Ski to Sea ESB by Boundary Bay (Bellingham, WA)

4/15/17 (10:38 pm) by James Fedewa

What a great local beer, and when I saw it, I was instantly excited. A sweet malty and slightly tangy front taste, with a mild euro smell.  Pour a large head, as it may vanish quick. The copper color is great and a feature. A light ESB flare with good flavor finished and a subtle sour twang. A quality malty ESB is hard to find and it impressed. Good beer, B+

Two Round NFL Mock Draft (3.0) @JamFed

2/24/2017 by James Fedewa

Balancing on one foot, standing on rubber ball, directly in the path of a moving train, which is exactly what the NFL DRAFT SEASON feels like. (Or should we say MOCK Draft Season feels like?). Ahhh the questions and changes… “Should we go this way, or that way or up/down, left/right… or, who needs what and what needs who, or have you heard the news? Billy hurt his knee…  or, value!,BPA! Value, then boom, a TRADE!!! – OK Start over…” 
The NFL Draft Drug buzzes us up every year as football fanatics hunt for their vacant football fix.   A mock buzz of the NFL Draft give us draftnic’s something to hang onto in the NFL off season.  This is my third published edition of the 2017 draft season (which is probably actually like my 33rd in real life, since my last published mock draft 3 weeks ago).
Please feel free to reply or tweet me, as I always read everything and usually reply back for conversation.  SO CHEERS!  (National Fanatic / @jamfed / James Fedewa)

2017 NFL Mock Draft

~ First Round ~

1.) Cleveland Browns    Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M

Clearly the #1 overall talent and prospect with everything you need to build a good defense around. A QB would be a nice choice here, but Garrett is clearly the #1 talent. #SAVVY

2.) San Francisco 49ers    Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson

The 49ers should trade down and acquire more draft picks. Jonathan Allen’s shoulder issues and poor combine statistics put the focus back on the 49ers QB focus. Could Watson be Michael Jordan of football? Better not pass on him if he is, #SAMBOWIE

3.) Chicago Bears     Jamal Adams, S LSU

Bears can go several directions here, but Adams is a leader and a powerhouse in the secondary. He is a fast in the box safety, with the range and speed to play free safety. More importantly, he is a vocal leader and defensive inspirer that can take this defense to another level. Too good to pass up and he is in nearly every defensive play (and much healthier than J.Allen). #SOLIDxTEN

4.) Jacksonville Jaguars    Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Shocker pick! Most fans expect Leonard Fournette to be the logical choice here, but if the Jags do not have a well-built offensive line, no running back would do well. Newly acquired left tackle Brandon Albert is a “stop-gap” LT and Robinson can ease into the offensive line his rookie year by playing left guard for a season (or two). Coughlin will build this team starting from the inside first. Do not underestimate Robinson either. He has a great resume, prototypical arm length and size and he had a very good NFL Combine. Sure, his footwork is not very nimble, but he is a road-grader with telephone poles for arms. Watch his game tape against Texas A&M vs. Myles Garrett #WINNING

5.) Tennessee Titans**    Derek Barnett, DE/OLB Tennessee

The Titans will draft the best defensive player with this pick and one without any red-flagged medial alerts. And finally, the Titans do not draft an offensive player in the first round. Barnett is the best 3-4 pass rushing OLB in this class and Brian Orakpo is only a cheap fill in player. This team needs defensive playmakers and Barnett is it. Barnett’s NFL combine was nearly a disappointment, but he put up decent numbers while having the flu. #EDGEBEAST

6.) New York Jets    Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio State

Revis Island vanished like Atlantis (but then again, so did The Amish Riffle). Lattimore is the best CB in the draft and he should probably be drafted in the top 5, but several nagging minor soft-tissue injuries. QB could also be a quality choice here, but the Jets still need to develop what they currently have with young QB’s Petty and Hackenburg. #NEWISLAND

