Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 3

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 3

Bills Thump Titans
Bucs Shock Saints
Cowboys Shock Bengals Behind QB Cooper Rush

Team of the Week 
Cowboys beat Bengals 20-17
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Jared Goff – Lions
  Defense – DE Nick Bosa – 49ers
  Offense – QB Tua Tagovailo – Dolphins         
  Defense – LB Josh Allen – Jaguars   
Rookies of the Week
  Offense – WR Drake London – Falcons
  Defense – DE Aidan Hutchinson – Lions  
Games of Week 3    
Thursday – Steelers @ Browns
Sunday – Bills @ Dolphins
Monday – Cowboys @ Giants

NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 2-0 Chiefs
Chiefs running on all cylinders behind Patrick Mahomes. Travel to Indy this week to face the desperate winless Colts.

#2 – 2-0 Bills
Bills bombed the Titans behind another stelar performance by Josh Allen. They handled Titans’ runner Derrick Henry very well and are a complete club who will make their presence felt in the AFC race.

#3 – 2-0 – Bucs
Bucs came back to finally beat the Saints under Tom Brady. This veteran club knows how to win with each unit battle tested. Host the Packers this week.

#4- 1-1 Chargers
The Chargers lost a tight game vs the Chiefs on Thursday night. Host the Jaguars this Sunday in a key AFC matchup and well rested. This matchup can be much bigger down the road.

#5 – 1-1 Rams
Rams held on to beat the Falcons with strong late defensive plays sealing their first victory. Travel to Arizona for their first NFC West matchup in the toughest division in the conference.

#6 – 2-0 Eagles
The Eagles blasted the Vikings behind a strong performance by QB Jalen Hurts. The Eagles are looking like the team to beat in the NFC East. Travel to Capital to face Commanders this Sunday.

#7 – 2-0 Dolphins
Dolphins made a great comeback to drill the Ravens behind QB Tua Tagovailo. Host the Bills in a battle for early season AFC East leadership.

#8 – 1-1 Packers
The Packers beat the Bears thoroughly again on Monday night. Travel to Tampa Bay for the next NFC battle between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

#9 – 1-1 49ers
The 49ers drilled the Seahawks to get into the win column. They lost QB Trey Lance and will go with former starter Jimmy Garoppolo. Travel to Denver to face an old friend in Russell Wilson.

#10- 1-1 – Broncos
The Broncos edged out a victory vs the Texans. Their offense has struggled to provide any consistency with only 32 total points behind Russell Wilson. Host the 49ers in a key matchup to get above 500.

#11 – 1-1 Steelers
Steelers struggled offensively vs the Patriots losing a key AFC matchup. Vet QB Matthew Trubisky faces a big test this week in Cleveland vs North rival the Browns. Their offensive line struggled last week and may hold the key more than the QB debate.

#12- 1-1 Ravens
The Ravens collapsed at home vs the Dolphins which was shocking in many ways. Travel to New England in their steady diet of AFC East clubs. Their defense has been inconsistent through the early games.

#13 – 0-2 Bengals
The Bengals lost another game by three points. Their offensive line was terrible vs the Cowboys this Joe Burrow under constant pressure. Host the Jets looking to get into the win column.

#14 – 1-1 Saints
The Saints lost wild game vs the Bucs. Travel to Carolina in another tough South matchup with the winless Panthers. QB Jameis Winston will have to become more productive especially vs playoff contenders.

#15 – 2-0 Giants
The Giants came back and beat the Panthers behind the strong leg of Graham Gano. They host the Cowboys this Monday night in the most important early season game in years.

#16 – 1-1 – Cowboys
The Cowboys rallied around QB Cooper Rush in the absence Dak Prescott.  Offense did just enough and relied on their aggressive defense that sacked Bengals Joe Burrow 6 times. Travel to MetLife for an important matchup with the Giants.

#17 – 1-1 Vikings
Vikings were outclassed by Eagles with a strong defensive performance which shut down their passing game completely. Host the improved Lions this week in a key NFC North matchup.

#18 – 1-1 Seahawks
Seahawks were held to 36 yards rushing and added two interceptions and were dominated by the 49ers defense. Host the struggling Falcons this Sunday.

#19 – 1-1 Browns
Browns collapsed in the 4th quarter vs the Jets, surrendering key late TD passes. Host the Steelers this Thursday night in an AFC North rivalry which usually plays out heavy in the final standings.

#20 – 1-1 Cardinals
Cardinals made a great comeback vs the Raiders behind some Kyler Murray magic and a pick six in OT to clinch their first victory. Host the Rams, hoping to avenge their playoff debacle loss in their third matchup last season.

#21 – 1-1 Patriots
The Pats might lack big time talent, but they know how to win. They beat the Steelers on sound defense that didn’t allow the big play and stuffed the run throughout. Host the Ravens this Sunday in a game which should feature aggressive defense and focus on both power ground game.

#22 – 1-1 Bears
The Bears faced longtime rival the Packers last week and were drilled in another poor performance vs Aaron Rodgers.

#23 – 1-1 Lions
Lions exploded for another 35 point performance with QB Jared Goff playing very well. Their defense must improve both vs the run and pass. Travel to Minnesota for a key NFC North contest.

#24 – 1-1 Jaguars
Jaguars young defense shut down the Colts completely. QB Trevor Lawrence is playing well with new weapons that make this club dangerous going forward. Travel to the Chargers this week in a key AFC matchup.

#25 – 0-1-1 Colts
QB Matt Ryan struggled under heavy pressure by the Jaguars including 5 sacks and 3 interceptions. Runner Jonathan Taylor could only rush for 54 yards as Jacksonville won for the 8th consecutive time at home vs the Colts. Host the Chiefs in a vital matchup for them to stay in the AFC picture.

#26 – 0-2 Titans
The Titans were toasted by the Bills on Monday night. They have problems on both sides of the ball with marginal rushing from the usually potent Tennessee ground game and average passing from QB Ryan Tannehill. They host the equally desperate Raiders this Sunday.

#27 – 0-2 Raiders
The Raiders collapsed vs the Cardinals and face a must win situation in Tennessee this week. They fail to run the ball effectively and rely on Derek Carr to carry this lifeless attack. They face Broncos and Chiefs in the ensuing weeks.

#28 – 1-1 Commanders
The Commanders came up short vs the Lions as they surrendered 4 TD passes and failed to protect QB Carson Wentz. Host the hot Eagles in a key NFC East contest.

#29 – 1-1 Jets
Jets made a great 4th quarter comeback with QB Joe Flacco throwing 2 late TD passes for the victory. They host the desperate Bengals this Sunday as their difficult first half schedule continues.

#30 – 0-2 Falcons
Falcons came up short again with their late rally ending in turnovers. Their defense disappointed again and their attack lacks potent scoring potential vs top clubs. Travel to Seattle looking for their initial 2022 victory.

