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Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin
More than a few eyebrows went adult when, notwithstanding a unsure conditions during far-reaching receiver, Baltimore Ravens ubiquitous manager Ozzie Newsome abandoned a position in a 2017 NFL draft.
It turns out “The Wizard of Oz” had a devise all along.
See, Newsome can apparently, in further to his many other talents, review minds. He knew that a Kansas City Chiefs had an even bigger warn in store for a NFL—the sudden, unmannerly recover of No. 1 far-reaching receiver Jeremy Maclin only one year private from back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
I’m being snarky, of course. But there’s no denying this…
In further to being a good merger for a Ravens group that badly indispensable receiver help, Maclin was a gift.
Running Back Joe Mixon
It wasn’t that prolonged ago that many saw a Cincinnati Bengals as carrying one of a best up-and-coming tailback duos in a NFL.
But Giovani Bernard is rehabbing a ripped ACL this summer, and a play of between-the-tackles pounder Jeremy Hill has declined almost over a past integrate of seasons.
So it was behind to a aged sketch house for Bengals GM Mike Brown in a 2017 breeze with a preference of Oklahoma tailback Joe Mixon in Round 2. In essence, Mixon combines a best qualities of a backs a Bengals already have—the elusiveness and receiving ability of Bernard and a energy and toughness of Hill.
If Mixon can stay out of trouble, we might good demeanour behind 3 years from now dubious that he wasn’t a initial tailback selected in 2017.
Guard Kevin Zeitler
The Browns need assistance all over a place, either it’s during far-reaching receiver, in a defensive backfield or in a front seven.
Oh, and there’s a bit of an emanate during quarterback. Or so we hear, anyway.
However, rebuilding a Browns offense starts adult front—a fact that wasn’t mislaid on a Cleveland mind trust in giveaway agency.
The Browns spent large bucks on a descent line, adding a span of veterans in core JC Tretter and ensure Kevin Zeitler, whom Cleveland done a highest-paid actor during his position in all of a NFL ($12 million normal salary).
In Tretter, Zeitler and holdovers Joel Bitonio and long-lived Pro Bowler Joe Thomas, a Browns have (on paper, during least), a makings of one of a NFL’s improved front fives.
That will be a large assistance to whomever a group trots out underneath center.
And since Myles Garrett might have been a No. 1 altogether collect in a 2017 draft, it’s Zeitler’s further that creates a bigger hole for a Browns.
Linebacker T.J. Watt
This is one of a some-more formidable calls. Whether it was in giveaway group or a NFL draft, a Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t supplement any instant-impact players in 2017.
If a Steelers are going to get behind to a AFC Championship Game this year, it will be with radically a same crew.
However, there’s a reason Pittsburgh done Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt a initial collect in this year’s draft, and it isn’t since of his comparison hermit J.J.
OK, it isn’t solely since of him.
I’ve listened a criticisms of Watt. He isn’t generally quick off a corner or powerful. But we also know that Watt, most like his brother, plays all-out all a time.
And I’m not going to blink him.