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Everything posted by Wraith

  1. 2021 NFL Draft

    Good measurements for a tackle, need to go back and watch tape of him....not terribly familiar with Eastern Carolina football....
  2. 2021 NFL Draft

    https://gbnreport.com/2021-picks-by-team/ Colin has never been wrong yet
  3. 2021 NFL Draft

    Personally, I want the Bengals to do what it takes to resign Lawson and Jackson, Jr. get Moton (or Williams) and Thuney (or Warford) in Free Agency and a proven deep threat WR which would allow us to go into the draft and just take the BPA in every round. Other teams play tricks with the cap there is no reason why we can't get creative and do the same thing to fit all those guys onto the roster. No reason except, well, Mike Brown is our GM........and he is allergic to creativity.
  4. 2021 NFL Draft

    Absolutely, but, if Sewell is gone do you want to reach for a tackle and pass up superior talent at another position? Sewell because of his youth, size, length and athleticism is worth the #5 pick. No offense to Slater or Darrisaw but their skill set is not nearly as rare and thus, they are not worth the #5 pick IMHO. Slater is a top 15 guy, Darrisaw is top 20. Radunz from North Dakota might be a better prospect than either of them. Sam Cosmi is a starting caliber guy that can be had at the top of rd. 2 and might turn out just as good as a guy you reach for at #5. Same is true for Carman, or Jenkins, or Leatherwood and some of those guys (more than one) will fall to us in Rd. 2. The difference between Sewell and 5the rest of the tackle class is stark because he is young and long and suberly athletic. Slater has none of that, he is a great technician and is very smart but those are traits you also get from Liam Eichenberg in the top of the third round. Winning the draft is not just about drafting good players but about maximizing your draft position. At #5 you need to draft a superstar because you hopefully won't have that ability next year. Chase is a WR who has no limits or deficiencies in his game, we have an added bonus in that he is comfortable with our starting QB. Pitts is a generational talent and it is hard to find those guys at TE, a position that is getting increased attention due to the success of teams with those guys in the last 10 years (seriously match Super Bowl participants and Pro Bowl or All-Pro TEs it is really amazing what a superior TE can do for your offense). Either Sewell, Pitts, or Chase will be there at five you can almost write that in stone and the Bengals HAVE to walk away with one of them. In the second round you still have to evaluate the draft board, if you grab Pitts or Sewell in Rd. 1 and you know that you are desperate for a field stretching WR (because none of your guys can get separation on deep routes effectively) then you have to get a rd. 2 WR particularly since this is a VERY deep Tackle draft and you know you will be able to pick what would usually be a first round talent at that position at the top of rd. 3. There are only 9 guys in this draft that can get separation on deep routes (either due to insane initial quickness or flat out topline speed) all of those nine guys are gone by the time we pick at the top of rd. 3 you can bet on it. and we need that ability....now if you want to fill that need in free agency great, it opens things up to draft BPA in the first and second round.
  5. 2021 NFL Draft