#31 – 0-2 Panthers
Panthers lost a battle of field goals with the GMen. They face a difficult upcoming month which probably does not bode well for this coaching staff’s future.

#32 – 0-1-1 Texans
Texans have been competitive in their early games, though lack the fire power to get over the top.
This club travels to Chicago where the Bears looking to stay pace in the NFC North.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game for 20 years. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 2

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 2

Steelers Beat Bengals in OT
Bears Shock 49ers – 19-10
Bills’ Josh Allen Crushes Rams

Team of the Week 
Giants – beat Titans on road 21-20
Players of the Week
 Offense – RB Saquan Barkley – Giants (Comeback POY – 9/8 Web page)
Defense – LB Devin White – Bucs
  Offense – QB Patrick Mahomes – Chiefs         
  Defense – LB Von Miller – Bills / LB Kahlil Mack – Chargers  
Rookies of the Week
 Offense – WR Jahan Dotson – Commanders (one of our Impact Rookies 9/9 Web page)
 Defense – LB Travon Walker – Jaguars / DE Dominique Robinson – Bears
Key Games of Week 2    
Thursday – Chargers at Chiefs
Sunday – Bengals @ Cowboys
Monday – Titans @ Bills

NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff

Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 1-0 Chiefs
Chiefs bomb the Cardinals behind a 5-star performance by Patrick Mahomes. Host the potent Chargers   in a terrific Thursday night matchup of gun slinging QBs.

#2 – 1-0 Bills
Bills rocked the Rams on opening night with their explosive offense behind Josh Allen. They handled the Rams defense well and made a statement as one of the teams to beat in the AFC.

#3 – 1-0 – Bucs
Bucs outlasted the lackluster Cowboys in the opening game. Travel to New Orleans for a key NFC South matchup. They lost both games to the Saints last season.

#4- 1-0 Chargers
The Chargers are loaded and won home opener vs Raiders. They face a key early season West game in Kansas City this Thursday night.  They have the core talent to press for a division title with gifted QB Justin Herbert directing the show.

#5 – 0-1 Rams
Rams came out flat vs the Bills. Host the Falcons this week. The NFC West saw the big three, Rams, 49ers and Cardinals all lose their opener.

#6 – 1-0 Steelers
Steelers edged the Bengals in a tough North matchup. New vet QB Matthew Trubisky managed the game well which plays into their strong ground game and tough defense.

#7- 1-0 Ravens
The Ravens methodically dismantled the Jets in opener.  Prepare to the Dolphins in a key AFC matchup between strong contenders.

#8 – 0-1 Bengals
Bengals special teams failed to convert an extra point which negated nice Joe Burrow comeback. Travel to Big D to face the Boys without Dax Prescott and pressing offensive line issues.

#9 – 1-0 Eagles
The Eagles held on to beat the pesky Lions. Their defense will have to perform better to beat contenders.  They host the Vikings this Monday night.

#10 – 1-0 Dolphins
Dolphins drilled the Patriots in home opener. They travel to Baltimore in an AFC acid test of contenders.

#11 – 0-1 Packers
The Packers failed to show up in Minnesota in all areas. Hosting the Bears this Sunday night in an important game for North leadership.

#12 – 1-0 Saints
The Saints edged the Falcons in a wild NFC South matchup. Club played hungry with QB Jameis Winston directing three late TD drives for the win. Host the Bucs this week for South leadership.

#13 – 0-1 49ers
The 49ers were shocked in Chitown where they wanted nothing to do with the weather. They host the Seahawks this week. Young QB Trey Lance faces a key test in his maturation after a weak opener.

#14- 0-1 – Broncos
The Broncos fumbled away a close loss in Russell Wilson’s debut. They have the talent to play with anyone, but are not able to overcome their own mistakes in big spots. Host the Texans in a matchup to get to .500.

#15 – 0-0-1 Colts
New QB Matt Ryan rallied the Colts to tie and send into overtime before ending in a tie. Travel to Jacksonville where they will be tested by the aggressive Jaguars and a developing QB Trevor Lawrence.

#16 – 1-0 Vikings
Vikings jumped the Packers and Aaron Rodgers in the dome for impressive opener. They travel to Philly for an important early season NFC matchup.

#17 – 0-1 Titans
The Titans were handled by the GMen who outrushed the usually potent Tennessee ground game. They travel to Buffalo for a difficult Monday night matchup.

#18 – 0-1 Raiders
The Raiders came up short vs the Chargers in key West contest. They host the Cardinals this Sunday looking to get into the win column.

#19 – 1-0 Giants
The Giants came back and beat the Titans behind an awesome performance by Saquan Barkley. It was the most important early season win in a decade. Host Panthers, Cowboys and Bears the next three weeks.

#20 – 1-0 Seahawks
Seahawks were psyched for the matchup with former QB Russell Wilson. They played smart and their defense performed like their glory days in the win over the Broncos.

#21 – 1-0 Browns
Browns beat the Panthers and former starting QB Baker Mayfield. Host the short-handed Jets this week looking to get a jump in the AFC North.

#22 – 0-1 – Cowboys
The Cowboys were lifeless Sunday night in their loss to the Bucs. QB Dak Prescott broke his hand and will miss at least a month. They host the Bengals this Sunday with both clubs needing a W.

#23 – 0-1 Cardinals
Cardinals were lost trying to defend Patrick Mahomes. This club is highly overrated and plays up and down to the competition. Travel to Las Vegas this week.

#24 – 0-1 Patriots
The Pats were outclassed in Miami and face a key early season game at Pittsburgh this Sunday. Their lack of firepower is evident and this puts enormous pressure on their veteran defense.

#25 – 1-0 Bears
The Bears shocked the 49ers in rain soaked Chitown behind a relentless defense. They face long time rival the Packers in Titletown Sunday night hoping to gain further momentum.

#26 – 1-0 Commanders
The Commanders rode new QB Carson Wentz’s 4 TD passes to edge the Jaguars.  Wentz went to rookie WR Jahan Dotson for 2 TDs. Travel to Motown to face pesky Lions who is hunting for their first victory.

#27 – 0-1 Panthers
Panthers failed to beat the Browns wrecking Baker Mayfield’s debut in Carolina. They struggled protecting Baker and also failed to stop the run with any consistency.

#28 – 0-1 Lions
Lions fought the Eagles for 60 minutes but still find a way to lose the game. They struggled stopping both the run and pass. Face the Commanders at home this week looking to get into the win column.

#29 – 0-1 Jaguars
Jaguars young defense struggled containing Carson Wentz while the Jaguars offense was inconsistent overall. They host the Colts this week in a key South matchup.

