Daly Dose #141 The greatest QBs in NFL history

This week on the Dose, we are remembering some of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League! Clint is joined by longtime friend of the show Mike from Castle Rock, and they debate the greatest quarterbacks to ever play for each NFL franchise.

We all know that the NFL has had memorable greats like Tom BradyJoe MontanaTerry Bradshaw, and Johnny Unitas, but who was the greatest signal-caller in the history of the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders, or the New York Jets?

Are Bradshaw and Unitas even the best quarterbacks from their own franchise? And how do we go about comparing different eras effectively?

Beginning in the AFC, we are remembering some of the best passers in league history, and probably even a few players that you may have forgotten!

Listen here to Daly Dose #141 The greatest QBs in NFL history!

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Daly Dose #140 Our Fifty States Tour Part 2

This week on the Daly Dose, we continue our trek across the nation, with the second half of our 50 States Tour!

We continue touring these United States, looking at the best athletes, the greatest sports moments, and the most disappointing moments for each state!

Last week in Part 1, we went from Alabama to Missouri.

In Part 2, we start back up again in Montana, we stop in each state, all the way through to Wyoming. What state has produced NBA rivals from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors? What Ohio State athlete ruined the day of an infamous dictator? Are the Dallas Cowboys the source of the worst moment in Texas sports history? And is the state of Pennsylvania the greatest producer of NFL quartebacks in history?

We answer all of these questions, and much, much more on our 50 States Tour finale!

Listen here to Episode #140 Our Fifty States Tour Part 2!

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Daly Dose #128 The fights that we wish had happened

The NFL Draft put a few players around the league on notice that their days could be numbered. Who should be looking over their shoulder?

We are nearly finished with the NBA conference semifinals, and of course we are seeing some players getting it done in the biggest moments, and a few players that are failing to make the big plays.

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban just got a big raise, so of course that means we have to hear about how that money should go to the players. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy.

Finally, with the Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez fight finally being announced, we look back at the Top 5 greatest fights that never did take place.

Listen here to Episode #128 The fights that we wish had happened

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Mockery Draft

The NFL Draft is nearly here, and as the best professionals in the business put the finishing touches on their big draft boards, we take a look at how most of them will fail miserably.

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2017 Daly Dose Mockery Draft

 

1. Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns have been searching for a bona fide starting quarterback for decades, unfortunately this class doesn’t have any. So, if you’re looking to make fun of them for drafting a quarterback here, think again. Of course, they do have Brock Osweiler…so go nuts.

Pick: Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

2. San Francisco 49ers

Niners owner Jed York has done a wonderful job of running a once-proud franchise directly into the ground. He is now telling us that new general manager John Lynch, and new head coach Kyle Shanahan, are going to be a great combo for years to come. Do we we have any reason to doubt him? Yes. yes we do.

Pick: Solomon Thomas DE Stanford

 

3. Chicago Bears

Head coach John Fox may be in a playoffs or else situation here. The Jay Cutler era is over in the Windy City, but now the Bears have to deal with the very real situation of finding another quarterback to be better than Cutler. Mike Glennon has been signed to replace Cutler, and even though he has a tendency to throw some dangerous passes, at least he might act like he actually cares afterward.

Pick: Jonathan Allen DE Alabama

 

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

What to do with QB Blake Bortles? He seems to only look good in garbage time, once the game is already decided. So it seems that the Jags will draft Fournette, who only plays when he feels like it too. What could possibly go wrong?

Pick: Leonard Fournette RB LSU

 

5. Tennessee Titans

The Titans were headed to the playoffs last season, until starting QB Marcus Mariota suffered a season ending injury. This is a good young team that is more than capable of being a championship contender. And then coming up about a half-yard short.

Pick: Mike Williams WR Clemson

 

6. New York Jets

The Jets current quarterback depth chart consists of Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty… proving once and for all that they literally will take anyone on the planet over Geno Smith.

Pick: DeShaun Watson QB Clemson

 

7. Los Angeles Chargers

The newest NFL team in Los Angeles, taking a player named “Hooker”. Yep, that’s just science, people.

