Updated horizontal draft board and 127 prospect notes

February 22nd, 2021 | Written by Rob Staton

I wasn’t happy with the horizontal board I published last week. It was really only designed to illustrate a point on the strength of the interior O-line class.

Over the weekend I made a big effort to review my notes on many prospects I’ve already watched. I also worked through a priority list of players I hadn’t studied yet.

Today I’ve updated the horizontal board. A lot more work has gone into this. Click on the image to make it bigger.

Underneath you’ll find notes on each prospect listed.

As the board suggests, it’s a particularly strong receiver class again. There’s good depth at cornerback. There’s a sweet spot for the interior O-line in the first two rounds. It’s not a particularly deep class at running back or tight end, even if some good options are available.

Defensive prospects

Round one

Micah Parsons (LB, Penn State)
There are some suggested character question marks surrounding Parsons but you can easily make the case that he’s the best defensive player in the draft.


Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB, Notre Dame)

Highly explosive and dynamic — a true first round talent. He can jump a 39-inch vertical and a 10-3 broad jump.

Round two

Alim McNeill (DT, NC State)
Massive, highly athletic prospect who will shock people when he eventually runs and does the agility testing. Ran a 4.27 short shuttle (!!!) at SPARQ.

Daviyon Nixon (DT, Iowa)
A TFL machine in 2020 (13.5). Nixon creates havoc from the interior and is a true playmaking defensive tackle.

Levi Onwuzurike (DT, Washington)
Great attitude, plays pissed off, much more athletic than you think and able to pursue to the ball carrier away from the LOS. Creates interior pressure with dynamic quickness.

Christian Barmore (DT, Alabama)
Definitely flashed some pass rushing prowess late in the season but he never quite lived up to expectations. Is he special enough to have the same success at the next level?

Tommy Togiai (DT, Ohio State)
All-action defensive tackle who lets interior offensive linemen know they’re in a game. Great effort, power and motor — will run to the sideline to make a play if needed.

Gregory Rousseau (DE, Miami)
Looks the part — long, lean and uses his physical tools to create problems. Amazing upside but he needed seasoning at Miami and opting out of 2020 meant a missed opportunity to develop.

Carlos Basham (DE, Wake Forest)
Clearly he’s an outstanding athlete but he lacks length and that might be an issue working the edge at the next level.

Azeez Olujari (DE, Georgia)
Great quickness and bend and straighten to the quarterback. Arguably the most natural pass rusher alongside Jaelen Phillips.

Kwity Paye (DE, Michigan)
Well known for his athletic profile thanks to Bruce Feldman’s freak list. However, his tape is hit-and-miss. You’re investing in potential.

Jaelen Phillips (DE, Miami)
Teams will need to investigate the concussion issues that led to his departure from UCLA. However — Phillips was once a major recruiting superstar and has natural talent to get after the quarterback. Few players have his upside in this draft.

Ronnie Perkins (DE, Oklahoma)
Plays with his hair on fire and possibly the most violent edge rusher in the class. Good motor and passion for the game.

Joe Tryon (DE, Washington)
He looks like a Terminator with his shirt off. Has a physique that D.K. Metcalf would appreciate. Uses his hands well, wins with power and can do it all.

Baron Browning (LB, Ohio State)
Wow-athlete at linebacker with tremendous character and intensity. Ran a 4.18 short shuttle at SPARQ and jumped a 37 inch vertical. Long arms.

Zaven Collins (LB, Tulsa)
He only ran a 5.03 forty at SPARQ but when you put on the tape he jumps off the screen.

Cam McGrone (LB, Michigan)
Limited snaps at Michigan but he still showed incredible pursuit to the ball-carrier, quickness and forceful hits. Could be a terrific get for someone.

Jaycee Horn (CB, South Carolina)
He looks like a Greek God of a cornerback. Incredibly put together. Dominated Auburn’s Seth Williams. If he played every game like that he’d be a top-10 lock.

Elijah Molden (CB, Washington)
Outstanding player who will only last this long based on his size and straight-line speed. Ran a 3.93 short shuttle at SPARQ and jumped a 37 inch vertical.

Caleb Farley (CB, Virginia Tech)
He has talent but you don’t see much effort in run-support, his tackling isn’t great and he’s not a physical player. You want to like him more than you do.

Shaun Wade (CB, Ohio State)
He might have to settle for a permanent role in the slot but Wade has talent and someone has to try and develop him. Five-star recruit.

Asante Samuel Jr (CB, Florida State)
NFL bloodlines. Flies to the ball. I liked his feet and ability to recover. Can play outside and kick inside to the slot when needed. Suits a man-cover scheme.

Patrick Surtain II (CB, Alabama)
He had a few lapses in 2020 and he only ran a 4.57 at SPARQ. Surtain has talent, undoubtedly, but I’m not convinced he warrants a higher grade than this.

Benjamin St. Juste (CB, Minnesota)
6-3 with great length, St. Juste constantly plays the ball to break-up passes. Amazing feet for his size — he ran a 3.86 short shuttle at SPARQ. Massive potential.

Talanoa Hufanga (S, USC)
He deserves much more attention. Hufanga is an aggressive, downfield, attacking safety who will suit blitzing schemes.


Andre Cisco (S, Syracuse)
A dynamic athlete and playmaker who has a shot to be really good at the next level. Ran a 4.27 short shuttle at SPARQ, adding a 36 inch vertical. Great production.

Trevon Moehrig-Woodard (S, TCU)
A very talented safety who doesn’t wow with his profile or big hits but does everything to a good standard.

Round three

Jalen Twyman (DT, Pittsburgh)
Interior rusher who lacks size (6-2, 290lbs) but he made enough plays in 2019 (10.5 sacks & 12 TFL’s) to show that he can make an impact.

Jay Tufele (DT, USC)
One of many forgotten players in this class after opting out of 2020. Very strong and disruptive, he’s stout against the run and capable of making plays as a pass rusher.

Milton Williams (DE/DT, LA Tech)
Excellent athlete, great quickness working off the edge or kicking inside. Very disruptive. Has a lot of potential.

Dayo Odeyingbo (DE, Vanderbilt)
Fantastic size and length. Can really disrupt as an inside/out rusher. Major potential but recently suffered a serious achilles injury.

Payton Turner (DE, Houston)
Superb balance and does an excellent job dipping and rounding the offensive tackle before straightening to the quarterback. Very interesting.

Jayson Oweh (DE, Penn State)
The stories about his workout potential are well known but the fact is that for all his athletic talent he didn’t make many plays at Penn State. Major project.

Adetokunbo Ogundeji (DE, Notre Dame)
Ideal size and length with the kind of short shuttle at SPARQ (4.21) that will have teams taking notice.

Dylan Moses (LB, Alabama)
Didn’t play as well in 2020 after returning from an ACL injury. The talent’s there and might just need some time.

