By Jeff Risdon
Last Week: 11-5, getting back on track after an uncharacteristic down week. 136-72 on the season, counting the tie as a loss.
Gambling Update: Three of my four tickets came back winners, although the biggest wager (PIT -3) is the one which missed. I wagered 1250 Uzbek som, and collected 1500 in winnings. That leaves me with 7000 som after starting the season with 10,000. It’s going to be a cold winter in Tashkent if I don’t get hot soon!
Nine home underdogs this week, a truly astonishing number. Have fun watching!
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (-10): Peyton Manning is five touchdowns away from tying Tom Brady for the most touchdown passes in a season in NFL history. He’s got a real shot at getting there in this one.
According to the good folks at Pro Football Focus, the Chargers rank 31st in pass coverage. They’re in the bottom-10 in pass rush ratings too. You need a subscription to view their premium statistics, but if you’re a football fan you need to ask for a PFF subscription for Christmas. Chargers fans might wish upon a star for a lockdown corner and a fearsome outside linebacker for Christmas. Without both, they’re not going to catch Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Broncos 42, Chargers 30
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (+2): The AFC East is on the line…sort of. New England clinches the division with the win, but they hold a 3-game lead on the Dolphins so it’s more academic. Miami is very much alive in the Wild Card race, however, and they desperately need the conference win to bolster their chances.
The Patriots needed an officiating miracle and a mental breakdown by Cleveland’s special teams to sneak past the Browns last week. I think the “playing to the level of competition” that these Pats do so frequently is a most dangerous game. General Zaroff will miss his Ivan, err, Gronkowski quite a bit. Rainsford has his own tight end weapon in Charles Clay, the Malay tiger catcher of the game.
If you don’t get those references, I suggest you revisit eight grade English class and the works of Richard Connell.
Dolphins 23, Patriots 20.
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers (-11.5): The resiliency of the Panthers will be on display. Their eight-game win streak came to a rather abrupt ending at the hands of the Saints.
What intrigues me here is that the Jets run the same defense that those Saints do, and that scheme flummoxed Cam Newton and the Panthers. You can bet Jets coach Rex Ryan calls his brother, Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, for some insider tips on what worked and what didn’t.
The problem for the Jets is generating enough points to outscore the Panthers. Geno Smith had his best game in well over a month last week, but that was at home against a bad Raiders unit, and the numbers still aren’t very impressive: 16-of-25 for 219 yards, with one TD and one INT. On the road this year Smith has four TDs against 12 INTs and gets sacked at a much higher rate. The Panthers have the stingiest home defense in the NFL.
Can you say “defensive struggle”?!
Panthers 17, Jets 6
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (+5.5): One of the more ponderous coaching decisions of the season is the curious QB switch in Oakland. Terrelle Pryor was showing legit promise, but the coaching staff has opted to ride out the season with undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. The Penn State product had one moderately successful game, but has been completely incompetent since.
The concept of McGloin facing the strong Chiefs defense makes the 5.5-point line laughable. Take the money and run.
Chiefs 30, Raiders 13 for 1000 som
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-6): Here is a great chance for the Colts to bounce back from a couple of ugly recent losses. In fact, they have a nice little pattern working in Indy. Since their bye week, the Colts have alternated blowout losses to non-divisional opponents (STL, ARI, CIN) with tight wins over AFC South foes. These very Texans were the first game in the pattern, and that game is a pretty typical Colts contest with Andrew Luck at the controls.
Houston led 24-6 late in the third quarter while Luck struggled mightily in his first game since his own errant pass tore Reggie Wayne’s ACL. Luck was 2-of-11 with three sacks and two dropped interceptions in the first half of that game. Then the Colts did what they always do--they turn into the best team in the league in the fourth quarter.
That was also the game where Gary Kubiak collapsed as the teams left the field for halftime. After coming back, the Texans coach was fired after last week’s loss to Jacksonville. I suspect the Texans might get a bump from the firing, as the players do really like interim coach Wade Philips. I also suspect it won’t quite be enough to win.
