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Carolina Panthers with guest Sheena Quick

PGF) I'm excited to be joined by Sheena Quick, beat writer for the Carolina Panthers, and you can hear her on Fox Sports Radio 1340 AM, and be sure to check out the halftime report on Revolt TV, Sheena thanks for coming on the show. SQ) Thanks for having me. It's always a pleasure when people want to hear me talk about football. PGF) Well, I'm really excited, I'm sure our listeners are going to be excited to hear a pro like yourself who covers the Panthers so in depth, and we're going to break it down and kind of get our listeners ready for the upcoming season so I want to start by asking you, entering his third season now defensive and Brian Burns might be the best young defensive player that America doesn't know about, he had more quarterback pressures than any other defender last year under the age of 25, could you talk about Brian Burns, and what can we expect from him this year? SQ) I expect Brian burns to have a monster season. We've already seen trace

LA Rams Draft Grade

The LA Rams didn't have a first round pick, because they traded that pick in the move to acquire Jalen Ramsey. In the second round the Rams selected TuTu Atwell the wide receiver out of Louisville. He's 5'7" and 155 lbs, and if you're unfamiliar with this player,  that's not a typo, this guy is actually 5'7" and 155 lbs. He's an explosive player. Atwell has some serious breakaway speed. He can pull away from defenders in the open field. He's quick and fast, and he has a sudden burst and quick change of direction, but he also has that top end speed where he can pull away from defenders. Atwell has an awesome burst in short yardage. He is really elusive and he's a shifty, explosive player. He's a lot of fun to watch. Atwell is also a very productive player; he led the ACC in receiving yards with 1276 yards in 2019. He did a lot of damage in that conference, and he, and he's a smart player. This is a guy who really knows how to get ope

Arizona Cardinals Draft Grade

This was an interesting draft for Arizona. In the first round at number 16 overall they took Zaven Collins, the linebacker out of Tulsa. He's 6'4" and 260 lbs. I had him as the number 23 player on my big board, so he went a little higher than I expected, but he should be a day one starter and a great fit to fill the role of Hasson Reddick who played last year for Arizona. He's the perfect player to fit what they're trying to do there and to fill that spot, so I actually really liked that pick from that standpoint. It's because he's just a super versatile linebacker. (We've talked about him on the podcast If you guys want to go back and listen) but this is a guy who can rush the quarterback, he can drop into coverage, he gets downhill and blows up running plays and his closing speed is outstanding. He's very quick to wrap up and get guys to the ground. Collins is a very complete player and he's super athletic for a guy that's 260 pounds. For

LA Chargers Draft Grade

The LA Chargers draft I was really impressed with, and it starts with their first selection, Rashawn Slater. I thought this was a home run pick because this is a guy who was easily the second best offensive lineman in this class. Some analysts even thought he was on par with Penei Sewell, the number one offensive tackle that went to the Detroit Lions. I don't think he's as good as Sewell (we talked about that on some earlier podcast episodes) but nonetheless, this guy is a really, really solid prospect. The thing I liked about this pick was they got him at 13th overall and they didn't have to trade up and give up any draft capital to go get him. This was the 8th ranked player on my big board and so at 13, I think it's a great value and it fills a major need for the LA Chargers because they had the lowest graded offensive line in the NFL, as far as pass blocking last year. When you look at a guy like Justin Herbert, last year's Rookie of the Year who lit up the leagu

Las Vegas Raiders Draft Grade

This is the third year in a row that I feel like the Raiders have really reached big time for a player in the first round, taking an Alex Leatherwood the offensive tackle from Alabama. He's 6'5 and 312 pounds. He has a lot of big time experience in the SEC. Leatherwood is a solid run blocker, he's not bad in pass protection. He's a pretty good player, don't get me wrong, I think he's a guy that they can play in this league, but if you look at where he struggled in college, he really struggled against the faster edge rushers. The twitchy athletes that could really bend and get around the corner gave him problems, because he doesn't have quick feet and he doesn't have quick reaction time, and for me that's just something you can't coach. If he had maybe some technical issues I wouldn't be as critical of this pick but for me, quickness and reaction time is a hard thing to teach, and so I am really down on this guy as far as being the number 17 p

Detroit Lions Draft Grade

The Lions started this draft with the 7th overall pick and they took Penei Sewell, the offensive tackle out of Oregon. He's 6'5" and 331 lbs. He was the first freshman to start a season opener in 20 years at Oregon, and he dominated from day one. He was an Outland Trophy winner in 2019, and this was the first time ever, a sophomore has won that award. He was an instant impact guy in college, and he has truly elite foot quickness for a guy his size. He's shockingly quick, agile and athletic. All of his teammates and coaches say that he's a big time locker room leader at Oregon as well as a vocal leader. He's explosive, with off the charts ability when getting off the snap. He blows defenders away in the run game. He can just maul defensive players with his size and athleticism. He gets to the second level and can square up linebackers and just destroy them with his power and his quickness. A NFL Scout said, "very few men who walk the earth have his size and

Green Bay Packers Draft Grade

The Green Bay Packers, in the first round with the 29th Pick, they took Eric Stokes the cornerback from Georgia. He's 6'1" 194 lbs. He has really nice speed and quickness and he can stay with wide receivers. I think that is something that will translate to the next level. Stokes has really twitchy reaction speed and he can play outside or the inside nickel position. I like the versatility that he brings to the cornerback position. He has nice recovery speed; he can get back into a play after losing ground to a wide receiver. Stokes has below average strength. That's something he's going to have to work on at the next level. He's really weak in run support, most of the time he just gets ran over or misses the ball carrier completely. He doesn't read or anticipate at a high level and that's a big red flag. There's times where he gets really out of position, and he's not quite sure what he sees out there. He's an ideal size for an NFL cornerbac