Joseph Ossai (LB, Texas)
Would be an ideal fit for someone like the Rams to replace Leonard Floyd. Useful 3-4 OLB prospect who can rush the edge and drop when needed.

Nick Bolton (LB, Missouri)
Old-school linebacker who’ll step up and smack you in the face but limited athleticism could mean he lasts into day two.

Justin Hilliard (LB, Ohio State)
His performance against Northwestern was eye-popping. He can cover, he can get around a football field and he can hit.

Kelvin Joseph (CB, Kentucky)
Former LSU recruit who has the size, the agility and the explosive traits you look for. Long speed is a question mark.

Eric Stokes (CB, Georgia)
Good size, ideal length, a really consistent defender and he ran a 4.06 short shuttle at SPARQ.

Ifeatu Melifonwu (CB, Illinois)
Has the NFL bloodlines, good size, probably a great athlete like his brother but more suited to corner.

Jevon Holland (S, Oregon)
Decent player who can play deep coverage and up at the LOS. However, opting out of 2020 took away a chance to show progress (not that the PAC-12 season was much to write home about anyway).

Richie Grant (S, UCF)
Had an exceptional Senior Bowl. Just has a playmaking knack of being around the football to create turnovers.

Richard LeCounte III (S, Georgia)
He never quite lived up to the 5-star billing but the fact is he’s a safety who runs a 4.01 short shuttle and jumps a 37 inch vertical. You can work with that.

Ar’Darius Washington (S, TCU)
He’s tiny but that doesn’t matter as much when you fly around the field, make interceptions and deliver punishing hits like Washington.

Jamie Sherwood (S, Auburn)
Excellent athlete with good size who can cover the slot or deep and is very happy moving up to the LOS to deliver a big tackle.

Round four

Darius Stills (DT, West Virginia)
He might be undersized and he might be limited to a specialist role. However, he had 22.5 TFL’s in 20 starts for WVU, plus 10.5 sacks. NFL bloodlines, he’ll give you everything he has. Tone setter.

Osa Odighizuwa (DT, UCLA)
He might be limited to a sub-package rusher at the next level but at the Senior Bowl he showed plenty of explosion and quickness, so he could be a useful rotational player.

Rashad Weaver (DE, Pittsburgh)
A skilled pass rusher but what’s his best fit? He’s not quite big enough for the five technique but he’s not lean and long like a natural EDGE.

Patrick Jones (DE, Pittsburgh)
He played well in 2020 but his Senior Bowl showing was a massive disappointment and he has short arms (32 inches).

Joshua Kaindoh (DE, Florida State)
Former recruiting star who just looks the part. Yes he’s inconsistent but he bullied tackles at times, can win with quickness and just looks like a NFL pass rusher. The type of player who could be a steal or a titanic bust.

Monty Rice (LB, Georgia)
Very solid linebacker but lacks some of the pizzaz the day-two prospects have at his position.

Chaz Surratt (LB, North Carolina)
Former quarterback who has done a good job transitioning to a totally different role. However, he still needs time and coaching before he becomes a regular starter. I’m not sure he has the athletic profile to justify taking him earlier.

Pete Werner (LB, Ohio State)
He just has a knack for making plays. If you watch any of the front seven Ohio State players, Werner draws your attention. He might not be an amazing athlete but he’ll contribute one way or another.

KJ Britt (LB, Auburn)
Arguably the most impactful defensive player during the Senior Bowl game. Good combination of agility and explosive traits. Praised at Auburn for his work ethic.

Tyson Campbell (CB, Georgia)
Has the size and the speed but lacks agility and doesn’t play the ball well enough.

Ambry Thomas (CB, Michigan)
He competes for the ball and covers well. His short shuttle (3.90) is impressive. He lacks size however and didn’t make a jump in Mobile.

Aaron Robinson (CB, UCF)
He’s fun to watch. Whether he transitions to safety or nickel remains to be seen. His lack of length is a problem if he wants to play outside corner.

Greg Newsome (CB, Northwestern)
He was solid in 2020 but I’m just not sure how much upside he has based on his size and athletic profile.

Keith Taylor (CB, Washington)
Stuck like glue to receivers at the Senior Bowl and gave his stock a nice boost.

Offensive prospects

Round one

Penei Sewell (T, Oregon)
He might be the best player in this draft after Trevor Lawrence.

Ja’marr Chase (WR, LSU)
It feels like a long time ago but Chase was practically unstoppable in 2019.

De’Vonta Smith (WR, Alabama)
He’s sudden and quick, even if he lacks truly incredible long-speed. He’ll dominate on slants. Massive production.

Jaylen Waddle (WR, Alabama)
Good character, elite speed and the type of player NFL teams love to draft early.

Rondale Moore (WR, Purdue)
Moore is explosive, fast and unlike anything else in the NFL. He ran a 4.33 forty, a 4.01 short shuttle and jumped a 43 inch vertical at SPARQ.

Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida)
He was good going into 2020 but he just took his play to an all-new level. He was unstoppable in several games and will be a #1 target for somebody.

Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
A born winner. Accurate, athletic, strong, mobile, mature and ready to be a star.

Zach Wilson (QB, BYU)
He improvs well, makes some special throws and has a little magic about his play. May need time to settle into the NFL.

Round two

Walker Little (T, Stanford)
Perfectly sized, great agility and a very capable tackle prospect. Had the best SPARQ score among O-liners in 2017 (107.25). Hasn’t played for two years (ACL tear, opted out).

D’Ante Smith (T, ECU)
He was superb at the Senior Bowl and whether he plays at tackle or guard he has the kind of potential teams crave on the O-line. Amazing length.

Christian Darrisaw (T, Virginia Tech)
Rising offensive lineman who does a good job in the running game moving defenders to create big lanes.

Teven Jenkins (T, Oklahoma State)
Massive tackle who won’t wow you with his footwork or athleticism. He’s just an enormous road-grader.

Alijah Vera-Tucker (G/T, USC)
He’s not a special athlete but my word, his tape is really good. Gets the job done at left tackle. His UCLA tape was a pleasure to watch. Brilliant prospect.

Rashawn Slater (G/T, Northwestern)
Did a good job handling Chase Young in 2019 but I’m not sure he’s a slam-dunk left tackle prospect. If nothing else, he’ll be a decent guard.

Jaylen Mayfield (T, Michigan)
Might not have the length and profile to play tackle but if he kicks inside to guard there’s no reason why he can’t be really good.

Wyatt Davis (G, Ohio State)
He had a very successful career strictly as a right guard. His lack of versatility could limit his stock but if you want a solid right guard for the long haul, Davis is worth a shot. NFL bloodlines, consistent and powerful.

