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Packers 2017 NFL Draft: Day 3 Analysis

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Packers 2017 NFL Draft: Day 3 Analysis

With their seven selections on the final day of the 2017 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers add a dynamic pass rusher and find a few weapons on offense. (Read the Day 2 analysis here)

Round 4 (108): Vince Biegel, Outside Linebacker, Wisconsin

MEASURABLES / COMBINE: 

6'3", 246lbs, 4.67 40yd, 21 bench reps, 33.5″ vertical, 118″ broad jump. 6.92 3-cone, 4.30 20yd shuttle

The son of former BYU linebacker and two-time state wrestling champion, Rocky Biegel, Vince Biegel was an all-state athlete at Lincoln high school in Wisconsin Rapids, lettering in football, hockey, and track and field. He went to the University of Wisconsin in 2012 as a four-star recruit after turning down an offer from BYU. However, he redshirted his freshman season at UW because of a foot injury he suffered in his second game of action.

Biegel returned to the field in 2013 as a redshirt freshman, playing primarily a reserve role in the Badgers defense. He did crack the starting lineup in two games near the end of the season and finished the year with 25 tackles and two sacks. The following season, Wisconsin shifted to a 3-4 defense and the change really helped out Biegel’s career. He emerged as a pass-rushing outside linebacker in 2014, garnering national attention with 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 13 starts and proving to be one of the better young defensive players in the Big Ten.

In 2015, Biegel formed an effective duo on the edge with Joe Schoebert, who now starts at linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. As a junior, Biegel recorded 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and eight quarterback hurries, helping pave the way for one of the top defenses in college football. Biegel started off the 2016 season where he left off as a junior, but an ankle injury a few weeks into the year hindered him throughout the rest of the season and minimized his production. Even though he only registered four sacks and seven hurries, he did finish with 51 pressures, according to PFF, which was the second highest among all college outside linebackers.

Biegel’s 21.5 career sacks rank seventh in Wisconsin school history and his 39.5 tackles for loss are the 10th most among any Badger defender. He also tied the school record for the most games played with 54, including 40 starts in that time. He also earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2016 and 2014 and Third-Team honors in 2015, and was the defensive captain in 2016 for a Wisconsin defense that was one of the top units in the nation.

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What They’re Saying: 

“The Packers stay local to add some immediate depth to their edge rush squad in Beigel. If he can stay healthy, he has the athletic traits and motor to emerge as a starter sooner rather than later.” -- Mark Dulgerian from NFL.com

“A coach's dream with high character, leadership and off the chart intangibles.  Fills a need for the Packers at LB with loss of Datone Jones and Julius Peppers.” – CBS Sports

“Biegel is a freakishly talented athlete, but unrefined football player at this point. He also packs very little punch, and may have to move to an off-ball role in the NFL. Still his movement skills make him intriguing, as he racked up 52 QB pressures on only 255 pass-rushing snaps last year. Mike Renner from Pro Football Focus

“The Packers could use Biegel in any number of ways. Built in the mold of Clay Matthews, Biegel has the burst and relentlessness to be a pass rushing outside linebacker, or he could play off the ball as an inside linebacker in the Packers defense because he possesses great instincts, toughness, and quick lateral movement.” – CheeseheadTV.com Scouting Report

Other Options on the Board:

Highly-rated pass rusher Carl Lawson was still on the board at the start of Day 3. However, his extensive injury history probably made Green Bay hesitant to pull the trigger. The Packers also probably preferred Biegel’s ability to drop in space and play in coverage. This was not a strength of Lawson’s game. The Packers could have also addressed the running back position with this pick. Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, USF’s Marlon Mack, and BYU’s Jamaal Williams were all talented halfbacks still on the board. However, Green Bay was able to get Williams later in the round, so the board worked well in their favor.