Colts 27, Texans 24 for 500 som
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (pk): I have a cockamamie theory that no team in the NFC North really wants to win that division. Just when good fortune seems to be shining down on one of the three competitors (Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay), they find a way to paint clouds all over the sunshine.
That leans my pick towards the Browns at home. Here are two other reasons why I like Cleveland. First is the revenge angle for Jason Campbell against his old team. Second is the matchup of Josh Gordon against what is, without Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs, the worst pass defense in the NFL. He figures to build upon his ongoing NFL record for most yards over a 4-game period. Gordon could get 225 yards and two TDs, and I think that will be enough to vault the Browns to a win
Browns 25, Bears 21
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons (-6): These two teams are jockeying for the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Both are 3-10, and the loser here stays in contention to get that elusive No. 1 overall pick if the Texans somehow win.
Oh yeah, wait a minute…Washington doesn’t have a first round pick in 2014. They used it to help trade for Robert Griffin III, who will not even be active for this game despite being (relatively) healthy. Apparently Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman are both better options for Mike Shanahan as he desperately tries to get fired. Rams fans will cheer for the Falcons to win, as St. Louis owns Washington’s pick. I think they’ll be happy.
Falcons 39, Ethnic Slurs 27
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings (+4.5): Trying to get accurate injury information on Adrian Peterson is impossible. My pick in this game hinges on AD’s availability, so I decided to search out the interwebs for the latest information on his foot injury. He left the field last week on a cart.
I read beat writers from both teams. I watched Vikings coach Leslie Frazier’s press conference. I even texted a Vikings staffer I know. Nobody gives a straight answer, because nobody really knows what his status will be. In light of that, the pick here is a tentative one.
Eagles 34, Vikings 24
Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants (+7): Seattle’s attacking defensive line is a terrible matchup for New York’s offensive line. Russell Wilson’s creativity and elusiveness are a bad matchup for the Giants back seven on defense. This one’s as close to a gimmie as a one touchdown road favorite can possibly be.
Seahawks 30, Giants 20 for 500 som
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+5): The relatively modest line here strongly encourages heavy wagering on the 49ers, but I see it being pretty accurate. The Bucs, aside from two weeks ago, have been playing good football over the last few weeks. They have one of the best linebackers in the league in Lavonte David and one of the best defensive tackles in the league in Gerald McCoy. I think their defense will keep this game very interesting.
Unfortunately for Tampa, I don’t think Mike Glennon can outgun Colin Kaepernick. I don’t see Bobby Rainey outrunning Frank Gore. And I don’t see Greg Schiano outcoaching Jim Harbaugh. If you find a friend willing to give you a couple more points on a teaser, take ‘em, but straight up the Niners are a fairly safe pick.
49ers 22, Buccaneers 17
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (+2): This week the Bills came out and said they were going to simplify things for struggling rookie QB E.J. Manuel. That’s smart; the first-round pick looks overwhelmed and suffering from paralysis by analysis.
Back in the draft process, it was pretty clear that Manuel had a lot of talent but needed a great deal of refinement. He was not a NFL-ready product despite lots of experience at Florida State. The Bills have learned this the hard way. Buck up, Bills fans, he’ll be better going forward, perhaps a lot better. But right now you’re stuck with a bad quarterback on the road against the hottest team in the AFC.
Jaguars 20, Bills 16
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (-7): As of writing time (it’s 7:09 AM Thursday), Aaron Rodgers is unofficially doubtful to play in this game. I know the Dallas defense is historically awful, but without Rodgers I’m not sure the Packers will be able to outscore the Cowboys. If Rodgers plays, the Packers win by three touchdowns but…
Cowboys 34, Packers 28
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans (+3): One of the qualities I like about this Arizona team is that they do not lose to inferior teams. Their losses this year are to playoff teams San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Philadelphia. There’s the opening loss to the Rams, who are a fair team and a terrible matchup issue (DL vs. OL). Other than that, the Cardinals take care of business against lesser teams. I think they do so once again in Nashville.