7.) Los Angeles Chargers    Mike Williams, WR Clemson

R-N-W! Plain and simple… (Rivers Needs Weapons) The Chargers could go safety Malik Hooker here, but Hooker lacks experience and a couple of injuries will cause him to fall a bit. Plus the Chargers defense is loaded with 1st round draft picks, so it is time to invest in Rivers options and weapons. Mike Williams is the best wide receiver in this draft, hand down, and Rivers has never had a 1st round drafted wide receiver on his team. Granted, Rivers can make Inman and Tyrell Williams look like stars (and Keenan Allen’s injury history demands some quality receiver depth for Philip). Mike Williams starts day one, instant pro-bowler. #WEAPON #DOIT4PHIL

8.) Carolina Panthers    Leonard Fournette, RB LSU

Fournette looks like a combination of Bo Jackson & Adrian Peterson and the Panthers can lean on him to carry this team. The Panthers are built on defense & power running and team can focus on Fournette rushing and let Cam Newton focus on NOT rushing.  #SUPERTORO

9.) Cincinnati Bengals    Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Finding a true spot on the defensive line for McDowell is the primary goal, as he lined up everywhere on the D-line at Michigan State. He is one of my overall favorites to watch on film in this draft, as his talent, size, speed and anchor are special. With good coaching, his potential is just too good to pass up. Going to a team with quality coaches will be a priority. Move him to a huge DE will bring the best out of him #SLEEPINGDRAGON

10.) Buffalo Bills Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State

The Bills could draft a QB here, but they are terrible at drafting QB’s. They should just keep what they have with Tyrod Taylor and plug Hooker into Jairus Byrd’s old spot. Aaron Williams health seems to be a factor too, so this is a want and need pick. Hooker has some amazing talent, but only 1 year of starting experience. After a couple of injuries and surgery before the NFL combine, his stock has slipped a bit, but he is still a top 10 guy. #CENTERFIELDER

11.) New Orleans Saints    Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

The Saints will draft the best defensive player here, regardless of position. Solomon slides a little bit, but his tape is not as great as you would think. He is a good talent and a heart of gold, but just not top 10 worthy. Most of his tape, he is lined up as a 3-tech DT, where he is undersized, and he does not show a lot of bend as an edge pass rusher. He is a perfect complement to the New Orleans defensive line pass rush. #TWEENER

12.) Cleveland Browns*     O.J. Howard, TE Alabama

Take a QB, Take a QB!!! (Nah) – Trubisky seems like a good choice here and has all the tools to be a star. You can see his improvement every game, but the problem is, he just does not have enough game tape. A one year starter, so Cleveland will pass (for now), as they will check what QB might be worth taking in the second round. Hue Jackson will try to repair Brock Lobster (plus Cody “Smooth as Silk” Kessler is already Hue’s QB project). O.J. Howard might be the best receiver in this class too, at tight end, but he also is a very good blocker and H-Back. He could be the next Gronk and Antonio Gates, but with probably more talent than both. He is willing to do the dirty work and he is OK without the spot light. Very underutilized in Alabama, which is ODD. His NFL combine was outstanding. #HUMBLEWARRIOR

13.) Arizona Cardinals    Jonathan Allen, DL Alabama    

The Allen fall ends! Once considered a top 2 pick, Allen’s shoulder issues and poor combine make several teams pass on him. Calais Campbell is gone and needs to be replaced, plus Frostee Rucker is not the DE solution in Arizona. The defensive front seven needs help in AZ, and Allen is a quick and reputable fix. #ANGRYMAN

14.) Philadelphia Eagles***    Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama 

The Eagles cornerbacks have been the defense’s weakest link for a few years now. Finding one of the best CB’s in this draft at #14 is a huge bonus. #PRESSMAN

15.) Indianapolis Colts    Gareon Conley, CB, OSU

Indy could be looking for pass rushers here, but they signed two pretty good OLB’s in free agency.  Runnigback is a good option too, as Frank Gore is doing what (as an aging vet).  In time Conley can develop into a premier CB, which is exactly what the Colts could use to help their defense, but it will not be overnight. Conley is a development player who’s stock is rising (after a very good NFL combine). #THIRDBUCKDB

16.) Baltimore Ravens    Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB UCLA

Suggs is well past his prime, and so was Elvis Dumervil, who just cut this offseason, which makes OLB the biggest need with this pick. Tak is a relentless pass rusher one of my favorites to watch on game tape. High-Energy stand up pass rusher and one of the best defensive intimidators in the draft. #RELENTLESS