Why they went with Biegel:

The Packers go with the Wisconsin kid because he’s a tremendous athlete and provides speed off the edge as a pass rusher. He’s also versatile enough to play inside linebacker if the team needs it, as well as rush from either side of the defensive formation. His non-stop motor and physical playing style bring a little more tenacity to the Packers defense, and his athletic profile as a pass rushing outside linebacker make him a great fit in Dom Capers 3-4 defense.

Green Bay gets tremendous value with Biegel at the top of the fourth round. He recorded 52 quarterback pressures in 2016, the second most in the nation among all college outside linebackers. He’s a relentless player who can fill multiple roles on the roster.

Initially, he should make his mark on special teams and as a situational pass rusher. He could rotate in on the edge with Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Kyler Fackrell. And given Matthews injury history and age, Biegel could be an important piece on defense to develop. He’s a playmaker, and the Packers could use more of that in their defensive unit.

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Round 4 (134): Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU

MEASURABLES / COMBINE: 

6'0", 212lbs, 4.59 40yd, 30″ vertical, 123″ broad jump. 7.25 3-cone, 4.53 20yd shuttle

After leading Summit High School to a Division Championship and earning League Offensive MVP, Williams was highly recruited by several major schools. In 2012, Williams chose to go to BYU over notable programs like UCLA, Oregon, and Boise State. As a true freshman in 2012, Williams made his debut as a starter midway through the season, rushing for 775 yards and 12 touchdowns with a 4.67 rushing average.

Williams then took the reigns as the team’s featured back in 2013, rushing for 1233 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 5.68 yards per carry as a sophomore. Emerging as one of the nation’s leading rushers, Williams put himself on the map as a legitimate NFL prospect.

Unfortunately, Williams junior year was less than ideal. After a slow start to the season, where he only rushed for 515 yards and four touchdowns, the California native tore his ACL against UNLV and missed the last three games of the season. After redshirting and sitting out the entire 2015 season for personal reaons, Williams returned for his senior year in 2016.

Williams re-emerged as a highly-touted pro prospect last fall as a senior. He was the nation’s leading rusher for the first six weeks of the season before injuring his ankle and missing three games. Williams did return to the field in November and capped off his season with 1375 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns, and a 5.88 rushing average. In 2016, the former BYU standout earned All-League First Team honors and CIF Offensive MVP, while helping pave the way for a BYU bowl win.

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What They’re Saying: 

“Was there a more obvious mid-round pick at RB to anyone who's been hearing Daniel Jeremiah's James Starks comparisons? Williams brings the toughness and instincts between the tackles the Packers lacked in their run game last season.” -- Mark Dulgerian from NFL.com

“A four-year starter that leaves BYU as the school's leading rusher. Patient and decisive reading his blocks. Will battle Ty Montgomery for the starting RB job as a rookie for the Packers.” – CBS Sports

“Williams is a physical, aggressive runner who plays bigger than the 212 pounds he weighed in at at the combine. He gains more yards after contact than other backs his size, and utilizes stiff arms and spin moves to extend runs. He may not have the speed to turn as many runs into long ones as he did in college, but is a solid rusher capable of running inside and gaining more than what his offensive line provides.” — Matt Claassen from Pro Football Focus

“The Packers could definitely use a halfback like Jamaal Williams in their offense. He could be their bell cow and carry the rock 20-25 games if needed and set a tough, physical tone on offense. This is something they may need with Eddie Lacy now in Seattle. Williams would be a great game closer--a guy they could feed the ball in the fourth quarter when they’re trying to protect a lead.” – CheeseheadTV.com Scouting Report

Other Options on the Board:

If the Packers didn’t want to go running back with pick 134, they could have selected inside linebackers Blair Brown or Jayon Brown, who both went early in the fifth round. They could have also picked up a young tight end to develop on their roster. Jake Butt, Jordan Leggett, and George Kittle were available. A Guard like Oregon State’s Sean Harlow or a big-play receiver like California’s Chad Hansen were also options.

