Well almost a day early... it's 2 am here right now. I started this earlier, I swear!
It's everybody's favourite time of year, well, except grumpy old owl.... That's right. Not only is it playoff hockey time, it's also NFL draft time. Why they delayed it two weeks is beyond me... but it's finally time.
And like every year, I'm back with my pal Jamie to prognosticate and generally just have fun by putting out there the proof that neither of us knows what we're doing.
But it's good conversation.
Let me say this before we begin. I expect a LOT of trades this year. A lot of teams have specific needs.... needs that won't necessarily be filled by the time their pick comes.
We'll see if it's a buyer's or seller's market.
Canuck - Jadeveon Clowney DE Jamie - Jadeveon Clowney DE
Make no mistake. Houston is trying to trade down. They want Khalil Mack. Whether anyone (Atlanta?) bites only time will tell. I think the price will be too steep, and the Texans will be forced to take Clowney.
Canuck - Greg Robinson OT Jamie - Greg Robinson OT
I know Jake Matthews has a connection with Jeff Fisher, but Robinson is a lock LT for the next 10 years. A monster run blocker, he'll have to improve his pass blocking.
The Rams are also looking to trade down. I think this is where the action starts. Especially if Houston selects Mack.
Canuck - Khalil Mack LB Jamie - Khalil Mack LB
Jacksonville needs so much. Mack is the best 'right now' player in the draft. And he fits the Jags scheme. No way they trade out.
Could surprise.... Johnny Manziel or Sammy Watkins
Canuck - Sammy Watkins WR Jamie - Johnny Manziel QB
I really thought about plugging in Manziel here.... it's a good fit. But with the Browns having two first round picks, I'll take the weapon here, and give them a QB at #26
Canuck - Jake Matthews OT Jamie - Sammy Watkins WR
I'm giving the Raiders some credit here that they will make the smart pick and grab a tackle that will improve their line for the next decade. But if Cleveland passes on Watkins, they'll trip over themselves racing to select him.
Canuck - Taylor Lewan OT Jamie - Jake Matthews OT
I really think Atlanta moves up to grab either Clowney or Mack. But if they can't, let's protect Matt Ryan, shall we? And Lewan can. An instant starter.
Canuck - Mike Evans WR Jamie - Mike Evans WR
Another team trying to move up. The GM wants Manziel. The new coach wants Aaron Donald DT. Who's going to win the power struggle?
I'll compromise and give them the wide out they desperately need.
Canuck - Justin Gilbert CB Jamie - Blake Bortles QB
Minnesota would like to trade down for more picks. A new coaching staff, and the re-signing of Matt Cassell moves me away from QB here and into improving their horrid pass defence. I say they trade down however. With... the Jets?
Canuck - Eric Ebron TE Jamie - Taylor Lewan OT
The Bills need 'backers, and there are a couple of good ones available. But it's not great value at #9. So I'm breaking Baltimore's heart and giving them Ebron.
Canuck - Darqueze Dennard CB Jamie - Justin Gilbert CB
If Detroit doesn't trade up to get Watkins, they'll go corner.
Canuck - Blake Bortles QB Jamie - Anthony Barr LB
New coach Ken Whisenhunt gets his guy. Jake Locker can play this year while Bortles learns.
Canuck - Anthony Barr LB Jamie - Aaron Donald DT
The G Men need help on an aging team. Barr is an instant starter on a sub par LB core.
Canuck - Calvin Pryor FS Jamie - Calvin Pryor FS
I like Pryor. He's a violent hitter. However, if the Rams do trade down from #2 and miss out on a tackle, look for it here... one of the three or maybe Zack Martin.
Canuck - Aaron Donald DT Jamie - Darqueze Dennard CB
If Donald is still there (Dallas may move up to grab him) the Bears will snag him and be happy.
Canuck - Zack Martin OT Jamie - Bradley Robey CB
The Steelers' line is atrocious. And Big Ben isn't getting any more mobile with age. Nabbing a starting tackle is a no brainer.
Canuck - CJ Mosley LB Jamie - Timmy Jernigan DT
Lots of talk about Dallas trying to move up. Hopefully no. They don't need flash, they need depth. Injuries killed them last year. Take as many defencive players as you can.
Canuck - Marquise Lee WR Jamie - Zack Martin OT
If the Ravens don't move up to get Ebron, they'll take a weapon of a different kind.
Canuck - Odell Beckham WR Jamie - Eric Ebron TE
I predict the Jets will move up to get Beckham. But in my draft, they won't have to.
Canuck - Cyrus Kouandjio OT Jamie - CJ Mosley LB
My reach pick so far. Miami needs a tackle, and the top ones are gone, so they take the 6'7" 325lb monster out of Alabama.
Canuck - Derek Carr QB Jamie - Kony Early DE
Carson Palmer can't play forever. The Cardinals take their QB of the future.
Could surprise - if they think they can win now with Palmer, then look for Ryan Shazier LB or Bradley Robey CB.
Canuck - Ryan Shazier LB Jamie - Ryan Shazier LB
The Pack suffered a lot of injuries last year that left them thin on D. Ryan steps in both on D and special teams.
Canuck - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Jamie - Odell Beckham WR
I'm giving Philly the safety rumoured to be picked by the Cowboys. The Eagles need to step up on D to compensate for being on the field so much due to their no huddle speed offence.
Canuck - Kelvin Benjamin WR Jamie - Brandin Cooks WR
Let's give Alex Smith another target. The walrus loves his offence.
Canuck - Bradley Robey CB Jamie - Jason Verrett CB
The Bengals continue to build their impressive defence.
Now if only they spent some time on their offence.
Canuck - Kyle Fuller CB Jamie - Louis Nix DT
The Chargers need help. Alex Smith and Peyton Manning four times a year... Good luck Mr Fuller.
Canuck - Johnny Manziel QB Jamie - Kelvin Benjamin WR
I really think Manziel is Cleveland bound, but do I really think he'll last to #26? No, I don't.
Canuck - Xavier Su'a-filo OG Jamie - Dee Ford DE
Drew Brees spent waaaay too much time running around last season. Time to build him a wall.
Canuck - Brandin Cooks WR Jamie - Marqise Lee WR
Anyone who thinks the Panthers aren't drafting a receiver here needs to look at their roster. That kid from Play 60 who's loosening up his arm is now their top WR.
Canuck - Jace Amaro TE Jamie - Ra'Shede Hageman DT
I say Bill needs a TE so he'll reach and get one here. Both Hernandez (in prison) and Gronkowski (made of glass) aren't reliable.
Who are we kidding? The Pats will trade down into the second round for someone's first next year, and then they'll pick a TE.
Canuck - Ra'Shede Hageman DT Jamie - Stephon Tuitt DE
The Niners don't need a lot. And what they do need isn't available at #30.
Canuck - DeMarcus Lawrence DE Jamie - Joel Bitonio OT
The Broncs are still reeling from the Super Bowl. While O-line is a need, a revamped defence is a must.
Canuck - Donte Moncrief WR Jamie - Jace Amaro TE
The Seahawks don't need much help on D, (except maybe during all of their drug suspensions) so Russell Wilson gets a new toy.
There you have it, for all it's worth. (don't forget to subtract tax)
Hope everyone has a good draft party to go to... eat lots, stay safe, and Go Cowboys!