NFL 2021 Draft: More Than Just The “Trevor Lawrence Draft”

With the Jets win on Sunday, many New York fans have been up in arms about the fact that as of now, they are no longer the team projected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Fear not, Jets fans as this is not a one-player draft.

While there’s no doubt Trevor Lawrence is the top prospect in the draft and will go with the top pick, the so-called “consolation” prize options aren’t bad.

If you must have a quarterback, New York would still have two highly touted options to choose from in Justin Fields of Ohio State and Zach Wilson of BYU.

Both Fields and Wilson have more question mark than Lawrence, but both also have high ceilings to become stars in the NFL.

There’s potential to trade down to acquire Trey Lance of North Dakota State, but I expect as we get closer to the draft, Lance to quickly fly up draft boards and become a top ten pick.

Lance is built like an NFL quarterback and appears to be more NFL-ready today even more so than Lawrence, Fields, and Wilson.

Again, I’m not saying any of those options are better now or will ever be as good as what Lawrence could become in the NFL, but there are options at quarterback in the 2021 draft field.

Not to mention other positions that are worth a top five pick such as receiver Ja’Marr Chase who, pre-pandemic, was projected to be a top three pick in this year’s draft.

Three other names to remember is Penei Sewell of Oregon, Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech, and Micah Parsons of Penn State.

Sewell is the top offensive line prospect in the 2021 draft field and is as talented as any O-lineman that has been draft eligible the last five years.

Farley is a cover corner who will likely become a number one corner for a team in his first year in the league. With the majority of teams moving away from the run, having a star cover corner becomes more important each year and Farley is just that.

Parsons may be the top overall defensive prospect in the 2021 draft and will be a great addition to a team that already has a QB such as Cincinnati or Miami.

With all this said, Trevor Lawrence is the ultimate prize no doubt, but let’s not confuse this draft as a “one-hit wonder-style” group. There are some great options in the top ten outside of the Clemson superstar in the NFL 2021 Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (The Bold Edition)

The NFL draft is this week! After months of questions and speculation, we’ll have all the answers we crave in just a few days. We’ve been hearing leaks linking certain players to certain teams, but it is the season for window dressing, and organizations often try to send false signals so their rivals don’t know their true intentions. Let’s take a one final stab at first round mock, and this one will follow a much different trajectory then my previous two.

1) Cleveland Browns – RB Saquon Barkley (Penn State)

It may seem unfathomable that Cleveland would pass on a QB #1 overall, but in my opinion this is going to be a bold strategic play. The Browns own the first and fourth pick in the first round, and I believe their master plan was to land their QB of the future with the top pick, and add the draft’s biggest playmaker, Barkley, at 4. That doesn’t appear to be possible now, as we’ve been now hearing rumblings for weeks about how much the Giants love Barkley, and with him potentially going to the Meadowlands at #2, Cleveland may decide to just take him off the board from the get-go. And they’ll likely still be able to get the QB they want just a couple picks later. Read on.

2) New York Giants – QB Sam Darnold (USC)

I’ve been saying it for a month, but the Giants really are the team that will have the biggest impact on what happens the rest of the night. This pick basically comes down to if the Giants want to take a QB or not. If the answer to that question is yes, we’ve heard plenty of buzz about how Darnold is the one they most prefer. If the answer is no, they’ll have their pick between at minimum two of Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, or Quentin Nelson. I personally feel Nelson, the guard from Notre Dame, is the best fit for this team, and leaks have also been coming out for weeks that Barkley would be the pick if he’s available. If the Browns do take the Penn State running back ahead of them, passing on Darnold may just prove too hard to do, and the team will welcome their successor to Eli Manning to the Big Apple.

3) New York Jets – QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)

This is a pick I’m going to have to see to believe, but at this point there’s been too much written about it to just discount the idea. According to multiple reports, Mayfield is the QB New York is in love with, and while I personally feel he’s easily the 4th best QB in the draft, and that his personality may not be a hit in the biggest media market in the world, this marriage looks almost inevitable unless the Jets leave the Heisman trophy winner at the altar.

4) Cleveland Browns –QB Josh Allen (Wyoming)

I’d thought Darnold was the man for Cleveland all throughout this process, but comments made by Browns’ GM John Dorsey this week certainly made you think twice about that theory. The gist of Dorsey’s media session was how valuable hand size is to play QB in the NFL, particularly in a cold weather city. Allen has the biggest hands of any of QB’s in this years’ class and he’s also got a cannon of an arm. If he is the signal caller Cleveland desires, taking Barkley first and him 4th is probably the only way they secure their dream draft combo.

5) Denver Broncos- DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Similarly to the Giants pick, Denver’s decision will have a profound impact on the rest of the night. Also similarly to the Giants, it comes down to QB or no QB. We’ve been unable to get a strong sense of what exactly their intentions are, but to me this is basically going to be UCLA’s QB Josh Rosen, or Fitzpatrick, who I believe would be the better and safer selection.

6) Indianapolis Colts- DE Bradley Chubb (N.C. State)

In my previous version of a mock draft I had the Colts trading out of this pick, and while that is still an option, the only way I see them doing it is if Chubb is off the board. Indianapolis has made their affinity for Chubb no secret, and they’ll assuredly take him at #6 if they can.

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Denzel Ward (Ohio State)

A lot of draft boards have recently placed Ward ahead of Minkah Fitzpatrick in terms of secondary prospects, and the Bucs, desperate for help on the back end of their defense, will be thrilled to add him.

8) Chicago Bears – OG Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)

In my first mock I had Chicago taking the talented linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with Nelson already off the board, but after placing the Notre Dame guard in the Windy City in my second version, I’m doing it a second consecutive time here. The Bears do need help at linebacker, but I’ve been saying Nelson is the best overall player in this draft for two months, and it will be an absolute steal for Chicago at #8.

9) San Francisco 49ers – S Derwin James (Florida State)

James has been my pick for the 49ers all along, and nothing is changing here. The playmaker takes his talents to the Bay.

10) Oakland Raiders – LB Roquan Smith (Georgia)

Just like with James and the Niners, Smith has been my unanimous choice for the team on the other side of the Bay Area three times, and it would be incredibly surprising for me if anything changed on draft day.