Why they went with Williams:

The Packers could have gone with USF's Marlon Mack or Brian Hill from Wyoming, but Williams was ultimately their guy. The BYU product brings toughness to the Packers backfield. While Ty Montgomery is a dynamic elusive halfback, Williams is a physical downhill runner with sharp cutback ability. He runs through contact, breaking arm tackles and lowers his shoulder to bulldoze over defenders.

Williams is an excellent between-the-tackles runner with great vision and patience. He knows when to hit the hole and explode through the line. He also does a nice job setting up defenders in the open field with double moves showing some elusiveness. He was very productive at BYU, and Green Bay could use a well established runner on offense.

Montgomery gives the Packers a versatile weapon in the backfield, but Williams can be their tone setter. He has the tools to be a three-down player in their offense and he can be a true game closer. He's a guy Green Bay could feed the ball 20-25 times a game, or he contribute on passing downs. He's solid in blitz pickup and he's an underrated receiver out of the backfield.

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Round 5 (175): DeAngelo Yancey, Wide Receiver, Purdue

MEASURABLES / PRO DAY: 

6’2", 220lbs, 4.53 40yd, 35.5″ vertical, 21 bench reps, 121″ broad jump

After starting only five games as a true freshman at Purdue in 2013, recording 32 receptions for 546 yards and two touchdowns, Yancey's production on the field really took a dip in 2014. Despite starting a majority of the season, he only managed 12 receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns. However, he bounced back with a strong junior season with 48 receptions for 700 yards and five touchdowns, and then finished strong with impressive production in 2016 as as senior, recording 49 receptions for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Yancey's uptick in production as a starter at Purdue and solid athletic testing for his size played a huge role in getting him drafted. While some viewed the Georgia native as a seventh rounder or undrafted free agent, his physical playing style as a stout boundary receiver make him well worth a fifth round seleciton.

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What They’re Saying: 

“Yancey's productive senior season earned him NFL looks and Green Bay likely saw enough potential as a downfield receiver to take him at this point. He'll need to earn his keep on special teams early.” -- Mark Dulgerian from NFL.com

“A prospect with good size and athleticism, but will need time to develop. He will benefit by learning from Jordy Nelson.” – CBS Sports

“Four year letterman who has relied on quantity for his production totals. Yancey is a stiff-hipped vertical receiver only with good size but below average hands. A team could sniff around on him on Day 3, but he will struggle to uncover against NFL man coverage.” – Lance Zierlein from NFL.com

Other Options on the Board:

The Packers could have also added depth to other positions with this pick. LSU's explosive defensive tackle Davon Godchaux was also on the board, but the selection of Montravius Adams in the third round probably negated selecting another defensive lineman. Miami guard Danny Isidora was also available, but the Packers may not view guard as an immediate anymore with Jahri Evans now on their roster.

Why they went with Yancey:

Yancey averaged 15.1 yards per catch in his four-year career at Purdue, and the Packers seem to like his ability to make plays downfield as a big physical wide receiver. He gives them another intriguing young guy to develop at the position. If he emerges as a viable boundary option, the Packers could also use Jordy Nelson more in the slot.

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Round 5 (182): Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP

MEASURABLES / COMBINE: 

5'9", 208lbs, 4.56 40yd, 37.5″ vertical, 127″ broad jump. 6.82 3-cone, 4.20 20yd shuttle

Jones is an elusive haflback with a ton of college produciton. He led UTEP in rushing in 2013 as a freshman with 811 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. The following season he earned All-Conference USA honors and rushed for 1321 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. After sitting out his entire junior season because of a torn ligament in his ankle, Jones returned to dominant form, finishing the 2016 as one of the nation's leading rushers. He amassed 1773 yards on the ground to go along with 233 receiving yards an a whopping 20 touchdowns. He was also one of the top finishers among the running back group at the combine in the vertical, broad jump, three-cone, and short shuttle.