17.) Washington Redskins    Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

With all the hype around Kirk Cousin leaving to the 49ers, why would he ever want to leave, if Bruce Allen keeps drafting wide receivers first round? This is a “thank you Kirk” selection and Cousins will love the Redskins for it. Davis is one of the best receivers in this drat class, and can easily be a top 10 choice. He is big, physical and reliable (and better and less expensive than Garcon and D-Jax combined). Davis with Josh Dockson and Cousins together will dominate & destroy the NFC East for the next 10 years. Have you seen the Dallas secondary? #YACFU

18.) Tennessee Titans    John Ross, WR Washington

Titans fine their speedster WR that help Mariota and open up the offense. I do like David Njoku, TE, Miami with this selection too, but 4.2 speed is too hard to pass up. Mariota’s “yards per pass” average has just increased massively. #MACH4POINT2

19.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers    Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan

Peppers can play either safety spots, and is an instant upgrade to the Buc’s secondary. But it does not stop there, he is a premier return man and can play some running back #PEPPERSPLACE

20.) Denver Broncos    Ryan Ramczyk, LT Wisconsin

Any OL prospect in the first round is probably going to be better than what the Broncos have right now. RB seems like a good option too, but Ramczyk is eventually going to be a good left tackle in Denver for years to come. Wisconsin is the offensive line factory. #BUCKNBADGER

21.)    Detroit Lions    Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford

Running back, DB, MLB or pass rusher? Lets start with a pass catching RB, that can run routes as smooth as any WR in the draft. Stafford will have a lot of fun slinging the ball around with McCaffery. This potent offense just got potentier (or more potent, lol). Taco would be a nice fit too, but his resume was just too short and Foster could be a perfect match, but offences is just so much more fun to watch. #SWISSARMY

22.)    Miami Dolphins    Taco Charlton, DE Michigan

Everybody loves Tacos. And after losing Vernon and Super Mario, they’ll need some youth at DE to pair up with Wake. Taco is a very a tall DE with the size to move all around the D line. (Wake, Taco, Super Mario and Olivier’? – what’s up with the names in South Florida?) #LONGTACO

23.) New York Giants    Garett Bolles, OT Utah

This offense looks stacked! Except at left tackle. Plug in Bolles at left tackle and move Flowers to right tackle, with one draft pick, the o-line just upgraded in two spots. #WHATSaYOOT

24.)     Oakland Raiders    Reuben Foster, ILB Alabama

The Raiders are focusing on defense in this draft, right up the middle. Foster does slide a little bit in the draft, as most ILB’s do (including ones who get into verbal fights with hospital staff at the NFL Combine – “Look to your right and cough…” #NOTMYNURSE

25.)    Houston Texans    Mitch Trubisky, QB North Carolina

Good things come to those who wait. Be patience and let the draft come to you… Finally Bill O’Brian’s QB problems have been answered by the football gods. The fact that the Texans went all-in (Tropic Thunder style) and signed Brock Lobster last year was a prime example spending spree gone bad. Do not blame Brock of all the offisive problems last year, as that O-line was garbage, but BOB gets his guy this draft (finally). #MitchPlusELL

26    Seattle Seahawks    Forrest Lamp, G, WKU

Have you seen the Seahawks OL? They need to invest there the most. Lamp is a stud and can probably play all five o-line spots better than any Seahawk o-lineman from last season. Tom Cable will have fun with this standout. (Projected OL starters: Joker, Genie in a Lamp, Britt, Confetti & Fant: these names are crazy silly too, just like Miami’s former and new D-line). The obscure opposite corners of the nation. #GENIE

27.)    Kansas City Chiefs    Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech

Having a late first round pick like the Chiefs means the GM and coach can make some fun gambles, especially when you have a 5th year team option. Nothing wrong with taking a gunslinger with this choice and Andy Reid has coached some gun slingers and project QB’s in his day. #MahFAVRE

28.)    Dallas Cowboys     Cordrea Tankersley, CB Clemson

Jerry Jones made no secret of needing pass rushers, but the Dallas secondary is in terrible shape. They only have 1 returning starter from last season, and that group was not all that great. #FRANKtheTANK

