Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vikings Might Top NFC North In 2017 | Ticket King

Vikings Draft
As we continue our mock draft tour, our next stop is the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings addressed their offensive line needs in free agency, and can now turn to other needs in the draft. Vikings fans thought that last season was “their year.” With a healthy quarterback, solid free agents, and a couple of key draft picks this season, they might go deep into the playoffs this year.  

Round 2: Dan Feeney/OG/Indiana- The Vikings addressed their tackle needs in free agency. They still need another guard. Feeney could start from day one.

Round 3A: Dalvin Tomlinson/DT/Alabama- Sharrif Floyd was a borderline bust and there is injury concern with Tom Johnson. One of the Vikings top priorities is defensive tackle in this draft. Tomlinson is a nice fit as a 4-3 defensive tackle.

Round 3B: JuJu Smith-Schuster/WR/USC- The Vikings need to continue to build their wide receiver unit. This is a little bit different of a package that speed demons out of USC in recent years. Smith-Schuster is tough, possession receiver and that is what he will be at the next level.

Round 4A: Brad Kaaya/QB/Miami- I have never been a fan of the Sam Bradford trade, and I do think that Brad Kaaya is the one potential gold mine in this weak quarterback class.

Round 4B:  Kareem Hunt/RB/Toledo- The Latavius Murray signing means the end of Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. Still, the Vikings need a running back out of this draft. At 5'10”, 216 pounds, Hunt is a tough between the tackles runner.

Round 5: Connor Harris/ILB/Lindenwood- The Vikings need some linebacker depth out of this draft. These late round small school kids always seem to play with an edge. Connor Harris, out of Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri, seems to be a good fit in this 4-3 zone run defense.

Round 6: Jonnu Smith/TE/Florida International- The last two selections have been from small schools, so let's keep the theme going. Jonnu Smith could be a nice backup tight end of the Vikings.

Round 7: Zane Gonzalez/K/Arizona State- If Gonzalez doesn't end up in Minnesota, there is going to be a lot of experts who look really foolish.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Packers Mock Draft | Ticket King Green Bay

Wisconsin sports fans have their eyes on the NCAA tournament. They are just weeks away from Brewers opening day. What are we doing up here in Green Bay? We're talking about the Packers mock draft. For that, we turn to T.J. Bryce as he just polished his crystal ball, and is ready to throw down his mock draft picks for the Packers. 

Round 1: Takkarist McKinley/OLB/UCLA- This has been a strange off season so far for the Packers, hasn't it? Now their priority switches to corner-back, outside linebacker, and interior offensive lineman. You can find lots of good interior lineman in later rounds and this corner-back pool is maybe the deepest in decades. I know the “fanboys” want T.J. Watt in this spot. Yes I know he's a name you recognize and he played at Wisconsin. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. McKinley's a better player.

Round 2: Kevin King/CB/Washington- The Packers have enough zone and slot corners. They need a guy who can grow into an “ace cover man.” At 6'3”, closer to 6'4”, 200 pounds, King has the size and “measurable” to do just that.

Round 3: Jaleel Johnson/DT/DE/Iowa- At 6'3”, 320 pounds, Johnson can play either inside as a pass rushing nose tackle or outside as a run stopping defensive end. He’s a good rotational player and a good athlete. The Packers badly need some depth along that line, out of this draft.

Round 4: Nico Siragusa/OG/San Diego State- I originally had this man going to the Vikings a couple of months ago, but with the changes to both team's lines via free agency, the Packers have a need at guard. Siragusa could start playing on day one.

Round 5A: James Conner/RB/Pittsburgh- The Packers also need a running back out of this draft. At 5'11”, 235 pounds, Conner is a tough, cold weather slugger who gets even better in bad weather and it fits perfectly for this team in this climate.

Round 5B: Jarron Jones/DT/DE/Notre Dame- At 6'6”, 316 pounds, Jones is another good athlete who would make for a fantastic rotational player along line defensive line, one that can play either inside on passing downs or outside on rushing downs.

Round 6: Marquez White/CB/Florida State- The Packers could really use two corners out of this draft. White could make for a good nickel/dime slot corner and a special teams player.

Round 7: Corey Levin/OG/C/Chattanooga- Levin has the size and versatility to player either center or guard in the NFL as a backup. That’s a good fit for the Packers. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Packers Options for Free Agent Pick Ups in 2017 | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers Free Agents
NFL Free Agency is almost upon us. Ted Thompson is never one to toss "Stupid Money" at a free agent, and it's unlikely that he will change his stripes this year. It is okay to dabble in free agency, but only to find a specific fit for a team, Let's hope the Packers don't offer any 100 million dollar contracts either. Here are some names the Packers should look at.

Leodis Mckelvin/CB- After a long successful tenure in Buffalo, McKelvin signed a free agency contract with the Eagles. 2016 was not good for him. Since he was released, this is a cornerback the Packers should look at. Nothing more than two years though, and no guaranteed money past the first season.

Darrelle Revis/CB- There was a time when it did not get any better at the cornerback position in the NFL than Darrelle Revis. But, Revis is now 31, and was one of the Jets cap casualties last week. Same situation as above. Nothing more than two years, and no guaranteed money past the first season.

Alterraun Verner/CB- Unlike the first two on this list, Verner is a few years younger, 28 to be exact, and it might take more than two years, one guaranteed, to get him in Green Bay. Still, it won't be stupid money, and I would honestly say something along the likes of 3-4 years.

Davon House/CB- Now it gets interesting. Would Davon House be interested in coming back to Green Bay? He excelled in Dom Capers system before signing a big free agent contract with the Jaguars. He is only 27, and this one might have more traction than others.

A.J. Bouye/CB- This is one of the few non-released players I would look at. Bouye is a stud, and is only 25. Problem is, it will cost a ton of money to get him away from Houston, more than the Packers should pay. If his price comes down enough, they should take a serious look, but it won't.

Prince Amukamara/CB- This is another non-released player I would take a look at. Unlike Bouye, it wouldn't cost stupid money to get him to Green Bay. Amukamara has always had talent, but has lacked motivation at times. Perhaps Green Bay is just what the doctor ordered.