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My advice to all professional and fan forecasters of the NFL Draft 201

8 in the hours leading up to the first round on Thursday: Be careful with the absolute statements. Three of the first four picks are controlled by two men (Cleveland GM John Dorsey at one and four, GM Dave Gettleman the Giants at two) who could work for the CIA. There are an excessive number of very high teams that I believe are going down the drain, and maybe only for a modest amount due to the strength of the second and third rounds and the slenderness of the first round.

"This year it seems like there is no norm," said San Francisco GM John Lynch on Saturday. The Niners take ninth place in the first round. "I let our analytics people go through every scenario we could face at nine o'clock and it could be 50 of them."

And so this year's qualifying preliminary round is a dart throw, if ever there was one. Wish me luck. Trades (and wild guesses) included.

Although half the free world has Josh Allen among the Browns, it would still be a risk because he did not dominate the middle rivals. Dorsey is a measurable guy, and Allen is the measurable quarterback here (6 "5", 237 pounds, 4.79 in the 40's), but some factors have influenced my reputation, one is Mike Mayock. Network has a way He said the Browns made too many mistakes in quarterbacks, and they can not risk themselves here, that made a lot of sense – and Mayock is a guy who loves longtime Josh Allen "And we're all prisoners the people we know in this league. And someone I trust, who is very often right and very well connected, told me on Sunday that it is not all. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the science of mock: Darnold is safe, has great potential, and most NFL folks believe he can reverse the turn-over bug (37 career variations in 26 USC games). Darold is a jock, who wants to be a great football player. And at 8:46 am Sunday, here I am, all I can say is good luck for anyone who puts on the first choice in the design On my wafting logic.

Seems only logical. No insider here – although I've heard Sunday that Darnold is the type of Giants, if they opt for a quarterback. Last year, Gettleman earned Christian McCaffrey eighth place for runner-needy Panthers. The Giants have not had a big back in 12 years since Tiki Barber retired. The consistency of Barkley – three straight 1000-yard rushing seasons at a high level of competition, rushing averages of 5.9, 5.5 and 5.9 yards per rush – must attract the Giants, as does the thought of Barkley, Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Link take on Nate Solder to pressure 37-year-old Eli Manning.

Could be Baker Mayfield, easily. And there were times in the process when I was sure it would be Mayfield. But I give the jets the safest QB thing in this design, as long as you can live with the ghost of his two documented concussions and all the noise (which I consider total nonsense) about Rosen's life of other interests. The jets need a player who can be polite, cultured and ready for Broadway, and this quarterback is as ready as anyone since Namath.

I spent most of Saturday trying to find a way to give Browns the heir to Joe Thomas tackle Mike McGlinchey, and just could not work with a trade-down. Nice consolation prize here. Chubb lost 10 sacks and 20 tackles two years in a row and is easily the best front-seven-champion in a weak class. But Dorsey will have several options here if he wants to move.

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6. Buffalo (from Indianapolis) – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

While we are looking for a landing pad for all quarterbacks, I would like to remind you of four points: A) I do not know if Buffalo loves Allen; B) but I hear that they love his ability to throw it through the sea effect, wind and snow; C) Allen is a talkative, ingenious version of Jim Kelly, a rifle-armed work in progress that fans in western New York will love; and D) I think this trade fits both teams, as I'm not sure if the Colts in return would ask for both bill-first picks. Due to the strength of the second round, I was able to see Colts GM Chris Ballard, who collectively rated the 53rd and 56th picks higher than the 22nd pick in this draft. So, 12, 53, 56 and, say, 96 for six? Could be just. It would leave the Bills with their second of two First-Rounders.

. 7 Tampa Bay-Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

No end to the love for the versatile Fitzpatrick, who can play either in the corner, in the slot or in a flash as a linebacker. And he has done it for three full seasons at the highest level of college football that NFL people love. Denzel Ward could also go here, but my bet is on the esteemed Fitzpatrick. Late Note: One or two teams snooping in this area of ​​the design Dear Fitzpatrick.

. 8 Chicago Quinton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

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. 9 San Francisco-Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

As a sideline player in this draft, Smith has no comparison. I've also considered McGlinchey and the cornerback Denzel Ward here – just like the Niners. But I left McGlinchey because the Niners believe that Joe Staley, who turns 34 in August, can play two more seasons on a good level. And the need for Smith, especially with the uncertain future of linebacker Reuben Foster, could be great in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's scheme, where athletic playmakers are a must-have for linebackers.

10th Oakland-Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame

The Raiders have several needs, and Denzel Ward and Derwin James fit perfectly here, with a Scotch-taped secondary (only Gareon Conley is solid in the corner; free safety Reggie Nelson turns 35) in September) for the new coordinator Paul Guenther. But left-wing Donald Penn (35 on Friday) may have a year or two left, and a franchise quarterback remains a franchise quarterback in part because of his way of being protected. Derek Carr would vote for this election.