11) Arizona Cardinals (from Miami Dolphins) QB Josh Rosen (UCLA)

Here comes an absolutely fascinating point in the first round. If the draft has developed the way I’ve laid out this time, the Dolphins would find themselves in an unbelievably difficult situation here. In my first mock draft I had them taking Josh Rosen themselves, but in my second one I had DT Vita Vea heading to South Beach to plug the giant hole left behind when the team cut Ndamukong Suh just a few weeks ago. The issue facing Miami here will be if they decide to pass on Rosen, they know their arch rivals in Buffalo will pick him with the very next pick, and the UCLA QB could potentially haunt them for years to come, leaving the Dolphins open for immense criticism. In the end, I think Miami decides Vea is their guy, and they’ll get creative to attempt to land him, and prevent Rosen from heading to Buffalo. By making this swap with the QB desperate Cardinals, the Dolphins assure themselves of accomplishing the latter, and then they’ll cross their fingers Vea is still there at 15.

12) Buffalo Bills – LB Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech)

In this scenario the Bills and their fans would be absolutely devastated. For this draft to be successful for Buffalo they simply have to come away with one of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or Baker Mayfield, but it’s easy to find a way they fail to land any of them. If this is the case on Thursday night the Bills will take the highest player on their board, and potentially make a reach pick for a QB with their second first rounder, #22.

13) Washington Redskins- CB Mike Hughes (Central Florida)

I went with CB Josh Jackson in the first mock draft, but Hughes in the 2nd, and nothing has changed since then. I like the former Central Florida DB in DC.

14) Green Bay Packers –DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)

Davenport has long been linked to Green Bay, and let’s look for the Packers to make it official on Thursday.

15) Miami Dolphins (From Arizona Cardinals) –DT Vita Vea (Washington)

Miami doesn’t get burned by trading back. Still get their man at #15.

16) Baltimore Ravens –WR Calvin Ridley (Alabama)

This may be one of the easiest picks of the draft to stick with. Baltimore desperately needs more weapons for veteran QB Joe Flacco, and Ridley is the best WR in the draft. It’s a slam dunk.

17) Los Angeles Chargers –OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame)

No changes here, Phillip Rivers gets a new blind side protector.

18) Seattle Seahawks –OG Isaiah Wynn (Georgia)

Seattle obviously needs to improve their ability to protect Russell Wilson, and in particular the interior of their line has been a problem. Sticking with them taking the former Bulldog, Wynn, to attempt to rectify that issue.

19) Dallas Cowboys – WR D.J. Moore (Maryland)

In my last mock I had the Cowboys taking Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, and in all honesty they still might. I personally believe Dallas has enough at receiver to win games right now, but the same can’t be said about linebacker where Vander Esch would be a day one starter. In the end though, following Dez Bryant’s much discussed release, I believe the Jones family just won’t be able to pass on Moore in hopes he can become their next decade long #1 receiver.

20) Detroit Lions- OT Orlando Brown (Oklahoma)

Detroit is a tough team to analyze in this draft as they could go several different positions, but I’m sticking to my selection from the last time, Orlando Brown, who can help the Lions right away in both run and pass blocking.

21) Cincinnati Bengals –OG Will Hernandez (UTEP)

Three mock drafts, and three times I’ve had the Bengals taking Will Hernandez at #21. Don’t let me down Cincinnati.

22) Buffalo Bills –QB Lamar Jackson (Louisville)

Everyone knows the Bills are desperate for a QB, and while Jackson is far from their first choice, particularly because of how similar he is to the departed Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo will have to take him here and hope the fans don’t riot too much.

23) Los Angeles Rams –LB Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State)

I started with the Rams taking Vander Esch in my first mock draft, and in the second I had him off the board to Dallas at #19. In this scenario he is still available, so I’m circling back with Los Angeles adding the talented tackling machine to help fill the hole left behind by the traded away Alec Ogletree.

24) Carolina Panthers- CB Josh Jackson (Iowa)

Carolina needs help on the outside on both sides of the ball, and while it is obviously possible they take a receiver, I’m having a late hunch they’ll take the edgy Jackson in hopes he can become their next version of Josh Norman.

25) Tennessee Titans –DE Harold Landry (Boston College)

Similarly to the Bills and Leighton Vander Esch, I had Tennessee taking Landry originally, had him off the board in the second mock, but with him still here this time, I love the former BC Eagle to Nashville.

26) Atlanta Falcons- DT Da’Ron Payne (Alabama)

The Falcons adore Da’Ron Payne and they’ll be devastated if he isn’t available with this pick. They will trade up to land him if it is necessary and feasible.

27) New Orleans Saints –TE Mark Andrews (Oklahoma)

The Saints are taking a tight end in the first round, that much we know. Or at least we’re pretty sure of. You could honestly convince me that any of Hayden Hurst, Mike Gesicki, or Dallas Goedert could be the pick over Andrews here, but I’m sticking with the former Oklahoma Sooner to be the selection, in hopes he can become a modern version of the connection Drew Brees had with Jimmy Graham.

28) Pittsburgh Steelers- LB Raashan Evans (Alabama)

In the two previous mocks I had Pittsburgh taking Louisville QB Lamar Jackson in an attempt to add a talented player to their QB room while simultaneously beginning to develop Ben Roethlisberger’s successor. With Jackson not available this time though, the Steelers take Evans, in an effort to begin filling the void Ryan Shazier’s devastating injury left on defense.

29) Jacksonville Jaguars –WR Courtland Sutton (SMU)

Sutton has the pick here for me all along, and nothing has changed. Done deal.

30) Minnesota Vikings- OT Connor Williams (Texas)

Another pick I’m making for the 3rd time, I love the Vikings adding Williams here to help protect prized offseason addition Kirk Cousins.

31) New England Patriots-QB Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State)

When the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers in the middle of last season, it became obvious Bill Bellichick was going to be looking for a new QB to groom to succeed Tom Brady in this year’s draft. Taking Rudolph this high may be a bit of a stretch, but he almost assuredly would not be available when they make their 2nd round selection, and for that reason I have him heading to Foxborough.

32) Philadelphia Eagles- TE Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State)

Still love Goedert to Philly to help replace the departed Brent Celek and Trey Burton.