Alex Leatherwood (T, Alabama)
Has tackle size but guard athleticism. If he moves inside he could be great. I’m not sure he has the kick-slide or agility to stick at tackle.

Josh Myers (C, Ohio State)
Incredibly consistent, tough and very athletic center with a long career ahead of him. He ran a 4.49 short shuttle at 310lbs which is outstanding.

Landon Dickerson (C, Alabama)
A heart-and-soul player who was much loved at Alabama. Incredibly talented and powerful. Scored 100.05 at SPARQ. However, he’s had consistent injuries throughout his career and is recovering from an ACL tear.

Elijah Moore (WR, Ole Miss)
Strong for his size and capable of going up to get the football — Moore is an ideal slot receiver but he can be so much more than that too.

Kadarius Toney (WR, Florida)
He’s a big favourite in the media but here’s something to consider — he ran a 4.69 at SPARQ at 177lbs. Was it just a bad run? He did jump a 41 inch vertical.

D’Wayne Eskridge (WR, Western Michigan)
Explosive, lightning quick, a threat every time he has the football, makes difficult catches, return specialist — a pure playmaker.

Cade Johnson (WR, South Dakota State)
Dominated the Senior Bowl with dynamic breaks, great routes and superb catching technique. Highly impressive individual. He is a mirror image of Tyler Lockett.

Pat Freiermuth (TE, Penn State)
The ‘Baby Gronk’ nickname is warranted. Superb body control and size when making catches. Runs over defenders. Runs a 4.44 short shuttle.

Brevin Jordan (TE, Miami)
Ultra-dynamic pass-catching tight end who ran a sensational 4.21 short shuttle at 250lbs at SPARQ. Seems to have a good personality, will fit in well at the next level.

Javonte Williams (RB, North Carolina)
PFF gave him a 95.9 rushing grade — the highest of the 2020 season and the best they’ve ever recorded at the running back position. He ranked #1 in the NCAA for broken tackle rate (46.5%). He’s a Seahawks-style runner and frankly, a terrific player.

Najee Harris (RB, Alabama)
Gliding, cultured runner who somehow combines power and finesse. Very talented and productive. Won’t fit every scheme as his cuts are sometimes laboured. Ran a 4.16 short shuttle at SPARQ. Not overly explosive.

Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson)
I think he had a ‘meh’ 2020 season but his profile is incredible. Jumped a 37 inch vertical at SPARQ and ran a 4.43. Finally offered something as a receiver in 2020.

Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota State)
Big, strong and athletic. Runs with toughness. Can drive the ball downfield. Minimal starts though and he struggled in his one 2020 game.

Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)
Mobile, strong and well sized but he struggles to go through progressions, locks on to targets and he had a couple of really bad picks in 2020.

Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)
In an offense that relies on getting the ball out on time and playing within the system, he could be superb. I think he’d be a great fit for the Niners.

Davis Mills (QB Stanford)
He’s tall, accurate, has just enough mobility and he throws with timing. However, only 10 college starts are a concern. I think teams will like him more than the media.

Round three

Dillon Radunz (T, North Dakota State)
He had a good Senior Bowl but there are a couple of technique issues and he might have a limited physical profile. I think he’d make a really good guard.

Liam Eichenberg (T, Notre Dame)
Probably not a left tackle but plays with strength and consistency and could find a home working inside.

Ben Cleveland (G, Georgia)
A player I would pound the table for (as Mike Mayock would say). Incredible power and underrated athleticism. Built like ‘the Mountain’ from Game of Thrones. Took the will from Auburn’s D-line last season. If you want to hammer people up front, draft him.

Aaron Banks (G, Notre Dame)
Massive guard prospect who isn’t the same level of explosive athlete as others in this class but he can be a people mover up front.

Trey Smith (G, Tennessee)
Despite all the high expectations as a former high recruit, Smith’s career at Tennessee was a mix of disappointing tape and health concerns. However, he has the frame and upside that will still intrigue some teams.

Quinn Meinerz (C, UWW)
One of the stars of the Senior Bowl. Meinerz looks like he was born to play center but he has experience at left guard. He’s tough, athletic and explosive.

Creed Humphrey (C, Oklahoma)
He’s great on combo-blocks, he plays with attitude but he has short arms, he fights to get his hand-placement right and he might just last a bit longer than some think.

Rashon Bateman (WR, Minnesota)
Bateman was prolific in 2019 but in the few games he played in 2020 he just looked off. He caught everything a year ago but how much athletic upside does he have?

Tylan Wallace (WR, Oklahoma State)
Savvy receiver. What he lacks in elite long-speed he makes up with intelligent routes, subtle separation and a competitive edge.

Terrace Marshall JR (WR, LSU)
Drops have been an issue at times but he works across the middle well, he was pretty much the only bright spark on LSU’s offense in 2020 and he has a shot at the next level as a solid #2.

Tutu Atwell (WR, Louisville)
Despite his diminutive size, he’s highly explosive and electric with the ball in hand. Excels on deep shots and sweeps.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR, USC)
Classy receiver who oozes fluidity in his routes. Silky smooth with good bloodlines. He only ran a 4.67 at SPARQ though.

Nico Collins (WR, Michigan)
Collins’ body control, particularly in contested-catch situations and the red zone, is superb. Does he have the speed to create easy separation though?

Dyami Brown (WR, North Carolina)
Looks effortless getting in and out of his breaks, settles into holes in the coverage well, enough speed to challenge defenders. Very solid.

Jaelon Darden (WR, North Texas)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a receiver juke tacklers like Darden. His footwork is reminiscent of a Justin Timberlake music video.

Amari Rodgers (WR, Clemson)
Thick, explosive lower body with the 4.4 speed to get downfield. He showed up at the Senior Bowl, making two big red zone plays in the game.

Kenny Yeboah (TE, Ole Miss)
Mismatch weapon who attacks seams with authority, makes big plays at every level and can be thrown to when he’s not open. Excelled against Alabama.

Kenneth Gainwell (RB, Memphis)
My jaw dropped watching him run routes and catch passes. He vacuums the football into his mitts. He’s a dynamic, jinking runner. The only downside is size. As a role-player in the right offense though, he could be a X-factor.

Khalil Herbert (RB, Virginia Tech)
Give him some space and he’ll break off a huge run. Very quick, very dynamic and explosive. Rounds off his cuts but I don’t think it matters because he’s so patient and clinical.

Javian Hawkins (RB, Louisville)
He’s tiny and that’s a problem but he runs a 4.36 forty, a 3.95 short shuttle and he jumps a 41 inch vertical. He can hit home runs.

Kellen Mond (QB, Texas A&M)
He’s not that far behind the other quarterbacks. He’s learnt to throw under pressure. He has a great arm. I thought he performed well in two-minute and red zone drills at the Senior Bowl. He could be a Dak Prescott ‘how did he last that long?’ type prospect.

