2014 Pass Blocker Rating (PBR) February Update-Part 2

Written By: David Maziasz - Feb• 04•14

This article is the second installment of the February edition of the 2014 Pass Blocker Rating.

Previously, I was going over some of my observations and recollections from the process of grading the offensive tackle prospects. But besides introducing the PBR chart, only six players were discussed in any detail. The next five prospects I will mention now. The third article will discuss the final 5 players on the chart.

Before we get to it, here is a refresher of the data.

2014 Pass Blocker Rating (PBR)

Name
School
Pressures/Passing Snaps
PBR
Zack MartinNotre Dame1/701.07
Morgan MosesVirginia8/191
3.01
JaWuan JamesTennessee3/743.04
Jack MewhortOhio St9/1823.85
Taylor LewanMichigan12/2184.47
Billy TurnerNorth Dakota St5/884.55
James HurstNorth Carolina8/1135.53
Cyrus KouandjioAlabama14/2005.63
Justin BrittMissouri6/805.94
Seantrel HendersonMiami8/1096.19
Michael SchofieldMichigan15/1866.32
Greg RobinsonAuburn5/626.85
Joel BitonioNevada6/656.92
Jake MatthewsTexas A&M30/3416.96
Antonio RichardsonTennessee7/737.53
Cornelius LucasKansas St6/538.49

To kick things off, the North Carolina OT, James Hurst, scored very respectably with an overall score of 5.53. Due to some athletic limitations, I do not believe he will stay at left tackle in the NFL. Rather, I do think he has some talent as a blocker though, and could be a capable offensive guard at the next level. He has some good strength and the girth preferred for such a transition.

Why do I say that he may not be best suited for left tackle? Against two top quality pass rushers, Jeremiah Attaochu and Jadeveon Clowney, Hurst had trouble handling the speed of these two. And in my estimation, it had a lot to do with him just not having the elite short-area quickness to negate such speed with any real consistency. But don’t forget his score. It’s a really good one. If you’re a coach, just find a spot somewhere for a guy like this.

Narrowly behind Hurst is one tackle that I am keen on tracking further, Cyrus Kouandjio. What I like about him is the powerful build, long arms, and power to push in the run game. From a physical standpoint, he reminds of Buffalo Bills LT Cordy Glenn. Of the 1st round tackles, Kouandjio posted the second highest score, surpassing those of Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson.

I am aware that he ended his career at Alabama on a sour note, allowing a sack fumble that iced the game for Oklahoma State in the bowl game. Yet, if you are able to look at the broad picture of his career, there are some real positives. Just this year, he posted a shut-out against Texas A&M early in the season, and virtually cleaned house against Auburn in the last game of the regular season. Like Hurst, he may be best positioned at in a way that maximizes his ability to play with power-in some systems that may be on the left side, but more than likely he could see his time spent on the right.

Skipping ahead, Justin Britt, the Missouri LT strikes me as a strong man just from the looks of him. He isn’t an outstanding athlete, but he has heavy hands and can deliver a blow. From a bottom line standpoint, he shut out Auburn, and he fared well against Jadeveon Clowney, allowing just two hurries on 25 countable passing snaps. But without sounding like a broken record, I think he doesn’t have the elite agility required to play NFL left tackle.  And really, there is nothing wrong with that. Such athletes who can move swiftly at 300+ pounds are something of a rarity. I do think he will impress people on the bench press at the Combine, however.

Seantrel Henderson, the #1 overall prospect coming out of high school fits the bill in terms of looking the part of an NFL offensive lineman. He meets all the standard measurements-height, weight, arm length, hand size. He played exclusively at right tackle at Miami, where he was benched intermittently for some off-field concerns. When on the field, he flashed dominance, but struggled with playing with control and balance. I haven’t yet figured him out, but there is enough potential that the teams looking for upside will give him a good look.

So, there you have it. In the final post of this series, I will explain, as I am sure you are wondering, why most people’s top two offensive tackle prospects in the draft are sitting near the bottom of the list. Check back soon to find out!

