By Marc Lawrence – It appeared the Tennessee Titans clearly reached when they selected OT Isaiah Wilson from Georgia with the 29th pick in the first round of this year’s NFL draft. Pro Football Focus loved his size (6-foot-6 and 350 pounds), but actually likes him more as a guard than as a tackle … Second round selection LSU CB Kristian Fulton was the 12th-ranked prospect on PFF’s draft board and easily the CB2. He owned their highest coverage grade in the country over the past two seasons, and he produced the nation’s highest forced incompletion rate (30.5%) when lined up on the outside. His ability to stick with his man, consistently force tight coverage and win at the catch point is as good as anyone. He was in SEC receivers’ hip pockets constantly. They insist he was one of the biggest steals of the draft … Tennessee needed a backup quarterback, and the Titans got one of the biggest arms in the entire draft in Hawaii’s Cole McDonald. He’s a project, though, and will need to be coached up. For more on the Titans’ draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is quietly becoming the envy of Power Five teams when it comes to recruiting. Aside from landing Top 10 classes his first three seasons with the Sooners, Riley just landed No. 1 Four-Star wide receiver in Mario Williams to his 2021 haul. He reeled in Four-Star WR Marvin Mims this season, while also landing Five-Star WRs Jadon Haselwood, and Theo Wease, along with Four-Star WR Trejean Bridges, in the 2019 class. To say that Five-Star QB Spencer Rattler is howling at the moon would be an understatement.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Carolina lost its final 8 games of the season by an average of nearly 17 PPG. This year new head coach Matt Rhule will turn to new OC Joe Brady who was the architect of the high-powered LSU offense last season. And speaking of new, recently acquired QB Teddy Bridgewater owns the best ATS win percentage of any current starting signal-caller in the league, sporting a glossy 28-7 ATS. Included is a jaw-dropping 18-2 ATS mark in games in which he is not favored. Let see what “new” can do for the Panthers this season.