THE Z-REPORT

Lance Zierlein's final mock draft

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs. Photo via: Alabama/Facebook

1. Cardinals- Kyler Murray Oklahoma

There has been a lot of talk about will they or won't they.... but they will.

2. 49ers- Nick Bosa Ohio State

One of the prospects with the highest floors goes second to a team who loves to take defensive linemen.

3. Jets- Quinnen Williams Alabama

The Jets could try to move out of this pick, but with no takers, they take my top-rated player of 2019.

4. Raiders- Ed Oliver Houston

This is a bit of surprise but it's believed the Raiders carry a high grade on the explosive interior penetrator

5. Buccaneers- Devin White LSU

This one should come down to Devin White against Josh Allen, and we'll take a shot that it's the alpha linebacker.

6. Giants- Josh Allen Kentucky

The Giants could be looking to scoop up either White or Allen if they fall to 6th. Of course there is that QB thing too.

7. Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor Florida

Tough call here between Hockenson and Taylor, but Taylor is physical and will get the running game cranked up.

8. TRADE- Redskins- Dwayne Haskins Ohio State

The Lions want to move out and the Redskins want Haskins so this trade would make plenty of sense.

9. Bills- T.J. Hockenson Iowa

The Bills would be very happy to see Hockenson fall to them here. If he's gone, then Jonah Williams could be the guy.

10. Broncos- Devin Bush Michigan

The Broncos are a tough read, but they have an opening at inside linebacker and this is a weak year outside of the top two.

11. Bengals- Montez Sweat Miss State

Montez Sweat is said to have some love from the Bengals and this could be one of the surprise picks of the early portion of the draft.

12. Packers- Andre Dillard Washington State

The Packers could go in a number of directions, but ultimately may ask Dillard to slide to the right side to help the protection

13. Dolphins- Christian Wilkins Clemson

The Dolphins defensive line coach was Wilkins college coach for his first two years, so this could be an easy sell.

14. Falcons- Jonah Williams Alabama 

Williams offers versatility up and down the offensive line and would help opening up run lanes once again.

15. TRADE- Lions- Clelin Ferrell Clemson 

The Lions have a need along the edge and Ferrell fits a similar mold of what Matt Patricia worked with in New England at DE.

16. Panthers- Rashan Gary Michigan

The torn labrum causes him to slide, but not beyond the edge needy Panthers.

17. Giants- Daniel Jones Duke

The Giants get their quarterback of the future whether Giants fans like it or not.

18. Vikings- Cody Ford Oklahoma

The Vikings could end up seeing Ford as a tackle/guard prospect who offers additional value because of his flexibility.

19. Titans- Brian Burns Florida State 

The FSU speedster gives the Titans an edge burner (pun intended) to attack the likes of Watson, Luck and Foles.

20. Steelers- Greedy Williams LSU

The Steelers could go in a number of directions - even at CB - however, I'll take the best of the bunch here.

21. Seahawks- DK Metcalf Ole Miss

Seattle has love for height, weight and speed and they happen to have a need for those traits at outside receiver.

22. Ravens- Garrett Bradbury NC State

Bradbury to the Ravens might be a perfect scenario for an offense that needs interior blocking.

23. Texans- Greg Little Ole Miss

The Texans need both cornerback and tackle so this is a difficult choice, but let's take one of the few left tackles in this draft.

24. Raiders- Josh Jacobs Alabama

With Marshawn Lynch calling it quits, this might be an easy card for the Raiders to run up to the podium.

25. Eagles- Darnell Savage Maryland

The Maryland ballhawk has been a red-hot name in NFL circles of late and the Eagles could take him to invigorate the backend.

26. Colts- Jeffery Simmons Miss State

Chris Ballard loves drafting in the trenches. He also believes in patience and process. He steals one of the best players in the draft here.

27. Raiders- Marquise Brown Oklahoma

"Hollywood" is smaller than some teams would like, but he's also game-ready and able to attack all three levels of the field.

28. Chargers- Byron Murphy Washington

He's under 6'0 and he runs a 4.55, but Murphy is extremely instinctive and as tough as you want them at corner.

29. Seahawks- Dexter Lawrence Clemson

Big Dexter is still raw but has elite size and potential with more experience.

30. Packers- Noah Fant Iowa

While the Packers need a wide receiver, Fant might be too tough to pass up on as he's basically a big receiver in the slot.

31. Rams- Chris Lindstrom Boston College

Hard-nosed grinder who can thrive in a variety of run schemes. The Rams want to upgrade the guard spot and he should do it.

32. Patriots- Drew Lock Missouri

Pats grab a QB to learn behind Brady.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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