    I don't think Marshall at 37 is a pipe dream....right now on most boards Terrence Marshall, JR is the seventh or eight WR behind Chase, Waddle, Smith, Rondale Moore, Rashad Bateman, Elijah Moore, and Kadarius Toney. I would be shocked if seven WRs go before our selection in the second round. In the last 5 drafts, only once has there been more than 6 WRs go before #37 (last year). If someone does grab Marshall early there is like one of the previous 7 available or someone like Dyami Brown from UNC who would fit the Bengals nicely. you could still grab good linemen in the 3rd or 4th of this years draft. I love James Hudson from UC and there is a fair chance he is available to us in the 3rd. Quinn Meinerz from UW-Whitewater really impressed at the senior bowl and might be there at our pick in the 4th, Trey Smith from Tennesee might also still be available. It is possible to get starter quality oline in the 3rd or the 4th rounds. I have said it before, if I am running the Bengals I have a multiple hour meeting with Burrow and Taylor and map all the strategies out with their input. This draft makes or breaks our ability to compete during Burrow's rookie contract and so it is more important than ever to get this right and make sure we are in lockstep. also given that Burrow played with or against alot of these players his insight here would be incredibly valuable. Really, after Hudson the starting caliber tackles are gone.....PFF has him at #77 but the 13th Tackle on the board. IMHO there is no way 13 tackles go off the board before our pick in the third and whether it is Mayfield from Michigan or Eichenberg from Notre Dame, or the Fairfield kid from Clemson (Carman), or even Alex Leatherwood from Alabama (who appears to be dropping on draft boards) they are all great options. If you go hard after skill players in the first two rounds to ensure Joey has all the weapons he needs you then absolutely need to make sure your third round pick is one of the tackles because all the starters will very likely be gone by the time we pick in the fourth. I believe we need to walk out of this draft with a starting caliber tackle AND a starting caliber Right Guard. That said both positions are very deep. All the way down to Tommy Kraemer from Notre Dame who right now is #194 on PFF's draft board carry potentially starting caliber grades. Also with Guards and Centers, fewer will go in the first three rounds so it will probably be easier for one of those guys to slip to us in the fourth. Whether it is Sewell and Davis in the first two rounds or Hudson and Trey Smith in rounds 3 and 4, serious draft capital needs to be spent on this draft to make sure we do not repeat last year's disaster.
  6. 2021 NFL Draft

    Starting as a guard. 6'6" 325, absolutely mauls in the running game, he was so respected by Alabama's coaches and players that they brought him on to play the final down of the nat'l championship. Team captain, student of the game...graded out better than 91 by PFF last year playing against a ton of NFL caliber players. Is an injury risk but his ACL should be healed by training camp. An offensive line of Sewell at LT, Thuney at LG, Hopkins at C, Dickerson at RG, and Jonah at RT would be incredible and would set us up with a spectacular line for the entirety of Burrows rookie contract. As for waiting DJ and PFF have Dickerson rated in their top 50. I haven't run a mock sim with Dickerson landing to our selection in the 3rd in a month and have recently been seeing him occasionally landing in the late first. Without the ACL he would be the first IOL off the board. Here is a good write-up by Dane Brugler. https://theathletic.com/2378777/2021/02/11/nfl-mock-draft-zach-wilson-justin-fields-trey-lance?source=user-shared-article
  7. 2021 NFL Draft

    I am still at fine if we draft any of the following three. In order of preference: Sewell Chase Pitts Anyone else and I will start throwing things at the TV. Btw. Starting to see folks mocking my dream draft which is Sewell in rd. 1 Dickerson in rd. 2 and any combination of Elijah Moore, Terence Marshall, or Dyami Brown in rd. 3. My official 2021 draft philosophy is "f*ck the defense we are going to build this thing around Burrow" all-offense unless someone spectacular falls to us.
  8. Offensive Line Draft Talk Thread

    Here is another trade floated around by PFF in this morning's you tube with Mike Renner... Bengals trade #5 to New Orleans. Bengals receive Ryan Ramczyk from the Saints who are desperate to shed cap space and #28. What do you guys think? We would get the Pro Bowl RT we need and still have a late first to secure additional talent.
  9. 2021 NFL Draft

    No but there is good video of Kyle Pitts beating Patrick Surtain like a rented mule.
  10. 2021 NFL Draft

    He did tear his ACL but it was not nearly as severe as Burrow's and all indications are that he will be ready for the 2021 season
  11. 2021 NFL Draft

    I completely disagree.....Dickerson was healthy enough to play the final snap of the Championship game. I think he will be ready for 2021 training camp. Obviously this is pending a physical.
  12. 2021 NFL Draft

