Volume 22, #111 -- Thursday Night, August 6th, 2020
Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire Worth A 1st-Round Pick?

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday. The Opt-Out deadline came and went mostly uneventfully. Respect for all. We finally have clarity and we're rolling forward with camps across the country.

It'll be a weird year with no preseason games but that's just going to make Week 1 all the more fun. Can. Not. Wait.

I hope you've got a little time this morning as we've got a monster new feature on Clyde Edwards-Helaire and his rocketing up the draft charts. It's the kind of content that summarizes what we do at Footballguys with bottom-line clarity but also we show our work and all the different voices that shape our decision. It's how we want to help be your Guide this year as you navigate the tricky road to the League Championship.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's do this.



A. Free Feature - Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire a 1st-Round Pick?
Damien Williams opting hit the afterburners for the Clyde Edwards-Helaire Hype Train. We ask the question - Is He A First Round Pick?

And this is a good picture of how we try to operate at Footballguys. The bottom line answer is yes. But, we also dive deep into showing you all the factors that went into this. We have a passionate Staff of smart people with no shortage of opinions.

See what they said here.

B. Finding Deep Sleepers: The NFC North
A big part of a successful draft is finding players after Round 10 who will surprise. The quest for deep sleepers is one all fantasy players undertake. We asked our staffers for help finding them. To focus our search, we will go through each division. Today, the NFC North.

And to clarify, by Deep Sleeper, we are talking about players who generally not drafted in the first 10 rounds.

C. Defensive Team by Committee
Jeff Pasquino dives into finding a defensive team by committee.

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1. LVR - Henry Ruggs III to start in slot position

Source: RaidersWire - Marcus Mosher

Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III will start in the slot, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Ruggs played 218 snaps there over the last two seasons in college, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Ruggs can use that trademark speed to get by defenders down the seam. Working from the slot will allow the rookie first-round pick to get a clean release and get into his routes faster. Ruggs played 97 (out of 527) snaps from the slot last year for Alabama, catching 10 passes for 166 yards from that position. Even though the plan may be for Ruggs to start in the slot, he certainly has the ability to be moved all around the formation. Ruggs should be the no.1 receiver the Raiders have been looking for.

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2. SEA - SEA eyeing LBs

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Free-agent LB Clay Matthews (Rams) and LB Everson Griffen (Vikings) have received interest from the Seattle Seahawks.

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The two have a history with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from their days together at USC. Seattle has been thinking about bringing back LB Jadeveon Clowney but his asking price might be too rich. Griffen has reportedly been getting interest from the Packers for some time but no deal has yet to materialize. Matthews hasn't gotten much interest on the open market but that could change with camps opening up around the league.

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3. MIA - Miami talking to receivers

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Free-agent WRs Ricardo Louis (Dolphins) and Chester Rogers (Colts) have been contacted and put through physicals by the Miami Dolphins, according to a source Thursday, Aug. 6.

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No surprise here. The Dolphins have had two receivers opt out (Albert Wilson, Allen Hurns) so their WR corps is getting a bit thin. Add in the fact that Preston Williams is still on the road to recovery from the knee injury he suffered mid-season in 2019, and you can see how the Dolphins would be in the market for more wide receivers. We'll see if any of these guys get signed.

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4. NFL - Micah Parsons to skip college season

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Penn State LB Micah Parsons has announced that he will be sitting out the 2020 college season and will be entering the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Parsons is the third big-time college football player to opt out of the 2020 season, joining Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman. An Associated Press All-American in 2019, Parsons is one of the best players projected in this draft class with some in the scouting community believing he could be a top-10 pick. He explained on social networking that having a young son to keep healthy was way more important to him than playing football, even though he feels comfortable with the guidelines put in place by Penn State.

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5. NYJ - WR Josh Doctson put on reserve list


Updating a previous story, New York Jets WR Josh Doctson was placed on the Reserve/Opt-Out list Thursday, Aug. 6.

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Doctson was a first-round pick for Washington in the 2016 NFL draft but has bounced around the league. He played one game for the Vikings in 2019 and was no lock for the 53-man roster with the Jets.

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6. LAR - WR Robert Woods has had some contract talks

Source: NFL Network - Omar Ruiz

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods said he has had preliminary contract extension talks with the Rams and wants to finish his career with Los Angeles.

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Woods is signed for a bargain price for no.1 wide receivers. When he signed his five-year, $34 million contract in 2017 Woods was not considered the no.1 wideout ...and over the last three seasons he has performed as such. His current contract has two years remaining, but Woods salary ranks 37th among all wide receivers in terms of annual average salary. We'll see if the two sides can find a way to get a new contract done.

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