Cardinals 24, Titans 21
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams (+5.5): If you like sacks, this is the game for you. Drew Brees avoids them pretty adeptly, but the Rams figure to be in his face frequently. On the flip side, Junior Gallette and Cam Jordan will harangue Kellen Clemens. Stop right there! The quarterbacks in this game are Drew Brees against Kellen Clemens. Before you go any further, chew on that for a moment. ‘Nuff said.
Saints 32, Rams 21
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (+3): Total gut pick here. The Bengals deserve to be favored, but I cannot see them winning in Pittsburgh. I foresee an off night for Andy Dalton and a big game for Emmanuel Sanders.
Steelers 27, Bengals 20 for 500 som
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions (-6): Nothing would surprise me with these Detroit Lions anymore. If they play smart football to their potential, they win this game by at least 20 points. Their defensive line is a nightmare matchup for Baltimore’s offensive line. But these Lions have an uncanny way of screwing things up. They’re clearly the more talented team here, but that doesn’t make them the lock to win that they should be.
Lions 31, Ravens 28
No college games this week as the bowl season doesn’t kick off for a few more days.
Kansas City -5.5 for 1000
Seattle -7 for 500
Houston +6 for 500
Pittsburgh +3 for 500
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By Christopher Reina
Our NFL Team Rankings are based entirely on the The Trench Counter, which is an objective formula measuring average yards per pass and run on both offense and defense, along with first downs registered and given up, turnovers for and against, and total penalty yards.
Over time, The Trench Counter rankings begin to closely resemble the standings but goes even further to determine which teams are truly the best when on the line of scrimmage.
We are also including the Bill Parcells/Michael Lombardi stat that we modified called Total Rushes/Completions, which is listed as the second set of rankings below.
The chief aim of the Trench Counter is to take the subjective out of the equation and even the somewhat fluky nature of teams actually scoring points, which is of course the whole point on a game-by-game basis.
The Philadelphia Eagles again rose in our rankings with a +27.9 in the Trench Counter against the Detroit Lions.
The Seattle Seahawks had a negative Trench Counter against the San Francisco 49ers in their loss, while the New Orleans Saints had a less impressive Trench Counter (+7.8) than the final scorewould suggest.
Trench Counter (TC) Rankings
1. Seattle Seahawks: 7.7
2. Philadelphia Eagles: 6.8
3. Carolina Panthers: 5.7
4. San Francisco 49ers: 4.4
5. Denver Broncos: 4.2
6. New Orleans Saints: 4.2
7. New England Patriots: 4.1
8. Kansas City Chiefs: 3.6
9. Cincinnati Bengals: 1.6
10. Arizona Cardinals: 0.8
11. Chicago Bears: 0.6
12. Indianapolis Colts: 0.4
13. Miami Dolphins: 0.4
14. Green Bay Packers: 0.4
15. San Diego Chargers: -0.2
16. Baltimore Ravens: -0.9
17. Cleveland Browns: -1.1
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: -1.3
19. Detroit Lions: -1.5
20. St. Louis Rams: -1.5
21. Buffalo Bills: -1.7
22. Atlanta Falcons: -1.7
23. Dallas Cowboys: -2.5
24. Minnesota Vikings: -2.5
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -2.7
26. Tennessee Titans: -2.7
27. Houston Texans: -2.9
28. New York Giants: -3.2
29. Washington Redskins: -3.2
30. Oakland Raiders: -3.6
31. New York Jets: -4.0
32. Jacksonville Jaguars: -8.0
Total Rushes/Completions (TRC) Rankings
1. Denver Broncos: 9.0
2. New Orleans Saints: 7.0
3. San Diego Chargers: 6.7
4. Detroit Lions: 5.7
5. Carolina Panthers: 5.5
6. Houston Texans: 5.3
7. Cincinnati Bengals: 4.8
8. Kansas City Chiefs: 3.7
9. Baltimore Ravens: 3.2
10. Seattle Seahawks: 3.2
11. Green Bay Packers: 2.3
12. Buffalo Bills: 2.2
13. Arizona Cardinals: 2.0
14. Washington Redskins: 2.0
15. New England Patriots: 1.8
16. Chicago Bears: 0.6
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: 0.1
18. San Francisco 49ers: -0.2
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -1.5
20. Tennessee Titans: -1.7
21. New York Jets: -2.8
22. Philadelphia Eagles: -3.2
23. Indianapolis Colts: -3.2
24. Oakland Raiders: -3.8
25. Atlanta Falcons: -4.4
26. Cleveland Browns: -4.7
27. St. Louis Rams: -4.7
28. Miami Dolphins: -5.2
29. New York Giants: -6.1
30. Minnesota Vikings: -7.2
31. Jacksonville Jaguars: -7.7
32. Dallas Cowboys: -8.6
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By Jeff Risdon
The draft order is updated as of 12/6, which includes the win by the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football.
