Rosenblatt NJ.com: Who will Giants’ Joe Judge hire to fill out his coaching staff? This is what he’s looking for, and top candidates that make sense
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Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports)
1/10/20, 11:21 AM
John Mara tells & #8294;& #8234;@MandMWFAN& #8236;& #8297; that even with a lot of cap space, #NYG will emphasize building through the draft.
It continues to be hard to believe that NYG traded a third-round pick, 68th overall, for pending free agent Leonard Williams
Lombardo NJ.com: Joe Judge has vision for Giants, but what will Dave Gettleman’s role be in making it a reality? Does GM still have final say?
Giants Videos (@SNYGiants)
1/9/20, 2:43 PM
Dave Gettleman: "People say it's a passing league, I get that...but the the top four teams were not in the playoffs, the top four rushing teams were in the playoffs"
Seth Walder (@SethWalder)
1/9/20, 3:18 PM
This is an NFL general manager demonstrating an extraordinary lack of understanding of basic football statistics
Carl Banks (@CarlBanksGIII)
1/9/20, 11:55 PM
It appears you lack of a basic understanding of basic football.. you Analytics told you who should've been in the playoffs. Real football tells us who is actually in the playoffs. And they are NOT the 4 top passing teams. Are you watching?
Dunleavy NYP: Joe Judge Giants contract details emerge: Five years, over $5 million per season
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“Judge made a strong impression on the Giants’ brass, leading owner John Mara to call him ‘the most impressive candidate I’ve interviewed,’ what about his personality gets players to buy in?
It was no surprise to me that Judge interviewed well, he’s a very engaging speaker. When Judge talks, people listen.
There was always a confidence to him in New England, and I think reflected in his players. Judge’s special teams were rarely afraid to take risks, and more often than not, they paid off.”
Politi NJ.com: Joe Judge sounds like a young Tom Coughlin: Will that style fly for the Giants in 2020?
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Joyce NYP: Joe Judge won over Giants like he did HS teammates: ‘Rare breed’
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Sullivan Boston Globe: Bill Belichick gave Joe Judge one piece of advice about coaching the Giants
“Bill Belichick is a New England football institution, the builder of the greatest NFL dynasty of his generation, the widely regarded genius at the top of his profession. He is as ensconced in his job coaching the Patriots as anyone in the profession can ever be.
And still, the Giants fans dream. They dream about Belichick walking away from Foxborough to make a triumphant return to his football roots, they dream of him resurrecting a once-great franchise with a defense reminiscent of those late, great 1980s teams he helped build alongside Bill Parcells, they dream he will ride to the rescue after two consecutive disastrous head coaches and put an entirely new exclamation point on his own surefire Hall of Fame career.
But let’s be real: Bill Belichick was never coming to the Giants, and not simply because, as co-owner John Mara told me Thursday, “Bill’s under contract.” What Belichick has built in New England is so amazing, so rare, and so special that you don’t walk away from it that easily.
Instead, the Giants went for the next best thing.
Meet Joe Judge, former Patriots special teams coordinator, former Belichick protégé, onetime assistant to Belichick bestie Nick Saban, and now, the 19th head coach in New York Giants history. The surprise winner of a search that appeared to be zigging straight for Matt Rhule before zagging to the little-known 38-year-old Patriot assistant who also coached the team’s wide receivers and who blew the Giants’ brain trust away during Monday’s daylong meetings, Judge officially introduced himself to the football world Thursday.
And of all the things he said, so many of which echoed the lessons we’ve heard Belichick repeat for two decades in New England, perhaps the most important was the promise to adhere to the one piece of advice Belichick gave him about taking this job: Don’t try to be me.
“I’m going to be honest with you, the only advice I sought from him for this opportunity, he told me to just be yourself, and that’s all I know how to be,” Judge said at an introductory press conference at MetLife Stadium, the building shared by the Giants and Jets. “I think one of the things people ask me a lot is, ‘You’ve worked for Coach Saban, Coach Belichick, what makes you different?’ Look, I’m myself. I’m going to be myself every time.”