2014 Pass Blocker Rating (PBR) February Update-Part 1

Written By: David Maziasz - Feb• 01•14

By this time of year, several significant pieces to the draft puzzle are in place. The draft order is all but set, the pool of draftable players is established, and the Senior Bowl is in the books. So, I say to myself, now seems like high time that I release an update of the Pass Blocker Rating. Although there is still a bit of film review left, compared to the October update, the ratings for each player are now much more reliable due to the abundance of data since that time.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, allow me to make one caveat. The Pass Blocker Rating (PBR) is primarily an evaluation of one aspect of offensive tackle play: pass blocking consistency. I chose this quality because the NFL has become such a pass heavy league that this trait is highly valued in the evaluation process.

As a reminder, if you are unfamiliar with the rating/scoring system for the PBR, here is an refresher:

Just as the Pass Rusher Rating quantified the amount of pressure said players applied throughout the season, the Pass Blocker Rating (PBR) will investigate how much pressure a given offensive tackle allowed.

The scoring system remains nearly unchanged from last year,  (remember: low scores are preferable to high scores in this case):

  • Sacks allowed=1.0 point
  • Hits and hurries on the QB=0.75 points
  • Holding penalties=0.75 points

Consider the assigned score to be roughly equivalent to the the percentage of snaps that a blocker allows pressure on his QB. Therefore, a PBR of 10 will roughly equate to allowing pressures on 10% of passing snaps.

Now for the data itself.

2014 Pass Blocker Rating (PBR) Chart

Name
School
Pressures/Passing Snaps
PBR
Zack MartinNotre Dame1/701.07
Morgan MosesVirginia8/191
3.01
JaWuan JamesTennessee3/743.04
Jack MewhortOhio St9/1823.85
Taylor LewanMichigan12/2184.47
Billy TurnerNorth Dakota St5/884.55
James HurstNorth Carolina8/1135.53
Cyrus KouandjioAlabama14/2005.63
Justin BrittMissouri6/805.94
Seantrel HendersonMiami8/1096.19
Michael SchofieldMichigan15/1866.32
Greg RobinsonAuburn5/626.85
Joel BitonioNevada6/656.92
Jake MatthewsTexas A&M30/3416.96
Antonio RichardsonTennessee7/737.53
Cornelius LucasKansas St6/538.49

To avoid any single 6,000 word post, I’ll just discuss the top performers now, and will talk about my findings on the remaining players in a follow up post.

Prior to the Senior Bowl, several of these players were not included in my research. But after hearing some buzz about Billy Turner, Joel Bitonio, and Zack Martin, I pulled up film on them, and boy, I am glad I did!

The Prospects In Review

Starting with Zack Martin, he outperformed every single player I watched throughout this process. I was very impressed with his mobility, balance, and consistency. Against competitors like USC and Michigan State, he allowed just a single pressure on the quarterback, mirroring his opponents play after play. Watching the film of this two-time team captain, albeit I only was able to watch 3 games, he plays like an elite OL prospect.  Here is the catch: his physical measurements are not on par with the NFL average at the position. Sadly, there is nothing he can do about it, either. From what I understand, his natural position at the next level would be guard, which makes some sense based on how Notre Dame used him last season. In many cases, they played 1 and 2 tight end sets to his side, effectively making him the occasional interior lineman. Nevertheless, he has outstanding movement skills which allowed him to recover any time he was initially beat on a play.

At one point, I figured it was an anomaly, but the more I watch Morgan Moses, the more I buy into his ability to play. He is not one of the top athletes in this group, but he is deliberate in his movements, patient, and strong. He can handle speed rushers like Jeremiah Attaochu from Georgia Tech and Vic Beasley from Clemson, and I like that about him, since he is a big, powerful man. The question remaining for him is whether he can handle those speed to power rushers-the types that he will see in the NFL.

The right tackle from Tennessee, JaWuan James, has been overshadowed by his teammate, Antonio Richardson. But what James has done last year suggests that this should not be the case. Mid season, James faced off against Jadeveon Clowney, simply stoning him all game long.  He is one of the larger OT prospects in this class, and excels when he utilizes his power. Just like Morgan Moses, he doesn’t have the elite foot speed for the position, and I expect him to stay on the right side in the NFL.