2018 NFL Mock Draft

It’s been clear for quite some time that there could be some trade movement toward the top of this April’s NFL Draft, and after the Jets paid a hefty price to move from number six to number three last weekend, it seems like an appropriate time to take a shot at a mock draft. Here goes.

1) Cleveland Browns – QB Sam Darnold (USC)
This year’s QB class is arguably the best rookie group the NFL has seen come into the league since 2004 when Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Phillip Rivers, all went within the first 11 selections. While it’s easy to find a lot to like about Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield, Darnold is the most polished of the bunch, and for a Browns team that’s been desperate for an answer at the game’s most important position for over a decade, they can’t get too cute here.

2) New York Giants – OG Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)
This pick is undoubtedly going to surprise some people and I’ll admit, I actually had to talk myself into it, but the more I think about it the more it makes sense. New York’s new GM Dave Gettleman’s calling card throughout his career has been mammoth bodies on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He preaches physical football, and it’s no secret the Giants’ O-line has been a mess for the better part of two years. A successor to QB Eli Manning would be the easy pick here, but Nelson is the best offensive line prospect to enter the draft since Cowboys’ guard Zack Martin, a fellow Notre Dame alum. Pairing him with free-agent addition Nate Solder would instantly make New York extremely formidable up front, and keeping Manning comfortable and upright may help him turn back the clock. The wild card here is that if the Giants do decide to pass on a quarterback, they could try to trade out of this pick with a QB desperate team, such as Buffalo, but the problem with that is that the Bills pick 12th, and it’s highly unlikely Nelson, whom many consider the best player in the draft regardless of position, would still be available.

3) New York Jets – QB Josh Allen (Wyoming)
While the Jets have gotten decent brief runs out of quarterbacks like Chad Pennington and Mark Sanchez, like Cleveland, they’ve lacked someone they could truly identify as a franchise QB. Their offseason strategy has been a little interesting, to say the least, as after resigning veteran journeyman Josh McCown (who played well for them in 2017), they added former Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater, who’s missed the better part of two consecutive seasons recovering from a gruesome knee injury. Bridgewater is still only 25 years old, and if he could get back to where he was two years ago he’d be capable of becoming the signal caller the Jets have needed forever, but New York can’t count on that happening and miss out on a potential generational talent such as Allen. The Wyoming star has ridiculous arm strength and accuracy, and while playing in a lesser conference in college may have hurt him years ago, the success of the Eagles’ Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State may have diminished that myth. When the Jets traded three second-round picks to the Colts to move into this pick, their intention was clear; they want a QB, and the situation actually reminds me a lot of Philadelphia a couple years ago, when they traded up for Wentz despite having established quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel on the roster. Remind me how that worked out for them.

4) Cleveland Browns – RB Saquon Barkley (Penn State)
If the top of the draft plays out the way I’ve predicted, it would literally be a dream come true for the Browns. They acquired this pick from the Texans last year when Houston moved up to select QB Deshaun Watson, and while getting a first rounder represented a major haul in its own right, the Browns had to be counting their lucky stars when the Texans stumbled to the league’s 4th worst record. Cleveland can’t take their QB #1 overall, but after they do, they’ll be crossing their fingers that Barkley, one of the most talented collegiate players ever, will still be here at number four. The Penn State back does everything well, and most experts believe he’ll have a similar rookie impact to that of Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. Add him to a Cleveland offense that has Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon at receiver, a serviceable starting QB in Tyrod Taylor with Darnold waiting in the wings, all of the sudden these may not be the same old Browns.

5) Denver Broncos – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
The Broncos pick at number five is one of the most interesting ones in the entire first round and a selection that will have a profound impact on the rest of the night. It’s easy to see them taking a quarterback here, as after missing with both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Denver has failed to draft and develop a young QB under president John Elway. The Broncos did, however, sign Vikings’ break-out star Case Keenum as a free-agent, and if the team believes last year was not a fluke, it diminishes their need for a young signal caller. And if that’s the case, after losing veteran Aqib Talib, Denver has a massive hole in their secondary, one that is begging to be filled by arguably the draft’s best defensive player, Minkah Fitzpatrick. Capable of playing both corner and safety, the Alabama product has literally been compared to a queen on a chessboard, and his playmaking ability would be a welcome addition to the Broncos’ last line of defense.

6) Indianapolis Colts – DE Bradley Chubb (N.C. State)
The Colts front office should receive a gold medal for their trade with the Jets over the weekend. Long linked to Chubb, an immensely talented edge rusher projected to become an instant star on the same level as the Chargers’ Joey Bosa, Indianapolis accumulated two second round picks this year, and another second rounder next year, just to move down three spots and still get the player they would have taken at number three.

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Denzel Ward (Ohio State)
The Bucs’ have needs all over the defensive side of the ball, but especially in the secondary. Playing in a division with opposing quarterbacks Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton, Tampa has to improve their ability to defend the pass, and adding Ward, the latest stud Ohio State defensive back to come down the line would do just that. To me there is no way this pick can be anything other than secondary, the Buccaneers simply have to come away with Ward, Minkah Fitzpatrick, or Derwin James.

8) Chicago Bears – LB Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech)
The run on defense continues with the Bears, and while a case could be made for them to take the third highest ranked defensive back, Derwin James, I have them selecting Edmunds, a big athletic linebacker who drew comparisons to former Bear Brian Urlacher throughout his collegiate career. If the draft does unfold the way I have it laid out thus far, however, with quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield still available, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Chicago trade down with a QB needy team in an effort to acquire more draft capital.

9) San Francisco 49ers – S Derwin James ( Florida State)
No team looks poised to make a more drastic two-year turnaround than San Francisco, as the midseason trade that brought QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the Bay Area completely changed the fortune of this entire organization. Armed with their QB of the present and future, the 49ers could look to add an offensive weapon here, but I think the prospect of adding the ball-hawking James to a new look secondary that already includes former Seahawks star Richard Sherman will be too tantalizing for GM John Lynch ( A former safety himself) to resist.

10) Oakland Raiders- LB Roquan Smith (Georgia)
Despite all the attention quarterbacks have gotten leading up to the draft, these things don’t often play out the way we anticipate, and Smith will represent the 6th consecutive defensive player taken in the top 10. A defensive field general is a tackling machine and just the kind of player Jon Gruden craves. This fit is a match made in heaven and I’m sure Chucky is already envisioning the forming Georgia Bulldog becoming a modern version of Derrick Brooks.

