By Matt Schneidman | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm | UPDATED: April 12, 2018 at 4:22 am Roquan Smith has been frequently associated with the Raiders, and the comparison one NFL Draft analyst made for the former Georgia linebacker should make Oakland fans giddy. “You look at Jon Gruden, having been around Derrick Brooks, I think you could see a little bit of Derrick Brooks in a guy like Roquan Smith,” said Daniel Jeremiah, a NFL Network analyst and former NFL scout. “That would make some sense there.” Brooks played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1995-2008, which included Gruden’s entire seven-year tenure as head coach for the team. Brooks made 11 Pro Bowls, nine All-Pro teams, received one Defensive Player of the Year award and won a Super Bowl. In 2014, Brooks entered the Hall of Fame. If Oakland selects Smith with the 10th pick and he becomes anything close to the same player during his … [Read more...] about NFL Draft analyst likens potential Raider Roquan Smith to Hall of Fame linebacker
As the NFL draft nears, we’re taking a 10-day position-by-position look at what’s out there and what the Bears need. Here’s our assessment at running back.Bears statusThe Bears return all of their major pieces at running back, starting with Jordan Howard. In his second season, Howard finished with 276 carries for 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns, reaching 2,000 career rushing yards faster than any player in franchise history. Tarik Cohen, a fourth-round pick last year, burst onto the scene as a versatile, explosive weapon. He totaled 87 carries for 370 yards and 53 catches for 353 yards. Benny Cunningham signed a one-year deal to return as the third-down back, and fourth-string option Taquan Mizzell and fullback Michael Burton also are back.Level of draft needLow: The Bears have many more pressing needs than running back, but general manager Ryan Pace has taken a running back in each of his three drafts — Jeremy Langford, Howard and Cohen. So it’s not out … [Read more...] about NFL draft position preview: Running backs
The Cincinnati Bengals have always been a peculiar bunch. Talent has never been an issue in Cincinnati, but it always feels like the Bengals underachieve every season. Since 2005, the franchise has been to the playoffs seven times. However, they haven't actually won a postseason game since 1991. Ouch. While postseason success has never been one of the Bengals' calling cards, their willingness to consistently take risks by signing and drafting players that come along with off-the-field baggage is. Which is why it was so hypocritical of the Bengals when they brought in free agent safety Eric Reid this week in hopes of signing him but decided not to because there's a chance that he might kneel again during the national anthem in the future. Never mind the fact that he is only 26 years old, made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and has 10 interceptions, 36 pass defenses, 264 tackles, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in five seasons. But this is Cincinnati, and the Bengals … [Read more...] about The Eric Reid situation exemplifies the hypocrisy of the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL
We take a second trip to Mini-Mockville knowing full well that prevaricators are among us. Smokescreens and deception are in the air. People trained to mislead line the streets. Every rumor must be double- and triple-checked less you go down the wrong corridor. A word to the wise: Go to Vegas armed with this mini-mock at your own peril. We promise nothing. 1) Browns: Wyoming QB Josh Allen Whispers abound about GM John Dorsey's infatuation with the rifle-armed Allen. A reported unnamed friend evidently told MMQB that Dorsey will choose Allen over Sam Darnold, which would be lunacy in our eyes. Darnold should be the first player off the board. We're making the switch for now since the rumblings are getting louder. And I forgot my ear plugs. The Jets, who believed for months that it was a foregone conclusion that Darnold would be the No. 1 overall pick, scheduled the USC quarterback for an official Top 30 visit this week. You know, just in case. 2) Giants: USC QB Sam Darnold Dave … [Read more...] about NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Who did the Giants and Jets take?
Only one more team stood between the Browns and the prospect their head coach and pro personnel director seemed to most covet with the No. 10 pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. Then the Jets, who had a former first-round pick coming off a career-best year at tight end, stunningly selected tight end Kyle Brady at No. 9. The unsuspecting Browns promptly traded down to No. 30. "There was no thought whatsoever Kyle Brady would go to the Jets," Phil Savage recalled. "It was like, 'What! What just happened?' It was truly the unexpected." Barring a trade on or before April 26, the Giants (No. 2) and Jets (No. 3) will pick back-to-back in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time since 2008. With both teams possibly in line to select a quarterback, it raises two related questions: Can the Jets find out ahead of time who the Giants are picking? If so, how? Is 2018 NFL Draft just 1999 all over again? QBs better hope not NJ Advance Media conducted 1-on-1 interviews with … [Read more...] about NFL Draft 2018: How can Jets find out who Giants are picking? 3 ex-NFL GMs share secrets