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What is the deal with Osi and the Falcons?
Seems like a good match. ATL is really light on pass rushers right now. I would prefer Freeney, but Osi would be helpful-although I wasn't all that impressed with him last year. Helpful, not the answer.
Matt - do the Broncos and Patriots have plans in place for the post-Peyton & Brady future? Can you see them drafting and grooming a QB in this draft or next while Manning
They have great plans in place with Osweiler and Mallett
Can Tavon Austin play on the outside or is he just a slot guy? I know he's small, but steve smith and deion branch could do it.
Best in the slot, in motion, etc for sure, but I think he can play snaps on the outside as well. He plays bigger than he is, but he is tiny. I don't see a comparison to Steve Smith there.
Safe to say Gaither is finished? I mean that is three teams he basically quit on.
His rep has been awful since Day 1 really...but he keeps getting shots because of his immense talent and the position he plays. I bet he ends up somewhere once again-and let's that team down. BTW, you should have seen Gaither in high school...WOW
Brother, start it off with some Stone: Gimme Shelter!Honestly, does anyone but the Chiefs know what/where they're going with that 1st pick? It's exciting being a Chiefs fan and not knowing what's gonna happen!!! What are you hearing about Albert trade???
Gimmie Shelter is STRONG Bro! Gotta go OT with first overall-little doubt in my mind. As for Albert, if I was MIA, I would def give a 2nd rounder for him
Could James Harrison play in a 4-3 or is he strictly a 3-4 backer?
Maybe a SAM in the 4-3, but I like him better in a 3-4 for sure
Are any of the Eagles 4 corners (2 new guys and 2 from last season) number one corners? If not is Milliner the fix or should they spend some of their space on a player like revis or grimes?
None are number ones, but don't need a true number one to be tough to throw against-especially considering how good Philly's pass rush just might be. Wouldn't argue with Milliner at all, but wouldn't go crazy looking for a #1 CB
49ers can't possibly add as many players as they have draft picks are they gonna make a splash type trade draft day?
They almost have to. A trade up or two makes sense-and that doesn't mean trading into the Top 10 or anything like that. Move up in Round 3 for example to grab a guy they love. Could also see 2013 5th rounder for a 2014 4th rounder...Belichick type trades
Does Jason Campbell to the Browns make sense to you?
It is fine. Blah, but fine. Might prefer Geno Smith to Browns though...
Hi Matt:How much has this Dumervil fiasco undermined the Broncos' Super Bowl chances? Can they cover for his lost pass rush?
Oh I bet they sign Freeney or Abraham and draft a pass rusher. That will suffice
Matt, what gives you the notion that Osweiler has what it takes to be "the man" when Peyton leaves? Because he's the backup now? I watched many games in college and he is average at best. Leaves a lot to be desired. Elway will have another QB take those reigns and Osweiler will be Tebow'd out of town.
Not saying Osweiler (or Mallett) will fill the shoes of the Hall of Famer before him...they won't...but unlike most teams that have a top QB, these two franchises do have a plan in place and have used a high draft pick on the position to slowly groom. For that, I give them kudos.
Is Brent Grimes finding the money to be too low or our teams questioning his health?
Gotta think the latter
Any idea what the Seahawks want for Flynn?
Can't give him away. They are a contender and can't afford to see their season totally fall apart if Wilson goes down. I don't love Flynn, but SEA could still win a lot of close low scoring games with Flynn behind center. 2nd rounder
Are the Broncos looking for a more dynamic RB, or are they happy w/ McGahee and Moreno/Hillman?
They kicked the tires on Mendenhall, which indicates that they are not totally satisfied...bet they draft a dynamic smaller guy
Matt - do you think the Jets have a specific player in mind that is making them hold out for this year's pick from the Bucs?
No, I just think that Rex and company don't want to trade for a 2014 first round pick that the Jets new coaching staff will use!
matt, where do you see urlacher going?
I don't see it. Where is the fit? Maybe after a LB or two gets hurt in camp
Thoughts on the Bears LB signings? Do they go LB, OLine or elsewhere for their 1st pick? Really enjoyed your article about teams with a strong draft who can be that contender.
Thanks Man! I see CHI now having three solid starting LBs, which is great. But they still NEED to add a young one and Williams does get hurt a lot. But now, they don't have to reach. I don't see a ton of needs here. Sure interior OL would be great too-no doubt. Maybe a CB early
Why are you leaving the podcast?? I will never listen again!
Monday is my last one. Not by choice. But I don't think there is a plan in place going forward. I won't be hard to find though!
Do you buy that Isaiah Pead could be the starter in St. Louis?
He did start to show up near the end of last season. Starter? No, but rotational and effective RB? Yes. But I think they are nuts if they don't acquire a RB with size...in the draft most likely
It was reporter that it may only take a 3rd or 4th rounded to grab Flynn. Shouldn't the Jags, Raiders, Browns, be all over that?
He just isn't great though. Remember last year, he hung out there in free agency for quite a while. MIA was interested but I am pretty sure the only offer he got was from SEA. He could improve the QB situation for those teams if Palmer is cut esp, but then you still need to find your Franchise QB at some point
The Browns have ZERO interest in Flynn.