The NFL is littered with coaches quickly exposed for insincerity or imitation, rife with short-lived coaching careers lost in a haze of false bravado or pretend credentials. Matt Patricia, hanging on by the laces of a football in Detroit, has tried too hard to be like Belichick, rankling players who aren’t quite as inclined to respect his demands and inflexibility when he doesn’t have those six Super Bowl trophies to back it up. Josh McDaniels’s Denver career was similarly beset by rancor among the rank and file, eventually leading him to return to running the Patriots’ offense. When (or if?) McDaniels finally settles on his next head coaching opportunity (he never did get a chance to complete a scheduled interview with the Giants but remains in the mix in Cleveland), he’d be wise to heed the words Judge said Thursday.
“If I’m anything else, everyone is going to see straight through it. And if you lie to the team, you’re going to lose the team immediately,” Judge said. “So I’m always going to be myself, and that’s a little bit different than other people, and that’s fine. I’m not trying to emulate anyone I’ve ever worked for. I’m trying to take what I’ve learned from them, and match it with my own belief structure and do it in my own personality.”
But don’t be surprised to see a personality made up of plenty of parts Belichick and plenty of parts Saban. So much of what he sold about himself was Belichickian — finding tough players who relish tough practices, coaching teams that will be prepared, being demanding of players’ best effort, setting high standards, finding coaches who are teachers — but perhaps the most Bill-like thing of all was the importance of coaching to a player’s particular skills. You don’t have to fit my system; I’ll fit it to you.
“What I learned from Coach Belichick was real simple. Be flexible within your personnel. Don’t try to shove round pegs into square holes,” Judge said. “Figure out what you have. Let them play to their strengths. Don’t sit in a meeting room and tell me what you don’t have in a player. Don’t tell me they can’t do a certain thing. Tell me what they can do and then we’ll figure out as coaches, because that’s our job, how we can use that. That’s our responsibility. Everybody has something they can do. How many castoffs do you see around the league coming from another team and they say, ‘Wow, how did they get that out of him?’ Maybe they just weren’t closing their eyes to what they could do.”
It was music to those Mara ears. Mara called it the best coaching interview he’d ever done. And given the Giants’ ineptitude the past few years, he has plenty of experience.
No wonder he turned to one of the football voices he most respects for help this time. Mara has remained friendly with Belichick since Belichick designed Super Bowl-winning defenses around Lawrence Taylor in 1986 and 1990, and reached out multiple times for feedback.
“The more I spoke to him the more excited I got about Joe Judge,” Mara said. “I have a lot of respect for Bill. We have a good relationship and he doesn’t have bad coaches on his staff. I think he has said publicly Joe is one of the best coaches he’s ever had.”
The student is about to become his own master.
Toward the end of the interview session Thursday, Judge was asked about the Patriots’ playoff loss, and in particular, why they didn’t have a player back to field a late punt, a decision that cost the Patriots valuable field position.
“I’m not going to get into any specific decisions on schematics. I can assure you this was in discussions we had before the game and we did what we thought gave our team the best opportunity to win,” he said.
Who does that sound like? Could have been Bill, but it was Judge. If the new coach can find his own voice in Belichick’s image, never mind Belichick’s coaching roots, his coaching tree might finally blossom, too.”
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“Judge’s strength is in his command; he has the ability to lead and be the one at the front of the room. And if you don’t believe me, you can trust Bill Belichick on that. His actions over the last five years demonstrate how he feels on Judge.
• In 2015, Belichick elevated Judge to special teams coordinator—the first time he’d entrusted that area, one he sees as vital, to a young guy during his time in New England. Belichick inherited Brad Seely, who had a decade of prior experience as an NFL special teams coordinator, when he got to New England in 2000. When he lost Seely after 2008, Belichick replaced him with Scotty O’Brien, who’d been his special teams coach in Cleveland.
• Belichick added receivers coach to Judge’s responsibilities in 2019 as a clear effort to help get him in the head-coaching conversation, similar to what Andy Reid did for John Harbaugh 12 years earlier. Before the 2007 season, Reid made Harbaugh, his special teams coordinator for eight years, his defensive backs coach. That caused other teams to view Harbaugh differently, and he got the Baltimore job the next year. It’s easy to look at it now and see how this one played out similarly, and it’s a sign of the belief Belichick had that Judge was ready for his shot.