29.)    Green Bay Packers    Charles Harris, DE Missouri

Why on Earth did the Packers let Casey Hayward leave to the Chargers in free agency last year? Not resigning Hayward was one of the worst free agency mistakes in the history of affordable free agents. Sure, the Packers need secondary help in this draft, but they did get Devon House back in free agency, so they need some pass rushers with this pick. Clay Matthews has not put up the sack & pressure numbers like he used to and Perry is decent OLB, but adding Harris to the mix and moving Clay to the inside looks great on paper. This is a fix two needs with one pick, type of draft pick. Harris is a beast and it is really amazing that he has last this long. He should develop into a premier pass rusher (LOL, just like Perry and Datone were supposed to). #PACKCHUCK

30.)    Pittsburgh Steelers    DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Last year, Kizer was projected as the #1 overall draft pick, but last season Kizer stuggled at Notre Dame. He does have all the tools and the prototypical size you want in a QB, and he will get to learn from Big Ben (as long as Roethlisberger does not all of a sudden retire). Big Ben has been takeing a lot of punishment over the years, as his style of play gets him hit a lot. From the famed QB class of the 2004 NFL Draft, Roethlisberger could probably be the retire first (not including J.P Losman, wait, did he retire yet?). #STEELDOME

31.)    Atlanta Falcons    Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

The angel of the NFL Combine. Reddick will be a jack of all trades, as he can play all three LB postions and spot pass rusher at both defensive end positions. He is the Will, Leo, Sam, Mike and the Elephant all wrapped up into one player (who won the draft). #TheChosenWon

32.) New Orleans Saints****    Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

As much as we all love watching Drew Brees break records and the Saints pass the ball 50 times per game, the defense has been neglected and needs to be addressed. Sean Payton can find cheap offensive stars later in the draft, but drafting the local LSU CB is the perfect choice. The Saints cornerbacks have been absent for a while now and finding talented playmaker in White is perfect. With White and Solomon Thomas, the Saints defense can now be their strength. And now Brees will only have to throw the ball 45 times per game. #REDSTICKFLEUR

~ Second Round ~

33 Cleveland Browns Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
34 San Francisco 49ers Obi Melifonwu, S, UCONN
35 Jacksonville Jaguars Teez Tabor, CB Florida
36 Chicago Bears David Njoku, TE, Miami
37 Los Angeles Rams Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
38 Los Angeles Chargers Budda Baker, S, Washington
39 New York Jets T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin
40 Carolina Panthers Carl Lawson, DE Auburn
41 Cincinnati Bengals Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt
42 New Orleans Saints Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
43 Philadelphia Eagles Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
44 Buffalo Bills Chris Goodwin, WR, Penn State
45 Arizona Cardinal Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
46 Indianapolis Colts Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
47 Baltimore Ravens Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee
48 Minnesota Vikings Pat Elfein, C, Ohio State
49 Washington Redskins Adoree’ Jackson, CB USC
50 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
51 Denver Broncos Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
52 Cleveland Browns Desmond King, CB/FS Iowa
53 Detroit Lions Tim Williams, OLB Alabama
54 Miami Dolphins Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
55 New York Giants Raekwon McMillan, ILB Ohio State
56 Oakland Raiders Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
57 Houston Texans Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
58 Seattle Seahawks Kevin King, CB, Washington
59 Kansas City Chiefs Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
60 Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Walker, DE Florida State
61 Green Bay Packers Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
62 Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
63 Atlanta Falcons Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
64 Carolina Panthers***** Antonio Garica, T, Troy

Shadow Ninja IPA, Loowit Brewery (Vancouver, WA)

Great Find (at a Boston’s chain restaurant in Mill Creek, WA).
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2017 NFL Mock Draft (2 Rounds) 2.0 by James Fedewa

2/28/2017 by James Fedewa


Who Shall We Pick?

Pre-Combine mock drafts will always get picked apart by intrigued fans.  If you have some comments to say, please do. I read everything that readers will post and I will always take each argument into consideration when making the next mock draft.  Please leave a note, quote, disagreement or agreement (as this mock draft is not set in cement).