Pick: Malik Hooker S Ohio State

 

8. Carolina Panthers

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In 2015, everything just broke right for the Panthers. They went 15-1 and went all the way to the Super Bowl. Yes, they struggled in 2016, but there is no reason to think they can’t get back on track. What could possibly go wrong when your leader and best player is a guy that wears an adult romper?

Pick: Dalvin Cook RB Florida State

 

9. Cincinnati Bengals

For the first time in Andy Dalton’s time in Cincinnati, the Bengals missed the playoffs. The Bengals believe that the setback was mostly due to injuries, and bad luck. Of course, they will also tell you that Dalton is a franchise quarterback, and that Marvin Lewis is a great coach. So they might not be the most credible source.

Pick: Reuben Foster LB Alabama

 

10. Buffalo Bills

The Bills suffered a ton of injuries last season, going 7-9, and missing the playoffs for the 57th season in a row. Of course, they did finally fire head coach Rex Ryan. So all in all, it was a pretty good year.

Pick:  Jamal Adams S LSU

 

11. New Orleans Saints

We all laughed at Jeff Fisher for going 7-9 every season. Don’t look now but, Sean Payton has had a 7-9 record three years in a row. Good thing Payton has that Super Bowl win to quiet the critics. And also a good thing that he doesn’t have a 70’s pornstache.

Pick: Derek Barnett DE Tennessee  

 

12. Cleveland Browns

The Browns need receiving targets, as Terrelle Pryor left via free agency. Then they will just need a passer, some offensive linemen, a runner or two, and maybe a defense.

Pick: OJ Howard TE Alabama

 

13. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals failed to live up to their lofty expectations in 2016, but a lot of that was due to a huge rash of injuries, and also due to the fact that QB Carson Palmer wasn’t one of those injuries.

Pick: Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

 

14. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles definitely need some more offensive weapons to surround young QB Carson Wentz, and Christian McCaffrey would fit the bill there. He’s very similar to former Eagles playmaker Darren Sproles…aside from one key difference.

He’s a little taller.

Pick: Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford

 

15. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts continue to try to get QB Andrew Luck killed year after year, by surrounding him with as little talent as possible. We all just assume that GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano are bad at their job, but maybe they just don’t like that goofy cornball.

Pick: Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA

 

16. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have probably suffered more injuries than anyone in the NFL over the past two seasons. John Ross is a talented wide receiver, who ran the fastest 40 time in NFL Combine history, with just one drawback. He has a history of injuries.

Pick: WR John Ross Washington

 

17. Washington Redskins

Washington has a reasonably talented team, but an absolute  disaster at quarterback. Kirk Cousins says he won’t sign a long term deal unless it’s for huge money, but that would hamstring the franchise. Much like his play did in the final three games last year.

Pick: Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina

 

18. Tennessee Titans

The Titans grab another weapon for quarterback Marcus Mariota. There’s really no reason to think these Titans won’t be a contender in the coming seasons. I mean, except for the fact that they’re the Titans.

Pick: David Njoku, TE, Miami

 

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs seem to be on the right track, and even had a chance to make the playoffs last season.  This season, they will appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks, so all of the momentum will probably disappear.

Pick: Jabril Peppers, LB, Michigan

 

20. Denver Broncos

The Broncos are intent on building an offensive line that is capable of protecting their quarterback. Now if only they had a quarterback worth protecting.

Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin

 

21. Detroit Lions

The Lions somehow made the playoffs in 2016. The Cubs won the World Series in 2016. How did the world not end in 2016 again?

Pick: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

 

22. Miami Dolphins

Look for the Dolphins to try to shore up their linebacking crew here, in anticipation of a challenging schedule, that has the Dolphins playing four prime-time games. The schedule makers at the NFL have obviously never seen Ryan Tannehill play before.

Pick: TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

 

23. New York Giants

The Giants need to bolster that offensive line so that they can keep Eli Manning from taking so many hits. It should help him get back to being a top notch QB, and it should help him confuse those memorabilia dealers with a cleaner jersey. So…win/win.

Pick: Garrett Boles, OT, Utah

 

24. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have one of the top offenses in the NFL, with QB Derek Carr returning from injury, so they should go defense here. Last year’s Raiders defense has the distinction of allowing Brock Osweiler to actually win a playoff game. So they clearly need a lot of help.