• This all seemed to happen fast, right? That’s because it had to. After Baylor’s Matt Rhule accepted the Panthers job, the Giants had a decision to make. Mississippi State was pursuing Judge, and there was an emotional attachment there, because Judge and his wife are both alums. So Judge needed clarity on where the Giants stood so he could make a decision on whether or not to return to his alma mater. Ultimately, Judge became the clear choice with Rhule out of the picture, and the Giants moved fast.
Those that know Judge aren’t stunned that he interviewed well on Monday, just hours before all this went down. His presence is his strength, and it was obvious that would show up in an interview setting.
• Are his coordinator hires important? Definitively, yes. But you can say the same about most new head coaches. Two of the guys still alive in the playoffs, Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel and Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur, only called plays for one year before becoming head coaches. Another, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, was never a coordinator before getting his first head-coaching shot. Both coaches in the college football national championship, LSU’s Ed Orgeron and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, were just position coaches before becoming head coaches. Bottom line, play-calling is a very small part of being a head coach, and there’s very little correlation between a candidate’s play-calling ability and making a strong hire.
• Finally, Judge’s disposition lines up with GM Dave Gettleman’s history with coaches, and the Giants’ history with coaches. In Carolina, Gettleman won with Ron Rivera—a front-of-the-room leader more than a schemer—and Rivera delegated the defensive strategy to Sean McDermott during his first six years in Carolina. Before that, Gettleman worked with Tom Coughlin in New York—Coughlin was the Giants’ wide receivers coach before getting head coaching jobs at Boston College, then the Jaguars and the Giants.
The Giants’ other home-run hire at that position over the last half-century was Bill Parcells, who had only been a coordinator for two seasons before being promoted to head coach. Also, he delegated a lot of the defensive responsibility during his eight years in charge there to … Belichick. So it’s not hard to see why Judge was walking into a place that would be very open to his candidacy as a non-obvious choice.
This all, of course, guarantees nothing. But it should illustrate why the Giants felt comfortable giving him a chance. And why the fit there is better than you might think.”
Battista NFL.com: Why the Giants bet on Judge
“According to a person with knowledge of the interview process, Judge lined up perfectly with what the Giants were looking for with this hire, with an emphasis on team-building and leadership. His presentation was as impressive as any that the people in the room -- including owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman -- had seen. With the Giants clearly needing a coach who could command a room and create a culture for an NFL flagship franchise that has gone adrift, Judge set such a high bar in his interview that anybody else the Giants talked to -- including Matt Rhule -- was going to have to top him, the person said. Still, Rhule, a former member of Tom Coughlin's Giants staff attracting plenty of buzz with his strong performance at Baylor, was viewed as the front-runner for the job. He chose not to even interview with the Giants before accepting Carolina's seven-year, $62 million deal on Tuesday. The Giants declined to meet those terms -- can't blame them -- and turned to Judge.”
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Gary Myers (@GaryMyersNY)
1/10/20, 11:42 AM
John Mara just said on & #8294;& #8234;@WFAN660& #8236;& #8297; that he met for long time with Eli Manning after season and is open to having him return as backup (pending Joe Judge’s approval) or taking a position in organization. Mara would like to meet again with Eli, who he said is undecided on future
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Adam Caplan (@caplannfl)
1/9/20, 4:49 PM
Not in Slayton's case...will need to get stronger physically, but teams that I've spoken to that have played them raved about him
Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL)
1/9/20, 4:50 PM
Good inside inside from Adam here that doesn't shock me re: teams that have matched up against Darius Slayton rave about him.
Based on what I've seen from countless hours watching All22, his upside is not WR2. His upside is WR1. Straight up. Very confident in that.
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Brooks NFL.com: Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include:
-- How Joe Judge's hiring could change the annual coaching carousel.
-- Why so many teams misjudged DK Metcalf -- and the effect this will have on scouting.