Round 1

Pick           Team                 Player                            Notes

1 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M Clearly the #1 overall talent with everything you need to build a good defense around. Tramendous first step, explosive outside presence and should turn into a sack machine.  I like him better than J.Clowney and K.Mack coming out of college.  But I also see him excelling more as a 3-4 OLB than 4-3 DE.
2 San Francisco 49ers Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson J.Allen seems like a great pick here, but the 49ers have drafted defensive linemen in the first round in the last two years (so that DL youth should improve this season). SF needs a refreshing new QB and Watson is a rising super star and my top QB in this draft.  Granted, the 49ers do not have anyone to throw the ball to (yet), so Watson may struggle early in his career. Finding a CB and WR with their next draft pick would be savvy. The 49ers should trade down and acquire more picks.
3 Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen, DL Alabama J.Allen falls right into the Bears lap, although do bears actually have laps?  Maybe we should say the Bears give Allen a Hug with the third pick. If J.Allen does fall to #3, look for some other teams to trade up for him. (Does a Bear $hit in the woods? No, they $hit wherever they want.)
Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette, RB LSU Fournette is a clone of Earl Campbell with a twist of Bo Jackson, and will change the way people think about the Jags (forever). With humble intimidation and bruising power, a 235 lbs power back with speed is exactly what any NFL team wants. This team needs a top end runner and Fournette can do everything and fix the Jacksonville offense week one.  This kid is special.
5 Tennessee Titans** Mike Williams, WR Clemson I had the Titans drafting defensive backs with the pick, but this draft is loaded with good secondary defenders. Drafting the best wide receiver is probably the smartest option as the Titans can pick up some good defenders with their next few picks. I think Mike Williams is the better of the top two receivers and he reminds me of Dez Bryant.
6 New York Jets Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State The Jets can draft a QB, OT, CB or OLB here, but they really need a change at RB. Cook can take it to the end-zone every time he touches the ball and might be the best pure offensive weapon in this whole draft. He is more finesse than power,  with speed to burn.
7 Los Angeles Chargers Jamal Adams, S LSU Offensive line is the Chargers biggest need, but that is typically said every season during the draft. The Chargers do not typically invest in first round offensive linemen (except for Fluker) and this year left tackle prospects are very limited (so it would be a bad time to start). Dunlap, Fluker and Franklin could all be cut from the Chargers O-line, so finding replacements very important, just not at #7.  Jamal Adam is a charismatic leader, with a special top tier talent. He is a ball-hawk with incrediable football instincts (that just happens be a position of need). Gus Bradley just found his Earl Chancellor (or Kam Thomas) / blend on Seattle’s safeties.    ***Do not be surprised if Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State is taken here.
8 Carolina Panthers Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford There are bigger needs at this spot but Thomas is BPA, with  wow factor. This defensive line will be pure awesome and will terrorize the NFC South.
9 Cincinnati Bengals Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State Finding a true spot on the defensive line for McDowell is the primary goal, as he lined up everywhere on the DL at Michigan State.  He is my overall favorite in this draft, as his talent, size and anchor are special. He has all the tools a gifted athlete could possess, but is his work ethic there? (probably!) – 6′ 6″ 285 lbs. (zero tech) nose tackles are special. If he can learn some extra pass rushing moves, he can be the best player in this draft class.
10 Buffalo Bills Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State The Bills could draft a QB here, but they are terrible at drafting QB’s.  Well, more unlucky than terrible. They should just keep what they have with Tyrod Taylor and plug Hooker into Jairus Byrd’s old vacant spot. Plus, who knows what’s going to happened to Aaron Williams.   Hooker will make everyone on the defense look even better.