#30 – 0-1 Falcons
Falcons came up short vs the Saints as their defense disappointed late in the game. Travel to LA to face the Rams who also lost their opener.

#31 – 0-1 Jets
Jets were manhandled by the Ravens with backup QB Joe Flacco filling in for Zach Wilson. Flacco probably starts at the Browns. A very difficult first half schedule makes every early game critical who this young club who must learn to win.

#32 – 0-0-1 Texans
Texans blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead and tied the Colts who missed a last-minute FG.  This club travels to Denver who is also looking for their first victory.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites


Rookie Offensive Impact Players for NFL 2022 Season

Rookie Impact Players for NFL 2022 Season – Skilled Position Players

   Frank Coyle – Head scout


Kenny Pickett – Steelers – He will sit to start the season which may be best for his development. If the offense is only average or struggling at midseason, he could get the call with the intent for their long-term answer.

Running Backs

James Cook – Bills – Explosive scatback will be fully utilized by QB Josh Allen in time especially as a receiver where he can be an impact weapon. Great fit and big play performer.

Dameon Pierce – Texans – Opportunity knocks here on a club desperate for production. Dameon gets a chance to carry the workload and could surprise with a 1000+ yard rushing performance.

Breece Hall – Jets – Well rounded back will split the reps with second year Michael Carter to form a potentially strong tandem.

Isaiah Spiller – Chargers – Tough tailback will get reps behind Austin Ekeler which should elevate their rushing attack.

Wide Receivers

Skyy Moore – Chiefs – Speedster should earn reps in this potent air game and become Patrick Mahomes’ new best friend in their changing attack. Polished slot receiver with top run after the catch ability.

Wan’Dale Robinson – Giants – Quick slot receiver is a highly developed pass catcher who can step in here in three wideout sets and provide solid production. He is a very dangerous runner after the catch.

Alec Pierce – Colts – Sure handed developed receiver gives QB Matt Ryan a dependable weapon with well-rounded skills. Type with sound route running to move the chains.

Jahan Dotson – Commanders – Versatile playmaker can give this offense a huge boost in a few roles especially if vet QB Carson Wentz reestablishes himself as a reliable starter.

George Pickens – Steelers – Talented wideout is finally healthy and can be an early factor in multiple sets with the upside to be the #1 receiver here in time.

Christian Watson – Packers – Big fast athlete hopes to shine in the Packers young receiving corps where he could be a factor working with Aaron Rodgers. Kid has a huge ceiling in time.

Romeo Doubs – Packers – Athlete is well versed in a pro style passing game and can find a niche in three wideout sets here and become a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers.

Treylon Burks – Titans – Strong athlete gives opportunity to become the go to receiver in this attack.

Danny Gray – 49ers – Speedster gives young Trey Lance a vertical threat to break open a game quickly. He gets time in multiple sets and should usually face single coverage.

Kyle Philips – Titans – Quick versatile receiver shows sure hands and run after the catch ability to fill a role here.  He is tough to get off line and a solid slot receiver.

Jalen Tolbert – Cowboys – Sure handed possession receiver gets an early opportunity in the thin Cowboys receiving corps. He uses his long frame well and can move the chains.

Tight Ends

Trey McBride – Cardinals – Agile pas catcher with fine movement and route running skills should become a favorite of Kyler Murray. Capable of top production early.

Jelani Woods – Colts – Huge athlete with skills to become a top flight NFL performer. In the Colts’ TE friendly offense, look for new vet QB Matt Ryan to go to him often on the short and middle routes.

Daniel Bellinger – Giants – Sure handed athlete wins the starting job and should become a favorite of QB Daniel Jones especially in the shorter zones.

Jeremy Rucker – Jets – Talented rookie is dangerous in red zone, though might struggle for reps with new vets CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin forming a deep unit.

Isaiah Likely – Ravens – Coming off an impressive preseason and good fit for an offense that uses multiple TEs in different roles. Fine H-back weapon.


NFL 2022 Predictions

NFL 2022 Predictions

Rams Hope to Defend Super Bowl Title

DraftInsiders.com – NFL 2022 Predictions
Frank Coyle

The 2022 NFL season is here with huge changes across the league giving fans hope their team can get the elusive SB ring. Yes, we did predict the Rams would win the Super Bowl last season. The Rams will be hard pressed to duplicate that in 2022 with only marginal roster improvement this offseason. In addition, star QB Matthew Stafford is struggling with elbow problems which could turn out to be chronic and limit his future production.

Parity reigns across the league with both the AFC West and NFC West looking like powerhouse divisions which could provide three playoff teams each. New upstarts like the Bills, Bengals and Chargers could all play a huge role in the AFC playoff races while established clubs like Bucs, Packers and Rams are primed to return to the NFC postseason behind star veteran QBs.  

Season Awards

    MVP Award – QB Josh Allen – Bills


Offensive Player of the Year – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers
Defensive Player of the Year – Nick Bosa – 49ers
Comeback Player of the Year – RB Saquan Barkley – Giants

Rookies of the Year
Offense – TE Trey McBride – Cardinals
Defense – LB Kavon Thibodeaux – Giants


Offensive Player of the Year – QB Josh Allen – Bills
Defensive Player of the Year – Darius Leonard – Colts
Comeback Player of the Year – QB Matt Ryan – Colts

Rookies of the Year
Offense – WR Skyy Moore – Chiefs
Defense – S Kyle Hamilton – Ravens

Dallas Cowboys – 10-7
Cowboys hope to defend their NFC East title behind QB Dak Prescott who has emerged as a top flight performer. Their ground game relies on runners Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard with above average results. Their receiving corps is currently thin with injuries and losses limiting big play potential. Their once dominant line starts season without LT Tyson Smith and added vet Jason Peters. Their defense has improved significantly with big play defenders, LB Micah Parsons and corner Trevon Diggs setting the pack. Boys will be pressed to hold off the Eagles and must prove their can win a big late game.

Philadelphia Eagles – 9-8
Eagles earned a wild card appearance last season behind young QB Jalen Hurts. Their veteran line performed well producing the NFL’s top ground game. Their receiving corps underwent huge changes and added veteran AJ Brown to couple with emerging young playmaker DeVonta Smith. Their average defense needs to step up and looks to top pick DT Jordon Davis to couple with vet Fletcher Cox to improve their struggling pass rush. This club can win the division, but only if Hurts takes the next step and the defense makes more turnovers.

New York Giants – 7-10
Giants hope to improve with a fully healthy tailback Saquan Barkley to balance an offense directed by young talented Daniel Jones. Their offensive line made major changes and holds the key. Their defense disappointed last season and must improve. They look to top pick Kayvon Thibodeaux to become a difference maker to compensate for some secondary coverage issues. Club is improved and possible .500 area, though probably a year away from playoff contention.