Round four

Sam Cosmi (T, Texas)
Has the size and the profile but his technique’s all over the place. Leans into defenders, too hesitant to get his hands in there and beat someone up. Passive.

Jackson Carman (G, Clemson)
I don’t think he can stay at left tackle at the next level and for me he’s better off transitioning to an accomplished and well-sized guard.

Michal Menet (C, Penn State)
He doesn’t necessarily beat anyone up in the trenches but he’s very consistent, rarely gets into trouble and can hold his own.

Seth Williams (WR, Auburn)
At times he was the best thing about Auburn in 2020. Yet he finished the season like he couldn’t be bothered and Jaycee Horn had him on toast vs South Carolina.

Marquez Stevenson (WR, Houston)
Elite speed and just needs some refinement. Might take a bit of time but has the tools to play at the next level.

Tommy Tremble (TE, Notre Dame)
A run-blocking terror who could be the next Kyle Juszczyk if teams want to shift him to full back. With a 4.20 short shuttle I’d keep him at tight end.

Tre McKitty (TE, Georgia)
He’s not quick but he has 11 inch hands that swallow the football. Good blocker, reliable catcher. Made two glorious one-handed grabs at the Senior Bowl. Ran a 4.13 short shuttle at 240lbs.

Hunter Long (TE, Boston College)
He just made plays. In the right offense he can be a chain-moving dynamo on third down but he’s capable of big plays too. There’s something to work with here.

Michael Carter (RB, North Carolina)
He’s undersized but he just gets after it. The way he and Javonte Williams combined, you almost want to see it again at the next level. He plays bigger than he is.

Trey Sermon (RB, Ohio State)
He’s never quite been able to show any long term consistency at Oklahoma or Ohio State. He’s high-cut but he is explosive (35 inch vertical) and agile (4.27).

Larry Rountree (RB, Missouri)
There’s nothing overly spectacular that stands out but he’s well sized, explosive enough and he can contribute in the passing game.

Jermar Jefferson (RB, Oregon State)
I like him. He gets up to speed quickly and he has some suddenness which enables him to attack gaps or get outside. Can run through contact. There’s something there. Might not have the size to carry the load as RB1 but could be part of a tandem.

Kylin Hill (RB, Mississippi State)
He works through contact well, he’s a good size and he can play a role. I don’t necessarily see a lead-back but he could work nicely as a #2.

Chris Evans (RB, Michigan)
It’s not that long ago that Evans was seen as a hot prospect. Michigan fans will tell you his college career was a big disappointment. However, he’s explosive (36 inch vertical) and agile (4.18 short shuttle) and someone will roll the dice on his potential.

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125 Responses to “Updated horizontal draft board and 127 prospect notes”

  1. Big Mike says:

    Your hard work is much appreciated Rob. Will you be doing another one of these just before the draft so we can use it as a guide to players and picks?

    First blush thought: good Lord the WR class is freaking deeeeep.

  2. TomLPDX says:

    Yay! Thanks Rob! Now to go off and study it.

    • dj 1/2 way says:

      10 in the first
      49 in the second
      41 in the third

      Again, late first round will actually be 2nd round talent, and some of the third round talent will drop to the fourth. This could benefit the Seahawks if the right guys are available in the 2nd and 4th.

  3. Elmer says:

    During the 2020 season you mentioned that the Seahawks press failed to ask penetrating or significant questions during PC press conferences. I wonder what Corbin Smith ‘s take on that would be and if you would be comfortable exploring it with him.

    • Rob Staton says:

      I’m not going to probe him on that. The podcast is about our contrasting off-season plans.

      • BruceN says:

        It will be a fun exchange to hear the different perspectives and the rationale behind them. Thank you both for doing it.

        In the years past I have been going over many pre-draft articles and such. You are the best source of all and the fact that we can ask you questions real time is amazing. Thank you. This is another amazing WR class after last year. Do you think Cade Johnson and Amari Rodgers would last beyond your R2/R3 mock?

        • Rob Staton says:

          It’s certainly possible. This is a personal ranking after all. Rodgers more likely I would say. Cade Johnson is legit. Wait until you hear my interview with him. Class act.

  4. BobbyK says:

    Amazing amount of work you put into this!

    Seeing all these guys and opportunities to get younger and cheaper (hungry) really makes one sick though knowing we can only get 1 of these guys instead of 3. It was too important to throw those picks and next years first for a SS that can’t cover. Sigh.

  5. Rob Staton says:

    Florio chimes in on the Mike Silver/Russell Wilson report:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beWBHcytxjw

    • cha says:

      A possible June 2 trade to get past the dead money issue hurts my brain trying to work that out.

      • Rob Staton says:

        The craziness intrigues me. Phil Haynes for a first round pick in 2021… gentleman’s agreement that Wilson goes on June 2nd. Imagine that! 🙂

        • Rob Staton says:

          On a serious note though there’s a horrible inevitability about where this is going.

          • BruceN says:

            How does a trade with the Jets where we get their 3 x 1st + Darnold + 2 x 2s for Russell and Adams sound? Sorry if it has already been suggested.

            • BruceN says:

              Of course, Russell has to sign off and redo his contract to help make this happen.

            • Rob Staton says:

              There’s been a bit of talk that Wilson doesn’t fancy the rebuilding Jets. I’m also 100% convinced he wouldn’t be a great fit for their offense.

              I think the teams to keep an eye on, this year or next, are Dallas, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

              • BruceN says:

                Does NO have the draft capital or CAP space? Does Dallas have the assets to pull this off?
                Raiders would be a possibility.

                Jets will give Ciara the big market she (and Russell?) want. And they have the assets we would consider, this year’s #1, Darnold.and they could take back Adams. They could fit both in their CAP. With RW, Adams and all the CAP space they have they can build a contender. Of course Vegas will be the other big market she would like as an entertainer.

                  • BruceN says:

                    Possible. But like Rob said Miami is built around a great defense and a controlled offense. Nothing like a SF or GB offense Russell covets. I saw your comment about Fitz Magic letting it fly but those were mostly due to Miami falling behind and Fitz having to pull a Russell.

                • Rob Staton says:

                  Again — on the Jets… not a fit in the offense. Shanahan’s offense really isn’t designed for a Wilson type. People will scoff at this — but I guarantee if you offered Shanny Kirk Cousins or Russell Wilson to run his offense, he’d take Cousins. It’s all about staying on schedule, get the ball out. Not scrambling around, deep shots, holding the football.

                  Furthermore — sure, New York is good for them financially. But Wilson wants to win SB’s. He needs that side of it too, not just the market.

                  With the Saints he gets immediate legitimate contender plus Sean Payton. They don’t have the cap space but who knows what that even means any more. Dallas have the assets, yes. As do the Raiders.