11 New Orleans Saints Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio State The Saints will draft any CB at this point, and Lattimore might have the highest upside of any of this years rookie CB’s.  Probably a top 10 talent, but only one year of starting experience is wincing. The Saints need secondary help in a bad way.
12 Cleveland Browns* Mitch Trubisky, QB North Carolina Trubisky has all the tools to be a superstar (and you can see his improvement every game).  He will be the new face of the Browns franchise, but just not yet this season. He will learn for at least a year behind RG3 and Cody “Smooth as Silk” Kessler. A one year starter in college, is getting too much hype as a top 10 guy. Browns should draft Kizer here, but Trubisky is from Cleveland (good fit, and he will want to be there).
13 Arizona Cardinals DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame  Carson Palmer will give it a go one more season, and then he will probably hang’em up.  Which means, Arians better get a QB now to train and learn behind Palmer for a season. 6 months ago, Kizer was a #1 overall talent, but his play slipped a little last season.  He can still make it to the top ten of this draft though.
Indianapolis Colts
Derek Barnett, OLB Tennessee A young, promising pass rushing OLB in Indy?  Sounds weird. Normally their OLB’s are just O – L – D.  (I know, that’s a bad joke / OLB, OLD)
Philadelphia Eagles***
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan Eagles need some wide receivers that do not drop balls. C.Davis is the real deal and if you watch his tape, he is special (granted, it’s against small school defenders). Some call him the next T.O.
16 Baltimore Ravens Reuben Foster, ILB Alabama I’m not sold on first round inside linebackers, but Foster is probably the exception.  Plus Ozzy loves Alabama talent. There’s some current hype about the 49ers targeting him, but I do not believe it.  If Foster is gone before this pick, how about Jabrill Peppers?
Washington Redskins
Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford With D-Jax and Garcon gone, the skins are looking for offensive tools and McCaffrey is that tool. (well, the son of a tool). I like him as a slot wide receiver, with a little Danny Woodhead in him (and everyone loves Woodhead).
18 Tennessee Titans Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan Immediate impact defender, check. He should get drafted sooner than #18, but without a true position (SS or OLB) there’s no telling where he can go.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Charles Harris, DE Missouri Adding offensive weapons for J.Winston is a good idea, but they Sre not going matter. Winston loves his Mike Evens, so there is no need for two first round WR’s on this team. . Finding a good pass rusher at this spot is a better idea as all the QB’s in their division are very very good.
20 Denver Broncos Ryan Ramczyk, LT Wisconsin Any offensive line prospect in the 1st round is probably going to be better than what the Broncos has last year. And that’s not saying much in this draft for quality O-linemen. Best left tackle prospect at #20?  SURE, lets try it… Ramczyk has only been a starter for one season, but he has all the tools to be an incredible left tackle.
21 Detroit Lions Sidney Jones, CB Washington Drafting Sidney Jones is very easy with this pick, as he will probably be better than any DB on their roster (even Slay). Jones is not the biggest CB, but he’s  got swagger and toughness that is infectious.  I like these top three Washington prospects.
22 Miami Dolphins Taco Charlton, DE Michigan Everybody loves Tacos, right?  And after losing Vernon and Super Mario, they will need some youth at defensive end to pair up with Wake. Is there a rumor that Suh might get traded?
23 New York Giants O.J. Howard, TE Alabama How did Howard last this long?  This is the perfect scenario for the Giants as the get the best TE in the draft. Sure, Eli has plenty of weapons now, but does Eli even care anymore?
24 Oakland Raiders Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida The Raiders will draft the top rated interior defensive linemen and Brantley fits the bill. He’s more of a 3 tech, but at this point the Raiders need some nastiness in the middle from a good DT.