Previously the PBR leader, Jack Mewhort’s rating dropped off slightly with his performance against Clemson in the bowl game. He is a technician at the position, and displays calm and control in his craft. He has shorter than average arms but big hands, which help him steer opposing rushers.  At Ohio State, he was part of a very efficient unit that blocked downfield very well. I am interested to see if some of the zone blocking teams will go after him in the draft.

Similar to Mewhort, Taylor Lewan was putting together an elite PBR score entering late season. But when he faced Ohio State, they got the best of him. In this meeting, he gave up 2 sacks, 2 hurries, and 3 hits on 40 countable passing snaps-by far the most difficult game for him that I saw. Apart from that game, on many occasions, he showed excellent agility, especially out in space, and he can really dominate in pass protection. He was recruited to operate in a zone blocking scheme at Michigan, which is where I think he will fit best at the next level, despite transitioning to the Wolverines’ power scheme under Brady Hoke.

The final player with a  sub 5.0 PBR score was rather new to me, and perhaps to you as well, Billy Turner. A small school prospect from FCS national champion North Dakota State, Turner impressed me a great deal. For a 315 pound man, he can move, move, move. He has technique to improve, but the ability is there for him to grow into a fine NFL lineman. Against the one big school that ND State faced, Kansas State, he handled himself quite well, allowing only 1 hit and committing 1 holding penalty on 29 countable passing snaps.

In the next segment, I will be sure to review the remaining prospects on the chart above.  What do you think of the list? Whose score surprised you the most?

2013-2014 Quarterback Accuracy Rating (QBAR)

Written By: David Maziasz - Jan• 20•14

As befits arguably the most difficult position to play in sports, evaluating a NFL quarterback prospect is an uncommonly challenging task. Many skills and traits go into being a successful signal caller. Yet, I wanted to break down, in depth, one of the critical aspects of this salient position: accuracy.

Speaking of accuracy, this brings us to a new segment in Essential Football Skills series, the Quarterback Accuracy Rating (QBAR).

What is the QBAR?

The QB Accuracy Rating, just like the Pass Blocker Rating and Pass Rusher Rating, focuses in on one of the key factors in the success of a football player. In this case, the QBAR is more or less an adjusted completion percentage, broken down by the length of the throw.

I examined the top four quarterback prospects in this class, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Derek Carr, charting each of their throws against their three toughest competitors (as decided by opponent’s NCAA ranking in total defense), Also, included was each player’s bowl game performance. Each throw was evaluated, and I chose to categorize them by distance:

  • Short throws (0-6 yards past line of scrimmage (LOS))
  • Medium throws (over 6 yards but less than 15)
  • Deep throws (15+ yards)

Note, many offenses throw significant numbers of what I’ll refer to as “zero throws.” Such throws (various types of screen passes and push passes) that were completed behind the LOS were tossed out of this calculation because I didn’t want these high percentage passes to skew the numbers too much.

After categorizing the throws by distance, I assigned a weight to them, since this is an adjusted completion percentage. Just like with any normal completion percentage calculation, I took the total # of completions and divided that by the total number of throws. This equals the raw completion percentage. But the QBAR goes a little bit beyond that. I wanted to add value to throws that were incomplete because the wide receiver dropped the ball, or if the defense was called for pass interference. Those types of things. so each of those “circumstantial incompletions” count as 3/4 of a completion.

Why the QBAR?

I wanted to break down for you these QB’s accuracy at various ranges because I find it gives insight into which offensive system(s) they might be best suited. On this note, I found a poignant quote from the brilliant Bill Walsh which summarizes the usefulness of charting throws:

You look at how complete an inventory of throws a quarterback possesses — from screen passes to timed short passes to medium range passes and down the field throws. This complete range….But you are looking to evaluate in all facets and distances and types of passes in throwing the ball…. You can see where the emphasis of the offense would be if he were with your team.

Alright, now for the really good stuff.

Teddy Bridewater

Throw Distance
Total # of Throws
Raw Compl. %
QBAR %
Short6674.286.7
Medium3876.382.2
Deep3740.546.6
Total14166.075.0

First, our top performer, Teddy Bridgewater, QB from Louisville. It should be noted that Mr. Bridgewater leads the group in short and medium range throws, by a rather decisive margin. He was regularly making tough throws against some very good defenses. But what stands out most is his calm in the pocket, and his ability to move and slide with ease. By far, he has the most polish of any of the quarterbacks in this area. His one area for improvement was on deep throws over 15 yards. Based on his numbers, Teddy Bridgewater looks best suited for a play-action heavy offense that utilizes decision making and shorter throws, better known as a West Coast scheme. Some teams that run this offense (and also may want a quarterback) are Houston (possibly West Coast), Jacksonville, and Kansas City.