. 11 Miami Vita Vea, DT, Washington

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12th Indy (from Buffalo) -Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech

A note about what the Colts did when I was here (and I have my doubts) that Indy had made the sixth pick for Buffalo for the first time , two seconds in the middle and a low-third-round pick. In January, Colts GM Chris Ballard had picks in rounds 1, 2 and 3, 3, 36 and 67 in total. With this second trade-down of the debut, the Colts would have 12, 36, 37, 49, 53, 56, 67 and 96 … and 2019 the second round of jets this year. With all the holes Ballard has to fill, Edmunds is a very good start. Raw but fast (4.54 in the 40s) and physical. Great need for the D. of the Colts

13. Washington-Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

For years, he has the speed and the hands to anchor a needy Washington second, and he would go higher if he had a larger body. Another blow is that he had only two interceptions in two or more squadrons for the Buckeyes, but Jalen Ramsey was not a productive picker when Jacksonville got him in 2016. Washington also needs edge help so I can see Marcus Davenport playing here.

fourteenth Green Bay – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

For a team that has recently spent so much capital on the secondary market (five defensive backs in the first two rounds of the last four drafts), the Packers absolutely need a cornerback coordinator Mike Pettines scheme. Tramon Williams, age 35, could start at Green Bay this fall. The big hit on Jackson is his 4,54 speed in the 40, and that's a legitimate concern. But his eight picks in the Big Ten last year have scouts in the eye, and some think he could be Richard Sherman. He's tall (6 "1"), instinctively, a former wide-out like Sherman, and like Sherman he has a frame that can add some power Marcus Peters also does not have the great speed, but he has proven that cleverness and instinct are also gaining in the NFL.

15th Denver (from Arizona) – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

Hughes has a few personal concerns that could push him from scratch to the bench, so this is one It's a must for the Broncos, who, I believe, will be able to cope with a couple of big-sized jobs and go around the corner, and also look after interior designer James Daniels from Iowa, Broncos need both. And of course, "In this scenario, Elway will be torn to leave and pick Baker Mayfield. Hard demand for him, but he still does not want to throw away Paxton Lynch. "What Elway sold in this theoretical deal was Arizonas No. 1 in 2019 could be a top 10 pick if the cards are the worst team in NFC West

16. Baltimore- Derwin James, S, Florida State

Ravens love his instincts, his love of football and his position versatility, and could end up as a will-linebacker and side-by-side chaser and hitter Look out for Marcus Davenport here when James is gone Lamar Jackson is a possibility, but I see Baltimore meets a greater need and Joe Flacco gives this season to consolidate his future in Baltimore.

17. Los Angeles Chargers-Kolton Miller, T, UCLA

Boom or bust type for many people in this design. Need a selection for the chargers. Strange that Melvin Gordon with so much back last year so much au f had fought the ground; they were 32nd in the league in rushing. More importantly, the chargers need some long-term answers to a patchwork unit for a few years. You may need to be patient with this one-year starter.

18th Seattle-Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio

<p class = "Canvas Atom Canvas Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" Type = "Text" content = "You know, as we always say, this team never thought that Player X was there? This is the first example of this in the first round, Davenport could go 10 to Oakland, and in some I think that GM John Schneider thought it wise to make that choice at the time, and he would be very good if a good falling player were not available – good for the Seahawks – who were a bit unlucky in recent drafts (especially with Malik McDowell) – to be able to have a man who looks like the second best curb-perspective in this design. "Data-reactid =" 53 "> You know how we always say This team would have never thought that player X was there? This is the first example of this in the first round. Davenport could go 10 to Oakland, and in some places in between. I think GM John Schneider thought it wise to make that choice at that point, and he would have played well if a good falling player were not available. Good for the Seahawks – who have been a bit unlucky in recent designs (especially with Malik McDowell) – able to stay and get a guy who looks like the second best curb perspective in this design.

19th Dallas D.J.. Moore, WR-KR, Maryland

What, no Calvin Ridley? The Alabama wideout seemed to be as natural here as the Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, who had a great need for Dallas in one position (sideline linebacker). But Moore, a quick riser with return capability, could solve two problems for Dallas, and the Cowboys want to find a long-term recipient to be what Dez Bryant was not since signing a huge deal in 2015. However, it is a risky venture, based on the recent performance of so many failing number one picks.

20th Detroit-Da & Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

This is an Albert Breer Special. I stole it from him, and I'm not ashamed to say it. Payne is the kind of versatile, large-scale decorator who will be Matt Patricia over the next three years if he builds a strong front. Payne is 311 pounds, a bit like a Malcom Brown guy, and he's only 20, with plenty of time to become a classic two- and three-down player to destroy the interior in NFC North.

21st Cincinnati-Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The Brown family has a shattering story with quarterback Boomer Esiason dating back to the second round of 1984, and that would undoubtedly shake the locker room and design. So many reliable draftniks (Mayock, McShay, etc.) think that Jackson has the potential to be the most exciting and prolific quarterback in the crop – but you must show him your insult. Are not they doing good coaches? Do you get very good players and adapt their systems to the players? I like this selection for the Bengals, even though she could push Andy Dalton (five out of seven starting seasons with a sub 90 pass score) out of town in 2019.

22nd Buffalo-James Daniels, G-C, Iowa

Need help. Smart of the Bills insisted on succeeding in their businesses, and offered to different teams that they had to keep this choice to support a part of their team that was hit by a wild offseason. Gone: Center Eric Wood and Guard Richie Incognito (retired) and grab Cordy Glenn (traded). If you had told someone in the Bills front office that they would end the first day of the design with a quarterback of the future and the second-best interior lineman in the draft with a lot of experience in pro-style football, they would do it a lot been happy.

