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NFL Mock Draft 7.5: The extreme, trade-heavy version


NFL Mock Draft 7.5: The extreme, trade-heavy version

Through seven mock drafts this season and umpteen others over more years than I care to count, I've never included a made up trade. It's not that I don't see the rumors or haven't imagined all kinds of swaps on my end. It's just that projecting which players go to which teams is already random enough. Coming up with fake trades or shock value picks, that's a bridge too far.

Until now. My next true mock draft will come out Monday. This is an extreme version of that with all kinds of deals and all kinds of prospects rising and falling. Even there, I didn't just go insane (With the first pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Tim Tebow), but tried pondering what surprises could legitimately happen and had them all happen at once. Cool? Cool.

All trades are based on the current draft order as of Friday morning.

1. Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State - Every angle and hot take surrounding the former Heisman Trophy winner is extreme already.

2. Chargers (from Titans): Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - I'm legitimately buying this deal for both sides. The Chargers fear Philip Rivers leaves in free agency next offseason and the Titans haven't had a legitimate veteran quarterback for some time. Unless Tennessee wants USC DL Leonard Williams, expect a trade with somebody.

3. Jaguars: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia - Last season the Jaguars were super sneaky about their interest in Blake Bortles. With all the focus on defenders Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler, perhaps we could have another sneak attack.

4. Bears (from Raiders): Leonard Williams, DT, USC - Chicago's defense line isn't the special. As a dual threat, Williams might be so the Bears jump ahead of the Redskins.

5. Saints (from Redskins): Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida - Difficult call for Scot McCloughan considering Fowler's edge rush upside, but everyone thinks the Redskins GM wants more picks most of all, right? New Orleans needs a pass rusher. For the best one, swapping firsts, trading their second an a late round choice is the price.

6. Browns (from Jets): Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama - Cleveland needs to change the hapless narrative. Providing the offense with a playmaking receiver does that, at least until the next Johnny Manziel update. New York enters the draft with six selections, but that includes two in seventh. More needed, hence a trade down.

7. Raiders (from Bears): DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville - The Browns just took Oakland's target, but David Carr still gets a new pass catching toy.

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos


What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos

The Ravens got a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 3.

It was an interesting game for many reasons including Broncos star rookie running back, Phillip Lindsay, getting ejected in the first half for throwing a punch.

Here's what you need to know from Sunday's win:

— Rookie linebacker Kenny Young stepped in for injured C.J. Mosley and showed he will be a starter. Young had a critical sack on Broncos quarterback Case Keenum on a third down in the second and finished the day with 10 tackles. The Ravens defense as a whole was impressive. While they gave up a lot of short third downs, they stopped their fair share as well. Most importantly was the late fourth quarter interception from Patrick Onwuasor, while the Broncos were threatening in Ravens territory. 

— The Ravens are continuing to work on the run game, as something offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg emphasized after the team was averaging just 3.3-yards-per-carry heading into Week 3. Against the Broncos, the team averaged just 2.8 yard-per-carry, but put up two rushing touchdowns from Buck Allen and Alex Collins.

— It was a strange day for the Ravens' special teams when the Broncos blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The day became even stranger when safety Justin Simmons, (illegally) leaped over long snapper Morgan Cox to block a field goal and the penalty went uncalled. Kicker Justin Tucker made up for it by hitting not one, but two 52-yard field goals, his eighth straight from beyond 50. 

Joe Flacco finished the day 25 of 40 for 277 yards and one touchdown, while helping improve the team to 12-12 in the red zone. The QBs most impressive play came late in the fourth on a third down hitting the gas pedal, to not only get the first down but stayed in-bounds to keep the clock running and sealing the team's victory. His connection with John Brown continues to be strong after finding the receiver for a 44-yard gain, too.

The Ravens are now 2-1 and head to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup in Week 4. 


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Ravens vs. Broncos Week 3 inactives: C.J. Mosley not in action

Ravens vs. Broncos Week 3 inactives: C.J. Mosley not in action

The Ravens will have to battle with the Broncos in Week 3 without the services of linebacker C.J. Mosely, who was ruled out of action prior to the game.

Mosley exited the Ravens' Week 2 matchup vs. the Bengals in the first quarter and was later diagnosed with a bone bruise. With 10 days of rest, the three-time Pro Bowler was limited in Thursday's practice but did not practice Friday.

Also ruled out for Sunday's game is cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring), defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen), tight end Hayden Hurst (foot), 


— CB Anthony Averett
— QB Robert Griffin III
— DT Willie Henry
— TE Hayden Hurst
— WR Jordan Lasley
— LB C.J. Mosley
— DT Michael Pierce

— QB Kevin Hogan
— LB Alexander Johnson
— CB Adam Jones
— G Sam Jones
— S Dymonte Thomas
— DE Demarcus Walker
— T Elijah Wilkinson