Washington Redskins – 6-11
Skins traded for vet QB Carson Wentz hoping he recaptures his prior level of play. He works behind an average line. He does have a potent receiving corps led by vet Terry McLaurin along with healthy vet Curtis Samuel and top pick Jahan Dotson who can provide a spark here. Their defense lost DE Chase Young with a knee injury. Former top pick Mike backer Jamin Davis needs to step up and become a playmaker here. Too many questions for this club to get to the .500 mark.

Green Bay Packers -12-5 –
Aaron Rodgers heads this talented club looking for their 4th consecutive North title. New receiving corps must prove themselves, though Rodgers has developed many unknown players. LT David Bathtiari returns to form dominant side with guard Elgton Jenkins. Packers’ defense ranks in the top 2-3 in the NFC.  This club is judged by their postseason success and nothing less than a SB title will satisfy the doubters.

Detroit Lions – 8-9 –
Lions actually turned the page behind HC Dan Campbell despite only a 3-3-1 record. They lost five games by four points or less. They need more scoring power from QB Jared Goff with an improved ground game vital. Their defense looks for impact from #1 pick DE Aidan Hutchinson on a tough improving unit. Look for improvement here, though only if their offensive scoring improves.

Minnesota Vikings – 7-10 –
QB Kirk Cousin and runner Dalvin Cook keeps this offense at playoff levels, but only a revitalized defense will decide any postseason appearance. Wideouts Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen form an awesome tandem. The defense gives up too many big plays despite good overall pressure. Their secondary may have major turnover this season after being smoked in the red zone.

Chicago Bears – 6-11 –
Bears look to QB Justin Fields to take a major step up in his 2nd season. He paid his dues in 2021 as the offense ranked among the worst in the league in every category. They lack firepower other than wideout Darnell Mooney. Their average rushing attack must step up. Their defense relies on edge defender Robert Quinn and Mike LB Roquan Smith. This club comes up short on talent and experience to challenge for the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Bucs – 11-6 –
The Bucs had key roster turnovers along with changing from HC Bruce Ariens to Todd Bowles. QB Tom Brady unretired and returns in what probably is his final season. Offensive line features a few new starters. Veteran talented defense lost JPP and Nda Suh and look to LBers White and Barrett to maintain a high level for this unit. Bucs are not a given this season with both the Panthers and Saints eyeing the top spot.

Carolina Panthers – 9-8 –
Panthers added new vet QB Baker Mayfield to direct their struggling attack. He plays with a chip on his shoulder this season. Returning playmaker Christian McCaffrey can make a difference here behind a much-improved line. Their talented underrated young defense should continue to improve. This club could be the surprise team of the season and capable of winning this division.

New Orleans Saints – 9-8 –
The Saints begin the post Sean Payton era behind QB Jameis Winston, who has not established himself as a reliable starter. Backup Andy Dalton could get the call if their 32nd ranked passing game does not improve. Wideout Michael Thomas returns and top pick Chris Olave can stretch the field. Runner Kamara is still one of the best all-around playmakers in the game. Saints’ defense is a top five unit who keeps them in the postseason chase.

Atlanta Falcons – 6-11 –
Falcons traded vet QB Matt Ryan after their 4th consecutive sub .500 finish. They look to journeyman Marcus Mariota to direct an attack that struggled in most areas. Their poor ground game needs to improve. Defense ranks with the worst in the league. A tough first half schedule may put them strong contention for the first pick in the NFL Draft 2023.

Los Angeles Rams – 12-5 –
Rams look to defend their SB title behind star QB Matthew Stafford who is battling elbow issues entering the season. He relies on young back Cam Akers to continue his strong postseason performance. Wideout Cooper Kupp is the best in the game coming off a generational performance. HC Sean McVay directs this potent attack exceptionally well. Their premier defense relies on DT Aaron Donald and corner Jalen Ramsey to provide big plays. Strong SB contender again in a tough division which could provide three playoff clubs.

San Francisco 49ers – 11-6–
The 49ers past the leadership to former top pick Trey Lance with veteran Jimmy Garoppolo moving to the backup role. Runners Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson form a potent pair. Wideout Deebo Samuel ranks with any playmaker in the game. Edge defender Nick Bosa may be the best pass rusher in the league. LB Fred Warner is primed for a strong performance. New FA corner Charvarius Ward is an emerging cover man. 49ers will challenge for the West title, though the offense must score more points to rank with the elite clubs in the NFC.

Arizona Cardinals – 9-8 –
Cards were embarrassed in the playoffs by Rams. QB Kyler Murray played poorly in that game after the best season of his career. They have a talented group of playmakers with new vet Marquise Brown a top deep threat. DE JJ Watt hopes to recapture his former glory. He must be a leader and playmaker on this average unit. Cardinals may struggle to return to the postseason with several NFC clubs capable of earning a playoff berth.

Seattle Seahawks – 6-11 –
Seahawks turn the page from the Russell Wilson era. They missed the playoffs last season and the offense failed in many big situations. The once renowned defense was only a shell of prior units and faces wholesale changes this season. They open the season with questionable QB Geno Smith the announced starter. He plays behind a line which will start two new tackles.  Their once dominant defense has slipped noticeable especially in the front seven. This club is starting a major rebuilding process that may include a key trade like DK Metcalf if they fall out of contention by midseason.

Divisional Champs
Cowboys, Packers, Bucs and Rams

Wild Card Clubs
Eagles & 49ers

NFC Championship
Packers beat Rams in NFC title game.


Buffalo Bills – 12-5 –
Bills are coming off back-to-back East titles behind star QB Josh Allen. They can take the next step to the SB with an improved ground game which looks to rookie James Cook to give Allen another big play weapon. Receivers Diggs and Gabriel along with TE Knox form an outstanding trio. The league’s top #1 defense will be tested with new corners initially. Maturing club with vital experience in big games and ready to go to the show.

Miami Dolphins – 10-7 –
Dolphins were aggressive in the offseason and added big play specialist WR Tyreek Hill for young QB Tua Tagovailoa. Hill joins WR Waddle to form a dangerous pair. Tua needs to step up in big spots for the Dolphins to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.  Their bend but don’t break defense needs to make more big plays vs playoff clubs to make the postseason. Early tough schedule might define this season.

New England Patriots – 9-8 –
Pats returned to the postseason behind rookie QB Mac Jones who performed very well with an average supporting cast. He will miss OC Josh McDaniels. Runner Damien Harris emerged as a tough inside force especially as a goal line weapon. Bill Belichick is a master schemer who utilizes his veteran defense exceptionally well where the whole is always better than the parts. Pats are always in the playoff hunt despite their current average roster.

New York Jets – 6-11 –
Jets will start the season with starting former top pick QB Zach Wilson out for the first month. Vet Joe Flacco directs this offense with many new starters. They will field a club with at least ten new starters who must adjust quickly with a very difficult first half schedule. Improved roster probably can not convert to victories this season as their 11-year playoff drought continues.

