there, and I can definitely see Some Bam Bam Kam in your game. So the new craze both in the NFL and at the collegiate level is the Money Backer,  Big Safety "position". That hybrid safety/linebacker spot like Arizona's Buchannon. Do you feel like that is a position you could play?


TGJ: I definitely do. I feel as though I'm physical enough and able to enough to do so. I think with my frame it'll be easier to put on about 15-20 pounds which will help against those big backs you'll be going up against in the league.

     The only difference would be you're reaction time is going to be much quicker especially at the LB position. You just have to read and react. But I definitely I'll be able to show great production at the position.


TS: Once again, I agree with you. I think you could transition pretty easily. Im sure there would be a learning curve, but I think you could excell. Speaking of big backs, who's been the toughest guy to bring down that you've matched up with?


TGJ: Gotta go with David Johnson from UNI who's now with the Arizona Cardinals. At 6'2 230 you can only imagine.


TS: I think there are a few guys in the NFL who could validate that. What's something most people don't know about you?


TGJ: Eh, all throughout high school I was about 5'8 maybe 5'9 and just sprouted. Wasn't very muscular either.


TS: So, you were just a late bloomer. I'm sure South Dakota is okay with that. So who is your favorite NFL team?


TGJ: They definitely are. Washington Redskins...I would say majority of the reason had to do with Sean Taylor. But I was still a redskins fan even before Sean T came over back when it was Clinton Portis, Shawn Springs, London Fletcher..etc. I'm still a fan til this day.


TS:I feel like the 'Skins truly embody the Under dog mentality. What's one motto that you live by?


TGJ: Yes sir they do. "Low Life Lifestyle"..It stands for Lack of Worries..It was started by some football players at WVU, and the movement has grown tremendously. And after reading the story behind it I purchased a wrist band and actually started living it. Making positive choices every day and not allow worries or anything to consume my life. I mean it's not easy, but it takes a big commitment. I never take that band off.


TS: That's amazing. It sounds very beneficial. I'll have to do some more research. We're getting close to wrapping up, anything special to throw out to your fans?


TGJ: I'm the Madden king! Lol 


TS: I'm assuming you play with the Redskins. If I got you a TS4 shirt, would you wear it for a picture? And If you were a small school guy looking to get a little exposure, who would you hit up?


TGJ: I play with anyone. And I certainly would. I'd hit up Tyrant Scouting for sure.


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TS4 Plans for the year.

May 21, 2016

     My TS4 team is not just top rated FCS players, it's guys I project to have outstanding seasons. I would like to use the off-season to get to know some of these guys. My plans include:

-Weekly Player Spotlights

-Player interviews

-Once the Season starts we'll have a weekly Stats reporting along with Rising/Falling list

Everyone on my TS4 list send an updated email on Twitter Tyrant Scouting


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Tyrant Scouting Draft Review: Tennessee Titans

May 21, 2016
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Jack Conklin Scouting Report

Pick no. 8--Jack Conklin ( Tackle, Michigan State)

     After a failed experiment with Jeremiah Poutasi at RT, the Titans took Byron Bell from LG to RT and he struggled terribly. After giving up constant pressure from RT last year, Titans pulled the trigger on a stud Tackle who is best suited to the right side. Critics will say "You don't draft a right tackle that high." I'm sure you all witnessed Von Miller's dismantling of Mike Remmers in the Super Bowl. Needless to say I'm not one of those critics. Great pick here and his tenacity in the run game should help tremendously.



Pick no. 33--Kevin Dodd ( Defensive End, Clemson)

     While I wasn't 100% on this pick with Noah Spence still on the board, Dodd had a monster year last year. He wrecked the competition to the tune of 23.5 TFL's and 12 sacks. He has a non stop motor but lacks ideal measurable. Initially, he will just come in as relief for starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.


Austin Johnson Scouting Report

Pick no. 43--Austin Johnson ( DL, Penn State)

     This is a sneaky good pick here, Johnson's run stopping ability isn't as good as Alabama's Reed and Robinson. But, he has more upside as a pass rusher. He's another non stop motor guy, and will immediately compete for a starting job, either at Nose Tackle or DE opposite of Jurrell Casey.


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Pick no. 45--Derrick Henry ( RB, Alabama) Henry, the current Heisman winner, was leaned on heavily in the Tides championship run.  He's a huge power back with underrated speed, and should provide some spark as Demarco Murray's backup. This is a solid pick up considering the previous depth and Murray's injury history.


