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2016 NFL Re-Mock (2nd and 3rd rounds)

32. Cleveland Browns – RB Derrick Henry (Alabama) 33. Tennessee Titans – CB Mackenzie Alexander (Clemson) 34. Dallas Cowboys – DE Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky) 35. San Diego Chargers – S Vonn Bell (Ohio State) 36. Baltimore Ravens – OLB Kevin Dodd (Clemson) 37. Kansas City Chiefs – G Cody Whitehair (Kansas State) 38. Jacksonville Jaguars – OLB Myles Jack...
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2016 NFL Mock Draft (4 Rounds)

Los Angeles Rams – QB Jared Goff (California) Philadelphia Eagles – QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) San Diego Chargers – DE DeForest Buckner (Oregon) Dallas Cowboys – CB Jalen Ramsey (Florida State) Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Joey Bosa (Ohio State) Baltimore Ravens – OT Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi) San Francisco 49ers – QB Paxton Lynch (Memphis) Cleveland Browns...
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2016 NFL Mock Draft

Updated 4/15/16 Los Angeles Rams (TRADE) – QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) Whoa. With about 2 weeks to go until the draft, the Rams pulled a reverse RG3 trade, shocking everyone by sending their 2016 and 2017 first round picks (15th overall in 2016), both of their 2016 second round picks (their own and the one they got from Philadelphia for Sam Bradford), and their 2016 and...
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Houston Texans sign QB Brock Osweiler (Grade)

The line between what the top-tier quarterbacks and the mid-tier quarterbacks make has been significantly blurred in the past few years, as the top-21 quarterbacks in terms of average annual salary all make between 16 million and 22 million annually. This makes sense. With the salary cap growing significantly in recent years and showing no signs of stopping with the NFL as popular...
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Miami Dolphins sign DE Olivier Vernon (Grade)

This is the most expensive contract signed thus far this off-season, as Olivier Vernon gets 85 million over 5 years with 41 million due in the first 2 years, making him the second highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL. If he plays like he did last season, when he was Pro Football Focus’ #1 rated 4-3 defensive end, he’s definitely worth it for a Giants team that had a big need...
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2016 NFL Mock Draft (3 rounds)

Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi) A quarterback has gone #1 in 13 of the last 18 NFL drafts, but this year is very likely to be an exception. The Titans just drafted a quarterback #2 overall last season and it’s a weak quarterback class at the top anyway. Marcus Mariota did not turn the Titans around in his first season in Tennessee, but that wasn’t really...
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2016 NFL Free Agency Predictions

Von Miller Denver Broncos 6-year, 110 million Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins 1-year, 20 million Olivier Vernon Jacksonville Jaguars 5-year, 70 million Muhammad Wilkerson Chicago Bears 5-year, 70 million Malik Jackson Oakland Raiders 5-year, 68 million Josh Norman Carolina Panthers 5-year, 66 million Brock Osweiler Denver Broncos 3-year, 45 million Cordy Glenn Buffalo Bills 5-year...
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March 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers: Super Bowl 50 Pick

Denver Broncos (14-4) vs. Carolina Panthers (17-1) at San Francisco Both of these teams finished with the #1 seed in their respective conference and won two home playoff games to get here. However, they’ve still had drastically different seasons and one team has been significantly more impressive this year. While Denver finished the year 12-4 with just 3 wins by more than a touchdown...
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February 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers: 2015 NFC Championship Pick

Arizona Cardinals (13-3) at Carolina Panthers (15-1) I’ve been saying for pretty much all season that Arizona is better than Carolina, despite Carolina’s better record and their status as the #1 seed in the NFC really from start to finish (they’ve been tied for the best record in the NFC or had the best record in the NFC all season). Arizona obviously has lost more games than...
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January 23, 2016  |  Discuss

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos: 2015 AFC Championship Pick

New England Patriots (13-4) at Denver Broncos (13-4) The Patriots lost in Denver earlier this year, but the Patriots were without leading wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola and also lost top receiving threat Rob Gronkowski and talented linebacker Dont’a Hightower with injuries in that game. Even still, the Patriots were leading 21-7 in the 4th quarter and likely would...
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January 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers: 2015 NFC Divisional Pick

Seattle Seahawks (11-6) at Carolina Panthers (15-1) This is a matchup of two absolute powerhouses, as Carolina and Seattle rank 2nd and 3rd respectively in rate of moving the chains differential. Seattle gets running back Marshawn Lynch back from a 7 game absence, while Carolina gets running back Jonathan Stewart back from a 3 game absence, safety Kurt Coleman back from a 1 game...
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January 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots: 2015 AFC Divisional Pick

Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) at New England Patriots (12-4) This one’s tough. The Patriots should be able to cover this 5 point spread at home against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have famously won 11 straight games since a 1-5 start, but who did they beat over that time period? Buffalo? Denver when Manning had a bad foot? Houston? Meanwhile, during their 1-5 start, they lost to the likes...
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January 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals: 2015 NFC Divisional Pick

Green Bay Packers (11-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-3) The Cardinals clobbered the Packers 38-8 at home just 3 weeks ago back in week 16, so people don’t seem to be giving the Packers much of a chance. However, as the Vikings showed last week, even though a team blew you out recently, you still have a good chance to beat them in the playoffs. Teams are 30-15 ATS since 2001 in the...
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January 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos: 2015 AFC Divisional Pick

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) at Denver Broncos (12-4) Pittsburgh entered the post-season as a trendy sleeper pick to go all the way, thanks to a high flying offense led by arguably the best quarterback/pass catcher duo in the NFL in Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. They finished 9th in rate of moving the chains differential and moved the chains at a 75.00% rate in the 12 games...
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January 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins: 2015 NFC Wild Card Pick

Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Washington Redskins (9-7) The Redskins come out of the NFC East, arguably the weakest division in football, but they’ve turned into a pretty good team. They rank 14th in rate of moving the chains differential, worst among playoff teams, but they’re hot right now and have been since getting both tight end Jordan Reed and wide receiver DeSean Jackson...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings: 2015 NFC Wild Card Pick

Seattle Seahawks (10-6) at Minnesota Vikings (11-5) The Seahawks smoked the Vikings in Minnesota back in week 13, winning 38-7. However, the trio of linebacker Anthony Barr, safety Harrison Smith, and defensive tackle Linval Joseph, arguably the Vikings’ 3 best defensive players, played a combined 19 snaps in that one, thanks to injury. Joseph was out completely, while Barr and...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals: 2015 AFC Wild Card Pick

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) This is the game that I have the least strong opinion on. The Bengals rank 5th in rate of moving the chains differential on the season, while the Steelers rank 9th, but the Steelers have been far better offensively in the 12 games where Ben Roethlisberger has led them in pass attempts, as opposed to their other 4 games when...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans: 2015 AFC Wild Card Pick

Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at Houston Texans (9-7) The Chiefs are favored by 3.5 points here in Houston. It’s not hard to understand why that’s the case. The Texans are seen as a team that’s only in the playoffs by default, after winning the weak NFC South; they’ve also already lost to the Chiefs at home this season, 27-20 back in week 1.The Chiefs, meanwhile, are seen as...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick

Tennessee Titans (3-13) at Indianapolis Colts (7-8) This is another one where I wouldn’t touch either side with money. Both teams have serious quarterback problems. The Colts are on to their 4th quarterback of the year, Josh Freeman. Matt Hasselbeck was playing in the absence of starting quarterback Andrew Luck, but he got hurt last week and Charlie Whitehurst finished out. However...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick

Oakland Raiders (7-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) This is another one I don’t have a good feel for. The Chiefs are favored by a touchdown, which I think is a little much, considering the Chiefs rank 10th in rate of moving the chains differential, while the Raiders rank 15th. The Chiefs could also be missing outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, huge parts of their...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-12) The Steelers lost last week as huge road favorites in Baltimore, but they get a 2nd chance this week and I like their chances of bouncing back this week as 11 point favorites in Cleveland. The Browns rank 29th in rate of moving the chains differential, while the Steelers rank 9th. That doesn’t suggest an 11 point line is appropriate...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) at Carolina Panthers (14-1) The Panthers’ undefeated season attempt ended with last week’s road loss in Atlanta, but that doesn’t mean that the Panthers are going take it easy in their final regular season game this week. In fact, it likely means the opposite because now their week 17 game is meaningful, as they need a win to hold onto the #1 seed...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick

Detroit Lions (6-9) at Chicago Bears (6-9) I don’t have too strong of a feel for this one, but this line seems too low at a pick em. That suggests that the Lions are 3 points better than the home team Bears, which I disagree with. The Bears rank 18th in rate of moving the chains differential and have been even better when Jay Cutler has been healthy, moving the chains at a 72.18...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick

Philadelphia Eagles (7-8) at New York Giants (6-9) I want to preface this write up by saying I wouldn’t put money on either side. It’s going to be tough to know the emotional state of both of these teams. The Eagles got eliminated last Saturday with a home loss to the Redskins and then their head coach Chip Kelly was fired Tuesday. The Giants, meanwhile, were also eliminated...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick

Seattle Seahawks (9-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-2) I’ve thought for a while that the Cardinals were the most underrated team in the NFL. I’ve taken them in every week since week 2. Despite the fact that the Panthers didn’t lose their first game of the season until last week, I think the Cardinals have been the best team in the league for most of the year. The Cardinals rank...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss
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