I’ve extended out to three rounds for this edition. Keep in mind that beyond the first 20 or so picks I’m much more interested in matching player to draft slot than team to specific player. All the comments in this version will be nothing but positive remarks on the player. I’ve been accused of being too negative at times, so in the spirit of self-improvement I’m going to be deliberately nice. Imagine REM’s Shiny Happy People playing in the background, even though that song makes me want to decapitate penguins.
As always, these picks represent what I think the given team might do in the given situation. They do not necessarily reflect the choices I personally would make in the same scenario.
1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Where Teddy really stands out is with his pre-snap evaluations and quick reads. His intermediate accuracy is exceptional as well. The Texans have to take a quarterback.
2. St. Louis Rams (from WAS): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. Carr has the big arm and the confidence in it that makes him very dangerous. I see his lineage as a positive; he can draw upon his brother David’s struggles for strength and perspective. The prize for the RGIII trade gets the Rams their own franchise QB.
3. Atlanta Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. Clowney remains a generational type of talent, with his blend of size, speed, power and instinctiveness. He’s perfect for the Falcons, an impact pass rusher for a team poised to rebound quickly.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M. They’re in a good spot to trade (hello Cleveland!), but they can also secure the offensive tackle with the best feet of any lineman in recent times. His ability to play either side gives the building Bucs precious options.
5. Minnesota Vikings: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA. Should he declare, Hundley offers very strong long-term potential. The Vikings have a bridge QB in place in Matt Cassel while Hundley hones his craft and learns to focus his powerful arm and intriguing athleticism.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. Mr. Football improved so much from 2012 to ’13 in terms of his field vision as a passer and his ability to read a defense. He’s got a great arm and the improvisational flair that drives defenses nuts. With Jacksonville’s young weapons around him, it’s a great fit.
7. Cleveland Browns: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon. IEO is naturally sticky in coverage and is very aggressive against the run. He and Joe Haden would provide the Browns with a very talented CB tandem, in lieu of landing yet another first-round QB. They do have the ammo to move up as high as they feel they need to if they do choose to chase a quarterback.
8. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. He’s a big-play receiver with strong hands and an exceptional catch radius. I love that he plays big in clutch situations, and he can create for himself after the catch. The Raiders need a dynamic presence to help Terrelle Pryor or his eventual successor.
9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. Players who improve at the technical aspects of their position tend to spike in the draft, and Ebron has done that. Paired with his very impressive physical attributes, he’s going to go very high. Ebron would help E.J. Manuel ascend.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo. The versatile, polished linebacker is a perfect fit for the Steelers and their creative zone-blitz scheme. He can play inside or outside with his elite closing burst and nose for the ball.
11. New York Jets: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. The success of similar bodies like Alshon Jeffery and Vincent Jackson will help Evans’ stock, as will his excellent body of work in prominent games. He might be the best red zone weapon in this draft, and the Jets can sorely use his ability to win contested catches.
12. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. He’s still learning the intricacies of being an all-around linebacker, but Barr is already a very effective edge rusher. His ability to flatten around the corner is truly exceptional. The Titans can deploy him in rushing situations as he develops on the fly. His high ceiling could push him way up in the draft.
13. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU. Verrett isn’t the tallest guy but he plays a lot bigger than his listed size. He possesses a real innate stickiness in man coverage, and his ball skills are very strong. The Chargers can certainly use him either in the slot or outside.
14. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa. The Giants would have to count a lot of lucky stars if they wind up with Scherff. One of the qualities I cherish in offensive tackles is the ability to sustain blocks, and nobody in this class--not even Jake Matthews--does that better than the naturally powerful Hawkeye.
Editor Note: Scherff announced he will return to Iowa after this mock was created.
15. St. Louis Rams: Cameron Erving, T, Florida State. When I watched Erving early in the season I wondered what some advocates saw. He was clearly athletic but raw like sushi. When I watched him against Clemson and Florida, I saw what others were saying. He’s got a significantly higher ceiling than the man he replaced at FSU, Menelik Watson. Has some Jason Peters to him. The Rams can certainly work with that.
16. Green Bay Packers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame. Even in a down season for him personally, Nix’s talent is easy to see. Get him back healthy and in prime condition and the Packers have a versatile all-around cog for their amorphous front for the foreseeable future. I love the concept of him and Raji as a two-man line.
17. Chicago Bears: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. No team needs a safety more than the Bears, and Ha Ha brings loads of NFL-ready experience and savvy. I like his ability to range from a double-high look to the sideline in over-the-top coverage, and so will Bears fans.
18. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan. The Dolphins were dissatisfied with Jonathan Martin’s passivity. They wouldn’t have that issue with Lewan, who brings feistiness and run blocking grit to the table. His improved play down the stretch is a good sign going forward.
19. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Already an elite return man, Gilbert rediscovered his inner ball hawk in 2013 after a strangely unproductive 2012. Long corners with ball skills and closing burst like Gilbert don’t last long in the draft, and the Eagles can insert him right into the starting lineup.
20. Arizona Cardinals: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama. There isn’t much that Mosley doesn’t do very well. Some worry that his lack of a single great trait will limit him, but the athletic potential is there for growth at the next level. Cardinals fans likely want more OL help, but bolstering the defense makes them that much tougher to outscore.
21. Baltimore Ravens: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. Dennard is my top-rated corner in this draft, and he’s ideal for an aggressive scheme like Baltimore. He has a chance to be a legit lockdown island corner, and there’s not many of those to go around. His run defense is a nice insurance bonus.
22. Detroit Lions: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State. Adams has the length, speed and strength to make the jump from the Mountain West to the NFL. Detroit would be an ideal destination, as the Lions need him to be a complementary piece and not a featured performer, which is his best role in his early career.
23. Dallas Cowboys: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU. Even though linemate Anthony Johnson gets more attention, Ferguson’s more consistent effort and propensity for timely impact plays. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli would love Ego.
24. Cleveland Browns (from IND): Blake Bortles, QB, UCF. They might have to use their earlier pick to secure Bortles’ services, but here the Browns get rewarded for their patience. Some will have the strong-armed UCF signal caller as the top QB in the draft.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: David Yankey, G, Stanford. The Bengals are in the enviable position of being able to take the best talent available, and in this case that would be Yankey. He is a polished, NFL-ready guard from a strong, pro-style college offense.
26. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt. Matthews wins not just by being bigger than the men covering him. He has a good feel for setting up moves and possessed quick feet for a tall receiver. The Niners have to keep bolstering the wideout ranks, as Anquan Boldin cannot play forever.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech. There is a very real Tony Gonzalez vibe to Amaro as a receiver. He is sneaky explosive off the line, but the physical Amaro is at his best flexed out and breaking across the middle on intermediate routes and up the seam. He’d make a perfect fit for Andy Reid’s offense in KC.
28. Carolina Panthers: Antonio Richardson, T, Tennessee. “Tiny” has proven he can wall off one side of the line in pass protection. If he can develop consistency at it, the Panthers would have themselves a building block for a line that needs some stability on the right side.
29. New England Patriots: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. Even though he’s had a tough season, Roby still has all the physical tools that NFL coaches want in corners. He’s long, he’s quick, he’s got a short memory on mistakes and he has exceptional long speed down the field. The Patriots love to draw from Urban Meyer programs.
