With the 23rd pick of the 2018 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select…
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
The selection and write-up were made by unoservix:
The Patriots lost the Super Bowl and then lost a bunch of key players, including Tom Brady’s longtime left tackle, Nate Solder. Then through dark sorcery and things too terrible to name, they wound up with the 23rd overall pick of the draft. Assuming Bill Belichick doesn’t trade this pick for crafting materials to construct another slot receiver with his pottery wheel or something, the Pats will be in position to grab a player with a better pedigree than they’ve had recently.
The top five QBs are already off the board and no QB is going to loosen Tom Brady’s iron grip anyway, so with the 23rd pick I’ll invest in protecting Brady with UCLA OT Kolton Miller.
Many Detroit Lions fans looked at the 2018 schedule and got a little nervous. On the surface, it looks like a pretty tough schedule. Only five of the teams they’re playing made the playoffs last year, but several of the teams that missed out last year have, generally, been a pretty good franchise as of late (Cowboys, Packers, Seahawks).
And the stats seem to back up the idea that this is a very difficult schedule. Based on last year’s records, the Lions have the second-toughest schedule in the entire NFL, only trailing the Green Bay Packers.
However, this is an incredibly crude way to measure strength of schedule. The year-to-year change in teams is massive, and studies have shown that strength of schedule based on last year’s results is not predictive of a team’s success.
There are plenty of exciting matchups on the Raiders 2018 schedule including four prime-time games. But there is a clear favorite as to which opponent should be the most intriguing.
On November 1st — the day after Halloween — the Silver and Black travel just down the road to Santa Clara for a battle with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. If there was ever a game that was sure to feature fireworks, this is the one. Let’s dive into the reasons that make this matchup so intriguing.
When Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo take the field, it will be the first time that the two quarterbacks from the 2014 NFL Draft will meet on the gridiron. Both are among the most talented signal-callers in the NFL, and are also two of the highest paid.
This is the second article in a multi-part series that will attempt to project what the Green Bay Packers’ draft board will look like at each position in the 2018 NFL Draft.
With Ted Thompson as the team’s general manager, the Green Bay Packers have been notorious in their rigidity in regards to athletic testing thresholds, at least at certain specific positions. Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, the Packers tended to stick to similar requirements for all of their defensive backs, whether cornerbacks or safeties.
As always, Justis Mosqueda’s work last year helped to develop these practical thresholds based on previous draft picks. However, the selection of second-round safety Josh Jones threw one of those cutoffs for a loop.
Justis defined the cutoffs as follows: height at least 5-foot-10 7/8, 40 time of 4.57 seconds or less, and 3-cone time of 6.