The NFL scouting combine is the time of year that is crazy for some and gets the fans ready for the new year. Today some fun questions were asked, so here are the answers from the top guys themselves.
The Atlanta Falcons general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, highlights that he believes there are a lot of good pass rushers in this draft class. Atlanta should for sure be looking to bolster their defense since their offense has zero problems.
While it is hard to really see who will be at pick 31, I think that Tim Williams would be a great selection for the Falcons. Williams is a dynamic pass rusher off the edge and could help fill the void that Dimitroff was talking about.
The Falcons were ranked 28th in passing yards allowed per game and getting pressure on the QB is something extremely important in today’s game. Atlanta has found themselves a pro bowler on one side in Vic Beasley, but with an addition of another one opposite to him, could be lethal.
The Seahawks have a major priority- get offensive lineman. Seattle had major problems at times protecting Russell Wilson last year and his scrambling abilities will only get you so far. Sitting at pick 26, the Seahawks should be looking at possibly trying to move up to make sure they grab their guy.
Last year, the Hawks were ranked 27th in sacks allowed per game, sitting at an awful 2.7 per game. If they want to get back to the Super Bowl anytime soon, protecting their franchise QB is a must. Russell Wilson risks himself enough by running around, they don’t need to add risk factors of having terrible lineman.
Cleveland has been the laughing stock of the league now for awhile. They need help in so many areas but a report came out today that they are highly intrigued by the idea of taking quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the number one overall pick.
Today Hue Jackson was asked about Trubisky and seemed in a pretty good mood about him, mentioning that he likes that he is a little bit taller after Trubisky was measured a little over 6’2″.
In his junior year at the University of North Carolina, Trubisky threw for 3,748 yards and had an incredible touchdown to interception ratio of 30-6. Trubisky’s stock has climbed more and more throughout the year and rightfully so as he played phenomenally.
With only one full year under his belt, Mitch could be a risk and may have to be groomed. It will be interesting to see how Cleveland approaches the draft.
The 49ers are looking to add a quarterback as well, but because the Browns are one spot ahead of them, they will be depending on them a lot. New GM John Lynch was obviously impressed with his interview with Deshone Kizer saying that he blew the doors off.
Kizer is someone that seems to fall out of the conversation for top QB for some reason. Deshaun Watson stole the spotlight after winning the National Championship, and after a tremendous season by Trubisky, Kizer is the forgotten one.
Kizer shows a little more consistency than Trubisky, so for some, it might be an easier pick. Kizer threw for over 2,800 yards and also for over 450 rushing yards in both years he was a starter at Notre Dame. After the news of Kaepernick opting out of his contract and Blaine Gabbert being left at the top of the depth chart, getting a quarterback one way or another should be their only priority this offseason otherwise, they will be sitting back at a top 2 pick.