                  Miami is probably the other one to consider but I don’t think he will want to play for a defensive coach from the Belichick tree unless he’s basically allowed to do whatever he wants on offense.

                  • Ryan says:

                    If Dallas, would you have your eye on and/or think Dallas would offer Lamb, Diggs, or Pollard in lieu of one of the firsts?

                  • Rob Staton says:

                    No chance on Lamb.

                  • Ryan says:

                    Regarding Miami and how they look at their offense, I just keep remembering how they kept handing the ball back to Fitzpatrick to actually win them games, not caring exactly how he got the job done.

                  • BruceN says:

                    you’re probably right about Shanahan taking Cousins over Russell. His offense is all about timing and quick passing. Cousins does have that but the big game performance and the cojones, he does not. I would prefer if they get Cousins and not Watson. The former doesn’t scare me. The latter does with that stacked roster (when healthy).

        • cha says:

          Absent swallowing the dead cap that’s the only way it gets done.

          A ‘traditional’ trade on June 2 will be very difficult to get value. The draft has passed. Russ’ new team won’t be picking in the top 10 in the next 3 seasons.

          So there’s got to be major talent coming back. But who wants to strip their team in June, after the draft and free agency? And the Hawks are very likely punting in 2021 at that point. Unless there is somebody out there who can step in and be better than a placeholder.

          • Rob Staton says:

            I wouldn’t completely rule out Tannenbaum’s bonus proposal.

            In the end it’s clear Wentz’s market was so poor, Indy didn’t have to commit to anything like that.

            But if Wilson really wants out, and if a team really wants him, then they need to be flexible.

    • TomLPDX says:

      I honestly don’t think Pete will let this happen. There is some give and take and I personally believe that Pete is big enough to recognize the situation and work something out. At least I hope so. I also listened to Brock and Salk and Brock made a really good point that Pete actually relishes this stuff and will work something out. Pete’s no dummy, he knows what he has and will do what he needs to to make it ok.

      • Rob Staton says:

        Maybe so — but Pete has also removed players quite quickly too so he doesn’t have to deal with them any more.

        And the point of Wilson’s dissatisfaction is Pete’s unwillingness, over time, not just recently, to not do what RW thinks they need to do.

      • Scot04 says:

        I believe Carroll’s stubbornness and ego are the reason he would do it….
        It will be interesting to see how it plays out…
        I just hope the starting point is actually 3 1sts and player.
        I think Raiders make alot of sense, but if the Jets offered Darnold and their 4 1sts i don’t see how Seattle says no. Russell likely would though.

        • Big Mike says:

          Raiders to me make the most sense by far. They can offer back a ready made yes man QB in Carr (which Pete obviously wants) and have the cap space to add Russ.

  6. Zxvo3 says:

    I mean, just wow. What a great write-up Rob. This is really helpful for preparing for the draft.

  7. charlietheunicorn says:

    Saints are a negative landing spot for RW. The team is going to be completely hollowed out to get under the cap, and some of the money they will also push into 2022… leaving them with few legit options to fill out the roster.

    Raiders make some sense. Coach loves him. They have a similar problem to the Saints, they have decent cap space in 2022, but almost none under contract. They will be in a severe finicial pinch and would have to absolutely hit on draft picks, which would not include first and possibly second rounders for the next 2 seasons to do an RW deal.

    Cowboys have some cap space to work with and they could play a year with Dak under franchise tag, then move on without any cap issue…. essentially swapping Dak for RW in 2022. JJ loves splashes and this would be a splash.

    Dolphins are mighty intriguing. They have cap space and draft capital. If RW has a say in a move, then I echo what Rob mentioned. Defensive minded coaches are not what I think RW wants to get himself into….

    The 3 team and 4 team trade scenarios pretty much have Seattle holding the bag and getting robbed. No way they let that happen. Front office is too smart for that to occur.

    Mu opinion, ultimately, RW plays in Seattle during the 2021 season. Specifically because they can’t take a 25-35M cap hit in dead money, more than anything else. But in 2022, it could be wide open how this might play out.

    • Rob Staton says:

      I guarantee replacing Brees and playing for Sean Payton would be Wilson’s dream and not a negative spot at all.

      As for the dead hit, I’ll just keep saying. If Wilson pushes the boundary, then they have little choice. Wilson holds all the cards here really.

  8. Alec says:

    Excellent breakdown. Is there any way to make a copy the spreadsheet you used to make this draft board?

  9. Brett says:

    Rob –

    Tour. De. Force.

    Really… very nicely done on the draft chart.

    I use this as a learning tool by going to 2-3 of the better mock draft simulators and trying out various scenarios using your chart. That really gives some context to trades and other choices. In combination with some of the interviews you’ve posted, it also provides a good feel for some of these draftees. Makes it all very ‘personal’.

    Thanks for the educational entertainment!

  10. TheOtherJordan says:

    Your board is so helpful Rob. Makes me a more informed fan. Referred back to it all last year during the draft. Thank you.

  11. HOUSE says:

    Rob,

    Great breakdown of talent per rounds on both sides of the ball. If we do look to address the OG position with our second rd pick, I see you have Ben Cleveland in the 3rd rd. What are your thoughts with him being our pick there?

  12. HOUSE says:

    I know he was drafted last season, but what in the heck is going on with Isaiah Wilson in TEN? Dude tweeted earlier he’s “Done with Football as a Titan”. He played a whopping 4 snaps last season before he got a DUI. Is everyone calling their own shots now?

    • Ryan says:

      Think part of the problem is he’s been drinking shots, not calling them. Being unprepared, unwilling to work, and then getting a DUI is no way to keep your spot on the team. That’s all I’ve heard, is that the guy just flat-out isn’t willing to do the work to get better.

      Just like in college how some guys seem to want to get recruited more than they want to find the best situation for themselves, there are probably some guys (Malik M?) who think they’ve made it when they get drafted.

      • Roy Batty says:

        Handing that much guaranteed money to someone with bad self control is a recipe for disaster. He will be one of many “what could have been’s”. I would say it’s a sad situation, but I won’t because I reserve that for players who meet with an actual tragedy that cuts their careers short. This guy is just plain not worth the effort.

  13. KD says:

    I remember that Isaiah Wilson was a blog favorite from last year, but man what a mess. Hope he can get his life together. Hate to see it.

    • ElroyNumbers says:

      I must confess I was crushing on Wilson last draft.

      • Big Mike says:

        Ditto. Shows what a crap shoot the draft is. Still some teams do a far better job *cough Saints* than others *cough Seahawks* so there are some elements of science and art as well. I mean an English guy nailed Damien Lewis last year 🙂

  14. Robert says:

    Good God, man – do you ever sleep? So much to digest here. This is bookmarked for further review. Thanks for all you do.

  15. Rob4q says:

    Awesome work Rob, really enjoy these!

