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Throughout most of the 2016 season, Paul Richardson was relegated to fourth wide receiver duty on the Seahawks behind Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and Jermaine Kearse. Add in the receiving prowess of Jimmy Graham, and he was at best an afterthought for much of the season. After Lockett was injured during Week 16, Richardson stepped
The Seattle Seahawks signed Eddie Lacy to a one-year deal worth up to $4.25 million in March, four years after he went one pick ahead of their selection in the 2013 draft. For this video, I tracked all of his carries from 2016 to determine the Green Bay Packers’ scheme and to figure out his
After a stellar career at Michigan, Taco Charlton entered the 2017 NFL Draft and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 28th overall pick. Charlton is a smooth athlete who has the length and size 4-3 defensive coordinators look for in a defensive end. His main issue is his inconsistent play on the field.
At Wisconsin, T.J. Watt started his career as a tight end, then moved to line backer before his 2015 season. Due to knee injuries, he did not get significant playing time until the 2016 season. In just one season starting, Watt proved he is an every down player and he can start day one for
Evan Engram was the nation’s leader in receiving yards for tight ends last season and earned First-Team All-American honors. At Ole Miss, Engram was consistently put in a position to succeed as a focal point in their scheme. In this video, I show how he used his speed and vertical receiving ability to be a
Malik McDowell is a freak athlete and has incredible burst off the line of scrimmage. The Michigan State defender has loose hips and has shown on tape that he has the potential to be a playmaker in the NFL. The main reason why he fell out of the first round was due to his poor
With the 14th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles picked Derek Barnett out of Tennessee. This edge defender was one of the most productive pass rushers in college since he started as a true freshman for the Volunteers. In three seasons, he totaled 33 sacks in the SEC just three sacks shy from
This offseason, Kyle Shanahan was hired as the San Francisco 49ers’ head coach after Jed York fired Chip Kelly. In his first draft with the 49ers, Shanahan and General Manager Jon Lynch picked C.J. Beathard (pronounced “Beh-third”) from Iowa in the third round. Beathard is one of the few quarterbacks in this draft that actually
In the third round, the Seattle Seahawks took Amara Darboh out of Michigan. Standing at 6’2 and 214 pounds, he was the Wolverine’s leading receiver in 2016. At Michigan, he improved each season getting better at route running and proved to be a very willing run blocker. His lack of quickness and his consistent use
Jonathan Allen was one of my favorite prospects in the NFL Draft. Getting picked by the Washington Redskins at 17, he was the steal on Thursday night. His hand usage is what makes him an elite prospect as very few prospects know how to use them as well as him coming out of school. While
The Cleveland Browns picked Myles Garrett first overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Garrett is an explosive athlete with the length and strength to be a dominant pass rushing threat in Gregg Williams’ defense. At Texas A&M, he frequently dealt with double teams as he is the type of pass rusher that teams have to
The NFL Draft is officially over and now it’s time to look at how the different players fit their new NFL teams. Ethan Pocic, a center the Seattle Seahawks drafted in the second round, was LSU’s most versatile player. Even though he played most of his college career at center (27 starts) , he also