11) Miami Dolphins – QB Josh Rosen (UCLA)
Miami is probably not counting on one of the stud signal callers still being available at eleven, but if the situation presents itself, you better believe they’ll pounce. Veteran Ryan Tannehill has shown flashes during his career but he’s struggled to stay healthy of late, and this was a team that had the likes of Jay Cutler and David Fales taking snaps last year. Drafting Rosen would be an ideal scenario, as it would add an immensely talented player to the quarterback room, while the presence of Tannehill would allow the youngster to watch and learn before being thrown to the fire.

12) Buffalo Bills – QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
After spending the first couple hours of the draft sweating and trying to move up, Buffalo stays at number 12 and still gets their young quarterback. Mayfield has a high energy personality and if the draft plays out the way I’ve predicted this would be one of the most exciting storylines entering 2018. The Heisman Trophy winner would be joining a team that plays the Jets and Dolphins twice a year, two organizations that drafted QB’s ahead of him in the first round. For a kid that already plays with a chip on his shoulder, that would amount to a career-long grudge. Game on.

13) Washington Redskins- CB Josh Jackson (Iowa)
The Redskins could go a couple of different ways here. They are in dire need of shoring up a leaky run defense, but with Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland no longer here, their secondary depth is basically nonexistent. If Derwin James or Denzel Ward slide it would make this an easier decision, but Jackson is a good cover corner in his own right, and this may be a pick for position rather than the highest player on the board.

14) Green Bay Packers – DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)
The Packers have already added to their defensive line with the addition of free-agent former Jet Muhammad Wilkerson, but adding Davenport to rush the passer opposite all-pro Clay Matthews almost makes too much sense. At 6’7 and 265 lbs, the University of Texas-San Antonio product is a load for opposing lineman, and he knows how to use his long arms to gain separation and win angles. His collegiate competition was obviously not the same as if he had gone to a D1 school, but he raised eyebrows with his performance at the combine, posting basically identical measurable to those of Texans’ all-pro lineman Jadeveon Clowney.

15) Arizona Cardinals – OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame)
The Cardinals are in a very similar situation to that of Buffalo entering this draft. They’re dying to select their quarterback of the future as the free-agent combo of Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon doesn’t exactly get you excited, and while they desperately would like to bring in one of Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, or Baker Mayfield, it is extremely unlikely any of them will be available at #15. GM Steve Keim will undoubtedly attempt to move up, with the Bears a logical potential trade partner at #8, but if they’re unsuccessful, adding the draft’s best tackle will benefit whoever is taking snaps under center.

16) Baltimore Ravens – WR Calvin Ridley (Alabama)
The Ravens had arguably the worst wide receiver group in the NFL last season, as veteran Mike Wallace led the receivers with 52 catches for 748 yards, while behind him on the depth chart Michael Campanaro and Jeremy Maclin weren’t scaring anyone. Baltimore has already signed free-agent Michael Crabtree which will help, but selecting Ridley, unanimously considered the top pass catcher in the draft and a potential future star, should be a no-brainer.

17) Los Angeles Chargers – OT Orlando Brown (Oklahoma)
The Chargers have gotten lackluster play from Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale at tackle in recent years, and they’re in dire need of adding some fresh young talent to the offensive line group. Brown has spent the past few seasons protecting Baker Mayfield’s blind side, a job he did successfully as his buddy was in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy two years in a row and took the award home in 2017. Los Angeles has other needs, but plugging a dependable tackle into their offense will help both Phillip Rivers now, and the club’s next QB down the road.

18) Seattle Seahawks – OG Isaiah Wynn (Georgia)
After disassembling their renowned defensive group the Seahawks basically admitted they’re entering a rebuilding period, and while their intentions are acceptable and understandable based on the salary cap, it is undoubtedly disappointing for fans in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle obviously now has immense holes on defense, but to me, there’s only one way they can go with their first-round selection. Prior to their midseason trade for tackle Duane Brown last season, this team had done little to nothing to improve what has long been a dreadful group up front. The only way they survive this rebuild is if star quarterback Russell Wilson makes it out the other side in one piece.

19) Dallas Cowboys – WR Christian Kirk (Texas A&M)
Like the Ravens, Dallas had a disappointing output from wide receiver a year ago, and America’s Team should look to improve their pass-catching corps with this first round selection. Number one option Dez Bryant obviously had a down year by his standards in 2017, but he wasn’t alone, as super slot man Cole Beasley disappeared at times, and Terrance Williams failed to live up to expectations. Drafting Kirk should help everyone around him, as he would give the Cowboys something they’ve sorely lacked; a home run threat. Opposing coordinators would have to respect the Texas A&M product’s ability to take the lid off defenses, which would open up lanes for Bryant and Beasley, as well as future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten.

20) Detroit Lions – DT Vita Vea (Washington)
Former Patriots’ defense coordinator Matt Patricia is now running the show in Detroit, and with that, coupled with the fact the Lions already have a dynamic group of skill position players on offense, this pick screams defense to me. Vea is probably the top interior defensive lineman in this draft, a disruptive playmaker in both the run and passing games, and while it’s no guarantee he’s even still here at #20, if he is, this fit makes too much sense.

21) Cincinnati Bengals – OG Will Hernandez (UTEP)
The Bengals had the 12th pick and traded back with Buffalo, and while they acquired OT Cordy Glenn in that trade, it doesn’t necessarily diminish their need for help up front. Hernandez is a grinder who plays with an aggressive demeanor and goes hard until the whistle every snap, and while he’s smaller than a lot of NFL guards, he makes up for it with his quick feet and agility. If Cincinnati does pass on offensive line here their next biggest need would be a linebacker, and someone like Leighton Vander Esch could be in play.

22) Buffalo Bills- LB Rashaan Evans (Alabama)
This is a difficult pick to forecast because it is entirely possible the Bills will not, in fact, be the ones on the clock at #22. Armed with the 12th and 22nd picks entering the draft, and in desperate need of a quarterback, Buffalo will assuredly look to trade up. If they’re unsuccessful though, drafting a tackling machine like Evans seems like a no-brainer after the organization watched defensive leader Preston Brown take his talents to Cincinnati in free-agency.