But first, what Bill Belichick should do with Tom Brady to keep the Patriots contending
“1) How Joe Judge could significantly impact future coaching searches. I don't know if Joe Judge will bring a Super Bowl title to New York, but I hope that he wins enough with the Giants to prompt more owners and general managers to view special teams coaches as viable head coach candidates. Although John Harbaugh's continued success with the Baltimore Ravens -- including the team's impressive metamorphosis over the last couple years, with Lamar Jackson now directing an innovative offensive attack -- has put special teams coaches on the map, the fate of Judge could have a bigger impact on how kicking game coordinators are viewed in hiring circles.
I know that's a lot to put on a 38-year-old possessing a resume that's heavy with special teams experience, but he could be better positioned to succeed as a team leader than any other first-time head coach in recent history.
Let me explain.
The special teams coordinator is the only coach who interacts with offensive and defensive players, and he is also tasked with managing the entire coaching staff during certain periods on a daily basis. Special teams coordinators must assemble their kicking units with players from both sides of the ball, and they have to teach a variety of football skills that might be unfamiliar and uncomfortable for the majority of their personnel. For instance, many wide receivers and running backs placed on kickoff and punt-coverage teams must learn how to take proper pursuit angles and make open-field tackles after spending the majority of their high school and collegiate careers playing with the ball in their hands. In addition, special teams coordinators must delegate responsibilities to position coaches during special teams periods to ensure every player gets the proper instruction on the field. For example, defensive back coaches will work with the "vice" team to master the techniques needed to hold up the gunners on punt returns. Meanwhile, running backs coaches or wide receivers coaches will tutor the returners on how to field punts and deliver explosive plays in the return game.
Considering how head coaches must always delegate and assign responsibilities to their assistants, a special teams coordinator's experience prepares him well for the ultimate leadership role in the big chair.
"We meet with 80 percent of the team every day," an NFC special teams coordinator told me. "We know the roster better than any other coach on staff besides the head coach. We also have to motivate, teach and encourage players who don't really want to play on the kicking units, and we have to get them to play at a high level."
At a time when player development and deployment are critical parts of team-building plans, special teams coordinators are uniquely qualified to handle the responsibilities associated with the head-coaching role, particularly with the game-management experience that enhances their resumes.
"We bring the message every day to the team," an AFC special teams coordinator told me. "We are the offensive coordinator (return game), defensive coordinator (coverage teams) and a situational specialist. We also work with the head coach on game management.
"Special teams coaches touch every phase of the game. That's why we are better prepared to be head coaches than other coaches."
Special teams coaches are essentially a step below the head coach when you really assess their responsibilities. They are masters of personnel management and staff organization, and they also bring situational mastery to the table. That's more than most offensive and defensive coordinators can offer as first-time head coaches, and this is why more teams should explore the special teams coach market when looking for qualified candidates during the hiring cycle.
With Harbaugh building a monster in Baltimore -- due to his adaptability, flexibility and superb management skills -- and Judge getting an opportunity to rebuild one of the NFL's blue-blood franchises, special teams could become the new breeding ground for head-coaching candidates in the very near future.”
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“DI Leonard Williams, New York Giants
No player had a bigger deference between his pressure rate rank and sack rate rank than Williams, who split the year between the Giants and the New York Jets prior to his trade. Among 87 interior defenders with 200 or more pass-rushing snaps, Williams ranked 13th in pressure rate at 11.3% but his one sack in 424 pass-rushing snaps put him near the bottom of the list in sack rate. On the other hand, Williams led the position with 19 quarterback hits. A few fractions of a second faster on several of those plays and that sack total looks a whole lot more respectable.
Considering the draft capital that the Giants gave up acquiring Williams, it seems likely that they’ll retain him moving forward. He’s always been a better run defender than a pass-rusher, but he’s certainly better in the passing game than the one sack he was able to produce in 2019. Now the Giants just need to figure out how to balance all the young talent they have at interior defensive line if they re-sign Williams.”
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Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
1/10/20, 11:42 AM
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Williams Cleveland Plain Dealer: NFL Draft 2020: Breaking down the top tackles who could help the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 10 -- Film Review
“Let’s kick off “Tackle Week” by taking a closer look at four tackles in the 2020 draft that the Browns should consider at No. 10
Andrew Thomas, 6-5, 320 pounds, Georgia, junior
Before we dive into Thomas’ physical attributes, understand what his longevity on Georgia’s offensive line produced. As a true freshman in 2017, he started at right tackle and earned Freshman All-American honors. In 2018 he moved to left tackle and remained there through his junior season, earning consecutive All-America and All-SEC awards.