    Sewell, Chase, Pitts any of the three and one will absolutely be there for us. In the second my target is Landon Dickerson from Alabama. I know he is listed as a Center but he will start Guard and he is an absolute bulldozer, graded above 90 for 'bama against NFL caliber competition. My Selections would be: 1) Chase or Pitts 2) Landon Dickerson, IOL Alabama 3) James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati You spend your draft like this in the first three and you pave the way for a Super Bowl Caliber team IMHO.
  13. 2021 NFL Draft

    Saw this earlier....100% on board with this draft.
  14. 2021 NFL Draft

    And even with Surtain on him doubled him quite often with the safety rolling to Pitts over the top.
  15. 2021 NFL Draft

    Coach and Ace did a great job breaking down Kyle Pitts Alabama film... Maybe I am coming around on him at 5.......
  16. 2021 NFL Draft

    I think teams are starting to understand the value of a dominant TE. I expect the over the next several years we are going to see more and higher draft picks at the position. That said I do agree that he is not a good option at 5. Not if Chase or Sewell are on the board and not if they are not because someone is going to offer us a mint for one of the QBs. I do believe he will be a star, he has freakish movement for a person of his size and great hands.
  17. 2021 NFL Draft

    If Chase run a low or sub 4.4 there is no doubt who the best receiver is. If he runs a high 4.4 or into the 4.5s then the debate will begin. Looking at the tape, he looks like a low 4.4 guy to me.
  18. 2021 NFL Draft

    I am worried that Smith is too slight of build to avoid constant injury in the NFL. Waddle us certainly fast and quick but he is short with a small catch radius. My rankings for pass catchers would be this: 1) Chase 2) Pitts 3) Waddle 4) Smith.
  19. 2021 NFL Draft

    The Bengals desperately need to stretch the field, one of the main reasons why our run game sucks is the teams are not respecting the deep ball at all. None of our receivers get much separatation on deep routes.
  20. Offensive Line Draft Talk Thread

    The only guy that might be the next guy is Kyle Pitts and he would look great in stripes....that said someone is going to offer a great deal to trade up if one of those QBs fall to us at 5 and if they do you take it knowing that there are great options later in the first round. I love Darrisaw from Va Tech for the Bengals and he is going to be there in the 12-15 range. BTW, another trade down target is Barmore from Alabama, dude looks to me like the best defensive player in this draft and we could use Dline help,
  21. Offensive Line Draft Talk Thread

    The way I see the draft breaks down pretty simply. 1. If Sewell is there take him 2. If Sewell is gone and Chase is there take him. 3. If both are gone that means that one of the top three QBs are still on the board so you take a king's ransome by a QB needy team further down the draft. Trade down targets would be Slater, Darrisaw, or Pitts which means that they can trade down as far as #16 and still likely get one of your targets.
  22. The Complete 2020-21 Offseason Plan v2

    Yep, so knowing that, you need to put that option on the table so you can be more attractive to FAs this year.
  23. The Complete 2020-21 Offseason Plan v2

    I get it, this is (imho) the most important off-season in Bengals history, this will tell us whether they are willing to do what it takes to make this team Superbowl contenders. The hardest part is to get a franchise QB under a rookie contract....they have that for four more seasons, they need to make hay. Burrow will win Superbowls (plural) whether he does it in a Bengals uni depends on their ability to put a team around him. That said this is a unique off-season with unique challenges and we are all going to have to wait longer than we want. No team is going to sign players until they have some idea of the pool they working with. This is the first year where the cap is supposed to drop so this is uncharted territory. On the other side, right now if the cap is in the 170-180 range up to 13 teams are currently over the cap. No agent worth his degree is going to let anyone sign until they have some idea what the market is going to look like.
  24. The Complete 2020-21 Offseason Plan v2

    Look, I am all about being proactive....the facts are that the official cap number has not been released. Until that time neither the teams nor the player's representatives are going to be very interested in signing contracts.
  25. The Complete 2020-21 Offseason Plan v2

    I think they are projecting us losing William Jackson.