NFL Draft 2018 – Top 100 Pro Prospects Final Rankings – RB Saquon Barkley #1 Prospect

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

Running back Saquon Barkley is our #1 prospect for the NFL Draft this year. He has ranked #1 from September 2017 and there has been no reason to move him. He had a terrific 2017 performance and concluded with a special NFL Combine that earned him the elite status. He is NFL ready and a prospect who is expected to go in the top five and possibly as high as the #2 overall selection currently held by the New York Giants.

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NFL Draft Rankings    * Declared Underclassmen

      Pro Prospect        /   Position  /      School
1 * Saquon Barkley                   RB                  Penn St
2 * Sam Darnold                       QB                  USC
3 Bradley Chubb                       DE                  NC St
4 * Quenton Nelson                 OG                   Notre Dame
5 * Minkah Fitzpatrick              S                    Alabama
6 * Josh Rosen                         QB                    UCLA
7 Baker Mayfield                      QB                   Oklahoma
8 * Denzel Ward                       CB                    Ohio St
9 * Roquan Smith                    LB                    Georgia
10 * Josh Allen                          QB                   Wyoming
11 * Derwin James                    S                      Florida St
12 * Tremaine Edmunds         LB                    Virginia Tech
13 Mike McGlinchey                 OT                  Notre Dame
14 * Calvin Ridley                     WR                  Alabama
15 Marcus Davenport               DE                   UTSA
16 Vita Vea                                DT                  Washington
17 * Connor Williams                 OT                  Texas
18 * Leighton Vander Esch        LB                   Boise St
19 Rashaan Evans                      LB                   Alabama
20 * Taven Bryan                       DT                   Florida
21 * Jaire Alexander                  CB                   Louisville
22 * D.J. Moore                         WR                  Maryland
23 * Da’Ron Payne                    DT                   Alabama
24 * Kolton Miller                      OT                   UCLA
25 * Mike Hughes                      CB                   Central Florida
26 Christian Kirk                       WR                  Texas A&M
27 * Joshua Jackson                 CB                    Iowa
28 Isaiah Wynn                         OG                   Georgia
29 * Courtland Sutton              WR                   SMU
30 * Sam Hubbard                    DE                   Ohio State
31 Maurice Hurst                      DT                    Michigan
32 Billy Price                              C                      Ohio St
33 Will Hernandez                    OG                   Texas-El Paso
34 * Derrius Guice                    RB                    LSU
35 Dallas Goedert                     TE                    South Dakota St
36 Frank Ragnow                      C                      Arkansas
37 Lorenzo Carter                     LB                    Georgia
38 * Ronnie Harrison               S                      Alabama
39 Sony Michel                         RB                    Georgia
40 D.J Chark                             WR                   LSU
41 * Carlton Davis                     CB                    Auburn
42 Harold Landry                     DE/LB              Boston College
43 * Harrison Phillips              DT                    Stanford
44 * James Daniels                   OL                    Iowa
45 * Arden Key                          DE/LB              LSU
46 * Lamar Jackson                  QB                   Louisville
47 * Isaiah Oliver                      CB                    Colorado
48 Mason Rudolph                   QB                   Oklahoma St
49 Tyrell Crosby                       OT                    Oregon
50 * Justin Reid                         S                      Stanford
51 Austin Corbett                      OL                    Nevada
52 * Hayden Hurst                     TE                    South Carolina
53 Uchenna Nwosu                  LB                    USC
54 * Rasheem Green                DL                    Southern Cal
55 Mike Gesicki                         TE                    Penn St
56 * Brian O’Neill                      OT                    Pittsburgh
57 * Tim Settle                           DT                    Virginia Tech
58 * Ronald Jones II                 RB                    Southern Cal
59 James Washington              WR                   Oklahoma St
60 * Mark Andrews                   TE                    Oklahoma
61 B.J. Hill                                DT                    N.C. St
62 * Donte Jackson                   CB                    LSU
63 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo           LB                    Oklahoma
64 Anthony Miller                      WR                   Memphis
65 Braden Smith                      OG                   Auburn
66 Rashaad Penny                    RB                    San Diego St
67 Kemoko Turay                      DE                    Rutgers
68 Nathan Shepherd                 DT                    Fort Hays St
69 * Jessie Bates                      S                      Wake Forest
70 * Kerryon Johnson               RB                    Auburn
71 Martinas Rankin                    OT                    Mississippi St
72 Da’Shawn Hand                    DE                   Alabama
73 * Deon Cain                          WR                   Clemson
74 Nick Chubb                          RB                    Georgia
75 Anthony Averett                    CB                    Alabama
76 * Nyheim Hines                     RB                    North Carolina St
77 * Orlando Brown                   OT                    Oklahoma
78 * Malik Jefferson                  LB                    Texas
79 Dante Pettis                         WR                   Washington
80 Jaylen Samuels                    TE                    NC St
81 Duke Ejiofor                         DE                   Wake Forest
82 DaeSean Hamilton                WR                   Penn St
83 * Josh Sweat                        DE                   Florida St
84 Darius Leonard                     LB                    South Carolina St
85 * Equanimeous St. Brown      WR                   Notre Dame
86 * R.J. McIntosh                     DT                    Miami
87 Oren Burks                           LB                    Vanderbilt
88 * Trent Thompson                 DT                    Georgia
89 Michael Gallup                      WR                   Colorado St
90 * Kevin Toliver                      CB                    LSU
91 * Jerome Baker                     LB                    Ohio St
92 Chukwuma Okorafor            OT                    Western Michigan
93 Duke Dawson                       CB                    Florida
94 Fred Warner                         LB                    Brigham Young
95 * Breeland Speaks                DE                   Ole Miss
96 * Rashaan Gaulden              S                      Tennessee
97 * Tre’Quan Smith                  WR                   Central Florida
98 Kyzir White                           S                      West Virginia
99 * Tarvarus McFadden            CB                    Florida St
100 * Terrell Edmunds              S                      Virginia Tech