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What They’re Saying: 

“Averaged 7.7 yards per carry with good speed and elusiveness, though his power is less than ideal and will limit short yardage opportunities . . . adding to an area of need for GB.” – CBS Sports

“Jones can scoot with the play speed and coordinated lower body to string together moves and find open spaces. He doesn't have ideal run power or tempo between the tackles, leading to missed opportunities, but his quick-hitting vision and feast/famine run style are what made him so productive in college. Overall, Jones has clear flaws to his game, which might limit his NFL opportunities, but he has the athletic traits to eat away at defenses if given the chance.” – Dane Brugler from NFL Draft Scout

“Ted Thompson clearly had a plan to address the Packers' running back needs in the backend of this draft. Jones has a knack for breaking off big runs (broke off a 40+ yd run in 8 games last year) and is a reliable receiver out of the backfield.” -- Mark Dulgerian from NFL.com

Other Options on the Board:

Versatile defensive back Chuck Clark out of Virginia Tech was still available, as well were speedy linebackers Tanner Vallejo and Jordan Evans. They're both good coverage inside linebackers that could have played a role in the Packers nickel defense. However, doubling up on running back talent makes a lot of sense for the Packers.

Why they went with Jones:

If the 2016 season proved anything for the Packers is that you can never have too many talented running backs on your roster. Green Bay got caught in a tough position last year when the top two halfbacks on their depth chart missed time because of injury.

Jones brings some wiggle and agility to the Packers backfield. While Williams is more of a physical downhill runner, Jones is an explosive athlete with good elusiveness and change of direction in space. He was very productive at UTEP last season, leading him to declare for the draft a year early. 

The Packers have to like the production and athletic traits. Jones shows excellent lower body explosion and quickness. He could factor in immediately as a change-of-pace back and receiving weapon out of the backfield.

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Round 6 (212): Kofi Amichia, OL, South Florida

MEASURABLES: 

6’4", 302lbs, 4.99 40yd, 32 bench reps, 33.5″ vertical, 114″ broad jump

Amichia started the past two seasons for USF at left tackle, making it 26 consecutive games he was the Bulls blindside protector. He earned ACC All First-Team honors in 2016 and was a staple in the nation's fifth-ranked rushing offense. Given his size many project Amichia to the interior offensive line in the NFL. He should be a good developmental guard or center on a roster.

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What They’re Saying: 

“A two-year starter and AAC first team selection in 2016, Amichia is a developmental OL prospect who will need time before NFL action is considered.” – CBS Sports

“Ted T. tends to select college bookends and experimenting with them inside. That's likely Amichia's destiny in Green Bay.” -- Mark Dulgerian from NFL.com

Other Options on the Board:

The Packers passed on Washington nose tackle Elijah Qualls and FSU defensive back Marquez White to select Amichia. They could have also had athletic Kansas State linebacker Elijah Lee or Chattanooga guard Corey Levin. Miami quarterack Brad Kaaya also only went a few picks later at 215. He would have been an interesting prospect for Green Bay to develop behind Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley.

Why they went with Amichia:

The Packers ultimately went with Amichia because he's a versatile offensive lineman with good athletic testing. He primarily played tackle in college, but he can move inside and play guard or center. He can develop behind veterans Jahri Evans and Don Barclay and eventually play a bigger role at guard.

 

Round 7 (238): Devante Mays, RB, Utah

MEASURABLES / COMBINE: 

5'11", 230lbs, 22 bench reps, 4.47 40yd, 129″ broad jump

The Packers shore up the running back position by selecting Mays in the seventh round. Mays wowed scouts with impressive ahtletic testing at the Utah State pro day. He's an explosive athlete with power and size. However, his collegiate career was riddled with injuries. After rushing for 966 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, Mays debuted his senior season with a 208-yard and three-touchdown performance against Weber State. However, the 230-pound back injured his knee the following week against USC. After the knee injury, he played off and on for the remainder of the season, only seeing action in six games and finishing wiht only 259 yards rushing.