Cincinnati Bengals – 12-5 –
True grit young QB Joe Burrow is a difference maker here after carrying this club to the SB despite horrible pass protection. The line will have three new starters and a major improvement. Wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins both produced 1000-yard performances. RB Mixon is a top-quality feature back. TE Hurst can surprise here and provide an excellent option. Their defense needs to improve in coverage and look to a few rookies to contribute. Burrow can carry this club again especially if the line provides better protection. Bengals are team to beat in North and capable again of deep playoff run.

Baltimore Ravens – 10-7 –
The Ravens look to QB Lamar Jackson to improve off an average type 2021 performance. The ground game can only improve after a host of injuries. The offensive line welcomes LT Ronnie Stanley after a two-year absence. WR Rashod Bateman and TE Mark Andrews are fine targets. They sustained major injuries in the secondary and look to the return of CB Marcus Peters and new safeties Marcus Williams and top pick Kyle Hamilton to stabilize this struggling unit. Ravens will push to return to postseason, though need a big effort from Jackson.

Pittsburgh Steelers – 9-8 –
Steelers turn the page from the Big Ben era. Veteran QB Mitchell Trubisky gets the starting call initially with rookie top pick Kenny Pickett waiting in the wings. Runner Najee Harris probably gets another 300-carry season. The offensive line may determine their success with a new interior trio of starters. The Steel defense slipped noticeably especially vs the running game. Edge TJ Watt is a dominant rusher who sets the pace here. This club is only a borderline contender and needs offensive line and secondary to perform well to challenge for postseason.

Cleveland Browns – 6-11 –
Browns made a hug deal for vet QB Deshaun Watson who is suspended for the first 11 games. Backup Jacoby Brissett has had average results over his 37 starts. They added vet WR Amari Cooper as their feature receiver. Back Nick Chubb is a workhorse and will get special attention. Their highly rated defense will have to excel to compensate for an average offense. Browns miss the playoffs again with an eye to the future with Watson returning for the final 6 games.

Indianapolis Colts – 11-6 –
The trade to add vet QB Matt Ryan can change the makeup of the South division. Ryan and HC Frank Reich are an ideal fit which can pay huge dividends this fall. Coupled with stud runner Jon Taylor and an improved receiving corps especially rookie Alec Pierce which should help their scoring significantly. Their young defense added edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue and look for second year Kwitty Paye to become factors to help DT Buckner and LB Leonard. This club can win the South outright with Ryan directing a potent Reich offense.

Tennessee Titans – 10-7 –
The Titans look to win their 3rd consecutive South title. They need both QB Ryan Tannehill and premier back Derrick Henry to return to 2020 form. Their OL must improve after surrendering too many sacks. Their defense can rush the passer, though their young corners must prove up to the call vs playoff caliber clubs. Gritty team will slug it out with anyone, but limited playmakers on both sides of the ball must step up.

Jacksonville Jaguars – 6-11 –
Jaguars look to former top pick QB Trevor Lawrence to take a major step up working with new HC Doug Pederson. Lawrence paid his dues as a rookie with a marginal supporting cast and weak front line. He will benefit from new weapons WR Kirk and TE Ingram along with the return of runner Travis Etienne. Their young defense is loaded with talent with rookies, edge Travon Walker and Mike LB Devin Lloyd counted on to elevate this unit. This club can take a nice step up, though must show it can win marginal matchups.

Houston Texans – 4-13 –
You actually need a roster to figure out this club. They have a huge number of first- and second-year players. QB David Mills actually performed well with limited supporting cast. Their defense may be the worst in the league and equally inept vs the pass and run. Massive roster turnover over recent seasons makes this a major rebuilding project which will take a few seasons.

Kansas City Chiefs – 12-5 –
Chiefs look for their 7th consecutive West title behind star QB Patrick Mahomes. Their masterfully rebuilt offensive line was outstanding in 2021. New weapons, receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling hope to minimize the loss of Tyreek Hill. Look for rookie Skyy Moore to provide impact from the slot. Their defense added rookies CB McDuffie and edge rusher Karlaftis and both are counted on to become fixtures here. Veterans, DT Chris Jones and LB Nick Bolton set the pace for this changing defense. Annual SB contender plays in the toughest division and will be pushed to the fullest with every team capable of West title.

San Diego Chargers – 11-6 –
The Chargers look to young QB Justin Herbert to lead this potent offense to the playoffs after missing the past three seasons. Herbert was outstanding again and the league’s only 5000-yard passer besides Tom Brady. The line improved further with the addition of Zion Johnson. Two 1000-yard vet receivers Allen and Williams give them a potent tandem. They can surprise for the West title, though need huge improvement on their young defense adding vets, LB Mack and corner Jackson to join LB Joey Bosa and safety Darwin James. Favorable first half schedule can give them strong momentum for the playoff run.

Denver Broncos – 10-7 –
Broncos missed the playoffs the past six seasons leading to the blockbuster trade for vet QB Russell Wilson. He could be the missing piece here that has seen only mediocre production since the Peyton Manning retirement in 2015. Wilson has quality receivers in Sutton, Judy and Patrick along with emerging back Javonte Williams. Their highly regarded defense looks to improve in run defense. They rely on edge rushers, Bradley Chubb and new vet Randy Gregory to provide big play ability. Excited team looking to put it together behind savvy vet Wilson to win key AFC matchups.

Oakland Raiders – 9-8 –
Somebody has to finish last. Raiders talented QB Derek Car comes off a strong 2021 season and added his former college teammate Davante Adams to the offense. TE Waller gives Car a dangerous middle zone receiver. Edge rusher Maxx Crosby is a difference maker who needs new vet Chandler Jones to provide additional outside pressure. Their secondary allowed too many big plays and must improve vs the potent West passing games.

Divisional Champs
Bills, Bengals, Colts and Chiefs

Wild Card Clubs
Chargers & Ravens

AFC Championship
Bills beat the Chiefs

Super Bowl Matchup
Packers over Bills
Packers win a wild Super Bowl showdown with Bills.

Frank Coyle was scouted NFL teams for over 30 years from mini-camps through training camps, season and postseason games. He has extensive contact with NFL coaches, General Managers, coordinators and scouts.

NFL Training Camp Reporting Dates & Locations

NFL Training Camp Reporting Dates & Locations

The 2022 NFL season is quickly approaching and the return of football like training camp is only weeks away.

The NFL training camp reporting dates and locations for all 32 teams.


