Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald Were Both Passed on by More Than 10 Teams

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Lesson to be learned: Don’t become preoccupied with your “needs” or your scheme

The Bills’ mistake in 2014 was magnified by the fact they could have stood pat with the No. 9 overall pick and still landed Odell Beckham Jr. or Aaron Donald, both of whom have become megastars. But while Buffalo misevaluated and overrated Watkins, several other teams with top-10 picks appear to have made the mistake of passing on Beckham and/or Donald (who were chosen 12th and 13th overall, respectively) because they weren’t great fits.

Just look at the Lions, who had Beckham and Donald available to them in the No. 10 spot but instead took tight end Eric Ebron. Wanna bet Detroit would have gone in a different direction if Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh weren’t already on the roster? Who needs Beckham when you’ve got  cheap nfl jerseys nike  Megatron? Who needs Donald when you’ve got Suh?

But Suh lasted just one more season in Detroit, while Johnson retired abruptly just a year after that. Meanwhile, Ebron was cut this offseason after a disappointing four-year run there. The Lions could really use a Donald or a Beckham right about now.

The Falcons sure could have used a player like Donald or Beckham the last few years, but at the time, they had just signed defensive linemen Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson to work with veterans Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters and Kroy Biermann up front, and Julio Jones and Roddy White remained the top two receivers. Plus, Atlanta’s offensive line was a mess in need of a stalwart offensive tackle. Ergo, they drafted raw, short-armed tackle Jake Matthews sixth overall, passing on Donald, Beckham and another elite receiver in Mike Evans.

Might the Browns have considered Beckham in the No. 9 spot? Not with the flashy young Josh Gordon coming off a season in which he led the league with 1,646 receiving yards in just 14 games! Instead, Cleveland took cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is no longer in the league. nike nfl jerseys for cheap

(You wonder if the Carolina Panthers or Cincinnati Bengals will soon feel the same way about passing on 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore (who went 11th to the New Orleans Saints) in order to address more dire needs with slow-starters Christian McCaffrey (eighth) and John Ross (ninth), respectively.)

Of course, it’s also possible the Falcons and Browns passed on Donald because Cleveland ran a 3-4 defense and Atlanta was in the process of transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4. The 6’1″ Donald was arguably better-suited for a 4-3 defense, and he had been almost exclusively linked to teams with 4-3 defenses ahead of the draft. nfl jerseys nike cheap

If the guy is good enough, you adapt your scheme to him. And if he’s truly exceptional, he’ll dominate regardless of scheme. cheap nike nfl jerseys china

The Rams drafted Donald and he excelled immediately as a 4-3 defensive tackle. But when Los Angeles made the switch to a 3-4 in 2017, the four-time Pro Bowler had his best season yet while earning his first Defensive Player of the Year award.

NFC West

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Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals may be the NFL’s worst team next season even though they still have Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson and David Johnson (when fully healthy). Between a new head coach in Steve Wilks, Sam Bradford’s ailing knee, an unsettled offensive front and Tyrann Mathieu’s departure, they have no shortage of concerns to address. This is a team in transition, and it’ll take some time to rebuild after losing former head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer to retirement. Unfortunately, the Cardinals also face schedule issues since they travel to San Francisco and Minnesota in Weeks 5 and 6 before returning home to play the Broncos on Thursday Night Football.

Prediction: 3-13

Los Angeles Rams

The rich got richer in Los Angeles with the Rams’ addition of Aqib Talib, Brandin Cooks,cheap nfl jerseys nike  Marcus Peters and Ndamukong Suh. General manager Les Snead realized championship windows are short-lived, and last year’s 11-5 campaign opened the Rams’ window of opportunity. cheap nike nfl jerseys china Los Angeles is arguably the NFL’s most talented team on paper, as it touts difference-makers at every position. The Rams now operate on a Super Bowl standard after so many years of substandard play. A Week 15 meeting with the Eagles could serve as the NFC’s changing of the guard.

Prediction: 13-3

San Francisco 49ers

A five-game winning streak to end the previous season nike nfl jerseys for cheap would have any team excited, but the 49ers must be especially exuberant this offseason since they now have their franchise quarterback signed to a long-term deal. While San Francisco’s roster still has holes, Jimmy Garoppolo’s presence in the lineup makes everything else better. Garoppolo vs. Goff to end the season will be a treat as long as the 49ers or Rams aren’t sitting the starters. San Francisco’s additions of Richard Sherman, Weston Richburg and Jerick McKinnon are just icing on the cake, as all three are talented and fit well in the team’s schemes.