Pick: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

 

25. Houston Texans

Speaking of Brock Osweiler, the Texans literally paid to not have him on their roster, despite the fact that it leaves them without a bonafide starter. They literally said “we would rather have no one, than have you.” Now, that’s commitment.

Pick: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

 

26. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have a number of holes to fill, including defensive tackle and offensive line, but we are betting that they are really desperate to get rid of a certain loudmouthed underachieving cornerback. So…

Pick: Kevin King, CB, Washington

 

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Last season, the Chiefs made the playoffs for the first time since 1993, despite QB Alex Smith throwing less touchdowns than Colin Kaepernick and Blake Bortles. You might think that such a lack of production would be cause to draft a QB early here, but you clearly don’t realize how stubborn head coach Andy Reid really is.

Pick: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

 

28. Dallas Cowboys

There’s a chance that Ezekiel Elliott could face some discipline from the NFL, for a domestic violence case back in 2016, plus that whole pulling down a female’s shirt back in February. Between that time, and the time Mixon will undoubtedly be sitting out, the Cowboys should be able to keep at least one running back on the active roster.

Pick: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

 

29. Green Bay Packers

The Packers were so injured last year, that they were actually starting cardboard cutouts at defensive back. Yet, Aaron Rodgers is such a controlling force on the field that he was able to carry the Packers all the way to the NFC Championship game. We haven’t seen control like that since…well…since Olivia Munn got Aaron to completely shut off his family.

Pick: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

 

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Remember when Ben Roethlisberger told the Steelers he was thinking about retiring? The Steelers sure do. So they pass up talented wide receivers, linebackers, and safeties here and grab a new QB with this pick. Not so funny now, is it Ben?

Pick: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

 

31. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons need to beef up their offensive line, and Lamp should provide some depth. Plus, he reportedly knows the Heimlich maneuver. So that’s huge.

Pick: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

 

32. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans picked up another pick in the first round when they traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to New England. New Orleans management has to be a little concerned by the fact that Bill Belichick kept on insisting that they include their soul in the deal too.

Pick: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC

Daly Dose #104 The Thanksgiving Show

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint discusses all of the things that we have to be thankful for in the world of sports!

From Thanksgiving football games to March Madness, we have much to celebrate!

We aren’t the only ones giving thanks, as we take a look at one thing each NFL team should be thankful for!

The college football picture is beginning to come into focus a little more each week, and we look at which teams have the best resumes.

Finally, there have been a number of crazy stories in sports this year, and we count down the Top 5 Turkeys of the Year!

You don’t want to miss a big helping of Episode 104: The Thanksgiving Show!

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Daly Dose #101 The 2016 NFL Midseason Review

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint is joined by longtime friend of the show, Mike in Castle Rock to discuss the 2016 NFL season at the halfway point.

Which teams are looking like the strongest? And which teams should be kicked out of the league?

And with the 2016 Presidential election coming quickly, we all know that this isn’t the strongest group of candidates that we’ve ever had.

So this week, we count down the Top 5 more qualified candidates, that we would rather vote for next week!

Plus World Series talk, college football, and what the early NBA season means!

Be sure to check out Episode #101 The 2016 NFL Midseason Review!

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Daly Dose #93 The 2016 NFL Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we are taking a look ahead at the 2016 NFL season!

Clint is joined by longtime friend of the show- Larry from Centennial, and they break down some of the top storylines, preview the top contenders in each division, and even make their picks as to which teams will be going to Super Bowl 51.

Plus, Clint recaps some of the top college football stories and is even joined by a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player!

And you have to stick around for the Daly Dose Top 5 worst NFL uniforms of all time!

You do not want to miss Episode 93!

Listen here: Episode #93 The 2016 NFL Preview

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Here are a few of our nominations for worst NFL uniforms!

The Daly Dose NFL AFC North Preview 

We now shift our attention to the AFC North. 

We can all remember the recent titles won by the Baltimore Ravens. 

And the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in sports history. 

But who can recall a playoff win by the Cincinnati Bengals, or any type of success by the Cleveland Browns?

Probably no one.