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What They’re Saying: 

“A big, bruising running back prospect with some durability concerns but he´s 21st all time in rushing at Utah State.” – CBS Sports

Other Options on the Board:

It's tough to nitpick a selection this late in the draft. A few other players they could have considered taking at 238 are Western Michigan pass rusher Keion Adams, Toledo defensive lineman Treyvon Hester, or Baylor offensive lineman Kyle Fuller. However, going with another running back on Day 3 of the draft makes a lot of sense. The Packers really needed to bolster the position heading into this week.

Why they went with Mays:

Mays is a big physical back with some impressive ahtletic testing numbers. At 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds he ran a sub-4.50 and posted a 129-inch broad jump. He has good lower body power and gives Green Bay a bigger back to complement Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Ty Montgomery at the position. The Packers now seem to have every type of back on their roster. Each guy should get a chance to compete in camp.

 

Round 7 (247): Malachi Dupre, Wide Receiver, LSU

MEASURABLES / COMBINE: 

6'3", 196lbs, 4.52 40yd, 39.5″ vertical, 135″ broad jump. 7.19 3-cone, 4.26 20yd shuttle

It was only this time last year that Dupre looked like an early-round receiver prospect on the verge of a breakout junior season. However, due to quarterback struggles and inconsistent LSU offensive play, Dupre's production was very pedestrian in 2016. He only managed 41 receptions for 593 yards and three touchdowns. He did average 14.5 yards per catch and showed good jump ball ability, but the Tigers struggles to put it all together on the field really hurt Dupre's stock as an NFL draft prospect.

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What They’re Saying: 

“A likely depth prospect at receiver with good speed and athleticism, but needs to develop in several areas. Will need time before seeing an NFL field.” – CBS Sports

Other Options on the Board:

Chris Carson and Matt Dayes are two intriguing running backs that were still available at the end of the seventh round. Wisconsin's Corey Clement didn't even go drafted. However, the Packers already added three young halfbacks to their roster, so Dupre made more sense here with the 247th pick. If the Packers were considering receiver, they could have also gone with Georgia State wideout Robert Davis. He has good size, speed, and athleticism. He should be a priority in undrafted free agency.

Why they went with Dupre:

The Packers add another big physical boundary receiver. With Dupre and Yancey Green Bay now has more boundary weapons on their roster. Dupre can be a downfield threat as well. His production was down in college because of spotty quarterback play, but the talent is still there on tape. He's a great jump-ball wide receiver. He graded out well in making contested catches. He's a guy that could stick on their roster because all of the athletic traits are there. He just needs to get his opportunities and put it all together on the field.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

I really like the first four picks. I think they are very good. What do I think about the last 6 picks? "Well, I really like the first four."

Colin_C's picture

My thoughts exactly, with the addition of Williams as well. I think he's got a bright future as Starks 2.0 (but better). Otherwise, can't say I'm thrilled with the back half of the class. Wanted to see more LB's. But the late rounds are such hit or miss, so I'll trust the Packer scouting on this one. Now, let's go out and sign Joe Mathis!!!

qotsa1's picture

I would love it if they signed Joe Mathis. I liked the first 4 picks, but to completely ignore defense the rest of the draft seems like a mistake.

JAMESMARTIN's picture

I also liked the first 4 picks plus Jamaal Williams. Dude, trading back to pick DeAngelo Yancey on 5th was a huge mistake, I really liked the guy Steelers took right after, Brian Allen, big and fast CB with high ceiling. Taking 3 RB and 2 WR was disappointing, I would have taken only 2 RB and keep improving the defensive side with either rushers, LB or CB. Overall I think the draft was OK...Packers and Vikings will dominate the division and probably both will make the playoffs, let's hope it's enough to go to the Super Bowl.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

They can't even keep those 3 RB. And, it's the least important skill position on the Packers offense. I don't get it. It would be way better to load the PS with OL and WR prospects. Replacement RBs are a dime a dozen

HankScorpio's picture

They had to go hard at RB this offseason. They only had a FB and converted WR for viable NFL RBs after 2016 ended. I agree that RB is not important which is why I'm fine with adding the 3 RBs on day 3, instead of earlier.

Why can't they keep the 3 draftees on the opening day 2017 roster? 5 backs is a fairly typical number.