Blake Bortles

Throw Distance
Total # of Throws
Raw Compl. %
QBAR %
Short3969.273.1
Medium3060.067.5
Deep2040.051.3
Total8959.666.3

Second best performer was Blake Bortles of Central Florida. A strong athlete, and very tough, Bortles proved to be one of the better deep ball throwers. But what I liked most were the late game drives he put together: one to beat Louisville, another to seal the Bowl game against Baylor. Numbers-wise, he performed strongly on throws greater than 6 yards, but ranked last in short distance accuracy, by just a tad. Good fits for Blake Bortles are expected to be vertical offensive schemes. Some names that come to mind are possibly Houston (Bill O’Brien coached against him this season, and likes QB’s with his character traits), Oakland, possibly Minnesota, and Arizona.

Johnny Manziel

Throw Distance
Total # of Throws
Raw Compl. %
QBAR %
Short3565.774.3
Medium3863.265.1
Deep4942.953.6
Total12255.763.1

The creative and exciting Johnny Manziel came in as a close 3rd in total QBAR. Aside from his wonderful elusiveness, Johnny actually surprised me by how frequently he was asked to throw the ball downfield. He impressed me by posting the best deep ball QBAR, completing 53.6% of his passes over 15 yards. In terms of offensive fits for him, I find that quite challenging, because there are so few players of his stature and skill set. I wrote previously that Manziel could be a good fit in Oakland because of their offensive coordinator, Greg Olsen. But more generically, I think Manziel can fit best in a vertical offense that allows him time to scramble and move around. But besides Oakland, Cleveland offers an interesting opportunity, depending on who they choose as their coach.

Derek Carr

Throw Distance
Total # of Throws
Raw Compl. %
QBAR %
Short6365.178.2
Medium4955.162.8
Deep5429.644.9
Total16650.662.8

Finally, Derek Carr of Fresno State finishes off the group. Carr has a big-league arm, and uses it on a regular basis. However, I didn’t see the consistency of ball placement on deep throws that would allow me to recommend him for a vertical style offense. Really, there are two issues that I see facing Derek Carr in games: getting rid of the ball too quickly when pressured, and inconsistent ball placement on deep throws. He has an outstanding skill set, but he has some work to do to catch up to the other three prospects in terms of productivity. Good fits for Carr, perhaps a West Coast scheme like Kansas City. An experienced QB teacher like Andy Reid could take Carr a long way.

All four of these talented prospects could be selected in the 1st round in May. But they will have to continue to work hard throughout this pre-draft season. Who do you think is the most accurate passer of this group, and will it have a significant impact on their draft position?

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: January Edition

Written By: David Maziasz - Jan• 18•14

To provide further information about my thought process in these picks, I have included each team’s general tendency/philosophy in player acquisition. The “Drafts primarily for” section tells whether a specific team heavily relies on measurables such as arm length, speed, size when selecting player, or if they use some other qualities such as college production to guide their decisions.  I hope this information helps, and I look forward to your thoughts!

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1. Houston Texans

Decision Makers: Rick Smith, Bill O’Brien

–Drafts primarily for: Production/Leadership

Blake Bortles | QB | Central Florida

After reviewing the top QB’s available in this draft, and from hearing the type of player Bill O’Brien prefers, the player that makes most sense is Blake Bortles. He is athletic, tough, and has the most well-rounded accuracy. Plus, O’Brien has seen Bortles up close when Central Florida faced Penn State last season. I am aware that Johnny Manziel has been chosen by Mel Kiper as the pick here, but Johnny’s off-field issues do not fit well with the type of player this franchise typically selects.

