Category Archives: Pigskin Paul

Power Play in Kansas City

To the surprise of many associated with the NFL a power play took place in Kansas City this week and ANDY REID won the battle by convincing Owner Clark Hunt that either he or GM JOHN DORSEY had to go, and that he (Reid) was clearly the more important man to keep. Mark this down as the first… Read More »

WHO WON THE 2017 NFL DRAFT

OK, I have been waiting and pondering the 2017 Draft for over a month now. I refuse to give grades any longer, and have already proclaimed to you the teams I feel failed to do what they needed to in April. I even declared the winners of the URFA scramble. But I cannot postpone the inevitable forever. I… Read More »

UNDRAFTED ROOKIE WINNERS

Every year just about every team in the NFL has a Rookie Free Agent or two who makes their 53-man roster. And in addition, about half the Practice Squad roster for most teams is also comprised of Undrafted Rookie Free Agents (URFA). So, especially in the long run, URFA have an even better chance to make an NFL… Read More »

2017 DRAFT LOSERS

I don’t give out Draft grades any more, but I am not afraid to single out teams that I feel have outdone themselves in the Draft Process. That can be both on a pro and/or con basis. And today I’d like to mention 3 teams that I feel had highly questionable Draft efforts this year. It will also… Read More »

More post-Draft thots

Been seeing a lot of nay-saying in post Draft-land. I would like to remind all that with 7-8 Draft Picks per team, on average it is quite unrealistic to expect bad teams to turn it around based on a single Draft effort. The impact last season of ELLIOTT/PRESCOTT was unprecedented in my 50-plus years of watching pro football.… Read More »

Post DRAFT thoughts from Pigskin

Nope not doing team Draft grades. Not yet, actually not ever. But if you pay attention over there next month or so you can probably figure who’s work I admire and which fan bases are in for disappointment come next September. My first kudos go out to the BROWNS organization. I am not saying that they got everything… Read More »

COMBINE Draft Results

Please understand that the following article is meant in no way to be an indictment of the NFL Combine. Consider it a few after-the-fact observations of the process and some of it’s flaws, both intended and circumstantial. This year’s Combine had an official list of 330 invitees. This year’s Draft had 253 Picks in it. If you bother… Read More »

2017 NFL Draft Recap

Colin has already presented you with multiple numbers to digest from the Draft last weekend, so I will try my best to avoid duplicating too much in this brief article. As most of you know by now, I am a big fan and proponent of our annual January Star Games, as Colin likes to refer to them. The… Read More »

RAIDERS 2017 Team Mock Draft

A RB named LYNCH is in the house and I am ready to do one last Mock for Alternative America’s Team. With a healthy DEREK CARR at the helm another good Draft from the McKenzie twins would almost certainly make this team a serious Super Bowl contender in 2017. So let’s help those guys do some talent adding… Read More »

REDSKINS 2017 Team Mock Draft

This may be a very telling year for the ‘Skins in the Draft. With the team parting ways with Scott McCloughan the Draft process is pretty much back in the hands of Bruce Allen, son of the late/great Trader George. Some interesting personnel decisions have already been made this year, including the continued lack of financial commitment to… Read More »

PIGSKIN PAUL’s Final Top 100 Prospect List 2017 NFL Draft

1) MYLES GARRETT/DE TEXAS A&M 2) LEONARD FOURNETTE/RB LSU 3) JAMAL ADAMS/S LSU 4) SOLOMON THOMAS/DE STANFORD 5) JOE MIXON/RB OKLAHOMA 6) MALIK HOOKER/S OHIO STATE 7) MIKE WILLIAMS/WR CLEMSON 8) CHRIS McCAFFERY/RB STNAFORD 9) JONATHAN ALEN/DL ALABAMA 10) MITCH TRUBISKY/QB UNC 11) COREY DAVIS/WR W. MICHIGAN 12) OJ HOWARD/TE ALABAMA 13) DEREK BARNETT/DE TENNESSEE 14) OHN ROSS/WR… Read More »

COWBOYS 2017 Team Mock

There is a challenge ahead for the COWBOYS for 2017. They need to prove that the 2016 regular season was not a mirage, and the team is back on track to being a perennial participant in the Play-Offs. They have lots of work to do in the 2017 Draft so here is my attempt to help them out.… Read More »

DA BEARS 2017 TEAM MOCK

Just in case someone out there missed it, this team is in total rebuild mode, no matter what DA Bears house mouthpieces tell you. Spin it anyway you want, but when a team just cuts loose players like CUTLER & JEFFERY & others, they are starting that roster over. So, let’s help give them some more new blood… Read More »