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Pick no. 64--Kevin Byard ( Safety, MTSU)

     Byard is a ball hawk at the Safety position and snagged 19 interceptions in his career at MTSU. Apparently, his football knowledge and cerebral abilities are what made him stand out to GM Robinson. Byard should compete for the starting FS job, and has a shot to win it.


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Pick no. 140--Tajae Sharpe ( WR, UMASS)

      Tajae had a great career at UMass, compiling 3,486 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. His route running is above average and he has 4.5 speed. I fully expect him to get relegated to 4th receiver duties behind Green-Beckam, Matthews, and Wright.


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Pick no. 156--Leshaun Sims ( CB, Southern Utah)

     Sims is a tough, gritty corner with great size (6'0, 203 lbs). His greatest strength is his press coverage. His career stats at Southern Utah include 25 break ups and 8 interceptions. After last year's dumpster fire in the secondary, no one should be safe and Sims has a shot to crack the starting line up.

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Pick no. 193--Sebastian Tretola ( Guard, Arkansas)

     Tretola is the last addition to a Titans line that was overhauled this off-season. He is a nasty run blocker, who loves to get in your face and knock you down. His pass protection is a little raw, but he has the skills to start from day 1 at Guard. Additions of Conklin, Tretola and ex-Texan Ben Jones should help bring this line back to credibility.


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Pick no. 222--Aaron Wallace ( LB, UCLA)

     Aaron is a very solid developmental prospect at LB. He was actually one of my sleepers, along with Kalan Reed. Wallace has all the measurables to be a starter soon. He has great size (6'3, 240 lbs) and had a good workout with 25 reps of 225 and a 4.57 40 yard dash. I could see him getting time at any LB spot, and he could even stick as an ILB. He's very familiar with Tennessee LB coach Lou Spanos, who was his DC his first two years at UCLA.

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Kalan Reed Scouting Report

Pick no. 253--Kalan Reed ( CB, Southern Miss)

Kalan Reed Interview

     Another solid pick up in the 7th round. Kalan was a playmaker for USM, with 8 career picks and 19 passes broken up his senior year. He also has great size (5'11, 192lbs) and athleticism for the position. He posted a 4.49 40 yard dash and a 41.5 vertical at his pro day. He should also be able to come in and compete.  


Overall

New GM John Robinson had a solid draft, overhauling Tennessee's two biggest weaknesses (Offensive Line and Secondary) and creating a lot of Roster competition. He saved his developmental, good potential guys for late picks. I'd say overall grade: B+




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Tyrant's Top 20 D1 Prospects for 2017 NFL Draft

May 20, 2016



1)Myles Garrett (DE, TAMU)--Potentially the best pass rusher to come out recently. Unreal first step and one on one will wreck tackles.


2)Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)--Powerhouse RB who can do it all, great burst and speed as well. Should continue to build the hype train.


3)Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson)--Mobile QB with very solid accuracy. Can buy time with his legs and make you pay.


4)Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stan)--Elusive and dangerous, had a monster year last year and should continue his success this year.


5)Jonathan Allen (DL, Bama)--Versatile D-lineman, who most had pegged as a mid 1st rounder last year. Should shine in a leadership role.


6)Jalen Tabor (CB, Fla)--Confident corner with good size and speed. Good playmaking ability and not afraid to get in on some run support.


7)Brad Kaaya (QB, Miami)--High football IQ and probably the best prototypical QB in the draft. QB premium should make him a top 2 pick.


8)Carl Lawson (DE, Aub)--Fires off the ball and has great hands, held his own against Dolphins Laremy Tunsil.


9)Dalvin Cook (RB, FSU)--Potential home-run hitter, with explosive burst and plenty of moves to make people miss.


10)OJ Howard (TE, Bama)--Big downfield receiving threat. Had a monster game in the National Championship.


11)Raekwon McMillan (LB, Ohio State)--Defensive general of the Buckeyes defense, he sets them up to be successful. Good coverage skills and consistent tackler.


12)Tim Williams (LB, Bama)--Very effective in limited snaps last season. Expecting a break out year for the Tide.


13)Nick Chubb (RB, Georgia)--If he completely bounces back, his break away speed and powerful running style are enticing.


14)Roderick Johnson (T, FSU)--With Cam Robinson out, Rod takes the lead dog role. Great size and solid technique.


15)Jabrill Peppers (S, Mich)--Versatile DB with good range, and brings an edge to the backfield. Next hybrid Safety/Linebacker which is a growing trend.


16)Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)--Finally back to full strength and should be ready to expand on his 2014 success. Should be a huge benefactor of Watson's Heisman campaign. 