This year, Georgia ranked within the top five in fewest sacks allowed. Running back D’Andre Swift ran for 1,200-plus yards, averaging 6 yards per carry. With Thomas anchoring the left side, Swift generated per-touch averages comparable to both Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Buckeyes back J.K. Dobbins.
Thomas looks the part in every way. At 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, he has the size coaches covet. Athletically, he thrives as a run blocker. He explodes off the ball and moves defenders back with explosive starts and imposing size. As a pass blocker, he tends to be aggressive and attack first, but is susceptible to quicker edge rushers.
Pro Football Focus rated Thomas as an 82.2 overall pass blocker and 91.2 in the run game.
Let’s take a look at a few plays that highlight what will likely make Thomas a top-10 pick.
Here, Thomas shows the football IQ, attention to detail and lateral quickness needed to play tackle in the NFL. Facing a third-and-6, Thomas (71) engages Notre Dame’s right end, but the Irish have a stunt called, meaning the end and inside tackle swap gaps. Thomas maintains his assignment, picks up the twist and helps Georgia pick up a first down.
Williams Cleveland Plain Dealer: NFL Draft 2020: Tackles who could be in the mix for the Cleveland Browns at No. 10 or later -- Film Review
Against Arkansas, Thomas shows his dominance as a run blocker on the Bulldogs’ first touchdown. With Georgia needing 3 yards, Thomas moves the left side of the line and creates a void large enough for two running backs to slide through.
Through sheer power, he meets his running back in the end zone and finishes his block to the end.
Tristan Wirfs, 6-5, 322 pounds, Iowa, junior
Unlike Thomas, Wirfs doesn’t project as a “plug-and-play” option at left tackle in the NFL -- largely because at Iowa, he played right tackle.
In today’s NFL, the importance of having your most talented lineman play left tackle has diminished. Playoff-caliber defenses tend to deploy more than just one pass rusher, so protecting both ends is equally important. For example, the Raiders made right tackle Trent Brown the highest-paid lineman in football last season.
If Thomas is off the board -- which he very well could be considering Washington (No. 2) and the Giants (No. 4) both need tackles, in addition to the Chargers, Dolphins and Cardinals -- Wirfs’ sweet spot could be right around the 10th pick.
Wirfs is a Midwestern kid, born and raised. He is from Iowa, played there, and would likely resonate with Northeast Ohio. His game merits a top-10 selection, proven by his Big Ten offensive lineman of the year award this season. If that isn’t enough, consider he holds the Hawkeye program record for hang cleans (four reps of 450 pounds).
What makes Wirfs such an intriguing prospect is his athleticism and the potential his genetic gifts offer. In high school, Wirfs was the first Iowa athlete to win both shot put and discus titles in consecutive years. He was also the first to win three straight discus titles.
Also a state champion wrestler, he has a vertical jump of 35 inches, and that mark would be the second-highest jump by an offensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine in the past seven years. Pro Football Focus rated Wirfs as a 83.5 overall pass blocker and 82.4 as a run blocker.
Let’s look at a few plays that highlight what will likely make Wirfs a top-15 pick.
In this first clip, Wirfs’ mean streak is on full display. Playing in the trenches comes down to attitude and willpower. Wirfs consistently shows that drive and fire to finish blocks and move piles. Above, Iowa faces a second-and-short. Wirfs (74) moves his defender completely off the ball at the snap. He carries him downfield and creates impressive movement that will translate at the next level.
Unfortunately for Iowa, its left side of the line gets beat and this run goes for a loss despite Wirfs popping off the screen.
Here Wirfs displays what his natural gifts provide in pass protection. Despite being pushed back at the initial point of attack, Wirfs regains his footing and holds his ground against a Wisconsin bull-rushing end. Once he re-engages, Wirfs stands firm and finishes a punishing pancake block by fully extending his arms and driving through his hips.