25 Houston Texans Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama Robinson does not get enough credit and could be drafted as early at #7. Watch his game against Texas A&M vs. Myles Garrett. It is impressive and Myles is no joke. I like Robinson more than others I guess… He can play right tackle for a bit, and hopefully transition to take over a left tackle in a couple years.
26 Seattle Seahawks Garett Bolles, OT Utah Have you seen the Seahawks offensive line?  They need to invest there the most. There’s some blooming young talent there, but they need some more help.
27 Kansas City Chiefs Teez Tabor, CB Florida Nothing  wrong with a very good CB’s at #28. Nothing wrong at all… SOLD!
28 Dallas Cowboys Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE UCLA Jerry Jones made no secret of needing pass rushers. Tak is versital, but QB hunting is his specialty.  I like this pick.
29 Green Bay Packers Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan Why on Earth did the Packers let Casey Hayward leave to San Diego in free agency last year? Not resigning Hayward was one of the worst free agency mistakes in the history of affordable free agents. Lewis is this years version of Jason Verrett (small but really damn good). Scheme fit is good here too.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Tim Williams, OLB Alabama Talented pass rusher, very talented… but it comes with character concerns.  If he can learn from his coaches and from the ageless Harrison, Williams can be outstanding.
31 Atlanta Falcons Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida Tom Brady in the Super Bowl exposed Atlanta’s weakness, their secondary.  They need one more talented CB, but DE might feel good here too.
32 New England Patriots Carl Lawson, DE Auburn It’s New England, they can do anything with this pick and still win the Super Bowl. If they trade Jimmy-G, they can even take a QB here (maybe Mahomes?)
 2nd ROUND 
 Pick Team Player
33 Cleveland Browns Budda Baker, S, Washington
34 San Francisco 49ers John Ross, WR Washington
35 Jacksonville Jaguars Forrest Lamp, G, WKU
36 Chicago Bears Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech
37 Los Angeles Rams Desmond King, CB Iowa
38 Los Angeles Chargers David Njoku, TE (WR), Miami  / Njoku is not a standard TE, he is more of a bigger receiver (that can RUN very fast). Watch some of his breakaway long TD’s on tape. He’s good, and the Chargers can let him run away in the slot
39 New York Jets Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
40 Carolina Panthers Adoree’ Jackson, CB USC
41 Cincinnati Bengals Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt
42 New Orleans Saints DeMarcus Walker, DE Florida State
43 Philadelphia Eagles Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
44 Buffalo Bills Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
45 Arizona Cardinal Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
46 Indianapolis Colts Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
47 Baltimore Ravens Cordrea Tankersley, CB Clemson
48 Minnesota Vikings Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
Washington Redskins
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
50 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
51 Denver Broncos T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin
52 Cleveland Broncos Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
53 Detroit Lions Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
54 Miami Dolphins Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
55 New York Giants Raekwon McMillan, ILB Ohio State
56 Oakland Raiders Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
57 Houston Texans Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
58 Seattle Seahawks Obi Melifonwu, S, UCONN
59 Kansas City Chiefs Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
60 Dallas Cowboys Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
61 Green Bay Packers Antonio Garica, T, Troy
62 Pittsburgh Steelers Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
63 Atlanta Falcons Carroll Phillips, DE, Illinois
64 New England Patriots Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma (yes, he’s draftable. The NFL isn’t made of Angeles. Mixon just needs a chance and a good coaching staff to help fix his off field problems.  )