30. New Orleans Saints: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson. Adding pass rushing depth would strengthen Rob Ryan’s aggressive defense. Beasley can contribute right away as a situational rusher while he develops his overall game. I like him better as an outside linebacker than a 4-3 end.
31. Denver Broncos: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State. One of the traits that scouts look for in a linebacker is the ability to sift thru traffic and explode to the ball. Ryan Shazier does that exceptionally well, keeping his feet clean to pursue the play. He can also blitz and cover pretty well, which gives a coach like John Fox freedom to get creative on defense.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State. Benjamin’s appearance here might surprise you, but I’ll tell you what a NFC South regional scout told me last week: don’t be surprised if the giant target winds up being the first wideout taken, should he declare.
33. Houston Texans: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
34. Washington Ethnic Slurs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
35. Atlanta Falcons: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama
37. Minnesota Vikings: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
39. Cleveland Browns: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
40. Oakland Raiders: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
41. Buffalo Bills: Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M
42. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
43. New York Jets: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
44. Tennessee Titans: Dominique Easley, DE, Florida
45. San Diego Chargers: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
46. New York Giants: Travis Frederick, C, Arkansas
47. St. Louis Rams: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
48. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
49. Chicago Bears: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
50. Miami Dolphins: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
51. Philadelphia Eagles: Jack Mewhort, T, Ohio State
52. Arizona Cardinals: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
53. Baltimore Ravens: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
54. Detroit Lions: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
55. Dallas Cowboys: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
56. Cincinnati Bengals: Trevor Reilly, OLB/DE, Utah
57. Indianapolis Colts: Michael Sam, DE/OLB, Missouri
58. San Francisco 49ers: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
59. San Francisco 49ers (from KC): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
60. Carolina Panthers: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
61. New England Patriots: Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
62. New Orleans Saints: James Hurst, T, North Carolina
63. Denver Broncos: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
64. Seattle Seahawks: Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
65. Houston Texans: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
66. Washington Ethnic Slurs: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OL, UCLA
67. Atlanta Falcons: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
69. Minnesota Vikings: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Zack Martin, G/T, Notre Dame
71. Cleveland Browns: Juwan James, T, Tennessee
72. Oakland Raiders: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
73. Buffalo Bills: Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB, Texas
74. Cleveland Browns (from PIT): Craig Loston, S, LSU
75. New York Jets: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
76. San Francisco 49ers (from TEN): Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State
77. San Diego Chargers: Seantrel Henderson, T, Miami FL
78. New York Giants: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
79. St. Louis Rams: Odell Backham Jr., WR, LSU
80. Green Bay Packers: Dion Bailey, S, USC
81. Chicago Bears: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
82. Miami Dolphins: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
83. Philadelphia Eagles: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
84. Arizona Cardinals: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
85. Baltimore Ravens: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
86. Detroit Lions: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
87. Dallas Cowboys: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
88. Cincinnati Bengals: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
89. Indianapolis Colts: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
90. San Francisco 49ers: La’El Collins, T, LSU
91. Kansas City Chiefs: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida
92. Carolina Panthers: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
93. New England Patriots: De’Anthony Thomas, OW, Oregon
94. New Orleans Saints: Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Colorado State
95. Denver Broncos: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
96. Minnesota Vikings (from SEA): Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State
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High-flying college championships set the table for a truly amazing Sunday. Snowy fields, crazy comebacks, prolific scoring, and some egregious officiating made this one of the most memorable Sundays in NFL history.
A hugely important NFC South showdown between the Saints and Panthers, playoff implications between the Lions and Eagles and the rest of the NFL slate.
The Seahawks delivered a huge statement with their win over the Saints while essentially locking up homefield advantage.
On the Broncos separating from the Chiefs, Lions taking control of the NFC North, Panthers/49ers all but locked into the Wild Card, Mike Tomlin, Nick Saban and more.
The Saints travel to Seattle with control of the NFC on the line, a quick rematch of Broncos/Chiefs, Thanksgiving's tripleheader and more.
The 49ers reestablished as a contender with their convincing victory over the Redskins, while the Patriots have a great argument as the best team in the AFC.