You’re John Dorsey. You’re the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. You have the first overall selection of the 2018 NFL draft. You’re on the clock. Who do you take? Do you go quarterback? Running back? Pass rusher? That’s the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll – who should John Dorsey claim …
The Carolina Panthers selected Star Lotulelei with the 14th overall pick of the 2013 draft and he supplied the wide body in the middle that helped Carolina finish in the Top 10 in run defense in four of his five seasons there.
Richard Sherman intercepted career bests of eight interceptions in back-to-back 2012-2013 seasons, leading the league in 2013, and has 32 career interceptions. He signed as a free agent with the 49ers a day after the Seahawks made him a salary-cap casualty.
Paul Richardson played in the shadows of wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse during his first three seasons, catching only 51 passes. But with the trade of Kearse to the Jets in 2017, Richardson became a starter and caught 44 passes for 703 yards with six touchdowns.
In his three years there as a starter in Buffalo, Tyrod Taylor passed for 8,857 yards and 51 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,575 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also won more games (23) than he lost (20).
Jordy Nelson caught 98 passes in 2014 and 97 in 2016 but slipped to 53 in 2017 when his quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed nine games with an injury. But, like Michael Bennett, he’s 33 this season so the Packers released him.
Saquon Barkley’s size (5-11, 233) and productivity (three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in college, 51 career touchdowns) set him up as the top running back in the 2018 NFL draft. But his showing at the combine might have put him in play for the first overall pick.
The NFL passed on a combine invitation to Antonio Gates in 2003 for an obvious reason. He was a basketball player and a very good one. He led Kent State to back-to-back Mid-American Conference championship in his final two seasons and was an honorable mention All-America power forward.
Cameron Wake played two seasons in the CFL and led the league in sacks both times, collecting 16 in 2007 and 23 in 2008. That earned him a return to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins in 2009. He has played the last nine seasons for the Dolphins, collecting 92 sacks.
What’s the value of the NFL receiving champion? Jarvis Landry is about to find out. He set a franchise record with 112 catches in becoming the first Dolphin to win an NFL receiving crown since O.J. McDuffie in 1998.
Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls and, at 40, was the NFL MVP in 2017 after leading the NFL in passing yards. Then he threw for an NFL record 505 yards in a losing cause in the Super Bowl. The only worry the Patriots have in 2018 is the aging process.
The Pro Bowl is no longer a game, period. It’s television programming – just another chance to broadcast some football and advertise more products. But a game it is not – there is very little contact and even less emotion. You might as well put flags in everyone’s pocket.
A Jim Schwartz defense is built to win up front and the Eagles were suffocating, finishing third against the run and fourth in scoring defense. Philadelphia controlled the line of scrimmage with its tackle tandem of Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan.
A former walk-on at two schools (Texas Tech and Oklahoma), Baker Mayfield finished second in the nation in both passing yards (4,627) and touchdowns (43) last season and fifth in total offense with an average of 352.7 yards per game.