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TE Dallas Goedert Heads Small College ‘Dirty Dozen’ – Yearbook Scouting Report

TE Dallas Goedert of South Dakota St. – Heads Small College ‘Dirty Dozen’ –

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Goedert is our #1 prospect and has a top 40 ranking. He could be a surprise late first round selection and is an emerging blue chip player. He is our highest rated prospect from the lower level in over ten years. He has impact ability with the skill set to be a complete player. Clubs like the Patriots, Colts, Dolphins and Raiders interested.

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   The ‘Dirty Dozen’
 – Top 12 Overall Prospects

             Prospect  /    Position / School                 
  1 Dallas Goedert            TE     South Dakota St     
2 Nathan Shepherd  DT    Fort Hays St (Ks)          
  3 Darius Leonard                 LB        South Carolina St       
  4 P.J. Hall                               DT        Sam Houston St         
  5 Kyle Lauletta                      QB       Richmond
  6 Andrew Ankrah                 LB        James Madison                       
  7 Siran Neal                            S          Jacksonville St           
  8 Davontae Harris               CB        Illinois St                    
  9 Bilal Nichols                        DT        Delaware                     
10 John Franklin-Myers      DE        Stephen F. Austin       
11 Brandon Parker                 OL        North Carolina A&T     
12 Alex Cappa                          OL        Humboldt St (Ca.)       

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1 Dallas Goedert #86 – South Dakota St           6-5       255       – Sp. 4.80 
                 Hindu Theory: Jason Witten                                        Rating 87
Long athletic physical specimen was a vital part of the SD St offense while starting during his final three seasons. Earned FCS All-American honors his last two campaigns. Big angular athlete with natural soft hands and fine agility to be a big factor in the passing game. Incredible production at the FCS level and defied double coverage in many key situations. The best average yards per reception for any tight end in the draft and indicative of his ability to stretch the middle of the field and make plays after the reception. Huge frame and long arms (34”) with natural hands and deceptive speed due to his long smooth strides. His height and long length plus his leaping ability allow him to extend for high passes and make him a tough physical mismatch for any defender. Played a variety of ways including inline, split wide or flexed out and H-back. Most diverse TE prospect in this talented group. Knows how to use his size well, whether it is blocking for the running game or using his wide wingspan as a receiver. Attacks the defender with his long strides, can explode out of his breaks and create separation and runs precise routes. Uses his big frame to shield defenders and snatch the ball in the air, relying on his large naturally soft hands. Lacks power as a drive blocker, but shows above average technique to effectively wall off a defender, sustain, and keep him out of the play. Slender athlete and would benefit from strength work and additional muscle to compete in the physical NFL game.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he started all 14 games and caught 72 passes for 1111 yards, 15.4 yard average and 7 TDs while earning 1st team All-American honors. As a junior, he started all 13 games and made 92 catches for 1293 yards for a 14.1 average and 11 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 198 catches for 2988 yards for an impressive 15.1 yard average and 21 TDs. He has the potential to be a nice NFL playmaker. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 256 lbs. and 6’5” with 34” arms and 10” hands. He did 23 reps, but did not workout due to a hamstring pull. Similar to Jason Witten in size, mobility and overall skill set.
The Skinny: Talented fluid well-rounded prospect with huge upside as a pro. Long receiver with the speed to stretch the seam in the vertical game and capable of surprising and becoming an early starter. Dangerous red zone receiver with impact ability. Developed prospect with the talent to become a major weapon. Rising top 60-75 prospect with developed receiving skills to give a team a different dimension. Nice upside as a blocker. Probable 2nd round pick with a high ceiling for today’s game.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round




