— NFL teams showed some preference for quarterbacks

General discussions for anything about Japan or outside of Japan.
Please see our board's guidelines for topics and contents that may be deleted.
Forum rules
This forum is for general discussion so most topics, even unrelated to Japan, are ok in here. We reserve the right to delete any posts we feel do not belong here. Additional restrictions on topics and content please click the forum rules link below. If you feel a post should not be here, PM an administrator or moderator, do not start a flame war as we will likely punish both parties regardless of fault. Lets keep this a civil board with manners fit for visitors to Japan. Unapproved advertising and any kind of spamming is prohibited.

Full Forum Rules here: http://www.japantraveller.org/forum/vie ... p?f=8&t=32
Post Reply
panxing18
registered user
registered user
Posts: 152
Joined: Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:53 pm

— NFL teams showed some preference for quarterbacks

Post by panxing18 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:09 am

NASHVILLE Black Chase Edmonds Jersey , Tenn. (AP) , as always, and an infatuation with players who protect them and disrupt them during the first round of the draft.Maybe for the next two rounds they will go after the speed demons and running backs who, in many cases, fell through the cracks as the trenches were filled with the behemoths who work there.In all, 12 defensive linemen and five on offense were chosen Thursday night after Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray went to Arizona and became the second consecutive Heisman Trophy winner from his school taken atop the proceedings, following Baker Mayfield to Cleveland in 2018. Two more QBs went: Duke’s Daniel Jones to the Giants at No. 6, a bit of a surprise, and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins at 15, where the Redskins sat patiently and saw him fall into their arms.Add in three linebackers and two tight ends and the theme of opening night becomes clear.“We’re building our team and we need building blocks,” said Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who took one of those mammoth blocks in Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell at No. 4. “We had some in place. But we needed these guys to come in and inherit that responsibility.”There are two more blockers remaining, Oklahoma guard Cody Ford and Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor. They are among five players invited to the draft who didn’t go yet but almost surely will Friday night.Also remaining on the board after receiving much higher projections are Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, Mississippi wide receiver DK Metcalf, and LSU cornerback Greedy Williams.Metcalf is fast, strong and powerfully built, with many evaluating him as the best wideout in this crop. At one point Chase Edmonds Jersey 2019 , Williams was regarded as the top cornerback available. Lock falling out of the opening round, given his position and the near-obsession with filling it with a high pick, was unexpected.Ford and Taylor have starter potential for 2019 regardless of where they land.Others still on the board who had first-round grades from some clubs include Washington cornerback Byron Murphy; Mississippi receiver A.J. Brown; Delaware safety Nasir Adderley; Ohio State WR Parris Campbell; Alabama TE Irv Smith; and Texas A&M center Erik McCoy.Further emphasis on defense shouldn’t be a stunner. This is one of the deepest drafts for that side of the ball in recent memory.“Football is the ultimate team game, and we’ve got to build this roster to be as strong as we can at every area,” Green Bay GM Brian Gutekunst said. “We’re going to try to take the best players available that we can (going forward). If there’s more defensive players that fall our way, we certainly have room for them.”Atlanta had room for two likely starters in front of QB Matt Ryan: Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom at 14 and, after dealing back into the opening round, Washington tackle Kaleb McGary at 31.More hulks.Ryan was sacked 42 times and took 108 hits, a career high.“We were focused on offensive line,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We need to protect Matt.”Speed and elusiveness wasn’t ignored in Round 1, of course. Start at the top with Murray, who can run with anybody in this crop.Arizona defied NFL custom and at least temporarily created a quarterback quandary by selecting Murray to start proceedings in a wet and wild selection show.As thousands of fans withstood rain that began just about when Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Murray’s name, the Cardinals spent a second straight high pick on a signal caller. Arizona moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen.NFL teams simply don’t do that, but with a new coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. At least until they likely move Rosen elsewhere in a trade.