2. St. Louis Rams (from WAS)

Decision Makers: Les Snead, Jeff Fisher

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Sammy Watkins | WR | Clemson

Despite using substantial resources on receivers, the Rams are still in need of offensive production. Sammy Watkins is the type of explosive, yet surprisingly physical option that St. Louis’s GM appreciates. Watkins has been unstoppable against the top competition, displaying all the desirable traits of an elite NFL wide receiver.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Decision Makers: David Caldwell, Gus Bradley

–Drafts primarily for: Production/Leadership

Khalil Mack | OLB | Buffalo

A dominant pass rusher, according to the Pass Rusher Rating, Mack would give the Jaguars defense the versatile centerpiece that it lacks up front. He can do pretty much anything asked of him, and I simply think he is the best player I have seen this year. If Gus Bradley wants to bring some flavor of the Seattle defensive scheme down south, this would be a great place to start.

4. Cleveland Browns

Decision Makers: Michael Lombardi

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Jadeveon Clowney | DE | South Carolina

One of several landing spots for a quarterback, Cleveland appears well situated to select Johnny Manziel (or another QB). But Michael Lombardi loves outstanding athletes, and Jadeveon Clowney is the type of prospect this team will keen on. My feeling is that the Browns choose Clowney here, then work on a deal to move back up from the 26th overall pick to get a quarterback like Manziel.

Oakland Raiders (NFL.com)

5. Oakland Raiders

Decision Makers: Reggie McKenzie, Dennis Allen

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Anthony Barr | DE/OLB | UCLA

The Raiders run a multiple look defense, but they have yet to acquire a versatile pass rusher to power up this unit. I cannot think of anyone better suited for this task than Anthony Barr, who has been a force for UCLA, despite working constantly against opposing teams intent on shutting him down. This would be a great pick for Oakland.

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6. Atlanta Falcons

Decision Makers: Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Eric Ebron | TE | North Carolina

It was sad to see Tony Gonzalez’s career come to a close this season, especially in such an anticlimactic fashion. His departure leaves a hole in the Atlanta offense, one that North Carolina’s Eric Ebron can help fill. This organization is big on measurables, and Ebron is expected to test extremely well in the pre-draft process.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Decision Makers: Lovie Smith

–Drafts primarily for:???

Kony Ealy | DE | Missouri

Tampa’s defense, the Tampa Two, cannot field a quality defense without a strong defensive line. But to build such a unit, I wouldn’t try doing it on the cheap. They have the prime mover in 3-tech DT Gerald McCoy. They still must find a reliable edge rusher to pair with him. Kony Ealy has been highly productive, showing his quickness, versatility, and disruptiveness in the process.

8. Minnesota Vikings

Decision Makers: Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer

–Drafts primarily for: ???

Teddy Bridgewater | QB | Louisville

The Vikings are in a precarious contract situation going into 2014. They will be faced with the possibility of losing Jared Allen and /or Kevin Williams to free agency. So, a pass rusher would make sense. Since a top flight QB available, one with the kind of OUTSTANDING short-medium accuracy to force opponents to respect the pass, they should go this route. Bridgewater is very polished in terms of pocket presence and mobility within that area. He would be a good pick for first time head coach Mike Zimmer.

9. Buffalo Bills

Decision Makers: Doug Whaley, Doug Marrone

–Drafts primarily for: ???

Taylor Lewan | OT | Michigan

Khalil Mack is the popular favorite for Buffalo fans, but I would be very surprised to see him get anywhere close to this far down the board. He is just too amazing a player. However, Buffalo is presented with a rather unique opportunity: to select the top offensive tackle prospect in the draft.
They can plug Lewan in on either the right or left side, allowing coach Marrone to experiment with various combinations on the offensive line. Lewan doesn’t receive enough attention for his potential to be a dominant left tackle in the NFL.

10. Detroit Lions

Decision Makers: Martin Mayhew, Jim Caldwell

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

C.J. Mosley | LB | Alabama

If Detroit has their druthers, Sammy Watkins would be their first choice. Finding a dangerous option to pair with Calvin Johnson has been a goal for this front office for years, to no avail. But having to move up 5+ spots isn’t likely, making the choice of the super instinctive C.J. Mosley their guy. Mosley can play inside or out, giving the Lions a clear plan once Stephen Tulloch retires.

