For the second year in a row, the first pick of the NFL Draft is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Oklahoma. Kyler Murray is that man in 2019, going to the Arizona Cardinals, following Cleveland Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield in 2018.
After this year’s top pick, the first round was loaded with linemen and linebackers. To be exact, 21 of the first 32 selections in this draft were players who should fill spots on the offensive line or the defensive front seven.
Defensive backs were an afterthought on Thursday, with two safeties and one cornerback going in the first round. Continue reading
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Beginning in 2011, the NFL Network has surveyed NFL players to compile an annual ranking of the league’s top 100 players. The list is unveiled in a multi-part series during the offseason, with each episode profiling 10 players on the countdown to the No. 1 spot.
Because the ranking is decided by players and not the media or fans, those who often don’t get mainstream attention receive their just due: e.g., offensive linemen, linebackers who don’t get a lot of sacks, guys who standout on bad or small-market teams.
That’s good for defensive backs. Continue reading
The Raiders’ 24-20 win over the Chiefs this past Thursday snapped a 16-game losing streak for Oakland and gave the silver and black its first victory this season. The game was also a landmark occasion for veteran Raiders safety Charles Woodson, who finished with eight tackles and one sack to become the first player in NFL history with at least 50 interceptions and 20 sacks. (Woodson has 58 picks, 11 of which he’s returned for touchdowns.)
Woodson is at the tail-end of a career that will certainly land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, perhaps on the first ballot. It’s just too bad he may have to author his finale with the sorry Raiders. Continue reading
Already considered the most glaring weak spot on the team going into the 2014 NFL season, the Detroit Lions’ secondary threatened to be spectacularly bad after injuries plagued the group throughout the exhibition schedule.
And yet two games into the regular season, Detroit’s DBs are holding their own. Cornerbacks Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, free safety Glover Quin and strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus have led a unit that has the Lions ranked ninth in the league in pass defense. Continue reading
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