“I’ve known Josh since high school, so me and him are cool,” said Murray Black Haason Reddick Jersey , who turned down the Oakland A’s to stick with football. “We got along really well, so I’ve always been fond of him. But us being teammates now, I can’t control anything but going in there and working hard.”Murray was one of only three Big 12 players taken, along with teammate Marquis Brown, a wideout headed for Baltimore, and TCU defensive end — what did you expect from this draft? — L.J. Collier. The Pac-12 also had only three, while the SEC scored nine, the ACC had eight, and the Big 10 had seven.Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went second to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts.Bosa’s older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL.“Good genes, man,” Bosa said with a laugh. “It was just excitement all around. My brother wanted me to go higher than he did (third overall), so just for my dream to come true and my family to be there to watch, it was pretty great.”Across the Bay, Oakland had three selections: Ferrell, Alabama’s Josh Jacobs Haason Reddick Jersey 2019 , the lone running back to go Thursday, and Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram.The Giants also went three times, getting Jones, Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence and, after trading back in for the 30th spot, cornerback DeAndre Baker of Georgia. TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals used the 10th overall pick of the 2018 draft on Josh Rosen, hoping the former UCLA star would be their quarterback of the future.Rosen had some ups and downs during his first season, as many rookies do, but did nothing to dissuade the Cardinals from believing he could be their guy for years to come.Yet with the 2019 draft just around the corner, there’s speculation the Cardinals could use the No. 1 overall pick on another quarterback.Kyler Murray’s decision to play football not baseball creates a new option for an Arizona team with a new coach and a new offensive system.The Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma has a unique skillset, able to play in the pocket or beat teams with his legs, which could be a perfect match for coach Kliff Kingsbury’s dynamic offense.“We are not done with this process,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said.“We have not made a decision on the first overall pick. Secondly, there are a number of players in my opinion and our scouts’ opinion and our coaching staff’s opinion that warrant being the first overall selection.”Rosen was a good fit for Steve Wilks’ offense. Murray may be better for Kingsbury’s.The new coach ran an offense at Texas Tech that put up prodigious numbers and had two quarterbacks — Case Keenum and Patrick Mahomes — who led the nation in passing.With a strong arm and superb running ability, Murray has the tools to slide right into Kingsbury’s offense.Of course, all the Kyler Murray talk could just be a smoke screen.The Cardinals could be using the Murray speculation to drive up value and trade interest to possibly slide down in the draft Black D.J. Humphries Jersey , still get a standout player, along with more picks.Arizona could just use the No. 1 pick to shore up a defense that has struggled mightily, possibly Ohio State’s Nick Bosa.“They’re both dominant players,” Keim said. “They’re can’t-miss prospects.”A few more things to look for from the Cardinals at the draft:CORNER NEEDEDThe Cardinals have been searching for a player to play opposite cornerback Patrick Peterson pretty much since they drafted the three-time first-team All Pro in 2011. Arizona has tried multiple players opposite Peterson and signed Robert Alford to a three-year deal after he was released by Atlanta, but he’ll turn 31 during the 2019 season so the Cardinals may use a high pick to build for the future — possibly with the 33rd overall pick.HELPING FITZArizona got a huge boost when star receiver Larry Fitzgerald decided to return for a 16th season. Christian Kirk had a solid rookie season and the Cardinals signed former Chicago receiver Kevin White, who has struggled with injuries.Arizona could use a shifty receiver to play opposite Fitzgerald, particularly in the “Air Raid” offense Kingsbury wants to utilize. The Cardinals might also be interested in local product N’Keal Harry, big, physical receiver from Arizona State, but it might be a stretch for him to still be available at No. 33.O-LINE HELPArizona’s offensive line struggled with injuries, keeping pass rushers away from Rosen and establishing a running game. The Cardinals should get some help with the additions of J.R. Sweezy and Marcus Gilbert via free agency, but need more depth. Some of that will likely come from the draft.PASS RUSHERSThe Cardinals have one of the best edge rushers in Chandler Jones and signed Terrell Suggs during the offseason. But Suggs is 36, so they’ll have to hope he still has something left in the tank or add a young edge rusher. Arizona also could use help on the interior defensive line to play with steady Corey Peters.

Post Reply