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Defensive Tackle Position Features Talented Deep Class of Prospects with Early NFL Starting Grades

Defensive Tackles Grade: A

The Defensive Tackle class is one of the premier groups in recent years and one of the strongest positions this year and probably the best along with the cornerback from the defensive side of the ball.

    Defensive Tackle  –  Nathan Shepherd –          Ft. Hays (Ks)

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 Positional Overview:
This year’s tackle class is a very strong group after an average draft class last spring. It is especially deep overall through the top 100-125 prospects, though not an especially top-heavy position. Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are two highly rated prospects who figure to go in the top 15 selections. Both are NFL ready and should press for rookie starting roles. Taven Bryan, Maurice Hurst, Harrison Phillips and Tim Settle are first round bubble prospects. Phillips and Bryan are tweener linemen and scheme diverse to play inside and outside. Hurst worked out well on his pro day after some medical heart issues arose at the NFL Combine. He is a high level three technique tackle with an early starting grade. Settle is a huge lineman who fits the zero and one technique to become an anchor in the middle. He is expected to be selected in the top 40 overall choices. They could see 8 to 10 chosen from the middle of the first round through the top 100 picks. The highest rated prospects are all graded from the mid-1st through the 3rd round area. Juniors head this class with seven of the top ten prospects underclassmen. B.J. Hill and Nathan Shepherd are fast rising defenders with some scheme flexibility and well-rounded talent who figure in the 2nd day. Shepherd is an impressive small college prospect with an excellent skill set to play inside and outside. He is the highest rated small college defender in this class and ranks in the top 100 prospects. Hill is a fast rising prospect who had an impressive final performance which has him rising in the early rounds. Juniors R.J. McIntosh, Trenton Thompson and Kendrick Norton have NFL starting talent and are fine middle round additions. Small college prospects, Bilal Nichols and P.J. Hall were impressive vs top competition and performed well in workouts. They have moved into the middle rounds in this deep class. This tackle group should provide many 3rd day selections who can become good value choices – like Justin Jones and Greg Gilmore. All carry starting grades and expected to be available in the 3rd day. As many as 15 prospects chosen in the top 150 overall picks. Expect as many as 25 DTs chosen over the 7 rounds.

  NFL Teams in need:

    1. Cowboys       5. Browns
    2. Patriots         6. Jets
    3. Colts               7. Bengals
    4. Dolphins       8. Broncos

 NFL Premier Player
   Aaron Donald
Blue Chip – Vita Vea
Blue Chip – Da’Ron Payne
Red Chip – Taven Bryan
Rising – Nathan Shepherd
Falling – Derrick Nnadi
Underrated – Justin Jones
Overrated – Folorunso Fatukasi
Sleeper –  P.J. Hall
Boom/Bust – Trenton Thompson
Ready to Play – Da’Ron Payne
Hidden Gem – Nathan Shepherd
Over drafted – Tim Settle

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Vita Vea
Best Pass Rusher – Maurice Hurst
Best Run Stuffer – Vita Vea
Pursuit – Taven Bryan
Shed Blocks – Da’Ron Payne
Recognition – Maurice Hurst
Best Intangibles –  Harrison Phillips
Ball Instincts – Taven Bryan
Strongest – Da’Ron Payne
Toughest – Harrison Phillips
Most Developed – Vita Vea

Top Defensive Tackle Prospects
1 * Vita Vea – Washington
2 * Da’Ron Payne – Alabama
3 * Taven Bryan – Florida
4 Maurice Hurst – Michigan
5 * Harrison Phillips – Stanford
6 * Tim Settle – Virginia Tech
7 B.J. Hill – North Carolina St
8 Nathan Shepherd – Fort Hays St. (Ks)
9 * R.J. McIntosh – Miami
10 * Trenton Thompson – Georgia
11 Deadrin Senat – South Florida
12 Justin Jones – North Carolina St
13 Derrick Nnadi – Florida St
14 * Kendrick Norton – Miami
15 P.J. Hall – Sam Houston St.
16 Lowell Lotulelei – Utah
17 Bilal Nichols – Delaware
18 Folorunso Fatukasi – UConn