Prediction: 9-7

Seattle Seahawks

Nothing lasts forever, and the Seahawks are finally feeling the effects of long-term success with an aging and nfl jerseys nike cheap  crumbling roster. Seattle doesn’t just need to replace stalwarts like Sherman—who returns to Seattle in Week 15 as a member of the 49ers—Michael Bennett and Kam Chancellor; a philosophical change is necessary, too. The spotlight now shifts to Russell Wilson and the offense even though the unit still lacks a cohesive offensive line, a reliable lead back and a true outside-the-numbers threat at wide receiver.

Nick Nelson, Cornerback

It just wouldn’t feel like draft season without a cornerback suffering a major injury.
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In 2017, Sidney Jones’ draft stock looked like Ozzie Smith in the Springfield Mystery Spot. He was ranked by Mike Mayock as the draft’s top cornerback prior to the Washington Huskies’ Pro Day. That’s when he tore his Achilles, erasing his chances of being a first-round pick.

Jones fell to the middle of the second round. Now Wisconsin’s Nick Nelson could also take a tumble after tearing his meniscus during a private workout with a team.

His fall likely won’t be as crushing as the one Jones had to endure because Nelson has a shot at recovering in time for training camp. He might have to wait until early in Day 3 to know his future place of employment, which is where Nelson is projected by695747f93f92ae34a6471afe71a5c760_crop_exact draft analyst Lance Zier best nfl jerseys lein.

Nelson didn’t record an interception during his collegiate career, but he was still around the ball often while notching 41 passes defensed, most of which (21) came in 2017.

The tale of Frank Ragnow is another case where a team could benefit from a discount, but a high-end prospect’s bank account will take a roundhouse kick.

Ragnow was chugging toward first-round consideration before suffering the always-dreaded high-ankle sprain midway through the 2017 season, his final one with the Arkansas Razorbacks. That kept him sidelined for a good chunk of the regular season, and worse, he missed the Senior Bowl and scouting combine too.nfl jersey for cheap

That stings, and it could give NFL teams a bit of hesitancy many won’t be able to shake during the first round. However, Ragnow did his best to make teams forget by finally taking the field during Arkansas’ pro day and being his normal impressively athletic self.
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Ragnow, who weighs 312 pounds and stands 6’5″, set personal bests in the vertical jump (33.5 inches) and broad jump (nine feet, seven inches), and both of those results would have ranked second among offensive linemen at the combine.nfl jerseys cheap authentic

Most importantly, Ragnow showed his ankle has mended well in the months since the injury, and now he can get back to being one of the most dominant centers in the 2018 draft.

Billy Price, Center

The combine ended quickly for Ohio State center Billy Price—almost in tragic fashion.

He suffered an injury on just his third rep of the bench press. Initial reports were ominous and hinted strongly at an issue that could torpedo Price’s draft value. The first scary words came from NFL Network’s Albert Breer, who reported a torn pectoral was a possibility.nfl authentic jerseys

That would have sunk Price’s chances of being a first-round pick, a round usually reserved for players who have the potential to make a significant first-year contribution.best nfl jerseys

Thankfully, it was later revealed Price suffered only a partial tear, according to dam Schefter. That’s still damaging heading into the draft for a player now likely to miss out on valuable early development time at OTAs.
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But as Schefter also noted, Price expects to be healthy for training camp, which is one major bullet dodged.

His outlook could still take a minor blow, which is what happened to cornerback Fabian Moreau after he suffered a similar injury prior to the 2017 draft. His fall was finally stopped by the Washington Redskins at No. 81.nfl jersey wholesale

So Price might still lose some money, but here’s the cold, ghoulish way to look at his injury through the lens of an NFL front office: A team could benefit from it when one of the draft’s best centers falls.

Back in early February, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller projected the Buffalo Bills at No. 21 as Price’s future NFL home. Then one month prior to the draft Price fell to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 30 in Miller’s latest mock.nfl jersey for cheap

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