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1. Cincinnati Bengals   

Predicted finish: 10-6

The Bengals have a ton of talent but always seem to find a way to come up short under head coach Marvin Lewis. So they will rack up double digits wins and get hopes up with all of their talent, and then lose in the first round of the playoffs. But take heart Bengals fans, Marvin Lewis will probably be resigned to another huge contract extension afterward.

2. Baltimore Ravens    

Predicted finish: 9-7

The Ravens hit rock bottom in 2015, going 5-11 after being depleted by injuries. But they should be back in the playoff hunt if they can stay healthy this year. They just need 33 year old Terrell Suggs and 37 year old Steve Smith to return 100% from torn Achilles injuries. Or maybe they should just wish for a leprechaun to ride a unicorn right into M&T Bank Stadium and deliver the Super Bowl trophy to them. The odds seem to be about the same.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers   

Predicted finish: 8-8

We know that the Steelers offense is going to be one of the best in the NFL, but we also know that it is a matter of time before QB Ben Roethlisberger gets hurt and has to sit a few games.  When he’s out, head coach and member of the NFL competition committee that works to maintain fairness in games, Mike Tomlin can trip up a kick returner. Or maybe one of his assistant coaches can start a fight, and the Steelers can find a way to earn a win without Big Ben. Hey, fairs fair.

4. Cleveland Browns   

Predicted finish: 3-13   

After striking out in free agency the Browns have a number of holes throughout their roster. But they did manage to grab QB Robert Griffin III and are confident that he can improve their offense under head coach Hue Jackson. At least until Griffin gets hurt by Week 3, because he still hasn’t learned how to slide properly. 

Did you miss our Daly Dose NFC East Preview?

Next up: our Daly Dose NFC North Preview!

Daly Dose #89 The best players in NFL history: Part 2

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we continue to get ready for the 2016 NFL season with our look at the best players from every single NFL franchise. This week they discuss each team in the AFC. Clint is joined by longtime friend of the show, Mike in Castle Rock, and they make their selections for the best players from each and every franchise. Who makes their list for the best player in the history of the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs,Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans?

Check out Episode #89!

Listen here: Daly Dose #89 The best players in NFL history: Part 2

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2016 way too early NFL Draft grades

So your favorite NFL team has now completed their draft. But how did they really do? Forget the so-called “expert’s” opinion. We can tell you how your team did right here!

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Arizona Cardinals

Notable picks: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Outlook: The Cardinals didn’t really have any pressing needs and head coach Bruce Aryans has shown an ability to deal with players that others may shy away from. Still, it is odd that the Cardinals are putting bars on all of their facility windows after drafting Nkemdiche.

Grade: B+

 

Atlanta Falcons

Notable picks: Keanu Neal, S, Florida, Deion Jones, OLB, LSU

Outlook: The Falcons definitely needed defensive help and they went and got some of it. Oh sure, we could make fun of them for taking a safety with the 17th overall pick. And we will because they still haven’t addressed their horrible pass rush.

Grade: B-

 

Baltimore Ravens

Notable picks: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Outlook: The Ravens saw the Laremy Tunsil video, and balked at drafting the talented offensive tackle choosing instead to grab Stanley. For some reason the Ravens are super sensitive about their players being caught on video doing shady things.

Grade: C+

 

Buffalo Bills

Notable picks: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson, Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama, Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

Outlook: The Bills were hoping to get either Lawson or Ragland in this draft, and they actually managed to get them BOTH! Of course they also took Ohio State QB Cardale Jones, and in the land of Buffalo wings, he could be a three hundred pounder by training camp.

Grade: A

 

Carolina Panthers

Notable picks: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

Outlook: The Panthers really needed to get some help on the offensive line, as we saw in Super Bowl 50. So they went out and instead drafted three cornerbacks to account for the loss of Josh Norman. Looks like Cam Newton could be a leaving a few more press conferences early.

Grade: C-

 

Chicago Bears

Notable picks: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia, Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State, Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida

Outlook: The Bears had an impressive haul on draft grabbing another solid linebacker, some offensive line help, and a steal with Bullard in the 3rd round. They are really on the right track to being a playoff contender! Oh that’s right, Jay Cutler is still their quarterback. So nevermind.