Jedrick Wills, 6-5, 320 pounds, Alabama, junior
Wills may not have been the best tackle on his team, as left tackle Alex Leatherwood features characteristics of a franchise-changing prospect, but that doesn’t mean Wills won’t go on to have a successful NFL career.
With Leatherwood announcing his return to Tuscaloosa last week, Wills is the top Crimson Tide offensive lineman available. Alabama finished third in sacks allowed, and running back Najee Harris ranked in the top 25 for rushing yards behind Wills at right tackle.
Like Wirfs, Wills’ future as a left tackle is unclear, but he improved upon his 2018 season by dominating the right side of Alabama’s line. He bulldozed defenders with his overpowering size and strength. According to Pro Football Focus, Wills grades as a 90.5 overall run blocker and is a 75 grade in pass protection.
Over two seasons on the right side, Wills earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press, Sporting News and Walter Camp, on top of All-SEC honors. His ability to create leverage using angles in the run game helped Wills clean up offseason awards and clear holes for Harris.
In a time when it is commonplace for potential high draft picks to skip their bowl games, Wills helped the Crimson Tide beat Michigan 35-16 in the Citrus Bowl. He told SI.com there was no doubt he would play.
“I feel like no matter what I was going to play,” Wills said. “If I had the opportunity to leave or if I didn’t. If I was a, like, first-round draft pick or if I was a fifth-round draft pick. No matter where I was standing or if I had the opportunity to leave I would still play just because, you know, just to be there for my brothers. Play for the last time in the Alabama uniform.”
Let’s look at a few plays that highlight what will likely make Wills a top-15 pick.
Wilks (74) shows signs that he’s the best pass-blocking prospect available. Against South Carolina, he serves as a wall on the Tide’s right side that no Gamecock could penetrate. His combination of lower body strength, strong punching and understanding of technique are on display below.
Though he played right tackle, Tagovailoa is a lefty, so Wills protected his blind side. Often coach Nick Saban trusted Wills on an island versus the SEC’s top pass rushers. Wills probably is the most NFL-ready prospect available in terms of pass protection.
Austin Jackson, 6-6, 310 pounds, USC, junior
Jackson has not declared for the draft yet. Players have until Jan. 20 to do so. His case is puzzling. His slightly leaner build suggests he’s not a finished product. Last offseason, he donated bone marrow to his sister, which kept him out of USC’s summer strength and conditioning programs.
For the same reason, he also was limited in training camp. But that didn’t stop Jackson from earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors. Still, his physical attributes will likely make a front office look past his limited 2018 offseason. Perhaps plugging Jackson into an NFL strength and conditioning plan could be what unlocks his potential.
What stands out about Jackson is his length. His arms are long and he features NBA-caliber height. Take a smooth, fluid approach that combined the flexibility and agility typically reserved for smaller players, and it’s easy to see why Jackson should have a long NFL career.
In the Holiday Bowl, which USC lost 49-24, Jackson struggled against Iowa edge rusher A.J. Epenesa. Jackson picked a poor time to disappoint, but again, his physical traits could be enough for a GM to overlook a lousy bowl game against a premier pass rusher in Epenesa.
Let’s look at a few plays that highlight what will likely make Jackson a top-15 pick.
Quickness is one of Jackson’s brightest attributes. He can handle twitchy pass rushers by keeping his feet, moving his hands and reacting to a spin or other evasive moves thrown at him. Against Utah, Jackson (73) is at left tackle and facing a one-on-one with a defensive end.
At the snap, the Utah defender tries putting Jackson through a spin cycle, but he shows great discipline by not overpunching. Instead, he keeps his target in front of him. After the spin move, Jackson is there waiting and puts the clamps on. This is an impressive sequence on a third-and-4 at midfield against a creative pass rusher.
Jackson struggled against Iowa, but here he got the better of Epenesa (who is also a projected first-round pick) by using his quick hands. Epenesa lines up at defensive end at the top of the screen, tries shooting his hands fast. But Jackson’s quick reflexes shoot his gloves down, and momentum drives Epensa into the turf.”