23rd New England-Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

The Patriots are the Chameleon of the first round. From this morning I can not see that they are acting in the forefront of the draft for a quarterback. But I can see that they do something else – I just do not know what it is. Act next year? Gronk treat? Do you pack a lot of picks to look for a loved one like Bradley Chubb? Most of the time, I think the Patriots will adjust to the long-term future. With Evans playing in tandem (at least early) with his Companion Tide alum Dont & # 39; a Hightower, the Patriots would have a power on the linebacker over the next few years.

24th Carolina-Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

There are not many national championship caliber wideouts in an era of crashing first-time production in the design that demonstrate Ridley's potential. Alabama is not a bombing raid and Ridley has caught 89, 72 and 63 balls in his three seasons. But he is not a big, deep threat, which is why he is still here at 24. Still, the need for the Panthers at the location is huge and passing Ridley's slides is a gift for Cam Newton.

25th Tennessee-Harold Landry, Edge, Boston University

The Titans would need to partner with luck if Landry is still on the board after 75 percent of the first round. One year ago, after Landry's 16.5-sack season in 2016, he decided to return to BC and was projected as the first pick of 2018 in some preseason mockeries. But an ankle injury slowed his production, and now some crew will take him on the come. The Titans desperately need Landry's help, and new coach Mike Vrabel will ensure that he has enough chances to go to the end.

26th Atlanta-Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

Some Boy Scouts think that Bryan, at 291 pounds with a Sub-5.0 40 times, will be a better pro than a colleague. He had only 16 tackles behind the line in three NCAA seasons and should do well next to Grady Jarrett. Atlanta needs depth along the defensive, and even though Bryan has only 35 players per game, it's a need to be addressed.

27th New Orleans-Frank Ragnow, C-G, Arkansas

My surprise of the first round. The saints could use a center with a versatile position. Max Unger is 32. Right Warden Larry Warford will play at 31 this year. The saints are in an interesting position. They did not have to cry for the first time in the draft and can afford to design around a sixth offensive lineman who could be in Guard or Center in 2019 or 2020. Ragnow had time in the strong SEC both in the middle and in the guard, and the Saints think he was the brutal player (with some athleticism) who could start for them for a few years.

28th Pittsburgh-Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Oh, how nice it would have been if the design had fallen right to the Steelers and they could take an all-field playmaker to replace the fallen Ryan Shazier. This playmaker, Leighton Vander Esch, could be available at the age of 28 … but he has a cervical cancer problem that causes some to get away from him this week. In Alexander, the Steelers could get a 4.38 cover type who is eager to attack and is a physical player in run support. He would fit in well with Mike Tomlin.

29th Jacksonville-Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A & M

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30th Minnesota-Will Hernandez, G, UTEP

The Vikings can stuff holes here instead of looking for the best player available, regardless of their position. The Guardian Group for Minnesota is their biggest weakness (possible starters: Nick Easton, Tom Compton), and Hernandez, many scout thinkers, is a plug-and-play day-one starter with the kind of streak in the running game that he will make an immediate favorite of the quarrelsome Mike Zimmer. I love this selection for you.

31st New England-Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

It's clear to me that the Patriots need long-term players, and Vander Esch has some teams in the league with uterine problems in Boise, and he has only a very good season on his side continue. Cool story. He played eight-man football in high school in Idaho, and only recently appeared as a strong bottom of the first round contestant. Some teams have tagged him for his neck problems and there is a great chance that the Patriots are worried too much about picking him up here. We will see.

32nd Philadelphia-Connor Williams, G-T, Texas

But I think the Eagles are much more likely to make that choice; I just do not know who. You are looking for a trade – I can tell you that. Philadelphia has no choice in rounds two or three, and the Eagles will not pick until the end of the fourth round. From now on they go from 33 to 129 without a choice. Therefore, they will try to negotiate all night on Thursday. If they stay … The Eagles have a 35-year-old left-footer, Jason Peters, who's badly injured, and start the guards (Stefan Wisniewski and Brandon Brooks), who will be 29 this season. Connor is the perfect choice for them, in the unlikely event that they stay.

Draft Marginalia

A few more draft-related notes:

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0 em) M b (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) –sm "type =" text "content =" • The last word about quarterbacks. I've asked a long-standing and well connected scout what he hears about the order of the best quarterbacks in this draft. In other words, if teams with quarterback needs could show their boards, in which order would they go? "Allen, very close to Darnold, then Mayfield, but the people who like Mayfield love Mayfield." Be sure Arizona continues on Mayfield as it passes the Jets and Broncos. "data-reactid =" 85 "> • The last word about the quarterbacks. I asked a long-time and well connected scout what he heard about the order of the best quarterbacks in this draft. if teams with quarterbacks were to show their boards in which order would they go? "Allen, very close to Darnold, then Mayfield, but the people who like Mayfield love Mayfield." Be careful that Arizona acts on Mayfield, if He passes by the Jets and Broncos.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – -sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = " • In this design will There are some trades that may be one-sided. Several team officials have told me in the last few years days when Day 2 (rounds two and three) is so high that they would be willing to spend a little less money Where could that come in? Cleveland (four), Indianapolis (six), Baltimore (16), Seattle (18), New England (23, 31), New Orleans (27), Philadelphia (32) "This is not your typical design," said one veteran on Sunday. "The second, third, and even fourth rounds are gold. You can say less than the Trade Value table and still make a very good trade if you get several tips in these rounds. "" data-reactid = "86"> • There will be some trades in this dra ft that might seem one way. Mehrere Teamoffiziere haben mir in den letzten Tagen gesagt, dass sie die Auswahl an Tag 2 (Runde zwei und drei) so hoch einschätzen, dass sie bereit wären, etwas weniger Entschädigung für den Abstieg zu nehmen. Wo könnte das ins Spiel kommen? Cleveland (vier), Indianapolis (sechs), Baltimore (16), Seattle (18), New England (23, 31), New Orleans (27), Philadelphia (32). "Das ist nicht Ihr typischer Entwurf", sagte ein Veteran Club-Offizieller am Sonntag. "Die zweite, dritte und sogar vierte Runde sind Gold. Sie können weniger als die Handels-Wert-Tabelle sagt und immer noch einen sehr guten Handel machen, wenn Sie mehrere Tipps in diesen Runden bekommen. "[Page="leinwand-atomcanvas-textMb(10em)Mb(0)-smMt(08em)-sm"type="text"content=" • Der Entwurf war dann lustiger als. In der 17. und letzten Runde des 1972er Entwurfs, GM Joe Thomas von Die Baltimore Colts wandten sich dem 32-jährigen PR-Typen Ernie Accorsi zu und sagten: "Ich bin erschöpft. Sie treffen die Wahl." Die Picks der 17. Runde waren damals Trainingslager, mit großen Chancen, jemals zu bestehen ein NFL-Dienstplan.Der Entwurf wurde 1972 nicht im Fernsehen übertragen, und die späteren Runden waren eine Just-it-done-Affäre.Accorsi gab ihm diesen Namen: Tim Berra, breiter Empfänger / Kick-Returner, UMass. Wie cool. Yogi Berra ist "Und er hat das Team gemacht!", sagte Accorsi. "Er gab uns einen Kick für einen Touchdown in einem Ausrichtungsspiel, und er machte unseren Dienstplan für die Saison 1974." "data-reactid = "87"> • Der Entwurf war lustiger de. In der 17. und letzten Runde des 1972er Entwurfs wandte sich GM Joe Thomas von den Baltimore Colts an den 32-jährigen PR-Typen Ernie Accorsi und sagte: "Ich bin erschöpft. Du machst die Wahl. "Die Tipps für die 17. Runde waren zu jener Zeit Trainingslager, mit großen Chancen, jemals einen NFL-Dienstplan zu erstellen. Der Entwurf wurde 1972 nicht im Fernsehen übertragen, und die späteren Runden waren eine Sache, die man einfach machen sollte. Accorsi gab ihm diesen Namen: Tim Berra, breiter Empfänger / Trittrückkehrer, UMass. Wie cool. Yogi Berras Sohn, eingezogen in die NFL. "Und er hat das Team gemacht!", Sagte Accorsi. "Er hat uns in einem Ausstellungsspiel einen Touchdown für einen Touchdown gegeben, und er hat unsere Aufstellung für die Saison 1974 gemacht."

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Runde 7, 89. Insgesamt, nach Detroit: Bill Parcells, OT, Wichita State

Parcells wurde 21 Punkte vor Leroy Kelly und 40 vor Roger Staubach abgeholt.

Aufruf an alle Zeitplaner-Nerds!

Wenn Sie durch den Ablauf des NFL-Zeitplans gelangweilt sind, überspringen Sie bitte diesen Abschnitt. Es ist direkt vom Zeitplan Nerdland. Aber ich mag es, und es ist ein cooles Beispiel dafür, wie die Wurst hergestellt wird.

Manchmal, während ich Informationen für meine jährliche, von der NFL erstellte, Jahresplan-Geschichte sammle, höre ich interessante Geschichten darüber things pertaining to the schedule, often from people around the league, sometimes from people inside the Val Pinchbeck Room, where over four months of digital trial-and-error, four NFL employees get the 256 regular-season games arranged.

This year the story is about the Rams-Chiefs game in Mexico City. Do you see the photo above? It’s a stack of “dead schedules,” those that looked very promising and passed muster enough to get hard looks from the master of the schedule, Howard Katz. After I left the Pinchbeck Room on Thursday evening, I made a few calls to see how the schedule was playing out in the league (favorably in most precincts, I heard). And a couple people were talking about Rams-Chiefs, and how that become one of the really attractive games in the league this year. They wondered how ESPN got it—and whether CBS or FOX (for a Thursday nighter) or NBC (Sunday night) was in the mix.

The answer, as it turns out, is they all were.

Think of the game: Two division champs, each likely to be very good in 2018, exporting the game to a place sure to draw 100,000, in what is likely to be a frenzied atmosphere. There was the added zest of the Chiefs trading one of the best young corners, Marcus Peters, to the Rams this year, and Peters wanted to exact revenge on the Chiefs.