    Now, you list our boy Jermar Jefferson from OSU on the board but no mention of him in the article? Did you watch any tape of him and if so, what do you think?

    And I know it’s not something you normally do, but I sure like to look at guys that get overlooked some and may be available later. Guys that still have value and will actually have roles in the NFL. Who would have thought that UDFA guys like Doug Baldwin and Poona Ford could be that good? And Chris Carson as a 7th rd draft pick? Let’s find some late round gems!

    A few guys that should be available in the mid-to-late rounds and appear to stand out to me:

    DT Jordon Scott, Oregon – Poona Ford 2.0? A little undersized maybe, but I think he’ll play on Sunday’s for some team!

    WR Anthony Schwartz, Clemson – “Fastest Player in the Country” looks like he has some decent hands as well, very interesting WR.

    OC Trey Hill, Georgia – another big dude with some nasty to him, could be a mid round gem.

    LB Erroll Thompson, Miss St – SEC MLB that just looks like he’s going to be an awesome pro! If the Seahawks are going to move on from Bobby Wagner and they want to keep Brooks on the outside where he can use his athleticism, I’d love to see them draft Thompson to learn from Wagner for a year and then take over. Way, way better than Cody Barton in my opinion.

    • dcd2 says:

      I really liked Jordon Scott coming into this year and even mentioned him as a player to watch a year or two ago. Unfortunately I think he took a step back this year if anything. I highly doubt he’ll have the measurables that the Hawks look for and may be maxed out talent-wise. He’ll probably be a UFA.

      Chris Rumph (LEO/SAM – Duke) is one that I really hope to see testing numbers for. He looks long and quick, but his SPARQ numbers were pretty bad coming out of HS. The testing numbers and the tape don’t reconcile. I’ve seen him projected all over the place. Here is a piece that PFN did on him before the year.

      https://www.profootballnetwork.com/chris-rumph-first-round-nfl-draft-prospect/

    • Rob Staton says:

      I missed him off by accident, will add the notes now

  16. Jace says:

    Wow Rob this is some seriously impressive work! Thanks for making this site such a great spot for us folks that love the draft.

  17. Mick says:

    That’s really impressive Rob, I wonder when you have time to do all this.

  18. Sea Mode says:

    Top stuff here. Thanks so much for this!

    For the session with Corbin, I was just going to suggest you go out of your way to highlight the Corey Linsley signing he proposes as an example of a great move, exactly the kind of thing we need to make happen: You aren’t happy with your protection, Russ? Well here’s the top FA center to anchor your OL for the next few years. No late-round projects, no retreads; simply the best available who helped Aaron Rodgers only take 20 sacks last season.

    He allowed just one sack and seven total pressures without committing a single penalty, per Pro Football Focus. He was the site’s highest-graded center overall, with the top run-blocking grade and third-best pass-blocking grade at the position. His pass-blocking efficiency ranked second among centers during the regular season. Linsley finished first among centers in run block win rate and fifth in pass block win rate, per ESPN.

    https://packerswire.usatoday.com/lists/packers-free-agent-review-c-corey-linsley/

    It also helps lead you into discussing pairing Linsley with a stud LG in R2 of the draft instead of another LB…

    Basically, though I’m sure you already have it in mind, highlight the points you have in common before slamming the unsustainable and head-scratching in his proposal. 🙂

  19. Hawks_Gui says:

    https://youtu.be/MSw5oghRHl8

    Brandon Marshall with strong words, i think Russ reads this blog. So much of this has been said here for some time, including that the seahawks dont put Russ in a situation to have sucess

    • Rob Staton says:

      The week has started with another Brandon Marshall/Wilson segment and Mike Silver reporting what is the starting point for negotiations.

      This is the third week of this now.

      It aint going away, however much some fans and media want you to believe it’s a fuss over nothing.

    • cha says:

      The silence from the team is deafening

      • Rob Staton says:

        I think I know why.

        The Seahawks are clearly well aware of Wilson’s dissatisfaction, especially after the last 2-3 weeks. I think by saying, ‘we aren’t trading him at any cost’ that likely just stokes the fire even more and almost pits them directly against Wilson.

        Not saying anything, I suppose, just avoids any conflict or public battle developing.

        However, we’re less than a month away from free agency now. And Wilson is going to expect to see some action based on what he’s been saying, plus some reassurances that the team is willing to do things the way he wants. And if that’s not forthcoming, then things will heat up anyway.

        So this won’t go anywhere. And it’ll be interesting to see whether the Seahawks cave or whether Wilson starts to force the issue.

        • cha says:

          Setting aside the troubling life in denial, here’s the graph that grinds on me (from my perspective)

          Instead, Seattle’s front office will continue efforts to build around Wilson, who received the richest contract in NFL history two years ago and has three years left under contract.

          On the contrary, Schneider and Carroll plan to show their continued commitment to Wilson as the face of the franchise by investing in talent around him in coming months.

          “Continue efforts” ? “Continued commitment?”

          That implies that is what they have been doing and starts from a premise that is very, very hard to argue.

          What efforts have they made to build around RW?

          They drafted a WILL linebacker in the first round last year.

          They scuttled their 2nd and 3rd round picks on an injured defensive end, in a draft wealthy with OT, RB, and WR.

          They went dirt cheap at C and LG.

          They didn’t address the defensive line at all in the offseason.

          They traded massive capital for a strong safety.

          They spent a chunk of their available cap on Greg Olsen and Jacob Hollister and could not integrate them into the offense at all.

          After saving the defense’s hind parts multiple, multiple times early in the season, at the first sign he falters, the offense is wrenched back away from him.

          I feel compelled to ask – where are these ‘efforts’ Corbin is speaking of? Where’s the ‘commitment’ ?

          • Scot04 says:

            Cheap on RT as well. No idea where this prior commitment was

          • pinksheets says:

            They’ve given him 2 WRs better than a good portion of QBs top option. I agree they haven’t done enough and have lagged on OL, but they’ve absolutely given him weapons. It’s not a total “nothing”.

  20. swedenhawk says:

    Tremendous work, Rob. Although I was bit surprised to see David Moore didn’t make your board. You seemed pretty high on him. What changed your mind?

  21. Louis says:

    I’ve noticed that Deonte Brown is missing. Did a bad senior bowl sink him?

  22. GoHawksDani says:

    Wow, great work!

    I wasn’t able to follow college at all this season, so only able to go with what you wrote, but based on this, I’m crying inside that we don’t have much picks.