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11. Tennessee Titans

Decision Makers:Ruston Webster, Ken Whisenhunt

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Greg Robinson | OT | Auburn

Some contend that Greg Robinson is the best tackle prospect in the draft. On potential, I do not dispute that claim. He can plow like an ox in the run game, and shows the agility to get out and play in space. His consistency in pass protection, however, slips him down to this spot, where the Titans jump up and down. This offense is built to play power football, and Robinson, a former guard, can start there until Michael Roos or David Stewart retire.

12. New York Giants

Decision Makers: Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin

–Drafts primarily for: Production/Leadership

Jake Matthews | OT | Texas A&M

.I like Jake Matthews to the Giants because he fits their profile. Just like in the case of Justin Pugh, the Giants like versatility in their blockers, and they have a preference for athleticism and quickness. These traits give the team the luxury of achieving interchangeability on the offensive line.

13. St. Louis Rams

Decision Makers: Les Snead, Jeff Fisher

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Calvin Pryor | S | Louisville

Jeff Fisher has had athletic safeties to work with in his defense in Tennessee. Yet, a difference maker back there has eluded him in St. Louis. But no longer! Calvin Pryor, a surprisingly smooth athlete for being 6’2,” can do all the things expected of a playmaking safety. Great player with a lot of potential.

14. Chicago Bears

Decision Makers: Phil Emery, Marc Trestman

–Drafts primarily for: Height, weight, speed

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix| S | Alabama

Per my long time Bears friend Brett at Midway Illustrated, the Bears have been utilizing far too many bland zone looks in the defense this season. If they want to continue operating in base defense, they will need to talent to do so. Having a capable cover safety with range can go a long way. Clinton-Dix fits the Bears front office’s preference for great athletes.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

Decision Makers: Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin

–Drafts primarily for:

Louis Nix | NT | Notre Dame

Pittsburgh made strides last offseason in finding potential solutions on their offensive line, at running back, and safety. They still have to identify a long term solution to fill Casey Hampton’s role. Notre Dame’s Louis Nix is a giant, and should have no problem handling the responsibility of plugging the middle in Pittsburgh.

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16. Dallas Cowboys

Decision Makers: Jerry Jones

–Drafts primarily for: ???

Aaron Donald | DT | Pittsburgh

Dallas has made the commitment to switch from their 3-4 defense to Monte Kiffen’s Tampa Two style. The Cowboys have to find their 3-technique DT or else the transition risks a very rough road. I have not seen a finer solution to this dilemma than Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. Although short in stature, he has uncommon quickness, long arms, and has been disruptive enough to receive some of college football’s highest honors.

17. Baltimore Ravens

Decision Makers: Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh

–Drafts primarily for: Height, weight, speed

Cyrus Kouandjio | OT | Alabama

Balitmore’s player profile describes a guy like Cyrus Kouandjio. They want the biggest, longest armed, most physical linemen they can find. Kouandjio could clear a path through a bamboo forest, and he has pretty sweet feet for a guy his size. The Ravens could start him out at guard or RT.

New York Jets (NFL.com)

18. New York Jets

Decision Makers: John Idzik, Rex Ryan

–Drafts primarily for: ???

Trent Murphy| OLB | Stanford

The New York Jets have assembled quite an impressive group up front on their defense. I believe they would do well to add an edge rusher to that unit. Rex Ryan likes big and powerful OLB’s and Trent Murphy has been a sack leader in college football, and he moves well for a man 6’6″ and 260 pounds.

19. Miami Dolphins

Decision Makers: ?, Joe Philbin

–Drafts primarily for: ???

Marqise Lee | WR | USC

Miami needs dynamic playmakers on offense, so Marqise Lee gets the call. If he returns fully to form, the Dolphins will have a rather interesting WR corps for Ryan Tannehill to work with.

20. Arizona Cardinals

Decision Makers: Steve Keim, Bruce Ariens

–Drafts primarily for: ???

Kyle Van Noy | OLB | BYU

For no reason I can think of, Kyle Van Noy is not receiving the kind of attention I would expect. He has been displayed the type of consistent dominance over the last two seasons to be a high 1st round selection. In fact, his play impressed me enough to say he is one of the top 3 or 4 best edge rusher prospects in the draft. Arizona makes the easy decision to bring him aboard.

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