QB PROSPECT throwing velocity 2017

Thanks to DAN SHONKA at Ourlads.com for providing the following info that appeared in their annual Draft Guide, which was mailed out last week to smart subscribers. It’s a list of throwing velocity from the top QB prospects. The throwing was done at the February COMBINE in Indy. I have also now included Wonderlic scorers as provided by… Read More »

BROWNS Mock Draft 2017

This is ny BROWNS team mock which appeared online two weeks ago in the Orange & Brown Report. I have made no changes to what appeared at that website. R1P1 MYLES GARRETT/ER TEXAS A&M 6’5/272 PPR#1 R1P12 MITCH TRUBISKY/QB UNC 6’2/222 PPR#10 R2P33 GAREON CONLEY/CB OHIO STATE 6’0/195 PPR#35 R2P52 DION DAWKINS/OG TEMPLE 6’4/315 PPR#50 R3P65 MARCUS MAYE/S… Read More »

VIKINGS 2017 Team Mock

Two years ago the VIKINGS roster had me thinking they were clearly gaining ground on the PACKERS in the NFC North. Coming off a mediocre 2016 season and losing some key pieces from that roster now has me thinking the team has some major holes to fill and needs an infusion of new young talent at multiple positions.… Read More »

TOP RANKED SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS 2017

I will doing one final Prospect Rankings revision this weekend. But I thought I would share with you (while I take a brief respite from Team Mocks) my top ranked small school guys as of today. Small school basically includes FCS, D-2 & 3 and a few other categories. For good measure, I have also included a couple… Read More »

BUCCANEERS 2017 Team Mock

Once the RAIDERS move to Vegas, Florida will lead the NFL with 3 franchises. But only one can currently be considered a Play-Off caliber club and that is the BUCS in Tampa Bay. QB JAMEIS WINSTON has quickly become the cornerstone of the franchise after the BUCS wisely chose him No. 1 overall two years ago. It is… Read More »

SAINTS 2017 Mock Draft

Went on the air over in Louisiana with former NFL WR BILLY RYCKMAN for his Tuesday radio show. I walked through a potential SAINTS Draft with him. Here is that Draft. Round1 Pick11 DEREK BARNETT/DE TENNESSEE 6’3/259 PPR#14 Kinda fun when a serious team need pretty much coincides with a player, or two, who happen to rank near… Read More »

PACKERS Mock Draft 2017

While I was in Wisconsin last week I stopped by the Sports Den in Wausau to talk Draft with Downtown Ollie Burrows. Being in the land of Green & Gold I just had to do a Packers Mock with him on the air. Here are my selections. Round1 Pick29 TRA’DAVIOUS WHITE/CB/RS LSU 5’11/191. PPR#29 Between injuries & VFA… Read More »

EAGLES Mock Draft 2017

More than a few folks believe a solid Draft could help put this team in a position to contend for an NFC East title run. I tend to agree. So here is my attempt to draft some very useful new blood. Round1 Pick14 MARSHON LATTIMORE/CB OHIO STATE 6’0/193 PPR#15 Luckily, filling a big need happens to play into… Read More »

STEELERS Mock Draft 2017

The GBN Report gets a lot of traffic from STEELERS fans, so at the risk of upsetting too many of them, here is my Draft projection for their beloved team. Round1 Pick30 OBI MELIFONWU/FS UCONN 6’4/224 PPR#38 A while back the STEELERS used their 1st Round Pick on an undersized, super active S, by the name of TROY.… Read More »

GIANTS MOCK DRAFT 2017

With deference to our Editor, let’s start off my Team Mocks with his favorite team the G-Men in NYC. I will expect a critique and alternate picks from him, in short order, after this is published. But for now… Round1,Pick23 HAASAN REDDICK/LB/TEMPLE 6’2/237 PPR#22 Once upon a time the GIANTS D was ruled by perennial Pro Bowl LB… Read More »

PROSPECT Rankings 2017 DRAFT

Lots of work to do between now and Draft so lets wrap this up and take my Prospect List out to my Top 200 players… 1) MYLES GARRETT OLB TEXAS A&M 6’5/272 2) LEONARD FOURNETTE RB LSU 6’0/240 3) JAMAL ADAMS SS LSU 6’0/214 4) SOLOMON THOMAS DE STANFORD 6’3/273 5) JOE MIXON RB OKLAHOMA 6’1/225 6) MALIK… Read More »

TIRE TREAD on RB Draft prospects

Sooner or later when you take your car into the garage for preventative maintenance the technician will look you square in the face when handing you back your keys, as well as presenting you with a bill for the damages, and say “You might be in need of new tires the next time around. Your tires are getting… Read More »