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Congratulations Brad! U Family!
Congratulations Brad! U Family!
The Lions drafted a QB for the second straight year, taking Brad Kaaya from Miami. Kaaya was a three-year starter at Miami and will compete with Jake Rudock for the No. 2 QB spot behind Matthew Stafford. Should be a tough competition in camp.
Saints' final pick of this year's draft (assuming they don't trade back in) is DE Al-Quadin Muhammad – a highly-recruited high school standout who wound up being dismissed from Miami (Fla.) for off-field issues. He was suspended for the 2014 season after allegedly punching another student. Then he was dismissed two years later as the NCAA investigated him for receiving illicit benefits from a luxury-car rental company. He had seven sacks in the two years he played, and Scouts Inc. called the 6-3, 253-pounder a "boom or bust" prospect.
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Danny Isidora is the second lineman the Vikings have drafted, and while their efforts to rebuild the group have so far amounted to a third- and fifth-round pick, they've got another player they can try to develop in the middle of the line. Isidora is a strong, agile lineman who might need to work on his balance in the NFL to stand up to defensive tackles.
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The full name of Panthers fifth-round pick Corn Elder, a cornerback out of Miami, is Cornelius Marquis Elder. "But everybody calls me Corn.""
Panthers draft pick, CB Corn Elder, can play inside over the slot and he should be an immediate contributor on special teams coverage units. Elder is very aggressive in run support and he has the footwork to break on the ball. Tough, competitive player.
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The Panthers used their first pick on Day 3, No. 152 overall, to select Miami cornerback Corn Elder. Just because Carolina used three picks on corners last season doesn't mean they are satisfied, particularly with a deep class of corners. The theme for general manager Dave Gettleman is to create competition.
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The 49ers have back-to-back picks to open the third round and a whole lot of options. With Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer the only quarterback taken in the second round, the Niners could find their developmental prospect for coach Kyle Shanahan if they wanted to. Some of the signal callers still available as the Niners' pick approaches: Cal's Davis Webb, Pitt's Nathan Peterman, Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs and Miami's Brad Kaaya.
Is there a defensive player in the ACC who can bring big hits and big personality in 2017? Miami's Shaq Quarterman could fit the bill.
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TE David Njoku can be used as a matchup player in Hue Jackson's offense. He has the size to create leverage versus safeties plus the open field ability (and speed) to produce after the catch. Middle of the field throws and red zone targets.
I thought the Browns should've taken TE David Njoku instead of Michigan S Jabrill Peppers earlier in the first round, but they get both players by trading back into the first round to select Njoku. He is loaded with potential and has a chance to be a big-play threat up the seam. Now Cleveland needs to find QB to throw Njoku the ball.
If I was Cleveland, I would've taken TE David Njoku instead of S Jabrill Peppers. They need to accumulate more weapons for when the finally do draft a quarterback, and Njoku has a ton of upside. I'm not as high on Peppers as others. I think it will take time to get first-round value out of him as a defender.
Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz wasn't sure his chosen profession would bring him back home, but now that it has, he's determined to bring the Miami football he grew up with into the present.
Miami's Kendrick Norton is poised for a breakout season. He has the size, strength and power to start climbing up draft charts.
Miami's football program hopes to return to the Hurricanes' glory days, when they won five national titles. Which are Miami's best teams? One might be the best college football team ever.
Njoku's size and speed could add another threat in Miami's offense.
Mark Richt insists he's not overhauling his offense, but he'd love to have a more mobile QB. "We want a guy that can move well. It helps if the guy has a little bit of an ability to move. We're not going to a QB run game. That's not the case at all. But we want the ability o make sure whoever is back there can move well. That's part of the criteria of what we're looking for." Richt also said he will not explore grad transfers, despite the news Tuesday that Jack Allison was leaving the program.