23) Los Angeles Rams LB Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State)
The Rams had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL a year ago, and despite the free-agent departure of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, this team should again score a lot of points. To me, the more important veteran to leave LA was middle linebacker Alec Ogletree, a longtime starter who was the undisputed quarterback of the team’s defensive unit. In fact, Mark Barron is the only projected returning starting linebacker in the Rams’ 3-4 scheme, making the 2nd level of defense a high priority in this draft. To that end, selecting someone like Vander Esch who has tremendous upside, makes all the sense in the world.

24) Carolina Panthers – CB Mike Hughes (Central Florida)
The Panthers thought they had addressed their need at corner in free-agency when they agreed to terms with veteran Bashaud Breeland, but they were thrown for a loop when the former Redskin failed his physical, terminating the contract. As we discussed earlier in regards to Tampa Bay, with the talented quarterbacks in the NFC South it is absolutely critical to assembling as many talented cover men as possible, and Hughes would certainly fit the bill.

25) Tennessee Titans – DE Harold Landry (Boston College)
This is a spot where Tennessee figures to have their pick of dynamic defensive line prospects, with potentially Harold Landry, Arden Key, Sam Hubbard, and Da’Ron Payne all still on the board. New head coach Mike Vrabel played a lot of outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme while with the Patriots, and he understands how important having a disruptive edge rusher can be in assembling a shutdown defense. That’s why to me, Landry is the pick here, as despite a down season in his final year at BC, his natural physical ability and willingness to be coached make him more attractive than Key who has rumors of character issues floating around.

26) Atlanta Falcons – DT Da’Ron Payne (Alabama)
The second veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe finalized his free-agent agreement with division rival Carolina, I believe the Falcons began eyeing big Da’Ron Payne to replace him. The former standout member of the Crimson Tide defense is an absolute mammoth of a man at 6’2 and 311 lbs, with ridiculous upper body strength, as his ability to bench over 400 lbs in high school was well documented throughout the combine. Payne is everything you’d want in a nose tackle, he often requires double teams, is never knocked off balance, and keeps his linebackers untouched to make tackles in the run game. There are a lot of teams in the market for defensive line help in the mid-late first round, so it’s not a guarantee he’ll be available at #26, but the fit here is beyond perfect, and don’t be surprised if Atlanta tries to trade up to make sure they get their man.

27) New Orleans Saints – TE Mark Andrews (Oklahoma)
No team in the NFL has a more glaring hole at tight end than the New Orleans Saints, as Coby Fleener has failed to stand out as the team’s starter over the past two seasons, and the Saints’ pursuit of a free-agent reunion with Jimmy Graham fell short. With so few teams outwardly targeting that position in the first round, head coach Sean Payton and company will likely have their pick of what is actually a pretty deep tight end class. You could make the argument that any of Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst, Dallas Goedert, or Mike Gesicki is the best option at the tight end position, but I’m going to guess New Orleans will like the 6’5 Andrews the best, as he has the potential to become a slam dunk red zone option, similar to what the team had with Graham early in his career.

28) Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Lamar Jackson (Louisville)
Unfortunately, due to the devastating spinal injury pro-bowler Ryan Shazier suffered last December, the Steelers biggest weakness is at middle linebacker, even after signing Jon Bostic as a free-agent. Pittsburgh is in an interesting draft slot here late in the first round, as they know they will have no chance to select either Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith, but they are hopeful one of Leighton Vander Esch or Rashaan Evans will still be on the board at #28. As the Rolling Stones taught us, however, you can’t always get what you want, as in this mock draft both of those players have already been taken, and the gap between the 4th and 5th best linebacker in this draft is too large to justify taking Uchenna Nwosu here. That’s why I could see the Steelers pivoting to the interesting Lamar Jackson as a potential heir to Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. Jackson is a bit of a polarizing player, as some teams already gauged his interest in a position change at the combine, but the Louisville product is adamant he’s a QB, and he may not find a better landing spot than Pittsburgh to prove it. Mike Tomlin is a player’s coach, the Steelers have a serviceable back-up in Landry Jones already, and a future Hall of Famer still under center in Roethlisberger. They would be able to essentially redshirt him and give him time to develop, an intriguing idea for an organization that has seen a quarterback similar to Jackson, Kordell Stewart, enjoys significant success.

29) Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Courtland Sutton (SMU)
Fresh off a surprising run to the AFC title game, where they very nearly knocked off New England, the Jags watched their top wide receiver, Allen Robinson, bolt to Chicago on the first day of free-agency. That immediately pushed receiver to the top of the Jacksonville draft board as quarterback Blake Bortles will need all the weapons he can get. Sutton is a big strong kid with tremendous wingspan who can be a match-up nightmare for smaller DB’s, and his absurd leaping ability makes him an ideal red zone target.

30) Minnesota Vikings – OT Connor Williams (Texas)
The Vikings are emphatically in win now mode after finishing just one win short of a Super Bowl appearance, and then committing $84 million in guaranteed money to lure free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to the Twin Cities. The biggest issue with the Vikings is that their offensive line was a mess a year ago, and if you’re going to invest so much money in your QB, you have to be willing to use premium draft picks to protect him. That’s why Williams, as well as an inside lineman such as James Daniels or Billy Price, would all be worthy selections at #30.

31) New England Patriots – DE/OLB Arden Key (LSU)
Pass rush is an obvious need for the Patriots, but so is left tackle, so if Connor Williams, whom we have going to the Vikings just one pick before New England is slated to go on the clock is still here, you’d have to believe he’ll be headed to Foxborough. If he isn’t though, look for Bill Belichick and company to target Key, a playmaking edge rusher who would have been higher on the draft board if not for personal issues that caused him to leave LSU for a period during football season last fall. As it stands, in typical Patriots’ fashion, if he falls into their lap at #31 don’t be surprised if New England gets the most out of the youngster and he becomes a thorn in the side of AFC East offensive tackles.