The league pegged the game for Week 11. Apparently the schedule-makers, Katz and Mike North particularly, originally preferred the game to be on Thursday night. Rams COO Kevin Demoff told me yes, this was the case, and the urging to make this a showcase game began at the Super Bowl. For two reasons: The league wanted to reward FOX for rescuing it by bidding up the Thursday night rights fees—now $660 million for the 11-game package, an increase of 30 percent from 2017—and simply for a potential huge rating for a package of games that needed the boost based on falling 2017 Thursday viewership. Plus, it was likely to be a really fun game, and the bigger the audience, the better for the NFL.

A couple of problems. The league couldn’t bring two teams to Mexico City on a short week unless they had their byes the week before. And no team wants a Thursday night game coming off the bye, because that likely would mean the team would have to return to work on the Saturday before the game, cutting a couple of days from the players’ time off. For players, that’s a taboo. In addition, there was problem for the Rams: Customs at Los Angeles International Airport closes at 12:30 a.m. daily. The Rams likely would have to stay overnight in Mexico City and leave the next day to account for that. Teams hate staying on the road after road games.

It was the Rams giving up the home game to make the Mexico game a reality, so the league had to make it right for them. Demoff said North worked on him during Super Bowl week about playing on Thursday night in Mexico. “But we were adamant that it could not happen,” Demoff said. “Especially on a Thursday, with the bye issue. And for any prime-time games, we’d have the Customs issue at LAX. We thought this game should be a Sunday afternoon doubleheader game.”

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As for Monday night, the Customs issue was real for the Rams. What, the schedulers thought, could happen if we gave the Chiefs and Rams their bye in Week 12—Thanksgiving Week? That week traditionally doesn’t have byes, because it’s tough to build a good Sunday schedule when three Thursday games are removed for Thanksgiving and there’s both a Sunday and Monday nighter. Giving two teams byes would mean a thin 10-game daylight slate for Sunday.

But the NFL saw it could build a decent schedule and still give the Chiefs and Rams byes. Pats-Jets plus a Jags-Bills playoff rematch in the early CBS window; Giants-Eagles and Russell Wilson-Cam Newton in the early FOX window; Steelers-Broncos as the CBS doubleheader game; the Packers-Vikings rivalry on Sunday night; Deshaun Watson-Marcus Mariota on Monday night. Not the best Sunday of the season, but not bad either.

And so it happened. The bye is late, but for two teams hoping to make the playoffs, look at it this way: Two teams (Washington and Carolina) have byes in Week 4, which means they’ll play three games, have a bye, then play 13 straight weeks. Now two teams have the bye in Week 12, which mean they’ll play 11 straight weeks to start the season, have a bye, then play five games at a time of the year when the bye is likely needed more than Washington and Carolina needed in Week 4.

That’s where this photo of the pile of schedules comes in. I’m told some of them died because of the Rams-Chiefs kerfuffle. But it got solved, without much attention. And now you know how problems get worked out with the schedule, and why, in part, it takes four people four months to do.

Some perspective, from North: “The incredible thing is not even that we get through half a million schedule possibilities now … The miracle is Val Pinchbeck used to build this thing by hand. One game at a time. Not even being able to consider things like rest disparity, travel, stadium blocks, not even being able to think about, oh, so-and-so caught a three-game road trip last year so it shouldn’t happen to him again. We can be really discerning now.”

In the end, the NFL considered 59,031 schedules, including some of the dead schedules that had Rams-Chiefs in all different windows. That’s something, very likely, Pinchbeck’s schedule could never have contemplated.

Quotes of the Week

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“I really believe—and this is Mike Mayock talking, not [Cleveland GM] John Dorsey, I have no inside knowledge—my gut tells me that, if you&#39;re choosing between the two, Josh Allen might have the higher ceiling, but you&#39;ve swung and missed so many times in Cleveland at quarterback, can you afford another one with your first pick? Your first pick has got to set the tone, and I think at the end of the day it will be Sam Darnold, and he&#39;s got a little Brett Favre in him, which I think John likes. John likes a little swagger. [Darnold will] make some mistakes and turn the ball over, but at the end of the day, that&#39;s what my gut tells me.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="—NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, on his annual pre-draft media call Friday." data-reactid="117">—NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, on his annual pre-draft media call Friday.

I am skeptical of virtually all mocks these days—including my own. But I will be watching Mayock’s on Wednesday night (NFL Network, 8 p.m. ET) and divining his picks—and his clues.

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“Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy. But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL.”

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“We all know that the elements in Cleveland play a role. I think hand size is important. With that being said, hand size in November and December in the elements when it is snowing, when it is raining, it is muddy, the hand size … That is what you were talking about in terms of the fumbles of [Sam] Darnold. You are worried about that sometimes. So, hand size.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="—Cleveland GM John Dorsey, in discussing the quarterback-preference factors at his draft news conference last Thursday." data-reactid="124">—Cleveland GM John Dorsey, in discussing the quarterback-preference factors at his draft news conference last Thursday.

Josh Allen’s hand size is the biggest among the top prospects, at 10 1/8 inches. Sam Darnold’s: 9 3/8.