Dzehren's picture

3 of the 4 current RB's wont be on the roster next year. #88 will stick but has injury history

WKUPackFan's picture

Malachi Dupre is an absolute freaking steal. He's got serious talent.

dobber's picture

I think they could've flipped Yancey an Dupre and no one would've batted an eye.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Your comment, dobber, should win the thread.

I think WKU is correct in suggesting that Dupree is a steal in the 7th since he would have looked quite reasonable in the 5th.

4thand1's picture

Dupre is a steal in the 7th.

Jersey Al's picture

Great work here, Dan!

dobber's picture

Agreed!

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Great job by all of the CTV folks on this draft if you ask me.

chugwater's picture

*Slow hand clap*

Bravo!

dan dahlke's picture

Thanks, Al. It was a very fun draft to cover. I love what the Packers did today. The two 4th round picks were homeruns, in my opinion.

WKUPackFan's picture

CHTV's entire draft coverage was a smashing success.

Norm's picture

Definitely agree. We Packer fans are spoiled to have a consistently good and occasionally great team (not as frequently great as we might like, but still always in the mix), and a site like this to feed our Packers fix throughout the year. Thank you everyone at CHTV!

Jersey Al's picture

thanks guys - it's a hell of a lot of work, so I appreciate the kind words on behalf of the whole team!

lou's picture

Agreed, Cheesehead TV is in a class by itself among Packer blogs in regards to accuracy, timeliness, and constructive banter by the users, keep it up.

al bundy's picture

When i read three running backs and no pass rushers, i question the sanity of the packers draft board. Ted acts like oh were good on d no needs just luxury picks now. Ya and all the running backs have looooooong history of serious injuries.

HankScorpio's picture

Biegel is a pass rusher.

And calling those 3 RBs a 'luxury" is something I'm not sure I understand. Keeping 5 RBs is fairly typical and all 3 would be front-runners for 1 of those 5 spots based on things we know today. Before today, the only viable NFL backs on the roster were a FB and a guy that started 2016 as a WR.

Dzehren's picture

Exactly. & #88
Played in six games with three starts as a rookie in 2015 before an ankle injury that he sustained in Week 6 vs. San Diego would sideline him for the remainder of the season.

#88 missed first 2 games because of injury. sidelined 2 weeks later then hurt again in week 6. Hurt again in NFC Championship game. We love #88 but let's be realistic in riding that horse .

Nick Perry's picture

Ease up on Montgomery. He played in 15 games last season and all 3 in the playoffs. The one game he did miss was because he developed some symptoms from the Sickle Cell Trait he was born with. I don't think you can underestimate what an offseason of training for the RB position will do for Montgomery this year. Matter of fact even Ahman Green even mentioned how important that would be for Monty's growth this season.

Hey if one of the best if not the best RB in Packers history says it will benefit him greatly, I believe it! The man is 6 feet tall and 221 to 225, depending where you look. Depending on the O-Line I think he can run for at least 1200 yards and catches 50 passes for at least another 500.

stockholder's picture

I think the first four picks are TTs best in years. It wasn't your ordinary draft. Many players were reached for, and teams filled needs first. The BPA was out the window by many. The people that play fantasy drafts just kept shaking their heads. I feel that these guys are a great START to being packers for years. My dismay is TT blew some picks after Biegel. I'm not a fan of many. They look like they can fumble to easily. Stiff, Not that shifty speed. IR more than PS.

Dzehren's picture

When Favre retired we had AROD & TT drafted still Brohm & Flynn same year. Lacey & Starks leave & TT draft's 3 RB's. Love #88 but durability & 18 carries a game are a question mark. 88 checks all boxes except recent 2015 & 16 injury history. HUGE RISK.

Dzehren's picture

don jackson john crockett michaell #88 would be the worst backfield in the nfl

EdsLaces's picture

Considering I wanted Biegel and a RB in round 4 ....i was thrilled at how it unfolded. People are always gonna complain about something.

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