I might rather have Weeden...plus, that system dictates throwing a lot deep downfield and the weather in CLEV is brutal...not a spot at all for weak armed QBs
A 3rd or 4th are valuable assets...
Heck yeah man!
please tell me the Vikings won'd use 1 of the 1st rounders on Te'o, I still believe he is a 2 down LB
I think he is a two down LB as well. One of thoes first rounders needs to be on a WR. The other? I would be cool with best D player available, which I doubt would be Teo on my board
Man I am like Keyzer Soze, I have everyone fooled into thinking I can actually be a starter in the NFL...are talent evaulators this bad?
Not sure that everyone was fooled though (unlike Keyzer)...who is clamoring and beating down the door to land Flynn?...great reference though by you!
What is one thing the Falcons can do or type of player they need to be a true contender...signing S-Jax notwithstanding? I only see them as a speed bump for teams unless Jackson is truly that one dimension they were missing.
On O, they are pretty set for short term. Maybe an interior OL and would be great to draft Gonzo's eventual replacement. But the D still has me concerned. Where is the pass rush? I see zero right now. And are we okay with their CB situation? Gotta stop the pass...can't win every game 48-45
Joe Flacco is the Keyzer Soze of the NFL!
Now that might just be true...but he does have a ring and did get it done-can't ever take that away from him
Give me your scouting report on Justin Durant. Can he be the starting SAM for the Cowboys this year?
Downhill player. Best vs. run. Not great moving laterally or in reverse or playing the pass...Low end starting SAM, but Dallas has zero money
Verbal: Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone.
Where is Carson Palmer playing this year after the Raiders cut him?
Matt, where do you think Antoine Winfield will end up?
How about SF? Gotta go to a contender, right? Still a heck of a player.
Can Richard Seymour still play?
I think so. Maybe not EVERY down, EVERY game...lighten his load a little. But align him ANYwhere and let him rush the passer on 3rd down from DT...kinda like C Jenkins
Who is the starting QB for Buffalo this year?
Who the heck knows! What a mess! Cutting Fitzpatrick was def the right move though...but leaves them with nothing and now BUF has to most likely reach for a QB on DDay...bad biz all around
Who do you think signs Seymour? He should go back to a 3-4 team right? I know you once said he may have been the greatest 3-4 Defense end ever.
I think he is the best 3-4 DE that I have seen and a def Hall of Famer...But he can do it all
Re: Carson Palmer. - worst trade in NFL history?
Just awful. I killed it then from OAK's perspective...still killing it
who is the best fit for MN at WR in the 1st round?
I like Keenan Allen quite a bit...no one seems to be talking about him now, but I bet that changes.
Better performance by Spacey - Usual Suspects or Seven? Worst and best signing of FA so far - with contract considered...
Both are awesome, but I am going with Usual Suspects for sure....such a great flick...love that quote I posted btw!
Better fit for the Pats - Abraham or Freeney? What are they waiting for?
Pats have been VERY patient in free agency-and it has paid off. I like both quite a bit as pass rush specialists opposite C Jones-good tutor for him too. Bet Freeney is pricier
Did the players see how free agency has gone so far coming - will there be a lot moire signings after the draft?
SO much more good free agency coming Harry! Right now, the scouts/GMs/coaches are all really getting into draft mode...crushing tape to make final preps before their War Room meetings...then, after the draft, let's see who is unemployed
Matt, do the Broncos go DE or CB in round 1?
Right now, DE is the bigger need by far. DT wouldn't be terrible either. But I expect DEN to have a DE in place soon
Will the Ravens have the most picks in the draft next year solely on compensatory selections?
Good question. Who else got hit real hard this year for next year's comps to come? Steelers come to mind. Maybe both those organizations spin their wheels a bit in 2013 (by their standards) and come back strong in 2014
Thoughts on Fins OT. Sign Winston? Trade for Albert?
Either. I like both players, but even though it would cost a high draft pick, I would go with Albert since he is a LT and Winston is a RT...not sold on Martin at all here
For a bad team Oakland seemed to lose a lot of FAsWheeler, BRyant, Lechler, Mitchell, Goodson, eventually Seymour, Shaugnessy, the list goes on
Indeed! I should know this, but does the NFL consider players you cut (Huff for example) when deciding the comp picks? Bet not
Any news on Denario Alexander? Would a team like the Texans be interested?
I like that fit for sure, but there has to be a reason DA hasn't been signed...and it has to be those knees
Worst QB Situation in Football right now, Jets, Bills, Jags, Clev, Oak or Zona?
Another great performance by Spacey is Swimming iwth Sharks. Can't take the ring away from Flacco but Mark Rypien has one too.
Haven't seen that one. Not cutting on Flacco here btw...he is very good-and can become great
Seems SF and Seattle have made the big splashe in the NFC. Who has done the best free agency work on the AFC side?
Funny you should ask! I am actually working big time on my Free Agent Grades article right now...will prob turn it in over the next 48 hours and it will hit the .com on Mon! Hmmm, DEN comes to mind, KC too
How does Michael Bennett pass a physical with Seattle with a rotator cuff tear?