32) Philadelphia Eagles – TE Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State)
The defending champions will return most of their talented roster in 2018, but the position group that took the biggest hit this offseason was a tight end, where Trey Burton inked a lucrative free-agent contract with the Bears, and longtime Eagle Brent Celek become a cap casualty. With that in mind, I feel the talented Goedert could become the ideal complement to incumbent starter Zach Ertz, a player the South Dakota State product was often compared to in college.

Leonard Fournette hopes to bring the run game back to Jacksonville

It has been several seasons since the Jaguars have had a power threat out of the backfield. The Jags featured “Fragile” Fred Taylor after selecting him in the 1998 Draft. Taylor was the Jaguars go to guy until being released in 2009 after the human bowling ball, Maurice Jones-Drew, took over the Jags running game after his breakout rookie season of 2006. But that was then, and this is now.  Jones-Drew became a free agent after the 2013 season and left Jacksonville for Oakland, where he retired after the 2014 season, and Taylor is only a memory in the Jaguars’ Ring of Pride.

For the next two years after MJD’s departure, the Jaguars struggled at the running back position. They picked up injury plagued RB, Chris Ivory from the Jets in 2016, who struggled to find a consistent game. TJ Yeldon has also served the Jaguars as a versatile RB and pass catcher, and still has a lot of promise for the Jaguar faithful.

With the Leonard Fournette acquisition, the Jaguars once again have a solid, explosive back that they have sorely missed for the past few seasons since the days of their staples, Taylor and Jones-Drew. Fournette will be the Jaguars go to back this upcoming season, leaving the Jaguars’ other physical RB, Ivory, as well as the versatile Yeldon for third downs as well as in split backfield scenarios.

Fournette, selected fourth overall, was a superstar running back out of LSU. In his sophomore season of 2015, Fournette became a consensus All-American after setting single season school records for both running yards (1,953), and rushing touchdowns (22). His sophomore season would turn out to be his best however, having suffered a high ankle sprain early in his junior, and final, season only playing in seven games. Fournette joined a number of players in sitting out their team’s bowl games in order to protect themselves entering into the 2017 NFL Draft. LSU played in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.

Fournette brings his large, linebacker like frame to a needy Jaguar backfield. His 6-foot, 240-pound frame places him in the “heavyweight” class of running backs in the league.  Fournette thrives on plowing through defenders, which is a mixed blessing as it could lead to a shortened career. His larger stature garners comparisons to Bo Jackson, and more recently, Adrian Peterson.  The Jaguars certainly hope that if he can become a fraction of what those backs meant to their respective teams, the running game of the late 90’s and early 2000’s could be back in Jacksonville.

Ed Coleman
NFL Senior Writer

Episode 2: NFL Draft Recap

Baseline Times Media brings back football and NFL chatter. This time Chevy and DeMario return with a special guest. Anna Logan from a CBS affiliate network joins us to talk the NFL Draft. Best picks, worst picks and steals of the draft are discussed. A deep conversation about the domestic violence issues in the NFL is covered from Anna’s perspective as a female.

NFL Draft First Round Highlights

Philadelphia played host to this year’s NFL draft, and boy was it an action packed first round. 32 of College Football’s brightest stars would achieve their live long dreams on Thursday night, and bring hope to their new teams. Lets just jump right in. After a bit of speculation over what’d they’d do with the first pick, the Cleveland Browns selected Myles Garrett, Defensive End from Texas A&M. It was the right move for the Browns, who would turn out not to be done form the night. Garrett had 32 tackles and 8.5 sacks last season, and has all the tools to anchor an NFL defense for years. The 2nd pick belonged to the San Francisco 49ers, but they traded it to the Chicago Bears for the 3rd overall pick, the Bears’ 3rd and 5th round picks (67th and 111th overall), and a 3rd round pick in 2018. The Bears would select Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback from North Carolina. Only time will tell if this was a good pick or not, but at the time, it seems like a steep price for such an unprover product. The 49ers would go next and take Solomon Thomas, Defensive End from Stanford. With the 4th pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars picked up Leonard Fournette, Running Back from LSU. I like this pick for the Jags. Last year at this time, every NFL scout was salivating over Fournette, and now Jacksonville can add him to a backfield that already has TJ Held in and Chris Ivory. The Tennessee Titans would round out the top 5 by selecting Corey Davis, Wide Receiver from Western Michgan. The pick came via the Los Angeles rams as a part of last year’s Jared Goff trade.

The New York Jets took Jamal Adams, Safety out of LSU, with the 6th pick. While the Los Angeles Chargers took Clemson Wide Receiver, Mike Williams with the 7th pick. The Chargers are hoping Williams is as successful as fellow Clemson alumns DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. With the 8th pick, the Carolina Panthers selected Christian McCaffrey, Running Back from Stanford. McCaffrey should be a nice compliment to Jonathan Stewart, and should help Carolina’s running attack. With the 9th pick, The Cincinnati Bengals took Wide Receiver John Ross from Washington. The Chiefs would trade up with the Buffalo Bills to select Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback from Texas A&M. The Bills received the Chiefs’ 1st and 3rd round picks in this years draft (27th and 91st overall) and a 1st round pick in the 2018 draft. John Gruden approves of this pick for the Chiefs!

The Saints went with Marshon Lattimore, Corner Back from Ohio State, with the 11th pick. While Clemson Quarterback, Deshaun Watson, went 12th overall like many experts had projected. However, Watson is headed to Houston, as the Texans traded their 25th overall pick in this years draft and their first round pick in next years draft, to the Cleveland Browns for the 12th pick. The pick came to the Browns via last years trade with Philadelphia for Carson Wentz. The Arizona Cardinals had the 13th pick, and they took Temple Line Backer, Haason Reddick. The hometown Philadelphia Eagles were up with the 14th pick they got from the Minnesota Vikings via the Sam Bradford trade, and they selected Tennessee Defensive End, Derek Barnett. The Indianapolis Colts selected Safety, Mailk Booker, from Ohio State with the 15th overall pick. While the Baltimore Ravens took Alabama Corner Back,  Marlon Humphrey, the round out the first half of the 1st round.

