The 2019

Patriots Season. 

Patriots. 

3 Things For Sunday: Part III.

Mock Part II.

By TOM

17. Tennessee (DL, DB, Edge, QB, OL, RB)- Raekwon Davis- 6-7, 312,  Alabama DT/5-T- Vrabel gets lucky as top DL talent drops down to him. He played with Richard Seymour, so he knows what a top DT, who can eat up multiple blockers, can do for a defense. Davis doesn't play as low as Seymour, but he can cause a lot of disruption to the blocking scheme. 

18. Indianapolis (DT, WR, TE, Edge)- *Henry Ruggs- 6', 190, WR, Alabama- Ruggs is a pure speed guy with great size. He reminds me of TY Hilton (who will have one year left on his contract after this season and just hit his 30s). Hilton was a pure speed guy as well, only smaller. Ruggs has that knack for scoring TDs. He has scored 24 TDs in limited play at Alabama, mostly with pure speed. 

19. Miami Trade with Steelers (OL, CB, OL, Edge, OL)- Trevon Diggs- 6-2, 207, CB, Alabama- The Dolphins really suck. Plus, they're stupid. They should have played Rosen all season to see what he's got. Instead they played the over the hill gang at QB, and lost everything anyway. Gee, I wonder how Joe Borrow would have looked on this team if they had lost every game this year with Rosen at QB?

20. Las Vegas (WR, TE, CB, LB, OL)- Tee Higgins- 6-4, 215,  WR, Clemson- They still gotta help their QB. Seriously. He is not producing as expected this season. But is going to blow up the Combine, and could be a great one in the NFL.

21. Jacksonville from L.A. Rams (DL, FS, CB, OT)- Trey Adams- OLT 6-7 315, Washington- They need a guy to put at their QB's back. Adams is a risk. He is an injury risk. I don't think I would take a chance on him in the 1st. But he has been terrific this season. He has regained his agility and looks as good as any OT moving backwards in this Draft.

22. Dallas (FS, TE, DT, WR, SS, DE)- *Grant Delpit, Box-Safety, LSU- He is just not having a great season. He is more strong Safety than FS, because he is not great in coverage. He is more of a Patrick Chung type Safety than a FS. He is great at finding the RB inside, and can cover the TE. He should also be able to line up at LB, and help with substitution packages.

23. Miami trade with Houston (OL, OL, Edge, OL)- Calvin Throckmorton- 6-5, 309, OL, Oregon- This is probably too smart of a pick for Miami. Throckmorton can play four OL positions including OC. Miami has to completely rebuild their O-line, and having a guy who they can plug in at four different positions will help them pick up the best available OLs.

24. Kansas City (OL, CB, RB)- C.J. Henderson- 6-1, 202, CB, Florida, Jr.- I really want to go Swift here, but Henderson is just too good. He is right up there with Okudah and Fulton, who went top 12. He has been a shut down Corner for FLA the past two season. He is a but of a wimp against the run, but a lot of great Corners are. He has become the forgotten CB in this Draft. I will probably have him over Diggs in my next Draft.

25. Buffalo (WR, RB, TE, OG, Edge)- Jalen Reagor- 5-11, 195, WR, TCU- The question here is Reagor or Taylor. They have to get some guys to help their young QB. That is all that matters in this Draft. Allen is developing and needs some weapons to make his like easier. An OL wouldn't hurt either.

26. Minnesota (DT, CB, OT, DE, OG)- *Paulson Adebo- 6-1, 190, CB, Stanford- I saw this pick in another Draft and loved it. Adebo has said that he is definitely declaring for this Draft. two of their top three Corners are going to be free agents after the season. Spielman like the best athlete available theory. But the flaw in that theory is that DBs are usually the best athletes available. So he will over draft DB sometimes.

27. Seattle (CB, OG, TE)- Prince Tega Wanogho- 6-7, 305, OL, Auburn- It just seems natural to give them a O-lineman to help their QB. They have three former college OLTs playing on their O-line. So why not one more.

29. Green Bay (DE, LB, OG)- *Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State- Packers need an edge guy to help hit the QB. 

29. New Orleans (WR, LB, TE)- *Jacob Eason- 6-6, 228, QB Washington- I really want to go RB here. Swift, Taylor, or Etienne would really help their old QB. But, I mean, Dobbins or Chuba Hubbard should drop in the 2nd, if not one of the big three. I don't think Eason declares. But if he does this is his floor. 

30. Ravens (LB, SS, DT, DE, OG)- *Xavier McKinney- 6-1, 200, SS/LB, Alabama- I saw this in a mock as well and liked it. McKinney is another Strong Safety who can play some linebacker. He can help on two of their top needs as a rookie, while he is finding his position. He plays Strong Safety for Alabama, but almost always lines up on the 2nd level like an LB.

31. 49ers (Edge, WR, OG, DT, CB)- Anfernee Jennings- 6-3, 259, Edge, Alabama- They will be looking for an Edge. Everybody knows my affinity for Jennings as a rusher. I think what he does at Alabama will translate to the NFL. He will hit the QB in the NFL. 