Tremaine Edmunds and Lorenzo Carter Head Outside Linebackers

Outside Linebackers – Grade B

Positional Overview: This year’s class of outside linebackers is a very good group that should provide many starters for both pro schemes. With half the clubs playing the 3-4 scheme, this position may supply as many as 20+ defenders for that set. The top two, Tremaine Edmunds and Lorenzo Carter are late developing prospects who had outstanding final performances that continued through the postseason. Both checked off all the boxes which probably earns them mid to late 1st round selections. Edmunds impressed at every event and fits both pro schemes. Carter had an equally impressive final season that elevated him to the top of the class. He could also hear his name at the end of the first round. Seniors, Harold Landry and Uchenna Nwosu are highly regarded defenders coming strong final performances. Both carry solid late first early/second day consideration. Malik Jefferson and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo were playmakers and look to be selected on the 2nd day of the NFL Draft process. Rising prospects Shaquem Griffin, Jerome Baker and Fred Warner have drawn strong attention from pro scouts off strong finishes to their careers. They figure as top 100 bubble prospects. Griffin is the best story of any draft class, overcoming a hand deformity and subsequent amputation to excel as D1 defender who earned Conference Player of the Year honors. His NFL Combine performance will be the standard for outside linebackers for years to come. Hercules Mata’afa and Marquis Haynes fit the 3-4 clubs well. They are slipping through the cracks and have starting ability as 3-4 backers. Darius Leonard and Andrew Ankrah are small college defenders who completed excellent careers. Leonard finished with an excellent Senior Bowl. Ankrah has fallen through the cracks, but carries a starting grade for the outside in a 3-4 set. They have the makeup of premier special teams’ performers and figure in the 3rd day. This position will probably provide 8-10 prospects in the top 100 selections. Expect approximately 15 chosen in the top 150 picks with this group providing many defenders rated with starting grades. There should be as many as 20+ players chosen over the 7 rounds. This class also includes many ‘tweener types who specialize in rushing the QB and good fits for the 3-4 set, though a highly risky position. Oren Burks and Leon Jacobs are two fast underrated gems and projects to the pro 4-3 scheme and early special teams’ demons.

NFL Teams in need:

    1. Steelers      5. Cowboys
    2. Lions           6. Bills
    3. Ravens        7. Raiders
    4. Packers       8. Vikings

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      Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Lorenzo Carter
Best Run – Uchenna Nwosu
Best Pass Cover – Shaquem Griffin
Best Tackler – Tremaine Edmunds
Best Pass Rush – Harold Landry
Best Pursuit – Darius Leonard
Best Intangibles – Shaquem Griffin
Ball Instincts – Tremaine Edmunds

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Blue Chip – Tremaine Edmunds
Blue Chip – Lorenzo Carter
Red Chip – Harold Landry
Rising – Uchenna Nwosu
Falling – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Underrated – Fred Warner
Overrated – Jerome Baker
Sleeper – Darius Leonard
Boom/Bust – Malik Jefferson
Ready to Play – Harold Landry
Long Term Gem – Lorenzo Carter
Hidden Gem – Andrew Ankrah
Over drafted – Harold Landry

        Top Outside Linebackers 

1 * Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech
2 Lorenzo Carter – Georgia
3 Harold Landry – Boston College
4 Uchenna Nwosu – USC
5 * Malik Jefferson – Texas
6 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma
7 Darius Leonard – South Carolina St
8 * Jerome Baker – Ohio St
9 Fred Warner – Brigham Young
10 Oren Burks – Vanderbilt
11 Shaquem Griffin – Central Florida
12 * Hercules Mata’afa – Washington St
13 Marquis Haynes – Mississippi
14 Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin
15 Andrew Ankrah – James Madison




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NFL Trading Period Sets Off Veteran Free Agency Market 2018

NFL Trading Period Sets Off Veteran Free Agency Market

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1st round
Buffalo and Cincinnati swapped the 12th and 21st picks OT Cordy Glenn