Alabama Defensive Tackle, Jonothan Allen, went to the Washington Redskins with the 17th pick. The Tennessee Titans, who were making their second selection of the 1st round, took Adored Jackson, Corner Back from USC, with the 18th pick. The 19th pick belonged to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they took Alabama Tight End, O.J. Howard. Howard will try and fill the whole left by Austin Sefferian-Jenkins last year. The Denver Broncos took Utah Offensive Tackle, Garrett Bolles (and his well dressed son) with the 20th pick. While the Detroit Lions selected Jarred Davis, Line Backer from Florida, with the 21st pick. The Dolphins made it two Line Backers in a row when they went with Missouri’s Charles Harris, with the 22nd pick. The Giants were up at pick number 23, and they selected Tight End, Evan Engram from Ole Miss. The controversial Oakland Raiders selected equally controversial Corner Back Garcon Conley from Ohio State. Conley has been accused of rape, but no files have been charged as of this time. “Just win Baby!”….I guess.

With the 25th pick, the Cleveland Browns, who had traded down with the Houston Texans, got perhaps the biggest steal of the draft. They selected Jabril Peppers, Safety out of Michigan. Peppers had been projected to go much much higher, but a diluted urine sample at the combine in March dropped his draft stock. Its a tough break for Peppers, who lost a lot of money by dropping so far, but its a lucky break for a Browns franchise that hasn’t had too many. The Atlanta Falcons acquired the 26th pick from the Seattle Seahawks for their 1st, 3rd, and 7th round picks (31st, 95th, and 249th) in this years draft. They took Takkarist McKinley, Defensive End from UCLA. The Buffalo Bills picked 27th, with the pick they got from the Chiefs, and took Tre’Davious White, Corner Back lut of LSU. With the 28th pick, the Dallas Cowboys took Viduantae “Taco” Charlton, Defensive End from Michigan. The Cleveland Browns, who had already picked twice in the first wound weren’t done yet. They traded their 2nd and 4th round picks (33rd and 108th overall) to the Green Bay Packers for the 29th pick. They took Miami Tight End, David Njoku.

With the 30th pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed in anothe Watt brother into the NFL. This time it was Line Backer T.J. Watt put of Wisconsin. The San Francisco 49ers would trade their 2nd and 4th round picks (34th and 111th overall) to the Seattle Seahawks for the 31st pick. They took take Alabama Line Backer, Ruben Foster. At this point, San Francisco just needs to stockpile as much talents as they possibly can. The New Orleans Saints were up last in the first round, with the pick they received from the New England Patriots as part of the Brandin Cooks trade. They selected Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle from Wisconsin. So that was it. Another first round in the books. I’d have to say the big winners of the night were the Cleveland Browns. This is the first time in a long time, maybe ever that I can remember coming out of a draft and thinking the Brwons had a decent night, let alone the best night. Maybe things are finally going to change in Cleveland. They just picked up two young studs who could make them a defensive juggernaut for a long time. That’s why you have to love the draft, it brings fans and teams hope. There’s still big names left on the board like Florida State Running Back, Dalvin Cook, Alabama Offensive Tackel, Cam Robinson, and Notre Dame Quarterback, DeShone Kizer, so be sure to tune in and see where they go.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft start Friday at 7 pm EST on ESPN and NFL Network

Wesly Avendano
Baseline Times Staff Writer

Myles Garrett not heading to Philly for this year’s NFL Draft

Myles Garrett, the coveted defensive end out of Texas A & M, won’t be heading to Philadelphia on Draft Night, choosing to stay at home in Arlington with his family and friends.  Garrett follows the trend of NFL draftees choosing to stay home instead of going to the festivities to be held on Draft Night in Philadelphia.  This leaves whomever the San Francisco 49ers select as the second pick to be the first player to shake hands with the Commish.  Former number one overall selection, Jameis Winston, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft, also chose to stay home with his family in Alabama.  In that same year, the number two overall selection, Marcus Mariotta, who was selected by the Tennessee Titans, also stayed home with family in his home state of Hawaii.

While Garrett seems to be a shoe-in as the number one overall pick, other athletes who have anticipated becoming the coveted first overall selection, have seen their share of embarrassment on Draft Night.  Geno Smith attended the draft in 2013 with high hopes of being the first to walk the stage and grab his #1 jersey, however, his draft stock fell sharply, and left him waiting around the table awkwardly until the 39th pick, landing him with the New York Jets.  This won’t be the case with Garrett, although any number of teams would celebrate him falling in their lap.

Garrett is widely projected to end up with the Cleveland Browns, however, as of 24 hours prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, sources were still reporting that the Browns may choose North Carolina Tar Heel Quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky at the first pick.  We are speaking about the Cleveland Browns though, and almost anything goes in unpredictable Cleveland.  If Cleveland were to go rogue and select Trubisky over Garrett, this could send the first round of the draft into a tailspin, or at the very least make one team extremely happy by leaving Garrett on the board.

Garrett comes from a family of athletes.  His older brother, Sean Williams, who played collegiate basketball with Boston College, went on to play in the NBA.  His older sister, Brea, was a track and field athlete with Texas A & M, is the current NCAA champion in the weight throw category.  Garrett himself, was also a track and field athlete in his high school years.

Myles Garrett’s collegiate career with Texas A & M has earned him a lot of respect and has earned him his spot on top of most analysts’ draft boards.  In just his Freshman year, Garrett broke South Carolina’s monster DL/DE, Jadeveon Clowney’s 8 sack record in his first 9 games.  He improved on his 11.5 sacks of his Freshman year by gathering 12 sacks as a Sophomore.  During his Junior, and final, season with Texas A & M, Garrett had limited duty after suffering a high ankle sprain early in the season.  His limited, but effective work, along with his remarkable Freshman and Sophomore seasons, left Garrett a Unanimous Consensus All American.

Garrett declared his intention to enter this year’s draft on New Year’s Eve of 2016.

Ed Coleman
Baseline Times Staff Writer

Ed will be keeping us posted on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida State Seminoles throughout the upcoming 2017 football season.