Williams Cleveland Plain Dealer: NFL Draft 2020: Tackles who could be in the mix for the Cleveland Browns at No. 10 or later -- Film Review
“Therefore, in the second installment of “Tackle Week,” let’s examine three other tackles who could spark consideration by the Browns at No. 10. As mentioned on Monday, this class is loaded with offensive tackle talent. It is a deep draft and four tackles could go before pick 10.
It’s unlikely, but if four tackles are selected that early, Cleveland may be in a position where the Browns must reach -- not a sound strategy. But sometimes a position is in such dire need that reaching is necessary.
To account for both scenarios, let’s take a look at three other tackles who deserve consideration for a Day 1 selection.
Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn, OT, Senior, 6-5, 305 pounds
One thing that stands out about Wanogho was he only earned second-team All-SEC honors, which should be a red flag when discussing him as a first-round talent. But once you realize Alabama’s Jedrick Wills and Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas were the first-team tackles, it makes more sense.
Another knock on the fifth-year senior is how new he is to football. He didn’t start playing organized football until high school, which is fine, but when viewing his tape, it becomes clear he is still learning how to play the position.
The reason football is so new to him? He was first a hooper growing up. Which is exactly why he is such an exciting prospect. Again, when watching him play, his basketball background is obvious. His feet are quick and his frame is solid, and he is comfortable in pass protection because he moves his feet like he’s defending someone on the 3-point line.
He’s better in pass pro than he is as a run blocker. Auburn was tied for 18th in sacks allowed this season. But he needs to gain some lower-body strength and start generating more explosive run-blocking habits. He has the length to engage defenders, but doesn’t move bodies well.
Is he an upside pick and not a home run Week 1 starter? Probably, but if a few early growing pains are worth possibly landing the eventual best tackle in the draft, then it would be worth it.
Pro Football Focus rated Wanogho a 75.1 pass blocker and a 90.6 run blocker.
Let’s look at a few plays that highlight what could make Wanogho a Day 1 selection.
In these back-to-back pass plays from Auburn vs. LSU, Wanogho (76) displays several attributes that should get Browns fans excited. First, on a second-and-8 pass, his footwork into passing sets is smooth. He’s fluid and sets a perfect pocket for his quarterback. Then when he engages his defender, he battles him briefly before wisely chucking him down with an inside throw technique.
His fast hands and overall grip strength are on complete display. Next, his speed shows up on a third-down pass play when the same LSU defender tries to beat him outside, which he sort of does. But the defender takes such a wide angle that Wanogho essentially rides him completely out of the play.
In the same game, Wanogho helped spring this long run by manhandling his assignment. He doesn’t drive him into the ground or push him back all that far, but Wanogho again grabs on and makes it impossible for the LSU defender to escape his grasp. His long arms keep a perfect distance and allow his running back options inside the hole.
Mekhi Becton – Louisville, OT, Junior, 6-7, 369 pounds
On the offensive line, bigger tends to be better. But when it comes to Mekhi Becton, he may be a bit too big. At nearly 370 pounds, he is probably carrying some weight he doesn’t need. It is easy to say getting Becton on an NFL training program will get him in shape, but sometimes weight is just a problem some prospects have an issue managing regardless of what training is available.
Outside of his weight concerns, any other red flags are just nitpicking. On tape, he appears fluid and smooth. His size dominates often, both in pass protection and in the run game. He’s a punishing run blocker and has the foot speed to keep edge rushers in front of him.
What makes Becton so intriguing is his uncommon combination of overpowering size and fast feet. He moves defenders with ease and sometimes even makes his matchups look unfair.
Coming into this season, Becton was being overlooked, but after an impressive junior season, he sounds like a prospect with the potential to have a long NFL career.
Let’s look at a play that highlights what could make Becton a Day 1 selection.
In this first clip, Becton doesn’t do much to showcase his pass protection skills against Notre Dame on a second-and-long snap in the second quarter. But that is the point. Watch and notice how sound his fundamentals are, plus his ability to set an edge. Despite no early threat, Becton remains on his assignment, keeping his arm on his left guard’s shoulder before noticing a late rusher.
When the Irish defender reaches Becton, he has no interest in actually challenging him. Instead, Becton punches him once, opens his hips beautifully and as a result, the defender retreats.