2nd round
Buffalo from LA Rams for WR Sammy Watkins

3rd round
Kansas City #3 and CB Kendall Fuller from Washington for QB Alex Smith
Buffalo from Cleveland for QB Tyrod Taylor

4th round
Miami from Cleveland thru Philadelphia for WR Jarvis Landry
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Kansas City from LA Rams for CB Marcus Peters
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 4th round picks for a swap of QB DShoneKizer & CB Damarius Randall

5th round
Seattle from Philadelphia for DE Michael Bennett
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 5th round picks for QB DeShone Kizer & CB Damarius Randall
Denver from LA Rams for CB Aqib Talib
LA Rams from Kansas City for CB Marcus Peters
Cincinnati from Buffalo for OT Cordy Glenn and swap of #1 picks

6th round
LA Rams from Buffalo for WR Sammy Watkins
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Buffalo from Cincinnati for OT Cordy Glenn

7th round
Philadelphia from Seattle for DE Michael Bennett

Denver from Minnesota for QB Trevor Siemian – teams swap 2018 and 2019 late round selections

 




Redskins Trade for Chiefs’ Alex Smith – Kirk Cousins to Test Free Agent Market

Washington Trades for Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith – Kirk Cousins to Test Free Agent Market

QB Alex Smith - Redskins
QB Alex Smith – Redskins

In an unofficial trade due to the trading deadline starting March 14th, the Washington Redskins acquired veteran QB Alex Smith from Kansas City for their 3rd round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (78th pick overall) and young corner Kendall Fuller.
The veteran Smith had one year left on his contract and will sign a four-year extension for $91 million with $71 million guaranteed with the Redskins on the opening of the NFL year and trading period.

Smith will now be under contract for five years at $111 million. He led the NFL in passing efficiency this past season, but became expendable with the Chiefs after they moved up in the first round last April to select QB Patrick Mahomes. The trade cost them both last year and this year’s #1 picks in a deal with the Bills. The Redskins traded for Smith to replace free agent veteran Kirk Cousins who has been franchised the past three years and will test NFL Free agency this March. Negotiations with Cousins have been stagnant during his franchise label period with no progress related to any long term deal. He will be in high demand by several clubs including the Broncos, Jets, Jaguars and Bills.

The Chiefs added two year cornerback Kendall Fuller who had a breakout 2017 season and has the talent to win the corner spot opposite Pro Bowl corner Marcus Peters. It addresses a major need on the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs now have their own #2 and #3 picks, in addition to the Redskins #3 selection this April




East-West Practices – WR Daurice Fountain of Northern Iowa Heads Sleeper List

Daurice Fountain Receiver of Northern Iowa Heads Gems at East-West Shrine Week Practices

Daurice Fountain
Daurice Fountain

Daurice Fountain #10 – 6015, 210 lbs. – Northern Iowa 
Athletic senior has been one of the hidden gems from the small college level over his three starting seasons. He has had an excellent week of practice at the East-West Shrine practices that is vital for a small college performer to impress NFL scouts. Fountain hit the ground running this week and showed a business like approach to the oldest All-star game on the NFL agenda. He displayed good athleticism and the refined receiving skills to come off the line quickly and eat up NFL caliber cover men. He showed good footwork and the ability to separate at the breakpoint to get open consistently and provide his passer and sound target. His ability to go up and adjust to the throws drew attention from NFL scouts early in the week and he was one of the hot prospects through the week.

As a senior, he had 66 receptions for 943 yards and 12 TDs despite double coverage. That earned him an invitation to the East-West Shrine game. He comes in just under 6’2” and a solid 210 lbs. He entered 2017 with 82 catches for over 1100 yards and 11 TDs on 24 starts. He played in all 14 games as a true freshman and has made nice progress annually.
Strong frame with good movement skills to come off the line quickly. He benefits from a high profile sprinter running in the huddles in national meets. He adjusts nicely to the ball with the ability to snatch it easily and secure it consistently. He is one of our Players to Watch at the East-West Shrine game Saturday, Jan 20th. We will have a special list of Pro Prospects to Watch for the Shrine game to full subscribers prior to this Saturday’s contest.
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East-West Director Harold Richardson and staff has assembled another strong group of pro prospects. The East-West Shrine Game has accepted over 100 invitations for this classic game.