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“Does he win? Does he have accuracy? Does he have a strong arm? Can he throw the ball in the red zone and in tight windows? Can he drive the ball? At the end of the game, does he win? That is kind of what I look for.”

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Darnold was 20-4 as a college starter, Allen 16-9 (at a lower level of competition).

My point: Look for clues in what Dorsey says during press conferences at your own risk.

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“Really, the process couldn’t be more boring. But there’s such an incredible fascination with the end result.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="—NFL schedule-maker Howard Katz, who works with a four-person team for four months to come up with the schedule each year. I wrote about it last Thursday night—the process of 1,000 computers spitting out 59,031 possible schedules, quoting Katz and longtime aide Mike North about the process. " data-reactid="133">—NFL schedule-maker Howard Katz, who works with a four-person team for four months to come up with the schedule each year. I wrote about it last Thursday night—the process of 1,000 computers spitting out 59,031 possible schedules, quoting Katz and longtime aide Mike North about the process.

Said Katz: “Mike is trying to get the computer to think the way I’m thinking.”

Stats of the Week

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So when the draft kicks off on Thursday night, one team’s fans are going to have to be patient. Like, ridiculously patient.

The Rams’ first pick is the 87th overall choice, barring a trade. That’s two-thirds of the way down into the third round. Los Angeles will not have a pick Thursday night for the approximately three-and-a-half-hour first round. Los Angeles will not have a pick for the approximately two-and-a-half-hour second round. Los Angeles will not have a pick for about the first 70 minutes of Round 3. In total, that’s seven hours of dead time for Rams fans.

Thursday’s draft coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET. Nothing for the Rams that night.

Friday’s draft coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET. Nothing for the Rams that night, if the timing is approximately what it was last year, until about 10:38 p.m. ET.

Then nothing until late in Round 4, the 35th pick of day three.

That better be one heck of a draft party, with lots of free booze, for the Rams in Los Angeles this weekend.

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Two hitters in Red Sox history have three home runs in a game three times.

Ted Williams hit three home runs in one game at age 27, 38 and 38.

Mookie Betts has done it at 23, 23 and 25.

Tweets of the Week

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Pod People

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="From “The MMQB Podcast With Peter King,” available where you download podcasts." data-reactid="157">From “The MMQB Podcast With Peter King,” available where you download podcasts.

• This week’s conversation, as a precursor to the quarterback-rich 2018 draft, is a piece of living history with former Baltimore Colts and New York Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, recounting his role in the notable 1983 and 2004 quarterback drafts. In 2004, the Chargers were scheduled to pick first and Accorsi’s Giants fourth, and Philip Rivers, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger were the first three passers slated to go. The Giants wanted Manning. I called Accorsi the Friday night before the draft and said I heard he’d be getting a call from Chargers GM A.J. Smith about a deal when the Giants were on the clock. San Diego picked Manning one, and Accorsi picked up the story when the fourth overall picks approached.

“A.J. had said, ‘We&#39;ll talk Friday. I&#39;ll call you Friday.’ I wasn’t going to call him because I knew if I was going to chase him, I had no chance. I never heard from him Friday, and that’s also the day Cleveland [picking seventh and offering a second-round pick for the Giants to move from four to seven] called. I was tempted by that, because we had heard that Roethlisberger might slip, but what stopped me very late in those negotiations was, what if I go to seven and lose him now? And I’m not going to forgive myself. There are other good players there, but you know how I felt about the quarterback, so I backed out at the last second.

“I usually picked right away. I wanted to be decisive. Let’s get the guy. I might have done it because I will tell you, not hearing from him on Friday, not hearing from him on Saturday morning, I had pretty much given up hope that we were going to be able to make this trade. But that call from you gave me pause. I was sitting there … at the seven-minute mark of the 15-minute interval, my secretary said, ‘A.J. is on the phone.’

“A.J. said, I’ll never forget this, ‘Do you want Eli?’ I said, ‘Yeah, A.J., I want Eli. He said, well, you got ’em, but I have to have [young Giants defensive end Osi] Umenyiora.’ I said, ‘Look, I told you six weeks ago, I’m not trading Umenyiora. That’s a deal breaker.’ He said, ‘Will you give me next year&#39;s No. 1, among other picks?&#39; I said, ‘Yes, I will.’”

Factoids That May Interest Only Me

The Bills cut linebacker Nordly “Cap” Capi the other day.

Cap Capi was due to make $555,000 this season, with no pro-rated signing bonus to add to Cap Capi’s cap charge, so the Bills’ cap savings for cutting Cap Capi is $555,000. Cap Capi carries no future cap charge, so Cap Capi’s 2018 cap charge is the only relevant cap consequence for Buffalo cutting Cap Capi, according to cap site Over The Cap. Should Cap Capi sign with another team, Cap Capi’s cap charge in 2018 would likely be equal to what Cap Capi’s cap charge in Buffalo would have been.