Lucas Niang, TCU, OT, Senior, 6-7, 328 pounds
In 28 career starts at TCU, Niang didn’t allow a sack. Considering how pass-happy the Big 12 is, that is impressive. But a torn hip labrum forced Niang to miss the second half of his senior season, perhaps putting an asterisk on his “no sacks allowed” label.
Niang had surgery in late October and needed about four months to make a full recovery. Drafting a guy in the first round with an ongoing injury isn’t common. But Niang could overcome his health concerns by draft day and end up as a first-round selection.
As a junior, he was named a Big 12 second-teamer by the media, but Pro Football Focus placed Niang on its first team All-Big 12 roster and graded him as the highest offensive lineman in the Big 12.
Niang played right tackle, which could hurt his stock as a future left tackle in the NFL. But prospects Tristan Wirfs and Wills are right tackles as well, and both are forecast to be drafted high in 2020.
On tape, Niang moves with mobility and flexibility. He projects as a nice run blocker in a zone running scheme -- not that he can’t work in other systems, but zone-blocking fits his skill set best. Reaching the second level and honing in on smaller defenders will be an issue for him early in his career, but his physical traits and dominant pass blocking put Niang as a rather safe selection, assuming health.
Let’s look at a few plays that highlight what could make Niang a Day 1 selection.
In this three-play sequence, Niang shows how reliable he is blocking in space. His feet appear twitchy and he tends to attack defenders first, which is a credit to his length. However, he doesn’t open his hips or twist with much flexibility. This could have something to do with his later injury, but if it doesn’t then it could be an issue.
As a run blocker, Niang pushes defenders with grit and leg power needed to move NFL bodies. On this play, he locks onto Purdue’s left end and takes him for a 10-yard ride. What is most impressive is how well-poised he appears when driving his man back. He never overextends, and his shoulders don’t lean over his hips until the very end of the run.”
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Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky)
1/6/20, 10:31 AM
Was told one of the big reasons the Cowboys liked McCarthy was they felt he regularly beat them with what they thought was inferior talent. In short, they thought he outcoached them
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Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL)
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Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein)
Packers signed two reserve/future free agents: WR Reggie Begelton and FB Elijah Wellman. Begelton (6-0, 200) played in Canada and caught 102 passes for 1,444 yards and 10 TDs in '19. Wellman was out of football this fall. He played at WVU. Neither is eligible for playoffs
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Wells ESPN Indianapolis: Colts GM Chris Ballard vows to build a deeper roster in 2020
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Reid Florida Times Union: Jaguars offseason: Position-by-Position salary cap breakdown
“Analysis: Edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue, who has racked up 37.5 career sacks since 2016, becomes an unrestricted free agent in March. Last week, Caldwell said priority No. 1 is to make sure Ngakoue returns. The Jaguars could use the franchise tag option to keep Ngakoue around another season. We'll see. Caldwell also has to make a difficult decision regarding Campbell. With so many needs to address, the Jaguars cannot afford to take a $17.5 million cap hit if he plays under his current contract in 2020. A restructured contract is paramount for his return, but he may not be willing to accept those terms. The Jags are also likely to decline Dareus' contract option. By doing so, the Jaguars would save $20 million in cap space. With two first-round picks, it would be wise for the Jaguars to use one of them on selecting a talented defensive tackle. Based on his production over two seasons, Taven Bryan, a 2018 first-round pick, is a backup, not a starter.”
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LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
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Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
1/10/20, 9:02 PM
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1/10/20, 9:09 PM
Very interesting to see McVay overhaul his staff and go outside the building to bring in a new OC and DC. I assume McVay will keep calling plays, so will be interesting to see what influence KOC will have there. But he can add a twist to the McVay/Gruden scheme
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“CB Eli Apple
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He recorded four pass breakups, forced one fumble, added one quarterback hit and had 58 total tackles.
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NEW YORK JETS
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Carpenter Washington Post: Redskins make changes to front office, including replacing salary cap expert Eric Schaffer
Allen Washington Post: For new Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, talking about talent is cheap
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1/10/20, 6:05 PM
Jake Fromm doesn’t have a huge arm but he’s got enough. This is a really nice ball from the far hash. He has starter ability in the right system
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