Team                                  Site                       Location           Rookie report date       Veteran report date

Arizona Cardinals      State Farm Stadium       Glendale, Ariz.               July 21                        July 26

Atlanta Falcons          Falcons Training Facility  Flowery Branch, Ga.         July 19                July 26

Baltimore Ravens      Under Armour Center       Owings Mills, Md.              July 19               July 26

Buffalo Bills                St. John Fisher College     Rochester, N.Y.                  July 18                July 23

Carolina Panthers     Wofford College                 Spartanburg, S.C.              July 26                July 26

Chicago Bears            PNC Center Halas Hall     Lake Forest, Ill.                 July 23                July 26

Cincinnati Bengals    Paul Brown Stadium         Cincinnati                          July 23                July 26

Cleveland Browns     CrossCountry Campus      Berea, Ohio                       July 22                 July 26

Dallas Cowboys         Marriott Inn                        Oxnard, Calif.                   July 26                July 26

Denver Broncos        UCHealth Center                Englewood, Colo.             July 26                 July 26

Detroit Lions             Lions Training Facility      Allen Park, Mich.              July 23                 July 26

Green Bay Packers    Nitschke Field                     Green Bay, Wisc.          July 22                July 26

Houston Texans       Houston Meth Center     Houston                               July 24                    July 26

Indianapolis Colts     Grand Park                       Westfield, Ind.                  July 23                  July 26

Jacksonville Jaguars   Episcopal School            Jacksonville, Fla.               July 24                July 24

Kansas City Chiefs      Missouri Western St       St. Joseph, Mo.                   July 22               July 26

Las Vegas Raiders       Intermountain Healthcare  Henderson, Nev.            July 18             July 20

Los Angeles Chargers   Jack Hammett Complex    Costa Mesa, Calif.          July 19              July 26

Los Angeles Rams       University of Cal                    Irvine, Calif.                   July 23               July 23

Miami Dolphins           Baptist Health Complex      Miami Gardens, Fla.      July 19              July 26

Minnesota Vikings       TCO Performance Center   Eagan, Minn.                    July 24             July 26

New England Patriots   Gillette Stadium                 Foxborough, Mass.          July 19              July 26

New Orleans Saints     Ochsner Performance        Metairie, La.                      July 19               July 26

New York Giants         Quest Training Facility       East Rutherford, N.J.      July 19               July 26

New York Jets              Atlantic Health Center       Florham Park, N.J.         July 19                 July 26

Philadelphia Eagles    NovaCare Complex             Philadelphia                     July 26                July 26

Pittsburgh Steelers      Saint Vincent Collage          Latrobe, Penn.                 July 26             July 26

San Francisco 49ers    SAP Performance Facility   Santa Clara, Calif.           July 26            July 26

Seattle Seahawks        Virginia Mason Center         Renton, Wash.                  July 26           July 26

Tampa Bay Buccaneers AdventHealth Center        Tampa, Fla.                        July 23          July 26

Tennessee Titans        Saint Thomas Park               Nashville, Tenn.                July 23            July 26

Washington Commanders   The Park                       Ashburn, Va.                      July 26          July 26


NFL Supplemental 2022 Draft – Cancelled

NFL Supplemental 2022 Draft – Cancelled

The NFL announced this week that the NFL Supplemental 2022 Draft has been cancelled. It is the third straight year which the league cancelled the Supplemental Draft and the seven year in the past decade that no players were chosen.

The NFL Supplemental Draft has long outlived its purpose. With the new transfer rules, third years removed from HS eligibility and Covid exemption season, players have multiple options related to college eligibility and pro qualification.

The days of QBs Bernie Kosar and Steve Walsh, receivers, Cris Carter and Rob Moore and LB Brian Bosworth declaring have long passed as new rules for player eligibility have allowed them many options to extend their college and pro careers. The NFL office should cancel this event permanently after it has shown virtually no high-profile prospects declaring with only a couple of marginal starters over the past two decades.

Frank Coyle/ Publisher

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2022

Value Board – Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2022

Update Edition Rankings             April, 2022 – Final Edition                                                   

  #         Pro Prospect            Pos                  School          

1         Aidan Hutchinson          DE                   Michigan
2        Travon  Walker               DE                    Georgia
3         Ahmad Gardner             CB                    Cincinnati
4         Kayvon Thibodeaux       DE                   Oregon
5         Ikem Ekwonu                 OT                    North Carolina St
6         Evan Neal                       OT                    Alabama
7         Kyle Hamilton                S                      Notre Dame
8         Jermaine Johnson         DE                   Florida State
9         Garrett Wilson               WR                   Ohio State
10         Jameson Williams         WR                   Alabama
11         Derek Stingley               CB                    LSU
12         Jordan Davis                 DT                    Georgia
13         Trevor Penning             OT                    Northern Iowa
14         Kenny Pickett                QB                   Pittsburgh
15         Charles Cross               OT                    Mississippi St
16         Drake London               WR                   Southern Cal
17         Trent McDuffie             CB                    Washington
18         Chris Olave                   WR                   Ohio State
19         George Karlaftis            DE                   Purdue
20         Zion Johnson                OG                   Boston College
21        Andrew Booth               CB                    Clemson
22         Kenyon Green               OG                   Texas A&M
23         Jahan Dotson               WR                   Penn State
24         Devin Lloyd                   ILB                   Utah
25         Malik Willis                    QB                   Liberty
26         Tyler Linderbaum          C                      Iowa
27         Devonte Wyatt             DT                    Georgia
28         Daxton Hill                    S                      Michigan
29         Bernhard Raimann         OT                    C. Michigan
30        Kyler Gordon                 CB                    Washington
31         Nakobe Dean                ILB                   Georgia
32         Treylon Burks                WR                   Arkansas
33         Quay Walker                 ILB                   Georgia
34         Sam Howell                  QB                   North Carolina
35         Arnold Ebiketie             OLB                  Penn State
36         Lewis Cine                    S                      Georgia
37        Travis Jones                 DT                    UConn
38        Christian Watson           WR                   North Dakota St
39         David Ojabo                  DE                   Michigan
40         Breece Hall                   RB                    Iowa State
41        Boye Mafe                    DE                   Minnesota
42         George Pickens            WR                   Georgia
43        Tyler Smith                   OT                    Tulsa
44         Leo Chenal                    LB                    Wisconsin
45         Trey McBride                TE                    Colorado State
46         Matt Corral                    QB                   Mississippi
47         Perrion Winfrey             DT                    Oklahoma
48         Christian Harris             ILB                   Alabama
49        Skyy Moore                   WR                   Western Michigan
50         Abraham Lucas             OT                    Washington St
51         Kaiir Elam                     CB                    Florida
52         Desmond Ridder           QB                   Cincinnati
53         Tariq Woolen                CB                    UTSA
54         Drake Jackson             OLB                  Southern Cal
55         Phidarian Mathis           DT                    Alabama
56         Kenneth Walker             RB                    Michigan State
57         Sean Rhyan                  OT                    UCLA
58         Logan Hall                    DE                   Houston
59         DeMarvin Leal               DT                    Texas A&M
60         Jalen Pitre                    S                      Baylor
61         Chad Muma                  ILB                   Wyoming
62         Troy Andersen              LB                    Montana
63         Roger McCreary            CB                    Auburn
64         Isaiah Spiller                 RB                    Texas A&M
65        Amare Barno                 LB                    Virginia Tech
66         Greg Dulcich                 TE                    UCLA
67        Cole Strange                 OL                    Chattanooga
68         Alec Pierce                   WR                   Cincinnati
69         Channing Tindall           ILB                   Georgia
70         Jeremy Ruckert             TE                    Ohio State
71         Nik Bonitto                    OLB                  Oklahoma
72         John Metchie                WR                   Alabama
73         Daniel Faalele               OT                    Minnesota
74        Cam Jurgins                 OL                    Nebraska
75        Jelani Woods                TE                    Virginia
76         Jaquan Brisker             S                      Penn State
77        Zyon McCollum             CB                    Sam Houston State
78         Cameron Thomas          DE                   San Diego St
79         Jalen Tolbert                 WR                   South Alabama
80         Alontae Taylor               CB                    Tennessee
81         Darian Kinnard             OG                   Kentucky
82         Cade Otton                   TE                    Washington
83         Sam Williams                OLB                  Mississippi
84         Kingsley Enagbare        DE                   South Carolina
85        James Cook                  RB                    Georgia
86         Jamaree Salyer             OG                   Georgia
87         Martin Emerson             CB                    Mississippi St
88         Nicholas Petit-Frere       OT                    Ohio State
89        Josh Paschal                DE                   Kentucky
90         Darian Beavers             LB                    Cincinnati
91         Nick Cross                    S                      Maryland
92        Chris Paul                     OL                    Tulsa
93         Jalen Wydermyer          TE                    Texas A&M
94        Dylan Parham               OG                   Memphis
95         Matt Araiza                   P                      San Diego St
96         Khalil Shakir                  WR                   Boise State
97        Coby Bryant                  CB                    Cincinnati
98         Kyren Williams             RB                    Notre Dame
99        Kerby Joseph                S                      Illinois
100       Carson Strong               QB                   Nevada

NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Mock Draft

NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Mock Draft – Final

Frank Coyle –  www.draftinsiders.com

 First Round Mock Draft
1         Jacksonville      Aidan Hutchinson          DE       Michigan
2         Detroit            Travon  Walker              DE        Georgia
3         Houston            Evan Neal                     OT        Alabama
4         NY Jets           Ahmad Gardner            CB        Cincinnati
5         NY Giants         Ikem Ekwonu                OT        North Carolina St
6         Carolina                          Kenny Pickett                QB       Pittsburgh
7         NY Giants (Chicago)              Kayvon Thibodeaux       DE       Oregon
8         Atlanta                                      Malik Willis                    QB       Liberty
9         Seattle (Denver)                        Derek Stingley               CB        LSU
10         NY Jets (Seattle)                       Garrett Wilson               WR       Ohio State
11         Washington                               Kyle Hamilton                S          Notre Dame
12         Minnesota                                 Trent McDuffie             CB        Washington
13         Houston (Cleveland)                  Jordan Davis                 DT        Georgia
14         Baltimore                                  Trevor Penning             OT        Northern Iowa
15         Philadelphia (Miami)                  Jermaine Johnson         DE       Florida State
16         New Orleans (Indianapolis-Phil)    Charles Cross               OT        Mississippi St
17         LA Chargers                                       Jameson Williams         WR       Alabama
18         Philadelphia (New Orleans)      Drake London               WR       Southern Cal
19         New Orleans (Philadelphia)      Matt Corral                    QB       Mississippi
20         Pittsburgh                                    Sam Howell                  QB       North Carolina
21         New England                               Andrew Booth               CB        Clemson
22         Green Bay (Las Vegas)             Chris Olave                   WR       Ohio State
23         Arizona                                        George Karlaftis            DE       Purdue
24         Dallas                                          Arnold Ebiketie             DE       Penn State
25         Buffalo                                        Zion Johnson                OG       Boston College
26         Tennessee                                  Kyler Gordon                 CB        Washington
27         Tampa Bay                                 Kenyon Green               OG       Texas A&M
28         Green Bay                                    Bernhard Raimann         OT        C. Michigan
29         Kansas City (San Fran-Miami)    Devonte Wyatt             DT        Georgia
30         Kansas City                                   Treylon Burks                WR       Arkansas
31         Cincinnati                                      Tyler Linderbaum          C          Iowa
32         Detroit (LA Rams)                       Jahan Dotson               WR       Penn State

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NFL Team Report – New York Jets

NFL Team Report – New York Jets

 New York Jets – 4-13 – GM Joe Douglas / Head Coach Robert Saleh – 2nd Year

         Key Team Needs:  1. CB       2. Edge       3. WR       4. S      5. OL       
                1st Round Picks – #4 & #10 selections – 9 total picks 

1. Cornerback – Jets finished with the worst overall defense in the league. Their pass defense was horrible despite some young defenders showing promise. They have made many additions in the draft and FA over the past three years with marginal results. With 9 overall selections, they could address both corner and safety a few times again this year. They probably have a chance to select the top corner at the 4th overall in Gardner or Stingley. Both could be available at the 10th selection, though most likely one is gone. They had one of the best safety duos in the game in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye before an Adams trade and Maye FA loss terminated it. Young corners, Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols and Michael Carter showed interesting potential for their packages, though not the top cover outside man needed. They could draft into this strong class with a few top selections. They will give Kyler Gordon or Kaiir Elam consideration with one of their 2nd round choices.

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    2. Edge – The Jets anxiously wait for the return of vet Carl Lawson who was injured in training camp after showing strong edge rushing. He is counted on as a main presence in their front seven. In his absence, the Jets lacked playmakers and were among the worst in the league in pressuring the passer. In a strong edge class, they have this a high priority and most likely addressed with one of their top two selections. They are debating Travon Walker, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Jermaine Johnson with their first selection. They like David Ojabo who is falling off an injury and could slide to the early 2nd round where he would be great value at #35.

  1. Wide Receiver – The Jets passing game ranked near the bottom of the league. Their receiving corps worked with rookie starting QB Zach Wilson who showed promise over a tough first year learning curve. Rookie wideout Elijah Moore showed big play ability and became a favorite of Wilson. Veteran FA signee Corey Davis had periods, though limited production and struggled with injuries. They lost Jamison Crowder in FA, but like Braxton Berrios for the slot role. Denzel Mims has been a major disappointment over his two seasons and faces a critical camp to define his role in this offense. They need more here and could address this twice with at least one a prime selection. They hope to draft a prospect with one of their top picks and like Garrett Wilson at the 10th selection. They also like Carl Pickens and Christian Watson in the 2nd round.

