On Thursday, the New England Patriots officially extended the contract of wide receiver Julian Edelman. The nine-year veteran received a two-year, $11 million dollar deal with $9 million in guarantees, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. This season was the last of his current contract. Edelman would’ve been a free agent next offseason and possibly could have been able to earn more money on the open market.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) June 8, 2017
Adding to @RapSheet on Edelman: $5m signing bonus and $4m in reachable incentives. So two years, $15m max.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 8, 2017
The Patriots are loading up at wide receiver for another Super Bowl run. Add Edelman, 31, to new addition Brandin Cooks, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola and Tom Brady will have no shortage of playmakers out wide. By the way, Rob Gronkowski is fully healthy and participating in all team workouts.
The Evil Empire of the NFL is only getting better….
The Greg One
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst, is one of my favorite draft prognosticators in the business. He does a solid job of analyzing prospects, giving his full opinion regardless of what those around him believe to be to the contrary.
On Monday, Brugler released a full seven-round mock draft.
You can find the article here.
When looking at his selections for the Chargers, one can get excited at the prospect of adding such quality players.
Below you’ll find Brugler’s draft choices for the Bolts, and his thoughts on their first three selections.
1 (3) – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 (35) – Ryan Kelly, OC, Alabama
3 (66) – Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
4 (102) – Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
5 (175) – Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
6 (179) – Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
6 (198) – Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
7 (224) – LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah
|Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: With Tunsil available, the Chargers have a choice to either help stabilize their offensive line or go after a stud on defense. With Philip Rivers in the final years of his career, San Diego needs to protect him at all costs.|
35. San Diego Chargers
|Ryan Kelly, OC, Alabama: A glaring hole on the roster, Kelly would be a day one starter capable to opening run lanes inside.|
66. San Diego Chargers
|Darian Thompson, S, Boise State: With Eric Weddle in Baltimore, San Diego needs to add depth at safety and develop a future starter.|
The additions of Tunsil and Kelly in the first and second rounds, respectively, would show that the Chargers are done messing around with the revolving door that has become the team’s offensive line. Both players are considered to be the best at their positions, and Tunsil is said to be the best prospect in the entire draft class by many evaluators.
The third-round selection of Thompson would do just as Brugler suggests, providing depth at safety and giving the team an option for a future starter at safety.
After the Bolts watched Ladarius Green leave for Pittsburgh via free agency, the tight end group is a bit of an unknown. Though the team has All-World tight end Antonio Gates, the former undrafted free agent is not getting any younger. The signing of veteran Jeff Cumberland to the position group is clearly not a long-term solution.
With the selection of tight end Nick Vannett, formerly of Ohio State, the Chargers could add their tight end of the future. Vannett has good size and was underused in college. Although his not overly physical as a blocker, he does provide the ability to become a solid pass-catching tight end in the San Diego offense.
Rounding out his draft on behalf of the Bolts, Brugler gives the team four players that can give the team depth and special teams players.
Malcolm Mitchell would come in as an unheralded wideout worthy of attention. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school, but multiple knee injuries derailed his collegiate career, to a degree. On a positive note, Mitchell can flat-out fly, running in the 4.4s in the 40-yard dash.
Striker of Oklahoma is listed as an outside linebacker, but teams have been working him out as a safety in addition to ‘backer drills. He would become a special teamer as a rookie, working toward getting playing time on defense further down the road in his career.
Overall, I love the idea of beefing up the offensive line via the additions of Tunsil and Kelly. That being said, in Brugler’s mock, defensive back Jalen Ramsey was available for the taking at the No. 3 spot (Any of you who visit this site know of the “draft crush” I have on Ramsey).
Should the draft for the Chargers play out the way that Brugler suggests it will, Bolts fans should be very happy with their draft haul.
Thanks a lot for reading.