17)Reuben Foster (LB, Bama)--Violent tackler and has the size to be a traditional 3-4 inside backer, with just enough coverage ability for 3 downs.


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18)Jarrad Davis (LB, Fla)--Athletic LB who came back for his Senior season. Should be one of the most productive in the country this season.


19)Pat Elflein (G, Ohio State)--Has been a mainstay on this Buckeye O-line, helping to pave the way for Meyers' unique rushing attack.


20)Adoree' Jackson (CB, USC)--Solid coverage corner and dynamic return man. Does a great job breaking up passes but more interceptions this year could vault him into the top 10.

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Green Bay Packers Draft Review

May 11, 2016

We are 11 days removed from the NFL Draft and everybody is now eagerly anticipating the start of the 2016 season. Green Bay will be in the first game of the year as it takes on the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame Game Aug. 7. The Packers will look to improve upon their 10-6 record from last year. They originally had nine selections in last month's NFL Draft, but traded two picks in order to move up in the second round. Green Bay finished with the seven selections.

In the first round, the green and gold selected UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark. The versatile Clark can play either nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. He will probably start out at defensive end with Letroy Guion as the starting nose tackle. He is a perfect fit for the 3-4 defense. Clark possesses great strength as he was a high school wrestling champ. He excels against the run, where Green Bay finished 29th in the NFL in opponents yards per carry last season. Not a sexy selection as most Packers fans wanted Clark's college teammate, Myles Jack, with this selection, but he was a pick that was necessary to fill a gaping hole on the defensive line after the retirement of B.J. Raji.

In the early years of the Ted Thompson era, Thompson would not trade up. But over the past number of years, Thompson has shown the willingness to trade up if he sees a player he wants. That was no different this year, as Green Bay traded up in the second round with Indianapolis to nab Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs. The former Hoosier was a second team All-Big Ten selection last season as well as being one of the six semifinalists for the Outland Trophy. Green Bay has five offensive linemen who are free agents next offseason and it will not be able to keep all of them. One thought is having Spriggs play left tackle and then re-signing David Bakhtiari and moving him inside to guard. One of the reasons I like Thompson is that he looks beyond this year and immediate needs.

In my very first Packers mock draft, I had Green Bay taking Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell in the second round. The Pack Attack was fortunate enough to get him in the third. With Julius Peppers probably gone after the year and Nick Perry only re-signed to a one-year deal, the Packers needed to draft a linebacker to pair with Clay Matthews. Fackrell is already 25 and is one year removed from ACL surgery. He was not quite the same player, but usually it is the second year after surgery that the player gets back to full strength. Even though it was his first year after surgery, he was an All-Mountain West first team selection and and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. He could make the biggest impact out of all the Packers draft picks.

In day three of the draft, Green Bay took another defensive lineman, offensive lineman and linebacker while adding a wide receiver as well. In the fourth round, the Packers selected Stanford linebacker Blake Martinez and Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry. Green Bay has a big need at inside linebacker with the Claymaker being moved back to outside and it may have found an answer in Martinez. The Stanford product was a tackling machine, leading the Pac-12 with 141 tackles and being named third team All-American. He will come in and compete for a starting spot against 2014 draft pick Jake Ryan. Lowry has good size to be a 3-4 defensive end and he improved every year since joining the Wildcats. He played well in Shrine Game practices and with Josh Boyd being cut and Mike Pennel being suspended for the first four games, Lowry has a very good chance of making the roster.

With their fifth round pick, the Packers took California wide receiver Trevor Davis, a speedster who has tremendous kick return ability. Davis will likely compete for a roster spot with former second round pick Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis. Green Bay is likely to keep two. In the sixth round, the Packers took Stanford offensive tackle Kyle Murphy to complete its draft. Murphy helped anchor an offensive line that helped Christian McCaffrey explode onto the national scene and arguably should have been the Heisman Trophy winner. Like I mentioned above, Green Bay has five free agent offensive linemen next offseason, not to mention the Packers lack of depth on the offensive line hurt them last year, so it is not surprising they took multiple linemen this year. Murphy is a tough, powerful offensive lineman who will fit right in with Green Bay. He will likely be a right tackle in the NFL.

This was not a "sexy" draft by any means, but this draft was needed in terms of getting better in the trenches in current and future seasons. Most fans wanted Jack, but Thompson took the smart way by getting a defensive lineman who will start immediately and help a run defense that finished near the bottom last season. Fackrell is not a big name, but he is a perfect fit for the scheme and has a chance to make an impact this season. Only time will tell, but this seems like a solid draft for the Packers.

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