     Jets – Short List Players

 1st Round Prospects – #4 & #10
Kyle Hamilton                       S              Notre Dame
Ahmad Gardner                    CB           Cincinnati
Kayvon Thibodeaux              DE           Oregon
Travon Walker                       DE           Georgia
Derek Stingley                       CB           LSU

2nd Day Prospects 
 2nd Round – #35 & #38
Kyler Gordon                          CB           Washington
Christian Watson                   WR          North Dakota St
David Ojabo                            DE           Michigan
Breece Hall                              RB           Iowa State
George Pickens                       WR          Georgia

3rd Round  
Nik Bonitto                              OLB         Oklahoma
Cam Jurgins                           OL           Nebraska
Jelani Woods                          TE           Virginia
Jaquan Brisker                        S              Penn State

Insiders’ Insights  
The Jets have been 13-36 during Joe Douglas’s three seasons. He has directed two draft classes with minimal results from the 2020 group. LT Becton, wideout Mims, safety Davis and edge Zuniga all face a tough camp where they have to step up and produce. Last year’s class was a strong group in their initial season. QB Wilson holds the key and shows the talent to take the next step. Rookies, guard Vera-Tucker and Moore were excellent additions for the offense. Runner Michael Carter is a fine 1A type and fine addition. They will continue to build around Wilson. He has new FA tight end CJ Uzomah after the Jets had a season with virtually no production there. Uzomah is an excellent middle zone target. They will look to Connor McGovern to solidify the pivot. LT Mekhi Becton must prove durable and consistent after missing 16 games his first two seasons. Running back is another major need despite Carter. They like Breece Hall with the 35th selection. GM Douglas signed guard Laken Tomlinson and safety Jordan Whithead to address need areas, in addition to Uzomah. Mike backer CJ Mosley had an outstanding performance. They will pursue an edge defender after another subpar performance rushing the passer. They have not had a double-digit sack defender since 2015. Offense has pressing issues at running back and wide receiver which are earmarked with early round additions. Douglas had an aggressive FA plan and added a few quality changes. Jets hold five of the top 69 picks and 7 of the top 117 selections.

1st Round #4 Pick – Ahmad Gardner – Rare passer will be on the big stage from Day one.
Alternate Pick – Kayvon Thibodeaux – Fast edge rusher can make a difference.

1st Round #10 Pick – Kyle Hamilton – Rare passer will be on the big stage from Day one.
Alternate Pick – Derek Stingley – Cobra cover man would be excellent fit here.

NFL Team Report – Dallas Cowboys

   NFL Team Report – Dallas Cowboys

   Dallas Cowboys – 12-5 – Owner/GM Jerry Jones 
                  Head Coach Mike McCarthy – 3rd Year

             Key Team Needs: 1. OL     2. DE      3. CB       4. TE      5. WR
                      1st Round Pick #24 – 9 total picks

  1. Offensive Guard /Center /Tackle – The Cowboys have problems on their line with issues at guard and tackle plus little overall depth. Former Pro Bowlers, LT Tyron Smith and OG Zack Martin returned to previous levels. Center Tyler Biadasz is overmatched inside. LG Williams left in FA and RT La’el Collins was released. They could address this area early and like tackle Bernhard Raimann, center Tyler Linderbaum and guard Zion Johnson and Kenyon Green and will consider them with the #24th selection. In the 2nd and 3rd rounds, they have Tyler Smith, Sean Rhyan, Abraham Lucas and Cole Strange on their short list. Expect them to address this unit twice over the early rounds with only marginal backups on the roster.
  2. Defensive End – The Cowboys lost Randy Gregory in FA and have pressing needs opposite DaMarcus Lawrence. They love George Karlaftis and will consider moving up for him. They like David Ojabo who is falling in the first after a pro day Achilles injury. They like DeMarvin Leal and Boye Mafe and they will get strong 2nd day interest. Also, they like Cameron Thomas in the 3rd round. This position is a must with an early selection.
  3. Cornerback – The Cowboys have lost young starters Chidobe Awuzie and Bryon Jones in recent years. They have Pro Bowl corner Trevon Diggs along with young unproven. Vets Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were joined by rookies Kelvin Joseph and Nashon Wright with marginal results. They need to add a quality prospect with starting talent. They like Andrew Booth with the #24 pick and hope he falls after minor muscle surgery. He performed at the high level in the ACC and can be a plug and play NFL starter. They also like Roger McCreary and Zyon McCullom on the 2nd day. They have little proven depth and this area must be addressed if they expect to beat playoff caliber clubs. They also have a need at safety.

    Cowboys – Short List Players

1st Round Prospects  
Zion Johnson                     OG                   Boston College
George Karlaftis                DE                   Purdue
Andrew Booth                   CB                    Clemson
Bernhard Raimann          OT                    C. Michigan

2nd Day Prospects  
  2nd Round
 Tyler Smith                     OT                    Tulsa
DeMarvin Leal                DL                    Texas A&M
Roger McCreary             CB                    Auburn
Boye Mafe                       DE                   Minnesota

 3rd Round
Daniel Faalele                     OT                    Minnesota
Cam Jurgins                        OL                    Nebraska
Sam Williams                      OLB                  Mississippi
Zyon McCollum                  CB                    Sam Houston State
Cameron Thomas               DE                   San Diego St

Insiders’ Insights 
The Cowboys won the weak NFC East only to get bounced out in the Wildcard playoff week. The offense performed poorly in big game situations. QB Dak Prescott returned from a 2020 fractured ankle and performed very well, though had a poor playoff performance. Their highly rated offense relied on a potent passing game along with runners Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Their once powerful offensive line slipped further and is a prime area to be rebuilt through the NFL Draft.  Veteran wideout Amari Cooper was traded to create cap room and sign wideout Michael Gallup. Young CeeDee Lamb becomes the #1 receiver. Their rookie draft class had major impact from their top selection LB Micah Parsons. He provided playmaking ability for an average defense which struggled in many areas. Backer Leighton Vander Esch returns on a one-year deal. They could focus primarily on defense with high choices in this draft, though the offensive line is the highest priority. This class should focus there also especially in the early rounds. They hope to address their secondary and front line and maybe each with a top 100 selection. They could address the corner spot early and maybe by the 2nd round. They still need front four defenders, especially an edge rusher opposite DeMarcus Lawrence who has struggled when getting special attention after another sub 10 sack performance. They love George Karloftis and Andrew Booth with their 24th pick.

  1st Round Pick – Bernhard Raimann – Emerging developed tackle would give this line a plug and play starter.
  Alternate Pick – Zion Johnson – Blue-chip versatile lineman would give this unit a major boost.