NFL Power Poll – Eagles and Patriots Rule Conferences

Wed, 12/27/2017

NFL Power Poll – Eagles & Patriots Rule Conferences
NFC South Bids for Three Playoff Berths

Team of the Week – New Orleans Saints

Players of the Week
Offense – RB Todd Gurley – Rams
Defense – DE Marquis Flowers – Patriots

Rookie of Week – RB Kareem Hunt – Chiefs

Photo – RB Kareem Hunt – Chiefs
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Game of Week #17 – Carolina Panthers (11-4) at Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
NFC South Matchup with Divisional Title and NFC Home Field Advantage on the line

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1- 13-2 Eagles
Eagles won despite a subpar performance by QB Nick Foles. Earned home field advantage thru NFC postseason.
#2 – 12-3 Patriots
Pats just do not beat themselves. Hold home field advantage thru AFC playoffs.
#3 – 12-3 Steelers
Steelers’ get a bye week, but will have to go through New England to win the AFC title.
#4 – 11-4 Rams
Rams’ edged out the Titans last week to clinch their first NFC West division title since 2003.
#5 – 12-3 Vikings
Vikings shutout the Rodgersless Packers. They earned NFC North title with win.
#6 – 11-4 Saints
Saints’ have met every challenge and play for NFC South title with trip to Tampa.
#7 – 11-4 Panthers
Panthers travel to Atlanta that will decide NFC South title and wild card clubs.
#8 – 9-6 Chiefs
Chiefs jumped on the Dolphins to win the AFC West title. It earned them back to back divisional titles for the first time in franchise history.
#9 – 9-6 Falcons
Falcons failed vs the Saints. Host the Panthers this week in a must win situation for a wild card berth.
#10 – 10-5 Jaguars
Jaguars’ failed to stop the 49ers in big situations. Clinched AFC South title nevertheless. Close with matchup with Titans.
#11 – 9-6 Ravens
Ravens win the final wild card berth with a win or tie vs the Bengals or a loss or tie by Bills or Titans.
#12 – 9-6 Seahawks
Seahawks beat the Cowboys to stay alive for final wild card, though they need help with a Falcons loss or tie.
#13 – 8-7 Chargers
Chargers host the Raiders in a must win situation, though they need help to extend their season.
#14 – 8-7 Titans
Titans lost another heartbreaker in the last minutes to the Rams. They can still earn wild card with a win at home vs the Jaguars.
#15 – 8-7 Cowboys
The overrated Cowboys lost to the Seahawks to get eliminated from the playoffs.
#16 – 8-7 Lions
Lions lost to the lowly Bengals which eliminated them from the playoffs in an erratic disappointing performance.
#17 – 8-7 Bills
Bills came up short vs the Patriots, but still alive to end their 17 year playoff drought vs the Dolphins.
#18 – 7-8 Redskins
Redskins beat the hapless Broncos behind a strong effort by QB Kirk Cousins.
#19 – 7-8 Packers
Packers were shut out without QB Aaron Rodgers and face key offseason decisions on personnel.
#20 – 7-8 Cardinals
Cardinals shut out the pathetic Giants in a meaningless game for both clubs.
#21 – 6-9 Dolphins
Dolphins did not show up in key game vs the Chiefs. Look for big turnover this offseason.
#22 – 6-9 Raiders
Raiders failed to play with urgency again vs the Eagles. Many veterans playing their last Raider game this week.
#23 – 6-9 Bengals
Bengals win their last home game under HC Marvin Lewis who never won a postseason game with Cinny.
#24 – 5-10 49ers
The 49ers bombed the tough Jaguars behind hot new veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo. San Fran is in place for a big run in 2018.
#25 – 5-10 Jets
Jets offense continues their disappointing performance with games on the line. In search for playmakers to become a contender.
#26 – 5-10 Broncos
Broncos will play young QB Paxton Lynch this week with Chiefs coming to Mile High.
#27 – 5-10 Bears
The Bears beat the Browns behind emerging rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky. May be last home game for HC John Fox.
#28 – 4-11 Texans
Texans were slammed by Pittsburgh. Club never recovered from losses of JJ Watt and Deshaun Watson.
#29 – 4-11 Bucs
Bucs pushed the Panthers to the limit but failed late to hold a slim lead. Top 5-8 pick can give this club a boost.
#30 – 3-12 Colts
Colts need a major overhaul to get into contention. Future health of QB Andrew Luck remains a mystery.
#31 – 2-13 Giants
Giants finishing their worst season in decades with key questions related to QB Eli Manning this offseason.
#32 – 0-15 Browns
Browns travel to Pittsburgh with a perfect 0-16 season in the balance. Two picks in top 5 selections this April.