NFL Releases Full 2017 Schedule

With free agency already started and the draft on the horizon, The NFL released its 2017 regular season schedule on Thursday, reigniting hope for fans of all 32 teams. Obviously teams still have many roster moves to make, and injuries can happen at any time, so the importance of some games might change. Assuming nothing too drastic happens though, here’s a quick look at some of the big games this upcoming season. The season will kick off on Thursday, September 7th on NBC, when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, in what will no doubt be a boisterous Gillette Stadium. However, week 1’s marquee game doesn’t come until Sunday, September 10th on Fox, when the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot both suffered their first, and only loss for a bit, at the hands of the Giants during last season’s week one. This one should be an exciting game, like most games between the Giants and Cowboys. Week 1 wraps up on Monday, September 11th on with a Monday Night Football doubleheader on ESPN. First, the New Orleans Saints visit the Minnesota Vikings. Then, the Los Angeles Chargers (that’s going to take some getting used to) head to Denver to take on the Broncos. Not exactly the best end to what will surely be an excellent week 1, but ESPN seems to have developed a problem picking the right games to schedule on Monday nights.

Week two in the NFL gets good on Sunday, September 17th on CBS, when the New England Patriots travel to New Orleans against the Saints. New England just acquired WR Brandin Cooks from New Orleans this off season, so you can expect Cooks and Bill Belichick both to show off a bit against what will probably still be a bad Saints defense. The anyone say “playing against your former team?” Well maybe not playing, but coaching. That’ll be the case on Fox, when former Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator and current Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach, Doug Pederson, leads his new team into Arrowhead Stadium. Oh, and also, current Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid, used to be the Head Coach of the Eagles, and recommended the job to Pederson. Should be a fun game. The last big matchup of week 2 comes on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, as the Green Bay Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of last years NFC Championship game. Week 3 gets rolling on Thursday, September 21st on the NFL Network, when the Los Angeles Rams travel north to play the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday, September 24th, week 3 gets a pair of marquee division games, both on FOX. First the New Orleans Saints take on the Carolina Panthers. Then it’s the NFC East’s turn, when the New York Giants face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. Thursday Night Football gets another big game in week 4, this time on CBS, as the Chicago Bears have a date with The Green Bay Packer in legendary Lambeau Field. Week 4’s other big game comes on Sunday, October 1st on CBS, when the Pittsburgh Steelers go to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. This game has low score and big hits written all over it.

Week five is a bit of a low point in terms of “big” matchups. The only one takes place on Sunday, October 8th on FOX, when the Green Bay Packers return to the scene of their most recent playoff win to face off against the Dallas Cowboys. After a calm week 5, week 6 gets the ball back rolling again on Thursday, October 12th on CBS, when the Philadelphia Eagles pay Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers a visit. Sunday, October 15th brings week 6’s big division match ups. First the Green Bay Packers visit the Minnesota Vikings on Fox. While on CBS, The New England Patriots travel to New York to take on the Jets. Week 7 kicks off on Thursday, October 19th on CBS, when The Kansas City Chiefs visit their division rivals the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders. The big division games continue on Sunday, October 22nd on NBC, when the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Heinz Field to play the Pittsburgh Steelers. These two teams straight up don’t like each other. So expect a very physical, very hard hitting game, with plenty of penalty flags being thrown. Monday Night Football finally gets another marquee game on Monday, October 23rd on ESPN, when the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles. Similar to week 5, week 8 doesn’t have too many games that pop out at you. However, Sunday, October 29th on FOX, the Washington Redskins go to Dallas to play the Cowboys. Then, on October 30th , Monday Night Football goes two weeks straight with a good game, as the Denver Broncos travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Week nine gets a big AFC South showdown on Sunday, November 5th on CBS when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts go to Houston to take on the Texans. Not be outdone, Fox has match up of the last two SuperBowls runner ups, when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Carolina Panthers. Three straight weeks watchable games on Monday Night Football? Somebody pinch me. Monday, November 6th on ESPN, the Detroit Lions travel to Green Bay to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Week 10 gets going on Thursday, November 9th on NBC, as the Seattle Seahawks go to Arizona to play the Cardinals. Then, the Dallas Cowboys travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Sunday, November 12th on FOX. November 19th sees week 11’s first big game, when the Philadelphia Eagles head to Dallas to square off against the Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Then, ESPN is back with another big Monday Night Football game on November 20th, as the Seattle Seahawks meet The Atlanta Falcons inside the Georgia Dome. Week 12 kicks off on Thanksgiving (November 23rd) with a smorgasbord of huge games. First, FOX has the Minnesota Vikings visiting the Detroit Lions. Then, CBS brings you what should be an entertaining game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium. Finally, the holiday triple header ends on NBC with the New York Giants heading to Washington to take on the Redskins. Week 12 picks right back up on Sunday, November 26th on CBS, when the New England Patriots go to Miami to play the Dolphins. NBC wraps up the week 12’s big games on Sunday Night Football, when the Green Bay Packers take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

On Thursday, November 30th, CBS gets week 13 rolling, when the Washington Redskins visit the Dallas Cowboys. Sunday, December 3rd on FOX, the Carolina Panthers travel to New Orleans for a shootout with the Saints. While the December 4th edition of ESPN’s Moday Night Football will bring us the final regular season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers ad Cincinnati Bengals, from Cincinnati. Thursday Night Football hosts one of week 14’s big games on December 7th on NBC, when the New Orleans Saints head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. Sunday December 10th has week 14’s other two big match ups. Firs, the Oakland raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs on CBS. Then on FOX, the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants, in New York. Week 15 has all its good games on Sunday December 17th. First, the Green Bay Packers visit the Carolina Panthers, and The Philadelphia Eagles head to New York to face the Giants, both games on FOX. Then, CBS has the New England Patriots traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, in what will probably be a highly anticipated game. Christmas Eve (December 24th) will see some good games as part of the week 16 action. On CBS, The Buffalo Bills will face off with the New England Patriots in Foxborough. Fox will have the showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers, from Bank Of America Stadium. Then, the Seattle Seahawks travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys, also on FOX. Week 17’s games are a bit too unpredictable to preview. Some teams will be playing for their playoff lives, while other will rest their important players to avoid injury, so who knows what that will bring.

So there it is. A quick look at the 2017 NFL regular season. Again, please remember that the draft and remaining free agents, along with any injuries that happen during the season, can alter the “box office appeal”of any given game. For now though, all of us can sit around and fantasize about our favorite team’s upcoming season, because as of now we’re all tied at 0-0.

Wesly Avendano
Baseline Time Staff Writer