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2017 NFL Mock Draft / #FirstFifty by James Fedewa

1/27/2017 by James Fedewa

*There is a fine line between choosing craft beer and choosing an NFL teams draft pick.  Both can make you happy, yet both can leave you bitter.  At National Fanatic, we help you select your next craft beer purchase (with a simple rating system), and we mock the NFL Draft with the top rated players coming into the NFL each season.  **Draft the Draught  

Since this is the first mock draft of the 2017 season, notes and dialog for each selection will be omitted (for now). Please, let me know what you think. It is still very early in the process of evaluating tape, the NFL Combine, NFL free agency additions/subtractions and team needs.

Here is the first fifty (please comment below):

Pick# Team  Player
1 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M
2 San Francisco 49ers Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson
3 Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen, DL Alabama
4 Jacksonville Jaguars Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
5 Tennessee Titans Mike Williams, WR Clemson
6 New York Jets Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee
7 Los Angeles Chargers Jamal Adams, S LSU
8 Carolina Panthers Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
9 Cincinnati Bengals Reuben Foster, ILB Alabama
10 Buffalo Bills Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
11 New Orleans Saints Teez Tabor, CB Florida
12 Cleveland Browns* Leonard Fournette, RB LSU
13 Arizona Cardinals Mitch Trubisky, QB North Carolina
14 Indianapolis Colts Takkarist McKinley, OLB UCLA
15 Philadelphia Eagles*** Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
16 Baltimore Ravens Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio State
17 Washington Redskins Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
18 Tennessee Titans O.J. Howard, TE Alabama
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sidney Jones, CB Washington
20 Denver Broncos Ryan Ramczyk, LT Wisconsin
21 Detroit Lions Charles Harris, DE Missouri
22 Miami Dolphins Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
23 New York Giants Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
24 Oakland Raiders Desmond King, CB Iowa
25 Houston Texans DeShone Kizer, QB Notre Dame
26 Seattle Seahawks Garett Bolles, OT Utah
27 Kansas City Chiefs Raekwon McMillan, ILB Ohio State
28 Dallas Cowboys Tim Williams, OLB Alabama
29 Green Bay Packers Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Taco Charlton, DE Michigan
31 Atlanta Falcons DeMarcus Walker, DE Florida State
32 New England Patriots Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt
 Pick#  ROUND TWO  (Team)  Player
33 Cleveland Browns Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan
34 San Francisco 49ers Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
35 Jacksonville Jaguars Forrest Lamp, G, WKU
36 Chicago Bears Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech
37 Los Angeles Rams Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
38 Los Angeles Chargers John Ross, WR Washington
39 New York Jets Cordrea Tankersley, CB Clemson
40 Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford
41 Cincinnati Bengals Carl Lawson, DE Auburn
42 New Orleans Saints DeMarcus Walker, DL, FSU
43 Philadelphia Eagles Adoree’ Jackson, CB USC
44 Buffalo Bills Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
45 Arizona Cardinal JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
46 Indianapolis Colts Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
47 Baltimore Ravens David Njoku, TE, Miami
48 Minnesota Vikings Taylor Moton, G, Western Michigan
49 Washington Redskins T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin
50 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Budda Baker, S, Washington

Special Thank You to:

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Billion Dollar Lie, #Chargers will never leave San Diego


January 12, 2017  by James Fedewa

The Billion Dollar Lie… (and common business negotiation tactics)

The San Diego Chargers are claiming they are moving to Los Angeles to become the Los Angeles Chargers. Do not believe the lie. The Chargers will never leave San Diego. The relocation announcement today by the San Diego Chargers has been mapped out by mega negotiators and super lawyers for well over a year. There is a hidden agenda, and a pre-mapped timeline, that the NFL (and Chargers) are using to budge the city of San Diego to do something different about the stadium issue now. The NFL is using the media (as they always do) as leverage tool, as relocation threats are the only negotiation tactics available to the Chargers.

Until you see an actual Chargers regular season game played in Los Angeles, do not believe the NFL lawyers and the Chargers owners.  It is leverage, money, public relation spin and negotiation tactics of a Billion Dollar Juggernaut teasing you.

The November 2016 vote of “Measure C” (and The Citizens Initiative) to fund a new stadium in downtown San Diego with an increases in the Transient Occupancy (hotel) Tax was never expected to pass.  It was a city wide only ballot that needed two-thirds vote  to be passed, an impossible achievement (66.7% is very difficult).  Also, only the “city” of San Diego was allowed to vote on “Measure C”, not the entire San Diego County.  Limits were set to impossible…

“The Chargers Aren’t Going Anywhere… Rest Assured, The Chargers Will Be Here (in San Diego) Forever” AJ Smith said  “They have to do a deal.” (A.J. Smith was General Manager of the team from 2003–2012)

Bastard Kat IPA, Kulsan Brewing Company (Bellingham, WA)

12/17/16 beer review by James Fedewa

Bastard Kat IPA, Kulsan Brewing Company 


Very acute hoppy aroma that is very nice and the color tone is a middle gold. With a nice frothy head, this beer looks prime and exciting. It has a malty and piney front end flavor with a sharp carbonation level middle.  The piney hoppy after taste rolls in very smoothly after the carbonation twang with an very easy transition. This beer has three full stories to tell (beginning / middle / end) and every moment of this beer is outstanding.   It feels like a hybrid IPA, since the malty sweet front end fools you with the nice sharp hoppy after taste. Great beer and very unique with the malty tones mixed with IPA hoppiness. I drank 4 of these last night and saved the last one for the next day to specifically write its own independent review. This one of my favorite all time IPA’s.  A+

*My 6 year old son tossed in his own decorated football creation (piggy bank / trophy) in this photo, as it deserves its own IPA award.  Love this beer, LOVE!

IBU: 70

ABV: 6.66 %

Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 5/5
Drinkability: 4/5
Aroma: 5/5
Texture: 4/5
Value: 3/5


Lost Sunglasses, found something else (If Only by Dan Rodriguez)

Classic AFC War

A story of revenge