32. Patriots (QB (Brady), TE, WR, OLG, FS, OLB, TE, WR, DL, OL, DL, TE, OLB)- Albert Okwuegbunam- 6-5, 255, TE, Missouri- Okwuegbunam was great in 2018. He was not good this season. So he dropped. He played like a Day Three Tight End with the young QB. In 2018 with Lock as his QB he "Ended the year with 43 catches for 466 yards (both career highs) and six touchdowns in his nine games ... Had a monster game with a career-best performance in MU's Homecoming win over Memphis (10/20), when he caught six passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns." 

He consistently got open going deep down the Seam, and he catches those deep throws like Gronk. There is no reason to think that he can't do that in the NFL. The Patriots are ab-so-lutely desperate for a Tight End to take some pressure off of Brady. While Albert looked more like a late Day Two pick, the Pats can't take a chance. This is not a great year for TEs. He is not the best TE running short patterns to get open. 

He is not a great blocker for a TE, but he has the size and with work and proper coaching his blocking will improve. The Pats could wait and pick up Pickney, Breeland, Bryce Hopkins (who has a good season, or my guy O'Grady on Day Two. 

I also like Okwuegbunam, because I don't think there is anyway the Pats pick here. There is not really a 1st Round TE (the Pats most desperate of desperate needs) in this Draft. The Pats traded their 2nd for Sanu, so recouping a pick at the end of the 2nd, or much more likely a 3rd, to drop down a few spots would help them recover that pick. 

The Pats could pick up Albert in the 2nd, and pick up a guy like DeVonta Smith, who reminds me of AB, or Tyler Johnson, who has been very impress and underrated at Minnesota this season, with their 2nd or the 3rd they pick up from trading down from here. Or, maybe Chase Claypool, KJ Hill or Collin Johnson in the 4th.  

Getting a TE and WR early in this Draft is a huge priority for the Pats if they want Brady to continue to be productive for another year. 

Be A Citizen! Not a Subject! 

Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Fredo is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

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The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware subjects, or you will be subjugated:

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House Intel releases transcript of interview with ousted Ukraine ambassador.

 

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released the transcripts of its interview with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post in May, testified that President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani led a campaign to oust her as ambassador over unsubstantiated allegations that she badmouthed the president and was seeking to stop Ukraine from opening an investigation into Joe Biden and his son.

Key excerpts:

Yovanovitch testified that she learned about Giuliani's plan to target her from Ukrainian officials in late 2018. She said she learned that Giuliani had met with Ukraine prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko, who wanted to "hurt" her "in the U.S."
Q: "And from your staff members or your own conversations, what did you come to learn about Mr. Giuliani’s interest in Ukraine?"
A: "That basically there had been a number of meetings between Mr. Lutsenko and Mayor Giuliani, and that they were looking — I should say that Mr. Lutsenko was looking to hurt me in the U.S. I couldn’t imagine what that was. But, you know, now I see."
Q: "What do you see now?"
A: "Well, that I’m no longer in Ukraine."
Yovanovitch alleged that the indicted Giuliani business associates who connected him with Lutsenko — Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — wanted her removed because they were seeking additional business dealings in Ukraine.
"Well, I mean, he basically said, and went into some detail, that there were two individuals from Florida, Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, who were working with Mayor Giuliani, and that they had set up the meetings for Mr. Giuliani with Mr. Lutsenko. And that they were interested in having a different ambassador at post, I guess for — because they wanted to have business dealings in Ukraine, or additional business dealings."
She also testified that U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told her that if she wanted to save her job, she should tweet out her support for Trump.
"He hadn't been aware of it, that the story had shifted, and he said, you know, you need to go big or go home. You need to, you know, tweet out there that you support the President, and that all these are lies and everything else. And, you know, so, you know, I mean, obviously, that was advice. It was advice that I did not see how I could implement in my role as an Ambassador, and as a Foreign Service officer."
At one point, Yovanovitch was told that Pompeo or another state official would call Fox News' Sean Hannity to find out where unsubstantiated allegations against her were coming from.
What I was told by Phil Reeker was that the Secretary or perhaps somebody around him was going to place a call to Mr. Hannity on FOX News to say, you know, what is going on? I mean, do you have proof of these kinds of allegations or not? And if you have proof, you know, tell me, and if not, stop. And I understand that that call was made. I don't know whether it was the Secretary or somebody else in his inner circle. And for a time, you know, things kind of simmered down.
Yovanovitch testified that Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan informed her after her removal that she had “done nothing wrong,” but that Trump had “lost confidence” in her.
"So the Deputy Secretary said that, you know, he was sorry this was all happening, that the President had lost confidence, and I would need to depart my post. That, you know, he had — you know, I said, what have I done wrong? And he said, you’ve done nothing wrong. And he said that he had had to speak to ambassadors who had been recalled for cause before and this was not that. … I was upset. And I, you know, I wanted an explanation because this is rather unusual. But he could not offer one beyond the fact that the President had made a decision."
When Yovanovitch asked whether the State Department could issue a statement supporting her, she said she was informed that there was "caution" because such a statement could be undermined by Trump.
Q: "I just want to make sure I'm understanding. The statement you're talking about, is that the requested statement by the Secretary of State?"
A: "Yeah."
Q: "So you were informed, basically, that the statement was not going to be issued by the Secretary of State because it could be undermined by the President?"
A: "Yes. No statement was going to be issued, not by the Secretary, not by anybody else."
Q: "Because if the secretary did issue a statement, it might be undermined by the President?"
A: "Uh-huh."
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