Grade: A

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Notable picks: William Jackson III, CB, Houston, Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt, Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor

Outlook: Cincinnati needed a wide receiver to replace Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but Jackson was the best player on the board, and the rival Pittsburgh Steelers desperately wanted him. So that totally makes up for the playoff loss last year. Take that, Steelers!

Grade: B+

 

Cleveland Browns

Notable picks: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor, Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State, Cody Kessler, QB, USC

Outlook: The Browns had a whopping 14 picks in this draft, and were looking like geniuses as they opted to go with quantity over quality in a very average draft. But then they took a wide receiver from Baylor with their top pick, and a quarterback from USC. So let’s put away that Mensa application, shall we?

Grade: B-

 

Dallas Cowboys

Notable picks: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State, Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame, Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Outlook: The Cowboys wanted a powerful running back to plug in behind that offensive line and they found one in Elliott. But we all know that head coach Jason Garrett likes to show how smart he is, by throwing on every down, so he won’t give Elliott the ball. And the Dallas defense is atrocious allowing 121 yards on the ground every game, so they drafted Jaylon Smith who probably won’t play a snap in 2016. Jerry Jones strikes again!

Grade: C-

 

Denver Broncos

Notable picks: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis, Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

Outlook: The Broncos select the 6-5 QB out of Memphis, to try to somehow replace future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and high priced free agent backup Brock Osweiler. Those two combined for 19 touchdowns and 23 interceptions as the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2015. But those are Mark Sanchez-type numbers. So the bar isn’t quite as high for Lynch as one might think.

Grade: B

 

Detroit Lions

Notable picks: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State, A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

Outlook: Detroit was able to fill out needs on both the offensive and defensive lines under rookie general manager Bob Quinn, who clearly doesn’t realize that such proficiency and competency will not be stood for in this franchise.

Grade: B+

 

Green Bay Packers

Notable picks: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA, Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Outlook: Green Bay gets some much needed help on the defensive line with BJ Raji gone. Clark has a wrestling background and has proven to be very good against the run. But can he cover Larry Fitzgerald? Probably not.

Grade: B-

 

Houston Texans

Notable picks: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

Outlook: Brock Osweiler needs a few more receivers to go with DeAndre Hopkins, so the Texans grabbed Will Fuller, who has drawn comparisons to Ted Ginn Jr. Meaning, he has everything they want in a wide receiver. Except the catching part.

Grade: C+

 

Indianapolis Colts

Notable picks: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama, Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

Outlook: The Colts are building up their offensive line, because last season they got a look at their franchise without Andrew Luck and it wasn’t good. And Andrew Luck got a look at life without his kidney. Also not good.

Grade: B+

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Notable picks: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State, Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

Outlook: Myles Jack is a steal for the Jaguars in the second round. He is an extremely gifted athlete that only fell in the draft because of a significant knee injury. So Jacksonville outsmarts everyone and gets two very talented players. Of course Jack will need micro-fracture surgery eventually so he could be out for the season by the time I finish this sentence.

Grade: A for now

 

Kansas City Chiefs

Notable picks: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State, Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

Outlook: The Chiefs get some help on the defensive front and they also wanted to find a backup for limited passer Alex Smith. So they picked up another limited passer in Kevin Hogan. Well done, Chiefs.

Grade: B

 

Los Angeles Rams

Notable picks: Jared Goff, QB, Cal, Pharoh Cooper, WR,

Outlook: The Rams wanted to make a splashy move after moving to Los Angeles, so they traded up for Cal quarterback Jared Goff who put up big numbers in college. And he went just 14-23 as a starter, making him a perfect fit for a franchise that rarely finishes above .500.

Grade: C-

 

Miami Dolphins

Notable picks: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Outlook: The Dolphins get a steal in Tunsil when he fell in the draft due to the video that surfaced of him taking a bong hit while wearing a gas mask. And Tunsil gets a steal in South Beach where he can get into even more trouble than he ever did in Oxford, Mississippi.

Grade: C

 

Minnesota Vikings

Notable picks: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss, Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Outlook: The Vikings get a pretty talented wide receiver in Treadwell, who has speed and great hands. But they don’t ever throw the ball to their wide receivers so they may as well have just drafted a long-snapper.