    Potential plan could be in my opinion:
    Trade Bobby (R3), trade Adams (R1), trade Lockett (R2)

    That’d give us: 9,5 + 10 + 11,5 = 31m
    Restructure/extend some contract: Dunlap, Russ, Reed, and make 10m

    Sportrac says we have 14m CAP space, that’d give us 55m to play with

    Lockett trade would hurt, but next year he’d expect big money, and he declined a bit with DK in the fold and he’s the only player that could give us good money and return in a trade.
    If we don’t want to trade him, we could extend him and make his cap hit like 7-8m in first year (that’d make the total CAP available around 48m)

    With the money available sign either Schreff or Thuney (probably around 13m APY with the current market, first year hit could be 9m)

    For C sign Linsley, Andrews or Karras. Likely around 9m APY first year can be 6m

    That’s 15m and the OL is set pretty good. 33 or 40m CAP left

    We need RB, DT (depth at least), LB, TE, CB (maybe even 2), S (depth at least), DE, WR (WR3 or if Lockett is traded WR2)

    If Lockett is traded and they want to make a big splash they could get Allen Robinson, but he’ll cost a fortune (likely 18-20m APY). They could go the cheaper route putting DK as clear WR1, with Watkins, Corey Davis, Curtis Samuel, Agholor, Willie Snead, Hilton…Or choose a middle ground with JuJu.
    I’d might try to go and grab two of these guys, putting DK as strong WR1 and give Russ a good/OK WR2 and WR3. For example Davis and Hilton for 9-10M APY, 6-7m first year hit (this would take available CAP to 27m)

    If Lockett stays, I might try to upgrade the WR3 position nontheless, with signing only one fo these guys for 9m APY 6m first year hit (take the CAP to 27m also). Question is…would you trade Lockett for Hilton or Davis and an R2 pick?

    Not sure how much CAP available after draft and IR, but lets say 20m

    I’d try to get Everett, Henry or Jonnu Smith (and pray that they play the TEs in 2021). They should cost around 9m APY first year hit could be 6m. 14m CAP left

    For the RBs, I’d try to get the best value/price ratio FAs. Probably two. For example Mike Davis and Kenyan Drake. Gurley, Carson, White, Fournette, Gus Edwards, James Conner… Try to get two for 10-11m APY with first year hit at 6m

    That leaves us with 8m CAP
    With that, I’d try to re-sign some SEA FAs (Neal, Mone, Ford, Fuller, Bellore, Ogbuehi, Mayowa)

    I’ll go with the trade Lockett scenario
    For the draft, we’d have:
    R1 (for Adams), R2, R2 (for Lockett), R3 (for Bobby), R4, R5, R6

    I’d try to trade out from R1. If we got #18 for example for Adams, I’d try to move back in two trades, picking up 2x mid-late R3s in the process. I’d try to trade back into R4 with our R5.
    After our picks: R2, R2, R2, R3, R3, R3, R4, R4, R6

    I’d try to pick up a DT in R2: McNeill, Nixon, Onwuzurike, Togiai all seem great
    CB in R2: Horn (PC might be able to polish him), Benjamin St. Juste
    RB in R2: Javonte Williams or Travis Etienne

    C/G in R3: Quinn Meinerz
    DE in R3: Williams or Turner
    CB in R3: Melifonwu

    TE in R4: Tommy Tremble or Tre McKitty
    LB in R4: KJ Britt

    And the roster/starters could look like this:
    OL: Brown, Thuney, Linsley, Lewis, Shell – Meinerz as backup C/OG
    QB: Russ and backup
    WR: DK, Hilton, Davis, Swain
    TE: Dissly, Tremble/McKitty, Parkinson
    RB: Mike Davis, Gus Edwards, Penny, Homer/Dallas

    DE: Dunlap, Robinson, Taylor, Mayowa, rookie, Green, Collier
    DT: Reed, Ford, rookie, Mone
    LB: Brooks, KJ Britt, Barton/BBK
    CB: St. Juste, Reed, Melifonwu, Flowers, Amadi
    S: Diggs, Blair, Neal, Amadi

    Experience with some youth infused on offense
    Young, quick guys with some experience and leadership added on defense

    Not sure how realistic this would be, but I wouldn’t mind something like this

  23. Bankhawk says:

    Rob, spot on assessment of Cade Johnson there:what a natural and unassuming young man he is! And it needs to be said as well: your own pure enjoyment in doing the interview practically radiates off you. You were born to this, man! That’s got to be a major contributor to putting your subject at ease! 👍

  24. Big Mike says:

    Just an opinion here………….I think if Pete doesn’t trade Adams before the draft, it’s going to signify that he’s all in on building the team with a top flight defense and a game manager QB and Russ will be sent elsewhere possibly after June 1 and definitely next offseason. Adams will be the centerpiece of his “suffocating” defense going forward.
    Will he wager his legacy in this fashion? I believe he is so convinced that his Bud Grant approach (remember, Grant was a mentor) is correct that yes, he will risk it.

    • Ryan says:

      And if Pete wants to give Russ any significant playmakers or help this offseason, they’ll need either the salary cap flexibility of not giving Adams an extension, or the draft pick capital from trading him.

      • Big Mike says:

        Both imo. I believe they’re going to show their hand by draft day even if they say nothing.

      • dcd2 says:

        Not necessarily. If they can address some needs in FA, there are a lot of good WR’s in this draft. Rounds 3-4 should still have some nice options.

        Trading Jamal/Bobby does give them the potential for both cap savings and additional picks too. Doesn’t have to be RW that gets dealt, and hopefully isn’t.

    • Ok says:

      This is the doomsday scenario for me. I’m ok with the idea of a further shift to defense, and a young qb, I just don’t think Jamal is what Pete thinks he is, and to rebuild the entire d and change scheme to make him work seems so foolhardy. If you want your team to be old school, smash mouth, bully, maybe not a small LB with a fashion coach, and a need for free runs at the qb. Maybe just get the Fletcher Cox/Akiem Hicks type guys on one side of the line, and guys that can hang with them, in practice, on the other side of the line.

      Thanks Cha for the guest articles.

      Thanks Rob for the content wave. The content here, including the comments and the moderation/steering that goes on within, is crushing a whole site of writers, better than anything a whole station is putting out. I do not understand how that is possible.

    • Robert says:

      If you’re going to make the Bud Grant comparison, keep in mind his most successful teams were QB’d by Fran Tarkenton – and Tarkenton was notorious for his ability to scramble and create magic out of chaos. Hardly a game manager.

      • Brik says:

        I think Pete is thinking about his college years with Troy Polamalu when he thinks of Jamal Adams. He did win a championship with him. Not saying it’s right.

  25. cha says:

    So it sounds like the Eagles have designated Malik Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey their post-June 1 cuts.

    Here’s the cost of using those void years to max out the credit card:

    They save $4m in 2021 between the two by using them as post-June 1’s.

    The dead cap they’ll have to absorb in 2021 and 2022 to do it? $23.6m.

    Spending $24m to save $4m. That’s loan shark financing.

    And – they’ve still got just under $40m to whittle away in the next month.