Ten Things I Think I Think

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="1. I think I hope the 32 NFL owners saw Colin Kaepernick get the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in Amsterdam on Saturday night. An internationally noted citizen cannot find employment in the NFL. If that’s not a damning indictment of the NFL, I don’t know what is." data-reactid="166">1. I think I hope the 32 NFL owners saw Colin Kaepernick get the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in Amsterdam on Saturday night. An internationally noted citizen cannot find employment in the NFL. If that’s not a damning indictment of the NFL, I don’t know what is.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="2. I think this would earn a disapproving stare from Houston coach Bill O’Brien:" data-reactid="167">2. I think this would earn a disapproving stare from Houston coach Bill O’Brien:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="a. The Texans played the Patriots in Foxboro on Sept. 22, 2016.
b. The Texans played the Patriots in Foxboro on Sept. 24, 2017.
c. The Texans will play the Patriots in Foxboro on Sept. 9, 2018." data-reactid="168">a. The Texans played the Patriots in Foxboro on Sept. 22, 2016.
b. The Texans played the Patriots in Foxboro on Sept. 24, 2017.
c. The Texans will play the Patriots in Foxboro on Sept. 9, 2018.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="3. I think this is the definition of fan loyalty: Since midseason 2016, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are 6-12, including losses of 62-3, 56-14, 54-21 and 56-14. On Saturday, they drew 86,818 paying customers to see their spring game." data-reactid="169">3. I think this is the definition of fan loyalty: Since midseason 2016, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are 6-12, including losses of 62-3, 56-14, 54-21 and 56-14. On Saturday, they drew 86,818 paying customers to see their spring game.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="4. I thinkif you want to know why we are buried in a hillock of mock drafts today, read this story by The MMQB’s Tim Rohan. And read Bill Belichick talk about the godfather of mocks and of scouting college players for every team as a hobby, the late Joel Buchsbaum. What a relationship Belichick and Buchsbaum had. As relayed by Hub Arkush, Belichick once said: “Joel was one of my best friends.”" data-reactid="170">4. I thinkif you want to know why we are buried in a hillock of mock drafts today, read this story by The MMQB’s Tim Rohan. And read Bill Belichick talk about the godfather of mocks and of scouting college players for every team as a hobby, the late Joel Buchsbaum. What a relationship Belichick and Buchsbaum had. As relayed by Hub Arkush, Belichick once said: “Joel was one of my best friends.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="5. I think I am one person, flailing against the gigantic windmill that is NFL Draftmania, which is so loved by the NFL because it keeps NFL beat people and draftnik sites in full-draft-promotion mode for four full months, further bolstering the prospect for higher ratings on the three-day draft weekend. It is absurd that the NFL draft begins 108 days after the college football season ends, and 152 days after the last big Saturday of the college football season. There is no good reason for the draft to be so late, and to add to the already mountainous degree of difficulty for these college players by preventing them from working with their teams until May." data-reactid="171">5. I think I am one person, flailing against the gigantic windmill that is NFL Draftmania, which is so loved by the NFL because it keeps NFL beat people and draftnik sites in full-draft-promotion mode for four full months, further bolstering the prospect for higher ratings on the three-day draft weekend. It is absurd that the NFL draft begins 108 days after the college football season ends, and 152 days after the last big Saturday of the college football season. There is no good reason for the draft to be so late, and to add to the already mountainous degree of difficulty for these college players by preventing them from working with their teams until May.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="6. I think bigger isn’t always better, but you’d never know that by covering the National Football League." data-reactid="172">6. I think bigger isn’t always better, but you’d never know that by covering the National Football League.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="7. I think I appreciate Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder drawing attention to the bloated draft coverage by pointing to a passage in a Sporting News story about the NFL’s draft plans for the Dallas area this weekend, and the TV plans therein:" data-reactid="173">7. I think I appreciate Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder drawing attention to the bloated draft coverage by pointing to a passage in a Sporting News story about the NFL’s draft plans for the Dallas area this weekend, and the TV plans therein:

“And as the annual football festival grows in popularity, some league executives envision the draft potentially becoming the sports equivalent of a U.S. presidential election—a sports event televised simultaneously across most or all of the national broadcast networks: NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN’s sister Disney network ABC. This year’s event will be televised by a record six TV entities, including two broadcast channels (Fox and ABC) and four cable networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network). ABC will simulcast ESPN’s coverage of Rounds 4-7 on Saturday. That means all seven rounds will air on broadcast television for the first time.

“That’s one of the key provisos, said sources. If the league’s other broadcast partners eventually want the draft, they would likely have to televise it on their main broadcast channels, not their smaller sports cable networks. In other words, NBC Sports would have to show it on NBC, not NBCSN, and so forth. Fox is airing it this year on so-called ‘big Fox’ rather than its FS1/FS2 cable channels.”

Writes Yoder: “I can think of few things further detached from reality than the NFL actually envisioning the draft (again, not the Super Bowl, not even a game, but the draft) being on the same level as the presidential election.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="8. I think the best football news of the week, other than the fact that we’ve got only three days of hype yet before round one, is that the Monday night games will (should) be over before Colbert every week now. The new start time: 8:15 p.m. ET, 15 minutes earlier than the old time." data-reactid="177">8. I think the best football news of the week, other than the fact that we’ve got only three days of hype yet before round one, is that the Monday night games will (should) be over before Colbert every week now. The new start time: 8:15 p.m. ET, 15 minutes earlier than the old time.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="9. I think congrats are in order for Chris Palmer, the first head coach in the revitalized history (1999-today) of the Cleveland Browns. He’s now the athletics director at the University of New Haven, the place that gave him his first football head-coaching job in 1986. Talked to Palmer the other day, and he’s happy living a totally different life at a small liberal-arts college, giving back for what became his good fortune a long time ago." data-reactid="178">9. I think congrats are in order for Chris Palmer, the first head coach in the revitalized history (1999-today) of the Cleveland Browns. He’s now the athletics director at the University of New Haven, the place that gave him his first football head-coaching job in 1986. Talked to Palmer the other day, and he’s happy living a totally different life at a small liberal-arts college, giving back for what became his good fortune a long time ago.