Grade: B

 

New England Patriots

Notable picks: Joe Thuney, OG, North Carolina State, Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State

Outlook: The Patriots didn’t have a first round pick because…well…you know…but they get a solid guard in Thuney and rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett could conceivably be the starter in Week 1…because well…you know.

Grade: C

 

New Orleans Saints

Notable picks: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville, Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

Outlook: The Saints had to try to beef up their defense because they were absolutely awful in 2015 allowing 30 points per game. They’re still going to be awful, but now at least they can claim it is because they are young.

Grade: B

 

New York Giants

Notable picks: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State, Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma, Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

Outlook: The Giants needed help everywhere and they got a number of players that can step in and help immediately. The fact that they all have 10 fingers is an added bonus.

Grade: B+

 

New York Jets

Notable picks: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State, Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn St

Outlook: The Jets desperately needed some help on the offensive line to protect Geno Smith, but the fact is that they don’t really like Geno Smith. So they went with a linebacker, and an inconsistent QB instead. Suck it, Geno!

Grade: D-

 

Oakland Raiders

Notable picks: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia, Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Outlook: The defensive backfield needed to be upgraded, and Joseph should help if he can learn how to actually tackle. But the Raiders needed a middle linebacker and instead chose to draft a backup QB. This could upset all of the fans dressed up in Star Wars costumes. To put it in language they can understand- “I can feel your anger. Let the hate flow through you.”

Grade: C

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Notable picks: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Outlook: The Eagles traded up to get to Wentz believing that he is their quarterback of the future. But the rest of the roster is a bit of a mess, as they need help at wide receiver and a backup running back for the oft-injured Ryan Matthews. Also, Sam Bradford keeps cutting the brake lines on Wentz’s car. So there’s that.

Grade: D+

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Notable picks: Artie Burns, CB, Miami

Outlook: The Steelers draft a 78-year-old man from a Florida retirement home. But man, can Artie Burns play a mean polka on his accordion!

Grade: D

 

San Diego Chargers

Notable picks: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State, Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Outlook: The Chargers felt that Bosa was the best player on the board so they took him, despite the fact that he doesn’t fit their defense all that well. But Bosa does have a Jeff Spicoli aspect to him, and that should fit well in San Diego. “Aloha, Mr. Hand!”

Grade: C

 

San Francisco 49ers

Notable picks: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon, Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

Outlook: The Niners started off the draft strong, taking a safe pick in Buckner, but then they traded three picks to move up nine spots to draft an offensive guard. Then again Chip Kelly is involved here, so we know none of what San Francisco does is going to make any sense.

Grade: D+

 

Seattle Seahawks

Notable picks: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M, Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama, CJ Prosise, RB, Notre Dame

Outlook: The Seahawks needed help on the OL, and Reed may have been a top 20 talent for their defense. Plus Prosise has a unique skill set and could develop into something special, so the Seahawks had a pretty good haul. Much like he did at USC Pete Carroll is getting some of the best athletes that money can buy.

Grade: A

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notable picks: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida, Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky, Roberto Aguayo, P, Florida State

Outlook: Tampa got value on their first two picks, trading down to get more picks and still getting Hargreaves. And Spence could have been selected in the first round. But then they traded two picks to move up and take a kicker. I don’t care if Aguayo is Morten Anderson, Adam Vinatieri, and Gus the field goal kicking mule rolled into one. He’s a frigging kicker.

Grade: F-

 

Tennessee Titans

Notable picks: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State, Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson, Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Outlook: The Titans had 10 picks and got good value on most all of them. Sure, they should have probably gotten a cornerback instead of Henry, when they already have DeMarco Murray. We are so used to this franchise screwing things up that we are going to just let it slide.

Grade: A

 

Washington Redskins

Notable picks: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, Su’a Cravens, S, USC, Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Outlook: Washington needed some help on the defensive line, but they stuck to their principles and took the best player on the board in Doctson, who might have been the best WR in the draft. It is impressive to see anyone in the DC area even have principles let alone live by them. Of course, unless Doctson can improve a defensive line that allowed 381 yards per game, then your self-righteous principles don’t mean jack, do they?

Grade: C+