    Just say no to void years, kids.

    On the bright side, keep an eye out for a late summer trade for Fletcher Cox or Brandon Graham. Your typical Clowney/Dunlap type deal. Philly will get a pittance of a draft pick, the other team will get a great player with a couple solid years left and a negotiable contract with zero guaranteed money.

    • dcd2 says:

      On top of eating all of that dead cap from Wentz… Howie’s got to be on the hot seat, right? His drafting has been pretty awful too.

      They have holes all over that roster.

      • BobbyK says:

        They just need to realize they’re going to suck in 2021 and put themselves in position to “go for it” again in 2022. But a GM on the hotseat will never do that because he’ll get fired. Another of the many examples of team leadership being too stupid about not having a long term vision.

  26. BobbyK says:

    I wish Wilson would have pulled this a couple years ago. The way they have squandered and wasted resources on bums the past few years has been astounding. They’re so lucky to have found DK Metcalf because they’d really be a mess otherwise (a young stud). Can’t exactly give them too much credit though considering they think LJ Collier is better and then must think Blair sucks so bad that they needed to trade a pair of first round picks and a third so Blair doesn’t have to start. Mismanagement at it’s finest!

    I’ve been a fan of this team over 45 years and I can’t remember many teams ever getting as lucky to play as many crappy opponents as the 2020 Seahawks. A 12-4 looks great, but imagine what it would have looked like had they actually played a competitive schedule. This was not a 12-4 teams with all things being equal. They were a 9-7 team who finished 12-4 thanks to the schedule. And still couldn’t beat Colt McCoy with HFA on the line.

    I’m glad Wilson is holding these clowns accountable. Someone has to if ownership won’t.

    • Big Mike says:

      100% agree with this entire post

    • Big Mike says:

      “Mismanagement at it’s finest!”

      PETEer principle?

      • BobbyK says:

        Russ tried being nice last off-season. He called for superstars. Pete and John gave him Benson Mayowa with a side of Olsen, Hollister, Finney, Ogbuehi, and old man Bruce Irvin. I’d keep the peddle to the meddle if I was Russ this off-season… they aren’t going to improve the OL and get him another weapon if he doesn’t say anything. They’ll probably just sign KJ Wright and draft his heir with the 56th pick.

        • dcd2 says:

          When it comes to the offense, I hope Pete keeps his pedal off the meddle.

        • Mick says:

          To be fully correct here, Russ wanted Olsen.

          • Rob Staton says:

            People keep saying this like PCJS didn’t want Olsen and they only got him because Wilson called for it

            And nobody really knows how hard Wilson petitioned for Olsen

            But there’s this dynamic that Olsen somehow implies Wilson is ungrateful or should stop moaning. Look where else they’ve spent their resource people

            • Ryan says:

              I don’t think that’s the point. I take the point to be rather that players generally have a VERY myopic view of what’s available, the cost, the opportunity cost, and how good a player really is and how good a fit they are. Russ thinks: “Oh, Greg Olsen is good, you should go get him!” It’s no different than draft fans wanting generically unathletic thumper MLB because he plays for OSU, etc., and they’ve heard of him, rather than Bobby Wagner from Utah St.

              I mean, just think about his comment about wanting “stars.” Just sounds stupid. That’s what Philly went after when they got “the Dream Team.” It’s what happened when we went after Jimmy Graham after winning the SB with maybe the most non-star set of WR and TE ever assembled on a great team.

    • Sea Mode says:

      They were a 9-7 team who finished 12-4 thanks to the schedule.

      I’ll go a step further: they were a 4-12 team propped up to 9-7 by their QB and who finished 12-4 thanks to the schedule.

      • Ok says:

        Agreed.
        The roster isn’t close to contention, and without Russ tied for last in the division, with the Cards. Maybe a bit worse tbh.

        • Ryan says:

          Agreed.

          If the roster was close to real contention, RW wouldn’t want to leave.

          If the roster was close to real contention, I wouldn’t want to let him go.

      • TomLPDX says:

        I’m sure I’ll draw some ire from some of you but the fact of the matter is they were a 12-4 team. Period. I am a firm believer in “any given Sunday.” These are NFL caliber teams and even the worst teams will beat Alabama or any other college team because these are all guys that are top of the profession (now dodging rotten tomatoes hurling towards me!). So, yeah, from an NFL standard, it was a softer schedule, but we all know that the game ain’t over until it’s over…against anyone in the NFL! (except maybe the Jets from last year)

  27. Rohan Raman says:

    Rob, any thoughts on Clemson WR Cornell Powell? Late bloomer and somewhat inconsistent, but has intriguing quickness and from what I read, performed well at Senior Bowl.

  28. cha says:

    https://twitter.com/TheHerd/status/1364267799191769097

    According to reports, the price for Russell Wilson is at least 3 first round picks:

    “You understand he isn’t happy, right? This story is leaking because Seattle’s ego is with the coach.” — @ColinCowherd

    • Big Mike says:

      Just watched it. My only disagreement with the rant is that RW is the best player in franchise history. Sorry but Walter Jones was that guy. However, I’m splitting hairs. The important thing here is that Pete’s ego is running the show. Cowherd’s point about Arians giving over some of the offensive control to Brady and getting a Super Bowl out of it was echoing exactly what Russ believes.

      • Jordan says:

        Agreed.

        While Russ is the most important/valuable player in franchise history, the tier 1 class of the very best are Walt/Bobby/Largent/Tez. All-decade team, multiple all-pro types.

  29. Henry Taylor says:

    Really enjoyed the Cade Johnson interview Rob, probably my favourite so far of this cycle. Seems like a really smart and down to earth guy that’s just determined to succeed, and speaks intelligently about the game and playinghis position.

  30. Willhouse says:

    Do you have a grade on FSU WR Tamorrion Terry?

  31. Mick says:

    I have a hunch that KJ Wright already has a big offer on the table. I doubt we will be able to extend him. As much as I like him and as important as I think he was for us, I dare say he is not the biggest loss. Unfortunately this makes it the worst possible moment to part with Wagner, and judging by their performance last year, we would have been better off with keeping KJ.

    I haven’t watched much of the Titans, what’s your take on Jonnu Smith? Would he be a big improvement over Hollister, based on game, not just on stats?

    • TomLPDX says:

      The only offer KJ can legally have on the table right now is from the Seahawks, no one else. Tampering. If the Seahawks do have an offer on the table it is probably no more than $8M for 2yrs, with 4M guaranteed (best guess).

  32. Mike says:

    Caden sterns is fun to watch, has really good ball skills (unlike Jamal). Lacks elite athleticism probably drops him to late in draft.

  33. Clayton says:

    Is there a reason why Javonte Williams is expected to go in the second round? To me, he’s as good or better than Saquon Barkley. Hope the Seahawks are able to draft him.

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