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a. Story of the Week: by Yuki Naguchi of National Public Radio, bringing home the story of opioid addiction to middle America. It’s a touching piece from Muncie, Ind., with a hopeful girl dead a year after thinking she’d beaten it, and parents who bled savings and retirement income to try to save her life.

b. I listened to that three times. It left me incredibly sad. But it’s something we’ve got to face as a country. We&#39;ve got to address this scourge.

c. Excellent job by the Pulitzer Committee, on this same subject, recognizing the Cincinnati Enquirer for its project on the scourge of heroin on greater Cincinnati, spending a week in the area documenting the crisis. In that week, 18 local residents died of heroin use, and there at least 180 heroin overdoses. One week, one metro area, one medium-sized city, one substance, 18 needless deaths.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="d. College Football Story of the Week: by Paul Myerberg of USA Todayon the quarterback recruit, Brevin White from California, who chose Princeton over Alabama. Cool tale." data-reactid="183">d. College Football Story of the Week: by Paul Myerberg of USA Todayon the quarterback recruit, Brevin White from California, who chose Princeton over Alabama. Cool tale.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="e. Pro Football Story of the Week: by Greg Bishop of SIon why Jake Locker walked away to a monk’s life in rural Washington." data-reactid="184">e. Pro Football Story of the Week: by Greg Bishop of SIon why Jake Locker walked away to a monk’s life in rural Washington.

f. Good lesson there. One of the things about studying players during the draft is judging love of the game. From what I’m told, no one in the NFL questioned the desire of Locker entering the 2011 draft. And there he was, less than four years later, saying he had no desire to play the game.

g. The interview on “HBO Real Sports” between Bryant Gumbel and Derek Jeter ought to be interesting. Saw some quotes from it Saturday night. Gumbel asked Jeter pointedly about tanking. Jeter denied tanking. Gumbel pressed him. Jeter said, “You’re mentally weak.”

h. Beernerdness: Okay, okay. It’s not sober April anymore, not with this weekend’s trip to San Francisco. Just too much good beer here. Rain check. When my daughter Laura saw the logo on this bottle—The Penske File American Pale Ale (Faction Brewing, Alameda, Calif.)—she knew she had to get it for me. (Google “Seinfeld Penske File,” kids.) Delicious, with just the right hoppy bite.

i. RIP Gil Santos, the 36-year radio voice of the Patriots. For many New Englanders, Santos was the lifeline to a young team fighting for respect and attention in the late ’60s during the AFL days. More recently, until his retirement in 2012, Santos was as respected a play-by-play voice as there was in the NFL for his even-handed approach to a team exploding in popularity.

j. RIP Harry Anderson, the best understated comedic TV actor of a great sitcom era.

k. RIP Bruno Sammartino. For a very short time in my adolescent life, I watched phony wrestling on snowy over-the-air TV on a Springfield, Mass., station, and Sammartino was my colorful favorite.

l. RIP Barbara Bush, one of the classiest, most forthright women of our lives. Great story told by her husband. When their son, George W. Bush, was visiting his parents during his presidency, he put his feet up on a coffee table at their home, and his mom sternly told him: “George, get your feet off my table!” George Bush the elder said: “The guy is president of the United States! Give him a break!” She said, “No! He knows better!”

m. RIP Earle Bruce, the successor to Woody Hayes at Ohio State. Coached the Buckeyes in the best college football game I covered way back in the day—John Elway-led Stanford 23, Ohio State 20. A good man.

n. I wish I could watch Andrelton Simmons play shortstop a few times a week. He is an amazing glove man. The diving double play he started against the Red Sox the other day was absolutely nuts.

o. Congrats to Oakland’s Sean Manaea for no-hitting the best team in baseball, and doing it decisively. A gem. Ten strikeouts against a team hitting as well as the Red Sox, and no truly loud outs. I watched a lot of the game on TV, and what was notable—and to Manaea’s credit—was his ability to make good hitters chase a bunch of bad pitches.

p. Ninth inning Manaea thoughts: “My heart was beating out of my chest.”

q. Two hours and 16 minutes! What was this, a 1936 no-hitter?

r. Manaea did get some help along the way, on Andrew Benintendi being called for running out of the baseline with two out in the sixth on a play at first base. Benintendi might have been out of the baseline, but the play was pretty close, and as he said, it’s likely not a call in a run-of-the-mill game that’s not a no-hitter in progress: "I think if we have 10 hits at that point, that’s a single.”

The Adieu Haiku

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rumination? I dare you.
One more, and I&#39;ll puke.

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