I am sure he didn't...so they signed him for much less than he was worth on a one year deal
Huff 3-yr deal to Baltimore...good deal?
Did that go down? I like Huff quite a bit. Can play CB in a pinch too. Rangey guy...would be the Ed Reed in that system
Do the Steelers make a run for Bradshaw or wait for the draft? How about them Pens!!!
Need one more RB for sure and I love the Bradshaw fit...again, comes down to health. Pens are on FIRE!!!
Which safety should the 49ers draft and when?
I see them going Safety with one of those two early picks...Elam
Yo MW, best value at a future QB for Philly would be ______ in Rd __________.
EJ Manuel in Round 2
With Lechler going to Houston does the AFCS have the best quartet of punters in the NFL? (I know punters questions don't get posted but it is a slow right now)
Holy Smokes! I guess...
Any of the Jets bargain bin signings have a chance to surprise?
Yeah, just wrote them up for this article and came away impressed...well, my expectations were not high at all, but they did get out from some bad contracts and Goodson, Colon and Barnes could all really pay off
"I used to be in a barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois. The baritone was this guy named Kip Diskin, big fat guy, I mean, like, orca fat."Best free agent get? Worst move?
Orca Fat is classic....the worst is E Walden or S Greene-don't get those at ALL!
Where would you rank Big Ben among QBs in the league? Am I wrong to say I'd take CK, Russell, RG3 and Luck over him?
I would take all those guys over Ben if I was starting a team, but not for one game or for the 2013 season. Ben is a Top 5 QB now
How much do you like Vick Ballard?
Enough. Not a star, but more than adaquate. Use him a lot this year. See where they are at a year from now at the position
D Murray... are you a believer?
Not really. Don't like his lateral agility or COD...runs very hard, but not buying that his body can withstand his style of play
With their rebuilt backfield, are the Packers an edge rusher away from being a top-10 defense?
Bishop comes back too. Perry might be that guy, but I agree that adding one more pass-rusher makes sense. Top 10 seems lofty however
Is Rex Ryan the Jets GM? If not, who cares about his job insecurity. If the best they can get for Revis is a 2014 1st, they take it without considering Rex at all right? Isnt that the business side of the NFL?
I think he has a little bit of clout however in the decision making process for NYJ
Is Houston a top 3 defense now with Ed Reed?
No...in fact, Quinn is the better player right now
Heyward-Bey to Detroit....will it happen and do you like it ??
Keep hearing him to Indy, which I like better. Steelers and Lions would make sense too. This guy isn't terrible contrary to popular belief
As of now which AFC team has the best chance to compete with NE & Denver?
I really don't know. Don't see one. But give me the Ravens
If Tyler Eifert is available to the Packers do you take him?
HIGHLY doubt he is there...would rather see GB go OL
Would the Redskins or SF be interested in having Tebow as a backup to their QBs? Their QBs are runners and the Tebow bandwagon would not threaten them.
Maybe, but Tebow isn't a good player...below average #2
Do you see a late round qb for Pittsburgh to develop?
Next year...signing Gradkowski was a good move-allows them to ignore QB
Does Alshon become a legit #2 this year opposite Marshall?
I def think so. Really like him. Throw Bennett into that mix and you have three really talented guys with amazing collective size, which is perfect for Cutler
I think the Ravens D is now way ahead of last year. Ozzie is Yoda.
The Force is strong with Ozzie for sure. And you have to think that Suggs will be better than a year ago. Maybe Ngata too. Webb comes back!
Vince Young worked out at the Texas Pro Day..haha..wouldn't it at some sense make sense for the 49ers to sign him, as he's a poor..I'm talking bum on the street..man's version of CK?
Could buy that...bring him to camp and see what he can do
What do you think of DeAndre Hopkins?
Love him. First rounder. Not a measurables guy, but will be an excellent reliable NFL WR
Are you buying or selling the Panthers for the next 3 seasons? Some upside with Newton obviously, but they still have a lot of cap issues for this year and next year.
Yeah,tough call and tough division too. Some obvious long term strengths, but you nailed it-and they have holes with little resources to fill them all
How good do you think the Titans DEF can be? Their young LB corps is pretty good, and they have some decent players with McCourty and Verner, and some along the D-line. Now they add Wilson and Pollard. Seems okay right?
Exactly...it is Okay...I see zero star power on this D
Panthers move D-Will somewhere?
He can still play, but who wants to pay that contract
Do RGIII, CK, Cam and Wilson have the potential to have Brady/Manning brothers careers or will they have to change their games in order to have the longeveity?
They have that potential for sure, because all can really throw it well...pocket passers first
What do you expect from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie? Best case scenario - lives up to talent, becomes #1 CB and Champ moves to safety? Or more likely he is mediocre in coverage and tackles like it's two-hand touch?
Give me the latter and mix in some big plays
I hate what the Pats have done. I don't expect them to get the top player at every position, but they don't go after the top player at any position. It's always the 2nd/3rd tier guy for 2nd/3rd tier money. If they didn't have TB12, they're no better than 6-10.
I am not with you there. Talib is a very good CB and Vollmer is my fav RT in the NFL
Adios everyone! I am out!